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One Deck Dungeon brings the dungeon-crawling card game to iPad and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 1 day, 1 hour ago
One Deck Dungeon brings the dungeon-crawling card game to iPad and Android

Distilling the dice rolls and skills of tabletop RPG to its mechanical essentials, One Deck Dungeon is a new RPG, with board game elements, now available on iOS and Android. A digital version of the Kickstarted card game, One Deck Dungeon drops your hero - choosen from several classes - into a gauntlet of monsters and traps, with only your dice, skills, and items to survive. Choosing from four corridors per flor, where an armored skeleton or deadly spike pit might lurk, you use the values of your rolled dice to activate special perks against incoming danger. Each stat offers a corresponding colored dice, so the warrior might receive five dice to place in strength-paced abilities while an…

Terry Cavanagh's next game is the dice-based tactical roguelike Dicey Dungeon

News By Christian Valentin, 3 days ago
Terry Cavanagh's next game is the dice-based tactical roguelike Dicey Dungeon

If you're familiar with the name Terry Cavanagh, you probably know his games: the frantic arcade evasion of Super Hexagon, and the gravity-bending hard-as-nails platforming of VVVVVV. His next game, Dicey Dungeon, is leaving the reflex-testing action and precision platforming behind in favor of dice-centric turn-based roguelike. Choosing from a number of classes (currently three out of a planned six) like Warrior and Inventor, you move through each map, level-by-level, fighting enemies and gathering loot from chests. Each battle is a turn-based affair reminscent of the card battles of card-RPG hybrids, except with dice instead of hands. From your backpack, you equip up to six weapons and pi…

Kids is the artful new project teased by Double Fine and developer Playables

News By Christian Valentin, 3 days, 23 hours ago
Kids is the artful new project teased by Double Fine and developer Playables

If the name Playables doesn't ring a bell, you might recognize some of the work of its members, mainly Plug & Play and the co-operative puzzler Drei. Much like those other themed projects and puzzlers, the recently-revealed Kids is an interactive piece of art, aiming to explore the psychology of crowds. Like the aforementioned Plug & Play, Kids will be a short experimental interactive project, using its stark aesthetic and design to delve into themes over twenty to thirty minutes. Not much has been revealed about how the mechanics will work to serve that purpose, but the game's premise describes its structure as moving "with and against crowds until everyone is gone." The cro…

Pocket-Run Pool is an upcoming arcade pool game from Zach Gage, releasing this Thursday

News By Christian Valentin, 4 days, 4 hours ago
Pocket-Run Pool is an upcoming arcade pool game from Zach Gage, releasing this Thursday

With Really Bad Chess and Flipflop Solitaire, Zach Gage took a familiar game and created something addicting and unique with a simple variation on the formula. That approach continues when Pocket-Run Pool releases later this week, adding an high-scoring arcade touch to pool. In Pocket-Run Pool, each pocketed ball causes the score multiplier of the holes to shift around the table, while misses and scratches cost you a life; these rules promise a precise physics-based puzzler where every sink must be carefully planned and precisely placed. Unlike many other pool games, Pocket-Run Pool is designed with single player in mind, with a focus on encouraging skillfully angled shots to earn th…

Minesweeper Genius combines the logical challenges of Picross and Minesweeper, available on iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 4 days, 23 hours ago
Minesweeper Genius combines the logical challenges of Picross and Minesweeper, available on iOS and Android

Minesweeper and Picross (and Picross-inspired games) have more than a few variants on mobile, but Minesweeper Genius blends elements of the two to create a charming and clever puzzle hybrid. Reminiscent of how Swap Sword had you navigating a character through a match-3 grid, Minesweeper Genius turns each stage into a maze of mines to manuver through, guiding broom-wielding genius Aristotle through a gauntlet of science experiments step-by-step. Similar to Picross games, numbers on the rows and colums allow you to logically deduce which tiles are either rigged to blow or safe to walk along; Minesweeper-style markers also provide additional information as the randomly-generated puzzles…

Threes developer Sirvo Studios reveals their next game Guildings in new trailer

News By Christian Valentin, 1 week ago
Threes developer Sirvo Studios reveals their next game Guildings in new trailer

Threes was one of mobile's surprise hits, a puzzle game that wringed addictive challenge from simple mechanics; Sirvo's next game, Guildings, looks to be more complex amd larger in scope, but retain the polish and charm that defined Threes. Described as a "mobile fantasy adventure", Guildings is an episodic single player game, inspired by JRPG mechanics, that blends magic with the mundane. As Coda, you're thrust into a sprawling journey after a cursed smartphone reveals a hidden magical culture and a quest to save the world. The short teaser trailer showcases the various elements of Guildings' gameplay: exploring low-poly environments and interacting with odd characters, learning the stor…

Take flight and dodge traps in physics-based vehicle platformer Animal Super Squad

News By Christian Valentin, 1 week, 1 day ago
Take flight and dodge traps in physics-based vehicle platformer Animal Super Squad

Animal Super Squad is a new vehicle platformer taking cues from the absurd physics and big ramps of the Trials series, swapping helmeted rider with reckless animals in slapdash machines on wheels.  There's no motorcylce to master here; instead you choose between a daring fish, chicken, or sloth and then race along arcadey tracks in different vehicles, each with their own style to learn. The hover truck and the toilet on wheels are going to control differently enough, but either way, Animal Super Squad has you boosting and flipping through gravity deftying tracks, activating switches to destroy or change parts of the upcoming roadway. Of course, you might also be launched out of…

Narrative-driven puzzler G30 tells the story of a fading memory through clever challenges

News By Christian Valentin, 1 week, 2 days ago
Narrative-driven puzzler G30 tells the story of a fading memory through clever challenges

G30 might seem obtuse at glance, but its colorful artful aesthetic is the backdrop for an ambitious and clever puzzle game that uses its mechanics to deliever a human tale. Colored lines connect with jigsaw pieces, switching between various design as you drag on the line. With drag, you piece together a shape, and with each correct shape, G30's story unfolds on the screen. It's a narrative about a fading memory, about remembering and consciousness, and your puzzle solving brings new context to the text. Its minimalst art style and piecemeal story structure is designed with intent, attempting to represent the nature of remembering fragments of memories, snapping into place and revealing th…

Q-Games' Eden Obscura is swinging onto iOS on May 18th

News By Christian Valentin, 1 week, 3 days ago
Q-Games' Eden Obscura is swinging onto iOS on May 18th

The artistically abstract and arcade-y agile Eden Obscura is releasing soon on mobile, bringing Q-Games' unique Pixeljunk style and satisfying swinging to iOS later this week, according to the developers on Twitter. Eden Obscura is an enhanced and updated successor Q-Games' Pixeljunk Eden, designed with mobile in mind; the floral landscapes and graceful swinging remains, now with a useful double jump and a unique feaure that uses your phone's camera to create dynamic and atmosphere backgrounds to navigate through. With each gossamer grapple and planted seed, your agile movement through the world brings it to life with growing structures to swing even higher in your quest to collect specia…

Scalak is an unorthodox cubic puzzler from the developer of Zenge and Art of Gravity, releasing this month on iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 1 week, 3 days ago
Scalak is an unorthodox cubic puzzler from the developer of Zenge and Art of Gravity, releasing this month on iOS and Android

Developer Michal Pawlowski's roster of puzzle games all share the traits of being visually unique and relaxingly paced, and the upcoming Scalak looks like a welcome addition among past titles like Zenge and Push. At its most basic, Scalak look reminiscent of a 3D jigsaw puzzle, challenging you to fit oddly-shaped pieces onto cubic structures. In the trailer, a wide variety of puzzle types are shown, each one building upon that concept in different ways: filling in gaps on surfaces with shaped tiles, rotating sections of cubic levels so special tiles will fit with the correct orientation, and even placing girder-like construction across a structure's vertices. And like his past games, Scal…

Golfing receives a quirky alternative in upcoming arcade sports game What The Golf

News By Christian Valentin, 1 week, 5 days ago
Golfing receives a quirky alternative in upcoming arcade sports game What The Golf

Golfing seems relative simple game-wise, Whether it's a realistic course or full of mini-golf obstacles, you're still hitting a ball with a club to a hole. But What The Golf laughs at the notion, instead promising a much weirder and wackier take on the sport when it releases on mobile later this year. Technically, you're still dragging on the screen to aim and set the power of your launch towards a waiting goal, but What The Golf's similarities to actual golf end there. Across its various courses, you'll need to lauch everything from a house to a pile of clubs, from a horse to an egg through physics-based gauntlets; some stages won't even be typical courses but instead have you flicking a…

Flash game remake Sierra 7 is a tactical on-rails shooter in development for iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 2 weeks ago
Flash game remake Sierra 7 is a tactical on-rails shooter in development for iOS and Android

Originally released as a flash game in 2011, Sierra 7 is being developed as an expanded remake for mobile, bringing an updated art style, more weapons, levels, and other additions and improvements to iOS and Android. The concept is a tactical rails shooter, putting you in the shoes of special operative engaging in classified missions around the globe. Each mission takes you through its levels on rails, letting you focus on aiming, weapon choice, and reloading. While the original game had a stick figure-themed art style, the new version has you fighting fully-illustrated mercenaries with a much wider arsenal of guns and a contextual cover system reminiscent of the classic Time Crisis arcad…

Kontrast turns minimalist drawings into short intriguing puzzles

News By Christian Valentin, 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Kontrast turns minimalist drawings into short intriguing puzzles

Kontrast is a short and unusual puzzle game available now on iOS and Android, eschewing traditional design to present you with stylish illustrations and simple challenges focused on playful experimentation. Each of Kontrast's seven stages is a monochrome abstract illustration, moving in a subtle rhythm; a light fixture swings to and fro, cloaking areas in shadow, a geometric constructure rotates and tumbles, among other elements. Your goal is to guide a ball through these odd drawings, but the challenge is figuring out how to actually accomplish that goal; tapping and dragging on parts of each drawing reveals parts that can be moved and manipulated to create a path. Discovering the secret…

Valve announces official Steam Link app for iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Valve announces official Steam Link app for iOS and Android

Valve - game developer, publisher, and company behind the huge PC gaming site Steam - introduced Steam Link in 2015 as a means to stream games played on a PC to televisions. Now, the company has announced  a Steam Link app headed to iOS and Android, allowing you to play games from Steam library on your preferred mobile device. In the announcement, Valve stated tha devices will be able to stream through a 5Ghz network connection or Ethernet cable from their PC or Mac, with support for Steam Controller, MFI controllers, and other similiar devices for playing on an iOS and Android device. Along with the Steam Link app, Valve is also releasing a Steam Video app for iOS and Andr…

Stylish brawler Justice Royale arrives on iOS later this month

News By Christian Valentin, 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Stylish brawler Justice Royale arrives on iOS later this month

The stylizied aesthetic and flashy attacks of Justice Royale will be releasing worldwide on May 30th, after a soft launch period for the Philippines, New Zealand, and Australia.  The mean streets of Justice Royale are filled with enemies to pummel and evade, as you use simple touch controls to unleash powerful combos. Tapes and swipes result in juggles and charged blows, with more abilities and moves unlocked as you progress through the story mode. The stick figure aesthetic injects sidescrolling beat-em-up action with a jagged messy style that compliments the fighting and animations well; well your character is a simple stick person, Justice Royale will have a number of customi…