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A Steel Media round-up for the week of February 5th

News By Christian Valentin, 4 months, 1 week ago

Welcome to another weekly round-up of informative articles from Pocket Gamer, 148Apps, and the rest of our sister sites. If you’re having trouble with the steep learning curve of Victorian thief guild boardgame Antihero, look no further than our YouTube page, where you can find a collection of useful tips to improve your thieving skills and master how to control the streets. Over on Pocket Gamer, Jessica Famularo covered the upcoming puzzler Dissembler, the interesting next game from the developer of Boson X. Given how fast and hectic Boson X was, Dissembler looks like quite a depature but just as colorful and vibrant in its shape-swapping, color-flipping style. Tre Lawr…

Dungeon defense receives an action movie twist in Forgive Me My Henchmen, coming to iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 4 months, 1 week ago
Dungeon defense receives an action movie twist in Forgive Me My Henchmen, coming to iOS and Android

Forgive Me My Henchmen takes the classic action plot - wronged hero on an one-man army rampage through countless foes - and lets you play the other side of that story, a satrica lane defense strategy game that pits you in control of the henchmen and their base’s defenses. Similar to the classic Dungeon Keeper titles, Forgive Me My Henchmen presents your base in 2D pixel art and provides an array of bad guys and obstacles to place in the path of the rampaging hero. Simple grunts as fodder, doors to slow his approach, explosives to deliver damage, posters to boost morale, even special units like Janitors...all strategically positioned to work in tandem and overcome the hero.  A…

True Legacy tells a cyberpunk mystery through interactive fiction and puzzles

News By Christian Valentin, 4 months, 1 week ago
True Legacy tells a cyberpunk mystery through interactive fiction and puzzles

Since Blade Runner, cyberpunk and detective thriller have been entwined in numerous sci-fi works, even among mobile games with titles such as Gemini Rue. True Legacy adds a text adventure flair to the cyberpunk mystery, out now on iOS. As investigator Thornhill, you begin True Legacy looking into a mysterious death, an incident that leads across the game’s dystopian city and through its future of AI, machines, and genetics. Scrolling prose, complete with highlighted notes that provide more context about the world, drive the story forward as you make choices; reminiscent of Device 6, text might offshoot to the sides and other directions, revealing new information and other scene…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Euclidea

Feature By Christian Valentin, 4 months, 1 week ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Euclidea

Math-based puzzlers tend to revolve around computation and sums, but Euclidea isn't like most games in that niche; rather than numbers, geometry is the focus, constructing figures and shapes with minimalist tools and within a minimalist aesthetic. Euclidea starts out simple, easing you into its collection of geometric brainteasers by teaching how to create line segments, select points, draw circles. And then gradually, the challenge begins to increase, as you use intersecting circles to create equilateral triangles and perfectly bisect lines. But the game isn't completely merciless. As you master the simpler tasks like deducing parallet lines, Euclidea provides tools that automatica…

Brew Town is a build-your-own-brewery simulator, heading to iOS and Android in March

News By Christian Valentin, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Brew Town is a build-your-own-brewery simulator, heading to iOS and Android in March

Management sims have always been a thriving little niche on mobile, between entries such as Game Dev Story and Motorsport Manager. Coming next month, Brew Town promises an unique premise for the genre, letting you start and expand a brewery empire. From small beginnings, you’ll be able to unlock dozens of structures and beer flavors, using your business’ earnings to grow into a sprawling compound encompassing bars, manufacturing, and shipment. With success comes new receipes to widen your brewery‘s assortment of beers, as missions and leaderships to test your management prowess. For creative players, Brew Town even lets you create and customize your beer bottles and log…

Smash, slice, and blast your way through heavy metal hell in vertical platformer Hellbreaker

News By Christian Valentin, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Smash, slice, and blast your way through heavy metal hell in vertical platformer Hellbreaker

Tower Fortress fans looking for more upward-driven action may want to keep an eye on Hellbreaker, a new vertical roguelike platformer headed to iOS and Android this year. Placing you in the demon-killing shoes (and mutated arm) of the warrior Arok, Hellbreaker challenges you to escape a randomly generared hell, navigating vertically through a gauntlet of beasts, traps, and bosses. Obliterating your way through this eldritch prison may be harder, but doing so while chaining together combos and avoiding damage is the true test; as you progress upward, selected perks let you modify Arok‘s abilities as well as unlock the power of your projectile-firing demonic form, all to a back drop o…

Florence promises a touching tale of love and relationship, coming to iOS on February 14th

News By Christian Valentin, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Florence promises a touching tale of love and relationship, coming to iOS on February 14th

Mobile has seen a steady resurgence of the interactive fiction genre, from the myriad classic text adventures to the interesting evolutions such as Sorcery and Lone Wolf. Florence, the upcoming game from Monument Valley lead designer Ken Wong, looks to be another evolution of the genre, blending subtly animated illustrations and gameplay vignettes to tell a story of love. Described as a slice of life narrative and interactive storybook, the game takes the player through the intimate slices of titular Florence Yeoh’s first love, the highs and lows, the struggle and feeling stuck and the slow process of falling for a person. Scene by scene, interaction by interaction - brushing t…

A Steel Media round-up for the week of January 29th

Feature By Christian Valentin, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
A Steel Media round-up for the week of January 29th

AppSpy is only one facet of the larger network that makes up Steel Media, and all manner of interesting and informative articles made their way to pages of our sister sites. This weekly features highlights some of those stories. Over on our YouTube page, you can find a helpful tips video for the recently released card game-roguelike hybrid Meteorfall; keep that advice in mind and you’ll be a monster-slayer master in no time at all. Emily Snowden on Pocket Gamer shined a light on the isometric puzzler Valleys Between, a game about carefullly molding and managing life in an gradually expanding world. Meanwhile on Android Rundown, the adventure game Broken Sword received a retrospect…

Claim your crown in recently updated arcade multiplayer, Mini Golf King

Preferred By AppSpy Staff, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Claim your crown in recently updated arcade multiplayer, Mini Golf King

Looking for a new exciting multiplayer game to play on your commute? Well look no more, because Mini Golf King just received its biggest update and promises hours of thrilling matches and exciting tournaments. It is truly addictive, you’ve been warned! Released at the end of last year by Bluehole PNIX, Mini Golf King boasts breathtaking courses, simple and intuitive controls, and fun vibrant graphics, all to be enjoyed when competing with your friends in real-time online PvP mode. And if you're looking for even more of a challenge, you can join a league to match up against other top players with fancy rewards on offer for those that earn promotion. So, what does the update bring ne…

Ayo: A Rain Tale is a platformer adventure across sub-saharan Africa, for iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Ayo: A Rain Tale is a platformer adventure across sub-saharan Africa, for iOS and Android

Platformers is a genre that has had its fair share of engaging and varied releases on mobile, from Leo’s Fortune to ports such as Inside. Ayo: A Rain Tale is another entry to comsider, bringing a narrative-driven design and a unique cultural perpsective to iOS and Android.  As the titular Ayo, you must endure a daily journey through the harsh landscapes of sub-saharan Africa to bring clean water back to your village, a journey that pits Ayo against increasingly deadly hazards as the game progresses. From sandstorms to dangerous wildlife, your path is fraught with peril, and puzzle platforming challenges. Sun and sand may be early threats, but soon stages become complicated, ta…

Cloud returns in Dissidia Final Fantasy: Opera Omnia, available now

Preferred By AppSpy Staff, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Cloud returns in Dissidia Final Fantasy: Opera Omnia, available now

The Dissidia series transports the famous characters of Final Fantasy into a multidimensional spin-off, where gods form new worlds and fight endless wars. The first entry on the mobile platform, Dissidia Final Fantasy: Opera Omnia was launched last year in Japan. Now, publisher Square Enix is releasing it for Western players too, so you can join in the JRPG fun. The game drops you in the battered greaves of a weary warrior, recuperating in Opera Omnia. This world was forged by two gods to offer champions across the universe a break from war. Sadly, monsters have breached the place through dimensional tears. Now, you, along with other famous characters from the Final Fantasy franchise, mus…

Rearrange a charming sci-fi adventure in Alike Studio's new puzzle game Bring You Home, out now on iOS

News By Christian Valentin, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Rearrange a charming sci-fi adventure in Alike Studio's new puzzle game Bring You Home, out now on iOS

The autorunner is often a game of reaction and reflexes, timing your actions in sync with the character's forward movement. But Alike's newest iOS game Bring You Home turns the forward progress of the autorunner on its head, by tying it not to reflexes but to the cause and effect of an adventure game. Another cute and whimiscal sci-fi adventure, with a similar colorful aesthetic as its predecessor Love You To Bits, this game puts in the shoes of Polo, on a quest to rescue your kidnapped alien pet as you leap between portals in pursuit. But beween portals lies each stage of odd extraterrestial vignettes and other silly characters and interactions, that often end in your demise. Rewind, try…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Good Fences

Feature By Christian Valentin, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Good Fences

Good Fences is an unasssuming little gem of a puzzler for iOS and Android, the kind you might not give a thought at a glance due to its simple aesthetic and mechanic that are hard to get across in screenshots. This geometric brain-teaser takes a very simple concept and wrings over a hundred challenges of shape placing and rotating out of that central mechanic. Take a look at that screenshot below, that is Good Fences at its simplest. Every stage presents you with a shape, and it's your job to surround it with copies of that same shape. It's such a basic seed of a puzzle concept, where even a less-complex shape can prove to be a tricky prospect to surround due to how corners and sides might…

Gunslugs 3: Rogue Tactics promises slower but still hectic side-scrolling action on iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Gunslugs 3: Rogue Tactics promises slower but still hectic side-scrolling action on iOS and Android

The Gunslugs series has offered some of the most hectic 2D action on mobile, packing tons of bullets and explosions into a small slice of run-n-gun chaos. While the second game ratcheted the speed to be more frenetic levels, the third game looks to slow the action down a tad...and adding some extra tactical elements to the explosion-heavy gameplay.  After choosing from a pool of characters -  each with unique perks that range from faster movement to a minigun as a secondary weapon - Gunslugs 3 unleashes you in larger levels that combine vertical combat through towers with hectic evasion as you travel between towers. Weapons found throughout stages can alter your loadout with pla…