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Tile-matching puzzler Darkin aims to chill as well as thrill

News By James Gilmour, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Tile-matching puzzler Darkin aims to chill as well as thrill

Developer Ten Foiled Hats has just released its vampiric match-three puzzler Darkin on iPhone and iPad. Ostensibly taking inspiration from Dungeon Raid, the German dev team has taken Fireflame's classic and updated it with several new features, a new aesthetic from the Tim Burton stable of kooky, and a little more polish. It's an interesting entry in the slew of match-three currently clogging up the App Store. When we looked at it on Twitch, we noted it had far more flexibility and strategic gameplay than other match-three games, with an interesting Puzzle & Dragons-esque feel and a health-system standing in for timers. Players can choose between attacking enemies, bagging hearts to…


Frantic twitch puzzler Hyper Square is on the App Store now

News By Alex Beech, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Frantic twitch puzzler Hyper Square is on the App Store now

Hyper Square, a frantic twitch based puzzle game from Team Signal, is out now on the App Store. The gameplay revolves around swiping squares into portals to make them disappear. While the basics may seem easy, however, Team Signal adds increasingly more complex layers of mechanics, requiring you to resize and rotate tiles against the clock before flinging them into the requisite portal. Hyper Square’s vibrant aesthetic keeps the gameplay visually interesting and exciting, while also managing to increase its sense of urgency with its pulsing lines and colours. Despite this it remains quite minimal, ensuring that even at its most fraught you are able to follow what is going on.…


Ace auto-runner Rayman Fiesta Run updated with new levels and Nightmare Mode

News By James Gilmour, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Ace auto-runner Rayman Fiesta Run updated with new levels and Nightmare Mode

Ubisoft has just released an update to the highly-rated Rayman Run Fiesta, giving you a sizeable chunk of new features to spice up an already superb game. When we reviewed it back in November, we said: "Even more impressive than its excellent predecessor, Rayman Fiesta Run is a fiercely entertaining kaleidoscope of colour, wit, and wonder." Now that kaleidoscope has been updated with 16 additional levels, three new costumes to be unlocked, and a brand new boss battle. What's more, Ubisoft has added Nightmare Mode, an ironman challenge that sees you try to fight through 36 levels without dying. So prepare to get really familiar with the starting level. If you haven't already nabbed it, yo…


Free-to-play match-three puzzler Godzilla - Smash3 spotted in the App Store ocean

News By Alex Beech, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Free-to-play match-three puzzler Godzilla - Smash3 spotted in the App Store ocean

With the new Godzilla movie on the horizon, we were expecting a monster of a game to emerge from the ocean of the App Store. Not to disappoint, developer Rogue Play has unleashed Godzilla - Smash3, a free-to-play match-three puzzler. Never ones to run from danger, we have thrown ourselves headlong into the game’s monstrous maw. Taking control of the massive reptile, we advanced on the worlds cities, wiping out all manner of military defences. The top of the screen shows Godzilla’s path of destruction in full 3D, allowing us pick and choose our targets. You must control his attacks by matching coloured shapes on the grid beneath. This match-three gameplay follows a similar st…


Smashing-looking table tennis sim Table Tennis Touch out now on the App Store

News By Glen Fox, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Smashing-looking table tennis sim Table Tennis Touch out now on the App Store

Table tennis has never looked this good before. At least, not on the App Store, where Table Tennis Touch has launched today at a price of £2.49 / $3.99. Though at first, that tag may seem pretty hefty, it's actually incredibly generous when you find out just how much content is on offer. First-off, there's a lengthy and difficult career mode which developer Yakuto Limited has promised offers opponents "so hard you may never win, ever." If challenge is your thing, you can't go wrong here, then. Maybe mini-games are more your style? Table Tennis Touch has you covered here with timed challenges - pitting your ball-manoeuvring skills against moving obstacles, smaller tables, and skitt…


The Pocket Gamer Podcast: Live on Twitch! (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Feature By Danny Russell, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
The Pocket Gamer Podcast: Live on Twitch! (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

As our favourite 'appy duo James and Peter host both our Twitch broadcasts as well as the Pocket Gamer Podcast, it makes perfect sense to combine the two. Now you can experience the Pocket Gamer Podcast a day early in a pure, uncut, and interactive form. ITProPortal's Alysia Judge is our special guest today, joining us to give you the latest news and reviews in the world of iOS and, dare we say it, beyond!  In case you hadn't noticed, we've been broadcasting live shows on Twitch every day this week, and we'll keep doing so from here on out! If you haven't already, please click the 'Follow' button over on our Twitch page to get an e-mail and Twitch app notification every time we go liv…


JoyJoy Review

Review Radiangames By Alex Beech, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
JoyJoy Review

There is nothing new about JoyJoy’s premise. At heart it is a classic twin stick shooter formed from the same mold as Smash TV and Geometry Wars. What developer Radiangames has attemted to bring to this tried and tested formula is an attractive visual style, and versatile weapons system. You must guide your ship around an arena populated by ever increasing waves of enemies. Collecting them from fallen foes, you can hold a total of six ammunition types. These include spread…

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Badland update brings four player co-op to Day 1 campaign

News By Alex Beech, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Badland update brings four player co-op to Day 1 campaign

Frogmind’s latest update to its wonderfully floaty side-scroller Badland has added four player co-op The multiplayer levels are all modified versions of the game’s original Day 1 levels. These 40 stages have been tweaked for co-op play, and feature 120 new missions, plus seven new achievements, to test your group's skill. While the update will let you and your chums control your flying furballs using a corner of your iPad's touch screen, it also supports MFi controllers. If you have the controllers on hand, this allows you to all get a good view of the action without your friends' thumbs getting in the way. Playing through Badland with four other players will likely cha…


dEXTRIS Review

Review Chaotic Box By Alex Beech, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
dEXTRIS Review

Dextris is twitch gaming distilled down to its purest form. Controlling two neon coloured blocks in unison, your simple task is to dodge left and right as you rocket endlessly upwards through its vertically-scrolling course. By default, the pink and blue squares you command sit happily in the middle of the screen. Holding the right side of the screen causes both blocks to shoot rapidly to the right and grind their way up the wall. Hold the left side, and you'll get the opposite result…

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Charming indie platformer Thomas Was Alone has just jumped onto the iPad

News By Alex Beech, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Charming indie platformer Thomas Was Alone has just jumped onto the iPad

Mike Bithell has finally ported his minimalist indie platformer Thomas Was Alone to iPad. Set in a dark, angular universe, Thomas Was Alone has you take control of a selection of different sized rectangles as they try to escape their collapsing world. While the cast is just a collection of four side shapes, the differences between them goes deeper than just their dimensions Each rectangle possessing unique abilities. Take Clare, the large blue square, who, despite worrying about her size, is the only one of the team able to float on water. Then there's the cynical Chris, whose shorter stature lets him fit through gaps others cannot. It is only by making use of every block's individual…


Eye on the App Store: JoyJoy, Hyper Square, Darkin, Biosis, and more

Feature By Danny Russell, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Eye on the App Store: JoyJoy, Hyper Square, Darkin, Biosis, and more

As part of our regular scheduled programming over on Twitch, we'll be hosting Eye on the App Store very shortly indeed. It's a great chance to see all the games that'll be hitting the Apple's App Store at midnight tonight hours in advance, saving you time, money, and wasted space on your iOS device. Our line-up today includes twin-stick shooter JoyJoy, as well as three very different kinds of puzzle games: Hyper Square, Darkin, and Biosis. There'll be one or two more treats in store, so come along to see the show for the full rundown. We now go live at the same time every day, plus all of our shows are recorded and kept safely in storage for you. Be sure to check them out! Catch today's…


Alone in the Dark to sneak onto the App Store at midnight tonight

News By Alex Beech, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Alone in the Dark to sneak onto the App Store at midnight tonight

Alone in the Dark, the game that inspired the survival horror genre back in 1992, is finally making its way to the App Store. The iOS version of the Lovecraft-inspired chiller has you solving the murder of Jeremy Hartwood. Letting you take on either the role of private investigator Edward Cornby or the victim’s niece Emily, you must complete the various puzzle’s that fill Hartwood’s manner to unravel the mystery. Naturally, this port of the Atari PC classic feature’s new controls to optimise the experience for touchscreen. Controls aside, though, we're keen to see whether time has been cruel or kind to this infamous entry in the horror genre. Appropriately, …


Warhammer 40,000: Chess – Regicide coming to iOS later this year

News By Alex Beech, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
Warhammer 40,000: Chess – Regicide coming to iOS later this year

Hammerfall Publishing announced a new collaboration with Games Workshop today, with news of its new strategy title Warhammer 40,000: Chess – Regicide. Despite the name, Regicide won't just be swap out standard chess pieces for Space Marines and Orks. Project lead at Hammerfall Cathrin Machin promises that the game will go “beyond the standard boundaries of chess to revolutionize the way it is seen”. What this actually means is anyone's guess, though, with the trailer (below) giving away nothing of the gameplay. What is known is that the game will stay faithful to the 40,000 universe. The single player campaign, written by Games Workshop author Ross Watson, will fo…


We’re playing Surgeon Simulator - live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

Feature By Danny Russell, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
We’re playing Surgeon Simulator - live on Twitch (5pm UK | 9am Pacific | 12 noon Eastern)

You requested it, so we're back again with more Surgeon Simulator! Developers Bossa Studios announced last week that the free alien autopsy DLC would be coming to the iPad version of Surgeon Simulator shortly, so we thought this would be the perfect time to pick up where we left off and see how far we can get. In case you missed our last playthrough shortly after Surgeon Simulator launched on the iPad, our catch-up article is over here. Today, James will be doing his best to avoid being a butterfingers with all manner of sharp utensils while Peter gives him advice and tries not to laugh too hard at the inevitable mistakes that will arise. We have some codes to give away during the pl…


SOULCALIBUR Unbreakable Soul Review

Review BANDAI NAMCO Games Inc. By Alex Beech, 2 months, 2 weeks ago
SOULCALIBUR Unbreakable Soul Review

Soulcalibur Unbreakable Soul is an odd instalment in the Soulcalibur franchise. This mobile, free-to-play game abandons the weapons-based arcade combat for which the series is famous, and instead focuses on the stories of its colourful cast to form the foundation for a collectible card game. In Unbreakable Soul’s defence, the CCG elements have been fairly well though out. You have a deck that can hold three fighter cards, each of which is assigned three weapon card. Each ch…

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