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Evoland 2 offers a genre-hopping adventure through the history of games

News By Christian Valentin, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Evoland 2 offers a genre-hopping adventure through the history of games

The first Evoland revolved an interesting premise, an RPG that jumped between gameplay style and formats. Evoland 2 returns to that concept but expands upon on it by adding more genres and more varied gameplay shifts, all framed within a story of time travel and saving the world. Starting with a classic GBA aesthetic and old-school RPG design, Evoland 2 grows more sophisticated with each loop through time, progressing from 2D pixel art overworlds and Suikoden-style sprites to 3D characters, dungeons, and environments. While the first game explored the history of RPGs, the sequels leaps between genres alongside its focus on being a humor RPG adventure, containing side-scrolling platforming…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Knotmania

Feature By Christian Valentin, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Knotmania

The zen puzzler is somewhat rare on mobile. Often many of the more minimalist games that avoid timers or other pressure still revolve around mechanics that can be challenging or tricky. The figurine winding of Zenbound and the silhouette construction of Shadowmatic fall into the category of simple, calmly paced puzzlers and so does this week’s hidden gem Knotmania. Rather than untying ropes or threads, Knotmania takes a more quirky approach: untangling living creatures, a twisted knot of squirming textured worms. Begin tugging and dragging and, as expected, they resist and twist away, moving in slow graceful movements as if through water or in zero gravity. With both a single worm o…

GameSpire’s Grand Battle Royale is a new, PUBG-style free-for-all

Preferred By AppSpy Staff, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
GameSpire’s Grand Battle Royale is a new, PUBG-style free-for-all

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) was a runaway success in 2017, taking the premise of cult Japanese film Battle Royale and using it as the basis for a competitive shooter. A game genre was born overnight. Now Chinese developer GameSpire has thrown its hat into the battle royale ring, releasing Grand Battle Royale for the mobile. Unlike most PUBG-like games, Grand Battle Royale stands out visually. Instead of realistic graphics, the in-game world is a jumble of blocky pixels, like a landscape of Lego. The simple graphics of this Minecraftian world mean it shouldn’t be quite as memory intensive as more realistic MMO games, promising quick-fire antics with minimal lag. You s…

Inkle's sci-fi archaeological adventure Heaven's Vault receives a gameplay trailer

News By Christian Valentin, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Inkle's sci-fi archaeological adventure Heaven's Vault receives a gameplay trailer

Inkle has been at the forefront of the interactive fiction genre on mobile, with their Sorcery series and 80 Days. But while those games were adaptations and reinventions of existing works, Inkle’s next game Heaven’s Vault is completely original, and the archaeology-based adventure finally has a trailer showcasing its gameplay and mechanics.  Traveling the stellar rivers of the Nebula, Aliya Elasra and her robot companion Six are on a mission to uncover the secrets of the worlds that make up the Nebula. Through your choices, you guide the duo between alien ruins and events throughout open environments,  learning and decoding an extraterrestrial language to gathe…

Sine Requie: Snake Eyes combines alternate history mystery with horror RPG

News By Christian Valentin, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Sine Requie: Snake Eyes combines alternate history mystery with horror RPG

It’s 1954 and Tuscany is in the grip of an undead apocalypse. As Inquisitor Rossano Mazzoni, your job in the upcoming RPG Sine Requie: Snake Eyes is to track down a dangerous cult, as you put together an investigation team and battle zombies. Set in an alternate 1950s, a decade after the dead began to rise during World War 2, Snake Eyes challenges you to explore the Italian countryside and towns through a 3D map, managing hunger, exhaustio, and sanity and talking with individuals in interactive fiction sections. Combat encounters and random events are drawn from a tarot deck of scenarios; while events might be handled through choices and more decisions, fighting is turn-ba…

Asphalt 9: Legends soft-launches its gorgeous arcade racing on the Philippines app store

News By Christian Valentin, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Asphalt 9: Legends soft-launches its gorgeous arcade racing on the Philippines app store

The Asphalt series has been bringing impressive arcade racing to mobile for over a decade and its latest, and ninth, game Legends looks like it might be the fastest and prettiest entry yet. While the worldwide release is still in the works, the game is currently available through a soft launch in the Philippines. Featuring over fifty cars to unlock, Legends once again unleashed you on twisting tracks in  hectic Burnout-inspired races, complete with huge jumps and crashing rival racers. Tracks take you from the tornado-threatened roads of the Midwest to the narrow mountain passes of the Himalayas, with each successful finish letting you upgrade and customize your favorite vehicle…

Plan planet-wide conflicts in sci-fi real-time strategy game Element

News By Christian Valentin, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Plan planet-wide conflicts in sci-fi real-time strategy game Element

Real time strategy games often revolve flat battlefields, managing bases and your army along frontlines. Element takes that idea and gives it a global twist, challenging you to wage war on land, sea, and space. Across low-poly planets, Element places you in the role of a commander in a futuristic conflict. The solar system is dying and each planet is another foothold to gather resources in your race for interstellar expansion. As you expand your network of mines and capture useful territory on planet surfaces, your options grow, letting you unleash supply drones and low-orbit artillery strikes that streak around the planet towards targets. Improve your tech enough and you can even harvest…

MU Origin’s latest update shakes up the way you’ll play the game

Preferred By AppSpy Staff, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
MU Origin’s latest update shakes up the way you’ll play the game

The times they are a-changin’ for MU Origin, but in the best way possible. Webzen’s popular MMO is getting a huge new update introducing a new character class, gameplay features, competitive events, and much, much more. We’re here to lay it all out for you. MU Origin’s latest update adds a new class. Magic users in particular will be quite pleased with the Summoner class, which allows you to summon the Valkyrie to do your bidding in battle. This powerful, magic-based character can be unlocked with a character over 3 Rebirth Level 1. If you don’t fit the criteria, you can always buy yourself a Scroll of Dark Souls in the shop to create your Summoner. Customize…

A Steel Media round-up for the week of February 19th

Feature By Christian Valentin, 1 month, 3 weeks ago
A Steel Media round-up for the week of February 19th

Here’s another weekly round-up of news, previews, and features from Pocket Gamer, 148Apps, and the rest of our sister sites. On our Youtube page, James Gilmour provides his impressions of Alto’s Odyssey, praising its mesmerizing sense of place and aesthetic, the addicting flow of its mechanics, and the engaging evolution of the first game’s design. For Pocket Gamer, Jon Mundy provides a list of worthy titles for the player looking for Metal Gear Solid-style gameplay on the go, if the recent Metal Gear Survive isn’t sating that niche. The long range assassinations of Hitman: Sniper, the camera-hacking sleuthing of Republique, and several others make…

Samurai tactically clash in turn-based strategy game Warbands: Bushido, now available on Android

News By Christian Valentin, 1 month, 4 weeks ago
Samurai tactically clash in turn-based strategy game Warbands: Bushido, now available on Android

After first releasing on iOS last year, the board game aesthetic and turn-based battles of Warbands: Bushido have now come to Android. If you’re looking for challenging strategy and a unique presentation, this is one strategy game to certainly check out.  16th century Japan is an era rife in conflict, and it’s within this war of samurai, ninja, mercenaries, and other factions that Warbands sets its gameplay. Each themed scenario utilized a blend of dice rolls, positioning on hex-based maps, and deck buildings to craft a wide array of tactics, letting you place detailed figurines to initiate battle among forest clearings, villages, and other locations. Swords clang, d…

Test your trap-dodging reflexes in hectic arcade runner Glitch Dash, out for iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 1 month, 4 weeks ago
Test your trap-dodging reflexes in hectic arcade runner Glitch Dash, out for iOS and Android

High scores and dangerous gauntlets await in Glitch Dash, the latest entry to The well-trodden genre of extra-challenging arcade games. From Temple Run to the frenetic Super Hexagon, it’s a genre quite at home on mobile and Glitch Dash brings a striking aesthetic and twisting stages to the table. Each stage in Glitch Dash forms before your sprinting perspective, revealing lanes of barriers, spikes, lasers, and other traps to evade. Quick reactions will see you deftly side-stepping, leaping over, or sliding under walls, while massive hammers rhythmically smash down upon your path and swinging blades force you to time your lane switching. To add to the hectic nature of your run, speci…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Dark Echo

Feature By Christian Valentin, 1 month, 4 weeks ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Dark Echo

Many horror games rely on jump scares and creepy atmosphere, but the stealth/horror/puzzle hybrid Dark Echo takes a different approach, instead conjuring horror from the unknown and unseen, through minimalist visuals and immersive audio. While other mobile games like Papa Sangre and The Nightjar have delivered gameplay through sound, Dark Echo melds visuals with sound; every level starts out with a black screen, your white footprints the only color amid the surrounding dark. Move forward and lines emanate in all directions, the sound of your footsteps visualized, bouncing off the walls and revealing the environment. Without sound, you are blind. Your goal is simply to find the exit. Howev…

Dissembler offers a colorful twist on the matching puzzler, available on iOS

News By Christian Valentin, 1 month, 4 weeks ago
Dissembler offers a colorful twist on the matching puzzler, available on iOS

Ian MacLarty’s past games like Boson X and Black Hole Joyrider have all taken uniquely different angles on the runner genre, whether it’s the former‘s rotating gauntlets or Joyrider’s limited-fuel races. His newest iOS title, Dissembler, shifts from hectic arcade action to colorful minimalist puzzles, but maintains the trend of taking a different approach with its genre. At its core, Dissembler is a matching puzzler, challenging you to shift tiles and match colors. But rather than new tiles appearing or the goal of a high score, Dissembler presens you with over a hundred single-screen collages and asks you to break down the design tile-by-tile, until none remain. T…

Cute platformer Reed makes the jump from Android to iOS on March 8th

News By Christian Valentin, 2 months ago
Cute platformer Reed makes the jump from Android to iOS on March 8th

After releasing last year on Android, Reed is bringing its cat-like character and challenging platforming to the App Store next month. As an agile creation of a powerful supercomputer, your running, jumping, and trap dodging in Reed is your attempt to save your creator and the world by collecting its scattered cubes. Giving you only a double jump, Reed pits you against fifty gauntlets of spikes, saws, enemies, and other hazards, as well as secret levels to discover and tricky achievements to collect. Published by Crescent Moon Games, Reed will be $1.99 when it releases on iPad and iPhone and currently can be preordered on the App Store. In the meantime, you can also find the game on Goog…

A Steel Media round-up for the week of February 12th

Feature By Christian Valentin, 2 months ago
A Steel Media round-up for the week of February 12th

Here’s another weekly round-up of news, previews, and features from Pocket Gamer, 148Apps, and the rest of our sister sites. On our Youtube page, James Gilmour plays a round of the Chinese release for Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile; the graphics may not be as detailed as its PC and consoles cousins, but it looks like the tension and action of its gameplay has made the transition. For Pocket Gamer, the App Army provides a wide range of impressions for the recent release Purrfect Date, a visual novel with a feline twist. Amusement, confusion, disappointment, and other reactions make for quite a divisive response. Tre Lawrence on Android Rundown offers a ve…