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Classic Japanese adventure novel Banshee's Last Cry comes to iOS as a free download

News By Alex Beech, 7 months, 4 weeks ago
Classic Japanese adventure novel Banshee's Last Cry comes to iOS as a free download

When you think of Japanese games, the first genre that usually jumps to mind is the traditional RPG. But the country also has a love of interactive novels. Though these text adventures are rarely released in the west, Aksys Games' latest release brings a classic of the genre, Banshee's Last Cry, to iOS for free. First published in 1994 by Chunsoft on the SNES, Banshee's Last Cry was one of Japan's first sound novels. Its popularity has seen it released on multiple platforms within the country, and now, after twenty years, Aksys Games has released an English translation on iOS. Playing very similarly to a choose-your-own-adventure book, the game charges you with solving a grizzly murder in…


Atomic Fusion: Particle Collider Review

Atomic Fusion: Particle Collider Review

There are few games that try to utilise the periodic table as a gameplay mechanic. Bytesized Studios has done just this, howeve,r with Atomic Fusion: Particle Collider, a collect-'em-up that mixes elements from Ikaruga, Osmos, and basic chemistry. Starting as tiny a hydrogen molecule, your aim is to build the little element up from Helium to Lithium, right the way  to Ununoctium, the largest theoretical element. To do this, you must gather positive and negative energy charge…


JRPG classic Tales of Phantasia now available for free in the US

News By Alex Beech, 8 months ago
JRPG classic Tales of Phantasia now available for free in the US

You might have noticed that the App Store is currently awash with retro-themed JRPGs. If you're looking for something an authentic slice of RPG histroy, however, then you'll be pleased to hear that Namco Bandai has just released the '90s SNES classic Tales of Phantasia as a free download. There's one catch, though: the game is only available in the US and Canada. Given you can download it for free, you might expect Tales of Phantasia to feature an aggressive in-app purchase model. But, according to Namco Bandai, you can play through the entire story without having to spend a penny - provided you are online and have a stable internet connection. Rather than charging you to unlock chap…


Steelseries Stratus controller gets a $20 price cut

News By Alex Beech, 8 months ago
Steelseries Stratus controller gets a $20 price cut

Two weeks ago, Steelseries began taking pre-orders for the Steelseries Stratus, the first officially licensed controller for iPad and iPhone. As of yesterday, the pad is now available to purchase from the US Apple Store. However, the manufacturer has decided to lower the price of the unit - originally listed as $99.99 - to the slightly more affordable sum of $79.99. However, before you early adopters cry foul, Steelseries has also confirmed that it will honour the $79.99 price for anyone who had pre-ordered the device. The pocket-sized peripheral is compatible with several iOS games from launch, including the likes of Bastion and Limbo - both of which we greatly enjoyed.…


Where's My Mickey? goes free on the App Store

News By Alex Beech, 8 months ago
Where's My Mickey? goes free on the App Store

Where's My Mickey?, the rodent-themed tie-in to Disney's mobile hit Where's My Water?, has just had its priced slashed to absolutely nothing. With the combined popularity of both the physics-puzzler series and Disney's mouse mascot, the developer was probably hoping Where's My Mickey? would carve a chunk out of wallets everywhere, and trickle onto every iPhone and iPad in existence. This didn't happen, but it didn't stop us enjoying this new take on the series. Like the original game, Where's My Mickey? has you guiding water to its goal by creating furrows in the earth with a series of swipes. The only notable difference is that your target is now Mickey Mouse instead of a grimy allig…


RHYTHM THIEF & the Paris Caper Review

RHYTHM THIEF & the Paris Caper Review

Using the music mechanics established in the dance-tastic 3DS game Rhythm Thief & the Emperor's Treasure, Sega has just brought the series to iOS with Rhythm Thief & the Paris Caper. The game's story follows Raphael, a character who, despite his youth, is already a renowned thief. His father has suddenly disappeared under mysterious ciircumstances, leaving behind only a coin with a strange mark on it. Deciding his criminal skills can help him find his missing parent,…


Kairosoft's Ninja Village stealthily appears out of nowhere for iPhone and iPad

News By James Gilmour, 8 months ago
Kairosoft's Ninja Village stealthily appears out of nowhere for iPhone and iPad

After almost a year on Android devices, Kairosoft's Ninja Village finally reached the App Store yesterday. As you might expect, it’s quite different from Kairosoft’s most successful game, Game Dev Story, in that it has more ninjas. As the leader of a ninja clan, you must train and gear up your recruits to fight other armies, with the intention of unifying all of Japan. Most of your time will be spent managing your village and taking on battles. Oh, and taking part in the age-old Japanese tradition of recruiting ninja animals. To improve your infantry, archers, gunners, and cavalry, you’ll need money. This means starting up businesses to get the cash flowing in, and…


Breed dragons and create an empire in Doodle Kingdom, out now on the App Store

News By Alex Beech, 8 months ago
 Breed dragons and create an empire in Doodle Kingdom, out now on the App Store

Descending from the clouds into a medieval world of dragons and castles, Doodle Kingdom - which hit the App Store today - promises something a little more down and dirty than its omnipotent predecessor Doodle God. Still utilising the series' algebraic gameplay, Doodle Kingdom will encourage you to add X to Y in order to make Z. In Doodle God, you could use this formula to create life. As the ruler of your own Doodle Kingdom, however, you get to add such delicious sums as "castle + dragon = burning castle." Where its predecessor offered a single path through all of creation, Doodle Kingdom offers more decisions for would-be rulers. You can return your kingdom to prosperity, breed dra…


Assist the world's greatest detective from your iPhone in Sherlock: The Network

News By Alex Beech, 8 months ago
Assist the world's greatest detective from your iPhone in Sherlock: The Network

Having just finished its third season, the BBC's modern take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Baker Street detective will have probably left fans itching for something to keep their wits sharp till the next adventure.  Luckily The Project Factory's Sherlock: The Network is here to keep you amateur sleuths occupied in the meantime. Drawing its inspiration from Sherlock's collection of underground communities, The Network asks you to become a member of the Baker Street Irregulars. This group of homeless helpers unearth information to aid the detective in solving the case. Taking cues from fellow private investigator Professor Layton, the game has you gathering data by solving puzzles o…


RoboCop Review

Review MGM Studios By Alex Beech, 8 months ago
RoboCop Review

Everything has gotten smaller since the eighties. Mobile phones don't need their own suitcases. You can fit a whole arcade in your pocket, and cyber policeman RoboCop has been transformed from a lumbering tank into a sleek, ninja-style killing machine. Developer Glu has taken advantage of all of these facts in its latest movie tie-in, RoboCop. In terms of gameplay RoboCop owes more than a little to the arcade classic Time Crisis. Though the camera perspective has shifted to third…


Magnetized Review

Review ZHI-YU HONG By Alex Beech, 8 months, 1 week ago
Magnetized Review

During your first few minutes with Magnetized, you could be forgiven for thinking that it is going to be a basic puzzler with a single mechanic. Instead, the developer Rocky Hong slowly introduces three different spins on the maze-navigating formula which layer to produce something both addictive and dynamic. As with all time-gobbling puzzlers, the core of Magnetized is simple. You must guide a small block through a colourful maze, ideally picking up three collectibles en route. The…

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Darkly comic PC hit Surgeon Simulator coming to iPad 'soon'

News By James Gilmour, 8 months, 1 week ago
Darkly comic PC hit Surgeon Simulator coming to iPad 'soon'

Get ready to don your surgical gown and anaesthetise the morality centre of your brain: Macabre medical game Surgeon Simulator is officially coming to the App Store. Bossa Studios, the developer behind the sadistically humorous Surgeon Simulator 2013 has been toying around with the idea of porting a version of the game to iPad since last year. Speaking to sister site Pocket Gamer in 2013, developer Tom Jackson said that the team had been working in a new control system to allow players to slice and dice efficiently on touchscreen devices. It looks like they must have cracked it, as Bossa Studios has just posted a teaser trailer (above) confirming that Surgeon Simulator is "coming s…


Movie referencing puzzle adventure Ferris Mueller's Day Off out now on iPhone and iPad

News By Alex Beech, 8 months, 1 week ago
Movie referencing puzzle adventure Ferris Mueller's Day Off out now on iPhone and iPad

If you were to draw a Venn diagram depicting fans of '80s movies and fans of classic point-and-click adventure games, we're pretty sure you would see a significant overlap. If you happen to fall in this catch-all catagory, Glitch Games' Ferris Mueller's Day Off SD - which hit the App Store yesterday - might be of interest to you. Ferris is a mule on the run. As the headteacher of the local school - and owner of the wayward donkey - it is up to you to hunt him down. To do this, you'll need to talk to the townfolk, and solve puzzles which play out in classic point-and-click adventure style. As the referencial title suggests, Ferris Mueller's Day Off SD is filled to the brim with…


Sly Cooper tie-in Bentley's Hackpack sneaks onto the iPad

News By Alex Beech, 8 months, 1 week ago
Sly Cooper tie-in Bentley's Hackpack sneaks onto the iPad

An iPad port of PS Vita and PS3 game Bentley's Hackpack made an unexpected appearance on the App Store yesterday. Bentley's Hackpack is a collection of the three hacking mini-games from Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time. The initial download is free, and offers demos of all of the three mini-game types: Spark Runner, Alter Ego, and System Cracker. Each of these games takes clear inspiration from an arcade classic. Spark Runner is a maze style game where you must gather collectibles on your way to the exit. Alter Ego harkens back to classic side scrolling shoot-'em-ups, and System Cracker is essentially gallery-shooter Combat with a neon coat of paint. While Sony certa…


Fluid-puzzler Feed Me Oil 2 gets 15 new levels in latest update

News By James Gilmour, 8 months, 1 week ago
Fluid-puzzler Feed Me Oil 2 gets 15 new levels in latest update

Gooey liquid-based puzzler Feed Me Oil 2 has just been updated with 15 new levels. Players who download the game's first free content update will unlock the previously inaccessible fifth island. Provided you've collected the 170 stars required to gain entry, you'll be able to explore the island and tackle a brand new batch of fluid-centric conundrums. Also, according to developer Holy Water Games, you can now share your high scores via Facebook if you want. Just bear in mind that most of your friends will probably hate you for it if you do.  We thought Feed Me Oil 2 was an agreeably slick package, calling it "another tight and satisfying puzzle experience" in our review. You can dow…