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Autumn Dynasty: Warlords invading the App Store next month

News By James Gilmour, 9 months ago
Autumn Dynasty: Warlords invading the App Store next month

Handsome real-time strategy game Autumn Dynasty is getting an iOS follow-up in November. Titled Autumn Dynasty: Warlords, this sequel will move beyond the battlefield, allowing players to erect cities upon conquered lands, and grow their empires and armies through resource management and wise leadership. According to details released by developer Touch Dimension, the central campaign (which allegedly contains 60-hours-worth of missions) can be completed in a number of ways, giving you the power to groom warlords, and pick and choose your battles. These decision aren't arbitrary, either, with apparently insignificant choices capable of creating a chain reaction which could cause your empir…


Tear through the streets in Blur Overdrive on November 1st

News By James Gilmour, 9 months ago
Tear through the streets in Blur Overdrive on November 1st

For those who enjoy racing games with fewer gear-tuning options and more high-voltage taser attacks, 2010's console-based racer Blur was a bit of a godsend.  Unfortunately, despite positive reviews, the hyper-real street racer didn't sell half as well as it should have. Soon after it launched, the developer responsible, Bizarre Creations, closed its doors for good, apparently killing any prospect of a Blur sequel. Well, it turns out there still developers who think the Blur license deserves another shot at pole position. And, thanks to Appcrowd and Marmalade Play, Blur Overdrive will come burning onto the App Store on November 1st. As this is a mobile game, there have been a few ch…


Echo Prime Review

Echo Prime Review

Having touched a nerve last year with its turn-based strategy hit Hero Academy, Robot Entertainment has returned to the iOS battleground with a new game in tow. Obviously keen to try their hand at a combat system with more immediacy than Hero Academy's asynchronous duels, the team has knocked up a a sci-fi-flavoured action-RPG. Here, the combat is real time, and your enemies' feet aren't rooted to tiles on the floor. You take control of a space-marine type who has been charged with ba…

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Grab Knights of the Old Republic for half price now

News By James Gilmour, 9 months ago
Grab Knights of the Old Republic for half price now

In the pantheon of Star Wars games, BioWare's Knights of the Old Republic will go down in history as one of the greatest.  It's one of the reasons we were so chuffed when the epic space opera set in that galaxy far, far away jumped onto the App Store earlier this year.  If you were put off by the game's £6.99 / $9.99 price tag, however, then you patience has been rewarded, young padawan. As of this very moment, Knights of the Old Republic is available for half-price. Apart from the new touchscreen-friendly control scheme (which is surprisingly decent) we found the iOS version of KOTOR a near perfect recreation of a truly landmark RPG. Don't believe us? Then we suggest y…


Dice Jockey Review

Dice Jockey Review

Whether you play Monopoly, the craps table at your local casino, or a game of Warhammer, we're sure you're all familiar with dice - those little cubes of luck and chance. Dice Jockey takes a little bit of a different tack, demanding you learn the layout of a six-sided die, and use this knowledge to align and match face values to create combos and complete levels. Dragging a die with your finger will roll it along the game grid. The aim is to line up a series of dice so that they all d…

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Paint it Back Review

Paint it Back Review

Anyone whose spent any time on a Nintendo system should be familiar with Picross, the puzzle game which involves creating pixelated pictures by filling in squares on a grid. To help you solve these puzzles, numbers are attached to the end of every row and column. These numbers tell you how many squares must be filled, and how many should be left blank. The trick is to work out which squares you need to paint to complete the picture without putting a foot wrong along the way. It's a si…

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A sequel to New Star Soccer possibly in the works

News By Dave Flodine, 9 months ago
A sequel to New Star Soccer possibly in the works

This is probably more from James' wheelhouse as Football is a much bigger deal in the UK where he resides, rather than Australia where I reside. For instance, I was actually unaware of New Star Soccer or its popularity (it won the BAFTA award for best sports game of the year), but in a recent studio profile from our sister site Pocketgamer.biz, developer Simon Read talks about his team's desire to create a full sequel that will span all console and handheld devices (including mobile of course). This is exciting news for fans of the game. If any of you wish to educate me on why you enjoy New Star Soccer so much, please do so in the comments!…


Brainsquare is set to test your grey matter

News By Dave Flodine, 9 months ago
Brainsquare is set to test your grey matter

The premise of Brainsquare seems simple enough - swipe coloured tiles around until they all line up with their corresponding pegs. Watching it in action though makes my brain squeal in terror. The trailer might instill similar reactions in you. Watch at your own risk! The game is from Sompom Creative Studio, a young indie studio based in Cambodia. Those with a penchant to test their mental wits will likely delight at the challenge held within Brainsquare. For the rest of us... well, the game is free, so why not give it a try? You might enjoy what it has to offer. [App Store Link]…


The Wolf Among Us coming to the App Store this autumn

News By James Gilmour, 9 months ago
The Wolf Among Us coming to the App Store this autumn

Having floored the critics with is multi-award-winning interactive comic book adaptation The Walking Dead: The Game, Telltale Games is prepping fairytale-inspired follow-up The Wolf Among Us for the App Store. Based on another comic book property - this time the Fables series - The Wolf Among Us casts you as Bigby Wolf, a man with more than a little animal inside him. It's up to Wolf to get to the bottom of a grisly murder, the solving of which will involve interacting other characters pulled from the pages of folklore. Along the way, you'll be forced to make difficult decisions which could have huge repercussions further on in the game. As you can see from the trailer (above) fans…


ARC Squadron: Redux Review

Review Psyonix By Dave Flodine, 9 months ago
ARC Squadron: Redux Review

Last year, developer Psyonix released Arc Squadron, a well-reviewed space shooter with great controls and a load of content. Now almost a year later, the dev has restructured the game, introduced a few balancing tweaks, and made the whole experience free-to-play. This is Arc Squadron: Redux. As your ship (and the galaxy) is under attack by the mysterious and violent Guardians, humanity needs all the help it can get. You take control of a lowly janitor who finds himself in the cockpit…

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Hero Academy creator's new game Echo Prime out now

News By James Gilmour, 9 months ago
Hero Academy creator's new game Echo Prime out now

Echo Prime, the new sci-fi action-RPG from Hero Academy creator Robot Entertainment, has just warped onto the App Store. While Hero Academy took a turn-based approach to its fantasy fisticuffs, Echo Prime is all about real time swordplay and flying lasers.  Cast as a space marine-looking security operative, you have to a series of vessels and fight your way through an intimidating roster of bio-mechanical aggressors. Helping you along the way are Echoes - ethereal spirits who grant you special powers and perks which can be triggered during battles. There's a touch of Hero Academy's asynchronous multiplayer mojo in the mix, too. If you like, you can call upon other player's Ec…


Catch up with Rayman Fiesta Run on November 7th

News By James Gilmour, 9 months ago
Catch up with Rayman Fiesta Run on November 7th

Everyone's favourite floaty-limbed hero is set to dash onto the App Store again next month. You see, Ubisoft, custodian of the Rayman series, has just announced that auto-runner sequel Rayman Fiesta Run will be available on iOS from November 7th. If you're familiar with last year's Rayman Jungle Run, then you'll understand why we're so excited for this fiery sequel. By combining the visual style of gorgeous console platformer Rayman Origins with short, ingenious levels, and a simple one-touch control scheme, developer Pastagames cooked up a real winner with Rayman Jungle Run. Though this follow-up has been developed by Ubisoft Casablanca, it looks like the team has stuck pretty close to…


DEAD TRIGGER 2 Review

DEAD TRIGGER 2 Review

In a world filled with derivative grey zombie shooters, how do you make yours stand out from the shambling crowd. In the case of Madfinger's 2012 hit Dead Trigger, the answer was simple: make it look fantastic. However, though it was definitely one of the prettiest games on the App Store, it was let down by repetitive gameplay, dull enemies, and freemium grind fatigue. With Dead Trigger 2, Madfinger has attempted to inject some variety into the series, adding new zombie types, more va…

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Color Zen Kids is Colour Zen... for kids!

News By Dave Flodine, 9 months ago
Color Zen Kids is Colour Zen... for kids!

Color Zen is shaping up to be one of my favourite games this year so far. I have a soft spot for simple and elegant puzzle titles, the colour matching and wiping gameplay of the original just hit that sweet spot of pure engagement. Today on the App Store, Large Animal Games releases Color Zen Kids. The game is targeting the 3 - 5 year old market, and tries to make the shapes more engaging by creating animals out of them, which the player then rearranges to meld together, eventually leaving a swath of only one colour. Have a look at the trailer... I don't have any kids myself, so couldn't comment on whether the game might be too complex or not engaging enough for them, but I like how…