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We chat to ANGames about their latest sci-fi strategy title Astrokings, now in open beta on Android

Preferred By AppSpy Staff, 9 months, 4 weeks ago
We chat to ANGames about their latest sci-fi strategy title Astrokings, now in open beta on Android

Astrokings is a new sci-fi strategy RPG from AN Games that’s now in open beta in the United States, UK, Canada, and Australia, featuring a rich story inspired by a best-selling book series and some truly amazing intergalactic multiplayer battles. In Astrokings, humanity has fled to the far reaches of the galaxy to escape Crux, an alien confederation that wants to see the human race destroyed. In the game, you’ll develop your civilization across a number of planets, building space fleets and enacting political policies while defending yourself from the encroaching alien threat. We sat down with Sunny Choi, Project Director at ANGames, to discuss the development process behind…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Blockwick 2

Feature By Christian Valentin, 9 months, 4 weeks ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Blockwick 2

Blockwick 2 is a clever puzzler that takes the familiar block-sliding gameplay and wrings myriad mechanics and clever challenges from that design. Every stage in Blockick presents the same challenge: manuever like-colored blocks around tight levels so they all connect in a single group. That task might be simple, perhaps even solvable through trial and error, but it's the additional objectives and mechanics that elevate Blockwick 2 to something special. Each stage has special runes hidden on the ground, presenting you with the extra challenge of discovering the specific solution that covers all the markings with the blocks. Those elements alone would make Blockwick 2 a difficult puzzler,…

Fast-paced magical combat abounds in fantasy ARPG Darkness Rises [Review]

News By Christian Valentin, 10 months ago

Hidden Gem of the Week: Puzzlepops!

Feature By Christian Valentin, 10 months ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Puzzlepops!

 At a glance, Puzzlepops might be quick to dismiss. It seems much too sweet and charming to be a tricky and challenging puzzle game. But while it may be all familiar concepts and puzzle design, Puzzlepops delivers a bevy of satisfyingly difficult and clever brain-teasers. Along a structure of nodes and path, you need to maneuver candy pieces into the properly colored and sized spots. That last part - size - is crucial, as like candies can combine into larger chunks. On these increasingly claustrophobic grids, where space is a premium and there are different candy types clogging up paths, figuring how and where candies need to be so they can meld never ceases to a challenging aspect o…

Noodlecake’s Suzy Cube is a bright and bouncy 3D platformer, out now on iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 10 months, 1 week ago
Noodlecake’s Suzy Cube is a bright and bouncy 3D platformer, out now on iOS and Android

Platformers on mobile tend to be sidescrolling or auto-runners; far less dare to tackle 3D platforming on touchscreen. Suzy Cube‘s charming aesthetic, varied design, and polished controls make it one of the best recent entries in that category. As the titular cubic hero, you’ll need to run and leap through dozens of stages, framed by a well-placed camera that follows you through tight tunnels, ruin interiors, and precarious outdoors gauntlets. Special pads flung you across stages in graceful arcs, while roaming enemies and moving platforming await as challenges for your jumping prowess. Changes in environments along with ability-changing power-ups and new obstacles keep Suzy…

Command & Conquer: Rivals is fast-paced multiplayer strategy headed to iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 10 months, 1 week ago
Command & Conquer: Rivals is fast-paced multiplayer strategy headed to iOS and Android

Command & Conquer: Rivals is an upcoming mobile distillation of the classic PC strategy series, combining the series' sci-fi warfare and setting with a fast-paced touch-friendly design for iOS and Android. Inspired by games like Clash Royale, Rivals pits players against eachother on the battlefield, tasking each with placing turrets and defenses and unleashing their ground forces to overcome their opponents and take control of a central nuclear missile hub. While you consruct facilities and support structures with your precious Tiberium resources, controlling your infrantry and armored vehicles and mechs is more involved, letting you direct units with taps as their forward movemt…

First-person dino survival game Ark: Survival Evolved makes its way to iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 10 months, 1 week ago
First-person dino survival game Ark: Survival Evolved makes its way to iOS and Android

Among the popular survival games, Ark: Survival Evolved was unique with its dinosaur-ridden landscapes (among other creatures), and now the base-builiding, dimosaur-heavy game is released on mobile.  Alone or with friends in a tribe, your journey ttrough Ark's world is one of resorce gathering, crafting stylish gear for your character, and avoiding or fighting the dozens of dinosaur types. From wooden spears to rocket launchers, your arsenal is vast; equally so are the various biomes, the plethora of animals to battle (or tame), and the towering reinforced basses you can build to protect against the dinosaurs lurking outside. Those creatures may often be monstrous opponents, bu…

Only When Howling offers a personal narrative through interactive art piece

News By Christian Valentin, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Only When Howling offers a personal narrative through interactive art piece

Mobile is no stranger to experience art piece games, from Plug & Play to the recent G30. Only While Howling's vibrant art style and causal design promises a personal and human narrative. Only While Howling revolves around three characters, delving into their pysche through colorful interactive vignettes that explore each person's connections, values, struggles and sacrifices. Gameplay-wise, it's very much a causal experience designed to propel the story forward, taps and drags that cause the environments of its various illustrations to react. From psychedelic panels to scenes of domestic life, Only While Howling explores a vast gamut of imagery and themes, all told through animat…

Nitrome's latest release In The Dog House is a tile-sliding canine puzzler

News By Christian Valentin, 10 months, 2 weeks ago
Nitrome's latest release In The Dog House is a tile-sliding canine puzzler

Nitrome has a long history of colorful pixel art aesthetic and simple-to-play but cleverly-designed puzzle games, and In The Dog House is a fun addition to that roster. This new tile-sliding puzzler injects a touch of spatial manipulation into the familiar formula. When you're away, your canine pets are apparently manuvering through room-flipping puzzles; In The Dog House lets you move rooms around house interiors, reordering them to create paths to the exit. While these challenges start out as simply creating hallways or stairs upward, In The Dog introduces more mechanics, from cats you need to avoid to tiles you can rotate to create new paths.  As you solve the game's 50-plus puzz…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Yellow & Red

Feature By Christian Valentin, 10 months, 3 weeks ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Yellow & Red

Bart Bonte's library of games is one of weird, quirky, tacitle puzzles, often with a focus on experimentation to discover rules and solutions. His two color-themed games Yellow and Red fit this design perfectly, offering myriad mininalist challenges. Both games feature 50 stages, all aesthetically themed as a black background overlaid by a puzzle in the games' corresponding color. Your goal is to fill the screen with a single color, but how you accomplish this goal is what makes Yellow and Red such enjoyable experiences. Every stage features a distinct rule, to be discovered and understand, to solve a puzzle; through experimental taps and swipes and observation, soon that rule or pattern…

Sandbox racer Off The Road receives a gameplay trailer ahead of its July release

News By Christian Valentin, 10 months, 3 weeks ago
Sandbox racer Off The Road receives a gameplay trailer ahead of its July release

The upcoming Off The Road looks to capture the big jumps and hill climbing of arcade offroad racing with a sandbox approach that lets you freely switch between various vehicles, in this unique racer game launching next month on iOS and Android. From speedboat to jeep to big rig to helicopter, Off The Road teases a number of different vehicles to control across its open maps, Moving between vehicles in first person, you can choose them at your leisure, simply racing freely over hills or testing your skills in challenges. Coins to collect and tricky missions like cargo hauls or narrow speedways snaking through mountaintops supplement Off The Road's sandbox design.  Off The Road will b…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Barrier X

Feature By Christian Valentin, 10 months, 4 weeks ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Barrier X

Barrier X puts you in control of a vessel rocketing through an endless expanse at insane velocities, as white barriers appear with alarming speed. The ground beneath your craft turns orange as a visual warning of an upcoming barrier, giving you just enough of a warning to shift right or left and evade destruction by mere moments. It's breathless relentless action, as barriers fly past, barely a blur as you rocket onward. Survive for 15 seconds, and your reward is to go faster, an increase in speed. 30 seconds, and you unlock a new level, while 60 seconds masters that level, a true test of reflexes and reaction. Barrier's slick polished design and wonderful sense of speed would be enough t…

Battle otherworldly beasts in atmospheric action-platformer Feist

News By Christian Valentin, 10 months, 4 weeks ago
Battle otherworldly beasts in atmospheric action-platformer Feist

Feist probably might remind you of Limbo at a glance, with its shadowed aesthetic and woodland environments, but that's where the similarities end. Rather than puzzles, Feist is all about intense brawls with relentless creatures. You're a small fuzzy being, captured by a larger species but able to escape into the hostile wilderness. At every turn, new threats lurk - vicious stinging insects, towering mole-like beasts, swarming spiders - and the only things between you and death are your agility and quick reflexes. As you leap around charging monsters, branches and pine cones become your desperately improvised weapons, giving you just enough breathing room to outmanuever and decide your ne…

Hexologic offers a colorful new variant of Sudoku-style puzzles

News By Christian Valentin, 10 months, 4 weeks ago
Hexologic offers a colorful new variant of Sudoku-style puzzles

Logical deductions are what you need to solve Hexologic's number-based puzzles. In its increasingly tricky challenges, you must fill in its hexagonal grids with the right numbers in the right places, a task harder than it sounds. Each stage in Hexologic is crafted from connected hexagons, with numbers at the ends of rows; you need to place dots within those hexagons so they add up to the numbers. The headscratching comes from the fact that dots can interact along multiple diagonals, so figuring how where to place the correct number of dots without messing up sums horizontally or vertically can become a test of planning steps ahead. Hexologic gradually introduces new mechanics through…

Dodge stellar obstacles in the upcoming arcade game Super Starfish

News By Christian Valentin, 10 months, 4 weeks ago
Dodge stellar obstacles in the upcoming arcade game Super Starfish

Space offers a gorgeous and dangerous gauntlet in Super Starfish, an arcade evasion game in development for iOS and Android. Controlling an agile cosmic fish, you must swim through the galaxy, dodging planets and other hazards along the way. The recently releases teaser trailer showcases a number of different obstacles you'll need to evade during Super Starfish's gameplay, from shifting planets to raining crystals. Later stages will feature more aggressive dangers, such as intermittent laser blasts that force you frantically weave around the incoming beams. Overcoming this reflex-testing challenges will reward you with various collectables, to unlock other celestial creatures to control…