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Home » Apps with tag ' iOS'

Hidden Gem of the Week: Trigger

Feature By Christian Valentin, 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Trigger

Trigger is a frantic, colorful, same-screen multiplayer game that adds the physics-based wackiness of Wrestle Jump and similar games to top-down shooter action. A button in the corner of the screen lets players control their tiny tank. simultaneously rotating your vehicle and firing a projectile. This simple control scheme imbues the hectic game with a skillful element that priortizes positioning and timing, as you evade enemy shots and plan out your movements. Various power-ups appear through the arenas, granting you the abilities to release mines and let your projectiles ricochet. Getting hit isn't the end of your game though; instead you find yourself on foot, forced to race back to an…

Grapple with quirky comedic physics in Rowdy Physics [Review]

News By Christian Valentin, 3 weeks, 1 day ago

Break apart increasingly complex jigsaw grids in relaxing puzzler Unpuzzle

News By Christian Valentin, 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Break apart increasingly complex jigsaw grids in relaxing puzzler Unpuzzle

Reminiscent of games like Hook and the recent Up Left Out, Unpuzzle takes the block-sliding puzzler and challenges you to unmake each mess of blocks while managing a number of different mechanics. Unpuzzle starts simply, asking you only to slingshot blocks off the main jigsaw structure. The initial rules means you can’t release blocks if their path is...blocked or if they‘re connected to more than one piece. But Unpuzzle quickily begins introducing new mechanics that build upon that early ruleset. Soon you’re dealing with blocks that require a certain amount of pieces to be removed before you can interact with them, blocks that can only slide in certain directions, bloc…

Build your dream metropolis when Pocket City arrives on iOS and Android on July 31st

News By Christian Valentin, 3 weeks, 3 days ago
Build your dream metropolis when Pocket City arrives on iOS and Android on July 31st

Mobile has had fair share of city builders, from the skyscraper-based Project Highrise to the card-game hybrid Concrete Jungle, but the ambitious Pocket City looks to be condense the familiar complexity of SimCity and its style of games into an iOS/Android-friendly package. In classic genre fashion, your god’s eye mayoral view places all the functions of a city at your fingertips, from designating residential and industrial zones, to managing taxes, to constructing recreation areas and developing parks, to handling crime and dealing with disasters. Zoning will be crucial to keeping your citizens happy and your city functioning, while completing missions for different citizens…

Motorsport Manager 3 gives you more control over its Formula 1 racing simulation than ever before [Review]

News By Christian Valentin, 4 weeks ago

Galak-Z Variant Mobile brings the frenetic space shooter to iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 4 weeks ago
Galak-Z Variant Mobile brings the frenetic space shooter to iOS and Android

Originally released in 2015 for PC and PS4, Galak-Z Variant Mobile, as the name suggests, is a modified port designed to work for touchscreens, letting mobile gamers enjoy Galak-Z's evasive combat and relentless enemies, both mechanical and alien. Perhaps the most critical aspects of Galak-Z that seperates it from other hectic shoot-em-ups is its combination of stealth and transforming mech actions. Enemy ships have line of sight and your ship makes different amounts of noise based on movement, so you can flank enemies and ambush them from behind for extra damage or just hide to avoid a particularly tough foe you can't defeat yet. Or you could transform into your mech form to deflec…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Super Arc Light

Feature By Christian Valentin, 4 weeks, 1 day ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Super Arc Light

Super Arc Light's premise couldn't be more simple: there's a base in the center of the screen, there's a single turret guarding the entrance's perimeter, and there's an endless wave of geometric enemies approaching. It's a formula as old as Space Invaders, presented here in a slick minimalist style, colorful rounds contrasting against the stark black-and-white battleground. There are no extra modes to unlock, no alternate difficulties, nothing to upgrade. Super Arc Light is pure distilled shmup action. Your turret automatically travels around the base's circular entrance; holding down slows time and fires, while letting go reverses the direction of your rotation. Once you get a feel for t…

Dice and dungeon crawling abound in Fighting Fantasy Legends [Review]

News By Christian Valentin, 1 month ago

Solve tricky logic puzzles in The Sequence 2, releasing on iOS next month

News By Christian Valentin, 1 month ago
Solve tricky logic puzzles in The Sequence 2, releasing on iOS next month

The Sequence 2 is an abstract logic-based puzzler in the vein of games like SpaceChem and Perfect Paths, challenging you to construct elaborite Rube Goldberg-esque mechanisms that work in harmony to transport inputs to a waiting output. Your goal is simple: manuever a red circles across the hexagonal grid to an exit tile. But that's not so easy when you need to do so by synchronizing numerous nodes to work together to move those circles through the tight map, not just once but in repeatable cycles that don't stall mid-loop.  The nodes you place have various functions, from pushing or pulling circles to rotating their position. Combining those functions allow you to methodically…

Grimvalor is an upcoming dark fantasy action platformer from the creators of Swordigo

News By Christian Valentin, 1 month, 1 week ago
Grimvalor is an upcoming dark fantasy action platformer from the creators of Swordigo

Six years after the release of charming metroidvania Swordigo, developer Touch Foo has revealed a new game, a fast and detailed action platformer called Grimvalor. The brief teaser showcases a dark fantasy world stretching from snowing cliff paths to monster-infested ruins, as you agilely leap and slice through fierce foes. An acrobatic combat system lets you dash around and dodge over enemies while unleashes powerful special attacks, while equipment and leveling up upgrades your character with new skills. The hack-n-slash teases of the trailer and images promise challenging boss fights as well, testing your prowess with the game's evasive melee while mastering each boss' attack patterns…

Interlogic is a clever matching puzzler coming soon to iOS

News By Christian Valentin, 1 month, 1 week ago
Interlogic is a clever matching puzzler coming soon to iOS

The matching puzzler is one of the familiar on mobile, and yet every once in a while, a clever hybrid finds a unique approach for the mechanic, such as Swap Sword and Six Match. Interlogic offers its own twist on the formula, combining tile-matching with Sokoban-inspired block pushing. Controlling a tiny truck, you need to make matches in each level not through swiping tiles but by pushing them with your vehicle. This change turns matches into spatial challenge that forces you to consider how to move around a level, how to precisely push tiles, and when to make matches you can make space for your truck. Increasingly tight level design, barriers, and other mechanics add further complexity…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Hexa Turn

Feature By Christian Valentin, 1 month, 1 week ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Hexa Turn

Hexa Turn is a minimalist logic puzzler, placing your barrier-construction abiltiies againsit a predictable AI and tricky level configurations. As a concept, Hexa Turn is quite simple: a triangle relentlessly travels the hexagon grid turn-by-turn, taking the shortest possible route towards squares on the grid. It's your job to prevent that by filling in hexagons to create barriers, blocking off the triangle's path and redirecting its approach, until you've trapped it with no viable moves forward. That's easier said than done when once Hexa Turn starts adding multiple squares to protect and larger grids for the triangle to move across. Even without the mechanics that come later, Hexa Turn…

Squirgle turns arithmetic into a hectic and hypnotic fast-paced puzzle game

News By Christian Valentin, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Squirgle turns arithmetic into a hectic and hypnotic fast-paced puzzle game

When you think of a math puzzler, you're probably thinking of game revolving around adding, substracting, multiplying, or maybe constructing geometric shaoes. Squirgle's approach is both familiar and abstract: combining arithemtic with a kaleidoscopic aesthetic, number bases, color matching, and a ticking clock. Squirgle looks complex at the first glance - and it does have a number of mechanics to manage - but it's simpler to imagine the shapes along the bottoms of its screen instead as numbers. A point equals 1, a line has two points and so equals 2, a triangle has three points and equals 3, and so on until looping back to the point, depending on the number base you're playing with. Your…

Up Left Out is a minimalist new take on the block-sliding from the creator of Klocki and HOOK

News By Christian Valentin, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Up Left Out is a minimalist new take on the block-sliding from the creator of Klocki and HOOK

Klocki, HOOK, and Push all played with their familiar genre elements to deliver uniquely minimalist puzzlers with clever mechanics and the new Up Left Out does the same for block sliding puzzle games. Each of Up Left Out’s 50 stages is a collection of blocks, most marked with lines to connect like circuits rather than matching colors or more traditional objectives. Those blocks are often linked to pegs, forcing you to not just slide blocks around the stage but first figure out to how to free blocks from their pegs. This additional challenge introducing a challenging extra step to Up Left Out’s colorful puzzles. Soon, you’re also dealing with buttons that activate barrie…

Mika Mobile's RPG sequel Battleheart 2 releases on iOS next month

News By Christian Valentin, 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Mika Mobile's RPG sequel Battleheart 2 releases on iOS next month

Mika Mobile's games have always had a unique look and style, blending their notably charming aesthetc with skillful mechanics across various genres. With Battleheart 2, they're returning to the real-time party-based RPG action of the original, now with new classes, new perks, and a vibrant new art style. While the spin-off Battleheart Legacy focused on a single hero to control, Battleheart 2 revives the original's gameplay, letting you build varied parties to tackle challenging groups of fantasy foes and difficult bosses. Choosing from twelve classes - from Necromancer to Samurai - battle is waged through precise taps. directing units and performing powerful skills to control, debuff, and…