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Marvel Contest of Champions celebrates its 5th anniversary in style with a cinematic trailer that hints at the game's future

News By Cameron Bald, 18 hours, 15 minutes ago
Marvel Contest of Champions celebrates its 5th anniversary in style with a cinematic trailer that hints at the game's future

Marvel Contest of Champions is celebrating its 5th anniversary in style with a neat cinematic trailer that hints at the future of the game's world and extensive roster of Marvel characters. Contest of Champions launched all the way back in 2014, and since then it's gone from strength to strength. It's now totalled over 2.8 billion hours of play time from over 215 million summoners, with a whopping 70 billion completed fights in total. What's especially impressive is that around 0.8 billion hours of that play time and 31 billion completed fights come from this last year alone. 25 new champions have been added in 2019, bringing the game's total up to an impressive 160 characters. Contest…

Metacritic's top 50 games of the decade is disappointingly light on mobile games

News By Cameron Bald, 5 days, 14 hours ago
Metacritic's top 50 games of the decade is disappointingly light on mobile games

Metacritic, everyone's favourite film, games, and music aggregator, has now released its top 50 highest-rated games of the decade. Truth be told, there are very few surprises here, though what stands out to me is the complete lack of mobile games. Sure, Journey (number 40) and Inside (number 28) eventually got ported over, but there's not a single entry here that originated from iOS or Android.  Even indie darlings like Monument Valley (Metascore of 89), Florence (Metascore of 82), and The Room (Metascore of 89) don't come particularly close to hitting the 91+ Metascore required to feature here. The thing is that there are mobile games from the past decade with a score that's more than…

Dragon Raja, the epic fantasy MMORPG, is now open for pre-registration

News By Cameron Bald, 6 days, 13 hours ago
Dragon Raja, the epic fantasy MMORPG, is now open for pre-registration

Dragon Raja is an ambitious MMORPG which presents the player with a sprawling open world to explore. While it may be set in what looks like a distant future, the story revolves around ancient dragons who once ruled the earth. After a lengthy slumber, they are slowly returning to reclaim their territory, and so, rushed for time and underpowered, a select group of humans merge with dragons to use their immense strength against them. The news today is that the game has now opened for pre-registration for iOS and Android. Visually, it's all really rather impressive, easily rivalling the best-looking MMOs on mobile. It's also said to offer a ton of varied content, from basketball mini-games t…

Cut the Rope creators release cute idle game Om Nom: Merge for iOS and Android

News By Cameron Bald, 1 week, 4 days ago
Cut the Rope creators release cute idle game Om Nom: Merge for iOS and Android

By now, I reckon just about everyone and their gran has played a bit of ZeptoLab's Cut the Rope. The cute physics-based puzzler, originally released all the way back in 2010, starred a little green creature called Om Nom, who also happens to be the star of the studio's latest game, Om Nom: Merge. Unlike Cut the Rope, this one's a fairly straightforward idle game. It sees you working to merge together different types of creatures known as "Nommies". These guys have a real sweet tooth, and they love nothing more than to eat through endless amounts of tasty fruit. Merging them will create faster, more efficient Nommies, allowing you to earn more rewards even when the app is shut. Every Nommie…

Console-quality Dynasty Warriors mobile game opens for pre-registration

News By Cameron Bald, 1 week, 4 days ago
Console-quality Dynasty Warriors mobile game opens for pre-registration

Exciting news today for Dynasty Warriors fans, as a console-quality spinoff for mobile has now opened for pre-registration in China. This isn't the first time the popular series has made its way to iOS and Android, though the quality of the earlier titles has admittedly been rather mixed. Attention was first brought to the game's trailer by Industry Analyst, Daniel Ahmad. According to Ahmad, this latest spinoff will feature a traditional Musou combo system, light RPG mechanics, and the large-scale battles that the series is known for. A new Dynasty Warriors mobile game is in development for the China market, developed by Koei Tecmo's mobile studio. The game aims to replicate console qual…

Eye of Prophecy is an intense dungeon crawler for Android with a great retro aesthetic

News By Cameron Bald, 1 week, 6 days ago
Eye of Prophecy is an intense dungeon crawler for Android with a great retro aesthetic

Stroopwafel Game Studios' Eye of Prophecy is an intense action-adventure title with a striking aesthetic and no shortage of grisly creatures to fell. It's set in a once-idyllic world now ravaged by Galosh, the God of Chaos. You take on the role of a tribesman, Themba, who sets out to save his people and navigate the Eternal Labyrinth to put an end to Galosh's reign of terror. On his quest, he'll take on an army of foul monsters while he gradually hones his skills in combat and learns to overcome what initially may seem like an insurmountable challenge. Dotted throughout the Labyrinth are coins which can be collected to upgrade Themba's speed, strength, and resistance. At its core, Eye of…

Bulbware's gross-out dungeon crawler Poopdie launches December 12th for iOS and Android

News By Cameron Bald, 2 weeks ago
Bulbware's gross-out dungeon crawler Poopdie launches December 12th for iOS and Android

Bulbware's long-in-development dungeon crawler Poopdie is set to launch onto the App Store and Google Play on December 12th. The game takes plenty of cues from the likes of The Binding of Isaac, though its poo and fart-obsessed story and sense of humour seem to be targeting a slightly younger audience. It sees you playing as a young worm called Poopdie. He lives in a world where everyone now finds it impossible to defecate or let out so much as a small fart. Naturally, this results in many folks being slightly grumps and often aggressive. Now fed up with being picked on for his stunning ability to fart, Poopdie heads out to discover the truth behind this widespread affliction and ultimat…

Intense FPS Red Dot soft-launches for Android on Google Play

News By Cameron Bald, 3 weeks, 5 days ago
Intense FPS Red Dot soft-launches for Android on Google Play

Developer OnFace's Red Dot looks like a fairly standard FPS, with a collection of familiar modes from other games in the genre. There's your usual no-thrills Team Death Match, but Red Dot also offers a single-player sniper mode, which reminds me of something like Hitman: Sniper. Maps here range from cities to shipyards to warehouses. Again, very typical military FPS fare. At launch, there are over 50 weapons to collect, which seems like an awful lot. There are assault rifles, snipers, SMGs, heavy MGs, shotguns, pistols, and knives in the mix. You'll be able to customise your arsenal with upgrades and unlockable skins. There are also 5 characters to select from, all boasting their own uni…

Naboki, acclaimed developer Rainbow Train's latest puzzler, launches today for iOS and Android

News By Cameron Bald, 4 weeks ago
Naboki, acclaimed developer Rainbow Train's latest puzzler, launches today for iOS and Android

Acclaimed developer Rainbow Train's latest game, Naboki, is a chilled-out puzzler in the vein of its earlier hits Hook, Push, and Up Left Out. This one's all about gradually deconstructing its many levels in smart and inventive ways. Once again, Rainbow Train is going for a super relaxed vibe and presentation, with some satisfying sound design and a breezy score from Polish musician Wojciech Wasiak. There are no stress-inducing timers or high scores to chase. Instead, it's very much about carefully tinkering with its simple systems, uncovering a surprising amount of depth in the process. Pocket Gamer, our sister site, has reviewed some of Rainbow Train's earlier games, including Hook and…

Machinaero for iOS is all about creating innovative machines

News By Cameron Bald, 1 month ago
Machinaero for iOS is all about creating innovative machines

Developer Emoak, a one-man studio based in Vienna, Austria, is preparing to launch its latest game in December exclusively for iOS. Machinaero sees you dreaming up and building 'any machine that you can imagine', from the most basic of gliders to full-on spaceships. You'll use your handcrafted creations to explore the game's 2D sandbox world by land, sea, and air. Along the way, you'll have to deal with some sizable hazards, including violent winds and rough seas. These are brought to life vividly by the game's impressive simulation of aerodynamics. The game offers 5 distinct environmental types for you to explore, all offering their own challenges. The creative toolset here sounds fairl…

Multiplayer beta test for Mario Kart Tour is exclusive to Gold Pass subscribers

News By Cameron Bald, 1 month, 1 week ago
Multiplayer beta test for Mario Kart Tour is exclusive to Gold Pass subscribers

Since launch, the absence of multiplayer in Mario Kart Tour has been more than a little perplexing. We kinda always knew it was coming, but for an MK game to launch with such an integral feature missing was still enough to draw the ire of certain fans. Now, however, Nintendo has announced over on Twitter that the game will be getting a multiplayer beta in December. The only problem? It's exclusive to Gold Pass subscribers… A real-time multiplayer beta test is planned for December and will be available to #MarioKartTour Gold Pass subscribers.Stay tuned here for more details coming soon. pic.twitter.com/xNIdJE44cI — Mario Kart Tour (@mariokarttourEN) November 1, 2019 Yeah,…

Forgotten Memories, the classic Silent Hill-inspired horror game, has finally arrived on Android

News By Cameron Bald, 1 month, 1 week ago
Forgotten Memories, the classic Silent Hill-inspired horror game, has finally arrived on Android

Psychose Interactive's Silent Hill-inspired horror game Forgotten Memories has finally made its way to Android over four years after launching for iOS. It harkens back to classics of the genre with its mix of tricky puzzling, brutal combat, and psychological scares. The game sees you assume the role of a young woman investigating the disappearance of a child. Rose, the lead, wakes up in a weird place filled with mannequins and a definite air of something being amiss. As she continues to explore, she finds herself embroiled in a 'never-ending tragedy'. This latest version apparently boasts some improvements over the iOS original, though I'm still not sure what they are or how extensive th…

SIMULACRA 2 is an unsettling 'found phone' horror game for iOS and Android

News By Cameron Bald, 1 month, 1 week ago
SIMULACRA 2 is an unsettling 'found phone' horror game for iOS and Android

SIMULACRA 2, Kaigan Games' immersive narrative thriller, is an inventive and discomforting game all about investigating the mysterious death of a young influencer. It uses a phone interface to tell its grisly take, putting you directly into the experience as an investigative journalist. The victim's death has been ruled an accident, but that isn't fooling Detective Murilo. As part of his investigation, he enlists your help to solve the case, and you'll do so by exploring the victim's phone, navigating familiar apps and Maya's messages, videos, and social media to find clues. When it comes time to do so, you can conduct interviews with suspects and witnesses in order to check stories and ca…

Super Dinosaur Kickin' Tail has now launched globally on iOS and Android

News By Cameron Bald, 2 months ago
Super Dinosaur Kickin' Tail has now launched globally on iOS and Android

Super Dinosaur Kickin' Tail, based on the popular CG-animated show, is a Clash Royale-style PVP game that’s just launched globally for iOS and Android. The game's release was first spotted by Kongbakpao.  I actually hadn’t heard of the show prior to now, and so it came as a surprise to learn that it’s based on a comic book series by Robert Kirkman (The Walking Dead, Outcast). The story revolves around child genius Derek Dynamo and his mechanically-enhanced T-Rex pal, Super Dinosaur. Together they combine their powers to do good and protect the world from the villainous Max Maximus. As I say, gameplay here looks very reminiscent of Clash Royale, albeit with a whole…

Gorgeous dungeon crawler MONOLISK launches October 15th

News By Cameron Bald, 2 months, 1 week ago
Gorgeous dungeon crawler MONOLISK launches October 15th

Developer Trickster Arts’ MONOLISK is perhaps best described as a ‘fantasy mobile ARPG, CCG and dungeon builder in a single package’. It’s also really darn nice to look at, boasting a striking art style that I can’t say reminds me of much else out there. The game’s headed for a global release on October 15 on both iOS and Android, and you can pre-register now ahead of launch. At its core, MONOLISK sounds like the dungeon crawlers of yore, mixing hack ‘n’ slash combat with some basic exploration. You’ll collect various equipment, ability, and creature cards in order to work your way through the many tricky dungeons. There are 5 heroe…