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App Store picks what I play: Calculator 2: The Game

Feature By Cameron Bald, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
App Store picks what I play: Calculator 2: The Game

This week, I’ve decided to let the App Store and Google Play recommendation algorithms decide what I’ll be playing. As with any recommendation algorithm, the logic behind every one of these picks is entirely flawless. Calculator 2: The Game, the sequel to Calculator: The Game, a game I’d never played or ever really heard of prior to now, was my first recommendation. Already the algorithm is killing it, suggesting for me –a man without a proper maths qualification – a game all about messing with numbers and stuff. I load it up and am put into a tutorial with a very smiley-faced rectangle. They go through the basics, offering me two responses to every hint &nd…

Developers we’d love to see on Playdate: Part 6

Feature By Cameron Bald, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Developers we’d love to see on Playdate: Part 6

For the 6th entry in our list of developers we’d love to see on Panic’s Playdate, we’ve veered sharply into horror territory with two very different developers. So far, we’ve listed the likes of Swery 65, thatgamecompany, Platinum Games, and Asymmetric. Playdead Best known for its striking environmental designs, unparalleled attention to detail, and grim worlds, the Danish Playdead is one of the most renowned indie developers of all time, despite having only put out 2 games. It certainly helps that those games are Limbo and Inside, two extremely confident, authored puzzlers. Both games’ allegorical underpinnings continue to draw the ire of those who would tak…

Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall lets you collect and play as your favourite GOT characters

News By Cameron Bald, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall lets you collect and play as your favourite GOT characters

Game of Thrones: Beyond the Wall is the latest mobile-bound game based on HBO’s wildly successful fantasy series. It seems to be a strategy RPG of sorts, with a large focus on collecting the show’s most iconic characters. It comes to us from GAEA Mobile, the publisher behind the likes of Ace of Arenas and Heroes of Camelot. On the development side of things is Behaviour Interactive. Of all the many Game of Thrones games we’ve seen over the years – including Game of Thrones: Conquest, Reigns: Game of Thrones, and Telltale's story-based Game of Thrones series – this one looks like one of the most promising. You’re tasked with commanding a Night’s W…

Developers we’d love to see on Playdate: Part 5

Feature By Cameron Bald, 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Developers we’d love to see on Playdate: Part 5

On now to the 5th instalment of our list of developers we’d love to see on Panic’s Playdate. So far we’ve put together quite the line-up, including Lucas Pope, SWERY 65, and even Platinum Games. This time around, we’ve got one sensible pick and another, well, not so sensible one. Ojiro "Moppin" Fumoto Ojiro "Moppin" Fumoto, developer of 2015’s gunshoe-blasting Downwell, could certainly bring some rapid-fire platforming goodness to the Playdate. Fumoto’s striking visuals would translate well to the black and white display, and I’d love to see how he’d make use of that crank. Following up Downwell would be no easy task, but a similarly fast-pa…

K-Pop sensation BTS releases BTS WORLD, a boyband management game for iOS and Android

News By Cameron Bald, 4 months, 3 weeks ago
K-Pop sensation BTS releases BTS WORLD, a boyband management game for iOS and Android

BTS WORLD, a story-based game that lets you become the manager of K-Pop boyband BTS, is now available for download over on the App Store and Google Play. As someone who has almost no knowledge of the band’s music or history, I don't exactly fall into the target demographic for BTS WORLD; but, admittedly, the trailer featured in an article over on Metro has actually impressed me a fair bit. You can receive text messages from the boys, take video calls, help them with their very busy schedules, and even manage their social media. The various decisions you make throughout your management career will seemingly have an impact on the way the narrative plays out. And, on top of all that,…

Wholesome dating sim Dream Daddy comes to mobile tomorrow

News By Cameron Bald, 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Wholesome dating sim Dream Daddy comes to mobile tomorrow

Game Grumps’ wholesome dad dating sim, Dream Daddy, is finally headed to iOS and Android tomorrow, June 25th, with a Switch version set to launch on July 2nd. The game’s development started all the way back in 2016, after members of the popular YouTube channel Game Grumps were inspired by the success of Hatoful Boyfriend to make their own dating sim.  It’s a visual novel that sees you playing as a single dad. Most of your time will be spent sifting through text, spending time with your daughter, and going on dates with the game’s many goofball dads – all of who come with their own mini-games and multiple potential endings to their story. There are 7 dad…

Valve’s strategy battler Dota Underlords springs up on the App Store and Google Play

News By Cameron Bald, 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Valve’s strategy battler Dota Underlords springs up on the App Store and Google Play

Valve’s streamlined take on Auto Chess, Dota Underlords, is now available for download over on the App Store and Google Play. It’s being described as a “strategy battler” where you collect and upgrade heroes to take on other players in strategic PvP matches. The general idea is that you optimise your crew to create unique alliances. Stacking your team with allied heroes means stat-buffs, which in turns means an easier win. There’s also a story here that involves a gritty city and a fight for control, though surely nobody’s playing Auto Chess games for their narrative, right? It’s a crossplay and cross-progression title, meaning you can play with…

Developers we’d love to see on Playdate: Part 4

Feature By Cameron Bald, 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Developers we’d love to see on Playdate: Part 4

Here we are now on the fourth part of our list of developers we’d love to see make something for Panic’s Playdate. We’ve already included Asymmetric, thatgamecompany, Lucas Pope, SWERY65, Robert Yang, and Platinum Games. Next up, we’ve got a developer with serious storytelling chops and a team that specialises in horror. Giant Sparrow Despite only having put out 2 games, Giant Sparrow has cemented itself as one of the best storytellers in the medium. Both the Unfinished Swan and What Remains of Edith Finch are short, deeply moving titles that use basic gameplay hooks to explore themes of childhood, loss, mental health, and insidious families. Much like the best vig…

Classic puzzler Professor Layton and the Diabolical Book has launched for iOS and Android

News By Cameron Bald, 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Classic puzzler Professor Layton and the Diabolical Book has launched for iOS and Android

Layton: Diabolical Box in HD, the remastered version of DS classic Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box, has just now popped up on the App Store and Google Play. Diabolical Box originally released all the way back in 2007. It was the second entry in the beloved Professor Layton series, following on from Professor Layton and the Mysterious Village. They were acclaimed shots of story-driven puzzling that hailed from Japanese developer and publisher Level-5. They’ve actually held up really quite well thanks to their simple anime-style visuals and accessible logic-based puzzles. They all follow Layton and his pal Luke on their mystery-solving adventures – think a more relaxed Ho…

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite takes the Pokémon Go formula in a wild new direction

News By Cameron Bald, 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Harry Potter: Wizards Unite takes the Pokémon Go formula in a wild new direction

Niantic’s highly anticipated Harry Potter: Wizards Unite is set to launch on iOS and Android on June 21st. Niantic is of course the studio behind the impossibly popular Pokémon Go and the hugely influential Ingress. This latest game sees the team bravely bringing its genre-leading augmented reality tech to a very niche series called Harry Potter. The AR market has been flooded with Pokémon Go copycats since its online discourse-dominating launch that, if you can remember back that far, saw everyone and their nan heading out to nab themselves a Squirtle. Despite its barebones state, Go provided one of the silliest, most memorable summers in recent memory. The worldwide…

Hello Hero All Stars launches on iOS and Android

Preferred By AppSpy Staff, 4 months, 4 weeks ago
Hello Hero All Stars launches on iOS and Android

Known for their previous games Hello Hero and Hello Hero Epic Battle, Fincon’s latest title allows you to grow and manage your eccentric little mobile heroes even when the game is switched off. As a fantasy idle RPG then, Hello Hero All Stars doesn’t need continuous input from the player, instead, it allows you to progress when you’re focusing on other important stuff, like watching the latest drama on Netflix or doing the washing up. Ok, scratch that last one. The basic premise of the game is to defeat enemies, rescue heroes and to advance further along the road. Over time you’ll collect shiny new items and gear to enhance your heroes so they can combat tougher f…

Best mobile games of the year so far: Tropico

Feature By Cameron Bald, 5 months ago
Best mobile games of the year so far: Tropico

So here’s something slightly different, a strategy game, to mix things up. Honestly, I’ve lost count of what entry we’re on now – 10, maybe? 11? I don’t know. But what I do know is that 2019 has already been so packed with good games that I could easily keep this whole thing going until we’re bringing in the New Year. I won’t, probably, but I could, maybe. Tropico, everyone’s favourite dictator-simulator, launched on iPad last year, but only recently became available for iPhone. Like most strategy games, it’s all about long-term planning and weighing up the dozens of options given to you at any one time. Want to be a fairly progressive d…

Developers we’d love to see on Playdate: Part 1

Feature By Cameron Bald, 5 months ago
Developers we’d love to see on Playdate: Part 1

The recent announcement of Panic’s Playdate handheld and its interesting method of game distribution has got me thinking up all sorts of dream collaborations. With the potential for more than one season of games, we could end up seeing dozens of awesome Playdate-exclusive projects from our favourite teams. A few of these developers could well feature in season 1, which would be lovely, but I’d also like to propose a few stranger picks. So here are the first two developers that I think could be a great fit for the weird and (hopefully) wonderful Playdate. Asymmetric Asymmetric’s western epic West of Loathing is one of my favourite games in recent memory. It’s bursti…

Best mobiles games of the year so far: The Gardens Between

Feature By Cameron Bald, 5 months ago
Best mobiles games of the year so far: The Gardens Between

I reckon, by now, I’ve probably offered up a varied enough selection of GOTY candidates to justify throwing in another premium, story-based title. I’ve got a racer, a runner, a couple of roguelikes, another runner, two platformers, and some that don’t fit quite as tidily into any of the above. The Gardens Between The Gardens Between tells the story of two kids who escape the mundanity of their suburban setting to head out on an adventure through their own memories. It sounds almost too painfully twee on paper, but part of the appeal here is that very precarious balancing act. The player takes on the role of a nameless, omnipresent being floating above and guiding the two…

Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad trots out Sam Fisher for a bit of 5v5 shooter action

News By Cameron Bald, 5 months ago
Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad trots out Sam Fisher for a bit of 5v5 shooter action

During what was one of the most uneventful conferences in what has been a lacklustre E3, Ubisoft announced its latest foray into the world of mobile gaming – Tom Clancy’s Elite Squad. This one throws together a bunch of “iconic” characters from the Clancyverse, including Sam Fisher and that bloke from The Division. It looks to be a 5v5 tactical shooter of sorts, with a campaign mode and extensive customisation options to boot. While the game itself seems fine, it’s a bit upsetting to once again find my man Sam Fisher being relegated to little more than a cameo character. In the mix, we’ve got everyone’s favourite buff military dudes and their mil…