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Hidden Gem of the Week: Toast Time

Feature By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 5 months ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Toast Time

Beneath Toast Time’s absurd premise of toast-shooting warrior against time-stealing inter-dimensional enemies lies a hectic arcade game with controls and action designed to suit mobile perfectly. Reminiscent of Super Crate Box, Toast Time’s action revolves around a pool of different weapon types, tight arenas, and projectile-changing crates to grab. One touch controls combat and movent, as each shot fired propels in the opposite direction; these simple mechanics allow for varied scenarios as walls, platforms, and special items like jump pads get added to the arenas and forcing you to make more precise shots. You could fire randomly, but for the best scores, you’ll need t…

Death Coming brings cute-yet-violent puzzles to the App Store next week

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 5 months ago
Death Coming brings cute-yet-violent puzzles to the App Store next week

The Final Destination series grossed out audiences with elaborate gory deaths for over a decade, but Death Coming takes a decidedly more charming approach to fatal Rube Goldberg scenarios when it released on iOS on March 13th. In this pixel-art puzzler, you are an agent of Death, orchestrating elaborate fatalities within sandbox levels where unsuspecting victims roam. Through observation, you must figure how to set up death traps. From crowded downtown streets to missile facilities where accident-prone scientists work, you’ll need to solve those bloody puzzles by manipulating the environment and altering people‘s behaviors, all while avoiding the watchful gaze of the angels th…

Uncover a sci-fi conspiracy in cyberpunk adventure Read Only Memories: Type-M

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 5 months ago
Uncover a sci-fi conspiracy in cyberpunk adventure Read Only Memories: Type-M

Many cyberpunk games present their worlds through a dark Blade Runner-inspired lens, all towering neon-lit skyscrapers and moody rain-drenched streets. Thus, Read Only Memories: Type-M‘s colorful pixel art characters and environments offer a different take on the cyberpunk adventure game, available now on the App Store. Set on the streets of Neo-San Franciso, Read Only Memories follows a sentient machine and a journalist as they team up to investigate a conspiracy that shakes the foundation of their society. Inspired by the point-n-clicks of the 90s, your adventure is one of solving puzzles and questioning locals throughout the city; who you question and the choices you make wi…

Sam Barlow’s #WarGames heads to iOS on March 14th

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 5 months ago
Sam Barlow’s #WarGames heads to iOS on March 14th

Sam Barlow started a full-notion resurgence with his unique detective mystery Her Story, where you pieced together the truth of a crime through dozens of interview video clips; his next project #WarGames explores FMV from a different angle and is bringing a techno thriller game to iOS later this month.  As the title suggests, #WarGames is a modernized reimagining of the 80s film of the same name. While the movie was product of Cold War era fears of nuclear war, the game updates the tale to one of modern-day “hacktivists”, episonage, and digital technology. Following the story of Kelly and her international group of hackers, #WarGames is presented through various webcams,…

Quirky javelin-flinging action game Lichtspeer is now available on the App Store

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 5 months ago
Quirky javelin-flinging action game Lichtspeer is now available on the App Store

A single javelin may not seem like enough to hold back an army of towering giants, sharply-dressed zombies, and glasses-wearing walruses, but that javelin probably isn’t the Lichtspeer. Armed with the powerful laser spear, this new iOS arcade-action game pits you against waves of weird foes and much more. Across this odd sci-fi fantasy landscape and over 60 stages, you fight at the behest of the Licht gods, talking aim with your titular weapon against varied encroaching monsters. With familiar slingshot controls, your graceful throws pierce eyes and heads and other weak points, requiring precision and timing to defeat deadlier enemies and looming bosses. A single enemy reaching you…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Knotmania

Feature By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 5 months ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Knotmania

The zen puzzler is somewhat rare on mobile. Often many of the more minimalist games that avoid timers or other pressure still revolve around mechanics that can be challenging or tricky. The figurine winding of Zenbound and the silhouette construction of Shadowmatic fall into the category of simple, calmly paced puzzlers and so does this week’s hidden gem Knotmania. Rather than untying ropes or threads, Knotmania takes a more quirky approach: untangling living creatures, a twisted knot of squirming textured worms. Begin tugging and dragging and, as expected, they resist and twist away, moving in slow graceful movements as if through water or in zero gravity. With both a single worm o…

Inkle's sci-fi archaeological adventure Heaven's Vault receives a gameplay trailer

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 5 months ago
Inkle's sci-fi archaeological adventure Heaven's Vault receives a gameplay trailer

Inkle has been at the forefront of the interactive fiction genre on mobile, with their Sorcery series and 80 Days. But while those games were adaptations and reinventions of existing works, Inkle’s next game Heaven’s Vault is completely original, and the archaeology-based adventure finally has a trailer showcasing its gameplay and mechanics.  Traveling the stellar rivers of the Nebula, Aliya Elasra and her robot companion Six are on a mission to uncover the secrets of the worlds that make up the Nebula. Through your choices, you guide the duo between alien ruins and events throughout open environments,  learning and decoding an extraterrestrial language to gathe…

Asphalt 9: Legends soft-launches its gorgeous arcade racing on the Philippines app store

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 5 months ago
Asphalt 9: Legends soft-launches its gorgeous arcade racing on the Philippines app store

The Asphalt series has been bringing impressive arcade racing to mobile for over a decade and its latest, and ninth, game Legends looks like it might be the fastest and prettiest entry yet. While the worldwide release is still in the works, the game is currently available through a soft launch in the Philippines. Featuring over fifty cars to unlock, Legends once again unleashed you on twisting tracks in  hectic Burnout-inspired races, complete with huge jumps and crashing rival racers. Tracks take you from the tornado-threatened roads of the Midwest to the narrow mountain passes of the Himalayas, with each successful finish letting you upgrade and customize your favorite vehicle…

Plan planet-wide conflicts in sci-fi real-time strategy game Element

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 5 months ago
Plan planet-wide conflicts in sci-fi real-time strategy game Element

Real time strategy games often revolve flat battlefields, managing bases and your army along frontlines. Element takes that idea and gives it a global twist, challenging you to wage war on land, sea, and space. Across low-poly planets, Element places you in the role of a commander in a futuristic conflict. The solar system is dying and each planet is another foothold to gather resources in your race for interstellar expansion. As you expand your network of mines and capture useful territory on planet surfaces, your options grow, letting you unleash supply drones and low-orbit artillery strikes that streak around the planet towards targets. Improve your tech enough and you can even harvest…

A Steel Media round-up for the week of February 19th

Feature By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 5 months ago
A Steel Media round-up for the week of February 19th

Here’s another weekly round-up of news, previews, and features from Pocket Gamer, 148Apps, and the rest of our sister sites. On our Youtube page, James Gilmour provides his impressions of Alto’s Odyssey, praising its mesmerizing sense of place and aesthetic, the addicting flow of its mechanics, and the engaging evolution of the first game’s design. For Pocket Gamer, Jon Mundy provides a list of worthy titles for the player looking for Metal Gear Solid-style gameplay on the go, if the recent Metal Gear Survive isn’t sating that niche. The long range assassinations of Hitman: Sniper, the camera-hacking sleuthing of Republique, and several others make…

Test your trap-dodging reflexes in hectic arcade runner Glitch Dash, out for iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 5 months ago
Test your trap-dodging reflexes in hectic arcade runner Glitch Dash, out for iOS and Android

High scores and dangerous gauntlets await in Glitch Dash, the latest entry to The well-trodden genre of extra-challenging arcade games. From Temple Run to the frenetic Super Hexagon, it’s a genre quite at home on mobile and Glitch Dash brings a striking aesthetic and twisting stages to the table. Each stage in Glitch Dash forms before your sprinting perspective, revealing lanes of barriers, spikes, lasers, and other traps to evade. Quick reactions will see you deftly side-stepping, leaping over, or sliding under walls, while massive hammers rhythmically smash down upon your path and swinging blades force you to time your lane switching. To add to the hectic nature of your run, speci…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Dark Echo

Feature By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 5 months ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Dark Echo

Many horror games rely on jump scares and creepy atmosphere, but the stealth/horror/puzzle hybrid Dark Echo takes a different approach, instead conjuring horror from the unknown and unseen, through minimalist visuals and immersive audio. While other mobile games like Papa Sangre and The Nightjar have delivered gameplay through sound, Dark Echo melds visuals with sound; every level starts out with a black screen, your white footprints the only color amid the surrounding dark. Move forward and lines emanate in all directions, the sound of your footsteps visualized, bouncing off the walls and revealing the environment. Without sound, you are blind. Your goal is simply to find the exit. Howev…

Dissembler offers a colorful twist on the matching puzzler, available on iOS

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 5 months ago
Dissembler offers a colorful twist on the matching puzzler, available on iOS

Ian MacLarty’s past games like Boson X and Black Hole Joyrider have all taken uniquely different angles on the runner genre, whether it’s the former‘s rotating gauntlets or Joyrider’s limited-fuel races. His newest iOS title, Dissembler, shifts from hectic arcade action to colorful minimalist puzzles, but maintains the trend of taking a different approach with its genre. At its core, Dissembler is a matching puzzler, challenging you to shift tiles and match colors. But rather than new tiles appearing or the goal of a high score, Dissembler presens you with over a hundred single-screen collages and asks you to break down the design tile-by-tile, until none remain. T…

Cute platformer Reed makes the jump from Android to iOS on March 8th

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 6 months ago
Cute platformer Reed makes the jump from Android to iOS on March 8th

After releasing last year on Android, Reed is bringing its cat-like character and challenging platforming to the App Store next month. As an agile creation of a powerful supercomputer, your running, jumping, and trap dodging in Reed is your attempt to save your creator and the world by collecting its scattered cubes. Giving you only a double jump, Reed pits you against fifty gauntlets of spikes, saws, enemies, and other hazards, as well as secret levels to discover and tricky achievements to collect. Published by Crescent Moon Games, Reed will be $1.99 when it releases on iPad and iPhone and currently can be preordered on the App Store. In the meantime, you can also find the game on Goog…

Returner 77 concludes its sci-fi puzzle adventure with the release of the Den chapter

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 6 months ago
Returner 77 concludes its sci-fi puzzle adventure with the release of the Den chapter

More than a few games have followed in the footsteps of The Room, exploring tactile hands-on puzzle solving through different themes. Games like House of Da Vinci have gone for a familiar Victorian style, but Returner 77 designed its rooms and puzzles with science fiction flair. Now the game’s final chapter, titled The Den, is available on iOS, added in a recent update. Returner 77 tasks you with exploring an attacking alien force’s crystal ship, in the hopes of finding a way to save Earth. Within its odd corridors and otherworldly rooms rest machinery and extraterrestrial contrapations to interact with, letting you progress deeper into the vessel and through the game’s…