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King of Dragon Pass spiritual successor Six Ages receives its first teaser trailer

News By Christian Valentin, 2 years, 3 months ago
King of Dragon Pass spiritual successor Six Ages receives its first teaser trailer

King of Dragon Pass remains one of the most unique games on mobile, with its blend of 4X elements, text adventure, and complex branching choices. But it's also a port of a nearly twenty year old game. Now developer A Sharp has revealed their long-in-development successor Six Ages, slated to release on iOS later this year. At its core, Six Ages retains the same elements that made Dragon Pass so compelling. Set in the same rustic fantasy world of Glorantha, you'll manage and expand your tribe, confering with your advisors on matters of faith and law and harvest, deciding whether to stick to old traditions or create new ones as you grow your tribe and conquer lands. "Hostile gods, evil spiri…

Tin Man Games brings a wealth of gamebooks to iOS with Fighting Fantasy Classics

News By Christian Valentin, 2 years, 3 months ago
Tin Man Games brings a wealth of gamebooks to iOS with Fighting Fantasy Classics

Interactive fiction has been a near constant on mobile, from the larger projects like 80 Days to the message-driven stories such as Lifeline. But before they were digital, gamebooks were the physical embodiment of the genre, combining text with stats and dice rools. We've seen expanded adaptations such as the isometric Warlock of Firetop Mountain, but the newly released Fighting Fantasy Classics offers mobile gamers to experience those original stories in text adventure fashion on iOS. Ranging from fan-favorites such as The Forest of Doom and the aforementioned Firetop Mountain to Bloodbones, Fighting Fantasy Classics lets you enjoy the dice rolls, page-turning decisions, and tons of text…

Hidden Gem of the Week: SPL-T

Feature By Christian Valentin, 2 years, 3 months ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: SPL-T

Simogo's games - from Year Walk to text-twisting Device 6 - are defined by how they use the touch interface to deliver unique narrative experiences. At a glance, the high score-chasing nature of SPL-T doesn't appear to be a Simogo title, but as you learn its rules, the game reveals itself to be as unique as any of their other games. Your first attempt at SPL-T is likely to be confusing; its gameplay seems as simple as its minimal appearance. The core concept to understand as that you earn points by splitting the screen into halved blocks. These halves alternate between horizontal and vertical splits, and by dividing an area into four or more equally-sized blocks, they become marked with a…

Lost In The Dungeon is the newest card game-dungeon crawler hybrid to arrive on iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 2 years, 3 months ago
Lost In The Dungeon is the newest card game-dungeon crawler hybrid to arrive on iOS and Android

The card game hybrid has been a burgeoning subgenre on mobile, from 2014's Card Dungeon to this year's Meteorfall. Lost In The Dungeon is the latest notable entry, brining deeper RPG elements to the genre with its release on iOS and Android. Choosing between several classes, each with skill trees to customize for your particular build, you progress from battle to battle, gathering loot and new cards for your deck. With each playthrough, new equipment is added to the overall pool, allowing for more varied and powerful loadouts over time. Battles in Lost In The Dungeon are turn-by-turn affairs, pitting your deck and skills against groups of monsters and deadly bosses, all presented through…

Letters become puzzle pieces in minimalist physics puzzler Supertype

News By Christian Valentin, 2 years, 3 months ago
Letters become puzzle pieces in minimalist physics puzzler Supertype

Kamibox has been releasing an array of clever minimalist puzzlers over the last few years, between Zip-Zap, Cmplt, and others, and that trend looks to continue with the reveal of Supertype. The letter-based puzzler might also be the developer's most unique concept yet. Visually, Supertype may seem similar to games like Super Sharp and Sugar Sugar - manipulating objects to reach certain collectibles on each stage - but mechanically, its alphabet system looks wholly original. Rather than dragging blocks or slicking shapes and ropes, Supertype asks you to type letters onto the stage, which then physically interact with the environment. As demonstrated by the trailer, narrow Ls fall through g…

Cops and robbers gets a strategic upgrade in upcoming puzzler City Cops

News By Christian Valentin, 2 years, 3 months ago
Cops and robbers gets a strategic upgrade in upcoming puzzler City Cops

At a glance, City Cops may seem reminiscent of railway puzzlers like Mini Metro and Trainyard, but rather than guiding and creating tracks, this puzzle game tasks you With outmaneuvering and catching bad guys. Each stage of City Cops presents you with a railroad map, intersecting tracks where robbers are attempting to flee, and two officers for you to control. Using the subway tracks, you must carefully position your cops to cut off the escaping criminals; working in sync to block off stations and intercept robbers is your task, and in figuring when and where to make your moves lies the increasingly tricky strategy of City Cops‘ puzzles. As you progress, special power-ups expand yo…

The hundred player battles of Fortnite Battle Royale are headed to iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 2 years, 3 months ago
The hundred player battles of Fortnite Battle Royale are headed to iOS and Android

Fortnite has been a phenomenon on PC and consoles, but now the game‘s colorful aesthetic and its massive battles are making their way to mobile, complete with an announcement trailer revealing its gameplay running on touchscreen. 100 players parachute onto an island, only one can survive. Between the former and latter lies the tense and challenging gameplay of Fortnite Battle Royale; your survival and potential success rests on gathering an effective arsenal from weapons and armor scattered across the island’s hills, towns, and buildings, then fighting and sneaking your way around dozens of other players. Avoiding the closing ring of death that gradually constricts the battleg…

Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear brings a new chapter of classic RPG action to iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 2 years, 3 months ago
Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear brings a new chapter of classic RPG action to iOS and Android

RPG fans were elated when Beamdog ported the Baldur’s Gate games to mobile, as well as Icewind Dale and Planescape Torment. Those genre classics are now joined by the stand-alone expansion Siege of Dragonspear. Designed 18 years after the original Baldur’s Gate, Siege retains the classic role-playing style with new classes, environments, and stories. Mechanically, this is still the Baldur’s Gate you know and love: the tactical combat and party management, the extensive stats, the choices and dialogue options. Siege of Dragonspear takes place events of Baldur's Gate and the second game‘s expandion Shadows of Amn, following the northern conquests of the Shining…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Toast Time

Feature By Christian Valentin, 2 years, 4 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, 2 years, 4 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, 2 years, 4 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, 2 years, 4 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, 2 years, 4 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, 2 years, 4 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, 2 years, 4 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…