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Hidden Gem of the Week: Good Fences

Feature By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 9 months ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Good Fences

Good Fences is an unasssuming little gem of a puzzler for iOS and Android, the kind you might not give a thought at a glance due to its simple aesthetic and mechanic that are hard to get across in screenshots. This geometric brain-teaser takes a very simple concept and wrings over a hundred challenges of shape placing and rotating out of that central mechanic. Take a look at that screenshot below, that is Good Fences at its simplest. Every stage presents you with a shape, and it's your job to surround it with copies of that same shape. It's such a basic seed of a puzzle concept, where even a less-complex shape can prove to be a tricky prospect to surround due to how corners and sides might…

Gunslugs 3: Rogue Tactics promises slower but still hectic side-scrolling action on iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 9 months ago
Gunslugs 3: Rogue Tactics promises slower but still hectic side-scrolling action on iOS and Android

The Gunslugs series has offered some of the most hectic 2D action on mobile, packing tons of bullets and explosions into a small slice of run-n-gun chaos. While the second game ratcheted the speed to be more frenetic levels, the third game looks to slow the action down a tad...and adding some extra tactical elements to the explosion-heavy gameplay.  After choosing from a pool of characters -  each with unique perks that range from faster movement to a minigun as a secondary weapon - Gunslugs 3 unleashes you in larger levels that combine vertical combat through towers with hectic evasion as you travel between towers. Weapons found throughout stages can alter your loadout with pla…

iOS and Android releases are likely for dual stick shooter roguelite Tesla Vs Lovecraft

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 9 months ago
iOS and Android releases are likely for dual stick shooter roguelite Tesla Vs Lovecraft

10tons‘ mobile library is one of fast and furious shooters, from the alien-splattering Crimsonland to the recent Jydge, and the developers revealed they have plans to bring their newest game, Tesla Vs Lovecraft, to mobile as well. As one might infer from the title, the game is a battle of high tech scientific weaponry against hordes of eldritch horrors; with Tesla’s arsenal of energy and lightning guns, you must annihilate Lovecraft’s monsters across gothic cemeteries and victorian streets. Powerful perks that multiple bullets or bounce them off surfaces augment your rifles, shotguns, and other guns, but your most powerful weapon is the limited-use Tesla-Mech. This hulki…

Track and field gets a ballistic twist in Run Gun Sports, releasing on iOS this week

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 9 months ago
Track and field gets a ballistic twist in Run Gun Sports, releasing on iOS this week

Sprinting a 50m dash may prove a tad challenging when you have guns for feet, in Run Gun Sports, the wacky sports game headed to the App Store on February 1st. Reminiscent of other sports hybrids like Wrestle Jump or QWOP, Run Gun Sports combines classic track-and-field events - hurdes, long jumps, and more - with the physics-based twist of being robot with bullet-firing legs. Recoil is your means of acceleration and balancing, forcing you to time your shots to modulate movement and rotations. Ranging from shotguns to flamethrowers, your arsenal of leg guns each have their own effects to master as you compete for high scores across dozens of events and daily challenges. Run Gun Sports w…

Unique metroidvania Dandara is headed to iOS and Android on February 6th

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 9 months ago
Unique metroidvania Dandara is headed to iOS and Android on February 6th

Dandara takes the classic platforming of the metroidvania and turns it on its head, literally. This gravity-twisting entry to the genre is slated to release in early February, bringing rapid-fire action and wall-hopping acrobatics to mobile. As ths titular warrior, awakened in time of need, you must fight against the forces oppressing the people of Salt; that‘s no task when that enemy consists of powerful bosses across various regions. Slingshotting from walls to floor to ceiling lets you evade traps and attacks with precision, while your upgradable arsenal arms you with different projectiles and means to reach previously-inaccessible areas. From bullet hell waves of bullets and foe…

Slime Pizza takes a gloopy approach to iOS platforming

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 9 months ago
Slime Pizza takes a gloopy approach to iOS platforming

Being a collaboration between Nitrome and Neutronized, you might have certain expectations for Slime Pizza: a colorful and charming artstyle, simple yet challenging gameplay, short bite-sized gauntlets. And you would be right; this new iOS game features all of those in its particularly gooey take on the mobile platformer. As an amorphous delivery boy for the titular pizza service, it’s your job to hop and cling across rooms to recover the slices scattered by a crash landing. Doing so is as simple as dragging on the screen to slingshot in a wobbly arc, sticking to the surfaces you touch. As you travel from room to room and planet to planet, collecting pizza becomes increasingly chall…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Ending

Feature By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 9 months ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Ending

Aaron Steed's Ending is a minimalist roguelike stripped of all the fluff and filler, exposing a challenging game of life and death decisions and strategic planning, where one wrong move can destroy you. Inspired by chess and board games, Ending casts you as a lowly @ sign, in a maze of dangerous ruthless enemies. Each symbol moves in a specific way or has a special purpose, from moving two spaces in a turn to only being able to attack from a certain direction or firing projectiles. When you move, they move, and one hit is enough to destroy you...or for you to end them. There in lies Ending's strategic gameplay: it's a game where every move must be considered, where you need to think five…

Thumper: Pocket Edition unleashes its unique brand of rhythm violence upon the App Store

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 9 months ago
Thumper: Pocket Edition unleashes its unique brand of rhythm violence upon the App Store

iOS is no stranger to music games, from Cytus to Dropchord, but Thumper is unlike any of them. A weird, unrelenting, and lightning-fast entry to the genre, the game has made its way to mobile, currently available on the App Store.  From the first section of its nine levels to its last hellish stage, Thumper: Pocket Edition hurls you into a kaleidoscopic tempest, your chrome beetle racing along twisting tracks and claustrophobic tunnels as eldritch beings of light and metal twist and unfurl within the void. Imagine those classic inputs of a Guitar Hero or Rock Band - tap and hold to the beat at the right time - and you can grasp Thumper: thump down on markers, turn and grind against t…

Four Last Things blends Renaissance art and absurdist humor on iOS and Android this week

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 9 months ago
Four Last Things blends Renaissance art and absurdist humor on iOS and Android this week

Kickstarted back in 2016, Four Last Things promises Monty Python-esque humor and a point-n-click romp through the landscapes of classic Renaissance paintings, when it arrives on the App Store and Google Play this Thursday. A loophole sets your bumbling outsider on a quest to fulfill the seven deadly sins in order to gain absolution, leading you through the works of artists like Bosch and Bruegel to chat and interact in true adventure game fashion. Zany sight gags and dialogue, along with animated figures bring these paintings to life, as you collect items, talk with characters, and solve silly yet logical puzzles to assist (or meddle with) poets and blacksmiths, from quaint towns to…

Infinite West tests your turn-based gunslinging skills on iOS

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 9 months ago
Infinite West tests your turn-based gunslinging skills on iOS

Clint Eastwood and others made being a gunslinger look easy in dozens of westerns, but surviving the ever-increasing onslaughts of Infinite West is anything but. Available now om iOS, this high-score chasing strategy game transforms Wild West gun battles into Hoplite-inspired chess, with a board game touch. Each level, your blade and gun wielding hero figurine must face a growing army of bandits, dodging their knives and bullets while getting into position to eliminate them all. Limited health and ammo means every move counts, and much like the mobile roguelike Hoplite, you can see the attack range of every enemy, so surival becomes a careful game of placement and weaving between dangerou…

The Room: Old Sins brings a new collection of eldritch puzzle boxes to iOS on January 25th

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 10 months ago
The Room: Old Sins brings a new collection of eldritch puzzle boxes to iOS on January 25th

The Room series has grown with each entry for the single table of the first game to the multiple rooms and endings of the third. The next game looks to evolve the series again, when The Room: Old Sins launches on iPad and iPhone next Thursday. The core concept is still unlocking mysterious strucures and boxes through tactile puzzles, but Old Sins takes a new, and technically smaller, approach. Set within the halls and rooms of a dollhouse, you interact with the various areas and creations throughout, solving puzzles that can affect other rooms beyond the one you’re currently in. All manner of hidden compartments, disguised switches, and reality-bending eldritch designs await within…

Leap fast and fancy when acrobatic platformer Super Fancy Pants Adventure releases on iOS next Thursday

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 10 months ago
Leap fast and fancy when acrobatic platformer Super Fancy Pants Adventure releases on iOS next Thursday

 If you were playing browser games in the early 2000s, you might already be familiar with the spiky hair and orange pants of Fancy Pants’ agile hero. He’s been on iOS before, but on the 25th, Fancy Pants is returning to mobile with the expanded and improved Super Fancy Pants Adventure. This new adventure may be super but the formula remains familiar: you’re unleashed across large levels filled with scribbles to collect, secret levels to find, and a snail shell to trickily bounce around the stage to a waiting golf hole, all the while sliding down slopes to gain momentum for soaring leaps. Fancy Pants is all about fluid and stylish movement, lettung you chain together…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Blackbar / Greyout

Feature By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 10 months ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Blackbar / Greyout

Sometimes it can be easy to forgot the power of words can play in games. Often words are merely relegated to mere UI indications or the names of cool new loot. Dialogue, flavor text, and logs of lore remind us of their importance, while the text adventures and 80 Days of gaming show us how effective well-crafted prose can be But outside of text adventures and word games, fewer still focus on blending the words themselves with the gameplay. Perhaps the most recent examples I can think of are Device 6's use of text to mirror the described environment and Type Rider's platforming journey through the history of typography. Blackbar and Grayout are two word games that use their text to tell thei…

Unleash cyberpunk chaos when dual stick shooter Jydge releases on iOS this week

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 10 months ago
Unleash cyberpunk chaos when dual stick shooter Jydge releases on iOS this week

Dual stick shooters often put you in the shoes of a one-man army, able to take on overwhelming waves of aliens or geometric shapes or soldiers. Jydge is no different, except this aptly named shooter takes its inspiration from Judge Dredd; so your battlegrounds are the crime-infested streets and buildings of megacity Edenbyrg and you wield a sci-fi arsenal when the game releases on iOS this Thursday. A spin-off of 10tons’ other cyberpunk shooter Neon Chrome, Jydge drops you in stages among civilians and futuristic criminal alike. The destruction and furious action of Neo Chrome remains, but now with a more customizable array of abilities and perks to develop your playstyle. Want to r…

Decode pop culture quotes in cipher word puzzler Quote Codes, releasing next week on iOS

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 10 months ago
Decode pop culture quotes in cipher word puzzler Quote Codes, releasing next week on iOS

Word games often have you matching or unscrambling letters to reveal words within, but Quote Codes is a bit different; in this game coming to iOS next Thursday, your goal isn't to create words but to decode them. Drawing quotes and iconic lines from all spectrums of pop culture and media, you must use a given cipher to piece together the full phrase, using deduction to match vowels and other letters with their abstract symbols. As you decode quotes from Stranger Things or Game of Thrones, you'll be able to track progress, mistakes made, even use of special power-ups once you unlock them. Word game fans will be able to find Quote Codes on App Store, where it'll be available on the 1…