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Cat Quest II adds a challenging New Game+ mode and a host of great improvements

News By Cameron Bald, 1 month ago
Cat Quest II adds a challenging New Game+ mode and a host of great improvements

Cat Quest II has now received a free update that adds an extensive New Game+ mode and makes a number of minor improvements that nevertheless should add some extra polish to the experience. New Game+ is obviously the big new addition here. It basically allows you to restart the game on a higher difficulty mode with all of your old gear, skills, and XP from your original run. Interestingly, you'll be able to increase the difficulty to suit your preference, kicking enemies all the way up to level 999 if you so desire. Another major change comes in the form of improved partner AI when playing solo. For completionists, detailed completion stats for dungeons, items, and quests are now viewable…

Overdrive II, the fast-paced hack 'n' slash, is now available for iOS

News By Cameron Bald, 1 month ago
Overdrive II, the fast-paced hack 'n' slash, is now available for iOS

Gem Mobile's Overdrive II is a fast-paced, futuristic hack 'n' slash set 100 years after the apocalypse. With its neat sci-fi aesthetic and blistering action, it found plenty of fans when it first launched for Android. Earlier this week, the game finally made its way over to the App Store, allowing iOS players to get involved. While Overdrive II's world might be a post-apocalyptic, its inhabitants are feeling better and stronger than ever. That said, following a rogue AI taking charge of all robots and cyborgs, humans have had quite the struggle on their hands. Thankfully, a legion of ninja warriors has risen to the challenge, pushing back against the robot menace with their incredible comb…

Little White Rocket flies onto Google Play after launching for iOS last month

News By Cameron Bald, 1 month, 1 week ago
Little White Rocket flies onto Google Play after launching for iOS last month

Little White Rocket first launched for iOS back in November, and now it's made its way over to Google Play. It's said to be an atmospheric and minimalist experience which sees you controlling a little white rocket as it travels the galaxy. Controls here are simple thanks to the one-touch approach to spinning, aiming, and flying. It's not looking to be super challenging; instead, you should expect a more meditative and relaxing time, where a calming sense of adventure meets easy-going puzzles. One of the big draws here is the addition of narrated poems that play out as you explore. These were written by award-winning poet, Laurence O'Dwyer. Developer Macalaus has previous experience worki…

Marvel Contest of Champions adds Fantastic 4's Silver Surfer

News By Cameron Bald, 1 month, 1 week ago
Marvel Contest of Champions adds Fantastic 4's Silver Surfer

Marvel Contest of Champions now boasts one of the largest rosters of Marvel heroes and villains in any game to date. The latest character set to join the collectable brawler is the Silver Surfer. Developer Kabam recently put out an extended cinematic trailer to celebrate the game's 5th anniversary. Turns out the game has done really rather well over this last year, which also happens to have been the year of the Fantastic 4. And so I suppose it was only a matter of time before one of the 4's greatest villains showed up. Silver Surfer's lack of patience will be justified. pic.twitter.com/mlpSGFoJiZ — MarvelChampions (@MarvelChampions) December 12, 2019 In order to save his home…

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, 1 month, 1 week 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, 1 month, 2 weeks 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…

Machinaero for iOS is all about creating innovative machines

News By Cameron Bald, 2 months, 2 weeks 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, 2 months, 2 weeks 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, 2 months, 2 weeks 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, 2 months, 3 weeks 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…

Gorgeous dungeon crawler MONOLISK launches October 15th

News By Cameron Bald, 3 months, 3 weeks 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…

Sub Drop is a fast, challenging puzzler from the developer of Node Along

News By Cameron Bald, 4 months ago
Sub Drop is a fast, challenging puzzler from the developer of Node Along

Sub Drop is a fast, challenging puzzler set to launch on the App Store tomorrow, September 17th. The free-to-play title comes to us from Turkish indie developer ScrollView Games. This is now the team’s fourth game following puzzlers Node Along and Incidence and vertical-scrolling platformer Toxic Hunters. It looks to be another fairly fast-paced puzzler, mixing reaction-based bouncing with rapid-fire subtraction. The basic idea is that you need to keep a small, bouncy ball inside a spinning square which you have full control over. You’ll fight to keep the ball safe while searching for special numbered blocks. The ultimate goal in each level is to drop the target points to ze…

ShapeOnimoes is a smart, minimalist puzzler inspired by Tangram and Pentomino

News By Cameron Bald, 4 months, 1 week ago
ShapeOnimoes is a smart, minimalist puzzler inspired by Tangram and Pentomino

Crazy Oyster Games’s upcoming puzzler ShapeOnimoes looks to be a simple, smart, challenging little game which harkens back to the likes of Tangram and Pentomino. As you can see from the gameplay trailer below, each level has its own unique shape for you to fill in using the onimoes at your disposal. Within every level are three sublevels that also need to be solved if you’re to progress. The sublevels feature their own domino types to use and master. It promises a fair challenge, though the early levels do a good job of easing you into the experience. At launch, there are set to be over 120 levels to work your way through - 360+ if you could the sublevels. The developer also…

LEGO Star Wars Battles is an action strategy game starring characters from the entire saga

News By Cameron Bald, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
LEGO Star Wars Battles is an action strategy game starring characters from the entire saga

LEGO Star Wars Battles in a very imaginatively-named action strategy game heading to iOS and Android devices in 2020. It comes to us from developer TT Games Brighton, and it tasks you with amassing the ultimate collection of fan-favourite Star Wars characters and vehicles. It’s largely focused on real-time, 1V1 multiplayer battles, with a sizeable portion of deckbuilding on the side. You’ll gather together characters from the entire Star Wars Saga, including the recent spinoffs, then deploy your army and build defensive towers to capture enemy territory and take down your opponents. Sure, it’s a strategy game, but it’s also said to be very accessible. Some of the…

Shovel Knight Dig is shaping up to be a promising spinoff

News By Cameron Bald, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Shovel Knight Dig is shaping up to be a promising spinoff

Shovel Knight Dig is an upcoming platformer heading our way thanks to a promising partnership between Yacht Club games – creator of the original Shovel Knight – and Nitrome. It’s an all-new adventure featuring well-known knights from the hard-as-nails original, including the titular shovel-wielding hero and the dastardly Drill Knight. It sees you digging your way underground, earning loot and rare materials as you go. It seems to rely quite heavily on randomly-generated levels, which certainly sets it apart from its big brother. The latest trailer showcases some impressive animations, new enemies, and the altered combat system – all of which I definitely like the loo…