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Microsoft's Gears POP! opens for pre-registration

News By Cameron Bald, 4 months, 1 week ago
Microsoft's Gears POP! opens for pre-registration

Gears POP! is the upcoming spinoff to one of last-gen’s most influential series, Gears of War. It takes the likes of Marcus Fenix, Dom, and Cole Train, and gives them all a cute Funko Pop! makeover, while still retaining some of the punchy, tactical combat that the earlier games are known for. It’s basically a hero collector which sees you upgrading and testing your crew to perfection. The news today is that the game has now entered its pre-registration phase ahead of its planned launch on September 2nd. Gears POP! is focused on intense PVP battles against opponents from all over the world. While the combat is still real-time, it’s decidedly slower and more tactical tha…

Development on Monument Valley 3 is underway

News By Cameron Bald, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Development on Monument Valley 3 is underway

Ustwo Games has, perhaps somewhat unsurprisingly, announced that the third entry in its beloved Monument Valley series is now entering development. With a new game comes a fresh Game Director, and the team are looking for the right fit to bring an interesting creative vision to the perspective-shifting puzzler. The news arrived as part of a job listing on the official Ustwo Games Twitter account. If you feel like you’re a good fit, why not send over a CV? You’ll need this here handy link. ANNOUNCEMENT: We're starting work on Monument Valley 3! But with two exciting games already in development, we're looking for a NEW Game Director to lead the creative vision. Could it be you…

Flocc is a unique game all about controlling an ever-growing flock of birds

News By Cameron Bald, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Flocc is a unique game all about controlling an ever-growing flock of birds

Joe Lillington’s Flocc is quite unlike anything else on the App Store. It’s a strange, meditative experience all about controlling an ever-growing flock of birds. Your flock will initially consist only of starlings, though as you progress, you’ll gradually pick up other stragglers. The silhouetted landscapes are striking and distinct in their look despite being randomly generated. Its controls are straightforward, with impressive patterns being possible through simple swipes and taps. Those looking for a bit more of a challenge will be happy to hear that there are 30 logbook achievements to earn as you work your way through the game’s world. There’s also a nea…

Tencent's Ace Force is Overwatch for mobile

News By Cameron Bald, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Tencent's Ace Force is Overwatch for mobile

Ace Force is Tencent’s none-too-subtle take on Blizzard’s megahit hero shooter, Overwatch. It’ll be launching in China on August 13th for iOS and Android devices, with its western release set to follow. There’s been a fair bit of gameplay shown off previously, but the game’s latest trailer highlights its characters, maps, weaponry, and game modes. First off, the weapons don’t look too reminiscent of Overwatch’s more cartoony arsenal. The guns typically look like guns, albeit colourful and almost nerf-like. Some of what we see in action includes an assault rifle, submachine gun, shurikens, a flamethrower, a rocket launcher, and a nice, punchy shotgun…

Stellar party game Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes comes to mobile this week

News By Cameron Bald, 4 months, 2 weeks ago
Stellar party game Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes comes to mobile this week

One of the best party games around, Steel Crate Games’ Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, is finally coming to iOS and Android on August 1st – that’s this Thursday. It tasks one player with defusing a randomly generated bomb while the other players attempt to talk them through the tricky process of it all. That feeling of everyone frantically explaining fairly complex issues might be familiar to anyone who’s played 2012 hit Spaceteam. You’ll have to relay information and solutions in as concise and fast a manner as possible, as the team attempts to work out input codes or which wire needs to be cut. And the bomb is actually generated at the start of every roun…

Tori is Bandai Namco's mobile-bound answer to Nintendo Labo

News By Cameron Bald, 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Tori is Bandai Namco's mobile-bound answer to Nintendo Labo

Tori, Bandai Namco’s mobile-bound answer to Nintendo Labo, mixes customisable, craftable toys with a selection of quirky mini-games. The first pack, known as the ‘Explorer Pack’, will release on October 2nd, and a new trailer for the pack lays out exactly what you can expect from the Tori experience. Unsurprisingly, it’s all very Labo-like, with small customisable carboard figures to collect and build. In the first pack, there’s a spacecraft and a functioning mini-catapult. One of the things that sets Tori apart is the strange plastic board and ‘wand’ that you can use to manipulate the environment in some of the mini-games. Each of the toys looks e…

Playerless: One Button Adventure is a comedic 'game within a game'

News By Cameron Bald, 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Playerless: One Button Adventure is a comedic 'game within a game'

Playerless: One Button Adventure is an upcoming puzzler that sees you entering the world of an old arcade game to fix its many bugs and wrestle back control from its newly self-aware AI. It comes to us from developer Moonlit, and it’s headed to iOS and Android later this year. Playerless is a “game within a game” in the sense that your character is actually playing this old ghost-hunting title that’s been abandoned inside a run-down arcade. You’ll have to try to fix some ridiculous bugs as you go while the world around you collapses in on itself. The arcade cabinet has been left in such a state of disrepair that only one of its buttons still functions, meani…

Stick Fight: The Game delivers chaotic stick man brawling to iOS and Android

News By Cameron Bald, 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Stick Fight: The Game delivers chaotic stick man brawling to iOS and Android

Landfall and NetEase Games have brought chaotic stick man brawling to iOS with the mobile port of the duo’s 2017 hit, Stick Fight: The Game. This updated version of the intense multiplayer brawler reworks the controls and serves up the entire Stick Fight experience for on-the-go play. It sees you facing off against your most powerful rivals in explosive 2-to-4-player battles.  In the world of Stick Fight, there are no rules. You have a handful of mischievous options open to you at any one time. You could, for example, deafen and confuse your fellow players by blasting heavy weaponry around the arena, throwing everyone off guard. Or you could trick them into throwing themselves…

Hard-as-nails indie hit Hyper Light Drifter arrives on iOS this week

News By Cameron Bald, 4 months, 3 weeks ago
Hard-as-nails indie hit Hyper Light Drifter arrives on iOS this week

Hyper Light Drifter, the Zelda-inspired indie classic from developer Heart Machine, is set to hit the App Store this Thursday, July 25th. It’s a neon-drenched action RPG that sees you travelling across a crumbling yet elegant world of rock-hard bosses and oddball NPCs. The game originally launched for PC back in 2016 after a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign where $645,158 was pledged to bring it to life. It was an instant hit among critics and fans, earning almost universal praise for its intense combat, stunning visuals, and score from It Follows and Fez composer, Disasterpeace. Its narrative is wordless and open to multiple interpretations, something that a few players foun…

Plants vs Zombies 3 enters pre-alpha phase on Android

News By Cameron Bald, 4 months, 4 weeks ago
Plants vs Zombies 3 enters pre-alpha phase on Android

Seemingly out of nowhere, EA has announced a pre-alpha for the third entry in its popular tower defence series, Plants vs Zombies 3. The alpha test is open to a very limited number of Android players, and it’s currently unclear whether they’ve already got all the testers they need. The original news of the alpha test came from Android Police. From what I can see, there’s been very little info released about Plants vs Zombies 3 prior to the sudden announcement of an alpha test. I’ve tried to sign up myself, but the game’s Google Play page appears to be temporarily offline. There’s also no word on which regions the alpha test is open to – it’s a…

Biggest update yet for Pirates Outlaws adds new pirates and an arena mode

News By Cameron Bald, 4 months, 4 weeks ago
Biggest update yet for Pirates Outlaws adds new pirates and an arena mode

Pirates Outlaws, the popular roguelike card game from developer Fabled Game, has now received its biggest update yet, adding new pirates and an extensive, intense arena mode. The update is available now for all players on Android and iOS. The arena mode gathers together every relic, card, and enemy from the main game for a complete, exceedingly challenging experience. It’s a stage-based mode where you’ll occasionally take on boss-type enemies. There’s no AP to manage or map to rely on, so you’ll instead be given a variety of pre-selected actions at the start of every battle. The arena comes with its own new rewards, so you won’t just be collecting the exact…

Pokemon Go and One Piece are teaming up for a neat crossover event

News By Cameron Bald, 5 months ago
Pokemon Go and One Piece are teaming up for a neat crossover event

Niantic's smash-hit AR title Pokemon Go is teaming up with beloved, long-running manga/anime series One Piece for a special crossover event at the end of the month. It’ll run from July 22nd through to July 29th, and it’ll give you the chance to nab an exclusive Straw Hat Pikachu. This slightly bizarre pairing comes just in time for Pokemon Go’s third anniversary and One Piece’s 22nd anniversary. If you’re yet to read/watch anything One Piece-related, it started life all the way back in 1997 as part of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The pirate-starring series has since gone from strength to strength, with several decent video game adaptations and the af…

P1 Select is a hard-as-nails roguelike from acclaimed developer Michael Brough

News By Cameron Bald, 5 months ago
P1 Select is a hard-as-nails roguelike from acclaimed developer Michael Brough

Michael Brough, the cult developer behind roguelike hits Imbroglio, Cinco Paus, and 868-Hack, has very quietly released his latest game, another roguelike (or “Broughlike”) called P1 Select. This one plays out across 9 randomly generated levels, and there are 9 different characters to pick from, including Bounch, Midas, Phaser, Doom, Dashe, Pop/Up, Vish, Fast!, and X-ray. Each character has their own unique ability, so you’ll have plenty of opportunities to experiment. For those who might not have played any of Brough’s previous stuff, his games are usually referred to ask “Broughlikes”, a term that’s come to describe any roguelike based on an es…

Platform shooter Project Zero Deaths delivers high-octane thrills

News By Cameron Bald, 5 months ago
Platform shooter Project Zero Deaths delivers high-octane thrills

The explosive platform shooter Project Zero Deaths, currently in open beta, has just received a sizable update that adds some new game modes, maps, and other exciting features. It’s a demanding physics-based shooter with light platforming that sees you dodging attacks, returning enemy fire with your own, and hopping around the place to get any sort of tactical advantage. There are tons of cosmetic items to collect, and you’ll also have the option to customise your ever-expanding arsenal. The current game modes on offer include Bomb Delivery, Payload, Capture the Flag, Team Deathmatch, and Ring Collecting. This latest update introduces 4 new maps: Temple, Factory, Obelisk, and…

inbento is a delightful food-based puzzler from the team behind Golf Peaks

News By Cameron Bald, 5 months, 1 week ago
inbento is a delightful food-based puzzler from the team behind Golf Peaks

inbento is an upcoming puzzler from the team behind Golf Peaks that sees you learning how to put together increasingly elaborate bento boxes. It draws plenty of inspiration from striking Japanese aesthetics and, of course, bento cuisine itself. The game requires you to master some tricky cookery mechanics. You’ll gradually grow more skilled at putting together each meal and eventually even learn to develop your own hand-crafted recipes. It also tells a heartwarming tale about a family of cats, exploring the theme of parenthood in simple and wordless, though still impactful, ways. You can expect a tight and concise puzzle game with around 2+ hours of memorable and fun gameplay. This…