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Mika Mobile's RPG sequel Battleheart 2 releases on iOS next month

News By Christian Valentin, 4 years, 5 months ago
Mika Mobile's RPG sequel Battleheart 2 releases on iOS next month

Mika Mobile's games have always had a unique look and style, blending their notably charming aesthetc with skillful mechanics across various genres. With Battleheart 2, they're returning to the real-time party-based RPG action of the original, now with new classes, new perks, and a vibrant new art style. While the spin-off Battleheart Legacy focused on a single hero to control, Battleheart 2 revives the original's gameplay, letting you build varied parties to tackle challenging groups of fantasy foes and difficult bosses. Choosing from twelve classes - from Necromancer to Samurai - battle is waged through precise taps. directing units and performing powerful skills to control, debuff, and…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Blockwick 2

Feature By Christian Valentin, 4 years, 5 months ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Blockwick 2

Blockwick 2 is a clever puzzler that takes the familiar block-sliding gameplay and wrings myriad mechanics and clever challenges from that design. Every stage in Blockick presents the same challenge: manuever like-colored blocks around tight levels so they all connect in a single group. That task might be simple, perhaps even solvable through trial and error, but it's the additional objectives and mechanics that elevate Blockwick 2 to something special. Each stage has special runes hidden on the ground, presenting you with the extra challenge of discovering the specific solution that covers all the markings with the blocks. Those elements alone would make Blockwick 2 a difficult puzzler,…

Golf Club: Wasteland is a golfing journey across a ruined Earth

News By Christian Valentin, 4 years, 5 months ago
Golf Club: Wasteland is a golfing journey across a ruined Earth

Golf Club: Wasteland takes the familiar side-scrolling golfing mechanics of Super Stickman Golf and Desert Golfing, and places them in a artfully-presented dilapidated Earth years after a global disaster ravaged the planet. In the far future, the rich and poweful of Mars travel back to their ruined homeworld for relaxing golfing excursions. Golf Club: Wasteland instead puts you in control of a Martian outcast golfing his way through a destroyed world. Your journey takes you from parked spacecraft to abandoned factories, the outskirts of monolithic cities to grim sewers where mysterious creature lurk. The world design has a satricial atmosphere, with background imagery and areas informed b…

Fast-paced magical combat abounds in fantasy ARPG Darkness Rises [Review]

News By Christian Valentin, 4 years, 5 months ago

Master over-the-top tracks in Oddrok's Best Rally, releasing next week on iOS

News By Christian Valentin, 4 years, 5 months ago
Master over-the-top tracks in Oddrok's Best Rally, releasing next week on iOS

Oddrok's Power Hover was a smartly-designed runner that used sci-fi variety and hazards to make its stages feel fast and unique. Their next major game Best Rally follows those same tenets, combining rally drifting with puzzle mechanics. Promising 31 racks, each is a short sprint of often-physics-defying racing, through loops, over jumps, around steep hairpins. Precise drifts might help you reach the end of some tracks, but Best Rally have a wealth of other surprises along the way. Moving barriers to evade mid-drift, sometimes manually activated by buttons on the road. Sinkholes in the midst of tracks threatening to drop your car into darkness. Four rally cars, leaderboards, and achivement…

Silverfish DX offers colorful arcade evasion spectacle [Review]

News By Christian Valentin, 4 years, 5 months ago

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Hidden Gem of the Week: Puzzlepops!

Feature By Christian Valentin, 4 years, 5 months ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Puzzlepops!

 At a glance, Puzzlepops might be quick to dismiss. It seems much too sweet and charming to be a tricky and challenging puzzle game. But while it may be all familiar concepts and puzzle design, Puzzlepops delivers a bevy of satisfyingly difficult and clever brain-teasers. Along a structure of nodes and path, you need to maneuver candy pieces into the properly colored and sized spots. That last part - size - is crucial, as like candies can combine into larger chunks. On these increasingly claustrophobic grids, where space is a premium and there are different candy types clogging up paths, figuring how and where candies need to be so they can meld never ceases to a challenging aspect o…

Noodlecake’s Suzy Cube is a bright and bouncy 3D platformer, out now on iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 4 years, 5 months ago
Noodlecake’s Suzy Cube is a bright and bouncy 3D platformer, out now on iOS and Android

Platformers on mobile tend to be sidescrolling or auto-runners; far less dare to tackle 3D platforming on touchscreen. Suzy Cube‘s charming aesthetic, varied design, and polished controls make it one of the best recent entries in that category. As the titular cubic hero, you’ll need to run and leap through dozens of stages, framed by a well-placed camera that follows you through tight tunnels, ruin interiors, and precarious outdoors gauntlets. Special pads flung you across stages in graceful arcs, while roaming enemies and moving platforming await as challenges for your jumping prowess. Changes in environments along with ability-changing power-ups and new obstacles keep Suzy…

Break the rules in quirky football title Kind Of Soccer 2018 [Review]

News By Christian Valentin, 4 years, 5 months ago

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Command & Conquer: Rivals is fast-paced multiplayer strategy headed to iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 4 years, 5 months ago
Command & Conquer: Rivals is fast-paced multiplayer strategy headed to iOS and Android

Command & Conquer: Rivals is an upcoming mobile distillation of the classic PC strategy series, combining the series' sci-fi warfare and setting with a fast-paced touch-friendly design for iOS and Android. Inspired by games like Clash Royale, Rivals pits players against eachother on the battlefield, tasking each with placing turrets and defenses and unleashing their ground forces to overcome their opponents and take control of a central nuclear missile hub. While you consruct facilities and support structures with your precious Tiberium resources, controlling your infrantry and armored vehicles and mechs is more involved, letting you direct units with taps as their forward movemt…

First-person dino survival game Ark: Survival Evolved makes its way to iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 4 years, 5 months ago
First-person dino survival game Ark: Survival Evolved makes its way to iOS and Android

Among the popular survival games, Ark: Survival Evolved was unique with its dinosaur-ridden landscapes (among other creatures), and now the base-builiding, dimosaur-heavy game is released on mobile.  Alone or with friends in a tribe, your journey ttrough Ark's world is one of resorce gathering, crafting stylish gear for your character, and avoiding or fighting the dozens of dinosaur types. From wooden spears to rocket launchers, your arsenal is vast; equally so are the various biomes, the plethora of animals to battle (or tame), and the towering reinforced basses you can build to protect against the dinosaurs lurking outside. Those creatures may often be monstrous opponents, bu…

Slice shapes with precision in puzzler sequel Ultra Sharp

News By Christian Valentin, 4 years, 6 months ago
Slice shapes with precision in puzzler sequel Ultra Sharp

1Button's history is one of cleverly minimalist puzzle games and challenging arcade games; Ultra Sharp, the sequel to the oriignal Super Sharp, adds another round of physics-based challenges to that roster of titles. Much like its predecessor, Ultra Sharp presents you with dozens of stages constructed from colorful shapes, precisely placed for you to slice apart and have collapse, tumble, and fall in ways that solve puzzles. You may have to cut shapes in the best way so the pieces touch hard-to-reach stars or drop a cube into a specific area, among other objectives, but each level is a test of predicting the domino effect of shapes in motion. SImply planning your slices so shapes fall as…

Unique fantasy RPG Six Ages releases on June 28th for iOS

News By Christian Valentin, 4 years, 6 months ago
Unique fantasy RPG Six Ages releases on June 28th for iOS

First teased back in March, developer A Sharp has revealed that their ambitious RPG Six Ages is releasing quite soon, heading to the App Store later this month. Six Ages is the long awaited successor to King of Dragon Pass, set in the same fantasy but following a different tribe (this one being a horse-riding Mongol-esque culture), offering a number of refinements and improvements, and a plethora of new text to read and myths to delve into. Dragon Pass players look like they'll feel right at home with Six Ages' panel of advisors giving you guidance on matters from farming to warfare or the delicate balance of resource management, tribal expansion, and reacting to the myriad events that ca…

Only When Howling offers a personal narrative through interactive art piece

News By Christian Valentin, 4 years, 6 months ago
Only When Howling offers a personal narrative through interactive art piece

Mobile is no stranger to experience art piece games, from Plug & Play to the recent G30. Only While Howling's vibrant art style and causal design promises a personal and human narrative. Only While Howling revolves around three characters, delving into their pysche through colorful interactive vignettes that explore each person's connections, values, struggles and sacrifices. Gameplay-wise, it's very much a causal experience designed to propel the story forward, taps and drags that cause the environments of its various illustrations to react. From psychedelic panels to scenes of domestic life, Only While Howling explores a vast gamut of imagery and themes, all told through animat…

Nitrome's latest release In The Dog House is a tile-sliding canine puzzler

News By Christian Valentin, 4 years, 6 months ago
Nitrome's latest release In The Dog House is a tile-sliding canine puzzler

Nitrome has a long history of colorful pixel art aesthetic and simple-to-play but cleverly-designed puzzle games, and In The Dog House is a fun addition to that roster. This new tile-sliding puzzler injects a touch of spatial manipulation into the familiar formula. When you're away, your canine pets are apparently manuvering through room-flipping puzzles; In The Dog House lets you move rooms around house interiors, reordering them to create paths to the exit. While these challenges start out as simply creating hallways or stairs upward, In The Dog introduces more mechanics, from cats you need to avoid to tiles you can rotate to create new paths.  As you solve the game's 50-plus puzz…