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A Steel Media round-up for the week of April 23rd

Feature By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 4 months ago
A Steel Media round-up for the week of April 23rd

Here’s another weekly round-up of news, previews, and features from Pocket Gamer, 148Apps, and the rest of our sister sites. On our Youtube page, James Gilmour provides his impression of the beer empire business sim Brew Town, highlighting in particular the repetitive nature of the genre present in the game, the creative side of Brew Town in designing bottle icons and beer types, and the well-thought design of the sim gameplay. Over on Pocket Gamer, Harry Slater offers an satricial argument for the strength of the idle game subgenre, especially the wonderful fact that the endless ever-increasing nature of idle gaming means you'll have a legacy to leave behind. Finally, o…

Still Here is a charming adventure through a robotic world, available on iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 4 months ago
Still Here is a charming adventure through a robotic world, available on iOS and Android

Still Here promises a jetapck-driven exploration-heavy adventure through its colorful mechanical kingdom, in a relaxed sci-fi platformer about uncovering what happened to mankind and discovering the robotic world left behind. With simple taps, you can hover and float through Still Here's various environments and stages, collecting collectibles and meeting robot inhabitants along the way. As a "pip", it's your goal to talk with these friendly automatons to learn about the secrets of humanity's fate, all while unlocking new outfits and items throughout your calm exploration.  Simple yet resposnive controls lets you boost through the air with precision, using environmental element…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Blown Away

Feature By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 4 months ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Blown Away

Blown Away: Secret of the Wind is a unique auto-running puzzle platformer from Black Pants Studio, that stabds out due to its vibrant art style and clever mechanics. Mother Nature has swept away Hendrik's home and hair;  now he must travel a land of deadly gaps, monsters, and traps to retrieve them, using his pair of teleporting boots to leap past hazards  Those boots provide the backbone for Blown Away's smartly-designed stages; your boots recharge their teleport with each step, and tapping on the screen teleports you to that location, even as you're falling to certain doom. The charging element is what turns a relatively simple mechanic into a puzzler. Your boots only charge w…

Spitkiss is a colorful slingshot platformer releasing this year on iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 4 months ago
Spitkiss is a colorful slingshot platformer releasing this year on iOS and Android

The slingshot mechanic has been a staple for mobile games for years, with myriad games finding different and clever ways to use the touch-friendly control scheme. Spitkiss looks like it'll be a worthy addition to that group, going by the colorful platforming shown in its reveal trailer.  In Spitkiss, means of showing affections between an alien couple is bouncing spit through spike-filled gauntlets, flinging the blob from wall to wall and around corners. Precision aim is a must to leap between safe spots, and slow motion slingshots lets you redirect in mid-air and allows for tricky stages filled with tight gaps, myriad spikes and hazards, and hard-to-reach collectibles to grab. The g…

Avernum 3: Ruined World brings old-school RPG action to iPad

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 4 months ago
Avernum 3: Ruined World brings old-school RPG action to iPad

 Spiderweb Software and its library of hard-as-nails retro RPGs has been gracing the App Store since 2011. Avernum 3: Ruined World is the concluding chapter to the sprawling RPG adventure, exploring new realms and finishing the story of its titular subterranean prison. The Avernum  games have revolved around a fantasy world beset by dark forces and ruthless authority, following the struggles and adventures of the prisons of the prison Avernum, a massive underground world of caverns and cities and secrets where criminals and other dissidents are sealed away magically. But with this third game, your band has escape, introducing a new surface world to explore alongside the undergro…

World of Demons is Platinum Game's artful action mobile debut, coming to iOS and Android this year

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 5 months ago
World of Demons is Platinum Game's artful action mobile debut, coming to iOS and Android this year

Platinum Games, known for the stylish and skillful action of games like Vanquish and Bayonetta, is bringing their signature style to mobile with World of Demons, a samurai hack-n-slash with a painting aesthetic reminscent of Okami. Building a roster of samurai, you battle gorgeously drawn demons and bosses, using simple controls to slash, dodge, parry, and unleash finishers. The complexity of combat is compounded through the use of Yokai minions, collected as you progress and level-up, that add special attacks, buffs, and other abilties to your repertoire. You'll need to use every skill available to survive World of Demons' battles, across a number of modes; single player Skirmi…

Hidden Gem of the Week: Sproggiwood

Feature By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 5 months ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: Sproggiwood

Sproggiwood is a charming roguelike with accessible gameplay and tactical depth; a dark fate is destined to destroy the land and a forest spirit has tasked you with defeating this coming evil. You begin as a mere farmer, with a small village, but progression soon unlocks new classes to choose from, new buildings to place, and other inhabitants to expand your home (providing various buffs and support). Sproggiwood is not as obtuse or incredibly challenging as your typical roguelike, but accessibility doesn't mean Sproggiwood is easy. Armed with various weapons, special abilities, and armor, you face a plethora of enemies, each with their own unique quirks and attributes. Some charge at you…

Fracter is a minimalist isometric puzzle adventure headed to iOS and Android

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 5 months ago
Fracter is a minimalist isometric puzzle adventure headed to iOS and Android

In a mysterious environment of glossy black architecture and glaring illuminations, a young woman explores and solves puzzles in the upcoming game Fracter, in development for iOS and Android. Controlling the young wanderer, it's your goal to navigate this shadowy labyrinthine structure and discover its secrets, solve puzzles along the way, and bring light to the darkness. With each new room, weird new technology found, and staircase descended, Fracter reveals new tricky new challenges and creepy imagery. Not much is known about the story, but glowing-eyed figures lurking in the darkness and crawling being scuttering in the shadows hint at a dark past to uncover. Fracter doesn't have a re…

Konami reveals Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls for iOS

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 5 months ago
Konami reveals Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls for iOS

The popular series Castlevania is headed to mobile this year, with the recently revealed Grimoire of Souls, a multiplayer-focused hack-n-slash action game. While the game will have single player set within the gothic halls of Dracula's castle, thos initial announcment focused on Grimoire of Souls' cooperative and competitive modes. Working together with fhree other players, groups of four face other teams in head-to-head combat, or join forces to defeat bosses in a challenge boss rush mode. The game will feature familiar characters such as Simon Belmont and Alucard, as well as a number of other original fighters.  No trailer is available at the moment, but you can find mor…

Puzzle game Shadowmatic is receiving an eons-spanning expansion this Thursday

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 5 months ago
Puzzle game Shadowmatic is receiving an eons-spanning expansion this Thursday

2015's Shadowmatic was an interesting puzzle game, that combined a calm pace and detailed graphics with a unique mechanic revolving around shadows and perspective. Three years later, the game is getting a hefty update with the new Other Worlds chapter, adding new levels later this week.  Every stage in Shadowmatic follows the same premise: a collection of oddly shaped figures and structures, constructed from various materials, hang in the air, their shadows projected onto the wall of the room where the puzze is situated. By rotating the pieces and rotating their position in the air, you can combine their weird amorphous shadows into the silhouette of a familiar shape,…

The Banner Saga 3 is slated to release on mobile later this year

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 5 months ago
The Banner Saga 3 is slated to release on mobile later this year

Stoic's Banner Saga series has been bringing its blend of Norse myth-inspired world and strategy RPG gameplay to mobile since 2014, treating players to a grand and desperate journey across two entries. Now the third and final Banner Saga is nearing release, with mobile ports confirmed for sometime in 2018. As a series, the Banner Saga games have revolved three key facets: the choice-driven dialogue during story moments, the caravan management where you try to keep your starving struggling group alive while reacting to random events and managing your hero units, and the turn-based combat revolving around positioning and skills. The past games have covered a grueling battle for survival bet…

It only takes two fingers to pull off tricks like a pro in Touchgrind BMX 2, out now on iOS

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 5 months ago
It only takes two fingers to pull off tricks like a pro in Touchgrind BMX 2, out now on iOS

Illusion Lab's Touchgrind BMX was a unique arcade sports game for mobile, combining jumps and tricks with a control scheme designed to suit touchscreens. Seven years later, Touchgrind BMX 2 brings a whole array of new courses, improved graphics, and those classic dual-finger controls to iOS. Mechanically, Touchgrind BMX 2 will be familiar to fans of the first; placing two fingers on the handlebars and frame, you can guide your bicycle's turns and swipe to pull of various moves when you leap off ramps. Starting with a dirt course, the sequel's tracks soont take you to desert, forest, rooftop tracks and more, complete with a number of skill-testing challenges asking you to perform specifc t…

Construct the skyscraper of your dreams in building sim Project Highrise, now available on iOS

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 5 months ago
Construct the skyscraper of your dreams in building sim Project Highrise, now available on iOS

Inspired by the likes of SimTower, Project Highrise is a new building management game ported to mobile after a release on PC in 2016. Rather than a hospital, prison, or railway, here you're constructing towering skyscrapers, balancing design, money, and tenet needs to make a successful building. Starting at ground level, you must place elevators, offices, structures like generators and maintenance sectors, and decide what kind of highrise you want to design. A business office? An apartment building? A multi-level mall? A combination of those? You can't just consider the layout of your building, but also plan for the needs of the people living and working within; building a trash and…

Hidden Gem of the Week: A Dark Room / The Ensign

Feature By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 5 months ago
Hidden Gem of the Week: A Dark Room / The Ensign

At a glance, you might expect A Dark Room to be another text adventure, and it certainly seems like one at the start. But don't be fooled by its mysteriously minimalist beginngin.  A Dark Room is a gradually unfolding piece of game design, blending elements of interactive fiction, management, RPGs, and roguelikes in a unique experience. Starting with nothing but a campfire to keep aflame,  A Dark Room soon introduces you to a stranger in the forest and from there, it begins to unfurl into something much grander. Your simple camfire grows into a village, and your simple UI morphs with additional choices to order newcomers to gather resources, go hunting, and so on. Soon your grow…

Atmospheric detective game Jenny LeClue receives new gameplay trailer, headed to mobile this year

News By Christian Valentin, 1 year, 5 months ago
Atmospheric detective game Jenny LeClue receives new gameplay trailer, headed to mobile this year

The titular child detective and her mysterious atmosheric town has been teasing adventure game fans for years, and Jenny LeClue's latest PAX trailer reveals new gameplay and 2018 release timeframe for this upcoming detective game. In the small town of Arthurton, Jenny's mother is accused of murder, and it's up to you to uncover the truth. But as you dig deeper into the accusation, Jenny LeClue unfolds into a grander narrative touching elements of horror and science fiction, with your choices affected the outcome of the story. Exploring the town - from the graveyard to town square, police station to the surrounding woods, mines and weird bunkers - you meet new characters to question,…