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It might not have been the greatest week for new releases on the App Store, but don't let that get you down, because there are some truly incredible games on sale for iPhone and iPad right now. Seriously, you could buy anything on this list and I guarantee you'll have an awesome time.
I've included download links and links to our reviews too. And if you think I've missed anything out (which to be honest, I might have), then make sure you add your own suggestions in the comments below. Oh, and sorry if buying everything bankrupts you, it's not my fault so much goodness is going cheap right now.
In just over a week, Epic Games has made a flurry of announcements. First, they revealed that Fortnite—their ultra-popular PUBG competitor—is coming to mobile. This was followed by brief sign-up period for interested beta testers before sending out their first round of invites yesterday afternoon. Fortunately, we were able to get our hands on one of these early invites, so we can clear the air on exactly what Fortnite on mobile is like.
It's not been the best week for games on the App Store. There are a few decent ones here and there, but nothing that's really going to make you throw down what you're doing and run to the nearest WiFi hotspot in order to download it. That's not to say everything is terrible, but there are plenty of just good games out this week.
Still, we've taken the time to round up the best of them. There's not quite something for everyone here, but I have a feeling that next week is going to be much better. Don't ask me how I know that, because I can't tell you. I'd definitely suggest coming back in seven days though, and saving your pennies if nothing on this list really captures your imagination.
Empires and Puzzles is a slick match-stuff RPG that mixes in a bunch of city-building aspects to keep things fresh. And it's currently the Game of the Day over on the App Store. So, if you're picking it up for the first time today, we thought it'd be a good idea to give you some hints and tips to ensure that you're getting the most out of the experience.
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Sam Barlow’s follow up to Her Story is #WarGames, an interactive video series that reimagines the 1983 film WarGames in a more present day context. It’s not exactly a game, but it’s definitely still interesting. Here are the top things you should know about it before diving in.
What is it?
#WarGames isn’t much like anything else out there. It’s like watching a TV show, but the whole thing is told through different screens, which primarily show different characters video chatting with one another. All of these screens are visible at once, but you can tap to switch between which feed you want to focus on.
While you’re watching, #WarGames keeps track of which video feeds you’ve focused on and changes your story’s arc depending on these choices. It’s not really obvious what you’re changing though. There are no moments when a character is begging for attention and you can switch to them to trigger some kind of choice. It’s a lot more subtle than that, so much so it's hard to tell that you're changing anything. That said, #WarGames definitely lets you know when things change, and even gives you an overview of the paths you took at the end of each episode.
Hi there, and welcome to our ever-increasing list of the very best games for iPhone. We're going to be updating this regularly with new content, so make sure you check back often, because you're not going to want to miss out on even one of the games we're including here. Trust me, they're that good.
You can click the links below to download the games from the App Store, and find out more about them. And if you've got some games you think should be included, feel free to chuck them into the comments section. Hopefully we can get a good bit of debate going!
Pixel Plex is the latest city builder that has come to the App Store, and it takes a pretty different tact than the ones that came before it. Instead of being in charge of your own city by yourself, you have to work together with other players to build your city’s greatness, one block at a time. Given this new approach to this kind of game, Pixel Plex can be pretty tough to wrap your mind around, but with these tips, you’ll be on top of things in no time.
In Pixel Plex, each player initially starts with one city block of land to work with, so you really need to make the most of it. Although there may be some variety in the things you can purchase and build on this land, none are as important as buildings that generate resources. Buildings like Lumber Mills, Concrete Factories, and Steel Mills not only produce revenue, but also the raw materials you need to do just about anything else in the game, so focus on those first, and all the other stuff later.
Before last week, if you asked me which game I prefer between Fortnite Battle Royale and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), I’d choose the latter just about 100% of the time. Now that we know that both games are primed to hit our mobile screens soon (you can even sign up for Fortnite here), I’m not so sure I’d have the same response. Between both of these games, Fortnite seems primed to be a much better mobile experience than PUBG, and here’s why:
The fantastic mobile version of 7 Wonders just got updated with an expansion that adds Leaders to the game. This new content adds a whole layer of depth to the game, but before you spend $1.99 to buy it blindly, check out this breakdown of exactly what you’ll be paying for:
What do you get?
In the 7 Wonders expansion, you get access to the content from the board game’s Leaders Expansion. What this means is you have access to a whole new type of card (i.e. Leaders), a new Wonder, and four new Guild cards to play with. In all, you get 40 new cards in the form of 36 Leaders, which can give you special bonuses in each game, Guilds that build off of the Leaders cards, and the ability to play as Rome, who’s wonder also plays into Leader mechanics. All in all, it’s a pretty hefty addition.
Phantom Chaser, the hit RPG from Phantom Games just got a huge new update that introduces a new character and some major gameplay updates that will really change the way you play. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran or a curious newcomer, this is an update that’s all about the fans, no matter where they are in their adventure. Here’s what you can expect.
Perhaps most importantly, Rangda joins Phantom Chaser’s diverse cast of characters. Rangda is a dangerous assassin who specializes in fast, close encounters thank to her high Dexterity stat. She’s a must have for any collection.
We talk to Beamdog about Siege of Dragonspear for mobile, classic D&D RPGs, and why a level editor won't be coming any time soon
Siege of Dragonspear is available right now on the App Store. It's a stand-alone game that fills some of the story gaps between Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate 2. It's also the first bit of official new content for the series in more than a decade.
We took the chance to ask the game's Lead Designer, and the Studio Head at Beamdog, Phillip Daigle some questions about his experience working on the game, the controversy that surrounded its original release on PC, and how more people than ever are enjoying strategic D and D RPGs.
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And since this is a weekly occurrence, make sure you pop back in in seven days time to check out another raft of awesome content. After all, this is a content-driven economy, and the more content you consume, the more likely it is that I'll be able to buy a new pair of trousers sometime soon.
These weeks just keep on flying by don't they? Another seven days have past, so it's time to round up all of the brilliant games that are currently on sale on the App Store. It's not a vintage week, but there are some pretty decent experiences here all the same.
I've added download links, because that's the sort of guy I am, and if we've reviewed one of the games, I've stuck a link to that in there as well. If you think we've missed anything out, then feel free to let us know in the comments at the bottom of the article. See you again next week for more awesome deals.
We’ve been dying over and over in the absolutely brutal Temple of Spikes: The Legend recently, but somehow we can’t stop playing it. If you want to have as good a time as we are with the game, check out a few of these tips to help you out:
How to spot secret areas
Every level in Temple of Spikes has a secret area where you can go through a particularly challenging platforming section to retrieve a Scarab. These areas aren’t exactly easy to see though. They are almost always hallways that are hidden behind walls that you can just walk through, but there is a trick to spotting them. As you’re moving close to a level’s walls, your torch can shine past walls where secret passages are, so keep that in mind while you’re trying to go Scarab hunting.