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Quest to be King gives you the keys to your own castle in this exciting puzzle adventure

Posted by Luke Frater on April 19th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

The land of Thoria has been beset by the evil Darkness, and it’s up to you to save it. In Quest to be King, you’ll sort out match-3 puzzles with an RPG twist to combat the encroaching forces of darkness while juggling your armies and supporting your civilians.

Quest to be King offers up 30 different regions for you to command and conquer across a sprawling world map. You’ll build buildings and manage resources to grow your kingdom into a massive empire, while ensuring that your armed forces are well prepared for the battles ahead. The Darkness will be pitting you against dragons, zombies, and other nasty things, but with an arsenal of different weapons and abilities, you’ll surely be up to the challenge.

Combat is set in a clever match-3 format with distinct RPG elements. Match tiles to inflict damage and status effects on your foes, or heal your troops. You’ll have to think creatively to come up with strategies to defend your kingdom.

You can find Quest to be King right now on iOS.

World of Gunships by GameSpire arrives on iOS

Posted by Luke Frater on April 18th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Chopper enthusiasts on iOS needn’t twiddle their thumbs any longer (except to direct hot lead at their enemies) – GameSpire’s World of Gunships is finally available on Apple devices. This aerial shooter puts you in control of an attack helicopter as you take on other players and NPCs in a battle to the death.

There are a few different modes to play around with. Death Match does what it says on the fuselage, pitting you against other players from around the world, whilst Teamplay divides players into two groups for a war in the sky. Campaign mode challenges you with various missions requiring your firepower and flying expertise to complete.

As you play, you’ll unlock, upgrade and customise more than 20 gunships, all with differing stats. During battle, you have your main cannon for lower-powered automatic fire, and your missiles for sporadic but explosive attacks. While your main cannon has unlimited ammo, firing too much in quick succession will cause the gun to overheat. Missiles and fuel are finite, and your gunship will accumulate damage over time. Luckily, the enemies you defeat sometimes drop ammo, refuelling canisters and repair spanners to keep you in the fight.

The controls in World of Gunships are straightforward enough – the pad on the left is for movement and direction, the pad on the right for firepower. The graphics are detailed, fully 3D and in a third-person perspective so you can admire your choice of camo skin. The HUD includes all the detail you need such as altitude, fuel capacity and where your enemies are, without feeling cluttered.

Take to the skies and test your mettle against players from around the world. Download World of Gunships for free from the App Store.

Strike it rich in OIL, out now on the App Store

Posted by Luke Frater on April 5th, 2018
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

If you’ve ever had aspirations of becoming an oil tycoon, digital board game OIL might help you make that dream a reality. Set during America’s early 1900s oil boom, you’ll be mining for oil while fighting off the competition in the Wild West. It’s certainly not for the faint of heart, but if you persevere, you could come out the other side the king of your own oil empire.

OIL veers away from your typical resource management board game, instead more closely resembling Battleship. Players begin mining for oil on a shared board, meaning you’ll have to keep your opponent from growing their prospects while you keep the oil flowing to fill your own coffers. OIL’s world is heavily inspired by the grim Oscar-winning drama There Will Be Blood, raising the stakes and giving the game a bit of a darker spin.

You can play OIL against an AI or with your friends, with no need for internet. The game progresses across 18 different levels. Gameplay can get pretty intense, but OIL’s soothing soundtrack and pleasing minimalistic visuals lends the game an excellent balance.

The digital oil boom starts now. You can find OIL on iOS and tvOS today.