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The Ascension Update is Taichi Panda's second expansion and is out now

Posted by Rob Rich on May 21st, 2015

The Ascension Update is the title of Taichi Panda's second major expansion, which is out now and includes an increased level cap, two more story chapters, and a new Mega Boss event.

Taichi Panda is a hack-and-slasher in which you battle your way through a variety of challenging dungeons as either a panda martial artist, a muscular warrior, a dextrous treasure hunter, or a powerful fox mage.

The Ascension Update raises the level cap to 90 and challenges you to complete two new higher-difficulty story chapters that pick up right where the previous expansion left off.

Higher-levelled players will also earn new gear and skills on their way to the new level cap but that doesn't mean lower-levelled players miss out. The new equipment discovery system allows players of level 64 and over to use Refinement Stones and Lunar Tears to increase the quality of their orange gear.

Refinement Stones and Lunar Tears are rewards for completing both the new levels and server-wide Mega Boss battle. This teams you up with all of your fellow server heroes against Nemeus, a nightmare-ish monster from the deep.

Also included is a brand new outfit for each hero and two new pets, Wise Dory and Nami.

The Ascension Update is out right now so head on over to the App Store [download], Google Play [download], and the Amazon App Store [download] to get your claws on Taichi Panda.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

Parigami is a papercraft match-three puzzler set in Africa out now on iOS

Posted by Simon Reed on May 14th, 2015

Parigami, the match-three puzzler set in a papercraft Africa, is out now on iOS.

You'll navigate a papercraft African map made out of origami and paper cut outs, aiming for three stars in each match-three level.

They're not your usual match-three levels though. Instead of swapping individual tiles you'll be moving the rows and columns to try and get three or more paper animals to match up.

Match three animals and they'll simply burst into confetti but match four or more and they'll explode in a paper bomb, giving your score a healthy boost.

You won't be alone on your adventure - you'll be joined by six characters based on species native to Africa. They each have their own minigame, as well. You'll have to clean out Ollie the oryx's habitat, feed Mamma Hippo's hungry children, and chase off Fang, the mean lion.

If you manage to complete a minigame you'll receive paper popper boosters as a reward. These can be used during the main levels to give you a hand.

Parigami also has an Apple Watch companion app that tasks you with raising the baby booby bird, Buddy. He'll assist you during your adventures in the main game if you do so.

Parigami is out now in the App Store [download].

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

GTArcade on the challenges of bringing League of Angels to mobile and what changed [Sponsored]

Posted by Simon Reed on April 15th, 2015

Facebook's hit MMORPG, League of Angels, has been given a mobile makeover in kind-of sequel, Fire Raiders, which contains all the hero and angel collecting, PvE and PvP battling, and combat strategizing you can now expect from the franchise.

While League of Angels - Fire Raiders remains faithful to the Facebook original, it's very much its own game, as David Johansson, Creative Director at GTArcade, was keen to point out.

We spoke to Johansson about the challenges of adapting League of Angels for mobile, what's changed in the sequel, and his and your thoughts on how it plays on mobile.

What challenges were associated with bringing League of Angels to mobile?

Being our first mobile game, the entire process was a learning experience. One of the main challenges was finding ways to take the great League of Angels lore and find a way to make it accessible to mobile players. We really had to start from scratch but this ended up benefiting the game in the long run.

How does the game differ from the browser version?

Countless ways! Though most characters from the browser version can be found in Fire Raiders, we completely overhauled their design to make the game more suited for mobile. We wanted to make the game more interactive so most of the gameplay modes have been changed in the mobile version to achieve this.

For example, Hero and Angel skills are now triggered manually, allowing players to play a more crucial part in every battle. My favorite difference is that we gave the many Heroes and Angels in the mobile version their own unique character voices. I think this adds a lot to the feel of the game and brings the characters to life, creating a more immersive gaming experience.

Which is your favourite way to play - on your browser, mobile, or tablet?

Personally, I prefer the experience of playing games on an iPad. Not only is the performance excellent, but it’s also very nice to have a larger screen to play with during battles. But the game also plays excellently on phones.

How have fans of the Facebook version taken to the mobile version?

So far the response has been great. People are really liking the overhauled design and ability to trigger Hero and Angel skills manually. Some people are a little disappointed that this is a sequel and not just a mobile version of the browser game, but that usually gives way once they have spent a little time playing Fire Raiders. Most players realize it for what it is, a completely separate game, based on the same League of Angels world.

League of Angels - Fire Raiders is out now in the App Store [download] and Google Play [download].

League of Angels - Fire Raiders is a mobile MMORPG out now on iOS and Android

Posted by Simon Reed on April 9th, 2015

2014's Facebook hit, League of Angels, has been released on mobile and is out right now on iOS and Android.

In League of Angels - Fire Raiders, you'll collect and customize an army of heroes and angels to send into combat against the forces of evil in a selection of different PvE and PvP modes, like team dungeons, cross-server area battles, and mini games.

You'll need to increase your hero's and angel's power by levelling them up, training them, enhancing their weapons, and selecting the right battle formation.

Different enemies require a different strategy so don't be afraid to change up your team and formation selection often to see what works best and where.

As an MMORPG, League of Angels - Fire Raiders allows you to play with thousands of fellow players and you can organise to team up or fight against them by chatting in the live chat.

To celebrate the launch of League of Angels - Fire Raiders, GTArcade is planning to a variety of events and giveaways. To get in on the action, head on over to the official website for further information and 'like' them on Facebook to ensure that you're the first to know about the latest news and future free gifts.

League of Angels - Fire Raiders is out now in the App Store [download] and Google Play [download].

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

Egg-Shoot is an addictive tap 'em up out now on iOS and Android

Posted by Simon Reed on April 3rd, 2015

Egg-Shoot aims to end your Flappy Bird addiction by getting you addicted to it instead.

The concept is simple - you tap eggs to destroy them before they splatter your screen but it's a surprisingly difficult game to master.

There are five different chickens each attached to a tube which is constantly shooting out eggs at different times and speeds so you really have to have your wits about you if you want to destroy all the eggs.

Shoot five eggs in a row and you move on to the next level but as soon as an egg splats against your screen it's game over.

The squeegee can clean the screen and prevent this, though, should you have one at hand, along with other useful power ups.

Egg-Shoot is hilariously addictive and and full to the brim of tapping, chickens, and eggs - all of the features a mobile game needs.

Head on over to the App Store [download] and Google Play [download] to get Egg-Shoot right now.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

Allstar Heroes is a pretty and colourful RPG on its way to iOS and Android

Posted by Simon Reed on April 2nd, 2015

Allstar Games has announced that its highly popular Asian RPG, Allstar Heroes, is headed West on iOS and Android.

In Allstar Heroes, you build a team from over 70 heroes to send into battle against the evil Darkness that is threatening to engulf the world.

You can level up each hero to boost their stats and increase their skillset, and outfit them with hundreds of different weapons, armour, and magic items.

PvE is stage-based, and you pick a team of your favorite heroes, select a battle formation, then head into battle against an AI opponents team.

Attacks are taken in turns but you can interrupt an enemy's attack during their turn if you're skilled enough. Be wary, though - they can do the same to you.

If you're more into PvP, you can battle friends locally via Bluetooth or compete against thousands of other players in the Arena.

Allstar Heroes is currently out in closed beta on Google Play but will officially launch on iOS and Android soon.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

The seriously addictive Trivia Crack is headed to Apple Watch

Posted by Simon Reed on March 26th, 2015

Etermax has announced that Trivia Crack will be playable from your wrist just as soon as the Apple Watch launches.

In fact, Apple itself requested that Etermax bring its popular quiz app to the Apple Watch after being impressed by its performance in the App Store charts.

Trivia Crack is minimalist by design, which makes it a perfect fit for the App Store’s cozy screen size.

You’ll still be competing with a friend or stranger in one of the six categories of science, entertainment, art, geography, sports and history, to see who has the most trivia knowledge stored inside their head.

A question will pop up on your watch along with a series of answers. It’s up to you to select the right one, then it’s your opponent's turn.

This back and forth continues until the round ends and the player with the most correct answers wins, adding the character associated with that category to their collection.

Yes, Trivia Crack will be fully playable from your Apple Watch so from now on you can leave your iPhone in your pocket where it belongs.

Over 140 million players have downloaded Trivia Crack since launch, and the app currently holds the top spot in the App Store charts in 25 different countries, including Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands.

You can play right now for free by heading on over to the App Store [download], Google Play [download], Windows Phone Store [download], and the Amazon App Store [download].

Snail Games has officially launched Taichi Panda on iOS and Android

Posted by Simon Reed on March 26th, 2015

Taichi Panda has officially launched on iOS and Android today with an expansion, the Teumessian Update.

Featured in the update is Taichi Panda’s first magic class, Teumessa, the fox mage, who will appeal to those who like fighting from a distance.

The new location, the city of Atlantis, offers higher levelled players the chance to continue the story with three new chapters. The level cap has also been raised so you can continue your progression.

An outfit system has been implemented that allows you to equip new costumes on your characters, changing their visual appearance and increasing their stats.

PvP battlers can now participate in three new modes - Seabed Scramble, a 3v3 domination-style battlefield, Decathlon, an increasingly challenging ten round face-off against opposing challengers for prizes, and Guild Wars, a guild versus guild mode.

The Teumessian update also features a ton of new pets, gear, and systems.

Best described as a dungeon crawling action RPG, Taichi Panda features fast-paced combat, four upgradeable characters, different co-op and PvP modes, and a 12 chapters of single player story.

Taichi Panda has been in soft launch since January but has finally been released in most regions today, along with the Teumessian Update.

It is available now from the App Store [download] and Google Play [download] for free.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

Make a splash in My Dolphin Show's new water park themed update

Posted by Simon Reed on March 20th, 2015

Spil Games has recently updated its hit dolphin simulator, My Dolphin Show, with a new water amusement park-themed update that includes a whopping 18 new levels.

The latest version allows you to excite crowds as never before by performing a variety of thrilling new tricks with your favorite dolphin, all while decked out in some brand new costumes.

As if that wasn't enough, you can now take to the water as the trainer herself or even a mermaid and perform a variety of different tricks as a talented aquatic performer.

My Dolphin Show is now featured in the iTunes App Store and offers an excellent challenge for skilful and creative players.

It's best described as a dolphin simulator, and allows you to train up your very own dolphin to perform a variety of tricks and compete in different shows and arenas.

Your clever dolphin can jump through hoops, bash beach balls, and splash the audience itself - that's a real crowd pleaser!

Your dolphin is fully customizable and can be decked out in over 40 different costumes, which includes the two latest additions: the trainer and mermaid.

Head on over to the App Store where My Dolphin Show is available for a mere $1.99.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

Snail Games has announced the Temessian Update for Taichi Panda

Posted by Simon Reed on March 19th, 2015

Snail Games has announced an expansion for Taichi Panda that's set to arrive by the end of March and features a new class, town, and PvP modes.

The expansion, officially titled 'the Teumessian Update', has you travel to the town of Atlantis, where new story chapters, pets, equipment, skills, and an increased level cap await you.

The new character class Teumessa, the Fox Mage, offers a different style of play to the other characters. You'll fight from afar, taking down your opponents with a variety of powerful spells.

If you're into PvP, the new Battlefields and Guild Wars will be of most interest to you, both of which offer something a little different to the traditional modes.

Taichi Panda is an action RPG in which you destroy swarms of monsters as you travel through dungeons, collecting loot and resources and fighting tough bosses.

It's certainly content-rich, featuring a fun combat system, battle pets, upgrades aplenty, and PvP combat.

To discover more about the Teumessian Update, visit the official page or watch the action-packed trailer above.

If you'd like the chance to win some fantastic prizes including an Apple Watch, head on over to the Taichi Panda co-launch event page.

Taichi Panda is free to download from the App Store right now [download] or Google Play soon. The expansion will arrive by the end of March.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

An interesting mix of adventure, RPG, and slot machine, Slot Raiders is out now on iOS and Android

Posted by Simon Reed on March 13th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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Collaborating once again with Bridge Constructor's Clockstone Studios, Headup Games has announced an exciting new franchise that could lead to the birth of a new genre.

A slot machine with a different spin, Slot Raiders blends elements of the adventure and RPG genres to create a game that appeals to the vast majority.

In Slot Raiders you head off on an epic adventure through exotic locations during the 19th Century. Your goal is to collect precious metals and legendary treasures in idyllic locations such as rural Japan and the picturesque waters of the Caribbean.

You may even find yourself in the middle of an exciting event in history, such as the Yukon Gold Rush - the possibilities are both endless and thrilling.

An engaging story unfolds as you complete quests for Jim, your personal claim administrator, advisor, and trader who will also help you unlock new claim spots and locations.

Quests involve you finding specific materials to sell to a certain character, and in each location you'll have a sidekick who will give you additional quests.

If you're pressed for time, you can send your pet dog Tracky to play on your behalf and he'll continue adding to your growing collection of riches - he may well even find a bonus treasure!

Rounding out an already content-rich game is a fun mini-game that can earn you extra money on the side. You tap on bushes to see what's behind them to try and find bags or chests full of cash and treasure. Be aware of bears and snakes, though!

Slot Raiders is free to play, so head on over to the App Store [download] or Google Play [download] to get started on your treasure collection right now.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

The first ever action 3D card battler All Star Legion is out now on iOS

Posted by Simon Reed on March 2nd, 2015

On the other hand, you probably haven't played an action 3D card battler - until now. Step forward, All Star Legion.

All Star Legion is a 3D QTE-based action RPG card battler, but fear not - the game itself isn't as convoluted as its description.

You collect over thirty heroes to train and summon into battle with you, first deciding on the timing, combo, and sequence that your heroes will use their skills and then watch the battle takes place.

Rather than just sit there and watch though, you'll participate in QTEs to ensure the effectiveness of each attack - possibly even making them more powerful in the process.

There's a similar system in play during enemy's attacks as well. It's a lot more challenging but you can actually interrupt an enemy's attacks if you're skilled at tap-timing.

Each hero has different strengths and weaknesses, and so are actually more and less effective against different opponents. As a result, it certainly pays to choose the right hero for the right occasion.

They begin with a star level between one and three but can eventually evolve into a five star hero - so be patient with less powerful heroes because they could grow to be your favorites.

Head on over to the App Store [download] or Google Play [download] to get All Star Legion right now for free.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

Witness an all new puzzle mechanic in BlastBall MAX out now on iOS

Posted by Simon Reed on February 27th, 2015

Well, BlastBall MAX is not one of those games and is bucking trends such as timers, elements of randomness, and tacked-on mechanics in favor of pure puzzle gameplay.

When you first boot up the game you'll see a grid made up of squares that are each filled with four circle-shaped holes in it, and some of those holes will have yellow balls sitting in them.

Following me so far?

You have a selection of yellow balls of your own and you can place one at any point on the board.

The goal is to create a row of at least five balls, at which point the balls will be 'blasted', which removes the two outermost balls.

At this point the most interesting mechanic comes into play: the center ball changes color and takes on an entirely new ability that completely changes the dynamic of the game.

There are boosts there for those who are struggling, such as a 'Multiplier Maximiser' that increases your multiplier to the maximum if you blast a row with eight balls in it.

With over 90 missions to complete, the game is full to the brim with content and totally warrants the premium price tag. This is one puzzle game where it totally pays to, um, pay.

Follow the link to the App Store [download] to get started on your BlastBall Max adventure right now.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

Action RPG League of Angels - Fire Raiders will launch globally on mobile soon

Posted by Simon Reed on February 26th, 2015

Gaia is being invaded by the Devil Prince and the demonic Devil Army at his disposal, and it's up to you and your avatar to defeat him in League of Angels - Fire Raiders.

Raise a mighty army from hundreds of recruitable angel heroes and take the fight to the Devil Prince as you endeavor to liberate the lands of Gaia.

The very best gear will be made available to your avatar and heroes, which can be enhanced via socketable gems.

Your avatar will level-up on its journey to become the finest leader the land of Gaia has ever seen and you can customize it to fit your desired playstyle.

The base of your operations is a castle that must be defended at all costs - bolster its defenses by casting potent magic spells.

Guilds full of allies can be created or joined and you can battle against fellow or opposing players in local or cross-server arena wars.

League of Angels - Fire Raiders is all set for global launch in the App Store and Google Play soon. Head on over to the official Facebook page and hit 'Like' to be the first to know when a date is revealed, and visit the official website for further information.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.

Celebrate the third anniversary of King’s Empire in-game with events hosted throughout February

Posted by Simon Reed on February 13th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Tap4Fun have announced a series of in-game events throughout February to celebrate King’s Empire’s third anniversary since launching in the App Store and Google Play in 2012.

The events have already started, with a heroes show-off kicking things off at the beginning of February.

A ‘Big Boss Battle’ event began on the 11th and is set to end on Friday the 13th. In this exciting event a player is turned into an enormous boss and it’s up to other players from all servers to team up and take the boss down.

The full festivities start on the 12th but Tap4Fun are keeping quiet about exactly what’s to come. It’s safe to say that if you’re a fan of King’s Empire you’ll definitely want to see what all of the fuss is about.

Also starting on the 12th is a Valentine’s Day event so if your other half hasn’t started playing, now is the best time to get them to start.

King’s Empire is an online free to play strategy game on iOS and Android.

The objective is to take control of as many city states and villages as possible, in order to build an empire big enough to take on your opposing players.

Units can be fully customised to suit any playstyle and you can strengthen them further with the use of dark magic.

Now is the best time to get started with King’s Empire if you haven’t played it before. There’s plenty to get involved in for old hands and newcomers alike throughout February so head on over to the App Store [download] and Google Play [download] to check it out.

This article is sponsored as part of Steel Media Preferred Partners.