It’s exciting to see Nintendo delving into the mobile sphere, regardless of whether it’s to give fans another platform to enjoy their fans or simply a sound business venture. Two of the company's announced mobile games have finally come to fruition, but they were slightly soiled by iffy free-to-play mechanics and other foibles. Nintendo’s mobile future was called into question, but now things are looking a little sunnier with the latest Fire Emblem Heroes update.
Fire Emblem Heroes received a sizeable update first thing this morning. The update features a batch of fresh content along with a few updates to the game's systems.
Well, after some, frankly, disappointing updates to Pokémon GO, fans are finally getting what they've always wanted - 80 brand new Pokémon, likely from Generation II. We'll be able to catch the Johto region starters--Totodile, Chicorita, and Cyndaquil--along with Pokémon like Bellossom and the new Eeveelutions, Espeon and Umbreon.
Postknight gave us a pleasant surprise last week. What at first blush looks like another fantasy clicker game is actually a warm homage to classic RPGs with lots of juicy upgrades and other RPG trappings to keep us hooked for a good weekend or two. It's lightweight, making it a great game to pick up and put down during a commute, but with plenty of layers to dig into if you want something a bit more nuanced. There are a few things to remember if you're just starting out. Use these tips to become the greatest Postknight in all of the land.
At the beginning of each week we like to take a look at what’s been happening of late over on our sister website PocketGamer.
As you probably gathered from the name, PocketGamer concerns itself with all things portable gaming. That includes mobile games, handheld games, and even Nintendo’s forthcoming Switch console.
Here’s what’s been occupying the thoughts and gaming time of the PocketGamer team over the past week.
Nimblebit is always good for some light, well-designed fun, and the mobile development studio is likely holding to that with their upcoming game, Bit City. Various Nimblebit developers have been sharing screenshots of the game over the past few months, but this is the first official teaser for the game.
Since its arrival on the App Store a few years ago, FTL has been entertaining mobile gamers with its irresistible style, regardless of the often absurd challenges it presents. Fans of that fine spaceship management sim will be pleased to learn that Subset Games has another sci-fi game in the works --Into the Breach.
In Into the Breach, the last vestiges of human civilization are hanging on despite a looming subterranean threat. The action plays out on an isometric grid, and you'll have to use your best turn-based strategy skills to win this fight. Massive insectoid monsters erupt from the earth, wreaking havoc. It's up to you, the player to stop them by commanding an army of mechs, all of which can be upgraded as you progress. The cities must be protected at all costs, as they are vital to powering your war efforts.
The game features more of the gorgeous pixel art that we saw in FTL, along with a soundtrack from FTL's composer, Ben Prunty. Subset Games says that Into the Breach will be available "when its ready". The game's only been confirmed for PC and Mac so far, but we expect we'll be seeing Into the Breach on mobile as well, if FTL is any indication.
Lords of the Fallen is slashing its way onto mobile tomorrow, and this time it's taking a highly action-oriented approach with swipey combat. The game originally appeared on PC as a Dark Souls-esque dungeon crawler.
People got a first glimpse of an early build of Old Man’s Journey at the 2016 Game Developer’s Conference, where it drew a lot of attention for its beautiful storybook visuals. Developer Broken Rules has now treated us to a fresh look at Old Man’s Journey’s gameplay, and we’re still just as excited for the finished product.
Pokémon GO is kicking off its Valentine's Day festivities today, washing the app in waves of pink, hearts, and cutesy Pokémon. Niantic has a bunch of sweet treats for Pokémon GO addicts this time around. And yes, we're talking lots and lots of candy.
From today until February 15, you'll earn double candy every time you catch, hatch, or transfer a Pokémon. Keep your buddy close at hand, too -- they'll be scooping up candy twice as fast for the duration of the event.
Perhaps most importantly, though, this Valentine's Day event is the perfect chance to finally hatch some of the elusive baby Pokémon that were added to the game a few weeks ago. These new, second generation Pokémon are tough to catch, as they can only be hatched from eggs and those eggs are mixed with all of the older Pokémon you probably already have. Now, though, Cleffa, Igglybuff, and Smoochum will all hatch more frequently from eggs.
If that's not enough for you, lures will now last for six hours, too. Chansey, Clefairy, and other pink Pokémon can also be caught at a higher rate.
How do you think the Valentine's Day event holds up to past Pokémon GO celebrations? Share your thoughts in the comments!
Fire Emblem Heroes only launched last week, but that hasn't stopped Nintendo from rolling out a few fan events to keep folks excited about their latest mobile SRPG. Players will be getting special launch celebration maps each week which net players three Orbs rather than the customary one when they clear them.
Video games draw inspiration from many sources -- classic cinema, action flicks, novels, even internet memes. While games can tell stories in a huge variety of ways, some of the most compelling games use folklore and mythology as a source, pairing both classic art with these traditional stories. Here are three mobile games that do this exceptionally well.
The mobile version of Guild of Dungeoneering is getting fresh scoops of monsters and quests in its latest expansion, Ice Cream Headaches, out this Thursday on iOS and Android. If you haven't tried the game yet, it's a clever turn on the classic dungeon crawler, as players build said dungeons around the characters.
We've covered the sleek and stylish word puzzler SpellTower in the past, and now the game is back on the radar again with a huge new update -- the first in quite some time -- arriving on February 9.
Every week we round up the top talking points from the past week of coverage over on PocketGamer.
Our UK-based sister website has been covering the portable gaming industry since 2006, so it’s always interesting to get their perspective on a fast moving industry.
Here’s what’s been occupying the thoughts and gaming time of the PG crew over the past week.