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Wayward Souls Review

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By Carter Dotson on April 24th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: CARRY ON
Wayward Souls is a roguelike-inspired action-RPG that sets a high bar for other games to compare to.
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Wayward Souls Preview Stream Recap: See the Tower Area and Hats

Posted by Carter Dotson on April 21st, 2014

Rocketcat Games joined our Twitch channel late last week to stream Wayward Souls with us. For the first time, see the first boss of the game defeated, and see large chunks of the second area of the game, the Tower, with a couple of the game's characters. The game releases on April 24.

We've shared YouTube videos of some of the highlights, along with a recap of the entire stream, containing information on the process of the game's development and what players can expect when it releases.

See the first area of the game defeated with Renee the Rogue:

Renee the Rogue running through the Tower, the second area of the game:

As well, Blythe the Warrior makes a lengthy run through the Tower, but can it be successful? As well, check out some of Wayward Souls' hats that will be available, including some of the early adopter hats:

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Lightbringers: Saviors of Raia Review

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By Carter Dotson on April 10th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: BETTER TOGETHER
This cross-platform online multiplayer RPG is technically ambitious, but it isn't a perfect play experience.
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Brain Seal Announces RPG Dark Quest 2: Castle of Doom, Due Out Later this Year

Posted by Tre Lawrence on March 24th, 2014

Brain Seal Entertainment has announced its new game, Dark Quest 2: Castle of Doom. The 2D RPG action game is due out at the end of the year as a universal app.

According to information provided by Brain Seal, players will be able to control a party of three heroes that each have differing attributes, a story-based campaign that can be played with friends, survival elements, and randomly generated maps.

The game is forecasted to cost $4.99 and to not have any in-app purchases.

Joystick Replay Brings PC/Console Favorite Darkstone to iOS

Posted by Tre Lawrence on March 24th, 2014
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Darkstone, the RPG thriller that has roots on PC and Playstation, is now available for iOS courtesy of Joystick Replay (via Microids). Thus, the evil Draak can be battled on Apple devices.

The gameplay should be familiar to folks who have played the other ports. The game itself features improvable heroes, localized subtitles, real-time play, plenty of weapons, and hundreds of enemies - among other things. Most importantly, the experience has been specifically tailored for touchscreens.

Darkstone is free (with optional in-app purchases) and available on the App Store.

Funcell123 Releases New Game Age of Warriors to Canadian App Store, Global Release Imminent

Posted by Tre Lawrence on March 24th, 2014
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Funcell123 has just released Age of Warriors, which is a 3D real-time RPG adventure, to the Canadian App Store; its release to the global App Store should follow shortly.

The free game features engaging graphics, several maps to explore, leaderboards, the ability to train characters, and hero classes. There are in-app purchases to help shape gameplay.

Demonrock: War of Ages Review

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By Carter Dotson on February 28th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: DEMONOKAY
Demonrock: War of Ages mashes together multiple RPG and strategy genres for its gameplay, but it just doesn't quite come together.
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Bug Heroes 2 Review

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By Rob Rich on February 20th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: A SWARM WELCOME
Bug Heroes 2 doesn’t simply succeed in reaching the rather high bar Foursaken Media has already set for itself; it breezes past it almost effortlessly.
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Eternity Warriors 3 Review

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By Jennifer Allen on January 14th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SHALLOW YET SATISFYING
Eternity Warriors 3 might be shallow and very familiar, but that doesn't stop it from being a fun Diablo-style action RPG.
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The Shadow Sun Review

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By Rob Rich on December 19th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ROUGH AND TUMBLE
The Shadow Sun is a bit awkward to play and needs some polishing, but look beyond that and it’s actually an incredibly competent action-RPG.
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Oceanhorn Review

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By Carter Dotson on November 19th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SET ADRIFT
Oceanhorn is a beautiful and ambitious game, but it's missing that special something to make it great.
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Reaper: Tale of a Pale Swordsman

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By Phil Bickle on October 1st, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: PALE AND PROUD
Reaper: Tale of a Pale Swordsman is a fun and engaging action RPG for phones and one of the best iPhone games I have played this year.
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Bravura - Quest Rush Review

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By Jennifer Allen on September 26th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: RUSHING RPG RAMPAGES
Rushing is the name of the game here, but there's still plenty of time to enjoy this action RPG.
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Smash Spin Rage Review

Posted by Carter Dotson on July 5th, 2013
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Developer: Iddiction
Price: Free
Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPhone 5, iPad 2

Graphics / Sound Rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar
Gameplay Rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar
Playtime: Rating: starhalfstarblankstarblankstarblankstar
Replay Value Rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar

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Smash Spin Rage is two-faced. It strolls around with a pleasing concept, looking all interesting to play...then the sad, depressing reality sets in. This is a giant IAP trap.

First, the good. The concept is original: an action-RPG with a ‘character’ that’s a disembodied spirit swinging a ball and chain around to wreck up the place because of reasons. The story is presented in cutscenes that don’t make a lot of sense, but no matter: swing that ball round and round and break everything! Break columns! Break vases, they know what they did! Break skeletons into pieces! Break the hearts of enemies, then break their faces! Break everything while spinning around rapidly! Stop spinning? Spend coins to start spinning up again, or just fling the spikey ball around to break everything manually!

Playing as an object takes some getting used to, but at its core, it’s really cool. Oh, and the game supports iCloud. I started playing on my iPhone, but hadn't gotten too far in, so I expected to start over when wanting to play on the iPad, but no! My progress was there! It was a Christmas miracle!

Now, the not-so-cool stuff, which is everything around the game. The game is based on a free-to-play model and it goes whole hog with it. Coins can be earned in-game, and they can also be spent in-game on a wide variety of things. Need to heal quicker while the heat’s all about? Satisfaction is just a few coins away. Want to get up and spinning instantly? Spend some coins. Want to do more damage or become more powerful? Spend some coins. Run out of coins in-game or don’t want to grind? Buy them with real-world money!

Now, here’s the problem: saving up the coins to become better is difficult because in order to just stay afloat, spending coins on fleeting in-game items is required. It just feels like a trap to push in-app purchases, rather than an actual game, albeit one designed to push optional sales. That free-to-play balance is really important, and this one is way too imbalanced in the favor of pushing IAP. And when a game does that, it doesn’t make me want to spend money. I’ll spend it on games that treat me better.

And look, girlfriend, Smash Spin Rage just ain’t gonna treat ’cha right. He’ll come by with promises of spinning and smashing, but honey, the rage will be all yours when he expects ya ta pay. Have some self-respect, girl! Play something else! Be a strong, independent woman!

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Cross Horizon Review

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By Rob Rich on July 4th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: LESS LOOT
A little too much importance placed on premium currency drags down an otherwise perfectly enjoyable action RPG.
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