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It Came From Canada: Beast Quest

Posted by Jordan Minor on March 17th, 2015

Figuring out how to best preview Beast Quest, the upcoming action RPG from Miniclip, proved to be surprisingly difficulty. This isn’t a judgment on the game’s quality, but it really does feel like a bunch of pieces from other, more famous games stitched together. So in this edition of It Came From Canada!, I’m just going to describe those pieces and how they find a way to fit together.

Beast Quest's general structure resembles any other casual RPG on the App Store. Players complete various short quests like gathering X amount of treasures or killing X amounts of enemies to level-up and take on the next major story mission. Those story missions revolve around the overarching goal of killing the elusive boss monster, giving the game a Monster Hunter or even a Shadow of the Colossus vibe. The combat is straight out of Infinity Blade, except players just tap a button instead of swiping to attack. However, while that control choice is nicely streamlined, holding a run button and moving the camera to steer the character feels even clunkier by comparison. The impressively large, dense, and snowy initial open world is a like a very, very light version of Skyrim, and by climbing “eagle peaks,” players gain a cinematic panoramic view of the landscape to flesh out their map, Assassin’s Creed-style.

That’s a lot of disparate influences. So how well do they fit together? Let’s put it this way: while the game is full of many beastly creatures, Beast Quest itself most resembles is a successful Frankenstein's Monster. By taking all of these proven ideas and applying them in the places where they make the most sense, few parts of the game feel lazy or weaker than each other. The individually strong parts strengthen the whole. Even the vague fantasy setting is generic and receptive enough to include these nakedly obvious inspirations without suffering any kind of tonal or mechanical whiplash.

Beast Quest is currently in a soft launch phase and will be launching everywhere soon. So it won’t be too long before you can decide whether or not this surprisingly seamless hodgepodge works for you.

Become the Most Powerful Monster Summoner in Seven Sacred Beasts - Available Now

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 6th, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

KEMCO has just released their newest action RPG, Seven Sacred Beasts. In the game you play as Mattie, a summoner who uses monsters to fight in competitions for money. His next big goal? To win the Summoners Rex - a competition to determine the world's most powerful summoner - and claim the prize of 100 million gold.

Seven Sacred Beasts has over 100 monsters to collect and level-up. You can form strategies based on how you level your monsters and control how they use their powers in battle. And if you prefer a more hands-off approach, the monsters can also battle automatically.

Right now you can download Seven Sacred Beasts for a special introductory price of $3.99 (50% off).

Get Set Games' Action RPG Storm Casters is Currently on Sale

Posted by Jessica Fisher on February 2nd, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: STORM WARNING :: Read Review »

Storm Casters, by Get Set Games, has gone on sale. Now you can get all your action-packed dungeoneering for less.

The collectible card game lets you collect battle cards to get elemental spells and evolve your character. It also has over 50 levels and 30 different enemy types to discover. Each floor has a limited time for you to explore, so you'll need to act fast in order to get to the next level.

You can download Storm Casters on the App Store for $0.99 for a limited time.

Combo Queen (Action RPG Hybrid) Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on February 2nd, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TWICH RPG
This action game combines role-playing elements, rhythm-based combat, and a sense of arcade brutality that makes it oddly compelling, frustrating, and kind of amazing.
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Kritika: The White Knights Celebrates Success by Giving New Players Free Stuff

Posted by Jessica Fisher on January 21st, 2015
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Kritika: The White Knights has passed 10 million downloads worldwide and GAMEVIL Inc. is celebrating by giving existing users a special present as well as a new update. You can log in today by 2:59pm PST to get a and awesome level 50 Legendary weapon. What is it? We don't know, but it sounds awesome.

New users can also make use of the coupon code HELLOKRITIKA to get themselves 200 free Karats and potentially give them more of a chance to catch up. Just make sure to use the code within 24 hours of downloading the game, or else it won't work.

The update will be coming out this week and includes the guild shop and guild tower. To access the guild shop you must join a guild, but once you're in you'll be able to purchase great items with guild shop points that can be earned in Guild Tower battles. Some in-guild activities will also get you points, so this gives you some options other than saving up Gold and Karats for items.

The Guild Tower feature lets guild members build a tower and hold in-guild activities including the aforementioned Guild Tower battle. The more activities you do in a guild, the more powerful you and your guild will become.

This is a big week for Kritika: The White Knights. If you haven't checked out this popular action RPG yet, you can download it for free on the App Store now. The coupon code for new users will be available through February 7.

Hail to the King: Deathbat Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Thomas on October 20th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: SO FAR AWAY
Hail to the King: Deathbat may feel like "Coming Home" for Avenged Sevenfold's faithful, but most will find this mediocre hack-and-slash to be "An Epic of Time Wasted."
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Revolution 60 Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jordan Minor on July 24th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: LASS EFFECT
Revolution 60 is a bold, cinematic action game with ambition to spare.
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Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Thomas on July 18th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: I AM GROOT
Smash your way through Space with Marvel's cosmic misfits, the Guardians of the Galaxy. Just be prepared for some galactic grinding.
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Dark Angels Chapter Pack Added to Warhammer 40,000: Carnage

Posted by Jessica Fisher on July 15th, 2014
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Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: BRUTALITY :: Read Review »

You can't keep a Dark Angel down.

The new Dark Angels Chapter Pack for Warhammer 40,000: Carnage from Roadhouse Interactive, has players taking on the role of the Dark Angel Space Marine on his path to reap revenge after being captured, beaten, and left to die in a ruined temple.

The new chapter comes with a lot of exciting additions. Players can equip the Plasma Gun and fight their way through Arena Combat gameplay featured in the new missions. Roadhouse Interactive has also included Wargear Supply Caches in which players can find the most powerful Wargear on Mithra. The supply Caches can be bought using gold or found on missions.

You can buy Warhammer 40,000: Carnage on the app store for $6.99. Once you have it, the Dark Angel Chapter Pack can be unlocked for gold in game.

Kritika: Chaos Unleashed Coming to the US Later This Month

Posted by Jessica Fisher on July 9th, 2014

GAMEVIL's Kritika: Chaos Unleashed for mobile which got it's soft-launch in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand this past week is being released world-wide July 15. The game is a hack and slash style RPG with monster waves, crafting, and character customization.

GAMEVIL will be holding an online pre-registration event for players. If you register you will receive a limited-time avatar (Berserker or Cat Acrobat) and a special item for your character.

Kritika: Chaos Unleashed will be available on the App Store later this month.

Storm Casters Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Thomas on July 8th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: STORM WARNING
Storm Casters is a cute, fast-paced action-RPG dungeon crawl, but there are a few dark clouds in its sky to take note of.
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Huge Wayward Souls Update Hits the App Store

Posted by Jennifer Allen on June 23rd, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: CARRY ON :: Read Review »

Exceptional roguelike-inspired action-RPG Wayward Souls has been significantly updated.

The game now offers a new dungeon in the form of The Labyrinth, offering 20 floors of pain, the conclusion of the stories of the current six characters, plus a new boss. There are a bunch of new hats, a new Super Secret Area, some tweaks to the general game, and all-around fixes to anything else that needed correcting.

As is the way with Rocketcat Games's promised pricing structure, Wayward Souls has gone up in price by $1, increasing to $5.99. There'll be another price increase to $6.99 when the next update is released soon. Given, there's already some information about the next update, including MFI controller support and at least two new dungeon modes, it's the ideal time to dive into it and snap up Wayward Souls, before it rises in price once again.

Wayward Souls is available now on the App Store, priced at $5.99.

Update includes:

- Fixes for the zoom-in bug for iPad 1 and iOS 5.1.1.
- Control tweaks for iPad devices, you can set movement and swipe sensitivy separately.
- Health potions are no longer awful.
- Automatic screen flipping.
- Map now also shows your floor number.
- Try to charge up a power attack when low on energy will no longer prevent you from moving.
- You no longer get an energy regeneration bonus for charging up a power attack.
- Hats stay on your head instead of unequipping.
- Match Hat Color moved to the hatbox menu instead of options.
- A bunch of new hats.
- REPEAT STORY: ON/OFF toggle in options menu.
- Gauranteed rare chest after each boss.
- Chests can now be destroyed after being opened, to prevent weird situations where you could get stuck.
- Some fixes to level generation in the first three dungeons.
- Increased gold drop rate in the third and fourth dungeons.
- Rare chests now drop normal hats if you run out of rare hats to find.
- Guard Captains should no longer attack you immediately when they take damage.
- Flame traps should be a bit more forgiving now.
- Tapping during the retry/victory epitaphs now skips the text much faster.
- Reflection damage buffed to triple of what it was.
- Super Secret Area, will YOU survive its enigmatic horrors?
- Various other minor tweaks and fixes.
- Lots of character balance changes, with more coming in Update 2. For more details, check out this address:

http://www.rocketcatgames.com/wayward/WSupdate1.txt

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Second update plans:

- MFI Controller support
- Further character tweaks, especially to Rogue
- New Cheevos (achievements for the layman)
- At least two new dungeon modes, including Endless
- Saint Statue revamp, including a bugfix to make them actually appear on random floors.
- Boss healthbars
- Looking into some sort of save syncing, not necessarily iCloud
- Other stuff we didn't get to do in the first update

E3 2014 - Soul Guardians: Age of Midgard is a Super-Flashy Action RPG Worth Your Attention

Posted by Rob Rich on June 16th, 2014

One of the more surprising iOS surprises to come out of E3 last week was the seemingly out of nowhere online action RPG Soul Guardians: Age of Midgard.

I've seen my fair share of action RPGs on the App Store before, but Soul Guardians displays a cool mix of colorful style and ridiculously over-the-top attack animations that really stand out. You'll be able to collect monster cards, which can then be used as upgradeable special attacks. Seriously, there's a ton of action to shove in your face, and you'll be able to share it all with your friends or random strangers through online co-op.

Soul Guardians: Age of Midgard should be coming to the App Store within the next couple of weeks for free.

Warhammer 40,000: Carnage Review

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By Carter Dotson on May 13th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: BRUTALITY
Warhammer 40,000: Carnage is a very straightforward action game that knows it, and maximizes the strengths it has.
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Slingshot Braves Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on April 28th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: RPG BASED BILLIARDS
Changing around the action RPG motif works well for this fun if messy title.
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