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Implosion - Never Lose Hope Review

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By Rob Rich on April 12th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: WELL WORTH IT
Implosion - Never Lose Hope makes some bold claims, but it actually lives up to expectations.
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Implosion - Never Lose Hope: How to Make Sense of the Ark System

Posted by Rob Rich on April 12th, 2015

[Trying to decide if Implosion is worth buying? Check out our review.]

Fighting your way through Implosion’s many, many levels isn’t difficult to figure out - by which I mean it won’t take long to learn the ropes - but the Ark System it uses to manage your upgrades never really gets a proper explanation. So rather than trying to feel your way around, how about you let us show you the ropes?

The Basics

The Ark System is split into four sections where you can equip different systems you find or purchase - Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Lambda. All systems can affect your power or endurance, along with other systems unique to their category.

  • Alpha - 2 slots. Tends to focus on passive attack bonuses like critical rates and ballistics damage. Some upgrades also affect your shield power and can increase item drop rates.

  • Beta - 2 slots. More defense-oriented with upgrades that increase amor, agility, and shield repair.

  • Gamma - 2 slots. Emphasizes things like HP recovery, “Rage,” and restorative powers. Some upgrades can also include the Hack ability, which will be necessary to access certain locked rooms in various levels.

  • Lambda - 1 slot. These upgrades grant entirely new special abilities, such as creating a temporary shield or triggering an area-effect attack.

Netmarble's Raven Will Be Launching Globally This Year

Posted by Jessica Fisher on April 3rd, 2015

Netmarble US has announced that the popular hack and slash RPG, Raven, is launching globally later this year. The game gives you options for your characters race such as human, elf, vango, as well as classes like assasin and berserker. You can also choose between five game modes including Scenario mode, the 150 stage Adventure mode, Raid mode, and Guild matches where 18 players fight for the honor of their guilds.

"With splendid action, dynamic real time battles and thousands of items to collect and upgrade, Raven has struck a resonant chord with gamers," said Seungwon Lee, Overseas President at Netmarble Games Corp, in a press release. "We will leverage the record-setting success of Raven in South Korea as we look forward to bringing the game to players worldwide."

You can look for Raven on the App Store later this year.

It Came From Canada: Blades of Brim

Posted by Jordan Minor on November 19th, 2014

It’s easy to want to write off Blades of Brim as a gimmick. You could look at its swordplay as a cheap attempt to distinguish itself from every other endless runner out there. But the combat actually is an integral part of the game, giving it a distinct identity. Is that enough to overcome endless runner fatigue? Decide for yourself in this edition of It Came From Canada!

Blades of Brim uses the typical endless structure. Players try to dash as far as they can while dodging and defeating obstacles and enemies. There aren’t distinct environments per se, but as players level up they’ll unlock new parts of the map, granting them access to new areas during each trip. The worlds are diverse and the transitions between them are fairly seamless. The coolest touches are the little challenge rooms that give players some task to complete on a stretch of road seemingly existing in a pocket dimension. Meanwhile, the cartoon fantasy visuals have tons of colorful energy and, more importantly, run super smoothly.

But obviously Blades of Brim's big hook is its prominent combat system. By swiping the screen, players will slash their sword. Fortunately, it’s a lot more robust than just a single, glorified defensive option. Players can use slashes to stylishly hop between lanes and fling themselves skyward, all while taking down enemies in their path. They can also take advantage of the branching level design for moves like wall runs and flying ground pounds. Successfully and fluidly chaining attacks together, while constantly propelling forward, makes players feel like a force of nature. And the game’s forgiving health system, allowing players to take one hit and recharge health from there, prevents needlessly frustrating roadblocks. Rounding out the system are unlockable weapons like axes with different stats, along with new characters. And if players are really in a pinch, they can sacrifice some magic to summon a double-jumping dog to ride, complete with a handy projectile attack.

Blades of Brim looks like it could carve out a nice little niche for itself in the expansive endless runner landscape. Players can see if that niche is right for them when the game launches globally, soon.

Unbroken is a Hauntingly Beautiful One-Touch Hack-and-Slash Coming to iOS

Posted by Jessica Fisher on October 21st, 2014

Unbroken, by John Araujo, promises a hack and slash style game of adventure across the world of Midrune with you taking on the role of the "Unbroken": a hero with the mysterious power to move between timelines.

The game uses 2 tap controls (jump and attack) instead of gestures or joysticks and pits you against a variety of dark enemies. It's beautiful retro-style graphics with a limited palate give it a creepy haunted feel.

Araujo has not stated a release date for Unbroken yet, but for now you can check out a few visuals on the new site.

Infinity Blade III: Kingdom Come, the Final Update, Set to Arrive September

Posted by Ellis Spice on August 26th, 2014
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Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: NEVERENDING STORY? :: Read Review »

ChAIR has unveiled Infinity Blade III: Kingdom Come, the final update for Infinity Blade III. The update will provide a new environment, new enemies (including a new dragon to face off against), and dozens of new items to collect.

Alongside this announcement of the final update, ChAIR has also released a trailer to celebrate four years of Infinity Blade being shown off on the Apple stage, with footage from the update sprinkled throughout.

The 'Kingdom Come' update for Infinity Blade III is set to arrive on September 4, with the game available on the App Store now for $6.99.

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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Ninja Wrath Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Rob Rich on May 16th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: I AM NINJA
It may not look like it at first glance, but Ninja Wrath is actually one incredibly slick iOS action game.
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Tiny Legends: Heroes Review

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By Denis Farr on December 13th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: BLOCKS HACK/SLASH
Dungeon crawl with the best of three, kill the monsters, grab the loot, level up. Then do it again.
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Wraithborne Review

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By Carter Dotson on November 8th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: ACTION ACTION ACTION
Wraithborne is a hack 'n slash with plenty of action and beautiful graphics, but is there enough actual substance to the game?
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He-Man: The Most Powerful Game in the Universe Review

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By Rob Rich on October 25th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: BY THE POWER OF GRAYSKULL!
Thirty years after Mattel dominated TVs and toy chests with all manner of hokey and impossible men and monsters, The Most Powerful Man in the Universe is getting his video game dues.
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My Little Hero Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Lisa Caplan on May 9th, 2012
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: UNDERAGE
Relive your childhood fantasies and nightmares.
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Spellsword to be Released Soon

Posted by Kevin Stout on March 29th, 2012

Spellsword, a new title from Fire Fruit Forge, is set to be released soon. According to a release announcement and screenshots posted on the Touch Arcade Forums, it should be released sometime soon (possibly within the next month).

After watching the gameplay trailer, it looks to be quite the action-packed hack and slash game. The storyline is based on a “spellsword” with the ability to kill many minions at a time and the champion who picks up the sword. The game has a sort of retro look and the music even sounds 8-bit derived.

Apparently, the mission/quest system was somewhat inspired by Jetpack Joyride. There are quests in different areas but the game still contains an “endless gaming” sort of feel. There will be 60 missions at the release of the game.

Fire Fruit Forge is also the developer team behind hit title, Terra Noctis. Check out the gameplay trailer for Spellsword below.

Armed and Gorgeous Review

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By Sinan Kubba on February 13th, 2012
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: SKIMPY
Hack-and-slash with gorgeous engine but skimpy on depth.
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Blade of Darkness Review

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By Rob Rich on January 30th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: A DULL EDGE
Blade of Darkness makes a solid effort to give iOS gamers the hack-and-slash RPG they've been craving, but it stumbles out of the gate.
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