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Hands-On With Allstar Heroes - A Promising Casual RPG

Posted by Jennifer Allen on March 27th, 2015

Let’s get this out of the way quickly. Allstar Heroes looks a lot like a certain other recent action RPG release, but it turns out that while it’s not yet available here, Allstar Heroes has been around for much longer than that other title. Now that copyright row is out of the way, I can say that Allstar Heroes seems pretty fun.

It’s not out here yet, with a release date being vaguely hinted at sometime next month, but it’s shaping up to be a fairly solid release.

You gather a team of fighters, then go from stage to stage taking out the enemies in your wake. It’s a simple take on an RPG really, as it can be fairly hands-off if you want. Combat is conducted automatically with you able to cast special attacks as and when the power bar builds up. There’s a campaign mode as well as PvP options, giving you plenty to do.

The fun, as always with these kind of games, stems from developing your team. You can do a lot in terms of helping your team level-up, with equipment playing a valuable role in helping your party out. Fill all the equipment slots on one character and these can be combined to make the character more powerful, starting back at the beginning equipment wise but with a considerable stats boost.

And that’s where Allstar Heroes should keep you interested. Evolving your characters and watching as they steadily develop is always a satisfying thing to see. While it would have been good to be able to manipulate the characters more in battle, it’s the kind of lightweight RPG experience that lends itself well to mobile gaming. You can get a lot done in the space of a few minutes, with the only restriction being having an internet connection available to you.

Given its lengthy release in China (it was released there in February, 2014), Allstar Heroes'US release can't be far off. I’ve got a good feeling that it’s going to be a pretty fun timesink when it does come out. We’ll be sure to keep you in the know.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper Review

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By Rob Rich on March 27th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SOME OF THE BRAVEST
It’s not exactly the ultimate all-star gathering we might’ve hoped for, but Final Fantasy Record Keeper is a decent nostalgia trip.
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SwapQuest Review

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By Campbell Bird on March 26th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SWAP IT UP
This puzzle RPG nails its mechanics without any real issues, and does a great job of mixing up the action to keep players on their toes.
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Heroes Charge Review

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By Nadia Oxford on March 19th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: AVERAGE HEROES
Heroes Charge is a very middle-of-the-road RPG that's unremarkable, but an okay pick if you can't get enough of mobile-based RPGs.
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Paper Dungeons Review

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By Campbell Bird on March 19th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: DIY DUNGEONS
This game attempts to capture the magic of tabletop dungeon crawling in video game form, and it does so, but with mixed results.
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Avernum 2 is Coming to iOS on April 15th

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 18th, 2015

Spiderweb Software is bringing the next chapter of Avernum, their epic underworld fantasy, on April 15.

Avernum 2 will have you returning to the underground world where the Empire has decided to finally annihilate your people. It's time to fight back! The game has over 100 towns and dungeons to explore and over 60 spells and battle disciplines to master. With three different quests to fight the empire, dozens of side quests, and hundreds of magical artifacts to discover, the game offers over 50 hours of gameplay.

You can repel the invading armies of the empire in Avernum 2 this spring.

QuestRun Review

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By Jennifer Allen on March 17th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: FLAWED ADVENTURING
A casual take on the RPG, QuestRun is fun but has a few niggling problems.
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Here's the First Teaser Video for World of Dungeons, a New RPG by HeroCraft

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 12th, 2015

HeroCraft is developiong a new roguelike RPG called World of Dungeons - where you'll explore a dark fantasy world by sending your heroes into dungeons to find treasure and fight fierce foes. World of Dungeons uses turn-based tactical squad battles and players can choose between three different single-player modes: Exploration, Boss Rush, and Arena.

Your heroes will not go unprepared, though. You'll be able to collect hundreds of weapons and skills. There are also a bunch of classes to choose from including Warrior, Paladin, Colossus, and Soldier. By mixing your class, gear, and skills you can create complex combinations to base your tactics off of.

World of Dungeons looks like it will be a fun challenge. It is scheduled to be released towards the summer of 2015.

Card Crawl Review

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By Campbell Bird on March 12th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SOLITARY DUNGEON CRALWING
This card game looks and feels like a combination of Diablo and Solitaire, but which does it play more like?
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Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic Review

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By Jennifer Allen on March 9th, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TOUGH NOSTALGIA
Tough yet satisfying is about right for Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic.
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iNethack2: Nethack port back in App Store

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 5th, 2015
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Future Shock Software's iNethack, one of the original rougle-like games released in 1987, was ported to iOS in 2009 by Dirk Zimmermann. Recently the game was updated to iNethack2. The strategic dungeon crawler had previously not been updated since 2010 so it no longer functioned on iOS 8. iNethack2 now works with current devices and Future Shock has added the additional bonus of 8 new tilesets to explore, new touchscreen gesture controls, customizable keyboard shortcut controls, and hearse (bones file sharing) integration.

Old fans and new players alike can enjoy iNethack2 for free on the App Store.

Dungeon Hunter 5 Coming on March 12

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 3rd, 2015

Gameloft has excitedly announced that Dungeon Hunter 5 is on its way! Once again, you will adventure across the land of Valenthia exploring dungeons and fighting monsters. The game will have a new asynchronous multiplayer mode called Strongholds which lets you create a customizable base that you can defend and raid your opponents bases. There will also be a new evolution system for your gear so you can upgrade as you go. Dungeon Hunter 5 comes with a single player campaign with 5 realms and tons of dungeons. If you don't want to go it alone, you can hire friends or other players as allies.

Dungeon Hunter 5 will be available on March 12th for iOS.

Knights of Pen & Paper is Leveling Up! The Sequel is Under Way.

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 3rd, 2015

With the roll of a die and a critical success, Paradox Interactive has announced Knights of Pen & Paper 2! You'll be taking your place at the table once again in this sequel to Knights of Pen & Paper +1 Edition. The game will introduce the new ruleset, new races such as Dwarves and Elves, an updated combat system, new crafting and loot, and the old 8-bit graphics have been tossed out for a sweet new 16-bit look. There is so much to get excited about!

“When you allow people at your company to dress up in wizard robes and suits of armor, sometimes you wind up with games like Knights of Pen & Paper 2,” said Fredrik Wester, CEO of Paradox Interactive.

Start sharpening your swords and studying your spells, because Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is coming on May 14th.

Travel Back to the 1980s With the Making Of Trailer for Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic.

Posted by Jessica Fisher on March 2nd, 2015

Headup Games has released a hilarious making of video for its upcoming title, Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic. The game is a RPG/Roguelike where you control three heroes set to save the township of Pixton from an evil cult called The Sons of Dawn. They're going to summon up some ancient, terrible god so you had better work fast to thwart the cult's efforts. You'll have thirty hero classes to unlock, each with individual skills and attributes as well as a ton of procedurally generated weapons to choose from. Once you have your party, you'll be ready to face the thirteen dungeons and their epic bosses. With your characters facing permadeath, will you be able to make it all the way to the final dungeon? If you don't, you can always mourn your dead in the graveyard which displayed past heroes statistics and causes of death.

You'll be able to download Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic March 5th.

Heavenstrike Rivals Review

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By Campbell Bird on March 2nd, 2015
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: HEAVENLY STRATEGIC
Despite a few flaws, this free-to-play strategy game is a fun mix of new and old strategy formulas.
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