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Would you like to know what we thought of this steampunk strategy game? Check out our Heavenstrike Rivals review!

The Basics

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  • Use Your Captain’s Powers: As part of the game, each player’s captain gets a special power. This can heal units, damage others, or cast other status effects. These powers refresh after a certain amount of turns. Players that use and time their powers according to a timeframe that aids their overall strategy will go far.
  • Use All The Lanes: When starting out, you may be tempted to plop units into a lane and then forget about them. However, changing lanes is key to Heavenstrike Rivals‘s strategy. As long as your units are taunted or blocked by another unit, feel free to switch around units willy nilly to keep opponents guessing. Also, when playing on maps with power up tiles, units can lane change onto the tile to receive the power up, and then can be moved back to their original spot. How cool is that?
  • Keep Your Units Alive: Even the strongest units in the game can’t do much to help you if they don’t stay on the battlefield long enough to fulfill their intended purpose. Additionally, some units and unit types get stronger the longer they are in play, so it’s worth putting in the effort.

Squad Building

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  • Don’t Underestimate Basic Units: When players start out in the game, they may want to start getting as many high powered units as possible in their squads, but this would be a mistake. The beginner units in Heavenstrike Rivals have low mana costs so they can get on the battlefield quickly. Considering the ultimate goal of the game demands players get within striking distance of their opponent, speed can be useful.
  • Build Squads With Balance and Purpose: As much as it might seem like a good idea to build a squad full of brawlers, defenders, or other units to max out bonuses afforded by special units, doing this is a lot like putting all of your eggs in one basket. For any one viable strategy in Heavenstrike Rivals, there is a super-effective counter strategy. Players that do not take this into account may stomp all over some opponents that are equally unbalanced, but struggle against thoughtful foes.
  • Build a Deck that Feels Comfortable: I know, this sounds almost overly basic, but it’s important. As much as Heavenstrike Rivals doesn’t look like a card game, it still operates like one. Putting in crazy new units that you aren’t familiar with can cause a lack of synergy or introduce elements of randomness into your strategy, both of which are things you want to avoid.

Field Tactics

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  • Mana Is A Limited Resource. Use It Wisely: All units cost a certain amount of mana, but all players can only have ten mana’s worth of units out on the field at any given time. With this being the case, players should be careful about what they summon early on and what foes they decide to defeat. After all, there’s no reason to kill a unit if it’s handily tied up and you have the upper hand.
  • Time Summons Carefully: At first blush, it may look like a good idea to send out all of your units at once. However, if you are too careless and lose a lot of quickly summoned units early though, you may find themselves with a hand so empty they can’t properly defend themselves.
  • Shut Down Gimmicks Early: As game that encourages players to incorporate unit synergy, players should be on the lookout for the key units their opponents are using in an attempt to tie their strategy together. For example, there are some units in the game that grant bonuses to every unit in play of a certain type, so taking out that unit as quickly as possible will minimize the impact of your opponent’s strategy.

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Heavenstrike Rivals Review

Heavenstrike Rivals Review

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Despite a few flaws, this free-to-play strategy game is a fun mix of new and old strategy formulas.

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DeNA and Square Enix have announced that FINAL FANTASY: Record Keeper is currently in development. The game is a combination of all of the past Final Fantasy games and allows players to relive their favorite moments from the series. You’ll be able to build a team of classic characters such as Tidus, Lightning, and Cloud, and customize them with a ton of iconic gear, powerful spells, summons, and weapons. [Editor’s Note: Hopefully it won’t be another All the Bravest…]

FINAL FANTASY: Record Keeper delivers the ultimate FINAL FANTASY experience for the dedicated and passionate fans of this franchise and we are excited to work with SQUARE ENIX to bring it to players worldwide this spring,” said Shintaro Asako, CEO of DeNA West, in a press release.

FINAL FANTASY: Record Keeper is set to release in spring, but if you can’t wait you can pre-register at FinalFantasyRecordKeeper.com to receive updates about the game and unlock special in-game characters including Tidus from FINAL FANTASY X.

According to Reddit’s iOS Gaming Board, Square Enix seems to have mixed opinions on iOS 8 compatibility updates for The World Ends With You: Solo Remix. User ‘chupwn’ posted a copy of their support ticket, which reads:

“Unfortunately we have been notified that this title will not be receiving an update to be compatible with iOS 8 and forward. For this we and the development team deeply apologize. We can only suggest that you play the game on an iOS 7 or earlier device at this time. If have purchased the game recently and would like a refund or reimbursement you will need to contact Apple Support as they would act as the retailer in this case. Since we are not the retailer and simply the publisher we would be unable to provide a refund under any circumstances. We apologize for the inconvenience.”

Afterwards they received another reply from Square Enix correcting their previous email:

“We apologize, the previous response was premature as our teams have reviewed their response and realized that it was a lot more severe than they meant to provide. They have corrected our notification. This title’s patch is more complex than expected and it is taking extra time to patch the game, unfortunately they do not have a final ETA as to when this will be complete.”

Currently, The World Ends With You: Solo Remix is simply unplayable on iOS 8 – it gets stuck on an “Initializing” screen. Naturally users are in an uproar over the email and have spoken out on the Reddit message board about Square Enix’s performance. 148Apps has reached out to Square Enix for clarification but we have yet to hear back.

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Dragon Quest V Review

Dragon Quest V Review

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Dragon Quest V is arguably one of the finest installments in the series so, yes, you should get it.

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Lara Croft is coming to you in this very special holiday bundle. Square Enix is offering Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light HD, the original Tomb Raider, and Tomb Raider II for only $4.99. These are some of the classic Tomb Raider games with some extra bonuses including updated controls, new and original cut-scene voice-overs and enhanced original music effects, and some new locations.

This bundle sale is only around for a limited time, so grab yours [download] while you can.

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Dragon Quest III Review

Dragon Quest III Review

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A walk down memory lane isn't foolproof for Dragon Quest III, but it has its merits.

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Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light has Gone Universal, Now Includes HD Visuals

Posted by on December 16th, 2014
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The super fun Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, by SQUARE ENIX, has gone universal with a new update.

This new update supports iOS 8 as well, and iPhone users will be happy to hear that it now properly supports the iPhone 5 and up. Players will also be able to enjoy searching for the Mirror of Smoke in central America with new high-resolution visuals.

Check out the new and improved Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light on the app store for $4.99.

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It Came From Canada: Heavenstrike Rivals

Over their long history, Square Enix has become synonymous with big, epic, blockbuster Japanese RPGs. But while mobile may be a great place for ports of classics like Chrono Trigger, when crafting a new game the company has to make something a little more modest than Final Fantasy XII 3. Heavenstrike Rivals is that new game, and we see how well it lives up to its pedigree in this edition of It Came From Canada!

While the game was made in collaboration with English studio Mediatonic, it’s hard not to notice the Final Fantasy style all over it. From the exciting but ultimately nonsensical name, to the plot involving brave youths rescuing a quaint and vaguely European world from a rising darkness, it’s pretty obvious where this game comes from. Fortunately it also has production values that rival its AAA cousins. The illustrated artwork is luscious and detailed, battle animations for the chibi characters are a delight, and the jaunty music sets the mood for adventure.

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And players will need to be in the mood because Heavenstrike Rivals‘ strategic gameplay will demand a lot of their time, even if it is broken up into chunks via energy meters. Using units they’ve gathered, players face off against opponents on a board game-like grid. The goal is to have their army reach the end and begin attacking the other player directly. However, this requires fighting through the enemy units coming after them. It’s a straightforward idea, and the compact arena limits more extravagant strategies, but the game does offer depth through its unit variety.

Players gain access to more of their forces over the course of the round, and knowing all their quirks is where the fun begins. From the fighters’ increasing strength, to the scouts’ multiple hits, to the defenders’ shields, to the gunners’ range, effectively combining these abilities is the key to an effective squad. Plus it’s just satisfying to watch an enemy fall for your carefully planned trap. Outside of battle players can improve their squad even more by leveling-up stats, modifying magic users, and recruiting special vanguards to lead the assault.

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A few years ago, Square Enix released a little strategy game for DSiWare called Dragon Quest Wars that entertained in a way similar to Heavenstrike Rivals. We’ll see if the larger App Store audience will be as receptive when the new game launches worldwide soon.

We recently got our hands on Heavenstrike Rivals, an intriguing upcoming strategy game from Square Enix and Mediatonic that’s currently in a soft launch phase. To learn more about the game and the East/West collaboration that created it, we spoke with Masanori Ichikawa, a game producer at Square Enix, and Paul Croft, Director of Games at Mediatonic.

148Apps: First, could you give a brief overview of Heavenstrike Rivals?
Masanori Ichikawa (MI): Heavenstrike Rivals was created as a joint effort between Square Enix and Mediatonic, a studio in England. It’s a brand new tactical RPG. One of the game’s key features is the real-time PvP multiplayer.

148Apps: You described the game as a tactical RPG with PvP combat. What does that mean exactly? What would you compare it to?
MI: It means that you can battle in real-time, like if you were playing chess, over the internet with other players.

Paul Croft (PC): I would compare it to many multiplayer games you might find on PC. We have multiple types of leagues and tournaments, similar in structure to those in Starcraft 2 or League of Legends. Players can compete directly with others across the world for the top places and earn promotions into new divisions if they perform well.

Continue reading Heavenstrike Rivals – An Interview with the Makers of Square Enix’s Latest Strategy RPG »

Tomb Raider II Review

Tomb Raider II Review

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Awkward virtual controls mean that any fondness for the source material of Tomb Raider II soon fades.

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Square Enix Has Just Released Tomb Raider II on an Unsuspecting App Store

Posted by on December 3rd, 2014
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Pretty much out of nowhere, Square Enix has just sort of gone and dropped Tomb Raider II onto the App Store.

The (debatably) superior sequel wowed plenty of gamers when it first came out by adding more of just about everything. Plus it’s got that training course at Lara’s mansion with the old butler who passes gas like clockwork – I’m not kidding, he totally does. Well, I think it’s a perk, anyway.

Flatulence aside, the second game takes Lara to all sorts of new locations like Tibet and Italy. More locations also means more types of enemies (yetis and tigers and… wait, yetis??), as well as some new weapons to dispatch them with. Oh, and vehicles. That was sort of a big deal at the time. But perhaps the addition that will interest you most is the new list of achievements.

You can download Tomb Raider II off the App Store now for $1.99.

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Dragon Quest II Review

Dragon Quest II Review

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Dragon Quest 2 is another quality remake of one of the progenitors to the modern JRPG.

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Great Hitman GO Goes on Sale and Gets New Update – Say That Three Times Fast

Posted by on October 24th, 2014
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Square Enix’s Hitman GO has received 8 new levels based on Hitman 2: Silent Assassin.

You be able to sneak around the snow-draped landscape of Varosnij Square while you line up your next kill. Players will be able to unlock the new content by either completing missions or by skipping all that and purchasing everything for $0.99. The update also adds cloud-saving functionality, so you can sync your completed levels between devices.

This update comes alongside a limited-time sale where fans can buy Hitman GO for just $1.99. The price will go back up after a week so if you want to check it out, now is the time.

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It’s time to get excited because Square Enix has just released Chaos Rings III!

On the Japanese App Store.

Okay, okay, so it’s not out worldwide yet. But the fact that it’s out over there means it’s only a matter of time before it’s released everywhere else. And it looks like it might be something worth waiting for, besides.

For starters, it’s selling for ¥2,800, which ends up being about $26.00. So this is definitely a premium release. Based on the tiny screen shots it’s also looking good, possibly with a little bit of extra flair thrown in to the battles. And do my eyes deceive me or does it look like parties will contain more than the series’ usual (and measly) two this time?

We’ll know for certain one way or another once Chaos Rings III is inevitably released in the US.

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Pocket Gamer reports that two new free-to-play Final Fantasy games from Square Enix have sneaked their way onto the App Store in Japan – Final Fantasy: Record Keeper and Final Fantasy: World Wide Words.

In Record Keeper, players take on the role of an Apprentice that jumps into paintings that take them to famous scenes from previous games in the series. The battle system is similar to that found in Final Fantasy: All The Bravest, with players getting to fight alongside Cloud Strife, Zidane Tribal, Luneth, and more.

Meanwhile, the word-battling RPG World Wide Words features the same art style as Theatrhythm Final Fantasy, with players given the task of typing out words to perform attacks against monsters and fast typing rewarded with more powerful attacks.

Nothing has been announced regarding the release of either of these games outside of Japan, but both can be found on the Japanese App Store now and are free to download.

source: Pocket Gamer
Dragon Quest I Review

Dragon Quest I Review

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Its historical significance aside, Dragon Quest 1 is a fun, campy, difficult, thoroughly old-school RPG.

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Dragon Quest IV Chapters of the Chosen Review

Dragon Quest IV Chapters of the Chosen Review

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This classic JRPG has gotten a pretty wonderful treatment for mobile play.

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Champ Man 15 Unveiled By Square Enix

Posted by on August 8th, 2014

Square Enix has announced that their free-to-play football management game Champ Man will be receiving a new version for the new season – Champ Man 15. This new edition will allow players to manage one of 440 real clubs from 23 leagues from around the world in a realistic season set-up. The game will also come with up-to-date team, player and competition data, new training systems, and more tactical options.

Kenji Hisatsune, Vice President of Global Mobile Contents for Square Enix West, had this to say on the newest edition in the Champ Man series:

Champ Man continues to evolve with each season. We’re not looking to continuously make the same game. We listen to our fans and how we can improve their experience. The series is one of the longest running of its kind and we are very pleased to announce the new release for this football season. Champ Man 15 combines the depth and control you would expect from a management simulation with the speed and accessibility of a mobile game. We’ve improved the match engine to allow for a greater variety of chances, enhanced commentary, additional formations and tactical options. We hope our fans enjoy it!

Champ Man 15 will be free to download when it launches sometime soon.

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Mini Ninjas Goes Free For Limited Time Thanks To Hitting 6 Million Downloads

Posted by on July 15th, 2014
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Mini Ninjas has just hit 6 million downloads, and to celebrate, publisher Square Enix is offering the popular endless runner game for free. This knocks it down from its previous price of $0.99.

From the official press release:

Mini Ninjas mobile is an ‘endless runner’ platform game. Based on authentic ninja values, this beautiful, fast paced, fun adventure game takes you on an epic and exciting journey, free from gruesome violence and high on Ninja fun. Play as one of 4 Ninja heroes: Hiro, Futo, Suzume or Kunoichi, and run, jump and slash your way through amazing spellbound lands to retrieve stolen artefacts and do battle with evil Samurai Warlods.

We had an opportunity to review Mini Ninjas a while back and quite liked it.

As noted, the game is currently available for free (with optional in-app purchasing) on the App Store.

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Check Your Baggage with Hitman GO’s New Airport Box Update

Posted by on July 3rd, 2014
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Square Enix has released the Airport Box Update for Hitman Go today. It’s the first content update for the game since it’s release and it includes 15 new levels, new game-play mechanics (civilian mode, moving walkways, skipping turns), and new enemies. You can access the Airport levels either by unlocking them through regular play or by paying $0.99 to unlock them early.

Hitman Go is available in the App Store for $4.99.

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Square Enix’s booth was full of Final Fantasy type stuff this year, but it wasn’t all about the MMO or the Disney crossover series. The RPG giant was also showing off a couple of mobile titles: the greatly-anticipated Final Fantasy Agito, and the “where the heck did this come from?”Final Fantasy VII G-Bike.

Final Fantasy Agito

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Final Fantasy Agito is a pretty great-looking title that’s already out in Japan, but now it’s been confirmed for a US release as well.

In Final Fantasy Agito you’ll be able to create your own custom character, take down various enemies for experience (naturally), craft better weapons, and team up with other Agito players to battle massive bosses. Sounds cool, no?

There’s no official date set for a release, but Final Fantasy Agito will be coming to the US App Store for free and feature in-app purchases.

Final Fantasy VII G-Bike

Final Fantasy VII G-Bike was a total, although not unwelcome, surprise. Remember that mini-game from the Gold Saucer that involved riding around on Cloud’s motorcycle while swiping at enemies? Well this is that but ratcheted up to a ridiculous degree.

G-Bike takes the core concept, heaps on a health dose of modern production values, dresses up the visuals significantly, and adds RPG elements like character customization. And it just looks sweet.

No release date has been announced yet, but it will be available as a free download with in-app purchases.

Take note: Hitman Sniper is not Contract Killer with a glossy shine. I was actually quite surprised to find out it’s more like a high score-chasing puzzle game that just so happens to involve bullets.

Each level (2 locations are planned for release, with more expected at a later date) has a primary target that you’ll need to take out in order to complete – but simply offing your mark right away won’t net you much. To really rack-up a high score and get your name somewhere respectable on the leaderboards you’ll need to build up combos by offing guards that are wandering around the environment. But this is no gallery shooter; you’ll be able to shoot out railings guards are leaning on, create distractions by shooting alarmed cars, and interact with the environment in all sorts of ridiculous ways.

There are also upgradeable weapons, of course, as well as a Rival system that pits you against the player immediately above you on the leaderboards so you’ll have a reasonable score to try and top every time you play. Everyplay support is also included, which means you’ll be able to save your most spectacular setups and combos to show off to all your friends.

Hitman Sniper will be coming out this Fall for free.

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It looks like Agent 47 is at it again. Fresh off of his Editor’s Choice garnering first iOS outing in Hitman GO, everyone’s favorite assassin is back for more bloodshed.

This time around the ubiquitous manslaughter machine is placed behind the scope of a sniper rifle in the aptly named Hitman: Sniper. Though the details are rather scant as of now, you can bet that we will be hear quite a bit more about the title over the span of E3 week. Oh, and spoiler alert: the game will probably feature players shooting a person or ten. But don’t worry, the targets have undoubtedly done something heinous to deserve their strategically-placed hot lead injection.

You can look forward to checking out Hitman: Sniper for yourself when it hits the App Store later this year.

Dragon Quest VIII Review

Dragon Quest VIII Review

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Dragon Quest VIII for mobile isn't a flawless port of the PlayStation 2 masterpiece, but it's still well worth playing.

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Deadman’s Cross Receives Update That Adds a New Hunting Ground and More

Posted by on June 2nd, 2014
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Deadman’s Cross has recently received an update that adds in some new features. These include the USS Claypool hunting ground, and 39 new Deadmen. Additionally, it has two new abilities, and usability functions have been improved.

We had an opportunity to review the app earlier this year; it is available for free (with optional in-app purchases) on the App Store.

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- The USS Claypool hunting ground has been added.
– 39 new Deadmen have been added.
– 2 new abilities have been added.
– The skip feature has been added to battles that take place while on search jobs.
– Interrupted downloads now resume from the point at which they were interrupted, rather than beginning anew.
– A simple tap interface has been added for switching Deadmen in and out on the horde editing screen.
– Tapping an ability in the ability list interface now shows its details.
– An Info button has been added to the ability screen.
– The amount of EXP a Deadman will gain from feeding is now shown before the feeding is executed.

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Dragon Quest VIII is Raising the Tension on the US App Store

Posted by on May 29th, 2014
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One of the Playstation 2’s biggest Japanese RPGs, Dragon Quest VIII, has just been made available on the US App Store.

Everything from the PS2 version is here, reworked for iOS. So it’s essentially the same game you’ve probably played (or at least heard of) way back when, only it’s all been shrunk down to fit on your iPhone and iPad. And the controls have been reworked for touch screens, naturally.

You can download Dragon Quest VIII right now for $19.99, and the game features absolutely no in-app purchases of any kind – you get the whole thing right from the start.

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Hitman GO Review

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Hitman GO is not the obvious way to do a mobile version of the Hitman series, but it's an incredibly creative and fun game in the long-running franchise.

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I’m sure plenty of people were a bit dubious when Hitman GO was announced for iOS. I’ll even admit that I had my doubts. However, I was quite pleasantly surprised when I managed to see it in action.

Hitman GO is certainly not your typical Hitman game. It’s also not the kind of Hitman game I think most of us were expecting. It’s actually a puzzle game in which players must figure out how to move Agent 47 so that he can avoid guards and either exit the level or take out his targets. The entire game has this spectacular diorama/board game aesthetic, too.

The really interesting thing is how Square Enix Montréal has managed to incorporate so many of the series’ most notable mechanics (stealth, disguises, dual pistols, etc) into such a drastically different setting. And it all looks like it works surprisingly well. If that weren’t enough, there’s also going to be a special unlockable level designed around one of Bloody Money’s most memorable missions: Curtains Down.

Hitman GO will be releasing on the App Store this Thursday, April 17, for $4.99.

Square Enix Puts Secret of Mana on Sale for a Limited Time

Posted by on March 25th, 2014
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Secret of Mana, the fun, engaging, classic action RPG, is on sale for a limited time.

The game itself highlights the battle adventures of Randi and his two companions. Beasts, forests, and mystical powers populate the gameplay.

Secret of Mana is available for $3.99 for a limited time.

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