Posted by Tre Lawrence on July 15th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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.
Posted by Jessica Fisher on July 3rd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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.
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
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 notContract 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.
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.
Posted by Tre Lawrence on June 2nd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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.
- 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.
Posted by Rob Rich on May 29th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
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.
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.
Posted by Andrew Stevens on February 6th, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Final Fantasy VI is now available on the App Store as Square Enix brings the sixth installment in the series straight to your favorite iOS device. It features iCloud save support for iPhone and iPad play, recreated graphics, and a new battle interface built for touchscreen gameplay. It also includes the new magicites and events that were added in the 2006 remake, and some events have been optimized for touch control.
Remember how Square Enix released a port of the original Tomb Raider last week and didn’t bother to tell anyone about it? Well they’ve done it again. This time it’s Lara Croft: Reflections that’s been sneaking around the NZ App Store with little to no attention.
However, Reflections is a fairly big departure for Ms. Croft so they probably wanted to test the waters first. Rather than a 3D adventure game, it’s a free-to-play card battler that lets players collect and evolve weapons, complete quests, take on bosses, yoink artifacts from other players, and otherwise duke it out with cards. The game has been soft-launched (not my favorite trend but whatever) in the New Zealand App Store and is available now for the curious. For the rest of us, we’ll just have to wait until the testing is over and it officially releases in the States sometime during the first quarter of 2014.
Bloodmasque -ActionRPG- hit a new milestone by reaching half a million downloads. To celebrate, Square Enix has made the game available to download for free until midnight on December 16. Users can also enjoy the new special holiday edition of the Hunter’s Gauntlet where players pursue Rudolf the Red and Holly Mistletoe.
Carnival is an RPG trading card game coming next year from Square Enix and OKAM Studio. It’s designed for single player play, though it is set to feature cooperative and player vs player gameplay as well. Check out the trailer below and then patiently wait for the day to come when you can collect cards and fight for glory! Or something like that.
Bloodmasque is now available for free until November 7 as Square Enix celebrates the release of the iPad Mini with Retina and iPad Air. It’s also received a small update that adds a hunter’s gauntlet feature and adjusted items available in the shop.
In our review, Rob Rich said with an angry face (picture below), “I’ve been enjoying BLOODMASQUE a lot more than I’d have expected, considering its close mechanical ties to another third-person combat game I’m quite fond of. It just kills me that I can only play it when I have a wifi/3G/4G connection. Still, when I can play it, it’s pretty great.”
Posted by Andrew Stevens on October 31st, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Deus Ex: The Fall is currently on sale for 40% off, making it available for $4.99. Still now sure if you want to spend 5 bucks on the game? Well, there is a new lite version that lets you experience the opening missions for free. The sale price is only available for a limited time, so check out the lite version and see if 5 dollars is worthy of a purchase!
Posted by Andrew Stevens on October 30th, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Final Fantasy IV is on sale! Final Fantasy IV is on sale! It’s now 50% off, reducing the price from $15.99 to $7.99. The iOS version features 3D graphics, a difficulty adjustment for improved gameplay, game center support, and plenty of achievements for unlocking. The sale goes from now until November 12th, so head on over to the App Store and start hanging out with Cecil. He’s cool!
Posted by Andrew Stevens on October 18th, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Mini Ninjas lets players run, jump, and slash their way through the game for free, for a limited time only. Now go invite your Facebook friends and compete with their high scores on the leaderboards!
In our review, Jennifer Allen said, “Players control Hiro, as he runs from left to right in his bid to rescue animals and survive as long as possible. Obstacles such as boulders and explosive barrels must be jumped over, while enemy ninjas must be taken out with a well timed tap of the attack button.”
I’ve been interested in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn since its release, though I knew better than to get involved with a game that would surely steal day after day away from me. However, when its companion app came out, Final Fantasy XIV: Libra Eorzea, I knew I had to give it a thorough look-over and discover just how useful it could be for those who do play the game. Thus, I started my journey into the realm of Eorzea.
Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is a massive online multiplayer role-playing game that features a huge world for players to get lost in. Just as a starting tip, the app feels useless to anyone who is just beginning the game as there is so much text, so much to discover, and so many hallways to get lost in. There is simply no time for dealing with an app that features a database full of all the items, quests, NPCs, achievements, and more. Sure I suppose you could do it, but I found it to be too much to begin with. Players need to take it easy and familiarize themselves with their surroundings first.
I found it best to start using the app after a few hours have passed and I began venturing outside the city walls. I eventually accepted a quest that I was more curious about, and by using the app I was able to see how much experience I could get and what items I could earn by completing it. Ok, so the game tells players that right off the bat before they even accept the quest. However, what makes it more interesting is that they can see what the follow-up quests will be and can view the exact same details for each quest. It also mentions who the quest giver is, the prerequisite quest, and the related NPC.
What makes seeing further in advance even more useful is that players can track down rewards that they may be interested in. So, it’s basically like seeing a trail to the reward they seek. Another nice option is that players can click on the reward and discover who is selling it. If the they have the cash, why bother waiting to complete a task when they can look and see that there are multiple merchants selling them? The app also tells the merchants location, so it’s not too hard finding them.
Speaking of merchants and knowing their locations; no longer do players have to travel to a merchant to discover if they have a particular item or not. They’re able to pull up the merchant in the app and view their entire for sale list. This can surely be a time saver for a lot of people, allowing players to take a seat and pull out an iPhone or iPad to discover the exact location that holds the item they seek.
Libra Eorzea is full of that type of information, and it can be incredibly useful to all who take the journey across the realm. Also, during one of my sessions, I came across a group of people that had one of the guys ask another where he got a particular item. Well, by using the search option of the app, I was able to pull up the item and discover the selling NPC and what quests I could complete to earn the item. Talk about a nice addition to have! It also shows the attributes of the weapon, such as damage, auto-attack, and delay, along with item level, bonuses, crafting & repairs, and how much it sells for.
Another feature that players can certainly enjoy is the fact that they can login with their account through the app to see their character, which includes their level and what items they have equipped. This allows users to click on the item and discover all the same things I mentioned before (stats, merchants, quests), along with the durability of the item and spiritbond. Now, when I am out and about and away from my computer, I can tap on my character and look at my weapon to discover the durability. I can see if the durability is getting low and know that the first thing I need to do when I get home is repair my weapon or buy a new one.
Have you ever wondered what your friends are doing while you are away from the game? Libra Eorzea lets you view your friends list so that you can see their level and items. So the next time you go to sleep early before any of your other friends, you can wake up in the morning and quickly open up the app to discover their new level and items. It also lets you search for players, should you ever want to find someone while being away from the game. I think it’s pretty nifty being able to look at your character and friends’ characters and see what they’re rolling with.
The only bad thing about viewing characters in the app, and it’s a pretty negative mark on this feature, is that it takes a long time for the app to update. Even after clearing the cache and logging out and back in, it still ends up taking hours before I can see my new level and items that I earned during my last session. That needs to be fixed if anyone is going to really be able to appreciate this feature.
Overall, I really found the app to be quite useful and think that everyone who plays the game should definitely give it a look. It’s also free, so why not have the extra help in hand?
Now, to be a little bit picky and to create a bit of a wish list; where are the maps in the app? I want to be able to see an overview of everything in the game. I want to be able to tap an item and merchant and have it pull up a map to show me the location. Also, the same goes for quests. Where can I find a quest that features a specific piece of armor that I am after? Sure I suppose that could take away from the adventure a bit, but let the players decide that! Also, I want to be able to read my journal and logs from the app. I think it would be great to see my hunting log and discover what creatures I need to kill in order to gain experience. It’s great that I can research the game and its items while I am away from the computer, but it would be even better if I could dig around even deeper and make a game plan for what I should do when I get home.
For the most part, Final Fantasy XIV: Libra Eorzea is a lovely companion app that can provide a lot of helpful information to all players of the game. It’s a must have companion app once it improves the character area, and it’s the best companion app ever once it adds everything from my wishlist.
Alright, stop your reading, download the app and return to Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn!
Posted by Andrew Stevens on August 6th, 2013 iPad Only App - Designed for iPad
Pocket Gamer reports that The World Ends With You: Solo Remix has dropped its price in half for both the iPad and iPhone versions, making them available for $10.99 (iPad) and $9.99 (iPhone). In our review, Jennifer Allen wrote, “Originality is clearly something that The World Ends With You: Solo Remix is far from short of. I’ve played many JRPGs in the past and there’s nothing quite like it.”
Despite the apparent opulence of Deus Ex: The Fall’s world, it’s still a very dangerous place. Whether you fight back against your aggressors or sneak past them without any bloodshed is a matter of preference, but one way or another these threats will have to be dealt with. It’s the very reason we’ve put together this handy guide that includes suggestions for weapons, attachments, augmentations, and general tips that should help Ben Saxon live to get caught up in a web of corporate intrigue another day.
General Exploration and Hacking
There are lots and lots of worthwhile goodies to be found just laying around the environment, but you won’t be able to reach all of it without a little help. Oftentimes there will be a couple of different options available for getting inside of a locked room, but without the proper augmentations certain areas will be off-limits for the entire game. That’s why you may want to think about teaching Ben a few of these skills if you’re interested in scrounging every last inch of the world for gear.
Strength – Move Heavy Objects is a handy skill to have both for exploring and circumventing enemies. It boils down to shoving large boxes out of the way but it often reveals hidden access points or opens up new paths. Punch Through Walls can also be quite handy, even from a non-combat standpoint. With it Ben can essentially create his own doorways through specific points of the environment, although punching through solid concrete makes a fair bit of noise so exercise caution when using it.
Hacking – If you want to find all the hidden goodies, you’re going to need to get used to hacking. Aside from the general Capture skills that allow Ben to hack more and more advanced systems with each upgrade, he can also make use of Hacking Stealth to make him less noticeable when capturing nodes as well as Fortify to strengthen captured nodes and make a trace more difficult.
Combat Augmentation and Weapon Specializations
We can’t always avoid confrontation, and when that happens in Deus Ex: The Fall it can quickly turn into a kill or be killed situation. Thankfully Ben has more than a fair amount of combat experience, so by focusing on certain firearms and augs he’ll be more than capable of holding his own when things get dicey.
Armor – If you plan to get into a lot of firefights, you’ll definitely want to take points in armor. Not only will it increase Ben’s toughness but after a couple of upgrades he can also learn EMP Shielding, which will nullify the effects of EMP blast from grenades and mines as well as render him immune to electrified flooring.
Strength – Punch Through Walls is great for exploring, but it’s also handy for fighting. With the proper timing Ben can easily dispatch an enemy that would otherwise be difficult to sneak past simply by reaching through the wall they’re standing by. Recoil Compensation and Aim Stabilization are also important since there’s bound to be a lot of shooting (especially once he blasts a hole in a wall with his fist) and accuracy will be very important.
Weapons – With the exception of the Stun Gun, all the firearms are lethal. The Crossbow can silently take out unarmored enemies with enough damage upgrades while the 10MM Pistol and Combat Rifle can also be fitted with sound suppressors in order to take out targets from a distance without making too much noise. If subtlety isn’t an option (or desired) there’s also the Q Tap attachment for the 10MM Pistol that adds armor piercing. Then there are all the non-so-subtle weapons like the Tactical RPG, Plasma Rifle, and Shotgun. Ben also has access to Frag Grenades and mines, both of which can be devastating if used against groups of enemies. EMP Grenades and Mines are also worth considering as they’re useful when dealing with mechanical enemies as well as augmented humans.
Stealth Augmentation and Weapon Specializations
Not everyone is looking to start a fight or kill hapless guards. In fact, it’s entirely possible to complete Deus Ex: The Fall’s first episode in its entirety without killing anybody. It requires a lot of sneaking around and some very particular skill choices, but it’s also incredibly satisfying to pull off.
Cloaking System – Ben’s ability to cloak gives him a distinct advantage when it comes to sneaking past enemies. Its power usage is limited, but when used at the right moment it can make navigating a room full of guards a lot easier.
Multiple Take-Down – Since ammo is somewhat limited and the Stun Gun is for close range, you’re going to have to get really familiar with non-lethal take-downs. Each one uses up one of Ben’s energy bars, however, so being able to take out two guards in close proximity at the same time (and on a single charge) just makes good economic sense.
Radar System – Ben has access to the first stage of this aug right from the beginning, but upgrading it to improve its range will be very useful when it comes to planning a route through hostile territory. Although it can be tough to tell where each enemy is, exactly, since they’re only represented as little spots in an empty box.
Smart Vision – Smart Vision makes up for the radar’s shortcomings by showing enemy locations and orientations in real time. It can be tough to tell which direction the little green arrows are facing on the radar, especially when playing on the smaller iPhone screen, so being able to see exactly where each enemy is in relation to Ben through solid objects is a major help.
Energy Converter – Because so many of Ben’s essential stealth augs require energy to activate it’s important to sink some Praxis Points into this skill. Specifically the Energy Recharge Rates as the faster his batteries recharge the sooner he’ll be able to use more skills. Adding more bars through Energy Upgrades is handy, too, but it’s important to remember that Ben only naturally recharges a single bar by default. The rest have to be refilled using items. Of course with enough points in Energy Upgrades you can unlock a Recharge Capacity Upgrade which will allow Ben to refill two bars automatically.
Cybernetic Leg Prosthesis – Ben’s legs have a few enhancements that can make sneaking around easier. Run Silently allows him to move at top speed without making noise and drawing attention, and it works in conjunction with his Movement Speed Enhancements so he can pretty much zip around without making a sound. Stealth Dash is also useful for closing the distance between cover points in a hurry without alerting every guard in the room.
Weapons – Ben has a few less options when it comes to stealth-friendly weapons, but there are still more than enough tools to work with. The Crossbow is still a very viable option and can be fitted with tranquilizer darts for non-lethal sleep shots. The Stun Gun is also a handy option for saving on battery power but it’s close range only and doesn’t reload very fast. If you don’t have a problem with killing, both the 10MM Pistol and Combat Rifle can be fitted with a silencer for more quiet long-range options. Finally, Ben can make use of Concussion Grenades and mines to stun enemies while he makes an escape or beats them to a pulp.
Deus Ex: The Fall is set to arrive on the App Store this week, July 11th, for the price of $6.99.
Deus Ex: The Fall is the first Deus Ex title to be released on mobile, bringing a story-driven action-RPG campaign to our iPhones and iPads. It’s developed by Square Enix’s mobile division in collaboration with the team behind Deus Ex: Human Revolution and it looks to have many similarities. It’s a world with powerful corporations and human augmentations as you play the role of a former British SAS mercenary, Ben Saxson, who underwent augmentations himself. Ben is soon betrayed as time begins to run out on him and all humans with augmentations. Eek!
I certainly can’t wait to get my augmented hands on this title! If you haven’t already, be sure to enjoy The Fall’s E3 trailer below.
Bloodmasque, a new vampire-themed action RPG, was just announced by Square Enix and will be available this summer on iOS devices. Players will use their hunting skills to track down vampires and stop their rule of 19th century Paris. As shown in the trailer below, the game adds character customization that lets players take pictures of themselves to add to their character, giving their faces a natural fit on a vampire hunter. Bring it on, vampires!
When Deus Ex: The Fall was announced as a mobile title, the reaction could be clearly delineated into two camps: mobile gamers intrigued by this deep franchise making its way to mobile, and by ‘core’ gamers who were outraged that a new Deus Ex game wouldn’t be coming to consoles and PC. As if it had to. As if they had a right to it. As if it was somehow a lesser product for being a mobile game.
Make no mistake, mobile gaming is still not fully accepted by gamers. It’s a big deal, and those who have had fun with the countless number of creative titles of various scales from all walks of life will know that a fun game is a fun game no matter what platform it’s on. But there’s still a mindset that mobile gaming is still a lesser form of gaming, and the reaction to Deus Ex: The Fall exposes this ugly truth.
But what is it about this game that makes people so hostile to the very idea of mobile gamers getting a console-quality title on the go? Was it a presumption that since a new Deus Ex title was announced, it had to be for consoles? Still, the disappointment seemed especially amplified in this circumstance. It wasn’t just the garden-variety internet trolls who compalin loudly, though: it was high-profile outlets like IGN and even Penny Arcade Report were disappointed. PAR strives for a higher class of gaming coverage, so this still seems uncharacteristic of them.
What IGN’s announcement article said before it was changed.
IGN’s staffer who wrote the subheadline disparaging mobile, a particular insult to IGN’s own mobile coverage, which has been running since back in the days of flip phones. The mobile editor actually changed the headline a day later. Still, whlie they may have a section dedicated to mobile coverage, there’s still clearly a mindset that it’s something negative.
Despite all the great experiences on mobile devices, in genres both familiar and new, still there is disrespect. is just unfair. The people that make these games are gamers, often long-time ones. I’ve spoken to many of them. The App Store has provided new opportunities that just weren’t there before. I write about mobile games, but I’ve been a gamer for almost my whole life. Mobile games are legitimate games. That the games are using new interfaces doesn’t make them any less so.
The irony is that a game like Deus Ex: The Fall is exactly what will legitimize the platform: this is a deep game that’s being released for touchscreen devices. It’s not perfect – it uses the flawed dual virtual stick control method along with touchscreen interface elements, but everything about the game sounds like it will live up to what the series has been known for, just in a smaller, more mobile-friendly package. This promises to be a legitimate Deus Ex experience that can be played while waiting for the bus.
And while this may be coming a bit early, mobile gaming getting the ‘legitimacy’ of controllers and TV gaming is not far away. Apple just approved a controller standard, and there’s million of AirPlay-compatible Apple TV devices. On the Android side, where gamepads are already supported, consoles are already making their way out. There’s Ouya, GameStick, GamePop, and a million more.
Apple’s reference specification for iOS 7 gamepads. Will this be good enough for games like Deus Ex: The Fall for the skeptical? (via Pocket Gamer)
Because if just the presence of Deus Ex on mobile isn’t enough, what will be for those who still disrespect mobile?
So for the gamers who still disparage mobile, I say this: give it a chance. Don’t be mad that the new Deus Ex is going to be on mobile. Be glad that a new version is coming out, and that a wider audience will be able to experience it. And give mobile gaming a fair shake. It’s not all Candy Crush Saga; there are a lot of fun experiences out there in pretty much every genre under the sun. Games are games. Come enjoy these, and let go of your hate!