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Tomb Raider II Review

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By Jennifer Allen on December 9th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: FUSSY
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 Rob Rich 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.

Dragon Quest II Review

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By Andrew Fisher on October 30th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: THINE QUEST CONTINUETH!
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 Jessica Fisher 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.

Chaos Rings III has Popped-Up on the Japanese App Store

Posted by Rob Rich on October 16th, 2014

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.

Record Keeper and World Wide Words - Two New Final Fantasy Games Arrive on iOS in Japan

Posted by Ellis Spice on September 30th, 2014
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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.

Dragon Quest I Review

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By Andrew Fisher on September 18th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: THINE QUEST AWAITETH
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

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By Campbell Bird on August 12th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: A CLASSIC REBORN
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 Ellis Spice on August 8th, 2014
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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.

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

Posted by Tre Lawrence on July 15th, 2014
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Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: NOT SO SNEAKY :: Read Review »

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.

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

Posted by Jessica Fisher 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.

E3 2014 - Square Enix Shows Off More Final Fantasy Agito and Reveals Final Fantasy VII G-Bike

Posted by Rob Rich on June 16th, 2014

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.

E3 2014 - Hitman Sniper is a Slick and Clever Game of Stealth Sniping

Posted by Rob Rich on June 13th, 2014

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.

Hitman: Sniper Lines Up a Lethal Dose of Fun Later This Year

Posted by Blake Grundman on June 6th, 2014
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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

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By Nadia Oxford on June 3rd, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: POCKET MONSTERS
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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