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Lost Words: Beyond the Page review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 24th, 2023
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MORE THAN WORDS
This narrative platformer has some affecting visual design that make an otherwise bumpy road feel worth going down.

Torecower review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 18th, 2023
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: GESSERLAME
This tower defense roguelite is a downgrade from its excellent predecessor in nearly every way.

The Centennial Case: A Shijima Story review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 8th, 2023
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: STRETCHED OUT SOLVING
This FMV mystery game is bursting of twists and turns, but certain ways they are meted out can make the experiencing all of them a bit tedious.

Omega Strikers review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 5th, 2023
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: PUCKING EXCELLENCE
This multiplayer game’s unique blend of sports and MOBA concepts is both extremely entertaining and free-to-play friendly.

Mia and the Dragon Princess review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 3rd, 2023
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: AMBITIOUS ACTION
This FMV game puts the focus on action and little else.

Scenic Route's Generations review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 27th, 2023
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: PUZZLE PORT
This meditative puzzle game ported from the Playdate feels a little threadbare but it is otherwise a fun and competent port.

Roundguard review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 25th, 2023
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: ARCADE GEM
This puzzle-y, arcade-y roguelite makes dungeon-crawling a relaxing but surprisingly deep experience.

TriviaLinked review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 18th, 2023
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: TRIVIA TRADE-OFFS
This associative trivia game is a fun little daily challenge despite some glaring design flaws.

Honkai: Star Rail will be following up its blockbuster release with a new update on June 7th

Posted by Shaun Walton on May 29th, 2023

After taking the world by storm on its release, Honkai: Star Rail will be levelling up to Version 1.1 on June 7th. Galactic Roaming, as the update is dubbed, brings a plethora of new events and missions to take part in, as well as a total of three familiar faces available to recruit.

In the Starhunt Game, Trailblazers will receive a call from Herta Spaces Station engineer Leonard, asking you to hunt down graffiti across the station that is hiding some mysterious secret. Heading over to Belobog, the Everwinter City Museum Ledger of Curiosities event will give you the chance to land a hand for the reopening of the titular attraction.

Recruit yourself a shockingly powerful ally in Tower of Fantasy

Posted by Shaun Walton on May 26th, 2023

Tower of Fantasy welcomes their latest simulacrum to the field, and she is one powerful character. The former head of the Listener Project, Dr. Rubilia is swapping research for adventuring and comes with some truly powerful skills.

Rubilia is definitely a character that is worth getting if you can, as her damage output potential is absolutely immense if you gear her right. If you equip two or more volt weapons you will activate her Volt Resonance ability, increasing Volt Attack by 20% and Volt resistance by 40%.

Peglin combines Pachinko and pinball in a roguelike RPG, out now on iOS and Android

Posted by Alina Gasca on May 25th, 2023
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Red Nexus Games has officially launched its roguelike Pachinko game Peglin on iOS and Android after its massive success on PC during its Early Access phase. With more than 400,000 copies sold, the game offers an addictive pinball-esque experience for mobile gamers combined with RPG elements thrown into the mix.

In Peglin, players will have to strategise which route to take in every run - is it best to collect as many varied orbs as you can, upgrade your existing ones to take advantage of their unique skills, or simply use your coins to replenish your health to boost your survivability? Each level offers new enemies, epic bosses, and surprising twists from treasure chests to random encounters, all presented in charming pixel-art graphics.

Top Mobile Game Discounts

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 25th, 2023

Every day, we pick out a curated list of the best mobile discounts on the App Store and post them here. This list won't be comprehensive, but it every game on it is recommended. Feel free to check out the coverage we did on them in the links below to further vet these discounted games before you decide to buy:

Games marked with an asterisk(*) denote that the entire developer/publisher’s catalog is discounted, despite the fact that all of their games may not be listed here.

Raise your elves to save the world in Yolk Heroes: A Long Tamago

Posted by Shaun Walton on May 25th, 2023

14 Hours Productions has announced their upcoming Tamagotchi-inspired title, Yolk Heroes: A Long Tamago. You will need to hatch and raise your new virtual pet and prepare them to defeat a great evil plaguing the world, and also remind them to take a shower every now and then.

As the Guardian Spirit of this world, you have been ordered by the Fairy Queen to raise an elf hero capable of defeating the Dark Lord and their army of minions attacking the land. You do this in a Tamagotchi-meets idle RPG cross, raising your new little friend and training them, but they require more care than you would think.

Ready your tools and get to work with Farming Simulator 23

Posted by Shaun Walton on May 24th, 2023

It is time to start your tractors and prepare to graft, as the long wait is over with the release of Farming Simulator 23. It has been three years since we could tend to our mobile crops on the go, and the new release brings with it a hefty bag of new features.

All of the hard work we all know and somehow love is back, including new mechanics such as ploughing and weeding to keep your fields in tip-top shape. There are also three new types of crops to grow bringing the total up to 14; grapes, olives and sorghum.

The Lady of Rivendell joins the fight in The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-Earth

Posted by Shaun Walton on May 23rd, 2023

It is time to start expanding your squad, with the Half-elven Warrior Arwen Undómiel joining the fray in The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-Earth. Arriving June 9th, her skills give her the makings of an absolute powerhouse for your support role.

If you know much about the lore, then it’s safe to say Arwen doesn’t see much action in the Tolkien universe, even her big moment in the movie franchise was pinched from another Elf in the books. Luckily, however, this Heroes of Middle-earth Arwen is quite the fighter.

Cookie Run: Kingdom gets a taste of the mythological in its latest update

Posted by Shaun Walton on May 22nd, 2023

Devsisters have announced a massive new update for Cookie Run: Kingdom, excitingly named Legend of the Red Dragon. There will be two powerful new cookies to recruit, as well as a new story featuring the most majestic of mythological creatures; the dragon.

The Legend of the Red Dragon features Ancient grade, Hollyberry, and the new Pitaya Dragon Cookie venturing forth to Dragon’s Valley. Being trapped in a Cookie’s body, Pitaya makes an interesting proposition to Hollyberry; help Pitaya regain their dragon power, and they will join the battle against the Dark Enchantress Cookie.

Team up with your friends and head off on a fitness adventure with Run Legends

Posted by Shaun Walton on May 19th, 2023

Talofa Games have released its feature-packed community fitness app, Run Legends. You can team up with friends all over the world to take down the villainous Sappers draining humanity's energy and get yourself healthier in the process.

In a bid to keep runners' minds occupied and their feet going, Run Legends transforms the power of your speed and stride and uses it to pull off special attacks and moves in the app. Some abilities will require you to go faster for a bit, whereas for others you will need to slow down, making it accessible to all levels of athletes.

Omega Strikers - What you need to know about the 2.1 update (and how to get creator skins)

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 18th, 2023

Note: There are also FREE creator skins available if you use the following codes by going to the in-game store and tapping the "Coupon" button:

Since its official release, I've had a hard time putting down *Omega Strikers. I'm still very much as high on it as I was when I posted my glowing review, and now there's even more reason for me to play it. This week the game saw its first significant update, which added new characters, a new map, and some other little tweaks to make this already great game even better.

You can check out footage of my time inspecting and trying out the game's new characters (and going through the shop to purchase all the new skins, emotes, etc.) in the video above, and you can read on for some additional impressions and an overall evaluation of the update.

One of the most popular ARPG series gets new life with Dungeon Hunter returning

Posted by Shaun Walton on May 18th, 2023

Back in 2009, Gameloft created a fairly successful video game franchise called Dungeon Hunter. It mastered the APRG Dungeon Crawler genre and popped out a few sequels that got better and better, but then in 2015 after Dungeon Hunter 5, they stopped, much to the disappointment of fans. Until now.

One big headline of this announcement is that this next instalment won’t be handled by the original developers, instead, it is being passed over to GOAT Games. It is always a bit of a worrying time when the development of a beloved series gets put into the hands of another, of course, they could just as easily ruin the nostalgia as they could take it to higher heights.

Combine to survive as Neowiz announces worldwide launch for Merge Survival: Wasteland

Posted by Shaun Walton on May 17th, 2023

Neowiz, in conjunction with StickyHands Inc, has announced the worldwide release of its latest game, Merge Survival: Wasteland. Plunge into the desolate wasteland and do your best to scavenge, combine, and discover a way to survive.

In a rather unique and interesting-sounding combination, Merge Survival mashes up the match-3 genre with survival, however, this is not your nuclear winter or zombie sort of survival world. Neowiz instead has chosen to go for the hard sell and has set the game in a world devastated by pollution.

F1 Clash receives a few interesting new features in the latest season reset

Posted by Shaun Walton on May 16th, 2023

It is hard to believe that the sport of watching cars go around in elaborate circles can be so captivating, but somehow Formula One pulls it off, and you can get as close to managing a team as most of us will ever be thanks to the latest seasonal refresh in F1 Clash.

Formally called F1 Manager, F1 Clash feature all the official circuits, teams and drivers you would expect, and pits you as a Team Principal in charge of recruiting drivers, dictating race tactics and managing your cars. If you've ever screamed at the TV when you thought Verstappen should pit, not that he needs the advice, then this is the game for you.

Take a look at War Mongrels (now that it is compatible with more devices)

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 15th, 2023
iPad App - Designed for iPad

I always get excited to see how certain developers push the envelope when it comes to gaming on iOS. As a result, it should come as no surprise that I was eager to get my hands on War Mongrels from Destructive Creations. This version is a straight port of the PC and console title, and--although it may not be a technical marvel on those platforms--bringing it over in an essentially unchanged state kind of is.

The game came out three weeks ago and I immediately got a code for it, but the hold up on posting impressions was due to the fact that this mobile version had some significant issues running on the devices it says it is compatible on the App Store. And by significant I mean that when trying to play the game on my 3rd generation iPad Pro the game wouldn't even boot to the menu. The only thing I could do was view the production logos before the game hard crashed out to my home screen.

Test your card skills as Version 3.7 shines a light on Genshin Impact’s TCG

Posted by Shaun Walton on May 15th, 2023

Genshin Impact has been bitten by the duelling bug, as Version 3.7 is all about the card games. Genius Invokation TCG takes centre stage as a tournament comes to Teyvat, bringing with it new game modes and new cards, all delivered by our new recruitable courier.

Get the catnip ready, as our newest recruit is the Nekomata from Inazuma; Kirara. She is a Dendro sword user, however, she prefers to instead attack with her claws and youkai powers. Her Elemental skills allow to her create a shield with a flying kick, or transform it into an Urgent Neko Parcel for more speed, thanks to her job as a first-class courtier.