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Strange Horticulture review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 9th, 2024
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: PAGE TURNER
This game pulls out all the stops to make a game that is essentially about research and plant identification a compelling adventure.

Loop Hero review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 2nd, 2024
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: TARNISHED BY TIME
In the loops of time since release, this novel dungeon-crawler has lost some shine.

Wildfrost review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 24th, 2024
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: RIMELAND ROGUELITE
This roguelite deckbuilder isn’t perfect on mobile but it has enough charm and novelty to make it worth playing.

Ghost Trick review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 18th, 2024
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: RETURN FROM THE DEAD
This aging cult classic gets a shiny new remaster on iOS.

Slice & Dice review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 28th, 2024
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: PARTY PARLAY
This dice-based dungeon crawler has no shortage of design ingenuity and distinct identity, making it a standout roguelike experience.

Methods: Detective Competition review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 19th, 2024
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SILLY START
This quirky detective visual novel is the charming start to a lengthy adventure.

Ex Astris review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 12th, 2024
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: PACE OVER PLOT
This rpg is so exceptionally paced and designed that its poor storytelling doesn’t play a factor.

Shovel Pirate review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on March 5th, 2024
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DIG IT
This charming platformer keeps things simple and straightforward.

The Astral Express sets off to bring Honkai: Star Rail to real locations across the world

Posted by Shaun Walton on May 21st, 2024

After vanquishing yet another threat and adding a fine hat to their wardrobe, you’d think the crew of the Astral Express would be able to kick back after their adventures in Penacony. Clearly not though, as HoYo has announced the next leg of the Honkai: Star Rail World Tour 2024, and they are going far.

Kicking off at Anime Expo in Los Angeles from July 4th to 7th, the show will then move to the Japan Expo in Paris from the 11th to the 14th. After that, it's Gamers Con in Taipei from July 25th to the 29th, before Comic Market 104 in Japan from August 11th to 12th. From there is Koelnmesse Gamescom from the 21st to 25th, and finally Thailand Game Show 2024 from September 10th till the 20th.

Dragons rein supreme in Pokemon Unite as the Dragon Carnival kicks off

Posted by Shaun Walton on May 20th, 2024

If you were looking for the strongest type in Pokemon and asked the fanbase, I would wager most people's thoughts would turn to Dragon. They hit hard, are often powerful, and get used by some of the toughest trainers. Pokemon Unite is honouring these characters with the Dragon Carnival event.

Lasting until June 11th, so plenty of time to get involved, the Dragon Carnival is packed full of content to enjoy. There is a new quick battle to get involved with, a challenge centred over Raihan, the Hammerlocke Gym Leader, and the opportunity to grab yourself a license for one of six Dragons.

Players can take a peek into the design of Diablo Immortal's new class ahead of its release this month

Posted by Shaun Walton on May 17th, 2024

It doesn’t matter how much effort developers put into their classes, or how many special little mechanics there are; if there is one that wields two blades, I’m ignoring everything else. Diablo Immortal recently announced such a class in the shape of the Tempest, and now, we have been treated to a making-of-documentary.

Scheduled to arrive on May 23rd, The Tempest is a warrior-priest who has mastered the winds and the waters, much like its namesake. It is a highly mobile class that deals quick strikes with its two weapons, ranged attacks with knife-tipped whips, and the frankly awesome-sounding Zephyr summons.

Android users have a new option in the controller market as GameSir release the X4 Aileron

Posted by Shaun Walton on May 16th, 2024

When you are in the thick of a firefight or trying to pull off a mid-combat parkour flip through a squad of foes, sometimes touchscreen control just won’t do it for you. For those intense sessions, you could benefit from a good mobile controller, and so the rather fancy developers at GameSir have unveiled the X4 Aileron.

Despite sounding like something you would expect a fighter pilot to be zipping around in, the X4 Aileron is a rather nifty-sounding Bluetooth controller that promises an ultra-responsive connection. Whilst you can get a plug-in controller for that guaranteed speed, GameSir says that their controller features low-latency play.

Top Mobile Game Discounts

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 15th, 2024

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.

Jagex releases the first of three original stories set within the world of Runescape

Posted by Shaun Walton on May 15th, 2024

At this point, I am sure everyone has heard of Runescape, and or Runescape Classic. It has been going strong for 23 years, with constant content and story coming out. Luckily for fans of the game, or fantasy in general, Jagex has announced an expansion to Gielinor’s lore, in the form of a new fantasy novel; Runescape: The Gift of Guthix.

The first of a planned trilogy, The Gift of Guthix is a tale of civil war, the origin of magic, and the less-than-successful Fremennik Great Invasion. Lord Raddallin is gathering an army of tribes to his cause, helped by his advisors comprised of Black and White knights, all cautious of one another.

Watcher of Realms unveils new story and new heroes for a bumper month of May

Posted by Shaun Walton on May 14th, 2024

Watcher of Realms players are in for quite the feast this month, as Moonton release two powerful new heroes, including one that will burst down even the most mighty of foes. Recruit your new friends, and then burn through the Main Quest expansion and debut game mode.

On May 21st, the New Odyssey update is coming to the main questline, provided you have completed Chapter 17 of Path of Destiny. Conquer this new wave of stages and you will be swimming in some special rewards. You will get a new skin, and maybe even a super special secret legendary hero.

Reverse: 1999 continues its trip down under with Phase 2 of Revival: The Uluru Games

Posted by Shaun Walton on May 13th, 2024

The field trip to Australia continues in Reverse: 1999 as Phase 2 of Revival! The Uluru Games kicks off. You will be able to collect new characters, engage with new events, get hordes of free gifts, and follow the story of a mushroom-based researcher from the land of Melbourne.

In your continued journey you will run into Ezra, the aforementioned fungus fanatic, and be able to learn about him through his story event; As The Driven Snow Falls. He works hard in his lab at the Laplace headquarters and is always willing to help out anyone in needs, despite his aversion to battle.

Ride into the zombie apocalypse in style with Earn to Die Rogue

Posted by Shaun Walton on May 10th, 2024

Back in the good old days of Flash games, there were a few staples; Happy Wheels, Stick RPG, and of course the apocalyptic driver Earn to Die. Fans of the running over zombies simulator can rejoice, as the sequel to the legendary game, Earn to Die Rogue, has launched on mobile with some nice upgrades.

Sticking true to its roots, Rogue brings back the zombie hit-and-run fun for the first time since 2015, having rocketed to the number one spot on the iOS paid games charts in 135 countries. It also notched up over 160 million downloads on Google Play as a free-to-play title, and I am sure we can expect similar numbers again.

Netflix Games expands its catalogue with five fantastic titles this month

Posted by Shaun Walton on May 8th, 2024

It is a good time to be a Netflix subscriber this month. I presume there's a good show or two, but we are, of course, talking about their gaming service that seems to be picking up steam lately. May is adding five new titles, and there are some top names in there.

Starting with what you can pick up right now, you could be enjoying Sonic Mania Plus as you read this. Designed as a homage to when Sonic games were at their peak, you can play as Tails, Knuckles, or the blue blur himself to dash through this easter egg-filled nostalgia trip and grab those all-important rings.

Pokemon Go takes a step closer to real Pokemon thanks to upgraded AR tool

Posted by Shaun Walton on May 8th, 2024

When Pokemon Go was first announced, one of the best concepts of the whole thing was having your favourite Pokemon follow you in the real world and be able to interact with them. To be frank, the AR Snapshot tool could have done a lot more to help with this, and thanks to Niantics’ latest update, it now does.

A big new addition to the camera is the ability to include up to three Pokemon in your pictures. Not enough for the full Eeveelution lineup just yet, but it is a start I suppose. You can select whoever you like or take inspiration from the available group sets. Perfect if you want a scrapbook of starter trios over the year.

Seven Knights Idle Adventure drafts in assistance from King of Fighters 98

Posted by Shaun Walton on May 6th, 2024

Seven Knights Idle Adventure is opening up more stages, passing the 15k mark, and players may find themselves in need of more help to clear these higher stages. Well, the cavalry has arrived with the introduction of the Legendary Hero Iris, as well as a collaboration with King Of Fighters 98.

Our first of two collaboration fighters is Kyo Kusanagi, a Legendary melee-type hero. Thanks to his active skill, his critical hit rate will gradually increase as he damages enemies, making him perfect for longer engagements. If his opponent gets burnt then any damage dealt is amplified further, giving players a nice addition to any burn teams.

AFK Arena celebrates five years of 100 million players by releasing the dragons

Posted by Shaun Walton on May 6th, 2024

Lilith Games is quite the behemoth when it comes to mobile games, with Rise of Kingdom and Dislyte firmly planting them as a bit name. Also up there is AFK Arena, which is celebrating a double whammy of its 5th anniversary, as well as blazing past a spectacular 100M players.

AFK Arena is a turn-based RPG which has over 100 heroes available for players to collect, each with its own special skill to whip out in battle and melt people's faces off with. As you might expect, it comes with some idle mechanics to keep you levelling up whilst away, and a dearth of content to return to, including PvP and a new roguelike mode.

Fallout Shelter pulls in ten times its usual income thanks to the Fallout TV series

Posted by Shaun Walton on May 3rd, 2024

When the Fallout TV series was announced I, like I assume many others, assumed it was going to be an utter pile of garbage. Well, as we now know that couldn't be further from the truth. It was a smash hit, and this success has of course given the Bethesda game series a bit of a boost, including Fallout Shelter.

If you haven’t played it, Fallout Shelter is an admittedly quite fun base-building management game. As a Vault Overseer, you are in charge of expanding your home with a variety of rooms, managing your survivors, and sending them out to the wasteland in search of resources and general apocalyptic merriment.

Recruit two powerful-sounding students thanks to Blue Archive's latest collaboration

Posted by Shaun Walton on May 2nd, 2024

I am a fan of anime, and I hear about a lot that comes through, but one that escaped my attention until now is A Certain Scientific Railgun T, and that name is very enticing. If it's new to you too, then players of Blue Archive can get a hands-on introduction to this series thanks to the game's latest collaboration.

The event, A Certain Scientific Record of Youth, follows Sensei having a stress-free break from his work with Schale. That is until he hears students from another world have wound in Kivotos and passed out in the Ruins. Gather your team, follow the story and help these wayward characters back to their own world, and you will get a free Saten Ruiko for your troubles.