The final beta test has kicked off for Brown Dust 2
It is the last chance to influence the direction of Neowizs’ upcoming RPG Brown Dust 2, as the final beta has kicked off. Lasting until June 12th, selected users and creators will be able to take part in the game’s immersive Tutorial Pack and the gripping Story Pack.
Brown Dust 2 is an upcoming tactical RPG, where your mastery of the battlefield will be tested. You will need to position your units perfectly and choose when to unleash powerful skills with your limited resources. Organise your units well enough, and you will take down rows of enemies in a single strike.
Our latest character is the White Reaper Justina Edelfelt, a senior knight with the Imperial Security Task Force. Her trailer does not give much away in the form of combat styles, beyond being a single sword-wielding light element fighter. However, she appears to be fairly no-nonsense, so if you like your characters straightforward instead of beating around the bush, Justina looks like a winner.
As well as this latest trailer, the developers have released the fourth instalment of their Developer’s Memo. This time, they introduce us to the new Infinite Draw system, which will give players the chance to draw a five-star character as well as their five-star exclusive gear in the same pull. If you want to watch the notes yourself, it is available on YouTube.
Despite only being active for two weeks, the number of pre-registered players has already exceeded one million and is well on its way to smashing one and a half million. That means anyone who signs up will already be getting the two draw tickets and 4-star Character Exchange Tickets, and it isn’t much further till the 5-star ticket, so if you aren’t already involved, get on it.
You can register for Brown Dust 2 now on the official website.
Top Mobile Game Discounts
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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.
Prove you have what it takes to wield Excalibur as pre-registration opens for King Arthur: Legends Rise
Mythology makes for a great game, so it is strange that there aren't many based on Arthurian legends, the only one that immediately springs to mind was the 2004 PS2 entry King Arthur based on that sub-par movie. There is a newcomer to the arena, however, as Kabam unveil more information on their upcoming squad-based RPG, King Arthur: Legends Rise.
King Arthur follows the story of our protagonist in his younger days. With King Lot parlaying with the dark gods to gain the power to conquer Camelot, Arthur must turn to the dragon trapped with Excalibur and make a pact to gain the strength to defeat this menacing foe. He will not be alone, as you will recruit a myriad of Arthurian legends to combat the dark forces, mythical monsters, and power-hungry madmen.
Steel yourself for trench warfare as KARDS comes to mobile
Whenever a game gets over one million players, it is definitely worth checking out, and now that WW2 collectible card game KARDS is out on mobile, a whole new audience of players can get their hands on some tactical fun.
Starting its life in 2019 on PC, KARDS has racked up a huge player base across three huge expansions, and the fact it took this long to come to mobile devices is a bit of a shock. Card games are perfect for mobile. Nonetheless, it is here now and feature cross-play with the PC version, so new players, prepare for a trial by fire.
Null Games announces a new turn-based strategy for 2024 with Athena Crisis
Many generations ago, back at the dawn of console gaming, a series that had my full attention most afternoons was Shining Force on the Mega Drive. The turn-based grid strategy was so gripping and exciting, and it is excellent to hear Null Games' announcement of a new entry to this genre coming in 2024; Athena Crisis.
Developed by Nakazawa Tech KK, you will be placed in the shoes of a commander with a plethora of units at their command, make up of infantry, tanks, and air forces. Think army commander but with a delightfully colourful pixel art style. There will be over 30 types of soldiers to command, across five environments each with its own unique playstyle.
Tilting Point teams up with Whaleapp for SpongeBob Adventures: In a Jam!
It is time to return to Bikini Bottom, as Tiliting Point alongside Whaleapp has announced the pre-registration for the officially licensed game SpongeBob Adventure: In a Jam. This builder title will have you rescue the city on its inhabitants from a disastrous accident caused by the nefarious Plankton.
It was a normal day in Bikini Bottom, as Plankton was attempting to steal the Krabby Patty formula again, however, this time something went wrong and covered the town in Jellyfish Jam. It is up to Spongebob, Patrick, and all of their friends to find a way to rebuild Bikini Bottom back to its former glory.
Black Clover M: Rise of the Wizard King open its reward-laden pre-registration campaign
Garena has announced the opening of pre-registrations for its upcoming adventure RPG, Black Clover M: Rise of the Wizard King. Developed by VIC Games Studio, Black Clover M will be available in ten different languages to cater for a huge audience.
Black Clover M places its players into the beloved world of the anime series, putting you front and centre on Asta and his companion's journey, on the way to fulfilling his dream of becoming the next Wizard King. This immersive experience will have you interact with the realm of Black Clover like never before by fishing, gathering, and interacting with a host of NPCs.
Runescape is set to receive its first new combat style in 2023
Jagex has released the first look at the very first new combat style coming to its MMORPG, Runescape, in 2023. In an extremely exciting announcement, Necromancer will be changing the face of the beloved game in a big way, for better or for worse.
The First Necromancer, a loathsome figure who has been seen throughout all time, has resurfaced, and his eyeless sockets are fixed on one particular adventurer. You will need to delve deep into the city of Um, your actual real name, and master this new skill to prevent this fearsome pest from destroying all life.
Bleach: Brave Souls celebrates 75 million downloads with bumper events
Thanks to the revival of the animated Bleach series, Bleach: Brave Souls has been enjoying quite the renaissance, with events and giveaways coming fairly frequently. Now, it is time to celebrate, as Brave Souls has hit 75 million downloads.
That is quite the number, even if it does include repeat downloads, but I doubt anyone is sitting there deleting and redownloading Brave Souls every minute. As a thank you for hitting this milestone, Brave Souls is running so truly generous events.
HoYoverse takes its Genshin Impact TCG to the next level
A lot of video games have introduced players to some genuinely top-quality TCG minigames; Gwent from The Witcher, my personal favourite Triple Triad from Final Fantasy 8, and Genius Invokation from Genshin Impact, who has just announced their first official international tournament series for 2023.
The series, called Astra Carnival: The Prince Cup, will take place in the second half of 2023, welcoming players from across the globe to take part in one of six regional championships, plus some select invitational tournaments, the battle it out for a share of $270,000, which isn’t bad for the inaugural prize.
Honkai: Star Rail will be following up its blockbuster release with a new update on June 7th
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
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
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.
Raise your elves to save the world in Yolk Heroes: A Long Tamago
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
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.