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Huntdown review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 16th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BACK TO THE FUTURE
Huntdown looks just like a forgotten action arcade game from the 80s or 90s, and it mostly plays better.

Bike Baron 2 review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 9th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MOTORCYCLE MISMATCH
Bike Baron 2 puts itself in the unenviable position of comparing itself to Trials, and doesn’t quite meet expectations.


Letter Rooms review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 8th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: ATYPICAL ANAGRAMS
Letter Rooms packs a lot of punch by limiting its length and offering up only the best of its anagram puzzles.

The Longest Road on Earth review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 4th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MUSIC VIDEO (GAME)
This minimalistic adventure’s bold artistic choices would be more celebration-worthy if they came together in a more cohesive way.


Overboard! review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 2nd, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SAILING IN CIRCLES
This murder mystery game can take you in a remarkable number of directions, but you might not have the patience to find all of them.

Psycholonials review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 17th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: RIDICULOUS REALITY
Psycholonials is a visual novel that captures the sentiments of online discourse over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic in ways that are both confrontational and comforting.


Knights of San Francisco review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 10th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: HEADS WILL SCROLL
Knights of San Francisco is a surprisingly stylish and sleek text-based role-playing adventure.

Fallen of the Round review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on April 27th, 2021
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: KILLER COMBO
Fallen of the Round’s combination of auto-chess and roguelike mechanics is a phenomenal proof-of-concept.


Apple Arcade: Ranked - Top 25 [Updated 6.18]

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 18th, 2021

In case you missed it, I am on a quest to rank every Apple Arcade game there is.

Over a year into the Apple Arcade experiment, I’m adjusting my approach to these rankings to make it a bit less cumbersome to update and read. For the most part, this means the number of updates on previously released games will decrease, and the text below each entry will be kept to a brief-yet-accurate justification for its positioning.

This has less to do with the pace of Apple Arcade releases and more to do with the fact that the general quality of games on the service simply isn’t what it should be. In the time that one release comes to the service, multiple high quality games hit the App Store that you don’t have to pay monthly upkeep for. Unless something drastic changes with the service, my opinion on it probably won’t change much. With the most recent update bringing older established titles to the service, Arcade is certainly the strongest it has ever been, but additional shakeups like this will need to keep happening to finally sell me on the service.

Anyway, on with the ranking updates:

Game ranking updates for 6/18:

2112TD, Refinery Productions' sci-fi tower defense game, has received its second major update since launch

Posted by Stephen Gregson on June 18th, 2021

Refinery Productions has announced the release of the second major update for their tower defence title 2112TD. It is available for both the iOS and Android versions of the game and is completely free if you already own the game.

The update introduces a plethora of features and changes that were influenced by the player base's requests. First up is the addition of new campaign stages. The Carrier forces have been vanquished. So, the UEDI forces must be rallied to establish a base on the Moon to re-establish comms with the Earth.

Much-awaited Alchemy Stars strategy RPG is now available for iOS and Android download

Posted by 148Apps Staff on June 17th, 2021

The classic RPG genre comes in various forms, but Alchemy Stars have managed to produce an entirely new spin. This exciting game is set to release for both iOS and Android on June 17, escalating the excitement that precedes its pre-registration.

Alchemy Stars is a highly anticipated strategy RPG with a unique connection mechanic that already boasts more than 1 million sign-ups.

The one-of-a-kind approach you’ll see in Alchemy Stars: Aurora Blast features colorful tiles designed to create various combos when connected, enabling characters to unleash powerful attacks upon enemies. But that’s just one part of the game. You also have other elements that make Alchemy Stars special.

Divinity - Original Sin 2 - Gameplay Journal Part 5

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 17th, 2021
iPad App - Designed for iPad

Now that I have my quest legs, Divinity - Original Sin 2 is feeling more and more like an epic quest than a curiously rich playground. It also seems like a good sign that I'm ready to break free of the chains keeping me in this starting area to crack open this game and really see what's lying underneath.

Distract Yourself With These Great Mobile Games on Sale Right Now

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 17th, 2021

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.

Armed Emeth is the latest JRPG from KEMCO and it's available now for iOS and Android

Posted by Stephen Gregson on June 17th, 2021

KEMCO has announced the release of yet another RPG to their ever-growing library of games. The latest is called Armed Emeth and is available now for both iOS and Android. It has both premium and freemium version, with the latter featuring ads.

The story starts with a boy named Valess meets a stand-alone golem called Lock, who promptly provides the drifter with a golem of his own. Together they embark on an adventure that promises numerous bounties. Along the way, they will also search for Valess' mother, who has been kidnapped by a terrorist organisation.

Square Enix is remastering the first six Final Fantasy games on mobile

Posted by Olly Smith on June 15th, 2021

Square Enix is going to be releasing remasters of the first six Final Fantasy games for both Steam and mobile storefronts.

Each release is going to be part of the Final Fantasy Pixel Remaster collection, containing each game from Final Fantasy I all the way through to Final Fantasy VI. This part of the series is collectively known as the 2D era, released between 1987 and 1994, before the games switched to 3D with Final Fantasy VII.

Divinity - Original Sin 2 - Gameplay Journal Part 4

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 14th, 2021
iPad App - Designed for iPad

It only took me four entries in this journal to finally advance some quests instead of just pick them up! Fort Joy has been an entertainingly complex starting area, but it always just seemed I was spinning my tires trying to find the key to moving things forward. I was getting into fights and learning things about the world, sure, but my quest log just seemed to keep adding tasks and I wasn't sure exactly how to check them off the list.

Square Enix opens up pre-registration for NieR Reincarnation on iOS and Android

Posted by Olly Smith on June 14th, 2021

If you’re looking forward to the upcoming NieR Reincarnation, pre-registration has now begun for it worldwide. The game will be coming later this year on iOS and Android.

NieR Reincarnation is the latest game set in the same world as NieR and NieR Automata (which was also a spin-off of Yoko Taro’s earlier Drakengard series). In it, you play as the Girl in White, who is journeying through this world with the strange entity known as Mama trying to unlock her memories.

Exos Heroes is celebrating the impending arrival of Season 4 with a bunch of rewards

Posted by Stephen Gregson on June 11th, 2021

The Season Four update for Line Games' Exos Heroes is arriving soon, and the developers have decided to throw a party to celebrate. They are calling it the Season 4 Eve Party, and it will provide players with a plethora of rewards.

Firstly, they can participate in a free Premium Recruit event that will yield up to 220 free recruits. It will be running from today until July 28th and provides a great opportunity to add some more characters to your roster.

Componut is a 2D physics based puzzler about returning donuts to boxes, heading for iOS and Android this month

Posted by Stephen Gregson on June 10th, 2021

Componut is an upcoming 2D physics-based puzzle game that's heading for iOS and Android sometime this June. The name, as you may have already guessed, blends the words component and donut. Why? Because you will get tasked with returning one of these tasty treats back to the box where it belongs, of course. This news was first spotted by TouchArcade.

It's a quirky premise and one that makes me feel more than a little bit hungry. There will be 50 levels to get through, and each will present you with the same goal, returning the donut to its box. To do so, you will have to create a variety of contraptions to transport your dessert there.

Angry Birds Slingshot Stories returning for another season next week

Posted by Olly Smith on June 8th, 2021

Rovio has announced it will be launching a second season of Angry Birds Slingshot Stories on 19th June.

Slingshot Stories is a series of videos that provide a unique behind-the-scenes look at what the characters of the Angry Birds games get up to when they’re not pummelling trebuchets at each other. The series is produced by India-based animation studio Cosmos-Maya in partnership with Rovio.

Everything you need to know about Space Marshals 3 - Chapter Two

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 7th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SO FAR SO GOOD :: Read Review »

The excellent Space Marshals 3 just released a new chapter of 12 missions, just about doubling the original release's size. In them, Burton continues his wild adventures through space taking down bounty hunters, illegal intergalactic still operators, and a bizarre space cult, as well as other cartoony, sci-fi/western baddies.

This extended set of missions costs $4.99 (or you can opt to buy the bundled full game for $7.99), so we took a look at it to see if it was worth the asking price. Given Pixelbite's history, particularly with the Space Marshals series, we were confident we'd be getting a lot of bang for our buck, and we were mostly right. Check out the video above for an extended look at most of chapter two as well as some additional impressions below.

Guild of Dungeoneering is a DnD-style deckbuilder coming to PC and mobile later this year

Posted by Olly Smith on June 7th, 2021

During the Guerilla Collective digital games festival on Saturday, Gambrinous announced it will be launching a major remaster for its tabletop-inspired RPG Guild of Dungeoneering. The remaster is supposed to be coming to both PC and mobile devices.

This version of the game is called Guild of Dungeoneering Ultimate Edition, and it packages the entire game and DLC along with new quests, monsters, classes, weapons and loot.

Gumslinger welcomes bosses, characters and new celebrations in its first major update

Posted by Stephen Gregson on June 4th, 2021

Today, Itatake has released the first major update for their colourful action game, Gumslinger. It introduces a bunch of new content and features to the title, including duels against bosses. These fierce opponents include Lobster Bob, Boss Orc and Reaper Boss.

Now, when battling your way through sweet jelly foes, you might be able to challenge one of these bosses. If you accept and manage to best them in wobbly combat, you will net yourself a big reward.