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Overdox review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 12th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: MOBA Royale
If it weren't for its pretty terrible free-to-play model, Overdox would be (and sometimes is!) one of the most thrilling battle royales out there.

A Case of Distrust review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on November 4th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: STYLISH SLUETHING
This stylish adventure game is witty and charming, but also has some pacing problems.


Undead Horde review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 28th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: RESURRECT, DIE, REPEAT
Undead Horde has a lot of ideas for how you can manage your dead army, but doesn’t really provide situations that let you do much with these options.

Bad North: Jotunn Edition review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 21st, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: INDECISIVE VICTORY
You are never full in control of things in Bad North, and that’s part of what makes it such a tense strategy game.


Starbeard review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 17th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: LIKE GNOME OTHER
Starbeard is an incredible and unique matching puzzle roguelike.

Armajet review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 15th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: WEAPONS FREE
Armajet’s multiplayer shooting is appealing mostly because of its surprisingly fair free-to-play model.


reky review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 10th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: COLORFUL BUT CLUNKY
reky is a puzzle game that is less elegant than it appears.

Coloristic 2 review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on October 10th, 2019
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FULL OF COLOR
Coloristic 2 is a great little puzzler about filling grids with color.


Black Desert Mobile gets an official release date

Posted by Luke Frater on November 15th, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Pearl Abyss has just announced that its highly-anticipated MMO, Black Desert Mobile, will launch globally for iOS and Android on December 11th.

It's already shaping up to be one of the biggest releases of 2019 having already amassed over 3 million pre-registrations, and it could quite possibly be one of the best MMOs ever launched for mobile.

Another Eden receives new a episode, character and class in latest update

Posted by Stephen Gregson on November 15th, 2019

Another Eden, WFS' popular RPG, has received another update that brings new story content to the game alongside a few new heroes to discover.

The new episode will be called 'The Closed-off Open World and the Azure Rebel'. They certainly love their flamboyant episode titles over at Another Eden HQ. To be able to start this latest piece of story content you'll need to have cleared Part 1.5 Second Volume of the Main Story. Additionally, you'll need to have completed Rica's second character quest.

In addition to the new chapter, you'll also be able to unlock a new 5-star class for Helena. This turns her into a mechanical battle maiden with a really cool design. You'll also be able to encounter a new character called Biaka, an elite member of an S. Mobile Task Force. Her nickname is Limit Breaker, which isn't surprising given the giant hammer she wields.

The final piece of the update is the addition of new screenplays to the Royal Theater of Miglance. This is a mini-game within Another Eden where the aim is to recreate famous plays by using members of your team as the cast and you'll get a rating based on how suitable the cast you choose was for the role.

If you've never played Another Eden before, it's an on-going time-travelling RPG tale. The script has been penned by Masato Kato who's best known for writing Chrono Trigger, though he's also written for Xenogears, Chrono Cross parts of Final Fantasy VII. It's certainly an impressive CV.

Another Eden is available now on the App Store and Google Play. It's a free-to-play game with in-app purchases.

Apple Arcade: Ranked - Top 50 [Updated 11.15]

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 15th, 2019

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

Patch Notes:

Patch notes have been removed and have been replaced with (NEW) designation for the games most recently added or updated on this list.

Games marked with an asterisk(*) are games that suffer in rank due to technical problems.

All current rankings are listed below. More titles will be added frequently until the list is complete.

Apple Arcade: Ranked - 51+ [Updated 11.15]

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 15th, 2019

This is Part 2 of our Apple Arcade Ranking list. To see part 1, go here.


51. Fledgling Heroes*

Description:

Fledging Heroes is an auto-runner where you pilot various birds through different environments. In controlling birds, tapping in this game causes your bird to flap, and—depending on what kind of bird you happen to be controlling—said flap may behave differently. Some levels ask you to complete certain challenges in order to gather feathers (which then unlock new areas), while others are time trials of sorts that grant similar rewards. There’s also endless modes, boss stages, and even a level editor.

Rank Explanation:

If you’re going to release a runner on mobile in 2019, it better be something incredible. This is a genre that’s been done to death on mobile, so it’s hard for me to muster excitement for these games unless there’s some really creative twist involved. Unfortunately, Fledgling Heroes does very little change things up. The one edge it presents is the ability to create your own levels, but my experience in level creation was marred with bugs.

Overdox guide - Tips and tricks for beginners

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 14th, 2019

Overdox is a clever battle royale that changes things up by adding MOBA mechanics and melee combat to the mix. This new hybrid game can be quite a bit to take in at first, so we’ve put together a list of tips to help you get a leg up on the competition.

Roterra Extreme - Great Escape is a perspective shifting puzzle game for iOS that's available now

Posted by Stephen Gregson on November 14th, 2019

Roterra Extreme – Great Escape has been described by developers Dig-It Games as a mini-sequel to their acclaimed title Roterra: Flip the Fairytale. It continues that game's tradition of messing with which way is up, tasking you with solving various mind-bending puzzles. It's available now for iOS.

There are numerous cubes located throughout each of the game's levels that can be interacted with by rotating, flipping or splining them. This will cause the ground to shift to reveal new ways to travel through the stage. This may lead to you walking on the ceiling as you work out the best way to make it through to the next challenge.

So essentially, it's all about flipping the perspective until you can see a path that will lead through a maze. Throughout Roterra Extreme you'll encounter 35 different puzzles over 10 different levels that take in several environments such as the newly added desert. Apparently the game should take around 3 hours to complete, which isn't bad for a dollar.

In keeping with the idea of shifting perspectives, this time around players will take control of the former antagonist Orlando. After betraying his sister previously, he's now on the run, forced to face harsher challenges than in the previous game with players being thrown in at the deep end.

It'll have a different tone to the original game as well. Angelica's story was about her own personal triumph as she rose up and overcame those who opposed her. Orlando's story, on the other hand, will deal with his desperation to escape and survive. He'll even have hallucinations caused by his panic at the thought of being captured.

Roterra Extreme – Great Escape is available now on the App Store. It's a premium game that costs $0.99.

Hearthstone: Battlegrounds open beta launches today

Posted by Cameron Bald on November 12th, 2019

Remember earlier this year when auto battlers were the latest hotness? We had Auto Chess, DOTA Underlords, Chess Rush, and more all gunning for our attention. They all had their own reasons to play, but, at least from where I'm standing, most games in the genre struggled to remain nearly as popular as, say, the biggest names in battle royale.

Now, however, the Hearthstone team has put together its own take on the auto battler with the newly released Hearthstone: Battlegrounds. After a brief period in early access, the new game mode is now available in open beta.

As is typical of the genre, Battlegrounds sees players creating powerful teams of minions and heroes to take on rivals in strategic 8-player battles. It benefits from having the entirety of Hearthstone's minion types to pull from, including Demons, Murlocs, and Mechs.

The mode is launching with 24 heroes to pick from, each boasting their own unique power to turn the tide of battle. Auto battlers are very much about thinking things through prior to the start of the match, and Battlegrounds seems no different in this regard. You'd be wise to consider all of your options in order to formulate the best possible team.

If you're a fan of the genre, you'll find Hearthstone available for download now from both the App Store and Google Play.

The House of Da Vinci 2 gets a new gameplay trailer

Posted by Cameron Bald on November 11th, 2019

The House of Da Vinci launched all the way back in 2017. Now, developer Blue Brain Games is gearing up to deliver a second dose of The Room-inspired puzzling. Some fresh details have now emerged, alongside the game's first official trailer.

Much like the original game, you play as one of Leonardo Da Vinci's apprentices. You'll explore every nook and cranny of each elaborate level, uncovering clues and mind-twisting inventions as you go. The story sees you playing through mysterious events which led to 'the greatest discovery in human history'.

Pocket Gamer, our sister site, reviewed The House of Da Vinci at launch, finding it to be a little too similar to The Room series while admitting that the puzzles, atmosphere, and visuals still made it a good time. The reviewer concluded that it was a 'well-made, detailed, and complex puzzler with a lot to offer'.

Its sequel still doesn't have an official release date, but I imagine it can't be too far off. In the meantime, you'll find the first game available for download now from both the App Store and Google Play.

Shoot 'em up action awaits in BattleSky Brigade: Harpooner, available on Apple Arcade

Posted by Luke Frater on November 8th, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

BattleBrew Productions has just introduced another entry into its award winning, barrelpunk inspired, BattleSky Brigade series. Whilst its previous title BattleSky Brigade TapTap provided fans with idle town building gameplay, this time the Singapore based developer has opted to bring some shoot 'em up action to its bunny populated world with BattleSky Brigade: Harpooner.

Now available on Apple Arcade, BattleSky Brigade: Harpooner is a realtime vertical scrolling shooter in which you must shoot down enemies and 'fish' your way through the game's obstacle filled levels.

Arcade classic R-Type Dimensions EX blasts it's way onto iOS

Posted by Stephen Gregson on November 8th, 2019

If you're a long time fan of shmups and have been looking for something to play lately, Tozai Games may have just released an ideal game for you on iOS. R-Type Dimensions EX brings the first R-Type and its sequel to iOS devices.

Originally released in 1987 and 1989 respectively R-Type was a popular arcade machine. The game has since seen ports to consoles and PC but now you can carry it round in your pocket. Not only does it bring the first two R-Types to your phone, but there are also several other changes too.

You'll have the option to play using either the classic 2D visuals and audio or new 3D graphics with reworked music at the tap of a button. I remember first seeing this feature in the Halo remaster and it's something I enjoy seeing, being the kind of person who'll constantly flit between the two just to see how much has changed.

There's also a slow-motion and fast-forward button in place, which is essentially changing the difficulty of the game but with cute phrasing. There's also an endless mode too if you enjoy leader board climbing and want to recapture those arcade machine days of being the best shmup player but on a global scale.

If you're unfamiliar with R-Type, it's a bullet hell shooter where you fight an enemy known as the Bydos in space. As you progress through the game's 14 stages you'll gather different weapons for your ship until you're blasting Bydos away with an impressive suite of guns.

R-Type Dimensions EX is available now on the App Store. It's a premium title that costs $4.99.

Intense VR first-person shooter Colonicle is now available for Android

Posted by Cameron Bald on November 8th, 2019

Our latest VR obsession is Colonicle, an intense VR FPS, recently released on Oculus and Google Play, courtesy of From Fake Eyes and Goboogie Games. It's a pulse-pounding multiplayer shooter which should appeal to genre fanatics and newcomers alike.

While your standard multiplayer FPS might see you striking out to fight alone, Colonicle is very much about teaming up with friends or friendly strangers to take on rival players in challenging, mobile-friendly gunfights.
The team has worked hard to make sure the game controls well and looks good in VR, and there's enough complexity to its systems to appease FPS fans while remaining intuitive and accessible to those with less experience with the genre.

PUBG Mobile's incoming update brings new maps, weapons and more

Posted by Stephen Gregson on November 7th, 2019

PUGB Mobile's newest Royale Pass season they're calling Fury of the Wasteland arrives tomorrow and with it comes a fair chunk of new content to the game. We'll be seeing a new map, weapon and even a companion system.

This new map will be used for Team Deathmatch and will pit players into 4v4 situations in a rainforest that's also home to ancient ruins. Here you'll be able to revive your fallen teammates at randomised locations, with the aim being to keep players on those toes with each run.

On the new weapons front, players will be able to find an MP5K whenever they play on Vikendi. It's an SMG that has barely any recoil. Similarly, when playing on Vikendi you'll be able to traverse the landscape in a new vehicle called the Zima, which will allow you to dart across the snowy landscape with ease.

On Monday 11th November players will get a new winged companion called 'The Falcon'. Additionally, a new female character will also be added to the game soon as well. She's a talented mechanic and when playing in EvoGround having her in a vehicle will mean it will take reduced damage, whether she's driving or riding shotgun.

There have also been several smaller tweaks too. There's now Tier Protection for Platinum and Crown Tiers and updated 8-day rewards. They've also tweaked clan status detail and recruitment to teams. They haven't gone into deep specifics about this, but hopefully, we can expect good quality of life changes.

PUBG Mobile is available on the App Store and Google Play. It's a free-to-play game with in-app purchases.

PSA: Download Bastion for free, but wait to play it

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 6th, 2019

There hasn’t been much news from Supergiant Games on mobile lately regarding new games, but there’s something going on with their first game. Bastion released on the App Store in 2012, and back then it was published by Warner Bros. This Warner published version of the game has been delisted, but Supergiant has gone ahead and re-released the game, for free... kind of.


Screenshot of the 2012 mobile version of Bastion

This new version of Bastion may be free to download, but has an in-app purchase for unlocking the full game. From now until 2020 though, this purchase is being offered at no cost, so make sure you grab the game before then.

A couple other things to note about this new version. First, it is optimized for newer screens, meaning it can fill your iPhone X or iPad Pro screen. On the not-so-great end of things, you aren’t able to take your save game from the original mobile release of Bastion over to this new one, and this new version has some performance issues. Playing it on my iPad Pro, there was noticeable stutter and dropped frames that hopefully get fixed with an update soon.


Screenshot of the 2019 mobile version of Bastion

Luckily, Bastion is really, really good, especially when you can play it for free. So grab this new version, but then maybe wait for a patch or two before playing it again.

Brown Dust’s latest update offers players a bounty of new content

Posted by Luke Frater on November 6th, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

It's a fantasic time to be a Brown Dust player right now. After a busy October which included the addition of two new Mercenaries and a crossover event with the popular manga That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Neowiz (the developer behind the game)has just introduced another massive update - the biggest so far.

The biggest of these changes without doubt is the introduction of the ‘Jump-start Quest’, which replaces ‘Run Seir Run’. The premise is simple: over the course of one week, new missions will unlock daily for you to complete. Clear the missions to reap Brown Dust’s most generous rewards to date.

NABOKI is a blissful puzzler from acclaimed developer Rainbow Train

Posted by Cameron Bald on November 5th, 2019

Acclaimed developer Rainbow Train's latest game, NABOKI, is set to launch for iOS, Android, and Steam on November 13th. It's a blissful puzzler all about taking levels apart in interesting, inventive ways.

Much like the developer's earlier work, it benefits greatly from a relaxed vibe and minimalist presentation. As I say, it's very much in keeping with the likes of Hook, Push, and Up Left Out – all great games, all reasonably priced.

NABOKI offers a short-but-sweet gameplay experience, with its simple systems hiding surprising intricacies. The game avoids traditional tutorials to maintain its minimalist theme, and you shouldn't expect any vibe-killing timers or high scores to chase; it's dedicated to serving up a relaxing atmosphere, enhanced by a score and sound effects from Polish musician Wojciech Wasiak.

If you enjoyed Rainbow Train's earlier games or just like the sound of this one, you'll find NABOKI available for pre-order now over on the App Store for $0.99, with a full launch set for November 13th for iOS, Android, and Steam.