Vienna-based independent game studio Emoak has just released its unique light-based puzzler for iOS and Android. Founded in 2014 by Tobias Sturn, the company is also the creative force behind the infinite climbing game Paper Climb, as well as the sandbox game Machinaero on iOS.
In Lyxo, players will need to guide rays of light through dark environments in a simple but striking Bauhaus-inspired design. The minimalist aesthetics blend nicely with the goal of the game, which is to avoid obstacles, create new sources of light, and light up designated targets by mixing and matching different colors. With its stirring soundtrack, the game aims to build and heighten an emotional connection between infinite darkness and the light.
Indie developer Alejandro Zielinsky is releasing Poly Vita, a puzzle game with visuals that remind us of Monument Valley, and it’s coming to iOS on 17th March.
Poly Vita will take you on a journey through a variety of different locations, asking you to solve a series of puzzles to help you guide Maya, the protagonist, through her dreams. The main goal of each stage is to build a path linking each of the soul fragments that you find in Maya’s subconscious.
Competitive card game Crimson Company is out in early access on iOS and Android, while also launching a brand new Kickstarter campaign to support further development.
The game’s developer continues its aim to change-up the duelling card game genre by providing a mix of parity and intense gameplay, without requiring players to invest time or money to keep up with the latest meta. The iOS and Android apps are now officially in Early Access with no more progress resets to come! But there’s more - a new Kickstarter campaign has just started to fund a brand-new expansion and a cross-platform PC version.
Blizzard is releasing a new expansion for Hearthstone called Forged in the Barrens. It’s coming to all platforms later this year to coincide with its celebrations for Year of the Gryphon.
Forged in the Barrens introduced 135 new cards to play which are themed around the same iconic location from World of Warcraft. There are also new keywords and game mechanics being added too, as well as ten Legendary Mercenary minions that each represent a different class in Hearthstone.
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.
Anyway, on with the ranking updates:
Game ranking updates for 2/22:
This is part 6 of our Apple Arcade rankings. Quick navigation to other parts:
126. Hot Lava
What if someone turned the old childhood "ground is lava" game and turned it into a video game? That’s what Hot Lava is. It’s a sort of parkour-like platformer where you try to race through levels hopping on objects that somehow aren’t being melted by the lava underneath it.
I’d love to have a platformer on Apple Arcade focused around time trials, provided it wasn’t a first-person game. First-person platforming rarely feels good because it’s always so hard to tell where your feet are. Same is true here with Hot Lava, plus the game defaults to a goofy motion-based control scheme that asks you to wave your phone or tablet around to look. All of this feels better once you change some settings (ideally to play with a controller), but even then, Hot Lava doesn’t feel as good to control as it should.
Exos Heroes' latest update sees both sets of Synergy Fatecore's available through Choice Fatecore Re
Today's update for LINE Games' Exos Heroes will see the Fatecore series Synergy become available through Choice Fatecore Re. These will be the characters created for both Synergy and Synergy 2, which are inspired by K-pop and J-pop respectively.
This will be available from now until February 24. During this period, players will be able to choose and Recruit one of the following Fatecores at an increased rate. This will include Supreme Queen – Jinai, Supernova – Monica, Screaming Soul – Wilkes from Synergy and Millennial Star – April, Astral Idol – Liffy, Violet Sound – Nika from Synergy 2.
NetEase's GHOST IN THE SHELL: SAC_2045 crossover with the popular survival game LifeAfter is now available. The event is set to run from today until March 4th. It will feature a host of different outfits from the show alongside various other items.
These will including clothing based on the attire worn by Motoko Kusanagi and her partner Batou. Meanwhile, logging into the game during the event will net players a Ghost in the Shell figurine whilst the Tachikoma Decoration and Backpack, Ghost in the Shell motorcycle, Illusory City Wallpaper and Mokoto poster are also available.
There’s a lot going on right now, and I don’t really feel like trying to write some kind of pithy intro for it. All I’ll say is lots of people have been coming together and helping each other in small ways, and I’m choosing to focus on that as I try to stay safe myself.
One of the ways folks are trying to help are by making their games more affordable, or even free, during this time. Check out my top picks below of some great mobile titles that have gone on sale recently:
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.
Dream-Up has released a brand new free to play racing game featuring quad bikes called ATV XTrem, available on both iOS and Android devices.
In ATV XTrem, you speed around different off-road courses around the world, visiting places such as Brazil, Utah, Dubai and Los Angeles to win big prestigious awards. This allows for a variety of different climates and track types which will challenge your quad biking skills.
Five Dates, a self-described “interactive rom-com” from Wales Interactive, is out now on iOS after an earlier release on PC and consoles last year.
The game is a dating simulator that consists of live-action filmed sequences and a choose your own adventure format. You play as Vinny, a single man bored during the COVID-19 lockdowns and joins a dating app to go on virtual video dates with women living in London.
Slightly Mad Studios and GAMEVIL has announced that their upcoming racer Project CARS GO is available to pre-register now for iOS and Android. It's set to come speeding onto mobile devices on March 23rd. Additionally, those who opt to pre-order will net themselves 100 Diamonds – the in-game currency – when the game launches.
Project CARS GO is intended to be an accessible mobile racer that introduces real-world cars and tracks to a more casual audience. It will make use of one-touch controls so that it can be played by anyone whilst incorporating realistic graphics and sound effects.
It's Lantern Rite season in Genshin Impact! The latest update to the game adds a whole bunch of new stuff to see and do to commemorate this in-game holiday, which is presumably a reflection of Chinese New Year. Celebrated primarily in Liyue Harbor, the bustling merchant city has transformed into a festive market where merchants sell their wares to raise funds for the construction of Xiao Lanterns.
As part of this celebration, game designer Ruijin has set up her game, Theater Mechanicus, in the harbor, which you can spend Xiao Lanterns to play to earn sweet rewards while playing a cool tower defense mode in the process. Check out some video above to see how the mode works, and read on below to learn what you should know about Theater Mechanicus, including some tips on how to make you a Mechanicus Master.
Reset Earth is an educational game from The United Nations Environment Programme that's available now for iOS and Android. It's a game all about climate change that hopes to teach children and adolescents about the role the Ozone layer plays in protecting the Earth.
It's set in 2084 and sees three teenagers – called Knox, Sagan and Terran – embarking on an adventure to save themselves and the world from the GROW. The GROW is a life-threatening disease that prevents anyone from being able to live beyond the age of 25.
Crescent Moon Games has revealed its upcoming puzzle adventure game, Knightin’+, will launch tomorrow on iOS and Android. It’s being developed by Muzt Die Studios and was originally released on Steam back almost two years ago.
Self-described as a “Zelda-lite”, Knightin’+ puts you in the role of Sir Lootalot, a knight battling through several dangerous dungeons which are filled with traps, puzzles and magical artifacts.