Be-A Walker is an upcoming sci-fi shooter that sees you attempting to save humanity by quelling a native uprising
BE-A Walker is an upcoming shooter where you'll take command of a gun-toting walker mech and attempt to colonise a populated alien planet. It doesn't take long for violence to erupt, and soon you're thrown into even murkier moral terrain as you're told the survival of humanity hinges on the rapid, brutal quelling of a native uprising. It's pretty grim stuff.
"For all the game's bloodthirsty nature and cruelty, each native's death is a tragic consequence of the struggle for survival and should not bring any pleasure or satisfaction to the player. In general, we tried to refrain from the player feeling like a 'hero and saviour of the world'. He is simply hostage to a situation in which there is no 'right' decision to make", says Stanislav Zagniy, Art and Game Designer at Tequilabyte Studio.
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.
HitNut (otherwise known as HitNut: I Need This Nut!) is a newly released runner that casts you as a squirrel who's desperate to nab some precious nuts. A pesky eagle has gone and nicked the lot, so you head off on a grand adventure to reclaim what's yours.
And know that you're not any old squirrel, no sir, you're a magical flying squirrel, not to be confused with a standard flying squirrel. This gal can soar through the air in style, avoiding trees and other wildlife as she goes. Thankfully, you'll have a friendly bear to help you along the way, who can use his giant club to send you flying.
Final Fantasy VII is probably the most revered JRPG of all time, and its long-awaited remake has tons of folks anxiously awaiting the chance to see the reimagining of a classic. I’m sure its release will be met with equal parts fanfare and outrage, as is usually the case when a high-profile work is revisited.
If you don’t want to have to sift through all of the hot takes around the game to decide whether it’s worth playing, it might be better to just try and find an alternative for now. Check out our top picks for the best mobile games that can deliver an experience close to what Final Fantasy VII Remake promises. Oh, and while you’re at it, click here to check out all the great lists we’ve been putting together recently.
A couple of weeks ago Blizzard announced that the game would be introducing its first new class since the game first launched in 2014. It's called the Demon Hunter and as of today, players will be able to get a glimpse and feel for how it will function in-game.
The Demon Hunter prologue is now available and will be free for all players. It will consist of four singleplayer missions, giving ample opportunity to try out the latest class. The story of this prologue will discuss how Illidan Stormrage became a Demon Hunter in the first place and see that origin story play out from his perspective.
There's no escaping the fact that everyone loves Dark Souls. If you've not heard of it, it's a super tough action RPG that punished your every mistake with swift retribution. It's the sort of game where you die a lot, and it can be pretty intimidating trying to get on board with the systems it throws at you.
But you can't play it on your iPhone. Well, there's Slashy Souls, but to be honest the less said about that the better. If you're looking to get some Souls-style action on the go though, there are plenty of options waiting for you on the App Store.
Rather than leaving you to find all of them for yourself though, we thought we'd do a list and round-up what we think are the five best games like Dark Souls for iOS. If you think we're wrong, or you've got your own suggestions to chuck into the mix, let us know in the comments at the bottom of the article.
And while we're at it, why not click here and check out all the other awesome lists we've created for your viewing pleasure. Right then, on with the games.
The Curse of Issyos is a retro-inspired action platformer that's for heading for iOS later this month
The Curse of Issyos is the latest game to be ported to mobile and published by Abylight S.L who previously worked on Cursed Castilla. Much like that port, this game was also originally created by Spanish developers Locomalito. The Curse of Issyos will be available for iOS on 30th April.
Much like Cursed Castilla, The Curse of Issyos is a relatively recent game that's proudly influenced by retro games. The game starts with a man named Defkalion peacefully fishing when he's suddenly warned by the Goddess Athena that the Isle of Issyos has been cursed by Olympus.
Staying at home under lockdown kinda sucks. Totally necessary, yes, but also more than a little anxiety-inducing and often boring. Thankfully, we've got lots of great multiplayer games to play with friends and keep us sane, the latest of which, the excellent Same Room Games, delivers multiplayer mini-game fun for all ages.
It's specifically designed to create enjoyable social experiences that should help lift spirits and get everyone chatting. It's up to you whether you want to compete alone to earn the highest score or work together as a team.
Bark Park is a charming, good-humoured game about competing against other players to claim as much territory as possible by peeing on nearby trees. Did I mention that everyone is playing as a dog? Makes things a little less weird.
It comes to us from the team over at Ancient Games, and it's set to launch for iOS next Wednesday, April 8th.
As I say, the general idea is that you'll fill up on water found in fountains dotted around the map, then piddle on trees to claim them. You'll of course have to defend your territory from power-hungry dogs, and you can do so by distracting or outmanoeuvring them with special power-ups.
In the trailer, we get to see a speed boost skill being used and, naturally, a poo power-up.
Any money you earn during matches can then be used to unlock more playable dogs, accessories, and even all-new game worlds. Pretty neat.
It'll likely come as no surprise to hear that the team behind this one specialises in all things silly, with their previous games including Maximum Car and 8-Bit Waterslide.
More info can be found over on Bark Park's official site, and be sure to keep an eye out for its iOS launch on April 8th.
Apple Arcade made a splash when it first launched, granting access to over 50 games as soon as it became available. Of those titles, the one that seemed to grab most people’s attention was Grindstone, a matching puzzle game from Capy Games.
In order to enjoy Grindstone though, you have to activate an Apple Arcade subscription, which—even now—doesn’t quite feel like a quality value proposition for most people. Luckily, there are some great games on the regular old App Store that share some DNA with Grindstone. I’d even go so far as to say over half the games on this list are better than Grindstone, though I know that’s probably not a statement most folks will agree with.
In any case, check out the picks below. Oh, and click here to check out all the other great lists we’ve been making recently.
Update - 03/04/2020: Make One is now also available on iOS
Make One is a game with a simple concept that it executes with flair and impressive levels of polish. It comes to us from developer Brazle and publisher PiG, and it's just landed this week for Android.
At its core, Make One is a logic-based puzzler where you're challenged to combine blocks of the same type together, gradually clearing the board until only one block remains.
Kabam's Marvel Contest of Champions has now teased some of the latest characters heading to the Battlerealm next month. Here's your chance to watch the new motion comic embedded below, Barons' War, before I spoil the surprise.
Ready?... Well, if you've checked out the video, you'll know that the upcoming heroes are Sorcerer Supreme and Storm. Pretty cool, huh?
According to her champion spotlight, Sorcerer Supreme plays similarly to Doctor Strange and Symbiote Supreme, in that she builds up power over time and rotates between different blessings as the fight progresses.
We could all use escapism right now, something to focus on and a project to feel part of during these times of social isolation. If you’re one of the many who’s turned to gaming to fill the lockdown void, Calibria: Crystal Guardians should be on your radar.
Mars Games’ hero collecting RPG is ideally placed to help you beat the housebound blues. Not only can you play it with your friends online, you will become part of an online community that’s grown rapidly since the game’s launch two months back.
Robot Crusher Battle Ballz is a fast paced, action packed take on classic pinball with a rough and ready Sci-Fi style. It boasts a striking art design, explosive skill based battles, and an extremely satisfying ‘CRUSHING’ feature that lets you pound vanquished robot foes into mechanical pancakes. It makes for a gratifying arcade experience and a very impressive debut for the rather peculiarly named, Big Boy Pants Studios.
Judging by the name, the small New Zealand based outfit doesn’t take itself too seriously but it definitely took a great deal of care and effort in crafting its very first game, as we shall show…
Mini Tank: Fire is a Worms-like, turn-based multiplayer game that's available now for iOS and Android
Mini Tank: Fire is an online multiplayer game that takes a few cues from the likes of Worms and Shell Shock Live. It will feature 5v5 turn-based battles and is available now for both iOS and Android as a free-to-play game.
As the name implies, you'll control a little squad of tanks and battle it out in short, turn-based games. The matches themselves will only last around 3 minutes which makes it a great game for playing in short bursts. You'll even be able to team up with your friends so you can take on other players around the world with your pals by your side.
If you've ever played Worms you'll be pretty familiar with the setup. Each team takes turns to move and then fire their tank. Direct hits are only one way to destroy your opponent's vehicles. If you manage to destroy the ground beneath them you can also get a kill by letting gravity do the rest of the work.
There are four major classes of tank to select from that includes Attacker, Ranger, Healer or Support. So whichever type of playstyle you generally prefer there's likely something here that suits your needs.
There are multiple different tank designs to select from too so you can give your miniature army their own unique look and feel. There are special skins available that will trigger exclusive effects when they're equipped. So it seems it's not only cosmetic changes they offer.