It might have first launched as far back as 2016, but in the three years since its release The Battle of Polytopia has continued to give iOS and Android players all-new ways to dominate their foes in colourful turn-based combat. The primary way that is done it’s done by introducing three fresh special tribes to play as, each of which shake up your abilities to help you “rule the world” quicker.
Whether you’re a The Battle of Polytopia pro or a newcomer just diving in for the first time, here’s everything worth knowing about the game’s three special tribes.
The best escape-the-room games don’t just test your creative problem-solving skills – they look great, too. Released in October this year by Antler (the developer of the succesful VR puzzle SVRVIVE: The Deus Helix), Krystopia offers everything you could want in the genre, including loads of strange, complex puzzles to solve and an intriguing backstory.
When Nova Dune’s spaceship picks up a mysterious distress signal, her curiosity gets the better of her. She tracks it to a barren planet, where the only sign of civilisation is a massive stone gateway embedded in the cliffs. Beyond this gate, Nova discovers a series of doorways, one after the other, all locked.
Old is the new ‘new’, if the popularity of retro games is anything to go by, and nostalgia junkies now have one more reason to get excited. OutOfTheBit studio has just launched a top-down racing game that pays homage to those arcade favourites of the 1980s and ‘90s. Super Arcade Racing stays true to the beloved games which inspired it, combining simple controls, hand-drawn pixel art and pancake-flat 2D tracks to race around. There’s even a cracking synth soundtrack.
The game’s single player is essentially its story mode. You control Mick, our reluctant hero dragged into the world of illegal street racing to find out what happened to his brother. As you topple racing rivals across the 60 levels, you’ll edge ever closer to revealing the underground organisation up to no good — and saving your sibling.
For most of us playing a mobile game is just a harmless way to kill some time, fight boredom or get a nice quick adrenaline fix. We don’t expect this to have any influence whatsoever on any other creature in the world.
Well this is not the case if you choose Sea Turtle Rescue. Recently released by indie outfit Simberon, Sea Turtle Rescue is intended to help real life sea turtles, with its Ottawa-based developer donating 10% of all profits from the game to the Canadian Sea Turtle Network – a charitable organization from Nova Scotia which helps conserve endangered sea turtles in Canadian waters and world-wide.
Sea Turtle Rescue is a tile-based puzzle game where you match numerical sequences to create paths for baby turtles to reach the sea. From there on, your efforts will be focused on avoiding different threats on the beach as you move your hatchling along the 12 different levels.
The first Hello Hero game hit global platforms in 2013 and proved a huge success, with developer Fincon adding two more entries to this popular series of casual RPG games since. Released in June this year, Hello Hero All Stars brings many of the same beloved heroes back into the interplanetary fold. It’s an idle game that allows you take a back seat whilst your hand-picked squad battles across lands of monsters and bosses. Hero collecting is the aim of the game, with countless characters to unlock and upgrade as you progress.
Players have been sending their heroes trekking across the arid land of Armon, but an update this October will introduce another planet for you to rocket off to. Cucubita features 50,000 kilometres of new world to cover, each stretch brimming with weird and wonderful baddies to beat. There are familiar bosses from Armon, but some new bosses too, and their attack tactics change at set kilometre benchmarks so your heroes will have to be quick to adjust.
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Compulsive Entertainment’s high-octane arcade racer, Adrenaline, has now made its way to the App Store following a successful launch on Google Play. It’s a ton of challenging, fast-paced fun, boasting easy-to-learn controls and a varied selection of tracks to master.
There are two different modes to take on: Quick Race and Career. Of the two, you’ll likely spend most of your time working through the 9 Career races. Tracks here range from tight bridges to hazardous mountainsides, and the difficulty curve throughout is smooth and fair. By the time you reach the later levels, you’ll be well on your way to mastering tight corners and other such tricky manoeuvres.
Brown Dust, Neowiz’s epic fantasy RPG, is no stranger to special events, though its latest crossover might be its most exciting yet. On top of a challenging new dungeon, fan-favourite characters from the hit anime series That Time I Got Reincarnated As A Slime are now available to unlock. The crossover event is scheduled to run through to October 16th, so you’ve got plenty of time to get involved and earn as many rewards as possible.
The new Mercenaries are all quite varied in their skills and playstyles, with Warrior Milim Nava boasting strong forward-slashing attacks and Defender Rimuru packing high agility and defence stats. Milim’s Companion is called Veldora, while Rimuru’s is called Shizu. Every player that logs in during the crossover event can also look forward to receiving Rimuru as a special reward. Simply check your in-game mailbox to find him waiting for you when you log in.
MU Origin 2 has already earned its place amongst the most popular MMORPGs of the year, and now its major 2.0 update is set to give fans of the genre even more reason to play. For those not in the know, this one’s the second spinoff to the classic MU Online – a PC MMO from the early 2000s – which advances the fan-favourite formula in new and exciting ways.
First off, the update adds a feature called ‘Battle Core’. This takes the form of a 4v4 match which you’ll be able to take part in from 12:30-13:30 and 18:30-19:30 during the Abyss Season. Up for grabs are Battle Coins, Seed Jewels, and tons of easy XP. And as a nice bonus, earning the highest killstreak in a match will get you the honour title ‘Core Assassin’.
If you’re into your anime, you’ve probably seen or heard of Saint Seiya. Based on a shonen manga by Masami Kurumada, the series was massively popular in the 1980s – especially in its native Japan. Since then, it’s grown into a franchise of all sorts, from feature-length films to toys to video games, and even a CGI adaptation recently launched on Netflix.
Whether you’re a fan already, or looking for your next anime-inspired RPG, Saint Seiya Awakening: Knights of the Zodiac is a solid introduction to the world part-inspired by Greek mythology. It takes the form of an online RPG for the mobile, full of rapid turn-based fights, a story drawing directly from the manga, and hundreds of characters including series favourites.
Got a hankering for a fresh-feeling Match-3 puzzle game that offers a unique twist? You might find exactly what you’re looking for with What a Wonderful World, a new spin on the classic mobile genre which merges entertaining puzzles with global exploration.
If you’re in the market for a new type of visual novel designed to inform and make you think deeply about its subject matter, then Arranged by Kabuk Games could be exactly what you’re looking for. It’s a wholly unique take on marital traditions in Turkey, exploring the differences between consensual and non-consensual relationships using a multipath story.
It all centres around Elif, a regular Turkish girl that’s returned home to her family after graduating from college. It isn’t long before her parents have saved her from the hassle of finding a husband, leaving her in a position where she is unsure what to do. It’s up to you to guide Elif on this tricky path, interacting with friends, family and others to decide what are the best actions to take.
Epic turn-based RPG Brown Dust is set to turn 500 days old next week, and to celebrate, Neowiz has just unveiled its biggest and most exciting update yet, offering a host of new rewards, increased gacha rates, and a brand new feature that will change up the battlefield - Companion units.
To kick things off, the most significant change the update brings is the introduction of a new auxiliary unit called Companions. Battles will still be dictated by your use of Mercenaries, however you'll now have the option of pairing them up with their unique Companion counterpart which raises their Skill Level Cap from +10 to +15. What's more, every Companion will come with their own backstory which players can discover once they start to level up and change in appearance.
Shoot-em-ups tend to be a dime a dozen on the App Store, but every so often you come across one gem that aims to shake up the genre in a unique way. Developer Devjgame’s P.3 is the latest game seeking to do so this, working as a love letter to the 80s that combines air-tight arcade shooting with simple two-button controls that everyone can get to grips with.
Vertical shooters were all the rage during the days of yesteryear, and P.3 successfully replicates this perspective by mimicking the warped perspective and scan lines of old CRT screens. All this combines to make you feel like you’re playing a game lost from that old arcade you love, except it’s all playable in one hand and available for download from the App Store now.
There are 5 unique stages and bosses to shoot your way through in total, requiring you to dodge incoming enemies while blasting them with a generous number of cool weapons and power ups. Action is rapid and fast – perfect for short commutes as well as extended play sessions where you’re intent on beating your personal best.
You control your ship using only two buttons, with the left-side trigger dipping your ship one way while firing and the right-side trigger letting you move to the other. Holding both buttons down at the same time will see your ship unleash a super-move and slow down the screen, letting you get a jump on any dangerous enemies the minute you need it most.
Think you’ve got what it takes to master this retro space shooter? Give P.3 a go today by downloading it from the App Store.
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Neowiz is set to celebrate the summer by launching a 2-month long festival in its smash-hit RPG Brown Dust. The event kicks off today, and it’s divided into 4 parts, each of which will last two weeks.
Brown Dust is all about collecting, upgrading, and doing battle with an ever-expanding band of Mercenaries. Its fantasy-themed world is distinctive, its strategic combat system is surprisingly deep, and it benefits from having a hugely dedicated fanbase.
You’ll be able to participate in the summer festival by taking part in the campaign, arena, novice arena, and rune temple. You can expect plenty of great rewards too, with diamonds up for grabs, 5-star Mercenaries, 5-star skills books, 5-star skill transfer tickets, 30 legend scrolls, and even fresh summer-themed costumes for mercenaries like Anais and Elisé.
You might be busy sending your hulking Dark Knight into the midst of battle in Webzen’s other recent release: the long-anticipated MU Origin 2. But for something a little different, the South Korean publisher has launched First Hero. Released today worldwide – except for China, the Middle East and Japan – this real-time strategy game for Android and iOS is all about collecting characters and winning wars.
The characters you collect, or rather ‘summon’ in the tried-and-true MMO fashion, are a mix of historical and folkloric figures from around the planet. There are more than 50 of these heroes up for grabs, and that number is sure to grow. Apart from these nods to the real world, everything takes place in a fantasy realm where there are monsters to be slayed, kingdoms to be conquered and alliances to be forged.