Hot off the heels of its successful launch in Asia, the terrific tactical RPG Brown Dust for Android and iOS has finally made its way to the west. And with its tactically demanding battles, focus on engaging storytelling, and stellar presentation, Neowiz’s latest is set to become quite the colossus in the world of mobile gaming.
The assassination of Emperor Altair II has triggered unprecedented chaos. Now ravaged by war and in a state of tremendous political upheaval, the world of Brown Dust is in desperate need of saving. And who exactly would be a better fit for the task than you – the son of the Emperor’s assassin. Along the way, you’ll need to gather a powerful group of mercenaries and ultimately uncover the truth behind your father’s devastating betrayal.
Those with a hunger for all things puzzle-solving and point-and-click adventure will definitely want to check out Legacy 3 – The Hidden Relic. This new third entry arrives roughly a year after the previous game, placing players in the role of an archaeologist’s apprentice in search of his missing mentor. How do you go about doing this? By solving multiple rooms containing puzzles of course!
What you’ll immediately notice about Legacy 3 – The Hidden Relic is how slow paced it is. The hidden temple you find yourself in is littered with various physics-based puzzles, each with their own logical solution, and the best way to resolve them is to slow down, think, and analyse what exactly it is you’re looking that. Players that understand this will reap the most rewarding experience.
NetEase has a deep well to dip into when it comes to sourcing new content for Onmyoji. The game’s background is set in the Heian period of Japan, when elaborated folktales of spirits – or shikigami – were fireside-chat favorites. In the world of Onmyoji, though, these stories are real. With this new update, the JRPG will add new shikigamis to its universe and new chapters this time.
The first new shikigami is Jinmenju. This powerful tree spirit has a grudge against humanity, and the vivid red flowers which bloom on his bark spell, is nothing but bad news for his enemies (on the other side, it’s good news for onymoji who commands him).
Downhill biking mixed with day-to-day life management is an idea we can certainly get behind, and now, thanks to the release of Downhill Masters for Android, that theoretical combination of genres has become a reality.
The game, from developer THEM Corporation, sees you living out the life of a budding bike racer as they ascend from obscurity to stardom. The riding is fast-paced, and success is highly dependent on your ability to adapt and react to every challenge that comes your way. Restrictions on your route are also fairly loose, so feel free to seek out the quickest path to the finish line.
Robobot Studio has been busy making bot apps for a while now, from personal horoscope assistants to mobile joke tellers. With Medieval Dynasty, the studio has instead set its sights on the world of RPGs. This is no hack and slash MMO - it’s a multiple-choice strategy game that’s all about the consequences of your decisions.
The king is dead, and you’re taking up the mantle (or rather the jewel-encrusted crown). How will you deal with the challenges your kingdom faces across the ages? The game tests you with multiple-choice questions where each option has a different outcome. You’re given an idea of what an action will do, and the chance of success, but ultimately it’s down to you to decide what’s best for king and country.
Computer engineering and getting kids into IT isn’t always fun and games, but Nintendo Switch puzzler TryBit Logic certainly makes it seem that way.
Developed by Himacs, the game pits players against an army of bugs and teaches them the fundamentals of computing while they battle them.
The aim of TryBit Logic is to help a friendly ‘Bitrobo’ fight off an onslaught from those pesky glitches, and the way to defeat the enemy is to combine logical operations panels to expose their weaknesses. Toggling a bug’s switch from 0000 or 1111 is the best way to kill them off.
Final Blade was developed by newcomer SkyPeople studio, with help from localisation guru Glohow. After two years exclusively in the hands of South Korean and Chinese players, the game is now celebrating its global launch. Hurrah! But if you’re a Western warrior who’s wet behind the ears, our handy beginner’s guide will help you prepare for the fight.
What is Final Blade?
It’s the latest anime-styled online RPG out of South Korea. There are multiple gameplay modes to get to grips with, a clan system for multiplayer co-op play, and much more. Collect hundreds of colourful characters – all rendered in equally colourful 2.5D graphics – as you fight your way through each chapter of the fantastical story.
Speaking of, Final Blade’s plot has plenty of twists and turns but can be boiled down to a good-versus-evil epic. The game is set in a magical world, where heroes and villains are squabbling over a sword. Not just any sword, either – one imbued with the power of mythical warriors past. It’s a bit Excalibur or The One Ring. You – the Black Prince – must recruit and command a band of warriors as you attempt to ‘unmess’ the mess this world is in.
Now is a great time for RPG fans the world over as Final Blade has, well, finally got its global release for iOS and Android. The grand-scale RPG developed by Skypeople Inc in association with Glohow, the has been quite the hit over in Taiwan and South Korea, with regular events, a rich narrative, and stunning visuals helping it to amass a committed and passionate crowd of 300,000 registered users.
Regular players of RPGs can expect a fresh take on the mechanics that they know and enjoy, such as awesome loot drops, powerful skills, and a deep upgrade system. At launch, the game also offers a selection of special modes – a heist mode called Black Gold being one of the many highlights.
You’d be forgiven for thinking a game about harpooning fish and fighting pirates would be set on the high seas. But the action in Airheart is entirely airborne. Following up on its PC and Playstation release last year, this award-winning game has now been released on Nintendo Switch.
Airheart is a rogue-like game where, instead of exploring dingey dungeons, you explore colourful levels in the sky. It’s a follow up to prequel Cloud Chasers, also developed by Zurich-based Blindflug Studio. The story picks up where Cloud Chasers left off, with Amelia Airheart leaving the desert for the clouds. You control her journey from sky city Granaria, all the way up to the stratosphere in a customisable aeroplane. As you go, you’ll encounter marauding pirates, whose aircrafts you can repurpose for parts and weapons, as well as flying fish which you can catch for oil and money.
Match-3 games are pretty darn popular on mobile, and with so many innovative takes on the core concept, it’s easy to see why. Today we present you Ingot Rush for iOS, a colourful, globetrotting adventure that brings plenty of its own fresh ideas to the table.
The basic gameplay borrows a similar formular found in the retro arcade title Klax, having you spot and sort special ingots as they approach on a conveyor belt and eventually fall toward you. If you want to do well and achieve some impressive scores, you should always be aiming to match at least 3 – either vertically, horizontally, or diagonally.
Battle royale mania has mobile gaming in its grasp and the influx of these titles is showing no signs of slowing down, but it isn’t all copycats of late. Rocket Royale has put its own stamp on the genre with its emphasis on crafting and a defined goal.
Although it’s every inch classic battle royale, the aim of the game is to build a rocket and escape the island, rather than be the last one standing. Players can do this by harvesting resources from fallen meteors and recycling the spoils of environmental destruction.
In QubeTown you take on the role of a Lord or Lady whose job it is to expand, protect, and govern over a fledgeling town. The game is perhaps best described as a mix between an economic simulator, a farming game, and a town builder. It’s also very much intended to be a social experience, allowing you to connect with other players, or even Facebook friends, from all over the world. With a compelling story, plenty of memorable townsfolk, and a fair few trolls to fell along the way, it’s easy to become caught up in the day-to-day running of your own unique creation.
Getting to grips with farming
Anyone with even the slightest experience in farming will tell you that cultivating crops and livestock is messy work. Thankfully, QubeTown aims to make it all a little more accessible and enjoyable. Most of the farming activities can be done by simply dragging and dropping, and entire crops can be harvested easily through one swipe of the handy scythe. The fruits of your labour can then be processed into all manner of goods, such as bread and cakes. With 11 different types of crop on offer, it’s really all about experimenting with what you want to be growing and selling. On top of that, you’ll also need to set up some housing for your cows and pigs in order to produce some valuable milk and bacon.
RebirthM, the ambitious open-world MMORPG from Caret Games, has just touched down on mobile devices across North America as its phased global rollout continues.
Available as a free download on iOS and Android, the game is a bold attempt to bring a PC-worthy MMORPG experience to tablets and smartphones. Many of the genre’s traditions are firmly in place, but RebirthM also gives players the chance to forgo all of that laborious level grinding.
Fancy your chances as an intergalactic space pirate of sorts? Want to live out that fantasy on the go? Well, then Rogue Universe for iOS and Android might just be the game for you. And, with its global release set for the first half of 2019, you won’t have to wait too long to start playing.
At its core, it’s a space-based strategy MMO that takes aesthetic inspiration from the world of comic books. The basic gameplay loop entails undertaking missions, gaining rare resources, constructing ships, and slowly forming relationships/rivalries with the game’s 3 main factions: the Zurich Bank, U.N.S., and the Black Flag.
Along the way, you’ll need to decide who exactly you want to help out and work worth. But every decision has its consequences, and opting to stick with one faction could end up impacting your standing with the others. Perhaps the ultimate goal of any ambitious space pirate/budding warlord should be a complete universal takeover, and, thankfully, Rogue Universe is all too happy for you to give it a shot.
Final Blade is an epic fantasy RPG that revolves around two warring nations and one extremely powerful sword. Having already found great success in Taiwan and South Korea, the developer is now bringing its acclaimed free-to-play iOS and Android title to the west. Pre-registration is open for those of you who want to get in as early as possible and maybe even earn yourself some exclusive goodies.
For those not in the know, the game contains many of the classic RPG elements that we expect and love, such as a deep levelling system, tons of lovely loot, and powerful skills that allow players to utilise their characters in new and exciting ways. And you’re certainly going to need all those skills at your disposal, as enemies have a tendency to be pretty darn tricky.
Delving into the rich backstories of the cast is one of the highlights here, as is uncovering the painstakingly detailed fantasy world that the dev team has put together. Another real point of pride for Final Blade is just how extensive and replayable an experience it is. With an adventure mode, daily dungeons, and insanely powerful raid bosses, there’s a ton of great stuff to sink your teeth into.
On top of that, the online arena and clan wars – which pit players against one another in intense battles – are sure to keep the more hardcore among us busy. Final Blade also boasts extremely detailed and colourful visuals, with some especially impressive character designs to boot.
In terms of the pre-registration gifts, you can expect a nice bundle of gold and in-game items. However, the biggest incentive is definitely the 5-star hero selection ticket, which is sure to give you the edge once the game launches. And, in a cool little twist, the more players that register, the most gifts everyone will get.