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After studying film for four years, Cameron decided that he'd much rather spend his time rambling incessantly about video games.

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Mario Kart Tour's Ice Tour races towards launch today

Posted by Cameron Bald on January 14th, 2020

Can you believe Mario Kart Tour is already on its 9th tour? The game only launched back in September, and since then it's become increasingly tricky to keep on top of the amount of new content Nintendo is pumping out.

The Ice Tour is set to begin today at 10pm PT, and it'll add a handful of new racers – two of which have already been teased in a tweet from last week. You can clearly see in the tweet below that one of the racers is either Mario or Luigi in the cute penguin costume from New Super Mario Bros. Wii and later New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe.

The second racer appears to be another version of Peach, which is fine by me. The Ice Tour will presumably offer the usual gacha rewards for standard players and more premium stuff for Gold Pass subscribers. Nothing has been confirmed as of yet, though.

The New Year's Tour will soon come to an end, so make sure to get all the rewards you can before the Ice Tour kicks off later today. Of course, there's a chance that the New Year's Tour rewards will appear again at a later date.

Pocket Gamer, our sister site, has amassed a list of over 20,000 friend codes, which is super handy if you're looking to complete challenges or build up your in-game friend list for any reason.

And if you're yet to take Mario Kart Tour for a spin, you'll find it available for download now from over on the App Store and Google Play.

Marvel Future Fight's latest update adds all-new team of heroes known as the 'Warriors of the Sky'

Posted by Cameron Bald on January 12th, 2020

Marvel Future Fight's latest update has added an all-new team of heroes to recruit and do battle with. The 'Warriors of the Sky' include Blue Dragon, War Tiger, Sun Bird, and Shadow Shell. As is the norm, each character comes with their own unique powers to master and backstories to explore.

They were first revealed all the way back in October during Thailand Game Show, so fans have had a fairly sizable wait on their hands. The team is noteworthy for being an entirely original creation for the game, with its members all hailing from different parts of Asia. You can read more about them over on IGN.

In addition to the new hero team, the update also introduces 'Potential Awaken', which is a system that allows heroes to unlock new active skills for use in combat. Those capable of awakening hidden potential can be developed by meeting specific in-game growth conditions.

On top of all that, fresh system content has arrived for story missions, with the aim being to "enhance the story's delivery and excitement to Agents". And for those who like to look their best, new costumes for Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, and more have been added.

Other improvements include:

  • Crescent Upgrade – Crescent can be upgraded to Tier-3 to unlock new ultimate skills
  • Unlock 'Realize Potential' feature - Blue Dragon, War Tiger, Sun Bird, Shadow Shell, Songbird, White Tiger, Wiccan, Hulkling and Squirrel Girl
  • Other Updates – Enhanced Equipment and Custom Gear for game convenience

If you fancy testing out the Warriors of the Sky, you'll find Marvel Future Fight available for download now from both the App Store and Google Play.

Cultist Simulator's Dancer DLC launches for iOS and Android on January 22nd

Posted by Cameron Bald on January 8th, 2020

Cultist Simulator's Dancer DLC is set to launch for iOS and Android on January 22nd. It revolves around the occult cabaret known as the 'Ecdysis Club', where "the distinction between pleasure and pain is as delicate and essential as the human skin". The announcement arrived over on developerWeather Factory's Twitter account.

In this story-focused DLC, you'll take on the role of a dancer at the club and gradually rise to fame. Interestingly, certain dances can only be performed in "far places", while others can't be performed when in "human shape". It's all very strange, but that's very much part of the appeal.

If you're yet to give Cultist Simulator a try, it's a neat roguelike card game that serves up a ton of Lovecraftian storytelling goodness.

Campbell reviewed the game at launch, finding its obtuse nature to be both fascinating and a tad overwhelming. It's definitely very different, and you'd be hard-pressed to find a game that offers as many strange encounters and weird ideas.

Those brave enough to give it a go will find Cultist Simulator available for download now from both the App Store and Google Play. It's a premium game priced at £6.99 or $6.99. The Dancer DLC is priced at £1.99 or $1.99.

Death Comes True releases a new character profile for "murder enthusiast" Nene Kurushima

Posted by Cameron Bald on January 6th, 2020

Death Comes True is an FMV murder mystery from Kazutaka Kodaka, the creator of Danganronpa. It sees you playing as an amnesiac young man, called Makoto Karaki, who wakes up in a mysterious hotel to find that he's being hunted for a series of murders he doesn't remember committing.

To make things even stranger for the poor guy, he now inexplicably has the ability to "time leap" and return to the past. The trade-off is that he can only trigger his new skill when he dies. Time leaping allows you to redo certain encounters to see alternate outcomes.

Character profiles for specific members of the cast have been released periodically over on the game's official site. As first spotted by Gematsu, the latest is for a young woman called Nene Kurushima, who is described as "an eccentric girl that happens to be staying in the hotel. She’s a murder enthusiast and a self-proclaimed fan of the serial killer, Makoto Karaki".

Kodaka is credited as director and writer on Death Comes True, and there's no denying he's shown skill at executing similar tales in the past. Killer7, The Evil Within, and Danganronpa series composer Masafumi Takada is working on the game's soundtrack.

You'll find more info, including several other character profiles, on the game's site. Death Comes True is set to hit iOS, Android, and Nintendo Switch later this year.

Conflict Digital is an AR strategy game where you create combat units to take on pixelated enemies

Posted by Cameron Bald on December 30th, 2019

Conflict Digital is an upcoming AR strategy game that sees you assembling and deploying defences to push back a varied selection of tricky enemies.

A mysterious pixelated menace has quietly invaded the real world, and it's up to you and your reverse-engineered pixelated technology to stop the threat and save the day. It's all about building defences and finding elaborate ways to stop the enemies in their tracks.

You'll first have to gather and trade resources with which to build your units. There are combat bots and physical barriers that you can deploy on the battlefield to funnel enemies or block their path. You can also move the barriers and even throw them around if need be.

It sounds like a decent AR strategy game with the potential to serve up the odd intense combat scenario. If you're interested in learning more, the developer has been putting out progress showcases over on itch.io. You can also follow the game's development by checking out the dev's Twitter account.

Garena Free Fire celebrates the holidays with its ongoing Winterlands festivities

Posted by Cameron Bald on December 25th, 2019

Garena Free Fire players have been busy voting to determine the winner of the seals vs penguins battle. Following several days of voting, we now have a clear winner. I'm frankly disgusted to say that seals have somehow come out on top, pipping the lovely penguins to the post at the last minute. "Free Fire players have decided the seal represents the holidays the best", apparently. I'm honestly shocked and appalled.

The seal costume will be available for purchase at a discounted price until tomorrow, December 26th. You can of course still purchase the penguin skin if you so desire.

Discounts for both the penguin and seal costumes are actually based on the total votes they received. As an added bonus, those who purchase both costumes will earn themselves the bliss of winter banner and a neat Winterland 2019 avatar.

Here's a full list of special content currently available in-game, as well as some limited-time events:

  • Diamond Royale: Special Force Elite Skin Bundle
  • Incubator: Slaughter Party
  • “SANTA M60” Gun Skin
  • Mad Snowman Mode
  • Gift Me Please - Gift 1 Get 1 Free Event

The 'Treat Your Panda' event is also live until December 20th. This sees you feeding your pet pandas by collecting special tokens and food. As your panda's weight increases, you'll continue to earn yourself in-game panda-themed prized.

If you're looking to get involved in the ongoing Winterlands festivities, you'll find Garena Free Fire available for download now from both the App Store and Google Play.

Lazara Battle Heroes is a fantastical and immersive tactical RPG for Android

Posted by Cameron Bald on December 24th, 2019

Gadgets Gaming's Lazara Battle Heroes has now launched into early access on Google Play. It's a fantastical and immersive tactical RPG which offers layered turn-based combat, a rich fantasy setting, and an extensive story campaign.

The game's outwardly peaceful world is now under threat from mysterious forces. To combat the incoming otherworldly evil, groups of heroes have banded together and are now ready to fight.It's an idle game at heart, which means you'll be able to train your heroes and make progress even when you're not actively playing. It's aiming to be a relatively stress-free experience, with accessible – though still layered – combat and an appealing comic book aesthetic.

Apple reverses its rejection of PewDiePie and Bulbware's Poopdie

Posted by Cameron Bald on December 23rd, 2019

In a blog post released earlier today, developer Bulbware announced that Poopdie, its gross-out dungeon crawler, has finally been greenlit by Apple and launched onto the App Store as a free-to-play title.

The game, which features voicework from YouTuber PewDiePie, is set in a world of sentient bums and bugs. You play as Poopdie, a weird worm-like creature who often finds himself the victim of his neighbours' aggression. They suffer from a dreadful affliction: they are entirely unable to fart or defecate, and this seems to be the source of their misplaced anger.

For reasons unbeknownst to Poopdie, he is one of the few still capable of both pooping and farting, and so he heads out on an adventure to uncover the truth and maybe some sort of cure.

Poopdie isn't particularly skilled in close-quarters combat, and so he relies on his incredible "poopcrafting" skills in order to survive. What this basically means is that he can eat different foods and turn them into unit types which have their own specific skills.

It's very clearly inspired by the work of Ed McMillen, especially The Binding of Isaac. Poopdie's art style and intense focus on scatological humour appear to be the main reasons Apple initially rejected the game earlier this month, with Bulbware saying that it was the game's "crude imagery and sound effect [sic] which may disgust users" that broke Apple's guidelines.

If you fancy giving it a go, you'll find Poopdie available for download now from both the App Store and Google Play.

Alter Ego, a clicker for iOS and Android, delivers an unexpectedly moving narrative

Posted by Cameron Bald on December 23rd, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Alter Ego is a different kind of clicker for iOS and Android, offering a surprising and moving story, excellent writing, and an interesting focus on personality tests.

In order to progress, you'll first need to gather EGO by clicking on random thoughts and feelings found floating around your environment. Once you've collected enough, you'll then be able to take part in a few intriguing personality tests where you'll be asked many challenging questions.

Devil May Cry: Pinnacle of Combat gets a new trailer to celebrate hitting 500,000 pre-registrations

Posted by Cameron Bald on December 18th, 2019

Yunchang Games and Capcom's hugely promising action titile, Devil May Cry: Pinnacle of Combat, has hit a whopping 500,000 pre-registrations in China. It's of course a mobile spinoff to Capcom's acclaimed Devil May Cry series, which recently saw a huge surge in popularity thanks to GOTY contender Devil May Cry V.

From the trailers and screenshots we've seen, Pinnacle of Combat looks surprisingly good, boasting solid visuals and the fast-paced, combo-heavy combat that DMC is known for. As a big fan of the earlier games, I'm super curious about this one. It certainly doesn't appear to be your average rushed-out-the-door mobile adaptation.

The latest trailer focuses on Dante's eclectic arsenal and all the ludicrous combat opportunities it provides. I'm still unsure as to whether it's a more on-rails experience than its big brothers, at least in terms of combat controls. Honestly, concessions will need to be made in order for DMC's action to translate well to touchscreen devices. I can't imagine playing any of the mainline entries using virtual buttons and having it feel sufficiently good.

A western release is yet to be confirmed, but we do know that it's slated to launch in China in 2020. It was originally planned to hit iOS and Android this year, though a delay was announced earlier in the month. I imagine, and very much hope, we'll eventually see this one head westward at some point in the near future.

Heroes of Warland developer announces multiplayer shooter Lootland for iOS and Android

Posted by Cameron Bald on December 16th, 2019

Nitro Games, the team behind Heroes of Warland, has today announced its latest game, Lootland. This time around, the developers are approaching the looter shooter genre with a more casual twist, offering fast-paced matches and a focus on co-op multiplayer action.

You'll work together with other players to clear increasingly challenging waves of enemies. As you progress, you'll continue to find better loot from defeated monsters. These resources can then be used to upgrade your favourite weapons and armour, allowing you to progress further through the levels.

The game's currently targeting a 2020 launch, but nothing is yet set in stone. Nitro Games is continuing to test Lootland with live audiences throughout the development phase to ensure the game launches in tiptop condition.

We don't have a great deal of info to go on at the moment. A trailer has now been released which shows off the game's visual style and gunplay. While it's easy to spot aesthetic similarities between Lootland and Epic's Fortnite, Nitro's character designs are clearly more cartoonish.

We also don't know exactly which mobile platforms Lootland will launch for. I reckon it's safe to assume Nitro will bring it to iOS and Android, but whether it'll come to both simultaneously is really anyone's guess. You can see more info over on Nitro's official site.

Get ready for an epic adventure with Pearl Abyss' visually stunning Black Desert Mobile, available now for iOS and Android

Posted by Cameron Bald on December 11th, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Following a hugely successful pre-registration campaign, Pearl Abyss' much-hyped MMORPG, Black Desert Mobile, has finally arrived for iOS and Android. With some of the most impressive visuals on mobile, a vast open world to explore, an in-depth character creator, and some real storytelling chops, it's easy to see why over 4.5 million players have pre-registered to get involved in this fantasy epic asap.

You'll begin your adventure by picking one of five classes: Warrior, Witch, Ranger, Giant, or Valkyrie. As you might expect, they all play very differently, boasting their own skills, stats, and general play style. To really make your avatar unique to you, Black Desert Mobile offers one of the most extensive character creators we've seen in a game to date, allowing you to tweak every element of your hero's appearance down to the tiniest of details. Once you've created your perfect character, you'll begin your adventure in the game's stunning open world.

Elder Scrolls: Blades has ditched chest timers and added a PvP arena

Posted by Cameron Bald on December 10th, 2019

Elder Scrolls: Blades started out as one of the most hyped mobile games of 2019, boasting some impressive visuals and no shortage of promise. Our hopes were somewhat dashed when it eventually launched and we all became privy to its mishandled monetisation, barebones gameplay loop, and shocking lack of personality.

It was quite dire, all told – especially when you factor in the egregious chest timers which had a tendency to stop the game in its tracks. Thankfully, update 1.5 strips away some of the worst free-to-play nonsense while also offering gem refunds to players who purchased chest inventory expansions.

The update generally appears to focus on fixing Blades' progression, increasing loot drops from enemies and adding more item-filled breakables to the game's countless dungeons.

Another sizeable addition is the PvP arena. This has apparently been a fan-requested feature since launch, and it looks like decent fun for those who've put in the effort to earn powerful equipment. Guilds are also now live, allowing you to meet up with other players and even explore their towns.

It sounds like Blades is definitely headed in the right direction, though I have to wonder whether it might be a little too late to win back those who bounced off after becoming frustrated with the timers or dodgy progression at launch.

I'm definitely planning to give it another go at some point, maybe when it comes to Nintendo Switch next year. If you're yet to do so, you can download Elder Scrolls: Blades from either the App StoreorGoogle Play.

Black Desert Mobile is available for pre-download, two days before the big launch

Posted by Cameron Bald on December 9th, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Pearl Abyss' stunning open-world MMORPG, Black Desert Mobile, is set to launch for iOS and Android on December 11th at 12 AM PST (8 AM UTC). However, those looking to get in early and test out the in-depth character customisation will be able to pre-download the game from today.

One advantage of doing so is that it'll allow you to get in early and select your preferred Family Name. If you're unfamiliar with Black Desert, this is the title that displays above your character for your fellow players to see.

Extraordinary Ones, NetEase's innovative anime 5V5 MOBA, opens for pre-registration

Posted by Cameron Bald on December 9th, 2019

NetEase's inventive 5v5 anime MOBA, Extraordinary Ones, has now opened for pre-registration ahead of its global launch in early 2020. The game seems to have received a fairly warm reception from fans after its soft-launch earlier in the year, largely thanks to its visuals, level of polish, and fast-paced, mobile-friendly matches.

It's set in an academy called Esper School, where the pupils fight to defeat the 'Base Principal' in order to seize victory. At launch, you can expect a roster of 36 distinct heroes to collect, many of whom come from traditional Chinese mythology. New heroes are planned to release each week after launch, so hopefully the game will remain fresh for at least a decent while.

With this one, NetEase aims to deliver a fresh MOBA experience designed from the ground up for mobile devices. Gameplay is intended to be fast and reactive, with players able to utilise, for example, the teleports dotted throughout each arena in order to put together surprise attacks. You can also focus on hunting specific monsters in order to gain powerful buffs which can turn the tide of battle.

There's a handful of pre-registration rewards up for grabs, including an in-game avatar and a limited-edition hero skin at 150,000 pre-registrations. In order to get as many free rewards as possible, you can pre-register for Extraordinary Ones right now over onGoogle Play. And you can find more info about the game over on its official site.