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Super Kung Fu All-Star Brawl is a 3D fighting game that's available now for iOS

Posted by Stephen Gregson on February 28th, 2020

Super Kung Fu All-Star Brawl is a 3D fighter from InterServ International Inc that's now available as a premium title on iOS. It will see players testing out their fighting skills in either singleplayer versus AI or local multiplayer modes.

It also supports Apple TV functionality so you can play it on the big screen with a few pals. In terms of controller options for playing the game this way, it will, naturally, work with the standard Apple TV controller but you'll want to check third party controller compatibility if that's what you're using.

The game itself is fairly straightforward and bare bones. Four players – which will be a variation of AI and player-controlled fighters depending on your set up – will battle it out in a variety of different arenas until there's a winner.

You'll be able to punch, kick, block and evade your opponents so timing will paramount if you want to clinch victory. Based on the trailer – which you can see above – there appear to be a plethora of combos you can use that can result in acrobatic attacks and throws.

There are 8 different fighters to choose from with each having access to their own martial art skills, so there are multiple characters to learn. On top of their own skillset, there will be orbs that appear in the area you can collect. Grabbing three of them will transform that character into the ultimate beast warrior, giving them an array of powerful attacks.

If hand-to-hand combat isn't really within your remit a plethora of different weapons will also periodically spawn around the arena. So you'll want to grab them before other players to before proceeding to try and beat them into submission.

Super Kung Fu All-Star Brawl is available now on the App Store. It's a premium title that costs $1.99.

Amon Amarth Berserker is a side-scrolling action game for iOS and Android featuring retro game-styled versions of the metal band's songs

Posted by Stephen Gregson on February 27th, 2020

Amon Amarth Berserker is the latest game from Ride & Crash and serves as a follow up to the previous title that was simply called Amon Amarth. It's available now as a premium title for both iOS and Android.

If you find yourself thinking 'isn't Amon Amarth a Swedish heavy metal band?' then you'd be absolutely right. Both Amon Amarth Berserker and its predecessor took music by the band and transformed them into retro-styled video game music.

In the latest games case, these are all tracks that feature on their most recent album, unsurprisingly named Berserker which released in May 2019. So if the idea of retro-sounding heavy metal is appealing to you or you're just a fan of Amon Amarth, this might be the game for you.

Amon Amarth Berserker itself is a side-scrolling action game where you play as Thor, wielding his trusty mythical hammer Mjolnir. Players will battle their way through a myriad of enemies throughout the whole of Vinland. Mjolnir maintains its boomerang properties most people are familiar with at this point, so you'll be slinging it at foes and it'll quickly zoom back into your awaiting grasp.

Beyond that, you'll also be able to summon a group of berserkers to assist you in battle. They'll fly onto the screen, seemingly from nowhere and dive onto the enemies making them explode into a pixelated bloody pulp, with the berserkers also disappearing after the deed is done.

There are seven different levels in total for players to smash their way through, though at $2.99 that might seem too few depending on the length of each one. There are also 4 different skins to adorn Mjolnir, with each one applying a different effect to the mythical hammer.

Amon Amarth Berserker is available now on the App Store and Google Play. It's a premium title that costs $2.99. However, there are also additional IAPs for additional weapons.

Speed Dating for Ghosts is a narrative adventure for iOS and Android about romancing spirits

Posted by Stephen Gregson on February 21st, 2020

Speed Dating for Ghosts originally released on Steam back 2018, since then it has received honourable mentions for narrative during the Independent Games Festival. Now it's made its way over to iOS devices where it's available as a premium title.

If you're unfamiliar, Speed Dating for Ghosts is a branching narrative game where you will go on dates with a bunch of spectres. The developer describes the game as being 'part horror, part comedy and kinda sorta heartbreaking', so like most dates then.

During your time in the game, you'll meet over 12 different spirits of various genders from numerous time periods, each with their own backstories to discover. You'll take the time to learn about their death and what they did during their life. There's even the option to help them find peace, if you say all the right things, of course.

There's ghost dog hoping to find their owner, a poltergeist who spends their time annoying rich men and another who's unsettlingly up for robbing a bank. Whether you learn about these things depends on which dialogue options you choose. Taking the wrong approach may see your date with a phantom end on a sour note.

The game has a minimalist art style that's equal parts endearing and downright terrifying, depending on which one of the apparitions you're currently deep in conversation with. Whether it's to your taste or not, it undoubtedly stands out from the crowd.

Speed Dating for Ghosts is available now over on the App Store. It's a premium title that costs $2.99.

Super Mecha Champions' latest update adds a new character called R.E.D

Posted by Stephen Gregson on February 20th, 2020

Super Mecha Champions' latest update sees the addition of a brand new character called R.E.D. Alongside that, there's news about the current season and a series of Emojis that have been added to the game.

But we'll start with that new character because that's always the most interesting part of any update. R.E.D is a teenage girl with a rebellious streak that gives off the impression she's not particularly fussed about, well, anything. However, underneath that veneer, she's a kind individual who's keen on repaying any support she receives.

She was a street-raised child which lead her to fight to be in a position to help those who are oppressed or have become victims of wrongdoing. Her aim is to become the People's Champion and to act as a beacon of hope for those who live in unfortunate circumstances like the ones she grew up in herself.

Beyond that, there will be a host of new Emojis added to the game to give the player's a few more visual options to choose from when chatting to each other. This will be called the Riko-chan emoji series, which is available now alongside the latest update.

Finally, there's an update on the current season, which has been available since December 5th. NetEase says that it's proven to be very popular with players providing a lot of positive feedback. Therefore, they've decided to extend the length of the season until the beginning of March.

Super Mecha Champions is available now over on the App Store and Google Play. It's a free-to-play game with in-app purchases.

Isle Escape: The House is an upcoming puzzle game for iOS and Android

Posted by Stephen Gregson on February 14th, 2020

Isle Escape: The House is an upcoming puzzle game from Simeon Angelov that's intended to serve as an introduction to a saga they're planning on releasing in an episodic fashion. The first chapter is set to release for both iOS and Android on 29th February.

The first instalment starts when you wake up in a strangers living room, unaware of who you are but cognizant enough to know you don't belong in this place. It turns out this house belongs to a lady called Mrs Redove who lives on a desolate part of the island with no neighbours or shops to speak of.

It's referred to as 'the other side of the island' by locals and they do their best to avoid it. The reason? Mrs Redove is apparently in contact with the afterlife, which is something that would scare most folks away to be fair. So, waking up in her living room unaware of who you are is certainly not ideal, probably best to get out as soon as possible.

So, as you might have guessed, it's an escape room game. There will be a plethora of tricky puzzles to solve and riddles to decipher so that you can get out of this potentially supernatural dwelling. You can see an example of one of these puzzles in the trailer above where you have to rearrange a shelf of books so that they spell out a sentence.

Simeon says this will be the shortest of the chapters as it's only intended to be an introduction, promising that more and more of the story will unravel with each additional chapter. It'll be free so it's definitely worth downloading if you're a fan of these types of games.

Isle Escape: The House is available to pre-order now over on the App Store and Google Play ahead of its release on 29th February. It will be a free-to-play game.

Company of Heroes, the classic RTS, is now available for iPad

Posted by Stephen Gregson on February 13th, 2020

Feral Interactive has finally released their highly anticipated iOS version of the strategy classic Company of Heroes. It's available now for iPad as a premium title and has had various tweaks to ensure that it's optimised for touch controls.

This includes a few new additions to the game such as the command wheel. This is accessed by tapping and holding on any unit present on the battlefield. This will open up a circular menu that will provide you with a host of actions that a unit can carry out.

Time will also slow down when you do this to allow players to think they move through. However, you can also play the game without the use of the wheel if you'd prefer, this is merely an additional option. And there are few other touches like this such as multiple options for selecting units.

They've even included an option to save a bit of space on your tablet which is a thoughtful inclusion given that the game will take up 6gb of space, though Feral Interactive recommends having at least 8gb available. You'll be able to choose which skirmish and campaign missions are installed as well as being able to decide if you want high-quality models or not.

If you're unfamiliar with Company of Heroes, it's a strategy game where throughout its campaign you'll take charge of two different companies of American soldiers and guide them various operations throughout WWII, starting with the D-Day Invasion of Normandy.

Company of Heroes originally released back in 2006, where it's frequently heralded as one of the finest strategy games of all time. Long time fans of the series were pleased then to hear that Feral Interactive would be handling the port as they've bet a well-deserved reputation for bringing classic games to iPad such as Tropico and Rome: Total War.

Company of Heroes is now available for iPad over on the App Store. It's a premium title that costs $13.99.

Circuit Dude is a top-down, tile-based puzzler that's available now for iOS and Android

Posted by Stephen Gregson on February 7th, 2020

Circuit Dude is a tile-based puzzler that was originally released on Steam back in 2017. Now it's made it's way over to mobile devices where it's available for both iOS and Android as a premium game.

Players will take control of the titular Circuit Dude and will assist him in creating his ultimate invention by plugging in chips, activating switches and pushing blocks. The aim of each level is simply to make sure the sockets have plugs in them. Once you've done that, a portal will open to take you to the next level.

This has the potential to go very wrong, however. Once you've plugged a chip into a socket you can no longer walk back over that spot, this means you'll have to plan ahead, thinking about the correct order to plug everything in.

There are no enemies to speak of and although it's possible to kill yourself, you have infinite lives. That means not being able to figure out the solution is the only thing that can stop you from completing each level, you'll only be able to blame your own brain. Well, unless the controls are bad, that is.

Once you've either completed the 120 levels that are available or if you get overly infuriated with one of them in particular, there's a level editor where you'll be able to create your own stages for other players to try and solve.

This means you'll be able to make use of the 10 different tile related mechanics the game itself uses to try and infuriate your pals. Of course, this also means you'll be able to play other people's levels, potentially making Circuit Dude a game you'll play for a while.

Circuit Dude is available now on the App Store and Google Play. It's a premium title that costs $2.99.

Liege Dragon is another upcoming RPG for iOS and Android from Kemco

Posted by Stephen Gregson on February 6th, 2020

Liege Dragon is an upcoming RPG from Kemco, who has certainly streamlined the process of making their particular brand retro-inspired turn-based games at this point. Liege Dragon will be available for both iOS and Android.

The story takes place in a kingdom where an evil dragon was born out of people's negativity and spite towards each other. Three heroes managed to seal the dragon away in a distant past but now it has returned and it will be up to a new set of potential heroes to smite it down.

Two of those heroes are a princess and a young man who recently lost his memory. Through various means, they end up working together and embark on a journey to hunt down the Dragon Tools of the Three Heroes they'll need if they want to stand a chance of defeating the powerful dragon.

Along the way, you'll have to defeat waves of enemies that will swarm the characters. To help push the relentless masses back you can use a system call Unison - which is triggered by the allies' bonds - to inflict large amounts of damage.

There will also be various skills each of the characters can learn that you can unlock using Sorcery Stones. In addition to those skills, you'll also be able to give your weapons and armour different buffs by adding charms and brooches to them.

There will also be a loot system tied to killing various monsters. There is a monster guide within the game that will reward players with different items depending on how many of a certain specifies of an enemy they've slain throughout the game.

Liege Dragon will be available on the App Store and Google Play when it eventually releases and you can pre-register on the latter now. There is no word on pricing at the moment but we'll keep you updated as we learn more.

Iron Saga's latest crossover event is a collaboration with 2016's hack 'n' slash game iCEY

Posted by Stephen Gregson on January 31st, 2020

Game Duchy, the team behind Iron Saga, have announced their latest crossover event will be with the 2D side-scrolling action game iCEY– which launched for iOS back in 2016 where it was quite well received.

The event starts today and will run until 27th February. There will also be several smaller events that will run throughout the month too alongside numerous daily login rewards. As you might expect from a crossover event iCEY herself will also arrive in the game.

She will come with her own mech called the iCEY X and will have a related quest that will give players special shards and chests that will help them improve their team of mechs and pilots. Additionally, there will be increased drop rates for all event mechas and pilots from February 1st to 6th.

This includes a mixture of mechs and pilots from the iCEY universe. The mechs are the iCEY X, Baal and B.A.T. Meanwhile, the pilots from that game will be iCEY, Osin and Igarashi Meimi. They will join the already giant roster of over 500 mechs and pilots that are already in the game.

If you're unfamiliar with Iron Saga it's a fairly popular mech battling game that was released last year. Since then it has racked up over 100,000 downloads on Google Play alone. People love games with mechs it seems and who can really blame them?

Iron Saga is available over on the App Store and Google Play. It's a free-to-play game with in-app purchases.

Seven's Code is a rhythm-action game with an anime inspired story that's available now for iOS and Android

Posted by Stephen Gregson on January 30th, 2020

Seven's Code is a rhythm-action game from Applibot Inc that's available now for iOS and Android. It's presented with a neon-coloured, anime-inspired story where you'll be battling various enemies in time to the beat.

That means you know it's going to have an over-the-top story. Set in the year 2025 the titular Seven's Code is a futuristic entertainment metropolis where people are supposed to just have a good time. A modern-day paradise, but we've all played enough games at this point to know that's not really the case.

Players will follow the story of Yuito Kashihara – a high ranking member of the city's security force – as he gets thrown into a series of trials because of a girl named Aurora. From there he embarks on a mission to discover what's really going on in Seven's Code.

As you progress through the story you'll have to do battle with a plethora of enemies through the power of rhythm-based action. Much like in a game like Guitar Hero, notes will float down the screen and you will have to respond to them accordingly. Each type of note will be hit by a different touch screen action and will lower the enemies health bar.

There are four types of notes that will require you to either Charge, Reflect, Chain or Slash them in time to the music. Charge is holding down as the note passes through the bottom of the screen and letting go at the right moment for bonus damage. Meanwhile, Reflect and Slash are tapping and flicking respectively. Finally, Charge requires you to hold down and follow the pattern the note makes on the screen.

Seven's Code is available now on the App Store and Google Play. It's a premium title that costs $3.99 with further in-app purchases available too. However, you can try a few levels of the game for free if you're an Android user.

Animal Fury Destination is an action-adventure game for iOS and Android with an environmentally conscious story

Posted by Stephen Gregson on January 24th, 2020

Animal Fury Destination is an action-adventure game from independent, Colombian developer Ignicion Games. It's a 3D action game where you'll play as various different characters as you embark on a quest to stop an evil crow sorcerer.

So what has this evil mage avian done that needs quelling? Well, it has taken over the minds of some dangerous giants and is using them to gain control over the sacred water that feeds the land. There's a definite environmental theme running through this game, for sure.

There are five different areas you'll have to fight your way through where you'll encounter pollution, radioactivity, electronic waste and gases. Some of the proceeds for each unit sold will be given to a charity that works to save the Amazon too, so it's clearly something the developers are passionate about.

There will be three different characters you can play as throughout Animal Fury Destination as you bash your way through various enemies and the giant bosses themselves. They are Osun the bear, Kato the cat and Mongo the monkey. Each will have their own different weapons to make use of throughout the game.

Beyond the standard melee combat, there are also a plethora of power-ups to help you throughout your adventure too, with more than 15 available. There's also an experience system as well to increase your stats as you level up and coins to gather that can be spent to buy better gear for your characters.

Animal Fury Destination is available now on the App Store and Google Play. It's a premium title that costs $2.99 but there are also in-app purchases beyond that too.

Slingsters is a physics-based puzzler for iOS and Android where players fling little monsters into cardboard boxes

Posted by Stephen Gregson on January 23rd, 2020

Slingsters is a physics-based puzzle game where the aim is to collect various different monsters by flinging them from one side of a level to the other and into a box. It's also the first game from Nappy Cat and is available now for iOS and Android.

Of course, it won't be as simple as just slinging the poor little creature from one side of the room to the other. There will be a plethora of obstacles you'll have to overcome throughout each level, with new elements being added as you progress to make the game increasingly more difficult.

You can expect levels to start off fairly straightforward, slinging the little monster from it's starting rope into a box but from there you'll need to start ricocheting them off walls at the right angle so they land in the correct place. As you can see from the trailer below, this extends beyond that too. At some stage, you'll start using the air created by bellows to help the monster reach new parts of the level or to remove different obstacles that might block your path.

There are different monsters you'll be chucking into boxes too. Each has different abilities you'll have to consider when tackling the level. For instance, Slu can ricochet off different surfaces whilst Pho can phase through one side of the screen and reappear on the opposite.

For an additional challenge, there are also three stars to collect on each level, so there'll be a way to simply complete each stage as well as a 'perfect' way to do so too. It makes the whole thing feel very reminiscent of Cut the Rope when you factor in the cute monsters and physics-based puzzling as well.

Slingsters is available now on the App Store and Google Play. It's a free-to-play game with in-app purchases.

Spiritwish's latest update sees the addition of a new game mode, characters and an event to celebrate all of that

Posted by Stephen Gregson on January 17th, 2020

A sizeable update has hit Nexon's MMORPG Spiritwish today. It brings a new game mode, characters and there will also be a special event to celebrate the update with a firework display.

The new game mode making its way into Spiritwish is called Adventure Mode. This will allow players who have an achievement score of over 900 to earn extra rewards. They'll be able to do this by sending idle heroes out on a variety of quests to earn Spirit Cards.

There will also be two new Recruitment Quests available. These will be for the Fire Mage and Soothsayer and players will be rewarded with their respective character cards upon completion. They'll also learn more about who they are as characters through their origin story.

Two new heroes will also become available with the latest update. This will include Mononofu who is a melee-focused character who can defeat ghostly enemies using Tachi. Joining them will be Vanguard, a more defence-oriented hero who uses those skills to taunt and stun enemies.

Finally, there will be a limited-time event called the Firework Festival. During this event, players will be able to collect fireworks that will drop at random. They can then be exchanged at the premium shop for a variety of Weapon Boxes, Character Cards, costumes, Blue Diamonds and Gold.

If you're unfamiliar with Spiritwish it's an MMORPG where players can control three characters simultaneously. It's had a bit of a rocky reception from players at large since it launched last year but the development team seem committed to bringing a range of improvements to the game.

Spiritwish is available now on the App Store and Google Play. It's a free-to-play game with in-app purchases.

Maze Machina, a turn-based puzzler from the creator of Card Thief, is available now for iOS and Android

Posted by Stephen Gregson on January 16th, 2020

The latest game from Arnold Rauers also known as Tiny Touch Tales is now available. You may be familiar with one of his many excellent titles such as Card Crawl, Enyo and Card Thief. His latest endeavour is called Maze Machina and you can grab it now for iOS and Android.

The game kicks off with a twisted Automatron revelling in his machine creations and the little maze he has built for them. However, he needs a test subject to see how capable his little army of robots can be. So, he captures a little mouse and throws it into his devious labyrinth.

Players will take control of that poor rodent and try to help it escape from the labyrinth. Maze Machina is a turn-based puzzle affair where the aim of each level is to reach the exit, though you'll have to grab a key before you can do so.

Whenever you move, every other unit will also move in that same direction. That means you'll need to plan your steps to avoid getting caught by the Automatron's mini machines. Thankfully, if you hold down as you swipe the direction you want to move in the game will tell you what the outcome will be. However, there is a stamina bar to manage so you still have to be smart about where you move to.

Each stage is littered with various tiles that contain items that our rodent hero and the machines will pick up when they land on it but they can only be used whilst standing on that square. This will be a variety of objects such as swords, bows and shields. Each has a different effect and priority order. For instance, the bow will be fired before a character can move. And that's just in the tutorial, more items will be introduced as you progress.

Maze Machina is available now on the App Store and Google Play. It is a premium title that costs $1.99. However, on Android, you can try the game out before deciding to buy it.

Klee: Spacetime Cleaners is a fast-paced auto-shooter that's available now for iOS and Android

Posted by Stephen Gregson on January 10th, 2020

Klee: Spacetime Cleaners is a fast-paced auto-shooter that sports a cute retro aesthetic thathad racked up an impressive 100,000 pre-registers prior to its release. It's available now for both iOS and Android.

The game takes place during an intergalactic energy crisis. To solve it players will travel through time to defeat various monsters that have caused energy anomalies. Defeating them will reward players with a core that can be used to restore power to the universe.

It all sounds fairly high stakes but the game itself is looks so lovely you wouldn't really know there was a massive issue to face. It has an adorable Game Boy aesthetic and some excellent sounding music present on its soundtrack, which you can hear a smidgen of in the trailer below.

The game is controlled with a simple 3-button set up that handles left and right movement as well as jumping. The jump button can also be pressed multiple types to maintain your airtime. Shooting is handled automatically by the game leaving players to focus on dodging the plethora of bullets that will be flying their way.

In between stages you'll be able to upgrade different attributes of your character. This might include the range of your attacks, rate of fire or a simple Hp Up depending on your preference. You'll need to make sure you are grabbing the coins that drop from enemies to ensure you can afford them though.

Klee: Spacetime Cleaners is available now on the App Store and Google Play. It's a free-to-play game with in-app purchases.