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Roterra Extreme - Great Escape is a perspective shifting puzzle game for iOS that's available now

Posted by Stephen Gregson on November 14th, 2019

Roterra Extreme – Great Escape has been described by developers Dig-It Games as a mini-sequel to their acclaimed title Roterra: Flip the Fairytale. It continues that game's tradition of messing with which way is up, tasking you with solving various mind-bending puzzles. It's available now for iOS.

There are numerous cubes located throughout each of the game's levels that can be interacted with by rotating, flipping or splining them. This will cause the ground to shift to reveal new ways to travel through the stage. This may lead to you walking on the ceiling as you work out the best way to make it through to the next challenge.

So essentially, it's all about flipping the perspective until you can see a path that will lead through a maze. Throughout Roterra Extreme you'll encounter 35 different puzzles over 10 different levels that take in several environments such as the newly added desert. Apparently the game should take around 3 hours to complete, which isn't bad for a dollar.

In keeping with the idea of shifting perspectives, this time around players will take control of the former antagonist Orlando. After betraying his sister previously, he's now on the run, forced to face harsher challenges than in the previous game with players being thrown in at the deep end.

It'll have a different tone to the original game as well. Angelica's story was about her own personal triumph as she rose up and overcame those who opposed her. Orlando's story, on the other hand, will deal with his desperation to escape and survive. He'll even have hallucinations caused by his panic at the thought of being captured.

Roterra Extreme – Great Escape is available now on the App Store. It's a premium game that costs $0.99.

Arcade classic R-Type Dimensions EX blasts it's way onto iOS

Posted by Stephen Gregson on November 8th, 2019

If you're a long time fan of shmups and have been looking for something to play lately, Tozai Games may have just released an ideal game for you on iOS. R-Type Dimensions EX brings the first R-Type and its sequel to iOS devices.

Originally released in 1987 and 1989 respectively R-Type was a popular arcade machine. The game has since seen ports to consoles and PC but now you can carry it round in your pocket. Not only does it bring the first two R-Types to your phone, but there are also several other changes too.

You'll have the option to play using either the classic 2D visuals and audio or new 3D graphics with reworked music at the tap of a button. I remember first seeing this feature in the Halo remaster and it's something I enjoy seeing, being the kind of person who'll constantly flit between the two just to see how much has changed.

There's also a slow-motion and fast-forward button in place, which is essentially changing the difficulty of the game but with cute phrasing. There's also an endless mode too if you enjoy leader board climbing and want to recapture those arcade machine days of being the best shmup player but on a global scale.

If you're unfamiliar with R-Type, it's a bullet hell shooter where you fight an enemy known as the Bydos in space. As you progress through the game's 14 stages you'll gather different weapons for your ship until you're blasting Bydos away with an impressive suite of guns.

R-Type Dimensions EX is available now on the App Store. It's a premium title that costs $4.99.

PUBG Mobile's incoming update brings new maps, weapons and more

Posted by Stephen Gregson on November 7th, 2019

PUGB Mobile's newest Royale Pass season they're calling Fury of the Wasteland arrives tomorrow and with it comes a fair chunk of new content to the game. We'll be seeing a new map, weapon and even a companion system.

This new map will be used for Team Deathmatch and will pit players into 4v4 situations in a rainforest that's also home to ancient ruins. Here you'll be able to revive your fallen teammates at randomised locations, with the aim being to keep players on those toes with each run.

On the new weapons front, players will be able to find an MP5K whenever they play on Vikendi. It's an SMG that has barely any recoil. Similarly, when playing on Vikendi you'll be able to traverse the landscape in a new vehicle called the Zima, which will allow you to dart across the snowy landscape with ease.

On Monday 11th November players will get a new winged companion called 'The Falcon'. Additionally, a new female character will also be added to the game soon as well. She's a talented mechanic and when playing in EvoGround having her in a vehicle will mean it will take reduced damage, whether she's driving or riding shotgun.

There have also been several smaller tweaks too. There's now Tier Protection for Platinum and Crown Tiers and updated 8-day rewards. They've also tweaked clan status detail and recruitment to teams. They haven't gone into deep specifics about this, but hopefully, we can expect good quality of life changes.

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

A Case of Distrust is a narrative-driven detective game set in 1920s San Francisco

Posted by Stephen Gregson on November 1st, 2019

A Case of Distrust a narrative-focused mystery game that's set in the roaring 20s. In it, you play as a detective with one of the most private eye sounding names ever – Phyllis Cadence Malone. You'll follow her journey in San Francisco as she hunts for evidence in billiard halls and barbershops.

The story will look to tackle various delicate themes throughout the narrative including poverty and racism. These aren't topics that are usually dealt with particularly well in games if they are at all. So I'm intrigued to see how well they're covered in A Case of Distrust.

In terms of the gameplay, the developer has cited numerous influences for A Case of Distrust including Phoenix Wright and the board game Sherlock Holmes: Consulting Detective. It will see you interrogating various suspects and attempting to prove they're lying by using evidence and witness statements you've collated.

It'll play out partially as a point and click adventure game, with you scouring the different scenes for evidence that you can use. Then, when you talk to different individuals about the case you're working you can decide which pieces of evidence or witness statements to confront them with and they will respond accordingly. It all sounds very interesting.

It's not only the promise of detective gameplay that makes A Case of Distrust so intriguing though. The art-style is very eye-catching. It's been inspired by 1920's graphic designer called Saul Bass and it looks very stylish. Couple that with the finger-snapping music that reminds me of an era I wasn't even born in and you're left with a game that really pulls you in from a presentation standpoint.

A Case of Distrust is available now on the App Store. It's a premium game that costs $4.99.

Monochrome Order is an RPG for iOS and Android with a focus on branching narratives

Posted by Stephen Gregson on October 31st, 2019

Monochrome Order is the latest RPG from Kemco, who have become well-known for their plethora of mobile RPG titles in recent years. Their latest endeavour is available now for both iOS and Android.

Monochrome Order sees players take up the role of an Arbiter. In this world, they're people who use ancient magic known as Judgment that they utilise to try and make the world a better place to live. Of course, one person's justice is another's injustice, so the choices you make throughout could cause conflict.

This means there's a lot of potential outcomes and so Monochrome Order has multiple endings, both good and evil. The decisions you make throughout the game will apparently make huge differences to the story, though we've heard that kind of thing before so I'm intrigued to see how well it works out here.

Irrespective of how different these endings are, seeing all the possibilities definitely gives completionists something to strive for. Once you've beaten one ending, you'll be able to start a new route using the character from that save file.

The game itself plays out in a very similar fashion to RPGs of days gone by with a pixelated art style and top-down view. The battles will be turn-based and you'll be able to recruit up to 18 different party members over the course of the game. They'll all have their own abilities that can be combined to unleash 'skillchains' on enemies for huge damage.

Monochrome Order is available now on the App Store and Google Play. It's a premium title that costs $7.99 and $8.99 on iOS and Android respectively.

Enjoy old favourite Sierra 7 available now on mobile

Posted by Stephen Gregson on October 31st, 2019
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Sierra 7 is a game with a pretty storied history. Not only was it was the winner of the Big Indie Pitch at a Pocket Gamer Connects Seattle 2019, but it also started life as an extremely popular Flash game that's been played over 40 million times. You can jump in now on iOS and Android.

Sierra 7 itself is a tactical on-rails shooter with a distinctive minimalist look that would make it easy to spot in a games line up. It promises to deliver both arcade and realistic action and I was keen to see how it combines those two things. The on-rails aspect of the game was chosen because it meant that it would allow mobile players to focus on aiming and shooting rather than having too many on-screen controls to contend with.

Cursed Castilla, Locomalito's side-scrolling action game, is available now for iOS

Posted by Stephen Gregson on October 25th, 2019

You might remember Cursed Castilla from its initial release back in 2012 where it debuted on the PC. Since then it's been released on pretty much every other platform and now it's added iOS to that list. It's a side-scrolling action game that draws influence from games like Ghosts 'N' Goblins.

You'll take control of Don Ramiro and set off on a quest to banish invading evils from the lands of Tolomera. On his journey, he'll face off against a plethora of enemies that have their origins in European folklore. Some of those mythical beasties include mouras, Ojáncanos, Nuberus and Malismos.

I always enjoy games that delve into different folklores that I'm not familiar with. It provides a good place to learn about them and Cursed Castilla also has a bestiary that gives you more details about the various creatures within the game.

There are eight stages to battle your way through to save the Kingdom of Tolomera where you'll come face-to-face with 48 types of enemy and 19 bosses. You'll also find numerous different weapons along the way so you'll be able to wield whatever you feel suits you best. There are also four different endings to the game, which are affected by how you perform on the various missions.

On launch, Cursed Castilla has several options that will allow players to customise how they play. Whilst it has on-screen controls you will be able to use an MFi controller if you'd like. Additionally, the game can also be played in either portrait or landscape.

Cursed Castilla is available now on the App Store. It's a premium game that costs £3.99/$3.99.

Undead Horde is a hack 'n' slash meets strategy game that's available now for iOS

Posted by Stephen Gregson on October 24th, 2019

10tons' Undead Horde is available now on iOS. It's a strategy and hack 'n' slash hybrid that sees you take control of a powerful necromancer hell-bent on raising an army of the undead to vanquish their foes.

You won't just be limited to raising hordes of human zombies either. This necromancer can raise various species from their eternal slumbers such as skeletons, giant scorpions and other beasties. Once returned to the realm of the living they'll loyally follow you everywhere you go, happily sacrificing themselves in your honour.

The necromancer is a powerful combatant in their own right though, so if you want to be involved in the front lines of the action then you can do that too. There's a plethora of loot to be found throughout the game including various weapons you can equip your undead taskmaster with so they can better strike down foes before reanimating their corpses to fight for their cause.

There are also a few light RPG elements to tinker with as well. You'll be able to find numerous trinkets throughout the game that can provide buffs to the necromancer or the undead army they control. These items are randomly generated meaning the game could potentially give you something incredibly overpowered, which is always a little exciting.

If it all seems a bit finicky to manage your horde of the undead alongside charging into battle yourself using touch controls then fear not. If you have iOS 13 installed on your device then you'll be able to play the game using an Xbox One or PS4 controller.

Undead Horde is available through the App Store now. It's a premium game that's available for $5.99 for a limited time before reverting to its standard price of $9.99.

Breakout: Dark Prison is a fast-paced action RPG that's available now for Android and an iOS version planned for November

Posted by Stephen Gregson on October 18th, 2019

Breakout: Dark Prison is an action RPG from LaterSoft. Set in the aftermath of a deadly virus outbreak your daughter has been taken from you because she has an immunity to the illness in her DNA. Not being a fan of experimentation on children – and being her parent – you set off to save her from their clutches. It's available now for Android, with an iOS version coming later.

On your journey through the titular dark prison, you'll be able to loot or forge a plethora of weapons to fend off the crazed prisoners that reside there. There's also pretty in-depth sounding character customisation with various stats you can increase to build your character to match your desired playstyle.

Breakout has more than likely been inspired by souls-like and reminds me of Let It Die in particular. It doesn't take itself as seriously as a Dark Souls or Bloodborne, a tank will attack you by slapping you with its gun turret, for instance. Either way, you can still expect to face various bosses along the way that promise to give you the toughest challenges.

If quite understandably, the idea of playing this type of game with touch screen controls is off-putting, fear not. Dark Prison has controller support for both Xbox and PS4 controllers, so the option for more precise controls is available at launch if you want it.

Breakout: Dark Prison is available on Google Play right now. If you're an iOS user you're going to have to wait until 14th November to play the game but you can pre-order on the App Store if you'd like. It's a free-to-play game with in-app purchases.

Alluris is a choose-your-own adventure game that makes use of a Reigns-style choice system and it's available now

Posted by Stephen Gregson on October 17th, 2019

Alluris is an RPG that the developer's are calling a swipe-your-own adventure game. This is because the game incorporates a Reigns-style - swiping left or right - selection mechanic to make all the decisions you'd usually expect to make across numerous dialogue trees. Alluris is available for iOS and Android now.

Your adventure will be told through a deck of cards. Each one that is presented to you will have two options to choose from, with those options being contextual based on your story up to that point. They'll depend on if you've heroically saved people as well as your actions in general.

The backstory and race you can choose at the start of the game will even play a factor in the choices available to you. Additional backgrounds and races can be unlocked for your next run during your current adventure.

You'll start your adventure in the titular City of Alluris. Here you learn that a fellow by the name of Baron Dread is planning to build an army to capture Alluris and everyone that lives there is pretty apathetic towards the whole situation. That pretty much leaves everything up to you.

It sounds like a game that you'll play through multiple times, just to see how varied each playthrough can actually be. It certainly sounds like there's a tonne of different outcomes for your journey based on various factors so I'm intrigued to see how well that all comes together.

Alluris is available through both the App Store and Google Play now. It's a premium game that costs £4.99 with the Android version allowing you to try the game before you decide to buy it.

Hellrule is an auto-runner inspired by Ghosts n' Goblins and Castlevania that's heading to iOS and Android

Posted by Stephen Gregson on October 11th, 2019

Hellrule is an upcoming auto-runner game from independent developer Pedrocorp where players will take control of a dapperly dressed gentlemen who comes equipped with a razor-sharp umbrella for slicing up his foes. The game will be available for both iOS and Android with a target release date of either late 2019 or early 2020.

The developer says the game draws inspiration from older games such as Ghosts and Goblins and Castlevania. You can definitely see this in the screenshots with the fairly gloomy aesthetic Hellrule possesses. Plus the giant goat head that attacks by throwing eyeballs at you is very Castlevania.

The gameplay itself will, naturally, involve running continuously throughout the level jumping and double jumping to overcome various obstacles. Any enemies you come across you'll have to correctly time a quick slash with your sword/umbrella hybrid to cut them in half.

You'll also be able to stop running to avoid certain obstacles too by ducking down. This will hold the gentlemen in this position and will pause his relentless charge. You'll have to make use of this mechanic to avoid obstacles that you can't slice open or leap over.

You'll also have to chase down and cut down several bosses too. Such as the aforementioned floating goat head that slings giant eyes at you. There's also some kind of rocky ogre fellow you'll have to contend with too.

Hellrule will be available for both iOS and Android when it eventually releases. The developer is aiming for either a late 2019 or early 2020 release date.

Grobo is a gravity bending puzzle platformer that's available now for iOS and Android

Posted by Stephen Gregson on October 10th, 2019

Grobo is a 2D puzzle platformer that marks the first release from developers Hot Chocolate Games. You'll find yourself manipulating gravity as you make your through this title that's available now for iOS and Android.

Grobo is set in a post-apocalyptic world called Megatropolis where the titular robot finds himself along, with the only the digital memories of those lost for company. He sets out on a journey to discover what exactly happened to this now dilapidated and abandoned world through various lore notes he can collect throughout his adventure.

Throughout your journey, you'll be challenged to earn 4-stars on each of the Grobo's 48 levels. It won't be a straightforward platformer though, you'll also need to make use of Grobo's gravity bending abilities to defeat the challenges that lay before you.

Instead of running around and double-jumping your way to victory you'll be altering the direction that gravity is pulling. Alongside this power, you'll also have to make use of teleporters to avoid the various hazards, traps and lasers that will do their utmost to hinder your journey.

Grobo was designed with mobiles in mind, so the entire game be played in portrait which means you can easily play it with one hand, which is perfect for a puzzle game you might want to play while on your commute.

Grobo is available now on the App Store and Google Play. It's a premium game that'll cost £3.99 on iOS and £3.79 on Android.