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Apple Arcade: Ranked - Top 25 [Updated 6.11]

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 11th, 2021

In case you missed it, I am on a quest to rank every Apple Arcade game there is.

Over a year into the Apple Arcade experiment, I’m adjusting my approach to these rankings to make it a bit less cumbersome to update and read. For the most part, this means the number of updates on previously released games will decrease, and the text below each entry will be kept to a brief-yet-accurate justification for its positioning.

This has less to do with the pace of Apple Arcade releases and more to do with the fact that the general quality of games on the service simply isn’t what it should be. In the time that one release comes to the service, multiple high quality games hit the App Store that you don’t have to pay monthly upkeep for. Unless something drastic changes with the service, my opinion on it probably won’t change much. With the most recent update bringing older established titles to the service, Arcade is certainly the strongest it has ever been, but additional shakeups like this will need to keep happening to finally sell me on the service.

Anyway, on with the ranking updates:

Game ranking updates for 6/11:

Exos Heroes is celebrating the impending arrival of Season 4 with a bunch of rewards

Posted by Stephen Gregson on June 11th, 2021

The Season Four update for Line Games' Exos Heroes is arriving soon, and the developers have decided to throw a party to celebrate. They are calling it the Season 4 Eve Party, and it will provide players with a plethora of rewards.

Firstly, they can participate in a free Premium Recruit event that will yield up to 220 free recruits. It will be running from today until July 28th and provides a great opportunity to add some more characters to your roster.

Distract Yourself With These Great Mobile Games on Sale Right Now

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 11th, 2021

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Every day, we pick out a curated list of the best mobile discounts on the App Store and post them here. This list won't be comprehensive, but it every game on it is recommended. Feel free to check out the coverage we did on them in the links below to further vet these discounted games before you decide to buy:

Games marked with an asterisk(*) denote that the entire developer/publisher’s catalog is discounted, despite the fact that all of their games may not be listed here.

Componut is a 2D physics based puzzler about returning donuts to boxes, heading for iOS and Android this month

Posted by Stephen Gregson on June 10th, 2021

Componut is an upcoming 2D physics-based puzzle game that's heading for iOS and Android sometime this June. The name, as you may have already guessed, blends the words component and donut. Why? Because you will get tasked with returning one of these tasty treats back to the box where it belongs, of course. This news was first spotted by TouchArcade.

It's a quirky premise and one that makes me feel more than a little bit hungry. There will be 50 levels to get through, and each will present you with the same goal, returning the donut to its box. To do so, you will have to create a variety of contraptions to transport your dessert there.

Angry Birds Slingshot Stories returning for another season next week

Posted by Olly Smith on June 8th, 2021

Rovio has announced it will be launching a second season of Angry Birds Slingshot Stories on 19th June.

Slingshot Stories is a series of videos that provide a unique behind-the-scenes look at what the characters of the Angry Birds games get up to when they’re not pummelling trebuchets at each other. The series is produced by India-based animation studio Cosmos-Maya in partnership with Rovio.

Everything you need to know about Space Marshals 3 - Chapter Two

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 7th, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SO FAR SO GOOD :: Read Review »

The excellent Space Marshals 3 just released a new chapter of 12 missions, just about doubling the original release's size. In them, Burton continues his wild adventures through space taking down bounty hunters, illegal intergalactic still operators, and a bizarre space cult, as well as other cartoony, sci-fi/western baddies.

This extended set of missions costs $4.99 (or you can opt to buy the bundled full game for $7.99), so we took a look at it to see if it was worth the asking price. Given Pixelbite's history, particularly with the Space Marshals series, we were confident we'd be getting a lot of bang for our buck, and we were mostly right. Check out the video above for an extended look at most of chapter two as well as some additional impressions below.

Guild of Dungeoneering is a DnD-style deckbuilder coming to PC and mobile later this year

Posted by Olly Smith on June 7th, 2021

During the Guerilla Collective digital games festival on Saturday, Gambrinous announced it will be launching a major remaster for its tabletop-inspired RPG Guild of Dungeoneering. The remaster is supposed to be coming to both PC and mobile devices.

This version of the game is called Guild of Dungeoneering Ultimate Edition, and it packages the entire game and DLC along with new quests, monsters, classes, weapons and loot.

Gumslinger welcomes bosses, characters and new celebrations in its first major update

Posted by Stephen Gregson on June 4th, 2021

Today, Itatake has released the first major update for their colourful action game, Gumslinger. It introduces a bunch of new content and features to the title, including duels against bosses. These fierce opponents include Lobster Bob, Boss Orc and Reaper Boss.

Now, when battling your way through sweet jelly foes, you might be able to challenge one of these bosses. If you accept and manage to best them in wobbly combat, you will net yourself a big reward.

A Scrub's Guide to League of Legends: Wild Rift - The Best Role for Beginners

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 3rd, 2021
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: BETTER THAN PC :: Read Review »

League of Legends: Wild Rift is the friendliest and most accessible MOBA on mobile, but it still maintains a high skill ceiling and demands your full attention while playing. You can't just hop into games casually and assume you'll be a great addition to your team or know how to foil your opponents. It takes time and practice to familiarize yourself with champions, learn the map, and find the item builds that work best in certain scenarios.

Because of this, it is often recommended for players to choose one specific role to specialize in, and after countless matches in Wild Rift I am confident in saying that the most beginner-friendly role is that of the humble support. Read on for the reasons why as well as some tips for being a quality support for your team.

PUBG Mobile's latest collaboration sees the popular battle royale partner with Mclaren

Posted by Stephen Gregson on June 3rd, 2021

PUBG Mobile has announced yet another collaboration today, this time with Mclaren. The popular battle royale frequently teams up with a host of other brands, but this marks the first occasion they have partnered with an automotive company.

The collaboration will see players able to take the McLaren 570S Coupé sportscar for a spin in-game. It's a highly regarded car for its exceptional power to weight ratio, and in PUBG Mobile, players can choose between six different finishes before heading out for a test drive. They will include McLaren-Gold-plated Ivory, McLaren-Kingdom of Gold and McLaren-Fantasy City, among others.

Divinity - Original Sin 2 - Gameplay Journal Part 3

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 1st, 2021
iPad App - Designed for iPad

All last week I was away on a trip, which seemed like a good test for Divinity - Original Sin 2. Would it be a good game to actually fire up outside of the confines of my own home. It turned out to be a less than ideal test environment though as I did not take transit to my destination and my time away was full of programmed activities. During any downtime that I had, I preferred dipping into more familiar standbys like Genshin Impact or League of Legends: Wild Rift.

But now I'm back and the Gameplay Journal continues. This entry really highlights how deep a game Divinity - Original Sin 2 compared to basically any other mobile game (and arguably most other games in general), as I spent almost 45 minutes in a small prison area, and spending most of that time in a single skirmish. It was pretty awesome, but Divinity - Original Sin 2 still seems to go out of its way to remind you that all of its depth and potential comes with some jank.

Memory Stamps is a new memory puzzler out now on mobile

Posted by Olly Smith on June 1st, 2021

Indie game developer Tepes Ovidiu has released a new puzzle title called Memory Stamps for iOS and Android devices.

It is a puzzle game where you must memorise different illustrated stamps before they’re removed and you must place them in the correct spots. The game is designed to be a relaxing experience, with meditative zen-like qualities, and uses proven methods used to enhance visual memory while you relax.

Duskwood’s latest update introduces new episode and more language options

Posted by Olly Smith on May 31st, 2021

Everbyte has released an update for Duskwood, the interactive crime thriller you play on your mobile phone, that introduces a new episode and some other quality-of-life improvements. The update is available now for both iOS and Android devices.

The new episode is now the eighth in the game, with each one being added every couple of months to advance the story and provide answers to some questions while also raising some new concerns. You check out the teaser for Episode 8 below to get a glimpse at some of the footage featured.

Niantic has unveiled more details about Pokemon Go Fest 2021

Posted by Stephen Gregson on May 28th, 2021

Niantic has recently unveiled a host of new details for Pokemon GO's Go Fest 2021. Firstly, since this year is the 25th anniversary of the Pokemon series and the 5th birthday of Pokemon Go itself, the tickets for the virtual event will cost $5 instead of $14.99.

The first day of Go Fest 2021, which will take place from 10 am to 6 pm local time on Saturday 17th July, will have rotating habitats throughout the day, featuring Pokemon that would feel at home in a Jungle, Desert Mountain, Ocean Beach and Cave. Players will also be able to run into Shiny variants of Whismur, Chimecho, Audino, and Tympole.

Onmyoji's latest update introduce a new SSR character called Taishakuten

Posted by Stephen Gregson on May 27th, 2021

NetEase's Onmyoji has recently been updated to introduce a brand new SSR character to its ever-growing roster. The new character is called Taishakuten and will be voiced by Japanese actor Hiroshi Kamiya.

The newest addition to the game is available to collect now, with various bonuses also on offer. From today until June 8th, players will be able to perform a summon with Mystery Amulet, Jade or AR Amulet with an increased chance of netting an SP/SSR character.