Big Ear is a smart and accessible puzzle game that aims to demystify the creative process behind making music. It offers a collection of in-depth, though straightforward, tools that can be used to create your own original compositions or even to re-create a varied selection of famous tunes. And thanks to its ambitious premise and impressive social elements, this one took home the second place prize at last year’s Big Indie Pitch in Shanghai.
You’ll start out in Big Ear by solving puzzles and creating famous tunes from nothing. You’ll take on the role of budding musician, Solo, who, together with their band, will work toward becoming the next big thing in the world of music. If you do happen to need some additional help, your bandmates are always available to help.
Golf Blitz is a pretty wild competitive golf game where anything can happen. With up to four golfers all trying to complete courses as quickly as possible in real time, there’s a lot to keep track of.
With that in mind, I’ve spent some time boiling down my experience with Golf Blitz into four key tips for success. By following these, you should find yourself in competition for first place more often than not.
Crimson, from up-and-coming dev team Sakura.Jo, is an educational game that makes smart use of AR tech to teach players both Arabic and English in a way that’s fun, funny, and easily accessible. It’s also notable for the fact that it was developed by two hugely talented teenagers, Sham and Jana, who aim to share their love of language and learning with others.
The game made a sizeable impression at the 2018 Big Indie Pitch in Jordan, taking home the second place prize. It’s an educational game at heart, aiming to teach kids numbers, letters, colours, and shapes in both English and Arabic.
If you’re someone looking for the next big thing in Battle Royale games, Netease’s Cyber Hunter might just be the genre shakeup you’re looking for. Transporting you and other Wanderers down to a 6 x 6 km map, the game pulls heavily from celebrated Cyberpunk fiction to offer a Battle Royale game that is drenched in neon, fun to survive in, alongside endless climbable vertical surfaces. Cyber Hunter is out now for iOS and Android.
It all begins with you creating your own unique Wanderer. And, in this regard, Cyber Hunter easily has you covered, offering one of the most extensive character creators seen in a Battle Royale. Everything from hairstyle, eye colour, face size to the makeup of lips and eyebrows can all be changed, and that’s on top of various fashion outfits, personalized moves, and vehicle paints!
Ok, so if you're like me, you've been playing (and sometimes waiting) your way through AFK Arena, only to learn there's a lot more to it than there appears on the surface. There's guilds, a PvP arena, and all sorts of other systems and game modes to pay attention to, and–quite frankly–it can be confusing.
Today, I want to demystify one of the more unique game modes in AFK Arena, the Arcane Labyrinth. This is a quasi-roguelite mode where you take the units you've been powering up and try to battle your way through three floors of a dungeon. It just so happens that this dungeon is full of super powerful enemies, amazing loot, and permadeath. If you've been looking around for tips on how to navigate this labyrinth successfully, then look no further! We have everything you need here.
The 1,000th day since MU Origin hit global stores is just around the corner — so what better time for another update? This April, players can expect fresh content to delve into, including new ways to fight rival players and a new realm to go explore.
First things first, there’s a new clan system to unlock, allowing you to join forces with four other players to take on rivals. Costing 500 unbound diamonds, forming a clan grants you access to Clan Arena and Clan Assault, two player-versus-player options to sate your appetite for competition. Clan Arena pits your five players against another clan of five in a battle to the death. Once one clan is entirely defeated, the fight is over and the rewards are dished out. You’ll receive clan honour points even if you lose, which can be exchanged for rare items at the in-game store, so it’s worth joining in. Then there’s Clan Assault, which takes 64 of the top-ranked clans in Clan Arena and sets them against each other in a tournament. Fight each clan one by one and aim to be the last clan standing for big rewards. Making your job that bit harder is the fact that you can’t depend on buffs, potions or auto-combat during Clan Assault, so you better be on top form. Clan Assault is held on the ninth day of every month.
AFK Arena has a lot going on in it, to the point that it can be pretty confusing. To help you on your journey from AFK zero to AFK hero, we've put together a collection of guides on this game so you know what to do when, what pitfalls to look out for, and what new things you can look forward to in the future.
We'll be adding to this list periodically, so keep checking in here for updates!
Just in time for Easter, AFK Arena launched their first special event. Egg Hunters is all about hunting down ways to collect a new currency (eggs, naturally), and then redeeming them for neat prizes.
While it sounds cool in practice, it's actually probably not all it's cracked up to be. In any case, see below what you can and should expect from this Egg Hunters event so you can make the most of it.
The App Store is bursting at the seams with all kinds of apps and games of varying quality, but one of the most consistent issues with it is discoverability. Despite having what seems like unlimited money and a full App Store editorial team, Apple is astonishingly bad at celebrating games that aren’t already hugely successful.
To be fair, Apple doesn’t have much reason to do this. It takes more work, and it’s far easier to sell people on games with name recognition and/or a mass market appeal than it is to actually explore a huge backcatalog and dig up some hidden gems.
Don’t fret though, that’s where we come in! See below for some amazing App Store finds that you probably haven’t gotten around to yet, though you probably should:
"Dog Sled Saga is a really solid management game that will charm you if you have any affinity for dogs. The races might feel like they get a little too easy once you figure them out, but the loop of continuously upgrading stays satisfying throughout."
AFK Arena may be a less intense form of a gacha game, but that doesn’t mean it’s totally straightforward. As with other games in this genre, there’s a bevy of systems, modes, currencies, etc. that you’ll want to be familiar with as soon as you start playing, regardless of whether you’ll be engaging with them immediately or not. This is especially true if you don’t plan on spending any money on it.
To help you hit the ground running in AFK Arena, check out these handy tips. All of them are sure to help you get a head start on understanding this fascinating gacha/idle hybrid.
Spellsword Cards: Demontide is a wonderful little single-player card game, but it can also be quite unforgiving. Parts of it definitely look and feel like Hearthstone, but you can’t just play this game like its your favorite collectible card game (CCG) and expect to do well.
Specifically, Demontide’s Campaign Mode will punish you heartily unless you learn a few key lessons that the game unfortunately doesn’t do a great job of teaching you. Luckily, I’ve put in many hours into the game as of this writing and can step in to help any card battler that’s been banging their head against Demontide’s tough Campaign with some tips. See below:
With the recent release of Rush Rally 3, it's easy to be excited about mobile driving games. Figuring out what games in this genre are worth picking up, on the other hand, is a whole other story.
Forget things like the Asphalt series, CSR Racing 2, or Need for Speed No Limits. Those games all may promise fast and fun cars, but they are all compromised experiences at best, not to mention the fact that they're all free-to-play. Check out these picks for the best premium driving experiences available on the App Store.
“Absolute Drift feels positively incredible when you finally learn to coast around a corner in a perfect arc, but doing this takes quite a bit of practice and feels nigh impossible without a controller. If you happen to have an MFi controller handy and a bit of patience though, it can be a really rewarding experience that feels completely unlike any other driving game on the App Store.”
German publisher astragon Entertainment and developer weltenbauer. SE have just released the third installment of Construction Simulator. Unlike Construction Simulator 2, which was set in the U.S., Construction Simulator 3 returns to its roots in Europe. This time, you'll be building your construction empire in an idyllic Alpine region surrounded by pine woodland, rugged mountains and colourful townhouses.
There are 70 missions available, challenging you to construct everything from bridges to tower blocks. Fans of building sims are sure to love the eclectic range of vehicles at hand, from rotating tower cranes to compact excavators, all accurately reconstructed with licensing from the world’s biggest brands like MAN, Caterpillar, Liebherr, Bobcat, BOMAG and more. There are over 50 vehicles at your fingertips, with missions giving you the flexibility to use multiple options in your fleet.
I don't know if you know this, but superheroes are Kind of A Big Deal. Every other week it feels like a new Marvel movie is coming out and the hype train for each release is undeniable. Just look at how the upcoming Avengers: Endgame broke sales records and sales sites at the same time within hours of tickets going on sale earlier this week.
I’m not here to talk movies though. That’s not what this site is about. Alongside releases in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or MCU, if you're so inclined) are a plethora of the media tie-ins, not the least of which are mobile games, and I’m writing this to tell you that yes, indeed, there’s a fantastic superhero game that trumps all others, and you should all be playing it if you want your superhero fix. The only thing is, it's probably not a game you'd suspect.
There may be some decent Marvel mobile games out there. Heck, some might even be considered “good.” That said, the absolute best superhero game on iOS actually has no affiliation with Marvel, DC, or any other actual comic book publisher. Do you know where I'm going with this?
Long before Minecraft came along to take the crown of 'most played' game, there was another goliath PC game with 'Mine' in its title which held that distinction - Minesweeper.
Those with long memories of dial-up broadband and insanely heavy cathode-ray monitors will no doubt fondly remember the popular puzzle game, and will be pleased to hear that its just been revamped with the launch of Globesweeper.
Globesweeper is an entirely three dimensional take on the original game, applying Minesweeper's grid-based format to an array of spheres and cubes which you can click, rotate, and solve in space. It also adds two extra grid modes (hexagonal and triangle) to accompany the original square style. Other than that Globesweeper pretty much stays true to Minesweeper's puzzle formula - having you uncover squares to reveal numbers and (hopefully) avoid mines.