It might have first launched as far back as 2016, but in the three years since its release The Battle of Polytopia has continued to give iOS and Android players all-new ways to dominate their foes in colourful turn-based combat. The primary way that is done it’s done by introducing three fresh special tribes to play as, each of which shake up your abilities to help you “rule the world” quicker.
Whether you’re a The Battle of Polytopia pro or a newcomer just diving in for the first time, here’s everything worth knowing about the game’s three special tribes.
It’s almost Christmas, which means a lot of things, including lots of things going on sale. I’m keeping track of the absolute best games getting price drops this year, and there’s a whole lot of them. Some of these titles even made my game of the year list for 2019, so make sure to pick them up at a discount while you can!
Star Traders: Frontiers (Best of 2019) - $3.99
Ordia (Best of 2019) - $2.99
Xenowerk Tactics (Best of 2019) - $2.99
iPads are awesome. We all know this. But an iPad all on its own can sometimes just feel like a big, unwieldy phone that sits in some corner, only to be dusted off when you need a way to watch Netflix on a flight.
It doesn’t have to be this way, though. With a little additional investment, you can kit out your tablet so that it can serve as your primary computer both for productivity and entertainment purposes.
How do I know this? Well, I’ve been an iPad owner for years, and have written the vast majority of everything I’ve ever posted to this site using one. With all of this in mind, I’ve put together a handy little guide on things to pick up (or skip) when looking to make your iPad the absolute best it can be for everything.
For the purposes of this guide, I’ll be speaking about items generally, as your wants and needs around said items might shift depending on which model of iPad you have. I’ll also be sharing my personal favorite picks, but those are all based on how well they work with an iPad Pro 11 (2018), as it's my current iPad of choice.
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.
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.
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.
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.
2019 has been one of the weirdest years in mobile gaming yet. With Apple Arcade emerging alongside other game subscription services like GameClub and Playond, it feels a bit like the wild west again. I’m not exactly blown away with any of these services so far, but it’s nice to see folks attempt to create spaces on the App Store for quality games to thrive.
Speaking of quality games, I played quite a few of them this year. By a rough count (I try to keep a list every year), I ended up playing over 350 mobile games in 2019. I wish it was a little harder to cull that huge list down to ten favorites, but it honestly wasn’t. The ten games you see below are my favorite games from 2019 by a country mile.
Hoop League Tactics is, essentially, a basketball strategy game from Koality Games. Basketball is usually known for being a fast-paced, end to end sport but in Hoop League Tactics it will become turn-based and methodical. It's available now for iOS Android.
It's a very cool idea and will provide basketball fans with a nice alternative to other games based on the sport that are available at the moment. It's similar in a lot of ways to a career mode in something like NBA 2K, but only in the sense that you'll be involved in an off and on-court capacity.
When there's no basketball to be played you'll be scouting out various players, trying to find the ideal person to add to your current roster. This will also involve negotiating their contracts as well as agreeing on deals with existing players.
Beyond that, there are also skill trees to increase their abilities and fatigue levels to closely manage throughout the season. That already sounds like a lot to do but then there's the on-court portion of Hoop League Tactics too.
Here's where it becomes somewhat akin to a strategy game. The matches are turn-based and when in possession you'll be able to choose between passing, shooting or moving. Which of the three you'll go with will likely depend on that player's stats, which can be viewed in-game. Defending, presumably, works in a similar fashion.
Hoop League Tactics is available now on the App Store and Google Play. It's a free-to-play game with a single IAP that unlocks the full game, which costs £2.99 throughout December. This allows you to create custom leagues, have three save slots and play unlimited seasons.
PUBG Mobile Lite's latest update brings a plethora of changes to the game. Players will find new equipment, social features and a new 4v4 team deathmatch mode.
We'll start with that new game mode, though I'm pretty sure we all know how TDM works. Two teams of four will be dropped into the map Warehouse where they'll both battle it out to have the most amount of points in a set time with unlimited respawns for that duration.
Players will be able to make use of the M416, SCAR-L and Kar 98, which will be available at their spawn point. However, dotted around the map they'll also be able to find Level Three armour and helmets as well as heavy-duty weapons such as rocket launchers and light machine guns.
Elsewhere, new equipment has been added to the game. Players will now be able to find the MK47 rifle and Skorpion on all of the current maps. Additionally, they'll also be able to loot 3x and 6x scopes on all maps as well. These can be equipped to most assault rifles, sniper rifles and sub-machine guns.
Outside of gameplay, players can now also see their teammate's status in real-time as well as being able to see an enemies location on the map when they've been hit by one of your squad. Finally, you'll now be able to team up with other players using the new Clan feature and talk with them using the in-game chat channel.
PUBG Mobile Lite is available now on Google Play. It's a free-to-play game with in-app purchases.
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.
New trailer for Devil May Cry: Pinnacle of Combat showing off Dante + Weapons.
The title is developed by Yunchang games with an official license from Capcom. It is a hack and slash title.
The game is scheduled to be released in China on mobile devices in 2020. pic.twitter.com/YFcb9NX5zo
— Daniel Ahmad (@ZhugeEX) December 16, 2019
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.
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.
King's Throne: Game of Lust is a deeply immersive medieval-set idle RPG which sees you playing as an ambitious prince, and sole heir to your father's kingdom. On a seemingly ordinary night whilst wandering the king's castle, you make the shocking discovery that the royal guards have been slain and your father has been fatally wounded by a mysterious assassin.
You waste no time rushing to the aid of your beloved king and swear vengeance upon the plotters who betrayed him. Thus begins your ascension to the throne. What kind of king will you be to your people?
Abyssrium Pole is an upcoming aquarium builder for iOS and Android that just hit 1 million pre-registers
FleroGames' upcoming Abyssrium Pole has recently hit one million pre-registers, which is very impressive, particularly for a fairly casual looking game. Those who have pre-registered will receive 1000 Pearl when the game launches on 8th January which allows them to buy various in-game goods.
It becomes a lot less surprising when you realise that it's a sequel to Abyssrium, which was an exceptionally popular title, having amassed over 10 million downloads on Google Play alone. Despite this apparent popularity, you'd be forgiven for having never heard of it before, particularly if you're not massively into more casual games.
Essentially, it's a casual aquarium building game but on a grander scale. Instead of starting with a fish tank or an entire sea park, you've got the Arctic Ocean instead. So that means rather than being limited to smaller fish you can have big old whales roaming about too. You can populate the ground above ocean level too with penguins and sea lions.
It's intended to be a fairly relaxing experience, with simple tap-based controls and chilled background sounds such as droplets of water and whale song accompanying what's happening on screen. It has a very pretty low-poly art style too that is very inviting, even if there might not be enough gameplay to keep me interested for very long.
Two Spies just dropped on the App Store this week, and it looks pretty neat. The game has two players capturing various cities across Europe, with the goal of eventually spotting and striking the other spy down. It may be simple-looking, but after playing the tutorial and a few bot matches, there’s a hidden depth here that makes it seem like something I’d want to play regularly on my phone.