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Night in the Unpleasant House review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on July 6th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: UNDONE BY UNPLEASANTNESS
Well I’m not sure what I was expecting.

The Innsmouth Case review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 30th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: LAUGHING AT LOVECRAFT
The Innsmouth Case takes clever jabs at Lovecraft’s work, but refuses to deliver a knockout punch.

Crying Suns review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 25th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: RECURSIVE ROGUELITE
Crying Suns is an innovative and modern evolution of FTL’s winning roguelite formula.

Death Come True review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 25th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: VIDEO GAME
Death Come True is a thrilling and competent (though conventional) FMV mystery.

Slay the Spire review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 15th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: COMPROMISED CRAWLER
Such a fantastic game deserves a better mobile port than this.

100% Golf review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 12th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarblankstarblankstar :: LOW POWER PUTTER
100% Golf is a novel but fleeting experience.

KartRider Rush+ review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on June 4th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: DREAMY DRIFTING
After spending dozens of hours with it, it’s safe to say that KartRider Rush+ is the best kart racer on mobile.

High Rise review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Campbell Bird on May 27th, 2020
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: MERGING MANHATTAN
High Rise is a surprisingly novel puzzler that rises above the competition

Mario Kart Tour adds 9 limited-time Expert Challenges

Posted by Cameron Bald on June 7th, 2020

Mario Kart Tour has now introduced 9 Expert Challenges for only the most skilled of drivers to take on. They're fairly varied, some will no doubt prove much harder than others, and their arrival was first spotted by Miketendo64 (via GoNintendo).

You'll have a grand total of 80 days to complete the lot, with each offering its own badge. Here is the full list of challenges:

  • Earn a high score of 22,000 or higher in a single race.
  • Land 1,500 hits with Bananas
  • Get a Fantastic combo a total of 3,500 times
  • Earn a score of 15,000 or higher on an SNES course
  • Cause opponents to crash 2,800 times
  • Land 180 hits with Bob-ombs
  • Get 1st place in a race 600 times
  • Land 600 hits with Green Shells
  • Get a combo count of x100 or higher a total of 5 times

Star Chef 2 is a restaurant and cooking management game that's available now for iOS and Android

Posted by Stephen Gregson on June 5th, 2020

Star Chef 2 is the follow up to the financially successful Star Chef and it's available now for iOS and Android. 99 Games' original has reportedly pulled in over $30 million in lifetime revenue.

The sequel promises to be more than a cosmetic upgrade over its predecessor, with players now able to team up with others to take part in Chef Team events. There will also be trivia this time around so you can also learn about the various dishes you'll be cooking up throughout the game.

Clash Royale Tier List - Best and Worst Legendary Cards

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 5th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: ROYALLY FUN :: Read Review »

To kick off Clash Royale's twelfth season, we thought it would be fun to start a new feature for the game where we rank cards. And what better cards to start with than the oh-so-rare Legendaries that can really transform the kinds of decks you can make in the game.

For the record, these cards are being ranked based on their overall utility in a variety of different deck types. Don't assume you can make a deck using all the top picks here and do well. You still need to make a balanced deck to see victory, just know that the higher tier cards here can help you do that more easily.

Now, for the rankings:

Willy Jetman: Astromonkey's Revenge will be heading for iOS and Android in July

Posted by Stephen Gregson on June 4th, 2020

Barcelona-based developer Last Chicken Games are set to bring their game Willy Jetman: Astromonkey's Revenge to both iOS and Android on 9th July. The Metroidvania is already available on the likes of PS4, Switch and PC but now mobile folk will be able to carry the game around in their pocket.

The developers say that the mobile port of the game will feature an intuitive control system alongside all of the content that's currently available on the console and PC versions. That means you'll be embarking on the same adventure to save the planet Gravos.

The 5 Best Mobile Real Time Strategy Games

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 3rd, 2020

Real-time strategy games feel like they’d be a perfect fit for mobile, but they’re trickier to pull off that you might think. The traditional mold of base-building and micro management can work on touch screens, but needs to be carefully honed so that it doesn’t end up too overwhelming.

Few titles on the App Store get this right, but the games below are all nail it in their own, unique ways. Check them out. Oh, and click here to check out all the other great lists we’ve been making lately.

Using your phone in a protest

Posted by Campbell Bird on June 1st, 2020

I can't write about games today. There is a struggle happening in the streets right now and it needs everyone's attention. Here's some good info on how you can use your iOS device safely amidst a protest.

Know your rights

If law enforcement attempts to seize your phone and search through it, you have no obligation to unlock the phone for them. Police only have the right to seize your device if they place you under arrest, have probable cause, or a warrant. Regardless of how the seizure takes place though, they are not then entitled to the information on it.

Dungonian is a card-based dungeon crawler that just launched for iOS and Android

Posted by Cameron Bald on May 31st, 2020

Dungonian is a card-based dungeon crawler from developer SandFish Games that only recently launched as a free-to-play title. It offers an extensive roster of playable heroes to collect and enemies to take down, and it's available right now for iOS and Android.

Depending on your position on the board, you'll typically have several options open to you at any given time. You'll have to make smart use of your limited resources if you're to stay alive, though there still seems to be a slight element of luck involved during runs.

Steam Link Spotlight - Signs of the Sojourner

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 29th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Steam Link Spotlight is a feature where we look at PC games that play exceptionally well using the Steam Link app. Our last entry was XCOM: Chimera Squad. Read about how it plays using Steam Link's new mouse and keyboard support over here.

For this entry, I took a look at a fascinating game about communication. Signs of the Sojourner by Echodog Games examines how traveling and connecting with other people can change you in the process. While this has been explored in plenty of other games and media before, what's remarkable about Signs of the Sojourner is how it translates this message so elegantly through simple card game mechanics.

Steampunk Tower 2, DreamGate's sequel to their original tower defence game, is available now for iOS and Android

Posted by Stephen Gregson on May 29th, 2020

Steampunk Tower 2 is a DreamGate's follow up to their previous tower defence game. It's available now for both iOS and Android as a free-to-play title and will see players defending their lone base by kitting it out with a variety of turrets.

Set in a world where war has been raging for a long time, Steampunk Tower 2 puts you in the position of commander of the Battle Tower. This giant construct is dropped into various missions thanks to a presumably equally big air carrier.

Clash Royale: The Road to Legendary Arena: P.E.K.K.A's Playhouse

Posted by Campbell Bird on May 28th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarstar :: ROYALLY FUN :: Read Review »

Supercell recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and their best title, Clash Royale, is as good as it's ever been. Even for lapsed players, returning to the game is as easy as can be.

If you want to join us in picking the game back up, we've put together this guide series to help guide you through each arena with a top deck recommendation and some tips for how to do it. Check it out below, as well as all of our other Clash Royale guides.

Pokemon Go Fest 2020 will be a virtual experience this year, taking place on July 25th and 26th

Posted by Stephen Gregson on May 28th, 2020

Niantic has announced that Pokemon Go Fest will still take place this year although understandably it won't be a physical event. Instead, it will become a virtual celebration and is set to be held on 25th and 26th July.

Pokemon Go Fest has proven to be a popular event throughout the world after issues with the original attempt. Since then though the festival has attracted over 600,000 players across the world in places like Chicago, Dortmund and Yokohama.

Marvel Future Fight's major May update adds new Guardians of the Galaxy campaign, characters, and costumes

Posted by Cameron Bald on May 27th, 2020

Marvel Future Fight's latest update has now landed, and it sounds like a big one. The focus this time around is on Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy, and it introduces all-new characters, quests, and uniforms for players to collect.

The latest characters include Beta Ray Bill, Phyla-Vell, Darkhawk, Nova (Richard Rider), and Gladiator. On top of that, a new Grounded uniform for Star-Lord has arrived, as well as a Cosmic Ghost Rider uniform for Punisher.

SINoALICE, Yoko Taro and Pokelabo's fantastical RPG, opens for pre-registration on iOS

Posted by Cameron Bald on May 24th, 2020

Yoko Taro and developer Pokelabo's SINoALICE has now opened for pre-registration over on the App Store. It's already amassed 1.5 million Android pre-registrations, and it's currently slated to launch on July 1st.

This one revolves around iconic literary characters attempting to resurrect their authors. You can expect to see fresh takes on Alice, Cinderella, and many more fantasy characters as you continue along on this strangest of quests.

Combat plays out in real-time and requires you to make best use of your roster of collectable heroes. The game will have two major crossover events with director and writer Yoko Taro's NieR, and NieR series composer Keiichi Okabe is also behind SINoALICE's soundtrack, underscoring the action with "life-or-death gravitas".

Masketeers: Idle Has Fallen's latest update introduces the support character Nightingale to the idle RPG

Posted by Stephen Gregson on May 22nd, 2020

Masketeers: Idle Has Fallen is the latest endeavour from Appxplore, the folks behind Crab War, Thor: War of Tapnarok and Light A Way. It's an idle RPG that's currently available for Android in Early Access and will head to iOS at a later date.

The Early Access version of the game has recently been updated with various things being re-balanced. But most interestingly, it has seen the arrival of a brand new character to the game called Nightingale. She will be a support and has the ability to overheal.

Evil Hunter Tycoon celebrates 2 million downloads with a major update

Posted by Cameron Bald on May 22nd, 2020

Evil Hunter Tycoon has proved to be quite the hit since launching back in March, with its most recent milestone being 2 million downloads. To celebrate the achievement, developer Super Planet has released a new updated called Darkness' Front Yard.

Here, your hunters will advance through a portal in an effort to save humanity from its greatest threat, the Dark Lord. That said, you'll first need to obtain the scroll, so it's a whole thing. This challenging, likely fatal quest will ultimately decide the fate of your town and villagers. No pressure, then.

So how do you find the scroll? Well, you'll first have to catch the new hunting ground's field boss. This would be hard enough as is, but the only way to receive the scroll from the boss is to take him on at hard difficulty or above.