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PSA: Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus has some issues

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 22nd, 2021
iPad App - Designed for iPad

Bulwark Studios just brought turn-based strategy title Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus to the App Store, but I would probably wait before you buy it. Although it seems like a really cool blend of tactics game mechanics, this iOS version has a soft-locking problem, which you can see in the video above.

PSA: Go Play Two Spies Right Now

Posted by Campbell Bird on April 24th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Just before 2020 hit, a pretty cool multiplayer game hit the App Store. Two Spies is a one-on-one competitive game where you try to outwit and outmaneuver your opponent as you bounce all over Europe, capture cities for intel, and wait for the perfect opportunity to strike your enemy down.

I was really impressed with Two Spies and the way it offered up relatively uncomplicated gameplay that could feel really deep and tense due to the way information hiding works. At any given time, you can't know everything your opponent is doing, so you have to rely on your own ability to read your opponent while being careful not to make your own actions too predictable.

PSA: Disgaea 1 Complete has some issues

Posted by Campbell Bird on February 4th, 2020
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

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Last week, Nippon Ichi Software dropped Disgaea 1 Complete on the App Store seemingly out of nowhere. It also came with a pretty hefty price tag. Similar to Square Enix’s pricing of their beloved RPGs on mobile, Disgaea 1 Complete is a whopping $32.99. Although the game looks gorgeous and has some nice mobile-friendly design features like cloud saves, there are a couple things you should know about the game before you buy it.

PSA: Download Bastion for free, but wait to play it

Posted by Campbell Bird on November 6th, 2019

There hasn’t been much news from Supergiant Games on mobile lately regarding new games, but there’s something going on with their first game. Bastion released on the App Store in 2012, and back then it was published by Warner Bros. This Warner published version of the game has been delisted, but Supergiant has gone ahead and re-released the game, for free... kind of.

Screenshot of the 2012 mobile version of Bastion

This new version of Bastion may be free to download, but has an in-app purchase for unlocking the full game. From now until 2020 though, this purchase is being offered at no cost, so make sure you grab the game before then.

A couple other things to note about this new version. First, it is optimized for newer screens, meaning it can fill your iPhone X or iPad Pro screen. On the not-so-great end of things, you aren’t able to take your save game from the original mobile release of Bastion over to this new one, and this new version has some performance issues. Playing it on my iPad Pro, there was noticeable stutter and dropped frames that hopefully get fixed with an update soon.

Screenshot of the 2019 mobile version of Bastion

Luckily, Bastion is really, really good, especially when you can play it for free. So grab this new version, but then maybe wait for a patch or two before playing it again.

PSA: GRIS has some issues

Posted by Campbell Bird on August 21st, 2019
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: SKIN DEEP :: Read Review »

UPDATE: GRIS developer Nomada Studio responded to this report citing that these issues are Bluetooth related. See below:

You may or may not have seen that Devolver Digital just released GRIS on the App Store, but we wanted to do a quick public service announcement to say that you might not want to hop on buying it just yet.

The puzzle platformer has come to small screens looking pretty great and running at a solid 60 frames per second, but it's got some glaring technical issues, most notably an audio bug that generates high-pitched digital noise instead of the game's audio. This noise comes suddenly and can blast out at a volume that's quite uncomfortable to listen to.

There are also times where the mobile version of GRIS stops responding to inputs or misplaces prompts on screen to the point that you can no longer make progress. Force restarting the game can fix these issues, but they're all fairly significant problems.

Throughout our time with GRIS, these were the only issues with the game. It's also possible Devolver will release an update in short order to address these issues. In either case, I'd hold off on buying the game for the time being if you plan to play it with Bluetooth headphones or a controller. For more info about the game itself, check out our review.