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First Look at Mevius Final Fantasy in Motion

Much-hyped RPG Mevius Final Fantasy finally gets a video showing off what the game looks like in motion. It’s only 13 seconds of footage from a Unity 5 highlight reel, but it looks quite nice. Mevius Final Fantasy is coming to iOS and Android in Japan this spring. A Western date, if one is coming, hasn’t been announced yet.

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Apple Rejects Buzz Aldrin’s Space Program Manager

Buzz Aldrin’s Space Program Manager, a game about space exploration and the “Space Race” of the ’50s, is already a hit on Steam. Mobile ports are incoming, but the iOS version was rejected because astronaut Buzz Aldrin’s name is attached to the game – even though he had a hand in making it.

We know that Apple is touchy when it comes to real people, companies, and countries being depicted in games. The reason for this is revealed in its App Store guideline 14.1.

It reads: “Any App that is defamatory, offensive, mean-spirited, or likely to place the targeted individual or group in harm’s way will be rejected.”

That’s quite sensible thinking even if it restricts some creativity, and Apple recently used it to reject a game that satirized North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un(before accepting it a little later on).

But this ruling shouldn’t apply to Space Program Manager.

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The Banner Saga is On Sale for $4.99 at the App Store

Critically-acclaimed strategy RPG The Banner Saga is currently on sale at the App Store for an undetermined amount of time. Touch Tap Play!’s Francesco gives it a hearty recommendation.

The game published by Stoic can now be purchased on the App Store for $4.99 instead of the usual $9.99. This is an excellent price, considering how good the game is, so make sure to take advantage of this deal as soon as possible as it will not be available for much longer.

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Paris Hilton Mobile Games are Coming

Move over, Kim Kardashian. Socialite Paris Hilton is getting her own series of mobile games.

“Paris Hilton is one of the world’s most recognized names and we are thrilled to be able to collaborate with her on mobile gaming titles,” said Animoca Brands CEO Robby Yung. “With Paris’s eye for what’s hot in the latest trends, and our experience at making popular mobile games, we are confident that consumers around the world will be receptive to Paris Hilton mobile games and themes.”

Updates via Touch Arcade

Big Update Coming to Siralim RPG

Siralim, a roguelike RPG for iOS and Android, is getting a big 2.0 update that will upgrade the game significantly. This is the first update in a while for Siralim, which has updated every week until recently.

The game has been a regular fixture in our weekly “Update Mondays” feature, but I recently noticed that there hadn’t been any updates in almost two months. For any other game, that wouldn’t be odd, but for Siralim, I can assure it’s not normal. It turns out there’s a good reason for that, however. The developer has been working on a big 2.0 update to the game, and it’s due to hit iOS as early as next week. It’s described as “absolutely game-changing in every way”, and looking at the list of improvements, I can’t disagree.

Previews via AppSpy

RAD Boarding is “SSX Meets Tiny Wings”

AppSpy has gone hands-on with RAD Boarding, an action / boarding game from Noodlecake Studios that has you attempting to outrun Doomsday. Going by AppSpy’s footage, the title appears to take a lot of inspiration from Tiny Wings, and looks like great fun as a result.

RAD Boarding is free-to-play and should hit iOS on March 5.

Reviews via Pocket Gamer

Hell: Fight for Gilrand Reviewed by Pocket Gamer: 8/10

This turn-based strategy game may not have the most sparkling graphics, but it’s well worth the premium price, according to Pocket Gamer, thanks to its “easy to learn, but hard to master” gameplay and ghoulish sense of humor.

Unlike the majority of lightweight fantasy strategy titles, Hell offers a serious challenge. Waltz into even the easiest scenario on the easiest setting and the demons will have you for breakfast. This is a game that demands respect.

Reviews via Touch Arcade

Baldur’s Gate 2: Enhanced Edition Review from Touch Arcade: ‘A Very Good Port’

Although Baldur’s Gate 2: Enhanced Edition came out on iPad last year, it was recently updated to become a universal app. That’s as good a reason as any, so Touch Arcade filed a thorough (if belated) review. The reviewer liked it, scoring it 5 out of 5 stars. The one caveat is that it’s hard to play on iPhones with a 4-inch screen.

Baldur’s Gate 2: Enhanced Edition is a very good port of an incredibly good game. It has its share of issues, and its developer is known for letting a long time go between updates, but there’s nothing here that should stop you from playing it if you have a device with a decent-sized screen.


SimCity BuildIt Update Introduces Tokyo Town

The most recent update for EA’s popular city builder lets you build residential areas based on Japanese landmarks and architecture, including Tokyo landmark Himeji Castle. The update also introduces an international airport as well as other small adjustments.

SimCity BuildIt Mayors can now bring their cities to life with all-new features, including an incredible International Airport as well as a new type of Residential Zone we call Tokyo Town. This update also includes a much improved Global Trading HQ based on player feedback.

Interesting via Gamezebo

Gamezebo Chronicles the Development of Angry Birds Transformers

The development of Angry Birds Transformers wasn’t a simple matter of mashing together the hit properties from Rovio and Hasbro. Gamezebo’s Nick Tylwalk talks to the developers about what went wrong, and what went right.

Even adding a partner like Hasbro to the equation for the unlikely marriage of two powerful brands in Angry Birds Transformers doesn’t seem like it could take that much more effort, since it’s just another spoke in the mighty Angry Birds wheel.

The truth is a bit more involved.