Reviews via Pocket Gamer:

Lara Croft: Relic Run Review – Pretty but Lacking

The latest Temple Run-like game stars the Tomb Raider herself. Pocket Gamer weighs in on its pros and cons in their 5 out of 10 review:

Almost all of the cool things you “do” inLara Croft: Relic Run you’re not really actually doing. You’ll flip and dive and roll, leap onto planes and dive out of the way of the munching jaws of a T-Rex, but it’s pretty much all cut scenes.

And sure, it looks nice, but it fails to detract from the fact that you’re just playing another three-lane endless runner.

Via Pocket Gamer

News via Touch Arcade:

Minecraft: Pocket Edition 0.11 Update Coming Very Soon

It’s been a long time in the making, but it seems Mojang has finally submitted the 0.11 update for Minecraft: Pocket Edition iOS. Now we play the waiting game.

Mojang mentioned that there’ll be different ways to get skins for your character. You’ll be able to get them for free if you upload the skin from the internet (there are a gazillion skins online), you can create your own using the Minecraft: Skin Studio app [$2.99], or use one of the free skins available in game.

Via Touch Arcade

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Reviews via Touch Arcade:

The Last Warlock Review: Don’t Let it Pass You By

Touch Arcade has a lot of nice things to say about The Last Warlock, a turn-based strategy game that adds tons of new ideas to the genre.

The game offers you the tools to come up with your own strategy, and the odds are pretty good your ideas are going to be at least a little different from anyone else’s. Is it balanced? Well, probably not, but it doesn’t matter too much because it’s terribly fun.

Via Touch Arcade

Interesting via AppSpy:

The Many Awkward Deaths of Lara Croft

Lara Croft: Relic Run is essentially Temple Run with a Lara Croft twist. Emphasis on “twist.” As AppSpy’s video points out, Relic Run’s ragdoll physics grant Lara some hilariously uncomfortable QWOP-style death poses.

Via AppSpy

How-Tos via Gamezebo:

Hints and Tips for Earthcore: Shattered Elements

Like most card battling games, Earthcore: Shattered Elements can be a little overwhelming at first. Gamezebo’s strategy guide will help you sort your wizards and minotaurs.

Via Gamezebo

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Hyper Square is Currently Free

Squares are usually kind of mellow, but Hyper Square is a bit tightly-wound. This fast-paced reflex / puzzle game can now be yours for free. It usually costs $1.99 USD.


Tower of Fortune is Currently Free

Tower of Fortune is a successful and compelling mash-up of slot machines and RPGs. Not convinced? The game’s currently free to download, so grab it. It usually costs $0.99 USD.

Previews via Touch Arcade:

Games Workshop’s Dark Future Board Game Coming to Tablets

If Mad Max: Fury Road got your blood pumping for some more apocalyptic car-on-car action, you’re in luck. Auroch Digital is working on a digital version of Games Workshop’s Dark Future miniatures-based board game. It’s called Dark Future: Blood Red States, and it’s coming to tablets (and other platforms) later this year.

Via Touch Arcade

Reviews via 148Apps:

Mr. Muscle Review: Decent for a Quickie

If you like one-touch games and olde timey muscular men with mustaches, you’ll probably dig Mr. Muscle. 148Apps gave it a try and came away mostly pleased. From the 4 out of 5 star review:

Mr. Muscle is a straightforward one-tap game where the goal is to last as long as possible. Sound familiar? In this instance, a bar bounces back and forth across the screen – and by extension, across a dotted line. When you tap the screen, the moving bar will split across that dotted line and each section will be absorbed into the weight on their respective sides. If you tap in the center this isn’t really a problem, but if you aren’t careful you can thrown the titular weightlifter out of balance.

Via 148Apps

Videos via YouTube:

Lonnie Plays Snake Rewind

The makers of Snake have come out with Snake Rewind, so Lonnie decided to try it out to see if it’s any good. Watch the video above to find out for yourself.

Via YouTube

Reviews via 148Apps:

Sword of Xolan Review: Pixelriffic

148Apps has taken Sword of Xolan for a swing and came away quite pleased. From their 4 out of 5 star review:

Sword of Xolan follows a similar structure to other mobile platformers from developers like Ravenous Games. It’s broken up into two different modes – Adventure and Challenge – with the former itself being broken up into three acts. And each act is made up of several platforming levels and a final boss fight. You can simply blitz through everything in a rush to the end, but stages are really meant to be replayed.

Via 148Apps

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Capitals Tips and Tactics from Developer NimbleBit

Touch Arcade has some handy tips and tricks for playing the word battling game Capitals, straight from the developer themselves. From the article:

One other thing to consider when playing the first moves of a game, is that you can control who connects to the other player first (and thus opens themselves up to attack on the next turn). If your opponent doesn’t reach out first, it might be smart to use as many turns as possible to build up your defenses before clashing.

Via Touch Arcade


The Island: Castaway is Currently Free

The full versions of G5’s island life sim game The Island: Castaway are currently free for both iPhone and iPad. Download them before they go back up to $4.99 and $6.99 respectively.


Traps n’ Gemstones On Sale for $0.99

The most excellent platforming game Traps n’ Gemstones is on sale for $0.99 USD. That’s a big drop from its usual price of $4.99 USD. Traps n’ Gemstones ranked as Gamezebo’s best game of 2014, so this is a buck well-spent.


Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions Update Lets You Play as Ezra for Free

The latest update for Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions lets you play as Ezra at no cost. There’s also a new character to pal around with named Zeb.

• Play all levels as Ezra for FREE and skip time-locked gameplay by watching third party videos.
• Zeb ­ All NEW Character Bundle!
The Rebels so-called ‘Muscle’ doesn’t shy away from the Empire and exudes his strength through his abilities with the Bo Rifle:
• Powerful whirlwind Spin Attacks
• Devastating area-of-effect Ground Pound
• Shoulder Dash into battle
• Kanan & Sabine ­ Now available as individual Character Bundles.
• Issues were fixed to allow 100% completion of the Haven
• Minor bug fixes and optimizations


Brandnew Boy On Sale for $0.99

3D combat game Brandnew Boy is currently on sale for $0.99 USD. That’s down $2 from its usual price of $3.99 USD. Grab it and beat stuff up.


Aqua Globs is Currently Free

Need to cool down with a decent puzzle game? Consider grabbing Aqua Globs, which is currently free. It usually goes for $0.99 USD.


Braveland On Sale for $1.99

What’s better than a high-quality turn-based strategy game? A high-quality turn-based strategy game on sale. Tortuga Team’s Braveland can be yours for $1.99 USD, down from its usual price of $2.99 USD.

Previews via AppSpy:

Hands-On Video Preview of Minions Paradise

Despicable Me’s little yellow minions work hard, so you should do whatever you can to make them happy in their new tropical home. AppSpy has some hands-on preview footage of EA’s upcoming island-builder, Minions Paradise. The game’s currently in soft-launch.

Via AppSpy

Reviews via Pocket Gamer:

Crazy Kings Review: Mildly Unruly

Pocket Gamer’s review of the tower defense game Crazy Kings notes that the app plays it safe by adding few new concepts. This is either good or bad depending on your view of tower defense titles.

Crazy Kings is symptomatic of the iteration culture on the App Store. It’s a little step forward, and if you like tower defence games you’ll probably lap it up. If you don’t, it’s just more of the same.

Via Pocket Gamer

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Out Now — Lara Croft: Relic Run

Lara Croft: Relic Run is a 3D endless running game starring everyone’s favorite tomb raider, Lara Croft. It’s been in soft launch for a while, but it’s finally wild and free on iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.

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