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Welcome to the NEW Slide To Play!

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It was forever in development, but the new Slide To Play is finally live. With the new design comes a new focus, to become the go to source for catching up on what’s important in mobile gaming. We’ll plow through hundreds of stories from dozens of sources every day to bring the most important stories to our readers. The goal is to help our readers stay informed on what’s hot in the mobile game world and maybe even find a few new games to try.

We’ll do the hard work and filter out the duplicate stories, the clickbait, and the uninteresting stuff and bring the core stories to our readers. For each sourced story, click the title or the link to be taken to the original site for full details.

A little about the design — the site is fully responsive. Meaning it looks great on mobile (finally), tablets, and desktop. Whew.

On the front page of Slide to Play there are two main sections. The top holds the most important stories of the last 48 hours. These “double wide” stories are what we curate as the must read stories, reviews, updates, etc. This is the quick catch up for those in a rush.

Below that are other top stories, but perhaps not as important as the top list. The lower list (single wides) can be extended to view as many stories as needed.

All of our stories in the back end are organized under a single game page — a chronological list of stories relating to that particular game. Clicking on the link in the lower right of the story box brings up the game page. Scroll up for newer stories and the game details — scroll down for older stories. This “game hub” gives us a chance to add more features revolving around that game in the future. We’ll post when there’s more to look at — but this will be a key to our forthcoming game discovery engine.

We’ll be making regular updates to the features of the site. Coming soon will be a list of our favorite games, the return of the Game Finder (but on the web, not in an app), and much more.

Take a look around, kick the tires, and give us your feedback. We make this site for you, what do you want to see?

Cheers,
Jeff Scott
Editor / Publisher, Slide To Play

News via Gamezebo

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.”

Interesting via Pocket Gamer

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.

Deals via Touch Tap Play!

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.

News via Gamezebo

Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic hits mobile this week

The pixel-based roguelike RPG Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic proved popular on Steam, and it’s coming to iOS and Android on March 5.

Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic is a roguelike which features three campaigns to complete, five-thousand different weapons to collect, and thirteen dungeons which, of course, are capped by their challenging boss fights. The Bitfather also integrated a hero graveyard for player’s heroes who have perished thanks to game’s permadeath mechanics. Visiting each gravesite will present the stats of that particular adventurer, allowing the player to morbidly compare their failures together.

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.

Updates

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.

    via Variety

    Warner Bros Interactive to Launch Mobile Game Based on Game of Thrones

    Warner Bros Interactive Entertainment has no plans to slow down with the upcoming mobile release of Mortal Kombat X. The publisher has big plans for the platform in 2015, including games based on Game of Thrones.

    “We’ve seen tremendous growth with our mobile business and expect to increase our market share by applying our best-in-class development, publishing and brand marketing to this impressive slate of games,” said David Haddad, exec VP and G.M. of Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.

    Previews

    GDC 2015: Warner Bros. To Release Batman Arkham Underworld on Mobile

    Details are still very sketchy — but Warner Brothers today announced that Batman Arkham Underworld is under development for mobile platforms. Here’s their description of the game:

    Rule Gotham City!  Build your hideout, then recruit and train an army of henchmen to do your bidding. Command iconic super-villains from the Batman: Arkham universe, including the Riddler, Harley Quinn and Killer Croc, to become Gotham City’s next criminal kingpin.

    Mobile games also under development from Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment include Mortal Kombat X, Lego Batman: Beyond Gotham, DC Comics Legends, and an untitled Game of Thrones game.

    News via Gamesindustry

    Wooga Sets Launch Record with Agent Alice

    Agent Alice, a hidden object game for iOS and Android, hit three million downloads in four days. That’s a launch record for the game’s creators, Wooga.

    Agent Alice is a result of a market refocus by Wooga, which identified “ladies who love drama” as a rich seem of older women, with disposable income, who were being underserved by puzzle games.

    Previews

    GDC 2015: Hands-On with Spirit Lords from Kabam

    An action RPG, Spirit Lords is currently in soft launch in Canada. The game looks good, and works good. A gesture system has been created that can easily be used instead of the on-screen buttons for 5 different attack methods. This could lead quicker and much more accurate gameplay.

    The new ARPG from Kabam, Spirit Lords

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