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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Grim Fandango Remastered Review: A Masterpiece

The game came out earlier this month, but Touch Arcade has just reviewed it. And like everyone else on the planet who enjoys good games, they love it. From the 5 out of 5 star review:

Grim Fandango at it’s heart and soul is about the story, and it is an amazing one. Even if you leave the awesome developer commentary off, you can tell that talented people poured their blood sweat and tears into it. For someone completely brand new to this game, you might need some patience and at times possibly an online walkthrough to help through the tougher spots. But remember, its not the toughest game, after all you can’t die in the land of the dead. If you ever thought of playing an adventure game, this is the rosetta stone that has been out of print for too long, go get it!

Via Touch Arcade

Videos via YouTube:

Lonnie Plays Ball King

Today Lonnie takes Ball King for a spin in the video above. It’s a game about shooting hoops and bouncing the ball off the police car that’s parked under the net for some reason. Check it out.

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Interesting via Gamezebo:

6 New iOS Games to Play Tonight

Gamezebo has assembled a list of six iPhone and iPad games releasing tonight that you’ll want to have on your radar. Check them out below, and click here for more info.

  • Desktop Dungeons
  • Toysburg
  • Game of Thrones Episode 4
  • Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions
  • Sproggiwood
  • Zombie Bucket

Via Gamezebo

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Reviews via 148Apps:

Cooking Mama Let’s Cook Review: Needs More Meat

Cooking Mama games are all about perfectly executing a variety of dishes. From 148Apps’s lukewarm review of the latest installment in the series:

If you’re a fan of Mama, Cooking Mama Let’s Cook is a decent approximation of the DS versions. It’s nowhere close to a replacement, though. However, if you’re new to the series it’s a reasonably good place to start with no financial risk whatsoever.

Via 148Apps

Reviews via Pocket Gamer:

The Top Spot Review: Not So Hot

The minimalist puzzle game The Top Spot is out, and Pocket Gamer has a review. They’re not huge fans. From the review:

The developer of The Top Spot has clearly put a great deal of thought into making a simple game. The trouble is, this has been achieved to the exclusion of a great deal of fun.

Via Pocket Gamer

Updates via Touch Arcade:

Rymdkapsel to Get New Content Next Week

Rymdkapsel, the least pronounceable game on the App Store, is getting a content update next week. From Touch Arcade:

This update brings two new modes to the game: there’s Zen mode, which eliminates enemies altogether, just allowing you to build and explore without worry of attack. The opposite of that is the new Plus mode, which is harder, better, faster, stronger. The monoliths in this mode are all designed to help you build out your base faster, though the enemies are more aggressive. Good luck with that!

Via Touch Arcade

News via Gamezebo:

Kabam Isn’t Making a Mad Max Mobile Game After All

Last year, Kabam entered a partnership with Warner Bros to make a Mad Max-themed game. Said game never materialized, and according to information gleaned by Gamezebo, it never will.

Steve Swasey, Kabam’s VP Head of Global Communications has confirmed that, as part of the company’s shift in focus to AAA quality mobile games, there is a big reduction in the number of games they’re attempting to produce at one time. In 2014, for example, Kabam released 12 games to mobile devices. This year they’re only aiming to release four — and Mad Max won’t be one of them.

Via Gamezebo

Interesting via Touch Arcade:

Game Over for Game Oven

Game Oven, the studio behind mobile titles like Fingle, Jelly Reef, and Bam Fu, is shutting its doors. The reasons cited are related to poor time management. If you study studio / game post-mortems, you may be interested to learn what challenges the team faced.

Via Touch Arcade

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

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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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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

How-Tos via Touch Arcade:

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

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