The latest collectible card game to hit iOS is Earthcore: Shattered Elements. If you’re playing it and wondering what kind of deck you should build, 148Apps is here to help. From the guide:
Don’t forget your faction – There are three different factions in Earthcore that are functionally the same but give cards that belong to them a discount in terms of cost. In other words, Warrior cards carry less of a risk for Warrior faction members, etc. Try to keep this in mind when you start pulling out and adding cards to your deck.
Strike a balance – Always try to have a relatively even split of Water, Fire, and Earth cards. Since elements are so important when it comes to whether you win or lose a column, you really can’t afford to only carry one or two.
Love thy skills – Aside from the simple element system, skills are what can really make or break your strategy. Try to keep some useful skills handy, and fill your deck with complimentary abilities if you can.
Amazon is now bringing its games to iOS, and its latest release, from developer Wayforward Games, is Til Morning’s Light, a mystery game that’s reportedly not bad but not great. From Pocket Gamer’s 7 out of 10 review:
There are times when this feels sort of like a My First Resident Evil game. The puzzles aren’t particularly macabre, but they involve finding the right keys for the right doors, sliding blocks around, and combining items together.
And it’s a perfectly pleasant experience. There’s quite a lot of wandering around, but everything you need to find is highlighted in the gloom of the mansion, and the puzzles are never at point-and-click levels of obscurity.
Heroes and Castles 2 is a console-sized game squeezed down to a mobile platform. So it’s good, but it doesn’t quite fit, exactly. That’s according to Touch Arcade, whose 4 out of 5 star review says:
If you’re the kind of person who is willing to make sacrifices for console-style gaming on mobile, and doesn’t care if a game is a particularly good fit for mobile, then you’ll enjoy Heroes and Castles 2. If you need something that can be enjoyed in short bursts or can be dropped at a moment’s notice, if a lack of commitment is a feature not a bug for you, then I’d probably stay away from this. But please, whatever you do: play this on your iPad or whatever you’d consider your secondary device compared to the phone you use. You’ll enjoy the proceedings a lot more.
Galaxy Trucker, a game that is top notch according to all reviewers, is on sale for $2.99. Previously, the iPhone version cost $4.99 and the iPad version cost $7.99. Now they’ve both three bucks. So if you’ve had your eye on this board-game-turned-iOS-game, now’s the time.
Shadowmatic is a game that has you rotate 3D objects that look like a bunch of nothing so that their shadows look like something. It’s a fun game, and now it has a brand new “arcade mode” to keep you coming back for more.
From Insomniac Games, the makers of Ratchet & Clank and Sunset Overdrive comes Digit & Dash, a mobile game that’s quite fun, according to Gamezebo’s review.
Overall, Digit & Dash is a solid, challenging, reflex-based game that is sure to challenge players of all experience levels. It’s just difficult enough to keep me from blazing through it, but it provides some nice safety nets that catch you not too far from your fall when you fail. And you will fail.
In lots of games these days you basically play as a homicidal mania, pumping bullets into every living thing you see. Yeah, but not all games are like that, you might reply. That’s true. Pocket Gamer has a list of 10 positive games that let you do good in this world.
Touch Arcade’s Carter Dotson has rung in with his take on the future of mobile gaming. His position: The state of mobile gaming is strong. From his editorial:
Just because you don’t like what free-to-play is right now doesn’t mean you will in a year or two or five from now. Many people who say they hate free-to-play often have that one or two games that they like anyway, like Hearthstone [Free]. I think that more “buts” like that are coming. Remember that free-to-play is still relatively new as a mainstream way of making money off of games.
Regularly $3.99, the “cinematic action game” Tempo is on sale for a buck. It’s good enough that Pocket Gamer gave it 8 out of 10 in their review, so scoop it up quick if it looks like your type of game.
Do you enjoy bouncing on the tops of active volcanos? If so, you’ll love KANO, a game that lets you do just that. From 148Apps’s 4 out of 5 star review:
KANO is, quite simply, an extremely well-made game. The colors are vibrant, the style is impressive, and the sound effects have real impact. I mean actual impact. The noise you’ll hear when you manage to land a bounce dead-center quickly becomes a short-term goal for every single spin. It’s practically Pavlovian.
Touch Arcade’s Eli Hodapp has rung in on how the games press is finally facing the fact that big game publishers are treating mobile like a first-class platform. Of course, many publishers have been doing that for years now, but many of them are just now announcing it in earnings calls, which makes it “official.” Read the full article here, after enjoying this excerpt.
Expect to see far more names you recognize from the console world appearing on the App Store throughout 2015, or at least, some significant peacocking of future plans to take over mobile in more meaningful ways than dumb, often half broken companion apps and second screen experiences. With E3 less than a month away, we’ve been getting some very curious contact from huge studios and giant publishers you normally wouldn’t think would bother talking to us, which historically means one of two things: 1. Confused PR people (Never count this out). 2. A mobile project waiting in the wings.
Cooped Up is a bird-flinging game that has you boost your birdie ever upwards on slingshot-like wires. The goal is to eat worms and things and avoid enemies and obstacles. Lonnie takes it for a spin above.
The latest in a loooooooong line of SpongeBob games to hit the App Store, SpongeBob’s Game Frenzy is a WarioWare-like title that’s full of micro-games. From Gamezebo’s 4 out of 5 star review:
This is exactly the sort of game I could see myself playing with my friends, back when I was nine; sitting around the living room, watching everyone try to get the farthest without messing up. I would have had a blast with SpongeBob Game Frenzy, and as it stands, grown-up me had a bit of fun with the game too.
Just don’t expect me to start watching the show. I had the game muted in a matter of minutes. There’s no way I could make it through a full episode listening to these characters speak.
Now 148Apps has rung in with its opinion on the game that has you hunt tofu instead of wildlife. Turns out they like it pretty well. From their 3.5 out of 5 star review:
There’s a fairly aggressive energy system in place that slows your progress, but really, Tofu Hunter isn’t a game to play for a long time anyhow. It’s a form of brief entertainment and stress relief, rather than anything to think too deeply about. For that reason it’s fine, if eventually forgettable.
If you like racing games and don’t mind a grind — albeit an addictive one — this is a game you’ll want to check out. From Pocket Gamer’s 7 out of 10 review:
Nitro Nation is designed to make you into a slobbering addict, and it does it very well. It’s almost dangerously simple to pick up and play, and that desire to shave seconds off your time becomes habit-forming in a few plays.
It’s not a racing game. It’s barely even a game at all, if you’re going to be really critical. But it still manages to bite-sized slices of fun and thrills, and sometimes that’s all you want.
Telltale’s Game of Thrones series continues with the fourth of six episodes coming soon. From Touch Arcade:
Telltale continues to deliver on all fronts (maybe, some would say, on too many fronts) and has just announced that it’s continuing its saga of the Forrester family with the Game of Thrones [$4.99] fourth episode, Sons of Winter, coming to mobile soon. I don’t want to give away what disasters will befall the characters in the fourth episode, but you can go here if you don’t mind spoilers. What I can tell you, and it’s not a spoiler since you can see it in the images below, there will be dragons!
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