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Reviews via Touch Arcade:

The Only Final Fantasy VII Review You Need to Read

Touch Arcade’s Shaun Musgrave is basically a walking JRPG encyclopedia. He’s given his thorough review treatment to Final Fantasy VII on iOS, and it’s just as fantastic and enlightening a read as you’d expect if you follow his work. You should read it from start to finish, but here’s an excerpt from the four-star review to get you started:

If you can take that all in stride, this is actually a perfectly serviceable version of Final Fantasy 7. The mini-games work well enough with the virtual controls, the loading times are greatly reduced as compared to the original PlayStation version, and all of the interesting new options from the Steam release of the game have been carried over. That means players who just want to zoom through and enjoy the story can press a button to max out every stat, flick off encounters, and cruise through. Similarly, expert players who want to make things a little spicier can now simply turn off encounters to keep their levels low rather than the tedious process of running away. For everyone in between, being able to flick encounters on and off is a small, but appreciated update. You’ll make it hard on yourself if you use it too much, but being able to double-back and check a different branch in a dungeon without getting slammed by meaningless encounters is pretty useful, as far as I’m concerned.

Via Touch Arcade

Updates via Touch Arcade:

A Big Tap Quest Update Lands This Week

The idle clicker game Tap Quest is weirdly enjoyable (like disturbingly enjoyable). It’s also free. AND it’s getting a big update this week. From Touch Arcade:

Besides that new endless survival mode, version 2.0 introduces the “Fever” gameplay system, adds “The Conqueror” tier 10 equipment set, a Dragon relic, a “Starter Pack” IAP and lots more. The version 2.0 update is already in Apple’s approval queue, and if all goes well it should be out at some point this week. If you haven’t yet, be sure to read our review of Tap Quest, or if you’re a clicker fan or just curious about the genre, give it a download for free and check it out for yourself.

Via Touch Arcade

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[Sponsored] AZZL – The Animation Puzzle Game where Fun is Inevitable

Many thanks to AZZL for sponsoring Slide to Play this week.

AZZL is an entertaining hybrid of a game and a cartoon charged with emotions and jokes. Available exclusively in the App Store, AZZL is suitable for all ages and features brilliant artwork, beautiful animation, and unique, loveable characters that promise to turn an ordinary day into one full of fun, laughs, and endless puzzle-solving joy.

AZZL features innovative gameplay, unique puzzles, and even a few secrets hidden in the games nearly 100 stories. To solve each of the puzzles, users have to tap, move, swipe, and rotate animated pieces that include squares, zigzags, waves, hexagons, triangles, circles and more.

Check out AZZL developer Jutiful on the web, Facebook, and Twitter for more.

AZZL is a premium game without IAP and available now in the iOS App Store.

This content is sponsored via Syndicate Ads.

Videos via YouTube:

Hey Cool, a Gross Eye Surgery Game

Apple has no problem banning games of a sexual nature from the App Store, but horrifying surgery games? Bring ’em on! Lonnie gets to slicing up lenses and irises in his latest and most disturbing video yet. Check it out above.

Via YouTube

Reviews via 148Apps:

Final Fantasy VII Review: “a glorious mess”

One of the most beloved and best-selling JRPGs of all time is now available on iOS, and 148Apps feels a bit on the conflicted side about it. From the 3.5-star review:

It’s still really cool to be able to play Final Fantasy VII on my phone, though. The inelegant interface doesn’t really get in the way of actually playing the game (just looking at it), and all the other mobile-centric tweaks (max stats, turning off encounters, cloud saves) feel right at home in a mobile port. There’s little reason to pick this version over the PC or even the PSN versions, but if you like the idea of reliving the 80+ hour epic on the go it’s not a bad choice.

Via 148Apps

Reviews via IGN:

Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 4 Review – “a low point for the series”

The fourth and penultimate episode of Telltale’s fine Tales from the Borderlands series of adventure games is out, and IGN found it to be the weakest installment yet (of a very good series). From the 6 out of 10 review:

The fantastic momentum that Telltale has built throughout the first three acts of Tales from the Borderlands grinds to a halt in Escape Plan Bravo. While I still adore this world and its fantastic characters, Episode 4 doesn’t capture the same intriguing story progression and amazing character development of its predecessors.



Ricochet Theory is Currently Free

Do you like physics games? Do you enjoy ricocheting balls off of things in a Pong-like fashion in order to solve puzzles? If you answered yes to either of those questions, hurry to the App Store and grab Ricochet Theory, a game that lets you enjoy both of those pastimes. It normally sells for $1.99 (with no IAP), but it’s currently free.

Interesting via Destructoid:

Here’s How to Play as a Walrus in Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon

Really, the headline of this piece gets right to the point. From Destructoid:

If you happen to be one of those arachnid-fearing folks, you’re in luck! Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon actually has an “arachnophobe mode” which can be unlocked in one of two ways: either by playing the game a lot and solving a bunch of mysteries, OR by simply entering a secret code.

In the settings menu, just go to Save Sessions, click on your current session, and change the name to “ROSMARUS”. Then reload the estate map and check out the spider selection screen and you should have unlocked the Odobenus rosmarus, or the common walrus.


Via Destructoid

Out Now via Touch Arcade:

Out Now: Frozen Synapse Prime

If you’re a fan of strategy games, you’re probably already familiar with Frozen Synapse, a great game that came out a couple of years ago. The developers have remade the game from the ground up, and it’s available now. From Touch Arcade:

According to the description of FSP’s PC version (which I expect will be more or less the same as the iOS version), the game now boasts a full 3D presentation that fleshes out the original’s minimalist art style into a game that has kill cams, cinematic replays and more. FSP‘s tactics also offer new options that didn’t exist in Frozen Synapse such as Slide, Sweep, Room Selection, and so on. Finally, FSP offers a “Replay Theater” that lets you rewatch your matches to figure out why that one guy got his face blown off. Now, the App Store description doesn’t mention a multiplayer mode (while the PC version has a pretty good multiplayer mode), so proceed with caution.

Via Touch Arcade

Reviews via 148Apps:

Dungeon of the Endless Review: A Well Done Genre Mashup

Dungeon of the Endless is out now on iPad, and 148Apps could hardly be happier. From the 4.5 star review:

I adore this game. Presentation-wise it hits all the right notes with a wonderfully moody – downright haunting at times – soundtrack, a slick pixel art style, and a surprising amount of humor with its characters. This was something that I used to envy PC folks for up until it finally came to the Mac (and now the iPad), purely based on the aesthetic.

Via 148Apps


Agent Awesome is Currently Free

Do you like humor with your tactical violence? Agent Awesome can deliver exactly that experience. Watch the video above, read this review, and download it before it goes back up to $1.99.


Piloteer is On Sale for $0.99

The awesomely hard-to-control game Piloteer has gone on sale for $0.99. It’s normally $2.99, so if the video above looks like your kind of thing, grab it quick.

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Modern Combat 5 Gets a New Map and More

A new update for Modern Combat 5: Blackout comes with a new multiplayer map and lots of new customization options for armor, including new perks. From Gameloft:

Customize Your Armor and Unlock Advanced Tactical Suits

  • Each class now wears a default armor
  • You can change the default armor with parts that belong to a tactical suit
    • All 4 suit parts are needed to unlock the full tactical suit & its 2 unique perks
    • Each class has a dedicated tactical suit that cannot be used on other classes
  • Get perks even if you don’t have the full tactical suit equipped
    • Masks grants special perks that are always active
    • Arms, Torso and Legs offer armor bonus

New Multiplayer Map: Vantage

  • A medium sized map set in an urban battleground designed for both close combat and long range firefights

Camos for Body Armors

  • Apply camos to your class armor

Local Leader Boards

  • Compete in neighborhood leader boards with people in a 500m, 1km or 5km range

5 New Weapon Trinkets 

Some content will unlock progressively, so not all update content is available immediately.

Out Now

Out Now: Final Fantasy Portal

Final Fantasy VII hitting the App Store isn’t the only iOS news for fans of the series today. Square Enix also released an app called Final Fantasy Portal that has all kinds of stuff going on in it, from free versions of Triple Triad (the card game from FFVIII) to a free full download of the first game (if you grab it soon). From the App Store description:

This is a general portal app for information on FINAL FANTASY and related products.

◆ Get the latest info on all things FINAL FANTASY!
View the latest information on FINAL FANTASY games, books, music, merchandise, events, and more!

◆ Point system
By logging in through your Square Enix account, you can acquire points, which you can in turn exchange for various items. There are many ways in which points can be acquired:

– Daily login points
– Points for viewing news
– Points for viewing videos
– Points for viewing FF Topics


News via Touch Arcade:

Final Fantasy VII Launches Tonight

If you’ve wanted to play the 1997 RPG Final Fantasy VII on a device that fits in your pocket and you don’t dig Sony’s pair of portables, your wait is nearly over. The game, which is one of the most popular RPGs in the history of the medium, is launching on iOS tonight. While you wait, check out the first hour or so of gameplay above, and Touch Arcade’s first impressions:

I’ll just leave you with this: Love it, hate it, or never played it, Final Fantasy VII is an iconic RPG. It’s one you need to play, and one that’s worth revisiting, even if you only play it long enough to get the inescapable twinge of nostalgia when Aeris’s theme plays.

Via Touch Arcade

Interesting via Pocket Gamer:

Not All Free-to-Play Games Suck

Did you know that not all free-to-play games suck? It’s true, and AppSpy has video evidence to prove it. Watch them count down the five best freemium games on mobile above.

Via Pocket Gamer


Battle Riders – Car Combat Racing is Currently Free

What’s cooler than a racing game? A racing game with car combat, of course. That’s what you get to do in Battle Riders – Car Combat Racing, so it’s gotta be worth checking out, especially for the current price of zilch. It’s normally $1.99, so grab it before it goes back up.

Gear via Destructoid:

The Gamevice is the Best iOS Controller I’ve Used to Date

Destructoid’s Chris Carter is a big iOS gamer, and he’s just posted about his favorite iOS controller — but there’s a catch or two. First, it costs $100, and second, it only works with the iPad Mini. But if you have a spare benji and an iPad Mini, here’s what he has to say:

The thing I was most impressed about with the Gamevice was the look and feel. Surprisingly, even though it looks like an old-timey exercise device, it’s incredibly sturdy and comfortable to hold. The iPad snaps in and out pretty easily, and I didn’t feel like any damage was being done to my device in the slightest. All you have to do is stretch out the handles a bit, slide it in, and push.

Via Destructoid


Galactic Keep Gets a Slight Delay

Update: Gilded Skull reports that the game got a super-expedited review and is expected to launch tonight without the crash bug.

Original text:

It was so close and yet so far away. Developer Gilded Skull has found a “critical bug” in the Apple-approved version of Galactic Keep and has decided to fix the bug and resubmit, hopefully with an expedited approval process. Gilded Skull’s Rob Lemon said in an email:

“The bug was small and hard to trigger but it caused a crash. We’ve worked on the game too long to send it out into the world with a crash issue.”

So look for the game soon, but not tonight.

Videos via YouTube:

Watch the Endless Flyer ‘Race the Sun’ in Action

Race the Sun is an endless flyer that seems pretty barebones at first, but fills out nicely as you progress. Watch Lonnie give it a go in the video above.

Via YouTube

Reviews via Touch Arcade:

.Decluster Zero – Bullet Nocturne Review: Remix Done Right

Developer Cave has made a name for itself over the years by releasing a line of what are arguably the best bullet-hell shooters on the App Store. The strangely-punctuated .Decluster Zero – Bullet Nocturne is now available, and Touch Arcade loves it. From the 5-star review:

Remix, follow-up, sequel, or whichever word you want to use, .Decluster Zero – Bullet Nocturne builds impressively on the original game. It increases the thrills by adding new systems to encourage the player to take risks, while maintaining the level of careful design that made the original such a stand-out. The slick visual improvements end up being the cherry on the top of an already-impressive sundae. That the developer has made such excellent gains on the amazing original title in just a handful of months is even more noteworthy. If you like shoot-em-ups, especially the bullet-hell variety, you might be feeling a bit well-fed already of late. I encourage you to make room for one more in your rotation, however, because .Decluster Zero is simply an outstanding bit of joy.

Via Touch Arcade

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Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch is On Sale for $2.99

Warhammer fans have a seemingly endless stream of games to keep their Warhammer thirst quenched, but Deathwatch is probably the best one around. And it has just gone on sale for the first time. Grab it for $2.99 before it goes back to $4.99.

Via Touch Arcade

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