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‘Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 3′ is the Best One Yet

The third episode of Telltale’s Tales from the Borderlands game is set to launch on Thursday, and IGN says it’s the best episode yet. From the 9.0 review:

Tales From the Borderlands Episode 3: Catch a Ride contains some of the funniest scenes Telltale has ever written. It sets up its fantastic characters, both familiar and completely new, in a handful of tense situations, and the chess board of Rhys, Fiona, and company’s long con expands to a galactic level to present tough choices, satisfying outcomes, and compelling mysteries throughout the course of this two-hour chapter.


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‘Monument Valley’ Expansion Will Be Free Starting Thursday

Owners of Monument Valley will get the Ida’s Dream expansion for free come Thursday. From Pocket Gamer:

Last year, Monument Valley was expanded with a special red-themed level pack, made to support the Project (RED) charity. This week, that chapter will be made available for free across all platforms.

Not only will everyone be able to experience this content now, the levels have also received a visual update.

Via Pocket Gamer

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‘Oczilla’ is Currently Free

The full title of this game is Oczilla – The Mutant Octopus In Crossy Tower Defense, which probably tells you everything you need to know about whether or not to download it while it’s free. Or you can just watch the gameplay video above.

Reviews via Touch Arcade:

‘Angry Birds Fight’ Review: Philosophically Bad

Touch Arcade has now rung in on the quality of the avian match-three game Angry Birds Fight, and found it lacking. From the 2 out of 5 star review:

It’s not great. It’s packed with all the free-to-play nonsense you all hate, the gameplay is pretty bland, and nothing you do seems to matter in any way. Where’s Nietzsche when you need him?

Via Touch Arcade

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‘Xenowerk’ Tips, Cheats, and Strategies

If you’re playing Xenowerk and were wondering where you can find some tips, cheats, and strategies, you’ve come to the right place. Gamezebo has posted exactly what you’re after. Check it out.

Xenowerk is all about mowing down hordes and hordes of monsters. From quick, little pet-sized monsters to lumbering behemoths that die in a dangerous explosion of toxic goop, players need to be prepared if they are to succeed at finding the origin of these monster’s creation.

After surviving the dangers of the game, I’ve put together some handy tips for players who are just getting into Xenowerk. The following Xenowerk tips, cheats and strategies are designed to aid players on their quest through the dangerous laboratories. Good luck, soldier.

Via Gamezebo

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Reviews via 148Apps:

‘Fallout Shelter’ Review: Remarkably Fair Free-to-Play

Fallout Shelter is gobbling up all the money on the App Store at the moment, so 148Apps has given it the review treatment. From their 4 out of 5 star review:

Fallout Shelter feels like new twist on management sims, wrapped up in a well-realized and adorably rendered universe. It’s not perfect, but its free-to-play approach is commendable and helps make it worth sticking around for.

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‘Guncat’ Review: Bird-Murdering Fun

If there’s one thing cats hate, it’s birds. That’s why the cats in Guncat have taken up the task of shooting all the birds they can train their reticles on. From Pocket Gamer’s 7 out of 10 review:

Guncat is an animated arcade shooter featuring a cat with an enormous gun and an even bigger vendetta against birds… There may not be a lot to Guncat but what’s there is good, clean, bird-murdering fun.

Via Pocket Gamer

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Lonnie Plays ‘Warhammer: Snotling Fling’

Warhammer: Snotling Fling is this week’s free game of the week on the App Store, so Lonnie did the right thing and made a video of it. Check it out above and download the game, seeing as you have nothing to lose.

Via YouTube


‘Reiner Knizia’s Tigris & Euphrates’ On Sale for $0.99

Normally $5, Reiner Knizia’s Tigris & Euphrates is now available for the all-too-reasonable price of a dollar. It’s a winner, so don’t sit on it if you’re into this type of game.

In fertile Mesopotamia between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, lies the cradle of civilization.

Your goal is to develop all 4 of the key spheres of civilization: Settlements, Temples, Farms, and Markets. To do this, you will position your leaders, create and extend kingdoms, build monuments, and resolve conflicts. Tension arises when kingdoms connect and leaders clash on the board, with only one leader of each type surviving. You will thus aquire victory points in each of the four spheres. The winner is the player who develops their civilization in the most balanced way, without revealing a sphere of weakness.


‘A Brief History of the World’ On Sale for $0.99

The board-game-turned-iOS-game A Brief History of the World is kind of like Civ Rev, except that it’s currently on sale for a buck. So read our blurb and grab it if it sounds good.

This iOS board game shouldn’t be confused with the Mel Brooks movie, History of the World: Part 1. It’s fast-paced and competitive, but hardly hilarious. Like in Risk, the goal is to take over the world with your armies, one territory at a time. You’re presented with an unfolded Dymaxion map, which lets you see every territory (with adjacent lands) at once. You’ll earn gold for invading other players’ land, which have to be won with dice rolls, and you can play special cards that will let you gain the upper hand in battles. A Brief History of the World is simple and straightforward, which makes it a decent alternative to more in-depth historical sims like Civilization Revolution.


‘Necklace of Skulls’ is Currently Free

The “Mayan fantasy adventure gamebook” Necklace of Skulls is currently free to download. If you’ve been looking to sink your teeth into a text-heavy adventure, grab it while it’s gratis.

In this interactive novel known as a “gamebook”, you will plunge into the strange, dreamlike wonders of Mayan myth. You will confront ghosts and gods, bargain for your life against wily demons and find allies and enemies among both the living and the dead. Even if you’re brave enough to survive the dangers of the spirit-haunted western desert, you must still confront the wizard, “Necklace of Skulls”, in a fight to the death for your very own soul.

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How Does ‘Aralon: Sword and Shadow’ Hold Up?

Touch Arcade has a fantastic series called RPG Reload, in which RPG connisseur Shawn Musgraves gives an in-depth look at important RPGs in iOS history. This week’s installment is Aralon: Sword and Shadow, a massive game that was far deeper than anyone would expect from an iOS game at the time of release.

Ravensword: The Fallen King was an impressive game, no doubt about it. But it still feels like a compromise in a lot of ways. Aralon does not. I’m not saying it’s up to modern console standards, but you wouldn’t have to go back that many years to find a period where it would fit in nicely. There are tons of customization options for your character upon starting the game, including races and job classes that affect your appearance, stats, gear options, and abilities. The world is massive and full of interesting secrets and optional content to stumble across. Where Ravensword was short, simple, and fairly limited, Aralonis lengthy, packed with interesting strategies, and does a great job of conveying the feeling that you are in an actual world where anything goes.

Via Touch Arcade

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Lonnie Plays ‘Jurassic World: The Game’

The movie Jurassic World is devouring the movie world, so why not give the game a spin? Lonnie does just that in his most recent video. Check it out above.

Via YouTube

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‘Drylands’ Review: Borrows from the Best

If you’re going to borrow game ideas, borrow from the best. Drylands takes from series like Borderlands and Fallout and mashes them into something completely different. From 148Apps’ 4 out of 5 star review:

Drylands is a solid side-scrolling action RPG that borrows a bit from some rather good games pretty successfully. Although a lot of the animations are stiff and the controls aren’t stellar, itearns some major points for being more than just a shooter. The world, story, and quest structure demonstrate a level of ambition that’s worthy of praise, both because of said ambition and because of its execution.

Via 148Apps

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‘Hitman: Sniper’ Review – Captures the Magic of the Series

148Apps has reviewed Hitman: Sniper and found it mostly a successful game, but with some flaws. From the 4 out of 5 star review:

Aiming and shooting within a single environment avoids being bland because Hitman: Sniper has a lot of variety packed into its details. The leaderboard system, unlock tree, and mission structure all keep things interesting. Though the single level could be a sticking point, having one environment allows players to get better at the game, which makes the leaderboards more interesting and – more importantly – lets players feel more like Agent 47 each time they play.

Via 148Apps

Interesting via Pocket Gamer:

‘Fallout Shelter’ Boosts Bethesda into App Store Royalty

Pocket Gamer has a feature on the runaway success of Bethesda’s new sim Fallout Shelter, and how only a handful of companies are soaking up all the big money on the App Store.

With that game’s launch, Bethesda has entered a very exclusive club. One with just six other members. And it’s a club that paints a pretty absurd picture of who is making money on the App Store.

Since January 2nd, 2014, only nine games from seven different developers have ever reached the top three spots on the iPhone’s top-grossing games chart, in the United States.

And outside of 16 days, just three games have wrestled each other in those top spots: King’s sweet-matching puzzler Candy Crush Saga, Machine Zone’s strategy game Game of War, and Supercell’s viking epic Clash of Clans.

Via Pocket Gamer

Reviews via Touch Arcade:

‘Xenowerk’ Review: Dual-Stick Shooting at Its Finest

Xenowerk is a pretty traditional dual-stick shooter, but that doesn’t mean you should overlook it. It’s a five-star worthy game, says Touch Arcade:

Xenowerk boasts 50 levels, spread across three worlds. These levels are pretty much the same, just differing in size and difficulty across the worlds. It’s not a game with a lot of variety, but does it need it? It’s a game that’s all about running around, making a bloody mess, and being rewarded for doing so. I got a 52x chain on one level, blowing up enemies with a flaming grenade launcher, using abilities to fire rounds as fast as I could, and to run from one group to another. I felt amazing. It also netted me an instant three stars, which felt satisfying because it is such a difficult feat. Then I had to worry about not losing that third star by dying!

Via Touch Arcade


‘Limbo’ On Sale for $1.99

The excellent and atmospheric side-scroller Limbo has just dropped from $5 to $2. Not bad for an absolutely stellar entry in a very crowded genre. Buy it quickly before the price gets hiked back up.

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Play This: Fallout Shelter – even core gamers like free to play

You get to run a vault of your very own in this sim game that brings players back to the Wasteland. It’s steeped in Fallout atmosphere, with recognizable gear and characters, plus it relies heavily on the SPECIAL characteristics from the series. It just might be enough to tide you over until Fallout 4 launches in November.


‘BattleLore: Command’ On Sale for $3.99

BattleLore: Command is a strategy game that normally goes for $10, but it’s currently on sale for $4. Give it a shot if it looks like your kind of thing.

Command valiant warriors and vicious demons in BattleLore: Command, based on the board game BattleLore Second Edition. Lead the noble Daqan army as they fearlessly defend their homeland from the invading hordes of the Uthuk Y’llan– demon-blooded barbarians spreading chaos and destruction wherever they go. Or, lead the Uthuk Y’llan and channel their fury into military supremacy.


‘Evoland’ On Sale for $1.99

Evoland is an action-RPG that guides players through the history of the genre, starting with super-pixelated Game Boy graphics and going all the way up to the age of polygons. It normally rings up at $5, but it’s currently on sale for less than half that: $2.

Evoland is an action adventure game that takes you on a journey through the history of classic adventure and RPG gaming.

As you progress through the game, you unlock new technologies, gameplay systems and ever-improving graphics. From monochrome to full 3D graphics and from turn-based battles to real-time boss fights, Evoland makes you live the evolution of adventure gaming – all with plenty of humour and nods to moments from classic games

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