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Videos via YouTube:

Lonnie Plays Final Fantasy Record Keeper

Final Fantasy Record Keeper is a great mashup of classic Final Fantasy games. It’s a little complicated to dive into all at once, though, particularly if you’re not familiar with the games it’s based on. Let’s see how the young YouTuber Lonnie, who’s never played a Final Fantasy game before, feels about it.

Via YouTube

News via Touch Arcade:

All 31 Upcoming Hearthstone Cards Revealed

Want to know what cards are coming to Hearthstone in the next update? Of course you do, because the game is amazing. Touch Arcade has runs down the most interesting ones, so hop on over and plan your next custom deck.

The first wing of Blackguard Mountain Adventure will unlock on April 2nd in the Americas and April 3rd in Europe, Asia, and China, and you can preorder the whole adventure for $24.99 to get the exclusive card back. If you’d rather spend in-game gold for the adventure, you can still get the whole thing when it’s released, but no card back for you.

Via Touch Arcade

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Reviews via 148Apps:

Imps in Tokyo Review: Simple Yet Delightful

Do you like line drawing games, and games with great aesthetics? Imps in Tokyo has both, and 148Apps likes it. Check out their 4 out of 5 star review here.

This is a cool and stylish little game that’s capable of winning over just about anyone that isn’t completely opposed to line-drawing mechanics.

Via 148Apps

Reviews via Destructoid:

Final Fantasy: Record Keeper Kicks the Crap Out of All the Bravest

The verdict is in — Final Fantasy: Record Keeper is a winner. Destructoid has an article singing its praises, calling it a much better game than the other free-to-play Final Fantasy, All the Bravest (which they awarded a 1 out of 10 in their review).

The best part about the combat system is that it doesn’t really feel unfair, to the point where if you play smart, you should be able to overcome most of the tasks placed in front of you. Square Enix could have easily sleazed this bit to get you to cough up some cash, but at least with this collaboration with DeNA (yep, that DeNA), it seems to have learned from its mistakes. The reward loop is generous for a free game, which should encourage players to want to spend money. It may not make as much cash as All the Bravest as a result, but it feels a lot less criminal.

Via Destructoid

Reviews via Touch Arcade:

Tales from the Borderlands – Episode 2 Review: Pandora Rocks

It looks like Telltale has yet another utterly fantastic game on its hands with Tales from the Borderlands. Touch Arcade has updated its review of Episode 1 with a review for Episode 2: Atlas Mugged. It gives the whole package (so far) 4.5 out of 5 stars.

And that’s perhaps the promising thing: Telltale has shown that they still have their grips on how to strike the balance between being a Borderlands game while also being its own experience, and making sure everyone can get something out of it, no matter how experienced they are with the series. I do imagine this episode will play better when the entire series is done and consumed in a whole, rather than as a stopping point, but that’s a problem with the middle sections of any episodic work.

Via Touch Arcade

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Reviews via Gamezebo:

BounceX Review: A Painful New Obsession

If you’re into super-tough games like Flappy Bird and Super Hexagon, you’ll probably want to check out BounceX, a game that will try every ounce of your skill. Gamezebo has a review.

I’ve clawed my way to five points in BounceX, so I can tell you what happens next. Thumbs worn and bloodied, you start over. BounceX always gives you the first point free; it’s always in the same readily-available spot just to your upper left. No hazards block your path. Nothing to stop you from that tantalizing “twing” of +1 point.

Via Gamezebo

Updates via Touch Arcade:

WWE Immortals Updated for Wrestlemania

Are you ready for Wrestlemania, brother? It’s happening on Sunday, so the free-to-play WWE Immortals game has been updated with new Wrestlemania events, plus two new characters: Stone Cold Steve Austin and Macho Man Randy Savage.

The new Events System will provide new ways to play the game and compete with other players, with leaderboards to compete on and special prizes to get. The first event is a WrestleMania event, running until April 2nd, where the top players can win either a WrestleMania 31 Four-Star Gear or a Two-Star “Ticket” Gear, which you can only get from the event. All the daily quests in the event will reflect WrestleMania 31 matches, so get hyped. And they’re promising more characters coming at some point.

Via Touch Arcade

Reviews via Touch Arcade:

The Trace Review: A Mystery Worth Solving

Touch Arcade has reviewed the murder mystery game The Trace. They liked it! You can read the 4.5 out of 5 star review here.

The Trace has so many genres mixed in that it’ll be hard for mobile gamers not to enjoy at least some part of the game. I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with it and, even though I had to swipe a few too many times, I was engaged throughout. So, if you enjoy puzzle games, hidden object games, crime-solving games, or all of the above mixed in one, I have just the right number of dead bodies for you.

Via Touch Arcade

Interesting via Kotaku:

Here’s What Crossy Road Would Look Like in VR

To play Crossy Road is to love Crossy Road. Just read our review to see how much we enjoy it. A filmmaker named Andy Front has made a video that imagines what the game would be like to play in virtual reality. Check it out above.

Via Kotaku

Reviews via 148Apps:

Pocket Mine 2 Review: Dig It, More or Less

148Apps has reviewed the free-to-play digging game Pocket Mine 2, and they dig it. Basically, you try to keep digging before the scrolling screen passes you by or your pickax breaks. You can read the 3.5 out of 5 star review here.

…the sheer number of things to do in Pocket Mine 2 can keep the simple gameplay from feeling completely empty. Perhaps someday there will be a Pocket Mine game that challenges players to make digging decisions at a break-neck pace that is as hectic and difficult as it is fun, but until that time comesPocket Mine 2 does a reasonable job of improving on the original formula.

Via 148Apps

Interesting via IGN:

IGN’s Top 25 iPhone and iPad Games

IGN has just updated its list of the top 25 iPhone and iPad games. Check it out here. But if you’re impatient or just hate clicking/tapping links, here are the top 5.

  • 5. Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery
  • 4. FTL
  • 3. Infinity Blade II
  • 2. Device 6
  • 1. Hearthstone

Via IGN

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Previews via Touch Arcade:

‘10000000’ Followup ‘You Must Build a Boat’ Hands-On Preview

Touch Arcade has gone hands-on with the next game from the makers of the terrific puzzle game 10000000. It’s a game of a similar stripe, but with many enhancements built into the gameplay. You can read all about it here.

Overall, the curve that the game throws new things at you has been flattened out significantly. It feels pretty cool, especially considering most iOS games these days lay all their cards on the table inside of your first 30 second session. You Must Build a Boatintentionally doesn’t do this, and while this preview is based off about the first 30-45 minutes of gameplay, there’s a ton of room on my ship for more craziness which has yet to come.

Via Touch Arcade

Reviews via Gamezebo:

SwapQuest Review: Old School Cool

This intriguing game mixes puzzle mechanics with old-school RPG elements to create something that’s unique and fun, but recognizable to fans of either genre. From Gamezebo’s 4 out of 5 star review:

Though the heroes’ brainless wanderings can get frustrating, SwapQuest  is a satisfying and unique way to spend a few hours. There are times when your brain and your fingers get their signals crossed and leave you helpless in the face of the advancing Horde – but when you figure everything out and crawl across the finish line, victory is ever so sweet.

Via Gamezebo

Reviews via Pocket Gamer:

KromacelliK Review – As Tough to Control as It is to Say

In this abstract game of organisms, microbes, and cells, you’re trying to avoid viruses and mines to make your way to the exit. The only problem is that the controls might not be up to snuff. Read Pocket Gamer’s review, which gave it a 6 out of 10.

What doesn’t work quite so well is the game’s awkward control system, with a drag-to-move system that never feels quite precise or consistent enough for the increasingly delicate maneuvers you need to make. That attack move is a counter-intuitive pain to pull off too.

Via Pocket Gamer

Reviews via Touch Arcade:

Buzz Aldrin’s Space Program Manager Review – Outta This World

If you have dreams of going to space (or at least sending others into space) you’ll want to check out this game, just ported over from PC. In it, you can choose to play as the director of one of three space programs, and your goal is to send stuff into space. From Touch Arcade’s 4 out of 5 star review:

Even though the game doesn’t offer the excitement of the space race to the degree I was hoping for, SPM is quite an enjoyable management game, especially for those with even a passing interest in space exploration. In addition to its replay value because of the variety of game modes, SPM also offers an abundance of information about the period’s space programs and hardware in its aptly-named Buzz-opedia. If you enjoy relatively deep management games and have even a passing interest in science and space, then this is definitely a game you should check out.

Via Touch Arcade

Out Now via YouTube:

Out Now: Escape From the Pyramid

Do you like auto-running platformers? Do you like Ancient Egyptian art? If so, you’ll want to check out this cool-looking game. It kind of looks like the recent PlayStation 4 game Apotheon, but Egyptian rather than Greek, and auto-running rather than directly controlled. You can download it here for $1.99.

Via YouTube

Interesting via Touch Arcade:

Mr Jump Interview – On Fast Success

The simple-looking yet hyper-challenging platformer Mr Jump has rocketed up the charts on the App Store, with 6 million downloads and counting. It’s a free game, with occasional ads and a few in-app purchase options. Touch Arcade spoke with the three-person team behind the app about their success, their inspiration, and where they’ll go from here.

“Most of our apps are puzzle games,” says Thomas. “With Mr Jump we wanted to show that we were capable of doing something different: more action oriented and ‘less simple’ graphically. But even if Mr Jump is a success it doesn’t mean we will stop making small and passionate puzzle games in the future. So our next game might be a puzzle game.”

Via Touch Arcade

Reviews via 148Apps:

Four Letters Review: Spellbinding

Four Letters is a word game with a delightfully simple premise: It gives you four letters and a tight time limit, and asks you to spell a word using all of the letters. Like most games, it starts out easy and quickly ramps up the difficulty. 148Apps gave it a solid 4 out of 5 star review.

Even though it’d ruin the name, a part of me wishes you could play Four Letters with five letters or more – but I accept that ruins the point. In its current guise, it’s as comfortable to play for a few seconds as it is for much longer. It really is intoxicatingly simple yet addictive.

Via 148Apps

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Magenta Arcade Review: A Unique Spin on Bullet Hell

A new review has rolled in for Magenta Arcade, the game of directing streams of bullets with your finger — and also avoiding streams of bullets by dodging and removing your finger from the screen. 148Apps gives the game 4 out of 5 stars in their review.

So, where does Magenta Arcade stand out most of all? By what happens when you release your finger’s hold on the screen. Your ship vanishes and is safe from all attack, until you put your finger back on screen and unleash some damage. This method of ducking in and out of combat sounds like something that should make the game far too easy, but it doesn’t. Instead, it’s fairly well balanced and remains quite challenging.

Via 148Apps

How-Tos via Pocket Gamer:

TouchTone Puzzle Walkthrough

Are you playing the surveillance game TouchTone? Are you struggling with some of the puzzles? If so, check out these walkthroughs Pocket Gamer has posted. Here’s the first one, which covers levels 1 – 29, and here’s the second, covering 30 – 53.

Via Pocket Gamer

Videos via YouTube:

Lonnie Plays Five Nights at Freddy’s 3

Jump scares aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, but if that’s the brand you dig, you’ll definitely want to check out Five Nights at Freddy’s 3, a game about being stalked by a horrifying teddy bear. iOS gaming YouTuber Lonnie has posted a video of the game in action, so check it out.

Via YouTube

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