148Apps has reviewed Gameloft’s latest Clash of Clans-alike and has found it mostly enjoyable, but little lacking in fresh ideas. From the 3.5 out of 5 star review:
Building your kingdom is a fairly typical process though, and a lot of the time you’re going to be waiting for timers to complete and cursing the fact that so much depends on resources. Sure it’s satisfying to get stronger and stronger, but the format is feeling a little tired now.
Turns out Square Enix was serious about bringing the bulk of the Dragon Quest series to mobile. The latest is quite excellent, says Pocket Gamer, in their 8 out of 10 review:
Dragon Quest VI is full of flaws. But it’s also full of charm and appeal. Fans of old-school JRPG’s will already have snapped this up. For the rest of us who might have a passing interest, the charm and appeal are just enough to push you through the grueling grind.
Touch Arcade has reviewed the ragdoll physics game Piloteer and found it to be downright incredible. From their 5 out of 5 star review:
Piloteer [$2.99], the latest “P”-titled game from Fixpoint Productions, seeks to recapture that feeling and shrink it down into a mobile-friendly package. And, I’m happy to report, it pulls it off. It’s absurdly challenging, but incredibly fun once you get the hang of it. Except there’s a good chance you won’t ever fully “get the hang of it”, but don’t worry–that’s actually part of the fun.
Ant Man is hitting theaters on July 17, and if early reviews are any indication, it’s supposed to be quite good. To commemorate the big day, Zen Pinball is getting a table dedicated to the diminutive hero. From Touch Arcade:
With a movie that’s based around a guy who can shrink to tiny sizes, Zen Studios has decided to take initiative to do some new things with their pinball engine. And yes, that includes shrunken pinballs, and some new mini-games that Zen promises aren’t like anything you’ve seen from them before. Sounds curious!
According to Touch Arcade’s review, Sonic Runners is fun enough, but aggressive panhandling for in-app purchases really puts a damper on the experience.
The core of Sonic Runners is fine. This game could turn around in the future, because the actual gameplay is fun. They just need to pull back on how utterly aggressive and pushy the current monetization is.
If you’re an Android user who’s felt a bit left out of Bethesda’s Fallout Shelter party (the most radioactive party in town), cheer up. The game is coming to Android soon.
Plus, we’ve got word that an Android version is indeed in the works. A bunch of Android users were upset that the game didn’t launch on their platform, and they hopefully won’t have long to wait to play this for themselves.
Fallout Shelter players will find a very special guest knocking on their Vault door today: Preston Garvey from Fallout 4.
Beginning today, you’ll have the opportunity to unlock a new Legendary Dweller in Fallout Shelter: Preston Garvey of the Commonwealth Minutemen! Preston becomes the first Fallout 4 character available in Fallout Shelter and your dwellers will also have the opportunity brandish the weapon he wields in Fallout 4: the Laser Musket.
With a name like “Lost City,” you can count on staying around for a while. So, unsurprisingly, there’s more Lost City exploration going on with the latest update for Plants vs Zombies 2.
What’s New in Version 3.7.1
Keep exploring in Lost City Part 2! Unfold more gold with Gold Leaf in 16 new levels and survive an airborne Zomboss encounter, complete with booby traps. The full update includes:
• 3 new zombies – watch out for Relic Hunter
• 3 fresh plants, like toad-ally awesome Toadstool
• Temple of Bloom Endless Zone
• Repeatable Travel Log Quests – increase your rank with re-imagined levels and new ways to play
PixOwl’s god game The Sandbox updated with a new campaign that lets you mess around in a lab and explore chemical reactions. Remember your goggles, people.
What’s New in Version 1.99985
Have a taste of The Sandbox EDU game, playing this campaign adapted from it. Watch some basic interactions in a funny and didactical way!
• a campaign of 10 levels taken from the The Sandbox EDU, where you’ll learn some basic chemistry and element interactions.
• the Filter, an element that separates water from elements that absorb it (eg: Take the water from the Mud to leave Soil)
• 1 new animal, the Croc, that opens its mouth and tries to kill when living beings approach it.
• a teaser element for the upcoming Mutant Monsters Campaign: the DoomGrub, a giant worm capable of eating almost anything.
Ragdoll physics game Piloteer is all about learning to fly with a jetpack — an activity humankind was never meant to undertake. PC Magazine says it’s a fun undertaking, even if it’s painful-looking at times (humans should not bend that way).
If you ever thought Flappy Bird was too easy and wished for distractions, you’ll want to check out Noscope Flappy. That’s just what our favorite YouTuber did, along with an insane sniping game. Check it out above.
Hearthstone is fathoms deep, and it gets enough attention that Touch Arcade has begun posting weekly news roundups just about this one game. From this week’s edition:
I still get surprised at the volume of Hearthstone[Free] news on the web every week. When I started this column, I was (very slightly) worried about having a week where nothing interesting happened and having to think of silly news to include just to make the column worth reading that week. Fortunately, I have the opposite problem as there’s so much out there that I have to pick and choose so I don’t overwhelm you. This week we have some interesting tip-related stories about playing Patron Warrior well and hitting Legend Rank, we have more proof of Hearthstone‘s increasing popularity, Tavern Brawl continues to entertain, and more. I even have a new section, Question of the Week. Well, shall we?
Amazon doesn’t rest on its laurels. In addition to delivering diapers promptly to my doorstep, it also makes mobile games. And 148Apps thinks its Tales from Deep Space is pretty good. From the 4 out of 5 star review:
At times, Tales From Deep Space can feel a little more clunky than it should, and it’s a little slow building, but it’s a mostly fun and thoughtful puzzle game. While experienced gamers will have played something similar, they should still be pretty happy to give it another shot. Tales From Deep Space has a lot of charm going for it.
Pocket Gamer has a fun, fancy new feature that lists 7 games that started on mobile devices but were just as good when they were ported to consoles or PC. Here’s the list, but click the link for the details.
The excellent, brutal spacefaring roguelike-ish game Out There just got a big update that you’re gonna want to check out. From Touch Arcade:
In July of last year we learned that Mi Clos Studios’ excellent (and punishing!) roguelike/gamebook/strategy/space adventure Out There [$3.99] would be getting a huge expansion dubbed the Omega Edition which revamped much of the artwork and added lots of new features to the game. Us mobile gamers had to watch in anguish as our desktop gaming counterparts received the Omega Edition of Out Thereback in April. However, that anguish ends today as just moments ago the iOS version has received theOmega Edition update as well.
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