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Square Enix Announces ‘Bravely Archive: D’s Report’

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Square Enix has been tossing game after game onto the App Store in recent years, and it looks like the trend will continue into 2015. The developer has announced the free-to-play game Bravely Archive: D’s Report, a spin-off of the hit RPG for Nintendo 3DS, Bravely Default. It will land on the Japanese App Store in January. No word yet on a stateside release, but these games generally make their way over here eventually.

The game will reportedly be a turn-based RPG that takes place several hundred years after Bravely Default. The game will be controlled largely by “simple flicking mechanisms,” reports Siliconera, and will feature loads of jobs that you can mix and match to create the party of your dreams.

For your part, you play as a librarian tasked with traversing the game world, collecting knowledge sealed in crystals. Hence the archive of the title, I suppose.

Look for more Bravely Archive: D’s Report information upon its Japanese release in January. (But for real, how do they come up with these titles?) In the meantime, you can check out the game’s Japanese website here.

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NES and SNES Emulator Appears, Vanishes from App Store

Fans of NES and SNES emulation had a brief window yesterday and today to download an app called Floppy Cloud. It’s purportedly a file management app, but if you load up an NES or SNES rom from your Dropbox folder, you can play the game right on your non-jailbroken iOS device.

But alas, like all things too good for this world, Floppy Cloud was short lived. Although the developer was clever/lucky enough to get the app approved before the annual end-of-year App Store freeze, once the press got wind of the app’s extraordinary capabilities, it wasn’t long before Apple nipped it in the bud and removed it from the App Store.

If you’re still dead set on playing retro games on your iOS device, check out Touch Arcade’s guide to jailbreaking and emulating all kinds of older consoles. Or you could always wait until the inevitable next time one of these apps slips through the cracks.

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Best of the Holiday Game Sales

Thanks to the holidays, the number of games on sale this is silly. Just downright silly. Below, we’ve picked the best of the bunch. Check ‘em out and buy ‘em if you want ‘em.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $0.99 (was $6.99) – Buy
Anomaly 2 – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
Anomaly Defenders – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
Baldur’s Gate II – $9.99 (was $14.99) – Buy
Bastion – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
Batman Arkham City Lockdown – $0.99 (was $5.99) – Buy
Bloons TD 5 – $0.99 (was $2.99) – Buy
Bloons TD 5 HD – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
Botanicula – $2.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
Broken Age – $4.99 (was $9.99) – Buy
Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse – $0.99 (was $9.99) – Buy
Chrono Trigger – $4.99 (was $9.99) – Buy
Day of the Viking – $0.99 (was $2.99) – Buy
Deus Ex: The Fall – $0.99 (was $6.99) – Buy
Dragon Quest II – $2.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
Dragon Quest VIII – $12.99 (was $19.99) – Buy
Final Fantasy V – $7.99 (was $15.99) – Buy
Final Fantasy IV – $7.99 (was $15.99) – Buy
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years – $7.99 (was $15.99) – Buy
Final Fantasy VI – $7.99 (was $15.99) – Buy
Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions – $7.99 (was $15.99) – Buy
FTL: Faster Than Light – $4.99 (was $9.99) – Buy
Goat Simulator – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars – $2.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
Infinity Blade III – $0.99 (was $6.99) – Buy
Joe Danger Infinity – $0.99 (was $2.99) – Buy
Kingdom Rush HD – $0.99 (was $2.99) – Buy
Kingdom Rush Frontiers – $0.99 (was $2.99) – Buy
Kingdom Rush Frontiers HD – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
LEGO The Lord of the Rings – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
Leo’s Fortune – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
Machinarium – $2.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
Magicka – $1.99 (was $3.99) – Buy
Modern Combat 5: Blackout – $3.99 (was $6.99) – Buy
Oceanhorn – $4.99 (was $8.99) – Buy
R.B.I. Baseball 14 – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
The Room 2 – $0.99 (was $2.99) – Buy
The Shadow Sun – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
Space Hulk – $2.99 (was $9.99) – Buy
Stratego – $0.99 (was $6.99) – Buy
Surgeon Simulator – $0.99 (was $5.99) – Buy
Syberia (Full) – $3.99 (was $6.99) – Buy
Terraria – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
Ticket to Ride – $2.99 (was $6.99) – Buy
Thomas Was Alone – $2.99 (was $5.99) – Buy
Valient Hearts: The Great War – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
Where’s My Perry? – $0.99 (was $2.99) – Buy

Telltale Games and Mojang Announce ‘Minecraft: Story Mode’

If you thought Tales from the Borderlands sounded like a stretch for Telltale Games to turn into an adventure game, then you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Mojang and Telltale have announced that they’re working on an adventure game based on Minecraft. It sounds like it would be a tough one to pull off, but based on Telltale’s incredibly high level of quality work lately, I wouldn’t put it past them.

We really know very little about the game so far, other than that the first episode will come to various platforms, including iOS, sometime in 2015, and that it will be “as Minecrafty as possible.”

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‘Lords of the Fallen’ is Heading to iOS in 2015

This is pretty nuts. The makers of the console/PC RPG Lords of the Fallen have announced via Twitter that the game is heading to iOS in 2015. What is Lords of the Fallen? It’s a Dark Souls-like action RPG that’s said to be a wee bit more forgiving of failure than its inspiration.

What’s crazy about this is that the game just came out for all the latest systems, so a full port of such a complex game seems unlikely. But crazier things have happened. Check out some of the reviews for details.

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Out Now: Galcon 2

After a successful crowd funding campaign, Galcon 2 is ready for release. While the developer calls it a demolition derby in space, it feels way more than just crashing into other players. To me it’s a very well done multiplayer space strategy game.

The biggest additions to Galcon 2 include the support for multiplayer clans, betting on matches, and larger galaxy sizes — at least on the iPad. Galcon has been one of my favorite games for years, I’m glad to see a refresh and update like this.

Galcon 2 is available now on the App Store.

Simogo Teases ‘The Sensational December Machine’

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Who even knows what goes on in the minds of Simogo. Today the inimitable developer of games like Device 6The Sailor’s Dream, and Year Walk took to Twitter to tease something called The Sensational December Machine. What is it? Your guess is as good as mine. But you can find the picture that accompanied the tweet below.

Could it be a game? A novella-like thing with beautiful art? The company’s last title came out at the beginning of November, so it’s not like they’ve had a ton of time to create a new riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.

The only other blip of information included was the text of the tweet, which announced, “Coming (very) soon.” Several hours later, Simogo retweeted the tweet, saying, “In case you missed it today… Stay tuned.”

Simogo, we’re tuned. Now give us the goods.

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Out Now: Brothers In Arms 3: Sons of War

Gameloft has released a new game in the Brothers in Arms series. Sons of War is a free to play FPS that focuses on quick cover and response actions. The free to play aspect may turn some people off, but we’ve seen in the past that Gameloft is pretty good to respond to concerns, so if you see a problem, let them know.

Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War is available now, for free from the App Store.

’80 Days’ Updated with New Content

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80 Days is a great game/narrative experience. In fact, it won Time Magazine’s game of the year, beating out every other game on ever other platform in 2014, if you can believe that. If you like the game as much as we and Time Magazine did, you’re in luck. It has just received a content update that adds some arctic freeze to the fun.

If you’re not familiar with 80 Days, it’s billed as “a massive steampunk reimagining of Jules Verne’s Around the World in 80 Days.” It’s like a choose-your-own adventure story that times you as you chart a course, well, around the world. Most of the game takes place in pictures and text, as you plot out which cities to visit, talk to people, and try to book travel using various modes of transportation.

Each playthrough is different if you make different choices. The script, according to the developer, has over 500,000 words, which amounts to about five novels glued together. It’s a trip, man. The new content is a polar expedition (about 30,000 additional words) that comes to all customers of the game for free. You can buy the game here for $4.99.

And if you’re an Android device owner, you can now buy the game on Google Play and the Amazon Appstore now too.

Out Now: Spoiler Alert – the first game you’ll uncomplete

I first saw this game a few months ago. The premise in unique and very fun. The game starts with the death of the final boss as the player then works back through the full game. See a dead bad guy, make sure to jump on top of them to bring them back to life. See an outline of a collected coin, make sure to grab it. It’s odd, it’s awesome.

Spoiler Alert is available now on iTunes.