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.
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.
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 haveannounced 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.”
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.
One of our favorite racing games Mini Motor Racing has a new version out today. Mini Motor Racing: WRT is an attempt to move the game into a free to play world. It’s got the great racing and now includes 30 new and classic tracks, leagues and challenge modes, club with club battles, and more.
Mini Motor Racing: WRT is out now for free with in-app purchases on the App Store
Ultimate Robot Fighting is out now from the makers of the Reel Steel Robot Fighting game. In Ultimate Robot Fighting you build up an army of robots, leveling them up when possible, and fight them in 3v3 touch based combat.
Ultimate Robot Fighting is out now, free to play with in-app purchases on the App Store
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.
Who even knows what goes on in the minds of Simogo. Today the inimitable developer of games like Device 6, The 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.”
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 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.
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.