Reviews via 148Apps:

Sword of Xolan Review: Pixelriffic

148Apps has taken Sword of Xolan for a swing and came away quite pleased. From their 4 out of 5 star review:

Sword of Xolan follows a similar structure to other mobile platformers from developers like Ravenous Games. It’s broken up into two different modes – Adventure and Challenge – with the former itself being broken up into three acts. And each act is made up of several platforming levels and a final boss fight. You can simply blitz through everything in a rush to the end, but stages are really meant to be replayed.

Via 148Apps

Reviews via Pocket Gamer:

Lara Croft: Relic Run Review – Pretty but Lacking

The latest Temple Run-like game stars the Tomb Raider herself. Pocket Gamer weighs in on its pros and cons in their 5 out of 10 review:

Almost all of the cool things you “do” inLara Croft: Relic Run you’re not really actually doing. You’ll flip and dive and roll, leap onto planes and dive out of the way of the munching jaws of a T-Rex, but it’s pretty much all cut scenes.

And sure, it looks nice, but it fails to detract from the fact that you’re just playing another three-lane endless runner.

Via Pocket Gamer

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How-Tos via Touch Arcade:

Capitals Tips and Tactics from Developer NimbleBit

Touch Arcade has some handy tips and tricks for playing the word battling game Capitals, straight from the developer themselves. From the article:

One other thing to consider when playing the first moves of a game, is that you can control who connects to the other player first (and thus opens themselves up to attack on the next turn). If your opponent doesn’t reach out first, it might be smart to use as many turns as possible to build up your defenses before clashing.

Via Touch Arcade


The Island: Castaway is Currently Free

The full versions of G5’s island life sim game The Island: Castaway are currently free for both iPhone and iPad. Download them before they go back up to $4.99 and $6.99 respectively.


Traps n’ Gemstones On Sale for $0.99

The most excellent platforming game Traps n’ Gemstones is on sale for $0.99 USD. That’s a big drop from its usual price of $4.99 USD. Traps n’ Gemstones ranked as Gamezebo’s best game of 2014, so this is a buck well-spent.

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Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions Update Lets You Play as Ezra for Free

The latest update for Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions lets you play as Ezra at no cost. There’s also a new character to pal around with named Zeb.

• Play all levels as Ezra for FREE and skip time-locked gameplay by watching third party videos.
• Zeb ­ All NEW Character Bundle!
The Rebels so-called ‘Muscle’ doesn’t shy away from the Empire and exudes his strength through his abilities with the Bo Rifle:
• Powerful whirlwind Spin Attacks
• Devastating area-of-effect Ground Pound
• Shoulder Dash into battle
• Kanan & Sabine ­ Now available as individual Character Bundles.
• Issues were fixed to allow 100% completion of the Haven
• Minor bug fixes and optimizations


Brandnew Boy On Sale for $0.99

3D combat game Brandnew Boy is currently on sale for $0.99 USD. That’s down $2 from its usual price of $3.99 USD. Grab it and beat stuff up.


Aqua Globs is Currently Free

Need to cool down with a decent puzzle game? Consider grabbing Aqua Globs, which is currently free. It usually goes for $0.99 USD.


Braveland On Sale for $1.99

What’s better than a high-quality turn-based strategy game? A high-quality turn-based strategy game on sale. Tortuga Team’s Braveland can be yours for $1.99 USD, down from its usual price of $2.99 USD.

Previews via AppSpy:

Hands-On Video Preview of Minions Paradise

Despicable Me’s little yellow minions work hard, so you should do whatever you can to make them happy in their new tropical home. AppSpy has some hands-on preview footage of EA’s upcoming island-builder, Minions Paradise. The game’s currently in soft-launch.

Via AppSpy

Reviews via Pocket Gamer:

Crazy Kings Review: Mildly Unruly

Pocket Gamer’s review of the tower defense game Crazy Kings notes that the app plays it safe by adding few new concepts. This is either good or bad depending on your view of tower defense titles.

Crazy Kings is symptomatic of the iteration culture on the App Store. It’s a little step forward, and if you like tower defence games you’ll probably lap it up. If you don’t, it’s just more of the same.

Via Pocket Gamer

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