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Spirit Lords Review: Hacking, Slashing Fun

Do you like Diablo? If so, you have a bunch of free-to-play games on iOS that deliver that addictive slay-and-loot gameplay loop. Spirit Lords is another fine entry in the genre. From the 4 out of 5 star review on Gamezebo:

Ultimately, Spirit Lords’ free-to-play barriers are relatively minor. They’re definitely worth looking past if you’re in the market for a charismatic game that lets you collect oodles of loot and brilliant-looking ghosts.

Via Gamezebo

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Is Nintendo Working on Some Kind of Smartphone Controller?

Traditionally, Nintendo is a company that zigs when everyone else zags. When Nintendo announced the partnership with DeNA, everyone thought it was a good idea. Which makes GAMESbrief’s Nicholas Lovell think Nintendo has yet to reveal its full plans for mobile. In an article posted to Gamastura, Lovell hypothesizes that Nintendo’s secret plan for the NX is to make the ultimate controller for the smartphone era of gaming.

Nintendo will harness the wearable/sensor research that comes out of its health and wellbeing division to create a new type of controller. My current guess is a glove of some sort, but it could be a smart watch and a couple of rings, or something like that.


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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft Finally Comes to the iPhone

It has been anticipated for a while, but the update to Hearthstone that makes the game Universal and allows play on the iPhone (iPhone 4s or greater, iPad 5th gen or later) is finally propagating across the App Store now.

Via Touch Arcade

News via Pocket Gamer:

A Kingdom Hearts Game is Coming to iOS and Android

Kingdom Hearts, Square-Enix’s popular RPG crossover with Disney, is getting a new game (Kingdom Hearts III) on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. We don’t know when.

And according to a Famitsu magazine interview with series creator Tetsuya Nomura, a mobile Kingdom Hearts game is on its way. Again, we don’t know when. Nor do we know if the game will be a companion app for Kingdom Hearts III or its own game. We’ll get more information at Disney’s D23 Expo 2015, which happens August 14 through 16.

Via Pocket Gamer

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Hearthstone Beginner’s Guide is Just What Newcomers Need

The insanely popular card battler Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft has finally hit iPhone, which opens up a whole new audience to this mobile sensation. If you’ve been waiting for the iPhone release but now you feel kind of overwhelmed, fear not. Touch Arcade has a very thorough beginner’s guide that should start you off on the right foot.

Via Touch Arcade

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How to Fix Mortal Kombat X’s WBID Login Error

Mortal Kombat X for mobile lets you earn content for the main game on consoles and PC, but in order to link the two versions of the game, you need to have an ID for WB Play (a “WBID”). Unfortunately, a lot of people are getting login errors. Luckily, a GameFAQs user found a work-around, and Gamezebo’s Jim Squires confirms it worked for him. If you’re having login issues, take a look. An official fix should be coming soon.

Via Gamezebo

Previews via Siliconera:

Mevius Final Fantasy Gets New Trailer, New Name

Square-Enix’s upcoming mobile RPG Mevius Final Fantasy has undergone a slight name change. Say hello to Mobius Final Fantasy. While you’re at it, say hello to this new trailer, which shows off some new jobs. It’s in Japanese, but since Mobius Final Fantasy is coming to the West at an undisclosed date, it’s still worth watching.

Via Siliconera

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Dragon Hills Review: Good, Sleek Fun

Dragons teaming up with women is a hot new trend – as it should be. Dragon Hills, a running game, likewise features a princess and her pet dragon. According to Touch Arcade’s review, the game doesn’t break any new ground (except when the dragon literally tunnels underground), but it’s fun to play nevertheless.

Dragon Hills takes the core idea of flying a dragon, strips it down to its absolute basics, and goes wild. It’s a game that you play solely for the joy of movement. One second you’re charging along the ground, head-butting houses like they’re made of balsa wood and fairy dust, then you’re diving deep underground before you race back to the surface and glide elegantly in to the sky.

Via Touch Arcade


Sideshow Bob Comes to The Simpsons: Tapped Out

The latest update for The Simpsons: Tapped Out includes the arrival of everyone’s favorite springy-haired convict, Sideshow Bob. There are new buildings to purchase and new quests to undergo, too. Enjoy, and if Bob gets out of hand, just throw a rake in his path.


Guitar Hero Live Will Be Playable on Mobile Platforms

The Guitar Hero franchise is resurrecting alongside the Rock Band franchise, and everything old is new again. The upcoming Guitar Hero game, called Guitar Hero Live, is particularly intriguing because the audience reacts directly to your performance – and the “full game,” which comes with its own guitar controller (the one in your closet is still obsolete – sorry), is reportedly coming to mobile, too.

Guitar Hero Live is coming this fall, and we’ll surely be hearing more information about the game and its mobile iterations as the summer rocks on.


Angry Birds Fight Announced With This Odd Teaser Trailer

We know very little, well nothing really, about Angry Birds Fight. It’s the “very first cultural mash-up in the Angry Birds series” and it’s coming this quarter from Rovio. That’s about it. But it’s Angry Birds, so it’s worth looking out for.

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Mortal Kombat X is Giving Out Gold Cards in Silver Packs

Touch Arcade has noticed that Mortal Kombat X has been giving out gold cards in silver-only packs of late. It could be a bug, but read the article to learn how to capitalize on it before it’s shut down (if it’s a bug and not a feature).

In the meantime, however, it appears that there’s another way to earn Gold-tier characters in Mortal Kombat X. Besides the premium Souls currency, there’s also “Koins” which are available as IAP but can also be earned quite easily (and in a repeatable manner) just by playing the game’s campaign. In other words, Koins are something that you can get plenty more of just by grinding. Koins can be used to buy Silver-tier characters (or one Kano Gold character, which is an outlier) individually or they can be used to buy a “Kard Pack” which guarantees you one Silver character and two additional support-type cards. Except… I just pulled a Gold Cryomancer Sub-Zero from one of these Kard Packs.

Via Touch Arcade

Interesting via Gamezebo:

What to Expect: Mobile Gaming in 5 Years

Gamezebo has hopped in a time machine to the future, played some mobile games, and returned to reveal their findings. Along the way they give a nice history lesson about mobile gaming as well. From Plarium’s Ivan Vorobeychyk, writing for Gamezebo:

Some believe that mobile will take over console gaming, but before that can happen we will see  the seamless connectivity between mobile devices and traditional devices such as large screens and console gaming devices. A lot of this innovation on mobile will likely be bolstered by a more varied funding environment for gaming. Government used to be the driving force of research and innovation, but today it’s happening on funding platforms like Kickstarter and from entertainment companies. As entertainment continues to grow and flourish beyond movies and TV, millions of dollars are generated toward gaming franchises, and that’s how the future of gaming will likely be funded.

Via Gamezebo

Reviews via 148Apps:

Stick Town RPG Review: Enjoyable Despite MS Paint Visuals

Despite its stick figure graphics, Stick Town RPG is one of the more grounded role-playing games you’ll find anywhere. The goal is to become a billionaire as quickly as possible. To do that, you choose a job — from waiter to criminal — and plug away at it. The reviewer for 148Apps liked it well enough to give it 4 out of 5 stars. Read the review here.

In terms of variety, Stick Town RPG is unsurpassed. At times, that’s a little overwhelming but it means that it’s also the kind of game you’re going to find yourself returning to. There aren’t any timers to deal with or any great need to return often, but you’ll want to chip away at such carefully cultivated success. You can buy a few things with real money to progress faster, but it’s hardly a game breaker.

Via 148Apps

Videos via YouTube:

Lonnie Plays Mortal Kombat X… Twice

Want to watch the stream-of-consciousness YouTuber Lonnie play the hyper-gory fighting game Mortal Kombat X? Of course you do. Here it is in all its hilariously violent glory. There was so much kombat that Lonnie couldn’t stuff it all into a single video. You can watch part 2 here.

Via YouTube


Warhammer 40,000: Carnage On Sale for $0.99

There’s never a bad time for a good shooter, and Warhammer 40,000: Carnage’s price drop makes running and gunning all the sweeter. This well-received action game (a departure from slower, more traditional Warhammer titles) is currently on sale for $0.99 USD, down from $5.99 USD. That’s one attractive price cut.

Reviews via Touch Arcade:

The Questkeeper Review: A Very Crossy Road RPG

When Crossy Road launched, it was exactly the free-to-play game the world needed at the time. Countless imitators have cropped up since, but very few have added anything of value to the formula. Enter The Questkeeper. This game introduces a number of ideas, including RPG elements, and creates something fresh. From Touch Arcade’s 4.5 out of 5 star review:

There’s always something to do in The Quest Keeper. The endless levels are fun because it’s tough to do well in them, but they’re always rewarding to play. And with the 500 m bonus, doing well gives you some extra goodies, either some extra coins or the occasional item or quest unlock. Doing well feels satisfying just because the threat of death is ever-persistent, you’re rarely ever safe from a ill-placed gap or spike trap. Every high score feels like you accomplished something. And because there’s the fixed quests to do, you can find something new to do.

Via Touch Arcade

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How Unity on the New Nintendo 3DS Can Affect Mobile Games

Unity is coming to the New Nintendo 3DS, and Touch Arcade has some interesting insight on what this might mean for mobile games ported to Nintendo’s handheld – and vice-versa.

So how does this announcement relate to mobile? Well, there’s any number of ways. This could be great for bigger, premium games coming to mobile. Developers could be more motivated to make bigger scope games that are still portable-friendly if they know they have both handheld systems open to them as well as iOS and Android.

Via Touch Arcade

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Football Manager Classic 2015 Review: Star of the Pitch

Have you ever watched in despair while your favorite football / soccer team bunged things up? Have you ever said to yourself, “What a bunch of bums, I could make them champions if I was in charge?” Now’s your chance with Football Manager Classic 2015. Touch Arcade’s 5 out of 5-star review can’t say enough good things about the game, including its storytelling potential.

Football Manager Classic 2015 is a fantastic game not just for those who love the sport, but also for anyone who enjoys RPGs and choose-your-adventure gamebooks. With its great help system, you’ll rarely feel like you’re drowning in numbers and menus despite the game’s complexity, and the UI makes navigating the game very intuitive.

Via Touch Arcade

Interesting via 148Apps:

An Interview With the Creators of Spirit Lords

Kabam’s new online action RPG / looting game Spirit Lords is a Diablo-inspired loot-hunting game from several industry veterans. 148apps has an interesting interview with the game’s Senior Director of Design, Daniel Erickson, and its Art Director, Michael Dashow.

Spirit Lords’s Executive Producer Phil Shenk and I worked together at Blizzard, and we brought the game Diablo II to life together. When Kabam decided that they wanted to create a fantastic action RPG in that style, Phil was the first person they tapped and I joined shortly after.

Via 148Apps

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Skullduggery! Getting Level Update on April 15

Skullduggery! is a physics / platforming game for mobile that stars a tax-collecting skull. Appropriately, ClutchPlay Games is updating the title on April 15 – just in time for the United States’ tax deadline (you filed yours, right?). The update includes a new set of levels, Village of the Scammed.

Via Touch Arcade

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