Reviews via IGN:

‘Tales from the Borderlands: Episode 3′ is the Best One Yet

The third episode of Telltale’s Tales from the Borderlands game is set to launch on Thursday, and IGN says it’s the best episode yet. From the 9.0 review:

Tales From the Borderlands Episode 3: Catch a Ride contains some of the funniest scenes Telltale has ever written. It sets up its fantastic characters, both familiar and completely new, in a handful of tense situations, and the chess board of Rhys, Fiona, and company’s long con expands to a galactic level to present tough choices, satisfying outcomes, and compelling mysteries throughout the course of this two-hour chapter.


News via Pocket Gamer:

‘Monument Valley’ Expansion Will Be Free Starting Thursday

Owners of Monument Valley will get the Ida’s Dream expansion for free come Thursday. From Pocket Gamer:

Last year, Monument Valley was expanded with a special red-themed level pack, made to support the Project (RED) charity. This week, that chapter will be made available for free across all platforms.

Not only will everyone be able to experience this content now, the levels have also received a visual update.

Via Pocket Gamer

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‘Oczilla’ is Currently Free

The full title of this game is Oczilla – The Mutant Octopus In Crossy Tower Defense, which probably tells you everything you need to know about whether or not to download it while it’s free. Or you can just watch the gameplay video above.

Reviews via Touch Arcade:

‘Angry Birds Fight’ Review: Philosophically Bad

Touch Arcade has now rung in on the quality of the avian match-three game Angry Birds Fight, and found it lacking. From the 2 out of 5 star review:

It’s not great. It’s packed with all the free-to-play nonsense you all hate, the gameplay is pretty bland, and nothing you do seems to matter in any way. Where’s Nietzsche when you need him?

Via Touch Arcade

News via 148Apps:

Fallen London Coming to iOS

Fallen London, a super-cheery Lovecraft-inspired post-apocalyptic interactive adventure, will be getting an iOS release later this year.

Fallen London is a sort of story-driven online adventure in which players create a character, train various skills, use those skills to complete increasingly difficult jobs, then use the spoils from those jobs to unlock new missions and stories as well as get some fancy new duds. And it’s all set in a sort of post-Cthulhu apocalypse where London has sunken into a vast underwater cavern.

Via 148Apps

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LEGO Minifigures Online Coming to Mobile

Funcom’s MMOG LEGO Minifigures Online is being overhauled. It’s also going cross-platform with PC and mobile releases.

Overall, the developers claim that the upcoming game is the definitive version of LEGO Minifigures Onine and will feel very different and much improved from the original PC-only version. The game will cost $4.99 and will include the first world, with additional worlds available as IAPs from day one (for iOS).

Via Touch Arcade

News via Touch Arcade:

World of Tanks Blitz Celebrates First Birthday With Special Promotions

World of Tanks Blitz is celebrating its first year of online tank mayhem, and you’re invited. Look for special promotions, as well as a new tank. Bet your mom never got you a tank for your birthday.

Via Touch Arcade


SimCity BuildIt Updates With Beach Boardwalk

Are you ready for the summer? Are you ready for the good times? You most assuredly will be with the Beach Boardwalk update for SimCity BuildIt.

What’s New in Version 1.4.4
Beach Boardwalk is here! Get ready for sun, sand, and surf with 15 shoreline buildings like a marina, lighthouse, waterpark, and more. Meet your lifeguard advisor and unlock Beach Boardwalk expansion areas with new loot drops. Plus:

• Exclusive Crescent Moon Shopping Mall available during Ramadan
• 3 new Tokyo Town buildings
• Convert SimCash to Golden Keys

We also updated the rewards earned from Dr. Vu’s Disaster missions and improved overall performance.
Thanks for playing and enjoy the beach, Mayor!

Reviews via Gamezebo:

Cooking Dash Review: Tasty

Gamezebo reviewed Flo’s latest mad dash, and has plenty of good things to say about this flavorful dish.

As you can see, things very rapidly roll out of hand in Cooking Dash 2016, but with crisp visuals, snappy and responsive gameplay mechanics, and even with a frustrating (almost) need for IAPs, the game holds up very well as a challenging and fun puzzle game.

Via Gamezebo


Virtual City is Currently Free

Top-notch city builder Virtual City is currently free. Grab it while you can! It usually costs $2.99 USD.

Previews via AppSpy:

Hands-On Video Preview of Million Arthur

Why have one Arthur when you can have a Million Arthur? AppSpy takes a look at this very anime card battling game.

Via AppSpy

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News via Touch Arcade:

Apple Rejects Kill the Plumber on Copyright Grounds

Kill the Plumber, a clever-looking platform game that pits you, as a bad guy, against Mario (but he’s not Mario!) might not be getting an iOS release. The title was rejected by Apple because of its similarities to Nintendo’s property. Don’t pipe in the “Game Over” music just yet, though: Kill the Plumber is still coming to Android on July 23, and a Steam version of the game is in the works.

Via Touch Arcade

How-Tos via Gamezebo:

‘Xenowerk’ Tips, Cheats, and Strategies

If you’re playing Xenowerk and were wondering where you can find some tips, cheats, and strategies, you’ve come to the right place. Gamezebo has posted exactly what you’re after. Check it out.

Xenowerk is all about mowing down hordes and hordes of monsters. From quick, little pet-sized monsters to lumbering behemoths that die in a dangerous explosion of toxic goop, players need to be prepared if they are to succeed at finding the origin of these monster’s creation.

After surviving the dangers of the game, I’ve put together some handy tips for players who are just getting into Xenowerk. The following Xenowerk tips, cheats and strategies are designed to aid players on their quest through the dangerous laboratories. Good luck, soldier.

Via Gamezebo

Reviews via 148Apps:

‘Fallout Shelter’ Review: Remarkably Fair Free-to-Play

Fallout Shelter is gobbling up all the money on the App Store at the moment, so 148Apps has given it the review treatment. From their 4 out of 5 star review:

Fallout Shelter feels like new twist on management sims, wrapped up in a well-realized and adorably rendered universe. It’s not perfect, but its free-to-play approach is commendable and helps make it worth sticking around for.

Via 148Apps

Reviews via Pocket Gamer:

‘Guncat’ Review: Bird-Murdering Fun

If there’s one thing cats hate, it’s birds. That’s why the cats in Guncat have taken up the task of shooting all the birds they can train their reticles on. From Pocket Gamer’s 7 out of 10 review:

Guncat is an animated arcade shooter featuring a cat with an enormous gun and an even bigger vendetta against birds… There may not be a lot to Guncat but what’s there is good, clean, bird-murdering fun.

Via Pocket Gamer

Videos via YouTube:

Lonnie Plays ‘Warhammer: Snotling Fling’

Warhammer: Snotling Fling is this week’s free game of the week on the App Store, so Lonnie did the right thing and made a video of it. Check it out above and download the game, seeing as you have nothing to lose.

Via YouTube


‘Reiner Knizia’s Tigris & Euphrates’ On Sale for $0.99

Normally $5, Reiner Knizia’s Tigris & Euphrates is now available for the all-too-reasonable price of a dollar. It’s a winner, so don’t sit on it if you’re into this type of game.

In fertile Mesopotamia between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, lies the cradle of civilization.

Your goal is to develop all 4 of the key spheres of civilization: Settlements, Temples, Farms, and Markets. To do this, you will position your leaders, create and extend kingdoms, build monuments, and resolve conflicts. Tension arises when kingdoms connect and leaders clash on the board, with only one leader of each type surviving. You will thus aquire victory points in each of the four spheres. The winner is the player who develops their civilization in the most balanced way, without revealing a sphere of weakness.


‘A Brief History of the World’ On Sale for $0.99

The board-game-turned-iOS-game A Brief History of the World is kind of like Civ Rev, except that it’s currently on sale for a buck. So read our blurb and grab it if it sounds good.

This iOS board game shouldn’t be confused with the Mel Brooks movie, History of the World: Part 1. It’s fast-paced and competitive, but hardly hilarious. Like in Risk, the goal is to take over the world with your armies, one territory at a time. You’re presented with an unfolded Dymaxion map, which lets you see every territory (with adjacent lands) at once. You’ll earn gold for invading other players’ land, which have to be won with dice rolls, and you can play special cards that will let you gain the upper hand in battles. A Brief History of the World is simple and straightforward, which makes it a decent alternative to more in-depth historical sims like Civilization Revolution.


‘Necklace of Skulls’ is Currently Free

The “Mayan fantasy adventure gamebook” Necklace of Skulls is currently free to download. If you’ve been looking to sink your teeth into a text-heavy adventure, grab it while it’s gratis.

In this interactive novel known as a “gamebook”, you will plunge into the strange, dreamlike wonders of Mayan myth. You will confront ghosts and gods, bargain for your life against wily demons and find allies and enemies among both the living and the dead. Even if you’re brave enough to survive the dangers of the spirit-haunted western desert, you must still confront the wizard, “Necklace of Skulls”, in a fight to the death for your very own soul.

News via Touch Arcade:

Touch Arcade Turns to Patreon for Funding

The writing has been on the wall for a while. We’ve written about our own struggles here at Slide To Play more than once. But Eli Hodapp at Touch Arcade has put it all out on the table — if they don’t raise $10,000 per month, they are going to have to start making big cuts.

It’s important that readers and especially developers support the mobile sites that service this industry. Developers love it when they can pull quotes from our stories or use us to get their game some buzz at Apple, but haven’t always returned the favor. Support these sites now, or be faced with a reality where the unchecked and ever increasing cost of paid installs is the only way to raise awareness for games.

Do it now. Support Slide To Play, and Support Touch Arcade. If nothing else, a retweet or Facebook share would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Via Touch Arcade


Sonic Runners Launching Worldwide on June 25

Gotta go fast! According to a press release from Sega, 2D endless running game Sonic Runners hits the App Store and Google Play worldwide on June 25. The game has been in soft-launch for a long time, but the blue blur is finally ready to go big.

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