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Great read from Sam Coster, one third of Butterscotch Shenanigans about his fight with cancer and the drive to build the game he’s always wanted to build.
Cancer is a great clarifier. It stripped out all the petty, superfluous aspects of life and demanded just three things when it struck me in 2013: survive, find meaning, and figure out how to look good bald.
This is the story of Crashlands, a massive 2D action-RPG crafting game I’ve been working on with my two brothers since I was diagnosed at the ripe age of 23 with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.
Square-Enix’s latest free-to-play RPG lets you relive famous battles from across Final Fantasy’s history. You can also collect tons of items, learn new skills, and forge equipment. Final Fantasy Record Keeper is a real nostalgia rush, but newcomers to the Final Fantasy series should find tons to do, too.
Afterpad brings us the news that Amazon has the fantastic Skylanders Trap Team iPad Starter Pack on sale for just $19.99 — $50 off the full price. Great deal!
Wrestlemania 31 is just around the corner, and with it comes some teaser images for new WWE Immortals wrestlers. Stone Cold Steve Austin is apparently ready to run down the ramp, as is an alternate form for Triple H. No word on when they’ll be entering the actual game.
Apple N’ Apps Review of zen puzzle game Breath of Light outlines its calming nature, but dings the simplicity of its gameplay.
Everything in Breath of Light shares a similar design goal, and it’s easy to get lost in the style going from level to level. With such an emphasis on Zen, the puzzle components do come up lacking a little bit. There’s nothing truly challenging, or mind bending leaving some of the levels rather bland.
Ticklefluff is an adorable game that’s all about keeping a sentient piece of fluff happy by doing what it requests. This may include poking it, stroking it, and squeezing it. It’s a lot more innocent than it sounds, as AppSpy’s hands-on with the game demonstrates.
Via Pocket Gamer
Turn-based strategy game Warhammer: Arcane Magic is coming to iOS at a yet-undisclosed date. That means some good old-fashioned medieval monster beat-downs.
Arcane Magic is said to have a lengthy single-player campaign that has you searching for Arcane Power. Along the way, you’ll face classic Warhammer monsters, including Harpies, Cygors, and Ghorgons, as well as Exalted Bloodthirsters, Lords of Change, and Keepers of Secrets.
Via Pocket Gamer
Final Fantasy Record Keeper is a pretty big game, and there’s a surprising amount of strategy involved with survival. Touch Arcade has a number of very handy tips that should help you take down the series’ iconic enemies and bosses – again.
Do you like line drawing games, and games with great aesthetics? Imps in Tokyo has both, and 148Apps likes it. Check out their 4 out of 5 star review here.
This is a cool and stylish little game that’s capable of winning over just about anyone that isn’t completely opposed to line-drawing mechanics.
There’s a new minion for you to torment in Gameloft’s endless runner Despicable Me: Minion Rush: Carl. The update also includes the option to run through Eduardo’s Mexican-themed mansion, a new BMX bike mini-game, and the option to play pranks and tricks in the spirit of April Fools’ Day.
The verdict is in — Final Fantasy: Record Keeper is a winner. Destructoid has an article singing its praises, calling it a much better game than the other free-to-play Final Fantasy, All the Bravest (which they awarded a 1 out of 10 in their review).
The best part about the combat system is that it doesn’t really feel unfair, to the point where if you play smart, you should be able to overcome most of the tasks placed in front of you. Square Enix could have easily sleazed this bit to get you to cough up some cash, but at least with this collaboration with DeNA (yep, that DeNA), it seems to have learned from its mistakes. The reward loop is generous for a free game, which should encourage players to want to spend money. It may not make as much cash as All the Bravest as a result, but it feels a lot less criminal.
DryGin Studios’ Bio Inc plays a bit like the popular world-killer Plague Inc, but it focuses around ending one person’s life instead of ending the world. You work to afflict your target with potentially deadly diseases and conditions, and they fight back with medical treatments and medicines. Damn the will to survive.
The game recently got an update, including a new “lethal” difficulty and a lot of other tweaks and options.
DryGin has also added 25 new boosters such as Economics, Diseases, Risk Factors, Recovery, and Environmental. You’ll be able to buy these boosters with Bio Coins that you earn by playing the game. And if you manage to beat all the levels you’ll be in for a benevolant treat – you can change your dark hearted ways and try to save John Smith on the last stage. This time an AI is infecting the poor sod and it is your job to try to stop it. Can you heal him in time?
It looks like Telltale has yet another utterly fantastic game on its hands with Tales from the Borderlands. Touch Arcade has updated its review of Episode 1 with a review for Episode 2: Atlas Mugged. It gives the whole package (so far) 4.5 out of 5 stars.
And that’s perhaps the promising thing: Telltale has shown that they still have their grips on how to strike the balance between being a Borderlands game while also being its own experience, and making sure everyone can get something out of it, no matter how experienced they are with the series. I do imagine this episode will play better when the entire series is done and consumed in a whole, rather than as a stopping point, but that’s a problem with the middle sections of any episodic work.
If you’re into super-tough games like Flappy Bird and Super Hexagon, you’ll probably want to check out BounceX, a game that will try every ounce of your skill. Gamezebo has a review.
I’ve clawed my way to five points in BounceX, so I can tell you what happens next. Thumbs worn and bloodied, you start over. BounceX always gives you the first point free; it’s always in the same readily-available spot just to your upper left. No hazards block your path. Nothing to stop you from that tantalizing “twing” of +1 point.
Are you ready for Wrestlemania, brother? It’s happening on Sunday, so the free-to-play WWE Immortals game has been updated with new Wrestlemania events, plus two new characters: Stone Cold Steve Austin and Macho Man Randy Savage.
The new Events System will provide new ways to play the game and compete with other players, with leaderboards to compete on and special prizes to get. The first event is a WrestleMania event, running until April 2nd, where the top players can win either a WrestleMania 31 Four-Star Gear or a Two-Star “Ticket” Gear, which you can only get from the event. All the daily quests in the event will reflect WrestleMania 31 matches, so get hyped. And they’re promising more characters coming at some point.