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Mar 26, 2020. 2 comments

There's A New Missile Command Game Out Today

There's A New Missile Command Game Out Today

Remember Missile Command, Atari’s 1980 missile-versus-missile game? There’s a new one out today for iOS and Android. Missile Command: Recharged gives the arcade classic a stylish neon makeover.

What makes the original Missile Command so compelling is simple, immediately satisfying gameplay. Aim, fire, boom. There’s not much to it, but it’s powerful. Missile Command: Recharged from Atari and...

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Mar 25, 2020. 12 comments

There's A New Final Fantasy Tactics Game Out Today, Sort Of

There's A New Final Fantasy Tactics Game Out Today, Sort Of

War of the Visions: Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, Square Enix’s new tactics RPG, is now available on iOS and Android. It combines the beloved turn-based battles of Final Fantasy Tactics with a whole bunch of free-to-play, collectible character RPG nonsense.

Though positioned as an offshoot of Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, the mobile RPG where players could summon Ariane Grande , War of the...

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Mar 24, 2020. 11 comments

Plague Inc. Is Adding A Game Mode About Fighting A Global Pandemic

Plague Inc. Is Adding A Game Mode About Fighting A Global Pandemic

Plague Inc. is a video game in which players create and cultivate a deadly pathogen in order to wipe out as much of the global population as possible. In response to the real-world covid-19 pandemic, developer Ndemic Creations is working on a new game mode where players work toward stopping a deadly global outbreak.

Plague Inc., a hit mobile and console game with a loyal player base since its...

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Mar 23, 2020. 10 comments

Nier Creator's Mobile RPG SINoALICE Goes Global July 1

Nier Creator's Mobile RPG SINoALICE Goes Global July 1

SINoALICE is a role-playing game for iOS and Android which stars twisted versions of fairytale characters like Pinocchio, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood. It’s directed by Yoko Taro, who directed Nier, with music by Nier composer Keiichi Okabe. It’s been out in Japan since 2017. Everyone else can play it on July 1.

The global launch of SINoALICE brings the horror-tinged RPG to Western...

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Mar 18, 2020. 5 comments

Hearthstone Adds First New Class Since Launch: Demon Hunters

Hearthstone Adds First New Class Since Launch: Demon Hunters

After six years of card-battling Mages, Priests, Shamans, Warriors, Rogues, Hunters, Warlocks, and Paladins, Blizzard’s World of Warcraft-inspired trading card game finally gets some new blood. The Demon Hunter arrives on April 7 as part of the Ashes of Outland expansion.

The first new class added to Hearthstone since its 2014 launch, the Demon Hunter has an “in-your-face” play style,...

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Mar 13, 2020. 9 comments

Pokémon Go Makes It Easier For Players To Stay Put During The Pandemic

Pokémon Go Makes It Easier For Players To Stay Put During The Pandemic

Pokémon Go encourages players to go out into the world and meet each other, but that’s not the best idea when the world is trying to slow the spread of coronavirus covid-19. Developer Niantic has implemented temporary changes in the game to make catching Pokémon without going anywhere easier.

Along with postponing the Abra Community Day event originally scheduled for March 15, Niantic has made...

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Mar 06, 2020. 9 comments

It's Literally Just Mowing (And Microtransactions, Ads, And Loot Boxes)

It's Literally Just Mowing (And Microtransactions, Ads, And Loot Boxes)

As soon as I heard about the game It’s Literally Just Mowing, I was like, “Hell yeah!” Unfortunately, the game is not literally just mowing.

It’s Literally Just Mowing, which arrived on iOS and Google Play last week, has been promoted as being about mowing some lawns, and that’s it. But once I played it, I found a mobile game like so many other mobile games, rife with microtransactions and...

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Feb 27, 2020. 16 comments

PopCap Soft Launches Plants Vs. Zombies 3

PopCap Soft Launches Plants Vs. Zombies 3

The third installment of PopCap’s legendary flower defense game series has gone live on iOS and Android devices in the Philippines, with more regions rolling out in the coming weeks. Plants Vs. Zombies 3 is vertical instead of horizontal and 3D instead of 2D, but the basic idea is the same.

After fiddling around with third-person shooters and a collectible card game , Plants Vs. Zombies 3...

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Feb 26, 2020. 10 comments

The Latest Lego Game Is A Star Wars: Galaxy Of Heroes Clone, And That’s Fine

The Latest Lego Game Is A Star Wars: Galaxy Of Heroes Clone, And That’s Fine

Released on iOS and Android in 2015, EA’s Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is a role-playing game in which players collect Star Wars characters, form teams, and fight in short but satisfying turn-based battles. Lego Legacy: Heroes Unboxed, launching this Thursday for iOS, Android, and Windows, is the same thing, only we’re collecting Lego minifigures. I like collecting Lego minifigures.

It’s not...

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Jan 31, 2020. 10 comments

The Latest Magic: The Gathering Game Is A Decent Card-Based Tower Defense

The Latest Magic: The Gathering Game Is A Decent Card-Based Tower Defense

If you want a pure Magic: The Gathering video game experience, stick with Arena . Netmarble’s Magic: Manastrike, out now for iOS and Android, has two players dropping card-based creatures and spells into a two-lane battlefield in order to destroy their opponent’s towers. I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it.

Call it tower defense or tower offense or just plain strategy, this popular...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jan 23, 2020. 7 comments

There's A New Official Mobile Tetris

There's A New Official Mobile Tetris

EA and Popcap’s popular Tetris Blitz is shutting down in April , but do not fret. There is another. Available today on iOS and Android, the simply named Tetris is as straightforward a block-dropping puzzle game as you can get. At least for now.

Created by game company N3twork as part of a multi-year partnership with the Tetris Company, this new version of Tetris launches with just a simple...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jan 23, 2020. 7 comments

New Kingdom Hearts Game Is Coming To Mobile

New Kingdom Hearts Game Is Coming To Mobile

Square Enix tonight announced Project Xehanort, the working title for a new game coming this Spring for iOS, Android and Amazon.

In true bullshit Square Enix fashion, though, absolutely nothing was shown or described about the game, and the only online presence it has is a single screenshot and a competition for fans to try and guess the game’s name (like Kingdom Hearts Excelsior Abundance K3...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jan 21, 2020. 11 comments

G.I. Joe: War On Cobra Is Another Cookie-Cutter Mobile Strategy Game

G.I. Joe: War On Cobra Is Another Cookie-Cutter Mobile Strategy Game

In G.I. Joe: War on Cobra, the new free-to-play mobile game from Hasbro and developer Emerald City Games, players take sides in the classic animated conflict. They build bases and harvest resources. They collect characters, vehicles, and weapons to defend their base and attack others. It’s the same free-to-play mobile strategy game I’ve played a dozen times, only this one has G.I. Joe.

There’s...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jan 11, 2020. 7 comments

Adding Squirrel Girl To Marvel’s Contest Of Champions Doesn’t Seem Fair

Adding Squirrel Girl To Marvel’s Contest Of Champions Doesn’t Seem Fair

 Marvel’s Contest of Champions is a competitive mobile fighting game in which Marvel comics heroes and villains compete for dominance on a universal scale. With the extraordinary power to kick butts and eat nuts, Doreen Green is the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. There is no reason to play Contest of Champions on iOS or Android anymore. She wins.

I and my former cohort Evan Narcisse have written...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Dec 21, 2019. 7 comments

Lego's New Apple Arcade Game Is A Quiet, Thoughtful Puzzler

Lego's New Apple Arcade Game Is A Quiet, Thoughtful Puzzler

Lego Builder’s Journey, out today on Apple Arcade, is a far cry from the usual lighthearted and playful Lego video games. It’s a quiet, thoughtful puzzle game that wordlessly tells the tale of a father and son discovering the importance of play. It’s an incredibly nuanced toy commercial that hits me right in the dad glands.

Do I play enough with my children? Do I take them time out of my busy...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Dec 12, 2019. 10 comments

Black Desert Mobile Is Out Globally Today, And It's Good

Black Desert Mobile Is Out Globally Today, And It's Good

Black Desert, the fantasy online role-playing game with the character creator we wouldn’t shut up about a few years back, started on PC, then jumped to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 . Last year, developer Pearl Abyss released a free-to-play mobile version in Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. Starting today, everybody can play the tablet-taxing MMO on iOS and Android, and yes, it’s still got a pretty...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Dec 06, 2019. 7 comments

The Latest Paper Mario-Style Steven Universe Game Keeps It Simple

The Latest Paper Mario-Style Steven Universe Game Keeps It Simple

In 2015, Cartoon Network and developer Grumpyface Studios released Steven Universe: Attack the Light , a simple yet delightful turn-based mobile RPG with strong Paper Mario vibes. 2017’s console follow-up, Save the Light , beefed up the series with intricate combo attacks and free-roaming exploration. A new entry in the series recently released for Apple Arcade, Steven Universe: Unleash the...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Dec 04, 2019. 7 comments

Mario Kart Is Apple’s Most Downloaded Game Of 2019

Mario Kart Is Apple’s Most Downloaded Game Of 2019

Last night in New York City, Apple held its annual celebration of the best and most downloaded games and apps across its platforms. The iPhone game of the year is ThatGameCompany’s gorgeous social adventure Sky: Children of the Light , with the outstanding Hyper Light Drifter winning iPad game of the year. Neither of those critical darlings were downloaded as much as Mario Kart, Call of Duty...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Nov 20, 2019. 5 comments

Say No! More, A Game For Anyone Who Has Hated Working In An Office

Say No! More, A Game For Anyone Who Has Hated Working In An Office

Which would be...nearly all of you?

This is Say No! More, coming next year for PC, Switch and iOS. Described as “a One-Button-Game about saying ‘No!’ and a stolen lunchbox”, you don’t really say “no” as much as you blast it into people’s faces with the power of 1000 hairdryers.

If nothing else, it looks incredibly cathartic.

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Nov 15, 2019. 13 comments

Epic’s New Hero-Collecting Game Seems Fine, Has Vague Connections To Fortnite

Epic’s New Hero-Collecting Game Seems Fine, Has Vague Connections To Fortnite

The most striking thing about Battle Breakers, Epic Games’ new free-to-play collectible character role-playing game for PC and mobile devices, is its rocking ‘90s cartoon style opening, complete with theme song lyrics. “Monsters from the sky / want us all to die / they’re hidin’ underground / now they must all be found.” Good stuff. The game itself? It’s okay.

I have played dozens of games...

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