The Elder Scrolls: Legends (AND)
A strategy card game set in the universe of a well-known RPG series that has been developed since 1994 by Bethesda Softworks. In terms of game mechanics, The Elder Scrolls: Legends takes after the competing Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and the gameplay comes down to dueling with a self-built deck of cards representing heroes, equipment, spells, skills etc. The game combines storytelling elements and characters known from previous installment of the series, such as the legendary Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim, as well as The Elders Scrolls Online.
60 Seconds (AND)
A post-apocalyptic survival strategy game with RPG elements, created by Polish developer Robot Gentleman Studios. You play as the head of a typical American family, who has to provide for his loved ones in the face of an incoming nuclear war. The game starts 60 seconds before the first explosion, giving you one minute to get to a shelter while grabbing the most essential provisions on the way. In the next phase you have to survive for as long as you can using only the resources you've managed to gather, which often force you to make very tough decisions. Sometimes, you have to decide whose daily rations should be reduced, sometimes how to deal with problems at hand, such as a cockroach infestation. Despite its seemingly grim theme, the game features a rather light-hearted atmosphere, evident e.g. in its comic-like graphics.
Strategy June 2017
A real-time strategy game by Polish studio Jujubee, in which you play as a leader of one of the 21st-century nations and do your best in order for the citizens to prosper. Mechanics-wise, Realpolitiks resembles the popular Europa Universalis series, but the game is set in modern times and takes into account the current specifics of politics and reality. The gameplay focuses mostly on managing the country in all the key fields and requires making many strategic and political decisions, which have huge consequences. You have to take care of such things as e.g. internal policy, diplomacy, economics, armed conflicts or espionage. The game emphasizes both the bright and the dark side of power, allowing you to choose your own path of achieving your goals and to decide between doing the right thing and using morally dubious methods.
Torchlight Mobile (AND)
Developed by Fedeen Games, Torchlight Mobile is a spin-off to a popular hack-and-slash game series. The title was developed from scratch with mobile devices in mind, and thus it is not a simple conversion of any of the previous installments. Torchlight Mobile invites you into a classic fantasy universe, as it stands on the brink of destruction at the hands of servants of darkness. Obviously, the task of defeating the evil forces and saving the world falls down on the player. You can pick any of the four playable character classes: Berserker, Engineer, Outlander, and Embermage, each one representing a completely different profession and requiring different play style. In a typical action RPG manner, the gameplay boils down to fighting hordes of monsters, developing your character’s skills, and upgradeing their equipment, e.g. by combining several weaker items into one more powerful. Torchlight Mobile features slightly cartoonish artworks, characteristic of the core games in the series.
Albion Online (AND)
RPG July 2017
A free-to-play MMORPG set in a fantasy world and a debut project of the German developer Sandbox Interactive. The game’s universe is shaped entirely by players’ actions, who craft their own tools as well as build settlements and towns. The complex in-game economy system lets you e.g. rent production buildings or lease plots of land to other players. Apart from typical RPG story missions, an essential part of Albion Online are duels between players in PvP mode. The game’s world is split into 800 territories that can be conquered by players’ guilds, seeking valuable resources. Real-time combat uses mechanics typical of hack-and-slash games. While you are offline your territories are protected by a magic aura, so that battles can be fought only between online players. The game features a unique microtransaction system – a commission is drawn from transactions between players.
Gangstar New Orleans (AND)
Action July 2017
An open world action game developed by Gameloft. The new installment of Gangstar series takes us to New Orleans, with a mission to take over the local underworld. Similarly to the previous installments, the game is built around the story mode, including various adrenaline-inducing missions, as well as optional side errands. The action is seen from a third person perspective, while our hero can travel on foot, or use one of numerous cars found in the game. Gangstar: New Orleans introduces new elements to the character development system – as the game progresses, we unlock new weapons and abilities. We are also treated to a new feature – Turf Wars, enabling us to take over the districts controlled by rival gangs.
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series (AND)
Adventure September 2017
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is an episodic adventure game developed by Telltale Games. The game is based on a comic book series from Marvel, and tells the story of the titular Guardians of the Galaxy. Unlike the classic superhero team ups, this group is made of outcasts and outlaws, and their humor-filled adventures take place in far reaches of the universe. Like in other games from Telltale, the gameplay in Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series is based on exploration, dialogues, and, most importantly, on making decisions that influence the course of the plot. Our choices influence not only the current episode we are playing, but also the following ones.
Galaxy on Fire 3: Manticore (AND)
Action June 2017
Another full-fledged installment in a series of popular space shooter games developed by Fishlabs Entertainment. In terms of the mechanics, this iteration does not bring any revolutionary features and remains similar to its predecessors in many aspects. Galaxy on Fire 3: Manticore is first and foremost a third-person space shooter taking the player to the Neox sector - where they become a bounty hunter and their role is to complete subsequent assignments for adequate rewards. The game is typically arcade and requires the player mainly to control their ship, though using different weapons and defensive gadgets in combat is also essential. The gameplay formula focuses on providing the player with a lot of freedom, apart from the game world as such. As a result, the player is capable of applying different methods of achieving their goals and complete various side missions.
A card game with turn-based strategy elements that uses free-to-play distribution model with microtransactions. Faeria invites the players into an old fantasy world, home to humans as well as other intelligent species. The game puts emphasis on the lore and contains much additional information about the fictional universe. As for the gameplay, Faeria represents an unorthodox approach to the card game genre. Duels between two players are the foundation of the game. The fights are waged by using cards drawn from users’ personal decks. The warriors must also gather resources and use them in the duels. The cards represent heroes, effects and spells, but they cannot be played freely. Instead they have to be used on special, hexagon fields. Empty at first, the map becomes filled with hexes due to the player’s actions, and various terrain types affect the behavior of units and spells. Another innovation in the game is the necessity for characters to find themselves on adjacent fields in order to start the battle. It is worth adding that Faeria also allows the owners of various gaming platforms to face each other.
Strategy September 2017
A multiplayer-oriented turn-based battle strategy game developed by Counterplay Games, led by Keith Lee - an experienced game maker. The story is set in a fantasy world comprising of various mythological influences as well as original concepts of the creators. A great war between five powerful countries lies at the core of the game. The players are thrown in the midst of this conflict and have to pick a side. The gameplay consists of turn-based battles, during which the player takes control over a small squad recruited from among 300 characters with unique skills. The battlefields are covered with a square grid. In order to succeed, the player has to adopt adequate tactics, predict enemy moves and put their warriors to the best possible use. The battles are diversified with a wide variety of magical artifacts and an extensive system of spells. The game features retro-styled, colorful visuals.
Love You to Bits (AND)
A science-fiction point ‘n click adventure game, developed cooperatively by Alike Studio and Pati.io. The story of Love You to Bits takes place in a fantasy world, where we assume the role of a boy whose robot-girlfriend was destroyed and her parts scattered around the world. Hoping to rebuild her, the protagonist traverses subsequent uncharted locations in search of parts of his beloved. Therefore, the gameplay focuses mostly on exploration, albeit we also solve some more or less complicated puzzles. The game has a rather unusual form for its genre, as it somewhat resembles a classic, scrolling 2D platformer game. Love You To Bits features very colorful cartoonish graphics.
A MMORPG developed by Korean What!. The players, survivors of a worldwide cataclysm that destroyed the human population, enter a hostile world inhabited by prehistoric creatures such as dinosaurs or mammoths. We begin the game by creating our character – we can choose the sex, looks, and starting abilities. The action is seen from an isometric perspective. Living on one’s own is possible, albeit tough, considering numerous dangers and enemies that we may encounter - we can join one of growth-oriented player communities, living together in real time. Our goal is survival, which means searching for resources, growing their food, creating necessary items, or even constructing various buildings. Moreover, groups of players can engage in big game hunting or engage in PvP combat.
Prison Architect (AND)
An economic real-time strategy game created by British indie developer Introversion Software. Prison Architect lets you play as a headmaster of a penal facility. Your duties include designing a high-security prison, managing its budged, and providing for the needs of inmates. The authors saw to it that each prisoner had his individual personality and corresponding criminal inclinations. A virtual prison manager has to face such issues as violent behavior among inmates, gang activities, smuggling and contraband, or even mutiny. Prison Architect features very simple top-down 2D graphics.
Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear (AND)
An official expansion for the Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition from 2012. It was developed by Overhaul Games and serves as a story bridge between the first and the second installment in the Baldur’s Gate series. In the game, we face a sinister crusade led by a warrior known as the Shining Lady who is also a bhaalspawn. Siege of Dragonspear introduces four completely new companions that can join our party. The title also offers a new character class, new locations, quests, items, spells, and so on. On the technical side, the expansion does not deviate from the original game released three years earlier. We can start the adventure using a character imported from Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition, and then export it to Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition upon having finished the expansion.
The Witness (AND)
A first-person adventure game with logic puzzles, developed by the creator of Braid – Jonathan Blow and his independent studio Number None. The game takes you to a large, mysterious island, whose all inhabitants vanished without a trace. Gameplay has you explore this vast world, solve logic puzzles, and search for clues that will help you solve the mysteries of this place. Game mechanics resemble the cult Myst series. As you play, you have to display remarkable patience, observance, and the ability to connect different pieces of the story. Many things here have secret meanings, and the key symbols, hints, and markings were cleverly hidden within the game’s environment. The Witness features simple, but charming, 3D graphics and supports the virtual reality headset Oculus Rift.
PayDay: Crime War (AND)
A mobile installment in the series of first-person shooters that is popular on consoles and PCs alike. The title was developed by the creators of the main entries of the PayDay franchise – Overkill Software. PayDay: Crime War focuses on multiplayer – the game’s mainstay is team PvP. One team assumes the role of criminals and the other team assumes the role of a SWAT team. The objective of the former is to perform a robbery while the law enforcers are trying to prevent them from succeeding. The game takes place in varied locations. As the player progress in the game, he unlocks new weapons, armors and additional abilities. High-quality graphics and easy controls are big assets to the game.
Adventure 18 April 2017
A third person action adventure game that combines a post-apocalyptic setting with fantasy elements. The game was created by Uppercut Games, a developer studio founded by industry veterans who previously worked on such classics as Fallout Tactics and the BioShock franchise. You take on the role of a young girl, who brings her wounded brother into a submerged city. Gameplay is based on exploration (on foot or by boat) in search of any items that could give the boy some relief. Instead of traditional puzzles, you have to figure out how to reach seemingly inaccessible places. While playing you also find upgrades for your boat, as well as pictograph that reveal the story of both the siblings and the mysterious, submerged metropolis. The game is powered by Unreal Engine 4.
Hearthstone: Journey to Un'Goro (AND)
Logic 15 April 2017
Another official expansion to free-to-play card game Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft by Blizzard Entertainment. This time developers send us to undiscovered forest of Un’Goro crater, which is inhabited by intriguing, but also very dangerous species of fauna and flora. We follow the team of explorers led by Elise Starseeker and meet mighty dinosaurs, wild elementals, predator plants and many other interesting organisms. Add-on introduced 135 new cards, keyword (skill) called Adapt and card type (Task), as well as a board with Un’Goro crater theme and a card back fossil. Developers also implemented another group of minions, consisting of Elementals. It is formed not only by magical creatures from this expansion, but also some older cards.
Batman: Arkham Underworld (AND)
A spin-off to the bestselling Batman game series that started in 2009 and is expanded ever since by Warner Bros. This installment is a mobile strategy game in which the player faces the Dark Knight himself and other law enforcers in Gotham city while trying to transform the metropolis into an actual criminal den. During the game the player assumes the role of a mafia boss who intends to become the king of Gotham City’s criminal underworld. As the game progress, the player is building and improving hideouts, recruiting new criminals and disciplining them so that they follow his orders. Due to player’s actions, the city becomes closer and closer to becoming the most dangerous place in the world. Supervillains known from the Batman universe help the player achieve his goals. Among them there are Harley Quinn, the Riddler and Killer Croc. What’s interesting, if the player’s criminal empire becomes large enough, he has the possibility to eliminate Batman himself.
Iron Marines (AND)
Set in sci-fi realities, a casual RTS game by Ironhide Game Studio from Uruguay, primarily known for the popular tower defense series, Kingdom Rush. In Iron Marines you assume the role of a commander leading his space soldiers into dangerous battles against insectoid Aliens. The game features a wide arsenal of weapons and powerful battle mechs that you gather during gameplay. Interestingly, the game allows the player to see the conflict from the other side of the conflict and take control of the aliens as well. The title features 2D, cartoon-like graphics in the style of the aforementioned Kingdom Rush.