PayDay: Crime War (iOS)
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.
The Sims Mobile (iOS)
Another mobile installment in the life simulation game series by Electronic Arts. As per tradition, The Sims Mobile focuses on simulating and shaping the lives of your virtual characters. You can choose their appearance, personality, and life goals, from career paths to hobbies. During the game, the Sims' living quarters can be modified by choosing from a wide range of furniture, decorations and accessories, as as the game progresses, you unlock additional activities and locations. A certain novelty is the ability to shape the histories of whole families. When your character achieves their goals and retires, you can unlock new interests and career paths for next generations. Thus e.g. the grandfather's achievements can inspire his children or grandchildren to choose a similar career path.
Albion Online (iOS)
RPG 13 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.
Darkest Dungeon (iOS)
RPG November 2017
A dark fantasy cRPG developed by debuting studio Red Hook. The story is set in a dark, medieval-like universe. While exploring ruins of an old castle and its dungeons, you face off against forces of darkness that overwhelmed the land because of the reckless actions of its previous sovereign. As you delve into the depths, you discover the dark history of a family who brought the evil upon the world. The gameplay focuses on dungeon crawling - dungeons filled with traps and crawling with monsters that need to be dealt with during turn-based combat sequences. An original idea is the sanity indicator of your heroes. Each team member has different personality and reacts differently to what is happening around him/her. Therefore, while playing you should keep an eye on their well being and fear levels, alleviating their stress by drinking alcohol or brawling, if needed.
Torchlight Mobile (iOS)
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.
Prison Architect (iOS)
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.
A mobile role-playing game heavily-inspired by the Pokemon series. The game is set in a fantasy land, combining modern reality with science-fiction elements. You play as a trainer, whose task is to catch the eponymous creatures, develop their abilities, and use them to battle other trainers. In Nexomon, you traverse a world divided into 10 regions, visit shops, talk to NPCs, and complete a variety of quests. Like in the Pokemon series, an important factor is catching the defeated creatures, which join your collection. The battles are turn-based, and in combat you mostly choose the right attacks against the opponents and activate various special items. Apart from the multiplayer mode, the game also features a story campaign with many side quests.
Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear (iOS)
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.
Warbands: Bushido (iOS)
Strategy July 2017
A board game taking place in Japan during the feudal period and the debut production of Russian developer Red Unit Studios. Warbands: Bushido is a board game enabling us to assume the role of one of the daimyo ruling provinces of Japan during the Sengoku Period. The quest to gain power and influence will involve battles of large military forces, as well as espionage and convert assassinations. Aside from the major players, the land is roamed by numerous smaller parties such as samurai, ronin, ninja clans, pirates, or mercenaries. The action is seen from an isometric perspective, while the map is divided into hexagonal fields. The combat is turn-based – each side throws dice to deal damage and perform special actions. Moreover, we can utilize action cards, offering bonuses such as additional critical chance or more action points. Morale is also an important factor, increasing the effectiveness of our units.
Shadowgun: Legends (iOS)
Action August 2017
Another major installment of the mobile action game series developed by Madfinger Games, a Czech studio known for Dead Trigger, among other titles. The action of Shadowgun: Legends takes place in the future, and we assume the role of spec ops soldiers whose task is to save the galaxy from an alien invasion. Contrary to its predecessor, the game is a first-person shooter with RPG elements which isn’t very different from other mobile FPSs. The production can be played both in single- and multiplayer mode. Starting out, we possess weak equipment and weapons. With time and subsequently completed missions, we gain experience and funds that let us buy various enhancements. What’s interesting, players’ actions have an influence on the game’s universe, thus making it constantly change.
The Pirate: Caribbean Hunt (iOS)
An action game set in the world of pirates. Created by Miroslaw Dymek, a legendary Polish game maker responsible for series such as Earth 21XX or Polanie. The Pirate: Caribbean Hunt lacks a main storyline driving the gameplay. The action takes place in an extensive, open-world environment recreating a large part of the Caribbean. The player controls a captain of a pirate ship, whose aim is to gain fame and riches at sea. The game consists of completing subsequent missions that focus mainly on combat and exploration. The player plunders cargo ships, pirate bases, forts, and harbors. Between the missions, the player can make improvements to their fleet, choosing from sixteen diversified classes of ships, upgraded alongside their progress in the game. In-game sailing features realistic mechanics, making it a great asset to the game - this element was based on the personal experiences of the creator, who is an avid sailor himself. The game has offers extended online features as well, allowing the players to create their own pirate clans.
Dofus Touch (iOS)
RPG October 2017
A mobile version of the popular MMORPG for PC which debuted back in 2004. Dofus Touch was developed by Ankama Studio. The game takes us to a fantasy world that consists of seventeen vast locations. The gameplay is focused on exploration of varied environments, collecting new equipment, fighting opponents taken straight out of medieval bestiaries, and developing our hero. The protagonist can represent one of eleven classes and thirty professions that let us, for example, trade of craft weapons. Apart from the PvE module, the game features a PvP mode that lets us fight other players. The title is powered by the technology used in the PC version, offering two-dimensional colorful graphics. Dofus Touch is free-to-play and offers optional micropayments.
Afghanistan '11 (iOS)
An innovative turn-based strategy developed by Every Single Soldier and Retro Epic Software as a direct continuation to Vietnam ’65. Afghanistan ’11 offers the ability to take part in numerous famed events from the history of the conflict. We take control of the coalition forces that focus on arming and training the Afghan security forces, as well as support of the local communities through taking care of crucial infrastructure, building water intakes, or distributing humanitarian aid. Despite the “hearts and minds” philosophy, our units often fall under enemy fire or are struck by IEDs, creating tough situations that have to be addressed with due attention. The game sports simple, warm visuals that offer fluid gameplay even on mobile platforms.
Tom Clancy's ShadowBreak (iOS)
A combination of shooter and tactical strategy developed by Ubisoft for mobile devices. The story of Tom Clancy’s ShadowBreak is set in the near future, soon after a series of terrorist attacks. In response to that recent activity of the extremists, who also managed to take control of a large territory, an international organization is established with the aim of counteracting this threat. In Tom Clancy’s ShadowBreak the player assumes the role of a leader of such unit and takes part in PvP duels of two snipers, both aided by their teammates. Gameplay in Tom Clancy’s ShadowBreak comes down to eliminating targets over a large distance in first-person view. Since you cannot change your position while playing, you must rely on your squad to follow your orders. You can point targets for them as well as move them around locations, all the while protecting them from enemy fire. As you progress, you unlock better and better gear for you squad. You can also recruit new soldiers.
The Witness (iOS)
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.
Iron Marines (iOS)
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.
Strategy 25 July 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.
A riot simulation strategy game. Riot is the debut production from Stimunation, an Italian studio whose lead designer is a former cutscene producer at Valve. The action of Riot takes place in modern times. The society is forced to resort to mass rioting because of an economic crisis. The developers prepared an extensive campaign that lets us take part in the most famous riots of the recent years either as the protesting crowd or the police that try to restore order. The game also features a hot-seat multiplayer mode. What’s important, Riot doesn’t make fun of its subject but tries to present its essence. To faithfully recreate the reasons and the course of various riots, the developers interviewed people that participated in them on both sides. Virtual protests are shown in attractive pixel-art graphics that brings the visuals of Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP to mind.
A survival strategy game set in a post-apocalyptic reality. The game was created as a result of cooperation between the independent studio, Unicube, and Team 17, the company famous for the Worms series. The player becomes a leader of a group of survivors hiding in a gloomy underground shelter after a nuclear catastrophe. The game begins when the first bombs are about to fall. We have a limited amount of time to gather supplies for the first weeks of living underground. Later in the game, the player is forced to leave the shelter looking for food, water, medicines, and other supplies. The player often has to fight hungry mutants and other survivors, as well as face other problems, for example those related to the maintenance of the shelter. The player also has to deal with various diseases and the mental condition of the survivors. The game features retro pixel-art graphics, accompanied by a soundtrack that resembles B-Class movie stylistics.