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.
Albion Online (iOS)
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.
Darkest Dungeon (iOS)
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.
Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series (iOS)
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.
Strategy 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.
Gangstar New Orleans (iOS)
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.
Love You to Bits (iOS)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Metal Fist: Urban Domination (iOS)
Action July 2017
A mobile team action game created by Vivid Games – a Polish studio, known for, among others, the Real Boxing series. In Metal Fist: Urban Domination, we assume the role of various characters, each having unique attacks and abilities, who fight for domination in a number of single player and multiplayer modes. The mechanics of the game are pretty simple, and don’t require serious skill, but in order to be successful in the game, the player needs to develop his own fighting style, and constantly train to for his character to progress. During the encounters, we make use of around 100 types of weapons, items, and skills, influencing not only the looks, but also the abilities of our character. The game uses the popular Unreal Engine 4 technology, and can show high-quality 2.5D visuals for it, along with eye-catching details and special effects.
Hearthstone: Journey to Un'Goro (iOS)
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.
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 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.
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.
A fantasy action RPG developed by Polish studio Artifex Mundi. The game, developed for mobile platforms, uses free-to-play distribution model with microtransactions. Bladebound presents a grim vision of a fantasy world that was conquered by evil armies. The player assumes the role of the last member of the Order of the Valiant, who after many centuries returns to the realm in order to avenge his brothers and save what is left of the world. Similarly as in classic hack’n’slash games, the action is shown from a top-down perspective and the player most of the time explores the world and participates in dynamic combat with monsters. Bladebound employs touch-based controls in which one must draw lines on the screen with his finger. These lines create powerful attacks and spells. The game also contains a character progression system and the possibility to obtain better equipment and weapon. The crafting system allows the player to create his own weapons.
An economic strategy simulation game, created by Dutch studio Gamious. It is set in the 19th century America, during the oil drilling rush. You play as one of the daredevils who trust their luck and dream of an oil tycoon career, possibly also resulting in them becoming a mayor of some American town. You start the game by purchasing the necessary licenses and setting out to search for the deposits, and then finally you build your wells, where you extract the oil. As your business develops, you invest in upgrades, which increase the efficiency of your work and the amount of extracted resources. You also have to care for the proper storage and profitable selling of the oil on the local market, while by monitoring your competitors' activities, you may e.g. enter into various shady arrangements to undermine them.
To the Moon (iOS)
An unusual adventure game developed by an indie developer studio from Canada, Freebird Games. To The Moon lets you play as two scientists working for Sigmund Corp., who offer people a chance to revisit their own memories and change the way they remember how their lives went so they can live out their biggest, unfulfilled dreams. As the two scientists delve into the mind of an ill old man named Johnathan Wyles, whose life dream was to fly to the Moon, the player’s job is to make that happen. Elements of the real world and the memories of fading Mr. Wyles interweave constantly throughout the story, and gameplay boils down to exploration of in-game locations and collecting special orbs that represent the old man’s key memories. To this end, you have to talk to people you meet and collect various items that give access to deeper layers of his memory. To the Moon combines a not so small dose of humor with a touching drama.