The Pillars of the Earth (iOS)
An adventure game from Daedalic Entertainment, based on a popular history novel written by Ken Follet, entitled The Pillars of the Earth. The game of the same title is set in the 12th-century, in the tumultuous period known as the Anarchy. After the sudden death of king Henry I and the only heir to the throne having been killed in the crash of the White Ship, England gets consumed in a violent war of succession. With the war in the background and the tensions between the nobles, clergy and the common people constantly growing, the game tells a story about an attempt to raise a monumental cathedral in a fictional city of Kingsbridge in the south of the country. As for the game’s mechanics, The Pillars of the Earth is no different from a typical adventure game with gameplay based on exploration of different locations, conducting conversations, and solving various logic puzzles.
Batman: The Telltale Series - The Enemy Within (iOS)
Adventure December 2017
The second season of Batman: The Telltale Series, which debuted in 2016. In this adventure game by Telltale Games (the developers of such titles as The Walking Dead: A Telltale Games Series and The Wolf Among Us: A Telltale Games Series) the player follows the darker and darker story of Bruce Wayne and his superhero alter-ego. This time Batman has to challenge both Joker and Riddler as well as a merciless federal agent who has just came to the city of Gotham. The story is split into five episodes, the first one of which launched in August 2017. In the game you get to explore small locations, talk to characters met there, play through QTE sequences and, of course, make difficult moral decisions that determine how the story unfolds. Batman: The Telltale Series - The Enemy Within features actors that made the appearance in the first game. Batman is starred by Troy Baker, while his arch-nemesis Joker by Anthony Ingruber.
Assassin's Creed Rebellion (iOS)
Strategy December 2017
Strategy game with RPG elements, in which you manage a fortress of the eponymous Assassin Brotherhood and lead a self-composed team of assassins. The title was developed by Canadian team Behavior Interactive Studio. Assassin’s Creed Rebellion is set in the 15th-century Spain, where you confront the Inquisition. The Brotherhood is made up of over forty characters, featuring both famous characters from Assassin’s Creed video games and the movie as well as twenty completely new individuals. The fortress in your command is the main base of operation for your men, from where they set out for missions in teams of up to three members. As you advance to new progression levels, you are able to expand the fortress with new rooms and purchase equipment. On the other hand, while performing specific tasks (which require heroes with specific abilities), you gain DNA fragments (unlocking more Assassins), raw materials (for improving existing units), and crafting materials (needed to create better equipment). Against a background of other Assassin's Creed games, Rebellion is distinguished by its graphics design, based on Chibi stylistics.
Torchlight: The Legend Continues (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.
The Pirate: Plague of the Dead (iOS)
Action 30 September 2017
A continuation of The Pirate: Caribbean Hunt - a popular action game with strategy elements developed by the Polish Home Net Games. Like its predecessor, The Pirate: Plague of the Dead takes players to Caribbean islands controlled by the pirate folk. The main protagonist of the story is John Rackham, who is the only survivor of the slaughter orchestrated by the Grand Inquisitor. Seeking his revenge, John turned to voodoo practices in order to resurrect legendary pirates such as Anne Bonny, Charles Vane, and Blackbeard himself. Together with the pirates brought from the dead, the main protagonist wants to deal with his arch enemy once and for all. The Pirate: Plague of the Dead features a vast open world a player is free to explore with one of over a dozen available ships. On his journey, a player has to observe not only the wind direction and velocity, but also use this information to choose the appropriate type of sails. To top it all, the game delivers a full day and night cycle as well as changing weather conditions. This installment in The Pirate series is fueled by campaign missions that lead a player through consecutive parts of the story. In between these missions, one can turn to other activities that fill the treasury allowing for expanding and improving the fleet controlled by a player. Gameplay revolves around naval battles, during which one can ram into the enemy vessels, shoot the cannons at particular parts of hostile ships, and utilize special combat abilities exhibited by the captains. The entire experience features high-quality visuals – one is bound to appreciate the well-polished ship models and water animations.
Iron Marines (iOS)
RPG 14 September 2017
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.
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.
A MMORPG developed by Korean studio 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 their 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 food, creating necessary items, or even constructing various buildings. Moreover, groups of players can engage in big game hunting or PvP combat.
The Sun (iOS)
RPG Thursday, 31 August 2017
The Sun is a postapocalyptic game by Ukrainian studio EGProject, blending RPG mechanics with FPS elements. The story takes place several hundred years in the future, on Earth, which has been destroyed by disastrous beams of solar energy and radiation. You play as person raised by former shelter dwellers, who decided to rebuild the human civilization. The game utilizes the first person's view and features an open world. You explore locations, talk to NPCs, gather items, and complete quests, including long, main ones and many shorter, optional tasks. The combat mechanics strongly resemble that of FPS games, but they are also affected by your stats, which can be leveled up using experience points. The exploration of the desert is made more interesting by the presence of mutants and anomalies, which are not bound by the laws of physics.
Arena of Valor (iOS)
A mobile MOBA developed by an in-house developer studio of Tencent Games. Strike of Kings is a recreation of League of Legends, recreating all the mechanics and assets offered in the aforementioned game. The players are split into two teams (1v1, 3v3, or 5v5 matches) in which each player controls a single hero, equipped with a set of unique skills and abilities. Both teams are tasked with destroying the base of the opposing side, guarded by turrets and AI-controlled units, which requires cooperation and a skillful use of the available abilities. The game uses a free-to-play model with optional microtransactions.
Blocky Farm (iOS)
Simulation December 2017
A humorous farming simulation game by Polish studio Jet Toast. You play as the owner of a small farm, which you have to turn into a prosperous business. In order to achieve that, you need to plant crops and gather them, breed animals, and complete tasks for the citizens from a nearby town. Unlike other mobile farming games , Blocky Farm allows you to use an interactive tractor, which can help you with e.g. gathering your crops. You can also play with your cat and dog, by e.g. throwing them sticks, drive them around in tiny cars, or dress them up. There is also a free-to-play multiplayer mode featuring microtransactions. You can speed up the gameplay with diamonds, although the game was designed in a way allowing you to play without needing to buy them.
Tower of Time (iOS)
Tower of Time is an RPG set in a fantasy realm that stands on the brink of destruction. The player assumes the role of a warrior, who, along with a party, decides to explore a mysterious tower that may hold a key to stopping the apocalypse. Gameplay mechanics in Tower of Time mostly rely on exploration of the game world, completing missions, fighting foes, and developing your heroes. Characters represent different classes and have a variety of attacks and special skills at their disposal. Besides, many of them can have impact on their environment. Combat is observed from top-down perspective and played in real time, but it’s possible to briefly slow down time so that you can give orders to your heroes. Throughout the campaign you traverse the 13 floors of the tower, which amounts to 20-30 hours of gameplay. In between missions, you regularly visit a local town in order to regain strength and replenish supplies and equipment. Some buildings in the town can be upgraded, which unlocks new gear and abilities.
Forward Assault (iOS)
First-person online shooter developed by Blayze Games with the view of mobile platforms. Forward Assault’s lead designer was Lucas Wilde, the man whom players owe the creation of Bullet Force, released in 2016. Forward Assault takes you over to virtual battle zones, where you take part in dynamic multiplayer combat. The game offers a variety of weapons, including the legendary AK-47 assault rifle as well as the Desert Eagle pistol. Apart from several multiplayer modes, Forward Assault includes single player, in which you face AI-controlled opponents. All this you can try out for free, as the game is distributed in a free-to-play business model.
Brawl Stars (iOS)
Action November 2017
A mobile online game, which combines elements of shooters and MOBA games. Brawl Stars has been developed by the creators of Clash of Clans, Hay Day, Boom Beach and Clash Royale. The game features only a multiplayer mode. Players get to select one from over a dozen available characters, each featuring different weapons, assets, and a special ability, after which they enter arcade battles taking place in special arenas. As a character is developed, his battle potential increases. Brawl Stars offers several game modes, each introducing a different set of rules. In Smash & Grab, two 3-player teams fight each other with the objective of capturing the crystals that are growing in the middle of a map. In Heist, two teams face each other and, by turns, defend a safe or try to rob it. The third mode – Battle Royale – allows up to 10 players to fight until there is only one character left alive. The last of the game modes is Bounty, in which one acquires stars for eliminating his foes and loses them each time his character dies.
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 the game progresses, you unlock additional activities and locations. A certain novelty is the ability to shape the history 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.
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.
Strategy December 2017
A turn-based strategy set in the Victorian age, created by an independent developer, Tim Conkling. It takes us to a somewhat grotesque version of a British town, based on Charles Dickens’ descriptions, with us playing as a leader of the local thieves’ guild, whose task is to develop his organization and fill its vaults with gold. To achieve this, we must recruit new members to our gang, train them and send on missions like stick-ups, mugging, and assassinations. Infiltrating banks, factories, and other influential institutions is crucial to our success, in addition to building useful structures and researching new technologies – all of this without going broke of course. Antihero offers a huge freedom at expanding our criminal empire. Depending on our preferences, we can concentrate on more discreet activities or turn our organization into a full-fledged assassin’s guild.
911 Operator (iOS)
Simulation December 2017
911 Operator is a game, a strategy-simulator developed by Polish studio Jutsu Games, which is a reiteration of a project which won the Indie Showcase competition held during Digital Dragons 2016. In 911 Operator you become a rescue service operator, and your job is to answer calls from people in danger. The story campaign takes place in 10 cities – you will face many different challenges; some of them amusing, some serious, some frustrating. During the game you have to give advice concerning administration of first-aid as well as choose the right number of people and equipment to send to the scene. A nice touch in the game is the fact that you can sometimes receive prank calls, which have to be recognized and ignored.
Shadowgun: Legends (iOS)
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 Witness (iOS)
Logic December 2017
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.
Top Gear Road (iOS)
Logic December 2017
A mobile logic game developed by the Finnish Motorious Entertainment. As the title suggests, the game is based on the popular TV show – Top Gear, aired by BBC Britain. In Top Gear Road, a player gets to travel across Great Britain, France, Italy, and other regions of Europe. During the game, one not only visits the aforementioned territories but also participates in multiple races, acquires new cars, and completes tasks based on the challenges from the TV show. When playing the game, a player has access to two separate parts of the screen – on the first one, he observes the action from the inside of a car, which allows him to control the situation on the track and quickly react to anything that might happen (the driving mechanics are typical for match-3 games). The bottom part of the screen is populated with colorful symbols, which players have to manipulate in order to create combinations of minimum 3 the same icons. Such sequences influence the movement of the driven car. What is worth mentioning, particular tracks can be completed multiple times in order to beat one’s best scores, as well as those set by players from all around the world.