911 Operator (iOS)
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.
Durango: Wild Lands (iOS)
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.
Assassin's Creed Rebellion (iOS)
A 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 the Canadian team at 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 the Assassin’s Creed video games and the movie as well as twenty completely new individuals. The fortress under your command is the main base of operations for your men, from which they set out for missions in teams of up to three members. As you accumulate experience and gain higher character 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.
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.
Night in the Woods (iOS)
A combination of adventure and arcade games, created by an independent developer known as Infinite Ammo. The player assumes the role of Mae - a cat with paranormal abilities. The protagonist quits her studies and returns to her hometown - Possum Springs, in order to have some quality time with her old friends. The place has fallen into decline since the last mine in town was closed, because the inhabitants have been left without work. What is worse however, is that a neighboring forest has apparently kept some dark secret concealed. The plot serves the role of an parallel to human existence, with themes such as death, transience of all things or longing for certain moments from the past elaborated on throughout the story. The player is required to explore (by jumping across platforms mostly) a unique in-game environment, solve simple puzzles connected to it, talk to NPCs, as well as engage in joyful activities, such as playing the guitar or having fun with the in-game friends. What distinguishes Night in the Woods from other titles, are its visuals based on an original art style - those were crafted by Scott Benson. The unique soundtrack on the other hand, was created by Alec Holowka.
An arcade top-down racing game. Eat My Dust! was developed by Immobile Games studio (Hopping Penguin and Master Archer 3D) for mobile platforms. The title is a typical example of the genre, featuring a light tone and vector graphics. The players can use several vehicles that are unlocked as they progress in the game. The tracks on which the races take place all feature desert scenery. Despite the fact of being short, they are filled with various ramps, traps, and destructible objects that make the races more interesting. The developers made sure that their game has simple, intuitive controls – the game uses automatic acceleration and auto-regenerating boost. The player must focus only on controlling the vehicle. Eat My Dust! offers both single- and multiplayer. The first mode offers many races against AI as part of the campaign, and time trials. As for the multiplayer mode, up to four players can play simultaneously.
DC Unchained (iOS)
Developed by the South Korean 4:33 Creative Lab, DC Unchained is a mobile action game based on the free-to-play business model and offering mainly PvE and PvP multiplayer modes. The action of the game is set in the universe created by DC Comics for their comic books, animated series, and movies. DC Unchained described herein draws multiple themes from the entire DC franchise - during the game, players get to visit many locations introduced in the comic books and control the most famous superheroes and supervillains featured in this universe. The gameplay revolves around fighting hordes of opponents controlled by the AI and facing other players. During the game, one is tasked with assembling a team of three and participating in dynamic battles using unique sets of skills exhibited by each separate character. DC Unchained delivers several game modes including an elaborate story mode, time challenge, special missions, the defense mode, and multiple PvP based modes.
Black Desert Mobile (iOS)
A special version of Black Desert Online, developed for mobile devices. The developers intended to recreate as many features of the well received original version as possible. During the game the players are exploring vast world, fighting encountered enemies and completing quests received from non-playable characters. It is also possible to participate in battles between guilds.
Tekken Mobile (iOS)
Fighting 31 December 2017
Tekken is a mobile fighting game developed by Bandai Namco Entertainment. It is a side installment of a popular series of fighting games. It was developed exclusively for smartphones and tablets. The title is using a free-to-play distribution model with microtransactions. The gameplay mechanics consist of duels one on one, in which players are using action-based combat system that enables them to move through the arena and use variety of techniques. Collecting characters is the key aspect of the game. There are more than one hundred warriors to obtain. Each of them has unique special attacks that the player must first unlock and then upgrade with experience points. The title features story mode in which the player faces artificial intelligence and multiplayer mode which enables the player to face other players via Internet and to participate in faction wars. In addition to that, the players can upload their replays that are used for teaching AI new tactics.
Arcade 31 December 2017
Inside is the second project of the independent Danish studio PlayDead, which became famous by creating the cult game Limbo. The game's development was partially funded by a grant from the Danish government. The story tells about a young boy who must stop the forces of evil that are trying to take over the world by experimenting on humans. The gameplay mechanics are similar to classic platformer games. They combine the necessity to solve various puzzles with tasks requiring reflexes and good manual skills. The game takes place in a dark universe where the rain never ceases to fall. The visuals of the game are similar to the ones used in the previous bestselling game developed by PlayDead studio. However, this time the world is three-dimensional. The colors in the game are toned down and the music is atmospheric. The game was created by using the popular, multi-platform Unity engine.
Naruto X Boruto: Ninja Voltage (iOS)
Action 31 December 2017
Naruto x Boruto: Ninja Voltage is a mobile game developed by Bandai Namco. The title was designed with multiplayer mode in mind. It enables the player to fight for user-built fortresses. Before the combat starts, the players are preparing the battlefields, for example by setting traps in strategic locations. The game features a cooperation mode in which the players join forces to fight against enemies controlled by the artificial intelligence. Naruto x Boruto: Ninja Voltage features many characters known from Naruto universe. The graphics are similar to the animated original as well – they feature high quality portraits and beautifully animated cutscenes that can be watched between the fights. The game uses a free-to-play distribution model. It also features optional microtransactions.
Shadowgun: Legends (iOS)
Action May 2018
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.
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.
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.
Darkest Dungeon: The Crimson Court (iOS)
The first expansion for the 2016 dungeon crawler RPG Darkest Dungeon by Red Hook Studios. The add-on utilizes the gameplay mechanics from the core game — you complete a team of heroes and set out to explore the eponymous Darkest Dungeon. Your goal is to find enormous riches, with which you can expand a shabby hamlet, also serving as your base. Like in the original Darkest Dungeon game, the characters of The Crimson Court suffer from typical human ailments — some of them may go berserk, while others may panic when surrounded by darkness. The game places a strong focus on blood, which is a theme connecting the items you find and your enemies. The expansion also marks the first appearance of vampires, creatures with a unique set of characteristics and abilities.
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.
Logic Thursday, 14 December 2017
An unusual logic game developed by Buried Signal. The game was created by Jason Roberts, who was responsible both for the code and for the visuals of the title. The main protagonist of Gorogoa is a boy who collects mysterious items related to religion. The story of the game is filled with symbols and abstract references to faiths from all over the world. The key aspect of gameplay is solving riddles that take the form of movable puzzles that consist of up to four scenes. What makes things more complicated is the fact that the player isn’t matching parts of a single image, but motives hidden in each scene. If combined correctly, the pictures will be animated, creating a key scene and pushing the story forward. Gorogoa distinguishes itself with unique mechanics and unusual graphics that look like an animated, hand-colored drawing.
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.
Tom Clancy's ShadowBreak (iOS)
Action February 2018
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 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.
Arena of Valor (iOS)
Action March 2018
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.