Age of Empires: Castle Siege (WP)
Strategy 17 September 2014
Age of Empires: Castle Siege is a spin-off of the best-selling Age of Empires series. Castle Siege is a free-to-play game with optional microtransactions. The game was developed by Smoking Gun Interactive, creators of many mobile games and Kinect games for Xbox 360, under the watchful eye of Microsoft. Castle Siege is set in medieval times, and the players can choose one of the few historic factions to play as. The game's mechanics are rather different than those from the regular Age of Empires games. Age of Empires: Castle Siege has two primary gameplay aspects: the economic one, focusing on gathering resources, castle's extensions, and technological development; and the strategic one, which requires the players to attack other strongholds, controlled either by A.I. or other players. Multiplayer, which allows PC and mobile gamers to play together, is the core of the gameplay. However, Smoking Gun Interactive also created a single player mode, in which the players can play out a multiple mission campaign, and single scenarios inspired by famous historic battles.
A dark fantasy tactical RPG with turn-based combat created by Polish developer Jujubee. In Spellcrafter you assume the role of a hero representing one of three playable classes (Human, Necromancer, or Elf), and set out on a journey to explore a world full of magic. On your way you get to earn experience and gold, interact with non-player characters, and undertake various missions that often put you up against tough moral decisions. The game features isometric view, and as you play you gradually expand your team by recruiting heroes you encounter on the way, each of them providing your team with unique abilities. The game’s turn-based combat emphasizes both tactical depth and strategic elements. Spellcrafter’s characteristic feature is its unique system of spell casting. In order to cast a spell you have draw a specific pattern on the screen – the quicker and more accurate you are the more powerful the spell is.
Age of Empires: World Domination (WP)
A mobile real time strategy game developed by the Singapore-based studio KLab Global using the license of the Microsoft's cult strategy series. In the game, the player takes control of one of the great historical civilizations and his task is to develop its power and lead it to world domination. The player can choose from Celts, Brits, Vikings, Japanese, Chinese, Franks, Saracen, and Huns. Each nation has its own technology tree, buildings, and units, among which there are also legendary historical characters with unique abilities. As in other games of the series, gameplay in Age of Empires: World Domination consists mostly of gathering resources, developing the nation's economy, and participating in battles which, despite being much smaller than in PC installments of the series, offer a significant tactical depth. The game is available for free and based on the free-to-play model with additional microtransactions.
Demon Hunter 2: A New Chapter (WP)
Adventure 19 July 2016
A sequel to the casual HOPA game developed cooperatively by the Serbian Brave Giant and the Polish Artifex Mundi. The action of Demon Hunter 2: A New Chapter takes place 20 years after the events of the original. When the foster father of the heroine dies while fighting a demonic opponent that tried to reenter our world, the protagonist becomes the last living member of the ancient Demon Hunter order and the only person that can face the enemy who is now stronger than ever. Mechanics-wise, the game doesn’t deviate from its predecessor’s or standard HOPA game solutions at all. The story, in the course of which we visit 31 varied locations, is enriched by numerous scenes with hidden objects and new mini-games that require great perceptiveness and the ability to think logically.
Five Nights at Freddy's (WP)
Adventure 01 December 2014
An original horror game created by Scott Cawthon, an independent gamemaker. The player assumes the role of a watchman who takes up a seasonal job at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza. What is important about the restaurant, is that mechanical mascots are its main attraction. A seemingly easy job turns into a true nightmare during the very first night, when the protagonist discovers that the sympathetic animatronics come to life after dark and display a hostile attitude towards humans. Trapped in a cramped watch room, the protagonist has to avoid contact with murderous robots during five subsequent nights. The task is not easy, because using various devices, such as lighting and monitoring systems, as well as locking the door drains the power supply, which has to be appropriately managed throughout the entire night. Despite its simplistic mechanics, Five Nights at Freddy's provides a good dose of anxiety and is capable of frightening the player with ease.
Brothers in Arms 3: Sons of War (WP)
Action 17 December 2014
A three-dimensional World War II shooter developed by Gameloft. The main protagonist is Sergeant Wright, who after landing in Normandy continues the military offense on territories occupied by the Nazis. He is accompanied by a small group, each member of which has unique equipment and skills. The game features only a story campaign that consists of eight missions. During them the player participates in open shootouts with enemies and he performs stealth missions. The action is presented with a third-person perspective – the first-person perspective is used only while precisely aiming. Because of that and the presence of a cover system, despite the large number of enemies the action is rather slow paced. During the fights the player can use special attacks (like an airstrike, rockets, Molotov’s cocktails) and the gameplay mechanics feature RPG traits like statistics upgrading and developing the skills of members of the squad.
Lara Croft GO (WP)
Adventure 27 August 2015
A spin-off to the adventures of the beautiful archaeologist Lara Croft, created for mobile platforms users by one of Square Enix’s studios, which also created a mobile game featuring Agent 47. Gameplay combines elements characteristic for the Tomb Raider series – e.g. exploring ruins and tombs filled with traps – with turn-based logic game mechanics borrowed from Hitman GO. The action is presented in isometric view and the player’s goal is to go through various locations by moving on predefined paths, disable traps, and fight enemies. To make matters more difficult, a part of a location is not visible at the beginning, so you need to precisely plan what to do – each inconsiderate move costs a lot. The game features simple hand-drawn graphics and an atmospheric soundtrack.
Lost Grimoires: Stolen Kingdom (WP)
Adventure 07 November 2016
An adventure game with hidden object puzzle elements, created by indie studio World-LooM. Lost Grimoires: Stolen Kingdom is set in a fantasy world. The protagonist is a young alchemy adept, who returns home and tries to find her lost parents. The search leads her towards a dark secret, which threatens the whole kingdom. The gameplay in Lost Grimoires: Stolen Kingdom consists of solving various puzzles and finding various hidden objects. The alchemist visits 30 locations, where she can find hints concerning the intrigue, and useful items. The production features an expansive alchemy system, hand-draw 2D graphics, animated cutscenes, and a soundtrack specifically composed for the game.
The Myth Seekers: The Legacy of Vulcan (WP)
Adventure 08 August 2017
An adventure game representing the "hidden objects" genre, developed by Sunward Games and published by Artifex Mundi - a company specializing in this kind of video games. The action of The Myth Seekers: The Legacy of Vulcan is set in Italy in 1920. The main protagonist of the game is Amelie, a Roman mythology expert who works for the titular agency called The Myth Seekers. Amelie has to find a powerful artifact known as the Vulcan's Hammer before other ancient gods beat her to it and annihilate all humanity. On his adventure, a player gets to meet sixteen characters from the Roman pantheon led by Vulcan - a godly blacksmith. Consecutive parts of the story are unraveled before a player through multiple cutscenes. The gameplay revolves around looking for particular items on colorful and rich with detail boards. A player also has to complete numerous mini-games and logical puzzles. The game delivers polished and detailed visuals.
Dungeon Hunter 5 (WP)
RPG 12 March 2015
The fifth major installment of the popular mobile action RPG series by Gameloft. The story of Dungeon Hunter 5 is a direct continuation of that from its predecessor. Even though the forces of darkness have been stopped, glory days of the kingdom of Valenthia are at an end. Trade routes are overrun by bandits, while demons appear in swamps to create a grand undead army with the warriors who rise from the grave. In the game, we assume the role of a bounty hunter who tries to restore order in the kingdom, at least partially. The gameplay mechanics haven’t been significantly changed and are still rooted in the hack ‘n’ slash genre. The protagonist’s tasks include performing subsequent quests that involve exploration of the kingdom, fighting hordes of monsters, gathering treasures, and developing skills with the obtained experience. The equipment system now lets us destroy items to acquire raw materials needed to enhance weapons.
The Sims FreePlay (WP)
Simulation 12 September 2013
A spin-off of the bestselling series The Sims. It is available as a free-to-play title. The Sims FreePlay was developed by Firemonkeys, a studio that specializes in mobile games. Similarly as in the main installments of the series, the main objective is to control the life of virtual characters and decide what they will do, where they will live and who will they befriend. The gameplay is based on sandbox rules, allowing the player to freely control the fate of his Sims – he can send them to work, take them to interesting places in the city, help them make friends and even make them marry someone and give birth to children. In addition to controlling the life of the Sims, the player can design their house or take care of their garden. The game is played in real-time and the only limitation of freedom is time needed to complete various actions – however, it can be shortened by using the microtransactions. Real currency can be also used for buying exclusive items and decorations.
Dragon Hills (WP)
Arcade 09 April 2015
Dragon Hills is a mobile 2D platformer. It was developed by Rebel Twins, creators of Aliens Drive Me Crazy and Daddy Was A Thief. We play as a princess who seeks revenge on the people who hurt her. Riding a friendly dragon, we embarks on a journey of destruction. Instead of flying, however, the dragon digs underground tunnels. Our enemies are mostly located on the surface, so we will have to jump out frequently to destroy them. However, each action like that has to be calculated, because the deeper under ground we are, the higher we will jump. By doing so, we will destroy buildings, fight bosses, and gather items. The implemented character progression system will alow our dragon to get more and more powerful. The game features cartoonish 2D visuals.