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Star Wars

Star Wars Lightsaber Escape is a cool piece of tech that links your phone and a browser


Use the phone, Luke
Dec 16
// Chris Carter
Google has launched a cool little browser game that links up your smart phone as a controller, and pits you against a series of Stormtroopers as a Jedi. Basically, all you have to do is download or load up Chrome on your smar...
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Cave

Cave is working on a free-to-play shooter


For mobile devices
Dec 11
// Chris Carter
Try to say DoDonPachi IchimeBanchou three times fast. One of my favorite things about visiting Japan this year was the arcades, as I've said in the past. I was pretty much in heaven in the shmup sections, with tons of cl...
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Review: Gamevice

Review: Gamevice for the iPhone


Like the Vita's controls for your iPhone
Dec 09
// Jed Whitaker
Mobile gaming is becoming closer and closer to console gaming, and with the line thinning the only thing missing is phones coming with dedicated controllers. That is where the Gamevice comes in, to try to fill that hole by turning your iPhone 6 into a fully-fledged gaming console. While it does the job well, it certainly isn't without some minor flaws.
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Bethesda

Bethesda just opened up a new Montreal studio with a mobile and console focus


Expanding core team
Dec 09
// Chris Carter
Bethesda Game Studios has announced it is adding another base of operations in the decidedly non-Bethesda area of Montreal, Quebec, to "expand its development capabilities in console, PC, and mobile gaming." Note that la...
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You Must Build a Boat

You Must Build a Boat is getting a daily challenge mode


Live now on iOS, coming to Android
Dec 08
// Chris Carter
You Must Build a Boat, like 10000000 before it, has taken up a lot of my mobile gaming time, and it seems like it's going to take up a lot more. The developer has informed Destructoid that the game will be getting a free upda...
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FFVII remake

The Final Fantasy VII Remake will be crossing over with Mobius Final Fantasy


New style, same mobile game
Dec 07
// Chris Carter
Mobius Final Fantasy was released in Japan earlier this year. It's a mobile game developed by Square Enix featuring a new story and a protagonist named Wol, with classic Final Fantasy gameplay elements. From what I...
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Can you Dig it!?

Make like Dig Dug and play music while you walk


Medometer for iPhone is a thing
Dec 01
// Jed Whitaker
[Update: the app's creator has renamed it to "Medometer64," because "it was spelled too much like 'pedometer,'" which made it tougher to find.] Have you ever wished that music played whenever you walked like in classic arcad...
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Release the Drones

Futurama lives on in new mobile game


Bite my shiny, metal microtransaction
Nov 24
// CJ Andriessen
Good news, everyone! Futurama, the twice-canceled sci-fi masterpiece, is coming back (yay!) as a mobile game (awe). Fox Digital Entertainment announced it is teaming up with German developer Wooga Games to make Futurama: Game...
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Hearthstone

'League of Explorers' expansion unveiled for Hearthstone, launches next week!


Quick turnaround
Nov 06
// Chris Carter
Blizzard time is a lot like Valve time. When they announce a date, you can usually add six months to a year to it. But that isn't the case with the League of Explorers expansion for Hearthstone -- it'll launch next ...
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Emoji and GIFs

Text like you're in a nuclear wasteland with the official Fallout keyboard


Fallout C.H.A.T.
Nov 03
// Jed Whitaker
Bethesda has released an official Fallout-themed keyboard for iOS and Android called Fallout C.H.A.T. (or, Communications Hub and Transmitter). The app includes a custom keyboard that outputs text in old-timey black and white...
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Contra

There's a new Contra coming, for Android and iOS...in China


Ahhhh, so lame
Nov 02
// Chris Carter
These days, retro-era publishers can get desperate. While they've made their fortunes on the traditional arcade and console market, other revenue streams can seem enticing after others have struck gold in ways they've never s...
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EA

EA 'will evaluate any and all opportunities' with Nintendo going forward


Hope for the NX?
Oct 31
// Chris Carter
Remember when EA came out on stage with a massive amount of support for Nintendo's Wii U at its first E3, and then basically ran off into the night in 2013 without so much as port support? A lot of third-parties have flocked ...
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Fallout Shelter update

Meet one of Fallout 4's characters early in Fallout Shelter


Plus new hard mode, cloud saves
Oct 16
// Steven Hansen
The many-millions-maker Vault dwelling mobile game from Bethesda, Fallout Shelter, got its 1.2 update, which includes a new survival mode and, for some, one of Fallout 4's characters. Piper, who runs a newspaper in Fallout 4...
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Microaggressions by Kanye

Kanye West hates microtransactions too


No one game should have all those IAPs
Oct 10
// Jed Whitaker
Turns out that undisputed rap god Kanye West got in his zone and let everyone know how he feels about in-app purchases, specifically in kids games. "Fuck any game company that puts in-app purchases on kids games!!! That makes...
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Hearthstone

Hearthstone will finally be available in Japan soon


'Later this month'
Oct 05
// Chris Carter
The time has finally come for Hearthstone to hit Japan. Although the game wasn't previously that popular in the region (partially due to the fact that they had to play an international version), Blizzard will bring the g...
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Noon VR

Noon VR is a neat home experience, but the tech is very limited


Far from true VR
Oct 02
// Chris Carter
As most of you know, I'm not completely sold on VR yet. I mean, I actually really like the tech, it's very cool, but I'm literally not sold on it. I've had a full-time job basically since I was 15, so I could genera...
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Mobile gaming

Would you still be gaming if most of the industry was absorbed by mobile?


I ride until I die
Sep 25
// Chris Carter
This past week at TGS, I noticed a huge uptick in terms of an overall mobile presence. Much to the chagrin of most gamers, this shift is heralded as the end of gaming as we know it. But as someone who plays mobile games on a ...
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Konami

It looks like Konami's giving up on big-release titles


Moving into mobile game publishing
Sep 18
// Joe Parlock
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain has been out for just over a week now. As the dust settles, we can finally remember that Konami hasn’t been the most likable publisher in the world recently. Now that its biggest gam...
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It makes sense to me
Candy Crush is like, bad, right? I mean, I'll still suggest to my mother that she should read a book instead of wasting time on that crap (talk about some role reversal), but it's difficult to dislike the game with any inten...

Magic: The Gathering - Puzzle Quest found inspiration in Tinder

Sep 10 // Zack Furniss
I've always been curious about Magic, so I clenched my toes and resolved to understand everything the developer was going to tell me. Like other Puzzle Quest games, this is a match-3 game where you have to rearrange chromatic gems. You play as a Planeswalker of your choice, which the internet tells me is "among the most powerful beings in the Mulitiverse" and is also a cipher for the player. Each Planeswalker specializes in a certain type of mana, which correlates with a certain colored gem. By carefully choosing gems that are better for your P'Walker, you can cast spells, use items, and attack your opponents. As I aimlessly matched Swamp mana gems, developer man told me that while decks begin pre-assembled and tailored to each Planeswalker you can choose from, you can also earn new cards through the game or through buying booster packs. If you decide to buy a booster pack, you'll be shown more cards than you'll actually get and can choose from that pool. D3 Go! told me that they found inspiration by way of popular dating (fucking) app Tinder, in that if you like a card, you can swipe right to have sex with it acquire it, and if you don't you can swipe left to dismiss it. It's almost the same amount of fun, except here you're judging and subsequently throwing a card (instead of a person) in the bin. While there will be a set number of Planeswalkers at launch, more cards and characters will be available as time goes on. D3 Go! wants special events to tie into the physical card-based game when they can, and might even make certain cards easier to attain at these times. They haven't nailed down the pricing and timing of these events yet, but plan to make sure this month's variant of Puzzle Quest has a long span of life. Though my awkward time with Magic: The Gathering - Puzzle Quest wasn't enough to teach me all of the intricacies of the upcoming mobile game, I left curious. I might try it out this fall when it releases for free on iOS and Android devices, if only as an opportunity to symbolically apologize to D3 (kudos for being patient and fun!) for making their job harder for fifteen skin-crawling minutes. Let's see who'll be the first person to accuse me of not knowing anything about Magic in the comments. You have my permission to laugh at them. Or, you can be nice and point to the first paragraph. Your call.
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Or, an adventure in ignorance
I'm telling you right now, if you clicked on this article for an expert opinion on all things Magic: The Gathering, you're in the wrong place. I know fuck-all about Magic! My only experience with Puzzle Quest is the five...

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Pokemon Shuffle

Pokemon Shuffle is hitting iOS today in the west (Update: Android too now)


Much better suited for mobile
Sep 01
// Chris Carter
[Update: it's also available on Android too.] If you haven't tried Pokemon Shuffle yet, now's your chance -- it's hitting iOS today in North America and Europe. It was always better suited as a mobile game anyway, one th...
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Bring a controller
Final Fantasy VII hit iOS last week with a $15.99 price tag, which left a number of people skeptical as to how much work was put into it. After playing it however, I have to say that most of my fears were put to rest. By...

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Pokemon Shuffle

Pokemon Shuffle hits iOS and Android in Japan


Perfect fit
Aug 24
// Chris Carter
With its focus on energy and microtransaction-heavy core balance, Pokemon Shuffle felt like a mobile game that happened to be released on 3DS. Naturally, it has made the shift over to the actual mobile arena, by way of A...
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Hearthstone update

Hearthstone version 3.0 is out, hints of upcoming co-op mode


Grand Tournament launches next week
Aug 19
// Jed Whitaker
Blizzard's ever-popular free-to-play digital card game Hearthstone just got a major update ahead of the release of its next expansion, The Grand Tournament. Blizzard just recently revealed all 132 new cards included...
Final Fantasy VII photo
Final Fantasy VII

Final Fantasy VII hits iOS tonight


At midnight
Aug 19
// Chris Carter
When the clock strikes midnight in your country, Final Fantasy VII will be available on iOS. This version evidently offers up multiple controller options, including analog or digital movement. It also comes with some of...
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Pac-Man 256

Pac-Man 256, from the developers of Crossy Road, is out now


On Android and iOS
Aug 19
// Chris Carter
Developer Hipster Whale hit it big with Crossy Road, and for good reason -- it's a fantastic little mobile game. Now they're back with Pac-Man 256, which sees the iconic character in an endless runner format, wacka-ing his wa...
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New Skylanders

Skylanders Battlecast is a brand new game in the Skylanders franchise


Free-to-play mobile 'adventure'
Aug 18
// Chris Carter
Activision has announced a new Skylanders game called Battlecast, and it's a free-to-play mobile card game. I'm guessing they want to get in on that sweet Hearthstone money (which funnily enough, is part of the sam...
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Breath of Fire 6

Breath of Fire 6's Ryu is the protagonist's older brother


Series portal site, webcomic up
Aug 14
// Steven Hansen
Has it really been two years since Capcom took the wind out fans' sails with Breath of Fire 6, the mobile game? Time flies. Capcom has put up a nice Breath of Fire series site filthy with bios, pictures, videos from all game...
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Monster Hunter Explore

Monster Hunter Explore is a mobile game with a focus on...exploration


Duh
Aug 14
// Chris Carter
You know what, Monster Hunter Freedom Unite was actually pretty good for a mobile Hunter game. I'd definitely try out another one, and it looks like I'll get my wish with Monster Hunter Explore. It's an upcomi...
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Rollercoaster Tycoon 3

Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 just got released on iOS


No microtransactions! Hallelujah!
Aug 13
// Joe Parlock
The initial reaction for lot of people have to “iOS port of ___” is to run away screaming. Microtransactions, ads, and Facebook integration. Mobile gaming for the most part is a total mess, but this time, someone&...

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