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Galaxy of Heroes

Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes announced for mobile


Collect so many trading card heroes
Jun 15
// Laura Kate Dale
During today's EA press conference, EA announced a new collectible card game coming to mobile called Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes. The game will cover the entire Star Wars universe, including the prequels and the Clone Wars. Y...
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EA at E3

EA celebrates 750 million mobile downloads with...Minions Paradise


An exclusive Minion, wow!
Jun 15
// Chris Carter
EA boasted a 750 million total download count for their mobile arm today at their E3 press conference, which of course means more mobile games are coming. What better opportunity than the upcoming Minions movie, based o...

Review: Fallout Shelter

Jun 15 // Chris Carter
Fallout Shelter (Android, iOS [reviewed])Developer: Bethesda Game StudiosPublisher: Bethesda SoftworksMSRP: Free-to-playRelease Date: June 14, 2015 (iOS) / TBA (Android) The gist is that you'll basically need to build your first vault from scratch, with a power source, a water treatment plant, and a cafeteria to serve food as a baseline. As you play the game, more citizens will line up outside of your vault, ready to suit up and get placed into a new room. As time passes, said NPCs will work and earn you resources, which can be gained by tapping on the location -- simple stuff that I'm sure you've seen before. Other than a few nuances like the ability to place male and female NPCs in a living space and potentially create children or ship off inhabitants to scour the wasteland off-screen, that's it. It's a lot like SimTower, or its mobile successor, Tiny Tower. Tapping is the name of the game. Unlike many games though, Fallout Shelter actually forces you to keep up with your resources. If you don't power your vault enough, rooms will shut down. If you don't keep your NPCs fed, they will lose health and productivity. A low water resource will cause your citizens to become irradiated, and so on. Your personal hamster-wheel involves completing objectives and upgrading rooms to earn caps, which in turn allow you to build more rooms to take in more inhabitants, which unlocks more advanced buildings. It's all pretty straightforward, but sometimes objectives are a bit broken, as you'll need to re-do things you may have already completed (specifically in the case of equipping an NPC with a certain item in my game). The entire process is enhanced by the fact that visually, Fallout Shelter is far more impressive than most resource-management games on the market. I love how when you double-tap on a particular room it does this 3D-like zoom, which looks great when juxtaposed to the cartoony art style of the vault inhabitants.  It's very easy to click on everything, and although the scrolling sensitivity could use some tweaking, the game as a whole is responsive. During its E3 conference last night, Bethesda noted that it didn't have any underhanded sales tactics with Fallout Shelter, as it was playable offline "without energy meters." Now, that's technically true (it works in airplane mode), but you will have to wait to earn more caps from rooms to actually do anything substantial with your vault other than look at it. What's actually cool about Shelter is that you can "hurry up" activities by taking a chance rather than spending premium currency (like every other game on the market) -- the catch is that room might explode or cause an "incident," which may kill off citizens or spread to other rooms. These can involve things like fires, or even radroach infestations. In the latter case, I had just equipped my mess hall officer with a handgun, which she used to fight off said roaches. It's a nice risk-reward feature that you don't see often. For a game like this the pacing is decent, as most early-game resources take one to three minutes to earn. It's slow though for sure in terms of earning caps and building new rooms in the long-term, as Fallout Shelter is an experience that's meant to be played over time -- so much so that many of you may give up on it after all the waiting involved. There are optional microtransactions however in the form of "lunchboxes," which range from $0.99 per box to $19.99 for 40 of them. You'll earn "Shelter Cards" for your trouble, one of which is guaranteed to grant you a rare item "or better." For the purposes of science (and this review) I purchased one, which granted me a stimpack, a 10mm pistol, 100 caps, and a sturdy piece of battle armor. All of these items aren't particularly game-breaking, and you can earn a few lunchboxes yourself by completing objectives. Faster world progress hinges on earning lots of 500 cap boxes on a whim, so I see the obvious slot machine draw here that Bethesda is going for. Fallout Shelter is a pretty inoffensive mobile resource management game. While it could have exploited fans at every turn like EA tried to do with Dungeon Keeper, it's actually a nice little way to spend an afternoon while you wait for Fallout 4 to come out in November. Just don't expect anything particularly exciting, as it is slightly skewed towards enticing you to spend money on it -- lest you wait to enjoy it in short spurts. [This review is based on a retail build of the free-to-play game. $0.99 of in-app-purchases were made by the reviewer.]
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Free-to-tunnel-snake
Last night at Bethesda's press conference, we got our first surprise of E3 2015: a brand new mobile game set in the Fallout universe called Fallout Shelter. It looked innocent enough, hearkening back to classics like XCOM as ...

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Fallout 4

Bethesda is releasing a 'Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition' with a real Pip-Boy


It uses your smartphone
Jun 14
// Chris Carter
Today at Bethesda's E3 conference in LA, the "Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition" was released. It will ship with both the game and a special edition package, which includes a real Pip-Boy accessory. To spice things up even more, the ...
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Veecaloid

WayForward alumni made a mobile game about a shapeshifting Magical Girl pop idol


It misses the mark though, sadly
Jun 09
// Chris Carter
Veecaloid Pop is out this week on iOS devices, and the level of commitment you'll need for it is described as "Flappy Bird-esque." That's about on point, as the only commands on-screen are "tap" and "drag." The object of...
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Hitman Sniper

Hitman: Sniper opens fire on iOS, Android today


Get ready, take aim...
Jun 04
// Kyle MacGregor
Square Enix Montréal has unleashed its latest mobile offering, Hitman: Sniper. As the title implies, Agent 47's latest adventure spans a series of scoped assassination missions. I've been playing through a handful of&n...
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NCSOFT

NCSOFT ready to get some of that mobile money


Where there's a will, there's a whale
May 28
// Robert Summa
Whether we like it or not, mobile gaming has become huge. And for a publisher like NCSOFT that has long been an exclusive MMO provider, the company is making the smart move of shifting some of those dying genre resources over...
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Twitch

Twitch VODs now available on your mobile device


Why wasn't this available already?
May 20
// Robert Summa
Twitch is pretty much the king of streaming and today the king announced that videos on demand are now available via your mobile device of choice. Considering how long Twitch has been around and how popular it has become, it'...
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Sega

Sega reveals list of mobile games pulled for quality concerns


No longer a mystery
May 18
// Chris Carter
Earlier this month Sega let us know that they would be pulling a number of games from the Android and iOS marketplaces for "quality concerns." Now we know exactly what those games are. While you can get a full look at the lis...
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SEGA

Sega axing various mobile games due to quality concerns


No word on the exact titles
May 10
// Kyle MacGregor
Sega will soon remove a number of its games from mobile marketplaces, the company announced. The company wouldn't say which games will be disappearing or how many, just that a number of them will be pulled from the Google Pla...
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Hearthstone on phones

Hearthstone's availability on smartphones is bad for my health


Custom deck building at red traffic lights
Apr 22
// Chris Carter
When Hearthstone made its way to the iPad, I may or may not have played it for two weeks straight. My wife and I would sit down by the fire (or hearth, if you will) with our iPad and laptop in-hand and play for hours whi...
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DeNA

Nintendo's new mobile partner goes through large number of layoffs


DeNA
Apr 13
// Steven Hansen
Japanese mobile studio DeNA recently made headlines after five years of spurned advances finally led to a partnership with Nintendo so the former could make mobile games using Nintendo's characters. DeNA also just released th...
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The Perils of Man

New adventure title from former LucasArts dev comes to Steam later this month


The Perils of Man releasing April 28 on PC and Mac
Apr 03
// Alessandro Fillari
Last year, I got the chance to chat with the developers behind The Perils of Man, an episodic time-traveling adventure title from the minds of Bill Tiller and Gene Mocsy. With a pedigree of work ranging from classic adv...
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Kingdom Hearts

Cancelled Kingdom Hearts concept art with Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Star Wars


Two new key wielders we may never know
Mar 15
// Jed Whitaker
[Update: As pointed out by Drake in the comments, there is some debate as to whether these are real or not, although no concrete evidence has been shown either way. So take the following with a grain of salt and I'll update i...
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Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy Record Keeper headed to a smartphone near you this spring


It was somewhat inevitable
Mar 13
// Brittany Vincent
This year, Square Enix is makin' it rain Final Fantasy spinoffs on us. I mean, we've got Final Fantasy Type-0 HD coming in hot just next week, and DeNA and Square Enix just revealed the launch of Final Fantasy: Record Keeper ...
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Mortal Kombat X

Mortal Kombat X doesn't lose any brutality in its mobile version


Practice your tapping
Mar 12
// Brett Makedonski
Just because it's running on devices that aren't as powerful as PC or consoles, doesn't mean that Mortal Kombat X tones down the violence for its mobile version. No, judging by this gameplay video, all the skull-crunchi...
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It's pretty rad
Badland is still one of my favorite iOS games to date, and it looks like it's coming to the Wii U eShop, Xbox One, Vita, PC, PS3, and PS4. Developer Frogmind Games is crafting a new Game of the Year version for the cons...

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Mean Girls: The Game

I feel personally victimized by the fact that there is a Mean Girls mobile game


So Much Drama™
Jan 14
// Brittany Vincent
I took a look at the official Princess Bride mobile game the other day and it was garbage. Granted, I don't like that movie, but I know plenty of people who do. It was a terrible, uninspired amalgam of boring minigames that h...
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Sons of Anarchy

This Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect teaser is...ooff


Mobile games, am I right folks?
Jan 12
// Chris Carter
For what feels like years now Sons of Anarchy creator and showrunner Kurt Sutter has been teasing an "amazing" game based on the series. While many speculated that it would be a GTA-like PC or console title, we now know...
Sons of Anarchy photo
Sons of Anarchy

That Sons of Anarchy game finally has a name and a platform


The Prospect
Dec 09
// Chris Carter
Sons of Anarchy is coming to a close this week, and it's been a wild seven seasons. While I could have done without the entire Belfast saga in Season 3, series creator Kurt Sutter has consistently kept me entertained for over...
Project HON trailer photo
Project HON trailer

Project HON's mech combat trailer is amazing and confusing


Mecha got a booty like DAYAM
Nov 25
// Nic Rowen
I wish everyday started with over 20 minutes of gorgeous mech combat. Project HON's impressively long trailer includes everything you could ask for from a game inspired by mecha anime: senseless destruction, giant guns, metal fisticuffs, weaponized grappling hooks, and transforming robots. Best breakfast viewing ever.
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Enemy Within

XCOM: Enemy Within on mobile could ruin my life


Save Earth by slacking off at work
Nov 12
// Nic Rowen
Every once and awhile I see something that I desperately want but know I shouldn't get because it would ruin my life. Motorcycles, home-installed espresso machines, that sort of thing. Now I can add XCOM: Enemy Within on mobi...
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Nintendo Mii mobile app

Nintendo launching first smartphone app next year


Not a game, obviously.
Nov 02
// Kyle MacGregor
Nintendo is releasing a Mii app for mobile devices in 2015, company president Satoru Iwata revealed during a recent investor Q&A session. Earlier this year, Nintendo expressed an interest in leveraging smartphones to...
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WayForward and Amazon Game Studios team up on Til Morning's Light


Touch-based action adventure for Fire phone
Oct 14
// Dale North
Til Morning's Light was developed by WayForward in cooperation with Amazon Game Studios, and it's coming exclusively to the Fire phone.  So far we know that Til Morning's Light is set in a haunted New England mansion th...
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Windows 10

Microsoft is skipping right to Windows 10


'One product family, with a tailored experience for each device'
Sep 30
// Jordan Devore
The guy's face in the thumbnail says it all. Microsoft has announced the name of its follow-up to Windows 8 and it's, uh, Windows 10. Yeah, really. The new operating system is meant to run on all sorts of devices -- whether ...
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Final Fanrtasy

The pen is mightier than the sword in the latest Final Fantasy mobile game


Words do more than sticks and stones
Sep 10
// Brittany Vincent
The latest Final Fantasy mobile spin-off title (not pictured above, as there are currently no assets) will have players fighting enemies Typing of the Dead style. In Final Fantasy World Wide Words, players will fight enemies ...
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Apple announces the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus


Duh
Sep 09
// Dale North
Tim Cook called it the "biggest advancement in iPhone." We called it the worst of their long history of poorly kept secrets.  Two sizes: both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus were announced this morning at Apple's pres...
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Senran Kagura

'Draw' the Senran Kagura girls in this strange crossover


Yes, more Senran Kagura news
Sep 08
// Brittany Vincent
Looks like there's another Senran Kagura game on the horizon, but before you get too excited, it's a crossover with Toast's Drawgirls and Senran Kagura: New Wave. Drawgirls is a picture discovery game where it's your jo...
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Harmonix to create a virtual reality experience for Samsung Gear VR


Visualizer for your face
Sep 05
// Dale North
Remember that new Samsung Gear VR that we told you about a few days ago? Harmonix sends word that they've signed on to create a new virtual reality experience for the device.  Harmonix Music VR is a music-listening dream...
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Terra Battle

Here's the first trailer and set of screens for Mistwalker's Terra Battle


Steamy card game goodness
Aug 28
// Brittany Vincent
The official Terra Battle website is open for business, and with it a brand new trailer and screenshots outlining the "Download Starter" model the game is set to operate on. The more the game is downloaded, the more content ...

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