Football Strike Review: “real” football on demand

Football Strike Review: “real” football on demand

Sep 21, 2017

Look, I love soccer. I coach it, still play it (somewhat, ha!) and watch it as much as I can. And with the major leagues back in full swing, I can do my commonwealth thing and enjoy referring to it as “real” football.

Yep, I was okay with formally checking out Football Strike – Multiplayer Soccer, a new one from Android all-star development house Miniclip.com. Very, very okay.

As one would expect from a Miniclip.com game, this one has high visual content. The soccer players, fs3containing environments and the like were all pretty well done, with matching sounds and effects that are equally of the standout variety. The animations work very well; ball flight and player movement look natural. The controls are intuitive, mostly consisting of free-screen taps and directional gestures.

The game plays in landscape, and this also works well.

The game tutor is front and center to begin. It starts out with a Shooting Race mode. Here, you learn the basics of shooting while racing against another character to smash through targets superimposed on the face of the goal for points. At the end of the allotted time, winner gets goodies. After working on that, you then get to try Free Kicks mode, which is fashioned after spot kicks. In this one, you go head to head with another player. You and your opponent alternate taking free kicks from different spots and controlling the keeper. Best of five, and again, winner get the jackpot.

After a particular player level is attained, Career mode is unlocked. This is a leveled adventure featuring different challenges, and you have to win to advance to the next one. The stuff here is inventive and familiar, featuring stuff already seen and a few new tricks.

The game also has a training section, and there are goodies that can be collected, and accumulated game cash can be used to procure better gear and such. Fun all the way round.

But alas, there is an energy requirement. This can be circumvented by real money.

Still, it is a worthy game, such that you don’t need need to be a soccer feen to enjoy it. You just might afterwards, though.

Sonny Review: it takes a zombie to beat a zombie

Sonny Review: it takes a zombie to beat a zombie

Sep 19, 2017

At this point, I think we all can agree that zombies do exist. No? Then why are they such a staple of our entertainment lives? Books. TV. Movies.

And games. Including mobile ones. Yes… it’s an undead world, and we just live in it.

So, coming up upon Sonny, a new-ish zombie fighting game from Armor Games, we figured it’s worth our time to give it a going over. For science.

It has great comic-inspired looks, with text boxes and audio that underscores the riveting storyline. We learn that there has been an outbreak, people are turning. Our narrator helps save a half-turned victim, who becomes Sonny. Remember Blade? Yep, Sonny has zombie attributes which help him combat them.

Action? This one brings turn-based battling with an RPG twist to the table. The game intro serves as a tutorial that allows you to figure out how to use our newly revived, somewhat undead hero. The battles are posed much like retro fighting games, with our hero on the one side and enemies on the other. Each group individuals has a lifebar, and the overarching goal is to obviously sap them of their lifesource before they can do the same to our dude.

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As noted above, fighting actions are turn-based. You, the player goes first, and then the CPU responds. So, a typical sequence involves our hero is accosted by an enemy (or enemies), and you go at it, one after the other, till someone is depleted. Doing well yields game cash, we can be used to unlock and sharpen several attributes and abilities.

As the action continues, and you lead Sonny to find a cure, it’s all about improving him to be able to match up with the increasing number of tougher enemies that begin to arrive.

It comes together nicely; it can be a bit of a challenge to creatively use such a tried and true such as the undead in a current mobile game, but in Sonny, it works relatively well.

Authoritarian thriller ‘Beholder’ adds features via update

Authoritarian thriller ‘Beholder’ adds features via update

Jul 31, 2017

Beholder (from Creative Mobile Publishing) is all about Big Brother and choice.

Don’t do it!

Or should you?

It’s shadowy — both physically and gameplay-wise — with great CYOA elements, and now, it’s getting an update.

The newest build brings cloud support (yay!); now, it is possible to pick up and play the same game across connected Android devices. Also notable in this update is that the app is slimmed down (according to the changelog, it is 260 mb smaller now).

There is also a new animation added, which allows players to see the lead character moving to a selected action.

Finally, there are bug fixes.

Now, we were somewhat smitten with Beholder when we took it for a spin way back when; we’d be selfish if we kept such goodness to ourselves. It comes in two flavors: free and full for $4.99.

[Our Beholder review]

Wordscapes Review

Wordscapes Review

Jul 10, 2017

Yes, yes… if we’ve said it once, we’ve said it a million times: we love “simple.” After all the hustle bustle of a zillion game types, sometimes, we all can do with a simple, easy-to-understand brain teaser to cool the brain off on.

A word game, perhaps? Something like Wordscapes, maybe?

Wordscapes uses simple graphics set in portrait orientation. The layout is simple enough, with the solved word section taking up most of the screen. Towards the bottom is a circle containing a word jumble, and then there are virtual buttons that serve as the controls around the main pieces.word3

It comes together much like the love child of a word search game and a crossword puzzle. It’s a leveled game, and each level starts with a set of letters, jumbled up. The idea is to glean words, and form them by tracing over the letters to correctly form the word; if the formed word is a correct one — and correctly spelled — it then automatically is applied to its spot in the crossword grid. The idea is to keep on going until the crossword area is completely full.

It starts out easily enough, with relatively short words that probably won’t tax the brain too much. The crossword element helps move the gameplay on, because the words overlap on the grid, and as such, with more correctly guessed words, there are more hints. The strength of the game, really, is the wealth of anagram sets, especially deeper in the game.

As one plays on, you might have to use the helpers: there is one for scrambling and one for hints. The former is great for re-mixing the letters, and the latter for filling in gaps. There are bonus squares, and some levels give you credit for finding words that are not part of the solution.

Again, simple does it. Words are fun again.

Oasis Games unleashes Fleet Glory on Google Play

Oasis Games unleashes Fleet Glory on Google Play

Jul 7, 2017

Fans of naval battles rejoice… Fleet Glory is here, courtesy of Oasis Games.

This one is a third-person view thriller that coaxes the player to join online PvP groups to do glorious naval battle. There is also a PvE option.

Excerpts from the press release:

Fleet Glory is a World War II-themed naval battle game featuring over 100 well-known warships of the era. Man ships ranging from destroyers to cruisers to battleships and relive historic naval engagements on classic maritime
match maps.

The game’s sea battles are stunningly realistic with dynamic weather systems and day- and night-time effects. Ambitious commanders can dial up the realism further by opting for manual pilot mode and assume responsibility for maneuvering the ship while continuing to direct fire

The game is free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play.

Last Day on Earth: Survival adds notifications, new localizations and more

Last Day on Earth: Survival adds notifications, new localizations and more

Jul 3, 2017

Kefir! has its fingerprint on a few popular games, and its latest — Last Day on Earth: Survival — seems to fit the fold quite nicely. It’s a survival game in the mold of Minecraft, but with a different view and more conventional graphics.

In this one, you keep busy. Think apocalypse… with zombies running around. You need to be able to build shelter, rummage for food and supplies, and fight off the undead and human marauders alike. Crafting, hunting, survival.

Now, even as we are giving it a go, it is getting enhanced via update.

The current build adds push notifications related to traveling on the global map and increases the durability of armor. Additionally, more folks different places can get in on the game, as new localizations have been added to the game — specifically Italian, German and French.

Also, per the changelog, there are changes in the recipe system.

Last Day on Earth: Survival is free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play.

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Bounzy! Review

Bounzy! Review

Jun 30, 2017

Time for Bounzy!.

In this one, you are a mage, and you are helping to protect a town. From what? Well, a host of scary beasts that look to do the town harm. You, the player/mage, are all that stands between the incoming creatures.

At your disposal are magical weapons that manifest much like fire bombs. The idea is to fire these bombs to destroy the enemy before they make it to the city gates. Now, it helps to know that every beast has a lifebar, and it generally takes more than one hit to take them out. Thankfully, the aforementioned magical weapon is a stream of fireballs that each inflict a degree of damage on the enemy.

The real gimmick, the thing the game gets its name from, is the bouncing walls. You see, the magic has the ability to rebound continually within the playing area, doing damage to damage-able things, on and on till they destroy all the enemies or are bounced back towards the bounzy3town where they dissipate. The mage character at the bottom of the screen, and the beasts march forwards. You shoot, and they move forward unless/until they are destroyed by the fire spells. As an added twist, the position of the mage changes randomly every go.

Shooting is performed by tapping, holding and dragging to specify direction, just like operating the catapult in Angry Birds. It’s all about physics, angling and figuring out how to create the most long lasting cascade of bouncing fireballs every round.

So, a typical series is easy to understand: a line of monsters appears. You shoot at them… but hey, do you look for the direct hit, or do you try to angle the line of ammunition off the wall to, say get behind that initial line and bounce off the back wall for multiple hits? Uh, oh a new line with more beasts; these ones have a higher tolerance and require more hits. Go for those, and ignore the easier to damage (but closer) initial beasts?

Decisions, decisions. You gotta decide quickly, because the city walls only allow for so many incursions before the level is failed. Interestingly enough, the game incorporates consumable special weapons, and as the game goes on, you get to encounter additional foils, like sided impenetrable shields. If one gets into a tight spot, there is a video-watching system that allows you to replenish special weapons.

Completing levels without getting the wall breached allows for you to earn goodies, and these goodies allow for upgrades; stuff like both ends of the weapon stream can be improved, as can the wall.

It looks and feels a bit like a pinball game joined with Tetris, with a bit of physics puzzler sprinkled in. It is an interesting mix, quite addictive with easy-to-understand upgrade path.

For what comes down to a tower defense game, it does pretty well. The charm sorta sneaks up on you, presenting several different elements that blend together pretty well, allowing a simple game feel a bit more like a more expansive experience. The video-watching weapon replenishment system could probably be limited to increase the challenge, but all in all, it’s a fine game.

Crimson Warden arrives on Play Store

Crimson Warden arrives on Play Store

Jun 29, 2017

MMde Games has just launched RPG Crimson Warden on Android.

After an ancient curse has reawakened in the southern realms of The Crimson Kingdom, the king sends one of his elite warriors, who is the main character of the game, The Crimson Warden, to secure these lands until he arrives with his army.

Game Features:

– 10 upgradeable special skills
– 8 upgradeable character stats
– Endless leveling
– More than 20 different enemies
(Mermaid, Goblin, Orc, Dark Elf, Cursed Warrior, Enormous Ant, Treant, Giant Hornet, Skeleton, Ogre, Pitcher Plant, Ghost, Zombie, Golem, Dark Ogre, Harpy, Bear, Bandit, Vehimorse, Banshee, Spirit Guardian, Hellhound, Wolf)
– Fantastic story with 117 questline
– 6 side quest chains
– Minimap that allows tracking quests
– Interactable objects such as gold, crate, chest and mines
– Breakeble objects such as crate and barrel
– Original soundtracks from Derek and Brandon Fiechter brothers
– Action moment soundtracks
– Pleasure without ads

Crimson Warden is available for free (with in-app purchases on Google Play).

Fate/Grand Order finally makes it to North America

Fate/Grand Order finally makes it to North America

Jun 26, 2017

Yep!

Right on time — as promised — Aniplex’s Fate/Grand Order (English) is available on Google Play in North America. Fantastic news, as we get to see it this month as noted earlier this month.

This one is a full-fledged RPG, with backstory and engaging art clearly hinting at the game’s origin. it’s a trip through history, allowing players to call up historical figures and perform other activities, all with the goal of saving humanity.

One of the most successful mobile role-playing games ever in Japan, Fate/Grand Order has players summon powerful allies or Heroic Spirits, who are based on historical figures such as King Arthur, William Shakespeare, Hercules, and Joan of Arc. The game takes players back through history to embark on an epic quest known as Grand Order.

The game is free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play.

Check out the trailer:

Introducing new game: Up&Up – Balloon Puzzler

Introducing new game: Up&Up – Balloon Puzzler

Jun 24, 2017

Up&Up – Balloon Puzzler is a new game, hot off the press from LitmitlessGame.

This one promises to be an engaging mind twister; we’re talking about physics, balloons and the uncontrollable urge to travel upwards.

Your job? Clear the travelway, such that our bubbly friend can make it to the waypoint way up there. Watch out for the dangers though; they are unfriendly.

Up&Up is a unique puzzle game, telling the story of the Red Balloon which is trying to escape from a naughty kid.
It’s a unique experience filled with great music and interesting features.
Players goal is to unblock the balloon and let it escape towards the sky by interacting with the environment.

It looks genteel enough, with bright, natural representations and nice sounds from gaming music veteran composer Michał Ratkowski

Looks fun… so much so, that we don’t see how we can avoid checking it out. It’s available now for free (with in-app purchases).

Check out the trailer below:

[via Up&Up website]

SEGA Forever looks to take us way back with retro games on Android

SEGA Forever looks to take us way back with retro games on Android

Jun 22, 2017

Ah yes… the good old days.

Those of us that were lucky cut our teeth on SEGA games. Now, SEGA is letting us to relive those heady times with several retro-ish games.

For free.

The “SEGA Forever” collection starts out with five fan favorites featuring some of gaming’s most iconic characters… and there are more to come.

SEGA Mobile West CMO Mike Evans talks about the nostalgia and rediscovery. “Above all else SEGA Forever is a celebration of nostalgia. It’s about allowing fans to reconnect with past experiences and share them with family and friends in an accessible and convenient way,” he says. “Join us on a journey of rediscovery as we roll out two decades of classic games free on mobile. Create your own ‘SEGA Forever folder’ and collect your favorite classics. Enjoy moments of nostalgia on the go, or sync a Bluetooth controller to enjoy a console-like experience in your living room. SEGA Forever democratizes retro gaming, and seeks to change how the world plays, rediscovers, and shares in classic game experiences.”

Here is a linked list of games that are available now.

Sonic The Hedgehog
Comix Zone
Phantasy Star II
Kid Chameleon
Altered Beast

The games are free (with ads); alternatively, one can look to kill the ads via in-app payment.

Dawn of Titans gets a whole new feel via update

Dawn of Titans gets a whole new feel via update

Jun 22, 2017

If you’re a Dawn of Titans fan, you should be getting notified of its current update, which is live now.

The new release — dubbed “LANDS: AWAKENING update” — brings a host of changes and tweaks. One should notice some of the visual changes right off the bat. When it comes to gameplay, the resources system has been overhauled a good deal.

The Lands section is where some of the the most pertinent changes have been applied; a bit more interaction is required to get the best out of them. Troops have been buffed, and mechanics enhanced.

All in all, big changes have created a new experience, mostly. At the very least, the new update should have players rethinking their strategies.

Here’s the full changelog (per game website).

The game remains free (with in-app purchases) on Google Play.

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[Our Dawn of Titans review]

[via Dawn of Titans website]