N.O.V.A. Legacy Review

N.O.V.A. Legacy Review

Mar 31, 2017

Gameloft’s N.O.V.A. series has come quite far — so much so, that simply referring to it as a Halo clone feels unfair, given its longevity. In N.O.V.A. Legacy, we get to see the latest Android iteration of the first person shooter series.

Backstory: it’s the future, and humans have had to find places beyond earth (near orbital satellites) to live. New alien threats have also appeared, and forces like the Near Orbit Vanguard Alliance — yep, NOVA — are formed to protect humankind.

The player takes on the persona of Kal Wardin, a retired NOVA soldier called upon to figure out what has happened on the Colonial Pride Frigate.

The game comes forth in first person perspective, allowing the player to glean the action through the “eyes” of the screen. The main character is equipped with weapons, and the main idea is to advance to way points — in other words, finish missions and move on.

The first step is getting through the hands-on tutorial. We’re introduced to the invaded ship, and learn how to use the controls to effect sweeping vision and movement. Then, using the weapons provided plus reloading, and interacting with objects that allow for such.


And taking on the ghastly Xenos bent on human destruction. Especially that.

Using simple touch controls, the player goes through the ship, looking for goodies and looking out for enemies combatants. The game utilizes sights, with which one can shoot the enemy; they fight back though, and some even use evasive moves to make them harder to hit.

This cover and shoot element goes both ways; it is a great tool for our hero. There are grenades, codes to collect and utilize, and even strategic decisions to make when dealing with waves of enemies.

After a level is complete, collected goodies can be utilized; the game incorporates a crafting element. The arena multiplayer part is the cherry on top.

UNO & Friends is Getting a Ghostbusters Themed Update

UNO & Friends is Getting a Ghostbusters Themed Update

Jul 17, 2016

It’s officially the Summer of Ghostbusters (the reboot), and Gameloft’s UNO & Friends is getting in on the fun with a uniquely themed update.

Per the official presser:

This Ghostbusters themed update has a number of features to commemorate one of the most iconic movie franchise of all time. Players will have the opportunity to play as a real Ghostbuster and collect limited-edition Ghostbusters avatars from the new and classic movies. Then take on four haunted New York locations and show the angry apparitions how they do things downtown. Players will also be able to collect and raise memorable ghouls and ghosts from the movies, such as Slimer and many more!

Gameloft’s Sales & Marketing SVP Baudouin Corman mentions the special aspect of the Ghostbusters franchise. “We are very enthusiastic to collaborate with Mattel and Sony Pictures Consumer Products to offer players a brand new UNO™ way to play by immersing them into one of the most iconic universes of all time” he says.

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

Some artwork and the update trailer are below:


The Blacklist: Conspiracy Review

The Blacklist: Conspiracy Review

Jun 30, 2016

Mobile games and the screen — big and small — are practically made for each other. There’s something catchy about shows and movies with companion mobile titles that seemingly make each more compelling. It’s a potentially symbiotic relationship that can help in either direction.

So here we get The Blacklist: Conspiracy, which is borne of the hit NBC show The Blacklist. It’s a hidden mystery caper, with a bit more, and comes to us via mobile development house Gameloft. It is smart enough to build out on a good brand, but is careful not to be overly dependent on it.

James Spader’s likeness is front and center in the persona of master criminal Raymond “Red” Reddington, and the visual representation is fairly faithful, down to main character’s telltale all-knowing smirk. The graphics are well down, earthy and focused; the attention to detail is not surprising when one considers the core element

The game starts out with stills and dialogue boxes to get the whole thing going. The player takes on the first person persona of an FBI agent Red looks to help, and Red starts out as a narrator of sorts. From there, one gets to learn about the dastardly group The Invisible Hand, and the need to stop the evil group from carrying out its plan.


It all leads to the aforementioned main element: hidden object puzzles. It’s fairly easy to understand: find the pieces required, and find them quickly. There are multipliers for really being swift, and scores are a function of speed and accuracy. Earning stars is a key task, and one can repeat levels to get by the energy requirement. One gets to “analyze” evidence with gems as well.

One nice aspect is that it isn’t just a hidden mystery game. There are mini games, and Choose Your Own path dilemmas to be tackled.

Despite this, the puzzles can feel a bit repetitive, but the other pieces make it a bit more palatable. As noted, it does well by using great source material, but not getting hamstrung by it.

Gameloft’s ‘The Blacklist: Conspiracy’ Lands on Google Play

Gameloft’s ‘The Blacklist: Conspiracy’ Lands on Google Play

Jun 24, 2016

Gameloft has introduced a new hidden mystery adventure called The Blacklist: Conspiracy, based on the hit James Spader show The Blacklist.

When your greatest ally is one of the FBI’s most wanted, trust can be the hardest thing to find…
Join the Concierge of Crime — Raymond Reddington — and the Post Office Task Force as they hunt down fugitive thieves, assassins, and all manner of wanted criminals in Gameloft’s official hidden object game of the hit NBC drama. Become part of the intrigue as you lead the investigation of crimes, interrogate suspects, analyze clues and interact with your favorite characters from the series.

● TWISTS, TURNS & TRAITORS: As a new member of the FBI, you’ll be drawn into the plot of multiple investigations, each with its own unique fugitive to catch, challenges, and surprises.

● FIND EVERY CLUE: Inspect dozens of enigmatic crime scenes, some inspired by locations from the show, as you hunt for evidence in hidden object scenes.

● FORENSIC INSPECTION: Analyze important clues in a variety of quick and fun mini-games. You might be surprised what the evidence tells you.

● INTERROGATE & UNCOVER: Detect lies and point out contradictions as you interrogate suspects and witnesses. But the biggest question is: Are you ready to hear the truth?

● MAKE YOUR CHOICE: And live with it! Throughout your FBI investigations, you’ll face several moral decisions that will have a meaningful impact on the characters and story.

● SEE WHO’S FASTEST: Compare your score after each hidden object hunt with friends and inspect their progress on the case map.

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

Asphalt 8: Airborne Introduces the #Asphalt8HonorCup Challenge

Asphalt 8: Airborne Introduces the #Asphalt8HonorCup Challenge

Jun 24, 2016

Cross-platform mobile gaming house Gameloft is collaborating with intrepid device maker HONOR to create a mobile gaming challenge within Gameloft’s Asphalt 8: Airborne.

Dubbed #Asphalt8HonorCup, the challenge is open to game players everywhere.

Honor and Gameloft have teamed up to give mobile game enthusiasts a unique experience with Gameloft’s latest game, Asphalt 8: Airborne.

Starting today, mobile gamers everywhere have the chance to participate in the #Asphalt8HonorCup challenge.

A battle between #TeamHonor and #TeamGameloft, communities vote for their favorite team and race to get the best time on Asphalt 8’s San Diego Harbor circuit.

Up for grabs for winners are ten Honor 5X phones, special Asphalt 8 rewards and packs of virtual currency.

Check out the trailer:

Disney Magic Kingdoms Review

Disney Magic Kingdoms Review

Apr 6, 2016

Ah… Disney Magic Kingdoms.

The game is laid out in eye-friendly fashion; it plays in portrait, and makes use of animated portions to give the gameplay context. It looks like a Disney joint, what with the vibrant colors and defined use of familiar hues, and the top-down management view is easy to comprehend. Add in the sound, and it’s clear that the developer is looking to create a playful environment, and at first glance/hear, it looks like a successful endeavor.

The storyline is equally easy to understand: think of your favorite Disney kingdom… there you go. Think it up, make it as grand as possible, full of positive vibes and familiar Disney heroes and heroines.

Joy untold.

And then, it’s all taken away, by someone just as familiar for her evil ways: Maleficent. She sucks out the good and bathes the park in an evil myth, as expected.

Mickey’s (the player’s) job if he chooses to accept it? Restore the park to its former fun-filled glory, and profit.

The intro cutscene summarizes the story, and then one gets into it. The core idea is to get tasks done; said tasks are the key to restoring the grounds and opening more characters. The enemy characters are at work too, and dealing with them also becomes a core part of the tasks.


As more folks from the Disney universe are released, the game gets busier. Starting tasks sometimes requires resources, and completing them can gain them. real cash can be used, but doesn’t have to.

It is all quite cyclical.

The game plays a lot like MARVEL Avengers Academy in the way it flows, but on a smaller scale; the familiar characters and gentle storyline make it a great choice for young people and the young at heart. It moves itself along, allowing one to get through tasks without too much complexity, and as such, it works as a timewaster. The interactions are easy to understand across the board.

Disney Magic Kingdom gets firm release date

Disney Magic Kingdom gets firm release date

Mar 15, 2016

We’ve been keeping an eye on Disney Magic Kingdom, and now we have a firm release date: March 17th.

Per the press release:

Gameloft and Disney are happy to announce that Disney Magic Kingdoms will release this Thursday, March 17th for iOS, Android and Windows devices. In addition, we’ve released a new trailer that explores the story behind the upcoming kingdom builder.

Disney Magic Kingdoms allows players to enter the timeless world of Disney and relive magical moments of the Parks, but when Maleficent casts an evil spell ridding it of all its powerful magic, players will need the help of beloved Disney characters such as the ever-optimistic Mickey Mouse, brave space ranger Buzz Lightyear, and many more to defeat the villains and create the most fantastical park of their dreams.

Here’s another look at at trailer:

[Gameloft Press Release]

Disney Magic Kingdom is coming to Android soon (Video of the Day)

Disney Magic Kingdom is coming to Android soon (Video of the Day)

Mar 8, 2016

Gameloft and Disney are collaborating to bring us Disney Magic Kingdom, a cross-platform game that is slated to land on Android soon.

The game has a new site — www.disney-magic-kingdoms.com — and fans can register for rewards that’ll drop when the game launches.

Per the official release:

Disney Magic Kingdoms allows players to enter the timeless world of Disney and relive magical moments from the Parks by building fun attractions like Mickey’s Fun Wheel, Astro Orbiters, and Monster’s Inc. Laugh Floor, and sharing spectacular moments with beloved Disney characters from Disney•Pixar’s Wall-E and Toy Story, Disney’s Tangled and more.

We’ll be waiting.

In the mean time, we have the official teaser trailer below:

Order & Chaos 2: Redemption Gets New Content via Update

Order & Chaos 2: Redemption Gets New Content via Update

Feb 5, 2016

Gameloft’s Order & Chaos 2: Redemption is getting an update which brings a host of new content.

Now, players can summon and develop companions and make use of in-game cards. Enhancements have been made to the guild system as well.

Per Google Play:


Collect and summon Companions!
Upgrade and evolve them!
Collect cards and unlock their power!
Take on Guild Missions, unlock Guild Skills and rank up your Guild!
Special Dungeon, Quests, and World Event!
Defeat the monstrous Drake Wyrm!
New Heritage Weapon evolution phases
New Armor crafting stage
New Lottery
MFi controller support

Sounds pretty compelling; the game remains free (with in-app purchasing on Google Play.

[via Gameloft Press Release]

Gods of Rome Review

Gods of Rome Review

Jan 25, 2016

How cool would it be if there was a fighting game that took inspiration from Greek and Roman mythology? Something like Street Fighter mixed in with God of War. It’d be great.

Luckily for us, this is what we’ve got – Gods of Rome is a fighting game that has fighters ranging from Zeus to Hades with a sprinkling of minotaurs, cyclops and Julius Caesers.

It’s not all perfect though – sorry to burst your bubble. Fighting games have always had issues when being ported onto touchscreen devices so the agreed upon solution has been to dilute the beat ‘em-up genre to fit into simple tap and swipe controls. This means that Gods of Rome doesn’t feature any real combo system and isn’t particularly complicated or nuanced in its one-on-one battles.

You tap the right side of the screen to throw a string of light punches, you swipe right for a medium attack that charges and you can hold the screen to charge a strong attack that can break defences. Defence consists of holding the left of the screen to block and swiping left to dash away from your opponent.gods3

This means that although you’ll get punished for simply tapping away with light attacks and you’ll soon feel the full force of heavy attacks if you try and block too much for too long, there’s really not much else to the fighting outside of this. Sure, the fighters themselves act a little differently, having different speed of attack and varying reach to their strikes but it’s all fairly rudimentary.

This simplicity often means that the fighters with the best stats are the winner. As this is a free-to-play game, the hook here is that your fighters need to be upgraded using orbs. Orbs are dished out by playing the lengthy and ever-expanding story mode, by taking part in special event fights or by forking over some cold, hard cash.

It’s a fairly forgiving and generous model – there’s plenty of game to be played before the game asks for money. It’s always refreshing to see a game that isn’t aggressive in its quest to become profitable so Gods of Rome needs to be commended for the way it treats its players in this regard.

Overall, Gods of Rome treats its players to great visuals, it papers over its cracks with some simple gameplay and ultimately provides some simple entertainment. Not exactly heavenly but you could do a hell of a lot worse.

Sniper Fury Review

Sniper Fury Review

Dec 29, 2015

So, yes, I whine about sniper games, but if I did have to try one, it would most likely be a game just like Sniper Fury. It’s a Gameloft joint, so we did expect the nice graphics and dutiful animations. It sports scenery invoking different locales, from tropical to temperate and everything in-between.

The game gets going without much ado, and there are plenty of visual and sound cues to help one along in an early quest to understand the game. The game is presented in landscape; from the player’s perspective, this translates to a “natural” first-person view. One is able to “swing” one’s gaze from left to right, up and down by gesturing on the screen in an instinctive manner.

Further to this, one of the biggest tools in the sniper’s trick chest is the scope, and the ability to zoom in and zoom out; in this game this is effected by a sight bar towards the right, which invokes the zoom and conventional sight mechanism folks should be used to. Shooting is then a matter of getting a target in one;s sights, tapping the fire button at the bottom right, and profiting.

Now, the shooting mechanism isn’t easy; the sighting mechanism, for instance, takes a bit of practice to work out the gate, and this becomes a factor later on. Improving one’s weapon is a normal part of getting better, and involves using game cash to acquire and improve weapon elements, including new weapons that might be a better fit for the job. Fortunately, success in previous levels allows for one to accumulate game cash; head shots are always of a premium. Real cash can be used to expedite processes, but isn’t mandatory.


What makes the game work is a bit of diversity, and how the developer is able to “mission-ify” otherwise benign things. One gets standard enemy fare, but then one also gets timed tasks, like taking out marshallers, or picking off moving targets before they take the player out. Tossing in different scenarios helps keep one on one’s toes.

it is a bloody game. The death throes feel realistic, and this is a double-edged sword.

Of course, it’s familiar. The game is quite intuitive, and that helps in terms of potential enjoyment. At the very least, it depends on individual folks how far one goes, and that is quite okay.

Country Friends Arrives on Google Play

Country Friends Arrives on Google Play

Dec 13, 2015

Country Friends has finally dropped on Google Play, courtesy of Gameloft.

Get ready for a fresh farming adventure in the wacky world of Country Friends – a friendly farm simulation where your animals dance and friends from all over the world come together to help each other in the super-social Community Farm!
Pack your bags, because the country’s the perfect place to cast off your Big City Blues and relax with the funniest, friendliest goats, sheep, pigs, chickens and cows you’ll ever meet!

• Plant, grow, harvest, and trade organic corn and more with your friends – the farm of your dreams is about to get made… BY YOU!
• Fall in love with the hilarious, lively 3D animals. Your chicken will chill, your sheep will sing and your pig will party.
• Customize your land to create the perfect farm paradise for you and your animals to enjoy!
• Grow the freshest products and fight back against the industrial corporation, SMOG Inc.! Show them that organic produce is the only way to grow!

• For the FIRST TIME EVER in a farming simulation, grow delicious fruits at the Community Farm from the awesome apple to the outrageous orange, craft exclusive products together with your friends, send them around the world with Bradley the Whale and share the rewards!
• Work with friends in a super social Community Farm where you form a clan to harvest and water each other’s delicious, organic crops. Help your friends and grow together!
• Create your own social farming clan with your friends!
• Compete with other social Communities in the weekly events and help your farm become the cream of the crop!

• Mischievous moles help you harvest faster!
• Playful pigs help you at the market!
• Beautiful birds fly your orders all over the world!
• Munch, your gregarious goat, is always there to offer you fun, helpful advice (when he’s not chowing down on one of your delicious apples…)!
• Each animal, from the chickens to the sheep, plays a specific role within your farm to make it the greatest and freshest it can be!

Now go grow some fun!

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