Mysterium: The Board Game Review

Mysterium: The Board Game Review

Feb 28, 2017

Digitized board games can be loads of fun, and are the perfect complement for an increasingly mobile existence. Few entities do it better than Asmodee, and the publishers ever-swelling stable of games is good for Android users.

It’s latest project is one we’ve been keeping an eye on for some time; Mysterium is an engaging board game in its own right, and we are eager to see how it translates to handheld.

The gameplay comes in a few flavors; at the onset, the game itself highly suggests for the player to get acquainted with Story Mode.

The game’s underlying story is set in Scotland in the 1920s. After numerous gruesome murders, someone is arrested, but after several more murders are committed, yet another perpetrator is apprehended.

Both claim no memory of the actual crime.

A local psychic is intent upon figuring out what otherworldly forces might be at play, and calls on a few psychic colleagues for assistance.

That is our setting, and the game proceeds thus.

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The visuals fit well. Graphically, the game isn’t overly serious, and is willing to use whimsical depictions to give characters life. It uses popups to help move the gameplay along, and there is an ethereal, almost ghostly feel to the game, which is entirely appropriate.

This a card game, and it involves making educated guesses based on communication from a ghost; as such, it incorporates murder mystery elements. One might be forgiven for seeing some parallels with Clue, but this one is very, very far from a clone. One looks to decipher things like location, tool, weapon etc, and to add to the challenge, there are time limits involved.

After some (hopefully) shrewd guessing, one gets to “solve” the case… and move on.

Not bad.

The game also includes solo play and a multiplayer option.

It comes together surprisingly well, and is great for short bursts or extended play periods. It is engaging enough to not need the physical game to create fans, and that’s saying a lot.

AccuWeather Update Brings New Features

AccuWeather Update Brings New Features

Feb 24, 2017

Premium weather application AccuWeather just received an update.

Amongst the news things featured are new buttons which have been added to the temperature in the notification bar and a brand new custom widget.

Officially:

• Updated Daily / Hourly Graphs with scale and new button to expand/collapse day and night list on the Daily screen.
• New Feature: Tap map screen to get location and current temperature
• New Feature: Watches and Warnings map layer added (US Only)
• Refresh button and timestamp have been added to Temperature in the Notification bar
• Custom Widget blacked out issue fix
• Other Bug Fixes

* Please try our New Custom 4×2 Widget that Will let you know when to take Umbrella or Jacket.

AccuWeather comes in two flavors: a completely free version and a premium build which costs $2.99 (the premium version offers additional IAPs).

OrmosApps Brings Terra Tank to Google Play

OrmosApps Brings Terra Tank to Google Play

Feb 23, 2017

Terra Tank is a fun-looking new entry on Google Play.

This one looks to be a multi-directional shooter presented in top-down fashion; the player takes on waves and waves of enemies intent on destroying the space tank you command. It is leveled, and presents several types of entities to take on and defend against.

Avoid the baddies, and collect the collectibles. Pretty simple to grasp.

Checking out the the gameplay clip reveals glitzy graphics and poppy animations.

per the presser:

Terra Tank is an innovative top-down shooter set in outer space with high-end graphics and fresh game mechanics. The mission is simple: collect fuel to power your leaking rocket before alien creatures destroy your tank. Every second counts.

Terra Tank is available now, and costs $0.99. Check out the trailer below:

Gravity Duck Islands Review

Gravity Duck Islands Review

Feb 21, 2017

It’s a rough and tumble world, and plenty of mobile games that mimic it. Battling, strategy… heck, even simulated “reality” games. Pick your poison, eh?

Still, there are times when we all wanna just be like the Commodores on a weekend day… this one just about gets you hummin’.

At first rip, Gravity Duck Islands looks and feels like your regular platformer. The cavernous pathways, gaps to jump and the the like allow it feel familiar out the gate; the core idea, presented in leveled fashion, is to avoid all the potential stoppers and get from the entrance door to the stage-ending exit.

The obstacles start out being relatively easy, and start getting harder by type and manifestation: endless gullies, good old lethal spikes, animals and more. To navigate his, first, we have a the ubiquitous jump button; there is also movement buttons that allow you to control the left/right movement of our protagonist duck. Running with the jump button creates a leap and all that hood stuff.

But the main gimmick in this game is the gravity button. This allows the player to literally simulate the reversal of gravity — the ground becomes the ceiling and vice versa. Now, it’s a fine tool from the get-go, as it becomes apparent from the first level that it is impossible to move on without looking to switch perspective and path to a fixed piece of play area.

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And the challenge then becomes timing jumps, gravity swaps and avoiding obstacles, while collecting collectibles and moving on. As you move on in the game, you will discover that our traveling duck does have a few more tricks up it’s wing feathers, like the ability o engorge itself with air like a balloon, and a funky teleporting skill.

It comes together fairly nicely, and overall, it’s a relatively enjoyable experience. premium, one-time pricing with no ads is the cherry on top.

Island Delta Arrives on Google Play

Island Delta Arrives on Google Play

Feb 17, 2017

And now we get a new one under the Noodlecake banner, courtesy of Finnish developer Mantisbite: Island Delta.

The game hearkens to the good old old shooters like Portal, though at the look at the visuals makes one look forward to the assumed whimsical nature.

Island Delta is an exciting action filled adventure game where you wield a powerful anti-gravity weapon to defeat dangerous enemies, solve puzzles and overcome hazardous traps. Explore this retro-futuristic world with heroes, Zoe and Baxter, as you set out on a daring rescue mission and face the evil Doctor Gunderson and his mechanical minions.

Per the presser, Island Delta does not currently support gamepads; the developer doesn’t completely shut the door, as it notes that the game might gain such support in the future.

Price? $2.99, with no ads or IAPs.

Check out the trailer below.

[via Island Delta Press Page]

Deep Silver’s ‘Book of Unwritten Tales 2’ Arrives on Android

Deep Silver’s ‘Book of Unwritten Tales 2’ Arrives on Android

Feb 5, 2017

There’s a new game on Google Play: Book of Unwritten Tales 2.

Set in the wacky fantasy world of Aventásia, The Book of Unwritten Tales 2 tells the incredible story of four friends, whose fates intertwine in the most peculiar way: The gnome mage Wilbur, the elven princess Ivo, the pirate adventurer Nate and the pet creature Critter. Throughout the game’s beyond-belief narrative, the players not only experience fun dialogues and solve crazy puzzles, but also stumble upon tons of references to popular fantasy franchises and iconic pop culture items.

Per the press release, here are the game features:

• Over 20 hours of play time
• Multi-faceted adventure gameplay with 4 different playable characters
• Hundreds of weird, yet oddly logical puzzles
• Beautiful 3D graphics (even on older devices)
• Numerous side quests and unlockable extra outfits
• Full voice-overs in English and German plus subtitles in Spanish, Italian and French

The game requires at least 1 GB of RAM on Android 4.4 or later; it costs $4.99.

Check out the trailer:

Ravenous Games and Noodlecake Partner to Release Gravity Duck Islands

Ravenous Games and Noodlecake Partner to Release Gravity Duck Islands

Feb 4, 2017

Ducks!!!!!!!

Gravity Duck Islands is a new game that just launched on the Play Store.

The new game is a platformer that splits 80 levels across 4 locales, each of the locales (islands) adds new movement mechanics.

Per the presskit:

As the Gravity Duck you will travel across 4 islands with unique mechanics while flipping gravity to help you reach the end of the level. Do this while avoiding obstacles in this silly puzzle platforming game!

Features:
– Flip gravity and walk on walls / ceilings
– Unique abilities for each island – Jump, Float, Teleport and Phasing
– Collect rubber ducks to buy hats
– Tricky puzzles

Gravity Duck Islands is available for the one-time price of $2.99; we’re looking forward to checking it out!

Check out the trailer:

[via Gravity Duck Press Page]

PlayStation Vita Port ‘Corpse Party’ Launches on Google Play

PlayStation Vita Port ‘Corpse Party’ Launches on Google Play

Feb 2, 2017

Fans of the Playstation Vita game series have something major to be excited about: Corpse Party BLOOD DRIVE EN out now on Google Play.

The game promises to be a faithful replication of the source game, with the ability to be played on both Android smartphones and tablets. It works with Google Play Game Services for syncing and achievements.

It also boasts 20 hours of play time and more.

Excerpts from the press release:

Corpse Party: Blood Drive closes out the “Heavenly Host Elementary” storyline in this cult favorite visual novel-style horror anthology series. The final installment of the supernatural story that began with Corpse Party and continued in Corpse Party: Book of Shadows, Corpse Party: Blood Drive ups the ante by allowing players to explore Heavenly Host Elementary in full 3D for the very first time, with all of its formerly 2D environments meticulously recreated and greatly expanded.

New gameplay systems provide even more exciting interactions for players experiencing the gruesome finale to this tale of an inescapable, otherworldly school populated by vengeful spirits, including a dynamic lighting system aided by an in-game flashlight, talismans to protect the player characters from danger, deadly traps to disarm, cabinets to hide in, a stamina system that allows for limited dashing, and much more.

To mark it’s launch, Corpse Party BLOOD DRIVE EN will be on sale for $12.99 in February;in March, it will return to its regular price point of $31.99.

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Imprint-X Review

Imprint-X Review

Jan 30, 2017

We were probably more eager than usual to finally be able to play imprint-X, a new game from Morgondag; with its recent release we finally got our chance.

The artwork is exceptionally zany, borderline ethereal. It uses a lot of dark backgrounds with delicate pastels, and this backdrop allows the depiction of the core machine-ish objects to really stand out.

The gameplay backstory is a geek’s dream, if a bit busy. Bad nanobots called wardens are hurting people, and the player takes on the persona of a “hacker clones” that can free infected brains; this then boils down to solving puzzles in real life.

The intro cutscenes are long and creative. It might not really help with eventual gameplay, but this sequence is a nice touch. With regards to controls, it’s mostly about tapping.

And gameplay? It’s leveled, and it begins with the presentation of a sequence puzzle. Most levels begin with an interesting looking structure with buttons. Now, the idea is to figure out the correct sequence to free the mind. When one level is solved, another is open.

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The puzzles start out pretty easy, but as one goes on, they do get more challenging, and even a bit more engaging. Now, memory really plays a part with regards with potential success, because if one hits the wrong button, one has to backtrack and remember the previous button presses while finding a new series to press. Keep your eye on the prize; those light flashes run quick!

And it is isn’t just a monotonous set of button presses; there are interesting sets that test reaction time as well. Nifty.

The game has a sedate feel to it, which might not be everyone’s cup of tea; the somewhat slow beginning and amorphous intro are, well, different. Going in further does fulfill a lot of the game’s promise, and there are a lot of brain and dexterity teasers to keep one busy for some time.

Akihabara – Feel the Rhythm Launches on the Play Store

Akihabara – Feel the Rhythm Launches on the Play Store

Jan 26, 2017

Akihabara – Feel the Rhythm — a new game from JMJ Interactive — is live and available on Google Play.

Take a musical journey with Callie through Tokyo’s Akihabara district — and groove to the beats to achieve a high score in this original music/rhythm game.

The rules are simple: Time your actions to the rhythm and the Beat Marker as you change icons while jamming to the electro-infused soundtrack before they fill up the grid. Cycle through icons by tapping on your screen (or by pressing the up key or left clicking, depending on your device) as the Beat Marker passes over them on the grid to create matches of three or more. To earn a “Good” or “Perfect” score multiplier bonus, sync your actions to the beat by changing icons **right as the Beat Maker passes over a grid line!**

This one costs $2.99.

Cyan and Noodlecake Studios Collaborate to Launch realMyst

Cyan and Noodlecake Studios Collaborate to Launch realMyst

Jan 26, 2017

You might wanna check this one out… realMyst is here!

realMyst is all-things Myst, but amazingly more real. You can explore anywhere, unfettered, and in realtime! Pick your own path through the forest on Myst Island. Look lazily upward into the Channelwood Age trees. Relax next to the rippling fountain as the sun sets in the Selenitic Age. Spin around for a full panoramic tour of Sirrus’ throne room. Seek shelter from the thunderstorm in Stoneship Age.

Cyan head Rand Miller is excited about the partnership. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with Noodlecake Studios on introducing a new generation of mobile gamers to Myst and Riven,” he says.

Noodlecake operations chief Ryan Holowaty is equally thrilled. “Getting to work with Cyan on realMyst is about as surreal as the game itself,” he says. “Myst was such a huge part of our gaming histories that never in our wildest dreams did we ever think our small studio in the middle of nowhere Canada would work on such a storied franchise. Rand and Robyn’s work has had a huge influence on us and we’re excited for our fans to discover this magical game.”

The game is available now for $6.99. Check out the trailer:

Imprint-X Launches on Google Play

Imprint-X Launches on Google Play

Jan 26, 2017

Finally!

We’ve been keeping an eye out for imprint-X, and we are happy to note that the new game from Morgondag is now live and available for our playing pleasure on Google Play.

And what do we get? Well, interesting gameplay, cool art, matching music, and a slew of puzzles to work through. Indeed, per Google Play:

Features:
* 700 buttons to press
* 100 levels to unlock
* Atmospheric music and beautiful pixel art
* A mixture of different puzzles
* Curiosity driven gameplay

Definitely worth checking out, no?

You can pick up imprint-X for a one-time cost of $2.99. Check out the trailer: