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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jan 11, 2020 at 01:00. 7 comments

Adding Squirrel Girl To Marvel’s Contest Of Champions Doesn’t Seem Fair

Adding Squirrel Girl To Marvel’s Contest Of Champions Doesn’t Seem Fair

 Marvel’s Contest of Champions is a competitive mobile fighting game in which Marvel comics heroes and villains compete for dominance on a universal scale. With the extraordinary power to kick butts and eat nuts, Doreen Green is the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. There is no reason to play Contest of Champions on iOS or Android anymore. She wins.

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Dec 12, 2019. 10 comments

Black Desert Mobile Is Out Globally Today, And It's Good

Black Desert Mobile Is Out Globally Today, And It's Good

Black Desert, the fantasy online role-playing game with the character creator we wouldn’t shut up about a few years back, started on PC, then jumped to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 . Last year, developer Pearl Abyss released a free-to-play mobile version in Korea, Japan, and Taiwan. Starting today, everybody can play the tablet-taxing MMO on iOS and Android, and yes, it’s still got a pretty...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Nov 15, 2019. 13 comments

Epic’s New Hero-Collecting Game Seems Fine, Has Vague Connections To Fortnite

Epic’s New Hero-Collecting Game Seems Fine, Has Vague Connections To Fortnite

The most striking thing about Battle Breakers, Epic Games’ new free-to-play collectible character role-playing game for PC and mobile devices, is its rocking ‘90s cartoon style opening, complete with theme song lyrics. “Monsters from the sky / want us all to die / they’re hidin’ underground / now they must all be found.” Good stuff. The game itself? It’s okay.

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Nov 13, 2019. 6 comments

Minecraft Earth Is Now Live

Minecraft Earth Is Now Live

There was a virtual sheep roaming around in our Times Square office today thanks to Minecraft Earth, the new augmented reality mobile game that lets players make, wreck and otherwise interact with life-size Minecraft builds.

The game has been in beta in various regions, but went into wider early access release today. To get in, go to this link and select iOS or Android.

We haven’t had much...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Oct 24, 2019. 18 comments

The New King Of Fighters Mobile Game Kicks A Fair Amount Of Ass

The New King Of Fighters Mobile Game Kicks A Fair Amount Of Ass

Out now on iTunes and Google Play, The King of Fighters Allstar takes the expansive roster of fighters from SNK’s long-running fighting game series and turns them into collectible characters in a side-scrolling beat-em-up action RPG. It’s very flashy and obnoxiously free-to-play, but I’m actually having a great time. It’s a neat new way to interact with my favorite fighters.

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Sep 28, 2019. 14 comments

8BitDo's Switch Lite-Inspired Controller Has Two (!) D-Pads

8BitDo's Switch Lite-Inspired Controller Has Two (!) D-Pads

Styled after Nintendo’s new Switch Lite, the 8BitDo Lite is a controller so ultra-portable that it’s got two directional pads instead of analog sticks to keep it as thin as possible.

The 8BitDo Lite features all the functionality of a full-sized Nintendo Switch controller, only instead of analog sticks, it has D-pads. That means these should take the place of analog sticks, perfect for games...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Sep 27, 2019. 20 comments

Mario Kart Tour's Microtransactions Feel Gross In A Post-Apple Arcade World

Mario Kart Tour's Microtransactions Feel Gross In A Post-Apple Arcade World
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Mario Kart Tour is a fine racing game. The graphics are lovely. The simple touch controls are fine once you get used to them. It’s overflowing with colorful Nintendo brand polish. Mario Kart Tour is also a free-to-play game with a microtransaction-fueled gacha collection mechanic and game options and rewards locked...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Sep 17, 2019. 22 comments

The Next Castlevania Game Is Coming To Phones

The Next Castlevania Game Is Coming To Phones

Konami quietly announced a new Castlevania game at the Tokyo Game Show last week, called Grimoire of Souls. Before you get too excited, you might want to check out the trailer first.

It’s coming to phones and phones only, and while it features appearances by series favourites like Simon Belmont and Alucard, it also looks like a DeviantArt user took a Castlevania IV screenshot and painted over...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 29, 2019. 17 comments

New Mobile Game Pokémon Masters Is More About People Than Pocket Monsters

New Mobile Game Pokémon Masters Is More About People Than Pocket Monsters

In Pokémon Masters, out today for iOS and Android, players recruit famous Pokémon trainers from throughout the series’ 23-year history, creating teams of three and battling through an adventure that feels more like the cartoon than any game that’s come before.

Pokémon games up to now have been mainly focused on the goal of becoming the very best, capturing critters, filling that Pokédex, and...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 10, 2019. 12 comments

Hamsterdam Is The Perfect Name For This Bite-Sized Brawler

Hamsterdam Is The Perfect Name For This Bite-Sized Brawler
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Which came first, the name Hamsterdam or the game Hamsterdam? However Muse Games came up with the name for this charming tap-and-swipe beat-em up, it fits. Once little Pimm starts doling out the beatdowns, it’s like, “Damn, hamster.”

Released earlier this month for iOS, Android, Switch, and PC, Hamsterdam is a story...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Aug 06, 2019. 12 comments

The Star Ocean Mobile Game Is Shutting Down

The Star Ocean Mobile Game Is Shutting Down

Barely a year after launching in the West, free-to-play mobile RPG Star Ocean: Anamnesis is shutting down. Players have until November 5 to finish collecting characters before Square Enix pulls the plug.

Star Ocean V was not good. Instead of Star Ocean VI, we got Star Ocean: Anamnesis, a mobile gacha game in which players collect characters and form fighting squads. Switching focus to mobile...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Aug 02, 2019. 3 comments

Raiders Of The North Sea Is A Really Good Digital Board Game

Raiders Of The North Sea Is A Really Good Digital Board Game

As I’ve recently put on record here , I think Tokaido is the best digital board game. Its stay at the top might be short-lived, though, because Raiders of the North Sea, out this week on PC, Switch and mobile, is very good.

The Best Board Game You Can Play On Your Phone

Phones are of course great to play actual video games on, but they’re also quietly one of the best…

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Stephen Totilo Stephen Totilo Aug 01, 2019. 23 comments

New Fortnite Season Adds Titans (I Mean Mechs) [Updated]

New Fortnite Season Adds Titans (I Mean Mechs) [Updated]

The new season of Fortnite started earlier today and brought a new round of surprise changes. The most titanic one to drop? A new two-player mech called the B.R.U.T.E.

The new vehicle is showcased in a trailer for Fortnite Season 10 (or X, as they’re calling it).

An official blog post outlining the seasonal changes to Fortnite Battle Royale and the game’s other modes. It promotes the...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Jul 29, 2019. 19 comments

Android Is Now Unofficially On Nintendo Switch, And It Looks Great

Android Is Now Unofficially On Nintendo Switch, And It Looks Great

Back in 2018, an exploit was found in the Nintendo Switch that would allow users to run outside code . While that’s of course led to some piracy, it’s also let modders and coders have some fun with the console, up to and including getting Android running on the system, with all the features and tricks that brings along with it.

As this video from xdadevelopers shows, by running Android—off an...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jul 19, 2019. 18 comments

The New Game From Journey’s Creators Feels Like A Dream

The New Game From Journey’s Creators Feels Like A Dream

In the new game Sky: Children of the Light ethereal figures prance and soar through gorgeous landscapes and crumbling temples. These characters hold candles and spread light throughout the world. At least, I think that’s what’s going on in ThatGameCompany’s first new game in seven years. It’s abstract.

Out now on iOS and coming eventually to Android, Sky: Children of the Light feels like an...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jul 01, 2019. 12 comments

Lego Makes Tiny Tower Just A Little Bit Better

Lego Makes Tiny Tower Just A Little Bit Better

With more than 10 million downloads on iOS and Android devices, Tiny Tower is one of the most successful business simulation games of all time. Now NimbleBit has teamed up with Lego to make essentially the same game, only with Lego bricks and figures. It’s called Lego Tower, and it’s nice.

Tiny Tower is a free-to-play mobile game about building a tower, floor by floor. Residential floors...

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Ethan Gach Ethan Gach Jun 28, 2019. 9 comments

There’s A Flappy Bird Battle Royale Game Now, And It’s Good

There’s A Flappy Bird Battle Royale Game Now, And It’s Good

Flappy Royale, released today in beta on mobile and PC by game designers Orta Therox, Em Lazer-Walker, and Zach Gage, seems like a lot of things: clever, opportunistic, a joke. But it’s also fun.

Inspired by the 2013 mobile sensation Flappy Bird, Flappy Royale has you compete against 99 other poor souls to see who can survive the longest against a maze of deadly pipes. You can customize your...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jun 27, 2019. 13 comments

Pokémon Masters Brings Real-Time Team Battles To Mobile This Summer

Pokémon Masters Brings Real-Time Team Battles To Mobile This Summer

Announced last month and due out on iOS and Android this summer, DeNA’s Pokémon Masters has players forming teams of famous Pokémon trainers and their partners for three-on-three battles on the artificial island of Pasio. Fresh details on the game highlight its strong focus on the trainers behind the Pokémon.

Pokémon Masters is not about catching Pokémon. It’s about catching famous Pokémon...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jun 20, 2019. 18 comments

Nintendo's Mobile Game Dragalia Lost Has Finally Lost Me

Nintendo's Mobile Game Dragalia Lost Has Finally Lost Me
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From its launch in late September through mid-May, Nintendo’s mobile RPG Dragalia Lost was part of my daily routine. I only missed one daily login during the entire period, and that was because I was recovering from surgery. But, over the past couple of weeks, the game’s pull on me has faded, and my play...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Jun 20, 2019. 7 comments

Rhythm Games Don’t Get Much Simpler And Sweeter Than Muse Dash

Rhythm Games Don’t Get Much Simpler And Sweeter Than Muse Dash
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Rhythm games can be pretty complicated, twisting players’ fingers into knots as they try to keep track of four to six lanes, each delivering a brutal barrage of notes. PeroPeroGames’ Muse Dash has all the quirk and charm of a DJMax or Superbeat: Xonic , but it controls with just two buttons.

Already a hit on iOS and...

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