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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.

I and my former cohort Evan Narcisse have written...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Dec 21, 2019. 7 comments

Lego's New Apple Arcade Game Is A Quiet, Thoughtful Puzzler

Lego's New Apple Arcade Game Is A Quiet, Thoughtful Puzzler

Lego Builder’s Journey, out today on Apple Arcade, is a far cry from the usual lighthearted and playful Lego video games. It’s a quiet, thoughtful puzzle game that wordlessly tells the tale of a father and son discovering the importance of play. It’s an incredibly nuanced toy commercial that hits me right in the dad glands.

Do I play enough with my children? Do I take them time out of my busy...

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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 Dec 06, 2019. 7 comments

The Latest Paper Mario-Style Steven Universe Game Keeps It Simple

The Latest Paper Mario-Style Steven Universe Game Keeps It Simple

In 2015, Cartoon Network and developer Grumpyface Studios released Steven Universe: Attack the Light , a simple yet delightful turn-based mobile RPG with strong Paper Mario vibes. 2017’s console follow-up, Save the Light , beefed up the series with intricate combo attacks and free-roaming exploration. A new entry in the series recently released for Apple Arcade, Steven Universe: Unleash the...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Dec 04, 2019. 7 comments

Mario Kart Is Apple’s Most Downloaded Game Of 2019

Mario Kart Is Apple’s Most Downloaded Game Of 2019

Last night in New York City, Apple held its annual celebration of the best and most downloaded games and apps across its platforms. The iPhone game of the year is ThatGameCompany’s gorgeous social adventure Sky: Children of the Light , with the outstanding Hyper Light Drifter winning iPad game of the year. Neither of those critical darlings were downloaded as much as Mario Kart, Call of Duty...

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Luke Plunkett Luke Plunkett Nov 20, 2019. 5 comments

Say No! More, A Game For Anyone Who Has Hated Working In An Office

Say No! More, A Game For Anyone Who Has Hated Working In An Office

Which would be...nearly all of you?

This is Say No! More, coming next year for PC, Switch and iOS. Described as “a One-Button-Game about saying ‘No!’ and a stolen lunchbox”, you don’t really say “no” as much as you blast it into people’s faces with the power of 1000 hairdryers.

If nothing else, it looks incredibly cathartic.

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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.

I have played dozens of games...

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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.

Developed by...

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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Oct 04, 2019. 8 comments

Adventure Time Creator's New Card Game Has The Same Appeal As The Show

Adventure Time Creator's New Card Game Has The Same Appeal As The Show

Card of Darkness has been my go-to phone game for about a week. It’s a tricky little card game, where you pick up cards from a board to fight monsters and traverse through dungeons. While I love the game, what also keeps me coming back are memories of Adventure Time.

Card of Darkness was made in part by Pendleton Ward, the creator of Adventure Time, which is a beloved Cartoon Network show that...

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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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Gita Jackson Gita Jackson Sep 27, 2019. 5 comments

Pinball Wizard Is The Perfect Game To Play On A Commute

Pinball Wizard Is The Perfect Game To Play On A Commute

Pinball Wizard, a new pinball game for Apple Arcade starring an actual wizard, has all the elements of a great subway game: It’s easy to learn, challenging as you keep going, and it doesn’t always need all of your attention.

Pinball Wizard is basically pinball, but with spells. Your wizard is the ball, and you tab the bottom corners of the screen to activate the bumpers and send them flying....

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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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Sep 20, 2019. 19 comments

Apple Arcade Is Mobile Gaming Without All The Bullshit

Apple Arcade Is Mobile Gaming Without All The Bullshit

Entering into the busiest video game season of the year, we didn’t exactly need Apple Arcade, nor did we really want it, given Apple’s mediocre stewardship of video games for the past decade. What a shock, then, that Apple Arcade is one of the best gaming launches we can remember, and that we can recommend it without making any apologies or exceptions for the stuff no one likes about mobile...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Sep 17, 2019. 12 comments

Apple Arcade Is Live In The iOS 13 Beta And It's A Lot

Apple Arcade Is Live In The iOS 13 Beta And It's A Lot

While the $5-a-month Apple Arcade subscription doesn’t officially launch until Thursday, iOS 13 beta testers can sign up right now and dive into new games from some of the best indie studios on the planet. With nearly 60 games on the service so far, it’s an overwhelming amount of entertainment, all at once.

Last week Apple dropped a short list of games coming to Apple Arcade for iPhone,...

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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 Sep 11, 2019. 23 comments

Apple Arcade's Upcoming Game Lineup Is Pretty Impressive

Apple Arcade's Upcoming Game Lineup Is Pretty Impressive
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Apple’s Arcade service launches on September 19 , granting subscribers access to more than 100 games for $4.99 a month. The lineup of new and exclusive games coming to the service includes new Rayman, Pac-Man, Shantae, Steven Universe, and ChuChu Rocket games, as well as a new Square Enix RPG from the creators of...

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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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