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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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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
Kotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.  

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 May 31, 2019. 17 comments

Apple's 150 MB App Download Cap Raised To 200 MB, Still Dumb

Apple's 150 MB App Download Cap Raised To 200 MB, Still Dumb

Apple’s annoying 150 megabyte data cap for downloading apps and games over cellular connections is 50 MB less annoying this week but still doesn’t give phone owners the option to ignore it. So, yay, but also boo.

Finding out a cool new game has been released on the iTunes App Store, purchasing it, and then having the “App Over 150 MB” message pop-up, urging you to connect to a Wi-Fi network...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Mar 26, 2019. 23 comments

Apple Announces Apple Arcade, A Subscription Service For Premium Games

Apple Announces Apple Arcade, A Subscription Service For Premium Games

During a special event in Cupertino today, Apple announced Apple Arcade, a premium subscription game service for Apple devices, with a lineup including games from developers like Sega, Konami and Mistwalker, the studio founded by Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi.

Coming this fall to iPhone, iPad, Apple computers and Apple TV, Apple Arcade is service that provides unlimited access to...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Mar 19, 2019. 5 comments

There’s Nothing Like That Three-Star Puzzle Game Feeling

There’s Nothing Like That Three-Star Puzzle Game Feeling
Your browser does not support HTML5 video tag.Click here to view original GIFKotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.  

Every time I feel like I’ve grown past the need for validation from triple-starring a level in a puzzle game, I find myself drawn into a game like King’s latest, Pet Rescue Puzzle Saga.

Say what you will about Candy Crush Saga creator...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Mar 08, 2019. 24 comments

PlayStation 4 Firmware 6.50 Officially Brings Remote Play To iOS

PlayStation 4 Firmware 6.50 Officially Brings Remote Play To iOS

The days of paying for a premium app to remote play PlayStation 4 games on iPhones and iPads is over. Today’s 6.50 PS4 firmware update enables game streaming between the console and the newly-released PS4 Remote Play app.

PlayStation 4 owners have been able to remote play their games on iOS devices for a couple of years now via applications like R-Play, a popular third-party solution sold on...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Mar 03, 2019.

Netflix Adds Downloads For Your Offline Viewing Pleasure

Netflix Adds Downloads For Your Offline Viewing Pleasure

One of the most bandwidth-hungry apps on smartphones and tablets, Netflix has been the bane of data caps for years. Today that changes with the addition of downloads.

Find a show or movie, download it to your device and watch it on the subway, in an airplane, in one of the less considerate coffee shops. The screenshot above shows off the new section added to the Android version of the Netflix...

Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Mar 01, 2019. 15 comments

The Skylanders Return In A New Mobile Game

The Skylanders Return In A New Mobile Game

Available today worldwide on iOS and Android devices, Skylanders: Ring of Heroes takes the colorful characters from the toys-to-life series and turns them into pawns in a free-to-play, character-collecting role-playing game. That’s fine, I guess. Not like Activision was doing anything with them recently.

Aside from the animated Netflix series, we haven’t heard much from the Skylanders since...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Dec 31, 2018.

The First Five Minutes Of Sonic Runners Are The Best Five Minutes

The First Five Minutes Of <i>Sonic Runners</i> Are The Best Five Minutes

You wanted a game that’s just about Sonic the Hedgehog running and jumping? Here you go—pure Sonic for a whole five minutes.

Available now for Android and iOS devices, Sonic Runners is a free-to-play game about Sonic and friends running. Your character automatically runs from left to right, and all you have to do is jump to avoid obstacles and collect coins and power-ups. It’s...

Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Dec 28, 2018. 10 comments

Dragalia Lost Gets Its First (Very Short) Story Update

Dragalia Lost Gets Its First (Very Short) Story Update

Having torn through Dragalia Lost’s first six story chapters within a couple weeks of launch, I’ve spent the past few months collecting characters and dragons and participating in regular special events while I waited for the narrative to expand. Well, it expanded. I burned through the new stuff in an hour, and now I wait for Chapter 8.

I’m still playing Nintendo and Cygame’s Dragalia Lost on...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Dec 08, 2018.

It's Hearthstone, Only With Kung Fu Panda

It's <i>Hearthstone</i>, Only With <i>Kung Fu Panda</i>

Video game tie-ins for children’s films aren’t known for their originality, but this is just silly. Ludia’s new iPad game is Hearthstone, only instead of some kung fu pandas it has the Kung Fu Panda.

The mechanics in Kung Fu Panda: Battles of Destiny are basically the same. Each player draws cards and gets an increasing number of chi (mana) points to spend each round. The kung fu master the...

Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Sep 28, 2018. 21 comments

Nintendo's New Mobile RPG Is A Slick Version Of The Same Old Thing

Nintendo's New Mobile RPG Is A Slick Version Of The Same Old Thing
Kotaku Game DiaryDaily thoughts from a Kotaku staffer about a game we're playing.  

Nintendo and Cygames’ Dragalia Lost is a very pretty mobile game. The characters are lovely, the music is gorgeous, and its overall presentation is quite charming. One could almost forget it’s just another generic character collecting mobile action RPG under all of that polish. Almost.

Nintendo’s done some...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Apr 04, 2018. 24 comments

Marvel's Latest Avengers Game Is Such A Shame

Marvel's Latest <i>Avengers</i> Game Is Such A Shame

Marvel put together an awesome re-imagining of Avengers heroes and villains as college students. They recruited top notch voice talent like Alison Brie, Colton Haynes and John Cena. All that design work and talent for a glorified Simpson: Tapped Out clone.

Look at this key art.

I would watch that cartoon. I would read that comic. Up until I got my hands on Avengers Academy, launched this week...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Mar 29, 2018. 10 comments

So That's What A LEGO Angry Bird Looks Like

So That's What A LEGO Angry Bird Looks Like

Earlier this month LEGO and Rovio announced LEGO Angry Birds, a series of playsets coming in 2016 to coincide with the big budget CGI movie. Now we’ve got our first look at Jason Sudeikis’ Red in LEGO form.

In case you missed it, Sony and Rovio amassed quite a cast for the Angry Birds movie, including Sudeikis as the red bird, Josh Gad as the yellow one, Danny McBride as black bird (singing...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Mar 21, 2018. 5 comments

The Sims Mobile Is A Great Place To Raise A Family

<i>The Sims Mobile</i> Is A Great Place To Raise A Family

I downloaded The Sims Mobile to see if it would let me trap a virtual person in a bathroom-less building. Now I’m two working mothers raising a child. I couldn’t be happier, at least not without having to wait out some sort of happiness timer.

There is no virtual torture in The Sims Mobile, the recently-released follow-up to 2011's The Sims FreePlay. It’s a Sims game with a pretty narrow...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Mar 21, 2018. 7 comments

Adventure Time And Steven Universe Make A Great Mobile Game Better

<i>Adventure Time</i> And <i>Steven Universe</i> Make A Great Mobile Game Better

Here is how to make a great video game featuring licensed characters. Step one: find a great video game. Step two: put characters from We Bare Bears, Steven Universe and Adventure Time in it. That’s pretty much how Cartoon Network Match Land was born.

I’m barely exaggerating here. Last year indie developer Race Cat Games released Match Land, a delightful little free-to-play pixel art puzzle...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Mar 18, 2018. 12 comments

I Hate Everyone Who Plays SongPop 2

I Hate Everyone Who Plays <i>SongPop 2</i>

The second iteration of FreshPlanet’s ridiculously popular multiplayer music trivia game was released last week, and since then I’ve been pitted against what I imagine as a never-ending stream of complete and utter bastards.

The first iteration of SongPop briefly captured the music lover in me back in 2012, trapping me in a world where all that mattered was whether or not I could tell Rick...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Mar 17, 2018. 6 comments

The First Five Barrel-Blasting Minutes Of Bullet Boy

The First Five Barrel-Blasting Minutes Of <i>Bullet Boy</i>

If you’ve every played through a blast barrel level in a Donkey Kong Country game and thought “Man, I wish there were more of these,” Bullet Boy is more of those.

Available now for iOS and Android (yay!) from Pomelo Games, Bullet Boy takes a mechanic that console platformers generally use sparingly and dials it up to eleven, much like my microphone game in the opening moments of the...

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Mike Fahey Mike Fahey Mar 13, 2018. 16 comments

An Adventure Game Built For The Apple Watch

An Adventure Game Built For The Apple Watch

Did you panic last week and stay up late to preorder a first-generation Apple Watch like some idiot? Me too. And here comes developer Wayforward Technologies to mildly justify it with Watch Quest.

Launching April 24, hopefully the same day my Apple Watch Sport arrives in the post, Watch Quest is an adventure game that lives on the iPhone but plays on your wrist. Players will equip a hero and...

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