App Review: ‘Pocket Troops’ Is A Stellar Strategic War Game

Don’t let the cutesy graphics and occasional humor fool you, Pocket Troops is a multi-layered strategic war game that, especially since it’s free-to-play, is worth a look. I’ve devoted about four hours of gameplay to this iOS title, and my love for Pocket Troops hasn’t dissipated.

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‘Fire’ From Daedalic Entertainment Hits PC & iOS in March

Daedalic Entertainment has changed the release date to its Stone Age set game Fire. Initially set for a January release, the game is available hits PC and Mac on March 26 and reaches iOS on May 28.

With Firegamers take on the role of Ungh the Neanderthal, a clumsy adventurer who’s on the search for fire. Ungh’s history with flames is a bad one, as his village burned down while under his watch. By utilizing the environment and animals around him (mammoths, bats, and dinosaurs), the caveman’s thirst for fire continues to burn.

Fire - Daedalic Entertainment
Fire – Daedalic Entertainment

Fire is currently available as a Steam pre-order, giving buyers a 10% discount. 

 

Fire - Daedalic Entertainment
Fire – Daedalic Entertainment

 

Stephen Curry To Help Re-Launch Backyard Sports Franchise

Backyard Sports - Stephen Curry
Golden State Warriors point guard (and Splash Brothers member) Stephen Curry has teamed up with Day 6 Sports Group for the re-launch of Backyard Sports

The digital game franchise debuted in 1997, and under its latest iteration it will be available on tablets and smartphones – with Curry serving as the face of the franchise.

“I grew up playing Backyard Sports, and having an opportunity to help bring it back to this generation of children is something I’m really thrilled about,” said Curry, whose sharpshooting skills has led the Warriors to NBA prominence.

“Re-launching a brand that was so iconic is an exciting step for us,” said Jim Wagner, CEO, Day 6 Sports Group. “And partnering with the NBA and Stephen Curry is the perfect way for us to engage with both our existing community of fans as well as the next generation of Backyard Sports players.”

Backyard Sports NBA Basketball is set for a spring 2015 release. For more info, please go to www.backyardsports.com.

Marvel Contest of Champions Gets Cosmic On App Store & Google Play

 

Marvel Contest of Champions is a free to play app that is now available in the App Store and on Google Play. The game, a collaboration between Kabam and Marvel Entertainment, contains over 25 unlockable characters from the get-go.
Kabam
Kabam

With Marvel Contest of Champions, gamers will craft a group of heroes and villains taken from Marvel’s extensive universe, and along with single player campaigns there’s also player vs. player (PVP) mode for gamers who love a bit of online competition.

A sign that this app may have legs lies in its creative direction, as Marvel Comics scribe Sam Humphries (The Legendary Star-Lord) penned the game, which features a group of heroes who team up to take down such other worldly villains as Kang the Conqueror and Thanos.

“It was awesome working with Kabam to develop a unique storyline for a video game that stays true to the Marvel Universe,” said Humphries. “Watching the heroes and villains come to life as playable characters on my phone is beyond epic.”

Kabam
Kabam

“We could not be more excited about Marvel Contest of Champions,” added Jay Ong, VP of Games, Marvel Entertainment. “The team at Kabam has done an amazing job of translating the heroic combat and dynamic visuals that Marvel fans know and love into an action-packed gameplay experience for mobile devices.”

To download Marvel Contest of Champions for iOS, please go to this Apple Store link.

Kabam
Kabam
Kabam
Kabam

 

‘Animal Hospital 3D Africa’ Hits App Store December 4

On December 4, publisher Tivola GmbH are publishing Animal Hospital 3D Africa for Apple’s App Store, the Amazon Appstore for Android, and Google Play.

Available in nine languages, the free to play title was nominated for “Best Mobile Kids Game 2014” by the German Game Developer awards jury.

Tivola will also release the apps Dog Hotel 3D, Hippo Sports, and Teddy the Panda in December. All of the titles are kid-centric and for adults who refuse to grow up.

Animal Hospital 3D Africa - Tivola GmbH
Animal Hospital 3D Africa – Tivola GmbH

The trailer for Animal Hospital 3D Africa is below:

 Animal Hospital - 3D Africa (Tivola)

iOS News: ‘Call of Duty: Heroes’ Releases Worthwhile Weekend Bonus

 

Since I’m a veritable cheapskate who prefers spending my cash on food and drink, free to play titles like the recently released Call of Duty: Heroes will always grab my attention (for my detailed review of the game, check out my Arcade Sushi review).

Starting today, owners of COD: Heroes as well as newcomers who download the game will receive a 20% bonus on their PVP (player vs. player) battles through the end of this weekend. Getting as much oil and gold currency is of utmost importance since your COD base will consistently be attacked by other players. Gold and oil is primarily used to upgrade and build your weapons/units/buildings, but a huge chunk of your resources will be depleted from base invasions.

For details on this weekend’s deal, check out the photo below:

Call of Duty: Heroes – Activision

Call of Duty: Heroes has a ton of gameplay and, along with Boom Beach, it’s a must play app on my iPad.

If you’ve stumbled upon this COD post, I’d love to hear your thoughts on Call of Duty: Heroes as well. Until then, I’ll head back to my base for a bit of housekeeping.

Call of Duty: Heroes - Activision
Call of Duty: Heroes – Activision

Call of Duty: Heroes is now available as a free to play download at the App Store.

 

 

‘Star Wars: Galactic Defense’ Debuts On iOS & Android Devices

Star Wars: Galactic Defense is a free to play, tower defense title that features iconic characters from the iconic universe. The game is now available on the App Store for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, Google Play for Android devices, and the Amazon Appstore for Kindle Fire and Android devices.

Star Wars: Galactic Defense adds its own flare to the traditional tower defense genre and brings the excitement that was once limited to a galaxy far, far away, right to your fingertips,“ said Barry Dorf, DeNA vp of partnerships and alliances. “The game packs beloved characters, iconic locations, tactical gameplay, and heart-pounding battles into one exciting mobile experience.”

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Since i’m an iOS guy, I’ll be downloading the game to play on my iPad. I’m always cautious whenever the freemium model is used, so hopefully Star Wars: Galactic Defense offers a ton of gameplay without immediately necessary in-app purchases/premiums.

I’ll be playing the game over the next several games and posting my review on this site. But for now, check out the trailer and, if you have actually played or are planning to play the game, feel free to comment below!!

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App Love: Blowfish Meets Meteor Is A First Rate Block Party

Blowfish Meets Meteor is an iOS block breaker that received a significant upgrade earlier this month. The latest iteration contains enhanced iPad compatibility, an improved physics engine, as well as new sound effects, animations, and music. I didn’t download the game upon its initial release, so I came to this adventure with the freshest of eyes. Thankfully, I wasn’t disappointed.

The story has players taking on the role of a concerned, underwater living dad whose mermaid daughters are held captives by various creatures under the sea. Armed with dynamite, oysters, and a bouncing red ball, our hero must free his children by destroying surrounding blocks and killing various enemies along the way. After you complete a number of stages, you’ll need to defeat a boss to advance to the next level.

Along with the boss fights, there’s also treasure to be had. Depending on how well you do on each stage, you will earn different colored gems which are used to unlock some deep mystery in an area called the gemstone cavern.

Gemstone Cavern (Left), Boss fight w/ Electric Eel (Right)

Along with the beautiful hand drawn animations, Blowfish Meets Meteor also delivers in the game play. Most of the game deal focuses on the mechanics of the brick breaking aesthetic, as you’ll be moving your diver from side to side as he throws the red ball at his targets. However, getting the chance to actually blow up bricks or kill your enemies with TNT adds an extra dimension to this well worn genre. On my iPad, I used a left finger to aim my dynamite at a target while my right finger slide my diver to keep the ball from passing me by. It’s a multitasking maneuver which took me more than a few tries to master, but in the end all that frustrating work was worth it.

The visual design of each stage also kept the proceedings fresh throughout my two hour experience, as each puzzle has a unique identity of its own. During certain sections, you’ll need to navigate the mermaids past hungry piranhas, and on other stages you’ll need to successfully juggle falling penguins and your red projectile. Currently, my favorite Blowfish Meets Meteor moment is the silhouette portion. I know it’s an oft-used style these days, but playing in the shadows is just my cup of tea.

Blowfish Meets Meteor currently costs $1.99 to download on the App Store, but thankfully once you plunk down the cash you won’t be asked to shell out more cash for in-app purchases. With 60 levels and over 10 hours of gameplay, that’s a pretty good bargain.

I really enjoyed my time with Blowfish Meets Meteor, and it’s a pick up and play experience that is a step above the average brick breaker experience. Saving mermaids isn’t such a bad gig either – especially when you’re swimming with family.

App Friday: “Tales of Honor: The Secret Fleet” Sets Sail May 1


“Tales of Honor: The Secret Fleet,” a free to play space adventure based on the Honor Harrington novels by David Weber, hits the App Store on May 1. The adventure has gamers playing a newly graduated tactical officer who must commandeer the HMS Havoc after most of the senior officers are killed. Throughout their journey, players will also unlock more information about Honor Harrington.

Along with the starship combat, players must also repair and upgrade their ship. Currency is earned by completing various missions in the game, and weekly online events will be part of this app’s features in the coming weeks.

Tales of Honor: The Secret Fleet (Evergreen Studios)

Tales of Honor: The Secret Fleet is the next phase in the expansion of the Tales of Honor story world,” said Evergreen Studios CCO Scott Kroopf. “Now gamers can discover the unique battle tactics and enjoy the military authenticity of the Honorverse. The game, like the recently released comic (Tales of Honor: On Basilisk Station), is intended to funciton as a standalone experience, yet we’re designing them to be complementary. Our goal is to make it easy for fans of all types to explore the rich universe that David Weber has created.”

Judging from the trailer, the visuals are definitely eye catching, and hopefully this app will give us an engaging free to play experience. Although many apps go for the cash grab with the freemium model, I’m crossing my fingers that this game stands out amidst the fray.

If you’re a Weber fan or want an experience beyond the app, “Tales of Honor: On Basilisk Station” hits stores and will be available digitally on Comixology.com on April 30.

Here’s the trailer:

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