All Articles by Paul Acevedo

Skulls of the Shogun arrives on iOS ready to conquer

Skulls of the Shogun is a two-dimensional turn-based strategy game that formerly enjoyed great success on mobile Windows platforms and Xbox 360. Now it comes to iPhone and iPad where it can really shine.

You’ve probably seen plenty of mobile strategy games, but few strategy titles can compare to this one. Beautiful art, a catchy soundtrack, a witty story, and excellent multiplayer features make 17-BIT’s first iOS game a must-buy.

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Embark on a pirate adventure in Nightmares from the Deep: The Cursed Heart

Hidden object games are a great fit for mobile devices because users can scan around a complex image and directly tap the objects they find. But some gamers want more than just objects to find – they seek a little narrative, a slice of adventure. That’s where the Hidden Object Puzzle Adventure (HOPA) genre comes in.

Of the many HOPA developers working on PC and mobile, Poland-based Artifex Mundi is easily one of the best. Their games feature intriguing premises and beautifully painted scenes. Today we look at Nightmares from the Deep: the Cursed Heart, one of Artifex Mundi’s most popular titles.

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TreSensa brings web-based games to iOS with no muss, very little fuss

Practically every game engine evangelizes how effortlessly it allows developers to port from one platform to another, to say nothing of their fancy graphical features and 3D effects. All very lovely and impressive, no doubt. Then there’s TreSensa, an engine designed to make porting web-based games to iOS and other platforms a snap. TreSensa powers a variety of casual games including Vector Runner Remix, StranDead, and Run and Bun. Read on to learn about these games and the engine that brings them to life.

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Green Jelly dishes up tasty physics puzzles on iPhone and iPad

Physics puzzle games like Cut the Rope tend to do pretty well in mobile devices thanks to their short levels and simple controls.  Russian developer MaxNick has drawn from Cut the Rope’s formula in the past with Spider Jack, a game I liked even better than the original. Their latest physics puzzler Green Jelly shares much in common with games that came before it, plus some unique gameplay mechanics for good measure.

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Mr. Ludo combines a classic board game and office work into one charming iOS game

The classic board game of Ludo goes by many names such as Sorry! and Parcheesi. Thanks to a UK developer called Yo Ambulante, we now have a new iOS version called Mr. Ludo. This particular take still offers the time-honored and simple gameplay that many of us experienced as children, but dresses it up with a clever office-based theme and both local and online multiplayer for up to four players.

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Dragon Realms combines monster collecting, town building, and online battles

Yesterday we looked at Elemental Kingdoms, a card battling RPG. Today we're back with a massively multiplayer online RPG/town-building hybrid called Dragon Realms. The spiritual successor to last year’s Kingdom Age, Dragon Realms was developed internally at GREE’s RPG+ Studio. Hundreds of creatures to collect, cooperative and PVP play, and cross-platform multiplayer make for a lengthy and addictive experience.

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Collect and battle cards, find adventure in Elemental Kingdoms

Last month PC MMO giant Perfect World Entertainment announced that it had entered the mobile gaming business, revealing four upcoming games in the process. Now the first of those games, Elemental Kingdoms is available to download exclusively on iOS. Elemental Kingdoms is a surprisingly deep and robust collectible card game from China-based iFree Studio. Read on to learn about the game’s card combat system, player versus player battles, maze exploration, and much more.

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Take a look at The Sims FreePlay's Teen and Mysterious Island updates

It’s been a while since we wrote about The Sims FreePlay, Electronic Arts’ mobile version of the hit life simulation series. Even still, the game is going strong. EA has released two major updates for FreePlay in the last two months: the Teen and Mysterious Island updates. Together, they add new quests, areas to visit, loads of items, and of course teenage Sims. We’ve put ample time in with both updates. Read on for full details on how The Sims FreePlay has grown!

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Classic Sega characters coming to Kingdom Conquest II

It’s been quite a while since we discussed Kingdom Conquest, SEGA’s action-strategy-MMO hybrid. Since then, the game has received a sequel, aptly named Kingdom Conquest II. SEGA will soon be releasing monster cards based on its classic franchises into Kingdom Conquest II in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Sega Mega Drive/Genesis videogame console. The special cards feature artwork and characters from Altered Beast and Golden Axe, two arcade hits that are also available on iOS.

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Chickens Can't Fly lands on iPhone and iPad

Chickens Can’t Fly from developer Amused Sloth has long been considered one of the best Xbox games for Windows Phone. Recently the game got pulled from that platform due to an In-App Purchase formatting bungle on Microsoft’s part, though it will return without Xbox features in the future. At the same time, Chickens Can’t Fly has migrated to iOS – currently the only place to get it!

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Tanktastic brings massively multiplayer online tank battles to iOS

World of Tanks Blitz, the mobile version of the popular PC and XBLA tank combat game – won’t be coming out until 2014. But tank/shooter enthusiasts can play something a lot like it right now. Tanktastic comes from Ukrainian developer G.H.O.R. Corporation. With 12-player online tank battles, a promised stream of updates, and GameCenter Achievements, iOS gamers will be hard pressed to find a better way to get their tanks on.

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Solve word puzzles with Decoder Ring Gold

Touch screens are perfect for newspaper-style games like Sudoku and crosswords. Why not make a game that combines both of those games then? That’s what Decoder Ring Gold from Chicago-based developer Babaroga sets out to do. Sequel to 2009’s Decoder Ring, the Gold version is a fun little freemium app for iPhone and iPad that should especially appeal to word game fans.

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Perfect World Entertainment announces four games for the fall

Perfect World Entertainment, the publisher of several popular massively multiplayer online PC games such as Star Trek Online, Forsaken World, and the upcoming Torchlight MMO has announced it will publish four iOS games this fall: Elemental Kingdoms, Arena of Heroes, BombBuds, and The Null Society. Let's take a quick look at their upcoming roster.

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Chaos Rings: Complete strategy guide

It’s been out for a while now, but Square-Enix’s original Chaos Rings remains one of the best and most popular Japanese Role-Playing Games on iOS. Like many RPGs, Chaos Rings is a lengthy game full of mysteries and secrets. Our occasional contributor and always RPG fan Paul has explored every inch of the game in order to bring you this in-depth strategy guide.

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Two games launch with Tango support: Candy Brick Breaker and Jetpack Jinx

It’s been quite a while since we talked about Tango, the voice, video, and text messaging app for iOS and other platforms. Since then, the Tango service has expanded to include photo sharing and even games.  The first of those games launched this week: Candy Block Breaker from Gameloft and Jetpack Jinx from Bubble Gum Interactive. Both are free to play.

 

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Graffiti Collective for iOS review: Make and share your own graffiti!

The people behind youth smoking prevention campaign Truth have just released their own message game for iOS: Graffiti Collective. The basic theme is that smoking is really bad for you and the American cigarette companies do lots of awful things to keep people smoking. BUT even people who smoke like a hundred packs a day might just dig this free game's actual gameplay. As you can guess, it involves lots of awesome graffiti.

I like to think that games qualify as art. And like art, some games seek to promote messages rather than simply entertain. Not everyone will agree with what a message game has to say, but that’s how art works too.

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Grow Mobile launches a universal mobile app marketing platform for iOS

We don't normally cover this sort of thing here, but following up on Talk Mobile Gaming, and our discussion on how to market apps, we thought we'd take a look at closer look at third-party options. Game and app developers have a lot to consider when choosing to market their products through in-game/app advertising. Which advertising networks reach the most users? Who gives developers the best deal? If a developer decides to use multiple ad networks, tracking and comparing the results of each network becomes a time consuming task of its own.

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