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Slayin for Android is an endless RPG to test your gaming skills

Posted by wicked April - 1 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

For a game to be successful these days, you would think that it would take some kick-ass graphics and complicated gameplay. But really, sometimes it just takes a simple gaming proposition – you play as a hero, you go defeat the baddies. Over and over again. Well, that last point is an addition to a simple formula by a game called “Slayin” – once only for iOS but now on Android. It’s an endless RPG.

With Slayin, users can play as either a Knight, a Wizard, or a Thief – and the point is just to keep on slashing monsters. Really nothing complicated to it. Plus, the seemingly 8-bit graphics adds to the nostalgia of the proposition. The three character types point to three different playing styles. The Knight jumps and jousts monsters to death with a sword – without protection to his backside, compensating with armor and power. The Wizard can’t jump and has virtually zero defense, but he amazingly turns into an invincible tornado in half-second spurts – a very fast-paced character. The Knave/Thief is quite similar to the Knight, but has weapons to the front and back – having some defense to his rear at the cost of armor.

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Essentially, it’s a side-scrolling game. Each enemy you slay will get you XP – your character levels up in increments of 10. They you fight a boss, and when you beat him, the area and enemies change. Simple enough. Occasionally, you meet a merchant will appear for you to buy weapons and armor. If you die, you start back from the beginning, but the game lets you keep your “fame” which is currency in the game.

The game is free to play, with IAPs that unlock content. The IAPs are not at all intrusive and annoying as in other games. Check out the download link below to get the game.

DOWNLOAD: Google Play Store

Taichi Panda is a new action RPG for Android

Posted by wicked March - 30 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

So if you can’t call your game “Kung-Fu Panda” because obviously that name is already taken, but you want to still make an action game with a kick-butt panda as the lead character, well, by all means call it “Taichi Panda”. Wait, game developer Snail Games just did that. Oh well, then let’s see how the game pans out.

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In the game’s defense, what you get from Taichi Panda is a visually rich action RPG – the graphics of the game seem spot on. The game has an MMORPG feel to it, as there is a central town hub where you can see other players in the game. You can even see them when dungeon crawling or doing your quests.

The gameplay is standard RPG fare though, hacking and slashing your way up the level ladders to improve your character’s stats and skills. Players can choose from three different classes – those include Warrior, Rogue, and of course, your cute-but-dangerous Master of Shadow Fist Panda.

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The game is now available via the Google Play Store (see the download link below) – and it seems to be available for everybody. Do check compatibility with your device, as the graphics might prove too much for lower-end and older phones. Free to play, with IAPs – tell us about it if you do check it out.

DOWNLOAD: Google Play Store

SoulCraft franchise outs cross platform MOBA game

Posted by wicked March - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Mobilebits has probably made a ton of cash and game dev rep out of its SoulCraft franchise on Android. The latest release, SoulCraft 2: League of Angels, was a graphically beautiful RPG hack-and-slash game. And yet here we are once more with another addition to the SoulCraft family – this time a MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) game called Heroes of SoulCraft – that is interesting enough to look at because of its cross-platform premise.

It feels like this author is caught in some sort of “softlaunch hell” today, because that’s all I’ve been writing about – games on softlaunch. This particular one has been outed by Mobilebits as an Alpha release to some European territories, sadly not in the US as of yet. For those unfamiliar with what a MOBA game is, it features a contained map with two teams of players trying to simultaneously defend their base and destroy the enemy base. Whoever destroys the enemy base first, wins.

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Heroes of SoulCraft allows players have the option of joining a 2v2 match which usually lasts 5 minutes, or a 4v4 match which lasts around 15 minutes. The game comes with over 12 heroes, each with their own attack types and characteristics (melee, ranged, magic, etc.).

The game is cross-platform – players can expect to play with other players from other platforms such as iOS and even on PC (there is a PC game). If a player leaves a match before it is finished, or his connection drops, the game will automatically place a new player on the map. Pretty interesting, right? If you get to try it out, gives us some feedback.

DOWNLOAD: Google Play Store
VIA: Droid Gamers

Square Enix’s Final Fantasy: Record Keeper in the house

Posted by wicked March - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

You think Square Enix and you immediately think Final Fantasy. That’s what you’re getting with “Final Fantasy: Record Keeper”, a nostalgic review of great Final Fantasy series moments. This time though, Square Enix is partnering with DeNA for their “free-to-play” expertise – which is good news for us. This new game is available F2P, that is, free-to-play.

The storyline focuses on your character helping Dr. Mog work out why past glories (in Final Fantasy series history) recorded within paintings are fading. And so you literally jump into paintings and relive these moments. The gameplay is your very familiar Active Time Battle (ATB) system, complete with hero abilities, magic, and limit breaks (yeah!).

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Once you beat bosses from Final Fantasy lore, you get the hero of the old game to join you in your team. Which means you can get Cloud Strife (FFVII), Kain (FFIV), and other kick-butt characters of the series to beat the bosses in the other painting panels with you. The bosses get harder as the game progresses, we assume.

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After a soft launch in Canada and some other territories, DeNA has announced its general availability in North America. Check the download link below from time to time to see if it is available where you are.

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VIA: Droid Gamers

Two new Marvel games up for soft launch, will soon be available

Posted by wicked March - 26 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

As the Age of Ultron slowly nears… ok, that sounded a tad too cinematic. Let’s try again. As the month of May slowly approaches and Marvel fans all over the world are gearing up for what should be a fun ride with Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, Marvel is keen to stoke the fires with two new games – Marvel Mighty Heroes and Marvel Future Fight. Both are on soft launch at the moment and are not available in the US yet, but should soon be.

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First up, Marvel Mighty Heroes is the cartoon-y take on the Avengers by known game developers DeNA. The game soft-launched in Canada and other territories last week, and most people are saying “it’s cute, but really just meh”. When it was announced, there was a bit of confusion about the gameplay. But now we know that Marvel Mighty Heroes is a team-based brawler – you and three other players. Once the game is officially launched, those other players will be actual players joining you in real-time. Right now, those are filled by AI teammates.

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Then we have Marvel Future Fight, an action RPG that soft-launched in Australia. The gameplay is pretty standard – you control a Marvel hero and level up by fighting waves of baddies. The big difference? You’re fighting with a team of Marvel heroes, and you are able to swap heroes during battle, and use team-up attacks as well. You fight evil versions of superheroes, then turn them back to the good side. At that point you can add them to your team.

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Looks interesting, both games. Let’s see if it catches the fancy of mobile gamers out there, especially as the movie comes closer to show dates. We’ll update you once the games are available via the Google Play Store. Check out the download links below once in a while to see if they’re available where you are.

DOWNLOAD: Mighty Heroes | Future Fight

Dungeon Hunter 5 slashes its way to Android

Posted by wicked March - 13 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

If you’ve been waiting for the latest installment of Gameloft‘s now iconic hack ‘n’ slash action RPG, then no more waiting for you. Dungeon Hunter 5 has indeed landed on Android and its bringing with it a ton of new goodies, aside from a new excuse to give your thumbs a good mashing exercise. With DH5, Gameloft overhauls the graphics system to exploit the power of newer devices. The game also features new mechanics, like a five-element system and a new multiplayer mode, all while delivering the same experience that fans have grown to expect.

While Dungeon Hunter 5 offers gamers new things to play with, it doesn’t stray far from the plot. DH5 carries over from its predecessor by showing the effects of the demon wars. But instead of being a glorious hero, players take on the role of a mercenary just trying to make a living in the now shattered kingdom of Valenthia. Of course, that means you still get to hack your way through monsters all day long.

Dungeon Hunter 5 introduces a form of rock, paper, scissors mechanic into the game with its five elements: Water, Fire, Light, Nature and Dark. Armors and weapons can be enchanted with these elements to provide an advantage over certain types of monsters. That means that no single armor or weapon element will be enough for all kinds of monsters. But for the equipment that you do want to take with you until the end, DH5 will let you upgrade again and again. Your equipment grows with you.

Perhaps one of the most interesting new feature of this latest installment is the new Guild Stronghold. While the game does feature cooperative multiplayer, the Stronghold system injects some element of Dungeon Master into the game. Players can create their own “dungeons” and put in minions that will defend the stronghold from other players seeking to loot the player’s riches. At the very last stage, the invading player will come face to face with the defending player’s character. We’ll see how well this plays out in the coming days.

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As always, Dungeon Hunter 5 is free to download from Google Play Store, but veteran players will not be surprised to see tons of in-app purchases in every corner.

Widget RPG now lets you tap on Android Wear to level up

Posted by wicked March - 11 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

There are loads of RPGs on Android, from JRPGs to old school pixelated retro ones to brainless money-sucking ones. Out of all of those, Widget RPG stands alone in a class of its own. Why? Because the game, if you could call it that, is both insanely easy to play and insane in itself. All you need to do is tap on the homescreen widget, where the game takes its name, to gain experience. And now you can do that even on your smartwatch too.

Yes, tapping is all you need to progress. Throw away all notion of battles, strategy, or reading text, aside from reading the manual. Tap, tap, tap is all you need. You can tap any time, anywhere. You can even do it without looking at your phone. Have you ever wished you could level up in your game even while talking with someone, waiting for the bus, or doing something else? Well, Widget RPG lets you do just that.

Sure, you do still get to increase your character’s stats, collect loot, choose your next adventure in Guugle Maps, or post about your insane tapping achievement on Famebook. But those are really just the desserts. The main course is really just tapping away.

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But developer ru3ch initiative knows that there are times when you can’t even take out your smartphone to tap. Well, now you’re in luck if you have an Android Wear smartwatch. The latest update now includes an app that lets you, what else, tap your way to the next level on your wrist. But let’s face it. Tapping incessantly is tiring. So with the new Android Wear integration, Widget RPG gets a new superpower: “tap by voice”. Simply speak into your smartwatch and it will convert every word into a tap. Now you can put your monologuing and ranting, or your significant other’s, to more productive use.

So if you’re looking for some senseless fun without requiring you to break a sweat, or your brain, why not give Widget RPG and its new Android Wear pack a try. Just remember to give your fingers a break once in a while.

Download: Widget RPG

5 Android apps you shouldn’t miss this week! – Android Apps Weekly

Posted by wicked March - 6 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Welcome back to Android Apps Weekly! Here are your headlines for this week:

If you want to see more headlines, app updates, and app releases, don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter! I curate it myself every week and include all of the best Android apps news, updates, and releases. Click the button below if you’re interested.

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[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Blackberry Messenger got a huge update this last week. With it came myriad improvements to channels, photo sending, picture previews, in-chat playback of voice notes, and the ability to customize your PIN if you subscribe. Along with all of that comes Android Wear support which is surprisingly forward thinking for an app that almost became totally irrelevant years ago. The update is out now if you want it.
Get it on Google Play
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zombie highway 2 android apps weeklyZombie Highway 2

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Zombie Highway was a huge success when it first came out a couple of years ago and we expect Zombie Highway 2 to continue that proud tradition. It uses many of the same mechanics as the first game, but includes improved graphics and sound effects, nitro, new cars, new weapons, new zombies, and more. The in app purchases are also surprisingly reasonable. The only downside are the release day bugs so you may need to wait a week or so for everything to get ironed out.
Get it on Google Play


alphadia genesis 2 android apps weeklyAlphadia Genesis 2

[Price: $9.99 ($4.99 on sale now) with in app purchases]
Alphadia Genesis 2 is the latest game out of Kemco Games who are known as one of the best jRPG studios on Android. This is a jRPG with a decently long story line, better than average graphics, and some unique battle mechanics. It uses a job system for character customization and the company promises that in app purchases are not required to finish the game. There are some release day bugs so do beware of that.
Get it on Google Play


autowear android apps weeklyAutoWear

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
AutoWear is a new Android Wear application that allows you to create tasks in Tasker and then use them on your Android Wear devices. Using this app, you can a bunch of fun things with your watch and control it in ways you previously couldn’t. Some of the things you can do is create customized notifications, create interactive screens, utilize improved voice commands, and more. There is a free trial so you can try it before you buy it.
Get it on Google Play


king of thieves android apps weeklyKing of Thieves

[Price: Free with in app purchases]
Last up this week is King of Thieves. This is a game out of Zeptolabs, known for their hit Cut the Rope franchise. In this platformer style game, you must dodge defenses and steal gold coins from other players, then build your own level to defend your gold against them. You can also join guilds, engage with leaderboards, and some extra stuff like costumes. It’s a different kind of platformer and worth a shot.
Get it on Google Play


Wrap up

If we missed any great Android apps or games news, let us know in the comments!

Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf RPG gamebook gets a complete edition

Posted by wicked February - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

If you’re tired of the fast-paced, high-octane action games on smartphones but aren’t exactly willing to go over to the more laid back yet addictive, sometimes frustrating, casual games, then maybe it’s time to give gamebooks a try. Fortunately for you, one of the more popular ones is landing with a bang. Although Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf has actually been around for quite a while, even on Android, it is only now that it is coming in one complete package, and with a time-limited discount to boot.

For those not familiar with the genre, gamebooks are games that unfold in a Choose Your Own Adventure style of gameplay. Most of them resort to lots of text with a few added graphics, so yes, you will be reading a lot in this type of game. That, however, is where Lone Wolf differs. Although it still does employ text-based narratives, it makes heavy use of graphics. The user interface, for one, is laden with stylized medieval knobs and controls. Cutscenes are often animated. And the battles? Well they happen in almost turn-based full 3D style. The latter part might be a problem for some who’ve found Lone Wolf’s implementation a tad unsatisfying.

As for the contents of the game itself, you take the role of the titular hero who is the last of an order of warrior monks tasked with protecting the land. Although the game does play out like a book, any one with experience in CYOA books will know there are multiple paths and multiple endings. And, like in any RPG, you can customize your character with various abilities (Kai disciplines) and items.

Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf has been available on Android for some time now, but, while the first chapter of the game is free, the next three have to be purchased in-game. That is what this complete edition brings to the table. A full game, no in-app purchases required. This includes all four chapters of the game: Blood on the Snow, Forest Hunt, The Shianti Halls and Dawn over V’taag. Sadly, the game does have a rather hefty price tag of $9.99. And that’s only for now, with a promo discount, so better grab it if it tickles your fancy.

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Download: Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf Complete

Kemco offers popular RPG games for less than a dollar each

Posted by wicked February - 25 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Kemco is one of those generous mobile game developers who regularly offer their paid games at a more affordable price of $0.99. Just last month, the company put eight games on sale. This February, Kemco is offering another sale–with seven games now available for less than a dollar. This is a good promo for those who’ve been wanting to buy some of Kemco game titles but are hesitant to spend their hard-earned money.

Here’s a rundown of the seven games Kemco recently put up on sale:

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(1) Covenant of Solitude
This RPG (role playing game) involves genies that has the ability to commune with and control monsters. These humans were persecuted at first but with their powers, they’ve been called to salvage the village when the Empire invaded. A young man named Fort is the hero trying to save Legna and Elicia, his friends from the orphanage.

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(2) Cross Hearts Arcadia
Another great adventure between an Eng and its Algiz. This RPG involves an egg turning into a fairy (Tylt), asking Nirva to travel to the Genesis Sanctuary. Create different weapons to use in battle.

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(3) Illusion of L’Phalcia
The Sword of Amal is one powerful  weapon believed to be able to grant any wish. Problem is, chaos is brought into the world by those wishes and desires of those who seek the sword.

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(4) Rusted Emeth
Become a Bounty Hunter and track down Bounty Targets on a Golem. Jink tries to make a living riding Golems. He is challenged to hunt down Bounty Targets in the Commune of Bista.

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(5) Shelterra the Skyworld
Discover and save Skyworld in this fantasy game. Our hero Claude resides in a floating continent called Shelterra. He becomes a professional adventurer who later on discovers his town might fail to the surface.

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(6) Silver Nornir
The Peacekeeper, the Keeper of Time, and the Goddess are the heroes of the new world of Silver Nornir. Fight in an intense battle system that includes combo moves, special moves, and more magic gems.

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(7) Symphony of the Origin
The lands where the humans, elves and dwarves live are attacked by  unknown hideous creatures. They’ve been frequent and widespread, with the attackers committing the most terrible of atrocities you can imagine. Help young swordsman  apprentice fight all Evils.

Kemco usually offers sales like this every last week of each month so this means you have until the 28th to download each game for just a back. Next month, we hope to see more games to go on sale. We’ll see.

VIA: Droid Gamers