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Crescent Moon’s Exiles RPG comes to Google Play

Posted by wicked December - 18 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Crescent Moon, the developers behind Ravensword: Shadowlands, have just released their much-anticipated Sci-Fi 3D RPG, Exiles, to the Play Store. If you’re a fan of Humble Bundle, you may have seen this game available as one of the top-tier purchases, way back when the game was in alpha. It’s now in the Play Store released with it’s final build, and we’re excited to see what it brings.

Exiles takes place in the near future in a distant world. The game follows an isolated colony that’s on the verge of being enslaved by it’s corrupt government. You play as a member of the Elite Enforcers trying to keep the colony safe with a wide variety of weapons and vehicles. Exile is set in an open-world environment and features a deep storyline, a ton of missions, different character classes, and a healthy amount of aliens and mechanized enemies.

Here is a complete list of features that Exiles brings:

  • Explorer a huge and open world, full of alien hives, underground temples, and caves
  • A large colony with various interior locales
  • Choose from 3 different character classes
  • Choose a Male or Female Character
  • A large variety of weapons to use and upgrade
  • Huge Alien creatures to fight
  • Mechs and Hoverbikes available to traverse the massive landscape
  • A dark story of government plots and conspiracy
  • No IAP!
  • Real-time Shadows
  • Full Night/Day System

The game is available in Google Play for $6.99. That might be a bit steep to some users, but keep in mind, Exiles has hours of gameplay value and no in-app purchases in sight. Follow the Play Store link below to pick up Exiles!

Baldurs Gate II Enhanced Edition makes its way to Android

Posted by wicked December - 18 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Beamdog has done it again. The game developers have successfully ported and launched the sequel to one of the most popular classic computer RPGs of all time, Baldur’s Gate II, in its enhanced and remastered form. Now gamers both old and new can get a chance to relive the good old days or forge new adventures using nothing more than the small but powerful computer hidden in their pockets. Of course, like in many games, a good adventure has a price to be paid.

Old school games, and by that we really mean older titles and not just new ones made to look old, can be a gold mine of experience for mobile gamers. These games bring depth and immersion in ways many newer smartphone games don’t offer. A solid story line, sophisticated game mechanics, and a lineage that spans decades. That’s what Beamdog and its ports bring to the Android table.

Like its predecessor, Baldur’s Gate II takes place in the Forgotten Realms setting of the acclaimed Dungeons and Dragons game world (AD&D 2 to be exact). You take the role of the sire of the God of Murder, bred solely to die at the hands of heroes, fueling the god’s return. But you were raised with love and were turned against your nature. Now it is up to you whether you will become the monster you were born to be or be the hero you were taught to be. It’s nurture vs. nature, RPG style.

BG2EE, as gamers would call it, covers the main Shadows of Amn campaign. But it also includes expansions such as Throne of Bhaal and The Black Pits II all for free. The game does cost $9.99, which in mobile game standards is quite steep, but the quality and experience might very well be worth the price. Some might be surprised that there are in-app purchases, but these are really just for additional content, like extra companions and character portraits.

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Download: Baldur’s Gate II on Google Play Store

Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft now out for Android tablets

Posted by wicked December - 17 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

One big problem we all had with Blizzard’s Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft card game was first that it was only for tablets, and second that it was only out on iOS (so that meant the iPad or iPad mini) – so, “no, thanks”. Good thing that they understood how big a market there was for Android tablet users, that now the hugely popular card game is now out for Android tablet devices.

The rollout to Android tablets began in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand, but is now available globally, as Blizzard has announced. The app will now be available globally via the Google Play Store, with a later rollout for the Amazon Appstore for Android.

Blizzard is putting out some bonus love for you early adapters as they will be giving out a pack of free “Classic” cards for you to use in game. To redeem your free pack of cards, you just need to complete a game of Hearthstone in any mode – be it on Play, Arena, or Practice mode, win or lose. Pretty nice, huh?

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So if you have your Samsung Galaxy Tab S out, go give this one a go. It should be nice. Then tell us all about it in the comments section. You don’t own an Android tablet? No worries, Blizzard is also bringing the game to Android phones soon!

DOWNLOAD: Google Play Store
SOURCE: Blizzard

8-Bit Crusaders battle to save kidnapped goddesses from the evil witches

Posted by wicked December - 13 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Here is another time-waster Role-Playing Game on Android: Crusaders Quest. Watching the trailer takes me back to my childhood days of endless arcade gaming. This one, complete with the music and the pixelated graphics, will remind you of the 90s. It’s a new RPG from NHN Entertainment Corp. that allows you to lead 200 heroes and defeat monsters and witches. Goal is to save the kidnapped Goddesses from the forces of evil.

These Goddesses have been kidnapped by an enemy. You’re called to save a land captured by the crazy, mysterious witch who happened to trap the magical Goddesses. Choose among the hundreds of 8-bit crusaders who will journey and save them. To finish the battle, unlock their powers to finally repel the darkness.

Crusaders Quest features real-time and fast paced puzzle combat so you need to quickly match your crusaders’ skill blocks. Six unique classes can be played while you can choose from over 200 unique heroes. Each one has different skills and powers that could free the kidnapped Goddesses. If the crusaders’ powers are not enough, you can always unlock the powers of the Goddesses and make use of them.

Heroes are 8-bit crusaders playing on a pixelated battlefield. Don’t let the graphics disappoint you because the style actually adds to the retro charm. Admit it, this game reminds you of those times when you’d spend hours and all of your money on the arcades.

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Download Crusaders Quest from the Google Play Store

RPG Chain Chronicle from Sega now available for Android

Posted by wicked December - 9 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

If you’re into role-playing games (RPGs) on mobile, then you may want to try this new game from Gumi. It’s not really new because this game from Sega has been available in Japan since last year. Now, Gumi is bringing the popular RPG to the US, UK, Australia, and Canada on mobile platforms like Android and iOS. More countries will get the Chain Chronicle soon but we’ll have to wait for announcements.

We know this game will be a bestseller because it has already reached 4 million downloads in Japan. That’s a lot so imagine how many more millions of Android (and iOS) users from all over the world will go crazy over this game. Goal of the game is to prepare your tower defense, train a perfect army, and go into battle to protect Yggdra. A Black Army is the enemy, trying to invade your world.

The main player is a soldier who is required to gather a Volunteer Army of Knights, Soldiers, Archers, Clerics, and Wizards. You’ll be in command and in-charge to unleash their full potential. You, as the soldier, and the other volunteers will work together to protect the world of Yggdra in a tactical, real-time strategy battles. The game has an epic story but you can change it if you want. As you journey through the game, you will meet more than 150 new allies armed with different skills and powers.

The game boasts of simple and intuitive controls so it’s very easy-to-learn. To make this one more exciting, Sega featured different artworks by top artists in Japan–the best illustrators in manga, video game, and anima industries. Each portrait is specially drawn in card form by these great artists. And if artists’ illustrations are not enough, high-profile anime voice actors were hired to make this game more epic. We’re not Japanese but anime lovers would be glad to know voices of Akira Ishida, Ayane Sakura, Maaya Uchida, and Kotori Koiwai were used in the game. Now that makes the game more interesting to play.

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Download Chain Chronicle from the Google Play Store

VIA: Pocket Gamer

The Banner Saga – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked December - 8 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

What is The Banner Saga

The Banner Saga is a strategy RPG that feels like a mix between Final Fantasy Tactics and a Disney movie. It features the classic elements of a strategy RPG combined with the hand-drawn, cartoon-style graphics that give it an undeniable charm. It’s currently $4.99 in the Google Play Store.

The game centers around a group of characters who are on the run. Through the various missions, you’ll have to make decisions that affect the final outcome of the game. It’s definitely a story-driven game which RPG fans will really enjoy. The graphics are reminiscent of an older Disney movie and they actually hired a real composure (Austin Wintory) to do the music. Thus, there are parts where the game feels like a narrative film that you play rather than a game with a story and we really liked that.

The game mechanics are classic strategy RPG. There are 25 playable characters and 7 character classes that you’ll have to build your team. A huge part of this game is the story progression. You’ll have to make decisions such as where you travel, who you talk to, what you say, and even how you proceed in combat will have ramifications in the main story and that is The Banner Saga’s big draw. This is definitely not another tap-to-play mobile game, that’s for sure.

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This could be the next Bard’s Tale.

PROS
  • Very story-driven and the player must make decisions very frequently to determine the outcome of the game.
  • Classic strategy RPG mechanics are easy to learn and help drive the game forward.
  • The graphics make you feel like you’re playing a Disney movie. The music is also far above average.
  • No in app purchases.
  • The developers seem to be working hard to fix the bugs.
CONS
  • There are some basic game play bugs that some people experience that may or may not make you angry.
  • If you dislike story-driven games or tactical RPGs, you won’t like this.
8.5

Overall, this game is really good. There are some bugs here and there that need to be squashed but the premise is solid, the story is fun, the graphics are good, and the music is good. It’s a well rounded experience and fans of RPGs (especially tactical RPGs), will most likely enjoy this title.

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Check out the prior indie app of the day: U Messenger
Join us in the Apps and Games section of the Android Authority forums! Just don’t forget to read the rules first!

ExaGear RPG – Indie app of the day

Posted by wicked December - 5 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

ExaGear RPG review

What is ExaGear RPG?

ExaGear RPG is a PC emulator that is a branch off of ExaGear Mobile. The catch is that it is specifically designed to play old PC RPG titles such as Fallout and Fallout 2. It’s currently free in the Google Play Store to try as a demo with a premium version going for between $6.90 and $6.99. There are various control schemes available for purchase and the “premium” version of this app is simply a matter of purchasing one of the control sets.

ExaGear RPG is a complicated emulator so the first thing anyone should know is that this isn’t like others where you just need a game file. You’ll need to install the game on your computer, move the installation folder to your Android device (caution: it can be very large) along with the CD contents if the game requires the CD to run. If that doesn’t scare you off, then you should be able to play a wide variety of older PC RPGs at a fairly decent framerate.

The controls are set up specifically for RPG titles so you’ll probably get a less than ideal experience out of other genres. Even with the RPG-focused controls, things do feel a little clunky. It’s definitely something you’re going to have to get used to. Given the complicated nature of PC games and emulating them on Android, the overall presentation is impressive but we just wanted to be sure to point out that it isn’t 100% ideal for everyone.

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The best PC emulator you can get for right now.

PROS
  • Emulates many of classic PC RPGs such as Fallout 1 and 2, and Might and Magic 6, 7, and 8.
  • Various control schemes are available (for a price) that allows you to find one that may work better for you.
  • It’s a really fun and impressive premise.
  • The instructions are complicated but relatively easy to follow along.
CONS
  • There are bugs so expect those.
  • Some games may or may not work even with the required files.
  • Unless you’re at least somewhat tech savvy, this app is probably going to be a pain in the rear end. Even if you are tech savvy, you’re probably still going to run into some issues.
6.5

Overall, this is about as good as it gets for emulating PC RPGs. The control schemes do work even if they don’t let you play things as quickly as you could on a keyboard with a mouse. The games do play but they don’t play flawlessly. It’s a solid early effort in PC emulation on Android but do keep in mind the limitations.

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Check out the previous indie app of the day: Notification Reader
Join us in the Apps and Games section of the Android Authority forums! Just don’t forget to read the rules first!

KEMCO’s Revenant Saga classic style RPG now out on Android

Posted by wicked December - 3 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

A lot of RPG fans are getting more and more attracted to games that emulate the classic pixel art style of the old Final Fantasy and Legend of Zelda games that they used to play during their youth. Maybe that is why developers like KEMCO are putting out games like “Revenant Saga”, a new RPG game that tries to get the classic look while adding some new elements of their own.

The developers describe Revenant Saga as a game that blurs the lines between good and evil – which should mean that this will not be your straight up RPG trope of good guys fighting bad guys. The normal interface seems to be in the usual casual RPG style, until you see the game break out into some nice 3D visuals during combat.

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The gameplay potential for this RPG is huge, what with KEMCO allowing your character 999 levels to climb – that’s some level up goal right there. There’s a new mechanic in combat where your character can transform into a more powerful form, but transforming habitually has its downside as well. Even the equipment and the loot – usually the biggest draw for an RPG player – has perks and disadvantages, so you will have to think your way through this.

The game is already available via the Google Play Store for a small-ish download price of USD$3.99. If this feels like something you want to sink your teeth into during your downtime, check out the download link below.

DOWNLOAD: Google Play Store

Kabam, Marvel team up again for upcoming free-to-play RPG

Posted by wicked December - 3 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Even while the fruits of their first collaboration have yet to bear fruit, hopefully this week if not later this month, it seems that Kabam and Marvel have grown rather fond of each other. The two will take another stab at the growing mobile gaming market and have announced a still unnamed game. This time, however, the genre will be shifting gears towards a role-playing type. It’s hard not to get excited but also hard not to be a bit cautious.

It’s not that Kabam doesn’t have a favorable reputation in mobile gaming. It has a few popular titles under its belt, including Heroes of Camelot, Kingdoms of Camelot, Fast & Furious 6, and The Hobbit: Kingdoms, just to name a few. At New York Comic Con last October, the reception to the upcoming Marvel Contest of Champions fighting game has been mostly positive, with people commenting on the console-like quality of the graphics. Kabam promised more intuitive controls for a mobile game, which we’ll have yet to see once the game actually hits the market.

Marvel, on the other hand, has had hits and misses with its mobile titles. Most of them revolve around movie tie-ins and rarely around original content, like Avengers Alliance. Contest of Champions is one of that rare breed, and so all Marvel fans’ eyes will be on this fighting game. Details of this new Marvel RPG are extremely thin at this point, with nary a hint about gameplay and combat mechanics. It will all hinge on whether Kabam and Marvel will be able to deliver a new experience that doesn’t simply reuse the tried and tired tropes of mobile gaming. That said, it will still be a long wait, as the game isn’t scheduled to land until Fall 2015.

As for Contest of Champions, that game is set to hit Android and iOS this month, with some pointing to sometime this week even. The game is promised to be available globally immediately at launch and that Kabam will increase the roster of heroes and villains, which already consists of 25 names, regularly. Marvel fans, especially fans of fighting games, might want to keep their eyes peeled for this one to see if Kabam does have a magic touch for Marvel’s franchise.

SOURCE: Kabam

Heavenstrike Rivals is a free-to-play PVP fighting game

Posted by wicked December - 1 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

There wasn’t much fanfare about the new Heavenstrike Rivals fighting game that Square Enix released just a few days back that we almost missed it, but we didn’t (ha!). The game is a PVP (peer-vs-peer) style fighting game that allows users to challenge their online friends to fighting battles.

The game lets players pick from more than 230 characters available in the game – and these characters can be trained, they can fight in regular events, and enter in special competitions. Players can regularly fight with friends online so that their characters build up XP.

Of course, the game has AI fighters if you’re not the type to get into online fighting games with your friends – but trust us, the “beating your friends” part is one of the things that makes this game fun. The game’s artwork is designed by Ryoma Ito, the same one who directed the art for Final Fantasy Tactics.

Looking at the visuals, the game certainly looks the part. If you want to try it, the game is a free download from the Google Play Store link below.

DOWNLOAD: Google Play Store

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