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Level Up! The “Coming Soon” Edition

Posted by wicked February - 28 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

Greetings Gamers! It’s been a while since we last had our weekly Android gaming recap and while there have indeed been a ton of new and updated games that have come our way, this time around, we’re taking a different route. This time, we’ll be taking a closer look at some of the games that have yet to come our way, very soon or not so soon, especially those from the big names in the industry. So get your pens and wishlists ready for this edition of Level Up, the ghost of games yet to come!

Final Fantasy Record Keeper (Square Enxi, DeNA)

We’re starting off with a heavyweight immediately, because what could be heavier than the combine names of Square Enix and Final Fantasy. While the revered JRPG franchise has already made its way to mobile, from the very first all the way up to the sixth, even including FF IV The After Years, Record Keeper will still be a blockbuster. Sort of. That’s because the game will let you experience again, or for the first time, the most memorable moments and characters of the entire Final Fantasy franchise. Now, before you start hyperventilating about seeing Cloud in all his 3D glory, be aware that this game will reduce all, and we do mean all, FF characters into pixelated versions of themselves. But if you’re up for a walk down memory lane, whatever the graphics, then Record Keeper might have something for you.

Gameplay-wise, Square Enix isn’t revealing much aside from the fact that it uses the somewhat turn-based Active Time Battle system. Players will half to fight their way through key moments in Final Fantasy history. It will be interesting to see how they have all lumped them together into a coherent tale.

Final Fantasy Record Keeper is set to launch sometime in Spring this year. The game will be free to play but, since DeNA is involved (and we’ll see it again later), there might be some in-app purchases, contrary to Square Enix’s usual setup.

Call of Champions (Spacetime Studios)

There was a time when Spacetime Studios was the studio for mobile games, particularly because of how it blazed the trail of MMORPG-like games like Pocket Legends and Space Legends. The studio came upon hard times and recently announced that, while most of its online mobile games will continue running, they will no longer be updated. The studio is refocusing its resources to an upcoming game that it just announced: Call of Champions.

As the name might hint, this game is unabashedly a Multiplayer Online Battle Arena or MOBA. But do not be too quick to judge the game by its genre. Spacetime Studio claims to have ripped apart the MOBA idea and put it back together with the elements that make sense for mobile gaming. For example, you get only 5 minute skirmishes, which might be perfect for a coffee break. Heroes come fully equipped with the skills that you give them outside of battle, so that you don’t waste time trying to unlock those within the 5 minute limit. Of course, you still get to customize your characters and get some epic loot.

The game does have some unique features, like an “Orb of Death” that you can push to your enemy’s base for victory. Sort of like reverse football. As for heroes, there are 8 realms, each with 5 classes, giving you a total of 40 to choose from. The game will launch sometime this year for free but, given the nature of the game, do expect lots of IAPs.

Marvel Mighty Heroes (Marvel)

What if, instead of dishing it out on others, you dish it out *with* others? If teamwork is the name of your game, then Marvel’s upcoming game might be more to your taste. Partnering with DeNA (yep, it’s them again) this time around, Marvel is taking a different approach than what it did with Contest of Champions. “Chibi” characters, cooperative gameplay, and a lot more heroes and villains to fill your team. Marvel isn’t saying much about the game just yet, but expect it to explode into Android sometime this year.

Read our write-up of Marvel Mighty Heroes

Stan Lee’s Hero Command (F84 Games)

What if you’re tired of the popular guys and gals in masks and spandex? Well, good old Stan Lee has just the thing for you. From the creative mind that gave birth to Spider-man and a whole host of other comicbook characters, most of them from Marvel, comes Hero Command. Stan Lee’s, of course. This mobile game, which will be even more cutesy than Marvel Mighty Heroes, puts you in the shoes of superheroes you’ve never heard before, battling villains you never knew existed. These new characters have been lovingly crafted by Stan Lee himself just for this game, so don’t be surprised if you don’t recognize anyone. But then, that’s the entire point of this fresh, new, and probably comical superhero game.

This game doesn’t come from Marvel’s shelves but from a relatively less known studio named F84 Games. Stan Lee’s Hero Command will launch in just a few weeks, so be sure to check it out when it does.


That’s just the tip of the iceberg of games coming to us this year. But while we wait for these titles to appear on Google Play Store, don’t forget to join us at our MWC 2015 tag portal for next week’s coverage of the biggest smartphone show of the year!

Madfinger Teases Upcoming ‘Unkilled’ Zombie Game, Set for Release in June

Posted by Tim-o-tato February - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

Madfinger Games, the folks responsible for the Dead Trigger and ShadowGun franchises, announced a new title today called Unkilled. The game, true to Madfinger’s previous stylings, is a First Person Shooter putting you in charge of dispatching countless hordes of the undead. 

According to the press release, Unkilled will focus heavily on graphics and addictive gameplay, while also featuring a “well stocked weapon shop and many upgrades for weapon leveling.”

From the trailer released, we can’t get too much of a handle on actual gameplay, but we can see there will be plenty of zombies to go through.

While I did enjoy Dead Trigger and its sequel very much, I found the usage of IAPs and the weapon leveling system to be way over the top. As you advanced through levels in the game, you needed stronger weapons, and if you weren’t willing to pay for instant upgrades, you were left waiting for a day or more to receive your upgrade. To me, it killed the game. Let’s hope Unkilled takes a different approach.

Unkilled is scheduled to launch in June.

Via: Madfinger [2]

Madfinger Teases Upcoming ‘Unkilled’ Zombie Game, Set for Release in June is a post from: Droid Life

Swap Heroes 2 lets swap characters to attack, lead heroes into quests

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

There are hundreds probably thousands of role-playing games available on the Play Store but only a few catch our attention. I’m not into complex RPGs simply because I don’t have a lot of time but Swap Heroes 2 seems like something I will play longer than usual because it’s very easy to play. The simple and pixelized graphics make the game kid-friendly while portrait orientation of gameplay makes it easier to play too.

This turn-based strategy adventure again requires the player to form a group of valiant heroes. Swap characters to attack and lead your heroes into quests and locations toward the Shadow Knight. There’s also an endless mode that allows you to compete for scores.

Swap Heroes 2 is easy to learn. You just need to wait for your turn to attack the enemies. There are a total of ten locations to explore as you journey and go into battle against more than 30 types of enemies and villains. You can get powerful upgrades and unlock a variety of levels when you achieve ultimate victory and earn star points. Game is $2.99 but rest assured there are no more ads or in-app purchases.

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Download Swap Heroes 2 from the Google Play Store

Build and defend your Spartan city in new Android game

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

If you were one of the ten people who watched 300: Rise of An Empire or you still can’t get over the first (and better?) film, then you will get to be one of the brave citizens of this ancient,historic Greek city, even if it’s just on your smartphone or tablet. However, this is not just a “movie” to watch, but you need to be totally into strategic city-building games to fully appreciate the Age of Sparta, now available for Android devices.

The basic premise of the game is that you need to build and grow your own city, building various structures like monuments, research facilities, and whatever your city needs to prosper. You also need to build an army (this is Sparta after all), and depending on what your city is all about, there are different kinds of troops available, and there are even monsters and creatures since we’re dealing with Greek mythology here. Your city “should rival Olympus”, which of course will challenge the gods, but just honour them in their temples and they might even help you as you protect your citadel.

Aside from the city building aspect, you’ll also get to engage in a battle featuring animated combat scenes. But with Zeus’ thunder bolt and Hades’ dark wrath, how can you lose? Well, first you need to get the gods on your side to ensure victory, although how you can do that exactly is not that clear from the description. But you can also ally with other players from around the world, and gang up on the enemy, whether it’s Xerxes himself or other players bent on capturing your city and your troops.

Age of Sparta is available on the Google Play Store for free. But of course it will tempt you to make in-app purchases so your will better be strong against the forces of the credit card.


Sonic Runners is a side-scrolling version of the classic SEGA game

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

Sonic Runners will always remind me of my childhood when Super Sonic is the fastest and cutest hedgehog to grace the screen. This is a more modern version of the endless runner game with new mobile friend controls. To run, jump, and spin, you only need to tap on the screen to finish Sonic world in lightning speed. (Come to think of it, this was perhaps the inspiration for Temple Run.)

Sonic Runner features a new side-scrolling action designed by the original Sonic development team. TEAM SONIC has made another set of challenging and super-fast levels complete with the classic enemies, hidden rings, retro design, and loop-de-loops. As you play the game, you will called to unleash different color powers. To destroy obstacles, you need Asteroid Power. To be able to burrow underground, you need Drills, And for more hi-speed movements, you need Laser Power.

Play as Sonic or as his friends to unlock Tails and Kunckles as new characters. Power attributes, speed, and aerial techniques can be mastered by the hero. And to be more powerful, collect rings to evolve the powers of your character. There will be endless running but you need to complete each stage. You can run with the power of Companions to make sure you finish a level.

To make the Sonic Runner game more exciting, all-new ranking battles were added. You can reign supreme in these four ranking categories: Historical, World, Friend, and Rival League. Who knows, you can end up with a new “Sonic Record”.

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Download Sonic Runner from the Google Play Store

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.


Download: Joe Dever’s Lone Wolf Complete

Revamped Major Magnet game now back on Android, arcade-style

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

Sometimes, you just need a little magnetism to succeed in life. Or in this case, you need a whole lot of magnets to save the world. The original game has gotten critical praise and awards from other platforms, and now finally, it has made its way to Android, revamped and ready to win over more fans with its magnetic appeal. Are you ready to meet Major Magnet and help him save mankind?

On the surface, Major Magnet: Arcade looks like a pinball machine gone mad, with its bright and colorful lights and crazy graphics. Even the characters are insane and weird, with Manic Marvin as the titular hero whose mission it is to save the world from megalomaniac Colonel Lastin, with the help of his loyal sidekick Gus the Guinea Pig and a host of other creatures. To be able to toss, swing, and shoot the Major, you need to tap and grab the magnets and get enough momentum to get him from one place to the other.

There are 76 stages across 3 unique worlds in Major Magnet’s physics-based gameplay. You’ll get hand-animated graphics, classic arcade soundtrack, and a story-adventure to propel you from one stage to another. You can connect the game to your Facebook account to share items and high scores with friends (that is, if you can risk the irritation of friends who don’t like receiving item requests).

Major Magnet: Arcade is available to download for free from the Google Play Store. Of course there are in-app purchases for a game like this, so make sure your permissions are set to the one you prefer.


Buzz Killem Hits Google Play for $0.99, an American Hero Returns

Posted by Tim-o-tato February - 27 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

A new game from Noodlecake hit Google Play this week, called Buzz Killem. According to the publisher, Buzz is an American Hero who served in a previous war, and now he’s back to save the country he loves from aliens. 

The game is your classic platformer shoot ‘em up, with character movement controlled entirely by your left finger on the display. You gain access to a large arsenal of weapons by continuing through the game, using coins to unlock outfits and power-ups.

During your battles, you will visit many well known American locations, such as the Statue of Liberty and Grand Central Station. Your job is to save these places from total annihilation.

The game costs $0.99 and does features IAPs, but they are in no way needed to beat the title.

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Buzz Killem Hits Google Play for $0.99, an American Hero Returns is a post from: Droid Life

Magic Touch Wizard for Hire requires advanced magic techniques, are you ready now?

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

You have another reason to use your magic touch with this new game aptly called ‘Magic Touch: Wizard for Hire’. Developed by Nitrome, the same team behind the popular platformer puzzle game Gunbrick, this game requires a wizard for defence duties. The wizard must know how to cast a spell just to pop a balloon. Advanced magic techniques? The wizard must know them.

This Magic Touch Wizard game features an intuitive gesture recognition drawing gameplay. The concept is not that difficult to grasp. You need to collect coins to unlock new spells and do other wizardry stuff like slow down time, summon a dragon, turn enemies into frogs, and cover the floor in fire. You also have the power to make the Castle Turrets grow Gun Turrets.

All you need to do is play the game by drawing shapes on the touchscreen. Match the shapes to pop the balloon or send knights to the ground. Your main goal is to really keep your enemy from reaching the castle.

This game is expected to be another bestseller since its developer Nitrome is known for making award-winning games like the Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage and Gunbrick. Game is free for download but expect third-party ads to annoy you. You can remove those ads though with a one time In App Purchase.

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Download Magic Touch: Wizard for Hire from the Google Play Store

Learn the ins and outs of Grudgeball, Regular Show style

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

If you’re a fan of the Cartoon Network’s The Regular Show (because come on, a lot of adults watch the CN, admit it), you’ll have a lot of fun trying to play with the whole gang as they battle it out in the Chaosphere. But even if you don’t know anything about the animated series, you can still find Grudgeball: Enter the Chaosphere entertaining enough with its combination of dodgeball, volleyball, and hot potato in one crazy game.

In the future of this world, Grudgeball has become the sport of choice of many, even though it is a seemingly dangerous sport. Mordecai, Rigby, and the rest of the gang are on a mission to rescue Pops 1000 years into the future, and you need to compete in the Chaosphere arena to do so. If you need to know more about the backstory, there are cutscenes in a comic book panel format so it’s easy to understand. But if you just want to play the game, you get to be on a 3-on-3 match against “experts” of the game.

You need to pass the ball to your teammates and the longer your team holds on to the ball, the more power it gets. When you think you have enough to hurt or knock out an opponent, you just simply chuck it in their face. But of course they will try to get the ball from you and dodge your shots as well. When you get power-ups, your balls get extra abilities, like Fireball, Blastball, Poisonball, youget the drift. The characters also come with custom super moves and if you choose to make them the team leader, they will have a special team buff.

You can buy Grudgeball from the Google Play Store for $2.99. Some might find that price a bit too steep, but there are no in-app purchases, and it is a game from Cartoon Network, so it seems like a pretty fair deal.


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