Out Now: Outier Nower Edition

By Nick Vigdahl 15 Sep 2017 3

It's Friday people, get happy! New games will help and we've got some quality options going into the weekend. A great new RPG hits Android and we have brand new RTS and digital board-gaming options as well.

Cat Quest (iOS Universal and Android) [Review]

Cat based RPG Cat Quest, by the Gentlebros, sets you up as a magic wielding, gear gathering, feline adventurer. There are plenty of adventures to be had, a vast continent's worth in fact, and as of today Android gamers can get in on the fun. A game centered on cats and cute cat-related things is not one I'd normally play, but the game is really good and if you like RPGs it is well worth checking out.

Iron Marines (iOS Universal and Android) - Review Coming Soon!

Ironhide Game Studio, makers of the popular Kingdom Rush games, has a new offering out and ready for action. Iron Marines is a science-fiction beat-the-crap-out-of-some-aliens strategy game. You lead a daring band of humans and soldiers in an effort to clear alien foes from two different worlds.

Combat is real time and tactically challenging, and you'll need to juggle defense and offensive capabilities using a bunch of different units across a series of missions with many and varied objectives. Working alongside your standard RTS type units are heroes, which you can recruit and train to join and enhance your forces. There are nine heroes in total and each has special powers that can dramatically affect battle and, naturally, get better with time and training.

Iron Marines also has a fourteen-mission campaign mode that can be played on three difficulty settings, and there's an unlockable "Impossible Mode" for those that need even more challenge. The game is really fun and plays a lot like Starcraft -- had it come out a bit earlier I would have slammed it right into this guide. One caveat is that although Iron Marines costs $5, there are also IAPs that run from $2.99 to $99.99 to buy extra in-game currency, which can then be spent to pick up special weapons and upgrade and buy new heroes faster. You do earn the coins normally and playing the beta I did not run into any sort of balance issues without buying extra. You can also watch ads to earn more, so there's more than a little freemium thrown into the mix, which is worth keeping in mind.

Through the Ages (iOS Universal and Android) [Review]

Fans of tabletop board games coming to mobile rejoice for it has finally happened: the Through the Ages digital version has cast off its beta label and is now available on both the App and Google Play Stores. Through the Ages is one of the most popular board games around, and in it you seek to build your civilization from modest beginnings to the best in the world while traversing, more or less, the entire span of human history.

Like most civilization-building games, Through the Ages features a mix of resource, military, and technological expansion where striking the right balance between them is key. There are a number of different paths to victory, which certainly helps with replay value and strategic depth. Even if you're new to Through the Ages, ascending the learning curve should not be hard if you are at all familiar with the genre. You can play the game against three different levels of AI or honest to goodness humans. Solo mode features 29 different challenges as well at varying difficulty that really add a lot to the experience.  If you're a fan of the game, or of board gaming on mobile in general, Through the Ages is a no brainer.

Additional Releases

A couple of other minor releases to tell you about as well:

Carrier Deck, the unique military management game from Slitherine, is now available on iPhone. You can read our review here.

HexWar have also ported another one of their games from iOS to Android & PC. Battles of the Ancient World is a tactical simulation of some of the greatest and most important battles from 1457 B.C. to 378 A.D.

That's all for this week's new releases. Seen anything else you like? Played any of the above? Let us know in the comments!

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