Kill the wabbit: Armello comes to Steam early access

It may be the first game in which you can kill the rabbit using your spear and magic helmet.

It may be the first game in which you can kill the rabbit using your spear and magic helmet.

We saw our first trailer for Armello way back in September of 2012 and it blew us away. Since then, it has been a staple of our “Most Anticipated” lists every January but with nothing to show for it. 2015 should be the year, however, and if you want you can even try out an early beta version of Armello for yourself right now on PC/Mac/Linux via Steam’s Early Access program.

Armello is an original board game in which the king is dying of a mysterious disease called “Rot”, and the four animal clans are looking to either usurp or ascend to the throne. What makes the game really interesting are the many paths you can take to victory. You can just kill the king and take over, or you can be leading in Prestige when the king dies of his Rot infection. If those don’t do it for you, you can collect Spirit Stones (treasure from dungeons or other encounters) or you can embrace evil and use the Rot to your advantage.

Along the way, you’ll have to conquer towns that will supply you with gold, complete quests for items and gold, check out dungeons for loot, and do it all while defending yourself from the other clans who want to take all it all away from you. Combat is dice based, but there are some lovely card mechanisms that let you manipulate the dice in your favor. Oh, and did I mention that the game is utterly gorgeous?

The game is still a beta, so it’s not all rose petals and unicorn dreams, but it does play pretty darn nicely at this time if you want to give it a go. It’s also 20% off right now, which means you can nab it for $20.

Why are we talking about a Steam game here on Pocket Tactics? Armello is due to release on iOS and Android, as well as PC/Mac, later this year. Trailer after the break.

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RPGs in space: Exiles Far Colony coming to iOS next week

The colony is located on the desert planet of Nottatooine.

The colony is located on the desert planet of Nottatooine.

Doesn’t it seem strange that the Pocket Tactics RPG of 2014, Dream Quest, is closer to being a board/card game than a traditional RPG. Heck, even over at 164 we had to give the RPG award to an actual board game port. For some reason, traditional RPGs and tablets just don’t seem to mix very well. Sure, there are some, but when you look at the amount of RPGs available for PC and consoles, the iOS RPG landscape seems barren.

Crescent Moon has been one of the developers trying to put an end to that. With their open-world, 3D RPGs like Aralon and Ravensword, Crescent Moon has been trying to bring the feel of huge RPGs such as the Elder Scrolls series to iOS for years. Next week, they’re trying again with the release of Exiles: Far Colony which is a sci-fi RPG that looks pretty fantastic.

Exiles tells the story of a colony on a far-flung planet that becomes enslaved by a corrupt government and, I’m guessing, your attempt to save the day. The game offers 3 different classes for both male and female characters, a huge open world and vehicles to explore it with, and huge alien battles. The trailer looks pretty fantastic, and you can catch it yourself after the break.

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Review: Space Marshals

Burt's sense of fair play evidently doesn't exclude blowing a man's brain out at six inches.

Burt’s sense of fair play evidently doesn’t exclude blowing a man’s brain out at six inches.

Space Marshalls, a top-down ‘tactical shooter’ from erstwhile racing game developer Pixelbite, throws us into a science fiction Wild West men are men, roaming the plains, dispensing justice and taking orders from sarcastic AIs. Pixelbite show their own frontier spirit with such a radical departure from their civilised comfort zone, and even if this, the game’s first episode, doesn’t always hit the mark, it’s still got style and moxie to spare.

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Out Tonight: Dragon Quest V, Invertical Touch, Conquerors Dice, and more…

Behold the glory of 1992 graphics!

Behold the glory of 1992 graphics!

I was planning on introducing Dragon Quest V’s release tonight by giving a lengthy dissertation on its history, gameplay and other wonderful features, but then I went and looked it up. Let’s just say its Wikipedia page is a fine example of tl;dr. That’s about as far as my research carried me, so I’m just going to admit that I know nothing about Dragon Quest V. Or even Dragon Quest 1-4, for that matter. I’m guessing there’s a lot of big fans of the game who are ready to chase me with torches to an old windmill right about now.

Luckily, tonight I’ll have the ability to familiarize myself with Dragon Quest V, as it’s coming out for both iOS Universal and Android devices. They’re charging $15 for it, so it must be good, right?

Check after the break for more of tonight’s releases.

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Title Challenge: One Warhammer Quest dev’s plan to fix football manager games

Take a punt.

Take a punt.

Every few weeks I pester Rodeo Games co-founder Laurent Maguire about their as-yet-unannounced Games Workshop-licensed followup to 2013’s Warhammer Quest. “You can tell me what the game is,” I insist. “I’ve successfully kept over 70% of the secrets entrusted to me.”

Maguire, to my chagrin, keeps his secrets locked up tighter than Fort Knox. This is the thing about working with Games Workshop: upon signing the license agreement, several of your closest relatives are moved to an undisclosed location within the Eye of Terror. Breach confidentiality, and your auntie gets fed to Khorne. Skulls for the skull throne, etc.

Last week, Maguire tried to distract me with a bit of misdirection. I can’t tell you about the Games Workshop thing, he says, but I can tell you about something I’ve been building on the side. A football management sim. A football management sim that’s going to save what Maguire sees as an ailing genre.

Misdirection successful. After the jump, all of the details about Title Challenge, coming very soon to iOS.

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Roll Britannia: Today’s World of Tanks Blitz update adds British heavies, new map

The inimitable Matilda.

The inimitable Matilda.

World of Tanks Blitz has been a lot of fun since it arrived last summer, but it’s lacked one thing — just one. Something that no game can be truly great without. Most of you by know have guessed the obvious: I’m talking about British tanks.

Yes, ever since Super Mario first stomped on the turret of a Koopa Krusader tank and the Space Marine from DOOM BFG’d a CacoComet, WWII British tanks have been an essential part of any great video game. And finally, with the arrival of the British heavy tank line, WoT Blitz is complete. No further updates are required.

Version 1.6 of our 2014 Action Game of the Year adds nine new tanks that complement the British light/medium line rolled out back in December. These new wagons include my favorite tank from the PC version of the game: the Matilda. The Matilda is slow, but she’s got nigh-impenetrable armor and the top gun is low on firepower but has an unmatched rate of fire. Basically, the Matilda is World of Tanks’ model for a successful life: let attacks bounce right off you and keep firing away — with sufficient persistence you’ll succeed.

Screenshots of every new tank, plus the new map “Castilla” after the jump. If you’re just getting into the game today, you might find my World of Tanks Blitz noob guide to be useful reading.

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Monumental mashup: Super Glyph Quest update incoming

Confused? Read on.

Confused? Read on.

One of the better games that didn’t get the Pocket Tactics review treatment last year was Super Glyph Quest. It’s an RPG in the same vein as Dungeon Raid or 10000000, which means it’s a mashup of RPG elements and a Match-3 puzzler. Super Glyph Quest seems more RPG-ish to me, though, having actual maps to explore and quests to unlock and conquer. Also, the Match-3 portion of Super Glyph Quest is a much deeper experience than the other games, as you mix and match elements trying to create some massive damage combos. I really should write that review, eh?

On Thursday, Super Glyph Quest will be getting an update that brings in the characters Ida and Totem from Monument Valley. They’ve been redrawn and plopped into the SGQ world along with certain new quests in which you’ll bump into them. That’s not all that’s coming in the update, however. You can also expect other new quests, new monsters, even more characters, and more gear.

Super Glyph Quest is available for iOS Universal and will run you $3. Check out the new trailer after the break.

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