The Weekender: Penultimate 2018 Edition

By Joe Robinson 14 Dec 2018 2

Welcome back to your weekly round-up all the best new releases, the hottest deals and the most important updates across iOS and Android. We’ve had a pretty active week this week – we reviewed no less than THREE games as we try and round-off our library before the end of the year.

Rebel Inc. proved to be a last-minute contender for GOTY, while Morels turned out to be a lovely digital card game experience for two people. Marching Order, the cute logic puzzle game, was also quite fun, if a bit limited.

We also updated our ‘Best turn-based strategy’ guide, as there’s been a lot of activity in that genre past month or so, and we now know when Rome: Total War is releasing on iPad! Don’t forget to vote in our Reader’s Choice Game of the Year awards as well!

What have we got in the horizon?

  • Reviews of Tropico for iPad and This is the Police
  • Several 2018 retrospectives on our favourite genres
  • And we’ll also be collecting the results of the votes for our GOTY awards

Meanwhile, in mobile gaming…

Out Now

This is the Police (iOS Universal & Android) – Full review coming soon!

Strategy/Sims like This is the Police were made for mobile – plenty of thinking and decision making nestled atop accessible interfaces that allow for drop in/drop out play – perfect for that long commute or a train ride. Or prison?

As Jack Boyd, you’re on a mission to make half a million dollars in just 180 days whilst managing your city’s police forces. Will you try to do the right thing? Will you be as corrupt as a completely corrupt person? I guess you’ll just have to find out.

Gone Home (iOS Universal)

It may have faded a bit from gamer’s collective consciousness but Gone Home became a bit of a poster-child for indie gaming when it was released on the PSN and Xbox Live stores in 2016. Essentially an exploration game, you play the role of a young women who’s returned to her house from overseas to find it empty and in a state of disarray. The purpose of the game is to wonder around, looking at items, journals etc… to try and piece together what happened before your arrival.

It’s important not to confuse this with games like The Room, which are more clearly puzzle orientated. Interaction is light, and you spend most of your time wondering around the house. It’s a paced and thoughtful experience, but it’s important to understand what you’re getting into before you consider purchasing.


Teen Titans GO! Figure (iOS Universal & Android) (Review)

One of Nick’s favourite games this year has finally received online multiplayer in the recent Legions of Doom update. This new mode Is technically still in beta, as there’s a lot of balancing now that people are battling against each other and not the AI, but it’s very functional. There’s even some new missions and a new tournament, if you multiplayer isn’t really your thing.


Lost Portal CCG (Review) (iOS Universal): $0.99

Nick’s favourite card game of all time is going cheap once more. Seriously, Nick will find you if you don’t play it. Please, someone help me.

Demon’s Rise (iOS Universal & Android): $2.99 on iOS
Demon’s Rise 2: Lords of Chaos (Review) (iOS Universal & Android): $2.99 on iOS

Wave light appear to be running a sale on all their games. Starting with Demon’s Rise and Demon’s Rise 2, both of which are down to $3. This is not the cheapest they’ve been this year – both games were $0.99 in July for a couple of days, and have also been $1.99 before that.

Strike Team Hydra (Review) (iOS Universal & Android): $2.99 on iOS

STH is also down to $2.99, and again it’s been cheaper earlier in the year. Not as good as Demon’s Rise in some ways, but still a good romp none-the-less.

Planescape: Torment (Review) (iOS Universal & Android): $1.99 on iOS

Overhaul’s old-school tactical RPG game is going for a steal at $2 on iOS. There’s a lot of game here, and all of it good. With the holidays just around the corner, now might be a great time to jump in.

One More Button (Review) (iOS Universal & Android): $0.99 on Android

This clever puzzle game is now a 1$, which is pretty good value.

Seen anything else you like? Played any of the above? Let us know in the comments!



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