The Weekender: First of 2020 Edition

By Joe Robinson 03 Jan 2020 1

We’re back and we’re going to start as we mean to carry on - by rounding up random stories I never got around to covering properly during the week. 2020 is going to be a big year for Pocket Tactics and I can’t wait until you see what the powers that be have in store.

In the meantime, I’ll be watching over the shop in my usual fashion, so don’t expect much to drastically change over the course of this month. Got a couple of games I want to get get reviews going for, and we’re going to publish a new guide that looks at what 2020 has in store for mobile games, as a follow-up to your now ended 2019 guide.

Meanwhile, thousands of miles away...

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Swag and Sorcery (iOS)

This was the only game of the past couple of weeks to catch our eye, but we haven’t had a chance to delve into it ourselves. It reminds me of the Kairosoft game Dungeon Village, just made by Tinybuild. This is from the same people that also did titles like Graveyard Keeper, so it’s got some pedigree behind it. If you end up checking it out yourself let us know how you found it, otherwise we’ve added it to the list so will review it as soon as we can (pictured above).

News & App Updates

Android users will pleased to know that you can know pre-register for Space Grunts 2 on the Google Play Store. We didn’t think it was as good as the first game, but it’s still a pretty decent experience and so worth signing up if you’re a fan of Orangepixel’s work.

Black Desert Online’s mobile adaptation seems to be doing pretty well for it so far. The tips guide we put together for it has proven very popular so far (so I’ll be pushing through some updates for it), and the developers are moving quite quickly on adding new content to the game.

The Node War ‘PVP’ mode isn’t due until mid-January officially, but Pearl Abyss have already introduced and early version of it so players and guilds can start practicing. Here’s a quick overview of what it entails:

Guilds can participate in a Node War through a bidding process, where three guilds with the highest bids will be selected as participants. Participating guild members must attack the opposing guilds’ Holy Artifacts while defending their own to win. Guilds that win the Node War will take possession of the Node for seven days and receive large sums of silver collected as tax from the areas surrounding the Node. During the pre-season, Node Wars will take place from 10 PM to 12 PM (server time) on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sunday.

Best App Sales

We mentioned Kairosoft above, we’ve spotted a couple of their games on sale on iOS, although none of the goods ones. Other sales of notes include:

We’ve got a belated review of that last one coming next week, so keep an eye out for it.

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

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