The Weekender: Inc., Edition07 Dec 2018 5
We’re back with your weekly look at what’s been happening in mobile games. A lot, as it happens, although not so much on the releases front.
Reviews wise we decided to take a stab at two slightly controversial games – Command & Conquer: Rivals, which is a hot-F2P-mess that has a good game buried underneath the monetisation, and Kingdom Rush: Vengeance, which is an excellent Tower-Defence RTS marred by an overly persistent IAP. Our reviewers really liked both, but readers are dubious – let us know what you think!
We’ve got plenty of reviews in the pipeline, including Morels and Marching Order, as well as a few of the ones that were released this week.
Meanwhile, in mobile gaming…
Rebel Inc. (iOS Universal)
The highlight of the week definitely has to be the Ndemic’s new game, Rebel Inc., which we spoke about last week. In this spiritual successor to the excellent Plague Inc., this is a political/military strategy-simulation game where you must use all of the resources at your disposal to try and keep the insurgents at bay, across five richly modelled regions.
Sadly, we weren’t able to secure code for gameplay impressions, or even review, yet, so we can’t comment on what it’s actually like. Chatter so far has been positive though. We’ll try and get you a full review as soon as we can. An Android version is planned, but it won’t be arriving till early 2019.
Twinfold (iOS Universal & Android)
Twinfold reminds me of this puzzle game my wife used to play where you had to merge blocks together to double -up and try and get higher and higher numbers. It wasn’t as diverse as this new release however, so Twinfold is definitely on the watch-list for the week.
The aim of the game is to merge the golden idols together to achieve higher and higher scores, whilst also taking care not to fall fowl of any of the 7 enemy types that could spawn. Every time you ‘level up’ an idol, a new one appears of the same number but the puzzle environment also shifts via procedural generation. Game Centre support allows for leaderboards and achievements, and if you’re using an iPhone 7 or later, you get haptic feedback. That’s nice.
Also caught our eye: Splotches (iOS Universal)
Now that I’m a parent, I’m always looking out for colour games I could introduce my daughter to that are simple, potentially educational and unlikely to expose her to anything inappropriate. Puzzle games seem to be safe bets at the moment, and Splotches looks very colourful indeed. If I get a chance to try it out for myself, I’ll report back.
Afghanistan ’11 (Review)
This is more of a PSA than an update – as you may have heard by now, Apple has removed Slitherine’s Afghanistan ’11 from sale on the app store. Their reason given was that the game featured “people from specific governments or other real entities as the enemies”. So they had issues with the fact that you were fighting the Taliban, who were identifiable as the Taliban, basically.
It’s not the first time this has happened, but it probably won’t be the last, but users who’ve already purchased and have the game on their device should still be able to play the game, at least. It's still available to buy on PC.
Ticket to Earth (iOS Universal & Android) (Review)
Ticket to Earth was a very interesting and compelling turn-based strategy game that used coloured tiles as a unique mechanic. It’s only real flaw was that it was billed as an episodic game, and the episodes have been rather slow at coming out. The game was released in March last year and the second episode wasn’t put out until August. Now, over a year later, players can finally get their hands on Episode 3.
This free update adds more levels, powers and playable characters as you attempt to learn the secrets of the Refinery. The update also tweaks the rewards for Episode 2 missions – if you’ve already done those, the added rewards will already be added to your save.
Flipflop Solitaire (iOS Universal and Android) (Review)
Zach Gage will always get the time of day here at Pocket Tactics. His games are simple, yet wonderful twists on classic forms of entertainment, and the twists are usually bonkers.
Flipflop is the latest game to get an update, and the new content adds ‘Numbered Decks’ mode featuring over 1,000 deals to test your skills at. All these puzzles are meant to be 100% solvable.
Star Traders 4X Empires Elite (iOS Universal and Android) $1.99 on Android
The premium edition of the Trese Brother’s mobile 4X outing is down to just a couple of dollars on Android. There’s a free trial version with ads you can check out if you want to try the game for a bit first.
Fighting Fantasy Legends (iOS Universal and Android): $1.99
Fighting Fantasy Legends: Portal (Review) (iOS Universal and Android): $1.99
Both of Nomad’s revivals of the iconic ‘Choose your own adventure’ narrative adventure games are on sale once again, on both platforms to boot. Both games have been this cheap before, as recent as the end of October this year.
Ticket to Earth (iOS Universal & Android): $3.99
To coincide with the release of Episode 3, Ticket to Earth is now a dollar off on both stores. Fair warning, it was being sold for $1.99 back in July 2017 for a while, but it hasn’t been that cheap since then.
Seen anything else you like? Played any of the above? Let us know in the comments!