The Weekender: Appocalypse Survivor Edition23 Feb 2018 0
Welcome to the latest edition of The Weekender, your weekly look at the best new games, sales, and updates to see you through till Monday. We've got some great news for both Android and iOS users this week, including an old friend that's managed to survive the appocalypse after alll...
Make a turn-based, roguelike, dungeon crawler that I can play on either my phone or iPad and you'll get my attention. Rogue Hearts has an interesting story, cool dungeons, intriguing combat, and good graphics. It suffers a little from some quirky translation issues (the game's been out awhile but just got the English translation), so if that turns you off beware.
Rogue Hearts also uses an in-game currency with IAPs to get more of it and to speed up loot acquisition. There's no stamina system or the like, but some treasure chests at the end of dungeons require using currency to unlock. I haven't seen any other pay walls, but I am just a couple hours in, so buyer beware.
Burgal is a burglar. A bit on nose, yes, but here we are. Your job, should you choose to accept it and pick up this game, is to help Burgal steal enough money to save his girlfriend Burgette (because of course it is), from the mob. It's a bit of a puzzle battler as you guide Burgal through a series of levels and set bombs to blow up obstacles. There are four game modes, 120 levels, and a bunch of boss fights. I didn't get to play this one, but it looks like a lot of fun.
More content for Civilization VI on iPad? Yes please! Two new IAPs are now available for $4.99 each. Check out Joe's rundown for more details. Don't forget, the 'Full Game' IAP is still 50% off till March 1st!
Warbands: Bushido is a digital collectable card and miniatures game that evokes the look, feel, and play style of tabletop miniature war gaming. iOS gamers have had access for some time and now it's Android player's turn. Joe's got more about the release here, including information about the game being free-to-play on Android.
Want some match-3 to go with your dungeon crawler? 10000000 (that's 10 million) by EightyEight Games has you covered. It's part dungeon crawler, part runner, and part match-3. You head into a dungeon and match shapes to defeat monsters, open chests of loot, and gather materials to rebuild and upgrade your castle and home.
There's also gear to grab, potions to brew, and skills to train all while chasing that high score. It's the kind of matching game where if you snooze you lose, so best be ok with a bit of a frenetic pace.
Also by EightyEight Games, also a dollar, and also a match-3 style game, You Must Build a Boat—the sequel to 10000000—takes the same gameplay and applies it to ship construction. Owen dug this one and gave it 5 stars.
A turn-based RPG adventure about the very evolution of gaming, Evoland improves graphically as you play through it. It's on sale for a buck (iOS only) in advance of the release of the sequel, Evoland II, next Wednesday.
A tactical RPG in the same vein as the great Templar Battleforce, Heroes of Steel is also by the Terese Brothers and well worth checking out if you're a fan of the genre.
Back from the abyss of iOS 11, digital board game Stone Age just got the all-important 64-bit update and is once again playable on an updated device. Not updated is the fact that online multiplayer runs through Game Center, which makes it tough to add new friends with which to play.
Reiner Knizia's Medici HD (iOS Universal)
Speaking of online multiplayer, Reiner Knizia's Medici HD's update this week added online multiplayer. I don't own the game so I can't provide any impressions. If you do, please call them out in the comments.
That's all for this week's weekend gaming guide - seen anything else you liked? Played any of the above? Let us know in the comments!