News by Numbers - December 12th, 201612 Dec 2016 5
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Solitairica: $0 on Android
Solitairica keeps finding ways to get into this column. Last week I mentioned it was coming to Android on December 8th, which it did. What I didn't know at the time is that it would be free! Solitairica offers turn-based combat Solitaire style, along with some deck-building and RPG elements. It remains one of our favorite games of the year and you should definitely grab it for free! It's also out on iOS.
Panzer Corps: Version 1.3
Tof mentioned this in xes weekly 'Out Now' post last Friday, but wargame aficionados Slitherine have updated Panzer Corps on iOS. This update, along with some minor changes, adds the 'Gold Package' which is a master collection of all the DLC that can be purchased affording users a massive discount.
Demon's Rise 2: 2 new character classes
Wavelight Games has discovered the key to staying in this column: keep releasing new content updates. Version 1.2 of the recently released and really great tactical RPG Demon's Rise 2 adds two more characters to an already tough to choose from slate of options. The Vampire Knight is a fighter/mage combo that, well, feeds on her foes. The Blade Dancer is a master acrobat and deadly warrior that wields twin blades with deadly grace. You ought to be playing this game.
Legends of Callasia: 4th tournament
Legends of Callasia is a fantasy-themed game of conquest with a strong multiplayer component. I reviewed both the game and the first expansion this year and both are great. Boomzap is now hosting its fourth tournament with the qualifying round now underway and through January 6 and the elimination round starting January 9. Anybody who has purchased the game or expansion on PC, Mac, iOS, or Android is eligible. Matches will be one-on-one and best two out of three using a variety of maps. Check out more details here if you are interested.
Guardians of Galaxy: 5 part series
It's official, Guardians of the Galaxy is set to become the latest franchise to get the Telltale treatment. Telltale made the official announcement earlier this month, confirming what had been suspected for some time. The Guardians of the Galaxy game storyline will play out over five episodes and is coming in 2017 for consoles, PC, Android, and iOS.
Apple App Store: 10 best games of 2016
Apple has its best of 2016 banners and sections up all over the App Store. They crowned Clash Royale as the iPhone game-of-the-year. The PVP tower-defense-plus-collectable-card game got a controversial four stars from Pocket Tactics earlier this year. Free-to-play shenanigans aside, it isn't a bad game, though far from my pick for game-of-the-year. Apple's runner up is Reigns, which also got four stars here and was a truly ground-breaking story game.
On the iPad side of the house Severed (Pocket Tactics review coming) was named Apple's game-of-the-year. I haven't played it, but it's nice to see a premium game at the top of an Apple list. Other games of note in Apple's top ten iPad games are Deus Ex Go (4 stars), Mini Metro (4 stars), and Crashlands (4 Stars).
Speaking of the best games of 2016, Joe announced our Pocket Tactics game-of-the-year plan last week. I can assure you we have no shortage of contenders being discussed.
Batman - the Telltale Series Episode 5: 13th of December
The fifth and final installment of the Batman Telltale series drops on December 13th. Episode 5: The City of Light is focused on Batman's secret identity. Specifically how far you, as Batman, will go—and who you are willing to sacrifice—to protect it.
Age of Conquest IV: 42 maps
I've been playing the Age of Conquest series of games on my iOS devices for years. They are turn-based world-conquering strategy games somewhere between Risk and Rome: Total War. Age of Conquest IV is great on an iPad and certainly satisfies the war gaming fix. There are all kinds of maps and user mods to play with and the game has a multiplayer mode. Age of Conquest IV gets update frequently, and a recent update improved the multiplayer game listings. Check it out on iOS.
Magic: The Gathering—Puzzle Quest: 184 new cards
Magic: The Gathering Puzzle Quest [iOS | Android] is one year old and a big update went live late last week. Kaladesh is now part of Magic's match-three CCG. The new set brings 184 new cards to the game and features a new Vedalken planeswalker named Dovin Baan and four new mechanics from Kaladesh: Energize, Overload, Fabricate, and Crew. There are also several new events including a special holiday challenge. Check out all the update notes here for all the details.
Kami 2: 102 levels
Kami, by State of Play, is one of my favorite mobile puzzle games of all time. For those unfamiliar, you fold out colored paper across sometimes intricate designs in an effort to reach a single color throughout in as few turns as possible. It's a very simple, relaxing, and attractive game. Now, State of Play has soft-launched a sequel, Kami 2, in Australia and New Zealand. The price is $2.99 and will include 102 levels. Hints will be available as well, either through IAP or watching a video.
Apple App Store: 792 games submitted per day
Based on Pocket Gamer Biz data there were 728,858 active games on the App Store at the end of November and an average of 792 were submitted every day during that month. Further analysis revealed that about 79% of available games are free-to-play titles. The second-most-popular price point was $.99 with about 9% of the total. Mourn this news by going out and buying some awesome premium games.
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