News by Numbers - January 23rd, 201723 Jan 2017 0
Welcome to this week's News by Numbers, where we highlight some of the can't-miss mobile gaming news from the past seven days.
Mysterium: version 1.08
Mysterium went live on January 12th and got its first update on January 16th. The update fixed some bugs—including app crashes that happened on iPad 3 and iPad 4, a glitch with the letter "P" in chat, and instances where an AI ghost assigns zero vision cards—improved the tutorial and some text issues in the story mode, as well as some other quality of life updates. I'm not a fan of the game, but it's nice to see it getting some fixes and general support. Solve some mysteries on iOS or Android.
1775: Rebellion: version 1.9
Here's another update to a game that didn't work for me, 1775: Rebellion. There have actually been several updates to this Revolutionary War era board game since I reviewed it, unfortunately none appear to have addressed my multiplayer concerns. Nevertheless, the latest update has made the game playable on your phone. So there's that. You can grab a musket and play on iOS or Android.
Solitairica: 3rd battle
Solitairica—the clever card game with an RPG twist—was one of my favourite games of 2016. Luckily Righteous Hammer, the game's developer, fully intends to support Solitairica this year starting with an update due out this February. The update will fix some bugs, address a couple balance issues, and turn some of the game's cool cartoony art into iOS stickers. The big change, however, will be the introduction of a new mini-boss—Lord Guppington, Mayor of Findlehooven. Lord Guppington feels as if your Solitairica journey starts off a bit slow and will step in to provide a bit more oomph to the third fight. Your battle with the Mayor will be all about grabbing a bunch of gold before he can snatch it away. If you do well you'll be sitting pretty to push onward toward Emperor Stuck and the end game. Beware, though, because he's no slouch—Lord Guppington will press the attack with all he's got!
Future updates to Solitairica are coming as well. The developer plans to add new modes of play and alternate goals to up the replay value (which was already quite high) and provide more content for longtime fans and new players alike. If you haven’t played Solitairica you really should, and we’re here to help. A special Pocket Tactics game giveaway is coming soon for this one, but if you can’t wait, you can (and totally should) grab it on iOS or Android.
Titanfall Frontline: 4 months of soft-launch
Titanfall: Frontline, a CCG based in the Titanfall setting, was shuttered last week just four months after its soft launch. The CCG genre is huge and crowded, and a new game is really going to have to differentiate itself in that market to find success, beyond having a relatively known IP. Oh well, we still have Duelyst, Faeria, and Elder Scrolls: Legends to look forward to this year.
Guardians of the Galaxy: 5 characters
We've got more details on the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series thanks to the blurb accompanying the PS4 game:
"Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series delivers a brand new story of the universe's unlikeliest heroes, the rag-tag band of outlaws who go by the names Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot. In the wake of an epic battle, the Guardians discover an artifact of unspeakable power. Each of the Guardians has a reason to desire this relic, as does a ruthless enemy who is the last of her kind, and who will stop at nothing to tear it from their hands. From Earth to the Milano to Knowhere and beyond, and set to the beat of awesome music, this five-part episodic series puts you in the rocket-powered boots of Star-Lord in an original Guardians adventure, told in the unique and award-winning Telltale style, where your decisions and actions will drive the path of the story you experience."
We still don't know when to expect it on mobile, but we can all agree on one thing for sure: those artifact of unspeakable power are never worth the hassle.
The Quest HD: $5.99
The Quest HD is a great RPG that earned five stars in Tof's 2016 review. It is currently on sale for $5.99, which is $2 off. I don't think this one has been on sale before, so if you've been holding off for a deal, now is probably the time to embark on your quest on iOS.
Lasting Legacy: 18th Century Europe
Noel Llopis, one of the developers of Subterfuge, just announced a new game he is collaborating on called Lasting Legacy. This one is set in 18th century Europe where you set a path to bring your family to the peak of prosperity over two centuries before WWI engulfs the continent. You'll be able to build businesses, arrange advantageous marriages, and become a patron for artists. You can even blackmail, extort, or otherwise get rid of anybody in your path. Lasting Legacy is coming to Mac and PC via STEAM and Noel has stated that if the game is successful a move to mobile might follow.
Fire Emblem Heroes: 39 countries
Nintendo recently announced its next mobile game offering will be Fire Emblem: Heroes. In it you collect heroes from across the Fire Emblem franchise and take them into turn-based tactical battles. The game will release February 2 on both iOS and Android and will be launched in 39 different countries. Sadly unlike Mario, Fire Emblem: Heroes will be full-fledged freemium. You'll acquire heroes through the "gacha" mechanic, which is basically those little toy dispenser machines found outside many kid-friendly restaurants and other locales.
App Store Price Adjustment: 25% in the UK
Apple announced last Monday that they will be adjusting app prices and in-app-purchases in the United Kingdom by around 25% due to the weakening of the pound relative to the US dollar after the Brexit vote. Between this adjustment and the UK VAT—which is baked into the purchase price rather than added later—an app that sells for $0.99 will go up from £0.79 to £0.99. Apple said they'd roll out these changes within seven days, so they may already be in effect today.
That's it for this week's update. Seen anything else that we haven't mentioned? Post it in the comments below! If you want your news featured in a future article, email in or tweet @mrvigabool