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We've got survival games of both the Robinson Crusoe and zombie apocalypse varieties, a puzzle adventure based on the story of a child navigating the world of foster care, space faring Vikings battling intergalactic snails, rogue hackers, heroic adventurers, and war in the solar system this week. Take a look and grab some games for the weekend to come!
Survival card game Friday got a digital implementation late last week. In it you play as Robinson Crusoe, famous literary shipwreck victim extraordinaire. Your goal is survival, and to do so long enough to escape your island exile on a stolen pirate ship. This is much, much easier said than done as this game features a great deal of losing. You work on slowly improving your deck of cards through minor victories such that, eventually, you can score a major one. In reality, you often just blow it by taking one too many chances. It isn't much to look at graphically, but it is a solo game that plays quickly, and in portrait mode—which is great for short game sessions while doing other things. Full Review Coming ASAP!
A true story about a child navigating her way through a foster care system is the inspiration for Pathos, a puzzle/adventure game. You help Pan, the young protagonist, on a journey of discovery where she will make friends and work through her issues. There are six chapters and several dozen different environments and is accompanied by a nice soundtrack. Gameplay is fun but not overly challenging, at least not in the first couple of worlds, and Pathos looks to be a nice relaxing option for your gaming needs.
DayZ, the PC zombie survival game, has come to mobile in pixelated form. It features all of the things you'd expect from zombie-based post-apocalyptic gameplay including running, gunning, scavenging, and non-stop general survival. It plays like a real-time roguelike, there is perma-death, though it'd be cool if you came back as a zombie or something. Survival is more than dodging and beating down zombies, there's also hunger, thirst, and other survivors to battle or befriend. The longer you live the more assets you'll find—pets, weapons, supplies, and increased stats—and you can even try to settle down and give subsistence farming a go. The game is free to play and there are ads, including optional videos you can watch in exchange for extra supplies. I haven't seen any IAPs or ugly freemium mechanics though. It's a fun little survival game and certainly worth a shot as a freebie.
Rogue Hacker (iOS)
You know a game is great and original when it spawns a new genre. Reignslike is now a thing to be sure, and Rogue Hacker is the latest to take a crack at the swipe-to-choose gameplay. It centers on four hacking factions whose fortunes rise and fall based on the decisions you, a rogue hacker, make. There might be war, peace, alliances, and betrayals depending on the state of things. The game simulates hacking in an interesting way and your abilities get upgraded as you play. Rogue Hacker has attractive graphics and some interesting twists on the genre.
"Build Your Strategy. Squash Space Snails. Be a Star Viking." That's the tagline to RPG/puzzle game Star Vikings Forever. You build a team of space traveling, evil smiting, cartoonish Vikings and do battle with intergalactic snails through a series of increasingly difficult puzzles. Your goal is to clear the board of snails using your characters' standard and special attacks. Snails, not being blessed with an abundance of intellect, will attack each other when hit by your Vikings making chain-reaction combo clears possible and oh so satisfying. The puzzle levels are fast and fun with the right level of challenge and the casual RPG flavoring is entertaining.
Battlezone 98 Redux Odyssey Edition (iPad)
The space race isn't over, its gone hot in Battlezone 98 Redux Odyssey Edition, a remastered version of the classic sci-fi strategy game out now for your iPad. It's an alternate timeline in which the US and Soviet Union are competing for an alien bio-metallic resource and the battle rages across the moon, Mars, Venus, Titan, Io, and Europa. Battlezone 98 is a real-time strategy and first-person shooter combo and there is a lot going on! You control your vehicle, whatever it happens to be, with a dual stick and have an array of buttons for combat as well as a radar to track. It's pretty cool and seems very well done, though I'm afraid my first person shooting days are long gone and it shows. If you dig some fast paced battle with strong tactical elements it's worth checking out.
Expansions to old-school RPG The Quest are coming out fast and furious. In late May, Thor's Hammer hit the Google Play Store with an iOS version launching a few days later. Now, Hero of Lukomorye has you playing as an agent of the Tzar called to fight hordes of foes invading Lukomorye. Gameplay is similar to the original game, although this is higher level content and you'll need to work your way up to the low 20s to have much of a chance. Hero of Lukomorye can be played as either an expansion if you own The Quest, or a standalone adventure if not.
That's all for our round up of this week's new releases. Seen anything you think we've missed? Played any of the above? Let us know in the comments!