Out Now: Kings and Sheep Edition12 Aug 2016 12
It's all about good breeding this week at Pocket Tactics, from the literal management of livestock to the debatable manners of royalty, and including traditional rites of passage, like doing warehouse work before assuming the throne, and a new Warhammer 40,000 title bringing the purging and scourging.
Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
James Harriot certified. This two-player follow-up to Ewe Uwe Rosenberg’s Agricola, one of our favorite games, looks extremely promising. With a fixed three workers to place, streamlined mechanics, and some new elements, All Creatures Big and Small is sleeker and snappier than it’s legendary predecessor.
Simple decisions add up to complex outcomes in Reigns, as Matt attested to in his glowing review. This bite-size game has something of the feel of successive dynasties that Joe found lacking in Crusader Kings: Chronicles, without the sheer mass of Grand Strategy.
In the grimdark future, all is war… hammer! As the 40k franchise continues it’s great crusade to bring all genres of gameplay under the rule of the Emperor, Eisenhorn: Xenos is one of the more promising titles, a story-rich, beautifully-realized action-RPG (with the emphasis very much on the action). Based on the first book in Dan Abnett’s trilogy about Gregor Eisenhorn, this game is 40k down to its xeno-bloodstained combat boots.
Eisenhorn: Xenos is available on iOS, with Android being investigated on suspicion of heresy.
Axe and Fate 2
If you’ve got a hankering for a Legend of Grimrock-style RPG, Axe and Fate 2 may be just the blue plate special your mouth's been watering for. Served with an icon of poleaxed princess, Axe and Fate 2 is flowing in fresh from Mother Russia, or so I assume from the Cyrillic on the creator's web page. Just don’t ask what happened to Axe and Fate 1.
Axe and Fate 2 is available on iOS.
The Manga Works
The Manga Works is a Kairosoft sim like they used to make, y’know, before Legends of Heropolis ruined everything forever. Seriously, it’s a pay-once creation sim, and this time you get to take on the role of a terrifyingly overworked mangaka, acquiring fame and fortune but never a scrap of free time, and working your assistants to the point of karoshi.
Years before Phoenix Online Publishing branched out from King’s Quest fangames to publishing original Sierra Online/Lucasarts-style adventure Games, Himalaya Studios re-made several Sierra Online games before graduting to an original title, Al Emmo and the Lost Dutchman’s mine. Unfortunately, after that game was released during the great point-and-click blight of ‘06 when the entire genre was regarded as outmoded and obsolete. A decade later, you can play Al Emmo on your phone, and apparently there’s an Adventure-RPG slated for later this year?
Al Emmo and the Lost Dutchman’s Mine can be found with a map and compass on iOS.
To The Throne
You’re not worthy! ...to be king, yet. First, you need to move these blocks around. This quirky premise seems to suit this quirky little block puzzler. Pushing blocks seems to be part, but picking up and re-placing them is closer to the heart of this game, blending a touch of the modern crafting genre into its retro stylings.
You loved Bad Piggies. I state this as objective fact because everyone loved Bad Piggies. Little Rescue Machine is a lot like Bad Piggies with a more voxel-y look. The physics isn’t as finely honed as in Rovio's best game, but my 5 year-old has completely fallen in love with this one. It’s Free to Play, but hey, even Bad Piggies is Free to Play now.