The Weekender: Your Wallet Is Not Ready For This Edition20 Apr 2018 2
Another week, another bevy of new releases, sales, and game updates for your gaming pleasure. We've got RPGs, board game expansions, real-time strategy, and more on offer. Check it out!
Avernum 3: Ruined World HD (iPad) - Full review coming soon!
Makers of both the Avadon and Avernum series of games, Spiderweb Software is known for old-school, classic-style RPGs. If you're a fan of said games it's a big week, as Avernum 3: Ruined World has hit the App Store. It is the conclusion to the Avernum trilogy, and you get to explore a living world in the midst of disaster. You'll battle plague and monstrous creatures as you seek to free your people from an underground prison. There are over 100 towns and dungeons to explore and over 100 side quests to divert and entertain you as you move through the main storyline. As is usual with this series combat is highly tactical and plenty dangerous, and Avernum games are certainly not meant for heedless hack-and-slashing. Give it a go if you're a fan of RPGs.
Not one but two Civ VI expansions in April? Sign me up! This time we get both Persia and Macedon, led by Cyrus and Alexander the Great respectively. The pack comes with a new scenario, 'Conquests of Alexander', where you rush to expand quickly on the backs of a powerful military force. It lasts up to 60 turns, depending on difficulty setting, and emphasizes the use of great generals. The Persia and Macedon Pack will set you back $8.99 via IAP.
Android gamers, if you've been waiting to play the fourth instalment of The Room—the popular adventure/puzzle game series by Fireproof Games—wait no longer, it is out now on the Google Play Store. The Room: Old Sins offers a series of intriguing puzzle boxes shrouded in a mysterious overarching story. It looks great and the puzzles are both fun and challenging. If you enjoy puzzles, adventure games, or The Room series pick this one up and enjoy!
Digital board game adaptation Splendor has been out in the app stores for some time, but that doesn't mean it's been forgotten! The Cities expansion has been released, which introduces several cities, each with a new objective players must meet to claim them. You must claim a city to win so the competition will be fierce. The expansion is available as a $.99 in-app purchase.
An open-world RPG, The Legend of Faty has the requisite weapons, equipment, and magical spells. There are six different races, each with a different starting ability to make use of, and each with a specific enemy boss to take down. Unfortunately, the controls are not very convenient, which makes playing a bit of a chore at times. The attrition is also a bit harsh as health regeneration is very slow. Faty has a good deal of potential, and these are both fixable issues that might make the game worth a longer look.
Phantom Signal (iOS Universal) - Full review coming soon!
A ship drifts through deep space before coming back online. A strange signal was received. A signal followed directly by an attack from an alien vessel. You take command of the ship and must prioritize your activities: expand the ship, gather resources, improve your energy supply, and destroy incoming enemies. All the while you continue exploring the universe and learning more and more about it. Phantom Signal has an interesting main plotline and a bunch of side quests. Enemy types are all different and require varied strategies to win. Some indication about what enemy is coming would be a nice addition to the game, however. Variability is much appreciated but it is impossible to be particularly proactive and combat often becomes a race to build faster than you can be destroyed. Still, Phantom Signal offers a lot to like for real-time space strategy fans.
Going for just a buck is Mi-Clos Studio's fantastic sci-fi adventure game Out There: Ω Edition. It's got a little of everything from interactive fiction, to RPG, to resource and crew management simulation game. If you haven't played it, this one is definitely worth a go.
Dungeon Rushers isn't a terribly deep dungeon crawler, but it is entertaining and as cheap as it will get, $1. It's got monsters, traps, treasure, loot, skills, crafting, and even an online arena system to battle other players.
If you're into fast-twitch, real-time strategy games a couple of the Battlevoid games are just a buck as well. Battlevoid: Harbinger and Battlevoid: Sector Siege have you in command of efforts to defend humanity and both games get you right into the action.
Wave Light Game's excellent tactical fantasy RPG Demon's Rise is on sale for $1.99 in the App Store. The game has had all kinds of improvements since release, including updates to bring it in line with more modern games by the developer. It's well worth your time and money.
Endless dungeon, roguelike, RPG Siralim 2 is on sale for a couple bucks. If you enjoy collecting creatures (there are hundreds of them) to summon and fight on your side, crafting an equal number of weapons and equipment, and don't mind an "old school" feel, (meaning dated graphics) this one may be for you.
Sci-fi meets old west in the mobile classic Space Marshals. It's a tactical top-down shooter where you play the fugitive hunting marshal Burton tracking down escaped prisoners. Combat is fairly deep, and you can take advantage of your surroundings, use cover, and flank foes. It's worth a couple bucks if you enjoy that type of game.
XCOM is synonymous with turn-based tactics and XCOM Enemy Within, is one of the first big-name tactical games on mobile. It's also $5 off on iOS. Go get some.
The Quest Games
Classic role-playing game The Quest and the Islands of Ice and Fire expansion are both on sale. Check out our five-star review of The Quest and then get going with some old-school adventuring.
- The Quest (iOS Universal): $3.99 down from $7.99
- The Quest Islands of Ice and Fire (iOS Universal): $1.99 down from $3.99
The Death Road to Canada FEMUR update is now live and, as is usually the case for the game's updates, adds a lot of new stuff. There are two new weapons, new goodies for bow wielders (a new perk and regenerating arrows), five new trader camps that feature brand new mechanics, and a new character. The Barbarian, who gets a long list of weapons to make use of, from shovel to a gigantic sword.
Evoland 2 (iOS Universal)
Evoland 2 gets a nice quality-of-life change, you can now customize the virtual pad and button size and position for each game mode.
That’s all for this week’s round up. Seen anything else you like? Played any of the above? Let us know in the comments!