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Offworld Games earned an awful lot of Pocket Tactics' goodwill with Legion of the Damned, a well-supported, genuine hex-and-counter wargame playable on an iPhone screen. And this was back in 2012, before phones found the cakes labeled “EAT ME” in Wonderland.

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I like my strategy games to make me feel great and glorious. I want them to be all about the combat, the challenge and the carnage. I want to crush my enemies, see them driven before me, hear the lamentations of their women.

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The Aralon writing staff meeting to discuss character development
Aralon: Forge and Flame is the latest release in Crescent Moon Games' series of mobile RPGs and is a sequel, of sorts, to 2010's Aralon: Sword and Shadow.

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A match-3 made in heaven
If there are two things that reliably distract us from the doom and gloom of the Mt. Hexmap Writer’s DungeonTM, they’re match-3 RPGs and CCGs. Imagine my surprise, then, when word came that a combination of the progenitors of both genres—Puzzle Quest...

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For the Motherland! And right-side-up butter!
One could be forgiven for thinking World of Tanks Generals is a vapid card-battler at first glance. It has several of the hallmarks: multiple currencies, complex upgrades, a constrained battle map, art-heavy chards, and, most damning of all, the ubiquitous...

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I can think of few better reasons for a game to pause.
Lifeline... was one of my favourite interactive fiction games of 2015. It had a simple gimmick. Rather than play at your own pace, the app stopped responding when the protagonist was doing things like walking...

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I named mine the Montgomery Scott.
Pocket Tactics is a member of the Wargamer Limited Group, which is owned by Slitherine Software. I had this little gaggle of Battlefleet Gothic ships as a younger fellow, back when the game wasn't relegated to mail order.

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Review: Lumino City

11 Dec 2015 0
  • iOS

This is the last game I expected to have a Deliverance tribute.
Let’s get this out of the way: Lumino City is gorgeous. British developer State of Play constructed an entire miniature, motorized, mountain-top city set for the game (as detailed in this short “making-of” Lumino City...

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Red, amber, purple, GO!
Mobile gaming has given a whole new lease of life to turn-based strategy, but squeezing its real-time cousin onto pocket devices remains an elusive dream. A genre that revolves around coordinating many commands to many units on many maps at twitch speed is...

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Review: X-Mercs

07 Dec 2015 0
  • iOS

X-Mercs is free-to-play XCOM, and it’s quite open about that fact. It’s an interesting test case in our intuitions about intellectual property in games; most creative works attempt to camouflage their influences. I remember reading a series which was clearly intended to be The Lord of the Rings for people...

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