TouchArcade iOS Gaming Roundup: Waking Mars, Magic Quest: TCG, Minecraft, and Extra


Over at TouchArcade, we have been working round like maniacs all week preparing for the WWDC and E3 double header that we’re about to fly to the West Coast for. The occasion scheduling gods had been type to us this 12 months, permitting us to attend each occasions.

For no matter cause, the previous couple of years have had WWDC and E3 going down on the identical week, and we might opted to attend E3 over WWDC as it is a total safer guess that there can be extra related issues for us at a gaming occasion. With WWDC tickets shifting to being luck of the draw, it is fully potential that there simply will not be that many iOS recreation builders for us to speak to. Both approach, higher late than by no means, learn on for the large issues that occurred this week on this planet of iOS gaming.

Our 2012 recreation of the 12 months, Waking Mars, lastly obtained up to date to 64-bit. When you’ve by no means performed it earlier than, now is a good time to take a look at the sport because it simply grew to become far more future proof. Waking Mars is a really distinctive recreation that is exhausting to pigeon gap into anybody particular style. I suppose calling it a “puzzle platformer” would take advantage of sense, as you are exploring the caves of Mars, however as a substitute of getting an array of weapons, the entire duties within the recreation are completed by planting issues. It is a terrific premium expertise, and one I want we noticed extra of nowadays. For extra on Waking Mars, take a look at our assessment.

Magic Quest: TCG was launched this week, and whereas the title of the sport couldn’t probably be extra generic (and the gameplay is about what you’d count on of a fantasy collectable card recreation), it does have one actually superior function we want had been in additional video games like this. In Blizzard’s Hearthstone as an illustration, like most different free to play collectable card video games, your assortment of playing cards is locked to your account. Certain, there are intelligent methods every of the video games on this style can help you craft playing cards along with your duplicates, however that is about it. Magic Quest: TCG, however, has a full-featured player-driven public sale home the place gamers can promote their playing cards to different gamers. It is a cool function we might like to see in additional video games.

Knights of Pen & Paper 2 has re-launched as a free to play recreation. It is by no means a terrific signal when a developer must retune a recreation’s monetization (because it sometimes means the sport failed in its unique state), however Knights of Pen & Paper 2 works fairly nicely as a free to play recreation. We dinged the sport when it was first launched in our assessment, however that is not true anymore as the sport has seen important updates since its launch. Within the recreation, you play a light-hearted spin on the RPG method advised by means of an attention-grabbing mix between tabletop RPG mechanics and what you’d count on of an precise RPG online game. It is undoubtedly price trying out in case you like non-traditional RPGs (notably after they’re free).

Vainglory is the king of cell MOBA’s, but it surely hasn’t actually felt prefer it has caught on in any significant approach outdoors of its hardcore playerbase. Session instances of the unique recreation mode ran upwards of 20 minutes, which is loads to ask when most cell players are used to enjoying a couple of minutes at a time. They’ve since launched different recreation modes which considerably shorten the session size, and on this most up-to-date replace these two modes, Blitz and Battle Royale, each obtained a whole lot of consideration. They simply added a brand new expertise system which spices up these modes even additional. When you’re on the lookout for one thing like DOTA 2 or League of Legends on your iOS system, Vainglory is as shut as you are going to get.

Minecraft Pocket Version is undoubtedly probably the most accessible model of Minecraft on the market, but it surely has all the time lagged behind each PC and console iterations of the sport when it got here to its function set. With every replace, that turns into much less and fewer true, notably with this week’s addition of the Minecraft Market. Fourteen items of latest content material are actually accessible within the in-game retailer, starting from new worlds and new survival spawns to texture packs and pores and skin packs. When you have children who play Minecraft on their iPad, they’ve most likely already requested you to purchase some of these things. If not, prepare, as a result of that is coming.

If there’s going to be any recreation that is going to steal Hearthstone‘s thunder, it is Elder Scrolls: Legends, an analogous collectable card recreation set within the Elder Scrolls universe. (The identical as Skyrim, Morrowind, and others.) The sport is way extra sophisticated than Hearthstone, and performs loads nearer to Magic the Gathering, which generally is a good or a foul factor relying on what you want or don’t love about Hearthstone. Anyway, whereas the sport has been accessible on the PC and iPad for some time now, it is slowly making its strategy to cell. It was simply launched on Android with it coming to “different” cell phones early this summer season.

Reigns is an unbelievable recreation, and if you have not performed it but, it is advisable cease what you are doing and go seize it from the App Retailer. The sport is managed fully by means of Tinder-like swipes, and also you play the sport by making binary choices by both swiping left or proper. What’s fascinating about enjoying Reigns is that from a gameplay perspective, it couldn’t be extra easy, however they’re capable of do extremely sophisticated issues simply by swiping proper or left. The builders gave a chat at GDC the place they mentioned the design of the sport (seen within the above video). It is a captivating presentation that dives deep into the nitty gritty of the thought course of behind constructing Reigns.

So far as different new video games to take a look at this week are involved, Yankai’s Peak is a implausible puzzle recreation the place you are rotating pyramids round a puzzle board. The idea is extremely easy, however like many nice puzzle video games, will get amazingly troublesome to the purpose that we obtained stumped for the primary time barely ten ranges in. When you’re on the lookout for one thing that makes use of rather less mind energy, Noodlecake’s Bouncy Hoops someway manages to mix the Flappy Hen “flap” controls and basketball. It is silly how nicely it really works and the way not possible it’s to place down.

Final, however not least, is Sega’s Loopy Taxi Gazillionaire, which is a clicker idle recreation that’s so bizarre that it’s important to strive it. Loopy Taxi is/was a frantic driving recreation, so to take away the entire precise driving whereas nonetheless feeling distinctly Loopy Taxi is … very odd, in a great way.

Anyway, that is about it for this week’s huge iOS gaming information and recreation releases. For all this and extra, be sure you go to TouchArcade the place we put up this form of stuff across the clock!

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