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Amongst the myriad of pick-up-and-play games on mobile platforms, it’s hard to stand out these days.  Virtually every genre is utterly swamped with games, especially indie releases.  And no genre is more stuffed to overflowing than the physics-based genre, primarily owing to the success of games like Angry Birds.  In a content-rich environment such as this one, it’s hard to stand out.  But what better way to do so than with Cthulhu?

Lunarsea (ah, the double entendre!) is a free physics based game on iOS and Android where you play as the great lord Cthulhu himself, who decided to steal the moon.  Doing so has angered the puny human population though, so oddly enough, Cthulhu is fleeing their wrath with a hastily muttered “wgah’nagl bug.”  Unfortunately for our poor angry Elder God, the only getaway vehicle he could locate was an ancient wooden sailing vessel, so he tosses the moon in his pocket, hops aboard, and makes good his escape.

Okay, perhaps a little suspension of disbelief might be required.  The story is short and endearingly odd, but how is the gameplay?  Well, it’s very straightforward.  The moon affects ocean levels, and well, you have it, so you can tap the screen to release it anywhere in the air to raise and lower the waves, as well as to block missile attacks from those filthy humans that just won’t leave you alone.  In addition, there are left and right buttons to move your vessel across the screen to prepare for obstacles, which are frequent and appear rapidly.  The lunar gameplay makes Lunarsea unique and interesting, as the combination of waves and gravity make for a remarkably organic combination.  Timing is everything in this game as you are raising and lowering the waves to get over sharp mountains, dodge missiles, and collect coins and health.

Yes, Cthulhu needs money.  That’s probably on a sign being held by a vagrant trying to wash a windshield somewhere, and if it isn’t, it should be.  In this case, coins buy much-needed upgrades to your skills, such as health, boat speed, and invulnerability length.  And you will need them.  The difficulty curve in Lunarsea ramps up fast.  By level  5, you’ll be swearing at your phone and getting frustrated as those pesky humans manage to fire torpedoes, regular missiles, and even laser-guided missiles at your creaky old vessel.

Fortunately, Live In the Game thought ahead on this one.  Frequent deaths don’t lose all the coins you’ve collected.  It would be nice if you saw a running tally of those as you played, but each time you die, and die you will, your updated bankroll appears and you’re able to buy upgrades.  In addition, there are goals as well, such as blowing up ten missiles or traveling a thousand meters.  The completion of each goal earns you additional bonus coins, allowing you to buy even more upgrades so that eventually, even those of us unskilled at physics games can still manage to move forward at an ungainly crawl.  Many of the goals are also cumulative between games just like coins, giving you the chance to complete them, as you are unlikely to in a single game.

 

There are a couple of sticking points in Lunarsea though.  The list of active goals you are trying to achieve scrolls down from the top of the screen every single time you die.  After you raise the goal cap, this actually intrudes on the gameplay itself, distracting you at the beginning of each level and constantly reminding you that you’re failing to complete them.   The challenge of the game itself can be daunting at times as well and may lead to frustration for the more casual player.  And the jaunty nautical music that seemed novel and enjoyable at first (controllable with a slider, thankfully) can become quickly repetitive as there is only the one song that repeats ad nauseam on every level.

As a minimalist game, however, even after an hour, your phone is unlikely to heat up significantly.  Lunarsea is definitely not a resource hog on Android, which is a plus in these days where you can literally watch your battery life drain away like a swirling toilet flush while you game.   There’s also an Endless Mode to just relax and play if the stages are frustrating you.  It’s still hard, but it’s definitely fun too.   The install on Google Play warns of in-app purchases and ads, but neither were to be seen for this review of the current build of the game.  Overall, Live In The Game has created a clever little game that’s fun to play in small doses when you have a few spare moments.  I mean really, how can you go wrong with a free-to-play game that combines H.P. Lovecraft, Baby Driver, Despicable Me, and Pirates of the Caribbean?  You can’t, and don’t try to say that you can!  Go and give it a try if you enjoy physics games and a challenge, or ever wanted to just… steal the moon!

Download Lunarsea free for Android here.

Download Lunarsea free for iOS here.

This review covers the Android version of Lunarsea by Live In The Game.

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I am a massive Elder Scrolls fan, I think my past articles have made that clear, yet I hadn’t checked out Elder Scrolls Legends in any great detail before, besides a few minute here and there. I wanted to rectify that and really give the game some serious play time, and what I found was a game that I wish I had gotten into earlier. Still, now with the Heroes of Skyrim, it is a good time to get in.

Elder Scrolls Legends is a collectible card game, CCG, similar to Hearthstone, but with a unique Elder Scrolls charm to it. There is a strategy involved of course, but it also incorporates systems from the games and uses them in creative ways. The magika use has to be carefully considered, along with which cards to be used at which time.  There are of course different types of cards, such as support, action and creatures, which must be deployed in lanes. Mastering the different lanes is essential for doing well in this game, but also the Runes which will affect your card usage in different ways.

Elder Scrolls Legends has quite the interesting story, and while its writing does create some confusion about the overall plot of the series, it is still an interesting story and does provide some more insight of the backstory of games like Skyrim. Furthermore, the various unique events that occur in the game also provide more insight to some of the Daedra and other factions. If anything, TES: Legends provides a lot of insight into the lesser discussed aspects of the series lore and bring them to the forefront.

Now, for the Skyrim expansion, Heroes Of Skyrim,  I wasn’t quite sure what to anticipate, but found it to be an interesting take on the elements introduced in Skyrim and also making great use of the series lore from said game. It adds a lot to the overall game experience with the addition of new cards, and ways to use them. I know it doesn’t seem like I’m saying much about it, but to be honest it just feels like a great addition to an already fun experience.

Like I said at the start, I wish I had gotten into this game much sooner because I found it so amazing. I have a feeling this is a game I will be fond of for a very long time.

 

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The Elder Scrolls: Legends is now available to download for free on iOS and Android phone devices via the App Store and Google Play store, respectively. Featuring a new streamlined interface designed to take advantage of smaller screen sizes, now is the perfect time to jump into the fray. For players just joining the action, the recently-launched Heroes of Skyrim expansion based on fan-favorite characters, lore, and abilities from The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim added more than 150 new cards to collect, plus new mechanics, powerful abilities and more. If you’ve already started playing on PC or tablets, don’t worry about having to start all over on a new device! All of your account data will transfer over to your phone.

 

Easy to learn but difficult to master, The Elder Scrolls: Legends features a deep and flexible deck-building system and a variety of modes for both casual and competitive players, including a single-player Story Mode, Versus Mode and Arena Mode against both human and AI opponents.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends is also available for download on PC via Bethesda.net, Steam (for both PC and Mac), and tablet devices (Android and iPad).

 

 

 

The Elder Scrolls Legends is an excellent CCG based off the beloved series. For longtime fans, there is so much here to love and enjoy about the game. It is easy to get into and provides a rich experience. As well, it is great that the game will carry over your account data to your phone if you previously played elsewhere.

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Bethesda has announced a new incentive for pre-registering for The Elder Scrolls Legends on Android. Doing so will get you a free legendary card, which will be a big asset to you in the game.

 

The game is releasing soon, so if you are interested, you should do it now. The game is a high quality CCG and one that really works well within the series lore.

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

 

Today, card game battlers can return to Skyrim for more adventures in the wintry north in Heroes of Skyrim, the first expansion set for Bethesda’s hit strategy card game, The Elder Scrolls: Legends. Offering more than 150 new cards drenched in the lore from Bethesda Game Studios’ groundbreaking hit, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, The Elder Scrolls: Legends – Heroes of Skyrim introduces new mechanics and powerful abilities through dynamic cards that feature iconic Dragons, powerful Shouts, Companions, and fan-favorite characters.

 

The Elder Scrolls: Legends – Heroes of Skyrim cards are now available for purchase through the in-game store and can be added to any deck.

 

Key Features in Heroes of Skyrim:

  • More than 150 new Skyrim-themed cards to collect and play.
  • Dominate the skies with Dragon cards, including legendary beasts like Alduin and Paarthurnax.
  • Channel the power of the Dovahkiin and blast opponents with Shout cards.
  • Legendary Skyrim characters like Aela the Huntress, J’Zargo, Delphine and more return with powerful abilities reminiscent of their legend.

 

The Elder Scrolls: Legends is now available as a free download for PC via the Bethesda.net launcher, for PC and Mac via Steam, for iPad, and for Android tablets. iOS and Android phone versions of the game are expected to release this summer.

TES: Legends is a great take on the CCG genre and a great expansion to the lore of the series. if you haven’t tries it yet, then you should.

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Innovative game developer Incuvo today announced the launch of Castle Revenge, a new action-strategy game Android devices (available now) and iOS (coming later this month). Players build the castle of their dreams, design elaborate defenses and weaponry, then challenge other players to epic battles in the attempt to destroy their castle. The game features realistic physics for maximum destructive effect.

“We loved building brick castles as kids, but half the fun is knocking them down,” says Wojciech Borczyk, co-founder of Incuvo. “Castle Revenge takes the PvE elements of games such as Clash of Clans and mixes in the strategic wreckage action similar to Angry Birds to recreate that fun on your mobile device.”
Featured in the Google Play Early Access program, Castle Revenge lets players design their own unique citadels from hundreds of available rooms and a wide variety of defenses, including ancient, magic and steampunk themes. Once the stronghold is ready, players may attack other players’ castles. The large selection of ammunition features realistic physics for strength, resistance and speed, allowing for greater strategy and tactical depth. Destroy your enemy’s throne room or more than half their castle, and victory is yours! Do not rest on your laurels, however, as they are sure to seek revenge
This looks like an interesting mobile game and a twist on multiple genres. This looks like an exciting experience and one that people should take an interest in.
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Bethesda sent out the following

 

The Elder Scrolls: Legends has launched on Steam, Mac, and Android tablets and added key new features, including Spectator Mode and a new recurring competitive tournament mode, Gauntlet.

 

New Platforms: Steam, Mac, and Android Tablets

The Elder Scrolls: Legends has launched globally on Android Tablet and on Steam for both PC and Mac as a free download, joining previously released versions on PC via Bethesda.net and on iPad. Players who wish to switch platforms can do so seamlessly by signing into their accounts on any of the available devices. Players will retain all progression – and are even able to continue in-progress games – when switching from one platform to another.

 

Gauntlet Events

Legends’ new Gauntlet mode introduces organized global competitive events, during which players will compete in a series of matches, battling for top spots on a worldwide leaderboard.  Top performers in Gauntlet will earn rewards that include Card Packs, Gold, and other special in-game prizes. Gauntlet events will vary in size, entry cost, and prizing, and will challenge players showcase their performance with their favorite decks.

 

Spectator Mode, Version 1.0

Bethesda has also launched the first iteration of Legends’ Spectator mode, allowing players to view the live games of players on their Friends list. Now fans can showcase their skills and learn new strategies from friends from within the game itself. We’ll be iterating on and refining Spectator mode based upon player feedback over the coming months.

 

The Elder Scrolls: Legends is now available as a free download for PC via the Bethesda.net launcher, for PC and Mac via Steam, for iPad, and for Android tablets. iOS and Android phone versions of the game are expected to release this summer.

 

More information on the previously announced major card set expansion will be revealed at the Bethesda E3 Showcase (BE3) on June 11 in Los Angeles.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends is an amazing strategy card game that has a lot of unique features. It stands out above all others and has a lot to offer. If you have not checked this game out yet, then you really should do so.

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Gambitious Digital Entertainment has revealed that independent developer Vile Monarch’s new irreverent insult dueling game, Oh…Sir! The Hollywood Roast, will launch on May 31 for Windows PC, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android.

A star-studded spinoff of the infamous insult ‘em up Oh…Sir!! The Insult Simulator, Oh…Sir! The Hollywood Roast cobbles together a jumble of focus group-tested pop culture icons and references to create new characters and film sets with which to battle. String together combo chains of discourteous dialogue to verbally beat down your scene partners for top billing in single-player or online and local multiplayer.

True to modern moviemaking, Oh…Sir! The Hollywood Roast takes the series in a dark direction, with gritty new features like an expanded career mode, character creation tools and controller integration. The script has been rewritten a dozen times by heavy-handed executives to ensure that Oh…Sir! The Hollywood Roast offers twice the vocabulary of its predecessor. The producers have also recast and redesigned the scoring system for more engaging fights while introducing a hot new charged comeback mechanic that lets players drop the final curtain on each other with dramatic effect.

Oh…Sir! The Hollywood Roast will launch on May 31. The original cult classic, Oh…Sir!! The Insult Simulator, will launch on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system on May 30 and on Xbox One in June. For the latest updates until then, please visit http://store.steampowered.com/app/575330, and follow us on Twitter @GambitiousInc and @VileMonarch.

Oh……. Sir! The Insult Simulator was a truly innovative indie game and it is good to see that a spinoff is coming. Hopefully this one will catch on just as well as the first game did.

 

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Have you been missing that creative urge? Today Maxis announced The Sims Mobile, an all-new Sims experience that leverages the player’s power of imagination to create Sims and play with life.

 

Developed by the creators of The Sims and SimCity franchises, The Sims Mobile is inspired by The Sims 4 Legacy Challenge, encouraging players to build a successful multi-generational family, while unlocking and collecting unique Heirlooms along the way. As players progress, these powerful Heirlooms offer different gameplay benefits that help Sims achieve their Life Goals throughout the game.

 

In The Sims Mobile, players can also interact with their real-life friends in a whole new way. Their Sims can host and attend parties, develop relationships as best friends, nemeses, soul mates, and more with their real-life friends’ Sims, and share in big moments together in the game. From creating amazing Sims and shaping their Sims’ stories, to collecting valuable rewards and sharing experiences with friends, the options to play with life are endless.

 

The Sims Mobile is now available on iOS and Android devices as a free download in Brazil, with other regions to follow. Meanwhile, Sims fans and mobile gamers worldwide can look forward to its official launch coming soon.

It is always great to see The Sims franchise continue in new ways. Will Wright’s iconic game series has gone through many forms, but it is perfect for mobile devices. I can see this doing very well.

No GravatarNew Pokemon are coming to the world of Pokemon Go as announced by Niantic.

Game Update Welcomes Pokémon Originally Discovered in the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver Video Games and Introduces Updated Encounter Gameplay, Evolution Options, New Berries and Expanded Avatar Items
San Francisco—Feb. 15, 2017—Niantic, Inc. and The Pokémon Company International announced an additional 80 Pokémon will begin to appear in Pokémon GO later this week. These include Pokémon originally discovered in the Johto region from the Pokémon Gold and Pokémon Silver video games, including Chikorita, Cyndaquil, and Totodile. Trainers will encounter these Pokémon “in the wild” as they embark on adventures and explore their neighborhoods and cities to catch Pokémon. In addition to Pokémon that will appear in the game for the first time, the latest update introduces new gameplay mechanics for Trainers to master, including new encounter gameplay, new Evolution items, two new Berries, and expanded outfit and accessory options for their Trainer avatars.

“Today is a momentous occasion for Pokémon GO as we welcome more Pokémon and build upon the encounter and capture mechanics for the passionate global community of Trainers playing the game,” said John Hanke, founder and Chief Executive Officer, Niantic, Inc. “Pokémon GO is a live experience which we’ll be continuing to support and evolve in new and interesting ways for years to come.”

“With Pokémon GO, The Pokémon Company endeavored to create a compelling game based on the concept of encountering and catching Pokémon in the real world,” said J.C. Smith, Senior Director, Consumer Marketing, The Pokémon Company International. “The amazing response to Pokémon GO by millions of existing and new Pokémon fans around the world is remarkable. We’re thrilled to keep the adventure going by welcoming these Pokémon to this engaging new way of experiencing the fun of the Pokémon brand.”

With the latest Pokémon GO game update, new Pokémon evolution options will give players the ability to use new Evolution items to evolve their Pokémon into ones that were originally discovered in the Johto region. While catching Pokémon, Trainers can use two new Berries—the Nanab Berry, which slows a Pokémon’s movements, and the Pinap Berry, which doubles the amount of Candy received if the next catch attempt succeeds. Trainers will also be able to customize their avatar’s appearance with a new selection of hats, shirts, pants, and other items. Additional items will be available for purchase from the in-game Pokémon GO shop.

Trainers can download Pokémon GO from the App Store for iOS devices and Google Play Store for Android. A version of Pokémon GO for Apple Watch is also available through the App Store. Nintendo’s Pokémon GO Plus device, which allows Trainers to catch Pokémon and collect items with the push of a button without looking at their screens, is being replenished at retail locations in support of this latest update, while supplies last.

This is a big addition to Pokémon Go and may even cause the game to get a second lease on life. This has me very interested, and now I wonder what next they will bring. Are you excited for this? Will you resume playing if you had stopped?

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