The dawn of the new football season is a glorious thing. Not just because we can stop pretending to give two hoots about cricket, but because last season's footy titles get some drastic discounts because of the upcoming updated versions. Which is why we're running a rare mobile deal, seeing as you can now get Football Manager Handheld 2015 for just £2.29 on iOS platforms.
SEGA promised to aggressively cull a number of low-quality mobile games that failed to meet their standards, and the process has begun in earnest.
"At SEGA we are committed to making fun, high-quality mobile games and it is with our fans' best playing experience in mind that we announce the removal of a number of games from our back catalogue," reads a statement on the Sega blog. "It is important for us to ensure that all of our fans, regardless of platform or operating system, have a great playing experience and after evaluating our complete list of titles, we have determined that a number of them no longer meet our standards."Click here to read more...
By way of apology for connection problems last week, Blizzard are giving all European Hearthstone players some free cards. You'll get two classic Hearthstone packs in the "open cards" section of the game within 24 hours.
"We know access to Hearthstone in Europe was spotty last week," Blizzard acknowledged on Battle.net. "Sorry about that, and we really appreciate your patience as we worked to get the tavern back into shape."
Note that accounts must have been created prior to May 3, 2015.
Free stuff alert! Mystery of the Ancients: Curse of the Black Water: Collector's Edition will be free to download and play on iPhone and iPad this week, from March 26th to April 1st.
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 4 + & iPad 3G +.
Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPad
By all accounts it's a great hidden object game and an enjoyable thief of time, especially at the bargain price of nothing whatsoever. Yet another great tip courtesy of gooner.
"Born was created from the absolute nothingness: The Void. But somehow he separates himself from the black emptiness and appears in the world. This is where his long odyssey begins, in which he will learn how to use the colors around him to gain powerful abilities and transform the world."
Cool blurb, but what you need to know is this. Nihilumbra is a fun artistic puzzler that costs £4.99 on Steam, but you can get it for free on iPad or iPhone! Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimised for iPhone 5. Thanks xmochax!
Frozen Synapse is still one of the best strategy games we've ever played. Ever. We gave it a perfect score in our Frozen Synapse review.
"Frozen Synapse is the next logical evolution of the turn-based strategy genre," I wrote. "Mode 7 Games have created a perfect foundation for years of addictive tactical fun - and now, dear readers, it's up to us to get involved and ensure that Frozen Synapse becomes the phenomenon it rightly deserves to be."
What more is there to say? Oh, compatibility, I guess. "Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPad." Go get it!
January tends to be a lean long month. After the Christmas festivities and sales become distant memory, many of us come crashing down to Earth as a yawning chasm stares back from where our bank balances used to be.
We and HUKD are on hand to secure you some cheap games deals, but it's perfectly possible to play great games into February and beyond without paying anything at all! To this end, here are what we'd consider to be the hottest free games around at the moment -- whether totally free or F2P -- that will save you a few quid and save you some money to splurge on this year's biggest upcoming titles.
This isn't by any means a comprehensive list (how could it be?), so make sure to share your favourite free games with us and fellow readers in the comments!
Honourable mentions (that you're totally playing already): Team Fortress 2, World Of Tanks, World Of Warplanes, SWTOR, Black Mesa Source, Neverwinter, MINIDAYZ
"I absolutely adore Warframe despite its rough edges and questionable economy. Since 'grind' is just another word for 'annihilating hordes of foes as an awesome space ninja,' featuring plentiful surprises, addictive progression, strong co-op, overlapping gameplay systems and gorgeous art design, I can forgive any number of niggling flaws" - 7/10 Editor's Choice Warframe review
Numerous free updates have massively improved the console versions post-review, but I have to point out that the PS4 and Xbox One player base is incredibly advanced and relatively sparse. As such, you might find it difficult to group for early-game content - so I'd suggest jumping in with three friends from the start!Click here to read more...
Good old Apple. They're incredibly conscientious about all things tax-related, so now that VAT is deducted based on the customer's region (not Apple's Luxembourg HQ) due to new EU legislation, they've hiked the minimum price to compensate. How nice of them.
The minimum price for paid iOS games and apps is now 79p, not 69p, with prices retroactively increased across the board. "These changes are being made to account for adjustments in value-added tax (VAT) rates and foreign exchange rates," apparently.
Still, it's hardly going to break the bank -- and there's a case to be made that mobile games have become seriously devalued over the last few years, partly contributing to a slump in creative risks and overall quality. Either way, consider yourself forewarned.
Kairosoft's sim titles are easy to get into and beguilingly addictive. This particular one has stolen weeks from me, and now it's 85% off on the App Store.
You can pick it up even cheaper on Android for 53p by clicking here. Cheers Late!
There have been some utterly brilliant mobile games this year. And we're not just talking about top tier adventure and puzzle titles that have realised how much better they can be on touch devices, but bespoke games purposefully geared towards the pick-up-and-play immediacy of smartphone and tablet gaming. Speaking personally, my smartphone and iPad overtook my 3DS and Vita as my handheld gaming platforms of choice. Not because the latter consoles necessarily lacked stellar titles, but simply because the convenience and quality of mobile gaming has never been better.
What we said: If the mechanical nature of the game — the challenge of trying to circumnavigate the globe in eighty days — is what propelled me onwards in the game on a micro level, the imagination and invention that has gone into the narrative aspects of 80 Days are what kept me coming back for multiple adventures. The manner by which you can mould and shape Passepartout’s character through your interactions with others is a joy in this game, the subtleties and ambiguities in the relationships that you foster along the way are rare to experience in this medium, but 80 Days does a wonderful job of weaving the most beautiful and engrossing arrays of smoke and mirrors to hide the cogs underneath, and delights in fluid prose that musters its own incentives for reading on, rather than relying on blunt rewards.
What we said: One of the most addictive games of the year. Card-collecting games can be a niche proposition, but Hearthstone proved that anyone and everyone could get involved this year. And they did. In droves.Click here to read more...
This cracking HD remake of Castle of Illusion would have been perfectly good value at £6.99, but at 69p it's a blinder of a deal. Platformers can be something of a mixed bag on touch devices, but this has actually been optimised quite nicely.
Bookmark our games deals stream for further savings! Keep checking in for more #gamedealalerts on Dealspwn.com and follow us over on Twitter and Facebook for by-the-minute updates. Thanks to plymouthgal for the tip!
80 Days has been one of my favourite games of the year. If you told me that a text-heavy iOS game would end up being a personal contender for Game of the Year back in January, I would have probably laughed in your face. The idea of a mobile game providing a deep, narrative-driven experience is frankly laughable to me, particular one so heavily rooted in reading lots of text. But 80 Days made a mockery of my scepticism, somehow managing to be perfectly suited to little bursts of play-up-and-play action yet still offering an engrossing long-term narrative steered in large part by the player.
An adaptation of Jules Verne's classic, which updates some of the more archaic sensibilities of the original while retaining the style and politics of our planet in the late Nineties, 80 Days is a bold, refreshing game that puts players in the immaculate shoes of Passepartout, juggling valet duties to his adventuring master, planning the route across the globe, dealing with the various moral dilemmas and dynamic events that crop up and block the way from time to time, balancing speed against funds and health, all the while marking the calendar and the time left.
It works magnificently on smart devices, so much so that something would undoubtedly be lost on console or PC, such is a tactile way that you draw out the narrative, poking and prodding the screen to gently unfurl the next segment of story or attempt to wheedle more information out of the people that meet, making choices that will affect you master and those around you, and tracing your way across continents with your fingers.
I've played through it at least seven times now.
But I wanted to find out more about how the game came into being and the thought processes behind some of the design choices, not to mention how Inkle went about adapting the original novel and optimised it for a platform not normally associated with gripping, replayable interactive fictions. Which brings me to part one of our rather lengthy chat...Click here to read more...
Disney Infinity 2.0 has big plans. The original may have been relatively successful, attracting millions of players and holding its own against the established might of Skylanders, but arguably lacked a little bit of pizazz and a sense of the epic. Thankfully, few franchises can bring the epic quite as comprehensively as Marvel comics, which is now neatly under Disney's purview.
Let the crossover commence! Rocket Raccoon, meet Thor, Stich and Donald Duck.
Avalanche Software brought two new Infinity 2.0 playsets along to Gamescom this year, showing off the new Avengers and Guardians Of The Galaxy campaigns. On the collectibles front, the new line of toys are much more solid and sturdy than their predecessors; feeling impressively weighty and hard-wearing. The new Venom and Hulk figurines are utterly enormous, almost twice the volume of previous figures, while the level of detail is seriously impressive when it comes to the new Rocket Raccoon and Stich models. Shame they'll be standalone, really, as opposed to included in the starter packs.Click here to read more...
Developer: Telltale Games
Decisions, decisions. We've made plenty of them during the last four episodes of The Wolf Among Us, some big, some small, some tough and others seemingly simple, but it's finally time to find out whether any of them really mattered in the long run. Everything rests on whether Episode 5: Cry Wolf can tie up the series in a satisfying and bittersweet fashion, while atoning for the stodgy pacing of the last chapter.
Put simply: it does. Not only is Cry Wolf an emphatic end to Telltale's first Fables collaboration, a stylish, menacing, comprehensive and deeply rewarding experience from pacey start to shocking finish, but it's also one of the best pieces of interactive entertainment they've ever released.
We've been keeping our reviews free of major spoilers, so you can read our verdict on Episode 1, 2, 3 and 4 to get the measure of the series thus far. Our final verdict is no exception, meaning that the following few hundred words will be heavy on opinion and light on description.
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Developer: Telltale Games
It's difficult to write a review with clenched fists and white knuckles. I keep catching sight of my dilated pupils and sweat-drenched brow in my monitor's reflection, bashing away at the keyboard with gritted teeth.
See, The Wolf Among Us: Episode 4 psyched me up for a fight using every psychological weapon in its arsenal... then completely failed to deliver one.
Of course, that's what it was always supposed to do. The penultimate episode of Telltale's excellent series is designed to set up the finale, tie up some loose ends and get us ready for the big finish, and I appreciate that. Unfortunately it does so by treading water and vaguely floating sideways when all we really want to do is push forward.
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Knights of the Old Republic | £2.49 | Mac App Store
It's one of my favourite games of all time, and now it's the price of a pint on iPad. Knights of the Old Republic is BioWare at their finest, leveraging the splendid potential of the Star Wars universe to make an RPG that's rich, compelling, fantastically deep, and filled with some of the most memorable characters in video games. Aspyr have done a great job on the port, meaning that you can now take KOTOR with you wherever you go.
Just buy it.
Developer: Telltale Games
The Wolf Among Us reeled us in, and Episode 1 was the hook. It caught us expertly, brutally worked us over and left us desperate for more; a triumph of storytelling, twists and characterisation that pulled no punches. Then Episode 2 took its sweet time turning up before sitting us down and asking if we'd like a cup of tea. A necessary lull, but we're good and ready for the storm now.
Episode 3: A Crooked Mile is happy to oblige.
Telltale are back on form, delivering a superbly-paced slice of stylish, gritty and often gutwrenchingly emotional procedural drama. Hot on the trail of his prime suspect, Bigby finds himself in a desperate race against time that still manages to expand on both the universe, the characters and the big bad wolf himself - while introducing a fantastic new villain.
Since I know that some of you will be reading this review to make up your mind about buying the season pass, we're going to avoid spoiling the major twists from the first two episodes. Somehow.
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The lengthy delay between The Wolf Among Us: Episodes 1 and 2 was utterly interminable, but we're delighted to report that the third chapter -- A Crooked Mile -- is nearly upon us. Telltale have released a brand new reveal trailer, along with assurances that we'll be able to play it "very soon" - likely next week if not later this month.
Before you go any further, bear in mind that the video contains major spoilers for Episodes 1 and 2! Don't watch it if you're planning on completing the series as a single complete package in a few months' time.Click here to read more...
Carmageddon: Reincarnation is out now for Early Access sampling on Steam, and to celebrate Stainless have made the original game free on iOS. It's still as much anarchic fun as ever before, and now you don't have to pay a penny for it.
We'll be keeping our eyes on Reincarnation, you can see some pre-alpha gameplay here, we'#ll have an interview for you sometime next week, and be sure to tune in later today onsite for our Carmageddon: Reincarnation giveaway.