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« Reply #2160 on: January 30, 2015, 02:27:23 PM »

Buyer beware on HOMM 3.  I read it's based on the Steam HD edition and user reviews are mostly people angry at Ubisoft for cutting out features and doing other half-assed things to the remake.
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« Reply #2161 on: January 30, 2015, 04:23:30 PM »

Quote from: wonderpug on January 30, 2015, 02:27:23 PM

Buyer beware on HOMM 3.  I read it's based on the Steam HD edition and user reviews are mostly people angry at Ubisoft for cutting out features and doing other half-assed things to the remake.

Yeah, I've heard that as well.  Also been reading that the touchscreen implementation is complete crap on iOS. 

What a shame...HOMM3 was probably my most wanted game for iOS.   icon_cry
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« Reply #2162 on: January 30, 2015, 05:04:04 PM »

Quote from: Gratch on January 30, 2015, 04:23:30 PM

What a shame...HOMM3 was probably my most wanted game for iOS.   icon_cry


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 Saw this series on Appyspy and thought it was worth seeing what you folks thought would be great on iOS.

 The top 13 Western RPGs that are yet to make it onto mobile

 Gothic II: Would it be less buggy?  It is amazing how I remember it looking so great back then and now it looks terrible.

http://www.youtube.com/v/v0R0k9djvc0

 Morrowind: I would love this.

 http://www.youtube.com/v/Cr3TCWPlDrw

 Dragon Age: Origins: I never played it so that would be cool.

http://www.youtube.com/v/0olSKafPoQA

 Neverwinter Nights: We already have the Baldur's Gate and Icewind Dale games so why not?

 http://www.youtube.com/v/aD8BnROvBRc

 Fallout 2:  Oh yeah this one would be great on an iPad

 http://www.youtube.com/v/e3PXiV95kwA

 Planescape Torment:  Since they already have the engine ported with the Baldur's Gate series this seems like a no brainer

 http://www.youtube.com/v/7s2Qkx3lN5s

 Arx Fatalis:  Again one I never played so I would pick it up.

 http://www.youtube.com/v/MRKML57vcTI

 The Witcher:  I think large pars of this would not pass Apple's censoring process!

 http://www.youtube.com/v/B00E5f7-yz4

 Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines:  Considering how hard to was to actually get it out to begin with I can imagine it every coming but I would love it.

 http://www.youtube.com/v/yOPv4o9Q8Cc

 Might & Magic X: Legacy: Yes please!

 http://www.youtube.com/v/C5p8zZVprS4

 Anachronox: I remember being excited when it first came out so I would pick it up....but like the original I would never finish it.

 http://www.youtube.com/v/mZ2oE0pd_Zc

 Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura:  Buggy as hell if I remember right so if they fix that the world looked neat

 http://www.youtube.com/v/vGKlGqvt8AQ

 Others I would love to see (and think would work well on iOS)

 Space Ranger 2

 http://www.youtube.com/v/5qneGHw4jA8

 Wizardry 8:  Seems like the control scheme would be great on tablets

 http://www.youtube.com/v/c3UEvOnxPqQ

 What do you think needs to make its way to iOS

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« Reply #2163 on: February 09, 2015, 06:58:04 PM »

Legend of Grimrock iPad gameplay first look

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Hello all! The blog has been silent for sometime but do not fear, we have been hard at work. The long overdue iPad version of Grimrock 1 is finally nearing completion and it has entered the closed beta testing stage. This means that the game is playable from start to finish and all features have been implemented. Juha Pinola, the man responsible for the conversion, is currently busy fixing the remaining bugs, smoothing the hard edges and balancing the game.

I can't wait.  I wonder if they will have to tweak some of the puzzles since they required timing which I whtink would be hard with touch controls.

Also I hope I can switch the sides so movement is on the left!
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« Reply #2164 on: February 09, 2015, 06:59:43 PM »

Grimrock would be great for the iPad. Even more excited about the possibility of Darkest Dungeon on the platform.
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« Reply #2165 on: February 10, 2015, 06:36:18 PM »

Quote from: Gratch on January 30, 2015, 04:23:30 PM

Quote from: wonderpug on January 30, 2015, 02:27:23 PM

Buyer beware on HOMM 3.  I read it's based on the Steam HD edition and user reviews are mostly people angry at Ubisoft for cutting out features and doing other half-assed things to the remake.

Yeah, I've heard that as well.  Also been reading that the touchscreen implementation is complete crap on iOS.  

What a shame...HOMM3 was probably my most wanted game for iOS.   icon_cry

A long flight + iTunes gift card + the prospect of playing HOMM3 on the iPad = crumbled willpower.

Tried a couple maps this morning.  The interface is going to take some getting used to, but I'm not sure it's the complete disaster that it's being made out to be.  Just feels really wonky until you figure out what the game wants you to do.  Speaking of which, I'm awfully glad I already knew HOMM3 inside and out, as the tutorials for the iPad version are basically non-existent.  Folks who haven't played HOMM3 before will likely be utterly lost.

The whole thing just screams "lazy Ubisoft cash-in", but still...playing one of my favorite games on the iPad is fantastic.
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« Reply #2166 on: February 11, 2015, 05:21:38 PM »

Quote from: Lee on February 09, 2015, 06:59:43 PM

Grimrock would be great for the iPad. Even more excited about the possibility of Darkest Dungeon on the platform.

Darkest Dungeon on the ipad would be fantastic. It would immediately become my platform of choice.
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« Reply #2167 on: February 17, 2015, 01:59:14 PM »

Quote from: Bob on January 13, 2015, 07:26:10 PM

If you enjoy Match-3 RPGs, Hero Emblems has so far been one of the best I've played.

https://itunes.apple.com/pl/app/id645797558?mt=8

You have a party of 4 characters (warrior, paladin, wizard, priest) whose powers are triggered by each of the 4 gem colors. Longer matches activate better abilities and create skill boosting gems. Battles are fought as a series of 1-6 encounters during which the ending board state flows into the next battle.  So saving up skill boosting gems is critical to beating some of the final encounters in a battle. Makes for some interesting choices.

Requires a little bit of grinding before big fights to up your levels, but hasn't been bad. Nothing atypical for an RPG in that respect.

Art is detailed and charming.

Hero Emblems was patched to include a "Casual" mode today.  I had given up on it because the difficulty was so crazy, but will give it another look with this option available.
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« Reply #2168 on: February 19, 2015, 11:23:22 PM »

Alto's Adventure is a great little Ski Safari clone on iOS. Beautifully done, it's gorgeous to look at, the animations are smooth, controls are responsive, and it's pretty fun. The mechanics are slightly different that SS, it's a roguelike (j/k) in that if you crash the game is over, and you have to catch your lamas but you don't ride anything. Also there aren't a ton of power ups and skins to buy like SS. It's fun though, as long as you aren't burnt out on SS or endless runners.

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« Reply #2169 on: February 20, 2015, 12:10:54 AM »

Frozen Synapse, the popular strategy game, is free right now. Not sure for how long but I believe it was a $10 game.
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« Reply #2170 on: February 20, 2015, 12:33:50 AM »

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on February 20, 2015, 12:10:54 AM

Frozen Synapse, the popular strategy game, is free right now. Not sure for how long but I believe it was a $10 game.

They are using it to promote their new robot football game that uses the same mechanic. Frozen Cortex I believe it's called.

I hated Frozen Synapse, the interface just never clicked with me and I really started to dislike the game because of it and gave up. I got to say though, Frozen Cortex looks pretty neat and it will be coming to iPad eventually. Just opened Steam and there is a 10% off coupon in my inbox too.
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« Reply #2171 on: February 20, 2015, 07:17:53 AM »

Well, even if the game isn't that good, it's still free!
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« Reply #2172 on: February 20, 2015, 01:15:35 PM »

Quote from: Jimmy the Fish on February 20, 2015, 07:17:53 AM

Well, even if the game isn't that good, it's still free!

It's not to some folks' tastes, for sure - I liked it a lot, though (on PC) and it's hard to turn down both the iPad and iPhone versions being free. It's a must-try at twice the price, I'd say!
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« Reply #2173 on: February 20, 2015, 02:40:35 PM »

Space Miner received a big HD update this week.  If you missed it back in 2010, now's the time to rectify that mistake.  It's an Asteroids clone at it's core, but is still one of the funnest (and funniest) iOS games I've ever played.
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« Reply #2174 on: February 20, 2015, 11:49:21 PM »

Quote from: Gratch on February 20, 2015, 02:40:35 PM

Space Miner received a big HD update this week.  If you missed it back in 2010, now's the time to rectify that mistake.  It's an Asteroids clone at it's core, but is still one of the funnest (and funniest) iOS games I've ever played.
Space Miner is great.  I played the original for many hours.
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« Reply #2175 on: February 21, 2015, 01:36:39 AM »

The Addams Family pinball table is now out for Pinball Arcade. I was never a huge fan of the table but a lot of people are (and its the #1 selling table ever). So if you have some nostalgia over the table it's available for purchase.
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« Reply #2176 on: February 21, 2015, 04:39:26 PM »

Space Miner is great, only game I have completed twice once on iphone and again on ipad, normally i dont finish many games.
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« Reply #2177 on: February 21, 2015, 04:57:21 PM »

Since I have a hatred of virtual gamepads, should I even bother with Space Miner?
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« Reply #2178 on: February 21, 2015, 06:14:31 PM »

Quote from: Lee on February 21, 2015, 04:57:21 PM

Since I have a hatred of virtual gamepads, should I even bother with Space Miner?

I hate virtual game pads, too, but Space Miner is the one game ever to really get it right. Go for it!
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« Reply #2179 on: February 24, 2015, 09:12:02 PM »

If you're not completely burned out on endless runners, Alto's Adventure is absolutely wonderful.  It's a Ski Safari clone at heart, but has a fantastic artistic style and is a blast to play.  I thought I was done with these, but I've spent a ton of time with this one already.
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« Reply #2180 on: February 24, 2015, 11:18:22 PM »

Quote from: Gratch on February 24, 2015, 09:12:02 PM

If you're not completely burned out on endless runners, Alto's Adventure is absolutely wonderful.  It's a Ski Safari clone at heart, but has a fantastic artistic style and is a blast to play.  I thought I was done with these, but I've spent a ton of time with this one already.

(Cough)

Yeah, it's pretty great, very well done game. Already have 4 charcters unlocked and all the upgrades bought though. Going to be sad when I am done. At least Ski Safari had a ton to unlock.
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« Reply #2181 on: February 25, 2015, 12:05:20 AM »

Doh!  Somehow missed Lee's earlier post.  Just consider mine a big +1.
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« Reply #2182 on: February 25, 2015, 12:32:25 AM »

Quote from: Gratch on February 25, 2015, 12:05:20 AM

Doh!  Somehow missed Lee's earlier post.  Just consider mine a big +1.

You said it better than I did anyway. Really surprised this game isn't getting more talk, it really is a beautiful game.
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« Reply #2183 on: February 25, 2015, 07:04:56 PM »

This looks pretty cool, from Squeenix:

http://toucharcade.com/2015/02/25/square-enix-and-mediatonics-heavenstrike-rivals-launches-worldwide/
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« Reply #2184 on: February 25, 2015, 10:18:17 PM »

Quote from: rittchard on February 25, 2015, 07:04:56 PM


Character designs by Ryoma-Ito (FF Tactics Advance) and a soundtrack by Ryo Yamazaki (FF Crystal Chronicles)?  Yeah, chances of me giving this a look are nearing 100%.
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« Reply #2185 on: February 25, 2015, 11:21:59 PM »

Isn't it multiplayer only? (Sorry won't read a TA article Roll Eyes)
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« Reply #2186 on: February 26, 2015, 12:33:52 AM »

Quote from: Lee on February 25, 2015, 11:21:59 PM

Isn't it multiplayer only? (Sorry won't read a TA article Roll Eyes)

Their recent article on their distaste for applesauce was terrible writing, I take it?
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« Reply #2187 on: February 26, 2015, 12:43:01 AM »

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 26, 2015, 12:33:52 AM

Quote from: Lee on February 25, 2015, 11:21:59 PM

Isn't it multiplayer only? (Sorry won't read a TA article Roll Eyes)

Their recent article on their distaste for applesauce was terrible writing, I take it?

No, I think they are a hype machine that don't do thorough reviews. Big games get 5 stars and glowing reviews all too often. Plus, listened to their podcast a couple of times, and I really cannot stand Eli Hodapp.

Can't beat Pocket Tactics in my opinion, but they are very narrow in their coverage.
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« Reply #2188 on: February 26, 2015, 06:34:32 AM »

fewer characters to just type the game's title in google and find another site covering it  ninja
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« Reply #2189 on: February 26, 2015, 06:45:30 AM »

Quote from: Harkonis on February 26, 2015, 06:34:32 AM

fewer characters to just type the game's title in google and find another site covering it  ninja

Which I did, which is why I remember it being multiplayer only. Just trying to generate conversation.
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« Reply #2190 on: February 26, 2015, 12:27:45 PM »

Quote from: Lee on February 26, 2015, 12:43:01 AM

Quote from: Bullwinkle on February 26, 2015, 12:33:52 AM

Quote from: Lee on February 25, 2015, 11:21:59 PM

Isn't it multiplayer only? (Sorry won't read a TA article Roll Eyes)

Their recent article on their distaste for applesauce was terrible writing, I take it?

No, I think they are a hype machine that don't do thorough reviews. Big games get 5 stars and glowing reviews all too often. Plus, listened to their podcast a couple of times, and I really cannot stand Eli Hodapp.

Can't beat Pocket Tactics in my opinion, but they are very narrow in their coverage.

I'm just razzing you.

Pocket Gamer and 148 Apps are my two most trusted sites for apps.
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« Reply #2191 on: February 26, 2015, 05:05:49 PM »

Zen Pinball released two new tables today, one with a wild west theme and one with a castle theme.  Addams Family was also released on Pinball Arcade. 

Going to be a busy flipper week!  smile
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« Reply #2192 on: February 27, 2015, 12:04:22 AM »

Regarding Heavenstrike Rivals - it's NOT multiplayer only.  The main game seems to be a campaign.  I love the graphics style, similar to FFT in many ways.

Battles are turn based, not quite as tactical as HOMM/Cards and Castles.   Similar to those games where you have multiple lanes and combat occurs between your units and your opponents units in each lane.  You choose from your pieces and place them in a lane, and then they move and attack on their own.  It's a pretty fun and simple system.  Units gain xp with each fight, as does your main leader guy.  There's IAP, but it seems kind of odd to me.  I'm not entirely sure how it works, but it seems strangely disproportionate.  The gameplay thus far does not seem hampered by the IAP but it does have some energy system, so some people might hate that.

Anyway, I think the main attraction for me is the graphics styling.
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« Reply #2193 on: February 27, 2015, 02:25:21 AM »

Been reading some feedback, and the overwhelming consensus seems that Heavenstrike Rivals hits a massive paywall and basically becomes a pay-to-win game.  frown
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« Reply #2194 on: February 27, 2015, 03:43:12 AM »

Quote from: Gratch on February 27, 2015, 02:25:21 AM

Been reading some feedback, and the overwhelming consensus seems that Heavenstrike Rivals hits a massive paywall and basically becomes a pay-to-win game.  frown

That's annoying, but if you don't care about the PvP, it seems like you still get a pretty good deal considering it's free.  Unless you mean the pay to win extends to completing the pve campaign.
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« Reply #2195 on: February 27, 2015, 05:41:26 AM »

Quote from: rittchard on February 27, 2015, 03:43:12 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 27, 2015, 02:25:21 AM

Been reading some feedback, and the overwhelming consensus seems that Heavenstrike Rivals hits a massive paywall and basically becomes a pay-to-win game.  frown

That's annoying, but if you don't care about the PvP, it seems like you still get a pretty good deal considering it's free.  Unless you mean the pay to win extends to completing the pve campaign.

From what I've read, you basically hit a wall in PvE where the only way to advance is getting the currency from PvP victories.  And the only way to get PvP victories is to pay real $$ for elite troops.

No idea how accurate that is (I haven't played it yet), but the TA forumers all seemed to agree it was the case.
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« Reply #2196 on: February 27, 2015, 06:24:13 PM »

Quote from: Gratch on February 27, 2015, 05:41:26 AM

Quote from: rittchard on February 27, 2015, 03:43:12 AM

Quote from: Gratch on February 27, 2015, 02:25:21 AM

Been reading some feedback, and the overwhelming consensus seems that Heavenstrike Rivals hits a massive paywall and basically becomes a pay-to-win game.  frown

That's annoying, but if you don't care about the PvP, it seems like you still get a pretty good deal considering it's free.  Unless you mean the pay to win extends to completing the pve campaign.

From what I've read, you basically hit a wall in PvE where the only way to advance is getting the currency from PvP victories.  And the only way to get PvP victories is to pay real $$ for elite troops.

No idea how accurate that is (I haven't played it yet), but the TA forumers all seemed to agree it was the case.

That sounds very plausible from what I've seen thus far, but I'm still enjoying what I'm getting for free.  The real $ is really off - it's like $1 per doodad, and it takes 5 doodads to roll for any new "card."  But they are pretty generous with doodads in the beginning, somehow I  have over 50 at the moment, though I wasn't paying attention as to where they came from.  It's too bad because I do like the game and would be happy to support it if they had some kind of more reasonable package, like with a guaranteed rare or whatever.  Either way I already got my money's worth since it was free lol.  I've had less play/enjoyment time from $60 mainstream titles.
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« Reply #2197 on: March 12, 2015, 04:54:35 PM »

Sid Meire's Starships is out now on PC and iOS.

 Check out Appy's Review or the Eurogamer discussion
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« Reply #2198 on: Today at 03:32:16 AM »

If you have any nostalgia towards Final Fantasy, be sure to check out Final Fantasy Record Keeper.  It's a simple game that takes all the best combat bits and characters from across the series, throws them in a blender, and lets you just go to town with them.  It is a freemium title complete with a stamina bar, but isn't really something that you'd sit down and play for hours at a time.  I'm having a blast just picking it up for 10-15 minute chunks a few times a day, running through some battles, customizing some equipment, etc.  It's F2P done very right, with a huge helping of classic RPG nostalgia thrown in.
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