307 Published Reviews
This is fine! Great, even! I’m shocked that none of my previous puzzle experience is proving very useful, and grateful for the chance to learn a new system from scratch. I do suspect some of the variance can genuinely ruin a run, but without a more perfect understanding I’d be rightfully accused of sour grapes (a.k.a. mad because bad). I hate this game! I can’t escape it! 5/5 would embark on this embarrassing, compelling learning spree again.
Silmaris is a pretty interesting lightweight kingdom simulator with some fun storylines. It should take quite some time to dig through all the written content of the game, and once you get the hang of it, the dice part becomes less tedious. There are better options for story games on mobile, but you could also do much worse.
Dragon Castle is a great board game that deserves more time in the limelight. This app is a great way to check it out. Hopefully, the few small missing features in this adaptation won't stop it winning a legion of new digital fans.
Y&Y is a clever, clever game. On the surface, it looks fairly straightforward and old-fashioned. The random tile draw may give the impression of a game with quite a large element of luck. The relentless conflict will have Care Bear gamers scurrying for The Kingdom of Caring. However, it is a design that has stood the test of time and offers just as much enjoyment today as the original game did over twenty years ago.
Space Grunts 2iOS
All in all, Space Grunts 2 isn't nearly as exciting as the first. It does nothing to really rethink the card-based roguelike in any fundamental way. The scaled down approach does make it an appealing distraction for awhile. But without much depth, the quick dips into chaos will get old pretty fast.
The designers have done a terrific job of adapting a complex game to digital devices, but haven’t paid nearly enough attention to how digital gamers will actually want to play. I’m not convinced that long and involved games are a great fit for online play, even with the notifications issue fixed. There is just too much to remember and to keep track of between turns. With better AI and a substantial campaign, the digital version could have been an excellent solo experience.
Compared to its big brother, FM 2020 Mobile may lack in features but it is still by far the most comprehensive and well-researched management game available on your phone.
Xenowerks offers a welcome change of pace from more traditional strategy games, it may not be that deep but blasting mutants is still a very cathartic experience.
Bad North: Jotunn EditioniOS
Bad North is a gorgeous and chill game. Strangely enough for a game about the bleak, inhospitable north, it would make a perfect game paired with a leisurely vacation somewhere indolent and sunny. The matches are short and the campaign is only medium-length. It taxes the fingers more than the gray matter, honestly. It wears its influences smartly, and polishes more than it innovates, but is still an engaging and thoughtful experience.
Pacific Fire comes close to being a must buy for wargamers on the go, bogged down by slight mechanical hiccups.
Whimsical, quick-playing game is not quite as merry or witty as it would like. Versus: Unfriendly Frenzy has a good introduction but lacks staying power.
Aeons End is a wonderful game, the control that it offers over deck management is especially worthy of merit. The cards seem to be very well balanced with no absolute stinkers or overpowered abilities. Variety is also a big plus, each mage feels distinct and each nemesis requires a different approach. There is a generous amount of content, with challenging difficulty levels, a choice of 27 different types of market cards, four nemeses and eight mages.
Can the narrative sections save the day? Well, initial impressions are promising, the developers are trying something different and the story draws you in. Maybe I just made some bad decisions, but my narrative entered a mid-season lull which didn’t perk up again until the end of the season. The press conferences and meetings also fail to maintain interest, with the same options coming up time and time again. Football Drama is a brave effort, but it needs some extra content and variety. As its stands I found myself losing interest before the end of the first long season.
This Is the Police 2iOS
Like its predecessor, This is The Police 2 is a vacuous and ineffective crime commentary. It’s mechanically more sound, but still feels overstuffed with new features that are largely disjointed and unnecessary.
Telling Lies is one of 2019's best games but still stands in the shadow of its predecessor's achievements. It earns major props for acting, writing and excellent implementation of FMV. Minor demerits for an untidy denouement.
Battle Chasers: NightwariOS
A familiar yet modern riff on turn-based action RPGs that feels just as fresh and exciting on mobile devices as it did on consoles and PC.
py Tactics does indeed boast 40 levels and its gameplay is just like that other game you might also like, but in an age with a glut of affordable entertainment I would urge a little more discernment. It’s technically well-made and has some points in its favor, but overall does not merit a try unless there’s been a Franchise-Go-sized hole in your life.
It blends the political with the personal without ever getting preachy or high-brow, and the gameplay is more refined, but Beholder 2 still has that brooding, claustrophobic atmosphere in common with the original. Case in point: you can get your coworkers executed as a purely careerist move. While the game has a lot of good ideas and a much-improved execution of its predecessor’s spirit, it’s not quite a must-play. The humor is cagey and its satire often flat or unsubtle. Still a great game and experience, but Beholder 2 falls just short of compelling.
Smartly designed, with some wonderful visuals and enthralling entertainment, well worth plundering.
One could argue, fairly, that this reviewer has been rather hot-and-cold on the most pressing issue: is the Fluxx app any good? Well, the answer depends (fluctuates, even?) on what kind of void it is meant to fill. It’s certainly good for a bit of nostalgia, or shooting the breeze, and must be said that the game’s online play options are good. But as an app for premeditated play-sessions, the digital Fluxx has lost some of its spark.
Nocked! was originally released on iOS in 2017, but it made the jump over to Steam last week.
A superb digital adaptation of a superb abstract strategy game - Santorini will be a hit with pros and casuals a like.
Cosmic Frontline ARiOS
That means Cosmic Frontline is a great tech demo, or an A+ final project in a game development course. It's even pretty fun when conditions are just right. Any other time, however, it's not worth your money.
Fans of crafting will probably find a lot to like in Graveyard Keeper's incredibly baroque skills tree and endless tasks. It would be a good game for zoning out and listening to podcasts on a long plane trip. Players who are not on board the crafting bandwagon should probably try something like Stardew Valley.
If you’re intrigued by the Talisman board game universe and want to get on board, Talisman: Origins isn’t the worst way to jump in, but if you’re looking for a more engaging tour through the series, you might want to actually try a game with other people first.