Well it has been QUITE a while since we first learned that Future Proof Games would be remastering and re-releasing Gregory Avery-Weir’s cult Flash game hit The Majesty of Colors on mobile and desktop platforms back in August of 2016, but never fear as the project is still alive and in fact it even has a release date now. This new version of The Majesty of Colors will arrive on both mobile and desktop platforms at the end of this month on February 28th. The Majesty of Colors is about a strange undersea creature who lives in the depths and darkness of the ocean, but then discovers the “majesty of colors” that exist above the surface and falls hard in love with them. Here’s a trailer.
A tap of the screen will control the monster’s huge tentacle which can grab and throw things like balloons, fish, and people. During the game you’ll make choices from branching paths of options which can lead to a number of different enemies. Will you make nice and protect your newfound human friends? Or will you, either accidentally or on purpose, make enemies with the humans and be forced to protect yourself when they come after you. I mean, you’re just a huge sea creature after all, you aren’t familiar with proper etiquette for human interactions! The Majesty of Colors was lauded for its interesting concepts when it originally released way back in 2008, and with the coming re-release just over a week from now a whole new generation will be able to experience it too.
There’s an unexpected cameo in the latest update to Pac-Man [Free], and it’s Sonic the Hedgehog? Huh? Yes, the blue speedster, most famously known for going fast, is now in a limited-time Dash maze in Pac-Man for iOS and Android. Sonic is trying to collect rings instead of pellets, invisibility power-ups instead of powerup pellets, and friendly woodland creatures instead of fruit, keys, and Galaxians. It’s kind of an odd pairing, but it kind of makes sense? Sonic is trying to go fast, and nothing compels him to go faster than being trapped in a maze, hunted down by robots…that then become ghosts. It is disturbing that the creatures that Sonic normally frees are now the items to eat. Hmm. Not everything was going to be a perfect 1:1 pairing, I suppose.
If you want to give Sonic in Pac-Man a shot, the update is available now. If you haven’t played Pac-Man on mobile in a while, the game now has a whole free-to-play economy. You can earn or buy tokens to unlock new sets of mazes, which award crowns, which are then used to unlock the Tournaments portion of the game. You can just play classic Pac-Man if you want, with all 256 original levels, and you can pay $ 2.99 (with a $ 0.99 special offer) to remove ads permanently. The Sonic Dash mazes are available for free in the Pac-Man app for iOS and Android right now.
Update: If you can’t get enough Sonic/Pac-Man crossovers, then good news: you can now unlock Pac-Man in Sonic Dash! [Free]
Welcome to another edition of the SwitchArcade Roundup, where we’ve got news on Rocket League, Old Man’s Journey, Switch game sales, and more! This promises to be a busy release week, mostly backloaded on Thursday and Friday, but Tuesday is full of some interesting news to dive into, and some more sales on the store to check out. Without further ado, let’s see what’s new and interesting.
Rocket League is getting a DC Super Heroes DLC on March 5th. This includes two new cars: the ’89 Batmobile and The Dark Knight Rises Tumbler, along with some additional decals, player banners, and wheels, including some of the Collector’s Edition DLC. This will be available on the Switch for the first time, and this DLC hits all platforms on March 5th.
Remember iFun4All’s Crap of Defense, which the developers referred to as the worst game ever because of its crude paper graphics? The series went legitimate with a Wii release in 2011 as Paper Wars: Cannon Fodder, and now it gets a Switch release as Paper Wars: Cannon Fodder Devastated on March 1st. This game will have you trying to wipe out hordes of paper troops as you deploy ever more sophisticated firepower. Not that the game’s visuals ever get more sophisticated, they all still look crude. Still, the original game was pretty fun, though will it stand up to 2018 standards?
Versus Evil is bringing its multiplayer arena shooter At Sundown to the Switch later this year to go alongside its PS4, XB1, and PC release. Expected to release in the spring, players will use stealth and various weaponry to try and get the leg up on their opponents to be the last man standing. This kind of local multiplayer title seems ideal for the Switch with its portability and the Switch having two controllers included, so this might be the ideal platform to play the game on. I hope other titles like Samurai Gunn and TowerFall are also in the works for the Switch…
2017’s gorgeous and heartbreaking “visual narrative” with light puzzle-solving makes its way to Nintendo Switch. You play as the eponymous old man as he goes on a globe-trotting adventure, exploring vignettes from his past. I don’t want to get too much into the story since its emotional impact is best appreciated when you don’t know much about the story coming in. Check out our five-star review of the iOS version, and make sure you don’t play the ending in public, it is a tearjerker. This one’s rolling out in different regions at different times – if you don’t have it in your region as of publication, preorder and be patient.
Exactly what it says on the tin. You can play against AI or another player in a game of billiards. This one is a couple bucks more than the similar Pool BILLIARD, which has Joy-Con controls and a similar feature set. I’m sure this is a decent game of pool, but I see this title and wonder why something like Cosmic Star Heroine is having difficulty showing up on the Switch.
Here come some stretchy doggos in an isometric puzzler. You have to get these dogs to their food bowls, stretching them out and using underground tunnels to get all the dogs in their proper places without blocking anyone else’s path. For extra challenge, try to collect all the bonus hams. There are 80 levels, and the most stretchy dogs this side of Nitrome’s Silly Sausage games. This one will only run you 5 bucks.
($ 35.99 from $ 59.99 until February 27th) Been curious about EA’s long-running soccer franchise? The Switch version is a good starting point, especially at this discounted price. The mobile FIFAs are basically just Ultimate Team at this point, so if you want to just play some normal soccer on the go, this is the game you’ll have to do it with. The game is missing story mode The Journey and online play, but you can’t play the console versions on the toilet, now can you?
($ 5.99 from $ 9.99 until February 28th) The Switch is racking up the intriguing Metroidvanias, and forma.8 brings a great atmosphere to it, along with the unique dynamic of being able to float everywhere. There are still abilities to pick up that lock you out of other parts of the game, but it makes the combat and exploration feel quite different from platforming Metroidvanias. This one’s on pretty much every platform including mobile, but there is a demo here if you’re curious to try it out before buying.
($ 7.49 from $ 14.99 until March 5th) I like to imagine this as like the follow-up to Party Hard. Once the killer’s rampage is over, you’re the guy who goes in and makes sure the killer can get away with it. Though, as you’re a cleaner for the mob in this one, I imagine the killings are more thought out than “I hate loud noises.” The style and the stealth aspects of this one make it an intriguing title to check out.
I know January is supposed to be the month where everyone is understandably broke because of Christmas and the New Year, but we’re now deep within February and my bank account does not look any friendlier. To be fair, a lot of it is self-afflicted, as there have just been so many fantastic gaming releases on every platform in the few weeks of 2018 we’ve had so far. If you’re similarly spent, but also are keen to fill up that backlog with even more essential iOS titles, you’re in luck – some seminal App Store classics have been heavily reduced in price over the past few days. If you’re missing any of these games from your collection, you truly have no excuse now.
You Must Build A Boat, $ 0.99 Kicking off our sales round-up is the phenomenal puzzler You Must Build A Boat from Luca Redwood of EightyEight Games fame. There’s very little I need to say about this excellent title, as it has received numerous accolades at TouchArcade since its release in 2015, including an emphatic five star review and our coveted Game of the Week award. In my opinion, this is one of the best match-3/puzzle games on the platform, and in many ways You Must Build A Boat feels like the sequel to Dungeon Raid that we never got – which is even more pertinent considering the latter game’s demise at the hands of iOS 11. This puzzle RPG title is full of content and irreverent charm, and at a bargain price of $ 0.99 (down from $ 2.99 for only the second time in three years), it really is essential for any iOS gaming fan.
10000000, $ 0.99 Read the above paragraph and replace You Must Build A Boat with 10000000, and you know my thoughts on this landmark iOS release. Seriously though, while the former title may be a spiritual sequel to this game, 10000000 is an incredible game in its own right, and is truly iconic in the illustrious history of the App Store. Dropping quite literally out of nowhere in 2012, 10000000 was our Game of the Year runner-up at the time, and its hopelessly compulsive gameplay loop of hitting the dungeons, solving puzzles, upgrading your skills and repeating it all for hours was perfection. 10000000 hasn’t been on sale since 2014, so even though it’s more than worth its normal $ 2.99 cost of entry, this is another must-have for anyone with a passing interest in puzzle games.
MONSTER HUNTER FREEDOM UNITE for iOS, $ 3.99 While finding the iTunes link for Monster Hunter Freedom Unite, I stumbled upon an App Store review that stated “At only $ 15?! Such a freaking great deal”. This sums up why Capcom’s latest promotion for its flagship beast-slaying series on iOS is an absolute bargain, as Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is on sale for only $ 3.99. It may be a bit old in the tooth now, despite its notoriety for not actually working on iOS for the longest time, but Monster Hunter Freedom Unite is still one of the best console-size experiences on the App Store to date. With the console version of Monster Hunter World dominating gaming headlines over the past few months, Freedom Unite is an excellent place to dive into the series in its classic portable guise.
Life Is Strange, $ 0.99Life is Strange has been somewhat of a revelation amongst console gamers since its 2015 debut, as the story of Max and her devastating attempts to change the future through a gift of being able to rewind time. While we noted minor performance and control niggles in our review, this is the game episodic console classic in arguably its most intuitive form yet, and $ 0.99 for the first episode is a great price to try the series out for anyone on the fence. Life is Strange does require relatively recent iOS devices to run – and I really would only recommend it for those with powerhouses such as the iPad Pro – but this is really a title that needs to be experienced at least once by every gamer.
While these four titles are the highlights of the past week’s App Store promotions, I’ve undoubtedly missed a few classics from the list, and many essential releases are being discounted every day. Let us know which games you’ve picked up recently, or any sales you’ve managed to sniff out, on our Price Drops forum and Discord server.
Bandai Namco Entertainment just announced that it is releasing yet anotherSword Art Online mobile game. This one will be releasing worldwide on both the App Store and Google Play and is called Sword Art Online: Integral Factor. IT takes place in the year 2022 when Akihiko Kayaba has developed a full dive VRMMORPG titled Sword Art Online. Once logged into, you can’t log out until you complete the game and a game over means dying in the real world. You play as a former beta tester for the VRMMORPG who is trapped inside now. Watch the announcement trailer for it below:
This is releasing worldwide in English in addition to more languages and you can pre-register for it now. The game will be free to play as expected. Pre-registrations let you pick a specific OS per email or account. You can pre-register with a Facebook, Twitter, or email address for the iOS or Android version of Sword Art Online: Integral Factor.
Pre-registrations net all players 2500 Arcana Gems. This is the in game currency. You will also get 2 in game stickers, a 4 Star Asuna Skill Record, and 2 original avatars. Pre-register for it here. The Skill Records are items that can be set on the protagonist for customization. I had assumed there would be a Sword Art Online mobile game to coincide with the release of the console game Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet that releases in the next few days but it looks like Integral Factor will take a bit more time to release.