Best iPhone Game Sales Round-Up: ‘You Must Build a Boat’, ‘10000000’, ‘Monster Hunter Freedom Unite’ and More

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, $ 0.99 Life 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.

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‘Sword Art Online: Integral Factor’ Announced for Worldwide Release, Pre-Registrations Now Live

Bandai Namco Entertainment just announced that it is releasing yet another Sword 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.

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Best iPhone Game Updates: ‘Vainglory’, ‘Marvel Avengers Academy’, ‘Portal Knights’, ‘Dashy Crashy’, and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It’s time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. There were lots of big updates in the last week, with some substantial added content to some really cool games of all types. I’ve put together a selection for you to take a gander at as you prepare for the week. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let’s dig in!

MARVEL Avengers Academy, Free Due to its recent major update, Avengers Academy was lagging behind the other mobile Marvel titles in starting its Black Panther event, but it finally kicked off last Friday. Panther was originally added to the game in the Civil War event, but if you missed him you’ve got another chance to get him now. New recruits include Okoye and Shuri, with the remaining slots rounded out by the returning Thor and Valkyrie for some reason. It’s kind of a weird event because the new mechanics make it a little hard to sort out what needs to be done, but it is what it is.

Death Road to Canada, $ 11.99 The notes call this a mini-update, but as it adds the ability to rip toilets out of the ground and huck them at zombies, I refuse to diminish it with such prefixes. It also added a Valentine’s Day event, but if you didn’t catch it already, you missed it. Sorry. The whole toilet-throwing thing required the game to support spraying pipes and bolted furniture, so it does those things now. The hard-working developers also added a bow weapon, which is silent but deadly, just like Carter. Throw in a bunch of bug fixes and tweaks, and you’ve got the winner of this week’s coveted UMMSotW award.

Vainglory 5V5, Free I guess Vainglory‘s name is now Vainglory 5V5. It is a mobile MOBA and also maybe a fruit juice. This update adds a new three-lane map with true line-of-sight fog of war. You can also capture two new dragons named Blackclaw and Ghostwing. Why are they never named Peter? Oh well. You can now collect crystals and weapon orbs from fallen heroes to beef up your own hero, and there are four new vision items. This is just a smattering of all the new stuff that awaits you with this update, so feel free to check out the update notes if you want more information.

Dashy Crashy, Free Dashy Crashy is celebrating the Lunar New Year with a sweet new ride. You see, this year is the year of the dog, so you get a dog car. You know, I could swear I’ve seen that design somewhere before. Hm. Well, I already feel dumb for not remembering, so before I feel any dumber, let’s move on. Drive the car for free, collect 168 bones before March 2nd, and you get to keep that lovely thing. That’s awfully nice, isn’t it?

Injustice: Gods Among Us, Free It is the year 2018 and the mobile version of the original Injustice is still getting new characters and content. Astounding. The new character in question is Batman Gaslight, who steps out of the pages of Gotham by Gaslight. What a cool new addition. By sheer coincidence, that comic has recently been adapted as an animated movie, so you can check it out there if you missed the original story. As for the game, there’s also some new gear on offer in the form of the Master’s Death Cart, which evolves from the Master’s Arms. That’s about it, but what more could you expect at this stage?

The Battle of Polytopia, Free Online multiplayer! Wow! Polytopia now supports online multiplayer for up to 12 players. It works cross-platform between iOS and Android, and it’s free for anyone who has purchased any of the paid tribes. Awesome. If you don’t have one of those tribes already, they’re only $ 0.99 each, so this new mode is a steal no matter how you carve that turkey. This update also updates the UI and improves compatibility with new hardware and iOS versions. Very impressive for such a small developer, if you ask me.

RGB Express, $ 1.99 RGB Express is a pretty popular game, and with good reason. It’s got a lot of style, and some of the puzzles are really tough. And now there’s more of it! How about that? A new Mirror Mode has been added that unlocks after you complete 100 levels. Sure, it just flips the stages, but new challenges are new challenges. Speaking of, the par values of some levels in Expert Mode have been made even tougher. Expert Mode is unlocked when you clear 200 levels, in case you haven’t found it before. This update also improves the tutorials and fixes some bugs.

OK Golf, $ 2.99 The more I think about it, the more brilliant I think the name OK Golf is. Like, if the game had failed, they could have just pointed to the name and say that it was only meant to be okay. In the case of success, they can now follow it up with a sequel that is called Better Golf or OK Is Just Fine We Don’t Need To Overuse Strong Adjectives And/Or Superlatives Golf. Anyway, it’s the anniversary of the game’s release, so you get a new anniversary course. There’s also a Lunar New Year event that has you hunting down flying lanterns to unlock a special hole. Okay.

Portal Knights, $ 4.99 Phew, here’s another really big update. It’s called the Adventurer’s Update, apparently. If you are not an adventurer, please skip to the next paragraph. First, the game now supports dual-stick controllers. There are new quests with new characters and a brand new guild to check out. Some furniture is now interactive, and there are more than 50 new deco props to play with. Let’s see… 20 new exotic weapons? Does that tickle your fancy? There is a bunch of other stuff too, so check out the update notes if you’re curious.

Assoluto Racing, Free Hey, nice get, Assoluto Racing. Ford joins the party with the Ford Focus RS, the Ford Mustang 2018, the Ford Mustang Boss 429 1969, and the Ford GT40. I’m sure there will be more to come from this new partnership, but that’s a pretty nice selection to start with. While the new cars are the focus of this update, the developers also made a number of improvements and balance adjustments while they had the proverbial hood open.

That about wraps it up for last week’s significant updates. I’m sure I’ve missed some, though, so please feel free to comment below and let everyone know if you think something should be mentioned. As usual, major updates will likely get their own news stories throughout this week, and I’ll be back next Monday to summarize and fill in the blanks. Have a great week!

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SwitchArcade Roundup: ‘Mega Man Legacy Collection’, ‘Toki Tori 2+’, ‘Aqua Kitty UDX’, and More

Welcome to another edition of the SwitchArcade Roundup! Despite it being Presidents’ Day in the US, there’s still some news about Switch games coming out. And of course, there’s still plenty of sales, and some new releases to investigate. Capcom leads off today’s roundup with some news about Mega Man Legacy Collection‘s upcoming Switch releases!


 

Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 & 2

Capcom will release Mega Man Legacy Collection 1 & 2 as a physical bundle on May 22nd. The physical version will run $ 39.99 and come with the first collection on the cartridge, with a digital code for MMLC2. Oh, and there will be a cleaning cloth included too, just to throw in some extra swag and make the $ 5 premium over the digital prices worth it. Here are the games included with the collections:

  • Mega Man Legacy Collection 1

    • Mega Man
    • Mega Man 2
    • Mega Man 3
    • Mega Man 4
    • Mega Man 5
    • Mega Man 6
  • Mega Man Legacy Collection 2

    • Mega Man 7
    • Mega Man 8
    • Mega Man 9 (with all DLC)
    • Mega Man 10 (with all DLC)

If you don’t want to pay for the physical bundle, MMLC1 will cost $ 14.99 digitally, and MMLC2 $ 19.99. Mega Man 11 is also set to hit the Switch and other platforms later this year.


 

Toki Tori 2+

Toki Tori 2+ is set to hit the Switch this week on February 23rd, with preorders available now. It’s kind of crazy Toki Tori has lasted this long. Originally, it was a puzzle platformer that released on the Game Boy Color after the GBA came out, published by Capcom. Two Tribes gave the title a remake in the late aughts, and it saw a new wave of popularity due to people rediscovering the title. They released a sequel in 2013, and it uses a unique gameplay structure where you don’t necessarily learn any new abilities, but instead just learn new ways to use them. The studio is now bringing it to Switch as the its second title behind the shoot ’em up Rive. You can preorder this one for the “special introductory price” of $ 9.99.


 

Noteworthy New Releases

 

Aqua Kitty UDX

A shoot ’em up that’s sure to net the approval of Jared’s Kitty Korner. You pilot a submarine in a quest to defend the milk mining kittens from deadly sea creatures. There’s co-op with another player, a campaign mode with branching progression, infinite levels, and more. The UDX version for Switch includes a brand-new Dreadnought mode with multi-screen bosses.

Samurai Aces

Some publishers are answering the call for retro games on Switch by re-releasing old shoot ’em ups, such as Zerodiv publishing this old Psikyo shoot ’em up. This was Psikyo’s first title, setting the stage for other crazy shooters like the Gunbird series and Strikers 1945, featuring incredibly challenging levels of difficulty. They definitely have a unique style to them, so if you want to experience this phase of Japanese shoot ’em up development, here’s a good place to start. Sadly, there doesn’t appear to be support for portrait visual display, which would work well with a stand. However, you can use individual Joy-Con controllers to play in co-op mode.


 

Noteworthy Sales

 

Litchspeer: Double Speer Edition

($ 6.99 from $ 9.99 until February 22nd) Can’t wait until March 1st to get some Lichtspeer spear throwing action on mobile? Well, good news: you can’ pick up the Switch version, with an exclusive co-op mode, on sale for 30% off. Your impatience means you’ll be paying five bucks more than the iOS preorder price, but the co-op mode sounds fun. Or, you could just buy the game on both platforms and have it whenever and wherever you want, especially since it’s less than ten bucks.

JYDGE

($ 10.24 from $ 14.99 until February 21st) 10tons’ latest dual-stick shooter is available for about a dollar more than you can get it on iOS. This probably makes it an easier call than when it launched on iOS at its $ 4.99 sale price versus the $ 14.99 retail price. Similar to a certain Mr. Dredd of the judicial branch, you are judge, jury, and executioner, dispatching of criminals in a cyberpunk future. Though, as according to our review, it’s more Robocop than Judge Dredd. Also, if you weren’t a fan of Neon Chrome‘s procedurally-generated levels, you get finite, designed levels here, with the same basic concept of top-down shooting where you have to intelligently manage the situations you find yourself in. Also, how do you pronounce JYDGE? Pretty much do your best, it makes sense in Finnish, but not so much in English. It’s not secretly pronounced like “Judge” even though the word looks like it.

The Flame in the Flood

($ 7.49 from $ 14.99 until March 5th) Oh yes, here’s the deep discount I’m craving. This roguelike-inspired survival game, featuring BioShock veterans, has you foraging and crafting materials, surviving the wilderness, all while discovering more of the dangerous post-apocalyptic American landscape that the game takes place in. Roguelikes feel like a great fit for the Switch because they make for a great fit on one’s commute, or just as a daily ritual, and this one has a ton of promising aspects to it. The half-off price is a killer discount, and you have a couple of weeks to make a call on it.

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Check out these 5 games that are a lot like Minecraft for mobile

Minecraft screenshot

So you’re in love with Minecraft, but you’re looking for something else to play as well? You’ve come to the right place then, because this list is all about games that are a bit like Minecraft. Some of them, more than others.

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