After bringing out tons of mobile hits like Thumb Drift, Over The Top Tower Defense, and the One More Line/Jump/Bounce series, Australian developer SMG Studio entered the console realm last year with the release of Death Squared on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. Death Squared is a block-moving puzzler not unlike many we’ve seen before, except here you’re moving multiple boxes simultaneously and you’ll need to do so in a way that doesn’t trigger a sudden death trap that will destroy one of the blocks, rendering a level failed. On its own Death Squared is a clever and challenging puzzler, but where it really shines is in its cooperative multiplayer for up to 4 players. This was especially true of the Nintendo Switch version with its detachable controllers and tabletop mode. Well, it’s been close to a year since Death Squared first launched and SMG is bringing things full circle with a release for iOS. Check out this extremely high-budget trailer touting the virtues of Death Squared on iOS. These guys spared no expense!
Content-wise everything from the console version of Death Squared is making its way to the iOS version, including more than 80 levels of story-driven (and fully voiced!) campaign mode as well as 10 additional levels in the Vault Mode which “are almost too hard for human consumption.” One thing that isn’t making its way over, which isn’t that surprising, is the 4-player mode. However, Death Squared on iOS will still retain an element of multiplayer as you can easily play with two players on the same device, since on each side of the screen is a virtual stick that will control one of the blocks. SMG even recommends “snuggling up close to your +1 and playing together” and with the iOS version set to launch on February 14th, aka Valentine’s Day, that sounds like quite the romantic idea. Android folks don’t have to feel left out as a version is planned for that platform too, but it’s currently still in the works. iOS folks, though, find yourself someone you can get intimately close to and try not to destroy each other when Death Squared hits the App Store February 14th.
Blocky Racing has zoomed onto the App Store and Google Play this week, bringing with it plenty of classic kart racing shenanigans that will take you straight back to your childhood. If you’ve found yourself hooked on games like Mario Kart or Crash Team Racing, do yourself a favor and give Blocky Racing a go.
Blocky Racing is a kart racer in its purest form. Collect power ups to unlock weapons like missiles, or shields to give yourself some cover. Stir up as much trouble as possible to scoot yourself across the finish line in first place. Anything goes here, so don’t be afraid to pull out all of the stops. Just be careful—carts can lose blocks when they take damage, and will ultimately fall apart if they lose too many.
If you’ve been looking for a mobile version of Stardew Valley, Blocky Farm definitely fits the bill, allowing you to create the farm of your dreams. You’ll raise your own crops and livestock in this pocket-sized farming sim.
Farm management games are the bees knees currently, especially after the success of Stardew Valley on PC and Switch. Mobile devices won’t be left behind the trend, though, as Blocky Farm, the super-charming farm management game, is finally releasing October 26th after quite a long time in development. Specifically, the voxel-based farm management game has you building and customizing your farm, making friends with the locals, taking care of cute pets and animals—including giving them all kinds of fun gadgets or just playing with them to pass the time—completing all kinds of different missions, and even rampaging around in a tractor if that’s what you feel like doing.
This free-to-play game has both online and offline modes, which I know many of you will be happy about, and also lets you compete with other farmers in all kinds of global events. The game’s visuals are really charming, and there’s a ton of content waiting for you to explore. The developers have been very active in our forums throughout the game’s development, so if you want to find out more about the game and read about the developers’ future plans (hint: they include fishing boats), head over here. Until Stardew Valley comes to mobile (if it does), Blocky Farm is probably going to be the next best thing.
I’ve been keeping a pretty close eye on the upcoming Block Farm for quite some time now, and it looks like the game is finally ready to go into beta and soft launch. The beta testing will start June 5th, and on the same day the game will soft launch in the Philippines. As you can see from the video below, there’s ton of things you can do in Blocky Farm, and the presentation is lovely, which definitely helps. The game puts you in charge of running and growing a farm, but it goes beyond just planting and harvesting; the game offers a ton of quests you can complete and a tractor you can use to freely roam around your farm.
There are also quite advanced animal interactions like adding gadgets to your animals that do all kinds of fun things. The game will be F2P, but it does come with an offline mode, which I know many of you will appreciate. If you want to sign up for the beta test, visit the game’s webpage. And, of course, check out our forum thread as well.