Merge Monsters can be a fun little time-waster, but there’s certainly a right way to make sure this idle game works efficiently for you. Check out these tips to help you going.
Mines matter more than monsters
Merge Monsters can be a fun little time-waster, but there’s certainly a right way to make sure this idle game works efficiently for you. Check out these tips to help you going.
Mines matter more than monsters
It’s the most wonderful time of the week, the time we round up all of the best new iOS game releases of the past seven days. If you even have any spare time for new games that is, considering the deluge of great games we get week in and week out. This week is no different with games like The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands, Read Only Memories: Type-M, The Sims Mobile, and Somewhere: The Vault Papers hitting the App Store. Not to mention that there’s some exciting stuff that’s not quite out in time for this posting like Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear and Keep in Mind: Remastered, so we’ll be sure to give you a heads up when those titles finally arrive. For now though dig into the meaty list of new games below and let us know which ones you’ll be picking up this week.
Tap blocks and make things happen in this fast-paced addictive puzzler!
Block off! puts your mind to the test with 75 great levels to solve
Get the red blocks all to fall by popping, exploding, dashing, growing and tipping physics blocks
Simple one-touch controls mixed with fast fun game-play make for a unique and addicting puzzle experience
Get ready for something new and knock those blocks off!
Forum Thread: Block Off! (by Entity3 Limited)
Blocktactic is a strategic score attack game, merging together mechanics from block drop and match-3 type games.
-Unlockable Blocksets for high score chasers
-Original retro soundtrack
-No IAPs, contains banner ads
How high can you score?
Forum Thread: Blocktactic (by A To Play Ltd.)
The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands
Build, discover, craft and survive.
Build your settlement in a snowy encampment and manage workers and resource to survive monster attacks during nights. Slowly you will gain access to advanced buildings and crafting options, discover and trade with new civilizations and discover the secrets of the ancients.
Forum Thread: The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands (by Xigma Games)
Feeling smart? Do you want more from your relax time? Cotrio is a visually stunning love letter to numbers and fuel that will fire up your imagination.
Solve puzzles based on a unique concept. Combine numbers to fill nodes with colors and avoid equal numbers next to each other. Play with numbers, colors, and your own mind.
Pause at any time and step into beautiful animated worlds. Uncover their stories with your touch and device sensors – all set to the soothing sounds of the original soundtrack.
Artfully crafted with attention to every minute detail over the period of two years, Cotrio is a relaxing experience for smart people – make it your own!
Forum Thread: Cotrio (by Bartosz Bialek)
Use your fast fingers and reflexes to aim and connect two discs with the same color – Avoid other collisions!
Moving discs spawns from all corners and you can stop and control/aim any disc you choose.
If you enjoy fast-reaction arcade games, you will without doubt be hooked on Disc Pop!
Forum Thread: Disc Pop (by Carl Oberg)
Grow crops, expand resources, and help your farm live long and prosper – all with just one hand! Interact with and care for cute pets and make delicious recipes! Manage your farm with the tip of your thumb!
Living organic on a farm has never been this convenient!
Harvest food, craft recipes, feed your cute animals and trade with neighbors!
Go fishing or start up a trade business! Keep your farm fresh and beautiful with whimsical decorations!
Farm On! is the perfect game for the multi-tasking, modern day casual farmer on the go!
Forum Thread: Farm On! – Raise crops & build (by EIPIX ENTERTAINMENT)
How far can you go?
Put your twitch skills to the test in Gravity Dash! Prove your worth by overcoming dangerous hazards such as spike pits, sawblades, and guillotines … while dashing through a veritable gauntlet of randomly generated levels. Are you ready to defy the laws of gravity by flipping right-side up (or upside down!) to collect gems and unlock new characters?
Forum Thread: Gravity Dash: Endless Runner (by Jedd Goble)
Heir of Light
A Dark Fantasy, Collectible RPG
Darkness has overtaken the realm, and the world is in chaos. The only hope to restore light and order lies with you, an Heir of Light. Embark on a crusade to renew a hope that has been lost for generations. Ready your weapon and journey to restore the light of the world!
Forum Thread: HEIR OF LIGHT (by GAMEVIL Inc.)
Commander! We are waiting for your order to EXPAND our space base.
Your space base is ready for GALACTIC EXPLORATION & COMBAT your way through the GALAXY!
* CONQUER new planets with your Guild Members to mine new UNIQUE RESOURCES
* UPGRADE your battleships with a variety of PARTS
* DEFEND your space base using variety of TURRETS and MINES!
* LOOT other space bases for resources!
* UPGRADE your battleships and TRAIN your captains for victory!
* PLAN unique combat strategies with countless combinations of BATTLESHIPS and CAPTAINS!
* CREATE or JOIN a guild with your friends to receive BIGGER rewards!
* FIGHT off space pirates!
* EXPLORE the galaxy and MIGRATE to a resource-rich planet!
Forum Thread: InterPlanet (by THUMBAGE)
[It’s a TRAP!]
5×5 tile turn-based puzzle. Make the strategy to not get trapped between enemies and kill them to save yourself.
The simple rule of the game is to fill all the tiles with either enemies or dead blocks created by killing enemies. Create as many blocks as you can to increase the score.
Forum Thread: [It’s a TRAP!] (by ayush singla)
Mirror Land: The world of Summoning
Mirror Land’, a new location-based summoning game
from Magic Cube, the creators of idea-based casual games
No need to search for monsters-
Just summon them to where you are!
A different Fingermon is summoned depending on your location.
Summon the most powerful Fingermon and save the world from the NS Fingermons.
Forum Thread: Mirror Land (by Magic Cube)
Drag identical monster together to discover 30 unique species and upgrade your buildings in this highly addictive game! Play minigames to earn more coins, and expand your world.
Forum Thread: Monster Merge (by Umbrella Games)
Planet Commander: Space action
Take part in interplanetary war in the distant future, when space flight is commonplace. You control a battlecruiser in fights with other users in multiplayer team battles.
In PLANET COMMANDER , you are the captain of an interstellar spaceship. Your galactic fleet starts out with a small cruiser, but as your space base develops, you’ll get to control battleships and even supermassive space cruisers!
Start with a small spaceship, but as your base grows and develops, you’ll graduate to commanding huge battleships and superheavy spaceships. Battle in a galaxy on fire online with real opponents in the multiplayer Space Wars game mode, and develop your space fleet.
Forum Thread: Planet Commander: Space action (by GD Company)
Exercise your brain with a new page of your favourite puzzles delivered to your device every day.
Each day brings a new assortment of word, logic, number and picture puzzles to complete.
You’ll find Crosswords, Sudoku, Wordsearch, Codewords, Picture Cross, Picture Path, Kakuro and more!
Missed a day? Want to find more of your favourite type of puzzle? Use the Calendar view to quickly browse through previous day’s pages.
Forum Thread: Puzzle Page (by AppyNation)
The Quest – Macha’s Curse
The great wizard Cathbad has summoned you to the Red Branch Knights’ Castle in the kingdom of Ulidia. Queen Maeve of Connacht has invaded Ulidia in search of the magical Brown Bull of Cooley. Her troops have been met by the famous Knights of the Red Branch, led by their hero Cuchulainn.
Both armies so far have suffered great losses but Ulidia’s army has sustained the most. Macha, a vengeful goddess, has struck down many of their warriors with her curse because their King Connor caused her to race his horses, even though she was about to give birth.
The battlefield reeks of the blood of the slain and only you can stop the needless killing. This magical country needs your help. Equip your best gear. You’ve been chosen to be the Defender of Ulidia.
Forum Thread: The Quest – Macha’s Curse (by Redshift/Zarista Games)
Read Only Memories: Type-M
Read Only Memories: Type-M is a cyberpunk thriller that imagines the challenges of tomorrow through the adventure games of yesterday.
When the world’s first sapient machine falls in with a struggling journalist, the unlikely duo find themselves drawn into the dark places that hide behind the dazzling lights of Neo-San Francisco. The secrets they discover could shake the very foundations of society, and some people would stop at nothing to keep them quiet.
Explore a colorful future metropolis, meet fascinating characters, and uncover a deadly conspiracy. Think carefully about your choices—you never know how they will affect events further down the line.
Forum Thread: Read Only Memories: Type-M (by MidBoss, LLC.)
Reed is a tiny creature – the last creation of an old supercomputer.
The old supercomputer is now dying and all of his cubes. He’s getting much slower without them!
Without the supercomputer, the world is going to end.
Can you help Reed and save the world ?
Can you collect all the cubes in the levels?
It will not be easy!
Forum Thread: Reed ^_^ (by Crescent Moon Games/PXLink)
Romance Club: Sails in the Fog
Romance Club: SAILS IN THE FOG is a sweeping romantic story series about love, pirates and exciting adventures in the Caribbeans.
The life of a young and beautiful girl changes dramatically when she is forced to marry a Spanish nobleman, Don Diego. Helped by a group of rogue pirates, she must restore the honor of the family, take revenge on the offenders, and find a way to stop a mysterious Aztec curse that is about to plunge the world she knows into darkness and chaos!
If you liked Pirates of the Caribbean and you’re a fan of Pride and Prejudice, you’ll love this!
The Sims Mobile
Express your creativity as you customize your Sims’ distinct appearances and unique personalities, giving them traits and having fun with fashion and hairstyles. Effortlessly build your Sims the perfect home, choosing favorite designs and décor, with more detail than ever before on mobile. Experience the rich and entertaining moments of your Sims’ lives as they accomplish career goals, pursue hobbies, develop relationships, and improve their Lifestyle. Party with friends, fall in love, and establish a legacy. What stories will you tell?
Forum Thread: The Sims Mobile (by Electronic Arts)
Somewhere: The Vault Papers
You are tasked with helping Cat, a culture journalist caught up in a whistleblowing case.
She reaches out to you via text message, and your job is to guide her through a series of challenges and situations to help her investigate and…stay alive!
Search clues on the Web, face random events, help her find her way using navigation apps, but beware, your choices will have consequences!
The story plays out in real time during several days: you will receive notifications throughout your day as Cat is sending you new messages. You can directly answer or catch up later when you’re available.
Reach one of the different endings and then you’ll be able to jump back to earlier points in the story, see what happens when you make a different choice, and explore different paths.
Forum Thread: Somewhere: The Vault Papers (by Plug In Digital)
Sorority Rites Visual Novel
‘Sorority Rites Visual Novel’ takes place 3 years before the events of ‘The Last Yandere’ and the award-winning horror game ‘Dere Exe’.
Players get to enjoy a retro arcade game and aim for the highest score at the start of the game, then follow the journey of the main character soon after.
This kinetic visual novel game / arcade game hybrid centers around new school transfer Myles, an 18-year old nobody, and her attempts to succeed at a mysterious initiation ritual. She encounters Venice, the most popular girl on campus, and is forced to stay at a supposedly haunted mansion in order to pass the local sorority’s initiation rites. However, things take a darker turn.
Every time the ball touches the geometric figure, the position and the number of spikes changes. Rotate the figure and don’t let your ball be broken by a spike!
Geometry and minimalism
Each level of the game opens a new geometric shape, inside which the ball will bounce: a square, a hexagon, octagon and more complex polygons. Catch bonuses, that will help to survive or on the contrary will make it a really hard game. Collect points by helping the ball to bounce through spikes, open up new levels and balls.
Forum Thread: Spiky Box – relaxing ball game (by Dmitri Isaenkov)
Squirix is a minimalistic logic puzzle game with handmade challenges where you have to colorize all hexagons to complete each puzzle.
A simple tap colorizes or decolorizes any hexagon. Sounds too easy?
What if all hexagons which are side-by-side to the one you tapped also toggle it’s state? Still sounds too easy?
More gameplay elements are added as the game goes on. It’s one of those games which is simple to play but hard to master.
Completing the challenges in fewer moves lets you earn more stars which could add you to the top of the gamecenter highscore list.
Forum Thread: Squirix (by Daniel Krautwurst)
The Thief of Wishes
The Thief of Wishes is an interactive book which will take you again into a fairy tale world – where “…and they lived happily ever after” is only one of many possible endings and nothing is as simple as it looks.
The gameplay is focused on traveling between two different worlds (a lovely old town and it’s nightmare version) and choosing one of available actions/questions to make the story progress.
The main protagonist of the app is a brave and book loving girl – Catharine. Her goal is to defend the dream distorted by a mysterious monster, save the villagers, and reveal the secret of the magic Fountain.
Forum Thread: The Thief of Wishes (by All Blue Studio)
uVu – yoU Versus Universe
‘Clicker meets Shmup! Keep on feeling everlasting “I MADE IT!”‘
Ingredients : Bullets, Lasers, Bombs, Blades, Shurikens, Rapid Fires, Clones, SpaceBugs, Bosses, Coins, Princesses!
“uVu – yoU versus Universe” is a Growing Shoot’emUp with vast Incremental power Ups / size Ups / additional Weapons / time Extends, for iOS.
The player controls the unbreakable fighter against the universe to save his homeland.
Forum Thread: uVu – yoU versus Universe (by Ambrella Co., Ltd.)
Vortex Puzzles: Brain Puzzles
This is the most interesting puzzle game you have ever had in your hands!
It gives you the power of the stars and gravity at your fingertips.
It is also the most advanced way to train your brain and keep your mind sharp!
Are your smart enough?
Forum Thread: Vortex Puzzles: Brain Puzzles (by Eternal Studio)
Will Hero is an arcade, action, platformer and rogue-like in one game.
This is an exciting adventure, in which you can dive in any place and at any time!
When Princess gets in trouble, a REAL hero turns into unstoppable maul and makes his way with bombs, kicks and axe.
Forum Thread: Will Hero (by ZPLAY)
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.
Today is a good day for Capcom news. After updating Ghost Trick for iOS 11 and iPhone X, Capcom has a big spring sale on for Monster Hunter Freedom Unite. Capcom’s Monster Hunter franchise has been across multiple systems over the years. I got into the franchise on the 3DS but always wanted to play the older games as well. When Monster Hunter Freedom Unite [$ 3.99] released on iOS, it was a no brainer purchase. It is now down to just $ 3.99 from $ 14.99 on the App Store which is 74% off and the historic lowest price for this game. It is also a fully premium release with no hidden costs or in app purchases. Freedom Unite is actually an enhanced and expanded release to Monster Hunter Freedom 2 which was based on the second mainline Monster Hunter game that never released outside Japan. Watch the trailer for the iOS release below:
The iOS version was broken for a bit but Capcom actually went and fixed all the issues. I’ve been playing it quite a bit outside the house because the last few weeks have been a Monster Hunter blur for me with the amount of time I’ve put into Monster Hunter: World. It has been fun revisiting older entries in a franchise I love.
If you’ve been seeing everyone talk about Monster Hunter: World but wanted to check out the franchise on a portable, this is your cheapest option. Read our review for Monster Hunter Freedom Unite for iOS here and check out the forum thread here. Hopefully Capcom releases another Monster Hunter game on iOS at some point or even localizes the currently Japan only Monster Hunter Stories.
AMC Theaters released an IMAX trailer for Pacific Rim Uprising, the upcoming sequel to Guillermo del Toro’s 2013 film Pacific Rim, and it’s packed with giant robot vs. giant monster action.
Prior trailers for the film revealed that this movie is set a decade after the first film, in which humanity faced down a horde of otherworldly monsters known as Kaiju, using giant mechs called Jaegers. The Last Jedi‘s John Boyega heads up the cast, starring as the son of Stacker Pentecost (played by Idris Elba in Pacific Rim) as he gathers a new band of Jaeger pilots to face a renewed threat.
Those prior trailers helped set up the story and introduce the new characters, but this latest trailer shows off the real reason to see the movie: the…
Umbrella put up its newest in-house title, Monster Merge, up for pre-order on the App Store for a release in March. Their title about combining creatures brings in some elements of puzzle games, with a heavy dose of idle game mechanics. You drag monsters of the same type together in order to level them up and discover more of the new monsters. As you merge monsters, you can start to expand your base of operations, and use your current array of monsters to complete tasks for you, while they also generate idle revenue for you.
If you liked Down the Mountain‘s [Free] distinctive art style, you’re in luck: Monster Merge uses a similar isometric blocky style for all the creatures. This gives the creatures a unique look, where basic monsters resemble creatures like spiders and snakes, but have a friendlier, more abstract look. As you get further in the game, you’ll see creatures that start to use different design, resembling orcs, dragons, and…skeleton wizards? This game’s gonna have it all. Or at least, it’ll have 30 unique monsters at launch, and there is plenty of potential down the road for the game to use more. How about some cameos from indie games or Down the Mountain? Eli showed up in that one, how about we finally put him to work for a change?!
Umbrella hit the map thanks in large part to the brilliant Boom Dots [Free], and steadily expanded from there with games like Down the Mountain, Wobblers [Free] and Back to Square One [Free]. The studio expanded into publishing in 2017, rapidly putting out a bunch of casual titles from other developers, and giving them the Umbrella polish and promotional push. The studio still does its own games, and Monster Merge is their latest original, in-house-developed title.
You can preorder Monster Merge on the App Store right now. I suppose pre-ordering a free game is kind of silly, but the way to look at it is that this way you know the game will get downloaded to your device the second that it’s available to download. I mean, think about all the other things you take for granted. Is pre-ordering a digital file, which is if not literally infinite (the sun will explode one day) then practically infinite, really the straw that breaks the camel’s back when it comes to the absurdity of our modern existence?
You can spend the next few weeks pondering that question while you wait for Umbrella’s Monster Merge to release on the App Store on March 7th.
A group of former Facebook, Google and Mozilla executives have joined forces to establish the Center for Humane Technology, a new organization dedicated to combating the growing problem of addictive behavior among social media users. The new center, along with the children’s advocacy group Common Sense, has announced a campaign to help change the social media model. Its goal is to lessen the negative impact of automation and other technologies on the development of children and young adults.
Apple today posted its earnings report for the recent holiday quarter and the numbers, as expected, are beyond impressive. For the quarter gone by, Apple posted revenue of $ 88.3 billion and EPS of $ 3.89. By way of comparison, Apple during the same quarter a year-ago posted revenue of $ 78.4 billion, a quarterly profit of $ 17.89 billion and EPS of $ 3.36. Notably, Apple’s revenue for the recent quarter was high enough to set a new quarterly record for the company. Incidentally, analysts on Wall St. were anticipating Apple’s revenue and EPS to check in at $ 87 billion and $ 3.83, respectively.
Of course, it goes without saying that the most important figure analysts tend to hone in on is iPhone sales. And though Apple does not break down iPhone sales figures across specific models, the company during the December quarter recorded 77.3 in iPhone sales. As a point of reference, Apple sold 78.3 million and 74.7 million iPhones during the holiday quarters 2016 and 2015, respectively.
“We’re thrilled to report the biggest quarter in Apple’s history, with broad-based growth that included the highest revenue ever from a new iPhone lineup. iPhone X surpassed our expectations and has been our top-selling iPhone every week since it shipped in November,” Cook said in a press release.
“We’ve also achieved a significant milestone with our active installed base of devices reaching 1.3 billion in January,” Cook later added. “That’s an increase of 30 percent in just two years, which is a testament to the popularity of our products and the loyalty and satisfaction of our customers.”
With respect to other products in Apple’s lineup, the company sold 13.17 million iPads and 5.11 million Macs. During last year’s holiday quarter, iPad and Mac sales checked in at 13.1 million and 5.37 million units, respectively.
Notably, Apple’s growing Services division — which is fast becoming an entity all its own — generated $ 8.4 billion in revenue last quarter, up from $ 7.17 billion during the same quarter a year-ago.
Monster Hunter World was a risky venture for Capcom: a vast, expensive game for home consoles in a series mostly popular in a country where home consoles no longer are. But new numbers out of Japan today, along with an announcement earlier in the week, suggest that the bet has paid off big time.
According to figures from Famitsu, which tracks Japanese retail sales, Monster Hunter World has sold more than 1.35 million copies in the country since its release on Friday. That doesn’t include digital sales — physical copies of the game are widely sold out across Japan, and Famitsu estimates that the total number is more than 2 million.
Monster Hunter has historically been most popular on handheld systems, and the best-selling game in the…