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It’s time once again to round up all the best new iOS game releases of the past 7 days. As is the case with mobile, I’m still struggling to keep up with all the new games that launched last week, and the week before, and the week before that, and… you get the idea. This week is certainly not one to play catch-up with, as there’s tons of great stuff hitting the App Store this week. Ava Airborne is the latest from the makers of Hopiko and PKTBALL, and it’s an absolute gorgeous experience. Then there’s the long-awaited game adaptation of Ken Follett’s 1989 novel The Pillars of the Earth, and iOS ports of the ’90s point-and-click adventure series Simon the Sorcerer. Truly an eclectic week! So check out the full list of games below and let us know which ones you’ll be picking up.


Ava Airborne

iTunes Description

Ava believes she can fly. Immerse yourself in this thrilling journey across a beautiful yet hazardous skyline. Weave between giant bomb-balloons, dive into turbo-charged catapults, bounce off trampolines and launch up into the clouds. Just never touch the floor.

Defy gravity. With style.

Lovingly crafted by the multi-award winning British indie studio Laserdog, Ava Airborne lets you master the sky with anything you can find: cardboard wings, rocket-propelled boots, an old umbrella, or even a jet-fuelled trombone.

Forum Thread: Ava Airborne (by Laser Dog/Playstack)

Big Kidd Games: Farm Life

iTunes Description

Farm Life is a fast paced survival farming game. Find tools in the shed; farm, eat, kill, and stay alive.

Forum Thread: Big Kidd Games: Farm Life (by Rickey Darren Hottage)

Bio Block

iTunes Description

Take control of a fork lift in an unstable environment in an all new puzzle game

Experience a new type of puzzle game with over 60 challenging levels

Simple one touch controls and fantastic graphics!

Lift and move blocks, raise platforms, use lift and avoid enemies!

360 degree camera controls allow you to explore each visually beautiful level

Install and try this new puzzle game now!

Forum Thread: Bio Block (by Entity3 Limited)

Blocky Snakes

iTunes Description

Why did the snake cross the road?
Wait, that’s another story…

But now, get ready to hop into the world of the BLOCKY SNAKES!

A funny, challenging 3D game, where you can relive your memories with a classic hit! Slither through your way in a maze of obstacles! Eat fruits and frogs to be the biggest snake and gain more score! Dash through breakable blocks, deactivate traps! Collect coins and play with the Snake Crane to win new characters!

Forum Thread: Blocky Snakes (by Csaba Szilagyi)

Dame Tu Cosita Challenge

iTunes Description

Dance be in the groove and show your best dancing moves. Green Alien is attacked by raining bombs. How long can you survive this mayhem.

Simple game play avoid the bombs and collect the coins. Progress through the challenging levels and try to be the best dancing green alien in this galaxy.

Forum Thread: Dame Tu Cosita Challenge (by Volkan Kutlubay)

DanMachi – Memoria Freese

iTunes Description

Join millions of fans of the fantastically popular anime – “Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?” – in its first-ever fully-localized mobile RPG, Memoria Freese!

Memoria Freese transports you to the world of Orario where you can build your own powerful team to battle through a sprawling dungeon! Play in a dynamic timeline that changes everything from environments to character dialogue depending on the time of day you play!

Forum Thread: DanMachi – MEMORIA FREESE (by Ellation, Inc.)

Dungeon of Minos

iTunes Description

Move dungeon maze with your finger!
Can you avoid the minotaurs?
Includes over 100 stages and boss attack!

Clear in 1st move for 3 stars!
or 2 moves? 3 moves? It’s ok, you can clear!

Explorer & minotaurs moves the same way.
Let’s connect the path to guide the explorer!

Forum Thread: Dungeon of Minos (by seonghoon lym)

Escape & Avenge

iTunes Description

You’re trapped in the dungeon of a medieval town. The king imprisoned you and killed the wizard–your magical friend and accomplice–for trying to overthrow the crown. At least that’s what the note on the wall says. You can’t remember anything, including who you are or how you got here. Can you escape the dungeon, return to the castle, and avenge your friend’s death?

Forum Thread: Escape & Avenge (by HangZone)


iTunes Description

Digging hard
Collect minerals!

Make wonderful fireworks with minerals
Try your own special experience.

Forum Thread: Firework DigCat (by 3cat games)

Golfing Over It

iTunes Description

· Golf your way up to the top of a surreal mountain.
· Listen as Alva explains why he made such a cruel game.
· Fall all the way back to the bottom.
· And if you manage to get to the top?
· Will that make you feel good?
· Will you feel that it’s all been worth it?
· I think you will.

Based on 2017’s hit “Getting Over It with Bennett Foddy”.
Bennett Foddy himself has played this game and has given it his blessing.

Forum Thread: Golfing Over It (by Carlos Navarro Estrella)

Grow Survivor

iTunes Description

You are a survivor of the Apocalips.
Hunt the Zombies and study vaccines and save the world

Pixelstar’s Clicker game ‘ Grow Survivor ‘ has arrived!

Simple manipulation!! And addictive!

Click on the screen to kill the zombies.

Gather Materials to Craft Weapons!

Forum Thread: Grow Survivor (by PIXELSTAR)

Hedgehogs Commandos

iTunes Description

World of Hedgehogs in danger. War is comming.
Spiteful UFOs seized the hedgehog commune. Four hedgehog fighting commandos will not give them any chance to destroy it.

Be the fifth member of the team. Destroy alien’s bases! Save your friends!

Use the commandos’ features to seize and destroy aliens’ bases.
You won’t be able to clean the commune from hateful aliens without rationality, speed and agility.

Forum Thread: Hedgehogs Commandos (by Alexander Bogachev)


iTunes Description

Inspired by ataxx and hexxagon games, the goal of the game is to make your pieces constitute a majority of the pieces on the board at the end of the game, by converting as many of your opponent’s pieces as possible.

There are three game modes in Kansen: Online, Hotseat, against AI.

Forum Thread: Kansen (by Geeky Raccoons)

Luft: Onward and Upward

iTunes Description

Try and make your way off a planet with a tragic history in this platformer that takes advantage of the touch screen for controls. Collect gems and unlock new characters for new ways to play. How high can you make it?

Forum Thread: Luft: Onward and Upward (by Legion Works Games LLC)

Merge Gems!

iTunes Description

Merge Gems! gives you the power to merge rocks into beautiful gems! Merge and match rocks, gold and more and enjoy the sparkle and shine of gems.

The concept of the game is simple – you’ve got a box of gems, and your only objective is to match and merge them to make them as splendid as possible. Every so often, you’ll be gifted a new gem – and the faster you tap on the ​box at the bottom of the screen, the faster the gems will appear. Start matching the same rocks and gems and find the diamonds in the rough!

Forum Thread: Merge Gems! (by Gram Games)

MLB Manager 2018

iTunes Description

Guide your favorite Major League Baseball franchise to glory! MLB Manager 2018, officially licensed by MLB and the MLBPA, is based on the award-winning Out of the Park Baseball series.

MLB Manager 2018 features a living world that uses the same realistic simulation engine found in Out of the Park Baseball, the best-selling and best-rated baseball management game of all time. Each MLB team in the game features its actual 40-man projected 2018 Opening Day roster. The player ratings are based on the ZiPS player projection system created by famous baseball analyst Dan Szymborski.

Forum Thread: MLB Manager 2018 (by Out of the Park Developments)

Monster RPG 3

iTunes Description

Monster RPG 3 is a fantasy old-school/Japanese-style Role Playing Game (JRPG.) Monsters have reawakened in the land, and two friends are on a mission to find the source. Along the way they’ll meet some interesting characters and fight in turn-based battles. Unique Vampire attacks complement the classic-style combat. A chip-tune soundtrack synthesized in real time sets the tone as the heroes save the day in unconventional fashion.

Forum Thread: Monster RPG 3 (by Nooskewl)


iTunes Description

OIL is a game about digging for oil in early 1900’s America. It’s a two player game that you play against a computer player or with your friend on the same device. OIL is a tense digital board game that plays a lot like battleships with a major oil mining twist! Unlike battleships, in OIL you and your opponent share the same play-space and compete for the same oil. Use your strategic mastery to beat your opponent and show who is the best oil miner! Influenced by the film ‘There Will Be Blood’, OIL focuses on the competition of oil mining in the iconic setting of the American oil boom of the early 1900’s.

Forum Thread: OIL (by Wee Door)

Piece of the Pie Pursuit

iTunes Description

Domino’s Piece of the Pie Pursuit puts you right at the center of the machine seen in our TV commercial. Do you have what it takes to beat all six unique levels in the ultimate game for pizza fanatics? If you do, you’ll find yourself this much closer to getting your hands on real-world, piping hot pizza. That’s right. Beat this game. Get a one-time prize in the form of Piece of the Pie Rewards® bonus points toward free Domino’s pizza.

Each section of this connected machine will challenge your skills in fun new ways. Guide your pizza cutter car along a boost-filled track in a race against the clock. Use pizza sauce Spoodle catapults to reach crazy heights. This physics-based game has it all. There’s nothing else like it.

Forum Thread: Piece of the Pie Pursuit (by Domino’s Pizza)

The Pillars of the Earth

iTunes Description

Based on Ken Follett’s world-bestseller, ‘The Pillars of the Earth’ retells the story of the village of Kingsbridge in a whole new interactive way. Play as Jack, Aliena and Philip and change the events of the book through exploration, decision-making and dialogues. This interactive novel is released in three ‘books’, containing 7 chapters each.

12th century, England: In a time of great poverty and war, a small town begins the construction of a cathedral to claim wealth and security for its people. In their struggle to survive, lives and destinies intertwine. Philip the monk becomes prior of the small abbey of Kingsbridge. At the same time, a boy called Jack is raised in the woods by his outlawed mother. His apprenticeship as a stonemason paves his way to become a gifted master builder. Together with the disgraced noblewoman Aliena, Jack and Philip begin the construction of one of the greatest cathedrals England will ever see.

Forum Thread: The Pillars of the Earth (by Daedalic Entertainment)

Pixel Survival World

iTunes Description

Pixel Survival World is a game where you and your allies will battle and defend against monsters. Protect your game, protect your friends and acquire epic loot in your battles. Much like a tower defense game, you will need to defend the Heroes Gate from destruction. You will encounter dangerous monsters, but as a Hero, you and your comrades will survive in the world of Pixel Survival World.

There are many different game modes found within the Pixel Worlds which you and your friends can enjoy. Different difficulty worlds will have different monsters and loots for you to gather. Secret pets, items, npcs, secret pixel worlds are scattered throughout the game.

Forum Thread: Pixel Survival World (by Cowbeans Inc.)

Play Shark

iTunes Description

“Play Shark” looks like terrible game, but it is funny and cute. Sharks have lots of teeth, you will try to play them. Don’t be eaten by them!

“Play Shark” is easy to learn, but hard to master. Touching screen will send players falling to bridge where sharks are waiting. Grasp the opportunity, you will not be eaten by sharks. Each survived warrior will receive a star. Five-star warrior can be bitten by a shark once. Ten or more stars can kill a shark.

Now, Let’s play sharks!

Forum Thread: Play Shark (by LI YIN JIAN)

Poker Puzzle Panic

iTunes Description

Poker Puzzle Panic is a round based, simon-says, poker themed puzzle game.

Traditional playing cards are arranged on a 5×5 grid waiting for you to connect them into a poker hand. Try to survive as many rounds you can, while the announcer dictates which poker hand you need to make and how long you have to make it. The further you progress the harder it gets! Use power ups and get the most points to place higher on the global leaderboard. And for the completion-ist, do your best to unlock all 30 achievements and find all 41 hidden hands.

Poker Puzzle Panic is also a great way to learn all the different poker hands. Great for beginners or poker masters!

Forum Thread: Poker Puzzle Panic (by Travis Fincaryk)

Rival: Crimson x Chaos

iTunes Description

Chaos has returned to the world of Kel. Will you side with the Crimson or Chaos? Build the ultimate team and Lead them into the spoils of victory!

Defend your arena against players from around the world in the next generation of strategy and tower defense.

Forum Thread: RIVAL: Crimson x Chaos (by Section Studios)

Robin Hood: Sherwood Sniper

iTunes Description

Join the epic battle agains the forces of the evil Sheriff in Robin Hood – Sherwood Sniper. Using your archery skills to battle the Sheriff’s men deep in Sherwood Forest, conducting raids and using precision bow and arrow shots to turn the tide of the battle. Uses touch mechanics to allow for precise aiming, and a physics engine to simulate arrow movement.

Forum Thread: Robin Hood: Sherwood Sniper (by Silver Elm Systems LLC)

Salad Hunt

iTunes Description

A family friendly FPS with cartoony weapons and destructible environments. Arcade rail-shooter gameplay in a simplified mobile format.

You are The Chef and discover that salad ingredients have come alive as cute, but mischievous characters that are ruining your kitchen! Toss whatever you can find at them to save what remains of the kitchen, or just destroy everything in the process.

Forum Thread: Salad Hunt (by Salad Hunters)


iTunes Description

Draw shapes to solve challenging physics puzzles. From the creator of the #1 hit puzzle game, Brain It On!

◆ Dozens of brain busting physics puzzles, with more being added all the time
◆ Multiple ways to solve each puzzle, can you find the best solution?
◆ Compete on the leaderboards for the fastest time or best solution

Forum Thread: Shatterbrain (by Orbital Nine Games)

ShotOnline Golf: WC

iTunes Description

Introducing Shot Online Golf: World Championship, bringing the world of golf to the palm of your hand. Featuring superb graphics, realistic gameplay, 1v1 real-time challenges along with many skills and items, Shot Online Golf: World Championship is the ultimate mobile golf game. If you love the thrills and tension of real golf, this is the game for you!

Forum Thread: Shotonline Golf:WC (by WEBZEN INC.)

Shut the Window

iTunes Description

Shut the Window is a one touch game where you have to close as many open windows as possible before the timer runs out. Inspired by real windows of Amsterdam, play through 10 handcrafted illustrations. Frustratingly fun, each design has its own charm. Try not to pull your hair out playing it.

Beautiful and addictive one touch game.
Breathtaking Illustrations inspired by real windows of Amsterdam.
Frustratingly fun. Makes you keep coming back for more!
No IAP, no monetization strategy, no currencies.
Share screenshots of your favorite windows and high scores with friends.

Forum Thread: Shut the Window (by Pixel Drop Studios)

Simon the Sorcerer

iTunes Description

There are some things that kids just shouldn’t have to put up with. Being transported to some weird dimension full of goblins, dwarves, swamplings, stupid wizards and sleeping giants is definitely one of them.
After escaping a “welcoming party”, Simon discovers that he has been brought on a quest to rescue the wizard Calypso from the evil sorcerer Sordid.

In the last 25 years, the ‘Simon the Sorcerer’ game series has made millions of players fall in love with Simon.
Now you can relive the renowned original adventure in a whole new way!

Forum Thread: Simon the Sorcerer (by MojoTouch & Adventure Soft)

Simon the Sorcerer – Mucusade

iTunes Description

Just when he thought his life was regaining some semblance of normality, Simon’s wonder years are once again turned upside down when the evil sorcerer Sordid returns from the grave with only one thing on his mind – revenge! Sordid reconstructs his Fortress of Doom and sends a magical wardrobe to fetch Simon, but it accidentally ends up on the doorstep of Calypso, the wizard Simon had to save in the first game. Simon then starts to look for a special fuel that can power back the wardrobe and get him home.

Journey with Simon through this inevitable sequel to the best selling Simon the Sorcerer, as he manages once more to get stuck in a land of twisted fairytales, recycled gags and carbon dated clichés! With a cast of thousands (mostly woodworm) and enough Swampy Stew to keep an underprivileged country sick for a year, this classic adventure will keep you well entertained until we manage to make another sequel.

Forum Thread: Simon the Sorcerer 2 (by MojoTouch & Adventure Soft)

Spinning Pong

iTunes Description

A simple but strongly addictive game that was created during one evening!
Do you remember pong consoles? Enjoy playing the pong-like game by turning your iOS device. Have a lot of fun!

Forum Thread: Spinning Pong (by Dariusz Socha)

Street Food South East Asia

iTunes Description

You inherit your fathers street food hawker stall which has been part of the family for generations and you need to bring it back prosperity. Along the way you set out to expand your hawker stall empire and become a Street Food tycoon. Something that your father was never able to accomplish.

Street Food South East Asia brings back all the simple gameplay from the original but with new RPG gameplay elements.

Forum Thread: Street Food South East Asia (by Tomosan Studios)


iTunes Description

Experience a real parkour flow! Endless fun begins. Do not stop with a falling dice and show your best!

– climb as high as possible and discover all levels
– avoid falling dice
– show the best combo
– overcome your friends
– unlock all tricks
– learn all gestures

Forum Thread: Tetrun (by Cableek)

Trick Shot 2

iTunes Description

Simply get the ball in the box. How hard can it be?

Trick Shot 2 – Infinity brings brand new challenges and a fully featured level editor to create, play and share your own levels, in fact, every level in the game was created using the built in editor!

Forum Thread: Trick Shot 2 (by Jonathan Topf)

Uncivil War

iTunes Description

Collect hundreds of cards and build the ultimate deck in this free indie trading card game (TCG). Fans of TCG will love the depth, challenge and tactics of the online multiplayer PVP duels, and the offline PVE campaign. Build a deck strategy and defeat your enemies on the field of card battle.

Based on the classic War card game, and inspired by the American Civil War, this free trading card game (TCG) is well balanced and highly accessible, but requires deep strategic deckbuilding to win the card war!

Forum Thread: Uncivil War TCG (by Iron Horse Games)

Windrose: Origin

iTunes Description

A brand new puzzle game!

Anyone can finish a level, but you should finish it with the minimum number of moves to get the maximum score. If you want to reach 3 stars on each level you should make your moves cleverly.

Forum Thread: Windrose: Origin (by Baris Araci)


iTunes Description

Woodways is a puzzle game in which you control all characters at once. Guide different animals to their destination, each with its own attributes and ways to interact with the environment. Travel through various areas with new mechanics and visuals, filled with all sorts of combinations of layouts and characters.

Forum Thread: Woodways (by Stav Goldstein)

Woven Words

iTunes Description

It all fits together in this unique brain-twister!

The Woven Words puzzle grids come in all different shapes and sizes,
and when you’re done every row and every column will spell out
complete words! Each game board is a mix of letters and blank tiles.
Can you find the right letters for the blank tiles so that every line spells
a word both down and across?

Forum Thread: Woven Words (by Blue Ox Family Games)


iTunes Description

ZoroMe is a 3D-puzzle game with dice that challenges to the limits of the player’s mind!

Experience rich content with simple gameplay!

A rainbow die will help you get astronomical scores!
100 points?
1,000 points?
1,000,000,000 points??

Compete with players from across the world for a higher score!

Forum Thread: ZoroMe (by UUUM Co)

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Imagine getting trapped inside a video game and the only way to get out is to beat it. Yeah, that would be pretty bad news considering all the stats that indicate people don’t generally finish the games they buy. But that conceit made the Sword Art Online light novel and anime series awfully popular, and it’s front and center in the latest mobile game based on that franchise, Sword Art Online: Integral Factor [Free].

SAO has had games built around it before, but Bandai Namco has taken an interesting and logical approach with this one. Instead of playing as Kirito, Asuna or other well-known characters, you take on the role of one of the many anonymous players trapped inside the game within the game. Integral Factor then retells the story many fans known from a different point of view, and since it is also an MMORPG in its own right, it’s as close to putting yourself inside Sword Art Online as it’s possible to get.

Well, until someone invents the NerveGear, that is.

Inside the game, you have access to NPCs and even cross paths with Kirito and the others, but who’s going to be your guide to the game? That would be us. Read on through the rest of our Sword Art Online: Integral Factor tips and you just might make it to floor 100 yourself someday.


Getting Around Aincrad: Controls and Other Basics

Integral Factor is played from a third-person perspective and the basic controls are pretty simple. In the bottom-left corner of the screen is a virtual thumbstick to move your character. Anywhere else on the screen, you can hold and drag to look around, as well as pinch to zoom in and out.

Sword Art Online: Integral Factor

Buttons in the bottom-right corner of the screen are for combat, which we’ll get to in its own section. The upper-right corner features a mimi-map, which marks both your location and the direction you are currently facing. The next location you need to reach to proceed on your current quest, if any, is marked by a crosshairs, and tapping on the mini-map expands it to a full-sized overlay.

Sword Art Online: Integral Factor

The upper-left corner of the screen has a hamburger icon which will produce a menu (and make your character look as if he or she is accessing the in-game menu in true meta fashion). From there you’ll find tabs to check your character status, equip items, view quest info, find your friends or party members and access the shop.

The bar at the bottom of the screen is for in-game communication. Along with emotes and stamps, you’ll also find a chat bar with three option: ‘Say’ is public chat to anyone around, ‘Party’ chats with anyone you are currently grouped with, and ‘Tell’ is like a whisper in other MMOs that sends a message to a particular player.


Fight for Your Right to Party: An Intro to Combat

The combat system in Integral Factor is easy to learn but has surprising depth to it. The largest of the buttons in the bottom-right corner is for basic attacks. Simply walk up to an enemy — you’ll know them from the red crystals over their heads — and tap it to start attacking. You can also hold down the button to continuously attack.

Four buttons around the main attack button are for sword skills. You start the game with a single skill but can have up to four of them slotted at a time per weapon you have equipped. These skills do more damage than a normal attack, generally effect an area indicated by a darkened area on the screen and can also have other effects on enemies. Just tap the desired skill button to activate it; you’ll have to wait for its cooldown to complete before using it again.

Sword Art Online: Integral Factor

Above the skills is a button marked ‘Switch’ that can unleash an especially powerful skill. That button also doubles as a meter that fills up with a light blue color as you damage enemies. When it’s available, the Switch button will flash, and once used, the meter needs to be refilled for its next use.

Here’s where things really get fun. The button with the orange weapon icons next to the Switch allows you to swap between two weapons you have equipped. This is useful because some enemies are vulnerable to different types of weapons — for instance, stabbing instead of slashing — but also because swapping on the fly will allow you to use skills from the other weapon while the skills on the previous one are still cooling down. While you won’t need to use this strategy against the enemies you encounter early on, it’s a cool and useful tactic for bosses and stronger foes you fight later on.

Last but not least, the button that looks like a faceless Barry Allen in action at the very bottom makes your character dash. However, when engaged in combat, that dash is actually a backstep that can instantly help you avoid incoming attacks.


Partners Are People Too

As you progress through the game’s story, you will meet and befriend a character who becomes your partner on all your adventures. Her default name is Koharu, though you can rename her as you like. Along with serving a narrative purpose, your partner aids you in combat, attacking whoever you are targeting and joining in when you use the Switch ability.

While you don’t have to worry about controlling or issuing commands to your partner, you do want to remember to equip them with a weapon (or weapon and shield), armor and skills of their own. You can find their stats and equipment by going to ‘Partner’ under the main menu.

Sword Art Online: Integral Factor

One last note about partners: When you are in a party with other players, your partners won’t be available since you have other people to watch your back. Where do they go during their downtime? That’s an excellent question.


Order Up: How to Get More Sword Skills

Integral Factor doesn’t make you chase characters to collect, so it needs another gacha-style element. This is a free-to-play game, after all, and Bandai Namco needs to make money from it somehow. In this case, it’s through Orders, which you can find in the ‘Shop’ tab of the menu.

Orders allow you to purchase Skill Records that teach and allow you to equip new sword skills. They are based on different characters from the Sword Art Online and come in different rarities. Some Skill Records also are specific to a certain class of weapon, of which there are six: sword, rapier, shield, club, axe and spear.

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To purchase Orders, you’ll need the game’s premium currency, which is called Arcana Gems. You’ll obtain these in a variety of ways, including as login rewards, for completing achievements and for finishing certain quests. You’ll also receive Skill Records as rewards from time to time too.

Not to be confused with sword skills, you can also obtain and equip up to four abilities, the slots for which you will find in your character’s armor tab. Abilities offer passive stat boosts, damage buffs and the like, including bonuses against certain kinds of enemies.


How to Improve Everything

Improving your character’s base stats is pretty simple, as things like HP and attack value go up every time you level up. Just keep fighting enemies and completing quests and this simplest form of progression will take care of itself.

Everything else you have, including your weapons, sword skills and abilities, can be improved using materials found on your adventures and the common currency of the game, called col. To enhance your equipment or skills/abilities, you’ll want to visit an NPC Blacksmith in any town. Pretty simple menu options will show you what stuff you have that can be enhanced and any materials you have that can be used to that end.

Sword Art Online: Integral Factor

Selecting the materials and item to be enhanced will then show you the exact effect of the enhancement and the cost in col. Then one tap and your stuff is instantly better.

If you have an item that is at its max level, you can also perform a process called transforming to bump it up to the next rarity tier, making it even more powerful still — unless it’s maxed out there as well, Skills and abilities will have empty stars if they can be transformed beyond the tier they are currently at. The process is much the same an enhancement but requires different materials and a lot more col.


Party Up

Though we’ll grant you that Kirito preferred solo play when he first stepped into Sword Art Online, it’s not much fun to play alone all the time in an MMO. Integral Factor makes it easy to form parties and tackle quests with other players.

Sword Art Online: Integral Factor

From the main menu, simply tap the fourth icon down, which looks like two people, to open the Party menu. There you’ll be able to use ‘Party Search’ to find parties looking for members, or use ‘Party Recruit’ to start your own party. When doing the latter, you have the ability to set the level range for prospective party members, the size of the party (up to six players) and set a password if desired so that not just any rando can join.

Assuming you’ve stayed with us this far, you now have a base of knowledge much better than most of the poor souls in the Sword Art Online series when they first learned they were stuck there. Good luck in reaching the 100th floor and defeating that final boss.


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Sword Art Online: Integral Factor is a new free-to-play multiplayer role-playing game that can be overwhelming. It combines a lot of systems from different kinds of games and lumps them in with the fourth-wall breaking world of Sword Art Online. Lukcy for you, we’ve banged our heads against Integral Factor’s systems and discovered a pretty good road map for getting you started. See below:

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Privacy Tools Used By Growing Percentage of the Global Online Population

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Afraid that Facebook knows everything about you? It probably does. And there’s good reason to believe you’re being monitored by many other sites and platforms you would never suspect such spy activity from.

“Last weekend, the New York Times revealed that data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica misused data from as many as 50 million Facebook profiles to aid messaging tied to the Trump campaign in the 2016 presidential election,” phys.org reports. “The Federal Trade Commission has since opened an investigation into Facebook, but the entire incident has left social media users concerned about their own privacy online and how their information is being used.”

Without question, consumers are undoubtedly catching on to the practice of data-hungry social networking sites and apps. And they’re taking steps to safeguard their data, privacy, and online browsing habits in massive numbers.

Recent reports show that Internet users are taking more and more steps to safeguard their privacy and that fully 25% of all Internet users worldwide are now using Internet privacy tools to protect their personal information from being recorded or tracked in some way.

A report to which MMW was privy estimates that 28% of Internet users are now using tools that “cover their online tracks” when using the internet. A corresponding survey also found that 56% of internet users are under the impression that their personal privacy is being eroded by Internet use.

Interestingly, the huge increase in privacy tools used in China shows that the number of people using Facebook and Twitter is much higher than previously thought. It was estimated that among the Chinese, 34% were somehow hiding their online identity. The reason, as far as the study shows, is to use YouTube (60%) and to gain access to social networks as previously mentioned (55%).

“Everybody is focusing on Facebook right now because it’s been in the news, but the way every social media platform makes money is by selling your data,” the phys.org report adds. “It’s important to be aware that most apps you use have some type of tracking software built in. Some of it can be controlled by restricting the data you make available to social network platforms, but only to the extent that the platforms have privacy settings limiting how they can share that data.”

As a direct result of mounting concerns, a large segment of the population is striving to mask their IP addresses when surfing online. “The reasons why you might want to mask your IP address may include: Hiding your geographical location, preventing Web tracking, avoiding a digital footprint, or to bypass any content filters, bans or blacklisting,” a leading authority on the matter reports. To learn more, try this site.

As for what’s next for Facebook, that much isn’t yet clear, beyond the looming investigation.

“The FTC takes very seriously recent press reports raising substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook,” said Tom Pahl, acting director of the FTC’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, in a CNN report. “Today, the FTC is confirming that it has an open non-public investigation into these practices.”

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Out Now: ‘MARVEL Strike Force’, ‘RBI Baseball 18’, ‘Candleman’, ‘Sword Art Online: Integral Factor’, ‘Umiro’, ‘Kingpin Bowling’ ‘Lost Horizon 2’, ‘OVIVO’, ‘Slashy Chords’, ‘Yum Yummy Superlicious’ and More

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We were so slammed with GDC coverage last week that we didn’t do our normal roundup of new games on Wednesday night, but we made up for it by posting that roundup this past Monday instead. So if you’re the type who only checks TouchArcade at this same time every week looking for the new games list, make sure you give that list a look too as it was quite a week. And now, here we are again already and the onslought of new games hasn’t let up! Lots of great stuff this week so give the full list of new games below a thorough look and let us know which games from either of this week’s Out Now lists you’ll be picking up.


AR Toys: Playground Sandbox

iTunes Description

It is not game with levels or missions. Just build your virtual world, play with RC cars and runaway from police.

You need AR Kit supported device.

Forum Thread: AR Toys: Playground Sandbox (by Cenda Games)

Best Ball Hit

iTunes Description

Best Ball Hit is a game where you throw a white ball and hit a different color ball.

Of course, there are obstacles between the balls, which is not easy.

If you like it, try it.

Forum Thread: Best Ball Hit (by Mpeople)


iTunes Description

Candleman, one of the 8 best upcoming games you’ve never heard of, is also a popular game on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Steam. iOS version is available now at a 40% discount from March 27th to April 10th! Players who have pre-ordered the game may also purchase the game at this special price.

Despite only being able to burn for 10 seconds, a little candle journeys into the darkness, with the purpose of seeking light.

As One of the 8 Best Upcoming Games You’ve Never Heard Of, Candleman provides an immersive adventure, with an innovative and unique game mechanism and well-balanced level design.

Forum Thread: Candleman (By Spotlightor Interactive)


iTunes Description

There is a state of crisis on our board. Many have changed sides.

As the ace Diplomat, it is your job to restore the order. Every step that you take, can win you friends and turn some against you. You have to work on bringing uniformity to the board. Are you up for the challenge?

Strategise and chart a path across the board; moving, jumping and flipping stuff as you attempt to solve the 150 different puzzles!

Forum Thread: Fliplomacy (By Shobhit Samaria)

Galactic Frontline

iTunes Description

Collect and upgrade a vast array of combat units and escort vessels, unlock and develop tactical skills, and increase your fleet’s firepower.

Battle in real-time with players from around the world and climb the global rankings and take part in worldwide tournaments.

Travel through the galaxy to experience the epic story of three races – the Terrans, Ensari and Zoltarians – as they fight for survival and supremacy on the Galactic Frontline.

Forum Thread: Galactic Frontline (by NetEase Games)

Heroes of Rings

iTunes Description

The ultimate Augmented Reality Hero collector battling RPG you have been waiting for! Heroes of Rings is a turn-based RPG with heroes collection, introducing a unique battle system allowing you to easily develop complex strategies based on the heroes you use, their skills, and the turns left until the enemies attack.

Collect powerful Heroes and customize them with Rings. The Rings are special items that can be upgraded, and combined. Equip the right Heroes with the right Rings to unleash their true potential! Bring your Heroes into the real world with Augmented Reality support. Watch these amazing fighters with stunning animations battle in front of you!

Forum Thread: Heroes of Rings (by Kongregate)

Kingpin Bowling

iTunes Description

The scene: 1979 Iowa State Bowling Championship. Primetime is your middle name, and the pressure is right up your alley. After all, it’s how you roll. But keep your mind out of the gutter, pal. It’s down to this: Munson, McCraken, The Jesus, and you. Let’s do this.

Kingpin Bowling is an endless arcade bowling game with a bevy of cute and clever characters to keep you dancing on the tips of your bowling shoes. Avoid giant hotdogs, gargatuan soda pops, oversized clipboards, massive pencils, flying popcorn, and a few surprises, all while knocking down pins in your lane to the State Championship.

You were born for this, and this game is a strike!

Forum Thread: Kingpin Bowling (by The Frosty Pop Corps)

Lost Horizon 2

iTunes Description

Hard-boiled adventurer Fenton Paddock returns in Lost Horizon 2, the new adventure game by the creators of the Secret Files Series! Lost Horizon 2 requires at least iOS 10 and runs on iPhone 5 (or higher) and iPad 4 (or higher).

More than a decade has passed since Fenton Paddock aced out the Nazis in securing a powerful ancient relic in the outlying mountains of Tibet. While the Cold War has the world’s superpowers in a tight grip, the former Royal Air Force pilot has to face the biggest challenge of his eventful life: Breach beyond the Iron Curtain and save his family from shady, unrelenting adversaries.

Forum Thread: Lost Horizon 2 (by Animation Arts Creative Gmbh)

MARVEL Strike Force

iTunes Description

In MARVEL Strike Force, ready for battle alongside allies and arch-rivals in this action-packed, visually-stunning free-to-play game for your phone or tablet. An assault on Earth has begun and Super Heroes and Super Villains are working together to defend it! Lead the charge by assembling your ultimate squad, including Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Groot, Rocket Raccoon, Loki, Elektra, Captain America and Iron Man, as you enter strategic combat against an all-new enemy threat. It’s time to fight! Gather your squad and prepare for the battle to save Earth!

Forum Thread: MARVEL Strike Force (by FoxNext Games)

Old Man’s Guilt

iTunes Description

“My name is Wooji. I had a reason to come here before I got too old.”
Old Man’s Guilt is a puzzle-platformer.
Solve simple puzzles and avoid traps.
Focus on the old man’s story from an unknown island.
Various environments ensure it’s never a dull moment.
You’ll find out at the end of the island why the old man had to come here.

Forum Thread: Old Man’s Guilt (by YUGEUN SONG)

Orbital 1

iTunes Description

Let the action begin! Orbital 1 is a real-time strategy game set in interplanetary scenarios.

TAKE YOUR UNITS TO THE STADIUM and destroy your opponent’s fleet. Conquer this action and strategy competition designed entirely in 3D to give you the best game experience.
CUSTOMIZE YOUR CAPTAIN with awesome skins and head to the stadium to show the world what you are made of!
COLLECT DIFFERENT UNIT CARDS: Smash troops down with the adorable Mastodon, tear your adversaries apart with the fearsome Hell Bite or plan your air attack with our cute Buzzer. One way or another, you won’t be able to stop moving!
DESIGN YOUR DECK from endless combinations. Pick the best troops, choose your favorite gadgets and use strong defense and continuous damage structures. Plan your strategy and defeat players from all over the world!
WIN REWARD COURIERS full of Coins, Gems and new cards. Upgrade your units, master your deck and unlock new interplanetary stadiums throughout the galaxy.

Take on this gyratory challenge and fight for victory!

Forum Thread: Orbital 1 (by Etermax)


iTunes Description

OVIVO is a mesmerizing platformer with unusual mechanics where everything is as simple as black and white. It is a metaphorical game filled with illusions and hidden messages.

In the world of OVIVO, Black and White exist in harmony. By constantly intertwining and replacing each other, they maintain balance. The main character named OVO was born of these two halves and has the ability to switch between them. OVO travels through the metaphorical world, overcoming dangers and collecting mysterious symbols. These symbols will help you unravel the story of this world, but how you interpret it is completely up to you.

Forum Thread: OVIVO (by Alex Vilassak)

Pastel Girl

iTunes Description

◆ Features

1. Pastel Girl is a healing game that decorates cute girl in pastel colors and backgrounds.
2. Drag and drop UI is provided that clothing and items can be placed freely.
Delete functions using it is possible, making a big difference from the conventional dressing up game.
( However, not all items are supported by drag and drop. Please refer to the tutorial. )
3. Some clothes and items provide great animation.
4. Decorate your cute girl using lots of clothes, items, speech bubbles and letters.
5. Share your decorated pretty girl with your friends.

Forum Thread: Pastel Girl ( by SeyeonSoft )

Pocket Rockets!

iTunes Description

Fly rockets through dangerous and challenges courses in ‘Pocket Rockets!’

Simply touch left or right of the screen to thrust the rocket around the course

Collect coins, unlock rockets and don’t run out of fuel!

Enjoy some retro pixelated fun and experience a new challenge!

Forum Thread: Pocket Rockets! (by Entity3 Limited)

RBI Baseball 18

iTunes Description

It’s a whole new ballgame with R.B.I. Baseball 18! R.B.I. 18 takes a significant leap
delivering all-new Franchise Mode, brand new detailed player models, hundreds of new animations, high fidelity MLB ballparks, revamped crowd system, more dynamic camera angles and a stunning UI presentation. This MLB season get the baseball game that will have you wanting to PLAY IT AGAIN!

All-New Franchise Mode: Take control of your favorite MLB team! Make trades, pick up free agents or call up rookies through multiple seasons.

Forum Thread: R.B.I. Baseball 18 (by MLB)

Riddle of Pandora

iTunes Description

Discover planet of Pandora veiled with riddles and wrapped in enigma. Your mission is to reveal its mystery by trying to solve the puzzles it is comprised off as well as traps set by competing teams of astronauts. You also can set traps by creating puzzles of your own. As you explore, you will encounter new extraordinary possibilities that planet has to offer.

Forum Thread: Riddle Of Pandora (by Prometheus Studio)

Skyscraper Realtime Card Game

iTunes Description

Summon units, cast spells and defeat opponents!

Skyscraper is a realtime multiplayer card game.
Easy to play, but completely addictive!
Download the game and start thrilling battles now!
NOTE: A network connection is also required.

Forum Thread: Skyscraper Realtime Card Game (by MASUKACHI)

Slashy Chords: Guitar Warriors

iTunes Description

Protect the world of HARMONY from the monstrous hordes of DISSONANCE with the power of MUSIC! Play a REAL GUITAR or STRUM a screen guitar to defeat the forces of discord!

There is a world woven from music, whose very air stirs alive with melody: Harmony. Beautiful and wondrous is this world, yet its very existence is imperiled as monsters of dissonance have come to conquer and engulf everything in noise and cacophony. A lonely hero, armed only with a guitar and his courage, fights a desperate battle to save the world from this dissonant horde.

Forum Thread: Slashy Chords: Guitar Warriors (by Wave Cortex)

Sword Art Online: Integral Factor

iTunes Description

The newest Sword Art Online game!

This time, the protagonist is…you!
You appear in this online RPG as a member of an Assault Team, working with other imprisoned players to reach the 100th floor of Aincrad!

What if you were trapped in a game of life or death?
You can experience meeting familiar characters and connecting to the original SAO story from your own POV.
Experience behind-the-scenes stories not seen in the original SAO, and completely different story developments! Live out a “what-if” story where you affect Aincrad!

Forum Thread: SwordArtOnline: IntegralFactor (by BANDAI NAMCO)


iTunes Description

Huey and Satura find themselves lost in the colorless world of Umiro with no memory of their past or how they arrived in this mysterious place. Guide the two intrepid schoolmates through striking labyrinths and puzzling landscapes to recover the sacred crystals and restore vibrancy back to Umiro and return their memory piece by piece.

– A Colorful World: Huey and Satura must work in tandem to bring color back to the world of Umiro, piece together their memory, and reveal what brought them here in the first place.
– Dozens of Levels: Assess and solve mysteries locked behind over forty handcrafted levels designed to challenge players of all skill levels.
– Unlock Mysteries: Complete each level through meticulous planning or brave a more dangerous path to collect yellow crystals and delve deeper into the mysterious world of Umiro.

Forum Thread: Umiro (by Devolver Digital)

Wild Wiener!

iTunes Description

•Seconds to learn, hours to master, WILD-ly addictive!

•You are a determined dachshund driven by a thirst for adventure and an unyielding contempt for wildlife. Swiftly swipe your finger to stay alive as you run continually faster past increasingly weaponized critters… Is that one flying a plane!?

•Power-ups and bonus items will help, but you’ll need lightning reflexes, a little quick-thinking, and a lot of insanity if you’re going to survive this epic clash of titans. Unlock bonus theme packs as you climb the ranks and be transported to other nutty locales including a pirate lagoon, fantasy fairy land, and more!

•Compete in the worldwide leaderboards to see how you stack up! Do you have what it takes to unlock the Golden Dachshund?

Forum Thread: Wild Wiener! (by VELDEN)

Yum Yummy Superlicious

iTunes Description

Hungry? Chomp your way across the galaxy with Yum Yummy Superlicious! Help the Yums eat all they can in this space-hopping adventure from Tendril Studio! Blast your way from meal to meal, avoiding space junk, hungry monsters, and the “mess” you leave behind!

-Simple one button controls. A treat for all ages!
-Fast-paced delicious gameplay. Launch, spin and repeat!
-Craving Mode! Satisfy your Yum’s yearnings and get big bonus points!
-Unique and wonderful Yums to collect. Choose your favourites!
-Sweet and spicy powerups to discover. Will you enter the unicorn dimension?
-Global leaderboards. Can you be the hungriest in the galaxy?

So come massively exceed your daily recommended intake of fun today with Yum Yummy Superlicious!

Forum Thread: Yum Yummy Superlicious (by Tendril Studio)

3D Gear

iTunes Description

“3D Gear” is a science fiction style puzzle. If you love hi tech, or love sci-fi, or love puzzle, “3D Gear” will be your favorite.

It is easy to learn: only need link all gears. But higher levels have more gears, it is difficult to put them in right place.

Each world has 200 levels. Finished one world can get 400 coins, you can unlock more world.

Have fun!

Forum Thread: 3D Gear (by Xi You Di Wang)

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