There are very few games that I’ve spent as much time on or enjoyed quite as much as Teeny Titans [$ 3.99] from Cartoon Network and Grumpyface Studios. I was absolutely obsessed with Teeny Titans for weeks after it came out, and then once I beat every mission and upgraded every character, I started all over again. The game was THAT fun. In fact, if not for the phenomenal Crashlands [$ 6.99] being released the same year, Teeny Titans was in heavy consideration for our Game of the Year 2016 award. So you can probably imagine the delight that is literally coursing through my veins right now due to Cartoon Network and Grumpyface announcing a Teeny Titans sequel called Teen Titans GO Figure! Get it? Go figure? Because you collect figures in the game! I love it! Check out this awesome trailer.
As you can see, it looks like all of the great parts of Teeny Titans are making a return in the sequel alongside some fun new stuff like the ability to change your figures’ outfits. It’ll also feature a brand new story which is inspired by the upcoming feature film Teen Titans GO! to the Movies which is coming out in July. Fans of the first Teeny Titans will remember that the story and humor in the game was one of its best features, and it looks like we’ll be in store for plenty more of that with Teen Titans GO Figure! I am absurdly excited for Teen Titans GO Figure!, and while it’s slated for a vague summer release once a more specific launch date is revealed we’ll let you know. Until then, feel free to discuss this one in our forums.
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What are the best tactical role-playing games for mobile devices? I see that question a lot and, inevitably, somebody mentions Warhammer Quest [$ 2.99] by Rodeo Games, and rightfully so. Warhammer Quest is without question one of the best turn-based combat games out there and one in which I’ve invested a huge number of hours in the four-plus years since its release. Rodeo Games is no more, unfortunately, but that didn’t stop a sequel from making its way to the App Store. Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times [$ 4.99] was just released by Perchang, but can it clear the high bar set by its predecessor?
Perchang is home to a lot of the talent from Rodeo Games so the band is largely back together and it shows in The End Times. The game looks and feels similar, as well it should, there’s no need to reinvent the wheel when the one you had is quite good at, you know, rolling. Things are dire in Middenland and a new threat has emerged. A king with three eyes has amassed an army of evil doers to assault the world and all its people and bring about an apocalypse. If you can’t trust kings with three eyes who can you trust these days?
Unwilling to go quietly to their doom, the powerful across the land with a stake in the status quo set aside their differences and gather to take on the three-eyed king and save the world. Two such paragons are Captain Marcus Hammerfall of the Empire and a dark-elf sorceress named Meharva Darkshade. The pair strike an uneasy and assumedly temporary alliance to seek out the Mace of Helsturm, a powerful artifact that could swing the battle against the King and his army of chaos. Together, they enter the ruins beneath Altdorf on their quest, and you control them.
You start out The End Times with Marcus and Meharva but pick up other companions as you progress. Much like the original, the game plays out as a series of regional quests in Middenland. Each quest in the main storyline takes you to a different city or town and into a dungeon delve. Prior to entering you pick and equip your party and send them forth to defeat the minions of the three-eyed king and any other dungeon dwellers who dare block your path. As you complete quests you gain experience for the heroes that participate, as well as loot and gold. Each town and city provides opportunity to level up your team at the training grounds, buy and sell loot at the market, and recruit new companions at the tavern. The End Times follows the main storyline with each delve taking you closer to your overall goal. There are also side quests that can be used to help level your characters and get more loot as well as random events that pop up during travel that add some nice immersion to a game that is, for the most part, more hack and slash than role-playing.
The combat encounters play out the same as the original and will feel familiar to any fan of turn-based role-playing games. Each member of your party has a pool of action points that can be used to either move or attack. This lets you cruise a great distance across the map, take a more modest move action and attack enemies, or take multiple attacks. There are a number of different weapons and some characters can switch between melee and ranged options. The touch controls are well-implemented and you can play through turns very quickly if desired or take your time to ponder your best move. As you level each character gains access to more options, opening up the strategic variety you have at your disposal to take down any particular fight.
Video-game graphics have come a long way since 2013 and The End Times is certainly modernized from the original. First, it is fully 3D and looks great. You can zoom in and out and turn things every which way to enjoy the camera angle of your choice. The city maps are quite attractive and highlight the height of castles and towers and nicely reminiscent of the Game of Thrones opening sequence. I also like the forests and other terrain features present in the world travel maps.
Let’s talk payment model. Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times is a premium game where the initial price gets you the Middenland campaign with no restrictions. There is an expansion available as well. For $ 5 you can buy the Reikland region which adds a ten-part regional quest, new settlements, a new enemy—the dastardly rat people known as Skavens—and two more tile sets. Additionally, there are a number of special packs available via in-app purchase. There are character packs, for example, that give you a new character to play along with special weapons, skills, and outfits. You can also buy gold with which to hire adventurers and buy equipment. You earn gold just by playing the game, so there isn’t a need to pay to advance here, the option is just available for those that want to get their hands on some of the extras earlier.
One last thing to note before buying is that upon release there is a bug in the game that causes a crash when trying to load a saved game. I experienced this bug on two different game saves and can’t get back to my main game. Perchang is aware of the bug and there should be an update very soon, but in the interim it is best to either not exit a game back to the main menu or wait until a new version is released (the game was reviewed on version 1.003).
Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times is exactly what I wanted to see in this sequel. The game play is fun, challenging, intuitive, and compelling—pretty much the mix of adjectives you want for a video game. Perchang didn’t try to reinvent the wheel here, they stuck with what worked well in the original and updated things where it made sense to do so. Whether you’re a fan of Warhammer Quest, or tactical-combat games in general, picking up The End Times is an easy decision. Do it. If you’re looking for more information on the game you should head to our forums where the page count for Warhammer Quest 2 is growing by the day. Perchang developers have also been active participants in the discussion there and have shared quite a bit about the game.
Donald Glover won the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his acting in Atlanta, his second Emmy win of the night. 2017 marked his first Emmy nomination. He was also nominated for outstanding writing, and won a second trophy for Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series for his work on “B.A.N.,” an experimental episode of Atlanta, presented as a broadcast from an alternate universe’s version of Black Entertainment Television. Glover is the first black director to win an Emmy for work on a comedy series, and the first black man since 1985 to win an Emmy for lead acting in a comedy series. In Atlanta, Glover plays Earnest “Earn” Marks, a dad and a college dropout whose cousin becomes a famous rapper.
Elisabeth Moss won her first-ever Emmy Sunday night for her performance as Offred in Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. Moss took home the Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series after five nominations but no wins in that category, dating from her time starring in Mad Men. Moss, who watched her director, writer, and supporting costar win Emmys this year, got to walk to the stage herself just before The Handmaid’s Tale won Best Drama.
Moss started off her speech by saying, “Um, so crazy! Okay, I probably don’t have much time. I’m going to go with — who do I go with?” She decided to go with Hulu, MGM, and then a whole slew of cast and crew names. In particular, she thanked Reed Morano, who just won an Emmy for directing The Handmaid’s…
The Handmaid’s Tale won the Emmy award for Outstanding Drama Series Sunday, capping off an award-laden run that also saw the show take home prizes for Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Outstanding Directing, Best Supporting Actress in a Drama Series, and Outstanding Writing. It was an impressive showing for the series, and an even more important statement from Hulu, which has been trying to establish its original-content bona fides in the face of critical successes from Netflix and Amazon.
The show was up against a field of impressive television shows in a category dominated this year by streaming services. Netflix’s The Crown, House of Cards, and Stranger Things were all nominated for Outstanding Drama Series. On the cable side, HBO’s W…