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It feels like a million years ago now, but at one point the most hopping hub for indie games was through web portals containing games built in Flash. Yes, the one that doesn’t work with iOS and has largely gone the way of the dodo. Anyway, back in 2006, if you were a Flash game developer, the place to be was Newgrounds. They had a whole bunch of the best Flash games in one place, along with seemingly thousands of, er, learning experiences. It was in this environment that Mr. Fancy Pants, the titular character of Fancy Pants Adventures [Free], made his amazing debut. That game did the most important thing a platformer can do to get going: polished its physics and controls to a fine, fine sheen. It proved incredibly popular, and its developer continued to build on it in his spare time, adding new worlds complete with new gimmicks and moves to play around with.
Somewhere during that process, an iOS version was made available by Chillingo. Remember Chillingo, friends? This is such a nostalgic review! Since the original game was designed to be played with a keyboard, it didn’t even hurt the game all that much when it moved over to touch controls. New content and ports trickled out to other platforms in the following years, until it finally seemed like Mr. Fancy Pants and his creator were taking a well-deserved rest. That’s just what they wanted you to think, though. No sooner than we all got complacent when – BAM! New Fancy Pants! Super Fancy Pants Adventure [$ 4.99], to be exact. The latest installment hit Steam in September of 2017, and a few weeks ago word got out that it would be coming to iOS as well. And here we are!
If you haven’t played any of the Fancy Pants games before, they’re basically ultra-fluid platformers with great physics. Sort of an ode to the better Sonic the Hedgehog games, in one way. The initial game was a hop-and-bop but later updates added in a pencil weapon and some new moves like wall-kicking, giving the game a flavor all its own. The hero of the game is a well-animated stick figure with spiky hair and colorful pants. You run and jump through the levels, smack some bad guys around, play golf with snail shells, collect little Dreamcast logos, and try to make it to the goal of each stage without running out of lives.
That’s basically what you’ll be up to in Super Fancy Pants Adventure as well. It’s bigger, and your character’s pencil gets upgraded to a pen that has some interesting new moves, but the core gameplay is still quite intact. This time there are more than 50 levels, and you can use your Dreamcast swirls to buy upgrades like new moves, upgraded attacks, and life bar extensions. They still serve the purpose of refilling lost life energy and granting you extra lives, too. Dreamcast is life, friends. The main levels feel a lot larger this time around, but those of you who enjoyed the punchy smaller bits will be happy to hear they live on in Super Fancy Pants Adventure. Scattered throughout the levels are doors that take you to relatively short tests of skill. Should you successfully complete them, you’ll earn some fancy new Fancy Pants, and even some Fancy Hats. Shirts? Shoes? What are you, the law?
For its part, the new pen grants a few cool new abilities that unlock as you play. The first is the ability to surf along sheets of paper set up in the backgrounds of some stages. This is very unwieldy with the touch controls, but with a little practice you… probably still won’t get the hang of it, but you may learn to manage it. After felling the first boss, you’ll get the ability to shoot ink, which not only serves as a useful attack but also allows you to create platforms in certain spots. It also adds another set of virtual buttons on your screen, so I hope you weren’t using that screen real estate for anything in particular. Eventually, you’ll get one more cool technique to use with your pen that will help you zip past enemies. I found the shooting added the most to the game and the paper-riding felt the most gimmicky, but your mileage may vary.
In addition to the copious amounts of bonus stages, there are some other extras built in here as well. You can do some time challenges and play the World 1 Remix from previous Fancy Pants games. Sadly, the four-player multiplayer option has been cut in the mobile version, but that was hardly unexpected I suppose. The amount of content is still quite good, and you can look forward to at least a few hours of fun even if you’re fairly skilled. Scale that number up as your skill goes down and your desire to get all the hats and pants goes up. I understand this may be a complicated math problem that you don’t want to deal with right now. Let’s just simplify things and say that there is a fair amount of things to do here, but you will still probably want more when it’s over with.
The controls can be a little busy if you’re relying on touch. Everything is mapped to virtual buttons and while the developers were thorough, it means you’re going to have to keep the locations of a lot of things sorted in your head if you don’t want to keep looking down. Jumping and sliding have their own buttons, attacking is on its own button with extra buttons to attack up and down, and shooting ink also has its own button with buttons around it. It works with practice, apart from that irritating paper-riding anyway, but if you’re the sort that gets a little tender when you see more than two virtual buttons in a UI, you’re not going to have a good time here. Hopefully if you are that sort, you’ve bought yourself one of those fancy pants MFi controllers. Congratulations! This game supports those, and your problems are now magically dispensed with.
Super Fancy Pants Adventure looks and sounds pretty nice, with some slick animations, a smooth framerate, and music that only really seems to get annoying when you can’t clear a particular challenge stage. That’s probably on you. I had a couple of crashes on my way through, but the game was diligent about saving my progress so I didn’t lose anything important either time. The story tying everything together is amusing enough, and the level themes change up frequently enough to keep your eyes interested.
If you enjoyed the last Fancy Pants Adventure on iOS, you’ve probably already jumped on this one. If for some reason you haven’t jumped on it and are waiting for a stranger to push you, consider yourself pushed. You’ll have a good time. If you haven’t played any of these before but enjoy a good platformer, I can assure that this is indeed one of those. If you do not like platformers at all and spit in the direction of Shigeru Miyamoto and/or Yuji Naka and/or Michel Ancel anytime you can confirm their whereabouts, I’m not sure why you are reading this and don’t really know what to tell you. Maybe the missing piece was fancy-looking pants all along? You could give it a try. The virtual controls can be a bit of a bear with everything Mr. Fancy Pants can do, but everything else is quite solid.
The App Store is finally in full swing for 2018, and we’ve rounded up all the best new games to release in the past week or so. This week in particular has quite a few pre-order games going live, like Meteorfall: Journey, The Room: Old Sins, Four Last Things, Thumper: Pocket Edition, Super Fancy Pants Adventure, and more. Whew! That’s a loaded list of games by itself, but as usual there’s a ton more interesting stuff in the full list of games below. So check ’em all out and let us know which games you’ll be playing this week.
### Create & challenge – new instant death RPG「BQM – BlockQuest Maker」is here ###
Secret doors, falling stones, formidable monsters – fight them all and level up! Solve the mystery box and see what lies ahead! BQM is newest game from BlockQuest series, follow up to great hit, Dungeon of Gravestone, popular puzzle game with and instant death factor!
This time, dungeons and gimmicks got major boost up. It’s no longer, play only game, it is about creating, sharing and challenging players all around the world! Join global fever!
Forum Thread: BQM BlockQuest Maker (by Wonderland Kazakiri)
Buffy Boom is a mobile game with interactive gadgets. We pop of to the colorful pillows on the screen with our fingers. As you pop off to the pillow, the background changes and your score increases. With various combinations (Combo) in the game, scores can increase in a fold. In Buffy Boom we have a green colored bad character which is called Buffy. You can sign in the game via facebook and you can race the highest score with your friends.
Forum Thread: Buffy Boom (by Nort Technology)
Decuria – Crazy 10s Mania
Decuria is the perfect time killer! It’s about “make 10” puzzle game. Rules are very simple:
1)Merge little numbers till you get 10.
2)Merge identical numbers greater than 10 to get the bigger numbers.
Easy, right? But watch carefully! Coins and Bonuses are here!
The number with a little star is a COIN. Collect coins and use them to get bonuses. 4 various bonuses will help you to reach for the sky!
How far can you get? Accept this Make 10 Challenge!
Forum Thread: Decuria – Crazy 10s Mania (by MIVA Games GmbH)
Move your dragon along the colored castle tiles to make big matches.
A beautiful puzzle game with unique, simple mechanics. Slide the dragon along color matches of any length to break the castles. Rubble bounces and falls with each move.
A new random dragon hatches from every egg. Beat the level and add the dragon to your collection.
Levels get harder and harder. Match next to chests or brambles to break them. Watch for big black castles, ice blocks, and more!
Forum Thread: DragonBreak (by Headlight Software)
Inspired by art-style and atmosphere of the Darkest Dungeon and books of Howard Lovecraft comes this first adventure in the Evilibrium Universe. The game invites you to the alternate reality at the end of the 19th century full of mystics, adventure, horrific creatures, dark rituals and secret cults. We bring the players to the world where souls are real and material enough to be extracted and used as a source of energy. Souls have become a hard-to-get but expensive merchandise that many desire.
Forum Thread: Evilibrium. Legends (by Orc Work Games, Inc)
Dash, jump, roll and somersault your way through an amazing journey filled with tricks, traps, and hungry enemies.
Can you find all the hidden foods? They will follow you in a conga line if you do. But beware – the longer the line, the harder it will be to keep them all together.
Forum Thread: Food Pals (By WONDERFUL LASERS)
Four Last Things
Pilfer from poets, bargain with bishops and serenade the local simpleton on your hapless quest for absolution. Four Last Things is a point-and-click adventure game made from Renaissance-era paintings.
It’s kind of like if Monkey Island had been made in 16th century Flanders, by a time-travelling Monty Python fanboy…
Forum Thread: Four Last Things (by Joe Richardson)
The Game Of Dots
Addictive logical, dots – puzzle game.
Based on old, logical game played with pencil & paper, “The Game Of Dots.” brings you new, 3D experience in the world of friendly dragon Albert. Passing through the levels you help Albert to bring the colors back to his world…
Simple, but not easy, relaxing but sometimes irritating :), addictive puzzle game. If you like to excercise your brain – this is the game for you.
Forum Thread: The Game Of Dots. (by TGOD Team)
Jump across sinking blocks, win new characters, and beat your friends’ records!
Icy Bounce is a new smash hit that you will never stop playing. Win new characters from our interplanetary company, explore different locations, and embark on an endless arcade journey!
Forum Thread: Icy Bounce (by Dr. Penguin Studio)
Driven by the brutal murder of both wife and child by a savage gang, a former gunslinger unleashes vengeance in the Wild West.
Infinite West is a turn-based strategy game that is inspired by classic board games, such as Chess.
You will strategically navigate small 7×7 grids to avoid attacks, take out enemies, and gather resources. Every move counts if you want to survive
Forum Thread: Infinite West (by Ape-X)
A novice blacksmith and a novice Swordstress pairs up for a successful business!
You, a novice blacksmith, suddenly have to take over you uncle’s smithy.
With the help of the PR Swordstress he hired for the Smithy’s publicity,
Run the Smithy with materials gathered from hunting grounds
And craft stronger equipments to challenge even more dangerous hunting grounds.
You and the Swordstress will have to work together
To make a successful business together as a team!
Forum Thread: Knight Maker (by Magic Cube)
In Little Buno your goal is to restore the balance of nature that was disrupted by overhunting.. To do so, feed the animals! Another task is to reach your tribe that left its home area after getting attacked by gorillas. All your family and friends are waiting for you.
Little Buno is an adventure game of 60 levels from 3 original worlds. The game features a beautiful story, multiple environments, and animals like gorillas, lions, elephants.
The gameplay is simple and easy to understand, perfect for casual players of all ages! You need to feed the creatures while still avoiding their attacks. The game requires skill and is very thrilling but not violent. Above all, it’s lots of fun for people from young to old.
Forum Thread: Little Buno (by Gecko Studio)
Marshawn Lynch Pro Football
Exhilarating gameplay and ultra-realistic action, starring NFL running back Marshawn Lynch, in a larger-than-life football arcade game with over the top special effects and stunning console quality graphics.
Hit the field, spin and juke past oncoming defenders, smash through the defense in Beast Mode and take it to the house!
Forum Thread: Marshawn Lynch Pro Football (by Full Fat)
Aliens are attacking.
How long can you last.
Forum Thread: Meteordodge! (By Clickteam)
Meteorfall is a deck-building roguelike. You’ll choose your class from one of four unique adventurers, and then set out with a deck consisting of some basic attack cards. During the course of your adventure, you’ll be presented with the opportunity to add powerful new cards to your deck.
No adventure would be complete without slaying a few monsters that get in your way. In battle, you’ll draw cards from your ability deck. Each time you draw a card, you’ll be able to swipe right to play the card, or swipe left to skip a turn and regain some stamina.
Forum Thread: Meteorfall: Journey (by Eric Farraro)
Rescue all 33 Chilean Miners in this Action packed Arcade Adventure mobile mining extravaganza!
33 Chilean Miners are trapped underground & only you can help them escape from the collapsing San José Mine! RUN, JUMP, KART, FLIP & SMASH your way to safety in this crazy new mobile game…
Forum Thread: Muchos Mineros (by Sumting Sumting Software Limited)
My Little Chaser
I was driving on a sunny day when a strange car came along and cut in front of me. My car crashed into pieces and the car in front disappeared. Wait! He left a clue. I don’t know who you are, but I will find you…
The little cactus goes on a journey to find the strange attacker. Start your pursuit of vengeance using the items on the road as clues. Dodge your obstacles, obtain items, and clear the stages. The driving skills will come naturally to you. Win your way through the VS Mode for an intense competition with other little chasers around the world. Try infinity Mode on an endless road… A battle with yourself!!
You can customize your cars even greater using keys collected in the game. Don’t let my size fool you! Customize your car to equip six skills and upgrade your car~ How about it? Join us in the pursuit of vengeance of the little cactus!
Forum Thread: My Little Chaser (by BEESIDE)
My Momo – Tap Alien
Here come the cute little guys!
Nurture, manage, battle all at once!
A comic and touching story!
We introduce you, My Momo.
Forum Thread: My Momo ( by SeyeonSoft )
Out There Chronicles Ep. 2
The next chapter in the highly-anticipated Sci-Fi saga inspired by Out There, the multi-award-winning space exploration game.
After fleeing America in a ramshackle ship, Darius and his ragtag crew crash on a desert planet. He wakes in a sorry state, alone on the purple desert planet.
In this chapter, Darius must survive on a planet almost as unwelcoming as a local population that worships a mysterious Winged God. What happened to his crew? Did Nyx survive? And most importantly, how the hell can he get off this cursed planet?
Forum Thread: Out There Chronicles – Ep. 2 (by Mi-Clos Studio)
Rush into a grand new adventure in the world of Ragnarok Online.
Join forces with the world of Ragnarok as the creatures and pets fight alongside you to save the world. Experience a whole new adventure in your hands.
Create new memories with all new exciting battles, glorious new visuals, and a whole new original story-line.
Forum Thread: Ragnarok Rush (by Gravity Interactive)
Destroy all ALIENS in AR!
COWS are ‘udderly’ fed up being abducted and now the aliens have taken the princess!
Strap an EXPLOSIVE ROCKET to your cow and take out those abducting little aliens in this destructive augmented reality game!
Forum Thread: Rocket Cows (by Entity3 Limited)
The Room: Old Sins
Enter The Room: Old Sins and be transported to a place where tactile exploration meets challenging puzzles and a captivating story.
The sudden disappearance of an ambitious engineer and his high-society wife provokes the hunt for a precious artefact. The trail leads to the attic of their home, and the discovery of an old, peculiar dollhouse…
Explore unsettling locations, follow obscure clues and manipulate bizarre contraptions as you uncover the mysteries within Waldegrave Manor.
Forum Thread: The Room: Old Sins (by Fireproof Games)
Compete against other sassy sailors in this silly sailing game. Use your rudder and sail to find the perfect wind in this tropical paradise.
Race against other players and find out who’s the silliest sailor.
Unlock continuously sillier ships (and shoes) and after a while even ships (and sofas) with multiple sails.
Behind the silly exterior exists a somewhat (not really) realistic sailing simulation.
Forum Thread: Silly Sailing (by Devm Games)
As Slime Pizza’s delivery boy, your ship crash lands and all the pizzas have been scattered!
Collect all the pizza you can, but beware the watchful eye of the planet’s patrol officer!
– Stick to wall Surfaces
– Absorb key items
– Travel across multiple themed levels
– Discover secret rooms
– Avoid a wide range of traps and enemies
Get back on track and make those deliveries happen. The customers are waiting!
Forum Thread: Slime Pizza (by Nitrome)
Soul Magic Online
A MMORPG that plays on vertical screen! Expedite level up by accomplishing Main Quests!
Soul Magic Online (shortened as SMO) is A social community MMORPG that evolves your character by leveling up. You will acquire various items(weapon&armor) and skills to play Daily Dungeon and Party Dungeon.
Level and make your own character stronger!
Forum Thread: Soul Magic Online (by Treewiz)
Squidley is a squid who likes to have fun jumping from cloud to cloud.
Help this lively squid jump from cloud to cloud, reaching new heights and adventures along the way. Bouncing along can be dangerous though, because there are many obstacles along the way. Some of the obstacles you might encounter on your journey are flying cats, mean clouds, bandits, and other things to plummet squidley. If squidley hops high enough, maybe he will meet a beautiful butterfly?
Forum Thread: Squidley (by William Hendon)
Stack & Crack
“Stack & Crack” is a minimalist puzzle game about four Boxies and their interesting interrelationships. Your goal is to guide all the Boxies to the Portal of Light. But, how? Well, download and find out.
Forum Thread: Stack & Crack (by Jambav)
Super Fancy Pants Adventure
Super Fancy Pants Adventure is a wild free-running adventure with buttery smooth platforming and a slick fountain pen!
Super Fancy Pants Adventure is the culmination of a decade of perfecting the Fancy Pants adventures. For the first time on iOS, here comes Fancy Pants man!
Forum Thread: Super Fancy Pants Adventure (by Kongregate)
Tactical Monsters Rumble Arena
This is a turn-based, hex grid tactics gameplay with monsters from all time and space. From Franky the Frankenstein, to fantasy monsters like Medusa and Griffin, to culturally established creatures like WuKong and the Mummy, to monsters you’ve never seen before such as Bigfoot and Nobu the ghost samurai. Each monster have their own unique background and jobs. Each monsters have unique skills such as magic skills, physical skills, or even world-ending skills like the nuclear warhead from Dr. Walter’s Mecha Machine.
Forum Thread: Tactical Monsters Rumble Arena (by Camex Games)
Tap through wave after wave of enemy space ships, but don’t go alone! Tap Squadron multiplies your incremental clicker enjoyment by placing up to two other players on your team. Is your progression slowing down a little? Maybe another player will join to help you blast to the next level.
Tap Squadron is a rewarding idle rpg quest, with hundreds of possible power ups, customizable permanent upgrades, resources, four different ship types with unique special abilities, tons of different directions to take your gameplay.
Forum Thread: Tap Squadron (by Martian Arctic Games)
Tents and Trees Puzzles
Place a tent next to each tree in this original puzzle game! Numbers around the grid tell you how many tents must be placed on each row and column. Be careful, tents can’t touch each other.
Solve all levels with logic only: no random moves!
Forum Thread: Tents and Trees Puzzles (by Frozax Games)
Thumper: Pocket Edition
Thumper is rhythm violence: classic action, blistering speed, and brutal physicality. You are a space beetle. Brave the void and confront a maniacal giant head.
With this special pocket edition, you can play all nine epic levels with one hand.
Hurtle forward, master new moves, and survive terrifying boss battles. Propelled by a pounding original soundtrack, you’ll feel every crushing impact. To reach synesthetic bliss, you must conquer rhythm hell.
Forum Thread: Thumper: Pocket Edition (by Drool LLC)
Utano Princesama: Shining Live
Enjoy your favorite Utano Princesama songs in this intuitive rhythm game!
Meet the members of leading entertainment company Shining Production’s hottest new group STARISH and the veteran members of QUARTET NIGHT. Communicate with all eleven stars, follow their behind-the-scenes lives in Story mode, and then take to the stage and help them deliver the show of a lifetime! Support your favorite boys as they aim for the top!
Forum Thread: Utano Princesama: Shining Live (by KLab Inc.)
Team Behind Blyss, Neo Angle, UNWYND comes back with their new puzzler.
Turn off the grid by pushing all the buttons in the right order and find a WayOut of this puzzle. It’s not as easy as it sounds.
Wayout is on the challenging side as compared to our previous games. Casual Puzzle fans will have to scratch their heads every now and then. As for hardcore puzzle fans, this one’s a definite treat.
If you like Wayout, do try our other games.
Forum Thread: WayOut (by Dropout Games)
It’s Wednesday again, and we’re finally getting back to where we used to be when it comes to loads of weekly high profile game releases. The Room: Old Sins is due out tonight, but there’s a bunch more games that have already been posted to our forums. Oh, and if you’re into celebrating a random holiday today, it’s apparently Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day, which I suppose is the often forgotten second cousin twice removed to International Talk Like a Pirate Day? But, hey, whatever.
Here’s all the games that have been posted to our forums so far:
- Buffy Boom (by Nort Technology)
- Decuria – Crazy 10s Mania (by MIVA Games GmbH)
- Diggy Loot (by Ironwood Studio Limited)
- DragonBreak (by Headlight Software)
- Food Pals (By WONDERFUL LASERS)
- From Zero to Hero: Cityman (by Heatherglade)
- Game Of Dots. (by TGOD Team), The
- Gin Rummy Free™ (by Awesome Cool and Free Fun Games LLC)
- Icy Bounce (by Dr. Penguin Studio)
- Infinite West (by Ape-X)
- Knight Maker (by Magic Cube)
- Little Buno (by Gecko Studio)
- Muchos Mineros (by Sumting Sumting Software Limited)
- Out There Chronicles – Ep. 2 (by Mi-Clos Studio)
- Silly Sailing (by Devm Games)
- Slime Pizza (by Nitrome)
- Soul Magic Online (by Treewiz)
- Squidley (by William Hendon)
- Stack & Crack (by Jambav)
- Super Fancy Pants Adventure (by Kongregate)
- Tap Squadron (by Martian Arctic Games)
- Tents and Trees Puzzles (by Frozax Games)
- Thumper: Pocket Edition (by Drool LLC)
- Utano Princesama: Shining Live (by KLab Inc.)
As usual, we’ll have a full roundup later this evening so stay tuned for that, along with any other random surprises that pop up between now and then.
Apple is releasing version 2.0 of Clips, its free application for easily editing mobile videos. When the app first launched earlier this year, it was clear that Apple wasn’t trying to replace more sophisticated editing software like FinalCut or iMovie. Instead, it’s trying to offer an easy way to stitch together video segments shot on your phone (you can shoot video directly in… Read More
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