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I Keep Having This Dream from Dungeon Raid Developer for iOS with Tips, Tricks, and Guides



I Keep Having This Dream from Dungeon Raid Developer for iOS with Tips, Tricks, and Guides

App Store is bloated with apps today. In total, there are more than 2 millions apps in the App Store with 25% of it, coming from games alone. From these numbers, I can safely say that most of them are casual gamers. This opinion is supported by the statistics that's coming from Localize Direct.

From this statistics, Puzzle and Arcade are the top two genres that dominating the App Store. It means that game developers are more interested to create games that appealing to more audience. Not just making a game that only targeting hardcore gamers. They want to build games that suitable for any age and can be played in most situation, especially during boring meeting.

Speaking of which, to target casual gamers, developers are tend to create games with portrait view to facilitate the needs of commute casual gamers, playing game with just one hand. Something that's impossible to do when you have a game with landscape mode. Portrait mode game, however, isn't easy to design. Because in terms of UX, it lacks the width that's usually used to give more roomy feeling.

This lack of roomy feeling however, isn't something that can be found in Alex Kupstov from Fireflame Games latest game. Fireflame Games is renown for the classic fantastic match-3 RPG game, Dungeon Raid. After several years inactive from updating his famous game, Alex has come back alive and strong with a Roguelike/Puzzle/Board Game called I Keep Having This Dream.

Punch Club: A Fighter's Tamagotchi for iOS and Android (with Guides, Tips and Tricks)



Punch Club: A Fighter's Tamagotchi for iOS and Android (with Guides, Tips and Tricks)

Simulation games have always been one of my favorite genre. A simulation game is a game where you will be simulating various activities from real life. At the early development of simulation game, the true purpose of it isn't actually for fun purpose but rather for real-life purpose such as training, analysis, or prediction. Most simulation games trying to tell the player about how they think a real situation from their game would happen.

But as time goes by, so does the evolution of simulation games. Now they're not just focusing on detail and real-life simulation, but also broaden its range to a more friendly, simple, and fun games. The history of simulation game is a bit blur. While many credits the notorious Sim City as the first simulation game, Coleco Vision claim themselves as the game that inspires Sim City.

Since the success of Sim City, simulation games is like the genre that would never dies. This genre always has its own fan base that would never fade away. Just like the time when I was a child, the time when Tamagotchi was first released in public, 20 years ago. It's like everybody feel responsible to raise a digital pet that's just as large as any keychain, and can be brought anywhere they go.

That's exactly the same concept that I thought when simulation games being brought into iPhone. It's like you have your own tamagotchi again, but this time, it's not just digital pet, you can even bring a street fighter everywhere you go and have him develops into a tough fighter.

Combining strategic decision and simulation together is what Lazy Bear Games wanted to present to the players. With these combinations in mind, along with the passion to bring back nostalgic feeling into modern game, Punch Club is born.

Runestone Keeper - A Permadeath Roguelike Game Review and Beginner Guide for iOS and Android



Runestone Keeper - A Permadeath Roguelike Game Review and Beginner Guide for iOS and Android

Why does playing game that has no limit is so addictive to some people? For me personally, it's because the endless challenge offered by the game. It seems that when I'm playing an endless game, I'm challenging something that literally impossible, but always interesting to be played with.

Endless games however, is a category that's a bit sensitive to most hardcore gamers. I don't know about you obviously but all hardcore gamers that I've known, would prefer games that has clear ending, not just aiming high score and just doing something repetitively.

Roguelike game, despite in many way, can also be categorized into this endless game category, but with different weight in terms of its gameplay. The genre that's also a sub-genre of Role-Playing Games, isn't just you simply running aimlessly bragging about score, it's about how you plan your next game session. It's entirely in a different weight.

Speaking of the history of Roguelike game, most hardcore gamers would be familiar with the most famous tabletop role-playing game called Dungeon and Dragons. This fantasy game had more than 3 million players around the world just back in 1981, and by 2004, this game has reached more than 20 million people. In fact, games like D&D have influenced most Roguelike games that based on a high fantasy narrative.

There are some characteristics that separate roguelike games from other genre. Permanent Death of the player character, that is. Permadeath (the cool vocab for permanent death), according to Wikipedia, is a situation in which player characters that die are permanently dead and removed from the game and may no longer be used to play. It means when you're dead, you will have to restart the game all over again from scratch.

Back in 2013, a roguelike game entered iOS games platform, and successfully made this genre the new darling in the midst of various genre. Since then, a lot of high quality roguelike game have entered the platform, from friendly roguelike game like Sproggiwood to a more play-and-go game like 100 Rogues. All of them have different play styles and taste, but all with the same characteristics, the permadeath.

In 2015, another fantastic roguelike game with permadeath game mechanic is entering the mobile platform again. Originally designed for iOS platform, Blackfire Games from China, decided to release it first on PC to test the public interest for this game since roguelike genre wasn't that popular in China. The PC's release however, turns out great as they have successfully snatched 2014 UNITY AWARDS for Best Gameplay in China. Moreover, now there are more Chinese players that signed up for Steam because of this game.

This is Blackfire Games own roguelike version that has shaken China's gaming industry, Runestone Keeper.

The Manager: A Football Story - Quick Arcade Style Football Management Game for iOS and Android (with Tips and Tricks)



The Manager: A Football Story - Quick Arcade Style Football Management Game for iOS and Android (with Tips and Tricks)

Just several weeks ago, we have witnessed the return of the football management sim king, Football Manager 2016 with its mobile and touch version. For those of you who haven't played these games, I'd suggest you to read my review for the mobile version of FM2016.

However, I also did, realize, that these two games can also be considered as premium games for mobile games. With pretty expensive tag on its price, $19.99 for the touch version, and $9.99 for the mobile version, these games aren't for everyone.

I do also realize that, some of you, still want to play amazing football simulation games with a more reasonable price. This latest game from 2bigpixels, will really relieve your thirst for a good football sim game, with a FREE price. This game is called The Manager: A Football Story.

Power Hover - A Cinematic Runner Game on iOS



Power Hover - A Cinematic Runner Game on iOS

We without a doubt, are living in a world where electricity is a power that runs almost everything in our life. Entertainment, communications, power generators, and so many more. Electricity has taken biggest part of our daily life. Perhaps you will be able to live a day without any electricity, but what about 7 days straight? How about 1 year straight without electricity?

What if, something, someone, has the ability to take all the electricities away from one place and left it alone in the darkness, without any electricity? ODDROK, a Helsinki (capital of Finland if you're asking) developer studio founded by Markus and Janne Kallio (not related by blood by the way), tries to use this fact as the base for their first game as duo called Power Hover.

Football Manager Mobile 2016: Best Football Manager Offline Game for iOS and Android



Football Manager Mobile 2016: Best Football Manager Offline Game for iOS and Android

The game that I'm about to talk, is without a doubt, one of the most successful football management simulation game in the whole world, and it all started way back in 1992. In 1992, this football simulation game started with the name, Championship Manager created by two brothers under the name of Sports Interactive and published by Eidos.

In 2003, Sports Interactive split with Eidos, retained the game's match engine, database, and changed its name into Football Manager. Slowly but sure, Football Manager sets their feet deeply and claim back their right to become the most popular football management simulation game.

Football Manager set their feet on handheld device back on 2006, when they released Football Manager Handheld (FMH) on PSP. Of course they designed the game separately due to the different playing experience in handheld console. 

However as if Sports Interactive wants to expand more with this business line, FMH was entering mobile products, started with iOS back in 2010, continued with Android in April 2012.

Finally in 2016, FMH was being renamed and released to both iOS and Android devices with the name Football Manager Mobile 2016.

Wizards and Wagons - Hero's Adventure Never This Entrepreneurial Before (iOS Game Review and Tips)



Wizards and Wagons - Hero's Adventure Never This Entrepreneurial Before (iOS Game Review and Tips)

Have you ever thought what will happen to all the heroes after they've beaten the bad guys? You certainly will think that they will be enjoying a prosperous life with lots of money on their pocket right?

Well, Touch Dimensions offers a different point of view to the aftermath life of a hero. Touch Dimensions has been known previously for their more traditional strategy games through their games like Autumn Dynasty Warlords.

This time, Touch Dimensions is expanding their genre into the simulation genre. Go from bankrupt hero to successful entrepreneur in this fantasy trading game called Wizards and Wagons.

Lumino City: From Paper to Play - Review & Walkthrough



Lumino City: From Paper to Play - Review & Walkthrough

I'm a amateur photographer. I couldn't always take a great photo, but I do know if I'm taking a bad photo, so I do believe with my eyes a little bit. That is also the reason why I really excited with games that put their effort in their visual appearance.

Unfortunately, games that's taking too many attentions on their graphics, are usually end with bland or even worst poor gameplay. You wouldn't be able to find easily a game with great graphics and great gameplay. If you can, that game would most likely wins an award (because it's rare).

That is why, I got really excited when I saw this trailer from State of Play Games. It is a puzzle adventure game, it is a point and click adventure, with all the backdrops behind, entirely made with real world materials, paper, card.

Even all the effects are handmade using motors and miniature lights. Don't believe me? Check their behind-the-scene trailer below, and why do they bother to do all that? Because they can, and this is Lumino City.

Templar Battleforce for iOS and Android Review (with Beginner Guide)



Templar Battleforce for iOS and Android Review (with Beginner Guide)

Sometimes, there are those games that's just, let's call it not pleasantly beautiful in their graphics display. Even the trailer couldn't give you that charm of first love experience. Nevertheless, despite being short in attractiveness, once you're laying hand on these games, you won't be able to turn back. This kind of games, are the reasons why I love doing this thing, to find hidden gems, games that are often underestimated by others, but actually, have a fantastic game-play.

This kind of situation kind a reminiscent of the latest product from Trese Brothers. Despite being weak at some areas, this little gem will really blow your mind with heap of contents, stories and conspiracies, aliens, space marines, and of course, brilliant game-play. This is Templar Battleforce.

The Room Three: All Secret Endings Unlocked



The Room Three: All Secret Endings Unlocked

The Room series has became a trend-setter, a model, a game to beat for anyone who plays puzzle games. Although, it's been a bit derivation in its second game, their next game in the series still got many people excited with.

So, when Fireproof Games, the British developer behind these games, launched their next game, I'm putting my life to be in the front line to get this game and play it.

Long story short, the game was very far far away from disappointment. I have spent more than 8 hours to play with the latest series of The Room and Fireproof Games and I have no regret whatsoever playing. It's The Room Chapter 3.