Apple’s is showcasing a ton of cool indie games in iTunes. Outstanding new releases like Ticket to Earth, Euclidean Lands and Beglitched are on sale, along with an army of $.99 classics. There are far worse ways to spend a couple of dollars. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
King’s bubble-popping extravaganza Bubble Witch Saga rides again with its third release that’s out now: Bubble Witch 3 Saga. It’s available via the Apple App Store, Google Play, Amazon App Store, and Facebook for you to snatch up right now for all your bubble-bursting pleasure. If you’ve ever played Bust-A-Move, you’ll be right at home here. The original Bubble Witch Saga and its sequel were puzzlers where you’re given one colored bubble after another to aim at even more bubbles suspended at the top of the screen. You need to match three or more of a kind to burst the bubbles and clear them from the play area. This is accomplished via precise aiming with the touch screen, and strategic bouncing of colored bubbles against the “walls” of the play area. If you play your cards right, you can collapse an entire cache of bubbles with a well-placed shot. They’ll rain down in a shower of color, and at the end of each level, they’ll randomly bounce into pots that collect them for points totally onto your score. Bubble Witch 3 Saga includes an older main character (Stella) who’s been possessed by READ FULL STORY AT GEEK!
You’ve got yourself an iPhone and you want to play some games on it. You might not want to just plunge into the App Store—it’s a jungle, full of deadly spiders, wild animals, and bad games. Here, let us help you. Advertisement Below, we’ve listed the 12 games we feel are a great starting point for iPhone gaming. You can also watch the video above for a rundown. Hitman games are famous for their open-ended sandboxes. At their best, they let you creep around a party or a museum, find your target, and creatively take them out. Hitman GO… doesn’t really do that. What it does do, however, is offer a bunch of smart, tightly designed puzzles that gradually become more complicated as you go, but are never too complicated to finish off in the space of a single bus ride. With its stripped down board-game aesthetic and abstract violence, it may not look much like a Hitman game, but it still manages to capture the series’ meticulous, satisfying nature. Advertisement A Good Match For: Hitman fans, puzzle fiends, people READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
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A wondrous combination of martial arts action and BioWare storytelling, Jade Empire is a classic action RPG that could really use a sequel. Perhaps today’s release of Jade Empire: Special Edition on iOS is a step in that direction. Or not. Advertisement Aspyr Media, the folks behind the iOS version of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, have ported BioWare’s martial arts epic to touchscreen. For $9.99 players get the full game experience, with more than 40 hours of gameplay and—for the first time—achievements. Everybody loves achievements. For those of you unfamiliar with the game, it’s basically a standard BioWare RPG, with moral choices, rich characters, followers and plenty of deep storytelling, only with lots of kicking and punching. And in case you’re wondering how the action RPG controls on a touch screen, here’s an expert mode controls tutorial. We’re probably not getting a Jade Empire sequel any time soon, but at least the iOS release will mean new fans to commiserate with. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!
Mystic Messenger Dating sim Mystic Messenger is blowing up, simulating the too-real experience of falling in love with mysterious people online. It’s a relatable otome (“maiden”) game in which, brilliantly, anime boys—and one girl—interact with you over a fake chatroom and text messages. Your character stumbles upon the fictional Mystic Messenger app under strange circumstances, and, over the course of 11 days, gets to know potential paramours online and offline. Mystic Messenger is brilliant, and there’s a lot to unpack about how its fake interface best shows each character’s flaws and charms. Advertisement On Friday, I wrote about how Mystic Messenger’s main mechanic was emotional labor, flattering the boys in the particular ways they require flattery. However, Kotaku writer Heather Alexandra has spent the last few weeks on her own Mystic Messenger quest. She’s come out of it with a unique take that, today, we explored in a chat together. Cecilia D’Anastasio: Let’s get started! Advertisement Heather Alexandra: Perhaps let’s begin with how we heard about the game, what drew us to it? Cecilia D’Anastasio: All the otome fans in my feeds were raving about Mystic Messenger for weeks, but mostly about the boys. That’s not a big hook for…