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Robot Unicorn Attack Isn't Screwing Around This Time

Since the release of the 2010 original, Adult Swim’s unicorn runner has been delighting players with fanciful flights over fantastic dreamscapes to the turn of Erasure’s “Always.” Robot Unicorn Attack Forever takes that base and builds a collectible robot gacha game on top. Advertisement When you first start playing Robot Unicorn Attack Forever, available as a free download on iTunes and Google Play, it seems like just more of the same running, jumping, singing and swaying that fans of the series have been eating up over and over again over the past seven years. But at the end of that initial ride a massive unicorn-headed fortresses rises out of the clouds. Now we have a base of operations. We have a robot fairy guide named Lumina, who is all sorts of fun. We can assemble a stable of different robot unicorns, ready to be upgraded and fused into more powerful robot unicorns. We can forge new robot unicorns using currency earned in-game or purchased with real money. We can even assign our robot unicorns their own READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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At Least It's Not Another Star Wars Collectible Card Game

There’s a new Star Wars game out on mobile today, and it doesn’t involve collecting characters, buying things in order to unlock characters or forming a party of collectible characters. At this point a match-three game like Star Wars: Puzzle Droids is kind of refreshing. Advertisement As much as I like to ride on the lazier examples of the genre, I’m always down for a well-crafted match-three game, and Puzzle Droids certainly looks like one of those. Free to download today on iOS and Android (hah) devices, the game sees players matching themed gems in order to unlock BB-8’s memories of classic Star Wars scenes. At this point I am down for any mobile Star Wars game that doesn’t involve me trying to level up Chewbacca. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Everyone Is Apparently Playing A Game Called 'Ballz'

GIF One of the hottest new mobile games going is a clever take on the brick-busting genre called Ballz. Go ahead, get it out of your system. I still haven’t. Advertisement Available as a free download on iTunes and Google Play from the folks at Ketchapp, Ballz is one of those quick and dirty (shush) games that’s easy to pick up and difficulty to put down. Players fire their balls into the air in order to take out blocks before they reach the bottom of the screen. Each block has a number, indicating the number of hits it needs to take before disappearing. As the game progresses the numbers get higher, but the player also collects extra balls as they go, increasing their circular army to better deal with bigger digits. Here is a video of me playing Ballz. Dammit. The game is free to play, with a one-time $1.99 ad removal option available. You’ll want to take advantage of that offer before you get too deep into Ballz. Okay, that one was on purpose. Advertisement When I first saw Ballz on the iTunes charts READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Club Penguin Island Launches And The Profanity Bans Continue

Yesterday Disney closed Club Penguin, the kid-friendly online game that had been delighting children and quickly banning potty-mouths since 2005. Today Disney launches Club Penguin Island, a subscription-based mobile game, bringing kid-friendly fun and high-speed banning to a new generation. Advertisement Club Penguin Island, available today in the U.S. for iOS and Android devices, aims to give players of all ages a safe and friendly place to socialize, play games and have all sorts of good, clean fun. There are races to be won, quests to be complete, levels to be earned and stinky cheeses to be shared with online friends. What I got to see of the game in the five or so minutes I played before being kicked by the language filter looked simply delightful. It’s the sort of place I could see my children hanging out, but I’m going to have to create a new account for them to do so. Given the original Club Penguin’s no-nonsense stance on bad language, I was obligated to test the limits of Club Penguin Island’s system. It looks like Club Penguin Island is on a three strikes and READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

ANDROID

The New Power Rangers Game Isn't Half Bad

With a new chapter in the Power Rangers saga unfolding in theaters across the country this weekend, Saban and Lionsgate have teamed with mobile developer nWay to release Power Rangers: Legacy Wars, a real-time mobile fighting game featuring heroes and villains from throughout series history. Advertisement Legacy Wars is a little bit Marvel: Contest of Champions and mixed with some Rock, Paper, Scissors. Players form teams of Power Rangers characters (one leader and two assists) in order to do battle with other players’ teams in order to battle their way to the top of their league’s leaderboards. This is all due to some plot by Rita Repulsa to pit Rangers from throughout history against each other, cause she’s petty like that. Check out the video below for a look at the game in action. Battling is by far the best part of Legacy Wars, which is fortunate considering its focus on fighting. Finger swipes move players backwards and forwards on the fighting plane as a power meter fills. Each leader character has a series of attacks they can employ in battle, from special melee moves to ranged projectiles. Winning READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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There's Never Been A Puzzle RPG Quite Like Ticket To Earth

One of my favorite genre hybrids just got a huge kick in the pants, courtesy of Robot Circus’ Ticket to Earth. It combines tile matching and strategic positioning in a way I’ve never seen. Advertisement Available today for iOS and coming soon to PC, Ticket To Earth is an evolutionary leap forward in the puzzle/RPG hybrid genre. Instead of the puzzle being where the action is and the various characters and enemies little more than portraits framing the board, Ticket to Earth hero Rose fights atop the board, running along the paths traced by the player as they connect colored squares. As she travels the board, two actions per turn, Rose gains attack power for each space she walks, using it to take out the robotic, human and mutant enemies she encounters. The four colors represent disciplines Rose has access to, each assigned its own special skill that charges as she treads on the corresponding hue. Fill a discipline’s power meter and Rose can unleash a special attack, damaging foes and manipulating the board with her special skills. Advertisement READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Smite's Clash Royale-Style Spin-Off Put 'On Hold'

Development has halted on Smite Rivals, the collectible card arena game for PC and mobile devices. Hi-Rez Studios says the project has been put on hold in order to focus on the original Smite and its successful first spin-off, Smite Tactics. Advertisement Smite Rivals, which made its public debut in playable form back in January at the Hi-Rez Expo in Atlanta, is Smite’s answer to Clash Royale. Players create a battle deck featuring minions and deities from Hi-Rez’s popular action MOBA, then deploy those cards onto a three-lane battleground against their opponents. Or at least that was the plan. A source close to the game’s development contacted Kotaku with word that the unnamed third-party studio working on Smite Rivals had been pulled from the project this morning, with no plans to pass it off to another studio or develop it internally. We contacted Hi-Rez Studios, who gave us the following statement. We made a decision this week to put Smite Rivals on hold. While we are still excited by the general concept of Smite Rivals, it was clear after early testing that the game needed significant additional development before READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Euclidean Lands Puts A Clever Twist On Strategy

While the hero of Euclidean Lands seems to be wielding a spear, his greatest weapon is his axes. Advertisement His X, Y and Z axes to be precise, the ones that make up the three-dimensional space of Euclidean geometry. Euclidean Lands is a game that combines turn-based strategic movement with puzzles that rotate on those axes to create a unique puzzle/strategy hybrid that’s great fun to play, especially when you aren’t playing at the same time as recording a video about it. You play as a hero trying to save a series of floating islands from a mysterious force. Through five chapters and 40 levels, our brave hero must defeat enemies by finding his way to their unguarded sides. He’s in charge of moving one square at a time. The player is in charge of rotating the world, activating teleporters and navigating obstacles in order to get him there. Euclidean Lands is a very intelligent game that will get your brain thinking in three dimensions or more. Not bad for a first game, though developer Miro Straka did study architecture at the University of Applied READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Lightseekers Could Be The Next Big Thing In Game Connected Toys

Mari, one of two Lightseekers races available at launch in July. Lightseekers isn’t another toys-to-life game. It’s got gorgeous articulated figures that talk, vibrate and evolve, powered by a mini-computer. They play in a Diablo-esque mobile adventure and are augmented by a massive standalone trading card game. It’s very impressive, but are people going to buy it? Advertisement Don’t even say “toys-to-life” around a member of PlayFusion, the employee-owned independent game developer and publisher that debuted Lightseekers as a successful Kickstarter last year. During a presentation held at the Tomy booth during the 2017 New York Toy Fair this weekend I was corrected several times. The term they prefer is “connected play.” It makes sense that PlayFusion would want to distance itself from the “toys-to-life” term. It brings to mind games like Activision’s Skylanders, which is taking a year off in 2017 following declining sales of recent installments, and Disney Infinity, which was cancelled in 2016 after three years of success. Both of those franchises features toys that were essentially colorful statues, the characters of which only came to life in their respective games when placed on portal devices connected to READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Can You Name All The Robots In This Transformers: Forged To Fight Trailer?

vNot correct: Soundscream, Windlady, Optimus Convoy, Stephen, Twila Mobile developer Kabam and Hasbro roll out a new trailer for their upcoming fighting game at Toy Fair 2017 today, demonstrating just how deep and obscure the roster for Transformers: Forged to Fight is going to get. How many do you recognize? Advertisement When Kabam said they were pulling characters from almost every generation of Transformers, they were not kidding. In the shot above we’ve got classic Soundwave, mewcoer Windblade, whichever version of Optimus Prime that is, Rhinox from Beast Wars (showing off the liberty being taken with scale) and bad old Bludgeon. You want more? Look: Transformers: Forged to Fight arrives on iOS and Android this spring. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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First Big Fire Emblem Heroes Update Brings New Characters And Quests

Just when you thought it was safe to stop summoning characters in Fire Emblem Heroes the first major update hits, bringing for new sibling characters to the game, along with a limited-time series of Paralogue quests celebrating their family bonds. Advertisement The launch summoning focus events have ended, making way for the Family Bonds Summoning event. Brother and sister teams Ephraim and Elrika from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones and Seliph and Julia from Fire Emblem: Genealogy of the Holy War are now up for grabs. Along with the new crazy pairs comes the first series of Paralogue story extension maps, a trio of battles featuring the new characters in action. Players can also complete a series of Family Bonds missions for special rewards. I’ve managed to snag Elrika so far, but she’s awfully lonely without her brother. Dammit, Nintendo. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Haunting Rhythm Game Deemo Comes To Vita This Spring

One of the first games I download whenever I get a new phone or tablet is Deemo, a touching tale of love, loss and sacrifice told through a piano-esque rhythm game. PM Studios and acttil are bringing the game to PlayStation Vita this spring. Advertisement I’ve been waiting to add Deemo: The Last Recital to my Vita collection since it was released in Japan back in 2015. The PSN version of the game collects more than 100 songs released through various DLC packs for the mobile version of the game into one lovely package, with additional story bits and fully animated cutscenes. Deemo is the story of a strange, piano-playing creature whose somber world is interrupted by the arrival of a young girl. Over the course of game the two grow closer and closer, until the true nature of their relationship is revealed and everyone is sad forever. It’s so good. Look for it in a couple of months. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Titanfall Mobile Game Dies Before It Truly Lived 

Remember the mobile collectible card game Titanfall spin-off we told you about back in September? Well, forget it. It’s dead. Titanfall: Frontline is cancelled, it’s closed beta shutting down next week. Why? Seems like it just didn’t have that Titanfall zest. Advertisement Or at least that’s what it sounds like what is being said in the message on the Frontline Facebook page. Somehow Nexon and developer Particle City were having trouble communicating the action-packed feel of Titanfall in a mobile card strategy joint. It happens. It is our goal to create the best Titanfall mobile games that showcase the fast-paced action, mobility and, of course, the power of Titans in this iconic series. We’ve learned an incredible amount in the beta test of Titanfall: Frontline, but in the end felt the experience wasn’t ready to deliver the intense action-packed gameplay synonymous with Titanfall. While it’s never easy to cancel a game, we’re excited to take some of the concepts we saw resonate with players and build off of them in future Titanfall mobile games. Titanfall: Frontline’s closed beta will be winding down in the next READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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The 12 Best Games on the iPhone

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!