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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!

The Sword Art Online Mobile Game Is Worth A Try

The latest game based on Japan’s popular trapped-in-an-MMO light novel series is a free-to-play mobile game in which players collect and upgrade characters as they advance through the story of Sword Art Online anime. It’s formulaic, but it works quite well. Advertisement Licensed character collecting mobile games are all the rage right now. Players gather or buy crystals or chi points or whatever in order to attempt to add their favorite Naruto or One-Piece or Transformers or whatever to their lineup. Then they use those characters in card or puzzle or turn-based battle, earning items to strengthen them enough to face the next set of challenges. Hell, even Nintendo is getting in on the act with Fire Emblem Heroes. Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag is exactly that sort of game. It’s got a multiplayer hub where countless Kiritos (the series’ main character) mingle with co-op questing in the works, butthe main drive is collecting and strengthening your favorite characters and going on adventures. In order to collect characters, players use currency either collected through in-game adventures or purchased in order to recruit friends from Sword Art Online and the other virtual worlds explored in the series. Advertisement It costs 25…

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The Fire Emblem Heroes Fan Vote Could Be Going Better

Now through January 31, Fire Emblem fans are voting to see which hero and heroine from across series history will be featured in the upcoming mobile game, Fire Emblem Heroes. As of yesterday, Ike and Lyn were winning. Surely we can do better than that. Advertisement Maybe the right people aren’t voting. Maybe they’re put off by the idea of a free-to-play mobile tactics game for iOS and Android. That’s no reason not to head over to Nintendo’s voting page and wave your Chrom and Lucina flag. Mind you I am not saying Chrom and Lucina should win. I would also be happy if both male and female forms of Robin topped the vote. Or maybe Chrom and Lucina. All I am saying is Ike, who is in the rankings twice for both Path of Radiance and Radiant Dawn, is a boring choice that makes me sad. Advertisement Here are the current standings of the Choose Your Legends vote, tweeted out yesterday by Nintendo of America. Suck it, male Corrin. According to Nintendo the standings are quite close, so it’s still READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Released in Japan last year as Pokémon Co-Master, free-to-play strategy board game Pokémon Duel is n

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How To Get Ariana Grande in Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, Because You Can Do That Now

As promised earlier this month, singer Ariana Grande is now a playable character in Final Fantasy mobile game Brave Exvius. Here’s how to add the bunny-eared performer to your pixel party. Advertisement First off, you have to have a copy of the free-to-play game installed on your iOS or Android device. Just search the store for “Final Fantasy” and look for the distinctive new game icon. Once you have the game installed, you’ll have to play to the point where you unlock the Dimensional Vortex, a special area where players and their parties of Final Fantasy characters can participate in special event battles for fabulous prizes. Look for the Dangerous Woman Tour event. It’s pretty easy to spot. Advertisement Playing through the lowest tier battle for the event is all you need to do to add Dangerous Ariana to your group. The stage features a pulsing heart motif, and Grande’s “Touch It” plays during battle in place of the normal music. Maybe turn your sound down first, or wear some headphones. Once READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Fire Emblem: Heroes Is A Collectible Character Strategy Game For iOS And Android

Arriving on Google Play on February 2 and later on iOS, Fire Emblem: Heroes is a mobile turn-based tactics role-playing game in which players gather an army of iconic characters from across series history. Advertisement It sounds like any number of collectible hero mobile RPGs. Players use orbs won in combat or purchased via in-app transaction to attempt to summon their favorite Fire Emblem characters into their army. Battles are the same grid-based tactical fare we’re used to seeing from Fire Emblem, only a bit more vertical. Many familiar features of the franchise are at play here, including the attribute wheel (sword beats axe beats lance beats sword). One feature that isn’t present is permadeath—characters return to your army when defeated in battle. Check out the Nintendo Direct, embedded below, for more information on Fire Emblem: Heroes, starting around the 10:17 mark. 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!