Mobile Game Roundup: AlphaBetty Saga, The Ember Conflict and More

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Alphabetty Saga

Another weekend is almost upon us, complete with a new set of games to dive into on iOS, Android and other mobile devices. To start, Fruit Ninja developer Halfbrick released Radical Rappelling, a challenging endless survival game asking players to rappel down a cliff face without running into obstacles.

Elsewhere, Luca Redwood released the anticipated follow-up to the popular puzzle game 10000000, You Must Build A Boat. The game sees players racing through match-three dungeons to construct their boat and sail the seas. Finally, SYBO Games, creator of the massively popular Subway Surfers, released its new endless runner, Blades of Brim, which combines endless running with combat, mounts and more in a fantasy world.

Looking for something different to try instead? Here’s a look at some additional games released this week.

AlphaBetty Saga (Free on iOS, Android) – Following the game’s release on Facebook, King has launched AlphaBetty Saga on mobile devices. The word game challenges players to complete levels by dragging their finger across touching letter tiles to create words. Levels come in five different types, from those asking players to earn a large number of points without running out of moves, to those asking players to clear all letter tiles trapped in bubbles, and so on. The game offers 140 levels at launch, and players have access to power-ups to help them complete challenging stages.

Drift Spirits (Free on Android) – From Bandai Namco Entertainment, Drift Spirits has already achieved over five million downloads in Japan, and is now available worldwide for players in 40 countries and regions. The drift racing game features 30-second races, with the car’s acceleration and drifting speed controlled by the timing of players’ taps on the screen. Drift Spirits offers 40 car models to choose from, with a focus on Japanese vehicles, and these cars can be customized using the parts collected while playing. With the game’s global release, Bandai Namco has plans to increase the number and variety of cars by expanding the focus away from Japanese models. Drift Spirits will launch on iOS soon.

Terminator Genisys: Revolution (Free on iOS, Android, Amazon) – From Glu Mobile and Skydance Productions, Terminator Genisys: Revolution is the official mobile game for the Terminator Genisys film, set to hit U.S. theaters on July 1, 2015. The game takes players to the year 2029, as they work alongside John Connor in the war to save humanity from the machines. During each of the game’s missions, players will aim at enemies by dragging their finger around the screen, and fire primary or secondary weapons using buttons on the right side of the screen. Players have access to multiple weapons, including assault rifles, shotguns and sniper rifles. Special tools like grenade launchers and EMPs are also available.

Ronaldo & Hugo: Superstar Skaters (Free on iOS, Android) – From Hugo Games, this endless runner stars soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, who has teamed up with Hugo the Troll to escape Paparazzi Pete. Players will race through city streets in gameplay similar to that of Subway Surfers, and can double-tap to spawn a skateboard, allowing them to grind the city’s rails and earn bonus points for a limited time. Players can unlock new boards and clothing for Ronaldo and Hugo, with some items unlocking passive effects for gameplay (for instance, Hugo’s secret agent jacket makes skateboards last 20 percent longer before expiring).

Robbery Bob 2: Double Trouble ($ 2.99 on iOS, Android) – From Chillingo and Level Eight, Robbery Bob 2: Double Trouble sees players completing 60 levels as they explore environments and collect loot. In each level, gamers use a virtual joystick for movement, and can tap a button to dash. Levels are packed with security guards, cameras, traps and other obstacles players must avoid. A timer makes levels trickier, and while gamers aren’t required to collect every piece of loot before existing a stage, they receive up to three stars on each level, relating to their remaining time, number of objects stolen and more.

Hitman: Sniper ($ 4.99 on iOS, Android) – From Square Enix Montreal, Hitman: Sniper is described as a sandbox sniping game. Players will help Agent 47 complete more than 100 missions as they observe each target’s movements and take shots to eliminate enemies in sometimes “creative” ways. Players have access to tools like enemy lures and the ability to dispose of bodies, and will unlock new sniper rifles as they progress. The game challenges players to climb the leaderboards and outperform others across their many contracts and assignments.

Apples to Apples (Free on iOS) – Mattel has released the mobile version of this popular party game, which offers five-player synchronous multiplayer and card pack themes including geography, animals, dessert and more. In each round of Apples to Apples, the current judge plays a card to the table, and every other player must choose a card from their hand that best matches the judge’s card. The judge decides the winning card using his or her own reasoning, with no right or wrong answers. Gamers can play with friends via Facebook connectivity, and the community can vote on trending card combos which appear on the game’s main menu.

Jungle Heat (Free on Windows Phone) – Previously released on iOS, Android and Facebook, My.com’s base-building combat game has been played by over 23 million users so far, and is now available for Windows Phone gamers. Jungle Heat sees users building their base by collecting and balancing the use of resources, with both single-player and multiplayer battles, as well as clan wars, available.

Pirate Battles: Corsairs Bay (Free on Android) – HeroCraft’s pirate-themed base-building combat game sees players building a pirate society on the edge of a bay, where they’ll collect multiple resources and use these to expand their base. Players will compete against others in turn-based multiplayer battles, with four overall kinds of battles available, as well as six different types of pirate ships, which can be upgraded over time.

Epic Eric ($ 0.99 on Android) – After the game’s release on iOS in 2014, 232 Studios has released Epic Eric on Google Play. The physics-based platformer allows players to complete levels as either Eric the Knight or Princess Erica, using one-touch controls to swing on cogs, bounce off of platforms and more to reach the prince or princess trapped somewhere in the stage. For additional challenge, players are encouraged to collect the three stars in each level. Twenty additional achievements are available for fans to unlock.

The Ember Conflict (Free on iOS) – The Ember Conflict is the debut strategy title from Substantial Games, which takes players to a futuristic fantasy world and challenges them to recruit an army capable of defeating enemies in battle. The game was designed for short play sessions, and can be played in as little as two minutes. However, it also offers an army customization system, allowing players to dive deeper into the experience if they’d like. During battle, players tap and drag to command their troops, and can deploy reinforcement units to overwhelm their opponents. Players can unlock new troop types, upgrade their troops with better gear and more between battles.
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Mobile Game Roundup: Broken Age, VEGA Conflict and More

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Broken Age

Looking for a new mobile game to try this weekend? Here’s a look at some of the games launched this week, including quite a few established games which have come to new platforms.

Broken Age ($ 9.99 on iOS, Android) – Previously, players were only able to complete Act 1 of this adventure game from Double Fine, but with the game’s latest update, the full adventure is now available. Broken Age stars Vella Tartine and Shay Volta, two teenagers in similar life situations, but living in different worlds. Players will complete the adventure as both characters, and can swap between each, and their stories, freely. Broken Age supports iPad 2+ and iPhone 5+.

Voyage to Fantasy (Free on iOS, Android) – This hidden object game from Ouat Entertainment was originally released on Facebook in early 2014, and has reportedly been played by more than 2.5 million gamers. The mobile version of the game connects to players’ Facebook accounts, so existing users can pick up where they left off on their iOS or Android device.

World Zombination (Free on Android) – A tower defense MMO from Proletariat, World Zombination was released on iOS in mid-April, and has reportedly been downloaded more than 2.5 million times. The game sees players controlling either the zombie horde or the human survivors, as they unlock more than 100 units, each with their own skills and behaviors. Players can complete more than 50 single-player missions for both factions, or compete in player-vs-player battles. World Zombination is coming soon to PC.

Wire Defuser (Free on iOS, Android) – A level-based puzzle game from Sneaky Box and BulkyPix, Wire Defuser challenges players to defuse a series of increasingly complicated bombs, with over 80 bombs to defuse at launch. Each bomb has a different set of instructions for neutralization, and will see players tapping and holding their finger on buttons for specific amounts of time, swiping to move levers and more. As players advance, they may need to complete multiple actions simultaneously for additional challenge.

Wedding Escape

Wedding Escape (Free on iOS) – A match-three puzzle game from Rafael Lima, Wedding Escape asks players to help a groom flee from the altar and survive as long as possible without getting caught. In each stage of his escape, players must clear a large number of tiles from the board without running out of moves, and they’ll do so by flipping tiles over into their opposite forms. Gold coins, for instance, can be flipped into silver coins, and vice versa. As players collect large numbers of specific tiles, they’ll unlock power-ups, including mines, magnets and bombs, which can be used to clear large groups of tiles in a single move. It’s worth noting, players can flip more than one tile on a single turn to create larger or multiple matches. Each game continues until players eventually run out of moves, and the groom is forced to marry.

Basketball Showdown 2015 (Free on iOS, Android, Amazon) – From Naquatic, Basketball Showdown 2015 is a physics-based title, allowing players to compete in head-to-head multiplayer, or offline basketball games. In each timed game, players swipe to shoot their basketball at the hoop, earning points for each successful shot. As players earn points, they change shooting positions, making the game more difficult as they advance. Players can purchase new basketballs, each with different stats, and can unlock boosts for additional advantages.

Game of Thrones Ascent (Free on Amazon) – Also available on iOS, Android and the Web, Game of Thrones Ascent is Disruptor Beam’s adventure and strategy game based on the hit HBO series Game of Thrones. Now available for Kindle owners, the game allows players to experience both original content, and content based on the current Game of Thrones television season. In other words, players can watch the show on Sunday, and play through matching content on Monday. The game recently received its second major content expansion, Fire & Blood.

Curly the Pig (Free / $ 0.99 on iOS) – Available as two apps, Curly the Pig is an endless survival game from Theta Apps. The game stars Curly the pig, on a quest to explore the big city when his journey takes an odd turn, and meteors begin falling from the sky. Players will tilt their device to control Curly’s movement, and tap to shoot meteors. Gamers earn points for destroying meteors and can collect bonus items, including soda cans and grenades. Soda cans give Curly temporarily invincibility, while grenades destroy all meteors currently on the screen. The free version of the game limits players to Curly’s default weapon, while the paid version unlocks these additional abilities.

Fun Run 2 (Free on Amazon) – Previously released on iOS and Google Play, Fun Run 2 is an online multiplayer racing game from Dirtybit, which lets players race against up to three others across multiple tracks. During each race, characters advance automatically, leaving players to tap on the screen to jump or scale ledges. Players can pick up weapons as they run, and use them to slow down their opponents. In addition to this launch, the game has received a new content update, which places players into leagues, challenging them to climb the ranks for rewards.

Hitman GO ($ 4.99 on Windows Phone) – A turn-based puzzle game from Square Enix, Hitman GO asks players to lead Agent 47 on missions as they collect disguises, unlock new pathways for advancement and more. Players can violently or silently complete levels, depending on their play style. Hitman GO was originally released on iOSAndroid and Amazon devices, with this new Windows and Windows Phone release supporting Xbox Live functionality.

VEGA Conflict (Free on iOS, Android) – Previously released on Facebook, Kixeye’s VEGA Conflict is a base-building combat game, challenging players to build a base for their galactic fleet, and take them into battles against other players. Gamers progress by balancing their resources, and constructing and upgrading structures on their base. During battle, gamers tap on individual ships, and tap on targets to automatically move and attack. If they’d like, gamers can also toggle computer control, so units attack automatically. Cross-platform functionality allows Web players to pick up where they left off.
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