New: Harald: A Game of Influence (Games)


Harald: A Game of Influence 1.0

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $ 1.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

"*** Terrific Game! Unique scoring conditions take a while to get used to but make the game very interesting. Might take 2-3 plays to ""get into"" but once you get the idea it haunts you and you want to get better at it with each play. -Ricks, Board Game Geek

BE THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PLAYER TO WIN THE KING’S FAVOR:
Harald is a card game of influence and majority. As the head of a village, each player will try to charm the most influential character of the realm to be noticed by the King and win his favor. But to win you will need to think and wisely use the abilities of each character.

LEARN HOW TO USE THE CHARACTERS AND THEIR POWERS!
Each turn, players execute three actions in order:
– play one card in the King’s council
– play one card in the player’s village
– draw cards to replenish your hand
There are six different characters, each with a different function and power. Discover the Wolf/scout, the Lynx/merchant, the Fox/bard, the Bear/warrior, the Goat/seafarer; the Boar/blacksmith. Discover each character’s ability and use them in order to overtake your opponents!
Each animal will give you the ability to make a move at the end of your turn: you can steal cards from your adversary, try to exchange his or your cards with the council in order to play in your favor, return cards to erase their points or just place a good card on the top of the pile! Whatever you choose, decide wisely how to make the most of every move!
                                                                                                             
SCORE AS MANY POINTS AS YOU CAN!
The goal is simple: get the maximum number of points! In order to win, you need to pay attention to the cards’ associations and put together the ones that work best.
At the end of the game, each card in the village of a player counts as many points as the number of times the same card appears in the King’s council. Play smartly in both your village and the council and don’t forget to keep an eye on your opponents’ villages in order to win.                                                                                              
EXPERIENCE MORE STRATEGY WITH THE BADGER/SCHOLAR!
Discover an exclusive card, which introduces a new character, the Badger/Scholar. This card offers you the possibility of protecting a series of characters in your own village. It makes the game harder for your opponents because if they want to destroy those cards, they will have to attack the Badger/Scholar first if he is present!

FEATURES:
• Solo mode
• Online multiplayer mode: includes a mini chat to share emoticons while playing
• Unlock beautifully illustrated cards based on the original card game
 
Languages available: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish"

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The best hints, tips, and tricks for Into the Dead 2

Into the Dead 2 is a pretty darn slick mixture of auto-runner and FPS. It’s all about weaving through hordes of zombies, shooting them in the face while you can, and trying not to die. Although it’s pretty cool when you die because you briefly get to see your own organs before you succumb to the nomming of the undead.

But if you’d rather avoid getting your innards ripped out, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve put a good few hours into the game since it hit the App Store at the end of last week, and we reckon we’ve collated some slick-ass hints and tips to make sure you’re going to get the most out of the game.

So without further ado, let’s get cocked, locked, and ready to rock. By which I mean let’s begin the lesson. The lesson about not getting eaten by zombies. In Into the Dead 2. I’m sorry but it’s highly unlikely that these tips are going to help if there ever is an actual zombie apocalypse.

Watch your bullets

One of the most common causes of death in the game involves running out of ammo at the worst possible time. Rather than blasting out a bullet, you run head first into a pack of the undead and it’s game over before you’ve even got a chance to think.

Grabbing more ammo isn’t the key to getting past this though. Yeah you’ll have more bullets, but it’s no use if they’re not in your gun. Swapping to a different weapon is slightly quicker than reloading, but you can also dodge zombies while you’re stuffing ne…

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The 5 best games for iPhone and iPad this week – October 13th

Whether you like it or not, we’ve reached the end of another week. Some of us have done things, some of us have done stuff, some of us have spent too much time asleep on their sofa. But it’s done with now. We’ll turn over a new leaf on Monday, right?

Anyway, Friday is when we round up the best games that have come out on the App Store this week. And it’s been a pretty sparkly week for mobile gaming all told. We got some ports, we got some exclusives, and everything that came out, for the most part, was pretty darn good.

As usual you can click on the emboldened names of the games below to download them from the App Store. And if you’ve spotted anything else you think should be on the list, it’d be nice if you stuck it in the comments down there are the bottom of the hot content.

The Talos Principle

The super slick first person puzzler game finally gets to the App Store. It’s every bit as intriguing on your phone or tablet, although it is pretty resource intensive. The controls translate pretty well, and while it might not be a perfect port, for just a fiver it’s pretty hard to complain.

Read the Pocket Gamer review here

Into the Dead 2

Zombies…

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New: Smash Up – The Card Game (Games)


Smash Up – The Card Game 1.0.7

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $ 4.99, Version: 1.0.7 (iTunes)

Description:

***“It’s a goofy theme with fun art and high replayability, but beneath that veneer of casual play is a great middle weight card game that lives on the line between hardcore gamer and casual enjoyment.” —Jonathan Bolding “The Escapist”

***“Smash Up is smashing good fun, especially among gamers who can relax, revel in the sheer audacity of some stupid-good plays, and aren’t ashamed to let loose and let their geek flags fly.” —Dice Hate Me

Smash Up is an award-winning shufflebuilding card game designed by Paul Peterson, now available in a beautiful digital adaptation so you can play on the go with friends all over the world. In Smash Up, players draft two faction decks from their choice of pirates, ninjas, robots, zombies, and more, and combine them to create a hybrid team that is a force to be reckoned with!
 
A SPECIAL GAME EXPERIENCE!

The ""shufflebuilding"" game Smash Up starts with a simple premise: Take the twenty-card decks of two factions, shuffle them into a forty-card deck, then compete to smash more Bases than your opponents! Each faction brings a different game mechanism into play – pirates move cards, zombies bring cards back from the discard pile, dinosaurs have huge power – and every combination of factions brings a different play experience.

THINK STRATEGY!

During play, Base cards (each with their own difficulties and abilities) are in play. Combine wisely your characters and actions’ cards to obtain the most power! You attempt to have the most power on the Base from your minions when the Base is smashed. Sounds easy?

How easy is it when an opponent’s Alien-Ninja decides to Beam Up your minions to other Bases – flat out Assassinate them? What about when the Pirate-Dinosaur player Full Sails in and releases King Rex to stomp your minions into the ground, or when the Wizard-Zombies use their Mystic Power to create an Outbreak, suddenly flooding minions onto the Base from the discard pile? Or what if you faced a Zombie-Dinosaur player instead and he created an Outbreak of massive beasts all at once?!?

SCORE THE 15 NECESSARY POINTS & WIN THE GAME!

When a Base is smashed, each player in first, second and third place scores points. Fourth place? Sorry, bro – try harder next time.
With nine different factions, Smash Up includes dozens of combinations to try. Pirate-Aliens play different than Ninja-Aliens, for instance. Which will you use to smash up your opponents?
And did we mention the dinosaurs have laser beams?

FEATURES

– Online Cross-platform multiplayer: 2 to 4 players
– Play with 4 players or solo against the AI
– 9 faction decks, including the base game set and more: Zombies, Aliens, Dinosaurs, Ninjas, Pirates, Robots, Tricksters, Wizards & Geeks
– Random or manual faction selection
– Fully automated scoring
– Tutorial system plus ‘Step Through’ and ‘Review’ modes to help players learn
– Leader boards & Achievements
– Contains 16 Base cards to compete over
– Languages available: English, French, German

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What’s New

The brawl goes worldwide !

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New: Cottage Garden (Games)


Cottage Garden 1.11

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $ 4.99, Version: 1.11 (iTunes)

Description:

COTTAGE GARDEN – a colorful sea of flowers, framed by walls, paths, and hedges. As ambitious gardeners, you face the challenge of filling the beds in every corner of your garden with plants, inspired by the limitations of space to create ever new compositions. You will use a variety of plants — as well as flowerpots and garden cloches — to design gardens that bloom with diversity. Be kind to the helpful cats!

Goal of the Game – In Cottage Garden, you compete in the art of gardening. Plant two Flowerbeds with different flowers. Score each Flowerbed when there are no more free spaces visible on it, then exchange it for a new, unplanted one. You receive points for all visible Flower Pots and Garden Cloches on the completed Flowerbed, and you may also receive Flower Pots and Cats that will help you with your gardening.
The player with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.

Features
• True digital conversion of Uwe Rosenbergs famous board game
• 2-4 players locally, online or even cross-platform
• Family friendly – non violent theme
• Worldwide ranked multiplayer and casual play with your friends
• fast real time games or asynchronous games with 24 hour time limit per turn
• Easy interactive tutorial to learn the game from scratch
• Analyze your best games or learn tricks from the best with Playback
• 3 different computer opponents
• uses the newest rules of the board game

What’s New

– Release Version
– Added Parental Guide

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Price Drop: Planescape: Torment (Games)


Planescape: Torment 3.1.3

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $ 9.99 -> $ 6.99, Version: 3.1.3 (iTunes)

Description:

Reviewers say:
"Planescape: Torment is a wonderful game, and its Enhanced Edition is a splendid, unobtrusive, beautifying update."
-Geek & Sundry

"Planescape: Torment still stands tall as a landmark masterpiece that can continue to age gracefully, now on your phone or tablet"
-Touch Arcade

"Planescape: Torment is a timeless classic, the Enhanced Edition just makes it better"
-Bleeding Cool

Uncover secrets of past lives in this story-rich, tactical roleplaying game set in Sigil, a dark fantasy city at the heart of the Dungeons & Dragons multiverse. Explore the planes, survive combat alongside a party of bizarre companions, and solve puzzles unlike any ever seen in the genre.

The original Planescape: Torment was released in 1999 to widespread critical acclaim. It won RPG of the Year from multiple outlets for its unconventional story, characters, and amazing soundtrack. Since then, millions of Planescape: Torment fans have enjoyed exploring the strange and dangerous city of Sigil and surrounding planes.

Discover an incredibly rich story and a unique setting unlike anything else in fantasy. Defeat strange and alien creatures, engage in rich dialogue, and explore the dark and dangerous Planescape setting in this 50+ hour RPG classic.

This is Planescape: Torment like you’ve never seen before.

Story:
"What can change the nature of a man?"

You are The Nameless One, a hulking figure covered in scars and tattoos collected over the course of countless lives—none of which you can remember, but are now coming back to haunt you. You are prodded awake by Morte, a floating skull and keeper of secrets, to embark on an adventure taking the Nameless One from the dirty streets of Sigil into the mysterious Outer Planes and even into the depths of Hell itself.

In your search for answers, you’ll find companions matching the bizarre nature of the planes: a chaste succubus who can kill with a kiss, a confused crossbow-wielding cube, a suit of armor animated by a spirit demanding JUSTICE, and more. With these companions and others at The Nameless One’s side, you will explore worlds in search of answers, all to discover that some destinies cannot be escaped and some memories cost more than an immortal should be willing to pay.

Beamdog’s Enhanced Edition titles are designed for 7 inch and larger tablets. We recommend this title to iPhone players using the iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus.

Features
-Enhanced Planescape: Chris Avellone, Lead Designer on Planescape Torment, has partnered with Beamdog to curate gameplay updates, bug fixes, and enhancements to best capture his original vision for the game.
-The Planes Await: Planescape is a setting you’ve never experienced before, filled with strange magics, bizarre adversaries, and Dungeons & Dragons locations from across the multiverse.
-Conversations to Remember: Encounter personable items, philosophic undead, and rat hiveminds while walking the planes with the strangest collection of allies ever seen in an RPG.
-Pick Your Path: Character creation is just the beginning. The Nameless One can change his class, alignment, and even gain new abilities based on your choices.
-Remastered Music: The full Planescape: Torment soundtrack has been remastered in-game to add more depth to Sigil and the multiverse.
-New Tablet Interface, Same Planescape Feel: Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition has been designed with tablets in mind. Open and close side menus with a touch, select dialog options with handy conversation buttons, and make tactical decisions with a brand-new action indicator.
-A Planescape For Today: Modern features such as tab highlighting, area zooming, combat log, quickloot, and more!
-Play It Your Way: Enable Enhanced Edition features as you desire or turn them off to experience Planescape: Torment in its original glory.
– Planescape: Torment: Enhanced Edition is available in English, French, Polish, German, and Korean. Note: Korean translations are text only. Voice-overs are played in English.

What’s New

Features Added
Additional font scaling range for graphics options

Bug Fixes
General
Cranium Rats spawn in fight with Many-as-One
Missing gate guard added back to the Foundry
Drusilla now realizes Ignus has been freed
Vrischika will now purchase the Portal Lens
Mantuok does not appear again after he is dead
Bonus Hit Points from CON continue to be granted after level 10
The Rearrange Party feature now works as it did in the original game
The "Linear scaling" box now controls linear scaling consistently whether using DirectX or OpenGL
"Eye" items with alignment restrictions no longer grant the player passive benefits when they shouldn’t
Exceptional strength 18/01 no longer shows as 18/1
Ravel’s cutscene with TTO no longer stops before the end
Changing character class in an area now does not cause portal triggers to cancel out
The game does not end if TNO is killed in the Smoldering Corpse bar
Zoom Lock should no longer distorts cinematic spells
The "Lost Item" feedback message now appears when TNO loses an item
Cutscenes return camera to the level of zoom they started in
Turning off "Critical Hit Screen Shake" in the baldur.lua file disables screen shake during critical hits
Right clicking joinable NPCs no longer produces selection sounds
Voice actor names have been corrected in the credits
Added default names to save games
The party can now get to the Pillar of Skulls when using single file formation
Dialogue about breaking out of prison does not happen if party isn’t imprisoned
The GUI returns after Ravels death
Fixed Pestle Kilnn’s missing textures
PST:EE supports loading M_*.lua files
Smooth Area Transitions should no longer reduces voice volume when arriving in a new area
Fixed the Lock View on Character tooltip so it does not overlap the button/arrow

Gameplay
Casting Chromatic Orb at night no longer leaves the screen green
Ice Knife’s THAC0 penalty is now temporary
The level of zoom in the Shattered Crypt does not affect Lesser Vargouilles’ spawning
Infernal Shield cannot be dispelled by quickload anymore
The Fog of War now reappears after Abyssal Fury is cast and the victim fails their saving throw
Stygian Ice Storm visuals have been fixed
Tricha in the Curst pit fight now runs
Silhouettes no longer appear during cutscene spells
Guardian Mantle does not last forever anymore
Morte’s Litany of Curses now gets harder to resist as he learns new taunts
Using Guard should set the party to guard an area does not toggle the draw selection button anymore

Localization
[French] Dialog with Fhjull is now fully translated
[French, German] Aegis of Torment description has been fully translated
[French] ‘défilement’ now contains a hyphen
[French] Quell is now translated consistently
[German, French] Fixed dialog errors in Lower Ward quests
[German] Typo fixes
[Korean] Translations suggestions and typo fixes added
[All non-English] Saving using the default name now works

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The Thursday Find – Kick Ass Commandos

Thursday has barrelled into view like a drunken bear stumbling through the woods in search of picnic baskets to snaffle. Silly Thursday, what are you like eh? Always stomping around and getting up to mischief.

Anyway this Thursday we’re going to do a Thursday Find. It might be the last one, I haven’t decided yet. If it isn’t, next week’s is going to be a little different. So if you’re a fan of the content you’d best get snuggled in, because things are going to be changing in seven day’s time.

As usual though you can click on the emboldened name of the game below to download it from the App Store. And if you wanted to say anything in the comments, they’re down at the bottom of the article. It’d be nice to know you’re there, so it would.

Kick Ass Commandos

Kick Ass Commandos is a beautifully retro experience. It’s a top down twin stick shooter that’s dripping with action movie references. You’re getting to the chopper, saving POWs, and mowing down waves of frankly useless enemy soldiers.

The prisoners you rescue join your team. They obey the same controls as your main character, so you can easily end up with a team of five blasting out showers of chaotic explosions, bullets, and grenades.

And yes, that is as much fun as it sounds. The game is split into a number of different missions, and each has a different goal. Sometimes there are…

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Update: The Talos Principle (Games)


The Talos Principle 1.1

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $ 4.99, Version: 1.0 -> 1.1 (iTunes)

Description:

As if awakening from a deep sleep, the player finds himself in a strange world of ancient ruins and advanced technology. Tasked by his creator with solving a series of increasingly complex puzzles, he must decide whether to have faith or to ask the difficult questions: Who am I? What is my purpose?

With the innovative tap-and-swipe control system that immediately feels natural, an engaging story and challenging puzzles The Talos Principle is a full-fledged game with over 20 hours of content and entertainment, be it a short challenge for the brain or an entire afternoon filled with exploration and excitement. To round the experience out – the combination of Metal API and the cutting-edge Serious Engine ensures jaw-dropping graphics and amazing performance on iOS devices.

Features:
• Enjoy jaw-dropping graphics, harnessing the power of Metal API and Serious Engine
• Use the innovative and intuitive tap-and-swipe control system (or opt for gamepad emulation, available in options)
• Overcome more than 120 immersive puzzles in a stunning world
• Divert drones, manipulate laser beams and even replicate time to prove your worth – or to find a way out
• Explore a story about humanity, technology, and civilization. Uncover clues, devise theories, and make up your own mind
• Choose your own path through the game’s non-linear world, solving puzzles your way
• But remember: choices have consequences and somebody’s always watching you

What’s New

Improved performance and other minor enhancements

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New: Dragon Hills 2 (Games)


Dragon Hills 2 1.0.0

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $ 2.99, Version: 1.0.0 (iTunes)

Description:

Here we go again! Meet our fearless girl, a few years later!

Zombies! …Why??? …Dragons!…What???
Cowboys, armored mechs and spaceships! Say Whaaaaaaaat?!
So many questions… No time for answers now, guys. The zombie apocalypse is already here! Hurry up! Hop on your machine dragon and fight to save humanity!

Slide down the hills jumping into and out of the ground, crashing and destroying everything on your way in this action-packed adventure.
Discover thrilling and magical lands filled with zombies, giants, dragons and tons of surprises.

Awesome FEATURES:

• Super fun, fast and furious gameplay

• Fully destructible terrain (buildings, bridges, vehicles and more)

• Epic boss battles, 21 towers to conquer and 3 completely different and exciting worlds to explore

• Upgradeable weapons, dragons and explosive power-ups available for unlocking

• Easy to learn, intuitive one-touch controls combined with innovative gameplay

• Achievements and leaderboards to compete with friends

Get ready for crazy adventures with this instantly playable and simple to control game!

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Hints, tips, and tricks for No Brakes io

No Brakes io is a mix between all those .io games you’ve played and Amiga classic Skidmarks. In other words, it’s a pretty twitchy racer that involves swooping your way around a series of different tracks.

The big twist is that it’s a multiplayer game, and the rewards you get at the end of the race are based on how high up the rankings you finished. Or if you finished at all.

It might seem like a pretty simple proposition, but there’s actually quite a lot going on here. So I figured it’d be a good idea to bash together a guide to make sure you’re getting the most out of the experience. And always crossing that finish line first.

Don’t crash

The key to the game is not crashing. Yes there are other players to overtake, and crossing the finishline first is going to get you a pretty decent reward, but bashing through as many checkpoints as possible is important too.

Hit the wall of the course and you’ll crash. Crash and it’s game over. You’ll get a chunk of coins depending on how many of the checkpoints you’ve made it through, but obviously the more you make it through, the better the reward.

You don’t always have to race

Just because there are other players, doesn’t mean you have to get involved with them. If someone’s trying to goad you into a race, pushing you about, take a breath and try and find a more comfortable line.

That is, of course, until you’re a bit better at the gam…

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