The 5 best iPad and iPhone games this week – 20th January

Oh Friday. Lovely, lovely Friday. The last day of the week, time to kick back, relax and maybe play some games. But what games are you going to play? That’s the question, isn’t it?

But don’t you worry, because here at AppSpy we’re really good at answering questions. And we’re going to answer that one in the form of a list. Because research has shown that lists are the best way of listing things.

So here we go, a list of the five games you should definitely think about playing this weekend. Especially if you like playing games. If you don’t like playing games I’m not entirely sure what you’re doing here.

WarFriends


You don’t really make any friends in war. You just shoot people until they’re dead and get horribly traumatised. That doesn’t change the fact that this is a solid third person cover shooter with a twist.

The twist is that it’s also sort of a tower offence game. And a bit like Clash Royale. It’s also a lot of fun, so go and play it and shoot people and upgrade things.

Read the Pocket Gamer review here.

Sky Dancer


Yes, fine, it’s an auto-runner, but it’s also a really good looking game that’s surprisingly calming.…

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Price Drop: The Secret of Chimera Labs (Games)


The Secret of Chimera Labs 1.01.12

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $ 1.99 -> Free, Version: 1.01.12 (iTunes)

Description:

In this point and click room-escape style adventure game, players explore the curious floors of mysterious Chimera Labs facility. The ever elusive Doctor Teresa Von Awesome has been conducting fantastically strange research. As the newly appointed lead detective, players must sift through clues, discover items, and solve puzzles through over 100 atmospheric environments. An unfolding series of experiments reveal the doctor’s whereabouts and the uncanny the secret of this amazing place….

– Collect over 80 unique items and unlock puzzles as you uncover new secrets
– High detail imagery and ambient sound
– In Game Notebook automatically records clues
– In Game Hint-System can be toggled on or off
– Original Music
– Progress Auto-saves

We hope you come explore the Secret of Chimera Labs !

What’s New

– Icon Update

The Secret of Chimera Labs

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The best games on sale on iPad and iPhone right now – January 18th

I think it’s fair to say that the App Store is having a bit of a snooze at the moment. And quite frankly I’d like to join it. But since that’s out of the question for a professional like myself, I figured I’d do a list of the best games on sale and iPad and iPhone instead.

The pickings might be a little slim, but there are three really good games here, and all of them are worth throwing some money at if you haven’t yet.

So with little or no further ado, here are them there games you should be picking up for cheap. If that’s the sort of thing you like doing, anyway.

Lifeline


Most of the Lifeline series is actually on sale at the moment, but I thought I’d highlight the original, since it was such a special game when it first came out.

Essentially the game is all about talking to someone stranded in space. You’re their literal lifeline. Things play out in real-time in the notifications on your phone.

It might sound just like a nice chat, but it’s much more than that. And if you’ve not played it yet you definitely should.

Read the Pocket Gamer review here.

Tabletop Racing


A game that does pretty much exactly what you’d expect it to after reading its…

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Star Wars: Force Arena guide – Part three – Light side or Dark side?

In this section of our Force Arena guide, we’re going to look at a question that pops up quite often – is it best to play as the Light Side or the Dark Side of the Force?

The answer is one that might just surprise you, but we’ll get to that in a minute. First make sure you’ve read the first two parts of our guide to ensure that you’re up to date with everything you need to know up to this point.

I’m gonna presume at this point that you’ve read those, and now I’m going to jump in with the shocking truth – it kinda doesn’t matter which side you choose. In fact, picking one is going to hinder you.

Which side are you on?

There are pros and cons of playing both sides in the game, but the important thing to remember is that the XP you earn from each of your decks goes to your profile, not just to your hero characters.

You earn XP by levelling up your cards, which means when you open card packs with cards for decks you’re not using, it’s worth upgrading them so that your level is constantly on the rise.

The one thing you need to do is make sure you have multiple different styles of deck on the go, regardless of the side of the Force they’re aligned to. That way if you’re taking a beating with one deck you can swap out and try another.

The units are all pretty similar on each side, but sometimes you’ll get more pow…

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New: Z-Exemplar (Games)


Z-Exemplar 1.4

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $ 3.99, Version: 1.4 (iTunes)

Description:

Z-Exemplar is a side-scrolling shooter in the tradition of R-Type, Gradius, Nemesis and other classic arcade games from the past. Borrowing its aesthetic from the computers of yesteryear (specifically the Sinclair ZX Spectrum) Z-Exemplar combines bright, bold, 8-bit pixel art with frantic action and an epic mission to conquer a galaxy of almost 1000 planets.

The Background

Z-Exemplar was conceived as a love letter to the ZX Spectrum. Proudly retro, the game embraces the limitations of its 8-bit inspiration to deliver a fast-action, guns-toting, laser-blasting quest with intuitive gameplay and long-lasting appeal.

But it’s not just nostalgia for its own sake.

There is something hugely appealing in the 8-bit aesthetic, something that can be absent in photo-realism. There is space for interpretation, for imagination and a vague assemblage of pixels can evoke in players a different emotion from that engendered by more detailed, distinct images. With the added vibrancy of the ZX Spectrum’s colour palette, this pixellated aesthetic gives Z-Exemplar’s visuals a unique and distinctive feel.

On its surface Z-Exemplar’s gameplay appears simple – shoot anything that moves and collect the booty they leave behind – but the over-arching goal of the game is anything but. You are tasked with conquering all 960 planets that make up a hostile galaxy with each planet’s defenses uniquely configured. As you explore the outer reaches of the galaxy, the defenses become stronger and enemies more lethal and numerous. There is abundant challenge in Z-Exemplar, challenge that grows with your experience.

To turn the battle in your favour you can access an arsenal of over 20 upgradeable weapons that transform your basic fighter craft into a devastating war machine – selecting the right loadout for each planetary battle is essential.

Features

* 960 Unique planetary battlegrounds
* 10 Planet themes
* 21 Awesome Weapon loadouts
* 16+ Hours of gameplay
* A galaxy full of secrets
* Conquest leaderboard – who’ll be first to take over the entire galaxy?
* Hundreds of enemy types
* Huge end-of-level guardians
* Authentic 8-bit pixel art style and audio

Z-Exemplar

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Last week on Pocket Gamer

Anyone else finding that 2017 is taking a while to wake up? That certainly seems to have been the case in the world of mobile and portable gaming.

Thank goodness, then, for Nintendo. The Kyoto gaming giant recently held an event that pretty much defined our week over on Pocket Gamer.

For news on that and other things we’ve been covering on PG over the past seven days, read on.

Switching up a gear


As 2017 ticked around we were already talking about the Nintendo Switch. Friday’s full reveal of the exciting portable/console hybrid ensured that it became our main topic for conversation.

While the general response to the launch was decidedly mixed, PG editor Glen offered a more optimistic angle by explaining why he didn’t think the Switch would be another Wii U.

As the day moved on (the Switch announcement came about in the wee hours for us Brits), Glen was invited to London to snag some time with the console itself. His initial impressions raised our hopes for the console further, though there remain very real concerns over its pricing and launch library.

10 years of iPhone

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Price Drop: Yuri (Games)


Yuri 1.0

Device: iOS iPhone
Category: Games
Price: $ 3.99 -> $ 2.99, Version: 1.0 (iTunes)

Description:

It’s night. Yuri opens his eyes. He wakes up in a strange forest.
The small, courageous explorer rides on his bed on casters in this fantastical and mysterious place.

Jump from creeper to creeper, cross rivers on the backs of frogs, discover secret passages and await strange visions, explore the centre of the earth and its hidden lakes, populated with prehistoric fish…

Yuri is a naturalistic platform game requiring fast and accurate gameplay. 10 long levels make up this adventure full of encounters and perilous obstacles.

Drawn by hand with delicate lines rich in details and accompanied by music and sound effects composed especially for the game, Yuri offers the gamer a unique immersive and poetic experience.

Designed by the Potier brothers who wanted to create an ambitious and personal arthouse video game, Yuri also pays homage to the platform game classics and adventure comics.

Yuri

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Everything about Everwing: Part 3 – Power-ups, special enemies, and gems

In this part of our Everwing guide, we’re going to take a look at the power-ups, gems, and special enemies that you can use to improve your scores. You’ll need to know what does what and when if you’re going to succeed.

But don’t you fret, we’ve put hours into the game to ensure that we’ve got a pretty good idea of what we’re talking about.

There’s plenty more Everwing content coming up on the site as well, so if you’re stuck or you need some help, make sure you check back regularly to keep on getting the best scores you possibly can.

The power-ups

There are three different power-ups in the game, and they each have their own strengths and weaknesses. And when you combine them together you’ll watch your score rocketing up like nobody’s business.

Magnet – The magnet will help you collect gems, coins, and power-ups more easily. You’ll still have to move to grab everything, but this will make it much easier.

Four leaf clover – This doubles the power of your shots for a set amount of time. Coupled with the magnet you’re likely to just see a rain of coins falling into your pocket.

Magic orb – This sends you shooting up the screen, smashing waves as you go. Weave around to score even more points.

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Price Drop: Adventure To Fate : Quest To The Future JRPG (Games)


Adventure To Fate : Quest To The Future JRPG 1.3

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $ 3.99 -> Free, Version: 1.3 (iTunes)

Description:

>>FREE for the weekend to celebrate! <<
2016 Sleeper RPG of the YEAR! -TouchArcade

Adventure To Fate : Quest To The Future – is an JRPG style dungeon crawler game
-Tons of character creation possibles (8 Classes, 20+ Pets, 6 Professions)
-450+ items to loot, craft, buy and find.
-170 unique monsters to fight
-Fully accessible to the blind using Voiceover

Quest To The Future Story

Our biggest fears have come to fruition, the defenses of the dimensional ports have failed. An evil force has laid to waste our guards and now pours through the portals without resistance.

We’ve brought you here as our last chance at stopping this evil. You’re one of the select few that have used the portals before, to come here for a better life, but in our darkest hour we turn to you one last time, to go back and triumph where we failed.

With our guards and roads destroyed, getting back to the portals will not be easy, as this invasion has crippled our ability to send forces en masse to clear a path. You’ll be forced down, through the sewers that run underground to the ruins, into the crypt where the portal to the future lies. You must make haste we don’t have much time!

– Customize Your Hero –
8 Classes – Mercenary, Assassin, Cultist, Mutant, Priestess, Ranger, Time Guardian, Arcane Archer
6 Professions – Weaponsmith, Armorsmith, Leatherworker, Tailor, Jeweler, Alchemist
20+ Pets to accompany you in battle
Leveling system that goes up to 27 levels

– Crafting System –
6 Professions – Weaponsmith, Armorsmith, Leatherworker, Tailor, Jeweler, Alchemist
200+ Items to craft
30+ Materials to work with
Share Items between characters using the Account Vault

– Explore Time –
5 Themed Areas from the Past and Future (Sewers, Ruins, Crypt, Frozen Wastelands, Earth Core)
Over 2100 rooms to explore, search, and loot.
Each area has its own unique enemies, spells, shops, treasures, items and much more!

– In Depth Stat & Skill System –
Featuring 200+ Spells/Skills
Damaging skills – These are direct physical attacks that damage the enemy
Damaging spells – These are direct magical attacks that damage the enemy
Damaging All spells (AOE) – These are direct magical attacks that damage ALL enemies
Summoning spells – Allows certain enemies to summon others to help
Healing HP spells – These are spells that heal the casters life/hitpoints (HP)
Healing SP spells – These are spells that heal the casters skill points (SP)
Buffing skills – A skill that user casts on itself to raise some stats
Debuffing skills – A skill the caster casts on enemies to lower some stats
Mimicking skills – Use the enemies skills against them
Taunts – Enemies you must attack first
Death Spawns – Enemies that spawn others upon death
Confusing Skills – Enemies that are confused might attack themselves or other monsters

– Endless Loot & Treasures –
500+ unique items
12 equipment slots to to fully customize your characters – (Weapon, Shield, Helmet, Chest, Gloves, Legs, Boots, Belt, Bracelet, Necklace, 2x Rings)
Randomized drops on all monsters
Item rarity color system (Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic, Legendary)
*Share* all your items with the Account Vault System.

– Other Features –
Game Center Leaderboard enabled.
Indie created game built for the people!
100s of hours of game play between all classes!
Autosave feature – Easy to pick up and play at any time!
Unlimited character slots so you can try every combination possible.
Retro Pixel Art
8Bit sound/music
Library system that explains general game, character, skills and combat systems.
Fully accessible for the vision impaired using Voice Over.

Thanks for taking a look!

What’s New

NEW Arcane Archer Class Is HERE!
►New Class: Arcane Archer – Use their manipulation of time to destroy enemies.
►Tons of other improvements and additions!

►Arcane Archer Class

*Skill: Arcane Arrow – A strong arcane ranged attack.
*Skill: Accuracy – A buffing skill that raises crit chance : 30.
*Skill: Noxious Arrow – A weak toxic arrow that poisons for heavy damage.
*Skill: Dual Shot – Two elemental shots that hit one enemy.
*Skill: Multi Shot – A multi arrow spell that damages all enemies.
*Skill: Shocking Shot – A weak shocking shot with a chance to confuse : 35.
*Skill: Arcane Mist – A thick mist that has a chance to stun : 35 all enemies.
*Skill: Mirrored – A buff that increases reflect damage : 50.
*Skill: Freeze Shot – A frozen arrow that stuns for 2 attacks.

Changelog:
-Lower scavenger rats on top of pet find from respawning
-Create new Mend icon
-Chance for new weapon to drop on the weapon rack in the ruins
-Slightly raise SP cost on crono strike (10-12)
-Other small bug fixes on older devices.

Thanks so much for your support! If you love the game please leave a review it helps sooooo much!!!

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Everything about Everwing: Part 4 – Dragons and characters

In this section of our series on Everwing, we’re going to look at the items you’re going to be spending your money on when you get deeper into the game – new dragons and new characters.

It’s with these purchases that the real scope of the game starts opening up. You’ll be earning money when you’re not even playing, evolving your creatures, and setting yourself goals for each play session.

In the last part of the series we’ll look at some advanced play tactics, but for now let’s find out the best ways to spend all of your hard earned cash.

Dragons

Your dragons are the companions you’re going to take into each battle with you. There are a number of different types of dragons and they’ll give you different boosts and buffs as you play.

Your dragons will level up as you fly with them. They’ll only get up to level 10 on their own though. It’s here that you’ll have to start evolving them.

To evolve a dragon you need another dragon of the same type that’s also been levelled up to 10. Head to the sidekicks menu and tap the dragon you want to evolve.

Tap the evolve button and you’ll see the dragons that you can use to evolve your creature. Choose one, but choose carefully. Once you’ve blended two d…

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