What Harry Potter: Wizards Unite can learn from The Order of the Phoenix game

The big news in mobile gaming last week revolved around everyone’s favourite boy wizard. That’s because Harry Potter: Wizards Unite was announced. It’s an AR game built by Niantic. So that’s the creators of Pokemon GO taking on one of the most beloved popular cultural phenomena of our time.

Now, while other websites might be writing articles speculating about what the game might look like, and taking guesses at when the game is actually going to come out, I thought I’d do something a little different. After all this is App Spy, and we love to do things a little different around here.

So I’m going to take a look at the Harry Potter game that Wizards Unite should copy. It is, in my humble opinion, the second best console game ever made, and if Niantic learn from its lessons then it’s going to create something really, really special. But what is it I hear you scream? Well it’s…

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


Yeah, that’s right, the tie-in game for the fifth Harry Potter film is the second best video game ever made. You probably think I’m a crazy person now. You probably think I’ve been injecting drugs directly into my eyeballs in an attempt to see through time or something. Well, you’re wrong. I am being deadly serious.

But why is it so good? And why am I banging on about it like it’s the second coming of of the video gaming jesus? Well strap in, and I’ll break it do…

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3 reasons to play Thunder Armada – the new WWII naval stategy game from Chyogame

The bygone days of the Battleship board game might have past, but naval combat simulators still find an audience on mobile. Thunder Armada is Chinese developer Chyogames latest entry into the genre, drawing inspiration from the explosive exchanges across the seas during World War 2. Here are three reasons to set sail for its turbulent tides.

Realistic models

Thunder Armada features detailed models strictly based on the design of historical vessels from around the world, rendered in 3D. The British Nelson-class and American Iowa-class battleships feature alongside the likes of the Japanese super-dreadnought Nagato and Kuroshio destroyers. History buffs should find something to get excited about, then.

Strategic battles

Taking inspiration from the oceanic clashes in the Pacific and Altantic, Thunder Armada puts you in the midst of the action. You take strategic command during famous battles including Pearl Harbour and Midway Island, with text providing historical context during each campaign. Which formation you choose for you fleet directly impacts how the conflict unfolds, often more so than how you use the manual controls, so you can’t sit back and relax. You’ve got a war to win.

Familiar faces

Drawing further from the history books, T…

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The Thursday Find, our favourite game of the week – Time Recoil

Oh look it’s Thursday again. I know I said things were going to change around here last week, but I’ve decided some things are better staying the way they are. At least for the time being anyway. But don’t get too attached to anything, destruction is the nature of the universe.

All of that means that we’re going to do another Thursday Find. That’s when we write about one game that you definitely should be playing this week. It was hard picking just one, but I think I’ve spotted an under-appreciated doozy that’s going to make you go “oh, thanks for finding us that under-appreciated doozy, Harry.”

As usual you can click on the emboldened name of the game below to download it from the App Store. And if you’ve got your own suggestions for a Thursday Find, feel free to share them with the class by adding them to the comments down there at the bottom of this excellent content.

Time Recoil

This one has been out on various other consoles and gaming devices for a while now, but it’s just landed on the App Store and it’s pretty damn good. If you like twin-stick shooters you’re going to lap it up.

Bear in mind though that this is a twin-stick shooter with a twist. Namely that there’s only one stick. And when you shoot people you slow down time. Oh, and if you kill enough people you’ll unlock special moves that can literally destroy walls.

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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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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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Naval Storm TD is an exciting new naval tower defence game

Naval Storm TD is here to breathe new life into the tower defence genre. It’s the first of its kind — a tower defence title that features naval combat. If you’re ready for high stakes battles on the high seas, Naval Storm TD will fit the bill nicely.

Set on an island in the midst of a fierce war, your main goal is to protect your territory from the armies looming in the distance. You’ll need to build an arsenal of powerful weapons, including mines, machine guns, and torpedoes, while also bolstering your defences to ensure you win the day.

 

Naval Storm TD allows you to manage every detail of your defenses with its innovative free construction tool. You’ll be able to place platforms and turrets where you see fit, giving you the chance to let your carefully planned strategies play out the way you’ve always imagined. Bountiful upgrade options ensure that you can build weapons and defenses that suit your tactical vision perfectly.

Battles themselves play out in gorgeous 3D across 32 intense levels. You’ll be travelling through freezing Antarctic islands, immense canyons, flooded mountains, and much more while fighting through satisfying tactical battles.

Naval Storm TD is free-to-play right now on …

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New: Stranger Things: The Game (Games)


Stranger Things: The Game 1.0.223

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: Free, Version: 1.0.223 (iTunes)

Description:

Stranger Things is back! Prepare for Season 2 of the award winning show by joining Hopper and the kids on a new, action-packed adventure.
* It’s 1984 all over again. Experience an action adventure game just like the ones our heroes would have played back in the day.
* Explore Hawkins and its surroundings. See your favorite locations like Mirkwood Forest and Hawkins Lab. Uncover exciting areas you’ve never seen before!
* Solve puzzles with the unique abilities of each character. Lucas can nail anything with his Wrist Rocket. Nancy has an entire collection of bats to swing this time.
* Collect all the Eggos and Gnomes you can lay your hands on. You never know what they might unlock…
* Compete with your friends’ Speed Run times on leaderboards and social media.

Stranger Things: The Game

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Roll the dice on the new Game of Dice update

Joycity’s fantasy real-estate game, Game of Dice, is getting a huge update this week. The patch will add some thrilling new content to a game already rich in deep single-player and multiplayer play. Expect to find a new map, costumes, and some mechanical fixes when the update lands this week.

Players will have the chance to test their mettle in the all new Cursed Tower map. This new zone lets players use special Runes during each match. Of course, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to revisit older maps, too, thanks to the new “Map of the Day” feature. Starting this week, players will get to play a match in one previous seasonal map each day. It’s a great way to refresh your skills or try out past seasonal content you might have missed out on.

Game of Dice’s board is getting some improvements, as well. The new “Place Rune” block grants players a new property at random and a special skill for an existing property when they land on it. That’s a considerable perk — here’s hoping you roll your dice well.

You’ll find some quality of life fixes thrown into the mix, too. Hidden Cards are getting patched. You’ll now be able to attach Hidden Cards to different characters if they meet certain requirements. For the fashion forward amongst you, expect to see Lucy and Doria costume…

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War Robots VR: The Skirmish is the mech game you’ve always wanted

War Robots is making the jump from third to first-person in an all new single-player adventure for VR headsets. War Robots VR: The Skirmish, which has just been released today, lets you take control of your very own mech robot. Set in a beautifully imagined post-apocalyptic world, it’s your job to seek out your purpose.

Where War Robots specialized in multiplayer team battles, you’re going it alone in War Robots VR: The Skirmish. You’ll face off against enemy mechs in exciting gun battles that take full advantage of VR technology as you explore The Skirmish’s stunning cyberpunk setting.

Gameplay has been designed with mechs in mind, and combat looks to be urgent and exciting. It’s not easy to make lumbering robots look like graceful fighting machines, but The Skirmish has achieved this difficult feat. The controls look to be fluid and responsive, fully immersing you in the role of mech pilot.

It’s rare that we get the chance to sit in the cockpit of our very own mech, let alone in virtual reality. It will certainly be exciting to see where Pixonic takes the War Robots series as they continue their forays into VR.

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Price Drop: Clue: The Classic Mystery Game (Games)


Clue: The Classic Mystery Game 1.3.5

Device: iOS Universal
Category: Games
Price: $ 3.99 -> Free, Version: 1.3.5 (iTunes)

Description:

Clue is the classic mystery game – A grand mansion… a dastardly murder… a gathering of suspicious characters.
Now you can play the beloved Hasbro family board game on the go.
WHO, with WHAT weapon and WHERE? Download the official app and crack the case!

Join Miss Scarlet, Colonel Mustard, Mrs Peacock, Mr Green, Dr Orchid and Professor Plum on a night of murder and mystery in Tudor Mansion.

Mr. Boddy has been murdered! But who did it? With what weapon? In which room?

Roll the dice to move around the mansion and ask questions: “I suggest it was Miss Scarlet, with the Rope, in the Study!”

Use the innovative logic-assisted virtual Clue Sheet to take notes and eliminate red herrings.

Make brilliant deductions and solve the crime first!

What’s New

– Fix for a crash on tapping the connect to facebook button
– Fix for character difficulties being marked as undefined when updating to the latest version of the game
– Fix for the lighting on the outside of the classic mansion

Clue: The Classic Mystery Game

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