More classical music levels are headed to Piano Tiles 2 [Sponsored]


Piano Tiles 2 is the sequel to the viral hit sensation Piano Tiles (Don’t Touch the White Tile), and it’s out right now on iOS and Android.

It challenges you to tap a series of black tiles that appear in rhythm to whichever song you choose which boosts your score.

Just make sure you don’t accidentally tap anywhere else on the screen though. That’s game over, and you’ll be forced to try again if you want to beat that high score.

To learn more about what Piano Tiles 2 offers that others in the genre don’t, as well as the challenges faced during development and the plans for future updates, we spoke to Cheetah Mobile.

What do you think Piano Tiles 2 offers that you can’t get from any other title on the App Store?

“We looked at Piano Tiles 2 as helping everyone to fulfill a musical dream rather than it simply being a game.

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“To achieve that, we developed a pleasing, fresh, and elegant UI, and looked to provide as smooth a game playing experience as possible. We also added loads of beautiful songs, and included an endless mode to enrich the experience.”

What challenges did you face during development, and how did you overcome them?

“Our main challenge was in trying to…

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Orcs are the inspiration for Monster Castle’s pro-monster theme [Sponsored]


Monster Castle turns the stereotype of monsters being the enemy on its head, and challenges you to build your own fierce army of monsters to combat the evil knight Sam and his corrupt human army.

It’s primarily a tower defence though, so you’ll spend the main bulk of your time building a mighty castle capable of withstanding the enemy’s assault and equipping it with deadly weapons like crossbows, cannons, and spike pits.

At any point in battle you can unleash your army of monsters, all of which can be equipped with items and weapons to increase their power. This adds an RTS element to the typical tower defence gameplay.

We reached out to the product team at Joycity to learn more about which games inspired Monster Castle, why you’re fighting humans as opposed to monsters, and what they’d change if they could start over.

Which games most inspired Monster Castle?

“The inspiration for Monster Castle actually comes from a game we used to play in the sand as kids. Two kids would sit in the sand and draw their own castles, and then we would play Rock, Paper, Scissors to decide damage dealt to each castle.

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“With that as our foundation, we also integrated some aspects we like from What Did I Do To Deserv…

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Build the ultimate deck in collectable card game Outcast Odyssey [Sponsored]

Hankering for a good old collectable card game? Well, Outcast Odyssey might well be the game for you. It’s out right now on iOS and Android and features all of the card collecting and deck building you could hope for.

There are over 300 different cards to collect, and each of them can be evolved or fused to increase their power. You’ll have to figure out the best combination of these to build an awesome deck.

The truly ultimate decks require you to master a bunch of special abilities though, which can also be combined for greater effect.

Outcast Odyssey has just celebrated its one year anniversary so we reached out to Erik Wahlberg, Live Producer at Bandai Namco Entertainment America Inc., to talk about which IAPs he’d recommend to new players, the best strategy for winning every game, and whether or not there are plans to host tournaments in the future.

In which territory has the game performed the best and why?

Outcast Odyssey recently had its first anniversary, so we already know where our most devoted players come from.

“The United States, the UK, and Russia are among our most successful territories.”

Are there any differences between the Android and iOS versions?

“No. Since players can battle and interact across platforms we felt it was important that the game features and experience be as similar as possible.”

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A Game of Dice tournament might happen if more players get involved [Sponsored]


Game of Dice is a different kind of board game that blends traditional board games like Monopoly with trading card games on iOS and Android right now.

You have to work your way around a multi-tiled board by rolling dice, then take all properties you land on. Each time you perform a lap on the board, your real estate increases in value.

And that’s good, because the aim of the game is to become the richest player and bankrupt your opponents.

The trading card component comes in the form of 65 different skill cards, which each have unique abilities to help you gain the upper hand during a match.

We spoke to Seonghyeon Han, Project Director at JoyCity, to learn more about Game of Dice, and particularly which territory it’s performing best in, recommended strategies to help you succeed, and whether or not a real life tournament could happen in the future.

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Is Game of Dice performing noticeably better in any particular territory?

“Currently, more Eastern players are enjoying Game of Dice, but players from the Western countries are also starting to take to it – especially from the United States.

We’re preparing various updates to satisfy the Western market, so stay tuned!”

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Age of Wushu Dynasty is heavily influenced by the world of Jianghu [Sponsored]

Age of Wushu Dynasty is an upcoming mobile MMO heavily influenced by the fictional Chinese martial arts world of Jianghu.

You’ll recognise that world from films like House of Flying Daggers, which reveals a heavily-stylised version of Chinese culture and martial arts.

However, there are many elements of Chinese and Asian culture which have influenced the development of Age of Wushu Dynasty, and we’ve reached out to Choc Qian, Senior Marketing Manager at Snail Games, to discuss them in greater detail.

What’s the inspiration behind the visual design of Age of Wushu Dynasty?

“The visual design is heavily based on real life because we really want you to have as vivid an experience as possible.

“Our studio is based in Suzhou – a famous city from antiquity – so we wanted it to play a major role in the game.

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“Suzhou is an iconic city, with traditional architecture and canals melding seamlessly with city streets. We used real locations from the old district of Suzhou to recreate the Suzhou players will visit in the game.

“What’s more, we really wanted to capture the aesthetics of the time and place in which these stories were set, so many of the weapons and clothing styles are also drawn from real-life historical acc…

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Koi – Journey of Purity is a beautiful adventure with a meaningful story [Sponsored]

Koi – Journey of Purity is a beautiful exploration adventure with a deep and meaningful story lurking under the surface.

You play as a group of koi who are trying to purify the lake they call their home by solving a number of puzzles and navigating the environment.

But there’s more to it than that – this is a story about taking care of the environment. An issue that developer Dotoyou feels strongly about.

Zhou Quan, Creative Director at Dotoyou, believes that this story, combined with the wide variety of puzzles and the beautiful visuals, really sets Koi – Journey of Purity apart from its App Store and Google Play competitors.

Quan: “The unique feature of the game is a complete special experience, with simple graphics, fresh music, and rich content to explore.

“It has a complete story, which is unfolded through progress of the game. The variety of puzzle designs puts you right in the game, and enables you to enjoy challenges and success.”

Koi – Journey of Purity is a minimal game with a surprising amount of depth but getting it to that stage was quite the challenge, according to Quan.

Quan: “The greatest challenge during development was how to simplify the game. We wrote a story and kept adding content.

“However, we later realized that too much content would distract players, or make them confused.

“Moreover, a long game would disrupt players’ emotional experi…

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EnsenaSoft is giving away Mahjong Deluxe 2 and 12 other games completely free of charge [Sponsored]

It’s sad, but some people – especially around Christmas – give only to receive.

EnsenaSoft, however, don’t want anything in return for Mahjong Deluxe 2 and 12 of their other titles. Yep, you can download them all completely free of charge from the App Store until December 27th.

Over the past year, EnsenaSoft have switched direction and moved more towards 3D development. With this sale, EnsenaSoft hope to get their latest creations into the hands of as many people as possible, and gain a little exposure.

There are no hidden in-app purchases and no pesky ads in any of EnsenaSoft’s games, so you can download them gratis and play them to your heart’s content.

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ABC Coloring Town is an interactive colouring game. Here, children can explore a quaint fantasy village made up of 26 houses, and colour in pictures related to the various letters of the alphabet.

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DownloadAlphabet Robots Mahjong 2, and you can play mahjong solitaire while learning – through playing 84 randomly generated puzzles – English letter and number recognition and pronunciation.

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Journey to a magical 10th-century kingdom and thwart goblins and dragons in tower defence title Toy Defense 3: Fantasy [Sponsored]

If you’re a massive fan of strategy titles and you download tower defence games from the App Store on a regular basis, there’s a very good chance that you’re already more than familiar with the Toy Defense series.

More than 15 million gamers from around the world have played at least one of the franchise’s instalments, after all.

Anyway. Melesta Games have recently released a third entry in the popular series, and it represents a slight deviation from its two predecessors.

Unlike Toy Defense and Toy Defense 2, which feature battles from World War I and World War II, respectively, Toy Defense 3: Fantasy is set in a magical 10th-century fantasy kingdom that’s filled to the brim with pesky green goblins and mighty dragons.

Playing as a Richard the Lionheart-esque commander in Toy Defense 3: Fantasy, you have to recruit and train a fierce army of wizards, archers, and healers that are capable of taking down waves of invading trolls and mercenaries.

Naturally, there’s lots of strategy involved in Toy Defense 3: Fantasy. You can upgrade your veteran warriors during battle and improve their abilities, for example. Furthermore, you can utilise six different tower power-ups, which enable you to develop unique and – hopefully – impenetrable defences.

And here’s a tip straight from the horse’s (yes, Melesta’s)…

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