Hyper Sentinel for iOS and Android
The Horizontal shoot-em-up, Uridium by Andrew Braybrook is a cult classic from 1986, and there have been many games inspired by it. The game first came to life on the Commodore 64, later ported into most of the 80’s home computers as well as the NES.
So, there is a pretty good chance that you have seen or played this game (or some form of it) over the years. When you think about mobile games inspired by Uriduim, two titles come to mind.
One of those was Starseed: Origin ($2.99) which was a true interpretation of the classic with some original concepts weaved in. Then there was the super awesome Futuridium EP, I mean come on, it’s right there in the title. Sadly this game is not available on the App Store anymore. You can still download Starseed: Origins, however, it has not received an update in a long time.
Then we have the game of the moment, Hyper Sentinel ($1.99). This game does its best to stay true to the original concepts of Uridium, but updating them slightly to appeal to new-age gaming. You could even call it an evolved version of Uridium.
Hyper Sentinel developer Four5Six Pixel even partnered with the guys who helped publish the original Uridium game, Huey Games, to publish and finish-off Hyper Sentinel. Huey Games came from Hewson Consultants who published many great games back in the 80’s including Uridium.
If you think about it, this story has come full-circle, which makes Hyper Sentinel even more special. Hyper Sentinel first started making creating some buzz way back in 2015 and has been in development for over 3 years. This first trailer was released couple of months ago, and thanks to beta testers, Four5Six Pixel was able to do the finishing touches on the game.
In 2016, Four5Six Pixel teamed up with Andrew Hewson from Huey Games to bring Hyper Sentinel to more platforms. After a couple of successful Kickstarter campaigns, this became a reality with Hyper Sentinel launching on Nintendo, Play Station 4, Xbox One and Steam.
So what about the mobile release? Well, the iOS version was released last week (very low-key launch) and the Android version is up on Google Play but is still unreleased. We gave the iOS version a go, and the game truly is a spiritual successor to Uridium.
The game is unbelievably and beautifully chaotic. The controls work really well. The ship-flipping mechanic is awesome but takes some getting used to. Overall, Hyper Sentinel is a proper modern arcade game.
It really is a joy to see Hyper Sentinel finally get its release on mobile, and Andrew Hewson is an absolute legend. If you don’t know much about this man, well, some call Andrew Hewson the godfather of indie games. Before the App store and Google play, he made it possible for small-time developers to publish games back in the 80’s.
Now Andrew and his son are continuing the legacy with Huey Games, and it is just brilliant that a cult-classic from 30 years ago is getting homage with Hyper Sentinel. If you want to experience Uridium on steroids, well, that is pretty much what Hyper Sentinel is.
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Tiny Bubbles Android release date
Tiny Bubbles was in development for several years before it finally launched on iOS back in May. Tiny Bubbles utilized many different types of mechanics in the game including color blending and matching to come up with a truly stunning puzzler.
The game was a big hit when it came out getting praise from both critics and players. If this is the first time you are hearing about Tiny Bubbles, then you should seriously check out the trailer below:
Pretty cool yes? But there was one problem with it. It was only available on iOS. Thus, Android gamers were very eager for any news about Tiny Bubbles on Android, and that news is finally here.
The developers of Tiny Bubbles Pine Street Codeworks promised an Android release was on the way in July along with the iOS update, and even though it took some time to get here, Tiny Bubbles is finally getting its Android launch on November 21st.
So, Android gamers, in two weeks’ time, get ready to feel like a kid again playing with bubbles. Tiny Bubbles is actually available now as an early release on Google Play, however, if you can wait for the official release on November 21st.
BRIX! Block Blast for iOS and Android.
Mobile puzzlers have mostly always been copy-pate products, looking to make a quick buck. Every once in a while a puzzler comes along that truly brings out an original idea. We can safely say that BRIX! Block Blast is one of them.
BRIX! Block Blast introduces players to a new mechanic injecting some much-needed originality to the genre.
Taking inspiration from the likes of Tetris, BRIX! Block Blast also uses the classic drop-elements-from-the-top approach, combining it with color-matching gameplay. This system is called ‘drop & match’, which is what sets BRIX! Block Blast apart.
In the game, this mechanic is used to combine blocks and rack up points which will give you boosters ‘blasting’ you into the next level. The game lets you collect iconic landmarks on completion of each level.
“We didn’t want to make just another predictable match-style game, we researched a way to combine new mechanics with classic gameplay that people know and love.” Is what the lead developer of BRIX! Block Blast, Bruno Marcos had to say.
“We created this game with the whole family in mind,” Marcos added. “We wanted it to be challenging enough for adults, but easy enough for kids to pick up and understand”.
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Help! I’m Haunted iOS review
The word ‘Retro’ is one of those hazy terms which can be interpreted in so many ways. So many games have so many different styles, all put together in a ‘catch all’ positively optimistic memory, that doesn’t really serve the purpose that it is designed for.
Because when you see Help! I’m Hunted you are going to think about a number of things very quickly. The first word that is going to pop into your head is almost certainly is Retro. From there you are going to run away to super tuff, Metroidvania, and simple controls.
And you are going to be running in completely the wrong direction. That is because Help! I’m Hunted showcases a completely different style of old-school platforming. One with a more methodical rhythm and a focus on considered movement, rather than twitchy dashing.
You take control of a ‘ghostbuster’ of sorts. You are called in when a character is in trouble, and you are aiming to make it through a series of traps, obstacles, and terrifyingly adorable ghosts.
A couple of buttons on the left screen lets you move around, and there is a jump button on the right. There is also a four-way shooting switch. If it is sat in the middle you are not shooting. But slide it up, left, or right and you will start blasting away in that direction.
It is a really interesting way of playing, and it turns every little battle into a short burst of tactics and dodging. It is this that gives Help! I’m Hunted its considered and deliberate pace. Which each scrap feeling like a little duel between you and a spook.
These are no one-hit-wonders though, and taking them out with your spook destroying laser gun is often quite a lot trickier than you might think.
Enemies in Help! I’m Hunted are placed where they can do the most damage and offer up only the smallest chance that you can take them out before you can fire. Every little victory feels hard-won, and then you are back to the world map to find another who is being harassed by ghosts.
You can buy and upgrade new weapons in Help! I’m Hunted as well. Ensuring you are always one step ahead of the ghosts you are so focused on eliminating.
There is an exquisite balance here, and even when you fail you are going to feel like you have learned something that is going to help out in the next challenge. You will push on as well, just to see the new idea or specter that Help! I’m Hunted is going to offer up.
Help! I’m Hunted is a timely reminder that speed and reactions weren’t always the defining concepts of older platformers. There is a rich variety of different kinds of play that are yet to be mined by developers. And it is great to see something happen in that direction.
This is a sort of platformer that makes you think about every step, and while it doesn’t quite manage to make you second guess yourself like the very best games do, Help! I’m Hunted is still an engaging and entertaining experience that you should definitely check out.
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Lords Mobile new updates for iOS and Android
The Guys behind Lords Mobile has been very busy lately, offering up new upgrades and content to the excitement of many players.
One of the biggest things that happened recently was Lords Mobile being featured globally on Google Play, thanks to some major changes which we will be looking into below.
Firstly, there will now be a chronological records of all events in Lords Mobile. The Kingdom Gazette will now keep track of battles won by each player and all the drama in between.
These features were introduced in order to assist with the upcoming event in Lords Mobile; Guild Bash, Guild Fest, Guild Showdown and Feudal War.
Another new feature in Lords Mobile is the ‘Wonder’ tech. By using this, players can strengthen their armies to greater numbers, and also receive extra boosts during Wonder rallies.
Players can now use Royal points to purchase ‘Mythic Ember’ which is used to upgrade equipment. Earning royal point in Lords Mobile is not that easy though, you will need to take part in Battle Royal battles for this.
Lords Mobile has really been growing on its strengths to become a formidable player in the market, and with its success, players can expect to see more and more new updates in the future.
For more info on Lords Mobile you can visit the official website.
Download Lords Mobile for free on iOS and Android below: