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Mobile - The Weekender: Three to Go Edition

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The Weekender: Three to Go Edition

I’ve tried to be a bit more proactive this week, although I spent the first couple of days with Glen and Sean to help teach them about Pocket Tactics and its’ legacy. They’re already very excited to get stuck-in, but they’re spending these next couple of weeks doing a lot of boring admin work.

In case you don’t know what I’m talking about, make sure you catch up on my post from Tuesday going into more details about what the future holds for Pocket Tactics. The header image is from Door Kickers: Action Squad.

Meanwhile, in mobile gaming…

New App Releases


I haven’t seen anything massively exciting released this week that we haven’t already covered, have you? There’s a new Orangepixel game on the way later this month – Snake Core – which you can pre-order now on iOS, but we’ll talk more about it closer to the time.

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App News & Updates


Something not everyone might think about amidst the growing Covid-19 situation is the effect certain games have on our lifestyle. Sure, Esports events and game conferences are being cancelled, but what about games like Pokemon GO that almost require you to go outside?

Will, Niantic have definitely been thinking about it themselves, because they recently announced to Polygon that they’re implementing a number of chagces which will allow their players to enjoy the game without having to go outside as much. The main changes coming include:

  • More habitats, so that more Pokemon can be encountered at home.
  • Incense packs have been reduced in price by 99% and last an hour.
  • Incubators can hatch eggs twice as fast
  • Several real-world community events have been cancelled or postponed.

Niantic postponed a Harry Potter event as well, and they’re not the only ones trying to make changes to help deal with the situation. Discord, for example, have offered increased functionality even for non-paying users to help with the increasing number of people working from home.

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I’ve actually been kind of interested in checking out Games of Thrones: Beyond the Wall ever since I heard about it last year. Sure, it’s likely going to be a free-to-play gacha game, but hey, I’m a sucker for the Night’s Watch. We haven’t really heard or seen much about it in recent months, but Behaviour Interactive are in the midst of a press tour and have confirmed it will be released on iOS first on March 26th, with Android following on April 3rd. Pre-registration is open for both.

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We’ve got a decent new game announcement this week as well: Door Kickers: Action Squad is a 2D side-scrolling platform/action game released late 2018 that’s a spin-off from 2014’s Door Kickers. It’s finally coming to mobile (having gone everywhere else first). You play as one of six different SWAT troopers sent into one of 84 different levels to deal with whatever situation has arisen – rescue the hostage, disarm the bomb… if you squint, it’s like a 2D solitaire Rainbow Six: Siege.

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Pre-registration/Pre-Order is available for both iOS and Android. The App Store hints at a release date of April 8th, 2020, but that could change of course.

Singapore is the place to be if you want to get your hands on Legends of Runeterra before anyone else. An eagle-eyed twitter user has spotted that Riot’s own collectable card game offering has soft-launched on the Google Play store over there. We’ve not been able to find out if it’s landed anywhere else yet, but it seems to also be in the iOS app store in the region.

Last but not least; I know we don’t really cover PUBG much here, but the mobile version just got a colourmind mode in a recent update, which is neat.

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App Sales


A handful of games on sale this week you might be interested in – haven’t thought about some of these games in a long while! All of the discounts listed below are available on both iOS and Android.

  • Friday (or Freitag) by Friedemann Friese is one of the more understated digital board game ports to come out during my time so far. It’s a modest card game, and this is a modest digital version of that game, and you can pick it up for $1.99.
  • Cosmic Express is one of our favourite puzzle games, and it’s now down to its cheapest price yet – also $1,99.
  • One of Orangepixel’s earlier classics, Sir Questionnaire is back down to $1.99 for the first time since May 2019. This is the official ‘best price’ right now, so if you haven’t picked it up yet this is your chance.

This isn’t technically a discount, but as of earlier this week the XCOM-like squad tactics game Xenowerk Tactics has gone ‘Free-to-Try’. You can download the game for free and play through a trial, and then the full-game unlock has been turned into an IAP. That IAP is still currently $6.99, however.

Seen anything else you liked? Played any of the above? Let us know in the comments?



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