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Re: iOS and Android gaming

Post by ratsoalbion » June 14th, 2019, 4:07 pm

Ok I’ll take a look.

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Re: iOS and Android gaming

Post by Alex79uk » June 14th, 2019, 4:21 pm

:lol:

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Re: iOS and Android gaming

Post by ReprobateGamer » June 14th, 2019, 7:12 pm

Alex79uk wrote:
June 14th, 2019, 3:56 pm
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June 9th, 2019, 4:42 pm
Been playing a fantastic little game called Archero on my mobile telephone:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... by.archero

It's everything I love in a mobile game. Simple idea, simple controls, short game sessions. Basically it's a roguelike where you play an archer progressing through the dungeon one screen at a time. You can move with the control stick, and when you stand still you auto fire at the enemies. You can't fire whilst moving. Powerups and permanent upgraded galore, this really is hugely enjoyable. I'd urge anyone to give it ten minutes. It's free, you have nothing to lose!
Right. I'm not having this. Someone go and play this game right now. It's brilliant.

If I told you it was almost shmupy, would that sell it? Maybe even if I told you it got a little bullet hell the further you progress?

Hmm? Hmm?

Go. And. Play. This. Game!
Okays - I did go and download this after the first mention. If you had mentioned the shmup part of it, I probably would have not bothered. And it is a genuinely good game.

There are a couple of things I have issues with (the venus flytrap on legs with the homing bullets who can shoot you through obstacles where as you need to find an angle to get shots off; and the lvl 49 boss who shoots in many directions and also spawns enemies who also shoot in many directions and who your character seems to target for preference) but the crossover between shmup and rogue lite actually works well.

Whilst it has an online link, it's perfectly playable offline (you just lose a few extra tokens and the option to respawn) and there are a selection of weapons and perks to unlock (the glaive has been a quick favourite). The per game skills have hidden synergies - I discovered that combining the rear shot with wall bounce actually gives you an additional forward action if there is a wall behind you.

I'm not steady enough to properly get into bullet hell games - my brain always gets in the way but I'm having fun with this one

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Re: iOS and Android gaming

Post by Alex79uk » June 15th, 2019, 7:02 am

Well you've got much further than me! I think my record is level 41 or something! Seems like there might be more after level 50, like a new chapter but not sure yet. Yeah that flytrap enemy is a little cheap. It's pretty fun though, glad you enjoyed it!

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Re: iOS and Android gaming

Post by ReprobateGamer » June 20th, 2019, 2:45 pm

Alex79uk wrote:
June 15th, 2019, 7:02 am
Well you've got much further than me! I think my record is level 41 or something! Seems like there might be more after level 50, like a new chapter but not sure yet. Yeah that flytrap enemy is a little cheap. It's pretty fun though, glad you enjoyed it!
If you click on the first world, you can then scroll through to see what the other worlds are, though you have to play through the previous world to unlock. There's ten available so for the enthusiast there seems to be a fair amount of choice and I've had a number of weapon/armour drops so you can play around with those.

I'm not that enthusiast so have taken the decision to delete it BEFORE I play it a little too much and ruin my experience - played in total for a few hours and got near the end of world two - it's requiring more time than I'm wanting to give to a mobile game.

I've downloaded Mini Metro in it's place so we'll see how that one does. Very nearly forked out for Final Fantasy Tactics but reviews imply that the game is locked to one device (!) I understand that save data may not have a cloud save but if the game can't be re-downloaded without being a fresh copy, that's another thing. Something I need to check as I think that sort of game would work well.

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Re: iOS and Android gaming

Post by Flabyo » June 20th, 2019, 6:43 pm

If you want to play FFT and have the means get the PSP version, the iOS one is rough.

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Post by Alex79uk » June 20th, 2019, 6:49 pm

Yeah the mobile ports of Square games are expensive and not especially good. I tried FFVII and IX and had issues with both. The one device thing seems highly unlikely though.

Although...
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... it's requiring more time than I'm wanting to give to a mobile game.
Maybe FFT isn't the best choice!

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Post by ReprobateGamer » June 21st, 2019, 4:44 pm

The issue with Archero is that you need to make your way through 50 levels in one sitting to open the next world ... I was making the presumption that as FFT would be more narrative driven so would be easier to chip away in the 5-10min blocks that mark the majority of my mobile gaming time.

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Post by countstex » June 24th, 2019, 5:55 am

The bonfire: Forsaken Lands is now in beta on Android. It's been on iOS and Steam for a while, but the Android version is finally here. Well worth a look if you like a bit of city-building/survival. Looks great too.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... ebonfireFL

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Post by Alex79uk » August 4th, 2019, 3:45 pm

Hoping someone can help, I can't remember the name of a game.

You know those mobile games where you fire an increasing amount of balls at blocks which require differing amounts of hits to clear - there was one that people kept recommending a while back. Not necessarily on here, but on a couple of podcasts. It's a paid premium mobile game, and I can't remember what it was called.

Any ideas? Ta!

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Re: iOS and Android gaming

Post by Flabyo » August 4th, 2019, 3:59 pm

There’s hundreds of those now. The only one I can remember the name of off the top of my head is Piffle, but it probably wasn’t that.

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Post by Alex79uk » August 4th, 2019, 6:34 pm

Hmm thanks but yeah it wasn't that one. All I remember is that the blocks weren't just squares, they were all sorts of Tetris like shapes. It had almost a campaign mode to it as reviews said it was great, but short. I remember IGN podcast mentioning it a couple of times.

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Post by Alex79uk » August 4th, 2019, 8:00 pm

It's Holedown!

https://play.google.com/store/apps/deta ... games.bore

All I needed to do was scan back a couple of pages on this thread :lol:

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Re: iOS and Android gaming

Post by Alex79uk » August 6th, 2019, 6:24 am

I had about £18 of Google Play credit built up from surveys so spent it on a few games. The first one is called Part Time UFO, and it's brilliant fun. Made by HAL Laboratory, who were jointly responsible for some Kirby games, Earthbound and Super Smash Bros, you can really see the Nintendo pedigree here. You play a little UFO with a crane machine part attachment, and it's a physics based game in which you have to complete jobs moving items around the world. It was £2.99 and definitely worth the cash. Have a look if you think you may be interested.

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Post by stvnorman » August 6th, 2019, 7:08 pm

I’d forgotten about Part Time UFO. It looked really cool. Will have a look for it now!

Journey is out on iOS today at £4.99. Seeks to be fairing okay on a touchscreen from what I’ve read, but when PS4 controller support comes with iOS 13 it will be a must-have if you’ve not got it on PS3 or 4. Absolute work of art!

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Post by stvnorman » August 6th, 2019, 8:31 pm

I did mention it elsewhere the other day, but it fits here too - Konami quietly released a Picross game called Pixel Puzzle Collection on iOS, spanning their 50 years of gaming. It’s free with the odd static ad for anniversary collections, PES, etc. after you complete a puzzle. There’s about 500 puzzles of increasing complexity. I’d never played one before but there’s a great tutorial for beginners, and if you’re into retro gaming you’re in for a treat! I’m at 16% complete after I reckon 7-8 hours, so it’s pretty good value too!

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Post by James » August 6th, 2019, 9:30 pm

stvnorman wrote:
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Konami quietly released a Picross game called Pixel Puzzle Collection on iOS, spanning their 50 years of gaming.
Several of the team, including myself, have been playing Pixel Puzzle Collection. I've been putting quite a bit of time into it over the past month or two; you're right about the value - there are dozens of hours worth of puzzles in here!

The game ramps up nicely, and holds some pretty tough puzzles for the final 20% or so. I've just come across the first puzzle that can't be solved without guessing, and will be breaking out graph paper and a pencil to tackle that one tomorrow.

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Re: iOS and Android gaming

Post by stvnorman » August 7th, 2019, 9:33 am

Glad to hear it! I came across it in Retro Gamer recently, which was the first and only time I’d heard of it.

You can always solve it without guessing! Can’t wait to find out if that’s true too!

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Re: iOS and Android gaming

Post by ReprobateGamer » August 7th, 2019, 1:47 pm

James wrote:
August 6th, 2019, 9:30 pm
stvnorman wrote:
August 6th, 2019, 8:31 pm
Konami quietly released a Picross game called Pixel Puzzle Collection on iOS, spanning their 50 years of gaming.
Several of the team, including myself, have been playing Pixel Puzzle Collection. I've been putting quite a bit of time into it over the past month or two; you're right about the value - there are dozens of hours worth of puzzles in here!

The game ramps up nicely, and holds some pretty tough puzzles for the final 20% or so. I've just come across the first puzzle that can't be solved without guessing, and will be breaking out graph paper and a pencil to tackle that one tomorrow.
For those on Android looking for a Picross fix without a boss timer, I can recommend Picross Luna 2. A lovely pastoral art style and multiple control types so whether you are playing on a phone or a larger tablet, you can pick the most appropriate input method.
There are some ads but you can skip pass them after at most a few seconds and once you hit 90% completion, the ads go away!

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Re: iOS and Android gaming

Post by James » August 7th, 2019, 2:45 pm

stvnorman wrote:
August 7th, 2019, 9:33 am
You can always solve it without guessing! Can’t wait to find out if that’s true too!
It should be, but I could've sworn I'd run out of known cells to fill/clear. Turns out my fuzzy, late-night brain missed one (admittedly easy-to-miss) box that I could clear. Needless to say, having solved it with a guess, I went back and cleared it without guessing, just to be sure.

I'm now at the point where I only have boss puzzles left, and (as ReprobateGamer says) that means waiting 3hrs in between puzzles. Not ideal, especially as I tried to pace myself, but I'll be clearing those at a more steady rate now.

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