Tears of Themis (CN)Function introduction
<p>Time is limited. Apps are plentiful.</p><p>How can you make sense of the ever-increasing number of new games in the App Store? Well, by reading Pocket Gamer, of course. But we can't possibly cover everything, and there are some games that just don't fit in our wheelhouse.</p><p>Thankfully, our friends over at 148Apps are here to save the day. Take a look at some of the casual games that have caught the attention of the 148Apps team...TourStarBy ground(ctrl)</p><p>"When The Ramones sang "Touring, touring/It's never boring," they clearly weren't referring to TourStar. This shallow sim tempts with swag, but instead, is just a drag." (Rob Thomas)</p>BoxPopBy FreshPlanet Inc.<p>"Move from tile to tile to clear the board in this slightly too simple and easy puzzle game." (Jennifer Allen)</p><p>Cubic CastlesBy Cosmic Cow</p><p>"Some ridiculously frustrating camera issues aside, Cubic Castles is a pretty neat, voxel-based crafting game that sports serious future potential." (Rob Thomas)</p><p>Tap Sports BaseballBy Glu Games</p><p>"Tap Sports Baseball is briefly fun but lacks some important features." (Jennifer Allen)</p><p>Frontier HeroesBy Planet H</p><p>"Despite awesome visuals and great music, Frontier Heroes just doesn't quite deliver enough fun with its history lesson."(Andrew Fisher)</p><p>One Tap RPGBy Tinytouchtales</p><p>"This casual arcade game introduces some very light rpg elements into its fantasy-themed pachinko gameplay." (Campbell Bird)</p><p>Who Stole Me?By Northcube</p><p>"Who Stole Me?'s formula is pretty standard, and free-to-play trappings cause the game's difficulty to ramp up quickly. It's still a fun little puzzle title, though." (Nadia Oxford)</p><p>Hero Tap: The Finger of JusticeBy InMotion Software</p><p>"Hero Tap: The Finger of Justice - a game in which putting together a team of superheroes to fight master criminals becomes an exercise in tedium." (Peter Willington)</p><p>Diver DogsBy Hiptic</p><p>"Diver Dogs is the cutest undersea animal rescue game on the App Store, by far." (Brittany Vincent)</p><p>All this, plus an interview with Battle Command's Greg Mueller, and an interview with the artists behind Namco's latest card battler, Outcast Odyssey. Click on over to 148Apps now for app news, reviews, interviews, and more.</p>
Chariot Battle (LAN online)The memory of a good deed lives.
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<p>It's been a long time since the original Space Miner, but the series looks to be making a comeback with the multiplayer-focused Space Miner Wars.</p><p>At its core, it's the same Space Miner gameplay as before. You fly around, shooting down asteroids and enemies to rake in cash and other resources.</p><p>Except this time, you'll be using these resources to build your defences and take out other player's bases, in a manner somewhat similar to Clash of Clans.</p><p>But don't expect strategic battles or army-building, as you'll have to attack your opponents alone, blowing up as much as you can while avoiding their defences.</p><p>We rather liked the original Space Miner. Our reviewer gave it our Silver Award and said it was "sitting on a gold mine of charming gameplay."</p><p>Space Miner Wars is currently in soft-launch in New Zealand, Australia and Singapore, but there's no word in when it might be available in the rest of the world.</p><p>If you have an account for one of those countries, however, you can grab it for free on the App Store.</p>TouchArcade
The main goal of this game is to build an empire out of railroads. You will start in a remote location that doesn’t have much movement, but you will slowly move on to be the most renowned train enthusiast in the entire land. The best part about this is that you will get to work on everything railroad-related, including transport, cargo, and everything in between. The train simulation journey will only get more beautiful by the minute, so all you have to do is hang on tight and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime. What’s even better is that, as you progress in the game, so will the surrounding cities, rivieras, and remote locations, so you will truly get the whole experience. But let us walk you through the actual gameplay first.
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<p>Panic Inc and Teenage Engineering have come together to create a new handheld console, and it's got a crank on it.</p><p>It's always a big deal around here when somebody goes and releases a new mobile platform, be it a new handset, or even a new console. It's the latter today as Panic, best known as the publishers of Untitled Goose Game and Firewatch, have teamed up with sound-engineering whizzes Teenage Engineering to create the Playdate.</p><p>It's a banana yellow square with a crank attached to the right-hand side, three buttons on the fascia (A-B and what appears to be a mute button), a simple power button on the top, and a headphone jack and USB-c port on the underside. The casing design is heavily reminiscent of the Teenage Engineering efforts, with the yellow shared with a few of their products. The Playdate has both WiFi and Bluetooth capabilities, and multiplayer is possible, although not planned for the first wave of games.</p><p>It's a lot of technology squeezed into a diminutive package. While it's definitely a cool, memorable design, platforms require more than design to survive, they require games. Playdate's games are all delivered via WiFi as part of 'seasons'.</p><p>Each season lasts for twelve weeks, with a new game delivered via WiFi every week. Every week, for 12 weeks, the Playdate will update, adding a new game to the console library. Each game is platform exclusive, and the current line-up includes work from the likes of Bennett Foddy, Zach Gage, and Keita Takahashi.</p><p>Takahashi's game is up first: Crankin's Time Travel Adventure. You control the game only using the crank, moving the character backward and forward to evade objects which are out to sabotage Crankin's dates with Crankette.</p><p>The elephant in the room remains the price point of the Playdate, it is expected to open for preorder later this year with the price currently looking to be $149. For a handheld console which we do not truly know the capabilities of — which may end up with twelve experiences on it — this seems a very high barrier of entry, especially if the price for further seasons is lofty.</p><p>You can find out more about Playdate on its website, we'll be sure to be keeping an eye on this one too.</p>If you're looking to be kept up to date with the latest news then check out our news section.