SEGA has begun releasing classic Genesis and Dreamcast titles to the App Store under its new SEGA Forever banner. The initial launch includes three titles that have already been ported to iOS in the past. All the games are free-to-play with the option to remove ads for $1.99. So far the user reviews have been mixed while Touch Arcade says the launch has been a total disaster.
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Sony announced PlayLink for the PlayStation 4 at E3 this week. The new app allows users to play games on their console by using the touchscreen of their iOS device. Sony previewed a few upcoming PlayLink titles that will be availble at launch. Check out the descriptions and trailers below.
PlayLink will be available for free on both the App Store and Google Play on July 4th.
The creators of the popular Scrabble-like Words with Friends have teamed up with People Magazine to launch Crosswords With Friends, although you can't really play head-to-head against your friends. The free-to-play app offers a daily crossword puzzle written by "industry experts." Each daily puzzle has a specific fun pop-culture theme with hints and tips for when you get stuck. Crosswords With Friends is available for free on the Apple App Store.
A game about cultivating cannabis isn't something one would expect to pop up on the Apple App Store, but it has in the form of a resource management title called, Wiz Khalifa's Weed Farm. In the game, Khalifa teaches you how to "plant, grow, and harvest the finest herb on earth" in a post-prohibition world. Players can tap and swipe to grow different strains of cannabis and invest their resources to grow their weed empire. Khalifa's Weed Farm has earned a solid 5-star App Store rating since its launch. The game is available for free for all devices running iOS 7.0 or later.
The popular desktop game Age Of War 2 is now available for iOS devices. Age of War is a side-scrolling, tower defense title where you progress through different times in history. The sequel includes 2 additional ages than the original, and it the first title in the series to include female characters. In the game players must defend their home base by training different characters based on the current age.
Age of War 2 features seven different stages of war including new Spartan and Egyptian ages, and 29 unit types from cavemen to cyborgs. The iOS version also includes 4 difficulty modes with plenty of achievements and challenges. Age of War 2 is available for free now on the Apple App Store.
Blizzard this week has released its latest Hearthstone expansion Journey to Un’Goro. The release not only unleashes 135 new prehistoric cards into the Hearthstone universe, but it also kicks off the Year of the Mammoth card rotation. Journey to Un’Goro card packs can now be purchased from the in-game Shop for gold or real-world currency, or won as quest rewards or prizes in the Arena. You can learn more about the world of Un’Goro and all the new Hearthstone cards here.
MLB Manager 2017 has landed on the App Store just in time for Opening Day. The newest version of the popular simulator comes with an updated UI, and all the 2017 Opening Day MLB rosters, including top prospects. MLB fans can guide their favorite MLB franchise to the World Series by managing their roster with trades and controlling in-game match-ups. MLB Manager 2017 is available now for $4.99.
The new fighting game Power Rangers: Legacy Wars has landed on the App Store just in time for the Power Rangers reboot which hits theaters today. Legacy Wars allows fans to play as a variety of legendary Rangers and villains from Angel Grove and beyond.
It was a big week for the App Store. Not only did Apple unveil a new store front highlighting indie games, but quite a few interesting titles were released for iOS devices. Capcom ported two of its arcade classics, 1942 and Ghosts'n Goblins, to mobile devices. Both notoriously difficult games were updated with a "casual mode" for easier game play and new touch controls. The World War 2 vertical shooter 1942 is available for $1.99 and Ghosts'n Goblins is only $0.99.
Marvel: Contest of Champions players are upset with Netmarble after the company acquired the game's developer Kabam. The uproar came after Kamam issued an update to the game that nerfed a number of heroes, and made other changes to even the playing field. The fans behind the "#BoycottMCOC Movement" have even sent out a press release, which you can read in its entirety here.
Kabam did apologize for the changes and a new update is in the works, but some fans do not believe they will address all the problems. You can read more about the MCOC controversy here, and learn why some fans are skeptical that their demands will be met.