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Kingdom Rush: Vengeance is the microtransaction-fest that is finally too much

There couldn’t have been a more perfect time to play a Kingdom Rush game — I had just finished replaying through the series during a hospital stay, and when I got home, I saw that Ironhide Game Studios’ new release, Kingdom Rush Vengeance, had released on Android. Excited, I rushed to purchase it and for some reason, was surprised when I saw the amount of microtransactions in the game. It doesn’t make any sense that I was surprised. Despite always being a premium franchise that requires an up-front payment, Kingdom Rush has also controversially locked most of the game’s heroes behind additional paywalls. You generally get three-four heroes in the base game, and the other 10-plus heroes are individual microtransactions, some that cost more than the game itself. It’s never been a good, customer-friendly business model. Feeling like you’re locked out of content that you feel like you’ve already paid…

Revisit: Faif

I don’t remember how I originally stumbled across Faif, a battle-based puzzle game from Beavl Games. I do remember that the game was new at the time, and it was multiple years ago. It wasn’t even finished at the time I first downloaded it, before Early Access existed on Google Play, but I loved it all the same. I’ve just gone back to it for the first time in a very, very long time and the game is still just as good. It also appears to have received a facelift at some point since the last time I played it — a good sign as it plays nice with my S9+. The goal of Faif is to reduce your opponent’s life to zero without being killed yourself. The playfield is a board made up of four types of tiles: swords, skulls, hearts and gems. The player then picks five adjacent…

Dr. Meep is a fun Android puzzler that doesn’t approach mental health with subtlety

It’s extremely rare that I lead an article with a content warning and then proceed to talk about a game I enjoy quite a bit, but that’s the case with Dr. Meep, a match-three puzzle game where you play the role of a telepathic therapist progressively helping cartoonish characters through various mental issues via a match-three puzzle interface with a twist.

Game Dev Tycoon developer claims Google removed ‘over 77 percent’ of positive reviews

Greenheart says at one point they lost 400 reviews, then the next day lost 430 reviews, followed by drops of 655 and “500-plus,” respectively. That’s a staggering number of reviews, an the question here is whether or not they were legitimate. Greenheart says they are, and at this time, there is no reason to suspect otherwise given the response on Twitter and general positivity surrounding the game’s Android release.