This Week In Mobile – Dieselpunk, Halo, And Victorian Duels
We’ve got a diverse range of titles for This Week in Mobile, along with a relatively strong Android presence and our first Windows game in some time. Don’t be shy – take some time out this weekend to check out these new releases in your local app store.
Halo: Spartan Assault
Developer: 343 Industries
Platform: Windows 8 Phone
Mobile fans have been waiting a while for this game, and it finally arrived yesterday. Halo: Spartan Assault, exclusive to Windows 8 and Windows 8 phones, tells what happened between Halo 3 and Halo 4 and explains the origins of the Spartan Ops program. Additionally, this game allows players to unlock emblems for Halo 4. Check out a lengthy preview of Spartan Assault here.
Gentlemen! takes players back to the Victorian days of civilized, one-on-one, face-to-face duels. Remember those? Using knives, bombs, homing pigeons, and more, this game allows two players to face off head-to-head on the same tablet screen. Find a local friend, choose your dueling weapon, and commence your deathmatch. Tut tut, dear boy!
Want to play Diablo on your Android or iOS device? Well, you can’t (not legally, anyhow). Iesabel, however, might just be the next best thing. This mobile dungeon crawler provides plenty of looting entertainment, supporting both a single-player campaign and up to eight-person multiplayer. Need more convincing? There are no in-app purchases!
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Developer: Grasshopper Manufacture; Digital Reality
Sine Mora, a colorful dieselpunk 2.5D shooter, comes to iOS from XBLA, PSN, PC, and Vita. It was well-received on those platforms, and makes the transition to the touch screen well. Its controls do take some getting used to, but once you figure them out, you’ll be well on your way to a challenging and explosive little shooter.
There are a number of mediocre mobile poker games currently on the market, but Casino League is definitely one worth checking out. And by poker, of course, I mean Texas hold ‘em, which is the only kind of poker that matters. Casino League plays smoothly, allowing for competitive multiplayer tournaments, league play, and challenge events. And it’s free.
Developer: Jeffrey Fal
Dungeonism is a new-age roguelike from the mind of Jeff Fal, a web developer who is single-handedly responsible for the game’s art, sounds, and design. Self-dubbed a “turn-and-tile-based dungeon crawler,” Dungeonism features over 100 dungeons, 13 dungeon types, and 40 types of monsters. Note that this game is optimized for iPhone.