This week in iOS Games, we found out that Apex Legends Mobile is coming May 17, the team that built Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is now taking on Tolkien with a Lord of the Rings game, and the creator of League of Legends: Wild Rift is suing an alleged impersonator.
More! Here are our recommendations for what’s new and what games to play on your iPhone and iPad this week. Let’s go, shall we?
Apex Legends Mobile releases May 17
After tearing it up on console and PC for years, the hit battle royale shooter Apex Legends Mobile is coming to iPhone and iPad on May 17, publisher EA confirmed this week.
It’s actually been playable in 10 countries since February, as EA continued to test and polish the game in preparation for a global launch.
It’s not exactly the same game you’ll find on PC and console, of course; it was specially designed for mobile devices by the team behind the massive success of PUBG Mobile. It features simplified on-screen controls and bespoke interactions designed to make playing on a touchscreen as easy as with a controller or keyboard and mouse.
We’ll see if they make it through the release, but in the meantime, I had a chance to play the soft launch version earlier this year, just as the game entered testing via the Australian App Store. You can check it below.
The Lord of the Rings: Heroes of Middle-earth is coming
The team behind the hit game Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes is currently working on another beloved fantasy series: The Lord of the Rings.
Somewhat mysteriously announced by EA earlier this week, the new game has been described as a “collectible role-playing game” and a “strategic, social and competitive experience”.
It will also feature “immersive storytelling, turn-based combat, in-depth collection systems, and a broad roster of characters from across the expansive Lord of the Rings and Hobbit universe,” EA says.
What that means in English is that it’ll probably be like Galaxy of Heroes: you’ll roam Middle-earth collecting and leveling up a team of heroes drawn and inspired by the LOTR universe, sending them into battles by team to progress the story.
Heroes of Middle-earth will not be inspired by Peter Jackson films. Instead, it will be “uniquely inspired by Middle-earth as depicted in the literary works of JRR Tolkien,” according to the folks behind the LOTR brand. So potentially the team behind the game could have a bit more creative license with Frodo and the gang.
League of Legends: Wild Rift maker sues alleged copycat
It won’t have the dark but grimly compelling drama of the Depp vs. Heard trial, but there is legal drama in the world of mobile gaming this week. We have learned that League of Legends: Wild Rift is suing alleged Mobile Legends impersonator Bang Bang. (Seen on gamesindustry.biz Going through Reuters).
The App Store has had cloning issues for years, but this one is a little different. Although similar, there are many differences between Wild Rift and Bang Bang. You can’t just copy and paste big, complex games like this; they require a lot of work from many people to create and maintain. If Bang Bang is considered a clone, it’s oddly impressive.
This is actually the second time League of Legends studio Riot Games has sued Mobile Legends maker Moonton. Riot said in the previous lawsuit: “Over the years, when Riot updated its video game, Moonton copied it. When Riot updated the game’s promotional materials, Moonton copied them. And when Riot published a new trailer, Moonton copied it. This is a critical issue for Riot.” Ouch.
What to play this week
The big new release of the week is Dislyte, a very purple and very whimsical futuristic fantasy role-playing game. It has super-fast squad battles, rhythm-based action sections, and werewolves dressed like they’re in a metal band among its charismatic cast.
It is created by Lilith Games, the creator of other very popular games like Rise of Kingdoms, AFK Arena and Warpath. Fire up Dislyte and, honestly, you can skip the opening cutscenes, which take way too long to establish the usual stuff. The world is in peril and you must save it from the bad guys, who have blocked your band’s performance at a seedy club in the neon-drenched near future.
Step into it and you’ll find it’s all about fighting through fast and smooth battles with a team of heroes that swells as you go. You can go into detail about leveling up your heroes, called Espers, and using the right move at the right time, but you can also boost combat speed to 2x and take down a floating robot Cupid and a futuristic Scarecrow without too much reflect. a lot, if that’s all you have time for.
Everything is very elegant too. The setting takes the usual fantasy tropes and projects them into the cyberpunky near future. The soundtrack is also cool. They have a few authentic sounding London rappers, plus a guy who does a good Kendrick Lamar impression.
Elsewhere on the App Store this week, Apple Arcade subscribers have Goat Simulator+ to play with, the wacky viral hit of a few years. It was tweaked and placed on Apple’s game subscription service today, May 13.
A last cry also for a strange interactive television project Hush – Crane, which looks like a corny Netflix thriller you can control. It’s not brilliant, but it’s kind of a fun and impressive tech demo. If you want a glimpse of a weird future where you can control chunks of Netflix shows, give it a try.
Until next time!
- Neil Long
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