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[Hands-on] Taichi Panda 3: Dragon Hunter, a beautiful MMORPG that offers very little in the gameplay department

Taichi Panda 3: Dragon Hunter recently opened the floodgates for its public beta release. This essentially means any and everyone can now download the title on the Play Store in order to see its MMORPG gameplay in action. While there is no doubt that this is a beautiful game, the lack of any useful markers on the world map forces you to use the all too convenient auto-play button to progress. Essentially this is yet another mobile MMO that plays itself.

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Dragon Hills 2 by Rebel Twins tunnels its way onto the Play Store

Rebel Twins has released a sequel to its hit endless runner Dragon Hills. It is titled Dragon Hills 2, and it offers all of the same destructible endless runner fun found in the original, but this time it has a zombie twist. A fittingly overused theme for what is already an overused genre.

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The worldwide release of 'Into the Dead 2' is today

I have written at length about PIKPOK's zombie auto-runner sequel Into the Dead 2 with a pre-registration announcement and a hands-on with the beta release. Well, it would appear that today is officially the day, as it has just been released on the Play Store worldwide. While this is a free-to-play release, if you ignore the majority of its monetization, there is a good bit of fun to still be had with the title.

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[Hands on] Puzzle Fighter, a free-to-play tile-matching multiplayer game that actually isn't half bad

I have been waiting for years to see an official Puzzle Fighter game come to Android. When I first heard the game was finally in development, I have to say I had quite a few trepidations that Capcom would turn the game into yet another free-to-play shell of a once great tile-matching multiplayer game. While my concerns were valid seeing that it is indeed a free-to-play release chock full of in-app purchases, loot boxes, and multiple currencies, the puzzle-based multiplayer gameplay hasn't actually been altered all that much.

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Bandai Namco's English version of 'DigimonLinks' is a complete mess

The English version of DigimonLinks was just pushed out to the Play Store without even a peep from the publisher Bandai Namco. All the same, you can expect plenty of the digital monster collecting gameplay everyone loves about the series with one huge caveat. This is without a doubt a free-to-play title filled with gacha mechanics and numerous in-app purchases.

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The worldwide launch of 'Middle-earth: Shadow of War' is today

Middle-earth: Shadow of War has been in beta for what seems like forever, but in reality, it has only been a few months. In that time I wrote about the ability to pre-register for the game as well as did a hands-on with the beta to find out how it played. Suffice to say, despite Middle-earth: Shadow of War existing as a promotional title to Warner Bros. upcoming AAA console and PC release, it's undoubtedly a free-to-play gacha RPG filled with all of the usual trappings.

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[Hands-on] Assassin's Creed Rebellion, a fresh take on an aging franchise

At first glance Assassin's Creed Rebellion looks quite a lot like Fallout Shelter, which isn't a surprise considering they were both developed by Behaviour Interactive. But unlike Fallout Shelter, Assassin's Creed Rebellion's gameplay is centered around turn-based squad strategy mechanics more similar in style to the X-Com series.

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[Hands-on] Phantomgate, an RPG that mixes many genres into a cornucopia of fun

Phatomgate is one of those titles where I am not sure where I stand. On the one hand, it's clearly a free-to-play gacha game. On the other, it's a competent turn-based RPG with some fantastic platforming gameplay. Then you have its high production values to take into consideration, which makes it all that much more difficult to label Phatomgate as simply a good or bad game.

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Ironhide Game Studio's 'Iron Marines' is an all new RTS for Android

Iron Marines is an all new real-time strategy game from the developers who created the popular Kingdom Rush tower defense series. Instead of the familiar fantasy setting used in the Kingdom Rush games, we are now treated to a beautifully colorful sci-fi locale. While this is a premium RTS that is priced at $4.99, it's worth keeping in mind that the developers have included in-app purchases that range all the way up to $99.99.

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The Walking Dead: March to War has meandered errantly to the Play Store

After a short beta period The Walking Dead: March to War is officially available on the Play Store. It is a free-to-play survival strategy game that features a beautiful design. While the game's art direction is visually superb, the gameplay is lacking thanks to its liberal use of the typical free-to-play mechanics we are all too accustomed to.

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