‘Magic: The Gathering – Arena’ faithfully replicates everything about the card game, good and bad

Here’s my history with Magic: The Gathering: I played it compulsively about 20 years ago, until I ran into That Guy, who had narrowed the total focus of his life down to building intricate lawnmower decks that would destroy other players four to six at a time. I decided I’d met my match and focused my addictive tendencies elsewhere. The last cards I bought, I think, were from the Unglued set, although I think I still have my old green-red Saproling deck somewhere. I’m only bringing this up to establish my bona fides. This is a preview from a returning player, rather than a current expert. Thus, I wasn’t sure what to expect when I redeemed a beta code for Wizards of the Coast’s new free-to-play version of the card game, Arena. The idea, they explained via press releases and blog posts, was to convey the experience of the card Read the full article…

Cult RPG Shin Megami Tensei is surprisingly great on mobile

When a beloved video game series makes the shift to a free-to-play mobile experience, it’s not usually a reason to get excited. These transitions rarely go well. Because of this, I wasn’t expecting much from the absurdly named Shin Megami Tensei Liberation Dx2, a mobile spinoff of the beloved role-playing series that spawned the Persona games. It’s a franchise known for surreal and engrossing stories, and deep, complex battles — not exactly things free-to-play mobile games are known for doing well. So it’s been a big surprise that over the past week, Liberation has steadily been draining my phone’s battery. I can’t seem to stop playing. Like every other game in the series, Liberation stars a group of young people fighting off a demonic… Read the full article…

Brick-breaking arcade game Holedown will be your new subway obsession

Martin Jonasson is the developer behind some of the most acclaimed mobile games around: twofold, inc. and rymdkapsel. But his latest project, Holedown (available on the App Store and Google Play for $3.99), ditches the complicated puzzle and strategy aspects for a more approachable arcade experience that’s nearly impossible to put down. Gameplay in Holedown is similar to last year’s free-to-play chartopper Ballz (created by the controversial Ketchapp Games, who created the viral hit 2048). Players are tasked with burrowing down as far as they can into the core of a planet. This is accomplished by sending a stream of bouncing balls into numerically labeled blocks, which represent the number of times that a block needs to be hit before it… Read the full article…

7 ways to boost your design portfolio

Design portfolios can be tricky to get right. No matter how many portfolio examples you’ve looked at, sometimes it’s hard to apply the amazing inspiration in front of you to your own work. So what is it exactly that top design executives are looking for in a portfolio? And what – in turn – might your next interviewer want to see from you? We spoke to designers at Pentagram, Superunion and BMB to glean the seven tips below. We also spoke to Michael Johnson at Johnson Banks. For his insight, see our separate list of his portfolio dos and don’ts. 01. Tailor it to the reader “It’s vital to tailor your design portfolio (or book, as we call it) to the company you’re sending it to,” explains Louise Sloper, head of art at BMB. “So you’d approach an advertising agency like mine, for example, in a different way to a Read the full article…

Free Mobile Device Mockups to Use in 2018

You’re reading Free Mobile Device Mockups to Use in 2018, originally posted on Designmodo. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook, Google+! The wrapping sells. Behind any success stands a well-thought-out presentation. Minimalistic or overwhelming packaging, if it is done right it hits the targeted audience. The web design sphere is no exception. A decade ago no one was bothering with marketing … Read the full article…

IGN’s Boomsday Reveal: Is This The Most Insane New Hearthstone Card So Far?

Hearthstone’s newest set, The Boomsday Project, is shaping up to be one of the most exciting in the game’s history. It’s out on August 7, and every day new cards are being revealed showing off interesting, powerful and new concepts, and today is no exception. I present to you, IGN’s Boomsday card reveal, Mecha’thun! Part Eldritch abomination, part machine. Read the full article…