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Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest games discounted on mobile

If you've been jonesing for some retro-styled RPG questing but stopped short of buying your favorites when you saw Square Enix's premium mobile game prices, your patience has paid off. Many games in the Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest franchises are now available from iTunes and Google Play at steep discounts as part of Square Enix's Mobile Holiday Sale.

Starting this week, you can pick up remade mobile ports of Final Fantasy 1 and 2 for $3.99 apiece. Final Fantasy 3 through 6 are up for grabs at $7.99 each, and Final Fantasy Tactics is currently on sale for $6.99.

Dragon Quest series fans get some love with price drops for Dragon Quest 2 ($2.99) and Dragon Quest 8 ($12.99). If SNES throwbacks are your thing, you might also want to grab Chrono Trigger at $4.99 and Secret of Mana for $3.99. Sale prices are in effect through January 5.

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Lords of the Fallen on mobiles is 'brand new,' not a port

The Lords of the Fallen game coming to iOS and Android isn't a port of this year's console and PC game. In a statement provided to Joystiq, CI Games CEO Marek Tyminski confirmed the mobile game is instead a "brand new" experience. Tyminski also said the Lords of the Fallen sequel announced earlier this week is in development for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Tyminski's statement in full reads:
"I can confirm that the statements made recently to the local Polish media at a press conference earlier this week in Warsaw, and mentioned on Facebook by Executive Producer Tomasz Gop, are true: a Lords of the Fallen sequel is currently in development for PC, PS4 and Xbox One. The reaction from fans to the news has been tremendous so far, and we're eager to take on the challenge of improving upon the solid experience that has been created with Lords of The Fallen.

"I'd also like to offer some new information - we're currently working on a mobile game that takes place in the Lords of the Fallen universe, which we're aiming to launch on iOS and Android in 2015. It will not be a straight port of the game though, but rather a brand new Lords of the Fallen experience. More details on that are still to come."

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Joystiq Deals: Apple Watch giveaway

A watch that only tells time is so 16th century. Nowadays there are watches that can tell time, connect to the Internet, count our steps, even take our phone calls. Such is the case with the upcoming Apple Watch, which Joystiq Deals would like to give to you for free.

To earn a shot at winning the Apple Watch, simply head over to the giveaway landing page and click the green "Enter" button. To earn more entries, share the page or follow Joystiq on Twitter and Google Plus using the links on the giveaway page. The giveaway closes December 23, with the Apple Watch due to release in early 2015.


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Doctor Who: Legacy War Doctor levels, unlock Cinder early

Doctor Who: Legacy will receive new levels based on Engines of War, the War Doctor novel series, with part one going live on Friday, December 19. Part two hits on Sunday, December 21. Play through part one to unlock Cinder, a lifelong Dalek-hunter and pivotal ally in the Last Great Time War – or, unlock Cinder right now with the following Joystiq-exclusive code (no time travel required):

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Danganronpa Unlimited Battle brings tap-heavy havoc to iOS

The latest game to join the violently dysfunctional Danganronpa family is Unlimited Battle, a co-op action affair coming to iOS next month in Japan. As Gematsu reports, it's a free-to-play game starring the protagonists of visual novel Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, and in it players slingshot the chibi cast across the screen to attack enemies. Unlike other Danganronpas, Unlimited Battle supports four-player co-op as well as single-player.

If you're aware of Trigger Happy Havoc's story of entrapment and murder mystery, you may share our confusion as to how Unlimited Battle fits within the series' narrative. Then again, maybe that's misplaced worry. After all, we are talking about games starring a sociopathic robotic bear who masquerades as the principal of a high school...

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Lords of the Fallen 'will be released' on iOS, Android [update]

Action-RPG Lords of the Fallen is bringing its dark, fantastical challenges to iOS and Android next year, CI Games announced. The publisher's wording in a tweet published last night would seem to indicate a port of the PS4, Xbox One and PC game, though that's not stated explicitly. We've reached out to CI Games for clarification.

The news arrives hot on the heels of confirmation that a Lords of the Fallen sequel is in the early stages of development. Executive Producer Tomasz Gop revealed conceptual work on what he dubbed "Lords of the Fallen 2" has already begun.

Update: CI Games says the Lords of the Fallen mobile game isn't a port of this years' console and PC action-RPG. More details here.

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Joystiq Deals: 2-in-1 Lightning and Micro-USB charging cable

Joystiq Deals has a discount for you today that will keep your mobile devices fully charged and ready for action. Today's StackSocial-branded six-foot charging cable features both Lightning and Micro-USB plugs, making it an ideal all-in-one charging solution for phones, tablets, game controllers, and other electronic devices.

Normally priced at $40, our cable is available today for $21 ($22.99 with international shipping). Pick one up and keep your iOS or Android phone running at full capacity whenever you need it -- you'll be glad you did.


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Hearthstone begins Android rollout

Blizzard is rolling stones out, specifically of the Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft variety. The free-to-play collectible card game is available now for Android in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and Blizzard says a full worldwide rollout is due "in the coming days." If you're in one of the early bird regions, wing your way to Google Play or Amazon Appstore to get started.

In terms of requirements, you'll need a tablet with at least a 6 inch screen, 1GB of RAM, and Android 4.0 or higher installed. As for phone owners hoping to be dealt in - that's both iPhone and Android devices - Blizzard says it'll have "more news" early next year.

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Joystiq Deals: iOS 8 Game Hacker Bundle

Those looking for a quick, simple and, more importantly, cheap route into the world of iOS game development should consider today's Joystiq Deal, the iOS 8 Game Hacker Bundle.

The Bundle includes primers on both Apple's Swift programming language and the ubiquitous Unity 3D game engine, but today's pièce de résistance is the iOS 8 Game Source Code Pack, which features four fully-featured templates based on popular games such as Threes! and Flappy Bird. Instead of crafting a game from scratch, users can build on these templates to learn all about the more complex aspects of iOS game creation, including multiplayer functionality, in-game item monetization and Gamecenter support.

Normally priced at $994, the iOS 8 Game Hacker Bundle is currently available to Joystiq Deals users for $59. This deal is only available for the next three days.
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Joystiq Deals: The Name Your Own Price iOS Designer Bundle

Joystiq Deals is putting you on the path to a career in mobile development with The Name Your Own Price iOS Designer Bundle, a broad collection of tutorials, instructional courses, and assets suited to your needs.

Pay any amount for our bundle and you'll get the Learn Mobile First Web Design Using Bootstrap and The Art Of App Design & Marketing courses. Beat the average purchase price and you'll unlock all content on offer, including The Ultimate Collection Of Design Graphics From Creative VIP, Assets For Simplifying The Web & Mobile Design Process, the Freebo Design Asset Bundle, Mobile App Design From Scratch: Design Principles & UX, and iPhone App Interface Design For Beginners.

Valued at $1,415 when purchased individually, all of today's content can be had for under $50 if you opt for our recommended purchase price. A portion of proceeds will benefit Child's Play, World Wildlife Fund, or Creative Commons.
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Mortal Kombat developer grapples with WWE Immortals next year

WWE is partnering with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Mortal Kombat developer NetherRealm Studios to create a new spin on the wrestling company's brand of brawling, WWE Immortals. The game will launch on iOS and Android devices for free next year, and will feature "epic Superstar battles in a fantastically re-imagined WWE world." In this case, we're hoping "Hell in a Cell" is taken more literally by the Mortal Kombat developer.

While no other details are known about WWE Immortals, NetherRealm will handle the development in conjunction with Phosphor Game Studios. Phosphor is the developer behind first-person survival shooter Nether and The Dark Meadow, a creepy mobile adventure game. WWE has found ways to capitalize on its wrestling roster in the mobile space this year, as the company launched trading card battler WWE SuperCard in August, reaching 1.5 million downloads in its first week.
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iPhone, iPad tell Tales from the Borderlands, out now

Telltale's games can take their time to reach iOS, but the smartphones and tablets haven't had too long to wait this winter. Game of Thrones hit the App Store in the game's launch week, and now the first episode of Tales from the Borderlands is available for iPhone and iPad, priced at $5. As for Android, last we heard both games are due later this month.

The adventure adaptation of Gearbox's series takes place after the events of Borderlands 2, with players starring as Hyperion hopeful Rhys and Pandoran pretender Fiona. The first episode, "Zer0 Sum," is one of five comprising the series. If it tickles your fancy on iOS you can pre-purchase the remaining four parts at 25 percent off ($15) via the Episodes menu.

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Monument Valley, Threes! receive Apple year-end awards

It's the year of the puzzler on mobile, as Apple awards the numerical master class of Threes! and visually luxe Monument Valley with game of the year nods. The gorgeous platformer Leo's Fortune was the runner-up iPhone game of the year.

If these awards seem like deja vu, that's because these games also won Apple Design Awards back in July. Monument Valley received an expansion pack recently, Eschering more players to check out the perception puzzler.

80 Days takes a trip to Android, adds arctic route to itinerary

80 Days has more travel destinations than one vacation allows for, but should travelers bore of touring the streets of Venice or the sandy stretches of the Rub' Al Khali desert, a new route to the arctic will soon open, according to a related press release. The new, chilled destinations will share a December 16 arrival date with 80 Days' Android version, though a free update will add the new environments to the existing iOS version.

Managing Editor Susan Arendt planned strings of vacations as Passepartout, itinerary planner of the wealthy Fogg, and found that 80 Days' choose-your-own-adventure journey holds "no clear right or wrong choices." While sorting the logistical travel details out provided entertaining obstacles, Susan added that 80 Days' strong writing "effortlessly strings together tiny vignettes to create a world on the brink of change, bristling with the excitement of possibility and the fear of the coming unknown."
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Free-to-play Peggle Blast bounces to iOS, Android


EA and PopCap have unleashed a new version of pachinko-inspired puzzler Peggle on iOS and Android platforms this week as a free download.

Revealed back in September, Peggle Blast introduces a cast of new Peggle Masters, giving players access to a new collection of peg-busting superpowers and special abilities. Peggle Blast is free-to-play with paid perks, including point boosts, extra balls, and area-clearing bombs. PopCap fans can also expect to see cameos and crossovers from familiar franchises, as some levels feature elements cribbed from past hits like Bejeweled and Plants vs. Zombies.

[Video: EA / PopCap]

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