It’s an Indie-vention

Every week we bring you the latest happenings in the indie sphere of games, meaning you don’t have to do anything read it and then wow your friends with your big brain full of indie news. This week, we’re looking at some of the bigger names knocking around so sit back, get some music on the go, and have a read.

Bigger, Stronger, but is it Better?: ARK: Survival’s New Expansion Gets a new Trailer

Remember ARK: Survival Evolved? Of course, you do 0 even if you’ve never played it, the game seems to have embedded itself into nearly every facet of games. But it looks like Studio Wildcard are gearing up to bring the epic survival simulator to a conclusion, with their ARK: Extinction trailer showing signs of finality for the game.

The expansion, which will arrive later this year, sees players returning to a fairly different Earth, one that’s overrun by dinosaurs (still), with cyborg and organic monsters stalking you. The biggest – pardon the choice of words – addition arriving from the expansion will be the obscenely large titans that have planted their flag and generally making themselves a bit of a nuisance.

It’ll be up to players to take out these titans, along with new dinos they find along the way, as they seek to uncover how Earth ended up in such a state.

To help players with early clues, ARK will have different drops of notes and other musings on what’s happened on our homeland with updates in the lead up to Extinction’s release on November 6.

It’s an Invasion: Tropico Arriving on iPad This Year

You know that feeling when you’re in the living room or on the train to work and you think, ‘Ah, I wish I could be a viscous dictator during my commute.’ Well, those thoughts are going to be alleviated later this year when Haemimont’s much-loved city builder slash dictator parody, Tropico, arrives later this year on iOS and iPad.

There’s no specific date for when the iPad version will be available, but we do know that it’ll be a premium edition available on tablets.

Tropico, for those of you who haven’t played it yet, fuses a fairly deep city-building sim with a cutting sense of humour as you look to create a functioning dictatorship complete with a private militia and off-shore account. So, if you’ve been wanting to try your hand at being a ruthless dictator, lookout for Tropico now on PC and consoles, and later this year on iPad.

And Finally… Remember Mojang’s Scrolls?

Remember a few years back when Minecraft developer, Mojang, were creating their own card game called Mojang’s Scrolls? Remember how Mojang ceased development after a tiff with Bethesda about the word “Scrolls” being in the title? Well, if the card game was something you were hoping to get your hands on then you’re in luck because Mojang have now released the full game for free on their website.

The only difference is that the game now has an entirely different name: Caller’s Bane. The game itself is supposedly unchanged from the original concept, and players are able to – according to a Mojang blog post – “rebalance the game entirely.” This includes changing game rules, creating new trials, and a host of other little features.

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