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Dual-Character Puzzle Platformer 'Kalimba' Hits this Thursday with Same-Device Co-Op on iPad

Flashbulb Games is a company formed by the founding members of the gaming studio Press Play, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2012 and shuttered in May of last year. They've made it their mission to ensure that some of the best games put out by Press Play can live on under their new studio's moniker, and they've already done so in the mobile space by releasing the previously Windows-exclusive Tentacles: Enter the Mind [Free] onto iOS last November and re-releasing the previously Microsoft-published 2012 hit Tentacles: Enter the Dolphin [$2.99] to iOS in December. Their next big project was to bring Kalimba, a novel puzzle platformer released by Press Play in late 2014 on Xbox One and in the spring of 2015 on desktop, over to iOS. They were on the hunt for beta testers early last month, and it appears as if all systems are now go following that testing period as Kalimba is all set to arrive on the App Store this Thursday...

'Tacticool' Is a Cool-Looking 5v5 With Destructible Vehicles and 1-Minute Long Matches - Beta Starts Tomorrow

More and more developers are building competitive games that fit the mobile platform, and the upcoming Tacticool seems to be one of those games. The game is all about 1-minute long 5v5 matches that you play using a thumbstick and a single button. And as you can see from the trailer below, the game has vehicles you can use to quickly take out your opponents or simply to allow your teammates to find some cover. The game has destructible cars, trains that occasionally cross the levels and kill anyone in their way, and more. The animations and visual look really good, and if the game controls well, it could be great fun to play...




'Desperate Housewives: The Game' Will Blend Murder-Mystery With Role-Playing

Many of you might not remember how big the Desperate Housewives TV show was, since it's been off the air for some time now, but the show had quite a big following. Now there's a game called, well, Desperate Housewives: The Game, coming to mobile soon that's hoping to blend the gameplay from games like Episodes and Kim Kardashian: Hollywood and is aiming for an older demographic than other similar games...

Candy Crush Saga [Free] has conquered many a phone screens since it first came out, and it's still going strong with around $1 billion dollars revenue a year. And it's about to come to your TV screens too, as you might already know. Apparently, the Candy Crush TV show is already a part of the Guinness World Records for having the world's largest touchscreen displays, measuring in at 30 feet high by 20 feet wide. The screens include 55 55-inch monitors, each with 32 cameras recording the competitors' hand swipes. Can you imagine the amount of fingerprints those things are going to attract?..

'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds'- Inspired 'Guns Royale' Shows Off More Gameplay

If you've been reading any gaming news, you probably know that PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is the hottest game around at the moment, so it's not surprising that mobile developers are using it as inspiration. Bullet Strike: Battlegrounds is one of those games as is Guns Royale: Blocky Battlegrounds, both of which we've written about recently. The developers of Guns Royale have added a new gameplay video in our Upcoming Games forum thread, and it's certainly promising...

Point and Click Adventure 'Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis' Heading to the App Store Later this Year

Secret Files: Tunguska [$3.99] is a point and click adventure that launched on desktop way back in 2006, and despite not being one of the more fondly remembered adventure games of the time, we enjoyed it well enough when it made its way to mobile back in the summer of 2014. While the game was originally developed by Animation Arts and published on mobile by Deep Silver, the two companies have since severed ties and Secret Files: Tunguska was re-released this past April under the Animation Arts label in the App Store. Now, again under their own label, Animation Arts will be bringing the sequel Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis to the App Store later this year. ..

'Raze: Dungeon Arena' Brings 24 Heroes, Dozens of Dungeons, and Co-Op

Action RPGs have been doing quite well on the App Store, which is why we've been getting a thousand of them a week. Raze: Dungeon Arena is another game hoping to join the club, but its developers hope that the game's features will make it stand out. The game has over 60 single player dungeons for you to clear out, but it also offers 1v1, 2v2, guild battles, and co-op modes. The developers seem to be betting that the game's multiplayer modes will keep players coming back for more...

'Assassin's Creed Rebellion' Is an Upcoming Strategy RPG Where You Collect Assassins

We are getting another Assassin's Creed game on mobile, and this one is going in a different direction than previous iterations. Assassin's Creed Rebellion takes players back to the 15th century and the Spanish Inquisition and has them building their own Assassin Brotherhood. The game pulls together 40 different Assassins, some you will know and some new ones, that you get to unlock as you go along. The word "unlock" should give you an idea of how this free-to-play game will play...

'Brawl Stars' Buffs Dynamike and Bo, Nerfs Jessie, Nita, and Spike

Supercell continues to tinker with the various character of the very entertaining Brawl Stars in an effort to better balance the game and prevent frustration. This time around, we got buffs and nerfs as well as cheaper coin boosts, better event rotations, and new maps. Dynamike's Super damage is seeing an increase from 400 to 500 because his super was rather underwhelming and barely did more damage than his main attack...

Rampart is just one of those games that every retro enthusiast remembers. I was first introduced to it on the SNES, but it was ported to nearly every platform imaginable due to its immense popularity. Its angle of marrying shooting elements with light strategy and building components is still unique nearly 30 years later, and it's amazing that so few projects have attempted to emulate its formula directly. Castleparts [$2.99] is one such imitation, and although I had a few technical issues with it, it's a project worth playing if you're into the Rampart concept...

Clash of Clans [Free] just got more content in the Builder Hall 6 update, which has just gone live. The biggest additions are the two new units, the Night Witch and the Roaster. The Night Witch, which you get when you upgrade your Builder Barracks to Level 8, does ranged attacks that hit both air and ground units, spawns bats that attack both ground and air units, and will spawn into a swarm of bats once it receives fatal damage. The Roaster is a great defense weapon against the Night Witch and shoots flames up to 7 tiles away in burst fire of 15 shots. At Level 6, it does 16 damage per shot, hits air and ground units, and does splash damage...

Shoot and Drift Into the Undead in '#01', an Upcoming Endless Racer From the Developers of Road Rush Rally

Alongside platforms, guns and Pokemon, zombies are one of the most common tropes in recent video gaming history. However, the oversaturation of undead beings - no thanks to the ridiculous popularity of the Call of Duty: Zombies [$4.99] spin-off series - quickly became tiring, even if games such as Minigore [$0.99] made a good case for horror-themed titles on the App Store. That being said, as the popular trends have changed from birds to fidget spinners, it seems zombies may soon be back in vogue, at least according to Kloppe Media. After the success of their previous game Road Rush Racer [Free], the developer has announced a new mobile release mysterious titled #01, which aims to merge the anarchic driving action from the former title with some dystopian zombie-killing chaos when it launches sometime in the near future...

'Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition' Likely to Launch as a $4.99 Premium Title, as Gamevice Bundle Goes up for Preorder

The excitement surrounding the upcoming release of Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition has hit fever pitch as of late, with an endless barrage of teaser trailers revealing new fighters, MFi support and a whole host of features that are set to make Capcom's mobile brawler a serious challenger amongst the App Store fighting game community. Only last week did Gamevice release a new video that showcased Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition being played with one of their eponymous devices, and today the accessory company have revealed that an exclusive Street Fighter Bundled Edition is available to pre-order on their website, with a release date of July 2017. As we discovered last week, the Capcom Mobile Facebook page has previously suggested that the latest mobile iteration of Street Fighter will launch in 'early July', so the shipping date of the Gamevice controller should tie in nicely with the game's App Store launch. However, as eagle-eyed forum member ac166 has discovered, the fact that the bundle comes with a $5 Apple Gift Card strongly suggests that Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition will launch for $4.99 as a fully premium title...

'Hang Line' is Like a Vertical 'Hook Champ' and is Heading to iOS and Android Soon

Every once in a while a trailer comes rolling across my desk here at TouchArcade and within a few seconds of watching it I instantly think "Now THAT is exactly MY type of game!" That describes just what happened when I watched the trailer for Hang Line, the first mobile release from developer Ed Kay, who has worked on mobile and console games previously but this is his first release entirely solo. The goal in Hang Line is to shoot your grappling hook out to hook onto chunks of a mountain, most of which will just instantly start falling once you've hung your weight on them. This means you'll need to quickly fling yourself from point to point trying to reach ever higher while also avoiding your everyday typical hazards like avalanches and goats attacking you. You know, normal stuff. Check out the awesome trailer...

San Diego Comic-Con is a beast of an event with all kinds of things happening, but, surprisingly, gaming-related events aren't usually part of it. This year, SDCC's organizers are introducing a new event called Game Creator Connection, organized and run by professional game developers, including a former executive director of the International Game Developers Association. The organizers want this event to provide an opportunity for current and aspiring game developers to network and receive advice and mentoring. If you were to attend, you could seek guidance about how to build a strong portfolio, how to get your career going, and so on. There will be a timed rotation so everyone can get a chance to talk to the mentors there...

Supercell continues to tinker with the beast that is Clash of Clans [Free], and this time around some of the newest units are getting hit with the nerf hammer. The developers have admitted that the power levels of the new units were in need of additional balancing. The anticipated changes are an HP decrease for the Night Witch along with a reduction in the number of Night Witch Death Bat Swarms from 4/6/8 to 2/4/6 per ability level. Bats spawning limit will also be reduced. All of these nerfs should have a pretty significant effect on the Night Witch's power level...

I know that E3 was pretty devoid of mobile content, with Nintendo being one of the culprits, but in this case no news wasn't necessarily bad news. In a recent interview, Nintendo of America president, Reggie Fils-Aime, talked explained that the company felt E3 wasn't the place to talk about mobile plans, so Nintendo focused instead on Switch and the Nintendo 3DS. A place like South by Southwest would be a better place to talk about mobile, Fils-Aime pointed out. It was all about giving that specific audience what it wanted...

'Missile Command' and 'Solitaire' Mashup 'Missile Cards' Launching this Week

Do you like single-player card games like Solitaire but wish they had more explosions and stuff? Then developer Nathan Meunier's Missile Cards is for you. Released on desktop a couple of months ago, Missile Cards has you defending a city from incoming attacks by playing a card game, and the concept seemed like it would be such a great fit for mobile that our own now departed Carter Dotson bugged the developer enough on Twitter that he decided to bring it on over to mobile. He MAY have been planning that anyway, but don't burst Carter's bubble, ok? About a month later, a beta test kicked off for Missile Cards, and here we are just about a month removed from that and the game finally has an official release date: This Wednesday, June 28th...

It's no secret that Apple is betting that AR, and specifically its ARKit, will be a game-changer for the iOS ecosystem, and after seeing some recent examples, I can see why the company is so confident. In the first video, developer Matthew Hallberg shows off his Minecraft [$6.99] AR app that lets players place Minecraft blocks in the real world and then proceed to break them just like they would do when playing the actual game. The video shows how easy it is to create whole Minecraft worlds using ARKit in a way that makes them believable and immersive. Pay attention to how the lights he places interact with the blocks; it's pretty cool. I can see for instance people making Minecraft mazes for a kid's birthday party...

We Are Closer to Getting a Mobile Version of 'Neo Scavenger'

A mobile version of Neo Scavenger, the turn-based hex-grid survival game, is closer to being a reality according to the game's developer. In a recent blog post, Daniel Fedor described the technical difficulties he had to face while trying to port Neo Scavenger on iOS and how he has (finally) overcome those and can now proceed to port it. That should be great news for anyone who enjoys turn-based games since Neo Scavenger is a great example of the genre...

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