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New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Pocket Arcade Story', 'Final Fantasy Brave Exvius', 'Don't Be Squared' and More

I'm based in the Chicago area, and I love everything about this part of the USA except for one very significant problem: When I'm craving Waffle House I've got to drive all the way to Indianapolis to get my fix of scattered, smothered, and covered hash browns. Sure, we have objectively better overall mom and pop diners all over the 'burbs, but there's just something magical about Waffle House. It's like when you're really craving White Castle, there's just no substitute. What does this have to do with anything? Nothing really, just random Waffle-related musings on National Waffle Day and wishing I could celebrate properly at a Waffle House. Thankfully, there's a whole heap of brand new iOS games to play instead...

In a surprising move this morning, the highly awaited Galaxy on Fire 3: Manticore has launched on iOS - however, only on the Netherlands App Store so far. The Galaxy on Fire series by Deep Silver Fishlabs has been a truly iconic IP for iPhone gaming, with previous iterations receiving critical acclaim and a fandom rarely seen outside of a far more established series. It's therefore unsurprising that the upcoming thread for Galaxy on Fire 3 on our forums has been buzzing ever since the initial reveal in 2015, and successive VR support for one of the most graphically advanced games on the platform have only fuelled the fire...




We knew it was coming soon, and here it is. So, let's be honest: Square Enix has been throwing a lot of mud at the social RPG wall hoping something will stick. They've done some relatively small-scale original productions, brought in major staff members from the core Final Fantasy series to work on big-budget games, attached pretty much every major brand they've got, and have even partnered up with other companies, all in hopes of scoring a hit. So far, their successes have been temporary at best, particularly in regions outside of Asia where social RPGs are a less popular genre. Surprisingly, the biggest social RPG success with Square Enix's name attached was published and almost entirely developed by an outside company...

A few months ago, Kairosoft released a pair of interesting new titles worldwide, one based on managing a train station, and the other putting you in charge of your own arcade. They were both cool simulation games in their own ways, but there was a catch to those versions: they only supported Japanese language. Not long ago, the first of the two got an English release as Station Manager [$5.99]. Understandably, many of our readers were more interested in the arcade-themed game. Well, that game is also available in English now under the title Pocket Arcade Story [$4.99]...

Both of the major Puzzle Quest games out there right now are getting some nifty new updates. First up is Marvel Puzzle Quest [Free], which has added a new Captain America: Peggy Carter. Yes, the character who has become a standout among the Marvel Cinematic Universe, making appearances in several Marvel movies, getting her own underappreciated TV series, and being part of most pressing question currently facing America: "if you're frozen in suspended animation for several decades, and you make out with the great-niece of the woman had a mutual romantic interest with back before you were frozen, is that weird? Especially if y'all just kissed like days after her great-aunt died? Like, what's the protocol here?" ..

Check Out the Trailer for 'Bomboras Forever', a Stylish 'Defender'-inspired Shooter Coming July 9th

Hit 1981 arcade game Defender is the grandaddy of horizontal scrolling shooters, and was one of my favorites when I was a kid. It sounds rather quaint nowadays, but there was something so freeing about being able to switch directions and chase down enemies in the "open world" levels, and the Asteroids-like inertial movement only added to the fun. Ah yes, Defender, how I love thee. Well, I get the impression that indie developer Jeff Taniguchi was a bit of a Defender-head himself, as his forthcoming iOS game Bomboras Forever has a lot in common with that classic. Check out the trailer...

'Cat Quest' is a Promising Action-RPG from the Developers of 'Slashy Hero'

The Gentlebros is the studio that brought you the fun Halloween-themed action-RPG, Slashy Hero [Free], which Kongregate wound up publishing last year. The ex-Koei-Tecmo developers aren't resting on their laurels, as they're hard at work on a brand new game, Cat Quest. You play as a customizable hero adventurer cat, exploring the world, fightnig enemies, and explring various caves nad dugneons for loot. Check out the trailer, and see how many cat puns you can spy:..

SWAT Tactics Game 'Door Kickers' Drops to 99¢

June 28th, 2016 4:15 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
99¢ Buy Now

Door Kickers [$0.99 (HD)] hit the App Store almost exactly a year ago now and following the PC game dropping in price courtesy of the Summer Steam Sale, the iOS version also saw an extreme price drop. 99¢ is the cheapest Door Kickers has ever been on iOS, and if you're in to top-down tactical gameplay, it's a title you really shouldn't miss. (In case you didn't grab it when it launched.)..

'Quell Zen' is the Latest in Fallen Tree Games' Popular Puzzle Series

Fallen Tree Games is set to introduce the latest in their popular series of Quell games, with Quell Zen. A followup to 2015's Quell Memento [$2.99], this game where you slide a ball around puzzle mazes, using walls and endless looping walls to help solve the tricky puzzles ahead of you, this will feature plenty of new mechanics to puzzle you, which you can sample in the new trailer:..

Kabam Is on Track to Release an 'Avatar' Movie Tie-In Game With One of the Largest Budgets in Mobile Gaming History

Remember Avatar? That movie with the weird jungle planet filled with blue skinned humanoids getting rampaged by humans that for some reason did obscenely well at the box office? Well, they're not only making four more sequels (WTF) but they've also teamed up with Kabam to make a massive budget mobile game which will be updated and evolve along with the release of the upcoming Avatar sequels- The last of which is scheduled to be released in 2023...

Warner Bros. has been great about publishing the many LEGO video games on iOS, whether that be in a pared down version of the PC and console counterparts or in a more tailored for mobile/handheld fashion. Today they're continuing this trend but taking it up a notch, as today is the day that LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens [Free] is scheduled to arrive on PC and consoles, but an iOS version has launched right alongside it day and date...

King Launches 'Farm Heroes Super Saga' Worldwide

June 28th, 2016 12:51 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
Free Buy Now

While I'm sure when it comes to super sagas, people around here would be way more excited to hear about a Superstar Saga, I've got no doubta that King's new Farm Heroes Super Saga [Free] won't be stupidly popular. We liked the original Farm Heroes Saga [Free] in our review, but noted that there's really only so much you can do in the world of match three to differentiate your new game from your already existing incredibly popular old games. Farm Heroes Saga did this through the addition of a new scoring system, some different obstacles, and a surprisingly cool boss battle mechanic...

'Teeny Titans' Review - A Little Teeny, but You'll Want To Lick the Plate Clean-y

For all the years that mobile gaming has been around, there are still a lot of publishers and developers who still don't quite get the platform. I don't mean to complain about that. After all, even games ported directly from consoles or PCs essentially untouched can add to the diversity of the overall software catalogue. But it sure is great when a developer makes something that feels perfectly tailored to mobile, and that's just what Grumpyface Studios has been doing for the last several years. Their recent efforts with various Cartoon Network properties have been especially wonderful, and are some of the best licensed games on any platform lately. What's even more remarkable is the spread of genres they've been trying out and succeeding with: inventive action games like Adventure Time Game Wizard [$4.99], light RPGs like Attack the Light - Steven Universe [$2.99], and hectic puzzle games like Powerpuff Girls - Flipped Out [$2.99]...

'Fancy Cats' Lets You Dress up Felines This Thursday on the App Store

It is an unequivocal law of the universe that anything is better with cats. This is especially true on the App Store - whether it's the adorable yet dangerously compelling Neko Atsume [Free], or a more high-octane adventure like Cat Puncher [$0.99], our feline friends make up a core component of mobile gaming. While it may involve no brawling, Fancy Cats from All 4 Games and Genix Labs attempts to merge the dark art of animal cosplay with pet simulation and match three mechanics to produce, at the very least, an incessantly endearing app for any cat lovers out there, and is out this Thursday on the App Store...

The relative dearth of traditional first person perspective racing games beyond Real Racing 3 [Free] and what’s left of the Asphalt series has been a blessing in disguise for fans of the top down driving genre. From classics such as Reckless Racing 3 [$2.99] to recent offerings like Pixel Machines [$0.99], there certainly is a lot of choice - and even an official Micro Machines title from Codemasters which has unfortunately not escaped its initial soft launch period yet. For any fervent fans, Battle Cars [$1.99] by developers Dracoders has launched today, and will seemingly satiate any one looking to fill the void until the Micro Machines official iTunes release with some classic arcade action...

Glu's Cooking Dash [Free] and similar Dash games have been incredibly popular over the years. If you haven't played one yet, gameplay is a mix between time management and a memory game where you need to recall the steps needed to fill orders. For instance, you might have a customer order a burger which involves grabbing some beef, cooking it on a grill, putting it on a bun, potentially adding toppings, and maybe even stopping at the soda fountain for a drink before filling your customer's order, collecting some money, and continuing on with the rest of the orders coming in to your restaurant. Your character can only carry two things at once (since you've only got two hands), and each step might have its own individual timer, so doing well involves knowing what order to do things when, what things require your attention immediately, and what order to queue up the rest of your actions. These games might initially appear to be supremely casual and boring, but once they open up, things can get crazy for the most experienced gamer...

Square Enix has just put Adventures of Mana [$9.99] on sale, and if you've been looking to play this one, the $9.99 price point is the game's first sale. If you're used to mobile game prices, that might not seem cheap, but it's still less than the regular $13.99 price. Which is a normal price for a video game, not just the weird warped world of mobile gaming pricing. But not only is this one on sale, there's also a cool new feature: you can choose between the new arranged soundtrack, but also the original Game Boy soundtrack. Huzzah!..

'Combo Quest 2' Features More Heroes and Combo Meter Action This Week

Tapinator has published a couple of really cool games from Boarding Party Games in Combo Quest [Free] and Dice Mage [Free], each showing some cool pixel art with interesting game ideas. Now, the publisher-developer combo is set to return to their first game with Combo Quest 2, and the first trailer is looking combo-ier and quest-ier. Sadly, they didn't call it 2 Combo 2 Quest like I want all appropriate sequels to be called, in the vein of 2 Fast 2 Furious...

Following a successful launch on Android, developer Toka Loka Games brought their gooey platformer Goo Saga [$0.99] to iOS in late April, and it absolutely floored me. You played as a ball of goo with a huge personality (as far as balls of goo go) making your way through tricky platforming levels that demanded you used your gooeyness to expand or shrink down in size, as well as your suite of upgradeable special abilities. In addition, it was one of the more visually pleasing games around. For a fiver, Goo Saga was a totally worthwhile endeavor, and we enjoyed it a lot in our review, but right now you can get all that gooey goodness for the sale price of just 99¢...

'The Little Fox' Finally Combines Auto-Runner Gameplay with Hex Grids

For far too long, fans of stylish-yet-cute games have had to trade their love of easy-to-learn, difficult-to-master games with the fact that they aren't real games. You see, many of these games don't have hex grids, so they're not real games. So disappointing. But every so often, you get a game that is both casual-friendly but also a real game. Like, Oddhop [$1.99] is a pretty fun little game that's got hex grids. But they are too few! The Little Fox puports to do just this: be a cute and appealing game that's an auto-runner while also using hex grids, what?!..

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