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If the news that Rovio is planning on a sequel for its The Angry Birds Movie is surprising to you, maybe you - like me and many others - thought the movie did at best decently enough but nothing spectacular. Well, apparently it did great. According to Rovio's profit report, the movie opened in the No. 1 position in 52 countries, including the US and China, and it has grossed more than 347 million dollars at the box globally (and it has yet to open in Japan). The movie's budget was around 80 million dollars, so as you can see, Rovio has quite a few million reasons to develop a sequel...

'Space Marshals 2' Review - It's 'Space Marshals', Too

Pixelbite got a lot right with the first Space Marshals [$4.99]. They eschewed much of what is common in dual-stick shooters on mobile, going with a slower, more thoughtful, stealth-based game. With an array of interesting weaponry and tactics at your disposal, such as using noisemakers to distract enemies to take them out away from the prying eyes of other enemies, it was a cool concept and a fun game. The controls were great for mobile, with MFi controller support, and iCloud to boot. It was not a perfect game, but a great example of how to make an original, stylish title for mobile. Plus, they updated the game with 2 new episodes months after launch. Space Marshals 2 [$5.99] returns and basically is the same game, streamlined with a couple new features, and skipping on the whole episodic aspect to give you 20 beefy levels of tactical stealth action in a space wild-west setting. And like any sequel where iteration is the key difference, it's not bad – this is the superior game – but the lack of surprise can be a bit disappointing...




Cult Hit Flash Game 'The Majesty of Colors' Being Remastered for PC and Mobile

In 2008, game designer Gregory Avery-Weir released a Flash game called The Majesty of Colors to much critical acclaim. The simple pixel art game had you controlling a long tentacle of a deep sea creature as it interacted with the people and things from the world above water. How you reacted to these things was up to you, as you could be friendly towards humans or aggressive, and your actions in the game would lead to one of five different endings. The Majesty of Colors was well-received by players and critics alike back in 2008, and now Avery-Weir and his studio Future Proof Games are remastering the game for re-release on desktop and mobile. Here's the first teaser of that remastered version...

If you like to see weird animals, then you've come to the right place. Hearthstone's [Free] One Night in Karazhan Adventure has opened its third Wing, The Menagerie, and in the process released a collection of rare - and deadly - creatures. Apparently, normally all these creatures are kept in check by Medivh's reliable Curator, but he's having an off night and, well, all the creatures are out to play. You have to step into the Curator's shoes and recapture the creatures before they eat too many guests. This is the setup behind Karazhan's Wing 3, and it's a perfect way to bring out mostrous Bosses like Nightbane, Terestian Illhoof, and the Curator himself, as well as rewarding you with cards like Zoobot, Cat Trick, Menagerie Warden and Menagerie Magician, and even the Curator himself. So, let's start with the first boss and help you take him out in Normal and Heroic...

Here's Footage of Cyberpunk Dual-Stick Shooter 'Neon Chrome' Running on an iPad

In late April of this year, 10tons Ltd. released their cyberpunk roguelike dual-stick shooter Neon Chrome on desktop and consoles, and in June they officially announced a mobile version was in the works and they were seeking beta testers for a planned beta period in August. Well, it's August, and as promised the beta testing on the mobile version of Neon Chrome began just a couple of days ago. 10tons has since updated the Neon Chrome thread in our upcoming games forum with a new video of the game running on an iPad Air 2. Check it out...

Bethesda has announced that the latest update for Fallout Shelter [Free], version 1.7 is now available. With the new Nuka-World add-on coming to Fallout 4, a new Special Event Quest is in the game themed after the add-on. Complete it, and the Nuka-World mascots Bottle and Cappy can appear in the Vault, and will earn you Caps and Nuka-Cola Quantum. So get that quest done, overseers!..

So, you thought you were getting a technical marvel of an action game in Eisenhorn: Xenos [$9.99]? Wrong! This adaptation of the 2001 novel set in the ever-expansive and convoluted Warhammer universe, starring inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn, has disappointing combat, and the game largely tries to hide it and convince you that it's unnecessary. Instead, this is about telling the story from the novel, featuring Mark Strong as Eisenhorn, while presenting some gorgeous backdrops, with you at the controls driving the narrative. And if Warhammer lore is your bag, this is a game for you. As an action game? Eh...

There's nothing quite like finding a cool game we missed several months back. It's like getting a new cool game, except it's usually had a bunch of updates to make it even better! Such is the case with Celsius Heroes [Free], an interesting take on the Puzzle & Dragons [Free] formula of social RPGs. The game was pointed out to me a few weeks ago by a member of the TouchArcade forums, and I've been looking for an excuse to mention it since. As the game just got a big content update, this seems as opportune a time as any...

Nitrome have, in many ways, taken the helm from legendary iPhone developers Donut Games, in that they consistently release enjoyable retro experiences on the App Store that, while not necessarily the deepest of titles, hark back to a nostalgic and reductionist era, where video games focused on only a couple of interesting features, but did them really, really well. Whether it's the extremely compulsive Leap Day [Free] that has become a daily ritual for many, or something more immersive and traditional like Gunbrick [$2.99], Nitrome have rarely put a foot wrong. Magic Mansion [Free] appears to follow in these footsteps, as obvious inspiration from older Game Boy titles has resulted in a challenging yet charming retro platformer that, for the low, low price of absolutely nothing, is certainly worth a try for Nitrome fans or anyone looking for another arcade experience on the App Store...

Out Now: 'Space Marshals 2', 'Riptide GP: Renegade', 'Solitairica', 'Con Man: The Game', 'Dungeon Warfare', 'Defend Your Turf', 'Shadow Quest RPG' and More

It's another week of new iOS games, and to be honest, I have yet to catch my breath after last week! Between obsessively playing Leap of Fate and the new iPhone version of The Quest HD, I can't really imagine having much free time to now be playing a new Space Marshals game, a new Riptide GP, Dungeon Warfare, Solitairica, and many more awesome new games from this week. Whew! Somehow I will find the inner strength to push through and play games at the expense of spending time with loved ones and possibly even eating, so if you're ready to turn the outside world off too check out the full list of games below and let us know in the comments which games you're grabbing!..

If you like the idea of building castles (and if not, I want to know who ruined your childhood), then you should grab Castles of Mad King Ludwig [$2.99], the port of the Ted Alspach board game with the same name, which has gone on sale for the first time since it released. Castles has you, well, building castles, each turn adding onto your already-existing layout in an attempt to build a monstrosity that will bring you enough points to win the game. If you want to actually win, you'll have to try and set up your own room combinations while making sure your opponents don't get any good room combinations going. Our own Andrew Fretz liked it in his review partly because he liked the game's flavor and the ways the theme works well with the gameplay...

'Leap of Fate' Review - Jump In

Leap of Fate [$3.99] didn't make a great first impression on me. The opening cut-scene dialogue is ponderous. The aiming feels a little off. The tutorial has a lot of clumsy navigation elements, suggesting there will be some shoveled-in platforming to break up the action. The first time I loaded the game, I played through the tutorial, wondered why Jared was raving about it so much, then switched over to something else. Of course, since I was assigned to the review, I had to come back to Leap of Fate soon. Reviewing games is generally a great job, but one of the few downsides is that you can't always walk away from games you're not enjoying. Sometimes, however, that turns out to be a good thing, and Leap of Fate is one such case...

We're streaming live on Mobcrush right now. There's a couple different ways you can watch the stream, and they all work equally well and it's really just a matter of personal preference as to which method you prefer. The easiest way to watch is just watching the embedded player right here on TouchArcade. In the interest of being polite, we mute the audio. If you're somewhere you can listen, be sure to turn it back up- the controls for that are in the lower right corner of the video stream. Alternatively, if you're on a mobile device, download the free Mobcrush app for iOS [Free], also available on Google Play. From there, search for TouchArcade. If you follow us, you'll get alerts when we're streaming. Last, but not least, you can visit our channel directly in your browser at mobcrush.com/toucharcade. Oh, and if you want to participate in chat, you'll need to register over on Mobcrush first...

'Con Man The Game', a Comic Con-Building Game Based on Alan Tudyk's Webseries, Releases Tomorrow

Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion, both stars of the fantastic Firefly TV Show, are two of the most widely-liked people on TV and nerd culture in general. Recently, they've decided to work together again in a web series called Con Man, and that web series has been turned into a mobile game that releases tomorrow (or later today, who knows with Apple releases anymore). First a couple of words about the show. Con Man is created, written, and directed by Tudyk and describes the life of a cult - but struggling - science fiction actor as he tours the convention circuit. Fillion's character, on the other hand, has become an A list actor and a source of frustration for Tudyk's character...

The fantastic Teeny Titans [$3.99] is getting more content next month, a challenge mode in the form of the appropriately-called Justice League Recruitment Center. This JLA satellite office will have you facing "rigorous aptitude tests" (and I thought I was finally done with testing) using those lovely figures of yours. The new challenge mode will come in Normal and Intense difficulty levels, with the Intense challenging even players with maxed out figures. When you win in this mode, you'll get Justice Points that can be used to rank up within the Justice League and can even get unique figures that can't be earned anywhere else...

There once was a studio called Dropforge Games that developed a great mobile version of the PC game Card Hunter called Loot & Legends, a game I personally still enjoy playing. But then the juggernaut that is Wargaming.net, of World of Tanks Blitz [Free] fame, swooped in and bought the company, renamed it WG Cells, and had it focus exclusively on mobile titles. Unfortunately, that didn't go so well. After developing just one game, Smash Squad, which is no longer available on the App Store as far as I can tell, the company has pretty much closed up shop, shutting down its Seattle studio. According to Wargaming, WG Cells' closure is part of an attempt to "consolidate its efforts in other geographies and around other in-house teams which operate closer to or in the key growing mobile markets."..

After briefly incubating in soft-launch, Puzzle Monster Quest [Free] is out worldwide on both iOS and Android. As is usually the case in Puzzle Quest games, you'll be matching tiles to move your hero around and take out enemies. In this version of the formula, you'll be navigating treacherous dungeons filled to the brim with monsters you can either battle or capture and befriend. And you'll be able to evolve friendly monsters (of course). When you fight against monsters, you'll be trying to match as many tiles as possible to launch stronger attacks. At the same time, different tile colors are associated with different element types that can buff or debuff your attacks...

Marriage is a tricky, tricky act, isn't it? Quite often those joined in holy matrimony don't really fit well together, and even when they do, compromises must abound if there is to be any kind of happiness in their new union. And when the marriage is of two very different people, the challenges are even greater. If you've played Minecraft (either the mobile or the PC version) and any of the Telltale games, then you already know why I started my review of Minecraft: Story Mode [$4.99] with these metaphors. When Telltale told the world that it would apply its narrative-based formula on Minecraft, the game that's now synonymous with sandbox, many gamers wondered whether Telltale could pull it off and whether Minecraft players would bother with a developer that put their beloved open-world game in a narrative straight-jacket, possibly chopping off any parts that refused to obey the narrative techniques that Telltale has used in its other series...

Captain Blackheart's Treasure is one of those memorable Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawls but not for all the right reasons. CBT is all about the Discover mechanic - each turn you get three cards to pick one - and was supposed to come out just before the League of Explorers adventure as a way to prepare players for what was to come. However, it was not to be as the technical demands of the Brawl stressed the servers so much that Blizzard took it down immediately and gave us Webspinners instead. A few weeks later, in late November, we ended up getting the Brawl after all...

Foolishly, I believed in the power of Apple TV gaming. Whoops! The number of 4th generation Apple TVs that have been sold is not known – and if it was any kind of earth-shattering amount, Apple would probably let us know. As of now, they're seen as running in 4th in the streaming device market. As well, developers informally polled have given zero indication that Apple TV is a moneymaker for them at all. There's little sign that the Apple TV, nor gaming, has done well. I was perhaps the biggest cheerleader for TV gaming, and, well, I might have bet on the wrong horse. But like a gambler who thinks that the next hand is the big score, I remain somewhat optimistic of a future where Apple TV gaming is a viable force for developers, even if there would have to be some major changes in Apple's tactics...

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