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Tankers, prepare to roll those tanks out of the garage because World of Tanks Blitz [Free] is releasing its 1.8 Update around 5:30 pm PST tomorrow, April 22nd. As we described in a recent article, this update introduces Battle Missions, a new (and, hopefully, actually useful) Tutorial Mode, as well as a Demo Account System that allows new players to jump right into battle without wasting time creating a full account...

If you want to understand the current state of mobile gaming development and monetization, I have two words for you: Moby Dick. Why bring up Herman Melville's novel, you ask? Because at its core, iOS monetization is all about a bunch of people in small, rickety boats hunting whales. As the 2015 annual Swrve Monetization Report reveals, 64% of all revenues from IAPs in F2P games comes from a mere 0.2% of all players. This number reveals an increase from last year's report where only 50% of all revenues came from the top 10% of paying players. Further to the point, 60% of all payers (players who make at least one purchase) contribute just a tad over 8% of a game's total revenue, also known as not enough for developers to care about or cater to...

'Marvel Future Fight' Releasing Worldwide Right Before 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Netmarble announced last month that they were bringing a Marvel action-RPG to mobile with Marvel Future Fight, and they've just announced that you'll be able to pick it up worldwide right ahead of the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, on April 30th. You'll be fighting with a series of Marvel heroes, turning corrupted heroes back to the side of good, and then fighting with them. The soft-launch forum thread has been remarkably active since it launched, with loads of people getting into this game and collecting the at-least 36 characters currently in the game, with the promise of more. How deep in the Marvel roster is Netmarble able or willing to go?..

EA's free-to-play soccer game FIFA 15 Ultimate Team [Free] has been updated with Apple Watch support in anticipation of the wearable's release later this week. Watch-specific features include tracking the transfer statuses of your five most coveted players, including instant notifications. In other words: in less than a week, you'll be able to strap a small computer to your wrist and use it to buy and sell virtual athletes like chattel. The future is here, and the future is weird if you think about it too long...

Kemco sales aren't exactly rare, but they haven't been doing their $0.99 sales quite as often as they once did. Why, one might only have two or three chances per year to get any given Kemco RPG for a dollar these days! Anyway, whenever there's a Kemco sale I see the same question come up: Which, if any, of these are worth buying? That's one of the reasons why I make sure to review each and every one of their releases, but I realize it's not always easy to go fishing around for every single review. With that in mind, I'm going to include my recommendations in this very post, along with links to the full reviews for those interested in a heavier read. Here's the line-up this time around...

A new emulator has snuck on to the App Store over the last few days, and it's quite the rad multi-system emulator: Homebrew Indie Games [$2.99] can play NES, GBA, Genesis, and SNES games. Plus, it supports MFi controllers! Thanks to our forums for posting about this one. There's one big problem: it's pretty much useless for you if you're on iOS 8.3. The app hides its true intentions in a surprisingly-transparent way: it's got a bunch of ROMs of, well, homebrew indie games made to be run on the hardware of other systems. There's 18 homebrew games here in total, and the description even quotes some of the emulators whose code it is using. The hook is that if you load ROM files into the Documents folder of the app, they'll be listed among the playable games here. ..

Back in late February, EA soft-launched a new UFC mixed martial arts game called simply EA Sports UFC [Free], and as of this morning it looks like that soft-launch period is over and the game is now widely available. Now, if you've been around a while you may recall that EA released a mobile game called MMA by EA Sports way back in October of 2010, and it was actually quite good. This new UFC game is cut from the same cloth, but streamlined and improved in several ways. ..

One of the main complaints I hear about traditional gamebooks is that they're too difficult. It's fair criticism. When we think of gamebooks, we generally think of things like the Fighting Fantasy series or Lone Wolf, and both of those make liberal use of some nasty tricks at times. If you're playing an Ian Livingstone book, you'd best be rolling the best possible scores, and if you're playing a Steve Jackson adventure, I hope you're searching every nook and cranny and picking up everything that isn't nailed down. The worst offenders are designed around a so-called golden path, the one correct sequence of actions that can take you to the ending, but even the best will sometimes kill you for flipping to the wrong page. It's little wonder almost everyone cheat at the things to some extent...

Jonathan Kayos of Boost 2 [$1.99] fame announced his first new game in a while with Kayos [$0.99] last month, and as the price tag should indicate, the game is now out worldwide! Available for a $0.99 launch sale price from the planned $1.99 price (though, say, Threes [$1.99] was on a 33.333…% launch sale for a very long time), you can check out this high-speed obstacle avoidance game for yourself. You'll be flying along a flat plane, trying to avoid the many large and colorful objects that are falling, moving, and otherwise just kind of standing around being a nuisance...

LogoSorry we're late this week (or late from last week, I guess) on posting our podcast, I was attending Pocket Gamer Connects Bangalore and if you think hotel WiFi is bad in the USA... Well, you ain't seen nothin' yet. But, hey, whatever, even though we're a couple days late we still cut a great podcast complete with tons of India talk, Apple Watch hype, Hearthstone stuff... And a few other things. It's a good time, I promise, especially if you've left us iTunes reviews.

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Mediocre's 'Does Not Commute' Crashes into the App Store This Week

The ironically-named Mediocre has been exciting us with their upcoming game Does Not Commute for a while now, and we finally have a release date: this Thursday, April 23rd. The game was intriguing even before it had a name, and when we played it at GDC it wound up being one of the best games at the conference. The final game is much like what you see below, but with some additional tweaks and improvements that should make it a better game:..

When the first teaser trailer hit last November for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the world fell in love with BB-8, a small rolling droid that looks like the lovechild of R2-D2 and a beachball. While many assumed it was a clever robot concept brought to life with CGI, it turned out that wasn't the case at all. According to those working on the actual movie, BB-8 could roll in real life just like in the trailer. This only served to make BB-8 even more interesting, but like many fantastic things, I needed to see it to believe it. Well, last week I did see it as BB-8 rolled right out on stage during a panel at the massive Star Wars Celebration event in Anaheim. If you somehow haven't seen it yet, watch it, it's magical, and the crowd (rightfully) goes nuts for the little guy...

Upcoming Adventure 'Forever Lost: Episode 3' Gets a New Gameplay Trailer

Late last month we were treated to a new teaser video for the third and final entry in the Forever Lost point-and-click adventure game series. It showed off snippets of the environments and set the mood for the upcoming game. Today, developer Glitch Games has released a new trailer showing actual gameplay footage from Episode 3, and it's looking quite excellent. Spoiler: You'll once again be taking lots of pictures...

'Stella's Journey' is an Upcoming Platformer with Interesting Apple Watch Support

Gravity Software, creators of Religion Simulator [$2.99], have a new game in the works called Stella's Journey, which is releasing next Thursday, April 30th. This is a platformer of sorts, where you control Stella, a girl who has been turned into a paper box. I know, it seems like every other game is about a girl who has been turned into a paper box, but stick with me here. You control the wind that flies Stella around, as you allow her to pick up objects, manipulate switches, and avoid hazards and enemies. The production values aren't the greatest, but the concept is neat and fun to play around with...

Temple Run 2 [Free] has just made Scarlett Fox a permanently-free character, instead of as an unlock with in-game currency. This change comes after a story we covered last March, where a 12 year-old girl found that many endless runners only had male characters available as the default. Keith Shepherd, co-founder of Imangi, responded in the comments section of the article that Imangi was going to make her a free character and add in more playable female characters down the road, and this is the first step of that...

If you're a fan of Candy Crush Saga [Free] and Candy Crush Soda Saga [Free], then I have some good news: both games have been updated today with new level packs. Candy Crush Saga has a new Crumbly Coast episode, where you'll be playing through 15 new levels to help Harry the Big Foot get the cookies he so desperately desires. These new levels push Candy Crush Saga up to a whopping 905 levels. One-tenth of the way there from angering Vegeta!..

Latest 'Party Hard' Trailer Features a Killer Bear with Sunglasses

About a month ago, we posted the reveal trailer for a game called Party Hard, a game where your goal is to murder everyone at a party at your neighbor's house because they are being too loud. Talk about overreacting! A collaborative effort between Pinokl Games and tinyBuild, Party Hard is semi-procedurally generated and features dozens of clever ways to set traps and take out noisy party-goers. The latest trailer for the game has just been released and it shows a party going down at a ranch, and the disgruntled neighbor luring a bear with sunglasses over to the shindig to wreak havoc...

'Lectro' is a Colorful Challenge, Releasing This Week

Lectro is another solid entry in the trend of minimalist-styled arcade-style games that's releasing this week. Your goal in Lectro is to launch from one orb to another, by timing the spinning indicator to launch to the next orb. The cool thing is that you wind up criss-crossing the playing field where previous orbs were. You can cross back over these orbs, so you don't have to worry about hitting anything. Different orbs that you hit will speed up and slow down rotation, so you have to stay constantly aware...

NimbleBit got their start by making word games such as Textropolis, which is sadly gone from the App Store. But along with their upcoming game Capitals which is currently in beta, NimbleBit's first word game in five years is now on the App Store: say hello to Letterpad [Free], which is available now for free, with Apple Watch support. You'll be forming words relating to a particular topic, formed from a set of 9 letter tiles. There's over 200 puzzles in the main app itself, and community-added puzzles that you can play with right now. The game lets you use hints to reveal a letter of one of the words you're trying to find among the tiles...

Since its release 5 years ago, Carcassonne [$9.99], the iOS rendition of the award-winning board game, has been mentioned in almost any conversation on the potential for iOS games to be both functional and beautiful. The intuitive UI, the lovely board game look (showing Apple's Jony Ive that skeuomorphism can sometimes look great on a tablet), it's many single-player and multi-player options, all came together to make Carcassonne a great ambassador for iPad gaming. This is one of the games I always recommend to any friend who is taking his first steps into the world of mobile gaming...

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