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'Pokemon Rumble World' Marks the Second 'Pokemon' Game to Have IAP - Is This the Sort of Thing Nintendo Will Bring to the iPhone?

With recent news of Nintendo partnering with DeNA to make smartphone games based on Nintendo IP, it was only a matter of time before we started seeing the house that built Mario do a few more cannonballs into the micro-game, free-to-play pool. That next plunge comes on April 8, in the form of Pokémon Rumble World on Nintendo’s 3DS eShop, announced in today's Nintendo Direct...

'Trigonarium' is a 60 FPS Dual-Stick Shooter from the 'Drift'n'Drive' Developer

Gimblll, the developr of the rad Drift'n'Drive [$1.99], has just announced a new game that looks promising enough on its own, but with that pedigree, I'm really excited for it. Trigonarium sounds like a casual puzzle game (not that there's anything wrong with that), but it's actually a "hardcore twin-stick shooter for arcade fans," and the trailer is showing off what promises to be an intense shooter, all at 60 frames per second. Watch this one in 720p60 on the Youtube site if you can:..

Generally speaking, I am very reluctant to get into the discussion of what is or isn't a game. Any such talk typically requires a great deal of presumption on the part of the person drawing invisible lines in the sand. Being a big fan of gamebooks, text adventures, experience games, and so on, it's a conversation that all too often ends with some titles I greatly enjoy being branded 'non-games'. Then people start getting cranky, someone asks what the definition of an RPG is anyway, another person throws off their gloves and helmet, and the whole party is ruined. No, I'm not going to do that...

Freebie Alert: Stylish 'Monument Valley'-Esque Puzzler 'Back to Bed' is Free Today

Do you like artsy, vaguely-Escherian puzzle games, like Monument Valley [$3.99]? Then you will want to check out Back to Bed [Free], which is currently free. You must help a sleepy wanderer get his way back to his bed through a series of ever-crazier dreamscapes. Here's what our Andrew Fretz had to say in his review:..

There are some games where I think that they would look better with the iOS 8 graphics library, Metal. Bean Dreams [$2.99] was not necessarily one of those games. As a 2D pixel art platformer, it certainly isn't ugly, but it certainly isn't a game where I think "you know what would make this look better? Metal." Well, Kumobius thought "you know what would make this look better? Metal." So they added Metal visual effects to the game. Some of them are quite subtle, but they include an aurora borealis, per-drop rain effects, and new shaders. This is all without affecting performance on the old iPhone 3GS and iPad 1, which the game is still compatible with...

'Tis the season to be expanding, apparently. Just like Hearthstone with its upcoming Blackrock Mountain Adventure, Stoneblade's Solforge [Free] has just released a mini expansion...

Crossy Road [Free] has just gotten another big update adding in more characters with special features. There's 17 new characters who pop up in this update, and they're mostly based on the British Isles. Want to play as a chimney sweep in a dark and rainy landscape with double-decker buses? You can do that now in this update, which includes three secret characters. One of them is a Doctor Who reference, of course. Because why not...

A while back, we brought word of an update to the wizened iOS version of the first Final Fantasy. It wasn't much of an update, mind you. It just added borders for wider screens, universal support, and a few changes to the game's UI. The reason why that update was done was likely due to its inclusion in the recently-released Final Fantasy Portal app, a Japan-only application that covers all things Final Fantasy. Until now, the first Final Fantasy has been all by its lonesome within that app, but today brought an update that at last added another game...

Late last night, the folks at Super Evil Megacorp released the update details on its upcoming 1.3 patch to its mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free / Free (HD)]. The biggest change that will come with the patch is obviously the release of its newest hero, Vox. We covered the official announcement of Vox last Friday but we now have some extra details to pass along...

'Lettercraft' Review: Think Through the Pressure In a Finely-Tuned, Timed Wordsearch Game

If you loved Loren Brichter’s classic multiplayer word game Letterpress, but for some reason you want a single-player version of it, then Italian developers Marco Torretta and Stefano Figurelli have something to show you: Lettercraft...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Countryballs - The Polandball Game', 'Bouncing Ball', and More Games About Balls

Even though it's April Fools today, developers didn't seem to be dissuaded into not releasing their games. You never know these days, as there's so much fake news that people doing real things tend to just avoid the day entirely. But, not on iOS, I guess. Anyway, there's a bunch of good stuff in this list so far including a game about Countryballs which is an reddit phenomenon I totally don't understand. I'm getting old...

Side-Scrolling Turn-Based Strategy Game 'SteamWorld Heist' is Coming to Mobile

Image & Form, who made the much-loved SteamWorld Dig for a variety of platforms, are returning to this universe with their upcoming SteamWorld Heist. Why am I telling you about this on a mobile site? Well, Image & Form has at last confirmed that SteamWorld Heist is coming to mobile along with almost every other platform on the planet. This is a side-scrolling turn-based strategy game, where you travel through space, assemble a team of robots, and then fight other enemies on their ships and their crews. Check out the gameplay trailer below: ..

The best advice I can give any aspiring mobile game developer is "Just make Crossy Road, JEEZ!" Developer Tyson Ibele took that advice to heart and created The Quest Keeper [Free], which just launched in the App Store earlier today. The key point in "Just make Crossy Road, JEEZ!", which I should probably make an effort to make more clear from now on, is to not simply copy Crossy Road verbatim, and thankfully The Quest Keeper definitely has its own identity. The voxel graphics and isometric perspective look like they could be the dark cousin of Crossy Road, but the two games play very differently. ..

NaturalMotion's 'Dawn of Titans' is Soft-Launched...in Saudi Arabia?!

We heard last month about Zynga and NaturalMotion's Dawn of Titans, which was promising to deliver gorgeous graphics with quick, pick-up-and-play gameplay. A soft launch was promised, and it looks like they managed to sneak it under our noses...but they couldn't do so forever, as thanks to a tip, it turns out that Dawn of Titans is available right now on the Saudi Arabian and United Arab Emirates App Stores...

Gamevil's Publishing Hit Korean RPG 'Dragon Blaze' in English in May

Gamevil is bringing another RPG over stateside this Spring, titled Dragon Blaze. Released last February in South Korea, and one of the top-grossing apps since then, this is a side-scrolling RPG where you lead a team of heroes into battle through dungeons and in boss fights, teaming up with other players' characters to get help with powerful allies, in what are real-time boss raids complete with chat with other players. You can also trigger special abilities and items in battle to try and beat enemies...

Happymagenta puts out games pretty regularly, all pretty solid entries into the casual, fast-reaction genre they target. Their latest is Cube Koala [Free], and it's actually a bit more involved than their earlier games, as it's basically a trial platformer, Super Meat Boy-style, but centered around rotating the game world to get to the end safely and as quickly as possible. Your cubic marsupial protagonist will slide along the levels, and by rotating the level 45 degrees with each tap, you can either try to move them as safely as possible – or master rotating while in freefall to get them to land near that exit door...

New 'Hearthstone' Patch Likely Includes iPhone Support, to Be Released April 9th?

One of the best parts of a game getting as huge as Hearthstone [Free (HD)] is people feverishly data mining update files. If you're new to Blizzard patch data mining, in a supreme, over-simplified, nutshell it means people dig through the game's files looking for anything new that wasn't in the old version. Graphical assets, sound files, text strings, and other things like that are all revealed by Hearthpwn as the patch hit the PC/Mac client this afternoon...

Hey iPad owners, if you've been jealous of your Android counterparts because they've been playing Boss Monster for the past week, be jealous no more: Boss Monster [Free (HD)] has just released in the App Store for iPad. The history of Boss Monster is a pretty crazy one. It began life as a successful Kickstarter project back in November of 2012, which produced the physical tabletop version of Boss Monster that went on to be quite popular. Then in September of last year, a second Kickstarter was launched in order to bring the physical game to digital platforms. So, video games were the driving influence behind the physical game of Boss Monster, but then the physical game ended up becoming an actual video game, thus completing the circle of life. ..

Seattle-based Felt LLC and Patrick Morgan of Galvanic Games have released a pretty neat little ad-supported freebie to check out in Polyeon [Free], which is available now. This is a game where you're presented with four shapes on screen, and you must perform the action that corresponds with the shape to clear it. Squares must be tapped four times, triangles swiped three times, circles must be tapped and held to remove, and there are switches which must be held to unlock another shape. This is a game that requires that you use multitouch to do well...

If you've been awaiting the arrival of that Marvel beat 'em up game, no not THAT one, THIS one, then wait no longer: DeNA has just officially launched Marvel Mighty Heroes [Free] in the App Store and on Google Play. The game was originally announced back in February, and entered soft-launch just under a week ago. That's probably one of the quickest soft-launch periods I've ever seen, but hey, I'm not complaining. ..

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