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It's not uncommon for Rockstar Games to put their Grand Theft Auto iOS ports on sale, but it's not as common to see the entire library of them all on sale at the same time. That's what we're experiencing right now, in what I'm dubbing "The Great Rockstar Games Grand Theft Auto (and Max Payne) Cinco de Mayo Sale of 2016". Pretty catchy name, no? Right now all of Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto iOS ports are available for just a few bucks, down from their already pretty darn cheap regular prices. If you were to do some sort of cost to hours played equation for something like GTA: San Andreas, we'd be talking fractions of a cent per hour of senseless violence and crime. It's an amazing deal and really there are no bad GTA games in the bunch. They've even knocked a buck off of the solid mobile version of GTA's bullet time cousin Max Payne. Now is a great time to pick up any of these that you don't own to fill out your collections. ¡Viva Rockstar Games!..

'Monster Builder' is the New 'Pokemon'-like Monster Collecting RPG from DeNA

I think it's safe to say we are not lacking in Pokemon-like games on mobile, and we've even got some actual official Pokemon stuff both released and currently in the works. That isn't stopping DeNA from taking a stab at the genre though with their new monster-collecting-and-battling RPG Monster Builder. To be honest, it actually sounds really cool. A bunch of aliens invade Earth, and to fight back scientists actually take various types of alien DNA from the battlefield and use it to mix and match with other DNA to create all manner of crazy monsters to use as weapons. Here's the animated intro for Monster Builder...




After a loooonnng soft-launch, Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Identity [$4.99] finally launched world wide just over two months ago. Having not played an Assassin's Creed game since the second game in the series back in 2009, I wasn't totally sure what to expect from this mobile edition. As it turned out I was pleasantly surprised to find an experience that was heavily streamlined for mobile touchscreen play but still retained the essence of what makes Assassin's Creed so fun: whacking dudes while being a stealthy bad ass. ..

Hearthstone's [Free] rule consistency - or lack thereof - has been an ongoing source of frustration for Hearthstone players, and the recent issues with card interactions post-Whispers of the Old Gods certainly haven't helped the situation. Fortunately, many of those issues were, indeed, fixable, and Blizzard released a hotfix yesterday that should help you get surprised less often (at least from card interactions). The hotfix addressed an issue where the interaction between Mad Scientist, SI Agent, and Mirror Entity was not resolving as intended, and addressed an issue where Wild Pyromancer and Haunted Creeper's Deathrattle were not resolving as they should. It also addressed an issue where Ancient Harbinger would add a 10-cost spell to your hand rather than a 10-cost minion (you had one job, Harbinger)...

In a move that will surprise absolutely no one, Marvel Avengers Academy [Free] is getting some Civil War content to coincide with the upcoming theatrical release of Marvel's Captain America: Civil War on May 6th. The new content revolves around campus safety and how best to protect the students. On the one side is Captain America, who wants to set up a training facility to better train and prepare the students while Iron Man - as always - wants to build an army of robots for protection. And, of course, these two different takes split the students in two. Each week, players get to unlock a new piece of Civil War story and get quests and prizes tied to the side chosen. Friends turn foes (and every one knows school is the most brutal battleground of all) and get to fight it out...

I can't decide if I'm happy or sad that we've gotten enough EXE-Create RPGs from Kemco this year that I'm getting a bit weary of them. The developer behind the Alphadia, Across Age, and Asdivine series, as well as numerous other one-off RPGs, EXE-Create generally creates the best games of any of the teams working for Kemco. They're particularly good at writing interesting characters and entertaining dialogue, and I can't honestly think of a single release from them that has let me down in that regard. The most common weak point of their RPGs is in how safe they tend to play things with gameplay mechanics. They seem to have really fallen into a rut of late, and it's made all the more apparent when you play their releases nearly back-to-back. For good or for ill, Glorious Savior [Free / $4.99] is another EXE-Create RPG through and through...

'Hammer Bomb' Review - A Fabulous Dungeon Crawler

Dungeon crawlers are in my blood. One of the first games I ever played for the NES was Dragon Warrior, also known as the first Dragon Quest. Sure I needed some help to actually beat it, but I eventually learned the concept of grinding out experience so that I was stronger, and the great feeling of conquering my foes with a newer better hero. Oh and the loot -- the fabulous loot -- that works in tandem with your newfound abilities to compound your strength. It's something I'll probably never get tired of. That experience doesn't always translate well to a smaller screen, but somehow, the developers of Hammer Bomb [Free] found a way...

If you're a Playstation owner, then this story should make you doubly happy. The just-released Uncharted: Fortune Hunter [Free] is an action-puzzle adventure following Uncharted's Nathan Drake as he continues to uncover the treasures of some of history's greatest heroes (or villains). A clear tie-in to Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, releasing May 10th, Uncharted: Fortune Hunter has you solving 200 deadly puzzle chambers all the while following various legends of history across six adventures. Since this is an Uncharted game, there are plenty of things to collect - all stolen from somewhere, I'm sure - and you can even partner with your friend Sully. The visuals are cartoony and fun, and the game feels well made, so if you like the Uncharted series or simply like fun puzzle games, you should enjoy this one...

'Falling Stars: War of Empires' is an Upcoming 4X Game With Intriguing Diplomacy Mechanics

Falling Stars: War of Empires is an upcoming 4X strategy game that tries to (relatively) pick up the pace in what can otherwise be a plodding genre. Each decision you make in your attempts to conquer the galaxy forces the game to evolve differently, and in combination with the configurable set of content and features, Falling Stars hopes to offer players reasons to come back and start all over again. You will (of course) command fleet battles with hundreds of ships at a time, play politics by resolving political agendas that can alter the rule set of the game, and discover hundreds of different planets in your path of domination. You can either develop diplomatic relations with these new planets or crush them under your galactic iron book. However, every planet in the game has its own history, so your decisions have consequences you often can't foretell...

'Leap Day' is a New Nitrome Platformer with a New Level Every Day

I feel like it's been too long since Nitrome released a game. I mean, they've been pumping out the Rust Bucket [Free] updates and I love them for it, but it's been a while since they released a brand new title. The good news is that you won't have to wait much longer, as Leap Day from the studio releases soon. And what's cool is that you're going to get new content in the game literally every single day, as each date brings a new level to play...

'Slayaway Camp' is a Voxel-y Puzzle Game Inspired by 80's Horror

Blue Wizard Digital has announced their debut title Slayaway Camp, a game with a familiar look but an interesting concept. Off the top, it looks like another "Just make Crossy Road [Free], JEEZ" game with the voxel graphics, but that's not the case. This is a puzzle game with an 80's horror movie theme. You play as the killer, trying to torment those hapless teens who happened to go to a camp on the burial ground of the S'lay'a Way tribe in western Cubetonia. You, the skull-faced killer, will try to kill all the campers in a level by luring them into one of many traps, or just trying to slice them to bits, while avoiding the cops. Because the cops will arrest supernatural killers, don't think they won't...

If you've been looking forward to punching some people out while reminiscing the 80s and the 90s, then look no further than Punch Club [$0.99], the boxing tycoon management game, currently at its lowest price ever. This management game moves beyond the ring and offers multiple branching story lines with plenty of references to the glorious movies of the 80s and 90s. The art is really nice and, of course, an homage to the video games of the 80s-90s, so as you can see, this game is like an 80s pizza with 90s ingredients. However, the game may look like a classic video game, but it's actually a pretty modern sim...

Out Now: 'Hungry Shark World', 'INKS.', 'Black Hole Joyrider', 'CarneyVale: Showtime', 'Final Meteor', 'Hexcells' Trilogy,  'Joan Mad Run', 'Super Smash the Office', 'Never Gone' and More

It's that time of week again where a big ol' batch of new iOS games bust onto the App Store scene. It feels like only yesterday that we had a huge list of new iOS games to sort out, but it was actually a whole week ago. I checked a calendar and everything. With the insane pace that new games hit the App Store though, a week might as well be a day. #BackLogs4Life Well, don't let your massive pile of unplayed games stop you from digging into the list below and downloading a bunch more new stuff you may or may not ever play. It's the App Store, this is what we do! ..

Disney's Star Wars raiding-strategy game Star Wars: Commander [Free] has gotten another huge update just in time for Star Wars Day on May the 4th (be with you). The game has a new multiplayer feature called Squad Wars, where you and your 15-person squad engage in interesting new battles against another squad. How it works is that your squad gets matched up with a squad of the same level. You then get 24 hours to prepare your squad for the battles. A copy of your base winds up on one of the Squad Wars outpost. You can't be looted, so it's worth setting up this copy of your base to ideally protect your headquarters. Depending on how many stars someone attacking your base gets, they get more uplinks taken down, with the goal being to take down as many as possible. While playing and strategizing your squad wars, you can earn buffs that could help you defend better or take down enemies more effectively. The mode lasts 24 hours, and has a limited number of turns, so it fits in well with however long you want to play. A YouTuber has uploaded the intro to mode to YouTube to get the rundown:..

SMG Studio's keeping the new cars coming to the fun Thumb Drift [Free]. 12 new cars in total have been added to the game, several focusing on guests from across internet and automobile culture. A Rooster Teeth Tactical Vehicle is in the game. Beau Yates, a popular Australian drifter, by which I mean someone who does drifting in cars, not necessarily a hobo who wanders from place to place, not that there's anything wrong with that; nor is he Drifter. But a car inspired by his Toyota 86 is in the game. Regular Car Reviews, popular YouTube channel, has a Vagabond inspired by a vehicle they're making as part of Operation Vagabond Falcon:..

No Code's Super Arc Light [$0.99] has just gotten a big update that provides some major tweaks to the game. The big obvious one is the new easy mode. It's more of a 'practice' mode than anything, as it gives you three lives but no high scores on the leaderboard. What it does give you is an opportunity to see more of the game and get further, or just to enjoy longer sessions if you don't care about the leaderboard tradeoff. It's not like anyone who cares about Game Center has a working Game Center anyway...

'Rising Warriors' is a Fantasy Strategy Game With Massive Armies Currently in Soft-Launch

If you like your battles massive and steeped in fantasy, Rising Warriors, which you can check out in our forums, might be your thing. This upcoming fantasy strategy games, which has really nice visuals, features 80 vs 80 battles and looks fun. In Rising Warriors, you can build an army using 16 unit types that you slowly upgrade and then attach to them 8 human heroes - which you can also promote and evolve. According to the developers, there are countless combinations of troops, spells, Heroes, and Clan reinforcements, so since this is a multiplayer game, I can see a meta evolving as players build their armies and evolve their units...

King Soft-Launches a Stylish RPG on Android Simply Called 'Hero'

King offers us more than a dozen ways to match candies or sodas or jellies or what have you, and they've certainly seen a lot of success with that, but it's nice to see them branch out in non-puzzle directions. One of our friends over at mobile app analytics firm SensorTower has pointed out a new game from King that's currently in soft-launch on Android, and it's not a matching game! It's called simply Hero, and it looks to be a King-ified take on a mobile RPG...

If you were hoping for a Whispers of the Old Gods Tavern Brawl today, well, you'll be sort of happy. This week, Hearthstone [Free] has given us a repeat of the Webspinners one where you pick a class and then get a deck crawling with those pesky little Webspinners. In other words, expect to have plenty of Beast-related RNG in your matches. The good thing this time around though is that the Webspinner will be pulling Beasts from the Whispers of the Old Gods expansion as well, which should make the Brawl feel a bit different than all the other times we got to play it. You'll get to see Princess Huhuran (it was the first Beast I got), Addled Grizzly, Infested Wolf (which can help you flood the board even more), and - my personal favorite - Giant Sand Worm (yes, still trying to make it happen)...

While I hope everyone is being extra safe today while observing Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day, I actually typed up this whole post while standing on the top rung of an extra-tall ladder and pushing branches into a wood chipper with my foot. Anyway, as I've mentioned in other Wednesday morning new game roundups, the App Store seems to be shifting the way they release games again. We used to see a big influx in the New Zealand App Store, then everything just started releasing Wednesday morning on the US App Store, and now games just seem to be coming out randomly. While we work on identifying the new pattern, these posts are going to be a little weird as they include games that were released Monday, Tuesday, and today...

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