Author Archives: Carter Dotson


'emoj.io' from 'Galcon' Developer Phil Hassey Combines .io Games with 'Pac-Man'

Phil Hassey, premier game developer and herder of even-toed ungulates, has announced his latest game: emoj.io. Yes, it a .io game with emojis, meaning you'll be competing with other players in a shared world to be the most powerful player at any given time. But the twist here is that emoj.io features a Pac-Man-esque system, where you're navigating around mazes in cardinal directions. While you can pick up gems to become more powerful, this isn't a case where running into a less-powerful player will kill them, necessarily: instead, it makes it when you pick up a powerup be more powerful. Here, it is like the fire powerup from Pac-Man 256 [Free] in how it works, leaving a trail of fire behind you while also speeding up. This means that a less powerful player can take out a more powerful player, but a more powerful player will be particularly deadly with their powerup...

Mika Mobile Developing 'Battleheart 2' with Co-Op Multiplayer

Mika Mobile has just announced their newest game, and it's a doozy: Battleheart 2. The studio's 2011 RPG Battleheart [$2.99] was beloved as an incredibly fun game at the time, and a spinoff, Battleheart Legacy [$4.99], was similarly received. Now, Mika Mobile is returning to expand on one of their first big hits. It's going to look better than ever, but there's one really cool new feature in the works: co-op multiplayer. After Zombieville 2 [$0.99] featured it, the plan is for Battleheart 2 to have co-op multiplayer for up to 4 people, where you nominate individiaul characters into a communal party to go on a raid. Sounds like fun!..




Build Decks and Cities in 'Concrete Jungle' Hitting Mobile This Week

Cole Jefferies is bringing his fascinating Concrete Jungle to mobile this week, and it should be on your radar. The game is basically what you'd get if you'd combine a city builder with a deck-builder or CCG like Hearthstone [Free] and a puzzle game. The whole thing perhaps works better when you try it out, but essentially, you have to play cards that represent city buildings on a board. Houses are the key unit, as they collect the points that are necessary to clear a column at a time, akin to a puzzle game. Other buildings can have effects on tiles that increase or decrease their point value, so you're trying to place houses and buildings in such a way that you get enough points to clear out each column to expand the board and progress toward the goal column. But, as you lay down cards, they have values that can allow you to buy new cards to add to your deck, or to increase the value each column needs to be cleared. Then, there's a 3 star system for how well you do in each level. The game's tutorial stages are friendly without being overly hand-holding, and it all makes sense once you play it...

'Sproggiwood' on Sale for Lowest Price Yet

September 26th, 2016 2:30 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Sales
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Freehold Games' Sproggiwood [$1.99] has just gone on sale for its lowest price yet, at $1.99, down from its regular price of $4.99. Now, the game was $9.99 at launch after it was $14.99 on PC at launch, but the game got a permanent price drop at one point to help out with its long tail. But now, you can get the game at its absolute cheapest price point yet, for a limited time...

'Miaou Moon' Features A Cat That Might be Farting Through Space

Laotian game studio Agent Mega, maker of Paper Dungeons [$2.99], are set to release their next game Miaou Moon on iOS and Android on October 1st. You play as a cat floating in space, eating goldfish to get energy that helps propel itself along. You have to contend with gravity, and myriad other hazards, using your varying physical form to help explore the moon you're on, fighting enemies along the way. There's five different moons to explore, with permanent unlocks you can get, though you're mostly just trying to survive as long as possible to rack up a high score...

Degica, English publisher of the popular RPG Maker series, has brought a mobile variant of the popular game-making software to mobile. RPG Creator [Free] is now available in English. While the game isn't quite as extensive as the desktop RPG Maker software, this will let you create your own RPGs on the go, from your phone! You can upload your own assets (or use default ones), create events, edit an extensive database, and share your creations. Plus, you can play games created by others and upload them to the web. Neat!..

'Papers, Please' Fixed for iOS 10 and Discounted

September 23rd, 2016 5:30 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Updates
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If you're a fan of Papers, Please [$5.99 (HD)] that was disappointed that the game wasn't working on iOS 10, then I have good news for you! Developer Lucas Pope has gone and fixed the game for iOS 10. Glory to Arstoztka, and glory to indie developers supporting their products, unlike major publishers who often let their pricey mobile ports languish. But I only assume for many that doesn't come as a shock...

Nitrome Reveals 'Silly Sausage: Doggy Dessert' Featuring a Stretchy Dog and Lots of Cake

Nitrome is working on a sequel to Silly Sausage in Meat Land [Free], their fun...puzzle-dog-stretcher? It's a game that still evades traditional genre categorization, but it lets you play as a stretchy dog that can sniff its own butt. But we have a bit of time to figure out how to classify this, because Nitrome is making a sequel: Silly Sausage: Doggy Dessert...

Did you play Day of the Tentacle [$4.99] and think "I like how this game makes me feel stupid, but would like it better if it was a platformer?" Well, that's Donut Games' Vulture Island [$2.99] in a nutshell. It sends you on the quests of a LucasArts point-and-click adventure game, but with 2D platforming. You will use items in weird ways on other items, trying to solve puzzles that will make you curse yourself and slap your forehead over how obvious the solution seems after the fact. It's all that fun, but as a platforming game, a clever combination that's made for another winner from Donut Games...

'Solitairica' Review - The Solitaire Roguelike Your Grandma Could Enjoy

Solitaire is quite possibly the most popular video game of all time, thanks to the game's inclusion in Windows in particular. Many a bored office worker, student, and grandparent has sunk hours into this classic card game. Now, with games like Card Crawl [$2.99] bringing modern roguelike influence into card games, it seems only fitting that Solitairica [$3.99] should come into existence, bringing something more closely resembling actual solitaire to the solitaire roguelike subgenre. And it promises to steal countless hours of your time, even if you're not necessarily a card game player...

'One More Bounce' from SMG Studio Now Available

September 22nd, 2016 9:54 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Release
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SMG's popular One More series continues with the fourth game they've put out, One More Bounce [Free], which has just released worldwide on the App Store. This one has been in the works for a while, with a demo seen at GDC 2015. Now, a while later and after the published title One More Jump [Free], SMG has finally unleashed this onto the world...

Kabam's Star Wars: Uprising has been pulled from the App Store, and a notice sent to players that the game is being shut down. This follows Spirit Lords getting shut down, which was basically the same core game, just Uprising added in a Star Wars theme. The game will be officially shut down on November 17th:..

'Mafia 3: Rivals' Launching Alongside 'Mafia 3' on Console on October 7th

With Mafia 3 releasing on October 7th, 2K has seen fit to release a mobile tie-in game. And on that same day, you'll be able to check out Mafia 3: Rivals on iOS and Android. Developed by regular 2K mobile shop Cat Daddy, this is a bit different from other Mafia titles. Here, you'll be trying to rule New Bordeaux by recruiting crime bosses from Mafia 3, seizing property, collecting loot, and taking on rival gangs both computer and player controlled in RPG-style combat...

'Zombie King' Gets New Rhyming Trailer

It's always a good sign when a game shows up and multiple people in TouchArcade Towers want to write about it. The perfidious Tasos Lazarides wrote up auto-runner Zombie King last week when it was first revealed, complete with an animated GIF. But lo, the villainous Carter Dotson is here to bring you the new trailer for the game, explaining a bit more about the game. Literally, there's a narrator explaining the concept in rhyme:..

Frogmind, the developers of the BADLAND [$2.99] games, have announced that they have sold 51% of their company to Supercell, developers of [Free], though I'm sure you knew that. While Frogmind's only major games are the two BADLAND titles, they've also been working on some free-to-play prototypes with Frogmind CEO Johannes Vuorinen: "We...started exploring the Free to Play model [after the first BADLAND]. We felt there was so much room for value and innovation there. And the direction where the market was headed was pretty clear. We started prototyping F2P game concepts parallel to working on BADLAND 2 [$3.99]."..

One Man Left's 'Space Food Truck' Finally Hitting Mobile in October

Oh, how One Man Left had forsaken us for the greener pastures of Steam with Space Food Truck. But much like the prodigal son, the Tilt to Live 2 [$2.99] developers are returning home with Space Food Truck, which will be coming soon to iPad and Android tablets. Yes, only tablets – One Man Left tried to get their "co-op card adventure" working on tiny screens, but it just wasn't working well...

After a bit of a delay, the first episode of Batman: The Telltale Series [$4.99] is now available on iOS. The game was delayed on mobile after releasing on console and PC, and there was no word just exactly when the game would finally release on mobile. With episode 2 actually out this week, it seemed odd that the mobile version still hadn't hit, but surprise! The first episode is out now, though the Android version hasn't shown up yet, and the second episode is "coming soon."..

Namco and Hipster Whale's collaboration Pac-Man 256 [Free] has just gotten a major update that brings some changes to the structure of the game. The big one is that credits are now gone. Previously used as a kind of hybrid energy system where you could use them to continue or to play with your powerups, now you always play with powerups enabled. Continues now work by either spending coins or watching ads. If you bought the unlimited credits IAP, then you still get free continues. Plus, you get all the themes unlocked, including the new Arcade and Moon Lander themes, as well as an exclusive Digital World theme...

'Yo to the Yo' is a Casual Yo-Yo Launching Game with Great Pixel Art and Chiptunes

Purple Pwny Studios is working on Yo to the Yo, a casual game with some slick art and music that's set to hit mobile. The goal seems to be to launch yo-yos into space, trying to hit switches and targets as you go by, getting into space and even further, possibly? Plus, you can customize your yo-yo to be other non-yo-yo-like objects. Such as, pizza. Launch pizzas into the sky, get your Walter White on...

'Mushroom 11' iOS Version Still in Development, Early 2017 Release Possible

Last year at PAX Prime (now PAX West as the convention has expanded into multiple significant shows), I played Mushroom 11, a sort of physics-based platformer where you add and substract from a fungal mass to help navigate it through the world. The game is available on PC, but I've always thought it would be absolutely perfect for mobile and touchscreens, but the mobile version of the game got kind of lost in the shuffle somewhere along the way. Thankfully, it looks like work is being done on it, with a developer saying that it's expected in early 2017:..