Author Archives: Carter Dotson


Sega and Picomy's Heroki [$4.99] has just undergone a big update that promises to improve the experience. They've made some tweaks to the controls, though it uses the same 3 control methods, though the default when you first launch the game is now the joystick, interestingly enough. It might take some time to figure out just how improved these controls are, and if you reinstall the game, it's now smaller, but requires you to go back through the tutorial before you can get to where you load up your iCloud save. Still, control tweaks could go a long way toward making players happier with the experience if they do dive back in, or are playing for the first time...

If you're a Grand Theft Auto fan, and haven't gotten a chance to play Liberty City Stories [$3.99] yet, then good news: the game is on sale right now for the first time, dropping from $6.99 to $3.99. This is a limited-time sale with the game planned to go back to $6.99 at some point. The game is also out on Android now for the first time, and on sale for $3.99 there too. So if you are on the dark side of mobile gaming, then go for it...




Disney's Star Wars: Commander [Free] has just gotten a new update with a Night Raids feature. Springing from the heroic defense challenges introduced last summer, now at night you can defend your base from raiders. You can deploy heroes and starfighters to protect your hero command and starship command buildings. If you successfully defend your base, you can get a high quality supply crate, which is why you would want to take part in this feature...

Knotmania [$2.99] is the kind of game that's best enjoyed by people who get satisfaction from untangling complicated wire tangles. I don't know how headphone cords get so magically knotted up with no difficulty like that, but at least in Knotmania, you're dealing with living worm-like creatures that tangle themselves up of their own volition. Your goal: untangle those suckers. Frankly, it's the only hypothesis I've seen that makes sense. Wires are alive, and Knotmania is training for the great wire war that lies ahead of us...

I am a major fan of Orangepixel's games. The solo developer should be remembered by history as a unique, standout artist, despite his games not being the kind of artsy-fartsy stuff you'd typically expect to be called artsy. But it's because his games always have this unique touch to them in the art and gameplay that makes them feel unique compared to other games, even ones from consistent studios. The games having this consistent vision behind them is part of what makes them special. An Orangepixel game looks and feels like something only he could have made...

'Dragon Quest Monsters: Super Light' English Version Soft Launched

Square Enix's Dragon Quest Monsters series hit iOS in Japan in 2014 as Dragon Quest Monsters: Super Light, and now it looks like the game is set to go worldwide, as it's soft launched in several countries. The game has mostly released in Southeast Asia countries, such as Singapore, a common spot for soft-launched games, and where you should have an account if you are trying to nab soft-launched games. So, this could just be an expansion of the game's footprint, though now it's in English for the first time. Check out the soft launch thread for the game...

'Saber's Edge' Match-3 RPG Finally Leaves Amazon's Fire Phone, Soft Launches on iOS

Hibernum Creations has soft launched their match-3 RPG Saber's Edge in New Zealand, finally bringing this long-time Amazon exclusive to iOS. The game has you assembling a team of heroes, upgrading their stats and equipment, and battling it out using match-3 grids. However, each character has their own grid, and you can link attacks from grid to grid in combat. It's looked like a rather promising take on the genre, and hopefully it'll hit worldwide soon enough. Check out the soft launch thread on our forums...

Blue Lola Headphones Review: Good Microphone Maker Also Good at Headphones

Blue Microphones has been most known for their, well, microphones. It's not uncommon to see someone at least somewhat dedicated to higher-quality microphones than built-in setups to be rocking the Blue Snowball or Yeti. Blue has started getting into headphones as well, and their second pair, Lola, is a fantastic entry into the market. The Lola is a bit bulky, but it offers fantastic, balanced sound for the price...

'Chel-Z' is a Metroidvania with Pixel Art and a Hookshot

Emergency Studios is releasing their first game this week, Chel-Z, and from the looks and sounds of it, it's like they made a game just for me. Chel-Z is a pixel-art-filled Metroidvania platformer, where you explore 36 contiguous rooms to escape Dr. Boss' mad lair. Oh, and you're a robot with a human brain inside, so yeah, you've got that going for you, along with the powerups you can collect, including a hookshot. Yes, sign me up for this game right stinking now:..

Google is currently the leader in terms of VR, with 5 million Cardboard units shipped. Granted, it's very rudimentary VR, but it gets the point across of how cool VR can be. But it does fall short in comparison to other solutions, such as the Samsung Gear VR, which uses a more serious headset and controller to use VR apps with it. However, reports are starting to come out that maybe a more serious, Gear-VR-esque solution is in the works. The Financial Times reports that a new, higher-quality headset is in the works, saying a new Cardboard model would "feature better sensors, lenses and a more solid plastic casing." Also, "Like Cardboard and Gear VR, the new headset will use an existing smartphone, slotted into the device, for its display and most of its processing power." ..

The saga of The Binding of Isaac for iOS has been a coy saga full of tweets by Nicalis' Tyrone Rodriguez talking about the game but speaking in riddles and jokes. But each tweet has gotten us closer to the seeming truth that Binding of Isaac for iOS exists, and it's actually happening. Well, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that thanks to a screenshot Rodriguez tweeted, Binding of Isaac for iOS isn't just some big goof. The bad news is that Apple rejected it for rule 15.2: "Your app contains content or features that depict violence towards, or abuse of children, which is not allowed on the App." ..

It's time for Super Bowl 50! Starting Sunday, February 8th at 6:30pm EST (11:30pm GMT), the Denver Broncos and the withered husk of Peyton Manning take on Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers, who are bidding to be one of the few teams to go 18-1 in NFL history, as well as to make sandals with socks officially acceptable. There's big stakes on the line. If you can't watch the game through CBS on your TV for whatever reason, well, here's how to do so on your iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV...

'Flail Rider' is What Would Happen if 'Particle Mace' and 'Pako' Had a Baby

BulkyPix and Catpanckae have revealed a rad-looking game called Flail Rider, which looks like it's gonna hit a lot of my buttons. It looks kind of like Particle Mace [$2.99] meets Pako [$0.99], as you drive around an arena as a car with a giant mace behind it, trying to wreck as much stuff as possible in 60 seconds. There's 50 different vehicles with 3 different classes, with smaller vehicles easier to handle but with smaller flails, and large vehicles trickier to drive, but with large amounts of damage possible...

Dark Matter Gaming and Sidekick Games has soft launched Deminions Unleashed in Canada, a turn-based game of flinging monsters around. You assemble a team of Deminions, launching them around arenas to hit enemies with turn counters, using walls to help get you combos, and launching through your teammates to raise their mana to deploy special attacks. You'll collect and evolve your various Deminions as you progress through the game, forming the best teams possible...

'Abzorb' is a Slick and Challenging Tilt Game

Gerald Kelley, the Chicago-based game developer who did the art for Dudeski [$1.99], has been working on his first game for himself: Abzorb. If you like tilting games like Tilt to Live 2 [$2.99], this is totally up your alley. The game has you tilting your arrow around, trying to absorb the blue dots that are on the playing field by getting close to them without hitting them. The game also throws in time-sucking red dots, as each level has you trying to complete it before time runs out, and you are awarded different amounts of stars based on your time. ..

'Breach: Arena TD' Opens Up for Beta Testers

Last year, Space Rhino Games released Breach TD [Free], a take on the popular Starcraft 2 mod Squad TD. That map's creator and maintainer, Tsjnsn, is part of Space Rhino Games, and now they're working on a followup game, Breach: Arena TD, and they have just launched a beta test on our forums if you want to join up and take this online multiplayer game for a spin, with several testing times per week: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays from 1-3pm EST and 6-8pm EST...

With Chinese New Year, aka Lunar New Year, arriving on February 8th, bringing with it the Year of the Monkey, iOS games are getting updates and even the occasional sale for the special festival day. This in large part due to the rising prominence of China in the mobile gaming market, and because developers love to tie updates in with holidays. One of the big updates we heard about and is available now is Vainglory [Free], which added the monkey hero Ozo along with special Chinese New Year decorations for the occasion...

'Blackwell Epiphany' Hits iOS This Month, Entire Series on Sale

Dave Gilbert and Wadjet Eye's Blackwell series of point-and-click adventures has been steadily making its way from desktop to iOS, with the last game in the series, Blackwell Epiphany, now set to release on iOS on February 18th. Rosa and Joey have survived a lot in the series so far, but now they're facing a creature that tears souls apart. I mean, that seems rough. So, don't get your soul torn apart in Blackwell Epiphany, I suppose!..

'Ellipsis' is a Glowy Action-Survival Game with Zero Words

Salmi Games' Ellipsis looks like quite the curious little game. Described as "a minimalist action survival game," it has you moving your blue circle protagonist through tricky levels and enemy formations, trying to avoid your demise. Ellipsis will boast no text at all as you play, so everything will be explained and demonstrated through the game itself. The trailer demonstrates not only the game's gorgeous glowy visuals, but also the various types of challenges you'll have to survive:..

So Cartoon Network has just launched a new game, OK K.O.! Lakewood Plaza Turbo [Free] on the App Store, a beat 'em up where you play as KO, and beat up all sort of evil robots in the name of defending your beloved mini-mall. This is an original IP release for Cartoon Network, sort of. It's actually part of a really cool project that they're working on that has some potential to be really unique...