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Team Meat is currently showing off Super Meat Boy Forever on the show floor at PAX Prime in Seattle. According to reports, it's an endless runner set in the Super Meat Boy universe, controlling the meaty protagonist, with buzzsaws and the like to avoid. The game is set for tablets along with PC...

Warbot Assault [Free] is yet another Kongregate-published free-to-play game. The concept is certainly an exciting one: players outfit a giant robot and an army of vehicles, and take them into battle against other armies of vehicles, and another giant robot. These opponents are all based on other players' loadouts, so not only is it possible to punch a giant robot to death, it's possible to punch a giant robot to death, and have someone in the world know that it was their giant robot that got punched to death by you. Unfortunately, that's it for the game. It does little to add much variety beyond "punch giant robots in the face."..

It's a busy, busy week for iOS releases, what with Tiny Tower Vegas [Free], Bioshock [$14.99], and a whole heap of games that came out this week that's sure to blow through whatever iTunes store credit you have. Just in case you still have some, or have a credit card you're just dying to max out, there's also a veritable dogpile of interesting sales and free price drops going on right now, with Labor Day coming up on Monday...

Maybe it's just everyone dumping ice water on their heads to promote charity, but Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage [Free / Free] going on sale seems awfully appropriate. And not only is it going on sale, it's completely free for a limited time as Apple's "App of the Week", likely in connection to developer Nitrome's latest game 8bit Doves [$2.99] recently releasing...

Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse [$0.99] has just gotten its second price cut, and boy is it a doozy. Sega's quasi-remake of the beloved Sega Genesis game has dropped all the way down from $9.99 to $0.99. This is a bargain price for what is a console/PC game that retails for $14.99, on mobile for next to nothing...

Nitrome's 8bit Doves [$2.99] is a game that will try the patience of players. It has challenging physics to contend with, but is also structured in a way that really impedes the replay value of this challenging action game. The goal is to control a flying hero through dreamscape levels, turning clockwise and counterclockwise to control him through the skies, contending with trying not to crash into the walls or other occasional moving hazards. As well, doves fill the levels: collecting these is an objective tracked by the game, but not inherently necessary to completion. Flying in the general vicinity of the doves is all that's necessary to collect them, a fine concession from a game that is difficult to control...

Twitch's mobile support has so far just been limited to Asphalt 8 [Free] from Gameloft, but finally a second game supports live streaming to Twitch: Heroes of Order & Chaos [Free], also from Gameloft. This is perhaps the most appropriate game to get Twitch streaming yet, as MOBAs are the bread and butter of Twitch popularity, with League of Legends and Dota 2 being two of the most popular games being streamed at any given time. And as a 5-on-5 MOBA with lengthy matches, there's plenty of reason to stream this game on Twitch to interested audiences – and now it's possible straight from the game, with camera and microphone support...

'Spooklands' Review - A Smart, Strategic and Challenging "One-Touch" Arena Shooter

Spooklands [$0.99] is so interesting because of its simplicity. As a one-touch arena shooter where firing also controls movement, the game invests in this mechanic, and proves to be an extremely satisfying challenge because of it. And boy is Spooklands tough. Because each shot winds up moving the protagonist around, managing this becomes key. Certainly, it was a challenge in Toast Time [$2.99], the obvious comparison to this game, but that game at least had gravity as a constant mitigating factor. ..

'Deep Under The Sky' Review - A Beautiful Physics-Based Puzzler

Deep Under The Sky [$2.99] is a really fascinating game that winds up being a game that's really fun to play – it has a variety of things to do that are enjoyable to play with in motion, the game is set up to not be frustrating to play, and it makes a lot of its premise by presenting tricky challenges to solve. It does so well at so many things, that while calling a physics-based puzzle-platformer is perhaps the closest approximation of a descriptor for the game, it's got appeal beyond just what those words mean – and it's just so gorgeous and well-made that it's worth checking out no matter what...

'A Dark Room' Developer Releases 'Gridland', Not on the App Store but Playable in Mobile Safari

The original creator of A Dark Room [$0.99], the minimalist text-adventure hit, has just released their latest game: Gridland. While it's not on the App Store yet, you can still play it on your iPhone or iPad right now via Safari. This is a match-3 game that involves making matches to cultivate resources to build buildings by day – and then fighting off creatures at night by making matches to attack, protect, and more, going back and forth until death...

'Tiny Tower Vegas' Release Date Revealed: August 28th, This Thursday

Good news! Nimblebit's Tiny Tower Vegas is just about ready to be released to the world at large, after months of teasing through social media, including a recent promo code giveaway spree on Twitter. Well, if you didn't luck out with a code, then you don't have much longer to wait: the pixel art tower simulation comes out this Thursday, August 28th, for free...

Lucky Frame's Roguelike 'The Nightmare Cooperative'  Quests on iOS on Thursday, August 28th

Lucky Frame's The Nightmare Cooperative came out on Steam back in July, and was announced as coming to iOS at around that time as well, but now we know when the company's "kind of a puzzley roguelike is finally hitting, on August 28th, this Thursday. Check out their trailer below for the game's impending mobile release:..

Nival's 'Etherlords' Brings World-Building and RPG Battling to the App Store on September 4th

Nival, creators of Defenders [Free], known as Prime World: Defenders outside of iOS, and King's Bounty: Legions [Free], have announced Etherlords, coming September 4th for iOS, boldly forgoing the "Title: Subtitle" format of their previous games. As well, they're trying to make a free-to-play game that is much more player-friendly than similar titles...

'Toast Time' Gets New Levels on August 27th

August 21st, 2014 5:04 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Updates
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Force of Habit's Toast Time [$2.99] was well-beloved last year, nabbing a 5-star rating from us. This arena shooter took some notes from Super Crate Box [$1.99] but really stood out as its own original action game. Now, six months after the game's iOS release, Toast Time is getting a new level pack in a free update, releasing on August 27th...

Dungeon Slots [Free] is the kind of game that I'm glad an independent developer made as a curious side project, rather than by a large company looking to monetize it. This is a game that is somewhat mindless and random – but unlike many other slot games, it owns this fact, and manages to be surprisingly player-friendly for a game where there's little control over what happens...