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If you play Kung Fury - The Game [Free] game, you'll get a free, ad-supported, action-brawler. It's similar to One Finger Death Punch [Free], where you tap left and right to attack enemies on either side of you, punching out Nazis, lady kung-fu warriors, and killer robots. You'd notice how the game has been made to look like an old arcade machine, complete with a rounded CRT look and scanlines. The visual effect is actually really cool. It's pretty neat, there's only one IAP to remove ads, it's a pretty cool package all on its own. Then you realize that it's a tie-in to the ridiculous and just-released Kung Fury movie, which you can watch on YouTube right now for free: ..

Colorful Music Puzzler 'har•mo•ny 3' Releases This June

BorderLeap's har•mo•ny series has been kicking around for a while, with a couple of well-received entries, and har•mo•ny 2 [$3.99] in particular was the beneficiary of regular featuring by Apple. Now, BorderLeap's got a third game in the series in the works, appropriately titled har•mo•ny 3. The game is promising more vibrant colors and beautiful music, as you try to move color blocks around to reassemble the color pallete properly. Hammock, the artist behind the games' soundtracks, has 6 unreleased songs that will be appearing in har•mo•ny 3. ..

'Hyperburner' Hands-On Preview: Gorgeous, But I Just Crashed Again

Hyperburner was the kind of game that I was immediately taken by thanks to its promise of gorgeous worlds and quick-reaction gameplay. Developer Badpotion was gracious enough to send me a pre-release build to try out of Hyperburner, and while I think there's still some work that needs to go into this one, there's definitely a lot of promise for this game as it gets closer to completion. Check out some hands-on footage, including a first glimpse at some of the game's later worlds as they're being developed, below:..

'Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions' Review - Finally on Mobile, and I Couldn't be Happier

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. That's what Activision's Sierra imprint and Lucid Games have done with Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions [$4.99]. They iterated and tweaked upon a winning formula without rocking the boat too much. The game is this: it's the base modes of Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2, which formed the base of the long-gone Geometry Wars: Touch. It then adds in the adventure mode, centered around what Geometry Wars: Galaxies introduced. These are levels where you have to hit certain score thresholds to get stars and to advance. Mix those in with the new modes introduced by the Retro Evolved 2 game, and throw in some original creations, like Sniper, where there's limited bullets to use. Visually, it sticks the glowy geometric style of Geometry Wars, but throws in some new touches, like spherical 3D boards similar to Super Stardust. Yet it has a particular color scheme that makes it something that's familiar in many ways, but ultimately is its own creation. And with all that, you get Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions. Lucid Games absolutely knocked it out of the park when it first came out on console and desktop, and now it's on iOS. It is a wonderful game...

A new Lego game may have just leaked. A game, seemingly called Lego Worlds, was featured on the back of a new City Square Lego set, complete with WB Games and TT Games, the latter being known for their work in the Lego series. With the tagline of "Explore. Discover. Create." and vehicles, there's lots to speculate about here! Could it be a Minecraft [$6.99] style of game, but with Lego? Maybe! Is it an error, some preproduction art for Lego Dimensions that accidentally made it out into the wild? Who knows! One comment seems to indicate that an open-world Minecraft game may be what to expect...

Do you like Nitrome's Magic Touch - Wizard for Hire [Free]? However, do you wish that the game let you play as wizards besides that one default wizard dude? He's alright, but what about a magical owl? That'd be cool! Well, good news: Magic Touch's latest update adds in ten new wizards for you to unlock with your hard-earned coins, including an aforementioned magical owl. Some of them are technically witches, warlocks, and other wizard-adjacent magical figures, but whatever, they count! Check out the trailer with the new stuff below:..

The Android equivalent of WWDC, Google I/O, had its big keynote today, and there was actually some news from the show for iOS users. Google announced that Cardboard – their DIY solution for doing VR on a phone display up to 6" – will support iOS. The SDK is being updated to support apps with VR elements on iOS, and there's a Unity plugin so developers can create Cardboard-ready VR apps with the tools they already use to make games and apps with. And of course, that means iOS...

Here's a surprise: Devolver Digital and Croteam's The Talos Principle, one of the top PC games of 2014, is out now on Android. But while it appears to be an exclusive to Nvidia hardware, there may be a little hope for iOS devices to get this game someday. This first-person puzzle game has you solving puzzles in a world that is a mixture of dilapidated ruins and advanced technology, with philosophical elements throughout the story. The game is available in episodic form on Google Play, with a $4.99 up-front purchase and five more episodes for $4.99 each. This makes it overall $10 cheaper than the full price of the PC version...

Noodlecake is Publishing Roguelike Shoot 'em Up 'Shooting Stars' This Summer

Not long ago, we wrote about Shooting Stars, the impressive-looking shoot 'em up with roguelike elements from Bloodirony Games. We thought it looked pretty great. Well, Noodlecake Games apparently thought so, too, and have announced that they're picking the game up for publication and will be helping out with the game's development. Noodlecake says they'll be taking on a similar role as they did with Tiltagon [Free], where they helped with the controls and monetization of the game. ..

The console side of gaming has been abuzz about P.T., short for "Playable Teaser", which was a taste of the upcoming Silent Hills being headed up by Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro. Well, that was before Konami canceled the game under mysterious circumstances and pulled said teaser. Well, P.T. may be dead, but the concept isn't, as the upcoming adventure game Jenny LeClue has a playable teaser of its very own – and you can actually get it on iOS right now with Jenny LeClue - Playable Teaser [Free]...

Heads up! It's later than the rest of the weekly releases, but Activision and Lucid Games' Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions [$4.99] has just hit the App Store. It might not be live for you yet, but it will be at this link. As promised, it's $4.99, without IAP, and available worldwide. It's a faithful adaptation of the game released on console and PC late last year, lacking the Evolved content added in, but potentially coming down the road. Still, it's a bargain over the $14.99 price some people paid for the game. And hey, this supports Metal and MFi controllers!..

Everywear Games was part of the huge wave of Apple Watch launch games with their RPG Runeblade [Free] that released last month. Now, they're ready to expand on it with the first expansion to the game, "The Desolation." Promising to double the amount of content in Runeblade, there are 200 new levels, dynamic map events, and loads of new monsters and artifacts to get in the game...

Fans of Rymdkapsel [$3.99], the time-management game about building a base in space, trying to survive against alien invaders, are going to be excited to learn that a big update is coming to the game next week, June 4th. This update brings two new modes to the game: there's Zen mode, which eliminates enemies altogether, just allowing you to build and explore without worry of attack. The opposite of that is the new Plus mode, which is harder, better, faster, stronger. The monoliths in this mode are all designed to help you build out your base faster, though the enemies are more aggressive. Good luck with that!..

Foursaken Media just finished Heroes and Castles 2 [$1.99], but they've already went and updated one of their earlier games, Block Fortress [$1.99], with new content. The big new mode? A PvP arena mode, where you can fight in up to four-player battles on custom maps. New equipment is in the game, such as shrink rays, jetpacks, and zip-line blocks. A new third-person camera has been added, too, check it out:..

Sign up for the Beta for 'Angel Stone' from Fincon

Fincon, publishers of Hello Hero [Free] and of the upcoming Angel Stone, are launching a closed beta for that game, and they want our readers to participate. You can sign up for the beta at the official Angel Stone site, with promises that they won't do anything with your email address other than sending an email when the beta launches. For the occasion, they've also released the first gameplay trailer for Angel Stone, showing off how it plays along with some of the cinematic story content: ..

Goofy Space Simulator 'Cosmonautica' Launches on Mobile in June

Indie developer Chasing Carrots has had their game Cosmonautica in development for a while now, with the game being out in Early Access on Steam since last September. This space simulation is finally nearing completion, and with it will come a mobile release. While the desktop version will cost $14.99 upon release, you'll be able to pick up the mobile version of this space simulator for about $6.99...

'Starseed' Hands-On Preview: a Shoot 'em Up with Great Potential

Starseed was a game that immediately captivated once the first glimpses of footage at it were revealed. It's a shoot 'em up with an intersting style that uses depth in limited ways, with conscious layering. The question was how would the game play? I got my hands on an early demo version of the game, and I must say, Starseed has potential...

'Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions' is Coming to iOS This Week, and We've Got Hands-On Impressions and Video

If you're a fan of Geometry Wars, you might be living in a world of sadness now that Geometry Wars: Touch is no longer on the App Store. But boy do I have good news for you: Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions, the latest entry in the series, developed by Lucid Games, is coming to iOS this Thursday. And if you haven't played this latest entry in the dual-stick shooter series, you have a lot to get excited for. Check out some hands-on footage...

'Stack Heroes' is a Fun Stacking Game Releasing Next Month

Did you ever play The Blocks Cometh [$0.99] and want to control the blocks falling down? Well, Stack Heroes is kind of like that. While other games in the "stack and build a tower" quasi-genre do exist, like The Tower [Free], this one has you building towers of many blocks of different sizes as high as possible. You'll have to deal with single blocks, tall blocks, and wide blocks falling, trying to stack them up with some semblance of stability. The game is regulated by time, and there are milestones to hit where you can extend your game time. However, blocks that fall off the playing field reduce your time, and a huge stack collapse will not just cost you a lot of time, but a lot of points on your height. So, you can choose to end your game at any point at your current height – if the stack is stable enough to hold for a few seconds...

'MeatSlayer: Dash or Death' is a Game from Creators of 'theMeatly' Webcomic

The folks at theMeatly are known among game-dev circles for their webcomics about game development, especially on mobile. Now, they're making a game of their very own in their distinct art style, called MeatSlayer: Dash or Death. You'll be controlling the MeatSlayer, an eyepatch-wearing, meat-eating little chap who runs and punches stuff, like giant, meat-tossing robots. Sounds interesting! Check out the stylish trailer below:..