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GDC 2015: Danny Perski's 'Exponential Retaliation' is a Clever Number-Based Puzzler

Indie developer Danny Perski is working on a follow-up to his previous puzzle game Exponential Invasion [$2.99] with a new game called Exponential Retaliation, which he demoed for us at GDC 2015. The game involves trying to clear a screen of numbers, where a bigger number can combine with a smaller number. Some numbers are locked in place, and you must use other numbers to get rid of them. Check out the game in action:..

GDC 2015: 'Eisenhorn: Xenos' Will Have Gorgeous Visuals and Brutal 'Warhammer' Combat

Pixel Hero Games, the developers of Sprial: Episode One [$3.99], have been at work on Eisenhorn: Xenos, the latest game based on a Warhammer license. This one is based on the novel of the same name, and will be a 3D action-adventure game where you play as an Inquisitor, fighting off enemies using your sword, guns, and psychic powers. Your hero is voiced by Mark Strong, stern-voiced British actor of note, and will deal out executions and psychic move-planning with bravado. Combat is entirely real-time, somewhat similar to God of War and the like, using virtual controls for combat. You have an indicator that pops up for when you can chain together combos from your three attacks, and can dodge-roll away from enemies...

The Badland [$3.99] update train keeps rolling along! Update #23 for the hit platformer is out now, and it brings the levels added to the Daydream level pack earlier to the game's co-op mode, so up to four players can go through those levels together. While those levels were free at one point in time, they can now be had for $0.99, along with the Doomsday level pack. Even if you've already played the levels, you can now collect 4 new achievements and play 30 new missions in the game...

EA and PopCap have just put out a couple of updates for their free-to-play offerings on iOS, Plants vs. Zombies 2 [Free] and Peggle Blast [Free]. PvZ2 has a new level pack with Frostbite Caves Part 2. Here, you play more of the icy levels introduced in part 1, with 16 new levels in total in the new pack. 3 new plants are available, with several new enemies to fight, including Dr. Zomboss and his Zombot Tuskmaster 10,000 BC, which would also be a sweet band name. As well, you have a new endless Icebound Battleground to play, and a Luck O' The Zombie event to enjoy March 10th-19th...

The iOOTP series of baseball simulators goes legit in March as the franchise gets its MLB license with MLB Manager 2015, featuring real players along with the actual MLB franchises that they're on. Out of the Park Developments has released the first details and screenshots of the game. They show a similar interface as previous versions, but there's new features inbound. The game will launch with each team's 40-man roster with 20-25 of their prospects, with an update down the road that will include official Opening Day rosters. You can shop players to other teams to help find trades, simulate to specific dates, and enjoy improved trade AI, with other tweaks to make the experience better. ..

Get on Board the 'Downwell' Hype Train!

Japanese developer Moppin is working on a game called Downwell, which is about controlling a little fellow with gun boots, as he fights off enemies, collects that sweet, sweet treasure, spending it at the occasional shops that pop up. Sure, that all sounds neat, but you need to see this game in motion, because it looks utterly fantastic, with a black, white, and red color scheme, and animation feedback that makes me want to play this game right stinking now...

We caught wind of a few sales on some rad games the other day, with a whole batch dropping all at once. Usually, if there's a whole bunch of sales at once, that means that some kind of coordinated promotion or feature is afoot. And so it was, as Apple launched an "Amazing Indie Games" feature on the App Store front page, featuring just that. There's some notable titles to check out. We wrote up some things on some of the indivudal titles:..

'Mutant Football League'  Trying to Make Hyper-Violent Football Happen Once More

Remember Mutant League Football, the violent football game published by EA, using the fantasy setting to boast action that's only slightly more over-the-top than what real football has? I mean, people aren't exploding into bits in the NFL, but knees aren't safe, and the brain trauma is immense. Well, Mutant Football League (the last two words are swapped, that's the difference) is going to pay homage to that series, headed by original designer Michael Mendheim. Check out a pre-alpha trailer of one of the versions of the game below. The game is set for PC, consoles, and mobile as well...

Check Out the Live-Action Teaser Trailer for 'The Wild'

Toonuva Games' hotly-anticipated survival-crafting game The Wild, taking place in the Vermont wilderness, has a new live-action teaser trailer showing off some of what they hope the final game to be. There's apparently going to be a full-length trailer down the road, too. You can hear bits of the music that will be in the game, as revealed the other day...

Nexon to Tackle the Free-to-Play Roguelike with Upcoming 'Legacy Quest'

Nexon and developer Socialspiel have just announced Legacy Quest, a roguelike dungeon-crawler coming this summer. While the term 'roguelike' is definitely one that's loosening from its Berlin definition, at least Legacy Quest is keeping a couple key elements: permadeath of heroes and procedurally-generated dunegons. Combat will be real-time, and the experience you earn will go toward upgrading future heroes to make them better-equipped towards tackling future challenges, along with the ability to craft newer and better weapons. Customized items that players have will become collectible items in the game world that other players can even pick up...

One of the cooler Super Crate Box [$1.99] style games from 2014 was Choice Provisions' Woah Dave [$0.99], which was about picking up exploding skulls and flinging them at enemies, preferably in their unhatched egg form. And if you didn't have any skulls, then you would fling the unhatched eggs at hatched enemies to get rid of them, trying to keep them from getting into the lava below and overwhelming you. Fun times were had by all. Choice Provisions is updating the game and making it into Woah Dave Deluxe, available soon as a free update...

'The Quest Keeper' Could be the Dungeon-Crawling Version of 'Crossy Road'

Tyson Ibele, developer of Jungle Moose [Free], has just announced a nifty-looking game called The Quest Keeper. At first glance, it looks like Crossy Road [Free] meets a dungeon-crawler, as there's voxel visuals, and an isometric camera perspective, though where Crossy Road had you hop with each tap or swipe, you keep moving in the same direction based on the direction you swipe here. You'll be completing quests given by the eponymous character, trying to make it as far as possible through dangerous dungeons...

One Man Left's first non-Tilt to Live game was Outwitters [Free], a turn-based strategy game that unfortunately didn't quite make that much money...when it first released. However, the company has been working on making the game for Android, and in the process of doing so, have wound up rebuilding the game from scratch. Thus, there's two key benefits here for iOS users: one is that when the Android version launches in March, a version 2.0 update will come out that brings cross-platform multiplayer with it...

'AG Drive' Review - Doesn't Reinvent the Hover Engine

You just don't see a whole lot of ugly futuristic racers. Even if a game has ugly visuals, it can be excused away as a lo-fi stylistic choice to represent the vagueness of the future, or some artsy gobbledygook like that. But often, because the games can be big, bold, and colorful because they're playing with exaggerated fantasy, futuristic racing games can be gorgeous. Wipeout has always been a great-looking franchise. AG Drive [$3.99] follows that Wipeout formula - deliver fast-paced futuristic racing that's absolutely stunning to look at. This is a solid futuristic racing game that's quite easy on the eyes...

Nitrome is a company with a very fascinating output, as they have roots as a Flash game company with a particular pixel art style, and Flash games have always felt to me like they straddle a line between being casual-friendly but also maintaining that appeal to core, dyed-in-the-wool gamers. As such, their mobile games definitely have that casual feel while still being ones that core gamers should enjoy as 'real games'. And Magic Touch - Wizard for Hire [Free] is perhaps their best effort at being casual yet gamer-friendly. It's got touch-friendly controls, but very quickly ramps up into an incredible challenge to face down...