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'Arcane Tower' Roguelike From 'Power Grounds' and 'Amber Halls' Developer Releasing in April

Diego Cathalafud has done a couple of rad roguelikes for iOS so far: if you're a fan of turn-based roguelikes or something like The Nightmare Cooperative [$3.99], check out Amber Halls [$1.99] and Power Grounds [$0.99]. Now, he's completing his 'roguelike trilogy' with a new game releasing this April, called Arcane Tower. In this turn-based roguelike, you control a wizard who's fighting off monsters to reach the top floor of a tower. You can pick up spells to help fend off monsters, but only 3 spells per floor can be picked up, with a total of 4 inventory slots...

Promising Local Multiplayer Game 'Dual' Releases This Week

Chicago developer Sebastian Gosztyla has been making a really cool local-multiplayer game called Dual, and he's finally releasing it onto the world this week. You and another person play each other head-to-head with your devices in close proximity. The main Duel mode has you trying to take each other out, with the catch being that the other player only exists on their own screen, so you're looking at their screen and trying to take them out, tilting to move, and tapping to fire, with the ability to charge up shots. Defend mode has you and the other player working together, trying to protect the middle section between your two devices from invaders, with the ability to swipe to change direction at enemies coming from your body to the middle. The game is a universal app, and will adapt the size of the playing field to try and account for the myriad screen sizes...

Retro Dreamer's 'SBACEBALL' is Space Baseball, Coming Soon to Mobile

While part of Retro Dreamer is working on their desktop game Monsters and Monocles, Gavin Bowman of the long-time iOS developer has been keeping the mobile side of things ticking for the three-person team, with games like the amusing Cheesy Munch [Free] being cranked out by him. One of the games he's been working on is SBACEBALL, which has been playable online in an early version, but now it's coming to iOS soon. The game is very simple: you try to hit a baseball that drops down from above, and have to time it so that it goes through one of three rings on the right side. Hitting it straight is easy; the timing to get it above or below is not...

'Discover O' Will Test Your Reflexes and Color Perception Next Week

Discover O is a challenging casual game that's coming soon, and don't let its colorful exterior fool you: it's going to be a tough game to do well at. The goal is to swipe a colored orb in the direction of its matching color, in one of the four cardinal directions. This starts off easy enough, as the colors start off somewhat distinct from each other. Soon, the positions of each color change. Then, the colors start to become different shades of each other, to where you have to make a quick decision as to whether that light pink or medium pink is the right one, while also figuring out which direction is which. This probably isn't a game for people affected by colorblindness, but this is also a game where color is intrinsic to the game and to the challenge. According to the developers, "Discover O becomes infinitely more difficult if you are colour blind. BYOF Studios is sorry!"..

Fresh Off of WrestleMania, 2K is Making a Full-Fledged 'WWE 2K' for iOS

When we did our big WrestleMania post, one of the things that was lacking was an actual WWE game where you could just fight with normal human WWE wrestlers in the ring. WWE is already pretty out there, but something a bit more grounded was lacking. Well, good news: 2K has just announced that they're bringing WWE 2K to the App Store this spring. This is based off of WWE 2K15 and similar games, where you can play as a series of modern and classic wrestlers, along with Create-a-Superstar mode. There will be authentic ring entrances, three match types, a career mode, and live multiplayer matches...

The Long-Awaited 'Forgotten Memories' Will Finally Bring its Survival Horror to the App Store Next Month

Forgotten Memories is a game that has been kicking around in some form of production since at least 2009, as you can tell from the 600-page forum thread chronicling the game. You may have thought this was vaporware, never to be seen again. You thought wrong, as Psychoz Interactive is at last bringing their episodic survival horror game to the world on April 23rd. Inspired by the '90s games that brought the genre to prominence, you'll be playing as Rose Hawkins, waking up in a strange place as she looks for a girl named Eden. Check out the trailer for Episode 1 below, with the URL "eEeevL," which seems like a premonition:..

Zombie-Obstructing Endless Runner 'Corridor Z' Hits the App Store This Week

If you recall, we posted a while back about Corridor Z, a sort of reverse take on the endless runner: instead of watching behind-the-back of a runner, you're running toward the screen, trying to take out zombies that are chasing after you by throwing down obstacles as you run across them, making turns as they happen, and picking up weapons to take out zombies. It's an interesting twist on a very familiar genre, as while the core of "swipe to survive" is the same, the premise makes it feel different. The good news is that Corridor Z will be making it out worldwide this Thursday, April 2nd...

'Cubic!' Promises 'Threes'-Esque Gameplay with a Defense Game Twist

Unfortunately, the first games to iterate on Threes [$1.99] were unfortunately regressive 2048 games. But as time goes on, we start to see developers adapting things from Threes into their own unique experiences. That's what Cubic! is going to try and do this week when it releases. It's kind of like Threes but with a defense game twist. You're trying to protect the center square from invading numbers, with a number tile spawning in the center square each time. Each time a number tile moves, it increases in number, and when two tiles meet, they combine, and if they're opposite numbers, then the higher tile subtracts the lower tile's number from their tile...

Y'know, Paperboy is a game that we just don't see enough iterations on. Heck, even the mobile versions of Paperboy are long-gone from the App Store. Thankfully, Pie in the Sky [$2.99] is there to deliver on your "tossing things out of a window while trying to stay alive" cravings, while also being about putting rainbows on a pizza. You take off in your car which has the ability to escape orbit, and fly through space, dodging asteroids and the like by tilting, before reaching the neighborhoods, where you must toss pizzas to the houses that demand them, in order to get points and money...

WWE WrestleMania 31 is This Weekend, Here's the Five Best Wrestling Games on the App Store

WrestleMania 31 is on Sunday, and it's going to be a huge spectacle. Brock Lesnar, who affirmed that he's sticking around with WWE and not returning to UFC, is fighting in a title fight with Roman Reigns, there's an epic battle royale planned, and John Cena will try to take the United States Title back from Rusev. This should be amazing. If you're in the mood to play some wrestling games before or after WrestleMania – or if the show gets boring and you need something to do during it – here's five rad wrestling titles to slam on your device...

PSA: Madgarden's 'Chillaxian' is Free Today

March 27th, 2015 11:30 AM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Sales
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Here's a cool freebie to chill out to this weekend. Chillaxian [$1.99] from Madgarden is free right now. This is a Galaxian-inspired space shooter, where enemies float around at the top of the screen, and you must shoot them as they occasionally fly down, though these aliens aren't about lining up, they just kind of bunch together freely. The game uses simple touch controls with auto-firing, you tap on the left and right sides of the screen to move, and can bend bullets by moving as they fire. The game features a neat generative music effect that picks up as action speeds up, and "1979 mode" for something that looks like it's being played on a buzzing CRT monitor. Oh, and impressively, the whole game is .2 MB. ..

Fincon's 'Angel Stone' is an Upcoming Action-RPG That's Very Cross-Platform

Fincon, publisher of Hello Hero [Free], are working on a new action-RPG right now, called Angel Stone. The big hook they're going for here is cross-platform online multiplayer between iOS, Android, and the web, which is always an impressive feature when pulled off properly. In fact, they've got a video that cleverly shoss off an Android tablet, iPad, and someone on a device hooked up to the TV, all playing together...

Spring is coming. The last batches of snow are starting to melt, Wrigley Field's bleachers are still a pile of scrap metal, and spring training games are starting to feel unnecessary. That means the time for real baseball is almost here, and thankfully MLB Manager 2015 [$4.99] is here just in time for the season to start next week. This is the latest in the Out of the Park Baseball franchise, which has gotten its first officially-licensed entry with MLB Manager 2015. ..

One of the big things that happened with the Disney acquisition of Star Wars was that they launched a new animated TV series, entitled Star Wars Rebels, which has actually gotten a really good reception in light of it replacing the popular Star Wars: Clone Wars series. Well, Disney's just launched a new side-scrolling action game based on the new show, Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions [Free]...

There's a lot of Clash of Clans [Free] out there, and there's tons of collectible-card games, your Hearthstone [Free (HD)] games and the like. But one that blends elements of both? That's kind of new. Compass Point: West [Free] does just that, being all about base-building, attacking enemies, and raiding other players. The twist is that all your units are based off of cards you collect from packs, with units, items, and powerups of different rarities in different packs. You can also merge duplicate cards in order to get stronger versions of them. You get a free pack every two hours, and completing missions actually can speed up that timer, and you can buy higher-quality card packs later on as well...

The Clash of Warhammer Saga Continues with 'Warhammer: Arcane Magic'

We can all have a good laugh at the number of Warhammer games that are out there. Because there's a lot. We saw Eisenhorn: Xenos at GDC. Warhammer: Snotling Fling? [$3.99] Sure, I guess! But then the Warhammer games keep coming, and coming, and I'm just wondering if there's someone at Games Workshop that just rubber-stamps anyone with a proposal for a Warhammer game because they keep coming, and it stopped being funny a while ago when I'm pretty sure a new Warhammer game gets announced every single week. Seriously, last week we posted about Deathwatch: Tyranid Invasion. It's gotten to a point that I have to call this phenomenon the Clash of Warhammer Saga. This week, it's Warhammer: Arcane Magic from Turbo Tape Games of UHR-Warlords [$1.99 (HD)] fame, with this being a turn-based strategy board game that is based on the physical game of the same name...

With WrestleMania this weekend, it makes sense that the WWE games on the App Store would get updates in time for the big event. Today, WWE Immortals [Free] gets two new wrestlers and a new event system. We heard about Stone Cold Steve Austin coming to Immortals yesterday, but we now know his two varieties: Icebound Watcher and Texas Rattlesnake. Makes perfect sense. Also, the late, great Macho Man Randy Savage is being added to the game in Renegade and Macho King varieties. Here's how I feel about that:..

Blek [$0.99] has been a huge success for Kunabi Brother, racking up over 1.5 million sales since its release back in 2013, and now the game has gotten a big update adding 20 new levels. Their goal with these 20 levels was to challenge dedicated players, as they saw players were getting even better than they, the developers, were at the game, and some even had beaten the game without making a single mistake. So, expect to get challenged in these new levels...

'Tales from the Borderlands' Review - Less Loot, More Talk

The idea of Tales from the Borderlands [$4.99] was certainly an intriguing one once it was announced. The Borderlands series definitely has a unique feel to it from its setting, dialogue, and characters that can be easily screwed up by a developer not quite in tune with the way the series operates. The good news is that Telltale Games are experts at story, so the idea that they could approach and do justice to this universe while also expanding on it in a way that isn't just a loot-filled first-person shooter is an interesting proposition...

'Silly Sausage in Meat Land' Review - Go Ahead and Sniff Your Own Butt

Every time Nitrome announces a new game, I get excited for two reasons. One is that I love pixel art games and Nitrome specializes in them. Second is that their games are usually pretty cool in some way, have some twist to them that's interesting to discover. Silly Sausage in Meat Land [Free] is their latest and one of their best games that I've played yet. It's a goofy and challenging game that does some really cool things...