Author Archives: Carter Dotson


'Galcon 2' Enters "Fan-Premier Launch" on Desktop and Android, Coming to iOS Soon

Looking forward to playing Galcon 2? Well, you still have a ways to go before you can play it on iOS, but the game is out now in a "Fan-Premier" launch on desktop and Android. This is something between a full public launch and a public beta – Developer Phil Hassey says this is the game leaving beta, but the game's not quite out on retail stores, he's just self-distributing the game at this moment. But you can go and register an account and play the game right now, just not quite on iOS yet (though he's distributing Testflight copies to his testers). The plan is for Galcon 2 to hit the App Store down the road, though...

'Bitcoin Billionaire' from Noodlecake is the Hottest Way to Mine Fake Bitcoins Since 'Hodappy Bird'

When it comes to games where it's possible to mine fake bitcoins, the undisputed leader in the field has to be Hodappy Bird [Free]. However, Noodlecake Games and FizzPow Games are ready to pull some oneupmanship with their upcoming game Bitcoin Billionaire. Coming soon, this is a satirical take on 'clicker' games where rapidly tapping the screen will mine them sweet, sweet, fake currency. Or, in this case, fake fake currency. The more bitcoins you mine, the more upgrades you can buy, allowing you to mine while the game is closed, and to mine faster. There will be plenty of cosmetic upgrades to get as well, because you gotta mine them bitcoins in style, like with special hats, and also a kitty. Kitties are the ultimate accessory for bitcoin miners...

'King of Dragon Pass' Developers Working on Spiritual Successor, 'Six Ages'

A# (A Sharp) released King of Dragon Pass [$4.99], set in the same role-playing world as HeroQuest and RuneQuest, the world of Glorantha. This is a world that stretches back to 1966, when the only role-playing games were done on tabletops. Well, A# has announced that they are working on a brand new game set in the world of Glorantha, Six Ages. The plan is for this to be a spiritual successor to King of Dragon Pass, attempting to keep in the tradition of that game's blend of various elements, like role-playing, resource management, and decisions with long-ranging effects. Six Ages is very early in development, and isn't planned to release until 2016 at the earliest...

'Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge' Review: And I'm Dead Again

Sure, sometimes developers can give reasons for why they want to charge more money for something that are utter poppycock. Granted, I've known One Man Left since 2010, and I take them at their word that Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge [$2.99] was becoming too big and too separate to be just an add-on to Tilt to Live 2 [$2.99]. But in playing it, I think the position is really quite justified. This is pretty much its own game, only filtered through Tilt to Live's aesthetics and controls. And it winds up being this challenging gauntlet that's well worth checking out...

If you're looking for a turn-based strategy game or three to check out this weekend, I have good news: Rubicon Development's Great War Game series is free all weekend. This includes Great Little War Game HD [$1.99] which is universal and free, its massive follow-up Great Big War Game [$2.99], and Great Little War Game 2 [$2.99] which features portrait play, perfect if you need something for on the go. ..

'Bumper Tank Battle' from 'Cubed Rally Racer' Creator Coming Next Week

The best way to describe Jared Bailey's next game is that it's Joust with tanks, and yeah, that is pretty much what Bumper Tank Battle is. Releasing next Thursday, October 30th, this is the latest in a series of micro-games that the creator of Cubed Rally Racer [$0.99 / $1.99 (HD)] has been making, following Wrong Way Racing [Free] and Bowl Faster [Free]. The objective here is to drive a tank around an arena, destroying other tanks, but not by shooting at them. No, it's about crashing into them with the front of the tank at a spot that isn't also the front of their tank, indicated by a small colored section of the circle surrounding each tank. ..

'Proun+' Will Finally Bring the Artsy Tunnel Racer to iOS

Dutch developer Joost van Dongen's Proun was a successful indie racing game made a few years ago that had been on a lot of folks' wishlists for a port to iOS, especially after last year's announcement that it was coming soon. Now three years after the original's release, Engine Software has teamed up with van Dongen to make Proun+ a reality for iOS, coming soon. This is a modern-art-inspired tunnel racing game where the goal is to rotate a ball down a path replete with a variety of obstacles, with the ability to brake and boost, though as opposed to being something of a time-survival game, this has you racing against computerized opponents, with an objective to complete levels as quickly as possible...

Remedy Entertainment, known for making games like Alan Wake, the original Max Payne [$2.99] and the original Death Rally [$0.99], have just released their first mobile-exclusive game, Agents of Storm [Free] to the App Store. This is a take on the free-to-play base builder formula, but with a singleplayer focus: players build out a base with defenses and units, going out on missions with their units, as their units automatically attack, with the goal being to destroy the enemy base in each level. There are social hooks to get assistance from friends and compete to have the biggest and best base, but if you're the anti-social type, this may be for you, though this is a free-to-play game and requires online connectivity...

Check Out the Stylish Trailer for the Upcoming 'Vektor: The Courier'

Turkish developer chkkll has a nifty upcoming endless action game coming out next Wednesday, called Vektor: The Courier. Players control a motorcycle rider, weaving through traffic, and fighting off other riders while dodging cars and just generally trying to stay alive as things get more intense. The score isn't shown while playing, so it's just about focusing on the task at hand. Check out the trailer to see the game and hear its soundtrack in action:..

I found myself kind of curious about Wavefront [$0.99] when I saw that it was published by DeNA – and it wasn't a free-to-play game. It started out as Waveform on PC, and now has been brought to iOS under the new name, for unknown reasons. Curious. But it still doesn't answer why this was published by DeNA, as this game is paid without IAP at all, which is even odder given that it's, well, DeNA. Did I wake up in bizarro universe? Perhaps not, but Wavefront is an interesting enough puzzler worth checking out...

I enjoy this current trend of games that are easy to pick up and play, but also present a challenge. And really, Swap Heroes hits a lot of my buttons. It's built for short sessions, winds up being challenging and highly replayable, and oh, it has pixel art. It's perfect for quick sessions, but delivers a challenge that demands practice to get better at it, though randomness does wind up hurting the experience a bit...

Have you ever played Big Buck Hunter and thought "I'm so good at this game, they should pay me to play it?" Well, there are the Big Buck Hunter World Championships in Minneapolis on October 24th, which I have just learned are a thing and are sponsored by both Old Milwaukee beer and Twitch, which is an amzing combination of sponsors. You can actually watch the tournament being streamed on Twitch this weekend. But I fear it might be a bit late to enter for this year's tournament. But the good news is that the iOS Big Buck Hunter Pro Tournament Edition [Free] is trying to make your dreams of winning money for playing Big Buck Hunter come true...

'Train Conductor 3' Resurrects The Voxel Agents' 2010 Train Puzzler

The Voxel Agents have announced that they are working on Train Conductor 3, the latest in their series, of, well, train conducting games. Apparently Australians don't mess around with the names of games. Look at Fruit Ninja [$0.99 / Free], or Jetpack Joyride [Free], both games that accurately describe what they are. So goes Train Conductor. The third entry in the series, the first since Train Conductor 2: USA [$1.99], which came out in 2010 but was recently updated for the iPhone 6/+, takes the train action to Europe and the Golden Age of steam trains, helping to get trains to their destinations all over Europe. One of the new challenges to take on are curved tracks, which will throw a wrinkle into preventing train collisions...

'Galactic Keep: Dice Battles' Development Update Indicates Game May be Near Completion

Galactic Keep: Dice Battles is still in the works, and Gilded Skull has just posted a development update on our forums about the latest addition to the upcoming game. The first 'core' module of the game has been done, with scripted events completed, maps balanced out and all that good stuff. They're working on mid-battle saving as well, before getting to final bug fixes and play balancing. The light's at the end of the tunnel for this game to finally see the light of day!..

Rovio's got a curious new title out today from their new LVL11 publishing initiative, called Retry [Free]. It's seemingly their take on the whole Flappy Bird craze, asking, can we make a challenging arcade-style game with pixel art...but also make it free-to-play friendly, and with a three star system? Sure! Players control a plane with a single tap-and-hold, which allows it fly upwards and spin backwards. This is a problem as the goal is generally to fly forwards to the end goal. So, light tapping is needed to stay on the straight and narrow, with coins to collect and even secret paths to find in the game's levels. ..