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Hell Tap Entertainment's Post Brutal [Free] has compelted its beta testing and is now at long last on the App Store. You'll explore the post-apocalyptic City Zero, ridden with the undead, trying to help out survivors, and discover the mystery behind The Event that turn things into a real disaster. Oh, and kill some zombies along the way with deadly weapons. Or perhaps stealth is more your style? Either way, there's multiple endings and campaign story branches to follow...

'Hovercrash' from 'Tiltagon' Developer Kiemura Releases on December 8th

Kiemura's Hovercrash has a release date and a new trailer. You'll be able to check out this futuristic endless racer on December 8th as a free download, with Crossy Road [Free] style monetization, but with a catch: a $1.99 in-app purchase unlocks all vehicles, removes all ads, and gives you free continues. Sounds like a pretty fair deal for players...




'Samorost 3' Point-and-Click Releases on Android

December 2nd, 2016 4:00 PM EST by Carter Dotson in Android, News
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Amanita Design's point-and-click adventure game Samorost 3 [$4.99] is now available on Google Play. You'll play as a space gnome, using a magic flute to explore the cosmos, exploring gorgeous landscapes rendered in the style that only Amanita can deliver. If you're a fan of Machinarium [$4.99] and Botanicula [$4.99 (HD)], you'll want to check this out. There are nine total worlds to check out in Samorost 3, all full of weird new things to discover...

BorderLeap's 'Minimize' Features Progressively-Expanding Sliding Block Puzzles

BorderLeap, fine purveyor of stylish minimalist puzzle games and "headphones recommended" splash screens, has a new puzzler in the works, set to release by the end of the year. Minimize is a block-sliding puzzle, where you slide all blocks in a single direction, and any blocks of the same color that wind up in contact with each other disappear. So, leaving a single block of a particular color around is not recommended at all. ..

The people demanded that Flappy Golf 2 [Free] have an ad-removal in-app purchase, and good news: Noodlecake is finally giving in to your demands to give Noodlecake money. On December 1st, an ad-removal IAP will be added in. As well, some new characters referred to as "crazy balls" have been added in. They will have to be obtained via Golden Eggs, which can be purchased, earned through the game's referral system, or by completing the last day of the Daily Race mode. This update will be available on Thursday, December 1st...

If you haven't checked out Severed [$3.99], the first-person sword-slicing Metroidvania by Drinkbox Studios, then now's a good time as the game is on sale for $3.99. But there's another good reason if you have a modern iPhone, as Drinkbox has just updated the game with 3D Touch support. Now, using 3D Touch, you can easily trigger the map to expand without having to pause the game, making exploring the game world just a bit more convenient than it was before...

'Fieldrunners Attack' from Subatomic Studios Set to Launch Worldwide in December

Subatomic's upcoming raiding-strategy take on Fieldrunners was soft launched last year under the name Fieldrunners: Hardhat Heroes, and was set to be published by Flaregames. Well, the game still exists, but now Subatomic Studios are publishing it themselves, and have given it a new name: Fieldrunners Attack. You'll have to deal with various heroes and your units as you attack other players, while still utilizing tower defense tactics to create a base that will repel opponents as well as you possibly can...

'Space Madness' by Naquatic is an Experiment in Game Theory and Space Monkeys

Naquatic is back with an interesting multiplayer experiment in game theory...that also stars monkeys in space. Space Madness puts you and two other players with the task of trying to not hit the red self-destruct button in the next 10 minutes before the journey ends. As you travel along, diamonds are accumulated. Everyone makes it there in one piece, and each player gets all the diamonds that are accumulated, an artifact, and lightyears based on how far you traveled in your mission. Seems easy enough, right? Well, here's the catch: if someone hits that self-destruct button, they'll get whatever diamonds have been collected, and nobody gets an artifact. Oh, and you all have stun guns. You can send premade chat messages, and the gyroscope in your device will communicate body language, so...this could be interesting...

Perhaps the most pressing question around the iOS gaming enthusiast space is "When does Binding of Isaac release?" To which I have to say "I don't know!" A lot of people keep thinking that it's imminent to drop on the App Store any second, but Tyrone Rodriguez of Nicalis, the game's publisher, is here to tell you to hold your horses, but also to get excited. Beta testing for Binding of Isaac for iOS is still underway, with a planned expansion of testing rather soon. Oh, and while the game is still a bit away, the plan is for the game to release this year, coinciding with the release of Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ on PC...

Kurechii, the studio behind Tiny Guardians [$3.99] and King's League: Odyssey [$0.99], has announced its newest game, Postknight. Oh, and they need the community's help to test the game out. You will play as a postknight – not a post-knight in the way that like post-rock is a music genre – a knight who makes dangerous deliveries. You'll travel the world, completing dangerous tasks, getting sweet loot and rewards along the way. Equipment will affect your character's look, you can blend together special potions, and utilize a variety of skills...

The fine folks at Firi Games are hard at work on a big 2.0 update for Phoenix 2 [Free] that will bring some new content and big changes to the unique shoot 'em up. The game's structure is getting revamped to where a new league system will be in play. Each league has a daily mission, and if the player completes the mission, they go to the next league the next day. Each league will have its own leaderboard as well. A bunch of balance changes are being introduced as well, particularly with special abilities. Like, the mega laser will shoot faster but can't be moved around any more...

Ubisoft has set Rayman Classic [Free] to free on iOS and Android, but this isn't just a Black Friday sale. This is a permanent move to free, with the game now being free with ads. And unfortunately, Ubisoft has neglected to make the game not display ads for people that already owned the game. The IAP to remove ads is only $0.99, but still – this is poor behavior...

'Bullet Force' FPS Soft Launches in Singapore

Bullet Force, the first-person shooter developed by a guy who just graduated this year...from high school...has soft launched in Singapore. The FPS has been available in beta form on Android for a while, but now you don't have to clamor for beta access to this one, or have to use Android like some kind of villainous clod named Carter Dotson. For example. We have a guide on how to download soft launch games if you want to get your hands on this one...

Ready to get to do some racing in jet skis? Well, good news: Riptide GP Renegade [$2.99] is now available for $0.99 for Black Friday. The game has you racing through ruined urban environments, trying to take first place by doing stunts to get turbo boosts. The coins you earn can be used to unlock upgrades and new stunts, with more elaborate stunts earning more turbo but requiring more hang time to pull them off. And of course, the game has a unique feeling to it because you're racing on water – and finding the quick waves to do stunts on is key to getting first place. ..

Nitrome has put out a surprise release on the App Store: Hop Swap [Free]. This is a platformer where you have to contend with gravity being pointed at a line at the center of the screen, with platforming taking place on either side of it, with the ability to swap between sides of the screen. And momentum carries over from one side to the other, so you can jump on one side, dive to the other side, and maintain momentum. That will come into play, so learning how the mechanics work is key to survival. That, and making sure your brain isn't broken by the gravity-flipping...

There are two reasons to give thanks today: not only do we get to watch a ton of football and eat a ton of food and only feel kind of guilty about the societal ramifications for both, but there are also game sales. If you've been curious to check out Limbo [$4.99] from Playdead, then good news: the game is about as cheap as you can get it without it being free on mobile, as the game is currently $0.99 for Thanksgiving/Black Friday...

The next game from Dong Nguyen's dotGears, creator of Flappy Bird and Swing Copters [Free], is coming to iOS and Android on December 15th. The game is Ninja Spinki Challenges, and details are few and far between other than the release date and platforms. The game is being published by Obokaidem, a Japanese publisher that is responsible for Green the Planet [Free] and Pick-Xell [Free] – and they're calling it a "Ninja Training Simulation Game." Though Green the Planet is called a "Relaxing Greenery Simulation Game" so we'll see just what that means...

Blow Up a Robot Walrus with Dynamite in the Soft Launched 'Evil Factory'

Nexon M has soft launched an interesting little action game called Evil Factory on the Philippines App Store. Developed by Team Chili, you have to invade the evil factory of the Kraken, trying to take down their forces using just an endless amount of dynamite and the occasion subweapon like a flamethrower. Each level presents you with a unique challenge, with a set of enemies or a boss that you have to take down without taking any damage. The more you play, the more unique main and subweapons you'll pick up...

'Deus Ex Go' Puzzle Maker Update Now Available

November 23rd, 2016 3:00 PM EST by Carter Dotson in News, Updates
$1.99 Buy Now

The Puzzle Maker update is available right now for Deus Ex Go [$1.99], along with the game being on sale for $1.99. I've gotten to play around with the pre-release version of the Puzzle Maker, and what's nice about it is that it's very intuitive. For starters, the game doesn't just give you a blank canvas, it gives you a random barebones puzzle already. You can then build on it by adding tiles and paths, moving and replacing items, traps, and units. It still gives you some freedom to create what you want, but the idea is that this is meant to engage people who might not otherwise get involved with this sort of feature. The Puzzle Maker gives you a nice nudge on your way to creating content. Plus, there are rewards for making puzzles that people like: more of the chests that give you additional undos and resets that have been added into the game...

Wave Light Games has been keeping busy with both Demon's Rise games – the original got a major update right before the sequel came out, and the sequel, Demon's Rise 2: Lords of Chaos [$7.99], just released but is already the recipient of a major update. The big feature worth mentioning is that the character roster has expanded by 2. Now you can play as the Feral Ogre, and the Tenaclid Overmind. The ogre is a big brute as you might expect, but the Tenaclid Overmind? That ole wizard's got mind-control powers to rule the battlefield by making enemies fight each other. The character roster is smaller than Demon's Rise [$4.99] but has plenty of uniqueness for itself. Plus, the Demon Knight got a new character model...