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Namco has soft launched a new shoot 'em up called Galaga Wars in Canada and Australia. Now, when I first heard the name, I thought "Oh no, Namco's trying to do a Galaga Clash of Clans [Free] clone?" Because that's what "Wars" seemed to indicate. Amazingly, no: this is basically the Galaga take on Pac-Man 256 [Free], where you have one life, and advance through random formations of enemies. The game lets you fly about in all directions, so it's not entirely like Galaga, but it's still got the classic enemies in their formations, and the ship you can rescue from the enemy's clutches...

Surprise, Nitrome's got a new game out now, called Redungeon [Free]. They're describing this as kind of being the Platform Panic [Free] of top-down dungeon crawlers, in that you collect coins and have multiple characters that you can upgrade. This one has you moving from tile to tile in real-time, trying to avoid the many deadly hazards that populate this deadly dungeon you're exploring. Your different heroes that you unlock along the way can help you out by taking out enemies, keeping you safe, being immune to hazards, and more...




Orangepixel's previous game, Space Grunts [$3.99] was basically a fast-paced, roguelike-inspired, action game that just so happened to be turn-based. Heroes of Loot 2 [$3.99] instead is that fast-action game that Space Grunts coult have been in an alternate universe. This Gauntlet-esque dungeon shooter eschews the item system for some new tricks, such as a two-character swapping system. And there is the expected intense challenge to be had, with dozens of dungeon floors to try and traverse before beating the game. Good luck getting anywhere near that without a lot of skillful play. Yet, despite everything on paper that seems enjoyable, there's something about the loose feel of Heroes of Loot 2, with some questionable design decisions along the way, that leave me not entirely enamored with this game...

'Super Stickman Golf 3' Hands-on Preview: A New Spin on Things

Noodlecake just launched the Super Stickman Golf 3 beta, and if you didn't sign up, then you might be wondering what's up with this game. I've gotten to play the game – about a month or so ahead of release – and what I'm seeing is a game that is familiar, but with some small changes that will otherwise have a big impact. That big impact on Super Stickman Golf 3 is the spin feature. ..

E3 and WWDC came and went this week with practically nothing special shown about mobile gaming. Mobile games were invisible from E3 press conferences after only getting cursory mentions last year. E3 press conferences are all flash and spectacle, and I'll admit many mobile games don't do well with flash and spectacle. And the reaction to Kingdom Hearts Unchained χ [Free] before Kingdom Hearts 3 was...not great. But at least Apple, where games are by far the largest category on the App Store, would have some kind of showcase for mobile games? Nope! Games were an afterthought, with the only interesting tidbit about games being a mention of ReplayKit streaming, which it took Mobcrush to explain more about after the keynote. The Platforms State of the Union, which is like the keynote but a hundred times nerdier, had some information on games, but nothing that enterprising developers poring over new release notes hadn't already leaked out about tvOS game controller requirements, ReplayKit, and new Metal graphics features...

Already, Tennis Champs Returns [Free] is one of the best games of the year, and perhaps the best tennis game since the Game Boy versions of Mario Tennis. But now this rad tennis game is about to get even better, with an update set to hit on or around Thursday, June 23rd. The killer new feature for veterans of the game? Online multiplayer via Game Center. Yes, I am all about this. ..

Do you enjoy buying games of such quality that they are worthy of the prestigious Apple Design Award? However, do you find yourself hesitant to pay Apple Design Award-winning prices? Well, Noodlecake Games and Hyperbolic Magnetism are here to reward your cheap ways. Chameleon Run [$0.99] is currently on sale for $0.99, so you can play this fun, stylish, and well-made auto-running platformer for even cheaper than it would have cost before...

'Critical Ops' FPS Soft Launch Expands to Canada

Here is good news for those of y'all who have been curious about Critical Ops but haven't wanted to nab an iTunes account in the few odd regions where the game was available. The first-person shooter has just been released in Canada along with a 5.2.2 update that tweaks the game balance. But this now means that if you've got a Canadian iTunes account – either by being Canadian or using our guide to register one – you can nab the game with ease...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Adventure Company'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

'Hot Guns' Looks Action-Packed, and It's Beta Testing Soon

Quantized Bit, makers of the fun Volt [$0.99] and Prison Run and Gun [$1.99], are working on the 2D action game Hot Guns, and they're getting ready to do a TestFlight beta. But first, why should you care? Well, this thing's got loads of explosions, exploding helicopters, pixel art and all the fun stuff that you want from an action game. Oh, and the iOS version's going to have MFi controller support...

'Teeter' is a Game of Balance and Patience

The Frosty Pop Corps has quietly been making some solid casual games for the past year or so, and the studio is set to release another entertaining game, Teeter. This is the second in what they're calling their "Balls Trilogy" – a name I'm sure FishdixGaming who streams with us appreciates – that started with Walls and Balls [Free]. That game is a fun mini-golf-esque title, where Teeter has you lifting up two sides of a board using each thumb to guide the ball upward, trying to get it into the hole. You can't lower either side, so be careful! The game is level-based, but it is really trick to do well at this game, even in the early levels!..

Kongregate and Codename Entertainment have announced that their popular idle RPG Crusaders of the Lost Idols to mobile in July, with a soft launch right now. You'll have a team of heroes to take into battle, constantly advancing forward, collecting gold and attacking various enemies by clicking and whatnot. Part of what makes this game different from other idle clickers and various similar titles is that you can configure the formation of your heroes in order to help with your onslaught as you so choose. It's an interesting game, and it'll sure to be a great fit on mobile...

Supercell has announced that a balance update is hitting Clash Royale [Free] on Tuesday, June 21st, and it will finally nerf the Hog Rider. That's right, this one-track force of destruction is getting its damage decreased by 6%. Supercell's reasoning:..

'Disco Dave' is a Groovy Bouncing High Score Chaser That You Can Beta Test

Amused Sloth, who made the solid Asgard Run [Free] circular endless runner, are about to deliver an interesting little voxel-graphics high-score chaser called Disco Dave. The gameplay will have you bouncing up in the air as a bell-bottoms-wearing, afro-sporting, dudde named Dave. You swipe to move while in the air, and you need to not touch the same color that you just bounced off of. This may seem unfair, but anyone who studied Studio 54 knows that touching the same color tile twice was like the one unforgiveable sin you could commit. That's why the place shut down, they whittled down their numbers too much. As such, Disco Dave strives only for pure disco accuracy...

Cyberpunk Roguelike Twin-Stick Shooter 'Neon Chrome' by 10tons Needs Beta Testers

10tons is a rather accomplished publisher and developer on iOS, in part because they're committed to being as multiplatform as is literally possible. Pretty much every single one of their games releases on desktop, console, and mobile. Their latest game, a roguelike twin-stick shooter called Neon Chrome is no exception. Or, it's about to be. See, the game has already released on console and desktop, but the mobile version is in the works right now. And 10tons needs your help to beta test the game. Check out the thread for the game in the upcoming games forum and sign up here...

Sign up to Beta Test 'Super Stickman Golf 3' Ahead of Release

Noodlecake's Super Stickman Golf 3 is set to release in early July, but the developers need a bit of help from the community in order to make the game perfect for launch. Specifically, they need beta testers to help get the game ready for the global launch. How do you sign up to beta test this one? Easy: just go to the thread in our upcoming games forum, reply, and await further instructions. Since it's Noodlecake, I'm sure a dark mysterious hooded figure will arrive at your doorstep at midnight requesting your email and/or your soul. Worth it, I say...

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting report about Tencent's pending acquisition of Supercell from SoftBank, also the parent company of GungHo. Tencent's reportedly paying $9 billion for Supercell, after SoftBank spent $2.1 billion to acquire a 51% stake in Supercell back in October 2013. Tencent has $16 billion in net cash according to the Wall Street Journal, and so the Supercell acquisition would be a way for them to make a huge splash in mobile gaming. Tencent is a major player in China, with their WeChat service being massively popular. But WSJ's Jacky Wong throws some cold water on the deal, pointing out that "it would take 12 years of Supercell’s earnings last year to pay back Tencent’s investment." And growth is not guaranteed. In fact, there's a bit of a concerning development with Supercell's daily revenue:..

'Power Rangers' to Get Movie Tie-in Mobile Game in 2017

The Power Rangers are coming back with a new movie releasing on March 24, 2017, because no retro franchise shall go un-rebooted. I loved Power Rangers as a kid, but also remember being mocked for my Power Rangers backpack, so I'm not sure just how much retro love there is for Power Rangers. Regardless, Hollywood's gonna try to make this a cultural phenomenon again (with Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa?!) and there of course will be a tie-in mobile game...

We're big fans of RareSloth's King Rabbit [Free] around here, and the game has just gotten another big, free content update after its launch. The main campaign has been extended with 16 new levels, so if you've beaten it and need more rabbit-y goodness in your life, here you go. Three new achievements and a new leaderboard are here for you competitive completionists. Adventurous types will have more hidden diamonds to dig up, with diamond progress now visible in the level select screen. And the people who like to play their own music while they play King Rabbit will be happy to know that background music now works in the app. This goes along with the standard "bug fixes and performance improvements" you'd expect an app update to have...

'Heavy Metal Tennis Training' Finally Brings Hellfire to Tennis

For far too long, tennis and heavy metal have been separated. Tennis is way too buttoned up, and Wimbledon is like...the least metal thing ever. It's a bunch of folks wearing all white during the middle of the day. Maybe that's good if you're way into metalcore and other forms of false metal, but for us trve kvlt people, tennis just ain't cutting it. Thankfully, one developer is here to deliver tennis from the false metal fools and straight into the flames of hell with Heavy Metal Tennis Training...