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Clever-Plays' inventive roguelike shooter Leap of Fate [$1.99] is currently on its first sale on iOS. Available for $1.99, 50% off its standard price for $3.99 on mobile (and it costs more than that on PC), this is the first change to the game period since its release back in August 2016. The game works fine, the one thing I wish it would get are MFi controls, though aspects like slow-motion to aim special abilities help adapt this one well for the mobile experience...

Ubisoft Soft Launches 'Tom Clancy's ShadowBreak', A Combo FPS and 'Clash Royale' Game

Ubisoft has announced a new shooter for mobile, Tom Clancy's ShadowBreak. This game has kind of an interesting idea to combine the popular "sniper" FPS genre on mobile, with Clash Royale [Free] inspired combat. You have a deck of units with different energy costs taht you deploy into battle, but you also have to play as the sniper at the home base. So, you can shoot at enemy units and possibly at the enemy sniper, taking them out to try and get an advantage, but coming up to aim with your laser sights theoretically makes you visible and able to be seen. You can jump from hiding spot to hiding spot, though, allowing you to keep your enemy on their toes...




Hothead Announces 'Kill Shot Virus', Combining Sniper Games and Zombie Outbreaks

Hothead Games has announced that the latest game in its series of sniper-based shooters, Kill Shot, is set to launch in May. Kill Shot Virus throws the ever-popular-to-kill zombie into the mix. You'll have to use your array of high-powered weaponry to take out these zombie hordes in a post-apocalyptic world. Where Kill Shot Virus will mix things up is in new missions where you'll be up close and personal with the zombies with shotguns and assault weapons. Additionally, Urban Onslaught and Urban Pandemic modes will test you as you face off against powerful super zombies. I've often said when the zombie apocalypse comes, I'm leading a debaucherous cult, but I'm fine with being turned into a super zombie, too...

The first update for Card Thief [$1.99] has hit, and it brings a feature I requested in my review: iCloud support. Now, the game will save your progress to the cloud automatically after winning a game or unlocking something, with a manual save in the options. You will be prompted on another device if there's a more advanced save. I love me some Card Thief, but I have had significant progress on my iPhone that I couldn't bother to use backdoor methods to transfer to my iPad, and this game is admittedly a big battery waster. So why not play it on the device that literally has a big battery to waste, I say? Now, I can play on my iPad without having to re-unlock things I already got on my iPhone. Thanks, Tinytouchtales!..

'Reigns' Updated With Over 100 New Cards

March 29th, 2017 12:30 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Updates
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Nerial and Devolver Digital's Reigns [$2.99] has gotten a content update that should make the game worth coming back to if you haven't played in a while. The update includes over 100 new cards in total, featuring a new character, 3 new deaths, 5 new objectives, and a fake elephant. Why a fake elephant? Well, everything else has happened in Reigns, why not a phony pachiderm? Another addition that's not necessarily new content, but welcome regardless, is that the main story is a bit easier to solve. It could be rather esoteric to 'win' the game, though in a way that made sense after you figured it out. Now, it might be a bit easier to figure out from the beginnning...

Golf Zero [Free] was a fantastic idea at launch, the only downside being that you could burn through the 40 holes at launch in fairly short order. Part of this is because the game's really fun, and it's hard to put down, sure. But it sure felt like there was a lot of potential for Golf Zero to still fulfill with more levels. Well, Colin Lane and Brad Erkkila are taking the first step towards fulfilling that potential, as the first Golf Zero content update is out, doubling the number levels in the game...

As was teased last night, Imangi has released what they're calling the biggest update to Temple Run 2 [Free] this year, the Lost Jungle update. These new level in the game will feature new plenty of new things to dodge and avoid as you try to pick up all those coins while out-running the demon monkey. Such as... oh no, is that a giant snake? Snakes are fine, but that snake is far too large!..

Imangi is Teasing Something New for 'Temple Run 2'

March 28th, 2017 8:00 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News
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If you're ready for some more Temple Run 2 [Free], then good news: you'll be hearing more soon. Imangi has some news for tomorrow morning about something new in Temple Run 2 that they're ready to show you. Until then, you'll have to make do with this teaser that they've posted on Facebook. Hmm, those giant animal heads seem new. And the video is titled "Lost Jungle Temple," hmm.....

Do you like Phoenix 2 [Free] and wish to have even more Phoenix 2? Well, good news for you! Firi Games is delivering the 2.2 update on Thursday, March 30th, and it will bring 5 new ships, for a total of 60 ships. Two of these ships will boast new combinations of special abilities that other ships just do not have right now. The Orion is built for defense, with both Point Defense and Teleport abilities. Then there's the Exarch, which boasts the Vorpal Lance and Mega Laser. It's such an offensive combo, it's pulling in 5 figures on Patreon...

'Kami 2' by State of Play Launches Worldwide on March 30th

State of Play's next game is Kami 2, and after its soft launch in December 2016, it's ready to launch worldwide this Thursday, March 30th. While State of Play isn't talking too much about the specifics of the game despite it being in a publicly-playable form already, they're claiming this to be a big leap forward from the original Kami [$2.99]. Which, having played the original after trying the sequel, is definitely the case, it feels far more advanced now. Over a hundred new levels are going to be in the game, along with a puzzle builder, complete with sharing tools...

'Broadside' Promises Arcade-Style, Faction-Based, Space Warfare

Lost Games and Studio Nesh have announced an intirguing new space shooter called Broadside, coming to iOS and Android. This is, at its heart, a game where you're traveling around space and blasting enemies, but just who those enemies are willd epend. See, you choose between three different factions that have their own ship and weapon upgrades. So, as you play, you'll have allies that help you out, but the other two factions? They hate your guts and will try to blast you out of space. Politics!..

It's time for another season of retro baseball made modern, as RBI Baseball 17 [$4.99] is now on iOS. For the second year in a row, MLB Advanced Media has gotten the mobile version of RBI out the same day as the console versions, with most of the features at a quarter of the price! The cover athlete for the 2017 version is Corey Seager, star shortstop for the Dodgers; the user interface has gotten a fresh coat of paint. Other than that, there's not any major new features in the 2017 version at a quick glance. All 30 stadiums, and full rosters with regular updates are here, though...

'Death Road to Canada' Review - A Dog, Anime Magical Girl, and A Farting Man Enter a Bar...

I think you could make a strong argument that Rocketcat Games is the greatest developer in the history of mobile games. No studio has quite the collection of masterpieces that they do. Go on and look it up, their worst title is Five Card Quest [$2.99] and even that isn't so bad. Madgarden, meanwhile, has the strongest collection of unreleased titles perhaps out there, but when he releases something, it tends to be great. See their previous collaboration Punch Quest [Free], which is still brilliant and so unlike everything else on the App Store. In fact, that's the problem: these folks make games that are such pinnacles of what they do that nobody else can even come close. So, perhaps you might think Death Road to Canada [$7.99] off the bat seems a bit weird for them to do. After all, it's a zombie survival game. There's a ton of them. But that would be short-sighted: Death Road to Canada is another masterpiece from a partnership that keeps cranking out the hits...

NimbleBit released Bit City [Free] a couple of weeks ago, but if you want a freebie from the studio, well, good news: Capitals [Free] is now completely free. No ads, no IAP, the lives are gone. Now it's just a completely free online word game. I don't think I'll pick this one back up since it took up way too much time. I was too good at the game, finding those long word combos that would eliminate not just most of my opponent's board, but most of their soul as well. As satisfying as that was, it was also very time-consuming...

Mike Trout, as mentioned earlier, is a begrudgingly good baseball player. He's also apparently an avid Clash of Clans [Free] player, and an excellent troll. Former Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher's son was playing Mike Trout in Clash of Clans and Trout's advice to beat him? Just get your dad's credit card and buy a bunch of stuff. The whole oral history of Mike Trout is a good read, but this part is the relevant one: ..

'MLB Manager 2017' Coming Soon with Remodeled Interface

Baseball fans are ready to settle in for the new season starting on April 2nd. The World Baseball Classic was a lot of fun, but it's about time for the real games to start up. OOTP Developments just released OOTP 18 on PC, but mobile baseball simulator fans will get their take on managing a major league team for themselves soon. MLB Manager 2017 doesn't have a release date yet, but OOTP Developments has released some screens and details. The biggest change promises to be a remodeled interface. The game's looked quite similar for a few years, only getting modest tweaks for higher resolution iOS devices. Now, it will have a familiar but sleeker look, though I'm curious to see if the menu interfaces have been given a huge revamp...

'MLB 9 Innings 2017' Preregistration Contest Has You Picking Opening Day Winners for In-Game Rewards

Com2us is coming back with a brand new game in the MLB 9 Innings franchise, and with the 2017 season starting on April 2nd, well, it's about time for MLB 9 Innings 2017. Headlined by baseball's greatest player and weatherman, Mike Trout (as a Rangers fan, that pains me to say), preregistration is now open. But this isn't just your normal pregristration campaign, no. If you want the sweet, sweet, player card packs, you're gonna have to earn them. On the preregistration site, there's an interesting contest going on. You have to pick the winners of each opening day game, and based on how many winners you pick, that determines how many player packs you get. Get all 15 right, and you get a Diamond Player Pack as well as a Grade Increase Ticket. Here are my picks, which are sure to go 15-0:..

Save the Earth From Aliens and Asteroids in Upcoming 'Globe'

Optimum Games has announced an interesting new game called Globe. Described as a rogue-lite space shooter, you'll be flying over Earth, trying to protect it from alien invasions, oncoming asteroids, and also saving the astronauts from the space station that was previously keeping Earth safe. The game takes place on a spinning globe, not unlike Super Stardust or Darkside [Free], as you fly around, picking up items and firing at enemies. What's unique is that the game will be playable in portrait mode, with just left and right controls, autofire being part of the equation here. While it looks like there are separate left and right buttons, a one-finger control scheme would be great. What, am I expected to save Earth while using both hands? Come on!..

'Slam Jump' Will Bring the 'Divekick' Formula to Mobile With Some New Twists

One of the best fighting games in recent memory is Divekick, and that's not just because it's the only fighting game you can play with the Donkey Konga bongos. By simplifying fighting games down to two buttons, it keeps a lot of the fun of fighting games while making it accessible for players to jump in. Most fighting games have a significant ability gap. A person who knows how to execute special moves in Street Fighter games has a significant advantage over someone who doesn't. It's also why Smash Bros. is so successful since it doesn't require archaic move combos, but I digress. There are ways to make fun fighting games, and Divekick, beyond all its parody aspects, managed to make a fun fighting game with two buttons...

RareSloth's King Rabbit [Free] turned one recently, and with the community level creator update adding a ton of new content, they wanted to showcase some of the best. So, on March 30th, some of the best levels from the community will be available as part of the Emerald expansion for $1.99. 64 levels in total are featured, with the idea being that these levels are meant to be among the most challenging, creative, or just plain entertaining of the community levels. But be warned: there are no hints...