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One of the coolest new App Store features with iOS 8 are App Bundles, which allow developers and publishers to sell several of their apps together in one package at a discount. And one of the first publishers to take advantage of app bundles is the prolific Crescent Moon Games. They're launching five different bundles, all at major discounts from the games' regular prices. The bundles aren't live quite yet, but word on the street is to expect these to go live at or around midnight Pacific time if not sooner as new iOS 8 content rolls out on the App Store. As for the Crescent Moon bundles, here's what you can pick up once they go live, with each title below linked to the bundle's URL on iTunes:..

With iOS 8 rolling out right now, there's plenty of games getting updates for the new iOS. And with the new Metal graphics library rolling out, Gameloft has decided to update Asphalt 8: Airborne [Free] with support for Metal. For the iPhone 5S, iPad Air, and iPad Mini Retina, along with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, this means that the game is going to look better than ever. But spiffier graphics aren't the only thing: there's a new Metal-exclusive season that's been added to the game, which boasts a large number of opponents – three times as many as any other Asphalt game. Race all the cars!..

Good news, everyone, Subatomic Studios' Fieldrunners 2 [$2.99 / $4.99 (HD)] is currently free on the App Store for a limited time. Both iPhone and iPad versions are available for free, with this being the first time that either version of the game has gone free, though it has dropped down to $0.99 before, and does feature in-app purchases for more currency. This might be promotion for a new game – as pointed out on our forums, the in-game ticker, updated last Friday, says "a new game is coming..." so, this might serve as a nice reminder that Subatomic exists...

Real Racing 3 [Free]'s got a big new update out today. Have you missed the real-time online multiplayer in previous editions of Real Racing? Well, good news, there's a new online multiplayer mode that's been added to the game. Supporting up to 8 players, it's possible to race in multiple leagues with different classes of car, competing on the leaderboards to try and win prizes for being the top rank. This is all based off of random matchmaking, it doesn't look like there's a way to play with friends. Still, for those who've wanted to take out their expensive cars against other people, and not just their friends' times, here's a good option...

I wanted to love Phantom Rift [$2.99]. I wanted to give it my unabashed affection. I am quite fond of the Mega Man Battle Network series because of, well, everything about it. Certainly, paying homage to Mega Man is something Phantom Rift isn't doing, but the series itself is paying homage to boasted a unique combat system that took the best aspects of card games and mixed it with fast-paced real-time combat. But where Phantom Rift falls apart is not respecting that speed. Not so much in the combat, but in the overworld that governs getting from fight to fight, and managing the character and deck: it's just too slow to get anywhere in this game, both figuratively and literally...

'Baseless' is an Upcoming Planet-Hopping Shooter from the Creator of  'David.'

David. [$1.99] from Fermenter Games was a curious little title that our Shaun Musgrave quite enjoyed. Now, a few months after that game's release, the developer is hard at work on a brand new game: Baseless. The game is still very early in the works, but it's showing some promise already. The idea is that this is a planet-hopping shooter, where, not unlike Toast Time [$2.99] or Spooklands [$0.99], you fire to attack enemies but to also move around. Battles right now take place among a bunch of planets, while you fight off enemies like turrets and space worms...

Namco Soft Launches 'Aevana: Unstoppable', an Auto-Running Action Game

Along with Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, Namco has soft launched another game in the past few days, Aevana: Unstoppable. This one's also available in New Zealand right now. This is a side-scrolling, level-based auto-runner where players control the eponymous Aevana, having to guide her over obstacles, and taking out enemies in the process. The game becomes about chaining together slides, jumps, tackles, and attacks, trying to make it from one level to the next. Combos and spells help to take out enemies that won't go down in just one hit. Along the way, coins and shards are earned, used to buy new items and upgrades, and to skip wait timers...

A few months ago, ustwo announced that they were creating new levels for Monument Valley [$3.99], their beloved and popular puzzling adventure game of Escherian geometry. Well, between the Apple Design Award, Android release, million copies sold, and just the ravages of time, it'd be easy to forget that new levels are coming. Well, good news: those new levels are still coming, and we have proof, as a screenshot was posted on Twitter over the weekend by ustwo founder Mills...

'Pac-Man Championship Edition DX' Adapted as Free-to-Play Game, Soft Launched in New Zealand

Namco's revitalized the Pac-Man franchise with Pac-Man Championship Edition [$2.99], a take on the classic game with dynamic mazes. A few years ago, Namco released Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, which expanded on the concept. Well, while the original Pac-Man CE released a few years ago on iOS, the sequel never quite made its way over. Until now, at least, as Namco's soft launched Pac-Man Championship Edition DX in New Zealand...

Duke Dashington [$1.99] is the kind of game that exists in a kind of quandary. It's a game built around brevity, and for mobile devices: it's a platformer where players must swipe to get the eponymous Duke to the exit in no more than 10 seconds. It's frequently challenging but failure never leaves the player washed too far ashore to not just go back and try again. It's a game built around maximizing its brevity, but because it's so small, it winds up limiting just how well it succeeds at what it sets out to do...

'Jelly Reef' Coming Next Year from 'Fingle' Creators Game Oven

Game Oven is a Dutch studio that has made some interesting local multiplayer games in the past: you likely know Fingle [$2.99 (HD) / Free (HD)], they've also made the competitive Bam fu [$0.99 / Free], the game of awkward conversations, Friendstrap [Free], which I once played on a date. There was no second date. And now after their ballet-dancing game Bounden [$3.99], Game Oven is doing something truly radical: a game that doesn't necessarily require playing with other people, in Jelly Reef...

Crazy Taxi City Rush [Free] has gotten its first major post-release content update. The big new addition is the fourth district, Hills, which takes place in a Hollywood-esque area. This section is roped off to those who have not completed all the Uptown HQ missions, so this is aimed for people who have played through most of the game already, and want more to do. But I suppose that's the point of any update. Those who do have it can play new HQ missions for characters, and explore the new sights...

I have a very simple wish. I don't think I'm asking for all that much. I want Etherlords [Free] to be the vanguard for the death of energy systems in free-to-play RPGs. We've seen a rise in these kinds of games that make game design purists recoil in horror – ruled by automated battle systems that don't always work in favor of the player. But here's Etherlords, which at least has the decency to let the player play as much as they want. Oh, and it's also a puzzle game with battling that's really just incidental to the whole experience...

Good news for everyone anticipating the MOGA Rebel, the full-size Bluetooth MFi gamepad, as a release date has been announced, and it's perfect timing with the iPhone 6 models coming out: September 17th, next Wednesday, for $79.99. As one of the first Xbox-style MFi gamepads that will be available to the public, this should be an intriguing controller for those who want a Bluetooth gamepad but don't like the small size of the SteelSeries Stratus...

Foursaken Media's 'Phantom Rift' Hits the App Store This Week

Not long ago, Foursaken Media announced a rather intriguing new game, Phantom Rift, an RPG that plays heavily on the Mega Man Battle Network series with some interesting ideas of how to integrate multiplayer, with a bit of Bastion [$4.99] thrown in as well. And now we know when you can play it, and good news, it's really soon. Like, this Thursday on the 11th soon...