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Zombie Road Trip Trials [Free], develped by Spokko and published by the fine folks at Noodlecake Games, has a new content update that is just about to go live, containing a crossover with another Noodlecake game, and an indestructable shark car...

Earnings calls occasionally are good for little morsels of information that have yet to leak out publicly, and in this case, it looks like they inadvertently revealed that they are working on a new Peggle game for mobile...

David OReilly's Mountain [$0.99] has proven to be absolute pornography for people who write about video games – from its gameplay or lack thereof, to the mysterious things that can happen, even we've gotten into it. After all, we did stream the supposed ending – or at least an ending, even if OReilly claims it's not the true ending. Well, I have good news: an update is out now for the PC version and is coming soon to mobile...

Oh hey, in case you didn't know, Modern Combat 5 comes out this week. And Gameloft's hit racing game, Asphalt 8: Airborne [Free], is helping to promote the upcoming FPS by featuring a new event themed after the FPS in the Venice track...

Orbitum [$0.99 / Free] by Happymagenta is a twisty little challenging arcade game. A challenge of keeping an orb from getting sucked into the central vortex by moving it outward, one orbit at a time, while collecting point orbs and avoiding obstacles and going too far out, this game can be rather rewarding once it is understood...

I find myself skeptical of games where spinning around an object and launching off of it is the core gameplay mechanic. Part of it is because the games often make themselves harder than they need to be: angular momentum is a tough concept to grasp and to execute well in a game. Thankfully, Beyond Gravity [$0.99] manages to avoid this trap by making it as accessible as possible...

'Fates Forever' Review - An iPad MOBA Built to Last

'Fates Forever' Review - An iPad MOBA Built to Last

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July 15th, 2014 1:00 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in 5 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, MOBA, Prices, Ratings, Reviews
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Fates Forever [Free (HD)] is a MOBA. This isn't so much a description of the game's genre, as it is acknowledging what the game's intent is. It's a MOBA for iPad – and it's meant to make as few concessions as possible toward providing a full-fledged MOBA experience. What this means is that the game isn't really meant for pick-up-and-play sessions, but it stands out because of it: it's a limited-compromise game that can be played for hours on end on an iPad...

Transworld Endless Skater [Free] is a game that should be really great. It's essentially the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series, but repurposed as a lane-based endless runner. Sure, that's what Tony Hawk's Shred Session sounds like, but that's more of a simplified experience. And after playing Transworld Endless Skater, I can see why. To try and transplant that formula as closely as possible to a mobile-friendly format is a Herculean challenge, and one that this game mostly fails at...

Google's internal Niantic Labs team has been working on a game called Ingress [Free] for a while now, but it's been an Android-only affair for almost two years. Well, after many players on the dark side have tested the game and fleshed out its world, iOS players can at last give this geolocation-focused game a shot. But to do so, you may have to venture in that scary place with the really bright thing in the sky: outside. Like, in the real world...

Small Fry [Free], the Noodlecake-published endless runner – or endless swimmer, or dolphin diver, or whatever you want to call its whole situation – by No Monkeys, is getting a big update next week that will bring a new gameplay mode and new reasons to play often...

We reviewed DUNGEONy [$2.99] only a few short weeks ago, but the game has already gotten a 2.0 update that brings a laundry list of changes and improvements to the puzzling roguelike...

Angry Birds Star Wars II [Free] is now a free-to-play game. Rovio has taken a lightsaber to the app's price, cutting it to free while the previous 99 cent price cried out in horror. The whole game is available for free, and 30 new levels have been added, 15 for the Bird side and 15 for the Pork side in the "Master Your Destiny" level pack...

Major Magnet Arcade [Free] will feel awfully familiar to those who played the original Major Magnet [$1.99], as this is a free-to-play take on that title's gameplay, involving attaching to magnets, spinning and launching around levels to get to the portal at the end. But while it lacks in originality, it actually manages to make some improvements to its gameplay while not being awful with the monetization...

It's a big day for gorgeous games gone cheap. One person points out that today's the 6th birthday of the App Store, so until a feature goes live, it's as good a reason to have a sale as any. There's a few real standouts that have gone sale which we've written about, including Threes [$1.99], Monument Valley [$3.99], and Blek [$0.99]. They're not the only games on sale today, though – there's a bunch of other great titles that are cheap as well. Here's a list of ones that are especially of note among recent sales:..

Today's a pretty good day if you like games that have won Apple Design Awards but don't like paying a lot of money for them. First Threes [$1.99] got about as cheap as it's going to get outside of Starbucks. Then Monument Valley [$3.99] was half-off. Now, Blek [$0.99] for a ridiculous discount of $0.99, two-thirds the regular $2.99 price...