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We're entering that time of year where publications start giving out their "game of the year" awards to various games. And, well, most of them will totally ignore mobile games. But one of the first GOTY lists has come out and a mobile game is number one, and it's a bit of an unexpected inclusion: 80 Days [$4.99] by Inkle was named Time's Game of the Year. It being a bit surprising to be in a mainstream publication – albeit not a gaming-specific one – is not a function of the game's quality (which is excellent) but that it wasn't one of those games that hit the mainstream. There is a Monument Valley [$3.99] and Hearthstone [Free (HD)] cameo in the list, the latter being cross-platform, of course...

This Thursday is Thanksgiving here stateside, and while it's just a regular Thursday elsewhere around the world (I see you, Canada), the good news for everyone is that there's a ton of great app discounts for the holiday. We've already run down a few worth checking out:..

Cartoon Network Games has just updated a pair of titles with new content today. First up is Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake [$4.99], the fantastic puzzler by SleepNinja Games released a few months ago. There's a new set of levels featuring the new character Codger the Elf, as players try to collect missing presents in Powder Peaks. These frosty levels present icy new challenges, with a new costume for Niko to be had for beating these levels...

Upcoming 'Tiltagon' Wants to be the 'Super Hexagon' of Tilting Games

The challenging arcade game genre spawned by Super Hexagon [$2.99] has certainly seen plenty of games that follow its principles, and the Flappy Bird craze has to owe something to that as well. But not a lot of games in that vein really use tilt controls, perhaps because they're very hard to get right, especially in a fast-paced, unforgiving game. Well, the upcoming Tiltagon is going to try and do just that: be a tilt-based take on the Super Hexagon formula. Players will have to tilt a ball across a series of platforms that steadily disappear, collecting dots on the platforms to score a point and make the next one appear. The platforms get steadily more perilous, with things like obstacles spinning around them, platforms with large holes in the middle, and platforms that have falling-away pieces to deal with. It's not that easy...

WWE SuperCard [Free] has just gotten an update that brings a number of cards and enhancements. Over 60 new cards have been added to the game, with cards including John Cena, The Rock, and more. There's a new rarity level for cards as well, the Survivor rarity level, which supercedes Legendary as the eighth and highest card rarity...

If you haven't gotten a chance to play the Tilt to Live series yet, or have only enjoyed free versions without playing the full versions, well, Thanksgiving is going to be a pretty good day for you. Tomorrow, on November 27th, One Man Left is launching the "Tilty-Tilt Boom Boom Bundle," which is by far the best name for a bundle yet. It includes the paid version of the original Tilt to Live [$2.99], Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous [$2.99], and Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge [$2.99] in one bundle. The bundle will launch for $4.99, and be available at that price for the rest of the month, before going to $5.99 starting in December...

I will forever admit to being a sucker for games with pixel art, and Sunburn [$2.99] had immediate appeal to me based on that, but also thanks to its unique premise: instead of trying to save everyone, the goal is to control the jetpack-equipped astronaut captain, trying to get a bunch of stranded astronauts together, and launch into the sun so that nobody dies alone. But there's limited oxygen, so there's some planet-hopping involved, fiery asteroids to avoid, and a chain of astronauts to string along, trying to make sure they don't suffer a solitary demise while trying to get to the collective goal. This means that death is an odd thing, because dying itself might not be the ultimate goal. It's about making sure everyone suffers a quick death, rather than dying alone in the middle of space. That's a new one! It's a clever and macabre concept for a space physics puzzler, and while the game has issues, the concept alone is well worth checking out...

'AwesomeBoots' is an Upcoming Game About Bopping People While Wearing Jet Boots

AwesomeBoots is a game releasing this Thursday, November 27th, that's worth getting excited for. It's an arena survival game that is kind of a combination of Toast Time [$2.99] and SlamBots [Free]. The protagonist of AwesomeBoots lives in a world where the government has banned boots, probably because boots now have jet propulsion systems in them, and they're clearly unsafe without proper licensing and training. Maybe that's why Mikey in Mikey Boots [$1.99] had to keep running. But this booted rebel is going to die with his boots on, using them to launch in the air, doing flips and the like to dodge the heavily-armed authorities trying to take him down. Thankfully, it's possible to bop enemies to take them out, and get more points, because you might as well take some of them with you on the way out!..

'The Witcher Battle Arena' Beta Now Accepting iOS Players

The season of the mobile MOBA is finally upon us, it seems, with Vainglory [Free (HD) / Free] getting such huge showcases from Apple. Plenty of other developers have been trying to make the MOBA genre work on mobile, and one of the more interesting entrants is CD Projekt Red, creators of The Witcher series, with The Witcher Battle Arena. The game was announced back in July with promises of three-on-three battles with no pay-to-win elements. A new trailer was released in August, along with a signup for a beta, but only on Android. Well now, iOS players who want to help beta test the upcoming MOBA can do so, as CD Projekt is looking for beta testers. You can sign up here at this link. They're not promising everyone gets into the beta, unfortunately, but this still may be a way to provide feedback and play the game before its worldwide release...

If you're a board game fanatic traveling for Thanksgiving and other holidays coming up over the next month, you may find that actual board and tabletop games are a bit difficult to tote around compared to an iPad. Thankfully, there's a number of board and other strategic-type games that have gone on sale for you to check out. Here's a hefty list of the cheap titles:..

A charming little high score game made its way to the App Store on Monday, called Oh My Giraffe [$1.99]. Players control a giraffe with a rather long and flexible neck, controlled by dragging which is helpful because there's a bunch of fruit to eat that's not always in easily-attainable positions. Each fruit is worth successively more points for eating it. Also, the giraffe is being chased by the predators of the jungle, and must knock some fruit to the ground by chewing the vines and letting them hit the pursuing lions, either by hitting them directly or bouncing off of the giraffe's body. Thankfully, the day-night cycle will put them all to sleep and let the fruit-eating commence unabated. Check out a teaser with some footage of the game; if possible, play it in YouTube's new 60 frames per second mode:..

Play 'Exiles: Far Colony' and 'The Deer God' Alpha Versions on Android with the Crescent Moon Games Humble Bundle

Crescent Moon Games just announced the trailer for the upcoming Exiles: Far Colony last week, and some of you may be dying to play it. Well, if you have an Android device, you can get your hands on an alpha version of it as well as the upcoming Metroidvania-esque The Deer God...if you have an Android device. The latest Humble Mobile Bundle is all about Crescent Moon Games, and features 8 of their releases, including a few Android debuts. But the real kicker here are the alphas for the upcoming games. By paying $8, you can get all 8 of the games in the bundle as well as the two alpha versions, before release...

You forgot about Pocket God [$0.99], didn't you? Sure, it has been a year since the last episode, "Apocalypse, Ow!" But that's no reason to forget about the game that made the "apps with free updates" concept a reality. Well, the app refuses to die, as Bolt Creative has announced episode 48 is coming soon, entitled "Call of Booty." The big new feature in this update is the ability to dive in the sea and explore underwater, hunting for treasure, while avoiding deadly sea creatures. There's twenty total pieces of booty to get, and a golden oyster idol, because why not? Check out the trailer for the upcoming update:..

If you've already bought and played through Monument Valley [$3.99] and its "Forgotten Shores" expansion which was released just a couple short weeks ago, you may be pleasantly surprised to find that there's another new chapter that's been added to the game. As part of the Apps for Red initiative, a new "final" chapter has been added to Monument Valley, "Ida's (RED) Dream." This is a new chapter with some new puzzles, and featuring protagonist Ida decked out in red. ..

Threes [$2.99] has gotten its version 1.2 update, timed with the Apple Apps for Red initiative, but fans of the game actually have a few key additions and tweaks to look forward to. Most obviously added is the Product Red theme, which makes the entire game a red-tinged look in line with the charity's red-themed products. This theme is enabled by default with the 1.2 update, but you can disable it in the options. There's another theme added, Night Mode: this makes the game's background and 3-plus tiles use darker colors so that it's easier on the eyes in low light. Or, Threes just wasn't dark and brooding enough for you...