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Check Out the First 'Knights of Pen & Paper 2' Gameplay Footage

Paradox Interactive's Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is coming out next month on May 14th, but we haven't had a chance to see any gameplay footage of the game yet. And we didn't get the chance to nab any gameplay video from GDC. Well, the good news is that Paradox is finally delivering some gameplay footage of Knights of Pen & Paper 2, and they're doing so in glorious 1080p at 60 frames per second, because any lesser resolution or frame rate would just be cruel and unusual punishment for your eyeballs. Click to watch on YouTube in 1080p60, the embed doesn't support 60 frames per second yet:..

'Leo's Fortune' Gets $0.99 Flash Sale on Game's First Anniversary

Leo's Fortune [$0.99] has been out for about a year now, and it's kind of crazy because it won an Apple Design Award almost immediately after release. It's felt like something of an iOS platformer institution ever since it came out. The good news is that now on the game's one-year anniversary, you can pick this fantastic game up for only $0.99. It's being called a flash sale for today, so hop on it while you can, it might be gone once the 24th turns to the 25th. Maybe the rad live-action Rube Goldberg machine trailer will convince you:..

Disruptor Beam's Game of Thrones Ascent [Free] had a cool thing going for it last year, where it tied in events from season 4 of HBO's Game of Thrones into its own game. Well, the good news is that they're continuing it for season 5 with new content drops, and have also launched a big new expansion for the game called "Fire & Blood." You can now grow your dragons, which is a big new feature, of course, and check out a new interactive map. The map will contain some of the iconic events from the show, like Daenerys attacking the slaver cities. The update with the expansion is avaiable on the web and on iOS today, with the Android version coming later...

Naquatic's 'Basketball Showdown 2015' Brings 'CivCrafter'-Style Clans to Basketball

Naquatic may have ruined your life with CivCrafter [Free] and its inordinately-deep clicker gameplay, but thankfully they're here to calm things down with their next game, Basketball Showdown 2015, releasing next week on April 30th. However, there's an aspect of CivCrafter that's coming to this follow-up to one of Naquatic's most popular games, Basketball Showdown [Free]: the clan system. Rebranded as teams here, because sports, you'll be able to start up your own team, and recruit players to play for you, with a limit of 20 players, just like the CivCrafter clan system. Naquatic's hoping to make their other sports franchises have similar systems, as they think it brings a community aspect to these games that makes them better. ..

Big Bucket Software, creators of The Incident [$0.99] and last year's Space Age [$3.99], are hard at work on another game currently in the early stages of development. Temporarily-titled BB3 (short for Big Bucket 3, presumably), this is looking like a platformer where Frank, the protagonist of The Incident, is running along some Mario-esque platforms. The difference is that you'll be controlling the world around Frank, allowing him to make jumps and collect coins by moving each part of the scenery individually. An early work-in-progress video was shared by Matt Comi of Big Bucket, which you can watch on his blog...

Bossa Studios recently released Spy_Watch [$1.99], a game built for the Apple Watch. Gamasutra spoke to Bossa COO Vince Farquharson to talk about how gaming on a watch should work, and he had some interesting things to say, such as:..

As always, the Wednesday night App Store releases leave off a few really cool games that don't release at the Thursday midnight time because either the games have been scheduled later than the normal release time, are released manually, or just wind up going through odd App Store problems. It affects everyone, from 16-year old developers, to an organization that was around before television was even invented. All are equal in the eyes of Apple, and must wait to be approved. Here's three of the rad stragglers from last night:..

Diego Cathalifaud's mobile roguelike trilogy is concluding with another solid game: Arcane Tower [$1.99]. After the fun Amber Halls [$1.99] and Power Grounds [$0.99] each released last year, a game with similar flat visuals and roguelike gameplay. It's a great way to end the trilogy, bringing another solid game that's great on the go...

The App Store is officially ready for the Apple Watch launch tomorrow. The Apple Watch app now has a section that shows Apple's picks for the top apps compatible with the Apple Watch. Rules! [$2.99] and Trivia Crack [$2.99 / Free] make the list for games that they recommend, though plenty of games have been updated for the Apple Watch and plenty more are being updated right now with Watch support...

Miniclip's 'Beast Quest' Hunts Worldwide in May

Miniclip's working on its game Beast Quest at the moment, a sort of Infinity Blade [$5.99] take on the Beast Quest book series. Folks have been playing it in soft launch the last few weeks, both Canadians and those adding "eh" after everything they say to seem Canadian and play these games early. Well, the good news is that you non-Canadians can enjoy the game for yourself starting on May 7th, when Beast Quest launches worldwide for free. Check out a new "let's play" video of the second world of the game, straight from Miniclip themselves:..

I don't know what's in the water this week with a bunch of surprise updates for games that haven't been updated in a while, but I am all in favor of this continuing to happen. The latest game to get a surprise update? Orbital [$2.99 / Free / $2.99 (HD)], the rad puzzler from BitForge. It hasn't seen an update in almost four years, but this great puzzler from 2009 is all set up for modern devices. It's got support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, adds in native widescreen support, and the app has even gone universal now. The HD version is still around, but it's just worth picking up the original version now...

Want to See 'Cally's Caves 3' Footage? Well, Have All the 'Cally's Caves 3' Footage in the World!

There are some developers who are very protective of pre-release game footage. Sometimes this is for good reason, like protecting simple game ideas from getting exposed and replicated by unscrupulous developers willing to create spurious apps before the authentic ones can come out. But often, this is just misguided silliness – not to name names, but there's always rad games I see at GDC where developers are scared of getting video out there, even though their games look amazing in early form. Jordan Pearson, developer of Cally's Caves [Free] and Cally's Caves 2 [Free], is not one of those developers. In fact, he's just posted a gameplay video of an early build of Cally's Caves 3 that runs for almost 50 minutes, showing off the shotgun weapon in the game, and the intended balancing of the weapon...

Good news! The Disc Drivin' [$2.99 / Free / $4.99 (HD)] update that includes three new tracks and iPhone 6/Plus optimizations has just launched on the App Store. Our long national nightmare is over! All three versions of the game have been updated with the new courses and features as appropirate. The game's three themes: ice, desert, and road, are all represented in each of the three new courses...

'Seek' is a Gorgeous Game Jumping From Android to iOS in May

Scotland-based student developers Five Pixels are launching their award-winning mobile game Seek on iOS in a couple of weeks on May 7th. The game has been available on Android for a bit now, but this is the first chance for iPhone and iPad owners to try out this gorgeous exploration game. You use tilt and gyroscope sensors to look around an island, trying to find your friends, using your thumbs to go forward and backward. You collect new senses as you find your friends, which make it easier to discover where everyone is. It's a gorgeous-looking game in motion...

It's always great to see games that otherwise seem lost to history get updated with new content. Plasma Sky [$0.99] is a fun shoot 'em up from 2013 that's just been updated to version 5.0, bringing some new content to the game. The big new addition is the new Blockade mode, which throws wave after wave of block enemies and formations that is designed be tough and quick to play. ..

Oh hey, this seems to be a good week for games suddenly getting updated after long periods of inactivity. Now Bring Me Sandwiches [Free] has been a updated for modern devices. The game has not just gotten an update for iPhone 6/Plus resolutions as many games do, but it has widescreen support for the iPhone 5. Yes, it's been a while since this one was updated. The other big change is that the game has been shifted to be free with ads. There's no ad-removal IAP at the moment, but the ads just seem to consist of interstitials that pop up, though they were popping up errors for me. ..

We are still in the awkward feeling-around phase of the Apple Watch, where there's a bunch of games and apps being made, and we don't quite know what exactly is going to work. Will companion apps to bigger apps and games succeed? Well, Gameloft's at least trying something with Modern Combat 5 [Free], as they updated the game with Apple Watch support. You can get notifications, sign up for in-game events, and even change your character. Want to customize your weapons while the thought comes to mind, without loading up the whole game to change it? You can do so from your Apple Watch...

'Heroes and Castles 2' Finally Gets a Release Date

Foursaken Media's got our forums – and some of us on staff here at TA – all in a tizzy with Heroes and Castles 2. The scope of the game is looking absolutely absurd, the visuals are looking impressive, but will it be a good game? Well, you're going to find out soon enough: May 14th is when Heroes and Castles 2 launches worldwide. This genre mashup of action-RPGs, strategy gameplay, and good ol' castle defense has had our forums going wild in anticipation, and soon they'll get to see if their anticipation is worth it...

A long-time App Store favorite is getting updated once again with fresh content. Disc Drivin' [$2.99 / Free / $4.99 (HD)], the turn-based racing game where you slide discs around tracks, trying to finish first ahead of your opponents, is getting its first update in a year and a half. It's getting updated to support the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, but the really exciting news? There's three new tracks getting added to the game. Here's one of them, a new ice track called Two Cool:..

An interesting documentary about the indie gaming scene is out today, called GameLoading: Rise of the Indies. Unlike Indie Game: The Movie, it's meant to be covering the scene and the rise of independent development over the last few years. There's plenty of footage of individual stories and how things like the App Store opened things up for established developers to branch out on their own, for long-time indies to have a shot at prosperity, and for people new to video game creation to make and even find an audience for their games...