Author Archives: Carter Dotson


If you're looking for a turn-based strategy game or three to check out this weekend, I have good news: Rubicon Development's Great War Game series is free all weekend. This includes Great Little War Game HD [Free] which is universal and free, its massive follow-up Great Big War Game [Free], and Great Little War Game 2 [Free] which features portrait play, perfect if you need something for on the go. ..

'Bumper Tank Battle' from 'Cubed Rally Racer' Creator Coming Next Week

The best way to describe Jared Bailey's next game is that it's Joust with tanks, and yeah, that is pretty much what Bumper Tank Battle is. Releasing next Thursday, October 30th, this is the latest in a series of micro-games that the creator of Cubed Rally Racer [$0.99 / $1.99 (HD)] has been making, following Wrong Way Racing [Free] and Bowl Faster [Free]. The objective here is to drive a tank around an arena, destroying other tanks, but not by shooting at them. No, it's about crashing into them with the front of the tank at a spot that isn't also the front of their tank, indicated by a small colored section of the circle surrounding each tank. ..

'Proun+' Will Finally Bring the Artsy Tunnel Racer to iOS

Dutch developer Joost van Dongen's Proun was a successful indie racing game made a few years ago that had been on a lot of folks' wishlists for a port to iOS, especially after last year's announcement that it was coming soon. Now three years after the original's release, Engine Software has teamed up with van Dongen to make Proun+ a reality for iOS, coming soon. This is a modern-art-inspired tunnel racing game where the goal is to rotate a ball down a path replete with a variety of obstacles, with the ability to brake and boost, though as opposed to being something of a time-survival game, this has you racing against computerized opponents, with an objective to complete levels as quickly as possible...

Remedy Entertainment, known for making games like Alan Wake, the original Max Payne [$2.99] and the original Death Rally [$0.99], have just released their first mobile-exclusive game, Agents of Storm [Free] to the App Store. This is a take on the free-to-play base builder formula, but with a singleplayer focus: players build out a base with defenses and units, going out on missions with their units, as their units automatically attack, with the goal being to destroy the enemy base in each level. There are social hooks to get assistance from friends and compete to have the biggest and best base, but if you're the anti-social type, this may be for you, though this is a free-to-play game and requires online connectivity...

Check Out the Stylish Trailer for the Upcoming 'Vektor: The Courier'

Turkish developer chkkll has a nifty upcoming endless action game coming out next Wednesday, called Vektor: The Courier. Players control a motorcycle rider, weaving through traffic, and fighting off other riders while dodging cars and just generally trying to stay alive as things get more intense. The score isn't shown while playing, so it's just about focusing on the task at hand. Check out the trailer to see the game and hear its soundtrack in action:..

I found myself kind of curious about Wavefront [$0.99] when I saw that it was published by DeNA – and it wasn't a free-to-play game. It started out as Waveform on PC, and now has been brought to iOS under the new name, for unknown reasons. Curious. But it still doesn't answer why this was published by DeNA, as this game is paid without IAP at all, which is even odder given that it's, well, DeNA. Did I wake up in bizarro universe? Perhaps not, but Wavefront is an interesting enough puzzler worth checking out...

I enjoy this current trend of games that are easy to pick up and play, but also present a challenge. And really, Swap Heroes hits a lot of my buttons. It's built for short sessions, winds up being challenging and highly replayable, and oh, it has pixel art. It's perfect for quick sessions, but delivers a challenge that demands practice to get better at it, though randomness does wind up hurting the experience a bit...

Have you ever played Big Buck Hunter and thought "I'm so good at this game, they should pay me to play it?" Well, there are the Big Buck Hunter World Championships in Minneapolis on October 24th, which I have just learned are a thing and are sponsored by both Old Milwaukee beer and Twitch, which is an amzing combination of sponsors. You can actually watch the tournament being streamed on Twitch this weekend. But I fear it might be a bit late to enter for this year's tournament. But the good news is that the iOS Big Buck Hunter Pro Tournament Edition [Free] is trying to make your dreams of winning money for playing Big Buck Hunter come true...

'Train Conductor 3' Resurrects The Voxel Agents' 2010 Train Puzzler

The Voxel Agents have announced that they are working on Train Conductor 3, the latest in their series, of, well, train conducting games. Apparently Australians don't mess around with the names of games. Look at Fruit Ninja [$0.99 / Free], or Jetpack Joyride [Free], both games that accurately describe what they are. So goes Train Conductor. The third entry in the series, the first since Train Conductor 2: USA [$1.99], which came out in 2010 but was recently updated for the iPhone 6/+, takes the train action to Europe and the Golden Age of steam trains, helping to get trains to their destinations all over Europe. One of the new challenges to take on are curved tracks, which will throw a wrinkle into preventing train collisions...

'Galactic Keep: Dice Battles' Development Update Indicates Game May be Near Completion

Galactic Keep: Dice Battles is still in the works, and Gilded Skull has just posted a development update on our forums about the latest addition to the upcoming game. The first 'core' module of the game has been done, with scripted events completed, maps balanced out and all that good stuff. They're working on mid-battle saving as well, before getting to final bug fixes and play balancing. The light's at the end of the tunnel for this game to finally see the light of day!..

Rovio's got a curious new title out today from their new LVL11 publishing initiative, called Retry [Free]. It's seemingly their take on the whole Flappy Bird craze, asking, can we make a challenging arcade-style game with pixel art...but also make it free-to-play friendly, and with a three star system? Sure! Players control a plane with a single tap-and-hold, which allows it fly upwards and spin backwards. This is a problem as the goal is generally to fly forwards to the end goal. So, light tapping is needed to stay on the straight and narrow, with coins to collect and even secret paths to find in the game's levels. ..

Check Out the Alpha Trailer for 'Crashlands' from the Creators of 'Quadropus Rampage'

Butterscotch Shenanigans, creators of one of the isometric roguelike-inspired Quadropus Rampage [Free], have been hard at work on Crashlands, their next full game. This is agenre-crossing game that will mix together survival gameplay, collecting and managing resources in harsh environments, with RPG hack 'n slash action, with Minecraft-style crafting and building elements. There will also be the ability to tame all the creatures you meet in the world, with narrative elements to help tie everything together. It's not quite a sandbox game – there's an actual story traveling through here...

'Puzzle to the Center of the Earth' from Foursaken Media Drops on Thursday

Foursaken Media's Puzzle to the Center of the Earth is coming out this Thursday, October 23rd. You've played puzzle platformers before, but this is quite literally a puzzle platformer, where making matches of at least three blocks is necessary to move the protagonist around the levels, with a limited number of matches able to be made per level, and secrets to help dig up. As well, certain formulas of matches can be made in order to do things like blow up a whole heap of blocks at once. And all this is in order to find secrets and get to the bottom of the level in one piece...

'Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge' Releases on Thursday

Tired of being teased by Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge these past few months, and are finally ready to play it yourself? Well, you don't have to wait much longer, as the game is finally releasing this Thursday, October 23rd. The plan is for it to be $2.99 with no IAP, and will be an iOS exclusive, so you can tell your Android nerd friends to just go and deal with that. ..

'Broken Age' Act 1 on Sale for $4.99

October 21st, 2014 12:43 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News
$4.99 Buy Now

If you've been curious about Broken Age [$4.99 (HD)], Double Fine's point-and-click adventure game that set off a whole Kickstarter furor that rages on to this day, well, now is a good time, as the first episode is on sale right now for $4.99. The second episode is still in the works, and will be available as a separate in-app purchase, but you can nab the first episode for half-off the normal price right now – and the game as a whole is $24.99 for the whole shebang on desktop, so hey, you're saving more money...