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Rocketcat Games Exclusively Reveals 'Death Road to Canada' Launch Date and Update Plans

We have some big exclusive news to announce. Death Road to Canada, the latest game by Rocketcat Games and Madgarden, is releasing on on Wednesday, March 22nd. The randomly-generated road trip action-RPG has been on PC for a few months, but the mobile release just recently got finished up as big updates hit the PC version after launch. And in fact, the release of Death Road to Canada on iOS won't be the end. $7.99 will get you the game at launch, but much like Wayward Souls [$6.99], the price will steadily increase over time. A couple weeks later, some new content and features are being added in. This includes the sure to be much-requested MFi controller support, and even streaming straight from the app. The game will go to $8.99 then. A couple months down the road, another big content update will release, raising the game to $9.99...

While the last open-world puzzle adventure I reviewed had the torches and pitchforks out for me, I do love the concept of like, a Metroidvania style puzzle-adventure. Take Pan-Pan [$3.99], a weird little game that has you crash-landing on a strange planet. The parts of your ship that can be used by your crew to repair your jalopy and get back into flying are scattered all about. So, you have to set out and discover just what's going on, solving weird puzzles along the way in an open world. It's a game that is rather charming, and can be a bit frustrating due to some design decisions, but it's a fun experience to check out...




'Meganoid 2017' Now in Early Access on Android

Orangepixel's Meganoid 2017 has continued development and a lightspeed pace. And in fact, while the game's release date was announced recently, you can in fact play it now if you're on Android. An Early Access version of Meganoid 2017 is now available on Google Play. This one isn't done yet, as there's still some tweaking and balancing to be done to the game in order to make the difficulty feel just right, the core of the game is here...

Visiontrick Media has announced that it is releasing its "fourth-person puzzling-adventure" Pavilion [$3.99] on iOS and Mac on March 17th. Pavilion: Touch Edition will throw you into a world with no explanation or tutorials. You and the main character have to learn what's in the world and what the situation is for yourselves. Interaction with the environment and whatever elements pop up is key to discovering what is going on, and exploring the secrets of Pavilion...

One of the cool things about GDC is that many if not all of the talks are recorded, and made available in the GDC Vault for those who attended. However, some talks are uploaded to the Vault for free, so that anyone can watch. And a talk that is particularly relevant here has been uploaded: Butterscotch Shenanigans talking about the development of Crashlands [$4.99], and in particular the cancer ordeal that Sam Coster went through while making the game. It's called a postmortem, which seems particularly ironic here because Sam Coster is still alive! You can watch it here...

Intriguing Isometric Roguelike 'Rogue Wizards' Needs iOS Beta Testers

Spellbind Studios needs beta testers for their game Rogue Wizards. Originally released on Steam, they're bringing it iOS, and it looks like it'll be a great fit for the platform. This is a an isometric roguelike-inspired turn-based dungeon crawler, where you explore various procedrually-generated dungeons. Along the way, you'll get upgrdes, and help build up your town sanctuary. There are 18 different spells across six schools of magic to upgrade, with six pets and some NPCs to help you out along the way...

Get on the Space Train with 'Cosmic Express'

March 16th, 2017 2:18 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Release
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Draknek, the developer behind A Good Snowman is Hard to Build [$4.99], and his team have just released their latest puzzler, Cosmic Express [$4.99], on the App Store. This is a game existing in a rather optimistic future where passenger trains exist...in space! The space citizens have to get from point A to point B, but you only have so much room for passengers. So your paths have to arranged intelligently, such that you can pick up and drop people off when you pass by. ..

Night School Studio has brought their adventure game Oxenfree [$3.99] to iOS in a surprise release. Taking place from the perspective of Alex, you go to anovernight party on Edwards Island, an old military island. Already, this sounds like a bad idea. The good news is that you wind up accidentally opening up a ghostly gate and unleashing mysterious creatures into this realm! Well, that was certainly not one of you and your friends' brighter ideas, Alex. Even if these creatures are nice and friendly, perhaps a team of scientists, or Ghostbusters, prepared for the possibility that these creatures were in another realm for a good reason, would be ideal? ..

Spring is almost here! That's weird to say, what with blizzards hitting the northeast, and Texas being not blistering hot even in March, but that's climate change for you! Regardless, spring is coming quite soon, and with it, Drop Flip Seasons [$1.99] by Borderleap is getting its appropriate spring update. As the app got announced during winter, with the promise of future seasons, it only makes sense that the spring update is available now...

'Smite Rivals' Development "On Hold"

Hi-Rez Studios has announced that Smite Rivals, their entry into competitive mobile games with a collectable card arena game in the vein of Clash Royale [Free], has been put on hold. Hi-Rez president Stew Chisam says in a statement that "the game needs significant additional development before releasing." I would be interested if they feel like they need to differentiate more from Clash Royale. There are some differences in play, but the core concepts are very similar. Talking to Hi-Rez producers back at Hi-Rez Expo, they were interested in some new monetization tactics, though they had nothing definite to say about the game...

Travel Through Gorgeous Underwater Landscapes in 'Balrog'

Deer Cat Games has mostly been known for a myriad of Unity templates so far, but they're set to release a game of their own on mobile soon. Balrog will have you piloting a ship underwater, through ahnd-painted worlds. You'll see lost cities, and hidden worlds lost to the ocean as you fly ever forward. Check out the gorgeous trailer in action:..

Square Enix Montreal ahve been doing videos talking about their trilogy of GO games, and they've just released their video on Deus Ex GO [$4.99]. The video covers how this collaboration with sister studio Eidos Montreal (located a few blocks away, a walk that must be a lot better to make in spring and summer than in the snowy winter), and the later puzzle creation feature that was added a few months down the road...

Reliance Games has just launched Into the Badlands Blade Battle [Free], a new action game based on the AMC action series that is starting season 2 this weekend. Taking place in a world without guns but a lot of melee weaponry, in a sort of heightened reality where fighters have abilities that are exaggerated but not unrealistic, you play as Sunny and a ragtag group of fighters. Combat is bassed around a "one versus many" concept, so you'll be using taps and gestures to help fend off large numbers of enemies in combat. Characters that you unlock have different fighting styles that can help you out in different combat scenarios, with different characters able to go out on missions while you're idle to get new loot for you. Surviving in the Badlands against Barons and Clippers can be tough. Check out the exclusive reveal of the trailer below: ..

Catch and Collect All Sorts of Trinkets in 'Clawbert' This Week

HyperBeard Games, the folks behind titles such as The Balloons [Free], KleptoCats [Free] and Alchademy [Free], are back with a new published title. Clawbert, developed by Bow 3 Games, will have you playing the classic crane game/UFO catcher, in order to collect all sorts of cute toys and trinkets for your collection. Expect all sorts of references as KleptoCats and Alchademy have, and the joy of playing a crane game without having to sink tons of dollars in to possibly win something. I mean, your prizes are going to be virtual goods, but better to have virtual prizes than no prizes...

'FZ9: Timeshift' FPS Feature Bullet Time and Online Multiplayer

Vietnamese developer Hiker Games, developers of Gleam [Free] and Eraser [Free], are set to enter the first-person shooter genre on mobile with FZ9: Timeshift on mobile on March 21st. You'll be playing as government agent Mak, who was given a strange government serum that could potentially control time. After entering hibernation, he is awoken accidentally by terrorist group AS, and now he must fight them off on his way home...

There are plenty of good reasons to use iOS over Android, and Android over iOS. But the problem is that no matter which platform you use, there's always tradeoffs. But how far are you willing to go to bridge the gap? Are you willing to stick an entire Android phone on the back of your iPhone in order to get the best of both worlds? Well, that's what Esti's Eye is trying to do. Literally, it's just a case that has the guts of an entire Android phone on the back of an iPhone. Warning: video contains dabbing grandma...

Do you need some Missile Command-style action in your life, albeit with more robots and more slime falling from the sky? I don't know why you'd want that specifically, hypothetical person, but if so, then just the game for you has released. Slime-ball-istic Mr. Missile [Free] has you defending the world's great cities from slime falling from the sky. Taking control of the eponymous Mr. Missle, you launch missiles ahead of their aiming spots, trying to hit them before they hit buildings. If enough slimes hit a building, that building is lost to the slimes forever. In Montreal, you can lose the Stade olympique. Where will the Expos play now?..

Once, golf was hard. Then, golf was a battle. But then, the madman Colin Lane realized he could advance golf so far, that golf would have to spin all the way around to zero. It took him and Brad Erkkila to bring this monstrous creation to life. And now, it is finally here. Golf Zero [Free], a combination of trial platforming and golf, is now available on the App Store...

The latest game in the series of Apple indie games features has just released, as the oracle foretold. Bit City [Free], the newest game by Nimblebit, is now available for your perusal. Towers are so 2012. Entire cities are 2017. This one combines elements of city builders with clickers. You build out your city with various buildings, while using the earnings to buy idle revenue generators. Also, there's that giant build button that you can mash to build new buildings as you buy more and more land...

Miro Straka, in collaboration with Blek [$2.99] developer Kunabi Brother, has just released Euclidean Lands [$3.99] the App Store. If you like the mind-bending impossible-geometry puzzles of Monument Valley [$3.99], this should be up your alley. You'll tap to move your protagonist around, while finding paths to move by manipulating the landscape to your advantage. There's also a combat aspect, as you have to create paths to where you can take out enemies without being in their path. So, throw a bit of the Square Enix Montreal Go series in there, too...