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If you haven't checked out Severed [$3.99], the first-person sword-slicing Metroidvania by Drinkbox Studios, then now's a good time as the game is on sale for $3.99. But there's another good reason if you have a modern iPhone, as Drinkbox has just updated the game with 3D Touch support. Now, using 3D Touch, you can easily trigger the map to expand without having to pause the game, making exploring the game world just a bit more convenient than it was before...

'Fieldrunners Attack' from Subatomic Studios Set to Launch Worldwide in December

Subatomic's upcoming raiding-strategy take on Fieldrunners was soft launched last year under the name Fieldrunners: Hardhat Heroes, and was set to be published by Flaregames. Well, the game still exists, but now Subatomic Studios are publishing it themselves, and have given it a new name: Fieldrunners Attack. You'll have to deal with various heroes and your units as you attack other players, while still utilizing tower defense tactics to create a base that will repel opponents as well as you possibly can...




'Space Madness' by Naquatic is an Experiment in Game Theory and Space Monkeys

Naquatic is back with an interesting multiplayer experiment in game theory...that also stars monkeys in space. Space Madness puts you and two other players with the task of trying to not hit the red self-destruct button in the next 10 minutes before the journey ends. As you travel along, diamonds are accumulated. Everyone makes it there in one piece, and each player gets all the diamonds that are accumulated, an artifact, and lightyears based on how far you traveled in your mission. Seems easy enough, right? Well, here's the catch: if someone hits that self-destruct button, they'll get whatever diamonds have been collected, and nobody gets an artifact. Oh, and you all have stun guns. You can send premade chat messages, and the gyroscope in your device will communicate body language, so...this could be interesting...

Perhaps the most pressing question around the iOS gaming enthusiast space is "When does Binding of Isaac release?" To which I have to say "I don't know!" A lot of people keep thinking that it's imminent to drop on the App Store any second, but Tyrone Rodriguez of Nicalis, the game's publisher, is here to tell you to hold your horses, but also to get excited. Beta testing for Binding of Isaac for iOS is still underway, with a planned expansion of testing rather soon. Oh, and while the game is still a bit away, the plan is for the game to release this year, coinciding with the release of Binding of Isaac: Afterbirth+ on PC...

Kurechii, the studio behind Tiny Guardians [$0.99] and King's League: Odyssey [$0.99], has announced its newest game, Postknight. Oh, and they need the community's help to test the game out. You will play as a postknight – not a post-knight in the way that like post-rock is a music genre – a knight who makes dangerous deliveries. You'll travel the world, completing dangerous tasks, getting sweet loot and rewards along the way. Equipment will affect your character's look, you can blend together special potions, and utilize a variety of skills...

The fine folks at Firi Games are hard at work on a big 2.0 update for Phoenix 2 [Free] that will bring some new content and big changes to the unique shoot 'em up. The game's structure is getting revamped to where a new league system will be in play. Each league has a daily mission, and if the player completes the mission, they go to the next league the next day. Each league will have its own leaderboard as well. A bunch of balance changes are being introduced as well, particularly with special abilities. Like, the mega laser will shoot faster but can't be moved around any more...

Ubisoft has set Rayman Classic [Free] to free on iOS and Android, but this isn't just a Black Friday sale. This is a permanent move to free, with the game now being free with ads. And unfortunately, Ubisoft has neglected to make the game not display ads for people that already owned the game. The IAP to remove ads is only $0.99, but still – this is poor behavior...

'Bullet Force' FPS Soft Launches in Singapore

Bullet Force, the first-person shooter developed by a guy who just graduated this year...from high school...has soft launched in Singapore. The FPS has been available in beta form on Android for a while, but now you don't have to clamor for beta access to this one, or have to use Android like some kind of villainous clod named Carter Dotson. For example. We have a guide on how to download soft launch games if you want to get your hands on this one...

Ready to get to do some racing in jet skis? Well, good news: Riptide GP Renegade [$2.99] is now available for $0.99 for Black Friday. The game has you racing through ruined urban environments, trying to take first place by doing stunts to get turbo boosts. The coins you earn can be used to unlock upgrades and new stunts, with more elaborate stunts earning more turbo but requiring more hang time to pull them off. And of course, the game has a unique feeling to it because you're racing on water – and finding the quick waves to do stunts on is key to getting first place. ..

Nitrome has put out a surprise release on the App Store: Hop Swap [Free]. This is a platformer where you have to contend with gravity being pointed at a line at the center of the screen, with platforming taking place on either side of it, with the ability to swap between sides of the screen. And momentum carries over from one side to the other, so you can jump on one side, dive to the other side, and maintain momentum. That will come into play, so learning how the mechanics work is key to survival. That, and making sure your brain isn't broken by the gravity-flipping...

There are two reasons to give thanks today: not only do we get to watch a ton of football and eat a ton of food and only feel kind of guilty about the societal ramifications for both, but there are also game sales. If you've been curious to check out Limbo [$4.99] from Playdead, then good news: the game is about as cheap as you can get it without it being free on mobile, as the game is currently $0.99 for Thanksgiving/Black Friday...

The next game from Dong Nguyen's dotGears, creator of Flappy Bird and Swing Copters [Free], is coming to iOS and Android on December 15th. The game is Ninja Spinki Challenges, and details are few and far between other than the release date and platforms. The game is being published by Obokaidem, a Japanese publisher that is responsible for Green the Planet [Free] and Pick-Xell [Free] – and they're calling it a "Ninja Training Simulation Game." Though Green the Planet is called a "Relaxing Greenery Simulation Game" so we'll see just what that means...

Blow Up a Robot Walrus with Dynamite in the Soft Launched 'Evil Factory'

Nexon M has soft launched an interesting little action game called Evil Factory on the Philippines App Store. Developed by Team Chili, you have to invade the evil factory of the Kraken, trying to take down their forces using just an endless amount of dynamite and the occasion subweapon like a flamethrower. Each level presents you with a unique challenge, with a set of enemies or a boss that you have to take down without taking any damage. The more you play, the more unique main and subweapons you'll pick up...

'Deus Ex Go' Puzzle Maker Update Now Available

November 23rd, 2016 3:00 PM EST by Carter Dotson in News, Updates
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The Puzzle Maker update is available right now for Deus Ex Go [$1.99], along with the game being on sale for $1.99. I've gotten to play around with the pre-release version of the Puzzle Maker, and what's nice about it is that it's very intuitive. For starters, the game doesn't just give you a blank canvas, it gives you a random barebones puzzle already. You can then build on it by adding tiles and paths, moving and replacing items, traps, and units. It still gives you some freedom to create what you want, but the idea is that this is meant to engage people who might not otherwise get involved with this sort of feature. The Puzzle Maker gives you a nice nudge on your way to creating content. Plus, there are rewards for making puzzles that people like: more of the chests that give you additional undos and resets that have been added into the game...

Wave Light Games has been keeping busy with both Demon's Rise games – the original got a major update right before the sequel came out, and the sequel, Demon's Rise 2: Lords of Chaos [$7.99], just released but is already the recipient of a major update. The big feature worth mentioning is that the character roster has expanded by 2. Now you can play as the Feral Ogre, and the Tenaclid Overmind. The ogre is a big brute as you might expect, but the Tenaclid Overmind? That ole wizard's got mind-control powers to rule the battlefield by making enemies fight each other. The character roster is smaller than Demon's Rise [$4.99] but has plenty of uniqueness for itself. Plus, the Demon Knight got a new character model...

If you still haven't checked out the Infinity Blade games, I'm not here to admonish you. There's a ton of games out there and it's hard to keep up with every single one. I miss out on games and mobile games is my life! But with the holiday season hopefully bringing some downtime to you, this means that if you've wanted to see what the fuss is all about with the Infinity Blade series, as all 3 games are on sale:..

'Swap Sword' is a Fun Match-3 Roguelike Coming in December

AP Thomson and Diego Garcia – whose art you know from Sunburn [$2.99] and Peter Panic [Free] – have teamed up to make a new game called Swap Sword, hitting iOS on December 1st. This is a match-3 roguelike game, where your character is a tile on the board. You take a turn either by moving your character (and attacking an enemy) or matching 3 tiles in a row. The tiles include enemies, which can be eliminated by matching 3 of them, or attacking them with your character. Keys have to be matched to unlock the exit that becomes a tile on the board that you need to get to. And maybe don't blow it up with the dynamite tiles that appear. Dawdle too long on the board, and an unbeatable enemy will appear...

Umbrella Announces Four New Titles Including 'Void Jumping'

Umbrella's hard at work on a new game of their own, but their litany of published titles continues onward and onward in the coming weeks, as they have four new games to announce. First up, there is Void Jumping, set to release this week on the 24th. You'll have to jump from platform to platform, heading through the occasional void that will change the way that you jump. Good luck with that!..

With turkey, football, and awkward political conversations with your uncles set to happen on Thanksgiving this Thursday, that also means that it's time for some iOS game sales. While they're a bit slwo to start up this year, there's a couple pairs of titles worth checking out at discounts...

'Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore' Trailers Reveal New Story and Ship Details

With Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore nearing its global launch, Deep Silver Fishlabs is revealing more content from the game in the weeks ahead of its release. Two new trailers have been released today. The first talks about the Neox sector that the game takes place in, setting up some of the story and atmosphere for what you can expect from the game:..