Author Archives: Carter Dotson


Spunge Games Needs Beta Testers for 'Faily Skater'

Spunge Games is expanding their Faily universe that started with Faily Brakes [Free] and expanded with Faily Rider [Free] to skateboarding. Faily Skater will have you playing as Phil Faily, who has clearly learned nothing after his many transportation incidents in the previous two games. Now, he finds himself on a skateboard. Without proper protection...going downhill...through a busy city full of traffic. This is not going to end well for Phil. It will end well for you, if watching Phil wipe out in ever more chaotic ways is good to you, you sick monster you. Development has just started, so art here is very unfinished:..

'Dragon's Watch' is a Social RPG Designed for Western Audiences

London-based developer The Secret Police has a curious proposition for mobile gamers. What they're doing with Dragon's Watch is to try and make a social RPG, the kind that's been mega-popular in Asian markets but hasn't necessarily ruled the charts in the west, but aim for a western audience. With a western development team targeting western gamers, they want to try and appeal to an audience that hasn't necessarily spent a lot of money on social RPGs. Yet, their early work looks pretty solid, with some quality animations, and promising one-handed gameplay. Oh, and Dragon's Watch will not require an internet connection:..




'Party Pugs: Beach Puzzle GO' Throws a Winter Beach Party on January 12th

It may be winter in the northern hemisphere, but that doesn't mean that you can't dream of a beach party...involving pugs? All 4 Games, the UK publisher that has undergone a mobile publishing initiative that has brought games such as Super Arc Light [$1.99] to mobile, has a game set to release on January 12th that delivers on the weird premise I set out. Party Pugs: Beach Puzzle GO from Steely Glint Games will have you controlling a pug trying to get its beach party on by moving in turn-based fashion around grid-based levels and collecting various MacGuffins and coins, some of which you have to dig up. All the while, you're avoiding the cops and various beach bros while getting back to the party bus. ..

'The Astonishing' Game Based on Dream Theater Concept Album Launches in February

While news has been quiet since the game's original reveal, Turbo Tap Games and progressive metal band Dream Theater's collaboration on The Astonishing, a game based on the concept album of the same name, is set to release in February. This digital board/strategy game, inspired by Turbo Tape's UHR-Warlords [$3.99 (HD)], the game will reenact the album's story from both sides of the conflict between the Raveskill Rebel Militia and the totalitarian Great Northern Empire of the Americas, with players taking on both campaigns that meet in an endgame scenario. Along with following the album's story, instrumentals of the album's music will provide the game's soundtrack, along with video material that was only available during live shows of The Astonishing in 2016...

Wave Light Games has released Demon's Rise 2 [$7.99], but Demon's Rise 1 [$4.99] is not getting left behind. In fact, the original is now catching up with Demon's Rise 2. Wave Light has just updated the game with a bunch of graphical and UI improvements, iCloud save synchronization, new rules to move multiple times in a turn, and updated graphics and audio. Some of the models got an update to look better, too:..

So Why Were the 'Mega Man' Mobile Ports Botched?

January 5th, 2017 8:00 PM EST by Carter Dotson in News
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The release of the 6 Mega Man [$1.99] games on mobile this morning made us ask one pertinent question, to quote the late, great Vince Lombardi: "What the hell's going on out here?" Ars Technica talked about the badness of the ports, and a commenter stepped forward to claim that they worked on Mega Man 2 for iOS – the initial, maligned release that is no longer available on the App Store – and the issues they had at Capcom Mobile, aka Beeline...

Rocketcat Games to "Focus Entirely on iOS" Version of 'Death Road to Canada' After Completion of Latest Update

There are two PC games that everybody has been getting on about as to their potential iOS release: The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth and Death Road to Canada. Isaac is a whole other animal, but at least Rocketcat Games is putting the hammer down and finishing up Death Road to Canada for iOS. Kepa Auwae of Rocketcat Games went on our forums to talk about the plans for the iOS game:..

We had a rough idea when Nintendo would be talking about the Nintendo Switch, but the specifc time of a consumer-facing presentation is now known to us. A Treehouse Live talking about the upcoming portable-console hybrid will be happening on January 13th, at 9:30 AM EST. You'll be able to watch the presentation on both their YouTube and Twitch channels. This time is 11:30 PM in Japan, so it appears to be separate from the Switch media and analyst event happening in Tokyo on the 13th (but will be the 12th in the US)...

In 2016, the first week of the year saw Clash Royale [Free] hit mobile in soft launch, setting the pace for what the rest of the year would bring. 2017 has seen yet another landmark release that has caused a seismic shift in the mobile gaming landscape. That game...is Vape Master [Free]...

Nvidia has announced a refresh of the Nvidia Shield TV, and it's intriguing because it seems that they're stepping a bit away from it as a gaming console, and more into the streamer and smart home hub market. Oh, they're still mentioning games, and they include native Android versions of Tomb Raider and The Witness (the mobile version lives!) as coming to the platform. And the in-home PC game streaming is getting expanded with support for Steam Big Picture, meaning this could actually serve as a replacement for the Steam Link, as well. But the processor is still the Tegra X1 with 3 GB of RAM, same as the original released in 2015. In fact, Nvidia's press release keeps calling this a streamer, and not a game console. It's certainly a capable device still – more than capable of 4K HDR video, and it runs games quite well – but the hardware upgrades are a bit more subtle, yet intriguing in terms of software...

Hi-Rez Reveals 'Smite Rivals', Their Take on 'Clash Royale'

Hi-Rez Studios is bringing a new spin on their popular Smite MOBA to mobile, with Smite Rivals. Described as a "collectable card arena," you'll be taking a deck of 8 units – one of which is a god from among Smite's pantheon of gods from various cultures – into battle, trying to take down your opponent in three-minute battles. Each side has 3 towers and a base to take down, with an overtime period if the number of towers is tied at the end of regulation. If you've played Clash Royale [Free], then you'll be immediately familiar with the basic mechanics of Smite Rivals, but Hi-Rez has applied a few of their own twists to the formula...

'Xenoraid' Shmup from 10tons Hits the App Store on January 12th

10tons released the spectacular Neon Chrome [$9.99] in late 2016 on iOS, and they're kicking 2017 off with another port to iOS, the space shooter Xenoraid, which will release on January 12th. This shmup will have you commanding a fleet of upgradeable ships that you can swap between in the heat of combat, as you blast through enemy waves and boss fights. A campaign mode will feature 40 levels that have dynamic enemy formations, so you have a rough idea of what to expect per level, but can't memorize what's going to happen. Plus, there's three endless survival stages that you can play through...

'Malevolent Machines' Boss Fight Trailer Revealed

Goodnight Games is hard at work on Malevolent Machines, getting it ready for its February 7th release date. Their latest reveal from the game is how the boss fighting works. Battles take place in two phases: you use the Juggerbot to fend off the boss' first form, then protagonist Leyla will face the boss one on one. The video shows off how you tap to fire, and contend with countering enemy shots to find an opening:..

Crescent Moon Games has announced that Atomic Super Lander [$2.99], developed by bitWeird, has gotten a 1.1 update that brings some new features to the game. Asteroids now have checkpoints, allowing you to continue from the various points, which should help make taking on thse asteroids just a bit easier. Booster packs can be purchased that offer more upgrades for players. Put the super into Atomic Super Lander with these new features...

Telltale's The Walking Dead: A New Frontier [$4.99] now has the first episode for free on iOS. This is a bit early for a Telltale game to go with the first episode free model like this, but Telltale's kind of pulled a switcheroo. For a limited time, episode 2 was available for free in the app. It still went through Apple's in-app purchase system, but the price was set to free:..

2017's starting off with a jump scare! Scott Cawthon has just released Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location [$2.99] for iOS. Taking place at Circus Baby's Pizza World, you'll be trying to survive more creepy toys that have come to life and are trying to murder you, and at best case, scare you with the series' patented brand of horror...

Borderleap's 'Drop Flip Seasons' Will Bring Wintry Physics to the App Store

Borderleap is jumping into the new year with a sequel to last year's Drop Flip [Free]. Drop Flip Seasons will bring some new levels to the fun physics game. You'll still be manipulating objects in order to get the ball from the top of the level into the bucket, but the game is intended to feature themed level packs based on the different seasons. At launch, there will be 40 winter levels, but the plan is for there to be updates throughout the year with new levels for each season as they pass. Plus, pre-season updates with bonus levels will arrive over the year...

Philipp Stollenmayer, developer of such games like Sometimes You Die [$1.99], Okay? [Free], and Pancake - The Game [Free], has updated his game Zip-Zap [$1.99] with 32 new levels with a twist. Literally, these levels force you to twist your device from portrait into landscape mode in order to play them. ..

Heal Thyself with Explosions in 'Remedy Rush' from 'Pivvot' Developer Whitaker Trebella

Whitaker Trebella, developer of Piloteer [$2.99], Pivvot [$2.99], and Polymer [$2.99], is back with a new game, shockingly not starting with a P. Remedy Rush has you trying to advance as far as possible through dynamic mazes, utilizing Bomberman-style explosions to clear your path and enemies. The concept is that you're a remedy making its way through a body, trying to fend off the coming sickness and the germs in your way. Toxins you bump into will have different explosion radiuses that can clear paths and destroy germs. You can also use a health burst to damage walls, enemies, and toxins around you to help clear a path forward, but running out of health is game over...

Pixeljam has revived their Flash game Snowball! [$1.99] for Steam and mobile, and the world is better off with this charming pinball game. The whole game is just one table, but it's an entertaining table, and a game that's absolutely gorgeous for pixel art aficionados, especially on a big enough screen. The table is intended to take place on the side of a mountain, with the pinball being a Snowball!, the flippers being wooden contraptions operated by people, and the area where your ball falls into being a campfire that melts the ball. It's charming...