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Apple Store Now Selling the MOGA Rebel

September 23rd, 2014 4:16 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News

The MOGA Rebel launched last week on MOGA's site, but now you can pick it up direct from Apple and from Apple Stores. A listing has gone up on the Apple Store site today listing the MOGA Rebel for its standard $79.95 price. And you can pick it up at certain stores today, in case you want to go pick it up right now. This certainly makes it more convenient to pick up the gamepad when you're buying your new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus – which the controller's extendable arm supports...

'Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge' Coming in October, New Screens and Details Released

One Man Left has been quietly tinkering away on Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge, a spin-off of Tilt to Live 2 [$2.99] that started off as DLC reimagining of the gauntlet mode from the original Tilt to Live [$2.99 / Free (HD) / Free], and the good news is that the standalone game is now nearing completion. Release is scheduled for October exclusively on iOS, and we've got some new screens and details on the game...

Duke Dashington [$1.99] released a couple of weeks ago, and I enjoyed the game, but thought that there were some additions that could be made to the game to improve its longevity, without necessarily adding new content. The developer, Adventure Island, has promised that they were coming in an update, and they have delivered: Duke Dashington 1.1 is out right now, bringing a new time trial mode and Game Center to the game...

Alpha Dog Games' Wraithborne [Free] has gotten its first update in over a year. Typically such an update, especially timed around an iOS release, would be about just updating the game for the new iOS version and new devices, which this one does, yes – there's iOS 8 support and iPhone 6 and 6 Plus compatbility. But the game has also gotten some new contents, and has been made into a free-to-play title...

Halfbrick's announced that a big update is coming to Fruit Ninja [$0.99 / Free / $1.99 (HD) / Free (HD)] in October. The game's being rebuilt from scratch, according to Halfbrick, and will boast a new menu system in this updated version, that will launch in "early October." One of the key details of the updated version of the game is that it will take the dojos and blades, which were at one point only cosmetic items, and give them gameplay effects. For example, the Great Wave dojo will spawn up to ten fruit at once, and the Autumn Blade creates a tornado when it slices pineapples. ..

There are plenty of negative things to be said about Goat Simulator [$4.99]. Its controls are difficult to manage, and lead to many awkward camera angles and difficult attempts at navigating. The visuals...are not the peak of 3D modeling. The world is a bit small, and while there's plenty of nooks and crannies to explore, you can see most of this game in a short amount of time. The game's general clumsiness makes it difficult to manage the skill-based aspects, and to complete some of the achievements. And the game is generally kinda buggy, with the goat's head getting stuck and warped in fences, occasionally just falling through the earth, and the odd crash or two. The whole thing is a joke that runs its course not too long after playing it...

10tons Soft Launches Their Bloody Dual-Stick Shooter 'Crimsonland HD' in Canada

10tons' Crimsonland is a game that's well before its time, being a top-down dual-stick shooter with RPG elements, from back in 2003. Well, 10tons has decided to revisit the title, and has has been remastering the game for modern platforms, including mobile, and they've soft-launched Crimsonland HD in Canada for iOS. Essentially, this is the same game that you can buy on Steam and PS4 right now, but playable on your iPhone or iPad. It's a rather bloody game, and involves taking out large hordes of enemies as they come in, picking up different weapons that spawn, with more weapons that unlock over time as you play. There's 60 total levels across 3 difficulties, with 5 survival levels as well...

'FOTONICA' Review - A Running Riot

I'm going to take a guess, dear reader, and say that you have played an endless runner or two hundred. I don't think you've played anything on mobile quite like Fotonica [$2.99]. It's an auto-runner by way of Mirror's Edge [$0.99 / $9.99 (HD)] – not the side-scrolling game, but the original game, in first-person, all in a wireframe style. The entire game is played with one touch, but it's not tap-to-jump. Essentially, tapping and holding on the screen descends to the ground, and allows the runner to pick up speed, while letting go jumps in the air. When jumping, trying to land with this rapid descent is important to maintain speed, as bonus points are earned for running fast enough that the world turns gold...

Unfortunately, it looks like the iOS 8 update has a pretty nasty bug in it for owners of Bluetooth MFi gamepads. The MOGA Rebel and SteelSeries Stratus both are getting reports that they're experiencing laggy performance and showing up as two different controllers at once. I personally can confirm that the SteelSeries Stratus is getting these issues on the iPad Mini Retina – often after switching between games, or reconnecting after turning off the controller, performance suffers, and the gamepad shows up twice. Age of Zombies [$0.99], which just got an update with local co-op, demonstrates that a single Stratus can appear twice:..

I am willing to admit that I have a soft spot for challenging, minimalist arcade games. The thing that fascinates me about something like a Super Hexagon [$2.99] or Flappy Bird is the way that such small concepts can be designed in such ways that they inspire constant replayability despite having such simple concepts. And in the case of Flappy Bird, it's possible for these games to succeed accidentally. It's an absolutely fascinating genre. So, seeing Hyper Trip [$1.99], I found myself curious to see if this could be something special, as I dug its concept of controlling a square through mazes, not unlike a Tron lightcycle. And certainly, it's a challenging game, requiring quick reactions to avoid the maze walls that pop up, with four modes the feature increasingly-challenging layouts. Certainly, it falls into my line of interest, but it left me not as satisfied as I hoped...

Gameloft hyped up Modern Combat 5: Blackout [$6.99] as being one of the best-looking mobile games ever. Screen space ambient occlusion? Oh yeah, it's got that. So with Metal poised to deliver better graphics performance on iOS devices, it would make sense that one of the first games to be updated with it would be Modern Combat 5. Thankfully, Gameloft believes in a just universe, and has updated the first-person shooter with Metal support on iOS 8 for iPhone 5S, iPad Air, iPad Mini Retina, and iPhone 6/6+, after doing the same for Asphalt 8 [Free] yesterday...

Remember how Age of Zombies [$0.99] got updated out of nowhere back in June, promising that more updates were coming? And then Halfbrick added in Abraham Lincoln in another update? Well, they've just updated their venerable dual-stick shooter again with local co-op support. That's right, it's now possible to have Barry Steakfries and Abraham Lincoln fight side-by-side against waves of zombies all throughout history...while riding a zombie T-Rex. Truly, we live in wonderful times...

App Bundles Officially Live on the App Store, with 'Complete My Bundle' Discounts

App Bundles started rolling out yesterday on the App Store as iOS 8 officially launched, and a wide number of publishers and developers are featuring discounts for variously-grouped bundles. We featured some of the Crescent Moon bundles yesterday which are all now live, but there's 30 total bundles right now. ..

One of the coolest new App Store features with iOS 8 are App Bundles, which allow developers and publishers to sell several of their apps together in one package at a discount. And one of the first publishers to take advantage of app bundles is the prolific Crescent Moon Games. They're launching five different bundles, all at major discounts from the games' regular prices. The bundles aren't live quite yet, but word on the street is to expect these to go live at or around midnight Pacific time if not sooner as new iOS 8 content rolls out on the App Store. As for the Crescent Moon bundles, here's what you can pick up once they go live, with each title below linked to the bundle's URL on iTunes:..

With iOS 8 rolling out right now, there's plenty of games getting updates for the new iOS. And with the new Metal graphics library rolling out, Gameloft has decided to update Asphalt 8: Airborne [Free] with support for Metal. For the iPhone 5S, iPad Air, and iPad Mini Retina, along with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, this means that the game is going to look better than ever. But spiffier graphics aren't the only thing: there's a new Metal-exclusive season that's been added to the game, which boasts a large number of opponents – three times as many as any other Asphalt game. Race all the cars!..