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Monument Valley [$3.99] has just been updated with a free chapter, Ida's Dream, which is available now for all users on both iOS and Android. If you have an Android device and haven't played Monument Valley, then you can pick it up for free on the Amazon Appstore now until about 11:00 PM Pacific Time on July 25th. Any Android device can install the Amazon Appstore and get this for free, not just Fire OS devices, so hop on this if you want the game without paying...

Heads up if you have an Android device – Geometry Wars 3 [$4.99] is now available on both Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. Regardless of whether you go with a standard Android device, or one of the Amazon flavors, you can play this fantastic dual-stick shooter for yourself. It's got all the features of the iOS version, meaning it's got all the content of the console versions from when they launched (the "Evolved" expansion isn't on mobile yet), a one-handed auto-fire setting, and support for Bluetooth controllers...

'The Executive' from the Creator of 'Pizza vs. Skeletons' Releases Next Week

Riverman Media, creators of Pizza vs. Skeletons [$4.99 / Free], are finally releasing their next big game, months after Jared previewed it: The Executive will crash through a window and punch a werewolf in the face worldwide on July 2nd. While the game has elements of clickers, Riverman Media is promising that this one will have a premium price and no in-app purchases whatsoever. Check out a new trailer below:..

I reviewed the fascinating Last Voyage [$0.99] by Semidome back in April, and the developer has just decided to double the number of chapters in this abstract game. It's still something that defies any sort of genre classification, as it goes through multiple genres, and this update introduces a number of new game mechanics, like tilt-based puzzles to try and solve, or even to just sit back and experience. The whole thing still doesn't make much sense, but it's still really pretty. And hey, there's new music, checkpoints, and achievements to get...

Indian studio Rolocule, who are known for their motion-based games, released Dead Among Us [Free] to the App Store this month, but they're hard at work on updating Bowling Central [Free], to version 2.0. Along with a free price, there's a cool new feature: Apple Watch support. If you have a watch, you'll be able to use it to play the game by swinging your arm like you're actually bowling a ball once you get updated to the new watchOS 2 (or right now if you're brave enough to run the beta). This works both with running the game on the device, or beaming the game to an Apple TV...

The beauty of mobile and this era of digital distribution is that with small games, we can see how games can become wildly different affairs from the same idea. Sure, this is the same system that leads to rampant cloning, but sometimes you see developers legitimately iterate on the same idea. Take Hue Ball [Free], for instance. It credits Wouter Visser's Gimme Friction Baby as its inspiration. This is the same game that inspired Orbital [$2.99 / Free], a classic App Store puzzle game, that both start from the same idea: you launch balls from a bottom cannon into a playing field, trying to break balls in the playing field to earn points, and to keep balls from landing and expanding below the border line where your cannon sits. What Hue Ball does is to tweak the concept just enough to feel like a very different experience, going from a slow, tactical puzzle game where one mistake can doom you, to a fast-paced high-score chaser that's somewhat forgiving...

'Her Story' Review - Turns Out FMV Games Just Needed Good Acting and Writing

Her Story [$4.99] is one of the more unique games I have played in recent memory, by far. At its core, you're just browsing a search engine, trying to find the right queries for what you're looking for, but that's pretty much irrelevant. Her Story is a mystery, where you have a mystery involving dozens of segments of police interviews with a woman, where you're trying to piece together the mystery at hand. The game is about putting together the disparate pieces, paying attention to clues to discover the truth of what happened with the woman and her missing husband...

'Heroki' is a Touchscreen Platformer from Sega with a Premium Price

Many of the large, AAA-level publishers have focused on releasing free-to-play games on iOS, but some are experimenting with premium releases that are above average for mobile games. Square Enix Montreal's putting out $4.99 games, 2K has put out $7.99 and above games, and now Sega's trying a $7.99 premium release with Heroki, a platformer developed by Picomy over the last 5 years, and finally coming to iOS this year. Check out the debut trailer in 60 FPS:..

World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] has been around worldwide for about a year now, and has done remarkably well for Wargaming, with over 30 million downloads and having over 100,000 concurrent players. With the game's first anniversary coming up, Wargaming's running some special promotions for the game, and these will include some rewards for everyone, and people who take part in the game...

If you're the kind of person who loves Monument Valley [$3.99] but despises paying for new DLC content – and there's a few of you out there – then I have good news. The "Ida's Dream" chapter, which was a $0.99 IAP to support the (Red) AIDS charity late last year, will be available for free, in a slightly-less-red form this Thursday, June 25th. And it'll be free to everyone, not just people who paid for the chapter and have had access to it since then. You just won't be able to play as red Ida...

'Quest Heroes' Promises Dungeon Crawling with Board Game Authenticity

Developer Tabletop Pixel has been hard at work on a nifty-looking dungeon-crawler called Quest Heroes, which they've just revealed on our forums. They're calling it a "tactical dungeon crawler with board game flavor," where you will take a team of heroes through a dungeon filled with myriad traps, bosses, and even different victory conditions, interestingly enough. Check out some raw gameplay footage without sound below:..

Limbic and Flaregames Announce 'Zombie Gunship, Inc.'

It's been a while since we've heard about a new, full-fledged Zombie Gunship [Free] game. We've had Zombie Gunship Arcade [Free] and Zombie Gunship Reality, designed for those Google Project Tango Android devices, but no mainline Zombie Gunship sequel. Until now: Limbic is teaming up with publisher Flaregames to make a new title in the series, called Zombie Gunship, Inc...

Yes, managing your own fallout shelter in Fallout Shelter [Free] is great, but what about exploring one of your own? And you know, a fallout shelter isn't creepy enough as it is, why not throw some Five Nights at Freddy's [$2.99] characters in there? Well, thanks to the power of Minecraft PE [$6.99], you can do exactly that. Here's how!..

'The Long Siege' Looks Like a Gorgeous Match-3 Strategy Game

I always say that I'm tired of match-3 games – and I have played too many of them – but deep down, I'm always willing to play an interesting-looking new one. The Long Siege fits the bill, promising You Must Build a Boat [$2.99] style sliding of specific icons on a grid, in this case allowing you to summon units. You'll be sieging enemy towers, trying to do damage and make it to the next tower. Hey, I can dig match-3 games when they're about something more than just matching three icons together. Occasionally they're fun for a lark, but I want something bigger...

'Xenowerk' Review - They Call Me a Werking Man, I Guess That's What I Am

I know Pixelbite's focus has been making racing games all this time, but man, was the world of dual-stick shooters missing out. Xenowerk [$1.99] is a more traditional dual-stick shooter affair than Space Marshals [$4.99], a more tactical shooter with stealth elements. Regardless, this is a ton of over-the-top fun. If you want a game that lets you blast a bunch of bugs into gooey puddles, rewards you for playing well, supports MFi controllers, and will push your device to a degree that will make it an effective hand-warmer in the wintertime, you'll love Xenowerk...

Spry Fox Soft Launches New Game 'Alphabear' in New Zealand

Spry Fox, developers of hit puzzle game Triple Town [Free], have soft launched a new word game in New Zealand, called Alphabear. The goal of the game is to form words on a grid of different sizes, with different levels requiring different grids. Letters pop up with timers as to how many turns they have left before they turn into stone. This is bad because playing a tile forms a bear, with adjacent bears combining into bigger bears. And while Stephen Colbert might not approve, you want the biggest bear possible, ideally one big bear that fills up the entire grid. And if there are any stones, that affects your ability to make big ol' bears...

'Implosion: Never Lose Hope' Developer Rayark Reveals Upcoming Rhythm Game 'Project V'

Rayark, the developers behind the well-received Implosion: Never Lose Hope [$4.99], are working on a few new games at the moment, and they've just released a teaser for one of them, a rhythm game tentatively titled Project V. They're promising big things from this one, advancing from what they made with Cytus [$1.99] and Deemo [$1.99], so we'll see just what they have planned for this mysterious Project V...

E3 2015: 'Joe Montana Football' Coming to iOS First, Video Footage Revealed

A new football game starring NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana, appropriately titled Joe Montana Football, has been in the works and teased on social media for a few months now. We knew that it was going to be developed in Unreal Engine 4, but we now know that it's coming to mobile. Unreal did an interview with Damon Grow of Superstar Studios, and showed off some of the footage of the game, saying that the iOS version will be coming first, followed by Android and possibly to PC and other platforms in the future. The game is using Metal with Unreal, and the footage shown is from the iOS version of the game:..

Roguelike-Inspired Shoot 'em Up 'Icarus-X: Tides of Fire' Releases Next Week

The Quadsphere's Icarus-X: Tides of Fire, which we talked about back in March, is complete, and it's ready to launch next week on iOS and Steam on Thursday, June 25th. This shoot 'em up will combine elements of dungeon-crawlers with a loot system, roguelikes with a permadeath "Hardcore" mode, and bullet hell games, what with all the bullets flying everywhere. It may just be one of the more comprehensive shoot 'em up genre hybrids yet. It'll be $2.99 on iOS without any in-app purchases, and it will be universal at launch, despite initial claims that it would be iPad-only at launch and made universal later on...

'Mechanosaur Hijacks the Moon' is XperimentalZ's Next Game

XperimentalZ Games are hard at work at another game. Don't Run With a Plasma Sword [Free] remains one of my favorite mobile game titles, if only because it's so definite. But perhaps their newest game has an even better title: Mechanosaur Hijacks the Moon. It's a game where you play as a giant superhero dinosaur and protect Earth from the Asteroidians who seek to destroy it with giant space rocks. You probably can't win, but you can keep Earth safe for eons. And in those eons, billions will live, love, and die, while thankful that you were there to keep them safe. ..