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Paid 'Lumines Puzzle and Music' and Free-to-Play 'Lumines VS' Will Release Globally Later This Year

The classic rhythm-based puzzle game Lumines has been set to hit mobile in a two-headed configuration, and now we have word as when to expect the two versions of the game. First up will be Lumines: Puzzle & Music. This will be the paid version of the game, and will release in both Japanese and English versions in the third quarter of this year, according to Japanese gaming industry expert Dr. Serkan Toto, according to information released by developer Mobcast...

If you need an artsy tube racer to play today – who doesn't? – and don't want to spend a lot of money to do so – guilty as charged – then do I have good news for you. Proun+ [Free], the iOS version of the art-inspired tube racer, has just gone free-to-play permanently. Developed initially by Joost van Dongen and ported by Engine Software, the game is now supported by ads. The good news is that if you've bought the game before, then you won't see the ads at all...




One of my favorite games of the past few months has been Ellipsis [$2.99], a game that's difficult to classify but has you trying to collect orbs as quickly as possible to get stars on levels. The wide variety of levels and branching paths help keep it engaging, and it's just a really cool experience, as I outlined in my review. Ellipsis has just gotten an update that adds in some cool new features to the game, including Apple TV support for both the remote and controller. And on iOS, the game, a new offset control option will make it easier to play the game without obscuring anything on the screen...

Whenever pretty much any controversial thing or person is in the news, then the mobile games based on them hit. And this US election season has seen countless games based on all the candidates hit. And most of them are cheaply-made stuff that use broad humor and possibly lax Apple approvals to hit the App Store. And many of them climb the top charts. But occasionally, one of those cheaply-made games manages to actually be kinda fun, and Trump's Wall [Free] is one of them. It's obviously based on Donald Trump – who, if you don't know about as a politician right now, I envy the rock you are living under and wonder if you're leasing out space – and it has all the jokes referencing Trump that you'd expect. A floppy hairpiece, references to rivals, the Lindsey Graham cell phone number he revealed, "TRUMP" on the White House but with the T falling off to spell "RUMP," all that sort of stuff. And of course, it's gotten up to number 3 on the App Store free charts...

RareSloth's King Rabbit [Free] has just gotten the big update that was announced earlier this week, and along with it, the game has just gone free from its $0.99 regular price. The game was considered to go free-to-play at one point but eventually launched as a paid title, though with some IAPs for hints, customizations, unlocking levels, and unlimited slowing of time. Still, there are no lives or stamina to deal with, so you're getting a game with IAPs that the developer considers optional for free. And with a big new content update today!..

'NBA Live' Coming to Mobile This Fall Before New Console Version

EA's NBA franchise, NBA Live, has been back for a few years now, but NBA Live 17 isn't going to hit consoles this fall quite yet, with an early 2017 release estimated for that. But EA has announced that a new game in the NBA Live franchise will release for mobile this fall. Details are sparse beyond that, but it looks like basketball fans enjoying FIFA and Madden games on mobile will get their taste of this on mobile too. The art released is of Russell Westbrook, and it pains me to use it, so I include it with the caveat of Go Spurs Go:..

Disney Infinity, the cross-platform, cross-franchise, toys-as-games entity, is now canceled, with the final playset releases being the end of Infinity. The latest financial reports for Disney coming out reveal that the interactive division of Disney lost $147 million, with Disney canceling Infinity and ending their game publishing business. This doesn't mean that Disney games will no longer exist, it just means that third-parties are going to solely make them. It'll be interesting to see what happens to other Disney games on mobile – Star Wars: Commander [Free] got a recent update, and Disney Crossy Road [Free] just came out. Though, reports are just rolling in about Disney as a game publisher's fate, so it'll all become clear soon. Wall Street Journal reporter Ben Fritz broke the story:..

'Leap Day' is a New Nitrome Platformer with a New Level Every Day

I feel like it's been too long since Nitrome released a game. I mean, they've been pumping out the Rust Bucket [Free] updates and I love them for it, but it's been a while since they released a brand new title. The good news is that you won't have to wait much longer, as Leap Day from the studio releases soon. And what's cool is that you're going to get new content in the game literally every single day, as each date brings a new level to play...

'Slayaway Camp' is a Voxel-y Puzzle Game Inspired by 80's Horror

Blue Wizard Digital has announced their debut title Slayaway Camp, a game with a familiar look but an interesting concept. Off the top, it looks like another "Just make Crossy Road [Free], JEEZ" game with the voxel graphics, but that's not the case. This is a puzzle game with an 80's horror movie theme. You play as the killer, trying to torment those hapless teens who happened to go to a camp on the burial ground of the S'lay'a Way tribe in western Cubetonia. You, the skull-faced killer, will try to kill all the campers in a level by luring them into one of many traps, or just trying to slice them to bits, while avoiding the cops. Because the cops will arrest supernatural killers, don't think they won't...

Disney's Star Wars raiding-strategy game Star Wars: Commander [Free] has gotten another huge update just in time for Star Wars Day on May the 4th (be with you). The game has a new multiplayer feature called Squad Wars, where you and your 15-person squad engage in interesting new battles against another squad. How it works is that your squad gets matched up with a squad of the same level. You then get 24 hours to prepare your squad for the battles. A copy of your base winds up on one of the Squad Wars outpost. You can't be looted, so it's worth setting up this copy of your base to ideally protect your headquarters. Depending on how many stars someone attacking your base gets, they get more uplinks taken down, with the goal being to take down as many as possible. While playing and strategizing your squad wars, you can earn buffs that could help you defend better or take down enemies more effectively. The mode lasts 24 hours, and has a limited number of turns, so it fits in well with however long you want to play. A YouTuber has uploaded the intro to mode to YouTube to get the rundown:..

SMG Studio's keeping the new cars coming to the fun Thumb Drift [Free]. 12 new cars in total have been added to the game, several focusing on guests from across internet and automobile culture. A Rooster Teeth Tactical Vehicle is in the game. Beau Yates, a popular Australian drifter, by which I mean someone who does drifting in cars, not necessarily a hobo who wanders from place to place, not that there's anything wrong with that; nor is he Drifter. But a car inspired by his Toyota 86 is in the game. Regular Car Reviews, popular YouTube channel, has a Vagabond inspired by a vehicle they're making as part of Operation Vagabond Falcon:..

No Code's Super Arc Light [$0.99] has just gotten a big update that provides some major tweaks to the game. The big obvious one is the new easy mode. It's more of a 'practice' mode than anything, as it gives you three lives but no high scores on the leaderboard. What it does give you is an opportunity to see more of the game and get further, or just to enjoy longer sessions if you don't care about the leaderboard tradeoff. It's not like anyone who cares about Game Center has a working Game Center anyway...

'Help I'm Haunted' Looks Like a Fun 'Kero Blaster'-Inspired Platformer

I will forever be a sucker for 2D pixel art platformers, and Sky Pirate Studios' Help I'm Haunted looks utterly amazing to me. You'll be taking your very-unlicensed set of ghost-busting equipment to Neo-Transylvania, where Dr. Victor Frankenstein has really gone off the rails, unleashing monsters on the populace. Man, the events of the Mary Shelley book must have taken a toll on him. Perhaps the real monster is man. Also, those monsters. ..

Rusty Moyher's Astro Duel [$4.99 (HD)] is set to get a big update this Thursday on May 5th. Several new features are going to be in the game that are set to change the game up. A new dash ability will allow you to escape some hairy situations by double-tapping the Thrust button, but it consumes one ammo, so be careful. That is, unless you enable the unlimited dash modifier, which doesn't use ammo, but comes with increased cooldown. If you don't want powerups, which is a requested feature for tournament play, then you can now disable powerups. Three new maps, including a Bomberman-inspired level with conveyor belts that loop around, will be in this new update on Thursday as well...

'Squids Inc' is a Fantastic-Looking Underwater Action Game That Needs Beta Testers

Pantz Games has announced their new game Squids Inc, an on-rails shooter that looks incredibly well-made. You'll be blasting targets under the sea, using explosive weaponry to shoot all your fishy opponents. Fast-paced action is the name of the game here, as the trailer reveals. Good production values go a long way with games – it's part of why Crossy Road [Free] was such a hit. And Squids Inc looks amazing in this latest trailer that Pantz has revealed:..

Mobile gaming and free-to-play are inextricably linked at this point, and it's often used as a big talking point for console and PC gamers who complain about mobile gaming. But the reality is that free-to-play makes a lot of sense for a lot of companies. And Epic Games is the next company making a big transition to free-to-play with their new games, particularly Fortnite, Unreal Tournament, and the upcoming MOBA Paragon. Polygon's feature is quite interesting on it, particularly as it talks about how massive game budgets can crush a studio like theirs. Yes, even with Unreal Engine being such a huge part of the gaming industry. And it starts to make more sense to make games that can evolve and grow as live titles, that also bring in consistent revenue over time...

Kabam's Marvel Contest of Champions [Free] has been a huge smash hit for the company, and with the concept providing opportunities for all sorts of Marvel characters to make appearances, it makes sense that each big Marvel movie would have special cameos. Next up is Captain America: Civil War, which has started releasing in theaters globally, with the North American premiere on May 6th. In commemoration of the movie, Contest of Champions has added in a Civil War event where players can play for Team Cap or Team Iron Man. You earn special shards for your side, that can be spend on faction crystals. You also get a boost for the faction you commit to. And with the Civil War features, Kabam has an exclusive clip from the movie:..

'Blitz Breaker' and 'Twisted Lines' Need Beta Testers

It's always cool playing upcoming games. It's a thrill that doesn't wear off, and anyone in the media who doesn't still get a bit of excitement from playing something ahead of its regular availability should reconsider why they're in the gaming media. Thankfully, everyday peoplelie you, the reader, can play prerelease games as well in exchange for some helpful feedback, as indie developers often working on budgets of $nothing need people with various devices for technical reasons, not to mention making sure their games get as many eyes on them as possible. And with the new Testflight, it's possible for developers to get hundreds of testers. It's a pretty cool feature. We often post about developers needing testers, and developers often have great things to say about our audience and their testing...

Foursaken Media is blasting through 2016 at an epic pace. We're not even a third of the way through the year and they've already released All is Lost [Free] and War Tortoise [Free]. Heck, War Tortoise has barely been out for 48 hours as of publication and already Foursaken is getting game number three this year ready. Their action-RPG Adventure Company, which we've written about before, has just soft launched in several countries. Yes, two days after War Tortoise's launch. Heck, even if they waited a week that would be a pretty quick pace, but if it's ready, it's ready, right?..

Noodlecake and PixelZapp's 'Caterzillar' Launches in May

We got to see Noodlecake's Caterzillar back at GDC, and if the game intrigued you, well, good news: we now know that the game's going to release on May 12th. This platformer has you playing as Bob the Caterpillar, trying to eat all the fruits, while exploring twisty and turny worlds. You can run along any surface, not unlike games such as Soosiz [$0.99 / $0.99 (HD)] and Momoka [$3.99]. Looks pretty cool, here's the new trailer:..