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'Teeter' is a Game of Balance and Patience

The Frosty Pop Corps has quietly been making some solid casual games for the past year or so, and the studio is set to release another entertaining game, Teeter. This is the second in what they're calling their "Balls Trilogy" – a name I'm sure FishdixGaming who streams with us appreciates – that started with Walls and Balls [Free]. That game is a fun mini-golf-esque title, where Teeter has you lifting up two sides of a board using each thumb to guide the ball upward, trying to get it into the hole. You can't lower either side, so be careful! The game is level-based, but it is really trick to do well at this game, even in the early levels!..

Kongregate and Codename Entertainment have announced that their popular idle RPG Crusaders of the Lost Idols to mobile in July, with a soft launch right now. You'll have a team of heroes to take into battle, constantly advancing forward, collecting gold and attacking various enemies by clicking and whatnot. Part of what makes this game different from other idle clickers and various similar titles is that you can configure the formation of your heroes in order to help with your onslaught as you so choose. It's an interesting game, and it'll sure to be a great fit on mobile...




Supercell has announced that a balance update is hitting Clash Royale [Free] on Tuesday, June 21st, and it will finally nerf the Hog Rider. That's right, this one-track force of destruction is getting its damage decreased by 6%. Supercell's reasoning:..

'Disco Dave' is a Groovy Bouncing High Score Chaser That You Can Beta Test

Amused Sloth, who made the solid Asgard Run [Free] circular endless runner, are about to deliver an interesting little voxel-graphics high-score chaser called Disco Dave. The gameplay will have you bouncing up in the air as a bell-bottoms-wearing, afro-sporting, dudde named Dave. You swipe to move while in the air, and you need to not touch the same color that you just bounced off of. This may seem unfair, but anyone who studied Studio 54 knows that touching the same color tile twice was like the one unforgiveable sin you could commit. That's why the place shut down, they whittled down their numbers too much. As such, Disco Dave strives only for pure disco accuracy...

Cyberpunk Roguelike Twin-Stick Shooter 'Neon Chrome' by 10tons Needs Beta Testers

10tons is a rather accomplished publisher and developer on iOS, in part because they're committed to being as multiplatform as is literally possible. Pretty much every single one of their games releases on desktop, console, and mobile. Their latest game, a roguelike twin-stick shooter called Neon Chrome is no exception. Or, it's about to be. See, the game has already released on console and desktop, but the mobile version is in the works right now. And 10tons needs your help to beta test the game. Check out the thread for the game in the upcoming games forum and sign up here...

Sign up to Beta Test 'Super Stickman Golf 3' Ahead of Release

Noodlecake's Super Stickman Golf 3 is set to release in early July, but the developers need a bit of help from the community in order to make the game perfect for launch. Specifically, they need beta testers to help get the game ready for the global launch. How do you sign up to beta test this one? Easy: just go to the thread in our upcoming games forum, reply, and await further instructions. Since it's Noodlecake, I'm sure a dark mysterious hooded figure will arrive at your doorstep at midnight requesting your email and/or your soul. Worth it, I say...

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting report about Tencent's pending acquisition of Supercell from SoftBank, also the parent company of GungHo. Tencent's reportedly paying $9 billion for Supercell, after SoftBank spent $2.1 billion to acquire a 51% stake in Supercell back in October 2013. Tencent has $16 billion in net cash according to the Wall Street Journal, and so the Supercell acquisition would be a way for them to make a huge splash in mobile gaming. Tencent is a major player in China, with their WeChat service being massively popular. But WSJ's Jacky Wong throws some cold water on the deal, pointing out that "it would take 12 years of Supercell’s earnings last year to pay back Tencent’s investment." And growth is not guaranteed. In fact, there's a bit of a concerning development with Supercell's daily revenue:..

'Power Rangers' to Get Movie Tie-in Mobile Game in 2017

The Power Rangers are coming back with a new movie releasing on March 24, 2017, because no retro franchise shall go un-rebooted. I loved Power Rangers as a kid, but also remember being mocked for my Power Rangers backpack, so I'm not sure just how much retro love there is for Power Rangers. Regardless, Hollywood's gonna try to make this a cultural phenomenon again (with Elizabeth Banks as Rita Repulsa?!) and there of course will be a tie-in mobile game...

We're big fans of RareSloth's King Rabbit [Free] around here, and the game has just gotten another big, free content update after its launch. The main campaign has been extended with 16 new levels, so if you've beaten it and need more rabbit-y goodness in your life, here you go. Three new achievements and a new leaderboard are here for you competitive completionists. Adventurous types will have more hidden diamonds to dig up, with diamond progress now visible in the level select screen. And the people who like to play their own music while they play King Rabbit will be happy to know that background music now works in the app. This goes along with the standard "bug fixes and performance improvements" you'd expect an app update to have...

'Heavy Metal Tennis Training' Finally Brings Hellfire to Tennis

For far too long, tennis and heavy metal have been separated. Tennis is way too buttoned up, and Wimbledon is like...the least metal thing ever. It's a bunch of folks wearing all white during the middle of the day. Maybe that's good if you're way into metalcore and other forms of false metal, but for us trve kvlt people, tennis just ain't cutting it. Thankfully, one developer is here to deliver tennis from the false metal fools and straight into the flames of hell with Heavy Metal Tennis Training...

HeroCraft's entry into the prolific Warhammer frnachise, Warhammer 40K: Space Wolf [Free], has just gotten an update with a new PvE survival mode. Chaos Cultists are warping in from a portal, and it's your job to stand your ground and survive for as long as you possibly can. There are different levels and changing conditions to deal with, so good luck! The good news is that you have unique rewards to earn not available in any other mode, so fire up this latest update and check it out...

Nitrome's Leap Day [Free] is a really cool game with a fun concept – there's one new level every single day – but the initial launch was a bit lacking, unfortunately. There was just one character, and nothing really long-term that you could get with the trophies you collected. Well, Nitrome has fixed that with a vengeance. Now there are 10 different characters in the game that you can play as, unlocked by collecting trophies for each daily level, especially getting fruit trophies. New characters, and even new random selfie poses that your character can do, can be unlocked by racking up the trophies...

'Payday Crime War' Brings the Multiplayer Heisting Shooter to Mobile

Overkill's popular Payday series of bank heist games is jumping from desktop to mobile with the upcoming Payday: Crime War. And if you're thinking this might be some tie-in simulation game that is only related in name and theme to the main franchise, you thought wrong! This seems to be a bit different from the co-operative bank heist missions you can go on in the main franchise, but here on mobile the game's going to be a 4-on-4 first-person shooter where one side plays as the pro-heisting-and-looting faction, and the other on the side of law enforcement...

Drinkbox's 'Severed' is Re-Confirmed for iOS, Releasing This Summer

Drinkbox Studios, perhaps best known for Guacamelee, has announced that their latest game Severed is in fact hitting iOS. Now, you might be asking "how is this news?!" The game was originally announced for mobile, right? Well, somewhere inbetween the announcement and the present, Drinkbox decided to make the game a Vita exclusive. The trick was that all reports on the game from people who played it found that it still pretty much used the touchscreen exclusively. A mobile version didn't seem impossible. And so, Severed has been reannounced for iOS specifically, along with the Wii U and 3DS. Which are both touchscreen systems as well. Android gamers, keep up hope. Here's a new trailer for the game, specifically the console versions. However, representatives for the game have specifically confirmed the iOS release, and a quote from Drinkbox co-founder Graham Smith says "The game's recent release on the Vita was well-received by critics and fans alike, and we look forward to bringing the experience to Apple and Nintendo fans."..

Every WWDC brings forth the prestigious Apple Design Awards, where Apple honors their favorite apps of the past year. These are generally gorgeous, visually-striking apps, and Apple hasn't been shy about awarding a few games each year. This year, three different games were given the honor and their developers handed a glowing cube as their trophy:..

iOS 10 was announced at WWDC today, and the iOS 10 beta has already been seeded to developers. One of the big features is that some stock apps can now be deleted, and reinstalled from the App Store. But what's interesting is that one app in particular is permanently deleted: Game Center. The specific Game Center app is gone in iOS 10 beta 1, as reported by sister site MacRumors. ..

White Wizard Games, the fine folks behind the popular Star Realms [Free], have just released their latest deckbuilding game onto the App Store, and it will drive you to madness. Cthulhu Realms [Free] is a fast-paced deckbuilding game from Darwin Kastle, designer of Star Realms. You'll start with 5 cards, allowing you to put locations in play, boost your sanity (this is a Lovecraftian-inspired game after all), collect power, or remove cards. The last sane person standing wins!..

One of the tricky issues that arrived with the Apple TV reveal last year was that Apple suddenly required developers to use the Siri Remote for games, instead of allowing for games to require controllers. This led to ridiculous circumstances where games had to finagle together a barely-functional Siri Remote control scheme in order to get on the Apple TV. Modern Combat 5 [Free] was one ridiculous example:..

One of the curious mentions at the WWDC keynote was ReplayKit Live. Only mentioned in passing during the tvOS portion of the keynote, and given a brief display on screen as something that's in iOS 10 that Apple couldn't squeeze in to the keynote, the question remained: just what would this be? Is it a potential Sherlocking of mobile streaming platforms such as Mobcrush? Well, ahead of the Platforms State of the Union, Mobcrush dropped a blog post to explain a bit about what ReplayKit Live will be – and it will involve them...

Foursaken Media's 'Adventure Company' Action-RPG Launches Worldwide This Week

Foursaken Media's set to deliver their next game on mobile this week. Adventure Company, which soft launched earlier this year, is done with testing, and is set to release this week on Thursday, June 16th. It will be free-to-play, but hey, this is 2016, games are gonna be free-to-play. And this will have MFi controller support, to boot. Check out the trailer of the game in action:..