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'Titanfall: Frontline' Soft Launches on Android

Last week, when Titanfall Frontline was revealed, I mentioned that a soft launch for the game, which could reasonably be expected to launch globally with Titanfall 2 that it ties into, should happen soon. While it hasn't shown up on iOS, it has on Android, where the game has launched on Google Play in a few different countries. It's a bit tougher to get soft launched games on Android than it is on iOS, but a couple of APK mirroring sites have the game. Do use those with caution, Android users, many sites are safe but there is the potential for malware...

'Don't Starve' Comes to Android in Open Beta

September 19th, 2016 1:45 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in Android, News
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iOS players have been enjoying Don't Starve [$4.99] for a while now in its "Pocket Edition" even when it was just iPad-only and couldn't really fit in your actual pocket. But Android gamers have been starving for Don't Starve. Well, they won't have to starve for much longer, as Don't Starve is out on Android in open beta form. This means that while you can buy it right now, it may not work perfectly, as Android requires a lot of testing to work well on the myriad hardware out there. It won't necessarily show up in the curated Early Access section, but you can find it from the direct link and by searching for the game...




How much money has Pokemon GO [Free] made? Well, that's a good question! There are countless mobile analytics firms out there that can provide estimates for games on the App Store and their financial performance, but Jacky Wong of the Wall Street Journal points out that there are some vast differences in estimates. Namely, AppAnnie thinks Pokemon GO has made $714 million in gross revenue so far. Priori Data, while an outlier, is estimating $102 million. And there are estimates between the two, as well...

SMG Brings 'Thumb Drift GT-V' to Apple TV

September 19th, 2016 8:00 AM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Release
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SMG Studio has released Thumb Drift [Free] for Apple TV as Thumb Drift GT-V. If you're a fan of Thumb Drift, but have wanted to play on your TV while at home, this is the version for you. By default, you control with the Siri Remote turned horizontal, but can also play with swipe controls on the remote's touchpad. If you have a controller, I highly recommend that, as it feels great playing with an analog joystick...

A lot of games have been getting updates with ReplayKit Live, but one of the coolest ones to get support so far is definitely Phoenix 2 [Free]. The game's already had video sharing, but now you can stream to Mobcrush [Free] straight from your device in Phoenix 2. Considering the game's daily play, and the need for repetition to do better and better at the game, this could be a fun one to regularly live stream. ..

Apple has made a change to the App Store coinciding with iOS 10, but possibly not just on iOS 10. Now, when you buy or get an app from the App Store, that app will disappear from the New Games We Love featured list. For example, see Animation Throwdown [Free] go from downloading to disappearing from the list entirely:..

The long-awaited Pokemon GO [Free] accessory that helps you catch Pokemon while out and about is finally available: you can now buy the Pokemon GO Plus. Do note that finding it might be a bit tough – Amazon and GameStop are the primary retailers, but are both sold out online. I'd call around town to various GameStops if you need it today. Otherwise, you might have to wait until the hype dies down a bit to nab one for yourself...

Donut Games Reveals New Platformer 'Vulture Island'

We first heard about Donut Games' next title the other day, but details and a name were not yet forthcoming. Well, now we know a name, and have some video footage for the next big platformer from the maker of countless solid arcade-style games and the exploration platformer Traps n' Gemstones [$4.99]: Vulture Island. Check it out in action:..

'Manygolf' is The 2D Race Golf MMO You Didn't Know You Needed

Thomas Boyt's Manygolf can be perhaps easily described as a hybrid of several different games: imagine Super Stickman Golf 3's [Free] race mode combined with the randomly-generated courses of Desert Golfing [$1.99], with the massive simultaneous multiplayer of Agar.io [Free]. That's Manygolf in a nutshell, where you aim to get your ball in the hole as quickly as possible before other players can. Getting in the top 3 nets you the most points, though you get points for finishing well and for finishing at all before the timer runs out. Rounds include several holes to play through, with the top points leaders being honored between each round. It's quick, drop-in drop-out play that's a ton of fun...

Noodlecake Games and No Monkeys (of Mmm Fingers [Free] fame) have released their new one-touch high score chaser, Fired Up [Free] onto the App Store. You'll play as a firefighter trying to put out fires and save people by using a fire hose that propels him way up in the air, getting points for each floor that you reach, and points for saving poeple in fires. But no points for just putting out fires. Those you just have to put out in order to keep yourself alive. The good news is that the game provides handy markers to show when you've passed other people on the way up, so you can not only put out fires, but get satisfaction at knowing you did better than someone else at firefighting. And isn't that what firefighting is all about?..

'Faily Rider' Puts 'Faily Brakes' on Motorcycles, Releases Next Week

Spunge Games has seen tremendous success with Faily Brakes [Free] so far, but the people have been clamoring for more, more! In particular, motorcycles have been on the wish list for many people. However, Spunge Games was hesitant to add them, as they wanted them to feel like they weren't just tacked-on. Motorcycles have their own physics, and would respond to the Faily Brakes courses in different, suboptimal ways. The solution, then, was to make a different game: Faily Rider...

Here's an interesting release: 505 Games and N-Fusion (known for Deus Ex: The Fall [$4.99] and 1979 Revolution: Black Friday [$4.99]) have released Ember [$9.99] for iOS today. Described as an homage to classic RPGs, you'll engage in party-based, real-time combat (though with what are described as "tactical pauses.") Over 70 quests, several dozen skills, crafting, and various environments are here for you to check out in what the developers promise is a 30-plus hour experience:..

With the Apple Watch Series 2 and watchOS 3 rolling out, that means it's time for a whole new batch of smartwatch games. Everywear, a smartwatch-focused game studio, has just released Field Day [Free], what they're calling the tiniest farming game. Field Day lets you run your own farm, complete with crops, chickens, and cows, all from your wrist. The game uses small three-unit wide grids in order to fit on the tiny Apple Watch screen, with crops rendered as large visuals in order to try and show them off well...

With the fall 2016 TV season about to kick off, it would make perfect sense for the previously-announced and soft launched Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards [Free] to launch, and that's exactly what has happened. The game is a CCG that features characters from Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, Futurama, American Dad, and King of the Hill. Only two of those shows are actually still airing on Fox, but they've all got that Fox connection, so I guess a game linking them all together makes sense. I mean, I could see Bob from Bob's Burgers getting sunk deep into a CCG like this...

You might most recognize Donut Games' name from their many casual arcade-style games with their distinctive art style, but the studio really made a mark back in 2014 with Traps n' Gemstones [$4.99]. That was a great Metroidvania-esque puzzle-platformer that played a lot differently from other games in the genre. It's still well worth checking out! The good news is that Donut Games is returning to the adventure-platformer well with, well...they're not saying the name yet. But Donut Games is dropping some screenshots and saying that pending Apple approvals, their untitled platformer could release on or around September 21st. Hmm...

First 'Asphalt Xtreme' Footage Revealed by Gameloft, Pre-Registration Now Open

Gameloft's gearing up to release the latest game in its popular Asphalt series of racing games, as Asphalt Xtreme has been announced. It's going to be a racing game, naturally, but just what kind of racing was a good question – what could be xtreme enough? Well, how about some off-road dirt-course vehicles? And racing through the Gobi Desert? Is that not xtreme enough for you? I hope so, because that's what you're set to get, y'all!..

Once upon a time, if you wanted to play a game with somebody that was not in the same general area as you, the best way to do so was to play chess by mail. You think dealing with modern internet lag is bad, try lag over weeks thanks to mail services. And your game might end if correspondence got lost! Sad! Thankfully, modern internet technologies have made it such that ifour ping ever hits triple digits in milliseconds, we curse every engineer ever for being so incompetent. But BorderLeap is here to bring you back to the days of chess by mail by way of new iOS 10 features, with Checkmate! [$0.99] This allows you to play a game of chess with someone via iMessage...

Arnold Rauners, aka Tinytouchtales, just dropped Enyo [Free] on us, but he's working on another game with art by Thomas Wellmann called Miracle Merchant. If it looks off the bat like Card Crawl [$2.99], well, that's on purpose. Miracle Merchant started off as an early prototype for Card Thief, the follow-up to Card Crawl. Rauners wanted to expand the prototype into a finished game, albeit a small-scope one. So he partnered with Wellmann to finish the game and give it a unique art style...

The Pokemon GO [Free] update that brings the awaited Buddy Pokemon feature to the game is now available. If you don't know what that is, then what it does is that it lets you assign a Pokemon as your buddy that appears besides your profile. As you walk with them, then you'll earn a candy for them after a certain distance traveled. So not only can you personalize your profile a bit more, but you can also get in-game rewards for having your own buddy like Ash with Pikachu. Except you can have Snorlax, and frankly, I related more with Snorlax than Pikachu...

'Swift Playgrounds' Now Available for iPads on iOS 10

September 13th, 2016 2:10 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Release
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Apple's Swift Playgrounds [Free] app is now available for iOS 10 iPads. For those looking to get their kids – or themselves – into coding, this is a cool way to do so. Guided lessons featuring characters help to teach the user the basics of coding and how to use Apple's Swift programming language. Not only are there more low-level coding lessons that are represented through characters in a 3D world that show you how various coding behaviors work, but you'll also be able to code your own applications. Which includes games, most importantly...