Author Archives: Carter Dotson


'Angry Birds Stella' Launches Worldwide, Hits Cackling Pigs

The latest Angry Birds game is now out worldwide. Angry Birds Stella [Free], now free from its soft-launch release, stars Stella, a pink bird who has a power of her own, to freeze in midair and launch in another direction, helping to activate chain explosions and the like. There's a whole new cast of characters to play as, each with their own abilities, but it's still the same core Angry Birds game. Much like Angry Birds Star Wars 2 [Free], it's possible to buy extra characters to use in challenging levels, or to use telepods to bring in extra characters...

Well, it's been a long and crazy ride for the Infinity Blade trilogy, as the promised last update for Infinity Blade III [$6.99], Kingdom Come, is out today, with the game on sale for $2.99. This update brings new story content that wraps up the game, as Siris confronts one of the final deathless, Lelindre. As well, there's a new area to play in, Nafusaan. This is a frozen wasteland with new loot to get, and the King of Dragons, Dragoor, to fight...

'Mikey Boots' Review - These Boots Were Made for Speedrunning

I remember when I first saw Mikey Shorts [$1.99]. It was the GDC Touch Arcade party back in 2012, and I remember meeting Mike Meade. If I recall, I may have been the first press person to ever see the game. It certainly seemed neat, as pixelly platformers are absolutely up my alley. What I didn't expect was that BeaverTap Games would make one of the best speedrun platformers on mobile, this side of Rocketcat Games. Then they would duplicate the feat with Mikey Hooks [$1.99], adding in grappling hooks. And lo, was it good. But where would they go from there? Certainly, the ending of Mikey Hooks hinted that jet boots would play a role. And thus we have Mikey Boots [$1.99], the close of a spectacular trilogy that lives up to its predecessors while also being a bit different for a Mikey game...

Why did Epic Eric [$0.99]appeal to me? Because it's a game all about swinging around, which is one of my favorite gameplay mechanics, the cousin of grappling hooks, my number one favorite. I mean, it's why I was so excited by Deep Under the Sky [$3.99], those grappling hooks, and the swinging on them thereof. So, Epic Eric intrigued me. And I must say, it lived up to my intrigue for the most part...

More 'Super Meat Boy Forever' Details Revealed

Super Meat Boy Forever was finally announced over the past weekend by Team Meat, with it being the mobile edition of the game that's been long-promised by the studio. Well, we now know a lot more about the game, how it plays, and when it's expected to release...

'Space Colors' Creator Trent Polack Working on Follow-Up 'Superchroma' and Spin-Off 'Gravity Blot

Space Colors [$0.99], the space-shooter with roguelike elements and colorful explosions, is barely a month released into the world, but if you want more of it: good news, there's a couple of new games coming that will deliver more space and/or more explosions...

Cartoon Network Shows Off New 'Adventure Time' and 'Steven Universe' Games at PAX

Cartoon Network was demoing games at PAX Prime this past weekend, and there's a pair of particularly intriguing titles from interesting developers that are coming to iOS in the future. Adventure Time Game Wizard is a game-creation tool that's being made by Pixel Press, and Steven Universe: Attack the Light is an RPG from Grumpyface, who have made some good games for Cartoon Network and Adult Swim Games in the past couple of years...

'Smarter Than You' from the Creator of '10000000' Launches This Month

Luca Redwood, creator of 10000000 [$2.99], has been working on a new game besides 10000000 sequel You Must Build a Boat, the asynchronous multiplayer game Smarter Than You. And soon, the world will get to play the game against each other and potentially take on the AI character M_E_T_I_S, as a release date has been announced for September 25th...

Noodlecake and Gamebra.in's 'Joinz' Release Date Announced

Noodlecake and Gamebra.in's Joinz, revealed a few short weeks ago, has its price point and release date finally revealed, along with a new trailer showing more off about the game. You can expect this Tetris-meets-Threes! [$1.99] puzzler to hit the App Store on September 18th at a price point of $1.99. That's with no ads, no IAP, no timers or any of that malarkey...

Team Meat is currently showing off Super Meat Boy Forever on the show floor at PAX Prime in Seattle. According to reports, it's an endless runner set in the Super Meat Boy universe, controlling the meaty protagonist, with buzzsaws and the like to avoid. The game is set for tablets along with PC...

Warbot Assault [Free] is yet another Kongregate-published free-to-play game. The concept is certainly an exciting one: players outfit a giant robot and an army of vehicles, and take them into battle against other armies of vehicles, and another giant robot. These opponents are all based on other players' loadouts, so not only is it possible to punch a giant robot to death, it's possible to punch a giant robot to death, and have someone in the world know that it was their giant robot that got punched to death by you. Unfortunately, that's it for the game. It does little to add much variety beyond "punch giant robots in the face."..

It's a busy, busy week for iOS releases, what with Tiny Tower Vegas [Free], Bioshock [$14.99], and a whole heap of games that came out this week that's sure to blow through whatever iTunes store credit you have. Just in case you still have some, or have a credit card you're just dying to max out, there's also a veritable dogpile of interesting sales and free price drops going on right now, with Labor Day coming up on Monday...

Maybe it's just everyone dumping ice water on their heads to promote charity, but Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage [$0.99 / $2.99] going on sale seems awfully appropriate. And not only is it going on sale, it's completely free for a limited time as Apple's "App of the Week", likely in connection to developer Nitrome's latest game 8bit Doves [$2.99] recently releasing...

Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse [$9.99] has just gotten its second price cut, and boy is it a doozy. Sega's quasi-remake of the beloved Sega Genesis game has dropped all the way down from $9.99 to $0.99. This is a bargain price for what is a console/PC game that retails for $14.99, on mobile for next to nothing...

Nitrome's 8bit Doves [$2.99] is a game that will try the patience of players. It has challenging physics to contend with, but is also structured in a way that really impedes the replay value of this challenging action game. The goal is to control a flying hero through dreamscape levels, turning clockwise and counterclockwise to control him through the skies, contending with trying not to crash into the walls or other occasional moving hazards. As well, doves fill the levels: collecting these is an objective tracked by the game, but not inherently necessary to completion. Flying in the general vicinity of the doves is all that's necessary to collect them, a fine concession from a game that is difficult to control...