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To a great degree, I applaud Electronic Super Joy: Groove City [$4.99] for managing to bring a challenging trial platformer from PC to iOS without much compromise. It's a game that will test players, but thanks to its simple control scheme, it winds up being a great fit on iOS. It's perhaps more built for replayability than completion, as the dozen-or-so levels are far more rewarding to those trying to complete them quickly and with as much collectibles as possible, but there's still a lot to like for those who like to be tested...

House on Fire's point-and-click adventure game The Silent Age [Free] just got updated with its second episode, available now. Serving as the finale of the game, this episode has players still controlling Joe, the time-traveler who's trying to discover the apocalyptic event that wiped out humanity – and to just maybe try to stop it, solving puzzles by swapping between 1972 and 2012. Episode Two is available as a $4.99 in-app purchase, with Episode One being available for free as always...

'Helix' Review - Let it Surround You

868-HACK [$5.99] creator Michael Brough is doing for the arena survival genre with Helix [$2.99] what he did for the roguelike with 868-HACK: take an existing genre and own it with his own style. This is an arcade game that's got great art, great controls, intriguing gameplay, and even a few secrets to try and dig up, that make this worth checking out if you love arcade games...

NimbleBit's Tiny Tower Vegas [Free] has received its first batch of new content today, and it's celebrating the internet's favorite holiday – Halloween. There's a special Halloween lobby to unlock. Want a giant jack-o-lantern as the roof of your tower? That's available now, too. A new Halloween elevator, with bats, a coffin, and pumpkin on top, is also available. Special Halloween missions and floors are available, and of course, there's BitBook posts that are themed after the spookiest holiday of them all...

Y'all forgot about Gameloft's NOVA series, didn't you? While they were busy making new Modern Combat games, their Halo-inspired FPS series has sat dormant. Well, this isn't anything too new, but it's at least a sign of life: there's a new free version of NOVA 3 [$6.99] now available: the NOVA 3 Freedom Edition [Free]. This isn't necessarily a 'free-to-play' version of NOVA 3 in that it is really just NOVA 3 with ads and its already-existing IAP, with everything still intact including online play, though certainly the game could have been tuned to be more IAP-friendly. Our forums will be sure to point out if it is...

Zen Studios recently announced that South Park tables were on their way to Zen Pinball [Free], the multiplatform pinball game, with a release expected this week. And today the new South Park tables can now be downloaded from the Zen Pinball app or a standalone South Park Pinball [$3.99] app. Two tables are available: Super Sweet Pinball and Butters' Very Own Pinball Game. Super Sweet Pinball is based on the show itself, boasting a number of references to the show, including a Sarcastaball section, 9 different table modes, which can be stacked, and 3 different multiball modes. Meanwhile, Butters' Very Own Pinball Game has 4 multiball modes, and a "Coon and Friends" miniplayfield. Of course, each table features a number of South Park characters and animation and sound sourced straight from the show...

The list of games that support Twitch streaming on iOS is slowly growing, and once again, it's a Gameloft game that supports streaming gameplay online. Order & Chaos Online [Free] is the third Gameloft game after Asphalt 8 [Free] and the MOBA Heroes of Order & Chaos [Free] to support the game, and the fourth game overall. That other game is TouchFish [Free] which is a virtual acquarium, and I am not joking. I think Order & Chaos Online makes a bit more sense for streaming – as an MMORPG, and quite the established one at that, there's probably going to be a bit more interest in this, though the uptake of Twitch streaming on iOS has been minimal at best so far. But maybe having more games is the jumpstart Twitch streaming on mobile needs...

'Angry Birds Transformers' Rolls Out Worldwide

October 15th, 2014 12:45 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Release
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Those of you looking to get new release day started early will be happy to know that Rovio's Angry Birds Transformers [Free] has launched globally today after being soft launched for a few weeks. This is a side-scrolling auto-running action game based on both Angry Birds and Transformers. Players fight enemy pigs standing on structures that normally you'd have to launch a bird haphazardly at to try and knock down. But here in Angry Birds Transformers, instead, you fire lasers at them. Lasers are a lot more effective than bird bodies...

'Zombie Highway 2' Review - The Fun Never Stops

Free-to-play gets a bad rap among a lot of serious mobile gamers, and often for good reason: there are many games which devolve and infantilize their design because it's more profitable to do so. But not Zombie Highway 2 [Free]. This is a free-to-play game that features many of the trappings of the business model, two-tier currencies, and incentivized video ads, but it makes them feel optional, and doesn't get in the way of being a fun, zombie-splattering good time...

Temple Run 2 [Free] knows how to do smart branding. Getting Usain Bolt to be in the game was a perfect choice. And now, with the announcement that NFL players are going to be in Temple Run 2 starting today. The first two players are NFL quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers and Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, both known for their running as well as their passing, so they're logical additions to the game, not to mention that they've both been heavily marketed over the past year as the 49ers-Seahawks rivalry has intensified. Plus, hey, with made-up football player Zack Wonder in the game, why not have real players now?..

'Inferno 2' Review - Great Balls of Fire

Radiangames – perhaps the most prolific creator of dual-stick shooters on the App Store - has made their biggest one yet with their latest release Inferno 2 [$2.99]. Seriously, Inferno 2 is massive: 80 levels full of mazes, tens of thousands of enemies to take down, four different weapons to use, four different missiles (inspired by the special weapons of JoyJoy [$1.99]), a level-up system, and loads of upgrades to use. This game is vast, and it's a great pickup for fans of Radiangames' previous work, or anyone looking for an action game to sink a few hours into...

Cosmophony [$1.99] is a rhythm-based tunnel shooter that is built to be challenging, with formations of obstacles to avoid throughout five levels, all set to an EDM soundtrack. The rhythm part is loose at best, but changes in the game do go along with changing sound cues. The problem is that the game is built around its challenge being through perfectionism. That, the only way to advance is by completing a very hard level in one life leaves a bad taste in my mouth, and limits what this game can do...

Unfortunately, with the enterprise signing bug going away in iOS 8.1, emulators like GBA4iOS, the one that seemingly popularized the whole trend, will no longer be installable by anyone without jailbreaking or having a developer account. However, the date trick to install the app still works for now, and so Riley Testut and the GBA4iOS team are putting out GBA4iOS 2.1. The source for the app should be available soon in beta for testers with developer accounts to install it themselves. Multiplayer is the big feature of 2.1, but isn't going to be part of the initial release as it's still in the works. 2.1 will add iPhone 6/Plus support, the ability to set a homepage for the web browser, and selectable color pallettes for Game Boy games. Testut says "Under normal circumstances, I’d much rather hold off on the release of the update until I had completely polished it, but right now our priority is to get the update out before iOS 8.1 drops for everyone."..

Check Out the Trailer for the Upcoming 'Superhyper' from Sets and Settings

Sets and Settings, the creators of Irrupt [$1.99] and the upcoming Trestle, a Super Crate Box meets Mega Man Battle Network game that they're quietly hammering away on, are about to release their latest title to the App Store, Superhyper. This is a rather challenging lane-based endless runner, as players must try to survive an onslaught of tricky layouts and oncoming blocks, using only lane-switching and a short warp forward to dodge them. Scoring is all about how long you can last – and getting into triple digits is not an easy task...

Noodlecake Games Announces Upcoming 'MMM Fingers' from Developers of 'Small Fry'

No Monkeys, the creators of The Adventures of Small Fry [Free], and prolific indie publisher Noodlecake Games have announced their newest game, MMM Fingers, coming later this month. This is a survival game where the goal is to use your finger to drag around the screen, trying to avoid spiked, teethy objects that will be game over. While the game is definitely meant to be a small game that's highly replayable, the creators are aiming for a higher level of polish than most, say, Flappy Bird or Timberman [Free / $0.99] clones. The trailer shows off the animation and detail put into the graphics quite well:..