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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:..

Gameloft has released what they are calling the biggest update to Dungeon Hunter 5 [Free] yet, with the Guild Wars update. This new PVP mode has you fighting with your guild, and taking on players from other guilds, trying to help your guild become the greatest in the world. Special events where you can declare war against another guild for an hour-long battle in their stronghold will let you wreck some sweet damage on your enemies, and get some great rewards. Check out the developer diary talking about the new feature:..

'Roll Spike: Sepak Takraw' is a Crazy Sport of Bicycle Kicks in Volleyball

There's a decent chance you've never heard of sepak takraw. I'm not very familiar with it, except one of my favorite videos by The Onion covered it, mocking American sports drama. And the sport looks absolutely absurd: like volleyball but with kicks instead of volleys with the arms. And spikes are done through absurd-looking roll spikes. It's a sport where the bicycle kick is a common move. And while I love baseball because fat people can do well at it, I think you have to be in peak physical condition to play sepak takraw, and that's just impressive. But sadly, the sport just hasn't had much exposure in America. That may be about to change, as Roll Spike is a mobile game based on sepak takraw...

After a closed beta test and soft launch, Snail Games has globally-launched their action-RPG sequel Taichi Panda: Heroes [Free] on to the App Store and Google Play. This time around, you'll be commanding a team of heroes, including the eponymous fighting panda, into battle, where you can swap between the characters as necessary. Snail's 3D engine provides some gorgeous visuals and fluid action, as evident in the trailer for the game: ..

Wired UK discussed the future mobile VR with CCP Games, developers of EVE Online. The developer's Shanghai studio is working on smaller games like Gunjack, which fit into the EVE universe (the recent book Empires of EVE gets into just how deep the world has run thanks to players), but there's some interesting talk about how free-to-play will affect the future of VR. Right now, Gunjack manager Michael Lee sees some parallels to the beginning of the mobile gaming market, where early adopters are willing to pay for content because they're shelling out for the hardware and want content for it. But that could change someday, according to Lee...

'Star Wars Pinball 4' Goes on Sale for Free

April 26th, 2016 3:30 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Sales
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With May the 4th (be with you) on its way, there's loads of Star Wars activity happening. Zen Studios' collection of Star Wars pinball tables is the latest to go on sale, with Star Wars Pinball 4 [$1.99] now available for free. This is the same app as has always been available, it's just that with major new table releases, the game's number just keeps ticking on up. The free sale nets you the Empire Strikes Back table for free, with tables based on the other movies and media in the franchise, including The Force Awakens, available as in-app purchases...

BioWare's Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic [$9.99] is back at its lowest price ever of $2.99. The game was already an absurd price-per-hour bargain at $9.99, but for $2.99, it's just proof of how lucky mobile gamers are to get to paly a classic like this at a bargain-basement price. Plus, Aspyr Media hasn't slacked off on the port, updating it this year, and providing MFi controller support and iCloud saves. So, this is a safer bet to buy than many big-name paid games that have fallen by the wayside over time...

'Now Escape' is a Chilled-Out High Score Chaser from the Developers of 'Touchdown Hero'

Cherrypick Games, developers of Touchdown Hero [Free] and Must Deliver [Free], are releasing Now Escape this week on to the App Store. A bit of a similar motif as their previous titles, this is an endless escape game, where you fly upward through hazards that change all of a sudden at a moment's notice. So, you must learn to recognize the hazards, and react fast enough to what they might not be expected to be...

'Evoland 2' Developers Confirm Game Won't Release on Mobile

Disappointing news for anyone who was expecting the sequel to Evoland [$4.99] to hit mobile – the developers have confirmed on Twitter that Evoland 2 won't be hitting mobile after all. While the existence of the mobile version was up in the air to begin with – and the original Evoland took a while to hit mobile anyway – the developers at Shiro Games say that the sequel is too long and complex to release on mobile:..

'The Forgotten Room' is a Creepy New Point-and-Click Adventure from Glitch Games

Glitch Games know how to make those point-and-click adventure games, and they're back at it again with The Forgotten Room, a new horror-inspired game. They've only released a few screenshots and a teaser trailer, but it sure seems might creepy. And that's exactly what they're going for – intentionally creepy, versus the incidentally creepy vibe the Forever Lost games gave off. Check out the teaser trailer below, and there's a forum thread where Glitch Games is responding to posts as well...

Apple's been known for their Apple Design Awards, honoring the best apps and games on the App Store. Google hasn't had anything similar, but they're doing that starting this year, with the Google Play Awards debuting at Google I/O 2016. On May 19th at 7:00pm PDT, Google will honor Android apps in several different categories, including several gaming categories. The Best Game category is an interesting one, as the nominees are an interesting bunch: Alphabear [Free], Clash Royale [Free], Clash of Kings [Free], Marvel Future Fight [Free], and Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes [Free]. Nothing wrong with that list, just different from what my list of top nominees from the past 12 months or so would be, though Clash Royale would definitely be on there. Send help...

'Final Meteor' Looks Like a Fun JRPG-Inspired Clicker

If the world's gonna keep making clickers, I might as well keep talking about them. I'm a sucker for retro-inspired games, you might have noticed. But still, Final Meteor looks like it's up my alley. This game will have you clicking and building up your idle generators to fight all sorts of enemies, all in a style similar to 8-bit JRPGs. You'll upgrade your equipment, spells, and abilities to help take on the enemies and bosses, as well as your tapping endurance. Check out the trailer:..

2016 is the year where mobile gaming overtakes console and PC gaming, according to Newzoo. Between 'personal screens' (phones, watches) and tablets, they are estimated to represent 37% of the total gaming market, versus 29% for TV-based gaming (plus 2% for handheld systems), and 32% for PC gaming. And Newzoo is estimating that mobile gaming, specifically on phones, watches, and tablets, will take up 45% of the gaming market ($52.5 billion) in 2019. And heck, I think that if you're just judging on form factor, that really underestimates what 'mobile-powered operating systems' devices are going to have as far as share of gaming money goes. I still believe in Apple TV and Android TV gaming as more cord-cutting happens, though admittedly, year 1 of the Apple TV isn't shaking out well for that prediction...

'Pixel Machines' Review - If 'Micro Machines' Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It

I really don't think free-to-play is as bad as its vocal haters claim it is, but I totally get that it changes games' structures. Look at something like the soft-launched Micro Machines; if you just wanted a way to play the classic Micro Machines game on your iPhone or iPad, all the games-as-a-service shenanigans might be distasteful. Still, I think you should keep an open mind, but I get it. Change sucks. Thankfully, indie developers who just want to make cool homages to the classics and only charge you once, and small amounts at that, do still exist. Pixel Machines [$0.99] will really strike a chord with Micro Machines fans by being pretty much the same game, but with mobile-friendly and modern features...