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Dan FitzGerald, known for Dawn of the Plow [$1.99] and his work on the upcoming Dog Sled Saga, has a new game releasing this Thursday, June 18th: FireWhip. It's a game where you control a giant fiery whip, and must take out the cowards that surround and attack you, completing a number of missions over time to whip with great impunity. Whip those cowards good! When you've whipped all the cowards you can, you can share a GIF of your triumphant whipping to Twitter or Imgur:..

Canabalt [$2.99], the seminal iOS endless runner, went open source a few years ago. The bad news is that this led to the occasional straight-up clone popping up on the App Store. Such is the drawback of open source. But the benefit of open source is that sometimes people do really cool things with the code, like porting a game to platforms you wouldn't expect them to. Adam Bell decided to port the game to the Apple Watch, and shared a video of his exploits:..

E3 2015: Square Enix Montreal Reveals 'Lara Croft Go', a Turn-Based 'Tomb Raider' Adventure

Square Enix Montreal has been doing some clever stuff with Square Enix's franchises, and they're jumping from Hitman to Tomb Raider with a new game called Lara Croft Go. They emphasized that they're focusing on "premium experiences," and they're doing a new "Go" game, appearing to take Tomb Raider and make it into a gorgeous puzzle/adventure game that recalls Monument Valley [$3.99] in no small way. They showed off a bit of footage of the game during their E3 press conference...

E3 2015: 'Kingdom Hearts: Unchained Key' Coming to Mobile and Releasing Worldwide

Square Enix has announced a new mobile game in the Kingdom Hearts series called Kingdom Hearts Unchained Key. Based on a browser game in Japan, this features plenty of Disney characters from across their many franchises, along with the fantastical stories of the Kingdom Hearts games, and plenty of Keyblade action, in a top-down RPG. The visuals are a flat 2D style, and plenty of characters from both Disney and Square Enix will both wind up in battle across the game's story...

E3 2015: 'Final Fantasy VII' is Coming to iOS

Looks like Final Fantasy VII is coming to iOS, as announced at Square Enix's E3 press conference. Reports indicate that this isn't the remake announced at the Sony press conference, but is actually based on the PS1 original and the PC port that has been updated for compatibility with modern computers. While the first 6 games in the main franchise have been updated and enhanced for mobile, this is the first game in the Playstation series of games to release for mobile...

Check Out the Gorgeous Flying Game 'PixWing' from Some Developers of 'This War of Mine'

While we wait for This War of Mine to launch on iOS, you don't have to wait for another game from some of the team from 11 bit Studios to release a new game. RymPow Team, consisting of moonlighting developers, have been independently working on their own time on a game called PixWing, which is coming to mobile this year. This is a flying game, where you will pilot a plane, a dragon, a flying car, and other vehicles, through gates in a bunch of different 3D worlds. The game is designed to use gyroscope controls, making you get your body into the game, with it even showing calories, though there do appear to be alternate control options if gyroscopic controls aren't preferable...

Tis the season for strange Galaga hybrids, I suppose. After *Galaga Tekken [Free] back in April, we now have Space Galaga [$1.99], which is a crossover between Galaga and the anime Space Dandy. Taking place in the universe of the Space Dandy anime, and featuring characters from the show, you play through different Galaga levels, albeit with bullets shooting out at a really fast pace. You'll gain credits that can be used toward new ship parts and upgrade to make you more powerful as you play through further levels...

Pixelbite's 'Xenowerk' Isn't Releasing This Summer - Because It's Releasing This Week

Do you hate it when developers give estimates for game release dates, and then are wrong on the date? Well, the bad news is that Pixelbite isn't releasing their new dual-stick shooter Xenowerk this summer. The good news is that they're releasing it on June 18th, which is three days ahead of the summer solstice, the first day of summer. So it's technically a spring release, not a summer release. You'll just have to live with playing Pixelbite's latest three days ahead of its promised summer release...

It feels like Folmer Kelly, co-developer on Wrassling [Free] and maker of rad high-score games like #SUPERHYPER [$1.99] as part of Sets and Settings, is pumping out a new game every month. Which is good, because hey, I've advocated for devs to make a bunch of smaller games long before Flappy Bird was even a thing. But hey, he's cranking them out, and his latest game is TrapTower, releasing on June 18th for free...

The Carter Crater: The World Isn't Ready for a Game-Playing Apple TV

You know what really disappointed me about WWDC this year? It was that the Apple TV wasn't getting its long-awaited refresh, and we have to wait even longer for a new Apple TV with potential gaming features. But, as much as I want such a device, if only because I'd love to replace my 2nd generation Apple TV with something that can output 1080p and maybe run Sling natively, I don't know if the idea makes sense right now...

E3 2015: Bank Heist Game 'Payday' Coming to Mobile

505 Games has announced with Starbreeze that they're bringing an entry in the popular PC heist game Payday to mobile. Starbreeze has commissioned Cmune, developers of UberStrike and Bullet Rush [Free], to bring a mobile version of Payday to life. No release date has been announced, or any details beyond the involvement of Cmune, but this should be worth keeping an eye on...

The trend you see lately in mobile gaming is for developers to often try smaller projects. They're less risk, and can still pay off big, especially if you get something that gets a fraction of the downloads of a Crossy Road [Free]. Big games are a risk. Big free-to-play games are a massive risk: if you don't have the resources of a studio backed by investors, you may struggle to even be in the same ballpark as the studios below King and Supercell. So, it seems initially like it's a major folly for Fabulapps to try and compete with the big kahunas of free-to-play with their upcoming game Korrigans: Kingdom Wars, currently in soft launch. But they think they just might have what it takes...

E3 2015: EA Announces New, Year-less 'EA Sports FIFA' Game and New 'Madden NFL Mobile' Details

Interestingly, EA also revealed that a new EA Sports FIFA game is coming to mobile. Previously, EA has released new yearly versions of FIFA, but they may be going down the path they're going with Madden on mobile now. Madden is year-less, and will just be getting updates for the new season, with a Season Score that will let you get a leg up on the new season of the game with your new teams when the 2015 season starts on August 19th. ..

E3 2015: EA Shows Off 'Minions Paradise' in Action

EA's town-builder and mini-game-filled Minions Paradise is coming soon, and EA gave it a prime showcase at E3, demoing it at their press conference. They showed off the game in action with the fun things you can do with the Minions. Interestingly, this one is already in soft launch, so if you're in New Zealand you can play it right now. This is an interesting presence at E3, as the show is usually about big, flashy games, and here's a casual, kid-friendly town-builder for mobile. Even with games like Unravel and Garden Warfare 2, this still kind of stands out...

E3 2015: EA Announces Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes

EA is jumping into the Star Wars franchise with an upcoming CCG called Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes. They didn't show much off of the game beyond the title, but we'll see it later this year...

EA is doing its E3 press conference right now, and they've revealed Gameface HD, a feaure that lets you scan your face into NBA Live by using a mobile device. They ran a demo on stage, and it looked pretty impressive, though we'll see how it works in practice. These things are sometimes horrific, as shown by the NBA 2K face-scanning disasters:..

Brickies [Free] is not a bad game. It is an excellent game in many regards, and a top entry in the brick-breaker genre. The problem is that it's still a brick-breaker. No matter how it mixes things up, I just can't shake the fact that it's a brick-breaker, and it's quite the familiar game. And while it's not bad at all, and is really quite good, it's also not an essential must-have in a venerable, oft-imitated genre...

E3 2015: 'The Walking Dead: Michonne' Series Announced by Telltale

Telltale Games is working on a new miniseries called The Walking Dead: Michonne, focusing on the popular sword-wielding character from the comics and TV series. The game will consist of three episodes, and be available later this year. This was announced at their E3 press conference, will be developed by Skybound, and was confirmed to take place between issues #126 and #139 in the comics series, for fans wondering how this fits into the continuity...

While we had heard some rumblings about something cool coming from Bethesda at E3 that would be for mobile, we had no real clue what exactly it would be. Turns out it was a brand new game, and available right away: welcome to Fallout Shelter [Free], a town-builder that lets you build your own underground vault. We're diving into this one, but if you're just waking up and am curious about this one, here's our first impressions of this game: and despite being a town-builder from a AAA publisher, it might not be what you're dreading, it's actually really neat and does monetization in a different way from other games in the genre...

'Orbital' and 'Gimme Friction Baby'-Inspired 'Hue Ball' Releasing on June 18th

Last month, I told you about Hue Ball, a fun game based off of Wouter Visser's Gimme Friction Baby, similar to iOS classic Orbital [$2.99 / Free / $2.99 (HD)]. I also told you that it was planned to release in late May or early June. Sadly, those time frames have passed and yet the general public has not had the ability to play Hue Ball. Even my Testflight build had expired. Was Hue Ball doomed to disappear? Thankfully, no โ€“ Hue Ball just needed a bit more work, and now the game is set to release on June 18th...