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'Pokemon TCG Online' Soft Launches in Canada

September 26th, 2014 5:03 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News

Pokemon TCG Online has just soft launched for iPad in Canada. We've known that an iPad version of the card game was coming for a few weeks now, but it looks like the game is nearing the spotlight with this soft launch. This is, of course, a digital version of the card game series tied in with the Pokemon franchise, that lets players build decks and battle other players online...

'Phantom Rift' 1.1 Update Picks Up the Pace

September 26th, 2014 3:52 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Updates
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One of the big concerns with Phantom Rift [$2.99] was the movement speed of the main character, which really hindered playing through the game. Well, an update was promised that would improve this, and Foursaken Media has delivered, with version 1.1 on the App Store now. The playable character moves noticeably faster, and at a rate that makes wandering through the overworld and levels much better than it was before. I'm looking forward to playing through the game a bit more now that it's less tedious to get from place to place...

Remember Aralon: Sword and Shadow [$4.99] from Crescent Moon Games? It's gotten a number of price drops since its last update way back in the halcyon days of 2012, when iPhones were small and didn't bend. But oh, today is a different day. iPhones are bigger. iPads are the same size and also smaller and rumored to be bigger soon. But no longer is Aralon static. It has gotten the double-whammy update: it now supports widescreen iPhones. And it supports iPhone 6 and 6 Plus resolution. Plus, the game has been updated to support iOS 8, so it's widescreen, bug-free, and has improved lighting and shadow effects. My, what an age we live in...

'Anomaly Defenders' Review - Oh, How the Tables Have Turned

I admit that I'm coming into this Anomaly Defenders [$4.99] with a bit of bias because I've played each of the Anomaly games. I liked the games, but I'm hardly a raving fanatic for the series. But still, it's hard not to play this and think that this is kind of fan service for people have played the previous games in the series and wonder what it would be like to play as the aliens defending from the humans. Well, let me just say – it turns out 11 bit is as good at tower defense as they are at tower offense...

Flappy Golf [Free] fan that wants some new content? Well, do I have good news: there's a creative new asynchronous multiplayer mode called King of the Hole coming, and we only have the children to thank for that. Noodlecake crunched the numbers on the data, and saw that Flappy Golf's numbers were steadily increasing...and then immediately started falling around Memorial Day, i.e. when schools start letting out for summer. The game plummeted off the charts. That is, until late August and early September, when the game's download ranks suddenly started climbing again...

'Bioshock' Gets First Price Drop to $10.99

'Bioshock' Gets First Price Drop to $10.99

September 25th, 2014 12:04 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in Featured, News, Sales
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Was the thought of paying $14.99 for Bioshock [$10.99] , one of the best games of the past decade, too much for you? Well, good news, as the game is currently on sale for $10.99. 2K pulled a very similar tactic with XCOM: Enemy Unknown [$9.99] a few weeks after launch, as they dropped that game's price from $19.99 to $14.99 for about four days, before later dropping it down to $9.99 briefly, until about 10 months later, they made it permanently $9.99. So as such, expect this to be a short-term sale. But if you've wanted the game, this isn't a bad time to jump in...

'Angry Birds Transformers' Soft Launch Rolls Out in New Zealand

Angry Birds Transformers, the crossover between everyone's favorite malcontent avian creatures and everyone's favorite morphing robot franchise, has been teased in the past months, but now we know when the game is coming, and what it's going to play like – and oh yeah, it's soft-launched as well. And it's not just a standard Angry Birds game, but a side-scrolling action game. Rovio's released a gameplay trailer showing off some of the action:..

'Star Wars:  Galactic Defense' Will be Tower Defense with Boba Fett

It seems as if the Star Wars franchise is just going to touch every single gaming genre there is. With card battlers like Star Wars Assault Team [Free] and the Clash of Clans-esque Star Wars: Commander [Free], the franchise won't stop until it hits every single major mobile genre. Well, how about tower defense? Good news, then: DeNA's today announced Star Wars: Galactic Defense, an upcoming free-to-play tower defense game set in the Star Wars universe...

If you like full-size Bluetooth MFi gamepads, today is a good day for you. Not only is the Mad Catz CTRLi coming soon for $60, but if Amazon Canada is to be believed, we'll be getting the Horipad, initially revealed in prototype form at E3 by hardware manufacturer Hori, this November. Listed on Amazon for $64.13 CAD, that comes out to just under $60 USD, so this is in the same price range as the CTLRi, and still about $20 below the MOGA Rebel and other first-wave MFi gamepads. ..

Godo news for anyone looking for another MFi controller option, as Mad Catz's long-awaited C.T.R.L.i is now up for pre-orders at Mad Catz's website, with orders expected to ship out in early October. The price of the controller is really interesting: $59.99, undercutting the SteelSeries Stratus and the MOGA Rebel by $20. The controller will not feature a rechargeable battery, but instead use 2 AAA batteries to power it...

Sometimes games have the hallmarks of greatness, but fail to stick the landing, and that's how I perceive Joinz [$1.99] to be. It mixes Tetris with Threes [$1.99], having players form tetrominos and other block shapes by sliding different-colored blocks around the board, with same color blocks sticking to each other. As more matches are made, powerup blocks come into play, and more colors get involved, making the game steadily more challenging. But it's the way that the game starts and then increases its difficulty, along with a qualm with randomness and the logic of blocks sticking together that keep it from really reaching its potential...

FIFA 15 Ultimate Team [Free] from EA is out today on the App Store. This latest version of the hit soccer simulation is focused around the popular Ultimate Team mode, which involves building a team based on real-world players and buying packs of player cards to help improve the team. Note that the game is pretty much exclusively just about building the Ultimate Team, as the only way to play as teams besides your own are in the Games of the Week mode, which are based around the club you choose, including their real-world schedule. Last year's version offered IAP to unlock the ability to play quick matches with anybody. For the team you're building up, you can choose to play out the matches they play in the various quick matches, seasons, and tournaments, or take part in quick simulations...

The short turnaround time between the iPhone 6 Plus' announcement and release has left developers scrambling to support the larger iPhone, which has some new technical wrinkles because of its higher resolution. It presents a conundrum because where the iPhone 6 renders @2X, the same pixel density as previous Retina Displays, the iPhone 6 Plus internally renders @3X, an entirely new pixel density. To help explain what is happening in action, David Frampton of Majic Jungle sent over some screenshots showing off The Blockheads [Free], and the differences between an unoptimized iPhone 6 Plus game, and what it would look like:..

Apple Store Now Selling the MOGA Rebel

September 23rd, 2014 4:16 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News

The MOGA Rebel launched last week on MOGA's site, but now you can pick it up direct from Apple and from Apple Stores. A listing has gone up on the Apple Store site today listing the MOGA Rebel for its standard $79.95 price. And you can pick it up at certain stores today, in case you want to go pick it up right now. This certainly makes it more convenient to pick up the gamepad when you're buying your new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus – which the controller's extendable arm supports...

'Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge' Coming in October, New Screens and Details Released

One Man Left has been quietly tinkering away on Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge, a spin-off of Tilt to Live 2 [$2.99] that started off as DLC reimagining of the gauntlet mode from the original Tilt to Live [$2.99 / Free (HD) / Free], and the good news is that the standalone game is now nearing completion. Release is scheduled for October exclusively on iOS, and we've got some new screens and details on the game...