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'Downwell' Soundtrack to be Released on Vinyl

August 4th, 2016 11:15 AM EDT by Carter Dotson in News
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The curious trend of video games getting vinyl soundtrack releases continues, with the rad Downwell [$2.99] – my personal favorite game of 2015 – getting a soundtrack release on vinyl by Black Screen Records. Eirik Suhrke, who composed the soundtrack for Downwell as well as Ridiculous Fishing [$2.99], will have his music along with two bonus tracks by Ilkae's Aaron Munson. The Downwell vinyl will be pressed on red 180 gram vinyl, in a sleeve with new artwork by Mushbuh, and include a 12" screen print by nemk for those who preorder the album...

Moon Kid has announced a new game, Satellina Zero, that will release next week, and is a spin-off of the fun Satellina [$1.99] from 2015. Where that game was a time-trial-focused game where you had to move around an arena, collecting all the dots of the proper color before moving on to the next set, Satellina Zero simplifies the process. You move along a line at the bottom of the screen, trying to catch dots as they fall down, tapping to switch colors. It feels like it's borne from the same concept as Satellina, but Satellina Zero plays quite differently. As you get high scores, new levels unlock as well as new color palletes to play with...




Sign Up to Beta Test the Stylish 'Lost Maze'

Lemon Jam has a gorgeous looking puzzler called Lost Maze in the works, and they need your help to test it out. You spin around cylindrical pieces of the various levels in order to help guide the protagonist Misty through the paths without running into traps. The controls are designed to be simple, with tapping to move and stop, along with the ability to manipulate the various portions of the maze. The game has a gorgeous look to it, and the idea of what is basically a linear maze is an interesting idea. Plus, if you don't care for Misty, there's a number of other characters that you can unlock and play as...

The mood around some Pokemon GO [Free] fans as of late has been a bit sour, but Niantic's made some announcements that should soothe some of the tension. First up, they say the game's launching in a few more Latin American countries, including Brazil. While Brazilians are often very vocal on social media about getting entities like popular musicians to tour their country, and Niantic is probably wise in making the Brazil launch a top priority, there's another concern there. Namely, the Summer Olympics are set to happen, and all the visitors to Brazil are gonna want to catch Pokemon while they're there. Just be safe and don't catch Zika...

Lost in all the hysteria over the potential for virtual reality is the Samsung Gear VR. The Gear VR might be the most mature virtual reality solution yet, not only because the hardware is made in partnership with Oculus, but because the third revision of the Gear VR is set to hit. With the new Galaxy Note 7 announced at Galaxy Unpacked 2016, the Gear VR's latest revision was part of the festivities, bringing some improvements and one feature that could prove useful to the device's future...

Vector Unit has delivered Riptide GP: Renegade on Apple TV to you as they promised they would. It's August 2nd, they said the game would release on that date for $9.99, and if you have an Apple TV or Nvidia Shield TV, you can play the game on those boxes. If you don't have one of them, you'll have to wait for the touchscreen version, but it's coming! Vector Unit was reliable with this release, you can take their word for it! Also, it's August, that just seems crazy...

Fermenter Games has been hard at work on Neighborhorde for PC, with Baseless, their most recent mobile project, being in limbo right now. But mobile fans of the unique David. [$1.99] will have a new game to check out from Fermenter – and you can sign up to try it out. Spingun gives you a ship that can spin and move in either direction using two buttons, but can also fire by pressing both directions at once. You havve limited control over the action, but that's part of the fun...

A couple of games with community elements released this past week, and if you want to join up with other readers, well, here is your chance. First up is Phoenix 2 [Free], the new shoot 'em up that we recently reviewed. The official TouchArcade community group is toucharcade, all one word and all lowercase. Any other spelling is a false group of heathens. Together, we at toucharcade shall rule the Phoenix 2 leaderboards and get those sweet rewards ever 72 hours or so. There's a forum thread where you can discuss with us...

Don't skip out on Bulb Boy [$2.99]. This iOS port of the 2015 grotesque-comedy-horror point-and-click adventure game is incredibly charming, when it's not trying to weird you out. It's not very difficult to beat, but it also doesn't overstay its welcome. The premise has you playing as the eponymous Bulb Boy, who finds the house he's staying at with his frail grandfather and flying bulb dog suddenly invaded by monsters, or perhaps some kind of symbiote from outer space. Bulb Boy wakes up, and there's suddenly weird arms coming out of the walls, giant headless chickens, and at least one giant poop monster. No joke. This is a game that's definitely got a flavor for the grotesque, and it's got horror elements to it as well. And the only way to solve the problems here is by collecting items, and using them on objects in the environment, experimenting to figure out what works! Just like any good point-and-click adventure. ..

Pixelbite's Tactical Shooter 'Space Marshals 2' Set to Release on August 25th

Pixelbite announced Space Marshals 2 a while back, but the game was announced to release in June. Spoiler alert: it's not really June any more. In fact, it's not really July any more. But the good news is that Space Marshals 2 is definitely still in the works, and it's set to release on August 25th. We only have the one screenshot posted by Pixelbite for the game, but hopefully footage will be forthcoming and soon...

With Disney Infinity's [Free] cancellation announced earlier this year, and the game's various online components, it was probably only a matter of time before news of the game's various shutdown dates would be revealed. And thanks to reader Brandon who sent us over an email sent to Disney Infinity customers, we know when services are being shut down and the apps will be pulled. On September 30th, the mobile and Apple TV versions of Disney Infinity 3.0 will be pulled, and the mobile versions will not work at all. The Apple TV version will work and be available until March 3, 2017. ..

One of the unique elements of mobile is that because people have their devices with them constantly, game design has taken on a new element of trying to fit into people's lives. Phoenix 2 [Free] feels like the idea was to provide an intense shoot 'em up experience that could be more than just an occasional distraction, but a game that could fit into someone's life. And in that regard, it succeeds: it's a unique experience that works best on mobile because it's built for the platform, while still being a fun bullet hell shmup experience...

'Severed' Review - I'd Give my Left Arm to Play This on Mobile

Consider it a testament to the power of mobile that developers still want to make and release games for it, despite the challenges of selling on it. After all, when games are customary a third of their price on other platforms, it's no wonder that games are rarely announced first for mobile. Severed [$6.99] was that exception, as mobile was a core platform for the game at its announcement. Then, it became a PlayStation Vita exclusive, before eventually being re-announced for mobile. And here it finally is. This first-person Infinity Blade [$5.99] meets Zelda type game – is a really cool experience that feels like it should have been on mobile all along...

'Shoot the Dragon' is a Well-Animated Horizontal Shoot 'em Up That Looks Like Fun

Weedo Interactive has announced their new game Shoot the Dragon, and it looks like an intriguing horizontal-scrolling shoot 'em up. The game has you controlling a jetpacked warrior shooting various foes...but he can also transform into a chef bear that launches utensils as weapons while flying through the air? Chalk one up for variety. The animation looks great, there's an absurd set of characters (one boss is a shredding demon) and I'm intrigued by endless shoot 'em ups, which is what this is planned to be. Check out the game in action for yourself: ..

The long-running game Battle Nations [Free] is being shut down by Z2 (owned by King, which in itself is owned by Activision Blizzard), as are all the other Z2 games in their portfolio, including Metalstorm: Aces (pulled from the App Store), Metalstorm: Online [Free], Nitro [Free], and Trade Nations (pulled from the App Store). The games are all shutting down their in-app purchases this week, with servers being shut down in late September. The player base is decidedly not happy. Some games haven't had announcements in years, so people are grumpy but there's not a lot left. Battle Nations' shutdown thread in the official forums is pretty much a microcosm of the internet. After the carefully-crafted statement, the first comment is someone being really angry and vowing to never spend money on the developer ever again; the second post includes a repurposed Harambe meme...

'Crooked Path' is a Gorgeous Looking Game Set to Release in Early August

Developer RuvixArts is set to release its debut title, Crooked Path, on August 4th. The concept behind the game is a bit abstract, and the video doesn't necessarily make the gameplay super-clear, but you'll be activating switches, hopping portals, all to explore these levels full of, you guessed it, crooked paths. It's a gorgeous-looking game, with some definite Mirror's Edge influence in there, and some of the concepts in play seem mighty intriguing:..

Suspicions have been all abound about just what the Nintendo NX would be, and Eurogamer is reporting something quite interesting: that the system will be portable with home TV dock, feature detachable controllers, and be powered by Nvidia Tegra chips. Eurogamer is saying that multiple sources have confirmed the NX's nature to them, with a separate report saying that the system will use the Tegra X1, which is currently used in the rather capable Shield TV:..

Razer might be best known for their cutting-edge gaming peripherals. From their keyboards with glowy LED lights, to gaming mice with lots of buttons and glowy LED lights, to their very green headsets. But the company also seems to find itself doing some unexpected things. Like making a fitness tracker. And, it turns out, they've launched a location-based chat app for Pokemon GO [Free]? Yes, RazerGo [Free] is a way to chat with nearby Pokemon GO players using the app, with several features built around Pokemon GO specifically...

Whoops! Nintendo's share prices in Japan have plummeted 18% after the report on July 22nd that warned investors that Nintendo didn't actually own that much of Pokemon GO [Free] and thus wouldn't have the financial impact on their company that the flood of stock purchases would seemingly indicate. It's possible that after the decline in Japan, further trading could adjust the price further – Nikkei rules indicate that a stock price can't move more than 18% in one day. Granted, the ownership situation of Pokemon GO is complicated, but one would think the people spending billions of dollars worth in trades would have figured that out first...

Indie publisher tinyBuild Games has said for a while that their violent party-murder game Party Hard would be coming to mobile. But, the actual existence of a mobile version of Party Hard has been something I've been unable to verify. I've prodded tinyBuild employees at shows, and a mobile build was nowhere to be seen, though promises that it would come to mobile were still made. Did tinyBuild perhaps bite off a bit more than they could chew in trying to make this one work on mobile? Either a sign of hope or despair was when Party Hard showed up on Google Play, but only for Nvidia devices. Would iOS players ever get a touchscreen-friendly version of Party Hard? Well, it looks like the answer is yes, as tinyBuild has announced a beta test program for what they're calling Party Hard Go: ..