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Noodlecake has been publishing a ton of titles over the years from developers all over the world. They have an interesting story to share with their new game Fluffy Jump [Free], programmed by one of the developers behind Pull My Tongue [$0.99]. It started out as a simple game, being made by David Marquardt, who would team up with his wife Cathy, to do the art. Well, she drew some characters, and then David went to recreate them in Photoshop. She wasn't happy, and it led to her learning Photoshop to make the artwork herself...

Help Beta Test 'Bike Club', a Game About Building Bikes and Shooting Stuff

Set Snail has announced an interesting game called Bike Club, and they need beta testers for it. This looks off the bat like another physics biking game, albeit with some cool two-dimensional artwork, and that'd be fine! Physics racers are still a fun genre. But how about if you had to bike on homemade contraptions...and shoot targets in the air at the same time? While riding clearly makeshift bicycline contraptions? Yes, yes, that is the good stuff. Just like the American dream, though Set Snail is Danish, so maybe it's the Danish dream? And I didn't even mention the chickens...




'Nonstop Chuck Norris' is 'Nonstop Knight' but With Chuck Norris

I can remember a simpler time on the internet when Chuck Norris facts were the meme comedy of the day. Those were simpler times. In 2017, everything's gone crazy. Maybe the thing to right the ship is the return of unstoppable force of nature, Chuck Norris. Well, Flaregames is about to deliver that to the world in a new mobile game, Nonstop Chuck Norris. Check out the first teaser trailer below for the game ahead of its April release:..

Have you been Phoenix Wright curious? Perhaps getting better acquainted with Apollo Justice has been on your to-do list? Well, good news: Capcom has unleashed some sales on the popular series of visual novel games for iOS. The most recent one is Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies [$0.99], which uses an interesting business model. You get the first half of episode one for $0.99, then pay to unlock the rest of the game. That "All Episodes Set" IAP is 20% off right now for $11.99. Want to dive into the earliest games in the series? Ace Attorney: Phoenix Wright Trilogy HD [Free] is 40% off the "Purchase All Titles" IAP right now. The middle child, Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney [$0.99], is 20% off its full version IAP...

'Meganoid' 2017 Revamp from Orangepixel Releases on March 30th

The Meganoid 2017 remake news cycle is moving swift, like a puma. We've gone from the game being announced, to the game being deep in development, to a release date announcement in just a few weeks! Wow! Yes, Meganoid's big 2017 bigger and better than ever reboot is set to release on March 30th. That's a Thursday, none of these wonky release days. Orangepixel is here to give you games, when you expect them...though sooner than you may be thinking if you thought "I was looking forward to playing Meganoid a lot later this year!" Nope, Q1 2017! Check out the new release trailer with goofy voiceover:..

'Steven Universe: Save the Light' RPG Announced, Not for Mobile...Yet?

A wise philosopher once stated about a potential new game from Grumpyface, the studio behind a bunch of genuinely good Cartoon Network games and some Adult Swim originals: "NEW STEVEN UNIVERSE RPG OR WE RIOT." Well, said philosopher's monkey paw wish came true, as Steven Universe: Save the Light was announced today on March 9th. The problem is that it was announced for unspecified consoles. Maybe that'll include the Switch, and possibly PC, but for now, mobile players are out of luck. A Cartoon Network representative said "we'll see what happens" about a mobile version after the console ones release, so don't give up hope yet!..

'Guns and Spurs' Open-World Western Hits Mobile on March 25th

Sakis25 Games has been working away at Guns and Spurs, an open-world western, for a while now. But the good news is that the game is finally set to hit mobile on March 25th. The iOS version will be $1.99, and the Android version will be free with ads and an IAP to remove the ads. This is a 'remasteered' version of a game by the same name from 2010, made to modern standards and for mobile devices...

Something odd has been afoot on the App Store with releases recently. Bit City comes out on Monday; Zach Gage's new game Typeshift comes out on a Saturday; Card Thief has been submitted but they can't say the release yet. I've heard from a couple of devs that something is happening with their games soon that they're not at liberty to discuss, including some more unorthodox release timing. The reasons have seemed unclear, but the unspoken reason for all this is usually "Apple told us to do this." As to why Apple would do some things beyond them being Apple, weird is what they do, who ever knows? Well, Apple just provided a big reason for all theses shenanigans with the new "Celebrating Indie Games" promotion running from March 9th-20th...

NimbleBit to Release 'Bit City' on March 13th

Are you ready for some Bit City? Well, I hope so, because you're gonna get it quite soon. NimbleBit has announced a Monday, March 13th release for Bit City. NimbleBit is expanding from just building towers, death-laser-equipped space stations (rest in power, Tiny Death Star), and transportation networks, and now has you building a whole dang city for yourself. The classy Eric Ford has a preview of the game that will tell you everything you need to know...

Imagination Technologies is a name you might not know, but you use their products every day. They make the PowerVR architecture that powers iOS devices. And they announced PowerVR Furian, a new GPU architecture that promises 4K graphics performance on mobile, with "up to a 70-90% improvement in real-world gaming performance by density, including 35% better shader performance and 80% better fill rate, compared to a similar sized and clocked Series7XT Plus GPU based on current-generation PowerVR Rogue architecture." This all according to our sister site MacRumors. Note that the first PowerVR Furian architecture GPUs will be available mid-2017, but real-world devices with Furian won't be available until the end of 2018...

'rvlvr.' Features Over 15,000 Puzzles to Solve

The Frosty Pop Corps, fresh off the release of Puff. [Free], the Downwell-inspired high-score chasser, and Slap Shots! [Free], is set to release a new game, rvlvr., this April. The period is intentional and part of a planned "games ending with punctuation" trilogy along with Puff.; also the lowercase title looks a lot cooler than the uppercase one. The idea is that you have to rotate puzzle pieces around to form the shape indicated. Seems simple enough on its face, but it ain't gonna be easy to beat this one. Why? Because there are over 15,000 puzzles to play. Yeah, 15,000. No joke...

'Oh...Sir! The Hollywood Roast' Brings More Insult Combat This Spring

Vile Monarch and Gambitious last year released Oh...Sir! The Insult Simulator [$1.99], a game about comedic insult combat. It proved to be a hit among the YouTube crowd and was a multiplatform success. As such, the time has come for a sequel. Enter Oh...Sir! The Hollywood Roast, which now tries to bring the insult combat to thinly-veiled Hollywoood parodies. Check out the trailer, narrated appropriately enough by the dude who narrates the "Honest Trailers" series...

Video games are the best form of artwork there is, because the unique aspects of the form create for interesting works. Like, Milkmaid of the Milky Way [$3.99]. It's a point-and-click puzzle adventure by solo developer Mattis Folkstead that pays homages to the initial heyday of the genre in the 1990s. And he does so in a game about a milkmaid in 1920s Norway that has to save her cows from aliens. While all the dialogue is written in rhyme. Oh, and the story has a certain melancholy to the whole affair, about time passing and losing loved ones. Also, you ride a hoverbike. Milkmaid of the Milky Way is a unique affair...

The Nintendo Switch blurs the lines between gaming tablet, portable system, and console. Those last two things are already kind of blurry as handheld hardware has gotten more powerful. And, while handheld games have always been seen as the younger sibling to console games (who themselves are seen as inferior to the PC gaming ubermensch), mobile has always been the red-headed stepchild. Yet, with the Switch being basically a tablet with built-in controllers, there's room for some great mobile games to shine on a 'serious' gaming system. There's some underappreciated gems by talented developers that don't get enough love, and I've collected ten great games that would make for fine Switch titles...

GDC 2017 - 'Art of Conquest' is Lilith Games' MMO/RTS Hybrid

Lilith Games is bringing an intereting idea forth to mobile with Art of Conquest. The concept is that it's a game where you're fighting to control a continent, supporting your faction that's one of seven constantly vying for control. But what's interesting about the game is how some of the systems work. You'll be navigating a map as a character, traveling to different locations to fortify bases and conquer new locales, as opposed to just tapping on different spots on a map. Then in battle, while units are controlled automatically, you lay out their formation ahead of time, with different hero units as well as troops that can be deployed. Then, in battle, you can utilize hero abilities to help turn the tide of battle. Check out some of the game in action:..

Check Out Our Nintendo Switch Discord Channel

March 6th, 2017 4:30 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News
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Over on our Discord server, we've opened up a new room just for Nintendo Switch discussion. If you've picked up a system, then the #nintendo_switch room is the spot to go. Been playing Zelda? Or maybe Snipperclips? Getting your Bomberman on? Doing crazy things like visiting a Toys R Us in order to find Switch systems? Crazy, I know, but if you wanna talk about it, make like Scorpion's opponents and get over here!..

'Golf Zero' Releases on March 14th

'Golf Zero' Releases on March 14th

March 6th, 2017 3:15 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Upcoming Games
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If you've been waiting to get some golfing action with buzzsaws and slo-mo, mid-air shots in your life, then good news: you will not have to wait much longer. March 14th – next Tuesday – sees the release of Golf Zero for iOS. Developed by Colin Lane (Wrassling [Free]) and Brad Erkkila (It's A Space Thing [Free]), this is golfing combined with trial platformers in a unique way. ..

Zach Gage announced some updates to SpellTower [$2.99] a while back, including new language versions and a massive iPad Pro 12.9" mode. But something new was promised, too. And Gage has just started teasing that new thing. In fact, he straight-up says "I'm releasing a new word game in 12 days." Which would be Saturday, March 18th, an odd day for releases, but let's roll with it. The teaser site has you anagramming a word, with a new puzzle coming on Tuesday: ..

GDC 2017: 'Fail Whale' Pits Narwhals in Deadly Combat

Appsomniac Games has been working on their take on .io multiplayer games with Fail Whale off and on for a while now – I saw it back in late 2015 – but other projects have kept the game from being finished until now. This one has you playing as a narwhal, taking on other players in online action, trying to stab each other with your giant narwhal horn, and trying to utilize your dash attack to its fullest. You'll be dueling to the death with a bunch of other players at once. Get your streak up high, and set records based on hourly, daily, monthly time-frames, and even the best all-time. You know, if you're not a whale of failure...

GDC 2017: Check Out 'Iron Marines' by 'Kingdom Rush' Developer in Action

Ironhide Games Studios, most known for the Kingdom Rush series of gmaes, is hard at work on Iron Marines, their take on real-time strategy games. Ironhide gave me a demo of the game at GDC 2017. You'll be going on missions of various types, including base invasions, and search-and-rescue missions. Heroes will play a big role in the game, with powers that can be deployed to help you gain the upper-hand Check out some footage of the game in action (the video cuts off a bit early due to an error):..