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The rollout of Fire Emblem: Heroes has begun. As of about 1:45AM CST, the game is starting to show up around the world in a number of countries, including Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and several European countries. If you don't have the game in your territory yet (notably North America) then hold on – it looks like the game is quickly propagating worldwide rather than just being available all at once. The Japanese version is the same as the English version on the iTunes store, so just mash this Fire Emblem Heroes iTunes link until it works. We'll update when the app is available worldwide, especially in the US and Canada. Note that there seems to be a similar situation going on with the Android version with a staggered rollout...

'Dungeon Rushers' Set to Hit Mobile on February 23rd

Mi-Clos Studio and Goblinz Studio have announced that their PC dungeon crawler Dungeon Rushers is set to hit iOS and Android on February 23rd. The 2D game of exploring dungeons, using character abilities to find traps and secrets, then going into battle against hordes of enemies. The developers are promising over 20 hours of content, not to mention user-created content that you can create and play for yourself...




'Plague Inc. Scenario Creator' Coming to Mobile

A cool new app is coming for Plague Inc. [$0.99] that will expand its functionality for players, with the Plague Inc. Scenario Creator for mobile. This app will give you access to five different labs that will affect your scenario. The core lab will let you write background narratives, set win conditions, edit various translation, and anything else that is important to the heart of your infectious disease. The disease lab will let you create the stats, symptoms, abilities, and transmissions for that disease. The world lab will let you set country attributes, including population, climate, budgets, and air routes. The government lab will let you define how governments will respond, and let you either modify existing reactions or create entirely new ones. Finally, the event lab, which is designed for advanced users, will let you create events that change the game along with narrative pop-ups, created using the game's scripting tools...

'Glitchskier' is a New Shoot 'Em Up From the Developer of 'Sputnik Eyes'

Shelly Alon, the developer of Partyrs [$1.99] and Sputnik Eyes [$1.99], is back with a new shoot 'em up hitting on February 2nd called Glitchskier. This is a bullet-hell-inspired shmup that thematically exists as a cracked, glitchy game full of computer errors as aesthetics. The menu even takes after a Windows 3.1 GUI, just to add to the theme. But then from there, it's all about getting high scores, trying to dodge bullet formations and taking out enemies. Glitchskier is a little forgiving, as you can take multiple hits before dying, but still: be careful...

PAX South 2017: 'Gorogoa' Brings Unique Puzzles and Themes to Point-and-Click Adventure Genre

One of the more unique games that showed up at PAX South 2017 was point-and-click adventure game Gorogoa. The concept of the game is that you're solving puzzles that exist in 4 tiles that can be slide around like blocks in a block-sliding puzzler. These tiles can also interact with each other. A couple of tricks in the PAX South demo included overlays that can be separated from the tile, and then placed on another one to change the interactions available. Tiles placed adjacent to one another also can interact with each other, such as creating shelves where one object can be changed to shift the positioning of an item on the shelf...

PAX South 2017: Versus Evil Shows Off 'Like a Boss', 'Let Them Come', and The Long-Awaited 'Antihero'

Versus Evil had a presence at PAX South 2017, and mobile will play a role. The starring mobile game at their booth was Like a Boss, which has been in soft launch for a while now, but only an older build was available at the show. Still, this one's in development and worth keeping an eye on, as the concept of being an MMORPG boss and fending off pesky heroes is quite fun. Let Them Come was available on PC. This 2D shooter has you trying to defend your encamped position from an oncoming horde of enemies. The demo at PAX South gave players a limited amount of cash to go into battle with, so special ammo and passive skills had to be equipped wisely to fend off the dangerous enemies for as long as possible. It's fun stuff, though I am curious as to how well it will work on mobile. Versus Evil's representative said the developers are still figuring that out. With two different guns, grenades, and a knife attack to worry about, I'm curious to see how it all comes together...

The most popular attraction at PAX South 2017, hands down?The Nintendo Switch. When a line starts to form during the media hour before the event is even open to the public, that's a sign that people are intrigued by the system. Thankfully, I got to take part in an in-depth hands-on session with the system, and try some of the unique features. First off, the system feels just a lot like using a tablet when you hold it, and probably even better than using something like the Gamevice with an iPad Mini. Nintendo wasn't yet ready to talk about anything using the touchscreen, unfortunately. However, the process of switching from handheld to docked modes on the TV is fast and works seamlessly. It just takes a few seconds to change modes when you put the system in the dock or take it out. If you're using multiple controllers, when you switch modes, you'll get a prompt to hit L+R on your controller of choice to start using that, so you could switch between playing with Joy-Con on the road and using the Pro Controller at home. There's just something quite cool about the fact that the big, expansive Zelda game on your TV is now on a handheld system...

PAX South 2017: 'MetaArcade' Wants You to Create Your Own Gamebook Adventures

Gamebooks, who doesn't love 'em? They combine the fun of RPGs with the intellectual rigor of reading. But what about making your own? Well, that's what MetaArcade tries to do. It's an app that will serve as a way to play a variety of interactive, gamebook-style, fiction adventures. Tunnels and Trolls serves as the backbone of the gamebook engine, and a couple of adventures in the Flying Buffalo series are part of the app. A number of premade adventures will be available, but MetaArcade wants this to be about creating and sharing your own gamebooks...

While we're planning to get some more hands-on time with the Nintendo Switch at PAX South, there was one game being demoed on the Switch as well as other platforms: Has-Been Heroes, a lane-based roguelike action game. The concept of this roguelike-style game is that you control a cadre of washed-up heroes helping a couple of princesses get to school. Unfortunately, the route to school is full of evil ne'er-do-wells. Combat works where your heroes' attacks charge up over time, and you can send them forward in the lane to hit enemies. Now, where things get interesting is that you can swap heroes between lanes during the moments when heroes are attacking, and even gang up on enemies that way. You also have abilities that recharge over time that can be used for buffs or attacks. The game is real-time, but you can pause action at any point as well, and action automatically freezes after attacks. There's a Binding of Isaac [$14.99] element to the game's structure, where the game is a roguelike and you have a goal to reach, but the bosses and progression changes after victories. So, do expect some new surprises on your adventures...

PAX South 2017: 'Evolution' Tabletop Game Coming to iPad

Card game Evolution is getting an iPad version, as North Star Games demoed at PAX South 2017. The game has you competing in up to 4 player battles to collect food, grow your species, and stop other players before you run out of cards. The game flow goes that you're dealt several cards, you put one in to determine the food pool for that round based on the card's food value. Then, you play your cards, either increasing your species' population or body size, or adding that card as a trait. Once all cards are played, you collect food, which for herbivores is from the plant food pool. For carnivores, it comes from attacking other species – including your own if need be...

PAX South 2017: 'Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo Edition' Delivers on Its Promise

Headup Games was at PAX South demoing Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo Edition: The Card Warriors, and well, it seems to deliver on its promise. It's a blackjack game with all the standard blackjack game maneuvers. It will also feature up to 4 player online cross-platform multiplayer. But the hook of the game is the whole Super Street Fighter 2 aesthetic, and the game nails that down pat. All the characters are inspired by Headsup Games staff, but there's definitely a liberal dose of 1990s fighting game style:..

While we usually hear a bunch from the fine folks at Noodlecake Games, purveyors of fine mobile games both original, published by them, and ported to Android. Well, they just dropped a release they've been keeping a secret from us: they're bringing realMyst [$6.99] to Android at last. One of the most popular point-and-click adventure games of all time has been missing on Android in official form. This 3D take on Cyan Worlds' classic has you exploring a mysterious island and trying to discover the secrets contained within, traveling across time to the different Myst Ages, including the bonus Rime Age...

January 26th should be remembered as a monumental day for games about phones. Japanese developer Yuta Yamamoto released Strange Telephone [$3.99], an odd adventure game featuring, well, a strange telephone. You play as Jill, and with the Graham, the eponymous phone, you explore a strange world, and discover the multiple endings ahead of you. The production values and concept seem really intriguing, and a bit unique compared to other point and click games. This one's available on mobile now:..

If you do any kind of activity that involves your voice, you need at least a decent microphone. While voice chat, Skype calls, and mics for streaming are traditionally associated with PC and console gaming, we're increasingly seeing activities that require microphones happening on mobile. Streaming is more open than ever on mobile between services like Mobcrush that even have native iOS streaming support. Apps like Discord [Free] make it easy to work together with fellow guild or clan members, with voice chat support that works straight from your phone. Or maybe you talk to your family a lot via FaceTime (which uses a higher-quality audio codec than standard cellular calls) and want something that sounds good to them. Now, while you could use the microphone that comes on cheap pack-in earbuds, you're sacrificing a lot of quality, as these microphones are built for convenience, not for quality. If you do anything regularly with your voice, you and anyone who has to listen to you deserves a microphone of better quality. ..

'King Rabbit' Level Editor Update Now Available

January 25th, 2017 8:30 PM EST by Carter Dotson in News, Updates
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After months of development and beta testing on our forums, the level editor update for King Rabbit [Free] is here at last. This easy-to-use tool allows you to make levels for this action-puzzle game from your phone with just one hand. You just tap and drag items from the bottom of the screen into the game board, and can tap on objects to configure their properties. Even if you're just starting out, it's simple enough to create your own levels, and once you beat it with three coins for yourself, you can share it with the world...

'Sokkelo: The Phrase Maze' is 'Mad Libs'-Style Word Mazes from 'Gnomium' Developer Retrodigio

Retrodigio, the studio behind 2016's Gnomium [Free], is coming back with a new word game called Sokkelo: The Phrase Maze. This word game tries to combine some familiar mechanics with a new approach to make something entirely new. The idea is that you're given a maze, and you swipe around it to form words of various parts of speech, like nouns, verbs, and et cetera. You're navigating the maze, and you can form some wacky phrases with the words you're given. You can see from this early gameplay video how it works:..

10tons isn't done with Neon Chrome [$9.99], their fantastic dual-stick-shooter roguelike. They've just added a new mode to the PC version of the game, and will be bringing it to other platforms including mobile in the future. This survival arena mode will have you playing as one of five roles, each with their own leaderboards, trying to survive as long as possible against ever more deadly waves of enemies coming against you. Additional enhancements can be installed, along with weapon upgrades and crates that can be found. Beyond that, good luck, and I hope you've got some survival skills...

Tomorrow Corporation has announced that it is bringing World of Goo [$2.99 / $4.99], Little Inferno [$2.99 / $4.99], and Human Resource Machine [$4.99] to the Nintendo Switch on launch day, March 3rd. The three-person studio consisting of half of World of Goo developer 2D BOY (Kyle Gabler) is also bringing a new soundtrack mode to all 3 games' Switch versions, where the full original soundtrack of each game (all composed by Kyle Gabler) will be available to listen to...

Drive Tanks, Build Worlds, Then Destroy Them in Phil Hassey's 'Tankout'

After last year's fun emoj.io [Free], Phil Hassey is back with a new, massively multiplayer action game. Tankout is kind of a curious combination where you're trying to take out other people in a variety of worlds online, collecting coins for yourself. But, your objective is to spend those coins to build a world of your own design, placing a variety of hazards to bedevil all those who enter, with the goal of collecting enough coins to lock your world down, though before then, people can damage your world and place their own obstacles...

For developers, a long-awaited feature is finally coming to the App Store, as review replies will now be available starting in this version of iOS. For the longest time, reviews on the App Store have been a one-way form of communication, with developers unable to respond to criticisms and complaints in reviews. So if a user makes a review pointing out a flaw that winds up being popular, the developer can't respond saying that it's being fixed, or a workaround, or anything like that. Now, starting in iOS 10.3, developers can do so. As well, a new SKStoreReviewController API will allow developers to ask users to rate or review an app while they're using it. ..