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Apple's WWDC keynote was very light on anything related to games – the most notable games-specific feature was the passing mention of "ReplayKit Live" – but the final feature, Swift Playgrounds, is a pretty cool thing Apple has set to release this fall, with a public beta available in July. It's an app that's meant to help teach kids to code through demos and games that will teach them the various facets of Swift, and provide an important introduction to coding for future generations...

Apple announced the latest features coming to tvOS, with the new updates set to hit this fall. If you've misplaced your Apple TV remote and just have your phone, then good news – the Remote app will be updated to support all the functionality of the physical remote, along with full games support. What's interesting is that Eddy Cue quickly mentioned ReplayKit with live broadcasting, which is a seeming new feature that might get more of a mention in the iOS part of the keynote. If Apple introduces live streaming straight from iOS, it could be a killer feature – or a potential Sherlocking of mobile streaming services...




Last year saw a radical preorder bonus from Bethesda, where you could get a Pip-Boy attachment with the most limited edition of Fallout 4. You could put your phone in there and have a Pip-Boy for yourself tied to the game, but what about if you wanted a real-life Pip-Boy? Like, what if you wanted a Pip-Boy that could answer calls, send texts, and play your music, not to mention being an awesome prop for your Fallout cosplay? Well, Bethesda and ThinkGeek, purveyors of geeky gadgets, are here to satisfy your unique demands. Introducing the Pip-Boy Deluxe Bluetooth Edition:..

'The Elder Scrolls Legends' Officially Releasing on Phones and Android, Game Coming Soon

If you're curious about The Elder Scrolls Legends, Bethesda's free-to-play card game, but have been fretting about it not releasing for phones, only for tablet, good news: Bethesda confirmed at their 2016 E3 conference that the game will be releasing on phones and Android as well. This shouldn't be a surprise, necessarily – it's similar to how Hearthstone [Free] rolled out, of course. While the game might be a better experience on tablets and desktop, people will want to play it anywhere, and having a phone version will be crucial. Though, if you assumed that a phone version was happening already, I guess the surprise is that it wasn't announced?..

An update to Fallout Shelter [Free] is set to release in July 2016. The game will be getting a bunch of new content that should help expand the experience. Dwellers can be sent on quests now, and there will be new locations such as a Super Duper Mart to explore. New enemies will be there to fight, but to help with that, you'll have a new combat system to help you take on those enemies. Check out the footage starting at 2:10 below:..

Telltale Reveals 'The Walking Dead' Season Three Trailer

Telltale Games is doing another season of its breakout hit series, The Walking Dead, and they have revealed the new trailer for the third season of the game at E3. Clementine returns as a star of the new series, but a new character named Javier will play a major role as well. Telltale is saying that while Clementine returns from the first two seasons, the story is planned to be more of a standalone story from the first two. But, Telltale is planning on having decisions from the first two seasons play a role in the third season, still. Check out the teaser:..

'Batman: The Telltale Series' Screenshots and Initial Cast Revealed

Telltale has revealed the first screens and the cast of their anticipated upcoming interactive narrative series featuring The Dark Knight himself, Batman: The Telltale Series. While they're not revealing the entire cast yet, with future roles to be unveiled in future episodes, Troy Baker will extend his many video game voiceover credits as he stars as Batman. Additional characters include Harvey Dent (Travis Willingham), Vicki Vale (Erin Yvette), Alfred Pennyworth (Enn Reitel), James Gordon (Murphy Guyer), Carmine Falcone (Richard McGonagle), and Selina Kyle (Laura Bailey)...

Big news that appropriately enough broke while we were streaming on Mobcrush – the Mobcrush app [Free] is now available worldwide! It's not like you couldn't get your hands on it – it was available for download as an enterprise-distributed beta, and soft launched in a few countries, but it's now available worldwide, so you can easily watch streams and get notifications from channels like ours without having to go through any nonsense...

Colin Lane, the twisted visionary behind Wrassling [Free] and a bunch of other fun fast-action games, is hard at work on a new game, Dunkers. Basically, think Wrassling meets Soccer Physics [$0.99] on the basketball court. You and an opponent will flail your arms about, trying to get the ball and go boomshakalaka on the hoop. You can steal the ball from your opponents's arms, and you have to time your slams so that you don't mess up. The ball starts out free at the tipoff, but don't worry – it won't go in chaotically on its own. Ya gotta throw it down, big man. And enjoy the slow-mo as you triumphantly slam the ball down into the rim...

'Voi' is the New Minimalist Puzzler from the Developer of 'Hocus'

The creator of Rop [$0.99] and Hocus [$0.99] has another stylish, monochrome puzzle game in the works. Voi is a take on tangram puzzlers, where you must move blocks around grids in order to get them to match the given sape. But where Voi mixes things up is that each shape you place reverses the color of anything it's placed over. So, you have to solve puzzles using negative space to form the proper shapes. ..

Santa Ragione, the developer of the fantastic Fotonica [$2.99], has announced an interesting new app set to release on June 16th. The Triennale Game Collection features 5 different experimental games by five different creators that were originally created for the Triennale museum in Milan. Santa Ragione is adapting them to mobile and releasing them in one app. The forum thread for the game features gifs for all the games in action:..

'Dead Venture' by Dogbyte Games Lets You Drive to Interesting Places and Kill Zombies in Them

Dogbyte Games has announced its next game, Dead Venture. Like some of their other games, driving is involved, but this time you'll be playing in an isometric view, driving around various landscapes trying to rescue survivors and complete various tasks, all in the name of reaching a far-off safe haven at a military base. There will be an 8-chapter story mode, along with endless survival, and time trial mode to peruse in your quest to kill zombies and save humanity. Check out the trailer, which is really just about a minute and a half of game footage:..

'Dofus Touch' Based on Long-Running MMORPG Soft Launches in Canada

Long-running French turn-based-strategy-inspired MMORPG Dofus is on its way to mobile as Dofus Touch. While this is separate from the main Dofus game on desktop, this is meant to be an adaptation for mobile. That means that the interface has been built for tablets, and the game will be on par with the 2.14 update of Dofus content-wise. Players will have to create new characters for Dofus Touch, and the game will eschew a subscription model for a more traditional mobile free-to-play business model, though Apple did just announce subscriptions for games...

'Card Wars Kingdom' Based on New 'Adventure Time' Episode Planned for July

Card Wars [$3.99], the card game based on the Adventure Time episode of the same name, proved to be a rather popular game for Cartoon Network that's actually managed to stick around the top paid charts for a while now. Now, a sequel to Card Wars is set to release this summer, with Card Wars Kingdom: The Game. The big new feature here is going to be a PvP mode where you can play against other players, to go along with tournament modes. This is set to hit in July, as part of a huge rollout of new Card Wars content...

If you want an iOS MFi controller that holds your device and isn't just a Bluetooth controller, then good news: it just became easier to get your hands on the Gamevice. Starting today, you can pick up the Gamevice at Apple Stores around the world, for $99.95 each. Now, that is expensive in comparison to other controllers – the SteelSeries Nimbus goes for $49.99 after all, and my personal favorite the Mad Catz CTRLi can be found for the same price (and it features an iPhone clip). But the advantage is of course getting a wired connection, and there's definitely a benefit to having the system held in place at a comfortable angle...

With WWDC next week, there's sure to be some big announcements coming out particularly with the potential iOS 10 announcement. But a couple of big announcements have made their way out ahead of the big keynote. In an interview with The Verge, Phil Schiller revealed that paid search ads are coming to the App Store. Search ads have been available on Google Play since last year, but now developers looking to stand out can pay to get to the top of search results. ..

'Deus Ex GO' Revealed by Square Enix Montreal for this Summer

Square Enix Montreal is continuing to expand their series of fun and clever GO games based on Square Enix properties. Next up on the list is Deus Ex GO, which promises to be pretty much what it says on the tin: turn-based puzzle-action set in the Deus Ex universe, specifically featuring protagonist of Mankind Divided, Adam Jensen, fighting the Juggernaut Collective with TF29. The game seems to use a highly-stylized universe full of hex grids (real game!). Where each GO game had a different feel and some twists along with the similar setup, here hacking and various augmentations hope to give this one a unique feel. ..

'Gun Glory: Anarchy' Features Zombies, Giant Robots, and Bunny Hats

Flange Studio has announced their upcoming Gun Glory: Anarchy, a third-person shooter set to drop in June worldwide. This colorful cover-based third-person shooter will have you playing as one of a motley crew of heroes fighting pretty much every enemy in the book from giant robots to zombie hordes. The weapons seem to range from the practical like shotguns, to laser cannons and katanas. And the heroes have some range, too, including a bunny-hat-wearing heroine that, yeah, could probably be Louise from Bob's Burgers. I'd want her on my side in a fight against giant robots and zombies...

'Injustice 2' Existence Leaked by GameStop, Mobile Version Coming Too?

Get ready for more DC superheroes to battle each other. The existence of Injustice 2 has leaked out ahead of the game's release thanks to some GameStop incompetence. Polygon got a tip of the game's existence due to some preorder posters for the game getting sent to stores, and an employee sending a photo to Gamestop. Their authenticity was seemingly confirmed by Ed Boon of NetherRealm, who seems to be not too pleased with GameStop! Interestingly, another GameStop employee shared a photo of the posters, and a comment that someone forgot to put a street date on the posters, likely around the game's probably annoucement at E3 next week. Whoops!..

Orangepixel's Heroes of Loot 2 [$3.99] was surprisingly announced to release this week, what with the busy times over the summer with various big releases and sales sure to hit. The game got approved for sale quickly enough that a June 9th relase was planned. However, Orangepixel's Pascal Bestebroer accidentally hit a wrong button, and the app wound up releasing a couple days early. Instead of pulling it from sale or hiding the blunder, he's just rolling with it, so Heroes of Loot 2 is yours to buy right stinking now, with the half-off early-buyer discount...