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'Panthera Frontier' Brings Furry Space Battles to iOS and Android Next Week

Ayopa Games and Extend Interactive have revealed Panthera Frontier is hitting mobile on June 22nd. Controlling what is sure to be a furry-approved cast of characters, you'll assemble a motley crew and do battle with other spaceships in an attempt to be the greatest crew in the cosmos. You'll discover new alien species, powerful weapons, and get involved in an endless number of space battles. Looks intriguing to me, and that's not because of the furries, dang it:..

Mike Pawlowski's Art of Gravity [$0.99] is out now on iOS. It was announced for June 14th, and it's released today on June 13th, though it's the 14th in some parts of the world. Still, this is a bit of a nice early surprise for mobile gamers. This week is shaping up to be a big week, and hey, if you can get a start on some of the big titles early, why not take it?..




Nintendo held its E3 presentation on Tuesday morning, June 13th, and while it was a scant 25 minutes, it came with some intriguing looks at future titles and a few vague announcements. As far as the new stuff goes, Nintendo announced a new Pokemon RPG coming to the Switch at some point in the future, being made by Game Freak. Metroid Prime 4 is in development. New Kirby and Yoshi games, with tentative titles Kirby and Yoshi respectively, are in the works. Kirby will feature up to four characters playing at once. Yoshi features multiple Yoshis, and a sort of 'flip-side'mechanic where you can flip between sides of the world, and launch eggs at background targets...

'Monument Valley 2' Review - Mother and Child Reunited

The first Monument Valley [$3.99] was a landmark game on the App Store, a title that brought a fascinatingly gorgeous experience to mobile gaming. Yet, I thought there was something lacking from it: it wasn't a particularly difficult game as far as challenge goes, and while the story had some poignant moments, its abstraction perhaps was too disaffecting from the story the game wanted to tell. But certainly, critics of the game are in a notable minority, as the game has become one of the top-selling mobile games of all-time, spawned many imitators, appeared on House of Cards, and caused many people to fall in love with the characters from the game. So the sequel Monument Valley 2 [$4.99] is in an unenviable position where it has to try and recapture that magic of the original. And to a certain extent, it does: it's still a gorgeous game, and Ustwo are the masters of their craft at putting Escherian impossible geometry into a game experience. As a delivery vehicle for some gorgeous colors and landscapes, Monument Valley 2 is once again a success. As a game, and even at times as a story, Monument Valley 2 falls a bit short...

'Flick Champions Extreme' Does Sick Parkour Moves on June 15th

The Flick Champions series of games has been kicking around with various entries across the different sports. But for far too long, Flick Champions hasn't been EXTREME. And now, it is going to be just that, with Flick Champions Extreme set to hit on June 15th. You'll have five different sports to check out: wingsuit, parkour, rock climbing, surfing, and paintball. There will be three diferent game modes: career, endless, and challenge. There's gonna be a bunch of powerups to obtain to help you along your way as you compete to be the most extreme of the extreme sports doers...

Ubisoft Reveals 'South Park: Phone Destroyer' for Mobile at E3 2017

Ubisoft has revealed a brand new South Park game for mobile, titled South Park: Phone Destroyer. The premise will have you playing as teams of various themed heroes, fighting in the streets of South Park, Colorado. Cartman wants to get a game of Cowboys and Indians going, but apparently everyone else wants to expand it out to other Native Americans, and...Angels? Check out the trailer, full of the usual South Park political incorrectness and a bit of raunchiness:..

The fun curling-inspired Hover Disc 3 [Free] is out today on iOS. This game has you competing in up to 4-player matches as you launch your discs around an arena, trying to get near the center of different target points. Much like curling, you get points for being near the center of the target, and multiple discs in the target give you multiple points, with more points for being closer to the center. You get the points at the end of each turn you complete. But opponents can knock you out, and if they get closer they cancel out your discs. Plus, there's areas where your discs become unusable, and it's possible to win despite scoring zero points if your objective is to eliminate your opponent's discs. There's a variety of boards to play on, including multiple-target ones...

One of the most original titles of 2017 is Hidden Folks [$3.99] by Adriaan de Jongh and Sylvain Tegroeg. And the party isn't stopping any time soon – the new Factory update is set to hit iOS and Steam this week on June 15th. These new levels take things to a whole new level. 30 targets in total, with a ton of new interactions, sounds, and little folks with their own little stories have been added into this free update for the game. Alongside the new Factory levels, the developers are doing some behind-the-scenes posts on the game, showing how Hidden Folks was made. In particular, the new levels start with drawings on paper that get scanned into a computer:..

'Dungeon Tower' is a Billiards-Inspired Dungeon Crawler From the Developer of 'Corgi Pro Skater'

Alexandre Ferraro, the developer behind last year's Corgi Pro Skater [Free], is working on a brand new game called Dungeon Tower. Described as a pool-like dungeon crawler, you'll be launching your protagonist – currently a rotund chicken with a sword and shield – as you use pool-like aiming and shooting mechanics to launch yourself around the dungeon. You'll hit and bounce off of enemies, some of which have their own physics, others that move according to their own rules. You can hit items like barrels to help you out, but be careful that you don't blow yourself up! Or, even worse, land in a pit that will end your game. That would be bad...

'Sonic Runners Adventure' Released on Gameloft's Android Store in Some Countries

The saga of Sonic Runners Adventure gets just a bit weirder. So, the game has kind of launched in Russia and the UK. But here's where things get interesting: it's a paid game, as well as a free one? But it's only on Gameloft's own WAP store, with plans for a J2ME release. That's what Sonic Stadium is reporting based on some reports from Russian social media service VK and a VPN-accessible listing on Gameloft's WAP store. While an APK of the free-to-play version (reportedly set to hit Google Play at a later date) is floating out there, there's an anti-piracy check. So it may be a bit tricky at the moment to try this one out if you have Android. The good news is that there's some footage popping up on YouTube, showing the level-based game with a bunch of classic zones:..

Apple made some changes to the App Store Review guidelines, and a modified portion of section 3.2.2, talking about unacceptable business models for apps. And a particular change to the wording has developers worried about whether or not Apple just killed incentivized video ads. Consider the text of 3.2.2 (vi), which says (emphasis added):..

One of the most annoying things about iOS gaming is the prompt to review apps. Developers do it because getting reviews and ratings on the App Store can be a big key toward developing a reputation for anyone who is looking for quality apps on the App Store. But, it can be extremely annoying for users. So in iOS 11, Apple is introducing not only a built-in review prompt API, but a rule saying that developers can't have a custom review prompt. The rule is 1.1.7 in the App Store Review guidelines:..

The stories from developers when it comes to Apple and featuring are often strange and full of mystery. Apple itself is an odd company that does things to the beat of their own drummer, and it's why they're so successful now. But considering that featuring can be the difference between an app being a hit or flopping, it being an arcane process, often based on knowing the right person, or managing to get coverage on sites like TouchArcade, can be frustrating for developers. Well, Apple has just introduced a brand new page for developers that lets anyone submit their app to Apple for potential featuring...

One of the reveals from the WWDC 2017 keynote was Apple's introduction of ARKit, a toolset for developers that want to implement augmented reality into their games. And Apple got the augmented reality game to add ARKit support for compatible devices, Pokemon Go [Free]. But how is it going to perform? Well, check out some footage from a WWDC session talking about ARKit. You can watch the whole developer-foucsed video through Safari or the WWDC app [Free]. But thankfully one Reddit user has clipped out the key footage of ARKit in Pokemon Go:..

Mixed Bag's Long-Awaited Metroidvania 'forma.8 GO' Releases on June 15th

It has been a long time coming for forma.8 by Mixed Bag Studios. Like, since 2012 when the game was first posted here. It's made an appearance at several GDC demos since then, each time with the promise of the game seemingly being close and closer than ever before, but no dice on an actual release. Well, there was hope when earlier this year forma.8 finally released on desktop and console. But that mobile version remained ever elusive. Well, it won't be for much longer. Mixed Bag has announced that forma.8 GO, what they're calling the mobile version, will release on iOS on June 15th...

'Data Wing' is a Ridiculously Stylish 2D Racer That Needs Beta Testers

Dan Vogt was a co-founder of Halfbrick, and while he's doing all sorts of stuff now, he's working on a mobile game right now called Data Wing. And oh is it an absolute stunner. It's a top-down racing game taking place inside a futuristic computer, where you start off with data delivery tasks. But steadily, the story across the game's myriad levels start to reveal some interesting things, which Vogt says intended to be "challenging the player's assumptions and raising a number of thought-provoking questions." I'm really interested to see how that all pans out, for sure. But oh, look at this game in action:..

Viscerin and Aykiro have announced the releasae of Planetstorm: Fallen Horizon [Free] on iOS and Android. The developers were heavily inspired by the golden age of real-time strategy games on PC when Command and Conquer and Starcraft ruled, and wanted to adapt that kind of experience to a modern mobile game. You pick sides between the Terrans or Alterians, choosing between raw power or superior technology, respectively. You will build your base to protect from assaults by hostile forces, while upping your resources and units. Then, you go on missions throughout the galaxy, utilizing familiar energy and troop systems from modern mobile strategy games, combined with some advanced control and weaponry options, to spread your faction's dominance through the galaxy...

'Fourte' is a Curious Puzzler for Number Geeks

Jambav Games has announced Fourte, an interesting math puzzler. The game gives you four numbers, and tasks you with forming another number using several standard operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and parentheses (remember your order of operations!). But there's one particular unorthodox operation that comes into play: you can combine digits to form a single number. So, if you have a 2 and a 3, you can play them next to each other in order to get 23, or 32. ..

Umbrella Games Soft Launches 'Crushy Bricks' in Canada, With Several More Games on the Horizon

Umbrella Games is keeping the release train rolling all throughout the summer, but if you're in Canada, summer has come early. Crushy Bricks has been soft launched in Canada. This puzzler has you swiping bricks out of a stack, trying to match 3 in a row, with levels that have different goals. Some levels require you to match a certain number of a particular color brick, others just require you to get high scores in a limited number of moves. This is a game that seems like it's just going to keep throwing new tricks at you over time, so good luck with it...

Xigma Games has today released Super Nano Jumpers [$1.99], a nifty 2D platformer that feels kind of like a combination of Super Meat Boy and 1-bit Ninja [$2.99]. You control a little blue dude, who has to make it through 75 levels full of buzzsaws, spikes, and other familiar platforming hazards. Our blue friend can only run in one direction: forward. But, this blue buddy can also stop at any time...even in mid-air! So, combined with the jump ability, you as the player have to master the timing and jump angles to make it through levels in as few deaths as possible...