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Illusion Labs have just soft-launched their next game, Rocket Cars, in Canada. This is the first true free-to-play game from the long-time iOS developer, known for their Touchgrind [$4.99] series of games, Labyrinth 2 [$4.99 / Free / $7.99 (HD) / Free (HD)], and more. This is a level-based racing game, where the goal is to finish in first place against several computer cars, doing stunts and picking up boosts to get turbos. It's kind of like Asphalt 8 [Free] in being heavily-focused on boosting, with a major touch of kart racers...

Could 'Corridor Z' Actually be an Original Endless Runner with Zombies?

I still enjoy endless runners, and I still enjoy the occasional zombie game, but it's hard to argue that they're not at least a bit rote at this point. And with Into the Dead [Free] tackling the endless runner with zombies, even that combination is not original at this point. Well, Mass Creation wants to take a shot at still doing something unexpected with the 'endless runner with zombies' genre with their upcoming Corridor Z...

Good news for MFi gamepad fans waiting on Mad Catz' entry into a field that's thankfully starting to fill up with options: the CTRLi and CTRLi Micro are both officially shipping from Mad Catz starting today. The controllers started shipping this week on Amazon in limited quantities, but now each controller is available on Mad Catz's website, costing $49.99 for the full-size CTRLi and $39.99 for the CTRLi Micro. These are especially appealing at those prices as they undercut everything else out there among MFi controllers, especially with the Micro. However, given the clamoring for full-size controllers after the initial batch were all so small, that full-size one should be especially appealing...

Hidden Gem 'Doug Dug' is Currently Free

Hidden Gem 'Doug Dug' is Currently Free

December 9th, 2014 8:22 PM EST by Carter Dotson in Featured, News, Sales
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Tis the season for app sales, and another darn good game has gone free here in December. Doug Dug [$1.99] is currently free. This is a game about digging for buried treasure in a collapsing underground, taking care to get the sweet loot while keeping an eye on the blocks all around, such that a block doesn't bop Doug on the head. Doug doesn't dig that. There's also plenty of creepy crawlies to dodge, and a two-tier score system: money, and overall depth. This is all about high scores, and each run starts fresh, and there's no in-app purchases, so it's all about your digging skill...

Okay, here's a bit of unexpected news: Shanda Games, a Chinese publisher, announced that it's bringing an MMO version of Borderlands to China, with 2K opening up a Chinese studio to help make the game, entitled Borderlands Online. But how is this relevant to you, dear mobile enthusiast, who recalls that there's only really been one attempt at making Borderlands for mobile with Borderlands Legends [$4.99 / $6.99 (HD)] a couple years ago? Well, Shanda Games has announced that this Borderlands Online will be both a PC and mobile game, according to translations of one of the Chinese outlets reporting on the game...

Upcoming 'Docking Sequence' is a Space-Survival Arcade Game from Quantum Sheep

Solo indie developer and sheep enthusiast Quantum Sheep is hard at work on his latest game after Air Supply - SOS [$1.99] released earlier this year, with Docking Sequence. The game is about docking a spaceship with a space station, using a limited amount of fuel, and with an innumerable amount of hazards that pop up. Asteroids, space mines, rotating space stations, black monoliths, and more? All common hazards for you, space cowboy. And your ship has a pesky habit of blowing up a few seconds before running out of fuel, which feels like something that engineering should have sorted out a while ago. Oh, and there's astronauts to save as well, with some levels requiring a certain number of astronauts to provide a successful docking. ..

'Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect' Episodic Series Coming in 2015

The TV show Sons of Anarchy ends its seven season run tonight, but the franchise is continuing on in game form, with the upcoming Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect. This will be an episodic adventure game set in the universe of the show, featuring a new chapter of the Sons of Anarchy motorcycle club in a new location, featuring an original story made just for the game. Details are few and far between beyond that, but expect this one's first episode to hit mobile sometime next year...

'Heroes of Might and Magic 3 HD Edition' Coming to iPad in January

Ubisoft has announced that the classic PC game Heroes of Might and Magic 3: The Restoration of Erathia is making its way to iPad early next year, in a new HD edition, which will release on January 29th, 2015. This turn-based strategy game has players managing their team of heroes as they explore the world, collecting resources, taking over towns, and completing the objectives necessary to win. Enemies are battled on hexagonal grids, with experience being earned for the heroes, with the ability to upgrade their skills to help try and win. The game is being ported over by DotEmu, and features HD visuals, with tons of art assets redone for modern high-resolution graphics...

Here's another cool limited-time freebie for you: the rad trial platformer Shadow Blade [$1.99] published by Crescent Moon Games is currently free. This applies a ninja-filled take on the trial platformer genre, as the goal is to do all sorts of ninja stuff, like double-jumping, dashing, and cutting up enemies who get in the way with your sword. Each level is meant to be completed as quickly as possible, with secret items to find in each one. It's a really good example of the genre, and got four stars in our review earlier this year...

'Trulon' is an Upcoming RPG from the Creators of 'Rimelands' and 'Trouserheart'

Remember Rimelands: Hammer of Thor [$4.99], the 2010 turn-based RPG published by Crescent Moon Games? Well, Dicework Games, the creators of that game, have merged with Kyy Games, creators of Trouserheart [$2.99], and are together at work on a brand new turn-based RPG with card game elements, called Trulon. The game features a JRPG visual style, but combat is based on using different cards to deal damage, heal, and other RPG-style actions, with 50 different cards in all to deploy in battle...

One of the best mobile roguelikes of the past year or so is free today. You can have Hoplite [$1.99] at no cost. The game is winding down its first year of existence on iOS, though it also was available on Android for a short while before then. This hexagonal turn-based roguelike puts players in the shoes of a Greek hoplite gladiator fighting their way to get the golden fleece, all the while managing to fend off enemies with a sword, spear, and jumping boots to help escape perilous situations. The spear can be launched and picked back up, powerups can be had, or not, for a higher score, and it's even possible to continue on past getting the golden fleece to try and get as high a score as possible, for advanced players. ..

'Battle Slimes' is an Upcoming Local Multiplayer Arena Battler from the Developer of 'Duke Dashington'

The developer and artist of Duke Dashington [$0.99], a solid pixel-art-based platformer, has a new game in the works with publisher DoDreams called Battle Slimes. This is a local multiplayer action game, where up to 4 players on one screen battle it out as slimes that fire automatically and turn when they hit walls. Players have one control: jumping. The goal is to hit other slimes with the shots, with different objectives including timed play and stock count. Powerups spawn in the center of each arena which can help turn the tide of slimy battle...

'Cerulean Moon' is an Interesting Sliding World Platformer in Development

Nachobeard is a solo developer who last made the rad iPad game Hookball [$0.99 (HD)], which was basically the currently-unavailable Ziggurat with grappling hooks – though I think anything with grappling hooks is rad at some innate levels. I love games with grappling hooks. Sadly, Nacho's next game doesn't involve grappling hooks, but Cerulean Moon looks interesting enough. This is a 2D platformer where the game is controlled by sliding the world along with a finger. Nacho posted a video showing off some of the early gameplay here:..

'My Om Nom' Virtual Pet Coming Soon

'My Om Nom' Virtual Pet Coming Soon

December 8th, 2014 3:20 PM EST by Carter Dotson in News, Upcoming Games
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It looks like we have another Cut the Rope spinoff game coming soon, starring series protagonist Om Nom: My Om Nom appears to be a virtual pet simulator that's coming soon – possibly even next week. Feeding Om Nom, keeping him happy, and other assorted virtual pet activities appear ot be part of the game, as evidenced by the official site and teaser trailer:..

'The Witcher Battle Arena' Soft Launch Currently Witching and MOBAing in Sweden

Good news for anyone looking to get their hands on The Witcher: Battle Arena, as the game has been soft launched in Sweden. This will be the second mobile game in CD Projekt RED's series of Witcher games, based off of the fantasy books, following the recently-released The Witcher Adventure Game [$5.99 (HD)] which launched across a number of platforms. Battle Arena is a free-to-play MOBA for mobile, with three-on-three online battles, with the ability to play against teams of other humans, team up with others to battle bots, or just play AI solo – and that works without being online...