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Screen recording is in iOS 11! If you're surprised that you didn't hear about this during the keynote, don't be. The thing that's interesting about WWDC keynotes is that there's usually something that's really cool that doesn't get mentioned onstage. Sometimes, you can catch details of other cool things in the Platforms State of the Union (which is basically the WWDC keynote for developer nerds, and is practically incomprehensible if you're not one yourself). But this one slipped past notice (it was a feature mentioned among a ton of others in a graphic on stage) until some folks started installing the iOS 11 beta and saw it as an option that could be enabled: system-level screen recording. It's a feature that can be enabled from Settings and added to the new Control Center. One of our Discord users, D3ATHST3P, who installed the beta, shared some screens and footage...

'Galaxy of Pen and Paper' Gets July 27th Release Date, Simultaneous on Mobile and Desktop

Behold Studios has announced that Galaxy of Pen and Paper, their next RPG set around the theme of being a game master for a tabletop game, is set to release on July 27th. And there's no staggered release here: it's going to be on PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, and Android on July 27th. We've gone from not knowing if the game would be on mobile, to getting a confirmation that the game is on mobile, to the holy grail of a simultaneous mobile and desktop release. Heck yeah! Check out a brand new trailer for the game, including a release date:..




Interactive Fiction Game 'Nocked! True Tales of Robin Hood' Hits iOS in July

Andrew Schneider is an author who's jumping into the field of interactive fiction with the release of Nocked! True Tales of Robin Hood, coming in early July. Much like some of the top interactive fiction games out there, this won't just be like a choose-your-own-adventure novel. No, there's resource management and even base-building aspects to contend with. Impressively, this is all built in Twine, and Schneider has worked with Twine creator Chris Klimas, to bring this game to mobile in the new Twine mobile engine, Disbound. Twine is perhaps the most popular tool for interactive fiction development, and this is an impressive use of the mobile engine of Twine. Check out the cinematic trailer showing off gameplay with some fine LARPing action:..

The 32-bit Appocalypse truly is nigh. While there were hints that Apple was soon is going to start pulling 32-bit apps in future iOS versions, the final nail in the coffin has been delivered. Users of the iOS 11 beta will now be unable to install 32-bit apps at all, such as the TouchArcade app, which is unable to be updated due to Apple policy changes. At Platforms State of the Union, Apple confirmed that apps are going to 64-bit apps. High Sierra will also be the final macOS version to support 32-bit apps...

Part of the iOS 11 App Store is going to be the redesign of the store and of individual app pages. Apple has detailed some of the changes coming to the store. Have you grown tired of apps with ridiculous, extended names? Well, starting in iOS 11, app names can be 30 characters max, with a 30 character subtitle that is separate. App previews will now autoplay with muted audio, too...

Apple has announced a major update for iOS 11 on iPad. The big new feature is the dock at the bottom of the screen. Much like OS X, it now has spaces for many, many apps. You can call up the dock from anywhere, and access the app switcher from anywhere, with spaces being preserved: a space in split view with two apps can now be switched to that space. It's also possible to drag apps from the dock and use them as multitasking. Files can be dragged and dropped between apps, and a Files app will be available, including cloud storage support from third-party providers...

Apple has announced a 10.5" iPad Pro. The bigger size will feature a larger on-screen and smart keyboard. HDR video, ultralow reflectivity, 600 nits brightness, a wide color gamut, and True Tone display have been added to this new iPad. This iPad Pro will feature Pro Motion, a 120 Hz refresh rate. This will help with the Apple Pencil, with lower latency. This can also dynamically adjust refresh rate, down to 24 Hz for films, for example...

Apple has announced a major redesign for the App Store. Two new tabs are coming to the App Store: Today, and Games. The Today tab is not only meant to show recent and exciting apps, but it's also going to feature editorial content, featuring stories about the developers who make apps. This could prove to be interesting as a way to tell people about the humans behind many of the apps and games that they play...

Apple announced a redesigned App Store, and along with doing so, dropped a subtle reference to a big title: Monument Valley 2 [$4.99]. This has been teased for a while, including with a Tim Cook photo, but hadn't been confirmed yet. Now, Apple has shown in the "Today" menu of Monument Valley 2. The game will be available today for $4.99...

With all the concern over the 32-bit app-pocalypse, with apps not updated to 64-bit being purged from the App Store, possibly as soon as this week, some notable developers' titles are set to be purged. Games that are otherwise working fine, but might not work starting in iOS 11. Simogo has at least committed to update their titles to 64-bit, saying in fact that they're working on updating Beat Sneak Bandit [$2.99] and all their titles for 64-bit...

Games where you run and deliver smackdowns to one's opponents in the way are some of the best mobile games out there. I mean, have you ever played Punch Quest [Free]? It's one of my favorite mobile games of all time and it's a game you should play. But the run-and-brawl genre has remained sadly bereft of great entries since then. But by gawd, is that Wrestle Wrun's music?!..

On5's 'Squake' Soft Launched, Brings New Ideas to 'Slither.io' Formula

I don't know if the .io game craze has come and gone yet, but the idea of itinerant, pick-up-and-play multiplayer mobile games seems like a market with some potential to this day. On5 has some interesting ideas for the genre with Squake, which has just soft launched in Canada. First off, the production values are a lot higher than many .io games. There's some crisp artwork and a variety of visual effects to keep things looking really nice off the bat. You're driving cars around, picking up icons to add to your train of items you're towing behind you for other players to run into, Snake-style:..

'Mr. Future Ninja' Gets Release Date and New Trailer

Appsolute Games and Huijaus Studios have been working on their stealth-action puzzler Mr. Future Ninja for a while now, but the wait is soon to end. Mr. Future Ninja will release on iOS and Android on June 15th. To commemorate the release date announcement, the companies have released a brand-new trailer showing off more of the game. Get a first look at it below:..

Noodlecake's 'Flipping Legend' Backflips Onto the App Store on June 14th

Noodlecake just released Bouncy Hoops [Free], but the releases from the prolific publisher continue unabated. Next up for them is Flipping Legend, a game that Jared in particular was a fan of back at GDC. Developed by Hiding Spot Games, this title promises simple gameplay with surprising depth. You tap left and right on the screen to jump diagonally forward in that direction, with the ability to backflip onto the previous square. You can bop enemies, which will refill your ever-draining health bar. Each character will have special abilities to help take on the foes ahead of them, which you'll need as you'll have to work ever more efficiently to stay alive...

'Framed 2' Release Date Announced for June 14th

Loveshack Entertainment has announced that Framed 2 has a release date: June 14th. The original game was a rather creative concept where you rearranged comic panels in the proper way to advance the narrative. The sequel boasts a new Chinese locale, with the same core mechanic involving rearranging panels to form the proper sequence of events. The game starts off with a familiar-looking gentleman with sunglasses and a suit on the run from the cops, but as Framed [$3.99] players should expect, that might not be the only perspective you get in this game. Loveshack has released a new trailer for Framed 2 showing off the game:..

'Everybody's Golf', AKA 'Hot Shots Golf', Pre-Registration Begins in Japan

Fans of the Hot Shots Golf series, known as Everybody's Golf in Japan, should keep their eyes out. The first version of the game, announced in late 2016 for iOS and Android is set to release soon, with preregistration now open for the game. While the game and preregistration are only planned for Japan for now, it's possible to preregister at the game's official website, with a variety of currency rewards for doing so...

'Autumn Dynasty' Developers Touch Dimensions Need Beta Testers for New Game 'Strain Tactics'

The developers at Touch Dimensions, who made Autumn Dynasty [$1.99], are hard at work on another game, Strain Tactics, and need beta testers from our forums. This is described as a tactical action-RPG, taking place from a top-down perspective, in a futuristic cyberpunk world. You'll command a team of up to 5 members, taking on an infectious alien strain that has taken over the world. There's over 80 characers to play as, and a wide variety of loot and items to equip them with across 30 different maps, utilizing several different scenarios to fight aliens in. ..

'Glitch' Looks Like an Interesting First-Person Take on the 'Impossible' Genre

The developer of Fluffy Jump [Free] and Pull My Tongue [$0.99] is working on something quite different from those games, and is posting frequent updates in our forums. Glitch is described as a first-person take on the 'impossible game' genre as popularized by, well, The Impossible Game [$0.99] and Geometry Dash [$1.99 / Free]. You'll be constantly dodging obstacles at high speed, and it looks like turning different directions will be part of the experience as well:..

Cartoon Network has just released some pretty cool stickers for Steven Universe fans. Such as, myself. Steven Universe Stickers - The Light Series [$1.99] features stickers based not only Attack the Light [$2.99], the fantastic RPG based on the show (and is only $0.99 right now), but also characters set to make an appearance in Save the Light, the new RPG by Grumpyface. That one hasn't been announced for mobile, but a representative said "we'll see what happens" about a mobile version, so don't give up hope. Until then, you'll have new stickers such as Stevonnie, a bunch of Steven animations, and a couple of Onion stickers. Who doesn't love Onion?..

'Fowlst' Features an Owl Fighting Through Hell With Butt Rockets

CatCup Games has announced Fowlst, which they describe as "an action game about an owl that is trapped in Hell for some reason." Fair enough! The point is that this owl has subscribed to the maxim "if you're going through Hell, keep going." So this owl will flap through demons, dodging bullets, battling bosses, and avoiding buzzsaws. The coins collected along the way will give you powerups like egg bombs, and butt rockets. Because as all ornithologists know, the butt rocket is the owl's primary defense mechanism...