Author Archives: Carter Dotson

Adult Swim Games' 'Tofu Hunter' Mocks Vegans This Week

Look, I think veganism is silly, but I didn't go so far as to create a game where you shoot tofu. But Paw Print Games really doesn't like vegans, and has teamed up with Adult Swim Games to make Tofu Hunter, which is releasing on the App Store this Thursday, May 14th. You'll take aim at wild, free-range tofu, shooting them to feed those barbaric vegans who don't know that all life comes from death! And in this case, death at the hands of my rifle...

'Devil's Doom' is a Devilish High Score Platformer Releasing Next Month

Tom Aldahn, a graphic-designer-turned-game-developer, has announced his first game under the Rungo Games label, which is coming to mobile next month: Devil's Doom. This game has you controlling a plucky little devil, who is collecting feathers and bopping enemies on the head. Why? Because why not. If you found yourself in a situation where you had to bop enemies' heads and there's giant counter above your head, you'd be trying to make it go up as high as possible, too...

Happymagenta has just launched its latest game, another high-score-chaser called Splish Splash Pong [Free]. Don't worry, this isn't a Circle Pong [Free] clone. The game has you controlling a duck swimming between two barriers, trying to dodge the enemies that cross through between those barriers. You can tap on the screen to switch directions, in order to stay alive and keep racking up points...

'Skiing Yeti Mountain' Shreds on to the App Store Next Week

Skiing Yeti Mountain, the skiing game I previewed last month, is finished and is nearing a final release date. Developers Featherweight Games, also creators of Enterchained [$0.99], are releasing their goofy little skiing game next week, on May 21st. The game will be free to download and supported by ads, with a $2.99 IAP to remove them. You'll be slaloming, racing, and just trying to discover, what is up with the yeti on this mountain!..

Gamevil's latest RPG is out now worldwide on the App Store. Dragon Blaze [Free] is a social RPG that has you dealing out leading a team of heroes into battles, collecting loot, leveling up, fighting enemies, collaborating on raid bosses, and more. It seems not dissimilar from Gamevil's recent social RPG Dungeon Link [Free], albeit with more of a straightforward RPG battling approach, and the standard solid production values that Gamevil usually delivers on...

NimbleBit's 'Capitals' Launches in Canada Ahead of Worldwide Release Next Week

Did you not get into the Capitals beta test from NimbleBit and have wanted to give their turn-based word game a shot? Well, good news if you're Canadian or "Canadian" – Capitals is now available on the Canadian App Store. NimbleBit's calling this a stress test, and they've also announced the worldwide release date: May 21st. The game is effectively complete, they're just making sure nothing breaks when they put it out among the wild, unpredictable public...

'Dragon of Legends' is an Upcoming MMO That's Coming to Every Platform Under the Sun

The name is super-generic, but Dragon of Legends is looking like quite the promising game. This promises to be a cross-platform MMORPG that's aiming to be playable on iOS and Android, as well as desktops and consoles. The game is heavily inspired by Irish and Norse mythology, where players will choose their side between the Norse and the Celts and complete to rule the world. Check out the pixel-art-filled teaser:..

Interestingly, we heard last year from Noodlecake Games that their Flappy Golf [Free] was popular pretty much because of the fact that kids were playing it at school. Now, we're seeing another game that might be going through the same effect: Rusty Moyher's Astro Party [Free]. He sent over some data pointing out that the game has actually been growing week-over-week, with downloads plummeting on the weekend:..

'Leo's Fortune' Publisher Tilting Point Releasing 'Languinis" Worldwide This Week

Publisher Tilting Point is bringing Languinis out worldwide this Thursday, May 14th, after a soft launch in countries like Canada. The game is a combination of match-3 puzzlers and word games, where you'll be making color matches to uncover word tiles, and then forming words from the letters that are uncovered. Seems a bit like Puzzlejuice [$1.99] but with more of a Bejweled [Free] twist rather than Tetris [$0.99]. Also, you can form words from any tiles, rather than having to link adjacent ones together. Seems like an interesting mix!..

BadFly's 'Dead Effect 2' Promises More Gorgeous Killing of Zombies in Space

What kind of got lost in our recovery from the GDC plague was that BadFly's got a sequel to their solid Dead Effect [Free] in the works, and it's quite the looker. Dead Effect 2 is in the works, and it's going to deliver more murdering of space zombies this fall. Check out the teaser trailer, which might not be in-game footage, but considering that the first game was a good-looking one, and the advance of mobile graphics hardware over the last couple of years, there's hope for this one to look pretty good:..

Is it possible that one App Store rip-off is going to finally be brought to justice? Scott Cawthon, developer of Five Nights at Freddy's [$2.99], has filed for a subpeona against a developer that put a fake Five Nights at Freddy's 4 on the App Store. Cawthon filed the documents and subsequently subpeonaed Apple to release the information of "Lazada Polodi," the developer who released the fake Five Nights at Freddy's 4 on the App Store. This Lazada Polodi even just copied the Five Nights at Freddy's description text for their game, charged $9.99 for it, and made money for a few days before it was pulled. Here's one of the iTunes screenshots of the fake:..

Bad news for fans of Sega's mobile games – some of them are going away, Sega has announced today. Which ones are being pulled from the App Store? That's a good question, that Sega has yet to answer. They're only vaguely saying:..

Did You Like 'Orbital'? Then Check Out the Upcoming 'Hue Ball', Y'All

Orbital [$2.99 / Free / $2.99 (HD)] was one of the cooler games of the early days of the App Store, and it was great to see it get updated earlier this year. It was based on a game called Gimme Friction Baby by Wouter Visser. Another game that claims inspiration from that Flash title is due on to the App Store: Hue Ball starts from a similar genesis, where a cannon aiming left to right fires balls into a playing field. But the mechanics of what happens to the balls is different: the balls that stay on the playing field will grow in size over time, eventually becoming undestroyable behemoths. You must keep the playing field as clear as possible, not letting any balls go below the playing field's safe line...

'Pills4Skills' Will Deliver Trippy Puzzling Action This Month

If you ever played Crackdown on Xbox 360 – and you should have – there's an infamous line of narration: "Remember: skills for kills, agent. Skills for kills." While I can't find a good clip of it on YouTube, the title of Pills4Skills sounds like a reference to it, and I approve of anything Crackdown. Also, it's looking like quite the curious platformer itself. Check out the trippy trailer:..

EA and Porsche are running a really cool contest for Real Racing 3 [Free] where you could win a trip to 24 Hours of Le Mans. But in order to do so, you're going to have to be really good at Real Racing 3, particularly its new 10 Day os Le Mans challenge. This challenge has you racing the Porsche 911 RSR in the Road to Le Mans event at the Circuit of Spa. Submit your time by the end of the day on May 11, 2015 at 23:59 pm CEST, which is 5:59 PM EDT, and you can win...if you're the fastest time on the track. ..

Lifeline [$2.99] is a gamebook/choose-your-own-adventure novel that tries to do something a bit different from other games: it is designed as a game where you experience it through notifications as much as you do through the app itself, with simple A/B choices to make. It's got Apple Watch compatibility, so it's meant to be something that you can experience anywhere, at any time. It also plays off of the ways that we receive notifications on our devices, and wait for responses. It's a clever concept, with great writing, but it falls apart after the first playthrough, when the waiting gimmick quickly grows old and hinders the experience...

The NBA playoffs are in full swing – not that anyone cares any more now that my beloved San Antonio Spurs have been eliminated – and NBA 2K15 [$7.99] is on sale in connection with the second round heating up. The game will be on sale for $2.99 through May 14th, so if you've been eyeing this one, pick it up before the Conference Finals start and you get that basketball game craving then...

'GoatZ' Out Now, 'Goat Simulator' On Sale

May 7th, 2015 3:00 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Release
$4.99 Buy Now

Good news for fans of goat-based mayhem: GoatZ [$4.99] is out now on the App Store for $4.99. Where Goat Simulator [$4.99] parodied the increasingly-ridicluous genre of mundane simulation games, GoatZ parodies the zombie-survival-crafting genre. You'll be crafting items, killing zombies, satisfying your hunger, and being a goat. And the game claims to be the first survival-crafting game not in Early Access, though it has plenty of "intentional" bugs...

Dungeon Link [Free] is a clever game: it combines line-drawing puzzles, where you have to connect different sets of dots with lines that don't intersect, and makes it into an RPG battling system. Characters have different attacks and do more damage the longer their lines are, and the more they run over and by enemies. You can level up, combine, and evolve your characters, just like many free-to-play social RPGs, but the puzzle gameplay is the real hook here. Once auto-battling gets involved and the concept of the game just proves to be something you can just ditch entirely, then a lot of the charm that Dungeon Link first has goes away...

'Worp' is a Fun Upcoming High Score Game from an 18 Year-Old Developer

The fast-reaction, high-score-chase, micro-game genre that's swept the App Store by storm is a genre that has a few key tenets that can be tricky to do well: simple gameplay that's challenging, with intense action. The best games do the Flappy Bird thing, where a score of 0 or 100 are both equal possibilities. Max Glockling's upcoming Worp, based on a pre-release build I've played, looks like it's hitting all those buttons. You'll be controlling a ship spinning around the inside of a circle, trying to dodge balls that are shooting from a cannon directly across from you. There are multiple balls, tricky angles, and a playfield that shifts in size as you play to contend with. It's challenging and a ton of fun. Check out the trailer:..