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TAITO announces a massive holiday sale with some titles discounted for the first time. This sale is for both iOS and Android. Discountes go up to 80% off and even iMessage sticker packs are part of the celebrations. TAITO is a name many associate with retro gaming and if you’ve never played any of their games before, now is the time to check their catalogue out on mobile. Space Invaders celebrates its 40th anniversary next year and other classics like Bust-a-Move influenced a ton of games today. Recent releases like Bust-A-Move Journey [$2.99] are also discounted. Here’s a full list of what’s on discount from TAITO:..

'Life is Strange Episode 1: Chrysalis' Review - Square Enix Kicks This Series off With a Bang

When Life is Strange [$2.99] was originally announced back in 2014, it immediately shot to the top of my list of anticipated releases for 2015. Since then, I’ve played it multiple times across various platforms but had been constantly puzzled at the lack of an iOS version given the genre. I thought Square Enix and Dontnod Entertainment would’ve seen the value in putting their new adventure release on a platform where Telltale Games has seen success. Fast forward to today and we finally have Life is Strange on iOS and the port is mostly great. ..

Hidden Folks [$2.99] is pretty damn great. The hand drawn hidden objects or folks in this case game is on a number of end of year lists on iOS. Imagine Where’s Waldo but on a touch screen with superb interactions and hand drawn art and you get Hidden Folks. To celebrate the holidays and the Android release from the looks of things, it is now 25% off on iOS. Read our glowing review of it here. Watch the original trailer for the game below:..

Playdead’s INSIDE [Free] has released early on the App Store. INSIDE was one of the few games that tipped us off on the new Pre-order system in place on the App Store. INSIDE is free to try and there’s a single full game unlock to play the full game. It is great to see Playdead bring their newest release to iOS albeit a while after other platforms. If you pre-ordered it, you should’ve seen a notification and the game should already be downloaded on your devices. Watch the 2016 trailer for INSIDE below:..

While originally released in Japan only on the Xbox 360, Steins;Gate [$11.99 / $11.99 (HD)] was ported to almost everything soon after. English speaking fans have had to wait a long time for an officially localized release. September last year saw English iOS fans finally get a chance to play the fantastic visual novel and it has been discounted today once again. Shaun reviewed it and you can read his review here. The only real downside to the English localization on iOS was that the iPad and iPhone versions needed to be bought separately and there is no universal release for it. The discounted price right now can help with that if you did want to get it for both iPad and iPhone. Watch the trailer for Steins;Gate [$11.99 / $11.99 (HD)] below:..

We’ve been teased with FEZ for iOS beginning in 2012 when it was announced that 2013 would see Polytron’s FEZ hit more platforms. After that things were mostly silent until mid 2013 when ports were reconfirmed. The situation after that became dire and we didn’t hear anything about a mobile version of FEZ until earlier this year thanks to another teaser. Fast forward to today and FEZ Pocket Edition [$4.99] just hit the App Store as a universal game. FEZ is all about switching perspectives to solve puzzles while listening to Disasterpeace’s amazing soundtrack. Watch the trailer below:..

Layton's Mystery Journey [$7.99] is pretty great. Having originally debuted on the Nintendo DS, it took a long time to get a mainline entry on iOS. Level-5’s newest Professor Layton game released in July and it follows Katrielle Layton. She’s the daughter of Professor Layton who has gone missing. Shaun loved it a lot and you can read his review of it here. We even had it as our Game of the Week around release. ..

Jam City and Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment have just announced a new official Harry Potter mobile game. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery will see a release next year and it will be published under Portkey Games. This is a new label under Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment for gaming media related to the Harry Potter franchise. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery will let you create your own avatar and experience life as a student at Hogwarts. Hogwarts Mystery will be a story driven RPG letting you partake in the usual fare for a Hogwarts student with magic classes and more. ..

'Rusty Lake Paradise' Will Finally Release on January 11th

Rusty Lake finally announced the release date for the upcoming and highly anticipated Rusty Lake Paradise. While initially aimed to release around Christmas, Rusty Lake Paradise will now release on January 11th for iOS and Android. The reason for the later release date is that the development took longer than they anticipated. This is an adventure with a larger narrative and new characters. Rusty Lake Paradise will be bigger and better going by the teaser you can watch below:..

Over the last few years, many developers have tried different pricing models for their games on the App Store. While most still go with a freemium model or a free to play one, service based games have been adopting subscriptions. We’ve even seen these in some free to play games like Angry Birds Evolution offer a subscription for premium content. Today Apple has allowed developers to set introductory pricing for auto renewable subscriptions on the App Store...

Square Enix Is Finally Bringing ‘Life Is Strange’ to the App Store on December 14th

Life Is Strange [$2.99] from Dontnot Entertainment and Square Enix is finally releasing on iOS. It was originally released beginning January 2015 on consoles and PC as an episodic release. At the time I was surprised to see it only launch on those platforms given Telltale’s success on iOS and Android. Life Is Strange has you playing as Max Caulfield in Arcadia Bay. This is a third person adventure game where choices actually matter and Max discovers that she has the ability to rewind time. It is a 5 episode series and the first episode releases on iOS on December 14th. Watch the original trailer below:..

'Ace Attorney INVESTIGATIONS' Is Now Available on the App Store

Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth [Free] is one of the few Ace Attorney games that hadn’t hit iOS and Android. Over the last few years, Capcom has been porting everything Ace Attorney to mobile platforms and we couldn’t be happier. They recently released Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice which is the sixth mainline entry. Read our review of it here. While there are obviously some releases like The Great Ace Attorney that will likely not be released in English, INVESTIGATIONS has a DS English release and it is now available on the App Store. Watch the Japanese trailer below:..

Red Hook Studios’ Darkest Dungeon [$4.99 (HD)] is pretty damn amazing. You can read our review here. Having originally launched on PC platforms and then ported to PlayStation platforms before iOS, it seems like DLC is going to follow the same pattern. Red Hook Studios commented on the DLC for the iPad version in a blog post about a newly announced DLC titled The Color of Madness. While this has no announcement for pricing or date, we do have confirmation that both The Crimson Court and Shieldbreaker are in development for iPad now. Watch the trailer for The Crimson Court DLC below:..

The first ever official global esports competition for Clash Royale [Free] had its finals take place in London December 3rd. Eli attended it and you can read some of his thoughts on the production values and experience here. The arena looked mindblowing and the attention to detail was impressive. The event saw 16 players compete for the Golden Crown at the finals and also to win the title of the best Clash Royale player on the planet. There were more than 27 million players in the beginning and the winner received $150,000 out of the $400,000 prize pool. Mexico's sergioramos:) took the Golden Crown home and secured a spot in Clash Royale history. He defeated USA’s MusicMaster to conclude the massive esports event. Watch the finals on YouTube below:..

Amazon’s been going pretty deep into gaming over the last few years be it through mobile or pc games. This weekend saw Amazon’s Champions of Fire take place in New York City. Unlike other esports events, this one was focussed on casual games and aimed to make competitive gaming more accessible overall. Yassuo was crowned champion at the event. He went home with a large portion of the $50,000 prizepool for the event. Watch a trailer for the event below:..

Capcom Just Released Monster Hunter Stories on iOS and Android in Japan

Capcom just released their recent Nintendo 3DS title Monster Hunter Stories on iOS and Android in Japan. Monster Hunter Stories is a spinoff from the mainline Monster Hunter franchise. Instead of playing as a hunter, you play as a rider here and the game is a turn based RPG that has been developed by Marvelous. The iOS platform isn’t a stranger to Monster Hunter because Capcom ported Monster Hunter Freedom Unite [$14.99] a while ago but this is a recent title that has made its way to both iOS and Android. It is available for 1900 Yen in Japan right now. Watch the trailer for it below:..

Mobius Final Fantasy [Free] will have Cloud Strife join as the second Ultimate Hero. There will be new storylines from the Final Fantasy franchise and the Final Fantasy VII Remake collaboration returns this month for Mobius Final Fantasy The storylines allow players to team up with Cloud to explore a Mako Reactor. The return of the Final Fantasy VII Remake collaboration comes soon after the game had Lightning joined as the first Ultimate Hero. Watch a trailer for Cloud Strife in Mobius Final Fantasy below:..

There’s a great YouTube program called toco toco that does video features with creators and artists in Japan about their inspirations and places in Japan. The latest episode features none other than Yoshiro Kimura of Million Onion Hotel [$3.99] and Dandy Dungeon [Free] fame. The video discusses his career from the beginning with moon to newer titles like Little King's Story and the most recent ones on iOS as well. If you aren’t aware of either of those games, check out our reviews here and here. Watch the feature below on YouTube:..

It isn’t a secret or a surprise that Nintendo sees sales boosts and more people get into its hardware ecosystem through mobile games like Pokémon GO and Super Mario Run. Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp [Free] recently released across the world and it has made an impact in Japan on sales for the massively popular 3DS game, Animal Crossing: New Leaf already. On the Media Create weekly sales charts, Animal Crossing: New Leaf was boosted to the 9th position from 19th the week before. It saw a 214% increase over the week. ..

Simogo has been vocal about how supporting iOS 11 and now iPhone X has been for them. They’ve even commented about how it has affected their development of newer projects. Today they finally spoke about specific games like ..