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Perchang the developer, which was formed earlier this year by a former member of Rodeo Games during their hiatus, released Perchang [$1.99] the video game back in June to an incredibly positive reception. Perchang is a physics puzzler that sees you manipulating various objects in Rube Goldberg-like levels and using the force of gravity in order to corral enough tiny balls into a goal. It had very clever level designs and a clean aesthetic, and right now you can experience that for yourself as Perchang has just dropped to free for the first time since its release...

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I think the first platformer I ever played where you could manipulate gravity was Irem's Metal Storm for the 8-bit NES. It's a side-scrolling action game, a genre that at the time was so flooded that you virtually had to have some kind of gimmick to stand out. You were mostly jumping and shooting, but you also had a handy button that let you flip to the ceiling. That mechanic showed up here and there over the years before the popular VVVVVV [$2.99] used it better than any game had before, at least in my opinion. It makes for clever puzzles, but more importantly, it rewrites the rules of one of gaming's most well-worn genres. So it's not surprising that a lot of games that followed VVVVVV drew that mechanic into their tool sets. Unfortunately, in becoming a trend, flipping gravity has lost a lot of what it can offer a game...




In mid-October we learned about the newest game from Little White Bear Studios, a sequel to their well-received spin on the brick-breaking formula ZenDots. The sequel was quite a different beast though, and its subtitle, One Dot's Journey, kind of said it all. Here you would be playing as a single dot navigating through complex mazes of obstacles as you attempted to make your way around and break every brick on the screen. See? It's still a brick-breaker at heart! Due to Apple taking an unusually long time approving it, it missed all the release hullabaloo from yesterday but, much like its dot protagonist, this morning ZenDots 2: One Dot's Journey [Free] pushed through all the obstacles and finally made its way to the App Store...

The game of chess may well have been one of the earliest examples of a game being easy to learn but hard to master. Learning how all of the pieces move and putting together a basic strategy towards getting a checkmate isn't that difficult, but the unpredictable nature of human behavior makes chess a game that always has something new to offer. There's almost always a move to make that could be considered the best, but it's only the best if your opponent reacts in the textbook way themselves. A strong chess player needs to study their opponent almost as intently as the board. That said, there's a lot to be said for learning some fundamental strategies, just in case your opponent plays things by the book. As an added bonus, that knowledge will help you if you decide to play Moveless Chess [Free]...

RareSloth's fantastic puzzle platformer King Rabbit [Free] received a fairly minor update today, but one that's leading to much bigger and better things. Today's update adds ReplayKit support so you can broadcast your crazy King Rabbit exploits for the world to see. There's also now an in-game diamond counter so it should be easier for you to keep track of finding those tricky hidden diamonds, and in the spirit of Halloween there's now some new skins in the in-game store to decorate your rabbit for the holiday. The bigger news, though, is that the Fire Adventures level pack, which was released as paid DLC in May, is now permanently free for all players. ..

Despite sounding like some obscure search engine, Perchang [$1.99] has received plaudits over months since its release for being an extremely enjoyable and deceptively difficult puzzle game under its ultra-polished guise. In fact, the neologism that is the game's name is particularly fitting - beneath the surface is a wacky puzzle game that doesn't take itself too seriously and is really reminiscent of the early App Store era, in the best possible way. Earlier this month we brought you the news of a new zero-gravity expansion for the game called Perchang Black, and right on time the new DLC has released today with 24 new levels for $1.99, which will be great for fans of the original who wanted even more content to manipulate ball bearings through...

Dexter was one of my favorite shows, and I still think it had the best opening credits sequence. If you want to slice and dice as well as Dexter, you can check out the new game called Dexter Slice [$3.99], just in time for the ten-year anniversary. As you can see from the trailer below, Dexter Slice is a puzzle game that's all about dexterity. You'll have to show how adept you are in the use of multiple knives and blades (because it would be a shame if you used the wrong blade to sever a leg from a torso). The game will ask you to use quite a few fingers at the same time as you slide blades away to reveal buttons that must be quickly tapped before the blades slide back into place. There are moments when you'll need all 10 fingers on screen at once...

Make no bones about it - Michael Brough's latest game Imbroglio [$3.99] is an essential dungeon-crawling experience that, in our review, we stated stands firm with his previous classic iOS releases such as 868-HACK [$4.99]. However, on the topic of bones, an incoming update to Imbroglio is as suitably obsessed with skeletons as the imminent Halloween celebrations would suggest. This expansion, which is titled Imbroglio: Ossuary (in other words, a container where bones of deceased are placed), sends your heroes into perilous bone-pits, to undoubtedly uncover a whole host of freaky items, enemies and gems to collect throughout the game. Brough has stated in a recent blog post that the expansion will be released tomorrow, so will launch with plenty of time before the spooky spectacle of October 31st. For anyone who hasn't tried Imbroglio yet, the game is also on sale for the first time ever, so this is a great time to pick it up if you have a lot of free time you don't mind being stolen by the undead...

With Marvel Tsum Tsum [Free], Disney has managed to turn Marvel super heroes and villains into adorable round little things and has got a lot of people playing another Disney match-3 puzzle game. In celebration of Doctor Strange, the latest Marvel hero to hit the big screen, Marvel Tsum Tsum has added a Doctor Strange event that offers special rewards, including Iso-8 and Orbs. Doctor Strange's skill is Mystic Magic, which allows him to cast random bombs, and his special is Eye of Agamotto, which lets him conjure magic and if you tap at the right moment, you maximize its effect. The special Doctor Strange stage will only be around until November 17th, so you still have time to go play with Benedict Cumberbatch...

While many may say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, owing to the ease of development for iOS, there have been various case over the years of such inspiration going a little too far. Whether it's the altercation between Ridiculous Fishing and Ninja Fishing, or when Spry Fox, the developers of Triple Town [Free], took the creators of Yeti Town to court over perceived similarities between both games, the App Store has been no stranger to controversy over the duration of its lifetime. Today, even more drama has surfaced amongst the mobile gaming community, as Peak Games have filed a lawsuit stating through the recently released My Little Pony: Puzzle Party [Free], Hasbro - and its mobile division Backflip Studios - have infringed on the copyright of the Turkish developers' flagship title Toy Blast [Free] that debuted on the App Store in January 2015...

As we wrote about earlier today, Rusty Lake has released its second premium game, Rusty Lake: Roots, and so far players in our forums are really liking it. Before there was Roots, there was Rusty Lake Hotel [$1.99], an equally creepy adventure game that has also been met with acclaim. Now, you can get your hands on it (if you so dare) for 50% off its normal price for the first time ever. And if you like horror or just a sense of uneasiness, you should jump on this one. Rusty Lake Hotel comes with 6 creepy rooms filled with quite interesting brain teasers all wrapped up in a suspenseful story about 5 weird dinners and the hotel's intriguing guests and staff...

'Framed 2', the Sequel to Comic Book Caper 'Framed', Announced for Early 2017 Release

2014's Framed [$3.99] was one game that has been crying out for a sequel ever since its release. While the concept of rearranging comic book panels to progress the story was so ridiculously clever you couldn't believe it hadn't been done before - and even earned plaudits off video game development deity Hideo Kojima - we were disappointed in our review that such a cool mechanic felt somewhat half-baked in its execution. Finally, almost two years later, Loveshack Entertainment's next iteration in their creative mobile series has been announced - Framed 2 takes the positive parts of the original game, but adds a new setting, premise and characters, and will hopefully kick ass when it launches in early 2017...

Magic: The Gathering - Puzzle Quest [Free] is probably my favorite of the Puzzle Quest games primarily because I love CCGs and because it lets me mess around with Magic cards. And the way the Match-3 mechanics work in this game actually makes sense in the context of Magic. Today, the game added the Eldritch Moon set, which concludes the Shadow over Innistrad story with the reveal of the Eldrazi titan, Emrakul. The update adds 65 new cards, and all the cards are Uncommon or better - no Commons here. This set is also introducing two new mechanics to the game, Meld and Emerge. With Meld, once two card siblings hit the battlefield, they transform into another, more powerful form. When you play another one of those siblings, the transformed form of the card is reinforced...

It's always great to see inventive Steam releases finally make their way to the iPhone, especially when many of their unique mechanics are a perfect fit to touch controls, and normally at a far more palatable price of entry. RETSNOM [$0.99] - taking a leaf from the Alucard book of naming - is the next game to follow in the illustrious path of PC ports, and with an incredibly cool concept of being able to alter the construction of levels to progress, is sure to distinguish itself from the abundance of other platforming titles on the App Store...

It's a testament to the work of Dinosaur Polo Club that they've been able to make something as mundane and infuriating as public transport into a clever and captivating puzzle game. Mini Metro [$2.99] has kept us waiting at the platform since September 2014, where we first caught a glimpse of the PC version, with a suggestion of an iOS release a few months down the line. Over two years later, Mini Metro has finally launched on the App Store, however the severe delays appear to have been worth it. With critical acclaim on its original Steam launch, and an extremely positive showing in our GDC 2015 preview, Mini Metro looks like an essential purchase for any fans of meticulous city design, or even just puzzle game aficionados in general...

If you're a fan of Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble [Free] and you like going to the movies, get ready to hit the theaters tomorrow because Yo-Kai Watch: The Movie will be playing across 300 theaters across the US only for tomorrow, Saturday the 15th. As you can see from the trailer below, the movie will have almost all the Yo-Kais from across the universe and even includes time traveling. Specifically, Nate, Jibanyan, and Whisper travel back in time with Hovernyan in order to team up with Nate's grandfather (when he was still a child) and defeat the Wicked Yo-Kai and (surprisingly) save the world from destruction...

Back in July, I wrote a rather lengthy tribute to Perchang [$1.99] - specifically how the ultra polished physics puzzler managed to soar to the top of the iTunes charts purely owing to its immense quality, and as a premium title no less. With some excellent level design that complemented a wide variety of ways to manipulate the stream of ball bearings into the goal, Perchang was an exemplary example of how iOS is a serious gaming platform, and these reasons were responsible for so many people giving the game a chance earlier this summer. This month, anyone who completed Perchang will be delighted to know that a brand new expansion titled Perchang Black is set to launch on October 27th, with a drastic aesthetic change and some interesting new mechanics...

It's always interesting to see what kind of games follow when a novel idea hits big. The first wave is usually composed of shameless clones, but after everyone gets those out of their systems, you start to see some interesting, enjoyable twists. Earlier this year, we took a look at Dungeon Tiles [Free], a game that fused some light RPG mechanics into the core mechanics of Threes! [$2.99], adding an extra layer of tension to the swipe 'n' merge gameplay. Stencilsmith [$0.99] takes a broadly similar approach to that game, but also introduces crafting aspects to give you even more to do. The game has been out for a few months already, but it just recently got a great update that made me take a closer look at it. While it's not much to look at and comes off a little rough in places, the added ideas it brings to the table makes for an entertaining twist on a favorite...

Marvel Puzzle Quest [Free] has been one of the best Puzzle Quest games to hit the App Store, and at three years old, it's still going strong. The developers have decided to celebrate the game's third anniversary by offering all kinds of perks, presents, and events. First of all, there will be an anniversary sale, and there will also be a vault with many 4-star characters, Legendary Tokens, Devil Dino covers, Hero Points, and much more. Every player will get a free token for this vault, and there are plenty of tokens in the Anniversary Versus Season and also in event rewards. And this Thursday, a new character will be joining the game, Gwenpool...

All the way back in June of last year, we reported that Sonic Dash [Free] and Angry Birds Epic [Free] had crossed over, and were left with the impression that the crossover was a little forced. Yes, hedgehogs and birds are both animals, and yes, Sonic did star in Sonic and the Black Knight, an absolutely dire Wii game where the blue blur wielded a sword (not as bad as using a gun, but that's a completely different travesty in itself), but beyond that there wasn't much reason for the irate avians to feature. Over a year later, the folks at Rovio have come to their senses, as Angry Birds Epic is set to yet again cross over with another title - but this time in the form of the match-3 behemoth Puzzle & Dragons [Free]. With both sharing a loose fantasy theme, anyone with the latter title is able to play some special Angry Birds Epic levels in the game between the 3rd and the 9th of October...

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