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'ROME: Total War – Alexander' Arriving on iPad Next Thursday, July 27th

Last November Feral Interactive made a lot of fans happy when they brought their critically-acclaimed PC strategy game Rome: Total War [$9.99 (HD)] to the iPad. Strategy gamers had been asking for a mobile port for quite some time, and their iPad version delivered the goods. Of course, Rome: Total War on PC has received some meaty expansions since the original game's release in 2004, and since the original game was now on iPad the next question strategy gamers had was would those expansions follow? If you give a mouse a cookie and all that. Well, Feral delivered there too when they released Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion [$4.99 (HD)] as a standalone app for the iPad at the end of March. With that out of the way, you can probably guess what happened next. Yes, fans were now hoping that the second expansion, Rome: Total War - Alexander would be coming to the iPad too, and earlier this month Feral confirmed that it indeed was. Today they've gone one step further and stamped an official release date on the expansion, and it's set to arrive next Thursday, July 27th...

To The Moon [$2.99] may feel like a relatively recent release in iOS terms, as Freebird Games' beloved adventure title only made the transition to mobile in May of this year. However, To The Moon dates back to 2011, and has since become one of the reference points for the emotive power of certain indie games. The title was met with universal critical acclaim upon its original launch, and was showered by accolades, even against groundbreaking releases like Ghost Trick and Portal 2. The mobile version was similarly met extremely positively, and received a glowing four-and-a-half star recommendation in our review shortly after launch. It may be a relatively fleeting experience, but it is certainly an essential one, and today To The Moon has gone on sale for $2.99 for the first time...




Flop to the Top in Bizarre Arcade Platformer 'Corporate Salmon', Coming Soon to the App Store

I've seen some pretty strange premise for games, but Corporate Salmon really takes the cake (or takes the cod, if you will). The title doesn't lie - the protagonist of the game is quite literally a sentient salmon, who is determined to climb the corporate ladder through any means possible. In the game, such means include flailing up an escalator, collecting money all the while fending off other rival fish who are also aiming for the stars. It's a salmon-eat-salmon world out there, kids. Beyond its eccentric concept, Corporate Salmon does actually look like quite an inspired take on the one-touch arcade game on the App Store. With a vibrant and eclectic graphical style, some bizarre physics and multiple challenges in the elevator to earn the most money possible, Corporate Salmon is as silly as it is charming, and will be one to look out for when it flops onto the App Store in the next few months...

Control Dozens of Characters at Once in Anarchic Auto-Runner 'Gummy Heroes', Releasing July 26th

It takes a lot to distinguish auto-runner games on the App Store, and even when developers try and shove in gimmicks and meticulously designed levels, it's hard not to be cynical that any such title isn't just yet another derivative effort. At first glance, Gummy Heroes looks to follow the well-worn blueprint for 2D mobile runners - a colorful, cutesy graphical design, platforming challenges and other such tropes that are by no means offensive, but not particularly exciting either. However, upon further examination, Gummy Heroes could have that extra bit of calculated chaos that may elevate it above its peers. Throughout each level, captured heroes can be saved, until you amass a huge party of multiple adventurers to help you reach the end of the nefarious mazes that can be encountered. In other words, Snake mixed with Super Mario Run [Free], which should be a wicked combo when it launches on the App Store on July 26th...

RPG Reload Glossary - Smells Like Ys Spirit, or Action-RPGs in the Early 90s

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where we're either playing gods or slaying gods. This week, we're filling in the next chapter in our RPG Reload Glossary look at the history of action-RPGs. One of the messier and less-satisfying genre labels around, the action-RPG had already taken many forms by the end of the 1980s. In the next decade, some of the most successful examples of the genre would arrive on the scene. While you would think that might simplify matters, the 1990s closed with the genre being harder to nail down than ever. While I had intended to cover the entire decade in this installment, it became apparent halfway through that it was beyond the scope of a single article. So instead, we're going to look at the first half of this formative decade and pick out some of the genre highlights along the way...

'Necrosphere' is a Sadistic Metroidvania-Style Platformer Hitting iOS Later this Year

There are brutally difficult platformers like Super Meat Boy, and then there's developer Cat Nigiri's Necrosphere which looks like it enters an entirely different level of pain. It's a Metroidvania-style platformer that has you exploring huge levels trying to negotiate your way around a plethora of hazards all of which will kill you in an instant. The game was recently shown at the Brazil’s Independent Games Festival a few weeks back and was nominated for a number of awards, including Best Brazilian Game, Best Gameplay, and the Innovation Award. People really like to die in their games, apparently! Here's a new trailer showing Necrosphere in action...

Wacky Walking Game 'Silly Walks' Stumbling Onto the App Store August 10th

I've been pretty excited for Part Time Monkey's upcoming game Silly Walks ever since first posting about it last month, and a lengthier gameplay trailer released a few days later has only intensified my need to play this silly game. Well that moment is moving ever closer as today the developer has announced that Silly Walks is locked and loaded for an August 10th release, and they've shared the game's new app preview trailer with us in celebration of this momentous occasion. ..

Telltale Games made a pretty big splash when the San Diego Comic-Con kicked off this week by announcing Season 2 of their Batman - The Telltale Series game, a third and supposedly final series of Walking Dead: The Game, and a long-awaited second season to the fantastic The Wolf Among Us. They weren't done though! Today at Comic-Con Telltale announced that the third episode of their take on Marvel's popular superhero series Guardians of the Galaxy - The Telltale Series [$4.99], titled More than a Feeling, is set to arrive on August 22nd. ..

In January of last year FDG Games and SHD Games released an unassuming little sniper game called Lonewolf [Free] to the App Store. While the sniper genre had been absolutely oversaturated on mobile, Lonewolf managed to stand out from the pack with its unique noir-inspired visuals and an emphasis on telling an interesting story, which was rare for that type of game. We liked Lonewolf a lot in our review and awarded it our Game of the Week back then, and it was pretty universally loved by all who played it. The only problem was that the game ended on a bit of a cliffhanger and players were anxious to find out what happens next in a promised upcoming new chapter… except that chapter never came. ..

With the upcoming Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion on the horizon and the existing metagame getting a bit long in the tooth, Blizzard has been up to all sorts of exciting things to keep people playing Hearthstone [Free]. Previously, we celebrated the Midsummer Fire Festival which had Ragnaros awarding us double coins for all of our quests. Now, Frost Lord Ahune has taken things over with the Frost Festival. This time around, participating in the event doesn't award coins, but instead packs for the upcoming expansion. Of course you can't actually open them until Knights of the Frozen Throne launches, but, it's cool earning them regardless...

Sidescrolling Beat 'Em Up 'Golem Rage' Set to Release in October, and Is Looking for Beta Testers on Our Forums

One of my favorite parts of writing about mobile games is seeing certain titles develop from a basic core idea at their genesis, to detailed, complex and action-packed completed products after months of intensive development - and a number of overly ambitious missed release dates. Golem Rage is one such game, and since its debut on TouchArcade in 2016, the developers have painstakingly detailed the growth of their beat 'em up App Store debut, which has certainly been impressive. After missing an initial September release date, Golem Rage is finally reaching completion, and the developers are now looking for beta testers on our forums in preparation for a prospective October 2017 release date on the App Store...

The original Zombies, Run! [Free] has been free since 2015, and if you've never tried it and have any interest in running, you really should. Instead of how a lot of running apps will just have you running and walking based on timed intervals with chimes and maybe some voiceover to tell you what to do next, Zombies, Run! does basically the same thing but it's cleverly disguised through an in-game narrative where you're running around inside of a zombie apocalypse. It's hard to really capture in a trailer, but check this one out to get an idea of what it's like:..

Legendary Pokemon have been one of the most requested and eagerly anticipated additions to Pokemon GO [Free] since the game released just over a year ago. While Niantic have remained tight-lipped over when Articuno, Zapdos, Moltres and co would make their debut in the ridiculously popular augmented reality release, signs that Legendaries would appear within the game have occurred over the past few months. Today, through an epic reveal trailer reminiscent of that Super Bowl commercial from January 2016, Niantic have announced that Legendary Pokemon will be available to battle in Raid Battles, and then to subsequently catch, in Pokemon GO later this month...

Latest Game in the 'Professor Layton' Series 'Layton's Mystery Journey' Hits the App Store

As promised, Level-5 have delivered a brand new entry in the popular Professor Layton puzzler series called Layton's Mystery Journey [$15.99] to the App Store. This adventure is the seventh game in the main Professor Layton series and it follows Katrielle Layton, the daughter of the titular Professor Layton. He has suddenly gone missing and it's up to Katrielle to figure out the mystery of what happened to him by way of traveling around famous London landmarks, interacting with colorful characters, solving puzzles, and generally doing Layton-y type things. ..

Out Now: 'Full Throttle Remastered', 'Leap On!', 'Glyph Quest Chronicles', 'WWE Tap Mania', 'Mr Jump S', 'Realpolitiks Mobile', 'Triple Agent!', 'Sidewords', 'Judas Priest: Road to Valhalla' and More

Welcome once again to another week full of brand new iOS games! This week brings a semi-surprise release of the remastered version of classic LucasArts adventure game Full Throttle, and like previous Double Fine remasters you can switch back and forth between the original and remastered graphics. There's also the no-longer-in-soft-launch releases of Glyph Quest Chronicles and WWE Tap Mania, and Noodlecake's latest arcade masterpiece Leap On! has been getting rave reviews so far. And as always, much more! Plus Layton's Mystery Room should be on its way but didn't quite make it in time for this post, but we'll give you a heads up when we see it. Comb through the full list of new games below and let us know in the comments which ones you've got your eye on this week!..

'Bertram Fiddle: Episode 2: A Bleaker Predicklement' Delayed Until the End of August

Just shy of a year ago, we got the great news that a second episode of the excellent adventure game series Bertram Fiddle would finally be releasing that following November. The first episode, Bertram Fiddle: Episode 1: A Dreadly Business [$1.99] was very well-received by players but it released way back in December of 2014, so fans had been anxiously-awaiting its continuation for quite some time. Unfortunately episode 2, which is called A Bleaker Predicklement, didn't make its November release target, and back in April we were assured it would be hitting its new May release date. That didn't happen either, sadly, but in June we were once again given a new release date of July 20th, this time for sure! Well friends, life is tough as a struggling indie developer and things rarely go according to plan. It's my unfortunate duty to report that Bertram Fiddle: Episode 2: A Bleaker Predicklement has been delayed yet again, and is now slated for a release at the end of August. ..

'noded' is a Unique and Relaxing Puzzler from the Makers of 'kubic' that's Launching August 2nd

Developer Pixel Envision, who last brought us the clever puzzler kubic [$1.99] when it was published by Appsolute Games exactly one year ago, have another neat looking puzzler in the works, a minimalist game called noded. The game has you folding up a collection of nodes connected with a line in an effort to match the shape shown at the top of the screen. It actually sounds quite similar to kubic but with node-folding instead of block-placing. Check out the trailer...

New iOS Games on Our Forums: 'Judas Priest: Road to Valhalla', 'Sidewords', 'Project Mallow', 'Finn in 1989', and More

Today is apparently National Hot Dog Day, the day of the year where all hot dogs are equally appreciated. Being in Chicago, I'm pretty deep into the Chicago style hot dog scene, but, I'd say I love all hot dogs equally. If you're looking for some new games to play while you wait in line for hot dogs today, you're in luck, there's a ton of new titles that have hit the App Store recently...

Crescent Moon's Low-Poly Space Adventure 'Morphite' Finally Arriving September 7th, New Trailer Released

It's been more than a year since Crescent Moon first publicly unveiled a new game they're releasing called Morphite, a low-poly space exploration adventure, and we've covered the game a ton in the time since then. Well, it's all finally coming to a head as today Crescent Moon, in partnership with We're Five Games and Blowfish Studios, have announced that their project is at long last complete and we can all look forward to playing Morphite on a variety of platforms on September 7th. Those platforms are: iOS (obviously), Apple TV, Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam. An Android version is coming too but no date has been set, but it will be before the end of 2017. In celebration of the launch date announcement, a spectacular new Morphite trailer has also been released...

Comic Con is always an odd event for us to cover, particularly as the event has evolved from just focusing on comics to being an event about comics, TV shows, movies, video games, and every other medium that's even vaguely relevant in modern geek culture. Historically, it can be a bit hit or miss when it comes to mobile games, but Telltale kicked things off with a bang with three new games announced in one teaser video:..

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