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Low Poly Environmental God Game 'Biome' Coming to iOS Next Year

Biome is an upcoming environmental toy from the trio of developers that make up the fledgling studio known as Knick Knack. All angular polygons and electric greens and blues, Biome lets you "explore and transform the world as you play, unbound by goals or directives," as described on the website...

'Baseless' is an Upcoming Planet-Hopping Shooter from the Creator of  'David.'

David. [$1.99] from Fermenter Games was a curious little title that our Shaun Musgrave quite enjoyed. Now, a few months after that game's release, the developer is hard at work on a brand new game: Baseless. The game is still very early in the works, but it's showing some promise already. The idea is that this is a planet-hopping shooter, where, not unlike Toast Time [$2.99] or Spooklands [$0.99], you fire to attack enemies but to also move around. Battles right now take place among a bunch of planets, while you fight off enemies like turrets and space worms...

Namco Soft Launches 'Aevana: Unstoppable', an Auto-Running Action Game

Along with Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, Namco has soft launched another game in the past few days, Aevana: Unstoppable. This one's also available in New Zealand right now. This is a side-scrolling, level-based auto-runner where players control the eponymous Aevana, having to guide her over obstacles, and taking out enemies in the process. The game becomes about chaining together slides, jumps, tackles, and attacks, trying to make it from one level to the next. Combos and spells help to take out enemies that won't go down in just one hit. Along the way, coins and shards are earned, used to buy new items and upgrades, and to skip wait timers...

Microsoft announced earlier this morning that it had acquired Mojang — and Minecraft right along with it — for a cool $2.5 billion. The acquisition is expected to be finalized later this year, and Mojang's three co-founders, including Markus "Notch" Persson, are leaving the company...

As if they weren't busy enough, Harmonix Music Systems recently signed a publishing deal with Tilting Point to bring multiple new games to mobile devices. Tilting Point, to jog your memory, is a mobile publishing and marketing team known for projecting its game trailers onto the walls of Gothic Revival mansions...

Avenged Sevenfold's 'Hail to the King: Deathbat' Launching on October 16th

Back in July, Eli had the opportunity to sit down and go hands-on with Hail to the King: Deathbat, an upcoming mobile game from the band Avenged Sevenfold. The game itself is a hack 'n slash dungeon crawler type affair, with a dark and moody visual style and a surprisingly high level of difficulty. Usually when a big-name brand crosses over into the world of video games, the results are very hit or miss, but Hail to the King: Deathbat showed a lot of potential...

A few months ago, ustwo announced that they were creating new levels for Monument Valley [$3.99], their beloved and popular puzzling adventure game of Escherian geometry. Well, between the Apple Design Award, Android release, million copies sold, and just the ravages of time, it'd be easy to forget that new levels are coming. Well, good news: those new levels are still coming, and we have proof, as a screenshot was posted on Twitter over the weekend by ustwo founder Mills...

'Pac-Man Championship Edition DX' Adapted as Free-to-Play Game, Soft Launched in New Zealand

Namco's revitalized the Pac-Man franchise with Pac-Man Championship Edition [$2.99], a take on the classic game with dynamic mazes. A few years ago, Namco released Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, which expanded on the concept. Well, while the original Pac-Man CE released a few years ago on iOS, the sequel never quite made its way over. Until now, at least, as Namco's soft launched Pac-Man Championship Edition DX in New Zealand...

1930's Heist Game 'Calvino Noir' Will Sneak onto iOS Later This Year

Daniel Walters and Ceri Williams, the duo behind Micro Macro Games' gorgeous and unfortunately overlooked Morphopolis [$3.99], are working on a stealth-slash-heist game due for the App Store later this year...

As mentioned last week, preordering the new iPhone was pretty insane. It seemed obvious something crazy was happening, as historically ordering your new phone through the app had been pretty painless in the past. Not so this time, the app was beyond slammed, and judging by Twitter alone, I wasn't the only one who was up until 4:00 AM desperately trying to get their preorder to go through...

Rumors have been swirling over the weekend that Microsoft was buying Mojang for $2 billion dollars, with the purchase price largely speculated from Notch's 2012 tweet where he said "my price is two billion dollars." Well, this was all confirmed by Mojang this morning, and the motivation behind the sale seems fairly reasonable...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Phantom Rift'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 9/12/14 - 'Goblin Sword', 'The Journey Down', 'Battle Riders', and 'Gemini Strike'

If all that happened this week was the release of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, that'd be pretty rad in itself. If all that happened was the unveiling of the Apple Watch, same story, would still have been a great week. The fact that we've got all that and great iPhone games? Well, that's just awesome...

It's hard to not just be dumbfounded by the rapid rise of the iPhone. 2007 wasn't that long ago, and it's nuts to look back to when the iPhone was the $500 phone Steve Ballmer famously laughed at to causing a predictable yearly fervor where everyone has to have one. If you set your alarm for 12:01 Pacific last night hoping to easily preorder the new iPhone and then go back to bed, you'd be in for a surprise...

First Trailer Released for Foursaken's "Spelunky Meets Match-3" Game 'Puzzle to the Center of the Earth'

Earlier this month Foursaken media announced that they have a new game in the works called Puzzle to the Center of the Earth, which they described as Spelunky meets match-3. It sounds like an odd pairing, but upon further clarification by Foursaken to the Spelunky influence, it actually sounds like a perfect mix. To quote a comment from them, "Spelunky is all about being very aware of your (randomly generated) surroundings [because] so many things can kill you instantly or very quickly - one mistake and you're dead. And then there's all the other stuff like exploration, using items to get you places, etc... Puzzle to the Center of the Earth definitely has all of those elements, they're just a bit different being wrapped in the core matching gameplay." I don't know about you, but that description alone has me excited, but this first gameplay trailer should do the trick as well...

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