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Out Now: 'RAD Boarding', 'Blockwick 2', 'Lastronaut', 'Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic', 'Real Steel Champions', 'Warhammer: Snotling Fling' and More

As you probably know we are at GDC 2015 all week, which has us running around all over town and in general being really busy. Hence why there wasn't our normal "Coming Tonight" post this morning. Apologies for that. However, we did find the time to dig through the forums and compile a list of new game that are out right now, including RAD Boarding, Lastronaut and, a sequel to one of my all-time favorite games, Blockwick 2. So check out the list below and if there's anything we missed give it a shout out in the comments...

GDC 2015: 'Aralon: Forge and Flame', the Epic Open-World RPG is Looking Better than Ever

It's crazy to think that it's been more than a year since Crescent Moon and Galoobeth Games announced Aralon: Forge and Flame, the follow-up to Aralon: Sword and Shadow [$4.99] the groundbreaking open-world RPG for mobile devices that originally launched in late 2010. Time flies, as they say, and Aralon: Forge and Flame has been progressing in the many months since its unveiling. We had a chance to check out the latest build of the game here at GDC, and it's looking phenomenal...

We're busy little bees running around GDC meeting with developers and checking out cool games, but this is just a quick heads up that the latest update for Pixelbite's tactical dual-stick shooter Space Marshals [$4.99] is now available as a free update in the App Store. The update adds Chapter Two to the game, which includes new weapons, new gear, new missions to complete and new enemies to defeat. Check out the trailer...

GDC 2015: 'Zombie Match Defense' Brings a Match-3 Element to 'Plants vs. Zombies', and it Totally Works

In a world where it's becoming increasingly difficult to make a match-3 game interesting in any way, every once in a while someone is still able to come along and do just that. In this particular case, that someone is Jake Sones from Shovelware Games and his upcoming game Zombie Match Defense. Oh I forgot, if there's anything more played out than match-3 games it's zombies, but again, somehow Zombie Match Defense embraces both in a really interesting and fun way. The game is set up like a lane defense game like Plants vs. Zombies, but instead of harvesting resources and deploying various units into the field to deal with the approaching threat, you simply make matches on the board to deal with the zombies. It's so simple, but works so, so well...

GDC 2015: 'The Deer God' is a Unique Platformer with a Breathtaking Visual Style

One of the coolest-looking upcoming games from Crescent Moon is The Deer God, a randomly generated platformer with RPG elements and a killer pixel art style. You may remember us posting about it last November when it was part of an Android Humble Bundle that allowed you to get early access to the game… if you had an Android device. Since then, the game has released in a finished state on Steam and it'll be heading to iOS at some point this year. Check out our hands-on video as Josh from Crescent Moon walks us through The Deer God and talks about some of the inspirations behind it...

If you like your RPGs mechanically deep, extremely challenging, and don't mind if the visuals are a bit antiquated, Siralim [Free] is one of the best games you can get on the App Store. I liked it quite a bit when I reviewed it back at its launch last summer, and developer Thylacine Studios has been diligently updating it ever since. The improvements were significant enough that I named the game one of the top "sleeper" games in the RPG Reload 2014 wrap-up, and the game maintains a healthy fanbase in the TouchArcade forums. The game has a really fair pay model, letting you try it out for free until you advance your character to level 15, at which point you can unlock the full game for $4.99...

GDC 2015: Upcoming 'Fighter Physics' Sequel Wants to be the 'Mortal Kombat X' of Goofy Physics Games

Fighter Physics [Free], the game that made Soccer Physics [$1.99] significantly more violent, is getting a sequel that's aiming to be the Mortal Kombat X of voxel-based, goofy-physics fighting games. Tentatively titled Fighter Physics Legends, the meat of the new game will be an Epic Arena mode, where you can customize your fighters and deploy a number of weapons for them. Oh, and the voxel fighters can explode into pools of voxel blood with exposed voxel skeletons. It's pretty nutty:..

Earlier today we sat down with Disco Pixel, makers of the rhythm title Jungle Rumble: Freedom, Happiness and Bananas [$3.99]. Since its release in 2014, Jungle Rumble has seen enough success in various markets to warrant some significant updates, which were revealed to us at GDC...

GDC 2015: Open-World Space Trading Game 'Drifter' Still in the Works for iOS

Colin Walsh of Celsius Game Studios stopped by the Touch Arcade GDC war room to show off the latest version of Drifter, his long-in-development open-world space simulation game. The game has been in early access on Steam for a while now, but the game is still planned to release on iOS down the road, and he showed off the game running on an original iPad Mini. Check out the video here:..

GDC 2015: 'Jelly Reef' Finally Combines Jellyfish, Sea Currents, and Roguelikes

Game Oven's Jelly Reef, the last game they're making, was demoed to us at GDC 2015. This may seem quite different from something like Fingle [$1.99 (HD)], and that's because Bojan Endrovski, the team's main programmer, took point on designing the game from the original student version that was created. This is a roguelike-inspired game, where you create currents in the ocean to move a sea of jellyfish around, keeping them from harm from the other sea creatures...

GDC 2015: 'Forma.8' Still Exists, Hopes to Release This Year

MixedBag Studios' Forma.8 has been in the works for a long time now, several years since its initial incarnation. While Futuridium EP [$1.99] came out in the interim, MixedBag is hoping to get Forma.8 out this year. They showed us off the game this year at GDC, seeing the latest version running on iPad with the latest visuals and gameplay features, like the bomb physics that are in play...

GDC 2015: ‘Killing Floor: Calamity’ Is a Dual Stick Shooter Take On the Series

Folks familiar with developer Tripwire Interactive have probably heard of Killing Floor, a cooperative first person shooter that was launched on PC in 2009. While a formal sequel was recently announced, Tripwire Interactive has also been working on porting the world to mobile devices and has achieved that with Killing Floor: Calamity...

Tonight is the night. If you're at GDC or in the San Francisco area and enjoy mobile games and want to hang out with mobile game developers you should totally come to our party tonight. The theme of the night is sticker swapping, and hopefully if you're reading TouchArcade you took advantage of our many posts telling you to get stickers. If not, well, there's probably some generous folks out there willing to give stickers to the stickerless...

GDC 2015: 'Trial by Viking' is a Mobile-Friendly Metroidvania with Grappling Hooks

Last Life Games' Dustin Hendricks came by at GDC to show off his upcoming action-platformer Trial by Viking. He calls it a 'Mariovania', a kind of hybrid between a Metroidvana and a more standard platformer. You control a viking trying to find Loki, helping Valkyries and the like as you make it through the game. Unlike most Metroidvania games which have open worlds, this is level-based, but the Metroidvania influence comes in with the different items that come into play, with things hidden in previous levels that may require something that you earned later on. Check out our lengthy hands-on video, but do note that due to a technical error there is no audio commentary for the first 4 minutes or so...

GDC 2015: Hands-On with 'MicRogue', a Micro Roguelike

Crescent Moon Games is here at GDC showing off a menagerie of upcoming iOS games, one of them the puzzler roguelike MicRogue which is being developed by Jason Pickering and published by Crescent Moon. We posted about MicRogue just a few weeks ago, and the game itself has been in the works for quite some time. It's finally finished though, and if you enjoy strategic dungeon crawlers with puzzle-like elements, such as Hoplite [$1.99] or Auro [$2.99], then I think you'll dig MicRogue...

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