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Sean Noonan's Jack B. Nimble [$1.99] released back in 2014, but the game has just gotten a big new content update that adds a whole bunch of new stuff for the game. There's 6 new characters, 3 new levels, 3 new music tracks, and 7 new color schemes to play through. And the game's file size was, uh, reduced?! What sort of witchery is this, Noonan? The game's interface has been given a big revamp for all this new stuff, and there's a fresh new trailer to check out:..




Sometimes a game is all about a simple idea executed well, and the upcoming Dropper is trying to use that exact formula. As the name of the game very strongly hints at, Dropper is all about dropping without colliding with all the obstacles in your path. Although it sounds simple, there are plenty of peculiar shapes that will make your life difficult by moving around the screen without any interest in your well being. And the game's minimalist art will let you focus on the task at hand; dropping to the bottom of the screen. If you're in the mood for philosophical musings, you could easily turn Dropper into a metaphor for life, or you could not...

Anki makes toy car kits where you can build a course and race your cars with your smartphone. It's real cool stuff. But is it family? Soon it will be. That's right, the Toretto crew is coming to Anki Overdrive with a Fast and Furious playset releasing in September 2017. The Anki Overdrive: Fast and Furious Edition will be $169.99, and come with two exclusive new vehicles: Dom's Ice Charger, and Hobbs' MXT. The Ice Charger will boast a special grappling hook, and the MXT has a deadly rocket launcher to use. ..

If you manage to reach Rank 9 in the Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free (HD)] Versus Battle this month, you'll get your hands on Chaurus Breeding Pit, and it's a pretty interesting card. In case you've just started playing the game, if you get to Rank 9, you'll get one copy of the card. In Rank 5 you'll get your second copy of the card, and if you hit Rank 1, you get the full set. But what exactly is this new card? Chaurus Breeding Pit is a 10-cost Action that summons a Chaurus Reaper in each lane, and Chaurus Reaper is a 7-cost 5/4 Chaurus that gives all enemy creatures in a lane -1/-1. As the developers point out, this is the kind of card you want to play if you didn't have a good early game and hope to turn things around. And while the card is 10 mana, it does give you two 7-cost cards, so technically it's a bargain...

If you're a Warhammer 40,000 fan, this story is definitely for you. Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf [Free] is a turn-based strategy game with a CCG component first-released on iOS in 2014, and while it had its issues—especially with regards to monetization—it looked pretty cool. A recent developer diary focused solely on the game's visuals, and it's definitely worth a read, especially if you're a fan of the whole universe. As an example of the depth of knowledge needed to design these characters, the developers go over every little piece of the Terminator Armor, describing its purpose but also what each of the symbols and colors mean within the context of the 40K universe...

Developer PapaQuark has claimed that they've spent three years working on finding the perfect algorithm for ski turning on mobile. Based on the developers I've talked to who have made skiing games, it's tough! But they also didn't spend three years working on that. But PapaQuark thinks they've come up with a great one for their game Toppluva. But they need testers to make sure that's the case. And that's where you come into play. If you want to help beta test Toppluva, check out the instructions in the game's forum thread...

The constant growth of mobile gaming isn't really news to most people, but it's always interesting to put numbers to impressions, and the latest Global Games Market Report by Newzoo does just that. Gaming revenue is expected to continue growing this year, with mobile gaming being the most lucrative segment of the gaming industry with a 19% growth year on year to claim about 42% of the market in 2017. The growth of smartphone and tablet gaming is expected to continue, with mobile gaming representing just over half the total games market by 2020...

Foursaken Media's 'Noblemen: 1896' to Open Beta Sign Ups Soon

Foursaken Media is famous for mixing up genres in all kinds of entertaining ways, and the upcoming Noblemen 1896 seems to be another good example of that. And it looks like either this week or the next, you'll be able to sign up in the game's forum thread to test the game and offer your wisdom. If you haven't read our earlier story on the game or haven't visited the forum thread yet, Noblemen 1896 is a hybrid strategy and third-person shooter in an alternate, steampunk version of the late 19th century. The technology is a mix of early WWI and the US Civil War dressed in steampunk, so it should be great fun...

If you don't like Yogg-Saron's spell shenanigans, you might want to keep away from Hearthstone's [Free] Tavern Brawl this week. The Servant of Yogg-Saron Tryouts, a repeat from last summer, has you picking a class and gives you a deck full of random minions. The fun part is that every time you play a minion, it casts a random spell at a random target. Even though this is a repeat Brawl, you'll be casting quite a few new spells because of the Un'Goro expansion, so it should still feel quite fresh and entertaining. If, of course, you don't like RNG, there won't be much for you to like in this brawl...

New Games on Our Forums: 'NASCAR Heat Mobile', 'Suck It Up', 'War of Crown', and More

GooooOoOoOoOod morning everyone, or afternoon, or evening, I guess, depending on what time zone you're in. Today is World Intellectual Property Day, which sort of makes me wish we would've posted our article on App Store scams today to celebrate, but, that'd require me being aware of these made up holidays before they happen. The release list (so far) is a little light, but if historical trends are any indication, chances are this will flesh out significantly by the time we post our full roundup later this evening...

It was always a matter of when, and not if, the first update for Oddrok's latest release DROP NOT! [Free] would launch on the App Store. The developer's impressive support of Power Hover [$3.99] coupled with early indications of additional content on the horizon made it almost an inevitability, but it's still surprising to see the first content update be submitted less than a month after the game's release a the start of April. Scheduled for around May 4th, the upcoming update for DROP NOT! will add even more cutesy cuboid characters to the adorable rolling puzzle game, as well as new levels and much more cool new features to celebrate the game reaching over 500,000 downloads in the opening fortnight after its release...

As we've talked about recently, Hothead Games is getting ready to release Kill Shot Virus, a game that will (shocker) combine shooting and zombies. Today, the developer has shared more information about its zombies and the ways it hopes Kill Shot Virus won't be just another zombie game, although that remains to be seen. The game's zombies come in different varieties, with most of them departing from the overused shambling kind. For example, there's the Exploder, a pretty gassy zombie that ignites when shot but also explodes as a way to spread the virus. Then there's the Thrower, which can grow and throw projectiles at you like a zombified pissed off monkey at a zoo. And there's also the self-explanatory Leaper, which will hurl itself and impale its victims...

The Upcoming 'Louie Lucha' Is a Colorful Mix of Fighting and Rhythm

The upcoming Louie Lucha is, per the developer Fodder Pop, a celebration of the upcoming Cinco de Mayo, and this game will celebrate it with a combination of Lucha Libre, the Mexican equivalent of professional wrestling, and a rhythm game. As you can see from the trailer below, you'll have to tap the right blocks at the right time to help your luchador defeat a variety of human and non-human opponents. As you would expect from a free to play game of this nature, you'll be unlocking different luchadores as you go along...

Despite their intriguing stories and clever use of IPs, Telltale's games have been a mixed bag on iOS primarily because of technical issues. While most of the series were either fine or at least playable, Batman: The Telltale Series left a pretty bad taste on players' mouths because it was pretty close to unplayable on more than one instance. Well, I'm glad to say that Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series [$4.99] (from now on Guardians of the Galaxy) plays just fine on my iPad Air 2, despite a couple of very brief—but unobtrusive—stutters. I don't know if this means Telltale has tinkered with the engine enough to make it work well or Guardians of the Galaxy was just less demanding than Batman; what matters is that Episode 1 of Guardians of the Galaxy should play fine on most of your devices. I will be reviewing the whole series, so expect the review score to change as more episodes release...

Thinking back to the games that made a big impact in the very early years of the App Store and puzzle platformer Archibald's Adventures [$0.99] is right up near the top of the list. Developer Rake in Grass released the game way back in January of 2009, and updated it several times since then with new content and features. Its last update was in November of 2010, coming up on 7 years ago. With the 32-bit Appocalypse coming up, we've seen plenty of older games get brought back to life in an effort to bring them up to modern standards and keep them alive in the App Store. Given the lack of activity by Rake in Grass for the past several years, I was taken completely by surprise to see that Archibald's Adventures has received a new update today bringing with it all the modern conveniences like widescreen support, high resolution graphics, support for all the different screen sizes, and 60fps support. ..

If you've missed playing a bit of soccer on your mobile device (the options are quite limited), Super Crossbar Challenge [Free] will at least let you kick that ball a bit, although your purpose is exactly the opposite of that of a normal soccer game; instead of trying to score, your one and only goal is to hit that crossbar, emulating in that way all those soccer videos where players manage to hit the crossbar as if that thing was the size of a house wall. In Super Crossbar Challenge, you'll have to swipe at the right angle and the right speed to keep hitting that crossbar. If you manage to perform bicycle kicks and volleys and still hit the crossbar, you'll get even more coins. And, of course, you'll use those coins to unlock new characters and new balls...

'Blitz Brigade: Rival Tactics' Soft Launched in Philippines

Gameloft's Blitz Brigade: Rival Tactics is looking like an isometric take on Clash Royale [Free], and if Clash Royale wasn't isometric enough for you, then perhaps this is what you need. Even if you've preregistered already, you might be anxious to try this out. Or at least, mildly curious? Well, good news: Blitz Brigade: Rival Tactics has soft-launched in the Philippines. We have a forum thread for the game, too!..

And they've done it to us again. Telltale used to release the iOS and Android versions of the various episodes simultaneously with other platforms, but there have been instances recently where the mobile versions arrived a few days later than the rest. And it looks like that's the case with The Walking Dead: A New Frontier [$4.99] Episode 4, Thicker Than Water, which was supposed to release today but will be coming "later this week." Previous announcements forgot to include that small clarification, which was why we reported the episode was coming out today. At least it's only a day or two delay, which isn't too bad...

Regular readers know that I have been doing a weekly column on Mondays for the last few years collecting the best game updates I can find from that week. With that job, I've been able to see clearly the developers who go above and beyond to deliver tons of updates post-release for their players. It's especially remarkable when those updates are for a paid game, since there's no real financial incentive in adding free content for the developer. One of the names that has popped up often has been Siralim, the quirky RPG series from Thylacine Studios. Both the first game and its sequel have seen a lot of additions over time, but all good things must come to an end. The bad news is that the final planned content updates for Siralim [Free] and Siralim 2 [$4.99] are hitting really soon. The good news is that they sound like pretty great expansions...

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