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Capcom’s Ghost Trick: Phantom Detective [Free] is still considered one of the better Nintendo DS games. It released pretty late in the life cycle of the console but had great reviews across the board. It even won some awards at the time. I was pretty glad to see it release on iOS a year later. The sad thing is, the game never got the sales it deserved. Ghost Trick on the App Store has had quite the rocky history with OS updates. As with many Japanese ports, iOS updates sometimes break things and in a lot of cases, games remain broken for too long. Last year saw a double whammy in updates with iOS 11 dropping support for 32-bit apps with the Appocalypse and the iPhone X releasing introducing another aspect ratio to design for. Watch the Ghost Trick trailer below: ..

Out Now: 'Death Squared', 'Florence', 'Purrfect Date', 'Nitro Racing GO', 'FLO Game', Flippy, 'Evil Cogs', 'Cubor', 'Hostage Negotiator', 'Hit n' Run!' and More

It's that time of week once again where we round up all the best new games of the past seven days. It's a relatively "light" week this week, insomuch that in the world of mobile that still means a dozen and a half games. Some of this week's earlier arrivals we were able to put through their paces already so be sure to check out our review of Florence as well as our review of Death Squared, both of which we enjoyed a lot. And then check out the full list of all the rest of this week's new games below and let us know which ones you've got your eye on...




Blizz' has been absolutely killing it these last few years with Hearthstone [Free] esports, and things are only getting better. This afternoon they announced the 2018 Hearthstone Wild Open, which will be a real-deal tournament entirely in the Wild format. If you missed the boat on what "Wild" is, a few years ago Blizzard introduced card rotation into Hearthstone so if you're playing a "standard" Hearthstone game you only need to have cards from the most recent sets. "Wild" includes all Hearthstone cards, and watching games in the Wild format can be nuts...

Pre-registrations aren’t a new phenomenon on the App Store and Google Play. In fact with the advent of pre-ordering, some developers have taken to gauging interest and tracking it through pre-orders on the App Store and Google Play rather than on a website. Signing up for an account or just adding your email address to a list granting you a bonus is still something many developers prefer doing. Over the last week, many games on mobile have opened up pre-registrations offering various rewards for crossing milestones or just to anyone who signs up showing interest. ..

Cooperative singleplayer puzzling is what Death Squared [$6.99] provides in its iOS release. It's not perfect, and has a few annoying factors and humor that doesn't really break a lot of boundaries, but it provides some fun puzzles to solve and a game design that works perfectly for either playing solo or with a friend on the same device. I've played Death Squared in some early builds in the past couple of years, so I was curious to see how it would come to iOS, since what I played was very much driven by cooperation with another player. However, the final release makes the story mode something that a single player can play by themselves. The puzzles don't require a lot of simultaneous movement, they just requre that players be able to mentally deal with two different characters...

Best New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Death Squared', 'Florence', 'Dice Brawl: Captain's League', 'Purrfect Date', and More

Hey it's International Book Giving Day, which is a great way to unload all those old books you move from apartment to apartment while looking super generous at the same time! Once you've finished doing that, you can relax and play some of the new iOS games that have hit our forums this week. The biggest two releases are probably Death Squared and Florence (which we already reviewed). These initial roundup posts are getting a little weird because of the whole preorder thing, so make sure you check out full listing later in the evening where we catch all that stuff as it hits the App Store...

Supercell Made $2 Billion in 2017 - and That's Less Than 2016!

Supercell made a profit of $810 million last year on revenue of just over $2 billion in 2017. These numbers are staggering, and yet shockingly, they are even lower than in 2016, when the company made $2.3 billion in revenue and over $1 billion in earnings. This is despite Supercell not releasing a new game globally in 2017, though Brawl Stars entered its Canadian beta in June and remains a limited release. According to Supercell CEO Ilkka Paananen:..

With the strange goth event coming to a close last week in Nintendo's Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp [Free], it appeared that the decks were all clear for a Valentine's Day event. But no, friends. Doing what you would expect is not how this game rolls. Apart from a box of chocolates that was sent to everyone's mailbox, it seems Valentine's Day will come and go without much of a peep. Instead, players have been treated to the big update that Nintendo has been teasing for the last little while. There are a couple of semi-big things, and a bunch of little things. Let's take a look, shall we not?..

Augmented reality game giant Niantic always seems to be in the geographical center of the storm when it comes to walking out into sunlight and playing a game in the real world. We just got word about their next year's locations and dates for Ingress[Free]. While Ingress may be the less known Niantic product, it served as a ground work for them to land the bigger fish. Pokemon Go[Free] has a familiar Gym battle system but it's prototype was Ingress's complex portal capturing system. If you ever thought that Pokemon Go is a little too basic or if you wished that having more of your teammates around had a bigger impact on the game, Ingress might be right up your alley...

Side-Scrolling Hack 'n Slash 'ChronoBlade' Up for Pre-Registration, Finally Launching Worldwide in March

It was way back at PAX Prime (now PAX West) in August of 2015 that we first caught a whiff of ChronoBlade, an upcoming hack 'n slash RPG from developer nWay, but in reality the game has been in development for even longer than that, since at least early 2013 when it first showed up on our forums. That's a long time! In the fall of 2016, ChronoBlade actually soft-launched in Canada with a worldwide release seemingly imminent. Except, that was more than a year ago now and no ChronoBlade! Well the wait is finally over my friends, as this week nWay announced that ChronoBlade will be launching on both iOS and Android next month and they've opened up a pre-registration campaign for the game...

It Looks like THQ Nordic Is Bringing Adventure Strategy Game ‘This Is the Police’ to Mobile This Year

A listing on THQ Nordic’s official website under the upcoming releases tab has the adventure strategy game This Is the Police listed for a 2018 release on iOS and Android. This Is the Police originally released on PC platforms in 2016 before being ported to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in early 2017. It saw a Nintendo Switch port late last year and it looks like it will finally make the jump to mobile this year. This Is the Police has you play as a Jack Boyd who is a police chief managing Freeburg. There’s a lot of micromanagement in the core gameplay as the story takes place in comic book like segments that are accompanied with some nice jazzy music. Watch the gameplay trailer for the original release below:..

There are tons of games on the App Store that appeal to either more casual or more hardcore gamers. Very few play brilliantly and appeal to all kinds of gamers as well as Reigns does. Reigns [$2.99] from Devolver Digital alongwith the sequel Reigns: Her Majesty [$2.99] are fantastic experiences and two of my favourite iOS games ever. If you aren’t familiar with these games at all, imagine an RPG lite experience where your main gameplay is akin to swiping through the Tinder app. Now Devolver Digital and Reigns Announced that they have crossed 2 million players. To celebrate this, they are offering the bundle with both games at a discount. Check it out on the App Store here. ..

How to Download Mobile 'PUBG' for iPhone and Android

There are two official PLAYERUNKNOWN's Battlegrounds games out now in China, and if you're wondering how to download them, we have the guide on how to do it. The two titles roughly translate to PUBG: Exhilarating Battlefield (the game with the orange icon) and PUBG: Army Attack (with the blue icon). While Army Attack supposedly features battles in the air, water, and on land, it also features a base battle royale game that's basically just PUBG. This is even more confusing than when NetEase released a few different battle royale games at once, because at least they all had different brandings. This is basically two slightly different games under the same license. Regardless, you know you want to try them...

Check Out a New Video of 'Hero Emblems 2' Showing Off the New Shop Interface

I'm so flipping excited for Hero Emblems 2 that even something as mundane as a new shop interface has me jumping up and down. And you should be excited for it too!. The sequel was originally announced way back in September of 2016 with a fantastic reveal trailer, and just a few days later our own Shaun Musgrave was able to go hands on with a very early version of Hero Emblems 2 at that year's Tokyo Game Show. We always knew that the game would be more than a year away even when it was first announced, but it turned out things were going to take even longer than expected as this past November developer HeatPot delayed Hero Emblems 2 to some nebulous point in 2018. Well the good news is that we're at least IN 2018 now so the wait grows shorter every day, and today HeatPot has shown off a new video of Hero Emblems 2 which shows the new shop interface and UI which is quite different than it was in the original game...

Need something romantic to do on Valentine's Day this year? How about a road trip. Maybe to Canada? Maybe with a horde of deadly zombies trying to kill you the entire way? I really can't think of anything more romantic than that. Rocketcat Games and Madgarden seem to agree, as they've just released a surprise update for their zombie road trip simulator Death Road to Canada [$11.99]. The centerpiece of this update will be a special Valentine's Day Event, but of course you'll need to play on actual Valentine's Day to see it, so check back in tomorrow for that. When you do, Cupid will join your party and according to the developers "his sayings are VERY romantical" and he'll be sporting a new weapon, the bow and arrow. ..

You all are probably familiar with developer Paul Pridham, aka Madgarden, through his collaboration work with Rocketcat Games on titles such as Punch Quest [Free] and Death Road to Canada [$11.99], but did you know this one man wonder has also been making and releasing solo projects for many years now? It's true! One such project is the extremely laid back space shooter Chillaxian [$1.99], which he originally launched back in July of 2013. As you might have guessed from the game's title, this is an homage to the classic arcade shooter Galaxian, but like… more chill, maannnn. Move back and forth across the bottom of the screen as you fire at waves of enemies at the top of the screen. However, in Chillaxian these groups of enemies are much more lively and expand and contract in a mesmerizing–and yes, chill–kind of way. Blast through as many levels as you can, with checkpoints every ten levels and boss fights every 5 waves. It's simple, relaxed alien blasting that we really enjoyed in our original review from 2013...

One of the heavy hitter releases of last year was Perchang's Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times [$4.99], a long-awaited sequel to the beloved 2013 tactical turn-based strategy game Warhammer Quest [$2.99], originally from Rodeo Games. Built on the same solid foundation of the original, Warhammer Quest 2 offers a brand new storyline to play through and also expands on that first game in a number of interesting ways, the most dramatic of which being the visuals which are now in full 3D. Sure, fancy visuals are nice to look at and all, but here it also allows you to zoom into the action and get a much better sense of your perspective while playing, which was very cool. Overall Warhammer Quest 2 offered exactly what you'd hope for from a sequel, retaining everything that made the first game so good while expanding and improving on the formula. We really loved it in our 5 star review...

SUP Multiplayer Racing [Free] has been riding high in the charts since its launch last year. That's hardly surprising given its 'pick up and play' mentality. It's a fun and simple futuristic take on the humble racing genre...

'Florence' Hits the App Store Ahead of Schedule

February 13th, 2018 9:52 AM EST by Eli Hodapp in News, Release
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One thing that still amuses me about the App Store is after all these years it seems like there still isn't a great way to release a game at a specific time and have any level of certainty that it'll actually happen because of how weird iTunes Connect can be. Developers typically pull the trigger early just to make sure there aren't any problems, which is why you see so many games leak out a day or two before their "official" release. (Amusingly, this also creates back-end drama for us as developers sometimes insist their game is "not officially out" yet for coverage purposes, even though anyone can download it.)..

Design the Look and Taste of Your Dream Beer in 'Brew Town' Craft Beer Simulator from 'Fist of Awesome' and 'Neon Horizon' Developers

AppBox Media, responsible for Neon Horizon [Free] among many others, and Nicoll Hunt's studio I Fight Bears, of Fist of Awesome [$0.99] and Maximum Car [Free] fame, are teaming up on something decidedly different for both developers. It's a beer crafting simulation game called Brew Town, and it's arriving on iOS and Android March 22nd. Like creating games in Game Dev Story, in Brew Town you'll be responsible for creating new and interesting beers, then stocking and (hopefully) selling them to eager customers. As we all know how fun it is creating silly game types in Game Dev Story, I think Brew Town will take things to the next level with their robust custom bottle creator. Check it out and the rest of the game in this trailer...

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