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With new iOS releases regularly breaking older games, it's always great to see when some classics get fixed, like the news of the possible Helsing's Fire [$0.99] fixes. The next game up to get working again on modern devices? geoDefense [$1.99 / Free] from Critical Thought Games. iOS 8 caused this seminal tower defense game to not work properly on modern devices, so they've gone in and fixed the game, added compatibility with modern device resolutions, and introduced Game Center support. The update has been submitted to Apple, so with the upcoming holiday freeze at iTunes where app aprovals cease for about a week, this may not get to happen until 2015. Here's another classic Touch Arcade off-screen iPhone video from 2009 showing off the game:..

It's a bit late to the party, missing the huge list of new game releases from last night, but The Binary Mill's latest project Mini Motor Racing WRT [Free] is now finally available in the App Store. As we talked about when it was announced earlier this month, Mini Motor Racing WRT is a spinoff of sorts of their fantastic 2011 racer Mini Motor Racing. The big change is a focus on competing in the World Racing Tournament, or WRT, by piecing together a star racing team and fleet of vehicles that will lead you to the championship. There's also expanded multiplayer options as you can start up an online Race Club with friends and work together to beat rival Race Clubs...

Well, Simogo's thing that they were teasing recently has been revealed, and for the purposes of our site, we're disappointed to report that it's not for mobile. Odds are though that you have a PC or Mac, and can thus check out The Sensational December Machine, a small free game from Simogo. Created in the last few weeks as a present for their fans, this is a short story in a world where you have to look around in order to see what's next in the story, as the text warps around the world. The art is hand-drawn, and music is dynamic. It's available as a direct download for PC and Mac...

The very cool one-touch platformer Badland [$3.99] has gotten yet another update bringing more levels to this great game. The new "Daydream" level update includes ten new singleplayer levels in the "Explore the Unknown" pack. These challenging new levels have you trying to survive and rescue as many clones as possible, and it will test your skills as you try to survive. There's 30 new missions and 5 new achievements to collect as well. The level pack can be played right away, and it is currently free, though it will be $0.99 down the road, so go and get it now if you have the game...

Halfbrick has just made its entire library of iOS games free, starting today. Some of the games were released as free-to-play, and we're not here to make a big deal about how a free game is still free, but a few paid games are in the sale. Fruit Ninja [Free] is one of the stars, as while it has gone free before, it is an App Store classic that only goes free once a year or so. If you had the now-unavailable iPad version but not the iPhone version, you want to grab this one in particular, as the game is universal now...

It feels like ages ago that Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars [$4.99] made its way to the iPhone, and it kind of was. It was all the way back in January of 2010. That was at a time when it still felt like "Wow! A big publisher bringing a major IP to my little iPhone!? Amazing!" But beyond just being a major coup for iOS as a fledgling gaming platform, Chinatown Wars actually made a ton of sense for the iPhone. It was originally developed as a Nintendo DS exclusive, so it had both portability and touchscreen implementation built in from the beginning, which translated extremely well to iOS. But as I said, 2010 was a long time ago, and Chinatown Wars on iOS hadn't exactly aged well over the years...

Visual novels have been a pretty big genre in Japan since nearly the inception of gaming in the country. A major presence on PCs in the 1980s, they started appearing more frequently on consoles in the 1990s, and have enjoyed popularity on handhelds and mobile devices from the 2000s onward. Yet, for most of that time, the genre's been largely ignored outside Japan, with virtually none of the popular titles in the genre localized. The big break for the genre was likely Capcom's Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, a risky gamble that went over well enough to get other publishers to take a chance. Even then, though, most of the games that were localized were hybrids, mixing in adventure components or RPG scenes. Only very recently have we seen some pure visual novels getting a chance in the west, such as Banshee's Last Cry [Free]...

Square Enix Announces 'Mevius Final Fantasy'

You don't know how hard I had to fight myself not to include a punny reference to Carly Rae Jepsen with that title. That's your Christmas present, friends. Anyway, on to the meat of this little news item. Square Enix, a company rather fond of announcing new Final Fantasy games, has announced a new Final Fantasy game for smartphones and tablets. It's called Mevius Final Fantasy, which is not to be confused with Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, Final Fantasy Dimensions: Crystal of Time And Space, Final Fantasy Record Keeper, or Final Fantasy Agito. What makes this one so special is its planned scope. Perhaps I'll let Square Enix's words, from the game's official website, speak for themselves here...

Out Now: 'Brothers in Arms 3', 'Galcon 2', 'My Om Nom', 'Spoiler Alert', 'Platform Panic', 'Docking Sequence', 'Ultimate Robot Fighting', 'The Taekwondo Game' and Tons More

It's that time of year again, as this is the last release week before iTunes shuts down all of next week for the holidays. There's a massive amount of new games tonight, and I'd guess there will be some stragglers tomorrow and Friday as well. It's been a great year of gaming on iOS, and during the slow time next week you can look forward to what we thought was the cream of the crop. But for now, bask in the warm glow of a ton of new games to check out in the list below...

The Best-Reviewed Game of the Year was...'VVVVVV'?

December 17th, 2014 9:17 PM EST by Carter Dotson in News
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All sorts of publications are starting to get their 'game of the year' awards out there, and Time had a particularly interesting list. But since the majority of review sites use review scores, and are catalogued by Metacritic, we can get an interesting view of what the consensus game of the year might have been. And the list they've cataloged is topped by an interesting choice: VVVVVV [$2.99] was the highest-rated game tracked by Metacritic this year. The game's a great one, but it might not be on the lists decided at the end of the year, because it's a port of a game that's several years old. Number two was Hearthstone [Free (HD)]. The top 'original' iOS game is Threes [$1.99], at number three. The list has some interesting games that are high up. Bug Heroes 2 [$1.99] was the 6th-highest rated game of the year, ahead of Monument Valley [$3.99] at number eight. Proun+ [$1.99] also just sneaks in at number 25...

More games are going dirt-cheap or even free in this busy holiday period. We covered Skullduggery [$4.99] going free last night, but that's not the only freebie. Gangstar Vegas [Free] from Gameloft has just dropped to nothing, as part of an update making the game free-to-play, with a new diamond currency to earn and buy. Cooperative gang battles and a number of new costumes, including holiday-themed ones, are available as well. Flick Golf HD [$0.99 (HD)] from Full Fat has just dropped to free as well, in case you want to get some golf action in on your iPad...

Simogo has been known to blur the lines between games, art, film, sound, literature and more, so when they took to Twitter today to tease a new project called The Sensational December Machine, it's kind of hard to pinpoint exactly what kind of project it is. All they've revealed so far is the following (extremely lovely) teaser image:..

Rusty Moyher released Astro Duel [$2.99 (HD)] earlier this year, a top-down space shooter built around local multiplayer on an iPad. He then made Astro Party [Free], an iPhone version that was majorly reworked with a simpler control scheme, as well as a new mode, called Pilot Execution. Well, Pilot Execution was notably missing from Astro Duel, and the universe was truly imbalanced. Until now. Astro Duel 1.2 is making its way around the world, and it brings with it the beloved Pilot Execution mode...

I've run out of fingers and toes to keep track of all the Plague Inc. [$0.99] updates, as today the tenth major update for the game has been released. The update includes two brand new scenarios, one about the upcoming Christmas holiday and one which uses portals. For the holiday one, called Santa's Little Helper, the setup is that the government has banned holidays, laughter and celebrations. Basically, fun and happiness is now against the law. This pisses off a lot of people, including Santa Clause and the Neurax Worm, who form an unlikely alliance and work to infect the world with happiness again. The worm even renamed himself the Neurax Miracle for this mission! I love the whole idea of Plague Inc.–infecting the world with killer diseases and eradicating humanity–being flipped on its head in this scenario...

'Brother in Arms 3: Sons of War' Review - A Freemium Sibling

As we mentioned earlier this month when we posted the teaser trailer, Gameloft’s Brother in Arms 3: Sons of War [Free] has been a long time coming. Announced in June of 2013, we took it for a spin back in E3 2013 and enjoyed the big changes to the series - namely the transition from a traditional shooter to one that was mostly a cover-based on-rails affair. Fast forward nearly a year and a half later and Sons of War is significantly different than when last we played it. For folks hoping for a significant shift in the series direction, Sons of War may disappoint as it goes back to its traditional roots, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing...

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