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'Ellipsis' is a Glowy Action-Survival Game with Zero Words

Salmi Games' Ellipsis looks like quite the curious little game. Described as "a minimalist action survival game," it has you moving your blue circle protagonist through tricky levels and enemy formations, trying to avoid your demise. Ellipsis will boast no text at all as you play, so everything will be explained and demonstrated through the game itself. The trailer demonstrates not only the game's gorgeous glowy visuals, but also the various types of challenges you'll have to survive:..

So Cartoon Network has just launched a new game, OK K.O.! Lakewood Plaza Turbo [Free] on the App Store, a beat 'em up where you play as KO, and beat up all sort of evil robots in the name of defending your beloved mini-mall. This is an original IP release for Cartoon Network, sort of. It's actually part of a really cool project that they're working on that has some potential to be really unique...




Out Now: 'Adventures of Mana', 'Marvel: Avengers Academy', 'Space Grunts', 'All is Lost', 'Puzzle Strike', 'Tsuro', 'Splash Cars' and More

Howdy folks, and welcome to another great week of iOS game releases. Our strong 2016 continues with another big batch of good stuff, including some big-name, highly-anticipated stuff like Adventures of Mana, Space Grunts, Puzzle Strike, Marvel: Avengers Academy and more. 2016 just won't quit so far. So check out everything below and let us know what games you'll be picking up this week. Also, if you enjoy this weekly list of new iOS games and the other stuff we do here at TouchArcade, please consider supporting us on Patreon so we can ensure the content keeps coming! Thanks!..

We Should See More of 'Pokemon GO' at GDC in March

When Niantic announced Pokemon GO in September, most gamers' ears perked up because hunting for Pokemon in an AR game sounded like a lot of fun. However, other than the trailer below, we didn't really get too much info about how the game will play and how it will actually look outside what the trailer showed (which will, of course, be nowhere near the actual game). The good news is the schedule for GDC 2016, which will take place March 14-18, includes a session called Catch 'Em All: Pokemon GO and Real World Gaming. According to the schedule, John Hanke, Niantic's CEO, plans to show how Niantic has developed a unique vision for delivering a mobile Pokemon experience that gets would-be trainers into the outdoors...

Last November Marvel and TinyCo announced a collaboration to create a new kind of superhero game, one where you created and ran a superhero academy where you would train some of the most beloved Marvel superheroes during their more adolescent years. We even got a humorous look at some young Marvel heroes on school ID picture day. Well today is the day that that game, Marvel Avengers Academy [Free], is finally available...

AppRecs has launched a really interesting service, one that filters out what they refer to as "untrustworthy" reviews to get a better picture of how actual users feel about an app or game on the App Store. They explain a lot about their metrics and how they classify the trustworthiness of a review. Organic reviews and gently requested ones are considered trustworthy, with "aggressively requested" reviews considered untrustworthy, down to reward-driven and paid reviews. While AppRecs points out that the occasional review request aren't necessarily unbiased, it's allowed and "and can serve to counteract the phenomenon where users with negative feelings are more vocal than others." So, that's why they are considered still somewhat genuine in the system. The whole blog post is worth a read as this is a fascinating service...

'Peter Panic' is a Musical Video Game with Broadway Performers from Adult Swim Games

Adult Swim Games is keeping quite busy in 2016 on mobile. They've been doing a lot of console and desktop stuff as of late, but their first two releases of 2016 are shaping up to be mobile titles. The already-released Pocket Mortys [Free] came out in January and was just updated. As well, Adult Swim Games revealed on Twitch that they are publishing Peter Panic for iOS, and it's releasing soon – i.e. this month. Check out the trailer:..

'Hidden Folks' is a New 'Where's Waldo'-Style Game from a Developer of 'Fingle'

Adriaan de Jongh, who you should know from his games with Game Oven Studios, because there's really nothing like their output of titles: Fingle [$1.99 (HD)], Bounden [$2.99], and more have few analogues in the gaming world. While Game Oven is unfortunately done, de Jongh is back to making games, as he has just announced his new game with illustrator Sylvain Tegroeg: Hidden Folks...

Last month Adult Swim Games launched Pocket Mortys [Free] into the App Store, and today it's received its first content update. In case you missed all the hubbub, Pocket Mortys is a riff on Pokemon that has you running around a bunch of wacky dimensions, capturing and cultivating a fearsome team of Mortys, and then fighting a huge cast of wacky "Morty trainers" in an effort to bring down the Council of Ricks and return to your normal dimension. Basically just another day in the lives of Rick and Morty. While a bit repetitive, Pocket Mortys was still extremely entertaining, and was stuffed with so much awesome fan service that it was hard not to like it. Today's update adds a whopping 19 new Mortys for you to capture and collect...

Jonathan Blow's 'The Witness' Might be Coming to iOS, But Don't Hold Your Breath, Yet

Perhaps you've heard of this little game called The Witness recently, the exploration-puzzle game by Jonathan Blow that's just released to pretty much universal acclaim and great sale numbers (somewhere around 5 million dollars gross revenue in the first week alone). This game was very, very long in the making, with development beginning around 2008. Just to give you an idea of how long this game was in development, we wrote about it back in 2011 and then again in 2012, when the developer posted an image of the game running on the iPad. Ever since then, we've been keeping an eye on The Witness, hoping that eventually the game will end up on our iPads. Well, now that the game is out for PC and the Playstation 4, Jonathan Blow seems to be serious about bringing the game to iOS judging by his Twitter feed today...

'Exiles of Embermark' is an Upcoming PvP RPG Tailored for One-Handed Mobile Play

Industrial Toys, developers of the mobile-centric first-person shooter Midnight Star [Free], had been working on a couple of new mobile games for the past several months. One is a follow-up to Midnight Star, which unfortunately there aren't many details about, and the second game is a mobile combat fantasy RPG tentatively titled Paragons. Today a rep for Industrial Toys has sent word that big things are happening with the game formerly known as Paragons, and now known as Exiles of Embermark. The game has been coming together so well that they've actually created a brand new studio to create Exiles of Embermark and other games like it. The new studio is called Gunslinger Studios, and the name actually has purpose as their focus will be on games with short-bursts of competitive multiplayer using mobile devices. Like a shootout but way less deadly. Here is a very early .gif showing Exiles of Embermark's combat screen in motion...

Although I bet no one cares much about Hearthstone's [Free] Tavern Brawl today after the pretty earthshaking news from yesterday, the Hearthstone world still turns and Brawls are still a thing. This week's Brawl, Blingtron's Beauteous Brawl, is a new one and it's all about weapons and more weapons. The match starts with both players having 10 Armor (to help with all the damage from the weapons), and at the start you each have a 2/2 Foam Sword weapon equipped and your Hero Power is Cash In: Destroy your weapon, gaining a random one. So, as you can imagine, this Brawl is all about weapons, and the randomness of the whole thing means you'll have no idea what weapon will pop up next...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight (and Out Now): 'Space Grunts', 'Geki Yaba Runner', 'Pull My Tongue' and Tons More

It's Wednesday once again, which of course means oodles of new iOS games. Almost all of these seem to be available worldwide right now, aside from a few standouts which should appear on the US App Store around 11:00 PM Eastern. There's a silly amount of free indie games to play, but I'm guessing the big release (so far) people are going to be interested in is probably Space Grunts. There's a ton of other interesting (and weird) stuff in this list including a Splatoon knock-off and an MMORPG where you play as a horse?..

Stugan Game Accelerator Returns for 2016; First Game from 2015, '_Prism', Set to Release

Stugan launched its first "games accelerator" program in 2015, inviting a small group of game developers, all expenses paid, to work on their games in a cabin in the Swedish countryside over the summer. All the while, they were getting mentoring from notable games industry figures such as Jens Bergensten, lead developer on a mildly successful indie game known as Minecraft [$6.99]. Stugan is returning for a second year, with mentors including Bergensten, Tommy Palm (former designer on Candy Crush Saga [Free]), Rovio Stockholm general manager Oskar Burman, and more. The applications for developers are open through March 31, 2016, and developers who participate keep all rights to the games they work on...

Nintendo mobile news has been frequent in 2016 so far, with an announcement a few weeks ago that its first mobile title would be arriving in March, followed by an announcement just earlier today that Nintendo would be pushing one of its "best-known characters" into a smartphone title sooner rather than later due to their just-reported decline in profits. Well, now we're getting even more snippets of news as Dr. Serkan Toto, a highly reliable and respected Tokyo-based consultant and frequent breaker of Nintendo-related news, has said that pre-registration for Nintendo's Miitomo app, which was announced last October, will begin on February 17th, with a release planned for sometime in mid-March...

Last week we got our first taste of Ninja Boy Adventures, a game created by The Clash Soft as an answer for there not being any classic Bomberman experiences available on iOS. The very next day we got a lengthy look at Ninja Boy Adventures being played with an MFi controller, a final taste of the game ahead of its planned February 3rd release date. Well, it's not quite February 3rd yet here in California, but with the wackiness of time zones and an entirely digital App Store it turns out Ninja Boy Adventures [$1.99] is already available as of just a couple hours ago...

New Video Answers Burning Questions About Upcoming 'Destruction Derby'-Inspired 'Extreme Gear: Demolition Arena'

Late last week we posted the trailer for Extreme Gear: Demolition Arena, an upcoming demolition derby game from Zero Games Studios that is heavily inspired by the classic Destruction Derby games. I was very glad to see that it wasn't just me who was excited for a true demolition derby game on mobile, as the response in the comment section was super positive, and Pierre Luc-Vettier from Zero Games even dropped in to provide a bit of extra info and answer some questions from the fans. Expanding on that, today Zero Games has released a new video which serves to answer some of the frequent questions they've been getting about Extreme Gear, and it does a nice job of showing off a bit of the game in the background as well...

Check Out the First Trailer for Spry Fox's 'Bushido Bear'

Back in November Spry Fox, makers of the awesome bear-based games Alphabear [Free] and Triple Town [Free], announced their next mobile title, a game called Bushido Bear. All we knew about Bushido Bear at that time was Spry Fox's extremely vague description of it as "an original, action-packed ninja-slasher for touch devices." Well today we finally get a glimpse of Bushido Bear in action with this new trailer. "Action" is kind of the key word here as, unlike their previous bear-based efforts, Bushido Bear is definitely more an action game than a puzzle or word game. Check it out...

Many 20th century governments have risen and fallen on the power of the word. While sudden explosions of dissent have marked the often-televised end of regimes like Romania's Ceouseskou in 1989, it was the power of the official or underground press that often initially held these governments in power and fomented the dissent that led to their downfall. And these words in official propaganda or unofficial, subversive propaganda (because any information with an angle is, technically, a form of propaganda) caused suffering and death and ruined millions of lives. That's why when I started playing The Westport Independent [$4.99], a "censorship simulator" according to the App Store description, I was expecting my words to cost many lives, my decisions to matter both in terms of gameplay but also in terms of making me care about the lives lost, even the imaginary ones...

Upcoming 'Choppa' is 'Choplifter' with Procedurally Generated Levels and Explosions

One of my favorite classic games is Dan Gorlin's 1982 hit Choplifter, which has seen ports and spinoffs on pretty much every platform you can think of for decades following its release. There's even Madgarden's awesome take on the game Saucelifter! [$1.99 / Free] available on iOS, though it desperately needs widescreen support (ahem *hint*). Anyway, I always loved how your task in Choplifter was rescuing tiny people and delivering them to safety while avoiding the many hazards like tanks and fighter jets that were trying to blast you out of the sky. Finnish developer Parta Games has a game in the works simply called Choppa which channels the essence of rescuing people in Choplifter and blends it with procedurally generated levels filled with tricky obstacles. Check out the trailer...

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