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New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Brothers in Arms 3', 'Galcon 2', 'The Taekwondo Game', 'Ultimate Robot Fighting' and More

Well boys and girls, this is the last Wednesday night release extravaganza before Christmas, or actually, maybe even this year since the Wednesday following the iTunes freeze falls on New Years Eve and it's hard to say how many developers are going to be scheduling their apps for release on January 1st, which is that following Thursday. Like all pre-iTunes lockout weeks, I'd bet money that this isn't even a smidgen of what we'll see released before the week is up:..

'Skullduggery' from ClutchPlay Games is Free

December 17th, 2014 12:02 AM EST by Carter Dotson in News, Sales
$4.99 Buy Now

Heads up! Skullduggery [$4.99] has just gone free on the App Store. This is a platformer where you fling a tax-collecting skull around a number of levels and fight various bosses, trying to collect coins and bop enemies. It's kind of what Angry Birds would be like with its flinging if it was a platformer, and starred a skull, and was about collecting taxes from other skeleton-type creatures. So, not the same, but kind of in the same ballpark!..

Did you hear about the Hearthstone [Free (HD)] news yesterday about the game soft launching on Android tablets in several countries? Did you despair that you were not in one of those countries and that you couldn't download the game right away? Well, Blizzard's Android soft launch was apparently very soft, as now everyone worldwide can download Hearthstone on their 6" and above Android devices on Google Play. Quite likely, if you're in one of the countries without the game, you'll be playing it soon enough if this turnaround time is any indication. The game does feature all of the content of the desktop and iPad versions, and lets you play with your existing account to keep all your cards and decks and play against others...

It took longer than expected due to some delays, but back in July Gameloft finally released Modern Combat 5: Blackout [$3.99], the latest entry in their modern military first-person shooter series. Like other Modern Combat games, Blackout set the standard for fully-featured first-person shooters on mobile devices. It had a somewhat campy but still exciting single-player experience, as well as a fairly robust online multiplayer experience. Since release, Modern Combat 5 has received a few updates, but they've all been focused on either bug fixing or graphical improvements. Today, Gameloft has officially announced the first content update for Modern Combat 5, which is scheduled to go live tomorrow in conjunction with a price drop down to $3.99...

'Dodo Master', 'Card City Nights', and a Ton of BulkyPix Games Now Free

It's a really busy time for games on the App Store, but definitely not a busy time for your wallet, per se, as there's still a ton of cool freebies hitting the store. Dodo Master [$0.99 / $0.99 (HD)] has gone free yet again. The game drops price every once in a while, but as compared to last time, the iPad version is free as well as the iPhone-only one. If you missed out on it the last time it went free or want the iPad version as well, here's your chance to pick up this 5-star game...

You Can Manipulate Time in 'TimeCube', but You'll Have to Wait Until Thursday to Play

SteamDragon Games is a new developer comprised of mobile veterans, including former members of Spokko (Zombie Road Trip [Free]), CD Projekt RED (The Witcher series), and 11bit Studios (Anomaly 2 [$4.99]). They have just announced their first game, and it's releasing this Thursday, December 18th, on the App Store: TimeCube. This is a simple yet challenging game, as is all the rage lately. There's a simple TimeCube floating through the void, and moving platforms that threaten to harm it. Your goal as the player is to manipulate the passage of time, forcing the platforms to go either at a fast or slow speed, to get the TimeCube to safety...

Developer LuGus Studios has launched Planet Pinball Pro [$2.99] on the App Store today. This looks like a pretty neat take on pinball, where players take on challenges on a three small tables. Scoring big numbers of points will be required to unlock later levels. There's a mission system that players have to take on to help provide some goals to aim for, along with a leveling system. It'll be possible to get powerups to help get some advantages and score more points...

EA's SimCity BuildIt [Free] has made the jump from soft launch to worldwide release today. This is EA's free-to-play take on their classic city-management simulation franchise that probably served as the genesis for all the popular simulation games that are out there today. The game's got gorgeous 3D visuals, with social elements to trade resources with friends, real-life buildings, and all the challenges that come from building a thriving metropolis. EA released another developer diary video just ahead of the game's release if you want to hear more about the game from them:..

It's been just over a year since FDG Entertainment and Cornfox & Bros. dropped the seafaring adventure Oceanhorn [$4.99] in the App Store, and today to celebrate how wonderful this past year has been FDG has dropped the price on the game for the first time ever, down to $4.99 from its normal price of $8.99. We loved Oceanhorn a year ago in our original review, and then back in August a huge content update was released adding even more great stuff to an already great package. Oceanhorn has also been consistent with updating for new iOS features and hardware, most recently getting an update last week that took advantage of the power in the latest iPhone and iPad devices...

Mi-Clos' Out There [$3.99] is an atmospheric game that blends genres including roguelike, gamebook, and resource manager, as you explore the universe, trying to manage your fuel and supplies while discovering new aliens and staying alive. It's a really fascinating experience, and it's getting expanded and enhanced soon into Out There: Omega Edition, as announced by Mi-Clos on our forums. This improved version is coming to mobile soon in a free update...

Regardless of how you might feel about Seabeard’s [Free] freemium tendencies, it’s an incredibly deep game with a lot of content behind it. Unfortunately, a lot of that content requires understanding the intricacies of its timer systems and how it trains players to play the game. The following compiles a few tips and tricks on how to succeed within Seabeard’s system. We talk a little bit about quests before discussing the game’s inventory system, sailing minigames, and even some tips on spending the hard-to-earn pearls...

'Fugl' is a Gorgeous Upcoming Flying Game from the Developer of 'Melodive'

We were big fans of Johan Gjestland's Melodive [$1.99] last year, an experimental "endless rhythm flight simulator" that featured gorgeous visuals. Well, Gjestland has got a new game in the works called Fugl that's looking similarly gorgeous. It's got a similar theme, where the goal will be to control a bird using a dual-stick control scheme, with each virtual stick controlling each wing – and potentially MFi gamepad support. The dev's got a work-in-progress trailer of the game. He recommends watching in 60 frames per second, so watch this on the YouTube site on desktop. The app doesn't quite support 60 frames per second video yet, and the smoothness makes a noticeable difference...

Check Out Footage of the Upcoming Neon-Infused Cave Shooter 'Heavy Rockets'

Heavy Rockets is a interesting-looking cave shooter by Majasalmi that's in the works right now for iOS, that just had a new trailer released over the past weekend. The game's a top-down shooter, where players must fly around caves and take out enemies in several different modes, including not just arena battles, but race modes, that can take place over local wi-fi. The visual style is a minimalist one, using flat visuals with geometric shapes to populate its world. Check it out in action: ..

'Dragon Quest 5' Preview - Import Impressions

It's been about five years since I last played through Dragon Quest 5. If you haven't played it before, I should start off by saying that this is a game that has a lot to say, if you choose to listen to it, and exactly what you hear is going to depend on where you are in your own life. That's because Dragon Quest 5 takes a very unusual approach to its story, following the personal journey of the main character from his birth all the way through to adulthood and the responsibilities that often come with it. I can't say too much about the story without spoiling things that ought not to be spoiled, unfortunately. What I can tell you is that Dragon Quest as a series is quite interested in exploring destiny and fate as concepts, and Dragon Quest 5 is perhaps its most nuanced take on the whole notion...

80 Days [$4.99] was a game we particularly dug, and has even gotten one Game of the Year award from an unexpected source, and was one of Apple's best games of the year. Well, the globetrotting gamebook-inspired game from Inkle has just been updated with new content, featuring a new Arctic route that has opened up. This means that on your journey around the globe, you can now visit the northern reaches of Earth. The game is particularly dialogue- and story-driven, and this update skimps on neither, adding 30,000 new words of story to experience...

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