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Some interesting new regulations are starting to appear surrounding emojis on iOS. Apple is starting to reject apps that use emojis in ways they deem against their rules. Emojipedia, a lifeline for anyone who works in social media from their computer and needs to use emojis for dank memes on their corporate channels, reports that app developers are seeing rejections from Apple for using emoji in their app screenshots, or in their apps themselves that Apple deems unfavorable. One example used is the crying emoji used when users can't connect to Game Center in a game...

Cross-Platform HTML5 MMORPG 'Mad World' Heading to Steam this Fall, Impressive New Trailer Released

It was in July of last year that we posted the trailer for a very promising upcoming MMORPG from developer Jandisoft called simply Mad World. While the game's art style, soundtrack, and overall theme was really cool, what really stood out about Mad World was that it's built entirely in HTML5 and should run in a basic web browser with complete cross-platform play across PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android and whatever other platforms it ends up releasing on. They showed how well this works in a follow-up video in August. We haven't heard much from Mad World since, but this week Jandisoft announced that Steam will be an additional platform where the game is heading and it should arrive there this fall. They also unveiled an awesome new trailer for the game...




Super Evil Megacorp announced at a major Vainglory [Free] event that the long-awaited 5v5 mode will release on February 13th for the general public. The mode is currently available to those who won a Golden Ticket, but everyone will have their chance to play it starting on Tuesday. ..

Both of Tencent’s mobile PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds games have launched on the App Store in China. Last year Tencent announced that in addition to bringing PUBG to China through their own platform, they will be putting out not one but two official PUBG mobile games. When PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds was picking up Steam on PC, I didn’t for a second think it would translate to games seeing gigantic successes on mobile in the battle royale genre but here we are. Out of the two games that are available on the App Store in China only right now, one is a more arcade take on PUBG with air and naval battles while the other is a more traditional PUBG game. Watch a behind the scenes look at the more traditional PUBG like game below:..

The Battle of Plytopia [Free] originally launched back in February of 2016, and originally under the name Super Tribes. Yes, a copyright claim prompted Swedish developer Midjiwan to change their game's name several months after its release, which is never a fun thing but they dealt with it in stride. All this time later I actually think the Polytopia name fits the game's overwhelming charm much better. But I digress. Upon launch, The Battle of Polytopia won over fans with its incredibly streamlined take on the turn-based strategy genre. Over the decades that genre has grown into something so complex it's not always easy for newbies to jump into, and that's where Polytopia came in, offering a welcoming hand to those who were intrigued but not prepared to overcome the learning curve of the genre's biggest titles. Beyond just being easier to grasp than many other turn-based strategy games, Polytopia was also built with mobile touchscreens in mind, and it showed. Everything was very clear to navigate and understand, which is impressive given that this is a typically information and menu-dense genre. ..

Developer Alert this is Not a Drill: Stugan is Back! Applications for 2018 Now Open

Every year we post about an amazing opportunity that you as an app developer have to be a hermit in the woods for two months. Named after the Swedish term for "the cabin", Stugan is a retreat away from the gridlock and grind of everyday life. This lakeside resort offers a verdant sanctuary in the heart of sylvan Sweden where you can cast aside your cares..... and make a game!! What is it about Stugan that gets us fired up year after year? This non-profit get together is seriously cool and amazing and unique! Not only do you get to keep the rights to the game you make there, and not only do you get to have two full months to create and soak up those amazing lake house vibes, but you will be rubbing elbows with the best and brightest stars in the mobile universe. ..

Back before we had wide screen deluxe cinematic experiences in the palm of our hand, mobile games used to involve very simple ideas delivered in a very simple format. This was a canvas that developers could use to distill the essence of fun gameplay down to a very pure form. Games like Ketchapp's Knife Hit [Free] were the fare of yesteryear but the great thing about these tiny little micro games is that it is still a great format. They still provide a very concentrated burst of fun you can sit down for a few minutes of a time and this is reflected in how well Knife Hit is doing...

When Sid Meier's Civilization VI [Free (HD)] landed on the iPad back in December, it was a big deal for a couple of reasons. First of all, it was a full port of the PC original which had just launched about a year prior and it made its way to iPad with very few concessions. Full ports of some older hefty console and PC games had made their way to iOS before, like the incredibly impressive GRID Autosport [$9.99] which originally launched on console and PC in 2014, but Civilization VI was even newer than that and still made its way to the iPad which was a really impressive feat. The second big point about its iPad release was the pricing. Original developer Firaxis Games and Aspyr Media, who ported the game to iPad, felt that a full-blown title such as that should warrant a similar price to other platforms. It's a free to try model with a premium unlock IAP normally priced at $59.99 but offered at a launch discount of $29.99 for its first two weeks on the App Store...

More Pokémon from the Hoenn region are joining Pokemon GO [Free] from tomorrow. This addition brings many Dragon-type and Flying-type Pokémon into the game for the first time. There will also be a new Legendary Pokémon in the form of Rayquaza. Rayquaza joins Raid Battles for a limited time. To celebrate this event, Hoenn region Pokémon will take over wild encounters until a day before Valentine’s Day. This includes the likes of Salamence, Altaria, Metagross, and more...

Lineage 2: Revolution [Free] is gearing up for Valentine’s Day with four new in game events. Each event will have its own rewards and some will have exclusive rewards. The Guard Captain’s Love event will give players candies on finishing quests. For every 100 candies players earn, they can move on a new map to get special items. This Raw Chocolate of Love map will have exclusive rewards and on finishing it, players can earn a Strengthening Material Box, Grade R Weapon or Armor or Accessory, and a Grade R Attribute Stone. ..

Nintendo shocked everyone when they announced Mario Kart was coming to the App Store. Mario Kart Tour is a new mobile game that is being developed by DeNA and Nintendo for mobile platforms and it is due before March 2019. As with every Nintendo announcement, there’s a lot of speculation until they reveal more details. As of now we don’t know whether it will be a full Mario Kart experience like the console titles or an auto driving game where you manage other things. Today, DeNA CEO commented on one aspect of the monetisation for Mario Kart Tour. He said that the game would be free to start...

Perchang just released the first DLC for Warhammer Quest 2 [$4.99], entitled The Lord of Khorne. This new paid DLC will take players through a brand new region of Talabecland. East of Altdorf, Khorne's Chaos forces are laying siege to this land, and the player has to try and defeat his forces and stop his advance. This all takes place in a seven-part story campaign, with a new map, new environments, and of course, a bunch of new enemies to take on. The developers claim that this is a 30% increase in playable content over the base game...

Out Now: 'Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition', 'Dandara', 'Dig Dog - Treasure Hunter', 'Grand Summoners', 'Light a Way', 'Bluebird of Happiness', 'Ninja Attack!', 'StrikeMaster Bowling', 'The X-Files Deep State' and More

Ok, so, a little game called Final Fantasy (maybe you've heard of it?) decided to release its latest mobile version a little earlier than planned, so Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition is kind of dominating this week's list of new releases arriving one day earlier than its previously announced February 9th release date. It's free to try though, so try it out! But don't let it overshadow some of the other excellent releases this week like Dandara, which we loved in our review, the quirky roguelite digger Dig Dog from Rusty Moyher, or even the over the top new bowling game StrikeMasters Bowling from the folks who brought us the Great Little War Game series. THAT'S unexpected. Anyway, check out the full list of this week's new games below and let us know which ones you'll be checking out...

'Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition' Out Now on iPhone

February 7th, 2018 11:32 PM EST by Carter Dotson in News, Release
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Square Enix's Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition [Free] is starting to release on iOS. This is a mobile adaptation of the full-sized Final Fantasy XV, with the complete story available in a freemium package, just scaled down a bit. You'll lose some of the visual quality, replaced with a chibi style, many of the open-world elements, and the combat has been modified to work for the smaller mobile platform. Unlike other mainline Final Fantasy games, Final Fantasy XV has a lot of action-RPG elements to it, so don't expect the kind of turn-based gameplay you'd see in other titles. Which just makes the choice of this for mobile a bit more interesting!..

While Tencent tries to grow the Arena of Valor [Free] esports scene in the west, the Chinese esports scene is on fire right now with a million-dollar player transfer that just took place. Chinese team GK E-sports Club recruited player-coach Zhang "Loa Shuai" Yuchen, a former player for AG Gaming in the Kings Pro League, for 8 million yuan, or about $1.2 million USD. He will serve as a player-coach for GK's Honor of Kings (the Chinese name for Arena of Valor) team. What makes him worth so much? He boasted an average 3.4 kills to 1.8 deaths, and averaged 5.7 assists in a total of 38 matches, helping AG Gaming reach the KPL Playoffs...

Google is reportedly working on a game streaming service called Yeti that could work on Chromecast, as reported by The Information. While GIbiz notes that rumors of a Google games service existed in the past, there's reason to believe there's something to this. Phil Harrison, former executive for both PlayStation and Xbox, joined Google in January to work on an "extremely special opportunity." Given his background in developing TV-based games, it might be that Google actually is pursuing this...

I was quite pleased with the way Capcom Mobile brought their 2010 mobile version of Street Fighter IV up to modern iOS standards with the release of Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition [$4.99] back in July of last year, even if it did cause Total Biscuit to hate us forever. The game has received good support since then too, receiving new characters, improvements to online multiplayer, and new features including support for the full screen of the iPhone X. It's far and away the best traditional fighter on iOS. Capcom had been famously dismissive of Street Fighter IV fans on Android except in certain cases for owners of specific devices and in select regions. Or, you know, if you pirated it. Then this past November we learned that Capcom would finally be appeasing its Android fans by bringing Street Fighter IV: CE to Android devices, and today we've learned that the Android version is all finished up and should be arriving at some point this month. ..

A new report from analytics firm Sensor Tower confirms that battle royale mania spread to mobile, as Rules of Survival [Free] and Knives Out [Free] were the two most downloaded games on iOS in the fourth quarter of 2017 when they released. Both titles, published by NetEase, were downloaded over 15 million times globally. Rules of Survival was downloaded more of the two games, though it wasn't the top game in the US overall, with Dune! [Free] and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp [Free] each getting more downloads. However, on a global scale for iOS users, Rules of Survival is a top title...

In today's edition of I Feel Old Now, the seminal dino flick Jurassic Park is set to turn 25 years old this coming June, and Universal has partnered up with the folks at Zen Studios to celebrate this milestone with a new set of Jurassic Park and Jurassic World pinball tables heading to their digital pinball games Zen Pinball [Free] and Pinball FX3. There are three tables in all, with the first focusing on the 2015 revitalization of the series Jurassic World. Next is a table based off some of the most classic scenes of the original Jurassic Park film, and the third table is based all around the mayhem caused in the Jurassic Park universe, like massive dinosaur battles and rescuing survivors. You can see all three Jurassic World Pinball tables in action in the following trailer...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Stickman Disc Golf Battle', 'Dandara', 'Inochi', and More

It's a short list so far of new games that have popped up on our forums, but that's alright because everyone should just be playing Dandara [$14.99]. We've already got a review up, along with another article discussing whether or not it's better on the Switch or on iOS. If you're more into made up holidays than you are iOS games (which would be weird), today is National Fettuccine Day, so be sure to carb up if you have the opportunity...

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