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'Star Trek Timelines' Plans to Mix All The Star Trek Characters You Like In a Single Game

Disruptor Beam, the developer behind Game Of Thrones Ascent, is dipping into another extremely popular universe, Star Trek, to try and hopefully remedy the ills that have befallen on the franchise in the gaming world. The game will be called Star Trek Timelines, and as the title betrays, it takes place in a universe where a temporal anomaly brings together characters, settings, and stories from TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY, and ENT. In Star Trek Timelines, you take the role of a captain, gathering a crew of your favorite, or most-hated, Star Trek characters. If you know anything about the Star Trek universe, different crews have different ways of dealing with various challenges, some talk it out while others shoot it out. I expect the game to be similar to Game of Thrones Ascent with, hopefully, overall improvements to the game mechanics...

'Piloteer' Gets the PewDiePie Bump

August 21st, 2015 6:27 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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Everyone's favorite YouTuber slash kingmaker PewDiePie gave Piloteer [$2.99] the ol' PewDiePie bump this week with a video that's already got over two million views as of this writing. His experience with the game mirror my own, with lots of stupendous crashes. If PewDiePie's endorsement isn't enough to push you over the edge of downloading Piloteer, maybe give our five star review a gander as well...




You might have heard of a tiny little game called Clash of Clans [Free], a game that has spawned many imitators, has been raking in the dough since its release in 2012, and is currently sitting nicely in second place in the App Store's Top Grossing Games. But how did this game manage to become so popular that everyone uses it as a stand-in phrase for "very popular and very successful mobile game?" Well, Clash of Clans' server programmer, Jonas Collaros, revealed what he sees as the secret behind the game's success. In the most recent Game Developers Conference, Collaros claimed that the secret to Supercell's success is the company's simple principle: the game should be free. That reason alone, always according to Collaros, has enabled gamers to download the game and make it a part of their daily lives...

It's a well-known fact that spiders are the most vile, disgusting, and completely unnecessary creatures to ever grace our planet. Literally nobody likes spiders, and if they say they do, they're just lying to themselves. Snakes? Not a problem. Rats or mice? Totes adorbs if you ask me. Scorpions? Total bad asses. Spiders? Kill them all with fire. Now, my dislike of spiders has definitely gotten better over the years. I no longer cower at even the sight of a harmless daddy long legs, and playing as a spider in Spider: The Secret of Bryce Manor [$1.99 / $1.99 (HD)] has never been that big of a problem for me, though I do find it a bit icky. ..

'Devastator' is the New Dual-Stick Shooter from Radiangames, Check Out the Trailer

Yesterday, we had some not so great news about the not so great performance of Radiangames' Inferno 2 [$2.99] when it launched on Steam. It's an interesting discussion to have, I think. Did Inferno 2 bomb on Steam because it was a mobile game? Did Radian not do a good enough job getting the word out about its release? Is it that Radian simply has a knack for making games that are a great fit on mobile, but not so much on desktop? Whatever the case, the end result is that Radian will be focusing solely on mobile going forward, at least for now, which brings me to some actual great news: Radian's next iOS game is a new dual-stick shooter called Devastator, and it's coming out really soon. Here's the trailer...

Crescent Moon's Stylish Platformer 'The Deer God' Hits iOS on September 3rd

Crescent Moon's The Deer God has been kicking around since at least early last year, and at long last it's finally locked and loaded for an iOS release next month, on September 3rd to be exact. In The Deer God you play as a hunter who has died and been reincarnated as a deer (irony!), and as you cruise through a procedurally generated world you'll fight off enemies, solve puzzles, and generally see what life is like living as a deer. It launched in in an alpha state on Android last November, and officially launched on Steam this past February. In fact, here's the Steam launch trailer...

Glitchsoft's Uncanny X-Men: Days Of Future Past [$0.99] is a decent side-scrolling action game that layers on some excellent X-Men fan service. I enjoyed it well enough in my review, though I found the fighting mechanics to be on the repetitive side and the jumping to be a bit dodgy. Since then, the game has received a few updates, adding additional playable characters, improved control schemes, and lots of valuable bug fixes. It's been more than a year since the last one, but a brand new update for the game just hit, and to go along with it, the game's price has dropped from its regular $4.99 to a mere $0.99...

RPG Reload File 052 - Fantasy Chronicle

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we never trust bunnies. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the modern day. It's a bit of reflecting, a bit of revisiting, and sometimes just a nice chance to do a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. I try to choose a balanced plate of RPGs from week to week in order to demonstrate the diversity of the genre, but if you feel like I'm missing something important, I'm certainly open to suggestions. You can let me know what you'd like to see by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. It might take a while to fit your idea into the schedule, but it'll certainly go on the master list...

'Swipey Rogue', a "Swipe-Action, Auto-Running, Dungeon-Crawling, Room-Puzzler" Coming Next Thursday, New Trailer Released

Way back in February, First Order Games announced their first project called Swipey Rogue. As you can tell by the title of this post, Swipey Rogue has many different influences, and surprisingly it all looked like it blended together really well in that early hands-on video from February. Your character moves automatically with you simply swiping to change directions and guide him through the danger-filled, puzzle-like rooms. There's also elements of dungeon crawling and roguelikes, because why the heck not? Swipey Rogue caught my eye back then, and I've been waiting patiently for it to arrive. Today First Order has announced that Swipey Rogue is finished, made it through Apple approval with flying colors, and will be released next Thursday, August 27th. And here's a new trailer!..

I admit that I'm not a big player of League of Legends, one of if not the most popular video game in the world. I don't have anything against it, I just don't really game on PC, and don't really have much time to game outside of my iPhone. That said, I've always thought Riot was doing themselves a disservice by not being in the mobile space. League of Legends would work beautifully on an iPad, don't you think? Well at long last Riot has arrived on the iOS platform, but unfortunately not with League of Legends. Instead we have Blitzcrank's Poro Roundup [Free], a quirky mini-game featuring League of Legends champion Blitzcrank rounding up Poros, fictional creatures from the LoL universe. Here's a trailer...

Back in April, Capcom and their casual games division Beeline Interactive announced an… interesting crossover game for mobile. The iconic Ghostbusters would bust some ghosts by matching gems Puzzle Fighter style. Yeah. After several months of soft-launch and an artwork makeover that put the female characters in the game in some less-revealing clothing, and Ghostbusters Puzzle Fighter [Free] is now ready for primetime and out worldwide...

I know, we seem to be talking about Konami every other day, but it's really not our fault that the company keeps giving us plenty to talk about. From its flip flop on its future direction to its "pleasant" working environment, Konami has been a popular topic of conversation for those who deal with video games. Now, the company has decided to turn the microphone to gamers and ask which of the old Konami franchises do they want to see resurrected. The "Konami heritage games survey" also offers a chance to win a prize, so it's worth doing for that if nothing else...

Tiny Rebel Games' hit puzzle game Doctor Who: Legacy [Free], which features so many Doctors and companions that it's absurd, has just gotten another big update, this time featuring two big new storylines. "Sonic Adventures" doesn't mean you gotta go fast with the Doctor, instead, it's a brand new storyline that leads into the Series 9 storylines that the game will have. This storyline is led by the First Doctor, with new "sonic" (as in sonic screwdriver, not the blue hedgehog) versions of characters like Jack Harkness, and the introduction of Third Doctor companion Jo Grant, and the First Doctors's Signet Ring. This is the first paid expansion for the game. $9.99 will unlock the 30 Sonic Adventures levels, and over 20 guaranteed rewards...

If you like strategy games even a bit, then you probably already know all about Mode 7 Game's Frozen Synapse, the ultra-stylish and ultra-demanding turn-based strategy game that really stood out when it was originally released on the PC and then ported to iOS. The game was incredibly unforgiving, which was part of its charm as it rewarded meticulous planning. Now, Double Eleven had decided to brings its remake, Frozen Synapse Prime [$4.99], to iOS after the Steam and Vita release. Double Eleven took Frozen Synapse and redesigned it to make it more accessible while still retaining the original game's charm. The game was received quite well, with many players claiming they prefer this version of the game over the original...

A sad story coming out of Radiangames, the sole proprietor developer of numerous dual-stick shooter type games and the occasional fun puzzle game. Sadly, he hasn't figured out how to combine the two yet, and unless things start to look better for business, that dream project might not exist. Radiangames as a full-time operation might not continue to exist at all. Inferno 2 [$2.99] was released on Steam after its mobile release, and it floundered on desktop, barely getting any featuring nor press attention. This is despite Radiangames being something of a big deal among indie developers on mobile thanks to a consistent track record of good games. In fact, Luke Schneider of Radiangames warns that moving away from mobile was an ill-considered idea. ..

At long last, that Final Fantasy game we've all been waiting for has hit the App Store. Yes, that's right, Triple Triad is finally officially available on the App Store through Square Enix's new Final Fantasy Portal [Free] app. Oh, and for a limited time, you can also download a free copy of Final Fantasy 1, in case you don't already own it. What's not to like?..

Out Now: 'Final Fantasy 7', 'Pac-Man 256', 'Galactic Keep', 'Clicker Heroes', 'Demon's Rise', 'Dungeon of the Endless', 'Winter Fugitives' and More

Well here we are again with a new batch of iOS game releases, and it's pretty tough to call any week where Final Fantasy 7 releases on iOS a "weak week" (someone will anyway). Yes, after literally years of people pining for Square Enix's seminal PlayStation 1-era RPG on mobile devices, they've finally delivered. Eli took the iOS port for a spin earlier today and his impressions can best be described as "This is Final Fantasy 7 on my iPhone." Of course, if you aren't a Final Fantasy fan there's still plenty of other awesome stuff releasing tonight. Pac-Man 256, Demon's Rise, Galactic Keep, Winter Fugitives and more. Oh, and Burger - The Game! So check out the full list below and let us know what games you've got your heart set on...

Kamcord, one of the big video clip sharing services on iOS, is undergoing a big transition to livestreaming gameplay footage, and it appears they're abandoning their core clip sharing API. And they're pretty much dumping it with a Dear John letter, as news was buried in an email they sent out, saying that they're not going to be supporting the current recording SDK, only supporting watching through that. The livestreaming from desktop is their focus from now on. This apparently came out last month, but is just now making the rounds among a bunch of developers who use Kamcord in their games but apparently rarely read ambiguously titled SDK emails...

If you're anything like me, chances are you've got a graveyard of frayed cables for your iOS devices. I've given up on buying the Apple ones, as it's crazy how little it seems to take for the cable to start pulling away from the Lightning connector, and once that happens, forget about the rest. I'd think "Well, maybe I'm just a power user," but my circle of friends all seem to experience the same problem, which shouldn't be a thing when you're dropping $20-30 on a cable...

Linden Lab, 'Second Life' Creator, Developing 'Project Sansar' For VR and Mobile

Do you remember Second Life? Let me refresh your memory: in 2006, everyone was talking about this article from Bloomberg Business about Ailin Graef, the first resident of the virtual world Second Life who managed to have in-game land assets valued at over one million dollars. Of course, that article created a veritable gold rush of many people joining Linden Lab' virtual playground in hopes of making it big, and some people did make quite a bit of money in Second Life. Now, many years after Second Life's heyday, Linden Lab is taking another shot at creating a digital world, but this time around the company is building its new platform, codenamed Project Sansar, around VR but will also be accessible via mobile devices upon launch. Users will be able to explore and socialize in this new virtual world through "advanced expressive avatars."..

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