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Rovio Updates 'Bad Piggies', Adds New Sandbox Level

February 26th, 2015 12:30 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
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[applink]Whenever we post about anything in the Angry Birds series, it seems like there's almost always a comment speculating whether or not Bad Piggies [$0.99 / $0.99 (HD)] is going to receive any of the significant update treatment that the rest of Rovio's lineup has. It's a good question too, as it's always seemed like Bad Piggies has sort of underperformed compared to the rest of their games, which makes sense on the App Store as the charts are all about what has the most universal and casual appeal. Bad Piggies is significantly more difficult than their other games, and one we've enjoyed quite a bit...

We were already well aware that Pixelbite Games were experts at making racing games, with the excellent Reckless Racing series and Repulze, but in early January they released Space Marshals [$4.99] and showed the world that they've also got a lock on tactical dual-stick shooters. We loved Space Marshals in our review, noting that it really focused on forethought, skill and strategy, which is a contrast from most dual-stick shooters which are largely blast-a-thons. The one bummer about Space Marshals is that it was designed as an episodic game, and the first chapter, while a nice meaty ride, still felt like it left you hanging when it was over. Good news, then, as today Pixelbite has announced that the Chapter Two update to Space Marshals is arriving next week on March 5th. They've released a new trailer showing off some of the awesome new stuff you can expect in Chapter Two...

It's Official: 'Final Fantasy: Record Keeper' Is Releasing In English

If you've listened to TouchArcade's new RPG Reload Podcast, you might have heard me talking about Final Fantasy: Record Keeper, a free-to-play social RPG from DeNA and Square Enix that launched late last year in Japan. Regular readers know that I play a lot of social RPGs, but very few of them actually stay on my phone for any length of time. For all of Square Enix's attempts at the popular genre, up until now none of them had quite the right mix of ingredients to really pull me in. Final Fantasy: Record Keeper finally broke that pattern. I've been playing it steadily for the last few months, and I can't see myself putting it down anytime soon. It hits all the right notes for Final Fantasy fans, and even quite a few of my less mobile-inclined friends have been quite happy with it. The only issue has been the fact that the game is only available in Japanese from the Japanese App Store...

Sonic Team's 'Sonic Runners' Soft Launches In Japan And Canada

I had a feeling this was going to come any day now, but SEGA's latest free-to-play game featuring their signature character, Sonic Runners, has arrived in both the Japanese and Canadian App Stores. The game is a side-scrolling, stage-based auto-runner developed by Sonic Team. It's their first original title for mobiles, with previous non-port Sonic mobile games being handled by SEGA subsidiary Hardlight. The hope is that the game being handled by the team behind the main Sonic games might produce something a little more authentic to the character. The other Sonic free-to-play games haven't been bad, but they've been missing a certain something that keeps them from feeling like true Sonic games...

Out Now: 'Overkill 3', 'Age of Sparta', 'Heavenstrike Rivals', 'Prison Life RPG', 'Striker Arena', 'Flop Rocket', 'Roid Rampage', 'Echo Dawn' and More

It has turned out to be a pretty darn busy night of new game releases, as I'm literally finishing up this list as all these games are arriving in the US App Store. They just kept on coming. Besides the big-name titles like Age of Sparta from Gameloft, Heavenstrike Rivals from Square Enix, and Overkill 3 from Craneballs, there are a ton of more low-profile but promising looking games out tonight. A duo of games from Butterscotch Shenanigans with Flop Rocket and Roid Rage, an interesting prison simulator called Prison Life RPG, an extreme version of soccer called Striker Arena, a passion project RPG called Echo Dawn which actually looks quite excellent, and a trio of games with punctuation in their titles: Okay?, Ones!, and Mayhem! Oh, and be sure to catch the trailer for Symmetrica which is awesome, and the game itself looks great too. So put on your perusing hat, carefully look over the list of games below, and let us know which ones you're interested in picking up...

Apple Doesn't Want Guns in App Store Screenshots… Unless They're Pointed at Hitler

The first couple of months of 2015 have been kind of strange when it comes to Apple's App Store regulatory practices. They have a set of fairly clear developer guidelines for creating iOS apps, but they've been famously inconsistent in how and when they enforce them. So far this year we've seen several instances of Apple suddenly deciding to strictly enforce developer guideline 3.6 which states "Apps with App icons, screenshots, and previews that do not adhere to the 4+ age rating will be rejected."..

Looking for a fun and lengthy dual-stick shooter without paying fun and lengthy dual-stick shooter prices? Well then I have good news for you, as Radiangames' Inferno 2 [$0.99] is currently on sale for the low, low price of $0.99. The game offers a fantastic dollars-per-hour-played value, as it has 80 levels of dual-stick shooting to enjoy, with secret things to discover in the levels and plenty of upgrades to buy. Oh, and the game supports MFi gamepads. Check out our review for more details on the game...

Nitrome's rad take on the puzzle platformer, Gunbrick [$0.99], has just gone on sale for the first time. You control a bird-type fellow who has bought a gunbrick, which is a giant brick with a gun on one of its sides, and you must try to make it from beginning to end, mastering the rules of movement with the brick to make it through the three dozen levels. And of course, the game has that Nitrome pixel art style going for it at some of its most detailed...

Here's a solid freebie to pick up today. Yet It Moves [$0.99], the puzzle platformer based on And Yet It Moves, that was published on iOS by DeNA, is currently free until Febrary 27th at 3:00 PM GMT. That means Friday morning for those of y'all in the US, so download this now. This is based on the 2007 indie game, where you control a running man and must rotate the world in order to navigate from one place to another. Check out our review of the game...

Square Enix and developer Mediatonic announced Heavenstrike Rivals [Free] a few months ago, putting the game in soft launch. Well, that has ended and the game is at last available worldwide starting today, just ahead of the busy Thursday launch period for most of the world. This game from the prolific RPG publisher and the developer known for the remake of Hatoful Boyfriend is a hybrid between a strategy game and a trading card game, as you send characters into battle on an 8x3 grid, trying to defeat your opponent's own cast of heroes...

One of the games I constantly hear about as far as far as great action-RPGs go among our readers is Battleheart Legacy [$1.99] from Mika Mobile. And the game was critically-acclaimed, too, with a five-star review from us and other outlets giving it high scores as well. If you've been meaning to check this one out, now is as good a time as ever, as Mika Mobile has put the title on sale for the first time. You can pick up the game right now for $1.99, down from a regular price of $4.99...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Age of Sparta', 'Hell: Fight for Gilrand', 'Atomas' and More

While the jury is still out on whether or not this is a weak week, it certainly is a weird one. For whatever reason there's been a ton of developers breaking out of the normal Wednesday morning release cycle this week. So, I broke the games out into two lists. The first is games that are in New Zealand right now and likely following what we usually see with App Store releases. The second are games which were released yesterday or otherwise soft launched...

Spacetime Studios Jump From MMORPGs to MOBAs with Upcoming 'Call of Champions'

The MOBA genre is one that has been proven to work on a physical level on iOS - Fates Forever [Free (HD)] and Vainglory [Free / Free (HD)] are both tons of fun. But they both require long gameplay sessions that might not be conducive to many people's lifestyles and expectations for mobile games. That's where Spacetime Studios, creators of several mobile MMOs including their latest, Arcane Legends [Free], are coming in. They've just announced their game, Call of Champions, which is a 3-versus-3 MOBA with 5-minute game sessions...

There's some news coming from the land down under this morning (or their night, I guess), as three guys who were among the top talent at Halfbrick have all amicably parted ways with the company to form their own studio. Luke Muscat created Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride, Hugh Walters was the art director for Halfbrick, and Phil Larsen was responsible for making sure the whole world knew about the Halfbrick library. Since even my own grandma not only knows about Fruit Ninja, but also enjoys it, I'd say they all did a pretty alright job...

Android-Exclusive Action-RPG-Platformer  'Magic Rampage' Due for iOS

Magic Rampage is a game that we caught word of recently thanks to one of our forum posters - and while you need an Android device to play it right now, you should be playing this one on iOS soon enough. This is an action-RPG platformer where you make your way through myriad dungeons, killing all sorts of creatures. Ever wanted to kill a zombie with a headshot via dagger, in a 2D RPG platformer? Magic Rampage will provide just that for you. The game is level-based but also has a survival mode for endless play...

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