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Bioware's Epic Action RPG 'Jade Empire' Hits iOS [Update: Soon, Not Today]

[Editor's Note: Please see the update at the end of this article.] Not even Master Li could see this one coming. Aspyr Media, the team behind the iOS ports of Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic [$9.99] and Fahrenheit: Indigo Prophecy [$9.99], are adding another classic adventure to their iOS portfolio later today. Many of us had anticipated that their next release might be an iOS version of Obsidian's Knights of the old Republic 2, but it turns out they had their eyes on another RPG from the Xbox era first. Jade Empire, Bioware's epic martial arts fantasy, will be available for your favorite iOS device later today...

Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick's 'Thimbleweed Park' Gets a New Trailer for Gamescom

We've been really excited for Thimbleweed Park, a new adventure game from two of the creators behind Lucasarts classic Maniac Mansion, since we posted the first trailer for the game this past March. Another video surfaced in June, and continued to stoke the fire of anticipation for the game. With Gamescom this week, another new Thimbleweed Park video has been released, this one focusing on one of the game's five playable characters, an aspiring game developer named Delores Edmund. Check it out...




Pikachu will be pulling a Sherlock Holmes in movie theaters near you soon, and we might now know who will be in the movie's writing room. According to a Variety story, Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch are currently in negotiations to write the live-action Detective Pikachu, as the movie will be called. Perlman has been involved in the writing of Marvel movies such as Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor and will also be writing the upcoming Captain Marvel movie. Hirsch is responsible for Disney's Gravity Falls, so with these two writers behind the project, I'm hopeful that the movie will actually be well-written and fun (famous last words, I know)...

When Hearthstone [Free] got its first Co-op Tavern Brawl, Unite Against Mechazod, everyone was very excited because it really was a new way to play the game, and those moments are always welcome. This week, we got Nefarian Rises, another co-op Brawl where you join forced with a friend to take down Nefarian. "Anduin teams up with newcomer Morgl" this time, so you get to see that little Murloc dude in person if you haven't yet. Nefarian is a 0/200 Taunt minion that can't be targeted by spells. As you can guess, both decks consist of cards that buff the other player, so you should be playing with an eye to helping your opponent's minions survive and do more damage while keeping an eye on your health...

New iPhone Games: 'Deus Ex Go', 'Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltrati0n.ipa', 'Tetris Battle Drop' and More

Along with today's bonanza of iOS game releases, it's also National Medical Dosimetrist's Day. What's a medical dosimetrist? Well, it's a sub-speciality so complicated it takes an entire paragraph to explain. So, shout out to all the dosimetrist out there, may you have great luck in achieving some level of brevity when someone asks you at a party, "So what do you do?" Anyway, this week's list of releases is a tad more scant than we're used to, and I'm thinking there's two (possibly three?) reasons for that. First off, Gamescom is this week which is basically the European equivalent of E3, most traditional games media is swamped with that so this seems like a solid week to avoid releasing anything on. Additionally, unless plans have changed (again), there's a massive game release that people are going to be super blown away by along with the precedent its release could set for the release of ...other similar games. Or, ya'know, the App Store is just being weird...

'Head of State' Is a Satirical yet Strategic Political Simulator, Releasing September 8th

We're on the precipice of another major election, and with it comes an abundance of lazy games attempting to play off the popularity (or lack thereof) of any candidates running. Therefore, it's refreshing to see a title that attempts to be slightly more nuanced in its attempt to parody contemporary issues. Head of State, which is set to launch on September 8th, puts your character in charge of a fictitious state of Concordia, and through choosing policies and reacting to events that occur within the game, you can rise in power even to the point of instigating a national revolution. There are numerous elements to balance, such as the church, police, and the unions, and elections to win on the way into government. There does seem to be a significant amount of depth to Head of State, as it ensures to be more a political simulation title rather than a cheap cash in to capitalise on current affairs...

Last month, a Twitter account popped up for something called E Corp Messaging, which hinted that it was an upcoming mobile game based around the hit hacking show Mr. Robot. Today that game, Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltrati0n.ipa [$2.99] (yes that is what it's called) has dropped in the App Store. Developed by Night School Studio and published by Telltale Games, Mr. Robot:1.51exfiltrati0n.ipa is a text-driven adventure that takes place during the first season of the show. You find yourself picking up a phone someone dropped on the sidewalk, and after a few prompts and a hilariously legalese-filled Terms of Service agreement, you find yourself a proud new user of the E Corp Messaging platform. ..

The Upcoming 'FIFA Mobile' Is Being Redesigned With Mobile in Mind

If you've been following my football (soccer) related stories for the last year or so, you'll know that I love the sport and almost anything that has to do with it (love the Football Manager series) and that I really, really didn't like the last FIFA game, FIFA 16 Ultimate Team [Free], because it was a menu-hopping card game with the occasional kicking of the ball. For me, the last good FIFA game was FIFA 14 because it had both Ultimate Team and a number of other ways to play the game - quickplay, leagues, quick online matches, etc. What does the future hold for the franchise on mobile? Well, EA has just shown off some of the new features for the upcoming FIFA Mobile, and I'm perplexed more than anything...

'The Inner World - The Last Wind Monk' is a Sequel to the 2013 Adventure Game Coming Next Year

The Inner World [$2.99] is an adventure game from Studio Fizbin and Headup Games that released back in 2013, and although it went under the radar for most people, it had a small but loyal fanbase who enjoyed the game's imaginative story, characters, and game world. Well with Gamescom kicking off this week in Germany, the developers of The Inner World have just announced a brand new sequel called The Inner World - The Last Wind Monk, and they've just released this short teaser trailer for it...

We were on the hype train for Gambrinous and Versus Evil's Guild of Dungeoneering [$3.99] ever since we saw it at PAX South way back in January of last year. However, as is common with multiplatform releases, Guild of Dungeoneering was released on desktop the following July, and us poor mobile gamers had to wait an entire year before the game finally launched in the App Store last month. It was worth the wait, though, as we thought the game was pretty darn good. There's another side benefit to this staggered release too, as since the game has been on desktop for a year already that means it's already had a major expansion released, and now less than a month after arriving on iOS, that expansion is hitting the mobile version of Guild of Dungeoneering. According to the developers, the Pirates Cove expansion includes "30% more game with a brand new pirate themed region complete with 3 new dungeoneer classes to quest with, 23 new monsters to defeat and 27 new items to equip." Here's the trailer from when the expansion launched on desktop...

'Tower Fortress' Merges 'Metroid' and 'Downwell' to Make an Awesome Action-Platformer, Coming Soon

We loved Downwell [$2.99] back at its release, and even bestowed it our Game of the Year Runner Up award for 2015. Therefore, while it has become the gold standard for which any fast-paced high score centric platformer game on the App Store is immediately compared to, it means any title that is even somewhat reminiscent of this classic is immediately on our radar. Tower Fortress is one such game, and through combining the qualities of Downwell with a hint of the vertical scaling and randomisation aspects of Leap Day [Free], Keybol's next release could set a new marker for what to expect from action platformer titles on mobile devices...

At this stage in the App Store, I feel like I've played practically ever iteration of zombie games. I mean, we've done everything from shoot zombies from an AC-130 in Zombie Gunship [Free] to, well, making zombies pizza in Zombie Pizza [$0.99]. The just-released Zombie Town Story [Free] has you surviving in a zombie apocalypse in a way you might not have done before. (Or maybe you have, as mentioned, there's a zillion zombie games.) ...But, hey, it seems new to me!..

'Sociable Soccer' Is Bringing Online Soccer Arcade Action to the App Store Later This Year

After what has felt like an excruciatingly long few months, the soccer season has finally started to kick back into action. One of the best parts of becoming unfathomably disappointed by your team's heartbreaking 4-3 loss at home is that the new football year brings with it a whole bunch of new soccer games, and Sociable Soccer is one of the few upcoming ones for iPhone that has really caught my eye. Created by Jon Hare and others responsible for the legendary sports title Sensible Soccer, and quite heavily inspired by the arcade-focused, top down action of the series, spiritual successor Sociable Soccer looks to capitalise on the influx of fans looking for something to fill the midweek void when it launches later this year, and hopefully create a brilliant soccer title in an App Store that is surprisingly lacking in fantastic football games...

Artillery games have long been a popular genre on mobile. iShoot was one of the earliest examples of an indie developer striking it rich with an iPhone game, and of course Angry Birds is a derivative of the artillery genre. A bit later in the iPhone's life a game called Bowman caught fire and ushered in an influx of games where you shot arrows into stick figure people. There's just something so satisfying about guessing the angle and power of a shot and watching you hit your target right on the mark. And when you take that winning formula and throw in Mortal Kombat-style gore? It's absolute gold. That's the story of Bowmasters [$1.99 / Free], which launched under the radar last week. The game sees you battling it out against an AI opponent, each taking turns lobbing various projectiles at each other until one of you runs out of life. ..

'Shadow Bug Rush' is an Endless Take on Swipe-Based Action Game 'Shadow Bug'

The original Shadow Bug [$3.99] is a pretty cool action-platformer with a great control scheme. The developers are set to rework the core of the game into an endless action game called Shadow Bug Rush, set to release in October. The idea is that there will be endless levels to play through, with your score being based on how many enemies you kill in one run. Check out early gameplay footage:..

The Hit Board Game 'Codenames' Is Coming to Mobile

While I haven't had the opportunity to play Codenames, the board game by designer Vlaada Chvatil, I've been seeing it everywhere I go and have had many of my friends talk about how fun it is. And now, it's making its way to mobile as you can see in the video below. The game is all about trying to guess words from the clues given by your teammate. The spymaster (one for each team) knows the secret identities of 25 agents while his teammates know the agents only by their codenames. Each turn, the spymaster gives one-word clues that may relate to one or more words on the table, and the other players in the team try to guess which words the spymaster meant. There's also an assassin going around, and if one of the players points to the card covered by the assassin, his or her team loses and the game's over...

'Word Invaders' is the Unlikely Combo of 'Space Invaders' and 'Scrabble', Coming August 25th

Keeping with today's genre-blending theme, there's yet another upcoming game that's grabbed my attention, this one called Word Invaders. As you can probably guess from the title, Word Invaders mashes together word games with classic Space Invaders-style gameplay. But wait, how the heck does that work? Well, your job is to make as many words as possible from the selection of letters you're given, but you'll have to deal with invaders constantly flying above and shooting away your letters. This is not a slow-paced word game where you have all the time in the world to come up with the "perfect" word, you need to be on your toes in Word Invaders as any of your precious letters can be blasted away in the blink of an eye...

PikPok Soft Launches 'Shadow Wars', Their Take on Puzzle-RPG Battling

PikPok should be well-known among mobile gamers for not only making some good games, but also ones with solid production values. So even when they do something that seems familiar, it's worth paying attention to as it might not be what it seems. It's easy to take a quick look at Shadow Wars and think that "oh, this looks like another match-3 battling game" but there's some fun stuff going on here. It does follow the Puzzle and Dragons [Free] formula, but the big difference with the puzzles is that they're more like Collapse, where any of the same-color tiles that are adjacent in cardinal and ordinal directions will also be detonated, and if enough gems are busted in one turn, a more powerful gem is left behind that can trigger various combos...

Apparently, when you want to bring any kind of IP to the App Store, you go for a Match-3 game, which isn't always a bad idea, but most of the times the whole thing seems forced. In the case of the upcoming Muhammad Ali: Puzzle King game, the official game based on the life of the Greatest, I can see how thinking about combining gems does have some kind of an association with boxing and with punch combos. In this game, you play as Muhammad Ali and you get to throw a punch each time you connect three or more gems. The more gems you connect, the more powerful the punch...

'Defend Your Turf' is a Beat 'em Up with Real-Time Strategy Elements Coming August 23rd

I guess today is the day to talk about genre-blending games, as another upcoming game has caught my attention that again takes some tried-and-true concepts and mixes them together into a single game. It's called Defend Your Turf from solo UK developer Stephen Folkes, and it takes the classic beat 'em up genre and peppers in some real-time strategy gameplay. The story is as old as time itself. "A bunch of guys dressed in blue hate another bunch of guys dressed in red… for no apparent reason." I'll let the humorous trailer for Defend Your Turf do the explaining...

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