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'Monument Valley' Has Been a Total Success For Ustwo

January 15th, 2015 4:30 PM EST by Carter Dotson in News
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Ustwo Games has just released an infographic showing off how Monument Valley [$3.99] has done in the marketplace. Thankfully, the game has been a smashing success, pulling in over $5.8 million in revenue from the sale of over 2.4 million copies and over 575,000 sales of the Forgotten Shores DLC. The base game cost $852,000 to produce, and the DLC $549,000, meaning that the game has made a hefty profit for the studio. This is rather heartening considering that the game was particularly beloved both critically and by players, and since paid games are such a risk these days, seeing a well-crafted paid game like this be successful is heartening...

I know people around here love to moan and groan when a new free to play game hits, particularly when it comes from a popular or potentially nostalgic franchise, but man is the writing on the wall that's what millions upon millions of people are looking for. SimCity BuildIt [Free] is definitely not the straight up port of SimCity 2000 that a lot of hardcore gamers are anxious to get on their iPads, but by nearly every metric there is to gauge the success of the game has shown that folks are loving it...

It's that time of year again, football fans. You know what I mean. "The Big Game." Oh hell, I'll just say it: the Super Bowl is coming! (please don't sue us NFL). Here in America, the Super Bowl is like an unofficial holiday. All productivity comes to a halt as people kick back, eat and drink way too much, and watch who comes away with the NFL's biggest prize. In celebration of this big event, two NFL games from Full Fat have been updated with new Super Bowl XLIX content. ..

'WWE Immortals' Out Now Worldwide on Android

January 15th, 2015 1:52 PM EST by Carter Dotson in Android, News
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WWE Immortals [Free] snuck out yesterday afternoon worldwide suddenly, but only for iOS. Android users had to wait a bit longer to get their hands on the game, but wait no longer: WWE Immortals has just launched on Android worldwide. This is, as mentioned in our launch announcement and hands-on yesterday, essentially a WWE take on Injustice [Free], featuring simplified fighting game combat, 3-on-3 battles, and plenty of collectable characters, except this time, they're all WWE stars presented in stylized versions, like a golem version of The Rock...

MGM seems to be on a fast track of releasing iOS games for a really odd selection of movies lately. Last week we saw The Princess Bride - The Official Game [$3.99] which actually charted insanely well and is rocking some ridiculously positive iTunes reviews. This week, Hot Tub Time Machine: Tap That [Free] is now a thing that exists in this world...

The latest brawler from Warner Bros is an awfully familiar one in a lot of ways, but given how much I enjoy the mobile version of Injustice [Free], I'm sure not going to complain. Of course, living where I do, I only know who about half of the characters in WWE Immortals [Free] are, but that doesn't matter. The game plays the same whether or not you know who Roman Reigns is. Now, with a fresh new fighter comes the chance for a fresh start, and while Injustice players with years of experience behind them will probably get in the swing of things easily enough, I'm sure there are plenty of WWE fans experiencing this engine for the first time. There are also a few little differences that Injustice players should be aware of to make the most of the game. I apologize if some of this seems familiar to those who followed my Injustice guides, but surely I deserve at least as much rope as the people who made the game, right?..

Out Now: 'WWE Immortals', 'Gunslugs 2', 'Flockers', 'Shadowmatic', 'Lowlander', 'Raids of Glory', 'Bowling Central' and More

It finally feels like things are back to normal, as with last week's first and second batches of great new games and with everything that's on tap tonight, 2015 is off to a pretty incredible start. Remember, this is the slow time of year, so expect things to just keep on getting better. The one major thing taking my attention away from Hero Emblems is WWE Immortals. I love wrestling and I'm a huge fan of Injustice on mobile, so Immortals is pretty much a life-ruining combination. I'm also really excited to finally play Gunslugs 2, and that Shadowmatic game which seemed like it was in development forever quietly snuck into the lineup. Check out all the new games below and let us know which ones you'll be playing...

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. That's pretty much the attitude for WWE Immortals [Free], which is out right now, which I got a hands-on demo of recently at NetherRealm Studios out here in Chicago. The Mortal Kombat developer is of course known on mobile for Injustice: Gods Among Us [Free], which has done remarkably well for them and has done a great job at being a fighting game that scaled down to mobile and free-to-play without feeling way too dumbed-down and pay-to-win. And after playing through some of WWE Immortals, it seems as if the strategy was quite simply "Let's do Injustice but with WWE stars" to the point that the game should probably just be called "WWE Injustice."..

Hipster Whale's Crossy Road [Free] is a big hit around the TouchArcade offices, and it's become a big hit pretty much everywhere else as well, hanging around the top charts ever since its initial release back in November. Besides being a quick, colorful and endless take on the Frogger formula, Crossy Road has also been praised for having such a fair free to play model. As we've seen plenty of times before though, the free to play model can be unkind to those developers who try to use it fairly, and I really hoped Crossy Road wouldn't run into a situation like Punch Quest did a couple of years ago. According to an interview with Hipster Whale over on the Unity Blog, that's not the case at all, and Crossy Road has actually turned into quite an impressive money maker. ..

If you missed this the last time it went free, make sure you don't make that mistake again. Marvel Pinball [$0.99] is yet another suite of pinball tables from the pinball wizards at ZEN Studios. They're also responsible for Zen Pinball [Free], The Walking Dead Pinball [$1.99] and much more. The way their pinball games work is pretty cool, in that they're a collection of tables you can permanently unlock via IAP...

Late last month we posted the insane news of what the multi-billionaire creator of Minecraft [$6.99] has been up to since selling to Microsoft. The almost unbelievable answer is apparently "Notch is busy outbidding celebrities for trophy properties in Los Angeles." At the time, photos of the house (It almost seems inappropriate to simply refer to it as a "house") were pretty sparse, but since then Notch has thrown a housewarming party offering more candid looks at the candy room, wine cellar, chrome machine guns, and more...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Bowling Central', 'Gunslugs 2', and 'Socioball'

This is working out to be a weird week, particularly as new games have leaked out on to the App Store in the last couple days which definitely has resulted in this post being far lighter than they usually are. But, hey, if you think the iOS release cycle in January is bleak, you should check out the console world. I looked up what's come out (or is coming) this month to blow some Best Buy gift cards on, and, yeah. Nothing. Anyway, here's the few iOS games coming tonight:..

It's still early in the year, and while there were a few gems that hit the App Store last week, we're always liable for a slow period around this time of year. As such, when an indie RPG sneaks out mid-week, and for free, we might as well check it out, eh? Mounting Force: The Awakening [Free] is a free, ad-supported real-time RPG, the debut title from Deprecated Software. I'm not going to mince words: this game is ugly. I don't want to be mean, but it is. The production values are definitely lacking here, there's visual judder all over the place (the bad kind of screenshake), and the script is riddled with typos...

Foursaken Media tackled the deficiency in games inspired by Mega Man Battle Network last year with their action-RPG Phantom Rift [$0.99]. Haven't gotten a chance to check it out yet? Well, now's as good a time as any, as the game is on sale for $0.99. The game combines deck-building with real-time combat, as you create decks of attacks, and draw them out in battles, which you use against enemies, but with an energy cost to equip. You also get to explore a world that is built before your eyes, Bastion-style [$4.99], and can get all manner of equipment to deck out your wizard...

'Active Soccer 2' Will Deliver Comprehensive Arcade-Style Soccer on the App Store Soon

The Fox Software has announced a release date for their upcoming arcade soccer game Active Soccer 2: January 30th. This is a soccer game that takes inspiration from other top-down soccer games like Sensible Soccer, where simple controls and less-than-realistic features like midair shot angle changing will be available, making the game hopefully a bit more fun and accessible for the casual soccer fan or for the person who doesn't need the most realistic soccer game, just ideally a fun one...

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