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'Reckless Racing' Creators Pixelbite Announce New Dual-Stick Shooter, 'Space Marshals'

The developers of Reckless Racing 3 [$0.99] at Pixelbite are already hard at work on their next game, Space Marshals. This is Pixelbite's escape from racing games, and into dual-stick shooters. Taking place in a sci-fi western setting, players control specialist Burton, who has to hunt down escaped prisoners. Space prisoners! The game will allow for a variety of tactics – want to use stealth to hunt down enemies? Go for it. Want to blow them away with superior firepower? Do it...

Originally release on PC in late 2013, and Mac/Linux in early 2014, Lucas Pope's Papers, Please [$7.99 (HD)] is an incredibly well received indie game where you play as an officer working at a border checkpoint in the dystopian country of Arstotzka. Gameplay involves checking the documents of people trying to enter the country, and making sure the only people with proper documentation are allowed admission. It's one of those games like FTL [$9.99 (HD)] which may have released on the PC first, but always felt like they should have been an iPad game instead. Well, as of early this morning, that problem has been solved through the release of a fantastic iPad port...

As prophesied by the great sages and Square Enix's official site, Dragon Quest 5: The Hand Of The Heavenly Bride hit the Japanese App Store yesterday at a price of 1800 yen, or as Square's been translating that into American dollars lately, $14.99. Just like Dragon Quest 4 [$14.99], this version is a port of the Nintendo DS remake, originally released in Japan in 2008 and elsewhere in 2009. The original game was released in Japan only on Nintendo's 16-bit Super Famicom in 1992, and its first remake was another Japan-only release, 2004's PlayStation 2 version.  The Nintendo DS version, although visually resembling Dragon Quest 4's remake, has all of the extra content and changes of the PlayStation 2 release, plus an additional option for the choice of the player's wife...

'Jenga' and 'The Journey Down: Chapter One' Go Free

'Jenga' and 'The Journey Down: Chapter One' Go Free

December 12th, 2014 1:45 AM EST by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News
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'Tis the season for App Store freebies, fa la la la la, la la la la. Or something. Tonight's freebies are a solid adventure game, and a really weird adaptation of a board/puzzle game that you totally wouldn't think would work when you make an app out of it... But it totally does...

RPG Reload File 018 - 'Final Fantasy 2'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we pummel each other to get stronger. Each week, we take a look back at an RPG from the App Store's past. It's a little bit of reflecting, a little bit of revisiting, and sometimes just an excuse to take a deep dive in a way that doesn't suit a regular review. The RPG genre is a pretty wide one, and all kinds are welcome here. I try to keep a good balance of different ones from week to week, but I need your help now and then. Once per month, I'll be playing an RPG selected by one of you. All you need to do is vote for the RPG you'd like to see by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. When the time comes, a roll of the dice will determine the winning game, and much fun will be had by all...

One of the things that's made Spider-Man Unlimited [Free] stand out among a slew of other licensed games and endless runners is the number of Spider-Men (the best plural term ever) that are available to unlock and level up. Spider-Men that only dedicated comics nerds have ever heard of are in the game now. It's absolutely appealing to Spider-Man fans, as our Shaun Musgrave pointed out in his review and his handy dandy guide. And now, the latest update to the game brings in Spider-Verse events, integrating elements in the current series of comics, and bringing in new Spider-Men for Spider-Man fans to get excited for...

'Frozen Synapse' Coming to iPhone in January

Mode 7 Games' turn-based strategy game Frozen Synapse [$9.99 (HD)] has been on iPad for a while now, but iPhone gamers can soon get their hands on this acclaimed strategy game starting in January. The iPhone version was announced on Twitter by Paul Taylor of Mode 7, who later confirmed that it would be coming in a separate iPhone version. Quite often, adaptations of PC games like these with complicated interfaces often require such extensive work to operate on such a small interface, as well as to adapt to touchscreens. While universal versions are certainly preferred, it's also hard to fault the developers for wanting to get paid for the extra work a separate version almost two years after the original version's release...

'Spoiler Alert' is the Reverse Platformer Messing with Your Brain on December 16th

TinyBuild Games and Megafuzz are releasing their PC platformer Spoiler Alert on iOS next Tuesday, December 16th. This one flips the script on the platformer, about as literally as possible. You start off by beating the game, and then go through and play it backwards to the beginning of the game, with auto-running, going backward. Oh, and not only do you have to navigate the platforming sections, you also have to collect all the coins and bop the enemies that were bopped the first time around in order to prevent time paradoxes...

How to Emulate Everything from the NES to PlayStation on iPhone and iPad

Editor's Note: We don't often cover much (or really, anything) to do with the jailbreak scene, but given Apple's recent crackdowns on the enterprise certificate loophole that everyone was using to install emulators without jailbreaking, it's starting to become clear that if you want to run emulators on your iPhone the only truly reliable way to do it is via jailbreak. We spotted a fantastic guide by Kai Vestergaard on Reddit, so we contacted him to flesh it out further so we could republish it here. Jailbreak and emulators are historically fairly controversial within our community, but we figure it's better to post a detailed guide on how to actually do it and what to specifically install than leave people scouring potentially dodgy sites and maybe even bricking their phones in the process...

One of my favorite releases this year is RebelBinary's Only One [Free], a king of the hill-style hack 'n slash game that sees you fighting off waves of enemies from atop a giant pillar. The game originally released in February, and we thought it was pretty great, but it's only gotten better through numerous updates since then. Today, its biggest update yet has arrived adding all sorts of awesome new stuff. ..

It's always kind of sad when a game stops being updated and stops working. When you combine the chaotic and unpredictable effects that an iOS system update can have, along with the fact that updating a game might not be worth the time and resources to actually do so, sometimes games just die off. Sometimes developers and publishers pull the games, or just leave them in the store, and caveat emptor. Look at Geometry Wars: Touch [$0.99], for example: it's got issues on iOS 8.1, which is sad as it's got all the cool modes from Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2. Some may have thought Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light [$4.99] was consigned to a similar fate. It even disappeared off the App Store at one point, and hadn't been updated for three years. Well, out of nowhere, the game's been resurrected and updated for compatibility in 2014!..

Your Life was Meaningless Until the 'For Eternity - The Game' Entered Your World

I feel like we need to talk about this trailer for this game called For Eternity - The Game, because we can't not talk about it. It's an upcoming game by an electronic artist called Etostone, who's turning the music video from his song "For Eternity" into the most impressive platform RPG game for all mobile devices/tablets. Which ones? All of them, apparently. Just watch the trailer already, and despair at what you life has been before this:..

Oceanhorn [$4.99] has always been a gorgeous game, but now it's even more so in the latest update, optimized for the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and iPad Air 2. The visuals feature four times the polygons on these latest devices, with ambient occlusion, and new lighting effects to make everything look pristine. As well, the game is running at 60 fps on these latest devices. While we can't show you the 60 fps in still screens, here's what the update looks like on the iPhone 6 Plus:..

'Bad Hotel' and 'The Nightmare Cooperative' Developer Lucky Frame No Longer Making Games

Today, Lucky Frame founder, director, and all around pleasant dude Yann Seznec announced that his company was no longer in the business of making videogames. Lucky Frame made its name on the iOS scene with Bad Hotel [$1.99], a mash-up of procedural music-making and tower defense, and then followed it up with well-received games like Wave Trip [$0.99], Gentlemen! [$4.99 (HD)], and, most recently, The Nightmare Cooperative [$3.99]. The timing of Seznec's post is particularly bittersweet, given that The Nightmare Cooperative is free on the App Store today, down from $3.99...

'WWE Immortals' Coming in 2015 from 'Injustice: Gods Among Us' Creator NetherRealm

A new WWE game is on its way to mobile, and it's coming courtesy of NetherRealm Studios, who are of course known for the Mortal Kombat series, but also for Injustice: Gods Among Us [Free]. The game likely won't be a realistic take on WWE action, based on promises that the game "will feature epic Superstar battles in a fantastically re-imagined WWE world" according to the press release. That's probably a good thing, as NetherRealm is not exactly known for their subtle realism. I mean, have you ever played a Mortal Kombat game? No images of the game are available yet, but I'd imagine something like Injustice but with WWE characters:..

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