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Out Now: 'Devious Dungeon 2', 'Dragon Hills', 'Tiltagon', 'Rogue Star', 'Dungeon Crawlers Metal', 'Power-Up', 'SBACEBALL', 'Rototo' and More

It's been a pretty intense week of new game releases, though a couple of the heavy hitters have already launched prior to tonight's routine Wednesday night release schedule. Mortal Kombat X is finally available and has its ups and downs but overall is pretty good. Rayark's highly-anticipated action game Implosion also launched a bit early, arriving this morning, and the impressions from players in our forums has been highly positive. But don't get blinded by those two big boys, as there's a ton of great stuff on this list below as well. Check 'em out and let us know what you'll be picking up...

Just a few days after orchestrating what appears to be the longest ever turn in Hearthstone [Free], French player and streamer Florian "Mamytwink" Henn has again stretched the game's rules toward their breaking point. This time, he claims to have set up the most cards drawn and the most fatigue damage dealt in a single Hearthstone turn...

Inkle's Hotly-Anticipated 'Sorcery! 3' Releases on April 23rd

Sorcery! 3: The Seven Serpents, the game series by Inkle that's spun off from Steve Jackson's Sorcery! books from the 80s, finally has a confirmed release date: April 23rd. This is far from a gamebook, though: much like Inkle's 80 Days [$4.99], they've taken the gamebook concept and built on it in a way that only digital games can provide. You can explore an open world, and experience the dynamic usage of text in the world. It was one of the most impressive games of GDC 2015, and this should be one of the most promising games when it comes out on the 23rd. Inkle has a released a new trailer for the game:..

Rayark's 'Implosion - Never Lose Hope' Hits the App Store

Those hoping for a fast-paced character action game for their mobile device have been waiting (im)patiently for Rayark's Implosion [$9.99], and today the game has finally launched in the App Store. We originally caught wind of Implosion way back in September of 2013 when it debuted at the Tokyo Game Show, with a planned release for sometime in 2014. The development took longer than expected though, pushing the release date back several times. Even their January 2015 target was a bit too optimistic, but luckily they didn't miss the mark too much as it's still just early April. I mean, at least it isn't 2016, am I right?..

I'm not much for horror games, but I've been fascinated with the way the collective gaming internet has taken to Scott Cawthon's Five Night's at Freddy's series: he released three games in seven months and created a devoted grassroots community seemingly out of thin air. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Warner Bros. has taken notice and come to an agreement with Cawthon for a Five Nights at Freddy's movie...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Tiltagon', 'SBACEBALL', 'Football Manager', and Maybe Even a Surprise 'Hearthstone' iPhone Update?

This is a bit of a weird iOS release week (Aren't they all?) because what's likely to be the biggest release of the week, Mortal Kombat X [Free] is already available. In fact, it's been out so long we've already got a review of it. Additionally, if our speculation was correct, Hearthstone [Free] should be getting a update to support the iPhone any time now. But, anyway, there's a bunch of other games coming tonight too...

Hands-On First Impressions of 'Mortal Kombat X' for iOS

Mortal Kombat X [Free] is out right now! While the sudden release means that it's hit or miss whether you can download it or not, I was able to download the game and play through some of it, and am here to give you my first impressions of this hotly-anticipated fighter after about an hour of play...

'Mortal Kombat X' Launches in the App Store Ahead of Console Release Next Week

Early last month, Warner Bros. and NetherRealm Studio teased a mobile version of Mortal Kombat to launch alongside the next iteration of the venerable fighting game franchise on console and PC, and as of just a few moments ago we noticed that Mortal Kombat X [Free] is actually already available in the App Store. Well… sort of. While it's showing up in the App Store, a couple of of us here have had trouble actually downloading the game, though Carter seemed to get his working. Go Carter! Your mileage may vary, but it's likely just a weird App Store SNAFU. Something similar happened with the launch of DuckTales last week but it was a temporary thing...

Good news if you've heard about Capitals, the new multiplayer word game from NimbleBit, and were curious to give it a try: they've just announced on our forums that they're opening up beta testing to our readers. If your device is on iOS 8, just sign up at this link and you'll get a Testflight invite to check out the game. You'll need to sign in to Game Center's Sandbox from iOS Settings, an unfortunate circumstance because Sandbox was actually handled well in iOS 7, but otherwise it'll work fine to play against others online...

'Devious Dungeon 2' Coming Thursday, New Trailer Released

Back in January, Ravenous Games announced Devious Dungeon 2, a sequel to 2014's action platformer with roguelike elements Devious Dungeon [$1.99]. We quite enjoyed the original Devious Dungeon in our review, despite a few flaws, so we've been pretty excited at the prospect of an improved sequel. One of the major improvements in Devious Dungeon 2 is the addition of 3 character classes–Rogue, Mage and Barbarian–which all play differently from one another and should inject some much-needed variety into the Devious Dungeon formula. Ravenous has finally wrapped up Devious Dungeon 2 and has announced that it'll be making its way to the App Store this Thursday, April 9th. Check out this epic new trailer...

Could 'Platie' be the 'Fez' of High Score, Fast-Reaction Games?

Independent developer Daniel Marques has an interesting new game coming out this week, called Platie. It's looking like a three-dimensional take on the challenging fast-reaction, high score games that are all about on the App Store, but focused on managing three-dimensional perception from different two-dimensional views. ..

EA Mobile Inks Long-Term Deal to Develop 'Despicable Me' Games, Announces 'Minions Paradise'

This morning, EA Mobile announced a deal with Illumination Entertainment to develop and publish a set of Minions-inspired mobile games, the first of which launches this summer. "Minions," of course, are the bright yellow ovoid urchins from Illumination's surprisingly popular Despicable Me movies. The first project to come out of the new deal will be Minions Paradise, a town-building game about designing and crafting a tropical Minion resort, starring a new, not-from-the-movies character named Phil...

The 'Star Wars' Movies Release on iTunes This Week, Here's the Top Five Best iOS 'Star Wars' Games

Big news this week, as the Star Wars movies are finally releasing onto digital platforms, making them widely available for the first time without the artificial scarcity of the various physical releases of the movies. The first six movies will all be available on iTunes for $19.99 each starting on Friday, April 10th. You can only buy them, and they're the same editions as on the Blu-ray versions of the movies. Unfortunately, this means that Greedo shoots first in Episode IV. There will be new special features for each movie, and some "legacy" special features from other releases; the theatrical cut of the podrace from The Phantom Menace is available, for example...

Level-5 Announces 'Layton 7' for Mobile (Again), Still Doesn't Look Very Layton-y

During the same Level-5 Vision 2015 event that brought wind of Fantasy Life 2 on iOS, Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino also announced a new Professor Layton game for smartphones. According to Siliconera, Layton 7 will release in Japan this summer on Android and iOS. From what I gather, it's a multiplayer table-top party game that uses Tarot cards and fortune-telling mechanics. One of up to seven players is assigned the "Vampire" role, and it's up to the other players to figure out who it is. I can kind of see how this loops around the the Layton series' puzzle-solving and investigative hooks, but it's a bit of a stretch...

With Avengers: Age of Ultron releasing in theaters on May 1st, we can expect plenty of Marvel and Avengers-themed games to be hitting the App Store. Here's one that's not another action-RPG! Zen Studios is putting out a new Age of Ultron table in Zen Pinball during the week of April 21st, and as you've come to expect from the multiplatform pinball table developers, they are releasing it for mobile as well as every other gaming platform under the sun...

Ah, spring. That magical time when a gamer's fancy turns to thoughts of RPGs. I think that's how that one goes, anyway. It's a good time to stock up on adventures for the rainy season ahead, and many different RPG developers have been accommodating that by running sales. The latest one to step up is Overhaul Games, the developer that brought Baldur's Gate [$9.99], its sequel, and Icewind Dale [$9.99] to iOS in their Enhanced Edition forms. While Baldur's Gate 2: EE [$9.99] has been on sale before, this is the first time since it was updated for iPhone compatibility. As an added bonus, this also happens to be its lowest price yet, offering you over 100 hours of classic RPG goodness for a mere $4.99. That price is so crazy it makes Minsc look sane!..

Watch Adam Saltsman Talk About His New Tactical Survival Game, 'Overland'

At last week's Juegos Rancheros event in Austin, Texas, Adam Saltsman—best known for his work on Canabalt [$2.99] and Hundreds [$4.99]—gave a short presentation introducing his new game, a survival tactics game called Overland...

'Boost 2' Developer Announces New Endless Runner 'Kayos'

Jonathan Lanis, the developer of Boost 2 [$1.99] which we loved back in 2009 as Boost 3D and then later as Boost 2 when it got updated, is working on a brand new game called Kayos. It's looking like a gorgeous and intense runner game, where you're flying a ship through a series of gemoetric formations, complete with rapidly moving cubes and prisms getting in your way. It's looking pretty similar to the PC/console game Race the Sun, and I'll be interested to see where the differences lie between the two games...

In case your nostalgia for the 1990's, video games, and 1990's video games hasn't been sufficiently commodified, peripheral manufacturer Hyperkin has today's Internet curio: the so-called Smart Boy, an add-on that turns your iPhone 6 into, well, a Nintendo Game Boy...

If you want a new Ghostbusters game on the iPhone, who you gonna call? Apparently, Beeline Interactive, a Capcom subsidiary whose mandate is to produce primarily licensed games for smartphones. Capcom has just announced a call for beta testers on its website for "an upcoming Ghostbusters iPhone Game" by Beeline, so there's definitely something in the works...

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