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'Major Magnet' Developers Announce New Game, 'Circle Frenzy'

PagodaWest Games has been known for the Major Magnet [$1.99] games, including Major Magnet Arcade [Free], which have a real Sonic homage quality to them. Now, they're doing something a bit more original in theme, with their upcoming game Circle Frenzy. This one will have you running around a spherical planet, dodging randomly-generated traps, and trying to make it to the exit warp that eventually pops up, because oh no, the planet's going to explode! That is a problem...

TinyCo's Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff [Free] is running a special event starting today, crossing over with Star Trek in a new in-game event. A variety of Star Trek characters are in the event, mostly from The Next Generation, including Picard, Riker, and Data, and all of them are voiced by their original actors. Captain Kirk is making an appearance in the event as well. Star Trek has had plenty of references in the Family Guy show and the Next Generation cast did all appear on one episode, so this makes a lot of sense...

'REBUS' is an Absurdly-Stylish Logic Puzzle Game Releasing Next Week

There's a lot of mind and puzzle games on the App Store, to where it's practically impossible for any one game to really stand out. However, Jutiful's upcoming REBUS - Absurd Logic Game caught our eye because of its stylish look. You'll be presented with an abstract visual puzzle called a rebus, and must figure out what it's trying to say, like rain in the shape of a T is "train." This sort of genre of brain-teasers are all over the place on the App Store, but not a lot look as good as this one does. Check out the trailer below:..

The year is 2015 and developers are still trying to out-Clash of Clans Clash of Clans [Free]. Hell, Supercell even did it themselves with the release of Boom Beach [Free]... Which, admittedly was pretty good. Anyway, Hero Sky: Epic Guild Wars [Free] just hit the App Store with developer Innospark throwing their hat into the base building/attacking/defending sort of game. The interesting twist that makes this one noteworthy is a hero system, which gives you a ton of different dudes to play as to supplement your offensive and defensive strategies instead of just solely dispatching mindless soldiers...

Few things are hotter right now than the hit indie sensation Crossy Road [Free]. Everyone's talking about it, everyone's (still) playing it, and developers are racing to clone it. I guess it doesn't help that "Just make Crossy Road" has become a bit of a catch phrase on our podcast, but, hey, welcome to 2015. Anyway, two new characters just hit the Android version of the game on the Amazon App Store. They're coming soon on iOS, but if you want a sneak peek, check out this video by YouTube superstar BitStern:..

Well this is weird. Dark Echo [$1.99] is one of those games that really make the App Store special. If you've been around for a while, you know the type- Totally experimental gameplay in a package that'd be super hard to sell on other platforms, but the impulse buy-friendly nature of the App Store combined with pricing of a couple bucks often makes all this work out. Or, so it would seem. If this is the first you've heard of the game, definitely check out our five star review. Here's an excerpt:..

Not long ago, we brought word that the amazingly deep RPG Siralim [Free] would be receiving a very substantial update quite soon. If you've been waiting with anticipation, the day has finally arrived. Siralim 2.0 features heavily overhauled graphics and adds a ton of content to an already large game. There are now more than 100 new creatures in the game, a new skill point system, hundreds of new items, and lots more. You can check a full list of the changes by visiting the forums at  developer Thylacine Studios's homepage. This update is of course free, as all of the many other updates made to the game have been...

While we don't often cover much to do with the business of iOS gaming around here, this seemed interesting enough to share- Per Rovio's 2014 financial reports, the company has seen its first major drop off in profits since the Angry Birds franchise hit big. Rovio's games themselves are doing well, with a 16% rise in overall revenue, but where the company is beginning to falter is in its previously massive product licensing business...

Late last year we posted about daily deal site Meh.com offering the fantastic Steelseries Stratus for $45. Well, if you thought that was a great deal, today you can get the same controller for $30- Which sort of feels like the price point these controllers should have been all along. They normally sell for $80, but can be had for $61.66 on Amazon... Or $44.99 for refurbs...

Japanese mobile game developer DeNA has always had a fairly high profile, but whatever we knew before, it's peanuts compared to its visibility after the announcement that they would be partnering with Nintendo to bring the Japanese gaming giant's properties to smartphones. There are suddenly more eyes on DeNA than ever before, and many of them are skeptical. While that's not an unearned reputation, many people are imagining the DeNA of a few years ago rather than the DeNA of today. While they're still putting out free-to-play games that fall along their traditional lines such as Blood Brothers 2, they've also been trying to serve a different audience, one that prefers more traditional experiences...

'Final Fantasy: Record Keeper' Soft Launches in Canada... On Android

We've been following developments of Final Fantasy: Record Keeper for quite a while now, but our excitement kicked into overdrive last month when it was announced that the game was in fact going to see an English release. If this is the first you've heard of the game, here's the basic gist from our previous article-..

A Special Version Of 'Final Fantasy 11' Is Coming To Mobile, Square Enix Announces

Following hot on the heels of the announcement of Final Fantasy Grandmasters, an action-RPG set in the Final Fantasy 11 world, Square Enix also announced plans to create a special mobile version of Final Fantasy 11 itself. Under development by Nexon, the developers behind the hit free-to-play online RPG MapleStory, this version of the game will have some changes made to it in order to better fit the mobile market. Which is to say, it's going to be free-to-play, among other changes...

Square Enix Announces 'Final Fantasy Grandmasters' For Mobile

Today in Japan, Square Enix held a press conference centered around Final Fantasy 11, their popular first MMO based in the Final Fantasy universe. The game was one of the company's biggest financial successes of all time, but with it getting pretty long in the tooth and its successor finally finding stable ground, one can't help but wonder how long Vana'diel's future is. When you think about it, it's pretty remarkable that such a substantial MMO was able to be realized on the PlayStation 2. Those days are coming to an end with the announcement that service for all versions except the PC build will come to an end in March of 2016...

Out Now: 'Stormblades', 'SwapQuest', 'Stan Lee's Hero Command', 'TouchTone', 'Magenta Arcade', 'Sky Streaker' and More

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, welcome to another big week of new iOS games. There's a few games tonight that I've been patiently waiting for, like Stormblades and SwapQuest, and then there's something like the new Mikengreg game TouchTone which looks totally unique and is something I totally knew nothing about. I love that about iOS. As always check out the full list of new games below and let us know what games you'll be picking up in the comment section at the end...

If you were a fan of The Sailor's Dream [$3.99] and have wanted to explore a bit more from Simogo's narrative adventure, you'll want to check out The Lighthouse Painting. This is not a game, and not in the way that The Sailor's Dream was not a 'game' by a functional definition, but not an interactive form of entertainment at all. It's a story podcast whose first episode is available now, with three more episodes available on March 25th, April 1st, and April 8th...

First 'Heroes and Castles 2' Trailer Released, and It is Glorious

Foursaken Media has a cult-like following on iOS as they consistently bring large-scale, genre-melding experiences to the small scale of our devices, all offered up at an incredible value and with near-limitless playability. Their ability to blend genres in a way that makes sense is incredible, and one of their finer examples of this is 2012's Heroes and Castles [$1.99 / Free]. It had all the fun and strategy of a castle defense title, but it was set up as a 3rd-person action game that let you run around hacking and slashing the crap out of enemies to help your own cause. ..

The Blocks Cometh [$0.99] is one of my personal all-time favorite iOS games, and it's getting an update for its fourth anniversary on the App Store, which is coming as soon as Apple approves it. Halfbot shared this morning that they have submitted the update to the game, so as soon as Apple approves it, which should hopefully be by the end of this week depending on Apple approvals. Some behind-the-scenes stuff caused some delays from the original February release for the update, but things are on track now, assuming Apple has been appeased...

Rad news if you're a fan of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City [$4.99], as the game has gotten an update bringing two killer improvements to the game. First up is MFi controller support, which is always welcome to a game that was originally meant to be played with a controller! Second, the game now has support for the native resolutions of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, so the game's going to look as crisp as it possibly can. Awesome...

If you don't really follow the business world of mobile, let me give you a brief summary of what it feels like the investment climate is like in Finland for mobile startups: One guy says, "Hey I've got an idea for a mobil..." at which point they're interrupted by someone else dumping a figurative dump truck of money on top of them before they can finish their sentence. The up-side of this for us, is that it seems like there's a never-ending stream of funding for people to do really cool and often totally experimental things- Or at least, this seems to be the case with the just announced Everywear Games...

So, you're probably going to want to sit down for this one. Modern Combat 5 [Free] is officially going free-to-play in this latest update, available now. Before you freak out, the good news is that Gameloft is going to try and take care of people who paid for the game, they added in new content and controller support is finally here in the game...

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