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First Screens for Upcoming 'Micro Battles' from Donut Games

Everyone loves Donut Games, right? For years they've been consistent providers of perfect "coffee break" gaming experiences for our mobile devices, though they broke that trend with their last release, the ambitious action platformer Traps n' Gemstones [$4.99]. However, for their next game they're getting back to basics. It's called Micro Battles and it's a collection of quick, head-to-head mini-games. Here's some screens...

'Angry Birds Transformers' Rolls Out Worldwide

October 15th, 2014 12:45 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Release
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Those of you looking to get new release day started early will be happy to know that Rovio's Angry Birds Transformers [Free] has launched globally today after being soft launched for a few weeks. This is a side-scrolling auto-running action game based on both Angry Birds and Transformers. Players fight enemy pigs standing on structures that normally you'd have to launch a bird haphazardly at to try and knock down. But here in Angry Birds Transformers, instead, you fire lasers at them. Lasers are a lot more effective than bird bodies...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Adrenaline Rush Miami Drive', 'Hail to the King: Deathbat', 'Necklace of Skulls', and More

Headlining this week's releases is Avenged Sevenfold's Hail to the King: Deathbat. Both our recent hands on and our original preview have thrown down some insane amount of page views, which seems to have a lot to do with A7X's commanding presence on social media. It'll be interesting to see whether or not that buzz turns into game downloads. Hopefully it does, as it's pretty admirable that their goal is to just make a great game, even if it doesn't turn a killer profit...

It never fails to blow my mind just how incredibly deep the game of Minecraft is. What on the surface seems like an adventure that's all about exploring, crafting, block-building and survival has evolved into something that's sophisticated enough people can build working computers inside the game itself. The world of iPhone games hasn't been immune to the "can you make it in Minecraft" phenomenon, and we've seen versions of both Plague Inc. and Flappy Bird recreated inside Mojang's masterpiece. However, this next one takes things to a whole new level. As noted by TUAW, a German Minecraft player has built a functioning iPhone-like device inside of Minecraft. Not only does the device "work" but it even has useable apps. Unfortunately, the following video is not in English, but I still found it impossible to turn off until I'd seen the entire 13 minutes...

There's a New 'Street Fighter' Match-3 Game Heading to iOS and Android in Japan

One of my all-time favorites is Capcom's Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, or simply just Puzzle Fighter, which blends together the Street Fighter fighting game series with matching gameplay to great effect. We haven't heard much from that series in recent years, but according to the source for all things Street Fighter Shoryuken (via Just Push Start), Capcom is readying another Street Fighter matching game mashup for mobile devices in Japan. The game in question is called Street Fighter Puzzle Spirits, and you can see a Japanese language trailer for it below...

While the Pokémon TCG Online [Free (HD)] card-battling game launched for iPad late last month, long-time series producer Junichi Masuda doesn't see a compelling reason to bring any of the proper Pokemon games to tablets or smartphones, according to an interview with Polygon. According to Masuda, "If we were to bring Pokémon to iPad or mobile or smartphones or anything, I think there would need to be… some sort of problem it would be solving, not just that it would be porting over old games, for example."..

In January of this year, Tapstar Interactive and First Star Software announced a brand new game in the classic Boulder Dash series to mark the 30th anniversary of the original game's release. Originally planned for an "early 2014" release, the new game took a bit longer than anticipated, but as of today Boulder Dash 30th Anniversary [Free] is finally available in the App Store. The original game's creators Peter Liepa & Chris Gray have come together for the first time since 1984 to design levels for this new game, and there are also a few major changes over the original like ramps and diagonal movement. Check out the trailer to see it in action...

Zen's 'South Park Pinball' Gets a Trailer, Launching this Week

Earlier this month, Zen Studios hinted that they had a couple of new pinball tables in the works starring everyone's favorite troublemakers from South Park, and today they've debuted the first trailer showing off both tables in action. The first table is South Park Super Sweet Pinball and it centers around the main four characters of the show and features all kinds of inside jokes and nods to the show's nearly twenty year history. For the second table, that gentle soul Butters gets to star in his very own pinball game, cleverly titled Butters' Very Own Pinball Game. Check out the trailer...

2K Releases 'My NBA 2K15' …And It's a Card Game

October 13th, 2014 1:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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Over the weekend, 2K released My NBA 2K15 [Free], which initially had me saying "Oh sweet," when I got the push alert for it. NBA 2K14 [$4.99] was a pretty decent basketball game, and the name of the game in sports seems to be yearly iterations so I assumed the slight title shift here was to provide some separation between the full console and mobile side of things. NOPE, it's a totally different game...

Halfbrick is continuing with the Zombie Month updates for their dual-stick shooter Age of Zombies [$0.99], as another significant update is now available for the game. The month of updates began a few weeks back when Age of Zombies was updated with co-op multiplayer, and this latest update completely revamps the game's Survival Mode into a wave-based affair complete with boss fights called Horde Mode. In addition, there are four new sentry guns to use in Horde Mode so you can strategically set up some stationary offense to help you mow down waves of enemies...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Zombie Highway 2'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 10/10/14 - 'Banner Saga', 'Inferno 2', 'Skylanders' and More

I'm basically the iOS Nostradamus, as last I predicted last week we'd be seeing a ton more great games get released now that we're in Q4, and sure enough, this is one of our biggest best games roundups in a while. Keep in mind, these are games reviewed this week- Not necessarily games that were released this week- ..

Temple Run 2 [Free] knows how to do smart branding. Getting Usain Bolt to be in the game was a perfect choice. And now, with the announcement that NFL players are going to be in Temple Run 2 starting today. The first two players are NFL quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick of the San Francisco 49ers and Russell Wilson of the Seattle Seahawks, both known for their running as well as their passing, so they're logical additions to the game, not to mention that they've both been heavily marketed over the past year as the 49ers-Seahawks rivalry has intensified. Plus, hey, with made-up football player Zack Wonder in the game, why not have real players now?..

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly features where we attempt to take over the world by being the best heroes we can be. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's doing these days, how it holds up, and how the wife and kids are. All kinds of RPGs are welcome in this feature, and I'll always do my best to mix things up from week to week. To keep my madness in check, however, once a month I throw the selection to you, the readers. Simply leave a comment below or drop into the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forum to tell me what you'd like to see me play in the next reader's choice column, which will be RPG Reload File 013. Yes, the five Thursdays in October mean you guys have an extra week to vote this time around, so make your voices heard. You can also comment or post about the game I've written about, or RPG things in general. Fresh comedy is also welcome...

Check Out the Trailer for 'Epic of Kings', a Gorgeous Action Adventure Game from 'Shadow Blade' Developer DeadMage

You guys remember Shadow Blade, right? It was a killer ninja-themed action platformer released early this year by developer Dead Mage Studio and published by Crescent Moon Games. The combat and platforming were top notch, but what really drove me to love Shadow Blade was its beautiful art style and fantastic soundtrack that actually synced up with your actions. Taken altogether, Shadow Blade was a wonderful experience, and remains one of my favorites of 2014. Today Dead Mage has announced their next project now that they've wrapped up putting an enhanced version of Shadow Blade on Steam Early Access. It's an action adventure game for mobile devices called Epic of Kings, and I think I'll just let the trailer do all the talking...

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