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'Sky Force Reloaded' set to Release on June 2nd

Holy Moly my favorite time consumer’s big brother is hitting the App Store June 2nd. I’m talking of course about Sky Force Reloaded. The 2014 Sky Force [Free] was a blast and still a valid shooter today that you should be playing right now if vertical shooters are your thing. This is the one game that has spent the most time on my iPhone and we can trust Infinite Dreams to bring the same challenging gameplay and gorgeous visuals to the 2016 version. They promise 8 stages initially so we can count on some updates bringing more stages and goodies after release. Head over to the forums for some more eye candy depicting gameplay of the upcoming title. It looks like more of the same from the previous opus which is a good thing, upgradeable ship, hostage rescues, bonus crates, big bosses and a ton of variety...

Illusion Labs' 'Mr. Crab 2' Launches Worldwide

May 18th, 2016 10:30 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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It sort of goes without saying that we're massive fans of Illusion Labs around these parts, and while we're still anxiously awaiting a Sway [$4.99] update, sequel, or reboot, the sequel to Mr. Crab [Free], cleverly titled Mr. Crab 2 [Free] has launched worldwide. We've had a thread in our forums for quite a while now as the game has been in soft launch since early last month, and so far initial impressions seem positive. Basically, if you liked Mr. Crab but wanted it to be a better and more complete gameplay experience in basically every way, well, Mr. Crab 2 is exactly what the doctor ordered...




Upcoming 'A Trail' is like 'Geometry Dash' but With Some Intriguing Twists to the Formula

I enjoy seeing promising upcoming games pop up in our forums, and A Trail is surely one of them, especially if you're a fan of games like Geometry Dash [$1.99]. A Trail is a fast paced 2D platformer where you guide your little cube through various levels. The twist in the formula is you have two buttons; Jump and Concentrate. While the first is self-explanatory (I hope), the second is the more interesting one since it decreases your little cube's size. At the start of the game and in any idle moment, the Blob's size increases. When you tap and hold the Concentrate button, Blob decreases while simultaneously increasing its speed; once you let go, it increases in size while slowing down. What this mechanic does is let the player go either for a fast but riskier run or a slower but safer one. And since your score depends on how many times you die, playing it safe can be rewarding...

'Lifeline: Whiteout' Officially Announced, Releasing May 26th

As we wrote a couple of weeks back, Three Minute Games was teasing an upcoming Lifeline game that had something to do with ice, snow, and plenty of cold. Today, Lifeline: Whiteout has been officially announced, and it's as cold as we'd imagined. In the fourth installment of the very popular series, you'll be helping V. Adams, a lost adventurer, survive a trek through a frozen wasteland while helping him discover his past and, maybe, salvage his future. As is always the case with Lifeline games, you'll be the only line of communication between Adams and the "real" world, and it will be up to you to help him survive...

Cally's Caves 3 [Free] has been a big success for Canadian developer VDO Games. It started out as an iOS game, where it earned a ton of praise from critics and players alike. Not long after, it released on Android, where it also racked up high marks. After a few updates and a successful Greenlight campaign, Cally's Caves 3 then made its way to home computers through Steam, where an audience that usually shuns mobile ports wholeheartedly embraced the game. What can we say, she's a little charmer. But there was once a time where us iOS gamers had Cally for ourselves alone, and it's nice to see that VDO Games hasn't forgotten those days. They've just released a major update to Cally's Caves 2 [Free] that nearly brings the game up to the level of its successor...

'Five Nights at Freddy's'-Related 'Sister Location' Gets Second Teaser

The upcoming Five Nights at Freddy's [$2.99] related game Sister Location has a new teaser out now. An image of one of the new animatronics with the text "Everyone, please stay in your seats" has been posted to the Scottgames website. This obviously implies that an amusement park situation may be in play for this spin-off, after the initial teaser said "there was never just one." Hmm...

Action Platformer Favorite 'Goblin Sword' Gets New Chapter, New Items, and iCloud Support in Latest Update

Originally launched way back in September of 2014, Goblin Sword [$1.99] is one of the best action platforming games available on iOS. We loved it to pieces in our original review, and developer Gelato Games came through with meaty and frequent content updates for the game. An update in February of last year added a new chapter called The Lost City with 16 new levels, and an update last August added the Shadow Temple chapter, also with 16 new levels. Both content updates also added additional items, weapons, costumes, and features like MFi controller support. Basically, I always felt like I got way more than my money's worth even with the initial release of Goblin Sword, and each new update was just a huge cherry on top of an already delicious sundae. Well, get ready to chow down on even more dessert as Gelato Games have just posted another brand new update to Goblin Sword, this one adding 9 new levels in a new chapter called Sacred Ruins...

Paradox Interactive continues to dip its toes into the mobile pool, but the just-released Hearts of Iron: War Stories [Free] marks a different approach to mobile from the developer of some of the best grand strategy games to ever grace gaming. While we have seen some mobile games by Paradox, like the very entertaining Magicka: Wizards of the Square Tablet (alas, no longer available), this new release is a choose-your-own-adventure game that takes place during WWII. So, it's no surprise that the game has been developed as a companion of sorts to the upcoming PC grand strategy game, Hearts of Iron IV...

Makers of the Dark 'Hopeless' Series Are Going Sickeningly Sweet with New Game 'Sugar Slide' Coming Next Thursday

Upopa Games, makers of the arena survival game Hopeless: The Dark Cave [Free] and the side-scrolling on-rails style shooter Hopeless 2: Cave Escape [Free], have a new game hitting next week called Sugar Slide. While the Hopeless games are stylish and dark, featuring many crazy creatures and gruesome deaths, Sugar Slide is going in the exact opposite direction and features bright, cheery, colorful visuals and classic pipe-connecting puzzles reminiscent of Pipe Dream or even the Kiefer Bros' excellent Aqueduct [$3.99 / Free]. Check out the trailer...

'Dude Ball' is Doing the 'Crossy Road' Thing to Pinball

Take a tried-and-true gameplay concept, make it randomized and endless, and add an extensive cast of colorful characters to unlock and play as. This is known as Crossy Road-ifying, and it's all the rage in mobile nowadays. But what about the most classic arcade game of them all, pinball machines? That's what developer Wonder Maru is hoping to accomplish with their upcoming, amazingly-titled game Dude Ball. Randomly generated, endless pinball with tons of characters to unlock...

Award-Winning Board Game 'Castles of Mad King Ludwig' is Coming to iOS Soon

If you enjoy playing board games, you probably know designer Ted Alspach. If you don't, know that he's designed Suburbia, one of the best city builders in the board game world, and more recently the highly-rated Castles of Mad King Ludwig. Suburbia [$4.99 (HD)] made the trip over to iOS and Android and was quite fun to play, and now Jeremiah Maher - developer of Suburbia - is also porting Castles of Mad King Ludwig for both iPhone and iPad. If all goes as planned, the game should be available later this month. If you know nothing about King Ludwig, he was a pretty mad nineteenth-century King who decided to build a hugely-expensive (but gorgeous) castle that ended up becoming the inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle. Castles of Mad King Ludwig has received quite a few awards, including being a 2015 Mensa Select Winner, and is generally considered quite a fun board game...

'Flipominos' is a Clever Puzzler with (Nearly) Infinite Levels that's Coming June 6th

Developer Ultramegatronic has unveiled their upcoming iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV game and it's a very interesting looking puzzle game called Flipominos. The basic idea is that each level is a gridded floor and you must move a three dimensional shape onto a target area. The catch is that the shape isn't just a simple square, and the target area will only match a certain side of the shape. The grids are also of varying shapes and sometimes with obstacles that must be worked around as you plop your shape around side by side. It's a really cool idea that's probably best explained by watching this trailer...

Rayark's 'Clash Royale'-esque 'Soul of Eden' Gets New Teaser Video Introducing Units

We last talked about Rayark's Clash Royale-esque MOBA/card battler/base building strategy game Soul of Eden when it was unveiled at the Taipei Games Show back in January. Over the weekend, Rayark unveiled a brand new trailer for Soul of Eden showcasing the various units in the game. As you might expect from a company like Rayark, the trailer features some fantastic character designs and great animations. Check it out...

Nintendo To Return To The Movie World

May 17th, 2016 11:00 AM EDT by James Desauvage in News

After the highly acclaimed (sarcasm intended) 1993 movie, Super Mario Bros, Nintendo is ready to take on, yet again, the cinema industry. All things considered I’m not surprised, not even the fact that Nintendo is selling their shares in the Seattle baseball team, Mariners, to finance the project… I'll just leave this here: Subscribe to the TouchArcade YouTube channel ..

'HOOK' Creator, Maciej Targoni, Announces His New Game, 'Klocki'

If you remember, and even better, enjoyed HOOK [$0.99] then you will be pleased to hear Maciej Targoni, the creator, has just announced Klocki; a connect the line, tile swapping minimalistic puzzle game. Maciej is well known for his original and slightly twisted creations. HOOK for example is a real brain tickler where you have to real in lines without touching other libes. There are no timers, no points or stars, just a relaxing yet challenging game. You also might want to look up oO. [$0.99] Another one of his puzzle games where you control a ball around interconnected circles. It is described as a hardcore minimal indie “dodge-em-up/runner” arcade game. Told you he was original. Klocki seems like a very satisfying game where tiles and complete parts of the puzzle can be swapped around or turned to connect the lines. Check out the short video preview to get a glimpse of it...

Real Racing 3 [Free] has been around for three years now and currently doesn’t have a serious competitor. With its spot on game design and evolving content I see it hanging around for a little while longer. Talking of such, a little update awaits you this morning. You will be racing, again, on the Legendary track of Le Mans with 5 new cars at stake: the Ferrari 488 GTE, Ford GT Le Mans, the Corvette C7.R (Winner of the latest edition of Le Mans), Porsche 911 RSR (2016) and one of the most elitist cars out there, the Jaguar C-X75. For those who don’t know, Le Mans is an endurance and speed racing track based in France initially taking place in 1923, making it one of the oldest circuits in the world. Pilots have to race for 24 hours pushing their cars and minds to the limits...

What, another one? Well okay, Shadowy Consortium, you're the vaguely-defined and sinister bosses. Hello, friends! Since my prize-winning investigative journalism piece on the differences between Slither.io [Free] and peanut butter went over so well, I've been asked to write another. The problem is that I'm pretty sure I emptied all of my rounds into that hard-hitting piece, leaving me in an awkward position. So, like all people who have no idea how to entertain an audience, I'm going to resort to showing you random videos and some pictures I have laying around. I suppose the catch here is that only the videos are Slither.io related, so I hope you like weird or interesting food packaging from Japan!..

"Friendly Challenges" Coming to 'Clash of Clans', Single Gem Resource Boosts are Back

Despite the recent dominance of Slither.io [Free], we all know the true king of the App Store charts these days is Clash of Clans. I really want to make a Game of Thrones reference here, but everyone is so sensitive to spoilers these days you'll just have to imagine it. Anyway, it's entirely possible that the catalyst of Clash of Clans' return to dominance is the upcoming update which adds what they're calling "Friendly Challenges," which sound super awesome...

Pre-Registration for 'Final Fantasy Brave Exvius' Officially Opens, Full Launch Planned for Summer

A week ago we broke the news that Final Fantasy Brave Exvius was likely headed towards a release outside of Japan, and Square Enix was prepping a pre-registration event for the launch. However, it appeared to be a bit too soon as the pre-registration page wasn't up at that time. Then just last Thursday we also broke the news that the game had soft-launched in Sweden, so those looking to check out the game early could do so provided they had an iTunes account in that region. Well, today Square Enix officially sent over press materials for Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, meaning the pre-registration page is finally officially working and the game has a new trailer...

Back in March we told you about Mekorama, a slick new puzzler from developer Martin Magni, who brought us last year's hit puzzle platformer Odd Bot Out [$3.99]. Over the weekend, Mekorama [Free] officially launched in the App Store and so far it's been creating quite the buzz in our community. Mekorama is similar to the hit Monument Valley [$3.99] in that you're guiding your character along a 3D structure to a specific end point. Levels don't necessarily have impossible perspectives like that Escher-inspired game, but there are various moving parts and puzzle-like elements to pass on your journey. There are 50 pre-made levels included but the real heart and soul of Mekorama is in its fantastic level editor and sharing levels online with the world...

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