Category Archives: Release

Hell Tap Entertainment's Post Brutal [Free] has compelted its beta testing and is now at long last on the App Store. You'll explore the post-apocalyptic City Zero, ridden with the undead, trying to help out survivors, and discover the mystery behind The Event that turn things into a real disaster. Oh, and kill some zombies along the way with deadly weapons. Or perhaps stealth is more your style? Either way, there's multiple endings and campaign story branches to follow...

Colorful Platformer 'Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire' Hits the App Store

Back in March during GDC, I was fortunate enough to check out a very promising upcoming platformer called Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire. I had never heard of the game before, nor of developer PlayPretend, and they didn't have an appointment to meet with us or anything like that. They had heard we were at GDC and simply tracked us down and we were able to squeeze in an impromptu demo between meetings, and it ended up being one of my favorite games I saw at the conference. I love conferences like GDC precisely for those unexpected moments when some super awesome game just comes out of the woodwork. Anyway, about a month later PlayPretend released two new videos showing off more of Le Parker, but things had been awfully quiet since then. However, just last week the developers popped back up on our forums to announce that Le Parker was under review with Apple, and just a few moments ago Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire [$2.99] officially went live in the App Store...




'Apollo Justice Ace Attorney' Hits the App Store

We're just mere moments away from our usual "Out Now" post, but I figured the arrival of Apollo Justice Ace Attorney [$0.99] was worth it's own little heads up. For those keeping score at home, Apollo Justice is the fourth game in the beloved Ace Attorney main series, though it doesn't actually star everyone's favorite ace attorney Phoenix Wright. No matter though, as our own Shaun Musgrave notes in the original announcement of this iOS port, "Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is both important to the overall story of the series and still a pretty awesome game in its own right." Just over a week ago the release date for Apollo Justice was announced, with iOS hitting right now and the Android version coming just one week later...

Despite their overabundance in the formative years of the App Store's existence, I'm always incredibly excited to try out new match three games on iOS, as the sheer popularity of the genre forces developers to go the extra mile to stand out amongst the crowd. Swap Sword [$2.99] is one such title - while you are still tasked with matching similar tiles, you must also move the protagonist around through the eponymous sword swipes and a whole range of alternative lethal abilities at your disposal. With some stunning pixel art to boot - one would expect no less from the graphical geniuses behind Sunburn [$2.99] - this match three and roguelike amalgamation looked incredibly exciting when we first took a glimpse at it last week. While a December 1st release date was suggested, those who have been eagerly anticipating Swap Sword will be glad to know the game has launched early, and you can now slay creatures and competitors alike on the App Store...

Nitrome has put out a surprise release on the App Store: Hop Swap [Free]. This is a platformer where you have to contend with gravity being pointed at a line at the center of the screen, with platforming taking place on either side of it, with the ability to swap between sides of the screen. And momentum carries over from one side to the other, so you can jump on one side, dive to the other side, and maintain momentum. That will come into play, so learning how the mechanics work is key to survival. That, and making sure your brain isn't broken by the gravity-flipping...

While this week's new releases seem few and far between, Kathy Rain [$4.99] has taken the App Store by storm (HEH!). It launched on the PC a while ago, and currently rocks a 77 on Metacritic. Kathy Rain is one of the many new point and click adventure games that have been released in recent years which take the same formula many of us grew up on but turned everything from storytelling to in-game mechanics up to 11...

Purple Pwny Studios has released its yo-yo launching game Yo to the Yo [Free] onto the App Store, after a successful beta test thanks to TouchArcade readers. The game has quite the interesting structure to it. You're not just trying to get a single high score, but there's a progression aspect. You start from the bottom each session, and then work your way up, gaining more momentum with each toss that you do well. Checkpoints allow you to re-launch from different heights. You have only a limited amount of time to make it to the next checkpoint, and catching the yo-yo on the way down has to be done in order to keep going!..

Real-time strategy MOBA Warlord Strike [Free] is now available on the App Store and Google Play. This game promises MOBA action without a lot of the hassle that's involved. You control every hero on your team with RTS-inspired controls. There are no minions and towers, this is all just hero-on-hero combat. You'll be fighting to control power orbs to get items and advantages for your team, while trying to fight off your enemies for control of the board. Along the way, the match rewards will help you advance through the skill tree that gives you permanent advantages...

Earlier today, we looked at the release of adventure game Little Briar Rose [$2.99], which was a triumph in visual design with an ambitious attempt at a colorful stained glass graphical approach. With its own understated and minimalistic aesthetic, Islands: Non-Places [$2.99] is the very antithesis of Little Briar Rose, but at the same time equally impressive. Islands started its life as a collection of beautiful gifs from the artist Carl Burton, who has been featured in The New York Times in the past, as well as a whole host of other endeavours. His stunning gifs featured some visceral environments that were just begging to be explored, so it was a relatively logical step to create Islands, an audio-visual experience that gives another perspective to seemingly mundane landscapes...

The long-awaited release of Avadon 3: The Warborn HD [$11.99 (HD)] brings with it both excitement for yet another excellent fully fledged RPG from Spiderweb Software, but also a sense of sadness. Avadon 3 marks the end of an engrossingly epic trilogy of titles that have been the benchmark for storytelling and strategy games on mobile, and as a conclusion to the Avadon series has a lot to live up to. The previous entry, Avadon 2: The Corruption [$9.99 (HD)], was lauded in our review back in April 2014, and the original Avadon: The Black Fortress HD [$9.99 (HD)] received similarly positive plaudits from the press, as well as an extensive dissection by Shaun in the RPG Reload series of articles; early impressions of Avadon 3 from its earlier PC release in September suggest that it lives up to the lofty heights of its predecessors. After quite a prolonged wait, and after a minor delay to the iOS release, Avadon 3: The Warborn HD is finally available to download for the iPad, but be prepared to part with a hefty $11.99 to do so - a premium price tag for an unequivocally premium RPG experience that is in relatively short supply on the App Store...

While the move towards further realism and detail in graphical design has given us some truly stunning games on iOS such as Infinity Blade 3 [$6.99] and Eisenhorn: Xenos [$5.99], sometimes imagination, creativity and innovation can trump pure power. Little Briar Rose [$2.99] is one such game - developers Elf Games Work have taken the extremely interesting approach of coating every element of the title with a stained glass window aesthetic design. This unique and audacious art direction, coupled with an expansive and immersive fairy-tale world to explore, culminates in a truly jaw-droppingly beautiful adventure game that stands out from similar point and click titles on the iPhone, and is available now on the App Store for $2.99...

10tons' Neon Chrome [$4.99] is now available on the App Store. This cyberpunk roguelike dual-stick shooter has you controlling a character from randomly-generated classes, trying to advance through the Neon Chrome corporation building to take on the overseer who controls everything, and to destroy him. You'll earn credits that can permanently upgrade the stats of the 'assets' you use, along with unlocking new items and temporary upgrades throughout the game. The game has launched at a sale price of $4.99 for two weeks, after that the game goes up to $9.99, so get it fast if you're interested...

Wargaming's WG Labs initiative has launched its first mobile title, Gods and Glory: Age of Kings [Free]. This mobile game aims to combine the raiding strategy of a game like Game of War [Free]with the RPG combat of something like Heroes Charge [Free]. You'll build up your base, but send your heroes out into battles against groups of enemies. You'll be able to call on the help of one of 6 gods, allowing you to create magical gods on the way to crushing all opposition...

Korean developer has today released Cube Knight [Free], a unique take on the Arthurian legends. I say that because I don't think Geoffrey of Monmouth planned on the story of King Arthur being told in a free-to-play dual-stick shooter filled with voxel graphics. Or maybe he did, I just did a quick search of Wikipedia for that reference, I'm sure some smarter historian will pull up some evidence that says this is the purest representation of the Arthurian legends yet...

Things are really hotting up in this season's Formula One world championship, with Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg able to tie up proceedings with a victory in Brazil this weekend. With such high stakes, it's understandable that hardcore supporters of the motorsport are excitedly anticipating Sunday's race, and to help fuel the fervent fires of such fans Codemasters have today surprisingly dropped an iOS version of F1 2016 [$9.99] on the App Store. With all the iconic drivers from this year's series, coupled with all 21 classic circuits visited over the course of the championship, and unsurprisingly stunning graphical detail to the vehicles and environments, F1 2016 could be the next big premium racing release on the iPhone, and for $9.99 certainly has the price tag to support such claims...

'Mikey Jumps' Hits the App Store

November 9th, 2016 1:38 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Release
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Well, it's official, the Mikey series of games is now a quadrilogy (or, I guess, a tetralogy?). Mikey Jumps [Free] hit the App Store a little while ago, joining Mikey Shorts [$1.99], Mikey Hooks [$1.99] and Mikey Boots [$1.99]. Mikey Jumps feels like a bit of a "best of" collection of the different Mikey mechanics, as all the various differences of the "main" games come out in their own ways in a series of super short levels...

Back in early August, we caught our first glimpse of an upcoming courtroom drama game from developer Atreyu Games called Twelve Absent Men, and just over a month later we saw it in action with a humorous trailer. Apparently, the game quietly snuck out last week and as of today you can download Twelve Absent Men [$4.99] on the iOS App Store as well as on Google Play. Twelve Absent Men pokes fun at the tropes in your typical courtroom dramas on television and in movies, which always have a way of doing magical things like instantly going to trial after arresting a suspect and of course angering a judge into holding someone in contempt of court. ..

The newest game from Peter Molyneux's studio 22cans, which soft-launched back in September and is published by Kongregate, is now available worldwide. The game is called The Trail - A Frontier Journey [Free] and it sees you creating a character and walking various paths in really gorgeous environments collecting resources and engaging in various activities before arriving at a settlement camp. There, you can trade or converse with the locals, craft items, or just rest up before heading back out onto the trail towards your next destination. If you find a town you like, you can settle down there and help to build the town up into prominence. Check out the trailer...

In mid-October we learned about the newest game from Little White Bear Studios, a sequel to their well-received spin on the brick-breaking formula ZenDots. The sequel was quite a different beast though, and its subtitle, One Dot's Journey, kind of said it all. Here you would be playing as a single dot navigating through complex mazes of obstacles as you attempted to make your way around and break every brick on the screen. See? It's still a brick-breaker at heart! Due to Apple taking an unusually long time approving it, it missed all the release hullabaloo from yesterday but, much like its dot protagonist, this morning ZenDots 2: One Dot's Journey [Free] pushed through all the obstacles and finally made its way to the App Store...

One Man Left have a pretty incredible track record on the App Store, as despite varying commercial success, the exhilarating twitch action gameplay of the Tilt To Live [$2.99] series was a lot of fun to play, especially in the early days of iOS as a serious gaming platform. Therefore, when the developers released Space Food Truck [$9.99 (HD)] on Steam back in March, it was incredibly interesting to see how the One Man Left team would step up to tackle a larger and more complex experience having plied their trade on relatively fleeting games prior to its release, the outstanding Outwitters [Free] aside. Thankfully, Space Food Truck was warmly received amongst the PC gaming community, and has finally made the transition to handheld devices, as today the game has launched on iPad (sorry, no mobile release as of yet), so anyone looking for a meaty strategic sci-fi adventure can snack on Space Food Truck now...

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