Category Archives: Release

The parade of licensed Warhammer games continues unabated with the release of Warhammer: Arcane Magic [$9.99] from Turbo Tape Games, which arrived earlier today ahead of the normal weekly new game release schedule. Hey, gotta get out ahead of that whole Angry Birds 2 thing, eh? ..

Earlier in the week I stumbled across a very cool looking trailer for a game called Tap Quest. The goal in the game was to defend a tower in the center of the screen from enemies approaching from either side, and you'd do that by simply tapping either side of the screen to perform a dash attack in that direction. It's simple premise, lovely art style and chaotic action really caught my attention. Well, in a nice surprise, Tap Quest: Gate Keeper [Free] moved swiftly through Apple's approval process and is already available on the App Store...

It's been almost a year now since Bandai Namco soft-launched a free to play version of the updated take on their classic Pac-Man franchise Pac-Man Championship Edition DX [$4.99], but at long last the game has finally gone worldwide as of earlier today. What took so long? Well, the version that soft-launched last year was built with all the typical free to play trappings, like in-game currencies and timers, and was met with plenty of criticism from fans, especially those who have enjoyed the various premium Pac-Man Championship games on consoles and even right here on iOS over the years. ..

Announced back in May and arriving a wee bit later than the rest of this week's new releases, Adventure Time Puzzle Quest [Free] is now available for download in the App Store. It's very much what it says it is on the tin: Puzzle Quest with an Adventure Time theme. Well, I guess that's not totally accurate. The matching-and-battling gameplay essence of Puzzle Quest is here, but this latest entry hews much closer to D3's other licensed matching RPG Marvel Puzzle Quest [Free], as it's free to play and loaded up with lots of social stuff...

Many times from the mouth of our glorious leader Eli Hodapp has come these words: "Just make Crossy Road [Free], jeez." And some have taken that to heart, quite literally. Now Zynga is getting in on the fun with Mountain Goat Mountain [Free], which has just gone global. This has you controlling a goat ascending a mountain, with the ability to eat grass, hop on springs, and move in 4 diagonal directions to dodge hazards. You'll collect coins, which can be spent on treasure chests to unlock new goats, including VR Goat...

Get all your barcodes ready, because Barcode Knight [$0.99] is out right now. I've gotten to play some of it, and it's really clever, built off the same idea as Barcode Kingdom [$0.99], which is currently free if you want to try that out. You scan UPC codes to fight in dungeons generated from that code, getting the same dungeon each time, consisting of the same enemies. So, you can grind off of fighting the same barcode, and some barcodes will give you better fights than others...

It released at kind of an oddball time in the week, but we thought board game fans would be excited to know that Days of Wonder has released the digital version of Splendor [$6.99] into the App Store. A couple of weeks back Days of Wonder announced the release date of Splendor on iOS, and our own Tasos Lazarides summarized what the game was all about quite well:..

The weird thing about this crazy world of digitally-distributed games and about a hundred platforms is that it's easy for some major phenomenon to sneak past us. One such game is Agar.io [Free], which apparently launched a few months ago on the web, and is now available on iOS in an official version. It's actually a pretty cool game, and you can try it out for free with ads between games...

'Don't Starve Pocket Edition' Hits the App Store

It's been about a year and a half since Klei Entertainment first talked about bringing their hit action survival game Don't Starve to iOS. At the time they said it wasn't a top priority, but they'd be considering it for sure. Just over a week ago they began teasing it again on Instagram, getting people very excited in the process. Thankfully they didn't make us wait long as Don't Starve Pocket Edition [$4.99 (HD)] is now available in the App Store...

Looks like we're in for another wacky Wednesday of game releases as games randomly appear for sale both specifically in New Zealand and worldwide with seemingly no consistency as to why. Well, moments ago Magic Duels [Free] went live worldwide. You may remember it from our E3 coverage when the game sported the "Origins" suffix which seems to have been dropped in its final release. Either way, it's very much Magic the Gathering that's been given a Hearthstone [Free] spin in that now it's totally free to play and card packs are earned through a similarly generous in-game economy of earning and spending coins...

Ben "Yahtzee" Croshaw, Australian national treasure and host of the weekly game review show "Zero Punctuation!" over at The Escapist, is a man of many talents. In his free time, when he isn't taking part in the running of video game themed cocktail bars or doing manly combat with the horrifying fauna of Australia, he's an amateur game developer. You can find many of his creations over the years on his site, but now, with the help of Addicting Games and Defy Media, his very first mobile game, Hatfall [$1.99], is available for download. In it, you help the man himself get his hat back. Over and over again. While also dodging refrigerators, anvils, and trying to discern which devilishly handsome plain white avatar is yours...

Back in April, during the G.I. Joe-themed convention called GIJoeCon (yes that's a real thing!), Backflip Studios announced that they were releasing a new mobile game utilizing the G.I. Joe IP, which is owned by Backflip's parent company Hasbro. Corporate synergy! Anyway that game, titled G.I. Joe Strike [Free], has just released in the App Store. It's actually a pretty awesome premise. You play as all-around bad ass ninja Snake Eyes in gameplay that's extremely similar to One Finger Death Punch [Free] or Fatal Fight [Free]. Basically, close-quarters twitch combat...

Arriving a bit later than the week's other new games, Sega and developer Picomy have finally released their gorgeous touchscreen platformer Heroki [$7.99]. I say "finally" because Heroki has been in development since 2010, which might as well be a century in App Store terms. However, after experiencing just the initial intro video and tutorial portion, I can tell this one was worth the wait. You play as Heroki, a young boy with a propeller on his head who has the ability to fly around. In fact, everyone in this world seems to have propellers on their heads. It's just normal for them I guess! ..

It's been a long time coming, but as was announced last week, Funcom have released LEGO Minifigures Online [$4.99] into the App Store. The game is an MMO-like adventure which features a vast array of the crazy characters and locations from the world of LEGO. It was originally revealed way back in August of 2013, and officially launched on desktop platforms in October of last year as a free to play game. However, Funcom didn't like the direction the game was going, so they made a couple of pretty big changes to the game...

Tis the season for strange Galaga hybrids, I suppose. After *Galaga Tekken [Free] back in April, we now have Space Galaga [$1.99], which is a crossover between Galaga and the anime Space Dandy. Taking place in the universe of the Space Dandy anime, and featuring characters from the show, you play through different Galaga levels, albeit with bullets shooting out at a really fast pace. You'll gain credits that can be used toward new ship parts and upgrade to make you more powerful as you play through further levels...

Uber is trying to recruit more drivers, and they're doing so in an odd way: by making a game where you play as an Uber driver. It's called UberDRIVE [Free], and it's an interesting little game. It's kind of like Crazy Taxi [$4.99] but if it was a top-down game. You basically drive around, picking up passengers in downtown San Francisco, ideally from surge pricing areas to make you more money. You navigate from intersection to intersection, and if you're familiar at all with downtown San Francisco, you know that there's lots of one way streets, not to mention the way that everything goes diagonal south of Mission. So good luck getting 5 star ratings for timely drop-offs!..

Zen Studios has released Zen Pinball - eSports Edition [Free] worldwide today. What exactly constitutes an eSports edition of Zen Pinball? [Free] Well, the game uses Skillz, which is a real-money gaming service seen in other apps, like Big Buck Hunter Pro [$0.99], where you can either play for ticketz that can be exchanged for prizes, or play in games with cash winnings once you deposit money in your account. The description says there's no "in-app purchases" but that's kind of a misnomer since you can pay money through Skillz for in-game cash...

I love surprises, especially when they have to do with unexpected game releases, and this one today ranks pretty much at the top of my "great surprises of the year" list. Transistor [$9.99], the great A/RPG from Supergiant Games, has just appeared on the App Store this morning. I had been waiting for this game to appear on the App Store for quite some time, but, to be honest, I wasn't even sure that Supergiant Games would bring their sci-fi RPG masterpiece to iOS. Apparently, not only have they ported the game over to iOS, but they are offering an "intuitive new touch interface" in addition to the game's classic controls. And the developers have included gamepad support, which I know will make many of you happy...

Get ready for more Facebook Messenger notifications as the first Messenger game, Doodle Draw for Messenger [Free], is now available. We talked a few weeks ago about Facebook's desire to bring games to its Messenger app, and now the company has made that desire a reality. Doodle Draw is the first Messenger game to be launched since Facebook officially opened up the chat service's API a few months ago, and I'm pretty sure it won't be the last. If you don't know how to install a game on Messenger, you can find it under the overflow menu (the three dots at the bottom of a chat window). Of course, you'll also have to download the app from the App Store. I hope you are ready for a new round of I'm-getting-too-many-notifications as Facebook tries to milk as much money out of Messenger games as it possibly can...

Oh hey, here's a cool little surprise. Classic PC game Terminal Velocity [$2.99] has – as you can tell by that little price tag there – been ported to iOS. The port was done by Mark Randel, co-founder of Terminal Reality, the game's original developer. The studio closed down in 2013, but Randel ported the game to mobile and released it this week without anyone picking it up until some folks connected to the game started sharing it on Thursday afternoon...

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