Category Archives: Release

Roll the clocks back to WWDC, and we were all stoked to hear about Apple's new feature called "Metal." In a supreme nutshell, what this is is the new ability for iOS developers to get much more direct access to the hardware of your phone, thus allowing for much better performance in games. Gameloft's Asphalt 8 already got updated with Metal support, but if you want to see the demo from the keynote in your own hands, download the free Zen Garden [Free] from the App Store...

'Angry Birds Stella' Launches Worldwide, Hits Cackling Pigs

The latest Angry Birds game is now out worldwide. Angry Birds Stella [Free], now free from its soft-launch release, stars Stella, a pink bird who has a power of her own, to freeze in midair and launch in another direction, helping to activate chain explosions and the like. There's a whole new cast of characters to play as, each with their own abilities, but it's still the same core Angry Birds game. Much like Angry Birds Star Wars 2 [Free], it's possible to buy extra characters to use in challenging levels, or to use telepods to bring in extra characters...

The latest tower-building sim from the fine folks at Nimbebit is now available worldwide. Tiny Tower Vegas [Free] has been in the works for some time now, though it was only officially announced in late June. Then the game soft-launched in select territories about a month later, and now about a month after that, the game is out in all territories. If you're wondering what Tiny Tower Vegas is all about, well, think back to the original Tiny Tower where you add floors to an ever-growing building, put in a Vegas theme complete with gambling mini-games like poker and slots, and Bob's your uncle...

Earlier this month, we learned that a mobile version of the latest Madden NFL game would be hitting the App Store right alongside its console big brother on August 26th. Hey, that's today! And true to their word, following a brief soft-launch period, Madden NFL Mobile [Free] is now officially available in the App Store. ..

In late June, one of our eagle-eyed forum members spotted a game called Assassin's Creed Memories on Ubisoft's digital gaming service Uplay. The brief description in Uplay pointed to Memories being a card battling game set in the Assassin's Creed universe, and in mid-July that was confirmed when the game soft-launched in the App Store in select territories. As of today though, all that soft-launch business is over and Assassin's Creed Memories [Free] is now officially available...

Along with all the other new games that released tonight, Capcom has quietly snuck the iOS port of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies [Free] onto the App Store. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies, or Ace Attorney 5 for short, was previously a Nintendo 3DS exclusive that was released last year. Earlier this month an iOS port popped up on the Japanese App Store without warning, leaving us all wondering if it would eventually make it to the US. The very next day Capcom confirmed that Ace Attorney 5 was heading to the US, but their only response for the release date was "quite soon." I guess they weren't kidding!..

Oh Hey, 'TourStar' Launched This Morning

August 12th, 2014 11:34 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Release
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Yesterday evening we posted about the (then) upcoming TourStar [Free] which was supposed to be launching this week. My brain just sort of parsed that as "Look for it on Wednesday with all the other games," and not "Oh, I'll show up Tuesday morning." So, if the idea of band management appeals to you, or you're looking for another game to play along side Band Stars [Free], be sure to check this one out...

Peter Molyneux's 'Godus' Finally Launches Worldwide

August 7th, 2014 12:02 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Release
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While it's been soft launched for quite a while as the developers tweak monetization methods and whatever else they did during the soft launch, Peter Molyneux's Godus is finally available for the entire world to try out. Godus, as the name blatantly hints, is a god game and the pseudo-sequel to Curiosity - What's Inside the Cube...

This past March, Sega announced a new entry in the beloved Crazy Taxi series which was to be both free to play and exclusive to mobile devices. After a brief soft-launch period, Crazy Taxi: City Rush [Free] is now available worldwide. Now, I'm imagining the arrival of City Rush will be divisive amongst players. On the one hand, Sega has crafted a really good "mobilized" version of Crazy Taxi. It's sort of like a Temple Run game, in that it's behind the back and you auto-accelerate, but you also can choose your own routes through the cities, so it feels less restrictive and more open. It can be played in either portrait or landscape orientation, and visually City Rush just pops with color and style. It's a very bright and happy game. There are also loads of customization options, from a massive fleet of different taxis to unlock to tons of visual customizations as well as ability upgrades for each...

'Blood Bowl' for iPad Finally Hits the App Store

July 31st, 2014 11:18 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Release
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As predicted in last night's new game roundup, there were a couple high profile stragglers that hit the App Store outside of the normal release window. Blood Bowl [$4.99 (HD)] is one of those games. It's basically a $17 game, as it's priced at $4.99 to keep the initial price point low with four additional races in game which can be unlocked for $2.99 a pop. It's kind of like how Warhammer Quest [$4.99] gets you in the door, then has a bunch of different classes you can buy if you end up enjoying the game...

Oh hey, here's a pleasant surprise on a Tuesday morning: the latest Kairosoft game has just hit the App Store worldwide: Kairobotica [$4.99]. Yes, this is another simulation game from the company that are masters of the simulation genre, that they became known for with Game Dev Story [$4.99]. And this one? Well, they're going meta by making it about their company mascot, the Kairobot...

When we reported that King of Fighters '98 [$2.99] was coming to mobile soon, we were not kidding around, as soon meant "this week" – you can download this classic Neo-Geo fighting game regarded as one of the best in the series right now. The port is done by the usual suspects at DotEmu, who handle most of the King of Fighters and SNK games ports. Much like their other ports, there's gamepad support, including MFi gamepads, though the touchscreen controls have been surprisingly adequate for pulling off the convoluted super moves. ..

Late last month, we posted news of Konami buying the Sword & Poker IP and soft launching a totally new, re-worked free to play version of the game. If you read the story, Jared details an extensive meeting we had with the developers at WWDC about how they were still actively tweaking the payment model of the game and were highly receptive to our feedback on it. This, of course, didn't stop commenters from as predictably as the sun rising going completely off the handle...

Google's internal Niantic Labs team has been working on a game called Ingress [Free] for a while now, but it's been an Android-only affair for almost two years. Well, after many players on the dark side have tested the game and fleshed out its world, iOS players can at last give this geolocation-focused game a shot. But to do so, you may have to venture in that scary place with the really bright thing in the sky: outside. Like, in the real world...

Running (mostly) horizontally all the time must get tiring, because our old pal Sonic now has two video games featuring himself jumping vertically and not doing much running at all. The latest is Sonic Jump Fever [Free], which Sega originally announced about a month ago but has been soft-launched since April. It's a sequel of sorts to 2012's Sonic Jump [$2.99], which I actually found surprisingly fun. Sure it was just a Doodle Jump-type game, but Sega did a great job at transitioning the traditional Sonic game into this genre. It has interesting levels, classic power-ups, and exciting boss fights. For being totally not like a traditional Sonic game, it still felt very much like a Sonic game...

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