Category Archives: Release

Late last year, Disney talked about how they were going to release Disney Infinity: Toy Box 2.0 [Free] for iOS, bringing some of the enhancements and new characters introduced in Disney Infinity 2.0 to iOS, and with support for Metal. Well, that day has finally come, as you can download Toy Box 2.0 today. This is a separate app from the original Disney Infinity: Toy Box [Free (HD)], which remains on the App Store if you have 1.0 figures. However, all your previous figures will work with Toy Box 2.0, and so will some of the new figures, which notably include Marvel characters...

It's kind of fascinating how Telltale's massive turn with the release of The Walking Dead [Free] has changed the adventure game ecosystem. Telltale's telltale (HA HA!) marks on the genre are incredible evident as adventure games have shifted to being more cinematic experiences and less centralized around hunting for and combining weird items to get to the next part of the game. If you've played one modern Telltale game, you know how the rest are going to play, with that feel always seemingly like a Telltale trademark quality, almost. This makes things weird (in a good way) when other developers make things like Telltale games who aren't Telltale, such as the recently released Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect [$1.99] by Orpheus Interactive Inc...

What many consider as the pinnacle of nostalgic turn-based RPG gaming has hit the App Store. Heroes of Might & Magic III HD Edition [$9.99 (HD)] made its grand arrival around 4:00 AM today. The Heroes of Might & Magic series has a ridiculous amount of history behind it in the PC gaming world, with this specific iteration launching all the way back in 1999 to universal acclaim by anyone covering PC games at the time...

Pixel art fans might want to check out a game which came out last night, Combo Queen [$1.99]. Not to be confused with the recently-released Combo Quest [$0.99], this is a game that's similarly about rhythmic, tap-based combat. You have to tap on enemies with a certain rhythm in order to do damage to them, with a pattern that speeds up with each hit in succession of three hits. Mastering this timing, along with the timing of enemy blocks, will be the key to success. It's a game with a rough learning curve, as there's not very generous timing windows to hit enemies. ..

Happymagenta has become one of my favorite studios producing smaller flaplike games: I dug Orbitum [$1.99], and Fist of Fury [Free] is a really fun fast-action game. Their latest title is Hammy Go Round [Free], and it's an endless runner that does some interesting things with its structure. You control a hamster spinning around an world turning clockwise, and have to collect acorns to go as far as possible. The game is ruled by a clock, and you can't really die, though you can run out of time. You can extend the timer by buying upgrades, which get you more acorns and then can buy powerup upgrades, and eventually unlock the game's other character, who exists in a counter-clockwise world...

An interesting new game based on the Adventure Time license has just released today on the App Store. Adventure Time Game Wizard [$4.99] is a licensed take and expansion on Pixel Press Floors [Free], a game which allowed you to create your own platformer levels by sketching out levels. Originally revealed at PAX Prime 2014, This adds Adventure Time flavor to it, along with some expansions to the formula. It's now possible to create levels on iPhone as well as on iPad, and through an in-app creator as well as by sketching on sheets of grid paper that can be printed out via AirPrint, or from this site...

DeNA has launched the third in their series of PC and console puzzle games being adapted and renamed for mobile. Unpixelate [$2.99] follows in the footsteps after Wavefront [$2.99] and Polyform [$2.99] were released on the App Store in 2014. Unpixelate is based on Puzzle Dimension, which released for Steam in 2010. The game's gotten a bit of a visual makeover, but is still about navigating 3D levels, trying to collect all the flowers in the level and reaching the exit, while dealing with various traps and hazards on the 3D courses. There's 100 levels in total to check out. Here's a trailer for the PC version that shows off some of what to expect:..

Seriously, if you're a big Warhammer fan, you need to count your lucky stars that Games Workshop is willing to spread their licenses out far and wide. Fan of the NFL? Hope you like the Madden games! Fan of Warhammer? Well, you get many, many games, all across many genres to play. The latest is the now-worldwide The Horus Heresy: Drop Assault [Free], published by Crooz and developed by Complex Games. This is basically a Clash of Clans [Free] take on the Warhammer universe, which feels kind of surprising that no one had done that already. ..

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. That's pretty much the attitude for WWE Immortals [Free], which is out right now, which I got a hands-on demo of recently at NetherRealm Studios out here in Chicago. The Mortal Kombat developer is of course known on mobile for Injustice: Gods Among Us [Free], which has done remarkably well for them and has done a great job at being a fighting game that scaled down to mobile and free-to-play without feeling way too dumbed-down and pay-to-win. And after playing through some of WWE Immortals, it seems as if the strategy was quite simply "Let's do Injustice but with WWE stars" to the point that the game should probably just be called "WWE Injustice."..

Atomic Pinball Collection [Free] was announced last month, and it quickly became a game to keep an eye on. Developer Color Monkey created the beloved Revenge of the Rob-O-Bot [$2.99], an original pinball table for iOS that proved to be quite popular. Now, that table has returned in a new version along with a new table, called Masks of Glory in the new Atomic Pinball Collection. The main app is free to download, and lets you play each table up to a certain score for free before having to pay. ..

In May of 2013, developer Mode 7 released Frozen Synapse [$9.99 (HD)] for the iPad, a tactical strategy game that had received critical praise when it released on PC and Mac the year before. Unsurprisingly, the game translated incredibly well to the iPad. However, ever since its iPad release fans had been clamoring for Frozen Synapse on the iPhone. Being that the interface of the game was already quite busy even on the larger iPad screen, an iPhone version would be a challenge, but in April of last year Mode 7 promised just that. It took quite a while, but Frozen Synapse iPhone [$2.99] is finally now available...

Lowlander [$1.99] is another one of those throw back retro pixel-junk games we love so much here at TA. This one looks like an Ultima tribute and the most interesting bit seems to be that this one claims to be Lord British approved. We just asked the lord himself, Richard Garriott, if this in fact did get the ultimate Ultima seal of approval. While we wait with bated breath, the trailer for the game is available for viewing below...

A few months ago, we reviewed developer Philipp Seifried's Ace Ferrara and the Dino Menace [$1.99], a game he created all the art and code for. The game was published by BulkyPix, and Seifried's publishing deal with them was recently ended and the rights returned to him. Because the app uses iCloud, he allegedly couldn't have the app's rights transferred to him through iTunes directly, so he's decided to republish the game under his own name. And in order to help smooth the transition, the game is currently free until January 2nd under the new iTunes listing. ..

Folmer Kelly is the developer of Superhyper [$1.99] and its spinoff Ultrahyper [Free] that released a few weeks later that are each worth playing. And just last week, a game he contributed art for, Golf is Hard [Free], hit the App Store. He recently made a game for the most recent Ludum Dare, and it's now out on iOS, entitled ESFLC. [$0.99] An acronym for "Entertainment Software for Lonely Children," the game is at its heart a singleplayer version of multiplayer Pong, where you control each paddle, and try to keep the rally going for as long as possible, earning a point for each hit...

As the iTunes holiday freeze is about to hit, we're seeing more games sneak out on to the App Store, and one such game is X-Plane 10 [Free], the latest version of the long-running flight simulator franchise. Not only is realistic plane-flying promised by the game, but also several expansive regions, an improved combat system for planes with weapons, and 2-player online multiplayer with voice chat support. If you've never played a flight simulator, there are a number of tutorials along with a full manual to get you acclimated...

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