Category Archives: Release

Run, Lara, Run! Sorry, I really couldn't resist making that joke. After being in soft launch for a while, the all-new Lara Croft: Relic Run [Free] is now out worldwide. As you can all probably guess from the title, LCRR is a Temple Run-like endless runner that pits the famous tomb raider against all kinds of enemies and even some big bosses (including the infamous T-Rex). Lara also gets to use some of her fancy vehicles, so from the sound of it there's plenty to do in this game. The game's visuals look good, but, to be honest, having played the original Tomb Raider back in the day, if Lara isn't all angles and lines, then I think she looks great. According to people in the forums, who've been playing the game for some time now, the game is better than your average endless runner with great controls and tons of things to do. And, of course, it's free...

Are you ready for NimbleBit's latest word game? Capitals [Free] is finally here. We've been posting about Capitals for the last few months, and the game has been in a soft launch/stress test in Canada for about a week now, and it looks like everything is good to go for the global launch. NimbleBit has flipped the switch manually on the worldwide release, so it should be available really soon if it's not available right now for you. The game is free-to-play, with an interesting lives-based system for starting up new games, and it will be fun to see how people take to it and the IAP for removing the limits. ..

Back in March, we caught an early trailer for PBA Slam [Free], a 2v2 arcade basketball game inspired by the classic NBA Jam but using the players from the popular Philippine Basketball Association. At that time, I lamented how the iOS ports of NBA Jam [$0.99 / $4.99 (HD)] hadn't been updated in years, and I was dying for someone to walk in and take the crown of best arcade basketball game. Well, since then, and to my own utter surprise, NBA Jam was updated and kicks ass now. Still, you can never have enough arcade basketball games, you know? With that, the plucky upstart PBA Slam has as of today "launched" in the App Store...

Happymagenta has just launched its latest game, another high-score-chaser called Splish Splash Pong [Free]. Don't worry, this isn't a Circle Pong [Free] clone. The game has you controlling a duck swimming between two barriers, trying to dodge the enemies that cross through between those barriers. You can tap on the screen to switch directions, in order to stay alive and keep racking up points...

Gamevil's latest RPG is out now worldwide on the App Store. Dragon Blaze [Free] is a social RPG that has you dealing out leading a team of heroes into battles, collecting loot, leveling up, fighting enemies, collaborating on raid bosses, and more. It seems not dissimilar from Gamevil's recent social RPG Dungeon Link [Free], albeit with more of a straightforward RPG battling approach, and the standard solid production values that Gamevil usually delivers on...

'GoatZ' Out Now, 'Goat Simulator' On Sale

May 7th, 2015 3:00 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Release
$4.99 Buy Now

Good news for fans of goat-based mayhem: GoatZ [$4.99] is out now on the App Store for $4.99. Where Goat Simulator [$4.99] parodied the increasingly-ridicluous genre of mundane simulation games, GoatZ parodies the zombie-survival-crafting genre. You'll be crafting items, killing zombies, satisfying your hunger, and being a goat. And the game claims to be the first survival-crafting game not in Early Access, though it has plenty of "intentional" bugs...

Dutch studio Game Oven has been at work on one last game before they disband, and it's out right now: Jelly Reef [$1.99], their roguelike-inspired ocean exploration game. You control the ocean, helping a school of jellyfish navigate the many hazards that want to devour and dstroy them. You swipe to control the ocean currents, and move the jellies from hexagonal level to hexagonal level based on the exit wall you make it to...

A game that uses only two inputs to be played, and it's only now coming to iOS? Such is the fate of One Finger Death Punch [Free], the game that basically makes those Xiao Xiao stickmen fighting videos come to life in game form. Originally released on desktop, you use two inputs to play, tapping on the left and right sides of the screen to attack enemies on each side when they get in range. Additional enemies will start to require different combinations, and you get a number of abilities and attacks to eventually deploy on enemies...

As always, the Wednesday night App Store releases leave off a few really cool games that don't release at the Thursday midnight time because either the games have been scheduled later than the normal release time, are released manually, or just wind up going through odd App Store problems. It affects everyone, from 16-year old developers, to an organization that was around before television was even invented. All are equal in the eyes of Apple, and must wait to be approved. Here's three of the rad stragglers from last night:..

Jonathan Kayos of Boost 2 [$1.99] fame announced his first new game in a while with Kayos [$1.99] last month, and as the price tag should indicate, the game is now out worldwide! Available for a $0.99 launch sale price from the planned $1.99 price (though, say, Threes [$1.99] was on a 33.333…% launch sale for a very long time), you can check out this high-speed obstacle avoidance game for yourself. You'll be flying along a flat plane, trying to avoid the many large and colorful objects that are falling, moving, and otherwise just kind of standing around being a nuisance...

NimbleBit got their start by making word games such as Textropolis, which is sadly gone from the App Store. But along with their upcoming game Capitals which is currently in beta, NimbleBit's first word game in five years is now on the App Store: say hello to Letterpad [Free], which is available now for free, with Apple Watch support. You'll be forming words relating to a particular topic, formed from a set of 9 letter tiles. There's over 200 puzzles in the main app itself, and community-added puzzles that you can play with right now. The game lets you use hints to reveal a letter of one of the words you're trying to find among the tiles...

Pocket Gems is a company that largley focuses on games aimed at casual, mainstream audiences, what with Tap Pet Hotel [Free] and Runway Life [Free]. So if you saw their new game War Dragons [Free] and didn't realize it was Pocket Gems, I wouldn't be surprised. It's quite a gritty departure from everything they've previously put out. Well, it turns out that they're looking to really expand their portfolio of games into something more for a core audience. And why not do that by making a PVP multiplayer game where you breed dragons, and then fight with those dragons against other people?..

'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' 3rd Adventure Wing Open - Welcome to Blackrock Spire

It's been a busy week for Hearthstone[Free], with the iPhone app finally arriving, and it's about to get busier. Blackrock Spire, the third wing of Blackrock Mountain Adventure (BRM) has just opened its gates to all who dare enter. Get ready to face Highlord Omokk, General Drakkisath, and Rend Blackhand in a fight to (their) death...

Amazon Game Studios announced earlier this year that they were going to start making games for iOS along with their typical Fire releases, and the first game as part of that arrangement has just released on the App Store: Lost Within [$6.99], developed by Human Head Studios, known for Prey. This is a survival horror game where you find yourself exploring a strange, worn-down mental institution, trying to stay alive from the modified human horrors now wandering the halls. You'll scrounge up materials and flee to safety, trying to distract your foes as taking them on is not the best course of action. It actually has a kind of BioShock [$9.99] vibe in terms of trying to escape more powerful enemies, though this is definitely more touch-friendly than that ever was!..

'WWE 2K' Hits the App Store

April 16th, 2015 2:17 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News, Release
$7.99 Buy Now

Trailing behind the rest of the games released this week is 2K's hotly anticipated (for wrestling fans, anyway) full-fledged wrestling game WWE 2K [$7.99]. At first glance, it seems like a toned down (for mobile) version of the console title WWE 2K15, complete with multiple game modes including the ability to create your own WWE Superstar...

One of Kabam's games that they demoed at GDC, Spirit Lords [Free], is out worldwide at last. This is their take on the isometric action-RPG genre that's been really popular on mobile as of late, complete with real-time online multiplayer. Kabam has promised this is "white hat" free-to-play where everything will be earnable without paying money, and premium currency can be earned in-game as well. A former BioWare writer in Daniel Erickson has done a lot of work on this one, and has tried to make art and story a key part of the game. Check out the launch trailer for the game:..

Rayark's 'Implosion - Never Lose Hope' Hits the App Store

Those hoping for a fast-paced character action game for their mobile device have been waiting (im)patiently for Rayark's Implosion [$9.99], and today the game has finally launched in the App Store. We originally caught wind of Implosion way back in September of 2013 when it debuted at the Tokyo Game Show, with a planned release for sometime in 2014. The development took longer than expected though, pushing the release date back several times. Even their January 2015 target was a bit too optimistic, but luckily they didn't miss the mark too much as it's still just early April. I mean, at least it isn't 2016, am I right?..

'Mortal Kombat X' Launches in the App Store Ahead of Console Release Next Week

Early last month, Warner Bros. and NetherRealm Studio teased a mobile version of Mortal Kombat to launch alongside the next iteration of the venerable fighting game franchise on console and PC, and as of just a few moments ago we noticed that Mortal Kombat X [Free] is actually already available in the App Store. Well… sort of. While it's showing up in the App Store, a couple of of us here have had trouble actually downloading the game, though Carter seemed to get his working. Go Carter! Your mileage may vary, but it's likely just a weird App Store SNAFU. Something similar happened with the launch of DuckTales last week but it was a temporary thing...

Fans of Neo Geo fighting games wanting to play them on the go have yet another title to play with: Fatal Fury Special [$3.99] is now available on iOS. This is an updated version of Fatal Fury 2, adding new characters and re-balancing the characters. This is basically Fatal Fury 2 Turbo, which is fitting since this came out in the heyday of Street Fighter 2 and its myriad refreshes...

Nexon and Big Huge Games have just released their new game DomiNations [Free] worldwide on the App Store after a few months in soft launch. Big Huge Games in its first incarnation made Rise of Nations and the ill-fated Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. That last game, which was made after they were acquired by former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling's 38 Studios, eventually led to Brian Reynolds (lead designer on Civilization 2) and Tim Train to get the rights back to the name Big Huge Games, which they're now releasing new games under, with DomiNations being the first...

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