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'Deploy and Destroy' is a First-Person Shooter Featuring Ash from 'Evil Dead' and Other Guest Stars, Out Now on iOS and Android

Entertainment juggernaut Lionsgate is partnering up with developer and publisher Apps Ministry to do something pretty interesting in the increasingly competitive mobile first-person shooter space. Today they've officially launched Deploy and Destroy [Free] on both iOS and Android, and not only does this new brand feature its own lore, characters, and universe but they're blending in some popular Lionsgate IPs to create sort of a crazy crossover experience. All you really need to know about this is you can play as Ash from the Evil Dead series in a first-person shooter. Hail to the king, baby. And, if you're a fan of the Ash vs Evil Dead series that just ended last month, you can also play as Kelly or Pablo in addition to Ash. But let's be real. You're going to play as Ash. ..

Gone are the days of Android users being left out in the dust when it comes to some of the best mobile games. It used to be that Android gamers had to beg and plead for developers to consider bringing their popular iOS games over to the Green Side, but nowadays it's rare that a game isn't on both platforms. Many even launch first on Android due to its early access capabilities. In some cases though Android users have to wait just a bit longer to get their hands on a game that is available on iOS. The latest example? The awesome puzzler Death Coming [$1.99] from NEXT Studios. After arriving to a positive reception on Steam last fall, Death Coming made its way to iOS in mid-March, with word that an Android version was also in the works. Well after that short delay, Death Coming is now available on Android via the Google Play Store, and there's even a shiny new trailer to boot...




Have I ever mentioned that Redshift's The Quest [$7.99] is an absurd value for money and one of the most expansive RPG adventure games available on mobile? Because just in case I haven't, it is, and it is growing even larger today thanks to a new expansion being released. The Quest - Celtic Queen [$2.99] is an expansion adventure developed by longtime Redshift collaborator Zarista Games, and it was originally released as an expansion for what is now known as The Quest Classic way back in 2012. Today's release is the high resolution remastered version of that expansion, which is compatible with the high resolution remastered The Quest. Here's a brief synopsis of Celtic Queen...

It was exactly a month ago that I got pretty excited over the trailer to a new game from developer Dark-1 called Odium to the Core [$2.99], and while it arrived a bit too late to be included in our weekly roundup the game is now available for purchase in the App Store. Odium to the Core is a cave flyer where you'll guide your little creature through perilous levels collecting orbs, finding hidden secrets, and hopefully making it to the goal at the end. It uses the tried and true "tap to float up and release to drop down" control mechanic used in most cave flyers, but it also ties the gameplay into the beats of the kicking soundtrack that plays in the background. It doesn't necessarily feel like a rhythm game, but the way the music syncs up to the action is really satisfying...

Tiny Bubbles [$4.99] from Pine Street Codeworks is a game that's been in the works for several years now, and along its development journey it has garnered all sorts of attention and awards. And with good reason! This puzzler uses a mesmerizing physics system and there's a wonderful fluidity to the whole affair. We first saw the trailer for Tiny Bubbles back in August of last year, and we had a chance to go hands-on with the game during PAX West the following month. Now the wait is finally over as Tiny Bubbles officially released in the iOS App Store last night, as well as on Steam for Mac and Windows desktops. A version for Android on the Google Play Store and the Amazon App Store will be hitting in June. Check out the launch trailer for Tiny Bubbles below...

It didn't quite make it in time for our weekly roundup of new games, but developer Iron Monkey has just launched their creepy survival horror game Lazaretto [$3.99] on the App Store this morning. I'm not really a horror game type of person, but I checked out the trailer for Lazaretto and it really caught my attention. This game seems really twisted. You play as an "urban explorer" who goes poking around an abandoned island that was used to quarantine sick and mentally ill people. Fun fact: That is actually the definition of what a lazaretto is! As you can probably imagine, things aren't all rainbows and unicorns on this abandoned island of death. As you explore and dig further into the mystery of what's going on, all sorts of freaky and scary stuff happens. Check out the trailer...

Jam City's Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery [Free] is now out worldwide on the App Store. After being in soft launch for a few months, now everyone can explore Hogwarts for themselves. Instead of taking place in the books or movies, this game puts you in the position of being a Hogwarts student before Harry Potter attended the school, about four years after Voldemort tried to kill Harry. Which, I admittedly haven't read much Harry Potter, but I do believe his time at the school was eventful. This means that characters who might have died during the books are back for more. Dumbledore and Snape are here, for example. Several of the actors from the movies are reprising their roles in the game as well, including Michael Gambon as Dumbledore and Dame Maggie Smith as Professor McGonagall...

It was way back in December of 2015 that Implosion - Never Lose Hope [$9.99] developer Rayark unveiled their visually stunning upcoming game Sdorica, but in reality the game has been in the works for even longer than that, 4 years to be exact. Now after a somewhat lengthy soft-launch period, and with more than 2 million people already pre-registering for the game, Sdorica -sunset- [Free] is finally launched globally in the App Store today. It's been a long time coming! Right from the moment we first saw Sdorica, we've been impressed with its striking visuals, colorful cast of characters, and fluid animations. Coupled with a killer soundtrack and animated cutscenes, Sdorica is quite the looker, as you can see in the global launch trailer...

We've been all kinds of excited for Oddmar [$4.99], a new game from the folks behind one of the App Store's best ever platformers Leo's Fortune [$4.99], ever since we learned about it last month. In fact though the story of Oddmar goes back even further than that. Originally announced in 2015 under the name Viking Mushroom, it looked like the project might never see the light of day due to going silent following its unveiling. Thankfully that wasn't the case, and after that re-debut last month and our hands-on time with the game at GDC about a week later, Oddmar was given an official release date of April 19th and was put up for pre-order in the App Store a couple of weeks ago. Generally, pre-order games don't go live until the actual day listed on the pre-order page, but to the delight of many anxious gamers like myself Oddmar has broken that tendency and is now live in the App Store a day early...

Our weekly new game roundup doesn't happen until tomorrow, but developer Dumb Luck Games launched their new title Retro Highway [Free] at such an odd time (as far as mobile game releases are concerned, anyway) that I wanted to make sure that it didn't slip through the cracks. You might recall I posted about Retro Highway earlier this month, as I'm a huge OutRun fan from the time I was little and have loved all the retro-racer homages that have launched on mobile over the years, like Horizon Chase, Highway Runners, or the Final Freeway series. I also happened to own a Sega Master System when I was a kid, and the pack-in game was the classic arcade motorcycle racer Hang-On, so I have all sorts of fond memories of retro motorcycle racing. The trailer for Retro Highway looked to call back to many of those classics, while also putting its own modern mobile gaming spin on things with missions to complete and an upgrade system to work through. Here's the launch trailer so you can see Retro Highway in action...

It's inevitable that there will be some stragglers after we post our weekly list of new game releases, and in today's case that straggler is none other than the stylish side-scrolling beat 'em up Golem Rage [$2.99] from Zuki Games. We've been following this one ever since we first laid eyes on it back in June of 2016, and after a lengthier than planned development cycle and multiple beta test periods, the game is now finished up and available on the App Store. The idea behind Golem Rage is that it's a runner blended with beat 'em up elements, and you'll play as this charming and misunderstood golem who everyone is out to attack. As you run through each level your goal is to get to the finish as quickly as possible, smashing, bashing, and destroying anything and anyone that gets in your way...

Back in the early days of the App Store, Gameloft became known as the folks who would bring "highly inspired" versions of popular console and PC games to mobile. Gangstar was their take on Grand Theft Auto, Modern Combat was their take on Call of Duty, Brothers in Arms was their Medal of Honor, Order & Chaos was their World of Warcraft, Dungeon Hunter was their Diablo, and… well, you get the picture. Love or hate the idea of a company aping popular titles like that, you had to hand it to Gameloft for being one of the only companies back then bringing those fuller gaming experiences to the mobile platform. One of my favorite of the Gameloft derivatives was the N.O.V.A. series, which originally aped Halo pretty hard but by the third release felt much more inspired by Crytek's Crysis series. Basically, a sci-fi first-person shooter, and a pretty fun one to boot...

The long-running Habbo franchise gets its latest game, out now on mobile, called Hotel Hideaway [Free], and it's a social MMO where you get to interact with other hotel denizens on a giant, permanent vacation resort. You can do all sorts of stuff. You can spin the wheel for prizes, you can buy new outfits, get a new hair color, mine for new materials from interdimensional rifts...you know, typical vacation stuff. There's also a whole gesture system where you can combine different body parts and movements to do different things, like shaking a giant foam fist at other people. The whole game's a lot about interaction and talking with people, so please don't be a jerk. This hotel is supposed to be classy, don't go telling people to die! But, as a social MMO, I guess that's what people are gonna do...

Dust: An Elysian Tail [$5.99] is a fantastic combat-heavy Metroidvania-style action adventure game that originally released on Xbox 360 during the summer of 2012 but has since made its way to pretty much every other platform, including a surprisingly great iOS port in October of 2015. Besides being a great game, Dust also made waves for being almost entirely the work of just a single developer, Dean Dodrill of studio Humble Hearts. Given its incredible art and animation and overall level of quality, that's almost impossible to believe, but it's true. ..

Thomas Huffman's Up Golf [Free] is out now, and it's a fun game worth downloading. This is a 2D vertical golfing game in the vein of Super Stickman Golf, where you're trying to instead constantly ascend, getting a point for each hole you get your character-turned-golf-ball into. You can skip holes, but I don't recommend it. ..

'Marvel Strike Force' Guide - How to Assemble a Great Team for Free

Marvel Strike Force [Free] is the kind of game that you would have assumed already existed. It's a turn-based strategy RPG that has you gather five Marvel superheroes, villains, or in some cases, a mixture of both, and pit them against the teams of other players (asynchronously, alas) or waves of AI opponents from the movies and comics. If comparisons are more your thing, it's a lot like Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes except with Marvel characters and by a different developer, FoxNext Games. Even if you've never played that game, chances are you've played something similar on mobile and Marvel Strike Force won't be extremely difficult for you to grasp...

Shadowgun Legends from MADFINGER Games [Free] has finally launched worldwide on iOS and Android. The much-awaited FPS game had quite a long development period. Announced way back in August of 2016, Shadowgun Legends looks diverge a bit from the formula of the previous 2 installments, Shadowgun and Shadowgun: Deadzone. Legends promises the same fast-paced FPS action but with RPG mechanics sprinkled in, as well as a few additional PvP elements...

After its release in China and a soft launch in Canada, Tencent's PUBG Mobile [Free] is out now worldwide. While two versions released in China, the game made by Lightspeed is the one that released internationally. This was regarded as the better of the two versions by the community, though the Timi version, Army Attack, might still make it out worldwide if it has alternate modes. However, its base game is the same as Lightspeed's version...

League of Geeks' digital strategy board game, Armello [Free], has finally completed its long and winding path to mobile, and is out now worldwide! The game actually started as an iPad tile early in development, before its development took it to PC and consoles, where the title has grown a sizable userbase and sees a ton of content released for it regularly. But after so long, the mobile version is finally here, and you can play it on your iPhone or iPad...

Originally dated on the beginning of the month, #WarGames [Free] from Sam Barlow (Her Story [$2.99]) is finally available on iOS. #WarGames is a reimagining of the classic 1980s movie of the same name (no hashtag in the 80s though). Kelly, played by Jess Nurse of Scandal and Grace and Frankie, is an ex military brat who wants to fix the world and can only imagine doing so through some hacking. She joins up with more international hackers to bring out world peace. Watch the announcement trailer for it below:..

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