Category Archives: Release

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 [$4.99]. 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 [Free] 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 [$4.99], 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...

We didn't know exactly when, but early yesterday we learned that Square Enix's perpetually soft-launched sniper-centric take on the Hitman franchise would be coming today. As promised, Hitman Sniper [$4.99] has finally, at long last, for really realsies been released to the App Store. Seriously! ..

If you play Kung Fury - The Game [Free] game, you'll get a free, ad-supported, action-brawler. It's similar to One Finger Death Punch [Free], where you tap left and right to attack enemies on either side of you, punching out Nazis, lady kung-fu warriors, and killer robots. You'd notice how the game has been made to look like an old arcade machine, complete with a rounded CRT look and scanlines. The visual effect is actually really cool. It's pretty neat, there's only one IAP to remove ads, it's a pretty cool package all on its own. Then you realize that it's a tie-in to the ridiculous and just-released Kung Fury movie, which you can watch on YouTube right now for free: ..

Earlier this month Zen Studios and Valve announced a partnership that was to bring a Portal-themed pinball table to the multitude of digital platforms where Zen's pinball games are available. And that includes iOS! It arrived a wee bit later than the normal weekly releases, so just consider this a friendly reminder that both a standalone version of Portal Pinball [$1.99] and a downloadable version in the Zen Pinball [Free] app are now available. Best of all, if you act now, either version comes with free cake!..

Heads up! It's later than the rest of the weekly releases, but Activision and Lucid Games' Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions [$4.99] has just hit the App Store. It might not be live for you yet, but it will be at this link. As promised, it's $4.99, without IAP, and available worldwide. It's a faithful adaptation of the game released on console and PC late last year, lacking the Evolved content added in, but potentially coming down the road. Still, it's a bargain over the $14.99 price some people paid for the game. And hey, this supports Metal and MFi controllers!..

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
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Good news for fans of goat-based mayhem: GoatZ [$2.99] is out now on the App Store for $4.99. Where Goat Simulator [$2.99] 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...

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