Category Archives: Release

About a month ago we posted about how developer Kumobius, who you probably know from such hits as Bean Dreams [$2.99], Duet [$2.99], and Time Surfer [$0.99], were looking for beta testers for their new mobile game project, a platformer of sorts called High Risers. Well apparently the testing period went just fine as just this morning Kumobius pulled the rusty old release lever and High Risers [Free] is now available in the App Store. ..

This past June, a refreshed take on the arcade classic Galaga was soft-launched by Bandai Namco in select countries with surprisingly little fanfare, given how beloved the Galaga series is. In a similarly low-key fashion, that game, called Galaga Wars [Free], has exited its soft-launch period and is now available worldwide. At least I think it's worldwide, I can't go around checking every country or anything you know, but it's definitely out in the US App Store because I just downloaded it! And let me just say that this game is freaking fantastic. The original Galaga is perhaps my favorite classic arcade game, and there's nothing scarier than seeing a company trying to "improve" one of its classic franchises for a modern audience. There's just so much potential to sully the good name of such a beloved game, but that's definitely not the case in Galaga Wars...




Glitch Games have made a name for themselves for eerie point-and-click adventures on the App Store, with their Forever Lost trilogy which we loved back in 2013, and the peculiarly meta A Short Tale [] that was released earlier this year. Owing to their impressive track record, there has been a lot of excitement on our forums about The Forgotten Room [$1.99], which is the developer's next attempt at the paranormal adventure genre, and tells the story of investigator John Buster, who has to try and find a ten year old girl who went missing while playing hide and seek. With some really detailed and surreal graphics, coupled with perfect release timing on the eve of Halloween, The Forgotten Room looks incredibly captivating and blood-curdling at the same time, and is available right now on the App Store for only $1.99...

Just over a month ago, we brought you news that PinOut [Free], Mediocre Games's follow up to the aptly titled Smash Hit [Free] and Does Not Commute [Free], had released in certain App Store regions, and ever since I've been dying to try out the perplexing possibility of an endless pinball game in an atmospheric neon setting. Thankfully, the wait wasn't long, as today PinOut has launched worldwide for the unbeatable price of absolute nothing, and looks every bit as good as the initial trailer suggested, and will hopefully bring something new to the (pinball) table, for both beginners and veterans alike...

Back in August we learned that Vile Monarch and Gambitious Entertainment would be releasing an enhanced version of their clever insult battling gamejam game Oh…Sir! [Free] which they originally released back in December of last year. That game, titled Oh…Sir! The Insult Simulator [$1.99] has just arrived on the App Store. The original game was a same-device multiplayer game where you and a "friend" would take turns piecing together words and phrases in order to create the ultimate insult. This new version is basically the same idea but expanded greatly. There are more characters to play as, more environments to lob your insults in, and of course many more options for piecing together insults. Also, in addition to the original game's local multiplayer, you can also face off against opponents online or against the CPU...

The original Rusty Lake Hotel [$1.99] was a cult hit for its surreal sense of spookiness that was also a lot of fun to play. However, its relative brevity in only having six rooms to play through meant that many fans were asking for more, and another chance to play through the evocative universe that eponymous developers Rusty Lake managed to create back in 2015. Thankfully, today the wait is finally over - despite its name, Rusty Lake: Roots [$2.99] is not a throwback or a return to the series' roots, as it is only the second game with the Rusty Lake prefix. Instead, Roots is a brand new game, that takes the same eerie evocative charm of the original game, but adds almost six times as many levels and an entirely new narrative to make this the definitive Rusty Lake experience on the App Store...

Boomdash Digital has today released Evil Dead: Endless Nightmare [Free] for iOS. Based on the 2013 Evil Dead remake, this first-person endless runner has you facing down hordes of deadites, as you use your limited-use ammo to take down any threats, running to get pickups of more ammo and currency, hoping you last longer against the endless hordes of deadites next time. It is definitely similar to Into the Dead [Free] from PikPok, but I guess that brings the number of first-person, undead-killing, endless runners to 2? Maybe there's some other clones out there, but it's not like this specific combination of games is all that crowded with derivatives...

HyperBeard Games has released their latest title after their hit KleptoCats [Free]: today, Alchademy [Free] is available on iOS and Android. Similar to KleptoCats, Alchademy is very much an idle game, but with a Doodle God [$1.99] twist here. You combine various ingredients, waiting for them to combine in your cauldron, trying to find new combinations, and getting rewards for finding new combos. Along the way, you will unlock specific creations to add to your collection, and get new characters to mix with. This is a nice, casual game for just kind of messing around with...

Kestrel Games is having themselves a busy October 19th. They have just updated their fishing RPG Rule With an Iron Fish [$2.99] with a big content update. You'll now get to explore a new island, called The Void. There are 24 new fish to find in total, as you catch some dark and mysterious new creatures from the deepest deep. Plus, there's some new items and trophies to collect. You can play The Void after you defeat the Kraken...

At long last, Critical Ops [Free] is now officially out worldwide on iOS. This multiplayer FPS that borrows liberally from Counter-Strike has you partaking in your choice of several different game modes, including a familiar mode where the terrorist team has to plant a bomb, and the counter-terrorists have to defuse it (or everyone on one team gets wiped out, one of the two), along with deathmatch modes. The game has picked up in popularity across its various releases on different platforms in countries for two reasons: one, it's derivative but well-made, plus you can play it on mobile or on the web with the same account; Two, the game's monetization eschews anything that affects gameplay, being only about skins and customizations...

It's always great to see inventive Steam releases finally make their way to the iPhone, especially when many of their unique mechanics are a perfect fit to touch controls, and normally at a far more palatable price of entry. RETSNOM [$0.99] - taking a leaf from the Alucard book of naming - is the next game to follow in the illustrious path of PC ports, and with an incredibly cool concept of being able to alter the construction of levels to progress, is sure to distinguish itself from the abundance of other platforming titles on the App Store...

It's a testament to the work of Dinosaur Polo Club that they've been able to make something as mundane and infuriating as public transport into a clever and captivating puzzle game. Mini Metro [$4.99] has kept us waiting at the platform since September 2014, where we first caught a glimpse of the PC version, with a suggestion of an iOS release a few months down the line. Over two years later, Mini Metro has finally launched on the App Store, however the severe delays appear to have been worth it. With critical acclaim on its original Steam launch, and an extremely positive showing in our GDC 2015 preview, Mini Metro looks like an essential purchase for any fans of meticulous city design, or even just puzzle game aficionados in general...

Phil Hassey's Emoj.io [Free] is out now worldwide on iOS and Android. The Galcon developer's take on the .io genre with this 200-person MMO Pac-Man-style game is rather fun, with different goofy emojis to run around the mazes as, and the thrill of being both the pursuer and the pursed. It's kind of like Pac-Man Battle Royale but with like 200 people at once in one maze. Check out the replay of the stream on Mobcrush a few hours before the game's release where some folks got codes and joined in with us:..

Are you ready to flap your way to golfing excellence? Well, good news: Flappy Golf 2 [Free] from Noodlecake is here at last on both iOS and Android. The game was announced last month, but was delayed for some myriad improvements ahead of launch. Regardless, it is here now, and you can get your flapping golf action on with the courses from Super Stickman Golf 3 [Free]. As before, you can tap to flap left and right, with star ratings awarded for getting the ball in the hole in as few flaps as possible...

As a student in what must be the most expensive city in the galaxy, Crap! I'm Broke: Out of Pocket [$1.99] resonates with me on a deeply personal level, as it seems I'm yelling the very same expletive-laden sentence on a regular basis. Despite my precarious financial situation, Crap! I'm Broke isn't purely for those low on cash. With an eccentric graphical design and a neat mini-game focused concept, all infused with the predictably witty humor that such a title suggests, Arcane Circus' iOS debut looks worth the (thankfully) cheap $1.99 price of entry, and has today launched on the App Store...

2K Games and Cat Daddy's Mafia 3: Rivals [Free] has launched worldwide on iOS and Android. Launched alongside the console and PC game Mafia 3, and developed by 2K's go-to mobile studio Cat Daddy Games, this game has you building up a crime syndicate of your own in New Bordeaux, fighting NPCs and other players as you try to become the biggest criminals in town. While cards are a big part of many other 2K and Cat Daddy Games, developing your characters and following the game's storyline is key. This isn't just an auto-battle game: the combat is a bit simplified, but you can choose who attacks whom, with characters and enemies having elements based on the four card suits, with a rock-paper-scissors format of elemental advantages. Sadly, I don't think you'll find anything like necromancers in this game...unless there's something about Mafia 3's world that we don't quite know about.....

Back in August, we brought to you the news that the developer of the intriguing and bizarre Shadow of the Colossus meets Angry Birds arcade game David. [$1.99] was looking for beta testers for his newest App Store release Spingun [Free], which took the creative absurdity of their previous titles and turned it up to 11. While relatively simple in both controls and concept - you fly a ship and shoot things with an intuitive two button control method - Fermenter Games ensured that the sheer chaos of the levels and brutal difficulty curve will hopefully make it yet another engrossing arcade title that will be even harder to put down. Today, Spingun has finally launched on the App Store for free, with one in-app purchase for some new game modes and to remove ads, all of which can be unlocked by paying between $0.99 and $2.99 based on what you think the game is worth, which is a great spin (aha) on the typical premium game formula...

GSN Games has just launched a new gaming service focused on winning real money on iOS, called Sparcade [Free]. The company has enlisted Greg Canessa, whose name you may not know but whose work you do, as he's the creator of Xbox Live Arcade, and has done high-ranking work on Battle.net, along with work at PopCap and Activision. He's been around, he's worked on some major stuff, and now he's helping to bring Sparcade to mobile. The app expands on GSN Games' real-money games efforts that have been in place online for a long time, just bringing them in a mobile-friendly format. The app has launched with 5 different games, and has expanded to the US App Store today...

It seems like Dan the Man [Free] has forever been in soft launch, teasing gamers from outside the lucky few regions that received the game early with its awesome platformer beat-em-up hybrid gameplay. In truth, it's only been a little under two months - but ever since having watched the fantastic eponymous cartoon series and the hands-on footage from GDC in March, I've been dying to get my hands on Halfbrick's newest game. Thankfully, the wait is now over - Dan the Man has launched worldwide on the App Store, and considering both Halfbrick's incredible track record and the game's low price of zero dollars, I'd definitely recommend booting the game up, and subsequently booting the eclectic cast of enemies where it hurts...

The week of October 6th, 2016, is shaping up to be one of the best release weeks on the App Store in a long while, and some surprise releases are part of the equation. Klei Entertainment, makers of Don't Starve [$4.99], have released Invisible, Inc. [$4.99] onto the App Store as an iPad exclusive. This is an isometric turn-based strategy game where you'll use stealth as part of your various missions, trying to get a leg up on difficult infiltrations that will test you. ..

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