Category Archives: Release

The MMORTS Art of Conquest [Free] has just launched worldwide. We've written about this game before, and gone hands-on at GDC, but if you haven't heard, it's an intriguing mashup of genres. There's an MMORPG element, to where you have a whole world that you can explore, while getting quests. Then, there's elements of base-building, as you build a fortress to protect from other players' raids. And there's a whole game of territory conquering and control on the world map to take part in as well...

Apple announced a redesigned App Store, and along with doing so, dropped a subtle reference to a big title: Monument Valley 2 [$4.99]. This has been teased for a while, including with a Tim Cook photo, but hadn't been confirmed yet. Now, Apple has shown in the "Today" menu of Monument Valley 2. The game will be available today for $4.99...




With the NBA Finals about set to start up once more, there's time for basketball games. And how about a basketball game to take us back to the halcyon days of 2014, before the NBA Finals became a wasteland of Warriors-Cavaliers matchups. That's what Noodlecake is promising with Bouncy Hoops [Free], developed by Studio Generative. You tap to launch the ball in the air, tapping again and again to 'flap' it up higher and higher, trying to land in the hoop...

Kenny Sun has a solid track record of weird kinda-puzzle games, and he's made a follow-up to last year's great Yankai's Triangle [$0.99] with Yankai's Peak [$2.99]. This one has you manipulating pyramids, as you try to push your pyramid through mazes full of other pyramids. You can attach to a pivot point in order to push different pyramids around. Getting the proper pyramids into the proper pyramid places is the purpose of this portable product...

The King of Fighters '98 [$0.99] is widely considered one of the best entries in the KOF series, and the iOS version that's been around for a few years is quite a bit of fun. But as long as that port has been available folks in the Eastern parts of the world have been playing a weird free to play mobile game based on it called King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match Online, or KOF'98 UM OL for short. After enjoying quite a bit of popularity in Asian markets, KOF'98 UM OL [Free] has finally released out West...

A couple of months back developer Spellbind Studios were looking for beta testers for an upcoming mobile port of their rogue-lite dungeon crawling RPG Rogue Wizards, which launched on Steam to fairly positive reviews back in September of last year. Well, the beta testers have tested their little hearts out and, although it's a bit behind the rest of the week's new releases, Rogue Wizards [Free] for iOS has now arrived in the App Store. The game utilizes a neat isometric view that reminds me a lot of the excellent Shattered Planet [Free], and in addition to normal dungeon crawly things you'll also be doing a bit of city building, somewhat reminiscent of the wonderful Sproggiwood [$4.99]. Also the way the game world sort of pops in and pops out as you move gives me a heavy Bastion [$4.99] vibe. Basically, in a sea of mediocre dungeon crawlers, Rogue Wizards throws some interesting inspirations from a variety of great games into the mix to make itself stand out. One other cool touch about Rogue Wizards is that it offers two different modes. Story mode is the more casual option and features a quest-driven storyline and the town-building features. Gauntlet mode strips away the story and town-building stuff and throws you into an increasingly difficult dungeon with permadeath and challenges you to make it into the Hall of Fame...

I admit that I'm not the biggest fan of the clickerless clicker genre that has popped up. Not to say that they can't be fun, but I get more engagement out of something where my clicking can play a role when I have the clicker app open, as opposed to it just being about idle currency generation. So, Magnate [Free] has a tall order to fill. I like clickers, and am in the mood for some empire-building recently. But as a clickerless clicker, it has a high bar to clear with me. Yet, the game has some interesting things going on to intrigue even a skeptic like me...

You may have played theme park, hospital or game development simulators, but nothing can prepare you for the comedic criminal construction chaos that is Prison Architect [Free (HD)]. Having launched in 2015 on PC to critical acclaim - and a BAFTA award in 2016 to add to its many accolades - Prison Architect puts you in prime control of a maximum security facility, with your tasks including literally constructing the concrete walls that separate your wildly unstable inmates from the outside world, as well as managing the variably violent criminals that are incarcerated in the lock-up. The mobile iteration of Prison Architect has been a long time coming, and after a limited soft launch in the Netherlands, the game has finally released worldwide on the App Store and is available to download for free, exclusively for tablet devices...

In July of last year Hidden Variable Studios announced that they'd be bringing the cult hit fighting franchise Skullgirls to mobile. Rather than mimic its older console siblings with a mess of virtual buttons, Skullgirls on mobile was taking the streamlined, gesture-based mechanics that have proven to work so well in other touchscreen fighters like Injustice and Marvel Contest of Champions. After announcing the game would be published by the almighty Line Corporation, Skullgirls went into a soft-launch/beta period earlier this year, which then brings us to today where Skullgirls [Free] has officially launched on the App Store. It's showtime!..

It may seem superficially tedious to anyone who has no interest in soccer, but the PES vs FIFA rivalry every year is not merely a quest for internet clicks, but one that has a significant amount of importance for any fans of The Beautiful Game. I've personally been firmly in the FIFA camp since 2007, however the past year has been something of an identity crisis for EA's commercial giant. The console version of FIFA 17, despite its flashy Frostbite engine, came across a bit sluggish and pedestrian for my tastes; the FIFA Mobile [Free] iteration that launched shortly after its bigger brother stripped the actual football for a strange minigame-focused card collecting spinoff, and is certainly better left forgotten. In spite of FIFA's profligacy, Konami's Pro Evolution Soccer series has taken the reins - with a focus on slick arcade footballing action, the console version was arguably this year's definitive soccer title, and the mobile version of PES 2017 [Free] has finally today launched worldwide on the App Store after an extended soft launch period since last December...

Limbic Software's original Zombie Gunship ranks right up there with games like Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja as one of the most successful and sticky mobile games released in the earlier days of the App Store. In fact, the way that it has maintained popularity in the nearly 6 years since its initial launch makes it seem like there's no need for a Zombie Gunship sequel. However, 6 years is a long time and sometimes it's nice to be able to start fresh using all the knowledge you've gained from having such a successful app. That feels like the case with Zombie Gunship Survival [Free], the sequel that's a collaboration between Limbic and Flaregames that we've been following for the past couple of years and which just went live worldwide today, two days ahead of schedule. On first blush it doesn't seem too far removed from the first game in terms of core mechanics, but there are many new features added in and a brand new structure that makes it more well suited to today's free to play market than the original game ever was...

Racing video games have taken a bit of a personal renaissance for me lately. Maybe it's been instigated by the exhilarating and frankly ridiculous 200cc mode on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but I can't get enough of any title that lets me take a blistering accurately racing line around a particularly nasty corner. The App Store thankfully has its own share of brilliant driving experiences, from the blistering pace of Riptide GP: Renegade [$2.99] to the more methodical simulation of Rush Rally 2. Today, Ace Racing Turbo [$1.99] joins the former camp in fast paced action, and after a limited soft launch earlier this month the game has finally released worldwide on mobile devices for the sweet price of absolutely nothing (with some in-app purchases in the back seat)...

In early April, developer Cmune soft-launched their newest mobile first-person shooter Deadheads, and if you missed out on that chance to play the game early then I have some good news for you: Deadheads [Free] has launched worldwide as of this past weekend. If the name Cmune sounds familiar to you, it's because they've created quite a few mobile FPS games over the years. Their 2012 release UberStrike was their first game and was a smash hit, collecting more than 25 million players, but that sort of unexpected success is a blessing and a curse as the team was not prepared for that amount of players and the game was not designed to be easily updated and scaled. ..

Back in early March, Capcom Mobile announced that they'd be bringing four of their classic arcade games to the App Store in special mobile versions: 1942, Commando, Ghosts'n Goblins, and Ghouls'n Ghosts. The following week they followed through with that promise as 1942 Mobile [$1.99] hit the App Store. Then the following week Ghosts'n Goblins Mobile [$1.99] hit, and the week after that Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando Mobile [$1.99] hit. Which pretty much ensured that the next week Ghouls'n Ghosts would arrive, except… it didn't. Was there an error in their original announcement? Was it supposed to be just the original game releasing and not its superior sequel? The answer is no, as today Ghouls'n Ghosts Mobile [$1.99] has finally arrived in the App Store. ..

'Old Man's Journey' Saunters on to the App Store

May 17th, 2017 10:04 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Release
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The question of the day in TouchArcade comments has been "Where's Old Man's Journey [$4.99]?" Folks just aren't satisfied with my killer mushroom hunting tips, and instead want to play award winning games. I get it. Well, the answer to the question is, it's on the App Store, right now. If this is the first you've heard of Old Man's Journey, it's a puzzle game of sorts where you interact with the environment to create a pathway for your old man to, well, journey upon...

In early February we learned that Djinnworks would be taking on the sport of skateboarding with their popular Stickman aesthetic in a game called Stickman Skate Park. Then in late March, we got word that Stickman Skate Park had been renamed Stickman Skate Battle to put emphasis on its online multiplayer battling. Now, following a short beta test period, Stickman Skate Battle [Free] has arrived as of early yesterday. It offers a bunch of different parks to skate in, plus tons of unlockable characters and skate equipment. Check out the launch trailer to see Stickman Skate Battle in action...

We wrote about the beta for Phobos Children [Free] earlier this year, and thanks to our community, developer Mirai-Labo has just released the game in the US, Spain, and Japan after a debut at Tokyo Indie Fest. The studio, consisting of three Spanish ex-pats and one Japanese member, all based in Tokyo, call this game a "chain-action RPG" and it's an interesting take on a sort of puzzle RPG. Pieces fall from the sky, and you have to tap them in sequences of three of the ssame color to attack enemies. Pieces that fall to the bottom hurt your characters, but you have special abilities that can help turn the tide on your opponents...

I warned you. I warned you and your brain last week about Raster Prime [$2.99] from Punk Labs. I hope you made sure that any orifices your brain could leak out of were sealed up, that you hadn't seen any avant-garde cinema recently, or that you hadn't watched Spurs-Rockets game 6 so that your brain was at full power to comprehend the incomprehensible. Because Raster Prime's obelisks, containing convoluted patterns of glyphs that you have to decipher from top to bottom using binary inputs, will get in your mind fuzz...

Pixelnest Studio's rad shoot 'em up Steredenn [$3.99] has just hit the App Store. Originally released in 2015 for Steam and consoles, it has finally arrived on mobile. And what a game it could promise to be: a shoot 'em up with roguelike elements, where you get upgrades as you play, but start out fresh each time. As well, there's a thumping heavy metal soundtrack that plays throughout the entire game. Too many games don't have metal soundtracks. And as someone whose wardrobe is mostly black t-shirts with metal bands...I am excited...

Prettygreat's 'Crash Club' Launches Worldwide

May 10th, 2017 9:00 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News, Release
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Prettygreat's Crash Club [Free] has been soft launched for a while now, as as of this morning, is now available worldwide. If this is the first you've heard of it, Crash Club is another one of those .io-style massive realtime multiplayer games that throws everyone who loads the game into some form of arena to play together. In this case, instead of just a boring 2D plane with circles (or other things these games often use), Crash Club takes place inside of a vibrant Grand Theft Auto-like city and pits players together in vehicular combat that reminds me a lot of firing off missiles (and all sorts of other stuff) in Twisted Metal (another old-school favorite of mine)...

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