Category Archives: Release

Quite a few people were looking forward to the release of Epic of Kings [$0.99] this week, but Wednesday came and went and there was no sign of the game. It was quickly revealed that they got caught up in Apple's approval process, but the developers mentioned that the game would be available as soon as possible. Well, it just popped up on the App Store moments ago, so if you've been waiting for the game, get ready to spend five bucks...

We've had our eye on the iPad port of Forbidden Desert since it was first announced back in November, and somehow the scheduled release of the game just barely slipped past our weekly Out Now post. However, we aren't ones to get all bent out of shape over a little tardiness, so we wanted to let you know that Forbidden Desert [$6.99 (HD)] for the iPad is now officially available. In this game you'll be working on an expedition team in the desert discovering and uncovering different parts of an ancient flying machine. Being the desert, you'll have to content with a lack of water and things like sand storms that can really interrupt your flow of discoveries. It's a cooperative game, so you'll actually be working with your teammates in an effort to recover the flying machine...




It's a pretty nice week for early releases with both Final Fantasy IX [$20.99] and Ys Chronicles 2 [$4.99] out in the wild and likely sucking up a large portion of everybody's time. However, if you're feeling overwhelmed with these big ol' RPGs and looking to cleanse your palate with something a bit more breezy, another really awesome new game just dropped ahead of the normal weekly releases. It's Happymagenta's Tomb of the Mask [Free], and the best way I could possibly describe it is it's as if Pac-Man [$4.99 / Free], Downwell [$2.99], and The Last Rocket [$1.99] all had a three-way lovechild (which is totally possible, haven't you seen The Brothers Solomon?)...

If you thought you'd be able to kick back and soak in some Final Fantasy IX [$20.99] since its surprise launch earlier today, I have some bad news. Or good news, depending on how much free time you actually have and/or how massive your backlog already is. The classic Ys action RPG series continues on iOS with Ys Chronicles 2 [$4.99], which just dropped mere moments ago from the fine folks at DotEmu...

Prolific mobile developer Nitrome announced back in September that they were going to be dipping their toes in the game publishing game. I say dip their toes because technically the first game they were set to publish, Ultimate Briefcase [Free], was created by outside developer Quite Fresh, but whose founder was also previously an artist for Nitrome. So Nitrome was branching out, but still somewhat keeping it in the family, so to speak. Anyhoo, Ultimate Briefcase somehow dodged our weekly Out Now post like it was some sort of bomb falling from the sky, but I'm here to let you know that it's officially available right this very moment...

So Cartoon Network has just launched a new game, OK K.O.! Lakewood Plaza Turbo [Free] on the App Store, a beat 'em up where you play as KO, and beat up all sort of evil robots in the name of defending your beloved mini-mall. This is an original IP release for Cartoon Network, sort of. It's actually part of a really cool project that they're working on that has some potential to be really unique...

Last November Marvel and TinyCo announced a collaboration to create a new kind of superhero game, one where you created and ran a superhero academy where you would train some of the most beloved Marvel superheroes during their more adolescent years. We even got a humorous look at some young Marvel heroes on school ID picture day. Well today is the day that that game, Marvel Avengers Academy [Free], is finally available...

Last week we got our first taste of Ninja Boy Adventures, a game created by The Clash Soft as an answer for there not being any classic Bomberman experiences available on iOS. The very next day we got a lengthy look at Ninja Boy Adventures being played with an MFi controller, a final taste of the game ahead of its planned February 3rd release date. Well, it's not quite February 3rd yet here in California, but with the wackiness of time zones and an entirely digital App Store it turns out Ninja Boy Adventures [$1.99] is already available as of just a couple hours ago...

2016 has already been a great year for iOS games and January isn't even over yet, and although it isn't quite the normal time of the week for new games to hit we have an early arriver called Super Phantom Cat [$1.99] that platforming fans should be sure to check out. It was just last week I was getting all excited about cats and platformers coming together as one, and I was thrilled to wake up today and find Super Phantom Cat rising up our Hot Games list. I immediately grabbed it and have been having a fun time with it since. ..

2016 is a really weird year, y'all. A reality TV star is a serious presidential candidate. Meanwhile, a former Secretary of Defense is now making a video game based on a card game variant made by a British prime minister? Yes, Donald Rumsfeld has teamed up with Javelin and Snapdragon Studios to make Churchill Solitaire [Free] for iOS. It's based off of a solitaire variant invented by Winston Churchill himself to supposedly increase his strategic thinking. According to the game, Churchill told a Belgian diplomat named Andre de Staercke about his solitaire variant, who later befriended Donald Rumsfeld and told hima bout the game. Rumsfeld would play the game many times for the next 40 years, until he partnered up with the Churchill Heritage to make a digital version of what is now called Churchill Solitaire...

If the name Godzilab isn't immediately familiar to you, it should be. They're the dudes behind iBlast Moki [Free] and iBlast Moki 2 [$2.99], two amazing puzzle games that are actually old enough to still have the "HD" suffix. They went on to release Happy Street [Free] which is a clever spin on the popular style of casual free to play builder-ish games (I guess you could call it a builder? Maybe?) at the time. Since then, the Godzilab guys have gone sort of quiet, hard at work on soft launching Pirate Power [Free], a game which has been tweaked and tuned since it hit our forums last summer...

During E3 in June of last year, Natsume Inc. announced Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories [$9.99], a new entry in the long-running farming/RPG series and the first "true" Harvest Moon game to land on iOS, as the previous mobile game bearing the Harvest Moon name was a puzzle game. Great news, right? Well, maybe. As many know, the Harvest Moon franchise is a convoluted one, and later entries in the series haven't quite captured the magic that the original SNES Harvest Moon did back in the mid-90s. So fans of the series were understandably cautiously optimistic when it came to Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories, but as of today they can find out for themselves as the game has officially launched on the App Store. Also, even though it would make TOTAL sense for this type of game to be free to play'd out the wazoo, Seeds of Memories is actually a fully paid game with zero IAP. Check out the official trailer...

DotEmu has just dropped a port of legendary sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison's I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream [$3.99] onto the App Store today. This is a point-and-click adventure that is based on the short story of the same name, as you play as five different people trapped by the evil AI named AM, dealing with their own personal hells. There are multiple endings, and the best ending can only be had by acting in the most moral way possible...

Adult Swim's 'Pocket Mortys' Just Hit the App Store

January 13th, 2016 10:28 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News, Release
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Well this Wednesday sure is starting off with a bang as Adult Swim's Pocket Mortys [Free] hit the App Store nice and early. (A nice contrast to potentially needing to wait all day for it to slip out at around 2:00 AM like some games.) We previewed the game last week, and really just don't have anything bad to say about it. They did a really great job of taking Pokemon-style gameplay, mashing it up with the Rick and Morty universe, and making the free to play mechanics just as optional as something like Fallout Shelter [Free]...

Hi-Rez Studios, who are known for the third-person action MOBA Smite on desktop and console, are venturing into mobile with their first mobile game, Jetpack Fighter [Free], which is out now on the App Store.. While it would be easy for them to do something Smite-related, they decided to go in an entirely different direction: here, you control a warrior with a sword and the ability to endlessly dash through the air, slicing through enemies to get big combos, and engaging in rad-looking dash-slashing fights with bosses...

It could be easy to say that The Incorruptibles [Free] from BonusXP is a lot like Clash of Clans [Free], and I mean, it's not wrong to say that. It's got guilds to join, a map to raid, resources to collect, and all that fun stuff. After all, many games ape its structure because the game makes a bajillion dollars, and the potential of a fraction of a bajillion dollars is still enough for the promise of driving a different Tesla every day of the week. But The Incorruptibles joins that small list of games that do Clash of Clans but mix up the combat. In this case, the combat in The Incorruptibles is straight-up RTS gameplay...

Last week was one of those weird release weeks where a couple things popped up early prior to the regular weekly scheduled time, then the actual release night Out Now post was much lighter than usual, then so many things trickled out after that that we even threw together a second Out Now post on Friday. Then those dastardly developers Art In Games went and really threw a wrench in things by releasing their newest game AirAttack 2 [$0.99] on a Saturday of all days. A Saturday! Insert BillLumbergh.gif here. Hey I won't complain, a constant stream of awesome new games is never a bad thing no matter when they release. ..

It's the most wonderful time of the year: Star Wars tie-in season. Between Star Wars Battlefront, the many toys arriving on shelves, and apparently every single foodstuff in Japan according to our Shaun Musgrave. Soon everything will be related to Star Wars or the holiday season. Maybe even both! As such, EA has decided to release worldwide their Star Wars free-to-play RPG at a good time. Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes [Free] is out now. This one's been in soft launch for a bit, but is now worldwide just ahead of Thanksgiving...

Choice Provisions have just released a new endless runner based on the Bit.Trip series, called Go! Go! CommanderVideo [Free], and it's available as a free download. This uses the same basic principles as Bit.Trip Run [$2.99], but is simplified for more of a simple, casual game. You can only jump, either short or long by quickly tapping or tapping and holding, respectively. The game throws some awfully difficult platforming sections your way, and you need to react and make your way across the perilous platforms at a very fast rate. The gold you collect can be used to unlock new costumes and customizations...

The story that rocked the iOS gaming world – or at least was amusing to me, was when it turned out that there were two different games called Dizzy Knight in development. Well, Andrew Morrish, developer of Super Puzzle Platformer, has changed the name of his game and has released it on to the App Store as Go Home Dizzy [Free]. The other game is still called Dizzy Knight, and is in development right now...

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