Category Archives: Release

At long last Smash Up [$4.99], a unique card battler, has arrived in the Apple Store. Nomad Games has been steadily working on a digital version of tabletop hit for some time and you can now play the results. In Smash Up there are nine playable factions including zombies, ninjas, pirates, dinosaurs, and robots. Each faction has its own deck which boasts cards with unique abilities and a distinct play style. You start the game by taking turns drafting two of these factions into service and shuffling the two decks together into what is hopefully a powerful 40-card alliance fit to take down your opponents. We wrote about Smash Up's impending mobile launch last week, but the game has finally released onto the App Store today...

Ever since iOS 11 served as the first major shake-up to the App Store - and subsequently the mobile gaming ecosystem - since its inception in 2008, it seems some powerful force at Apple has been trying to capitalise on the latent potential of the platform by pushing through some ambitious acclaimed classics from consoles and PC. We first had The Witness [$9.99] - a true technical showcase for the power of the latest iPhones and iPads, let alone a brilliantly innovative experience - and it looks like The Talos Principle [$4.99] is the next App Store release set to push not only the boundaries of the hardware, but also the boundaries of what people expect of mobile gaming. From Croatian developer Croteam, and published by the prolific Devolver Digital, The Talos Principle is a stunning puzzle game set in a crossover of ancient and futuristic architecture, and is now available on the App Store for the phenomenal price of only $4.99...




Back when I was a child in school, the Pokemon vs Digimon debate was at its peak. While I greatly enjoyed the Digimon cartoon show, Nintendo's monster-fighting games were just so much enjoyable, and continue to be a favorite series of mine twenty years on. That being said, Digimon World for PS1 was a classic, and the recent Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth for the PS Vita was a mightily enjoyable return to form. Last week, we showcased the first English trailer for DigimonLinks [Free] - the major iOS debut of the series - and today the English version of the game is finally available to download on the App Store...

Batman: The Enemy Within [Free] from Telltale Games is finally available on iOS and Android. Having originally been announced for late September, Batman: The Enemy Within was delayed until today. The Enemy Within is accessible for both fans who played Batman: The Telltale Series [Free] and newcomers to Telltale Games’ releases. If you missed the original season, it got a performance update recently and you can play the first episode there for free as well. Watch the trailers for both episodes below:..

We've written about REKT [$1.99] a couple times over the past few months, and for good reason. The game's beautiful futuristic aesthetic design combined with an exciting sandbox freedom to just barrel-roll around playgrounds resulted in something that Jared explained as 'if Jet Car Stunts had a baby with the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater warehouse level', and I can't really describe REKT any better than that. The emphasis on ridiculous combos, high scores and meticulous exploration from the latter skating series comes across strong at first glance, from grinding rails to making a tremendous leap of faith across a perilous gap between platforms, and maybe REKT can fill the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 void ever since the beloved iPhone port was killed by future iOS updates. At the very least, it looks like a lot of fun, and REKT is finally available to download on the App Store for $1.99 today...

It's been a long wait for the new Modern Combat game since it was originally announced in October of last year, and after finally getting a confirmed global release date of this Thursday, Modern Combat Versus [Free] has jumped the gun a bit and launched in the App Store a day ahead of schedule. This is the sixth game in the Modern Combat series but unlike previous entries that featured a full single-player story-driven campaign as well as an online multiplayer component, Modern Combat Versus is entirely and online multiplayer game. ..

One of the biggest losses from the culling of 32-bit games from iOS 11, aka the 32-Bit Appocalypse, was being unable to continue playing the fantastic shooters released by CAVE. It wasn't really surprising though. After releasing many titles in their library as higher-priced premium apps on mobile in the earlier days of the App Store, CAVE said in early 2012 that it wasn't seeing the return that they'd hoped for from them and would instead be focusing more on social and free to play games. They continued releasing a few more games in the years since, much to the delight of its hardcore fanbase, but it seemed like its mobile glory days were already over some five years ago. If you find yourself pining for those glory days in these modern times, Tanoshimasu's new shooter Aka to Blue [$7.99] is here to answer that call...

The long-awaited and literally years in the making Episode 3 of The Journey Down [$6.99] is finally available, so you can now finish the story that started many years ago. Episode 3 completes the African art-inspired adventure game that players have been enjoying. It's not often you get to play an adventure game that's clearly influenced by non-Western traditions and lore. In the last episode of the series, you get to explore the jungles and ruins of the Underland and (spoilers) discover the fate of Bwana's lost father, Captain Kaonandodo and, of course, uncover the huge conspiracy surrounding the Armando Power Company...

'The Witness' Just Hit the App Store for $9.99

September 20th, 2017 10:21 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Release
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Curiously enough, it was none other than Apple that tipped us off that The Witness [$9.99] would be hitting the App Store super soon, and much as I speculated earlier today, "soon" means... Right now. The Witness launched on iOS at $9.99, which is far cheaper than the Steam version which is selling for $39.99. The Witness is a mysterious puzzle game set on a strange island, and a lot of people have compared it to a "modern day" Myst which, at least from watching trailers, seems like an apt description. I've been saving this game to play on my iPad, so, this will be my first time experiencing The Witness tonight...

I've been dying to get my hands on Morphite [$7.99], the new action adventure title from developers Crescent Moon Games, Blowfish Studios, and We're Five Games, ever since I gazed upon its luscious low-poly environments when it was originally announced back in May of last year. It's been a long year and a half wait, but finally Morphite has landed its dropship directly onto the surface of planet App Store. Ok that was a super cheesy line but I don't care, Morphite is here! To coincide with the launch of Morphite on the App Store the developers have put together a brand new launch trailer showing the game in action, check it out!..

Ironhide Game Studios is most well-known for their excellent Kingdom Rush trilogy of tower defense games, but back in February of last year they announced a new game that would be tackling a different genre: real-time strategy. We didn't hear much news after that initial announcement until this past January when some beta footage was released, giving us a glimpse of the game in action. Then in March during GDC we went hands-on with an in-progress version of the game and thought it was shaping up quite nicely. Now, after much impatient waiting on my part, that game, Iron Marines [$4.99], has just hit the App Store a day ahead of its scheduled release date. I don't think anyone will be complaining about getting to play this one early! Check out the official trailer for Iron Marines...

Square Enix's 'King's Knight' Hits the App Store

September 13th, 2017 10:07 AM EST by Eli Hodapp in News, Release
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We got a quick look at Square Enix's King's Knight [Free] back at PAX, and we were pleasantly surprised by what a cool game concept it was. Basically, imagine something that resembles a dungeon crawler hack and slash sort of thing combined with a vertical shooter. It's controlled using a virtual d-pad of sorts, which we didn't initially figure out in our first PAX playthrough...

Atomine [$2.99] from Broken Arms Games is a twin stick shooter which has rogue-lite elements. It released on Steam back in May and has finally made its way to the App Store at a lower price point. The aim is to clear a level and destroy all enemies to unlock a portal to the next one. Drops include XP, energy, or weapons. Atomine has an actual story that takes place in a virtual world where STUXNET is a computer worm that spreads via Windows. Atomine is a virus that needs to grow stronger and compile itself into the target source code. Check out the Steam launch trailer below:..

Brain Good Games is making a name for themselves by developing interesting and engaging digital board games. Axes and Acres and Militia [$3.99] have both done well on Steam, with the latter making the leap to mobile back in March. Now their latest title, Minos Strategos [$3.99], has also launched on iOS and Android. In Minos Strategos you are the commander of the defense of the ancient city of Minos. Unfortunately, a horde of Minotaur invaders are looking to make that job pretty tough of late. You move and attack with your units using battle-formation cards which dictate exactly where you can do each. Tabletop fans will see some resemblance to classic two-player strategy game Onitama, though you have more cards from which to act than in that game...

There's nothing quite like the App Store for dropping some cool looking game without any sort of warning. Such is the case with Death Point [$2.99], a new top-down dual-stick stealth game from developer Andiks. Arriving on the App Store with zero fanfare yesterday, it has since gone to capture the attention of our community, and after giving it a brief try for myself, it seems like a really high-quality title if you're looking for a new premium game to chew on going into the weekend. As mentioned Death Point is a stealth game, inspired by "Metal Gear Solid, PayDay and HITMAN series" according to the developer's website. Check out this trailer of the desktop version to get an idea of what Death Point is all about...

As we learned back in May, AuraLab and Other Kind Games' surreal adventure game Karma. Incarnation 1. would be heading to mobile following its release on Steam in October of last year. Just a few days later the game arrived on Android via Google Play, with the iOS release set for some nebulous time in the future. Well, earlier this month it was announced that the iOS version was set to release on August 24th, and although it didn't quite make it in time for our weekly Out Now post, Karma. Incarnation 1. [$1.99] has finally arrived as of this morning. If you're familiar with the 2014 Don Hertzfeldt intro to The Simpsons, Karma. Incarnation 1. gives me that same sort of super weird, "I am on hallucinogenics right now" kind of feeling. Check out the trailer...

Battlejack [Free] from NEXON and Grand Cru has made its way to the App Store today. The strategic card RPG is available for free on both iOS and Android allowing you to embark on a journey to vanquish evil forces. Battlejack has more than 100 levels where you can evolve and fuse mighty heroes to build decks to take down the enemy. There's a PVP mode with asynchronous combat and support for guilds where you get rewarded for helping out said guild. Watch the release trailer below:..

'Darkest Dungeon' for iPad Has Finally Released on the App Store

Red Hook Studios have flirted with the concept of their 2016 critical and commercial hit Darkest Dungeon [$4.99 (HD)] making the transition to mobile for some time now. While the PC and PS4 versions of the title were essential purchases, the game's Vita port emphasised its potential for portable play, and so a move to tablet devices was always a natural progression for the developers to make. Finally, after what has felt like years of impatient anticipation, Darkest Dungeon has made its way to the iPad. With a beautiful gothic graphical style, and a clever twist on the turn-based RPG formula with its stress mechanic, Darkest Dungeon is the latest in a line of essential indie releases on the App Store, and is available to download for $4.99 exclusively for tablet devices...

We were surprised late last month when developer Nekki announced a new paid special edition version of their mega-popular free to play fighter Shadow Fight 2 [Free], mostly because the announcement came rather non-chalantly alongside the release date announcement of their upcoming sequel Shadow Fight 3. It seemed strange that, with so much focus on this brand new game, they'd be revisiting the game that came before it, but with Shadow Fight 2's more than 300 million installs perhaps they felt like the fan base was still hungry for more. Then early this month Nekki announced that the special edition would be launching on August 17th, but we were surprised once more when they announced a delay late last week. Well, it turns out the delay wasn't all that long, as Shadow Fight 2 Special Edition [$4.99] has finally launched in the App Store as of this morning...

Last month developer Will O'Neill, most widely known for his 2014 narrative adventure Actual Sunlight which dealt with depression and suicide, released his newest game on Steam, another narrative adventure that deals with heavy topics called Little Red Lie. The story revolves around two very different characters and, as the name implies, the game replaces all the traditional forms of interaction in an adventure game and instead asks you to do one very simple thing: Lie your ass off. Following its well-received launch on desktop, today Little Red Lie [$4.99] has also launched in the App Store...

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