Category Archives: Release

Happymagenta has become one of my favorite studios producing smaller flaplike games: I dug Orbitum [$1.99], and Fist of Fury [Free] is a really fun fast-action game. Their latest title is Hammy Go Round [Free], and it's an endless runner that does some interesting things with its structure. You control a hamster spinning around an world turning clockwise, and have to collect acorns to go as far as possible. The game is ruled by a clock, and you can't really die, though you can run out of time. You can extend the timer by buying upgrades, which get you more acorns and then can buy powerup upgrades, and eventually unlock the game's other character, who exists in a counter-clockwise world...

An interesting new game based on the Adventure Time license has just released today on the App Store. Adventure Time Game Wizard [$4.99] is a licensed take and expansion on Pixel Press Floors [Free], a game which allowed you to create your own platformer levels by sketching out levels. Originally revealed at PAX Prime 2014, This adds Adventure Time flavor to it, along with some expansions to the formula. It's now possible to create levels on iPhone as well as on iPad, and through an in-app creator as well as by sketching on sheets of grid paper that can be printed out via AirPrint, or from this site...

DeNA has launched the third in their series of PC and console puzzle games being adapted and renamed for mobile. Unpixelate [$2.99] follows in the footsteps after Wavefront [$2.99] and Polyform [Free] were released on the App Store in 2014. Unpixelate is based on Puzzle Dimension, which released for Steam in 2010. The game's gotten a bit of a visual makeover, but is still about navigating 3D levels, trying to collect all the flowers in the level and reaching the exit, while dealing with various traps and hazards on the 3D courses. There's 100 levels in total to check out. Here's a trailer for the PC version that shows off some of what to expect:..

Seriously, if you're a big Warhammer fan, you need to count your lucky stars that Games Workshop is willing to spread their licenses out far and wide. Fan of the NFL? Hope you like the Madden games! Fan of Warhammer? Well, you get many, many games, all across many genres to play. The latest is the now-worldwide The Horus Heresy: Drop Assault [Free], published by Crooz and developed by Complex Games. This is basically a Clash of Clans [Free] take on the Warhammer universe, which feels kind of surprising that no one had done that already. ..

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. That's pretty much the attitude for WWE Immortals [Free], which is out right now, which I got a hands-on demo of recently at NetherRealm Studios out here in Chicago. The Mortal Kombat developer is of course known on mobile for Injustice: Gods Among Us [Free], which has done remarkably well for them and has done a great job at being a fighting game that scaled down to mobile and free-to-play without feeling way too dumbed-down and pay-to-win. And after playing through some of WWE Immortals, it seems as if the strategy was quite simply "Let's do Injustice but with WWE stars" to the point that the game should probably just be called "WWE Injustice."..

Atomic Pinball Collection [Free] was announced last month, and it quickly became a game to keep an eye on. Developer Color Monkey created the beloved Revenge of the Rob-O-Bot [$2.99], an original pinball table for iOS that proved to be quite popular. Now, that table has returned in a new version along with a new table, called Masks of Glory in the new Atomic Pinball Collection. The main app is free to download, and lets you play each table up to a certain score for free before having to pay. ..

In May of 2013, developer Mode 7 released Frozen Synapse [$12.99 (HD)] for the iPad, a tactical strategy game that had received critical praise when it released on PC and Mac the year before. Unsurprisingly, the game translated incredibly well to the iPad. However, ever since its iPad release fans had been clamoring for Frozen Synapse on the iPhone. Being that the interface of the game was already quite busy even on the larger iPad screen, an iPhone version would be a challenge, but in April of last year Mode 7 promised just that. It took quite a while, but Frozen Synapse iPhone [$2.99] is finally now available...

Lowlander [$1.99] is another one of those throw back retro pixel-junk games we love so much here at TA. This one looks like an Ultima tribute and the most interesting bit seems to be that this one claims to be Lord British approved. We just asked the lord himself, Richard Garriott, if this in fact did get the ultimate Ultima seal of approval. While we wait with bated breath, the trailer for the game is available for viewing below...

A few months ago, we reviewed developer Philipp Seifried's Ace Ferrara and the Dino Menace [$1.99], a game he created all the art and code for. The game was published by BulkyPix, and Seifried's publishing deal with them was recently ended and the rights returned to him. Because the app uses iCloud, he allegedly couldn't have the app's rights transferred to him through iTunes directly, so he's decided to republish the game under his own name. And in order to help smooth the transition, the game is currently free until January 2nd under the new iTunes listing. ..

Folmer Kelly is the developer of Superhyper [$1.99] and its spinoff Ultrahyper [Free] that released a few weeks later that are each worth playing. And just last week, a game he contributed art for, Golf is Hard [Free], hit the App Store. He recently made a game for the most recent Ludum Dare, and it's now out on iOS, entitled ESFLC. [$0.99] An acronym for "Entertainment Software for Lonely Children," the game is at its heart a singleplayer version of multiplayer Pong, where you control each paddle, and try to keep the rally going for as long as possible, earning a point for each hit...

As the iTunes holiday freeze is about to hit, we're seeing more games sneak out on to the App Store, and one such game is X-Plane 10 [Free], the latest version of the long-running flight simulator franchise. Not only is realistic plane-flying promised by the game, but also several expansive regions, an improved combat system for planes with weapons, and 2-player online multiplayer with voice chat support. If you've never played a flight simulator, there are a number of tutorials along with a full manual to get you acclimated...

It's a bit late to the party, missing the huge list of new game releases from last night, but The Binary Mill's latest project Mini Motor Racing WRT [Free] is now finally available in the App Store. As we talked about when it was announced earlier this month, Mini Motor Racing WRT is a spinoff of sorts of their fantastic 2011 racer Mini Motor Racing. The big change is a focus on competing in the World Racing Tournament, or WRT, by piecing together a star racing team and fleet of vehicles that will lead you to the championship. There's also expanded multiplayer options as you can start up an online Race Club with friends and work together to beat rival Race Clubs...

Well, Simogo's thing that they were teasing recently has been revealed, and for the purposes of our site, we're disappointed to report that it's not for mobile. Odds are though that you have a PC or Mac, and can thus check out The Sensational December Machine, a small free game from Simogo. Created in the last few weeks as a present for their fans, this is a short story in a world where you have to look around in order to see what's next in the story, as the text warps around the world. The art is hand-drawn, and music is dynamic. It's available as a direct download for PC and Mac...

'Brother in Arms 3: Sons of War' Review - A Freemium Sibling

As we mentioned earlier this month when we posted the teaser trailer, Gameloft’s Brother in Arms 3: Sons of War [Free] has been a long time coming. Announced in June of 2013, we took it for a spin back in E3 2013 and enjoyed the big changes to the series - namely the transition from a traditional shooter to one that was mostly a cover-based on-rails affair. Fast forward nearly a year and a half later and Sons of War is significantly different than when last we played it. For folks hoping for a significant shift in the series direction, Sons of War may disappoint as it goes back to its traditional roots, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing...

Developer LuGus Studios has launched Planet Pinball Pro [$1.99] on the App Store today. This looks like a pretty neat take on pinball, where players take on challenges on a three small tables. Scoring big numbers of points will be required to unlock later levels. There's a mission system that players have to take on to help provide some goals to aim for, along with a leveling system. It'll be possible to get powerups to help get some advantages and score more points...

EA's SimCity BuildIt [Free] has made the jump from soft launch to worldwide release today. This is EA's free-to-play take on their classic city-management simulation franchise that probably served as the genesis for all the popular simulation games that are out there today. The game's got gorgeous 3D visuals, with social elements to trade resources with friends, real-life buildings, and all the challenges that come from building a thriving metropolis. EA released another developer diary video just ahead of the game's release if you want to hear more about the game from them:..

Originally release on PC in late 2013, and Mac/Linux in early 2014, Lucas Pope's Papers, Please [$7.99 (HD)] is an incredibly well received indie game where you play as an officer working at a border checkpoint in the dystopian country of Arstotzka. Gameplay involves checking the documents of people trying to enter the country, and making sure the only people with proper documentation are allowed admission. It's one of those games like FTL [$9.99 (HD)] which may have released on the PC first, but always felt like they should have been an iPad game instead. Well, as of early this morning, that problem has been solved through the release of a fantastic iPad port...

'Tales from the Borderlands' Hits the App Store

December 10th, 2014 11:13 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News, Release
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Who knows what the delay was behind the release of Tales from the Borderlands [$4.99], but I could flip a coin between some kind of approval drama (either technical or content related) or maybe Telltale just didn't want to steal the show from Game of Thrones [$4.99]. Whatever the reason, it's out now...

Marvel's new free to play mobile brawler, which they originally announced at Comic-Con in July and soft-launched in October, is now officially available worldwide. Called Marvel Contest of Champions [Free], the game puts a large cast of Marvel characters, both heroes and villains, at your disposal as you use them to battle in the Contest of Champions. There is a full single-player portion of the game that sees you beating specific quests and unlocking bits of storyline. There's also online multiplayer, though it's against other players' ghost teams and not actually real-time fighting. It's still fun though, and playing versus lets you win Battle Chips which can be used to enter special Arena events where you can earn high-powered characters and other rewards. Finally there are several daily events to play through which also offer special rewards for winning and unique play parameters...

The time has finally come! The long-awaited Seabeard [Free] from HandCircus and Backflip Studios is now worldwide! We got word last week that the game was going to release on the 11th, but the particulars in charge have pulled the switch on the game a bit earlier than expected. I suppose it's Thursday if you're in Australia, New Zealand, and many Asian countries, but for westerners, it's out a day early – or at least a few hours ahead of the normal Wednesday night release times. iTunes releases are weird...

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