Category Archives: Release

This past March, Sega announced a new entry in the beloved Crazy Taxi series which was to be both free to play and exclusive to mobile devices. After a brief soft-launch period, Crazy Taxi: City Rush [Free] is now available worldwide. Now, I'm imagining the arrival of City Rush will be divisive amongst players. On the one hand, Sega has crafted a really good "mobilized" version of Crazy Taxi. It's sort of like a Temple Run game, in that it's behind the back and you auto-accelerate, but you also can choose your own routes through the cities, so it feels less restrictive and more open. It can be played in either portrait or landscape orientation, and visually City Rush just pops with color and style. It's a very bright and happy game. There are also loads of customization options, from a massive fleet of different taxis to unlock to tons of visual customizations as well as ability upgrades for each...

'Blood Bowl' for iPad Finally Hits the App Store

July 31st, 2014 11:18 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Release
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As predicted in last night's new game roundup, there were a couple high profile stragglers that hit the App Store outside of the normal release window. Blood Bowl [$4.99 (HD)] is one of those games. It's basically a $17 game, as it's priced at $4.99 to keep the initial price point low with four additional races in game which can be unlocked for $2.99 a pop. It's kind of like how Warhammer Quest [$4.99] gets you in the door, then has a bunch of different classes you can buy if you end up enjoying the game...

Oh hey, here's a pleasant surprise on a Tuesday morning: the latest Kairosoft game has just hit the App Store worldwide: Kairobotica [$4.99]. Yes, this is another simulation game from the company that are masters of the simulation genre, that they became known for with Game Dev Story [$4.99]. And this one? Well, they're going meta by making it about their company mascot, the Kairobot...

When we reported that King of Fighters '98 [$2.99] was coming to mobile soon, we were not kidding around, as soon meant "this week" – you can download this classic Neo-Geo fighting game regarded as one of the best in the series right now. The port is done by the usual suspects at DotEmu, who handle most of the King of Fighters and SNK games ports. Much like their other ports, there's gamepad support, including MFi gamepads, though the touchscreen controls have been surprisingly adequate for pulling off the convoluted super moves. ..

Late last month, we posted news of Konami buying the Sword & Poker IP and soft launching a totally new, re-worked free to play version of the game. If you read the story, Jared details an extensive meeting we had with the developers at WWDC about how they were still actively tweaking the payment model of the game and were highly receptive to our feedback on it. This, of course, didn't stop commenters from as predictably as the sun rising going completely off the handle...

Google's internal Niantic Labs team has been working on a game called Ingress [Free] for a while now, but it's been an Android-only affair for almost two years. Well, after many players on the dark side have tested the game and fleshed out its world, iOS players can at last give this geolocation-focused game a shot. But to do so, you may have to venture in that scary place with the really bright thing in the sky: outside. Like, in the real world...

Running (mostly) horizontally all the time must get tiring, because our old pal Sonic now has two video games featuring himself jumping vertically and not doing much running at all. The latest is Sonic Jump Fever [Free], which Sega originally announced about a month ago but has been soft-launched since April. It's a sequel of sorts to 2012's Sonic Jump [$2.99], which I actually found surprisingly fun. Sure it was just a Doodle Jump-type game, but Sega did a great job at transitioning the traditional Sonic game into this genre. It has interesting levels, classic power-ups, and exciting boss fights. For being totally not like a traditional Sonic game, it still felt very much like a Sonic game...

'Hellraid: The Escape' Review - First Person Puzzling at its Finest

Folks paying attention to the PC scene may have heard of a soon-to-be-released game called Hellraid. From the makers of Techland, it’s a dark fantasy co-op action title placing players in the role of repelling a demonic invasion. However, in its iOS debut, Hellraid: The Escape [$2.99] doesn’t share the action-oriented approach as its PC and console cousin. In fact, the action is eschewed pretty much in its entirety for a first person puzzler. While this change in genre may disappoint some hoping for something with a bad more action, Hellraid: The Escape offers a pretty impressive experience on iOS...

'Magic 2015' for iPad is Now Available Worldwide

July 9th, 2014 11:47 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Release
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I added it in our new games roundup already, but Magic 2015 [Free (HD)] is rad enough that it deserves its own post. Following in the long line of yearly iteration in the Magic world on iPad, Magic 2015 takes everything about Magic 2014 and makes it incrementally better. It's basically the collectible card game equivalent of Madden at this point. New players (err, cards, in the case of Magic) and a few new features which generally make re-buying every year worthwhile...

Remember Fates Forever [Free (HD)]? We first posted about it over a year ago, and it's been soft launched in a few territories forever… But now it's finally here on the US App Store. Fates Forever is a mobile MOBA by Hammer & Chisel, a new studio headed by one of the original creators of OpenFeint, Jason Citron...

If you're hardcore enough to have a New Zealand iTunes account for all the iOS releases the second they hit the App Store or you just so happen to live in New Zealand, you're in luck- Civilization Revolution 2 just popped up in your part of the world. It seems safe to assume it'll be available to download for everyone else at the normal (Well, it's Tuesday, so "normal".) time of 11:00 PM Eastern...

Last week, we got wind that animator and designer David O'Reilly, famous for his work on Spike Jonze' Her, Adventure Time, and shorts like The External World, was submitting his first game to the App Store. In a rare Tuesday morning release, Mountain [$0.99] is now available...

We talked about it last week, but it'd seem that SNK's The Rhythm of Fighters [Free] hit the App Store early this morning. Basically, it's King of Fighters [$0.99] except instead of button mashing you're pulling off rhythmic combos in time with the music:..

It was just last week we learned Mika Mobile's follow-up to Battleheart was submitted to Apple, so when we saw the game show up in the New Zealand App Store this morning we weren't totally sure if it was some sort of soft-launch, an accident, or what. Well, it turns out it was simply a very fast approval process and the release date was set for May 28th, a day earlier than the typical App Store release day, which means that Battleheart Legacy [$4.99] is now officially out in the US and the rest of the world...

In a world dominated by quick, bite-sized, "casual" experiences, there always seems to be a subset of gamers begging for something meaty on iOS. Well, this one's for you: HyperDevbox have just released their iOS port of the Xbox 360/PS3/PC game Record of Agarest War [$14.99]. As mentioned, Record of Agarest War was originally released for consoles and PC several years back, and is a massive tactical JRPG that boasts over 100 hours of gameplay. That's enough to fill, like, 1,200 times waiting in line at the movies. It's also stuffed with a full storyline to follow and tons of cutscenes, and rumor has it there's even a dating meta-game where you can eventually have a child with your partner. I'm strangely intrigued by that part...

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