Category Archives: Release

NimbleBit got their start by making word games such as Textropolis, which is sadly gone from the App Store. But along with their upcoming game Capitals which is currently in beta, NimbleBit's first word game in five years is now on the App Store: say hello to Letterpad [Free], which is available now for free, with Apple Watch support. You'll be forming words relating to a particular topic, formed from a set of 9 letter tiles. There's over 200 puzzles in the main app itself, and community-added puzzles that you can play with right now. The game lets you use hints to reveal a letter of one of the words you're trying to find among the tiles...

Pocket Gems is a company that largley focuses on games aimed at casual, mainstream audiences, what with Tap Pet Hotel [Free] and Runway Life [Free]. So if you saw their new game War Dragons [Free] and didn't realize it was Pocket Gems, I wouldn't be surprised. It's quite a gritty departure from everything they've previously put out. Well, it turns out that they're looking to really expand their portfolio of games into something more for a core audience. And why not do that by making a PVP multiplayer game where you breed dragons, and then fight with those dragons against other people?..




'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' 3rd Adventure Wing Open - Welcome to Blackrock Spire

It's been a busy week for Hearthstone[Free], with the iPhone app finally arriving, and it's about to get busier. Blackrock Spire, the third wing of Blackrock Mountain Adventure (BRM) has just opened its gates to all who dare enter. Get ready to face Highlord Omokk, General Drakkisath, and Rend Blackhand in a fight to (their) death...

Amazon Game Studios announced earlier this year that they were going to start making games for iOS along with their typical Fire releases, and the first game as part of that arrangement has just released on the App Store: Lost Within [$5.99], developed by Human Head Studios, known for Prey. This is a survival horror game where you find yourself exploring a strange, worn-down mental institution, trying to stay alive from the modified human horrors now wandering the halls. You'll scrounge up materials and flee to safety, trying to distract your foes as taking them on is not the best course of action. It actually has a kind of BioShock [$9.99] vibe in terms of trying to escape more powerful enemies, though this is definitely more touch-friendly than that ever was!..

'WWE 2K' Hits the App Store

April 16th, 2015 2:17 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News, Release
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Trailing behind the rest of the games released this week is 2K's hotly anticipated (for wrestling fans, anyway) full-fledged wrestling game WWE 2K [$7.99]. At first glance, it seems like a toned down (for mobile) version of the console title WWE 2K15, complete with multiple game modes including the ability to create your own WWE Superstar...

One of Kabam's games that they demoed at GDC, Spirit Lords [Free], is out worldwide at last. This is their take on the isometric action-RPG genre that's been really popular on mobile as of late, complete with real-time online multiplayer. Kabam has promised this is "white hat" free-to-play where everything will be earnable without paying money, and premium currency can be earned in-game as well. A former BioWare writer in Daniel Erickson has done a lot of work on this one, and has tried to make art and story a key part of the game. Check out the launch trailer for the game:..

Rayark's 'Implosion - Never Lose Hope' Hits the App Store

Those hoping for a fast-paced character action game for their mobile device have been waiting (im)patiently for Rayark's Implosion [$9.99], and today the game has finally launched in the App Store. We originally caught wind of Implosion way back in September of 2013 when it debuted at the Tokyo Game Show, with a planned release for sometime in 2014. The development took longer than expected though, pushing the release date back several times. Even their January 2015 target was a bit too optimistic, but luckily they didn't miss the mark too much as it's still just early April. I mean, at least it isn't 2016, am I right?..

'Mortal Kombat X' Launches in the App Store Ahead of Console Release Next Week

Early last month, Warner Bros. and NetherRealm Studio teased a mobile version of Mortal Kombat to launch alongside the next iteration of the venerable fighting game franchise on console and PC, and as of just a few moments ago we noticed that Mortal Kombat X [Free] is actually already available in the App Store. Well… sort of. While it's showing up in the App Store, a couple of of us here have had trouble actually downloading the game, though Carter seemed to get his working. Go Carter! Your mileage may vary, but it's likely just a weird App Store SNAFU. Something similar happened with the launch of DuckTales last week but it was a temporary thing...

Fans of Neo Geo fighting games wanting to play them on the go have yet another title to play with: Fatal Fury Special [$3.99] is now available on iOS. This is an updated version of Fatal Fury 2, adding new characters and re-balancing the characters. This is basically Fatal Fury 2 Turbo, which is fitting since this came out in the heyday of Street Fighter 2 and its myriad refreshes...

Nexon and Big Huge Games have just released their new game DomiNations [Free] worldwide on the App Store after a few months in soft launch. Big Huge Games in its first incarnation made Rise of Nations and the ill-fated Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning. That last game, which was made after they were acquired by former MLB pitcher Curt Schilling's 38 Studios, eventually led to Brian Reynolds (lead designer on Civilization 2) and Tim Train to get the rights back to the name Big Huge Games, which they're now releasing new games under, with DomiNations being the first...

'DuckTales: Remastered' Hits the App Store

After teasing us on Twitter with a screenshot hinting at this, Disney has indeed released DuckTales: Remastered [$9.99] on iOS. The original DuckTales was an incredibly awesome platformer released for the NES in 1989, and it was based on the cartoon of the same name. A whopping 24 years later, WayForward was tapped to create a remastered version of the original for modern consoles, dubbed DuckTales: Remastered. It kept basically everything the same gameplay-wise, but the visuals were entirely redone to look just like the classic animated show. They even got the original voice actors to add even more personality to the game. Now DuckTales: Remastered is available in your pocket...

The best advice I can give any aspiring mobile game developer is "Just make Crossy Road, JEEZ!" Developer Tyson Ibele took that advice to heart and created The Quest Keeper [Free], which just launched in the App Store earlier today. The key point in "Just make Crossy Road, JEEZ!", which I should probably make an effort to make more clear from now on, is to not simply copy Crossy Road verbatim, and thankfully The Quest Keeper definitely has its own identity. The voxel graphics and isometric perspective look like they could be the dark cousin of Crossy Road, but the two games play very differently. ..

Happymagenta puts out games pretty regularly, all pretty solid entries into the casual, fast-reaction genre they target. Their latest is Cube Koala [Free], and it's actually a bit more involved than their earlier games, as it's basically a trial platformer, Super Meat Boy-style, but centered around rotating the game world to get to the end safely and as quickly as possible. Your cubic marsupial protagonist will slide along the levels, and by rotating the level 45 degrees with each tap, you can either try to move them as safely as possible – or master rotating while in freefall to get them to land near that exit door...

Hey iPad owners, if you've been jealous of your Android counterparts because they've been playing Boss Monster for the past week, be jealous no more: Boss Monster [Free (HD)] has just released in the App Store for iPad. The history of Boss Monster is a pretty crazy one. It began life as a successful Kickstarter project back in November of 2012, which produced the physical tabletop version of Boss Monster that went on to be quite popular. Then in September of last year, a second Kickstarter was launched in order to bring the physical game to digital platforms. So, video games were the driving influence behind the physical game of Boss Monster, but then the physical game ended up becoming an actual video game, thus completing the circle of life. ..

Seattle-based Felt LLC and Patrick Morgan of Galvanic Games have released a pretty neat little ad-supported freebie to check out in Polyeon [Free], which is available now. This is a game where you're presented with four shapes on screen, and you must perform the action that corresponds with the shape to clear it. Squares must be tapped four times, triangles swiped three times, circles must be tapped and held to remove, and there are switches which must be held to unlock another shape. This is a game that requires that you use multitouch to do well...

If you've been awaiting the arrival of that Marvel beat 'em up game, no not THAT one, THIS one, then wait no longer: DeNA has just officially launched Marvel Mighty Heroes [Free] in the App Store and on Google Play. The game was originally announced back in February, and entered soft-launch just under a week ago. That's probably one of the quickest soft-launch periods I've ever seen, but hey, I'm not complaining. ..

Y'know, Paperboy is a game that we just don't see enough iterations on. Heck, even the mobile versions of Paperboy are long-gone from the App Store. Thankfully, Pie in the Sky [$1.99] is there to deliver on your "tossing things out of a window while trying to stay alive" cravings, while also being about putting rainbows on a pizza. You take off in your car which has the ability to escape orbit, and fly through space, dodging asteroids and the like by tilting, before reaching the neighborhoods, where you must toss pizzas to the houses that demand them, in order to get points and money...

Spring is coming. The last batches of snow are starting to melt, Wrigley Field's bleachers are still a pile of scrap metal, and spring training games are starting to feel unnecessary. That means the time for real baseball is almost here, and thankfully MLB Manager 2015 [$4.99] is here just in time for the season to start next week. This is the latest in the Out of the Park Baseball franchise, which has gotten its first officially-licensed entry with MLB Manager 2015. ..

One of the big things that happened with the Disney acquisition of Star Wars was that they launched a new animated TV series, entitled Star Wars Rebels, which has actually gotten a really good reception in light of it replacing the popular Star Wars: Clone Wars series. Well, Disney's just launched a new side-scrolling action game based on the new show, Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions [Free]...

There's a lot of Clash of Clans [Free] out there, and there's tons of collectible-card games, your Hearthstone [Free] games and the like. But one that blends elements of both? That's kind of new. Compass Point: West [Free] does just that, being all about base-building, attacking enemies, and raiding other players. The twist is that all your units are based off of cards you collect from packs, with units, items, and powerups of different rarities in different packs. You can also merge duplicate cards in order to get stronger versions of them. You get a free pack every two hours, and completing missions actually can speed up that timer, and you can buy higher-quality card packs later on as well...

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