Category Archives: Release

The existence of an Injustice 2, a sequel to Warner Bros. and NetherRealm's 2013 smash hit Injustice: Gods Among Us, was first leaked via some marketing materials back in June of last year. The success of the original game on console and PC, and it's overwhelming success and ability to print money on mobile, pretty much guaranteed that a mobile sequel would be coming, but this past February it was officially confirmed by way of Injustice 2 on mobile soft-launching in the App Store. Recently NetherRealm announced that Injustice 2 would be launching on mobile on May 11th, just prior to the console release next week. Well, the App Store typically operates a bit offbeat and this case is no different: Injustice 2 [Free] is now live worldwide in the App Store 2 days ahead of schedule. ..

Eagle-eyed calendar watchers and sci-fi fans alike will certainly be aware that today, May 4th, is Star Wars Day. On one hand, this means hearing May the Fourth be with you for the umpteenth time, until you're sick of Luke, Leia, and all their Jedi associates. However, this isn't merely a day for awful puns - the long-awaited SPACEPLAN [$2.99] has suitably released this morning for $2.99 on the App Store. Following the incredible 40-minute reveal trailer that was released last week, there has been much expectation on what this latest game from prolific publishers Devolver Digital actually was, and if it would live up to their previous work. Thankfully, early impressions on our forum thread have stated that SPACEPLAN is more than just a run-of-the-mill clicker, but a deep and compelling time-suck that has to be experienced...




Team17 is on a roll with bringing their desktop and console published titles over to mobile, with Mouldy Toof's The Escapists [$3.99] arriving early last month and Self Made Miracle's awesome arena platformer Penarium [$1.99] surprise launching this morning. Penarium is actually the name of the twisted circus where the game takes place, and you'll play as Willy hopping from platform to platform trying to avoid an increasingly deadly barrage of hazards and traps as you try to collect as many barrels and coins as possible. Every fifth barrel you collect a new set of hazards will appear, and you'll continue on until you've completed a certain objective to finish a level or for as long as possible in the endless modes. Coins collected go towards picking up special cards which give you different abilities during the campaign levels...

Folks in the forums (and front page comments) have been endlessly asking where the heck the new Robot Unicorn Attack 3 [Free] is, having soft launched quite a while ago. Well, we got our answer moments ago this morning: It's on the App Store right now, you can (and should) go download it. It's easily the definitive version of Robot Unicorn Attack, as while the gameplay has largely remained the same, everything gets even more delightfully ridiculous when the game is rendered in full 3D...

Clockwork Pixels first hit on our radar all the way back in 2012 when they ported their excellent matching/cat-collecting game Kitten Sanctuary over from desktop to mobile, and while they did release a handful of titles not long after that, we hadn't heard anything from them in several years. That changed this past Friday when Clockwork Pixels unexpectedly released a new platformer called Citadel 1986 [$0.99 / Free] to the App Store. After cutting his development teeth on the Commodore 64 back in the day, Clockwork Pixels wanted to create an homage to the platformers of that system, specifically Son of Blagger on C64. As such Citadel 1986 is a very straightforward platforming game that will text your dexterity with running and jumping as you explore 37 levels that are grouped together as part of one giant scrolling map, kind of like a Metroidvania. Check out the trailer...

Just over a month ago, Jam City announced that they had once again partnered up with FoxNext Games to bring another Family Guy game to mobile following 2014's immensely popular Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff [Free]. After a brief soft launch period that game, appropriately titled Family Guy - Another Freakin' Mobile Game [Free], is now available worldwide. Rather than city building, this time you'll be making matches as Peter serves Quahog's residents mix drinks from his mobile booze truck. ..

Early last month we posted about a newly soft-launched game called NASCAR Heat Mobile [Free] from developer 704 Games, and over the weekend that game has now gone live worldwide. You may know 704 Games under their previous name Dusenberry Martin Racing, who acquired the NASCAR license in January 2015 in order to develop NASCAR games exclusively. They teamed up with Monster Games, developers of the original NASCAR Heat series of the early 2000s, to create NASCAR Heat Evolution for consoles and PCs, which released in September of last year to poor reviews. NASCAR Heat Mobile is a collaboration between 704 and long-time handheld racing game makers Firebrand Games...

Indie developer Jesse Makkonen released his psychological horror game DISTRAINT on Steam back in August of 2015, and the game was critically acclaimed and has developed quite a loyal following, even prompting the announcement of a sequel. In November of last year, he adapted the game for mobile and released it on Android where it was similarly acclaimed and garnered more than three quarters of a million downloads. Not bad! This week, the mobile version has also arrived on iOS as DISTRAINT: Pocket Pixel Horror [$0.99] and you can get a very brief glimpse of what it's like in the release trailer for the Steam version below...

'Vignettes' Is Another Great Game to Play on 4/20

April 20th, 2017 11:30 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Release
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We've been following the development of Vignettes [$2.99] ever since we saw it at GDC, and now that it's finally available, I can't wait to see what people think of it. The basic gist of the whole thing is you're rotating an object in 3D space to find another hidden object inside of that object. For instance, check out how this lamp turns into a fan once you find the correct angle:..

As spotted by eagle-eyed forum member currymutton this morning, Terra Mystica [$9.99] is now available for download. Terra Mystica is one of those board games I've heard quite a bit about (as it has won a silly amount of awards), but never really got a chance to play as getting friends together to play board games is pretty challenging once everyone starts getting married and having kids. Thankfully, these digital ports are fantastic for solving that problem, as thanks to a full-featured online mode, I can now play Terra Mystica with all my buds...

Noodlecake Games has a surprise release for y'all. They've teamed up with Glitchnap to release Invert [$2.99] onto iOS and Android, after demoing it for us at GDC. This is a tricky puzzler where you have to solve puzzles by inverting tiles on the board in order to make them all one color. You tap on an outside part of the board, and that inverts all tiles on that line. Thus, the goal becomes to make the right moves in order to make this perfect match, and to do so in as few moves as possible...

Back in early March, we told you that HeroCraft was looking for beta testers for the mobile port of their hit Steam game Tempest: Pirate Action RPG, which as you might guess is a pirate-themed action RPG. About a month later, we learned that the game was just about finished and was scheduled to launch on April 18th. Today I woke up and looked at the calendar, and noticed that the date is April 18th. You see where this is going? Yes, as of this morning Tempest: Pirate Action RPG [$6.99] is now available on the App Store and if you've missed our previous coverage you can see it in action in the following trailer...

Telltale's latest licensed series has just hit the App Store. Guardians of the Galaxy [$4.99] episode 1 is now available on the App Store. Based on the comic series that turned into yet another inexplicable hit movie for Marvel (seriously, DC can't make a good movie to save their lives, and Marvel made a movie with Rocket Raccoon). If you're tired of waiting for Thanos to be a big player in the MCU, well, this is for you: the eponymous galaxy-guardians are off to face down Thanos himself. In episode 1? That must mean some big things are going down for Star-Lord and the gang.....

Ketchapp's Ballz [Free] is the number one free game on the App Store, and for good reason: it's a clever take on the brick breaker. But it's a rather spartan visual experience. What if it was cute, instead? That's what Mighty Games has delivered with Charming Runes [Free], their take on Ballz but with cute characters from Charming Keep [Free]. Charming Keep was called that because it was about Princes Charming, but also because it was the most sickeningly adorable idle game made yet. Charming Runes uses the same core concept as Ballz. That is, it's a combination of Breakout and Puzzle Bobble, where you launch a ball from the bottom, and have it bounce around to break the bricks that descend with each turn, each block requiring a certain number of hits to be destroyed, with additional balls to be picked up to make each shot have more balls behind it...

I'm not too sure what it is about Thumb Drift [Free], but it tends to be one of the surefire titles I will gravitate to when I have minutes to kill on the tube, or while I'm waiting for a bus. Its accessibility combined with its subtle challenge and the compulsive need to keep on improving on high scores means it's the perfect title for short bursts, and despite numerous attempts nothing new has satiated that arcade drifting itch since the game first launched early last year. However Pixel Drifters [Free] - which has today launched for free on the App Store - is looking like a strong contender for Thumb Drift's lofty throne. An interesting pseudo-open world approach combined with beautiful pixel graphics and a hilarious sense of humor means Appsolute Games could be onto a winner here, which has only been supported by some excellent initial feedback on our forum thread...

I guess it's a mobile fighting game kind of day, as not only did we post about the Skullgirls soft launch but another similar game has now exited its own soft launch period and is now available worldwide. That game is Kabam's Transformers: Forged to Fight [Free], and if you've played their previous Marvel: Contest of Champions [Free] then you should have a pretty good idea of what you're in store for. Not that this is just a straight reskin mind you, as Forged to Fight actually has a few significant tweaks to the formula that worked so well in Contest of Champions. The most major changes include the ability to launch projectile weapons, a staple of fighting games for decades, as well as the ability to sidestep your opponent's attacks, essentially adding a third dimensional element to the mostly two diminsional side-view fighting. ..

Saturday to Monday is normally the quietest period for App Store releases - the ridiculous March Indie Week aside, the majority of developers tend to save their releases for later in the week when more potential players, and most importantly Apple, are most alert to new game launches. That being said, it's always great to wake up at the beginning of the week to a big new release; Quantum Revenge [$1.99], which launched on Sunday, has certainly kicked off April to a solid start for iOS gaming. The manga-inspired twin stick shooter that we first wrote about back in January features intense, chaotic and explosive mech battles with some stunning futuristic graphics, and is finally available now on the App Store for a launch price of only $2.99...

Back in November of last year, we brought you news of Cover Fire [Free], a particularly interesting on rails shooter that incorporated 3D Touch controls to distinguish it from the abundance of similar titles on the App Store. While the 3D Touch feature, which debuted on iOS with 2015's iPhone 6S, was particularly convenient productivity-wise as it let you use various shortcuts for many of the App Store's staple apps, it hasn't had as big an impact on mobile gaming as it perhaps should have. With the capacity for variable inputs based on how hard you touch the iPhone's touch screen, there is a lot of potential in 3D Touch as a future pillar of iOS applications. Cover Fire's use of gently tapping to aim and pressing hard to shoot is therefore extremely refreshing to see, and for this reason alone is worth trying out now it has today finally launched worldwide on the App Store for free...

This is a good week for baseball fans with so many baseball games releasing on mobile, so this has been a good week for me, one J. Carter Dotson. The latest edition of MLB Manager, the mobile baseball simulator series from baseball simulator experts OOTP Developments is now available, MLB Manager 2017 [$4.99]. The biggest new feature is the new interface. It's mostly a visual overhaul, and if you've played the Manager games before, you'll know how it feels. Yet, it feels just a bit nicer to use, the interactions are quicker, things are ordered in a way that makes sense. There's still some oddities, like tapping on a name to switch a pitcher, but you have to tap on the substitution icon for a pinch hitter. It still has that MLB Manager quirkiness, but the whole thing feels just that much more smooth and a little more streamlined, and over the dozens of hours this game is designed to encompass for players, that's a great feeling...

We heard about it late last year and the tables have already been in Zen Pinball [Free] for a while, but Bethesda Pinball [Free] has finally hit the App Store in its own unique app container. While it isn't quite the Skyrim or Fallout we've been hoping for, it's still really cool to see these huge Bethesda IP's coming to mobile in new and exciting (although, admittedly repackaged) ways. I've been hoping that Fallout Shelter's [Free] success would lead to Bethesda doing more on the App Store, and whether it's coincidence or not, we've both got this pinball game and The Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free] under our belts now...

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