Category Archives: Release

Over the past few years, developer Shelly Alon has released two quirky and enjoyable puzzle games for iOS in 2014's Partyrs [$1.99] and 2015's Sputnik Eyes [$1.99]. So when we learned earlier this week that his next game would be a vertical shoot 'em up, a genre that's notorious for the type of frantic action not seen in Alon's previous puzzle games, I wasn't quite sure how it would turn out. This new game is called Glitchskier [$1.99] and now that it's finally available I can answer my own sense of curiosity: It turned out brilliantly!..

Just barely slipping past our normal weekly list of new releases was Grimnir and Snow Cannon Games moody new point-and-click adventure game The Frostrune [$4.99]. The game is heavily inspired by Viking legends and ancient Norse culture, and the gorgeous artwork does an amazing job of creating creepy and unsettling environments for you to explore and puzzle around in. We've covered the game several times over the course of the past year or so, and have really fallen in love with the tremendous atmosphere the game is able to create. Check out the newest trailer for The Frostrune to see a glimpse of the mood in the game...




The rollout of Fire Emblem: Heroes has begun. As of about 1:45AM CST, the game is starting to show up around the world in a number of countries, including Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and several European countries. If you don't have the game in your territory yet (notably North America) then hold on – it looks like the game is quickly propagating worldwide rather than just being available all at once. The Japanese version is the same as the English version on the iTunes store, so just mash this Fire Emblem Heroes iTunes link until it works. We'll update when the app is available worldwide, especially in the US and Canada. Note that there seems to be a similar situation going on with the Android version with a staggered rollout...

In late October of last year we posted about the then-upcoming sequel to the 2013 platformer Snailboy: An Epic Adventure called Snailboy: Rise of Hermitron [Free]. The game featured some really fantastic visuals and some really interesting snail-based mechanics like slinging yourself around like a rubber band, sticking to walls, and shooting fireballs. Ok, maybe that last one isn't exclusive to snail behavior. Anyway, the game was looking great and about a month and a half after that initial announcement Snailboy: Rise of Hermitron soft-launched in select territories. Well, the wait is finally over as this morning Snailboy: Rise of Hermitron has officially launched worldwide...

Ever since we first heard about Prevail [$4.99] all the way back in September 2011, the mobile community has been eagerly anticipating Johnny Two Shoes's open world exploration epic, with the thread in our Upcoming Games forum attracting a total of 601 replies and almost 129,000 views (as of publication). Since that fateful month over five years ago, we've seen Prevail brought back from purgatory in 2015, and an optimistic declaration that the game was finished back in January - but no news since as to when the title would land on the App Store. It's therefore baffling, but wholly unsurprising owing to its turbulent and secretive development period, that out of nowhere in the early hours of this morning, Prevail has finally launched on the App Store for $4.99...

January 26th should be remembered as a monumental day for games about phones. Japanese developer Yuta Yamamoto released Strange Telephone [$3.99], an odd adventure game featuring, well, a strange telephone. You play as Jill, and with the Graham, the eponymous phone, you explore a strange world, and discover the multiple endings ahead of you. The production values and concept seem really intriguing, and a bit unique compared to other point and click games. This one's available on mobile now:..

Way back in June of 2015, Suminell Studios announced their throwback horizontal shoot 'em up Z-Exemplar. They used the classic 8-bit gaming computer ZX Spectrum as their inspiration for how the game should look and play, and appeared to be nailing the authenticity to an incredible degree. Updates on the game's progress were fairly frequent through the rest of 2015, but then things went oddly silent until this past August when the developers posted an update saying they had been quietly toiling away on the game and that it was finally feature complete. The game finally launched on Steam in November, and then on Android about a week ago, and at long last Z-Exemplar [$3.99] has also arrived on iOS as of this morning. Here's a look at the launch trailer from the Steam release...

Announced this past November, and slightly delayed last month, the iOS port of award-winning murder mystery board game Mysterium [$2.99] is now available in the App Store. Mysterium is a cooperative board game that has one player playing the ghost of a murder victim who uses various types of cards to give clues to the other players–who are paranormal psychics by the way–as to who, where, and how they were murdered. It's up to those other players to use those clues to ultimately solve the mystery of the murder...

10tons have had an impressive run on the App Store as of late, with their mobile adaption of the excellent dual stick shooter and roguelike amalgamation Neon Chrome [$9.99] receiving a hat-trick of accolades, with a glowing five star review, a Game of the Week award, and featuring in our 100 Best Mobile Games list. Xenoraid [Free] is looking to continue this trend - having launched previously on consoles back in October to critical acclaim, 10tons' interesting approach of merging old and new elements of the typical vertical shoot-em-up title resulted in a truly unique take on a relatively tired genre. Having just avoided the typical Wednesday evening rush of releases, Xenoraid has finally launched on the App Store today for free (with a discounted $4.99 in-app purchase to unlock the full game), so be sure to give 10tons newest release a try if you want some thrilling shooter action to liven up your Thursday...

This past November Netmarble opened up pre-registration for a new PvP game set in the Star Wars universe, and following a fairly brief soft-launch period that game, Star Wars: Force Arena [Free], is now available in the App Store. In the game you'll control a main hero from either the Rebellion or the Imperial side, and then develop and use a deck of cards that will spawn your troops. The action plays out on a MOBA-style battlefield, but the actual mechanics are much closer to something like Clash Royale. It definitely seems to find that sweet spot of quick and accessible action that suits mobile so well. ..

'The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth' is Now Available on the App Store

It's here at last! The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth [$14.99] is out now on iOS, at a price of $14.99. One of the most popular roguelike dual-stick shooter series in gaming, the mobile version of this has been hotly anticipated, with estimated release dates being pushed back. However, on the evening of January 10th in the US, the release of the game was given a surprise drop as announced by Tyrone Rodriguez of Nicalis, the game's publisher:..

Earlier this week we showed you the first teaser trailer for the new game from Fixpoint Productions, creators of some great games that start with the letter P including Piloteer [$2.99], Pivvot [$2.99], and Polymer [$2.99 / Free]. Well, it lagged a bit behind our normal weekly new games post, but that game, called Remedy Rush [Free], is now officially available in the App Store. And it most definitely does not start with a P! Remedy Rush has you playing as an actual remedy fending off a sickness, and you do this by navigating a variety of strange objects through an endless maze-like level killing germs and destroying toxins by collecting health bursts along the way. If you aren't quick about it though, the sickness will consume you!..

In 2016, the first week of the year saw Clash Royale [Free] hit mobile in soft launch, setting the pace for what the rest of the year would bring. 2017 has seen yet another landmark release that has caused a seismic shift in the mobile gaming landscape. That game...is Vape Master [Free]...

'Mega Man 1-6' Now Available on iOS and Android

[UPDATE: It only took mere moments of playing one of these ports to see that they are shockingly bad, so even though we'll have an official review coming soon we wanted to give people this extra head's up to avoid these at all costs.] Mega Man is one of the most difficult game series even with a physical controller, and as we've seen a couple of different times over the years the experience doesn't translate super well to the touchscreen. Well, Capcom Mobile is taking another stab at it as they announced last month that the six 8-bit Mega Man games would be hitting mobile, and as of just a few moments ago they've arrived in the iOS App Store as well as on Android's Google Play Store. These ports have been adjusted for mobile play, but I'll have to actually dive into these before we really know what that's supposed to mean. One thing I do know though is that the trailers don't give me a lot of confidence in these ports, as the frame rates look pretty poor. ..

2017's starting off with a jump scare! Scott Cawthon has just released Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location [$2.99] for iOS. Taking place at Circus Baby's Pizza World, you'll be trying to survive more creepy toys that have come to life and are trying to murder you, and at best case, scare you with the series' patented brand of horror...

The iTunes freeze ain't what it cracked up to be any more. Klei Entertainment, here on Boxing Day 2016, has just released Don't Starve: Shipwrecked [$4.99] for iOS. This isn't a sequel, more of a standalone expansion to Don't Starve [$4.99]. Shipwrecked puts protagonist Wilson on a tropical archipelago. I'm not sure why he would get on a boat crossing the ocean after being stuck in the woods, worrying about starving to death, but apparently Wilson is a risk-taker. The new tropical environment will force you as the player to adopt some new strategies as you have new threats to fear, new tropical seasons that change the game, and new recipes to figure out. You can build a boat to explore more of the world, too...

Last year Nitrome released a very silly and clever puzzler called Silly Sausage in Meat Land [Free] where your goal was to stretch a freakishly flexible dog from point to point all while strategically avoiding various types of hazards on your way to each checkpoint. It was a lot of fun, and we really enjoyed Silly Sausage in Meat Land in our review. Well, the stretchy dog shenanigans were far from over as in September Nitrome announced a sequel, and as of this morning Silly Sausage: Doggy Dessert [Free] is now available. Expect more crazy puzzling as in the first game, but with a truckload more sugary sweets. That's desserts, not deserts, for those keeping score at home...

Just last week those sneaky folks at Noodlecake decided to squeeze one final release in before 2016 closes out when they announced that they'd be publishing a clever new puzzle platformer from Mantisbite Games and releasing it this week just before the iTunes freeze. Well, it slipped past the normal weekly roundup but that game Island Delta [$2.99] is finally now available. Island Delta sees you using a gravity gun not unlike the famous version from Half-Life 2 as you pick up objects, toss them about, and generally use your unique ability to solve various puzzles and work your way through an evil villain's vast facilities...

At last, the third (full) season of the game that put Telltale on the map, The Walking Dead, is on iOS. The first two episodes of The Walking Dead: A New Frontier [$4.99] are now available on iOS. Note that while the first two episodes are out in the app, the purchase only includes the first episode – you have to pay to get the second one. It's your typical Telltale setup: you can buy each episode individually or buy the Season Pass to get each episode as they come out. Thankfully, unlike Telltale's Batman [$4.99] series, the episodes are timed right alongside other platforms. Though, Android players as of publication will have to wait a bit longer as the Google Play version has yet to show up...

For the past year and a half or so, Lucas Wilde has been constructing what he hoped would be the ultimate first-person shooter for mobile devices, and after soft-launching on Android quite some time ago and again on iOS just last month, Bullet Force [Free] is now officially available. The first-person shooter on touchscreens has been a tough nut to crack. Many have tried and failed, and a few have been pretty darn good, but there hasn't been one that truly captures the fun of shooters AND plays well on a touchscreen since, in my opinion, Ngmoco's Eliminate Pro way back in 2009. Lord how I miss that game. Anyway, after the iOS soft launch of Bullet Force last month I took the plunge, and for the first time since those days back in 2009 and 2010, I got that same feeling of fun from playing a first-person shooter on my phone. ..

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