Category Archives: Release

BulkyPix and Tasty Pill's Mars Mountain [Free], a pixel art and Martian take on Down the Mountain [Free], is out now. This is a ridiculously brutal high score chaser, as you try to descend down the eponymous mountain, dodging all sorts of Martian hazards. UFOs, fireball-shooting plants, spike traps...I hope our poor little rover is okay up there, Mars seems like a dangerous place.....

Fans of radial shooters and vector graphics will want to check out Vectradius [$0.99] which is now available. The game has you controlling a ship shooting toward the inside part of a circle, taking out enemies that start to appear in your circle. Thankfully, them hitting your circle isn't a death sentence for you at all, they just harmlessly fly away. You just have to make sure to not get hit by any enemies, killing them for points. You tilt to control your ship, and can spin it around for 360 degree control, tapping to fire and two-finger tapping for bombs. In practically every way, this has a lot of similarities with Super Arc Light [Free] and yet takes pretty much every design decision in the opposite direction...




There's no denying that the surfer culture is an extremely laid back one, so it's sort of apropos that Diverso Games' latest title Go Surf [$1.99] shuffled onto the App Store just a wee bit later than all of yesterday's new releases. Hey, it's cool bro! We're all a little late sometimes. If you aren't aware of Go Surf from our previous coverage, it's a super-stylish one-tap endless surfing game that does a wonderful job at capturing the beach lifestyle. Check out the trailer...

If you enjoy shadow-y games inspired by Limbo [$4.99] and Badland [$2.99], today is your lucky day. A pretty cool double feature of shadowy games has just hit the App Store. First up is Green Game TimeSwapper [$2.99], the sequel to Red Game Without a Great Name [$2.99] by iFun4All. The game has you manipulating a mechanical flying bird, this time by controlling the point in time that it's in as it's flying about, with different points in time activating and deactivating different traps. It makes sense as you play it. I streamed a prerelease version of the game on Mobcrush a while back, I recommend watching that to a get a bit of the gist of the game...

We've been following the progress of Extreme Gear ever since spotting it for the first time back in late January, but today is the day that Zero Games' Extreme Gear: Demolition Arena [Free] has finally arrived in the App Store. If you haven't been following along, Extreme Gear is pretty much an homage to old-school Destruction Derby from the PS1 days, something I've been hoping for on iOS for a long time. I've spent a good chunk of my day with Extreme Gear, and while it's certainly rough around the edges and has plenty of room for improvement, the bottom line is that smashing into other cars is fun, and Extreme Gear does a great job at letting you do just that. ..

Level 5's Yo-Kai Watch series has been rapidly expanding, with a TV cartoon, several 3DS games, and now a mobile game of its very own, available in the US, Canada, and Australia: Yo-Kai Watch: Wibble Wobble [Free]. This game has you swiping to connect various Yo-kai creatures in an even cuter form called Wib Wob. As you connect them, you pop them to start doing damage to your opponent that you're battling, with a bigger Wib Wob doing more damage to the enemy Yo-kai. You can also collect those Yo-kai, with over 200 to ultimately add to your collection...

Good news, baseball fans: if you enjoy the field and team management side of baseball and want to play through endless seasons managing your franchise to victory, then you'll be glad to know MLB Manager 2016 [$4.99] is out right now. This is the latest edition in the mobile version of the long-running Out of the Park franchise of baseball simulators on PC. Last year's edition finally added in the official MLB license for real team names and logos, instead of just having real players as in previous years. ..

Independent developer TouchMint has come out with a really clever companion app to Clash Royale [Free] that will help you figure out when your long-awaited magical and giant chests are bound to hit. Chest Tracker for Clash Royale [Free] is pretty much what it says on the tin: it tells you, based on which chest you received most recently, which chest you're bound to get next. See, the chests work on a rotation right now, where you get 1 gold chest for every 3 silver chests, with the rare magical and giant chest. This simple app allows you to see when in the rotation you'll get your next magical and giant chest...

It's Monday of GDC, which means you're going to hear a lot about games that are in the works in the future. But interestingly enough, this Monday is actually a notable release day for a few interesting indie games that have rolled out. Could be that they're trying to draw attention before GDC rolls out, or developers are trying to stand out from the Thursday releases, though even those have started popping up at weirder times. Many of the notable games have magic as a key theme, so I'm dubbing this Magical Monday. Anyway, here's a few of the interesting releases to check out today:..

Surprise releases are always the most fun, no? Retro City Rampage DX [$4.99] coming to iOS certainly qualifies, as there was no word that it was coming to iOS, development of the game seemed to cease after it released on PC (Windows AND MS-DOS), Mac, Linux, PS4, PS3, PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Xbox 360, unreleased versions for DS and PSP, and even prototypes for NES and Windows 3.1, with Shakedown Hawaii in the works as well. But no, an iOS version has suddenly appeared on the App Store:..

It's been taking the soft-launch world by storm, and although Supercell has been relatively quiet about its worldwide launch it appears that today is the day that Clash Royale [Free] is finally seeing a wide release. Just moments ago the game popped up in the US App Store, and although it's a bit impossible to check every region you should probably hop over and check if it's in your local App Store as well. ..

A couple of weeks back we posted a brand new trailer for Lost Socks: Naughty Brothers [$0.99], a game that was initially announced way back in December of 2013. After progress on the game went silent back then, everyone just kind of assumed the project was dead until that trailer surprised everybody by popping up earlier this month. Anyway, the response to that trailer was incredible, and it was easy to see why. Lost Socks boasted some fantastic animation and character design, and promised a hardcore platforming/runner hybrid that was not for the faint of heart. As an added bonus, the game was completley devoid of any IAP, timers, energy, or any other free to play nonsense. This was a gamer's game, people!..

Well, the long, strange trip of the latest Assassin's Creed mobile game finally comes to an end as Assassin's Creed Identity [$4.99] has just launched worldwide. The saga began when Identity soft-launched in select countries way back in September of 2014. The game was built around quick missions that felt conducive to mobile play but it was the first Assassin's Creed game on iOS to be built around the more traiditional open-world mechanics of the long-running console and PC game series. It was also a very free to play game with all the trappings that comes with, which just didn't jive well with the type of game that it was. ..

Riot's PC and Mac free to play MOBA League of Legends is one of the most, if not the most popular games in the world. Riot doesn't release statistics often, but when they do it's consistently mind-blowing just how many millions of people, from every corner of the world, are playing League of Legends every day. Hell, it's been my favorite game since their beta launched years ago, and one I've somehow spent thousands of dollars on since. (No regrets, skins = wins.) The one problem LoL has always had is it's by far the most fun when you're playing with a team of friends, but communicating with your in-game friends when you're not logged in has always been difficult- Particularly if you're the kind of person who doesn't like mixing your gaming friends with real-world contact information. Well, today Riot solved that problem once and for all with League Friends [Free], a companion app (which is also available on Google Play) that keeps you connected to League of Legends at all times...

Earlier this month we caught a glimpse of an awesome-looking upcoming platformer from Emergency Studios called Chel-Z [Free]. With colorful 8-bit style pixel art, similarly 8-bit chiptunes, one big 36 room map that you could explore and slowly gain access to Metroidvania style, and a robot with a human brain who can wield a grappling hook, it had us all pretty excited. Unfortunately, Apple's approval process took longer than expected and Chel-Z didn't make it by its intended February 11th release date. The good news is that it finally did make it through approval and Chel-Z just surprised-launched mere moments ago. ..

Quite a few people were looking forward to the release of Epic of Kings [$4.99] this week, but Wednesday came and went and there was no sign of the game. It was quickly revealed that they got caught up in Apple's approval process, but the developers mentioned that the game would be available as soon as possible. Well, it just popped up on the App Store moments ago, so if you've been waiting for the game, get ready to spend five bucks...

We've had our eye on the iPad port of Forbidden Desert since it was first announced back in November, and somehow the scheduled release of the game just barely slipped past our weekly Out Now post. However, we aren't ones to get all bent out of shape over a little tardiness, so we wanted to let you know that Forbidden Desert [$6.99 (HD)] for the iPad is now officially available. In this game you'll be working on an expedition team in the desert discovering and uncovering different parts of an ancient flying machine. Being the desert, you'll have to content with a lack of water and things like sand storms that can really interrupt your flow of discoveries. It's a cooperative game, so you'll actually be working with your teammates in an effort to recover the flying machine...

It's a pretty nice week for early releases with both Final Fantasy IX [$20.99] and Ys Chronicles 2 [$4.99] out in the wild and likely sucking up a large portion of everybody's time. However, if you're feeling overwhelmed with these big ol' RPGs and looking to cleanse your palate with something a bit more breezy, another really awesome new game just dropped ahead of the normal weekly releases. It's Happymagenta's Tomb of the Mask [Free], and the best way I could possibly describe it is it's as if Pac-Man [$4.99 / Free], Downwell [$2.99], and The Last Rocket [$1.99] all had a three-way lovechild (which is totally possible, haven't you seen The Brothers Solomon?)...

If you thought you'd be able to kick back and soak in some Final Fantasy IX [$20.99] since its surprise launch earlier today, I have some bad news. Or good news, depending on how much free time you actually have and/or how massive your backlog already is. The classic Ys action RPG series continues on iOS with Ys Chronicles 2 [$4.99], which just dropped mere moments ago from the fine folks at DotEmu...

Prolific mobile developer Nitrome announced back in September that they were going to be dipping their toes in the game publishing game. I say dip their toes because technically the first game they were set to publish, Ultimate Briefcase [Free], was created by outside developer Quite Fresh, but whose founder was also previously an artist for Nitrome. So Nitrome was branching out, but still somewhat keeping it in the family, so to speak. Anyhoo, Ultimate Briefcase somehow dodged our weekly Out Now post like it was some sort of bomb falling from the sky, but I'm here to let you know that it's officially available right this very moment...

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