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GSN Games has just launched a new gaming service focused on winning real money on iOS, called Sparcade [Free]. The company has enlisted Greg Canessa, whose name you may not know but whose work you do, as he's the creator of Xbox Live Arcade, and has done high-ranking work on Battle.net, along with work at PopCap and Activision. He's been around, he's worked on some major stuff, and now he's helping to bring Sparcade to mobile. The app expands on GSN Games' real-money games efforts that have been in place online for a long time, just bringing them in a mobile-friendly format. The app has launched with 5 different games, and has expanded to the US App Store today...

It seems like Dan the Man [Free] has forever been in soft launch, teasing gamers from outside the lucky few regions that received the game early with its awesome platformer beat-em-up hybrid gameplay. In truth, it's only been a little under two months - but ever since having watched the fantastic eponymous cartoon series and the hands-on footage from GDC in March, I've been dying to get my hands on Halfbrick's newest game. Thankfully, the wait is now over - Dan the Man has launched worldwide on the App Store, and considering both Halfbrick's incredible track record and the game's low price of zero dollars, I'd definitely recommend booting the game up, and subsequently booting the eclectic cast of enemies where it hurts...




The week of October 6th, 2016, is shaping up to be one of the best release weeks on the App Store in a long while, and some surprise releases are part of the equation. Klei Entertainment, makers of Don't Starve [$4.99], have released Invisible, Inc. [$4.99 (HD)] onto the App Store as an iPad exclusive. This is an isometric turn-based strategy game where you'll use stealth as part of your various missions, trying to get a leg up on difficult infiltrations that will test you. ..

Numinous Games has just launched That Dragon, Cancer [$4.99] for iOS. This game, which was inspired by the ordeal with cancer that Numinous' Ryan Green's son Joel went through, and the challenges to the parents and serve as a memorial to him. The game started development while Joel was diagnosed with terminal cancer, though he sadly passed away in March 2014 while the game was still in development, which caused the game to undertake a change in its direction. As such, it's intended to be an interactive, autobiographical, narrative-driven experience that deals with a difficult topic few if any other games have touched on...

When I woke up this morning, I was greeted with an extremely unusual - for an early October day in London, at least - beautiful sunny day. Does this mean I'm going to go outside and enjoy this surprisingly positive turn of fortune in regards to the weather? Of course not, because it's not any old Monday - it's Bullet Hell Monday. Fittingly, Masayuki Ito, the developer of shoot-em-up App Store classic .Decluster Zero - Bullet Nocturne [$4.99], has today released his newest game Bullet Hell Monday [Free] which, while a major graphical step away from his past titles, looks to possess the same exhilarating shooter action which resulted in .Decluster Zero receiving a well deserved five star rating in our review last year...

When I first heard about Burly Men at Sea [$4.99], the newest 'folktale adventure' from developers Brain&Brain, I envisioned a rugged and realistic tale with some ultra-realistic beard physics. While graphically I may have been off the mark a little - Burly Men at Sea has a similar minimalistic style similar to Doggins [$2.99], the developer's last release - the game is otherwise true to its name. Burly Men at Sea entails three bulky fisherman, all of which are named and defined by their impressive facial hair, who have decided to leave their monotonous lives behind to seek an adventure in twentieth century Scandinavian waters. We've been following Burly Men at Sea ever since we first caught wind of it back in August 2015, and after a year that has involved volunteering on farms for resources to continue making the game, and funding from the Indie Fund, the game has today finally launched on the App Store, and its beautiful presentation means it is certainly one that fans of narrative-driven adventure titles should keep their eye on...

In January of 2014 Stoic Studios launched their tactical RPG Banner Saga [$4.99] on PC to much critical acclaim. In October of that year, just shy of two years ago, they launched Banner Saga on the App Store, and it turned out to be a fantastic fit for the mobile platform. The following December, Stoic officially announced what many people had already assumed was coming, a full sequel, and also mentioned their plans to eventually bring that sequel to mobile platforms as they did with the first game. Well, after another well-received launch on desktop this past April and on consoles in July, Banner Saga 2 [$4.99] has finally popped up for purchase in the App Store...

Just over a month ago, we told you about Zip Zap [$1.99], an upcoming puzzler from Phillip Stollenmayer and his studio Kamibox, maker of the brilliant existential crisis platformer Sometimes You Die [$1.99] as well as clever puzzlers like Okay? [Free] and Squaredance [Free]. Oh, and I can't forget about my favorite silly time wasters like Pancake - The Game [Free] and 1 Meter [Free]. Zip Zap looked to fall into that "clever puzzler" category, as it has you manipulating various Erector Set-like pieces that are joined with hinges in an effort to scoot, hop, or swing them over to an end goal. The whole thing makes a lot more sense if you watch the trailer for Zip Zap...

PikPok have seemingly been around forever in the iOS gaming scene, and have released a number of App Store classics, many of which remain on my phone to this day. While there have been numerous memorable collaborations with Adult Swim such as the excellent Monsters Ate My Metropolis [Free], it's probably Flick Kick Football [$1.99] that has take up the most of my time, as the arcade soccer mechanics merged with what were (at the time) innovative touch screen controls proved to be a natural mix. However, PikPok's newest game is nothing like either of these titles; Shadow Wars [Free], which has today launched worldwide, takes a far more serious take on the Puzzle-RPG genre, and tasks you with battling demonic creatures around the globe, through color-matching gameplay that necessitates well thought out moves and strategic planning...

Degica, English publisher of the popular RPG Maker series, has brought a mobile variant of the popular game-making software to mobile. RPG Creator [Free] is now available in English. While the game isn't quite as extensive as the desktop RPG Maker software, this will let you create your own RPGs on the go, from your phone! You can upload your own assets (or use default ones), create events, edit an extensive database, and share your creations. Plus, you can play games created by others and upload them to the web. Neat!..

'One More Bounce' from SMG Studio Now Available

September 22nd, 2016 9:54 PM EST by Carter Dotson in News, Release
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SMG's popular One More series continues with the fourth game they've put out, One More Bounce [Free], which has just released worldwide on the App Store. This one has been in the works for a while, with a demo seen at GDC 2015. Now, a while later and after the published title One More Jump [Free], SMG has finally unleashed this onto the world...

The sirens are blaring, the news reports are shouting, and one thing is very apparent to you: The nuclear apocalypse is coming, and coming quick. In one minute to be exact. In 60 Seconds! Atomic Adventure [$3.99], which just launched on iOS after arriving on desktop in May of last year, you have one minute to scavenge your house for supplies and to grab members of your family (the ones who you want to survive, anyway) and then drop down into your bomb shelter to tough out this nuclear apocalypse for as long as possible. ..

After a bit of a delay, the first episode of Batman: The Telltale Series [$4.99] is now available on iOS. The game was delayed on mobile after releasing on console and PC, and there was no word just exactly when the game would finally release on mobile. With episode 2 actually out this week, it seemed odd that the mobile version still hadn't hit, but surprise! The first episode is out now, though the Android version hasn't shown up yet, and the second episode is "coming soon."..

Donut is most well-known for making simple, mobile-friendly arcade-style games, but they went out of their own wheelhouse back in July of 2014 when they released the adventure platformer Traps n' Gemstones [$4.99], and they totally nailed it. It turns out that Donut was quite suited for more meaty experiences, but Traps n' Gemstones was more than two years ago, and in the time since then Donut went back to their usual (but still fantastic!) simpler fare. Well, it was just last week that we were first teased with images from a then-unnamed upcoming platformer from Donut Games, and only a couple days after that we got the first trailer as well as an official name for that game: Vulture Island. Donut was being a bit vague about the release date, simply saying it was "coming soon," but much to my own and I'm sure many others' pleasure Vulture Island [$4.99] has suddenly appeared in the App Store as of just a few moments ago...

SMG Brings 'Thumb Drift GT-V' to Apple TV

September 19th, 2016 8:00 AM EST by Carter Dotson in News, Release
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SMG Studio has released Thumb Drift [Free] for Apple TV as Thumb Drift GT-V. If you're a fan of Thumb Drift, but have wanted to play on your TV while at home, this is the version for you. By default, you control with the Siri Remote turned horizontal, but can also play with swipe controls on the remote's touchpad. If you have a controller, I highly recommend that, as it feels great playing with an analog joystick...

Noodlecake Games and No Monkeys (of Mmm Fingers [Free] fame) have released their new one-touch high score chaser, Fired Up [Free] onto the App Store. You'll play as a firefighter trying to put out fires and save people by using a fire hose that propels him way up in the air, getting points for each floor that you reach, and points for saving poeple in fires. But no points for just putting out fires. Those you just have to put out in order to keep yourself alive. The good news is that the game provides handy markers to show when you've passed other people on the way up, so you can not only put out fires, but get satisfaction at knowing you did better than someone else at firefighting. And isn't that what firefighting is all about?..

If you're looking for games to download to try to push your new iPhone (or hell, even your old iPhone) to the limit, the keynote presentation would lead us to believe that Oz: Broken Kingdom [Free] is going to be one good way to do that- Apparently offering more monkeys on screen than any other 3D game on the App Store along with many more visual goodies...

Here's an interesting release: 505 Games and N-Fusion (known for Deus Ex: The Fall [$4.99] and 1979 Revolution: Black Friday [$4.99]) have released Ember [$9.99] for iOS today. Described as an homage to classic RPGs, you'll engage in party-based, real-time combat (though with what are described as "tactical pauses.") Over 70 quests, several dozen skills, crafting, and various environments are here for you to check out in what the developers promise is a 30-plus hour experience:..

With the Apple Watch Series 2 and watchOS 3 rolling out, that means it's time for a whole new batch of smartwatch games. Everywear, a smartwatch-focused game studio, has just released Field Day [Free], what they're calling the tiniest farming game. Field Day lets you run your own farm, complete with crops, chickens, and cows, all from your wrist. The game uses small three-unit wide grids in order to fit on the tiny Apple Watch screen, with crops rendered as large visuals in order to try and show them off well...

With the fall 2016 TV season about to kick off, it would make perfect sense for the previously-announced and soft launched Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards [Free] to launch, and that's exactly what has happened. The game is a CCG that features characters from Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, Futurama, American Dad, and King of the Hill. Only two of those shows are actually still airing on Fox, but they've all got that Fox connection, so I guess a game linking them all together makes sense. I mean, I could see Bob from Bob's Burgers getting sunk deep into a CCG like this...

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