Category Archives: Release

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 [$0.99] 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...

‘Final Fantasy: Record Keeper’ Hits the US App Store

Well folks, after an acclaimed review, a behind-the-scenes interview with its producers, and a thorough exploration on the longevity of the game, Final Fantasy: Record Keeper is finally (pun intended) available on the US App Store...

Those sneaky Angry Birds, they almost slipped this one by us. Early yesterday morning, Rovio unleashed Angry Birds Stella POP! [Free] onto the world at large after a soft-launch period which began in late January. Angry Birds Stella POP! is a bubble shooter not totally unlike Bust-a-Move/Puzzle Bobble, but probably more closely aligned with something like King's Bubble Witch 2 Saga [Free]. It utilizes the characters and settings of the latest Angry Birds spinoff series, Angry Birds Stella [Free]. ..

We already had a bunch of new iOS games hit earlier today, but the party is not over. Three more highly-anticipated titles have dropped a bit later than the other guys tonight. Fashionably late if you will. Sid Meier's Starships is the latest from the legendary strategy game designer, Five Nights at Freddy's 3 is the latest in the animatronic horror game genre, and Sick Bricks is like Skylanders but with little Lego-like people that you can swap around and create different combinations to beam into your game using the iOS device camera. Yep, it's a total future toy. ..

Square Enix and developer Mediatonic announced Heavenstrike Rivals [Free] a few months ago, putting the game in soft launch. Well, that has ended and the game is at last available worldwide starting today, just ahead of the busy Thursday launch period for most of the world. This game from the prolific RPG publisher and the developer known for the remake of Hatoful Boyfriend is a hybrid between a strategy game and a trading card game, as you send characters into battle on an 8x3 grid, trying to defeat your opponent's own cast of heroes...

Another Thursday straggler that didn't quite hit at midnight? AG Drive [$3.99] from ZORG Entertainment, a futuristic racer, is now out worldwide. If you enjoy games like F-Zero, Wipeout, and the many futuristic racers that followed in their footsteps, this might just be up your alley, as you control a way-too-fast hover-car through dangerous, twisty courses at high speeds. There are no weapons here, so it's just about out-maneuvering and out-speeding your opponents. Or, at the very least, just staying alive to the finish line, as you have a health bar and three lives to deal with...

Another straggler from last night's releases has made its way out worldwide. DotEmu and SNK have collaborated to release another classic Neo-Geo fighting game on to iOS, this time bringing Garou: Mark of the Wolves [$0.99] on the go. The really exciting feature here is the inclusion of Game Center online multiplayer for the first time in one of these DotEmu ports. Implementing online multiplayer in an emulated game is far from impossible - GGPO started out as an emulation tool for just this, and turned into a key game development tool for those who make fighting games with online play. However, this is one of the first emulated games to have online multiplayer on iOS. The player base is a bit limited at launch, so our forum thread might be a good spot to hit up some matches...

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