Category Archives: Release

Ahoy Games has just released Tiny Bombers [Free] onto the App Store, and if you like Bomberman, this is worth checking out. Basically, the concept is Bomberman, where you have bombs on a grid where you can upgrade the number of bombs and how far the explosions reach, and you lay them down to blow up obstacles and enemies. You can chain together bomb explosions, but of course, you have to be careful with the timing such that you don't blow yourself up. Now, Tiny Bombers puts those basic mechanics into a Crossy Road [Free] style game, where the world is slowly crumbling behind you, and you have to advance ever forward...

Capcom announced early this month that they'd be bringing mobile ports of four of their classic arcade games to the App Store, and each week since then they've followed through with that promise. Things kicked off with the release of 1942 Mobile [$1.99] two weeks ago followed by Ghosts'n Goblins Mobile [$1.99] last week. This week the trend continues with Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando Mobile [$1.99], more widely known as simply Commando, which arrived in the App Store early this morning. ..




BrainGoodGames has just brought its single player competitive strategy game Militia [$3.99] to iOS, with both light world and dark world modes. The idea is the game should have depth but low complexity. You command several different units of different types on a battlefield, and your objective is to to use these units and their various quirks to defeat enemies, sometimes doing so in small numbers of turns. The simple pieces make Militia feel like a board game, but with a lot going on with the enemies you face...

Power Rangers are back, apparently. After a brief period in beta, Power Rangers: Legacy Wars [Free] has released worldwide, just a few days after the new movie premiered. Legacy Wars has you fighting against other players in real-time in arenas and locations from both the movie and the TV show. There are, of course, dozens of Power Rangers to unlock, including classic ones, as well as plenty of villains. The gameplay loop shouldn't surprise anyone used to playing these kinds of fighting games; you collect Rangers, use Zeo Shards to upgrade them, customize your team, fight, rinse and repeat...

I can think of plenty of times over the years that the excitement for the release of an iOS game has been palpable, and the wait for Death Road to Canada [$9.99] ranks right up there near the top. Ever since its initial announcement back in August of 2013, mobile gamers have been dying to take a road trip from Florida to Canada in the hopes of surviving and escaping the zombie apocalypse. Since then the game has actually launched on Steam and the reception there has been extremely positive from those who have played it. While it might have felt like mobile gamers were left out in the cold, the desktop launch of Death Road was actually a good thing as developers Rocketcat Games and Madgarden were able to squash a ton of initial bugs as well as add in tons of extra content, all of which has made it to the mobile release today. ..

It's not The Witness, but it is a puzzler by a talented indie developer. 1Button, known for games like Nekosan [Free], Mr Jump [Free], have created Trilogic [$1.99] as a followup to Bicolor [$1.99], their puzzler from 2014. Naturally, the big new element in this game? Instead of having two colors in a puzzle to contend with, now there are three different elements in a puzzle to play with. With a bit of Minesweeper influence, icons will show how many of that element you can drag from that spot into the board. The elements play a role, too: leaf drinks water, fire burns leaf, and water puts out fire. This order is key to solving the puzzles...

The final Apple indie game showcase is now available, and while you likely figured it out if you followed the game's forum thread, the secret has been revealed: Card Thief [$1.99] by Tinytouchtales and Mexer is now on the App Store. This is a followup to Card Crawl [$2.99], but instead of being a dungeon crawler, it's a stealth game. Your thief card must move about a 3x3 grid containing guards, torches, treasure, and other cards, with your ultimate goal being to escape with the treasure, and without being seen. Stealth points and lighting regulate the actions you can take, and how you can take out guards. They'll be looking in a particular direction, and actions you take can alert them, so you have to play wisely to amass coins and advance through the deck...

'TypeShift' by Zach Gage Now Available

March 18th, 2017 10:16 AM EDT by Carter Dotson in Games, News, Release, Word
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Zach Gage's newest word game, TypeShift [Free], is out now on the App Store. As the myriad teasers made clear, this a game about arranging letters to form words. In particular, you are given puzzles where you have to form words of a certain letter of numbers. Each letter's column has a particular set of letters, and your goal in the primary puzzles is to form enough words with these letters to mark them all off the board. There is a basse set of words used to form the puzzle, but there are alternate words to find as well. ..

Visiontrick Media has announced that it is releasing its "fourth-person puzzling-adventure" Pavilion [$3.99] on iOS and Mac on March 17th. Pavilion: Touch Edition will throw you into a world with no explanation or tutorials. You and the main character have to learn what's in the world and what the situation is for yourselves. Interaction with the environment and whatever elements pop up is key to discovering what is going on, and exploring the secrets of Pavilion...

Get on the Space Train with 'Cosmic Express'

March 16th, 2017 2:18 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Release
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Draknek, the developer behind A Good Snowman is Hard to Build [$4.99], and his team have just released their latest puzzler, Cosmic Express [$4.99], on the App Store. This is a game existing in a rather optimistic future where passenger trains exist...in space! The space citizens have to get from point A to point B, but you only have so much room for passengers. So your paths have to arranged intelligently, such that you can pick up and drop people off when you pass by. ..

Night School Studio has brought their adventure game Oxenfree [$4.99] to iOS in a surprise release. Taking place from the perspective of Alex, you go to anovernight party on Edwards Island, an old military island. Already, this sounds like a bad idea. The good news is that you wind up accidentally opening up a ghostly gate and unleashing mysterious creatures into this realm! Well, that was certainly not one of you and your friends' brighter ideas, Alex. Even if these creatures are nice and friendly, perhaps a team of scientists, or Ghostbusters, prepared for the possibility that these creatures were in another realm for a good reason, would be ideal? ..

Reliance Games has just launched Into the Badlands Blade Battle [Free], a new action game based on the AMC action series that is starting season 2 this weekend. Taking place in a world without guns but a lot of melee weaponry, in a sort of heightened reality where fighters have abilities that are exaggerated but not unrealistic, you play as Sunny and a ragtag group of fighters. Combat is bassed around a "one versus many" concept, so you'll be using taps and gestures to help fend off large numbers of enemies in combat. Characters that you unlock have different fighting styles that can help you out in different combat scenarios, with different characters able to go out on missions while you're idle to get new loot for you. Surviving in the Badlands against Barons and Clippers can be tough. Check out the exclusive reveal of the trailer below: ..

Do you need some Missile Command-style action in your life, albeit with more robots and more slime falling from the sky? I don't know why you'd want that specifically, hypothetical person, but if so, then just the game for you has released. Slime-ball-istic Mr. Missile [Free] has you defending the world's great cities from slime falling from the sky. Taking control of the eponymous Mr. Missle, you launch missiles ahead of their aiming spots, trying to hit them before they hit buildings. If enough slimes hit a building, that building is lost to the slimes forever. In Montreal, you can lose the Stade olympique. Where will the Expos play now?..

Once, golf was hard. Then, golf was a battle. But then, the madman Colin Lane realized he could advance golf so far, that golf would have to spin all the way around to zero. It took him and Brad Erkkila to bring this monstrous creation to life. And now, it is finally here. Golf Zero [Free], a combination of trial platforming and golf, is now available on the App Store...

The latest game in the series of Apple indie games features has just released, as the oracle foretold. Bit City [Free], the newest game by Nimblebit, is now available for your perusal. Towers are so 2012. Entire cities are 2017. This one combines elements of city builders with clickers. You build out your city with various buildings, while using the earnings to buy idle revenue generators. Also, there's that giant build button that you can mash to build new buildings as you buy more and more land...

Miro Straka, in collaboration with Blek [$3.99] developer Kunabi Brother, has just released Euclidean Lands [$3.99] the App Store. If you like the mind-bending impossible-geometry puzzles of Monument Valley [$3.99], this should be up your alley. You'll tap to move your protagonist around, while finding paths to move by manipulating the landscape to your advantage. There's also a combat aspect, as you have to create paths to where you can take out enemies without being in their path. So, throw a bit of the Square Enix Montreal Go series in there, too...

Last week Capcom announced a handful of new mobile ports of their classic arcade franchises, and today one of those has gone live. 1942 Mobile [$1.99] is a touchscreen-centric port of the 1984 arcade shoot 'em up which many consider the godfather of vertical scrolling shooters. Following Capcom's fairly disastrous ports of the 8-bit Mega Man games, it's understandable one might be wary of the quality of 1942 Mobile. Well, I'm happy to report that it's… actually pretty good? The game runs smoothly and seems authentic to the arcade original, and the simple fact that it's a shooter that can be controlled with one thumb as opposed to Mega Man which requires plenty of precision button inputs makes 1942 a game that would be hard to screw up on the touchscreen. Hard, but not impossible. ..

This seems to be the week of super rad Steam games hitting the App Store, as following right behind Kingdom is Mushroom 11 [$4.99], a game of spreading a fungus around to complete levels in incredibly clever ways. Following the development of Mushroom 11 over the years has been a little amusing, as when we first saw it, it seemed like an obvious touch-based game, but in this day and age you've got to release premium games on Steam first and pretend it's not a mobile game. (I seriously don't envy indie devs trying to make sense of this market.) Anyway, I had an opportunity to spend a bunch of time with Mushroom 11 judging the IndiePlus contest (which it won) this year and it's a very, very good port...

While I'm not entirely sure who kicked off the genre of turning simply drawn line into playable tracks, Free Rider HD has become a remarkably popular web game over the years, with quite literally hundreds of thousands of unique levels you can play. These levels range from weird things like riding around on a Barrett sniper rifle to tracks like this one which feature all sorts of elaborate line art. Well, as of this morning, Free Rider HD [Free] is now also available on the App Store...

If you follow Shaun's RPG Reload series, and his other posts around here, you likely totally know what I mean by "a Shaun Musgrave game." If not, the elevator pitch of the just-released The Deep Paths [$3.99] perfectly both describes the game, as well as what a Shaun Musgrave game is- The Deep Paths is a super hardcore RPG, it kicks off with a brutal stat rolling system, and doesn't let up with puzzles and gameplay that operate on a level of difficulty that folks used to Candy Crush won't even know where to start...

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