Category Archives: Release

Happymagenta's one of my favorite casual game publishers on the App Store, though it feels like it's been a while since we heard about any releases from them. Well, they've got a brand new game out now, and it's their entry into the popular idle clicker genre, with Hyper Swiper [Free]. While the title indicates that you have to swipe to do your taps/clicks to attack, you can also tap to attack, though you're kind of going against the title. Still, freedom!..

With NBA 2K16 rolling out this week, the companion app MyNBA2K16 [Free] is out now, and if you're playing the console NBA 2K16, you'll want to check this out. The app lets you earn a ton of NBA 2K16 Virtual Currency by using the app, and playing the card game in the app. From what we hear, the VC you earn in MyNBA2K16 is quite lucrative to help you out in the console game. Do make sure to link your NBA 2K16 account to the app to get the rewards, though...




Here's a little surprise for you: Shooty Skies [Free], a new game from two-thirds of the crew that created Crossy Road [Free], is out now. Developed by Matt Hall and Andy Sum of Hipster Whale, along with a couple other long-time Australian game development veterans in Ben Britten and Matt Ditton, this is an arcade-y shoot 'em up full of the voxel graphics that Crossy Road was known for, but now you're shooting enemies instead of just crossing roads...

This has turned out to be an incredibly busy week for releases, between the initial Out Now post, and then the follow-up one. Heck, the follow-up had games that kept showing up while I was compiling it. And the party doesn't stop, as Skeletomb [Free] has made it out on to the App Store as a rare Friday release. We've chatted about this one before, but here's the trailer if you're unfamiliar:..

This week turned out to be a bigger release week than anyone probably was expecting, with a bunch of games just winding up to hit on the 24th at the same time. Wile many games followed the normal release schedule, several more high-profile games were stragglers that didn't drop until today. Here's a few that missed the cut that last night:..

Shane McCafferty's dreadnought-destroying shoot 'em up Starseed: Origin [Free], published by Crescent Moon Games is now available on the App Store, out a little ahead of the normal Thursday release day. Possibly due to iOS 9's release on Wednesday? Who knows. All we know is that Starseed is out now. I don't know why it has the "Origin" unless there were issues with Starseed Pilgrim, maybe? Why not Starseed B.C, then, as many metal bands tend to do, like the bands Bison and Ghost have done? I mention this because metal influences are all over Starseed, including a ship named Dimebag (rest in peace), and a ship named the Sabbath. It's not completely metal, as there's a ship called Prodigy, but Prodigy's still awesome, so it works...

Back in May we got a very early glimpse and some details on an upcoming title called Oraia Rift when developer Compass Games looked to our community for beta testers. That early glimpse of the game showed a very Zelda-influenced action RPG with a colorful look and real-time combat. Well, a lot changed over the course of a few months and last month our own Tasos went hands-on with an in-progress version of Oraia Rift. Some of the changes included switching the tap-to-move system to a virtual stick and changing the combat to a more typical hack 'n slash variety with a magic spell system layered on top. It all sounded quite good, and as of today you can find out for yourself as Oraia Rift [$1.99] has officially launched in the App Store...

One of the week's big releases is actually out a bit ahead of schedule – Kabam's Star Wars Uprising [Free] has just escaped soft launch and gone worldwide on the App Store. This is an action-RPG that borrows heavily from the structure of Spirit Lords [Free] which released earlier this year. This isn't a bad thing per se as Spirit Lords was a solid game, but it may feel very familiar. We'll be getting someone else besides myself to review it, so you'll get a fresh take on the game...

It was nearly a year ago now that Surgeon Simulator [$1.99] developer Bossa Studios unveiled their latest wacky creation, an open-world bread simulator called I Am Bread [$1.99]. Yes, it's just as silly as it sounds. You (awkwardly) control a little slice of bread as it explores a highly detailed house in search of its ultimate goal: being toasted in a toaster. Or by a hair dryer. Or an iron. Or a lamp. Pretty much any way you can get your bread toasted is just fine, and that's all part of the fun! After making my dreams come true back in January and confirming it was coming to mobile, the long wait is finally over as I Am Bread has hit the App Store...

It's already been a pretty intense day of new iOS games, but before we've even had a chance to recover there's a late arrival that a lot of people having been waiting for: Sarah Northway's Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville [$4.99]. After a couple of device compatibility snafus that pushed the previously planned release dates back, Rebuild 3 has finally found its way to the App Store!..

'Pokémon Shuffle Mobile' Hits the App Store

The path for Pokémon Shuffle has been a windy one. Back in February of this year, Pokémon Shuffle released for the Nintendo 3DS. It was noteworthy for being one of the first really "free to play" free to play games on Nintendo's handheld, complete with energy systems and everything. Many saw that as the signal for the end of video games as we know them, but it turned out to not be so bad. The real problem was that Pokémon Shuffle's bite-sized gameplay wasn't particularly well-suited to the Nintendo 3DS, a platform that's definitely designed to be portable but typically isn't as conducive to killing quick bursts of free time as something like a smartphone. ..

Back in April, Capcom and their casual games division Beeline Interactive announced an… interesting crossover game for mobile. The iconic Ghostbusters would bust some ghosts by matching gems Puzzle Fighter style. Yeah. After several months of soft-launch and an artwork makeover that put the female characters in the game in some less-revealing clothing, and Ghostbusters Puzzle Fighter [Free] is now ready for primetime and out worldwide...

It's Monday and maybe you're cranky. Why not take it out on a challenging, abstract game of mystery? The Guides [$2.99] will provide just that! This game will have you deciphering codes and puzzles of many kinds, presented in all forms of stylish manner, making the madness you're soon about to dwell in a good way to go! The trailer gives you some good hints of what you can expect:..

Strange Flavour, the developers behind Flick Fishing [$0.99], recently tried and failed with an interesting business model, their "Play Nice" free-to-play system, where there would always be an option to buy out of the system. Now, they're returning to paid games, and their first game to be paid after the collapse of "Play Nice" is Tiny Trackz [$2.99] – available for $2.99, with no in-app purchases. You'll be solving puzzles involving railway shunting to form the trains in the proper order that they need to be to get going...

Masayuki Ito's .Decluster Zero: Bullet Nocturne [$4.99 / Free] is out now on the App Store. It had kind of an odd release, where the Lite version was out last week ahead of the full version's release today, but now the full paid version is out worldwide. There was briefly a bug that affected the game view, but that's been addressed and the game is running perfectly fine now...

In September of last year, developer Chasing Carrots released their humorous space simulation game Cosmonautica [$5.99] onto Steam Early Access. It had been in development for more than a year prior to that, and spent all that time in Early Access getting fine-tuned based on player feedback. We reported back in May that the game was shooting for release in late June and that it would be heading to mobile at the same time. Today the day has finally arrived that Cosmonautica is officially out of Early Access, and along with that the game has arrived on iOS. Check out the launch trailer to get an idea of what Cosmonautica is all about...

'Angry Birds 2' Out Now Worldwide

July 30th, 2015 3:23 AM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Release
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Angry Birds 2 [Free] is out now worldwide. The first numbered sequel to the original Angry Birds [$0.99 / $2.99 (HD)], this was announced earlier this month, and teased in various forms, and it's now available worldwide. Some of the big changes? You can select the order of the birds you use, there's special multi-stage levels, and even bosses to fight. If you wanted a premium game, well, it's 2015, there's little reason for games to sell at 99 cents any more...

The parade of licensed Warhammer games continues unabated with the release of Warhammer: Arcane Magic [$1.99] from Turbo Tape Games, which arrived earlier today ahead of the normal weekly new game release schedule. Hey, gotta get out ahead of that whole Angry Birds 2 thing, eh? ..

Earlier in the week I stumbled across a very cool looking trailer for a game called Tap Quest. The goal in the game was to defend a tower in the center of the screen from enemies approaching from either side, and you'd do that by simply tapping either side of the screen to perform a dash attack in that direction. It's simple premise, lovely art style and chaotic action really caught my attention. Well, in a nice surprise, Tap Quest: Gate Keeper [Free] moved swiftly through Apple's approval process and is already available on the App Store...

It's been almost a year now since Bandai Namco soft-launched a free to play version of the updated take on their classic Pac-Man franchise Pac-Man Championship Edition DX [$4.99], but at long last the game has finally gone worldwide as of earlier today. What took so long? Well, the version that soft-launched last year was built with all the typical free to play trappings, like in-game currencies and timers, and was met with plenty of criticism from fans, especially those who have enjoyed the various premium Pac-Man Championship games on consoles and even right here on iOS over the years. ..

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