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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 [$3.99] 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...

If you hit up our weekly new game release post looking for the stylish endless snowboarding game Alto's Adventure [$1.99] and panicked when you didn't see it, fear not: The game is now officially available in the App Store. We've had our eye on Alto's Adventure from developer Snowman, Inc. since they first began teasing the game last fall. It utilizes a very attractive art style that's reminiscent of thatgamecompany's 2012 PlayStation hit Journey, which Snowman has indeed cited as an inspiration. Gameplay-wise, Alto's Adventure is very similar to the excellent Ski Safari [$0.99]. Your character moves to the right automatically, while tapping the screen makes him jump and holding down on the screen while in the air performs a backflip. ..

We posted about it late last year, and if today's weird news about The World Ends With You isn't enough to get you nice and angry on the internet, this surely will- Remember Dungeon Keeper [Free]? The mobile free to play mutation of one of Peter Molyneux's most beloved games? Well, Evil Genius Online [Free] is basically the same deal, although arguably more emotionally confusing as instead of being a mobile iteration of a similar game with the same title, Evil Genius Online is the PC game Evil Genius decorated like some kind of evil Christmas tree where you decided to use IAP and timers instead of ornaments and lights...

In our hyper-connected world of social networks and online gaming, it seems like society is forgetting about our dear old friend the loner. I myself am a loner, as I enjoy single-player games the most and rarely play online with other people. I also don't really leave my apartment ever. Lately developers have been taking aim at that golden loner demographic, with games like One Player Pong last week and today the new Stratego Single Player [$2.99]. Stratego Single Player is pretty much what its title describes: The classic Stratego board game geared towards single-player play. It also features an AI developed by a Stratego World Champion...

Dinofarm Games, creators of 100 Rogues [$2.99], have just released their latest game for iOS, Auro [$4.99]. The game has been out for a few months on Android, but the iOS version has been delayed due to a series of technical issues that prevented the game from making its way to the App Store. Well, the team at Dinofarm finally got their issues, related to the Flash nature of the game and App Store submissions, sorted out, and now you can finally play this one for yourself without going over to the dark side...

RAC7 Games just put out a curious new title that is designed around using sound to help navigate your way through dangerous rooms and tunnels, called Dark Echo [$1.99]. How it works is that you tap and hold in a direction to walk that way, with each step creating sound waves which are visualized in the game world. As such, it's not really sound-exclusive, but positional audio does play a role in pointing out to you where walls and threats are located. And yes, there are threats. Enemies will chase you down, and there are sections that can kill you, indicated by their red color-coding. Items like keys are colored gold, and other elements get involved over time...

Era-Spanning RPG Homage 'Evoland' Finally Hits iOS

February 3rd, 2015 12:30 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Release
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Shiro Games' Evoland [$4.99] has finally made its way to iOS, sneaking on to the App Store on Monday night. This game is an homage to the history of RPG gaming, as you start out in a pixelly, monochrome world, and eventually evolve into a full 3D world. The game even mixes in a number of combat styles, as you fight in top-down Zelda style, as well as turn-based Final Fantasy style. You'll spy a number of homages to classic RPGs all over the place while progressing through the story, so if that sort of thing is candy to you, you'll want to check this out...

Continuing their string of premium releases on mobile that are adaptations of indie PC games, DeNA has just released And Yet It Moves on iOS as Yet It Moves [$2.99]. Broken Rules' physics-based puzzle-platformer has you constantly rotating a world in order to help navigate it, watching as objects and obstacles move around, while also running and jumping to help navigate the levels. The game uses a paper theme for the hero and the world, and things like fire will slowly burn you to death. Ouch...

Late last year, Disney talked about how they were going to release Disney Infinity: Toy Box 2.0 [Free] for iOS, bringing some of the enhancements and new characters introduced in Disney Infinity 2.0 to iOS, and with support for Metal. Well, that day has finally come, as you can download Toy Box 2.0 today. This is a separate app from the original Disney Infinity: Toy Box [Free (HD)], which remains on the App Store if you have 1.0 figures. However, all your previous figures will work with Toy Box 2.0, and so will some of the new figures, which notably include Marvel characters...

It's kind of fascinating how Telltale's massive turn with the release of The Walking Dead [Free] has changed the adventure game ecosystem. Telltale's telltale (HA HA!) marks on the genre are incredible evident as adventure games have shifted to being more cinematic experiences and less centralized around hunting for and combining weird items to get to the next part of the game. If you've played one modern Telltale game, you know how the rest are going to play, with that feel always seemingly like a Telltale trademark quality, almost. This makes things weird (in a good way) when other developers make things like Telltale games who aren't Telltale, such as the recently released Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect [$1.99] by Orpheus Interactive Inc...

What many consider as the pinnacle of nostalgic turn-based RPG gaming has hit the App Store. Heroes of Might & Magic III HD Edition [$4.99 (HD)] made its grand arrival around 4:00 AM today. The Heroes of Might & Magic series has a ridiculous amount of history behind it in the PC gaming world, with this specific iteration launching all the way back in 1999 to universal acclaim by anyone covering PC games at the time...

Pixel art fans might want to check out a game which came out last night, Combo Queen [$1.99]. Not to be confused with the recently-released Combo Quest [$0.99], this is a game that's similarly about rhythmic, tap-based combat. You have to tap on enemies with a certain rhythm in order to do damage to them, with a pattern that speeds up with each hit in succession of three hits. Mastering this timing, along with the timing of enemy blocks, will be the key to success. It's a game with a rough learning curve, as there's not very generous timing windows to hit enemies. ..

Happymagenta has become one of my favorite studios producing smaller flaplike games: I dug Orbitum [$1.99], and Fist of Fury [Free] is a really fun fast-action game. Their latest title is Hammy Go Round [Free], and it's an endless runner that does some interesting things with its structure. You control a hamster spinning around an world turning clockwise, and have to collect acorns to go as far as possible. The game is ruled by a clock, and you can't really die, though you can run out of time. You can extend the timer by buying upgrades, which get you more acorns and then can buy powerup upgrades, and eventually unlock the game's other character, who exists in a counter-clockwise world...

An interesting new game based on the Adventure Time license has just released today on the App Store. Adventure Time Game Wizard [$4.99] is a licensed take and expansion on Pixel Press Floors [Free], a game which allowed you to create your own platformer levels by sketching out levels. Originally revealed at PAX Prime 2014, This adds Adventure Time flavor to it, along with some expansions to the formula. It's now possible to create levels on iPhone as well as on iPad, and through an in-app creator as well as by sketching on sheets of grid paper that can be printed out via AirPrint, or from this site...

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