Category Archives: Release

Independent developer TouchMint has come out with a really clever companion app to Clash Royale [Free] that will help you figure out when your long-awaited magical and giant chests are bound to hit. Chest Tracker for Clash Royale [Free] is pretty much what it says on the tin: it tells you, based on which chest you received most recently, which chest you're bound to get next. See, the chests work on a rotation right now, where you get 1 gold chest for every 3 silver chests, with the rare magical and giant chest. This simple app allows you to see when in the rotation you'll get your next magical and giant chest...

It's Monday of GDC, which means you're going to hear a lot about games that are in the works in the future. But interestingly enough, this Monday is actually a notable release day for a few interesting indie games that have rolled out. Could be that they're trying to draw attention before GDC rolls out, or developers are trying to stand out from the Thursday releases, though even those have started popping up at weirder times. Many of the notable games have magic as a key theme, so I'm dubbing this Magical Monday. Anyway, here's a few of the interesting releases to check out today:..




Surprise releases are always the most fun, no? Retro City Rampage DX [$4.99] coming to iOS certainly qualifies, as there was no word that it was coming to iOS, development of the game seemed to cease after it released on PC (Windows AND MS-DOS), Mac, Linux, PS4, PS3, PS Vita, Nintendo 3DS, Wii, Xbox 360, unreleased versions for DS and PSP, and even prototypes for NES and Windows 3.1, with Shakedown Hawaii in the works as well. But no, an iOS version has suddenly appeared on the App Store:..

It's been taking the soft-launch world by storm, and although Supercell has been relatively quiet about its worldwide launch it appears that today is the day that Clash Royale [Free] is finally seeing a wide release. Just moments ago the game popped up in the US App Store, and although it's a bit impossible to check every region you should probably hop over and check if it's in your local App Store as well. ..

A couple of weeks back we posted a brand new trailer for Lost Socks: Naughty Brothers [$4.99], a game that was initially announced way back in December of 2013. After progress on the game went silent back then, everyone just kind of assumed the project was dead until that trailer surprised everybody by popping up earlier this month. Anyway, the response to that trailer was incredible, and it was easy to see why. Lost Socks boasted some fantastic animation and character design, and promised a hardcore platforming/runner hybrid that was not for the faint of heart. As an added bonus, the game was completley devoid of any IAP, timers, energy, or any other free to play nonsense. This was a gamer's game, people!..

Well, the long, strange trip of the latest Assassin's Creed mobile game finally comes to an end as Assassin's Creed Identity [$4.99] has just launched worldwide. The saga began when Identity soft-launched in select countries way back in September of 2014. The game was built around quick missions that felt conducive to mobile play but it was the first Assassin's Creed game on iOS to be built around the more traiditional open-world mechanics of the long-running console and PC game series. It was also a very free to play game with all the trappings that comes with, which just didn't jive well with the type of game that it was. ..

Riot's PC and Mac free to play MOBA League of Legends is one of the most, if not the most popular games in the world. Riot doesn't release statistics often, but when they do it's consistently mind-blowing just how many millions of people, from every corner of the world, are playing League of Legends every day. Hell, it's been my favorite game since their beta launched years ago, and one I've somehow spent thousands of dollars on since. (No regrets, skins = wins.) The one problem LoL has always had is it's by far the most fun when you're playing with a team of friends, but communicating with your in-game friends when you're not logged in has always been difficult- Particularly if you're the kind of person who doesn't like mixing your gaming friends with real-world contact information. Well, today Riot solved that problem once and for all with League Friends [Free], a companion app (which is also available on Google Play) that keeps you connected to League of Legends at all times...

Earlier this month we caught a glimpse of an awesome-looking upcoming platformer from Emergency Studios called Chel-Z [Free]. With colorful 8-bit style pixel art, similarly 8-bit chiptunes, one big 36 room map that you could explore and slowly gain access to Metroidvania style, and a robot with a human brain who can wield a grappling hook, it had us all pretty excited. Unfortunately, Apple's approval process took longer than expected and Chel-Z didn't make it by its intended February 11th release date. The good news is that it finally did make it through approval and Chel-Z just surprised-launched mere moments ago. ..

Quite a few people were looking forward to the release of Epic of Kings [$4.99] this week, but Wednesday came and went and there was no sign of the game. It was quickly revealed that they got caught up in Apple's approval process, but the developers mentioned that the game would be available as soon as possible. Well, it just popped up on the App Store moments ago, so if you've been waiting for the game, get ready to spend five bucks...

We've had our eye on the iPad port of Forbidden Desert since it was first announced back in November, and somehow the scheduled release of the game just barely slipped past our weekly Out Now post. However, we aren't ones to get all bent out of shape over a little tardiness, so we wanted to let you know that Forbidden Desert [$6.99 (HD)] for the iPad is now officially available. In this game you'll be working on an expedition team in the desert discovering and uncovering different parts of an ancient flying machine. Being the desert, you'll have to content with a lack of water and things like sand storms that can really interrupt your flow of discoveries. It's a cooperative game, so you'll actually be working with your teammates in an effort to recover the flying machine...

It's a pretty nice week for early releases with both Final Fantasy IX [$20.99] and Ys Chronicles 2 [$4.99] out in the wild and likely sucking up a large portion of everybody's time. However, if you're feeling overwhelmed with these big ol' RPGs and looking to cleanse your palate with something a bit more breezy, another really awesome new game just dropped ahead of the normal weekly releases. It's Happymagenta's Tomb of the Mask [Free], and the best way I could possibly describe it is it's as if Pac-Man [$4.99 / Free], Downwell [$2.99], and The Last Rocket [$1.99] all had a three-way lovechild (which is totally possible, haven't you seen The Brothers Solomon?)...

If you thought you'd be able to kick back and soak in some Final Fantasy IX [$20.99] since its surprise launch earlier today, I have some bad news. Or good news, depending on how much free time you actually have and/or how massive your backlog already is. The classic Ys action RPG series continues on iOS with Ys Chronicles 2 [$4.99], which just dropped mere moments ago from the fine folks at DotEmu...

Prolific mobile developer Nitrome announced back in September that they were going to be dipping their toes in the game publishing game. I say dip their toes because technically the first game they were set to publish, Ultimate Briefcase [Free], was created by outside developer Quite Fresh, but whose founder was also previously an artist for Nitrome. So Nitrome was branching out, but still somewhat keeping it in the family, so to speak. Anyhoo, Ultimate Briefcase somehow dodged our weekly Out Now post like it was some sort of bomb falling from the sky, but I'm here to let you know that it's officially available right this very moment...

So Cartoon Network has just launched a new game, OK K.O.! Lakewood Plaza Turbo [Free] on the App Store, a beat 'em up where you play as KO, and beat up all sort of evil robots in the name of defending your beloved mini-mall. This is an original IP release for Cartoon Network, sort of. It's actually part of a really cool project that they're working on that has some potential to be really unique...

Last November Marvel and TinyCo announced a collaboration to create a new kind of superhero game, one where you created and ran a superhero academy where you would train some of the most beloved Marvel superheroes during their more adolescent years. We even got a humorous look at some young Marvel heroes on school ID picture day. Well today is the day that that game, Marvel Avengers Academy [Free], is finally available...

Last week we got our first taste of Ninja Boy Adventures, a game created by The Clash Soft as an answer for there not being any classic Bomberman experiences available on iOS. The very next day we got a lengthy look at Ninja Boy Adventures being played with an MFi controller, a final taste of the game ahead of its planned February 3rd release date. Well, it's not quite February 3rd yet here in California, but with the wackiness of time zones and an entirely digital App Store it turns out Ninja Boy Adventures [$1.99] is already available as of just a couple hours ago...

2016 has already been a great year for iOS games and January isn't even over yet, and although it isn't quite the normal time of the week for new games to hit we have an early arriver called Super Phantom Cat [$1.99] that platforming fans should be sure to check out. It was just last week I was getting all excited about cats and platformers coming together as one, and I was thrilled to wake up today and find Super Phantom Cat rising up our Hot Games list. I immediately grabbed it and have been having a fun time with it since. ..

2016 is a really weird year, y'all. A reality TV star is a serious presidential candidate. Meanwhile, a former Secretary of Defense is now making a video game based on a card game variant made by a British prime minister? Yes, Donald Rumsfeld has teamed up with Javelin and Snapdragon Studios to make Churchill Solitaire [Free] for iOS. It's based off of a solitaire variant invented by Winston Churchill himself to supposedly increase his strategic thinking. According to the game, Churchill told a Belgian diplomat named Andre de Staercke about his solitaire variant, who later befriended Donald Rumsfeld and told hima bout the game. Rumsfeld would play the game many times for the next 40 years, until he partnered up with the Churchill Heritage to make a digital version of what is now called Churchill Solitaire...

If the name Godzilab isn't immediately familiar to you, it should be. They're the dudes behind iBlast Moki [Free] and iBlast Moki 2 [$2.99], two amazing puzzle games that are actually old enough to still have the "HD" suffix. They went on to release Happy Street [Free] which is a clever spin on the popular style of casual free to play builder-ish games (I guess you could call it a builder? Maybe?) at the time. Since then, the Godzilab guys have gone sort of quiet, hard at work on soft launching Pirate Power [Free], a game which has been tweaked and tuned since it hit our forums last summer...

During E3 in June of last year, Natsume Inc. announced Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories [$9.99], a new entry in the long-running farming/RPG series and the first "true" Harvest Moon game to land on iOS, as the previous mobile game bearing the Harvest Moon name was a puzzle game. Great news, right? Well, maybe. As many know, the Harvest Moon franchise is a convoluted one, and later entries in the series haven't quite captured the magic that the original SNES Harvest Moon did back in the mid-90s. So fans of the series were understandably cautiously optimistic when it came to Harvest Moon: Seeds of Memories, but as of today they can find out for themselves as the game has officially launched on the App Store. Also, even though it would make TOTAL sense for this type of game to be free to play'd out the wazoo, Seeds of Memories is actually a fully paid game with zero IAP. Check out the official trailer...

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