Category Archives: Release

Amir Rajan, developer of the mobile version of A Dark Room [$0.99] and followups including The Ensign [$0.99], is back with a new game, called Mildly Interesting RTS [Free]. The idea is that you have a kind of Galcon-esque RTS game, where you're trying to defeat the enemy by attacking different nodes on the map, sending more units to win the node. It's got a very simple interface and look that recalls the very stripped-down A Dark Room in a way...

Last week a very interesting-looking puzzle game coming to Steam caught our eye, and through a little bit of digging we were very happy to learn it was destined for mobile as well. Best of all is that the wait was incredibly short as just this morning that game, Causality [$1.99] from developer Loju, landed on the App Store. Causality is about guiding a group of stranded astronauts to safety using directional cues, portals, and time manipulation. Messing around with time is tricky though, and you'll actually need to utilize your past selves in order to solve all the puzzles in Causality. Check out the trailer...




As much as I tried to understand what was actually going on during the Super Bowl last weekend, at the end of the day my allegiance and undying love is firmly bestowed upon football (or soccer, if you're reading from the United States or Australia). While euphoric highs are so often followed by crushing lows, nothing is more cathartic than seeing the ball rocket into the corner of the goal, and the popularity of excellent simulation titles such as Football Manager Touch 2017 [$19.99 (HD)] suggests that I am not alone in my borderline-zealous reverence for The Beautiful Game. However, on the multiplayer side of things, there haven't been many titles that have really set the App Store alight, at least beyond limited local play in something such as Pixel Cup Soccer 16 [$2.99]. Solid Soccer [Free] is determined to revitalise the stagnating genre, and offers full online tournaments with a bare bones yet intuitive focus on the basic (and arguably most important) elements of the sport. While the game first soft launched in October, today Solid Soccer has finally released worldwide for free on the App Store, so if you're a fan of the sport be sure to strap on those trainers and get stuck right into this newest football title...

As seems to be normal for App Store releases these days, the bulk of the new games will be released by Wednesday night and then included in our new games roundup post that we do every week... Then, inevitably, a few more randomly drizzle out late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, the latest example of which being OK Golf [$2.99]. It's a premium game free of all freemium shenanigans, which it seems like people are always asking for. One thing I'm curious of is what people who are into the technical aspects of golf games will think of this, as it almost plays more like a mini golf game since there isn't any sort of club selection to speak of...

We first talked about Voyageur [$3.99] in June of last year, as its description as a "literary space exploration game" and "procedurally-generated science fiction novel" really caught our attention. We also found it interesting that Voyageur was part of the Fundbetter initiative put together by Fallen London [Free] developer Failbetter Games. If the masters of narrative and literary games at Failbetter were also backing an indie literary space adventure, well, it seemed like nothing but good could come from that. And as of just a few moments ago, we can finally find out for ourselves as Voyageur has officially released in the App Store...

Back in 2014, a mobile game based on Lords of the Fallen was announced, Lords of the Fallen being a Dark Souls style action RPG that did well enough to justify a sequel that is in development right now. But just what this mobile game would be was unknown, and Lords of the Fallen for mobile seemed to disappear somewhere into the void. But suddenly, it has reappeared and is releasing this Thursday, February 9th...

Malevolent Machines [$1.99] has been on my radar ever since we first caught a glimpse of the game back in September 2016. From its mysteriously ominous and beautifully alliterative title, to the game's interesting merger of auto-runner and shoot-em-up mechanics under a layer of luscious pixel art graphics, it appeared that Goodnight Games had really gone the extra mile to stand out amidst its many contemporaries on the App Store. While the developers have successfully satiated fans with a number of preview trailers over the past few months, Malevolent Machines has finally launched today on iOS for a modest $1.99, and if the game can live up to its impressive scope, it is surely an essential download for anyone wanting an accomplished attempt at an Altered Beast-meets steampunk-esque mobile game in this suitably malevolent modern era...

Everyone's (except for Brent) favorite Twitter account for rating some h*ckin' good dogs, @dog_rates, has just launched a game featuring some real good doggos and puppers. Good Dogs! [Free] has you doing some endless running with dogs such as Dave Beagle, Arthur Corgicool, and Kenneth Labracadabrador. You have to dodge obstacles and people, tapping to hold and charge up your jump. When your run ends, @dog_rates will rate your dog on the patented scale out of 10. 10 is not the maximum, much to the chagrin of Bront...

Video games and wolves are really a match made in heaven. Whether it's transforming into a twilit beast in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, the loyal, loveable, and incorrectly named companion D-Dog in Metal Gear Solid V, or the majestic goddess Amaterasu in Okami, there really is an incredible track record for the ferocious canine in gaming. The Wolf: Online RPG Simulator [Free] looks to keep up this astonishing trend, and in a similar vein to the Goat Simulator series, puts you in control of the titular wolf in an open world environment, as you look to hunt sheep, fight deer bosses, and eventually become the alpha of the pack. While the game was slightly delayed from its original January release date, anyone looking to live on the wild side of life will be delighted to hear that The Wolf is finally available on the App Store to download for free...

The wait is over, North America. Fire Emblem: Heroes [Free]is finally out on this side of the world, too. The game started appearing on App Stores across the world late last night, but we were left to wait for hours and repeatedly check that iTunes link. No more, though, and now we can also join the Fire Emblem party. If you haven't read anything about the game yet, then you're probably living in a cave somewhere with no power and no internet. But for those few who don't know much about it, Fire Emblem: Heroes is Nintendo's mobile version of its famous franchise, and it will have you collecting heroes and doing battles...

Turbo Tape Games' digital board game The Astonishing [$2.99], based on the 2-disc concept album by progressive metal band Dream Theater, is now available on the App Store. And yes, the game is full of riffs, keyboards, and an earnest yet kinda cheesy in a good way theme running through it. Representing the story of the album, where the forces of the Ravenskill Rebel Militia use the power of music to help fight against the Great Northern Empire of the Americas and their deadly forces set to oppress the general population...

Over the past few years, developer Shelly Alon has released two quirky and enjoyable puzzle games for iOS in 2014's Partyrs [$1.99] and 2015's Sputnik Eyes [$1.99]. So when we learned earlier this week that his next game would be a vertical shoot 'em up, a genre that's notorious for the type of frantic action not seen in Alon's previous puzzle games, I wasn't quite sure how it would turn out. This new game is called Glitchskier [$1.99] and now that it's finally available I can answer my own sense of curiosity: It turned out brilliantly!..

Just barely slipping past our normal weekly list of new releases was Grimnir and Snow Cannon Games moody new point-and-click adventure game The Frostrune [$4.99]. The game is heavily inspired by Viking legends and ancient Norse culture, and the gorgeous artwork does an amazing job of creating creepy and unsettling environments for you to explore and puzzle around in. We've covered the game several times over the course of the past year or so, and have really fallen in love with the tremendous atmosphere the game is able to create. Check out the newest trailer for The Frostrune to see a glimpse of the mood in the game...

The rollout of Fire Emblem: Heroes has begun. As of about 1:45AM CST, the game is starting to show up around the world in a number of countries, including Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and several European countries. If you don't have the game in your territory yet (notably North America) then hold on – it looks like the game is quickly propagating worldwide rather than just being available all at once. The Japanese version is the same as the English version on the iTunes store, so just mash this Fire Emblem Heroes iTunes link until it works. We'll update when the app is available worldwide, especially in the US and Canada. Note that there seems to be a similar situation going on with the Android version with a staggered rollout...

In late October of last year we posted about the then-upcoming sequel to the 2013 platformer Snailboy: An Epic Adventure called Snailboy: Rise of Hermitron [Free]. The game featured some really fantastic visuals and some really interesting snail-based mechanics like slinging yourself around like a rubber band, sticking to walls, and shooting fireballs. Ok, maybe that last one isn't exclusive to snail behavior. Anyway, the game was looking great and about a month and a half after that initial announcement Snailboy: Rise of Hermitron soft-launched in select territories. Well, the wait is finally over as this morning Snailboy: Rise of Hermitron has officially launched worldwide...

Ever since we first heard about Prevail [$4.99] all the way back in September 2011, the mobile community has been eagerly anticipating Johnny Two Shoes's open world exploration epic, with the thread in our Upcoming Games forum attracting a total of 601 replies and almost 129,000 views (as of publication). Since that fateful month over five years ago, we've seen Prevail brought back from purgatory in 2015, and an optimistic declaration that the game was finished back in January - but no news since as to when the title would land on the App Store. It's therefore baffling, but wholly unsurprising owing to its turbulent and secretive development period, that out of nowhere in the early hours of this morning, Prevail has finally launched on the App Store for $4.99...

January 26th should be remembered as a monumental day for games about phones. Japanese developer Yuta Yamamoto released Strange Telephone [$3.99], an odd adventure game featuring, well, a strange telephone. You play as Jill, and with the Graham, the eponymous phone, you explore a strange world, and discover the multiple endings ahead of you. The production values and concept seem really intriguing, and a bit unique compared to other point and click games. This one's available on mobile now:..

Way back in June of 2015, Suminell Studios announced their throwback horizontal shoot 'em up Z-Exemplar. They used the classic 8-bit gaming computer ZX Spectrum as their inspiration for how the game should look and play, and appeared to be nailing the authenticity to an incredible degree. Updates on the game's progress were fairly frequent through the rest of 2015, but then things went oddly silent until this past August when the developers posted an update saying they had been quietly toiling away on the game and that it was finally feature complete. The game finally launched on Steam in November, and then on Android about a week ago, and at long last Z-Exemplar [$1.99] has also arrived on iOS as of this morning. Here's a look at the launch trailer from the Steam release...

Announced this past November, and slightly delayed last month, the iOS port of award-winning murder mystery board game Mysterium [$1.99] is now available in the App Store. Mysterium is a cooperative board game that has one player playing the ghost of a murder victim who uses various types of cards to give clues to the other players–who are paranormal psychics by the way–as to who, where, and how they were murdered. It's up to those other players to use those clues to ultimately solve the mystery of the murder...

10tons have had an impressive run on the App Store as of late, with their mobile adaption of the excellent dual stick shooter and roguelike amalgamation Neon Chrome [$9.99] receiving a hat-trick of accolades, with a glowing five star review, a Game of the Week award, and featuring in our 100 Best Mobile Games list. Xenoraid [Free] is looking to continue this trend - having launched previously on consoles back in October to critical acclaim, 10tons' interesting approach of merging old and new elements of the typical vertical shoot-em-up title resulted in a truly unique take on a relatively tired genre. Having just avoided the typical Wednesday evening rush of releases, Xenoraid has finally launched on the App Store today for free (with a discounted $4.99 in-app purchase to unlock the full game), so be sure to give 10tons newest release a try if you want some thrilling shooter action to liven up your Thursday...

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