Category Archives: Release

Kevin Calderone's original Trace [Free] was one of those early App Store games that made you go "aha!" as you realized the sorts of experiences the newfangled touch interface of iOS devices could offer. Trace was a simple game in a visual sense, utilizing a stick-figure main character and level environments that could be confused for grade school refrigerator art, but it had a ton of charm. It was a pretty simplistic game in a mechanical sense too, as the ultimate goal was to get your little stick dude from one side of a level to the endpoint at the other. Along the way there are hazards to negotiate, and you'd accomplish this by literally drawing your own platforms in order to make your way by them. It was a novel idea for iOS at the time, though similar mechanics had been used with the Nintendo DS touchscreen. Still, the original Trace was a simple, clever and challenging title in a burgeoning world of smartphone gaming...

After last week's soft launch in select territories, FIFA 14 [Free] is now available worldwide. Besides a brand new touch control scheme, this year's FIFA offering is also treading new ground by being a free-to-play title. It seems EA is going all in with free-to-play, but while something like Plants vs. Zombies 2 worked out alright, Madden 25 was basically a disaster. In FIFA 14 it seems like they've struck a pretty fair middle ground, offering a limited taste for free and a "full-game" premium unlock for $4.99. IAP currency packs are there, but seem mostly unobtrusive as the point currency is doled out liberally in the additional modes made available through the premium unlock...

'Infinity Blade III' Hits the App Store

What's left to say? Infinity Blade is one of the biggest (if not THE biggest) franchises on the App Store, and the final entry in the epic trilogy Infinity Blade III [$6.99] is now available to download. We've already posted our full review, noting that once again the Infinity Blade series has marked the graphical benchmark for iOS games, but also that it brings even more of the fantastic one-on-one battling that has defined the series for the past three years. It's more Infinity Blade, but bigger, better and more beautiful than it's ever been...

Last month Konami announced a new card-battling game based in the Star Wars universe, and today Star Wars Force Collection [Free] has gone live in the App Store. Force Collection allows you to build a team of characters and vehicles spanning all six of the Star Wars movies, and then battle it out by either choosing to play on the side of the Jedi Order or indulge in your inner evil by joining the Dark Side. Beyond that, your cards can be upgraded to expand on each of their unique features and abilities...

If you recall about a month ago we took a brief look at the newest game from developer Color Monkey, makers of the awesome pinball game Revenge of the Rob-O-Bot [$2.99]. Today that game, called Sortle - Get your facts straight! [Free], is now available for the very affordable price of free...

It's a Craft-a-palooza: 'Junk Jack X' Hits the App Store Right Alongside 'Terraria'

Wow, I hope that aspiring crafters have blocked off some vacation days, because not only has Terraria arrived on the App Store but PixBits' highly-anticipated redux of their phenomenal 2D crafting game Junk Jack, called Junk Jack X [$4.99], has just surprise landed on the App Store as well. We just posted yesterday that Junk Jack X was "very close" and PixBits was just getting ready to ship the game off to Apple for approval, with launch likely coming in the next few weeks...

2D "Minecraft-alike" 'Terraria' Hits the App Store

The road that Terraria [$4.99] has taken to get to the App Store has been an interesting one, but at long last the game is finally available on mobile devices worldwide. A touchscreen port of the popular 2D Minecraft-like building game Terraria seemed like a perfect fit, and had been oft-requested even since the original PC launch of the game back in 2011. Xbox Live and PlayStation Network just got the game themselves earlier this year, with a Vita port on the horizon as well. It wasn't until this past May that developer Re-Logic confirmed that Terraria was heading to mobile devices in the summer, and just this week there were whispers that the game was slated for launch this Thursday...

Back in June at E3 we stopped by the Lionel Trains booth and checked out a very cool looking iPad game that had you attacking and defending against bandits along a railway using real-life Lionel train sets. Well, if that caught your attention back then, you should be pleased to know that Lionel Battle Train [Free (HD)] has finally landed on the App Store...

A couple of weeks back we checked out a very interesting looking upcoming original fighting game for the iOS platform called Cool Clash [$0.99 / Free], and skirting the typical Thursday release schedule the game is now available in the App Store. The immediately noticeable thing about Cool Clash is how brilliantly animated it is. The characters and backgrounds are all hand-drawn, and in motion it looks like you're playing an actual cartoon...

We got a late addition to this week's new releases. Following a soft-launch back in May, Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar [Free] has now been released worldwide...

'Mikey Hooks' Review - Mikey Returns with New Tricks Up His Short Sleeves

It's almost the one-year anniversary of the release of Mikey Shorts [$0.99 / Free], the platformer from BeaverTap Games that made such a splash in the world of iOS gaming. It garnered praise for absolutely nailing the controls, and it was stuffed with tons of humorous unlockable costumes which added a very welcome aspect of customization as you played...

Late last year DeNA and Scattered Entertainment announced that they had a free-to-play first-person shooter in the works called The Drowning [Free], and following its soft launch in New Zealand back in April the game has graduated to a full release and is now available in App Stores worldwide...

Hey Prince of Persia fans, if playing through the remade Prince of Persia Classic [$1.99 / $1.99 (HD)] left you hungry for more, you're in luck. Prince of Persia 2, rebranded as Prince of Persia: The Shadow and the Flame [$2.99] hit the App Store this morning...

'Leisure Suit Larry: Reloaded' Hits the App Store

We've been covering the second coming of Leisure Suit Larry since it was first announced way back in late 2011, but this past May we learned that the reboot of the classic raunch-fest adventure game would be delayed with no definite release date in sight other than "late June" for the mobile version. Well, it's a bit past late June, but as of just a few minutes ago Leisure Suit Larry Reloaded [$4.99] finally did show up in the App Store...

Today an unexpected game popped up in my AppShopper new games feed as Digital Reality's acclaimed side-scrolling shooter Sine Mora made its way to the iOS App Store as a $5.99 Universal app. ..

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