Category Archives: Release

For the past year and a half or so, Lucas Wilde has been constructing what he hoped would be the ultimate first-person shooter for mobile devices, and after soft-launching on Android quite some time ago and again on iOS just last month, Bullet Force [Free] is now officially available. The first-person shooter on touchscreens has been a tough nut to crack. Many have tried and failed, and a few have been pretty darn good, but there hasn't been one that truly captures the fun of shooters AND plays well on a touchscreen since, in my opinion, Ngmoco's Eliminate Pro way back in 2009. Lord how I miss that game. Anyway, after the iOS soft launch of Bullet Force last month I took the plunge, and for the first time since those days back in 2009 and 2010, I got that same feeling of fun from playing a first-person shooter on my phone. ..

Nintendo's 'Super Mario Run' is Now Available!

It's been a long wait since Nintendo officially announced Mario coming to the iPhone in early September, and even longer if you consider that people have been clamoring for Nintendo to bring games to mobile even since the arrival of the iPhone a decade ago, but the time is finally here that Super Mario Run [Free] has arrived in the App Store. Well, arrived in "GET" form rather than the "NOTIFY" form it's been in since September, at least. As most everyone knows by now, Super Mario Run isn't exactly the Mario you know and love from the past three decades. This Mario runs, vaults over enemies, and does every other action besides jumping on his own, leaving you to focus all your attention on the jumping by simply tapping on the screen. It'll be interesting to see if Miyamoto and Co. have still provided a rewarding, skill-based Mario game despite the extreme distillation of its hallmark mechanics. ..




The original Fieldrunners [Free] was one of the first major indie hits on the App Store, and instigated numerous attempts at emulating Subatomic Studios' success through an abundance of similar tower defense titles. However, the first game in the series released over eight years ago (sorry for making you feel old!), which is a massive amount of time both in gaming as a whole, but especially in the fast-moving market of iOS gaming. Simply creating more iterative sequels like Fieldrunners 2 [$2.99] simply wouldn't work in the App Store of 2016, so Subatomic have flipped the formula on its head for its newest entry in the series. In Fieldrunners Attack! [Free] - which is now available for free worldwide on the App Store - you are now tasked with raiding defensive structures, as well as having to consolidate the gains made from such sieging activities, which sounds like a lot of fun for those disillusioned with typical tower defense action...

It was not long ago when someone mentioned 10 Billion Husbands [Free] that it made me wonder, "When can I play that man-horse dating game that Shaun was talking about?" Well, coincidentally, Usaya Co. has fulfilled my desire to play a game where I can date a horse with a man's face: My Horse Prince [Free] is now available in English on the App Store! Dreams do come true, folks. All you gotta do is believe...

Three tables based on popular Bethesda games have just been added to Zen Pinball [Free]. As has been teased for a few weeks, Fallout, Doom, and Skyrim tables are now available for the pinballing. The Fallout table has some cool elements to it, such as a "character creator" when you start out, different missions based on the various factions, day/night features, and a shop. It's just more of the attention to detail that Zen Pinball is known for. Doom's pinball table has you collecting weapons and powerups, including the notorious BFG. The Skyrim table will give you several different races to play as, quests, animated dragons, and items to collect, craft, and sell. Plus, there's an interesting co-op hotseat mode in play here...

Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore [Free] has just released in the US and other regions. Deep Silver Fishlabs' gorgeous space-shooter is the third main entry in the long-running series that has pushed iOS visual gaming boundaries. There's some video content out there discussing the game's new setting, and some of the ships, but what remains important is flying through space, pew-pewing your enemies with lasers and missiles, and becoming the galactic force of nature you've always dreamed of becoming. The latest video for the game shows off the ReplayKit functionality, with a challenge to players to take on the "Sprint" challenge in the Geminus system, and to share a video with the hashtag #gof3manticore if they complete it:..

Hell Tap Entertainment's Post Brutal [Free] has compelted its beta testing and is now at long last on the App Store. You'll explore the post-apocalyptic City Zero, ridden with the undead, trying to help out survivors, and discover the mystery behind The Event that turn things into a real disaster. Oh, and kill some zombies along the way with deadly weapons. Or perhaps stealth is more your style? Either way, there's multiple endings and campaign story branches to follow...

Colorful Platformer 'Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire' Hits the App Store

Back in March during GDC, I was fortunate enough to check out a very promising upcoming platformer called Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire. I had never heard of the game before, nor of developer PlayPretend, and they didn't have an appointment to meet with us or anything like that. They had heard we were at GDC and simply tracked us down and we were able to squeeze in an impromptu demo between meetings, and it ended up being one of my favorite games I saw at the conference. I love conferences like GDC precisely for those unexpected moments when some super awesome game just comes out of the woodwork. Anyway, about a month later PlayPretend released two new videos showing off more of Le Parker, but things had been awfully quiet since then. However, just last week the developers popped back up on our forums to announce that Le Parker was under review with Apple, and just a few moments ago Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire [$1.99] officially went live in the App Store...

'Apollo Justice Ace Attorney' Hits the App Store

We're just mere moments away from our usual "Out Now" post, but I figured the arrival of Apollo Justice Ace Attorney [$0.99] was worth it's own little heads up. For those keeping score at home, Apollo Justice is the fourth game in the beloved Ace Attorney main series, though it doesn't actually star everyone's favorite ace attorney Phoenix Wright. No matter though, as our own Shaun Musgrave notes in the original announcement of this iOS port, "Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is both important to the overall story of the series and still a pretty awesome game in its own right." Just over a week ago the release date for Apollo Justice was announced, with iOS hitting right now and the Android version coming just one week later...

Despite their overabundance in the formative years of the App Store's existence, I'm always incredibly excited to try out new match three games on iOS, as the sheer popularity of the genre forces developers to go the extra mile to stand out amongst the crowd. Swap Sword [$2.99] is one such title - while you are still tasked with matching similar tiles, you must also move the protagonist around through the eponymous sword swipes and a whole range of alternative lethal abilities at your disposal. With some stunning pixel art to boot - one would expect no less from the graphical geniuses behind Sunburn [$2.99] - this match three and roguelike amalgamation looked incredibly exciting when we first took a glimpse at it last week. While a December 1st release date was suggested, those who have been eagerly anticipating Swap Sword will be glad to know the game has launched early, and you can now slay creatures and competitors alike on the App Store...

Nitrome has put out a surprise release on the App Store: Hop Swap [Free]. This is a platformer where you have to contend with gravity being pointed at a line at the center of the screen, with platforming taking place on either side of it, with the ability to swap between sides of the screen. And momentum carries over from one side to the other, so you can jump on one side, dive to the other side, and maintain momentum. That will come into play, so learning how the mechanics work is key to survival. That, and making sure your brain isn't broken by the gravity-flipping...

While this week's new releases seem few and far between, Kathy Rain [$4.99] has taken the App Store by storm (HEH!). It launched on the PC a while ago, and currently rocks a 77 on Metacritic. Kathy Rain is one of the many new point and click adventure games that have been released in recent years which take the same formula many of us grew up on but turned everything from storytelling to in-game mechanics up to 11...

Purple Pwny Studios has released its yo-yo launching game Yo to the Yo [Free] onto the App Store, after a successful beta test thanks to TouchArcade readers. The game has quite the interesting structure to it. You're not just trying to get a single high score, but there's a progression aspect. You start from the bottom each session, and then work your way up, gaining more momentum with each toss that you do well. Checkpoints allow you to re-launch from different heights. You have only a limited amount of time to make it to the next checkpoint, and catching the yo-yo on the way down has to be done in order to keep going!..

Real-time strategy MOBA Warlord Strike [Free] is now available on the App Store and Google Play. This game promises MOBA action without a lot of the hassle that's involved. You control every hero on your team with RTS-inspired controls. There are no minions and towers, this is all just hero-on-hero combat. You'll be fighting to control power orbs to get items and advantages for your team, while trying to fight off your enemies for control of the board. Along the way, the match rewards will help you advance through the skill tree that gives you permanent advantages...

Earlier today, we looked at the release of adventure game Little Briar Rose [$2.99], which was a triumph in visual design with an ambitious attempt at a colorful stained glass graphical approach. With its own understated and minimalistic aesthetic, Islands: Non-Places [$2.99] is the very antithesis of Little Briar Rose, but at the same time equally impressive. Islands started its life as a collection of beautiful gifs from the artist Carl Burton, who has been featured in The New York Times in the past, as well as a whole host of other endeavours. His stunning gifs featured some visceral environments that were just begging to be explored, so it was a relatively logical step to create Islands, an audio-visual experience that gives another perspective to seemingly mundane landscapes...

The long-awaited release of Avadon 3: The Warborn HD [$11.99 (HD)] brings with it both excitement for yet another excellent fully fledged RPG from Spiderweb Software, but also a sense of sadness. Avadon 3 marks the end of an engrossingly epic trilogy of titles that have been the benchmark for storytelling and strategy games on mobile, and as a conclusion to the Avadon series has a lot to live up to. The previous entry, Avadon 2: The Corruption [$9.99 (HD)], was lauded in our review back in April 2014, and the original Avadon: The Black Fortress HD [$9.99 (HD)] received similarly positive plaudits from the press, as well as an extensive dissection by Shaun in the RPG Reload series of articles; early impressions of Avadon 3 from its earlier PC release in September suggest that it lives up to the lofty heights of its predecessors. After quite a prolonged wait, and after a minor delay to the iOS release, Avadon 3: The Warborn HD is finally available to download for the iPad, but be prepared to part with a hefty $11.99 to do so - a premium price tag for an unequivocally premium RPG experience that is in relatively short supply on the App Store...

While the move towards further realism and detail in graphical design has given us some truly stunning games on iOS such as Infinity Blade 3 [$6.99] and Eisenhorn: Xenos [$5.99], sometimes imagination, creativity and innovation can trump pure power. Little Briar Rose [$2.99] is one such game - developers Elf Games Work have taken the extremely interesting approach of coating every element of the title with a stained glass window aesthetic design. This unique and audacious art direction, coupled with an expansive and immersive fairy-tale world to explore, culminates in a truly jaw-droppingly beautiful adventure game that stands out from similar point and click titles on the iPhone, and is available now on the App Store for $2.99...

10tons' Neon Chrome [$9.99] is now available on the App Store. This cyberpunk roguelike dual-stick shooter has you controlling a character from randomly-generated classes, trying to advance through the Neon Chrome corporation building to take on the overseer who controls everything, and to destroy him. You'll earn credits that can permanently upgrade the stats of the 'assets' you use, along with unlocking new items and temporary upgrades throughout the game. The game has launched at a sale price of $4.99 for two weeks, after that the game goes up to $9.99, so get it fast if you're interested...

Wargaming's WG Labs initiative has launched its first mobile title, Gods and Glory: Age of Kings [Free]. This mobile game aims to combine the raiding strategy of a game like Game of War [Free]with the RPG combat of something like Heroes Charge [Free]. You'll build up your base, but send your heroes out into battles against groups of enemies. You'll be able to call on the help of one of 6 gods, allowing you to create magical gods on the way to crushing all opposition...

Korean developer has today released Cube Knight [Free], a unique take on the Arthurian legends. I say that because I don't think Geoffrey of Monmouth planned on the story of King Arthur being told in a free-to-play dual-stick shooter filled with voxel graphics. Or maybe he did, I just did a quick search of Wikipedia for that reference, I'm sure some smarter historian will pull up some evidence that says this is the purest representation of the Arthurian legends yet...

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