Category Archives: Release

Early last month we posted about a newly soft-launched game called NASCAR Heat Mobile [Free] from developer 704 Games, and over the weekend that game has now gone live worldwide. You may know 704 Games under their previous name Dusenberry Martin Racing, who acquired the NASCAR license in January 2015 in order to develop NASCAR games exclusively. They teamed up with Monster Games, developers of the original NASCAR Heat series of the early 2000s, to create NASCAR Heat Evolution for consoles and PCs, which released in September of last year to poor reviews. NASCAR Heat Mobile is a collaboration between 704 and long-time handheld racing game makers Firebrand Games...

Indie developer Jesse Makkonen released his psychological horror game DISTRAINT on Steam back in August of 2015, and the game was critically acclaimed and has developed quite a loyal following, even prompting the announcement of a sequel. In November of last year, he adapted the game for mobile and released it on Android where it was similarly acclaimed and garnered more than three quarters of a million downloads. Not bad! This week, the mobile version has also arrived on iOS as DISTRAINT: Pocket Pixel Horror [$0.99] and you can get a very brief glimpse of what it's like in the release trailer for the Steam version below...




'Vignettes' Is Another Great Game to Play on 4/20

April 20th, 2017 11:30 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Release
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We've been following the development of Vignettes [$2.99] ever since we saw it at GDC, and now that it's finally available, I can't wait to see what people think of it. The basic gist of the whole thing is you're rotating an object in 3D space to find another hidden object inside of that object. For instance, check out how this lamp turns into a fan once you find the correct angle:..

As spotted by eagle-eyed forum member currymutton this morning, Terra Mystica [$9.99] is now available for download. Terra Mystica is one of those board games I've heard quite a bit about (as it has won a silly amount of awards), but never really got a chance to play as getting friends together to play board games is pretty challenging once everyone starts getting married and having kids. Thankfully, these digital ports are fantastic for solving that problem, as thanks to a full-featured online mode, I can now play Terra Mystica with all my buds...

Noodlecake Games has a surprise release for y'all. They've teamed up with Glitchnap to release Invert [$2.99] onto iOS and Android, after demoing it for us at GDC. This is a tricky puzzler where you have to solve puzzles by inverting tiles on the board in order to make them all one color. You tap on an outside part of the board, and that inverts all tiles on that line. Thus, the goal becomes to make the right moves in order to make this perfect match, and to do so in as few moves as possible...

Back in early March, we told you that HeroCraft was looking for beta testers for the mobile port of their hit Steam game Tempest: Pirate Action RPG, which as you might guess is a pirate-themed action RPG. About a month later, we learned that the game was just about finished and was scheduled to launch on April 18th. Today I woke up and looked at the calendar, and noticed that the date is April 18th. You see where this is going? Yes, as of this morning Tempest: Pirate Action RPG [$7.99] is now available on the App Store and if you've missed our previous coverage you can see it in action in the following trailer...

Telltale's latest licensed series has just hit the App Store. Guardians of the Galaxy [$4.99] episode 1 is now available on the App Store. Based on the comic series that turned into yet another inexplicable hit movie for Marvel (seriously, DC can't make a good movie to save their lives, and Marvel made a movie with Rocket Raccoon). If you're tired of waiting for Thanos to be a big player in the MCU, well, this is for you: the eponymous galaxy-guardians are off to face down Thanos himself. In episode 1? That must mean some big things are going down for Star-Lord and the gang.....

Ketchapp's Ballz [Free] is the number one free game on the App Store, and for good reason: it's a clever take on the brick breaker. But it's a rather spartan visual experience. What if it was cute, instead? That's what Mighty Games has delivered with Charming Runes [Free], their take on Ballz but with cute characters from Charming Keep [Free]. Charming Keep was called that because it was about Princes Charming, but also because it was the most sickeningly adorable idle game made yet. Charming Runes uses the same core concept as Ballz. That is, it's a combination of Breakout and Puzzle Bobble, where you launch a ball from the bottom, and have it bounce around to break the bricks that descend with each turn, each block requiring a certain number of hits to be destroyed, with additional balls to be picked up to make each shot have more balls behind it...

I'm not too sure what it is about Thumb Drift [Free], but it tends to be one of the surefire titles I will gravitate to when I have minutes to kill on the tube, or while I'm waiting for a bus. Its accessibility combined with its subtle challenge and the compulsive need to keep on improving on high scores means it's the perfect title for short bursts, and despite numerous attempts nothing new has satiated that arcade drifting itch since the game first launched early last year. However Pixel Drifters [Free] - which has today launched for free on the App Store - is looking like a strong contender for Thumb Drift's lofty throne. An interesting pseudo-open world approach combined with beautiful pixel graphics and a hilarious sense of humor means Appsolute Games could be onto a winner here, which has only been supported by some excellent initial feedback on our forum thread...

I guess it's a mobile fighting game kind of day, as not only did we post about the Skullgirls soft launch but another similar game has now exited its own soft launch period and is now available worldwide. That game is Kabam's Transformers: Forged to Fight [Free], and if you've played their previous Marvel: Contest of Champions [Free] then you should have a pretty good idea of what you're in store for. Not that this is just a straight reskin mind you, as Forged to Fight actually has a few significant tweaks to the formula that worked so well in Contest of Champions. The most major changes include the ability to launch projectile weapons, a staple of fighting games for decades, as well as the ability to sidestep your opponent's attacks, essentially adding a third dimensional element to the mostly two diminsional side-view fighting. ..

Saturday to Monday is normally the quietest period for App Store releases - the ridiculous March Indie Week aside, the majority of developers tend to save their releases for later in the week when more potential players, and most importantly Apple, are most alert to new game launches. That being said, it's always great to wake up at the beginning of the week to a big new release; Quantum Revenge [$1.99], which launched on Sunday, has certainly kicked off April to a solid start for iOS gaming. The manga-inspired twin stick shooter that we first wrote about back in January features intense, chaotic and explosive mech battles with some stunning futuristic graphics, and is finally available now on the App Store for a launch price of only $2.99...

Back in November of last year, we brought you news of Cover Fire [Free], a particularly interesting on rails shooter that incorporated 3D Touch controls to distinguish it from the abundance of similar titles on the App Store. While the 3D Touch feature, which debuted on iOS with 2015's iPhone 6S, was particularly convenient productivity-wise as it let you use various shortcuts for many of the App Store's staple apps, it hasn't had as big an impact on mobile gaming as it perhaps should have. With the capacity for variable inputs based on how hard you touch the iPhone's touch screen, there is a lot of potential in 3D Touch as a future pillar of iOS applications. Cover Fire's use of gently tapping to aim and pressing hard to shoot is therefore extremely refreshing to see, and for this reason alone is worth trying out now it has today finally launched worldwide on the App Store for free...

This is a good week for baseball fans with so many baseball games releasing on mobile, so this has been a good week for me, one J. Carter Dotson. The latest edition of MLB Manager, the mobile baseball simulator series from baseball simulator experts OOTP Developments is now available, MLB Manager 2017 [$4.99]. The biggest new feature is the new interface. It's mostly a visual overhaul, and if you've played the Manager games before, you'll know how it feels. Yet, it feels just a bit nicer to use, the interactions are quicker, things are ordered in a way that makes sense. There's still some oddities, like tapping on a name to switch a pitcher, but you have to tap on the substitution icon for a pinch hitter. It still has that MLB Manager quirkiness, but the whole thing feels just that much more smooth and a little more streamlined, and over the dozens of hours this game is designed to encompass for players, that's a great feeling...

We heard about it late last year and the tables have already been in Zen Pinball [Free] for a while, but Bethesda Pinball [Free] has finally hit the App Store in its own unique app container. While it isn't quite the Skyrim or Fallout we've been hoping for, it's still really cool to see these huge Bethesda IP's coming to mobile in new and exciting (although, admittedly repackaged) ways. I've been hoping that Fallout Shelter's [Free] success would lead to Bethesda doing more on the App Store, and whether it's coincidence or not, we've both got this pinball game and The Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free] under our belts now...

'Gangstar: New Orleans' Hits the App Store

March 29th, 2017 1:06 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Release
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After a lengthy soft launch, Gameloft's Gangstar: New Orleans [Free] is now available in the US App Store. We had a fairly vibrant thread in our forums with loads of first impressions from the soft launch which were incredibly mixed. It'll be interesting to see what improvements have been made from the original soft launched Philippines version. Also, the game itself is free to play, so be sure to have your expectations in check before diving in...

The iOS port of Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion [$4.99 (HD)], the standalone expansion pack of the cult classic PC strategy title Rome: Total War [$9.99 (HD)], has been one of the most eagerly anticipated upcoming releases over the past few months. While Barbarian Invasion still retains the meticulous empire-building emphasis of its predecessor, the implementation of some interesting new mechanics, as well as the subtle yet dramatic change in the historical context, gave the expansion its own unique identity that saw it achieve critical acclaim when it first launched in 2005. Feral Interactive did an excellent job in porting the original Rome: Total War to the App Store, and it seems this trend has continued with Barbarian Invasion, which has today launched for only $4.99 on the iPad and should please not only those looking for a more in-depth strategy experience on-the-go, but also any fans of the original PC release...

It's time for another season of retro baseball made modern, as RBI Baseball 17 [$4.99] is now on iOS. For the second year in a row, MLB Advanced Media has gotten the mobile version of RBI out the same day as the console versions, with most of the features at a quarter of the price! The cover athlete for the 2017 version is Corey Seager, star shortstop for the Dodgers; the user interface has gotten a fresh coat of paint. Other than that, there's not any major new features in the 2017 version at a quick glance. All 30 stadiums, and full rosters with regular updates are here, though...

Ahoy Games has just released Tiny Bombers [Free] onto the App Store, and if you like Bomberman, this is worth checking out. Basically, the concept is Bomberman, where you have bombs on a grid where you can upgrade the number of bombs and how far the explosions reach, and you lay them down to blow up obstacles and enemies. You can chain together bomb explosions, but of course, you have to be careful with the timing such that you don't blow yourself up. Now, Tiny Bombers puts those basic mechanics into a Crossy Road [Free] style game, where the world is slowly crumbling behind you, and you have to advance ever forward...

Capcom announced early this month that they'd be bringing mobile ports of four of their classic arcade games to the App Store, and each week since then they've followed through with that promise. Things kicked off with the release of 1942 Mobile [$1.99] two weeks ago followed by Ghosts'n Goblins Mobile [$1.99] last week. This week the trend continues with Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando Mobile [$1.99], more widely known as simply Commando, which arrived in the App Store early this morning. ..

BrainGoodGames has just brought its single player competitive strategy game Militia [$3.99] to iOS, with both light world and dark world modes. The idea is the game should have depth but low complexity. You command several different units of different types on a battlefield, and your objective is to to use these units and their various quirks to defeat enemies, sometimes doing so in small numbers of turns. The simple pieces make Militia feel like a board game, but with a lot going on with the enemies you face...

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