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It's inevitable that there will be some stragglers after we post our weekly list of new game releases, and in today's case that straggler is none other than the stylish side-scrolling beat 'em up Golem Rage [$2.99] from Zuki Games. We've been following this one ever since we first laid eyes on it back in June of 2016, and after a lengthier than planned development cycle and multiple beta test periods, the game is now finished up and available on the App Store. The idea behind Golem Rage is that it's a runner blended with beat 'em up elements, and you'll play as this charming and misunderstood golem who everyone is out to attack. As you run through each level your goal is to get to the finish as quickly as possible, smashing, bashing, and destroying anything and anyone that gets in your way...

If you've ever found yourself playing an RPG and thinking to yourself how much you enjoy moving a character around simple maps, winning battles by pushing the fight button, and skipping through a banal trope-laden story, but wishing that it didn't take so darned much time and thinking to beat, has Kemco got the game for you. Archlion Saga [Free] is a super-simplified JRPG, and when I say super-simplified I mean that it makes Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest look like Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne. But it's not ashamed of this fact at all. The game trumpets its brevity and low difficulty as key features, a sort of relief from the usual overly-long game that ends up thrown in a pile of unfinished purchases. It's not a concept I'm opposed to, but Kemco doesn't pull it off very well...




Epic Games just released another big patch for Fortnite [Free] on all platforms. The big additions are the Port-a-Fort and the new 50V50 v2 Battle Royale mode in terms of content and features. The Port-a-Fort is an epic drop that you can have up to 5 of in your inventory. Once thrown, this instantly sees a fort built which is three stories tall. It is made of metal and lets you jump to the top through tires at the bottom to access the roof. Watch a video showcasing it below:..

Back in December a super fun little arcade avoidance game launched called Man Vs. Missiles [Free] from developer Spiel Studios. The premise was simple. You're flying a plane, people are launching homing missiles at you for some reason, and since your plane isn't equipped with weapons you'll need to outrun and outmaneuver the missiles and eventually cause them to run right into each other and explode. It's like some really cool scene out of Top Gun. Best of all, Man Vs. Missiles only required the use of a single joystick for movement, so it made a perfect one-handed distraction when you had some free time to kill. If you aren't familiar with Man Vs. Missiles, check out the trailer to see what it's all about...

Shadowgun Legends [Free] from MADFINGER Games is finally here after what turned out to be a long development and beta period. If you’re not familiar with the series, it revolves around a group of mercenaries called Shadowguns who hunt down and kill aliens called “The Torment” who came from an unknown place and for an unknown reason. It’s all very Gears of War, which the earlier 2 games in the series clearly drew inspiration from, being third-person shooters. Legends’ combat plays out in first-person view,..

Back in the early days of the App Store, Gameloft became known as the folks who would bring "highly inspired" versions of popular console and PC games to mobile. Gangstar was their take on Grand Theft Auto, Modern Combat was their take on Call of Duty, Brothers in Arms was their Medal of Honor, Order & Chaos was their World of Warcraft, Dungeon Hunter was their Diablo, and… well, you get the picture. Love or hate the idea of a company aping popular titles like that, you had to hand it to Gameloft for being one of the only companies back then bringing those fuller gaming experiences to the mobile platform. One of my favorite of the Gameloft derivatives was the N.O.V.A. series, which originally aped Halo pretty hard but by the third release felt much more inspired by Crytek's Crysis series. Basically, a sci-fi first-person shooter, and a pretty fun one to boot...

It finally happened: Never Stop Sneakin' [$2.99] from the creator of Dust: An Elysian Tail [$5.99] hit mobile. The announcement was a surprise, but the game ever getting a release on mobile was an inevitability. This parody of Metal Gear Solid felt like a mobile game that just so happened to release on the Switch before mobile, probably because people would actually pay $14.99 for it as opposed to $2.99. For one, the game's control scheme was simple enough to use a single joystick, and touch controls were in the game. All sorts of actions are handled automatically, to where I'd say that the game was designed to be played with a single hand in portrait mode. Even the game being in widescreen felt like it was showing a lot of unnecessary information. The structure of the game felt based around playing it for a few minutes a day, as long sessions could become repetitive. As well, the progression system is all about completing objectives and spending currency, in a way that feels entirely like a mobile game. And amazingly enough, Never Stop Sneakin' on mobile feels just like a native mobile title! I was right!..

Dust: An Elysian Tail [$5.99] is a fantastic combat-heavy Metroidvania-style action adventure game that originally released on Xbox 360 during the summer of 2012 but has since made its way to pretty much every other platform, including a surprisingly great iOS port in October of 2015. Besides being a great game, Dust also made waves for being almost entirely the work of just a single developer, Dean Dodrill of studio Humble Hearts. Given its incredible art and animation and overall level of quality, that's almost impossible to believe, but it's true. ..

I was pretty darn excited to see that Revolutionary concepts, despite mostly being out of the mobile gaming world for a number of years, took the time to update two of their most unique offerings to save them from the 32-Bit Appocalypse last year. First up was UFO on Tape [Free] which received a 64-bit update in March of last year, followed by the phenomenal puzzler Gesundheit! [$3.99 / $2.99 (HD)] which received its 64-bit update the following June. Then this past December, the developers did me one better by updating UFO on Tape with full screen support for the iPhone X, and it looked glorious. Now, following in the footsteps of its partner, Gesundheit! has also received a welcome iPhone X update and it is looking better than ever...

The original Pako - Car Chase Simulator [$1.99 / Free] began life on mobile back in the summer of 2014 as a super fun and stylish endless survival driving game, and it only grew and grew from there with a slew of updates in the years that followed. Eventually it found its way to desktop where it was also quite well-received. For the sequel, developer Tree Men Games went in the opposite direction, creating a game for desktop and console first and then porting it to mobile in January of this year. To get the game working well on mobile, the visuals were toned down and some of the content from the console and PC version was left out, but that didn't stop Pako 2 [$1.99] from being one of the most fun releases of 2018 so far. Now Tree Men are beginning to flesh out the mobile version to bring it more on par with its older siblings, and today a new Pako 2 update has added a new level and three new vehicles into the game...

Pokemon GO [Free] will get you to clean up the world soon it seems. Niantic has teamed up with Playmob for an event to clean up the world on April 22nd. This event has been dubbed the Pokémon GO Earth Day Clean Up and it will happen across various locations worldwide. In addition to actually cleaning up, attendees will be able to donate to the Mission Blue Foundation to help support marine protected areas worldwide. The goal of the event is to get trainers to join up and gather garbage and debris in locations that need a lot of work. ..

'Diggerman', a Frantic Arcade Digging Romp From the Makers of 'Timberman', Has a New Gameplay Trailer

I recently picked up the Steamworld Dig series on my trusty Nintendo Switch during the recent Easter sale, and I am now completely hooked on any game that involves burrowing into the earth. It's hard to explain, but I now have an insatiable desire to dig into the ground and discover the wonders beneath the surface, and Diggerman looks like it'll be able to scratch this peculiar itch. While slightly more of an arcade experience than Image and Form's cult indie hits - you don't have to worry about retreating back to the surface in Diggerman - the frantic race deep into the earth combined with a need to keep your battery topped up looks like a lot of muddy fun. We first looked at Diggerman back at PAX West last year, but developer Digital Melody has today released a new gameplay trailer showcasing the frenetic action at offer...

It's been just over two years since Level-5 and co-developer NHN PlayArt launched the deceptively enjoyable matching game Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble [Free] on the App Store, and unfortunately that's just about the end of the line for this one. Level-5 have announced that they'll be shutting down Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble on May 31st. As our world of video games becomes more and more about "games as a service" these types of scenarios are bound to happen. For its part, the popularity of the game itself didn't seem to be a problem, as Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble has a pretty dedicated fan base, but I think this is a case of the monetization not being aggressive enough to earn enough money to keep things going. ..

Nearly two years after its release, developer Infinite Dreams has put out another final content update for their phenomenal shoot 'em up Sky Force Reloaded [Free]. You might be thinking, "Hey! Wasn't their an update a little over a year ago that was supposed to be the 'final' update?" Yes! You are correct! And we really couldn't blame Infinite Dreams for that seeing as they continually pumped out content update for Sky Force Reloaded in the 8 or so months following its release. It was easily one of the most well-supported games on the App Store. Well, I guess they still had some more gas left in their tank as this week's update has added in another bonus level titled B3 which includes "all new enemy units, weapons and a proper boss at the end." But THIS is the final content update for the game, they say. For reals this time!..

This past November, everyone got excited when HAL Laboratory, famed developers of such classic franchises as the Kirby games, Super Smash Bros., and the Mother/Earthbound series released their very first smartphone title in Japan called Hataraku UFO. It's a product of their internal mobile game development team dubbed HAL Egg, and featured an adorable UFO helping out all sorts of folks by using its special ability to carry around objects similar to a claw machine game. The game was so darn charming I just had to have it in my life, but at that time there was no indication that it would be releasing outside of Japan anytime soon, if at all. That worry didn't last all that long though as Hataraku UFO made its way stateside in late February under the name Part Time UFO [$3.99], and it was just as fantastic as I'd hoped it would be. Here's the trailer if you're somehow unfamiliar...

It Looks like the 2D Zelda-Like 'Ittle Dew 2' Is Heading to iOS and Android

The App Store is no stranger to Zelda-like games. In fact Oceanhorn [$7.99] made quite the name for itself when it was originally shown off for how good it looked for a mobile game at the time and how it took inspiration from The Legend of Zelda. Fast forward to today and we even have Oceanhorn 2 set for release but neither of these is inspired from the 2D Zelda games. That’s where Ittle Dew 2 comes into the picture. Ludosity’s sequel to Ittle Dew built upon the game and is a great 2D Zelda-like experience with a lot of charm. Watch the trailer for it below:..

Late last month, Polish developer Lichthund and Canadian publisher Noodlecake unleashed the German-themed fury of Lichtspeer [$3.99] into the iOS App Store, nearly creating an international incident. We fell in love with the absurdity of Lichtspeer when we first saw a preview of it during GDC last year, and were a bit sad to see that the game was available on pretty much every platform besides iOS before finally launching a month ago. But the multi-platform fun doesn't end there, as today Lichtspeer has also arrived on Android via the Google Play Store and the iOS version has received a free update which adds in Apple TV support. Yes, Lichtspeer on your Apple TV for free if you already own the iOS version. Do note that the Apple TV version requires the use of an MFi controller, and the iOS version's MFi support has been improved as of this update just for good measure...

'Marvel Strike Force' Guide - How to Assemble a Great Team for Free

Marvel Strike Force [Free] is the kind of game that you would have assumed already existed. It's a turn-based strategy RPG that has you gather five Marvel superheroes, villains, or in some cases, a mixture of both, and pit them against the teams of other players (asynchronously, alas) or waves of AI opponents from the movies and comics. If comparisons are more your thing, it's a lot like Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes except with Marvel characters and by a different developer, FoxNext Games. Even if you've never played that game, chances are you've played something similar on mobile and Marvel Strike Force won't be extremely difficult for you to grasp...

This past December, Dontnot Entertainment and Square Enix released their well-received 2015 console and PC narrative adventure game Life is Strange [Free]on iOS. It's an episodic game that's split into five episodes, and the way it works on iOS is that your initial purchase lands you the first episode with subsequent episodes available as IAP. While we absolutely enjoyed playing this game on the touchscreen back in December, it was only really part of the game as only the first three episodes were available initially. Well that changes today as a new update has arrived for Life is Strange on iOS which adds in the final two episodes as DLC. ..

Last year, SEGA released two Football Manager games on the App Store and Google Play for both smartphones and tablets. If you aren’t aware, the Mobile variant is more toned down compared to the Touch variant that is on tablets only. The Mobile variant is also cheaper and runs on more devices across the board given its lower requirements. Today, both Football Manager Mobile 2018 [$8.99] and Football Manager Touch 2018 [$19.99 (HD)] are down to their lowest prices ever at 50% off. ..

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