Category Archives: Upcoming Games

'Con Man The Game', a Comic Con-Building Game Based on Alan Tudyk's Webseries, Releases Tomorrow

Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion, both stars of the fantastic Firefly TV Show, are two of the most widely-liked people on TV and nerd culture in general. Recently, they've decided to work together again in a web series called Con Man, and that web series has been turned into a mobile game that releases tomorrow (or later today, who knows with Apple releases anymore). First a couple of words about the show. Con Man is created, written, and directed by Tudyk and describes the life of a cult - but struggling - science fiction actor as he tours the convention circuit. Fillion's character, on the other hand, has become an A list actor and a source of frustration for Tudyk's character...

The Upcoming 'A New Life' Is an Intriguing "Life Simulator" Launching August 30th

How would you go about living your life if you knew you had more than one to live? This is the question behind the upcoming game A New Life, a "birth-to-death life simulation" that will allow you to live countless different lives. You start with a randomly-generated character with customizable inherited traits, and then you start making choices. You can make all kinds of choices like when to marry, whether to have kids or not, and, as the trailer shows, decide whether to be a bully or a nerd, travel the world, be an athlete, join the army, and much more. This is a fun idea especially for a mobile game because I like sitting on the couch and going through "life" making choices that I would actually make in real life or go completely nuts and do all kinds of crazy things...




'Sally's Law' is a Puzzle Platformer with a Unique Dual-Playthrough Hook

Murphy's Law maintains that anything that can go wrong, likely will go wrong. Sally's Law is the exact opposite of that, when everything goes unbelievably perfect with no hiccups, according to developer Nanali Studios, makers of an upcoming puzzle platformer of the same name. As the developer describes Sally's Law, "It is that very notion of supernaturally good fortune - as though guided by some invisible force - upon which Sally's Law the Game was designed." This plays into the game itself in a very interesting way. Sally receives word that her father is critically ill, so she sets out on a journey to go see him, and absolutely nothing will stand in her way. That's because her father's spirit is journeying right alongside her and helping her out by triggering switches that will remove dangers from Sally's path. See this in action in the following trailer...

'Lifeline: Crisis Line' is the Next 'Lifeline' Game, Soft Launched on Android [Update: And iOS Too]

The fifth game in the popular Lifeline [$1.99] series of interactive text adventures has just soft launched on Google Play. Lifeline: Crisis Line has you working with homicide detective Alex Esposito, as you help him untangle the strange happenings around a murder case. Oh, and there's magical crystals and a green-eyed woman that might have something to do with all of it. So yeah, this is no typical investigation. Check out one of the teasers:..

Twitter-Integrated Virtual Pet 'Tweechi' Launching Globally August 31st

Back in June, developer Fuzzy Face Studios soft-launched their virtual pet game Tweechi in select markets after originally announcing it over a year ago in July of last year. Since then, that soft-launched version seems to have disappeared in lieu of an official global launch, which Fuzzy Face has announced today will be later this month, on August 31st. Tweechi takes a similar approach to virtual pets as Impending's Hatch [$2.99], with a big, expressive main character who is hand-drawn and animated, as opposed to more retro fare like the Hatchi [$0.99] series. It also features some neat Twitter integration where you can earn in-game currency based on the number of retweets you receive. Check out the launch trailer for Tweechi...

Expect More 'The Walking Dead' Comics Characters in Telltale's 'The Walking Dead' Season 3

The upcoming Season 3 of Telltale's The Walking Dead [Free] is shaping up to be great fun for those who also enjoy The Walking Dead comics. According to Job Stauffer, head of Creative Communications, Season 3 will take place much closer to Virginia, so we can expect to be seeing some very well-known characters from the comics play a bigger part in the Telltale's version of The Walking Dead universe. He talked about how Telltale tried bringing in characters from the comics into its games with the Michonne miniseries earlier this year, so now they are ready to do so in a longer story arc like Season 3. He, of course, didn't provide any hints as to who these characters will be, so it remains to be seen...

'Nightgate' is Another Gorgeous Minimalist Experience from Semidome, Creators of 'Last Voyage'

Semidome, the creators of the gorgeous Last Voyage [$1.99], are back with a new game this week. Nightgate has you navigating a futuristic computer network by activating various nodes, and trying to dodge the defenses protecting them. This takes the form of an arena-survival type game somewhat similar to Ellipsis, but with Semidome's own house style. ..

'The Witness' for iOS is Still Happening

If you recall, Jonathan Blow and his company Thekla Inc.'s puzzle game The Witness was announced for iOS a long time ago. The PS4 and PC versions came out, but the iOS port needed "a serious programmer" to help bring it to fruition. And then, no word on the iOS version. But now with IGN reporting that The Witness is hitting the Xbox One later this year, they interestingly also got some new details out of Blow for the iOS version. And Thekla is actively working on it! The plan for The Witness on iOS is for it to be the same game, just with lower-end graphics to work on mobile. Jonathan Blow told IGN "It’s such a lower-end platform and we have to redo a ton of stuff." There also is work to be done in adapting the controls to mobile, with a tap-based movement scheme the current method being practiced...

'Lumines Puzzle & Music' Set to Launch September 1st Worldwide on the App Store

Lumines Puzzle & Music only soft launched on the App Store back in July, but that didn't stop excited forum members finding ways to circumvent App Store regional barriers to download it early, despite being a paid title. While the game has lived up to the lofty expectations of Lumines fans, for those of us not in New Zealand, Australia or Japan, or anyone who was too poor, lazy or ambivalent to somehow acquire it from their respective App Stores, the wait is almost over. Lumines: Puzzle & Music is set to launch worldwide on the App Store on September 1st for $2.99, and developers Mobcast and Q Entertainment have released a new trailer with some pretty graphics in preparation for the upcoming release. An upcoming ask-me-anything on Reddit on August 30th with the series creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi is the icing on the cake, and for a series with a relatively turbulent existence, it'll be a great opportunity for fans to ask him what's next, on both iOS and beyond...

'Color Snake' Will Add a Match-3 Element and More to the Classic 'Snake' Formula Later this Week

There are so many genres that have been done to death on iOS, it's only become harder and harder to get excited about seeing new ones. A new match-3, a new endless runner, the one-billionth casino game… it takes a lot to get me to notice any of those. The classic Snake that many of us remember as our first mobile addiction back on the old Nokia candybar phones is one of those genres that's hard to stand out in, but I think Color Snakes might be capable of doing just that. At the very least it has my attention. The game plays out like a normal game of Snake except that random assortments of colored blocks are constantly popping up on the screen, and rather than just chasing after that next tasty snake segment you're main goal is trying to gobble up 3 or more of the same colored block in a row. You see, Color Snake is constantly getting faster and faster as you play, and matching colored blocks in that way will help slow the game down...

The First 'Guildlings' Newsletter Reveals New Details on the Next Game from 'Threes' Developer Sirvo

The developer of Threes [$2.99], Asher Vollmer, founded Sirvo Studios to work on a new game called Guildlings, which was announced earlier this year. But just what Guildlings was going to be was still a bit of a mystery to be revealed. Now, some new details are being revealed, with the release of the first newsletter from Sirvo Studios. So, what is the game about? Well:..

'The World 3' Is a 3D ARPG Launching August 25th

There might be many ARPGs on the App Store at the moment, but that's not necessarily a bad thing since it is a genre that works well on mobile because it usually offers frantic action in quick bites dressed in pretty visuals. The World 3 will be joining the ranks of ARPGs on the App Store August 25th, and looks like it's going to be a good addition. In The World 3 you'll be fighting some tricky monsters that for instance might play dead and stab you from behind. You'll need to use the right skill to eliminate each enemy, which is a claim many games make and I hope this one really makes it work...

'KOMRAD' is a 'Lifeline'-Style Text Adventure From the Former Chief Design Officer of IBM's Watson

Thanks to the popularity of Lifeline [$1.99], games with narrative hooks and notification features have become in vogue. And KOMRAD is set to be another entry in that genre – replete with Apple Watch functionality, too. But the premise seems intriguing: the premise is that you're communicating with an abandoned Soviet-era computer AI, the eponymous KOMRAD. It's not talked to anyone in thirty years, working in isolation without knowing that the Soviet Union kinda doesn't exist any more, and you're out to stop it. Or help it in its mission, if you're feeling particularly red today, comrade...

Metroidvania 'Tons of Bullets' Hits iOS on September 22nd

Dr. Freakenstein, Fredbear Games, and PlayPlayFun's Tons of Bullets looks like a rather interesting Metroidvania-style platformer, and if you've been curious to check it out after it was announced back in March, well, good news: the game is set to release on iOS on September 22nd. This will be followed by releases on Android, Mac, PC, Xbox One, and Apple TV. A new trailer showing off how the game has advanced since its initial reveal is now available. The game's got some chunky, low-resolution pixel art, but there's some interesting visual effects in play:..

'Zip Zap' is a Weird Physics Puzzler Coming from the Maker of 'Squaredance' and 'Sometimes You Die'

Philipp Stollenmayer, aka Kamibox, made a big splash with his supremely clever puzzle platformer Sometimes You Die [$1.99] back in March of 2014, and most recently he flexed his puzzle-designing prowess with the excellent color-combining, block-sliding puzzler Squaredance [Free]. Oh, and he also made Pancake - The Game [Free]. Today he's revealed his next mobile puzzle game, and like many of his previous efforts, it's an interesting blend of action-based puzzle solving. The game is called Zip Zap, and it's simply about touching the goal in a level using various lengths of material that are connected by hinges, kind of like pieces of an Erector Set. Similar to another awesome puzzler Perchang [$1.99], when you touch the screen in Zip Zap you'll activate a piece, and when you release it deactivates it. You'll use that to inch, bounce, and swing your way towards each level's goal. This short trailer does a way better job at explaining Zip Zap than I ever could...

Environment Focused Roguelike 'Enyo' Launching September 7th on the App Store

Enyo was a game that caught our eye when we first caught a glimpse of it in May, as its unique mechanic of using environmental traps and obstacles to destroy enemies - rather than traditional attacking options - made it stand out from countless similar titles that have embraced mobile devices for their trademark short gameplay sessions. Developer TiNYTOUCHTALES has today announced that Enyo will descend onto the App Store on September 7th, and the game certainly looks a world apart from the rather bare-bones iteration that originated out of a 7 day roguelike development challenge. With a brand new art style by designer Winnie Song that really captures the ancient Greek theme of Enyo, as well as multiple modes and randomly generated dungeons, TiNYTOUCHTALES may have potentially created another App Store rogue like that can follow in the footsteps of esteemed classics such as Hoplite [$2.99] and Auro [$1.99]...

'Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm' Announced, Now a Free Roaming 3D Action RPG

It's been just under three years since Oceanhorn [$8.99] made waves in the App Store, and its beautiful Zelda-esque approach to the mobile adventure - even if heavily inspired by the classic sword-fighting series - managed to make more traditional console gamers take notice of iOS as a serious platform for video games. While Oceanhorn was universally loved by fans and critics alike, there was always a question of whether Cornfox & Bros. could expand and develop this experience into a truly unique offering of its own. Today, that question has been emphatically answered - Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm has been announced on our forums, and offers a dramatic shift from the isometric perspective of the original to a true third-person camera, which could prove to be a major evolution for the Action RPG series...

Halfbrick Soft-Launches Action Platformer 'Dan the Man' on iOS

Back in March during GDC we were treated to a nice demo of Dan the Man, an action platformer from Halfbrick that is based on the awesome web series of the same name. I've always loved those web cartoons, and it was hard not to want to simply play through a game that was just like it. Well, that's exactly what Dan the Man is! It takes place just after the last episode of the web series and puts you in the shoes of Dan himself (or his significant other, Josie!) as he tries to fight back against the oppressive monarchy who is using townspeople as slaves to power the kingdom. Here's the last episode of the web series which sets the stage for Dan the Man the video game...

'Pirates War: The Dice King' Developers Talk Post-Beta Features and Changes After Feedback From Our Forum Community

Many developers have taken to running betas with players from our forums and have very often talked about how great the great feedback they received. Developer Idiocracy was one of those developers who recruited players from our forums during its closed beta for Pirates War: The Dice King, and apparently it got really good feedback from all those who participated. In a recent post in our forums, the developers talked about how the game is changing and what features have been added post-beta. The game will be getting friends mode and chat, a feature requested by many testers. For now, players can chat with others in the lobby for a Friendly Match, although you're still not able to talk to strangers...

The Upcoming 'Exiles of Embermark' Continues to Look Great, Aims for Beta in the Fall and Release Early 2017

We've been keeping a close eye on the upcoming Exiles of Embermark for some time now, and I'm glad to see it's continuing to look better and better every time I read one of the many developer updates. If you haven't read any of our previous stories about the game - or our GDC 2016 hands-on - Exiles of Embermark is an upcoming RPG battling game by Gunslinger Studios (an offshoot of Industrial Toys that made Midnight Star) that tries to turn deep character progression and combat into short affairs tailored for mobile...

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