Category Archives: Upcoming Games

'Super Mario Run' Seems to be a Hit With Investors

When big developers give the public an early taste of their games, many wait to see how investors will react and whether stocks will rise or fall. Usually those first clues hint at whether investors believe a game will be a hit or not. Well, it looks like after taking a look at the early Super Mario Run [Free] gameplay videos and people's reactions after their brief hands-on with the game, investors are quite convinced the game will do very well. That belief materialized as a 3.7 percent climb of the Nintendo stock yesterday, the highest in four months, although nowhere near the brief rise due to the mistaken belief that Nintendo was behind Pokemon GO...

Crescent Moon to Bring 'Coldfire Keep' Spiritual Successor 'The Deep Paths' to Mobile

Who doesn't love an old-school first-person dungeon crawler? If you don't, well, then you can probably just stop reading right here. If you're a fan though, Crescent Moon has some very exciting news for you. They'll be bringing Steve Jarman's The Deep Paths: Labyrinth Of Andokost, which launched on Steam in late October, over to the mobile platform in the next couple of months. Steve Jarman, you may remember, has taken a couple of stabs at the old-school dungeon crawler formula on mobile, with Descend RPG [$1.99] way back in October of 2011 and Coldfire Keep [$4.99] back in February of 2014. His attempts at paying homage to one of his all-time favorite games Dungeon Master seem to just keep getting better, and The Deep Paths looks like the best effort yet based on this trailer from its Steam release...




'Binding of Isaac' Will Launch on PC Jan. 3rd, Mobile Should Release Around that Time

And the Binding of Isaac release date saga continues. The developers had said that Afterbirth+ would be coming to PC before the end of 2016 and the iOS version would drop at pretty much the same time, but today that date has been pushed up a bit. According to this blog post and the release date trailer below, the game is coming to PC on January 3rd. In an earlier post, the developers said the mobile version of the game will come out at the same time as the PC one, so it looks like early January will be when we'll finally get our hands on Binding of Isaac, hopefully...

'Super Mario Run' Requires an Internet Connection, Sorry Everyone

If you were hoping to play the upcoming Super Mario Run [Free] in a tunnel, in a nuclear bunker, somewhere in the Amazon forest, in a fridge next to Harrison Ford, in the middle of Death Valley, after the world ends, or simply wanted to play it without using Wi-Fi or data, then I'm sorry but you're out of luck because Super Mario Run will require an internet connection to play. As Shigeru Miyamoto stated in an interview yesterday, Nintendo wanted to make sure they give players a secure software they can play in a stable environment. Unlike games that use Nintendo's dedicated game devices, Super Mario Run will launch in many more countries. Each of those countries has different network environments, Miyamoto continued, so an always-online requirement was essential to avoid the risk of piracy and ensure the game plays well for everyone...

Hands-On With the 'Super Mario Run' Demo

When Nintendo announced that Apple Stores would have demos of Super Mario Run a week in advance, my initial reaction was "cool!" followed "Wait, I'm going to have to go to the mall during Christmas shopping season." Once again, the mall has become my Waterloo. Yet, it wound up being not that bad: not much traffic, easy parking, no wait to get an iPhone to play the game. I was able to play Super Mario Run in peace. My experience with Super Mario Run followed a similar narrative arc: initial excitement, then a bit of disappointment, before realizing things were actually pretty cool. ..

'Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo Edition' is the Street Fighter II/Blackjack Mashup We Deserve

Nothing gets my motor humming quite like a pitch perfect parody of Street Fighter II, and being a fan of blackjack as well, the announcement of Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo Edition couldn't be any more up my alley. Coming from Headup Games and Stage Clear Studios, Super Blackjack Battle II Turbo Edition (SBJB2TE) is a game about the owner of one of Las Vegas's largest casinos and the Godfather of the local mafia throwing a huge blackjack tournament. Only the best in the tournament will be able to move on and fly to Vegas to face off against the Godfather himself, only to find that "the tournament itself is nothing more than a charade to hide a ruthless master plan to defeat the competing clan family." As mentioned, SBJB2TE parodies the classic Street Fighter II to an incredible degree, as you can see in this teaser...

'Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links' Launching Globally in January

I know you all complain about too many card games, but I also know many of you are glad Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links is getting closer to releasing globally. We knew it was coming in 2017, but now we know the worldwide release will be in January, so not too far into the future. Based on the classic TCG, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links gives you 700 authentic cards to make your decks and then lets you pit your skills against others. You summon monsters, traps, and spells to take out the other Duelists (as they're called in the game). As you complete missions, you raise your characters' levels and obtain new cards, and as you advance through the stages, you unlock new legendary duelists and new functions...

'Super Mario Run' Set to Make $71 Million in First Month, Only Half of 'Pokemon GO'

Jimmy Fallon's hands-on with Super Mario Run [Free] last night has officially ushered in the iOS season of the Nintendo mascot. A new report published today looks at how much money Super Mario Run is set to make in its first month and how it will compare with the other recent juggernaut, Pokemon GO. The game is expected to bring in more than $71 million in worldwide gross revenue during its first month, less than half of Pokemon GO and also less than Clash Royale. In terms of downloads, though, Super Mario Run is expected to double that of Pokemon GO during the first month. These are all projections of course and could be completely off, so we'll have to wait for the numbers to drop...

Upcoming Beat 'em Up 'Golem Rage' Gets New Gameplay Trailer

This past June we wrote about an upcoming game called Golem Rage, which started life way back in 2012 as an asynchronous board game RPG and since morphed into a side-scrolling beat 'em up with a unique focus on rushing through levels as fast as possible. I don't know what you'd call that, a racer brawler I guess? Anyway, the art style and the action both looked great and we were really looking forward to Golem Rage's release in September. Well, that release didn't quite go as planned, and due to certain circumstances the game was delayed and went quiet until late last week when the developers promised a new full gameplay trailer for release this week. That trailer just went live this morning and you can check it out right here...

Check Out Engadget's Hands-On Preview of 'Super Mario Run' and Reggie Fils-Aime Interview

Engadget got to go hands-on with Super Mario Run ahead of the game's eventual release, and their take is remarkably positive. The mechanics aren't just the simple controls that players often associate with auto-runners; there's many different actions that can be undertaken with a game that's meant to be played with one hand. Engadget previewer Nathan Ingraham says that initial playthroughs of levels were simple enough – but getting all 10 special coins, 5 of which only unlock after getting the first 5 on a playthrough – will prove to be a challenge. There are just 24 levels at launch, but the Toad Rally should provide some replayability too. You'll be competing with friends not just to complete levels quickly, but by performing myriad stunt jumps through levels...

'Super Mario Run' Demo Coming to Apple Stores on Thursday December 8th, as Revealed by Jimmy Fallon

Want to try Super Mario Run for yourself? Well, starting on December 8th, Thursday, Apple Stores will get a demo of Super Mario Run to everyone to try out a week ahead of the game's worldwide release. Reggie Fils-Aime, President of Nintendo of America, went on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to demo Super Mario Run, and let Fallon play the game. Shigeru Miyamoto also made an appearance in the crowd before Fallon played Super Mario Run. Fallon got some wall-jumping on, picking up some special coins and finding an invisible screen. Fallon is really, really excited about the game: ..

Simogo has given us some fantastic games - Year Walk [$3.99] and Device 6 [$3.99] - and also some games that got people debating whether they were games or interactive experiences. Recently, the developers have announced they are working on Project Night Road, "the most gamey game" from Simogo, although "in other ways it is not." After some teasing on its Instagram page - which included some development documents - Simogo has posted the first image from Project Night Road, and it's definitely pretty. Outside that, it's hard to tell what's going on. You can see he's playing with a controller, which isn't a device I often associate with Simogo games, and the perspective looks to be different than the usual...

See Ron Gilbert's 'Thimbleweed Park' Running on an iPhone

The upcoming adventure game Thimbleweed Park has some pretty big names behind it and some pretty big shoes to fill, too. The game is being developed by Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick, two of the creators of the amazing Lucasarts adventure game Maniac Mansion, one of my favorite adventure games. We've already talked about the game in the past, but today we got a video of the game running on an iPhone for the first time. First of all, I'm glad to see it will be playable on phones too and not just on tablets. The visuals look great, as to be expected given the game's pedigree...

'Alto's Odyssey' Is the Follow-up to the Fantastic 'Alto's Adventure'

Alto's Adventure [$3.99] is a fantastic game and is often a point of reference for many gamers mostly because of its great, moody ambiance, lovely art style, and zen quality. While it didn't innovate the endless runner (or snowboarding) genre, it made it much more artistic than it was before. Ryan Cash has been updating Alto's Adventure quite frequently, but it now appears it's time for the next Alto's game, Alto's Odyssey. The website for the game doesn't offer much info outside a lovely image that once more showcases the particular art style and moodiness of Ryan Cash's creations...

Halbrick Studios is probably one of the best mobile game developers with games like Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride in its portfolio. Now, it has decided to go a different direction and is currently developing a CCG called Mythic. Halbrick is trying to make Mythic strategically challenging yet fun to play (which is the goal of pretty much any CCG on mobile). The info we have is limited, but we do know the game is bringing Gods, Myths, and Legends to mobile. Expect to see characters like Loki, Cleopatra, Heimdall, and all kinds of characters from Greek, Norse, and Egyptian mythology and history...

'Redneck Rush' Is a Silly-Looking Endless Runner

All you need to figure out what this upcoming game is all about is the title: Redneck Rush. Yes, this is an endless runner - or endless racer as the developers describe it - that has you racing down procedurally-generated country roads dodging all kinds of obstacles as you try to escape the pursuing tornado (of course). As you can see from the trailer, the game has no relation with seriousness and trades in all kinds of stereotypes about that culture...

'Kami 2' by State of Play Soft Launched in New Zealand and Australia

State of Play Games has soft-launched a sequel to their hit puzzler Kami [$2.99] in New Zealand and Australia, appropriately enough called Kami 2. The gameplay has a similar core style, where you're solving puzzles by essentially using a paint fill tool with the various colors in the game, trying to turn the entire board to one color in the prescribed amount of moves. Kami 2's big change is that the papercraft-style board is now a more isometric display, with the puzzles having some new tricks – both in terms of the puzzles and visuals – because of this angled perspective...

Upcoming 'Go Go Fairy Gals' Is a Promising Arcade Shooter Looking for Testers

When people think of fairies, they think of delicate little creatures, but the upcoming Go Go Fairy Gals will make you rethink your views. The upcoming shooter game takes place in a magical world (of course) where everyone divine and not co-exists in harmony. Every century, the King holds an "exorcism" competition (now that's a movie I would watch) and representatives from each race compete for the honor of being top exorcist. Again, that's a reality show I would definitely watch...

Real Madrid and Ronaldo Getting New Soccer Game

If you're a Real Madrid fan, a Cristiano Ronaldo fan, or just like football (soccer for some of you) games, keep an eye out for the upcoming football game under development by Hugo Games. The game will of course feature all Real Madrid players and the Santiago Bernabeu stadium (as well as other stadiums). According to the announcement, the fame will focus on the same fast-paced action that Real Madrid is known for (which is debatable because they've been known to also play pretty slow during some recent seasons). It appears that the game will focus on multiplayer with a wide-range of ways to take on other players in real-time PvP...

'Retro Winter Sports 1986' Pays Homage to the Clunky Winter Sports Games of Yore

Do you remember the old days of those Olympics-style games on old PCs and consoles? The ones with a bunch of games with arcane controls and objectives that if you mastered, you were truly the master of gaming? Or did you ever play Justin Smith's Realistic Summer Sports Simulator [$1.99] and want a game that was based around winter sports and perhaps a bit more faithful to the source material, perhaps more of a subtle parody than anything? Well, Retro Winter Sports 1986 is the game for you...

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