Category Archives: Upcoming Games

New 'Lumines' Games Coming to iOS in Both Paid and Free to Play Flavors

Lumines is a legendary musical puzzle game from the early days of the Sony PSP, and even to this day it's considered an all-time classic. The Lumines brand as a whole, however, has had a rocky road ever since. A handful of odd spinoffs and a poorly-received iPhone version released in 2009 failed to capture the magic of the original. We learned more than a year ago that the Lumines IP had been acquired by Japanese developer Mobcast, and that together with Enhance Games they would be reviving Lumines and bringing it to mobile devices in Japan. Enhance Games is Lumines creator Tetsuya Mizuguchi's studio, so this all sounded like a pretty good thing. We hadn't heard much on that since since, but according to The Verge Mobcast has announced that not just one but TWO new Lumines games are heading to mobile, with the first one arriving on iOS and Android this summer. Here's the very first screens...

Moony Baboon's 'Waste in Space' Submitted to Apple

Back in December just before the iTunes freeze developer Moony Baboon unveiled their upcoming iOS game called Waste in Space. The premise is that in the not too distant future of 2026, humanity has created more garbage than they can handle on Earth, so all the nations of the planet decide to blast all their garbage into space. Except… it doesn't work out quite right, and now all that garbage is threatening to wipe out the planet's population by crashing back down to Earth. The solution to this is obvious: Send a team of wacky astronauts into space to fling themselves into the trash to destroy it. It makes perfect sense! Check out the trailer if you missed it before...




'Tennis Champs: Returns' is an Upcoming Remake of 1995 Amiga Cult Classic 'Super Tennis Champs'

Back in 1995 a tiny Amiga game by the name of Tennis Champs was released for free as part of a pack-in disk with the August '95 issue of Amiga Power magazine. This colorful and arcadey game of tennis was well-received by players, which prompted the developers to release a full-fledged follow-up titled Super Tennis Champs. I mean, obviously, right? That's what games did in the '90s, they went from Game Name to Super Game Name. Super Tennis Champs was also well-received by players and critics alike, and went on to become something of a cult classic. Fast-forward a couple of decades and the original programmer of Super Tennis Champs, Elton Bird of Uprising Games, is releasing a modern remake for iOS devices appropriately titled Tennis Champs: Returns. Check out the trailer...

If you Like Skateboarding Games, Keep an Eye Out for Upcoming 'Skate Lines 2'

If you enjoy virtual skateboarding, then you've probably been doing your grinding on True Axis' True Skate [$1.99], controlling your skateboard with your fingers. Developer Agens wants to give True Skate some competition by bringing its skateboarding game to iOS this Summer. Skate Lines 2 aims to be the most beautiful skateboarding game for mobile platforms, and judging from the trailer, they're definitely on the right path. The environments and what looks like changing weather and time of day reminds me a lot of Alto's Adventure, a gorgeous game in its own right.The game hopes to bring textbook tricks to mobile while using a build-for-mobile control system...

'Furdemption 2' Beta Begins Today, New Teaser Video Released

We've been keeping an awfully close eye on Furdemption 2, the sequel to one of our favorite releases of 2015 that was formally announced back in early November. In trying to keep with the times, Furdemption 2 developer RareSloth is leaning heavily towards making the game free to play, and they even wanted feedback from fans on the best way to go about doing that without being unfriendly to players. Anyway, work has been continuing on Furdemption 2 in the months since its announcement, and just today the beta version went live for testers. RareSloth has also released a new teaser trailer showing off a bunch of the new stuff in the sequel...

'Green Game: TimeSwapper' is the Time Manipulating and Very Green Follow-Up to 'Red Game Without A Great Name'

Last summer, developer iFun4All released Red Game Without A Great Name [$2.99], an awkwardly titled but surprisingly enjoyable scrolling puzzle game where you had to navigate a tiny bird through an extremely dangerous world by teleporting around all the environmental hazards. It was a really clever mechanic for this type of game and extremely stylish to boot. Now iFun4All is taking that same premise of guiding a character through danger but turning it on its ear a bit by introducing time manipulation. Also, it's like super green instead of red. Here's a couple of screens of the new game, called Green Game: Timeswapper...

'Chel-Z' is a Metroidvania with Pixel Art and a Hookshot

Emergency Studios is releasing their first game this week, Chel-Z, and from the looks and sounds of it, it's like they made a game just for me. Chel-Z is a pixel-art-filled Metroidvania platformer, where you explore 36 contiguous rooms to escape Dr. Boss' mad lair. Oh, and you're a robot with a human brain inside, so yeah, you've got that going for you, along with the powerups you can collect, including a hookshot. Yes, sign me up for this game right stinking now:..

'Clash Royale' Launches Globally for iOS and Android in March 2016

Many who anxiously await to play Clash Royale expected the game to launch early February right after the big update, but Supercell decided to withhold joy from us for longer. Well, now we know for how long since a new video posted on the Clash Royale website states March 2016 as the official global launch. So, not too long to wait now. If you haven't played Supercell's new game because you don't have a NZ account, know that this is a very addictive game that packs loads of strategy into 3 or 4 minute matches. It's a cross between a CCG, real-time strategy, and MOBA, and it's awesome. You get to play with all the units from Supercell's other tiny game, Clash of Clans, and you go against other opponents in an attempt to prevail over your puny rivals (I mean worthy opponents). There's a reason why we've been singing the game's praises; it really is awesome...

The saga of The Binding of Isaac for iOS has been a coy saga full of tweets by Nicalis' Tyrone Rodriguez talking about the game but speaking in riddles and jokes. But each tweet has gotten us closer to the seeming truth that Binding of Isaac for iOS exists, and it's actually happening. Well, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that thanks to a screenshot Rodriguez tweeted, Binding of Isaac for iOS isn't just some big goof. The bad news is that Apple rejected it for rule 15.2: "Your app contains content or features that depict violence towards, or abuse of children, which is not allowed on the App." ..

Two New 'Assassin's Creed Identity' Q&A Videos Reveal New Details Ahead of February 25th Launch

Once upon a time (in September of 2014), a really awesome mobile Assassin's Creed game called Assassin's Creed Identity was soft-launched in select countries. This new game in the long-running series was the first on mobile to feature the core mechanics of its bigger console and PC releases, and aside from a wonky free to play business model it was a totally kick ass mobile Assassin's Creed game. It was tweaked and updated in the months following its soft-launch, but it never officially released, and last month it disappeared from the App Store altogether. Thankfully it resurfaced earlier this week with a brand new trailer, a new paid business model, and an official launch date of February 25th. Now Ubisoft has released a couple of new developer Q&A videos for Assassin's Creed Identity that cover many details about the game and show it in action in anticipation of its release in a few weeks...

'Flail Rider' is What Would Happen if 'Particle Mace' and 'Pako' Had a Baby

BulkyPix and Catpanckae have revealed a rad-looking game called Flail Rider, which looks like it's gonna hit a lot of my buttons. It looks kind of like Particle Mace [$2.99] meets Pako [$0.99], as you drive around an arena as a car with a giant mace behind it, trying to wreck as much stuff as possible in 60 seconds. There's 50 different vehicles with 3 different classes, with smaller vehicles easier to handle but with smaller flails, and large vehicles trickier to drive, but with large amounts of damage possible...

'RPGolf' is a 16-Bit Style Top-Down RPG that Takes Place on a Golf Course

Those who have been following TouchArcade for a while know that we're pretty cautious when it comes to posting about in-development games that are seeking crowdfunding. Which is tough, because we see A LOT of really interesting ideas for games that are banking on crowdfunding campaigns in order to get made, and of course as gamers ourselves we want to see these awesome games come to fruition. But cool ideas are just that – ideas, and by now we know how unreliable crowdfunded game projects can be, so it makes it tough to post about a game specifically to say "Hey throw a bunch of money at this!" With all that said, sometimes a game comes along that's just such an awesome idea I can't help but talk about, it even if it is in its early stages of development and seeking money via crowdfunding. RPGolf is one of those games...

Dark Matter Gaming and Sidekick Games has soft launched Deminions Unleashed in Canada, a turn-based game of flinging monsters around. You assemble a team of Deminions, launching them around arenas to hit enemies with turn counters, using walls to help get you combos, and launching through your teammates to raise their mana to deploy special attacks. You'll collect and evolve your various Deminions as you progress through the game, forming the best teams possible...

Play Reverse 'Plague Inc' and Watch a Planet and Its Life Grow in Upcoming 'Evolving Planet'

A small development studio by the name of Murphy's Toast Games is prepping the release of a new mobile game called Evolving Planet, and it sounds incredibly interesting. Set in the year 3016, you'll lead an archeological research team on an expedition to the planet Kepler-1138 to try and discover what happened to the Lovans, a humanoid species that used to inhabit the planet but is now mysteriously extinct. You'll accomplish this goal by taking on a series of missions where you simulate the evolution of the Lovans. Each mission will allow you to tweak various attributes like Trade, Warfare, and Cultural Influence and then you'll set direction of the dispersal of the population and see where that leads. The actual gameplay plays out similarly to Plague Inc [$0.99], which the developers say was a definite inspiration for Evolving Planets, but instead of eradicating life you're actually creating and following its evolution along with the planet itself's changes...

Cooperative iPad Board Game 'Forbidden Desert' Arrives February 11th

It was back in November of last year that we learned that the popular board game designed by Mat Leacock Forbidden Desert would be coming to the iPad courtesy of Button Mash Games. Then just a few weeks back Button Mash announced that Forbidden Desert for iPad had been submitted to Apple. Now, the circle of game release life is almost complete as Forbidden Desert has passed Apple's snuff and is heading to the App Store next week on February 11th. Here's a brand new trailer...

'Abzorb' is a Slick and Challenging Tilt Game

Gerald Kelley, the Chicago-based game developer who did the art for Dudeski [$1.99], has been working on his first game for himself: Abzorb. If you like tilting games like Tilt to Live 2 [$2.99], this is totally up your alley. The game has you tilting your arrow around, trying to absorb the blue dots that are on the playing field by getting close to them without hitting them. The game also throws in time-sucking red dots, as each level has you trying to complete it before time runs out, and you are awarded different amounts of stars based on your time. ..

Upcoming 'Telepaint' is All About Portal Puzzles and Adorable Walking Buckets of Paint

Yesterday on Twitter, UK developer Acid Nerve unveiled their upcoming iOS project, a colorful puzzle game called Telepaint. The more than 100 puzzles in the game revolve around activating different colored portals in order to guide your little walking bucket of paint towards the exit. Oh, and while we're on the subject? Little walking buckets of paint are adorable. The entire game is also synced up to the beat of the quirky soundtrack, kind of reminiscent of Beat Sneak Bandit [$2.99]. Check out the debut trailer...

'Breach: Arena TD' Opens Up for Beta Testers

Last year, Space Rhino Games released Breach TD [Free], a take on the popular Starcraft 2 mod Squad TD. That map's creator and maintainer, Tsjnsn, is part of Space Rhino Games, and now they're working on a followup game, Breach: Arena TD, and they have just launched a beta test on our forums if you want to join up and take this online multiplayer game for a spin, with several testing times per week: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays from 1-3pm EST and 6-8pm EST...

Check Out this 'Epic of Kings' Story Trailer Ahead of Its Release February 18th

Way back in October 2014 we posted the debut trailer for Epic of Kings, an upcoming action adventure from Shadow Blade [$1.99] developer Dead Mage. Epic of Kings appeared to have Infinity Blade-style one-on-one combat, but also featured some free-roaming movement and several other styles of gameplay mixed in. It looked promising, but news on Epic of Kings went really quiet after that first trailer, until just a couple of weeks ago when Dead Mage released a brand new launch trailer as well as a release date of February 18th. Today, Dead Mage has sent along the intro cutscene for Epic of Kings so you can get a feel for the storyline. Check it out...

Ninja Platformer 'Shadow Blade: Reload' Heading to the App Store Next Week

It's kind of hard to believe that Crescent Moon and Dead Mage's ninja action platformer Shadow Blade [$1.99] came out on iOS more than two years ago. It's definitely one of my favorites even to this day, and Dead Mage did a wonderful job supporting the game with new content and features post-release. Well, as you may know, they also set out to spread the Shadow Blade love to additional platforms in the form of an enhanced re-release called Shadow Blade: Reload on desktop and consoles. Now that enhanced version is destined for iOS as Shadow Blade: Reload is coming to the App Store next Thursday. Here's a brand new clip showing the Onobo level being played on an iPad...

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