Category Archives: Upcoming Games

Spit-Swapping Platformer 'Spitkiss' Arrives on Google Play Early Access at a Discounted Price

It was back in March during GDC that we were first introduced to Spitkiss from Triple Topping Games and fell in love with the gross-but-somehow-charming spit-swapping gameplay. The game itself is a one-handed precision platformer where you literally control a hunk of spit as you bounce and wall jump your way through dangerous levels in order to get that spit from one lover to the other. Yes, you know it's true love if you're willing to swallow your mate's spit even after it's travelled around the (probably) dirty walls of the world of Spitkiss. One month after our hands-on demo of Spitkiss at GDC, Triple Topping released an official trailer for the game which gave you a very good idea of how it would play. Here is that trailer again if you missed it previously...

Double Fine and Playables Announce Trippy Experimental Project 'KIDS' Coming to Mobile and Desktop this Year

Double Fine's indie game publishing arm Double Fine Presents makes a point of partnering up on projects that are really artsy and unique, like Mountain [$0.99] from David O'Reilly or GNOG [$4.99] from KO_OP Mode, to name just a couple of examples that are on mobile. And that theme is definitely alive in well in the latest project that they've announced called KIDS in partnership with production company Playables. To use their own description, "KIDS is an experimental project about the psychology of the group. The final products are an interactive animation, a short film and an exhibition." That interactive animation will come in the form of a game that'll launch on iOS, Android, Mac and PC sometime later this year. And did I mention that KIDS is kind of a trip? Check out this teaser...




'Smoosh LAB' Will Bring Colorful Puzzle Creation to Mobile on May 28th

Curious Labs is readying a follow-up to their popular 2015 puzzler Smoosh! [Free] called Smoosh LAB, and as you might have guessed based on the title this one is all about creating your own puzzles. The original Smoosh! was a block-sliding puzzler, or more accurately a Blop-sliding puzzler based on what Curious Labs calls the cute little colored spheres in its games, and it featured a mix of sliding those Blops as well as combining them to create different colors in order to house all the little Blops in their various goals. It featured nearly 200 levels in total, but Smoosh LAB wants to up that ante by allowing players to create and share their very own level creations using an in-game level editor. ..

Zach Gage Announces 'Pocket-Run Pool', Releases Thursday, May 24th

Zach Gage, creator of SpellTower [$2.99], Flipflop Solitaire [Free], and more really good games, is entering the world of billiards with Pocket-Run Pool this Thursday, May 24th. Developed with Denver Coulson, the core of the game is pool where you have 10 balls on the table, and a multiplier that changes for each pocket, rotating with each made shot. Miss three times, and it's game over, with the objective being to get as high a score in one run as possible. The highest score will be if you get all 10 balls in on the break, but good luck actually doing that as a skill move...

'Dragon Ball Legends' Preview - A Super Concept With A Few Bad Choices

Announced at GDC earlier this year, Dragon Ball Legends – the next in a short line of mobile Dragon Ball titles – has soft-launched across Europe on Android devices. Finally hitting the shorts of my native England, I’ve spent a good portion of the day getting to know a game I only knew by name as other, more fortunate, writers and journalists tapped their favourite characters a few months back without yours truly...

BetaWatch – A Quick Look at a Few Up and Coming Games in Beta: 'Rummy Club', 'Meat Cannon Golf', 'Ghost Tappers' and 'Make Squares'

It takes a lot of blood sweat and tears for developers to release beautifully performing and polished games. Nothing is ever perfect on the first try – this is why developers are always looking for beta testers. If you are interested in joining a beta test, head on over to our Upcoming Games forums where you are sure to find a game that sounds like fun to try. I play quite a few games in beta myself; not only can my feedback help a developer, I also get a sneak peek at games I may like to review later...

'Identity V' Is an Asymmetrical Multiplayer Horror Game Releasing Globally Soon on Both iOS and Android

Netease has partnered with Behaviour Digital to bring their Dead by Daylight gameplay into Idenity V. Identity V is an asymmetrical multiplayer survival horror game that will be releasing on iOS and Android very soon. Dead by Daylight has seen success on consoles and PC and Identity V has done quite well on the charts in China already. The global launch will be happening in the near future and you can watch the newest trailer for it showcasing gameplay below:..

The Gentlebros announce 'Cat Quest II' for iOS, PS4, Nintendo Switch, Steam, and Android

Cat Quest [$4.99] from The Gentlebros is one of my favourite games of 2017 on any platform. I've played it all the way on iOS and Nintendo Switch. The Gentlebros delivered a lesson for all in how to perfectly bring an open world style action RPG to multiple platforms. It runs and plays great across the board with a superb pick up and play experience with a ton of cat puns and fun. Today, The Gentlebros announce Cat Quest II. ..

'Steam Link' App Hands-On Preview - The iOS and Apple TV Killer App Doesn't Even Play Games from Apple's Ecosystem

Earlier this month we got news that Valve had plans to bring a Steam Link app to the Apple TV and iOS devices. Released back in November of 2015, Steam Link is a hardware device that allows you to stream games from your PC to your TV, played via the Steam Controller. Unsurprisingly, like most things Valve does, the Steam Link works pretty well. The problem is it's another set top box to buy, which (at least amongst my circle of gamer friends) led to fewer people than I would have expected actually picking one up because in this day and age between Apple TVs, Amazon Fire devices, Google Chromecast, and an array of consoles, needing one more HDMI port to plug something in is a tall ask. Meanwhile, tons of people have iPads, iPhones, and/or Apple TVs, so some sort of app-based implementation of Steam Link seems far more ideal- Particularly when compared to buying yet another piece of hardware to live in your home theater setup...

'Guildlings,' the Next Game from the Creator of 'Threes!', Gets a Teaser Trailer

We've been covering Guildlings for a long time now. Over the last year or so, we've been getting small teases through newsletters and reveals for what exactly Guildlings is ahead of its launch. Sirvo's upcoming game is set to release this Summer on iOS and Android and today, we finally get a teaser trailer for it. The trailer shows off a small bit of what you actually do in the game ranging from some combat and dialogue. Watch the trailer below:..

GAMEVIL and Slightly Mad Studios Team up to Develop a 'Project CARS' Racing Game for Mobile Platforms

It looks like another big IP is making the jump to mobile with GAMEVIL announcing their first mobile racing game. Slightly Mad Studios are the developers of the Project CARS racing games on consoles and PC platforms. Their most recent release was Project CARS 2 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. They have teamed up with GAMEVIL to develop a mobile game based on the IP. If you aren't familiar with Project CARS, watch the original game's launch trailer below:..

'Badland' Developer Frogmind Soft-Launches New PvP Game 'Rumble Stars Soccer'

With many years of success from Badland [$0.99] and Badland 2 [$0.99] under their belt, developer Frogmind has been keeping themselves plenty busy. They're currently in the midst of a soft-launch of their physics-based battling game called Badland Brawl that takes place in the Badland universe, and now they've gone and soft-launched another upcoming game this past weekend called Rumble Stars Soccer. This one is also a multiplayer-centric game, and sees you facing off against opponents as you try to score goals by flicking and shooting a soccer ball into their goal. The action in Rumble Stars Soccer takes place in real-time, and the focus is on building up your team with the various characters in the game as well as performing cool combos that will help you score on your opponents. Check out the trailer...

I am lucky enough to be in the position to play Justice Royale  by Zapling Studios during it's soft release here in Australia. You are lucky enough to be in a position to read my first impressions before its hard launch in the App Store on the 30th May, 2018. It's a win, win, situation. I downloaded 'Justice Royal' thinking it would be just another brawler, I thought I would play a few times and then quickly lose interest in the beat 'em up fun and move on to the next game. I was wrong...

'Final Fantasy 11' Mobile Reboot Still a Thing, New Screens Released

It was more than three years ago that Square Enix and Nexon Studios announced that they'd be rebooting and rereleasing the 2002 MMORPG Final Fantasy 11 on mobile devices. At that time it sounded like the project was at an extremely early planning phase, and we noted that "we're probably going to be waiting a while before we get anything substantial." Boy was that ever true. The only real nugget to come after that initial announcement was when some low-quality pictures of screens from an early version of the game were captured back in April of 2016. With no more hints about the project in the more than two years since, we all sort of figured it might not even be in the works any longer. Well I guess that's not the case! According to a job posting on Nexon's website they're still hiring for the Final Fantasy 11 Mobile project and have even posted some apparent screens from the game...

'Eden Obscura' Launching on iOS May 18th and Android June 1st as a Free to Play Game

It was just about a year ago that developer Q-Games announced that they'd be bringing their popular PixelJunk series to mobile devices by way of a new game called Eden Obscura, which would be a follow-up to their 2008 release PixelJunk Eden. It was welcome news as many people have long thought that the bite-sized nature of the various PixelJunk games would be a perfect fit for mobile play, and with them always being envisioned as digital download titles even before that sort of thing became the norm it all just sort of made a lot of sense to bring the series to mobile in some fashion. We've been anxious to hear when Eden Obscura would finally see the light of day, and with the annual BitSummit indie game festival taking place in Japan over the weekend Q-Games felt it was just the right time to announce that Eden Obscura will be arriving on iOS at the end of this week on May 18th...

'Castle Pals' is a Freaking Adorable Multi-Character Platformer Coming June 28th

Indie developer Brad Erkkila, who you probably know from such solo releases as It's a Space Thing [Free] and FlipChamps Reloaded [Free] as well as collaborations with Colin Lane like Touchdowners [Free] and Golf Zero [Free], is readying his next mobile release, an adorable platformer called Castle Pals. It features two different characters that each have their own set of unique abilities, and you'll need to swap back and forth between them in order to make it through the dangerous Castle Pookapick. First up is Owen who sports one of those propellar beanie hats which as well all know gives him the ability to float around a level. Then there's Kylee, who boasts all sorts of cool offensive karate moves for taking out enemies. See them both do their thing in the trailer for Castle Pals...

'Zenge' and 'Art of Gravity' Developer's New Puzzler 'Scalak' is Coming May 23rd and Up for Pre-Order Now

Back at the end of February we posted about the new upcoming game from indie developer Michal Pawlowski aka Hamster On Coke Game Lab aka creator of such mentally and visually pleasing titles as Zenge [$0.99], Art of Gravity [$0.99], and Push [$0.99]. The new game was called Scalak, and it looked like some sort of crazy blend of Rubik's Cube and that toy you had when you were a kid where you'd fit the different shapes of pegs into their properly-shaped holes. Ok that's a pretty terrible explanation, but that's sort of the beauty of Scalak – it's so unique there's not much to compare it to. Thankfully, there is a brand new trailer for Scalak so that my inept description doesn't have to leave you wondering what the heck is really going on here...

Rescue the Cure for Cancer from Terrorists when 'Zero Sum' Hits on May 16th

It's been quite a journey for developer Sean Kearney and his indie studio Squeezebox Software. Following the success of his silly One Player Pong and its Apple TV follow-up Super One Player Pong, Kearney wanted to make "a math game for stupid people" with an '80s-action-movie-inspired overly dramatic storyline and math-based puzzling that wasn't as dull or difficult as "math-based puzzling" sounded. That game was called Zero Sum, and we first checked it out way back at GDC in 2015. Being a solo developer with a full-time job who could only work on these projects in spare time, Zero Sum has been a slow-moving project, and I sort of thought it might be dead and gone after not hearing anything about it following that GDC meeting. But like the evil antagonist in an '80s action flick, Zero Sum just would not die, and in January of last year it resurfaced with an extremely slick new trailer and hope for a release that coming March. ..

'Fracter' is an Atmospheric Puzzle Adventure that's Coming to iOS and Android this Summer

Describes as Monument Valley meets Limbo, Fracter is an upcoming atmospheric puzzle adventure from developer 4L Games that is looking really cool. Here's the description: "Fracter is an emotive, isometric puzzle adventure game set in a mysterious labyrinth of glowing black architecture. The game follows a veiled young hero who has set out on a perilous quest to dispel the darkness within. Players must explore this world of shadows, discover secrets hidden in the dark, and outsmart ominous creatures while solving each meticulously designed puzzle using their only force against darkness: light. Dramatic landscapes in shades of gray, an eerie ambient soundtrack and a poetic, self-reflective narrative await you on this emotional journey restoring light to a darkened world." While no trailer is available yet, these animated gifs give you an idea of Fracter in motion...

'Stickman Soccer 2018' Hits the App Store on May 23rd

Developer Djinnworks has been cranking out "Stickman" versions of popular sports for many years now, and one of the most popular of those has been the Stickman Soccer series of games. Back in March we told you that Djinnworks was looking for beta testers for this year's iteration of the game, and that it was shaping up to be the biggest and best Stickman Soccer to date. Well now we'll be able to judge that for ourselves in just a couple of weeks as the developer has announced the official release date for Stickman Soccer 2018 and it'll be hitting in just a couple of weeks on May 23rd. You can see what the game is like in action with this recent gameplay trailer...

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