Category Archives: Upcoming Games

Epic Action-Platformer 'Cally's Caves 4' Release Date Announced, Set to Roll Onto the App Store November 7th

Since I've officially become an adult (at least in the eyes of the state, maybe less so in reality), I like to feel my wiser, calmer and immensely more cynical self keeps me grounded in the lead-up to big mobile game releases. However, the occasional announcement does force me to dig out my season ticket for the metaphorical Hype Train from time to time, and the recent reveal of Cally's Caves 4 has me in a state of excitement I haven't experienced since the legendary soft-launch debut of Supercell's Brawl Stars. I'm an absolute sucker for action-platformers with an emphasis on exploration and discovery, and considering how strong the previous entry in the series was, Cally's Caves 4 is almost certainly going to contribute further to an incredible 2017 for mobile gaming. After a vague initial announcement, developer Jordan Pearson has finally announced a firm release date for the game, confirming Cally's Caves 4 will release on November 7th for free on the App Store...

'Afghanistan '11', from 'Vietnam '65' Dev, Coming to iOS October 24th

If you've been craving a good strategy game for your iOS device, I have some very good news for you today. Afghanistan '11, from the developer behind the great Vietnam '65 [$9.99 (HD)], is finally coming to iOS on October 24th. Afghanistan '11 takes the innovative Vietnam '65 formula—which emphasized the winning of hearts and minds aspect of counterinsurgency operations—and makes it bigger and better. Just like in Vietnam '65, in Afghanistan '11 you have to win the locals' hearts and minds in what has become America's "forgotten war." And, as the US military has found out the hard way over the last decade and a half, winning hearts and minds is much more complicated than simply taking out enemy troops; it also involves political games and often making deals with the devil (see corrupt governments)...




Magic: the Gathering Arena is still a ways off, with the PC beta starting next month and a release date not for some time. So, I appreciate any opportunity to see more of the game, and today was one of those opportunities. Wizards of the Coast organized a community deck-building challenge and then gave those Ixalan decks to Trump, the popular Hearthstone streamer, and NumotTheNummy to play live on Twitch. The one-hour long stream provided a great opportunity to see MTGA live without many interruptions, and so far it looks very promising, even at this early stage...

Tank MOBA 'Panzer League' Launching Next Year

Mobile MOBAs are definitely in right now, and while everyone is waiting for Tencent's Arena of Valor to hit next month, there's another interesting MOBA coming in 2018, Panzer League, but this one replaces humans (or human-like creatures) with tanks. Panzer League, currently in soft launch on Android, is a 4v4 game where you can play solo or co-op against the AI or full-on 4v4 human players. You can pick from 18 futuristic tanks, each with its unique style of play (just like a MOBA), and you get to level up your tank after each match and equip different items that add various abilities to your tank. And, since developers need to make money, there are also cosmetic items you can buy for your tanks. The game's tanks are pretty cool, and a well-made tank MOBA can definitely be a lot of fun...

'Mighty Battles' Adds FPS Elements to Lane-Based Strategy Games

Hothead Games, the developer of the pretty popular Kill Shot games, is bringing a different kind of game to mobile devices on November 16th called Mighty Battles. Its developers see Mighty Battles as a new take on first-person shooting and lane-based arenas. As you can see from the trailer below, the game combines Clash Royale's lane-based gameplay with first person shooting, where you try and help your troops advance by taking out the opponent's troops. This is an interesting change to the Clash Royale (or other wave-based games) formula that should help keep players more involved. In a way, it's like you took Warfriends and turned it into a first- instead of third-person shooter and made all the units move along lanes...

'Syllablade' Is a Blend of Word Puzzle and RPG From 'CivCrafter' Developer

I enjoy word games more than most people do, but I also enjoy it when developers throw in various other mechanics to freshen up the genre. Syllablade, the next game from the developer of the much-loved CivCrafter [Free] (which was our Game of the Week back when it came out) takes your usual word puzzle mechanics and adds an RPG layer on top to make it more exciting. The bigger and more difficult the word is, the more damage it causes. You will be making your way through maps with increasing level of difficulty, defeating various bosses and minions along the way. And, as you would expect, you can get your hands on various powerups to help take down those evil beings. And this being an RPG, it offers plenty of customization options...

'Gundam Battle' Releasing in China this Year, Worldwide in 2018

Bandai Namco Shanghai and KingNet are partnering up on a new mobile action title based on the Gundam universe, and it has just successfully completed a closed beta test in China and is looking to release worldwide early next year. The game is called Gundam Battle and it features an open-world design where you'll run around battling other players using a variety of the iconic Mobile Suits found in the nearly 40 year old franchise. While not in English, the following trailer for the closed beta that just occurred will give you a glimpse at what Gundam Battle is like in action, and personally I'm thinking it's looking rather cool...

'Banner Saga 3' Trailer Shows Off the Game's Lovely Art

Banner Saga 3 , the last of the great Viking trilogy, is still a long ways off—not coming until 2018—but today we got to see a bit more of what's in store for us once it releases. The game's latest trailer shows off some of the game's key artwork and hints at the story that is to come. The developer has been perfecting its hand-drawn art style throughout the series, and it looks like the third and final entry will have the best art in the series, and that's saying something given how pretty the other two games were. Banner Saga 3 will bring the whole story to a close as all the secrets will be revealed and character motives will be made clear...

Gumi's Promising Strategy RPG 'The Alchemist Code' Opens Up Pre-Registration

As we reported at the end of August, Gumi Inc is bringing their popular Japanese mobile strategy RPG For Whom The Alchemist Exists to mobile devices out West under the name The Alchemist Code, and today they've also fired up their pre-registration system for the game. This isn't just any old pre-registration though, as Gumi has made sort of a game out of it. "Pre-registered players who execute daily logins and missions will receive Play Tickets that can be used to perform exciting pre-registration summons that contribute to the Pre-registration Milestone Campaign Rewards. The Pre-registration Milestone Rewards that can be unlocked include helpful in-game items that will be enjoyed by all players at launch, such as Apples of Accomplishment, Equipment Summon Tickets, Skip Tickets, Mianne (a 5* Potential Character) and Gems." ..

Noodlecake and No Monkeys Bringing 'Mmm Fingers 2' to iOS and Android this Week

Just about 3 years ago, Noodlecake Studios partnered up with developer No Monkeys to release the frantic avoidance game Mmm Fingers [Free], which tasked you with keeping your finger pressed on the screen as you dodged all manner of hazards that were out to harm that poor finger of yours. The game was one of the biggest hits for both studios, and went on to be downloaded more than 24 million times. Now the developers are back with a bigger and better sequel called Mmm Fingers 2. Here's the trailer...

'Game Dev Tycoon' Is Launching on the App Store on November 28th, With Brand New Content and Much More

If you had to ask me to name my favourite iPhone games of all time, I'm sure that Game Dev Story [$4.99] would undoubtedly be sitting proudly near the top of the list. Despite releasing hundreds of variably interesting simulation titles on the App Store over the years, Kairosoft's iOS debut in 2010 created the perfect concoction of immersive gameplay, a fascinating concept and an engaging sense of progression, and Game Dev Story is still arguably the game to beat when it comes to the video game development simulators. After Game Dev Story's release, numerous similar titles emerged, most notably Game Dev Tycoon on Steam. After proving to be a massive hit with streamers and YouTubers alike, Game Dev Tycoon is now launching on iOS on November 28th, along with a redesigned interface for mobile and a number of new gameplay additions...

'Returner 77' Is a Visually Impressive Sci-fi Puzzler Coming This Week

In the upcoming Returner 77, you find yourself on an alien spaceship with the low-stakes mission of saving humanity. As is usually the case in these sci-fi plots, mankind is on the brink of extinction and has only one hope, you. Inexplicably, the aliens have decided to fill their spaceship with visually stunning puzzles for you to solve, which is a strategy worth criticizing because if you're going to destroy humankind, don't give it one of the few things it can do with moderate success. Bad planning aside, the aliens created some gorgeous puzzles, as you can see from the trailer above. The environments and puzzle elements should make this one a joy to play on a large iPad...

Crescent Moon's 'Runic Rampage' Has Been Submitted to Apple

Runic Rampage, the hack 'n slash RPG by Electrocosmos, is getting to closer to releasing on mobile. Crescent Moon, which is publishing the game on mobile, tweeted today that the game has been submitted to Apple, so a mobile release shouldn't be too far off (unless the developer and publisher have a specific release window in mind). As we talked about a few weeks ago, Runic Rampage first made its way onto Steam this past May to pretty positive reviews, and it looks like it's just the kind of game people will enjoy playing on mobile. In Runic Rampage you play as Grimbard, the last champion of the dwarfs, whose mission is to collect missing rune stone fragments and save his people...

Charming Head-Smasher 'Pukk' Is Coming Next Month

Pukk is a game about literally losing your head…and then being a head that slides around and smashes things. It's silly and charming in that way. According to the developers in our Upcoming Games forum thread, Pukk is a Nordic treasure hunter, a head that glides around the polar ice smashing ice blocks and all kinds of containers as it tries and grab as much treasure as it can. And, as you can imagine, you use that treasure to buy even cooler helmets for that poor head of yours and then proceed to go on smashing some more. As you can see from the trailer, you will bang (head-banging, get it?) that head from wall to wall, which is bound to give you a huge headache...

There are many games on the App Store that do well just because of how they blend fun but simple mechanics with silliness, and Heroes Fally seems to be doing just that, and doing it well. The game has you picking a character, jumping off a rooftop, and landing on the rooftop below. As you fall down, you try to collect all the medals and avoid all the hazards. Simple, right? But the fun part of Heroes Fally is its large collection of silly characters, each of which has a unique (and silly) Super that makes them invincible for a short time when activated...

In 'Wheels of Aurelia' You'll Experience Italy During the 70s

If you enjoy the idea of a road trip along 1970s Italy, you should check out Wheels of Aurelia, coming out next Thursday, October 19th. Wheels of Aurelia is all about an interactive road trip along the colorful streets of Italy that seems to be made for mobile. As the developers explain in our Upcoming Games forum thread, the game is played with one hand, so you can play on the go, and allows you to either engage in the driving part of the road trip or, if you prefer, focus on the game's story and dialogue. The art looks pretty nice, too...

Arena of Valor, the huge MOBA coming our way in November, is about to start a live stream on its Twitch channel that will show off the game, answer all kinds of questions about the game, and showcase the game's latest updates. And with the game coming to the US soon, we might hear more about the developers' plans for the game. You can watch the stream below, and if you miss it while its live, you can watch it later if you head over the Arena of Valor's Twitch channel. I'm sure many of you are anxiously waiting to check out more about the game, so it's definitely worth watching the stream to see what the fuss is all about...

Third-Person Bank Robbery Shooter 'Armed Heist' Soft-Launches in Sweden

If you follow along with our Upcoming Games Forum, which you totally should if you care about being on the cutting edge of what's coming out for mobile, then you may have seen a thread that was posted late last month for a game from developer Sozap called Armed Heist. It's a third-person cover-based shooter centered around robbery, similar to something like the Payday series, and it tasks you with becoming the best gosh darned armed robber in the world. Not the noblest of endeavors, but it sure makes for some fun gaming. At the time of the forum posting, Armed Heist didn't have a trailer that was ready for public consumption, but some animated .gifs and a brief video showing some in-game footage of a beta version showed a lot of promise. Now, Sozap has prepared an official public trailer for Armed Heist which you can see below...

'Lineage 2: Revolution' Up to 1 Million Pre-Registered Players Already, Grab Your Nickname While You Can

Lineage 2: Revolution, the upcoming MMORPG based on the PC game Lineage 2, is still at the pre-registration stage but is already creating quite the buzz. The game already has over 1 million players pre-registered, and it has apparently topped the charts in places like Japan and South Korea. While that pre-registration number is sure to please the game's developers, it's also a good sign for players, since it shows that this MMORPG will launch to populated servers. The game needs to have lots of players because it offers the kinds of experiences we don't see on mobile, like 200-player castle sieges, real-time 50v50 PvP Fortress Sieges, and in general is a game that's all about the massive part of MMORPG...

The Syrian refugee crisis might not be dominating our TVs like it did a few months back, especially in Europe, but it's still ongoing and still tragic. Bury me, my Love, an award-winning game that uses the trope of instant messaging to tell the story of a Syrian refugee, hopes to remind people of the ongoing plight of millions of Syrians when it launches for iOS and Android on October 26th. Bury me, my Love tells the story of Nour and her husband Majd. Nour sets on the perilous journey to Europe and safety, following in the footsteps of millions, but Majd stays back in Syria, and the only way he can help his wife is through an instant-messaging app...

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