Category Archives: Upcoming Games

'Puzzle Blitz' from 'Compression' and 'TanZen' Creator Releasing in January

Little White Bear has been kicking around on the App Store for a while making puzzle games, and I put plenty of time into Compression [$2.99 / Free (HD)] back in the day. Well, they've got a new game in the works that's releasing on January 8th, entitled Puzzle Blitz. This promises to combine both tangram puzzles with the fast-paced gameplay that modern puzzle games tend to offer. The game tosses a tangram puzzle your way, where you must arrange block fragments together to solve the puzzle presented. The thing is, you have to solve these in short order, as there's a ticking clock counting down all the while...

A New Mobile Game in the 'Lords of the Fallen' Universe is Coming in 2015

Lords of the Fallen is an action RPG that was released back in October on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC from developer Deck13 Interactive. Earlier this week, the mobile gaming world was taken aback when the official Lords of the Fallen Twitter account tweeted that "Console and PC RPG #LordsoftheFallen will be released on iOS and Android devices in 2015!" Without any further details, the tweet made it sound like a full port of the game would be heading to our little mobile devices. Now, I know the power of mobile hardware is getting better every year, but a full port of a current-gen console and PC game seemed pretty unlikely...

Visual novels have been a pretty big genre in Japan since nearly the inception of gaming in the country. A major presence on PCs in the 1980s, they started appearing more frequently on consoles in the 1990s, and have enjoyed popularity on handhelds and mobile devices from the 2000s onward. Yet, for most of that time, the genre's been largely ignored outside Japan, with virtually none of the popular titles in the genre localized. The big break for the genre was likely Capcom's Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney, a risky gamble that went over well enough to get other publishers to take a chance. Even then, though, most of the games that were localized were hybrids, mixing in adventure components or RPG scenes. Only very recently have we seen some pure visual novels getting a chance in the west, such as Banshee's Last Cry [Free]...

Telltale and Mojang Announce 'Minecraft Story Mode' Adventure Game

Well this is some pretty crazy news that I'm not sure anyone expected: The word on the street this morning is that Telltale has paired up with Mojang to release a new adventure game series set in the Minecraft universe. It's called Minecraft Story Mode and it either makes no sense, or makes perfect sense, depending on how you look at it...

Square Enix Announces 'Mevius Final Fantasy'

You don't know how hard I had to fight myself not to include a punny reference to Carly Rae Jepsen with that title. That's your Christmas present, friends. Anyway, on to the meat of this little news item. Square Enix, a company rather fond of announcing new Final Fantasy games, has announced a new Final Fantasy game for smartphones and tablets. It's called Mevius Final Fantasy, which is not to be confused with Final Fantasy Brave Exvius, Final Fantasy Dimensions: Crystal of Time And Space, Final Fantasy Record Keeper, or Final Fantasy Agito. What makes this one so special is its planned scope. Perhaps I'll let Square Enix's words, from the game's official website, speak for themselves here...

Simogo has been known to blur the lines between games, art, film, sound, literature and more, so when they took to Twitter today to tease a new project called The Sensational December Machine, it's kind of hard to pinpoint exactly what kind of project it is. All they've revealed so far is the following (extremely lovely) teaser image:..

You Can Manipulate Time in 'TimeCube', but You'll Have to Wait Until Thursday to Play

SteamDragon Games is a new developer comprised of mobile veterans, including former members of Spokko (Zombie Road Trip [Free]), CD Projekt RED (The Witcher series), and 11bit Studios (Anomaly 2 [$0.99]). They have just announced their first game, and it's releasing this Thursday, December 18th, on the App Store: TimeCube. This is a simple yet challenging game, as is all the rage lately. There's a simple TimeCube floating through the void, and moving platforms that threaten to harm it. Your goal as the player is to manipulate the passage of time, forcing the platforms to go either at a fast or slow speed, to get the TimeCube to safety...

'Fugl' is a Gorgeous Upcoming Flying Game from the Developer of 'Melodive'

We were big fans of Johan Gjestland's Melodive [Free] last year, an experimental "endless rhythm flight simulator" that featured gorgeous visuals. Well, Gjestland has got a new game in the works called Fugl that's looking similarly gorgeous. It's got a similar theme, where the goal will be to control a bird using a dual-stick control scheme, with each virtual stick controlling each wing – and potentially MFi gamepad support. The dev's got a work-in-progress trailer of the game. He recommends watching in 60 frames per second, so watch this on the YouTube site on desktop. The app doesn't quite support 60 frames per second video yet, and the smoothness makes a noticeable difference...

Check Out Footage of the Upcoming Neon-Infused Cave Shooter 'Heavy Rockets'

Heavy Rockets is a interesting-looking cave shooter by Majasalmi that's in the works right now for iOS, that just had a new trailer released over the past weekend. The game's a top-down shooter, where players must fly around caves and take out enemies in several different modes, including not just arena battles, but race modes, that can take place over local wi-fi. The visual style is a minimalist one, using flat visuals with geometric shapes to populate its world. Check it out in action: ..

'Dragon Quest 5' Preview - Import Impressions

It's been about five years since I last played through Dragon Quest 5. If you haven't played it before, I should start off by saying that this is a game that has a lot to say, if you choose to listen to it, and exactly what you hear is going to depend on where you are in your own life. That's because Dragon Quest 5 takes a very unusual approach to its story, following the personal journey of the main character from his birth all the way through to adulthood and the responsibilities that often come with it. I can't say too much about the story without spoiling things that ought not to be spoiled, unfortunately. What I can tell you is that Dragon Quest as a series is quite interested in exploring destiny and fate as concepts, and Dragon Quest 5 is perhaps its most nuanced take on the whole notion...

'Golf is Hard' is Exactly That, as You'll Find Out Soon Enough

Golf is Hard is a game releasing on Wednesday that is pretty much exactly what it says on the tin. From developer Colin Lane, and featuring art by Folmer Kelly of Superhyper [$1.99] fame, this is a 2D golfing game that can be kind of described as a cross between Desert Golfing [$1.99] and Super Stickman Golf 2 [Free]. It's a side-scrolling golf game, where you have to set the angle and power to launch at the hole. The problem is that you're playing on a course with draconian rules – you can't actually walk on the course if you don't get a hole-in-one. So yeah, good luck with that. Better master the mechanics, buddy!..

'Atomic Pinball Collection' Coming Soon from 'Revenge of the Rob-O-Bot' Developer Color Monkey

Pinball is one of those genres that's perfectly suited to touchscreen devices, and there's no shortage of great pinball games on the App Store. While games like Zen Pinball [Free] and Pinball Arcade [$0.99 / Free] are among the most popular due to their use of licensed IP and real-world table creations, one pinball game that's flown under the radar for the past couple of years is Color Monkey's Revenge of the Rob-O-Bot [$2.99]. Fans in our forums love Rob-O-Bot, and we included it in our best pinball games of 2012 list, but since its release in late 2012 we've all been kind of waiting to see what's next from Color Monkey in the realm of pinball. A reader pointed us in the direction of Pinball Arcade Fans forums for the answer, and it turns out it's a brand new game called Atomic Pinball Collection...

'Respite' is a Promising Upcoming Fantasy First-Person Shooter for Mobile

First-person shooters tend to check off at least one of three boxes: zombies, military, sci-fi. Some games check off all three. So the upcoming FPS Respite looks particularly intriguing because it's promising to be none of those. It's a fantasy-styled FPS that's coming to iOS devices. You will play as a dwarf, using a crossbow, a shotgun/blunderbuss weapon, and magic spells to help defeat orcs, goblins, and other fantasy creatures, all in order to retrive your lost helmet...

'Reckless Racing' Creators Pixelbite Announce New Dual-Stick Shooter, 'Space Marshals'

The developers of Reckless Racing 3 [$0.99] at Pixelbite are already hard at work on their next game, Space Marshals. This is Pixelbite's escape from racing games, and into dual-stick shooters. Taking place in a sci-fi western setting, players control specialist Burton, who has to hunt down escaped prisoners. Space prisoners! The game will allow for a variety of tactics – want to use stealth to hunt down enemies? Go for it. Want to blow them away with superior firepower? Do it...

'Frozen Synapse' Coming to iPhone in January

Mode 7 Games' turn-based strategy game Frozen Synapse [$9.99 (HD)] has been on iPad for a while now, but iPhone gamers can soon get their hands on this acclaimed strategy game starting in January. The iPhone version was announced on Twitter by Paul Taylor of Mode 7, who later confirmed that it would be coming in a separate iPhone version. Quite often, adaptations of PC games like these with complicated interfaces often require such extensive work to operate on such a small interface, as well as to adapt to touchscreens. While universal versions are certainly preferred, it's also hard to fault the developers for wanting to get paid for the extra work a separate version almost two years after the original version's release...

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