Category Archives: Upcoming Games

Hands-On with 'Loot & Legends', the iOS Rebirth of 'Card Hunter'

As you might have guessed from all my articles on Hearthstone, I really enjoy Collectible Card Games (CCGs). Military games are one of my passions, and it's not a great leap to go from enjoying those games to enjoying CCGs since good CCGs are, after all, all about strategies and tactics. iOS developers apparently know, and cater, to my personal tastes in games because they've been adding CCG mechanics into all kinds of other genres (I'm looking at you, Tekken Card Tournament). If your game has CCG mechanics as an essential part of its design, I'll probably be playing it, at least briefly. So, I was quite interested when I heard that Dropforge Games would be porting Card Hunter, Blue Manchu's hit and winner of Most Original PC game of 2013, to the iPad under the name Loot & Legends. Card Hunter cleverly injected a deck-building component into an otherwise-traditional RPG game and provided players with the opportunity to create their own card-based hero parties that went on to play through many campaigns created by the novice gamemaster, Gary...

Check Out the First 'Knights of Pen & Paper 2' Gameplay Footage

Paradox Interactive's Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is coming out next month on May 14th, but we haven't had a chance to see any gameplay footage of the game yet. And we didn't get the chance to nab any gameplay video from GDC. Well, the good news is that Paradox is finally delivering some gameplay footage of Knights of Pen & Paper 2, and they're doing so in glorious 1080p at 60 frames per second, because any lesser resolution or frame rate would just be cruel and unusual punishment for your eyeballs. Click to watch on YouTube in 1080p60, the embed doesn't support 60 frames per second yet:..

Naquatic's 'Basketball Showdown 2015' Brings 'CivCrafter'-Style Clans to Basketball

Naquatic may have ruined your life with CivCrafter [Free] and its inordinately-deep clicker gameplay, but thankfully they're here to calm things down with their next game, Basketball Showdown 2015, releasing next week on April 30th. However, there's an aspect of CivCrafter that's coming to this follow-up to one of Naquatic's most popular games, Basketball Showdown [Free]: the clan system. Rebranded as teams here, because sports, you'll be able to start up your own team, and recruit players to play for you, with a limit of 20 players, just like the CivCrafter clan system. Naquatic's hoping to make their other sports franchises have similar systems, as they think it brings a community aspect to these games that makes them better. ..

Well, that didn't take long: last week Capcom and Beeline Interactive were conducting polls and looking for beta testers for a licensed Ghostbusters iOS game. Today, Beeline officially announced Ghostbusters Puzzle Fighter, which sadly doesn't have anything to do with Capcom's amazing Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo and everything to do with a free-to-play match-3 roleplayer...

Offworld Games Announce 'Reiner Knizia's The Confrontation,' Set for This Summer

Over on our forums, Offworld Games announced today that their iPad port of The Confrontation will hit the App Store later this summer. The Confrontation is a turn-based strategy game by famed German board game designer Reiner Knizia. It's similar to Stratego in that you can't see your opponent's units until they engage in battle, but it features fewer units and an extra layer of card-based combat mechanics. ..

Miniclip's 'Beast Quest' Hunts Worldwide in May

Miniclip's working on its game Beast Quest at the moment, a sort of Infinity Blade [$5.99] take on the Beast Quest book series. Folks have been playing it in soft launch the last few weeks, both Canadians and those adding "eh" after everything they say to seem Canadian and play these games early. Well, the good news is that you non-Canadians can enjoy the game for yourself starting on May 7th, when Beast Quest launches worldwide for free. Check out a new "let's play" video of the second world of the game, straight from Miniclip themselves:..

Want to See 'Cally's Caves 3' Footage? Well, Have All the 'Cally's Caves 3' Footage in the World!

There are some developers who are very protective of pre-release game footage. Sometimes this is for good reason, like protecting simple game ideas from getting exposed and replicated by unscrupulous developers willing to create spurious apps before the authentic ones can come out. But often, this is just misguided silliness – not to name names, but there's always rad games I see at GDC where developers are scared of getting video out there, even though their games look amazing in early form. Jordan Pearson, developer of Cally's Caves [Free] and Cally's Caves 2 [Free], is not one of those developers. In fact, he's just posted a gameplay video of an early build of Cally's Caves 3 that runs for almost 50 minutes, showing off the shotgun weapon in the game, and the intended balancing of the weapon...

'Seek' is a Gorgeous Game Jumping From Android to iOS in May

Scotland-based student developers Five Pixels are launching their award-winning mobile game Seek on iOS in a couple of weeks on May 7th. The game has been available on Android for a bit now, but this is the first chance for iPhone and iPad owners to try out this gorgeous exploration game. You use tilt and gyroscope sensors to look around an island, trying to find your friends, using your thumbs to go forward and backward. You collect new senses as you find your friends, which make it easier to discover where everyone is. It's a gorgeous-looking game in motion...

'Heroes and Castles 2' Finally Gets a Release Date

Foursaken Media's got our forums – and some of us on staff here at TA – all in a tizzy with Heroes and Castles 2. The scope of the game is looking absolutely absurd, the visuals are looking impressive, but will it be a good game? Well, you're going to find out soon enough: May 14th is when Heroes and Castles 2 launches worldwide. This genre mashup of action-RPGs, strategy gameplay, and good ol' castle defense has had our forums going wild in anticipation, and soon they'll get to see if their anticipation is worth it...

'The Room 3' Will Stay Locked Away 'Til Summer, Says Fireproof Games

Bittsersweet news from Fireproof Games this week: the Guildford, England-based firm announced that The Room 3 is being delayed. Originally scheduled for a spring release, the upcoming entry into the incredibly popular hidden object series has been kicked back to summer...

'Marvel Future Fight' Releasing Worldwide Right Before 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Netmarble announced last month that they were bringing a Marvel action-RPG to mobile with Marvel Future Fight, and they've just announced that you'll be able to pick it up worldwide right ahead of the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, on April 30th. You'll be fighting with a series of Marvel heroes, turning corrupted heroes back to the side of good, and then fighting with them. The soft-launch forum thread has been remarkably active since it launched, with loads of people getting into this game and collecting the at-least 36 characters currently in the game, with the promise of more. How deep in the Marvel roster is Netmarble able or willing to go?..

Mediocre's 'Does Not Commute' Crashes into the App Store This Week

The ironically-named Mediocre has been exciting us with their upcoming game Does Not Commute for a while now, and we finally have a release date: this Thursday, April 23rd. The game was intriguing even before it had a name, and when we played it at GDC it wound up being one of the best games at the conference. The final game is much like what you see below, but with some additional tweaks and improvements that should make it a better game:..

Upcoming Adventure 'Forever Lost: Episode 3' Gets a New Gameplay Trailer

Late last month we were treated to a new teaser video for the third and final entry in the Forever Lost point-and-click adventure game series. It showed off snippets of the environments and set the mood for the upcoming game. Today, developer Glitch Games has released a new trailer showing actual gameplay footage from Episode 3, and it's looking quite excellent. Spoiler: You'll once again be taking lots of pictures...

'Stella's Journey' is an Upcoming Platformer with Interesting Apple Watch Support

Gravity Software, creators of Religion Simulator [$2.99], have a new game in the works called Stella's Journey, which is releasing next Thursday, April 30th. This is a platformer of sorts, where you control Stella, a girl who has been turned into a paper box. I know, it seems like every other game is about a girl who has been turned into a paper box, but stick with me here. You control the wind that flies Stella around, as you allow her to pick up objects, manipulate switches, and avoid hazards and enemies. The production values aren't the greatest, but the concept is neat and fun to play around with...

Latest 'Party Hard' Trailer Features a Killer Bear with Sunglasses

About a month ago, we posted the reveal trailer for a game called Party Hard, a game where your goal is to murder everyone at a party at your neighbor's house because they are being too loud. Talk about overreacting! A collaborative effort between Pinokl Games and tinyBuild, Party Hard is semi-procedurally generated and features dozens of clever ways to set traps and take out noisy party-goers. The latest trailer for the game has just been released and it shows a party going down at a ranch, and the disgruntled neighbor luring a bear with sunglasses over to the shindig to wreak havoc...

'Lectro' is a Colorful Challenge, Releasing This Week

Lectro is another solid entry in the trend of minimalist-styled arcade-style games that's releasing this week. Your goal in Lectro is to launch from one orb to another, by timing the spinning indicator to launch to the next orb. The cool thing is that you wind up criss-crossing the playing field where previous orbs were. You can cross back over these orbs, so you don't have to worry about hitting anything. Different orbs that you hit will speed up and slow down rotation, so you have to stay constantly aware...

'Skiing Yeti Mountain' Preview - The Alternate Universe Version of 'Dudeski'

In an alternate universe, the game Skiing Yeti Mountain is what Dudeski [$1.99] would be. You control a pixelly skiier traveling down a mountain, slaloming around points to keep going, as if you miss one, you fail the level. The game is centered around many short levels, where you're trying to get to the end of the lvel as quickly as possible to get gold medals. You level up, and can earn new skiing outfits by doing well. It gets challenging as you have to learn to carve and skid to make slalom turns, and to get down the level fast enough to earn the gold. You either use swipes or a thumb-sliding control scheme to maneuver. The game also quickly starts to throw in new wrinkles, like cliffs you have to jump off of in such a way to go the right direction around the slalom. It's a game that will really start to throw some clever challenges your way...

Bandai Namco Entertainment's 2015 Global Gamers Day

Last week was Bandai Namco Entertainment's 2015 Global Gamers Day Americas, where they showed off a bunch of new titles that they have in the pipeline for consoles, handhelds, desktop and yes, even mobile. As with most events thrown by gigantic companies, the mobile stuff was a bit scarce with the majority of the focus going towards console and desktop titles. That said, there was still a few noteworthy things in the works for our little mobile devices...

Goofily Piledrive Dudes in 'Wrassling,' Coming to the App Store Next Week

Earlier this month, we told you about Wrassling, an upcoming game by Colin Lane (Golf is Hard [Free]) and Folmer Kelly (Irrupt [$1.99], #SUPERHYPER [$1.99], Upthing [Free]). Eli, Jared, and Carter like it because wrestling is, like, their thing; I like it because physics curios and banging chiptunes are two of my things...

In Case You'd Forgotten, Amanita Design's 'Samorost 3' Is Still in the Works, Still Surreal and Weird

Czech outfit Amanita Design has released a gorgeous new trailer for the upcoming Samorost 3, full of organic weirdness and fungal wonder, alligators made out of petrified wood and entire planets covered in fine saffron gossamer. The first Samorost game came out in 2003 (my God!), but the power of Amanita's imaginative art hasn't been tempered in the slightest...

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