Category Archives: Upcoming Games

Top-Down Co-Op Shooter 'Dash Galactic' Enters Open Beta on Google Play

Kiz Studios, makers of popular mobile titles like Wonky Ship [Free] and Might and Mayhem [Free], are currently working on their next mobile project, a top-down shooter called Dash Galactic. Featuring a purposely campy '50s-style sci-fi theme, Dash Galactic has you blasting away evil enemies from the TOXON Corporation using any of 12 different playable heroes each with unique abilities. The real standout feature though is its real-time cooperative multiplayer for up to 3 players that'll have you blasting away at bad guys with your buddies at your side. Check out the awesome trailer for Dash Galactic to see it in action...

'Planet of Heroes' is a Mobile MOBA from My.com's New Studio Fast Forward, Coming Q4 of 2016

If there's one nut a lot of people have been trying to crack, with varying degrees of success, it's putting the popular MOBA genre on mobile. Vainglory [Free] is probably the most well-known name in mobile MOBAs, and it's more or less a full PC MOBA experience shrunk down for mobile devices. That's not a bad thing if that's what you're looking for, but longer game sessions and gameplay complexity don't lend themselves too well to the mobile platform, and while there's definitely a dedicated audience of Vainglory players it hasn't hit the same sort of mainstream appeal as something like Clash Royale [Free], which was built with mobile in mind and has much more bite-sized play sessions. Well, the latest company to take a stab at the mobile MOBA is My.com which has created a new internal studio called Fast Forward who will be building a built-for-mobile MOBA called Planet of Heroes, and this humorous unveiling trailer for the game should give you an idea of what's in store...




'Death Road to Canada' Hits PC on Friday, Mobile Version Coming "Roughly a Month After"

Rocketcat Games and Madgarden's collaborative "randomized permadeath road trip simulator" Death Road to Canada is finally releasing on desktop this Friday after a very long road of development that started with its initial announcement way back in August of 2013. Death Road to Canada is a simulation-style game similar to Oregon Trail where your goal is to make it from Florida to Canada during a zombie apocalypse. You'll need to harvest resources and collect new party members along the way, as well as fight off the hordes of zombies who are anxious to chomp on your brains. In celebration of this momentous occasion, Kepa from Rocketcat is posting playthrough videos of Death Road to Canada leading up to its release this Friday. Below you can see the first three parts of a "Familiar Faces Extreme Mode" playthrough...

Hands-On with Bullet Hell Shooter 'Phoenix 2', Soft-Launched in Canada, the Netherlands, and Singapore

Firi Games has had Phoenix 2 in the works for quite a long time, and after we checked out an early version of it back at GDC in March, the game has now officially soft-launched in both the Singapore and Netherlands App Stores. In case you aren't up to speed, the original Phoenix is a vertical shoot 'em up with procedurally-generated levels that launched in the App Store way, way back in October of 2010. It was rough around the edges, but its accessibility and randomly generated nature made it a perfect fit for a mobile game. Phoenix was eventually superseded by Phoenix HD [Free] about a year later, which added revamped HD graphics and a new free to try model. Phoenix HD has been updated a ton over the past five years and continues to be updated to this day. ..

'BATMAN: The Telltale Series' Episode One, 'Realm of Shadows', Releases August 2nd, New Trailer Looks Great

As we wrote about yesterday, Telltale planned to reveal BATMAN: The Telltale Series' release date at some point in this week, and the developer didn't keep us waiting. The first episode of this much-awaited series, titled Realm of Shadows, will be available on iOS and Android on August 2nd. As you can see from the trailer below, the series is trying to explore not just the Dark Knight but the man behind the mask as well, with Alfred, voiced by Enn Reitel, trying to remind Bruce Wayne that there's still a man inside that suit. I'm quite excited about exploring the duality of this complex figure and being able to choose whether to face a problem as Bruce or Batman...

Upcoming Card Game 'Smash Up' Will Let you Mix Up Pirates With Ninja, Robots, and Other Crazy Factions

How does the idea of playing a deck of Zombies and Pirates against your friend's Robots and Ninja sound? I don't know about you, but it sounds like great fun to me. Nomad Games, of Talisman: Digital Edition [$6.99] fame, is bringing Shufflebuilding Smash Up to iOS, so you'll soon be able to bring all those crazy combinations to bear against your opponents. Smash Up comes with a variety of factions, each with a unique 20-card deck, and each of the up to four players gets to pick two factions through a drafting process and then battle for world domination...

'LUMINES PUZZLE & MUSIC' Soft Launches in New Zealand, Australia and Japan

Lumines on iOS has always hypothetically been a perfect fit. The compulsive amalgamation of high score breaking action of Tetris, with one of the best soundtracks in a puzzle game ever, was incredible on the limited portability of the PSP back in 2005, and would be even better given a proper release on smartphone devices. While it may not be the first game of the series on iPhone (a rather half-hearted rushed effort released back in 2009, but we don't talk about that anymore), we finally have a title that is truly deserving of the Lumines name. LUMINES PUZZLE AND MUSIC has just soft launched in New Zealand, Japan and Australia and, despite being a paid title, it is certainly one worth buying for any fans in these regions - or anyone who can circumvent the region restrictions of the App Store...

Umbrella Announces Four New Games, with 'Colorpede' Releasing This Week

Umbrella, purveyors of some darn fine microgames, are about to release a torrent of games onto an unsuspecting public. They're getting into publishing, though in a very hands-on role contributing art, design, and code for many titles, to go along with their self-developed titles. They have a quartet of games releasing soon, with the first one releasing on July 20th, entitled Colorpede. This high score chaser has you tapping to swap between two colors to match them on the way down, with the catch being that the colors change after each match. Good luck keeping up with that!..

Over-the-top Wargame 'Heroes of Normandie' Storms the App Store Beaches July 28th

I've been waiting for the upcoming wargame Heroes of Normandie for quite some time now, but the wait is finally coming to an end as the game is set to release July 28th. After first appearing as a boardgame and then moving on to the PC, the game is finally coming to the App Store. The game doesn't try to realistically represent warfare but, instead, goes for a bombastic style reminiscent of classic Hollywood World War II movies. The game offers multiple campaigns and a skirmish mode along with multiplayer - which of course is the part I'm more excited about...

'Big Bang Racing' is a Side-Scrolling Physics Racer with a Level Editor that's Launching Worldwide July 28th

Way back in January of last year, developer Traplight Games announced their mobile game project, a side-scrolling physics racer called What On Earth! where its standout feature was a touchscreen-optimized level editor which would allow the entire game to be based around user-generated content. After beta testing the game for most of 2015, What On Earth! resurfaced in December with a brand new name, Big Bang Racing, and it soft-launched in a few territories. Now, with about half of 2016 behind us, all that work is finally about to pay off when Big Bang Racing launches worldwide on July 28th. Check out how slick the level creation process is in the following trailer...

'Snow Horse' is a Game About a Horse Riding a Snowboard

For far too long, humanity has had to deal with a severe deficiency of games involving snowboarding horses. But that deficiency will soon be corrected, as Chris Figueroa and Kinifi Games' Snow Horse is set to hit iOS on July 28th. The game is pretty much what it says on the tin: you control a snowboarding horse. You plow forward, ever forward, grinding rails and pulling off all manner of tricks on multi-tiered levels, with surprises like the eponymous snowboarding horse crashing into a set of bowling pins. That's right...

Murder Mystery Card Game Mashup 'One Show Only' Arrives on iOS and AndroidAugust 4th

Back in February we checked out an upcoming murder mystery adventure game with a card game component called One Show Only, and both the basic concept for the game and the art style was very interesting to us. In the time since then the game launched on Mac and PC, but today developer Tristan Dahl has announced that the iOS version is approved by Apple and slated for launch on August 4th. In One Show Only you'll play as a detective investigating the alleged murder of a trapeze artist, and you'll do this by interrogating various suspects by playing a card game against them to divulge new information, as you can see in the trailer below...

'BATMAN - The Telltale Series' Releases in August, Game to Be Shown for the First Time at SDCC This Saturday

If you're anxiously waiting to play Batman - The Telltale Series, have just a bit more patience because the game is almost here. According to this blog post, the game will premiere at some point next month, with the exact date announced late this week. We'll also be getting the first trailer this week, so stay tuned for that as well. So far the whispers around the internet are pointing to BATMAN being Telltale's best work yet, but that of course remains to be seen. Personally, I think that Telltale's emphasis on the dual identity of the Dark Knight will make for a better game and for more interesting choices...

'Old Man's Journey' is a Beautiful and Unique Puzzle Adventure from the Makers of 'And Yet It Moves'

During GDC this past March, I was able to check out an extremely early build of a game called Old Man's Journey from Austrian developer Broken Rules. Unfortunately, at that time Old Man's Journey was in such an early state that we weren't able to capture video of it, and Broken Rules wanted to keep the whole project under wraps for the time being. Which was a shame because it was easily one of the most beautiful and unique games I had seen in some time. Well, today they've finally officially announced Old Man's Journey and released the first teaser trailer for it...

'Mobius Final Fantasy' North American and European Pre-Registration Goes Live

Mobius Final Fantasy popped up out of the blue a little more than a year ago on the Japanese App Store, and at the time we assumed it'd be like all of Squeenix's other games and eventually makes its way to Western markets. Well, today we get confirmation of our obvious suspicions as Mobius Final Fantasy pre-registration goes live for both North America and Europe. I'm not super sure what the difference is between the two web sites, but if you're excited for the game you might as well sign up for both of them so you can get in on any bonuses if the game launches early in either region...

First Video Released for 'Get Me Outta Here', an Upcoming Action Platformer from the Makers of 'Jump Jack'

Back in October of last year, the two-brother team known as Rossman Bros Games released the frightfully difficult and highly underrated auto-runner Jump Jack [$0.99], which was a passion project completed in the brothers' free time and also was based on an actual bedtime story Eric Rossman would tell his son Jack. Well, this past April, the bros announced their next mobile project, a more traditional-style action platformer called Get Me Outta Here. Since that announcement, the bros have been dropping little snippets of info and some very early teasers of the game in our forums, but today they released the first actual gameplay video of Get Me Outta Here in an early alpha state, and I am now tingling with excitement after watching it. Not that I wasn't tingling from the teasers, but this video kicked the tingling into overdrive. Ok, enough about tingling, check out the vid...

'Riptide GP: Renegade' Hits Apple TV on August 2nd, iOS Shortly Afterward

Vector Unit's latest entry in their fun Riptide GP series of water vehicle racing games, Riptide GP: Renegade, has been in the works for a while now, with our latest major look at it being at PAX Prime in 2015. The good news is that the game is set to finally release, with Apple TV and the Nvidia Shield Android TV set to get the game on August 2nd for $9.99. A mobile version is set to hit "shortly after" the TV versions. ..

Turn-Based Dungeon Crawler 'Guild of Dungeoneering' Is Coming to Mobile July 21st

Guild of Dungeoneering looked intriguing the first time we saw it at PAX South, and it's finally about to come to mobile. If you haven't read our earlier story on the game, Guild of Dungeoneering is a turn-based dungeon crawler where instead of controlling your hero, you get to build the dungeon around him. In order to do so, you use cards from your Guild decks and you get to lay rooms, monsters, traps, and place plenty of loot for that poor, unfortunate soul. The cards you play include dungeon tiles, which build the dungeon around your hero, monsters, which your hero will have to face, and more. While you start the game with a Chump, a pretty basic hero, you'll gradually get to play with more powerful heroes such as Rangers, Barbarians, and, apparently, even the mighty Mathematician...

We tried to add up the number of cumulative hours that Team TouchArcade has spent playing various iterations of Lumines, but couldn't find a calculator that could go that high... So instead, we're just refocusing our mathematical lasers on being super excited for the upcoming launch of Lumines - Puzzle & Music. If this is the first you've heard of the game, it's actually coming in two versions: Lumines - Puzzle & Music is the paid, premium experience while a second game, Lumines VS will be free to play. Well, per Japanese mobile gaming industry insider Dr. Serkan Toto, Lumines - Puzzle & Music will be hitting Japan, Australia and New Zealand next week, with a global launch coming in September:..

Indie Point-and-Click Adventure 'Bulb Boy' Heading to iOS and Android

If you happen to follow along with the Bulbware YouTube account, then this news might not come as a surprise to you, but today the small Polish indie developer has officially announced that its acclaimed point-and-click adventure game Bulb Boy will be heading from desktop to iOS and Android starting July 21st. Originally launched on PC and Mac in October of last year, Bulb Boy has you playing as a boy with–you guessed it–a bulb for a head, which gives him some… interesting abilities. The game has a very stylish look and seems quite charming, but also dark and twisted. Check out the original launch trailer...

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