Category Archives: Upcoming Games

'Real Boxing 2' from Vivid Games Coming Later this Year

For whatever reason, the boxing game genre doesn't really have a huge presence on the App Store. There have definitely been several standout arcade-style boxing games over the years, but the kind that lean more towards simulation have been pretty scarce. In late 2012 Vivid Games looked to rectify that with Real Boxing [Free], and for the most part they succeeded with flying colors. Now nearly 3 years later and a sequel is on its way. ..

'Blendamaze' is a Color Mixing Labyrinth Game - Coming This Month

In the early days of the App Store, particularly in the pre-App Store jailbreak era, labyrinth games of all types were super popular. Developers hadn't really figured out what to do with iOS devices just yet, and using an accelerometer to tilt around a ball seemed like it made the most sense. Eventually Illusion Labs released Labyrinth [$2.99] and then followed it up with Labyrinth 2 [$4.99] which effectively ended The Great Maze Game Wars (For real, it was a thing) with a game of a quality level that was just impossible to beat. Years later, and we're starting to see high-production labyrinth games again, which ... almost makes them feel fresh again, in a really strange way. For instance, check out the trailer for Blendamaze:..

'Monsters Ate My Metropolis' is Adult Swim Games' Latest, Watch Their Debut Stream

Adult Swim Games is revealing its latest collaboration with PikPok, and the latest game in the Monsters Ate My Condo [$0.99] series – it's called Monsters Ate My Metropolis, and it's a radical departure for the series. If you're interested in checking out more about it, Adult Swim Games will be streaming the game on their Twitch channel in a few minutes at 1pm eastern time, so you can get a first look from them on just what this is...

Check Out Near-Final Footage of Retro Racing Game 'Horizon Chase'

Aquiris Game Studio has been pretty forthcoming about their upcoming game Horizon Chase, posting early screenshots on our forums, and talking about how they hired the musician from the game Top Gear to do the soundtrack for their tribute to the late-80s/early-90s racing games that Horizon Chase takes after. Aquiris has just released a new trailer that shows off some actual, near-final, gameplay footage, and promising a release date this month!..

'The Guides' and its Puzzles Will Drive You Mad This Month

Luke Lisi and Kevin Bradford have announced that their enigmatic riddle-solving game The Guides is coming on August 17th. This game tasks you to solve different riddles on each screen, with 50 different "pages" in two journals for you to try and solve the mysteries of. For example, some early puzzles involve a cipher centered around binary code that you must try to decode to make it to the next puzzle. Thankfully, you have the ability to easily save screenshots and built-in decoding tools will help you along, though you'll still need to take notes on what's happening to solve all the puzzles...

Check Out the Latest Animated .Gifs from Upcoming ZX Spectrum Inspired Shooter 'Z-Exemplar'

A couple of months ago we posted the trailer for Z-Exemplar, an upcoming shoot 'em up from Suminell Studios that looked to harness the spirit of the old ZX Spectrum home computer. The trailer looked awesome and the game really had an authentic ZX Spectrum feel. I've been really looking forward to its release. While the game isn't quite finished up yet, Suminell has been good about dropping into the game's forum thread and offering updates on its progress. The latest discusses some of the aspects of the Asteroid Field levels and introduces a really cool new weapon...

July Patreon Update: You Guys Are the Best, Long Live TouchArcade

The TouchArcade Patreon continues to do really well. We stopped posting about it every day because we're getting so close to our goal there doesn't seem to be much point to be constantly reminding everyone. Either way, the Patreon has vastly exceeded our expectations, so from the absolute bottom of our hearts from everyone here at TouchArcade: Thank you, everyone involved. Hell, even if you're not contributing to our Patreon but you're still visiting the site every day, thanks for being a part of our community. Seriously, it's so validating to be supported on this level, when we pour so much of ourselves into this web site...

The Trailer for 'Astra' Looks Astounding

Astra was a game that looked promising when the first footage was revealed. But the first trailer for the game has me really excited, as Astra is looking like it could be a ton of fun. There's plenty of orbital runners/platformers on iOS, but I'm digging the varying level design on display here. Plus, the game's combination of sci-fi and colorful Greek wall paintings seems like an interesting mix that just might work. The trailer has me hyped:..

Gamevil's 'Afterpulse' is a New Multiplayer Shooter from the Developer of 'Respawnables'

Here's something way out of left field for Gamevil. The company known primarily for their RPGs is jumping into the mobile third-person shooter fray with their new game Afterpulse, currently in soft launch in Australia. Developed by Digital Legends Entertainment, known for developing Respawnables [Free], this is promising top-notch visuals powered by Metal with countless advanced effects. Somehow, it's less than 400 MB to download. Oh, and it's going to boast online PVP matches, to boot. Here's a little teaser of the game:..

PikPok Soft Launches 'Breakneck' in Australia

It seems like high-speed endless ship-runners are becoming a thing now, what with Race the Sun [$4.99] and Kayos [$1.99] each releasing on mobile in the last few months. But it looks like PikPok has decided to get in on the trend, as our forums have discovered that they soft-launched a game called Breakneck in the Australian App Store that fits well in that genre. You'll be piloting a ship that flies at high speeds, trying to get as far as possible, while being chased by unseen malevolent forces. So, you must keep going forward, not crashing into walls, hopefully not getting abducted into space. Good luck!..

Nitrome Teases Mysterious New Game, 'Beneath the Lighthouse'

Nitrome's been on a game-releasing roll lately, with their interesting take on the auto-runner Vault [Free] seeing release recently. But while they're making a lot of games with whimsy and arcade flavor, they seem interested in branching out a bit. That's at least what the trailer for Beneath the Lighthouse seems to indicate, a more atmospheric experience from Nitrome, perhaps? The teaser isn't saying much, but it's more than enough to have me intrigued:..

Curious Adventure Game 'Barmark' Arrives on Android, iOS Version Coming Next Week

It's hard to believe that it was a year and a half ago that I first came across Barmark, a new point and click adventure game from Swedish developer Stormhatt Studios. The thing that caught my attention about Barmark at the time was just how… strange it was. The music, the visuals, the overall atmosphere. It really looked unique. Even Stormhatt's description of what you did in Barmark was intriguing, as they described it as a game with "no goals, no points and no death." About 6 months later, Stormhatt released a second trailer which attempted to explain further what you did in the game, which it sort of did, but it still left us with a ton of questions. Well, it's been a long time in the works, but Barmark is finally finished and has just been released on Android...

Have room in your heart (and on your device) for another auto-runner? If you do, the upcoming title by Tama Games and Mutant Games Mars ONE is being published by Fishlabs and is due for release in Q3 of 2015... Which is approaching fast. In the game, you play as an astronaut who crash landed on mars, racing against your oxygen supplies and (hopefully) collecting pieces of your spaceship, Toejam and Earl style, to get back home. The screenshots look pretty rad, provided you're not a member of the surprisingly militant anti-pixelart brigade:..

Give Indiana Jones Some Skates and a Wall Jump, and You'd Have 'Adventure Roller Skates', Coming this Fall

Platformers are just inherently a tough genre when you don't have physical controls. Many developers have nailed the virtual button thing, but that's not ideal for everyone. Another option is to completely remove traditional platforming mechanics so you can distill a platforming game down to something that can be controlled with just a couple of taps. Hence the auto-runner. While auto-runners are generally associated with endless, randomly generated high-scoring games, the mechanic has actually been put to really good use in more traditional-style platforming games. See the Rayman mobile games or the Wind-Up Knight series for just a couple examples off the top of my head. Anyway, the point is that you can create a platforming game that plays nice with a touchscreen without sacrificing the accuracy, timing and skill needed for a really great platformer. That's kind of what was on my mind when I came across the trailer for Adventure Roller Skates. ..

'Pang' aka 'Buster Bros' Set to Return with 'Pang Adventures' from DotEmu and Pastagames

Do you remember Buster Bros, the 1989 arcade game from Capcom and Mitchell Corporation? Perhaps you were outside of North America and you'd remember it by the name of Pang, or if you were in Japan as Pomping World. Whatever the case, the beloved classic is getting a brand new entry called Pang Adventures thanks to a collaborative effort between Parisian developers DotEmu and Pastagames. So far the only real detail on the new game is the following promo art...

'Dropsy the Clown' Gives You Hugs on September 10th

Devolver Digital has announced that Dropsy the Clown is being released on September 10th, and iOS will be among the launch platforms. Developed by Jay Tholen, this is a point-and-click adventure game that has you playing as Dropsy, a clown who can't speak – but he can hug. Dropsy has to clear his name after a circus fire seems to implicate him, but the game is otherwise in an open world, where it is possible to pursue different parts of the story at your own leisure. ..

Protect Your Lily Pad from Pirates in HappyMagenta's Upcoming 'Lily of Swampville'

When I think of developer HappyMagenta I think of quick-hitting high-score games with pixel art and unique mechanics. Games like Fist of Fury [Free], Snow Roll [Free] and Cube Koala [Free]. They're masters of that type of game, but every once in a while they branch out a bit into something with a bit more substance. That's the feeling I get from their latest project, a fixed turret defense game called Lily of Swampville. The idea is that you're defending your home from invading pirates by using the tried-and-true Angry Birds style aiming to shoot arrows at enemies. Of course you'll have different power-ups and abilities to help you out as you clear each level. Here's a brief video of the game in action...

'Five Nights at Freddy's' Creator Scott Cawthon Eloquently Addresses Legions of Haters

Five Nights at Freddy's creator Scott Cawthon is a bit of an enigma. He barely seems to do any interviews, and his public presence is basically limited to doing basic updates to his web site, I mean, he's posted on reddit just once, and that was to get people to quit calling some pizza place that was believed to be part of some FNAF puzzle. Anyway, like anything obscenely popular, Scott Cawthon deals with his fair share of haters. Since the game is universally adored by its fans, the main vector of attack seems to be going after the popularity of the games themselves. The ol' "I hate it because it's popular," which has been around since the dawn of man, even gets some traction in comments to stories around here to do with the series...

'Battlestation: Harbinger' is a Spaceship Fleet Roguelike Coming in August

BugByte Games are hard at work on a space combat franchise called Battlestation, with the first game called Battlestation: First Contact [Free] that's been on the App Store for a few months now, and is a pretty cool space station building and defense game. While they gear up for a big desktop entry in the franchise called Battlestation: Army of Light, the second game in the series is about to drop on August 13th, called Battlestation: Harbinger. The game has you commanding a spaceship fleet exploring the galaxy, with BugByte claiming influence from FTL [$9.99 (HD)] and Out There [$4.99]. Here's a trailer that does a good job showing off some of the gameplay you can expect from this one:..

Roguelike and Dungeon Defense Hybrid 'Dungeon of the Endless' is Coming to iPad

Amplitude Studios has announced that they are bringing their game Dungeon of the Endless, a roguelike-inspired, quasi-turn-based, game of dungeon crawling and defense, to iPad this summer. The game's been available on desktop for a while now, and Amplitude has decided to adapt it to mobile, with special touch controls, and both the "Deep Freeze" and "Bookworm" add-on packs will come with the game. It's a game that's difficult to describe as there's a lot going on at once. Here's a trailer for the desktop version to show you a taste of what to expect:..

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