Category Archives: Upcoming Games

'Trigonarium' is a 60 FPS Dual-Stick Shooter from the 'Drift'n'Drive' Developer

Gimblll, the developr of the rad Drift'n'Drive [$1.99], has just announced a new game that looks promising enough on its own, but with that pedigree, I'm really excited for it. Trigonarium sounds like a casual puzzle game (not that there's anything wrong with that), but it's actually a "hardcore twin-stick shooter for arcade fans," and the trailer is showing off what promises to be an intense shooter, all at 60 frames per second. Watch this one in 720p60 on the Youtube site if you can:..

Side-Scrolling Turn-Based Strategy Game 'SteamWorld Heist' is Coming to Mobile

Image & Form, who made the much-loved SteamWorld Dig for a variety of platforms, are returning to this universe with their upcoming SteamWorld Heist. Why am I telling you about this on a mobile site? Well, Image & Form has at last confirmed that SteamWorld Heist is coming to mobile along with almost every other platform on the planet. This is a side-scrolling turn-based strategy game, where you travel through space, assemble a team of robots, and then fight other enemies on their ships and their crews. Check out the gameplay trailer below: ..

NaturalMotion's 'Dawn of Titans' is Soft-Launched...in Saudi Arabia?!

We heard last month about Zynga and NaturalMotion's Dawn of Titans, which was promising to deliver gorgeous graphics with quick, pick-up-and-play gameplay. A soft launch was promised, and it looks like they managed to sneak it under our noses...but they couldn't do so forever, as thanks to a tip, it turns out that Dawn of Titans is available right now on the Saudi Arabian and United Arab Emirates App Stores...

Gamevil's Publishing Hit Korean RPG 'Dragon Blaze' in English in May

Gamevil is bringing another RPG over stateside this Spring, titled Dragon Blaze. Released last February in South Korea, and one of the top-grossing apps since then, this is a side-scrolling RPG where you lead a team of heroes into battle through dungeons and in boss fights, teaming up with other players' characters to get help with powerful allies, in what are real-time boss raids complete with chat with other players. You can also trigger special abilities and items in battle to try and beat enemies...

NimbleBit Makes the Word Game a Real Game with Hex Grids in Upcoming 'Capitals'

NimbleBit's next game is coming soon – the team has just announced Capitals, a word game that's coming soon to iOS. The team is trying to keep a lot of details close to the vest with the game, but having played it, it's kind of like Letterpress [Free] in that it's a multiplayer word game with Game Center multiplayer, but taking place on a hex grid. However, there's an interesting strategic component to it with the capitals that makes it not just about forming big words, but where the tiles on the board actually are. Also, because of the hex grid, it's a real game, tell all your friends!..

'Forgotten Memories: Alternate Realities' Preview: As Creepy As You Want It To Be

If anticipation for a game can be measured by the conversation it generates, then over six thousand comments in a Touch Arcade forum thread would suggest that Canadian developers Psychoz Interactive have got a sure-fire hit on their hands with Forgotten Memories. We got our hands on an advance copy of the survival horror game, and chatted with the game's director Georges Paz...

'Arcane Tower' Roguelike From 'Power Grounds' and 'Amber Halls' Developer Releasing in April

Diego Cathalafud has done a couple of rad roguelikes for iOS so far: if you're a fan of turn-based roguelikes or something like The Nightmare Cooperative [$3.99], check out Amber Halls [$1.99] and Power Grounds [$0.99]. Now, he's completing his 'roguelike trilogy' with a new game releasing this April, called Arcane Tower. In this turn-based roguelike, you control a wizard who's fighting off monsters to reach the top floor of a tower. You can pick up spells to help fend off monsters, but only 3 spells per floor can be picked up, with a total of 4 inventory slots...

Promising Local Multiplayer Game 'Dual' Releases This Week

Chicago developer Sebastian Gosztyla has been making a really cool local-multiplayer game called Dual, and he's finally releasing it onto the world this week. You and another person play each other head-to-head with your devices in close proximity. The main Duel mode has you trying to take each other out, with the catch being that the other player only exists on their own screen, so you're looking at their screen and trying to take them out, tilting to move, and tapping to fire, with the ability to charge up shots. Defend mode has you and the other player working together, trying to protect the middle section between your two devices from invaders, with the ability to swipe to change direction at enemies coming from your body to the middle. The game is a universal app, and will adapt the size of the playing field to try and account for the myriad screen sizes...

Retro Dreamer's 'SBACEBALL' is Space Baseball, Coming Soon to Mobile

While part of Retro Dreamer is working on their desktop game Monsters and Monocles, Gavin Bowman of the long-time iOS developer has been keeping the mobile side of things ticking for the three-person team, with games like the amusing Cheesy Munch [Free] being cranked out by him. One of the games he's been working on is SBACEBALL, which has been playable online in an early version, but now it's coming to iOS soon. The game is very simple: you try to hit a baseball that drops down from above, and have to time it so that it goes through one of three rings on the right side. Hitting it straight is easy; the timing to get it above or below is not...

'Discover O' Will Test Your Reflexes and Color Perception Next Week

Discover O is a challenging casual game that's coming soon, and don't let its colorful exterior fool you: it's going to be a tough game to do well at. The goal is to swipe a colored orb in the direction of its matching color, in one of the four cardinal directions. This starts off easy enough, as the colors start off somewhat distinct from each other. Soon, the positions of each color change. Then, the colors start to become different shades of each other, to where you have to make a quick decision as to whether that light pink or medium pink is the right one, while also figuring out which direction is which. This probably isn't a game for people affected by colorblindness, but this is also a game where color is intrinsic to the game and to the challenge. According to the developers, "Discover O becomes infinitely more difficult if you are colour blind. BYOF Studios is sorry!"..

Fresh Off of WrestleMania, 2K is Making a Full-Fledged 'WWE 2K' for iOS

When we did our big WrestleMania post, one of the things that was lacking was an actual WWE game where you could just fight with normal human WWE wrestlers in the ring. WWE is already pretty out there, but something a bit more grounded was lacking. Well, good news: 2K has just announced that they're bringing WWE 2K to the App Store this spring. This is based off of WWE 2K15 and similar games, where you can play as a series of modern and classic wrestlers, along with Create-a-Superstar mode. There will be authentic ring entrances, three match types, a career mode, and live multiplayer matches...

The Long-Awaited 'Forgotten Memories' Will Finally Bring its Survival Horror to the App Store Next Month

Forgotten Memories is a game that has been kicking around in some form of production since at least 2009, as you can tell from the 600-page forum thread chronicling the game. You may have thought this was vaporware, never to be seen again. You thought wrong, as Psychoz Interactive is at last bringing their episodic survival horror game to the world on April 23rd. Inspired by the '90s games that brought the genre to prominence, you'll be playing as Rose Hawkins, waking up in a strange place as she looks for a girl named Eden. Check out the trailer for Episode 1 below, with the URL "eEeevL," which seems like a premonition:..

Zombie-Obstructing Endless Runner 'Corridor Z' Hits the App Store This Week

If you recall, we posted a while back about Corridor Z, a sort of reverse take on the endless runner: instead of watching behind-the-back of a runner, you're running toward the screen, trying to take out zombies that are chasing after you by throwing down obstacles as you run across them, making turns as they happen, and picking up weapons to take out zombies. It's an interesting twist on a very familiar genre, as while the core of "swipe to survive" is the same, the premise makes it feel different. The good news is that Corridor Z will be making it out worldwide this Thursday, April 2nd...

'Earthcore: Shattered Elements' Preview - "Risking" a Change

Touchscreens and Collectible Card Games (CCGs) have been enjoying a great relationship the last few years with the App Store featuring games like Might and Magic: Duels of Champions, Solforge, Magic: Duels of the Planeswalkers, and the current King of the Mountain, Blizzard's Hearthstone. I've recently been playing a bit of Earthcore: Shattered Elements [], a new CCG by Polish Independent Developers Tequila Games currently in soft-launch, and I think it's going to be an intriguing addition to iOS CCGs...

'Cubic!' Promises 'Threes'-Esque Gameplay with a Defense Game Twist

Unfortunately, the first games to iterate on Threes [$1.99] were unfortunately regressive 2048 games. But as time goes on, we start to see developers adapting things from Threes into their own unique experiences. That's what Cubic! is going to try and do this week when it releases. It's kind of like Threes but with a defense game twist. You're trying to protect the center square from invading numbers, with a number tile spawning in the center square each time. Each time a number tile moves, it increases in number, and when two tiles meet, they combine, and if they're opposite numbers, then the higher tile subtracts the lower tile's number from their tile...

"The Last Game I Make Before I Die" - The Story of 'Crashlands', Cancer and Leaving a Legacy

Editor's Note: We met the three brothers that make up Butterscotch Shenanigans at GDC this year. When we found out about the incredible story behind their studio and the motivations behind shifting gears to their current project, we wanted to share it with everyone. However, since it involves illness, family, and other things which we honestly just don't feel like we could ever do justice reporting on, we did the only thing that made sense- Offer them a platform on TouchArcade to write about the experiences that have led to the development of Crashlands. What you're about to read is the first of a series of articles by Sam Coster as he fights for his life while developing the game he always wanted to make with his brothers, Seth and Adam...

Disney Teases 'DuckTales: Remastered' for iPhone

One of my absolute all-time favorite NES games was DuckTales, and adventure platformer based around the Disney cartoon series of the same name. It starred the wealthy Scrooge McDuck and his three nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, as well as a large supporting cast of both friends and enemies. It's a total classic! In 2013, Disney, Capcom and WayForward collaborated on a modern remake of the game for consoles and PC titled DuckTales: Remastered. Now, according to a photo tease from the Disney Interactive Twitter account, it looks like DuckTales: Remastered is heading to an iPhone near you...

Fincon's 'Angel Stone' is an Upcoming Action-RPG That's Very Cross-Platform

Fincon, publisher of Hello Hero [Free], are working on a new action-RPG right now, called Angel Stone. The big hook they're going for here is cross-platform online multiplayer between iOS, Android, and the web, which is always an impressive feature when pulled off properly. In fact, they've got a video that cleverly shoss off an Android tablet, iPad, and someone on a device hooked up to the TV, all playing together...

The Clash of Warhammer Saga Continues with 'Warhammer: Arcane Magic'

We can all have a good laugh at the number of Warhammer games that are out there. Because there's a lot. We saw Eisenhorn: Xenos at GDC. Warhammer: Snotling Fling? [$3.99] Sure, I guess! But then the Warhammer games keep coming, and coming, and I'm just wondering if there's someone at Games Workshop that just rubber-stamps anyone with a proposal for a Warhammer game because they keep coming, and it stopped being funny a while ago when I'm pretty sure a new Warhammer game gets announced every single week. Seriously, last week we posted about Deathwatch: Tyranid Invasion. It's gotten to a point that I have to call this phenomenon the Clash of Warhammer Saga. This week, it's Warhammer: Arcane Magic from Turbo Tape Games of UHR-Warlords [$1.99 (HD)] fame, with this being a turn-based strategy board game that is based on the physical game of the same name...

'Gunpowder' Brings Explosive Puzzles and Whimsical Art Next Week

Gunpowder, a Wild West-themed physics puzzler with an attractive classic cartoon art style, is set to hit the App Store on March 31 for $4.99 as a new entrant in Apple’s “Pay Once and Play” category. It comes to us from indie developer Rogue Rocket Games, whose co-founders previously worked on titles like Earthworm Jim and Escape from Monkey Island, so there’s some pedigree attached to this one...

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