Category Archives: Upcoming Games

'Lightseekers' Will Combine an RPG with High-Tech Digital Action Figures and AR Cards

When most think of toys-to-digital kind of games, they think of Skylanders or Disney Infinity, both of which aren't as hot as they used to be in the recent past. Perhaps the time for these kinds of game is past (although LEGO Dimensions is doing well, but that's probably because of LEGO's popularity). Lightseekers,: Awakening an upcoming game by PlayFusion, is hoping to revive the genre by raising the stakes. The game combines a mobile RPG game, smart, AI-led action figures, AR, interactive trading cards, any more to create experiences unlike other games in the past. The game is definitely ambitious if nothing else...

Hit PC Hack 'n Slash Game 'Smashing the Battle' Heading to Mobile Courtesy of Magic Cube

This past May, developer Studio HG released their stylish hack 'n slash arena battler Smashing the Battle on Windows via Steam, and based on its highly positive ratings, it seems the game was well-recieved by players. It was also one of the launch titles for the Oculus Rift VR platform. Now Studio HG is teaming up with prolific mobile developer and publisher Magic Cube to bring Smashing the Battle to mobile devices. The game features two playable characters, each with their own storylines, sets of special skills, and unlockable costumes. Check out the trailer for Smash the Battle...




Procedural Metroidvania 'Morphite' Looking Better and Better

Back in May we wrote about Morphite, an upcoming 3D metroidvania game whose description will remind you of No Man's Sky (although the developers insist that the game doesn't emphasize exploration as much as NMS). The developers, We're Five and Crescent Moon Games, describe the game more as a procedurally generated 3D Metroidvania, which sounds fantastic and also tricky to get right. Since the announcement back in May, the developers have been very active in our forums and have managed to pique the interest of our forum members; it's no accident the thread is almost 20 pages long by now and the game isn't close to being done...

'Project MALLOW' is a "Brutally Difficult" 2D Platformer Heading to PC and Mobile this Fall

Brutally difficult platformers are nothing new, but they've often had a rough road on mobile touchscreen devices as the genre typically demands the precision of physical controls. Developer Aggressive Combustion Game Studios is trying to tackle this problem by taking a different approach to controls with their first game Project MALLOW, which uses something that's more touchscreen-friendly than a set of virtual buttons. You play as a sentient marshmallow trying to escape a dangerous candy factory, and you accomplish this by pulling back on your character and slingshotting him (her?) around the screen, using your marshmallow's natural stickiness to help you along the way. Check out the trailer for Project MALLOW...

Upcoming 'Thunder Fleet' Brings WWII Naval Battles to Mobile

I've been keeping an eye on Wargaming's World of Warships and hoping it will make its way to mobile, but so far I haven't heard anything pointing to that, which is unfortunate. The upcoming Thunder Fleet, though, might be the game to bring warship battles to mobile. The game is going to be the first title from Chinese developer Kingnet Technology to be released in Western markets, and it's going to bring ship to ship combat both to iOS and Android. The game will include a campaign build around six historical battles from WWII and also PvP mode that will have two teams of six players each fighting it out on the high seas...

'Run-A-Whale' Promises to Make All Your "Skateboarding on the Back of a Whale" Dreams Come True

"So you're making a new auto-runner, eh? Well, it better do something pretty cool if you want to get my attention. Wait… holy crap, you ride a whale like a freaking skateboard? Ok, tell me more!" That is a glimpse into the inner dialogue that took place in my head as I read the email for Run-A-Whale, a passion project of the past two years from solo developer Guillaume Loquin. Even if you're like me, and the thought of yet another auto-runner makes your stomach queasy, I don't think you can deny how absolutely gorgeous Run-A-Whale looks in this latest reveal trailer below. As you'll see, there are two main types of gameplay in Run-A-Whale. In some parts you're diving below the water and then using your momentum and buoyancy to burst through the surface and into the air to collect coins, avoid obstacles, or take out enemies. Then there are times when you'll pop up onto a deck or other solid ground and literally skateboard on the back of the whale. Freaking awesome. ..

'Dustoff Heli Rescue 2' Looking for Beta Testers

The original Dustoff Heli Rescue [$0.99] was very well received by players in our forums, and the upcoming Dustoff Heli Rescue 2 looks to improve on all aspects of the original. Dustoff Heli Rescue was all about taking your rescue helicopter to the air and performing missions like search and rescue, finding stolen cargo, all the while being under fire and - occasionally - having to fire back. The sequel plans on sticking with the blocky art style (although it looks improved) and will offer more helicopters, more weapons, and more missions. You'll have to destroy enemy forces, evacuate your troops, destroy convoys, transport vehicles, build bridges, and so on...

Join the Beta for 'Project Amberborn', a Fun-Looking Runner

It's fair to say that there are too many runner games on the App Store, but for a reason; the genre works very well on mobile, especially if you are the kind who likes to play one-handed. Project Amberborn is a cute-looking upcoming runner that's looking for beta testers in our forums, so if you enjoy the genre, make sure to head over and sign up. The game offers many unique characters to play as, a variety of worlds, and the ability to design custom challenges. Add to that daily and weekly missions, and it looks like Project Amberborn will offer plenty of content to play through...

RTS Wargame 'Cavalry Charge' Is Looking for Testers

The upcoming RTS Cavalry Charge does away with fancy visuals, base building, and economy systems and, instead, focuses on battle formations and tactics. Each unit has its own AI, and you get to put all those units together in a variety of formations. Then, you throw your troops at the other army and watch them fight over a real-time battlefield all the while tinkering with formations and tactics as you try to take out your enemies. As you can see in the trailer below, there's a lot fun to be had in messing about with battle formations and trying to defeat the enemy through either outwitting the enemy general or simply going for brute force...

'Maxim the Robot' is a Cute Robotic Platformer Heading to iOS and Android

Everybody loves robots, and everybody loves platformers. Right? Well, at least I do, and when you combine both robots and platformers together, it gets me pretty excited. That's the case with Maxim the Robot, an upcoming mobile platformer from FrozenBots Studio. Maxim the Robot features all the, er, features you'd expect from a platformer. Running, jumping, swimming, swinging, sliding, wall-jumping and more. Even… driving a wagon? Sure, why not! Check out the latest teaser trailer for Maxim the Robot...

'emoj.io' from 'Galcon' Developer Phil Hassey Combines .io Games with 'Pac-Man'

Phil Hassey, premier game developer and herder of even-toed ungulates, has announced his latest game: emoj.io. Yes, it a .io game with emojis, meaning you'll be competing with other players in a shared world to be the most powerful player at any given time. But the twist here is that emoj.io features a Pac-Man-esque system, where you're navigating around mazes in cardinal directions. While you can pick up gems to become more powerful, this isn't a case where running into a less-powerful player will kill them, necessarily: instead, it makes it when you pick up a powerup be more powerful. Here, it is like the fire powerup from Pac-Man 256 [Free] in how it works, leaving a trail of fire behind you while also speeding up. This means that a less powerful player can take out a more powerful player, but a more powerful player will be particularly deadly with their powerup...

Upcoming 'Silicon Valley: Billionaire' Is All About Cutthroat Capitalism

If you've ever seen Silicon Valley CEOs describe how cutthroat their business is and said "yeah, I want to be just like them," here's your chance. The upcoming Silicon Valley: Billionaire is a real-time online game where you get to start your Silicon Valley company and then try and conquer all others around you. As you can imagine, you won't be playing nice in this one: you get to hire but also fire employees, educate and promote them, but, more importantly, go after other companies. You can't make an omelet without breaking a few companies (I like mixed metaphors), so get ready to merge with and acquire companies of other online players in a winner-takes-all kind of game...

Mika Mobile Developing 'Battleheart 2' with Co-Op Multiplayer

Mika Mobile has just announced their newest game, and it's a doozy: Battleheart 2. The studio's 2011 RPG Battleheart [$2.99] was beloved as an incredibly fun game at the time, and a spinoff, Battleheart Legacy [$4.99], was similarly received. Now, Mika Mobile is returning to expand on one of their first big hits. It's going to look better than ever, but there's one really cool new feature in the works: co-op multiplayer. After Zombieville 2 [$0.99] featured it, the plan is for Battleheart 2 to have co-op multiplayer for up to 4 people, where you nominate individiaul characters into a communal party to go on a raid. Sounds like fun!..

Build Decks and Cities in 'Concrete Jungle' Hitting Mobile This Week

Cole Jefferies is bringing his fascinating Concrete Jungle to mobile this week, and it should be on your radar. The game is basically what you'd get if you'd combine a city builder with a deck-builder or CCG like Hearthstone [Free] and a puzzle game. The whole thing perhaps works better when you try it out, but essentially, you have to play cards that represent city buildings on a board. Houses are the key unit, as they collect the points that are necessary to clear a column at a time, akin to a puzzle game. Other buildings can have effects on tiles that increase or decrease their point value, so you're trying to place houses and buildings in such a way that you get enough points to clear out each column to expand the board and progress toward the goal column. But, as you lay down cards, they have values that can allow you to buy new cards to add to your deck, or to increase the value each column needs to be cleared. Then, there's a 3 star system for how well you do in each level. The game's tutorial stages are friendly without being overly hand-holding, and it all makes sense once you play it...

'Titanfall: Frontine' Has Soft Launched on iOS in the Philippines

After soft-launching on Android, Titanfall: Frontline has now soft launched on iOS in the Philippines, so here's your chance to check it out before everyone else does. In case you haven't read our earlier story on the game, Titanfall: Frontilines is a CCG tie-in to the upcoming Titanfall 2 FPS. In the game you'll be collecting and upgrading hundreds of Pilots and Titans and also combining Pilots and Titans to deal extra damage or even put your Titan in auto-mode (just like in the FPS game) to provide cover while the Pilot attacks targets. The upgrading part should help it stand a bit apart from a game like Hearthstone, but other than that I expect an overall similar experience to the Blizzard giant...

'PinOut', the Next Game From the Developers of 'Smash Hit', Is an Upcoming Endless Pinballer That Looks Stunning in Motion

It surely goes without saying for anyone within the iOS community, but any releases by Mediocre Games are far more than the everyday experiences that their modest name suggests. Unlike the title of their studio, Smash Hit [Free] was true to its label, and rocketed to the top of the charts when it was released in 2014. However, despite some previous crazes in the App Store, it achieved such lofty status through quality gameplay that we praised extensively in our review. Other games from the Swedish developers, including Sprinkle [$1.99] and Does Not Commute [Free], have also been of a similarly high standard, and have made every successive release by Mediocre one watch out for. Today, they have announced PinOut, their newest title that turns pinball into a continuous adventure across numerous neon tables, and looks absolutely stunning in the preview trailer:..

'Miaou Moon' Features A Cat That Might be Farting Through Space

Laotian game studio Agent Mega, maker of Paper Dungeons [$2.99], are set to release their next game Miaou Moon on iOS and Android on October 1st. You play as a cat floating in space, eating goldfish to get energy that helps propel itself along. You have to contend with gravity, and myriad other hazards, using your varying physical form to help explore the moon you're on, fighting enemies along the way. There's five different moons to explore, with permanent unlocks you can get, though you're mostly just trying to survive as long as possible to rack up a high score...

'Malevolent Machines' Is a Cool-Looking Upcoming Runner

The first thing you'll notice when you take a look at the upcoming Malevolent Machines is that really cool art. I don't know how it will all work together when the game actually comes out, but so far I like what I'm seeing. Malevolent Machines is a runner with an interesting story; Dr. Leyla Green's experiments go awry and her horrific, steampunk entities are unleashed upon the world. Now, she has to take them all on with the help of her giant pet cyborg. Leyla will be constantly running towards the right (I want a runner to finally dare go from right to left to surprise everyone) and as her enemies pop up, she'll need to jump over them, slide under them, attack them, or even blow the ground from underneath them...

Upcoming 'Cartesian' Is Aiming for the OCD Among You

Do you like your paintings perfectly straight, your books in alphabetical order, and all the light switches facing the same direction? Then you might like the upcoming game Cartesian, a fast-paced puzzle game that's all about symmetry. In the game you have to tap squares to ensure your screen is symmetrical, and you can even battle another player on the same device in a battle to prove who is the most OCD person among you...

Nitrome Reveals 'Silly Sausage: Doggy Dessert' Featuring a Stretchy Dog and Lots of Cake

Nitrome is working on a sequel to Silly Sausage in Meat Land [Free], their fun...puzzle-dog-stretcher? It's a game that still evades traditional genre categorization, but it lets you play as a stretchy dog that can sniff its own butt. But we have a bit of time to figure out how to classify this, because Nitrome is making a sequel: Silly Sausage: Doggy Dessert...

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