Category Archives: Upcoming Games

Backflip Studios Releasing 'G.I. Joe Strike' Featuring Snake Eyes This Summer

We have two pieces of news for you. One is that GIJoeCon is a thing that exists, and is happening this weekend in Springfield, Illinois. In fact, it's been an event since 1997. That is genuinely fantastic. People who love something enough to sustain an annual convention that travels the country? That's pretty cool. The more relevant news to you, though, is that with GIJoeCon happening, Backflip Studios (which is 70% owned by Hasbro, the owner of G.I. Joe) has announced a new game called G.I. Joe Strike for mobile. This will put you in control of Snake Eyes, as he fights his way through the Arashikage Clan to eventually take on his arch rival, Storm Shadow. We don't quite have any media from the game yet, so enjoy this video of the mayor of Springfield meeting Cobra Commander:..

Blackbeard's 'Mega Drift' Powerslides into the App Store on April 16th

Chillingo and Blackbeard Games have just announced a new title that promises to combine auto-runners with car drifting, in Mega Drift. The game's goal is to race through levels, trying to drift successfully around corners. It's a one-tap game, as you tap to start a drift, and release when necessary, trying to come out of the turn in a straight line, giving you a boost that will let you reach the next checkpoint. If you're good at drifting and understand the mechanics of it, you'll likely be good at this game! If not, then you'll need to learn in order to do well!..

Next Games, fresh off of releasing Compass Point: West [Free], have just spilled some more details on their upcoming The Walking Dead: No Man's Land game coming to mobile. They revealed this game last year, but they've just now revealed some new details about their upcoming game based on the mega-popular TV series adapted from the comic series of the same name. Next Games is being quiet on what exactly the gameplay will involve, but they are talking about trying to make this about survival strategy with moral choices to make. And as Compass Point: West proved, the studio has some graphical chops. Here's some art of some of the people in the game:..

'Garfield: Survival of the Fattest' is the Garfield Simulation Game You Always Wanted

There are some games which represent the pinnacle of artistic creativity, combining aesthetic beauty with the power of interactivity to create experiences that emotionally resonate with a person in a way that music or movies just cannot do. Anyway, Pixowl just soft-launched Garfield: Survival of the Fattest, where someone thought, let's lather on a spoonful of relevant cultural institution Garfield onto layers of Farmville. It's a natural fit: when reading Garfield comics, I desire to create a food camp empire with optional in-app purchases to enhance my progress. I really think that fits in with the ethos of the series, a perfect melted finish for this savory dish...

Everywear Games Announces 'Runeblade' RPG for Apple Watch, Releasing Later This Month

With Apple Watch preorders in full swing now, expect to hear about a lot of new apps and games that are making their way to the watch. While many games will be adaptations of existing ones, Everywear Games is announcing a brand-new title called Runeblade that will be debuting exclusively for the Apple Watch. Runeblade is an RPG meant to be played 5-15 seconds at a time, where you play as the High Priestess of the War Mages, fighting enemies from your wrist. Battling enemies will require you to use attacks that may take long periods of time to recharge, so you'll have to come back over time to defeat enemies. ..

'Out There: Ω Edition' Launches on PC and Mac, but the Free iOS Upgrade Should Follow Soon

Last week, Mi-Clos Studio released Out There: Ω Edition, a graphical overhaul of last year's excellent iOS space-faring adventure game, on Steam for Windows, OS X, and Linux. The Ω will come as a free upgrade for Android and iOS players who purchased the original, but we haven't heard much about it since last year...

'Must Deliver' Takes 'Touchdown Hero' and Replaces Football Players with Zombies

The developers of Touchdown Hero [Free], Cherrypick Games, are iterating on that game's concept with their new game Must Deliver, which is releasing next week. The game starts out the same, as you control a running fellow, who has to dodge a number of enemies in their path. Scoring is similar, as each checkpoint you reach is a point, similar to how each touchdown was a point in that game. But where things change is that you have an ability you can deploy to help fend off your enemies, like a charging kick to clear through foes. These abilities require the pickup of items to charge them up, so it's not just something you can deploy with impunity...

Gamevil's Dot-Linking RPG 'Dungeon Link' Releases Worldwide This Month

Gamevil's just announced that they're publishing another new title along with the recently-announced Dragon Blaze. Dungeon Link, a game that has been in the works for a while – I saw it at GDC 2014 – is finally making its way out worldwide on April 21st. This game combines connect-the-dots puzzle games with RPG battling. You have four heroes on one board, and can draw lines connecting them from their starting point to the goal spot, with the line being drawn showing the path that will do damage to enemies. There are bonuses for filling up the board and for linking multiple colors together. Essentially, the plan is to make the best matches possible, dealing with the various scenarios that pop up in puzzle games, but with enemies to fight, and heroes to collect and level up...

Get Ready for 'Upthing' and 'Trap Tower' from 'Superhyper' and 'Wrassling' Developer Folmer Kelly

Folmer Kelly, known for Superhyper [$1.99] and his work on Wrassling, which we previewed last week ahead of its release next week, has a couple more projects in the pipeline that should release soon. Today sees the release of Upthing, a vertical platformer where you control a little dude who can only jump vertically. Said dude can't move at all, they just have some mad hops. Thankfully, many of the platforms can move left to right, so you're relying on their movement, timing your jumps to land on top of them, avoiding spikes and other hazards that pop up beneath your feet. This one isbe available on Thursday with an IAP to remove ads. It's a fairly simple game, but a fun challenge! Here's a goofy short GIF trailer for the game that undersells the game a bit:..

'SoulSpark' Preview -  Turning Card-Battles into a Real-Time Affair

One of the reasons I've been enjoying the work of iOS game developers these last few years is that they tend to experiment with gaming mechanics and aren't afraid to mess with players' genre expectations. Granted, some of the results of the, at times, unbridled experimentation have been less than stellar. Still, I've enjoyed many of the products of all this experimentation, for instance I've had a lot of fun with most of Simogo's games ...

Inkle's Hotly-Anticipated 'Sorcery! 3' Releases on April 23rd

Sorcery! 3: The Seven Serpents, the game series by Inkle that's spun off from Steve Jackson's Sorcery! books from the 80s, finally has a confirmed release date: April 23rd. This is far from a gamebook, though: much like Inkle's 80 Days [$4.99], they've taken the gamebook concept and built on it in a way that only digital games can provide. You can explore an open world, and experience the dynamic usage of text in the world. It was one of the most impressive games of GDC 2015, and this should be one of the most promising games when it comes out on the 23rd. Inkle has a released a new trailer for the game:..

'Drylands' Preview - Jumping your way to your next Quest

For people who grew up playing computer games in the late 80s and 90s, few games are spoken in a more venerable tone than Wasteland and the Fallout series (Wasteland's spiritual successor). These were games that gave players a post-apocalyptic playground to explore, back when the apocalypse wasn't happening on TV every couple of days, and translated pen-and-paper RPG systems to computer games to help players develop and invest in their characters. Wasteland and the Fallout series directly or indirectly influenced the development of most RPGs in the last two decades and have even continued to spawn sequels to this day (Fallout: New Vegas was published in 2010 and, just last year, Wasteland finally got a sequel)...

Good news if you've heard about Capitals, the new multiplayer word game from NimbleBit, and were curious to give it a try: they've just announced on our forums that they're opening up beta testing to our readers. If your device is on iOS 8, just sign up at this link and you'll get a Testflight invite to check out the game. You'll need to sign in to Game Center's Sandbox from iOS Settings, an unfortunate circumstance because Sandbox was actually handled well in iOS 7, but otherwise it'll work fine to play against others online...

'Devious Dungeon 2' Coming Thursday, New Trailer Released

Back in January, Ravenous Games announced Devious Dungeon 2, a sequel to 2014's action platformer with roguelike elements Devious Dungeon [$1.99]. We quite enjoyed the original Devious Dungeon in our review, despite a few flaws, so we've been pretty excited at the prospect of an improved sequel. One of the major improvements in Devious Dungeon 2 is the addition of 3 character classes–Rogue, Mage and Barbarian–which all play differently from one another and should inject some much-needed variety into the Devious Dungeon formula. Ravenous has finally wrapped up Devious Dungeon 2 and has announced that it'll be making its way to the App Store this Thursday, April 9th. Check out this epic new trailer...

Could 'Platie' be the 'Fez' of High Score, Fast-Reaction Games?

Independent developer Daniel Marques has an interesting new game coming out this week, called Platie. It's looking like a three-dimensional take on the challenging fast-reaction, high score games that are all about on the App Store, but focused on managing three-dimensional perception from different two-dimensional views. ..

EA Mobile Inks Long-Term Deal to Develop 'Despicable Me' Games, Announces 'Minions Paradise'

This morning, EA Mobile announced a deal with Illumination Entertainment to develop and publish a set of Minions-inspired mobile games, the first of which launches this summer. "Minions," of course, are the bright yellow ovoid urchins from Illumination's surprisingly popular Despicable Me movies. The first project to come out of the new deal will be Minions Paradise, a town-building game about designing and crafting a tropical Minion resort, starring a new, not-from-the-movies character named Phil...

Level-5 Announces 'Layton 7' for Mobile (Again), Still Doesn't Look Very Layton-y

During the same Level-5 Vision 2015 event that brought wind of Fantasy Life 2 on iOS, Level-5 CEO Akihiro Hino also announced a new Professor Layton game for smartphones. According to Siliconera, Layton 7 will release in Japan this summer on Android and iOS. From what I gather, it's a multiplayer table-top party game that uses Tarot cards and fortune-telling mechanics. One of up to seven players is assigned the "Vampire" role, and it's up to the other players to figure out who it is. I can kind of see how this loops around the the Layton series' puzzle-solving and investigative hooks, but it's a bit of a stretch...

Nintendo 3DS Exclusive 'Fantasy Life' Is Getting a Sequel... On iOS

Released in North American markets in late 2014, Fantasy Life is a Nintendo 3DS exclusive that it seems like everyone I know with a 3DS owns. If this is the first you've heard of it, gameplay is that of a simplified action RPG which almost feels like it has light MMO elements with the inclusion of some really great multiplayer functionality. The lives found in Fantasy Life are what the game refers to the different classes players can specialize in ranging from combat-oriented lives like hunters and paladins to crafting-centric lives like blacksmiths and tailors or even gathering lives like anglers and miners. It's really cool how it all goes together, as in Fantasy Life there's always something to do no matter what play style you prefer- Which is why at times it felt more like an MMO than a simple action RPG...

Watch Adam Saltsman Talk About His New Tactical Survival Game, 'Overland'

At last week's Juegos Rancheros event in Austin, Texas, Adam Saltsman—best known for his work on Canabalt [$2.99] and Hundreds [$4.99]—gave a short presentation introducing his new game, a survival tactics game called Overland...

'Boost 2' Developer Announces New Endless Runner 'Kayos'

Jonathan Lanis, the developer of Boost 2 [$1.99] which we loved back in 2009 as Boost 3D and then later as Boost 2 when it got updated, is working on a brand new game called Kayos. It's looking like a gorgeous and intense runner game, where you're flying a ship through a series of gemoetric formations, complete with rapidly moving cubes and prisms getting in your way. It's looking pretty similar to the PC/console game Race the Sun, and I'll be interested to see where the differences lie between the two games...

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