Category Archives: Upcoming Games

'Burly Men at Sea' Sets Sail Next Month Simultaneously on Mobile and Desktop

Brain&Brain's upcoming Burly Men at Sea has been intriguing, not only because it has an accurate title with several burly bearded men, but also because it looks like a gorgeous storybook adventure game. Well, the good news is that after several months of the game being demoed, it's nearing conclusion, with Kill Screen reporting from Gamescom that Burly Men at Sea will release on not just desktop but also mobile on September 29th. Check out the latest trailer:..

'Ignatius' is Like the Silent Film-Themed Cousin of 'Limbo', Coming to iOS September 15th

Ok, ok, so the Limbo [$4.99] thing has been done to DEATH, but that doesn't mean I don't still get excited for new games that use those familiar aesthetics. Case in point: Android platformer Ignatius from developer Sons of Welder could very easily be Limbo's 1920s cousin. It features the same sort of dark and silhouetted visuals and is also a puzzle-centric platformer, but I'm actually pretty interested in the plot behind Ignatius. You play as a young boy named Ignatius who is bored with his monotonous life. (It only gets worse with age, Ignatius, trust me.) One night he runs into a theater director named Vigo and before you know it he's transported into a silent film alternate reality. Your job is to escape this strange world by puzzling and platforming your way out...




The Long-Awaited 'Armajet' Closed Beta Just Went Live

For some of you, this is the story that will translate into losing many hours of your life staring at your device as the closed Beta for Armajet has just gone live. If you haven't played the game when it was out in Alpha, Armajet is a 2D shooter that's great fun to play and works amazingly-well on mobile. The Beta is bringing many new features to the game including adding friends from their in-game profile, getting notifications when friends jump online, Clans, Ranked Play that will use an ELO-style rating system, more weapons, more perks, more badges, more of everything. There's even a spectator mode. And it looks even cooler than it did during the Alpha...

The Angry Birds are Doing the 'Monster Strike' Thing with the Soft-Launched 'Angry Birds Evolution'

If you can think of a particular genre of video game, chances are pretty good that there's an Angry Birds version of it. The latest genre that Rovio and its famous feathered friends are tackling is the "bumper cars" style battling popularized by games like Monster Strike [Free]. Think of it like a digital game of marbles. Pull back on your character and take aim similar to launching a bird in Angry Birds proper, then let go and launch that character who will then bounce all over, hitting objects and enemies in the process. It's a fantastic mechanic for a touchscreen game, and although it hasn't quite seen the same success in the Western world, it has proven a winning formula for Monster Strike in Asia. Rovio is hoping to "strike" a similar hit with their soft-launched Angry Birds Evolution, which features similar battling style as well as light RPG and strategy elements...

Turn-Based RPG 'Shadow Quest' Hits the App Store Next Week

We're always excited to try out RPG's that mix up mechanics in interesting ways, and the upcoming Shadow Quest puts you in charge of a party of four, dungeon crawling using Minesweeper-like mechanics. Judging from the trailer, it seems like a mash up of Book of Heroes [Free] with a hint of the Dungelot [$0.99] series, which sounds pretty neat to me. Take a look:..

Dystopian Roguelite 'Leap of Fate' Out Now on the App Store

It feels like we've been waiting for Leap of Fate [$3.99] forever, as we first caught a glimpse of it on our forums in 2014, and then have had to watch as it launched on PC in March of this year, with mobile slated for a mid-August release. Thankfully, developers Clever-Plays have stuck to their word, as Leap of Fate has finally launched on the App Store today, having just sneaked past the traditional Wednesday round-up. It appears the wait has been justified, and the qualities that made it such a hit on its original Steam release are all present here, as you play as a technomage who has to fight against their own psychological demons with an abundance of glyphs, skills and a special mechanic of 'Shadow Walking'. Really, the trailer says it all, demonstrating the sort of ambition that Leap of Fate has for reinventing the dual stick roguelite genre on mobile devices...

Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick's 'Thimbleweed Park' Gets a New Trailer for Gamescom

We've been really excited for Thimbleweed Park, a new adventure game from two of the creators behind Lucasarts classic Maniac Mansion, since we posted the first trailer for the game this past March. Another video surfaced in June, and continued to stoke the fire of anticipation for the game. With Gamescom this week, another new Thimbleweed Park video has been released, this one focusing on one of the game's five playable characters, an aspiring game developer named Delores Edmund. Check it out...

'Head of State' Is a Satirical yet Strategic Political Simulator, Releasing September 8th

We're on the precipice of another major election, and with it comes an abundance of lazy games attempting to play off the popularity (or lack thereof) of any candidates running. Therefore, it's refreshing to see a title that attempts to be slightly more nuanced in its attempt to parody contemporary issues. Head of State, which is set to launch on September 8th, puts your character in charge of a fictitious state of Concordia, and through choosing policies and reacting to events that occur within the game, you can rise in power even to the point of instigating a national revolution. There are numerous elements to balance, such as the church, police, and the unions, and elections to win on the way into government. There does seem to be a significant amount of depth to Head of State, as it ensures to be more a political simulation title rather than a cheap cash in to capitalise on current affairs...

The Upcoming 'FIFA Mobile' Is Being Redesigned With Mobile in Mind

If you've been following my football (soccer) related stories for the last year or so, you'll know that I love the sport and almost anything that has to do with it (love the Football Manager series) and that I really, really didn't like the last FIFA game, FIFA 16 Ultimate Team [Free], because it was a menu-hopping card game with the occasional kicking of the ball. For me, the last good FIFA game was FIFA 14 because it had both Ultimate Team and a number of other ways to play the game - quickplay, leagues, quick online matches, etc. What does the future hold for the franchise on mobile? Well, EA has just shown off some of the new features for the upcoming FIFA Mobile, and I'm perplexed more than anything...

'The Inner World - The Last Wind Monk' is a Sequel to the 2013 Adventure Game Coming Next Year

The Inner World [$1.99] is an adventure game from Studio Fizbin and Headup Games that released back in 2013, and although it went under the radar for most people, it had a small but loyal fanbase who enjoyed the game's imaginative story, characters, and game world. Well with Gamescom kicking off this week in Germany, the developers of The Inner World have just announced a brand new sequel called The Inner World - The Last Wind Monk, and they've just released this short teaser trailer for it...

'Tower Fortress' Merges 'Metroid' and 'Downwell' to Make an Awesome Action-Platformer, Coming Soon

We loved Downwell [$2.99] back at its release, and even bestowed it our Game of the Year Runner Up award for 2015. Therefore, while it has become the gold standard for which any fast-paced high score centric platformer game on the App Store is immediately compared to, it means any title that is even somewhat reminiscent of this classic is immediately on our radar. Tower Fortress is one such game, and through combining the qualities of Downwell with a hint of the vertical scaling and randomisation aspects of Leap Day [Free], Keybol's next release could set a new marker for what to expect from action platformer titles on mobile devices...

'Sociable Soccer' Is Bringing Online Soccer Arcade Action to the App Store Later This Year

After what has felt like an excruciatingly long few months, the soccer season has finally started to kick back into action. One of the best parts of becoming unfathomably disappointed by your team's heartbreaking 4-3 loss at home is that the new football year brings with it a whole bunch of new soccer games, and Sociable Soccer is one of the few upcoming ones for iPhone that has really caught my eye. Created by Jon Hare and others responsible for the legendary sports title Sensible Soccer, and quite heavily inspired by the arcade-focused, top down action of the series, spiritual successor Sociable Soccer looks to capitalise on the influx of fans looking for something to fill the midweek void when it launches later this year, and hopefully create a brilliant soccer title in an App Store that is surprisingly lacking in fantastic football games...

'Shadow Bug Rush' is an Endless Take on Swipe-Based Action Game 'Shadow Bug'

The original Shadow Bug [$3.99] is a pretty cool action-platformer with a great control scheme. The developers are set to rework the core of the game into an endless action game called Shadow Bug Rush, set to release in October. The idea is that there will be endless levels to play through, with your score being based on how many enemies you kill in one run. Check out early gameplay footage:..

The Hit Board Game 'Codenames' Is Coming to Mobile

While I haven't had the opportunity to play Codenames, the board game by designer Vlaada Chvatil, I've been seeing it everywhere I go and have had many of my friends talk about how fun it is. And now, it's making its way to mobile as you can see in the video below. The game is all about trying to guess words from the clues given by your teammate. The spymaster (one for each team) knows the secret identities of 25 agents while his teammates know the agents only by their codenames. Each turn, the spymaster gives one-word clues that may relate to one or more words on the table, and the other players in the team try to guess which words the spymaster meant. There's also an assassin going around, and if one of the players points to the card covered by the assassin, his or her team loses and the game's over...

'Word Invaders' is the Unlikely Combo of 'Space Invaders' and 'Scrabble', Coming August 25th

Keeping with today's genre-blending theme, there's yet another upcoming game that's grabbed my attention, this one called Word Invaders. As you can probably guess from the title, Word Invaders mashes together word games with classic Space Invaders-style gameplay. But wait, how the heck does that work? Well, your job is to make as many words as possible from the selection of letters you're given, but you'll have to deal with invaders constantly flying above and shooting away your letters. This is not a slow-paced word game where you have all the time in the world to come up with the "perfect" word, you need to be on your toes in Word Invaders as any of your precious letters can be blasted away in the blink of an eye...

PikPok Soft Launches 'Shadow Wars', Their Take on Puzzle-RPG Battling

PikPok should be well-known among mobile gamers for not only making some good games, but also ones with solid production values. So even when they do something that seems familiar, it's worth paying attention to as it might not be what it seems. It's easy to take a quick look at Shadow Wars and think that "oh, this looks like another match-3 battling game" but there's some fun stuff going on here. It does follow the Puzzle and Dragons [Free] formula, but the big difference with the puzzles is that they're more like Collapse, where any of the same-color tiles that are adjacent in cardinal and ordinal directions will also be detonated, and if enough gems are busted in one turn, a more powerful gem is left behind that can trigger various combos...

Apparently, when you want to bring any kind of IP to the App Store, you go for a Match-3 game, which isn't always a bad idea, but most of the times the whole thing seems forced. In the case of the upcoming Muhammad Ali: Puzzle King game, the official game based on the life of the Greatest, I can see how thinking about combining gems does have some kind of an association with boxing and with punch combos. In this game, you play as Muhammad Ali and you get to throw a punch each time you connect three or more gems. The more gems you connect, the more powerful the punch...

'Defend Your Turf' is a Beat 'em Up with Real-Time Strategy Elements Coming August 23rd

I guess today is the day to talk about genre-blending games, as another upcoming game has caught my attention that again takes some tried-and-true concepts and mixes them together into a single game. It's called Defend Your Turf from solo UK developer Stephen Folkes, and it takes the classic beat 'em up genre and peppers in some real-time strategy gameplay. The story is as old as time itself. "A bunch of guys dressed in blue hate another bunch of guys dressed in red… for no apparent reason." I'll let the humorous trailer for Defend Your Turf do the explaining...

'Line Defense' Will Mix 'Missile Command' with 'Breakout' Mechanics Later this Month

I'm a big fan of genre-blending, and developer Legal Radiation Team is blending together several well-worn mechanics in a neat way in their upcoming game Line Defense. The base concept is similar to Missile Command where you'll be protecting various cities across the world from incoming attacks. You'll do this by drawing shields in mid-air to absorb the attacks, but that's not all, as in some instances you'll want to be deflecting attacks back towards the enemies, Breakout-style. Finally, you'll use that same action to diffuse time bombs out of the air, taking a page out of Fruit Ninja...

'Sorcery! Part 4: The Crown of Kings' Launches on September 15th

Inkle Studios has been playing a bit coy with the Sorcery 4 release date up until now, including announcing that they would be announcing the release date soon. Now, soon can mean any number of things, but for Inkle, soon means a couple of days later, as they've announced that Sorcery! Part 4: The Crown of Kings will release on September 15th for iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac. Check out the new trailer:..

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