Category Archives: Upcoming Games

'Hecticube' is Like Reverse Pong with Bullets, Releasing Next Month

Graham Reid has announced a release date and revealed a new trailler for his upcoming game Hecticube. This is a one-or-two player game with same device multiplayer that can be best described as reverse Pong meets Dual [Free] – perhaps ignoring that Dual recently got a Pong-inspired mode. But the core here is that you're trying not to have your paddle hit the ball bouncing around the levels. If it hits you three times, it's game over. Thankfully you have the ability to shoot a bunch of shots; you can fire two different shots at a time, with the ability to fire one big shot by tapping-and-holding...

Clickers and Tacos Together at Last as 'Mucho Taco' Arrives September 10th

This past Cinco de Mayo, Noodlecake Games and developer One Simple Idea thought it would be apropos to announce their upcoming game Mucho Taco, a game that blends the tried and true clicker gameplay with the universe's greatest ever food. Technically, "clicker" might not be the right descriptor, as Mucho Taco uses a swiping gesture to simulate making tacos. Idle swiper? Is that a thing? Besides actually making the tacos themselves, you'll also be growing and managing your Mexican restaurant empire by opening and upgrading new restaurants that will passively collect tacos for you. So many tacos. Here's a trailer detailing all this Mucho Taco goodness...




Winnipeg gets a lot of snow, London gets a lot of fog, Seattle gets a lot of rain, and iOS gets a lot of Warhammer games. It's just the way things go, friends. Though it can be hard to keep track of all of the games, it's actually pretty interesting seeing the license applied to so many different genres. Games Workshop isn't afraid to try out new things with their main property, evidenced by their own output in the physical gaming sphere. One such venture happened a few years ago, when they released their Path To Victory series of gamebooks. They were suitably complex relative to many other gamebooks, and from what I can gather, they weren't exactly a smashing financial success. Well, of course, right? The main gamebook audience isn't doing the whole dead tree thing anymore, instead favoring electronic versions on their mobile devices. A big part of that shift is almost certainly due to the excellent work done in the genre by Tin Man Games...

'Galak-Z: Variant Mobile' Heading to Mobile Platforms in 2016

17-Bit Studios, who you're probably familiar with as the developers of the excellent turn-based strategy title Skulls of the Shogun [$4.99], just released their frantic roguelike space shooter Galak-Z: The Dimensional on the PlayStation 4 earlier this month, and a PC version is following soon. However, according to Eurogamer, 17-Bit is also planning to bring the game to mobile devices next year in a special version of the game called Galak-Z: Variant Mobile. It's too early to get a glimpse at this mobile version, but here's the PS4 launch trailer for Galak-Z proper which should give you an idea of the game...

'Magic: The Gathering' Getting the Match-3 RPG Treatment with 'Magic: The Gathering - Puzzle Quest'

We're living in a world where anything that's even a vaguely popular IP is getting a Puzzle Quest spinoff. (Ok, I'm exaggerating, but seriously, there are a ton of branded match-3 games in the world.) The latest to get such a treatment is the grandfather of CCGs Magic: The Gathering from Wizards of the Coast. On paper, this seems like a pretty incredible idea. Magic the card game has decades worth of cool characters and a whole universe full of lore to utilize. The possibilities are endless for an incredibly deep crossover game, but we'll have to wait and see what developer Hibernum Creations does with it all. For now, here's some screens...

'Rock(s) Rider' HD Remake Shows How Far iOS Hardware Has Come

The original Rock(s) Rider [$2.99] was released in 2012, and the forums thread is actually sort of amusing to go back and read. A "real" Trials game wouldn't be out for another couple years yet with the release of Trials Frontier [Free] but this didn't stop iOS gamers from getting real excited when anything Trials-like hit the App Store. Well, fast forward a few years into the future and the developers have announced a HD remake of Rock(s) Rider, aptly named Rock(s) Rider - HD Edition. Check out the new trailer:..

Old-School Shoot 'Em Up 'Z-Exemplar' Gets a Brand New Trailer

I've been keeping pretty close tabs on Z-Exemplar, an upcoming side-scrolling shooter that developer Suminell Studios is hoping will tickle the nostalgia bone for those of us who have fond memories of the ZX Spectrum home computer from the '80s. Z-Exemplar was originally announced with a slick trailer back in early June, and as progress is made on the game Suminell has been great about posting updates in our forums, which is how I cam across these recent animated .gifs that off some of the weapons and features in the game. Now Z-Exemplar has a second proper trailer to share with the world, and it's looking fantastic...

Upcoming Game 'The Amazing Bernard' Looks Quite Intriguing

Most platformers that come out on iOS try to shoehorn console gameplay onto the touchscreen, some with more success than others. Amazing Bernard, an upcoming platformer by Kumkwat Entertainment, looks like it's trying to take advantage of the opportunities a touchscreen offers by letting you create your own platforms as you run through the various levels. According to  Appadvice, Bernie O'Tagis is a great adventurer and a hero with special abilities that allow him to manipulate the world around him. The game spans over 30 levels, and your character apparently just runs endlessly while you use your different powers, ranging from drawing platforms in the air to giving him wings, to help him through the obstacles...

Prettygreat Reveal Their First Game: 'Land Sliders'

We've been following the epic tale of Prettygreat for quite some time now. Earlier this year, a bunch of very great ex-Halfbrick guys spun off to do their own thing. A while later, Hipster Whale, the developers of Crossy Road helped them out with some seed money. We caught a super-quick glimpse of it, but today is the day for the full reveal. The game is called Land Sliders, and you can see how it looks in the just-released trailer:..

'Star Trek Timelines' Plans to Mix All The Star Trek Characters You Like In a Single Game

Disruptor Beam, the developer behind Game Of Thrones Ascent, is dipping into another extremely popular universe, Star Trek, to try and hopefully remedy the ills that have befallen on the franchise in the gaming world. The game will be called Star Trek Timelines, and as the title betrays, it takes place in a universe where a temporal anomaly brings together characters, settings, and stories from TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY, and ENT. In Star Trek Timelines, you take the role of a captain, gathering a crew of your favorite, or most-hated, Star Trek characters. If you know anything about the Star Trek universe, different crews have different ways of dealing with various challenges, some talk it out while others shoot it out. I expect the game to be similar to Game of Thrones Ascent with, hopefully, overall improvements to the game mechanics...

'Devastator' is the New Dual-Stick Shooter from Radiangames, Check Out the Trailer

Yesterday, we had some not so great news about the not so great performance of Radiangames' Inferno 2 [$2.99] when it launched on Steam. It's an interesting discussion to have, I think. Did Inferno 2 bomb on Steam because it was a mobile game? Did Radian not do a good enough job getting the word out about its release? Is it that Radian simply has a knack for making games that are a great fit on mobile, but not so much on desktop? Whatever the case, the end result is that Radian will be focusing solely on mobile going forward, at least for now, which brings me to some actual great news: Radian's next iOS game is a new dual-stick shooter called Devastator, and it's coming out really soon. Here's the trailer...

Crescent Moon's Stylish Platformer 'The Deer God' Hits iOS on September 3rd

Crescent Moon's The Deer God has been kicking around since at least early last year, and at long last it's finally locked and loaded for an iOS release next month, on September 3rd to be exact. In The Deer God you play as a hunter who has died and been reincarnated as a deer (irony!), and as you cruise through a procedurally generated world you'll fight off enemies, solve puzzles, and generally see what life is like living as a deer. It launched in in an alpha state on Android last November, and officially launched on Steam this past February. In fact, here's the Steam launch trailer...

'Swipey Rogue', a "Swipe-Action, Auto-Running, Dungeon-Crawling, Room-Puzzler" Coming Next Thursday, New Trailer Released

Way back in February, First Order Games announced their first project called Swipey Rogue. As you can tell by the title of this post, Swipey Rogue has many different influences, and surprisingly it all looked like it blended together really well in that early hands-on video from February. Your character moves automatically with you simply swiping to change directions and guide him through the danger-filled, puzzle-like rooms. There's also elements of dungeon crawling and roguelikes, because why the heck not? Swipey Rogue caught my eye back then, and I've been waiting patiently for it to arrive. Today First Order has announced that Swipey Rogue is finished, made it through Apple approval with flying colors, and will be released next Thursday, August 27th. And here's a new trailer!..

Linden Lab, 'Second Life' Creator, Developing 'Project Sansar' For VR and Mobile

Do you remember Second Life? Let me refresh your memory: in 2006, everyone was talking about this article from Bloomberg Business about Ailin Graef, the first resident of the virtual world Second Life who managed to have in-game land assets valued at over one million dollars. Of course, that article created a veritable gold rush of many people joining Linden Lab' virtual playground in hopes of making it big, and some people did make quite a bit of money in Second Life. Now, many years after Second Life's heyday, Linden Lab is taking another shot at creating a digital world, but this time around the company is building its new platform, codenamed Project Sansar, around VR but will also be accessible via mobile devices upon launch. Users will be able to explore and socialize in this new virtual world through "advanced expressive avatars."..

'Final Fantasy VII' for iPhone and iPad First Impressions: It's About What You'd Expect

I'm roughly 90 minutes into Final Fantasy VII so far, and I streamed my whole play session over on our Mobcrush channel. Here's part one and part two, a small WiFi SNAFU broke the stream about half way through. Anyway, I guess the supreme tl;dr of my first impressions of FF7 is this is the port you'd expect, and I mean that in both a good and bad way. It appears to be a port of the PC version of the game, which means the graphics are ever-so-slightly better than the original PlayStation version, and on my iPad Air 2 it runs flawlessly. As far as thoroughly stoking the coals of fiery nostalgia for this epic RPG, this port will definitely do the trick, and all the more janky aspects likely won't come as much of a surprise if you've played any of the iOS Final Fantasy ports released on the App Store so far...

'The Room Three' Probably Two Months Away From Puzzling Us, New Screenshots Released

Fireproof Games popped up briefly to inform us that if we've been expecting a summer release of The Room Three, we are out of luck. The developers talked about how they are still working hard at finishing the game and said that they are actually in pretty good shape at the moment. The game is playable from start to finish, and development time is dedicated to tweaking puzzles, writing hints, finishing up the audio, and polishing the (already gorgeous) art. Then, there's some translating to be done, testing for and fixing any bugs, and then it will land on the App Store. The developers promised more regular updates from now on with screenshots and, at some point, a trailer...

'Future Police' Pays Homage to Classic Arcade Light Gun Game 'Police Trainer', Coming to iOS and Android Soon

Light gun games have been a big part of video games since the early days. Most everyone who was gaming in the '80s has played Duck Hunt on the original NES, or perhaps you were a Lethal Enforcers fan in the early '90s. Whatever the case, I always thought light gun games were really cool, and while the home console conversions were great, there really was nothing like standing up at an arcade cabinet blasting away at the screen with a (typically) brightly-colored plastic gun in your hand. One of my favorites in the arcades was Poilce Trainer. There was no real action movie-style story in Police Trainer like most light gun games of the time, and instead it was what its title led you to believe: a weapons training simulation. Police Trainer was all about skill and fast reactions, and now developer Karma Soft is looking to recreate that experience on mobile with their upcoming game Future Police...

'Ski Safari 2' Hits the Slopes Next Week

'Ski Safari 2' Hits the Slopes Next Week

August 18th, 2015 2:53 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Upcoming Games
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Australian-based Sleepy Z Studios has announced that they're releasing a sequel to Ski Safari [$0.99], called Ski Safari 2. Of course, because Ski Safari: Adventure Time [$0.99] exists, this is technically the third Ski Safari game, but hey, numbers are meaningless. The iPhone 6 is the 8th or 9th iPhone depending on if you count the 5c. Sonic 4 wasn't the 4th Sonic game. Sequel numbering is dead. Regardless, this is a new Ski Safari game, and you can check out a trailer below:..

'Skylanders Battlecast', A Mobile F2P Card Battler, Joins The 'Skylanders' Franchise in 2016

If you have young children (or are one), you probably already know all about the Skylanders games, Activision's franchise that's managed to merge physical toys with video gaming and has made a fortune from it. After announcing Skylanders Superchargers, the Skylanders game that will bring all kinds of vehicles to the base game, Activision announced a new game today, Skylanders Battlecast, a F2P Card Battler for mobile devices. According to the announcement, this new game will allow players to fight each other using their favorite heroes from the Skylanders universe. I've seen quite a few young ones talk about their Skylanders heroes quite a bit, so I think the idea of letting them bring those heroes to battle is a smart one and, probably, a great, new source of revenue for Activision...

'Call of Champions' MOBA Jumps from Beta to Soft Launch

We've written up Call of Champions, the new speed MOBA from Spacetime Studios (the folks responsible for MMORPGs like Arcane Legends [Free]) a few times already, playing it back at GDC, and writing up a preview of the beta version. That beta version was available to a limited audience, but now more people can play it, as Call of Champions has just soft launched in New Zealand and Singapore. If you're in those areas – or have ways of accessing those stores, wink wink – you can now play the game for yourself...

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