Category Archives: Upcoming Games

Design the Look and Taste of Your Dream Beer in 'Brew Town' Craft Beer Simulator from 'Fist of Awesome' and 'Neon Horizon' Developers

AppBox Media, responsible for Neon Horizon [Free] among many others, and Nicoll Hunt's studio I Fight Bears, of Fist of Awesome [$0.99] and Maximum Car [Free] fame, are teaming up on something decidedly different for both developers. It's a beer crafting simulation game called Brew Town, and it's arriving on iOS and Android March 22nd. Like creating games in Game Dev Story, in Brew Town you'll be responsible for creating new and interesting beers, then stocking and (hopefully) selling them to eager customers. As we all know how fun it is creating silly game types in Game Dev Story, I think Brew Town will take things to the next level with their robust custom bottle creator. Check it out and the rest of the game in this trailer...

'Monster Merge' by 'Down the Mountain' Developer Umbrella Now Available for App Store Preorder

Umbrella put up its newest in-house title, Monster Merge, up for pre-order on the App Store for a release in March. Their title about combining creatures brings in some elements of puzzle games, with a heavy dose of idle game mechanics. You drag monsters of the same type together in order to level them up and discover more of the new monsters. As you merge monsters, you can start to expand your base of operations, and use your current array of monsters to complete tasks for you, while they also generate idle revenue for you. ..




Crescent Moon Games Will Release 'Reed', Android-Exclusive Platformer, on iPhone and iPad

Crescent Moon Games is going to publish the Android-exclusive platformer Reed by PXLink on iOS later this year, and it's going to have iOS gamers wondering what else on Android they're missing out on. The game's a bit similar in theme to Cat Bird [Free], though I only bring this title up as a reference, since Reed pre-dates the game. In each level, you have to collect a large floating cube in order to unlock the exit, while trying to survive spikes, dart shooters, breakaway platforms, and wandering enemies. The game does promise some tricky platforming sections, and your only real tool is a double jump, but the game boasts quick restarts so you can get right back in the action after you die...

'Alto's Odyssey' from Snowman Is Finally Releasing on February 22nd, Pre-Order Available Now

Snowman’s Alto's Odyssey [$4.99] was originally supposed to launch in Summer last year. It was delayed to make sure it is as polished as can be and after some silence, we finally have not just a release date but also a pre-order for the long awaited sequel to Alto's Adventure [$4.99]. This is a standalone experience and you can go into it without playing Alto’s Adventure. There will be unlockable characters here with their own abilities and a relaxing mode called Zen Mode. This will remove all coins, power ups, and scores and just let you explore the endless desert...

SMG's Blocky Puzzler 'Death Squared' Making its Way to iOS on February 14th

After bringing out tons of mobile hits like Thumb Drift, Over The Top Tower Defense, and the One More Line/Jump/Bounce series, Australian developer SMG Studio entered the console realm last year with the release of Death Squared on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. Death Squared is a block-moving puzzler not unlike many we've seen before, except here you're moving multiple boxes simultaneously and you'll need to do so in a way that doesn't trigger a sudden death trap that will destroy one of the blocks, rendering a level failed. On its own Death Squared is a clever and challenging puzzler, but where it really shines is in its cooperative multiplayer for up to 4 players. This was especially true of the Nintendo Switch version with its detachable controllers and tabletop mode. Well, it's been close to a year since Death Squared first launched and SMG is bringing things full circle with a release for iOS. Check out this extremely high-budget trailer touting the virtues of Death Squared on iOS. These guys spared no expense!..

Cross-Platform HTML5 MMORPG 'Mad World' Heading to Steam this Fall, Impressive New Trailer Released

It was in July of last year that we posted the trailer for a very promising upcoming MMORPG from developer Jandisoft called simply Mad World. While the game's art style, soundtrack, and overall theme was really cool, what really stood out about Mad World was that it's built entirely in HTML5 and should run in a basic web browser with complete cross-platform play across PC, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android and whatever other platforms it ends up releasing on. They showed how well this works in a follow-up video in August. We haven't heard much from Mad World since, but this week Jandisoft announced that Steam will be an additional platform where the game is heading and it should arrive there this fall. They also unveiled an awesome new trailer for the game...

Nintendo shocked everyone when they announced Mario Kart was coming to the App Store. Mario Kart Tour is a new mobile game that is being developed by DeNA and Nintendo for mobile platforms and it is due before March 2019. As with every Nintendo announcement, there’s a lot of speculation until they reveal more details. As of now we don’t know whether it will be a full Mario Kart experience like the console titles or an auto driving game where you manage other things. Today, DeNA CEO commented on one aspect of the monetisation for Mario Kart Tour. He said that the game would be free to start...

'Box Cat' Developer Giving Canines Some Love with 'Dig Dog - Treasure Hunter', Coming this Thursday and Up for Pre-Order Now

You may know indie developer Rusty Moyher from his great same-device multiplayer games like Astro Party [Free] or Bloop [$4.99], or perhaps from his clever "flapformer" SHAARK! [$0.99] or even from his 2017 Train Jam game-jam-game-turned-full release Train Bandit [Free]. But more than likely you'll recognize his name from the twitchy cat-themed arcade games Box Cat [$1.99] and its spin-off Box Cat Bash [Free]. Yep, that Rusty sure does love cats! "But what about DOGS!?" I hear roughly half the population crying, and Mr. Moyher aims to please fans of both animals with his newest game Dig Dog - Treasure Hunter. This blends three of the greatest gaming elements into one: Doggos, digging, and roguelikes. Check out the very adorable trailer...

'Dungeon Stars' is a Side-Scrolling Hack 'n Slash with a REALLY Great Art Style, Coming in 2018

Riposte Games & Co, who most recently released the multiplayer strategy game Mini Guns [Free] towards the end of last summer but have also worked on such titles as Shop Heroes [Free], Card Monsters [Free], and the popular Flash title Swords & Potions; and Dallas-based Furnace Games, who previously worked with Zynga on Castleville back in the day and more recently with Boss Fight Entertainment on Dungeon Boss [Free]; today announced a new partnership that will see Riposte publishing the next two titles from Furnace. The first of these games is called Dungeon Stars, and it's a side-scrolling hack 'n slash action RPG with a really cool looking art style and excellent character animations. Check out this recent teaser for Dungeon Stars...

'Avernum 3: Ruined World' Now Available on Desktop, iPad Version Coming in Q1 2018

For nearly a quarter century, Spiderweb Software has been cranking out unabashedly old-school RPGs with excellent stories, characters, and universes to explore. When the husband and wife duo began bringing some of their titles from the Avadon and Avernum series to the iPad starting way back in 2011, they brought their legion of devout fans over from the desktop world and also found a brand new set of fans in the world of mobile gaming, both of which enjoyed being able to play such in-depth titles on the go. They kind of bounced back and forth releasing entries in the Avadon and Avernum series on the iPad, with the full Avadon trilogy becoming complete in the fall of 2016. Then in September of this past year, they announced that the final entry in the Avernum trilogy was also in the works and would arrive on both desktop and iPad in 2018. Titled Avernum: 3: Ruined World, the game launched on desktop last week and is slated to arrive on the iPad in the next month or so. Check out the official trailer...

Take a Look at the New Launch Trailer for 'Florence'

Earlier this morning we posted about Annapurna's Florence being available to pre-order on the App Store, but it turns out there's one more Florence snippet to be had today: A launch trailer and a set of screenshots that give us a fantastic (although brief) look into this upcoming interactive love story. Take a look:..

'Florence' from Annapurna Interactive Releases on February 14th, Pre-Order Available Now

Annapurna Interactive has become quite the boutique publisher on mobile in recent times. They surprised everyone with Flower [$4.99] and have gone on to put out great stuff like Gorogoa [$4.99]. Florence is their latest mobile game and it comes from developer Mountains. Florence tells the tale of a young woman’s first love through ups and downs. It plays like an interactive storybook with a series of vignettes. Florence has been inspired by slice of life graphic novels. I’m already on board with that art style...

'Durango: Wild Land' is a Really Cool Korean MMORPG with Dinosaurs, Hopefully Coming to the US Soon

Nexon recently launched their new dinosaur themed MMORPG Durango: Wild Land in Korea on January 25th. The game drew in 2.5 million pre-registrations before launch and seems to be poised to introduce a completely new paradigm in mobile gaming. So often we see mobile games getting the reputation of being a “dumbed down” experience from what’s available either on consoles or PC. And while this is true in some contexts, that doesn’t mean mobile hasn’t seen it’s fair share of unique and immensely enjoyable experiences in it’s own right. 

Nexon, however, doesn’t seem to be satisfied with the status-quo. At a pre-release event held at the Four Seasons in Seoul, South Korea, Nexon vice-president Sang Won Jung was optimistic about Durango, stating, “As the game possesses a unique system that is like no other in today’s Korean mobile games, we put much effort with patience. That’s why the beta was that long. However, after years of development and beta processing, we were able to study players’ behavior patterns, and eventually complete the game.”..

'Mario Kart' is Coming to the App Store via the Just-Announced Game 'Mario Kart Tour'

I don't even. What is happening. Nintendo just announced that Mario Kart is coming to mobile via a new game titled Mario Kart Tour. Due out sometime before March 2019, we've got loads of time to wildly speculate what this game is going to be about. Judging by Nintendo's other efforts on mobile, I doubt it's going to be anything close to a "full" Mario Kart game, but, stranger things have happened...

'Tekken' Mobile Launching in the US March 1st, Other Countries Beginning February 1st

Back in August of last year Bandai Namco announced a new built-for-mobile entry in their long-running fighting game franchise Tekken, with said mobile game soft-launching in the Canadian App Store at that time. Unsurprisingly, this was not a traditional fighting game like the Tekken games you'd find on console and desktop, but rather a simplified "swipe fighter" in the vein of the Injustice mobile games, Marvel: CoC, and the mobile version of Skullgirls. While certainly disappointing to some, I'm actually a big fan of the swipe fighters and was eager to take the soft-launched Tekken for a spin. While the fighting mechanics aren't quite as tight as my current favorite Skullgirls, Tekken mobile was still a lot of fun and was really one of the most visually impressive games on the entire iOS platform. Its free to play system was pretty typical as well, with a decent amount of content thrown at free players and speeding up the upgrade grind being the main source of monetization. ..

Build and then Battle in 'Inochi', a Robot Battling Game Coming February 6th

One of the more popular genres on the App Store are PvP battling games. They also work quite well with the free to play model. Online multiplayer games need a big user base and having a game be free is a good way to help ensure that. Then these games often feature tons of characters to collect and upgrade, which works right into the gacha mechanics that, ahem, the whole games industry loves so much. Cynicism aside, these facts do usually lead to games that can be played by a ton of people with very few restrictions. UK-based KISS Publishing, who have helped bring games like Pooka: Magic and Mischief [Free] and The Great Gatsby Secret Treasure [$2.99] to mobile, are now bringing the turn-based robot battling game Inochi to the App Store next week. ..

'Magic Golf' is a Mini-Golf-Style Game with a Full Level Editor, Coming Thursday and Up for Pre-Order Now

Dialing the clocks back to March of last year and Bike Baron [$1.99 / Free] developer Qwiboo was showing off their latest project to us during GDC 2017. It was a mini-golf style game that at that time was called The Long Trail, and besides bouncing the ball-like bunny around clever hazard-filled courses using a slingshotting mechanic, the big draw was that the game would include a full-featured level editor so players could create and share their own levels, similarly to that in their own Bike Baron. Fast forward 10+ months and one name change to Magic Golf later and the project is finally finished and ready for release this Thursday. Here's a brand new trailer so you can see it in action...

'Run Gun Sports' is a Track and Field Game Where Your Legs are Guns, Coming this Thursday

Perusing our Upcoming Games Forum, I was instantly sold on a game called Run Gun Sports when it described itself as a track and field game but your legs are guns. I feel like pretty much any game that involves a description that includes "…but your legs are guns" is an instant winner in my book. I mean, Downwell [$2.99] anyone? As for the game itself, it looks just as silly as that premise sounds. You'll compete in some typical track and field events but with the benefit of being able to fire bullets out of your feet. The blast from those bullets can actually help propel you through the air making for some truly superhuman acrobatic feats. Check out the trailer for Run Gun Sports to see what I mean...

Promising Action Survival Game 'Headshot ZD: Survivors vs Zombie Doomsday' Launching Tomorrow

Back in October of last year, developer NANOO Company announced their latest release following such titles as the popular hack 'n slash Dark Sword [Free] and the idle clicker RPG Final Taptasy [Free]. Called Headshot ZD: Survivors vs Zombie Doomsday (that's a mouthful!) you'll try to survive the zombie apocalypse by blasting them with a variety of weapons and rescuing survivors and collecting resources along the way. This all happens via side-scrolling action somewhat similar to another classic mobile zombie shooter Zombieville USA 2 [$0.99], and Headshot ZD features some of the nicest pixel art I've seen in some time. Check out the official trailer...

Bandai Namco Entertainment Announces ‘One Piece: Bounty Rush’ with Pre-Registrations Now Live on Google Play

Bandai Namco Entertainment just announced a new One Piece mobile game. One Piece: Bounty Rush will be coming to the West on iOS and Android this year. As expected it is a free to play game and it will feature 4v4 team based multiplayer action. The aim is to collect more berries than the opposition through multiple routes and using various gimmicks. Unlike Final Fantasy that feels like it has a new mobile game every few weeks, Bandai Namco Entertainment has been slower with One Piece mobile games. Watch the announcement trailer for Bounty Rush below:..

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