Category Archives: Upcoming Games

'Future Factory' Preview - A Dual-Stick Roguelike Shooter, for Mobile?

One of my most-played Steam games over the past year-and-a-half has been Nuclear Throne, Vlambeer's dual-stick shooter action-roguelike. It's challenging, has fantastic art, is highly replayable, and has no shot whatsoever of coming to mobile. The controls are a huge hindrance because there's aim-and-fire controls, and only a more deliberately-paced game like Space Marshals [$4.99] can pull that off. Plus, if control issues will keep Vlambeer from releasing Luftrausers on mobile, Nuclear Throne ain't happening. So, I find myself mostly wanting for a similar experience on mobile. While it's not quite on iOS yet, and it's a bit of a different game, Future Factory could just fill that void later this year...

Lucid Labs Upcoming 'Stay, Mum' Brings Along a Boy and his Imaginary Friends

The mobile gaming space often offers developers the ability to make low-cost yet high emotional impact games. Indie developer Lucid Labs is trying to take advantage of just that as it moves on from its first game, ROTO [Free], a puzzle-platformer full of puns about balls, to something admittedly more emotionally engaging. The developer's second attempt, Stay, Mum, ties its physics-based gameplay to the evolution of a mother-son relationship and, more specifically, to the narrative of a son attempting to reach out to a mom who provides building blocks instead of love. To give you an idea of the overall art style, check out this early video test of the cutscene engine in the game...

Thoughtbot's 'Rototo' Promises Challenging Arcade Survival with a Sleek Look

Rototo is a pretty neat upcoming minimalist arcade game from Thoughtbot, developed primarily by their Stockholm team. You control a ship in the center of its screen, trying to fend off attackers coming from all sides. There's an interesting system at work, where you bounce back shots that are fired at you with your shield, which can also take care of divebombing enemies. However, if you just catch a bullet or enemy about to take you out, then you can cause a shockwave which repels nearby shots and enemies, but the timing is so precise that it's really only a last-ditch way to save your bacon. It's got flavoring of Project "Thor" [$0.99] mixed in with a bit of Ziggurat [$0.99] for good measure...

'Star Squad Space Rescue' is the Bullet Hell Take on 'Crossy Road'

Geek Brain Games is releasing Star Squad Space Rescue next week, a game which could be best described as "what if Crossy Road [Free] was a top-down bullet-hell game? You control a ship that is flying through waves of bullets, with a thankfully-small hitbox, and you're trying to rescue astronauts to get points. Rescuing untethered astronauts is a good thing to do just because, but in this case, they also give you fuel and provide a temporary shield from bullets. So, it's a good idea to pick them up...

Naquatic's 'CivCrafter' Could be the Deepest Clicker Game Yet

It feels like there's a rise in the number of idle clicker games, each one more potentially life-ruining than the next. Naquatic's next up with a particularly interesting take on the genre, with CivCrafter. This one starts off quite differently, in that you have three different resources that you can tap to collect, and use to build different things, hiring peasants to go out on tasks, and collect the many resources you need to build up your empire...

'Marvel Future Fight' is a Soft-Launched Action-RPG with a Ton of Marvel Superheroes

NetMarble has just soft-launched an interesting Marvel action-RPG in Australia, called Marvel Future Fight. This is looking a lot like the action-RPGs that are all throughout the App Store, where you control a character through levels, fighting waves of baddies, deploying special abilities with cooldown timers and whatnot, but the big difference here? You're fighting with a team of Marvel heroes, with the ability to swap heroes during battle, and use team-up attacks as well, all in the name of fighting evil versions of superheroes and turning them back to the good side, and adding them to your army of battlers...

'Pocket God vs. Desert Ashes' Crossover is a Spiritual Successor to 'Mecho Wars'

Here's a collaboration that comes straight out of 2009, but here in 2015. Luc Bernard, who helped make the 2009 turn-based strategy game Mecho Wars, is teaming up with Pocket God [$0.99] to bring Pocket God vs. Desert Ashes to life. This is a spin-off of Desert Ashes, which is basically a crazy remake/spinoff/semi-sequel to Mecho Wars that was announced for desktop and mobile way back in 2012 and is out now on Steam and Playstation Vita, that will feature the cast of Pocket God fighting it out with the fantasy creatures of Desert Ashes. ..

'Major Magnet' Developers Announce New Game, 'Circle Frenzy'

PagodaWest Games has been known for the Major Magnet [$1.99] games, including Major Magnet Arcade [Free], which have a real Sonic homage quality to them. Now, they're doing something a bit more original in theme, with their upcoming game Circle Frenzy. This one will have you running around a spherical planet, dodging randomly-generated traps, and trying to make it to the exit warp that eventually pops up, because oh no, the planet's going to explode! That is a problem...

'REBUS' is an Absurdly-Stylish Logic Puzzle Game Releasing Next Week

There's a lot of mind and puzzle games on the App Store, to where it's practically impossible for any one game to really stand out. However, Jutiful's upcoming REBUS - Absurd Logic Game caught our eye because of its stylish look. You'll be presented with an abstract visual puzzle called a rebus, and must figure out what it's trying to say, like rain in the shape of a T is "train." This sort of genre of brain-teasers are all over the place on the App Store, but not a lot look as good as this one does. Check out the trailer below:..

'Final Fantasy: Record Keeper' Soft Launches in Canada... On Android

We've been following developments of Final Fantasy: Record Keeper for quite a while now, but our excitement kicked into overdrive last month when it was announced that the game was in fact going to see an English release. If this is the first you've heard of the game, here's the basic gist from our previous article-..

A Special Version Of 'Final Fantasy 11' Is Coming To Mobile, Square Enix Announces

Following hot on the heels of the announcement of Final Fantasy Grandmasters, an action-RPG set in the Final Fantasy 11 world, Square Enix also announced plans to create a special mobile version of Final Fantasy 11 itself. Under development by Nexon, the developers behind the hit free-to-play online RPG MapleStory, this version of the game will have some changes made to it in order to better fit the mobile market. Which is to say, it's going to be free-to-play, among other changes...

Square Enix Announces 'Final Fantasy Grandmasters' For Mobile

Today in Japan, Square Enix held a press conference centered around Final Fantasy 11, their popular first MMO based in the Final Fantasy universe. The game was one of the company's biggest financial successes of all time, but with it getting pretty long in the tooth and its successor finally finding stable ground, one can't help but wonder how long Vana'diel's future is. When you think about it, it's pretty remarkable that such a substantial MMO was able to be realized on the PlayStation 2. Those days are coming to an end with the announcement that service for all versions except the PC build will come to an end in March of 2016...

First 'Heroes and Castles 2' Trailer Released, and It is Glorious

Foursaken Media has a cult-like following on iOS as they consistently bring large-scale, genre-melding experiences to the small scale of our devices, all offered up at an incredible value and with near-limitless playability. Their ability to blend genres in a way that makes sense is incredible, and one of their finer examples of this is 2012's Heroes and Castles [$1.99 / Free]. It had all the fun and strategy of a castle defense title, but it was set up as a 3rd-person action game that let you run around hacking and slashing the crap out of enemies to help your own cause. ..

Rodeo Games Announce 'Deathwatch: Tyranid Invasion', a New Warhammer Game Built in Unreal Engine 4

Rodeo Games, creators of 2013's well-received Warhammer Quest [$4.99], are once again partnering up with Games Workshop to create another turn-based strategy game in the Warhammer universe. Called Deathwatch: Tyranid Invasion, it has the distinction of being one of the first mobile games to use Epic's new Unreal Engine 4, and it's the first of Rodeo's games that is in full 3D. As you may be able to tell by the name, the game focuses on the elite secret order of Space Marines known as the Deathwatch. As Rodeo describes it, "Our game is set in the Astolat Sector which is under threat of being consumed by Tyranids from Hive Fleet Leviathan. The Deathwatch are tasked with undertaking high risk missions to turn the tide of war and defeat the invaders."..

Hex Grid Puzzler 'A Day in the Woods' Gets Enhanced Mobile Version in April

Better late than never! RetroEpic Software has announced that they're bringing their 2011 puzzler A Day in the Woods to iOS in early April. This game mixes sliding puzzles with hex grids – real game alert! – as you try to get Little Red Riding Hood to her grandmother's house without getting eaten by wolves, swapping tiles around so that you can get around without getting eaten, or otherwise harmed. The forests are dangerous these days, folks...

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