Category Archives: Upcoming Games

PAX South: 'Nova Blitz' Promises to be Like Hyper-Caffeinated 'Hearthstone'

If you're a fan of Hearthstone [Free (HD)], you will want to keep an eye on Nova Blitz from Dragon Foundry. I got to play a demo of the game on iPad at PAX South, and it revealed itself to be a very fast-paced take on the card battler. The game's turns essentially tkae place simultaneously, as you have a few seconds to draw out cards from your deck, and then play your cards, and a match can be over in a few minutes thanks to the rapid pace of the game. There's very little waiting around to do anything, you're constantly engaged. ..

'Cut the Rope' Developer ZeptoLab Announce 'King of Thieves', a Hybrid of Platforming and Defense

For a number of years, Angry Birds was the face of mobile gaming. It was a household name across the globe, and it seemed like everyone and their brother had played or at least heard of Angry Birds. One of the first games to really rival that type of success was ZeptoLab's Cut the Rope. The series' casual-friendly puzzle gameplay has captured the hearts of over 600 million people across all platforms and titles, and just as many have fallen in love with its adorable main character Om Nom. ZeptoLabs has been riding high on the success of the Cut the Rope brand, and it's always interesting to see where a company goes after having a mega-hit like that. Today we get the first glimpse of what's next as ZeptoLab has announced their latest project called King of Thieves. Check out the teaser...

MOBA-Inspired 'Jurojin: Immortal Ninja' Soft-Launched in Canada

Critical Bacon Games has just soft-launched their new online multiplayer action game Jurojin: Immortal Ninja in Canada, which you can download here. This game takes some elements of MOBAs, with character customization and skill upgrading, and puts it into a one-on-one action game. You can play against the AI to get money and experience, before going online and fighting other players, with special rewards for winning against human opponents. The game takes place from a top-down view in 3D, and you use an interesting two-thumb control scheme to move around: your thumb moves a mouse-like pointer around on the battlefield, which your character will automatically run to. Then, you use ability buttons on the side of the screen to use them, with auto-targeting to help out with aiming. ..

PAX South: Undead Labs Puts a Real-Time Spin on Creature Battling with 'Moonrise'

Undead Labs had two vastly different games on display here at PAX South. One was the PC version of zombie survival game State of Decay. The other was a mobile game called Moonrise, which is being published by Kabam, and is currently in soft launch in Canada and Denmark. This game is somewhat of a Pokemon style of creature battler game, where you will collect monsters and battle them out against opponents, but the combat is quite different from other games. You instead can summon out two of your six creatures at a time, and they have attacks with different cooldown timers, which you must manage in order to defeat your opponent. The trainer is also a battler with their own attacks, and there's two ways to win: either defeat the trainer, or defeat all of the enemy creatures...

PAX South: 'Divide by Sheep' and 'Fearless Fantasy' Demoed by tinyBuild Games

PC publisher tinyBuild is quickly making an expansion into mobile publishing, having already released reverse-platformer Spoiler Alert [$0.99] late last year. They have three titles in the works, a mix of ports and original titles coming up. Divide by Sheep was the most interesting game there. It's a puzzle game where you have to move flocks of sheep between platforms, trying to get them to rafts. The platforms have spots for different amounts of sheep, and flocks can combine if there's room for more sheep, or lose sheep if jumping to a platform with fewer sheep. Each raft awards a star for getting the correct number of sheep on it, so there's some thought required to get every sheep in its proper place. Oh, and some traps will involve splitting sheep in half, which then get duct taped back together once on the raft. There's a variety of objectives that pop up over time, and while there's a kid-friendly focus as it deals with math, this one seemed interesting enough for all puzzle fans...

PAX South: 'Force of Elements', an Online Multiplayer Match-3 Puzzler

One of the first games I saw on the PAX South floor was Force of Elements, a game that can be best described as Puzzle Quest 2 [$2.99] with a heavy focus on the online multiplayer component of the game. The game has two different real-time online modes, one where you have a few seconds to make as many moves as possible, and another where you get a limited number of turns. Each character has four different special abilities that charge up based on certain gem colors, with different effects like locking up the board or doing damage to the opponent. There will also be a singleplayer adventure mode, and the different characters can have their stats and skills upgraded...

'iOOTP' Baseball Simulator Gets Official MLB License in Upcoming 'MLB Manager'

OOTP Developements, creators of the iOOTP baseball simulation series, itself a mobile version of the popular Out of the Park Baseball franchise, have just announced the next mobile edition of the franchise, and it's a first for the franchise. No longer is the game known as iOOTP, from here on out the series will be known as MLB Manager. Yes, the series is getting an official MLB license from here on out. The games have previously had real players, but now real teams will be part of the experience, with real logos for all the MLB and even MiLB teams...

'BlazBlue: Battle Cards' is an Upcoming CCG Based on the Fighting Game Series

Metaversal Studios has just announced a new game based on the popular technical fighting game series BlazBlue, with BlazBlue: Battle Cards coming soon. This will be a collectible card game featuring nine characters from the series, with a number of customizable decks and different card types that can be used to gain advantages in battles. Real-time online battles are being promised by Metaversal, so you'll be able to compete against an opponent in real-time like Hearthstone [Free (HD)], and unlike many asynchronous multiplayer card games...

Crescent Moon Games' Futuristic Open-World RPG 'Exiles' Releases on iOS Next Week

Crescent Moon Games' next major internally-developed game is coming next week. Exiles releases on January 29th. This is another open-world RPG from Crescent Moon, this time taking place in the future. You control an Elite Enforcer of either male or female gender and of one of three classes, fighting aliens and a corrupt government to help save this futuristic space colony. But really, that's all just an excuse to ride around hoverbikes on a massive planet, though there's plenty of interiors to explore on foot with a number of weapons to blast your enemies with...

'Bleach: Brave Souls' Hack 'n Slash Game Coming Soon in Japan

The Bleach manga and anime franchise has a pretty extensive video game history, as it turns out a series about warriors with swords and powerful summons makes for perfect gaming fodder. Well, it looks like another mobile game is in the works, as Bleach: Brave Souls has been announced for mobile in Japan. This promises to be a free-to-play top-down action title, where you can play as different Bleach characters, assembling a team to fight many of Hollow baddies, going through the series' story while racking up massive combos...

'Dungeon Hunter 5' Officially Revealed, with Details on New Multiplayer Mode

Prepare your shocked faces, as after last week's teaser site that had barely-obscured links to Dungeon Hunter 5, the game has been officially revealed by Gameloft. The long-running mobile hack 'n slash franchise is getting its latest entry, promising to be prettier, hackier, and slashier than ever. Gameloft has released a trailer showing off some footage of the game with some of the developers talking about the game:..

NimbleBit's 'Letterpad' Will Feature Apple Watch Support

A couple of weeks ago, NimbleBit announced that they were looking for testers for their new upcoming game called Letterpad. It's a word game that gives you a grid of 9 letters and tasks you with coming up with words from those letters that relate to a certain topic. Well, the game is just about complete at this point, and today NimbleBit have additionally announced that Letterpad will be playable on the forthcoming Apple Watch. Here you can see a mockup of what Letterpad will look like on the Apple Watch...

'Space Colors' Successor 'Superchroma' Blows Up the Galaxy This Thursday

Last year's Space Colors [$0.99] was an entertaining romp of space action and plenty of pretty colors in its many explosions. Well, developer Trent Polack at Team Chaos has been hard at work on a successor to that game that starts with the same basic formula but adds in so much more. Superchroma is that follow-up, and it's hitting the App Store this Thursday, January 22nd. You'll be building and upgrading bases, collecting parts for your ship to upgrade it, and just generally wreaking havoc all over the galaxy. Here's a trailer showing off an earlier version of the game, but the final version looks similar:..

'Her Story' Wants to Reclaim the Reputation of the FMV Game

FMV games are one of those genres that kind of died off. Pretty much all of them were more interesting for being goofy B-movie-grade quality, like Night Trap and Sewer Shark and other mediocre games from the Sega CD. But Her Story wants to try and help reclaim the genre, and will be coming to iOS as well as PC. The game is created by Sam Barlow, who is known for his work as writer and designer on Silent Hill: Shattered Memories, one of the more notable titles in the horror series. Her Story's setup involves having access to a vault of video interviews with a woman who is being questioned about the disappearance of her husband. You can search the game's database for different videos to try and put the mystery together...

'Jelly Reef' is the Last Game from 'Fingle' Creators Game Oven

Sad news to report today, as Game Oven Studios is shutting down in April. The creators of Fingle [$1.99 (HD)], Friendstrap [Free], Bounden [$2.99], and the upcoming Jelly Reef, which is still coming out, say that a conflict between being able to maintain their artistic freedom and needing to pay the bills is the reason for the shuttering. Adriaan de Jongh of the three-person studio says in a blog post that they are "at a point where we are in need of another vision for a beautiful game, but where we don’t have one, and don’t have the financial resources to find one and make one."..

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