Category Archives: Upcoming Games

New Teaser Video Shows Off the "Stars" of the Upcoming 'Pixel Stars' from Ogre Pixel

Ogre Pixel, developer of such personal favorites as Warcher Defenders [Free] and Swipe Casters [Free], unveiled two of their new projects during GDC last month. One is called Pixel Stars, and it's a fairly straightforward endless running game where the focus is totally on unlocking and collecting a huge cast of characters. Those will include parodies of plenty of recognizable people including video game stars, real-life celebrities, characters from movies and TV, and more. We actually got a quick demo of an early version of Pixel Stars when we were at GDC, and enjoyed it a lot. Today Ogre Pixel has released a new teaser trailer for Pixel Stars which aims to show just how many characters you'll come across in the game...

Blast Enemies Coming from the Walls of Your Own House in Upcoming ARKit Defense Game 'Defend It!'

Back in January, Apple announced an update for their ARKit technology that would allow the software to recognize vertical flat surfaces like walls in addition to the floor recognition that the feature initially launched with. I'm sure there's all sorts of ways developers can use the new tech, but Wizard Games instantly thought about how cool it would be to have something literally bursting through your walls in AR. They've adapted that idea into a defense game called Defend It! which sees you blasting away waves of enemies that smash through the walls in augmented reality and try to take out your special crystal. I'm doing a bad job of explaining it, but the idea is pretty clear in the following video for Defend It!..




'World of Demons' is a Platinum Games Action Title, Published by DeNA for Mobile

Followers of our podcast likely noticed a lot of ultra-mysterious mentions surrounding a trip I was taking to Japan that I couldn't talk about beyond I was going to be away from the site for a while. The reason for all that was a trip to Platinum Games in Osaka where I was able to go hands on with Platinum Games' upcoming mobile action game, World of Demons, which is being published by DeNA. Platinum Games is ten years old now, and if you're not familiar with them, they're responsible for games such as Bayonetta, Nier: Automata, and more. The founding team previously worked on historic titles such as Devil May Cry, Resident Evil, and Okami, so the announcement that Platinum is working on a mobile game comes with loads of attached expectations...

Critically Acclaimed Shoot 'em Up 'Super Hydorah' Heading to iOS May 17th, Up for Pre-Order Now

Way back in 2010, Spanish indie developer Locomalito released a longtime passion project and love letter to classic shoot 'em ups called Hydorah as freeware on desktop platforms. The game took influences from some of the major players in the genre like Gradius, R-Type, Darius, and Turrican but also some of the lesser known titles like Enforcer, Space Manbow, Hellfire, X-Multiply, Guardian, Hydefos, and Armalyte. With friend and collaborator Gryzor87 creating a kick ass chiptune soundtrack, Hydorah earned all sorts of accolades on its release and became something of a cult hit. Then last year the developers partnered up with Abylight Studios to create an enhanced and expanded version of the game called Super Hydorah which released on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and Steam to even more critical acclaim. And now it's on its way to iOS! Check out this absolutely killer trailer from the console/desktop release of Super Hydorah...

The Dramatic Transformation of 'Dungeons and Miners' is a Sight to Behold

Developer Angry Bugs is responsible for a couple of my favorite iPhone games. More than six years ago(!) I fell in love with The Hacker [$0.99], which made me feel like a cool computer hacker from the movies. Then there was Drylands [$2.99 / Free], a post-apocalyptic action platformer that delighted a niche audience but never felt like it reached the success it deserved. So, being a fan already, I was pretty jazzed to see Angry Bugs announce a new game in August of last year called Dungeons and Miners. The early screens looked great, and the idea was that Dungeons and Miners would be a very casual roguelite digging game that you could easily play with one hand in portrait orientation. In the months that followed, Angry Bugs continued posting new information and screens to the game's thread in our forums, but today they posted an update that turns everything about Dungeons and Miners on its ear...

'Still Here' is a Beautiful Flying Adventure that's Launching Globally April 26th

As much as the mobile scene has become entrenched in free to play, it feels like there are more and more high-quality premium games coming out lately from some of the smaller indie developers out there. We're just a couple of days away from Oddmar releasing, and in a similar "holy moly this is one beautiful game" vein another whimsical adventure is set to arrive later this month called Still Here. In Still Here you'll play in a near future alternate reality where mankind has vanished from the world, with artificial lifeforms inhabiting the Earth. You'll play as a "Pip" as you tap to fly through these gorgeous environments, making friends with the AI beings and ultimately trying to figure out what happened to humanity. Check out the gorgeous trailer...

Craft Beer Simulator 'Brew Town' Set to Arrive this Thursday, Available for Pre-Order

Back in February Fist of Awesome [$0.99] developer I Fight Bears and Neon Horizon [Free] developer Appbox Media announced a collaborative project called Brew Town. As the name implies, Brew Town is a craft beer simulation game where you'll literally build a town out of all the elements you'll need to create a craft beer empire, and of course you'll spend a lot of time creating the beers themselves. One of the coolest aspects of Brew Town is the in-depth bottle and can creator which lets you create the perfect vessel for delivering your fine craft brews. This includes being able to name your beer and then use a pretty robust label editor to make your very own visual style for that beer. See it all in action in the following trailer for Brew Town...

Konami just announced Castlevania: Grimoire of Souls for iOS release. A few days ago, someone noticed a filing for the term Grimoire of Souls from Konami and fans of the Castlevania franchise got excited for a possible new entry. Well it is a new Castlevania game but it is a 4 person co-op side scroller. It will also have 4v4 PVP, Boss Rush mode, and features some gorgeous character portraits and artwork. ..

'Battleheart 2' is About 60% Complete and Could Possibly Launch in June

There aren't many games that I'm looking forward to more than Mika Mobile's upcoming Battleheart 2. The tiny two-person studio is notorious for taking as long as needed to get their games released in a really polished state, so I try to just stay patient and wait it out. But man, it's hard. While a sequel has been a possibility for years, it wasn't until September of 2016 that Battleheart 2 was officially announced and in the works. Mika has been plugging away ever since, and have been keeping eager players like me updated on the progress through their blog. Early last month we rounded up all of the Hero Spotlights that have been posted so far, which are little explainer blog posts going in-depth on the various characters that will be in Battleheart 2. Those spotlights have slowed down over the past month, but progress on the game itself hasn't and this week on Twitter Mika's given us a rough update on where the game is at right now...

'Banner Saga 3' Hitting Desktop and Console July 24th, Mobile Versions Coming Later this Year

Banner Saga [$9.99] and Banner Saga 2 [$9.99] are two of the best tactical role-playing games on any platform, and they feel especially at home on the touchscreen of a mobile device. We knew that the series was planned to be a trilogy, and with so much drama and plot elements built up from the first two entries fans have been dying to see how things will wrap up with the third and final entry. We first heard Banner Saga 3 was in the works back in January of last year, and the following October we got an awesome new trailer. Now the time has finally come for Banner Saga 3 to actually release, although mobile players will have to wait a bit longer. Banner Saga 3 is set to hit PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch on July 24th, and if you pre-order on PC ahead of then, this video below details what types of bonuses are in store for you as well as shows off a bit of this gorgeous game in motion...

'Sacred Stones' is an Unapologetically Hardcore Platformer, Out Now on Steam and Soon for Switch and Mobile

For me, the two magic words are "retro" and "platformer" and developer NoxBix is promising heaps of both in their new game Sacred Stones. It's a fast-paced action platformer that has you shooting enemies using a unique set of weaponry and getting into a whopping 20 different boss fights over the course of the game. Sacred Stones is not afraid to tell you that it's a super hard game, and that you're going to die a lot while playing. But it's all in the name of fun and satisfaction, and the boss-centric focus and the unique strategies afforded by the different types of weapons in the game are what really stand out to me. You can see it all on display in the following trailer...

'Comic Boy' Will Have You Running Through the Panels of a Comic Book and It's Looking for Beta Testers

Back in August of last year we first caught wind of an interesting upcoming platformer from developer StayHeavy Games called Comic Boy. The idea was that you'd be able to travel through the different panels of a comic similar to the old Sega Genesis game Comix Zone [Free] or the more contemporary mobile games Framed [$3.99] and Framed 2 [$4.99]. You'd do this by way of auto-running and then you'd use the different walls of the comic panels to bounce off of and change direction or use a downward smash to break through into a lower panel. The actual platforming was highly reminiscent of the Wind Up Knight [Free] games and maybe even a dash of some Beat Sneak Bandit [$2.99]. Check out what I mean in this gameplay trailer that was released back in January...

Silly Physics-Based Twitch Game 'Agent Wonky' is Coming May 3rd and Up for Pre-Order Now

Just a couple of weeks ago, we posted how Tap Hero [Free] developer Michał Walaszczyk was working on a brand new project called Agent Wonky and was looking for beta test participants. Well, the response to the beta test has been great, and now Agent Wonky is pretty much finished up and has an official release date of May 3rd. Agent Wonky utilizes a similar left/right twitch reaction mechanic to the previous Tap Hero, but mixes in some touch gestures to really tax your abilities to recognize and react. Also it features ragdoll physics for no other real reason than to be extra silly. Check out this new trailer to see what Agent Wonky is like in action...

'Odium to the Core' is a Super Stylish Rhythm-Based Cave Flyer Launching May 11th

If you've enjoyed the atmospheric cave-flying antics of the Badland series, but wished it was thumping beats just a bit harder, then you're going to want to watch out for the first game from developer Dark-1 called Odium to the Core, because it's basically just that. It's a cave flyer, so it features simple one-touch controls to elevate and lower your flying character, but there's also a pretty kicking original soundtrack to accompany the action that apparently also weaves itself into the gameplay. It's not immediately apparent to me how the music connection works in the game, but I really love everything about the trailer for Odium...

'Jelly Dance' is a Beat-Matching Rhythm Game with Goofy, Adorable Characters that's Launching Next Month

The Frosty Pop Corps. seemingly never sleep, as that's the only way I can see that they're able to continuously pump out awesome new mobile games. With their most recent release Kingpin Bowling [Free] continuing to do well, they're now turning focus onto the next release which is a game called Jelly Dance. It's a beat matching rhythm game but one geared for a more casual audience, at least in terms of initial difficulty. However, things can ramp up quickly and you'll need "mad DJ skills to keep your people cutting them rugs on the dance floor" according to the developer. There are six characters to unlock in Jelly Dance, each with their own unique song spanning the history of hip-hop. What really sticks out to me is just how darn adorable and well-animated these goofy characters are. Check it out...

You Can Play 'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery' on iOS Right Now ... in New Zealand

Sure, we're only two weeks away from the release of Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery for your iPhone or iPad, but what if we told you it's possible to play it right now? No, it doesn't require an Android device or even Hermione's Time-Turner...

Atmospheric Mythical Adventure 'The Mooseman' Makes its Way from Steam to iOS and Android Next Week

Just over a year ago, developer Vladimir Beletsky released a haunting adventure game called The Mooseman on Steam to critical acclaim. The story revolved around a strange mythical character named The Mooseman who had a special gift that would allow him to see past the mortal world. He spent time traveling between three different layers of the universe: "the Lower world where ancient gods and spirits of the dead dwell; the Middle world of men and the Upper World of gods." The character is based on actual myths and legends of Russian lore, and coupled with a killer soundtrack from composer Mikhail Shvachko, The Mooseman is a truly atrmospheric experience. It almost feels like a distant cousin to the incredible Year Walk [$3.99] from Simogo. Check out the trailer...

Spiderweb's 'Avernum 3: Ruined World HD' is Heading to iPad April 18th

Back in September of last year, Spiderweb Software announced Avernum 3: Ruined World, the final entry in the rebooted trilogy of Avernum old-school RPGs. You see, back in the mid-90s Spiderweb released a trilogy of games known as the Exile series which were well-loved among CRPG fans. In the early 2000s, Spiderweb decided to remake the trilogy using newer technology and expanding on the games significantly. This new trilogy is known as the Avernum series, and it too was beloved amongst CRPG fans. Fast forward about ten years and Spiderweb decided to reboot the series yet again using even more advanced technology and expanding the games even further, but still keeping them rooted in the old-school style that fans had grown to love. Those re-rebooted games released for PC but also made their way to the iPad as Avernum: Escape from the Pit HD [$9.99 (HD)], Avernum: Crystal Souls HD [$9.99 (HD)], and finally the soon-to-be-released-on-iPad Avernum 3: Ruined World HD. Here's the Avernum 3 trailer...

'Guildlings,' the Next Game from the Creator of 'Threes!', Is Looking for Beta Testers

While we've been covering Guildlings for quite literally years now, what you do in the game is still a bit of a mystery. The few details that have come out so far involve a group of friends completing quests in a mystical fantasy land, and it sounds like there's social hooks that let you play with others. Last year it was mentioned that the game would be split into multiple "chapters," but beyond that... the rest is sort of a mystery...

Charming Adventure Game 'Jenny LeClue - Detectivu' Gets a New Trailer, Should Be Arriving this Fall

Jenny LeClue - Detectivu is a painfully charming adventure game from developer Mografi that was successfully crowdfunded way back in the summer of 2014 and destined for release on desktop, console, and of course mobile. Less than a year later, in May of 2015, a playable teaser appeared on the App Store called, appropriately, Jenny LeClue - Playable Teaser [Free]. What it was was a standalone story separate from the main game that players could play through for free to get an idea of what would be in store for them when the full Jenny LeClue - Detectivu launched at some point in the future. Well, I loved that teaser taste and have been waiting rather impatiently for Jenny to arrive. With PAX East happening just this past weekend, Mografi created a gorgeous new trailer for Jenny LeClue - Detectivu to show off alongside the game at the conference, check it out...

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