Category Archives: Upcoming Games

PAX South 2016: 'Eternal' Puts its Own Spin on the 'Hearthstone'-Style CCG

The CCG genre has never been more popular, and talking to some folks, there's a bit of animosity toward Hearthstone [Free] right now, so the field is wide open for anyone competing for that CCG love. Eternal, developed by Dire Wolf Digital and published by Versus Evil (Update: Eternal is self-published, the game was merely sharing space with Versus Evil at their booth) , is another CCG that'll have you battling against opponents. The game is in pretty good shape at the moment, as they had the cross platform multiplayer already working: I played a multiplayer match against a developer playing on a PC while I was on an iPad...

PAX South 2016: 'Heroes Must Die' is a Real Game...and a Real Play?!

So here's something you probably haven't heard before: Heroes Must Die is a game that features a sequel...that will be staged as an interactive play. Seriously. The game will have you playing as a hero who winds up working for a villainous boss, fighting in battles on hex grids – that's right, this is a real game – where you must combo through enemies of the same element type, with the ability to hit enemies as you pass, so you have to be smart with the paths you take. Here's the combat in action:..




PAX South 2016: 'Den vänstra handens stig' is a Game of Black Metal and Blood Sacrifice

Newmark Software, maker of the absurd Hyperemesis Pizza [$1.99 (HD)] Den vänstra handens stig sounds a lot like a black metal album title, and, well, that's a conscious decision: the game is heavily inspired by black metal art and music. I don't even know if you could call it a 'game', necessarily: there's an AI who is going on a journey and trying to reach a goal. It is learning and failing on the way, but it will eventually reach its goal in a few hours. You can stop it by drawing a sigil on the screen, forcing it to lay down and quit, forgetting all it has learned and starting all over again. So, the 'game' is in seeing how long you want this journey to last, and if you want the AI to complete its journey...

Could 'Extreme Gear: Demolition Arena' Be the 'Destruction Derby' for iPhone I've Always Dreamed Of?

When I think back to some of my fondest memories of the original PlayStation, many of them involve me violently driving into my buddies until they explode into a ball of flames in Destruction Derby. There's something so simplistic and beautiful about a demolition derby: A bunch of vehicles smashing into one another until there's just one left standing. It's so American! I've always wondered why this type of game wasn't more prominent on mobile. I mean, we have the classic Carmageddon [$0.99 / Free] which somewhat scratches that itch, and games like Death Rally [Free] and CarRage [Free] are good fun but they're more weapon-based vehicular mayhem. Sometimes I just want to smash my car into another person's car the good old-fashioned way, you know? Enter Zero Games Studios, who are looking to plug the demolition derby hole in the App Store with Extreme Gear: Demolition Arena. Check out the trailer...

Here's the 'Bomberman'-Alike 'Ninja Boy Adventures' Being Played with an MFi Controller

Yesterday I was lamenting the fact that there wasn't any good Bomberman games on the App Store, and apparently developer The Clash Soft felt the same as he was taking it upon himself to create his own homage to classic Bomberman with the upcoming Ninja Boy Adventures. Well today Clash Soft posted a brand new video in our forums showing how Ninja Boy Adventures plays with an MFi controller, specifically a Mad Catz C.T.R.L.i Micro. The video offers a lengthy look at a typical play session of Ninja Boy Adventures, check it out...

Rayark Unveils 'Soul of Eden' at Taipei Games Show, Looks to Take On 'Clash Royale'

The 2016 Taipei Games Show went down this week, and among one of the new games unveiled at the show was Soul of Eden from Implosion - Never Lose Hope [$9.99] developer Rayark. Similar to the recently soft-launched and phenomenally popular Clash Royale, Soul of Eden is something of a mishmash of base-building, strategy, MOBA and card-battling. Being from Rayark, the game also boasts some incredible visuals and fantastic character designs. Sci-fi Clash Royale anyone? Check out the trailer...

'Puzzle Strike', the Deckbuilding Puzzle Game, Launches Next Week

I've had my eyes on Puzzle Strike for some time now, but apparently I don't have enough friends to play the physical version so I've had to wait for a digital version. Well, my wishes have come true since next week Puzzle Strike will hit iOS, and it looks like it's going to be a fun single-player and multi-player affair (although the UI looks a bit too busy). If you haven't played the game before, Puzzle Strike is a deckbuilding puzzle game played among Fantasy Strike characters and is inspired by puzzle games such as Puzzle Fighter. The game has a high level of interactivity - unlike games like Dominion - and, therefore, you'll need to adapt your strategies depending on your opponent. You can either focus on economy, offense, or even build an intricate engine in your attempt to knock the other player out...

'Faif' Developer Beavl is Going All-In on Mermen with 'Tail Wrestling', the First of a Series of Mermen-Themed Games

You may know developer Beavl from their stylish and inventive games like Faif [$1.99] or Kapsula [Free], or you may know them from Monster Streaking [Free], a game where you get to run around as a naked horror movie monster. If that silly last game is more your style, then you're going to be stoked for what Beavl currently has cooking. They've created an entire universe based on mermen, the male version of mermaids, and have dubbed it #3Mermen. Their first merman-themed game is called Tail Whip, which is like arm wrestling but with merman tails. Yep...

The Mobile Port of 'Final Fantasy IX' Is Complete, Likely Will Launch Very Soon

Last year ended with a bang as one of the last stories we posted in 2015 was Squeenix announcing Final Fantasy IX is coming to mobile. As mentioned in that same post, it doesn't sound like it's going to be a quick and dirty port either, as high quality graphics, auto-save, high-speed mode, achievements, and other modern conveniences have been added to the game. The only question that remained was when will we be playing it?! Well, a preview video posted by Square Enix gives us some clues:..

Producer on 'The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth' Teases iOS Port on Twitter

Turn the clocks back to just over two years ago in January of 2014 and Edmund McMillen, one half of Super Meat Boy developer Team Meat and the creator of the 2011 roguelike The Binding of Isaac, teased that his then-upcoming Binding of Isaac enhanced remake subtitled Rebirth could be heading to the iPad, saying they were going to test the game out on that device and "if it works ok then we will also release there." Well, that was a long time ago and we haven't heard anything about a Binding of Isaac iOS port since, but just moments ago we got a brand new tease thanks to Tyrone Rodriguez, founder of Nicalis and producer on The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth among other hit titles. When asked on Twitter whether or not Rodriguez had ever considered a mobile version of The Binding of Isaac, he replied with this:..

'Infinite Skater' is a Drop Dead Gorgeous Endless Runner from the Creators of 'Make it Rain'

It's not that often I get all excited for a behind-the-back runner, but every once in a while one comes along that's unique enough in a certain way that I can't help it. That's the story with Infinite Skater, an upcoming endless runner from developer Space Inch, who you may know from their ultra-popular clicker Make It Rain [Free] or the quirky OK Go word game Say the Same Thing [Free]. So what is it about Infinite Skater that caught my attention? The art style. Oh boy, the art style. Check out this brief trailer...

Get Your 'Bomberman' On with 'Ninja Boy Adventures', Arriving on iOS and Apple TV Soon

Bomberman is one of those all-time classic video game franchises, and to this day even the earliest games in the series are some of the very best multiplayer gaming you can have. There's really no substitute for running around a game board and trying to bomb the crap out of your friends. It's always puzzled me that Bomberman hasn't been more prominent on mobile, as the mechanics are simple enough to work on touchscreens and the ubiquity of internet connections could make for some incredible multiplayer action on the go. ..

'Crush Your Enemies' Promises Old-School RTS Gaming, Cross-Platform Multiplayer, and Beards on Everything

Much like the term "roguelike" has been watered down and stretched out over the years, so too has the real-time strategy genre. Games like Clash of Clans [Free] and Game of War [Free] have dominated the App Store and are often billed as RTS games, and even though they have tens of millions of players chances are pretty good many of them have never even heard of the Starcrafts or Age of Empires or Command & Conquers of the world. Don't get me wrong, these new strategy games are great and fit well on mobile, but sometimes you just want an RTS that gets back to the old-school basics. That's the promise of Crush Your Enemies, an upcoming RTS from developer Vile Monarch and publisher Gambitious. The humorously obnoxious trailer captures the tone and intent of Crush Your Enemies quite well...

Asteroid-Dodging 'Hyperide' Releases Next Week

Polish developer Kool2Play has announced that their new game Hyperide is releasing on February 3rd as a free download. The game is about dodging meteors at high speeds, with the tradeoff being that you can fly close to meteors to gain a temporary shield, which might keep you safe for when the asteroid speeds get a bit too hairy. Along the way, you'll collect pinkonium, the game's currency which can be used to unlock new ships and levels. You'll mostly find these in black hole sections, with additional pinkonium in black holes the further along you get in the game...

'Fantasy Mage' is an Upcoming Loot-Focused Action RPG with a Heavy 'Solomon's Keep' Vibe

While the legendary Solomon's Keep [Free] hit some roadblocks over the past few years, things are finally back on track and I look forward to some new Solomon action on iOS whenever that may be. However, I've always wondered why more developers didn't try to elaborate on the Solomon's Keep formula of a super accessible top-down action RPG with an emphasis on cool abilities and upgrading. Illogical Games, who you may know from their 2014 dual-stick zombie shooter Dead Hunt [Free], is taking a stab at it with their upcoming game Fantasy Mage. Check out the trailer...

'Juggernaut Wars' is My.com's Sequel to 'Juggernaut: Revenge of Sovering'

My.com has announced a follow-up to their 2012 game Juggernaut: Revenge of Sovering [Free] will release in February, reimagined as a free-to-play strategy game called Juggernaut Wars. Taking place in the same world of Haradan, you'll battle with a team of heroes whose abilities you can strategically deploy at different times, with story campaigns, clan wars, and PvE trials to play through. Check out a couple minutes of gameplay footage:..

See 'Graybles' Promising First Trailer and Apply For the Beta

Back in September we first wrote about Graybles, an upcoming game that's all about navigating multiple perspectives in your quest to solve various puzzles. The game looked promising and quite charming in September, and it's looking even better in January despite the team behind it consisting of a single person with, apparently, a love for multiple perspectives. In addition to giving us the first trailer of the game, Daniel Marques is taking applications for the game's open beta in our forums, so if you like puzzle games at all, you should probably head there and sign up...

'Dead Union' Zombie FPS Hits iOS in China, Worldwide Soon?

Chinese publisher NetDragon has just released Dead Union for iOS in China, and hints say that we'll be seeing this in the US at some point. The game looks like a solid first-person shooter where you get to shoot a bunch of zombies, including some with baseball bats. They're using tools! They're learning! Grab as much ammo as you can and deal with this menace!..

'Ys Chronicles 2' Releases in February for iOS and Android

The long-running Ys action-RPG series is returning to iOS with Ys Chronicles 2, the remake of the second game in the series. DotEmu announced it last summer at E3, and a release date has finally been confirmed for February 10th on iOS and Android. Shaun's review of the first Ys Chronicles [$4.99] game is well worth reading, and the sequel has some similarities in combat, but with even more of a shoot 'em up feel once magic gets involved. Shaun also says that "the two games are best enjoyed together as one big game," so you might want to pick up the first Ys Chronicles and play through that before you go through this one. Don't make Shaun mad. Also, the two Ys Chronicles games were regularly re-released together...

'99 Moons' is a New Fast-Reaction Platformer from the Developers of 'Hex Brutal'

England-based studio RisingHigh, who have done some games for publisher Appsolute Games, including Hex Brutal [Free] and Impossible Caves [Free], have announced their first independent release, coming out in early February: 99 Moons. I'm not entirely sure why it's called 99 Moons since it has 240 challenging levels for you to jump through, but each one takes place on a circular stage where you have to jump through dangerous paths, all named after different moons in the solar system, so you might just have to jump through 99 of them...

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