Category Archives: Upcoming Games

'Demon Hunters: Dungeon of the Hell Dragon' First Impressions - Dungeon Crawling in 3D

Let's see if I can get your attention with two words: Fantasy XCOM. Pretty sure that worked. I've recently been playing Demon Hunters: Dungeon of the Hell Dragon (I know, not the most original title), an upcoming dungeon crawler by Wave Light Games that's gotten people in the forums very excited and for good reason. The developers, who come from a table-top wargamming and strategy-game background,  describe the game as a cross between Warhammer Quest and XCOM, borrowing the dungeon crawling and loot-gathering from Warhammer and the cover and line-of-sight aspects from XCOM. The game is currently in Testflight Beta, and while there's still a lot of work to be done, I like where it's heading...

Did You Like 'Orbital'? Then Check Out the Upcoming 'Hue Ball', Y'All

Orbital [$2.99 / Free / $2.99 (HD)] was one of the cooler games of the early days of the App Store, and it was great to see it get updated earlier this year. It was based on a game called Gimme Friction Baby by Wouter Visser. Another game that claims inspiration from that Flash title is due on to the App Store: Hue Ball starts from a similar genesis, where a cannon aiming left to right fires balls into a playing field. But the mechanics of what happens to the balls is different: the balls that stay on the playing field will grow in size over time, eventually becoming undestroyable behemoths. You must keep the playing field as clear as possible, not letting any balls go below the playing field's safe line...

'Pills4Skills' Will Deliver Trippy Puzzling Action This Month

If you ever played Crackdown on Xbox 360 – and you should have – there's an infamous line of narration: "Remember: skills for kills, agent. Skills for kills." While I can't find a good clip of it on YouTube, the title of Pills4Skills sounds like a reference to it, and I approve of anything Crackdown. Also, it's looking like quite the curious platformer itself. Check out the trippy trailer:..

tinyBuild's Bizarre RPG 'Fearless Fantasy' Coming May 14th, New Trailer Released

Just about a year ago, tinyBuild released their turn-based RPG Fearless Fantasy on Steam. It featured some of the most bizarre visuals I've seen in a game, and overall it's been positively received by those who have played it. A version has been planned for mobile for quite some time, and tinyBuild even ran an open beta testing phase on our forums starting back in February. The beta went smoothly, the game was all ready to be released… but tinyBuild wasn't feeling it. They weren't entirely happy with the final product, so they went back and tightened up some things as well as completely redid much of the art for the game. No small task, and it pushed the game's mobile release back a couple of months, but finally the version of Fearless Fantasy that tinyBuild has envisioned for mobile is finally ready and releasing on May 14th. Here's a brand new trailer...

'Worp' is a Fun Upcoming High Score Game from an 18 Year-Old Developer

The fast-reaction, high-score-chase, micro-game genre that's swept the App Store by storm is a genre that has a few key tenets that can be tricky to do well: simple gameplay that's challenging, with intense action. The best games do the Flappy Bird thing, where a score of 0 or 100 are both equal possibilities. Max Glockling's upcoming Worp, based on a pre-release build I've played, looks like it's hitting all those buttons. You'll be controlling a ship spinning around the inside of a circle, trying to dodge balls that are shooting from a cannon directly across from you. There are multiple balls, tricky angles, and a playfield that shifts in size as you play to contend with. It's challenging and a ton of fun. Check out the trailer:..

In honor of it being both Cinco de Mayo and Taco Tuesday, Noodlecake Games decided it was the perfect time to announce the latest game they're publishing. From Mexican studio One Simple Idea comes Mucho Taco, a game that finally brings tacos to idle clickers. You'll be using a golden tortilla to create tacos, starting from one little taco stand, building up to a taco empire. Just remember: you either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become Taco Bell...

'Dominion Online' is Getting Closer to Release, Probably

If you enjoy card games and you own an iPad, then I'm pretty sure you're one of those who seriously roll their eyes when they hear the word "Dominion." For the uninitiated, Dominion was created by game designer Donald X. Vaccarino and published by Rio Grande Games in 2008 and is seen by many as the grandfather of deck-building card games, and even though some find it a bit boring, its influence is seen in many great card games including Stoneblade's Ascension. Back in 2012, Goko Games tried to develop an HTML5-based platform in order to enable iOS players to enjoy cross-platform gaming without needing to download a separate app. Goko based its whole marketing on launching Dominion as its flagship game to prove the technology worked. Notable as the ambition was, it failed so miserably that it actually became a joke among iOS gamers...

'Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon' is Looking for Beta Testers (or Cannon Fodder)

Slitherine is continuing its inexorable march to conquer both PC and iOS with its announcement today that iPad beta testers for Warhammer 40,000: Armageddon are expected to report for duty here. For those who lower their gaze when miniatures take the field to slaughter each other, Warhammer 40,000 (or 40K), is a tabletop miniature wargame produced by Games Workshop which has a pretty huge following. Recently, there have been as many Warhammer games on iOS as there are half-painted miniatures in the houses of many thirty-something guys. However, this iOS game will probably be among the best Warhammer games on any platform...

NItrome's Latest Game 'Cooped Up' Flies Free This Week

Nitrome's continuing to work hard on putting out new games on a regular basis. Their latest game this year is Cooped Up, which releases on Wednesday. This game has you controlling a green finch that has to go upward and eat insects, because a bird's gotta eat. Unfortunately, other birds stand in the way. Ugly, featherless birds, often too fat to even move by themselves. So, you must use your finger to propel this green finch upward, to get more points and to eat bugs, while avoiding those ugly other birds...

'Anodia 2' Combines Brick-Breakers with...'Crossy Road'?

Fans of brick-breaker games will want to keep an eye out for Anodia 2 this Thursday, as it brings stylish brick-breaking action with loads of powerups to iOS for free. The sequel to 2011's Anodia [$2.99] will feature 80 levels of brick-breaking with a number of gimmicks: invisible levels, glass bricks, challenging bricks, power-downs and power-ups, and more! If you're interested in giving it a try, the folks at CLM Games have put a web-based demo online for you to try out from a desktop browser...

'GoatZ' Combines 'Goat Simulator' and Zombie Survival, Coming to iOS This Week

Coffee Stain Studios has just announced the latest Goat Simulator [$4.99] expansion pack, and unlike Goat MMO Simulator, it's actually coming to mobile! GoatZ is coming to Goat Simulator this week, and that includes iOS! GoatZ will finally bring together the two most popular genres out there that aren't Five Nights at Freddy's [$2.99]: absurd physics simulators, and zombie-survival-crafting games. Seriously, you'll finally be able to craft things and fight off zombies while also a goat. The trailer must be seen to be believed:..

Recycling Gets Deadly in the Upcoming 'Shredmill' from the Creator of 'Cubed Rally Racer'

It's generally good advice to avoid papercuts. They hurt! In Shredmill, avoiding papercuts is the literal goal. You control a stack of paper that must avoid any number of hazards. This is the latest game from Nocanwin of Cubed Rally Racing [$0.99 / $1.99 (HD)] fame. You'll be using one-tap controls to dodge buzzsaws, barriers, and stay on your treadmill before fans hit you. Check out the game in action:..

'Positron' Will Bring 'Tron'-Style Lightcycle Mazes to Mobile

Who doesn't love Tron lightcycles? It's one of those things that could perhaps be described as a classic 'game', but it's something that's been adapted so much from the original arcade Tron that many people likely know lightcycles' mechanics without having played that original game. And many games have taken inspiration from it, too. Retroburn's Positron is one of those games, and they're bringing this lightcycle-inspired game to mobile as well as Steam, hopefully soon. Confirmed in a recent tweet over the weekend, Positron will deliver maze-centric lightcycle action. Check out some of the game in action here:..

Learn How 'Call of Champions' Makes a MOBA Work Without Minions in New Video

Call of Champions is one of my most anticipated games at the moment; I love the idea of the 5-minute MOBA, and had a great time playing the game at GDC. An alpha program is currently rolling out, and eventually wider pre-release versions and potentially even a soft launch are in the cards. In the run-up to the game, the team at Spacetime has decided to release several new videos covering different aspects of the game. The important one to watch is how the Orb works. The Orb is how you destroy towers, and controlling it is how you win the game...

AppAbove Games Brings 'Armadillo Gold Rush HD' from Feature Phones to Smartphones This Week

AppAbove Games has announced that Armadillo Gold Rush HD is making its way to the App Store this Thursday, May 7th. This game has you controlling an armadillo who must roll around and collect all the gold coins in each level, because armadillos only deal with the gold standard, probably. You'll be using alls to stop you and change direction, with springs, balls, and boxes that can help you in your way to become the richest armadillo in all the land...

'Dungelot: Shattered Lands' is Coming Soon, and Will be Premium

Red Winter Games is bringing back their Dungelot [$1.99 / Free] with a new entry: Dungelot: Shattered Lands. The third entry in the series will have you exploring new levels, uncovering tiles to find enemies and fight them. Six hero classes, including the vampire from the original game, will be playable in Shattered Lands. Red Winter is playing up elements like the game's story, with decisions to make in some of the quests. Additionally, the game will feature randomly-generated dungeons, globla map exploration, and and a hero's mansion you can build up. Check out the trailer:..

'Blitz Breaker' Has a Playable Demo You Need to Try

Boncho Games announced their swipe-based platformer Blitz Breaker earlier this year. The game looked quite intriguing, but it seemed like with a 4th quarter of 2015 release date, that we wouldn't get to try it out for a while. But hey, conservative release date estmations hopefully mean no worries about delays. Well, the good news is that it is possible to play Blitz Breaker right now, as Boncho has posted a playable demo version of the game on the web. It's playable on the web with a keyboard, as well as in Mobile Safari, though going fullscreen doesn't necessarily work. Still, it's quite playable...

'Hyperburner' is an Impressive-Looking High-Speed Cave-Flier Coming Soon

Developer Badpotion has just revealed their latest game Hyperburner, and it's looking like quite the impressive game. You will be controlling a ship flying through dangerous environments, dodging all manner of obstacles at high speeds. Hyperburneer is 3D, and takes place from a behind-the-ship perspective, so you'll be moving across multiple axes to stay alive. The game is looking absolutely gorgeous across its different landscapes. The trailer shows off what you can expect from the game:..

'Subterfuge' Strategy/Diplomacy Game Preview - Fascinating Machinations of Machines

One of my favorite aspect of strategy games is the clash of wits and the constant attempt to outmaneuver your opponent. Yet, AI opponents never really give me those glorious moments that a strategy board game can, the knowledge that you've just outmaneuvered someone who sees and understands the game in the same way you do but still couldn't figure out the trap you'd been setting the last few turns. So, when I first heard about Subterfuge, a one-week long multiplayer game of strategy and diplomacy currently in alpha developed by a team consisting of Ron Carmel (of World of Goo), Noel Llopis (of Amazing Alex), and artist Shane Nakamura (of Zombie Gunship), my strategy sense started tingling. According to the developers, the game was greatly influenced by Neptune's Pride and Diplomacy, which is music to my ears. After spending about a week with the game, I have to say that I'm really looking forward to the game coming out because Subterfuge really brings diplomacy to the fore and will be a great game to play with friends (as long as you don't mind losing a few of them after you double-cross them for the tenth time)...

Latest 'Divide By Sheep' Trailer Showcases the Power of Friendship and Slicing Sheep into Pieces

Back at PAX South in January, we went hands-on with tinyBuild's Divide By Sheep, a sheep-based puzzler that had you splitting and sorting groups of sheep onto different floating rafts. And by splitting I mean literally splitting those poor little sheepies in half. Anyway, despite the odd setup and its overly-cute aesthetic, we were surprised by just how interesting and fun Divide By Sheep was, as well as how dark and gory it could be. To see what I mean, check out the brand new trailer released by tinyBuild today...

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