Category Archives: Upcoming Games

'Pixel Boat Rush', Beta Tested by Touch Arcade Readers, Releases Next Week

If you've been paying attention to our forums, you may have seen developer XperimentalZ, creators of Don't Run With a Plasma Sword [$1.99] and Platforms Unlimited [Free], posting about Pixel Boat Rush, their upcoming game. As well, some members of the forums have helped out with beta testing, and after the game's development, it's finally ready to be unleashed on to the public next Thursday, October 9th...

Epiphany's '80s-themed Conspiracy Thriller 'Majestic Nights' Gets a New Gameplay Trailer

Back in July, Epiphany Games introduced us to Majestic Nights, an action-adventure game set in an alternate '80s landscape that deals heavily in conspiracy theories and shadowy government coverups. The teaser trailer and accompanying screenshots of Majestic Nights looked fantastic, and I've been looking forward to the game ever since. Today, Epiphany is whetting my appetite even further with their just-released gameplay trailer for Majestic Nights. In it, Lead Designer Samuel Jensen walks us through the prologue chapter of the game, titled Chapter Zero: Sunset After Dark. ..

Play Ezone's Upcoming 'Halloweeen' in our Forums as it's Being Made

Ezone have been making apps and games on iTunes for a while, and are most known for Diversion [Free] and Team Awesome [$1.99 / Free]. Well now, they're working on a remake of one of their games that predates even their iOS work. Heck, it predates this millennium, back when Shockwave was still a thing in 1999. Halloweeen – yes, with three e's. And Ezone is using our forums to help work on the game, and iterate it further as it nears release for this spooky season...

'Zombie Highway 2' Launches on October 9th

Auxbrain's latest entry in the Zombie Highway [Free] series, Zombie Highway 2, has a release date locked in for next Thursday, October 9th. This is the latest main entry into the popular series, with last year's Zombie Highway: Driver's Ed [Free] being a sort of spinoff that uses some of the tech that powers ZH2. However, where that game was all driving in the desert with no shooting, this brings some powerful new weaponry to help get the zombies off when scraping them off won't work, like auto-shotguns and laser rifles. Cars have nitro to help get zombies off quicker, as well. And the game travels to a bunch of new locales. Check out a new trailer for the game below:..

'South Park Pinball' in the Works from Zen Studios

Zen Studios has done a wonderful job of taking popular IPs and transforming them into awesome pinball tables, from their suite of Marvel Pinball [$0.99] tables, to Star Wars Pinball [$1.99] and The Walking Dead Pinball [$1.99]. Today, the company is teasing on their blog another licensed pinball deal, this time dealing with South Park. Literally no details were revealed other than this teaser image, but even this has me pretty excited...

Hands On With 'Skylanders Trap Team' - Is It Still IAP If It's Plastic?

On Friday a mysteriously large package wound up on the front door of my house, and inside was seemingly every piece of the Skylanders Trap Team universe. Having no experience with the world of Skylanders beyond marveling at how many different Skylanders (and now Disney Infinity as well) things you can buy, it's been an interesting journey. The gimmick the whole experience hinges on is really cool, in that through the use of many different accessories, you can quite literally bring your toys to life inside of the game...

Hands-On with 'Run, Sackboy, Run!', Currently Soft-Launched in New Zealand

Earlier this month, Sony announced their intention to bring the LittleBigPlanet series to mobile platforms with Run, Sackboy, Run! The game is a side-scrolling auto-runner that features plenty of unlockables and even the ability to unlock special items in the console versions of LittleBigPlanet. Sony is no stranger to mobile tie-in games that connect to their console big brothers, but thus far none of their mobile offerings have been particularly strong on their own. I was really hoping Run, Sackboy, Run! would break that tradition. Late this past Friday, Run, Sackboy, Run! soft-launched in the New Zealand App Store, so I figured I'd grab this early version and see what it was all about...

'Assassin's Creed Identity' Soft-Launches in New Zealand and Australia, Promising Authentic 'AC' Gameplay on Mobile

Remember earlier this summer when Ubisoft sneakily soft-launched Assassin's Creed Memories [Free] in New Zealand and Australia, with nary an announcement or trailer beforehand? Earlier this morning, they employed that same baffling strategy with another new title: Assassin's Creed Identity is currently free (with in-app purchases) for anyone with an iPhone living in Oceania (or pretending to)...

'Pokemon TCG Online' Should Hit the US App Store Later Tonight

I had my bets on the soft launch of Pokemon TCG Online lasting at least a few weeks, but, it seems like it could be hitting as early as tonight. As spotted by Joystiq, the game is currently rolling out across the various iTunes regions similar to how games typically are released on Wednesday. So, if all goes as expected, Pokemon should be available to download at 11:00 PM Eastern...

Adult Swim and PikPok's Match-3 RPG 'Adventure Xpress' Releases on Thursday

Adult Swim Games and PikPok have a new game coming out on Thursday, October 2nd, called Adventure Xpress. This is their entry into the match-3 RPG field, as players control a delivery person in a world where mail carriers are attacked frequently by bandits and other miscreants. But these mail carriers fight back by way of matching gems to hit their enemies, charging up spells, and using the various elemental advantages to try and come out ahead in battle. There are of course upgrades and new items to buy, as this is an RPG, and the game will be free-to-play...

Subway Planning is Surprisingly Fun in 'Mini Metro,' Coming to iOS Later This Year

When I was in the eighth grade, a city planner came to my pre-algebra class to talk about the mathematics involved in managing traffic lights. He gave a series of problems and asked us to find ways to shuffle the maximum number of cars through a given intersection quickly and safely. Even the most basic questions were surprisingly complex and way beyond my group of hormone-addled pre-teens...

Simogo Wrapping Up 'The Sailor's Dream', Offer Vague New Teaser that Won't Spoil Any Surprises

In late July, Simogo officially announced their latest project The Sailor's Dream. There was a lot of mystique as to what The Sailor's Dream actually was, as it looked to break the traditional "video game" mold much like Simogo's previous games Year Walk and Device 6 had. In a new blog post today, Simogo says their vagueness and lack of information on The Sailor's Dream was a conscious choice, as there's plenty of unique elements to the game that they want you to discover for yourselves. To prove they aren't totally devoid of humanity though, Simogo is offering up a new teaser video of sorts, which they say is "a little something for you to think about and ponder without spoiling any surprises."..

Square Enix and DeNA's 'Final Fantasy Record Keeper' Available in the Japanese App Store

Back in July we learned that Square Enix was working on a game called Final Fantasy Record Keeper for release on mobile devices in Japan, and as it turns out that game indeed was launched in the Japanese App Store early last month. Being that it's published by DeNA and not Square Enix, it slipped under our radar initially, but an eagle-eyed forum member has posted a thread for the game today helpfully bringing it to our attention...

Forget Racing Around a Track, Upcoming 'Torque Burnout' is All About Doing Donuts

Automobile racing is a long-standing, highly-revered sport all across the globe. It's also much more complex than most people give it credit for. Knowing every square inch of a racetrack, scouting the abilities of your opponents, building your stamina up to endure hours upon hours of nonstop driving, and having nerves of steel to speed around at 200mph+ just inches from a concrete wall or another vehicle are just some of the difficulties of being a race car driver. But let's cut all that crap out and get to the real heart of racing: the winning driver doing donuts and burnouts after a race...

FDG's Tower Defense Title 'Crystal Siege' Still Alive and Kicking, Heading to iPad in Q4 this Year

Back at GDC 2013, I sat down with FDG Entertainment to check out their upcoming tower defense title Crystal Siege, and it looked really good. Whereas many tower defense games task you with setting up your defenses and then just sitting back and watching as the creeps roll in, Crystal Siege is going for a more active approach. You control a main character while the creeps are attacking which you can jet around the map and help out as needed, and there are also several types of environmental traps you can trigger to help take out the bad guys. One of the things I dislike about tower defense games is passively watching as the action happens, so those types of hands-on elements are really appealing to me...

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