Category Archives: Upcoming Games

TGS 2016: Hands-On with 'Hero Emblems 2'

Many games have tried to create a good hybrid of matching puzzle games and RPGs, but few have succeeded quite as well as Hero Emblems [$3.99], from developer Heat Pot Games. Cute graphics, engaging gameplay, a somewhat mysterious translation, and the fact that it was a paid game in a genre that has almost entirely migrated to free-to-play all helped the game stand out from the pack. While the game got a couple of updates post-release, the developers soon got to work on a sequel. It's still a ways off from release, but Hero Emblems 2 was playable at Tokyo Game Show 2016...

TGS 2016: Hands-On with 'Glyph Quest Chronicles'

You have to hand it to developer We Heart Dragons. After releasing the original Glyph Quest [Free] as a free-to-play game with an unlock IAP, they listened to player feedback and acted on it. Thus, Glyph Quest's sequel, Super Glyph Quest [$3.99], launched as a fully paid game. The overall game was fleshed out with a lot of story content and quests, and the gameplay mechanics were built on and refined. In an unfortunate reflection of the market, Super Glyph Quest ended up making only a fraction of what the first did. On top of that, while a lot of fans were happy with the game, some felt that the game's simple core was drowned in all of the new additions...




TGS 2016: Hands-On with 'Cat Quest'

Slashy Hero [Free] was a fun free-to-play action game with a nice mix of surface enjoyment and deeper pattern-based combat. The developer of that game, The Gentlebros, had their newest game, Cat Quest, on the show floor at the Tokyo Game Show, and I had a chance to give it a spin. While it's still several months away from release, the game is already shaping up quite well, and if nothing else should momentarily slake Jared's unquenchable thirst for cat puns...

TGS 2016: Hands-On with 'Gesuido'

Okay, probably the last thing any iOS gamer needs is yet another roguelike, but they're popular enough that we're probably going to keep seeing them. Fortunately, a lot of them turn out to be pretty fun. Gesuido is a new roguelike from independent developer Ryosuke Mihara, inspired by NetHack. You play as a samurai ripped from Japan's past who is forced to navigate the sewers of a modern-day city. It's an odd premise, but it sets the tone for the game to come quite nicely...

'Mushroom 11' iOS Version Still in Development, Early 2017 Release Possible

Last year at PAX Prime (now PAX West as the convention has expanded into multiple significant shows), I played Mushroom 11, a sort of physics-based platformer where you add and substract from a fungal mass to help navigate it through the world. The game is available on PC, but I've always thought it would be absolutely perfect for mobile and touchscreens, but the mobile version of the game got kind of lost in the shuffle somewhere along the way. Thankfully, it looks like work is being done on it, with a developer saying that it's expected in early 2017:..

The Frostrune is an upcoming adventure game that we've been keeping an eye on for some time now. We talked about the game back in March and then got to check it out up close at GDC. Since then, the developers have been working hard at finishing the game, and recently they've started posting trailers that talk about the game's lore and universe. There will be six of these trailers, and so far we got two, Rune Magic and The Warriors. Both trailers show off the game's visuals and its world but also act as teaching material for those of us not familiar with Norse mythology and culture...

Gravity Bending Puzzle-Platformer 'Hoggy 2' From App Store Legends Raptisoft Gets a New Trailer and a November Release Date

Back in the early days of the App Store, developers Raptisoft had made a name for themselves in creating intriguing and innovative experiences for the platform, and helped to bring credence to the iPhone as a legitimate gaming device. Solomon's Keep [Free], for example, was one of the key dual stick Diablo-influenced titles that were so prominent in the teething years of touch screen gameplay, and managed to gather a cult following through substantial support in the form of subsequent updates that kept on improving the game for years afterwards. However, it was Hoggy [Free] that left the most profound expression on my suggestible thirteen year old mind. Despite taking a few thematic influences from the American version of Super Mario Bros 2., Hoggy used unique gravity-flipping controls that made it a truly memorable puzzle-platformer title, and one that is still playable to this day. A whole seven years later, Raptisoft have announced a sequel, titled Hoggy 2 to be released in November 2016, alongside a Steam Greenlight campaign to hopefully get the game onto PC and Mac screens around the same time...

Check Out the First Trailer for 'Twelve Absent Men'

A few weeks back we wrote about the upcoming Twelve Absent Men, a satirical take on courthouse dramas that seeks to poke fun at the various silly conventions of the genre like almost-instantaneous trial dates and the way the "right" side seems to always win. Now we have the first trailer for the game that gives us a better idea of how the art looks and how the game will play. You can see how you can object when you think something is not going the way you want it, how you can study various pieces of evidence to figure out who's guilty and who's not, and how you can get the judge angry enough to hold you in contempt...

'Titanfall: Frontline' Soft Launches on Android

Last week, when Titanfall Frontline was revealed, I mentioned that a soft launch for the game, which could reasonably be expected to launch globally with Titanfall 2 that it ties into, should happen soon. While it hasn't shown up on iOS, it has on Android, where the game has launched on Google Play in a few different countries. It's a bit tougher to get soft launched games on Android than it is on iOS, but a couple of APK mirroring sites have the game. Do use those with caution, Android users, many sites are safe but there is the potential for malware...

This is for all those who love their platformers. Ultra Zultra is a really fast-paced rogue-like platformer (if you don't like the term rogue-like or have questions about it, take it up with the developer in our forum thread) that plans to throw every kind of obstacle your way and see how you handle it. Each area will have its own obstacles and enemies, and as you play through those levels, you'll be gaining and improving skills like stealth, triple jump, and many more. The developer is promising very tight controls and multiple endings, so it's not hard to see why I like what I'm hearing so far...

Donut Games Reveals New Platformer 'Vulture Island'

We first heard about Donut Games' next title the other day, but details and a name were not yet forthcoming. Well, now we know a name, and have some video footage for the next big platformer from the maker of countless solid arcade-style games and the exploration platformer Traps n' Gemstones [$4.99]: Vulture Island. Check it out in action:..

Upcoming ' My Majesty' Is a Medieval Ruler Simulator

Here's a game that makes the phrase "going medieval" on people actually appropriate. My Majesty is an upcoming medieval ruler simulator that looks interesting. While not going for the Tinder-like gameplay of Reigns [$2.99], My Majesty is also all about balancing, but in this case you are balancing between six factions, the commoners, the nobility, the priesthood, the thinkers, the army, and the outlaws. Judging from the trailer, you'll have to decide who to receive and then react to various events that pop out...

Dark Future: Blood Red States is an upcoming car combat game based on the Dark Future board game from decades ago. We've been following its development for some time, and now we have additional information on how the game will play. According to the Dark Future's Early Access page, the game will be made in Unreal Engine 4 and will feature RealTimeShift vehicular action strategy, where you can command your ops and vehicles second by second in order to perfectly plan your moves. You'll be facing both corporations and gangcults as fits the 80s vibe of the game, and you'll also be able to purchase new vehicles and upgrade them and put together your team of Ops and Interceptors and then upgrade them...

Side-Scrolling Bike-Tricking Game 'Pumped BMX 3' Arrives September 29th

Way back in August of 2012, developer Yeah Us! released an unassuming side-scrolling physics-based BMX game called Pumped: BMX [$1.99]. I say unassuming because on the surface, with its cartoonish art and virtual button setup, it appeared like any of the thousands of similar games that had flooded the App Store. However, that simply wasn't the case. Pumped: BMX was amazing. It featured a really good physics system that demanded you learn the ins and outs of riding the terrain, coupled with a surprisingly deep trick system that took a bit to get the hang of but once you did it felt like a Tony Hawk's Pro Skater game. ..

'Manygolf' is The 2D Race Golf MMO You Didn't Know You Needed

Thomas Boyt's Manygolf can be perhaps easily described as a hybrid of several different games: imagine Super Stickman Golf 3's [Free] race mode combined with the randomly-generated courses of Desert Golfing [$1.99], with the massive simultaneous multiplayer of Agar.io [Free]. That's Manygolf in a nutshell, where you aim to get your ball in the hole as quickly as possible before other players can. Getting in the top 3 nets you the most points, though you get points for finishing well and for finishing at all before the timer runs out. Rounds include several holes to play through, with the top points leaders being honored between each round. It's quick, drop-in drop-out play that's a ton of fun...

'RPG Creator for iOS' Will Soon Let You Build RPGs

Do you feel you could build a pretty good RPG game if only you had the time and tools? I don't, but if you do, there's an app coming that will help you get on your way to game-making stardom (or adequacy). RPG Creator for iOS is a full-featured rpg maker that will let you build maps, create various npcs and enemies, and either play your game yourself or easily share your creation with others. The app doesn't require any programming knowledge at all, and you can either use the app's assets or import your own...

'Faily Rider' Puts 'Faily Brakes' on Motorcycles, Releases Next Week

Spunge Games has seen tremendous success with Faily Brakes [Free] so far, but the people have been clamoring for more, more! In particular, motorcycles have been on the wish list for many people. However, Spunge Games was hesitant to add them, as they wanted them to feel like they weren't just tacked-on. Motorcycles have their own physics, and would respond to the Faily Brakes courses in different, suboptimal ways. The solution, then, was to make a different game: Faily Rider...

Transportation Simulator 'Mini Metro' Finally Nearing Submission for Mobile

First unveiled just shy of two years ago in 2014, Mini Metro is a transportation simulation game from developer Dinosaur Polo Club that had, at that time, just hit Early Access on Steam and was planned for release on mobile "hopefully" before the end of that year. Obviously, that didn't quite happen, but we did get a chance to play an in-progress version of Mini Metro on the iPad during GDC last year, and really liked it. Again, the plan at that time was to release Mini Metro on the iPad before the end of the year. Yeah, that didn't happen either. ..

'God Eater Online' Is an Upcoming 'Monster Hunter'-Like MMO

Although I've never played a God Eater game, the description of the upcoming God Eater Online, the first time the series is coming to mobile, got me very interested. Apparently, the PC version of the game, called God Eater 2 Rage Burst, has been called the best Monster Hunter-like game on PC, which is enough to get me excited. God Eater Online will be a F2P MMO with features such as the ability to request support from nearby players when facing a powerful enemy. From the description, it looks like you'll be jumping in and out of the MMO part of the world, with story missions, which can be played in single-player, taking about 10 minutes to play...

'PewDiePie's Tuber Simulator' Launches Sep. 29th

PewDiePie's previous adventure in gaming was pretty successful since PewDiePie: Legend of the Brofist was much better than most (if not all) of us expected it to be. So, it's fair to say that I'm curious to see how PewDiePie's next game, PewDiePie's Tuber Simulator, which will release September 29th, will play and whether he'll go two for two. If you haven't heard about the game yet, PewDiePie's Tuber Simulator has you playing as an aspiring youtuber starting from a small and smelly room and trying to become all famous and powerful...

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