Category Archives: Upcoming Games

'Scrolls' from Mojang Releasing Everywhere but iOS Next Week

Good news and bad news for people expecting Scrolls, the upcoming card battler from Minecraft [$6.99] creators Mojang. The game is getting its official release on December 11th – but on desktop and Android. The iOS version is still in the oven, unfortunately, and there's no word on when that will officially release, so you're still going to have to wait on that. The game is currently tablet-exclusive, much like Hearthstone [Free (HD)], so you'll need an iPad to play the eventual iOS release, or an Android tablet starting next week. There is a demo version on the official Scrolls website if you didn't buy in to the beta but want to give the game a shot before its eventual release...

'Gunslugs 2' Launching January 15th, New Trailer and Desktop Demo Released

We've been following along with the development of Gunslugs 2 since mid-September when an official teaser trailer was released along with word that the game would be launching before the end of the year. Then at the end of October, developer OrangePixel announced that the game would most likely be delayed a bit until sometime in January, and released another new gameplay trailer to make sure fans looking forward to the game would remain pumped during the extended wait. Today, OrangePixel has confirmed that Gunslugs 2 will be arriving on January 15th, and he's released the official launch trailer for the game to boot...

'X-Plane 10' Coming Soon to iOS, Will be Free-to-Play with Online Multiplayer

The long-running flight simulator X-Plane has been kicking around on iOS in a number of versions for a while, with the main versions being the X-Plane HDEF-4G [$9.99] and X-Plane for iPad [$9.99 (HD)]. Well, X-Plane 10 is coming to iOS soon, as the game has been submitted, and we've learned a number of details about what to expect from the latest version of this flight simulator that dates back to 1995. First, if you're curious about X-Plane but haven't wanted to pay upfront for it, the game will be free-to-play, with 9 aircraft that can be bought with IAP for $0.99 to $4.99. ..

'SimCity BuildIt' Behind-the-Scenes Video Shows More Footage and Reveals New Features

EA's working on their free-to-play take on the SimCity series with SimCity BuildIt, and they've just released a developer diary that talks about some of the work that they've put into the game, and also shows off some more of the game in motion, which is still looking quite gorgeous. It talks about how they want to make a game that's true to SimCity, but also something that's free and approachable to casual fans. Here's the video:..

Ubisoft Soft Launches the Baffling 'Driver Speedboat Paradise' in New Zealand

The Driver series of games has been latent for a few years now, with the last games in the series releasing in 2011. But it looks like Ubisoft is ramping up the franchise again, with perhaps an unexpected entry in the series: Driver Speedboat Paradise, which has soft launched in New Zealand. As you can tell by the title alone, this takes a liberal definition of the word 'driver', taking the previous land-based vehicle series to something purely water-based. This is primarily a racing game, which differentiates from the previous entries in the series which were focused around exploring open worlds and completing missions. This is focused around races and time trials, progressing through a singleplayer campaign. ..

'Striker Arena' is Violent Tactical Soccer, Currently in Soft Launch

Striker Arena is an interesting little iPad game that has been soft launched in New Zealand, Australia, and Ireland by Wizcorp. It's basically a violent soccer game: players are in charge of a team of 5 gladiators or vikings, trying to score as many goals as possible in 3 minutes, with the other team standing in the way. The player with the ball has 3 seconds to move before they are stuck in place and must pass or shoot, which is done by swiping. It is possible to slide and tackle opponents, though there is no direct control of defenders, just the action button that appears on screen, so timing and/or button-mashing is key to intercept passes. There are no fouls for knockouts, so go wild. There are also a number of powerups to collect for arcing passes, powerful shots, and defensive items to help get the ball back, such as shockwaves...

'Dead Hunt' Will Provide the Opportunity to Blast Infinite Amounts of Zombies with Infinite Loot

Illogical Games has announced Dead Hunt, an upcoming dual-stick shooter with RPG elements that sounds mighty tasty. This will have players fighting off zombies using any number of weapons, getting mega-combos and the like to try and stay alive in the most explosive fashion. The game claims influence from Diablo, Torchlight, Borderlands and similar games thanks in part to its loot system. All loot is procedurally-generated, according to the developers, to the point where finding two identical items is next to impossible. And there's no level cap at all, so you could play forever, and see loot designed for your absurdly-high character levels. Want a level 10,000 character? That just might be possible. An open route system should help with level design, to try and ensure that players can make their way through the game how they want to...

CKS Games has announced an intriguing game called Project H. They're describing it as a visually-guided gamebook adventure, and the first screenshot shows off a spaceship layout along with some story text. The story will have players waking up on a strange spaceship with their memories missing, and soon meeting others with amnesia. Players will have to figure out if they're to be trusted or not while discovering the circumstances of their situation through a story that presents choices to players with consequences, including multiple potential endings...

Hello, friends. Are you enjoying Dragon Quest 3 [$9.99]? You may have already read my import impressions of the game, and I'll have a full review ready for you soon, but I'm here today to talk about a different Dragon Quest game. With the release of Dragon Quest 3 in English, the rest of the world had finally caught up with the Japanese App Store. Such things cannot stand, however, so I'm afraid I must report that Dragon Quest 5: Hand Of The Heavenly Bride will be hitting Japan next week, on December 12th, for the price of 1800 yen, or about $15 US. An English release will surely follow, but there's no information as to when at the moment...

'Mega Man' and Upcoming  'Target Acquired' Composer Manami Matsumae is Doing an AMA in the Forums Tonight

Manami Matsumae is a name you may not recognize, but you are most likely aware of her work: she was the composer on the original Mega Man as well as Mega Man 10, and has begun doing work on a number of indie games, including the Mega Man inspired games Shovel Knight and the upcoming Mighty No. 9. Well, she's now doing the music for an upcoming mobile game, Target Acquired. Check out one of the tracks here:..

'Seabeard' from HandCircus and Backflilp Sets Sail Worldwide Next Week

HandCircus has just announced that their hotly-anticipated next game, Seabeard, is rolling out worldwide next Thursday, December 11th. They've done so on our forum thread which has been chatting about the soft launch for the last few weeks now. Players have been giving feedback and already some changes and tweaks have come to the game which will be implemented in the worldwide release, as well as down the road. The sailing minigame is easier, for example, item trading is more expansive and made easier to tell who's selling items...

Gameloft Releases New 'Brothers In Arms 3' Teaser Trailer

Way back in June of last year, Gameloft announced Brothers In Arms 3, the third entry in their WWII shooter series that had been a staple on the iOS platform for years. Brothers In Arms 3 was a pretty dramatic departure from the previous games in the series, as it was designed as an on-rails, third-person cover-based shooter. We were able to go hands-on with an early version of the game at E3 that month, and despite how different it was, it was still a lot of fun. We didn't really hear much more about Brothers In Arms 3 after that, except that it was supposed to be the consolation prize for Gameloft delaying Modern Combat 5 back in December. However, Brothers In Arms 3 never arrived as promised...

Sega Announces 'Total War Battles: Kingdom' for PC, Mac and Tablets

Back in 2012 Sega released Total War Battles: Shogun [$1.99], a mobile spinoff of the long-running Total War series of strategy games from developer Creative Assembly. Today Sega and Creative Assembly have announced the follow-up to Shogun, called Total War Battles: Kingdom. The major change here is that Kingdom will be entirely server-based, and will release across the PC, Mac and mobile platforms. That means that you can carry your progress over across those platforms. There are also pretty big changes to the realm-building aspects and the large-scale battles in Kingdom, which Creative Assembly talks about in this lengthy announcement trailer...

'Mini Motor Racing WRT' Announced, Original Goes Free for this Week

Back in December of 2011, The Binary Mill released a slick top-down racer called Mini Motor Racing [$0.99 / $1.99 (HD)]. It featured great visuals, a ton of cars to unlock and upgrade, plenty of tracks to race on, and a full single-player campaign to play through. We liked it a lot in our review, and that was even before it received online multiplayer in an update. It wasn't perfect, but it was fun, and Mini Motor Racing has always stood out as one of my favorite iOS racers. This week The Binary Mill has announced a follow-up to their 2011 hit called Mini Motor Racing WRT...

Nitrome Reveals Two Upcoming Arcade-Style Games: 'Platform Panic' and 'Roller Polar'

Nitrome just can't stop making games. They recently announced their upcoming Gunbrick, which I can't wait to try out. But that's not all they're working on, as they have a couple of smaller arcade titles in the works. They've announced Platform Panic, an endless Mega Man style platformer, where the goal is to dodge various hazards to make it to the exit, with points earned for each room escaped. The game is controlled by swipes, with auto-running. There are coins to collect, and new characters to unlock. This one looks like an interesting take on retro-inspired games:..

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