Category Archives: Upcoming Games

'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...

Upcoming 'Drone: Shadow Strike' Joins the Death From Above Section on the App Store

If Zombie Gunship [Free] and Gunner Z [Free] weren't enough to whet your death from above whistle, or you're just super tired of killing zombies, the upcoming Drone: Shadow Strike might be the game for you. It'll be available in early October, and features 270 challenges to complete, loads of weapons to use, and all that jazz...

'Angry Birds Transformers' Soft Launch Rolls Out in New Zealand

Angry Birds Transformers, the crossover between everyone's favorite malcontent avian creatures and everyone's favorite morphing robot franchise, has been teased in the past months, but now we know when the game is coming, and what it's going to play like – and oh yeah, it's soft-launched as well. And it's not just a standard Angry Birds game, but a side-scrolling action game. Rovio's released a gameplay trailer showing off some of the action:..

'Dragon Quest 3' Releases On The Japanese App Store

English mobile gamers may just be wrapping up their nostalgic romps through the recently-released Dragon Quest 1 [$2.99], but as one might expect from its popularity in its home region, the Dragon Quest series is a little further along in Japan. RPG fans in Japan received their latest treat today with the release of Dragon Quest 3, available through the Dragon Quest Portal app for a cool 1200 yen, or $11 in fancy American dollars. Like Dragon Quest 1 and 2, this version is based on a previous feature phone remake, so it's a bit more colorful than you might remember from its NES or Game Boy releases in North America...

'Star Wars:  Galactic Defense' Will be Tower Defense with Boba Fett

It seems as if the Star Wars franchise is just going to touch every single gaming genre there is. With card battlers like Star Wars Assault Team [Free] and the Clash of Clans-esque Star Wars: Commander [Free], the franchise won't stop until it hits every single major mobile genre. Well, how about tower defense? Good news, then: DeNA's today announced Star Wars: Galactic Defense, an upcoming free-to-play tower defense game set in the Star Wars universe...

'Astro Party' to Bring a Streamlined 'Astro Duel' Experience to iPhone and iPod touch Owners October 2nd

A few months back, developer Rusty Moyher released Astro Duel [$2.99 (HD)], a competitive top-down space shooter for the iPad. Though you could play against AI bots, Astro Duel's real attraction was local multiplayer. Two players could play on the same device, and more than two could join in using a variety of options: an extra device running the Joypad app, an MFi controller, an iCade device and even the GameDock controller. The bottom line with Astro Duel was, once you got a mix of friends and controller devices together, the game was an absolute riot in multiplayer competition...

Here's How to Get TouchArcade Flair in 'Smarter Than You'

With Smarter Than You launching tonight in the USA and potentially already launched in your region right now, you probably want to be at the front of the bus when it comes to representing the sickest piece of flair available in the game: The TouchArcade badge. Backing things up a bit, flair in Smarter Than You is a little icon that appears next to your avatar. There's way more than 37 pieces of flair included in the game, and they range from things like being able to select the flag of your country to other pieces of flair unlocked by doing random things in game. (Basically, flair amounts to achievements.)..

You may remember Sunburn!, the sickly-sweet puzzle game about launching a crew of stranded astronauts with a suicide pact into a nearby star. I first wrote about the game last month, but the premise still makes me a little queasy if I think about it too long...

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