Category Archives: Upcoming Games

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...

'Turbo Dismount' Launching this Week, New Trailer Released

During GDC last year, developer Secret Exit unveiled Turbo Dismount, the follow-up title to their ultra popular push-people-down-stairs simulator Stair Dismount [Free]. At that time, Turbo Dismount was pretty much just a bigger and better version of Stair Dismount, with improved visuals and more complex settings. Somewhere along the lines though, Turbo Dismount shifted away from pushing people down stairs and off of buildings and instead decided to place them into wacky vehicles and have them get into spectacular wrecks at busy intersections. A fitting change really, given the roots of the Dismount series with the original Stair Dismount and Truck Dismount more than a decade ago...

Rayark's 'Implosion' Release Pushed Back to January of 2015

The 2014 Tokyo Game Show just wrapped up over the weekend (with a surprising amount of cool mobile stuff, be sure to check out our coverage of the event) and it got me thinking about last year's Tokyo Game Show. That was where developer Rayark, who so far have released the excellent rhythm games Cytus and Deemo on iOS, announced a stunning-looking 3D character action game for mobile devices called Implosion...

'Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge' Coming in October, New Screens and Details Released

One Man Left has been quietly tinkering away on Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge, a spin-off of Tilt to Live 2 [$2.99] that started off as DLC reimagining of the gauntlet mode from the original Tilt to Live [$2.99 / Free (HD) / Free], and the good news is that the standalone game is now nearing completion. Release is scheduled for October exclusively on iOS, and we've got some new screens and details on the game...

Radiangames' 'Inferno 2' Hitting iOS in Early October

Practically every iOS gamer is familiar with Radiangames, aka solo developer Luke Schneider, as the tiny studio has been putting out high-quality dual-stick shooters and puzzle games for years now. Back in May of 2012, Radian released Inferno+ [$1.99] on iOS, a dual-stick shooter with a twist. While most dual-stick shooters take place in open arenas, Inferno+ had you navigating maze-like hallways and rooms. It pretty much played like a dual-stick shooter mashed up with a dungeon crawler, and it was awesome...

Mojang Is Slashing the Price of 'Scrolls' Before Its Upcoming iPad Release

Scrolls — the hex-tiled collectible card battler and the subject of a hilariously asinine lawsuit — cost $20.95 when it was put into open beta last year. However, the development team at Mojang are gearing up for an iPad release later this fall and have announced that they'll be slashing the game's price to a cool $5...

TGS 2014: Hands-On With 'Ghost Blade'

I played quite a few games at the Tokyo Game Show, and as you would expect, there was a pretty wide range in terms of how finished games were and how enjoyable they were to play. While I was excited to play Chaos Rings 3 for obvious reasons, the surprise of the show for me ended up being Ghost Blade, an upcoming stylish action game from Shanghai-based developer Yushi Digital Entertainment. It's currently in soft launch in China, and should be coming to the rest of the world within the next month or two...

TGS 2014: Hands-On With 'Dungeons And Darkness'

I think when a lot of gamers think of RPGs from Japan, the first image that pops up is something along the lines of Final Fantasy, Dragon Quest, or Namco's Tales series. I've seen people say things like Demon's Souls and Dark Souls don't count as Japanese RPGs simply because they don't fit into that box we have in our minds. The truth is, Japan has had a long and consistent history with first-person RPGs, and they're generally done up in a dark fantasy style. It's just that, perhaps ironically, these more traditionally Western-looking games didn't have much of a market outside Japan until the last several years or so, when console players in North America finally got the tip that these kinds of games are pretty cool...

TGS 2014: Hands-On With 'Million Onion Hotel'

Every once in a while, a game comes out of the Japanese development scene that makes you question your sanity. I feel like I'm pretty numb to this stuff in general by now, but Million Onion Hotel from Onion Games is... something else. Headed up by industry veteran Yoshiro Kimura, who previously worked on No More Heroes, Little King's Story, and Chulip, the game is basically a variation on Whack-A-Mole. Yet, reducing it to that feels a bit like calling Katamari Damacy a game about rolling a ball around...

'Surfy', Launching This Week, Showed Me the Terrifying Future of Greeting Cards

Since the advent of the whole race to the bottom pricing of the App Store, budgets for mobile development (particularly on the indie side of things) are super tight. Because of this (and the fact that we can just get everything we need to cover a game from an email) we almost never see the swag that people covering PC/console games are used to. On our side of the fence, having someone just send you a t-shirt is incredibly rare. I'm more than OK with this, since I have enough t-shirts to go at least a month without wearing the same shirt twice, maybe two...

TGS 2014: Hands-On With 'Snow World'

If there's one thing that Japanese game developers have mastered in a way that few others can match, it's making games that are both completely adorable and still pretty hardcore. Snow World, from developer Link Kit, is yet another one of those deceptively cute games that turns out to have a harder edge to its gameplay than you would initially suspect. It's an all-out snowball war between penguins, snowmen, seals, and ice princesses. The developer calls it a "defense action" game, and that seems like a pretty good fit...

10tons Soft Launches Their Bloody Dual-Stick Shooter 'Crimsonland HD' in Canada

10tons' Crimsonland is a game that's well before its time, being a top-down dual-stick shooter with RPG elements, from back in 2003. Well, 10tons has decided to revisit the title, and has has been remastering the game for modern platforms, including mobile, and they've soft-launched Crimsonland HD in Canada for iOS. Essentially, this is the same game that you can buy on Steam and PS4 right now, but playable on your iPhone or iPad. It's a rather bloody game, and involves taking out large hordes of enemies as they come in, picking up different weapons that spawn, with more weapons that unlock over time as you play. There's 60 total levels across 3 difficulties, with 5 survival levels as well...

TGS 2014: Hands-On With 'Ninjin: Clash Of Carrots'

Last year, an awesome action game called Ninjin [Free] came in under the radar. It's an auto-scrolling action game with a great, traditional feel to it. It's also a very difficult game, throwing enemies at you in mixed waves to trip you up, and capping off each stage with a fight against a vicious boss. There were a bunch of unlockables that you could earn and use as your playstyle demanded, and the presentation had charm to spare. I had quite a blast with it while I was playing it for my review, and to top it off, the developer was very friendly and open to feedback in the thread in our forums. Well, Ninjin is back, and this time, he's brought along a couple of his friends in Ninjin: Clash Of Carrots, a reboot/sequel to the original. It's launching first on PSN and PC, but I've been told that, although it's not 100% certain, there's a very high chance it will be coming to mobile down the road...

TGS 2014: Hands-On With 'Chaos Rings 3'

The kids are back in school and the temperatures are cooling down, and in Japan that means it's the time of the year for the annual Tokyo Game Show. I got hands-on time with a bunch of cool upcoming games, but I figured you guys might be interested in hearing about this one first. Square Enix had a huge booth at the show this year, and while a lot of that was for their console and handheld games, mobile had a major presence as well. There were a handful of playable titles, but I went right for Chaos Rings 3. It's one of my most anticipated games, so I was eager to see if it lived up to my hopes...

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