Category Archives: Upcoming Games

Solitaire Roguelike 'Solitairica' Hits iOS in Late August

We heard about Solitairica last year, and while it missed the early 2016 release timing, the roguelike card game from ex-AAA game developers at Righteous Hammer Games eventually released on Steam earlier this year. The good news is that the mobile version is finally set to hit, and you'll be able to play it on August 25th. The core of the game is basically solitaire. You know how to play it. The cards you play have different elements that power up different spells that you can use in battle to help turn the tide. Each run lets you spend the currency you earn toward better spells and abilities, though you have to start fresh when you die. It's a pretty cool combination, using a familaiar, classic game as the base for something new...

Square Enix's 'Championship Manager 2017' Dribbles onto the App Store This Month

If you know your football manager games, you'll know that the original Championship Manager series was the best of them all, providing hundreds of hours of entertainment and hair pulling in the 90s and early 2000s. In 2003, though, the series split into Sports Interactive's Football Manager and Eidos' - and subsequently Square Enix's - Championship Manager. I've talked in the past about how much I've been enjoying Football Manager Touch 2016 [$19.99 (HD)], the mobile version of the latest in the Football Manager series, but Square Enix is getting ready to challenge Sports Interactive with the upcoming Championship Manager 17...




Warhammer Action Title 'Eisenhorn: Xenos' Set to Launch August 10th on the App Store

Despite the occasional thrill of spontaneous releases on the App Store, it's always great to get a solid release date for any game, especially one that has been on our radar for what seems like ages. After much anticipation, Eisenhorn: Xenos will be launching August 10th on iOS, and for fans of the eponymous book series, the Warhammer universe, or simply anyone looking for another essential high-quality action title for their iPhone, this certainly seems like one to watch. We were very impressed by developer Pixel Hero Games' fledgling iPhone creation when we looked at it back at GDC, and its focus on God of War style combat whilst not relinquishing the traditional strategic elements of other titles in the Warhammer universe, Eisenhorn: Xenos looks absolutely stunning, and about as close as a console-like experience that you can expect on mobile devices...

'Kerflux' is a Waveform Puzzle from the Developers of 'Skeletomb'

Punk Labs, the fine folks behind Skeletomb [Free], are back at it with a new game called Kerflux set to release on Friday, August 12th. The concept is a bit tough to grab on to just by looking at t, but the idea is that you have to manipulate different waveforms in order to make the final wave match its prescribed pattern. So, you'll be messing around with trying to match up wavelengths precisely. Or at least that's what it looks like from here. If observing the game seems difficult, the 99 puzzles should be even harder to figure out:..

Match-3/Deck-Building/RTS Mashup 'Primal Legends' Arrives on iOS and Android in Mid-August

Back in early June, we told you about Kobojo Games' plan to combine Candy Crush-like match-3 with Hearthstone-like deck building and sprinkle in a dash of real-time strategy in their upcoming game Primal Legends, and while that sounds like an awful lot of genre-mashing, I was really excited at the prospect based on the trailer we posted. Well, we won't have long to wait to find out how this mashup turned out as the developers have announced that Primal Legends is launching on iOS and Android next Thursday, August 11th sometime in mid-August. Here's that trailer again in case you missed it back in June...

'Bobblehead College Football' Could Be the College Football Game We've Always Needed

Ah, college football season. It's the best. Sure, the sport is run by a corrupt cartel exploiting young men's bodies for minimal compensation while everyone else gets rich, not to mention that the culture around programs is often morally reprehensible, where the players are often above the law because the towns and colleges put so much stake into the success of their football team to a fault. Still, there's something about the raw emotion of the sport, where tens of thousands of people pack into a stadium, and with this event being the biggest deal in town, combined with student sections fueled by the irrational hatred of a student body letting loose upon some poor saps who go to that other school, and the pure exhiliration of when your team pulls off a major upset against a hated rival, that makes the sport so worth it. Like, when my Texas Tech Red Raiders beat the #1 Longhorns back in 2008. The celebrations on the field and parties around the city will live in infamy. It was pure joy...and pure inebriation. A reminder of that fact is sure to disappoint David Sassen of Longshot Games, who graduated from UT, but his company is why we're talking about college football on TouchArcade. Namely, Longshot is set to bring an inriguing college football game to mobile called Bobblehead College Football. It's been available on Facebook, but a big update is coming to the game and releasing with the mobile version on September 1st. Check out the trailer:..

Magic Cube's Upcoming 'Infinity Duels' is Like the Lovechild of 'Infinity Blade' and 'Timberman'

Magic Cube Games, who you probably know as the developers of the Infect Them All and Call of Snakes series, among many other games, have announced their latest project, a game called Infinity Duels. The concept of Infinity Duels is pretty simple. It takes the left/right tapping gameplay of something like Timberman [$0.99 / Free] and uses it as the basis for battling against gigantic monsters. As the name Infinity Duels alludes to, it also takes a page out of the Infinity Blade handbook by having the game cycle over and over in different "generations" as you take on larger and more ferocious enemies. Check out the trailer for Infinity Duels...

'MyTP Skateboarding' Ollies Onto the App Store on August 11th

The most formative experience of my childhood was undoubtedly the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater series. Whether it was the absolutely incredible soundtrack, or the hidden tapes that forced you to explore every single nook and cranny of the incredibly varied environment, there was so much to love in the skateboarding series that I still, from time to time, get out the PS1 and reminisce of days gone by. Unfortunately, apart from an iPhone port of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 that was cruelly and callously murdered by a new iOS update, the App Store hasn't had too many third-person skating games, and has tended to gravitate towards more mobile friendly perspectives such as that of True Skate [$1.99]. However, MyTP Skateboarding looks to break from this trend when it flips onto the App Store on August 11th, with a purely skateboarding-focused sandbox title that lets you ollie and 180 to your heart's desire in beautiful 3D graphics...

I Just Can't Wait to be King in 'Reigns'

I Just Can't Wait to be King in 'Reigns'

August 5th, 2016 12:15 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Upcoming Games
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Nerial's Reigns is looking like quite a unique title, that could be best described as Tinder for the enterprising king trying to command his kingdom. The entire game gives you a series of binary decisions to make based on people making requests of you, which you answer by swiping left or right. You're trying to stay alive for as long as possible, making the decisions that will keep the church in check (lest they burn you at the stake), keep your advisers happy (lest they overthrow you), and find love (even a monarch gets lonely from time to time). When your reign inevitably ends by malfeasance, or hopefully old age, then you can continue on as the next king in your line. It's a pretty cool concept. Check out the trailer:..

'Into The Rift' Is an Upcoming Metroidvania Game That Looks Stunning in Action

The word 'Metroidvania' has become synonymous with disappointment and cynicism for me over the past few years. Every game with such a label either plays nothing like the side-scrolling action titles with an emphasis on exploration that I fell in love with as a child, or cannot live up to the quality of their peers in the genre. You can argue it's more down to my excessive reverence of Super Metroid and every 2D Castlevania game post-Symphony of the Night, and you're probably right, but any self proclaimed Metroidvania will be held up to my extremely high standards. That's why I'm beyond excited for the upcoming Into The Rift - with some of the best pixel art graphics I've seen in years, coupled with game mechanics that look like they've attempted to work on and improve the excellent formula of Metroidvania titles, there is a lot of promise that my expectations can be met...

Fast-Paced FPS 'Midnight Star: Renegade' Is Launching August 11th

After a fruitful soft-launch period (judging from the improvements), Industrial Toys' Midnight Star: Renegade, the follow-up to the very entertaining Midnight Star [Free], is ready to launch on August 11th. As we've talked about in the past, Midnight Star was a very fun shooter build around an entertaining story by author John Scalzi and with competitive play at its core. The game was loads of fun, and I spent quite some time on it. What some players disliked, though, was the fact that it was on rails, a concession by the developers at they tried to make a shooter that would work well on mobile...

Indie Hit 'To the Moon' Is Coming to Mobile in 2017

To the Moon is one of those games I've wanted to play on my PC but just never managed to get around to it. Fortunately, the game will be coming to iOS and Android next year, so I'll finally (hopefully) get to play it this time. To the Moon is a story-driven experience about two time-traveling doctors who go back through a dying man's memories to fulfill his last wish. As you can tell from the description, this is not your usual story, which is partly what makes the game memorable...

'Deus Ex Go' Developers Talk About Distilling the Franchise Into a 'Go' Game

This story is about a game with Go in the title, but, surprisingly, it's not about Pokemon GO [Free]; it's actually about the upcoming Deus Ex Go by Square Enix Montreal, which began the Go trend. Deus Ex Go will be the third in the Go series after Hitman Go [$1.99] and Lara Croft Go [$2.99], and expectations are quite high since the first two were great fun. In a recent interview, Etienne Giroux, Game Designer at Square Enix Montreal, talked about the challenges of bringing the Deus Ex franchise to mobile and of turning it into a Go game. The first important change was of course a switch in the perspective, from first-person to the top-down view familiar to anyone who's played the other Go games...

There's a 'Warhammer 40K' Endless Runner Game in the Works

I think it's pretty fair to say that we've had a torrent, a deluge, a cataclysm of Warhammer games on the App Store in recent years, and while some were quite good, overall they haven't really done the franchise too many favors. And the news coming out today probably won't please most Warhammer fans. Games Workshop and Artcode Interactive are going to develop an endless runner based on the Warhammer 40K universe. According to Artcode CEO, Richard Sirohi, Warhammer 40K vehicles are so "enticing" that it made sense to simply design a game around them rather than focus on the humanoids of the universe...

Former Fire Phone Exclusive 'Saber's Edge' Goes Worldwide on Mobile This Month

Hibernum's Saber's Edge has taken a long, long route to iOS – it was once an Amazon Fire Phone exclusive, and while it was quite the fun game, not a lot of people really played it because not a lot of people bought the Fire Phone. I can't blame them, the phone was not really that great. The good news is that the core match-3 RPG concept was pretty strong, and Hibernum believed it in enough to rework and re-release it for iOS and Android devices at large. While the game has been soft launched, Hibernum is set to release the game later this month worldwide. Check out the new intro trailer and some fresh screenshots:..

Moon Kid has announced a new game, Satellina Zero, that will release next week, and is a spin-off of the fun Satellina [$1.99] from 2015. Where that game was a time-trial-focused game where you had to move around an arena, collecting all the dots of the proper color before moving on to the next set, Satellina Zero simplifies the process. You move along a line at the bottom of the screen, trying to catch dots as they fall down, tapping to switch colors. It feels like it's borne from the same concept as Satellina, but Satellina Zero plays quite differently. As you get high scores, new levels unlock as well as new color palletes to play with...

Sign Up to Beta Test the Stylish 'Lost Maze'

Lemon Jam has a gorgeous looking puzzler called Lost Maze in the works, and they need your help to test it out. You spin around cylindrical pieces of the various levels in order to help guide the protagonist Misty through the paths without running into traps. The controls are designed to be simple, with tapping to move and stop, along with the ability to manipulate the various portions of the maze. The game has a gorgeous look to it, and the idea of what is basically a linear maze is an interesting idea. Plus, if you don't care for Misty, there's a number of other characters that you can unlock and play as...

'From Beneath' Is an Upcoming Survival Horror Game that Looks Very Promising

Fancy Rabbit is developing a very promising survival horror game called From Beneath, and judging from the videos I've seen so far and the voice-over talent the developer has been recruiting, Fancy Rabbit looks determined to make From Beneath a hit. According to the game's webpage, From Beneath is a story about seven strangers whose worlds transform into a nightmarish struggle for survival (probably during a trip to the stores on Black Friday). You need to out-wit the horror and try and find the answers all the while hoping to maintain your sanity. The enemies look quite "lovely" and the environments are definitely pretty...

The Promising Roguelike/4X Strategy 'Hero Generations: ReGen' Is Releasing On August 18th

Hero Generations: ReGen is a game I've written about a few times in the past because it's the kind of game we don't often get on mobile. If you've been looking for a good-looking roguelike with a fun twist, you'll only have to wait until August 18th to get your hands on Hero Generations: ReGen. The game has you exploring a procedurally-generated world with 6 different biomes while ensuring that your character leaves behind an offspring before his or her inevitable demise. Your child will inherit various traits from your spouse, so pick carefully. Every step your character takes is one year in his life, so there's a fun clock ticking as you play...

Competitive Animal Breeding Game 'Agricola: All Creatures Big & Small' Launching August 9th

In late June developer Digidiced announced that they'd be bringing a digital version of Uwe Rosenberg's 2012 board game Agricola: All Creatures Big & Small to iOS, Android, and Windows 10 sometime this summer. Well, today they've revealed the actual release date for the game, and it's just one week from today, on August 9th. The two-player game is a spinoff of the beloved original Agricola [$6.99], which received a digital port from Playdek back in 2013. In Agricola: All Creatures Big & Small you'll be taking turns with your opponent sending your farm workers to market in order to gather resources and breed the largest and most interesting livestock across 8 rounds. Here's a brand new trailer...

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