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Check Out the 'Swing King and the Temple of Bling' Launch Trailer

The promising Swing King and the Temple of Bling is releasing June 29th, and today we got the game's launch trailer, and it looks like fun. The trailer shows off many of the different worlds you'll encounter as well as the different obstacles you'll have to avoid on your way to conquering the game's many levels. If you haven't read our earlier stories on the game, Swing King and the Temple of Bling is a single-tap portrait game that has you swinging around poles to navigate the environments and solve puzzles as you hunt for treasure...

'Taichi Panda' Developer Making 'Dark and Light: Tales of Gaia' MMORPG

Snail Games, of Taichi Panda and Age of Wushu, is currently developing a new MMORPG called Dark and Light: Tales of Gaia, and you can pre-register for it now. The game is based on the PC title Dark and Light, and it features traditional MMO gameplay along with some other new (at least according to the developers) ideas. You'll have your usual dungeon crawling and bosses, and players can choose from one of the game's three races. You can also raise mounts that you can use to fight in ground-to-air combat...




Last week we detailed a massive new update that's heading to Rocketcat and Madgarden's sublime Death Road to Canada [$8.99], an update they've dubbed the COCCYX update. It's set to add a fancy new currency called Zombo Points which you'll need to earn through actually playing the game (no IAP!) and can spend on buying new perks and abilities. It pretty much replaces the current perk progression system with something that's a bit more clear and similar to progression systems in other games. There are also lots of new characters being added in this update, and that's the focus of today's news piece as the developers have just released a new video showing some of those new characters in action...

'Player Unknown's Battlegrounds'-Inspired 'Bullet Strike: Battlegrounds' Looking for Testers

As has been always the case in video game history, when game is successful, many follow in its wake. Player Unknown's Battlegrounds has sold over 4 million copies, so it's not surprising that mobile developers are trying to capture some of that magic on phones and tablets. Bullet Strike: Battlegrounds is one of those games, and it's looking for alpha testers in our Upcoming Games forums. As you can see from the trailer below, the game appears to adopt many of the usual battle royale mechanics of having to find weapons and get to killing people...

Her Story made quite a splash when it came out and [$0.99] managed to make FMV games cool again by giving us a game with strong writing and acting, which apparently were often lacking from other FMV games in the past. Now, you can check out this great game for $0.99, its lowest price ever. It's hard to talk about the game without ruining it, but just know that you'll be trying to solve a mystery by putting together various pieces of the story while trying to pay attention to clues and discover the truth about the mystery at hand...

Mad Skills BMX [$0.99] and Mad Skills Motocross [$0.99] by Turborilla were entertaining racing games with fun visuals and strong competitive play, and it looks like Mad Skills BMX 2 will be offering that and more once it comes out. We really liked the original BMX for its fun-yet-challenging gameplay and competitive features, although we felt that its dependence on Facebook for multiplayer really left many players outside of the party. Mad Skills BMX 2 appears to retain the same visual style and gameplay, although we would have to go hands on with it to know whether it controls as well as the previous versions...

We've been all about Supercell's latest game, Brawl Stars, since it launched. Our first impressions piece dives deep into what makes Brawl Stars great, but in a nutshell it's a super-simplified MOBA. The game is soft launched in Canada right now, and is incredibly easy to download following our guide. As great as Brawl Stars is, we've seen a lot of complaints around the game, which you see a lot in the world of MOBAs: "I always lose because my teammates are idiots."..

We've been excited for the release of Touchdowners [Free] ever since its first unveiling early last month. I mean, this is from the people who have made wacky physics-based sports games like Wrassling [Free], Dunkers [Free], and Golf Zero [Free]. How could I NOT be excited for their wacky physics-based interpretation of American Football? And as we learned a week ago, Touchdowners was all set for a June 22nd release. Except… it didn't show up in time for our normal weekly new games roundup, which I though was kind of weird, and we hadn't heard anything from the developers about when specifically it was releasing, which was also pretty weird as they usually send emails about everything. ..

I'm a massive, massive fan of Apple's AirPods. I posted a first impressions piece when they got dropped off by FedEx and review a few days later after spending tons of time with them. Since then, I've been using AirPods daily and it's wild how much such a super convenient technology has transformed how I consume audio content. It takes a matter of seconds to grab the case out of my pocket and pop one in my ear, which has resulted in a resurgence of listening to tons and tons of podcasts. That being said, there's still areas of improvement left in the AirPods. The audio quality isn't any better than what you'd get out of normal Apple wired EarPods, they don't isolate outside noise at all, and the lack of external controls is a bigger hassle than it should be. What I'm getting at here is that even though I love AirPods, there's still tons of room for innovation in the ultra-tiny wireless earbud world. From the looks of it, Anker, through their smart audio brand Zolo, is taking a pretty decent crack at upping the ante with their new Liberty+ wireless earphones...

Hello everyone, and welcome to Musgravian Musings, a little space of my own where I can do some non-review reflections on recent game releases. In general, the featured games are ones that have caught my interest in some way or another, and will tend to be games that I didn't (and won't) review. This time, we're looking at the handful of retro releases SEGA just put out under the marketing umbrella of SEGA Forever. SEGA had been planning this initiative for a while, so it's obviously something they put some thought into. I just wish that showed better in the end results...

Prolific gamebook developer Tin Man Games has done great work with their various ports and adaptations of Fighting Fantasy. When they first got the license, they stuck mostly to adapting the books as accurately as possible. After a little bit of experimentation in games like Appointment with F.E.A.R. [$2.99], they decided to go all out for The Warlock of Firetop Mountain [$2.99], an adaptation of the Fighting Fantasy book that started it all. Going with a board game-style presentation and a new system of strategic combat, it's a great take on an old adventure. And now for the first time on iOS, you can pick up the game at a discounted price...

Classic Reload - 'Lost Treasures of Infocom'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the regular feature where our minds are forever voyaging. In each installment, we take a look at a game from the App Store's past to see how it's holding up in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. As the one most likely to be eaten by a grue, I try to choose a balanced selection of games to feature. If you feel like something cool is missing, please let me know. You can leave suggestions in the comments below. I can't promise we'll get to any suggested games soon, but they will be added to the master list for future consideration...

Check Out New Footage of 'Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition' Being Played with a Gamevice Controller, Game Launching Early July

Capcom launched the original Street Fighter IV [$4.99] for mobile way back in the March of 2010, and despite being a scaled down version of the full console game it played surprisingly well with its smattering of virtual buttons. A little more than a year later saw the release of Street Fighter IV Volt [$4.99], a new version of the game with the massive new feature of online multiplayer as well as a smattering of additional improvements. Street Fighter IV Volt was pretty darn popular with a really active online community, but for some reason all that success didn't translate into much post-launch support or any more new games, and the Street Fighter IV series on mobile remained dormant for the next several years. Until just under a month ago when Capcom Mobile announced Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition, a revamped version of Volt with long-awaited new features like new characters, widescreen support, higher resolution visuals, and MFi controller support. Then just last week a new trailer was released showcasing the many new characters that are set to arrive in Champion Edition. In regards to MFi support, that new feature is the focus of a new video from Gamevice showcasing Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition being played with a Gamevice controller for the iPhone...

MMORPG 'Crusaders of Light' Launching July 13th, Includes 40-Person Raids

As we wrote about a few months back, Crusaders of Light was one of many mobile games selling itself as a "fully-fledged" MMORPG on mobile, though most similar boasts never amount to much. However, Crusaders of Light will indeed bring some intriguing features along once it launches on iOS July 13th and Android July 20th. Its biggest claim to fame is 40-person raids, which the developers claim is a first for mobile. Crusaders of Light also brings to your device over 300 hours of gameplay...

The App Store is like an awful b-list zombie movie at the moment, with classic games fading left, right and center at the hands of Apple's relentless 32-bit Appocalypse. While a number of titles have since been updated to 64-bit to stay around when iOS 11 rolls into town, the very nature of this new requirement for applications means a number of true classics will soon suddenly disappear, which is disappointing for the platform as a whole. Thankfully, one such cult iOS hit has today confirmed its continued presence on the App Store. As we first reported last week, Rocketcat Games and Madgarden's Punch Quest [Free] has been updated to bring it into compliance with Apple's 64-bit regulations, and the developers have also strongly hinted at later successive updates that could add features such as Apple TV support...

Super Evil Megacorp’s mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free], has launched its latest update and with it comes some significant quality of life upgrades. In addition to a new hero and the requisite new skins Version 2.6 also introduces a significant revamp to its in-game communication system...

We wrote a few times about the upcoming The Walking Dead: March to War, Disruptor Beam's take on the popular franchise, and now the game has soft launched in the Philippines, so you can go check it out. Disruptor Beam, which has developed Star Trek: Timelines and Game of Thrones: Ascent, is offering what it calls a story-driven multiplayer strategy game that will have you encountering many of The Walking Dead 's famous characters, such as Rick, Negan, Michonne, and Carl, as you try to build and sustain your settlement amidst the increasing tensions between the various colonies...

'Shot Online Golf: World Championship' Launching Brief Closed Beta Today

Shot Online Golf: World Championship is the upcoming mobile version of the PC MMO Shot Online, and it's opening its closed beta for iOS and Android players today. This real-time multiplayer game has you buying and upgrading clothes and clubs in single player missions to improve your stats and your skills, playing event matches—which include longest drive competition, nearest hit competition, and putting competition—and challenging opponents in 1v1 real-time matches, where you and your opponent can place bets...

If you were hoping to attend BlizzCon this year, I've got good news for you. Blizzard has just announced that the Anaheim Convention Center brand-new hall is ready to accept visitors, so the conference will be expanding and with it the tickets available. So, if you didn't manage to get your hands on any tickets the first two days they went on sale (and they did sell very fast), get ready to once more try your luck on July 5th. Specifically, on Wednesday, July 5th at 7 PM PT, you can try and grab one of the $199 tickets (plus taxes and fees) to attend the two-day gaming convention on November 3rd and 4th...

Sentinels of the Multiverse [$1.99] players were looking forward to getting the 2.5 update, which is coming today, but the developers just posted a note telling everyone not to update to 2.5 until further notice. Apparently, there's an issue with restoring purchases on the app, so if you do download the 2.5 update, you won't be able to restore all your previous DLC and will only be able to play the core game. It looks like the problem is on Apple's side, so there's nothing the developers can do about it...

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