Okay, we're at a point now where it's highly unlikely many mobile gamers are itching for another roguelite. It's proven to be a popular genre on mobile, which means everyone, their uncle, and their uncle's cat has released some kind of variation on the time-honored theme. 1-Bit Rogue [Free], from Kan Kikuchi and popular Japanese indie developer Skipmore, is the latest to give it the old college try, and while it's a pretty fun game, I'm not sure it has much to say to anyone looking for something to perk up the genre. It does all the things well that Skipmore usually excels at: the retro-style presentation feels authentic, there are fun unlockables, and it's an easy game to come to grips with. If nothing else, that makes it worth checking out for a game or three...

Out Now: 'DC Legends', 'Asphalt Xtreme', 'High Risers', 'DragonVale World', 'Nekosan', 'Lemons', 'Bloons Supermonkey 2', 'Galaga Wars', 'Mercenaries Saga2' and More

Welcome to another week of new iOS game releases, and as usual, there's a hefty list of stuff for your download consideration. Time to drink from the firehose! This week sees the feels-like-forever-in-soft-launch DC Legends finally come to life worldwide, as well as the only-soft-launched-for-a-week Asphalt Xtreme from Gameloft. Plus a new DragonVale, a new game from the Duet developer Kumobius called High Risers, and a new game from the Mr. Jump developer 1button called Nekosan. And many, many more. So check out the full list of games below, and let us know in the comments section which games you'll be picking up this week!..




Out Now: 'The Bug Butcher', 'Eggggg - The Platform Puker', 'Critical Ops', 'Puzzlepops! Trick or Treat', 'Mini Metro', 'RETSNOM', 'Silicon Valley: Billionaire' and More

It's the time of week where we get to add to our growing backlogs as a ton of new iOS games arrive in the App Store. This week sees the feels-like-forever-in-soft-launch online first-person shooter Critical Ops finally officially launch, and the disgusting-but-oh-so-adorable puke-based platformer Eggggg projectile launch into the App Store. Oh! And you guys. The Bug Butcher? It's fantastic. And of course earlier this week the highly-anticipated transportation simulator Mini Metro arrived as did the incredibly unique puzzler RETSNOM. And more Puzzlepops! Pretty strong week, so look over the full list below and let us know which games you'll be picking up...

Out Now: 'Sorcery! 4', 'Batman - The Telltale Series', 'Primordia', 'Faily Rider', 'Vulture Island', 'Tons of Bullets', 'Huetopia' and More

It's that time of week again when all the new iOS games pour from the App Store like a bursting dam, and this week in particular has some pretty heavy hitters. I mean, those few slow weeks earlier this month had to come to an end at some point, right? Telltale's Batman, the fourth and final Sorcery! game, and a port of adventure game Primordia are the headliners this week, but there's also lots of other interesting-looking games I know I'll be filling up my iPhone 7's storage with. So check out the full list below and as always let us know which games you'll be picking up!..

Out Now: 'Midnight Star Renegade', 'Eisenhorn: XENOS', 'Journey Below', 'Agricola All Creatures Big & Small', 'Mars: Mars', 'Satellina Zero', 'Reigns', 'Fish Fist', 'Primal Legends' and More

When I walked into the office today and punched my timecard I had no idea we'd be in for the type of new game avalanche that we're seeing today, but it's been a particularly heavy release week. Lots of stuff trickled out earlier this week and even dipping into last week, so we've tried to compile everything the best that we could. Check out the massive list of games below and let us know which ones you're interested in checking out!..

Out Now: 'Mobius Final Fantasy', 'Blitz Breaker', 'Tap Hero', 'One Show Only', 'Jurassic GO', 'Crooked Path', 'Pixel Disc Golf 2' and More

Welcome to another week of new iOS game releases, and if you're on the same side of the planet that I am, then you're happy to have Hump Day behind you and only a couple more days left before the weekend. And what better way to break up that work week than by downloading a bunch of new iOS games? You can find a big batch of games below, so please check out everything, including each game's forum thread to see what your fellow gamers have to say, and let us know which games we'll be filling up the precious space on your device this week...

Don't skip out on Bulb Boy [$2.99]. This iOS port of the 2015 grotesque-comedy-horror point-and-click adventure game is incredibly charming, when it's not trying to weird you out. It's not very difficult to beat, but it also doesn't overstay its welcome. The premise has you playing as the eponymous Bulb Boy, who finds the house he's staying at with his frail grandfather and flying bulb dog suddenly invaded by monsters, or perhaps some kind of symbiote from outer space. Bulb Boy wakes up, and there's suddenly weird arms coming out of the walls, giant headless chickens, and at least one giant poop monster. No joke. This is a game that's definitely got a flavor for the grotesque, and it's got horror elements to it as well. And the only way to solve the problems here is by collecting items, and using them on objects in the environment, experimenting to figure out what works! Just like any good point-and-click adventure. ..

One of the unique elements of mobile is that because people have their devices with them constantly, game design has taken on a new element of trying to fit into people's lives. Phoenix 2 [Free] feels like the idea was to provide an intense shoot 'em up experience that could be more than just an occasional distraction, but a game that could fit into someone's life. And in that regard, it succeeds: it's a unique experience that works best on mobile because it's built for the platform, while still being a fun bullet hell shmup experience...

'Crypt of the NecroDancer Pocket Edition' Review - Let it Steal Your Heart

One of my favorite games of the past few years on PC is Crypt of the NecroDancer [$4.99], a rhythmic roguelike that I tried out with a friend, and I fell in love with the whole concept of the game. It's a roguelike where movement is set to the beat of a fantastic soundtrack by Danny Baranowsky, with the idea being that the entire game can be controlled by the four directional inputs on a Dance Dance Revolution dance pad. After enjoying my first time with the game, I rushed out and bought the game with its soundtrack on Steam. ..

Out Now: 'Neo Turf Masters', 'CSR Racing 2', 'Don't Be Squared', 'Final Fantasy: Brave Exvius', 'Tap My Katamari', 'Dungeon Tiles', 'The Slaughter: Act One' and More

Here we are again with another week and another big batch of new iOS games. It's a surprisingly beefy week in terms of games, with several big-name titles hitting the App Store for the first time but also several high-profile games that are exiting their soft-launch period and launching worldwide. In addition, there's a few things on my radar that are supposed to come out today but haven't quite hit the App Store just yet, so keep an eye out as if anything noteworthy pops up we'll let you know. Otherwise, check out the full list below and let us know which games you'll be picking up!..

As video games increase in complexity, and as there is a unilateral push from both software and hardware developers for graphical prowess, there is a certain charm from games that choose to reminisce on days gone by. Whether it’s titles such as Downwell [$2.99] which have the difficult yet extremely rewarding arcade style action that has been lost over the years, or classics such as 1-Bit Ninja [$2.99] that throwback directly to the 2D side scrolling platformer days of the Mario series, the most successful retro titles on any device are the ones that utilise their source material perfectly while either refining it to perfection or adding unique, modern twists on the formula. However, the schematics for ‘retro’ games in the current gaming environment run a fine line that is more than just surface deep - if it’s too complex, you simply have a modern title under a wrapper of pixel art graphics. On the other hand, if the game is too simple it may just serve as a reminder to why we no longer spend our time squinting at monochrome screens without a backlight. 2-bit Cowboy Rides Again [$1.99] unfortunately is a prime example of the latter - some good level design and interesting ideas are let down by forced artificial difficulty, and ultimately the retro nucleus of the title ends up holding the game back rather than letting it run free...

'Lost Frontier' Review – Dang Near Perfect, I Reckon

Mika Mobile. I have a certain fondness and emotional connection to these guys. Back in 2011, I had just started my career as a mobile game critic. Working for a different site, I had the pleasure and privilege of playing and reviewing the Android version of Battleheart [$2.99] as one of my most early pieces of work. We’re talking second week on the job here. I have grown leaps and bounds since then, and so has Mika Mobile, upping the ante to the incredible Battleheart Legacy [$4.99]. Now they’re breaking into a new genre for the studio, and while I would say it isn’t as strong as the Battlehearts, it really is great. This is the weird west turn based strategy, Lost Frontier [$2.99]. Saddle up, folks. This one is a doozy...

Chances are good that if you know any Japanese RPGs at all, you know Final Fantasy [$7.99]. It's also quite likely you've at least heard of Dragon Quest [$2.99], even if you haven't played it. Chrono Trigger [$9.99] and Secret Of Mana [$7.99] are both quite well-known worldwide, as well. It's not surprising, then, that Square Enix has diligently ported almost every one of those games to mobile over the last several years. With only a few holes remaining among their world-famous titles, however, Square Enix is probably going to have to dig a little deeper in their back catalogue if they want to find new candidates to port. This year we've already seen a lovely remake of Final Fantasy Adventure in the form of Adventures Of Mana [$13.99]. Perhaps it's fitting, then, that the next unexpected selection comes from the other series that started on Nintendo's Game Boy...

'Hatoful Boyfriend' Review - Love, Pudding, And More Drama Than You Can Shake A Feather At

Hatoful Boyfriend [$4.99] is one of those games that grabs attention just with a description of its premise. It's a Japanese dating simulator where you play a human girl who attends a school for birds. Naturally, every last one of your potential suitors is some type of bird or another. Doves, pigeons, finches, and more can be wooed over the course of your character's sophomore year at the school. Unlike many games with a goofy premise, however, Hatoful Boyfriend manages to deliver a really enjoyable game. It knows when to play things straight, when to wink at the audience, when to bow to the absurd, and when to let things go off in surprising directions. In general, it's a parody of the visual novel genre, but its plot is so meticulously crafted, it stands perfectly well on its own even if you have no experience with the genre...

Out Now: 'Bushido Bear', 'Caterzillar', 'Leap Day', 'Elsword: Evolution', 'Puzzlepops!', 'Basketball Clicker', 'Final Friday', 'Smash Fu', 'Ninja Madness', 'Sloomy' and More

It's once again the time of week when a ton of new iOS games hit the App Store. As much as I'd love to talk in depth about each and every one of the games on the list below, I also have a giant plate of dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets sitting in front of me, and not even video games can compete with that. It's the best way I know how to celebrate Eat What You Want Day. So while I chow down, check out the list of new games below including forum links that are filled with screens, videos, and player impressions, and let us know which games you'll be picking up this week!..

'Pixel Machines' Review - If 'Micro Machines' Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It

I really don't think free-to-play is as bad as its vocal haters claim it is, but I totally get that it changes games' structures. Look at something like the soft-launched Micro Machines; if you just wanted a way to play the classic Micro Machines game on your iPhone or iPad, all the games-as-a-service shenanigans might be distasteful. Still, I think you should keep an open mind, but I get it. Change sucks. Thankfully, indie developers who just want to make cool homages to the classics and only charge you once, and small amounts at that, do still exist. Pixel Machines [$0.99] will really strike a chord with Micro Machines fans by being pretty much the same game, but with mobile-friendly and modern features...

'King Rabbit' Review - The King Has Returned

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April 5th, 2016 10:50 AM EST by Shaun Musgrave in $0.99, 5 stars, Action, Arcade, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews
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Making video game sequels has always been a tricky business, but in the modern age of updates and add-ons, I can't even imagine how difficult it is to make the best choice for a follow-up. On the App Store in particular, the audience has become accustomed to getting reasonably significant additional content delivered as free updates, with games like Angry Birds [Free] and Candy Crush Saga [Free] getting enough free add-ons to construct a dozen sequels under the old rules. Unless you're one of the biggest dogs in the yard, however, it doesn't take long for such efforts to yield weak dividends, since relatively few players ever actually play through all of the content in the base game to begin with. Now, if you're making the kind of game where you can make your sequel look obviously different in some regard, it's less of a problem, but for puzzle games, it can be difficult to sway people over to a new installment...

RPG Reload File 071 - 'Final Fantasy 3'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where salad days sometimes give way to onion knights. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see if it stands up to the test of time. It's an opportunity to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in iOS gaming's history, or just to take a deeper dive than our reviews usually allow for. As the Cid on this particular airship, I try to plot a fair course from week to week, but if you feel like I'm missing out on any important RPGs, please let me know. You can comment below the article, post in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or tweet me at @RPGReload. It might take a while before the game shows up, since I plan these things pretty far in advance, but you will see it sooner or later...

'The Quest: Cursed Stone' Review - On The Quest Again

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February 23rd, 2016 2:45 PM EST by Shaun Musgrave in $2.99, 3.5 stars, iPhone games, Reviews, Role-Playing
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In a lot of ways, Redshift's The Quest [$4.99] is one of the best mobile RPGs. Its huge open world is a great place to lose hours in, but its quest-based structure makes it equally suitable for shorter play sessions. You can enjoy it as a straightforward hack 'n' zap, skipping around from dungeon to dungeon smashing the monsters that get in your way, or you can dig in deeper, building crafting and alchemy skills, collecting flowers for recipes, reading books, and so on. Still, most games like this have an end, and when you run out of things to do, that's usually that. In the case of The Quest, however, a massive amount of content has been added through expansion packs, most of which have been handled by third-party developer Zarista Games. Their latest effort is Cursed Stone [$2.99], an adventure that sees you trying to save a small fishing town by restoring the magical stone that brings them luck...

Ellipsis [$2.99] feels at first like it should be a tilt game, taking place in a small arena and with all sorts of abstract shapes. Thankfully, it doesn't – it would be awkward if it and Abzorb [$0.99] came out the same week – but instead is a touch-based game. And the touch part of the experience plays a major role. You move your blue circle around, trying to hit the blue targets, while dodging anything that's red. Blue = good, red = deadly. But the game is all about dodging hazards while collecting the things you need to unlock the exit, while trying to perform as well as possible. It's a game whose quality is pretty solid, but it reveals some clever things and does small things well. Ellipsis is a tough game to evaluate, because it might not reach the dizzying heights of the absolute best games, but its design is subtly brilliant, with few demerits...