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Check Out the New Trailer For the Skull-Flinging Game 'Skullduggery!'

One of the games we saw at GDC during the Big Indie Pitch was ClutchPlay Games' skull-flinger, Skullduggery!. Well, it's got a new trailer now and it's themed for today's US-centric Tax Day. So, if you've got your taxes done, give it a look:..

If someone had said to me that I would enjoy playing an economical game of micromanagement prior to Game Dev Story I would have laughed. The mere notion of such a thing would be preposterous. Now about ten Kairosoft games later they have become an obsessions. Few companies have managed to make their games instabuys the day they are released...

Shoot-em-ups are an old, old genre. It's not unreasonable to say that they are the oldest genre in video games, actually. They were huge, everyone made one, and then some time later, they were no longer huge. Not long after that, they were nearly extinct. They've enjoyed a minor renaissance in recent years thanks to the opening of more viable channels for lower budget games, but even now, they're nowhere near their former prominance. It's clear that the final blow was dealt by their progeny, the first-person shooter, but even before that, they had taken a heavy tumble. People simply got tired of the same old gameplay and settings. The biggest successes in the post-boom period of the genre try to mix up the themes and settings a bit, so that instead of always being a spaceship or a fighter plane, sometimes you're a gothic lolita witch or a princess riding on the back of a giant bug. It's a small shot of freshness for a genre that, for many, feels stale...

Family Guy is one of those shows you either love or hate. You love its humor, whether it’s offensive or not, with some pretty memorable characters (Greased Up Naked Deaf Guy? C’mon). Or you hate it, think it’s stupid, and can’t understand how a show like that is on the air. Whatever your view, Family Guy is here to stay, and Seth McFarlane is one of the biggest people in the industry at the moment...

Introducing 'Miniverse': A Clever Puzzle Game About Saving People in Space

Here's something neat I found over the weekend: it's called Miniverse, and it's an action-puzzle game in development from a two-person team calling themselves Coding Cat Games...

The genre our hobby labels as "puzzle games" has got to be one of the broadest categories in entertainment. As such, the variation we see within that genre is massive. Sure, wherever there is success, there will be clones, but outside of naked attempts to imitate something great, it's fairly unlikely for any two random puzzle games to resemble one another, even in broad strokes. I'm not sure if it will prove to be a blessing or a curse for developer Radiangames, but it's certainly a bizarre bit of kismet that their new puzzle game, SideSwype [$1.99], a game about swiping blocks around on a grid, has landed just after the phenomenal Threes! [$1.99], which is also a game about swiping blocks around on a grid. There's absolutely no way this was cobbled together in the brief period of time since the release of Threes!, as it's incredibly polished and well-thought out, so we're left with one of those situations where we have to marvel at how interesting life can be sometimes...

In 'Severed,' You Dismember Your Enemies and Use Their Limbs as Your Own

DrinkBox Studios, best known for last year's Guacamelee!, are making their mobile debut in 2015 with Severed, a first-person exploration and combat game with a killer art style and a soundtrack to match...

'Wayward Souls' Is Finding Its Way to the App Store Later This Month

In a late-night post on its Facebook page, Rocketcat Games officially announced that Wayward Souls will hit the iOS App Store on April 24th. This isn't entirely unsurprising—the game was submitted to Apple earlier this month, after all—but it's nice to have a firm date after a longer-than-expected development cycle...

Hurtling endlessly forward, leaping from rooftop to rooftop, avoiding obstacles that will put a quick end to your trek. Collecting coins to upgrade abilities between rounds, completing missions to earn a rank up that adds to your multiplier. Grabbing a collectible item, you're sent soaring up to a bonus area packed full of coins. Maybe this time you'll finally earn enough coins to unlock those pricey new characters, each of whom has a unique trait. Skyline Skaters [Free] isn't going to win any awards for originality...

Play Nintendo DS Games On Your iOS Device Without Jailbreaking Using 'NDS4iOS'

You might remember GBA4iOS a GBA emulator that was released for non-jailbreakers a couple of month ago. Well today you can add another emulator to your list with the arrival of a new version of NDS4iOS you can now play the Nintendo DS without jailbreaking. ..

Podcast-Illustration-0121There was a moment there at the start of the recording of this podcast that we might be Mike-less, as every time he spoke on Skype he sounded like a late-80's dot matrix printer printing out a 30 page Print Shop Deluxe banner. But, we overcame all odds and put a podcast together anyway, hitting the hot games of the week, relevant news... And loads of Wrestlemania chat. Don't worry, wrestling junk is at the end if you're not the kind of person who cares about that stuff.

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Fly Catbug Fly!'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

Late last month, Zen Studios announced that four new tables would be heading to Star Wars Pinball [$1.99] in an update dubbed the "Heroes Within" pack. Along with the announcement came a trailer for a table fashioned after Han Solo, then just over a week ago Zen released a trailer for the table themed after Episode IV: A New Hope. Today they've released the latest trailer, this time for the "Droids" table which features R2-D2 and C-3PO. Check it out...

PAX East: Harmonix Announces 'Record Run', a Runner that Utilizes Your Library of Music

Harmonix, the creators of Rock Band and Dance Central, first appeared on the iOS scene with the weird video app VidRhythm [Free] and while we thought it was great in our review it wasn’t really a game per se. Today, during Pax East, the announced a new mobile game called Record Run. It’s an endless runner that uses your library of songs. As you’ve probably guessed by now you’ll jump, run and slide to get as far as you can, collecting vinyl records along the way...

When Transport Tycoon [$6.99] came out on iOS, I was thrilled. In my review, I stated how happy I would be, and how happy fans of the series might be, if Rollercoaster Tycoon were to come out on iOS...

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