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A couple of weeks ago a nifty minimalist skiing game called Just Ski [$0.99] hit the App Store. It's from developer Jeff Weber, who previously brought us the not-quite-as-minimalist skiing game Krashlander [$1.99], and despite looking like a simple side-scrolling skiing game Just Ski actually used more sim-like physics and mechanics. I've seen plenty of people who picked up Just Ski struggle with coming to grips with the system, but eventually things "clicked" and they went on to really enjoy the game. In the world of mobile games though, struggling through that initial learning curve can be a tall order, and I've seen just as many people pick up the game and then quit in frustration before having it click. With that in mind, Weber has released a quick tutorial video which should hopefully let people see how Just Ski works and hopefully make it easier to grasp...

Limbic Software's original Zombie Gunship ranks right up there with games like Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja as one of the most successful and sticky mobile games released in the earlier days of the App Store. In fact, the way that it has maintained popularity in the nearly 6 years since its initial launch makes it seem like there's no need for a Zombie Gunship sequel. However, 6 years is a long time and sometimes it's nice to be able to start fresh using all the knowledge you've gained from having such a successful app. That feels like the case with Zombie Gunship Survival [Free], the sequel that's a collaboration between Limbic and Flaregames that we've been following for the past couple of years and which just went live worldwide today, two days ahead of schedule. On first blush it doesn't seem too far removed from the first game in terms of core mechanics, but there are many new features added in and a brand new structure that makes it more well suited to today's free to play market than the original game ever was...




'Cobi Darts' Will Save You From The Scourge of Drunken Darting

Whoever thought it would be a great idea to combine plenty of alcohol with a game that's all about throwing incredibly pointy darts across a room should be congratulated for trying to help with the planet's overpopulation. Still, playing darts is quite fun, with or without alcohol, and the upcoming Cobi Darts looks like a fun, simple take on the famous sport. As you can see from the video below, the gameplay looks well-done, although it will all depend on whether you can consistently hit your target if you master the technique...

'Oh...Sir! The Hollywood Roast' Releases May 30th

Gambitious Digital Entertainment and Vile Monarch are set to release their sequel to the hit Oh...Sir! The Insult Simulator [$1.99] next week. Oh...Sir! The Hollywood Roast releases for mobile and desktop on Wednesday, May 31st. The core idea of the game is the same, but the big new change is the Hollywood parody theme, with a ton of thinly-veiled, legally-distinct parody Hollywood referential characters to play as. Like, a dude who looks like Deadpool with Thor's hammer Mjolnir and Captain America's shield? You're crossing the Marvel streams, Vile Monarch, you madmen!..

The final episode of The Walking Dead: A New Frontier [$4.99], or Season 3 if you prefer, should be coming to our devices next week, and I know many are looking forward to concluding their (probably) harrowing and depressing playthrough. Telltale published a short video today that talks about how the developers go about deciding what kind of choices the game should have, which choices are impactful enough to matter, and how they create tension between the choices a player would normally make and the ones that better serve specific playthroughs...

Sega's Classic Beat 'em Up 'Comix Zone' Comes to Mobile, but Just in the Philippines

For those of you who have been around the mobile gaming scene since the early days, you may remember that some of Sega's earliest mobile efforts were quick and dirty ports of some of the classics from their Genesis/Mega Drive era. While the games themselves were quite good–including hits like Gunstar Heroes, Shinobi III, Sonic 1 & 2, Shining Force, Golden Axe, and Street of Rage–the mobile ports were about as crappy as could be. They all were the basic ROM that ran inside the same emulator shell with virtual buttons just sort of slapped on there, and some enterprising gamers even discovered that you could swap out the ROMs so that you could play Genesis games that weren't even officially released on iOS. Ah, the good old days...

Chillingo and Damp Gnat's Icycle: On Thin Ice [$2.99] released way back in the halcyon days of 2013, but somehow the game's still kicking in 2017. The game got an update on iOS not too long ago with new content, and now an Android version is out at last. Don't worry, there's no pricing shenanigans here, it's just a $2.99 paid app on Google Play, no in-app unlocks at all...

Minecraft mash-up packs have been some of the neatest new additions to the game on all platforms, and seeing some big franchises collaborate with the iconic crafting title has gone some way to keeping the gameplay fresh amidst numerous other activities competing for your time. The Super Mario series came out in force in the recently released Nintendo Switch edition of Minecraft, and on Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] we've had Magic: The Gathering and even the Fallout series make their respective debuts in Mojang's blocky world builder. Today, the developers have announced that the cult classic cartoon Adventure Time will soon receive a mash-up pack in the console and mobile versions of the game, as you explore the Land of Ooo with the colorful and quirky characters from the series...

Things "going viral" on the internet rarely make a whole lot of sense when it comes to the actual subject matter of whatever it is this time that has "gone viral," but at least there's some logic in why this phenomenon is a thing: It's incredibly easy to consume and share content, and it seems like the less time it takes someone to see the new thing, enjoy it, and share it, the harder it hits. Take "the dress" a few years ago, all you had to do was look at a photo. It took a fraction of a second, and you were then fully equipped to argue whether it was blue and black or white and gold. What's exponentially more impressive is when one of these fads transcends what everyone has seen and instead becomes what everyone has, as is the case with these new toys that I'm sure you've already seen at least one kid fiddling with. They're called "fidget spinners," and are by far the most popular of the various "fidget toys" out there...

For readers in the United States, next Monday is Memorial Day, when the service of those who died in the army is celebrated and commemorated. While this holiday is normally a great time for families to get together, it has also become a good excuse for many iOS developers to put their titles on sale, and a whole bunch of excellent indie titles are today available for the bargain price of only $0.99. Here is an extensive list of titles that should presumably be available at this new discount price until after the long weekend has ended; whether you celebrate Memorial Day or not, if there's a certain game that has been missing from your collection this is a fantastic opportunity to make amends!..

Racing video games have taken a bit of a personal renaissance for me lately. Maybe it's been instigated by the exhilarating and frankly ridiculous 200cc mode on Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, but I can't get enough of any title that lets me take a blistering accurately racing line around a particularly nasty corner. The App Store thankfully has its own share of brilliant driving experiences, from the blistering pace of Riptide GP: Renegade [$2.99] to the more methodical simulation of Rush Rally 2. Today, Ace Racing Turbo [Free] joins the former camp in fast paced action, and after a limited soft launch earlier this month the game has finally released worldwide on mobile devices for the sweet price of absolutely nothing (with some in-app purchases in the back seat)...

Apple does a lot of baffling things in the way they run the App Store. It's easy to just sit there and be frustrated with the way that Apple makes decisions and then cuts off any sort of alternative for users to counteract that. But I think we aren't considering the human cost of what these decisions do. Perhaps the most extreme example is the case of I Am Level [$1.99]. This Metroidvania-style pinball game is an underappreciated gem, but it is set to disappear from the App Store in the upcoming 32-bit purge, where apps that haven't been updated with 64-bit compatibility will either be removed from the App Store entirely, or just stop working on future versions of iOS entirely. This is a problem for I Am Level as its developer, Stew Hogarth, passed away in 2015. While the app looks to have been transferred to a relative, this means that one of Hogarth's final significant works is will likely vanish from the App Store unless someone updates it. It's unfair to ask a deceased person's family to go in and update their old work, no? And considering there's all sorts of new rules and dependencies with software, it's likely not just a one button fix, either...

Tasty Rook is working on a intriguing game called Triple Agent for mobile. The game, which takes place on one phone that you pass around, is designed for 5 to 9 players, with players either working for the Agency, or as a double agent for V.I.R.U.S. Players get information and events that pop up as their turn comes up. At the end of each round, players vote for who to imprison. The Agency wins if a double agent is imprisoned, but V.I.R.U.S. wins if they can survive the votes, and reach the win condition, which can change over time!..

Discord [Free], the pretty cool chat and voice service, continues to grow at a pretty rapid pace, growing from around 11 million users last July to over 45 million users presently. That's a pretty big increase in less than a year, which shows that more and more users—gamers and not—are shifting over to Discord for their chatting needs. The chat app has an average of 8.9 million people logging in daily and has seen up to 4 million concurrent users recently. All in all, it looks like Discord has found plenty of fertile ground to grow in the gaming community, which is great news for gamers...

Despite what Game of Thrones would have you believe, summer is coming, and with it come many Pokemon GO [Free] players looking for more reasons to get out and play the still-popular game. Well, if we are to believe Niantic's global product marketing lead, Archit Bhargava, Pokemon GO players are about to have a "legendary" summer, and that can mean only one thing: Legendary Pokemon are coming to the game. Specifically, a few days ago in his brief acceptance speech during the Webby Awards, Bhargava simply said "This summer will be legendary" (go to minute 19:00 to see his acceptance speech). While I don't want to draw any definite conclusions from just five words, I think it's a relatively safe bet to say that he was referring to legendary Pokemon coming to the game...

With the iOS gaming community's focus firmly on the ever-changing App Store, it wouldn't be too wild an assumption to suggest that the Angry Birds [Free] vogue has died down significantly over recent years. With a wide variety of eclectic spin offs being soft launched on a regular basis, as well as the theater adaptation in the form of The Angry Birds Movie releasing to a tepid response from critics, the famous irritated flying animals that came to define the early years of the App Store may appear to have fallen from their perch. In reality, however, this is far from the case - The Angry Birds Movie was a commercial hit, making over $300 million at box office, and far exceeding its $73 million budget. Owing to the popularity of these animated avians, a sequel was announced late last year, and today Rovio have confirmed that it will hit movie theaters on September 20th, 2019...

As you probably know by now, Clash of Clans [Free] Builder Base update is live, and it's brought plenty of changes to the game. We've already written about what the new update brings to the game, but if you want to get a leg up on the competition, check out a new update guide as well as various tips and tricks, both of them posted on reddit this morning. Andrakisjl's tips and tricks should help you get some more wins and more loot. The first thing to remember is that winning in the new Versus Battle mode gets you resources, but losing costs nothing. So, don't be too afraid to go battle since your resources are safe. The second tip is you must purchase certain buildings before being allowed to upgrade your builder's hall, so don't expect to have a defenseless base...

'Crashbots' is an Action Runner That Needs Beta Testers

Neon Chimp, last seen making Super Hyper Ball [Free] for iOS, has a new game in teh works, and they need beta testers to help bring it to fruition. Crashbots mixes a few things up with the endless runner genre. First off, the game takes place from an isometric perspective. Second, the game is strongly based around shooting enemies and obstacles, with boss fights. This has the look of an action game as much as it is a runner. Third, you'll have both levels to play through as well as an endless mode to try out...

'Steredenn' Review - Horns Out For This Roguelike Shoot 'Em Up

Sometimes good ideas don't come together into being good final products. What sounds good on paper can be lackluster in execution. Not so much with Steredenn [$3.99], which sounded amazing on paper! A roguelike combined with a shoot 'em up, with a heavy metal soundtrack? It's like Pixelnest said "How can we make a game that Carter Dotson would enjoy?" Then, they made it. Of course, they didn't do exactly that since it didn't release on mobile for about a year and a half after its original release, and I am kicking myself for having not played it until now. Well, better late than never: Steredenn is fantastic fun for fans of roguelikes, shoot 'em ups, and/or heavy metal...

In early April, developer Cmune soft-launched their newest mobile first-person shooter Deadheads, and if you missed out on that chance to play the game early then I have some good news for you: Deadheads [Free] has launched worldwide as of this past weekend. If the name Cmune sounds familiar to you, it's because they've created quite a few mobile FPS games over the years. Their 2012 release UberStrike was their first game and was a smash hit, collecting more than 25 million players, but that sort of unexpected success is a blessing and a curse as the team was not prepared for that amount of players and the game was not designed to be easily updated and scaled. ..

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