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Out Now: 'Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore', 'Rocky', 'Dawn of Titans', 'Solar Siege', 'Nicki Minaj: The Empire', 'Pine Grove', 'Silent Depth', 'Frantic Ball' and More

Welcome to another busy week of new iOS game releases on the App Store! Ok, here's the deal. Yes there is a big-name game that's supposed to come out sometime between now and tomorrow morning, and yes you'll likely be pretty stoked about it. The mystery game hasn't quite launched in time for this weekly roundup, but you can be sure that the moment it arrives we'll let you know in a separate post. In fact, we have a full review of said mystery game ready to go, so be on the lookout for that hopefully in the next few hours. In the meantime, there's plenty of good stuff on tap this week in the list below, so check it out and let us know which games you'll be picking up! ..

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Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore [Free] has just released in the US and other regions. Deep Silver Fishlabs' gorgeous space-shooter is the third main entry in the long-running series that has pushed iOS visual gaming boundaries. There's some video content out there discussing the game's new setting, and some of the ships, but what remains important is flying through space, pew-pewing your enemies with lasers and missiles, and becoming the galactic force of nature you've always dreamed of becoming. The latest video for the game shows off the ReplayKit functionality, with a challenge to players to take on the "Sprint" challenge in the Geminus system, and to share a video with the hashtag #gof3manticore if they complete it:..

Magic: The Gathering - Puzzle Quest [Free], the most fun you can have with Magic cards on iOS, is celebrating its one year anniversary in a couple of days, so the game's getting a big update that includes 184 cards from the Kaladesh set, Magic's latest card set. Kaladesh is a really cool card set that includes vehicles, huge constructs, and all kinds of other cards not usually seen in Magic. The set comes with 4 new mechanics: Energize, Overload, Fabricate, and Crew. You can read all about those mechanics in detail here. If you want to check out all the Kaladesh cards coming to the game, go here...

I think it's fair to say base builders is one of the most popular genres on the App Store, so there's no shortage for players trying to get into one of them. Natural Motion's Dawn of Titans [Free] - which is out in the US today - is definitely a base builder, but it stands apart from most others for a few reasons. Firstly, the game's visuals are second to none in the genre, with great character and building design and a fully 3D fantasy world. The other feature that makes the game worth playing is the real-time battle control, which has you fighting the enemy in a manner similar to Total War games - although simplified, of course...

Can you believe it? Infinity Blade [$5.99] is turning 6, and I'm feeling old. The Infinity Blade series was for the longest time synonymous with cutting edge mobile visuals, and for good reason. The original was the first iOS game to run on the Unreal Engine, and the subsequent two continued pushing the envelope. While some didn't care that much for the swipe-based combat, pretty much everyone acknowledged the series' artistic merits and its place as a milestone of a mobile game. To celebrate the 6th anniversary of the original, the developers are inviting everyone to the Infinity Blade Birthday Bash, running from today until December 9th...

Simogo has given us some fantastic games - Year Walk [$3.99] and Device 6 [$3.99] - and also some games that got people debating whether they were games or interactive experiences. Recently, the developers have announced they are working on Project Night Road, "the most gamey game" from Simogo, although "in other ways it is not." After some teasing on its Instagram page - which included some development documents - Simogo has posted the first image from Project Night Road, and it's definitely pretty. Outside that, it's hard to tell what's going on. You can see he's playing with a controller, which isn't a device I often associate with Simogo games, and the perspective looks to be different than the usual...

While the music/rhythm genre has become somewhat stagnant on consoles, it’s been alive and well on mobile with ports of classics along with new twists to enjoy. Still, it’s been awhile since I’ve enjoyed a tried and true classic take on the rhythm genre. Pianista [Free] is an excellent new title that offers that exact experience with the added benefit of a treasure trove of classical music. In fact, when you combine the well-designed rhythm system with an interesting freemium system, there’s really no reason not to at least check it out...

See Ron Gilbert's 'Thimbleweed Park' Running on an iPhone

The upcoming adventure game Thimbleweed Park has some pretty big names behind it and some pretty big shoes to fill, too. The game is being developed by Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick, two of the creators of the amazing Lucasarts adventure game Maniac Mansion, one of my favorite adventure games. We've already talked about the game in the past, but today we got a video of the game running on an iPhone for the first time. First of all, I'm glad to see it will be playable on phones too and not just on tablets. The visuals look great, as to be expected given the game's pedigree...

This week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is a deathrattle blast from the past. We first got Double Deathrattler Battler more than a year ago, and now it's here again. As you can guess from the title, in this brawl any deathrattle minion triggers twice, which is the path for all kinds of crazy shenanigans. You get to create your own deck this week, which was a slightly sore spot for many F2P players last time around because the best deathratttle minions came from Curse of Naxxramas, so those who lack that adventure are at a disadvantage this time around. Still, there are decks you can make that don't use too many Naxx cards...

'Alto's Odyssey' Is the Follow-up to the Fantastic 'Alto's Adventure'

Alto's Adventure [$3.99] is a fantastic game and is often a point of reference for many gamers mostly because of its great, moody ambiance, lovely art style, and zen quality. While it didn't innovate the endless runner (or snowboarding) genre, it made it much more artistic than it was before. Ryan Cash has been updating Alto's Adventure quite frequently, but it now appears it's time for the next Alto's game, Alto's Odyssey. The website for the game doesn't offer much info outside a lovely image that once more showcases the particular art style and moodiness of Ryan Cash's creations...

It may be because I'm a massive fanboy for the caped crusader, but Batman - The Telltale Series [$4.99] has really impressed me with their fresh take on Bruce Wayne that stands apart from many other interpretations in films and video games in the past. Even with some technical difficulties that have often delayed the mobile release apart from its console alternatives, Telltale's take on Batman has generally been up with their previous graphical stories such as Walking Dead: The Game [Free], and have even taken an emphasis on divergent paths that are a step beyond what you'd normally expect from the developer. Episode 5 of Batman - The Telltale Series, which is ominously titled 'City of Light', serves as the finale to the season, and continues on from the precedent set in that the beginning of this episode will be greatly determined by your previous choices in Episode 4, and could potentially be the most enthralling entry in the saga yet. Episode 5: City of Light is set to launch on December 13th, so look out for the Bat-Signal next Wednesday to finally complete Telltale's latest epic story arc...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Silent Depth', 'BMX Backflip King', 'Kami 2', 'Formula Clicker' and Loads More

I hope everyone is having a fantastic International Civil Aviation Day, but let's get down to business: There's tons of new games to play. This week has been a little odd in that most of these hit the App Store on Monday, so if you lurk around our forums chances are a lot of these won't be that new to you. If you're ready to write this week off as weak, give it some time. I just signed an NDA to prepare some coverage of a huge title that's hitting the App Store sometime tonight/tomorrow that only a few people in our community have even guessed might be coming. I also have reasonable suspicion that said mystery game isn't the only AAA title that'll hit the App Store tonight, particularly considering we only have two more weeks of game releases left before the App Store freeze on the 23rd. But, we'll see!..

Probably not. I'm just asking the pertinent questions. Gameloft's The Amazing Spider-Man [$0.99] games and Disney's DuckTales: Remastered [$0.99] only have a few things in common. Both star classic American cartoon and/or comic characters. Both look pretty darned spiffy in action. And both only seem to go on sale this low once a year. That's enough for me to say that there's something up here. But why would a good, upstanding local fowl philanthropist like Scrooge McDuck be buddying up to that masked menace? Why, I bet that web-headed weasel is disguising himself as a duck just to besmirch Scrooge's good name! That no-good fraud!..

We're now a week into December, which brings with it a whole host of wacky and wonderful things you just wouldn't see at any other time of the year. Firstly, an overabundance of decorative lights on virtually every surface. Secondly, cats around the globe endeavouring to pull down any festive tree within jumping distance. However, most importantly for iOS gamers are the various Christmas updates for many of the most beloved titles on the App Store, and while normally mere cosmetic differences, such additions serve as a fitting excuse to revisit some releases that may have been overshadowed somewhat since launch. High Risers [Free] is one such game, and has today received a new Santa Claus and North Pole themed update which should help shake up Kumobius's latest immensely compelling high score jumping game...

There have been overwhelming rumours for weeks that new creatures were to be added to Pokemon GO [Free], and it certainly made sense - many of the critters from the second generation of games, from Pichu to Ho-Oh and all the others in between, would be extremely familiar to a lot of the players who picked up the augmented reality game because of childhood nostalgia of playing the older Game Boy titles. Yesterday we also learnt that Niantic were preparing a major announcement for the game, and putting two and two together suggested that a release of the next generation of Pokemon within the game was imminent. Such theories have today been confirmed, as the official Pokemon Twitter account has announced that more creatures are coming to Pokemon GO, and more details will be announced on December 12th. In addition, the developers have also confirmed telecommunications giant Sprint as Pokemon GO's first official US partner, and over 10,500 Sprint locations will become Pokestops and Gyms in the very near future...

While rumours persist about some upcoming major changes to Pokemon GO [Free] - including the introduction of the 100 new second generation creatures and a massive promotion with coffee chain Starbucks - the most recent update to the game is, fitting with Pokemon as a whole, evolutionary rather than revolutionary. In the 1.19.1 patch that launched for both Android and iOS this morning, Niantic have focused on quality of life enhancements that should streamline some of the more tedious processes to the game, most notably being the ability to finally transfer more than one Pokemon at a time to Professor Willow. While such features have been a long time coming, it's great to finally see them implemented, and are one step closer to the perfect game that Niantic envisioned prior to Pokemon GO's relatively turbulent launch period...

Not long ago, Sony Interactive Entertainment announced that they were going to take a more serious stab at the whole smartphone gaming thing. Today, we've finally received some details about what that effort entails. Their new smartphone branch is called ForwardWorks, and they held a press conference today to show off their upcoming line-up. Only time will tell how this latest venture will go, but if nothing else, it looks like we have some fun titles to look forward to, including a smartphone version of Hot Shots Golf that is due to hit in Spring of 2017...

'Clash Royale', 'Severed', and 'Riptide GP: Renegade' Take Home Game of the Year Nods from Apple

Apple just updated the App Store to include all of their end of year picks, which you can check out here. The most noteworthy of all the nods is the Game of the Year awards which were split across their three gaming platforms: iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. There's also loads of "Best of" games featured, and after a quick overview, I can confirm that the games they picked are in fact pretty awesome...

Halbrick Studios is probably one of the best mobile game developers with games like Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride in its portfolio. Now, it has decided to go a different direction and is currently developing a CCG called Mythic. Halbrick is trying to make Mythic strategically challenging yet fun to play (which is the goal of pretty much any CCG on mobile). The info we have is limited, but we do know the game is bringing Gods, Myths, and Legends to mobile. Expect to see characters like Loki, Cleopatra, Heimdall, and all kinds of characters from Greek, Norse, and Egyptian mythology and history...

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