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Nitrome is a company with a very fascinating output, as they have roots as a Flash game company with a particular pixel art style, and Flash games have always felt to me like they straddle a line between being casual-friendly but also maintaining that appeal to core, dyed-in-the-wool gamers. As such, their mobile games definitely have that casual feel while still being ones that core gamers should enjoy as 'real games'. And Magic Touch - Wizard for Hire [Free] is perhaps their best effort at being casual yet gamer-friendly. It's got touch-friendly controls, but very quickly ramps up into an incredible challenge to face down...

Apple Doesn't Want Guns in App Store Screenshots… Unless They're Pointed at Hitler

The first couple of months of 2015 have been kind of strange when it comes to Apple's App Store regulatory practices. They have a set of fairly clear developer guidelines for creating iOS apps, but they've been famously inconsistent in how and when they enforce them. So far this year we've seen several instances of Apple suddenly deciding to strictly enforce developer guideline 3.6 which states "Apps with App icons, screenshots, and previews that do not adhere to the 4+ age rating will be rejected."..

Looking for a fun and lengthy dual-stick shooter without paying fun and lengthy dual-stick shooter prices? Well then I have good news for you, as Radiangames' Inferno 2 [$0.99] is currently on sale for the low, low price of $0.99. The game offers a fantastic dollars-per-hour-played value, as it has 80 levels of dual-stick shooting to enjoy, with secret things to discover in the levels and plenty of upgrades to buy. Oh, and the game supports MFi gamepads. Check out our review for more details on the game...

Nitrome's rad take on the puzzle platformer, Gunbrick [$0.99], has just gone on sale for the first time. You control a bird-type fellow who has bought a gunbrick, which is a giant brick with a gun on one of its sides, and you must try to make it from beginning to end, mastering the rules of movement with the brick to make it through the three dozen levels. And of course, the game has that Nitrome pixel art style going for it at some of its most detailed...

Here's a solid freebie to pick up today. Yet It Moves [$0.99], the puzzle platformer based on And Yet It Moves, that was published on iOS by DeNA, is currently free until Febrary 27th at 3:00 PM GMT. That means Friday morning for those of y'all in the US, so download this now. This is based on the 2007 indie game, where you control a running man and must rotate the world in order to navigate from one place to another. Check out our review of the game...

Square Enix and developer Mediatonic announced Heavenstrike Rivals [Free] a few months ago, putting the game in soft launch. Well, that has ended and the game is at last available worldwide starting today, just ahead of the busy Thursday launch period for most of the world. This game from the prolific RPG publisher and the developer known for the remake of Hatoful Boyfriend is a hybrid between a strategy game and a trading card game, as you send characters into battle on an 8x3 grid, trying to defeat your opponent's own cast of heroes...

One of the games I constantly hear about as far as far as great action-RPGs go among our readers is Battleheart Legacy [$1.99] from Mika Mobile. And the game was critically-acclaimed, too, with a five-star review from us and other outlets giving it high scores as well. If you've been meaning to check this one out, now is as good a time as ever, as Mika Mobile has put the title on sale for the first time. You can pick up the game right now for $1.99, down from a regular price of $4.99...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Age of Sparta', 'Hell: Fight for Gilrand', 'Atomas' and More

While the jury is still out on whether or not this is a weak week, it certainly is a weird one. For whatever reason there's been a ton of developers breaking out of the normal Wednesday morning release cycle this week. So, I broke the games out into two lists. The first is games that are in New Zealand right now and likely following what we usually see with App Store releases. The second are games which were released yesterday or otherwise soft launched...

Spacetime Studios Jump From MMORPGs to MOBAs with Upcoming 'Call of Champions'

The MOBA genre is one that has been proven to work on a physical level on iOS - Fates Forever [Free (HD)] and Vainglory [Free / Free (HD)] are both tons of fun. But they both require long gameplay sessions that might not be conducive to many people's lifestyles and expectations for mobile games. That's where Spacetime Studios, creators of several mobile MMOs including their latest, Arcane Legends [Free], are coming in. They've just announced their game, Call of Champions, which is a 3-versus-3 MOBA with 5-minute game sessions...

There's some news coming from the land down under this morning (or their night, I guess), as three guys who were among the top talent at Halfbrick have all amicably parted ways with the company to form their own studio. Luke Muscat created Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride, Hugh Walters was the art director for Halfbrick, and Phil Larsen was responsible for making sure the whole world knew about the Halfbrick library. Since even my own grandma not only knows about Fruit Ninja, but also enjoys it, I'd say they all did a pretty alright job...

Android-Exclusive Action-RPG-Platformer  'Magic Rampage' Due for iOS

Magic Rampage is a game that we caught word of recently thanks to one of our forum posters - and while you need an Android device to play it right now, you should be playing this one on iOS soon enough. This is an action-RPG platformer where you make your way through myriad dungeons, killing all sorts of creatures. Ever wanted to kill a zombie with a headshot via dagger, in a 2D RPG platformer? Magic Rampage will provide just that for you. The game is level-based but also has a survival mode for endless play...

'Real Steel Champions' Will Let You Build Robots and Then Fight With Them

Reliance Games has just announced a new game in the Real Steel [$0.99] series of robot fighting games, including Real Steel World Robot Boxing [Free]. That new game is Real Steel Champions, and you can expect to be playing it in March. Expect more and more from this robot-fighter: the new Championship mode boasts 20 total fights with 4 bosses to take down, along with 30 challenges, over 90 Time Attack matches, and a Free Sparring mode...

The annual Game Developers Conference brings forth a bunch of awards shows during the week of the event, because it's the biggest developer-focused show. All the big names are there, so you get awards and contests like the IGF awards, IMGA awards, and whatnot. Publisher FunPlus is running another one of these contests, but focused around mobile gaming, and with an esteemed panel of judges. The FunPlus Indie Plus Contest is taking submissions until tomorrow, February 25th, for the best independent mobile games...

Telltale Games has become known for their brand of episodic, narrative-driven adventure games to the point that they're almost the namesake for their genre. If I say something is "like a Telltale game," you have an idea what I'm talking about. So far, Telltale has focused on games based off licensed properties, releasing them in multiple episodes. But now they want to try something new, with what they're calling the "Super Show" concept...

Check Out Stylish Upcoming Orbital Runner 'Astra'

Fabuloso Games has just announced an interesting hybrid of two genres we've seen a lot of on iOS: endless runners and those 'spin-around-the-planet" games where you use angular momentum and orbital gravity in order to make it from planet to planet without falling into the inescapable void of space. Their game is called Astra, and it's in the works right now for mobile. Check out the game in motion in this GIF, but be wary that it's sped up from normal gameplay. While there are a couple of videos that show a smooth framerate, there's no true gameplay video yet:..

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