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New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Concrete Jungle', 'Paperback: The Game', 'Zip Zap' and More

Oh man, so for all the made up holidays that land on Wednesdays, today's might be the best one. It's National Drink Beer Day, which I think I've really got no choice but to celebrate. Too bad it doesn't also fall on Saturday, which is Cantillon's Zwanze Day which is kind of a big deal if you're into the whole craft beer scene. I'm still trying to rationalize attending the $85 tasting event in my area, which is a lot for a beer event where you don't walk away with a bunch of bombers to take home. Anyway, this week has been particularly plentiful for new iPhone games, so sink your teeth into some of these...

A few weeks back we wrote that the deck-building word game Paperback [$3.99] was getting a digital version, and that version would be coming out soon. Well, "soon" has arrived since Paperback has just released on the App Store. In the game you play an author trying to finish genre novels like Sci-Fi, Romance, Westerns, and so on. You start with a deck of letter cards, and as you form words, you earn money that you then use to purchase even more powerful letters (in a way like you do what you do in games like Ascension  minus the word-building). Many of the letters have special abilities that get activated when used in a word...




Ubisoft was already a pretty prolific developer in the mobile space, but today they've given themselves a major shot in the arm by acquiring the even more prolific mobile developer Ketchapp. Ubisoft has released a number of mobile games that leverage their popular AAA console and PC brands, as well as licensing popular television IP like CSI and NCIS. They also own Future Games of London who have put out the chart-topping Hungry Shark series. Now, with the acquisition of Ketchapp, they become the fourth largest mobile developer in terms of downloads, according to their press release announcing the deal. ..

Zombie titles really need to innovate more-so than a lot of other types of games these days. The market is just so saturated that the mere notion of "survival" itself just isn't enough, and there at least needs to be an interesting hook involved beyond the solitary concept of continuing to exist. Skyhill [$2.99] does that, even if the magic doesn't last as long as the developers intended it to...

'Dustoff Heli Rescue 2' Looking for Beta Testers

The original Dustoff Heli Rescue [$0.99] was very well received by players in our forums, and the upcoming Dustoff Heli Rescue 2 looks to improve on all aspects of the original. Dustoff Heli Rescue was all about taking your rescue helicopter to the air and performing missions like search and rescue, finding stolen cargo, all the while being under fire and - occasionally - having to fire back. The sequel plans on sticking with the blocky art style (although it looks improved) and will offer more helicopters, more weapons, and more missions. You'll have to destroy enemy forces, evacuate your troops, destroy convoys, transport vehicles, build bridges, and so on...

Just over a month ago, we told you about Zip Zap [$1.99], an upcoming puzzler from Phillip Stollenmayer and his studio Kamibox, maker of the brilliant existential crisis platformer Sometimes You Die [$1.99] as well as clever puzzlers like Okay? [Free] and Squaredance [Free]. Oh, and I can't forget about my favorite silly time wasters like Pancake - The Game [Free] and 1 Meter [Free]. Zip Zap looked to fall into that "clever puzzler" category, as it has you manipulating various Erector Set-like pieces that are joined with hinges in an effort to scoot, hop, or swing them over to an end goal. The whole thing makes a lot more sense if you watch the trailer for Zip Zap...

If you enjoy playing NBA Live Mobile [Free], the latest update should make you happy. As of yesterday, the game has been update to reflect the 2016-2017 NBA season, and that means new courts, jerseys, and new rosters, including new rookies. The new update has also added Daily Objectives to the game and a ton of fixes to the gameplay. The most important ones are improvements to the passing game that now allow you to pass the ball around the perimeter without losing it easily, bumping into other players doesn't mean you'll lose the ball now - although the AI can still steal the ball from you - alley-oop mechanics have been fixed (which was a huge community request according to the developers), and much more fine tuning...

Join the Beta for 'Project Amberborn', a Fun-Looking Runner

It's fair to say that there are too many runner games on the App Store, but for a reason; the genre works very well on mobile, especially if you are the kind who likes to play one-handed. Project Amberborn is a cute-looking upcoming runner that's looking for beta testers in our forums, so if you enjoy the genre, make sure to head over and sign up. The game offers many unique characters to play as, a variety of worlds, and the ability to design custom challenges. Add to that daily and weekly missions, and it looks like Project Amberborn will offer plenty of content to play through...

Soccer (or, as the majority of the world calls it, football) fills a rather large void in my life, and so any video game that tries to emulate The Beautiful Game will definitely be on my radar. While FIFA 17 may be the big event of the week, it's an update to a slightly smaller football simulator that has made me most excited over the past few days. The game, of course, is New Star Soccer [Free] - being one of the mainstays on my iPhone for years, the perpetual updates since its release on iOS back in 2012 have gone a long way to altering the experience, for better and for worse. While a transition to freemium threatened to spoil what was one of the most compulsive mobile games of recent memory, New Star Games managed to balance and improve the experience well enough that it still remains an enjoyable arcade soccer simulator in the App Store. Today, the developers have released their biggest update yet for New Star Soccer, and have provided a complete graphical facelift to bring the game firmly into 2016...

The sheer number of mobile devices out in the wild coupled with the ease of downloading apps and their tendency to be free means that download milestones can get pretty crazy compared to other platforms. A million or, heck, even half a million units sold on another platform would be a huge success for most studios, but on mobile it's not even a drop in the bucket anymore. Which brings me to the news that FDG's ape-themed auto-runner Banana Kong [Free] has just reached the 100 million downloads mark across all platforms, and to celebrate FDG will be bringing a huge Beach-themed update to the game on iOS this Thursday. Here's a video showcasing the new Beach content...

Based on the web series by Alan Tudyk, Con Man: The Game [Free] is a freemium building game with the unique theme of building and running a comic convention. Players start out with a tiny con  without many fans or exhibits and slowly build up the ability to hire VIPs, build better facilities and sell bigger and better merchandise. Eventually, players also unlock themed exhibits for fans of specific genres (such as fantasy or horror). I took on the challenge of building my own con for over a month, checking in a few times a day without the assistance of purchasing any premium currency. While the theming certainly gives it a leg up on other builder games, I was not impressed with the relative progress players of the game when measured against its mechanics...

'Steins;Gate' Review - Desperately Seeking a Good Time

There's a certain attraction to time travel stories. Sometimes, they're about comparing the present to the past, particularly by sticking a fish out of their water. Other times, they're used as a way to think about the future and the promise it holds. Most of them really come down to a simple question: what would the present be like if things had gone differently in the past? Ultimately, time travel stories are more often than not morality tales about appreciating what we have and who we are. A warning about greed and how it can leave you with less than you had. A means of dealing with regret and the paralysis it can bring. Well, except for Back to the Future. That one's about making out with a younger version of your hot mom and getting a new truck...

Developers Semidome have made a name for themselves on the App Store, through bringing some truly beautiful and immersive visual and audio experiences to a platform that is normally synonymous with short and succinct gaming sessions. Last Voyage [$1.99] caught the eye - and subsequently the imagination - of the masses who played it when the title launched in 2015, even if our review suggested the game elements were somewhat shallow. Semidome's next major release, Nightgate [$3.99], managed to improve on Last Voyage in nearly every way, and while it was a bargain at its original $3.99 price point, the game has today gone on a 48 hour sale to $1.99 for the first time, so if anyone missed it back in August, now is a fantastic chance to play one of the best iOS games of the summer...

Infinite Dreams, the developers of the excellent shoot 'em up Sky Force Reloaded [Free], should probably change their name to 'Infinite Updates'. Whether it's laser raptors, as we saw in the latest 'D Update', or brand new tournament modes, the game has been supported impressively since launch, which even by App Store standards has been incredibly impressive. It will therefore come as no surprise that the hardworking development team have released yet another update that, while serving as a stopgap until the big addition of the new Level 13, adds a lot of interesting features that will only further cement Sky Force Reloaded as one of the most essential games within the shmup genre on iOS...

FIFA 17  is coming out tomorrow for PC and Consoles, and you can download EA's FIFA 17 Companion [Free] today to help you stay connected to your teams once the game comes out. The Companion is all about the Ultimate Team mode and allows you to use the transfer market at all times - great for being able to pick up a player right at the last minute - manage your squad and your club by changing formations and using your consumables as needed, and visit the store to buy packs, a good thing since FIFA shops tend to run many limited time specials. So as you can tell, these are all useful features for anyone planning on spending time on the Ultimate Team side of FIFA 17...

RTS Wargame 'Cavalry Charge' Is Looking for Testers

The upcoming RTS Cavalry Charge does away with fancy visuals, base building, and economy systems and, instead, focuses on battle formations and tactics. Each unit has its own AI, and you get to put all those units together in a variety of formations. Then, you throw your troops at the other army and watch them fight over a real-time battlefield all the while tinkering with formations and tactics as you try to take out your enemies. As you can see in the trailer below, there's a lot fun to be had in messing about with battle formations and trying to defeat the enemy through either outwitting the enemy general or simply going for brute force...

'Maxim the Robot' is a Cute Robotic Platformer Heading to iOS and Android

Everybody loves robots, and everybody loves platformers. Right? Well, at least I do, and when you combine both robots and platformers together, it gets me pretty excited. That's the case with Maxim the Robot, an upcoming mobile platformer from FrozenBots Studio. Maxim the Robot features all the, er, features you'd expect from a platformer. Running, jumping, swimming, swinging, sliding, wall-jumping and more. Even… driving a wagon? Sure, why not! Check out the latest teaser trailer for Maxim the Robot...

Marriage is a tricky, tricky act, isn't it? Quite often those joined in holy matrimony don't really fit well together, and even when they do, compromises must abound if there is to be any kind of happiness in their new union. And when the marriage is of two very different people, the challenges are even greater. If you've played Minecraft (either the mobile or the PC version) and any of the Telltale games, then you already know why I started my review of Minecraft: Story Mode [$4.99] with these metaphors. When Telltale told the world that it would apply its narrative-based formula on Minecraft, the game that's now synonymous with sandbox, many gamers wondered whether Telltale could pull it off and whether Minecraft players would bother with a developer that put their beloved open-world game in a narrative straight-jacket, possibly chopping off any parts that refused to obey the narrative techniques that Telltale has used in its other series...

'emoj.io' from 'Galcon' Developer Phil Hassey Combines .io Games with 'Pac-Man'

Phil Hassey, premier game developer and herder of even-toed ungulates, has announced his latest game: emoj.io. Yes, it a .io game with emojis, meaning you'll be competing with other players in a shared world to be the most powerful player at any given time. But the twist here is that emoj.io features a Pac-Man-esque system, where you're navigating around mazes in cardinal directions. While you can pick up gems to become more powerful, this isn't a case where running into a less-powerful player will kill them, necessarily: instead, it makes it when you pick up a powerup be more powerful. Here, it is like the fire powerup from Pac-Man 256 [Free] in how it works, leaving a trail of fire behind you while also speeding up. This means that a less powerful player can take out a more powerful player, but a more powerful player will be particularly deadly with their powerup...

Upcoming 'Silicon Valley: Billionaire' Is All About Cutthroat Capitalism

If you've ever seen Silicon Valley CEOs describe how cutthroat their business is and said "yeah, I want to be just like them," here's your chance. The upcoming Silicon Valley: Billionaire is a real-time online game where you get to start your Silicon Valley company and then try and conquer all others around you. As you can imagine, you won't be playing nice in this one: you get to hire but also fire employees, educate and promote them, but, more importantly, go after other companies. You can't make an omelet without breaking a few companies (I like mixed metaphors), so get ready to merge with and acquire companies of other online players in a winner-takes-all kind of game...

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