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'Machinarium' Creators Amanita Design Plan to Release 'Botanicula' on iPad This May

Amanita Design make some really awe inspiring games. The art they used in game like Samarost or Machinarium [$4.99] is so beautiful it's hard to not stop and admire each screen of both games. The last title they released was Botanicula a fantastic point and click game that followed some strange critters. The plot is quite simple: A giant spider is corrupting the world and it’s up to you to save the day. But of course, everything’s wonderfully weird in this world and you’ll have your mind filled with lots of beautiful scenery and mysterious creatures before your time with the game is over. If you’re still curious about the game, here’s a trailer from the PC version:..

'Hitman GO' Review - A Surprising Hit Puzzler

'Hitman GO' Review - A Surprising Hit Puzzler

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April 17th, 2014 11:20 AM EDT by James Paterson in $4.99, 5 stars, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews, Strategy
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Hitman GO [$4.99] is not what you’d expect from a title bearing the stealth series name. And at first glance, you’d probably dismiss the game as being a cheap cash-in...

Arena battle games have really come into their own in recent years. Mobile platforms in particular have enjoyed a great crop, including Super Crate Box [$1.99], Muffin Knight [$0.99], Spell Sword [$0.99], and many others. It's a great way for a small developer to make a great action game without busting the bank, while providing a nice bite-sized bit of fun that suits mobiles well. Of course, for the gamer looking for something more than just a slice of game now and then, the better examples in this sub-genre have included some sort of progression system that persists beyond individual plays. Typically, this is done by putting in some sort of collectible or experience system that will unlock new weapons or abilities, which not only gives you something to shoot for over the long term, but also refreshes the game experience over time to keep it from getting dull...

Out Now: 'Hodappy Bird', 'Hitman GO', 'Unpossible', 'Yomi', 'Rogue Heroes' and More

It's Wednesday evening, which means a whole batch of new iOS games have just hit the US App Store. Normally I might mention a few of the games out of this week's selection that have caught my interest, but honestly, what's the point? Hodappy Bird is out today, and it's poised to change the face of gaming as we know it, rendering other games null and void in its wake. Oh, some game called Hearthstone came out today too. It's by some hobbyist developer named… Hurricane? Snow Storm? Something like that. Anyway, you might want to check that out too, I heard it's pretty good or whatever...

'Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft' for iPad Review - Shuffling for Zul'jin

Blizzard Entertainment has a long line of releases with serious stories, usually focusing on the fate of the world or racial warfare. The Warcraft franchise has a few nods to comedy here and there with creatures like the Murlocs and the Pandaren, but for the most part, big bads like the Lich King still run the show. Comparatively, Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft [Free (HD)] is a card game where you can summon an angry chicken and peck your enemies to death. As you can imagine, it's a ton of fun...

Frozen Synapse [$0.99 (HD)] just got a huge update. This brilliant strategy game was already filled with content but if you want more you can buy the Red expansion pack which adds an entire single player campaign, a new multiplayer mode called Upload, a new unit with a riot shield and you can even play against the AI with a friend in the brand new co-op missions. You can now also play the game in Red instead of blue hence the name of the expansion back. See it in action with this trailer from the PC version:..

When I rolled over at a little after 5:00 AM Central time to check the New Zealand releases, I wasn't sure we were going to have much to be excited about today... Then all these games hit. Here's what we'll be streaming today:..

After a fairly brief soft-launch period, Blizzard's Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft [Free (HD)] has finally arrived in the US App Store. Hearthstone is a card battling game set in the Warcraft universe. It was announced at PAX East last year, and went through a rather lengthy beta testing period on desktop. That beta test was eventually opened up to include anyone, and last month the beta finally ended and Hearthstone was released on desktop. Earlier this month Hearthstone officially soft-launched for iPad in select regions, and it was assumed it would be at least a month or two before it was released worldwide...

New Trailer Released for 'Castaway Paradise,' an 'Animal Crossing'-alike for iOS

It’s no secret that Nintendo's Animal Crossing has been highly successful in its handled form, and the 3DS version was even out of stock for quite some time in Japan. It's curious then that we haven't yet seen a game quite like that on iOS. Stolen Couch Games thought that was strange too and they decided to create their own take on it. Castaway Paradise is everything you’d expect from a game of that genre. It features houses you can customize, a village to rebuild and plenty of activities like fishing, farming and bug-hunting. It’s also running real-time which means that special events will happen on certain days or at night. Today, Stolen Couch Games has released a new trailer showcasing the customization aspect. Take a look:..

Freebie Alert: 'Horn' Now Free for the First Time Ever

Phosphor Games' action adventure game Horn [Free] is now free for the first time ever. Launched way back in 2012, Horn was a fantastic Infinity Blade-like experience that offered some impressive visuals as well as an interesting world to explore. There was even a soundtrack composed by Austin Wintory, the composer of Journey. ..

'Fighting Fantasy: Starship Traveller' Review - Choose Your Own Kirk-Venture

Do you like Star Trek? Specifically, do you like the original series, with reckless Captain Kirk going on tons of away missions with Spock, Bones, and Redshirt, breaking the Prime Directive whenever he feels like it all in pursuit of adventure and alien love? If so, you're going to want to check out Tin Man Games's latest mobile conversion, Fighting Fantasy: Starship Traveller [$5.99]. It's an utterly shameless love letter to Star Trek, and it happens to be one of my very favorite books in the Fighting Fantasy series. I've played plenty of Star Trek games over the years, more than the franchise has deserved given the somewhat sorry state of quality they usually offer, but in my opinion, nothing has captured the feeling of the original Trek quite as well as this little gamebook written by Steve Jackson...

Coming Tonight: 'Hodappy Bird', 'Unpossible' 'Hitman Go', and a Bunch of Other Games That Aren't 'Hodappy Bird'

All of the Ron Paul .gifs in the world can't begin to explain just how amazing it is that Hodappy Bird is finally upon us. The game that is so hot it only got approved by Apple after we added an on-launch warning screen is here. Oh, and a bunch of other stuff too like Acceleroto's Unpossible which has been getting a ridiculous amount of traction in our upcoming games forum since it was originally announced...

David [$0.99] is a curious little game. Recently, due to the release of the beautiful Monument Valley [$3.99], I've talked a bit about experience-focused games versus mechanics-focused games, but David seems to have one foot planted firmly in each camp. It's about as minimalist as one could possibly imagine, yet the most immediate comparison in terms of gameplay is considered a technical masterpiece for the hardware it runs on. The appearance of the game is incredibly simple, and its gameplay is as basic as moving, jumping, and shooting, but it still somehow manages to create a surprisingly complex and tense gameplay experience that pleases the senses...

Connoisseurs of specialized arcade cabinets have probably heard of DJMax Technika , the South Korean touch-screen based rhythm game. Being an arcade music game with touch controls, an iOS version would seem to be a natural fit and that’s exactly what we have with DJMax Technika Q[Free]. With an incredibly fine-tuned and enjoyable rhythm engine, Technika Q is unfortunately hampered by the bloated systems placed on top of its core gameplay...

Some of the most popular free to play games are criticized for being mindless tap-fests, devoid of strategy or meaningful gameplay. And, for many free to play games, it's a valid criticism. There's an artificial sense of progression from opening up a game, making a few taps and collecting in-game rewards, and doing it over ad infinitum as you work towards whatever "goals" the game has laid out for you. In fact, it's the sort of "gameplay" even a robot could handle, as proven by Uli Kilian who built himself a robot out of Lego that could tap away at Jurassic Park Builder [Free] and earn him in-game income as he slept. Seriously, check it out...

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