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With the next movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe about to hit theaters in Ant-Man, Zen Studios has announced that they have a new Zen Pinball [Free] table coming for it based off of the movie. With a movie that's based around a guy who can shrink to tiny sizes, Zen Studios has decided to take initiative to do some new things with their pinball engine. And yes, that includes shrunken pinballs, and some new mini-games that Zen promises aren't like anything you've seen from them before. Sounds curious!..

Yesterday, Bethesda mentioned that new content would be coming to Fallout Shelter [Free], their smash-hit game about building your own vault deep in the earth. They weren't kidding, as today sees the first new content added to the game: you can unlock Preston Garvey of the Commonwealth Minutemen from lunchboxes with premium characters. Preston Garvey is a character from Fallout 4, and both he and his laser musket can be used in Fallout Shelter now. The words "the first Fallout 4 character available in Fallout Shelter" seemingly indicate that we can expect more Fallout 4 characters to come to the game at some point.....

The Tasos Principle: Storytelling in Superhero Games and Comic Books

The superhero side of popular culture has expanded immensely in recent years, with video games increasingly becoming mainstream entertainment and superhero movies breaking box office records with each foray. Unsurprisingly, the different forms of superhero entertainment, be that comics, movies, or video games, increasingly become intertwined as Marvel and DC have realized that fusing their products to create a web of entertainment options helps increase their cultural reach. Marvel's recent decision to create a new comic book based on the iOS and Android smash hit, Marvel Contest of Champions [Free], marks the first time in Marvel's history that a story originating in a video game becomes the seed for a comic book. Marvel's decision provides interesting insights on the way the different storytelling techniques of the two mediums might co-exist and how they might interact with each other, all to the benefit of readers and gamers...

Rami Ismail of Vlambeer on the Importance of Supporting TouchArcade

Let's kick off today's TouchArcade Patreon update with some awesome news: We're above 400 individual patrons supporting the site, and we're just a few bucks shy of $6,000- Over half way to our goal in less than two weeks. You guys are amazing, and this level of grassroots support from our community is only motivating us to kick even more proverbial ass in the world of iOS gaming...

Poor old Sonic The Hedgehog. He's been celebrating his 24th birthday recently, and to commemorate the occasion, SEGA has baked him a moist, delicious cake and topped it with inedible sludge. Sonic Runners [Free] has finally come out of its soft launch, and it's unfortunately still plagued with all of the problems it suffered from right from the very moment it set foot on the Japanese App Store. That this particular mixed bag comes from Sonic Team themselves is hardly surprising when you break down exactly what's wrong and right with it. Is it salvageable? Absolutely. Will it be? I wish I could say...

'Piloteer' Review - Joyride in a Jetpack

'Piloteer' Review - Joyride in a Jetpack

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I was about five years old when film The Rocketeer hit theatres, so I don’t remember a whole lot about the characters or plot. What I do remember is strapping a pair of 2-liter bottles to my back and zooming around my backyard like a lunatic. I’m almost afraid to re-watch the movie now that I’m older, because I have nothing but good feelings about it currently and I don’t want cold hard reality to tarnish them. That childhood wonder I felt while pretending to fly around in an awesome dieselpunk jetpack was pretty priceless, ya know?..

'Don't Starve Pocket Edition' Teased via Klei Entertainment Instagram

In late last January we posted about Klei Entertainment's Don't Starve potentially coming to mobile. At the time, it was like a lot of indie "coming to mobile" announcements. Totally non-commital, and framed more around the idea of "It'd be cool if..." and not really "We are doing this on this date." Mobile ports weren't Klei's priority back then, but today it seems like the winds of change are blowing... Or, at least, that's what a recent Instagram post by the developers would suggest:..

Oddly enough, a lot of the buzz surrounding Apple's keynote at WWDC wasn't necessarily new features or future major iOS revisions... But the odd inclusion of a surprisingly long segment on Apple's new music service dubbed simply, "Apple Music." Well, if you were following along with our keynote coverage and anxious to give Spotify, Pandora, or whatever else you're using the boot, Apple Music and iOS 8.4 is here...

The Fretz Zone: My Big Beef with Hearthstone's Tiny Interface

I spend a lot of time playing Hearthstone[Free] on my iPhone. Between the frequent updates and competitive deck building, its a little bit of an obsession for me. It's becoming more and more prevalent that full featured desktop games are making their way into our nook of the gaming world. Its really an awesome and fantastic thing. One thing that is getting on my nerves, however, is that we are seeing a neglect for the rules. ..

SEGA's latest game featuring their iconic blue mascot, Sonic Runners [Free], finally came out of soft launch late last week, and if the successes of previous Sonic games on iOS are anything to go by, they've probably got a hit on their hands. Opinions have been mixed to say the least, and our upcoming review will likely reflect that, but if nothing else it's pretty interesting to see a mobile-only game coming from the development team that built the series. In the lead up to the worldwide launch, SEGA kindly gave us the opportunity to ask the head of Sonic Team, Takashi Iizuka, a few questions about the game...

While folks in certain regions are eagerly waiting for Super Evil Megacorp’s Vainglory [Free] to launch worldwide (along with Android support) on July 2nd, those of us that can already enjoy the mobile MOBA can also check out the game’s newest update a little early.  Version 1.6 not only adds a new hero, but also adds a few welcome additions to player queueing along with added card collecting methods...

I recently wrote about Fallout Shelter [Free] in my latest column for The Carter Crater, and discussed why I thought it was a game that had an intelligent launch, and should inspire other publishers in their mobile efforts. Coincidentally, GamesIndustry.biz did an interview with Bethesda vice president of marketing Pete Hines, and he seems to be aware that they had to be careful with how they launched Fallout Shelter:..

'Splendor', The Award-Winning Board Game, is Coming to iOS on July 9th

We haven't had a good board game port on iOS for a few months now, and I've been itching to get my hands on one. Apparently, the board game gods have decided to heed my request and will drop Splendor on the App Store very soon. Splendor, developed by Days of Wonder, first released in 2014 and has become quite popular in board game circles. It has received the 2014 Golden Geek "Board Game and Family Game of the Year" from Board Game Geek, the Best Board Game 2014 from the UK Game Expo, and nominations for the German Spiel des Jahres and the French As d'OR. The game is a chip-collecting and card development game where players take the roles of Renaissance merchants trying to buy gem mines, means of transportations, and shops with the goal of acquiring the most prestige points. The game promotes player interactions as you can "reserve" a card to stop an opponent from getting it...

Godzilab Soft-Launches New Game 'Pirate Power' in Canadian App Store

Godzilab put their name on the map early in the App Store's life with the excellent physics puzzler iBlast Moki, followed by the online multiplayer basketball shooting game StarDunk, and finally the adorable town-builder Happy Street. Now they're readying the release of their next project called Pirate Power, and they've just soft-launched the game in the Canadian App Store. Godzilab describes Pirate Power as a mixture of all their previous games. You'll build up your own pirate ship and battle against other players in PvP in a similar way to StarDunk, and explore lands that look like they could be pulled straight out of Happy Street. They even say the physics in the game have a lot in common with those in iBlast Moki. ..

Terminal Velocity [$2.99] is one of those games I vaguely remember playing from my childhood. It's something my uncle may have brought over once, and ended up leaving in my PC, allowing me to play it for an extended period of time. But even after all that gametime, it sort of went in and out of my memory banks, and after playing it recently on a mobile device, I can see why...

Mojang is Ceasing Development on Card Battler 'Scrolls', iOS Version Pretty Doubtful Now

Mojang's card-battler Scrolls has had a turbulent existence, to say the least. Originally announced way back in 2011, Scrolls wouldn't even enter a beta period until June of 2013. Then, that beta period went on for a looong time, finally ending with the game's official release on desktop and Android in December of last year. Oh, and in the middle of all that Bethesda sued Mojang over the use of the word "Scrolls" thinking it might create confusion with their long-running The Elder Scrolls series. (That lawsuit made a whole lot more sense after Bethesda announced their own card-battler called The Elder Scrolls Legends at E3 this year.) Anyway, long development cycles and lawsuits aside, poor old Scrolls just never found a mainstream audience. And as such, Mojang has officially announced today that they'll no longer be actively developing new content for Scrolls. ..

One of Telltale's more interesting upcoming projects is Minecraft Story Mode, their narrative adventure game that's set in the Minecraft [$6.99] universe. We don't quite know what to expect from this, but with Minecon this weekend in London, Telltale is teasing that we'll be hearing something this weekend at Minecon:..

It's been a long time coming, but as was announced last week, Funcom have released LEGO Minifigures Online [$4.99] into the App Store. The game is an MMO-like adventure which features a vast array of the crazy characters and locations from the world of LEGO. It was originally revealed way back in August of 2013, and officially launched on desktop platforms in October of last year as a free to play game. However, Funcom didn't like the direction the game was going, so they made a couple of pretty big changes to the game...

In July of last year we learned that Mi Clos Studios' excellent (and punishing!) roguelike/gamebook/strategy/space adventure Out There [$4.99] would be getting a huge expansion dubbed the Omega Edition which revamped much of the artwork and added lots of new features to the game. Us mobile gamers had to watch in anguish as our desktop gaming counterparts received the Omega Edition of Out There back in April. However, that anguish ends today as just moments ago the iOS version has received the Omega Edition update as well...

How's Your Heisenberg Impression? A 'Breaking Bad' Game Might be Coming Our Way

Apparently, Mr. White, aka the one who knocks, might be visiting our mobile devices soon. According to reports, Sony has filed a trademark application for its product, the TV show Breaking Bad, at the office of Harmonization in the Internal Market. For those not familiar with the show (truly a pity if you aren't), Breaking Bad debuted on AMC in 2008 and ran for five incredible seasons, becoming one of the most respected and admired shows of the last few years and spawning a spinoff, Better Call Saul. The show has spawned thousands of youtube videos and, in general, has become a pop culture talking point. Breaking Bad stars a chemistry teacher who is "pushed" to extreme actions after learning he has cancer (I'm avoiding spoilers here) and had amazing performances by Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul (the rest of the cast is also fantastic)...

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