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'Angry Birds Transformers' Rolls Out Worldwide

October 15th, 2014 12:45 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Release
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Those of you looking to get new release day started early will be happy to know that Rovio's Angry Birds Transformers [Free] has launched globally today after being soft launched for a few weeks. This is a side-scrolling auto-running action game based on both Angry Birds and Transformers. Players fight enemy pigs standing on structures that normally you'd have to launch a bird haphazardly at to try and knock down. But here in Angry Birds Transformers, instead, you fire lasers at them. Lasers are a lot more effective than bird bodies...

'Zombie Highway 2' Review - The Fun Never Stops

Free-to-play gets a bad rap among a lot of serious mobile gamers, and often for good reason: there are many games which devolve and infantilize their design because it's more profitable to do so. But not Zombie Highway 2 [Free]. This is a free-to-play game that features many of the trappings of the business model, two-tier currencies, and incentivized video ads, but it makes them feel optional, and doesn't get in the way of being a fun, zombie-splattering good time...

Over the years, I feel like I've developed a pretty good nose for my own tastes. Usually just from reading a brief outline and seeing a few screens, I can at least figure out in ballpark terms how well I'll like a game, and it's rare for a game to fall outside of those admittedly broad estimates. Surprises come in two flavors, then. Sometimes a game I don't expect to like much turns out to be totally up my alley, like SEGA's Yakuza, and other times, a game that I think looks great just doesn't click for me at all. Unfortunately, Card Dungeon [$3.99], a game that initially appears to have a great deal in common with the PC game Card Hunter, is an example of the latter. It's a roguelike with an interesting hook and a great visual style reminiscent of a board game, and while I could list off a lot of things I think it does very well, it never manages to come together into something I can truly enjoy...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Adrenaline Rush Miami Drive', 'Hail to the King: Deathbat', 'Necklace of Skulls', and More

Headlining this week's releases is Avenged Sevenfold's Hail to the King: Deathbat. Both our recent hands on and our original preview have thrown down some insane amount of page views, which seems to have a lot to do with A7X's commanding presence on social media. It'll be interesting to see whether or not that buzz turns into game downloads. Hopefully it does, as it's pretty admirable that their goal is to just make a great game, even if it doesn't turn a killer profit...

It never fails to blow my mind just how incredibly deep the game of Minecraft is. What on the surface seems like an adventure that's all about exploring, crafting, block-building and survival has evolved into something that's sophisticated enough people can build working computers inside the game itself. The world of iPhone games hasn't been immune to the "can you make it in Minecraft" phenomenon, and we've seen versions of both Plague Inc. and Flappy Bird recreated inside Mojang's masterpiece. However, this next one takes things to a whole new level. As noted by TUAW, a German Minecraft player has built a functioning iPhone-like device inside of Minecraft. Not only does the device "work" but it even has useable apps. Unfortunately, the following video is not in English, but I still found it impossible to turn off until I'd seen the entire 13 minutes...

There's a New 'Street Fighter' Match-3 Game Heading to iOS and Android in Japan

One of my all-time favorites is Capcom's Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, or simply just Puzzle Fighter, which blends together the Street Fighter fighting game series with matching gameplay to great effect. We haven't heard much from that series in recent years, but according to the source for all things Street Fighter Shoryuken (via Just Push Start), Capcom is readying another Street Fighter matching game mashup for mobile devices in Japan. The game in question is called Street Fighter Puzzle Spirits, and you can see a Japanese language trailer for it below...

While the Pokémon TCG Online [Free (HD)] card-battling game launched for iPad late last month, long-time series producer Junichi Masuda doesn't see a compelling reason to bring any of the proper Pokemon games to tablets or smartphones, according to an interview with Polygon. According to Masuda, "If we were to bring Pokémon to iPad or mobile or smartphones or anything, I think there would need to be… some sort of problem it would be solving, not just that it would be porting over old games, for example."..

In January of this year, Tapstar Interactive and First Star Software announced a brand new game in the classic Boulder Dash series to mark the 30th anniversary of the original game's release. Originally planned for an "early 2014" release, the new game took a bit longer than anticipated, but as of today Boulder Dash 30th Anniversary [Free] is finally available in the App Store. The original game's creators Peter Liepa & Chris Gray have come together for the first time since 1984 to design levels for this new game, and there are also a few major changes over the original like ramps and diagonal movement. Check out the trailer to see it in action...

As a developer, if you're going to wade neck-deep into a crowded genre, especially one in a very crowded marketplace in general, you have to have some kind of means of standing out from the crowd. When it comes to side-scrolling running games, it's getting harder and harder to find something that can actually accomplish that job. Jack B. Nimble [$1.99], from developer Sean Noonan, opts to take the approach of a double-barreled appeal to nostalgia, with graphics that look like they came off a torqued-up Game Boy and a theme that will be instantly recognizable to Castlevania fans. It's got an interestingly familiar cadence to it that I don't see very often in this kind of game, and it will certainly have strong appeal for those who appreciate streamlined runners like Canabalt [$2.99] or Boson X [$2.99]...

'Words for Evil' for iPad Review - Blobs Teach Typing

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October 14th, 2014 9:00 AM EDT by Chris Carter in $1.99, 3 stars, Games, iPad Games, Reviews, Word
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Playing Mario Teaches Typing and Typing of the Dead for the first time were magical experiences for me growing up. I had no real interest in word games outside of the occasional Word Munchers binge, but those two titles took my love for the genre to a whole new level. It wasn't because of typing classes or outside practice that I worked my way up to over 80 words-per-minute in High School, it was due to videogames, and I owe them a great deal. Words for Evil [$1.99 (HD)] is a very similar game that attempts to marry typing gameplay with RPG-like elements, with mixed results...

Zen's 'South Park Pinball' Gets a Trailer, Launching this Week

Earlier this month, Zen Studios hinted that they had a couple of new pinball tables in the works starring everyone's favorite troublemakers from South Park, and today they've debuted the first trailer showing off both tables in action. The first table is South Park Super Sweet Pinball and it centers around the main four characters of the show and features all kinds of inside jokes and nods to the show's nearly twenty year history. For the second table, that gentle soul Butters gets to star in his very own pinball game, cleverly titled Butters' Very Own Pinball Game. Check out the trailer...

2K Releases 'My NBA 2K15' …And It's a Card Game

October 13th, 2014 1:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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Over the weekend, 2K released My NBA 2K15 [Free], which initially had me saying "Oh sweet," when I got the push alert for it. NBA 2K14 [$4.99] was a pretty decent basketball game, and the name of the game in sports seems to be yearly iterations so I assumed the slight title shift here was to provide some separation between the full console and mobile side of things. NOPE, it's a totally different game...

Imagine you're the creator of Dragon Quest [$2.99]. You've successfully streamlined the somewhat impenetrable RPG genre to a point where anyone and everyone can play the game and enjoy it, and now it's time for a sequel. Obviously, people are ready and asking for something a bit bigger and more complex, and simply delivering something in the same scope as the first game isn't going to satisfy them. How far do you walk the concept back to its inspirations, Wizardry, Ultima, and the like? That's a question I suspect Yuji Horii grappled with when coming up with Dragon Quest 2 [$4.99] , and while he wouldn't hit the sweet spot until the next installment, it's undeniable that the sequel to Dragon Quest is a considerably bigger and slightly more sophisticated game...

At this point, some 30 or so RPGs in, I really have to wonder how many people are actually playing all the games Kemco's putting out there. As regular readers know, I really love RPGs, and even I'm starting to feel like we're reaching some kind saturation point with this company. Nevertheless, we must put one foot in front of the other, because the games do at least improve over time, and you never know when something worth getting excited about will come along. Soul Of Deva [$3.99] is not quite that game, but like many other recent Kemco efforts, I feel like we're getting very close. Given that I can make decent claim to having written more words about Kemco mobile RPGs than just about anyone on Earth, a tragic title if ever there was one, I tend to build expectations about their releases before I even start them up. Typically, I base this on the specific developer, and it rarely fails...

Halfbrick is continuing with the Zombie Month updates for their dual-stick shooter Age of Zombies [$0.99], as another significant update is now available for the game. The month of updates began a few weeks back when Age of Zombies was updated with co-op multiplayer, and this latest update completely revamps the game's Survival Mode into a wave-based affair complete with boss fights called Horde Mode. In addition, there are four new sentry guns to use in Horde Mode so you can strategically set up some stationary offense to help you mow down waves of enemies...

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