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Bread Kitty, Knightmare Tower, Amateur Surgeon, & Nuns


Four new mobile games you should check out
Aug 10
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Bread Kitty by developer Bake450 is kind of like Pokemon, except it involves all real world cats. You collect, battle, and train these cats, and part of the battling system involves you equipping various types of bread aroun...
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Edo Superstar

VG woodblock artist is now making a ukiyo-e fighting game


Kickstarter campaign helps both the game and the Japanese art community
Aug 08
// Tony Ponce
Last year, illustrator Jed Henry produced a line of fan art that re-imagined Nintendo characters as samurai, all rendered in the Japanese woodblock print style. His Ukiyo-e Heroes series proved incredibly popular, leading to...
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Tetris Monsters

Tetris meets monster battling in Tetris Monsters


Sure, why not
Aug 05
// Tony Ponce
What genre or style of game hasn't been mashed up with Tetris yet? What about monster hunting role-playing? Let me check the list... nope! Doesn't look like it! You're clear to go! The latest Tetris variant is Tetris Monster...
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A Ride into the Mountains is a great mobile experience


Plus Dropchrod, The Drowning, Dragons of Atlantis, and Bad Traffic
Aug 02
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
We're back with another round of mobile titles you should take a look at. It's no easy task finding actual good mobile titles as we get a couple of dozen requests A DAY, from indies to major companies. It's no wonder many ded...
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All these id Software games are on sale on iOS


Plus some specials on Rovio games
Aug 01
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
If the giant Steam sale wasn't enough, then here's some more sales to celebrate QuakeCon! Every id Software game on the iOS App Store is $0.99 right now. That includes Rage HD, Doom II RPG, Doom Resurrection, Doom Classic, and Wolfenstein 3D Platinum. Speaking of iOS sales, Tiny Thief is now $0.99, and Bad Piggies is free for a limited time on iPhone and iPad.
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Here's five new mobile games you should check out


New Prince of Persia, Bloodmasque, Game of War: Fire Age, and more
Jul 26
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Today a handful of interesting looking mobile games were released and instead of doing a bunch of posts, I figured I'd just round them all up. Well, at least the most interesting looking ones that were in our tips box today. ...
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App store promo nets Infinity Blade II 6M new downloads


The power of free
Jul 17
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Apple celebrated its fifth birthday last week by giving away games and apps for free. One of those games was Infinity Blade 2, and All Things D is reporting that the Epic game saw 5.7 million new players in the past seven day...
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New releases

New releases: Minis are on the Move again with Mario & DK


Plus Pinball FX 2, Sid Meier's Ace Patrol, and Monaco
May 06
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
It's a rather light week as there's only a handful of new releases. The biggest being Mario and Donkey Kong: Minis on the Move for the 3DS. This is an eShop only title too, which makes it an an interesting little experiment ...
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LEGO Batman

LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes out now on iOS


Superheroes on the go
Apr 26
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
LEGO Batman: DC Super Heroes is now available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices. The game offers both a classic or use the new touch screen specific control scheme. You can also unlock characters the normal way or...
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Transformers: Legends

Transformers: Legends now out on iOS and Google Play


Transformers meets card battling
Apr 26
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
DeNA's Transformers: Legends is now out for free on Apple's App Store and the Google Play store. Players can build a team of Autobots or Decepticons as they go through two storylines, or fight with other people in the versus...
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TMNT

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run out now on iOS


A runner game with Ninja Turtles!
Apr 19
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles show running on Nickelodeon just got a runner style game on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch as of this week. This game sees players taking on the roles of the turtles as they outrun Kraa...
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Prince of Persia: Shadow

Prince of Persia 2 gets the HD remake treatment on iOS


All new visuals to boot
Apr 11
// Abel Girmay
The Prince of Persia series has been on a bit of a lull period lately. While the rumors of a next-gen Prince of Persia mull around, Ubisoft is digging back into franchise history to bring Prince of Persia: Shadow and Flame t...
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Gemini Rue iOS

Gemini Rue launches on iOS devices


A portable neo-noir thriller
Apr 11
// Fraser Brown
Gemini Rue, Joshua Nuernberger and Wadjet Eye's wonderful neo-noir adventure game, made its way over to iOS devices yesterday. It's been overhauled for the new platforms, featuring a redesigned combat system, a hotspot finder...
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Fist Face Fight

Fist your enemies to death in Fist Face Fight


So much fisting
Apr 10
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Fist Face Fight is an upcoming free Android and iOS game where you play as a fist protecting his heart from waves of ninjas. How do you protect your heart? By fisting badguys in the face! You'll be able to earn coins, perfor...

Review: BADLAND

Apr 05 // Casey Baker
BADLAND (iPhone, iPad [reviewed])Developer: Frogmind GamesPublisher: Frogmind GamesReleased: April 4, 2013MSRP: $3.99 BADLAND draws you in from the beginning with a trippy silhouetted art style and an ambient soundtrack -- both vaguely reminiscent of the eeriness of Limbo. The colorful, bizarre background flora that stands as a stark contrast to the bleak foreground silhouettes and some of the spacier music choices are also reminiscent of the obscure '70s animated film Fantastic Planet. You're not given much of a story to go on, except that you seem to be a furry little hedgehog/popple (remember those?) creature that almost comically flaps its futile little arms/wings to get across each stage. There's something else about a dead rabbit creature hanging upside down and his friends hidden in the background and some sort of race of robot creatures that look like giant metal eggs, but that's all simply background detail and doesn't ever truly get explained. The first couple of levels seem straightforward enough, as they see your character barely scraping by deadly spikes and dangerous plant life to get to the vacuum pipe at the end of the stage. However, it only takes a few more levels before you start to witness the various power-ups that completely change up the gameplay and at times almost ditch the endless-runner style to focus more on quick-paced puzzle platforming. One of the most notable power-ups that aids you throughout the game is the ability to instantly clone your character, either into one other little fuzzball or several others, all huddled together and at the beck and call of your finger taps. Think of your clones as your community of species. As you pass through giant spinning razor gardens and stomping machinery bits, you're going to watch in horror as a few of your community is sacrificed so that the faster and better controlled may live to see another difficult puzzle. In the beginning, this seems like an obvious handicap in completing the harrowing levels, as you watch a massive slaughter of your community only to notice a plucky one or two always survive and get funneled through the deadliest traps. Yet as you make your way through your first day of existence from dawn to night, you start to come across more devious setups that require you to split the paths of your communities in myriad clever ways. For example -- you may be forced to let one of your fuzzballs sacrifice itself for the greater good by taking a path that means certain death, but also opens a switch to release the rest of your community from a blockade ahead. Add to this the great variety of power-ups you'll receive and traps you'll desperately try to avoid, and you quickly get an idea of the tense and fun puzzles you might face in a single level. A few of these power-ups include some that make your fuzzballs grow larger or smaller, some that make them bouncy or sticky, and others that slow down or speed up time. The levels themselves are designed in a manner so that no power-up is wasted; nearly every one of them is one you'll need to use somehow, or at least will make the next section a little easier to get through. Much of the fun that comes from BADLAND is from the anxiety it will cause you in narrowly avoiding an insane deathtrap with your last fuzzy after watching a whole mess of clones explode throughout a rough patch of poisonous plants. LocoRoco this game ain't, as it's nearly impossible to save ALL of your community and so it becomes quickly necessary to focus on the ones that you just might be able to save and let the stragglers fall by the wayside or get burst into pieces by razors blades, gears, or javelin spikes. The game itself isn't exactly lengthy; I was able to finish the main set of stages in a few sessions. As mentioned before, it's split up into levels that go from dawn to night. This equates to four worlds with different art styles (dawn, noon, dusk, night) and ten levels in each. However, there are two important elements for replayability after getting to the credits. Namely, the three-egg challenges in each level, and the ridiculously fun multiplayer. The challenge eggs are like how stars are handled in games like Angry Birds, where you are awarded more for doing better in the stages. However, these particular challenges tend to be more specific to stages, from egg challenges that demand you to best the level in one single try, to others that ask you to keep a set number of clones alive by the end of the level-- not nearly as simple a task as it would first appear. Beyond this is the multiplayer, which is handled on a single screen and seems best suited for an iPad. Up to four players can pick a fuzzball of their very own, each with silly names and cute or weird characteristics, such as the one-eyed Cyclo or the irritated looking Fury. These fuzzballs are thrown into a level together, with each quadrant of the screen serving as the player inputs. The goal of the multiplayer is survival of the fittest, with the fuzzball that actually makes it the longest getting the lion's share of points, as well as added points for all for power-ups and clones picked up. I played the multiplayer more than a few times with my partner, and it proved to be a fun and addictive diversion that depended on skill just as much as on sheer luck. Though $3.99 seems like a high asking price for the typical iOS game, BADLAND is more than worth it with a beautiful, challenging single-player and fun multiplayer component, and the added bonus of more levels and a furthering of the mysterious story coming in a later update.
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Adapt or be squished
The Apple App Store seems to be filled with a glut of endless-runner/platforming games and their ilk these days. From excellent ventures such as Canabalt and Rayman Jungle Run to more suspect knock-offs (Here's lookin' at you...

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Delver's Drop

Delver's Drop began as a mash-up of Zelda and pinball


A brief history of Delver's Drop
Mar 22
// Jason Cabral
I am always fascinated to hear developers talk about how the ideas for their game first come into existence. Sometimes it can be a revolutionary moment of clarity where all the stars are aligned and pure wonder takes on physi...
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Duke Nukem II

Duke's back, baby! Duke Nukem II iOS revealed


Come get some...again!
Mar 15
// Raz Rauf
3D Realms is back, and that can only mean one thing -- Duke Nukem. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Duke Nukem II, 3D Realms and Interceptor Entertainment have announced a upgraded re-release of the '90s game for iOS dev...
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Jones on Fire

Jones on Fire ditches F2P model, releases on GooglePlay


Cats can be saved on Android devices right meow
Mar 11
// Jason Cabral
Developers have always had to make hard decisions concerning the future of their products and brands. Even after weeks of planning and researching business models, what may have worked for one brand my not work for yours. Su...
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Donkey Kong rip-off

Donkey Kong also got ripped off for an iOS game


Apple's Seal of Quality
Mar 04
// Tony Ponce
What was that saying again? "When it rains, it pours"? The Android developer who released a game unwittingly starring Yoshi may have been able to cover his ass -- albeit barely -- but there is no way in hell that the mastermi...
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After Burner on iOS

After Burner Climax is jetting onto iOS


GET READY!
Feb 06
// Tony Ponce
After Burner is one of those games that tickles the nostalgia bone and doesn't stop. I remember burning away hours locked in aerial combat with After Burner II on my Famicom, although I never did manage to reach the end. And...
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Temple Run: Oz the Great and Powerful releasing Feb. 27


Another licensed movie tie-in for the endless runner
Feb 04
// Keith Swiader
Temple Run: Oz the Great and Powerful, a Temple Run licensed tie-in game accompanying the film release of the same name, has been revealed on Twitter by Disney France PR representative Cecile Fouques. It will release on Febru...
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Temple Run 2 becomes 'fastest growing mobile game'


Some birds are pretty angry right now
Jan 31
// Keith Swiader
Temple Run 2 has garnered over 50 million downloads since its January 17 release on iOS, setting the record for "fastest growing mobile game," developer Imangi Studios today announced. The record was previously held by Angry ...
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Free Mutant Mudds iOS

Mutant Mudds will be free on iOS this week


Free on Thursday and Friday
Jan 30
// Chris Carter
Renegade Kid developer Jools Watsham dropped us a line today letting us know that Mutant Mudds will be free this Thursday and Friday (January 31 and February 1) for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch platforms. You'd be crazy t...
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Run run run!

Temple Run 2 has been downloaded 20 million times already


Six million downloads on first day alone
Jan 21
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Temple Run 2, which was just released four days ago, has already been download over 20 million times on the Apple App Store. Six million downloads occurred on the first day alone. The game became the number one free app with...
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The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead has sold over 8.5 million episodes


For Clementine!
Jan 06
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Telltale CEO Dan Connors has told the Wall Street Journal that players have purchased more than 8.5 million episodes of The Walking Dead across consoles, PC, and iOS devices since release. As the WSJ states, at $5 per episode...
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Serj Tankian behind the musical score for Morning Star


"Psycho, groupie, cocaine, crazy!"
Dec 20
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
Morning Star is an upcoming futuristic sci-fi shooter for iOS devices by Alex Seropian, the founder of Bungie. Much like The Drowning, Morning Star is also claiming to re-imagine the shooter genre for touch devices. It's eve...
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Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy iOS is a free app, paid songs


This could get expensive!
Dec 12
// Dale North
From the first minute I played Theatrhythm: Final Fantasy on the 3DS I wanted it for my iPhone. I have nothing against the 3DS, but I love this game so much that I always want it with me.  It's coming to iOS, but accordi...
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Pokedex for iOS launches today in US and Europe


Regional Pokedexes cost $5.99 apiece
Dec 10
// Dale North
North American and European Pokémon players with iPhones, iPads, or iPods can download Pokédex for iOS on the Apple App Store today. $1.99 gets you the full details on more than 640 Pokémon, including loc...
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Square Enix offers up a holiday iOS game sale


Final Fantasy IV coming soon
Dec 07
// Dale North
Square Enix is set to blow up your phone with popular existing games as well as some new ones. All three of the first Final Fantasy games are sale, as is Final Fantasy Dimensions, listed for as low as $3.99 (though ...
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The Drowning looks like a promising FPS for iOS


What was up with all those dead birds anyway?
Dec 06
// Hamza CTZ Aziz
The Drowning is an upcoming first-person shooter for mobile devices by Scattered Entertainment (previously known as ngmoco Sweden.) The often outspoken Ben Cousins is leading the development, and this early look at the game ...

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