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2:00 PM on 08.26.2014

The Walking Dead Pinball is just as good as I had hoped

Zen Studios has been quite busy the past few years expanding its line of pinball tables; most of which have been in the form of licensed Marvel and Star Wars tables. There have been videogame-themed tables in the past --...

Brett Zeidler



ChAIR is wrapping up Infinity Blade III with its final update next week photo
ChAIR is wrapping up Infinity Blade III with its final update next week
by Jordan Devore

As part of my slowly-get-out-of-bed routine this morning, I glanced at my inbox and was delighted to see an email pop up on my phone about ChAIR. Could this be it? The announcement of another Shadow Complex? We've been waiting years for a follow-up!

Nah. It was just a press release for some more Infinity Blade stuff.

The studio is preparing its final update for Infinity Blade III, a free download dubbed Kingdom Come. It'll hit the App Store on September 4, 2014. There's going to be a new environment, more items and weapons, a dragon -- the usual. ChAIR has also put out a recap of the series, viewable above, with some of this new content featured here and there.

I liked the original Infinity Blade fine, but I'm eager to see this team move on to another project.

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2:00 PM on 08.23.2014

Legend of Grimrock 2 enters closed beta, LoG coming to iOS

Almost Human games has recently announced that the sequel to its popular old-school dungeon crawler the Legend of Grimrock 2 is now officially in beta. Staying true to its word, LoG2 will be skipping Steam Early Access ...

Rob Morrow

10:30 AM on 08.22.2014

Zen Pinball 2 is getting some new Wii U tables soon

The Wii U version of Zen Pinball is going to catch up to its predecessors soon, as Zen Studios has just confirmed an update scheduled for August 28th. On that date Zen Pinball 2 will get Guardians of the Galaxy, Dea...

Chris Carter





1:00 AM on 08.20.2014

Pokémon studio Game Freak making a mobile game

Pokémon developer Game Freak is taking its first steps into the mobile market with Solitiba. Initially released on Nintendo 3DS, the hybrid of solitaire and horseback racing is now in the works for Android and iOS devi...

Kyle MacGregor

7:00 AM on 08.19.2014

Flappy Bird dev reveals next game, Swing Copters

Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen has unveiled his next project, Swing Copters. The upcoming iOS and Android title bears a striking resemblance the the developer's magnum opus, featuring familiar mechanics and visuals. You...

Kyle MacGregor

1:30 PM on 08.18.2014

Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director’s Cut will release on September 18

Harebrained Schemes recently updated its Kickstarter page for Shadowrun Returns with new details about the standalone version of Dragonfall, the Director's Cut. The updated version of the base game's DLC will include new...

Rob Morrow



Pokémon Trading Card Game Online headed to iPad photo
Pokémon Trading Card Game Online headed to iPad
by Jonathan Holmes

Nintendo has said time and time again that they have no plans to start making games for other developer's hardware, and time and time again, analysts, editorialists, and enthusiasts have called them out for this decision.

Nintendo seems to think that the potential short term profit they could make from supporting other devices wouldn't be worth the long term devaluation of their own hardware that would come with it. Critics say that Nintendo's hardware has been so devalued by +15 years of little to no AAA third party support that it's time to face the sad facts and give up. 

It's not that black and white of a situation. There are ways for Nintendo to have their 3DS/Wii U cake and eat the other guys' install bases too. Case in point -- The Pokémon Trading Card Game Online for iPad, which according to Pokémon Master and YouTube personality @TheJWittz, is planned for release later this year.

Apparently he was strolling around the Pokémon Trading Card Game World Championship event being held this weekend and just stumbled upon a kiosk with 8 iPads running an all new virtual adaptation of Nintendo's classic card game. That's a weird way for Nintendo and/or The Pokémon Company International to make their biggest announcement of the year, but there you go.

Further details are scant at the moment, but JWittz was able to tell us that "It is an official app in works by The Pokémon Company International (TPCi). I'm not 100% sure on TPCi's relationship with Nintendo, but it is definitely official and not fan made in any way. It's an official display run on a TPCi-run event, with a TPCi employee and developer answering questions." He's planning on getting a video of the game up on his Youtube channel this weekend, so keep your eyes peeled. 

Nintendo confirms: Pokémon Trading Card Game Online comes to iPad this year [VentureBeat]

 

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10:00 AM on 08.15.2014

Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies is available on iOS now

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies is out this week on iOS, and it's basically a port of the 3DS game with an enhanced graphical filter. You can nab the first case for free, buy each case piecemeal for $4.99, or bu...

Chris Carter

10:30 PM on 08.12.2014

Full Skylanders Trap Team game hitting tablets too

Skylanders Trap Team is heading to mobile devices as well! And like, the full actual game. Activision is claiming console-quality graphics, and it even comes with its own high performance controller. This is huge! This will a...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

9:00 PM on 08.12.2014

Valiant Hearts coming to iOS devices on September 4

Valiant Hearts: The Great War was a wonderful experience that came out not too long ago on consoles and PC. And now it's set to arrive on iOS devices on September 4. Same game, just controls redesigned with touch screen in mind. No price point was given, but now you will have no excuse to miss this one. 

Hamza CTZ Aziz

3:30 PM on 08.12.2014

Uh, why is that Looney Tunes hole stealing buildings in Donut County

I don't entirely understand Donut County, but I want it. You are the hole that goes from stealing donuts to stealing mountains. It reminds me a bit of Tales from Space: Mutant Blob Attacks, which was good. You, the hole, get bigger every time you swallow something. I am down with this game. It's coming to "home computers & touch devices."

Steven Hansen

10:30 PM on 08.07.2014

Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies announced for iOS

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies is now available via the Japanese iOS App Store, and a western release is soon to follow, Capcom revealed today. The adventure game launched late last year on Nintendo 3DS, and received a favorable appraisal around these parts.  Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Dual Destinies destined for iOS [Capcom Unity]

Kyle MacGregor

3:45 PM on 08.06.2014

Dargon Quest IV on iOS: A typo, not a trick

No, this is not someone trying to make a quick buck with some off brand Nontendo 3DS. This is Square Enix putting Dragon Quest IV up on the (fertile testing ground that is New Zealand) Apple Store and misspelling it...

Steven Hansen

7:30 PM on 08.05.2014

Looks like Apple is going to reveal a new iPhone next month

Apple is set to host its next iPhone unveiling on September 9. It's expected that the iPhone 6 will feature larger displays (4.7" and 5.5") and run the new A8 processors. And if this video is true, than the screens will be v...

Hamza CTZ Aziz





2:00 PM on 08.04.2014

State of Decay studio announces creature-collection RPG Moonrise

Free-to-play mobile publisher Kabam is teaming up with State of Decay developer Undead Labs for its next game, a "multiplayer creature-collection RPG" called Moonrise. In the game, a "Moonrise" is a shadowy event that corrupt...

Jordan Devore



That BioShock teaser was an iOS port and it plays well (sort of) photo
That BioShock teaser was an iOS port and it plays well (sort of)
by Steven Hansen

That BioShock teaser from 2K? It's not a new BioShock game. It's the first one, but on Apple devices. Hence the apple in the tease. Clever. Who called it?

This is basically a full port of the PC version of BioShock, sans dynamic shadows and some fog. BioShock is a good game. Arguably a lot better than Infinite. It has cost less than whatever a "premium" mobile game will cost when the iOS port launches later this summer. That's a cue for, "it won't be $0.99, please don't be upset." 

Still, there's some novelty to playing the thing on your phone or iPad (I played on an iPad Air). And thanks to the same team that delivered a heck of an iOS port of XCOM, BioShock looks and runs well on the smaller screen. 

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12:00 PM on 08.02.2014

Guardians of the Galaxy Pinball may be the best table yet

Hot off the heels of the stellar Deadpool table back in June, Zen Studios is going strong with its line of Marvel pinball tables. Guardians of the Galaxy finally got the film treatment, and now it has the pinball tr...

Brett Zeidler

11:00 PM on 08.01.2014

Another EA closure: This is Ultima Forever's final month

Given that publisher Electronic Arts closed Mythic Entertainment earlier this year, it's not unexpected to hear that the free-to-play mobile RPG Ultima Forever: Quest for the Avatar will also be shut down soon. Once it closes...

Jordan Devore

6:00 AM on 08.01.2014

Square Enix announces Dragon Quest IV for iOS

Square Enix revealed its gamescom lineup this week, including a localized version of Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen on iOS. The classic RPG first launched for NES in 1990, and has since come to PS1, Nintendo DS, iOS,...

Kyle MacGregor

5:00 PM on 07.29.2014

Sharknado is now an actual game you can play

Sharknado: The Video Game is out now, you know. It's the kind of thing people will have strong opinions about, the type of rash and fiery opinions that make the Internet go round. My thoughts on this iOS endless runner ...

Kyle MacGregor

3:30 PM on 07.29.2014

Crazy Taxi: City Rush releasing this Thursday

Crazy Taxi creator Kenji Kanno has returned to the beloved arcade racing property for a new game, Crazy Taxi: City Rush, which would normally be cause for celebration except this is designed for mobile. Drat. Our dream of new...

Jordan Devore

3:45 PM on 07.28.2014

The Sailor's Dream is the new iOS title from Simogo

Swedish developer Simogo has put out two of my favorite iOS titles -- Year Walk and last year's Device 6 -- so I'm really happy to hear that the studio will have a new game out this year. The title is The Sailor's Dream and ...

Alasdair Duncan

11:00 AM on 07.28.2014

Rhythm puzzler Beatbuddy is coming to the iPad

Although many have found flaws with developer Threaks' Beatbuddy, the art style is something that stuck in my mind for weeks to come after playing it. I'm willing to give it another shot later this year, as the game has just...

Chris Carter

5:00 PM on 07.27.2014

Apple, Banner Saga studio frustrated by iOS game market

The Banner Saga is coming to iOS, but porting isn't the developer's major concern. That's pretty much already done. Stoic's main dilemma is how much the game should cost on the platform. "Apple is frustrated, along with every...

Kyle MacGregor



Review in Progress: Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas photo
Review in Progress: Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas
by Chris Carter

When many Warcraft fans hear the name Naxxramas, it conjures up memories of late nights and pizza, while taking on the tough-as-nails raid in World of Warcraft (or as I know it, Naxx). It was one of the most enjoyable areas of the franchise lore-wise, as it focused on some of the more nefarious villains in the series' realm.

Archlich Kel'Thuzad returns as the big bad in Hearthstone: Curse of Naxxramas, but you won't be able to fight him right away. Yep, that's right, each "wing" of the DLC will unlock over the course of five weeks, and although the first wing is free, each wing will cost in-game currency or real money.

It's an interesting way to deliver DLC, and so far, it's more than enough to get me back into Hearthstone.

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2:00 PM on 07.24.2014

Mighty Tactical Shooter is a rad looking turn-based shmup

Usually when one thinks about shmups, precision motor skill and quick reaction are what come to mind. Mighty Tactical Shooter turns that completely on its head. Though precision movement and shot placement is still required,...

Darren Nakamura

12:45 PM on 07.23.2014

Canabalt 2.0 brings more modes and multiplayer to iOS

For the most part, I'm over endless runners, but I'll always have Canabalt. It hit at the right time and holds up well. Matter of fact, it's gotten even better with age: there's a free new update for the iOS version, out now,...

Jordan Devore

4:30 PM on 07.22.2014

Aegis Defender is a sweet looking 16-bit tower defense platformer

A lot of the time, all it takes to make an interesting game is to tweak an existing formula or to just mesh two separate mechanics and concepts together. Case in point, Aegis Defenders, a lovely looking homage to the 16-bit ...

Alasdair Duncan

2:45 PM on 07.22.2014

Go play the first part of Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas for free

Blizzard has rolled out the first wing of Curse of Naxxramas, a single-player adventure for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft. It's free until early September, but the four subsequent wings will cost $6.99 or 700 in-game gold ...

Jordan Devore

12:15 PM on 07.17.2014

The Walking Dead Season 2 Episode 4 out next week

Two more episodes to go for season two of The Walking Dead. Won't be long now. This season's fourth episode, Amid the Ruins, releases next week. PC, Mac, and PS3/PS Vita (in North America) get it first on July 22. A day late...

Jordan Devore

5:30 PM on 07.10.2014

EA: Dungeon Keeper mobile wasn't 'in tune' with the brand

In a chat with GamesIndustry International about Electronic Arts' place in mobile gaming, EA Mobile executive VP Frank Gibeau said that, going forward, the company's focus will be to better figure out how to do free-to-play t...

Jordan Devore

1:00 AM on 07.10.2014

Oh good, Namco is shutting down Tales of Phantasia

Tales of Phantasia only just arrived on the iOS App Store this year, but Bandai Namco is already pulling the plug on the mobile role-playing game. The publisher announced plans to "cease distribution" of the title. That ...

Kyle MacGregor

5:15 PM on 07.08.2014

Hearthstone's Curse of Naxxramas expansion priced

Blizzard plans to roll out its Curse of Naxxramas expansion for Hearthstone over a five-week period, with a new wing opening up each week. Here's how the pricing works. The first wing, the Arachnid Quarter, will be free durin...

Jordan Devore

4:45 PM on 07.08.2014

I'm surprised it took this long for a Sharknado game to happen

Until now, I had managed to avoid hearing about Sharknado 2: The Second One. That's debuting on Syfy on Wednesday, July 30 and just in time for the sequel, Majesco and Other Ocean will have a licensed game based on the disast...

Jordan Devore

1:45 PM on 07.03.2014

@!#?@! Q*bert comes to Steam on July 8 in Q*bert Rebooted

It has been a long time since we have seen or heard anything new about the classic arcade game Q*bert. Despite being such an iconic character for its time, the weird orange macaroni-nosed jumper never really rode the wave to ...

Darren Nakamura

10:45 AM on 07.03.2014

Alphabeats puts some wub wub in a word game

You know Teddy Diefenbach, right? He is one of the people working on the Kickstarter uber-success Hyper Light Drifter, and he just cannot seem to stop making new games. At E3 we got to play a bit of his newer title Kyoto Wil...

Darren Nakamura





8:00 AM on 07.03.2014

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite on iOS is astoundingly faithful, if you have a controller

Here we are in 2014 with an iOS port of a PSP game, in the form of Monster Hunter Freedom Unite. The kicker? It's very, very good. As a port of 2008's Freedom Unite, everything is faithfully recreated on an iOS devi...

Chris Carter

3:00 AM on 07.03.2014

EA's Dungeon Keeper ads are indeed misleading, ASA rules

A complaint against Electronic Arts has been upheld by the UK's Advertising Standard Authority concerning marketing for its latest mobile free-to-play version of Dungeon Keeper. The complaint was made in regards to an email c...

Brittany Vincent



Video: The Witcher Battle Arena free-to-play MOBA coming to mobile devices photo
Video: The Witcher Battle Arena free-to-play MOBA coming to mobile devices
by Bill Zoeker

In a somewhat surprising move, CD Projekt Red announced yesterday that they would be releasing a free-to-play MOBA for mobile devices featuring characters from The Witcher series. This is slated for release sometime this winter and hey, who knows, it might be really awesome.

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