Flick Kick Football goes free as Apple’s App of the Week

By Cody Lee on Sep 3, 2015

Apple has selected Prodigy Design’s “Flick Kick Football” as its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you can download the popular football arcade game for both your iPhone and iPad, for free—a solid savings of $1.99.

For those unfamiliar with the title, Flick Kick is a simple football/soccer game that has you scoring goals as quickly and as stylishly as possible by swiping your screen. It has multiple game modes, charming retro graphics, and the physics are smooth and accurate. Read More


Apple rolls out brand new Twitter account dedicated to App Store games

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 3, 2015

The App Store has been on Twitter since September 2009 but as of today, a new curated Twitter account dedicated to highlighting the App Store games is available as well. It’s now yet known whether gaming-related tweets will now be exclusively posted on @AppStoreGames alone or retweeted on @AppStore but it’s an encouraging sign of Apple’s mobile gaming prowess.

“Embrace the future of gaming,” reads the account’s bioline. “Straight from our Games Editors.” Read More


Why I’m super excited about the gaming potential of the new Apple TV

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 2, 2015

At this point, I think we can all agree that the state of gaming on the current generation Apple TV leaves a lot to be desired. Yes, it’s possible in some respects, through AirPlay, but it’s clunky, laggy, and never quite lived up to its potential.

With the new Apple TV, however, things will surely get better. In fact, I think that gaming is going to really hit its stride on Apple platforms with the advent of the new gaming-centric features on Apple’s upcoming refresh to its set top box.

As we discussed in the last episode of Let’s Talk iOS, gaming is set to take a gigantic leap with Apple TV gen-4. In this post, I’ll outline 5 reasons why avid gamers should start licking their chops at the potential of the device that Apple is set to reveal next Wednesday. Read More


Dungeon of the Endless is a roguelike and dungeon defense mash-up

By Lory Gil on Sep 1, 2015

Roguelike games are just about the hardest games to play because of the whole permadeath aspect. What if you were to add a heavy dose of tower defense and action role-playing adventure to your dungeon crawl?

Well, you’d get Dungeon of the Endless, a roguelike that has you sending a party out to protect against waves of incoming enemies. In the meantime, collect goods and upgrade your heroes. The game was previously only on Steam, but is now available on the iPad. Read More


Next-generation Apple TV gaming prowess detailed in a new report

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2015

Just as the iPhone and iPad have been chipping away mercilessly at Nintendo’s dominance in the handheld gaming market, Apple’s next-generation set-top box should give dedicated game consoles a good run for their money.

A report by 9to5Mac’s well-informed writer Mark Gurman lays out a few upcoming features for a rumored fourth-generation Apple TV that are bound to prompt gamers, casual and hardcore alike, to jump with joy. Read More


Unreal Engine 4.9 hits with push notifications, CloudKit support and ton more goodies

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 31, 2015

Epic Games’ widely used Unreal Engine that powers countless graphics-rich games like the Infinity Blade trilogy was bumped to version 4.9 today. New features include better graphics in iPhone and iPad games, the ability to use remote push notifications, support for Apple’s CloudKit framework which provides authentication, databases and storage services to developers, and many other perks.

Unreal Engine 4.9 can be downloaded through the official website. Read More


New Apple TV remote expected to feature Wii-like motion sensors

By Cody Lee on Aug 28, 2015

The new Apple TV expected to be unveiled at next month’s event will feature a remote control with motion sensors, reports TechCrunch. Citing reliable sources, the site says the remote “likely includes several axis’ worth of sensors that put its control on par with a Nintendo Wii remote.”

Apple has for years been rumored to be tinkering with motion control. The iPhone-maker has acquired multiple companies with expertise and proprietary technology related to the field, and it has filed several patent applications over the last 5 years regarding motion-sensing inventions. Read More


Review: Lara Croft GO is the essence of adventure that feels unmistakably Tomb Raider-y

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 27, 2015

It only took a few minutes for me to get hooked on Lara Croft GO, a new premium title from Hitman GO creators Square Enix Montréal.

Created in partnership with Crystal Dynamics, this gorgeously done puzzle-solving adventure takes Hitman GO’s turn-based strategy concept and simplicity of action to a whole new level while managing to incorporate several marquee aspects of the traditional Tomb Raider formula and gameplay.

But Lara Croft GO, a $4.99 download in the App Store, is hardly the same game as Hitman GO. More than the collection of its impressive parts—mesmerizing soundtrack, artful animations and gorgeous visuals—Lara Croft GO manages to distill the famed series down to its essence.

I spent a few hours playing and reviewing this game in the days leading up to its release, here are my hands-on impressions and findings. Read More


Google’s new YouTube Gaming app is now available in the App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2015

As expected, Google’s YouTube Gaming app has begun rolling out in the App Store. Earlier this morning, Google launched a new website which sits at gaming.youtube.com, dedicated to watching and live-streaming gameplay videos.

The free of charge companion mobile app should be now available for download in your local App Store. Featuring a selection of live-streaming and on-demand content, the app acts as your one-stop shop for not just gameplay videos but video how-tos and walkthroughs as well. Read More


Google takes on Twitch with YouTube Gaming

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 26, 2015

Originally announced two and a half months ago, YouTube Gaming went live this morning as the search giant’s Twitch competitor slowly but surely comes into full view.

Basically a YouTube built for gamers, the all-new YouTube Gaming website is live in the United States and United Kingdom at gaming.youtube.com with a selection of live-streaming videos showing people playing various games.

Much like Amazon-owned Twitch service which allows people to stream their gameplay videos and others to watch it, YouTube Gaming was designed to host gameplay videos, video how-tos and walkthroughs pertaining to popular games and more. Read More


Pocket God vs. Desert Ashes turns killing Pygmies into a strategy game

By Lory Gil on Aug 26, 2015

Fans of the popular Pocket God franchise should take note; the company that created the pygmy killing game has teamed up with Desert Ashes to make a game starring the former with the mechanics of the latter.

Pocket God vs. Desert Ashes is exactly as it sounds. The crossover game features the familiar family of worshipers fighting a turn-based strategy battle against the Landians. When those pesky land thieves invade the Island, the Pygmies prepare to fight. Read More


Check out The Amazing Bernard, a gorgeously done platformer hitting iOS soon

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 24, 2015

The Amazing Bernard by Kumkwat Entertainment is arriving on iOS devices in the coming weeks and boy does it look beautiful. I’m a huge sucker for adventure/platform games such as Leo’s Adventure and can’t wait to put my hands on The Amazing Bernard.

The game appears to offer a unique blend of action and exploration as you’ll be overcoming obstacles, jumping on platforms and running around like there’s no tomorrow. You play as a cartoonish character named Bernie O’Tag but the game packs in even crazier characters to meet and many mysteries to be revealed.

We have a full preview ready for your reading pleasure further below. Read More


I’ve become addicted to this game, and so will you

By Sébastien Page on Aug 21, 2015

I’m not much of a gamer, but every once in a while, I come across a little gem that gets me hooked for a short period of time. Circlestances is one of those games.

The concept of the game is pretty simple. Two circles are moving in random directions on your screen. Your goal is to tap the screen every time they overlap. The more they overlap, the more you score. Sounds too simple?  Read More


Final Fantasy VII is now available for iOS

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 19, 2015

Final Fantasy VII, the legendary Japanese RPG that first launched on the original PlayStation back in 1997, is now available for download from the App Store for $15.99. It’s been called one of the most influential RPGs of all time, and now it’s available in handheld form as a universal app for iPhone and the iPad.

It’s been a long time coming for this release. Back in October 2013, Square Enix director Takashi Tokita stated that such a release could be “years away” citing storage space limitations. Well, it’s August 2015, and the game is just now arriving, so he wasn’t too far off the mark… Read More


Burger – The Game lets you flip your way to chef stardom

By Lory Gil on Aug 18, 2015

The creator of such unique mobile games as Okay? and Sometimes You Die is back with another bite-size game that tends to turn one into an addicted maniac. Burger – The Game only requires you to tap the screen at the right time. But, this skills-based title isn’t as easy as it sounds. In fact, it would probably be easier to just make a burger in real life. Read More


Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon review: spin a web of mystery and death

By Lory Gil on Aug 17, 2015

In practically every image of an abandoned building, especially an old house, there are dozens of spider webs spread out everywhere. You might wonder what it is those spiders are doing with their days and nights, free to roam around without fear of human interactions.

Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon gives you a glimpse into what it might be like as a spider, wandering the rooms of an abandoned estate, looking for food, and discovering much more. Check out our full game review of Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon below. Read More


Time Surfer goes free as Apple’s App of the week

By Cody Lee on Aug 13, 2015

Apple has just named Kumobius’ “Time Surfer” its App of the Week for this week. This means that from now through next Thursday, you’ll be able to download the popular endless arcade runner for free on both iPhone and iPad—a solid savings of a buck.

If you’ve ever played Tiny Wings, Time Surfer will feel somewhat familiar. The basic mechanical gameplay is the same—tap the screen to pull in close and gain speed, release to fly. But make no mistake, everything else is much faster and far more intense. Read More


Grab Civilization: Beyond Earth for Mac for $20 today, down from $50

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 13, 2015

Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth has dropped to just $20 on the Mac App Store today, down from its regular asking priced of $50 a pop.

Developed by Firaxis and ported over to the Mac platform by Aspyr Media, Beyond Earth is a premium sci-fi strategy game set in the distant future in which a series of unfortunate global events have destabilized the world “leading to a collapse of modern society, a new world order and an uncertain future for humanity”. Read More


RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 launches on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, no In-App Purchases whatsoever

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 12, 2015

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad just hit the App Store. This popular construction and management videogame franchise that simulates amusement park originally management debuted on Windows PCs back in 1999.

RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 released on Windows more than a decade ago (it dropped on October 26, 2004) and today’s release has finally brought the classic strategy simulation title to the iOS platform.

The game costs $4.99 and is free of In-App Purchase schemes. Read More


Inaugural trailer for The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land for iOS debuts

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 11, 2015

Developer Next Games on Tuesday debuted the first trailer for its eagerly awaited release, The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land, which is launching in the App Store in October.

The official mobile game of AMC’s TV show, this nerve-wrecking survival game is set in a post-apocalyptic, walker-infested world and puts you in the shoes of Daryl Dixon, the TV show’s crossbow-toting character portrayed by actor Norman Reedus. Read More

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