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Get Ready to Trucksform and Roll Out (and Drill, and Fly, and Shoot) Later This Month

Posted by Rob Rich on June 30th, 2015

It looks like NuOxygen is bringing the truck-transforming racer Trucksform (get it?) to iOS in a couple of weeks. Although really it's more of an auto-driver than a racer. But still, transforming trucks!

11 Out of 10 Rockstars Agree: SongPop 2 is Coming to the App Store Next Week

Posted by Rob Rich on June 30th, 2015

The original SongPop was a decent place to get your music trivia groove on. But soon we'll be able to get our hands on the more robust sequel, so out with the old!

The Super-Bleak, Lovecraft-Inspired Fallen London is Coming to iOS Later This Year

Posted by Rob Rich on June 23rd, 2015

The weird and actually rather disturbing world of Fallen London from Failbetter Games is officially making the jump from web browsers to mobile - fish monsters and all.

Happy Happy Donuts is a New Match-3 From the Makers of Geometry Wars 3

Posted by Rob Rich on June 23rd, 2015

Okay, so Happy Happy Donuts might just be the most delicious-looking match-3 game I've seen in quite some time. And it's from Lucid Games, who were behind Geometry Wars 3. Weird, right?

E3 2015 - Turn-Based MOBA Relics of Gods is Poised to Crush the Western Mobile Market

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on June 19th, 2015

Here’s a fun little game that's coming to iOS and Android sometime this year, called Relics of Gods. Based on characters from a board/card game from China, this upcoming mobile game is an interesting mix of MOBA-style heroes and turn-based battle mechanics, so it will be interesting to see what kind of traction developer Seasun will get on it here in the west.

E3 2015 - Dawn of Titans Brings Massive Battles and Thousands of Enemies to the Palm of Your Hand

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on June 19th, 2015

The quick demo I got of Dawn of Titans at Los Angeles’ Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) on Wednesday showed me a massive battle that my presenter (CEO of Natural Motion, Torsten Reil) controlled with swipes and taps on the iPad. When he brought in the titular Titan to smash its way through the gathering enemy forces, it reminded me quite a bit of the recent Game of Thrones episode where the giant Wildling wades into battle, smashing foes out of the way with powerful swipes of a massive club. How fun is that going to be? So fun, that’s how fun.

These 3Queens Mean Business with the Upcoming Match-3, Creeping with the Crudashians

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on June 18th, 2015

Game developers Maureen Coffey-Edri, Cara Florence, and Nicole Young are here at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) this year to let people know about their new mobile game, Creeping with the Crudashians.

It’s a free-to-play match-three with in-app purchases that let you literally buy fame (the in-game currency).

“But,” co-founder Nicole Young reminded me, “you can’t buy talent!”

Creeping with the Crudashians is mostly a whip-smart parody that takes on fame, fashion, and the reality-show successes of the Kardashian clan. But it’s also a game that shows every other female entrepreneur out there that it is, in fact, possible to be successful in a male-dominated industry like gaming.

The all-female team met via Think Ideally, a mentorship and incubation company that Florence and Young co-founded to help women make their way in industries like this one. Coffey-Edri joined the team as they all formed 3 Queens Media, the development company that just made Creeping with the Crudashians.

“If I didn’t have this support system,” said Coffey-Edri, “I would have crashed and burned.” All three developers agreed that the power of networking is what makes them successful in the gaming industry, one that serves half the population but has seriously low representation in the development community.

The team put this entire concept together in less than a year, including development, marketing, and the extremely engaging expo booth here at E3. All three women were there, handing out free invites to download the game (due in July), as well as working a photo booth where attendees could get their picture taken with a stand up cut-out of the game’s heroine, Miss Crudashian. You could also grab a tank top, T-shirt, or tote bag and get it rubber stamped with the game’s logo. Utter parody of the crud we all buy, and we line up in droves at E3 for.

E3 2015 - Deckbound Brings Ownership, Permanence, and Multi-Game Access to a New CCG System

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on June 18th, 2015

Imagine a digital card game where you can purchase cards, level them up in a typical collectible card game (or CCG - think Hearthstone or Magic), and then keep the leveled-up cards as your own personal items.

Now imagine that you can take that same card from the collectible card game and use it as an asset in a dungeon crawler, leveling it up there, and then being able to take it back to the original game with the new level and experience points.

E3 2015 - We Go Hands-On with Madfinger's Unkilled, Which is Looking Great By the Way

Posted by Rob LeFebvre on June 17th, 2015

Czech Republic-based Madfinger Games (Dead Trigger 2, Shadowgun) is back with another zombie survival first-person shooter that will have you gunning down the undead with a new, prettier Unity5-build engine that will run on your iOS (or Android) devices. That title is Unkilled, and it’s gorgeous, intense, and super accessible - everything you’d expect from the folks that brought you bleeding-edge shooters Dead Trigger 2 and Shadowgun.

The company aims to have the free-to-play Unkilled out this summer, and I got a chance to play it a bit this week at the Electronic Entertainment Exp (E3) at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

E3 2015 - Square Enix Just Announced that Final Fantasy VII is Coming to iOS

Posted by Rob Rich on June 16th, 2015

Amidst all the buzz of the Final Fantasy VII remake announcement (yes, it's really happening!) was another little aside from Square Enix: Final Fantasy VII is also coming to mobile devices.

Practically no details have been given other than the fact that it's coming, but as soon as we learn more we'll be sure to share. In the meantime we can all look forward to carrying Midgard around in our pockets later this year.

E3 2015 - Just Dance 2016 Will Let You Use Your iPhone as the Controller

Posted by Rob Rich on June 16th, 2015

Just Dance is coming back for yet another year in Just Dance 2016 - and this time you'll be able to play using your iPhone, without the need of any weird console camera perhipherals.

E3 2015 - EA Presents Minions Paradise and Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes

Posted by Rob Rich on June 16th, 2015

E3 is in full swing, and Electronic Arts had a pretty big presentation for it. They even included a couple of mobile announcements.

Piloteer is Awkwardly Crashing onto the App Store Later This Month

Posted by Rob Rich on June 12th, 2015

It's been a long time coming - or at least it feels that way because I've been anxiously waiting for it to come out since GDC in March - but Whitaker Trebella's Piloteer finally has a release date.

Sam Barlow's Her Story is Coming to iOS Later This Month

Posted by Jessica Fisher on June 11th, 2015

Sam Barlow, the creator behind Silent Hill: Shattered Memories and Aisle, has announced the release date for his next game, Her Story.

Your Brain isn't Ready for har•mo•ny 3

Posted by Rob Rich on June 5th, 2015

har•mo•ny is a special kind of frustrating brain teaser that's actually quite enjoyable. The same goes forhar•mo•ny 2, and at this point I think it's safe to assume that the recently announcedhar•mo•ny 3 will also follow suit.