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Namco Bandai bringing Tekken card battler to iOS and the real world

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
Namco Bandai bringing Tekken card battler to iOS and the real world

Where Capcom has been brave and bold in bringing its fighting franchises to mobile devices, Namco has been a little less forthcoming, with a port of Dreamcast classic Soul Calibur being their only real foray into the world of pocket gaming. Well, all that is set to change with the release of Tekken Card Tournament, although if you were looking for the high octane thrills and spills of an intricately woven 3D combat system transposed perfectly onto your iPhone or iPad, you're probably going to be a bit disappointed. Instead you're getting a deck building, free to play card battler set in the Tekken universe. Rather than tapping out punches and kicks, you'll throw down digital cards in ord…


Super Hexagon arrives on Android

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
Super Hexagon arrives on Android

It's fair to say that we loved Super Hexagon. If you don't believe us, why not go read our review of Terry Kavanagh's mind warping, reaction testing abstraction of the platform game. When you've done that, come back here and we'll tell you the good news. Sorted? Good. Well, the news is good if you own an Android device, because Super Hexagon is now available from the Google Play Store. If that's enough to convince you to stop reading and go download, you can do that by clicking here. If you need a little more persuading, how about the fact that the Android version is currently on sale at a discount of 66%, which means you can pick it up for less than a dollar.  You'll need an Android…


Magic Pixel Games announces Stick To It

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
Magic Pixel Games announces Stick To It

Magic Pixel Games has released an announcement trailer for their upcoming iOS puzzle platformer Stick To It, and it looks like it's going to be an intriguing mix of one finger gameplay and cartoon visuals. The team behind the game is made up of Boom Blox developers, which gives Stick To It a little more pedigree than your average iOS puzzler. There'll be 80 levels to work your way through, with more to come after launch in free updates. You'll be able to grab the game for nothing when it comes out, but only for the first 72 hours, after which it'll go back up to its full price of $1.99. Interestingly, Magic Pixel Games has also stated that the game will be free from microtransactions, whic…


Firemonkeys releases dev diary for Real Racing 3

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
Firemonkeys releases dev diary for Real Racing 3

It's fair to say that Real Racing 3 is one of the best looking iOS games out there. From the moment we first saw its sleek lins and gorgeous lighting, we've been champing at the bit waiting to get our hands on the game. Well, we've still got a little longer to wait before we can drive real cars around real tracks on our iPhones and iPads, but Firemonkeys has just released a new dev diary showcasing some of the tracks we can look forward to come February. Some of the in game graphics still look absolutely stunning, and the focus on real world tracks and cars looks set to make Real Racing 3 live up to its name. We'll keep you posted as to when the game's finally going to land, but in the mea…


Badlands confirmed for March launch

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
Badlands confirmed for March launch

Frog Mind Games has confirmed that their upcoming, side-scrolling action adventure title for iOS devices Badlands is likely to hit the App Store in March. They've also confirmed that the game will feature four player, same device competitive multiplayer. The game takes place in a forest and looks absolutely gorgeous. You control a blobby denizen of the woods who has to uncover the deep dark secret that lurks behind the trees. With physics based gameplay and a good dollop of imagination, Badlands is unlike most things you've ever seen. Throw in the aforementioned four player multiplayer, which lets you take on friends and foes in dangerous races through spike filled forest tracks, and you'r…


Infestor infecting the App Store on Thursday

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
Infestor infecting the App Store on Thursday

Ravenous Games, the developer behind the League of Evil series among other things, has announced that their next game, Infestor, will be squelching its way onto the App Store on the 17th of January. Following in the footsteps of League of Evil, the game is a pixel-styled platformer. The twist here is that the green alien blob you control can't do everything on its own, so you need to infest characters dotted around the level in order to take over their bodies and use their special skills. There are 60 levels for you to work your way through, and plenty of fiendish traps and puzzles for you to get past in each. Ravenous Games has a nack for creating bite sized, hardcore platforming adventur…


Undead Soccer coming January 17th

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
Undead Soccer coming January 17th

Developer CGMatic has teamed up with BulkyPix to release a new take on the flick football genre, Undead Soccer. Rather than using your finger kills to score goals, here you'll use them to hold back waves of everyone's favourite iOS enemy, zombies. The game sees you taking control of a star player who gets sent off half way through a match. After a shower and a sleep, you awake to find that everyone in the world has been turned into a flesh munching creature of the night, and only your silky footballing skills can save you. Cue lots of football flicking, as well as plenty of boosts and bonuses, as you work your way through a variety of stadia and scenarios, kicking balls in the faces of the…


Ghostbusters goes live in Canada

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
Ghostbusters goes live in Canada

Ghostbusters is a new freemium title from Beeline, the developer behind the likes of Smurf Village and Snoopy's Street Fair. You shouldn't let that put you off though, because it looks like there's a lot of promise in this new, fully licensed game. Starring all of your favourite Ghostbusters, the game sees you defending New York from paranormal threats. With a hand drawn, cartoon look, and a mission based system, comparisons could be drawn between this and Double Fine's Middle Manager of Justice. So you'll be busting ghosts, and building up a team of different Ghostbusters, each with their own specialisations. There are 'busters that heal, 'busters that trap ghosts with goo, and your stand…


Apple deals a blow to app store scammers

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
Apple deals a blow to app store scammers

The number of scam apps on the App Store has been on the increase, and Apple hasn't really been doing much to protect their customers from them. That is until now, with new rules going into force over night. One of the ways scammers got around Apple's vetting process was to submit an app with the correct screenshots, name and description, then change everything wholesale once the app had passed review. Thankfully that's now a thing of the past. In a short statement on their developer blog, Apple had the following to say: "Beginning January 9, app screenshots will be locked in iTunes Connect once your app has been approved. New screenshots may be uploaded when you submit a binary for an upd…


Time Surfer slides onto iOS

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
Time Surfer slides onto iOS

The developer of the pretty impressive Bean's Quest, Kumobios, has released its next game onto the App Store. Called Time Surfer, it's a mix of Tiny Wings, saturday morning cartoons, and the end of the world. You play as the titular surfer and have to slide your way through the undulating apocalypse at the end of time, collecting gems and cake, and generally having a jolly old time before the fire at the end of the universe catches up with you and you blink out of existence. The big twist here though is the ability to rewind your mistakes. Grab enough gems and you can scroll back a few seconds, cancelling out a mistake and keeping your run going that little bit longer. There are special ch…


IGF finalists announced, Super Hexagon and Year Walk up for awards

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
IGF finalists announced, Super Hexagon and Year Walk up for awards

It's that time of year again, awards season, and while the IGF might have had a shuffle round of their categories, dropping the mobile game section altogether, that doesn't mean there aren't iOS titles vying for some tltles. Four, in fact, have made the shortlists. Simogo's yet to be released, creepy looking adventure Year Walk is up for Excellence in Visual Art; LiquidSkitch for iPad is up for Technical Excellence; Terry Cavanagh's superlative Super Hexagon is up Excellence in Design; and musical tower defence game Bad Hotel is up for Excellence in Audio. It's certainly an eclectic bunch of picks, and it's sad to see that there are no mobile games up for the grand prize, although Sup…


NVIDIA announces new Android powered handheld console

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
NVIDIA announces new Android powered handheld console

CES 2013 is set to kick off today in Las Vegas, but we've already had the first big surprise of the show in the shape of NVIDIA's Project Shield, a portable, Android powered console that also streams PC games into the palms of your hand. Powered by the forthcoming Tegra 4 processor, which features a dedicated 72 core GPU as well as a quad core Cortex-A15, it's fair to say that Project Shield packs more punch than any Android device that's available on the market now. Couple that with a five inch screen that runs at a resolution of 1280x720, giving it a PPI of 294, and the fact that using a wireless connection you can stream games from your NVIDIA powered PC direct to your handheld, and you…


Om Nom: Candy Flick brings Cut The Rope to real life

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
Om Nom: Candy Flick brings Cut The Rope to real life

If you've ever wanted to see what Cut The Rope would be like in the real world, then Zeptolab has answered your slightly strange prayers with Om Nom: Candy Flick, a new augmented reality game that puts everyone's favourite candy obsessed green monster centre stage. You print out an image that the game provides and when you point your camera at it, Om Nom magically appears. It's then up to you to flick lumps of delicious stripy sugar into his waiting, gluttonous mouth.  It's unlikely that the game is going to revolutionise the AR genre, but it's nice to see a developer branching out with different ideas rather than just focusing on rehashing the same concept over and over and over. Th…


Hundreds arrives on the App Store

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
Hundreds arrives on the App Store

If you're looking for a puzzle game with a unique style and a pedigree that most titles on the App Store can only dream of to guide you through January, then you might want to grab your iOS device and start downloading Hundreds. The game is a collaboration by Semi Secret Software, who created the wonderful Canabalt, and Mikengreg, who brought you Gasketball, and it tasks you with pressing on circles until they fill up to a hundred. Once you've tapped a circle though it becomes hostile, so you need to think quickly, otherwise it'll be game over before you've managed to count to ten. Throw in an impressive soundtrack and a style that's unlike anything else out there and you're on to a winner…


Indie horror Home heading to iOS in the future?

News By Harry Slater, 1 year, 11 months ago
Indie horror Home heading to iOS in the future?

The indie scene on the PC is full to bursting with exciting and innovative new games at the moment, with new twists on old genres and new ways of telling stories popping up left right and centre. One of the most interesting of those is Benjamin Rivers's Home. And thankfully, it looks like the branching horror adventure, which is affected by your in-game actions, is heading to iOS devices in the not too distant future. A new section of the Home website has just opened up allowing you to get in contact with the developers and let them know which mobile platform you're interested in seeing the game on. The game has sold more than a hundred thousand copies on Steam, which is pretty impressive…