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Get Free Stuff in ‘Terra Battle’

You like free stuff, right? The creator of Terra Battle (and a little-known series called Final Fantasy) is being honored this week with a lifetime achievement award at the Game Developers Conference. In celebration, his company Mistwalker is giving away free stuff in Terra Battle. To get it, just download the game, and follow the instructions below.

In celebration of Sakaguchi-san’s Lifetime Achievement Award, Mistwalker will be distributing a special gift codes for all Terra Battle players. By going to Options > Enter Gift Code to enter the code, players will receive 5 energy and two high quality items – 2 Animaton and 10 Serenity Shoots. Players will have until March 12 to redeem the code and can only use it once. The gift code is: cyrkrnHAjfmjYDYf

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‘RAD Boarding’ Reviewed by Pocket Gamer: Playing it Safe

Pocket Gamer has taken a look at RAD Boarding, a Tiny Wings-like snowboarding game that plays it just a little too safe. But really, its biggest problem is a similar (but better) game recently came out: Alto’s Adventure.

RAD Boarding is a solid snowboarding game that you’ll most likely play with a smile on your face, but it’s lacking that special something that would have made it essential.

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‘Asphalt 8: Airborne’ Get an Update

One of the best free racing games around has just received an update that brings a handful of new features. If you like arcade racing games (and car decals), check it out here. According to AppAdvice:

First up, Gameloft has added a highly requested featured – car decals – so gamers can further customize their vehicles… The updated app, version 1.8.0, also brings a redesigned garage and a new car collection.

 

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Hell: Fight for Gilrand Reviewed by Pocket Gamer: 8/10

This turn-based strategy game may not have the most sparkling graphics, but it’s well worth the premium price, according to Pocket Gamer, thanks to its “easy to learn, but hard to master” gameplay and ghoulish sense of humor.

Unlike the majority of lightweight fantasy strategy titles, Hell offers a serious challenge. Waltz into even the easiest scenario on the easiest setting and the demons will have you for breakfast. This is a game that demands respect.

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Baldur’s Gate 2: Enhanced Edition Review from Touch Arcade: ‘A Very Good Port’

Although Baldur’s Gate 2: Enhanced Edition came out on iPad last year, it was recently updated to become a universal app. That’s as good a reason as any, so Touch Arcade filed a thorough (if belated) review. The reviewer liked it, scoring it 5 out of 5 stars. The one caveat is that it’s hard to play on iPhones with a 4-inch screen.

Baldur’s Gate 2: Enhanced Edition is a very good port of an incredibly good game. It has its share of issues, and its developer is known for letting a long time go between updates, but there’s nothing here that should stop you from playing it if you have a device with a decent-sized screen.

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Goblin Sword Gets a Great Big Update

This fantastic action platformer just got an update that introduces loads of new content. If you haven’t played it, now’s a great time to give it a shot.

The major new feature in the 1.5 update of Goblin Sword is an entire new chapter titled The Lost City that features 16 new levels that take place in a brand new area. The new chapter can be accessed after beating the first boss in the Dark Caves. Along with the new levels are 2 new bosses, more than 10 new enemy types, and a number of new relics, weapons and costumes for your hero. Gelato has created a new trailer showing off some of this new content, but if you want to experience it for yourself you may want to skip the trailer as spoilers abound.

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Best Games Currently On Sale or Free

Hey neat, a bunch of iOS games are on sale or free right now. And you know what? Lots of them are actually really good games. If you’ve been eyeing any of these bad boys or are in the mood for a bargain on an excellent time waster, check out the list below and stock up. You never know when they’ll go on sale again.
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Gameloft Releases ‘Age of Sparta’ Teaser Trailer

Gameloft is gearing up to release Age of Sparta, a “strategy/tycoon” game in which you use the powers of ancient Greek warriors and ancient Greek gods to protect your land.

Little about the game has been announced, but we do know that historic characters, including Alexander the Great and Persian general Mardonius will make appearances. Battles will be fought, digital ancient blood will be spilled.

No pricing information or release date has been announced yet, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a free-to-play game. You can watch the trailer on the game’s Facebook page.

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‘Frozen Synapse’ is Free, Download It Immediately

Yesterday we posted about some terrific games that are currently free. Today the ridiculously good strategy game Frozen Synapse has joined their ranks, bringing the iPad version down from $9.99 and the iPhone version down from $2.99. This is a crazy good deal, so if you don’t have them, be sure to grab them up.

Frozen Synapse doesn’t look like much to be honest, but that boxy neon veneer hides some of the best strategy gameplay available on a touchscreen. The game has a wide variety of missions, both single-player and multiplayer, so you’ll get to pull off assassinations, run escort missions, and infiltrate enemy territory, all of it viewed from a top-down perspective, perfect for a tactician such as yourself.

To what do we owe such a fine game going free? Developer Mode 7 Games has just released the follow-up on PC, Mac, and Linux. That game is called Frozen Cortex, and you can watch the trailer here. With luck, it’ll launch on iOS at some point, too. In the meantime, be sure to download Frozen Synapse.

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Some Really Great Games are Currently Free

Listen up, frugal iOS gamers. It has come to my attention that a handful of worthy games that usually cost money are currently free to download. So kick back, grab your iOS device (unless it’s in your hand and you’re reading this on it now) and download these titles. They run the gamut of genres, so you’re all but guaranteed to find something that appeals to you. In addition, you’re sure to save money and get a bunch of hours of entertainment for free. What more could you want?

Abyss: The Wraiths of Eden – If you’re an iOS or PC gamer, you may be familiar with G5, a company that puts out a crazy number of adventure/hidden-picture games each year (that may or may not tend to blend together in your mind). This one borrows liberally from Bioshock, which makes it a fine entry point for more-than-casual gamers to see what G5 has to offer. Download it here for iPhone and here for iPad.

Bean Dreams – If you have even a mild affection for platformers, do yourself a favor and give this game a shot. It’s a colorful title that stars a bean who has to get from point A to B while conservatively metering out his jumps and also collecting fruit. It might not sound like much, but it’s great. Download it here.

Duet – This incredibly challenging twitch-reaction game oozes class. It’s in the same ballpark as Super Hexagon, but has its own thing going on. It just got its first paid DLC update, and to celebrate the developer has temporarily made the core game free. Download it here.

RGB Express – Mini Truck Puzzle – I love games like this. Each level is a single-screen puzzle in which you have to guide trucks along roads to deliver packages to houses. The catch is that, while the trucks can cross paths, they’re not allowed to travel down the same path as any other truck. It gets tricky quick. Download it here.

Sentinel 4: Dark Star – Sure, this may seem like just another a tower defense game, but it’s actually worth a download. That’s because it’s a TD game done right. It looks gorgeous, takes place on an alien world, and has tons of content. Download it here.

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‘Dreeps’ is a Self-Playing RPG, Alarm Clock

The problem with modern life is that there just isn’t enough time in the day to do everything you want to do. After you’ve completed your family/school/work/social obligations, there just aren’t that many hours left to play games, watch TV, stream movies, or whatever it is you do to entertain yourself. The makers of Dreeps feel your pain.

Dreeps is an unlikely combination of an alarm clock and a role-playing game. The super-special unique twist Dreeps brings to the genre is that you don’t actually play it. Dreeps plays itself.
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You Can Help Make ‘Sonic 3 Remastered’ a Reality

Back in September, we reported that Christian Whitehead and Simon Thomley, the masterminds behind the excellent remastered editions of Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic 2, and Sonic CD, had released a proof of concept video of Sonic 3 getting a similar treatment. The hope was that Sega would once again hire them to finish the job. Apparently their campaign has yet to succeed, so they’re enlisting Sonic fans on the Internet to help fight the good fight.

Sonic fans who want to be able to play a primo version of the series’ third installment on iOS can hit up this link to “e-sign” the petition at change.org with a single click. Or, if you’re feeling more ambitious, you can download a pre-written letter written in Japanese, sign it, and mail it overseas to the Sega employee responsible for approving the decision. Click here to get started.

All of the remastered Sonic games have had new features, and Sonic 3 is no exception. If the game is ever released, it will be in widescreen, with HD graphics, and remastered audio. It will also have “new and improved” cutscenes, multiplayer levels playable as a single player, and a handful of new modes.

If it’s as good as the previous remasters (and there’s no reason it wouldn’t be), it’ll be a terrific port of the game. So go on and take action if you’d like to see a remastered Sonic 3 hit the App Store.

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Now Apple Allows Apps Up to 4GB

If you thought games like Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas and Bioshock were big, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Apple announced today that it has doubled its limit on iOS app size from 2GB to 4GB.

That’s right, if you own a 16GB iPhone or iPad, a single app will now be able to take up a full quarter of your available space. And that’s being generous, as brand new iOS devices only sport about 12GB of usable data once the operating system and unremovable apps are taken into account.

A 4GB app size limit could spell good news for gamers, as developers will now be able to pack in crisper graphics and more realistic physics engines, provided the hardware can handle it.

The real upshot is that it’s high time for Apple to ditch any and all models of iOS device with only a 16GB capacity. They got rid of the 32GB line of iOS devices last year, offering 16GB, 64GB, and 128GB. I dream of a world of iPhones and iPads that start at 64GB. Is it likely to appear this year? Probably not. But a guy can dream.

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Molyneux’s ‘Curiosity’ Hasn’t Delivered on its Promise

Remember Curiosity – What’s Inside the Cube? It was a game from iconic game designer Peter Molyneux’s studio 22Cans. The premise was that everyone playing the game was working together to remove tiny pieces of an enormous cube to reach the center.

The person who removed the very last “cubelet” would get a very special prize that Molyneux described as “life changing.” That life changing prize turned out to be that the winner would become “the god of all players” in the company’s follow-up game, Godus, helping shape the rules and getting a share of the game’s profits.

It was a young man named Bryan Henderson who reached the center of the Curiosity cube back in May of 2013. He tapped the last cubelet, contacted 22Cans, and was informed of his prize.

It’s been a year and a half since Henderson delivered the final tap, so Eurogamer caught up with him to see how winning the game has changed his life.

Things haven’t turned out like you might expect. Henderson has not become the god of Godus, and has not received any money from 22Cans at all. Read the full article for an inside look at how it has all gone down.

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‘Baldur’s Gate II’ Gets iPhone Support, Other Fixes

Baldur’s Gate II, a classic PC dungeon crawler from 2000, has been available on iPad for a while now. And while we weren’t totally thrilled with it in our review thanks to a whole mess of bugs, we were well aware of the game’s potential. It is, after all, one of the best dungeon crawlers around. After today, however, our gripes may be put to rest and the game’s potential might finally be realized.

That’s because the game has just been updated with a slew of new stuff. The update’s marquee feature is that the game is now a universal app, which means you can keep it in your pocket, bring it with you wherever you go, and play it on your iPhone.

The other goodies found in the update include “over 500 bug fixes, improved pathfinding, and stabilized multiplayer support,” according to the developer. If you want to know exactly what they fixed, or if you simply need help falling asleep, you can read the 37-page release notes document here.

Apparently not every little bug has been squashed yet, so if you can’t access your DLC after installing the update, the release notes say, “select one of the three main game modes, then ‘Purchase Content,’ and then ‘Restore Purchase.'”

Any way you slice it, it’s great to see a developer maintain support for a game, especially a relatively premium title people spent in the double digits to buy. And on that note, if you haven’t grabbed it up yet, you can buy Baldur’s Gate II: EE right here for $10.

Happy dungeon crawling.

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‘Legend of Grimrock’ for iPad Video Released

If you’re a fan of dungeon crawlers, then you might have heard of the game Legend of Grimrock, a PC title released in 2012. It’s an action-RPG done in an old-school style, but with modern niceties built into the game’s design. It’s heading to iPad, and developer Almost Human has just released a gameplay video. Check it out below.

Grimrock is a first-person game, with a grid-based map, so both you and the enemies move one square at a time. It was released to good reviews on PC, and the iPad version seems to be shaping up nicely.

The game has entered closed beta, which means it’s feature complete, and all that’s left to do is balance the game and dig around to squash bugs. You can check out the blog for the game here for more information.

The developers also note that the Mac version of the game’s sequel is moving along swimmingly as well, so you can look forward to that if you game on a Mac as well. No word on whether Grimrock II will hit iPad, but it probably depends on how well the first one sells when it launches soonish.

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ZeptoLab’s ‘King of Thieves’ Launches Next Week

I don’t know about you, but I never met a Cut the Rope game I didn’t like. Developer ZeptoLab has just dropped us a line to give us the latest on its next game, King of Thieves, a cool-looking online game that blends platformer elements together with build-your-own-dungeon tower defense ideas.

Basically what happens in the game is that you set up a stage of your own, laying down traps and enemies as you see fit. Then you try to break into other players’ stages to overcome their defenses and steal their goodies.

The game is multiplayer in that you actually interact with other people’s creations and they interact with yours, but it all happens asynchronously. As you play, you unlock new abilities and traps.

ZeptoLab describes it as a “midcore multiplayer” game, which I suppose means it’s moderately accessible to non-gamers, but not too dumbed down to be boring to the people likely to be reading this site. Which basically describes Cut the Rope, too, so there’s that.

The game comes out next on Thursday, February 12. No word yet on pricing, but don’t be surprised if it’s free to play.

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    Katy Perry’s Getting a Mobile Game

    First it was Linkin Park. Then it was Kim Kardashian. Next it’s Katy Perry who’s getting an app of her very own. Perry is teaming up with longtime mobile developer/publisher Glu to make a free-to-play mobile game that’s based on her global stardom, whatever that means.

    You probably saw Katy Perry in her completely nuts (but wholly lovable, if you ask me) Super Bowl halftime show. If you missed that, surely you’ve seen the giant demonic polygonal beast she rode in on, and the two sharks who danced with her.

    According to the press release, the game will feature “Katy’s voice, likeness, and personality,” and “the game will introduce players to a digital playground of global success and talent.”

    That’s about all the info Glu has announced about the game as yet. The timing of the announcement was surely set to coincide with the afterglow of her Super Bowl performance. But if the game is as popular as Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, it’ll be a blockbuster. Katy Perry’s game won’t be out until “late 2015,” but fans can start getting hyped right now.

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    Teaser Trailer Released for ‘Sonic Runners’

    A new game called Sonic Runners is gearing up to spin dash onto the App Store in the coming months. With a title like that, you probably won’t be surprised to learn that it’s an auto-runner, and that it’s free-to-play.

    According to the Japanese gaming magazine Famitsu, the blue hedgehog runs through the levels automatically, and you’ll be able to play the game with one hand by tapping the screen to jump. Tails and Knuckles will be unlockable characters, and it’ll feature all the standard stuff you’d expect from a side-scrolling Sonic game, like loops to loop, rings to collect, and spikes to avoid.

    The teaser trailer doesn’t show any actual gameplay footage of the upcoming game, but it shows off plenty of Sonic games from the past, starting with the pixelated original and ending with the silky-smooth Sonic 4Sonic Runners is slated for release sometime this spring.

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    Mobile Games Dominated Super Bowl Ad Spots

    Time passes, and the great video game war rages on. Probably the most high-profile battle in this war occurs in the form of impossibly expensive ads shown during Super Bowl. During this year’s match-up  between the Patriots and Seahawks, however, mobile games were the only ones to show up.

    And it’s weird, too, because the console war could hardly be hotter right now. We have Sony’s PlayStation 4, with a seriously strong lead. We have Microsoft’s Xbox One struggling to catch up, even with a $50 price cut. And we have Nintendo, whose Wii U is probably doomed.

    But none of those companies chose to unleash its marketing budget on a Super Bowl ad, nor did big developers or publishers like Electronic Arts or Ubisoft. Part of that is probably because no huge games have launched since the holiday selling season, so consoles are in a bit of a lull right now. But another part of it is likely because the companies that need it just don’t have the resources.

    The only game makers to spring for a multi-million-dollar Super Bowl ad were free-to-play mobile games (which should tell you something about the current state of the industry). Here are the ads that aired while just about everyone in America was watching.

    Clash of Clans

    Game of War: Fire Age

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    If we’re being generous, we could also toss Pac-Man into the mix, as the game played a starring role in a Bud Light commercial:

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    ‘Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect’ Hits the App Store

    Sons of Anarchy fans, your nightmare of no new motorcycle club content has ended. That’s right, the show may have aired its finale, but the first episode of the point-and-click adventure game Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect is now available on the App Store. You can buy it here for $1.99.

    It’s a game in the mode of the recent Telltale titles like The Walking Dead and The Wolf Among Us. The game takes place in Lincoln, Oregon and stars characters who never appeared in the TV show. But the game was allegedly created with lots of input from creator and showrunner Kurt Sutter.

    You play as a dude named Clint Lancet, who never wanted to get into a life of crime, but whose circumstances appear to shove him into it. Just like in the recent Game of Thrones adventure, you can expect to see some familiar faces from the TV show. Check it out if you’re a fan of SAMCRO.

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    ‘I Am Bread’ is Coming to iOS

    A genre of game is emerging, or at least becoming more popular lately, in which the main challenge is acclimating yourself to very difficult control schemes. I’m talking about games like QWOPOctodad, and Surgeon Simulator. A newer entry in this burgeoning genre is I Am Bread, a much less gory game from the makers of Surgeon Simulator 2013. It came out on PC last month, and is making a beeline to the App Store.

    The title says it all, really. You play as a piece of bread and you have to move it from point A to point B. You control the corners of the bread as you try to maneuver it, say, from a kitchen table into a toaster on the counter.

    One catch is that it’s really hard to control the piece of bread. The next is that you can’t let it touch dirty surfaces for long, so you have to avoid things like the floor and the garbage as much as possible.

    It’s not entirely clear how the touchscreen controls will work, but as long as they’re inadequate, the game should make a smooth transition. The iOS version will have all the extra content the developers have promised Steam Early Access customers.

    As for a timeline for release, developer Bossa Studios says the game will come out of Early Access on Steam sometime this spring. Once that happens, a new team will take hold of the game and port it to iOS. So don’t expect to play it on your iOS device too soon. In the meantime, you can buy it on Steam here.

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    ‘Yet It Moves’ Launches This Week on iOS

    The 2009 PC puzzle-platformer And Yet It Moves is maneuvering its way to the App Store on Thursday, but losing the “and” from the title in the process. In the game, you rotate the environment to help the pencil-drawn main character navigate the game world, preferably without dying a thousand horrible deaths.

    There are lots of physics-based obstacles and puzzles, and you can expect to rotate the heck out of the levels before you reach the finish line. For instance, if you fall too far, your character disintegrates into a pile of torn-up chunks of paper.

    The game has graphics that look like a paper collage, and minimalistic music. It was fairly well received on PC when it came out, but developer Broken Rules has declared the iOS port the definitive version of the game.

    If you’re a fan of puzzle platformer, keep an eye out for this one to land on Thursday, January 29.

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    Get These Great Games for Free Right Now

    Quick, before the fun police realizes that there are way too many great games available for free, you need to head to the App Store right now. Some of these games won’t be free for long, so follow the links below to grab the goodies before they go back up to full price.

    Duet Game – (was $2.99) – Download
    Earn to Die 2 – (was $1.99) – Download
    Framed – (was $4.99) – Download
    Fruit Ninja – (was $0.99) – Download
    Kingdom Rush – (was $0.99) – Download
    Kingdom Rush HD – (was $2.99) – Download
    Shades: A Simple Puzzle Game – (was $1.99) – Download
    Super Lemonade Factory – (was $1.99) – Download
    Time Surfer – (was $0.99) – Download
    Tobe & Friends Hookshot Escape – (was $1.99) – Download
    Train Conductor – (was $1.99) – Download
    True Skate – (was $1.99) – Download
    Viking’s Journey: The Road to Valhalla – (was $1.99) – Download

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    Sci-Fi Shooter ‘Exiles’ Launches Next Week

    This game’s been in the works for a while, but Crescent Moon — the folks behind excellent games like Aralon: Sword and Shadow and Ravensword: Shadowlands — is finally set to release its long awaited sci-fi shooter Exiles. The game will hit the App Store on Thursday, January 29.

    What’s Exiles, you might ask? It’s a game that takes place on a mysterious planet that’s under the rule of an oppressive government that’s poisoning its people. Which gives you all the reason you need to go on a kill-crazy rampage of absolute justice.

    If you get bored of walking around like a sucker, you can explore the open world from a hover bike, or from within a giant mech, which looks pretty awesome. The game offers an array of weaponry and plenty of hostile aliens to use it on.

    For more info, check out our hands-on preview and watch the trailer below.

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    ‘Dungeon Hunter 5′ Announced

    Gameloft has announced a fifth installment of its Diablo-like dungeon crawler series. The game is Dungeon Hunter V, and it’s set to release sometime this year, which is to say, probably not very soon. It’s — get ready for it — free-to-play, which shouldn’t come as a surprise, but may come as a disappointment to some.

    You play as a bounty hunter this go-round, out to make a buck as you slay demons and beasties in an array of gorgeous dungeons. The graphics look pretty great, with all manner of colors bursting off the screen and tons of baddies to dispatch.

    One feature mentioned is that each player will be able to create their own dungeon, placing minions where you see fit. Other players can enter your territory to try to steal gold from you, but they’ll have to face off against your defenses first. It sounds kind of like a Clash of Clans aspect, which could be cool. You can then spend the loot you earn to upgrade your gear to your liking. You can also fuse unwanted items with the items you have equipped to make them more powerful.

    You can enter your email address at the game’s website, and help spread the word about it on your social media accounts to collect some kind of rewards when the game is released.

    For more info, check out the developer diary below.

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    ‘The Witcher Battle Arena’ Launches This Week

    Are you fiending for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, hitting new-gen consoles and PC in May? If so, you’ll be able to slake that particular thirst Thursday, when The Witcher Battle Arena launches on the App Store.

    It’ll be a free-to-play game, but developers Fuero Games and CD Projekt RED promise it isn’t just some cynical cash-in. They say you’ll be able to earn plenty of in-game currency just by playing it, and you’ll never need to spend a red cent to unlock everything in the game if you don’t want to.

    If you’re a fan of the series, you’ll recognize the playable members of the cast, including Philippa, Saskia and Zoltan. The game has been developed around mobile play, so the average match lasts 10 minutes, which should fit into those times you pull out your phone for a little gameplay session.

    But what if you’ve never played a Witcher game before? If you happen to have an Xbox 360 and an Xbox Live Gold membership, you can hop on over to Xbox.com to download The Witcher 2: Assassins of Kings for free between now and January 31. If not you’ll have to pay, but you can (and probably should) start with the second game.

    Whether you’ve played the series before or not, however, The Witcher Battle Arena is launching on the App Store for free on January 22, so grab it when you see it.

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    Big ‘Monument Valley’ Infographic Released

    Remember the news last week that the vast majority of Monument Valley players hadn’t paid for the game? Developer Ustwo came upon that juicy nugget of information as it was preparing a giant infographic about the game’s sales and numerous other statistics.

    That infographic is now ready and has been posted right here. It’s pretty large, though, so I’ll cut to the good stuff. First off, the game has had nearly 2.5 million official sales. I say “official” because it’s had boatloads of unauthorized downloads. To wit, it’s been installed on over 10 million devices. That number includes “unauthorized downloads” as well people who bought the game and installed it on multiple devices. Of those totals, it’s over half a million people “upgraded” to the Forgotten Shores DLC.

    The game cost $1.4 million to make, and has raked in $5.9 million in revenue — which, even with the amount of piracy, is a killer return on investment. The vast majority of that is from iOS, with less than 20% coming in from Google Play and Amazon combined.

    One other point of interest is that 50% of the people who began the game completed it. That might not sound like a lot, but it’s actually pretty good compared to a lot of games.

    So good job, Ustwo. We loved the game, and if you haven’t played it you should probably correct that. If you find this kind of behind-the-scenes stuff interesting, take a look at the full infographic for more information.

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    ‘Mean Girls’ Game Announced

    Move over, Princess Bride, there’s a new old-movie-game in town — or at least there will be soon. The aptly named developer So Much Drama (of RuPaul’s Drag Race: Dragopolis fame) has announced that it’s working on a “social-mobile” game based on the 2004 comedy Mean Girls. It’s described as a “tiara defense” game, and it’s coming soon to the App Store.

    Basically, you’ll select from eight characters (Cady, Regina, Gretchen, Karen, Janis, Damian, Aaron, and Kevin), each of whom comes with a unique ability, and you’ll fend off baddies by joining up with one of the cliques around school, from band geeks to jocks.

    The game also has undefined modes like You Can’t Sit With Us, Social Suicide, She Doesn’t Even Go Here, and The Limit Does Not Exist. Honestly, it’s pretty hard to tell what the heck actually happens in the game, but based on the press release, you can expect to encounter tons of lines from the movie.

    No pricing or specific release date have been announced, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s free-to-play. Just sayin’.

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    ‘Minecraft – Pocket Edition’ is Pretty Popular

    If a device has a screen, chances are you can play Minecraft on it. Since the game is the very definition of ubiquitous, you might be surprised by just how many people have bought it on mobile devices. Or not, because studies have shown that there’s not a person under 20 who hasn’t played the game in the past two hours.

    Anyway, developer Mojang has announced on its blog that Minecraft – Pocket Edition, which first hit the App Store in 2011, has been purchased 30 million times. Not bad for a souped-up game of digital Legos.

    Much has happened in the Minecraft world since the pocket-sized version launched, including Mojang being scooped up by Microsoft and founder Markus “Notch” Persson wandering off to do his own thing.

    To celebrate the numerical sales milestone, the developers are planning a question-and-answer session that will be streamed live over the Internet “later this week.” If you feel like asking them something, you can submit your questions here.

    And in case you’re wondering how big of a number 30 million is, the company has put together a charming infographic right here.

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    ‘Sons of Anarchy: The Prospect’ Gets a Trailer

    The recently concluded biker gang soap opera Sons of Anarchy has an iOS game in the works, and it has just gotten a trailer. The trailer shows lots of first-person outlaw stuff, like riding a motorcycle, aiming a gun at the bag-covered head of a hostage, and failing to light a joint.

    There’s no HUD, so it’s hard to tell if the player will directly control the action, or if it’s more of an on-rails type of game. The graphics aren’t the best we’ve seen on the platform, but the video’s title calls it a “rough cut” trailer, so who knows if this is what the game will look like when it ships.

    That’s about all we know so far, aside from what’s previously been announced. Basically, the game will tell an all-new story based in the SOA universe, centering around a “previously unknown” chapter of the biker gang. The game will be episodic, with the first part coming out in early 2015.

    Fans of the show will want to stay tuned for more details.

      ‘Yak Dash’ Announced, Gameplay Video Released

      Who wants to race yaks? More like who doesn’t want to race yaks, right? Mutant Labs has announced that its next game is called Yak Dash: Horns of Glory, and you can check out two hot minutes of gameplay in the video below. The game will come out January 22 for $1.99.

      Basically, Yak Dash is a side-scrolling racer in which a bunch of yak riders try to scramble their way to the finish line before anyone else. The game has 17 levels full of obstacles, pits, shortcuts, coins, and delicious apples. You can even do Motocross-style tricks in mid-air to get speed boosts — or fail and crash horribly. It all depends on your yak-riding skills.

      Apparently the game is inspired by a real sport in Tibet. Who knew? Anyway, it looks like a whole bucket-load of chaotic fun. Look for it on the App Store in a couple of weeks.

        ‘The Princess Bride’ Game Now Available

        There’s never a bad time to make a game based on a classic movie, so now’s as good a time as any for someone to make a game based on The Princess Bride. So that’s exactly what Gameblend Studios has done. It seems to have come out of the blue, but the game is out now, and you can buy it here for $3.99. But first, check out the trailer below.

        The Princess Bride – The Official Game is composed of four mini-games:

        ·         Survive the Shrieking Eels!
        ·         Scale the Cliffs of Insanity!
        ·         Cross swords and duel with Inigo!
        ·         Wrestle against a Giant!

        The games have some clear inspiration from other popular iOS games, like Fruit Ninja, and they seem fairly tappy and swipey, but they’re all done in a colorful art style that really ties the room — er, games — together. It’s an officially licensed game, so you can unlock images and sounds from the film. The developers also promise free content updates in the future.

        If you haven’t seen The Princess Bride, by the way, you should get your life together and make that happen as soon as possible.

          ‘Socioball’ Looks Cool, Launches Next Week

          Developer Yellow Monkey Studios has released a trailer for its upcoming game Socioball. Basically, it’s a puzzle game where you lay down tiles to guide a ball to a goal. Each tile tells the ball what to do, and the puzzley part involves you figuring out what configuration to lay down the tiles so the ball goes where you want it to go.

          Yellow Monkey Studios is responsible for a number of other games, including Huebrix, another puzzle game we enjoyed when it came out in 2012.

          Check out the trailer below to get a sense of how the game plays. It looks pretty charming, with clean, minimalist graphics and lots of nice little animation flourishes. It also comes with a level editor and people can share their hand-made levels via Twitter (using some kind of magical tech that deconstructs and reconstructs the levels from the tweets).

          Socioball is set to release on January 15 for $2.99.

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          Most ‘Monument Valley’ Players Stole the Game

          Did you pay for Monument Valley? If so, you’re in the minority. Developer Ustwo has released some figures that will make anyone hoping to get into mobile game development think twice.

          The developer took to Twitter to say that it’s currently working on an infographic for the game that includes sales data, and went on to provide a sneak preview. To wit, on Android, only 5% of the copies in use were paid. The rest got the game for free somehow (presumably most of them through piracy). On iOS things are a little better — but just a little — with a paid rate of 40%.

          The company went on to say that the 95% figure on Android doesn’t account for the Amazon App Store, where the game was free for a day.

          “We’re not complaining at all by the way, it’s to be expected,” they say. “It’s just interesting data.”

          It certainly is interesting data, but I wouldn’t fault them for complaining. It’ll be interesting to see what other information the infographic offers.

            Trailer Released for ‘Mos Speedrun 2′

            Real talk: I’m a massive fan of the original Mos Speedrun. The game, which came out in the prehistoric era (2011), is a slick side-scrolling platformer with controls so tight you couldn’t budge ‘em if you tried. Fans of that sort of thing are in luck, because Physmo, the developer, has just released a trailer for the sequel, Mos Speedrun 2.

            You play as some weird little bug creature, and the graphics are all retro, but none of that really matters, because the gameplay is what counts in this game. All you can do in the original is do is run left, right, or jump. The idea is to play and re-play each level until you achieve a handful of goals, including speedrunning.

            To speedrun a level, you have to have it encoded in your muscle memory. A timer keeps track of your run times, and if you have a certain type of addictive personality you won’t be able to move on until you’ve hundred-percented each level. It gets bad.

            The new game seems to add some extra visual flair and some cool new elements like wall jumping and springboards, but that’s nothing revolutionary for the platformer genre.

            But original wasn’t so awesome because of its new ideas. It was awesome because of the responsive controls, the elegantly constructed levels, and how perfectly all of the elements meshed together. If Physmo can engineer that kind of magic once again with the sequel, we’re in luck.

            They haven’t announced any pricing or release date information aside from “coming in 2015,” but we’ll keep you in the loop as we hear more.

              The Best Games Currently On Sale

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              The holidays aren’t over yet, so a few more games have gone on sale (and some have gone off sale). Here’s the latest up-to-date list of all the good deals on the App Store. After all, is there a better way to ring in the new year than by getting good deals on games?

              Anomaly 2 – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
              Anomaly Defenders – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
              Baldur’s Gate II – $9.99 (was $14.99) – Buy
              Bastion – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
              Batman Arkham City Lockdown – $0.99 (was $5.99) – Buy
              Bioshock – $4.99 (was $10.99) – Buy
              Botanicula – $2.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
              Chrono Trigger – $4.99 (was $9.99) – Buy
              Civilization Revolution 2 – $7.99 (was $14.99) – Buy
              Deus Ex: The Fall – $0.99 (was $6.99) – Buy
              Dragon Quest II – $2.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
              Dragon Quest VIII – $12.99 (was $19.99) – Buy
              Final Fantasy IV – $7.99 (was $15.99) – Buy
              Final Fantasy IV: The After Years – $7.99 (was $15.99) – Buy
              Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions – $7.99 (was $15.99) – Buy
              Final Fantasy V – $7.99 (was $15.99) – Buy
              Final Fantasy VI – $7.99 (was $15.99) – Buy
              FTL: Faster Than Light – $4.99 (was $9.99) – Buy
              Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars – $2.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
              Icycle: On Thin Ice – $Free (was $2.99) – Buy
              LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
              LEGO The Lord of the Rings – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
              Magicka – $1.99 (was $3.99) – Buy
              LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
              Machinarium – $2.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
              Modern Combat 5: Blackout – $3.99 (was $6.99) – Buy
              NBA 2K15 – $3.99 (was $7.99) – Buy
              Oceanhorn – $4.99 (was $8.99) – Buy
              Out There – $0.99 (was $3.99) – Buy
              Penumbear – Free (was $1.99) – Buy
              Reckless Racing 3 – $0.99 (was $2.99) – Buy
              The Room 2 – $0.99 (was $2.99) – Buy
              RPM Gymkhana Racing – Free (was $2.99) – Buy
              The Shadow Sun – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
              Solitaire King – Free (was $2.99) – Buy
              Space Hulk – $2.99 (was $9.99) – Buy
              Star Command – $0.99 (was $2.99) – Buy
              Stealth – $0.99 (was $1.99) – Buy
              Tengami – $1.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
              Thomas Was Alone – $2.99 (was $5.99) – Buy
              Threes – $1.99 (was $2.99) – Buy
              Ticket to Ride – $2.99 (was $6.99) – Buy
              Tilt to Live: Gauntlet’s Revenge – $1.99 (was $2.99) – Buy
              Volt – $0.99 (was $1.99) – Buy
              XCOM: Enemy Within – $6.99 (was $12.99) – Buy
              Warhammer 40,000: Storm of Vengeance – $0.99 (was $2.99) – Buy

                ‘Ace Ferrara and the Dino Menace’ Goes Free for a Limited Time

                The game Ace Ferrara and the Dino Menace has become unglued from its Bulkypix publishing deal, and has been re-released by developer Philipp Seifried. The only problem is, due to some Apple red tape, he had to re-submit it to Apple as a new app, meaning people who paid for it before will have to purchase it again if they want to keep getting updates.

                But don’t worry, Seifried has a solution: He’s made the game free for a limited time. So whether you bought it before or not, you can grab it up right here before it starts costing money again. Not a bad deal! By all accounts it’s a totally decent game, so don’t delay.

                The new version sports some nifty updates that hadn’t been put in the old one yet, like iPhone 6 and 6 Plus graphical optimization, new missiles, and a new super-tough difficulty mode.

                At any rate, there’s never been a better time to pump artillery into space dinosaurs. Go ahead, make ‘em extinct once again.

                  Pokémon-Like ‘Duel Revolution’ Announced

                  Nintendo has no plans to release a full Pokémon game anytime soon, so a number of enterprising developers have tried to fill the void (and reap the monetary rewards). The latest of the bunch to announce a Poké-clone is Prodigious Works, whose upcoming Duel Revolution looks like a game straight out of the DS era. It even uses the tag line “Can you catch them all?”

                  The game will be available for free sometime in early 2015, with new content scheduled to come out every three months.

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                  Of course, it’s one thing to clone the look of a Pokémon game, but it’s another thing entirely to set up a series of interlocking systems that make a game fun to play — even if you’re just mimicking the work of a developer as talented as Nintendo. Whether Duel Revolution will be able to capture the magic of Nintendo’s acclaimed franchise remains to be seen.

                  If you’re into this sort of thing, you can check out the developer’s Facebook page or Twitter page, where you’ll find loads of additional information. In the meantime, if you want your fix of Pokémon on iOS, you can grab Pokémon TCG Online here for free.

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                    Square Enix Announces ‘Bravely Archive: D’s Report’

                    Square Enix has been tossing game after game onto the App Store in recent years, and it looks like the trend will continue into 2015. The developer has announced the free-to-play game Bravely Archive: D’s Report, a spin-off of the hit RPG for Nintendo 3DS, Bravely Default. It will land on the Japanese App Store in January. No word yet on a stateside release, but these games generally make their way over here eventually.

                    The game will reportedly be a turn-based RPG that takes place several hundred years after Bravely Default. The game will be controlled largely by “simple flicking mechanisms,” reports Siliconera, and will feature loads of jobs that you can mix and match to create the party of your dreams.

                    For your part, you play as a librarian tasked with traversing the game world, collecting knowledge sealed in crystals. Hence the archive of the title, I suppose.

                    Look for more Bravely Archive: D’s Report information upon its Japanese release in January. (But for real, how do they come up with these titles?) In the meantime, you can check out the game’s Japanese website here.

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                      NES and SNES Emulator Appears, Vanishes from App Store

                      Fans of NES and SNES emulation had a brief window yesterday and today to download an app called Floppy Cloud. It’s purportedly a file management app, but if you load up an NES or SNES rom from your Dropbox folder, you can play the game right on your non-jailbroken iOS device.

                      But alas, like all things too good for this world, Floppy Cloud was short lived. Although the developer was clever/lucky enough to get the app approved before the annual end-of-year App Store freeze, once the press got wind of the app’s extraordinary capabilities, it wasn’t long before Apple nipped it in the bud and removed it from the App Store.

                      If you’re still dead set on playing retro games on your iOS device, check out Touch Arcade’s guide to jailbreaking and emulating all kinds of older consoles. Or you could always wait until the inevitable next time one of these apps slips through the cracks.

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                        Best of the Holiday Game Sales

                        Thanks to the holidays, the number of games on sale this is silly. Just downright silly. Below, we’ve picked the best of the bunch. Check ‘em out and buy ‘em if you want ‘em.

                        The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – $0.99 (was $6.99) – Buy
                        Anomaly 2 – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
                        Anomaly Defenders – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
                        Baldur’s Gate II – $9.99 (was $14.99) – Buy
                        Bastion – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
                        Batman Arkham City Lockdown – $0.99 (was $5.99) – Buy
                        Bloons TD 5 – $0.99 (was $2.99) – Buy
                        Bloons TD 5 HD – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
                        Botanicula – $2.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
                        Broken Age – $4.99 (was $9.99) – Buy
                        Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse – $0.99 (was $9.99) – Buy
                        Chrono Trigger – $4.99 (was $9.99) – Buy
                        Day of the Viking – $0.99 (was $2.99) – Buy
                        Deus Ex: The Fall – $0.99 (was $6.99) – Buy
                        Dragon Quest II – $2.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
                        Dragon Quest VIII – $12.99 (was $19.99) – Buy
                        Final Fantasy V – $7.99 (was $15.99) – Buy
                        Final Fantasy IV – $7.99 (was $15.99) – Buy
                        Final Fantasy IV: The After Years – $7.99 (was $15.99) – Buy
                        Final Fantasy VI – $7.99 (was $15.99) – Buy
                        Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions – $7.99 (was $15.99) – Buy
                        FTL: Faster Than Light – $4.99 (was $9.99) – Buy
                        Goat Simulator – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
                        Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars – $2.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
                        Infinity Blade III – $0.99 (was $6.99) – Buy
                        Joe Danger Infinity – $0.99 (was $2.99) – Buy
                        Kingdom Rush HD – $0.99 (was $2.99) – Buy
                        Kingdom Rush Frontiers – $0.99 (was $2.99) – Buy
                        Kingdom Rush Frontiers HD – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
                        LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
                        LEGO The Lord of the Rings – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
                        LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
                        Leo’s Fortune – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
                        Machinarium – $2.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
                        Magicka – $1.99 (was $3.99) – Buy
                        Modern Combat 5: Blackout – $3.99 (was $6.99) – Buy
                        Oceanhorn – $4.99 (was $8.99) – Buy
                        R.B.I. Baseball 14 – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
                        The Room 2 – $0.99 (was $2.99) – Buy
                        The Shadow Sun – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
                        Space Hulk – $2.99 (was $9.99) – Buy
                        Stratego – $0.99 (was $6.99) – Buy
                        Surgeon Simulator – $0.99 (was $5.99) – Buy
                        Syberia (Full) – $3.99 (was $6.99) – Buy
                        Terraria – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
                        Ticket to Ride – $2.99 (was $6.99) – Buy
                        Thomas Was Alone – $2.99 (was $5.99) – Buy
                        Valient Hearts: The Great War – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
                        Where’s My Perry? – $0.99 (was $2.99) – Buy

                          Telltale Games and Mojang Announce ‘Minecraft: Story Mode’

                          If you thought Tales from the Borderlands sounded like a stretch for Telltale Games to turn into an adventure game, then you ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Mojang and Telltale have announced that they’re working on an adventure game based on Minecraft. It sounds like it would be a tough one to pull off, but based on Telltale’s incredibly high level of quality work lately, I wouldn’t put it past them.

                          We really know very little about the game so far, other than that the first episode will come to various platforms, including iOS, sometime in 2015, and that it will be “as Minecrafty as possible.”

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                            ‘Lords of the Fallen’ is Heading to iOS in 2015

                            This is pretty nuts. The makers of the console/PC RPG Lords of the Fallen have announced via Twitter that the game is heading to iOS in 2015. What is Lords of the Fallen? It’s a Dark Souls-like action RPG that’s said to be a wee bit more forgiving of failure than its inspiration.

                            What’s crazy about this is that the game just came out for all the latest systems, so a full port of such a complex game seems unlikely. But crazier things have happened. Check out some of the reviews for details.

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                              Simogo Teases ‘The Sensational December Machine’

                              Who even knows what goes on in the minds of Simogo. Today the inimitable developer of games like Device 6The Sailor’s Dream, and Year Walk took to Twitter to tease something called The Sensational December Machine. What is it? Your guess is as good as mine. But you can find the picture that accompanied the tweet below.

                              Could it be a game? A novella-like thing with beautiful art? The company’s last title came out at the beginning of November, so it’s not like they’ve had a ton of time to create a new riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.

                              The only other blip of information included was the text of the tweet, which announced, “Coming (very) soon.” Several hours later, Simogo retweeted the tweet, saying, “In case you missed it today… Stay tuned.”

                              Simogo, we’re tuned. Now give us the goods.

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