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What Are “8-Bit Graphics,” Exactly?

More than a few games on the App Store boast retro-style 8-bit graphics, including Rovio’s airplane game Retry. But what are “8-bit graphics,” exactly? And how many App Store games deserve to call themselves 8-bit? AppSpy takes an in-depth look at this visual trend.

Via AppSpy

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Out There: Omega Edition On Sale for $1.99

Somewhere out there, there’s a great space adventure for you to try. Out There: Omega Edition is on sale for $1.99 USD, down from $4.99 USD.

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Seasonal Ranked Gameplay Coming to Vainglory

Vainglory will have seasonal ranked gameplay starting in October.

Essentially, Vainglory will divide the calendar year into quarters and players will be able to earn exclusive rewards and achievements for playing within the season. At the conclusion of each season, player ranks associated with seasonal play will assumedly reset, new achievements/awards will be offered, and the cycle begins anew.

News via Touch Arcade:

New Screens and Details for Minecraft: Story Mode

Minecraft has a story to tell, courtesy of Telltale Games. More info about the game has come to light thanks to PAX.

As for the star-studded cast I mentioned earlier, that will include Patton Oswalt as male Jesse, Catherine Taber as female Jesse, Brian Posehn, Ashley Johnson, Scott Porter, Martha Plimpton, Dave Fennoy, Corey Feldman, Billy West, and Paul Reubens aka Pee-wee Herman!

Via Touch Arcade

Updates

Angry Birds 2 Updates With New Levels

When birds get angry, they stay angry. Hence why Angry Birds 2 already has new levels for you to try out.

What’s New in Version 2.1.0
Brand new chapter: Pigsyland – Pig City’s first amusement park!

– Play 20 new levels of bouncing bumper chaos!
– Keep an eye out for even more levels coming soon!
– Beware of a new pig in town teleporting through time and space…
– A bunch of bug fixes and tweaks

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Call of Duty: Heroes Updates With New Hero, New Items

Call of Duty: Heroes has a new hero for you to play as. Well heck, it is called Call of Duty: Heroes, right?

What’s New in Version 1.9.0
New Hero: Gideon
– Deploy and control Gideon from Call of Duty(R): Advanced Warfare on the battlefield!

New Killstreaks for Gideon:
– Avoid detection and infiltrate the enemy base using Exo-Cloak
– Neutralize enemy troops and defenses with the powerful Sentry Turret

Introducing Supply Drops
– We’ve supercharged the Heli-pad to now provide Supply Drops with much bigger rewards
– Call in supplies multiple times per day to win random resource, boost, shield, and Celerium rewards
– Several tiers for each reward type including ultra-rare top prizes

Inventory
– Added an inventory system where your Supply Drop rewards and other items are stored for use when you need them
– To get you started, enjoy the free gift pack you’ll find in your inventory!

Updates

Angry Birds Epic Updates With Sonic Dash Event

Gotta go fast! Squawk! Angry Birds Epic recently updated with its promised crossover event with Sonic Dash.

What’s New in Version 1.2.11
EPIC UPDATES:
– SONIC DASH EVENT – Play the new mini-map with Sonic the Hedgehog!
– NEW CLASS FOR CHUCK – Complete the Sonic event to unlock the Illusionist!
– MASTERY LEVEL INCREASE – Classes now go to level 12
– 2 NEW CHRONICLE CAVES
– RAISED XP LEVEL – Get your birds to level 50!

Updates

Marvel Future Fight Updates With New Characters

She-Hulk smash! — in the dignified way that only She-Hulk is capable of. Three new characters have arrived in Marvel Future Fight, including Ms Hulk.

What’s New in Version 1.4.1
Updates
1. 3 New Characters
– Sister Grimm, Singularity, She-Hulk
2. New Uniforms
3. Battleworld
– 2v2 Tag Team PvP with 5 Heroes in a team.
4. Comic Cover Collection
– Collect/Complete all Cover Pieces for exclusive rewards
5. New Team/ISO-8 Set Bonuses

Improvements
1. Rebalancing Villain Siege
– Villains with new uniforms & New object patterns
2. Alliance Contribution Point & More
– Check details in official forum.

News via Touch Arcade:

Minecraft: PE 0.12 Update is Getting Closer

The beta season for Minecraft: Pocket Edition 0.12 is seemingly over, which means we should be seeing the update hit the App Store soon.

If you don’t know anything about the 0.12 update, MCPE is about to get a huge overhaul as it’s gradually brought to parity with the PC version.
We’ll get the Nether, Nether portals, Nether fortresses, Sprinting, Sneaking, Hunger, revamped touch controls, potions and brewing stands, enchanting, rain and snow, controller support, cross-play with the Windows 10 edition of the game, and much, much more.

Via Touch Arcade

Reviews via AppSpy:

Lara Croft GO Video Review: Small and Smart

Action / puzzle game Lara Croft GO is out, and according to AppSpy’s review, it’s a winner.

Via AppSpy

Updates

Apples to Apples Updates With New Cards

Apples to Apples initiated a big update in honor of its 15th anniversary. Hah! How do you like them apples?

What’s New in Version 1.0.6
Hey Apples to Apples fans!

Here’s what’s in our biggest update so far!

– Help us celebrate Apples to Apple’s 15th Appleversary with 200+BRAND NEW CARDS to choose from, which have an exciting new look and includes fun words such as NSFW, Dad Bod and Selfies!
– We heard you loud and clear – the ability to customize your profile is coming in the September update. Stay tuned!
– More bug fixes and tweaks to improve game stability

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Out Now: The Walking Dead: Road to Survival

The Walking Dead and zombies belong together. Like axes, and … zombies. Check out this adventure / RPG.

Description
Brought to you by Robert Kirkman, creator of The Walking Dead.

Are you ready to take over Woodbury and put an end to The Governor’s tyranny?

Before you stands the perceived safe haven of Woodbury. Little do you know a madman will rise to governing power, pitting people against each other in ways that make you question humanity. A small group of rebels will fight for their lives to break free from the tyranny – will you be brave enough to fight with them?

A thrilling, mature adventure constantly toeing the line between life and the undead, Walking Dead: Road to Survival is the definitive Walking Dead role-playing game experience. Based on an all-new story from award winning Walking Dead writer Jay Bonansinga, the dark aesthetic of this game reflects the uncompromising decisions you will need to make as you fight for survival.

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Lost Within On Sale for $5.99

In the mood for something a little dark, mysterious, and grimy today? Lost Within is on sale for $5.99 USD, down from $6.99 USD.

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Divide By Sheep On Sale for $0.99

You can’t divide by zero, but you CAN divide by sheep. Divide by Sheep is on sale for $0.99 USD, down from its usual price tag of $2.99 USD.

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Hitman GO On Sale for $0.99

Thinking of joining “The Family?” The price of entry is currently $0.99 USD, down from $4.99 USD. How can you lose?

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Virtual City 2: Paradise Resort is Currently Free

Want a free tropical vacation? Sure you do. Just one catch: This tropical paradise is on your phone. Still, Virtual City 2: Paradise Resort currently costs nothing, whereas it usually costs $2.99 USD. Virtual or not, that’s a good deal.

News via Touch Arcade:

Konami Will Be Pulling Many Of its Games From the App Store

Brace yourselves: A Konami mobile game cull is coming. It might be temporary, but nothing’s set in stone.

While most developers and publishers are pretty good about updating their big releases, it’s inevitable for swaths of games to get pulled after an iOS update causes them to stop working, never to be seen again. If we’re lucky, the publishers let us know ahead of time what’s going to get pulled, so that we can make our peace with the fact that they’re still in our backlogged piles, waiting to be played. Well, the first big pull announcement is here, and it belongs to none other than Konami, who made (and apologized for) statements recently about putting greater support behind mobile.

Via Touch Arcade

News via The Verge:

FBI Gets Involved With Alleged Theft of Machine Zone’s Trade Secrets

Free-to-play is serious business. An employee of Machine Zone, the developers behind the highly successful free mobile title Game of War: Fire Age was arrested for alleged theft of trade secrets.

The Wall Street Journal reports that Jing Zeng, who worked as the firm’s director of global infrastructure, was intercepted by FBI agents as he tried to board a plane to Beijing. A federal criminal complaint alleges that Zeng was trying to make off with information on the behavior of the game’s millions of users, stolen from one of Machine Zone’s internal databases.

Via The Verge

Previews via AppSpy:

Video Preview of Monument Valley Devs’ New Game, Trick Shot

AppSpy has some attractive hands-on footage of Trick Shot, an upcoming physics puzzle game from one of the developers of Monument Valley, Jonathan Topf.

Via AppSpy

News via Gamesindustry:

Rovio to Cut Another 260 Jobs

The developers of Angry Birds continue to slim down by slashing 260 jobs.

The cuts will have an impact on every part of Rovio’s organisation, except for the Angry Birds movie currently in production in North America. With 260 fewer people to pay, the company will then restructure around three “primary business areas”: games, media and consumer products.

Via Gamesindustry

Updates

Plants vs Zombies 2 Updates With ’80s Goodness

The ’80s are large and in charge in Plants vs Zombies 2. Pull up your leg-warmers and tease your hair.

What’s New in Version 3.9.1
Get into the groove with Neon Mixtape Tour, Side A, and mix it up on the dance floor with Party DJ! You’ll chill out with sweet slow jams or speed things up with righteous rhythms, and prepare your plants as Punk Zombie, Glitter Zombie, and MC Zom-B move to the beat. Also included:

16 totally fresh levels
3 radical new plants – Phat Beet, Thyme Warp, and Celery Stalker
Plus, the sharp-shooting Cactus

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