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First gameplay trailer for BlazBlue: Battle Cards

Fighting game series BlazBlue is getting a mobile card-battling game called, appropriately, BlazBlue: Battle Cards. The first gameplay trailer is now available.

BlazBlue: Battle Cards will sport 9 different characters taken from the latest entry of the main series, BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma, now available on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita and launching soon as Blazblue: Chrono Phantasma Extend on PlayStation 4, with more characters coming after the game has been released.

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Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic hits mobile this week

The pixel-based roguelike RPG Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic proved popular on Steam, and it’s coming to iOS and Android on March 5.

Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic is a roguelike which features three campaigns to complete, five-thousand different weapons to collect, and thirteen dungeons which, of course, are capped by their challenging boss fights. The Bitfather also integrated a hero graveyard for player’s heroes who have perished thanks to game’s permadeath mechanics. Visiting each gravesite will present the stats of that particular adventurer, allowing the player to morbidly compare their failures together.

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Gamezebo goes hands-on with Sonic Runners

Confidence in Sega’s upcoming Sonic Runners hasn’t been high, but after spending some time with the endless runner (which is currently in soft launch), Gamezebo’s Jim Squires says the game is quite enjoyable.

Sonic Runners is the first SEGA game to arrive after their focus shift, and if our early impressions are anything to go by, things are looking up.

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Final Fantasy IV: The After Years Review

Final Fantasy IV: The After Years is a difficult game to recommend, partially because its existence is odd to begin with. The After Years is a direct sequel to Final Fantasy IV, an SNES classic that’s been ported more times than anyone can possibly count. There’s even been a mobile port of a Nintendo DS remake that utilizes 3D models in lieu of squat 16-bit sprites. (more…)

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Agent P DoofenDash Review

Ah, Perry the Platypus. How surprising you’d get your own endless 3D running game. And by “surprising” I mean “completely unsurprising.” After all, Disney’s semi-aquatic egg-laying mammal of action (made famous through the hit TV show Phineas and Ferb) is a popular little fellah. (more…)

    Worms Series Turns 18, Worms 3 Goes on Sale

    You’ve been invited to attend a birthday party being thrown by worms. Worms, the famous artillery strategy game series, is turning 18 on Sunday. Team17 is celebrating the invertebrates’ passage into adulthood by putting Worms 3 on sale. (more…)

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    Meltdown Review

    The term “meltdown” brings certain connotations of dread with it. If the core of a nuclear power plant suffers a meltdown, that’s your cue to make peace with whatever deity you worship before everything you love is engulfed in a radioactive fireball. If a two-year-old kicks off a meltdown in the middle of a grocery store, plug your ears ’cause it ain’t going to be pretty. But Meltdown by Bulkypix brightens things up by allowing you to associate the word with an intense, if familiar, dual-stick mobile shooting game. (more…)

      The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Panem Run Coming Soon to Mobile

      Participants in the Hunger Games don’t last long unless they know a thing or two about running, so it makes sense Reliance Games is basing an endless running title around the hit teen franchise. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire – Panem Run is coming to mobile platforms around the same time The Hunger Games: Catching Fire film hits theaters. Run far. Run fast. Live. (more…)

        Big Game Night: Oceanhorn, Epoch 2, and More

        It’s Wednesday in North America, but our time-travelling friends in New Zealand are currently experiencing Thursday. That means it’s time to peer into the future and get a look at the biggest game releases due to arrive worldwide at midnight. This week, a huge Zelda-inspired adventure makes landfall, a post-apocalyptic robot struggle gets a follow-up, and the art of stealth goes corporate.   (more…)

          iPad Mini With Retina Display Now on Sale

          Here’s some news that ought to whip your blood into a froth of holiday buying frenzy (if your blood wasn’t in that state already): the iPad mini with Retina display is now on sale. Apple hadn’t previously announced a specific release date for the tablet, except to say we could expect it by November. (more…)

            Devil’s Attorney Available For Free This Weekend

            What are your plans this weekend? Whatever you’re doing, make time to hang out with Max McMann, the sleazy lawyer from Devil’s Attorney. Anders Hejdenberg’s turn-based law game (yes, that’s a thing) is free all weekend. No strings attached. Honest. (more…)

              Final Fantasy Series Veterans Working On a New JRPG

              Japanese role-playing games (JRPGs) are alive and well on handheld and mobile platforms. In fact, if you’re a fan of airships, dragons, and teen heroes that fly said airships into dragons with seemingly little forethought, you’ll be excited to hear about Granblue Fantasy. (more…)

                Knack’s Quest Gives the PlayStation 4 Hero His Own Match-Three Game

                Knack, a spikey-headed golem-creature, is coming to the PlayStation 4 in his own action-platforming game at the end of November. However, you don’t have to wait until the tail-end of the month to make friends with the little guy. Knack’s Quest, a free match-three puzzle game for iOS and Android, is up for grabs today. (more…)

                  Big Game Night: Tiny Death Star, Sorcery! 2, and More

                  It’s Wednesday. You’ve made it to the middle of the week. Have a gold star. No, tell you what, have a Death Star. Tiny Death Star from Disney and Nimblebit is just one of several big titles being released tonight. You can also expect Sid Meier’s Ace Patrol to fly onto the scene again, and Rayman is doing another run. Most of these titles are currently available on the New Zealand App Store, and are scheduled to go worldwide at 11 p.m. EST/8 p.m. Pacific. (more…)

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                  Giant Boulder of Death Review

                  If Katamari Damacy’s young prince is the Patron Saint of Rolling Stuff Up, then the boulder that features in Adult Swim’s Giant Boulder of Death is the Dark God of Tearing Stuff Down. Giant Boulder of Death is best described as an “endless rolling game”—or maybe even an “endless destruction game.” Either way, knocking cows, houses, and humans aside like so many bowling pins is as fun as it sounds. At least for a little while. (more…)

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                  Trial By Survival Review

                  Ever been called up for jury duty? It was a drag, right? Well, it beats the alternative that’s laid out in Trial By Survival for iOS: Fourteen days in the wilderness with nothing but your wits and a crowbar. Oh, you have a chance to redeem yourself by surviving – if you make some in-app purchases. If you refrain from spending money in Trial By Survival, however, you stand a better chance of surviving a real-world zombie emergency after dousing yourself in barbecue sauce. (more…)

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                  Baby Nom Nom Review

                  What does a screaming baby with cobra-quick reflexes eat? Answer: Whatever the heck he wants. The titular Baby Nom Nom wants to scarf down pounds and pounds of rice, and it’s your job to make sure he’s well-fed. Baby Nom Nom is an interesting physics-based maze game that won’t keep you busy for long, but you’ll be entertained for as long as you choose to keep feeding the machine. (more…)

                    Free to Play Game Recommendations for July 25, 2013

                    Hot enough for ya? Guess what: It can get hotter. Think really hot. Like, “the fire of a thousand suns” hot. That’s what you’ll contend with in Nuclear Outrun, one of this week’s free-to-play recommendations. Also on the menu: Naughty vampire children that hate bed time, and monkeys at war. (more…)

                      X-Men: Battle of the Atom Card Game Coming to iOS and Android

                      The uncanny X-Men are nearing 50 years of age, and they’re still going strong even though they’re at a point in their lives when most of us start yelling at kids to get off our lawns. In fact, Marvel is teaming up with the massive social network GREE  to bring out X-Men: Battle of the Atom, a mobile card-battle game for iOS and Android. (more…)

                        Thor: The Dark World Coming in November from Gameloft

                        Across the rainbow bridge of Asgard where the booming heavens roar, you’ll (maybe) behold in breathless wonder a new Thor game by Gameloft. Thor: The Dark World – The Official Game is an iOS and Android title that’s set for release alongside the upcoming movie, Thor: The Dark World. Click the jump for a trailer.

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                          Halfbrick Announces Colossatron

                          What is it about the summer heat that whets the human appetite for giant robots and aliens? Colossatron: Massive World Threat is a new action game from Halfbrick Studios (makers of Jetpack Joyride and Fruit Ninja) that challenges you to slither around a city as a robot serpent from outer space and cause as much damage as possible. (more…)

                            Firefly Game Coming to iOS Next Year

                            Firefly, a space-faring adventure written for television by Joss Whedon, died an early death in 2002, but it maintained a fierce cult following. Now the series is getting a second life with Firefly Online, a social RPG built around Whedon’s world. Announced at San Diego Comic Con 2013, Firefly Online puts you in the suspenders of a ship captain. (more…)

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                            Wheel of Fortune: Cubed Review

                            Wheel of Fortune has been done on iOS. It has been so done. In fact, the classic game show’s iconic wheel has showed up on almost every conceivable console and computer since the beginning of time. Can we possibly squeeze any new surprises out of that flip-tile board? Turns out we can. Wheel of Fortune: Cubed adds a dash of Scrabble/Words With Friends to the rusty formula and gives it a shot of life. (more…)

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                            Spiral Episode 1 Review

                            Spiral Episode 1 is an odd animal. It’s technically impressive for an iOS game, but at the same time, it’ll remind you so very much of the RPGs you might have played on the PSOne in the mid-‘90s. That’s obviously not a bad thing for those of us that carry a torch for the likes of Final Fantasy VII and Wild ARMs, but others might not appreciate the somewhat cliché story and character development. And you’ll definitely snarl a little at the game’s touted one-touch control system, regardless of whether or not you’re a nostalgia freak. (more…)

                              Infinity Blade: Dungeons Officially Dead

                              In our heart of hearts, we knew the news was coming. Now it’s official. Infinity Blade: Dungeons for iOS has been officially canned by Epic Games. Its death certificate was delivered by Chair Entertainment co-founder Donald Mustard on episode 17 of the Epic Games podcast. (more…)

                                Apple and Amazon Settle Lawsuit Over “App Store”

                                Apple and Amazon have settled their meandering legal argument over which company has the right to use the term “app.” Both companies can now use the term, which effectively averts the trial over the matter that was supposed to begin on August 19. (more…)

                                  Deus Ex: The Fall Hits the App Store

                                  Square-Enix’s Deus Ex: The Fall is currently available worldwide on the App Store, even though the game’s official release date is July 11. Did someone at Square-Enix get a little gun shy and hit the button too early, or is this just a nice surprise? Either way, you can download it here for $6.99. (more…)

                                    Slide to Play Q and A: Pacific Rim – The Mobile Game

                                    Three out of five young adults are not meeting their recommended annual dosage of giant robot media. Director Guillermo del Toro aims to fix that in a big way this summer with Pacific Rim, coming to theaters on July 12. But why should the fun stop on the silver screen? Pacific Rim – The Mobile Game lets you continue the battle against the Kaiju on iOS and Android. Manish Agarwal, the CEO of Reliance Entertainment, was kind enough to talk to Slide to Play about the upcoming action title. (more…)

                                      App Store Celebrates Birthday With Free Games

                                      Happy Birthday, App Store. Apple’s application store turns five on July 10, and it looks like we’re celebrating with a bunch of free games. Great free games. Every one, in fact, received a Must Have review from Slide To Play. Read on for the list. (more…)

                                        Walking Dead: 400 Days Gets a Release Date and a Launch Trailer

                                        It’s not often we get to say, “Man, I can’t wait for putrefying human corpses to walk into my life,” but here we are. The Walking Dead: 400 Days for iOS finally has a release date, and it’s sooner than you think. Board up your windows in time for July 11. They’ve also released a new launch trailer, which you can watch below. (more…)

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                                        Layton Brothers Mystery Room Review

                                        Here’s a mystery for the ages: What manner of woman did the mild Professor Hershel Layton mate with in order to produce the wild-haired Alfendi Layton? More importantly, is the lad worthy of carrying his father’s legacy on his spindly shoulders? After all, few puzzle game series are as beloved as the Professor Layton games for the Nintendo DS and 3DS. Happily, Level-5 seems to realize as much, which is probably why Layton Brothers Mystery Room is its own game—and an engaging one, at that. (more…)

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                                        Anodyne Mobile Review

                                        Imagine a Legend of Zelda game with a dungeon that you can only access if you push a hapless father into a whirlpool and then jump into the bloodied vortex. That’s Anodyne. Already a hit on Steam, Anodyne Mobile is an iOS adaptation of an indie adventure RPG that some fans suggest rivals the SNES’ hallowed A Link to the Past. It doesn’t come close—few games do—but there’s still a compelling and mysterious adventure to be had here, though slippery controls might lead you to check out of this world of dreams prematurely. (more…)

                                          Free to Play: Game Recommendations for June 26 2013

                                          In this stupid-hot weather, you belong in only one place: Under the sea. Unfortunately, seaside vacations are expensive, unless you go ahead and download a free game that’ll whisk you to the briny deep immediately—and, as a bonus, grant you the opportunity to hit sharks in the face. Also up for grabs this week: Games that run on fizzy drinks, and puzzles doled out by pirates. (more…)

                                            LIMBO Coming to iOS Next Week

                                            We knew it was coming, like the inexorable creep of a spider on the hunt. LIMBO, the dark puzzle platformer that proved to be an indie hit on game consoles and Steam, arrives on iOS next week. (more…)

                                              Square-Enix Shuffles Leadership, Increases Focus on Mobile

                                              Late last week, Square-Enix announced that its development studios will be undergoing some ch-ch-changes. The most significant change is Square-Enix Montreal’s shift from AAA title development to mobile/tablet games. Cue victory fanfare, spinning sword. (more…)

                                                Best Games Currently On Sale or Free

                                                It’s the first weekend of the summer. That’s your cue to kick your feet up, open a cold one, and download some awesome free and/or discounted iOS games. We’ve picked through the sales and highlighted some of the cooler ones (ahhh—nice and cool). Check them out. (more…)

                                                  Zynga Acquires Social Casino Game Developer Spooky Cool Labs

                                                  If you’re a social gaming giant that’s losing footing in a busy, aggressive market, sometimes you just need to do a little gambling. That’s what Zynga’s doing with its recent acquisition of Spooky Cool labs, a developer that makes games based on slot machines. (more…)

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                                                  Where’s My Mickey? Review

                                                  In Canada, asking “Where’s my mickey?” is another way of asking, “Where’d I put my 13-ounce bottle of booze?” Now, thanks to Disney, Where’s My Mickey? can also refer to the latest title in the  hugely popular Where’s My Water? puzzle series. If you’ve already had your fill of digging in the dirt, you might want to pass on Mickey’s misadventures. If, however, you have room in your heart for one more watery outing, you’ll be happy to know that Where’s My Mickey? is the series’ most charming entry to date. (more…)

                                                    Starbucks’ Pick of the Week is Bike Baron

                                                    Get off the bike trial, grandma: Bike Baron is Starbucks’ Pick of the Week. In other words, if you download the game through Starbucks’ App, it’s free. It also goes nicely with a chai latte and a cookie. (more…)

                                                      Anodyne Mobile Releases Thursday

                                                      Sometimes your life just needs a dose of retro surrealism. Good news: You’re covered for this week. Anodyne, an odd but haunting PC adventure game is coming to iOS this week. (more…)

                                                        Free to Play: Game Recommendations For June 17, 2013

                                                        Still feeling a little drained from E3? Maybe you’ve even picked up a mysterious new bug courtesy of all those shared controllers, smartphones, and tablets? Relax with some free games. This week, we’ll slow things down with a few word game recommendations, and then we’ll speed things up again with a jog through a factory/lab that’s teeming with danger. (more…)