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Previews via AppSpy:

Hands-On Preview of Sword of Xolan

Fans of 2D action platforming will want to take a gander at this hands-on footage of Sword of Xolan, a sprite-based romp that’s reminiscent of Castelvania and Mega Man. Look for it on May 21.

Via AppSpy


The Mystery of the Crystal Portal On Sale for $0.99

In the mood for a solid hidden object game? Take a long, hard look at The Mystery of the Crystal Portal, which is currently on sale for $0.99. It usually sells for $2.99.

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NimbleBit’s Capitals Soft-Launches in Canada

NimbleBit’s latest game, Capitals, proves that words can hurt. If you want to try out this word-battling game before its worldwide May 21 release, you can grab it from the Canadian App Store.


Dunkey Plays Goat Simulator GoatZ

The world of Goat Simulator GoatZ may be besieged by a zombie infestation, but as Dunkey’s playthrough demonstrates, that doesn’t mean there isn’t time for dancing and high-diving.

Previews via AppSpy:

Hands-On Preview of Starseed

Starseed is an oldschool shoot ‘em up that would look right at home on the Commodore 64. AppSpy has a hands-on with the game, and it looks great in motion. It should hit mobile sometime soon.

Via AppSpy

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War of Eclipse is Now Free

Game Stew’s retro-styled War of Eclipse is a unique hodge-podge of reflex, action, and adventure. Now’s a perfect time to give it a try for yourself, as it’s free to download. Its usual price is $1.99 USD.

News via Pocket Gamer:

Square-Enix Shifting Away From Consoles in Favor of Mobile

The success of mobile titles like Final Fantasy: Record Keeper is prompting Square-Enix to focus more of its efforts on smartphones and tablets, as the console market is becoming “increasingly competitive and oligopolistic.”

Via Pocket Gamer

How-Tos via Gamezebo:

Beast Quest Tips, Tricks, and Strategies

All aspiring beast masters should take a look at Gamezebo’s strategy guide for Miniclip’s new adventure game, Beast Quest.

While the game is designed to be accessible to players of all ages, it’s no walk in the park. Some of the boss fights are downright challenging, and I found myself struggling to complete them even after multiple attempts.

Via Gamezebo

News via Siliconera:

Kingdom Hearts X[chi] Coming to Smartphones in Japan

A new smartphone-based Kingdom Hearts game is incoming. Alas, it’s currently only scheduled for Japan.

In Kingdom Hearts X[chi] you play as a Keyblade wielder during the Great Keyblade War, with parts of the story that weaves Kingdom Hearts III. The upcoming smartphone version, Kingdom Hearts Unchained X[chi], will be based off the browser game, except renewed for smartphone.

Via Siliconera

Interesting via Touch Arcade:

Astro Party Demonstrates the Link Between Schoolkids and Download Patterns

Trends spread through school hallways like cold viruses. That goes double for popular game downloads, which see a real spike in traffic once the kids start playing. Touch Arcade has some detailed data courtesy of Rusty Moyher, the maker of Astro Party.

Via Touch Arcade

Previews via Gamezebo:

Dragon of Legends Trailer Shows Off an Ambitious MMORPG

There’s been some buzz about an upcoming MMORPG from Thrive Games called Dragon of Legends. You get to choose a side to fight on (Norse or Celts) before being immersed in a world built to look like 16-bit RPGs of old. Definitely one to look out for.

Via Gamezebo

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New Characters Coming to Crossy Road Very Soon

A tweet from Hipster Whale’s Matt Hall reveals new Crossy Road characters are incoming. These updates usually come with a theme, so what will we see this time? Gamezebo speculates.

Based on these images, can you guess the theme? We were leaning towards “sports,” but the inclusion of hamburgers really threw us off. Maybe “summer”?

Via Gamezebo


Goat Simulator GoatZ Review: Here We Goat Again

Humans aren’t the only ones that will struggle to survive the upcoming zombie apocalypse: Goats need to get by, too. Touch Arcade’s lukewarm review of Goat Simulator GoatZ praises the game’s weirdness, but dings it for control and physics issues.

It’s just five bucks, though, and if all you want out of life is to make zombies act like goats with your mind control ray while dragging a Porta-Potty around by your tongue, then I suppose this fills that niche pretty admirably.


Skullduggery! On Sale for $2.99

Physics-platformer game Skullduggery! is on sale for $2.99, down from its usual price of $4.99. Definitely worth a purchase if you have a few bones rattling around in your pocket.

Interesting via Touch Arcade:

Creator of Fake Five Nights at Freddy’s 4 Game Gets Served Subpoena

An unofficial “Five Nights at Freddy’s 4″ game got through the App Store’s approval process, even though it was clearly a palette swap of the original game. The app cost $9.99 and made money for a few days before it was pulled. Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise creator Scott Cawthon filed for a subpoena against the developer.

Via Touch Arcade

Reviews via Pocket Gamer:

Beast Quest Review: Solid, But Not Spectacular

According to Pocket Gamer, Miniclip’s highly anticipated action adventure game Beast Quest is a good way to spend a couple of hours, though nothing about it is particularly mind-blowing.

There are difficulty spikes, and the fetch quests get dull pretty quickly. When Beast Quest shines, it’s brilliant. When it’s at its worst, it’s a bit of a slog.

Via Pocket Gamer

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Out Now: Tallowmere

2D action roguelike games aren’t something you see very often, but Tallowmere brings the sub-genre to mobile in all its wonderfully punishing glory. It costs $3.99 USD to download.

• Raise your shield to block enemy attacks.
• Lower your shield and strike your foes when the timing is right.
• Jump or move to avoid traps, or use your shield to reduce damage taken.
• Find the key to advance to the next room.
• Collect weapons, outfits, headgear, and shields of various rarities to aid your journey.
• Turn in souls from slain enemies to increase your base stats and passive abilities.
• Stay alive as long as you can!

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Out Now – Detective Dixie: The Revenge of Wishteria

Detective Dixie: The Revenge of Wishteria is a crime-solving mystery game / graphic novel from Giant Leap Studio. Its visuals are rich and detailed, and its protagonist, Detective Dixie, is as cute as a button. The game’s free to download.

Help Detective Dixie to:
■ Investigate the Crime Scene
Find all evidences left in the crime scene by tapping the items and talk to the people who might have information about the case.

■ Travel to the Wishteria Town and Collect the Clues
Every magical place of the town has its own secret. Travel to every corner of the town and talk with the residents to pull any testimonies and all the clues that you need.

■ Solve the Mini Puzzles to Interrogate the Suspects
The sheriff will provide you with the list of persons who might be involved with the case. Find them and interrogate them to prove their alibis, but beware. They won’t give you any valuable information without any puzzles to be solved.

■ Unveil the Murder Trick and Arrest the Killer
Bring all the evidences you have gathered to the police station and convince them to arrest the suspect. Choose your evidences as solid proofs to support your theory carefully, and destroy the killer’s alibis as well.

News via Siliconera:

Mario Kart Producer Working on Nintendo’s Mobile Games

Word’s come in that a Mario Kart producer is working on Nintendo’s upcoming mobile games. Nintendo President Iwata hasn’t dropped any specific names, however.

“With this, people should know how serious we are [about putting effort into our smartphone titles],” said Iwata.

Via Siliconera

News via Sega Blog:

Sega Pulling Some Titles from App Store

Sega fans be warned: Over the coming weeks, Sega will be pulling some of its mobile titles from the App Store, Google Play, and the Amazon App Store. No word on what’s going to go, but you’ll be able to re-download anything you’ve downloaded / purchased in the past.

Via Sega Blog


Durak On Sale for $0.99

Feelin’ lucky? You should. Russian card game Durak is on sale for $0.99, down from its usual price of $3.99.

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