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Dragon Quest III On Sale for $6.99 at the App Store and Google Play

A deal draws near! If you’re a fan of retro Japanese RPGs, then you simply must play Square-Enix’s iOS adaptation of Dragon Quest III. Now’s a perfect time to jump into this lengthy adventure, as the game is available for $6.99 USD on the App Store and Google Play. That’s 30% off its usual $9.99 price tag.

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Out Now: DUAL!

There are tons of games on mobile that are all about hunting down and shooting your friends (ain’t friendship grand?), but DUAL! takes things to the next level. In this local multiplayer game, you shoot projectiles at your pal, and they have to dodge it – on their own screen.DUAL! is a free download.

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Out Now: Tiny Dangerous Dungeons

They’re tiny, they’re dangerous, and they’re finally yours to explore. Tiny Dangerous Dungeons is a 2D Metroidvania-style adventure that utilizes Game Boy-style graphics. Hop in for $0.99 USD.

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Out Now DuckTales: Remastered

WayForward’s remake of Capcom’s classic NES DuckTales (awoo-oo) game is now available on iOS and Google Play. If you missed out on the console and PC release, now’s your chance to catch up on some grand feathery fun. Pony tails and cotton tails need not apply.

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Arcane Tower Out on April 16, Finishes Roguelike Trilogy

If you’re a fan of Diego Cathalifaud’s Amber Halls and Power Grounds, you’ll be glad (and sad) to hear the roguelike trilogy is wrapping up with the third game, Arcane Tower, on April 16.

This time around, you’ll be playing a wizard trying to move through a tower, restricted to using only three spells per floor. You collect these spells from around the level by bumping into them. These include gaining back lost hearts, teleportation, fireballs, and plenty more.

Via Pocket Gamer

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Out Now: Tomb Raider I On Android

Been dying for some retro PlayStation action, but only have an Android device? Square-Enix has put Lara’s première adventure on Google Play, and it can be yours for $0.99 USD. The game admittedly doesn’t control like a dream, but the price might be worth it for nostalgia value.

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A Day in the Woods Coming to iOS

On April 2, RetroEpic Software’s PC puzzle game, A Day in the Woods, hits iOS for $4.99 with improved art, music, and new puzzles. The point of the game is to get to Granny’s house safely, which is difficult when the Big Bad Wolf is always nearby. There are spiders, too. Hey, those weren’t in the fairy tale.

Red isn’t on her own, though. At times, you can call in the aid of beehives, bunny rabbits, and the woodcutter. You can also have Red collect flowers and berries along the way.

Via Pocket Gamer

Previews via Touch Arcade:

Steamworld Heist Turn-Based Strategy Game Coming to Mobile

Steamworld Heist, a 2D strategy game from Image & Form, is set to arrive on a plethora of platforms. Add “mobile” to the list. The game is a successor to the excellent platformer / digging game Steamworld Dig, which likewise features run-down robots scrabbling to survive a hostile environment. Look for Steamworld Heist sometime this fall.

There’s plenty of reason to get excited about this – SteamWorld Dig was much-beloved, and this is looking like it’s delivering a neat take on tactical gameplay by being side-scrolling, and using some skill-based elements, like aiming specifically at targets.

Via Touch Arcade

Updates

Bean Dreams Update Includes New Levels, Metal Effects

Bean Dreams, an excellent 2D platformer centered around jumping (moreso than most platformers, of course) just received a big 2.0 update. Look for new levels, new ninja moves, and awesome metal-like effects that should make you jump for joy. Bean Dreams is all yours for $2.99 USD.

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Finger Derpy Coming Later This Month

Thoroughbred racehorses. Such beautiful animals. Until you remove their legs and replace them with fingers. Finger Derpy is a tapping game that challenges you to keep your steed on a straight path by tapping your device’s screen with the proper rhythm. Needless to say, it’s harder than it sounds. Look for the game later this month.

If you can tap your fingers with the proper timing your horse will run straight. Tap out of sequence and your horse will run around as if trying to perform an interpretive dance of derpyness. There’s a party mode for four players, or a single player infinite horse race mode where your horse is trying to “escape” the finish line.

Via 148Apps

Previews via Gamezebo:

Gamezebo Plays Marvel Mighty Heroes Soft Launch

Team-based brawler Marvel Mighty Heroes is in soft-launch in Canada. Jim Squires from Gamezebo has gone hands-on with the game, and thus far he isn’t overly impressed.

Marvel Mighty Heroes released on Google Play in Canada today, and we’ve been playing it.

The verdict? It’s unique, but we’re not quite wowed yet.

Via Gamezebo

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Dragon Blaze Coming Next Month

Mobile action RPG Dragon Blaze is already a smash hit in Japan, and it’s getting an English release courtesy of Gamevil. The localization is due to hit mobile sometime next month. Meanwhile, you can pre-register for some useful items.

Dragon Blaze is a side scrolling role playing game where players lead a team of heroes in battle, joining other players’ characters. The game also features special abilities and items which are rather helpful in battle.

Via Touch Tap Play!

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Out Now: The Quest Keeper

The Quest Keeper is an interesting mix between an RPG and the hit arcade-style hopper, Crossy Road. Only instead of surviving against cars and trains, you need to test your  mettle against spiders and knife-traps.

The Quest Keeper is free to download on the App Store and Google Play.

Updates

Crossy Road Gets “UK & Ireland” Update

Blimey! The UK & Ireland update for Crossy Road is ready to go. Now you can try your luck at randomly drawing one of several new characters from the Grey Lands of Drizzle, including a Royal guard, a chimneysweep, and some fish n chips (yes, you read that right). Of course, you can also buy the newcomers for $0.99 USD each.

There’s another notable character in the update: The Dress. You know. The Dress. The one that’s white and gold. Er, blue and black.

The update is already on the App Store, though it’s not yet on Google Play.

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How the Apple Watch Might Change iOS

148Apps has some interesting speculation about how the impending release of the Apple Watch might change iOS as we know it. For starters, we could see a shift where the Apple Watch is used for “serious” tasks like messaging and email, while the iPhone becomes more of an exclusive gaming device.

Since so many people will be sporting the iPhone/Apple Watch combo, we’ll definitely have more cross-functionality options. Sharing information like work files, images, contact info, and so on will be almost disturbingly quick and easy since you’ll be able to use your Apple Watch to transfer whatever you need from your iCloud or Dropbox to a friend’s or coworker’s.

Via 148Apps

Updates via Pocket Tactics:

Rules! is Ready for the Apple Watch

Frantic Memory-style game Rules! is coming to the Apple Watch. In fact, the game’s 3.0 update made it compatible with the device, and it’ll be playable when the Apple Watch is ready to go. Understandably, some modifications had to be made in order for the game to work with the Apple Watch’s tiny touch screen.

Now, before we get too excited, realize that the version on your watch won’t be the same thing you get on your phone or iPad. The wrist version will feature short brain teasing puzzles that you can play to achieve a daily goal which will unlock new options within the game. It’s like Runkeeper for your brain.

Via Pocket Tactics

Reviews via Touch Arcade:

Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions Review – Stellar

Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions is a platformer based on the Star Wars Rebels animated TV show. And, according to Touch Arcade’s 5 out of 5 review of the game, it’s top-tier stuff.

I originally intended to devote about an hour to Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions to try the game out but ended up playing it right through with only a few levels to go. It’s such an amazing game, one of the best platformers I’ve played.

Via Touch Arcade

Reviews via Gamezebo:

The Trace Review: Traces of Fun

Detective-themed point-and-click adventure game The Trace is a decent play, according to Gamezebo’s 3.5 out of 5 review. The game doesn’t take any major risks, but should still offer fans of mystery and adventure a good time.

The truly rewarding moments in The Trace are exploring its gorgeous, accessible world and feeling like you are a physical part of it. Opening a door and not knowing what lies behind it; looking around a single room from different angles; finding clues because you have actually moved, unlocked, or turned your way to them.

Via Gamezebo

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News

WWE 2K Coming to Mobile this Spring

The Wrestlemania afterglow hasn’t quite died down yet, so a lot of wrestling fans will be happy to learn 2K is bringing a new wrestling game, WWE 2K, to mobile this spring. The game is supposed to feel like a “natural compliment” to WWE 2K15 for consoles.

The simulation-based game will feature a playable roster of your favorite WWE Superstars, from modern day warriors like Roman Reigns and Daniel Bryan to venerated legends like Hulk Hogan and Sting, as well as a Create-a-Superstar mode. Gamers will gain ground by mastering their virtual grappler’s comprehensive move sets in three different match types, each of which features full ring entrances for the competing Superstars. Their challenges will then keep coming in Career Mode or from their friends in the form of Live Multiplayer Matches.

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Hands-On Impressions of Blitz Breaker

If you need more adorable twitch games in your life (and we all do), you’ll want to keep an eye on Blitz Breaker. It’s coming later in 2015, and AppSpy has some hands-on footage of the title.

Via AppSpy

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Namco Bandai Pulls Katamari, Pac-Man, and Other Games from the App Store

Namco Bandai has performed a cull on some of its games on the App Store, eliminating certain titles and their sequels. The Katamari games are gone, as is Ridge Racer and Noby Noby Boy. No reason for the takedowns has been given.

Writing in the iTunes descriptions for certain games, Namco says “We regret to inform you that service for this application will be terminated as of 3/30/2015.”

Additionally, the firm points out that “items already purchased may be used until service termination,” and that “upon service termination, guarantees of operation no longer apply.”

Via Pocket Gamer

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