As usual, right now is a great time to be an iOS gamer. For no particular reason a bunch of good games are currently free to download, and we can all benefit from the madness. Read on for our picks of the best deals, with links to our reviews and to the App Store, where you can download them for zilch. Read More
Gameloft has taken to Twitter to announce that they’re working on Dungeon Hunter 4. Traditionally, they package their game announcements with a teaser trailer or screenshots, but that doesn’t appear to be the case here. Their YouTube channel and Facebook page show no mention of the game, so all we have to go on is the tweet. Read More
Soon, Where’s My Water? won’t be the only iOS gaming franchise to have launched a cartoon series. Rovio is planning to debut their weekly Angry Birds Toons show on March 17. They had previously been vague about how the show would be distributed, but they’ve just announced that you’ll be able to watch the series from within their Angry Birds games. Read More
Over the weekend Polygon reported that the maker of the platformer Cave Story has announced that his next project will be a game called Gero Blaster for iOS. The game is a retro-style action platformer along the lines of Contra, made by the Japanese developer Daisuke Amaya. Watch the trailer below. Read More
If you want gaming deals, you could do a lot worse than be an iOS gamer. Currently a number of notable games are either free or on sale for cheap. We’ve picked out the best of the bunch below. Read on for the savings. Read More
Trilobyte Games told Polygon they’re working on a third game in The 7th Guest series. The first two games, The 7th Guest and The 11th Hour, are adventure horror games, where you explore a mansion, watching ghostly full-motion video cutscenes and solving puzzles. The third game will come to iOS, Android, Mac, and PC sometime next year. Read More
If you’re new to iOS, or if the global Angry Birds phenomenon never piqued your interest enough to make you shell out a buck or three for Angry Birds or Angry Birds HD, then you’re in luck: Rovio has made both games free. We don’t know how long it’ll last, so grab them up if you haven’t yet. Read More
It’s Wednesday again, and not only does that mean the week is half over, it also means big new games are heading toward the App Store. Tonight you’ll be able to steer a famous Sega mascot to success or doom, learn what a knitted deer is, and a lot more. Read on for details on what big games are coming out tonight. We have the early New Zealand links, which will take you to the live game in the US App Store after 8pm PST tonight. Read More
Vlambeer has just released an exceptionally brief trailer for their upcoming game Ridiculous Fishing: A Tale of Redemption. The trailer was originally made for Vine, the new app from Twitter that lets you create looping six-second videos. Ridiculous Fishing is set to hit the App Store next week, on March 14. They haven’t decided on a price yet, but they promise it will cost “less than five dollars.” Watch the trailer below. Read More
February turned out to be a pretty slow month for Must Have games here at Slide To Play. Still, we handed out Must Have scores to five titles, and one of them stands above the rest. It’s a racing game that may not take place on a large scale, but it packs all the fun and excitement of a great kart racer and shrinks it down to the size of Micro Machines. Our Game of the Month for February 2013 is Table Top Racing, by Playrise Digital. Read More
We normally don’t post about Apple rumors, because they’re often wrong or incomplete. However, rumors of an upcoming Apple wristwatch may have just hit a critical mass. Respected organizations like Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, The Verge, and The New York Times have all independently reported that the so-called “iWatch” will be Apple’s next product. Rumor has it that the watch will run on a version of iOS and could release this year. Read on for more details. Read More
It’s March. Spoilers: This month tends to charge in like a lion and bound out like a lamb. But no matter how restless the weather is, there’s never a bad time for free games. This week: Build houses for the monsters that fight for you, dodge the po-po, and get ready to slip back into the trenches, Private. Read More
The awesomely named Noodlecake Games has released a trailer for Super Stickman Golf 2, a follow-up to one of the best 2D golf games on iOS. The sequel looks as insane as ever, with portals, windmills, and other whacky obstacles placed between your golfer and the hole. Watch the trailer below. Read More
This morning 11 Bit Studios announced that they’re busy working on Anomaly 2, a sequel to their excellent “tower offense” games. They’ve released a trailer, which you can watch below. We’re not 100% sure that it’s coming to iOS yet, but seeing as the original and the follow-up Anomaly Korea hit the iPad, it’s a good bet that it will wind up on iOS devices eventually. Read More
Google has released a barebones browser game for computers called Super Sync Sports. The neat thing about it is that you can control the game using your smartphone. It even supports four-player multiplayer. But before you dive in, be aware that the game itself is nothing to get excited about. In a blog post, Google says they made the game to show developers what’s possible with the Chrome browser. Read More
It’s Wednesday night, which, like Friday for films or Tuesday for console games, is the day when all the best new iOS games launch at once. Tonight you’ll have a chance to tear off some heads as an alien killing machine, or swap gravity using a magic duck. This sort of variety is exactly why we love finding new games in the App Store. Read on for your early New Zealand links, which will take you to the live game in the US App Store after 8pm PST tonight.
On this week’s podcast, the gang talks about the future: the maybe-in-development iWatch, the PlayStation 4, and Google Glass. We also talk about the games we’ve been playing, including Real Racing 3, Krashlander, and Gun Bros 2. Read on to stream the podcast, peruse the shownotes, and download the file! Read More
Frugal gamers, listen up! Nutty Fluffies Rollercoaster (formerly just called Nutty Fluffies) is currently free to download. It’s a fun roller coaster game made by Redlinx, the makers of MotoHeroz and the Draw Race series. So read our review, then ride over to the App Store and download it here. Read More
The third and final table in Star Wars Pinball is revealed in the latest trailer for the game. This table’s theme is The Clone Wars, and the trailer shows off some exciting combat sequences that’ll play out as you whack the pinballs around. For those keeping track, they’ve already previewed the other two tables in the game, the Empire Strikes Back one and the Boba Fett one. If you’re looking forward to the game, you don’t have much longer to wait, as the game comes out tomorrow. Read More
An interesting-looking game called Riot has just gotten a trailer. It’s a pixel art game, where players can participate in riots as either the rioters or the police officers trying to stop the riot. Italian developer Leonard Menchiari is trying to get funding for the game at Indiegogo. If the game reaches its $15,000 goal it will come out for iOS, Android, OUYA, Mac, and PC. Watch the trailer below. Read More
Top of the weekend to you. What’s better than free games? Free games about dragons, wizards, and robot pirates. We have some great recommendations for you this week that should suit your needs regardless of whether you want a fiery challenge or something a little more chill. Read More
Big-name games tend to perform well in the App Store, because gamers often gravitate towards known commodities like After Burner Climax or Gun Bros 2. While we love to review popular brands, we’re also looking for the next big thing from the indie iOS development community. Here are our picks for the new indie iOS games that we think really shine.
The trailers keep on coming for Star Wars Pinball, a surprisingly action-packed game set to hit the App Store next week. The new trailer focuses on the Boba Fett table, showing off how it incorporates key Boba Fett scenes from the movies. Watch it below. Read More
At last night’s PlayStation 4 event, developer Jonathan Blow came onstage to show off his upcoming puzzle game The Witness. Obviously, it’s coming to PlayStation 4, but it’s also heading to iOS. The game is expected to release some time this year. Watch the trailer below. Read More
We hear you like videogames. Sony is announcing their PlayStation 4 console in a press conference in New York. Watch the press conference live right here. Read More
Wednesday night is the biggest night for games on the App Store, when major developers launch just in time for Apple to redesign their virtual storefront. Tonight’s big new games come to us from Sega, Chillingo, Glu, and Simogo, plus a raft of indie games that we may cover later on. Read on for your early looks and NZ buy links, which should take you to your local App Store after 8pm PST.
BeaverTap Games has just released a trailer for their follow-up to last year’s excellent platformer Mikey Shorts. The sequel is called Mikey Hooks, and it look pretty similar to the original, but with a grappling hook mechanic– nothing wrong with that. The game comes out this spring, but you can watch the trailer below. Read More
Fireproof Studios has just announced that they’re working on a sequel to The Room, an atmospheric puzzle game that came out in September 2012. The sequel is expected to release in August. They also announced that they’re preparing a free expansion to the original game, which you can expect to see in “early summer” of this year. Read More
It’s a holiday weekend, and that means game sales on the App Store. A number of games are either on sale or free in celebration of Valentine’s Day, Presidents’ Day, or both. Of particular note is Infinity Blade, which has been cut from $5.99 to free for the first time ever. Read on for our picks of the best games that are currently on sale or free. Read More
DeNA, the makers of the upcoming first-person shooter The Drowning have just released a video that explains the game’s unique control mechanic. Instead of replicating a controller with touch sticks and buttons like the N.O.V.A. series, they’ve designed the controls around taps and swipes. You can watch developer Ben Cousins explain it in detail in the video below. Read More
If you’re one of the rare gamers who hasn’t bought Infinity Blade yet, today is your lucky day: the game is currently available for free. Read our review, then download the game here. And if you enjoy it, you’ll probably want to read our review of the sequel and buy it, because it takes everything that’s good about the original and turns it up to 11. Read More
It’s no surprise that Pixel People is a popular game. We gave it high praise in our review, and went on to detail how it can easily hijack all of your free time. Turns out we’re not the only ones with a serious Pixel People addiction. Chillingo has released an infographic detailing some of the stats the game has racked up in the two weeks since its release. Check it out below. Read More
Zen Studios has released a new trailer for their upcoming Star Wars Pinball game. It shows off the Empire Strikes Back table, and it looks a lot more exciting than the static pinball games of yore. In addition to flinging a ball around the table, you’ll get to watch some of the classic scenes from the movie. Check out the trailer below. Read More
Snowed in? Stave off cabin fever with some free iOS games! This week, you can pretend you’re a fire fighter, or you can perform a little platforming as a robot. You can take down zombies wearing nothing but your Spartan thong, or you can fight a demon invasion. Heck, why not do them all? These games are free, after all. Read More
Wednesday night is the usual night for big game releases, but the pickings are a little slim this week. Maybe App Store developers are too busy making romantic plans for Valentine’s Day instead? EA Mobile showed some love to the New Zealand and Australian App Stores by launching Real Racing 3 a few weeks early, but everyone else has to wait until February 28. Click ahead for your advance links and info!
On this week’s podcast, Andrew is back from Europe to talk about his experience judging the International Mobile Game Awards. We also talk about the games we’ve been playing, including Roar Rampage, Table Top Racing, and After Burner Climax. Read on to stream the podcast, check out the shownotes, and download the file! Read More
Fishlabs has just announced that they’re working on a new massively multiplayer online game called Galaxy on Fire – Alliances. The game will take place in the Galaxy on Fire universe, and will focus on real-time strategy elements. The release date is scheduled for Q3 of this year. Read on for details and screenshots. Read More
As often happens on the App Store, a number of games are either on sale or free this weekend. Of particular note are the Rovio iPad games, all of which can be had for a buck apiece at the moment. Read on for our picks of the best games that are currently on sale or free. Read More
Here’s something you don’t see every day: Tilt Studios will pay $1,000 to the first person to beat their upcoming platformer Spunk & Moxie when it launches on iOS. The game will be released in two weeks, but you can watch the trailer below. Read More
Gameloft has just released a gameplay trailer for their upcoming free-to-play shooter Blitz Brigade. The game, which looks a lot like Battlefield Heroes or Team Fortress 2, will focus on team-based multiplayer killfests, as shown in the video. Five playable classes are included, along with vehicles and a whole lot of firepower. Look for the game to hit the App Store in the coming weeks. In the meantime, watch the trailer below. Read More
If you’re the type of gamer who only buys the biggest or best new apps, you should check out tonight’s launches on the App Store. New games from Sega, DotEmu, FDG, Gamevil, and Bulkypix will all appear at 8pm PST in the US App Store tonight, but you can follow our Kiwi links to see them on the New Zealand store now. Read on for your first look!
In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, OUYA CEO Julie Uhrman reports that the Android-based game console will hit select store shelves in June 2013. The system will be sold at Target, Best Buy, GameStop, and Amazon for $100. You can preorder an OUYA and extra controllers starting today, right here. Read More
Instead of a post-holiday lull, this January has been a surprisingly strong month for new iOS games. Out of several new Must Have games, one action-strategy game stands out, like a siege tower on a battlefield full of orcs and skeleton warriors. Our Game of the Month for January 2013 is Heroes and Castles, by Foursaken Media. Read More
On this week’s podcast, we chat about the new 128GB iPad and the slow decline of the once-great developer Ngmoco. We also talk about the games we’ve been playing, including Banana Kong, Cracking Sands, Pixel People, and Tumblewords. Read on to stream the podcast, check out the shownotes, and download the file! Read More
The developer diaries keep on coming for Real Racing 3. Firemonkeys Studios has just released a new video that shows more gameplay footage, and details the game’s “time-shifted multiplayer” mode, which lets you race against your friends without the hassle of having to play at the same time as them. Watch the video below. Read More
For no apparent reason, a few really stand-out games are on sale or free on the App Store today. Particularly of note is Mutant Mudds, an incredibly excellent platformer that’s free for today only. We’ll keep updating this list as prices drop on more titles. Check out the other games you can get or cheap or free below. Read More
Dig up your clip-on tie and put on your least-wrinkled shirt: It’s time to list the nominees for the 9th Annual Mobile Gaming Awards (IMGA). A jury consisting of 15 press and industry leaders selected 2012’s talent, which includes 57 games nominated across six different categories. Read More
On this week’s podcast, we talk about Apple’s Q1 2013 results and the release of Might & Magic: Clash of Heroes. Then, of course, we chat about the iOS games we’ve been playing, including Half-Inch Heist and Wave Trip. Read on to stream the podcast, check out the shownotes, and download the file! Read More
We love Wednesday nights best of all, because that’s when the week’s biggest games hit the App Store. At the stroke of 11pm EST tonight, iOS gamers will be able to download two very different racing games, an addictive freemium city builder, and a pyro sim unlike anything you’ve ever played. Read on for descriptions of the games and New Zealand App Store links, which will direct you to the US App Store after the games launch at 11pm EST. Read More
Today Rovio has been tweeting hints and posting images to their Tumblr that indicate they’re prepping an “Escape From Hoth” level pack for Angry Birds Star Wars. We’re not sure when to expect an update to the game, but keep an eye out for new content soon. Check out the art below to get an idea of what’s in store. Read More
Here’s an interesting switch: A video game that won’t be coming to North America because fans want to see it buried. Rockman Xover, an iOS action game set in the Mega Man universe, has sparked so much criticism and rage amongst English-speaking fans that Capcom is probably going to abandon its plans to localize the title. Read More
The last thing you want at the height of the flu season is for some jerk to spray his spittle all over you, but this is one sneeze you’re going to want to share. Gesundheit!, the award-winning action/puzzle game from Revolutionary Concepts, is Apple’s most recent App of the Week, and is therefore free for a limited time. Read More
If Angry Birds has taught us anything, it’s that ham and eggs don’t always go well together. But last years’ Bad Piggies demonstrated that the green pigs aren’t necessarily bad; they’ll just use their endless well of creativity (and garbage) to sate their appetites for bird embryos. It turns out a pig’s work is never done, and that’s why Rovio has an update for Bad Piggies in the works. Read More
Gun Bros 2 is almost ready to launch on the App Store! According to Glu, It’ll launch on both the Mac and iOS App Stores simultaneously the week of February 21. The most impressive new features we’ve seen so far are the addition of vehicles and boss fights, so we’ll be playing right at launch to let you know if this sequel is as good as the original.
MAME, the arcade emulator, is back on the App Store—for now, and in a rather roundabout way. Last week saw the release of a free app called Gridlee, a shooter game that was originally conceived for the ‘80s arcade scene. Gridlee never received its arcade release, but its developer, Videa, has allowed the ROM to be copied and distributed for non-commercial use. ROMs need a home to function, and it just so happens the iOS version of Gridlee comes packed with the fruits of the MAME4iOS Reloaded project. Read More
Gameloft has released a trailer for an upcoming game called Blitz Brigade. It’s a free-to-play team-based shooter that bears more than a passing resemblance to the popular game Team Fortress 2. Watch the (bloody) trailer below. Read More
Storm8, a major contributor to the social/mobile gaming scene, recently celebrated reaching 10 million daily active users (DAU). That’s double the DAU Storm8 had a year ago. Expanding into the social arcade and social casino genres has helped the studio reach its overall audience of 200 million players. Read More
Entertainment Tonight has just released a clip from the upcoming movie Jobs, a biopic about the famous co-founder and CEO of Apple. Ashton Kucher stars as Steve Jobs, alongside Josh Gab, who plays Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak. This is the first time we’ve seen Kutcher act in the role of Steve Jobs. The movie hits theaters on April 19, but you can watch the clip below. Let us know what you think in the comments section. Read More
On this week’s podcast, we discuss Slide To Play 3.0, the money-making machine that is Sega’s Kingdom Conquest, and the iOS games we’ve been playing, like Death Golf, Heroes and Castles, and Temple Run 2. Then we chat with Semyon Volnov, the CCO of Zeptolab, the makers of Cut the Rope. Read on to stream the podcast, check out the shownotes, and download the file! Read More
It’s Wednesday, and that means big games are about to hit the App Store! Tonight, iOS gamers will be able to download an enormous strategy game, a gorgeous word puzzler, and a crazy-looking kart racer. Read on for descriptions of the games and New Zealand App Store links, which will direct you to the US App Store after the games launch at 8pm PST. Read More
Nintendo has been notoriously slow about entering the mobile world in any capacity, but it looks like the company is ready to integrate part of its universe with smartphones. Come this spring, Wii U owners will be able to access the MiiVerse from their phones. This is an intriguing prospect for the MiiVerse and its communities. Will we be able to use our iPads to sketch and post on the go? Maybe we’ll be able to snap and share pictures. “Hey guys, am I crazy or does this stain on the subway floor look like a pony?” Read More
If your cellphone service provider is Verison, then chances are good that you own an iPhone. According to data recently released by the carrier, 6.2 million of the 9.8 million smartphones Verizon moved in the fourth quarter of 2012 were iPhones. That’s good news, though Verizon still posted a loss for the quarter. Read More
It’s always a good time to be an iOS gamer, but it’s even better when games are on sale. And wouldn’t you know it, right now a number of good games are on sale or free. We’ve picked the best games on sale or free this weekend. Read on for the goods. Read More
February will mark a year of me writing for Slide To Play. During that time, I’ve had a blast reviewing games. While we can’t review everything, if I could jump in the Wayback Machine, there are a few great games that came out in 2012 that I would have loved to have taken a crack at. Here’s my personal list of the best games that didn’t get reviewed.
Do things feel a little different around Slide To Play? It’s not just you.
After two months and change of frenzied development, we’ve launched a new version of the site. Yes, it may LOOK a lot like the old site we all know and love–plus some bugs we are working to resolve ASAP–but believe you me, this is not your Daddy’s STP. We’ve rebuilt the whole thing from scratch.
Our original system served us very well for four years, so why would we make such a dramatic change? Because we had to. We outgrew our setup in the fall, resulting in downtime and other assorted nastiness. All of a sudden, we felt like we were losing our grip on our mission, which is to keep you up to date on the best games for your iDevice and make the App Store a better place for everyone. Needless to say, we were bummed.
No longer. The new STP is fast, reliable, and up to date. It’s a platform primed for growth, just like the one we cover.
You may already be noticing the snappier load times and the streamlined interface… and we’re just getting started. Many more improvements are on the way in the coming days.
So, have a look around and let us know what you think in the comments. As always, STP belongs to our readers first and foremost, and we want to make this the best site it can possibly be.
Firemonkeys Studios has just released a new developer diary video that shows off some of the tracks that will be in Real Racing 3. The game seems to be shaping up nicely, and we’re looking forward to playing it when it’s released in late February. For now, you can watch the video below. Read More
It’s Wednesday, which means another big night on the App Store! Tonight, iOS users will be able to download a sequel to one of the most popular mobile games ever, Temple Run. We’re also seeing new games from Square Enix, Bulkypix, and Foursaken. Read on for the New Zealand App Store links, which will direct you to the US after the games launch at 8pm PST.
The success of Activision’s Skylanders franchise proves that kids love mixing toys and video games. Disney hopes the combination of bytes and plastic will retain its enchantment through June as the company prepares to launch Disney Infinity, a multi-platform experience that utilizes plastic Disney figurines as “keys” to a virtual Disney-themed world. Read More
On this week’s podcast, we discuss CES in Las Vegas, the mysterious “Others” category in iTunes, and the iOS games we’ve been playing non-stop, like Might and Magic: Clash of Heroes, Hundreds, Catch the Ark, and Pixel Defenders Puzzle. Read on for your shownotes and download links! Read More
Who doesn’t enjoy a little vehicular combat every now and then? Playrise, a studio started by a co-creator of the Wipeout series, has just announced that their first title will be Table Top Racing, a game inspired by Micro Machines and Mario Kart. Read on for details and screenshots. Read More
The National Rifle Association has released an iOS game called NRA: Practice Range. It’s a free target shooting app that features a variety of real guns. You can unlock more guns for a buck apiece via in-app purchase. The game’s release is surprising, because the video game industry is one of the groups the NRA has blamed for real-life violence. Read More
For a long time, our review of the original Kingdom Conquest was one of the most-read articles on this site. That’s probably because it was one of the early freemium games to offer the just right amount of content and strategy, without making players feel like they had to spend money to continue playing. Fans of that game are in luck, because Sega is bringing Kingdom Conquest II to the US soon. You can watch the trailer below, and pre-register now by clicking here. Read More
Madfinger Games has been a busy company lately. At the end of last summer they released Dead Trigger, a frenetic first-person shooter with jaw-dropping graphics. They’ve just announced that the sequel, Dead Trigger 2, will be coming to iOS in a few months. Check out some screenshots below. Read More
Now that it’s a new year, developers are slowly readjusting to the regular Wednesday night launch cycle. Wednesday night is a prime time to launch new iOS games, because on Thursday, Apple adjusts their New and Noteworthy and other high-visibility App Store lists. There aren’t a lot of big new games this week, but a series of smaller games from Chillingo, Bulkypix, and others should keep you entertained this week. Click ahead for New Zealand Kiwi links, which will take you to the live game in the US App Store after 8pm PST tonight. Read More
The iPhone is so popular and widespread that even the name ‘iPhone’ is practically a generic term for a smartphone. But while Apple is still the go-to brand for most folks’ smartphone needs, there’s been a noticeable market shift in recent months: iPhones are costly, and that’s one major reason why Android phones are rapidly gaining popularity. According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Apple has noticed in a big way, and is developing a cheaper iPhone in response. Read More
Just when you thought it was safe to play games using your iPhone’s touchscreen, iFrogz has announced a new physical controller for the iPhone 5 called the Caliber Advantage. The company has also announced a partnership with Epic Games and Chair Entertainment, and promises more companies will make their games compatible with the device by launch. The Caliber Advantage will debut for $69.99 in the first half of 2013. Read More
Last year, we looked back at those “near-miss” reviews that caused a bit of consternation amongst our readers. These are games that we ranked as a 3 or below, only to find that they had vocal and ardent defenders in the comments section. Now that it’s 2013, we want to take a look back at our most-disputed reviews of 2012, and highlight the most insightful comments from our readers. Read More
Here’s a remarkable little statistic to perk you up this morning. Apple faithfuls have downloaded over 40 billion apps– and 20 billion of those downloads happened in 2012 alone. Talk about being drops in the ocean. Typically, we need to gaze up at the stars in order to feel so insignificant and humbled. Read More
We were browsing the App Store today (like ya do), and noticed that an unusual number of good games have been marked down to free. So check out the list below and grab up any that look good to you. If you only download one game, make it Swordigo, a great action RPG that we put at #19 on our best games of 2012 list. Read More