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‘Yak Dash’ Announced, Gameplay Video Released

Who wants to race yaks? More like who doesn’t want to race yaks, right? Mutant Labs has announced that its next game is called Yak Dash: Horns of Glory, and you can check out two hot minutes of gameplay in the video below. The game will come out January 22 for $1.99.

Basically, Yak Dash is a side-scrolling racer in which a bunch of yak riders try to scramble their way to the finish line before anyone else. The game has 17 levels full of obstacles, pits, shortcuts, coins, and delicious apples. You can even do Motocross-style tricks in mid-air to get speed boosts — or fail and crash horribly. It all depends on your yak-riding skills.

Apparently the game is inspired by a real sport in Tibet. Who knew? Anyway, it looks like a whole bucket-load of chaotic fun. Look for it on the App Store in a couple of weeks.

‘The Princess Bride’ Game Now Available


There’s never a bad time to make a game based on a classic movie, so now’s as good a time as any for someone to make a game based on The Princess Bride. So that’s exactly what Gameblend Studios has done. It seems to have come out of the blue, but the game is out now, and you can buy it here for $3.99. But first, check out the trailer below.

The Princess Bride – The Official Game is composed of four mini-games:

·         Survive the Shrieking Eels!
·         Scale the Cliffs of Insanity!
·         Cross swords and duel with Inigo!
·         Wrestle against a Giant!

The games have some clear inspiration from other popular iOS games, like Fruit Ninja, and they seem fairly tappy and swipey, but they’re all done in a colorful art style that really ties the room — er, games — together. It’s an officially licensed game, so you can unlock images and sounds from the film. The developers also promise free content updates in the future.

If you haven’t seen The Princess Bride, by the way, you should get your life together and make that happen as soon as possible.

‘Socioball’ Looks Cool, Launches Next Week

Developer Yellow Monkey Studios has released a trailer for its upcoming game Socioball. Basically, it’s a puzzle game where you lay down tiles to guide a ball to a goal. Each tile tells the ball what to do, and the puzzley part involves you figuring out what configuration to lay down the tiles so the ball goes where you want it to go.

Yellow Monkey Studios is responsible for a number of other games, including Huebrix, another puzzle game we enjoyed when it came out in 2012.

Check out the trailer below to get a sense of how the game plays. It looks pretty charming, with clean, minimalist graphics and lots of nice little animation flourishes. It also comes with a level editor and people can share their hand-made levels via Twitter (using some kind of magical tech that deconstructs and reconstructs the levels from the tweets).

Socioball is set to release on January 15 for $2.99.

Most ‘Monument Valley’ Players Stole the Game


Did you pay for Monument Valley? If so, you’re in the minority. Developer Ustwo has released some figures that will make anyone hoping to get into mobile game development think twice.

The developer took to Twitter to say that it’s currently working on an infographic for the game that includes sales data, and went on to provide a sneak preview. To wit, on Android, only 5% of the copies in use were paid. The rest got the game for free somehow (presumably most of them through piracy). On iOS things are a little better — but just a little — with a paid rate of 40%.

The company went on to say that the 95% figure on Android doesn’t account for the Amazon App Store, where the game was free for a day.

“We’re not complaining at all by the way, it’s to be expected,” they say. “It’s just interesting data.”

It certainly is interesting data, but I wouldn’t fault them for complaining. It’ll be interesting to see what other information the infographic offers.

Trailer Released for ‘Mos Speedrun 2′


Real talk: I’m a massive fan of the original Mos Speedrun. The game, which came out in the prehistoric era (2011), is a slick side-scrolling platformer with controls so tight you couldn’t budge ‘em if you tried. Fans of that sort of thing are in luck, because Physmo, the developer, has just released a trailer for the sequel, Mos Speedrun 2.

You play as some weird little bug creature, and the graphics are all retro, but none of that really matters, because the gameplay is what counts in this game. All you can do in the original is do is run left, right, or jump. The idea is to play and re-play each level until you achieve a handful of goals, including speedrunning.

To speedrun a level, you have to have it encoded in your muscle memory. A timer keeps track of your run times, and if you have a certain type of addictive personality you won’t be able to move on until you’ve hundred-percented each level. It gets bad.

The new game seems to add some extra visual flair and some cool new elements like wall jumping and springboards, but that’s nothing revolutionary for the platformer genre.

But original wasn’t so awesome because of its new ideas. It was awesome because of the responsive controls, the elegantly constructed levels, and how perfectly all of the elements meshed together. If Physmo can engineer that kind of magic once again with the sequel, we’re in luck.

They haven’t announced any pricing or release date information aside from “coming in 2015,” but we’ll keep you in the loop as we hear more.

The Best Games Currently On Sale


The holidays aren’t over yet, so a few more games have gone on sale (and some have gone off sale). Here’s the latest up-to-date list of all the good deals on the App Store. After all, is there a better way to ring in the new year than by getting good deals on games?

Anomaly 2 – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
Anomaly Defenders – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
Baldur’s Gate II – $9.99 (was $14.99) – Buy
Bastion – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
Batman Arkham City Lockdown – $0.99 (was $5.99) – Buy
Bioshock – $4.99 (was $10.99) – Buy
Botanicula – $2.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
Chrono Trigger – $4.99 (was $9.99) – Buy
Civilization Revolution 2 – $7.99 (was $14.99) – Buy
Deus Ex: The Fall – $0.99 (was $6.99) – Buy
Dragon Quest II – $2.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
Dragon Quest VIII – $12.99 (was $19.99) – Buy
Final Fantasy IV – $7.99 (was $15.99) – Buy
Final Fantasy IV: The After Years – $7.99 (was $15.99) – Buy
Final Fantasy Tactics: The War of the Lions – $7.99 (was $15.99) – Buy
Final Fantasy V – $7.99 (was $15.99) – Buy
Final Fantasy VI – $7.99 (was $15.99) – Buy
FTL: Faster Than Light – $4.99 (was $9.99) – Buy
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars – $2.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
Icycle: On Thin Ice – $Free (was $2.99) – Buy
LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
LEGO The Lord of the Rings – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
Magicka – $1.99 (was $3.99) – Buy
LEGO Marvel Super Heroes: Universe in Peril – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
Machinarium – $2.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
Modern Combat 5: Blackout – $3.99 (was $6.99) – Buy
NBA 2K15 – $3.99 (was $7.99) – Buy
Oceanhorn – $4.99 (was $8.99) – Buy
Out There – $0.99 (was $3.99) – Buy
Penumbear – Free (was $1.99) – Buy
Reckless Racing 3 – $0.99 (was $2.99) – Buy
The Room 2 – $0.99 (was $2.99) – Buy
RPM Gymkhana Racing – Free (was $2.99) – Buy
The Shadow Sun – $0.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
Solitaire King – Free (was $2.99) – Buy
Space Hulk – $2.99 (was $9.99) – Buy
Star Command – $0.99 (was $2.99) – Buy
Stealth – $0.99 (was $1.99) – Buy
Tengami – $1.99 (was $4.99) – Buy
Thomas Was Alone – $2.99 (was $5.99) – Buy
Threes – $1.99 (was $2.99) – Buy
Ticket to Ride – $2.99 (was $6.99) – Buy
Tilt to Live: Gauntlet’s Revenge – $1.99 (was $2.99) – Buy
Volt – $0.99 (was $1.99) – Buy
XCOM: Enemy Within – $6.99 (was $12.99) – Buy
Warhammer 40,000: Storm of Vengeance – $0.99 (was $2.99) – Buy

‘Ace Ferrara and the Dino Menace’ Goes Free for a Limited Time

The game Ace Ferrara and the Dino Menace has become unglued from its Bulkypix publishing deal, and has been re-released by developer Philipp Seifried. The only problem is, due to some Apple red tape, he had to re-submit it to Apple as a new app, meaning people who paid for it before will have to purchase it again if they want to keep getting updates.

But don’t worry, Seifried has a solution: He’s made the game free for a limited time. So whether you bought it before or not, you can grab it up right here before it starts costing money again. Not a bad deal! By all accounts it’s a totally decent game, so don’t delay.

The new version sports some nifty updates that hadn’t been put in the old one yet, like iPhone 6 and 6 Plus graphical optimization, new missiles, and a new super-tough difficulty mode.

At any rate, there’s never been a better time to pump artillery into space dinosaurs. Go ahead, make ‘em extinct once again.

Pokémon-Like ‘Duel Revolution’ Announced

Nintendo has no plans to release a full Pokémon game anytime soon, so a number of enterprising developers have tried to fill the void (and reap the monetary rewards). The latest of the bunch to announce a Poké-clone is Prodigious Works, whose upcoming Duel Revolution looks like a game straight out of the DS era. It even uses the tag line “Can you catch them all?”

The game will be available for free sometime in early 2015, with new content scheduled to come out every three months.

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Of course, it’s one thing to clone the look of a Pokémon game, but it’s another thing entirely to set up a series of interlocking systems that make a game fun to play — even if you’re just mimicking the work of a developer as talented as Nintendo. Whether Duel Revolution will be able to capture the magic of Nintendo’s acclaimed franchise remains to be seen.

If you’re into this sort of thing, you can check out the developer’s Facebook page or Twitter page, where you’ll find loads of additional information. In the meantime, if you want your fix of Pokémon on iOS, you can grab Pokémon TCG Online here for free.


Square Enix Announces ‘Bravely Archive: D’s Report’


Square Enix has been tossing game after game onto the App Store in recent years, and it looks like the trend will continue into 2015. The developer has announced the free-to-play game Bravely Archive: D’s Report, a spin-off of the hit RPG for Nintendo 3DS, Bravely Default. It will land on the Japanese App Store in January. No word yet on a stateside release, but these games generally make their way over here eventually.

The game will reportedly be a turn-based RPG that takes place several hundred years after Bravely Default. The game will be controlled largely by “simple flicking mechanisms,” reports Siliconera, and will feature loads of jobs that you can mix and match to create the party of your dreams.

For your part, you play as a librarian tasked with traversing the game world, collecting knowledge sealed in crystals. Hence the archive of the title, I suppose.

Look for more Bravely Archive: D’s Report information upon its Japanese release in January. (But for real, how do they come up with these titles?) In the meantime, you can check out the game’s Japanese website here.


NES and SNES Emulator Appears, Vanishes from App Store

Fans of NES and SNES emulation had a brief window yesterday and today to download an app called Floppy Cloud. It’s purportedly a file management app, but if you load up an NES or SNES rom from your Dropbox folder, you can play the game right on your non-jailbroken iOS device.

But alas, like all things too good for this world, Floppy Cloud was short lived. Although the developer was clever/lucky enough to get the app approved before the annual end-of-year App Store freeze, once the press got wind of the app’s extraordinary capabilities, it wasn’t long before Apple nipped it in the bud and removed it from the App Store.

If you’re still dead set on playing retro games on your iOS device, check out Touch Arcade’s guide to jailbreaking and emulating all kinds of older consoles. Or you could always wait until the inevitable next time one of these apps slips through the cracks.