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'ANNO: Build an Empire' for iPad Soft-Launches in Canada

Back in May, Ubisoft announced that the popular city-building strategy series ANNO was coming to the iPad in an original, built-for-touchscreen experience called ANNO: Build an Empire. Today, that game has soft-launched in the Canadian App Store. As with the other games in the ANNO series, you'll start off by colonizing an unihabited island, collecting resources and enticing people to live there. You'll need to balance all the city building and resource management to keep your inhabitants happy, and eventually, you'll be able to branch out and trade with neighboring islands and even control multiple islands of your own at the same time...

Last week, Disney and Marvel soft-launched a spinoff mobile game for the upcoming movie Guardians of the Galaxy, and as of today that game, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon [appprice url=""https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/guardians-galaxy-universal/id834485417?mt=8"] is now available worldwide. Following an original story inspired by the film and comic series, The Universal Weapon features gameplay similar to the original Battleheart which sees you controlling a party of characters and line-drawing to combat enemies in real-time. In addition to the five main characters from the film, there are 20 more Guardians of the Galaxy characters to unlock and play with through both single-player Story campaign and an Arena mode...

Upcoming 'Overkill 3' Turns the Series into a 3rd-Person, Cover-Based Shooter

Yesterday, Craneballs Studio officially unveiled Overkill 3 on our forums, and it's quite a departure from the previous entries in the popular free to play shooter series. The big change is that Overkill 3 will be a cover-based 3rd-person shooter as opposed to the gallery-style shooters of the first two Overkill games as well as the 1930s mafia-themed spinoff Overkill Mafia. You can get a sense of what Overkill 3 will be like in the following teaser...

Hearthstone [Free (HD)] is getting its first expansion next Tuesday. Pricing details were already announced, and you can buy it in one of two ways: Drop a total of 2,800 in game gold, or spend $24.99. Like World of Warcraft's Naxxramas raid instance, the expansion is split in to "wings," which each wing sold individually. The cool part of all of this is that the price to unlock things decreases as you spend gold to unlock things, so you can basically just dump the gold you've been saving and then pick up the rest for a discounted amount of real-world cash...

Game of Thrones Ascent [Free], if you haven't fiddled with it yet, is a really neat game dripping with Game of Thrones fan service for both book readers and show watchers. A lot of people really like it, which, in the Game of Thrones universe means someone is going to die. Right?..

If you're not the kind of person who is totally stoked for the release of Modern Combat 5 next week and instead prefer slower-paced games like Telltale adventures, you're in luck: Walking Dead: The Game - Season 2 [$4.99] is getting its fourth episode next week. Titled Amid the Ruins, it continues the zany adventures of Clementine and friends in a zombified apocalypse...

Looking for another Candy Crush-like to play and really love Square Enix? Well, today is your lucky day (particularly if you're Australian), as Squeenix just soft launched Smoothie Swipe in Australia. The game is reasonably popular on Facebook, with just barely shy of half a million likes as of this writing...

Late last month, we posted news of Konami buying the Sword & Poker IP and soft launching a totally new, re-worked free to play version of the game. If you read the story, Jared details an extensive meeting we had with the developers at WWDC about how they were still actively tweaking the payment model of the game and were highly receptive to our feedback on it. This, of course, didn't stop commenters from as predictably as the sun rising going completely off the handle...

Out Now: 'Bio Inc.', 'Castle Doombad: Free to Slay', 'daWindci Deluxe', 'Mad Bullets', 'Zombie Commando' and More

Here we are with another busy week of new iOS game releases. As with most weeks, even if it doesn't seem like there's any major heavy-hitters on first glance, there definitely looks to be some cool titles this week. There were a few soft-launches in our list from earlier today, and we'll be keeping an eye on if any of those hit the US tonight or not. If there's anything else that you see was released that isn't in this list, feel free to shout them out in the comments below!..

Italian Indies Santa Ragione Announce Abstract Runner 'Fotonica' for iOS

If you're going to create an endless verbing game—running, cave flying, punching—you may as well do it with as much hard-edged Italian style as you can muster. Enter Fotonica, a stark first-person runner from Santa Ragione...

'Sorcery!' Developers Bringing New Interactive Adventure '80 Days' to the App Store Next Week

Inkle, the studio behind the excellent interactive gamebook adventures Sorcery! and Sorcery! 2, have a new game hitting the App Store next week called 80 Days. Based on the Jules Verne classic Around the World in Eighty Days, you'll follow Phileas Fogg and his valet Passepartout as they try to make it around the world in an alternate-history, steampunk version of the late 1800s...

If you're looking for another freebie to fill your iPhone with this week, check out Bitforge's Orbital [$2.99]. I'm pretty sure the gameplay mechanic has been done about a million times before both by other games on the App Store and in Flash games before the App Store even existed, but it hardly matters- Where Orbital shines is in its presentation. Rad music, bright colors, particle effects everywhere, it's got it...

Siralim [Free], the rookie effort from Thylacine Studios, is hard to fit into a box. Well, it's easy to fit it into a big box. It's definitely an RPG of sorts, but from there, it doesn't fit neatly into any of the sub-genres that we perhaps too gleefully like to use to organize these things. It's an odd fusion of elements, a stew made of up various pieces of different types of RPGs. Games that try this kind of thing run a high risk of ending up with something almost entirely inedible, but on very rare occasions, everything comes together nicely, creating a dish that is both familiar and fresh. You know, I'm kind of hungry. I'm going to get a sandwich and then come back and tell you why Siralim is an awesome game without using food metaphors...

A new game has taken the crown of the most downloaded free game on the App Store, it's called Timberman [Free] and almost vaguely feels like someone took a look at those don't step on the black tiles games and decided to make something that looked like a real video game out of it. Maybe. Anyway, in the game you play as a lumberjack and can tap either side of the screen to chop an apparently infinitely tall tree down...

I elected to miss the boat of this particular console cycle and build a PC instead, but if you're a console gamer, chances are you're undoubtedly stoked for Destiny. It's the first huge release from Bungie since they got off the Halo franchise, and everything is indicating it's going to be a pretty rad game. A public beta is starting up tomorrow for people with Sony consoles, with a Microsoft console beta coming next week...

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