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Out Now: 'Game of Thrones', 'Bean Dreams', 'Shadowrun: Dragonfall - Director's Cut', 'Fist of Jesus', 'Roller Polar', 'Tomb Raider II', 'Boulder Jack' and More

It's midnight somewhere in the US, which means it's time for a whole batch of new iOS games to hit the App Store. From my perspective, you might as well just rename today "Bean Dreams Launch Day" and make it an unofficial holiday so everyone can have the day off and play through Kumobius's latest. Nostalgia buffs will have their hands full with both Shadowrun: Dragonfall and Tomb Raider II. And of course, the highly-anticipated Game of Thrones game from Telltale is now out on mobile after launching on other platforms earlier this week. Check out the full list below and let us know what you've got your eye on...

Light-Based Puzzler 'God of Light' Goes Free

December 3rd, 2014 9:02 PM EST by Carter Dotson in News, Sales
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We know it's a very busy time of year for new releases, but if you're looking for a nice freebie to check out, God of Light [Free] has just gone free for a limited time. This is a light-based puzzler where the goal is to use mirrors to redirect beams of light around a level to illuminate the Source of Life in each level. It starts out easy enough, with single colors of light to use, but eventually beams of light criss-cross, and different colors of light come into play, making it rather tricky...

Gameloft Releases New 'Brothers In Arms 3' Teaser Trailer

Way back in June of last year, Gameloft announced Brothers In Arms 3, the third entry in their WWII shooter series that had been a staple on the iOS platform for years. Brothers In Arms 3 was a pretty dramatic departure from the previous games in the series, as it was designed as an on-rails, third-person cover-based shooter. We were able to go hands-on with an early version of the game at E3 that month, and despite how different it was, it was still a lot of fun. We didn't really hear much more about Brothers In Arms 3 after that, except that it was supposed to be the consolation prize for Gameloft delaying Modern Combat 5 back in December. However, Brothers In Arms 3 never arrived as promised...

If you haven't gotten a chance to try Sometimes You Die [$0.99] yet, now is as good a time as any, as the game is currently on sale for $0.99, down from its regular $1.99 price. The game recently got updated to version 1.3, which adds proper support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, so if you're playing the game on those devices, it'll be all good now...

Sega Announces 'Total War Battles: Kingdom' for PC, Mac and Tablets

Back in 2012 Sega released Total War Battles: Shogun [$1.99], a mobile spinoff of the long-running Total War series of strategy games from developer Creative Assembly. Today Sega and Creative Assembly have announced the follow-up to Shogun, called Total War Battles: Kingdom. The major change here is that Kingdom will be entirely server-based, and will release across the PC, Mac and mobile platforms. That means that you can carry your progress over across those platforms. There are also pretty big changes to the realm-building aspects and the large-scale battles in Kingdom, which Creative Assembly talks about in this lengthy announcement trailer...

Pixel Boat Rush [$0.99] is a rad 2D boat racing game from the folks at XperimentalZ Games, who have also done a good job with their previous releases like Platforms Unlimited [Free] and Don't Run With a Plasma Sword [Free], the latter of which is also a top-notch name for a game. Well, Pixel Boat Rush has just gotten its first sale, dropping down to $0.99 from its $1.99 price. Not bad at all for a game I personally enjoy, and our own Shaun Musgrave had praise for in his review...

'Mini Motor Racing WRT' Announced, Original Goes Free for this Week

Back in December of 2011, The Binary Mill released a slick top-down racer called Mini Motor Racing [Free / Free (HD)]. It featured great visuals, a ton of cars to unlock and upgrade, plenty of tracks to race on, and a full single-player campaign to play through. We liked it a lot in our review, and that was even before it received online multiplayer in an update. It wasn't perfect, but it was fun, and Mini Motor Racing has always stood out as one of my favorite iOS racers. This week The Binary Mill has announced a follow-up to their 2011 hit called Mini Motor Racing WRT...

'Tomb Raider 2' is Out Now Worldwide

'Tomb Raider 2' is Out Now Worldwide

December 3rd, 2014 12:26 PM EST by Carter Dotson in Featured, News, Release
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Square Enix has unearthed an early release day surprise for y'all, as Tomb Raider 2 [$1.99] is now out worldwide, ahead of when games normally release across the globe on Wednesday. This is a port of the Playstation One-era game starring Lara Croft, with widescreen visuals, though the game hasn't gotten too much of a visual revamping since its original release. This does come with both the original game and its expansion "The Golden Mask" which originally was only available for PC. It still looks like a game from 1997, just running in HD now! ..

Our pals over at Hearthpwn have data mined the upcoming Hearthstone [Free (HD)] Goblins vs Gnomes patch data, which is a fancy way of saving they poked through it looking for any relevant text strings and image files. This sort of thing has been going down in Diablo and World of Warcraft patches forever, so, it only makes sense that Hearthstone gets similar treatment. They've got all the golden cards, along with catching a bunch of flavor text changes as well as the expected card type update to make a lot of previously-released mechanical cards count as Mechs...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Bean Dreams', 'Elune Saga', Shadowrun: Dragonfall' and More

Christmas comes early for me, and other folks who loved Bean's Quest [$2.99] with the release of Bean Dreams tonight. Bean's Quest is/was one of my favorite iOS platformers, as it manages to flawlessly bridge the gap of providing an easy and cute game for people who want to ignore bonus objectives while giving hardcore gamers who want to hit things like the maximum jump count for a level something to endlessly pour over. Clever stuff...

Nitrome Reveals Two Upcoming Arcade-Style Games: 'Platform Panic' and 'Roller Polar'

Nitrome just can't stop making games. They recently announced their upcoming Gunbrick, which I can't wait to try out. But that's not all they're working on, as they have a couple of smaller arcade titles in the works. They've announced Platform Panic, an endless Mega Man style platformer, where the goal is to dodge various hazards to make it to the exit, with points earned for each room escaped. The game is controlled by swipes, with auto-running. There are coins to collect, and new characters to unlock. This one looks like an interesting take on retro-inspired games:..

Space Simulator 'Star Nomad' Re-Releases as Paid Game

December 3rd, 2014 8:00 AM EST by Carter Dotson in News
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Some people really don't like paying for games – and that's why developers tend to make free-to-play games for mobile. Well, the developer of Star Nomad [$3.99], Halfgeek Studios, decided to make their paid PC game a free-to-play game on mobile. Well, after a couple months, the developer has decided to reboot the game, and to re-release it as a premium game for mobile. This is the same game as the PC version, and lacking in-app purchases entirely, just with a $3.99 cost up front. The game itself is a space simulator that tries to be accessible while still deep. There's plenty of space combat, but also loads of trading to undergo – or just be a straight-up pirate. It's a sandbox game, but with an overarching story to follow as well...

"Goblins vs. Gnomes," the new 120-card expansion for Hearthstone [Free (HD)], will be available on December 8th. Where Hearthstone's previous expansion focused on oozing horrors, fell creatures, and Deathrattle mechanics, the cards introduced next week are full of novelty gadgets, kludged-together gizmos, and a new "Mech" tribal. In keeping with the theme of unpredictable contraptions, many of the cards focus on randomness. All of the new "Ogre" cards, for example, have a chance to attack the wrong enemy, which provides a nice counter-balance to their low mana cost. ..

'Infinite Warrior: BattleMage' is an Action-RPG Defense Game That's Bringing Back Cheat Codes

Empty Flask Games is working on a spinoff of their 2012 action game Infinite Warrior [Free / Free], called Infinite Warrior: BattleMage. This will be an action-defense game, where players will take control of a battle mage in a tower located in the center of each level, hurling spells at enemies, trying to survive as many waves as possible. Controls are as simple as tapping on enemies to fire spells at them, with a number of special abilities that become unlocked over time, with 20 total spells across 4 different schools of magic...

As a long time Magic player, I've never been wild about digital card games and the ability to retune existing cards over just releasing new cards that shift the metagame. (Sure, you could argue the ban list is how Wizards "retunes" things, but, whatever.) Blizzard doesn't seem shy about tweaking cards that are creating play imbalances, and per a post on the Blizzard forums, Soulfire, Gadgetzan Auctioneer and Flare are getting hit by the nerf bat at some point in the potentially immediate future. Soulfire and Flare are zero mana cards, which can be hard to play around. Similarly, Gadgetzan Auctioneer powers the miracle rogue deck which is still oddly prevalent. Here's the full explanation of the changes:..

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