Out Now: ‘Alto’s Odyssey’, ‘Dice Brawl: Captain’s League’, ‘Birdy Trip’, ‘Romance of the Three Kingdoms’, ‘Glitch Dash’, ‘Dissembler’, ‘Up a Cave’, ‘SiNKR’ and More

It’s yet another week in the never ending cycle of new games flooding the App Store, and as always we’re here to round up the best of the lot. This week sees the release of a highly-anticipated follow-up to one of the App Store’s all-time greats, and that is the beautiful Alto’s Odyssey. One thing I’ve learned is that the first few minutes feel like just more Alto, which is absolutely great, but the longer you play the more you uncover new and interesting twists on the formula and even at this early stage I’m pretty confident this tops the original Alto’s Adventure in every way. Of course there’s plenty more on offer besides that so give the full list of new games below a thorough look and let us know which games you’ll be playing this week.


Alto’s Odyssey

iTunes Description

Just beyond the horizon sits a majestic desert, vast and unexplored. Join Alto and his friends and set off on an endless sandboarding journey to discover its secrets.

Soar above windswept dunes, traverse thrilling canyons, and explore long-hidden temples in a fantastical place far from home.

Along the way, you’ll grind across vines, bounce atop hot air balloons, ride towering rock walls, and escape mischievous lemurs – all while uncovering the desert’s many mysteries.

Forum Thread: Alto’s Odyssey (By Snowman)

The Best Ninja

iTunes Description

Night in Japan. Full moon. A new ninja has to climb the ninja tower as high as he can, avoiding the hitting hammers of the master ninjas.

Forum Thread: The Best Ninja (by Angel Navarro)

Birdy Trip

iTunes Description

You are not alone in the sky!

It’s time to migrate to sunny lands. Grab your cute friends on the way and be careful, many dangers could smash you during your journey.

Forum Thread: Birdy Trip (by Bloop Games)

Bouncy Smash

iTunes Description

Bounce and smash across expertly designed levels bursting with color and light in Bouncy Smash!

Challenging gameplay and beautifully designed environments await you in this modern arcade platformer. Perfectly time your bounces to crush wave after wave of evil enemies – or unleash powerful smashing abilities to take them out in one single blow. Choose arcade mode for endless fun – or intense daily and weekly challenges to earn special outfits, skins, and skills. Bounce and smash your way to victory in this addictive arcade game with roguelike tendencies 🙂

Forum Thread: Bouncy Smash (by Identity Visuals)

Darkest Nightmare: Freeform

iTunes Description

It’s going to be a long and dark night for Gerde, the only remaining survivor from a group of magicians. Join her in her quest to fight off the monsters and avoid the dying light. The mission isn’t going to be that easy, however, as intoxicating monsters have taken over the dreadful paths she need to traverse. It will take more than just five nights to defeat everything.

It’s not over yet. Gerde’s darkest nightmare is just about to begin.

Darkest Nightmare is now in freeform!

Forum Thread: Darkest Nightmare: Freeform (by Popsicle Games)

Dice Brawl: Captain’s League

iTunes Description

In Dice Brawl you’ll build your team and embark on an exciting adventure across a world of fantasy ruled by Pirates, Elves, Beasts, Dragons and…Robots?!

Move around the board, build fortresses and fight your enemies. Climb through a variety of different Battleboards themed after all the different creatures living in this very odd world. Make your name known across the seas. Here the more fame you get, the higher your rewards are going to be. But beware, this is no place for the weak!

Forum Thread: Dice Brawl: Captain’s League (by Idiocracy, inc)


iTunes Description

Dissembler is a subtle puzzle game about unraveling bold, abstract designs one color at a time.

Flip pairs of tiles to make matching color groups vanish, but that is where the resemblance to a standard match-three ends. In Dissembler no tiles will drop in to replace the ones you’ve matched: your task is to remove all tiles and leave behind a clean slate. The experience starts simply, leading you gently from basic principles to more complex puzzles, but before long it will require careful planning and lateral thinking.

Forum Thread: Dissembler (by Ian MacLarty)

Fuse Balls

iTunes Description

Fuse Balls was created with inspirations of minimalistic art design. Circles of various colors fall towards a center gravitational force creating smooth transitions and requiring color matching to fuse circles.

The fun part about the game is how gravity reacts to circles, the circle gravity movements, music, and sound effects help with proving an unique game experience from a very basic match 3 game concept that can challenge the basic or advance player.

Forum Thread: Fuse Balls (by Dilmer Valecillos)

Glitch Dash

iTunes Description

Dodge your way past hammers, axes, geometric obstacles and even lasers!
Glitch Dash is hard, REALLY hard. Your reflexes need to be on edge to get through the intense mazes that is Glitch Dash.

Run through the beautiful and abstract world and just try to survive. If you are looking for a really challenging Impossible Runner, then Glitch Dash is the game for you!

Forum Thread: Glitch Dash – (By David Marquardt)


iTunes Description

Dive deep down into the fantasy – Play Maguss!

Maguss is a wizarding, location-based MMORPG set in the most amazing environment ever created – the Earth itself. Create your own customized character and embark on an unforgettable journey. Unleash powerful spells by drawing simple glyphs and battle magical creatures and other players in a semi-turned, strategic, action-filled combat. Earn experience, level up and unlock more spells, better equipment and other skill perks. Walk to encounter creatures and collect ingredients, learn spells, brew potions, find chests and fight other players to earn respect and glory. While the world is a stage, you are the lead actor.

Forum Thread: Maguss (by Mawa)

Popup Roller

iTunes Description

A fun and addictive tilt and ball rolling game, with popup platforms. Various levels are built to challenge your skills. Enjoy and complete each level by tilting and guiding your ball.

Use your skills to keep the ball on the narrow platforms by carefully tilting your phone to control the ball. Reach the green box to continue and unlock the next level. Yellow boxes popup bridges and platforms to complete each maze.

Hold you phone flat and start each level. Try and beat your previous time. Can you keep your nerve and carefully tilt and complete that next level?

Forum Thread: Popup Roller (by Neil Wallace)

Rogue Hearts

iTunes Description

Welcome to this modern reinterpretation of a rogue-like dungeon crawler! You will need a strategy with self-judgment and control, a necessity in SRPG and tactical games. Break through challenges and trials by controlling the character directly.

*Explore dungeons, and discover an unwanted and dark reality.
*Explore regions with diverse themes and randomly generated dungeons with optimized, intuitive, and easy-to-use mobile device controls.
*Fight boss monsters with deadly attack patterns and earn loot.
*Engage in these ordeals by using characters with close combat and long distance skills.
*Not only battles, but various traps and puzzles also lie in wait.

Forum Thread: Rogue Hearts (by NINETAILS CO.)

Romance of the Three Kingdoms

iTunes Description

Romance of the Three Kingdoms: The Legend of CaoCao is now available on mobile platforms around the world! Come play the timeless SRPG classic!

■ The strategic tour de force “The Legend of Cao Cao,” remastered for mobile.
– Join Cao Cao in his legendary quest to dominate the Three Kingdoms!
– Assemble a team of elite commanders to conquer your foes!
– Reenact the tales of other legendary characters in [Story] mode!

Forum Thread: Romance of the Three Kingdoms (by NEXON Company)

Seul (Alone): The Entree

iTunes Description

“Seul.(Alone) ticks all those boxes & is up there as one of the finer ‘choose your own adventure’ style games.” 7/10 – GBHBL.

Seul.(Alone) is a philosophical thriller, containing horror elements. A subsistence where characters dwell. It is a choose your own adventure type of game but there are mysteries to solve and connections to unfold. Journey through here but remember you may not stay.

Forum Thread: Seul. (Alone): The entrée (by Steven Koutsouliotas)

SiNKR: A Minimalist Puzzle

iTunes Description

SiNKR is a minimalist puzzle game. There is just you, hooks, pucks, and various contraptions you need to clean up each level. Sink all the pucks to advance to the next challenge. Each level is handcrafted. No scores, no timers, no text, no distractions. Responsive ambient music.

This game has been designed as a premium game. There are no ads or in app purchases. Playtime approximately 1.5 hours (speedy) to 3 hours (relaxed). Reviews are not requested in game but they are very much appreciated. Thanks for playing!

Forum Thread: SiNKR: A minimalist puzzle (by Wahler Digital)

Up a Cave

iTunes Description

Guide your cube through extremely challenging caves with variety of traps and enemies.

Up a Cave is a physics platformer game where you dash your way out of a cave while collecting gold and diamonds to boost the cube’s stats. If you find a level too challenging or even impossible, you can always upgrade your cube to make things easier.

Forum Thread: Up a Cave (by Niko Pesonen)


iTunes Description

Challenge your puzzle game skills with this free exciting game that will keep you entertained for hours. No time limits! Easy to play and suitable for all age

A little about the game:
The game takes place on a square field of 9×9 cells and represents a series of moves. Each turn first on the board appear in random cells of 2 dice of random colors. Next you need to move any cube horizontally or vertically to another free cell, if after moving you collect 3 cubes or more of the same color in a line, horizontally or vertically, all such cubes disappear. If the whole field is full, you lose. The goal of the game is to collect the maximum number of points.

Forum Thread: 81! (Vyacheslav Sergeev)


‘Dice Brawl: Captain’s League’ Launching Next Tuesday and Up for Pre-Order Now, Here’s a Sneak Peek

Idiocracy, Inc’s Dice Brawl: Captain’s League is coming next week to iOS. This colorful free to play game is a swashbuckling adventure with some throwback art that is aiming to distinguish itself from some hefty competition. Dice Brawl is a 1v1 pvp game where you face off against a similarly experienced opponent in a pirate duel. You will construct and destroy buildings, cross swords with boss mobs as well as your opponent, and use a deck of cards to sway the fight in your favor. As you progress in your career, you will unlock new cards and gain resources to upgrade your current cards. If you are familiar with Clash Royale [Free], you basically already know how the card and deck system works. If you are not familiar with Clash Royale, welcome to 2018 and this is a mobile video game website, TouchArcade.

Whether you want to talk about Clash Royale’s mass appeal, earnings, or involvement in eSports, there is always something going on with this mobile juggernaut. When it comes to games you may want to emulate, it’s hard to find a game that brings the gacha income and competitive gravitas like Supercell’s successful follow up on their Clash of Clans universe. Make no mistake, Dice Brawl‘s deck management and acquisition system is very strictly modelled after Clash Royale and is definitely hoping to capitalize on the familiarity of that system. Where Dice Brawl is hoping to inject some originality is in the gameplay experience. Instead of a real time strategy-like environment with cards that go back into your hand after being used, Dice Brawl has a finite number of card uses and you’ll be duking it out on a game board moving and fighting at the whim of dice rolls.

We’ll have a review out for Dice Brawl once it releases but in the meantime this is a game that definitely warrants keeping an eye on. The pirate theme, art style that is vaguely reminiscent of Dragon’s Lair, and boardgame like gameplay are key points that we think will help this game escape the large shadow cast by the genre’s founder and predecessor. You can currently pre-order Dice Brawl by clicking this link on an iOS 11 device, if that’s a thing you want to do, otherwise look for the full release next Tuesday, February 20th.


Best New iPhone Games on Our Forums: ‘Death Squared’, ‘Florence’, ‘Dice Brawl: Captain’s League’, ‘Purrfect Date’, and More

Hey it’s International Book Giving Day, which is a great way to unload all those old books you move from apartment to apartment while looking super generous at the same time! Once you’ve finished doing that, you can relax and play some of the new iOS games that have hit our forums this week. The biggest two releases are probably Death Squared and Florence (which we already reviewed). These initial roundup posts are getting a little weird because of the whole preorder thing, so make sure you check out full listing later in the evening where we catch all that stuff as it hits the App Store.

Here’s the latest new games that have hit our forums:


‘Badland’ Developer Frogmind Soft-Launches New Physics-Based Battling Game ‘Badland Brawl’

Developer Frogmind released their first mobile game Badland [$ 0.99] back in the spring of 2013, and the ultra-stylish flappy cave flyer (which predated Flappy Bird, btw) went on to see some extreme success. We loved it in our initial review, it won an Apple Design Award a few months later at WWDC, and Apple even chose it as their iPad Game of the Year for 2013. Badland was also one of the most well-supported iOS games post-release, receiving near constant updates with new levels that culminated in a fully-featured level editor being added to the game in September of 2015.

Just a few months after that major update, Frogmind surprised everyone by releasing the sequel Badland 2 [$ 3.99]. We loved the sequel in our 5 star review and despite releasing so late in the year Badland 2 still managed to make our Best Games of 2015 list. Frogmind has continued to update both Badland games regularly ever since, but in September of last year a surprising twist developed when they announced that they had been acquired by Clash of Clans [Free] developer Supercell and going forward would only be releasing free to play titles, 3 of which were already in development. The company has been pretty quiet since then but today we can see the first fruits of their free to play focus as they’ve soft-launched their new game Badland Brawl in the Finnish App Store. Here’s the trailer.

As Frogmind themselves explain in their email to us today, “Badland Brawl is a fast physics-based PvP (1-vs-1) brawler, that takes place in the BADLAND universe, expanding it with dozens of new characters. Sling your clone units onto your opponent’s to fight them, build chain reactions with clever combos & timing, push units, pick them up, stick bombs onto them to get them to your opponent’s tower and bring it down before they can do it to you!” The multiplayer is in real-time, and one neat feature will be a built-in replay viewer which Frogmind is calling BadTube that will allow players to learn new tactics by watching others play. The most interesting thing about Badland Brawl to me personally is how they’re expanding on the original Badland universe with so many new characters while still retaining that stylish look of the original games. If you’re in Finland or have a Finnish iTunes account you can take Brawl Stars for an early spin with the link below and talk about it with other early players in our forums. As Frogmind stress tests their servers and other features of the game they’ll slowly begin rolling it out to more territories, and we’ll keep you up to date on how their progress is continuing.

Finnish App Store Link: Badland Brawl, Free (By Frogmind)


‘Overwatch’ Halloween event brings back last year’s spooky brawl

Blizzard teased that its hero shooter Overwatch would get Halloween seasonal event last week, but didn't release any details. But now it's live, which brings back last year's spooky players-vs.-AI brawl mode with the standard slew of new character sk…
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How Brawl in Cell Block 99’s director ‘made it happen on the set’

Writer-director S. Craig Zahler seems to think it’s pretty funny that people don’t know how to categorize his new film, Brawl in Cell Block 99. “All these reviews say, ‘It’s hard to classify it between the grindhouse and the arthouse,’” he chuckles. And he’s right, it is. But that isn’t a problem. For people who love to see some sophistication in their cinematic mayhem, it’s a major thrill.

The film recently had its American premiere at Austin’s Fantastic Fest, alongside other hyper-violent, cult-oriented splatter films like Revenge and Blade of the Immortal. In some ways, Cell Block 99 is a classic exploitation film, about a drug dealer named Bradley (Vince Vaughan) brutalizing a horde of criminals to get to the man who kidnapped his…

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‘Hearthstone’ Choose Your Champion Is Back, ‘Peek to the Past’ Brawl Out Too

Hearthstone [Free] players, it’s time to get your hands on free packs. Unless, of course, you have something against free things. The 2017 Hearthstone Championship Tour‘s last Championship is almost here, and, as is always the case now, it comes with a brand new “Choose Your Champion” contest. In Choose Your Champion, you pick one of the finalists as your champion, and for each round they win, you get a free pack. Pick wisely, though, because there’s no changing Champions; once you pick one, you’re stuck for the whole tournament. This year’s champions include players like Orange, Purple, Pavel, SHRoyalBaiZe, OmegaZero, and more. You have until October 11th to pick your champion, so don’t take too long.

In addition to giving us the Choose Your Champion contest, Blizzard gave us another Tavern Brawl, a repeat of A Peek to the Past. This brawl has you building decks with only Classic and Basic cards and no Epics or Legendaries, which should make for some interesting decks. Last time we had this Brawl, players found it a bit on the boring side, but we’ll see what people think now. Head over here for some good decks for this Brawl.


Brawl With 4 Friends on One Device in ‘Shy Bunnies’

Local multiplayer had its glory days back in the 90s and 00s, and while multiplayer gaming is now almost exclusively online, it doesn’t quite capture the joy of mocking your friend sitting next to you for being totally worthless and gloating in your success. Some developers have been using mobile devices to offer same-device multiplayer modes in an effort to capture some of that old magic, and the developer of the upcoming Shy Bunnies hopes to do the same. Shy Bunnies uses a single button that moves your bunny around, and that’s it. Everything else is timing and chaos.

The game has really cute art (hand-drawn by the game’s sole developer) and fun animation that add a cute veneer to the destruction. If you don’t have local friends, you can play the game’s ranked single-player mode. The game will be coming early 2018, so still time to go. I can see Shy Bunnies being great fun to play with friends or with young ones in your house, especially since the art makes the game look like a cartoon. If you want to learn more about the game, head over to our Upcoming Games forum thread.



‘Tavern vs Lich King’ Is This Month’s ‘Hearthstone’ Fireside Brawl

Blizzard recently announced that it was overhauling its Hearthstone [Free] Fireside Gatherings with the purpose of giving players there a reason to go there beyond just playing against each other. One of the ways to make Fireside Gatherings more fun will be Fireside Brawls, special Tavern Brawls you can only play at a Fireside Gathering, and this month’s Fireside Brawl is Tavern vs Lich King, a modified version of the raid-like brawl from Gamescom 2017. Specifically, every player who joints a Fireside Brawl can take part in chipping away at the Lich King’s huge pool of help, and the more damage you do, the better. You and another Fireside Brawl player will team up on one device and try and take the Lich King down; if he beats the first deck, you get to Discover a Class for your team’s second deck and go at it again. And there are multiple phases to the whole encounter, so the more damage you make, the more surprises you’ll encounter.

The official announcement notes that the Innkeepers (those organizing the Fireside Gatherings) get to decide the total health of their local Lich King, which is a fun power to have. And Blizzard offers plenty of materials to help you make your Fireside Gathering as fancy as possible. The Tavern vs Lich King Brawl will run for a whole month with no off days, so perhaps now’s the time to try one of those Fireside Gatherings, or even organize your own. Head here for more details on the Brawl.


‘Blood Magic – Standard’ Is This Week’s ‘Hearthstone’ Tavern Brawl

Get ready to sacrifice some of your health because this week’s Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is Blood Magic – Standard, and it’s all about paying life for spells. This tavern brawl is a Standard version of Blood Magic from back in February. The rules are pretty simple: all your spells cost health instead of mana, so there are some crazy opportunities for the kinds of turns that make your opponent concede as quickly as he can. You can even pull off one-turn-kills if you build the right deck and get a good opening hand. Not surprisingly, many reddit users are complaining about the great number of Druid decks already populating this brawl, and given how strong those decks are, it was to be expected. Keep in mind that you’ll take damage equal to the mana cost of the card the moment you play it, so reducing card cost pays off.

In terms of strategies, Mage has some very strong spells, like Pyroblast and Fireball, that can lead to a one-turn-kill if you’re lucky, Paladin’s buff cards like Blessing of Kings work great, and Dinosize with cheap charge minions (hello, Stonetusk Boar) can also do great damage. Plan for matches to end by turn 3 or even earlier. The Brawl is live, so go see how fast you can take out your opponents, and chime in the comments with good deck ideas.