‘Super Fancy Pants Adventure’ Review – 2 Fancy 2 Pantsy

It feels like a million years ago now, but at one point the most hopping hub for indie games was through web portals containing games built in Flash. Yes, the one that doesn’t work with iOS and has largely gone the way of the dodo. Anyway, back in 2006, if you were a Flash game developer, the place to be was Newgrounds. They had a whole bunch of the best Flash games in one place, along with seemingly thousands of, er, learning experiences. It was in this environment that Mr. Fancy Pants, the titular character of Fancy Pants Adventures [Free], made his amazing debut. That game did the most important thing a platformer can do to get going: polished its physics and controls to a fine, fine sheen. It proved incredibly popular, and its developer continued to build on it in his spare time, adding new worlds complete with new gimmicks and moves to play around with.

Somewhere during that process, an iOS version was made available by Chillingo. Remember Chillingo, friends? This is such a nostalgic review! Since the original game was designed to be played with a keyboard, it didn’t even hurt the game all that much when it moved over to touch controls. New content and ports trickled out to other platforms in the following years, until it finally seemed like Mr. Fancy Pants and his creator were taking a well-deserved rest. That’s just what they wanted you to think, though. No sooner than we all got complacent when – BAM! New Fancy Pants! Super Fancy Pants Adventure [$ 4.99], to be exact. The latest installment hit Steam in September of 2017, and a few weeks ago word got out that it would be coming to iOS as well. And here we are!

If you haven’t played any of the Fancy Pants games before, they’re basically ultra-fluid platformers with great physics. Sort of an ode to the better Sonic the Hedgehog games, in one way. The initial game was a hop-and-bop but later updates added in a pencil weapon and some new moves like wall-kicking, giving the game a flavor all its own. The hero of the game is a well-animated stick figure with spiky hair and colorful pants. You run and jump through the levels, smack some bad guys around, play golf with snail shells, collect little Dreamcast logos, and try to make it to the goal of each stage without running out of lives.

That’s basically what you’ll be up to in Super Fancy Pants Adventure as well. It’s bigger, and your character’s pencil gets upgraded to a pen that has some interesting new moves, but the core gameplay is still quite intact. This time there are more than 50 levels, and you can use your Dreamcast swirls to buy upgrades like new moves, upgraded attacks, and life bar extensions. They still serve the purpose of refilling lost life energy and granting you extra lives, too. Dreamcast is life, friends. The main levels feel a lot larger this time around, but those of you who enjoyed the punchy smaller bits will be happy to hear they live on in Super Fancy Pants Adventure. Scattered throughout the levels are doors that take you to relatively short tests of skill. Should you successfully complete them, you’ll earn some fancy new Fancy Pants, and even some Fancy Hats. Shirts? Shoes? What are you, the law?

For its part, the new pen grants a few cool new abilities that unlock as you play. The first is the ability to surf along sheets of paper set up in the backgrounds of some stages. This is very unwieldy with the touch controls, but with a little practice you… probably still won’t get the hang of it, but you may learn to manage it. After felling the first boss, you’ll get the ability to shoot ink, which not only serves as a useful attack but also allows you to create platforms in certain spots. It also adds another set of virtual buttons on your screen, so I hope you weren’t using that screen real estate for anything in particular. Eventually, you’ll get one more cool technique to use with your pen that will help you zip past enemies. I found the shooting added the most to the game and the paper-riding felt the most gimmicky, but your mileage may vary.

In addition to the copious amounts of bonus stages, there are some other extras built in here as well. You can do some time challenges and play the World 1 Remix from previous Fancy Pants games. Sadly, the four-player multiplayer option has been cut in the mobile version, but that was hardly unexpected I suppose. The amount of content is still quite good, and you can look forward to at least a few hours of fun even if you’re fairly skilled. Scale that number up as your skill goes down and your desire to get all the hats and pants goes up. I understand this may be a complicated math problem that you don’t want to deal with right now. Let’s just simplify things and say that there is a fair amount of things to do here, but you will still probably want more when it’s over with.

The controls can be a little busy if you’re relying on touch. Everything is mapped to virtual buttons and while the developers were thorough, it means you’re going to have to keep the locations of a lot of things sorted in your head if you don’t want to keep looking down. Jumping and sliding have their own buttons, attacking is on its own button with extra buttons to attack up and down, and shooting ink also has its own button with buttons around it. It works with practice, apart from that irritating paper-riding anyway, but if you’re the sort that gets a little tender when you see more than two virtual buttons in a UI, you’re not going to have a good time here. Hopefully if you are that sort, you’ve bought yourself one of those fancy pants MFi controllers. Congratulations! This game supports those, and your problems are now magically dispensed with.

Super Fancy Pants Adventure looks and sounds pretty nice, with some slick animations, a smooth framerate, and music that only really seems to get annoying when you can’t clear a particular challenge stage. That’s probably on you. I had a couple of crashes on my way through, but the game was diligent about saving my progress so I didn’t lose anything important either time. The story tying everything together is amusing enough, and the level themes change up frequently enough to keep your eyes interested.

If you enjoyed the last Fancy Pants Adventure on iOS, you’ve probably already jumped on this one. If for some reason you haven’t jumped on it and are waiting for a stranger to push you, consider yourself pushed. You’ll have a good time. If you haven’t played any of these before but enjoy a good platformer, I can assure that this is indeed one of those. If you do not like platformers at all and spit in the direction of Shigeru Miyamoto and/or Yuji Naka and/or Michel Ancel anytime you can confirm their whereabouts, I’m not sure why you are reading this and don’t really know what to tell you. Maybe the missing piece was fancy-looking pants all along? You could give it a try. The virtual controls can be a bit of a bear with everything Mr. Fancy Pants can do, but everything else is quite solid.


Out Now: ‘The Room: Old Sins’, ‘Meteorfall: Journey’, ‘Thumper: Pocket Edition’, ‘Super Fancy Pants Adventure’, ‘Slime Pizza’, ‘Out There Chronicles Ep. 2’, ‘Four Last Things’, ‘Tactical Monsters Rumble Arena’, ‘WayOut’ and More

The App Store is finally in full swing for 2018, and we’ve rounded up all the best new games to release in the past week or so. This week in particular has quite a few pre-order games going live, like Meteorfall: Journey, The Room: Old Sins, Four Last Things, Thumper: Pocket Edition, Super Fancy Pants Adventure, and more. Whew! That’s a loaded list of games by itself, but as usual there’s a ton more interesting stuff in the full list of games below. So check ’em all out and let us know which games you’ll be playing this week.


BlockQuest Maker

iTunes Description

### Create & challenge – new instant death RPG「BQM – BlockQuest Maker」is here ###

Secret doors, falling stones, formidable monsters – fight them all and level up! Solve the mystery box and see what lies ahead! BQM is newest game from BlockQuest series, follow up to great hit, Dungeon of Gravestone, popular puzzle game with and instant death factor!

This time, dungeons and gimmicks got major boost up. It’s no longer, play only game, it is about creating, sharing and challenging players all around the world! Join global fever!

Forum Thread: BQM BlockQuest Maker (by Wonderland Kazakiri)

Buffy Boom

iTunes Description

Buffy Boom is a mobile game with interactive gadgets. We pop of to the colorful pillows on the screen with our fingers. As you pop off to the pillow, the background changes and your score increases. With various combinations (Combo) in the game, scores can increase in a fold. In Buffy Boom we have a green colored bad character which is called Buffy. You can sign in the game via facebook and you can race the highest score with your friends.

Forum Thread: Buffy Boom (by Nort Technology)

Decuria – Crazy 10s Mania

iTunes Description

Decuria is the perfect time killer! It’s about “make 10” puzzle game. Rules are very simple:
1)Merge little numbers till you get 10.
2)Merge identical numbers greater than 10 to get the bigger numbers.

Easy, right? But watch carefully! Coins and Bonuses are here!
The number with a little star is a COIN. Collect coins and use them to get bonuses. 4 various bonuses will help you to reach for the sky!

How far can you get? Accept this Make 10 Challenge!

Forum Thread: Decuria – Crazy 10s Mania (by MIVA Games GmbH)


iTunes Description

Move your dragon along the colored castle tiles to make big matches.

A beautiful puzzle game with unique, simple mechanics. Slide the dragon along color matches of any length to break the castles. Rubble bounces and falls with each move.

A new random dragon hatches from every egg. Beat the level and add the dragon to your collection.

Levels get harder and harder. Match next to chests or brambles to break them. Watch for big black castles, ice blocks, and more!

Forum Thread: DragonBreak (by Headlight Software)

Evilibrium. Legends

iTunes Description

Inspired by art-style and atmosphere of the Darkest Dungeon and books of Howard Lovecraft comes this first adventure in the Evilibrium Universe. The game invites you to the alternate reality at the end of the 19th century full of mystics, adventure, horrific creatures, dark rituals and secret cults. We bring the players to the world where souls are real and material enough to be extracted and used as a source of energy. Souls have become a hard-to-get but expensive merchandise that many desire.

Forum Thread: Evilibrium. Legends (by Orc Work Games, Inc)

Food Pals

iTunes Description

Dash, jump, roll and somersault your way through an amazing journey filled with tricks, traps, and hungry enemies.

Can you find all the hidden foods? They will follow you in a conga line if you do. But beware – the longer the line, the harder it will be to keep them all together.

Forum Thread: Food Pals (By WONDERFUL LASERS)

Four Last Things

iTunes Description

Pilfer from poets, bargain with bishops and serenade the local simpleton on your hapless quest for absolution. Four Last Things is a point-and-click adventure game made from Renaissance-era paintings.

It’s kind of like if Monkey Island had been made in 16th century Flanders, by a time-travelling Monty Python fanboy…

Forum Thread: Four Last Things (by Joe Richardson)

The Game Of Dots

iTunes Description

Addictive logical, dots – puzzle game.

Based on old, logical game played with pencil & paper, “The Game Of Dots.” brings you new, 3D experience in the world of friendly dragon Albert. Passing through the levels you help Albert to bring the colors back to his world…

Simple, but not easy, relaxing but sometimes irritating :), addictive puzzle game. If you like to excercise your brain – this is the game for you.

Forum Thread: The Game Of Dots. (by TGOD Team)

Icy Bounce

iTunes Description

Jump across sinking blocks, win new characters, and beat your friends’ records!

Icy Bounce is a new smash hit that you will never stop playing. Win new characters from our interplanetary company, explore different locations, and embark on an endless arcade journey!

Forum Thread: Icy Bounce (by Dr. Penguin Studio)

Infinite West

iTunes Description

Driven by the brutal murder of both wife and child by a savage gang, a former gunslinger unleashes vengeance in the Wild West.

Infinite West is a turn-based strategy game that is inspired by classic board games, such as Chess.

You will strategically navigate small 7×7 grids to avoid attacks, take out enemies, and gather resources. Every move counts if you want to survive

Forum Thread: Infinite West (by Ape-X)

Knight Maker

iTunes Description

A novice blacksmith and a novice Swordstress pairs up for a successful business!

You, a novice blacksmith, suddenly have to take over you uncle’s smithy.
With the help of the PR Swordstress he hired for the Smithy’s publicity,

Run the Smithy with materials gathered from hunting grounds
And craft stronger equipments to challenge even more dangerous hunting grounds.

You and the Swordstress will have to work together
To make a successful business together as a team!

Forum Thread: Knight Maker (by Magic Cube)

Little Buno

iTunes Description

In Little Buno your goal is to restore the balance of nature that was disrupted by overhunting.. To do so, feed the animals! Another task is to reach your tribe that left its home area after getting attacked by gorillas. All your family and friends are waiting for you.

Little Buno is an adventure game of 60 levels from 3 original worlds. The game features a beautiful story, multiple environments, and animals like gorillas, lions, elephants.

The gameplay is simple and easy to understand, perfect for casual players of all ages! You need to feed the creatures while still avoiding their attacks. The game requires skill and is very thrilling but not violent. Above all, it’s lots of fun for people from young to old.

Forum Thread: Little Buno (by Gecko Studio)

Marshawn Lynch Pro Football

iTunes Description

Exhilarating gameplay and ultra-realistic action, starring NFL running back Marshawn Lynch, in a larger-than-life football arcade game with over the top special effects and stunning console quality graphics.

Hit the field, spin and juke past oncoming defenders, smash through the defense in Beast Mode and take it to the house!

Forum Thread: Marshawn Lynch Pro Football (by Full Fat)


iTunes Description

Aliens are attacking.
How long can you last.

Forum Thread: Meteordodge! (By Clickteam)

Meteorfall: Journey

iTunes Description

Meteorfall is a deck-building roguelike. You’ll choose your class from one of four unique adventurers, and then set out with a deck consisting of some basic attack cards. During the course of your adventure, you’ll be presented with the opportunity to add powerful new cards to your deck.

No adventure would be complete without slaying a few monsters that get in your way. In battle, you’ll draw cards from your ability deck. Each time you draw a card, you’ll be able to swipe right to play the card, or swipe left to skip a turn and regain some stamina.

Forum Thread: Meteorfall: Journey (by Eric Farraro)

Muchos Mineros

iTunes Description

Rescue all 33 Chilean Miners in this Action packed Arcade Adventure mobile mining extravaganza!

33 Chilean Miners are trapped underground & only you can help them escape from the collapsing San José Mine! RUN, JUMP, KART, FLIP & SMASH your way to safety in this crazy new mobile game…

Forum Thread: Muchos Mineros (by Sumting Sumting Software Limited)

My Little Chaser

iTunes Description

I was driving on a sunny day when a strange car came along and cut in front of me. My car crashed into pieces and the car in front disappeared. Wait! He left a clue. I don’t know who you are, but I will find you…

The little cactus goes on a journey to find the strange attacker. Start your pursuit of vengeance using the items on the road as clues. Dodge your obstacles, obtain items, and clear the stages. The driving skills will come naturally to you. Win your way through the VS Mode for an intense competition with other little chasers around the world. Try infinity Mode on an endless road… A battle with yourself!!

You can customize your cars even greater using keys collected in the game. Don’t let my size fool you! Customize your car to equip six skills and upgrade your car~ How about it? Join us in the pursuit of vengeance of the little cactus!

Forum Thread: My Little Chaser (by BEESIDE)

My Momo – Tap Alien

iTunes Description

Here come the cute little guys!

Nurture, manage, battle all at once!

A comic and touching story!

We introduce you, My Momo.

Forum Thread: My Momo ( by SeyeonSoft )

Out There Chronicles Ep. 2

iTunes Description

The next chapter in the highly-anticipated Sci-Fi saga inspired by Out There, the multi-award-winning space exploration game.

After fleeing America in a ramshackle ship, Darius and his ragtag crew crash on a desert planet. He wakes in a sorry state, alone on the purple desert planet.

In this chapter, Darius must survive on a planet almost as unwelcoming as a local population that worships a mysterious Winged God. What happened to his crew? Did Nyx survive? And most importantly, how the hell can he get off this cursed planet?

Forum Thread: Out There Chronicles – Ep. 2 (by Mi-Clos Studio)

Ragnarok Rush

iTunes Description

Rush into a grand new adventure in the world of Ragnarok Online.

Join forces with the world of Ragnarok as the creatures and pets fight alongside you to save the world. Experience a whole new adventure in your hands.

Create new memories with all new exciting battles, glorious new visuals, and a whole new original story-line.

Forum Thread: Ragnarok Rush (by Gravity Interactive)

Rocket Cows

iTunes Description

Destroy all ALIENS in AR!

COWS are ‘udderly’ fed up being abducted and now the aliens have taken the princess!

Strap an EXPLOSIVE ROCKET to your cow and take out those abducting little aliens in this destructive augmented reality game!

Forum Thread: Rocket Cows (by Entity3 Limited)

The Room: Old Sins

iTunes Description

Enter The Room: Old Sins and be transported to a place where tactile exploration meets challenging puzzles and a captivating story.

The sudden disappearance of an ambitious engineer and his high-society wife provokes the hunt for a precious artefact. The trail leads to the attic of their home, and the discovery of an old, peculiar dollhouse…

Explore unsettling locations, follow obscure clues and manipulate bizarre contraptions as you uncover the mysteries within Waldegrave Manor.

Forum Thread: The Room: Old Sins (by Fireproof Games)

Silly Sailing

iTunes Description

Compete against other sassy sailors in this silly sailing game. Use your rudder and sail to find the perfect wind in this tropical paradise.

Race against other players and find out who’s the silliest sailor.

Unlock continuously sillier ships (and shoes) and after a while even ships (and sofas) with multiple sails.

Behind the silly exterior exists a somewhat (not really) realistic sailing simulation.

Forum Thread: Silly Sailing (by Devm Games)

Slime Pizza

iTunes Description

As Slime Pizza’s delivery boy, your ship crash lands and all the pizzas have been scattered!
Collect all the pizza you can, but beware the watchful eye of the planet’s patrol officer!

– Stick to wall Surfaces
– Absorb key items
– Travel across multiple themed levels
– Discover secret rooms
– Avoid a wide range of traps and enemies

Get back on track and make those deliveries happen. The customers are waiting!

Forum Thread: Slime Pizza (by Nitrome)

Soul Magic Online

iTunes Description

A MMORPG that plays on vertical screen! Expedite level up by accomplishing Main Quests!

Soul Magic Online (shortened as SMO) is A social community MMORPG that evolves your character by leveling up. You will acquire various items(weapon&armor) and skills to play Daily Dungeon and Party Dungeon.

Level and make your own character stronger!

Forum Thread: Soul Magic Online (by Treewiz)


iTunes Description

Squidley is a squid who likes to have fun jumping from cloud to cloud.

Help this lively squid jump from cloud to cloud, reaching new heights and adventures along the way. Bouncing along can be dangerous though, because there are many obstacles along the way. Some of the obstacles you might encounter on your journey are flying cats, mean clouds, bandits, and other things to plummet squidley. If squidley hops high enough, maybe he will meet a beautiful butterfly?

Forum Thread: Squidley (by William Hendon)

Stack & Crack

iTunes Description

“Stack & Crack” is a minimalist puzzle game about four Boxies and their interesting interrelationships. Your goal is to guide all the Boxies to the Portal of Light. But, how? Well, download and find out. 😉

Forum Thread: Stack & Crack (by Jambav)

Super Fancy Pants Adventure

iTunes Description

Super Fancy Pants Adventure is a wild free-running adventure with buttery smooth platforming and a slick fountain pen!

Super Fancy Pants Adventure is the culmination of a decade of perfecting the Fancy Pants adventures. For the first time on iOS, here comes Fancy Pants man!

Forum Thread: Super Fancy Pants Adventure (by Kongregate)

Tactical Monsters Rumble Arena

iTunes Description

This is a turn-based, hex grid tactics gameplay with monsters from all time and space. From Franky the Frankenstein, to fantasy monsters like Medusa and Griffin, to culturally established creatures like WuKong and the Mummy, to monsters you’ve never seen before such as Bigfoot and Nobu the ghost samurai. Each monster have their own unique background and jobs. Each monsters have unique skills such as magic skills, physical skills, or even world-ending skills like the nuclear warhead from Dr. Walter’s Mecha Machine.

Forum Thread: Tactical Monsters Rumble Arena (by Camex Games)

Tap Squadron

iTunes Description

Tap through wave after wave of enemy space ships, but don’t go alone! Tap Squadron multiplies your incremental clicker enjoyment by placing up to two other players on your team. Is your progression slowing down a little? Maybe another player will join to help you blast to the next level.

Tap Squadron is a rewarding idle rpg quest, with hundreds of possible power ups, customizable permanent upgrades, resources, four different ship types with unique special abilities, tons of different directions to take your gameplay.

Forum Thread: Tap Squadron (by Martian Arctic Games)

Tents and Trees Puzzles

iTunes Description

Place a tent next to each tree in this original puzzle game! Numbers around the grid tell you how many tents must be placed on each row and column. Be careful, tents can’t touch each other.
Solve all levels with logic only: no random moves!

Forum Thread: Tents and Trees Puzzles (by Frozax Games)

Thumper: Pocket Edition

iTunes Description

Thumper is rhythm violence: classic action, blistering speed, and brutal physicality. You are a space beetle. Brave the void and confront a maniacal giant head.

With this special pocket edition, you can play all nine epic levels with one hand.

Hurtle forward, master new moves, and survive terrifying boss battles. Propelled by a pounding original soundtrack, you’ll feel every crushing impact. To reach synesthetic bliss, you must conquer rhythm hell.

Forum Thread: Thumper: Pocket Edition (by Drool LLC)

Utano Princesama: Shining Live

iTunes Description

Enjoy your favorite Utano Princesama songs in this intuitive rhythm game!

Meet the members of leading entertainment company Shining Production’s hottest new group STARISH and the veteran members of QUARTET NIGHT. Communicate with all eleven stars, follow their behind-the-scenes lives in Story mode, and then take to the stage and help them deliver the show of a lifetime! Support your favorite boys as they aim for the top!

Forum Thread: Utano Princesama: Shining Live (by KLab Inc.)


iTunes Description

Team Behind Blyss, Neo Angle, UNWYND comes back with their new puzzler.

Turn off the grid by pushing all the buttons in the right order and find a WayOut of this puzzle. It’s not as easy as it sounds. 😉

Wayout is on the challenging side as compared to our previous games. Casual Puzzle fans will have to scratch their heads every now and then. As for hardcore puzzle fans, this one’s a definite treat.

If you like Wayout, do try our other games.

Forum Thread: WayOut (by Dropout Games)


New iPhone Games on Our Forums: ‘Slime Pizza’, ‘Super Fancy Pants Adventure’, ‘Out There Chronicles Ep 2’, ‘Thumper: Pocket Edition’ and More

It’s Wednesday again, and we’re finally getting back to where we used to be when it comes to loads of weekly high profile game releases. The Room: Old Sins is due out tonight, but there’s a bunch more games that have already been posted to our forums. Oh, and if you’re into celebrating a random holiday today, it’s apparently Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day, which I suppose is the often forgotten second cousin twice removed to International Talk Like a Pirate Day? But, hey, whatever.

Here’s all the games that have been posted to our forums so far:

As usual, we’ll have a full roundup later this evening so stay tuned for that, along with any other random surprises that pop up between now and then.


Apple updates its Clips video app with fancy selfie backgrounds and iCloud support

clips Apple is releasing version 2.0 of Clips, its free application for easily editing mobile videos. When the app first launched earlier this year, it was clear that Apple wasn’t trying to replace more sophisticated editing software like FinalCut or iMovie. Instead, it’s trying to offer an easy way to stitch together video segments shot on your phone (you can shoot video directly in… Read More
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Google Photos v3.8 has a fancy new Lens animation [APK Download]

Google Lens is taking its sweet time getting ready for its full-fledged debut. The juiced-up version of Google Goggles is already available to those who use the first- and second-generation Pixel smartphones, but it’s cooped up in the Photos app and has yet to appear in Assistant, as promised back in May at I/O. One of the reasons for this delay appears to be aesthetic, as Google Photos v3.8 shows off a new animation while Lens is analyzing a photo.

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Google Photos v3.8 has a fancy new Lens animation [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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Dyson, the company that makes fancy vacuums, is building an electric car

Founder James Dyson announced the company’s plans in a staff email.

Household appliance manufacturer Dyson is taking a leap into building a different kind of appliance: An electric vehicle.

In an email to staff, Dyson founder James Dyson wrote that the company has been working on building a battery-powered electric vehicle with a team of 400 people. The company, best known for its vacuum cleaners, plans to launch their EV to the public by 2020.

In his email, Dyson wrote that the company will be investing two billion euro ($ 2.35 billion) into developing these cars. The company expects to manufacture the majority of the car in-house with the exception of components like tires for which Dyson will turn to traditional suppliers.

Dyson’s motivation, he wrote, was to help solve the current environmental crisis plaguing the earth — something he accuses traditional automakers of having done little to alleviate.

“In the period since, governments around the world have encouraged the adoption of oxymoronically designated ‘clean diesel’ engines through subsidies and grants,” Dyson wrote. “Major auto manufacturers have circumvented and duped clean air regulations. As a result, developed and developing cities are full of smog-belching cars, lorries and buses. It is a problem that others are ignoring.”

Building a battery-powered EV is not an easy task. Just look at Tesla, which posted a record quarterly loss of $ 336 million at the end of August 2017. The company did beat revenue expectations, however, with $ 2.79 billion in sales. That was before the Elon-Musk-helmed company began producing its mass-market vehicle the Model 3.

Add to the costliness of manufacturing an EV, Dyson will have to compete with Tesla for its cult-like following.

It’s unclear how many cars Dyson plans to produce by 2020 or how they will be priced. But, if you subscribe to Musk’s vision, then the only way to actually impact environmental issues is to encourage or enable mass consumption of alternatively fueled cars.

Dyson’s move doesn’t come as a total surprise. Two high-profile hires from Aston Martin fueled speculation that the British company might be exploring manufacturing its own electric cars. In fact, former Tesla vice president of global communications Ricardo Reyes is leading Dyson’s global communications.

Here’s the full email:

In 1988 I read a paper by the US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, linking the exhaust from diesel engines to premature death in laboratory mice and rats. In March 1990 a team at Dyson began work on a cyclonic filter that could be fitted on a vehicle’s exhaust system to trap particulates.

Sketches Dyson included in his email.

By 1993 we had developed several working prototypes and showed an early iteration to British television programme Blue Peter. The team went on to develop a much more sophisticated technology.

To our chagrin, nobody at the time was interested in employing our diesel exhaust capture system and westopped the project. The industry said that ‘disposing’ of the collected soot was too much of a problem! Better to breathe it in?

In the period since, governments around the world have encouraged the adoption of oxymoronically designated ‘clean diesel’ engines through subsidies and grants. Major auto manufacturers have circumvented and duped clean air regulations. As a result, developed and developing cities are full of smog-belching cars, lorries and buses. It is a problem that others are ignoring.

Throughout, it has remained my ambition to find a solution to the global problem of air pollution. Some years ago, observing that automotive firms were not changing their spots, I committed the company to develop new battery technologies. I believed that electrically powered vehicles would solve the vehicle pollution problem. Dyson carried on innovating. The latest digital motors and energy storage systems power the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer and cord-free vacuum line. We’ve relentlessly innovated in fluid dynamics and HVAC systems to build our fans, heaters and purifiers.

At this moment, we finally have the opportunity to bring all our technologies together into a single product. Rather than filtering emissions at the exhaust pipe, today we have the ability to solve it at the source. So I wanted you to hear it directly from me: Dyson has begun work on a battery electric vehicle, due to be launched by 2020.

We’ve started building an exceptional team that combines top Dyson engineers with talented individuals from the automotive industry. The team is already over 400 strong, and we are recruiting aggressively. I’m committed to investing £2bn on this endeavour.

The project will grow quickly from here but at this stage we will not release any information. Competition for new technology in the automotive industry is fierce and we must do everything we can to keep the specifics of our vehicle confidential

In London, nearly 9,500 people die early each year due to long-term exposure to air pollution according to a study carried out by researchers at King’s College London. The World Health Organisation reports “in 2012 around 7 million people died – one in eight of total global deaths – as a result of air pollution exposure”. It is our obligation to offer a solution to the world’s largest single environmental risk. I look forward to showing you all what I hope will be something quite unique and better, in due course!


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This fancy keyboard overlay shows all the commands you need in Vim

The Vim text editor is beloved by programmers. It’s ludicrously powerful, and lets you accomplish tasks with greater efficiency than you otherwise would. But boy, is it complicated. So complicated that one of the most popular questions on developer Q&A site Stack Overflow is “How do I exit Vim?“ Most people’s introduction to Vim is a bit of a baptism of fire. You inevitably spend a lot of time looking at reference guides trying figuring out how to do the most basic of things. But there’s a far more graceful alternative in the form of Editor Keys’ Vim Keyboard Cover…

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Out Now: ‘Epic Little War Game’, ‘Crazy Taxi Gazillionaire’, ‘Oh…Sir! The Hollywood Roast’, ‘Monstergotchi’, Yankai’s Peak’, ‘Bouncy Hoops’, ‘Castleparts’, ‘Fancy Dogs’ and More

Welcome to another busy week of new iOS games on the App Store. This week brings forth the long-awaited newest entry in Rubicon’s fantastic [Fill in the Blank] War Game series with Epic Little War Game, there’s a new Crazy Taxi-themed clicker that is surprisingly way cooler than it sounds like it would be, and Oh…Sir! The Hollywood Roast is that series’ take on celebrity parody insult slinging. And as always, there’s many more! So check out the full list below and let us know which games you’ve got your eyes on this week.



iTunes Description

Bauernroulette is a wheel game invented in Germany. The game is played on a wooden circular playing surface with 6 balls (4 white, 1 red, and 1 green) and a spinning top. The balls are placed on the top and when spinning they bounce off and land in one of the hollow spaces or pass to the chambers outside the area of the spinning surface. The aim of the game is to have the ball land in one of the chambers, which brings the most points.

Forum Thread: Bauernroulette (by Cape of Good Games)

Blocky Pirates

iTunes Description

Shiver me timbers! Enter a cursed world filled with action, adventure and humor. Meet pirates, skeletons and monstrous sea creatures, discover gold and legendary treasure, as you avoid deadly traps and hazards in an unforgettable swashbuckling game.

Travel the ocean, unlock captains and commandeer new ships. Explore dangerous beaches, Aztec jungles and mysterious caves.

Batten down the hatches!

Forum Thread: Blocky Pirates (by Full Fat)

Bouncy Hoops

iTunes Description

Bounce, shoot, swish and slam the rock to become king of the court!

Bouncy Hoops is a basketball game for all the street ballers and shot callers. The school yard ankle breakers and the downtown dagger shooters. No bricks allowed!

Can you get on fire and beat your chump friends before the buzzer sounds? Step up and see.

Forum Thread: Bouncy Hoops (by Studio Generative and Noodlecake)

Cage Away

iTunes Description

“Cage Away” is a new color match arcade game,maybe a puzzle too.
Watch out your cage, and keep away of other objects.

“Cage Away” don’t like other color match game, it is changing by you and your enemies.Dots move is NOT fast, while you can tap VERY fast, but I never get 100 scores.Can you?

Forum Thread: Cage Away (by YINJIAN LI)


iTunes Description

Classic castle building and cannon shooting strategy is back, but better. Strategically place your walls and shoot the weak points of your opponent. Cast spells to defend your walls or crush those of your enemies. Convert crystals to gold to supercharge your energy and win!

Forum Thread: Castleparts (by Pixelpocalypse Games)


iTunes Description

Look! It’s a chichen! Tap it. Again. Tap it again. Don’t stop tapping. Oh wait. They are tired now. You probably should have stopped tapping, but don’t worry, it will be okay.

Oh look! It’s an egg. Let’s hatch it. I wonder what kind of chichen is inside. Could it be a pizza chichen?! Maybe a double-headed chichen??? OMG could it be the KleptoCat chichen?!?!? Fingers crossed!

Chichens, from the creators of 2016’s best cat game, KleptoCats and the team that brought you 2017’s cutest claw machine game, Clawbert, is a game that is all about tapping, you guessed it, CHICHENS!

Forum Thread: Chichens (by HyperBeard Games)

Crazy Taxi Gazillionaire

iTunes Description

Let’s make some craaazy money! Be the boss of your very own Crazy Taxi empire.

Prestige Mega Corp, a soulless ride share company, is ripping off your drivers to make corporate pigs rich. Fight the corporate machine and TAKE BACK the city! With just a cab, a cabbie and a dream build a fleet of cabs, amass untold wealth, and become the ultimate taxi tycoon!

In SEGA’s all-new Crazy Taxi idle clicker just tap to unleash the mayhem. The more your driver’s deliver, the more cash you make! The crazier they drive the faster you earn. And the more you earn the happier you will be. So let the good times roll.

Forum Thread: Crazy Taxi Gazillionaire (By SEGA)

Defend the Brain

iTunes Description

Your brain is much faster than you think.
Maybe the world’s fastest. Find out now!

Compete with friends from around the world.
A breathtaking game of 0.000001 seconds.
The game ends when you give up.
Challenge it now!

Forum Thread: Defend the Brain (by Pixel Bistro)

Don’t Touch the Lava

iTunes Description

Hop your way into this incredible lava filled world. Don’t Touch the Lava combines fast paced movement with hair raising obstacles to create an exhilarating gameplay experience.

Navigate the slime ball by dragging left and right to land on the rock platforms. Dodge or tap to shoot worm monsters and crystal barricades that randomly appear in your way, and don’t miss the moving platforms!

This adventure will keep you on edge as you try to survive in the lava river. Remember, you have but one objective: Don’t fall in the lava!

Forum Thread: Don’t Touch The Lava (by AppVant Garde Games)

Double Rush

iTunes Description

Run, run, Avoid avoid, Bring bring…

Are you ready to challenge your abilities?
Try Double Rush now, a game with double the Fun!

Control two players at the same time in a frenetic race to victory.
Challenge your friends, climb the ranking, be the most clever “double-player” in the world!

Forum Thread: Double Rush – Endless Arcade (by LigaSoft)

Draw a Line Adventure

iTunes Description

Draw a line adventure is a ridiculous and fresh touch classic platform game. Featuring 36 levels of non-stop fun with easy to learn gameplay. But it’s not gonna be easy, levels are harder and harder. Try to grab all coins with limited time and length of your path. Let’s play and commute start position with end 🙂

Forum Thread: Draw a line adventure (by Two Hands Lab)

Dream Pinball

iTunes Description

1. “Dream Pinball” is a very addictive, super exciting, particularly playable game.
2. This game will bring you back to the arcade classic, show different ways of play, and experience new fun.
3. It is very easy to operate. You just need to swipe your finger down to throw the balls and break the bricks!
4. The task of this game is to try to break as many bricks as possible before they move down to the bottom.
5. Please take your time to aim, and remember that the angle is the key point!
6. There are nearly ten different types of magic props that will help you to break the bricks.
7. There are more than 20 kinds of cool balls, and each ball has a unique visual effect.
8. You can show your high score through the leaderboard, and share your happiness with friends and family.

Forum Thread: Dream Pinball (By Mudotek Mobile Games)

Epic Little War Game

iTunes Description

It’s time to mobilize because the Little War Game is back and this time it is EPIC!

The latest in the 3.5 million selling series of strategic war games offers an immense array of challenges that will push your battle tactics to the limit, and beyond. With a huge single player mode, online one-on-one or six player skirmishes, and gazillions of maps to dominate (not to mention a random map generator), Epic Little War Game raises the bar for strategy.

Forum Thread: Epic Little War Game (By Rubicon)

Euclidean Space Fighter

iTunes Description

Euclidean space Fighter is a simple side scrolling space shooter with a flat graphic style where you shoot enemy space ships and fight against four epic bosses across 30 levels of fun! Fight against five epic bosses each with its own characteristic! Upgrade your ship and rescue the galaxy.. once again!

Forum Thread: Euclidean space fighter (by Benjamin Kistler)

Family Feud Live!

iTunes Description

Play Family Feud any way you’d like! With 4 game modes to choose from, there’s something there for everyone!

Answer the best Feud surveys and play in the best gameshow ever! Master the questions and win all the coins for yourself!

Rather play Fast Money Rounds? Now you can! Win more coins per minute, and get a bonus if your score reaches 200 points, just like in the show!

Forum Thread: Family Feud® Live! (by Umi Mobile Inc)

Fancy Dogs

iTunes Description

Dogs have never been this fancy before. Join us on our journey of collecting cute dogs and turning them into the fanciest dogs ever seen.

Play addictive match three puzzles to collect cute dogs and costumes. Can you find all dog breeds and costume sets? Dress up your fancy dogs and show them off to your friends and family.

Forum Thread: Fancy Dogs – Puzzle & Puppies (by Genix Lab)


iTunes Description

Gatecrasher is a game. As a player of this game you will control a ship. You will have two buttons; one button to rotate your ship clockwise, and another to rotate your ship the direction that isn’t clockwise. You must navigate your ship through gates, without crashing into them. I realise while writing this that the name of the game may be misleading, as the objective of the game is to not crash into the gates. I apologise for this, and those responsible have been fired.

Forum Thread: Gatecrasher (by Scraping the Barrel)


iTunes Description


Experience the adrenaline rush of classic KOF fights combined with the exciting & addictive gameplay of collectible card games! Choose from an expansive roster of classic characters straight out of the best SNK games, assemble the ultimate tag team and chain-up your fighters’ special moves in battle to unleash devastating combos onto your challengers.

Forum Thread: KOF’98 UM OL (by FingerTips)

Level 24

iTunes Description

Level 24 is your new addictive puzzle game! Swipe and match the tiles to grow your civilization. Unlock powerful heroes such as Gandhi, Einstein and Steve Jobs. This new brain buster will challenge your limits and skills in a fun way.

The gameplay is wickedly simple. It allows you to swipe and match the tiles until all the added tiles sum up as Level 24. Once you get the level, you achieve amazing in-game rewards and enjoy your shiny spot on the Leaderboard. Show your achievements to your friends and family, and challenge them to beat your score – if they ever dare! As you advance through the game, you will be able to unlock powerful heroes with unique specialities. The heroes who changed the World throughout the history will be your best support in this swiping tiles puzzle game.

Get your brain juices flow! Let the game begin!

Forum Thread: Level 24 (by Super Mad Games)

Maze Bandit

iTunes Description

Hey Bandit! Save the Princesses wrapped in a vicious nightmare of the Great Evil and earn their treasures. Build a challenging maze using dozens of deadly constructions. Compete with other Bandits by clearing their mazes and stealing their sleeping beauties. Test your skills in lots of single player levels, raise your experience and customize your Bandit and castle’s appearance.

Forum Thread: Maze Bandit (by Gamestone)

The Melding

iTunes Description

The Melding is a unique number puzzle game that will test your logic skills. Merge lower value tile into higher value tile to ADD. Merge higher or equal value tile into lower value tile to SUBTRACT. To win leave only the base (black) tile on the board with a value of ZERO.

Forum Thread: The Melding – A Number Logic Puzzle (by Steve Snyder)


iTunes Description

Monstergotchi is a unique story driven RPG with Online PVP Battle feature.

Create your custom monster from various body parts just like Frankenstein! Mix all kinds of legs, arms, head types and equip it with proper armor.

Explore the world in 5 chapters filled with epic loot to improve and refine your Monster until it becomes the ultimate warrior, ready to defeat evil lord Zaralor. Challenge other players in the arena and win daily rewards.

Will you become the ultimate hero?

Forum Thread: Monstergotchi (By FDG Mobile Games)

Neighbours from Hell – Season 1

iTunes Description

Neighbours from Hell: Season 1

Creep around your neighbour ’s house performing ever more elaborate tricks upon the unsuspecting resident.

As the star of a fantastic new TV show, cameras will track your every move as you set your fiendish traps. Your objectives are to create more and more disarray, increase ratings and maybe even winning prestigious awards. But beware of watchful neighbors and alert guard dogs; if they catch you then the show will be taken off air.

Forum Thread: Neighbours from Hell – Season 1 (by THQ Nordic GmbH)

The Night Shift

iTunes Description

Night Shift is a solid arcade shooting game. Enter the life of disgruntled, convenience store clerk, Nigel, on the worst day (and possibly last night) of his life. Battling the undead horde, that clearly want more than just the suspicious mystery meat at the back of the freezer, wasn’t how he envisioned his Saturday night shift. Cornered into the storage room with the wonky light that he was supposed to fix three months ago, Nigel takes a shot in the dark and hopes he hits his mark. This is his final stand.

Forum Thread: The Night Shift (by Brackish Games)

Oh…Sir! The Hollywood Roast

iTunes Description

The boys are back , and they look better than ever! Oh…Sir! The Hollywood roast is a brand new spin-off to the surprise indie hit of 2016, Oh…Sir! The Insult Simulator. This time around we’re taking tinsel town down a few notches, whilst classing up the joint. Play as one of many famous, but for legal purposes, slightly different pop culture icons and verbally spar with other Hollywood elitists using a deep battle system.

Verbally joust by yourself or take your verbal skills on a global PR tour and battle friends and family from anywhere in the world.

Forum Thread: Oh…Sir! The Hollywood Roast (by Gambitious Digital Entertainment)

Poly Crack

iTunes Description

Put the polygons together! It’s relaxing, it’s satisfying, and it’s addicting! Climb through the colorful and exciting levels in Poly Crack!

– Complete the spinning polygon by placing the missing pieces!
– Endless number of spinner levels!
– Compete against your friends
– Perfect to fidget with on the train or on a plane
– Beautifully executed musical tones
– Exciting and simple arcade game that keeps you on edge!

Forum Thread: Poly Crack (By Eternal Studio)

Predynastic Egypt

iTunes Description

Turn-based historical simulation strategy will lead you through the history of Pre-Dynastic Egypt. Starting from 5000 B.C. you will guide the nomadic and humble Egyptian tribe through all the hardships to prosperity and power culminating in the Unification of Lower and Upper Egypt.

Get ready to witness evolutionary breakthroughs that enabled early Egyptians to march into faraway lands, fight catastrophes, hardships and ultimately establish first Egyptian state. Will you be able to re-enact the events that unfolded historically or will you doom your fledgling chiefdom into forgotten annals of history? Get an intimate knowledge about events that took place before the Classic Egypt eras through this unique game.

Forum Thread: Predynastic Egypt (by Ilya Terentev)

Rabbit Mercenary

iTunes Description

Prepare yourself to save Lepustopia with this group of crazy mercenaries. Hire special rabbits to join your fight against the evil mutant vegetables in this RPG clicker. Battle hordes of transgenics plants and defeat incredible bosses in this idle game. Tap, tap, tap and tap to save the world!

Forum Thread: Rabbit Mercenary Idle Clicker (By Demium Games)

Rocket Miner

iTunes Description

Start your rocket, Captain, and collect as many gold and gem asteroids as you can in this casual 2D top-down game!

Avoid deadly rocks, stars, enemy spaceships, evil magnetized asteroids, fast flying comets, giant moons and burning shipwrecks to safely complete your mission.

Show us that you are the best Rocket Miner at this endless gold rush in space!

Forum Thread: Rocket Miner – Endless gold rush in space (By Helioxfilm)

Rocklien Run

iTunes Description

Super fun and easy to learn, but punishing and hard to master!
Take your favourite space ship on a run through the nebula’s rainbow fields!
Dodge, roll and smash your way through countless asteroids, Bubbliens, Botliens and Rockliens. Reach for the stars and blast away while scoring awesome combos.
A fun filled space run awaits you!

Forum Thread: Rocklien Run – Endless Space Runner (by Comicorp Worlds)


iTunes Description

Tap to spin your Fidget Spinner when you see a Gem!

Try not to miss! Test your reflexes.

How long can you last?

Forum Thread: Spinnerz (by KasSanity)

Stolen Thunder

iTunes Description

STOLEN THUNDER is an action – puzzle – adventure game with a unique out of this world style and design. Take control with simple swipe gestures and solve intricate puzzles inside an abstract world unlike anything you’ve seen.

Swipe to move & tap to strike. Can you survive all the Challenges?

– 12 Unique Puzzle Challenges
– Mind and physics bending puzzles
– Learn the puzzle mechanics, then test yourself with fast-paced timed Challenges
– Play entirely one-handed with touch-optimized controls
– Various enemies and hazards around every corner

Forum Thread: Stolen Thunder – A Unique Action Puzzle Adventure (by Jason Nowak)

SUP Multiplayer Racing

iTunes Description

GEAR UP and make your engines roar for the craziest FREE MULTIPLAYER RACING EXPERIENCE!
Leave your rivals in the dust: drift, jump, blast off with boosters, and reach the finish line in one piece!

o Compete with up to 3 opponents from around the world on stunning tracks
o Smash others off the track and push your car to the limit! Boost, jump, and drift your way to victory!
o Have fun with emojis: give your rivals a wink as you fly by
o Bet on your victory to earn gems!

Forum Thread: SUP Multiplayer Racing (by Oh BiBi)

Treasure Miner 2

iTunes Description

Treasure Miner 2 – Discover the sequel to the successful Treasure Miner. Build your own mine infastructure and be the first miner, who discover rare artefacts, ores and gems. Invest your money in new technologies and expand your mine with new buildings, more lifts or better equipment.

Forum Thread: Treasure Miner 2 – The next mining adventure ( by York Burkhardt )

Yankai’s Peak

iTunes Description

YANKAI’S PEAK. is a love letter to PYRAMIDS. A colorful PYRAMID-pushing puzzle game about the beauty and joy of being a sentient PYRAMID.

– Pretty cool gameplay.
– Over 130 handcrafted levels.
– 7 PARTs each exploring a unique multifaceted mechanic.
– Meditative sound design.
– No IAP.
– Taptic feedback (iPhone 7+).
– A sick intro.

Forum Thread: YANKAI’S PEAK. (by Kenny Sun)