Out Now: ‘Death Squared’, ‘Florence’, ‘Purrfect Date’, ‘Nitro Racing GO’, ‘FLO Game’, Flippy, ‘Evil Cogs’, ‘Cubor’, ‘Hostage Negotiator’, ‘Hit n’ Run!’ and More

It’s that time of week once again where we round up all the best new games of the past seven days. It’s a relatively “light” week this week, insomuch that in the world of mobile that still means a dozen and a half games. Some of this week’s earlier arrivals we were able to put through their paces already so be sure to check out our review of Florence as well as our review of Death Squared, both of which we enjoyed a lot. And then check out the full list of all the rest of this week’s new games below and let us know which ones you’ve got your eye on.


 

Bolt Riley – A Reggae Adventure

iTunes Description

Become a Jamaican Reggae legend in an adventure game co-designed by Corey and Lori Cole (Creators of Quest for Glory series).

Bolt Riley is a a classic 2D point and click Jamaican Reggae adventure game where you play as Bolt Riley, a poor boy from Trenchtown, Jamaica, on his pathway to stardom. Bolt is struggling to survive and has to deal with a gang of Rude Boys.

Forum Thread: Bolt Riley: A Reggae Adventure (by Adventure Mob)


cmnd/ctrl

iTunes Description

Fire through a pixel art universe to a retro soundtrack and sound effects that are inspired by the old-school arcade game era. Players can cycle through multiple game modes and choose between ten unique ships with varying fire rates and bullet speeds, meaning no one game will ever be the same!

Forum Thread: cmnd/ctrl (by Sebastian Barrotta)


Cubor

iTunes Description

Cubical puzzle game with simple beginnings and complex ends.

Move the cubes to their corresponding goals, sometimes the orientation must be just right. Sometimes several cubes move at the same time. Sometimes things gets really tricky.

Replay levels and take your time to come up with the optimal solution or dive into the 16 daily levels fresh from the level generator.

Don’t be a square, be a cube.

Forum Thread: Cubor (by Devm Games)


Death Squared

iTunes Description

Death Squared is a puzzle game for 1 or 2 people about coordination, cooperation, and robot explosions.

SMG Studio’s first console game is now available to play on your phone.

Forum Thread: Death Squared (by SMG Studio)


Defend the Cake Tower Defense

iTunes Description

From a team of former Blizzard & Riot developers comes the most delicious tower defense game! Help Eggperor Shellemane and the Eggbirds keep their cakes safe from an onslaught of persistent insects. The game begins when you place your tasty cake castle on the map. Choose carefully; there are armies of ants on their way to steal a slice! After that, it’s time to plan your strategy. Build your maze to outsmart the mischievous ants and protect your prized cake. Use watermelon slingshots and frosting guns to thwart the onslaught of bees, rocket snails, and ants on scooters!

Forum Thread: Defend the Cake Tower Defense (by Defend the Cake LLC)


Digger Machine 2

iTunes Description

Digger Machine 2 is the new version of the famous arcade game, in which you dig for precious minerals, diaments and gold. You can build a base and improve your machines.

In this version you will be able to choose even more machines, dig more minerals and discover new worlds. New traps, monsters and more digging awaits!

If you liked the first version of Digger or games like Motherload just don’t wait, this is the perfect game for you!

Forum Thread: Digger Machine 2 (by Rapid Games Studio)


Evil Cogs

iTunes Description

Your fantasies come true!
Explore that strange, fantastic, mystic world.
Soak up the atmosphere of the dark fairy-tale.
Little light beam needs your help.
So become a light – fight with darkness.
Your way will be hard, but don’t be afraid of anything.
Till your light shines – you can make it!

Forum Thread: Evil Cogs (by Ivan Murzak)


Flippy

iTunes Description

Run, flip and speed up! Avoid spikes and try to overtake as many runners as possible.

Complete missions, unlock new runners and challenge your friends.

Running is fun – enjoy your run!

Forum Thread: Flippy (by Ketchapp)


FLO Game

iTunes Description

Have you got the lightning reflexes needed to master FLO? A fast action, one-tap game where you harness gravity to gain speed.

– Travel above the horizon to pick up speed as you roll down.
– Travel below the horizon to pick up speed as you roll up.
– Dodge the mines and splash through the horizon by tapping on impact.
– Tap and hold to glide past obstacles.
– Smash through score walls set by your Facebook friends.
– Losing momentum brings the Wall of Death ever closer. If it engulfs you, it’s game over.
– FLO is a beautiful game experience with music tracks by UK Hardcore act Fracus & Darwin.

Forum Thread: FLO Game (by Rogue Games)


Florence

iTunes Description

Florence is an interactive storybook from the award-winning lead designer of Monument Valley about the heart-racing highs and heartbreaking lows of a young woman’s very first love.

Florence Yeoh feels a little… stuck. Her life is an endless routine of work, sleep, and spending too much time on social media. Then one day, she meets a cello player named Krish who changes everything about how she sees the world and herself.

Experience every beat of Florence and Krish’s relationship through a series of mini-game vignettes – from flirting to fighting, from helping each other grow… to growing apart. Drawing inspiration from ‘slice of life’ graphic novels and webcomics, Florence is an intimate and unforgettable story.

Forum Thread: Florence (by Annapurna Interactive)


Hardest Game Evar

iTunes Description

The world’s hardest game ever! Only 1% can beat this game! Some say it is impossible! You will rage a lot … and probably never be good enough to complete the game.

Game features:
– Rage inducing troll tactics
– Difficult platforming
– Hardest boss ever
– Surprisingly amazing and touching story!

Forum Thread: Hardest Game Evar (By KasSanity)


Hit n’ Run!

iTunes Description

What our players say?
“Crazy Taxi meets grand theft auto.”
“A fun innovative driving game.”
“Really fun, like GTA. Can unlock cars!”

Anyone can drive, but only one can dominate the road.
Destroy traffic and crush the police on your way to the top of mafia drivers.

Forum Thread: Hit n’ Run! (by Appsolute Games)


Hostage Negotiator

iTunes Description

Official app of the board game by AJ Porfirio and Van Ryder Games. In Hostage Negotiator, you play the part of a law enforcement agent responsible for negotiating the release of hostages taken by an unscrupulous figure hell-bent on having his or her demands met.

Each turn in the game represents a conversation between you and the hostage taker. You’ll play cards and roll dice to increase conversation points, decrease the threat level, and release hostages. Hostage Negotiator uses a unique “hand-building” mechanism that puts cards you purchase directly in your hand for next turn rather than leaving you wondering when the cards will show up like in deck-building games.

In Hostage Negotiator there are multiple paths to victory, but the hostage taker has other plans. Will you try to calm him and get him to surrender? Will you stall and bide your time before sending in the team for a major extraction? How many hostages will you save? These are many of the exciting decisions you will make in a game of Hostage Negotiator!

Forum Thread: Hostage Negotiator (by Peter Kossits)


Kinoko Bird

iTunes Description

Meet Yoshiro and Mary Kokeshi. And their spirited 7 year old daughter Zoey Jade Kokeshi. They live in a place called Thunder Village in the eastern part of Japan.

ZOEY’S PET BIRD “KINOKO” LOVES TO FLY THRU THE BEAUTIFUL JAPANESE SKY COLLECTING HONEY, STARS & KINOKO ( MUSHROOMS ). HE ALSO LIKES TURNING ON LANTERNS.

USE YOUR FINGER TAPPING FLYING SKILLS TO OVERCOME THE MANY OBSTACLES & ENEMIES THAT AWAIT YOU. BUT DON’T WORRY, YOU’LL BE EQUIPPED WITH PLENTY OF SHIELDS, PINEAPPLE DROPS & FLOWER BREEZES!

Forum Thread: Kinoko Bird (by Daniel Michaels)


Neko Jump

iTunes Description

Side scroll jump Cat action game.Let’s not get out of the screen while manipulating the cat while avoiding the enemy!
let’s collect coins and power up. Let’s gather treasure of the world by opening a treasure box.
Tap to jump. Swipe left or right to move in that direction!
Be huge and counterattack!

Forum Thread: Neko Jump (by Tasary)


Nitro Racing GO

iTunes Description

TRY ILLEGAL TRAFFIC RACING IN THE CITY THAT NEVER FALLS ASLEEP!
Arghhh! Speed up, racer! Tap as fast as you can in this racing clicker if you want to compete in one of the most luxurious cities in the world! Find yourself among the best drivers and enjoy the amazing view of Dubai. Gorgeous skyscrapers, the newest achievements of modern arabic architecture, loudly riverside, challenging highways and roads with cliffs, on which YOU SIMPLY can’t make any mistakes. It’s time to race out!

Forum Thread: Nitro Racing GO: Idle Clicker (by T-Bull Sp. z o.o.)


Purrfect Date

iTunes Description

Cats are a lil’ like marmite. Either you absolutely head-over-heels love’ em, or… nahhh, who are we kidding?! Everyone categorically LOVES cats. Case closed. *Pounds hammer* Next!

…but what would it be like to date one?

Find out in ‘Purrfect Date’ – a new breed of dating sim, and the latest ‘critically acclaimed’ release from the BAFTA-winning Bossa Studios, brains behind ‘I am Bread’ and ‘Surgeon Simulator’.

Forum Thread: Purrfect Date (by Bossa Studios)


Rocket Soccer Derby

iTunes Description

This futuristic racing sports game, equips players with demolition derby like boosted vehicles that can be smashed into the soccer ball for amazing action-packed goals. Breathtaking graphics and ultra realistic car physics will test your racing soccer skills to the max!

Forum Thread: Rocket Soccer Derby (by Destruction Crew)


Simple Trivia

iTunes Description

Play trivia with your friends and family via iMessage! Choose between 6 categories! Win by getting more questions correct than your friend. Each question has three possible answers, but only one of them is correct. Be careful, you only have 10 seconds to correctly answer each question!

Forum Thread: Simple Trivia – iMessage Game (by eDevGames, Inc.)


Tappy Wok

iTunes Description

Can you become a master of Chinese Cooking?

Play Tappy Wok and find out! Arcade cooking just as addictive as eating orange chicken!

Master classic Chinese dishes! Six dishes are available to start! Another 30 dishes are unlockable via in-app purchase.

Are your fingers fast enough? Can you handle the heat? Then prove it and go for the highest score!

Forum Thread: Tappy Wok (by Christopher Dixon)


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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:

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‘Surgeon Simulator’ Developer’s Cat-Dating Sim ‘Purrfect Date’ Out Now in the App Store

We’ve been irrationally excited for Bossa Studio’s forthcoming cat-dating game ever since we first heard about it back in August of last year, and just prior to its “official” release date of Valentine’s Day this Wednesday the pun-laden Purrfect Date [$ 4.99] is now available in the App Store. Created by the two-person Bae Team and published by Bossa Studios of Surgeon Simulator [$ 4.99] and I Am Bread [$ 4.99] fame, Purrfect Date is “the ultimate crossbreed between visual novel, dating sim, and dark British comedy.” You’ll play as a human who travels to a place called Cat Island, which sounds like some sort of utopia to me, and you’ll date a number of different types of felines in order to unravel some sort of crazy mystery. I don’t know, it’s a cat dating simulator, do you really need to know anything besides that? Here are two very musical and quite catchy trailers for Purrfect Date so you can get an idea of what it’s all about.

Yes, “Come for the pussy and stay for the tale” will go down in history as the greatest tagline of a video game ever. Purrfect Date launched on Steam back in December to overwhelming delight of all who played it, and now it can accompany you on your travels and fit snugly into your pocket. Also, the game costs just a fiver and there is no IAP or any other shenanigans of any kind. Just buy the game once and date cats until you can’t take it anymore. I like that. Honestly, this is the type of game that you either bought the moment you saw this headline or you just don’t get what the fuss is about. If you’re in the former camp, then enjoy playing Purrfect Date as you set out on a romantic feline adventure. If you’re in the latter camp, then just go about your day and forget you ever saw this totally weird game!

Link to Forum Thread: Purrfect Date (by Bossa Studios)

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Rob’s 10 Best Games of 2017 – A Purrfect Year for Mobile Gaming

2017 has been a year of competing extremes in almost every aspect, whether personal, public or within the world of iOS gaming. While so much of it was dominated by the demise of many of my favourite childhood classics with iOS 11 and the 32-bit Appocalypse (being unable to play Dungeon Raid anymore has been a particularly bitter pill to swallow), the release of an unprecedented barrage of high-quality games have made 2017’s struggles slightly easier to take. While phenomenal ports of complete console titles have been fantastic to Witness (no pun intended), and the typically strong showing of innovative indie classics have only further emphasised iOS’s strengths as a serious gaming platform, it has been you – the iOS community – that has been the highlight of my 2017. Whether it’s developers revealing insights into the hottest upcoming games, people sharing their experiences with recent and classic mobile releases, or even heated debate over Taylor Swift and Brawl Stars, the TouchArcade Forums and especially the Discord community have been particularly fantastic points of refuge for not only passionate mobile gamers, but also for a lovely group of friendly people. From both a personal and professional level, my thanks go to everyone who has been actively supporting our community and helping it go from strength to strength over the past twelve months. Alright, enough rambling – here are the top ten iOS games that were particularly memorable for me in 2017, in no particular order:


 

Linelight, $ 1.99 It’s going to come up a few times over the course of this list, but there are some games that just feel like they were destined to be on iOS. More than any other game I’ve played this year, Linelight epitomises this natural fit on the iPhone and iPad, and resulted in one of the most natural, immersive and memorable puzzle experiences of the year. The combination of a beautiful soundtrack with hypnotic visuals and intuitive puzzles resulted in Linelight telling a surprisingly engrossing story over its brief lifespan, and being far more than the sum of its parts.


 

Splitter Critters, $ 2.99 A push for graphical fidelity is fine, but it’s occasionally the simplest ideas that are the most astonishing. When I first tried out Splitter Critters on an internet demo prior to launch, I was taken aback by how its core gameplay mechanic – of splicing the environment to direct your cute avatar to the goal – just made [em]so much sense[/em]. However, this preview was unable to prepare me fully for the complete release on iPhone, which used this mechanic in such ingenious and innovative ways in every level, in a way that was so effortless and intuitive on the touch screen. Beyond all else, Splitter Critters was just a fantastically fun breath of fresh air in 2017.


 

The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth, $ 14.99 When this game dropped on the App Store early in January, you just knew 2018 was going to be a special year for mobile gaming. The Binding of Isaac had obviously made waves on other more sedentary platforms, but the iOS iteration was my first experience of Edmund McMillen’s cult hit – and boy, what an experience it was. Being essentially the full console game, The Binding of Isaac was chock full of strange and eccentric surprises to discover, and its seemingly endless longevity made it a mainstay on my device throughout the entirety of 2017. Being able to just pick up the game and put in five minutes whenever I felt like it really emphasised the qualities of mobile gaming, and with so much to discover, I can see myself playing The Binding of Isaac well into 2018 and beyond.


 

Cat Quest, $ 1.99 I’ve been outspoken over my love of cats during my many months writing for TouchArcade, and so it’s an understatement to say the excitement surrounding Cat Quest was palpable in the lead-up to its release. Despite this, I was still blown away upon playing the final product – whether it was the incredibly tight control system, the beautifully detailed world to explore, or the cacophony of feline puns around every corner, Cat Quest was the closest to the purrfect traditional adventure title we’ve been longing for on iOS since the platform’s inception. Cat Quest deserves every accolade it will inevitably receive, and I can’t wait to see what the developers do next.


 

Game Dev Tycoon, $ 4.99 I’d love to put the original Game Dev Story [$ 0.99] on every top 10 list I write, but its release in 2010 sadly makes it a few years too early for this particular poll. However, I don’t even need to refer to the late mobile release of Game Dev Tycoon as ‘the next best thing’, as it is the long-awaited improvement over Kairosoft’s classic simulator that I’ve been waiting so many years for, and truly goes above and beyond its peers. With gameplay that combines the mobile-suited bitesize game development with a deceptive level of depth, Game Dev Tycoon managed to have that same warm feeling of fulfilling childhood dreams that its genre contemporaries have capitalised on for so long, and the attention to detail that the developers included in its mobile iteration only made me question why we haven’t seen the title before now on the App Store. Finally, the spectre of Game Dev Story 2 can rest in peace.


 

Fowlst, $ 1.99 Fowlst was a game that sadly slipped under the radar on its release in June, and I can understand why. It’s a bit of a strange concept at heart – especially with its irreverent humor littered throughout the game’s app description – and the screenshot stills simply do not do the exciting action justice. However, give Fowlst and its charming rocket-pooping owl protagonist a chance and you will find one of the tightest and most compelling arcade games of the year, and one that I found myself gravitating towards whenever I had a few minutes spare. Incredibly simple controls, a surprising amount of variation and customisation, and some pretty epic bosses to tackle resulted in something that distilled the compulsive qualities of Downwell [$ 2.99] into something unique for the mobile platform.


 

Cally’s Caves 4, Free It’s a nice feeling to see an established series – one that originated on the App Store, no less – reach greater and greater heights, and Cally’s Caves 4 managed to surpass my expectations from its predecessors and turn everything up to 11. Whether that’s the sheer amount of content, the variety of weapons, enemies and environments to encounter and explore, or the even more ridiculous bosses that lie in wait at the end of every labyrinthine zone, Cally’s Caves 4 kept me coming back repeatedly just to see what was in store for me next. With the developer being extremely active amongst our Discord server, it felt like I had a lot emotionally invested in Cally’s Caves 4 in the lead up to its release, and I’m glad that the resulting concoction was something that stands incredibly strong on its own merits.


 

Hidden Folks, $ 2.99 This is somewhat of a latecomer to my own personal list, as I’ve literally only just joined the exclusive iPad Pro club over the past few days. While the sheer power of the device may suggest games like the excellent GRID Autosport [$ 9.99] (which sadly just missed the cut) and others would be the best to show off the iPad’s capabilities, it’s been Hidden Folks that has entertained me the most in my early tablet days. The beautiful hand-drawn graphics on the sizeable screen real-estate of the iPad have made looking for the weird and wonderful targets in Hidden Folks a joy, and the game feels like the modern culmination of the Where’s Waldo-esque books that I spent so much time squinting over as a child.


 

Morphite, $ 7.99 You can’t have a best of 2017 list for iOS without some mention of Morphite – after what seemed like years of development time, Morphite’s ambitious attempt on the first person adventure genre felt like a glimpse into a utopian future of what mobile gaming could eventually become. Stunning cel-shaded graphics brought alien worlds to life, and exploring planets and scanning the creatures you encounter was both impressive in its scale and immersive in its detail. Despite lofty comparisons to No Man’s Sky and the Metroid series, and some minor control and open-world issues that are inevitable with a game of its scope, Morphite was an astonishingly enjoyable opus for one of the App Store’s best publishers.


 

Death Road to Canada, $ 10.99 Zombie games are arguably more dead than their antagonists, but Rocketcat Games did the impossible this year and reinvented a tired genre with so much unbridled wackiness I’m still not entirely sure of the best way to approach a game in Death Road to Canada. The bizarre events, the even more eccentric characters that are encountered, and the brilliantly tense amalgamation of Oregon Trail-esque RPG mechanics with pure zombie-killing action resulted in a title that finally fulfils the tired cliche of ‘no one game is the same’. The typical Rocketcat Games’ support for Death Road to Canada has seen the title grow from strength to strength in the months since its release, and reading the wild stories of attempted runs on our forums has been almost as fun as playing the game itself. I may never have made it to Canada, but I can confidently confirm Rocketcat have made it to my top 10 list yet again.

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Cat Quest Guide – How to become a purrfect warrior

Cat Quest is an absolutely charming open-world RPG that’s taken the gaming world quite by storm. This game about a world populated by furry kitty warriors is actually a full-length RPG with sturdy mechanics and a lovely little story.

It’s certainly a game of the year contender in our books. You should jump on Cat Quest as soon as you’re able. To help you get started we have a few handy beginner’s tips. Off we go.

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