Jul 212014
 

Every day hundreds of new apps make their debut on the App Store, and hundreds more are updated or reduced in price. We have sifted through the noise and highlighted those select few that might be worth your attention. For more mobile game trailers, reviews and news be sure to Subscribe to IGNMobileGames on YouTube.

Note: The prices and deals compiled below are accurate at the time we published this story, but all are subject to change.

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Jul 212014
 

Throw shade to block the sun when RuPaul’s Drag Race: Dragopolis 2.0 arrives on the App Store and Google Play soon.

Featuring queens like Jinkx Monsoon, Shangela and Sharon Needles, the snatch game features 45 levels of eleganza. There are also fashion challenges from the show to outfit and accessorize each lady.

Sadly, it does not include a “Lyp Sync for your Life” minigame that requires users to play it on their city’s public transportation network.

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JoystiqRuPaul’s Drag Race: Dragopolis 2 goes mobile soon originally appeared on Joystiq on Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jul 202014
 

Overkill 3 pulls back from the series’ fondness for staring down gun sights, focusing on third person, cover-focused gameplay. Developer Craneballs Studios released the above teaser this week, giving fans snapshots of the locales, infantry and vehicles they’ll riddle with bullets on their Android and iOS devices in Q3 of this year.

Serving as Craneballs’ first project developed with Unity, Overkill 3 will spread more than 50 unique levels and a dozen boss fights across 10 environments. There should be a noticeable uptick in visuals too, as Overkill 3‘s opposing forces have “6-10 times more polygons” than the targets found in its predecessor.

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JoystiqOverkill 3 shifts to third person shooting on mobile devices originally appeared on Joystiq on Sun, 20 Jul 2014 15:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jul 192014
 

Monument Valley, an Apple Design Award-winning game that twists player perspective like an MC Escher painting twists stairs, has surpassed more than one million sales. We’re not sure what that number means to a game that cares nothing for the laws of physics, but developer ustwo seems pleased enough to start planning for post-release content.

Producer Dan Gray told TechCrunch that the team plans to double the average gameplay time of 90 minutes with additional “lost scenes” for the game. Gray wasn’t sure if these scenes would be sold or free to download, but either way they’ll take place outside of the main story. Ustwo is aiming to release the extra levels sometime in the fall.

If you’re not sure what all the fuss is about, Monument Valleyalong with its fellow Design Award winners – is on sale in the iTunes store.

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JoystiqMore than 1 million sales are comin’ round Monument Valley originally appeared on Joystiq on Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jul 182014
 

If ever there were a piece of technology right out of Star Trek, it would have to be the tablet. Part personal assistant, part wonderful toy, tablets are fast replacing the laptop as the preferred couch and travel computing device. Apple’s iPad may have popularized the category, but it’s not the only company doing great work with these devices. We’ve rounded up the cream of the tablet crop for your perusing pleasure.

Asus made and Google injected, the Nexus 7 is a fully capable 7-inch tablet that’s easy to grip and priced to move. Starting at just $229 for a $16GB Wifi model, the flagship Android tablet is highly affordable when compared to the $400 iPad mini with Retina Display. While the Kindle Fire HDX is even cheaper, Android 4.4 makes the Nexus a more fully-featured tablet, not just a media consumption device.  It also taps into to the Google Play Store, which may still be number two to iTunes for the latest games and apps, but you’ll still find plenty to play, and it’s absolutely completive on media pricing and selection. If you’re looking for a solid travel tablet, and still want to have money left to put gas in your tank, it’s Nexus 7 all the way. However, we recommend you opt for the 32GB model, since the available storage on a 16 is only 12GB. That’s not many games!

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 Posted by at 6:49 pm
Jul 182014
 

Google will cease labeling games with the word “free” if they contain any form of in-application purchases.

This is just one step Google will be taking in European markets, in addition to adapting its default payment settings so authorization must be sought prior to every in-app purchase, unless the user deliberately modifies the setting.

These new changes are in light of a coordinated enforcement action by the European Commission and national authorities to develop guidelines that would prevent “direct exhortation to children” as outlined by European Union (EU) law.

The call to action in EU countries has been spurred by large numbers of complaints revolving in-app purchase practices, particularly those targeted toward children, inadvertently or otherwise.

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 Posted by at 3:20 pm
Jul 182014
 

It appears the European Commission isn’t thrilled with Apple’s slow movement to provide more safeguards from accidental in-app purchases made on its devices. The administration issued a press release today discussing joint action from the firm and member states to enforce better protection for consumers in regards to incidental purchases, praising Google’s proposed solutions to the issue.

“Although, regrettably, no concrete and immediate solutions have been made by Apple to date to address the concerns linked in particular to payment authorisation,” the European Commission wrote, noting that Apple said it will address the issues in due time, though it did not provide a time-frame for the changes. An Apple spokesman told Reuters that “over the last year we made sure any app which enables customers to make in-app purchases is clearly marked,” and that it will “continue to work with the EC member states to respond to their concerns.”

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JoystiqEurope wants better safeguards on in-app iOS purchases originally appeared on Joystiq on Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jul 172014
 

Square Enix revealed Final Fantasy Record Keeper today, a new mobile game that remixes memorable battles from the popular RPG series. The game is in development by DeNA for iOS and Android, and has players clearing dungeons that represent individual games in the Final Fantasy series.

The game stars Deci, a worker in Dr. Mog’s history department, according to Siliconera. Thanks to Dr. Mog’s magical abilities, Deci is able to dive into paintings to clear the 16-bit-style dungeons from games in the series, eventually unlocking characters from those games, such as Final Fantasy 7‘s Cloud. After unlocking the familiar heroes, players can bring the companion of their choice into other dungeons, equipping new weapons and abilities along the way. Final Fantasy Record Keeper will launch this summer for free in Japan, and will support microtransactions.

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JoystiqFinal Fantasy Record Keeper relives the series’ battles for mobile originally appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 17 Jul 2014 21:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jul 172014
 

Hyper Light Drifter developer Teddy Diefenbach has launched Alphabeats, a stylish word puzzler for iOS featuring Dance Dance Revolution-styled rhythm gameplay.

In Alphabeats, players slide a paddle across the bottom of the screen that grows in size as it catches falling letters. Captured letters can be strung together to form words, which translate to points tallied at the end of each track. Fez composer Disasterpeace and Threes‘ Big Giant Circles headline Alphabeat‘s electronic soundtrack, with additional songs available via in-app purchases.

Alphabeat is priced at $1.99.

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JoystiqHyper Light Drifter dev debuts Scrabble/DDR hybrid Alphbeats originally appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 17 Jul 2014 19:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Jul 172014
 

Ubisoft revealed today that a new free-to-play entry in its Assassin’s Creed series is coming soon to Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in collaboration with mobile publishers GREE and PlayNext.

Boasting gameplay that mixes “RPG, strategy and card battle elements,” the upcoming Assassin’s Creed Memories takes place across multiple eras featured in previous Assassin’s Creed games, including Colonial America and Renaissance Italy. Memories offers detailed character customization mechanics, and features a single-player story mode in addition to a multiplayer component that supports up to 20 players per team.

A release date for Assassin’s Creed Memories is not yet known.

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JoystiqFree-to-play Assassin’s Creed Memories announced for iOS originally appeared on Joystiq on Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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