Epic Games released an invite-only version of Fortnite Battle Royale on Thursday, sending frantic Fortnite players scrambling for one of the limited early-access codes to the iOS game.
Those fortunate players who got access to the iOS version of the multiplayer game in general are delighted with the iOS version of the battle royale game. Our own writer Tom McNamara was impressed by the polish of the mobile version of Fortnite. Dave Thier at Fortune... Read More »
Topics: iOS Software
If you've watched HBO's Silicon Valley, you know about pivots in app development. This gamble usually doesn't turn out well, but the battle royale game mode of Fortnite is quickly becoming a textbook example in how to nail the concept. With this free-to-play spectacle in its arsenal, the game is leapfrogging even over PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (aka PUBG), which itself is surpassing stalwarts like DOTA 2 and Overwatch. Numbers: Last month, Epic recorded 3.4 million people playing Fornite at the same... Read More »
As the safari hunter in the classic 1932 film The Most Dangerous Game explained, wild animals weren't the most challenging creature to hunt. To Count Zaroff, that honor belonged to humans. Now, imagine if 100 people got together on his island and fought to the death, while the available combat area progressively shrank. That's Player Unknown's Battlegrounds, aka PUBG, and it's quickly become one of the biggest online games in the world. And now the mobile version is getting beta tested in Canada... Read More »
With both PUBG and Fortnite coming to Android and iOS, mobile gaming is taking a major step toward mainstream relevance, and now the hit survival crafting game ARK: Survival Evolved is joining the fray with a limited (read: invite-only) closed beta on iOS, which you can sign up for here. And we've got the details on what you can expect to find, if you become one of the chosen few. Are you excited? After all, it's pocket-size dinosaur riding... Read More »
With The Sims Mobile landing on the Google Play Store like Godzilla on New York, you may not have noticed what else has been coming out recently. But riding close behind EA's juggernaut on the popularity charts is 1Line (iOS, Android), a streamlined but engaging puzzler with some jazzy music that's great for killing idle time. Plus, it's free, if you're willing to sit through a few video ads, or just $1.99 if you're not. But can it... Read More »
One of the consistent pleasures of the original 2D Grand Theft Auto was stumbling into a crazy car chase. Smashy Road distills this experience with a retro-pixel flair, and now Cars vs Cops distills it even further, removing distracting things like scenery and roads but maintaining the satisfying explosions and flashing lights. Its only in-app purchase is $2.99 to remove ads, but is there too much weight reduction for it to remain a contender? Let's zoom into one... Read More »
Nine years after a kid-friendly puzzler named Scribblenauts came to the Nintendo DS, where it graced the gaming world with the crazy idea of letting players conjure items into a game world by scribbling names of objects with the DS stylus, Scribblenauts Showdown has arrived on the Nintendo Switch. While the handheld game console is new and relatively powerful, has Scribblenauts survived the voyage intact? Well, we got our hands on a copy of the game, and we consider its... Read More »
While it doesn't look like there's another regular Sims game on the horizon, EA and Maxis are forging ahead once more on iOS and Android with The Sims Mobile (download for Android, download for iOS), a free-to-play version of the game available today for your simulation pleasure. Because sometimes it's easier to tackle virtual life problems than your own real ones! If you've ever wanted to work at a coffee shop or restaurant to afford decorating... Read More »
We haven't gotten to the point where you can play Dance Dance Revolution with a phone, but rhythm games like Cytus II may have you busting a move with your fingers in the meantime. Revealed at the end of 2015 but not released until this year, you can feel the polish and passion that's gone into this game -- and the pent-up anticipation, as it's quickly become one of the top music games on the iOS App Store... Read More »
Mark Cerny's wildly popular arcade classic Marble Madness has been inspiring game developers ever since debuting in 1984, and Sky Ball is the latest vertigo-inducing endless runner in that lineage. iPhone and Android gamers seem to agree, vaulting this new game to the top of the app store charts. You, too, can get airborne today -- for free (download for Android, download for iOS), with the only in-app purchase being ad removal for $2.99.
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Everyone's plugging into '80s and '90s nostalgia these days, but Evoland takes the retro knob and cranks it to 11 with an actual retrospective of multiple gaming eras and tropes -- all packed into a single RPG. Now Evoland 2 is out for iPads and iPhones, priced at $6.99 with no ads or in-app transactions, and containing massively more gameplay than the original. And it's flying up the sales charts on the App Store right now, so let's see... Read More »
Billing itself as "the first adventure game based around the ten plagues of Egypt," Rusty Lake Paradise (iOS download, Android download) has quickly spread across iOS gaming to become the App Store's most popular premium puzzler, which is no easy feat, with all that competition. We suspect that it's because mobile gamers love puzzles, the game's distinctively eerie artwork, and it's just $3. But there's gotta be more to the game's meteoric rise.
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Nintendo's already hitting it big on Android and iOS with Pokemon Go, Fire Emblem, and Super Mario Run. Now, one of their famed developers, HAL Laboratory is getting in on the action with Part-Time UFO, a charming retro puzzle game where you control a flying saucer with a grappling hook. Available today for $3.99 (iOS download, Android download), with no ads or in-app purchases, this game presents you with a variety of different challenges, from... Read More »
The mutant-blasting twin-stick shooter Xenowerk has been downloaded on the Google Play Store over a million times, and it's an Editor's Choice pick on the Apple App Store. With the reputation that 99-cent mobile games have, we wouldn't blame you if you haven't given it a shot. But we think you'd be missing out -- the in-app purchases aren't really necessary to enjoy Xenowerk, it looks great, and it's great at killing time or relieving some stress. Here's how to... Read More »
An endless runner is supposed to be a tense gambit of lightning reflexes and pattern memorization, so Alto's Adventure went against the grain when it dropped in February 2015. But its relatively gentle mountain slopes and minimalist beauty allow you to get into a kind of zen-like flow that has proven very popular, and now Alto's Odyssey takes the setting from snowy peaks to endless sand dunes. There's more going on here than just a climate change, though.... Read More »
Alto nailed this landing. Alto's Odyssey, the follow-up to the enchanting and beautiful Alto's Adventure endless runner, launches today for iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV.
First expected last summer, the new game takes the llama-herding Alto away from his mountaintop home to a vast desert, where he glides over sand dunes, across ropes and vines, past rock walls, and by strange ruins to explore a new mysterious landscape.
Everything we love about Alto's Adventure is here in his... Read More »
The blockbuster Monster Hunter series finally came to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 in January with Monster Hunter World, and millions of copies have been flying off the shelves. In this addictive Dark Souls-esque RPG, you'll track down giant creatures, kill them, and collect trophies, either by yourself or online with friends.
The Room: Old Sins (download for iOS) is the latest in a long line of very popular puzzle games designed for Android and iPhones, combining gothic supernatural spookiness with challenging but fair brain teasers. But while the puzzles themselves aren't cryptic or tedious, the worlds around them will be much easier to navigate and understand if you keep a few important rules in mind. We've put together a collection of handy tips that should help you keep your... Read More »
The Final Fantasy series is one of the most popular franchises in gaming, and XV is generally regarded as a return to form after years of choppy waters -- but it doesn't run on mobile devices. However, publisher Square Enix anticipated this and began work years ago on a mobile-optimized version called Final Fantasy XV Pocket Edition (Android, iOS). At $20, it's the most expensive Final Fantasy game for Android or iOS, which is saying a... Read More »
Alto's Odyssey, the sequel to the beautiful and captivating Alto's Adventure mobile game, is coming February 22 to iPhones and iPads everywhere.
Originally due last summer but then delayed, the much-expected side-scrolling endless runner takes Alto out of the mountains and puts him to the desert, swapping his snowboard for a sandboard. In the new Alto game, Alto and his friends will glide over dunes and bridges, bounce off hot-air balloons, interact with new landscapes, and navigate through... Read More »