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Best iPhone Game Updates: ‘Footy Golf’, ‘Candy Crush Saga’, ‘Hidden Folks’, ‘The Escapists’, and More

Best iPhone Game Updates: ‘Footy Golf’, ‘Candy Crush Saga’, ‘Hidden Folks’, ‘The Escapists’, and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It’s time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. In addition to a bunch of 64-bit updates, regular updates keep on rolling in at a steady rate. I’ve found some of the most interesting ones for you to take a look at as you enjoy your morning tankard of ale. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper Social [Free], the watchlist in the TouchArcade App [Free], or by participating in the TouchArcade forums, but this weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let’s dig in!

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Y?danji: The Roguelike

Y?danji: The Roguelike, $ 2.99 Seeing a Kemco-published RPG getting updated with something more than bug fixes is a rare sight, but here we are. Yodanji now has some rudimentary support for controllers and keyboards, though I haven’t tested to see how well they work. The UI has gotten some tweaks, and the rules for Gentle Grass and Spiky Shrubs have been altered somewhat. There are also some new rooms, so even if you think you’ve seen everything in this game already, there are now new experiences to be had. Neat.

Footy Golf

Footy Golf, Free Footy Golf has a whole new world of levels to play set in space, which is a pretty good place to play kick-golf, I suspect. There are also some new Ball Booster upgrades that you can use on any of the balls you’ve unlocked. If you’ve bought the premium upgrade IAP, you can also enjoy a new feature that shows your best path on any stages you’ve set a record on. Early though this may be, I’m going to award this game the coveted UMMSMotW prize for this week.

Hidden Folks

Hidden Folks, $ 3.99 Searching for a particular thing in a picture full of things: a popular past-time that had its biggest period in the 1990s. Hidden Folks is a pretty good version of that sort of thing, but like its dead-tree ancestors, it eventually runs out of content. But hey, good news! The game got an update that adds more stuff to do. Specifically, there are three new areas to explore. Good luck finding all the stuff, and remember, if you see Wally and/or Waldo, blow on a whistle and your nearest law enforcement agent will come at once.

Trials Frontier

Trials Frontier, Free Well, I have to give it points for longevity. Trials Frontier‘s been around for a while now, and it’s gotten pretty consistently updated in that time. The latest version adds a new event called the Bandito Rally Challenge, where you can hop aboard a new Tier 1 speed bike known as The Bandito. The event cover three weekly legs of ten tracks each, so you’ll need to bring out your best if you want to show up in the leaderboards. Also in this update: bug fixes. Yeah, that’s right.

The Escapists

The Escapists, $ 3.99 Alcatraz. Possibly the most-escaped-from prison ever represented in fiction? For the reputation it carries, it sure seems like anytime it crops up in a movie or game, someone’s getting out of there. I guess that’s what happens when you turn your prison into a tourist attraction without, like, guards or anything. But there are guards in this version of Alcatraz, because it’s now a level in The Escapists. And escaping just isn’t much fun unless it’s a bit tricky, so there you go. Nicolas Cage and Sean Connery not included. Unfortunately.

Gangstar Vegas

Gangstar Vegas, Free I figured with the successor to this game out, that would be the end of updates for Gangstar Vegas, but the soul still burns, apparently. So, new content. The second and third levels of the Osteo-X Medium Exoskeleton are now available. There are also a bunch of silly new costumes to try out, a sci-fi inspired flying machine called the Strikewind, and a new Quillgun weapon that may or may not have some relation to the Needler. Wanted mode has been made more difficult, some cars will now have armed passengers inside to deter would-be jackers, and all sniper rifles can now zoom at different levels. That all sounds pretty good?

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Slayaway Camp

Slayaway Camp, $ 1.99 Hey paisanos! It’s the Super Summer Slasher Slayaway Camp Update Show! It’s Slayaway Camp, and killing’s the game, it’s not like the others that get all the fame! If you’ve cleared it no trouble, you can update on the double. Puzzles designed by fiends, you’ll be hooked on Deleted Scenes! You’re in for a treat, so hang on to your seat. Get ready for iMessage stickers and some other cool feats! There’s new filters, killers, bunnies, and tweaks, hanging with the campers, you’ll be hooked on killing freaks! To the brink!

He-Man? Tappers of Grayskull?

He-Man? Tappers of Grayskull?, Free Okay, let’s pretend all that unpleasantness just now was me doing a 1980s reference to segue into this one. Anyway, as is the case for many a He-Man thing, it was only a matter of time before Superior She-Ra showed up. That’s right. For the honor of love. By the powers above. She-Ra has the power and she’s brought 13 nasty Horde enemies with her. But worry not! She’s also got four new allies with her, but I don’t know if that includes Bow or not. Nor am I sure if I’d want Bow or not. Confusing feelings on that guy. There are 36 new artifacts for She-Ra alone, plus 8 new artifacts that she shares with her brother, He-Man. Some other stuff too, but I fear I’ve already tipped my secret She-Ra fan card too much already, so let’s just end this here.

Candy Crush Saga

Candy Crush Saga, Free I’m sure I’ve mentioned this before, but King doesn’t even try with the update notes for this game anymore. They used to say how many new levels there were, give the name of the new episode, maybe mention the new gimmicks, and brag about the total number of levels. Now they just have a general message saying that new levels arrive every week. I guess once you pass seventeen billion levels or whatever it stops having much meaning. You’re either hooked or not at this point. Oh well. Here it is.

Templar Battleforce RPG Full Game HD

Templar Battleforce RPG Full Game HD, $ 4.99 Okay, look, to tell the truth, this isn’t a very big update. But I refuse to end things on that Candy Crush note, so here we are. Templar Battleforce, which is a very good game that you should buy, has been updated to add a full combat log, allowing you to check out all the grisly mathematical details behind your victories and defeats at your leisure. This update also fixes some bugs and allows me to remind you to buy it. Good feature, that last one.

That about wraps it up for last week’s significant updates. I’m sure I’ve missed some, though, so please feel free to comment below and let everyone know if you think something should be mentioned. As usual, major updates will likely get their own news stories throughout this week, and I’ll be back next Monday to summarize and fill in the blanks. Have a great week!

How the Charming ‘Hidden Folks’ Art and Gameplay Was Made

How the Charming ‘Hidden Folks’ Art and Gameplay Was Made

Hidden Folks [$ 2.99] is a lovely game that really feels made for touchscreens, and after adding more content to the game yesterday, its developers also posted a fun article on how the game’s art and gameplay was created. Apparently, every part of the game is hand-drawn and then scanned into sprite sheets. The developers used a pretty mediocre scanner for the project, and when they got a new one, they realized the art looked very different and had to go back to the low-budget scanner they initially had. The post goes on to talk about how the developers go about putting together each scene, organically growing each sub-area gradually while at the same time adding scripts to certain visuals to make them interactive.

During this phase, the developers try to make sure sub-areas are distinct enough to pop out and spread out enough to make the whole map engaging. The article goes on to talk about how the art is put together and animated?accompanied by plenty of visual. The blog post goes into even more detail, and it’s definitely worth reading if you like Hidden Folks or just like game and art design.


The Lovely ‘Hidden Folks’ Just Got Factory Update, Adds 3 New Areas to the Game

The Lovely ‘Hidden Folks’ Just Got Factory Update, Adds 3 New Areas to the Game

Hidden Folks [$ 2.99] is one of the most charming games on the App Store, especially on a big screen (I’m loving it on my 12.9 Pro), and I’m always glad to have more areas to explore and more secrets to uncover. If you’re like me, you’ll be glad to hear that Hidden Folks got the Factory Area update today that adds 3 new areas to the game. If you haven’t been following the developer blogs, the Factory update is the most complicated area ever added to the game with almost 30 targets, dozens of new interactions, hundreds of new sounds, and thousands of tiny stories (per the developers). If you like the game, I’m sure you’ll have plenty of fun with the new update.

In addition to the Factory levels, the update adds 8 new languages, plenty of small iterations to targets and clues of previous areas, improved sound mixing, and performance optimization. And the developers are also planning on bringing the game to Android as well as adding a “secret feature.” The update it out and is free.

‘Hidden Folks’ Gets Major ‘Factory’ Update This Week

‘Hidden Folks’ Gets Major ‘Factory’ Update This Week

One of the most original titles of 2017 is Hidden Folks [$ 3.99] by Adriaan de Jongh and Sylvain Tegroeg. And the party isn’t stopping any time soon ? the new Factory update is set to hit iOS and Steam this week on June 15th. These new levels take things to a whole new level. 30 targets in total, with a ton of new interactions, sounds, and little folks with their own little stories have been added into this free update for the game. Alongside the new Factory levels, the developers are doing some behind-the-scenes posts on the game, showing how Hidden Folks was made. In particular, the new levels start with drawings on paper that get scanned into a computer:

This leads to some positively massive scenes, such as this one for the Factory, including a whopping 19,745 sprites in total:

Wow! Keep an eye on the Hidden Folks Steam page’s announcements for more behind-the-scenes looks at the game ahead of the update on Thursday. I’ve played some of it…good luck.

‘Hidden Folks’ Review – Seek This Game Out

‘Hidden Folks’ Review – Seek This Game Out

While Game Oven Studios, the collection of maniacs behind Fingle [$ 1.99 (HD) / Free (HD)], Bam Fu [$ 0.99 / Free], Bounden [$ 2.99], and Jelly Reef [$ 0.99], is no more, developer Adriaan de Jongh is still out there making games. And he’s back with another fantastic and unique experience that you have to try. Hidden Folks [$ 3.99] is a collaboration between him and illustrator Sylvain Tegroeg that takes a very simple concept of being a “Where’s Waldo” game. Then it makes everything happen in a monochromatic world, with huge canvases to explore as folks wander around, and you have to find a certain bunch of these folks. It’s a simple idea, but the work that the team behind the game has done with the art, sound, and playability, makes this a fantastic experience.

Hidden Folks is pretty much just a “Where’s Waldo”/”Where’s Wally” game. Your goal is to find a bunch of the eponymous hidden folks listed, or occasionally certain items. The big trick for Hidden Folks is that everything is interactive and occasional moving. Poem items will be hidden behind obstructions, or hidden in manholes. Others, you have to open up tent flaps or doors to find folks hiding from your view. Oh, and the levels become incredibly dense, too: you have to find folks scattered throughout groups of hundreds of other folks that look quite similar from your bird’s eye view, especially because the game is monochrome. Oh, and there are some elements where folks will only be on screen at certain points, or you have to make not-entirely-obvious interactions in order to make the folks appear.

Don’t think that Hidden Folks is necessarily impossible, though. You get a bit of help from the character descriptions, which serve as hints for where these folks are. They also provide a bit of character and backstory to the world beyond “find these characters.” The folks are animated, and if the animation of a folk is off, well, maybe there’s something you have to do to get them moving the way you should. There’s a lot to interact with in Hidden Folks, and you kinda just have to experiment and tap around to see what’s what and where. That’s kind of nice, too: tap on someone that looks a bit prominent, and maybe they’re one of the folks you have to find to complete the level! Hooray for interactive games! Bigger levels can take a while to sort out, but at least you don’t have to find everyone to go to the next level if you get stuck with a folk that you just can’t find.

A significant part of what makes Hidden Folks so great is its sound design. Pretty much everything that can be tapped or interacted with has a sound effect. And all the sound effects are made from the mouth of Martin Kvale, and there’s over 960 of them. All sorts of sounds, from his mouth making vehicle noises, to robotic bleeps and bloops, to weird animal grunts are here. Hidden Folks is a clever idea by itself, but with all the sound effects, it gets taken to a brand new level. It’s just so, so, charming. You have to wear headphones or turn the volume up when you play the game, because the sound adds so much atmosphere to the game.

And that’s what makes Hidden Folks such an essential experience. It’s not just a hidden objects game, it’s a glimpse into this little world that de Jongh, Tegroeg, et al have made for you. Everything feels alive, and it’s a world that you want to play around in and explore. You have a clear objective, but just tapping around on items, seeing new animations, and hearing the wacky sound effects (how many car sounds did Kvale have to make?) is just so much fun. This is one of the most charming games I have ever played, and it’s so much to dive in for a few minutes or hours at a time. Also, because the world is so much fun to just play around with and to discover things outside of the objectives, it keeps the game from ever feeling frustrating when you can’t find one. And there’s fun aspect of discovery when you see where some of these folks are hiding.

The dev team behind Hidden Folks has done a great job at adapting the game to all the major iOS form factors, and even tvOS. iPad is probably the best way to play, since the Retina Display really shows off the detail of the game in the best way while also giving you a good macro view of the landscapes. But on iPhone, the game is played in portrait mode, and is a perfectly acceptable way to enjoy Hidden Folks! You lose some of the scope of the game that you get on higher-resolution displays, but it’s still great.

If you have an Apple TV, this is available on there too, as a universal app. You will need to use the actual remote, and not just the Remote app [Free], as double-tapping the touchpad on the Siri Remote is used to zoom in and out. I think it’s not as intuitive as touchscreen play is, but it’s still quite playable. I can see this being great for families: get a parent on the remote, and have kids point at the TV for what they think are the characters, perhaps. Oh, and this all syncs up via iCloud, so you can jump from version to version without any issue whatsoever and keep your progress on individual levels and overall. The color schemes are a nice option: you can play with white and black inverted, or in a warmer shade of white if you prefer.

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Play Hidden Folks. It’s just so charming and fun to tap around in this world that feels alive. It’s such a simple idea at its core of being a hidden object game, yes. But the artwork, sound design, and the realization of the ambition to create puzzles where you have to find specific folks in the middle of busy, bustling scenes, are all at their peak. Check this game out.

TouchArcade Game of the Week: ‘Hidden Folks’

TouchArcade Game of the Week: ‘Hidden Folks’

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn’t necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable “best” thing. Instead, it’s more just us picking out the single game out of the week’s releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one.

These picks might be controversial, and that’s OK. If you disagree with what we’ve chosen, let’s try to use the comments of these articles to have conversations about what game is your game of the week and why.

Without further ado?


Hidden Folks

I feel like I say the same thing every week, but it’s true! There are so many great games releasing each week that it’s tough to pick just one for this Game of the Week thing. Complicating things further, this week’s pick isn’t the game-iest game around and in fact it’s almost like an interactive toy more than a game. However, Hidden Folks [$ 3.99] is so undeniably charming and so darn enjoyable it simply had to be our pick.

Hidden Folks is like a Where’s Waldo? (or Where’s Wally? outside the US) for the smartphone and tablet generation. It’s not the first “find the objects” type game for smartphones, and great ones like the Little Things or Time Geeks series have previously paved the way. Where Hidden Folks differs for me is in its completely hand-drawn artwork and entirely mouth-made sound effects.

It’s interesting because Hidden Folks wouldn’t work as well as a physical book like Where’s Waldo? The charm and enjoyment comes from poking and prodding at every little element in each of the game’s expansive landscapes. Just about everything produces some sort of result when touched, whether it be a sound effect or an animation that affects the environment. It’s actually essential to discovering some of the items in the game which can be hidden away behind a bush or in a tree until you poke it out.

The worlds in Hidden Folks feel like living, breathing things, and that just wouldn’t translate as well on a sheet of paper. The amount of detail in Hidden Folks is astounding. That’s why I say it’s almost more of a toy than an actual game. Sure, you’re searching for specific items that the game tells you to, but the tiny worlds just beg to be explored and touched, and finding the goal items is almost secondary to that.

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Of course, if this sort of hidden object game isn’t your thing I doubt Hidden Folks will change your mind, and once you’ve found every item or person and poked at every element in every scene, there’s not much more to keep you coming back. That doesn’t diminish the impact Hidden Folks has while it lasts though, and more scenes are planned for future updates.

Hidden Folks is truly the type of game where you can feel the heart and soul emanating out of the screen, and for less than a fiver it’ll easily keep you enetertained as you escape into these tiny yet expansive little worlds.

Out Now: ‘Hidden Folks’, ‘Digby Forever’, ‘Slayaway Camp’, ‘Gunman Taco Truck’, ‘Mildly Interesting RTS’, ‘Causality’, ‘Evergrow’, ‘Mascot Dunks’ and More

Out Now: ‘Hidden Folks’, ‘Digby Forever’, ‘Slayaway Camp’, ‘Gunman Taco Truck’, ‘Mildly Interesting RTS’, ‘Causality’, ‘Evergrow’, ‘Mascot Dunks’ and More

Thank you for joining us once again for our weekly roundup of all the coolest new games that have hit the App Store in the past 7 days. It’s another busy one, and there’s quite a few high profile releases this week including the positively delightful Hidden Folks, the grusomely charming Slayaway Camp, and the incredibly wacky Gunman Taco Truck which was created by the son of John Romero, one of the creators of the original Doom. Crazy! Check out all the games on offer in the list below, and let us know which games you’re interested in picking up this week in the comments or, if you’re feeling saucy, hit up our Discord chat to talk about ’em with the TA staff and community.


Battle for Candora

iTunes Description

Battle for Candora is a fast-paced collectible card game where humanity?s last chance for survival lies in the amazing candy world of Candora. Build the ultimate deck with a motley crew of characters (including some inspired by historical figures and pop culture), incredible toys, and delicious food to defend the world against the horrible Grey Plague!

Forum Thread: Battle for Candora (By OnOff Gaming)

Beyond Black Space: Valkyrie

iTunes Description

Enjoy a classic arcade “SMUG” space shooter on your mobile device!

BBS Valkyrie Full Edition Includes:

2 Modes of play – Arcade and Survival
5 Stages of action packed fun
Beautiful space stages and music
Included Content Updates
No Ads!

No In-App purchases(IAP). No ads. Pay once and Play.

Forum Thread: Beyond Black Space Valkyrie (By Shout Loud Media)

Blocky Snowboarding

iTunes Description

Hit the slopes and shred the fresh powder in a rad snowboarding runner! Carve, grind, jump, and grab big air with tricks and stunts! How high can you score?

? Easy to play snowboarding fun
? Retro style blocky graphics
? Lots of characters
? Different snowboards to collect
? Rare boarders with themed slopes
? Compete with friends
? Free Gifts

Forum Thread: Blocky Snowboarding (by Full Fat)


iTunes Description

Causality is a puzzle game about manipulating time, altering the sequence of events and changing the outcome of each level.

Set across strange and alien landscapes, help a group of stranded astronauts find a route to safety. Travel through time, work with your past selves and solve paradoxes as you take on this uniquely challenging puzzler.

Each level represents a brief but hazardous moment in time. Levels are completed by guiding each astronaut to an exit that matches their colour, within a limited time frame. When all astronauts reach an exit the level is complete.

Forum Thread: Causality (by Loju)


iTunes Description

Cubica is a bright and unique puzzle game.

You have to compose certain figures of the same colored cubes. When the all goals are reached – the game takes you to the next round!

If you are running out of moves – don?t worry because you don?t have to start from the beginning. Cubica allows you to continue your play from very the last round you had reached!

Forum Thread: Cubica (by Tigrido)

Digby Forever

iTunes Description

Help Digby dig, set off bombs, dodge cave-ins and evade a colourful cast of foes in Digby Forever – an explosive new endless digger from 3 Sprockets!

Watch out for crazy monsters, lava, lasers and even cave-ins as you dig as deep as you can uncovering crystals. Mix up the game using powerful ability cards that change your experience in fun and unpredictable ways.

Forum Thread: Digby Forever (by 3 Sprockets)

Dungeon and League

iTunes Description

Real time 3 vs 3 Multiplayer Action RPG on mobile!

Now enjoy quick battles instantly on mobile, not PC!
This game is a true evolution of MOBA (Multiplayer Online Battle Arena).
Mobile-optimized short battles and ongoing character growth will make epic gaming experience!

Forum Thread: Dungeon and League (By MoonGames)

Escape Games Blythe Castle

iTunes Description

Do you love escape games, mystery adventure games, and point & click puzzle games? Then you will love Escape Games Blythe Castle!

Escape Blythe Castle is a level based, adventure & puzzle escape game. Each room has a story to tell, and there are many tricky puzzles to solve.

Forum Thread: Escape Games Blythe Castle (By Point & Click LLC)


iTunes Description

Travel through nebulas, survive black holes, and explore a vibrant universe, all while discovering hidden treasures and uncovering ancient artifacts in this visually enticing journey of survival and growth.

Evergrow is a dynamic cosmic adventure featuring fresh physics-based gameplay and fluid multi-touch mechanics, where you must help a block-like lifeform grow to become as big as possible.

Forum Thread: Evergrow (By Imagility)


iTunes Description

Project Flamboygen: A protocol of supreme proportions, designated towards the end of humanity by an entity beyond imagine. Designed to decimate the world, you are equipped with the most devastating weaponry. However? You don?t want to destroy anyone. You just want to live.

After having your armaments disassembled, left with nothing but your hands and feet, you must set out on an epic adventure to stop the end of mankind, punching and chucking your way through hordes of your enemy brethren? before it?s too late.

Forum Thread: Flamboygen (by When’s Lunch? Games)

Glutton Saga

iTunes Description

Welcome to the world of delicious delights!

Feed Glutton some sweets! Train your memory! Try exciting levels and addictive gameplay!

Join Glutton in his marvelous journey full of tasting numerous yummy treats! But do not let him eat the same sweets twice! He just can not stand repetition…

Forum Thread: Glutton Saga (by Maxim Kruglikov)


iTunes Description

Do you still remember the fun of playing classic Minesweeper game? Now it?s the time to challenge your Minesweeper skills against your friends and players all over the world!

GoMine.io brings the fun and challenge of Minesweeper into a brand new level. You play against other player in real-time. You solve the puzzle with your skills. You can even deploy extra mines on the board to help you. And you win by opening more cells than your opponent.

Enjoy the fun of GoMine.io now!

Forum Thread: GoMine.io (by Moonshine Studio)

Gravity Galaxy

iTunes Description

Intergalactic planet hopping puzzler.

Speed through space, curving around blazing stars and evade alien lasers in your goal to reach planet Earth. Simple one touch controls allow you to effortlessly launch between worlds. Solve challenging puzzles and collect unique rewards. Test your reflexes and timing as you outrun giant stars then harness the power of gravity to fly back home.

Packed with many levels, challenges and zones, including an exciting bonus stage where you can unlock new ships, trails and colors.

Forum Thread: Gravity Galaxy (By PixelByte)

Gunman Taco Truck

iTunes Description

Gunman Taco Truck is an action-packed drive across the post-apocalypse United States to reach the safe haven of Winnipeg, Canada, where there are no taco trucks and your family?s taco business can thrive. Getting to the safe towns is hectic but your truck is armed with weapons that blast mutants into taco fillings. In the towns you serve up the mutant scraps to struggling survivors who are more picky than they should be. Use money earned and scrap metal found to upgrade your truck and buy gas and supplies for the trip to the next town.

Forum Thread: Gunman Taco Truck (by Romero Games Ltd.)

Happy Room

iTunes Description

Welcome to the laboratory! Here tests are taken upon highly durable human clones using newest weapon technologies. Your goal is to head these tests. Will you destroy the test object using all available arsenal? Here is a wide range of various weapons waiting to be used for the most insidious purposes! Melee, energetic, firearm and even a black hole. Combine it at your desire! You may have
a cup of hot coffee while another clone is being ripped by a circular saw and at the same time roasted by a flamethrower.

Cruel?.. Maybe, anyway those test objects are just artificially grown human clones. So whatever, put your feet on the table and have no worry about a thing. Let your nerves relax, to the laboratory!

Forum Thread: Happy Room (By Mana Potion Studios)

Heroes Inc.

iTunes Description

Welcome to Heroes Inc! The superhero management and experimentation simulator game. (Wow that’s a mouthful!).

Humanity is facing extinction (duh*) when mysterious rifts are opening up and spawning monsters all over the earth. The last bastion of humans have gathered in the largest amalgamation of metropolis – Terrapolis. The opening of the rifts has enabled the harvest of tachyon particles and the creation of the metagen humans. You the CEO of Heroes Inc. get to experiment and create with all kinds of superheroes with awesome superpowers to send out to do heroic deeds and vanquish threats.

Forum Thread: Heroes Inc. (By Eldritch Games)

Hidden Folks

iTunes Description

Search for hidden folks in hand-drawn, interactive, miniature landscapes. Unfurl tent flaps, cut through bushes, slam doors, and poke some crocodiles! Rooooaaaarrrr!!!!!

A strip of targets shows you what to look for. Tap a target for a hint, and find enough to unlock the next area.

Forum Thread: Hidden Folks (by Adriaan de Jongh)

Holo Hop

iTunes Description

How long can you hop?

Holo Hop is a unique and perfectly paced arcade game that will keep you totally hooked!

– Simple yet challenging game play
– Beautiful, colourful graphics
– 16 unlockable characters
– Win prizes with the daily prize wheel

Forum Thread: Holo Hop (By Notic Studio)

Idiot Beat

iTunes Description

Professional app for breaking your finger.

Tap anywhere to get score. How fast you can tap, how fast you can get score. But, But, don’t kill yourself.

Minimalistic style, easy to learn, hard to master and full of passion. When you play, you can get coins to unlock characters and stickers too. 30 characters can be unlocked.

Forum Thread: Idiot Beat (by LI YIN JIAN)


iTunes Description

At the beginning there was only darkness. Shadows dominated life but light dropped into the dark and a complex world evolved.
You’re on your own.
You’re the protector of your family.
Go on a dangerous journey through unknown terrain looking for food for you and your kids.
Your life is unconditionally bound to your children’s’ lives and your mutual love gives you strength and hope.
Always remember:
It is a beautiful but cold world.
It is life.
It is love.
It is ?ini?.

Forum Thread: ini (by Coded Art)

Ink Spotters 1: The Art Of Detection

iTunes Description

Some of the most brilliant minds in casual games bring you a new Sherlock Holmes adventure written by NY Times best-selling author Sean Stewart.

More than just a story, you will use your wits to follow Sherlock from Victorian high society to the seedy underworld of gaslight London.

Forum Thread: Ink Spotters 1: The Art Of Detection (by Three Story House)

Letter Up!

iTunes Description

A new type of word puzzle. Solve the crosswords using pairs of letters to fill in the blanks

– Over 280 levels to play
– Use your brain and clues to solve the levels
– Use strategy to complete words in a row and get big bonuses
– Compare your scores with your friends
– Beautiful design and animation
– Game Center achievements
– Hilarious animated iMessage stickers
– Bite-sized puzzles to play anytime

Forum Thread: Letter Up (By IRIX)

Lit the Torch

iTunes Description

Lit the Torch is challenging puzzle platformer with a twist! Players control a Night Watch as they light torches and navigate through a shattered timeline. The twist is that player’s can burn a portal into a different time to navigate to new altars and burn a path through obstacles in their time to existing altars.

Forum Thread: Lit the Torch (by Corn Entertainment)

Mascot Dunks

iTunes Description

Dribble, jump and score! Put on your favorite mascot uniform and make some craziest dunks the world has ever seen! We?ve got Whirling Dunks, Boxing Dunks, Face-Palm Dunks, heck – even Superman Dunks! If you dream all nights about dunks then hop on, dress up as Pitbull and show everyone how to do AirWalk Dunk like a King! Not a dog type-of-person? No problem – we?ve got Cats, Lions, we?ve got Astronauts and Bears. We?ve got Diablo if you?re into that kinda things and we?ve got Zombie if last night was a bit too much for you!

Let?s show the world who is the ULTIMATE DUNK CHAMPION!

Forum Thread: Mascot Dunks (By Crimson Pine Games)

Mildly Interesting RTS

iTunes Description

A touch-based real time strategy game that is mildly interesting. Emphasizes planning over APM.

– No ads.
– No energy bars, coins, or other scummy IAP.
– No crippled gameplay.
– Built with love by an indie game developer.

Early preview. Free for now: I may do non-scummy IAP such as skins/map packs in the future… or just make the game premium (not sure yet).

Forum Thread: Mildly Interesting RTS (by Amirali Rajan)


iTunes Description

PepeLine is a simple and very addictive 3D sliding puzzle game. Challenge your brain and swap the tiles with your fingers to recreate the path in order to solve each puzzle.

Pepe & Line have been lost in a magical world. Help them find their way to get together and explore the variety of amazing natures in this unique game!

Forum Thread: PepeLine (by Chundos Studio)

Photon Strike

iTunes Description

Photon Strike is a classic shmup action game, featuring full 3D graphics and hundreds of levels! In the distant future, automated bots designed to maintain space stations were left on their own. After a decade of uncontrolled self reconstruction they grew in numbers. Self-defense mechanisms turned them into a dangerous swarm spreading all over the planet Earth’s sky. Your mission is to eliminate this threat.

This scrolling ?Bullet Hell? shooter will not forgive you any hesitation in your way to save our galaxy! Evolve you spaceship into the ultimate weapon to defeat the enemy force!

Forum Thread: Photon Strike (by GameSpire)

Quatros Origin

iTunes Description

Quatros Origins is a block puzzle game that tries to reconnect with the good old days where classic arcade games were easy to play, but hard to master!

The objective of the game, is to manipulate tetromino- and pentomino blocks, and placing them strategically to make at least one full horizontal line. At first sight it looks like a 2D game, but with each block you place, the platform will turn ninety degrees, giving you four playing fields. But every piece will affect every side!

Forum Thread: Quatros Origins (by Stijn Van Coillie)

Rainbow Slide

iTunes Description

Slide your way up the rainbow, jumping from level to level through the colored gates. Time your jump and WATCH OUT for the SPIKES!

How far can you get?

Forum Thread: Rainbow Slide [Umbrella + Natty Games]

Run Bunny Run!

iTunes Description

Run Bunny Run is a cute but challenging endless runner! A small bunny shows the world not only how adorable it is, but how far it can run.

Bunny will run on its own, but if you see a gap, help Bunny jump over it by tapping anywhere on the screen. Be careful, as timing is everything!

Forum Thread: Run Bunny Run! (by Electronauts)

Sapan (Slingshot)

iTunes Description

Use your fingers like a slingshot and shoot all the blocks!

? Try to hit all the blocks in one shot using your intelligence and skill
? Get ready to enjoy more with impressive gameplay
? Target at the right angle from the right point and destroy the blocks as you solve puzzles

Forum Thread: Sapan (slingshot) (By Melih Kavla)


iTunes Description

Cruise along with the great flavor of Sherbet.
Slide your finger left and right and avoid colliding with anything. Collect coins as you go to unlock new flavors!
How far can you get?

-Easy Touch Controls
-Sleek and Delicious Graphics
-Smooth Soundtrack
-Over 100 Randomly Generated Levels

Forum Thread: Sherbet (by OneHitGamer Studios)

Slayaway Camp

iTunes Description

A killer puzzle where you control Skullface, a psycho slasher bent on slaughtering camp counsellors. Slide this cute killer around hundreds of levels to squash, slice and dice in this darkly comic ode to 80?s horror!

From the creators of Bejeweled and Peggle comes a diabolical puzzle game that also happens to be a bloody tribute to the VHS era of videotape horror! No one is safe? no law enforcement enforces the law enough? and no animals or children are harmed? in the summer horror hit of 1984.

Forum Thread: Slayaway Camp (by Blue Wizard Digital)

Space Galaxy Rogue

iTunes Description

Classic arcade space shooter with rouge-like gameplay. Defeat wave after wave of space invaders, power up your spaceships and save the galaxy!

Space Galaxy Rogue is everything you can expect from a classic Shoot ‘Em Up with epic boss fights, multiple weapons and random wave generation – no game is like the other. So board your spaceship and defeat the alien invasion!

Forum Thread: Space Galaxy Rogue (by Ronny Deicke)

STC – Square Triangle Circle

iTunes Description

Square Triangle Circle!
Combine the unique powers of Square (SMASH!), Triangle (JUMP!) and Circle (ROLL!) to win this incredible race.
Use simple and fun controls to switch the characters and run to avoid crazy obstacles, traps, pitfalls and much more!
Square Triangle Circle is a unique fast-paced platformer that will keep you entertained and turn you into a geometry ace 🙂

Forum Thread: STC – Square Triangle Circle fast-paced platformer (by Wonder Maru)

Tentis Minute

iTunes Description

? What’s Tentis Minute?

Tentis Minute is a cute mobile puzzle game with numbers.

? Yet another mobile puzzle game. Why should anyone care?

Tentis Minute is different. It has something new to offer, both in mechanics and content. It is very likeable and cute, wants to be touched; so that beautiful brains can enjoy a great puzzle game!

Forum Thread: Tentis Minute – Infinite Match 3 with Cute Numbers (by David Choi)

Tower Defense: Invasion

iTunes Description

The earth is being invaded by Aliens, they are very crowded and aggressive. The only chance of human kind is standing up against this illegal invasion.

Tower Defense Invasion is the latest strategy game. In this Tower Defense game, players will use their defensive strategy, control of advanced weaponry to fight the dark forces of the Alien.

This is the most intense Tower Defense in the human history, the two sides will fight with modern and high damage weapons. If you not done well, the world the world may be perished.

Forum Thread: Tower Defense: Invasion (by Vietnam Zonmob Technology)


iTunes Description

Enter the ice Tundra and tap your way through the cold.

-One hand touch controls
-Chilly graphics
-Addictive gameplay
-Randomly generated levels
-Cool Lighting Effects

Forum Thread: Tundra. [By OneHitGamer Studios]


iTunes Description

Are you ready for a different kind of word game? Tired of words that don?t fit together? Wordimals is the fast paced word game that lets YOU choose the category and difficulty. Play along with our cute animals in 200+ themed word searches.

Join the Wordimals on their trek to achieve their dreams! Joe the Sloth wants to go fast. Amelia the Penguin wants to fly. Discover the other Wordimals as you play.

Forum Thread: Wordimals (by Firecracker Software)

X1 Stunt Challenge

iTunes Description

Get ready to pull your hair out!
Pop a wheelie or hit a stoppie and see how far you can get.
Check out our REAL X1 Electric bike at X1Bike.com.

Forum Thread: X1 Stunt Challenge [OneHitGamer Studios]

Make Sure You Check Out ‘Hidden Folks’

Make Sure You Check Out ‘Hidden Folks’

We already included it in our roundup this morning, but I’ve played Hidden Folks [$ 3.99] quite a bit in judging games for the IndiePlus contest at GDC and like it a lot. Hidden Folks is lovingly crafted by the same developer as Fingle [$ 0.99 (HD)], Bounden [$ 0.99] and a bunch of other really great games. I think the easiest way to describe the game is if you took the core concept of the Where’s Waldo books and gave it a heavy coating of hand-drawn indie art styling. Check out the trailer:

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Hidden Folks is also available on Steam if you’d rather play it on your PC, and we’ve got a vibrant discussion cookin’ in our forums right now with folks really enjoying it. Usually games where you’re finding things work better on the iPad, but I’ve been playing it on my iPhone and everything works just fine with standard pinch to zoom gestures.

Definitely give this game a look if you’re looking for a super charming Waldo-like. (…Which I guess now is a thing!)

New iPhone Games On Our Forums: ‘Digby Forever’, ‘Hidden Folks’, ‘Mildly Interesting RTS’, and a Bunch More

New iPhone Games On Our Forums: ‘Digby Forever’, ‘Hidden Folks’, ‘Mildly Interesting RTS’, and a Bunch More

Ohhhhh snaaaap today is National I Want Butterscotch Day according to some web site that says it is, which plays perfectly into looking at our GDC appointments and seeing an early meeting with Butterscotch Shenanigans where we’re (hopefully) going to see what they’re working on next. In the meantime, there’s a whole bunch of new games that have hit our forums recently, many we’ve posted about, and some that we haven’t posted about quite yet!

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Here’s the full list, which I expect to evolve over the day, including a few recent soft launches because why not.

  • ACG CHAOS (by linyue chen)
  • Blasthalt (by Visart Entertainment)
  • Cash Me Ousside, How Bout Dah? (by Appzelle)
  • Causality (by Loju)
  • Cubica (by Tigrido)
  • Digby Forever (by 3 Sprockets)
  • Glutton Saga (by Maxim Kruglikov)
  • GoMine.io (by Moonshine Studio)
  • Hidden Folks (by Adriaan de Jongh)
  • Idiot Beat (by LI YIN JIAN)
  • Ink Spotters 1: The Art Of Detection (by Three Story House)
  • Kung Fu Stickman Warrior Game (by MOBIONE CO.)
  • Mildly Interesting RTS (by Amirali Rajan)
  • Photon Strike (by GameSpire)
  • Quatros Origins (by Stijn Van Coillie)
  • Run Bunny Run! (by Electronauts)
  • Sherbet (by OneHitGamer Studios)
  • Slayaway Camp (by Blue Wizard Digital)
  • Solitaire Mahjong King of Journey Dragon Tiles (by Victor Bujanivskiy)
  • Space Galaxy Rogue (by Ronny Deicke)
  • STC – Square Triangle Circle fast-paced platformer (by Wonder Maru)
  • Tale of Doris and the Dragon Episode 1 (by Arrogant Pixel), The
  • Tentis Minute – Infinite Match 3 with Cute Numbers (by David Choi)
  • Tower Defense: Invasion (by Vietnam Zonmob Technology)

Recent Soft Launches:

  • Angry Birds: Dice (By JOYCITY Corp)
  • Backyard Battles (By Roman Vasilyan)
  • CrushMon (by NEXON Company)
  • Injustice 2 (by Warner Bros.)
  • Real Madrid SlamDunk Basketball (by Real Madrid C.F.)
  • Shadows of Kurgansk (By Gaijin Distribution)

‘Hidden Folks’, the next Game from the Developers of ‘Fingle’ Will Be Released on February 15th

‘Hidden Folks’, the next Game from the Developers of ‘Fingle’ Will Be Released on February 15th

While you might not know Adriaan de Jongh by name, chances are you’ve played at least one of his super weird iOS games. He’s behind Fingle [$ 1.99 (HD)] and Bounden [$ 2.99], two games that deserve to be in whatever folder you’ve got on your iOS device for really neat local multiplayer games. We’ve had his upcoming title, Hidden Folks, on our radar for quite some time now but he announced this morning on Twitter (which was then subsequently retweeted by practically every indie dev I follow) that the game will be hitting the App Store on February 15th:

As the title indicates, gameplay revolves around finding hidden folks in Hidden Folks inside of a black and white line art world. It looks really cool, and Adriaan has proven himself as someone capable of making incredibly unique things. We’ll have more information when we get it, but either way, look forward to a review of this game when it launches next month.

Thanks, awp69!