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Game Informer Digital Now Available On Mobile Devices

The digital edition of Game Informer is how many subscribers enjoy our content, but since it launched, you've needed to access it through a tablet or computer. One of the most common requests we've received has been to make our issues available on smartphones. Today, we are proud to announce that we have done just that.

The mobile Game Informer app is available now on Google Play and the iOS App Store. The app is a new way to enjoy our digital issues at no additional cost if you already have a digital subscription. This isn't a PDF of our print magazine or a smaller version of our PC/tablet editions; the issues are rebuilt from the ground up to work on most smartphones. This custom-designed, mobile-friendly version was created to be easy to enjoy on the go. In order to use the app and access the issues, you need to have an internet connection and either an iPhone 5 or later or a phone running Android 4 or newer.

As a part of our final preparations for getting this app ready – an open beta, if you will – you can read our latest issue featuring South Park: The Fractured But Whole without needing a subscription. If you have any problems with this free issue, let us know so that we can fix it for our next issue, which is launching very soon! Going forward, new issues will launch on the mobile app on the same day as the PC and tablet editions.

The app is free to download, though to access new issues, you need a current digital subscription to Game Informer. To start a new subscription, head here. To convert an existing print subscription to digital, head here. – The Feed

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Pokémon Go Officially Available On iOS And Android Devices In The United States

iTunes and Google Play listings appeared in Australian stores last night, but now the game is officially available to download in the United States.

You can head here to grab the iOS version, and head here for the Android version. In honor of the launch, a new trailer for the game has been released. You can find it below.

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Jeff Cork and I played with the Australian version early today and recorded our adventures.  You can check out that video below, or by heading here.

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[Source: iTunes, Google Play, via @Wario64]


Our Take
I enjoyed my time with the beta, and am looking forward to seeing how the final release has changed. More than that though, I am looking forward to lots of other people playing the game and seeing what kind of community forms around the game. I have a feeling it's going to be huge. – The Feed

Skullgirls Is Making Its Way To iPhone And Android Devices

Skullgirls, the animated fighting game from developer Lab Zero, is making its way to mobile devices later this year following a closed beta.

It's not a direct port of the original game. Instead, it tells a complementary story with its first season serving as a prequel. It will feature dozens of characters, upgradable special moves, RPG progression, customization, team/deck building mechanics and a “Fight Assist feature that lets players take on a more turn-based, tactical role in combat.”

This version of the game is being developed by Hidden Variable Studios in partnership with Lab Zero and is planned for release on iOS and Android platforms later this year. The game will have a closed beta players will be able to sign up for soon.

For our review of the 2012 Xbox 360 release of Skullgirls, head here. You can check out the trailer for the mobile Skullgirls below.

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Iron Maiden RPG Running Free On Mobile Devices This Summer

A free-to-play RPG based in the "expansive Iron Maiden universe" will be coming to mobile devices. Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast is under development by Roadhouse Interactive, the team behind mobile games like Warhammer 40,000: Carnage and Bike Unchained, and 50cc Games, with collaboration from the band itself.

The game follows Eddie, the mummy mascot that has appeared on Iron Maiden's album covers for more than 30 years, as he travels through time to regain pieces of his shattered soul. Over the course of the adventure, Eddie takes on many forms, each with unique abilities. Along the way, players will encounter a broad cast of characters and experience an adventure inspired by the musical history of Iron Maiden.

 The game features several songs spanning Iron Maiden's career, including previously unreleased live recordings. According to Roadhouse Interactive's website, the development team was granted unparalleled access to Iron Maiden's vault in order to ensure that the experience is as authentic as possible.

Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast is set to hit mobile devices this summer. No gameplay footage or screenshots have been released yet.

[Source: Roadhouse InteractiveIron Maiden Legacy via Destructoid]

Our Take
"Free-to-play mobile RPG" is hardly a phrase that gets me excited, but as a huge fan of Iron Maiden, I'm really interested to see how this plays out. If nothing else, I'll get to hear some new live recordings from the band. – The Feed

Pokémon-Inspired Rick And Morty Game Coming To Mobile Devices On January 14

Adult Swim Games announced on Twitter today that a new game based on the sci-fi animated show Rick and Morty called Pocket Mortys would be hitting mobile devices on January 14. The show is about a weird, alcohol-guzzling scientist who ropes his grandson into going on wacky (and often dangerous) adventures through various universes, often mixing silly humor with a surprising amount of bleak drama.

The tweet had a single gif attached showing off a small slice of gameplay. While there aren't really any details yet outside of its release date and that it will be, according to Adult Swim Games' Senior Producer Chris Johnston, "free to download," the brief segment showcased suggests a Pokémon-esque game. You can see below how the player moves throughout the world, as well as a familiar battle system that pits our duo against monsters and clones:

The creators of the show, Dan Harmon (of Community fame) and Justin Roiland also showed off some footage from the game on their Twitter accounts:

This is the second mobile game about Rick and Morty to be released, with the first being a simple mobile game about popping balloons. This one, seemingly a lampoon of JRPGs, is probably going to be a bit more complex.


Our Take
A send-up of Pokémon by way of Rick and Morty sounds like a good time. However, "free to download" suggests that the game will likely have microtransactions which have a habit of dragging down otherwise enjoyable games.  Still, Adult Swim Games has published a number of enjoyable oddball games like Westerado: Double Barreled and Robot Unicorn Attack, so this could be another fun title. – The Feed