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Learn to make your game run better on mobile devices at GDC Europe

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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. 

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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.

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Ghost Trick Is Available Again For iOS Devices

Almost exactly one month ago, Capcom removed some titles from the App Store due to incompatibility with iOS 9. One of those is available again at last.

Ghost Trick is a supernatural puzzle game in which players possess objects to move throughout and manipulate the environment. The game is free to try on iOS, with in-game purchases unlocking more chapters. 

You can purchase blocks of the story in three $ 5 increments covering multiple chapters, or unlock everything for $ 10. For more on Ghost Trick, check out our review of the DS original.

[Source: App Store via Failgunner on Twitter]

 

Our Take
I haven't played much of this (I nabbed it when it was free), but I will definitely be coming back at some point. I like the visual style and the puzzles are creative. 

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NBA 2K16 Bounces Onto Mobile Devices Today

Today 2K Sports announced that its latest basketball sim has landed in the mobile court. Starting now, NBA 2K16 is available on iOS and Android devices, supporting a host of features, roster updates and opportunities to earn virtual currency.

The mobile version of NBA 2K16 supports MyCareer, Blacktop, and Season modes, and offers physical controller support for iOS at launch, with Android support inbound. Basketball gamers on the go can also link up to the NBA 2K Store’s stock of equipment, courts, and other content updates. Furthermore, the professional Euroleague basketball club is available.

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NBA 2K16 is available on the App Store and Google Play. You can check out the above trailer to get a glimpse of how the title handles.

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Angry Birds 2 Arrives On iOS And Android Devices Next Week

I know you're probably thinking, "Haven't I already played a bunch of Angry Birds sequels?" You're not wrong, but this is the first one to receive the coveted number two after the title.

Regarding what separates this game from the original or any of its many follow-ups – it's not clear yet. A teaser for the game, which you can see below, features realistic pigs and boxes on a realistic beach. It would be easy to mistake it for a teaser for a new Far Cry game.

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On its website, Rovio doesn't offer much more saying it's the "mother of all sequels" and the teaser video's descriptions reads, "On Piggy Island, every day is beach party day. But sooner or later, all parties get crashed…" Whatever it is that separates this Angry Birds from all others, we won't have to wait long to find out. The game will be available on iOS and Android devices on Thursday July 30.

[Source: Rovio]

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Starbreeze Is Bringing Payday To Mobile Devices

In addition to its StarVR headset announcement tonight, Starbreeze has announced that it is bringing its popular Payday series to mobile devices. The developer is partnering with Cmune to bring the game to new platforms.

Starbreeze didn't share many details about the game, but it says it plans to include competitive options. As part of this collaboration, Starbreeze has made a $ 1 million investment in Cmune.

No release window has yet been discussed. Payday 2 arrives on Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on June 16.

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EA Sports UFC Releases On Mobile Devices And Tablets

EA Sports UFC, which launched on consoles last year, has hit mobile devices and tablets across the world today. The game allows players to choose from a roster of over 70 fighters to train to become the next champion.

This version of the game had previously launched in South Korea, Canada, Singapore, and Russia. EA Sports has also released a launch trailer showcasing the gameplay of EA Sports UFC on mobile devices. You can check out that video below.

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The console version launched last year and is currently available for free to EA Access premium subscribers. The mobile version is free to download on iOS and Android devices and does not limit how much you can play.

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