Collecting wood and clay to produce glass may not sound like the most exciting gaming experience in the world, but it can be if you're a fan of resource management titles that require more strategy than luck. Mobile app developer Smart and Smarty has released a tablet version of Uwe Rosenberg's Glass Road board game to the App Store. This city building title takes you on a journey through the Bavarian Forest on the 150-mile long path called the "Glass Road." The road is the biggest center of Glassworks and Brickworks in the 18th century, and you are one of the craftsmen who must carefully manage your own glass and brick production to keep your operation going.
Roadhouse Interactive this week released a teaser trailer for its upcoming mobile title based on the heavy metal band, Iron Maiden. The official YouTube description also gives the first details of the story for the game. In Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast, the band's mascot Eddie, is targeted by a mysterious force that shatters his "soul into a million shards." Players must battle their way through the action RPG to collect the pieces of Eddie's soul while gathering a team to fight the forces of evil.
Nintendo today opened pre-registration for its upcoming mobile app, Miitomo. The communication app will be the first mobile title released by Nintendo and DeNA for smart devices. Miitomo allows users to create a Mii character that resembles themselves by using their device's built-in camera. Users can then choose the Mii's personality, how it speaks and assign it a nickname. The Mii will also ask users to answer questions about themselves so it can interact with other Mii characters created by their friends.
There's been a real lack of iPad-only apps being released to the App Store the last few weeks, but some developers are still porting physical board games to Apple's tablet. Eagle-Gryphon Games recently brought its futuristic card game Baseball Highlights 2045 to the iPad, and today Button Mash Games has released Forbidden Desert to the App Store. Forbidden Desert is based on the best selling adventure game by Matt Leacock. It is a follow-up to Forbidden Island which is also available on the App Store.
Telltale Games today announced The Walking Dead: Michonne will launch for PC/Mac, Steam and other digital platforms on February 23rd. The PC/Mac release will then be followed by a mobile release on February 25th. The first episode of the three episode miniseries will be titled "In Too Deep," and the second episode, launching in March, will be called "Give No Shelter," followed by "What We Deserve" in April. All three episodes will be available for $14.99 when the game is released.
Square Enix has followed up its release of Adventures of Mana to the Apple App Store with the launch of Final Fantasy IX for iOS and Android devices. The ninth-game in the Final Fantasy series follows Princess Garnet, who is captured by Zidane and the Tantalus Theater Troupe. Garnet and her personal guard, Steiner, team up with Zidane and other characters as they embark on an adventure to stop a malevolent force that threatens to destroy their world.
Marvel Avengers Academy has officially landed on the App Store for iOS devices. The game re-imagines Earth's Mightiest Heroes as young students in S.H.I.E.L.D. director, Nick Fury's new school. Players must recruit and train new heroes while trying to solve a mysterious "timefog" affecting the academy.
The game offers an interesting twist on Marvel's most popular characters by forcing them to deal with the dangerous task of navigating campus life. Players must not only develop their students' powers but help them go on dates and deal with rival cliques.
Five Nights at Freddy's creator Scott Cawthon surprised fans again by releasing FNaF World a few weeks early. The RPG, set in the FNaF universe, was originally slated for a February release, but it is now available on Steam. The official game descriptions reads:
"Featuring the entire cast from the Five Nights at Freddy's series, this fantasy RPG will let players control their favorite animatronics in a an epic animated adventure!"
Roadhouse Interactive and 50cc Games today announced they are woking on an upcoming mobile title based on the mytology of heavy metal icons Iron Maiden. Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast will be a free-to-play RPG where players take on the role of the band's mascot, Eddie, in his various forms. Players will be able to utilize each incarnation of Eddie's unique powers and abilities as they travel through time exploring different worlds. The game will include character art based on Maiden’s past album covers, and a soundtrack featuring tracks from the band's long history and previously unheard live recordings.
Today is the first Thursday after the App Store's winter holiday shutdown which runs from December 22 to December 29. This means today is the first full day of new App Store releases since Christmas and New Year's Day. Here are five new universal games that caught our eye this week. We haven't personally tested any of these games. They're just new releases that looked interesting to us.
Also don't forget to check out our weekly new iPad apps recap every Friday for more new releases.