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Activision to Release Skylanders Trap Team to Tablets with Portal and Exclusive Controller

Activision plans to release the full version of Skylanders Trap Force to tablets the same day the console version hits stores on October 5th. The tablet version will offer the same experience as the console version plus it will ship with its own built-in tablet stand, portal and exclusive wireless controller This will be the first time that an AAA title will be simultaneously released in its full version for both consoles and tablets.

Skylanders Trap Team iPad

The Skylanders Trap Team Tablet Starter Pack will retail for $75, the same price as console Starter Packs, and include two Skylanders characters, two traps, the controller and portal. The only bad parts is that app itself will take up a whopping 6GB of space. The Tablet Starter Pack is now available for pre-order through retailers such as Amazon.com

Valiant Hearts: The Great War Coming to iOS on September 4th

Ubisoft announced that the console game Valiant Hearts: The Great War is coming to iOS devices on September 4, 2014. The game is a puzzle adventure title that follows a German soldier named Karl and his wife Emile in World War I. Emile must team up with Freddy, an American volunteer in the French army, and Anna, a Belgian student, to take down the German leader Baron Von Dorf.

The game was partly inspired by "letters and postcards of Félix Chazal, a French solider and great-grandfather to Yoan Fanise, a Valiant Hearts producer at Ubisoft Montpelier," according to Touch Arcade. The letters are featured in the game along with real-world facts about the Great War. Valiant Hearts is also powered by Ubisoft 's UbiArt Framework game engine.

2K Games Announces BioShock Coming to iOS This Summer

2K Games, the team that successfully brought XCOM: Enemy Unknown to mobile devices, is working on BioShock for iOS. For those who don't know, BioShock is a popular first-person shooter that was released for the Xbox 360 in 2007. The iOS version will be another "premium" title, meaning it will cost around the same amount as XCOM when it was originally released for the iPad and iPhone. 2K Games caused an uproar on social media when it was originally announced that XCOM would be available for $20 on the App Store. Even with its high price tag the game was met with positive reviews and it was eventually dropped to only $10.

BioShock

BioShock has been scaled down graphically to work with Apple devices. The iOS version is also "distinctly less immersive" than the original, according to Engadget. Both Engadget and Polygon said the game plays well on the iPad but not when using the touch controls. Luckily BioShock will come with Bluetooth support so players will be able to use an external MFi controller instead of the onscreen option.

Foursaken Releases Phantom Rift Trailer

Foursaken Media today released the first teaser trailer for Phantom Rift. The game is being described as a mix of Bastion and Mega Man Battle Network with tons of equipment, abilities and customization." In the game, players take on the role of a wizard who must journey through various dungeons while battling random monsters and collecting loot.

The game will feature a unique battle system with over 120 spells. Players will be able to carry up to 30 magic spells at one time, but will only get a "random selection of 5 spells" to use when they fill their special meter during a battle, according to Touch Arcade. This will give battles a sense of randomness and force users to use various combinations of spells to defeat their opponents instead of sticking to a few favorites.

Bandai Namco Announces Outcast Odyssey Collectible Card Game for Mobile Devices

Bandai Namco today announced a new collectible card game named Outcast Odyssey. The company will preview the game alongside two new Pac-Man titles at San Diego Comic Con on July 24th to July 27th. At launch, Outcast Odyssey will feature 600 cards created by comic book artists such Warren Louw and Chuck Pires. Bandai Namco said the game will feature both dungeon crawling and card battling elements. Players will be able to form guilds and evolve hundreds of cards to build unstoppable decks. Outcast Odyssey was announced a few weeks after Bandai Namco said they were pulling their RPG Tales of Phantasia from the App Store.

Outcast Odyssey

The collectible card game genre is becoming a crowded market on the App Store. Blizzard Entertainment recently released the first expansion for its Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft title, and Wizards of the Coast just released Magic 2015. It will be interesting to see if Outcast Odyssey will be able to draw players away from these two already popular franchises. Bandai Namco's card game will be free-to-play for both iOS and Android devices, and unlike Hearthstone and Magic which are only available for the iPad, Outcast Odyssey will also be available for the iPhone.

Next Games and AMC Launch First Trailer for Walking Dead: No Man's Land

AMC has teamed up with Next Games to create The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land -- a new mobile game based on the hit television show. The trailer posted below will also be shown at AMC’s The Walking Dead booth at Comic Con International in San Diego from July 24 - 27.

The Walking Dead: No Man’s Land

The game will allow players to experience the same zombie apocalypse scenarios as the characters on AMC's popular The Walking Dead television series.

“Our approach is to stay true to the main themes of the TV show: survival strategy, finding safety for your people, balancing between right and wrong and, of course, action when it comes to fighting against the hordes of walkers," explained Teemu Huuhtanen, CEO, Next Games.

New iPad Apps and Games of the Week: Battle Fleet 2 and More

As usual, there were only a handful of games released for the iPad this week, but Blizzard Entertainment did announce the release date for the first Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft expansion. The first level of "Curse of Naxxramas" will be available for free on July 22. The additional levels will be available weekly for 700 gold per wing or $6.99 per wing.

Battle Fleet 2

The iPad exclusive Pro Zombie Soccer Apocalypse was released as a pocket edition for the iPhone and iPod touch, and Game of Thrones Ascent was also updated to support the iPhone.

Here's a quick look at some of the games released for the iPad through 07/13/14 to 07/19/14. Apple's Free App of the Week is Cinamatic. The film creation app will be free on the Apple App Store until 07/24/14. Also don't forget to check out our weekly App Store recap every Saturday for all the weekly universal releases, jailbreak tweaks, App Store news and important app updates.

Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon Now Available on the App Store

Normally movie tie-ins are free on the App Store, but Marvel Entertainment has decided to charge $4.99 for Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon. The game has zero in-app purchases and there is no internet connection required to play. This is nice change of pace from the shoddy, free endless runners that movie studios normally try to pass off as worthwhile iOS games.

Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon

In case you have been hiding under a rock for the past few weeks, Guardians of the Galaxy is Marvel Entertainment's newest movie featuring a team of misfits, including a talking Raccoon voiced by Bradley Cooper. There is also a talking tree named Groot, voiced by Vin Diesel, plus Lee Pace stars as the villain, Ronan the Accuser. The movie hits theaters on August 1, 2014.

New iPad Apps and Games of the Week: Magic 2015, Minecraft 0.9.0 and More

It was a busy week for the App Store and iOS gaming news, Gameloft finally announced a release date for Modern Combat 5: Blackout. The first-person shooter will be available for both iOS and Android devices on July 24, 2014. The game will cost $6.99 and feature no in-app purchases, but it will require a Wi-Fi connection. In other gaming news, Angry Birds Star Wars II is now free on the App Store for the first time, Minecraft received its biggest iOS update ever (see below for complete list of improvements), and The Wolf Among Us finale "Cry Wolf" was released this week.

Modern Combat 5: Blackout

Here are this week's games and apps released for the iPad through 07/06/14 to 07/12/14. Apple's Free App of the Week is Assassin's Creed Pirates. The game app will be free on the Apple App Store until 07/17/14.

Minecraft Pocket Edition for iOS Gets Updated with Less Sheep Punching

Minecraft Pocket Edition for iOS has been upgraded to version 0.9.0. The upgrade brings several improvements including infinite worlds and a new interaction button so you "never accidentally punch a sheep again". Players can also now explore caves, abandoned mineshafts / villages and tame wild wolves. Other new features include new flowers, new blocks including Monster Eggs, new mobs, and new biomes from the PC version.

Minecraft Pocket Edition 0.9.0

Minecraft Pocket Edition version 0.9.0 is available for $6.99 on the App Store, or as a free OTA update for existing customers. The iOS version includes Survival and Creative modes and Wi-Fi multiplayer mode. The game supports all devices running iOS 5.0 or later.

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