iPad mini Games

Wizards of the Coast Magic 2015 Now Available for the iPad

Wizards of the Coast's follow-up to Magic 2014 is now available for the iPad. The new collectible card game not only features new cards, but players are now allowed to build their own decks instead of being forced to add cards to an already crafted starter set.

Magic 2015

Magic 2015 – Duels of the Planeswalkers features a detailed tutorial for new players, new "challenging" opponents from the Multiverse and multi-player mode. The app is free to download from the App Store, but booster packs cost $1.99 to expand your deck. The game only supports the iPad and it is recommended for the iPad 3 or later.

Bandai Namco Pulling Tales of Phantasia From the App Store in August

In another case of freemium gaming gone wrong, Bandai Namco has announced it is pulling Tales of Phantasia from the App Store on August 28, 2014. The game will also stop accepting in-app purchases on July 29, and all associated services like saved data will become unusable after the game is officially shut down. This is bad news for anyone who has spent money on the game and a good example of why some people dislike always-online requirements.

Tales of Phantasia

Bandai Namco released the mobile version of its 16-bit RPG as a free-to-play title in January. The game was met with mostly negative reviews because it forced players to pay for in-game items even though the App Store description promises you can play the game from "start to finish for free".

Q*bert Makes His Return in Q*bert Rebooted

Q*bert and his pals have found a new job and are no longer homeless! The little orange guy, last seen begging for food in Wreck-It Ralph, is teaming up with new friends for Gonzo Games and Sideline Amusements' Q*bert Rebooted. The game will offer two game modes: Q*bert Classic and Q*bert Rebooted.

in Q*bert Rebooted

The Classic mode will feature "2D gameplay on an isometric pyramid", and the Rebooted mode will offer an updated 3D version of the game with new enemies, according to Polygon. The game will also include new power-ups, traps and new playable characters named Q*zard, Q*bertha, Q*bot, Q*zilla, Q*tee, Q*knight and Q*nicorn. The classic Q*bert villains Ugg, Wrong Way and Coily will also be making appearances alongside new enemies Homer and Uppercut.

New iPad Apps and Games of the Week: Civilization Revolution 2, Monster Hunter Freedom and More

It was a slow week for App Store releases presumably due the the 4th of July holiday, but two highly anticipated premium games did make their App Store debuts. Civilization Revolution 2 is the sequel to the popular PC game Sid Meier's Civilization, and the PSP title Monster Hunter Freedom Unite has also been ported to iOS devices.

July iPad Games

Here are this week's games and apps released for the iPad through 06/29/14 to 07/05/14. Apple's Free App of the Week is Day One. The journal app will be free on the Apple App Store until 07/10/14. In other App Store news, Rayark released a trailer for its upcoming 3D, action game Implosion, Facebook Messenger has received iPad support and Denny's has teamed up with Atari to release a suite of breakfast-themed games.

Rayark Releases New Implosion Trailer

Game developer Rayark has been teasing its new 3D action game, Implosion, since last year, and now the studio has released a new trailer after showcasing the game at Google I/O last week. The video posted to YouTube (see below) a few days ago mentions that the game will feature full controller support and a co-op mode while showcasing a lot of great looking action.

Besides the latest trailer and a gameplay video released last year, there isn't a lot of information about the game itself. The official Implosion website is bare bones and even the YouTube videos are description free. TouchArcade has been keeping tabs on the game since the original teaser trailer was released last year, but even they don't have any extra information about it either.

Apple Makes it Easier to Find More Games with 'Best New Game Updates' Section

Apple already announced plans to give the App Store a makeover in iOS 8 by adding new features such as a Explore tab with subcategories, but with millions of app and game options available, the App Store can still be a tricky place to navigate. It is no secret that developers have a hard time getting their new apps noticed on the App Store, and that users also have a hard time discovering new games when shopping.

Best New Game Updates

Perhaps this is why Apple has added a "Best New Game Updates" section to the Categories panel. The new service highlights games like Plants vs. Zombies 2 which was recently updated with a Dark Ages expansion. It is as if Apple is rewarding developers who take the time to add new content to their games. The new section also alerts users that a game they may have removed from their device has been updated.

New iPad Apps and Games of the Week: Stronghold 3, Deadpool Pinball and More

This week Amazon added popular HBO programming to its Instant Video app for iOS devices. iOS users with an Amazon Prime account can now stream older TV shows like The Sopranos, plus early seasons of recent hits such as True Blood and Boardwalk Empire. The Amazon Instant Video app is free to download and supports all iPad models running iOS 5.0 or later.

Stronghold 3: The Campaigns

YouTube today announced that it is bringing its YouTube Creator Studio to iOS in "coming weeks". The app allows YouTube creators to manage their videos on the go, and adds an "Audio Library" of free songs/sound clips, 60fps video and "Fan Funding" so users can give and receive tips.

Stoic Studio's The Banner Saga Coming to Tablets This Summer

Versus Evil announced today via Twitter that Stoic Studio's The Banner Saga is "coming to tablets this summer". The company did not mention the iPad by name, but it is probably safe to assume that Apple's tablet will be supported when the game is released.

The game is a resource management, Viking-themed role-playing title about a wandering army sent to fight the a warlike race called the Dredge. Players must ration food and keep their caravan alive by making difficult story-based decisions while trying to figure out how to defeat the Dredge and its evil leader, the Bellower.

Civilization Revolution 2 Coming to iOS Devices Next Month

2K Games has announced that Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution 2 is coming to iOS devices on July 2nd. The sequel is the first Civilization game created solely for mobile devices. The original game was released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 in 2008 before being ported to iOS in 2009 and Windows Phone devices in 2012.

Sid Meier’s Civilization Revolution 2

In Civilization Revolution 2, players will be able to build a powerful empire starting from the dawn of man. The sequel will feature the 16 historical leaders from the original game plus new faces such as Churchill and Kennedy. Players will also be able to and go head-to-head with famous dictators like Napoleon, conduct diplomacy and discover new technologies as they usher their civilization to the modern age.

New iPad Games of the Week: Transformers: Age of Extinction and More

The official movie tie-in for Transformers: Age of Extinction is now available on the App Store. The game is another endless runner title. I'm not sure why all games based on movies go this route, but this seems to be current trend. Transformers: Age of Extinction is free and supports all iOS devices running iOS 7.0 or later.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

Here are this week's games and apps released for the iPad through 06/15/14 to 06/21/14. Apple's Free App of the Week is Fish Out of Water. This is an odd choice by Apple, since Halfbrick Studios already made all their games, including this one, free on the App Store two days ago.

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