Sound clever in meetings with this snapshot of the new games you need to know about.
Here every Friday you’ll find big games gone global, new game announcements, fresh soft launches and everything in between.
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In case you missed it earlier this week, Supercell revealed a new IP on Monday: Floodrush. It’s a mix of battle royale and MOBA – lots of gameplay in the video above if you want to get a flavour of it.
It’s live on Google Play until June 7 for a limited number of players in the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Singapore.
Black Clover M: Rise of the Wizard King (Garena)
The maker of Free Fire is to publish a new game based on the Black Clover anime series, developed by Korean firm VIC Games Studio.
Twisted Tangle (Rollic)
Rollic’s latest hypercasual hit appears to be a reheated version of Tangle Master 3D, a game that has over 180m installs already according to Appmagic. At the time of writing, Twisted Tangle is at number six and eight in the US charts on Google Play and App Store respectively. It’s also riding high in other tier 1 markets.
Dragon Quest Champions (Square Enix)
Pre-reg has opened in Japan on iOS and Android for this new mobile-native Dragon Quest game, which looks like a typically meaty RPG adventure with turn-based battles. No hint of a global release date for this one yet.
Transformers: Tactical Arena (Red Games)
An interesting one: this was once an Apple Arcade game that was quietly removed from the service. It has now returned with IAPs as a free-to-play game.
It’s Clash Royale with Transformers, in short; developer Red Games has also made LEGO Brawls and three other Apple Arcade titles.
Dungeon Boss: Respawned (Boss Fight)
The latest game to be resurrected and added to Netflix is the game Boss Fight Entertainment shipped before it was acquired by Netflix in March 2022. It follows Kabam’s Transformers: Forged to Fight and World of Goo as the third older game to be revived in Netflix’s May line-up.
Bumballon (Crescent Moon)
Ticking the cutesy retro box this week is Crescent Moon’s Bumballon, a game that sees our duck-like hero firing across charming pixel art vistas to hoover up collectibles.
Pixsteps (Seele Games)
A nice idea from tiny indie studio Seele Games: Pixsteps is effectively a gamified pedometer that rewards you with new decorations and items for your garden for hitting step goals. There’s an Apple Watch extension, even.
No Man’s Sky…? (Hello Games)
This is a quite gossipy, but it’s just too spicy to ignore: there’s a chance a new AR/VR version of No Man’s Sky will be part of Apple’s mixed reality headset reveal next week. The Mac version of No Man’s Sky was released yesterday, but the previously-announced iPad edition, once slated for 2022, is still MIA.
Developer Hello Games said there’s “another surprise in the VERY near future” coming around No Man’s Sky… and Apple’s big AR/VR headset reveal is in the very near future – Monday, to be precise.