Bonus Level #08: NOV 02-08

Fruit Ninja 2, Evo Pop and other mobile releases

Today I have only the list of released and upcoming games of the past week for you. I’m crunching on my project currently and there is less than usual time for newsletter.


Game Releases

Major Games

1.Fruit Ninja 2 by Halfbrick Studios. The classic is back with a PvP mode and extended meta. The first Fruit Ninja was released on iOS in April 2010.

2.Evo Pop by Zeptolab. Real-time strategy game with original concept: multiply cell-like creatures to dominate the map.

Licensed IPs

3.TheOdd1sOut: Let's Bounce by BroadbandTV. Simple bouncing game featuring youtuber TheOdd1sOut.

Medium & New Publishers

4.Shadow Fight Arena by Nekki. Real-time PvP fighting, where you enter the battle with a team of 3 fighters. Games in Shadow Fight series from Russian publisher Nekki were downloaded 500M times.

5.Bullet Knight by Kooapps Games. Yet another Archero follower. From publisher of Pictoword and Snake.io.

6.War Alliance by MG Magnific Games. RTS in Clash Royale style. Debut game from a German studio based in Berlin.

7.Sheep Squad by Pixel Squad. Worms-like turn-based shooter. Includes map maker for creating your own arenas.

8.Dynasty Legend: Final Warrior by Unlock Game. Combination of RPG with city-builder strategy spiced up with Three Kingdoms mythology. Chinese publisher.

Meaningful Games

9.Kakapo Run by Quantum Shift Studios/Playstack. Runner for raising awareness about endangered spices of kakapo, a flightless parrot. There are only near 200 birds left living in the wild in New Zealand. Full story at PocketGamer.biz.

Top Downloaded Hypercasuals

1st time entries in top 15 of the US App Store

10.Barista Life by Rollic Games (Zynga). Prepare coffee and serve pastry.

11.Teacher Simulator by Kwalee. Quiz style game: decide, if children answered questions and completed tasks correctly.

12.Spa Master by Ruby Games Studio. Minigames around activities in spa salon. By Turkish studio behind Hunter Assassin.

13.Stretch Guy by Yso Corp. Complete puzzle levels by stretching arm and legs of the main character.

Premium Games

14.XCOM 2 Collection by Firaxis Fames/Feral Interactive/2K Games, $24.99 (iOS). Iconic turn-based tactical strategy comes to iOS, including all DLC packs.

15.Forager by HopFrog/Humble Bundle, $7.99 (iOS). Survival-crating in 2D open world. Popular indie game from Aregentinian studio released on Steam in April 2019, Very Positive (15.8K reviews).

16.Samorost 2 by Amanita Design, $2.99. 15 years after PC release Czech developers ported classic adventure on mobile. In Slavic languages Samorost means “self-growing” - usually a wild cannabis is referred this way. And looking at the wild and unique art of the game you can’t help thinking that sources of inspiration are cannabis-related.

Apple Arcade

17.All of You by Alike Studio. Solve puzzles to help chicken reunite with her lost chicks.

18.Reigns: Beyond by Nerial/Devolver Digital. The series, which commenced card-flipping gameplay, is going into space - you are indie rock band, which travels around galaxy on the journey to interstellar fame.

Notable Indies

19.Space Marshals 3 by Pixelbite. Shooter in scifi+western setting. High level of polish. Try-n-buy model: $4.99 for the first chapter. Next chapters will be released later for a separate price.

20.Machinal Instinct by Pomelo Games. Fighting of animals controlling makeshift mechs. From Uruguayan dev team.

Upcoming Games

Pre-registration started

1.Empires Mobile by IGG.com. 4X fantasy strategy with heroes similar to Rise of Kingdoms. From Chinese creators of Lords Mobile.

2.WWE Undefeated by nWay. RPG/Fighting with a deck-based combat from California-based developers. License for real-world wrestling stars is included.

3.Birdie Crush: Fantasy Golf by Com2Us. Golf simulator with anime girls characters from Korean publisher of Summoners War.

4.Dynasty Scrolls by Yoozoo Games. Character collecting RPG in Chinese mythology world.

5.Shelter War by Royal Ark. Postapocalyptic base building in Fallout Shelter style. From Russian developers on Cyprus, who released survival RPG Dawn of Zombies with 5M+ installs on Google Play.


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