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Back To Bed cuddles up with iOS, Android today

Following a recent PC debut, surrealist puzzler Back To Bed is now available on Android and iOS mobile devices.

Described as a "bizarre mix of Salvador Dali, M.C. Escher and David Lynch," Back To Bed casts players as a subconscious manifestation named "Subob" as he attempts to guide his narcoleptic real-world body through a dreamscape of deadly obstacles. To aid in this quest, developer Bedtime Digital Games has crafted new controls for the mobile version, offering players a choice between standard touchscreen navigation and a virtual controller.

If the above has piqued your interest, you can purchase Back To Bed from either the iOS or Android app stores. Regardless of which platform you prefer, the dreamy puzzle game is priced at $4.
[Image: Bedtime Digital Games]

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Zen Studios latest pinball table summons the Walking Dead

The silver ball maestros at Zen Studios have unleashed another meticulously designed table, this time within the horrific universe of Telltale's The Walking Dead adventure game.

Despite its non-linear nature - pinball rarely adheres to a structured narrative - the table does a solid job of using skill shots and careful ball management to retell key story moments from the first season of Telltale's beloved The Walking Dead. Zen Studios was even able to get the original voice cast from the game to record new lines for the Walking Dead pinball table. Most crucially, the table is periodically littered with ambulatory corpses that, in proper Walking Dead spirit, must be avoided or, if you've got no other options, destroyed.

Like all Zen Studios tables, The Walking Dead is DLC content available on a number of platforms. Today marks the table's debut on the PlayStation 3, PS4 and Vita, while PC, Mac, Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners will have to wait until tomorrow. Those playing Zen Studios' pinball games on Android and iOS will have a chance to relive the adventures of Lee and Clementine on August 28. While you wait, take a look at the trailer past the break.

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The Banner Saga victorious at The Geekie Awards

The Banner Saga added another trophy to its haul this month by collecting the The Geekie Award for Best Indie Video Game. Stoic's turn-based strategy RPG was up against tough competition from the likes of Outlast, Don't Starve, Axle and Octodad: The Dadliest Catch. But a winner had to be chosen and there was only one man for the task. Yes, one Richard Mitchell of Joystiq Reviews Content Director fame - and other judges, we gather - deemed The Banner Saga this year's worthy winner.

"We are honored by the outpouring of love from fans for The Banner Saga and know that this award is due to their support", said Stoic Technical Director John Watson. "This comes just as we are about to launch the game on tablet, and we are excited about the prospect of offering The Banner Saga to a new medium of gamers."

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Joystiq Deals: Handheld Hero Android Game Bundle

Taking a cue from the good people behind the Humble Bundle, today's Joystiq Deal offers a collection of games at a price to be determined by you.

Here's how it works: The seven games on offer are normally available at $16, but this bundle invites you to pay whatever you'd like. Anyone who pays less than the current average of $3.73 will receive Incredipede and Syder HD, while everyone who pays more than that amount will walk away with all seven games. Why pay more than $3.73? Because 10 percent of the proceeds from your purchase will be donated to one of three charities: Either Child's Play, the World Wildlife Fund or Creative Commons, depending on which you prefer.

If charity isn't reason enough to purchase the bundle, everyone who spends sufficient money to earn a spot on the leaderboard - the last spot currently stands at $5.01 - will be entered to win one of 17 Google Play gift cards, ranging from $50 to $150. For full details, visit the Joystiq Deals website.

Joystiq Deals is a partnership between AOL and StackSocial. A portion of sales goes to funding this site. Deals are curated by StackSocial independently of the Joystiq editorial team.

WWE SuperCard superkicks 1.5 million downloads

2K's free mobile trading card game WWE SuperCard has been downloaded over 1.5 million times, the publisher revealed today. In the game, players put together a deck of cards composed of WWE superstars, then pit their stable against other players in both exhibition matches and King of the Ring-themed tournaments. WWE SuperCard launched roughly a week and a half ago for iOS and Android.

The publisher noted that over 82 million victories were recorded in exhibition mode, and that over 575,000 King of the Ring tournaments were kicked off since the game launched. Players logged in to the game for over 18 million unique play sessions, which averaged about 14 minutes each time. The free-to-play game allows players to purchase in-game currency that unlocks card packs, which range in price from $1.99 to $25, to acquire the game's 400-plus unique cards. 2K said it intends to update the game's roster and introduce new cards in the future.

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Number-crunching strategy game Calculords out now on Android

After carefully crunching the numbers, consulting with mathematicians and doing a third thing that is a pun on the game's premise, developer Ninja Crime has released its maths-infused mobile game Calculords to Android devices. Calculords is available via the Google Play store for $2.99.

The developer, which is led by Seanbaby of EGM fame, promises Calculords is "the deepest, sweetest sci-fi tower defense collectible card game featuring number puzzles and RPG elements ever designed and drawn by a comedy writer." A bold statement I'm sure the company received legal clearance to make.

In addition to moving the game to a new platform today, the studio has updated Calculords on iOS, which first launched in February 2014, to include full widescreen support.
[Image: Ninja Crime]

Puzzle & Dragons tops 30 million downloads in Japan

Publisher Gung Ho Entertainment has announced that its massively addictive puzzle-RPG Puzzle & Dragons has been downloaded over 30 million times in its native country of Japan, reports Siliconera.

If one were attempting to design a game that could be described as "systemically addictive," it would be difficult to top the concepts found in Puzzle & Dragons. Players navigate a dungeon, taking part in battles, capturing monsters and using those monsters to battle other, more powerful monsters. In lieu of combat, all conflict in Puzzle & Dragons plays out on a grid full of icons which players must align to perform attacks. It's a simple system that's easy to learn but difficult to master, and Gung Ho is constantly adding new, free content to the game, including crossovers with other media properties like Batman, Hello Kitty (pictured above) and the stylized robots of the Evangelion anime.

If you're suddenly intrigued by the mobile game that's taken Japan by storm, you can find Puzzle & Dragons available on both the Android and iOS app stores. It's free-to-play, but know that the temptation to spend real-world cash on Magic Stones grows pretty intense after the first handful of dungeons.
[Image: Gung Ho Entertainment]

The Banner Saga journeys to tablets in September

Stoic Studio's Nordic tactical-RPG The Banner Saga goes portable on iPad, Android, and Windows tablets next month. Pocketgamer reported on the updated release window after the game missed its "summer" window.

No pricing has been revealed to take up the banner on mobile devices, but speculation has the port sailing in at a premium price.

Our review of The Banner Saga called it a "challenge on normal difficulty, but not so unforgiving" that you'd want to give up.
[Image: Stoic Studio]

Mobile MOBA Witcher Battle Arena seeks beta testers

While the interminable wait for The Witcher 3 drags on, developer CD Projekt RED has opened beta sign-ups for the game's spin-off multiplayer online battle arena game, the aptly-titled Witcher Battle Arena.

Though developer Fuero Games offers no word on when the beta test will commence, it does explain what would-be testers are signing up for. "Upon being granted access to the event, selected participants will be given the possibility to playtest 8 heroes on two maps playable in Conquest Mode -The Arena and Korath Desert," reads the developer's official announcement. "Players will also have the opportunity to develop their player profiles in an RPG fashion, as well as help to test several other functionalities present in the full game coming later this year."

To sign up for the imminent beta test, CD Projekt RED asks that fans enter their pertinent details on the game's beta website. Be aware though, this beta test is only seeking Android users. Sorry Apple fans, but if it's any consolation you can find a brand new trailer for Witcher Battle Arena beyond the break.
[Image: CD Projekt RED]

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Go 'Deep Under the Sky' on Venus as a weird jellyfish

In Deep Under the Sky, you're an acrobatic jellyfish navigating the neon world of Venus, flying through fuzzy passageways to collect glowing orbs and stars, all while avoiding the dangerous native creatures. Deep Under the Sky comes from Incredipede creator Colin Northway and Pineapple Smash Crew creator Rich Edwards, so it's really no wonder this is a psychedelic platforming romp of a game.

Deep Under the Sky is out now on iOS and Android for $3, and it's due to hit PC and Mac tomorrow, August 22.

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Humble Bundle adopts Mobile tab, launches Sega Android bundle


Humble Bundle organizers have added a dedicated Mobile tab to the Humble storefront, pledging to increase the frequency of Android-focused bundle releases from today forward.

Humble Bundle kicks off its new initiative this week with the Humble Sega Mobile Bundle, which collects the Android versions of ChuChu Rocket, Virtua Tennis Challenge, and Sonic the Hedgehog 4: Episode 1 for a buyer-chosen price. Beat the bundle's average purchase price (currently $3.83), and you'll also get copies of Crazy Taxi, Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing, and Sonic 4: Episode 2.

Bundle proceeds benefit the Child's Play Charity, WaterAid, and UNICEF. The Humble Sega Mobile Bundle is available through September 4.

[Video: Humble Bundle]

Killer discount temporarily drops Hitman Go to $2

If you've been waiting for the right moment to pounce on Square Enix's bold yet surprisingly successful mobile reimagining of the Hitman series, now's your time to strike: Both iOS and Android versions of Hitman Go are currently available at $2, a 60 percent discount off its standard price.

Unlike its console- and PC-based third-person action game forebears, Hitman Go is akin to a puzzle game played out on a board of stylized miniatures. All of the murder-for-hire action of the franchise is included in Hitman Go, but the game itself is a more tactical experience that requires careful planning and execution. Rushing in with a basic idea of who you have to kill and then deciding to dispatch everyone with akimbo pistols will almost never accomplish your mission, and most often will riddle your character's bald corpse with innumerable bullets.

Those intrigued by this price cut should be sure to grab Hitman Go as soon as possible. This discount is only valid until August 25, after which the mobile game returned to its standard $5 price point.
[Image: Square Enix]

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Flappy Bird creator's new game is vertically challenging

Apparently solving the equation "Flappy Bird + Y axis," creator Dong Nguyen has unveiled the follow-up to his mobile phenomenon, and it's Swing Copters. As Touch Arcade reports, Swing Copters features the same visual style as Flappy Bird, but this time the idea is to move vertically rather than horizontally. You control another little critter, this time with a rotary wing attached to his helmet, and the aim is to float up into the skies. A tap sends your beady-eyed chopper left or right so you can avoid the girders and swinging hammers, and a single hit results in game over.

If it sounds familiar, check out Touch Arcade's gameplay video below the break. Curiously, Swing Copters doesn't look like the "next game" Nguyen teased a few months ago, though he did say in March he had three different projects in the pipeline, so to speak.

When Swing Copters launches on iOS and Android this Thursday, August 21, it'll be a free download with a sole in-app purchase of 99 cents to remove the ads. Whether or not it'll beat the clones to the chase remains to be seen.

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Super Meat Boy dev teases 'A Voyeur for September'

What to make of this, hmm? Super Meat Boy and Mew-Genics studio Team Meat is teasing a new "live-action stealth game" called A Voyeur for September, which in and of itself is a bit weird. Let's face it, live-action stealth... whatever that is... would be a seismic departure from what we're used to from the team of Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes.

Is there another explanation? Smarty-pants online sleuths reckon so, having discovered A Voyeur for September just so happens to be an anagram of Super Meat Boy Forever. That does sound more plausible, although we've discovered the title's also an anagram of Tea Proves Beefy Rumor. Does that mean the answer's in the tea? Somebody, put the kettle on!

Check out Team Meat's mysterious teaser trailer below the break.

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Joystiq Deals: Game development tutorial bundle

This edition of Joystiq Deals is aimed at the budding game developer, with a massively-discounted seven course bundle designed to train even the most oblivious neophyte on how to develop games for iOS, Android and the PC.

Included in the Ultimate Game Developer Bundle are over 30 hours of instruction on topics ranging from iOS and Android development to crafting your own Flappy Bird or match-3 style game. Normally the bundle features a $989 price tag, but for a limited time you can grab all of this instructional material from Joystiq Deals for only $49.

If you're interested in taking advantage of this offer, you'd better hurry. When we said "limited time" we meant it: This deal is only available for the next 24 hours.


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