The Verge reports that the first trailer for the Alto’s Adventure follow-up Where Cards Fall has been released by developer Snowman.

Due out in 2017, Where Cards Fall is the result of Snowman teaming up with designer Sam Rosenthal and his new studio, The Game Band. When the game was first announced back in March all we had to go on was one piece of artwork, but now we can feast our eyes on the haunting and strangely relaxing first trailer.

In the teaser we get a good look at the strange forest location, as well as the hypnotic sounds and images of the tumbling and shape-forming playing cards that the game is based around. “The houses of cards become homes for characters, platforms to traverse, places to visit, and so much more,” Rosenthal told The Verge when the game was announced.

The trailer makes no mention of any platform that the game will be released on, but with Alto’s Adventure being such a big mobile hit, it’s more than likely that this will be a mobile game, and possibly eventually available on console and PC as well.

Can’t wait to see more of this fascinating game!

Source: Watch the first teaser for Where Cards Fall, the somber follow-up to Alto’s Adventure

Square Enix has today released a free-to-play iOS minigame that features the pinball game that is playable at the Crow’s Nest Diner in the forthcoming Xbox One and PlayStation 4 game Final Fantasy XV, due for worldwide release on November 29.

Justice Monsters Five is a massively popular minigame among the residents of the Kingdom of Lucis in the world of Final Fantasy XV, including Noctis. Doubtless Square Enix is banking on the fact that Final Fantasy fans will love playing the minigame so much that they’ll also want to download the mobile version. And with Final Fantasy XV’s release date being pushed back a couple of months, it’s a great way of letting fans learn a little more about the main game prior to release, and, even better, it looks like you’ll be able to transfer your progress from the mobile game to the console game once it’s available.

The futuristic style of pinball featured in the game combines role-playing elements with some of Final Fantasy’s most iconic creatures and characters. The Justice Monsters Five of the title are Bomb Bro, Casanova Coeurl, Fab Flan, Grim Gargoyle, and Lamiana, who have teamed up to save the planet Nova from the evil Lord Vexxos.

The touch-and-flick controls are very simple to use as you fight in battles, recruit and train new monsters, and unleash special attacks to help you to emerge victorious in your fight for justice.

As a way of celebrating the launch, Square Enix is rewarding players with special in-game items, including 150 Golden Orbs and Daily login rewards of five Golden Orbs per day, from now until September 25.

Click here to download the free game: JUSTICE MONSTERS FIVE on the App Store

Source: Square Enix

It’s already been a big hit on Steam, but now old-school monster-catching Roguelike RPG Siralim 2 has arrived on iOS, reports Touch Arcade. The first Siralim game actually started out on mobile before arriving on Steam and console, but for the sequel it’s the other way round.

If you love your classic RPGs and Roguelikes, then this is the game for you! It has a “Very Positive” rating on Steam, with 95% positive user reviews, and the early reviews in the App Store are all loving the game as well.

Developed and published by Thylacine Studios, Siralim 2 is a never-ending game with an “infinite amount of content,” according to Thylacine. There are no limits or level caps whatsoever, just lots of good-old-fashioned dungeon crawling, coupled with some rare-treasure hunting as you upgrade your castle with your spoils.

Here are some of the game’s main features, via the App Store:

Niantic has adopted a strict policy of late when it comes to imposing permanent bans on Pokémon Go players that it believes have infringed its terms and conditions. However, according to The Verge, it appears that Niantic may be softening its hard-line stance somewhat for a specific group of players.

Writing in a blog post today, Niantic CEO John Hanke said that some permanent bans had been issued by his team to players that were using tools that broke Niantic’s terms of service. This included third-party mapping tools such as PokéVision, which was a tool that showed the location of Pokémon. Niantic started shutting down those tools at the beginning of August, and then permanently banning users of said tools two weeks after that.

However, Hanke says that it may have been hasty in banning users of certain mapping tools that initially appeared to be DDoS attacks, but were in fact much more benign. “Because of this we have had to ban some accounts associated with using these add-on map tools, leading to confusion by some users about why they were banned,” said Hanke. “This is a small subset of the accounts banned.”

Having realised its mistake, Niantic is now looking again at the accounts it wrongly banned and reinstating those that did not deserve to be banned. “Add-on maps which scrape data from our servers still violate our terms of service and use of them may still result in an account ban going forward,” said Hanke. “Our main priority is to provide a fair, fun, and legitimate experience for all players, so aggressive banning will continue to occur for players who engage in these kinds of activities.”

Source: Niantic is reversing bans for some Pokémon Go users

The European Commission has today ruled that Apple must pay back the 13 billion Euros ($14.5 billion) in back taxes that have accrued since tax year 2003 and up until 2014, reports MacRumors.

EU commissioner Margrethe Vestager (pictured announcing the decision today) said that the tax benefits that Apple has, until now, enjoyed in Ireland are “illegal under EU state aid rules, because it allowed Apple to pay substantially less tax than other businesses. Ireland must now recover the legal aid.”

According to Vestager, the special treatment for Apple meant that it paid a tax rate of just 1% of its European profits in 2003, and as little as 0.005% in 2014.

“For every million euros in profit, it (Apple) paid just €500 in taxes,” said Vestager.

Ireland’s Finance Minister Noonan said that Ireland “disagrees profoundly” with the EU commission’s ruling, and that he would be asking his cabinet for approval to appeal the ruling.

Apple has responded to the ruling with the following statement:
Further, Apple CEO Tim Cook has posted “A Message to the Apple Community in Europe” on Apple’s website, talking about how much Apple has invested in Cork in Ireland, and that it employs nearly 6,000 people in Ireland in total. Here’s just a small excerpt of Cook’s lengthy letter:

Things may have gone quiet recently on the prospect of the long-awaited arrival of console and PC game Prison Architect on iPad, but Touch Arcade reports that the developers have not given up on the idea, so neither should fans of the game.

According to Touch Arcade, the game’s developers, Introversion Software, have sent out an e-mail today along with the final Prison Architect update, in which they say that they are still working on a tablet version of the game, and they’ll reveal more about it soon.

Prison Architect was inspired by games such as Dungeon Keeper, Dwarf Fortress, and Theme Hospital. Gameplay involves building and managing a maximum security prison that is designed to hold the most hardened of criminals. Along the way you’ll have to cope with lots of crises, including fire and rioting, as well as handling demolition and construction at the prison. Sounds like just the sort of fun we need in an iPad game!

Source: 'Prison Architect' Is Still Coming to a Tablet Near You

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