Tesla vs. Lovecraft brings steampunk blasting action to iOS this month

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Tesla vs. Lovecraft 2
Coming soon to an iOS device near you.
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Tesla vs. Lovecraft is coming to iOS, and, no, sadly that’s not a racing game in which Elon Musk’s electric cars challenge the driving supremacy of Cthulhu. It’s still pretty darn great, though.

Instead, the game is a top-down steampunk shooter pitting inventor Nikola Tesla against a horde of Lovecraftian horrors, using a static-powered mech and assorted other inventions to do so.

TrueDepth camera will reveal who to trust in new Game of Thrones game

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Reigns- Game of Thrones 2
Coming soon to an iPhone near you.
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One of the cool things about iOS gaming has been seeing how developers incorporate Apple’s new technologies into the games that they offer. At first, it was features like the accelerometer and now, thanks to the TrueDepth sensors used for Face ID, Apple’s face tracking tech is set to be incorporated into next-gen titles.

One of the first out of the gate is the upcoming Reigns: Game of Thrones. According to a new report, the title will use facial tracking technology in an innovative way: by asking you to carry out stare-downs with the various characters.

Civilization VI marches onto iPhone

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Civlization VI
Get ready to give up hours on end!
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There are some technological feats that just hammer home how far we’ve come in a few short years. One of those is the fact that, through what we can only presume is the software engineering version of witchcraft, Sid Meier’s epic Civilization VI game has been squeezed onto iPhone.

And it’s available in the App Store right now — with a 60 percent price discount if you hurry!

True Surf for iOS puts realistic surfing sim in the pocket

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True Surf
The game boasts a nifty physics engine.
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Okay, so the new iPhones are more waterproof than ever, but if you don’t fancy taking your Apple handset for a dip, the next best thing is a new game that landed in the App Store today.

Called True Surf, it’s a surf sim which claims to be the most authentic surfing experience you’ll find on a mobile device. Check out the trailer below.

Popular quiz game HQ Trivia goes big with new Apple TV app

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HQ Trivia
HQ Trivia is now on Apple TV.
Photo: HQ Trivia

One of the most popular new iPhone games of the last year is set to take over your living room.

HQ Trivia, the popular mobile trivia game that offers cash prizes to participants, is making the leap from the small screen to the big one with a new Apple TV app that launched this week.

Rome: Total War marches onto iPhone this month

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Rome: Total War
Coming soon to an iPhone near you.
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The classic PC strategy game Rome: Total War is coming to iPhone — and you don’t have long to wait. Well, technically you may have been waiting since the game arrived on PC more than a decade ago, but it’s finally almost here. Honest!

Check out the eagerly anticipated trailer below, ahead of the game’s August 23 debut on iPhone.

Pocket City is the iOS city-building sim you’ve dreamed of

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Pocket City
Well, that's the rest of our week sorted then!
Photo: Bobby Li

There are few game franchises I poured more time and energy into as a kid than SimCity. From the mid-1990s, the classic metropolis-building strategy games were guaranteed a place on whichever computer I owned at the time.

Jump forward to 2018, and the not-dissimilar Pocket City has just landed in the App Store. And if you’re a fan of Will Wright’s construction classic, this loving tribute will certainly appeal. Check out the trailer below.