China crackdown could boot thousands of iOS games from App Store

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China is strictly enforcing licensing laws for game apps that generate revenue.
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Plague Inc., the popular game pulled from the Apple App Store in China last month, may soon have company – by the thousands.

A new report predicts some 21,500 App Store for-pay titles in China could get tossed because developers will be unable to meet a June 30 deadline for having a license.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night is as bloody brilliant as ever on iOS [Review]

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The classic PlayStation vampire game finally arrives on the iPhone.
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Classic video game Castlevania: Symphony of the Night landed in the App Store last week and, boy, is it great!

The 23-year-old side-scroller pits Dracula’s half-son Alucard against the evil count himself. The game, widely regarded as one of the best video games of all time, has made its way onto various games platforms over the years. Now you can finally play it on your iPhone. Frankly, that’s the best news I’ve heard in ages.

Call of Duty: Mobile loses its Zombies mode because it’s not good enough

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Call of Duty: Mobile racks up amazing 100m downloads in first week
It may be back, but probably not.
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Call of Duty: Mobile is losing its popular Zombies mode this month because it doesn’t meet the “level of quality” Activision expects.

It’s unclear whether Zombies, which was added last November, will return at a later date. The game’s developers are currently focused on more important aspects of Call of Duty: Mobile, like Multiplayer, Battle Royale, and Ranked Mode.

Forget anagrams, Sticky Terms is a word puzzle game with a twist

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You're not just rearranging the letters here.
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Want a text-based puzzle game that will stretch your brain, help you relax and, heck, maybe even teach you some new words? Sticky Terms is the game you’ve been searching for.

Created by 28-year-old iOS game developer Philipp Stollenmayer, it’s a playable head-scratching lexicon of words covering a wide array of languages. The game presents each word as a puzzle, torn into between two and five pieces. It’s up to you, the player, to arrange them into a completed word. No timers, failures or high scores apply.

And you know what? It’s kind of addictive.

Stardew Valley’s massive 1.4 update is coming soon to iOS

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It's just waiting for Apple's approval.
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Stardew Valley’s gigantic version 1.4 content update is coming soon to iOS. It brings a new farm map, fish ponds, a new end-game mystery, and more than 60 brand-new items. There are also 14 music tracks and “hundreds” of fixes.

The update is already live on Android (it first rolled out on PC and console late last year), and it’s now waiting for Apple’s approval before it hits the App Store.

Award-winning strategy game Company of Heroes lands on iPad

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A must-have for any RTS fan.
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Company of Heroes, the award-winning World War II strategy game, today makes the leap to iPad.

The mobile version is a complete port of the original, which first debuted in 2006 — but it has been completely rebuilt for tablets. And if you’re into real-time strategy games, you’re going to love it.

“Our aim is that the experience of playing Company of Heroes on mobile should be as fantastic as it was on desktop,” publisher Feral Interactive told Cult of Mac.

Tumble Wrestling wants to lay the smackdown on other iOS games

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Tumble Wrestling wants to lay the smackdown on other iOS games
If you smell what the, err, Block Solid is cooking.
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There’s a new challenger hoping to seize the title of best wrestling game on iOS — a quirky, physics-based fighting game called Tumble Wrestling.

Part retro flashback to pro wrestling games on the NES and part Super Smash Bros., the game lets players compete to knock opponents out of the ring with a barrage of grappling moves.