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FIFA 17  is coming out tomorrow for PC and Consoles, and you can download EA's FIFA 17 Companion [Free] today to help you stay connected to your teams once the game comes out. The Companion is all about the Ultimate Team mode and allows you to use the transfer market at all times - great for being able to pick up a player right at the last minute - manage your squad and your club by changing formations and using your consumables as needed, and visit the store to buy packs, a good thing since FIFA shops tend to run many limited time specials. So as you can tell, these are all useful features for anyone planning on spending time on the Ultimate Team side of FIFA 17...

RTS Wargame 'Cavalry Charge' Is Looking for Testers

The upcoming RTS Cavalry Charge does away with fancy visuals, base building, and economy systems and, instead, focuses on battle formations and tactics. Each unit has its own AI, and you get to put all those units together in a variety of formations. Then, you throw your troops at the other army and watch them fight over a real-time battlefield all the while tinkering with formations and tactics as you try to take out your enemies. As you can see in the trailer below, there's a lot fun to be had in messing about with battle formations and trying to defeat the enemy through either outwitting the enemy general or simply going for brute force...




'Maxim the Robot' is a Cute Robotic Platformer Heading to iOS and Android

Everybody loves robots, and everybody loves platformers. Right? Well, at least I do, and when you combine both robots and platformers together, it gets me pretty excited. That's the case with Maxim the Robot, an upcoming mobile platformer from FrozenBots Studio. Maxim the Robot features all the, er, features you'd expect from a platformer. Running, jumping, swimming, swinging, sliding, wall-jumping and more. Even… driving a wagon? Sure, why not! Check out the latest teaser trailer for Maxim the Robot...

mobcrush-logo-r225xWe're streaming live on Mobcrush right now. There's a couple different ways you can watch the stream, and they all work equally well and it's really just a matter of personal preference as to which method you prefer. The easiest way to watch is just watching the embedded player right here on TouchArcade. In the interest of being polite, we mute the audio. If you're somewhere you can listen, be sure to turn it back up- the controls for that are in the lower right corner of the video stream. Alternatively, if you're on a mobile device, download the free Mobcrush app for iOS [Free], also available on Google Play. From there, search for TouchArcade. If you follow us, you'll get alerts when we're streaming. Last, but not least, you can visit our channel directly in your browser at mobcrush.com/toucharcade. Oh, and if you want to participate in chat, you'll need to register over on Mobcrush first.

If you missed the stream, we upload archive videos to our YouTube channel, so just head over there to see previous streams and our other random video content. Additionally, if you would like to stream on Mobcrush, it's actually supremely easy and doesn't require any kind of extra hardware and the software to do it is a quick (and free) download. Check out the Mobcrush FAQ for more information.

 

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Marriage is a tricky, tricky act, isn't it? Quite often those joined in holy matrimony don't really fit well together, and even when they do, compromises must abound if there is to be any kind of happiness in their new union. And when the marriage is of two very different people, the challenges are even greater. If you've played Minecraft (either the mobile or the PC version) and any of the Telltale games, then you already know why I started my review of Minecraft: Story Mode [$4.99] with these metaphors. When Telltale told the world that it would apply its narrative-based formula on Minecraft, the game that's now synonymous with sandbox, many gamers wondered whether Telltale could pull it off and whether Minecraft players would bother with a developer that put their beloved open-world game in a narrative straight-jacket, possibly chopping off any parts that refused to obey the narrative techniques that Telltale has used in its other series...

'emoj.io' from 'Galcon' Developer Phil Hassey Combines .io Games with 'Pac-Man'

Phil Hassey, premier game developer and herder of even-toed ungulates, has announced his latest game: emoj.io. Yes, it a .io game with emojis, meaning you'll be competing with other players in a shared world to be the most powerful player at any given time. But the twist here is that emoj.io features a Pac-Man-esque system, where you're navigating around mazes in cardinal directions. While you can pick up gems to become more powerful, this isn't a case where running into a less-powerful player will kill them, necessarily: instead, it makes it when you pick up a powerup be more powerful. Here, it is like the fire powerup from Pac-Man 256 [Free] in how it works, leaving a trail of fire behind you while also speeding up. This means that a less powerful player can take out a more powerful player, but a more powerful player will be particularly deadly with their powerup...

Upcoming 'Silicon Valley: Billionaire' Is All About Cutthroat Capitalism

If you've ever seen Silicon Valley CEOs describe how cutthroat their business is and said "yeah, I want to be just like them," here's your chance. The upcoming Silicon Valley: Billionaire is a real-time online game where you get to start your Silicon Valley company and then try and conquer all others around you. As you can imagine, you won't be playing nice in this one: you get to hire but also fire employees, educate and promote them, but, more importantly, go after other companies. You can't make an omelet without breaking a few companies (I like mixed metaphors), so get ready to merge with and acquire companies of other online players in a winner-takes-all kind of game...

Mika Mobile Developing 'Battleheart 2' with Co-Op Multiplayer

Mika Mobile has just announced their newest game, and it's a doozy: Battleheart 2. The studio's 2011 RPG Battleheart [$2.99] was beloved as an incredibly fun game at the time, and a spinoff, Battleheart Legacy [$4.99], was similarly received. Now, Mika Mobile is returning to expand on one of their first big hits. It's going to look better than ever, but there's one really cool new feature in the works: co-op multiplayer. After Zombieville 2 [$0.99] featured it, the plan is for Battleheart 2 to have co-op multiplayer for up to 4 people, where you nominate individiaul characters into a communal party to go on a raid. Sounds like fun!..

Build Decks and Cities in 'Concrete Jungle' Hitting Mobile This Week

Cole Jefferies is bringing his fascinating Concrete Jungle to mobile this week, and it should be on your radar. The game is basically what you'd get if you'd combine a city builder with a deck-builder or CCG like Hearthstone [Free] and a puzzle game. The whole thing perhaps works better when you try it out, but essentially, you have to play cards that represent city buildings on a board. Houses are the key unit, as they collect the points that are necessary to clear a column at a time, akin to a puzzle game. Other buildings can have effects on tiles that increase or decrease their point value, so you're trying to place houses and buildings in such a way that you get enough points to clear out each column to expand the board and progress toward the goal column. But, as you lay down cards, they have values that can allow you to buy new cards to add to your deck, or to increase the value each column needs to be cleared. Then, there's a 3 star system for how well you do in each level. The game's tutorial stages are friendly without being overly hand-holding, and it all makes sense once you play it...

'Titanfall: Frontine' Has Soft Launched on iOS in the Philippines

After soft-launching on Android, Titanfall: Frontline has now soft launched on iOS in the Philippines, so here's your chance to check it out before everyone else does. In case you haven't read our earlier story on the game, Titanfall: Frontilines is a CCG tie-in to the upcoming Titanfall 2 FPS. In the game you'll be collecting and upgrading hundreds of Pilots and Titans and also combining Pilots and Titans to deal extra damage or even put your Titan in auto-mode (just like in the FPS game) to provide cover while the Pilot attacks targets. The upgrading part should help it stand a bit apart from a game like Hearthstone, but other than that I expect an overall similar experience to the Blizzard giant...

'Sproggiwood' on Sale for Lowest Price Yet

September 26th, 2016 2:30 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Sales
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Freehold Games' Sproggiwood [$1.99] has just gone on sale for its lowest price yet, at $1.99, down from its regular price of $4.99. Now, the game was $9.99 at launch after it was $14.99 on PC at launch, but the game got a permanent price drop at one point to help out with its long tail. But now, you can get the game at its absolute cheapest price point yet, for a limited time...

Yogg-Saron (Again), RNG Talk (Again), Cheap Legend Decks, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #66

Welcome to another weekly roundup of everything that's happened in the world of Hearthstone [Free]. This has been another week where players have complained about the state of the meta and about how the game doesn't feel as fun as it used to. I feel we're going to be hearing the same complaints until we get new cards, get cards nerfed, or get cards banned. When will that happen, I have no idea, but it's hard to ignore the fact that we are once more going through very interesting times. Outside the complaining part, we got news on the upcoming World Championship, more on the making of One Night in Karazhan, and much more. So, on we go...

Update Mondays: 'Teeny Titans', 'Pokemon Go', 'Real Racing 3', 'Pac-Man 256', and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. Some really spiffy games in this week's round-up, but which one is a bad enough dude to take home our coveted prize? Read on, friends. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper Social [Free], the watchlist in the TouchArcade App [Free], or by participating in the TouchArcade forums, but this weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

'PinOut', the Next Game From the Developers of 'Smash Hit', Is an Upcoming Endless Pinballer That Looks Stunning in Motion

It surely goes without saying for anyone within the iOS community, but any releases by Mediocre Games are far more than the everyday experiences that their modest name suggests. Unlike the title of their studio, Smash Hit [Free] was true to its label, and rocketed to the top of the charts when it was released in 2014. However, despite some previous crazes in the App Store, it achieved such lofty status through quality gameplay that we praised extensively in our review. Other games from the Swedish developers, including Sprinkle [$1.99] and Does Not Commute [Free], have also been of a similarly high standard, and have made every successive release by Mediocre one watch out for. Today, they have announced PinOut, their newest title that turns pinball into a continuous adventure across numerous neon tables, and looks absolutely stunning in the preview trailer:..

PikPok have seemingly been around forever in the iOS gaming scene, and have released a number of App Store classics, many of which remain on my phone to this day. While there have been numerous memorable collaborations with Adult Swim such as the excellent Monsters Ate My Metropolis [Free], it's probably Flick Kick Football [Free] that has take up the most of my time, as the arcade soccer mechanics merged with what were (at the time) innovative touch screen controls proved to be a natural mix. However, PikPok's newest game is nothing like either of these titles; Shadow Wars [Free], which has today launched worldwide, takes a far more serious take on the Puzzle-RPG genre, and tasks you with battling demonic creatures around the globe, through color-matching gameplay that necessitates well thought out moves and strategic planning...

Even though the majority of major App Store releases are clustered around the traditional Thursday launch date, it's always fantastic to start the week with some games that, for whatever reason, avoided this trope of iOS gaming. Frost [$3.99], from the critically acclaimed graphic designer Jérôme Bodin, is one such release, and while RPG titles infused with card game mechanics is not necessarily a new concept, the predictably brilliant aesthetic direction of the title could go far in distinguishing it from the crowd. Having already launched on Steam to almost universal positive feedback, Frost describes itself as a 'solo survival card game', and requires you to build your deck in the vein of similar titles such as Dominion [Free] and Ascension [Free] to survive a perpetual Arctic winter...

Minecon 2016 is currently taking place in Anaheim, California, and as was expected, we got some good Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] news. First of all, the upcoming 0.16 update, also called the Boss Update, is coming October 18th, so we'll have to wait another month to get our hands on it. But what will it bring with it? Well, we knew that it will add bosses - hence the name - so we'll be getting the Elder Guardian (and its Ocean Monuments), and the Wither in its revamped fighting form. What I'm more excited about is the first implementation of Add-Ons, which the devs call the first step towards even greater levels of customization to all editions of the game, starting with MCPE and Windows 10. As you can see from the video below, you'll be able to mess with mobs just by editing text files...

The TouchArcade Show - 275 - "I Wear the Cargo Shorts"

September 23rd, 2016 9:30 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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We kick things off with some listener email, specifically defining what makes a "Mike Meade game." From there, we come good on our promise from last week with tons of game chat. Those games include Deflated [Free], The Counter of Death [Free], the Sorcery [$4.99] series, Vulture Island [$2.99], Action Buggy [$0.99], Cat Physics [$1.99], Jungle Crash Land [$0.99], and Faily Rider [Free]. There might be some other stuff in there, but those are the big ones. We also talk about how great W1-enabled headphones are, and we talk about Mike's upcoming game, Mikey Jumps.

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to podcast@toucharcade.com. We read 'em all, and love decoding messages written entirely in emoji. As always, you can listen to us with the links below... And if you like what you hear, please subscribe and/or drop us a review in iTunes. Much appreciated!

 

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If You Like TouchArcade, Please Support Our Patreon

September 23rd, 2016 9:15 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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Hey everyone, it's Friday and we're close to the end of the week of TouchArcade blasting stories out (unless anything cool happens over the weekend we need to cover), but the fact still remains: To survive, we very much need your support. The business of running a web site is tricky, and as we pointed out in our original cry for help, the way developers promote their iOS games has changed significantly with the rise of metrics-centric free to play and in-game directly tracked advertising. It's supremely difficult for us to compete with that, and as such, we've been appealing to our community directly. If you like hanging out on our forums, listening to our podcasts, or reading some of the best long-form content in mobile gaming, please consider supporting us on Patreon. We never hit our initial goal, but we've been slowly climbing none the less. We're hopeful we get there eventually!

It doesn't take a whole lot to keep us afloat, as we run super lean as is. As I've mentioned before on the podcast, even if our hardcore podcast followers each just contributed a buck a month we'd really never need to worry about this again. It'd be awesome to not need to worry about this kind of thing, and instead just continue focusing on combing the App Store for the best games iOS has to offer. To do that, we need your help. Think of it like subscribing to a magazine, except that magazine shovels rad content your direction 24/7 and is home to a great community of people to discuss every aspect of mobile gaming with.

Of course we appreciate the support of our current and former backers, but if you haven't chipped in yet... If you like what we do around here, please consider supporting us on Patreon.

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Vulture Island'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

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