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RPG Reload File 049 - 'Doom 2 RPG'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we sometimes vanquish demons with toilet water. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the here and now. It's a chance for a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow, giving us the chance to revisit old favorites and reflect on their position in the overall iOS RPG scene. Your only guide on this journey is Shaun, an observer from your own time, who appears in the form of a hologram only you can see and hear. I try to choose a balanced plate of RPGs from week to week in hopes of properly representing this gnarling hydra of a genre, but if you have a particular game you'd like to see me tackle, please let me know about it. You can do that by making a comment below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or tweeting me at @RPGReload...

We'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, visit mobcrush.com/beta and download the free Mobcrush app. (It's in beta, so you'll need to agree to have it installed on your device.) 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...

Give Indiana Jones Some Skates and a Wall Jump, and You'd Have 'Adventure Roller Skates', Coming this Fall

Platformers are just inherently a tough genre when you don't have physical controls. Many developers have nailed the virtual button thing, but that's not ideal for everyone. Another option is to completely remove traditional platforming mechanics so you can distill a platforming game down to something that can be controlled with just a couple of taps. Hence the auto-runner. While auto-runners are generally associated with endless, randomly generated high-scoring games, the mechanic has actually been put to really good use in more traditional-style platforming games. See the Rayman mobile games or the Wind-Up Knight series for just a couple examples off the top of my head. Anyway, the point is that you can create a platforming game that plays nice with a touchscreen without sacrificing the accuracy, timing and skill needed for a really great platformer. That's kind of what was on my mind when I came across the trailer for Adventure Roller Skates. ..

It's really hard to find anything bad to say about Pixelbite's Space Marshals [$4.99]. When it first burst on the scene in January this year, it took the often overdone dual-stick shooter genre to a whole new level by injecting strategy and stealth into the typically "blast everything in sight" nature of the genre. The only real drawback was that the experience didn't last too long, but Pixelbite has been rectifying that in the months since with new content updates. ..

Well I guess this shouldn't really come as a surprise, but Angry Birds 2 [Free], the official proper for-realsies-this-time sequel to the blockbuster mobile hit Angry Birds has already been downloaded over a million times just 12 hours after becoming available. Now, that's impressive and all, but there are a couple of caveats to this particular statistic. ..

League of Legends is basically the biggest game in the world right now. If you haven't heard of it, it's a free to play Mac/PC MOBA which was originally released in 2009, but has been constantly supported and updated since. Most recently, the whole UI was redone, and before that, the main map of the game, Summoner's Rift was totally reworked as well. It's an incredible game, and one that I've spent a silly amount of my life playing with friends. Playing ARAMs with first blood shots is basically the default activity for my local crew. First blood shots, they're a thing, I assure you...

'Pang' aka 'Buster Bros' Set to Return with 'Pang Adventures' from DotEmu and Pastagames

Do you remember Buster Bros, the 1989 arcade game from Capcom and Mitchell Corporation? Perhaps you were outside of North America and you'd remember it by the name of Pang, or if you were in Japan as Pomping World. Whatever the case, the beloved classic is getting a brand new entry called Pang Adventures thanks to a collaborative effort between Parisian developers DotEmu and Pastagames. So far the only real detail on the new game is the following promo art...

It's kind of crazy to think that more than two years later and Gameloft's open-world crime game Gangstar Vegas [Free] is still getting huge content updates on the regular. I guess that's one of the side benefits of having a free to play game with no cap on revenue generation. As long as it keeps being popular and keeps making money, developers can continue to add new content to it. Anyway, the latest Gangstar Vegas update is dubbed "Devil's Due" and includes an entirely new storyline branch where you've got to get your soul back from the Devil...

One of my absolute favorite high-score chasing games is Pako - Car Chase Simulator [$0.99] from Tree Men Games. Released in August of last year, Pako sets you loose in a variety of different environments and in a variety of different vehicles with one main goal in mind: don't get caught! Your brakes are on the fritz and the cops are chasing you, so you must dodge obstacles at all cost and you're score is based on the amount of time you can survive in each level before inevitably crashing into something. It's stupid amounts of fun, and Tree Men have done an excellent job of adding new content to the game since its release last year...

Way back in 2011, developer Almost Human were hard at work on their old-school inspired first-person dungeon crawler Legend of Grimrock [$4.99]. They planned on bringing it to PC first, but an iPad version was also in consideration. Well, the PC version launched in 2012 to critical acclaim, and a sequel was even released in the fall of last year. Yet, there was still no iPad version in sight. In May of this year, the iPad finally did receive the original Legend of Grimrock, and it was totally worth the wait. Now only one problem remained: iPhone owners were left in the cold! Well no more, as Legend of Grimrock has been updated with Universal iPhone support...

As an old-school PC gamer, it was huge online experiences that truly ruined me as a person. MUDs like Legend of the Red Dragon gave me my first taste, and early MMORPG's like Ultima Online set the hook. I dumped cumulative months of playtime into patrolling the Britain Crossroads with friends I made who I still keep in contact with today. There was something incredibly captivating about early MMO's, in that they weren't just single player games with levels that you eventually beat then traded back in to Funco Land, instead, they were worlds you lived in. Hell, I'd go as far as to say the first year of Ultima Online was the best year of gaming in my entire life, and something I've since spent decades chasing. Oh, and as an aside, just to give you an idea of the new ground UO was breaking, the game started with a cut scene that basically set the scene to make the concept of servers make sense with the game's lore:..

One of the many announcements that came out of Google I/O this year was Google Cardboard for iOS devices. If you're new to the idea of Google Cardboard, just imagine if you took an Oculus Rift but distilled it down to its 5th grade science fair basics and cobbled together a cardboard holder for both your phone and a pair of lenses to create a barebones VR experience. There's a number of places selling them for between $20 and $30, which still feels a little expensive to me for quite literally a piece of cardboard and a pair of plastic lenses. This is apparently the one they gave away at Google I/O if you want to specifically get that one...

TouchArcade forum member Wonderspark may be new around here (at least his account is new, anyway), but the guy is dropping quality threads on our forums like it's going out of style. His original post touches on things he feels like are potentially missing from the world of mobile compared to growing up in the early days of PC and console games...

'Angry Birds 2' Out Now Worldwide

July 30th, 2015 3:23 AM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Release
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Angry Birds 2 [Free] is out now worldwide. The first numbered sequel to the original Angry Birds [$0.99 / $2.99 (HD)], this was announced earlier this month, and teased in various forms, and it's now available worldwide. Some of the big changes? You can select the order of the birds you use, there's special multi-stage levels, and even bosses to fight. If you wanted a premium game, well, it's 2015, there's little reason for games to sell at 99 cents any more...

Out Now: 'Operation Dracula', 'Race The Sun', 'Mechanosaur Hijacks the Moon', 'You Against Me', 'Battle Golf', 'Hanger World' and Much More

I don't know WHAT is going on, but there are a bazillion new iOS games out right now. Is there a holiday I'm not aware of? I know it's National Chicken Wing Day, and as epic as that is, this still seems like an absurd amount of games for a Thursday release. But hey, whatever! I'm not complaining about too many new games to play. There's several high-profile games I'm excited to get my hands on, but there's plenty of stuff that I've never even heard of before that look really cool too. It's one of the best things about mobile gaming. So take a close look at the huge list below and let us know what games are on your shopping list...

With the new Grand Tournament card expansion on the horizon, interest in Hearthstone [Free] has started to spool up from people who either haven't played much of the game or only dabbled in it previously. One thing I've seen both online and in conversations with friends of mine, is a general level of overall dismay towards getting involved in the game now because of how much the card pool is expanding and the concern that they're never going to win if they "don't have all the good cards." It's a valid concern, but not one that should stop you from giving the game a try, because in collectable card games, losses rarely are directly related to your card pool...

'Dropsy the Clown' Gives You Hugs on September 10th

Devolver Digital has announced that Dropsy the Clown is being released on September 10th, and iOS will be among the launch platforms. Developed by Jay Tholen, this is a point-and-click adventure game that has you playing as Dropsy, a clown who can't speak – but he can hug. Dropsy has to clear his name after a circus fire seems to implicate him, but the game is otherwise in an open world, where it is possible to pursue different parts of the story at your own leisure. ..

'Prune' Review - Let it Grow on You

I must admit, Prune [$3.99] snuck up on me though it probably shouldn't have. Made by ex-AAA developers out of Madison, apparently the game had been floating around the midwestern games scene, and I somehow missed it until I got an email about it a couple days ahead of launch. And holy heck, do I wish I had seen this sooner, because Prune is a gorgeous and unique experience...

Are you chomping at the bit to spray some money in Blizzard's direction for the new Hearthstone [Free] card set, The Grand Tournament? Well, good news, if you download the new update which hit the App Store mere moments ago you'll be able to preorder fifty packs of Grand Tournament cards for $49.99. If you're planning on buying a bunch of packs anyway, this is a pretty good "value," as packs of Hearthstone cards typically run $2.99 for two packs, so this brings the cost per pack down to a buck. Oh, you'll also get a super-sweet card back to use...

The Carter Crater: When is a Mobile Game Not a Mobile Game? When It's 'Race the Sun'.

Race the Sun is finally releasing on mobile, months and even years after coming out on Steam and Playstation systems. It's kind of a weird situation because, as one of our readers asked: "So it's basically an endless runner?" I mean, yeah. That's basically what it is. It's a mobile game that took two years to come to mobile. It's got daily modes, objectives, powerups; if you didn't know that it came out on Steam first, you'd have thought that it was built especially for mobile...

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