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RPG Reload File 081 - 'Dragon Quest'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we only use pseudo-Elizabethan English accents when no one is looking. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's doing in the here and now. It's a chance to give old classics another spin, reflect on the iOS RPG market on the whole, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. As a direct descendant of Loto, I try to choose a balanced schedule of games from week to week. If you feel like I'm missing anything important, you can let me know by leaving a comment below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. The schedule is planned quite far in advance, so you may not see your selection soon, but it will be added to the master list...

The cult classic New Star Soccer [Free] has amassed many fans since its initial launch in 2012 - and even won a BAFTA to show for it - although the lack of any substantial updates for over a year has led to many wondering what the future held for this excellent arcade soccer simulator. These questions were answered when this morning out of nowhere New Star Games, in association with French book publisher Hachette, released a spinoff in the series called New Star Soccer G-Story [$3.99], which merges the gameplay of its predecessor with an interactive Choose Your Own Adventure style ebook. The developers released a reveal trailer showing the slick new engine and an array of options you can take to influence your player’s career over the duration of the game:..




Real-time strategy game Battleplans [Free] has finally escaped soft launch and gone worldwide, and it's well worth checking out. Like many mobile games, it feels like has the DNA of other titles – Clash of Clans [Free] and Tactile Wars [Free] come to mind here. You engage in short-form battles, as you try to capture enemy crystals, while warding off their defenses, gaining rewards to build up a bigger and better army. What's interesting about the defense part is that as you unlock more units, you can start to set up ever more complicated defense strategies to help ward off your online opponents...

Could 'Warpship' be the Next Stop for Frustrated 'Clash Royale' Players?

When Clash Royale [Free] descended into out plane of existence, it felt like the harbinger for a lot of other short-form multiplayer games. Warpship, now in soft launch, feels like it's going for that exact thing. You and another opponent face off in real time, using energy similar to Clash Royale's elixir to summon units into the plane of battle. Where things start to differ is that the game isn't lane-based at all, instead having you go straight after the enemy base. Each player has a persistent health that wears down over time, can be increased by killing enemies, and of course, if you go after the enemy base, it'll hurt it. You also have separate abilities that can be deployed that are separate from your unit summons to use too. While there doesn't seem to be a fixed match time, this tutorial video shows off a short match and explains the game:..

The Release Trailer of 'Take Off - The Flight Simulator' Highlights the Serenity of Flying

I've been keeping an eye on the upcoming Take Off - The Flight Simulator for some time now, since it seems to promise the kind of flight simulation game I enjoy. And even though I don't usually care much about trailers, I have to say that Take Off's release trailer is one of the best I've seen recently. I've seen more than my share of fast-paced, in-your-face trailers recently, so I really enjoyed the developers' attempt at highlighting how serene the experience of flying can be. At the same time, the trailer shows off the game's lovely visuals as well as its many features. It truly is very well made and shows off the developers' artistry; I just hope that artistry infuses the gameplay as well...

'Independence Day Resurgence: Battle Heroes' Launches Open Beta in Canada on iOS, Worldwide on Android

We're just about a month away from the release of Independence Day Resurgence, a 20-years-later sequel to the blockbuster 1996 alien-invasion flick Independence Day, and while this new movie will be sans Will Smith it will have the obligitory mobile tie-in game launching alongside it. Zen Studios has partnered up with Fox to create Independence Day Resurgence: Battle Heroes, a game that "tasks players with building an armada of combat units to fight back the resurfacing alien threat in action-packed turn-based battles" according to Zen's blog. Check out the trailer...

Roadhouse Soft-Launches 'Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast'

Back in January Roadhouse Interactive announced that they were collaborating with legendary metal band Iron Maiden for a new mobile RPG called Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast. In it you'd amass an army of Eddies, Iron Maiden's iconic mascot, from various themes and time periods and place them in teams to partake in turn-based battles. In late February, Roadhouse divulged a few new details about the game, as well as a slick new cinematic trailer, which you can see below. Today, Iron Maiden: Legacy of the Beast has been soft-launched in Malaysia ahead of its planned full launch this summer...

'Leap Day' Review - Jump for Joy

'Leap Day' Review - Jump for Joy

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May 26th, 2016 12:00 PM EDT by Chris Carter in 4.5 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Platform, Reviews, Universal
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I always seem to gravitate towards Nitrome's games. I don't know what it is, but I always pick up their latest game not knowing that it's actually them. And there's a common theme after all these experiences -- I usually come out enjoying myself. With a neat new gimmick, now I can add Leap Day [Free] to that list...

'Mekorama' Review - Mechanical Valley

'Mekorama' Review - Mechanical Valley

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May 26th, 2016 11:00 AM EDT by Chris Carter in 4.5 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews, Universal
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Isometric puzzle games pretty much have me at hello. There's something about the lovely god-like viewpoint that gives me a sense of wonder, in addition to a strict sense of control, that I really dig. Monument Valley [$3.99] is pretty much the king of the mobile space when it comes to those experiences, yet a number of games have risen to the call and have cemented themselves as worthy adversaries. While Mekorama [Free] isn't as attractive when it comes to its art style (the base game clocks in at just 8MB!), it makes up for it in charm, and a pretty nifty level editor...

While the folks over at Super Evil Megacorp have done a great job simply adding heroes on a regular basis, I’ve been more excited with the various gameplay and system improvements that have been made over the last half a year. With Version 1.18, which was released earlier this week, Vainglory [Free] now tackles the always persistent problem of longevity and player motivation...

Ubisoft's Collectable Card Game 'Rabbids Heroes' Soft Launched in Canada

This is really happening; yesterday Ubisoft dropped us a note about their upcoming Rabbids game, it's a CCG based on the crazy world of Raddid Rabbits and it just soft launched. You lucky Canadians, or Canadian account holders, can head over to the App Store and start downloading Rabbids Heroes for free. The typical Rabbids fantasy graphic style is appealing and after the first impressions the gameplay seems solid and fun...

If you enjoy unlocking new figurines and new worlds in Disney Crossy Road [Free], then today's update should hit the spot. As in the case of the Jungle Book, the game has added Alice Through the Looking Glass figurines to celebrate the movie's opening. There are 25 new figurines, 18 from the movie - including Alice, the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat - as well as 7 other secret characters from the original worlds. The update also added a new world that lets players experience Time's Castle, including an 8-bit version of White Rabbit, the film's featured song. There are some interesting themed gameplay challenges and mechanics this time around, so if you like the movie or Alice in general, you should enjoy the new world...

If you've been enjoying the fantastic Exploding Kittens [$1.99], I have good news for you. The game has just received the 3.0 Update, which has added the new Betrayal Card Pack that adds four very interesting cards to the game. We're getting Fake Shuffle, that pretends to shuffle the deck but only randomizes the next card you draw, Kitten Roll Call, which relocates all the Exploding Kittens cards to the top of the deck, Alter the Future, which lets you peek at the top cards and rearrange their order, and Self Slap, which lets you slap yourself so you can take more turns in a row. As you can guess, this deck should change up the game quite a bit, especially the Kitten Roll Call card that can really put your opponents in quite a bind. The new Expansion Pack costs $1.99, which is a fair price for the pain you'll get to inflict on everyone...

The Very Promising Shooter 'Armajet' Is Closing Down Its Alpha on May 31st - Go Play It While You Still Can

One of the best games I've played recently is the upcoming Armajet, the 2D Multiplayer Shooter that's been in closed Alpha since May 13th. I was very pleasantly surprised at how fun the game is and how despite its various Alpha bugs, the game already feels well on its way to be a great competitive shooter for mobile. If you want to check it, though, you need to hurry because the developers have decided to shut down the Alpha on May 31st in order to work on the features the community requested - clan support, leaderboards, and new game modes. So, if you've been meaning to check out this really promising shooter, you have less than a week to do so...

The latest Goat Simulator [$4.99] game has just released, and it's out now on iOS. Goat Simulator: Waste of Space [$4.99] was suprisingly announced on May 25th, and before we even knew it, the game is out now on iOS. It's technically DLC on other platforms, but like Goat Simulator MMO Simulator [$4.99] and Goat Simulator GoatZ [$4.99], it's a standalone app for $4.99 on iOS. Naturally, this has you getting your goat-y antics on in space, including mockery of certain crowdfunded spacefaring games about stellar citizens of some sort. Though, really, anything sci-fi is getting mocked here. Plus, certain celebrities-turned-politicians, and not just the one you're thinking of! The references are over 9000 in the hilarious trailer:..

Out Now: 'Romancing SaGa 2', 'Hatoful Boyfriend', 'Crashing Season', 'Skateboard Party 3', 'VOEZ', 'MMX Hill Climb', 'Warp Shift', 'All Glory to the Pixel King! 2nd Edition', 'Golf Island', 'Mega Tank' and More

It's that magical time of week when a flood of new iOS games hit the App Store. Like we even need more games on our phones, am I right? This week in particular is heavily loaded with awesome stuff, including the surprise iOS port of absurd pigeon dating simulator Hatoful Boyfriend as well as the first official English language release of Square Enix's Romancing SaGa 2 that people have been waiting decades for. I mean, just look at that chunky headline up there, there's TONS of stuff this week! So hit up the list below and be sure to let everyone know which games you'll be picking up...

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...

Huge 'Tiny Tower' 5-Year Anniversary Update is Now Available

Nimblebit has been teasing a huge update to their massive hit Tiny Tower [Free] to celebrate its 5th anniversary since last month, and beta testing the update with folks in our forums since then, and as promised today that update has gone live in the App Store. This update contains tons of new content and features, some of which have made their way over from the spinoff/sequel Tiny Tower Vegas [Free]. There's new floors to build, new costumes, new roofs, new elevators, new BitBook posts, and much more. There's also a new QuickStock feature as well as the ability to rename and trade your Bitizens with friends. The feature I'm most excited about however is support for the resolution of newer iOS devices. No more blurry Tiny Tower! Check out the pre-update screen on the left compared to the nice and sharp post-update screen on the right...

It seems like in the world of video games, everyone looks at what Riot is doing with League of Legends eSports and says, "I want me a piece of that." To some extent, that effort has been marginally successful in the PC world. DOTA 2 has pretty huge events, as does Heathstone, Counter-Strike, and a few others... But it feels like the whole eSports nut has yet to be really cracked in the world of mobile. Vainglory has been doing small events, and Supercell has put on a few Clash Royale tournaments, but none really seem to have the draw of the "major" eSports just yet...

If You've Always Wished 'Street Fighter II' Had More Cats, 'Cat Puncher' is For You

Two things that I absolutely adore in this world: Cats and '90s fighting games. The problem is that I've only ever been able to enjoy these two wonderful things separately… until now. Or in the next couple of weeks, at least. That's because Cat Puncher is getting ready to bust onto the scene, and the easiest way to describe it is Street Fighter II with cats. If that's not a tagline that will sell a million copies of a game, then I don't know what is. Cat Puncher isn't shy about its inspirations, including aping the entire Street Fighter II intro scene (but with cats) as well as featuring a bonus stage where you beat up a car–I mean couch, on a pier. ..

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