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We kick off this week's podcast talking about all the plans for the next few weeks including Train Jam, GDC, WWDC, E3, and how we hope we can make it to PAX this year. From there, we shift gears to talking about games, covering two soft launched titles, Robot Unicorn Attack 3 and Injustice 2. Then we kick over to a couple games you can actually download right now, Gunman Taco Truck [Free] and Postknight [Free].

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It's a wrap for us this week here at TouchArcade, and provided nothing crazy happens in the world of iOS gaming, we'll see you again on Monday morning for Shaun's Update Mondays and Tasos's Touchstone Tavern Hearthstone [Free] roundup before diving in head-first to whatever awesome mobile games get released and whatever rad looking mobile games are coming soon. We've been doing this for years now, and to keep doing what we're doing, we need your help. Whether you're here for our game reviews, to read about upcoming games, find games on sale, listen to our podcast, or participate in your community, we're glad to have you. If the feeling is mutual, which I hope it is, there's a few things you can do to help keep TouchArcade alive in this weird changing world of mobile gaming, which for numerous reasons has jeopardized the future of third party editorial sites like ours...




TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Hidden Folks'

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...

Soft-Launched 'InterPlanet' Offers Large Space Battles and Galactic Conquest

Ready to fight for the future of the galaxy? The upcoming InterPlanet, currently in soft-launch, puts you in the middle of a huge intergalactic war, and you'll have to either side with the Human or Anxo races and battle for survival and conquest. This 3D action-adventure strategy game is all about forming fleets of warships, gaining skills, and gathering resources that you'll then use to strengthen your space bases and also improve your attacking fleets. As you can see from the trailer below, the battles look quite crazy, in a good way...

Bethesda Vaguely Teases Next Mobile Game

February 17th, 2017 7:15 PM EST by Tasos Lazarides in Games, News

This story is more about the possibilities than the present reality, but when Bethesda is involved, the possibilities are intriguing. Todd Howard, Bethesda Game Studios' Director, talked recently about the huge success of Fallout Shelter [Free], a success that caught them by surprise and became the impetus for more mobile games coming down the pipeline. Fallout Shelter will continue getting updates and keeping players engaged, but apparently there's a second mobile project game under development, one that Bethesda has been thinking about for a while. It looks like the game won't be very similar to Fallout Shelter, but that's pretty much all we know about it...

Nitrome has been known for two-dimensional games with some of the finest pixel art in mobile gaming. But what if they made something...in 3D? Blasphemy, you say! Untenable! Well, Nitrome's showing that everything in 2017 is getting turned upside down, as they've revealed Flat Pack. Now, it's not too far off from their typical output, as it's still inherently a 2D game with pixel art. The trick, though, is that it's played around a 3D shape. Oh my!..

Prettygreat's 'Crash Club' Looking for More Beta Testers

Prettygreat continues to tinker with the upcoming online driving combat game Crash Club, and now the developers are looking to take in hundreds more beta testers to really start testing the game's features. Crash Club has already run a small beta test, all the while making pretty big changes to the game. Those changes have been well-received by the testers, so now Prettygreat is ready to open the flood gates for the final beta. They now need dedicated beta players who can jump online at specified times to test room sizing, an important test for an online game like Crash Club...

World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] has a ton of tanks you can play with, but the upcoming 3.6 update is about to give us more choices. We are finally getting a French tech tree with ten brand new tanks. Some of the tanks will be very fun to play with, especially the ones after tier VIII. Why? Because even though they are heavy tanks, they behave more like big medium tanks because they come with autoloaders. So, when you get up close and personal, you can unload a few shells in rapid succession before needing to reload, which makes them pretty dangerous in the right hands. At the same time, the armor is on the weak side, so no head to head encounters are advised...

The sandbox crafting game Craft the World - Pocket Edition [$4.99] has been around for a couple of years now, but it's been a while since it saw an update. Today, the developers decided to remedy that by releasing an update that fixes quite a few things, adds plenty of other little features, and also makes two DLC available for purchase. The update has improved the dwarves models as well as added new animations and also improved their AI; idle dwarves will now find things to do rather than just sit around and be lazy. There are also many other additions like skill improvements, changes in the skill trees, and much, much more...

Let this 'Dungeon Rushers' Infomercial Sell You on Dungeon Creation Ahead of Game's Launch Next Week

Last November Mi-Clos and Goblinz Studio announced their collaboration to bring the humorous dungeon crawler Dungeon Rushers from Steam over to mobile, and in December they began recruiting beta testers for said mobile version. Then at the beginning of this month they announced that Dungeon Rushers on mobile would be arriving on the App Store February 23rd, and about a week and a half later they released an official trailer for the mobile version. With pretty much all major the pre-release marketing news out of the way, what's left for Dungeon Rushers ahead of its launch next week? How about a cheesy informercial!..

Route Trains in Space in 'Cosmic Express', Coming March 16th

Draknek, makers of the positively delightful little puzzler A Good Snowman Is Hard To Build [$4.99], have finally announced a release date for their train-route-planning-in-space game Cosmic Express, which we first talked about back in August of last year. The game will be coming on March 16th to iOS, Android, and Steam. In case you forgot what Cosmic Express looks like, here's a brand spanking new animated gif Draknek posted to the Twitter Machine earlier today...

'Mudd Masher' is the Love Child of 'Mutant Mudds' and 'Totes the Goat' Coming Soon from Atooi Games

We're still waiting for the worm grappling hook fun of Chicken Wiggle, but in the meantime Atooi Games has another mobile game in the works starring Max from the excellent depth-diving platformer Mutant Mudds [$4.99]. You may remember Atooi releasing the Q-Bert-like Totes the Goat [Free] back in December of 2015 (has it really been that long already?) and this new game, called Mudd Masher, is something of a Mutant Mudds-themed spinoff of that gameplay concept. The twist is that wherever the Mudds bounce around on the map they'll turn each square that they touch into mud. You'll need to tap those muddied blocks to clear them off to create a safe path for you to travel. Check out a few screens for Mudd Masher below...

White Wolf, the publisher behind the famed series Vampire: The Masquerade, has entered the genre of interactive fiction, releasing two new titles at once. The first is Vampire The Masquerade: We Eat Blood [$4.99]. With a story written and illustrated by Sarah Horrocks and Zak Sabbath (not to be confused with Zakk Sabbath, the Black Sabbath tribute band fronted by Zakk Wylde), this game takes the Vampire world and brings modern aspects of smartphones into the world. You've just been turned into a vampire, and while you contend with this strange new hunger, you have to deal with forces coming after you...

One title missing from this week's out now post was Soul Knight [Free], a top-down rougelike shooter that we covered recently. Well, some last-minute approval issues kept the game from releasing on time, and it was expected to be delayed on iOS by a week. The good news is that the approval issues were resolved sooner than later, and now you can play ChillyRoom's take on roguelike shooters for yourself on iOS...

When Subset Games announced Into the Breach last week, they also set FTL [$2.99 (HD)] on sale to celebrate the weekend of the 10th-12th. Well, for whatever reason, the sale ended a bit earlier on iPad than expected. If you were looking to get FTL at $2.99 – its cheapest price yet on mobile – you had missed out. Well, Subset Games has given you a chance at redemption, and have set the game at $2.99 again. I've played some FTL on PC, and have played some of the iPad version, but have shamefully never owned it on my account...until now. A great cosmic injustice has been rectified...

'Chief Puzzle Officer' Gets iOS Release Date

If you've been waiting for match-3 puzzler Chief Puzzle Officer to hit iOS, then good news: the game has a release date – for real, it's locked in and everything – for February 22nd. Some launch bugs, approval issues with the way premium currency was delivered to players, and general new developer mistakes got in the way of the January 19th launch. But now, the game has been approved by Apple and will roll out on February 22nd. You can pick up the game right now on Android, though this is just considered a "soft launch" version of the game...

'Duelyst' Is Finally Ready for Limited Beta Testing

One of the games I'm most looking forward to playing on my mobile phone and tablet is Duelyst, the fast-paced collectible card game with a tactical battlefield. After months of building a pretty good following on PC, Duelyst is finally ready for beta testing on mobile, and you might get a chance to try it out. The developers have just announced that the iOS Private Beta is taking applications (Android is coming soon), so jump here as quickly as you can and apply to join. The developers are especially looking for players with iPhone 6 or better and iOS 9 or better...

RPG Reload Developer Spotlight 005 - Jonathan Schneider from Aggro Magnet Games

Hello, gentle readers! It's time for the next installment in our monthly series of articles looking at the developers and publishers behind some of our favorite games. The aim here is for you readers to get a sense of the person, so the tone is more conversational than we usually use in interviews here at TouchArcade. it's also not necessarily about the games themselves, either. Basically, we'll kick off and see where the conversation takes us. This month, we're speaking to Jonathan Schneider of Aggro Magnet Games, the developer behind Vigil RPG [$0.99], an excellent game from 2014 that flew under the radar of many players...

The TouchArcade Discord Community Shares Their iOS Classics and Favorite Game Folders

At the start of the year, TouchArcade transitioned from the cold and corporate Slack server to a shiny new equivalent in the form of Discord [Free]. Apart from being extremely intuitive and easy to pick up, the number one benefit of the TouchArcade Discord server is that it is accessible to everyone, and over the past few weeks I've been stunned by the fantastic reaction from our community to this new medium. So many of our awesome readers have adopted the server as a place for intriguing and challenging discussions on iOS games and the state of the industry, with some extremely random (and invariably hilarious) off-topic deviations sneaking in there too. I've greatly enjoyed communicating with every one of our Discord members and getting to know you all on a personal level, and while our fantastic forums are still the best place for breaking game release news, the instantaneous nature of Discord perfectly complements the in-depth discussion of traditional topic threads. Earlier today, I asked the #iOS_Games channel on the Discord server to share pictures of their main gaming page on their iPhone home screen, as well as their titles that were deemed permanent mainstays on their device, and I received a fantastically varied response...

This Wednesday, Niantic finally announced that a whole new cast of Pokemon from the Johto region would be available to capture within Pokemon GO [Free], as well as an assortment of additional items, berries, and gameplay enhancements to make the augmented reality application even more immersive. While they touted a release date of 'later this week', it turns out we didn't have to wait long, as this landmark feature for Pokemon GO is now available straight within the game (a preparatory patch was released earlier today, and has to be downloaded before Gen 2 fun can begin). You now have no excuse to turn your cap backwards, grab your Poke Balls, and go out into the freezing Winter morning and capture some brand new Pokemon from the Gold, Silver and Crystal games!..

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