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Terminal Velocity [$2.99] is one of those games I vaguely remember playing from my childhood. It's something my uncle may have brought over once, and ended up leaving in my PC, allowing me to play it for an extended period of time. But even after all that gametime, it sort of went in and out of my memory banks, and after playing it recently on a mobile device, I can see why...

Mojang is Ceasing Development on Card Battler 'Scrolls', iOS Version Pretty Doubtful Now

Mojang's card-battler Scrolls has had a turbulent existence, to say the least. Originally announced way back in 2011, Scrolls wouldn't even enter a beta period until June of 2013. Then, that beta period went on for a looong time, finally ending with the game's official release on desktop and Android in December of last year. Oh, and in the middle of all that Bethesda sued Mojang over the use of the word "Scrolls" thinking it might create confusion with their long-running The Elder Scrolls series. (That lawsuit made a whole lot more sense after Bethesda announced their own card-battler called The Elder Scrolls Legends at E3 this year.) Anyway, long development cycles and lawsuits aside, poor old Scrolls just never found a mainstream audience. And as such, Mojang has officially announced today that they'll no longer be actively developing new content for Scrolls. ..

One of Telltale's more interesting upcoming projects is Minecraft Story Mode, their narrative adventure game that's set in the Minecraft [$6.99] universe. We don't quite know what to expect from this, but with Minecon this weekend in London, Telltale is teasing that we'll be hearing something this weekend at Minecon:..

It's been a long time coming, but as was announced last week, Funcom have released LEGO Minifigures Online [$4.99] into the App Store. The game is an MMO-like adventure which features a vast array of the crazy characters and locations from the world of LEGO. It was originally revealed way back in August of 2013, and officially launched on desktop platforms in October of last year as a free to play game. However, Funcom didn't like the direction the game was going, so they made a couple of pretty big changes to the game...

In July of last year we learned that Mi Clos Studios' excellent (and punishing!) roguelike/gamebook/strategy/space adventure Out There [$3.99] would be getting a huge expansion dubbed the Omega Edition which revamped much of the artwork and added lots of new features to the game. Us mobile gamers had to watch in anguish as our desktop gaming counterparts received the Omega Edition of Out There back in April. However, that anguish ends today as just moments ago the iOS version has received the Omega Edition update as well...

How's Your Heisenberg Impression? A 'Breaking Bad' Game Might be Coming Our Way

Apparently, Mr. White, aka the one who knocks, might be visiting our mobile devices soon. According to reports, Sony has filed a trademark application for its product, the TV show Breaking Bad, at the office of Harmonization in the Internal Market. For those not familiar with the show (truly a pity if you aren't), Breaking Bad debuted on AMC in 2008 and ran for five incredible seasons, becoming one of the most respected and admired shows of the last few years and spawning a spinoff, Better Call Saul. The show has spawned thousands of youtube videos and, in general, has become a pop culture talking point. Breaking Bad stars a chemistry teacher who is "pushed" to extreme actions after learning he has cancer (I'm avoiding spoilers here) and had amazing performances by Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul (the rest of the cast is also fantastic)...

The Carter Crater: Just Make 'Fallout Shelter', Jeez

Fallout Shelter [Free] has been a tremendous success on the App Store, and I think it's been a triumph in more ways than just "Bethesda is going to make Scrooge McDuck levels of cash" – a major publisher went to mobile and made a game that didn't suck, that was actually cool and original while also being free-to-play. It's a sign of hope, and I implore every other publisher to do one simple thing: ..

Noah Bordner of Mika Mobile on the Importance of Supporting TouchArcade

Last Friday we heard from Randy Smith of Tiger Style on the importance of supporting the TouchArcade Patreon. We're just shy of 400 folks backing us right now, which is just awesome. When we started kicking around this idea, we had no idea what was going to happen. So far the incredible reaction from our community has vastly exceeded our expectations, and we're hopeful we'll hit our goal... Eventually!..

NimbleBit's Capitals [Free] is a really fun word game that we absolutely loved in our review when it was released last month. Since then, it's been tweaked a bit both in how the free to play system works and, more recently, how you communicate with players. Previously, there wasn't any way to chat or send text or anything like that in Capitals, which sort of meant the game was the most fun to play with friends who you could then hassle via iMessage or something similar. In the game's most recent update, a emote system has been added that's sort of similar to Hearthstone, with way more options to choose from...

Touchstone Tavern #6 - Your Weekly 'Hearthstone' News Roundup

I still get surprised at the volume of Hearthstone[Free] news on the web every week. When I started this column, I was (very slightly) worried about having a week where nothing interesting happened and having to think of silly news to include just to make the column worth reading that week. Fortunately, I have the opposite problem as there's so much out there that I have to pick and choose so I don't overwhelm you. This week we have some interesting tip-related stories about playing Patron Warrior well and hitting Legend Rank, we have more proof of Hearthstone's increasing popularity, Tavern Brawl continues to entertain, and more. I even have a new section, Question of the Week. Well, shall we?..

Update Mondays: 'The Simpsons: Tapped Out', 'Boom Beach', 'Crossy Road', 'The World Ends With You', 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. This was a big week for updates, with some very popular games getting new versions, a cherished game many had given up on coming back to life, and some business about a flag or something. 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!..

'Pokemon Shuffle' is Headed to Mobile "Soon"

Remember in late February when we speculated that Nintendo's oddly free to play Pokemon Shuffle would eventually come to mobile? Well, according to a just-released trailer from The Pokemon Company, it's headed to smartphones "soon"...

Beamdog Officially Revealing its New 'Baldur's Gate' Game in Ten Days

We've known for some time now that Beamdog plans to make a new Baldur 's Gate [$4.99] game to complement its enhanced editions of the venerable Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate 2. Now, the company has put a timer up on its website that sets a date for the great reveal. Actually, I find it funny that the company has a blurred image on its site (by the way, can you guess what it shows?) but a lovely #BaldursGate twitter handle below it; it spoils the fun, in a way. Still, I have a pretty strong hunch that the news will excite any gamer who enjoys RPGs even a bit. The new Baldur's Gate will use the Infinity Engine and will bridge the gap between BG: Enhanced Edition and BG2: Enhanced Edition...

131498_largerFinally back to regular podcast episodes, it feels like it's been too long. We kick this week off with a bang, talking about our Patreon a bit before moving on to discussing what an absolute complete and utter sh*t show Sonic Runners [Free] is. Seriously, it's almost like the game is some kind of modern high-level satire on free to play. From there we move on to quickly chatting about games like Arrow [Free] and Piloteer [$2.99]. From there, we move on to discussing the news drama of the week split between what Nintendo is up to and the explosion caused by Apple removing the Confederate flag from the App Store.

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Her Story'

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...

Back in 2010 when iOS gaming was taking off, Nintendo appeared very nonchalant about the possibility of iOS gaming threatening Nintendo's stranglehold on portable gaming. Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America president, didn't see Apple as a threat to the company's hardware or software business because the data he had studied suggested that iOS gamers downloaded F2P games constantly but only played them briefly before moving to the next game. For Fils-Aime, such gaming behaviors and the dominance of F2P over paid downloads meant that mobile couldn't be a viable profit platform (I'm pretty sure Clash of Clans would beg to differ). In terms of gaming experiences, Fils-Aime concluded, Nintendo offered games that were between "snacks and full meals" while Apple's games were barely a mouthful...

I hold two very strong opinions about the Dragon Quest series, one of which is agreed upon by many, and the other of which is slightly more controversial. First, Dragon Quest is like pie in that there is no bad one. My least favorite is either Dragon Quest 2 [$4.99] or Dragon Quest 8 [$19.99], but I'd still hand over a weekend to replaying both, no questions asked. With that being said, the other thing that I believe is that the series hit its creative peak with Dragon Quest 5 [$14.99]. That's not to say subsequent games didn't sometimes hit some very high notes, as my pie opinion shows. But if there is such thing as a work that a creative mind invests in so completely that they leave a big piece of themselves with said work forever, Dragon Quest 5 would be a huge example. That's an ominous way to begin a review of Dragon Quest 6 [$14.99], I'll admit, but I felt it was important to be upfront about that...

One of the most interesting news to come out of E3 this year was Fallout 4's wearable Pip-Boy, a faux plastic device that you can wear on your wrist, insert your mobile device in it, and use as a real Pip-Boy while playing Fallout 4. Many companies have promised "second screen" experiences that will allow players to utilize mobile devices to enhance console or PC gaming (most often console gaming), but not many have delivered on those promises. Bethesda, though, appears to have nailed it. The company seems to have an interesting vision for its wearable Pip-Boy, so it's a shame that if your phone of choice is the iPhone 6 Plus, you'll have to make it through post-apocalyptic Boston without the help of the wearable Pip-Boy...

'Trivia Crack' Sequel Coming Later This Year, with Topical Channels

Etermax is the developer of Trivia Crack [$2.99 / Free], the game that was massively popular not that long ago. Now, they've announced that they are working on a sequel to launch in the third quarter of 2015, and they've released a few details on it. The idea is that people will be able to play games based on specific topics, such as sports, music, and history, versus just playing all-encompassing games...

Foursaken Media's genre mashup Heroes and Castles 2 [$1.99] launched about a month and a half ago, but if you've been unwilling to drop the initial two bucks on the game, or its more recent 99¢ sale price, then Foursaken has you covered with the just-released Heroes and Castles 2 Free [Free]. What's cool is that there are very few compromises between the paid and free versions of Heroes and Castles 2. In the free version, you'll earn slightly less crystals, and heroes are slightly more expensive to unlock. Also, in order to collect dropped loot after a battle you'll need to watch an opt-in video ad. But other than those small changes they're the same exact game content-wise...

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