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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...

We kick off this week's show with some Black Friday recaps and how the "deals" seem to be extending way longer than usual. We try to get Jared to buy some expensive Legos, and then hop into the requisite game discussion. Those games include Swap Sword [$2.99], Amateur Surgeon 4 [Free], Sletters [Free], Apollo Justice Ace Attorney [$0.99], Sticky Space [Free], and Don't Grind [Free].

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire'

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...

Hello, friends. Now, I know you're mostly here for the latest in iOS news and reviews, with a side order of mobile in general. Indeed, I and the others at TouchArcade do our very best to provide you with all kinds of stuff to read about the world of mobile gaming. But what do we do when we're not playing and reporting on the newest mobile games? Well, in my case, I do some writing for my personal site, Post Game Content. It's basically where I put my writing that concerns non-mobile gaming. The Shadowy Consortium that rules with an iron fist from the penthouse floor of TouchArcade Towers felt that my most recent set of articles on Post Game Content might be of interest to our readers, so here we are...

Hell Tap Entertainment's Post Brutal [Free] has compelted its beta testing and is now at long last on the App Store. You'll explore the post-apocalyptic City Zero, ridden with the undead, trying to help out survivors, and discover the mystery behind The Event that turn things into a real disaster. Oh, and kill some zombies along the way with deadly weapons. Or perhaps stealth is more your style? Either way, there's multiple endings and campaign story branches to follow...

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, 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...

'Hovercrash' from 'Tiltagon' Developer Kiemura Releases on December 8th

Kiemura's Hovercrash has a release date and a new trailer. You'll be able to check out this futuristic endless racer on December 8th as a free download, with Crossy Road [Free] style monetization, but with a catch: a $1.99 in-app purchase unlocks all vehicles, removes all ads, and gives you free continues. Sounds like a pretty fair deal for players...

One game that has been very popular in our community but has flown mostly under the radar since its release in June is The Counter of Death [Free] from developer Curlking. This twitch reaction game has you facing off against an onslaught of foes by countering their attacks which leads to you automatically launching an offense of your own. It's done very simply by either touching the giant upper counter button or lower counter button, and paying close attention to your enemy's motions prior to their strike is key to being successful. For such simple mechanics, The Counter of Death is a surprisingly strategic game, and made even better by its fantastic presentation that mimicked old-school kung-fu movies to a T. ..

'Samorost 3' Point-and-Click Releases on Android

December 2nd, 2016 4:00 PM EST by Carter Dotson in Android, News
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Amanita Design's point-and-click adventure game Samorost 3 [$4.99] is now available on Google Play. You'll play as a space gnome, using a magic flute to explore the cosmos, exploring gorgeous landscapes rendered in the style that only Amanita can deliver. If you're a fan of Machinarium [$4.99] and Botanicula [$4.99 (HD)], you'll want to check this out. There are nine total worlds to check out in Samorost 3, all full of weird new things to discover...

'Glyph Quest: Chronicles' Closed Beta Awaits You

Glyph Quest: Chronicles, the third in the Glyph Quest games, has opened its closed beta applications, and if you want to get in, you shouldn't wait too long because the slots are limited. Chronicles is a puzzle game similar to the two that came before it, but it adds quite a lot a new ideas to the mix. For instance, there are new powerful glyphs you can get for matching four pieces, a new technique that allows you to exercise some control over your glyphs, and a new gameplay mode called Doomsday that throws a timer your way, and more. You can read more about the game in Shaun's hands-on from TGS 2016...

Colorful Platformer 'Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire' Hits the App Store

Back in March during GDC, I was fortunate enough to check out a very promising upcoming platformer called Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire. I had never heard of the game before, nor of developer PlayPretend, and they didn't have an appointment to meet with us or anything like that. They had heard we were at GDC and simply tracked us down and we were able to squeeze in an impromptu demo between meetings, and it ended up being one of my favorite games I saw at the conference. I love conferences like GDC precisely for those unexpected moments when some super awesome game just comes out of the woodwork. Anyway, about a month later PlayPretend released two new videos showing off more of Le Parker, but things had been awfully quiet since then. However, just last week the developers popped back up on our forums to announce that Le Parker was under review with Apple, and just a few moments ago Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire [$2.99] officially went live in the App Store...

Power Hover [$2.99] is reaching its one year anniversary on the App Store, and since its initial release, the developers have gone all-out in continuously updating their hoverboarding opus with more and more major additions that have greatly improved on the already impressive base game that was well received back in December 2015. Considering the game has remained resolutely premium in its monetisation throughout the past twelve months, it's great that Oddrok are continuing to build on Power Hover. On December 8th, the next 1.7.0 update is slated to launch, and could be the biggest yet for the game. With a new chapter, levels, and a wide variety of other additions and improvements, there's a lot to look forward to in this upcoming content update, and the developers have released a teaser gif to demonstrate what's in store for Power Hover next Thursday...

Last night the Game Awards for 2016 took place in Los Angeles, and distributed a whole host of accolades across various platforms and mediums, even including fan created games and an eSports award. Despite a heavy emphasis on console gaming, there were a few mobile games nominated for numerous categories across the night, and against opposition from critically acclaimed releases such as Fire Emblem Fates, Ratchet and Clank, and even the stunning slashing iOS RPG Severed [$3.99], Pokemon GO [Free] managed to pick up the awards for 'Best Mobile/Handheld Game' and 'Best Family Game', the latter of which trumped a whole host of console releases to take the trophy. Similarly, Pokemon GO also triumphed in the same 'Handheld/Mobile Game of the Year' section of the Golden Joystick Awards, which is the UK equivalent to the Game Awards ceremony, as well as also winning the 'Innovation of the Year' accolade. Such universal recognition of Pokemon GO's impact on gaming is a fantastic thing for mobile gaming, and emphasises how the augmented reality craze managed to permeate the mainstream like nothing else over the summer months...

Submarine Simulator 'Silent Depth' Finally Submitted to the App Store, New Trailer Released

Winter 2016 has seen a lot of games which have seemingly been in development forever finally be released. The Last Guardian, the sequel to cult classics Ico and Shadow of the Colossus is finally seeing the light of day on PS4 next week, and Final Fantasy XV has launched to immense relief from fans who have been waiting for ten years for the latest entry in the franchise. While it may not have as powerful brands behind it as these two releases, Silent Depth has been lurking in the sea of our upcoming games forum since October 2013, and despite numerous periods of radio silence, the submarine simulator has finally been submitted to the App Store, and a new trailer has been released to demonstrate how the game has progressed over the last three years...

Minecraft [$6.99] has been arguably the most influential game of the past decade. Whether it's the crafting and mining mechanics, the emphasis on survival or sandbox gameplay, or even just the sheer online connectivity that Mojang's flagship title has utilised to such devastatingly popular effect, there's no doubt that the reverberations from the block-building behemoth have greatly impacted gaming, and likely will continue to do so for a while. Even though iOS received its iteration of Minecraft rather late (and a severely limited version, at least at launch), its omnipresence on the iTunes charts emphasises its impression on the platform, and games such as Junk Jack Retro [Free] are direct results of such an influence. Featuring an incredibly well done 2D take on the sandbox building formula, Junk Jack Retro (and its later sequel now confusingly titled Junk Jack [$4.99]) developed a cult following amongst the mobile community, and for good reason. To celebrate the new game's desktop release, Junk Jack Retro is available for free for a week, and definitely worth giving a go if you haven't tried the series before, or have been living under a rock for the past five years...

'The Walking Dead - A New Frontier' First Extended Look

Tonight as expected, Telltale shared an extended first look at The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series - A New Frontier (they really are trying to make titles longer than a sentence) that introduces Javier, the new protagonist of the series. The trailer, revealed at The Game Awards tonight, shows Javier during the outbreak of the zombie plague and the effects it had on those closer to him. Then, it jumps forward in time to the moment when Javier meets a face very familiar to players of The Walking Dead series, Clementine. I won't say any more because I don't want to spoil anything, so watch it at your own peril...

'Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series' Officially Announced, Coming 2017

Well, we pretty much knew that Telltale's partnership with Marvel was going to be about Guardians of the Galaxy, and now we have the official announcement and the first teaser. Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series (I swear, these titles are just getting longer and longer) will be a five-part series with the first episode coming in 2017. Telltale's Co-Founder and CEO, Kevin Bruner, believes that the blend of humor, emotion, teamwork, and sci-fi action-adventure of the Guardians is a very satisfying space to explore, and I would have to agree there. The tone of the Guardians - if they follow the movies that is - reminds me a lot of the Borderlands series, and that was a fantastic Telltale game. Players will take on multiple roles (baby Groot will remember that) as they go through the craziness that is the Guardians universe...

RPG Reload Developer Spotlight 003 - Kepa Auwae from RocketCat Games

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 Kepa Auwae of RocketCat Games. Things get pretty zany here, so pack your sense of humor, friends...

Shigeru Miyamoto Will Talk 'Super Mario Run' on Dec. 8th in NY

If you live around New York City and want to get an early taste of Super Mario Run [Free], go here quickly to RSVP (although chances are it's already full). On December 8th, the Apple Store at SoHo will be hosting Shigeru Miyamoto for a conversation about everything Super Mario Run. According to the announcement, Miyamoto will talk to TV personality Katie Linendoll about the importance of fun and the inspiration behind Super Mario Run's gameplay. I really hope he says that Mario was always meant to be a runner (I have my reasons why). If you're lucky enough to be at the event, you'll get an exclusive early look of Super Mario Run a week before it releases, and I envy you already...

Upcoming 'Pianista' Is 'Guitar Hero' For Classical Music Lovers

Do you like games like Guitar Hero and Rockband but wish you could play classical music instead of rock of all kinds? Well, the upcoming game Pianista is here to give you exactly what you asked for, and it looks great. The developer, Superb Corp, want Pianista to provide a "fresh and vibrant experience," and I have to say that the trailer posted below seems to be doing just that. The gameplay is very similar to the classic falling notes of games like Guitar Hero, but the game is meant to be played with only your thumbs, so don't expect to have to do finger gymnastics as much as being able to keep with the fast rhythm and harmony of the music pieces...

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