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The TouchArcade Show - 267 - Pokemon? No.

July 22nd, 2016 9:15 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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We're almost over talking about Pokemon Go [Free], or so it would seem, as we only spent about five minutes this weeks talking about the game- Primarily surrounding the incredibly massive Pokemon Go Chicago meetup which was attended by thousands of people standing around waiting for the servers to come back up. From there, we roll the clocks back to talk about a game that was actually released last week, Hero Slide [Free]. Additionally, we also spend time discussing Dead Shell [$2.99], Guild of Dungoneering [$3.99] (Which we keep referring to as Guild of Dungoneers), and ReRunners [Free] before getting into some news.

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July 22nd, 2016 9:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'ReRunners: Race for the World'

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...

Out Now Part 2: 'Bulb Boy', 'Snakebird', 'Terra Monsters 3', 'Dots & Co', 'Diep.io', 'The Witching Hour', 'SBK16', 'Gnome Dash' and More

It's pretty darn common to see new games trickle out well after our weekly Out Now post, and this week was no different. Gone are the days of iOS games releasing (mostly) like clockwork. The latecomers this week are numerous and noteworthy enough that we figured we'd round them up for you here, and even though we've written about a few of these individually already we threw 'em in for the sake of completion. So make sure you've visited the first Out Now post from this week and grabbed any of the new games that caught your eye, but check out this selection as well and make sure you've got plenty to play over the weekend...

The nice thing about Pokemon GO [Free] being built on various databases with available APIs is that it has inspired people to make their own tools to find Pokemon, to try and streamline the process. Pokevision is one of the most powerful tools yet – it allows you to scan the area near you for which Pokemon are available, and when they will despawn. This way, if everything is accurate, you can streamline your Pokemon hunting. As reported by Tech Insider, Pokevision uses Nantic's API to help find this data...

Cranky internet commenters have been calling it since about two hours after Pokemon Go [Free] hit the App Store, but according to survey company and analytics firm SurveyMonkey, Pokemon Go peaked on July 14th. They're figuring that based on the number of people playing Pokemon Go every day, the number of times the game is being downloaded, as well as the amount of people searching Google for Pokemon Go related things. Now, these sorts of things come with significant caveats as the game just launched in Japan, and all it'd take to cause players to come surging back into Pokemon Go is a captivating update or two. But, the writing is on the wall, that Pokemon Go-mania is beginning to fade in the US market...

'Politaire' Review - You Got to Know When To Hold 'Em

I got into poker at a relatively young age. For most kids in conservative families, it's usually the same story -- one of your relatives probably teaches it to you and tries to get you to sip a beer. I carried over my knowledge of straights and flushes into middle school, where I'd compete for candy in the cafeteria and tell faculty and staff we were playing Go Fish. And in high school, like everyone else during the height of the poker craze that seemingly exploded with Rounders, I played for higher stakes. But by my college years, it kind of tapered off a bit, and now I rarely encounter a situation where I can get some hands in. Yet, I've kept all of my experiences bottled in, including all of the statistical probabilities for each hand, ready to dump at a moment's notice. That proved rather useful for Politaire [Free]...

In likely the least surprising Pokemon GO [Free] development to come out this week, Apple has recently confirmed that Niantic's overnight sensation has broken the record for most downloads in the first week of availability. That means it even beat out ultra-popular game series like Candy Crush, Angry Birds, and Clash of Clans as well as mainstream non-gaming apps like Instagram, Facebook, and SnapChat. The information was relayed by Apple to iMore's Rene Ritchie who shared it on his Twitter...

So, you're having trouble catching all those rare Pokemon in Pokemon GO [Free]. By which I mean, that 100th Rattata and you're sick of wasting your Pokeballs with bad tosses. Sure, you can try to get that masterful curveball down, but maybe your curveball is more of a slurve and scouts are saying that kind of breaking ball just ain't gonna play at the big league level. Well, what if you had some kind of performance-enhancing device that could help you get those straight shot tosses like a champion? Well, Jon Cleaver has introduced the Pokeball Aimer case. Designed for the iPhone 6 (and just the iPhone 6 as of this moment), this case has a center cutout so that you can launch a Pokeball straight into that Rattata's dumb face...

A new Steven Universe game has just hit the App Store, just in time for the 20 episodes in 4 weeks that the show is about to air on Cartoon Network. No kidding, Gravity Falls fans. Soundtrack Attack [Free] is pretty much designed for the Steven Universe super-fan. I mean, it starts off with you creating your own gemsona (gem persona, basically the term that fans used and was picked up by the show for fans creating their own Crystal Gem characters) with different body types, feaures, and accessories. That alone is worth a download for a bunch of folks. And then the whole game is a rhythm runner. There's a lot of singing on Steven Universe, like more than I'm comfortable with. But the cast, crew, and fans love the musical portion of the show to the point where the SDCC 2016 panel is going to have a big sing-along. So a rhythm game where you can play as and customize your gemsona? This one is perfect for the fans...

Teeny Titans [$3.99] is perhaps my biggest surprise of 2016. If you're somehow unfamiliar with the game, it's a Pokemon-like that has you running around the world of Teen Titans GO battling and collecting little figures based off of characters from the show. It has a super clever battle system and is dripping with polish and charm. As someone who never really watched Teen Titans GO, I wasn't expecting Teeny Titans to be something that would float my boat, but holy moly was I wrong. We loved it in our review, and I became pretty obsessed with it once it came out, and even after beating the entire game I still come back to it just to battle and level up my crew because it's so darn fun. ..

One aspect of video gaming that Pokemon pioneered back in 1996 was version exclusives, which required you to find someone with the alternate title (or buy both games if you had more money than sense) to be able to truly Catch 'Em All. Of course, the recently released Pokemon GO [Free] is one one game, however there has been fervent speculation over the past few weeks on whether this exclusivity takes place in the mobile entry, and whether there are actually critters that are caught only in specific continents or climates. While still not definitively confirmed, the recent release of Pokemon GO in Japan has only given further credence to the theory that Tauros, Kangaskhan, Mr. Mime and Farfetch'd are all exclusive - or at the very least, extremely rare - to specific regions around the world...

So far, Pokemon GO [Free] has made a lot of money. It's jumped high up the top grossing ranks almost instantaneously in the countries where it has been released. And Nintendo has seen a massive bump in their stock price because of it. But even Nintendo is saying that investors should take caution – because they do not own Pokemon and Pokemon GO entirely, they are not adjusting their revenue reports yet. Pseudonymous gaming industry analyst ZhugeEX has a transcript of Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima's statement:..

'Time Locker' Review - This Free Shmup is Super Hot

"Good artists copy, great artists steal." It's a line that essentially means that explicitly mimicking something is easy enough to do – making a clone of a game is simple enough. But it's another thing to take the ideas of one game and use them in another to create something that is original all in itself. Time Locker [Free] explicitly steals the gimmick of Superhot, the first-person shooter where time only moves when the player moves. It even uses a very similar low-poly graphics style. But instead, it turns the game into a shoot 'em up with some hints of Crossy Road [Free] to feel like a unique iteration on previous ideas, one that uses existing concepts liberally, but to form its own thing that stands on its own merits...

Heads up for anyone playing Clash of Kings [Free] – if you participate on publisher ELEX's forums, then you're gonna want to change your password, as ZDNet is reporting that an anonymous hacker leaked over 1.6 million users' data. Passwords are hashed and salted, but even Facebook access tokens were leaked, along with emails, so some sensitive data has gotten out. If you currently use or have used the forum, now is a good time to change your passwords. If you have any sites that use the same passwords, change those as well...

I first played Guild of Dungeoneering [$3.99] on PC at PAX South 2015, and I thought from the first time I played it that it would be perfect for mobile. Well, it took a year and a half between the game's continued development and PC release to finally make it happen, but this curious little roguelike where you use tile cards to build the dungeons as you traverse them and fight enemies using a separate card system, is well worth the wait. It has its own quirks and shortcomings, but really it's like nothing you've ever played before...

RPG Reload File 087 - 'Chaos Rings 2'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where heroes might be gone, but are never forgotten. 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 to revisit old favorites, reflect on their position in the overall tapestry, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. I try to choose a balanced plate of RPGs from week to week in order to represent the diverse nature of the genre, but if you feel like I'm missing anything important, please let me know. You can do that by commenting below the article, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. Your suggestion might not appear soon, but it will be added to the master list...

As has been predicted a couple of days ago, the world-consuming phenomenon known as Pokemon GO [Free] has finally launched in Japan. Seems like kind of a bum deal that they had to wait this long, seeing as The Pokemon Co is based in Japan, but better late than never I always say. Also this lag time has (hopefully) given developer Niantic some time to beef up their servers, which have been notoriously spotty ever since the game launched in the US and several more regions a couple of weeks ago. ..

There's nothing finer than when a great game from years past gets an update out of the blue. That's the case today with the fantastic Picross game Paint it Back [Free], which originally launched way back in October of 2013 and hasn't seen an actual content update in nearly two years to the day. Developer Casual Labs rewrote the entire game in Unity and released it on Steam in October of last year, and this update is essentially that improved rewritten version, minus the Workshop level editor portion. That means that you can now play in Master difficulty in addition to Normal and Pro. As the puzzles in Paint it Back get larger, Normal would break them up into smaller 10x10 chunks, or 15x15 chunks in Pro. Master means that you'll be solving the whole enchilada all at once, none of that chunk business. Despite the cute graphics and overall charm of the game, the puzzles get absolutely brutal in the later portions so Master should be a nice incentive for the hardcore Picross solvers among us...

In October of last year, Next Games launched a very interesting game based around AMC's The Walking Dead series called The Walking Dead: No Man's Land [Free]. In the game you were tasked with building a compound in order to keep your survivor friends safe from the zombies, so pretty typical base-building type of stuff, but when you actually had to engage in combat with them it turned more into a tactical turn-based strategy game. There were also plenty of RPG elements peppered in, and overall No Man's Land was a very cool way to experience the world of The Walking Dead. Today Next Games has connected the game even closer to the show as a new update adds Heroes to the game based off of many of the characters from the show...

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