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LogoFresh off the Memorial Day holiday, this week has been flooded with insanely awesome game releases. We touch on a bunch of them, but Jared and I definitely will need to spend this weekend playing catch up. From there we discuss some of the news of the week, including how neat it is that we live in a world where you can turn your phone into a VR headset by folding up a fancy piece of cardboard. THE FUTURE, I tell ya'.

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Sproggiwood'

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...

Best iPhone and iPad Games - 5/29/15 - 'Chaos Rings III', 'Geometry Wars 3', 'Grim Fandango Remastered' and TONS More

Anyone who called this week a weak week is a damn maniac, as this has turned out to be among the best iOS game release weeks of the year and we don't even have all the games reviewed yet. I'm busy having my nose buried in Desktop Dungeons, and everyone else is playing the rest of the rad releases. Here are the best games we did review this week, and there's a lot of them:..

Almost two weeks ago to the day, Konami President, Hideki Hayakawa, got the Internet all twisted up when he said that his company was pretty much dropping console game development in order to pursue mobile games aggressively because "mobile is where the future of gaming lies." As expected, these comments got many across the Internet, and in our comment sections, up in arms mostly in defense of "traditional" gaming. Well, today Konami backtracked so fast it looked like a moonwalking Michael Jackson on fast forward. In a letter sent to Polygon, Konami apologized to its fans for causing anxiety about its games and business practices and sought to clarify its future plans...

If you play Kung Fury - The Game [Free] game, you'll get a free, ad-supported, action-brawler. It's similar to One Finger Death Punch [Free], where you tap left and right to attack enemies on either side of you, punching out Nazis, lady kung-fu warriors, and killer robots. You'd notice how the game has been made to look like an old arcade machine, complete with a rounded CRT look and scanlines. The visual effect is actually really cool. It's pretty neat, there's only one IAP to remove ads, it's a pretty cool package all on its own. Then you realize that it's a tie-in to the ridiculous and just-released Kung Fury movie, which you can watch on YouTube right now for free: ..

Colorful Music Puzzler 'har•mo•ny 3' Releases This June

BorderLeap's har•mo•ny series has been kicking around for a while, with a couple of well-received entries, and har•mo•ny 2 [$3.99] in particular was the beneficiary of regular featuring by Apple. Now, BorderLeap's got a third game in the series in the works, appropriately titled har•mo•ny 3. The game is promising more vibrant colors and beautiful music, as you try to move color blocks around to reassemble the color pallete properly. Hammock, the artist behind the games' soundtracks, has 6 unreleased songs that will be appearing in har•mo•ny 3. ..

Earlier this month Zen Studios and Valve announced a partnership that was to bring a Portal-themed pinball table to the multitude of digital platforms where Zen's pinball games are available. And that includes iOS! It arrived a wee bit later than the normal weekly releases, so just consider this a friendly reminder that both a standalone version of Portal Pinball [$1.99] and a downloadable version in the Zen Pinball [Free] app are now available. Best of all, if you act now, either version comes with free cake!..

'Hyperburner' Hands-On Preview: Gorgeous, But I Just Crashed Again

Hyperburner was the kind of game that I was immediately taken by thanks to its promise of gorgeous worlds and quick-reaction gameplay. Developer Badpotion was gracious enough to send me a pre-release build to try out of Hyperburner, and while I think there's still some work that needs to go into this one, there's definitely a lot of promise for this game as it gets closer to completion. Check out some hands-on footage, including a first glimpse at some of the game's later worlds as they're being developed, below:..

'Lara Croft: Relic Run' Review - Temple Fun

May 29th, 2015 4:30 PM EDT by Nathan Reinauer in 4 stars, Free, Games, Reviews, Runner, Universal
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Some of you may recall a bit of controversy earlier this year over the fact that Temple Run 2 [Free] (and many similar games) didn’t let you play as a female character unless you paid for the privilege. This was brought to the attention of The Washington Post by a pretty awesome 6th grader who argued that it could be a form of gender discrimination, even if the developers didn’t intend it that way. Luckily, Imangi and several other devs took steps toward fixing the situation, but it’s no secret these types of games (and the industry as a whole) still have a ways to go. Well, stepping into the fray with tiny shorts and guns blazing is Lara Croft with her own take on the behind-the-back-runner formula. You’re welcome, women everywhere...

'Shobon Flip' Review - There Has To Be A Twist

May 29th, 2015 3:30 PM EDT by Nathan Reinauer in $0.99, 3 stars, Games, Pinball, Reviews, Universal
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What is a Shobon? This was the biggest, most pressing question nagging at me while playing Shobon Flip [$0.99] by Masami Kodaira. A brief, incredibly confusing google search informed me that it has something to do with a cat character (who may be suffering from depression) that has appeared in various Mario-like platformers on the internet. Maybe you already knew that, and good for you if you did. The reason I needed to know is that he, she, or it is also the star of this weird little pinball game. The ball is a Shobon, and the background is often filled with a giant naked Shobon flexing his muscles and shaking his pearly white butt around. Readers, welcome to my nightmares...

We Try To Figure Out What You Do In 'Soccer Spirits 2' Solely By Watching The Just-Released Trailer

Sometimes you watch a game trailer, and you say to yourself, "yes, this trailer perfectly captured the essence of the game." And then you watch a trailer like the one for Soccer Spirits: Season 2, and one minute and some seconds later you are still staring at the screen absolutely dumbfounded, still trying to comprehend the visual assault you've just endured. I've never heard of this game or the ones before it. So, I've decided to quickly tell you what I think this game is all about based solely on the trailer. Here it goes.....

Friends, it's been a cavalcade of bummers for iOS SEGA fans lately. After tapping Christian Whitehead to do an amazing job of remastering Sonic CD [$2.99], Sonic The Hedgehog [$2.99], and Sonic The Hedgehog 2 [$2.99], the company for whatever reason decided they weren't interested in doing the same for Sonic 3 & Knuckles. The fantastic port of Jet Set Radio stopped working as of iOS 8 and was pulled from the App Store, presumably never to return. The much-hyped Sonic Team iOS debut turned out to be a rather lackluster runner that may or may not exit soft launch, and just a few weeks ago, SEGA cleaned house on their App Store library, removing most of the Genesis games and several other titles for "quality" reasons. And in fact, as I checked the App Store for background on this story, I see the remaining Genesis games have been removed, along with ChuChu Rocket! and a couple of others...

This review comes with a small caveat: you have to like the rock band Queen even a little bit to appreciate this game. Otherwise, read this review as a commentary on how a "band" iOS game should be made. And now that we are done with that, let's talk about Queen: Play the Game [$2.99], a mobile game released yesterday out of the blue. I'm quite a Queen fan ever since forever; still, I approached this game to see both what it could offer Queen fans but also how it stands as a model for licensed band games. I'm happy to say that I enjoyed playing the game, and as long as content keeps on coming its way (as the developers said it will), Queen: Play the Game will stand as a great "gameficication" of everything Queen...

The Apple Watch Review: Week 3 - HealthKit is Weird

Welcome to week three of our Apple Watch review series. If this is the first entry you've stumbled across, be sure to check out week one which is filled with initial impressions, and week two which focuses quite a bit on the activity tracking of the device. Once again with no significant Apple Watch game releases aside from a Runeblade update, we're in another odd spot. But, hey, whatever, Apple is teasing a full Watch Kit SDK which will be previewed at WWDC, so it's possible that some really cool Apple Watch stuff is on the horizon...

'Chaos Rings 3' Review - Put A Ring On It, This One's A Keeper

Chaos Rings 3 [$19.99] is hauling a lot of baggage with it. It carries the hopes of a series that seems to be hanging on by a thread, the expectations of a fanbase who were heavily engaged by the storytelling chops of the series to date, and potentially the future of original, premium mobile RPGs from Square Enix. Like the protagonists of the previous games, it's a creation pulled out of its context, struggling to find relevance in a changed world that offers little mercy. The entire game feels like it was heading down a particular path only to get yanked in an entirely different direction just before it was finished. This whole situation likely explains why this game has a lot of cruft and loose ends hanging from it. It feels like they threw in everything, the kitchen sink, and the whole housewares department while they were at it. As a result, I think this game has a little something for everyone, but few people are going to indulge in everything. It's just the sort of messy RPG that Square Enix used to fill our bellies with on a regular basis when they weren't quite so risk-averse, and I personally love it for that...

'Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions' Review - Finally on Mobile, and I Couldn't be Happier

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. That's what Activision's Sierra imprint and Lucid Games have done with Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions [$4.99]. They iterated and tweaked upon a winning formula without rocking the boat too much. The game is this: it's the base modes of Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved 2, which formed the base of the long-gone Geometry Wars: Touch. It then adds in the adventure mode, centered around what Geometry Wars: Galaxies introduced. These are levels where you have to hit certain score thresholds to get stars and to advance. Mix those in with the new modes introduced by the Retro Evolved 2 game, and throw in some original creations, like Sniper, where there's limited bullets to use. Visually, it sticks the glowy geometric style of Geometry Wars, but throws in some new touches, like spherical 3D boards similar to Super Stardust. Yet it has a particular color scheme that makes it something that's familiar in many ways, but ultimately is its own creation. And with all that, you get Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions. Lucid Games absolutely knocked it out of the park when it first came out on console and desktop, and now it's on iOS. It is a wonderful game...

A new Lego game may have just leaked. A game, seemingly called Lego Worlds, was featured on the back of a new City Square Lego set, complete with WB Games and TT Games, the latter being known for their work in the Lego series. With the tagline of "Explore. Discover. Create." and vehicles, there's lots to speculate about here! Could it be a Minecraft [$6.99] style of game, but with Lego? Maybe! Is it an error, some preproduction art for Lego Dimensions that accidentally made it out into the wild? Who knows! One comment seems to indicate that an open-world Minecraft game may be what to expect...

Do you like Nitrome's Magic Touch - Wizard for Hire [Free]? However, do you wish that the game let you play as wizards besides that one default wizard dude? He's alright, but what about a magical owl? That'd be cool! Well, good news: Magic Touch's latest update adds in ten new wizards for you to unlock with your hard-earned coins, including an aforementioned magical owl. Some of them are technically witches, warlocks, and other wizard-adjacent magical figures, but whatever, they count! Check out the trailer with the new stuff below:..

RPG Reload File 040 - 'Infinity Blade'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we don't ask how dad's gear gets back to his family every time. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the modern day. It's a little revisiting, a little reflecting, and a chance to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. As the host of this little program, I try to choose a wide variety of RPGs from week to week, but I need your help to make sure I'm not missing anything. That's why once per month, I turn the selection to you. Simply make your suggestion known by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. Since June's reader's choice has already been decided, any votes at this point will go towards the July reader's choice. The next reader's choice, coming up next week, is Guardian Saga [$1.99]...

The Android equivalent of WWDC, Google I/O, had its big keynote today, and there was actually some news from the show for iOS users. Google announced that Cardboard – their DIY solution for doing VR on a phone display up to 6" – will support iOS. The SDK is being updated to support apps with VR elements on iOS, and there's a Unity plugin so developers can create Cardboard-ready VR apps with the tools they already use to make games and apps with. And of course, that means iOS...

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