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'Skate Lines 2' from Agens Turns into 'Skate City' and is Being Co-Developed by 'Alto's Adventure' Creator Built By Snowman

True Skate [$1.99] is likely the most well-known mobile skateboarding game around (and deservedly so!), but one of my other favorite skating games is one that's flown more under the radar since its release nearly two years ago to the day. It's Skate Lines [Free] from developer Agens, and its brand of side-scrolling skating won me over with its great style and focus on stringing tricks together into lines, much like real-world skating. Despite its age I till play Skate Lines frequently, and have been fervently awaiting its sequel since we first posted about it close to a year ago. After that time, though, news on Skate Lines 2's development went mostly silent, and I was afraid it might not ever see the light of day. Well, that's not the case! Today Agens have announced that they've rebranded Skate Lines 2 as Skate City and that they're co-developing the game with Alto's Adventure [$4.99] developer Built By Snowman. They've released this truly fantastic little animated teaser trailer which features a quick glimpse of Skate City right at the end...

Promising 'Tap Summoner' Is Soft-Launching This Week

A few months back, we wrote about the upcoming Tap Summoner, a frantic real-time tapping tower offense game with fun art and clever ideas, and pretty soon you might be able to check it out yourselves. The game will be soft-launching this week in Hong King, Indonesia, Malaysia, Taiwan, and Canada, which hopefully means the game is closer to releasing. If you haven't read our earlier story about the game, you summon minions to take out your foes, but there's more to this game than just frantic tapping; tapping the screen summons a minion, but holding your finger down for longer summons a stronger minion, which should make for some fun decisions on the fly...




For developers, a long-awaited feature is finally coming to the App Store, as review replies will now be available starting in this version of iOS. For the longest time, reviews on the App Store have been a one-way form of communication, with developers unable to respond to criticisms and complaints in reviews. So if a user makes a review pointing out a flaw that winds up being popular, the developer can't respond saying that it's being fixed, or a workaround, or anything like that. Now, starting in iOS 10.3, developers can do so. As well, a new SKStoreReviewController API will allow developers to ask users to rate or review an app while they're using it. ..

A second generation of Gamevice controllers is imminently on its way, bringing dirct, Lightning-connected MFi controller action to devices. The second generation differentiates itself from the first generation through some key changes. For one, the controllers are now iOS-powered instead of using an internal battery. The micro-USB charging port is now a Lightning port that charges the device. The thumbsticks have also been improved. And most importantly, the most recent iOS devices are supported. All iPhones including the 7 & 7 Plus are supported by the Gamevice for iPhone. As well, there's a Gamevice for the iPad Mini, Air and Pro 9.7...and a Gamevice for iPad Pro 12.9? What?!..

Pleasant is the operative word to describe Dan Fitzgerald and Lisa Bromiel's Dog Sled Saga [$3.99], a charming game about dog sled racing that is more of a simulator than a racer. It came out last fall, but I couldn’t let us get through the winter without giving it a proper look over. Especially since the current build is so much more polished and stable than launch. It’s definitely the strongest game the developers have released thus far and it only makes me look forward to what they comes out with next. So strap your boots on and clean out the kennel. It’s time to crack the whip!..

Hands-On with 'Flappy Bird' Creator's Next Game, 'Ninja Spinki Challenges!'

Love it or hate it, you have to admit that for a little while, Flappy Bird was everywhere. There's even a secret stage in Super Mario Run that I'm pretty sure is winking at the game. Nobody seemed more surprised by the game's explosive popularity than its creator, Dong Nguyen, who ended up pulling Flappy Bird from the App Store at the height of its popularity. Since then, he's kept on doing what he was doing before: making pick-up-and-play games with cute art and aggravating difficulty. For his latest game, Nguyen teamed up with Japanese publisher Obokaidem, a mobile-focused team with a number of ex-Konami employees in its ranks. The result is Ninja Spinki Challenges!, and it's set to release later this week...

If you haven't hopped on the Discord [Free] bandwagon yet, you really should get on that. We switched over from Slack [Free] a few weeks ago and figured we'd open up our chat to everyone else who loves iOS games. We've mentioned a couple of times already, but you can download the PC/Mac/mobile apps (or use the browser based client) over on discordapp.com, then using our brand-spankin'-new fancy invite URL of discord.gg/toucharcade you'll get thrown into the mix with a ton of other TouchArcade community members who have been chatting about the latest and greatest in iOS gaming practically 24/7 recently...

While you might not know Adriaan de Jongh by name, chances are you've played at least one of his super weird iOS games. He's behind Fingle [$1.99 (HD)] and Bounden [$2.99], two games that deserve to be in whatever folder you've got on your iOS device for really neat local multiplayer games. We've had his upcoming title, Hidden Folks, on our radar for quite some time now but he announced this morning on Twitter (which was then subsequently retweeted by practically every indie dev I follow) that the game will be hitting the App Store on February 15th:..

It seems like today is the day for games that have been out in Japan forever to hit the US App Store. Following closely behind the Pokemon Duels news is Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag [Free]. If you're not big into anime, chances are you've never heard of it, but thankfully like all things anime Wikipedia is on the case. Kicking off with a series of novels, then eventually expanding into animation and video games, the world of Sword Art Online revolves around a virtual reality MMORPG called Sword Art Online. It's a little like The Matrix, in that players jack their mind and senses into Sword Art Online and if you die in-game you die in the real world...

Big Bucket's Reverse Platformer 'Stagehand' Is Set to Launch February 8th on the App Store

One of my favourite recent App Store trends is how developers have started to place an emphasis on environment interaction, and using the level to manipulate your character rather than traditional control inputs. The compelling and curious Stretch Dungeon [Free] by Nitrome was one such title, and the upcoming Splitter Critters looks like an incredibly promising example of how puzzle games can feel fresh and fun through this environment-centric focus. Today, Big Bucket (of The Incident [$0.99] and Space Age [$1.99] fame) have announced that their latest title Stagehand - which we first brought you news of in November of last year - will finally release for iPhone on February 8th. While on the surface its pixel art graphics and platforming action may make it seem like little more than an retro auto-runner, rather than controlling the character, you have to move pieces of the stage to progress through the game's levels. It's great to see yet another excellent example of what the developers have described as a 'reverse platformer', and is definitely one to watch when it launches on the App Store on February 8th...

'Pokemon Duel' Finally Hits the US App Store

January 24th, 2017 9:25 AM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
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Pokemon Duel [Free] has been available in Japan for what feels like forever now (particularly in App Store time) and was just released in the US App Store and many other regions this morning. The game will likely leave quite a few Pokemon-fanatics scratching their heads, as once again this is an official Pokemon game packed to the brim with everyone's favorite Pokemon but once again is pretty far from what you'd typically think of as a "real" Pokemon game if you've had your fingers crossed for something that feels a bit more like the "main" series of games hitting mobile. Pokemon Duel is a strategic board game where players take turns moving their Pokemon around to your opponent's goal. You'll use a "deck" of six Pokemon to attempt to accomplish this...

Pre-Register for 'Fire Emblem: Heroes' on Android

If you on the Android side of the world and want to be notified the moment Fire Emblem: Heroes is available for download, you can pre-register today on Google Play's page. We know the game is coming February 2nd, but if the pre-register system works better than the iOS one did for Super Mario Run - where I didn't get a notification until the next day - you should be able to get notified the moment it pops up on the store. In addition to the pre-registration, you can also read more about the features Fire Emblem: Heroes is bringing to mobile on the store page...

Orangepixel Working on 'Meganoid' Reboot for 2017

OrangePixel is working on Ashworld, a post-apocalyptic open-world action game, but that's not all. The one-man studio has announced a new Meganoid [$1.99] reboot for 2017, and while it's still very early on, Orangepixel is very excited about it. The idea is that it's going to feature levels that are "procedurally generated with a human touch" a la Spelunky. Yet, it will also feature a story with endgame, and an actual progression to the game...

'SimCity' Meets 'Rampage' in the Soft-Launched 'MonstroCity - Monster City Rampage'

An interesting raiding-strategy game has soft launched, called MonstroCity - Monster City Rampage. The idea is that you're a mad scientist, building up your city to give you the resources to create giant monsters. You then send those giant monsters to attack other cities, destroying their buildings and stealing their resources for your own personal gain. It's a mad-scientist-eat-mad-scientist world out there, folks. And you're gonna have to get weird to be the best mad scientist out there...

Clash Royale [Free] players have been complaining about Elite Barbarians being way too powerful ever since the new unit joined the game, and today Supercell has finally nerfed them by decreasing the hitpoints and damage by 4%. The unit did see a small increase in the hit speed from 1.4 to 1.5sec. Going by the many reddit comments, the nerf hasn't really hurt the Elite Barbarians in a substantial way, though that remains to be seen. The other big nerf in today's balance changes is Zap's damage getting reduced by 6%. Zap is one of the most used cards in the game, so the developers are hoping this nerf will bring the spell down a notch and make other similar spells playable again...

The long-awaited Crashlands [$4.99] documentary is now available, having released on January 21st in time for the one-year anniversary of Crashlands' release. The documentary by Forever an Astronaut is serving as season one of a series of documentaries entitled Dev Diary, with the title "Brace for Impact" being episode one of a six-episode season of The Crashlands Story. And the first episode can be watched for free on YouTube:..

Today's a notable day for Star Wars fans – aka most of western society, I suppose – as not only as the title for Episode 8 been revealed as The Last Jedi, but Zen Studios has revealed a new Zen Pinball [Free] table based on Rogue One. This table, based on the recent prequel to A New Hope, will feature 10 story-related missions for you to take on in this table taking place in and around Empire defenses. Stealth missions will have you avoiding Stormtroopers, take place in firefight missions, and play a challenging multiball mode against the villainous Director Krennic...

Soft-Launched MOBA-CCG Mix 'Spellsouls' Leans More on the MOBA Side

Supercell's Clash Royale [Free] managed to give us a fun mix of a CCG and a MOBA-like game, so, unsurprisingly, developers are starting to follow in those footsteps. Star Wars: Force Arena [Free] has borrowed many ingredients from that recipe as will the upcoming Smite Rivals, and now another game called Spellsouls: Duel of Legends is joining this party. As you can see from the trailer below, the perspective is much more MOBA-like than that of Clash Royale, and instead of a Tower, you have a spellcaster...

'Mayhem' Is a Fun Looking Side-Scrolling MP Arena Coming this Year

One genre we haven't seen a lot of on the App Store is side-scrolling multiplayer games, with the upcoming Armajet being one of the few games trying to fill the gap. Mayhem, a 3v3 team multiplayer arena shooter game, aims to join Armajet by bringing competitive side-scrolling fun later this year, and I like what I've seen in our Upcoming Forum games thread so far. Unlike Armajet, whose characters are all the same, Mayhem has mercenaries with different play-styles, which should make it feel more like a MOBA than just a shooter. Judging from the video, you have a sniper, a close-combat specialist, and so on. And you can, of course, upgrade your mercs' abilities for further customization...

'Maze Lord' is a Roguelike Puzzler from Crescent Moon Games and Jetdogs Studios

Maze Lord is a roguelike puzzler created by Jetdogs Studios that they released on Steam back in June of last year, and now with the help of Crescent Moon Games it's making its way to iOS soon. Maze Lord has you exploring a maze-like dungeon fending off enemies and collecting all sorts of loot. Should you make it out alive and with your loot intact, you'll be able to build your very own Treasury to store it, and outfit it with doors, traps, and monsters to protect those goods from being stolen. Or if you're the consumer type, you can spend some of your riches on unique artifacts available in the Magic Shop. Check out the launch trailer for the Steam version of Maze Lord to get an idea of what it's like...

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