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A New Dog! - The TouchArcade Show #343

February 23rd, 2018 9:30 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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We recorded a bit early in the day today because Jared is getting a puppy! A PUPPY! Anyway, aside from dog chat we hit on the big news stories of the week including but not limited to discussing whether or not playing games counts as gambling, a favorite topic amongst the internet these days. When we switch gears to talking about games, we hit on Glitch Dash [Free], Alto's Odyssey [$4.99], Rogue Hearts [$0.99], Birdy Trip [Free], and Dunk Line [Free]. It's a good time, I promise.

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Alto's Odyssey'

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...

'Papers, Please' Short Film Premiering Online Tomorrow

February 23rd, 2018 8:00 PM EST by Jared Nelson in News
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Last summer, we learned that filmmakers Liliya and Nikita Ordynskiy would be doing a film adaptation of Lucas Pope's award-winning "Dystopian Document Thriller" Papers, Please [$7.99 (HD)], which made waves when it launched on desktop in August of 2013 and made its way to the iPad in late 2014. If you aren't familiar, Papers, Please has you playing the role of a border patrol agent who must determine who can and cannot enter the fictional eastern European country of Arstotzka. Sounds like a dull job, but in this dystopian world you'll hear all kinds of stories and situations from the desperate people trying to cross the border. You'll have to make some tough moral choices and the answers are not black and white, it's all a shade of gray. For their part, Liliya and Nikita Ordynskiy have really captured the essence of Paper, Please in film form, as you can see from this preview trailer...

'Black Desert Mobile' Launches in South Korea on February 28th

Pearl Abyss just recently held a short 3 day beta test of their highly anticipated mobile title Black Desert Mobile, a mobile version of their PC hit Black Desert Online. Now Pearl Abyss has announced that a launch in South Korea is coming on February 28th. No western date has been announced yet but the title seems to be drawing massive interest as pre-registration drew in over 4 million people in South Korea...

'Pokémon Go' Legendary Week Starts Today

February 23rd, 2018 4:32 PM EST by Andrew Fretz in News
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Your next big chance to pick up some legendary Pokémon starts today! The Hoenn region legendary Pokémon, Kyogre, Groudon and Rayquaza are now in Raid Battles for a limited time. From now until March 5(yes technically longer than a week, lucky you!) you can find these guys lurking in nearby Gyms just waiting to offer up some fierce combat. ..

Digital Melody's One-Button Platformer 'Runventure' Launching March 15th, Up for Pre-Order Now

During PAX West this past September, we met up with the folks from Timberman [Free] developer Digital Melody as they showed us at least half a dozen new mobile games that they had in the works. One that stuck out as especially clever to me was Runventure, which looked to create a serious one-button platformer but not of the auto-running variety. The way they're trying to accomplish this is with a slider at the bottom of the screen which you'll use to make your character run right or left. The further you push in either direction the faster he'll run, but also as you're pushing in either direction a guide line arcs out from your character which indicates how long and high he'll jump if you let go of the screen. It's tricky to wrap your head around, but even with a few minutes of practice it started to click with me when we played that early version of Runventure at PAX. Well I'm happy to report that Runventure is ready to see the light of day on March 15th, and Digital Melody has put together a new launch trailer showing off all the features of the game...

10tons Confirms 'Tesla vs Lovecraft' Mobile Release, Shooting for Q2 of this Year

It always seemed pretty likely that 10tons Ltd. would be bringing their latest dual-stick shooter Tesla vs Lovecraft over to mobile at some point. After all, they've seen huge success with mobile ports of their classic arena shooter Crimsonland [Free], their procedurally-generated roguelike shooter Neon Chrome [$6.99], their time-slowing shooter Time Recoil [$5.99], and most recently with their level-based cybernetic shooter JYDGE [$8.99]. In fact, JYDGE was the first of 10tons' games to use Apple's pre-order system, and the developer noted that the pre-orders for the game vastly exceeded what they had expected. Given all this, Tesla vs Lovecraft making its way to mobile following its well-received release on Steam about a month ago seemed like a shoe-in, but 10tons has made it official by announcing their mobile intentions in our forums this week...

Last summer Apple announced ARKit at WWDC which rolled out along side iOS 11 in late September. By now everyone with a capable device has probably fiddled around with at least one game or app that uses ARKit in some way. I've found augmented reality games to be exceedingly gimmicky but apps like AR MeasureKit [Free] have been super useful in day to day diddling around with DIY projects at my house. Well, Google is playing catch-up with Apple with today's announcement of ARCore, Google's augmented reality SDK for Android...

'Dissembler' Review - Click-Clack I Was Making a Match

While it's true that not every pre-existing genre of game has adapted comfortably to touch controls, I feel like the puzzle genre has benefited tremendously from them. In some cases, there are puzzles that just wouldn't work properly with other methods of input. Other titles benefit simply from the improved tactility that comes from using your fingers directly on objects in the game. Granted, you're just mushing your finger against a piece of smooth glass no matter what the game is like, but the really great ones line up sound effects and visual flourishes to create the illusion that you're actually playing around with solid pieces...

Grappling Hook Mountain Climber 'Hang Line' Gets a New Video

In June of last year, we posted the trailer for a sweet looking grappling hook game called Hang Line from industry veteran turned solo developer Ed Kay. June was an awfully long time ago, so if you're like me you may have been wondering just what the status is of Hang Line. Well! Good news for us then as the developer has posted an update to our forums with some new info and a new video of Hang Line. Here's a quick description from Mr. Kay about this latest vid: "This video shows a level about half way through the game, which is on a mountain that is characterised by having giant boulders which must be carefully yanked free so the player can pass onwards to the top. But the local wildlife don't take kindly to climbers intruding... I hope you enjoy it!"..

'The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands' Pushed Back to Next Month, New 30-Minute Gameplay Video Released

Late last month we spied a very cool looking trailer for an upcoming game called The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands from Xigma Games. Taking the incremental aspects of A Dark Room [$1.99] and mixing them together with the resource-collecting, town-building, and combat elements of Kingdom: New Lands [$9.99], The Bonfire looked like a really slick mashup of those formulas, and I was all excited to get my hands on it when it launched this month. Well, good news/bad news situation as The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands is taking longer than expected to finish up and is now slated for release in March, but to make up for the delay Xigma has released a lengthy new video showcasing the first 30 minutes of the game. WARNING: A video this length obviously contains some spoiler-ish stuff, so if you'd rather go into The Bonfire fresh, maybe skip watching this...

A New 'Hanger' Game is in the Works and it Looks Bananas

The folks over at developer A Small Game have been bringing us joy through their fun and overly violent rope-swinging games for many years now. We had a really good time when we took the original 2012 game Hanger [Free] for a spin in just our second ever TA Plays video (remember those?). The goal was to hook and swing your way through more than 70 levels filled with deadly hazards and try to make it to the end in one piece. Well, the one piece thing is actually pretty optional, as during your journey it's pretty likely you'll get some limbs or a torso lopped off at some point, but as long as a badly bleeding but still alive portion of you crosses the finish line then you're all good. Then in July of 2015 A Small Game released the follow-up Hanger World [Free] which brought more of that wonderful swinging mayhem but amped it up in every way with more levels, more playable characters, and even a full-fledged level editor built in. We enjoyed Hanger World a whole bunch too...

Welcome to the latest SwitchArcade Roundup, where we are covering a massive release day for Nintendo's system! 11 new games hit the store today on February 22nd, and there's more expected on the 23rd. There's some classic arcade titles, nuclear zombie survival, and two different games where animals shoot lasers. Plus, we've got a couple bits of Super Mario Odyssey news that are of interest. Let's dive right in, shall we?..

Win Real Money Playing 'Angry Birds' in 'WorldWinner'

February 22nd, 2018 1:30 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
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Winning real money by playing mobile games has become a weirdly normal thing in recent years, and WorldWinner [Free] is the latest platform to throw their hat into the ring. Their big claim to fame so far is the inclusion of Angry Birds [Free] with an iteration of the game they're calling Angry Birds Champions which has structured tournaments in two formats. The first is a best of three where you play the same level three times, and the highest score is what is submitted for the competition. There's also progression mode, which is the same basic idea but instead you play three different levels in a row with only one chance on each level...

Among the major year-end surprises of 2017 was Sid Meiers Civilization VI [Free (HD)]. As we lay out in our review, it's a real-deal, full-blown port of the PC version which runs super well on modern iPads. Better yet, the game gives you a surprisingly large taste for free so you can get an idea if Civ VI is for you. (The free section basically includes the entire tutorial plus some play after that.) One of the main criticisms that people weighed against the iOS port was that the game itself was a little out of date when compared to the PC version and featured none of the DLC. Well, as of this morning, the first DLC packs were added into the iPad game...

The Best Dungeon RPGs for iPhone and iPad - A TouchArcade Ranking

Hello, gentle readers. Are you looking for a quick and easy list of recommendations for a particular genre of games? I'm hoping to help you out with these semi-regular rankings, carefully compiled and presented for your enjoyment. The topic this time around is the dungeon RPG genre, an admittedly weird label that requires additional explanation. I would love to call these dungeon crawlers, but that genre label gets messy and means different things to different people. What we're looking for here is the sub-genre of RPGs that follows in the footsteps of Wizardry, Might & Magic, Dungeon Master, and so on. These involve first-person exploration and are usually turn-based in nature. There aren't as many of them on iOS as you might expect! Nevertheless, there are definitely a handful you'll want to check out. Please note: this is not the final word, and your list can be (and probably is) different...

'Alto's Odyssey' Review: Once More Down the Mountain

Snowman returns to their breakout hit with Alto's Odyssey [$4.99], and while they don't veer too far from what worked in Alto's Adventure [$4.99], they still find room for a few surprises while maintaining the engrossing atmospheric experience of the original. It doesn't do enough new to change the minds of anyone that didn't like the first game, but everything Adventure does right, Odyssey expands on it...

Out Now: 'Alto's Odyssey', 'Dice Brawl: Captain's League', 'Birdy Trip', 'Romance of the Three Kingdoms', 'Glitch Dash', 'Dissembler', 'Up a Cave', 'SiNKR' and More

It's yet another week in the never ending cycle of new games flooding the App Store, and as always we're here to round up the best of the lot. This week sees the release of a highly-anticipated follow-up to one of the App Store's all-time greats, and that is the beautiful Alto's Odyssey. One thing I've learned is that the first few minutes feel like just more Alto, which is absolutely great, but the longer you play the more you uncover new and interesting twists on the formula and even at this early stage I'm pretty confident this tops the original Alto's Adventure in every way. Of course there's plenty more on offer besides that so give the full list of new games below a thorough look and let us know which games you'll be playing this week. ..

Tin Man Games Announces the Starting Line-Up for the Upcoming 'Fighting Fantasy Classics'

A few months ago, Tin Man Games announced the upcoming release of Fighting Fantasy Classics, an app that serves as a sort of hub for Fighting Fantasy gamebook releases. It's a great idea as it not only puts all of your Fighting Fantasy adventures into one convenient app, it also makes it easier for Tin Man to update the whole line should they need to. When the project was announced, Tin Man expected to release the app in February of 2018. Well, the days are running out on this month, but the good news is that Fighting Fantasy Classics will be coming soon. So soon, in fact, that Tin Man has decided to fill us in on what to expect in the first wave of releases...

Morbid Puzzler 'Death Coming' Pushed Back to March on iOS, Android Version Announced

It's a good day for good news in the world of Android gaming, as not only is the long-awaited Android version of Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition now available but today NEXT Studio has announced that they'll be bringing their critically acclaimed puzzler Death Coming to Android in addition to iOS. We first learned that Death Coming would be getting a mobile version in early January following its well-received launch on Steam the previous November. Originally planned for release this month on iOS only, NEXT Studio needs just a bit more time to finish up the port and so the iOS version will be pushed back to some point in March. This extra time also allows them to work on the Android port which will follow not too long after the iOS release in the second quarter of 2018...

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