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GDC Patient Zero - The TouchArcade Show #296

February 24th, 2017 9:00 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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We recorded a little early this week, but we still threw down a hell of a show. We kick things off by talking about how Jared is going to be GDC patient zero as he's already come down with a cold and GDC hasn't even started yet! Anyway, aside from sniffles we play a bunch of games. Those include: Rocket Plume [Free], Chief Puzzle Officer [Free], Die By Died [$0.99], The Warlock of Firetop Mountain [$4.99], Soul Knight [Free], and RPG Djinn Caster [$4.99].

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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...




TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'MUL.MASH.TAB.BA.GAL.GAL'

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...

'Injustice 2' Guide - Tips on Maximizing Your Energy and Upgrading Heroes when Offline

When news about an Injustice: Gods Among Us sequel for consoles leaked last summer, it left us with a couple of questions about the mobile version. Would Warner Bros. and NetherRealm also make a sequel for mobile, or would they just continue updating the existing Injustice [Free] game which had already received massive amounts of new content over the past 4 years and was one of the most popular mobile games around? This past Valentine's Day we got our answer as Injustice 2 for mobile soft-launched in the Philippines App Store. While I'm not sure of the strategy of abandoning an existing successful game with a huge player base in favor of a brand new app, it does at least afford the series a fresh start, and the engine running the existing Injustice game was arguably getting long in the tooth. While Injustice 2 retains the core stripped-down fighting mechanics of its predecessor, it also makes some major fundamental changes to the entire formula. With that, we've put together a short guide in an effort to help you get the most out of this early soft-launched version of Injustice 2...

Another week, another Clash Royale [Free] card, and this time it's Goblin Gang. The new card, which costs 3 elixir, spawns 6 single-target troops, 3 Spear Goblins and 3 Goblins. The troops are always spawned with the 3 Spear Goblins in the back, which makes perfect sense since you want them protected. The unit is unlocked in Arena 9, the Jungle Arena. If you wanted to spawn Goblins and Spear Goblins independently, you'd have to pay one extra elixir than this card. And, of course, you only need one card rather than two, so it's a win-win...

Rush Rally 2 [$0.99], a labor of love by a single developer, continues to improve, which is something given the fact that we gave the game 5 stars in our review. Since launch, the game has seen plenty of updates that have added features or improved existing ones, and the update that hit today does both of those. The most interesting addition is manual gears, which should give really good racers a better feel for the car. According to our forum users, manual gears have been implemented well, which is not the easiest thing to do on a touchscreen. The update also added analog steering wheel control, which should improve the car handling...

Mobile MOBA 'Planet of Heroes' Launches Worldwide in Early March

Mobile MOBA Planet of Heroes has been in closed and open beta for quite some time, and now it's getting ready to release worldwide in early March. If you haven't read our earlier story on the game, Planet of Heroes is a one-lane MOBA with 7-minute long matches, which should help make it more mobile appropriate. The game offers PvP and PvE and includes both real-time head to head online play and asynchronous offline play. That should please the many players who don't like online-only games...

Our forums are buzzing about Tavern Guardians [$2.99] by Wombo Combo Games, and it's easy to see why. This match-3 RPG recalls some of the greats of the genre, such as Dungeon Raid [$0.99]. Matching is done in Bejeweled style, where you swap tiles to make matches. Enemies steadily descend down the map to the bottom of the screen, where your wall is built to keep them out. This wall serves as your armor, and will take damage before your health. You're trying to clear as many levels as possible, fighting bosses on each level. You unlock new character classes the further you get in the game, and can upgrade existing classes with coins you collect, though those can also go toward mid-game upgrades...

'SumiKen' Is an Endless Samurai Slasher With a Lovely Art Style

Sometimes all a game needs for a good first impression is an art style that stands out, despite the gameplay being on the formulaic side. The upcoming SumiKen is definitely one of those games. As you can see from the trailer below, the art style evokes traditional Japanese ink brush artworks, and it looks quite nice. Endless runners aren't the most rare of genres on the App Store, but SumiKen seems to have enough backing up the art style to make it worth your time...

Upcoming 'Cliff Hopper' Will Remind You of Indiana Jones

Cliff Hopper is an upcoming one-button runner game that looks like Temple Run from a different perspective. As you can see from the trailer below, the game has you running for dear life across narrow paths all the while avoiding obstacles in front of you and dangers coming after you. The visuals look fun and it looks like there will be plenty of worlds to explore. You control your little guy with one finger using one tap to turn a corner or jump over an obstacle and two taps to double jump...

FunWall is a proprietary mobile social gaming platform that can utilize existing digital infrastructure of stadiums and arenas to create all kinds of mobile gaming tournaments and play that adjust to whatever is going on in that arena. So, Phoenix Raceway has decided to bring in FunWall and become the first motosports venue to integrate social mobile gaming with the race day experience. FunWall will offer tournament games for the fans at the racetrack - which of course will offer all kinds of incentives to participate. FunWall has the technology to offer different games and competitions depending where you are located within the facility, so you can imagine all the opportunities that can create...

Star Wars: Force Arena [Free] managed to do pretty well for itself, and its Clash Royale-inspired MOBA-style gameplay was a hit with players. The game has received its first big update of the year, with version 1.4 bringing some very welcome changes that should make playing the game more fun. The first big change is upgraded rewards missions. The Play Pack rewards should be better, and Season Rewards will also include Legendary Cards. Season lengths are also reduced now, so players will be getting season rewards every week. Finally, there are Daily Missions available with plenty of rewards...

Armor Games' RPG 'Sonny' Gets First $0.99 Sale

February 24th, 2017 1:00 PM EST by Carter Dotson in News, Sales
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Armor Games' reboot/remake of cult hit Flash RPG Sonny [$0.99] came to iOS, and it proved to be quite the impressive production. Oh, and it was $2.99 without IAP, which was a good enough deal as it was. But if you haven't checked out this RPG yet, then now's the time, as the game has just gone down to $0.99 in its first sale. It can't get any cheaper unless it goes free, so you have no reason to not check this out...

'Photographs' is The Next Game From the Creator of 'You Must Build a Boat'

Have you been waiting on a new game from EightyEight Games? Have you heeded the command that You Must Build a Boat [$2.99] a bunch, and am interested in something else? Well, the studio's Luca Redwood has released a teaser trailer for a game called Photographs. The teasaer aims to reveal the mood for the game, described as a "puzzle game that tells five tragic stories." Interesting, and out of left field for EightyEight Games...

'Dashy Crashy Turbo' Massive Update Hits on March 2nd

February 24th, 2017 12:00 PM EST by Carter Dotson in News, Updates
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Dumpling Design has spent some time working on a massive update to Dashy Crashy [Free], that might as well be a sequel, really. Dashy Crashy Turbo is an update set to hit the game on March 2nd, and it's going to bring some new features to the title. The big addition is that all the vehicles are going to have something new added to them. This could be an action, such as the UFO getting to go up in the air and abduct cars. Or, it could be a secondary perk, or a bonus mode that helps the cars net you some better scores. 25 new cars are being added to the game in total, along with an overhaul of loot boxes, missions, and more...

Rock Hard Auto-Runner 'Jelly Inc.' Is Looking for Beta Testers on Our Forums

Just as it appeared that the increased accessibility and technological advancements were making video games easier, there was been an equal and opposite force that has produced some of the most difficult and brutal titles gamers have seen to date. While the (for lack of a better term) Souls-like games by the geniuses at From Software may be the most well known benefactors of the recent gaming difficulty spike, smaller indie mobile games have taken on the literal challenge, with titles such as Mr Jump [Free] and Downwell [$2.99] achieving commercial and critical acclaim from such approaches. Jelly Inc. looks to follow in this pattern - with lethal saws, perilous rockets, and a number of other dangerous obstacles to avoid, Gang of One's interesting task on the endless runner promises to offer rock hard action when it launches in the next few weeks, and the developer is currently looking for beta testers on our forums...

RPG Reload File 101 - 'Dream Quest'

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the not-so-weekly feature where we may not look pretty, but have it where it counts. Every so often, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's holding up in the horrific present of today. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in iOS history, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. While this isn't a regular part of the RPG Reload feature anymore, I'll still occasionally be doing these Files when the mood strikes me. If you have a game you really want to see covered, let me know in the comments below, by tweeting me at @RPGReload, or by posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums...

Atar's RollerCoaster Tycoon Touch [Free] has just exited soft launch and is now available worldwide. Featuring 3D visuals and a card pack system, you'll be building up your park and creating rollercoasters to keep your peeps happy. The card system works similarly to a Clash Royale [Free] system where collecting multiples of cards will allow you to upgrade the buildings to an even greater degree, netting them more value and money for your park. Such is the life of a theme park owner and operator. And of course, after messing around with the park in the early going, you also get to build the famous rollercoasters that the series is known for. After all, it is RollerCoaster Tycoon...

Upcoming Platformer 'Yeah Bunny' Looks Very Cute

Yeah Bunny - which could also be called Bunny Suicides - is a cute upcoming platformer that looks fast and tricky, but in a good way. As you can see from the screenshot below - and from many other screenshots and gifs in our Upcoming Games forum thread, in Yeah Bunny you play as this cute while running bunny - insert Alice in Wonderland references here - that has to complete short levels while collecting every single key in order to make it to the next world. At the end of the each world, the bunny will have to take on a boss...

FIFA Mobile [Free] continues to offer event after event, and even though personally I couldn't really get into the game, I know many out there have been enjoying EA's offering. The latest event, in celebration of the Carnival, is called the Carniball. The event is running from today until March 6th, and it offers special Packs and Live Events that will offer the opportunity to unlock up to 7 Carniball Master Player Items. Opening Country-specific Party Packs will give you Mask and Confetti Tokens (appropriately) and more rarely Carniball-themed Payers. You'll open the Party Starter Pack you'll find in your collection to receive your first Carniball Broken Mask Players, and then completing their Plan will unlock a Masked version...

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