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Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 12/19/14 - 'Papers, Please' and 'Tales from the Borderlands'

Two games scored highly this week in our onslaught of reviews, and I'll go out on a limb and say that everyone should play these games on whatever platform they can. Papers, Please on iOS is iPad only, but it's also available on Mac/PC/Linux and should run on just about any computer out there. Tales from the Borderlands is just great, and like all Telltale games, the performance may be better on other platforms but there's just something about playing it with touch controls that makes it great...

Man, I don't know what it is, but 'tis the season for updating super-old iOS games. Just this month alone we've seen Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light updated, GTA: Chinatown Wars updated, and just today 1-bit Ninja was updated. Those are three iOS games that I had long figured would be forgotten in the sands of time, and it makes me extremely happy that those new updates have made them relevant again. Well, get ready to add another to the list, as this week the original Reckless Racing [$0.99 / $0.99 (HD)] has received an update for modern devices...

If you've had your eyes on picking up the full enchilada that is the Skylanders Trap Team [Free (HD)] starter pack following Eric's review of the whole thing but the $74.99 price tag was giving you pause... Check this out:..

I don't know about you guys, but out here on the Northern California coast, it's been raining like crazy. Which means it isn't exactly ideal conditions to hit the streets and go skateboarding, which makes virtual skateboarding on your iOS device a lovely alternative. This week, two of iOS's best skateboarding games, True Skate [$1.99] and Skater [$4.99], received updates adding in new content. Check out the details of each update below and go hit the virtual streets...

Back in November of last year, Run Games released Football Heroes [Free], an over-the-top, arcadey American football game that felt like the love child of NFL Blitz and Tecmo Bowl. We really loved it in our original review, and it's only gotten better with updates since then, including a massive one in August that added Gold player cards and tons more tweaks and fixes as well as rebranding the game Football Heroes 2015. Then in mid-November, Run Games released Football Heroes: Pro Edition [Free]. On first blush, it may look like Pro Edition is just Football Heroes with a bunch of licensed NFL players thrown in there, but that's actually not the case...

'Puzzle Blitz' from 'Compression' and 'TanZen' Creator Releasing in January

Little White Bear has been kicking around on the App Store for a while making puzzle games, and I put plenty of time into Compression [$2.99 / Free (HD)] back in the day. Well, they've got a new game in the works that's releasing on January 8th, entitled Puzzle Blitz. This promises to combine both tangram puzzles with the fast-paced gameplay that modern puzzle games tend to offer. The game tosses a tangram puzzle your way, where you must arrange block fragments together to solve the puzzle presented. The thing is, you have to solve these in short order, as there's a ticking clock counting down all the while...

Super Glyph Quest [$2.99] is quite popular around these parts, as we were big fans of the game in our review, and the forum thread is several hundred posts strong, with the developers joining in and chatting about the game. It's a game that's still growing, too, as it's just gotten a nice content update for Christmas. There's a new location, the Frozen North, where players have to take on Ice Goblins and Arctic Trolls, and meet new characters Ice Queen Yngvill and Julenir, completing quests for them. There's new items to collect, and an overhauled Adventure system to boot...

More old games are coming back, y'all! I don't know if iOS 8 was just that destructive of an update to a bunch of games that developers felt the need to update their classics or if this is just all coincidental, but we're seeing a lot of games make comebacks after a long while. And the latest on that list is 1-bit Ninja [$2.99], which has just been updated to support iOS 8, and throws in long-overdue iPhone 5,6, and 6 Plus support, and makes the game universal for iPad...

A New Mobile Game in the 'Lords of the Fallen' Universe is Coming in 2015

Lords of the Fallen is an action RPG that was released back in October on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC from developer Deck13 Interactive. Earlier this week, the mobile gaming world was taken aback when the official Lords of the Fallen Twitter account tweeted that "Console and PC RPG #LordsoftheFallen will be released on iOS and Android devices in 2015!" Without any further details, the tweet made it sound like a full port of the game would be heading to our little mobile devices. Now, I know the power of mobile hardware is getting better every year, but a full port of a current-gen console and PC game seemed pretty unlikely...

Here's a pretty cool bundle for fans of the Tomb Raider series who haven't quite checked out the mobile ports yet. The Tomb Raider Pack contains Tomb Raider 1 [$0.99], Tomb Raider 2 [$1.99], and dual-stick shooter Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light [$4.99], all for $4.99. Now, if you're reading this when the article was written, you might see that the Guardian of Light price is the same as the bundle. So essentially, this is a way to get all three of the mobile entries for the price of one. It's not a bad deal if you haven't picked up Guardian of Light yet...

The Kingdom Rush [$0.99 / $2.99 (HD)] series has been one of the most popular tower defense franchises out there, and it's thanks in part to its introduction of action and RTS elements with the summonable reinforcements, and the hero units that can be sent across the battlefield to help take care of any threats. It gives this genre a fresh feel, and not just about sitting back and watching towers annihilate enemy creeps. Now Ironhide Games continues the franchise with Kingdom Rush Origins [$2.99 / $4.99 (HD)], a game that iterates on the formula that previous entries established. It's still a solid game, but it's pretty clear at this point that it's a series just for fans of it, and I failed to find any reason for newcomers to particularly jump in to this entry in particular...

The whole series of events leading up to Marvel Contest Of Champions [Free] is pretty weird if you think about it too much. It's a clear reply to the mobile version of Injustice: God Among Us [Free], whose console version's inception likely sprang out of Mortal Kombat Vs. DC Universe, which certainly only existed because of Marvel Vs. Capcom. That's Marvel and DC for you, friends. They bite each other's tails so often it's sometimes hard to tell where one ends and the other begins. Well, I just thought that was interesting. Truth be told, I'm glad something like Contest Of Champions came about. While Marvel Vs. Capcom 2 is ideally better than Injustice, trying to play it on a touch screen stripped away a lot of its merits, and the game was removed from the App Store even if you wanted to play it. Injustice, on the other hand, found a winning combination with its collection elements and extremely simplified take on the fighting genre. It only makes sense to have a Marvel version, and that's basically what you get in Contest Of Champions...

It's that time of the year again when tons of great games can be had at deep discounts, and for RPG fans, that means it's time to get some of Square Enix's usually relatively pricey games at bargain prices. It wasn't too long ago that Square Enix held a Final Fantasy sale that included many of these games, but this sale also includes some spin-offs and a few non-Final Fantasy titles. Some of the price changes are still rolling out, so if you don't see the sale price in your store yet, just hang in there, they'll be along soon. Here's the list so far:..

RPG Reload File 019 - 'Bastion'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we hear creepy voices narrating our every action in our heads, or maybe that's just me? Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the light of modern times. I try to cover a wide spread of RPGs in this feature, but just to keep things spicy, I turn the decision over to you, the readers, once per month. All you have to do is comment below, post in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or tweet me at @RPGReload with the game you'd like to see me play. When the time comes each month, a roll of the dice will determine whose selection wins. Every vote has a chance, so make sure you make yourself heard!..

As the iTunes holiday freeze is about to hit, we're seeing more games sneak out on to the App Store, and one such game is X-Plane 10 [Free], the latest version of the long-running flight simulator franchise. Not only is realistic plane-flying promised by the game, but also several expansive regions, an improved combat system for planes with weapons, and 2-player online multiplayer with voice chat support. If you've never played a flight simulator, there are a number of tutorials along with a full manual to get you acclimated...

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