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The Best Action RPGs for iPhone and iPad - An RPG Reload Ranking

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where our battles to the death sometimes involve QTEs. In each of these columns, we take a look at some aspect of RPG gaming on iOS. Often, it's in the form of a replay or a retrospective, but today we're doing something a little different. In the last couple of months, we went through the history of action RPGs, from Dragon Slayer to Dark Souls. These trips through history present us with an opportunity to do something that is often requested of us here at TouchArcade: lists of the best examples of each gaming genre. Consider this, then, your starter set for action RPGs on iOS. Are there other excellent ones? You bet! This is just my opinion, after all. But this gives you a place to get started in the genre with some assurance of reasonable quality...

'Kick Ass Commandos' Review- A Gloriously Gory Homage to Arcade Shooters of the Past

The late 80's and early 90's were times when the more gore and shock-value video games had, the better. One of my favorite games of this time was Total Carnage. My cousin and I would play the crap out of its violent cooperative mode. Total Carnage's gory, action-packed gameplay made us feel like the edgiest kids of all time. I'm a sucker for anything that provides nostalgia (as I have mentioned time and time again) and Kick Ass Commandos [$2.99] gave me a much-desired dose of Total Carnage-like gameplay. It was originally released on Steam back in November of 2016, and now the game has "Schwarzenegger'd" and "Stallone'd" its way onto the App Store...




Guns Royale [Free] isn't shy about its inspiration; it wants to bring to mobile the same experience that Playerunknown's Battlegrounds brought to PC, but tailored to the mobile platform, and now that the game has launched worldwide, you can try it out for yourself. The game has you dropping in a large area along with many other players, collecting weapons and equipment, leveling up, and then trying to stay alive by taking everyone else out. As in the case of the PUBG, this simple gameplay loop can get very addictive and fun, so long as the game plays well and is relatively balanced...

If you're in the mood for a drive down the Italian coast of the 1970s, you should check out the just-released Wheels of Aurelia [$3.99], the interactive Italian road trip game that we talked about earlier this week. In Wheels of Aurelia you play as Lella and set off on a road trip that will let you enjoy the sights and sounds of what was a challenging time in Italy's history while at the same time uncovering Lella's own secrets. This interactive visual novel lets you explore the branching story by driving down picturesque streets instead of choosing a different option from a menu, and I think that's a smart way of turning what would normally be a bland UI into part of the story. The game offers 16 different endings for you to explore, which should make for plenty of replayability...

This is The Best 'Hearthstone' Video

October 19th, 2017 4:45 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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If you're not playing Hearthstone [Free] yet, or maybe haven't even given it a try, you're really missing one of our absolute favorite games for... years now. I just got back from the Hearthstone Summer Championship, there's a new expansion announcement happening at Blizzcon, the current metagame is great, and really, there's a lot to love about Hearthstone. It's one of the biggest games on Twitch, which leads to all sorts of crazy moments like this one by Korean streamer 공혁준, which by far is the best Hearthstone stream clip I've ever seen- Both because the play itself features an unbelievable god turn, and the streamer's reaction is... Well, you'll see:..

It's always a happy day when one of my favorite older games gets a 64-bit update and is saved from the doom of the Appocalypse. Today's example of this is ZeMind Game Studio's unique space shooter Starborn Anarkist [Free]. Initially released in December of 2013, Starborn Anarkist isn't your typical dual-stick space shooter, of which you can find many on the App Store already. Its main hook is the ability to build and customize your ship using a variety of ship blueprints and parts that you'll drag onto a grid and connect in the game's garage. I can't stress enough just how much fun it is to try out wacky ship designs and see what works, and the collecting and unlocking of new parts and blueprints is one of the most engaging forms of progression I've seen in a mobile game. It's very possible to create a total clunker ship that barely functions right, but that's part of the fun, and with randomly generated enemies and an endless nature Starborn Anarkist is one of those games that I'm always guaranteed to have a good time with when I fire it up...

We've been keeping a close eye on Minecraft's [$6.99] newfangled MineCon Earth celebration, the new take on MineCon, and today we found out who is going to be hosting the global livestream event on November 18th: Will Arnett. Arnett has talked about how he plays Minecraft with his sons and how he loves the way Minecraft inspires creativity, so he's very excited to be hosting the event. The event will start at 12PM EST and will last 90 minutes. The organizers aren't disclosing too many details, but they are emphasizing that it's going to be an interactive event rather than a simple presentations. And with Arnett hosting, we know that the livestream will have plenty of jokes (unless he goes as the magician, Job, from Arrested Development)...

'Afghanistan '11', from 'Vietnam '65' Dev, Coming to iOS October 24th

If you've been craving a good strategy game for your iOS device, I have some very good news for you today. Afghanistan '11, from the developer behind the great Vietnam '65 [$9.99 (HD)], is finally coming to iOS on October 24th. Afghanistan '11 takes the innovative Vietnam '65 formula—which emphasized the winning of hearts and minds aspect of counterinsurgency operations—and makes it bigger and better. Just like in Vietnam '65, in Afghanistan '11 you have to win the locals' hearts and minds in what has become America's "forgotten war." And, as the US military has found out the hard way over the last decade and a half, winning hearts and minds is much more complicated than simply taking out enemy troops; it also involves political games and often making deals with the devil (see corrupt governments)...

Power Rangers: Legacy Wars [Free], fresh from its showcase at Amazon's Mobile Masters esport competition, is getting its biggest update yet that will have giant Megazords fighting other giant Megazords in a, you guessed it, giant Megazord on Megazord fight. There's something about giant mechs fighting other giant mechs that gets gamers' hearts pumping faster, so I'm pretty sure those who enjoy Power Rangers will have a gigantic blast with this new update. There are four Megazords to unlock, but who they are is a secret; you'll have to collect Zord Shards to find out. And during the Megazord Alliance Wars event, you can take your Megazords to battle against other Alliances, trying to deal the most damage to opposing Megazords to add to their Alliance's score...

Well, this really isn't a Halloween surprise because we already knew that Pokemon GO [Free] was getting third generation Pokemon for Halloween, but now it's official. Niantic announced today that starting tomorrow, players will encounter Pokemon originally found in the Hoenn region of Pokemon Ruby and Sapphire, including Sableye, Banette, and others. And, since this is Halloween after all, they'll be joined by the spookier ones like Cubone, Gastly, and Drowzee. The spooky ones will be found in greater numbers during this time to ensure that players have a spooky good time. The rest of the Pokemon from Ruby and Sapphire will also join the game but starting probably around December...

Warhammer Quest 2 [$4.99] hit the App Store yesterday, and as expected, our community immediately jumped on the game. The original was fantastic, and aside from some quibbles surrounding the UI of the sequel, most people seem pretty happy with it... Unless you're running an older device on iOS 10. It doesn't seem to be happening to everyone, but it's enough to be annoying for a small part of our forum crew...

Rick and Morty is a huge cultural phenomenon, especially recently with all the talk of the Szechuan sauce "incidents," but it's also the source of the great Pokemon-like mobile game Pocket Mortys [Free] that has continued to grow ever since its release in 2016. And now, we are about to get many more characters in celebration of the TV show's third season. Specifically, starting soon and all the way into 2018, the game will receive 50 new Mortys and other characters—Teacher Rick, Working Class Rick, Street Loco Morty—along with original Ricks and Mortys unique to the game. These new characters should keep players coming back to the game, especially given the opportunity to unlock Ricks and Mortys that aren't even in the show...

Back in August we posted about pre-registrations going live for Game of Thrones: Conquest [Free], a then upcoming MMO that was super light on details beyond some brief first impressions of the soft launch. Well, it turns out that Conquest is another Game of War [Free] sort of game where players build up bases, fight others and, well, you know the drill. It's a gameplay formula it feels like we've seen a billion times now on the App Store, which is rapidly being reskinned with all and every IP imaginable...

While I think everyone was expecting the new Warhammer Quest game to be the one we were all waiting to appear last night, it'd seem Halcyon 6: Starbase Commander [$6.99] was the hotly anticipated game that was last to cross the finish line of this week's new releases. It hit the App Store this morning, and excitement is already brewing in our forums. Halcyon 6 was first released on Steam a little over a year ago now, and since then has accumulated nearly 900 mostly positive reviews...

Out Now: 'Warhammer Quest 2', 'Time Recoil', 'Game of Thrones: Conquest', 'Mmm Fingers 2', 'Campfire Cooking', 'Syllablade', 'Returner 77', 'B-Grade Renegade' and More

It's once again that time of week where we round up all the new iOS game releases of the past 7 days, and what a week we've got folks. The long awaited Warhammer Quest 2 arrived a day early and has been getting a positive reception so far, 10tons' latest top-down shooter Time Recoil has arrived sooner than I thought it would too, and Game of Thrones: Conquest is out of soft launch and now available worldwide. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. So check out the full list of games below and as always let us know in the comments section which games you'll be picking up this week!..

When Capcom launched Street Fighter IV Champion Edition [$1.99] this past July, they had already laid out plans for at least two content updates for the game that would add in 6 additional players to the roster. The first of those updates landed the very next month, adding Evil Ryu, Guy, and Gouken to the mix as well as some welcome play balancing and performance optimizations. Now today, about two months removed from the previous update, Street Fighter IV Champion Edition has received the second of those promised content updates. ..

Developer Spotlight: Layton Hawkes and 'Campfire Cooking'

It feels like we've been following the development of Campfire Cooking [$3.99] forever now through various progress updates that have been posted on Twitter. It hit the App Store this morning, and has made quite a splash on our forums. We sat down with the game's developer, Layton Hawkes, to discuss his background, how he got where he is today, inspiration behind the game, and much more...

The day is finally here, everyone; Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times [$4.99] has finally launched, and I know many (including me) can't wait to get their hands on the game. Warhammer Quest 2 is the sequel to the fantastic 2013 Warhammer Quest—a game I've spent many hours playing—and it looks like it's raising the bar across the board. In this turn-based dungeon crawling, you are the last thing that stands between the forces of Chaos and total annihilation. What you do in the game? Well, put a party together consisting of sorcerers, witch hunters, warriors, dwarfs, and all kinds of other characters, kill a ton of creatures, and grab all kinds of loot. You then use that loot to improve your party and dive into the next dungeon...

Magic: the Gathering Arena is still a ways off, with the PC beta starting next month and a release date not for some time. So, I appreciate any opportunity to see more of the game, and today was one of those opportunities. Wizards of the Coast organized a community deck-building challenge and then gave those Ixalan decks to Trump, the popular Hearthstone streamer, and NumotTheNummy to play live on Twitch. The one-hour long stream provided a great opportunity to see MTGA live without many interruptions, and so far it looks very promising, even at this early stage...

World of Tanks Blitz [Free] is doing a crossover event with Warhammer 40K, and if you like futuristic, fancy looking tanks, you should definitely hop into the game. Macgragge's Thunder, named after the home of the Space Marines, will turn your garage into a Space Marine landing zone filled with drop pods and relics. It looks pretty cool and blends perfectly with the game's interface and overall mood. The most important parts of the event, though, are the two premium vehicles, the Ultramarines Vindicator and the Ultramarines Predator, both of which look really cool and will stand out among all the other vehicles of the game...

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