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Out Now: 'Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed', 'Gangstar New Orleans', 'KAMI 2', 'Meganoid 2017', 'R.B.I. Baseball 17', 'Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion', 'MLB Tap Sports Baseball 2017' and More

We're past the big Apple "Celebrating Indies" promotion, but that doesn't mean things are slowing down on the App Store. As usual, this "regular" week is packed with tons of big releases. Gameloft's newest Gangstar is out of soft launch, as is the first real Dynasty Warriors game for mobile. Oh and KAMI 2 was soft-launched but is now officially worldwide, and Meganoid 2017 was soft-launched on Android but is now available on iOS too. I'm sensing a trend here. There's also a couple of picks for baseball fans out there, which I'm stoked about with the MLB kicking off this coming week. So check out everything on offer in the list below and let us know which games you're interested in this week!..

FIFA Mobile Soccer [Free] has been keeping its players quite busy with all kinds of seasonal events, but its recent big update is focusing on bigger under-the-hood changes that should make the game more fun to play. First of all, the update has added Daily Activities, a set of daily goals that will get you more ways to get rewards every day you play the game. Although these will be useful to F2P players, I think the many other updates will make a bigger difference to how the game plays. The AI logic has been improved to make sure that players with better stats do better on the pitch, which to be honest should have been the case all along...




We heard about it late last year and the tables have already been in Zen Pinball [Free] for a while, but Bethesda Pinball [Free] has finally hit the App Store in its own unique app container. While it isn't quite the Skyrim or Fallout we've been hoping for, it's still really cool to see these huge Bethesda IP's coming to mobile in new and exciting (although, admittedly repackaged) ways. I've been hoping that Fallout Shelter's [Free] success would lead to Bethesda doing more on the App Store, and whether it's coincidence or not, we've both got this pinball game and The Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free (HD)] under our belts now...

Barely a few days after Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] got command blocks and more, the developers are almost ready to start beta testing the 1.1 update, which is called the Discovery Update. According to a blog post today, the Discovery Update will be all about mysterious and wondrous things to uncover. For instance, you can barter with a cartographer for a treasure map, which points to the location of a forest mansion. But in order to get there, you'll have to survive an epic quest of, well, epic proportions. You'll use the soon-to-be-added llamas as pack animals, use shulker boxes to carry supplies along, use new enchantments—like the Enchantment of Frostwalking and of Mending—to better your chances at surviving, and much more...

Clever-Plays' inventive roguelike shooter Leap of Fate [$1.99] is currently on its first sale on iOS. Available for $1.99, 50% off its standard price for $3.99 on mobile (and it costs more than that on PC), this is the first change to the game period since its release back in August 2016. The game works fine, the one thing I wish it would get are MFi controls, though aspects like slow-motion to aim special abilities help adapt this one well for the mobile experience...

'Beholder' Will Have You Spying on Your Tenants Next Month

The upcoming indie game Beholder will be great practice for those hoping to find employment at a totalitarian state in the near future. The game has you playing a State-installed landlord in a totalitarian state, and your primary purpose is to ensure none of your tenants is planning any kind of subversion or posing any kind of threat to the State you so willingly serve. You get to bug their apartments when they are away, go through their belongings for anything interesting, and, of course, report anyone who seems like a current or future threat...

Co-op Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawls are usually among the best, and this week's A Mammoth of a New Year ranks pretty high. You and your frenemie will be working together to first decorate the tavern and then take down the Pinata Golem, a 5 Attack 85 Health Boss with Taunt that changes sides every turn. And he can't be targeted by spells, sorry. So, how does the Brawl play? You'll get pre-constructed decks, and your hero power is Decorate, which creates decorations for the Tavern. You can use as much mana as you have available to decorate, and you have to get to 25 decorations for the place to look spruced up enough for the Pinata Golem to grace you with its presence...

Ubisoft Soft Launches 'Tom Clancy's ShadowBreak', A Combo FPS and 'Clash Royale' Game

Ubisoft has announced a new shooter for mobile, Tom Clancy's ShadowBreak. This game has kind of an interesting idea to combine the popular "sniper" FPS genre on mobile, with Clash Royale [Free] inspired combat. You have a deck of units with different energy costs taht you deploy into battle, but you also have to play as the sniper at the home base. So, you can shoot at enemy units and possibly at the enemy sniper, taking them out to try and get an advantage, but coming up to aim with your laser sights theoretically makes you visible and able to be seen. You can jump from hiding spot to hiding spot, though, allowing you to keep your enemy on their toes...

Hothead Announces 'Kill Shot Virus', Combining Sniper Games and Zombie Outbreaks

Hothead Games has announced that the latest game in its series of sniper-based shooters, Kill Shot, is set to launch in May. Kill Shot Virus throws the ever-popular-to-kill zombie into the mix. You'll have to use your array of high-powered weaponry to take out these zombie hordes in a post-apocalyptic world. Where Kill Shot Virus will mix things up is in new missions where you'll be up close and personal with the zombies with shotguns and assault weapons. Additionally, Urban Onslaught and Urban Pandemic modes will test you as you face off against powerful super zombies. I've often said when the zombie apocalypse comes, I'm leading a debaucherous cult, but I'm fine with being turned into a super zombie, too...

'Gangstar: New Orleans' Hits the App Store

March 29th, 2017 1:06 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Release
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After a lengthy soft launch, Gameloft's Gangstar: New Orleans [Free] is now available in the US App Store. We had a fairly vibrant thread in our forums with loads of first impressions from the soft launch which were incredibly mixed. It'll be interesting to see what improvements have been made from the original soft launched Philippines version. Also, the game itself is free to play, so be sure to have your expectations in check before diving in...

The first update for Card Thief [$1.99] has hit, and it brings a feature I requested in my review: iCloud support. Now, the game will save your progress to the cloud automatically after winning a game or unlocking something, with a manual save in the options. You will be prompted on another device if there's a more advanced save. I love me some Card Thief, but I have had significant progress on my iPhone that I couldn't bother to use backdoor methods to transfer to my iPad, and this game is admittedly a big battery waster. So why not play it on the device that literally has a big battery to waste, I say? Now, I can play on my iPad without having to re-unlock things I already got on my iPhone. Thanks, Tinytouchtales!..

'Reigns' Updated With Over 100 New Cards

March 29th, 2017 12:30 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Updates
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Nerial and Devolver Digital's Reigns [$2.99] has gotten a content update that should make the game worth coming back to if you haven't played in a while. The update includes over 100 new cards in total, featuring a new character, 3 new deaths, 5 new objectives, and a fake elephant. Why a fake elephant? Well, everything else has happened in Reigns, why not a phony pachiderm? Another addition that's not necessarily new content, but welcome regardless, is that the main story is a bit easier to solve. It could be rather esoteric to 'win' the game, though in a way that made sense after you figured it out. Now, it might be a bit easier to figure out from the beginnning...

Golf Zero [Free] was a fantastic idea at launch, the only downside being that you could burn through the 40 holes at launch in fairly short order. Part of this is because the game's really fun, and it's hard to put down, sure. But it sure felt like there was a lot of potential for Golf Zero to still fulfill with more levels. Well, Colin Lane and Brad Erkkila are taking the first step towards fulfilling that potential, as the first Golf Zero content update is out, doubling the number levels in the game...

To tell the truth, I've put off playing Versus: The Elite Trials [$3.99] for a while. I didn't particularly enjoy The Hero Project: Redemption Season [$3.99], the last gamebook from author Zachary Sergi, and I was worried that I had completely forgotten where the story left off at the end of Versus: The Lost Ones [$3.99]. That gamebook, which you should definitely play before getting into this one, was something of an information dump. There were too many characters to keep track of, lots of world-building, and a plot that threatened to branch off in some truly confusing directions. With more than a year passing since playing the first chapter of Versus and now, I wasn't confident that I remembered anything from it anymore and wasn't looking forward to having to refresh myself. I kept shuffling The Elite Trials to the back of my to-do list, and now that I've finished it, I feel pretty silly about doing that...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'ROME: Total War - Barbarian Invasion', 'Climb!', 'R.B.I. Baseball 17', 'Blocky Baseball', 'Guns and Spurs', and More

Well, today is Smoke and Mirrors Day, which means it's a great day to tip your top hat towards whatever magicians or illusionists you might know in your life. Also, curiously, in this day in history back in 2004 Ireland was the first country to ban smoking in bars, but still presumably allowing mirrors. Anyway, there's a bunch of cool games that have hit our forums in the last couple days, but it still feels like we're coming down from the onslaught of amazing indie games released earlier this month...

Okay, look. Regular readers know that I am of the Canadian persuasion, and if you are a Canuck of a certain age, you probably have a moderately unhealthy appreciation for Sailor Moon, the highly influential series of anime and manga about a magical teenage girl from the moon, her talking moon cat, and a useless guy in a tuxedo who shows up when the heroine is in a pinch and offers only platitudes as support. I'm not going to apologize or make excuses. It's silly trash and I constantly skipped out early for lunch in high school so that I could go home and watch it on YTV. Taped the whole series onto VHS tapes and everything. Even made a custom box to keep them in. Printed a picture for it just to give it the authentic look...

As was teased last night, Imangi has released what they're calling the biggest update to Temple Run 2 [Free] this year, the Lost Jungle update. These new level in the game will feature new plenty of new things to dodge and avoid as you try to pick up all those coins while out-running the demon monkey. Such as... oh no, is that a giant snake? Snakes are fine, but that snake is far too large!..

We're streaming live on Mobcrush right now. There's a couple different ways you can watch the stream, and they all work equally well and it's really just a matter of personal preference as to which method you prefer. The easiest way to watch is just watching the embedded player right here on TouchArcade. In the interest of being polite, we mute the audio. If you're somewhere you can listen, be sure to turn it back up- the controls for that are in the lower right corner of the video stream. Alternatively, if you're on a mobile device, download the free Mobcrush app for iOS [Free], also available on Google Play. From there, search for TouchArcade. If you follow us, you'll get alerts when we're streaming. Last, but not least, you can visit our channel directly in your browser at mobcrush.com/toucharcade. Oh, and if you want to participate in chat, you'll need to register over on Mobcrush first...

Imangi is Teasing Something New for 'Temple Run 2'

March 28th, 2017 8:00 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News
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If you're ready for some more Temple Run 2 [Free], then good news: you'll be hearing more soon. Imangi has some news for tomorrow morning about something new in Temple Run 2 that they're ready to show you. Until then, you'll have to make do with this teaser that they've posted on Facebook. Hmm, those giant animal heads seem new. And the video is titled "Lost Jungle Temple," hmm.....

Telltale's 'Guardians of the Galaxy' Premieres April 18 With 'Tangled Up in Blue'

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series (or the series with the longest title ever) is almost upon us; Telltale announced today that Tangled Up in Blue, the first episode of its new series, will premiere on all platforms April 18th. Expect a brand new trailer to hit this Thursday, but in the meantime, Telltale gave us a couple of new screenshots that reveal one of the main baddies of the series, Thanos. If you've watched any of the many Marvel movies recently, you probably know that Thanos often makes an appearance after the credits roll, but it looks like the Telltale series will accelerate that conflict and give us a chance to take on Thanos...

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