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Supercell has started spoiling features from the upcoming Clash Royale [Free] patch, so from now until the update drops in a few days, we'll be bringing you all the sneak peeks so you can be as prepared for the changes as possible. The first feature we are getting is a Live Spectate feature that looks exactly like the Ui you saw at the recent Helsinki tournament. As you can see from the video below, once the spectating starts, you don't get to see what cards each opponent has. Only once they start playing them will you get to see each deck, a feature possibly been implemented in order to avoid cheating in tournaments. You can also throw confetti on the field as well as check out how many people are currently watching the same match as you are. And we are getting new clan icons, which never hurts...

The TouchArcade Show - 255 - Dark Lord Day

April 29th, 2016 8:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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We recorded early this week, as Jared and I both have crazy stuff going on this weekend. Jared is going on some kind of crazy camping trip, and I'm going to Dark Lord Day at the Three Floyds Brewery. We both might not make it back from each of our adventures alive, in which case, 255 is a pretty great number to end on I guess. Anyway, we chat quite a bit about the various big announcements of the week like Nintendo bringing Animal Crossing and Fire Emblem to the App Store, along with talking about the following new iOS games: Loop Drive 2 [Free], Goo Saga [$4.99], War Tortoise [Free], and Outdodge [Free]. It's a good time, I promise.

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April 29th, 2016 7:30 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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Hey everyone, it's Friday and we're close to the end of the week of TouchArcade blasting stories out (unless anything cool happens over the weekend we need to cover), but the fact still remains: To survive, we very much need your support. The business of running a web site is tricky, and as we pointed out in our original cry for help, the way developers promote their iOS games has changed significantly with the rise of metrics-centric free to play and in-game directly tracked advertising. It's supremely difficult for us to compete with that, and as such, we've been appealing to our community directly. If you like hanging out on our forums, listening to our podcasts, or reading some of the best long-form content in mobile gaming, please consider supporting us on Patreon. We never hit our initial goal, but we've been slowly climbing none the less. We're hopeful we get there eventually!

It doesn't take a whole lot to keep us afloat, as we run super lean as is. As I've mentioned before on the podcast, even if our hardcore podcast followers each just contributed a buck a month we'd really never need to worry about this again. It'd be awesome to not need to worry about this kind of thing, and instead just continue focusing on combing the App Store for the best games iOS has to offer. To do that, we need your help. Think of it like subscribing to a magazine, except that magazine shovels rad content your direction 24/7 and is home to a great community of people to discuss every aspect of mobile gaming with.

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'War Tortoise'

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...

Kabam's Marvel Contest of Champions [Free] has been a huge smash hit for the company, and with the concept providing opportunities for all sorts of Marvel characters to make appearances, it makes sense that each big Marvel movie would have special cameos. Next up is Captain America: Civil War, which has started releasing in theaters globally, with the North American premiere on May 6th. In commemoration of the movie, Contest of Champions has added in a Civil War event where players can play for Team Cap or Team Iron Man. You earn special shards for your side, that can be spend on faction crystals. You also get a boost for the faction you commit to. And with the Civil War features, Kabam has an exclusive clip from the movie:..

'Blitz Breaker' and 'Twisted Lines' Need Beta Testers

It's always cool playing upcoming games. It's a thrill that doesn't wear off, and anyone in the media who doesn't still get a bit of excitement from playing something ahead of its regular availability should reconsider why they're in the gaming media. Thankfully, everyday peoplelie you, the reader, can play prerelease games as well in exchange for some helpful feedback, as indie developers often working on budgets of $nothing need people with various devices for technical reasons, not to mention making sure their games get as many eyes on them as possible. And with the new Testflight, it's possible for developers to get hundreds of testers. It's a pretty cool feature. We often post about developers needing testers, and developers often have great things to say about our audience and their testing...

Foursaken Media is blasting through 2016 at an epic pace. We're not even a third of the way through the year and they've already released All is Lost [Free] and War Tortoise [Free]. Heck, War Tortoise has barely been out for 48 hours as of publication and already Foursaken is getting game number three this year ready. Their action-RPG Adventure Company, which we've written about before, has just soft launched in several countries. Yes, two days after War Tortoise's launch. Heck, even if they waited a week that would be a pretty quick pace, but if it's ready, it's ready, right?..

If you enjoy losing, losing, and then losing some more while trying to figure out a single level, then you should pick up Mos Speedrun 2 [Free], which has gone free for the first time ever. If you haven't played the game before, on the surface it's a platformer where you try to get to the end of a level as quickly as possible; yet, the game is so much more than that. Mos Speedrun 2 offers additional challenges on top of finishing a level as fast as possible such as collecting coins spread throughout the level, finding and exploring hidden levels, and so on. As our very own Carter pointed out in his 5-star review of the game, this is a very deep game with a number of objectives that you'll have to complete if you are to unlock future worlds...

Well, everyone expected this to happen, and Supercell obliged. In the upcoming Clash Royale [Free] patch hitting May 3rd, Mortars, Bomb Towers, Elixir Collectors, Cannon, Royal Giants, Mirrors, and more will see much-needed changes. More specifically, Mortar deployment time will be increased to 5 from 3 seconds and damage decreased by 10%. The reason is the Mortar currently is too strong for a building with both offensive and defensive capabilities and offers too much value for 4 Elixir. Also, its use in Arena 8 is too high for such a specialized and contentious card. Bomb Towers will see their lifetime decreased to 40 seconds from 60 seconds because as it stands, the unit is too dominant and difficult to deal with in low to mid Arenas...

Barring Bad Weather, Flight Simulator 'Take Off - The Flight Simulator' Takes to the Skies June 9th

If you've been looking for a good flight simulator, keep an eye on Take Off, which will, well, take off June 9th. As I wrote about a few weeks back, Take Off tries to offer plenty of variety in the experience of flying rather than just have you fly from A to B like an overpriced taxi service (though an Uber version of what would be interesting). Instead of that single scenario, Take Off will have you flying rescue missions, offering sightseeing services, performing emergency landings, and much more. The game simulates day/night cycles and a variety of weather conditions to making flying more enjoyable and more treacherous...

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, visit mobcrush.com/beta and download the free Mobcrush app. (It's in beta, so you'll need to agree to have it installed on your device.) 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...

'Duelyst' Has Officially Released on PC, a Mobile Release Should Come in 2016

A few months back we wrote about the upcoming Duelyst going into beta, and I talked about how I was looking forward to getting this game on my mobile. Well, that day is closer since Duelyst has launched for PC and according to the developers, from here on they'll be focusing on making the mobile version of Duelyst great and hope to launch at some point in 2016. If you haven't heard of the game or don't know much about it, Duelyst is a fast-paced collectible card game with a tactical battlefield, and it looks great. The game currently over 330 cards across 6 unique Factions and offers ranked season ladder and draft mode tournaments. And the matches last between 5-10 minutes, making it great for mobile...

2D Multiplayer Shooter 'Armajet' Will Have Limited Alpha Access Starting May 13th

I've mentioned quite a few times in the past that where the mobile platform excels at is at offering a huge community for multiplayer games, and upcoming 2D multiplayer shooter Armajet aims to capture precisely that community. Armajet developers describe the game as a competitive, mobile, multiplayer shooter with fast-paced jetpack combat, and as you can see from the trailer below, it looks both fast and fun. The developers enjoy the esports scene, so they are aiming to create a spectator-friendly fast-paced arena shooter that will be fun to play but also fun to watch. The game is easy to play but hard to master with the depth pro-gamers want from a competitive game,  always according to the developers...

Supercell continues trying to level the playing field (at least in terms of hacks and cheats) in Clash of Clans [Free], and as the latest update claims, the efforts have been quite successful so far. The Fair Play status update claims that so far, they haven't had a single false positive even though they've checked even remotely-suspicious cases. The update then goes on to clear up community questions and concerns. Specifically, using Bluestacks or other emulators won't get you banned, playing multiple accounts on one device will not get you banned, playing on a jailbroken/rooted device won't get you banned, and screen recording won't get you banned, unless it changes gameplay in any of Supercell's games...

'Space Marshals 2' Should Release in June, Sequel Will Turn the Stealthyness Up a Notch

Space Marshals [$4.99] is a favorite both with the TA staff and the readers in our forums partly because it managed to get stealth gameplay quite right and packaged it in a gorgeous package. No one should be surprised, then, that we are all looking forward to the game's sequel, and according to a blog post today, Space Marshals 2 should release at some point in June. If you remember, back in September developer Pixelbite asked for player feedback on what kind of features players wanted to see in the sequel. I have no idea what you guys requested (though many in the comments hoped the game keeps its stealth system and adds more locations), but I think the announced features should make most players quite happy...

RPG Reload File 078 - 'Pocket RPG'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we always seem to be starting from scratch. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the futuristic, post-apocalyptic world we inhabit. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their overall place in the iOS library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews usually allow for. As the Lukahn of this little Circle Of Sages, I decide which game gets the canoe from week to week. If you feel I've missed any awesome games, however, you can make a suggestion by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. While it might not show up for a while, it will be added to the master list, so you'll see it sooner or later...

Out Now Part 2: 'Angry Birds Action!', 'Boxy Kingdom', 'PsyCard', 'Agent Gumball', 'REDCON', 'Egz', 'Runaway Toad' and More

Hey, well wouldn't you know it was one of those weird weeks where a ton of games came out, but there was still a significant number that trickled out after the usual weekly time. So! Here we are with our second edition of Out Now for this week, with a handful of pretty noteworthy games that weren't out when we posted our list last night. And if even more games trickle out after this list? Well, I guess we'll do a third list, heh. Check out the list of stragglers below!..

Noodlecake and PixelZapp's 'Caterzillar' Launches in May

We got to see Noodlecake's Caterzillar back at GDC, and if the game intrigued you, well, good news: we now know that the game's going to release on May 12th. This platformer has you playing as Bob the Caterpillar, trying to eat all the fruits, while exploring twisty and turny worlds. You can run along any surface, not unlike games such as Soosiz [$0.99 / $0.99 (HD)] and Momoka [$6.99]. Looks pretty cool, here's the new trailer:..

Gameloft has released what they are calling the biggest update to Dungeon Hunter 5 [Free] yet, with the Guild Wars update. This new PVP mode has you fighting with your guild, and taking on players from other guilds, trying to help your guild become the greatest in the world. Special events where you can declare war against another guild for an hour-long battle in their stronghold will let you wreck some sweet damage on your enemies, and get some great rewards. Check out the developer diary talking about the new feature:..

Upcoming Enhanced Mobile Port of 'Romancing SaGa 2' Gets First English Language Trailer

This past December, Square Enix announced that they would be releasing an enhanced port of their classic 16-bit RPG Romancing SaGa 2 on iOS devices in Japan. Given that the game had never been translated to English, and that it was a highly quirky and niche game to begin with, it seemed pretty unlikely that the game would ever make it outside of the shores of Japan. Which was a shame because it was such a unique title. Well, earlier this month we were very happy to have been proven wrong as Square Enix confirmed that the Romancing SaGa 2 iOS game would indeed be releasing worldwide. Today they've posted a brand new trailer for the game detailing its many features, both new and old...

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