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Hello, friends! It's time once again for a new episode of the RPG Reload Podcast. It's a special one, because this time around Eric Ford and I have a guest joining us for the first time. The main topic this time around is King Of Dragon Pass [$9.99], and neither Eric nor I have a particularly long history with the game. I've played it a few times since its release, and Eric played it for the first time leading up to this podcast. With that in mind, we decided to tap one of our expert readers, a fine fellow by the name of Zack Kline, to join our discussion. He offers a unique perspective on the game, and not just because he's a big fan of it. Zack is a blind gamer with a keen interest in hardcore games like RPGs. He was instrumental in King Of Dragon Pass adding full voice-over support, making it one of a small selection of RPG titles that are accessible to the visually impaired. It was a pleasure to have Zack join us, and we'd like to have him on again if the opportunity arises...

One of the advantages of owning an Android device, as I outlined in my article on Android gaming, is that Android users occasionally get Humble Bundles of games. The latest Humble Bundle is here, and it is a whopper. There's six games in the Humble Mobile Bundle 12 at launch: you get The Last Express [$4.99], Spaceteam [Free] with everything unlocked, and Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous [$2.99]. If you pay above the average, which is currently $3.80, you can get Monument Valley [$3.99], Blek [$2.99], and Joe Danger [$2.99] in the bundle as well...

Recycling Gets Deadly in the Upcoming 'Shredmill' from the Creator of 'Cubed Rally Racer'

It's generally good advice to avoid papercuts. They hurt! In Shredmill, avoiding papercuts is the literal goal. You control a stack of paper that must avoid any number of hazards. This is the latest game from Nocanwin of Cubed Rally Racing [$0.99 / $1.99 (HD)] fame. You'll be using one-tap controls to dodge buzzsaws, barriers, and stay on your treadmill before fans hit you. Check out the game in action:..

'Positron' Will Bring 'Tron'-Style Lightcycle Mazes to Mobile

Who doesn't love Tron lightcycles? It's one of those things that could perhaps be described as a classic 'game', but it's something that's been adapted so much from the original arcade Tron that many people likely know lightcycles' mechanics without having played that original game. And many games have taken inspiration from it, too. Retroburn's Positron is one of those games, and they're bringing this lightcycle-inspired game to mobile as well as Steam, hopefully soon. Confirmed in a recent tweet over the weekend, Positron will deliver maze-centric lightcycle action. Check out some of the game in action here:..

Long a staple of the Japanese games industry, romance games have been slowly gaining a bit of a foothold in the west. It seems to have gone hand in hand with the establishment of the visual novel genre outside of Japan, owing to break-out hits like Ace Attorney [Free] and 999 [$4.99]. Like many sub-genres, romance games got their start primarily by targeting men or teenaged boys, offering a wide selection of cute girls with varying personalities for the player to try to woo. Unlike many sub-genres, somewhere along the line publishers got the idea that such games might appeal to the other half of the human race, too. While there are plenty of games for all combinations of gender and orientation in the modern romance game scene, there's no question that the biggest share of the non-explicit market is aimed squarely at women...

Learn How 'Call of Champions' Makes a MOBA Work Without Minions in New Video

Call of Champions is one of my most anticipated games at the moment; I love the idea of the 5-minute MOBA, and had a great time playing the game at GDC. An alpha program is currently rolling out, and eventually wider pre-release versions and potentially even a soft launch are in the cards. In the run-up to the game, the team at Spacetime has decided to release several new videos covering different aspects of the game. The important one to watch is how the Orb works. The Orb is how you destroy towers, and controlling it is how you win the game...

AppAbove Games Brings 'Armadillo Gold Rush HD' from Feature Phones to Smartphones This Week

AppAbove Games has announced that Armadillo Gold Rush HD is making its way to the App Store this Thursday, May 7th. This game has you controlling an armadillo who must roll around and collect all the gold coins in each level, because armadillos only deal with the gold standard, probably. You'll be using alls to stop you and change direction, with springs, balls, and boxes that can help you in your way to become the richest armadillo in all the land...

'Dungelot: Shattered Lands' is Coming Soon, and Will be Premium

Red Winter Games is bringing back their Dungelot [$1.99 / Free] with a new entry: Dungelot: Shattered Lands. The third entry in the series will have you exploring new levels, uncovering tiles to find enemies and fight them. Six hero classes, including the vampire from the original game, will be playable in Shattered Lands. Red Winter is playing up elements like the game's story, with decisions to make in some of the quests. Additionally, the game will feature randomly-generated dungeons, globla map exploration, and and a hero's mansion you can build up. Check out the trailer:..

'Blitz Breaker' Has a Playable Demo You Need to Try

Boncho Games announced their swipe-based platformer Blitz Breaker earlier this year. The game looked quite intriguing, but it seemed like with a 4th quarter of 2015 release date, that we wouldn't get to try it out for a while. But hey, conservative release date estmations hopefully mean no worries about delays. Well, the good news is that it is possible to play Blitz Breaker right now, as Boncho has posted a playable demo version of the game on the web. It's playable on the web with a keyboard, as well as in Mobile Safari, though going fullscreen doesn't necessarily work. Still, it's quite playable...

'Hyperburner' is an Impressive-Looking High-Speed Cave-Flier Coming Soon

Developer Badpotion has just revealed their latest game Hyperburner, and it's looking like quite the impressive game. You will be controlling a ship flying through dangerous environments, dodging all manner of obstacles at high speeds. Hyperburneer is 3D, and takes place from a behind-the-ship perspective, so you'll be moving across multiple axes to stay alive. The game is looking absolutely gorgeous across its different landscapes. The trailer shows off what you can expect from the game:..

'Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition' Goes On Sale For The First Time

How long has it been since a huge, great iOS RPG went on sale for an awesome price? Like, three days or something at least, I'm sure. Well, I hope you all kept at least a fiver in your wallet, because the wonderful Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition [$4.99] has gone on sale for the first time ever since its launch late last year. Regularly selling for $9.99, would-be adventurers can now embark from the town of Easthaven for half the price, a mere $4.99...

Digi-Capital sees a bright future for mobile games in the next few years. The firm predicts that mobile gaming revenue will hit $29 billion this year, increase to $45 billion by 2018, as gaming software reaches $88 billion this year, and $110 billion in 2018. Do the math: that means that mobile gaming is possibly going to encompass a bigger portion of the gaming revenue pie in the coming years. ..

'Subterfuge' Strategy/Diplomacy Game Preview - Fascinating Machinations of Machines

One of my favorite aspect of strategy games is the clash of wits and the constant attempt to outmaneuver your opponent. Yet, AI opponents never really give me those glorious moments that a strategy board game can, the knowledge that you've just outmaneuvered someone who sees and understands the game in the same way you do but still couldn't figure out the trap you'd been setting the last few turns. So, when I first heard about Subterfuge, a one-week long multiplayer game of strategy and diplomacy currently in alpha developed by a team consisting of Ron Carmel (of World of Goo), Noel Llopis (of Amazing Alex), and artist Shane Nakamura (of Zombie Gunship), my strategy sense started tingling. According to the developers, the game was greatly influenced by Neptune's Pride and Diplomacy, which is music to my ears. After spending about a week with the game, I have to say that I'm really looking forward to the game coming out because Subterfuge really brings diplomacy to the fore and will be a great game to play with friends (as long as you don't mind losing a few of them after you double-cross them for the tenth time)...

Update Mondays: 'Clash Of Clans', 'WWE Immortals', '.Decluster', 'Mr Jump', And More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. Some really awesome updates this last week, even though several of them were just fixing great games that had been broken for a while. We'll take them however we can get them! Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper Social [Free], the watchlist in the TouchArcade App [Free], or by participating in the TouchArcade forums, but this weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

LogoThis is a pretty awesome podcast episode, we start with troubleshooting Jared's weird inability to figure out Reddit, move on to shout outs, and then discuss some great games of the week including The Line Zen [Free], the subsequent Ketchapp drama. We also chat about Sheep Frenzy! [Free], Bears vs. Art [Free], Lonk's Awakening [Free], and Skatelander [Free]. There's a lot of other random game discussion in there, but those are the main ones. About an hour in we switch gears to WWE chat, so stick with us for that if you're into wrestling.

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Marvel Future Fight'

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...

Best iPhone and iPad Games - 5/1/15 - 'Does Not Commute', 'Hearthstone's Blackrock Mountain Expansion and More

Another great week for iOS gamers is now officially in the books. Our top rated reviews this week cover an incredible free to play game, the awesome conclusion of the Hearthstone expansion, a Metroidvania game... and an amazing port of a classic RPG. Weak week, it is not. Read on for our top scoring reviews we published this week...

'Hearthstone' Blackrock Mountain Adventure Review - The Best Way to Experience this Fantastic CCG

After five weeks of playing, thinking, and writing about Hearthstone's [FreeBlackrock Mountain Adventure (BRM), the fun is over and we are back to playing plain, old Hearthstone. No more Wings to explore, no more crazy bosses to tackle, and, more importantly, no new cards to get. What's done is done though, and now that BRM is over, we can look back and see how Blizzard did in its second attempt at an Adventure after the successful Curse of Naxxramas. If we look at the Adventure as a whole, I believe that Blizzard did a great job thematically, perhaps better than with Naxxramas, as the Dragon-and-Fire themes were represented very well in BRM's various wings. The card rewards were also great, and although they might not revolutionize the meta, I think they'll help turn the RNG down a notch. BRM wasn't perfect, though, and some of the issues that Naxxramas had also surfaced here, especially in terms of the Heroic Bosses and the lack of extra deck slots. But let's not get ahead of ourselves...

Latest 'Divide By Sheep' Trailer Showcases the Power of Friendship and Slicing Sheep into Pieces

Back at PAX South in January, we went hands-on with tinyBuild's Divide By Sheep, a sheep-based puzzler that had you splitting and sorting groups of sheep onto different floating rafts. And by splitting I mean literally splitting those poor little sheepies in half. Anyway, despite the odd setup and its overly-cute aesthetic, we were surprised by just how interesting and fun Divide By Sheep was, as well as how dark and gory it could be. To see what I mean, check out the brand new trailer released by tinyBuild today...

I'm generally terrible at roguelikes. What can I say, I'm young and reckless! But I love the genre (and its conventions that inspire other games) because they're highly replayable and demand that I get better at them. When Steam had its recent roguelike sale, I found out that I owned more than half of the games on sale – and bought a few more. So, MicRogue [$0.99] definitely appealed to me, especially as a bite-sized roguelike. And hey, I do love me some pixel art. Thankfully, MicRogue delivers solid, entry-level roguelike gameplay...

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