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LogoThis weekend is PAX in Seattle, and this podcast was recorded live from my hotel room, using my headphones' in-line microphone sooo... Audio quality is just alright at best. Either way, we talk about the phenomenon that is PAX pin trading, another Oculus Rift demo, yet another Apple TV gaming rumor, and a few iOS games. Those games specifically were Sage Solitaire [Free], Lara Croft GO [$4.99] and Ski Safari 2 [$1.99]. Also, no Mobcrush stream (or YouTube archive) this week as... Well, hotel internet.

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Sage Solitaire'

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...




The official App Store Twitter account is pretty awesome. Far from being just some robot arbitrarily tweeting out links to new games, you can tell that whoever runs the account gives it a lot of personality in the various apps and games that it chooses to talk about. Something that I believe is a new thing the App Store Twitter is doing is posting quick behind the scenes videos about some of the best iOS games. The first ones that I've seen are for the just-released Lara Croft GO [$4.99] and last week's massive hit Horizon Chase [$2.99]...

Two New 'Prevail' Videos Show Off Jetpacking, Using Spells, and Causing General Mayhem

I'll tell you what, it was like an actual miracle that Johnny Two Shoes' open-world space exploration game Prevail was resurrected about a month ago after being left untouched for more than two years. It was one of my most anticipated games back in the day, and I was pretty crushed when it looked as though the project would never see the light of day. Now, just in the past week there have been two new videos posted showing off various aspects of Prevail, and it feels like Christmas. First check out this brief video showing off how the jetpack works as the game's protagonist gets in a gunfight with an enemy ship...

New 'Z-Exemplar' Video Showcases an Option for Smooth Ship Movement

In case you haven't noticed, I've been beating the Z-Exemplar drum pretty loudly the last few months. What can I say, I'm excited for its release! As you probably know Z-Exemplar is a side-scrolling shoot 'em up that developer Suminell Studios is currently working on. You can mash away at this link for all our previous coverage. ..

New Teaser Video for Godzilab's 'Pirate Power' Focuses on Combat

Godzilab struck gold a little over three years ago with their sickeningly adorable (I mean that in a good way) town-building game Happy Street [Free]. With dozens upon dozens of different shopfronts, characters and mini-games to flesh out your happy little street with, Happy Street sucked in tons of players in a big way, myself included. In the midst of releasing near-constant updates for Happy Street, Godzilab has been working on a follow-up title called Pirate Power, which was soft-launched in late June. It takes many of the town-building aspects of Happy Street but puts a greater emphasis on exploration and combating enemies. This brand new trailer gives us a look at that combat portion of Pirate Power...

Yesterday Apple sent out official invites for a media event to be held in San Francisco on September 9th, where they're expected to introduce the new models of iPhone and possibly several other things. One of the biggest rumors surrounds a completely revamped Apple TV. As I joked in the post yesterday, a new Apple TV–and I mean truly new, with an App Store and games and everything–has been rumored for years and years now, and has never actually come to fruition. However, the leaks and info coming out over the past several months almost positively points to a new Apple TV being unveiled on September 9th, and this latest batch of news from TechCrunch is especially interesting from a gaming perspective...

One of the best games of 2014, Out There [$1.99], got an update not long ago adding new visuals, music, and a bunch of new content in its "Omega Edition" update. And now, if you've wanted to play the game for yourself at a way-too-cheap price, well, the game's on sale for $1.99 this weekend. Definitely pick it up at that price – it was a fantastic game even before the new content was added in...

Retro-Modern Flying Game 'PixWing' Coming September 10th

Back in June we caught wind of a lovely looking upcoming flying game called PixWing from developer RymPow Team, which is comprised of folks who also worked on This War of Mine [$14.99 (HD)] at 11-bit Studio. What really caught my eye about PixWing was its use of blocky textures giving it a decidedly retro look, but still having massive 3D open worlds to fly around in. It struck a similar type of old-but-modern style that the recent Horizon Chase [$2.99] did so well. I've been excited for PixWing since it was announced, and at long last the game finally has a release date: September 10th, just under two weeks away...

Telltale Releases a Bunch of New 'Minecraft: Story Mode' Screens

With PAX officially kicking off today, Telltale has sent over some new screens and details from their upcoming adventure Minecraft: Story Mode. Seeing as Minecraft is a massive open-ended game where you can pretty much do whatever you want, Telltale is embracing that theme with Story Mode and for the first time in one of their adventure games you'll be able to create and customize your own main character. The main character will always be named Jesse, which makes sense seeing as the game will have a star-studded cast doing voice work and it would be impossible to have them all record every name imaginable, but you will get to choose between male and female characters and a variety of appearance options. Below is a new screen from the game followed by several different versions of "Jesse" that are possible...

Way back in the before times, when I was a little fellow attending elementary school, I often found myself doodling on the paper in front of me. Well, to be honest, I did that in junior high school, high school, and university, too, but that's neither here nor there. The point is, my imagination wandered frequently, and conspired with my hand to try to keep the whole system from going to sleep. I feel like I drew all the standard things: dinosaurs, super heroes, video game characters, the screaming souls of the damned as they burned in searing agony for all eternity, fighter jets, ALF, and of course, space ship battles. I would doodle an assortment of ships on the left, another group on the right, then simulate their battles. Sentinel Command [$3.99 (HD)] reminds me of those hand-sketched battles, but with rules, challenge, and all kinds of good things like that...

Seasonal Ranked Play Announced for 'Vainglory'

August 28th, 2015 11:00 AM EDT by Eric Ford in MOBA, News
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While fans of the game are eagerly awaiting the unveil of Vainglory’s [Free] newest hero, Skye, the folks at Super Evil Megacorp made a pretty significant announcement about the mobile MOBA this morning...

Earlier this year, when Heroes Of Might & Magic 3 - HD Edition [$4.99 (HD)] released for the iPad, I was hoping it would be the start of Ubisoft porting more of the classic Might & Magic games to iOS. The iPad version of the game had its share of quirks, most of which I outlined in my review, but it was a decent enough port of the game for those not interested in playing on their computers. Unfortunately, the game seemed to have stalled out a bit, getting a pretty quick update that introduced more bugs than it killed, followed by months of nothing. Imagine my delight when I saw that the game received a new update today that addresses most of those nasty bugs. Coupled with a sale that drops the price from its regular $9.99 down to $4.99, we might call this Heroes Of Might & Magic 3 HD's second chance...

RPG Reload File 053 - 'Mage Gauntlet'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we smash everything in search of new hats. Each week, we pull an RPG from the past of the App Store to see how it holds up to our highly-advanced, futuristic, utopian society. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on a game's overall place on the platform, or just to take a nice deep dive in a way our reviews don't usually allow for. As the kindly old wizard watching over these proceedings, I try to pick a nice balanced plate from week to week. If you feel like I'm missing something cool, however, please let me know. You can give me suggestions by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. I can't promise I'll get to it soon, but it will go on the master list which means I'll get to it eventually...

'Adventure Roller Skates' Has a New Name, 'Raider Rush', and a Release Date

Adventure Roller Skates is a game we and especially Jared here at TA have been excited to play. But if you too are excited to play Adventure Roller Skates, well, I have bad news: you can't play Adventure Roller Skates, ever. That's because the game has gotten a name change to Raider Rush. Gotcha! Egg and your face were in alignment. ..

tinyBuild Games' Divide by Sheep [$0.99] was definitely an interesting little puzzle game when it first released, straddling the line between being a casual math puzzler with a cute look, with challenging puzzles and a surprisingly-gory macabre theme. If you haven't checked this one out yet, and you've been meaning to, well, now's as good a time as ever, as the game has just gotten its 5th world in the latest update, along with a cool $0.99 sale price...

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...

Did you miss Adventures of Pip [$9.99] when it was $4.99 at launch? Well, while I think the game is worth $14.99 since it's a good platformer and that's what the game is worth on other platforms, I'm here to tell you about an opportunity to both pay an above-average price for a mobile game and still get a discount. Because Adventures of Pip is in the PAX 10, the developers at Tic Toc Games have put the game on sale for $9.99 for the weekend. No one knows when the game will be on sale again, so if you want the game for less than $14.99...do it now...

You'll Need to Wait Just a Bit Longer for 'Rebuild 3', Release Pushed Back to at Least September 3rd

At the beginning of June we were treated to a new trailer for Northway Games' Rebuild 3 along with a vague release window of July or August for the iOS version. Great! Rebuild [$2.99] on iOS was one of the best strategy games I had played, so of course I was excited for the sequel. Then early this month Northway announced on their blog that Rebuild 3 was scheduled for an August 13th release. Again, great! Unfortunately, just a couple of days before that release date Northway had to push the release back to August 27th due to a device compatibility issue. Bummer, but I'm patient, you know? Well, today is August 27th and unfortunately Rebuild 3 has been delayed yet again...

Most puzzle games don't necessarily have an impactful message. I mean sure, some of them encourage critical thinking and educate youngsters, but you usually don't see anything meaningful in your puzzle soup. The Path to Luma [Free] switches that up a bit however, as the entire affair is sponsored by NRG (a clean energy company), and deals with themes such as solar and wind power. Thankfully, the actual game is pretty good, so the message doesn't fall on deaf ears...

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