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If you missed the stream, we upload archive videos to our YouTube channel, so just head over there to see previous streams and our other random video content. Additionally, if you would like to stream on Mobcrush, it's actually supremely easy and doesn't require any kind of extra hardware and the software to do it is a quick (and free) download. Check out the Mobcrush FAQ for more information.



Minecon 2016 is currently taking place in Anaheim, California, and as was expected, we got some good Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] news. First of all, the upcoming 0.16 update, also called the Boss Update, is coming October 18th, so we'll have to wait another month to get our hands on it. But what will it bring with it? Well, we knew that it will add bosses - hence the name - so we'll be getting the Elder Guardian (and its Ocean Monuments), and the Wither in its revamped fighting form. What I'm more excited about is the first implementation of Add-Ons, which the devs call the first step towards even greater levels of customization to all editions of the game, starting with MCPE and Windows 10. As you can see from the video below, you'll be able to mess with mobs just by editing text files...

The TouchArcade Show - 275 - "I Wear the Cargo Shorts"

September 23rd, 2016 9:30 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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We kick things off with some listener email, specifically defining what makes a "Mike Meade game." From there, we come good on our promise from last week with tons of game chat. Those games include Deflated [Free], The Counter of Death [Free], the Sorcery [$4.99] series, Vulture Island [$2.99], Action Buggy [$0.99], Cat Physics [$1.99], Jungle Crash Land [$0.99], and Faily Rider [Free]. There might be some other stuff in there, but those are the big ones. We also talk about how great W1-enabled headphones are, and we talk about Mike's upcoming game, Mikey Jumps.

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to podcast@toucharcade.com. We read 'em all, and love decoding messages written entirely in emoji. As always, you can listen to us with the links below... And if you like what you hear, please subscribe and/or drop us a review in iTunes. Much appreciated!


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September 23rd, 2016 9:15 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: 'Vulture Island'

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...

'Ember' Review - Keeping the Old-School RPG Light Burning

When 505 Games and N-Fusion released their old-school inspired RPG Ember [$9.99] last week, there were a few interesting things we noted. First, with a stated longevity of 30+ hours (coupled with no IAP), it’s certainly one of the longest premium RPGs we’ve played in awhile. Second, as a near simultaneous release with the PC version, it’s one of those increasingly rare games where the developer isn’t trying to hide the fact that a mobile version was developed concurrently with the PC version. Both are typically good indicators of a well-made game, and Ember certainly fits the bill. It does an excellent job paying homage to the old-school RPG and its controls make an acceptable transition to touch screen...

Supercell has a history of producing silly commercials for its games - like the Rules of the Duel commercials from a month ago - so I'm not surprised they just released some silly new ones about various Clash Royale [Free] units. These videos are mostly sing-alongs and include all kinds of music styles performed in the silliest of ways. There's a video about the Mini P.E.K.K.A, one for the Log (extremely silly one), and new Rules of the Duel videos that show off the Giant Skeleton, the (hated) Prince, and even enemies in general. All of them are very well made, as is always the case, and are definitely charming enough to get people who haven't played the game interested in trying it out...

A couple of weeks back we wrote about World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] doing a Valkyria Chronicles crossover, and it looks like Wargaming won't be stopping there. In addition to Valkyria Chronicles, the tank game will be getting a tank designed by famed mechanical designer, Kunio Okawara, a pioneer of Mecha art and design in Japan who has worked on Gundam and the Brave Series. If you don't know what a mechanical designer is, it's a designer who focuses not on human characters but primarily on robots, ships, and so on. So, it's easy to see how he would be the right person to design a tank. The tank he'll be designing will be called the O-47, and all we have is a half-lit image of it, so we'll see how it will look when it's all done...

'Miaou Moon' Features A Cat That Might be Farting Through Space

Laotian game studio Agent Mega, maker of Paper Dungeons [$2.99], are set to release their next game Miaou Moon on iOS and Android on October 1st. You play as a cat floating in space, eating goldfish to get energy that helps propel itself along. You have to contend with gravity, and myriad other hazards, using your varying physical form to help explore the moon you're on, fighting enemies along the way. There's five different moons to explore, with permanent unlocks you can get, though you're mostly just trying to survive as long as possible to rack up a high score...

Degica, English publisher of the popular RPG Maker series, has brought a mobile variant of the popular game-making software to mobile. RPG Creator [Free] is now available in English. While the game isn't quite as extensive as the desktop RPG Maker software, this will let you create your own RPGs on the go, from your phone! You can upload your own assets (or use default ones), create events, edit an extensive database, and share your creations. Plus, you can play games created by others and upload them to the web. Neat!..

'Papers, Please' Fixed for iOS 10 and Discounted

September 23rd, 2016 5:30 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Updates
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If you're a fan of Papers, Please [$5.99 (HD)] that was disappointed that the game wasn't working on iOS 10, then I have good news for you! Developer Lucas Pope has gone and fixed the game for iOS 10. Glory to Arstoztka, and glory to indie developers supporting their products, unlike major publishers who often let their pricey mobile ports languish. But I only assume for many that doesn't come as a shock...

'Malevolent Machines' Is a Cool-Looking Upcoming Runner

The first thing you'll notice when you take a look at the upcoming Malevolent Machines is that really cool art. I don't know how it will all work together when the game actually comes out, but so far I like what I'm seeing. Malevolent Machines is a runner with an interesting story; Dr. Leyla Green's experiments go awry and her horrific, steampunk entities are unleashed upon the world. Now, she has to take them all on with the help of her giant pet cyborg. Leyla will be constantly running towards the right (I want a runner to finally dare go from right to left to surprise everyone) and as her enemies pop up, she'll need to jump over them, slide under them, attack them, or even blow the ground from underneath them...

Upcoming 'Cartesian' Is Aiming for the OCD Among You

Do you like your paintings perfectly straight, your books in alphabetical order, and all the light switches facing the same direction? Then you might like the upcoming game Cartesian, a fast-paced puzzle game that's all about symmetry. In the game you have to tap squares to ensure your screen is symmetrical, and you can even battle another player on the same device in a battle to prove who is the most OCD person among you...

Nitrome Reveals 'Silly Sausage: Doggy Dessert' Featuring a Stretchy Dog and Lots of Cake

Nitrome is working on a sequel to Silly Sausage in Meat Land [Free], their fun...puzzle-dog-stretcher? It's a game that still evades traditional genre categorization, but it lets you play as a stretchy dog that can sniff its own butt. But we have a bit of time to figure out how to classify this, because Nitrome is making a sequel: Silly Sausage: Doggy Dessert...

Got a Case of the Mondays? '.Decluster Zero' Developer Has the Answer with Upcoming 'Bullet Hell Monday'

Last year, independent Japanese developer Masayuki Ito gave bullet hell shooter fans two heaping helpings of goodness when he first released .Decluster: Into the Bullet Hell [$2.99 / Free] in March, and then about 5 months later released a completely overhauled and remixed version called .Decluster Zero: Bullet Nocturne [$4.99 / Free] in August. We already loved the original release, but we loved the remixed version even more, and to be honest Bullet Nocturne was such an overhaul over the original that they practically felt like to different games, and it's more than worthwhile owning them both. Well after that double shot of shooter goodness in 2015, Ito is finally back with a brand new shooter called Bullet Hell Monday...

Did you play Day of the Tentacle [$4.99] and think "I like how this game makes me feel stupid, but would like it better if it was a platformer?" Well, that's Donut Games' Vulture Island [$2.99] in a nutshell. It sends you on the quests of a LucasArts point-and-click adventure game, but with 2D platforming. You will use items in weird ways on other items, trying to solve puzzles that will make you curse yourself and slap your forehead over how obvious the solution seems after the fact. It's all that fun, but as a platforming game, a clever combination that's made for another winner from Donut Games...

'Solitairica' Review - The Solitaire Roguelike Your Grandma Could Enjoy

Solitaire is quite possibly the most popular video game of all time, thanks to the game's inclusion in Windows in particular. Many a bored office worker, student, and grandparent has sunk hours into this classic card game. Now, with games like Card Crawl [$2.99] bringing modern roguelike influence into card games, it seems only fitting that Solitairica [$3.99] should come into existence, bringing something more closely resembling actual solitaire to the solitaire roguelike subgenre. And it promises to steal countless hours of your time, even if you're not necessarily a card game player...

While the last update for Pokemon GO [Free] added a whole variety of new features, such as buddy Pokemon and Pokemon GO Plus support, this still wasn't enough for many fans who were still praying for an imminent addition of online trading and battling. Such inclusions still seem to be on the horizon, however the newest 1.9.0 update appears to address some smaller issues with the augmented reality app that may not be as explicitly obvious to the majority of users. In the most recent update, which is in the process of rolling out to all Pokemon GO players, Niantic have added details on the specific location a Pokemon can be caught, which will be visible on the individual critter's stat page. Furthermore, Pokemon GO Plus support for Incense has been added, so any wild creatures encountered with the item will also be available for capture. And, as ever, minor bug fixes have been included to make Pokemon GO a slightly more stable experience...

RPG Reload File 093 - 'WazHack'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the semi-weekly feature where we can't quite remember how old that rat meat is. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's doing in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit some old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. As the ringleader of this little circus, I try to choose a balanced selection of games from week to week. If you feel I'm missing something important, however, please let me know. You can do that by posting a comment below, dropping by the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. Since I plan the schedule pretty far in advance, it might be a while before you see your suggestion, but it will be added to the master list...

'One More Bounce' from SMG Studio Now Available

September 22nd, 2016 9:54 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Release
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SMG's popular One More series continues with the fourth game they've put out, One More Bounce [Free], which has just released worldwide on the App Store. This one has been in the works for a while, with a demo seen at GDC 2015. Now, a while later and after the published title One More Jump [Free], SMG has finally unleashed this onto the world...

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