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Sauce Drama - The TouchArcade Show #327

October 20th, 2017 9:15 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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We kick off this week's show with a rant about Apple, then switch gears into talking about where we've been the last couple weeks between EVE Vegas and the Hearthstone Championship Tour. After going through the news of the week, we move on to talking about Campfire Cooking [$3.99], Darts of Fury [Free], Time Recoil [$3.99], "PUSH" [$0.99], and Pocket Pool. [Free].

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!

As a companion to this audio podcast, we also do a video version of the same show that is exclusive to Patreon which allows you to see us playing the games we're talking about. Backers can view the most recent video episodes of the TouchArcade show by clicking here. Be sure you're logged in to see the latest content. For everyone else who is curious, you can check out our public patreon posts to see older episodes of the video podcast. If you like what you see, consider becoming a TouchArcade Patreon backer.

 

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Guns Royale, Free - Guns Royale is an online 16 person PvP battle royale built from the ground up for iOS. Guns Royale takes the intense survival action of the Battle Royale game mode and brings it to iOS in an approachable top-down perspective.

Guns Royale features bite-sized competitive matches where the player starts with nothing. Players will have to race to scrounge for weapons and gear to have a hope of being the last man standing. A deep set of unlockables will keep the player coming back for more.

Guns Royale also features a bonus AR mode so you can experience it right on your coffee table!

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Time Recoil'

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...




Two years ago now we launched our Patreon and since then while support from our community has been encouraging, we're still only half way to our goal to get back to firing on all cylinders. As you've likely noticed, there haven't been any new names on the site since Brad Nicholson left quite some time ago, as we're largely treading water trying to stay alive on the incredibly limited resources we have. I personally think third party editorial outlets like TouchArcade are very important to the health of online ecosystems like the App Store, and I believe we provide a significant value to our readers and iOS developers every day. All we're asking for is a value for value exchange, and if you feel you derive any value from reading TouchArcade (or anything from the TouchArcade community), please support our efforts to continue doing what we're doing. Here's all the ways you can do that:

Advertising

If you're an iOS developer looking to raise awareness of your game, advertising on sites like TouchArcade is a great way to reach a hyper-targeted audience of iOS gamers and industry influencers who view the site multiple times a day. We offer options ranging from sponsoring our podcast, advertising on our forums, or even completely re-skinning the site. Apple's editorial featuring games team constantly visits TouchArcade, along with (obviously) our whole staff, so having well-placed ads on a site like TouchArcade can be exponentially more effective at getting word out about your game than paying a PR person (likely way more money) to send us emails. For more information, contact our ad sales manager at ads@toucharcade.com.

Supporting Us on Patreon

Patreon is our primary funding source these days. If you're unfamiliar, you're able to more or less "subscribe" to creators (like us) whose content you value. We offer several different tiers of support, which grant things like cosmetic rewards on our forums, as well as access to a Patreon-only chat channel on our Discord server. All Patreon backers also get a video version of our podcast. Developers who support us on Patreon on the "Indie Developer" tier and above get access to a developer chat on on Discord for direct access to TouchArcade staff (and other developers), along with other developer-exclusive content like a business insights email newsletter, event reports, and more. We're also in the process of working with a few different highly relevant companies for exclusive discounts for Patreon backers, although nothing has been finalized just yet.

Overall, a good way to look at our Patreon is to think of TouchArcade as a magazine you'd subscribe to. If you used to pick up a copy of GamePro every month for five bucks (back when magazines only cost five bucks), kick us $5 instead. We provide way more content than print magazines ever could, in an infinitely more timely manner. If you'd like to support the site for more than that because we've saved you money over the years by helping you avoid bad games or by highlighting games you wanted when they were on sale... Even better! The way we look at it is that there's nothing more valuable than time, and we work well over a full time schedule to try and save YOU time by not having to sort through the crap on the App Store. If we've provided value to you in any of these ways, please consider giving back to us with your support.

Amazon Prime Members Can Subscribe to Us on Twitch for Free

If you're an Amazon Prime member, you get way more benefits than fast shipping that you might not even be aware of. One of those perks is Twitch Prime. Once you link up your Amazon account with Twitch, aside from a bunch of random gaming-related freebies, you'll also be able to subscribe to one Twitch channel per month for free. We hope you use that free subscription on our Twitch channel. Something to keep in mind with these free Twitch subscriptions is they do not auto-renew. You'll need to manually re-subscribe every month, so if you'd like to go one tiny step further for us, set a recurring reminder on your iPhone's calendar to remember to do this.

Subscribe on Twitch and/or Cheer with Bits

If you're not an Amazon Prime member, you can still subscribe to our Twitch channel, it just costs $4.99. Something to keep in mind with this is the Twitch revenue share is 50/50, so if you just want to support the site and don't really specifically care about Twitch, your dollars go way farther over on Patreon as they take significantly smaller payment processing fees. But, hey, if you just love Twitch and want the perks that come with a subscriber, rock on.

Twitch Bits Donation

Another thing you can do on Twitch to help us out is cheer us with Bits. It's a new thing Twitch recently added that let you more or less "tip" the active streamer with a Twitch-exclusive currency that gets added to our account which Twitch eventually pays out on. Much like subscriptions, the revenue share on Twitch Bits isn't great, but you can get them for free if you're willing to view some ads on Twitch. Cheering is pretty fun while streaming as there's a whole lot of fanfare when Bits come in, they get added to a tip cup, and Twitch chat gets all excited.

Shop on Amazon Through Our Affiliate Link

If you do a lot of shopping on Amazon, visiting the easy to remember URL toucharcade.com/amazon and clicking through our link gives us credit as the referral for everything you buy. Amazon then gives us a very tiny percentage of the sale, which they'd otherwise just keep for themselves. They have widely varying commission rates, but everything (short of just buying cash gift cards) awards us something.

Amazon Pantry items are among the highest commissions Amazon pays, so if buy a lot of non-perishables and other home goods on Amazon, clicking our link first would be amazing- It also helps keep the joke alive that TouchArcade is in part supported by toilet paper sales since mobile gamers spend a lot of time playing on the toilet.

One-Time Contributions via PayPal

One thing a lot of people have asked us for is the ability to do one-time payments via PayPal. As part of setting up everything to make our Twitch channel work, we also have a more user-friendly way to do one-time payments. Click here, fill out the form, and it'll toss you over to PayPal to complete your payment. All of your PayPal information remains confidential, so we'll really only know what you fill out on the one-time contribution page. If you want to cover PayPal fees, there's a checkbox for that too. One thing to keep in mind with this is that since this whole thing is built with Twitch in mind, it's outside of all the automated stuff we've built for Patreon. If you don't care about those rewards, rock on. Additionally, if we're streaming when you donate, it'll automatically read your note on stream.

Whitelist TouchArcade on Your Ad Blockers

I know this is a ultra-touchy subject for some people, but if you use an ad blocker, please whitelist the TouchArcade domain. We (to the detriment of our own success) run the site with minimal ads which are manually screened to avoid anything that spawns pop-ups, auto-plays sound, or anything else annoying. We respect our readers, and while we'd be doing tons better if we had full-screen and totally irritating interstitials, I think all that does is encourage more people to block your ads. If you just block everything because you assume all sites these days have in-your-face ads, just try whitelisting us. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. And, hell, if you really want to block our ads, just kick us a few bucks in one of these other ways and we'll be square.

Tell Your Friends and/or Share Our Stories on Social Media

If you love TouchArcade, but really just aren't interested in supporting the site financially, you can still do us a solid via word of mouth. If a friend of yours just got a new iPhone, recommend they check out TouchArcade to find some great games to download. Additionally, we go out of our way to produce great long-form content which typically doesn't generate that much search traffic. For instance, Shaun's amazing RPG Reload series, which I think is some of the best content we publish, are among the worst performing articles on the site. If you read something here that you find insightful, or otherwise interesting, please take a moment to encourage your friends to check it out on Twitter or Facebook. You might think one share doesn't mean much, but we can clearly tell the difference in site analytics.

Thanks for Reading

As always, thanks so much to everyone who has supported us over the years. You're the main reason we're still around, and we hope to keep doing what we've been doing for years to come. Hitting our original Patreon goals would allow us to hire more writers, attend more events, refresh the site, and potentially even explore options with our iOS app. We've managed to successfully fight against the tide of needing to run SEO-bait listicles, get involved in sponsored content, and all the other gnarly things web sites are doing to stay alive all because of you.

Thanks everybody!

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While we're primarily supported by a mixture of Patreon, Twitch subscriptions and Amazon referrals these days, site sponsors go a long way in making up for the funding shortfalls of our Patreon never reaching its goal. To show our appreciation, we are now publishing these posts thanking our sponsors each week- Both to give them a little extra visibility and hopefully to get readers who love TouchArcade to give their games a look to similarly support their efforts in allowing us to continue to provide everyone with awesome third party mobile games editorial which the App Store ecosystem badly needs...

Story-Based Card Game 'Brave Hand' Is In Android Public Beta Now, Releasing Next Month

The developer behind Hero Generations is working on a single-player card game called Brave Hand, and starting today you can check it out for yourself in its Android Public Beta, or Early Access program as it's also called. And we have a (vague) release window: late November. As we talked about a few weeks ago, Brave Hand takes inspiration from games like War and Solitaire along with the strategy ideas from collectible card games. It also visually resembles games like Card Thief and Card Crawl, although it appears to be more narrative-driven than those card games...

The huge MOBA Arena of Valor, aka Honor of Kings in Asia, is picking up steam as it gets ready to release in NA next month, and if you want to see it in action, you can watch live streams of the game during TwitchCon this weekend. Starting today, you can hear more about the game in developer interviews but, more importantly, see people who are good at it play it live. And if you're one of the lucky ones already playing the game (if you're in Europe for example), you can participate in various contests. And there's a chance to win Batman (because he's actually in the game) if you share an image of you playing as Batman or against Batman. While the contests and all are fun, I'm just curious to see more of the game in action...

Conan O'Brien Joins 'Lineage 2: Revolution' Today at TwitchCon To Show 50v50 Fortress Siege Mode

If you watch Conan O'Brien's show, you probably know his whole "Clueless Gamer" thing where he plays games he's really bad at (or acts as if he is). Today at TwitchCon, Conan O'Brien will once more be stepping on the stage to talk about a game, but this time around it will be the upcoming Lineage 2: Revolution, the mobile MMO that promises to revolutionize the genre on mobile. Specifically, today at 5PM PDT, Conan and some top Twitch streamers will show off the game's 30v30 Fortress Siege mode on LIneage's Twitch Channel, which should be a blast (and, I'm sure, a big mess of people). The streamers include notable personalities such as Disguised Toast, Chief Pat, and Hafu...

Released on Steam in November of last year and PlayStation 4 this past August, ICEY [$2.99] is a stylish side-scrolling action game that has just surprise released in the App Store. This falls into the realm of yet another Steam game that I've never heard of before that's apparently quite critically acclaimed, and now that it's shown up on iOS I finally have the chance to experience it. ICEY reminds me quite a bit of the incredible Dust: An Elysian Tail [$5.99] in that combat is fast and heavily focused on cool combos and special moves, but the game takes place on a 2D side-scrolling plane. There's also quite an interesting narrative in ICEY, as the omnipresent narrator is constantly guiding you and telling you what to do, but you can choose to defy its instructions and branch out into areas on your own...

'Catan Universe' Coming November 15th With Various Add-Ons Included

Catan Universe is a new digital version of the extremely popular board game, and it's about to make its way onto mobile devices November 15th. Catan Universe is already on PC and Mac, and once it hit mobile, it will allow for cross-platform play. Rivals of Catan, the two-player mobile standalone version, was one of the casualties of iOS 11, so if you want any Catan, you'll have to wait for Catan Universe (and possible Catan-The Duel, currently under development). Catan Universe will be free to download and will come with Rivals of Catan, and if you want more content, you can buy it as an IAP, which I believe is a great monetization system...

'Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times' Review: Outstanding Follow Up to One of the Best Tactical Combat Games Ever

What are the best tactical role-playing games for mobile devices? I see that question a lot and, inevitably, somebody mentions Warhammer Quest [$2.99] by Rodeo Games, and rightfully so. Warhammer Quest is without question one of the best turn-based combat games out there and one in which I've invested a huge number of hours in the four-plus years since its release. Rodeo Games is no more, unfortunately, but that didn't stop a sequel from making its way to the App Store. Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times [$4.99] was just released by Perchang, but can it clear the high bar set by its predecessor?..

If the App Store was any indicator, I'd assume that Halloween is a pretty big deal. However, here in the UK, its very name is laced with contempt, and it seems everyone simply closes the curtains and turns off the lights in an attempt to hide from the world for one horrifying evening. Anyway, it's clear this depressing nation is in the minority, so I'm more than happy to welcome the onslaught of quirky Halloween updates that will roll out onto the App Store in the coming weeks. Crash of Cars [Free] has been updated with numerous cool featured additions over the past few months, so it makes perfect sense that the spooky spirit of the upcoming festivities would make an appearance. As a result, I'm unsurprised yet delighted to report that a big update hit Crash of Cars yesterday, bringing a new Haunted Mansion map, multiple new cars, the highly awaited Car Lab addition and much more...

Epic Action-Platformer 'Cally's Caves 4' Release Date Announced, Set to Roll Onto the App Store November 7th

Since I've officially become an adult (at least in the eyes of the state, maybe less so in reality), I like to feel my wiser, calmer and immensely more cynical self keeps me grounded in the lead-up to big mobile game releases. However, the occasional announcement does force me to dig out my season ticket for the metaphorical Hype Train from time to time, and the recent reveal of Cally's Caves 4 has me in a state of excitement I haven't experienced since the legendary soft-launch debut of Supercell's Brawl Stars. I'm an absolute sucker for action-platformers with an emphasis on exploration and discovery, and considering how strong the previous entry in the series was, Cally's Caves 4 is almost certainly going to contribute further to an incredible 2017 for mobile gaming. After a vague initial announcement, developer Jordan Pearson has finally announced a firm release date for the game, confirming Cally's Caves 4 will release on November 7th for free on the App Store...

The Best Action RPGs for iPhone and iPad - An RPG Reload Ranking

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where our battles to the death sometimes involve QTEs. In each of these columns, we take a look at some aspect of RPG gaming on iOS. Often, it's in the form of a replay or a retrospective, but today we're doing something a little different. In the last couple of months, we went through the history of action RPGs, from Dragon Slayer to Dark Souls. These trips through history present us with an opportunity to do something that is often requested of us here at TouchArcade: lists of the best examples of each gaming genre. Consider this, then, your starter set for action RPGs on iOS. Are there other excellent ones? You bet! This is just my opinion, after all. But this gives you a place to get started in the genre with some assurance of reasonable quality...

'Kick Ass Commandos' Review- A Gloriously Gory Homage to Arcade Shooters of the Past

The late 80's and early 90's were times when the more gore and shock-value video games had, the better. One of my favorite games of this time was Total Carnage. My cousin and I would play the crap out of its violent cooperative mode. Total Carnage's gory, action-packed gameplay made us feel like the edgiest kids of all time. I'm a sucker for anything that provides nostalgia (as I have mentioned time and time again) and Kick Ass Commandos [$2.99] gave me a much-desired dose of Total Carnage-like gameplay. It was originally released on Steam back in November of 2016, and now the game has "Schwarzenegger'd" and "Stallone'd" its way onto the App Store...

Guns Royale [Free] isn't shy about its inspiration; it wants to bring to mobile the same experience that Playerunknown's Battlegrounds brought to PC, but tailored to the mobile platform, and now that the game has launched worldwide, you can try it out for yourself. The game has you dropping in a large area along with many other players, collecting weapons and equipment, leveling up, and then trying to stay alive by taking everyone else out. As in the case of the PUBG, this simple gameplay loop can get very addictive and fun, so long as the game plays well and is relatively balanced...

If you're in the mood for a drive down the Italian coast of the 1970s, you should check out the just-released Wheels of Aurelia [$3.99], the interactive Italian road trip game that we talked about earlier this week. In Wheels of Aurelia you play as Lella and set off on a road trip that will let you enjoy the sights and sounds of what was a challenging time in Italy's history while at the same time uncovering Lella's own secrets. This interactive visual novel lets you explore the branching story by driving down picturesque streets instead of choosing a different option from a menu, and I think that's a smart way of turning what would normally be a bland UI into part of the story. The game offers 16 different endings for you to explore, which should make for plenty of replayability...

This is The Best 'Hearthstone' Video

October 19th, 2017 4:45 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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If you're not playing Hearthstone [Free] yet, or maybe haven't even given it a try, you're really missing one of our absolute favorite games for... years now. I just got back from the Hearthstone Summer Championship, there's a new expansion announcement happening at Blizzcon, the current metagame is great, and really, there's a lot to love about Hearthstone. It's one of the biggest games on Twitch, which leads to all sorts of crazy moments like this one by Korean streamer 공혁준, which by far is the best Hearthstone stream clip I've ever seen- Both because the play itself features an unbelievable god turn, and the streamer's reaction is... Well, you'll see:..

It's always a happy day when one of my favorite older games gets a 64-bit update and is saved from the doom of the Appocalypse. Today's example of this is ZeMind Game Studio's unique space shooter Starborn Anarkist [Free]. Initially released in December of 2013, Starborn Anarkist isn't your typical dual-stick space shooter, of which you can find many on the App Store already. Its main hook is the ability to build and customize your ship using a variety of ship blueprints and parts that you'll drag onto a grid and connect in the game's garage. I can't stress enough just how much fun it is to try out wacky ship designs and see what works, and the collecting and unlocking of new parts and blueprints is one of the most engaging forms of progression I've seen in a mobile game. It's very possible to create a total clunker ship that barely functions right, but that's part of the fun, and with randomly generated enemies and an endless nature Starborn Anarkist is one of those games that I'm always guaranteed to have a good time with when I fire it up...

We've been keeping a close eye on Minecraft's [$6.99] newfangled MineCon Earth celebration, the new take on MineCon, and today we found out who is going to be hosting the global livestream event on November 18th: Will Arnett. Arnett has talked about how he plays Minecraft with his sons and how he loves the way Minecraft inspires creativity, so he's very excited to be hosting the event. The event will start at 12PM EST and will last 90 minutes. The organizers aren't disclosing too many details, but they are emphasizing that it's going to be an interactive event rather than a simple presentations. And with Arnett hosting, we know that the livestream will have plenty of jokes (unless he goes as the magician, Job, from Arrested Development)...

'Afghanistan '11', from 'Vietnam '65' Dev, Coming to iOS October 24th

If you've been craving a good strategy game for your iOS device, I have some very good news for you today. Afghanistan '11, from the developer behind the great Vietnam '65 [$9.99 (HD)], is finally coming to iOS on October 24th. Afghanistan '11 takes the innovative Vietnam '65 formula—which emphasized the winning of hearts and minds aspect of counterinsurgency operations—and makes it bigger and better. Just like in Vietnam '65, in Afghanistan '11 you have to win the locals' hearts and minds in what has become America's "forgotten war." And, as the US military has found out the hard way over the last decade and a half, winning hearts and minds is much more complicated than simply taking out enemy troops; it also involves political games and often making deals with the devil (see corrupt governments)...

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