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It's days like today that make it feel like Apple just isn't going to be happy until TouchArcade as well as all other third party content creators and web sites that focus on the App Store just don't exist at all, leaving the App Store featuring process as the sole curation point for all things iOS. Just as we were formulating a solid plan for what to do with the TouchArcade app (which we can't update) as it dies with iOS 11, Apple announced that they're dropping their affiliate program commission from 7% all the way down to 2.5%. To give you an idea of how much this sucks, let's get into how the TouchArcade sausage is made...

We kick off this week's podcast talking about the drama of the week surrounding Apple cutting affiliate payments, making us entirely dependent on our Patreon. We've also got an Amazon referral link set up on http://toucharcade.com/amazon, and would really appreciate it if you do your shopping on Amazon through that to support the site! It costs you nothing! (Well, other than what you'd buy on Amazon anyway.) From there, we get into a pretty awesome podcast featuring the following games: Robot Unicorn Attack 3 [Free], Match Land [Free], Family Guy: Another Freakin Mobile Game [Free], Penarium [$1.99], Super Senso [Free], and Suck It Up [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!

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Die With Glory'

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...

Rovio's 'Battle Bay' Leaves Lengthy Soft Launch on May 4th

Rovio soft launched a 5-on-5 boat battler called Battle Bay last year, and it's just now getting its worldwide release on May 4th. You'll compete against other opponents, utilizing upgradeable boats and a variety of weapons with long reload times in order to deal some chaos on the high seas. The weapon usage and boat movement makes this feel like a slower, more tactical game a la World of Tanks [Free], but with boats. The soft launch was pretty fun. Rovio has a new trailer for the game:..

Glitch Games Releases Trailer for Next Adventure Game, 'All That Remains'

Glitch Games announced a new game, The Bunker, recently, but they've renamed the game to All That Remains and have released a new trailer. The game still takes place in a strange bunker, but it's got a new name. The trailer reveals some of the game world. There's talk of an incident at the Hawthorne Testing Labs, and strange symptoms including "the sudden uncontrollable urge to eat your neighbor." Someone named Campbell appears to be the protagonist, and Clara, presumably his sister, says that he's been put in the bunker by their dad, but Campbell wants to get out and help save Clara from all the madness. So, part 1 looks like it's going to be about escaping this bunker, hmm?..

Voxel Farm Manager 'Blocky Farm' Will Soft Launch at the End of May

Running a farm appears to be many gamers' dream, especially since it doesn't include any actual toiling under the sun. Blocky Farm is an upcoming voxel farm manager that's been under development for quite some time, and its developers have been very open about the whole process of putting the game together. In fact, the thread in our Upcoming Game forum is very fun to read. After a long development process, the game should be soft launching at the end of May, which is good news. If you haven't read our earlier story on the game, Blocky Farm has you running a farm but goes beyond your usual planting and reaping; there are things like wearable animal gadgets that make your animals happier, tractor driving, and tons of other fun ideas...

Magic: Puzzle Quest [Free] continues to improve, and the latest 2.0 update has brought some very welcome changes. The first new feature is Event Decks, which will result in battles taking place with decks made for specific events rather than a random opponent's deck. The other new feature is Deck Slots, which apparently has been a feature players have been requesting for quite some time. Having multiple deck slots per Planeswalker will make it easier to jump into events without having to tinker with decks every time you do so. You can now buy 2 extra deck slots per Planeswalker...

We really liked Terra Battle [Free], the free-to-play social RPG, when it came out back in 2014, and even though the game has been adding content, it's been a while since we've heard much about it. Today, though, the developers are adding characters from Final Fantasy XV and are trying to bring lapsed players back to the game. Starting today, three new limited edition quests will feature Final Fantasy XV characters and exclusive new music by Nobuo Uematsu. The quests will be all about Gladiolus, Ignis, and Prompto fighting against Final Fantasy staples such as Behemoth and Titan. Once you complete the quests, you'll have a chance to roll the S-Class adventurer Noctis...

Keybol's 'Tower Fortress' Will be Published by Nitrome and Given Revamped Artwork

Keybol's Tower Fortress looked rather intriguing when it was revealed, and it sure seemed like it was going to wind up being one of the games during the big Apple indie promotion. It wasn't, but for an interesting reason: the game was delayed, the reason eventually stated that because game was "being overhauled to feature new pixel art from renowned developer/publisher." Rumors and speculation abound! Who could this mysterious company be? I called it in the TouchArcade writers' chat, one of our forum members called it before I did: Nitrome picked up Tower Fortress and has given it an art overhaul...

The First Three 'Final Fantasy' Games are Half Off

April 28th, 2017 12:22 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News, Sales
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I learned something new from our own Shaun Musgrave today, and that's the existence of the Japanese string of holidays known as Golden Week. It's a week in Japan where a bunch of big holidays all line up, often resulting in 7-10 days off for Japanese people. According to Shaun, games sell incredibly well during this week, since there's no better time to lose yourself in a new video game than when you have 7-10 days off work. Loads of Japanese developers spin these as a "Spring Sale" in the west, but, now you know. Whether it's to celebrate Golden Week, spring, or for no reason at all, the first three Final Fantasy games are all half off until May 7th. Here's' the links:..

'Footy Golf' Review - Kicking the Old Cabbage Around

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April 28th, 2017 11:00 AM EDT by Shaun Musgrave in 4 stars, Arcade, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews
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The fine folks at Donut Games really know how to put together accessible games with a lot of hidden depth, and Footy Golf [Free] is another excellent example of that. As with many of Donut's titles, you can probably get the gist of what this game is about from its name. You have to kick a ball across a stage into a goal in as few moves as possible, collecting coins and diamonds along the way. Fans of this publisher will probably recognize it as a cousin of the classic Cat Physics [$1.99], but it brings a few tricks of its own to the table, not the least of which being a new pay model. Worry not, however, friends. Footy Golf is as gentle with its monetization as it could possibly be, allowing you enjoy the game with only a minimum of friction. Most importantly, the game itself is challenging and fun...

While mobile ports of hit PC and console games are pretty common nowadays, back in 2010 it was a pretty big deal that Hemisphere Games' critically acclaimed puzzler Osmos [$2.99 / $4.99 (HD)] was heading to iOS. It was also one of the first times I felt that the touchscreen version of a game actually made for a better experience than its desktop counterpart. In Osmos you play an orb floating around sucking up smaller orbs, which then makes you grow larger and thus able to gobble up ever larger orbs. The twist is that as you propel yourself around the screen, you lose some of your size, so the entire game is a delicate balance of going where you need to go while still maintaining enough size to gobble up the orbs you need to in order to complete a level. It's a really brilliant game, both relaxing and challenging at the same time. ..

'Hoggy 2' Out Now on Mac and Windows, Mobile Versions Still in the Works

It feels like it's been ages since we've seen a new release from Raptisoft, and that's because it has been ages! Back in January of last year, Raptisoft announced a sequel to their beloved 2009 puzzle platformer Hoggy [Free], and alongside that announcement we explained what had been going on with the solo developer that had pushed back their game development for several years. At that time, Hoggy 2 was close to completion and shooting for an early 2016 release. Unfortunately that didn't happen, but development continued and the following September it looked like Hoggy 2 was heading for a November release instead. Well, that didn't happen either. Hey, game development isn't easy!..

RPG Reload File 102 - 'Dragon Quest 3'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where it was Earth all along. In each file, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's doing in the modern day. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. As a distant descendant of Ortega, I choose the games that appear here, but if there's something you really want to see, don't be shy. You can offer up suggestions by posting in the comments below, by tweeting me at @RPGReload, or by heading on over to the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the TouchArcade forums. You might not see your suggestion soon, but it will be added to the master list for future consideration...

Sandbox Evolution [Free] has been expanding ever since it originally released, and the upcoming new feature is easily one of the more interesting ones. The game's next update, which will go live on iOS and Android on April 28th, will add 6 new vehicles to the game that will expand its platforming possibilities. The vehicles aren't just your typical four-wheeled type; we are getting a tank, a battlemech that can hover and also electrify metal wires, an attack helicopter, a submarine, a big spiked wheel called Reaptire, and a Bathysphere that will let you dive into hazardous underwater environments...

'Missile Cards' is Like a Solitaire Card Game Take on 'Missile Command', Coming to Mobile Soon

Recently, Nathan Meunier released Missile Cards on PC. This game is a combination of a singleplayer solitaire card game with Missile Command, essentially. It seemed like a really cool concept. As such, some people, who shall remain nameless, have pestered Meunier to release the game on mobile. Well, good news: the pestering was successful, and Meunier has confirmed a mobile release for Missile Cards...

You Can Apply to Test Wadjet Eye Games' 'Technobabylon' on iOS

Wadjet Eye Games continues to make great adventure games, and now that Shardlight has released on iOS, the developer is moving to bring Technobabylon to the platform in the near future. If you want to beta test the game, you can check out the information in the tweet below to do so. If you haven't heard anything about Technobabylon yet, this game takes place in 2087, a time when genetic engineering is the norm, and the highly-addictive Trance has replaced almost any need for human interaction (think social media). And, of course, there's an all-powerful AI that powers, and controls, the city...

'Duelyst' Adds New Temporary Mode on First Anniversary, iOS Beta Currently in Limited Testing

Duelyst is continuing its slow march to mobile asthe PC version of the game continues to get new features. The game is celebrating its first anniversary of coming out of beta, and it's adding a whole new mode. Rift Mode is Duelyst's version of draft. This temporary mode will have you picking cards from all factions and building decks to fight against other players. Although this is a temporary mode, I'm hoping it will be here to stay by the time the iOS version launches. In addition to the Rift Mode, there will be more Weekly Boss Battles coming our way...

'Miles and Kilo', the 'Kid Tripp' Sequel, Releases on May 11th

Mike Burns, the developer of Kid Tripp [$0.99], has announced that the game's sequel, Miles and Kilo, has a release date, May 11, 2017. Check out the new trailer for the game, which shows off a bunch of the new stuff in the game. It also shows off how Kilo is the greatest plane-flying animal since Tails flew that plane in Sonic 2 [$2.99]...

Pre-Register for 'Injustice 2' and Get Catwoman as an Exclusive Character

Injustice 2's launch is getting closer (no date yet), and if you're one of the many who want to get in on the action once the game releases, you should go pre-register for the game today and receive Catwoman as an exclusive playable character at launch. You'll also be notified when the game launches. Catwoman will be able to use her Bleed effect, which ignores players' defenses and damages them over time. And, of course, you won't be able to know for sure whether she is a hero or a villain, or both at the same time. She also gains better rewards on Operations Missions due to her passive ability, so she's probably a character you want to have...

The lovely, minimalist folktale adventure Burly Men at Sea [$4.99] has made its way onto the Apple TV in the latest update, and I think it will look great on a large screen. If you haven't had the chance to play Burly Men at Sea yet, first you have to admit that it probably has the best name ever for a game. Moving beyond that, Burly Men at Sea is a game about three burly fishermen who have decided to venture forth into the Scandinavian waters of the last century and spice up their lives. The clever mechanic that really makes the game stand out is how instead of interacting with the characters, you interact with the environment by moving the camera around, which in turn lets you alter the narrative.

This is definitely the kind of game that ignites conversations over whether video games are art or not. Recently, the developers even turned player's runs into hardcover books with lovely art, which was a pretty cool idea. The free update also adds a sticker pack, which I'm glad about because, as you can see from the trailer above, the art is pretty neat.

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