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Stylish Action Adventure 'Lonely Planet' Renamed 'Alone Planet' and Releasing Next Month

You may recall back in September of last year when we checked out the trailer for an upcoming Zelda-like action adventure game called Lonely Planet from Immersion Studio. You may also recall thinking "Hey, I bet the world-renowned travel guide company Lonely Planet isn't too stoked about the name of that game!" At least, that was MY first thought. Well, it's not clear whether that company actually intervened or not, but either way Lonely Planet has resurfaced all these months later and is now called Alone Planet. In more exciting news, Alone Planet is actually finished and launching soon, and a new trailer has been released...

I'll give this to Capcom, they sure picked an unusual bunch for their latest mobile initiative. Given the original game's importance in Capcom's history, 1942 Mobile [$1.99] made a certain amount of sense. It was their first big hit, and shooters tend to play well with the mobile audience. Ghosts 'n Goblins [$1.99] is certainly a significant game but it wouldn't be my first choice to adapt to touch controls. Capcom disagreed enough that the next game in the series is Ghouls 'n Ghosts Mobile. The meat in that Arthur sandwich, however, might be the oddest choice of the lot. Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando Mobile [$0.99] is a technically-sound port of the game once known outside of Japan simply as Commando. It was a decent hit in its time, and it's certainly an influential game, but it manages to suffer from the negative points of both prior Capcom Mobile ports...




Super Mario Run [Free] finally launched on Android this week after many months of iOS exclusivity, and everyone's second favorite plumber taking the limelight yet again has led to much speculation and discussion over whether Nintendo's first true mobile title has been a success or not. Compared to the cash cow and cultural phenomenon that was Niantic's Pokemon GO [Free], Super Mario Run has not reached such lofty heights, and despite finally launching across all platforms, it's unlikely that the Android release will serve as a catalyst for sudden unprecedented success. However, in a recent article, Japanese financial newspaper Nikkei has suggested that, despite the fact Super Mario Run "did not meet [Nintendo's] expectations" according to Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima, the release and subsequent Android launch were primarily focused around expanding the fan base, irrespective of earnings...

'MouseBot: Escape from CatLab' is Vector Unit's Cat-Filled Next Game

Vector Unit is trying something new for the studio. They've been known for their racing games, including Beach Buggy Racing [Free] and Riptide GP: Renegade [$2.99]. MouseBot: Escape from CatLab is somewhat familiar, as 'driving' still plays a role in the game, but this isn't a racer. Instead, Vector Unit is trying to tackle a sort of challenging trial platformer. You control the eponymous MouseBot, a robotic mouse that's being experimented on by cat scientists. They're cute, but they're here to run their experiments for some evil mad cat scientist. As MouseBot, you have to make it through their increasingly-hazardous tricks and traps. Get a first look at a new trailer for the game:..

Readers with better memories than mine might recall a game I looked at way back at the 2015 Tokyo Game Show called Empire of Angels from developer Auer Entertainment. At the time, I wasn't aware that the game was a spin-off of a popular Chinese SRPG series, but I enjoyed its 3D visuals, light action elements, and its gorgeous... vistas. Since then, we've seen a release in the main series on iOS in the form of Empire of Angels 4 [$9.99], but there had been little word on Auer's free-to-play action-RPG spin-off Empire of Angels: Lunar Phantom [Free]...

It's been an unprecedented week for iOS releases, with some heavy hitters such as Typeshift, Oxenfree [$3.99], and Card Thief [$1.99] making their long awaited App Store debuts amidst universal praise and much celebration amongst iPhone gamers. However, one game in particular has stood out - Death Road to Canada [$7.99], the long awaited App Store iteration of cult developer Rocketcat Games's latest release, has garnered acclaim not only amongst critics, but also amidst the iOS community at large, with our dedicated TouchArcade Forums topic exploding to almost 300 posts (by the time you read this, it could have exceeded this tremendous milestone) in a matter of days. While all of us at TouchArcade Towers have been having a blast with this unique survival title, it's been fascinating to see how the community on our forums have reacted and embraced Death Road to Canada. Amidst expected discussion over the gameplay, controls, and - of course - the game's (still exceedingly cheap) $7.99 price tag, there has been some fantastic discussion in numerous guises over the quirks that make Death Road to Canada so special, and an early candidate for Game of the Year 2017...

Classic Reload - 'Card Crawl'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the feature where we were told to deck some monsters and took it far too literally. Each month, we take a look at a game from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their position in the overall iOS library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. As the trustworthy barkeep of this feature, I try to pick a balanced selection that reflects the diversity of the mobile gaming scene, but if there's something you really want to see, don't be shy. Simply comment below and let me know the games you would like to see and I'll add them to the master list for future consideration...

Frank and Jordan, a dev team of two brothers, just released Wander Pug [Free] on the App Store, but are hard at work on another game, currently called Sur-5. Built in Stencyl, this is a rougelike survival game, featuring some good ole pixel art. You'll use a joystick and two buttons to hunt for materials, take on animals for resources, and try to stay alive in the harsh, unforgiving desert. ..

For all of the interesting themes that can be found in the published works of Choice of Games, one of the more common ones is that of war. I suppose that's no different from a lot of forms of entertainment, but it does start to feel like I'm re-living Disney's Mulan over and over again. Somehow a plucky (and usually lowly) hero manages to upset the certainly-evil invading bad guys almost entirely on their own, and usually gets a smooch or two along the way before being declared the best person that ever was. Yes, I'm over-simplifying, but it's only because this premise is starting to get a little weary. I had hoped Runt of the Litter [$3.99] would put a new spin on the theme, with its central conceit being that you need to raise and train a war gryphon. Indeed, it does play out differently than I would have guessed, but it's hard to say if that's for the better or the worse...

Ahoy Games has just released Tiny Bombers [Free] onto the App Store, and if you like Bomberman, this is worth checking out. Basically, the concept is Bomberman, where you have bombs on a grid where you can upgrade the number of bombs and how far the explosions reach, and you lay them down to blow up obstacles and enemies. You can chain together bomb explosions, but of course, you have to be careful with the timing such that you don't blow yourself up. Now, Tiny Bombers puts those basic mechanics into a Crossy Road [Free] style game, where the world is slowly crumbling behind you, and you have to advance ever forward...

Capcom announced early this month that they'd be bringing mobile ports of four of their classic arcade games to the App Store, and each week since then they've followed through with that promise. Things kicked off with the release of 1942 Mobile [$1.99] two weeks ago followed by Ghosts'n Goblins Mobile [$1.99] last week. This week the trend continues with Wolf of the Battlefield: Commando Mobile [$0.99], more widely known as simply Commando, which arrived in the App Store early this morning. ..

BrainGoodGames has just brought its single player competitive strategy game Militia [$3.99] to iOS, with both light world and dark world modes. The idea is the game should have depth but low complexity. You command several different units of different types on a battlefield, and your objective is to to use these units and their various quirks to defeat enemies, sometimes doing so in small numbers of turns. The simple pieces make Militia feel like a board game, but with a lot going on with the enemies you face...

'Family Guy: Another Freakin' Mobile Game' Coming Soon, Pre-Registration Starts

Jam City has announced that it's soon releasing Family Guy: Another Freakin' Mobile Game...literally, that's the title. The self-deprecating mobile game based on animated sitcom is something that appropriately enough, The Simpsons did first, but Jam City is mixing things up by making a followup mobile game that's a match-3. There's a new trailer that seems to promise some hot...drink-mixing booze truck action? That's the concept behind the game, and the theme for the pre-registration teaser:..

Power Rangers are back, apparently. After a brief period in beta, Power Rangers: Legacy Wars [Free] has released worldwide, just a few days after the new movie premiered. Legacy Wars has you fighting against other players in real-time in arenas and locations from both the movie and the TV show. There are, of course, dozens of Power Rangers to unlock, including classic ones, as well as plenty of villains. The gameplay loop shouldn't surprise anyone used to playing these kinds of fighting games; you collect Rangers, use Zeo Shards to upgrade them, customize your team, fight, rinse and repeat...

It's felt like some time since we last heard about The Walking Dead: A New Frontier [$4.99] though the game got two episodes at once at launch. Now the season is about to get rolling again, with a new trailer for episode 3, "Above the Law." It features Clementine swinging an aluminum bat with that sweet ping against zombie skulls. Did you realize that college baseball actually stopped using that kind of aluminum bat? Sure, it's made the baseball more like normal human baseball, but I miss that sweet ping sound...

Purple Pwny Studios has announced Cat Stacks Fever, and they need help beta testing to gring it to fruition. escribed as a "reflex-based card stacking game for people who like solitaire but lack patience," the objective is that you draw cards and have to quickly throw them onto one of the four stacks available to you, with a timer counting down for each card. Another twist comes in that you have special cards like bombs, shuffles, and shields that can help you...or ruin you...

'Golf Zero' Review - Jump and Shoot

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March 23rd, 2017 11:15 AM EDT by Chris Carter in 4.5 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews, Sports, Universal
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I learned golf from the NES, and the SNES changed my perception of how far the concept could go. One of the most engrossing games I've ever played was Kirby's Dream Course on the Super Nintendo. I waltzed right into a Blockbuster Video one day and picked it up just because of the cover, and three days later I wasn't ready to return it...

There's a Week Left to Apply for Stugan: Every Developer Needs to Sign Up

If I had to compile a list of really awesome things for developers to do, the #1 thing on that list would be a tie between Train Jam and Stugan. Unfortunately, you already missed Train Jam this year, but the good news is you've got about a week left to apply for Stugan. If this is the first time you've heard of Stugan, here's the gist: It's a non-profit accelerator where a select group of developers head to a remote cabin in the Swedish countryside with some of the best minds in the mobile industry as mentors for two months. Better yet, the only thing you need to pay for is your travel to Stockholm, Sweden. Everything else is covered. Oh wait, even better yet is that unlike a lot of accelerator programs, you retain full ownership of everything you make at Stugan. Their motivation seems to be exclusively to encourage the creation of awesome games...

Covering iPhone games over the last decade or so has resulted in some pretty crazy (and unexpected) adventures, but if you told me when I was writing about Doodle Jump way back when that I'd be in the Bahamas watching pro players play Hearthstone I'd probably be like... "What's Hearthstone?" For real though, it's unbelievable to be here, and while most of it is being streamed on Twitch, I've also got interviews set up with Hearthstone developers and access to all the players who are also here. Which raises the question: What do you guys want to know from the event? The whole reason I'm here is to report back for TouchArcade, so if at any point you guys watching the stream want to know anything else or have any questions you'd like me to relay to the Blizzard team and/or Hearthstone developers, either drop a comment here or hit me up on Twitter @hodapp...

Out Now: 'Death Road to Canada', 'The Elder Scrolls: Legends', 'Sunless Sea', 'One Finger Death Punch 3D', 'Crash of Cars', 'Sword of Shadows', 'Construction Simulator 2' and More

I'm still feeling fatigued from last week's crazy onslaught of new releases, but here we are again already with another massive batch of iOS games on our plate. Not only are we catching the tail end of Apple's Celebrating Indies promotion which brought forth several more big-time indie game releases, but this also marks the long-awaited release of Death Road to Canada which is one of the most eagerly-anticipated releases of the past few years. Maybe if we ask nicely Apple will give us a week off from new releases so we can try and play a little catch up? As always, you can catch the full list of this week's new iOS game releases below, so check 'em all out and let us know in the comments or in our Discord chat which game's you'll be playing this week!..

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