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LogoThis week was really heavy on the game chat, which I always think is a good thing. Jared and I were both obsessed with different games, with me being totally about Retry and he was all about the various sports games of the week. Mike Meade was awoken from his slumber moments before recording, so I think he slept through most of it. You could argue this is both good and bad.

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Games

  • Retry [Free]
  • Ghost Blade [$4.99]
  • NHL 2K [$7.99]
  • Rival Stars Basketball [Free]
  • Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge [$2.99]
  • Puzzle to the Center of the Earth [Free]

News

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Puzzle to the Center of the Earth'

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...

Best iPhone and iPad Game of the Week: 10/24/14 - 'Pixel Boat Rush'

This is a weird week for reviews this week. While we posted a lot of them, our highest scored game was only a 4.5... Which is still pretty great where I'm sitting. Be sure to hit up the links at the end of the post to find the other games we reviewed this week, or just mash the Top Reviews link at the top of every page to drill down further...

If you're looking for a turn-based strategy game or three to check out this weekend, I have good news: Rubicon Development's Great War Game series is free all weekend. This includes Great Little War Game HD [Free] which is universal and free, its massive follow-up Great Big War Game [Free], and Great Little War Game 2 [Free] which features portrait play, perfect if you need something for on the go. ..

Long-time TA'ers may remember a segment we used to do on our podcast called Jared's Kitty Korner, where each week we highlighted the cream of the crop in the world of cat games. We've since retired the segment, but every once in a while some hot cat game news pops up and it's time to briefly revisit the Korner. Today, that hot cat game news is that Rusty Moyher's Box Cat [$0.99] has received a much-needed update adding widescreen and iOS 8 support, as well as Retina graphics on the iPad...

'Skater' Review - Two Shoes and a Board

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October 24th, 2014 4:00 PM EDT by Chris Carter in $4.99, 3.5 stars, Game Center, Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Simulation, Sports
$4.99 Buy Now

Skating games were my life for months at a time. Whether it was the next Tony Hawk iteration or EA's SKATE, every time a shiny new skating title would hit my doorstep, I'd be engrossed in that world for weeks on end. I wasn't the best skater in the real world, but digitally I was a pro, ready to ride with the best of them. That feeling has been missing for quite a while now after both franchises have been put on hold, but Skater [$4.99] for iOS recreates some of that magic on the go...

'Bumper Tank Battle' from 'Cubed Rally Racer' Creator Coming Next Week

The best way to describe Jared Bailey's next game is that it's Joust with tanks, and yeah, that is pretty much what Bumper Tank Battle is. Releasing next Thursday, October 30th, this is the latest in a series of micro-games that the creator of Cubed Rally Racer [$0.99 / $1.99 (HD)] has been making, following Wrong Way Racing [Free] and Bowl Faster [Free]. The objective here is to drive a tank around an arena, destroying other tanks, but not by shooting at them. No, it's about crashing into them with the front of the tank at a spot that isn't also the front of their tank, indicated by a small colored section of the circle surrounding each tank. ..

'Proun+' Will Finally Bring the Artsy Tunnel Racer to iOS

Dutch developer Joost van Dongen's Proun was a successful indie racing game made a few years ago that had been on a lot of folks' wishlists for a port to iOS, especially after last year's announcement that it was coming soon. Now three years after the original's release, Engine Software has teamed up with van Dongen to make Proun+ a reality for iOS, coming soon. This is a modern-art-inspired tunnel racing game where the goal is to rotate a ball down a path replete with a variety of obstacles, with the ability to brake and boost, though as opposed to being something of a time-survival game, this has you racing against computerized opponents, with an objective to complete levels as quickly as possible...

'Rival Stars Basketball' Review - Draft N’ Grind

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October 24th, 2014 2:00 PM EDT by Eric Ford in 3.5 stars, Card, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Sports, Universal
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PikPok’s no stranger to making fun games (see the recently released Adventure Xpress [Free]) and with its latest release, the developer has decided to take on the card battler genre. Rival Stars Basketball [Free] takes a simplified card battle formula and infuses it with street basketball style. Rival Stars doesn’t have any significant missteps, but it’s just a bit too shallow in its current state to be anything more than a quick play...

It's really great when a well-made game seemingly comes out of nowhere, and that's just what seems to have happened with the stealthy release of Princess And Knight [$2.99], a new strategy RPG that is so under the radar, I can't find much proof of its existence beyond the App Store itself and a fairly new blog for the developer, Team SoftIceCream. Sometimes when that happens, it's because the game isn't quite ready for prime time, but apart from a really rough English translation, this is a remarkably solid effort from what appears to be an indie developer. The game design is unabashedly vintage, calling to mind SRPGs from the 16-bit console era and earlier, but there's a certain appeal to a game that drops out of the complexity arms race that the strategy RPG genre tends to get swept up in at times...

Fans of Kemco's RPGs are in luck this month. We only just saw the release of Soul Of Deva [$3.99] a couple of weeks ago, and here we are with another release already. Granted, this is Kemco trying to catch iOS up with previously released Android games, but let's not look a potential gift horse in the mouth. Amazingly, Crystareino [$3.99] is done by the same team that did Deva, Hit-Point, who at this point are probably in dire need of a vacation. If you read my review of Deva, you know that I ended up liking it quite a bit thanks to its sharp 2D visuals and strategic, unique battle system. Well, I also like Crystareino quite a bit, but for almost entirely different reasons. This game plays things very safely, eschewing innovation in exchange for delivering a solid, content-rich adventure. If you're tired of the tropes of the genre, it might not be the best choice, but if you thrive on them, you'll find this to be a decent meal...

'Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas' is On Sale for $3.99

October 24th, 2014 11:10 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News, Sales
$3.99 Buy Now

It's crazy to think that Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas [$3.99] was released on the PS2 a decade ago now, and here are we playing the game for four bucks on our damn phones. Just let that sink in for a minute. GTA:SA was the crown jewel of what the PS2 was capable of, pushing every ounce of power that system had to its limit...

This is a hell of a time to be a collectable card game player, and if you are but don't own an iPad yet, consider this one more thing to push you over the edge. Joining Hearthstone [Free (HD)] and Pokemon TCG Online [Free (HD)] is Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation, which appears to be a full fledged Yu-Gi-Oh! client for the iPad...

Highly Anticipated 'Seabeard' Soft Launches in Canada

It's almost reached meme status to ask where Seabeard is every Wednesday following our GDC coverage of the game. Published by Backflip and developed by Hand Circus, the pedigree behind this game is just incredible. The version shown at GDC looked awesome, and that was months ago:..

RPG Reload File 011 - 'Solomon's Keep'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we go digging in the boneyard looking for something to keep. Each week, we dust off an RPG from the App Store's past, offer it a nice cup of tea, and ask it how the family's doing. It's a bit of revisiting, a bit of reflecting, and sometimes just an excuse to dive into a great game deeper than our reviews usually allow. We love all kinds of RPGs here, and I'll always do my best to cover a wide variety of games, but I need your help, my friends. That's why once a month I'll be playing and writing about an RPG chosen by your majority vote. Wait, not so fast with that pen and paper! You can cast your vote through the power of modern technology simply by commenting down below or dropping in on the Official RPG Reload Club in the forums. The next reader's choice feature will take place in RPG Reload 013, which means this is your last week to get your vote in. At the moment, Baldur's Gate [$9.99] has a fairly commanding lead, but anything can happen in the world of imagination if you believe in yourself...

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