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Back in 2012, the App Store was a very different and arguably crazier place. Free to play, and all the tricks that go into promoting a free to play game didn't exist yet and really the easiest way to get additional interest in your game after launch was to drop the price. This resulted in the pretty hilarious trend of game sales for reasons that didn't even make sense. Universally recognized 100% useless Hallmark-invented holidays like Sweetest Day even had their associated deluge of iOS game sales. So, I figured if developers were looking for a reason for a say in the dead zone between George Washington's birthday and St. Patrick's Day, why not observe my own birthday with a iOS game sale?..

The TouchArcade Show - 195 - GDC Pre-Show

February 27th, 2015 10:24 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Podcast

LogoAaaaaaaahhhh I'm running around with my hair on fire trying to get everything done before we all leave to go to GDC that I don't even have time to write good show notes. We start the show off with some reader emails, a love letter to Mike, and... I don't know, we talk about a lot of other stuff including the crazy featuring this week of a Flappy-like and even crazier IAP buying flows in other games. Definitely check it out, it'll set the scene for next week.

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'iNetHack2'

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 Games of the Week: 2/27/15 - 'Pinball Arcade: The Addams Family', 'AG Drive' and 'Planet Quest'

Another week of awesome games, including one kinda-sorta weird review where we focus on a specific IAP item inside of a game. But, to be fair, figuring out what to do with content-centric IAP is still a little weird for us... Bur, whatever, you need Pinball Arcade any way you slice it. Again, these are the highest scored reviews we published this week: ..

First 'BlazBlue: Battle Cards' Gameplay Trailer Hits

Last month Metaversal Studios announced BlazBlue: Battle Cards, a competitive card battling game based on the popular BlazBlue fighting game series. In that announcement Metaversal released a teaser trailer, that was pretty darn teaser-y. It didn't really show anything from the game itself, so we've been kind of wondering what the actual game will look like in motion. Well, the cat is now out of the bag as today Metaversal has released the first gameplay trailer for BlazBlue: Battle Cards. Check it out...

The Badland [$3.99] update train keeps rolling along! Update #23 for the hit platformer is out now, and it brings the levels added to the Daydream level pack earlier to the game's co-op mode, so up to four players can go through those levels together. While those levels were free at one point in time, they can now be had for $0.99, along with the Doomsday level pack. Even if you've already played the levels, you can now collect 4 new achievements and play 30 new missions in the game...

A few weeks back, our crack Japan-based reporter Shaun Musgrave wrote about a new update for the iOS version of the original Final Fantasy [$8.99]. It was the first update to the game in more than two years. While the game didn't receive true widescreen support, it did get some lovely border art to fill in the dreaded "black bars" when playing the game on any of the widescreen iPhone devices. Similarly, the previous iPhone-only version of the game became Universal, though its scaling was a bit weird on iPad devices. Strangely, some of the long-standing bugs in the game didn't get fixed with that update at all, but at least it was nice to see Square Enix paying some kind of attention to one of their oldest iOS games...

EA and PopCap have just put out a couple of updates for their free-to-play offerings on iOS, Plants vs. Zombies 2 [Free] and Peggle Blast [Free]. PvZ2 has a new level pack with Frostbite Caves Part 2. Here, you play more of the icy levels introduced in part 1, with 16 new levels in total in the new pack. 3 new plants are available, with several new enemies to fight, including Dr. Zomboss and his Zombot Tuskmaster 10,000 BC, which would also be a sweet band name. As well, you have a new endless Icebound Battleground to play, and a Luck O' The Zombie event to enjoy March 10th-19th...

The iOOTP series of baseball simulators goes legit in March as the franchise gets its MLB license with MLB Manager 2015, featuring real players along with the actual MLB franchises that they're on. Out of the Park Developments has released the first details and screenshots of the game. They show a similar interface as previous versions, but there's new features inbound. The game will launch with each team's 40-man roster with 20-25 of their prospects, with an update down the road that will include official Opening Day rosters. You can shop players to other teams to help find trades, simulate to specific dates, and enjoy improved trade AI, with other tweaks to make the experience better. ..

Get on Board the 'Downwell' Hype Train!

Japanese developer Moppin is working on a game called Downwell, which is about controlling a little fellow with gun boots, as he fights off enemies, collects that sweet, sweet treasure, spending it at the occasional shops that pop up. Sure, that all sounds neat, but you need to see this game in motion, because it looks utterly fantastic, with a black, white, and red color scheme, and animation feedback that makes me want to play this game right stinking now...

We caught wind of a few sales on some rad games the other day, with a whole batch dropping all at once. Usually, if there's a whole bunch of sales at once, that means that some kind of coordinated promotion or feature is afoot. And so it was, as Apple launched an "Amazing Indie Games" feature on the App Store front page, featuring just that. There's some notable titles to check out. We wrote up some things on some of the indivudal titles:..

'Mutant Football League'  Trying to Make Hyper-Violent Football Happen Once More

Remember Mutant League Football, the violent football game published by EA, using the fantasy setting to boast action that's only slightly more over-the-top than what real football has? I mean, people aren't exploding into bits in the NFL, but knees aren't safe, and the brain trauma is immense. Well, Mutant Football League (the last two words are swapped, that's the difference) is going to pay homage to that series, headed by original designer Michael Mendheim. Check out a pre-alpha trailer of one of the versions of the game below. The game is set for PC, consoles, and mobile as well...

'Blood Bowl' Goes on Sale for a Buck

February 27th, 2015 10:00 AM EST by Eli Hodapp in News, Sales
99¢ Buy Now

Man, if you would have told me about the intense drama that would surround giving Blood Bowl [$0.99 (HD)] a negative review, I would have told you that there's no way people are this passionate about a weird football game... Then this happened. If you've been dying to see what all the fuss was about with this game, but weren't curious enough for the original $4.99 price point, now's your chance...

Check Out the Live-Action Teaser Trailer for 'The Wild'

Toonuva Games' hotly-anticipated survival-crafting game The Wild, taking place in the Vermont wilderness, has a new live-action teaser trailer showing off some of what they hope the final game to be. There's apparently going to be a full-length trailer down the road, too. You can hear bits of the music that will be in the game, as revealed the other day...

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where nothing is so unimportant that it doesn't go into our inventory. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's holding up. It's a chance to revisit the game, reflect on the things it does well, and take a deeper dive on it. I try to balance the schedule so that there's a wide variety of RPGs featured, but I need your help with that. Once per month, I let the readers decide what I'm going to play. Simply tell me the game you'd like to see me play and write about by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or tweeting me at @RPGReload. The next reader's choice article is next week, so any suggestions you make right now will go towards the April selection. Next week's game is Phantasy Star 2 [$2.99], a suggestion from reader Jesse_Dylan. Thanks for the idea!..

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