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'Fat Owl With A Jetpack' is a Fast-Paced 'Lunar Lander'-like from the Maker of 'Ground Effect' and 'Topia World Builder'

Glenn Corpes was one of the original members of Bullfrog in the late '80s and '90s, working on legendary game series like Populous, Syndicate, Theme Park, and Dungeon Keeper, before striking out on his own with one of the iPhone's earliest racing games called Ground Effect [$1.99 / Free]. He also colaborated with Crescent Moon to create the entertaining world-builder Topia [$1.99] back in 2012. Corpes has had another solo project in the works off and on since 2013, a sort of Lunar Lander-style game called Fat Owl With A Jetpack. After being dormant for quite some time, Corpes resurrected the thread in our forums to announce that Fat Owl With A Jetpack is still in development and drop off a new video of it in action...

The banning of Pokemon GO [Free] mappers and tracking services has given the game's community some consternation. Particularly considering that in-game tracking is seen as poor, and has gotten worse since launch. Niantic has released a statement discussing some of their thinking behind why they've been issuing bans and shutting down access to third-party services:..




Yunus Ayyildiz's hocus. [$0.99] has proven to be an endearing and popular puzzle game for iOS. It's also seen some cool updates so far, including getting a level editor in a previous update. But what about sharing those levels? Ayyildiz has a clever solution for that, in a new update releasing on Thursday, September 1st. New level cards can be shared that include a snapshot and QR code to scan for the level for easy sharing and accessing. Not only can you play others' levels from the top list and rate them accordingly, but now you can get new levels from social media or other sources...

The Promising Racing Game 'Street Kart' Is Now Officially in Beta

A few months back, I wrote about the upcoming Street Kart and how its developers were planning on making it the most competitive racing game on iOS. Today the game has officially gone into beta - which you can try and join by going to our forums - and I've been doing a few races this morning. Despite the usual beta issues, I think the game is quite promising and, because of its short, frantic races, should fit nicely in my daily gaming schedule. If you've been looking for a good racing game, you should take a look at this one...

If you are a Five Nights at Freddy's [$2.99] fan or simply like how lovely those (creepy) animatronics look, you will soon be able to enrich your collection with the many upcoming Funko items. You can get Freddy, Bonnie, Chica, Foxy, and Springtrap as all kinds of items. Those "cute" little things will be coming out as Pop! Pen Toppers, Plush Keychains, Pint Size Heroes, and more. Funko is spreading up the toys in all kinds of locations; Freddy is coming in his toy form only at Walmart, in his flocked form only at Barnes & Nobles, and in his shadow form only at Hot Topic. Funtime Foxy and Springtrap will only be available at GameStop, and Shadow Bonnie will be a Target exclusive...

'One More Jump' from SMG Releases This Week, is Like 'One More Line' Meets 'Geometry Dash'

SMG Games, developers of One More Line [Free] and Thumb Drift [Free], have announced that their next game, One More Jump, is set to release this week on September 1st. This isn't developed by them, but is their first published title, with the game being developed by Australian studio Premo Games. This is a bit of a different game in that One More series, with it being kind of like Geometry Dash [$1.99], but in the One More style of games...

Mobile MOBA 'Planet of Heroes' Gets First Gameplay Trailer, Closed Testing Begins

Last month, My.com's new internal studio Fast Forward unveiled a new mobile game in the popular MOBA genre called Planet of Heroes. The game was announced with a humorous trailer and Fast Forward's intent with the game was to gather as much feedback as possible from professional MOBA players and streamers to build a game that truly felt at home on mobile. Today Fast Forward has announced that closed testing for Planet of Heroes is set to kick off tomorrow, and along with that they've released a new gameplay trailer...

Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] is the gift that truly keeps on going on the App Store. When it first launched, many were disappointed with its relatively bare-bones approach to what is probably the biggest game of the past decade, however Mojang have kept on supporting the iPhone edition with new features that has taken it virtually on par with console and PC versions. Only two months ago did the app receive the massive addition of multiplayer Realms that allowed you to play online with friends, and the developers certainly do not seem to be slowing down the support for the mobile variant of Minecraft. On their blog today, Mojang have outlined an upcoming 0.16 update, which plans to add awesome new features such as bosses, monuments, and more to make your block-building survival experience more enthralling than ever...

'Riptide GP: Renegade' Review - Screaming for Vengeance

Vector Unit makes their aquatic racing series bigger and better in Riptide GP: Renegade [$2.99]. The aquatic racing genre is a small one with few new contenders to the Riptide GP [$0.99] throne. Which is easy to see why – there's water physics to contend with, not to mention the challenge of creating engaging courses. Yet, Vector Unit has excelled in this genre, from Hydro Thunder Hurricane to the Riptide GP games. Now with Renegade, they take the series from mobile to console and then back to mobile. And the game is well worth the wait – the formula here is still incredibly strong, with some interesting new iterations to the franchise, and some clear improvements from the console scope of this one...

Hello everyone. Normally this is where I would talk to you about everything that has happened in the world of Hearthstone [Free] this past week, but due to reasons beyond my control, I had to delay our Touchstone column by one day. I apologize if I'm ruining your Monday ritual, but I'll make up for it tomorrow. In the meantime, I hope you enjoyed last week's Discover-based Tavern Brawl and Karazhan's Wing 3, The Menagerie. It's been a busy week for sure, so we should have plenty talk about tomorrow. Again, my apologies for the small delay, and enjoy a few videos I gathered up for you to hold you over until tomorrow...

We've been doing this whole new iPhone release cycle thing for so many years now, and the week or so leading up to the actual keynote always seems to be the most exciting. Our sister site MacRumors has a pretty extensive roundup of what's expected in the iPhone 7, including what might be the most controversial thing: The likely removal of the traditional headphone jack. I feel like Apple is going to have some serious explaining to do to sell people over on that, so, I'm excited to see how they play that all off...

Update Mondays: 'Pokemon Go', 'Turbo Dismount', 'Phoenix 2', 'Talisman', and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. Phew, this week is pretty light, my friends. Some cool stuff for games we don't often see in these articles, but if you were looking for quantity, I don't think I can help you today. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper Social [Free], the watchlist in the TouchArcade App [Free], or by participating in the TouchArcade forums, but this weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

The original Siralim [Free] is one of those great cases of a game that started off rough but interesting, only to be shined to a sparkle through a ton of updates. The developer had a lot of ideas worth exploring and committed to seeing a great deal of them through. After launching on mobile, Siralim made its way to other platforms like Steam and PlayStation, so I suppose it must have done well for the developer. We've known Siralim 2 [$4.99] was coming for a while now, and after it hit Steam, it was only a matter of time before it made its way back to where it all started...

It's that magical time of the year, friends, when Japanese game companies start pulling back the curtains a little in preparation for the annual Tokyo Game Show in September. As usual, Square Enix is getting an early jump on things, showing things like an arcade version of Theathrythm Final Fantasy, new content for the arcade version of Dissidia Final Fantasy, and a spin-off of Dissidia for mobile. Yes, it's a spin-off of a spin-off. Insert meme image here. Titled Dissidia Final Fantasy: Opera Omnia, it's due out for iOS and Android sometime this year...

The TouchArcade Show - 271 - I Just Need Some SPEED

August 26th, 2016 9:15 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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We do our best to make up for last week's podcast connectivity SNAFU by talking about a whole bunch of game releases, from both this week and last week. This results in a little bit quicker than usual rundown of the news, but, hey, you probably already read it here on TouchArcade anyway. The games discussed, in order, were: Leap of Fate [$3.99], Deus Ex Go [$4.99], Outfolded [Free], Legend of the Skyfish [$3.99], Flip Diving [Free], Riptide GP: Renegade [$2.99], Pixel Dodgers [Free], and Solitairica [$3.99]. I told you, a ton of games.

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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If You Like TouchArcade, Please Support Our Patreon

August 26th, 2016 9:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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Hey everyone, it's Friday and we're close to the end of the week of TouchArcade blasting stories out (unless anything cool happens over the weekend we need to cover), but the fact still remains: To survive, we very much need your support. The business of running a web site is tricky, and as we pointed out in our original cry for help, the way developers promote their iOS games has changed significantly with the rise of metrics-centric free to play and in-game directly tracked advertising. It's supremely difficult for us to compete with that, and as such, we've been appealing to our community directly. If you like hanging out on our forums, listening to our podcasts, or reading some of the best long-form content in mobile gaming, please consider supporting us on Patreon. We never hit our initial goal, but we've been slowly climbing none the less. We're hopeful we get there eventually!

It doesn't take a whole lot to keep us afloat, as we run super lean as is. As I've mentioned before on the podcast, even if our hardcore podcast followers each just contributed a buck a month we'd really never need to worry about this again. It'd be awesome to not need to worry about this kind of thing, and instead just continue focusing on combing the App Store for the best games iOS has to offer. To do that, we need your help. Think of it like subscribing to a magazine, except that magazine shovels rad content your direction 24/7 and is home to a great community of people to discuss every aspect of mobile gaming with.

Of course we appreciate the support of our current and former backers, but if you haven't chipped in yet... If you like what we do around here, please consider supporting us on Patreon.

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Space Marshals 2'

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...

Build a Space Station's Train Routes in 'Cosmic Express'

Draknek, developers of A Good Snowman is Hard to Bulid [$4.99], have announced they have a new game in the works called Cosmic Express. The game's described as "a puzzle game about planning the train route for the world's most awkward space colony." So, you'll be assembling train routes, trying to get the passengers from station to station while ensuring the entry and exit points are linked by your tracks. Again, this is a very awkwardly-designed space station, you're just the person in charge of making sure it all works. ..

'Prison Architect' Is Still Coming to a Tablet Near You

It's been a while since we've heard any news about the tablet version of Prison Architect, but in an email sent out today announcing the game's final update, the developers said that the tablet version is still in development and they'll be talking more about it soon. That's good news because I'm really looking forward to getting this game on my iPad both because it's a very well made building and management game and because we don't have many similar games on iOS...

Taekwondo Game Global Tournament [Free] has been my game of choice whenever I need a quick fighting game fix, but its lack of online multiplayer was always a big shame since the game is so well made. We really liked the game here at TouchArcade when it first came out and even gave it our Game of the Week award. Finally, in a update released today Taekwondo has added online multiplayer, which is great news (although as of this moment I'm still getting server issues). The update has also added new Suits but, more importantly it has brought in an official endorsement by the World Taekwondo Federation, which is great both for the game and for those who enjoy the sport...

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