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Colorful Platformer 'Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire' Hits the App Store

Back in March during GDC, I was fortunate enough to check out a very promising upcoming platformer called Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire. I had never heard of the game before, nor of developer PlayPretend, and they didn't have an appointment to meet with us or anything like that. They had heard we were at GDC and simply tracked us down and we were able to squeeze in an impromptu demo between meetings, and it ended up being one of my favorite games I saw at the conference. I love conferences like GDC precisely for those unexpected moments when some super awesome game just comes out of the woodwork. Anyway, about a month later PlayPretend released two new videos showing off more of Le Parker, but things had been awfully quiet since then. However, just last week the developers popped back up on our forums to announce that Le Parker was under review with Apple, and just a few moments ago Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire [$2.99] officially went live in the App Store...

Power Hover [$2.99] is reaching its one year anniversary on the App Store, and since its initial release, the developers have gone all-out in continuously updating their hoverboarding opus with more and more major additions that have greatly improved on the already impressive base game that was well received back in December 2015. Considering the game has remained resolutely premium in its monetisation throughout the past twelve months, it's great that Oddrok are continuing to build on Power Hover. On December 8th, the next 1.7.0 update is slated to launch, and could be the biggest yet for the game. With a new chapter, levels, and a wide variety of other additions and improvements, there's a lot to look forward to in this upcoming content update, and the developers have released a teaser gif to demonstrate what's in store for Power Hover next Thursday...




Last night the Game Awards for 2016 took place in Los Angeles, and distributed a whole host of accolades across various platforms and mediums, even including fan created games and an eSports award. Despite a heavy emphasis on console gaming, there were a few mobile games nominated for numerous categories across the night, and against opposition from critically acclaimed releases such as Fire Emblem Fates, Ratchet and Clank, and even the stunning slashing iOS RPG Severed [$3.99], Pokemon GO [Free] managed to pick up the awards for 'Best Mobile/Handheld Game' and 'Best Family Game', the latter of which trumped a whole host of console releases to take the trophy. Similarly, Pokemon GO also triumphed in the same 'Handheld/Mobile Game of the Year' section of the Golden Joystick Awards, which is the UK equivalent to the Game Awards ceremony, as well as also winning the 'Innovation of the Year' accolade. Such universal recognition of Pokemon GO's impact on gaming is a fantastic thing for mobile gaming, and emphasises how the augmented reality craze managed to permeate the mainstream like nothing else over the summer months...

Submarine Simulator 'Silent Depth' Finally Submitted to the App Store, New Trailer Released

Winter 2016 has seen a lot of games which have seemingly been in development forever finally be released. The Last Guardian, the sequel to cult classics Ico and Shadow of the Colossus is finally seeing the light of day on PS4 next week, and Final Fantasy XV has launched to immense relief from fans who have been waiting for ten years for the latest entry in the franchise. While it may not have as powerful brands behind it as these two releases, Silent Depth has been lurking in the sea of our upcoming games forum since October 2013, and despite numerous periods of radio silence, the submarine simulator has finally been submitted to the App Store, and a new trailer has been released to demonstrate how the game has progressed over the last three years...

Minecraft [$6.99] has been arguably the most influential game of the past decade. Whether it's the crafting and mining mechanics, the emphasis on survival or sandbox gameplay, or even just the sheer online connectivity that Mojang's flagship title has utilised to such devastatingly popular effect, there's no doubt that the reverberations from the block-building behemoth have greatly impacted gaming, and likely will continue to do so for a while. Even though iOS received its iteration of Minecraft rather late (and a severely limited version, at least at launch), its omnipresence on the iTunes charts emphasises its impression on the platform, and games such as Junk Jack Retro [Free] are direct results of such an influence. Featuring an incredibly well done 2D take on the sandbox building formula, Junk Jack Retro (and its later sequel now confusingly titled Junk Jack [$4.99]) developed a cult following amongst the mobile community, and for good reason. To celebrate the new game's desktop release, Junk Jack Retro is available for free for a week, and definitely worth giving a go if you haven't tried the series before, or have been living under a rock for the past five years...

'The Walking Dead - A New Frontier' First Extended Look

Tonight as expected, Telltale shared an extended first look at The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series - A New Frontier (they really are trying to make titles longer than a sentence) that introduces Javier, the new protagonist of the series. The trailer, revealed at The Game Awards tonight, shows Javier during the outbreak of the zombie plague and the effects it had on those closer to him. Then, it jumps forward in time to the moment when Javier meets a face very familiar to players of The Walking Dead series, Clementine. I won't say any more because I don't want to spoil anything, so watch it at your own peril...

'Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series' Officially Announced, Coming 2017

Well, we pretty much knew that Telltale's partnership with Marvel was going to be about Guardians of the Galaxy, and now we have the official announcement and the first teaser. Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series (I swear, these titles are just getting longer and longer) will be a five-part series with the first episode coming in 2017. Telltale's Co-Founder and CEO, Kevin Bruner, believes that the blend of humor, emotion, teamwork, and sci-fi action-adventure of the Guardians is a very satisfying space to explore, and I would have to agree there. The tone of the Guardians - if they follow the movies that is - reminds me a lot of the Borderlands series, and that was a fantastic Telltale game. Players will take on multiple roles (baby Groot will remember that) as they go through the craziness that is the Guardians universe...

RPG Reload Developer Spotlight 003 - Kepa Auwae from RocketCat Games

It's time for the next installment in our monthly series of articles looking at the developers and publishers behind some of our favorite games. The aim here is for you readers to get a sense of the person, so the tone is more conversational than we usually use in interviews here at TouchArcade. it's also not necessarily about the games themselves, either. Basically, we'll kick off and see where the conversation takes us. This month, we're speaking to Kepa Auwae of RocketCat Games. Things get pretty zany here, so pack your sense of humor, friends...

Shigeru Miyamoto Will Talk 'Super Mario Run' on Dec. 8th in NY

If you live around New York City and want to get an early taste of Super Mario Run [Free], go here quickly to RSVP (although chances are it's already full). On December 8th, the Apple Store at SoHo will be hosting Shigeru Miyamoto for a conversation about everything Super Mario Run. According to the announcement, Miyamoto will talk to TV personality Katie Linendoll about the importance of fun and the inspiration behind Super Mario Run's gameplay. I really hope he says that Mario was always meant to be a runner (I have my reasons why). If you're lucky enough to be at the event, you'll get an exclusive early look of Super Mario Run a week before it releases, and I envy you already...

Upcoming 'Pianista' Is 'Guitar Hero' For Classical Music Lovers

Do you like games like Guitar Hero and Rockband but wish you could play classical music instead of rock of all kinds? Well, the upcoming game Pianista is here to give you exactly what you asked for, and it looks great. The developer, Superb Corp, want Pianista to provide a "fresh and vibrant experience," and I have to say that the trailer posted below seems to be doing just that. The gameplay is very similar to the classic falling notes of games like Guitar Hero, but the game is meant to be played with only your thumbs, so don't expect to have to do finger gymnastics as much as being able to keep with the fast rhythm and harmony of the music pieces...

It seems everyone is talking about Pokemon again, although this time it's primarily about Pokemon Sun and Moon rather than Pokemon GO. In addition to those two very popular games, there's also a Pokemon film on the way, as we've talked about in the past. After getting Nicole Perlman and Alex Hirsch to write the script for Detective Pikachu, Legendary Entertainment has now picked Rob Letterman to direct the upcoming live action film. Letterman has directed Goosebumps and Monsters Vs Aliens and also wrote and directed Shark Tale...

If you haven't been watching, the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan packs from Hearthstone's [Free] latest expansion came with an unintentional bug that made the drop rate of tri-class cards higher than intended. Well, Blizzard has just announced that a hotfix has been rolled out to all players on the Americas server at 2:30PM PST, and that should correct the issues. Any player on the Americas server who opened Gadgetzan packs prior to 2:30PM PST will receive additional packs as compensation. If you were one of those affected, you will receive 33% of the total amount of Gadgetzan packs you opened prior to 2:30 rounded up, regardless if you got the packs using gold, real money, or from quests. If you bought the 50-pack bundled and opened all of the packs before 2:30, you'll get an additional 17 packs...

Marvel Puzzle Quest [Free] has been adding new characters frequently, and this time around we are getting Medusa, Queen of the Inhumans. As producers Josh Austin explained, Medusa won the poll that the developers conducted over the summer, so it looks like the players really wanted her in the game. She's designed to be a support character that can also cause damage while healing the team, if you know how to play her that is. Her hair appropriately can shake the board up by generating health, gaining additional AP, causing damage, or even swapping random tiles and stealing any swapped enemy special tiles. In other words, she can be a pain. Her abilities are all about messing with the opponent's tiles and turning the battle around all by herself. The Queen of the Inhumans is available starting today...

'Transformers: Forged to Fight' Is a One-on-One Fighting Game Featuring Your Favorite Robots

Hasbro is dipping its toes into mobile gaming once more with the upcoming Transformers: Forged to Fight, a fighting game with deep RPG elements. In this game, you'll collect the most memorable Transformers from all eras of the franchise, so prepare to see Autobots and Decepticons from the animated TV series, the films, the comic book series, and, of course, the toys. You'll of course play as Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, Megatron, Starscream, Grimlock, and more, and all of them will level up over time and get better abilities and attacks. As you can see from the trailer below, the robots look really good and the animation is well-done too. Of course the game will be judged on how well it plays, but signs are positive so far...

Those who've been following my articles on Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] know what feature I've been patiently (and impatiently) waiting to see come to the game, and we are finally getting it in the upcoming 1.0 update, or The Ender Update. Yes, we are finally getting the original soundtrack, and I can't wait for it. It will be a separate download, so if you don't have the space you shouldn't worry about it. The iconic Minecraft music is for me one of the best parts of the game, and I'm very excited to finally have it in MCPE. The Ender Update is bringing much more than just the music, though. We are also getting The End, which makes the game a "complete loop" as the developers call it...

Check Out Two Solid Minutes of Gameplay in Upcoming Retro Shoot 'Em Up '1949 EndWar'

I've been quietly following the development of 1949 EndWar for over a year now, and we first brought you news of this spiritual sequel to Capcom's 1942 back in early October when developer Smallthing released the first official teaser trailer for the game. While the team had originally hoped to release the game before the end of 2016, they feel they need a little more time to get the game just right and are now targeting Q1 of 2017 isntead, along with an expanded set of release platforms like Xbox One, PC, Mac, and possibly even PlayStation 4 and Vita. Anyway, to temper the wait for those like me who are anxiously awaiting 1949 EndWar, Smallthing today has released a new gameplay trailer showing a solid 2 minute playthrough of the first level in the game...

New 'Rocky' Mobile Game Releasing to Celebrate Original Film's 40th Anniversary

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the original Rocky film, and yes, that makes me feel old. To celebrate this milestone, MGM Interactive and developer Tapinator are releasing Rocky, a new mobile game featuring the biggest of Rocky's rivals from the film. That includes Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, and Ivan Drago. In the game you'll manage a boxing gym and as you build it up you'll unlock 37 different fighters across 4 tiers, including the rare movie star characters mentioned above as well as Rocky himself. ..

After what has felt like a horribly long and drawn out 2016, it's finally December, which brings with it a whole host of yearly traditions. Forget the holidays, advent calendars, snowmen and the like - for iOS gaming, it's the inevitable 'Best of 2016' lists which will begin to emerge amongst both critics and consumers, and while there will be some heated arguments along the way, it's a great time to evaluate the past twelve months and revisit some of the classics that have released on our favorite touchscreen platform. For me personally, one of the first games that comes to mind is Human Resource Machine [$4.99] - its programming-based puzzles were extremely compelling and suited to mobile, which coupled with some subtle yet supremely clever presentation resulted in an essential App Store release when it launched back in June. Today, Android gamers can join in the fun, as Human Resource Machine has finally launched on Google Play for $4.99, which is a bargain for the amount of frustration and fun you will get out of Tommorow Corporation's latest release...

Okay everyone, time to walk the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan because Hearthstone's [Free] latest expansion has just released in the Americas (it will release tomorrow in Europe). There are now 132 brand new cards for you to get your hands on, and some of them are quite fantastic. A few quick words about the expansion first. Mean Streets of Gadgetzan puts you in the middle of a clash between three crime families running Gadgetzan, the Grimy Goons (Hunter, Paladin, Warrior), the Kabal (Mage, Priest, Warlock), and Jade Lotus (Druid, Rogue, Shaman). Each of the families plays differently with the Grimy Goons buffing minions in your hands, the Kabal using all kinds of crazy potions, and the Jade Lotus using stealth and the ever-growing Jade Golems to take down the opposition. There are also the Tri-Class Cards, neutral minions that can only be used by one family...

We posted about it coming a few days ago, but Tiny Wings TV has since been released on the Apple TV. If you load up your Apple TV's App Store, you'll see it front and centered featured for $2.99. Chances are you've already played the iOS version, but playing on the TV provides a new opportunity to play split screen multiplayer sharing either one Apple TV remote or using an Apple TV remote and a secondary MFi controller...

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