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It's already been a pretty intense day of new iOS games, but before we've even had a chance to recover there's a late arrival that a lot of people having been waiting for: Sarah Northway's Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville [$4.99]. After a couple of device compatibility snafus that pushed the previously planned release dates back, Rebuild 3 has finally found its way to the App Store!..

Out Now: 'Goat Simulator MMO Simulator', 'The Deer God', 'Worms 4', 'Unkilled', 'Swap Cops', 'Rock(s) Rider - HD Edition', Raider Rush', 'Blocky Highway', 'Trick Shot' and More

The epic release weeks continue as this week has a ton of great stuff in store for your mobile device gaming pleasure. A last minute, surprise release of Goat Simulator MMO Simulator on iOS is probably the most noteworthy thing to pop up, but the long-awaited arrival of the incredibly stylish The Deer God also has me good and excited. And then there's the made-for-mobile Worms 4, the visually impressive Unkilled and Rock(s) Rider HD, Swap Cops, Trick Shot, Blocky Highway… the list just goes on. I'm going to need to take a vacation just to try out all of tonight's games. So check 'em out below and let us know in the comments which games you're picking up...




We're streaming live on Mobcrush right now. There's a couple different ways you can watch the stream, and they all work equally well and it's really just a matter of personal preference as to which method you prefer. The easiest way to watch is just watching the embedded player right here on TouchArcade. In the interest of being polite, we mute the audio. If you're somewhere you can listen, be sure to turn it back up- the controls for that are in the lower right corner of the video stream. Alternatively, if you're on a mobile device, visit mobcrush.com/beta and download the free Mobcrush app. (It's in beta, so you'll need to agree to have it installed on your device.) From there, search for TouchArcade. If you follow us, you'll get alerts when we're streaming. Last, but not least, you can visit our channel directly in your browser at mobcrush.com/toucharcade. Oh, and if you want to participate in chat, you'll need to register over on Mobcrush first...

Yet Another New 'Prevail' Video Shows Off Resource Mining, Processing and Shopping

The last time I posted about Prevail, just a few short days ago, I commented on how nice it was to have such a consistent flow of new details on the game after it laid stagnant for more than two years. I'm feeling that even more strongly now, as already developer Josh Slade has uploaded another awesome preview video of the game. This one focuses less on the action portion of Prevail and more on mining resources, processing them, and then going shopping for some goodies...

'Gathering Sky' - They’re Flocking This Way

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September 2nd, 2015 7:40 PM EDT by Nathan Reinauer in $2.99, 4 stars, Adventure, Games, iPad Games, Music / Rhythm, Reviews
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I don’t want to waste your time here, so I’m just going to come right out with it: Gathering Sky [$2.99 (HD)] by A Stranger Gravity is a game that’s probably not going to be everyone’s cup of tea. In fact, it’s barely even a “game” at all. There were long stretches during my playthrough that I didn’t even touch the screen or have any input whatsoever. It’s one of those games that’s more of an experience, maaaan. But stick with me here, ‘cause it’s actually a really good experience...

'Tiny Empire' Review - Waging War With Cannons

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September 2nd, 2015 6:00 PM EDT by Eric Ford in $2.99, 3.5 stars, Action, Arcade, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews, Universal
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At first glance, Tiny Empire [$2.99] by Mother Gaia Studios acts suspiciously like another giant game franchise that resides within the physics-based launching genre. There’s projectile aiming, enemies you want to destroy, and a few twists on the ammunition being tossed. However, beyond the gameplay similarities is decent example of a title taking a genre that has been dominated by a huge developer and creating just enough change that it can stand on its own...

iOS 9 is right around the corner, and chances are we'll find out its final release date during next week's iPhone keynote. At minimum, we'll likely get a gold master next week. So, there's no better time than the present to learn how to make iOS 9 apps. The cool thing is, TouchArcade Deals has all sorts of eLearning stuff. Today we're featuring the All-Inclusive iOS 9 & Swift 2 Developer Course Bundle. It's got fifty five hours of content spread across nearly 400 different lectures...

Not every game needs to have tight design. Those might be blasphemous words coming from a game reviewer, but there's truth in them. I have great respect for games where every little aspect has been placed to work in perfect harmony with every other part, but games can also be unbalanced, messy things and still be a heck of a lot of fun to play. That's the case with Demon's Rise [$2.99], a turn-based strategy RPG from newcomer Wave Light Games. It draws its principle mechanics from popular SRPGs like Warhammer Quest [$4.99] and X-COM [$9.99], lets you form your party from a whopping 25 different characters each with their own skills, then throws a pile of content at you to merrily hack, zap, and smash your way through. It's horrifically unbalanced, but it's hard to care much about that as you guide your wacky group of characters through the monster-filled dungeons...

Many of you probably remember the conversation over whether video games are art that the Smithsonian American Art Museum Exhibition The Art of Video Games initiated a few years ago. While that conversation was...interesting and heated, what everyone agreed on was that Smithsonian's exhibition was another proof of how video games are becoming an increasingly-accepted form of entertainment (and, perhaps, of art), a wonderful moment in time if you belong to the generation whose parents saw video games as an addiction (to be remedied through an abundance of homework) and a waste of time...

'My Country 3D' and 'X-Mercs' Both Coming Soon From Game Insight

A couple weeks ago I got a chance to spend some time with the Game Insight team, and my main takeaway was this isn't your typical free to play outfit. Particularly with core gamers, free to play developers have been demonized as the ruthless creators of money-sucking Skinner boxes. It's a often justifiable argument, as the App Store is loaded with abusive free to play models centralized around allowing the player to infinitely spend, often with no idea what they're even going to get for their money, with the recent popularity of gacha mechanics. Worse yet, you'd be hard pressed to find a veteran iOS gamer who dabbles in free to play that hasn't felt the sting of what it's like when a free to play game you're invested in abruptly gets shut down...

Classic 'Airline Tycoon' Franchise is Coming to Mobile, But Don't Celebrate Yet

Who doesn't love playing some of the classic PC franchises on his or her mobile device nowadays? Well, all those who've been burned by games like EA's Dungeon Keeper Mobile or any other similar F2P translation of classic games. However, to be fair, we've also had some great ports of PC classics like Transport Tycoon and Rollercoaster Tycoon, but those decided to go the premium route. So while I'm not ready to make a sweeping generalization, I'll make an almost-sweeping generalization and say that classic ports do much better critically when they come over wholesale rather than "re-imagined" as F2P games. Still, whether they do better financially, that's a whole different discussion since The Sims Freeplay is currently 25th in the App Store's Top Grossing apps and SimCity Buildit is 45th...

Transistor [$4.99] is easily one of the best games of the year for me, a wonderfully-realized world and a very entertaining battle system that come together almost seamlessly. Some balked at the original $9.99 price (which I found more than justified), but even that reason is now moot as the game has dropped to $4.99 in its first sale ever. If you want my detailed review of the game, jump over here and take a look, but I'll give you the short version if you don't feel like reading a couple thousand words. Transistor let's you enjoy a very original world that oozes with detail and, funnily enough, realism as Cloudbank feels like it could be a real place at some point in the future. Its narrative unfolds in a very clever way and the voice-over is fantastic, so if narrative is your thing, Transistor will definitely scratch that itch...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Deer God', 'Worms 4',  'Rock(s) Rider - HD Edition' and More

It's another Wednesday, and with it is another gigantic load of iOS games to plow through. Also, interestingly enough, the Sphero BB-8 companion app is among tonight's releases which makes us wonder if the September 4th date mentioned on their site isn't when the toy itself is going to be available. Additionally, there's a whole bunch of other good games appearing on the App Store today including Crescent Moon's Deer God. Check out the trailer for that:..

Hands-On With 'ReRunners' For Some Multiplayer Platforming Fun

A couple of months ago I wrote a story about ReRunners, an upcoming platformer for both iPad and iPhone by Klang Games, that sounded like an interesting take on platformers. The game set out to be a multiplayer platformer where you compete with the ghosts of other players, in a way similar to the multiplayer part of racing games like Real Racing 3 where you race consecutively rather than simultaneously. Recently, I got a chance to actually play ReRunners (I streamed part of my time with the game on our channel on Mobcrush), and I think the developers' idea of turning a platformer into a competitive multiplayer experience works really well...

There was a joyous uproar this past June when Klei Entertainment confirmed long-standing rumors that their hit survival game Don't Starve would be coming to iOS in a special "Pocket Edition" version of the game. Then just over a week later it was revealed that Don't Starve: Pocket Edition [$4.99] would be an iPad-only release. Cue cries of dispair across the globe and an avalanche of jokes about needing humongous jeans to fit the Pocket Edition of Don't Starve in your actual pocket. Yes, we all had a good laugh and a good cry. Well, Klei didn't like seeing that rollercoaster of emotions, so just a few days later they teased about Don't Starve coming to iPhones as well. That time is finally almost upon us, as Klei tweeted earlier today that a Universal update for Don't Starve: Pocket Edition is coming this Thursday...

Simple but Strategic Action Card Game 'Castles' Coming from 'Ultrahyper' Developer Sets and Settings

Folmer Kelly of Sets and Settings, developer of games like Trap Tower [Free] and Ultrahyper [Free], and co-developer of Wrasslin' [Free] and Battle Golf [Free], has a new game in the works and it's looking pretty darn awesome so far. It's simply called Castles, and is inspired in part by an old but popular Flash game named Castle Wars. As Folmer describes it in our forums, "Castles is a minimalist action card game where the goal is to manage your resources in order to destroy your opponent, using turn-based action cards." Here's a .gif showing Castles in action...

September Patreon Update - Still Alive

September Patreon Update - Still Alive

September 1st, 2015 6:47 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News
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The TouchArcade Patreon is still kicking ass and taking names. We recently sent out the first of what's likely going to be a monthly newsletter of sorts to our community which has us surging towards having 500 total patrons, which is a pretty rad number to hit. If you're backing us already, we'd like to once again thank you for your support. If you're not backing us yet, well, if you like what we do here every way consider tossing a couple bucks our way. The best way to think of it is like a magazine subscription. Did you used to buy Nintendo Power back in the day? Well, TouchArcade is really just an internet magazine updated all day...

'Dandy: Or A Brief Glimpse Into the Life of a Candy Alchemist' Review - Sweet Gameplay Wrapped In Tasty Visuals

To explain why I wanted to give Dandy: Or a Brief Glimpse Into the Life of a Candy Alchemist [$3.99] a try once I saw it pop up on the App Store, I first need to talk a bit about the type of shoot 'em ups I enjoy. One of the few genres of games I've never cared much for is bullet-hell shoot 'em ups, those games where you fight a constant hail of fire while trying not to get a headache from all the blinking and flashing. The shoot 'em ups I enjoy are the slower ones, the kind that forces you to study your enemies and devise strategies on the go (like the PC game The Binding of Isaac for instance), and this is precisely the kind of gameplay Dandy offers. ..

'Blocky Highway' is an Endless Runner that Actually Looks Interesting, Coming this Thursday

Ok, behind the back endless runners are a tough sell in today's App Store. It's just been done to death, you know? Anyway, every once in a while a developer will come along and do something really neat with the idea of an endless runner. That's the feeling I got when I watched the trailer for Blocky Highway, from developer Dogbyte Games. Check it out and see if it similarly piques your interest...

I've been doing some digging on the World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] forums today because I had a feeling the new update should be coming at some point in early September (it fits the timing of their updates), and I was right. While official word is somewhat confusing and often in Russian, what I have been able to find are a few features that should be in the upcoming update as well as a developer Q&A that offers some info on the game's future. ..

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