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If you listened to our show last week, you know that it's been a pretty hectic couple of weeks for Eli and myself and it's been difficult to find the time to sit down and hammer out our podcast. A shame, especially since we should be celebrating our 200th episode! This week, Eli is in India with an internet connection that's… well let's just say it's not reliable. Not even close to reliable enough to get through even a half hour edition of our show. So it's with a heavy heart that I announce there's no podcast today, but worry not: Eli and I will reconvene on Monday when he's back in the States and record our voices talking to each other for you. Hey, we might even invite Mike Meade on if he's awake!..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'WWE 2K'

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 - 4/18/15 - 'Implosion', 'Halo: Spartan Strike', 'Football Manager', 'Attack the Light' and More

This has been a crazy week of travel between attending various iPhone events, so we didn't post the best games last week, and this week's podcast is going to wait until Monday... But after that things should get back to normal, at least until the E3 and WWDC insanity in June. Anyway, here's the top rated game reviews we posted over the last two weeks:..

'Halo: Spartan Strike' Review - An Evolutionary Success

Recently, Microsoft and the folks at 343 Industries launched two Halo spinoffs on the App Store. Halo: Spartan Assault [$5.99] originally debuted back in 2013 on Windows devices and is finally on iOS devices. However, Halo: Spartan Strike [$5.99] is a brand new adventure that saw a simultaneous launch on all pertinent platforms. As a sequel to Halo: Spartan Assault, it would make sense that Strike seeks to improve upon its predecessor and it succeeds in that regard. While the changes to the formula feel more evolutionary than revolutionary, those improvements are on a game that was already great  to begin with making Strike an even better dual stick shooter...

When Microsoft announced Halo: Spartan Assault way back in early 2013 as a dual-stick shooter set in the Halo universe that would be exclusive to the Windows platform, no one ever thought that the folks in Redmond would ever sign off on it eventually hitting Apple’s App Store (although we dreamed about it when we checked it out at E3 that year). Yet, here we are with Microsoft pulling a rabbit out of its hat and launching both Halo: Spartan Assault [$5.99] and Halo: Spartan Strike [$5.99] simultaneously on the App Store. As you’ll soon discover, both games play quite similarly to each other, but we’ll focus primarily on Spartan Assault and the gameplay basics in this review and will get into more specifics as well as the differences of Spartan Strike in Part II of our review...

'Skiing Yeti Mountain' Preview - The Alternate Universe Version of 'Dudeski'

In an alternate universe, the game Skiing Yeti Mountain is what Dudeski [$1.99] would be. You control a pixelly skiier traveling down a mountain, slaloming around points to keep going, as if you miss one, you fail the level. The game is centered around many short levels, where you're trying to get to the end of the lvel as quickly as possible to get gold medals. You level up, and can earn new skiing outfits by doing well. It gets challenging as you have to learn to carve and skid to make slalom turns, and to get down the level fast enough to earn the gold. You either use swipes or a thumb-sliding control scheme to maneuver. The game also quickly starts to throw in new wrinkles, like cliffs you have to jump off of in such a way to go the right direction around the slalom. It's a game that will really start to throw some clever challenges your way...

Bandai Namco Entertainment's 2015 Global Gamers Day

Last week was Bandai Namco Entertainment's 2015 Global Gamers Day Americas, where they showed off a bunch of new titles that they have in the pipeline for consoles, handhelds, desktop and yes, even mobile. As with most events thrown by gigantic companies, the mobile stuff was a bit scarce with the majority of the focus going towards console and desktop titles. That said, there was still a few noteworthy things in the works for our little mobile devices...

Reflector has been a key app for people who have wanted to mirror their iOS devices to their computer, and to record the footage. Good capture cards aren't cheap. Squirrels, the developer behind this PC and Mac app, has just released Reflector 2, a paid upgrade to Reflector that brings some new features. While we listed this as our entry-level solution for recording video for yourself, is this upgrade enough to pass on a capture card? Well, there's some powerful features, but the software falls a bit short at the moment...

Goofily Piledrive Dudes in 'Wrassling,' Coming to the App Store Next Week

Earlier this month, we told you about Wrassling, an upcoming game by Colin Lane (Golf is Hard [Free]) and Folmer Kelly (Irrupt [$1.99], #SUPERHYPER [$1.99], Upthing [Free]). Eli, Jared, and Carter like it because wrestling is, like, their thing; I like it because physics curios and banging chiptunes are two of my things...

In Case You'd Forgotten, Amanita Design's 'Samorost 3' Is Still in the Works, Still Surreal and Weird

Czech outfit Amanita Design has released a gorgeous new trailer for the upcoming Samorost 3, full of organic weirdness and fungal wonder, alligators made out of petrified wood and entire planets covered in fine saffron gossamer. The first Samorost game came out in 2003 (my God!), but the power of Amanita's imaginative art hasn't been tempered in the slightest...

If you're playing Gamevil's new baseball game MLB Perfect Inning 15 [Free] and want to get some cool player cards for free, we've got the hookup. Use the code TOUCHARCADE in the game, and you will get 5 Pro Drafts for free. This code is good until May 30th, and can only be used once. To redeem it, go to the game's home screen, and select the "Event" button. Then, choose the "Enter your promo code here" banner. Type in the TOUCHARCADE code, and you'll get your five free Pro Drafts in your mailbox in the game...

To celebrate the release of Stealth Inc. 2 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows (via the Humble Bundle store), Curve Digital has slashed the price of it's iOS predecessor. For this weekend only, you can snatch Stealth Inc. [Free] for free on the App Store...

In Hearthstone's [Free] mythos, Blackrock Spire is the first line of defense against all who would threaten Blackwing's domain. Your mission in week three of Blackrock Mountain Adventure (BRM) is to take down all the ogres, orcs, and dragonspawn protecting its halls and gather the spoils, some very interesting cards...

RPG Reload File 034 - 'King Of Dragon Pass'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we deal exclusively in cows. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to revisit it and see how it's doing in the modern day. It's a chance for a bit of reflection and a deeper dive than the usual TouchArcade reviews allow for. The RPG genre is a pretty wide one that covers a lot of different kinds of games, and I try to present a good variety from week to week. That said, everyone has their blind spots, and to help cover mine, I ask for a suggestion from the readers to feature once per month. The next reader's choice article will be in RPG Reload File 037, so get your choice in soon by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload...

'Shooting Stars' Has a Cat That Shoots Rainbow Lasers

Bloodirony Games has just announced their new game Shooting Stars, and it's looking like quite the spectacle. They're describing it as a shoot 'em up with roguelike elements...and a bearded dude with glasses on a hoverboard, holding a cat that shoots rainbow lasers. The dude's name is Tscherno, and he must try to save Earth from being taken over by evil aliens who have taken the form of celebrities to control all human life. A sacred rainbow unicorn has given you the mission to free the celebrities – because truly, the are the future – and to fight back those evil aliens. Check out the radical trailer:..

Jeff Vogel's Spiderweb Software has been making incredibly deep RPGs for the past two decades, with many of those titles making their way over to the iPad where they seemed quite at home. The latest from Spiderweb to grace the iPad was to be Avernum 2: Crystal Souls, which was scheduled to launch this week. Unfortunately, that won't be happening, and for the foreseeable future Spiderweb Software will no longer be developing their games for iOS at all...

As if to purposefully thwart our attempts to collate each week's iOS releases in one neat post, Square Enix went off and released a new game today without a hint of warning. Masters of the Masks [Free] is a free-to-play role-playing game developed by a small outfit called Lastmoon Games...

Shaken, Not Stirred: 'I Am Bread' Developer Bossa Studios Announces 'Spy_Watch,' a Spy Sim for Apple Watch

With all of the consternation and hot takes about the Apple Watch, it's hard to believe that a. it was only announced a month ago and b. it's not even out yet. Today, Bossa Studios joined the slowly-swelling ranks of developers making games for the thing by announcing Spy_Watch...

Pocket Gems is a company that largley focuses on games aimed at casual, mainstream audiences, what with Tap Pet Hotel [Free] and Runway Life [Free]. So if you saw their new game War Dragons [Free] and didn't realize it was Pocket Gems, I wouldn't be surprised. It's quite a gritty departure from everything they've previously put out. Well, it turns out that they're looking to really expand their portfolio of games into something more for a core audience. And why not do that by making a PVP multiplayer game where you breed dragons, and then fight with those dragons against other people?..

Yesterday was, for most Americans, the deadline to file taxes for 2014, and never has Jesus' admonition that "It it most blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35) rung so hollow. Not so for Joost van Dongen: today is the Dutch designer's birthday, and he's slashed the price of his tube-runner, Proun+ [$0.99] to celebrate. ..

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