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unnamed-1This week is so jam packed with game discussion that we really don't even have any time for off-topic shenanigans, which is a good thing. We hop right in discussing a ton of great games that came out recently. Those games include: Super Pixel Heroes : Casual Arcade Action [Free], Super Gridland [$1.99], WarFriends [Free], Sky Dancer [Free], Polywarp [Free], Choco Run 2 [$1.99], Red's Kingdom [$3.99], Z-Exemplar [$3.99], and Stickman Surfer [Free]. A lot of good games.

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It's a wrap for us this week here at TouchArcade, and provided nothing crazy happens in the world of iOS gaming, we'll see you again on Monday morning for Shaun's Update Mondays and Tasos's Touchstone Tavern Hearthstone [Free] roundup before diving in head-first to whatever awesome mobile games get released and whatever rad looking mobile games are coming soon. We've been doing this for years now, and to keep doing what we're doing, we need your help. Whether you're here for our game reviews, to read about upcoming games, find games on sale, listen to our podcast, or participate in your community, we're glad to have you. If the feeling is mutual, which I hope it is, there's a few things you can do to help keep TouchArcade alive in this weird changing world of mobile gaming, which for numerous reasons has jeopardized the future of third party editorial sites like ours...




TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Red's Kingdom'

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...

'Digby Forever' is a New Endless Digger from 'Pac-Man 256' and 'Cubemen' Developer 3 Sprockets

3 Sprockets, who you should know from their solo efforts Cubemen 2 [$1.99] and Outfolded [Free] but also their work on Pac-Man 256 [Free], are working on a brand new game. Digby Forever is essentially their take on an endless kind of Dig Dug or Mr. Driller game. You'll be digging your way through an endless underground area, trying to avoid enemies, collect gems, drill through blocks, and set off bombs to take out enemies and blocks. ..

'Collect or Die' is Trying to Bring an 'N+' Style Platformer to Mobile on January 26th

More than a decade ago, Flash platformer N made waves in the gaming world with its splendid brand of precision, ninja-based platforming. I didn't play it myself until it arrived on the Sony PSP and Nintendo DS as N+ a few years later, but I could definitely see what all the fuss was about. Developer Super Smith Bros is attempting to bring an N-esque platformer to mobile called Collect or Die, and while it doesn't feature all the wall-jumping ninja moves of its inspiration, it does feature lots of deadly traps to avoid and plenty of coins to collect. There's even a touch of Portal in there as your character moves from test chamber to test chamber as you watch the action unfold from closed-circuit television cameras...

Design diaries are always entertaining to read if you're into gaming, especially when they are about games that stood out. This diary is from the makers of the fantastic, and somber, This War of Mine [$14.99] and is a great inside look on how this heart-wrenching game came about. The blog focuses on player choice, especially the process of designing a system that organically leads to meaningful choices through gameplay. The first consideration was creating strong player motivation beyond the external kind that's usually at the heart of most games (beating a level, reaching a boss, collecting, etc). By creating a strong narrative, players sacrifice efficiency for the sake of staying true to the game's fiction - like walking around cities in an MMO even though it's a waste of time...

As of this week, we'll be 291 episodes into our podcast. It's hard to believe we've been doing it weekly for over five years now. I think that makes us the longest running mobile games podcast out there! In the last few weeks, we've been refining the video version of our podcast which is the same audio as our normal podcast, except you can see the games we're playing and the things we're reacting to in real time. Here's a teaser of this week's episode:..

'Heart Star' is a Cute Puzzle-Platformer From the Developer of 'Tiny Dangerous Dungeons'

Adventure Islands, the developer behind Tiny Dangerous Dungeons [$0.99] and Super Dangerous Dungeons [Free] a new puzzle-platformer called Heart Star. Here, you'll have to swap between two different characters in order to get them both to the goal. Each character, Red and Blue, has blocks that activate when they're in control, but those blocks' existence doesn't dissipate when you switch characters. So, Red can stand on a red platform in midair, and stay there even when inactive. This allows you to use the two characters in clever ways, like standing on one in the middle of a big gap in order to traverse a tricky passage in order to get each character to the goal...

'Puff', the Love Child of 'Flappy Bird' and 'Downwell', Gets First Trailer and February 23rd Release Date

Earlier this month we gave you the first look at two new games coming from the Frosty Pop Corps. One was the wacky take on hockey called Slap Shots! which will be arriving next week, and the second was an intriguing-looking game called Puff which the developers had described as a hybrid of sorts between Flappy Bird and Downwell. It was a bit hard to determine just what they meant by that based on the brief animated gifs previously released for Puff, but today the first full trailer for the game has arrived and those influences are pretty clear...

Some of our favorite developers have recently voiced their concern over something they treasure very much. Politics and Policy are not subjects we normally broach here in the hallowed halls of Touch Arcade, but when the mobile community is impacted by something, we like to put a little light on it...

New 'Thimbleweed Park' Trailer Introduces the Wacky "Ransome the *Beeping* Clown"

Two of the minds behind one of the greatest point-and-click adventure games of all time, Ron Gilbert and Gary Winnick of Maniac Mansion fame, successfully Kickstarted a brand new adventure game back in November of 2014 called Thimbleweed Park. In March of last year, we got the first trailer which depicted a murder mystery involving a cast of strange characters that takes place in the strange world of Thimbleweed Park. Another new trailer was released in June, and another in August, and then in December we got a video of Thimbleweed Park running on an iPhone. That brings us to today where another new trailer reveals perhaps one of the strangest Thimbleweed Park characters to date: Ransome the *Beeping* Clown. ..

We recently switched over to Discord [Free] from Slack [Free] for all of the back-end communication at TouchArcade here, and we've been super happy with everything. Discord has effectively replaced both Slack and Skype [Free] for us, and cooler yet, the way Discord works allows us to have an open chat server that anyone can join- Heck, if you play online games, chances are you're already using Discord. If you're not, you should totally check it out. You can either download the mobile app or the PC/Mac client and then just hop right in. Since we started using Discord full time a few weeks ago, we've grown an awesome community of people chatting about iOS games all day long...

Quite a few people have asked me lately what the best MFi controller is that has a clip that you can snap your iPhone into, and my answer typically is something along the lines of "Eh, well, there's the MOGA Rebel, but it's sort of old and the SteelSeries Nimbus is a way better controller but it doesn't have a clip." Well, some eagle-eyed Reddit users found a solution to this problem. Better yet? It'll only cost you $1.82 shipped. Check it out:..

I'm not sure what it is with all these weird "simulation" games hitting the App Store lately, but I love it. The latest, which is set to be released on Monday the 23rd, is The Wolf. It was posted to our forums this morning, and it sounds like just my kind of strange. It's a multiplayer RPG where you choose what type of wolf you want to be, tweak out your wolf build with various skills and abilities, and join a wolf pack which then goes rampaging around the land...

World-Shifting Puzzler 'Splitter Critters' Set to Launch Next Week on the App Store

The beauty of the App Store is that, every once in a while, you'll come across a game that has such remarkable and unique mechanics it will still impress you, even after you think you've seen it all when it comes to mobile gaming. Splitter Critters is the latest upcoming iOS release that has shocked me in such a way - the ability to slice and manipulate the environment to help your Lemmings-esque characters find their way back to their spaceship is extremely clever, and perfectly suited to touch screen controls. We first heard about Splitter Critters back in October, and while the game missed its initial late 2016 release date, developer RAC7 has confirmed on their Twitter account that their latest title is set to launch next week on the App Store...

RPG Reload Developer Spotlight 004 - Raj Dhillon from WaveLight 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 Raj Dhillon of WaveLight Games, the developer behind the Demon's Rise series of SRPGs, which consists of Demon's Rise [$4.99] and relatively recent release Demon's Rise 2 [$7.99]...

'Postknight' From 'Tiny Guardians' Developer Launches on February 9th

Kurechii has been beta testing Postknight with the help of our handy forum readers, and with their help, the game now has a release date. February 9th is when you'll be able to play this RPG about a knight delivering mail on iOS and Android. The beta test helped improve the game experience, according to Kurechii. At launch, 5 different areas that are complete will be available to play, with the potential for more down the road...

Mobile MOBA 'Planet of Heroes' Soft Launches in Canada, Germany, and Singapore

Back in July of last year, My.com announced that they'd formed a new internal studio called Fast Forward who would be developing a built-for-mobile MOBA called Planet of Heroes, and the following month they released the first gameplay trailer for the game and kicked off a closed beta test. Well, it's been about six months since then and this week Fast Forward has soft-launched Planet of Heroes in the iOS App Stores of Canada, Germany, and Singapore. They've also put together a new trailer showing a lot of what you can expect in Planet of Heroes...

'Exiles of Embermark' Starting to Flesh Out Its Episodic Narrative

We've been keeping a very close eye on the development of Exiles of Embermark ever since it first popped up in our Upcoming Games forum thread, and I think it's fair to say it's one of my most anticipated 2017 games. We got to check it out live at GDC 2016 and were quite happy with what we saw, and now the developers are starting to show off some of the game's narrative. As we've talked about in the past, the developers have decided to use the app Bound as a way to get the game's story out without burdening the actual app. Each month, we'll get more of the game's narrative on Bound, and that will include updates on how the game's various houses are doing along with other fun tidbits...

Ironhide Games Announces New 'Kingdom Rush' Game

Good news for fans of the Kingdom Rush series, easily one of the most popular tower defense franchises out there. And Ironhide Games is set to continue the franchise, with a fourth game that they're now teasing. Not a lot of details beyond a teaser image and the quote "the bad guys shall have their revenge." Could this mean a game where you play as the bad guys? Quite possibly!..

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