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We are cursed to live in interesting times. As such, we now live in a world where frozen yogurt is using a popular mobile video game to promote its brand. Thanks to a Twitter tip, we have learned that frozen yogurt chain Yogurtland is offering special flavors and customized spoons inspired by Candy Crush Saga [Free] from now until September 13th. Every two weeks will see new flavors introduced, such as Orange Fizz Sorbet, Maple Donuts, and Candy Clouds. There will also be contests, and those spoons inspired by the game:..

TouchArcade Teams up With Mobcrush to Stream Tons of Mobile Games

You asked and we listened. One constant piece of feedback we've gotten from our community is to bring back live streaming, and with the wild success of our Patreon, we're doing just that. The tl;dr of the news is that in the very near future the whole TouchArcade team is going to be streaming exclusively on Mobcrush, a new mobile-focused streaming service. We're still working out the particulars, but keep your eyes peeled on the site for way more news regarding our streaming plans. We're going to be aiming for around two hours of streaming a day, and are open to any suggestions on what kind of games you'd like to see streamed and when. I'm a big fan of scheduled shows, so I think we're going to shoot for a week-long array of content you can look forward to with potential for off-hours bonus streams if anyone is playing something new and cool that they want to share. The URL you're going to want to bookmark is http://www.mobcrush.com/toucharcade, but they've also got a mobile app you can install by tapping this link on your iOS or Android device. From there, search for "TouchArcade" and follow us...

'Warhammer: Arcane Magic' Releases New Trailer

Monday today, so another Warhammer news day is upon us; of course, all the other days of the week are Warhammer news days too because of the torrent of Warhammer games coming our way recently. Still, I have no issue with Games Workshop licensing games as if the world ends tomorrow because I love the Warhammer universe and strategy games, so more often than not I enjoy Warhammer games. One of the three or four (that I know of) Warhammer games coming out soon, Warhammer: Arcane Magic, has just released a new trailer that offers more gameplay details and gives us a better sense of how the game will play on iOS...

Alex Okafor of One Man Left Studios on the Importance of Supporting TouchArcade

Our Patreon continues to rip it up, as we blew past the 75% mark this weekend- rapidly closing in on our goal. Our Patreon is actually doing so well that we're #175 overall on Patreon. All this is awesome, totally unexpected, and you guys are the best. Anyway, on Friday we heard from Neil Young, the founder and former CEO of ngmoco who has since moved on to doing secretive things at N3TWORK. Today, we're swinging back to the indie side of things to hear from Alex Okafor, who is half-way responsible for Tilt to Live [$2.99] which you've probably played in some form or another over the years...

While the future of emulators on iOS is looking peachy-keen if you've got a Mac and aren't afraid to compile some source code, if you're still not willing to jailbreak your device or go to Android for some sweet emulators, Nintendo DS emulator nds4ios is available right now without any relative tomfoolery. iEmulators has an enterprise-signed version of nds4ios that you can install right now without jailbreaking. You just need to go to their site, tap on "Apps," scroll down to nds4ios, and install it. Apple hasn't revoked the certificate yet, so have at it!..

I Wish 'Fallout Shelter' Leaned More on the Social Experiments That Powered Fallout Vaults

I've been playing Bethesda's Fallout Shelter [Free] since its release the Sunday before E3 and after starting over a couple times finally have a vault with over 100 people and a fully upgraded Nuka Cola Bottler. This has me at the strange point you really rarely hit in free to play games where I find myself saying, "Well, now what?" It's a weird feeling, as basically all free to play games, builders in particular, orbit the idea of a never-ending treadmill of content. I've got friends that have been playing Hay Day [Free] for years without running out of things to do, and here I am saying "Well, now what?" in a matter of weeks of playing Fallout Shelter...

TouchStone Tavern #7 - Your Weekly 'Hearthstone' News Roundup

Hello again, and welcome to another edition of Touchstone Tavern, your weekly Hearthstone [Free] news roundup. Nothing really big happened this week other than Blizzard teasing a July 22nd announcement that "might" reveal an upcoming feature or expansion! In addition to the announcement of the announcement, we had another Tavern Brawl, which some called the most fun Brawl so far, some "drama" regarding the casting at Archon's Team League Championship, and some other news. This hasn't been the busiest week news-wise, but the news we did ranks up there with the best. I believe that you, just like me, are very curious about what Blizzard has in store for us in around two weeks time. Ok, let's jump into it, shall we?..

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. The story this week seems to be complete and utter game-changer updates. There are several games that got so much new, free content that they might as well be new apps. Lots of other smaller, but still good, updates as well. 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!..

We wrote earlier today that Telltale revealed the first trailer for Minecraft: Story Mode at Minecon, but that wasn't the only news for mobile gamers that came out of Mojang's London party. The Swedish company also revealed Minecraft: Windows 10 Edition Beta, a new version of the game for Microsoft's new OS. When I first heard about this new version, I wasn't particularly interested; however, I then realized that the Windows 10 version is the same as Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99], and the two versions will have the same features, be updated together, and offer cross-play. Tommasso Checchi, an MCPE developer, said that the first beta of the Minecraft: Windows 10 edition, which will come out July 29, is technically MCPE 0.12 (Tomasso also said the MCPE version will hopefully come out on or around the same day as the Windows version)...

Mojang and Telltale Release 'Minecraft: Story Mode' Trailer

If there's one game out there that can get away with releasing a game trailer not only super early on the weekend, but also on a national frickin' holiday and still have everyone post it, it's Minecraft. Well, that's exactly what has happened. Telltale and Mojang blasted out the first trailer for Minecraft: Story Mode, direct from Minecon in London, at 5:45 AM Central time on a Saturday and the 4th of July. So, Happy Birthday, America...

316645_largerThis week's episode of the podcast was dominated by game discussion of two awesome titles that were released this week. We get down and dirty with Adventures of Pip [$4.99] which seems like a really clever platformer that manages to blend pixel art both as an art style and as a game premise. Unfortunately, the virtual controls sort of suck. On the other hand, we're all excited for The Executive [$2.99]. It's a deceptively deep fighting game even though the controls seem so simple, oh, and even just calling it a fighting game is weird as there's so much more you do in it. We hit on the weekly Nintendo drama, and there's even some exciting news about the future of TouchArcade hidden in the podcast that you'll have to listen to to find out- Otherwise it'll all be revealed next week when we make our official announcement.

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Build your army with specialized troops, take direct control of your Hero in battle, and master magical cards to enhance your strategy. Protect your kingdom with strategically placed defenses like traps and barricades.

An App Store Editor’s Choice, Siegefall is available now for free on the App Store. Siege the day!

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'The Executive'

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...

Which MFi iPhone Game Controller Should You Buy?

The world of MFi controllers is still a bit of a crazy one at the moment. The first few months were rough: limited support from games, a dreadful selection of controllers, and even iOS issues that practically ruined the first good controller, the SteelSeries Stratus. Now, time has led to a greater number of games that support MFi controllers to where I have a huge folder full of them, and while the controller selection is full of ones with flaws, there's at least one controller I can wholeheartedly recommend as a great all-around package. Still, MFi controllers are still not a fantastic proposition on iOS...

Celebrate the 4th of July With Some Great Sales

If you are in the market for some good, cheap games, you've come to the right place. As the USA celebrates its Independence Day, many App Store developers have decided to join the celebrations by throwing cheap games your way in the hopes that all that eating and drinking will make you susceptible, and I believe they are correct in their assumption. So, take a look at the list below and use it as a guide for your shopping, but be sure to check back because I have a hunch that we'll see many more sales before the weekend is over...

'Furdemption' Review - A Great Puzzle-Platformer Brimming With Whimsy and Gore

Imagine a cute bunny hoping around a hellish landscape, leaving the bloody trails of his repeated failures all over the wonderfully-drawn landscape. Sounds fun, if somewhat macabre, doesn't it? Well, it is indeed. Furdemption [$2.99], the puzzle platformer (or bunny-suicides simulator) from Raresloth (apparently a very philozoic two-person company), is a very fun game with great art and animations and a responsive control system that almost always delivers. Puzzle games don't always excite me because I find most of them too reliant on trial-and-error design, which requires more time than I'm willing to put in games of this genre; fortunately, Raresloth expertly designed and molded Furdemption into an intuitive puzzle game that is a pleasure to play...

Neil Young of N3TWORK, Former Ngmoco Founder and CEO, on the Importance of Supporting TouchArcade

At some point over the night, our Patreon rocketed past $7,000. We're so close to our goal that I can taste it. You guys are amazing, and I know I've been saying that a lot recently but, I don't know what else to say to express the immense amount of gratitude we're all feeling here. The success of the Patreon is super validating to all of us here, as Shaun nailed it when we were talking about it last night in saying that site traffic statistics don't measure how much people care about what you're doing, Patreon contributions do. It's awesome to be doing something people care about, which really, has been our goal all along...

'Pixel Dungeon' Review – Simple Name, Legendary Game

Eons ago, a roguelike was created, and lo, all was good. The game was highly praised, and many flocked to bask in it’s simple but difficult glory. This congregation became a community, discussing the game’s many elements and even creating a wiki, raising the lowly game to great new heights. The roguelike grew over time, incorporating new mechanics and levels, but still something was amiss. This game was not to be found in lands of iOS. Thus a prophecy was born, that this game would come to iOS, heralding a great new age of…. Something, something. That’s getting tiresome. Long story short, Pixel Dungeon [$2.99] is here, fools!..

Amazon's been bringing over several of their mobile games to iOS now, and Tales from Deep Space [$6.99] is their latest and their best. It took some time to make the leap from the Kindle Fire tablets, unlike Lost Within [$6.99] and Til Morning's Light [$6.99] which launched simultaneously on both Fire OS and iOS. This is a puzzle-platformer where you control two characters, and it's got clever puzzles to play with, though the combat portions tend and clumsy controls do drag the experience down a bit...

You might have heard of a small Bethesda mobile game, Fallout Shelter [Free], which has taken the mobile world by storm (or by apocalyptic fallout) because of its great charm and Fallout flavor. We enjoyed it so much that we picked it for our 'Game of the Week'. This town management game, which has already announced its first update, has surprisingly got everyone playing, including people who don't usually play F2P games of the Tiny Tower variety. Fallout Shelter's success has proved, perhaps, that those who see themselves as "hardcore" gamers and dislike most F2P titles will give such a game a chance if the theme is appropriate...

You Should Definitely Keep an Eye On 'Dicetiny: The Lord of the Dice,' Coming Out Next Year

Sometimes an interesting art style suffices for a game to get my attention, and the art style of Dicetiny: The Lord of the Dice definitely did the trick. While an interesting art style can catch my eye, it takes more than that to actually get me interested in a game. When I read that the game looked to Hearthstone, Monopoly, and Rogue-like RPGs for inspiration, I was intrigued. Judging from the image and the gameplay video, you'll be going around the monopoly-like board using spells or abilities like in Hearthstone all the while customizing your character in some way or another. The game also has a lighthearted tone, filled with parodies and humor according to the developer, Fakedice. Apparently, the game started out as PC only, but somewhere along the way the developers decided to switch to mobile instead...

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