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Beamdog Announces 'Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition' Coming to Desktop and Mobile Soon

Backflip's new game isn't the only Dungeons & Dragons-related news coming out over the weekend, as Beamdog has announced they're working on an enhanced remake of Icewind Dale for Mac, PC, iOS and Android. Icewind Dale was originally released on PC back in 2000, and takes place in the Dungeons & Dragons Forgotten Realms campaign setting. According to the official site, Beamdog's Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition will include "…new kits and character classes, dozens of new items and spells, and restored quest material cut from the original game." In addition to brand new and previously unreleased content, the Enhanced Edition will also include both the Heart of Winter and Trials of the Luremaster expansion packs...

If you can recall back nearly a year ago to October of 2013, Square Enix announced that mobile ports of the first eight Dragon Quest games would be coming to Japan. We hoped at the time that those mobile ports would also hit stateside, and as it turned out they did–or at least they've started to. This past May saw the US release of Dragon Quest VIII [$14.99] on the App Store (which is still on sale, by the way), and early last month an iOS port of Dragon Quest IV: Chapters of the Chosen [$14.99] arrived. Over the weekend at PAX Prime, two of the producers working on the Dragon Quest series confirmed to Polygon that the additional entries in the series are indeed on their way to mobile...

It seems hard to believe, but it's already been a whole year since developer Michael Brough released his techno-roguelike masterpiece 868-HACK [$2.99] onto the App Store, and to celebrate he's dropped the price of the game for the first time ever. You can now buy the game at the discounted price of $2.99, down from its original price of $5.99. In case you're not familiar, 868-HACK is a highly strategic, incredibly challenging roguelike with a cyberspace theme. It's one of those games where every single choice you make matters, and it's imperative that you have a decent understanding of the game's mechanics and are able to plan your moves well ahead. We absolutely loved it in our review from a year ago...

Backflip Studios is Making a 'Dungeons & Dragons' Mobile Game

Over the weekend at PAX Prime, DragonVale developer Backflip Studios announced that they have a new mobile game in the works based on the Dungeons & Dragons IP. The game is currently untitled, but Backflip spoke to Polygon during PAX and did divulge a few details. The game is considered a castle defense game, but it's "much, much more than that" explains Backflip CEO Julian Farrior. "There's a heavy customization component. There's a heavy player-vs-player component. It wouldn't do it justice to tie it to any one game — it's inspired by the castle defense or raiding genres, but it doesn't adhere tightly to that, either."..

Having just finished my review of the final episode of The Walking Dead Season Two [$4.99], I thought it might be nice to decompress with a little pinball, as I often do after finishing a story-heavy game. Luckily for me, the developers behind Zen Pinball [Free] just released a thematically-appropriate new table as both a standalone app and an in-app purchase within the regular app. The Walking Dead Pinball [$1.99] follows most of the well-established trappings of Zen Studios's take on silverball, so it's hard to say if people burnt out on their offerings will be all that excited with it. For fans of The Walking Dead game, however, it brings just enough of the character of Season One [Free] to make it worth checking out...

151590_largerJust as we were about to record, Nintendo went and announced the "new" 3DS which is a lot like the old 3DS but with some more trigger buttons and an extra analog stick. So, we hit the record button and talked about the latest from big N before discussing the games of the week. From there, we spend a lot of time speculating what the new iPhone and iWatch (or whatever it ends up being) are going to be all about. We won't have long to wait, thankfully.

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Dementia: Book of the Dead, $2.99 - Medieval England – a times of knights, witches, and hunters. What other secrets of this time of trouble are hidden from humanity?

In Dementia: Book of the Dead, you play one of the best mercenaries of the Night Hunters order. The Bishop has given him a new mission. Is it going to be as simple as it seems? What exactly is in that village far away from civilization?

On a tricky path filled with supernatural elements, you’ll deal with ghosts and demons, and those who were friends will become enemies. Are you ready?

Dementia: Book of the Dead for iPhone and iPad is available in the App Store now for $2.99. Get it today!

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Bioshock'

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...

This week is lead by a surprisingly good game that I never would've expected to be as great as it turned out to be if I hadn't tried it. Dodo Master has a weird name and an icon that doesn't give you any idea what the game is about... But, that seems to be the way that most of the true App Store gems work out: Totally awesome games that you never expect...

'Dodo Master' Review - Classic Platforming isn't Extinct

I don't usually find myself speechless after playing an iOS game, but Dodo Master [$0.99 / $0.99 (HD)] has given me pause. The game is so carefully crafted, and so well planned, and so well tested that I want to be certain that each word I write about it is equally well thought out. My completely uninformed guess is that Samir Selah comes from a long line of watch makers. Every bit and piece of this game fits perfectly together in a well paced harmony. With his debut iOS release he has struck gold, now its just up to us to go pick it up...

You might recall that with The Walking Dead: Season One [Free], we did something of an unorthodox review due to the episodic nature of the game. There was a basic overview that was appended to with a review of each episode as they released, with the score adjusting appropriately. As it worked pretty well last time, we'll be doing the same thing here. I'll do my best to avoid any serious spoilers for the current season, but I'm going to talk frankly about the first season, so if you haven't finished it yet, consider yourself warned about possible spoilers...

Square Enix Debuts First Trailer for 'Chaos Rings III'

Earlier this month, Square Enix announced a brand new entry in their popular mobile RPG series with Chaos Rings III. Though so far the game has only been announced for Japan, we're willing to bet that a North American release is pretty darn likely. Keeping that in mind, Squeenix has debuted the first trailer for Chaos Rings III on its main, Japanese YouTube channel. This means that the trailer is entirely in Japanese, but at least it gives you a glimpse at what the game will be like in motion...

It feels like we've been waiting for this forever, but the massive version 2.0 update for the classic JRPG Lunar Silver Star Story Touch [$6.99] is now available in the App Store. Originally released as Lunar: The Silver Star on Sega CD back in 1993, an enhanced remake of the game launched in Japan for the Sega Saturn in 1996 and later in North America on the PlayStation as Lunar: Silver Star Story Complete. The iOS version is based off of that enhanced remake, and launched in September of 2012–just in time to miss out on being enhanced for Apple's then-new 4-inch widescreen of the iPhone 5...

Team Meat is currently showing off Super Meat Boy Forever on the show floor at PAX Prime in Seattle. According to reports, it's an endless runner set in the Super Meat Boy universe, controlling the meaty protagonist, with buzzsaws and the like to avoid. The game is set for tablets along with PC...

'Appointment With F.E.A.R.' Review - My New Favorite Superhero Is Tin Man

If you ever need proof that competition is healthy for the customer, just check out the gamebook scene on mobiles. What started as simple conversions of the text of existing books has spun out into three developers each, in their own way, trying to combine the essence of classic gamebooks with the flexibility that modern technology allows. It started with Tin Man Games essentially giving you the keys to the game via a bunch of extra features, followed by inkle's brilliant adaptation of Steve Jackson's Sorcery! [$4.99] and Forge Reply's original RPG adventure based on the popular Lone Wolf [$0.99] character. Then, in April, Tin Man released their version of Starship Traveller [$5.99], where for the first time, the developer didn't simply bring the original book over with some bells and whistles, but elaborated on it. Recently, inkle again upped the ante with their stunning take on Jules Verne's classic novel, 80 Days [$4.99], and now we've got Tin Man replying in kind with what is clearly their most confident conversion yet, Appointment With F.E.A.R. [$2.99]...

'Almightree: The Last Dreamer' Review - An Excellent Puzzle Platformer

Nearly a year since we’ve last seen or heard from it, Crescent Moon Games’ Almightree: The Last Dreamer [$1.99] made some waves back then with aspirations of being a “Zelda-inspired” 3D puzzle game. As far as actual execution is concerned, there isn’t much here in terms of Zelda-inspiration anymore, but what we’re left yet is an impressive 3D puzzle platformer. In fact, it’s one of the better 3D puzzlers I’ve played this year, and should be on everyone’s list to check out...

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