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122371_largerThis week's episode of The TouchArcade Show is loaded with discussions of the various games of the week and Mike's odd depth of knowledge when it comes to anything to do with Growing Pains. It's really creepy, in a way that's actually creepy and not just in one of those "Oh I'm just joking around" kind of ways. It's a good time, I promise, you might even learn something... About Growing Pains.

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Brickies, Free - The team at Noodlecake isn’t a fan of over the top sales pitches. So they gave us an ad that was simple and to the point.

Brickies is a new take on the classic breakout game genre. It has everything you know and love from brick breakers and a few surprises you won’t see coming. It has lots of levels, great visuals, an endless high score mode, and stackable power ups that result in big time destruction.

If you are a fan of breakout games, or are looking try one out for the first time, Brickies is free on the App Store so you might as well check it out. You’ve got nothing to lose. Except sleep if you stay up all night playing it.

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Sword Of Xolan'

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 - 5/22/15 - 'Capitals', 'Ire: Blood Memory', and 'Digit & Dash'

Some great games this week are included in this post that everyone really needs to have. NimbleBit is up to their old tricks of releasing really awesome games, particularly if you like getting beat by your friends in word games. Similarly, a free to play game actually succeeded in being a good hardcore game, meanwhile, console developer Insomniac has made a great transition to mobile with their latest release. Definitely give these all a look...

'Desktop Dungeons' iPad Version Release Date Announced

We heard recently about QCF Designs' Desktop Dungeons' upcoming mobile version, and this afternoon, we got some good news: Desktop Dungeons is coming to iPad this Thursday, May 28th. Hey, they said it would release this May, and they're delivering! It's going to cost $9.99, and contain all the Enhanced Edition content from the April update to the game. $9.99 is 'expensive' for an iPad game, but still cheaper than the desktop version! There's no consumable IAP, this is the same game as the desktop version, just playable on your iPad now. Or, if you have an Android tablet, it'll work for that, too...

As you recently read here on TA, Sam Coster of Butterscotch Shenanigans is fighting a remission of his lymphoma. He's currently in the hospital as he's recovering from a final round of chemo and a stem cell transplant that will beat this cancer once more. Now, the Coster brothers want you to send Sam some good vibes as "clinical studies show that positive social support can decrease recovery time, so let's send some positivity!" They've set up a page to send Sam some good vibes, so go here and give him some well wishes! They also ask that you sign up for the stem cell donor registry, which could help others in their fight against cancer...

Happy 35th birthday, Pac-Man! The yellow gobbler of pellets has been kicking around the gaming world ever since the original Pac-Man's release back on May 22, 1980. Namco's rolled out some festivities for this notable date in gaming history. The Pac-Man [$4.99 / Free] game for iOS, largely an adaptation of the original, has gotten a huge 35th anniversary update. The original game with all 256 levels is still there, but there's a brand new interface that works great, and there's a ton of new levels to play through, along with a multiplayer mode. Both the free and premium versions of the game got the update, so check it out!..

There are lies, there are damned lies, and then there are statistics. There are reports that analysis firm Slice Intelligence has noticed a slowing and decline in Apple Watch sales since its launch. Some analysts have reduced their projections for Apple Watch sales down to as far as 15 million sales. And really, the PR for Watch apps has really died down since launch, when there was a real frenzy. But since, nothing. So the Apple Watch excitement has definitely passed. But is the Watch doomed? Nope. These numbers might sound bad, but really, the Apple Watch might be doing okay, as it settles into the early days of its existence. First off, this graph showing sales seems particularly meant to be shocking:..

Terra Battle has just been updated to version 2.6, and this update adds among other features music from one of the top anime and game composers. When Terra Battle [Free] was released a year and a half ago, it was a pleasant surprise for many as it's rare to find a social RPG with so much strategic complexity. In addition to its complexity, Terra Battle had an intriguing system in place, called "Download Starter," that was a kickstarter-like system where the number of future downloads determined the content that would be unlocked, from new art, new game modes, and so on...

'Pac-Man 256' by Hipster Whale is 'Pac-Man' Meets 'Crossy Road'

Bandai Namco and Hipster Whale, creators of the mega-hit Crossy Road [Free], have just announced a new game coming this summer: Pac-Man 256. The best way to describe it? It's basically Pac-Man meets Crossy Road, where you'll be controlling Pac-Man as he runs around endless mazes, trying to dodge the creeping Level 256 glitch. You'll be collecting pellets, dodging ghosts, eating them when you get power pellets, and just trying to stay alive. Check out the trailer:..

The Apple Watch Review: Week 2 - It's Time to Stand... And Grab a Snack

Continuing on from last week's Apple Watch review, and I'm just shy of two weeks of total ownership of the Apple Watch. As predicted, the Apple Watch is getting better, as an update released on Tuesday went a long way to address my primary concern of the Apple Watch requiring way too obnoxious of an arm gesture to activate. Unfortunately, Apple adjusted this functionality The Apple Way which anyone who has had an iOS device is no doubt familiar with. What I mean by that is the activation sensitivity still isn't adjustable by the user, and wasn't even mentioned in the patch notes. I was pretty sure I was just crazy until a bunch of people on different forums also said they noticed it was way easier to activate following the update...

Are you a die-hard Android hater? Well, good news, you get to stick it in the craw of Android gamers, as Radiation Island [$2.99] is an iOS exclusive. Why are the developers, Atypical Games, sticking with iOS only? Because Android owners don't pay for stuff. According to Atypical Games CEO Andrei Lopata, after a release of Sky Gamblers: Storm Raiders [$4.99] on Android was disappointing after being in the top 10 paid games on Google Play: "For the moment, it's quite clear that Android users don't pay for premium content. Google is also not pushing premium content either." ..

The Fretz Zone: A Comment on Comments

Imagine, if you will, a periodical written by a man who loves games. A periodical devoted to sniffing out the things that could be better, could be much better than they currently are. You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension, a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of the mind. You are moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You have crossed over into The Fretz Zone...

Ellie from The Last of Us is coming to iOS! Well, ok, not exactly. According to an announcement yesterday, Ashley Johnson, the actress who voiced Ellie in Naughty Dog's huge hit The Last of Us, has signed on to work on Telltale's Tales from the Borderland's [$4.99] series. Johnson has also worked on the TV show Growing Pains and on the game Infamous: First Light. She will be joining the likes of Nolan North, Troy Baker, and Laura Bailey, as well as Chris Hardwick and Patrick Warbutton...

On-screen controls haters, take notice. If you play Sword of Xolan [$0.99], you'll have to rethink many of your arguments, and we all know how people love to hold on to their opinions. Sword of Xolan is a retro platformer that's just come out and is an entertaining action game with lovely art and strong level design whose only downside is a difficulty curve that often doesn't offer the right kind of challenge at the right moment. While this issue doesn't make the game repetitive, it does detract from the challenge and keeps the game from platforming perfection...

Quantum Sheep, the developer behind such games as Air Supply - SOS [$1.99] and Docking Sequence [$0.99], is a huge fan favorite among our TouchArcade forum members. Its games are usually score-challenge throwbacks to the days when arcades and microcomputers ruled the roost, with easy-to-learn, hard-to-master gameplay and charming retro presentations. Oh, and lots and lots of fun unlockables. Since the release of Docking Sequence, Quantum Sheep has been somewhat quiet about its next project, instead focusing on updating older titles and taking out the bins...

Imagine you’re in a room by yourself. Every so often someone comes by and slips a piece of paper under the door with Chinese characters on it. You don’t know Chinese yourself, but you do have a book that can help. You simply look up the characters in the book and it’ll tell you what should be said back based on the rules of Chinese language and conversation. You don’t actually understand any of what you’re writing, but the person on the other side of the door is convinced they’re conversing with someone who is fluent. This is John Searle's "Chinese Room" thought experiment, and I was reminded of that while playing Sleep Furiously [$2.99] by Playmation Studios...

Every week when I put together the Update Mondays articles, it makes me smile to see certain games and developers appearing frequently. Particularly so if it involves free updates to paid games, because let's be honest, that's a lot of extra work for likely little return in the pure financial sense. One of the most often-appearing developer is The Trese Brothers, a family team who have released a number of games on iOS and Android. On iOS, their most famous title is likely Star Traders RPG [$2.99], but they've also released the strategy RPG Heroes Of Steel [$3.99] and the 4X simulation game Star Traders 4X Empires [$4.99]. Each of those games is updated dutifully with bug fixes, new content, balance tweaks, and more, and hardly a month goes by without one or more of them appearing on my list. Simply put, this developer puts a lot of work in to try to make its customers as happy as possible...

'Oddwings Escape' Review - Shiny Wings

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May 22nd, 2015 1:45 PM EDT by Nathan Reinauer in 3.5 stars, Free, Racing, Reviews, Runner, Universal
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I wish I could love Oddwings Escape [Free] by Small Giant Games. Don’t get me wrong--I definitely like it. But in order to love something, I need to feel a drive deep in my soul to go back to it over and over, because That Thing is super enjoyable and puts a warm glow in my otherwise darkened husk of a heart. Like pizza and cats. Oddwings is more like… fireworks. I like fireworks. They’re pretty and fine and I’ve been known to enjoy a firework or two when the time is right. But I’m not the sort of person who seeks them out. Maybe you are, though, and that’s fine. And this game is fine. Let’s talk about it...

I remember back in the day when the idea of having a cap on your mobile data was the stuff of dystopian nightmares, up there with having to face sentient machines bent on our destruction. Unfortunately, as soon as mobile companies figured out they could cap us at will, the experience of gaming-on-the-go changed immediately. No longer was the question whether you had mobile signal or not but whether the amount of data a game consumed made it a viable pastime outside of wifi range...

Adult Swim Games and Grumpyface are going to update their tower defense game Castle Doombad [$2.99 / Free] with a big new content update next week. The game got a free version earlier this year, and now a space-based update with the teaser line "in Castle Doombad no one can hear you scream" seems to be in the works. They're promising big things with it, and have only visually revealed this gif they posted on Twitter about the game:..

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