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Backflip Soft Launches 'NinJump Dash' in the UK and Singapore

What originally was just a pretty simple jumping game by Backflip Studios has since turned in to a... whole series of titles. There's NinJump [Free], NinJump Deluxe [$0.99], NinJump Rooftops [Free], NinJump Smash and their associated free and/or HD versions. Well, this morning NinJump Dash soft launched in the UK and Singapore App Stores...

Four New 'Hearthstone' Cards Might Have "Leaked"

October 31st, 2014 12:03 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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Following our post yesterday about Blizzard sending me mysterious stuff, it has turned out they're sending similar packages to basically anyone who covers Hearthstone [Free (HD)] on any level. IntoMobile's Simon Sage mentioned in the comments yesterday that he received an Alarm-o-Bot, and other folks across the internet have wound up with schematics for Harvest Golemns, Rapair Bots, and Poultryizers. With the Hearthosphere (That's a thing now.) ablaze in speculation, some questionable cards have "leaked."..

Veteran Developer Hero Craft is bringing the Sons of Russ straight to your face with WarHammer 40k: Space Wolf[Free]. This visual stunner brings the table top classic to life in a squad based strategy card skirmish with the low low entry fee of nothing. If it sounds too good to be true, well there are some twists on the road to destroying the xeno threat. This game has some truly fantastic features intermingled with some pretty big roadblocks. If you can suspend your disbelief (and maybe an upturned wallet), you'll find a pretty solid game here. Available exclusively for iPad 3 or higher, iPhone 5 or higher and requiring an internet connection, the game is a little less accessible than most universal apps. With gameplay very similar to the PSP's Metal Gear Acid, I was really excited to get into what promised to be a tactically deep strategy game...

RPG Reload File 012 - 'Costume Quest'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we put metaphorical cardboard boxes on our heads and pretend we're knights. Each week, we play an RPG from the App Store's past to do a little deep diving. It's a chance to revisit and reflect on some great games from years gone by, and an opportunity to expand beyond the usual scope of our reviews here at TouchArcade. Like a particularly cunning trick-or-treater, I've carefully planned my schedule, so as to cover a wide variety of RPGs, but if you guys know of any houses that are handing out full-size Snickers bars, fess up! Drop a comment down below or post in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums to vote for which RPG you'd like to see me write about. Once per month, the majority rules, and I will carry out the tragic work of playing that awesome game. The next reader's choice article is next week, and the winner this time is Baldur's Gate [$9.99]! Any votes made from now will go towards the following reader's choice, which will take place in RPG Reload File 017 at the beginning of December...

Thomas Jansson doesn't believe in the saying "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" philosophy, clearly. His game Wave Wave [$2.99] has gotten a complete makeover in style and structure this week, with a 2.0 update that changes just about everything but the very core of the gameplay. The immediate change is the visual style, going from a contrasting black-white with triangular visuals to one that is based around specific colors, with text that's got very chunky pixels. The original version borrowed a lot with its menus from Super Hexagon [$2.99] – while an update changed things, this is definitely a step forward and a step back in regards to Wave Wave's relation with Super Hexagon...

For far too long, Surgeon Simulator [$5.99] fans who have wanted to play the game on the go have had to deal with the tyranny of playing on the iPad, and not on their phones. Well no more must you iPhone owners who want to transplant alien organs while sitting on the bus have to suffer! Bossa Studios has today made Surgeon Simulator universal, adding iPhone support to the previous iPad exclusive app. Certainly, any game going universal is a welcome sight, but given how this game is really based on precise actions, this might be better on bigger screens. ..

It was just about a week ago that Konami soft-launched their Yu-Gi-Oh! card battling game, Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Generation [Free (HD)], but already it appears the game has launched worldwide, popping up in the US App Store earlier today. Based on the original, physical Yu-Gi-Oh! card game, Duel Generation features over 6,000 cards, online multiplayer, and special weekly events. Perhaps most importantly, it allows you to play offline against a computer AI and features a single-player campaign, which is a nice feature for those who don't always have internet access...

"DAMN IT," is what I said when I posted this last story and realized I hadn't taken the insignificant amount of time it takes to reach level 20 in Hearthstone [Free (HD)] in September, thus missing out on the pirate card back. I'm in a bit of a Hearthstone lull currently, waiting for the next expansion, but it's still important to get those collectable items in Blizzard games because… reasons? If you don't have the itch, I'm not sure I can explain it. It's the same feeling you get when you miss out on an easy to get time limited title in World of Warcraft proper...

Super Crate Box [$1.99] has definitely spawned a few games inspired by it, to say the least, though games cutting too close has been a sensitive subject. But the game owes a lot to the original Mario Bros. in terms of structure, and Woah Dave [$1.99] from Choice Provisions, the former Gaijin Games, manages to take more after Nintendo's original than Vlambeer's modern. And it does a great job at making its own blend of challenging survival and situation management that I quite enjoyed...

Normally I don't put a whole lot of thought in to divining the meaning of the weird iOS press packets that get mailed to me on the reg', but when Blizzard sends you something... Well, that seems noteworthy. When they send you something UPS overnight and that something is quite literally two pieces of paper... That seems even more noteworthy, right? Maybe?..

Back in 2012, Portable Pixels released Hatchi [$0.99] on to the App Store, and it was a great throw back to the the 90's and the days of Tamagotchi, Digimon, and other virtual pets, even boasting the grayscale style that many of the original little virtual pet hardware used. In some ways, it kind of presaged mobile gaming, the idea of having something with you personally that you check on regularly, though the virtual pet has never really taken back off. Well, Portable Pixels is going to take things to a new level with Hatchi 2, coming soon...

'Star Wars: Galactic Defense' Out Now Worldwide

October 30th, 2014 10:42 AM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Release
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Star Wars: Galactic Defense [Free], the free-to-play Star Wars tower defense game published by DeNA, is out now. This lets players command forces on either the light or dark side of the force, getting units and heroes appropriate to each side to use in order to advance through the game. The game bears something of a resemblance to Kingdom Rush [$0.99 / $2.99 (HD)] in its path layouts and the use of three hero units that supplement the towers placed to help repel enemy creeps that invade. Players choosing a side will help them net points for their side of the Force, with the ability to hook into Facebook to exchange resources with friends and to get help...

Let's be frank, video games based on team sports aren't known for revolutions between updates. That reputation was mostly earned by them being among the first types of games to adopt a yearly release schedule. As it turns out, games take a lot of work to make, and if you're committed to meeting a particular date every year, there's only so much you can risk upheaving. Given this long-held tradition in the genre, I almost instinctively wasn't surprised to find that NHL 2K [$7.99] is, shall we say, a modest step forward from the last hockey game 2K released on iOS. Shaking away that initial gut reaction, I then remember that this isn't a yearly update, and it has in fact been over four years since NHL 2K11, and in that context, it's almost embarrassing how little has been done here. If you're looking for a decent hockey game and you don't have NHL 2K11, it's easy enough to recommend NHL 2K. It's competent, and there's honestly little competition even across the entire handheld spectrum. If you do have 2K11, the question of whether it's worth it gets a bit trickier...

Out Now: 'Run Sackboy! Run!', 'Woah Dave!', 'Twisty Hollow', 'Bumper Tank Battle', 'Vektor', 'Smash Champs' and More

It's Wednesday, which means new iOS games are just now hitting the US App Store. Earlier today it looked like it might be kind of a weak week, but things have picked up nicely throughout the day. As always all the videos, screen shots, forum links and app blurbs you could ever need are neatly listed below, so check out everything and let us know what games you've got your eye on in the comment section below...

If you loved Final Fantasy Tactics [$13.99 / $15.99 (HD)] but thought it would be better if all of the characters were anime girls, then Japanese indie SRPG Rime Berta [$4.99] may have caught your eye. It's a clear tip of the hat to games like the aforementioned, and in a lot of ways does a very competent job of aping its overall presentation and many of its systems. It's a bit lean on content, which is perhaps understandable given the size of the developer, but its biggest failings are in the fundamentals. It's a serious problem when there are quite a few excellent strategy RPGs on the App Store that, even if nothing else, manage to nail those aspects. In the end, Rime Berta is all dressed up with no place to go...

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