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SNK Corporation has finally gone and updated their classic titles on iOS for iOS 11 and modern devices. If you aren't familiar with the glorious SNK catalogue, they've done the lovely Metal Slug and The King of Fighters games on multiple platforms and have some real classics on iOS from those franchises and a few others. When the Appocalypse hit, we lost lots of classics on iOS and some still aren't updated while others will remain unplayable on iOS 11 and later devices. A few hours ago, SNK pushed out updates for their classics on iOS and they are all ready for your new iPads and iPhones...

Fortnite [Free] version 3.6 downtime is on its way early this week, with the downtime happening at 4:00 AM EDT on Tuesday, April 24th. The servers will be down, and they usually go down for about an hour or so, before resuming play with the latest update. While sometimes the content doesn't go live until Thursday, this does mean that when the new content is live, a massive update isn't required. Currently, the game is on version 3.5, with smaller updates in the past couple of weeks. A new version number might be on the way soon with season 3 coming to an end in a few days. Note that if you like the 50 vs 50 mode, you might want to play it before it possibly goes away with this 3.6 downtime! Also, will the fate of Tilted Towers finally be revealed beyond being a giant troll job?..




Fortnite [Free] will launch in China soon, with the cooperation of Chinese mega-corporation Tencent. Users can start downloading the client and sign up with their QQ account, though no word on the mobile version specifically is available, though it would make sense for the game to launch on mobile. An account transfer process will exist for those who already played the international version and want to bring their existing items to their Chinese version account. Additionally, a mobile companion app will be available, featuring live broadcasts of Fortnite players...

Clan Wars are coming to Clash Royale [Free] on April 24th. While the details likely won't come out in full until that update hits, this brings a popular feature from Clash of Clans [Free] over to Clash Royale. In that game, two clans match up in a preparation and battle phase, though Clash Royale likely won't have anything resembling a preparation phase. It's likely that two clans of relatively equal strength will be matched up and face off against one another in a series of battle to prove who's the better clan, with potential rewards. Supercell revealed the feature over the weekend, with a major update set to hit the game on April 24th. Check out the trailer video, which licensed "Never Gonna Give You Up" by Rick Astley, apparently! This is a huge deal, unless Clan Wars winds up just being a Rickroll...

'Maze: Shadow of Light' is a Soft-Launched Free to Play ARPG with a Fantastic Art Style

For the past couple of years, developers all over the world have been releasing really great-looking free to play action RPGs and it's kind of gotten to the point that they're all blending together to me. It's not surprising as the genre is absolutely massive in the Eastern markets, and all of these games typically have very strong mechanics and a near infinite amount of things to do, sucking up months and even years from millions of players. Still though, how many more fantasy-based free to play ARPGs do we need in the world? Well at least one more, I guess, as developer Awesome PIG has just soft-launched their upcoming Maze: Shadow of Light in select territories. Helping the game stand out from the pack is the beautiful cartoony art style and killer animations, as you can see in this trailer...

Welcome to the SwitchArcade Roundup for April 23rd! We're gonna chat about the roguelike-inspired aerial dogfighting game Rogue Aces, cover the latest Switch news, and run down the top charts in the US eShop! The eShop is going to be pretty busy this week, with at least four games on Tuesday, a couple of Wednesday releases, and then Thursday and Friday are gonna be bonkers. Enjoy the calm before your wallets get raided. Yes, the eShop's gonna find your other, secret wallet, and raid that too. Fear!..

New Zealand Packs of 'Magic' Cards Will Feature Codes for 'MTG Arena'

Ever since Wizards announced their plans with Magic the Gathering Arena, we've been wondering how they're going to tie together their real-world game with this new digital initiative. Well, we got our answer as Wizards detailed how code reception in the game is going to work. Right now the whole thing is being "soft launched" in New Zealand, and it's super possible that things will change before this all is released worldwide... But I like the direction they're taking so far...

Epic's free to play battle royale Fortnite [Free] is rapidly snowballing into being the Biggest Thing Ever, bigger than Minecraft [$6.99] even, which is a feat in itself. Fortnite's rapid rise in popularity has all sorts of people paying attention to the game, including universities anxious to entice new students with scholarships in all shapes and sizes. Cleveland's Ashland University announced that Fortnite has been added among the other games in their esports program, and I'm sure many other schools will be fast to follow. Their esports scholarships are only for $4,000... But, hey, if you would have told me I'd have $4,000 going towards my education because I'm really good at a game I played on my phone back when I was of college age, I'd probably have asked to have some of whatever it is you're smoking...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'PUBG Mobile', 'Rules of Survival', 'Heroes of Steel', 'Zen Pinball', and More

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. Battle royale games are the hottest thing around right now, and mobile certainly hasn't escaped that trend. We've got lots of those games in this week's round-up, along with a few games to please antiques like me. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

Procedurally Generated Puzzle RPG 'The Legend of Bum-Bo' from the Creator of 'The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth' Gets Its First Trailer

Edmund McMillen's The Legend of Bum-bo is set to release this year on PC and iOS platforms. If you aren't aware of his work, he created The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth [$14.99] which is pretty great. Read our review of the iOS port here. I own and play it on literally every device I have including the Nintendo 3DS. Bum-bo from Isaac is the focus here and you play as Bum-bo in a turn based puzzle rpg. We finally have a teaser trailer for it and you can watch it below:..

The fight for supremacy in the mobile battle royale genre continues, and after Fortnite's latest update, this time it was PUBG Mobile's [Free] turn to get new features, and they are great fun. Update 0.4.0 adds the brand new Arcade Mode, a mode where 28 players compete in six different variations: Shotguns, Sniper Rifles, All Weapons, Melee, Pistols, and Item Heaven. As you can figure out from the self-explanatory titles, each of the six variations will present different challenges and offer all kinds of opportunities for silliness. For instance, playing only with shotguns will finally remove that dreaded moment when your amazing run ends abruptly at the end of a sniper's bullet, a bullet you literally never saw coming. On the other hand, playing just with sniper rifles turns the game into campers' heaven. And then you have Melee, which—as you can imagine—will result in players circling each other like chickens. The Arcade Mode becomes available at Level 10 and should be a fun way to change the game up...

Finally Back in the USA - The TouchArcade Show #351

April 20th, 2018 8:30 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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On this week's episode of The TouchArcade Show, I'm finally back in the USA and allowed to talk about my trip to Japan to visit Platinum Games and see World of Demons, an upcoming action game published by DeNA. That segues into discussing not one but three emails we got from listeners on the state of mobile gaming and people being disappointed when things like the new Castlevania get announced for mobile. We spend a ton of time on those emails, so we only ended up talking about two games outside of the news, but they're both great: Oddmar [$4.99] and Brew Town [Free].

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to podcast@toucharcade.com. We read 'em all, and love decoding messages written entirely in emoji. As always, you can listen to us with the links below... And if you like what you hear, please subscribe and/or drop us a review in iTunes. Much appreciated!

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Oddmar'

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...

'Oddmar' Review - This Game Earns its Place in Valhalla

If you're a fan of paid mobile games, and you don't buy Oddmar [$4.99], you are the problem. If the developer Senri had any sense whatsoever, they would have released this on other platforms like the Switch first, and then released it on mobile maybe someday in the distant future. This is one of the best-looking mobile games of all time. And it's an incredibly fun action-platformer that anyone who cares about mobile gaming, or just wants a fun game to play, has to pick this up. It's not an option. This game is a mandatory purchase for all mobile gaming enthusiasts...

Last fall, PikPok took their highly atmospheric and creepy first-person zombie apocalypse runner/shooter hybrid Into the Dead [Free] and expanded on it in every way imaginable with the sequel Into the Dead 2 [Free]. This included improving the visuals a ton, adding in all sorts of new weaponry, expanding the upgrade system, adding additional environments to run in, and creating hand-crafted levels with a full campaign and compelling storyline rather than the endless nature of the first game. Overall it seems to have been quite the hit with players, amassing more than 13 million downloads as of mid-February. PikPok has been good about keeping the content updates flowing following Into the Dead 2's release last October, adding in new weapons and features and hosting various special events. Today, they're teasing what they're calling the "biggest update yet" to Into the Dead 2, and you can probably guess why by checking out the teaser trailer...

Ben Brode Leaves 'Hearthstone'

April 20th, 2018 4:45 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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Here's a sentence I never thought I'd need to write: This afternoon Ben Brode announced he was leaving Blizzard and the Hearthstone [Free] team. In a post he made on the Battle.net forums, Brode lays out that he's been working on Hearthstone for almost a decade, and has been working with Blizzard since he was 20 years old. Since then Ben has very much become the face of Hearthstone, featured in countless videos, Blizzcon presentations, and many other venues. While it's true there's over 80 people currently working with the Hearthstone development team, for many Brode is Hearthstone, and he will be ultra difficult (if not impossible) to every fully replace...

Welcome to the SwitchArcade Roundup for April 20th, covering the latest Switch news, releases, and games on sale! Hope you're enjoying this glorious day by partaking...in Switch games, of course. Also, Sleep released their first album in a couple decades, so go listen to that! Normally, Friday's a busy day for releases, but with Nintendo Labo and then God of War on PS4, it's probably smart for developers to stay out of the way. Also, there are so many games out there that we could all use like, a month, to catch up. Oh, Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze comes out in a couple weeks? The ride never ends!..

It was a very merry Christmas for strategy game-loving iPad owners this past December when Aspyr Media brought 2K and Firaxis Games' critically-acclaimed title Civilization VI [Free (HD)] to the iPad. And not just some stripped-down-for-mobile port either, this was the full, real deal desktop game but on the iPad. We were overwhelmingly impressed with it in our review and picked it for our Game of the Week when it released, and in general feel it's the best strategy title available on the App Store. Since that initial release, Aspyr has been busting their butt to get all of the DLC that has been added to the desktop version of the game out for the iPad. This has included the Poland and Vikings packs in February and the Australia pack earlier this month. Now a new pack featuring Persia and Macedon content is now available for purchase in Civilization VI for the iPad...

According to The Sims fan site SimsVIP, EA is cleaning house on Maxis staff, laying off multiple people from the Sims 4 team and transferring others to development of The Sims Mobile [Free]. SimsVIP's sources speculate that EA is shifting more towards mobile development, as games like The Sims Mobile are basically money printing machines versus selling single boxed copies of The Sims on PC- A line of reasoning, that sadly, makes a ton of sense...

Capcom just announced that they will be sunsetting Puzzle Fighter [Free]. This is the mobile version of their classic puzzle game and it released worldwide in late November last year after a soft launch. It featured redone 3D visuals and 1v1 multiplayer as a reboot to the series built for mobile platforms. It is currently available on both iOS and Android devices with in app purchases through in game gem currency. Watch the trailer for it below:..

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