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So this week I'm at the Hearthstone Championship Tour to see who wins this year's tournament. (I'm pulling for DocPwn!) We recorded an episode that's about a ... around 2/3 of an episode thinking I'd be able to add some Blizzard interview content in there but scheduling didn't really work out. Instead, we chat about some of the more relevant news stories of the week and just generally have a great time podcastin' for about 45 minutes! Also, I'm continuing to tweak our recording process, so audio levels should be even better this week (I hope).

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Dash or Defend, Free - Dash or Defend is a new real-time strategy game in a fantasy setting with a unique twist on the traditional tower defense genre where you can play as the defender or attacker.

When playing to attack (Dash), you send out your minions and deploy offensive spells against the base. When you Defend, you place different tower types and use defensive spells to stop the minions from reaching your base. Victories allow you to unlock new towers, minions, and spells so you can develop new strategies for both sides. And you can battle against online opponents in fast 5-minute games.

Dash or Defend is now available for free on the App Store!

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'JYDGE'

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...




Here's How to Unlock Wonder Woman in 'Arena of Valor' Right Now

Arena of Valor [Free], the latest mobile MOBA to take iOS devices by storm, finally has its first big licensed character hitting the US version of the title. Starting today, players can start the journey to obtain Wonder Woman, the DC-licensed Amazonian Warrior. Starting today, a multitude of quests are now available that will each bestow Wonder Badges. The quests range from a wide variety of objectives, most of them centered around trying all the different types of battles (3v3, 5v5 etc) as well as objective based quests (Defeat a tower in battle). Unlocking Wonder Woman will require a total of 76 Wonder Badges, meaning that players will need to continually check in on quest statuses and ensure that the login quests are all cashed in as soon as possible...

Build and Share Your Own Dungeons in 'BlockQuest Maker' Coming Next Week

Japanese developer Wonderland Kazakiri released a really fun dungeon crawling RPG called BlockQuest [Free] back in September of 2015. It was an isometric, voxel-based, tap-to-hop game in a similar vein to Crossy Road, and the absolute glut of games that were trading off the success of Hipster Whale's mega hit probably made it pretty easy to gloss over BlockQuest when it came out. However, despite utilizing that tried and true formula, BlockQuest was a really great game that stood on its own merits as it wasn't just another endless high score chaser but a full-blown RPG with pre-designed worlds and a full character progression system. It's like somebody took an RPG and stuffed it into the shell of Crossy Road, and it turned out beautifully. ..

Last week a pretty cool trailer caught our eye for a game where you sail boats made out of giant bananas, a giant hot dog, a bathtub, and many more silly items. The game was very appropriately titled Silly Sailing [Free], and it's now available in the App Store ready to fulfill all your silly sailing desires. I downloaded the free game to give it a quick spin and I have to say I'm pretty impressed with just how fun it is. You tap the left or right side of the screen to turn your boat in either direction, and there's a bar at the bottom of the screen which you'll drag left or right to close or open your sail. The trick is harnessing the wind properly to propel your boat forward, and there's handy arrows showing you exactly how the wind is bouncing off of your sail...

'Shinobi'-Inspired First-Person Ninja Star Thrower 'Ninja Attack!' Coming February 8th, Pre-Order Available Now

Last month I told you the tale of my strange love of arcade game attract screens while also simultaneously telling you about Frost Pop Corps' upcoming game Ninja Attack! What is Ninja Attack!? Well, it's a throwing star game inspired by the bonus level in the old arcade classic Shinobi and has you furiously tossing ninja stars, and eventually other odd items like bullets and paper money (make it rain!), from a first-person perspective in an effort to nail all sorts of crazy enemies who are coming at you from all directions. Frosty Pop describes Ninja Attack! as "If Hunter S. Thompson was head of the art department at the Sega Corporation Ltd. in the early 80s, what would the bonus round in Shinobi look like?" Here's that trippy trailer again in case you missed it before...

After rumors circulated for years that it would be coming to mobile, this past November Greenheart Games' fantastic simulation Game Dev Tycoon [$4.99] really did arrive on the App Store. In it you'll open up a game development business and create all sorts of games in the hopes of bringing happiness to your customers and maybe even turning a profit while you're at it. Game Dev Tycoon was heavily inspired by Kairosoft's all-time classic Game Dev Story, but offered up a different enough spin on the formula that it was a welcome arrival on iOS. We loved it in our 5 star review and also made sure to include it on our list of the Top 100 Games of 2017. Now our Android friends will be able to get in on the fun as well when Game Dev Tycoon launches on Android on January 31st. ..

Jigsaw puzzles are fun, but they're also kind of a pain in the butt. First of all you need kind of a lot of space where you can put them together, and if you're not going to finish a whole puzzle in one sitting then it's going to be taking up that space until you're finished. I remember not using our coffee table for a whole month as me and my roommates slowly pieced together a particularly difficult puzzle. Then there's the problem of losing or bending pieces, which can ruin hours of work. Similar to board games with their many pieces to keep track of, puzzles have benefited greatly from touchscreen devices becoming popular. Sure, it's not quite the same as doing a puzzle in real life, but you can carry dozens of puzzles with you in your pocket and you're never going to lose a piece. It's pretty cool. One of the best digital puzzle apps around is Zimad's Magic Jigsaw Puzzles [Free] which has been offering literally thousands of puzzles to players for several years now. This week they announced a partnership that piqued our interest as the latest update to Magic Jigsaw Puzzles adds in some of your favorite Cartoon Network personalities. Check it out...

Slime Pizza [] is a new game coming from Neutronized and Nitrome. Nitrome already brought us some great games like Tower Fortress recently and 2018 is beginning with some Slime Pizza. You play as a delivery boy for Slime Pizza and your ship has crash landed with all the pizzas missing. The video teaser shows off some physics that look familiar to what I’ve seen in LocoRoco and the likes. ..

The Best JRPGs for iPhone and iPad - A TouchArcade Ranking

Hello, gentle readers. It seems like our previous ranking lists have gone over pretty well, so I'm going to be carrying on with them on a semi-regular basis. The topic this time around is the JRPG genre, an admittedly wide umbrella that I'm restricting simply to make it a useful label. What we are looking at here is a ranking of games that follow closely in the footsteps of Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, and their ilk. Turn-based battles, melodrama, interesting characters, a plot that has a start and a finish, and things like that. If the combat system involves real-time action, it won't be on here. If it's an endlessly-updated free-to-play game, it also won't be on here. As odd as it may seem, these games do not have to be from Japan. This is not the final word, and your list can be (and probably is) different...

'It’s Full of Sparks' Review - A Cracking Good Time

It’s Full of Sparks [Free] is the latest release from prolific App Store publishers Noodlecake and developer Dabadu Games, and it’d be understandable if there were lingering doubts about whether quantity would eventually come at the expense of quality, and if some titles would make less of a bang amongst the iOS community. Thankfully, It’s Full of Sparks lives up to its name - from the outset, Dabadu Games have made a game full of sparks, new ideas and an abundance of charm from start to end. While a ‘platformer’ in the loosest sense of the word, It’s Full of Sparks suits the iPhone and iPad perfectly with its simple but incredibly solid central premise, and inventive level design means it remains engaging even as the novelty begins to wear thin...

'Cytus II' Review - Finger Dance Revolution

Some developers just demonstrate a knack for certain genres and decide to stick with them. It's not a bad way to go, and since Rayark has already given us several quality rhythm games like Cytus and VOEZ, it's only natural that the studio might want to revisit that particular music-saturated well again. Happily, what it's come up with in Cytus II [$1.99] is the best kind of sequel, one that should please fans of the first game while also assuring you don't require any knowledge of it...

Developer Kevin Ng created a smash hit back in May of 2013 with the stylish and frantic Impossible Road [$2.99], but several months before that he was also involved with a cute and quirky side-scrolling platformer called Food Run. This was an auto-running style of platformer, and while it didn't necessarily reinvent the wheel or anything it was one of the more polished and quirky runners on the App Store. It was also novel for being both level-based and fully premium, unlike most of its contemporaries, and it just gushed with fun and personality. Unfortunately Food Run eventually went the way of the dodo, but Ng has resurrected this old favorite with a completely remade version called Food Pals [$2.99] which just hit the App Store earlier today. ..

Strange Arcade Eating Game 'Yum Yummy Superlicious' is Looking for Beta Testers

I'll admit I have a juvenile sense of humor, but working in mobile games so long makes you a bit adverse to poopy and fart stuff. There's just so many games that hang their hat on natural bodily functions that it's grown a bit stale. But pooping to propel yourself through the vastness of space? I'm always on board for that. And that's pretty much the premise behind Yum Yummy Superlicious, the silly name of the upcoming game from Toronto-based studio Tendril. You'll play as Yum, a plucky little… creature thing, as he (she?) eats their way through an endless supply of food that's floating around in space for some reason. You'll then poop to propel yourself forward to gobble up even more food while avoiding things like crazy monsters and space junk. Check out the trailer...

Mooff Games is Teasing Some 'Blackmoor 2' Footage on their Twitter

Something caught my eye and I meant to tell you all about it earlier this week, but dang it all if the week hasn't just slipped on by me and here we are already at Thursday. Better late than never, I guess. Anyway as you might already know I'm a massive fan of Mooff Games, as they've somehow been able to capture that special sauce that makes games so fun and dress them up with all sorts of silly parodies of pop culture and video games. Their Toon Shooters [Free] is a riff on classic horizontal scrolling shoot 'em ups, Maximus [Free] is like a love letter to brawlers like Golden Axe, and Blackmoor [Free] is something of a hybrid fighting game/platformer which feels a lot like Castlevania and Street Fighter II had a lovechild. They have other games too and all of them call back to a gentler time in gaming and feel like the types of games you'd make when you were a kid if you were able to make games as a kid. Anyway, I absolutely adore Blackmoor and Mooff is currently in the midst of creating a sequel, which they've recently shown off on their Twitter...

One of the worst situations that I ever find myself in is to be out and about with a phone that's pretty close to death. For me that always seems to happen during a long day trip at Disneyland, where the outlets are always camped out (yes, this is actually a thing) and the in-park portable batteries are mediocre at best. Similar situations happen to me and my Nintendo Switch, where a lot of the standard USB car chargers and the like just don't have the chops needed to adequately charge it on the go...

First Trailer for 'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery' Revealed, Pre-Registration Open Now

In addition to a "Pokemon GO but for Harry Potter" with the upcoming Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, Jam City also has a new Harry Potter game in the works which they initially announced back in December called Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery. It's a story-driven RPG where you'll create a character who attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry at some point "between Harry Potter’s birth and his enrollment at Hogwarts, when Nymphadora Tonks and Bill Weasley were students." As a student at Hogwarts, you'll "attend classes, learn magical skills, form friendships or rivalries with other students, and make pivotal decisions that will influence their character’s story arc as they traverse their years at Hogwarts and grow as a witch or wizard." So… Bully [$6.99] but Harry Potter? Here's the first trailer showing Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery in action...

Telltale's continuation of Batman: The Telltale Series [Free], Batman: The Enemy Within [Free] is racing towards its conclusion with the fourth episode due out across PC, consoles, and mobile next Tuesday. The formula Telltale usually follows with these episodic games typically leads to episode four rapidly building towards the conclusion of the story with the fifth episode delivering all the pay-off to that built-up. Check out the trailer:..

The Room franchise on iOS and Android is one of my favourites. It is another one of those franchises that began on mobile but has expanded to non mobile platforms but these games still play best on a nice touch screen. The Room: Old Sins [] was announced to release on January 25th on iOS with an Android release following after. It is now up for pre-order on iOS for $4.99. Watch the trailer for it below:..

'JYDGE' Review - Here Comes the JYDGE

'JYDGE' Review - Here Comes the JYDGE

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January 18th, 2018 12:00 AM EST by Andrew Fretz in $4.99, 4.5 stars, Action, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Shooter, Universal
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10tons multiplatform hit JYDGE [$4.99] is out now on iOS. JYDGE is a twinstick shooter set in a late twentieth century urban dystopian future. You play as the titular Jydge, a cop with the authority to dispense justice to bad guys, save hostages and confiscate contriband loot along the way. You are equipped with a wide array of cyberware enhancements and your trusty firearm, Gavel, complete with various firing modes and its own upgrades. You have been tasked with completing various missions that upon completion award you with points and credits to further upgrade and customize your gear. Much like its predecessor Neon Chrome [$6.99], you can quickly get overwhelmed in enemy fire if you aren't careful. JYDGE does, however, step away from Neon Chrome in a few key areas. The levels are not procedurally generated and and feel more fine-tuned. JYDGE also trades in the endless run idea for finite levels that seem to better encapsulate the sometimes limited time requirements of being on a mobile platform...

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