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Motorola has announced that their Moto Z and Moto Z Force phones, along with getting updated to Android 7.0 Nougat this week, has added in support for Google's Daydream VR protocol. Right now, there's only one Daydream headset, the Daydream View, but this means that more phones support Google's VR platform beyond just the Pixel phone by Google...

Telltale's 'The Walking Dead: A New Frontier" Releases on December 20th on All Platforms

The third season of Telltale's The Walking Dead series has a release date. The Walking Dead: A New Frontier will premiere on Tuesday, December 20th. I mention the day specifically because Telltale says that the iOS and Android versions of A New Frontier will be avialable on the same day. While previously, the mobile versions have often been available within a couple days of the console and desktop versions of Telltale games, Telltale is making a commitment increasingly to releasing on the same day as other versions when possible. Though, the Batman [$4.99] episodes have been delayed well after their console/desktop releases, though this is changing as well...




'Fruit Ninja Tournament Edition' Coming in 2017, Needs Beta Testers

If you've been following Fruit Ninja [$1.99] at all, you'll kind of see that the paid version of the game has not been updated since July 19th, where the free version of the game, Fruit Ninja Free [Free] continues to get updates. People have been asking on Twitter and elsewhere about updates for the paid version, and Halfbrick has responded that they're working on an update:..

GSN's Sparcade [Free] app has gotten its first major update with new content since the app's launch. Centipede is the latest game, added as a partnership with Atari to bring a fresh version of the arcade classic into the Sparcade stable. Much like the other Sparcade renditions of games, this is a slick, well-made version of Centipede that is centered around short-burst challenges. Instead of just playing for a high score centered around a time limit, you have to try and complete challenges, such as killing a certain number of fleas, or destroying centipede heads, before letting the time run out...

Cat Rocket Game 'Jasper's Rocket' Takes Off in December

Riada International has announced that their upcoming Jasper's Rocket is set to hit the App Store worldwide on December 7th, with a soft launch happening right now in New Zealand. After getting the help of beta testers here in the TouchArcade community, this one's ready to take off. The game is going to be a paid title, so this just means our friends in New Zealand get to try this one out themselves a little earlier than everyone else. You'll have to help the eponymous Jasper try to fly a rocket using his paws. Rocket controls are not designed for paws, so things aren't going to go purr-fectly...

Lumines Puzzle and Music [$2.99] has just gotten its DLC update adding in some cool new content for the game. Rhythm gaming classing Rez has a new set of tracks that you can buy to play in the game. That's right, two of the best rhythm games of the 2000s have met at last, and the unique design of Rez makes for a fresh look for Lumines. As well, there's an album pack for band Sekai no Owari, a Japanese pop group that's set to go international with an English-language album in the works...

Purple Pwny Studios has released its yo-yo launching game Yo to the Yo [Free] onto the App Store, after a successful beta test thanks to TouchArcade readers. The game has quite the interesting structure to it. You're not just trying to get a single high score, but there's a progression aspect. You start from the bottom each session, and then work your way up, gaining more momentum with each toss that you do well. Checkpoints allow you to re-launch from different heights. You have only a limited amount of time to make it to the next checkpoint, and catching the yo-yo on the way down has to be done in order to keep going!..

'Time Locker' Shoot 'em Up Now Available on Android

November 21st, 2016 3:00 PM EST by Carter Dotson in Android, News
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Unique shoot 'em up Time Locker [Free] has just landed on Android. This shoot 'em up freezes time when you stop moving, so you can take notice of your situation, and react a bit more tactically than in a frantic real-time game. However, the creeping death is coming from behind you, so you can't dawdle for too long. Time Locker is free to download, with the game monetizing through video ads and a special big coin IAP, with coins used to purchase special weapons and animals that you can start off riding at the beginning of the game...

Firework Platformer 'It's Full of Sparks' Needs Beta Testers

Dabadu Games is working on an interesting little platformer called It's Full of Sparks. The game has you playing as a firework that's trying not to explode. Exploding, not good for anyone trying to stay alive. So, these fireworks have to get into a body of water before they blow up. However, these fireworks get magical sunglasses that shade their perception of the world, and are necessary to help them get to safety in one piece. Different-colored glasses will need to be activated in order to make certain platforms and obstructions appear or disappear, as you can only run from side to side. No jumping here!..

When it comes to mobile and any mention of eSports, generally, the game that usually comes up is a MOBA of some sort. But Amazon's trying something a bit out of the ordinary for mobile gaming competition: the Champions of Fire Invitational. This tournament will take place in Las Vegas on December 2nd, and feature several games not typically mentioned when mobile eSports is talked about. Sixteen streamers and gaming personalities including Northernlion, Professor Broman, and lolRenaynay (ain't gaming great?) will compete in single-elimination tournaments for $100,000 in total prizes across five different games: Disney Crossy Road, Pac-Man 256, Bloons TD Battles, 8 Ball Pool, and Fruit Ninja Tournament Edition...

Android gamers will be happy to know that Space Marshals 2 [$5.99] by Pixelbite has finally hit Android, a few months after its iOS release. The stealth-action dual-stick shooter takes place right after the original, and has you fighting for survival on a hostile planet against space bandits in a futuristic wild west theme, trying to protect the planet you've landed on from being destroyed...

'Cobi Hoops' Brings Gorgeous Pixel Art Multiplayer Hoops to iMessage

Cobra Mobile – the developers of the long-running iBomber series – have a bit of a departure from their typical output for players coming out on November 24th. Cobi Hoops is a competitive basketball game for iMessage. You'll be competing against your friends, trying to score more baskets than your friends. This isn't just a typical basketball game, as trick shots are legal, and alternative basket setups will come into play. This all takes place in a landscape with some gorgeous pixel art. Cobra Mobile's in-house pixel artist was responsible for the pixel art, which recalls the great pixel artist Paul Robertson's style and animation. Seriously, this looks fantastic:..

Foursaken Media Reveals 'Noblemen: 1896', an Alternate History Strategy-Shooter

Foursaken Media has announced their next major game, Noblemen: 1896. This is a hybrid strategy and third-person shooter, which sounds interesting enough, but the theme has some intrigue to it as well. It's in an alternate-reality 19th century with a bit of steampunk to it. The game itself will have a strategic overworld where you build up your armies, capturing territory and fending off opponents. When you go into battle, you control the hero character, also giving commands to individual units. Though, if you're more into just the strategy aspect, you can turn on auto-battling – or even control your hero from a top-down view...

Supercell has revealed that they're doing an animated series set in the Clash of Clans [Free] and Clash Royale [Free] world, entitled Clash-A-Rama. These are based of course off of the various Clash-A-Rama shorts that have popped up on the Clash of Clans YouTube channel. However, these promise to be full episodes (though for a web series, a "full episode" could mean any particular length of time), and we'll see how well "Clash of Clans humor" works in a longer format than 60-second animated shorts...

'WWE SuperCard' Season 3 Update Now Available

November 18th, 2016 12:00 PM EST by Carter Dotson in News, Updates
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2K Games and Cat Daddy have been teasing out some details for Season 3 of WWE SuperCard [Free], but at last the game's major update is now available on iOS and Android. The big addition to the game is the first real-time gameplay mode against other opponents with the Royal Rumble mode. It's a 15-on-15 brawl against an online opponent to try and have the last card standing. ..

1Button literally released Nekosan [Free] two weeks ago, but they're already hard at work on bringing more content to the game. World B of the game is now available, bringing forth some new challenges. Portals, mouse holes, and more! Oh my! Good luck taking on all of that. Thankfully, you have a couple of new characters as rewards for those fish you collect: Ginette the Frong and François the Chicken...

'Neon Chrome' Review - The Roguelike That's Just Right

I can't get enough of dual-stick shooter roguelikes, but often the time and effort requirement is too much. I'm more of a gaming tourist – I want to enjoy a lot of different experiences in gaming rather than having to decdicate tons of hours to get the joy out of a single game. Thankfully, Neon Chrome [$4.99] from 10tons, adapted for mobile from PC and console, scratches that itch. It's not easy by any stretch of the imagination, and it can be punishing, but it tones down some of the harsher parts of the roguelike-inspired genre to be more accessible up front for players who just want to enjoy a game of this type. This is a game where you can extract genuine rewards from it in the early hours, while still getting long-term challenge and satisfaction. ..

The latest news blast from Sirvo Studios about their mysterious upcoming game Guildlings has gone out, revealing the character Gwynn. She's a sportsknight, boasting tennis shoes and some badass spiked shoulder armor. Also, this reveals that Guildlings is going to be a 3D game, which helps to explain why they might need a bigger team for this game. Sirvo Studios was founded by Threes [$2.99] creator Asher Vollmer, but there's a whole squad of folks working on bringing this idea to life...

Real-time strategy MOBA Warlord Strike [Free] is now available on the App Store and Google Play. This game promises MOBA action without a lot of the hassle that's involved. You control every hero on your team with RTS-inspired controls. There are no minions and towers, this is all just hero-on-hero combat. You'll be fighting to control power orbs to get items and advantages for your team, while trying to fight off your enemies for control of the board. Along the way, the match rewards will help you advance through the skill tree that gives you permanent advantages...

'Bethesda Pinball' Release Date and Screens Revealed

Zen Studios just teased Bethesda Pinball the other day with a Fallout-themed teaser image. And now Zen Studios and Bethesda Softworks are starting to spill some details. Zen Studios was kind enough to make a teaser trailer featuring a dragon presumably from Skyrim, and to reveal the release date: December 6th. Looks cool!..