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Unfortunately, with the enterprise signing bug going away in iOS 8.1, emulators like GBA4iOS, the one that seemingly popularized the whole trend, will no longer be installable by anyone without jailbreaking or having a developer account. However, the date trick to install the app still works for now, and so Riley Testut and the GBA4iOS team are putting out GBA4iOS 2.1. The source for the app should be available soon in beta for testers with developer accounts to install it themselves. Multiplayer is the big feature of 2.1, but isn't going to be part of the initial release as it's still in the works. 2.1 will add iPhone 6/Plus support, the ability to set a homepage for the web browser, and selectable color pallettes for Game Boy games. Testut says "Under normal circumstances, I’d much rather hold off on the release of the update until I had completely polished it, but right now our priority is to get the update out before iOS 8.1 drops for everyone."..

Check Out the Trailer for the Upcoming 'Superhyper' from Sets and Settings

Sets and Settings, the creators of Irrupt [$1.99] and the upcoming Trestle, a Super Crate Box meets Mega Man Battle Network game that they're quietly hammering away on, are about to release their latest title to the App Store, Superhyper. This is a rather challenging lane-based endless runner, as players must try to survive an onslaught of tricky layouts and oncoming blocks, using only lane-switching and a short warp forward to dodge them. Scoring is all about how long you can last – and getting into triple digits is not an easy task...

Noodlecake Games Announces Upcoming 'MMM Fingers' from Developers of 'Small Fry'

No Monkeys, the creators of The Adventures of Small Fry [Free], and prolific indie publisher Noodlecake Games have announced their newest game, MMM Fingers, coming later this month. This is a survival game where the goal is to use your finger to drag around the screen, trying to avoid spiked, teethy objects that will be game over. While the game is definitely meant to be a small game that's highly replayable, the creators are aiming for a higher level of polish than most, say, Flappy Bird or Timberman [Free / $0.99] clones. The trailer shows off the animation and detail put into the graphics quite well:..

Galaxy Trucker [$7.99 (HD)] got an iPad adaptation recently, and publisher Czech Games Edition has announced on our forums that the game's discounted launch price of $4.99 is being extended until next Monday, October 12th. This is an iPad version of the popular board game by Vlaada Chvatil, which involves players trying to build spaceships from spare parts like sewer pipes, the goal ultimately being to have more credits than other players at the end of the game, with different card tiles representing different ship parts and different events that can happen. The iPad version boasts 12 different AIs to play against solo, single-tablet play for up to 4 people, and both real-time and asynchronous play online, and no in-app purchases at launch...

'Reckless Racing 3' Brings Gymkhana to the Venerable Racing Series This Week

Pixelbite's Reckless Racing franchise is getting its latest entry this Thursday, October 9th, as Reckless Racing 3 hits the App Store then. The drift-happy top-down racer will launch for $4.99, boasting improved visuals and several new modes. The big new mode is Gymkhana, which has players racing powerful rally cars around obstacle courses as quickly as possible. Drift mode will be all about drifting around all the corners, all the time, with point bonuses for pulling off perfect drifts. Reckless mashup events will pit all kinds of vehicle types in all the game modes, making it possible to race cars, trucks, and buggies all against each other on the same track at once...

'Hitman: Sniper' Soft Launches in Canada

Want to try out Hitman Sniper, the free-to-play take on the Hitman series for iOS? Well, the game has soft launched in a limited form in Canada for those who want to get a taste of the game. There's right now only one scenario to play: a mission in Montenegro to take out a high-value target. Each time the mission is completed, the objectives get steadily more difficult, with greater rewards and new targets unlocked. This mission is the same as was in the E3 demo which we posted about, which you can now try for yourself...

'The Wild' Hopes to Bring the 'DayZ' Survival Sandbox Phenomenon to iOS

Open-world survival sandbox games have become massively popular on PC. DayZ is a regular on the Steam top seller list and has thousnads of viewers watching the game being streamed at any given time on Twitch. Facepunch Studios' Rust has made over $30 million, more than what the same developer's classic Garry's Mod has made. It's a lucrative genre, but there haven't been a lot of attempts to make it work on mobile, yet. Well, there's one developer trying. Toonuva Games has been hammering away at The Wild for iOS...

Looking for a big multiplayer shooter to hunker down in this weekend on your iPhone or iPad? Well, Gameloft's Modern Combat 5: Blackout [$6.99] is on its first sale, available for $3.99 from its regular $6.99 price. There's no in-app purchases in MC5 as of right now either, so you're getting the entire experience without having to pay anything extra. The game is one of the more visually-stunning games on the App Store, and that was even before it was updated to support Metal on iOS 8, and then to support the higher-resolution iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the latter especially netting an impressive boost in detail. Old iPhone 6 Plus screen on left side, new iPhone 6 Plus screen on right:..

Everplay's Puzzle-Strategy Game, 'Adventure Age', Expected This Month

Everplay's latest title is coming soon. After the duo of Bill Killem [Free] and Buzz Killem [$0.99], the publisher is trying out a strategy-style game with Adventure Age, planned to release this month. Players will form a team of customizable heroes, collecting loot, and attacking new territories to help in their quest to try and save the kingdom. And if that team of heroes happens to be a bunch of, say, ninja turtles, apparently that's possible in Adventure Age...

'Skullduggery' Heads to the App Store on October 9th

ClutchPlay Games' Skullduggery is heading to the App Store next Thursday, October 9th. Get it, 'heading', because it's a game where you control a skull? The game is a bit more promising than that pun is. It's a physics platformer where you launch a skull around using Angry Birds-style controls, fighting enemies – who are other skeletons, mostly – or trying to avoid them in order to avoid not dying. Or, as much death as can come to a self-propelled skull, I suppose. ..

'Pixel Boat Rush', Beta Tested by Touch Arcade Readers, Releases Next Week

If you've been paying attention to our forums, you may have seen developer XperimentalZ, creators of Don't Run With a Plasma Sword [Free] and Platforms Unlimited [Free], posting about Pixel Boat Rush, their upcoming game. As well, some members of the forums have helped out with beta testing, and after the game's development, it's finally ready to be unleashed on to the public next Thursday, October 9th...

Play Ezone's Upcoming 'Halloweeen' in our Forums as it's Being Made

Ezone have been making apps and games on iTunes for a while, and are most known for Diversion [Free] and Team Awesome [$1.99 / Free]. Well now, they're working on a remake of one of their games that predates even their iOS work. Heck, it predates this millennium, back when Shockwave was still a thing in 1999. Halloweeen – yes, with three e's. And Ezone is using our forums to help work on the game, and iterate it further as it nears release for this spooky season...

Fruit Ninja [$0.99 / Free / $1.99 (HD) / Free (HD)] has had a massive update promised, and it's come to fruition, as Fruit Ninja 2.0 is now out on the App Store. And if you haven't played it in a long time, this is really quite different from the Fruit Ninja you remember back in 2010. The game has been dramatically revamped to where there's now an experience system and currency used to buy powerups. All the upgrades, which were once cosmetic, now have various effects, such as creating harmless bombs, or adding points to combos. And there's a powerup boost system now as well...

'Zombie Highway 2' Launches on October 9th

Auxbrain's latest entry in the Zombie Highway [Free] series, Zombie Highway 2, has a release date locked in for next Thursday, October 9th. This is the latest main entry into the popular series, with last year's Zombie Highway: Driver's Ed [Free] being a sort of spinoff that uses some of the tech that powers ZH2. However, where that game was all driving in the desert with no shooting, this brings some powerful new weaponry to help get the zombies off when scraping them off won't work, like auto-shotguns and laser rifles. Cars have nitro to help get zombies off quicker, as well. And the game travels to a bunch of new locales. Check out a new trailer for the game below:..

Modern Combat 5: Blackout [$6.99] was updated quite recently for Metal, but support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus was sadly missing. Not any more: today, Gameloft has updated MC5 with support for the new higher-resolution iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. This means no more scaling-up of graphics: the game's visual fidelity is now unsullied by upscaling, huzzah! There was a "sky glitch" for a short bit, but thanks to a hotfix, Gameloft fixed that. The sky is no longer falling, and that is a good thing. Check out a comparison screenshot of the game running the iPhone 6 Plus: pre-optimization on the left, post-optimization on the right, click for full size:..