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Eli as been obsessed with mobile gaming his entire life. Originally starting with Tiger Electronics handhelds, graduating to the original Game Boy, and upgrading to nearly every handheld platform leading up to modern day portables.

The original Injustice: Gods Among Us [Free] was a ridiculously massive mobile game, and if history is any indication it seems like a pretty strong bet to make that Injustice 2 [Free] will be equally massive. It just hit the App Store this evening, and we're scrambling to figure out the difference between the soft launched Injustice 2 and the final worldwide release... And if you're in a similar situation and looking to chat with other people also working through the optimal way to play the game, come join our Injustice 2 Discord Server...

Location-Based 'Trail Of Treasures' is Hunting for Beta Testers

While it's hard to say for sure whether or not the extreme success of Pokemon Go [Free] has been the primary driving force behind interest in geolocation games or not, we've seen a bunch of developers talking about it, and even a few taking a crack at building their own. Today's example of that is Trail of Treasures, which was posted to our forums earlier today. The game does some pretty interesting stuff, particularly with the inclusion of a crafting system and resources to collect which then can apparently be traded/sold to other plays on an in-game market. Check out the trailer:..




Monday Make-Up! - The TouchArcade Show #305

May 8th, 2017 8:30 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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We're back, as promised, with a better late than never episode of the TouchArcade Show! We do things in reverse this week, talking a little about the news that happened last week before shifting gears to discussing a few noteworthy releases. Those games include Spaceplan [$2.99], Battle Bay [Free], Clock of Atonement [Free], Louie Lucha [Free], and Project Frox [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!

Patreon backers get access to a ultra-rad video version of the podcast, which you can view by clicking here. It includes us playing the games we're talking about as we're talking about them, and other fun surprises.

 

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Hey guys, I know a lot of you look forward to a new episode of The TouchArcade Show in whatever app you use to listen to podcasts on Friday evening... But, I had a death in my family today and I'm just not super into the idea of podcasting today. Instead of delivering a show that isn't really up to our normal standards, we're just going to do it on Monday. Keep your eyes (and ears) peeled for Monday afternoon when we'll return with another episode of The TouchArcade Show. (I'm really looking forward to discussing Spaceplan [$2.99], myself.)..

Ah yes, May 4th. The day each year where every social media channel is crammed to capacity with bad Star Wars puns. The good news is, what has become "Star Wars Day" is typically crammed with all sorts of different promotions surrounding the Star Wars universe. On the App Store, that means two (as of right now) things: Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic [$9.99] is half off, as are the various Star Wars tables inside of Zen Pinball [Free]...

New iOS Games on Our Forums: 'Podageddon', 'Louie Lucha', 'Lightseekers', 'ClashTank.io', 'Ever Knight' and More

Once again the Great American Grump Out is upon us. Observed every year (I think?) on May 2nd, the idea of the Great American Grump Out is to "try to go 24 hours (or more) without being grumpy, crabby, or rude." With any luck, TouchArcade commenters will be in full observance of the holiday! Aside from grumping out, there's also a bunch of new iOS games that have hit our forums. So far there's a bunch of indie stuff, but if we keep our fingers crossed we might see more surprises pop up throughout the day...

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We kick off this week's podcast talking about the drama of the week surrounding Apple cutting affiliate payments, making us entirely dependent on our Patreon. We've also got an Amazon referral link set up on http://toucharcade.com/amazon, and would really appreciate it if you do your shopping on Amazon through that to support the site! It costs you nothing! (Well, other than what you'd buy on Amazon anyway.) From there, we get into a pretty awesome podcast featuring the following games: Robot Unicorn Attack 3 [Free], Match Land [Free], Family Guy: Another Freakin Mobile Game [Free], Penarium [$1.99], Super Senso [Free], and Suck It Up [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!

Patreon backers get access to a ultra-rad video version of the podcast (you can get a taste of what they're like above), which you can view by clicking here. It includes us playing the games we're talking about as we're talking about them, and other fun surprises.

 

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The First Three 'Final Fantasy' Games are Half Off

April 28th, 2017 12:22 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News, Sales
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I learned something new from our own Shaun Musgrave today, and that's the existence of the Japanese string of holidays known as Golden Week. It's a week in Japan where a bunch of big holidays all line up, often resulting in 7-10 days off for Japanese people. According to Shaun, games sell incredibly well during this week, since there's no better time to lose yourself in a new video game than when you have 7-10 days off work. Loads of Japanese developers spin these as a "Spring Sale" in the west, but, now you know. Whether it's to celebrate Golden Week, spring, or for no reason at all, the first three Final Fantasy games are all half off until May 7th. Here's' the links:..

We first reviewed Phoenix II [Free] almost a year ago now, and the game has changed significantly since then through rapid-fire updates. The latest, version 2.3 is available now on the App Store and aside from some bug fixes and tweaks, adds two new improvements. First off is revives, which (like many other games) are easy to earn in game, but if you're running low you can also buy them from the in-game store. Additionally, mission generation has been improved which should lead to far more varied mission content that the game throws at you...

Folks in the forums (and front page comments) have been endlessly asking where the heck the new Robot Unicorn Attack 3 [Free] is, having soft launched quite a while ago. Well, we got our answer moments ago this morning: It's on the App Store right now, you can (and should) go download it. It's easily the definitive version of Robot Unicorn Attack, as while the gameplay has largely remained the same, everything gets even more delightfully ridiculous when the game is rendered in full 3D...

'Modern Combat Versus' Soft Launch Is Getting Some Balance Tweaks Soon

Excitement surrounding Gameloft's upcoming Overwatch-like, Modern Combat Versus is pretty high in our community. We've got a pretty vibrant Modern Combat Versus Discord chat, and the forum thread is similarly cookin' along. With any team-based first person shooter game, balance complaints are inevitable, but per Gameloft the game is about to get a whole bunch of balance tweaks...

PikPok's 'Dungeon, Inc.' Soft Launches in New Zealand, Australia, and More Regions

I'm really digging the way clickers and similar idle games are evolving on the App Store lately. They started off as simple games, where all you really did was increase a number- Now days you still do that, but the best idle games now have some sort of greater purpose through some kind of end-game goal beyond bigger numbers. The spin PikPok takes with Dungeon, Inc is you're doing all the same old idle game stuff, but you're building a dungeon which you need to defend from invaders along with a raiding mechanic. ..

We're streaming live on Mobcrush right now. There's a couple different ways you can watch the stream, and they all work equally well and it's really just a matter of personal preference as to which method you prefer. The easiest way to watch is just watching the embedded player right here on TouchArcade. In the interest of being polite, we mute the audio. If you're somewhere you can listen, be sure to turn it back up- the controls for that are in the lower right corner of the video stream. Alternatively, if you're on a mobile device, download the free Mobcrush app for iOS [Free], also available on Google Play. From there, search for TouchArcade. If you follow us, you'll get alerts when we're streaming. Last, but not least, you can visit our channel directly in your browser at mobcrush.com/toucharcade. Oh, and if you want to participate in chat, you'll need to register over on Mobcrush first...

New Games on Our Forums: 'NASCAR Heat Mobile', 'Suck It Up', 'War of Crown', and More

GooooOoOoOoOod morning everyone, or afternoon, or evening, I guess, depending on what time zone you're in. Today is World Intellectual Property Day, which sort of makes me wish we would've posted our article on App Store scams today to celebrate, but, that'd require me being aware of these made up holidays before they happen. The release list (so far) is a little light, but if historical trends are any indication, chances are this will flesh out significantly by the time we post our full roundup later this evening...

It's days like today that make it feel like Apple just isn't going to be happy until TouchArcade as well as all other third party content creators and web sites that focus on the App Store just don't exist at all, leaving the App Store featuring process as the sole curation point for all things iOS. Just as we were formulating a solid plan for what to do with the TouchArcade app (which we can't update) as it dies with iOS 11, Apple announced that they're dropping their affiliate program commission from 7% all the way down to 2.5%. To give you an idea of how much this sucks, let's get into how the TouchArcade sausage is made...

The idea behind a game jam is super-rad: Typically there's some sort of time limit like 24 hours, 48 hours, overnight, or similar, and a theme which is revealed at the event. The theme is often vague enough to give developers a bunch of freedom, but specific enough that if you can't typically bring existing ideas to the jam. Inside of those constraints, developers build a game which often could be described as a half-way functional prototype when it's finished. Game jam games are often very basic (as you can't really get much more involved than that given the time limits) but you can usually see a idea, feature, or otherwise may eventually pop up in a future project by that same developer as game jams are a great opportunity to experiment with new things...

Double apologies for TouchArcade Patreon backers this week, as a SNAFU with my dumb computer instantly rebooting when I told it not to install Windows Updates (Thanks, Windows 11) resulted in a corrupted MP4 file for the first 3/4 or so of our video podcast. If you're a bad enough dude to attempt to recover the file, you can download it from my Dropbox here and then hit me up on Twitter. You will become the podcast king if you can save the video podcast kingdom. I can provide more details, but tl;dr basically amounts to the MP4 recording got cut off and so it didn't write the moov atom at the end, resulting in 1.4GB unplayable file. Fun stuff. Anyway, if you don't care about the video side of things, this is a pretty great episode this week. We kick things off talking about DotEmu's fabulous Wonder Boy port on the Nintendo Switch (which we really hope comes to mobile, like most/all other DotEmu stuff), then we kick into discussing some games. Those games include: Trailer Park Boys: Greasy Money [Free], Office Space: Idle Profits [Free], CATS: Crash Arena Turbo [Free], Nonstop Chuck Norris [Free], Vignettes [$2.99], Get Me Outta Here [Free] and Invert [$2.99]. It's a good time, I swear.

 

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The RPG Cooking Game (Yes, That's a Thing) 'Dungeon Chef' Is Looking for Beta Testers on Our Forums

I've always been a huge fan of genre mashups, so while I'm not entirely sure how a RPG cooking game is going to play out in practice, on paper, I love it. Dungeon Chef was just posted to our forums this morning, and I'm really digging everything they're talking about so far. The basic idea is you go out and fight monsters for ingredients, then come back to your tavern and cook 'em all up to come up with the "ultimate meals." The elevator pitch sort of sounds like it's going to scratch the same itch as going out and farming up new ingredients and seeing what you can cook up in Zelda: Breath of the Wild, but (obviously) on a much smaller, mobile game scope. Check out the trailer:..

'Trailer Park Boys: Greasy Money' Review: Pushing the Theoretical Limits of Fan Service

Writing about these kind of idle clicker upgrader games is always difficult, as it feels like in mid-2017 everything you'd ever do in one of these has been done, with the main difference being how developers mix up the established mechanics and how they apply the theme of the game. East Side Games has a winner on their hands with Trailer Park Boys: Greasy Money [Free] as it mixes up established mechanics in a way that makes a dumb amount of sense inside of the scope of the Trailer Park Boys universe...