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An avid gamer since he was in diapers, Jared has owned just about every portable and console game system released in the last 30 years. A decade ago, video editing brought him into the world of Macs, and since making the switch he's never had one thought of turning back. The inception of the iPhone and App Store has replaced his need to buy every game and system released, and instead focus on Apple's do-everything device that meets all his portable gaming needs.

Out Now: 'Proun+', 'Bounce On Back', 'Hex:99', 'Wicked Lair', 'BattleLore: Command', 'Trouble With Robots' and More

It's a major holiday week here in the US with Thanksgiving tomorrow, so things are a bit slow on the new game release front. That said, things picked up a bit since our post this morning listing all the games that had hit the New Zealand App Store. There are definitely quite a few strong titles tonight, with the likes of Proun+, Bounce On Back, Wicked Lair and more. Check out the list below and if you're the Thanksgiving-celebrating type, have a happy and safe holiday!..

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the States, and as with pretty much any major holiday developer Pixbits have updated their phenomenal crafting adventure game Junk Jack X [$4.99] with holiday-themed content. There's a new Pocket Turkey rare pet, a craftable hay bale block, new dyeable wood panels which can be coupled with the new sloped barn roof and supports so you can build your very own barn(!), and finally there's a Thanksgiving zombie that will drop a rare "weapon" should you come across it. Yes, they put "weapon" in quotes because I imagine it's something silly like a turkey leg or maybe a poisonous buckled hat...

'Paranormal Minis' is a New Action Shooter from Ravenous Games

About a year ago, Ravenous Games announced in our forums that they'd once again teamed up with Bulletproof Outlaws, the folks who did the lovely graphics for League of Evil 2 & 3, and were working on a stylish new dual-stick shooter called Paranormal Minis. In the months that followed it sounded like some progress was being made on the game, but Ravenous had their hands full with other iOS releases, and eventually they put Paranormal Minis on the back burner, uncertain if they'd return to finish it or not. Well, as they posted today, Paranormal Minis is alive and well, and in fact it's received a pretty major design overhaul, going from a dual-stick shooter to a more traditional brawler-style action shooter. Here are a couple of new screens...

'Bean's Quest' Sequel 'Bean Dreams' Launching on December 4th

We haven't heard much about Bean Dreams since we went hands-on with it at GDC in March, but today developer Kumobius has confirmed that the game is finally ready and is releasing on December 4th for $2.99. Bean Dreams will feature 48 new levels as well as a major new ability in the form of a chili pepper that allows you to dash mid-air. Needless to say, that seemingly simple change puts a fresh spin on the "complete a level with as few bounces as possible" nature of the original Bean's Quest [$2.99]. Here's a new trailer. Seriously, just the intro animation alone makes this my new favorite game...

In late October, developer Funcom soft-launched a remastered iOS version of their critically-acclaimed 2000 PC adventure game The Longest Journey, but we weren't really sure when it would be seeing a wider release. Today we have our answer: The Longest Journey Remastered [$6.99] is available worldwide right now! ..

Zen Studios is adding another Marvel-themed table to their lineup of digital pinball games across all platforms, including of course iOS. Spider-Man's arch-nemesis Venom will be getting his very own table, and it'll be coming to both Zen Pinball [Free] and Marvel Pinball [$0.99] the week of December 8th. Specifically, iOS gamers can look forward to the table becoming available on December 11th, and it'll be in line with other Marvel tables from Zen and will cost $1.99. Here's a screen of the new Venom table...

'Ultimate Robot Fighting' Coming December 4th from Reliance Games

I make no bones about being a huge fan of Injustice: Gods Among Us [Free] on mobile, NetherRealm's pseudo-fighting-card-collecting game. Unlocking and upgrading new characters in the massive roster of fighters is actually just one gigantic grind, but it ends up being incredibly fun because the underlying fighting mechanics are so satisfying. Reliance Games, who have plenty of previous experience making mobile fighting games with titles like Real Steel [$0.99] and Pacific Rim [$0.99], is trying their hand at the card-collecting 3v3 hybrid brawler. It's called Ultimate Robot Fighting and you can see it in action in the following trailer...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Crossy Road'

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...

One of the true App Store classics is Kairosoft's 2010 release of Game Dev Story [$4.99], which was pretty much just a simple port of a game that they originally released on PC in Japan in the late '90s. It wasn't the prettiest game, nor did it have any fancy features that took advantage of iOS's capabilities. What it did have was an unparalleled gaming experience that let you create your own fictional game company and release your own fictional games. The amount of tongue-in-cheek humor and video game cultural references was incredible, and the game itself was a very satisfying simulation. The game's popularity prompted Kairosoft to release a multitude of similar simulations for mobile devices, and while many of them are quite good there's really nothing that's topped Game Dev Story...

The fourth and final installment of Forge Reply's digital gamebook Joe Dever's Lone Wolf [$0.99] is now officially available for download, just as we learned it would be earlier this month. The new installment, titled Act 4 - Dawn Over V'taag, will run you $4.99 if purchased on its own, or if you've previously bought a Season Pass it will simply be available for download. Here is a trailer detailing the Dawn Over V'taag episode...

'Gunbrick' Officially Unveiled from 'Icebreaker' Developer Nitrome

If you've been paying close attention to developer Nitrome on social media and teh Interwebz, you've no doubt noticed that they've been teasing a new game for some time now. Over the past couple of weeks, they've released brief teaser trailers for the game, but nothing that actually gave away what type of game it was or what it was about. Not even a name. Well, that changes today as Nitrome has officially unveiled their new game as Gunbrick, and they've released a new trailer that actually shows the game itself in action...

A little more than a year ago, id Software updated two of their old iOS ports–Doom Classic and Rage HD– with 4-inch widescreen support and support for Apple's then-new iOS 7 software. Both games had quietly disappeared from the App Store at least a month prior to the updates, which was scary for me as I'm a massive fan of the Doom iOS port. I was delighted to see them return with updates, and hoped that id might see fit to update some of the other games in their iOS catalog...

For whatever reason, there were quite a few games that didn't release in time for our weekly roundup. Some games simply released at an off time, and a lot are games that were previously soft-launched that are now available worldwide. So we figured hey, why not round them all up. We already covered the release of Sunburn! yesterday, a game I had been really looking forward to and I'm loving so far, but check out the list of other new games below. Also, if there's even more games that slipped by that aren't on this list or the one from Wednesday, feel free to list them in the comments below...

Character action games are a genre that feels underrepresented on iOS, perhaps because they inherently rely on complex button combinations for combat that just don't translate very well to the touchscreen. Well, about a month ago, Ghost Blade [$4.99] launched on the App Store seemingly out of nowhere, and set a standard for how these types of games should be built for the touchscreen. Rather than rely on a set of virtual buttons, Ghost Blade uses intuitive touchscreen gestures for its combat mechanics, and it works incredibly well, creating a very satisfying experience. ..

As one of my favorite bands Iron Chic points out in the song "Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow?", we're all on a giant blue rock that's spinning through space, falling in circles forever into the sun. It's a pretty morbid way to view human existence, and kind of depressing, but the one lyric that makes me feel better is "This once we all fall together." Hey, we're hurtling towards a giant fireball in space, but at least we're in it together, right? That's similar to the premise behind Sunburn! [$2.99], the debut title from developer Secret Crush that just hit the App Store this morning...