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There's a bit of lingo in Japanese gaming that doesn't have a great equivalent in English. The term is baka-ge (literally "stupid game"), and it refers to games that are intentionally ridiculous or absurd. Think of something like Goat Simulator [$4.99], and you'll be well on your way to understanding what a baka-ge is. The term doesn't make much of a judgment as to whether the game is bad or good, mind you, but the very presence of this kind of spirit is enough to draw a certain type of gamer. My Horse Prince [Free] is an amazing bit of baka-ge, a tapper that seems to find endless joy in warping its equine protagonist's body in nonsensical ways, sending up visual novel tropes, and making terrible dad-jokes. I suspect the majority of people who bring themselves to try it will find it too stupid to tolerate. For some of you out there, however, this might be one of the most memorable games of this year...

Developer Quantum Sheep has earned a strong following over the years in the TouchArcade forums thanks to a combination of making great games, his sensible love of tea, and being a friendly, fluffy sheep. While the developer has been working hard on a few projects for iOS, it's been a little while since its last release on mobile. But that doesn't mean there's nothing Sheep-related for you to put in your own stocking, friends. Quantum Sheep has put together and released a bundle containing all three Air Supply games for the low price of $1.99. Since Air Supply - SOS [$1.99] usually sells for $1.99 on its own, it's like you're getting the other two for free!..




As a long time admirer of games that aren't afraid to be weird, I certainly appreciate and respect what Goat Simulator [$4.99] has done. I mean, you wouldn't think a buggy, janky game where you play a total jerk of a goat would strike it big, but it did. Gosh, did it ever. There are now tons of Goat Simulator games across multiple platforms, each offering their own variety of madcap entertainment. If you've been wondering what the deal is with this series but were too afraid to plunk down the money to see what it's all about, I've got some good news for you today. The original Goat Simulator is now available for free, for the first time ever...

Can you hear that, friends? That faint rumbling that sounds like it's coming from just over the horizon? It's the holiday sales, ready to stampede all over our piggy banks and backlogs with the irresistible savings they offer. The latest publisher to join in on the festivities is Atypical Games, and they've put just about their entire catalog on sale for you to fill your virtual stocking with. Whether you like your battles on land, air, or sea, Atypical's probably got something to your tastes. If nothing else, Radiation Island is certainly a must-have at the price it's going for. Provided you don't already have it, anyway...

Apart from being a really creative, awesome RPG, the biggest thing that struck me about the original Siralim [Free] was just how frequently and magnificently it was updated. Everything from balance adjustments to new graphics to entirely new systems was added to the game after its release, and for quite some time, you could be confident that there would always be something new when you fired up Siralim. The sequel, Siralim 2 [$1.99], hasn't seen quite as frantic a schedule when it comes to updates. It appears that the developer is going for bigger, less frequent updates instead, which is fine by me. The latest one has just hit and it's a whopper...

Those looking to fill out their collection of great Slitherine strategy games have been feeling pain in their wallets and joy in their hearts these last few weeks. Each week, Slitherine has been putting a different set of games on sale for some very deep discounts. This week, it's the Battle Academy and Frontline series' turn. This is your chance to stock up on some war games and get some practice in before the Great Venusian War of 2021. Er, forget you just read that...

Update Mondays: 'Temple Run 2', 'Rush Rally 2', 'Pokemon GO', 'The Trail', and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. You can tell the annual freeze is almost upon us, because we're getting buried in updates. Christmas updates a-plenty, but there are lots of other non-holiday related ones as well. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper Social [Free], the watchlist in the TouchArcade App [Free], or by participating in the TouchArcade forums, but this weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

It used to be a sure thing that every Kemco game would go on sale several times a year for $0.99. That situation seems to have changed, likely because of their spreading out to PC and consoles along with the sheer volume of apps they have available already. They could discount as many as a dozen at a time several times a year and you'd still see some of their games only go on sale once a year or so. Now, whether you want every Kemco game is a whole other question, but if you do, it's probably better to grab them when they do go on sale these days. With all that said, the prolific RPG publisher has 10 games on offer for their holiday sale this year, all priced down to $0.99...

The Quest [$7.99] is the mobile RPG gift that just keeps on giving, and 2016 has been a particularly great year for its fans. We started off the year with the first new expansion in quite some time, the Celtic-flavored Cursed Stone [$2.99]. All the iPad owners who had been pining for a native version of The Quest got their wish in late July with the release of The Quest HD [$5.99], which developers Redshift kindly made available as a universal app scant weeks later. In mid-September, an HD version of The Quest's first expansion, Islands of Ice and Fire [$3.99], was released. Late October saw the long-awaited release of an Android version of The Quest, and it looks like we're closing out the year with yet another expansion to the original version of The Quest from Zarista Games...

RPG Reload File 099 - 'Joe Dever's Lone Wolf'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we do it all for Sommerlund and the Kai! Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's doing in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. As one of the last remaining Kai Lords, I try to choose a balanced selection of games from week to week. If you feel I'm missing something important, however, you can let me know by posting in the comments below, stopping by the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. The schedule is planned well in advance, so I can't promise you'll see your suggestion soon, but I will add it to the master list...

Japan's indie game development scene has always been quite lively in its home market, but has gone mostly unknown overseas. With more opportunities opening up for small developers on console, mobile, and computers, we're finally starting to see many of these unsung devs putting out their games in Western markets. One of my personal favorites among these rising stars is Q-Cumber Factory. They've released a total of four games on iOS, and have ported some of them to various other platforms. For a limited time, their entire library is on sale, with one of them even going free temporarily...

Probably not. I'm just asking the pertinent questions. Gameloft's The Amazing Spider-Man [$6.99] games and Disney's DuckTales: Remastered [$4.99] only have a few things in common. Both star classic American cartoon and/or comic characters. Both look pretty darned spiffy in action. And both only seem to go on sale this low once a year. That's enough for me to say that there's something up here. But why would a good, upstanding local fowl philanthropist like Scrooge McDuck be buddying up to that masked menace? Why, I bet that web-headed weasel is disguising himself as a duck just to besmirch Scrooge's good name! That no-good fraud!..

Not long ago, Sony Interactive Entertainment announced that they were going to take a more serious stab at the whole smartphone gaming thing. Today, we've finally received some details about what that effort entails. Their new smartphone branch is called ForwardWorks, and they held a press conference today to show off their upcoming line-up. Only time will tell how this latest venture will go, but if nothing else, it looks like we have some fun titles to look forward to, including a smartphone version of Hot Shots Golf that is due to hit in Spring of 2017...

If you had told me five years ago that slingshot RPGs were going to become a thing, I'd have been happy to hear of a future where Squids [$1.99] was so influential. Of course, Squids isn't what really kicked off this craze. No, the current wave of flick-and-flail casual RPGs that are cropping up can be laid at the feet of Monster Strike [Free]. It's only natural a hit of that magnitude would inspire similar games, but it's impressive just how sophisticated some of them are becoming. Gamevil's entry into the proverbial arena is Knight Slinger [Free], and it might just have the best production values of any game like this yet. In terms of gameplay mechanics, it doesn't mix things up too much, but there are some new things here that veterans of Monster Strike might like to play around with...

When it comes to strategy games, iOS is a pretty great platform. There are lots of great games in the genre at a variety of pricing levels, so no matter what your budget looks like, you can usually find something good to play. Slitherine makes some great games that tend to sit on the higher end of the pricing spectrum, and let's be honest, they're generally worth those prices. Their commitment to the iOS platform seems to be wavering of late, though, so I don't blame anyone who doesn't want to go all in at the full prices. That's where sales come in, friends, and Slitherine's having a great one at the moment...

If you were an iOS-only gamer following Capcom's Ace Attorney series, things probably got a little confusing with Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies [$0.99]. Why did it seem like Phoenix Wright was coming back to his job from a long time off? Who is this Apollo guy that takes up a third of the game? Wait, Phoenix has a daughter? What's up with that? I'm not sure why Capcom decided to give mobile players the fifth game in a series before the fourth one, but they've finally decided to fill that gap. Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney [$0.99] is a beautiful remaster of the original game which, up until now, was exclusively found on the Nintendo DS. While the graphics aren't polygonal like Dual Destinies, they were originally rendered at a much higher resolution than the Game Boy Advance sprites that were redrawn for the Phoenix Wright Trilogy. It's also, for various reasons, generally not as well-liked as most of the other installments in the series. Nevertheless, it's safe to say that if you enjoyed your time in the courtroom in previous Ace Attorney games, you'll want to show up to the stand here, too...

Update Mondays: Demon's Rise 2, Sky Force Reloaded, Sonic Dash, Hearthstone, and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. Thankfully, things picked up a little last week, so we've got a pretty healthy list of updates to look at. The Christmas and holiday updates are starting to roll in, as well, so we should have a couple of good weeks to look forward to before the freeze takes effect. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper Social [Free], the watchlist in the TouchArcade App [Free], or by participating in the TouchArcade forums, but this weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

Hello, friends. Now, I know you're mostly here for the latest in iOS news and reviews, with a side order of mobile in general. Indeed, I and the others at TouchArcade do our very best to provide you with all kinds of stuff to read about the world of mobile gaming. But what do we do when we're not playing and reporting on the newest mobile games? Well, in my case, I do some writing for my personal site, Post Game Content. It's basically where I put my writing that concerns non-mobile gaming. The Shadowy Consortium that rules with an iron fist from the penthouse floor of TouchArcade Towers felt that my most recent set of articles on Post Game Content might be of interest to our readers, so here we are...

RPG Reload Developer Spotlight 003 - Kepa Auwae from RocketCat Games

It's time for the next installment in our monthly series of articles looking at the developers and publishers behind some of our favorite games. The aim here is for you readers to get a sense of the person, so the tone is more conversational than we usually use in interviews here at TouchArcade. it's also not necessarily about the games themselves, either. Basically, we'll kick off and see where the conversation takes us. This month, we're speaking to Kepa Auwae of RocketCat Games. Things get pretty zany here, so pack your sense of humor, friends...

'Exiled Kingdoms RPG' Review - Chop 'til You Drop

I usually try to stay on top of the various RPGs that come out from week to week, but every once in a while, something good slips past. Fortunately, the TouchArcade forums are pretty reliable about finding the things we happen to miss, and that's just how I came across Exiled Kingdoms [Free], a surprisingly excellent action-RPG in the vein of Diablo. While it's not the prettiest game around, it offers dozens of hours of killing monsters, looting dungeons, and gathering awesome gear. Just in case you need some convincing, the game even offers a substantial portion to play for free, with the rest unlocking for a one-time IAP...