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Update Mondays: 'Clash Of Clans', 'Final Fantasy', 'Zen Pinball', 'Sonic Dash', 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. I'm trying a slightly different format this week to cut down on some of the clutter. Let me know if you like it. 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!..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'iNetHack2'

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...

Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 2/27/15 - 'Pinball Arcade: The Addams Family', 'AG Drive' and 'Planet Quest'

Another week of awesome games, including one kinda-sorta weird review where we focus on a specific IAP item inside of a game. But, to be fair, figuring out what to do with content-centric IAP is still a little weird for us... Bur, whatever, you need Pinball Arcade any way you slice it. Again, these are the highest scored reviews we published this week: ..

It's Official: 'Final Fantasy: Record Keeper' Is Releasing In English

If you've listened to TouchArcade's new RPG Reload Podcast, you might have heard me talking about Final Fantasy: Record Keeper, a free-to-play social RPG from DeNA and Square Enix that launched late last year in Japan. Regular readers know that I play a lot of social RPGs, but very few of them actually stay on my phone for any length of time. For all of Square Enix's attempts at the popular genre, up until now none of them had quite the right mix of ingredients to really pull me in. Final Fantasy: Record Keeper finally broke that pattern. I've been playing it steadily for the last few months, and I can't see myself putting it down anytime soon. It hits all the right notes for Final Fantasy fans, and even quite a few of my less mobile-inclined friends have been quite happy with it. The only issue has been the fact that the game is only available in Japanese from the Japanese App Store...

Out Now: 'Overkill 3', 'Age of Sparta', 'Heavenstrike Rivals', 'Prison Life RPG', 'Striker Arena', 'Flop Rocket', 'Roid Rampage', 'Echo Dawn' and More

It has turned out to be a pretty darn busy night of new game releases, as I'm literally finishing up this list as all these games are arriving in the US App Store. They just kept on coming. Besides the big-name titles like Age of Sparta from Gameloft, Heavenstrike Rivals from Square Enix, and Overkill 3 from Craneballs, there are a ton of more low-profile but promising looking games out tonight. A duo of games from Butterscotch Shenanigans with Flop Rocket and Roid Rage, an interesting prison simulator called Prison Life RPG, an extreme version of soccer called Striker Arena, a passion project RPG called Echo Dawn which actually looks quite excellent, and a trio of games with punctuation in their titles: Okay?, Ones!, and Mayhem! Oh, and be sure to catch the trailer for Symmetrica which is awesome, and the game itself looks great too. So put on your perusing hat, carefully look over the list of games below, and let us know which ones you're interested in picking up...

Apple Doesn't Want Guns in App Store Screenshots… Unless They're Pointed at Hitler

The first couple of months of 2015 have been kind of strange when it comes to Apple's App Store regulatory practices. They have a set of fairly clear developer guidelines for creating iOS apps, but they've been famously inconsistent in how and when they enforce them. So far this year we've seen several instances of Apple suddenly deciding to strictly enforce developer guideline 3.6 which states "Apps with App icons, screenshots, and previews that do not adhere to the 4+ age rating will be rejected."..

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Age of Sparta', 'Hell: Fight for Gilrand', 'Atomas' and More

While the jury is still out on whether or not this is a weak week, it certainly is a weird one. For whatever reason there's been a ton of developers breaking out of the normal Wednesday morning release cycle this week. So, I broke the games out into two lists. The first is games that are in New Zealand right now and likely following what we usually see with App Store releases. The second are games which were released yesterday or otherwise soft launched...

Update Mondays: 'WWE Immortals', 'The Simpsons: Tapped Out', 'Bean Dreams', 'Partia 2', 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. The theme with many of this week's updates is the Chinese New Year. Goats for everyone! 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!..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'AG Drive'

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...

Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 2/20/15 - 'Auro' and 'Alto's Adventure'

It was perhaps a slower-than-normal review week in the world of iOS, but there were definitely a couple of real gems. Here's the top scoring games of the reviews published this week, in case you missed any of them in the flurry of other news posts and videos in the last seven days:..

How Long Do You Feel Entitled to Updates After Buying an iOS Game?

If you talk to a lot of iOS developers like we do, it seems like one thing most of them wrestle with is how to deal with consumer expectations. The early days of the App Store were a brutal mosh pit of developers throwing their elbows in the form of dropping prices, constant update schedules, and doing everything they could to win over a potential fan base. Sales for literally any reason practically became a running joke and games like Pocket God [$0.99] were a big part of what pioneered the whole "Pay us 99¢ and we'll update a game for the rest of your life" mentality that seems to have stuck with a lot of iOS gamers...

Out Now: 'Swap Heroes 2', 'World Zombination', 'Imps in Tokyo', 'Grudgeball: Enter the Chaosphere', 'Happy Pet Story', 'Jolly Jam' and More

Lots of new iOS games have just hit the US App Store, and it's one of those weeks where there's eclectic mix of game types. I was a fan of the original Swap Heroes, so it's neat to see a sequel out, and World Zombination has my attention just for the sheer scope of zombie carnage onscreen all at once. Alto's Adventure is another highly-anticipated game launching tonight, but it's marching to the beat of its own drummer and will release in a few hours. Finally, don't forget about the big Space Miner update, which is basically like getting an awesome new game. Let us know what you'll be playing in the comments below!..

Nintendo Releases 'Pokémon Shuffle', Their First Game With a 'Candy Crush' Style Lives System

In the world of mobile gaming, it seems like keeping an eye on what Nintendo is doing has become the favorite spectator sport of many. February has been a particularly dramatic month as Nintendo's profits are falling and they've got concrete plans in place for bringing limited amounts of the Nintendo ecosystem to iOS. It's no secret that Nintendo has been dabbling in microtransactions on their own platforms, but today marks the day of the release of the first game released by Nintendo which straight up features a Candy Crush style lives system and monetization scheme...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Grudgeball: Enter the Chaosphere', 'Mecha Showdown',  'Swap Heroes 2', 'Switch and Drop' and More

As of this writing this morning, the list of game releases this week is a little threadbare, but keep in mind this was a holiday week in the USA. Holidays always seem to make developers gun shy with regards to releasing their games because who knows if it messes up the iTunes featuring process since these days you need to get featured. But, hey, whatever, if this week is like any other week the initial list will be tiny and filled with "weak week" comments while the full roundup of new games at 11:00 PM Eastern will be bursting from the seams...

"Platinum Edition" Update for 'Space Miner' Submitted to Apple, Check Out These Screens

One of the App Store's true classics and our 2010 Game of the Year Space Miner: Space Ore Bust [$3.99 / $3.99] is finally getting a big, modern update very soon. We first heard of this new update, which developer Venan Entertainment is dubbing the "Platinum Edition" update, back in November, and this week we've learned that it's finally in the hands of Apple waiting for review, possibly even coming as early as this week...

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