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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Goat Simulator'

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...

Gaming on the iPhone 6: First Impressions

Gaming on the iPhone 6: First Impressions

September 19th, 2014 6:23 PM EDT by Jared Nelson in Featured, News

Now that my previous iPhone's backup has been transferred over to my new iPhone 6, I've finally had a chance to (briefly) diddle around with some games on the new device and offer up my thoughts. Similarly to my first impressions of the iPhone 6 hardware itself compared to Eli's impressions of the much larger iPhone 6 Plus, gaming on the 4.7-inch model of iPhone isn't drastically different than normal. The iPhone 6 Plus is just so much larger that I think it's a more impactful change compared to the iPhone 6, which for the most part is just like gaming on my iPhone 5s but slightly larger. That said, there are some noticeable differences with the larger and much more vibrant screen, and overall while it's not too huge of a change gaming on an iPhone 6 compared to an iPhone 5s it's definitely an improved experience...

Gaming on the iPhone 6 Plus: First Impressions

When Jared got his hands on the iPhone 6 Plus after the keynote, the games installed on it were fairly limited, leaving much up to the imagination on how high-end games would run on the device. I've spent some time playing a few recent games on it, and overall I'm pretty impressed. Most of what makes the iPhone 6 Plus awesome to game on is its increased size, as the performance and graphical fidelity improvement feels a lot like previous iPhone iterations- Stuff seems to run and look a little better, but, it's not like there's any massive night and day difference. The iPhone 5S still is a killer piece of kit, and until developers start building things for the iPhone's A8 processor and the 6/6 Plus screen sizes, I'm not sure there will be too many jaw-dropping demos...

iPhone 6 First Impressions - Wow, This Thing is… Slightly Larger

Eli, being a couple hours ahead of me time zone-wise, has a bit of a leg up in terms of new iPhone impressions. In case you hadn't seen already, he opted for the larger iPhone 6 Plus, or as he's dubbed it, the iPhone XXL. Be sure to check out his first impressions of the device from earlier this morning. Me? I went with the regular old iPhone 6, and while I'm waiting for my iTunes backup to load sweet, sweet iOS games onto the new device, I thought I'd similarly share my first overall impressions of the new iPhone 6. Being that the 4.7-inch iPhone 6 isn't THAT much larger than the iPhone 5s, my impressions aren't quite as drastic as Eli's with the iPhone XXL, but I definitely have some initial thoughts on the new device...

iPhone 6 Plus First Impressions: Wow, This Thing is Huge

Somewhere in between the keynote and the madness that was pre-ordering online last Friday, Jared and I decided what made the most sense was for TouchArcade to at minimum have one of each type of iPhone. With games like Galcon 2 doing different things with the iPhone 6 Plus, it'd be weird if we didn't have a way to test those games out, take screenshots, and things like that, right? Well, I volunteered to get the iPhone 6 Plus, or I've taken to calling, it, the iPhone XXL and... It's big. I mean, real big...

App Bundles Officially Live on the App Store, with 'Complete My Bundle' Discounts

App Bundles started rolling out yesterday on the App Store as iOS 8 officially launched, and a wide number of publishers and developers are featuring discounts for variously-grouped bundles. We featured some of the Crescent Moon bundles yesterday which are all now live, but there's 30 total bundles right now. ..

MOGA Rebel MFi Controller Review - Easily the Best Full-Size iOS Controller Currently Available

It's been about a year that we've been living in a world of MFi controllers, but for a variety of reasons official controller support on iOS hasn't been the massive hit everyone expected it to be. While a few decent controllers have been released, none of them have been perfect or particularly "must have", and they all feel expensive compared to controllers on other gaming platforms...

Free iOS 8 Update Now Available

Free iOS 8 Update Now Available

September 17th, 2014 1:05 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News

Apple just flipped the switch (I actually imagine them pulling a huge lever) to release iOS 8 worldwide. If you've got a device that supports it, which amounts to anything more recent than the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, 5th gen iPod touch or iPad mini, you can download the update right now either through iTunes or by loading up Settings -> General -> Software Update...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'The Maze Runner', 'Tactics Maiden', 'Robot Rundown' and More

Well, it's a weird week for iOS game releases. Most of the developers I talk to avoid releasing new games on the App Store around the time of major iOS releases and new hardware. If history has shown us anything, it's that the apps/games featured around this time are from the few developers lucky enough play some inside baseball with Apple when it comes to developing for the latest iPhone and iOS iteration...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Phantom Rift'

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: 9/12/14 - 'Goblin Sword', 'The Journey Down', 'Battle Riders', and 'Gemini Strike'

If all that happened this week was the release of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, that'd be pretty rad in itself. If all that happened was the unveiling of the Apple Watch, same story, would still have been a great week. The fact that we've got all that and great iPhone games? Well, that's just awesome...

RPG Reload File 005 - 'Saturday Morning RPG'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome once again to the RPG Reload, your weekly dose of words about RPGs, where every morning is Saturday morning, and we are all wearing our metaphorical pajamas. Every week, we tune in for a rerun of an RPG from App Store days gone by for a little reflection and revisiting. I'll do my best to keep things a bit varied and balanced between the many different kinds of RPGs out there, but once a month, in order to defend human freedom against my ruthless determination to rule the world, the selection falls to you, the reader. Our next reader's choice feature will be in RPG Reload 008, so please vote for the RPG you want to see me write about in either the comments below or the Official RPG Reload Club thread in our forums. Those are also both great places to share your thoughts, experiences, fresh comedy, and knowledge...

Hands-On Video and Impressions of the MOGA Rebel MFi Controller

Yesterday, MOGA officially unveiled their first full-sized MFi controller for iOS devices, the MOGA Rebel. I had a chance to sit down with the final version of the hardware with company representatives in San Francisco and spend a little time trying it out. I'll be saving most of my thoughts for a full review in time for the controller's release next Wednesday, after spending the weekend really putting it through its paces, but for now here are some initial thoughts and a little hands-on video to give you a better idea of what the MOGA Rebel offers those looking for a decent full-size MFi controller...

New iPhone Games Out Now: 'Dragon Quest I', 'Fotonica', 'Goblin Sword', 'Phantom Rift', 'Spider-Man Unlimited' and More

Strap in boys, it's Wednesday night, and Jared has been busy doing mysterious things that could potentially pertain to iOS games in San Francisco all day. It's OK though, I've replaced him with a drinking bird on a keyboard... Who managed to really mess stuff up. But, hey, whatever. There's still a bunch of awesome games coming out tonight. There aren't as many as usual, but the quality level is higher than average, so it all works out in the end...

The Silence is Deafening When it Comes to Apple Watch Developer Support

It's sort of crazy to think how many Apple keynotes I've been through since the beginning of TouchArcade. We've seen the 3GS finally bring a real GPU to the platform, the iPad arriving at the party with a totally different form factor, the iPhone 4 getting a gyroscope, and more. The thing that all these had in common, was that even though no one knew anything about how supporting them was going to work when they were announced, our inbox was flooded with developers planning to do something...

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