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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Operation Dracula'

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...

RPG Reload File 049 - 'Doom 2 RPG'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we sometimes vanquish demons with toilet water. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the here and now. It's a chance for a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow, giving us the chance to revisit old favorites and reflect on their position in the overall iOS RPG scene. Your only guide on this journey is Shaun, an observer from your own time, who appears in the form of a hologram only you can see and hear. I try to choose a balanced plate of RPGs from week to week in hopes of properly representing this gnarling hydra of a genre, but if you have a particular game you'd like to see me tackle, please let me know about it. You can do that by making a comment below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or tweeting me at @RPGReload...




Out Now: 'Operation Dracula', 'Race The Sun', 'Mechanosaur Hijacks the Moon', 'You Against Me', 'Battle Golf', 'Hanger World' and Much More

I don't know WHAT is going on, but there are a bazillion new iOS games out right now. Is there a holiday I'm not aware of? I know it's National Chicken Wing Day, and as epic as that is, this still seems like an absurd amount of games for a Thursday release. But hey, whatever! I'm not complaining about too many new games to play. There's several high-profile games I'm excited to get my hands on, but there's plenty of stuff that I've never even heard of before that look really cool too. It's one of the best things about mobile gaming. So take a close look at the huge list below and let us know what games are on your shopping list...

The Carter Crater: When is a Mobile Game Not a Mobile Game? When It's 'Race the Sun'.

Race the Sun is finally releasing on mobile, months and even years after coming out on Steam and Playstation systems. It's kind of a weird situation because, as one of our readers asked: "So it's basically an endless runner?" I mean, yeah. That's basically what it is. It's a mobile game that took two years to come to mobile. It's got daily modes, objectives, powerups; if you didn't know that it came out on Steam first, you'd have thought that it was built especially for mobile...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Race The Sun', 'Operation Dracula', 'Cube Jump' and More

These have been a strange couple of weeks on the App Store as the New Zealand game release schedule has been totally different for whatever weird reason that can't be explained in any way other than "It's the App Store, of course it's crazy." Last week we didn't even see new games appear in New Zealand (which is why we didn't have this post), thankfully things seem to be back to normal... Or, as normal as things can be in the world of iOS gaming...

Classic Reload - 'Spider: The Secret Of Bryce Manor'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the first edition of the Classic Reload, a semi-random feature where we take a look at classic games from the App Store's past. Yes, it's a spin-off of the RPG Reload, but let's hope this is more Laverne & Shirley than Joanie Loves Chachi. Anyway, the idea here is the same. There are lots of great games in the iOS library that don't get talked about much anymore, even though they're still worth playing. When the App Store was fairly young it wasn't a huge problem, but with several years and countless hundreds of thousands of new apps behind us, some really great games have become invisible to many players. The aim of this column is to pick out some of those games and give them a thorough going-through to see how they hold up in the modern day and take a deeper dive than we may have initially. This will not be a weekly feature, but I do plan to put one out every once in a while. Think of it as a hopefully-pleasant surprise you can expect now and then...

Touchstone Tavern #10 - Your Weekly 'Hearthstone' News Roundup

What a week this one has been! Blizzard finally stopped teasing and started announcing, and we now know that at some point in August, Hearthstone [Free] will grow by 132 cards because of The Grand Tournament expansion, and it looks like it's going to change the meta quite a bit with a new keyword, new mechanics, and, perhaps, a strengthening of some existing tribes. No matter how much the meta ends up changing, I'm glad that Blizzard has decided to really shake up the game rather than go conservative with more of the same because that bodes well for Hearthstone's future. Unfortunately, I won't be writing a Touchstone Tavern for next week because I'll be really far from my keyboard, so I'm sure that when we meet up here again in two weeks, we'll have plenty to talk about...

Update Mondays: 'The Simpsons: Tapped Out', 'Ambition Of The Slimes', 'Farm Heroes Saga', 'The Ensign', 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. This week it's nearly all about free-to-play and little indies, but I suppose that makes sense, doesn't 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: 'Pac-Man Championship Edition DX'

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...

RPG Reload File 048 - 'Puzzle & Dragons'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we try not to blow our weekly allowance on Magic Stones. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the modern day. It's a chance to revisit, reflect, or simply take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. The RPG genre is impossibly broad, and I try to do my best to balance things out from week to week, but if you've got a game you'd like to see me play, please let me know. You can comment below, post in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or tweet me at @RPGReload with your suggestions. The last regular reader's choice article is coming up soon, and with the way the votes have gone, it's all but decided. That said, I'll still be taking anything you kind folks throw at me under advisement for future features, so feel free to speak up...

Out Now: 'Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers', 'Qbert Rebooted', 'Special Tactics Online', 'To-Fu Fury', 'The Long Siege', 'Hex Brutal', 'Stupid Zombies 3', 'Vault!' and More

It's turned out to be quite the big night of new game releases. This morning there was hardly anything noteworthy floating around in the New Zealand App Store, but as has been the case lately, lots of stuff popped up throughout the day at random times. Hey, whatever, App Store! There's also some stuff that launched earlier in the week which I've included below, and a few things that are supposed to come out soon but haven't quite shown up yet. So check out the list below and let us know which games you'll be picking up!..

The Fretz Zone: Mobcrush is One Less Reason to Diss Mobile

Every once in a while I hear people putting down mobile games. Mobile games aren't real games, People that play mobile games aren't real gamers, etc etc. It's kind of a strange thing to hear given the place I hear this type of commentary is usually on a dedicated mobile gaming site. As a life long resident of the greater Philadelphia area, I cannot help but be reminded of the times I have seen out-of-towners foolishly wearing opposing team merchandise to a sporting event. There are numerous YouTube vids of our home town reactions. ..

Smart Boy, A Cool Nintendo Smartphone Concept

Have you ever sat to think how a Nintendo Smartphone would look like if the company decided to branch out into the mobile phone world? Well, Pierre Cerveau did, and what he came up with looks like a plausible product. As you can see from the screenshots below, the smartphone lacks any physical buttons on the front and has very thin bezels. The back has the necessary camera and a slot for extra memory, an extra battery, but also an additional 13MP Camera. Of course, what makes this concept phone a gaming device is the Game Bat that attaches on the side of the phone and has a D-Pad, four buttons and a thumbstick in a configuration that looks like the Super NES (minus the thumbstick). Of course, the main question would be what OS would it run; would it go with its own OS, or would it go the Android route and have a much larger possible library from the get go?..

Touchstone Tavern #9 - Your Weekly 'Hearthstone' News Roundup

Well, we are almost there, aren't we? With just two days to go until Blizzard's big Hearthstone [Free] reveal, I, and I'm sure many of you, wonder what might Blizzard have in store for us. Most people are still leaning towards an expansion announcement with, maybe, something extra, too. I wonder whether Blizzard will manage to thrill or disappoint its increasingly-demanding Hearthstone player base. We need to keep in mind that Hearthstone has been changing rapidly this year, going from a fun card game to an all-out e-sport with thousands of dollars on the line. I believe Blizzard is aware of the changing landscape around its originally-niche card game and has adjusted its future plans accordingly. Still, sometimes a company defines a game's direction while other times the fanbase does. So, we will  see what we will see. Not long to wait, now...

Update Mondays: 'Adventure Time Game Wizard', 'WWE 2K', 'King Of Thieves', 'Harmony 3', 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. It's a bit of a light one this week, so you'll have to settle for a slightly shorter read than usual. I hope you'll forgive me! 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: 'This War of Mine' for iPad

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...

Out Now: 'This War of Mine', 'Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch - Tyranid Invasion', and Tons More

Well, Jared is out of town this week which puts me in charge of wrangling these ridiculously long "Out Now" posts. All of these games were curated from our forums, so if you are expecting a game to be released that isn't in this list, chances are it's just not out yet or no one posted a thread for it. Either way, there's enough awesome new games here to easily keep all of us busy until we meet up at the same time and same place next week. I switched the format around a little bit, because I'm crazy like that, so if it isn't totally clear, the text next to the icons and stuff is just a brief excerpt from the iTunes text...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Warhammer 40,000: Deathwatch - Tyranid Invasion', 'Trucksform', and More

It's another craaaAaaazy Wednesday here on the App Store. Last week I tried to get to the bottom of why the App Store seems to have broken free of the pretty predictable nature of when new games were getting released to this weirdness we've been experiencing the last month or so by talking to developers who had games coming out, and they're just as confused as we are- The few I talked to, who had games scheduled to release last week, actually were panicked that they messed something up in iTunes Connect. But, nope, just the App Store being weird...

'Five Nights At Freddy's' Plot Guide - Everything To Know Before 'Five Nights At Freddy's 4'

Okay, so there's this series of scary games called Five Nights At Freddy's. Have you heard of it? It's pretty popular, with all three games in the series scoring major hits on every platform they've released on, and a fourth on the way. When described in terms of pure gameplay, it's not much more than a frantic take on the old Red Light/Green Light children's game, but the atmosphere, story, and ever-mysterious lore have earned the series a ton of dedicated fans. They meet in various places on the Internet to share theories and predictions and discuss the meaning of the many vague hints the creator has left in each game. From the outside looking in, it's all a bit impenetrable, which is why we decided to put together a plot guide in the spirit of our Infinity Blade guide from a couple of years ago. If you are new to the series and don't really get what's going on with the story, this guide has pretty much everything you'll need to know and then some...

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