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Here's a List of the Best iPhone Games That Will Stop Working If You Update to iOS 11

The recent release of iOS 11 has been arguably the most turbulent time for mobile gaming since the introduction of the App Store back in 2008. For starters, iTunes 12.7 for Mac actually removed the iOS App Store in its entirety, making it harder to actually browse for the latest games outside of the mobile device itself. Furthermore, iOS 11 introduced a whole new interface to the App Store - while not necessarily a bad thing in itself, the larger features could lead to less visibility for smaller titles, and at the very least represents the first major overhaul for the store front in years. The most impactful change, however, is undoubtedly the demise of 32-bit applications, which will now be incompatible with iOS 11 to prioritise more modern 64-bit equivalents. We've written about what we've dubbed the 32-bit Appocalypse extensively over the past few weeks, but for those of you who may just be learning about these developments, here is a list of the best games that will now be incompatible for devices running iOS 11...

iOS 11 Launches Today and the TouchArcade App Won't Work Anymore, but Here's Our Plan

We're likely only a couple hours away from Apple throwing the switch to release iOS 11 to the world. Once you update, 32-bit apps like the TouchArcade app along with a ton of other games will no longer work on your iOS device. It sucks, but it's a reality we've all been slowly coming to grips with since Apple started warning people with pop-ups any time you launch a 32-bit app. Even though the TouchArcade app has been dying a slow and silent death, we've got some cool plans for the future...




Naga Sea Witch, Nerfs, Death Knights and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #112

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly Hearthstone [Free] roundup of everything cool that happened last week. The most important news is that we are getting some important nerfs that should change the effectiveness of some powerful decks, although we'll have to wait and see their actual effect. We also got some fun Hearthstone competitions, a great article on designing Death Knights, and some fun videos. I'm glad to see the developers take relatively quick action and give us some nerfs that will hopefully help balance the classes a bit better. The team has been guilty in the past of waiting too long before nerfing cards, so I'm glad to see this wasn't the case this time around. Let us begin...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'TypeShift', 'Marvel Future Fight', 'Warlock of Firetop Mountain', 'Dashy Crashy', 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 was a really exciting week for 64-bit updates, with games like Final Fantasy Tactics, Aralon: Sword and Shadow, Baldur's Gate 2, and Lunar all getting much-needed jolts of life among many others. Besides those, there were also some very nice updates along the regular, content-granting lines. I've picked some of the best to feature here. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Iron Marines'

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 Part 2: 'Through the Ages', 'Warbands: Bushido', 'Freeways', 'Crown Throwdown', 'Football Strike', 'ReCharge RC' and More

If you somehow didn't get your fill of new iOS games with our big Out Now list posted a couple of nights ago, then have I got some good news for you: New games are still trickling into the App Store! It's like it never ends! Somebody please help me! Actually new games are always trickling out, or firehosing out I should say, and ever once in a while there's enough noteworthy stuff that misses our weekly list that we'll do a second list just as a way to keep everyone up to date and cap off the week. So without further ado check out the stragglers below and let us know if there's any games on this second list that you'll be picking up!..

RPG Reload Glossary: An Inability to Count to Three, or Action-RPGs in the Late 00s

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where spin-offs are never out of season. This week, we're continuing our look at the history of the action-RPG sub-genre. Last time, we checked in on the early 00s, a period where Diablo's massive success spawned a number of imitators and Square Enix hooked up with Disney to make some real money with a fantasy cross-over. Steam was just beginning what would eventually be a near takeover of the PC market, while Nintendo was about to lob a couple of Hail Mary passes that may have saved the company. Oh, and Apple was only a year or two away from launching the product that would come to define them in the new millennium. Somehow, the action-RPG genre was still a slippery one, but developers had more or less figured out that to be a big success with them, you had to make them easy to play...

Out Now: 'Iron Marines', 'Champions and Challengers - Adventure Time', 'Pocket Mine 3', 'Space Harrier II', 'Crazy Taxi Classic', 'King's Knight', 'OPUS: Rocket of Whispers', 'Tiltagon Turbo' and More

It's that time of week again when we are bombarded with a big batch of new iOS games. I think the highest profile release this week is Iron Marines from Kingdom Rush developer Ironhide, as they don't release games often but when they do they're always fantastic. So far Iron Marines is continuing that tradition. There's a couple of quote unquote "new" games this week too, Space Harrier II and Crazy Taxi, which officially become part of the Sega Forever series today but have both been on mobile already for years now. They're still fun though, so have been included in this week's list just for funsies. Lots of other interesting titles this week too, so be sure to check the full list below and let us know which games you're planning on picking up!..

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'King's Knight', 'Sprnkls', 'Saboteur', 'Drag'n'Boom' and More

Oh man, as far as made up holidays are concerned, today's is something I'm actually excited to talk about: It's Roald Dahl Day! As a kid, Roald Dahl was my absolute favorite author, and the boxed set of all of his books is my go-to gift for any kid I know that's in grade school. I'd say Fantastic Mr. Fox was my favorite book of his, but they're all so great it's basically splitting hairs. Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox movie is incredibly great as well. OH, aside from honoring an incredible author, there's also a ton of new iOS games that came out this week. I'm posting this roundup a little earlier in the day than I usually do, so expect some surprises to popup throughout the day...

Apple Reveals New iPhone X with "Super Retina" OLED Screen, A11 Processor, Face ID, "TrueDepth" 3D Cameras, and More

While most of the surprise had been spoiled by the unbelievable leaks leading up to the keynote, moments ago Apple finally officially revealed the iPhone X (pronounced "iPhone ten"). While the Android world has had OLED screens for a while now, the iPhone X marks the first iteration of OLED screens in Apple devices with the 2436x1125 TrueTone HDR-enabled "Super Retina" display. The iPhone X interestingly straddles the middle ground between what has become standard of "normal" sized iPhones and the Plus models. With a 5.8" screen, the iPhone X actually has a larger screen diagonally than the Plus models, with a overall footprint that is between an iPhone and a iPhone Plus. It's sort of a Goldilocks device for me as I like the idea of a larger screen but always found the Plus models to be way too large for my pocket...

Card Nerfs, Druid Power Level, Naga Sea Witch, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #111

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of the most interesting Hearthstone [Free] news and videos. As was to be expected, this week was dominated by the announcement of the upcoming nerfs to some very important cards. We aren't used to Blizzard taking action that quickly, so when the developers announced that they were going to nerf five cards, almost everyone in the community was caught off guard. Every player has been waiting to see Druid nerfed, but the nerfs went beyond that, and not everyone is happy about it. I'm glad to see the developers being more reactive to issues with the game, and I'd rather they go for it and get it a bit wrong than wait for months to ensure they get it 100% right. Let us begin...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Real Racing 3', 'Marvel Avengers Academy', 'Card Thief', 'Hitman Sniper', 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. Updates, updates, we've got updates. Some are pretty cool, but many of them are just 64-bit updates that are exciting but not really a good fit for this summary. Like Vay. Can you believe they updated that? Shin Megami Tensei dies while Vay lives on. It's a strange world out there, friends. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'The Guides Axiom'

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...

Classic Reload: 'Beat Sneak Bandit'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the regular feature where we time our walk to the tick of the clock. In each installment of this series, we take a look at a game from the App Store's past to see how it's holding up in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall library, and to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. Your only guide on this journey is me, an observer from your own time, taking the form of a hologram that only you can see and hear. I try to pick a balanced selection of games, but if you have something you really want to see, don't be shy! You can leave a comment below with suggestions and I'll add them to the master list for future consideration. The schedule is done quite far in advance, so you might not see them soon, but it never hurts to try...

'Magic the Gathering Arena' is Exactly What I've Been Waiting For

It's pretty wild to stop and think of the impact Magic the Gathering has had on my life. I've spent more years playing Magic than not playing Magic, and some of my best friendships were kicked off by competing in random tournaments on Friday nights. Those friends got married, had kids, and I bought a house that I'm always working to fix up, which meant Magic took a bit of a back-seat for my local MTG crew. Hearthstone [Free] arrived at the perfect time to fill that void for us, as it cost nothing to play (versus putting together decks worth well over $1,000) and playing a quick game on your phone is just exponentially easier to do than blocking off an entire evening for an in-person Swiss tournament. When Wizards announced Magic Duels [Free], I was hopeful that this was going to bring me back into Magic in a big way, but Duels suffered from a unique problem: It was too casual for hardcore Magic players and too hardcore for casual Magic players. With Duels seemingly never really able to find its audience, Wizards dropped support for the game this summer, leaving the rest of us wondering what was going to happen with the future of digital (and mobile) Magic. We got our answer this afternoon with the reveal of Magic the Gathering Arena...

Out Now: 'Forward Assault', 'The Guides Axiom', 'Minos Strategos', 'Eight-Minute Empire', 'The Knight Watch', 'The Human Age', 'Bored Ogre', 'Deliria', 'Don't Eat Us' and More

We are finally back from a VERY busy and VERY productive time at PAX West, and it's out of the frying pan and right back into the fryer of a very busy week of new iOS game releases. There's no rest in the world of mobile! Actually, while roughly 30 new games on any other platform would be a banner week, it's a bit on the light side compared to a normal release week in the App Store. There's some high quality stuff on offer though, and there's a handful of stuff that's supposed to release this week but hasn't made it out in time for this post, so be on the lookout for a heads up once those finally release and check out the full list of stuff that's actually out now in the list below and let us know which games you'll be grabbing...

New iOS Games on Our Forums: '8 Minute Empire', 'Minos Strategos', 'Future Strike', 'The Knight Watch' and Loads More

Hey what do you know, it's Wednesday again and this particular Wednesday is Fight Procrastination Day, a made up holiday I'm inadvertantly "celebrating" myself by getting up super early and attacking all the stuff I'm behind on from being gone at PAX head-on. Also, because we were at PAX, I included new games going all the way back to Thursday of last week as we really didn't give some of these a fair shake since we were so busy in Seattle...

Sitting at my gate at SEA-TAC waiting for my flight back to Chicago, I was thinking we posted so much so quickly from PAX this weekend that it's possible folks missed some of the games we covered. (It being a holiday weekend probably didn't help.) If you weren't paying attention over the weekend, here's a listing of everything we found at PAX. It's hard to put my finger on the coolest thing we saw there, but I'm torn between the developer walkthrough of Reigns: Her Majesty and seeing Final Fantasy XV: Pocket Edition in action...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Battle Golf Online'

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: 'Noblemen: 1896', 'The Walking Dead: March To War', 'Max & The Magic Marker Remastered', 'Box Cat Bash', 'Swipe Casters', 'Battle Golf Online', 'Invaders… From Space!', 'Verticow' and More

Welcome to yet another week of new iOS game releases! Being sandwiched in between Gamescom last weekend and PAX West coming up this weekend has not caused developers to slow down with their new releases. This week's batch of new games is a biggie, with some highly-anticipated titles like Noblemen: 1896 and The Walking Dead: March To War as well as the surprise release of a remastered version of clever drawing-centric platformer Max & The Magic Marker. And never, I mean NEVER, forget about Box Cat Bash. So strap in for some downloadin' and check out the full list of new games below and as always let us know in the comments which games you'll be picking up...

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