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September Patreon Update - Still Alive

September Patreon Update - Still Alive

September 1st, 2015 6:47 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News
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The TouchArcade Patreon is still kicking ass and taking names. We recently sent out the first of what's likely going to be a monthly newsletter of sorts to our community which has us surging towards having 500 total patrons, which is a pretty rad number to hit. If you're backing us already, we'd like to once again thank you for your support. If you're not backing us yet, well, if you like what we do here every way consider tossing a couple bucks our way. The best way to think of it is like a magazine subscription. Did you used to buy Nintendo Power back in the day? Well, TouchArcade is really just an internet magazine updated all day...

'Pokémon Shuffle Mobile' Hits the App Store

The path for Pokémon Shuffle has been a windy one. Back in February of this year, Pokémon Shuffle released for the Nintendo 3DS. It was noteworthy for being one of the first really "free to play" free to play games on Nintendo's handheld, complete with energy systems and everything. Many saw that as the signal for the end of video games as we know them, but it turned out to not be so bad. The real problem was that Pokémon Shuffle's bite-sized gameplay wasn't particularly well-suited to the Nintendo 3DS, a platform that's definitely designed to be portable but typically isn't as conducive to killing quick bursts of free time as something like a smartphone. ..




Touchstone Tavern #14 - Your Weekly 'Hearthstone' News Roundup

And it's out, finally! As of last Monday, we've all started playing with Hearthstone's [Free] new toys, the 132-card The Grand Tournament expansion which has been welcomed by most players as it has given us new ways to play the game, new deck ideas to think about, and in general, made the game more fun. Now, I don't know whether TGT will radically change the meta or whether we'll just see a few cards fitting into existing decks; it's really too early to tell that because we'll need to wait until the dust settles and new decks are designed, put to the test, and seen how they fare. I'm hopeful that we won't go back to the Face Hunter domination of old, but I'm slightly worried that Patron Warrior decks will still dominate, especially if that Mr. Frothing Berserker doesn't get a nerf soon...

Update Mondays: 'Geometry Dash', 'Demon's Rise', 'Angry Birds 2', 'DomiNations', 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. An odd mix this week, to be sure, but I think I've found a nice little grab-bag of updates for your consideration. 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: 'Sage Solitaire'

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 053 - 'Mage Gauntlet'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we smash everything in search of new hats. Each week, we pull an RPG from the past of the App Store to see how it holds up to our highly-advanced, futuristic, utopian society. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on a game's overall place on the platform, or just to take a nice deep dive in a way our reviews don't usually allow for. As the kindly old wizard watching over these proceedings, I try to pick a nice balanced plate from week to week. If you feel like I'm missing something cool, however, please let me know. You can give me suggestions by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. I can't promise I'll get to it soon, but it will go on the master list which means I'll get to it eventually...

Out Now: 'Lara Croft GO', 'Ski Safari 2', 'Breakneck', 'Sage Solitaire', 'Swipey Rogue', 'Calvino Noir', 'Sketch Breaker', 'Gasoliq' and More

After such an epic week of new games last week, it's nice to see that things are continuing to roll strong this week. The original Ski Safari is one of my all-time favorite games, so I was excited to hear the announcement of a sequel and even more excited that the release was so soon after that announcement. Ski Safari 2 is out tonight, and it looks killer. Also, Lara Croft GO looks to do to the Tomb Raider franchise what Hitman GO did with Hitman, which I'm very stoked about. PikPok's fancy-looking futuristic racer Breakneck is out of soft-launch, Zach Gage's thoughtful Sage Solitaire is out, along with the dungeon-crawling puzzler Swipey Rogue, the stylish adventure Calvino Noir… just so many great releases. We are truly blessed as mobile gamers, so check out the list below and let us know what you're picking up!..

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Ski Safari 2', 'Sketch Breaker', and Tons More

Now, before I hear anyone calling this a weak week, remember last week was an insane week for new iOS games. The App Store can't knock it out of the park every week, but there's still some real awesome stuff in the mix here including a sequel to Ski Safari and Sketch Breaker looks real fun. While we've yet to see it pop up on any international App Store yet, Lara Croft Go is also allegedly making an appearance at some point tonight and those three games alone make this Wednesday night release cycle worth staying up for... But wait, there's more, a whole bunch more, in fact...

iOS Classic 'Badland' Getting Level Editor Soon, Beta Testing Starts Today

Back in April of 2013, developer Frogmind released Badland [$3.99] into the App Store, and I don't think anyone at the time could have imagined how much it would evolve over the years. The release version of Badland had a striking visual style, and more importantly it had compelling gameplay that worked beautifully with simple tap controls, which is imperative for a successful iOS game. But the real magic has come since that release, as Frogmind has been incredibly dedicated to furthering Badland and it stands as one of the most updated games in the history of iOS. Tons of additional levels, multiplayer modes, missions, achievements, and much more. Today, Frogmind has unveiled perhaps the biggest update for Badland yet, as they're prepping a brand new level editor for the game. This trailer shows it in action, and it looks really cool...

'Final Fantasy 7' Review - Square Enix's Classic, With A Few Clouds In The Sky

With the exception of some of Nintendo's Pokemon games, there is no Japanese RPG more famous and high-selling than Final Fantasy 7 [$15.99]. That might be the only non-controversial thing a person could say about the game. It's the JRPG's Star Wars, a game that changed the course of the genre in many ways. It proved there was an audience for RPGs in the Western market, but it was also a bold statement for consoles adopting optical media and perhaps even Sony's entire mission with the PlayStation. Here is the future, its commercials screamed, and though they were pretty deceitful in one way, those commercials helped pave a new road for console gaming's future. For many people it was their first JRPG love, and the passion it drove in its fanbase pushed Square into the limelight worldwide to the extent that they could push a ridiculously-budgeted CG movie into wide theatrical release. It spawned spin-offs, sequels, prequels, and merchandise galore. And now, in 2015, you can play it on the phone you keep in your pocket...

'The Grand Tournament', The New Expansion For 'Hearthstone', is Out!

Well, there we go everyone, no more waiting, no more anticipating, no more counting the days, the nights, the minutes, the hours, and everything else countable, no more playing with those old Hearthstone [Free] cards, the dusty, dirty ones. Now, we officially have new, shiny, fancy-looking cards to play with as the new expansion, The Grand Tournament, has just officially released in North America. If you have bought the pre-order packs, you have 50 new surprises to unveil, and if you didn't go for that, I'm sure you've stored enough gold to buy at least a few packs. Either way, those new cards have cried for freedom for too long; it's time to release them...

Touchstone Tavern #13 - Your Weekly 'Hearthstone' News Roundup

Finally! We now officially know when Hearthstone's [Free] The Grand Tournament (TGT) expansion is coming out, and depending how late on Monday the 24th you are reading this, TGT might already be out!  Yes, hard to hide the excitement of getting all those new cards to play with and having to read/hear all the debates about which card is OP, which card will change the meta, how many of the TGT cards suck, which Legendaries are useless and which are game-changing, and so on. This week's Tavern Brawl was a fun, early taste of the new cards, and I like the new mechanics so far. Will the meta be vastly different after Monday? Probably not, but every change brings new strategies, new ways of thinking about the game, and more fun. So, it will be fun to see how everything turns out. Still, this past week hasn't been a slow one when it comes to news, so there's still plenty to talk about. Let us start, then...

Update Mondays: 'Crossy Road', 'WWE Immortals', 'Alphabear', 'AG Drive', 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 bunch of heavy-hitters again this week, but that hasn't stopped the smaller devs from doing their thing. 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: 'Horizon Chase'

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 052 - Fantasy Chronicle

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we never trust bunnies. 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 bit of reflecting, a bit of revisiting, and sometimes just a nice chance to do a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. I try to choose a balanced plate of RPGs from week to week in order to demonstrate the diversity of the genre, but if you feel like I'm missing something important, I'm certainly open to suggestions. You can let me know what you'd like to see by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. It might take a while to fit your idea into the schedule, but it'll certainly go on the master list...

Out Now: 'Final Fantasy 7', 'Pac-Man 256', 'Galactic Keep', 'Clicker Heroes', 'Demon's Rise', 'Dungeon of the Endless', 'Winter Fugitives' and More

Well here we are again with a new batch of iOS game releases, and it's pretty tough to call any week where Final Fantasy 7 releases on iOS a "weak week" (someone will anyway). Yes, after literally years of people pining for Square Enix's seminal PlayStation 1-era RPG on mobile devices, they've finally delivered. Eli took the iOS port for a spin earlier today and his impressions can best be described as "This is Final Fantasy 7 on my iPhone." Of course, if you aren't a Final Fantasy fan there's still plenty of other awesome stuff releasing tonight. Pac-Man 256, Demon's Rise, Galactic Keep, Winter Fugitives and more. Oh, and Burger - The Game! So check out the full list below and let us know what games you've got your heart set on...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight (or Out Now): 'Pac-Man 256', 'Final Fantasy VII', and 'Galactic Keep'

If you guys haven't seen Vanilla Sky by now, spoiler alert, but I'm pretty sure something similar happened to me. I mean, here's a day where we woke up to Pac-Man 256 [Free] available for download, Galactic Keep allegedly on the horizon somewhere, and Final Fantasy VII slowly making its way across the world's App Store regions. I'm pretty sure I died at some point yesterday, and this is just my cryogenically frozen vastly preferable alternate reality that I'm living in right now. I think I'm going to enjoy it for a bit more before running outside and screaming "TECH SUPPORT!"..

'Final Fantasy VII' Hits the NZ App Store

'Final Fantasy VII' Hits the NZ App Store

August 19th, 2015 10:10 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News

This is not a drill. Final Fantasy VII has hit the New Zealand App Store. It's $19.99 NZD which should translate to around $15 US if my math is correct. Either way, it should be available on the US App Store at 11:00 PM Eastern tonight...

The Carter Crater: Want More Paid Games? Start Supporting Them.

Free-to-play is the most divisive issue among mobile gaming enthusiasts. A vocal contingent utterly hates it. The problem is that this group of vocal enthusiasts don't put their money when their mouth is. If you despise free-to-play and want paid games to have a future, it's time to start buying them, and to start making a point of the games you're supporting...

Touchstone Tavern #12 - Your Weekly 'Hearthstone' News Roundup

Still waiting, Blizzard...We have officially entered the third week of August and still haven't been invited to The Grand Tournament, Hearthstone's [Free] upcoming expansion. There's plenty of chatter that the expansion will be released on the 24th of this month, so that might actually be the date I get to open all my TGT packs. Nevertheless, only a couple more weeks to go until the meta goes into a limbo state again with everyone trying to figure out how, and if, the new cards will fit into pre-existing decks or whether we are going to start seeing new, powerful archetypes that will compete with the previously-dominant decks...

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