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RPG Reload File 008 - 'Lunar: Silver Star Story Touch'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we keep marching on, all through the night, exploring RPGs from the App Store's past. It's a little bit of revisiting, a little bit of recollecting, and a whole lot of rambling. I try to cover a broad range of RPGs, but just to make things interesting, once per month, you, the reader, get to make a leap into the decision-maker role to set right what once went wrong. In fact, this week's feature was selected by the readers. If you want to cast your vote for the next reader's choice, which will be in RPG Reload 013, please take to the comments section below or pop into the Official RPG Reload Club thread in our forum. You can also leave your thoughts on the games I play or anything RPG-related you'd like to discuss. Let's enjoy a conversation together, joined by our mutual love of beating imaginary monsters with heaving swords made of math...

Out Now: 'Card Dungeon', 'Beatbuddy HD', 'Inferno 2', 'Tiny Troopers: Alliance', 'Star Warfare 2: Payback', 'Adventure Xpress' and More

It's my favorite night of the week, new iOS game release night, and this week brings a lot of interesting new games for your iOS devices. However, while there's plenty of great stuff on the list below, there's also a bit of bad news. NHL 2K was supposed to launch tonight, but at the last minute it was delayed for reasons unknown. Also, the awesome looking board game/card game/dungeon crawler mashup Card Dungeon that we checked out way back in April was also supposed to launch tonight, but is currently embroiled in Apple approval hell and so far hasn't shown up yet. We'll keep our eye on both of those situations, but for now load up on all the games below and let us know what you're picking up tonight...

Alright, so I'm pretty stoked for this week's whole assortment of games, but one I'm particularly excited for: Adventure Xpress. It seems like everything Adult Swim makes and everything PikPok makes is great, and while I'm bordering on getting tired of free to play puzzle RPGs… I've got a great feeling about this one solely because of the talent behind it...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Turbo Dismount'

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: 9/26/14 - 'Anomaly Defenders', 'Smarter Than You', 'Rapture - World Conquest', and 'WWE Supercard'

While there was one lonely game in this roundup last week (which doesn't even really make it a roundup) this week we've got four great games that everyone needs to try. Better yet, two of them won't even cost you any money to try out. Additionally, we're entering Q4 which is where all the huge releases seem to be, so strap in for what's likely going to be even more great weeks like this...

RPG Reload File 007 - 'Secret Of Mana'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome back to RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we spend a lot of time with magical swords and sprites of all varieties. Each week, I reload an RPG from the App Store's past for a little reflection, revisiting, or even just to do a deeper dig than what the scope of our usual reviews cover. I like all kinds of RPGs, and I hope you do, too, so I try to grab a varied selection to avoid leaning too hard on any particular style or subgenre. Just in case I miss something, however, once per month I'll be playing and writing about a reader-selected RPG. The next reader's choice is... hey, it's next week in RPG Reload File 008, where I'll be playing Lunar Silver Star Story Touch [$6.99]. How about that? Democracy in action! With that selection locked in, that means you can start voting for the next reader's choice, which will be RPG Reload File 013. Just leave your vote in the comments below or in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in our forum...

'Bioshock' Gets First Price Drop to $10.99

'Bioshock' Gets First Price Drop to $10.99

September 25th, 2014 12:04 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in Featured, News, Sales
$10.99 Buy Now

Was the thought of paying $14.99 for Bioshock [$10.99] , one of the best games of the past decade, too much for you? Well, good news, as the game is currently on sale for $10.99. 2K pulled a very similar tactic with XCOM: Enemy Unknown [$9.99] a few weeks after launch, as they dropped that game's price from $19.99 to $14.99 for about four days, before later dropping it down to $9.99 briefly, until about 10 months later, they made it permanently $9.99. So as such, expect this to be a short-term sale. But if you've wanted the game, this isn't a bad time to jump in...

Out Now: 'Asphalt Overdrive', 'Anomaly Defenders', 'Turbo Dismount', 'Smarter Than You', 'Pumped BMX 2' and Lots More

Hold on to your butts, it's new iOS game release time and there's a ton of stuff tonight. I'm personally very excited about Turbo Dismount, which I've been playing for a couple of days and absolutely love. Reverse tower defense experts 11-bit take a stab at reverse reverse tower defense, which is just normal tower defense, with Anomaly Defenders. The 10000000 dude's new game Smarter Than You looks incredibly unique, and the popular Asphalt racing series gets a behind-the-back autorunner style spinoff which is nicely decked out in '80s visuals. Plus there's the usual assortment of more low key releases, many of which look really interesting. Dive in to the list below, and let us know what you're grabbing...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Anomaly Defenders', 'Cursed Treasure 2', 'Smarter Than You' and More

It's Wednesday again, and with the release of new iPhones and iOS 8 in our rear view mirrors, developers are finally releasing games again. This week is filled with quite a few highly anticipated titles like Anomaly Defenders, 10000000 guy's Smarter Than You, an Interstellar movie game (I'm pretty stoked to see this movie.) and more...

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus News Roundup: Over 10 Million Sold, Benchmarks Great, Shatters With Liquid Nitrogen, and More

This weekend was absolutely full of news surrounding the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Like every iPhone release, the iFixIt guys were on the spot with teardowns. The iPhone 6 Plus teardown features the ever-important size comparison with a pop tart and is loaded with insanely clear photos of every step that goes into disassembling an iPhone 6 Plus. These articles are always super fascinating to me, as seeing all the ultra-tiny parts that go together to make your phone really makes you realize how complicated these devices are. They go so in depth at iFixIt they even teardown the vibrator assembly and camera lens. They also tore down the iPhone 6, although it turned out to be largely the same except a little smaller...

TGS 2014: Indie Game Wrap-Up

I looked at and played a number of great games in the Indie Games area of the show floor. It was probably the most interesting part of the show as far as mobile games go. Square Enix put a good effort forward, but other big companies either weren't showing their mobile line-up or just showing off their latest attempt to catch onto the tail feathers of Puzzle & Dragons [Free]. I've written separate articles for some of the games I played in the Indie area, but the rest of the stuff I played was too early on, unlikely to leave Japan, or just not a great experience to be had on a noisy show floor. Here are some of the interesting ones...

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...

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