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RPG Reload File 038 - 'Battleheart'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where the healer never heals quite as fast as we'd like. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the swirling mists of time to see if it can survive in our enlightened future society. It's a chance for some revisiting, reflecting, and going in different directions than a regular review typically allows. I'm your host on this little tour, and while I choose the course most of the time, this isn't just my bus to steer. Once a month, I put the choice to you, the reader, to select the game I'll be playing. Simply comment below, post in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or tweet me at @RPGReload with your choice, and you might just get to see me give it some time and a whole lot of words. Now that's something everyone can enjoy!..

Nintendo Refuses to Go the Typical F2P Route, But What if the Revenue Refuses to Flow?

In a meeting with investors during a Financial Results Briefing, Nintendo's president, Satoru Iwata, provided a glimpse into how his company is considering monetizing its upcoming mobile games, and it all sounded like good news to those afraid that Clash of Mario was going to be popping up on the App Store soon. Iwata was constantly hinting at innovating rather than emulating in the area of monetization models, and that can only be good news for the App Store provided the walk matches the talk...

Out Now: 'Heroes and Castles 2', 'Knights of Pen & Paper 2', 'Fearless Fantasy', 'ToFu Hunter', 'BlazBlue: Battle Cards', 'Fragger 2', 'Hardboiled', 'The Barbarian' and More

If you ask a large contingent of people around the TouchArcade community, today, May 14th, is simply "Heroes and Castles 2" release day and nothing more. Indeed, Foursaken Media has quite a dedicated fan base, and this sequel is bigger and badder than the original (which was plenty big and bad) in every way. However, the hits just kept on coming all throughout the day. Knights of Pen & Paper 2, Fearless Fantasy, BlazBlue: Battle Cards… there's just so much on tap for this week. So check everything out in the list below and leave us a comment about which games you'll be picking up...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Heroes and Castles 2', 'Sketchman', 'Gamebook Adventures 10' and Tons More

Hey what do you know, it's Wednesday again and the crowded App Store launch jetway is jammed packed with new games on the verge of launching worldwide. I'm guessing Heroes and Castles 2 is going to make the biggest splash amongst our community, but you never really know until 11:00 PM Eastern rolls around and these games hit the US App Store...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Grim Fandango Remastered'

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 - 5/8/15 - 'Test Chamber', 'Wedding Escape', 'Trulon' and 'Dungeon of Madness'

This was a cool week for game reviews, as Test Chamber sneaking up out of nowhere and being such an awesome game is one of my favorite things about the App Store. There's other great games in this list too, but if for some reason you passed on Test Chamber because of its sterile name or block pushing puzzler gameplay, it definitely deserves a second look...

RPG Reload File 037  - 'Final Fantasy 4'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we keep every severed animal tail we find. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past. It's a bit of reflecting, a bit of revisiting, and a chance to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow us. The RPG world is a wide and diverse one, and I try to present a reasonably balanced selection from week-to-week. To help me with that, I turn the choice to you fine folks once per month. All you have to do is tell me your suggestion in the comments below, by posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forum, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. I'll randomly choose a winner at the appropriate time, and plenty of fun will be had by all. Why, this very article you're reading is one such reader's choice! In the first week of June, this happiness could be your happiness, and all you have to do is say the name of a game. Pretty easy!..

Mi-Clos Studio's Out There [$3.99] was one of my favorite releases of 2014. The brutally difficult, often painfully unfair space adventure game pulled no punches when dishing out unfavorable outcomes in its randomly generated design, but that just made the rewards all the greater when you managed to put together a strong run and beat out the odds by the skin of your teeth. When we learned last summer that Out There would be getting a free "Ω Edition" update I really couldn't wait. Since that time nearly a year ago now, Out There launched on Steam, and in fact that platform was lucky enough to receive the Ω Edition update ahead of mobile. Well, Mi Clos knows us mobile gamers are dying to get our hands on the Ω Edition, and had this tease to share on Twitter today...

One of the (many) awesome things about working with indie developers is just how open they are with their creative process, compared to the closed door meetings protected by layers of NDA's and publisher agreements when it comes to anything in the AAA world. 10000000 [$2.99] is still one of my favorite games, as evident by our five star review and we're super stoked for the upcoming You Must Build a Boat which we did a hands on preview not long ago. I'm not the only one wild about the game:..

Out Now: 'Legend of Grimrock', 'Spacecom', 'Beast Quest', 'Grim Fandango Remastered', 'Cooped Up', 'Anodia 2' and More

The week got off to an early bang when Grim Fandango Remastered landed last night, but there's still plenty more in store to give you your weekly iOS gaming fix. Old-school-inspired dungeon crawler Legend of Grimrock finally makes the leap from desktop to iPad, as does 11-bit Studios' interstellar space strategy game Spacecom. Also, Miniclip's monster battler Beast Quest is now out worldwide, and has been getting great feedback ever since it soft-launched back in March. So warm up your clicking finger and hit some download buttons and as always let us know what games you're picking up...

Freebie Alert: '2-bit Cowboy' Goes Free for the First Time to Celebrate its One-Year Anniversary

It's hard to believe, but it's already been an entire year since Crescent Moon and Cascadia Games released their monochrome "Westernvania" platformer 2-bit Cowboy [$0.99] on the App Store. But time flies, and in celebration of this momentous anniversary the game has been discounted from its already-paltry price of 99¢ all the way down to free. The clever term of Westernvania is a play on Metroidvania–an action platformer that takes place in one big level map that slowly opens up new areas as new abilities are attained by your character–but, you know, with a Western theme. ..

Blind Gamers Are Embracing Developers Who Have an Eye for Accessibility

Looking back at the first mobile phones, it's kind of stunning how far we've come. All they could do in the beginning was make or receive calls, but it didn't take long for manufacturers to start piling in the features. Today, mobile phones have so many features that I imagine even the heavy users that make up the bulk of TouchArcade's readers aren't familiar with all of them, and certainly don't use many of them. I mean, except for that super-useful Apple app for checking stocks. Everyone uses that. Joking aside, features you or I may never use might be extremely important to someone else. In a way, that's the strength of mobile devices. By providing a little something for everyone, everyone has a reason to own one. But some of those features that most of us never have a reason to check out can be life-changing for others, such as the many accessibility features Apple has implemented in iOS...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Catch The Rabbit', 'Legend of Grimrock', and Tons More

This is a bit of a weird week, as so much stuff came out yesterday that it seemed worthwhile to include links to all those games along with the New Zealand ones as it's just another opportunity to get excited about Grim Fandango Remastered [$9.99]. While that's definitely the star of the week so far, there's a bunch of stuff coming out tonight too... And if previous weeks are any indication, we'll likely need to do another Out Now post tomorrow with even more games that slip through the cracks. It's safe to say 2015's game releases are very much operating at full steam...

'Threes' Gets Pulled from Google Play...for Using '2048' as a Search Keyword?! UPDATE: It's Back

Normally, when it comes to app stores and rejections, it's usually the App Store that's under fire, because Google Play is open to far more apps, and even if they reject something, it can still be sold elsewhere. But apparently Google decided to get into the fun by pulling Threes [$1.99] from Google Play. Why? Because it used 2048 [Free] as a search keyword...

'Grim Fandango Remastered' Hits the App Store

Well holy moly folks, a major classic has just surprise-released on iOS: Double Fine's Grim Fandango Remastered [$9.99]. Originally released in 1998, Grim Fandango is one of the most cult-classic adventure games of all time. Earlier this year a remastered version was released for PlayStation consoles and desktop platforms, and apparently Double Fine has seen fit to release on iOS as well. Thanks Double Fine!..

'Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition' Goes On Sale For The First Time

How long has it been since a huge, great iOS RPG went on sale for an awesome price? Like, three days or something at least, I'm sure. Well, I hope you all kept at least a fiver in your wallet, because the wonderful Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition [$9.99] has gone on sale for the first time ever since its launch late last year. Regularly selling for $9.99, would-be adventurers can now embark from the town of Easthaven for half the price, a mere $4.99...

Update Mondays: 'Clash Of Clans', 'WWE Immortals', '.Decluster', 'Mr Jump', 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. Some really awesome updates this last week, even though several of them were just fixing great games that had been broken for a while. We'll take them however we can get them! 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: 'Marvel Future Fight'

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 - 5/1/15 - 'Does Not Commute', 'Hearthstone's Blackrock Mountain Expansion and More

Another great week for iOS gamers is now officially in the books. Our top rated reviews this week cover an incredible free to play game, the awesome conclusion of the Hearthstone expansion, a Metroidvania game... and an amazing port of a classic RPG. Weak week, it is not. Read on for our top scoring reviews we published this week...

RPG Reload File 036 - 'Partia'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where no losses are accepted when we can just reload. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past. It's a chance to revisit an old favorite, reflect on how well it holds up, and take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. With a genre so diverse that bloody feuds can start just by asking for definitions, it's important to present a balanced plate of games from week to week. I'll always do my best on that front, but just to keep me from going mad with power, I turn the choice over to you fine readers once per month. Simply make your suggestion by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or tweet me at @RPGReload and if the RNG gods favor you, your selection might pop up in the June reader's choice article. Why June? Because May's article is next week, and it's already been decided. As per a suggestion from reader Jonathan Leschinski, next week's article will feature none other than the legendary Final Fantasy 4 [$15.99]. Mark your calendars, friends. It's going to be a big one!..

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