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'Hungry Shark World' Tops 10 Million Downloads in Less than a Week

It's been only a week since Ubisoft finally released the forever soft-launched Hungry Shark World [Free] in the App Store, and already the game is dipping into the double digits in terms of millions of downloads. During Ubisoft's year-end earnings release today, the company announced that the latest in their series of eat everything survival games had eclipsed the 10 million downloads mark in just 6 days. That's not surprising to hear, as Hungry Shark World shot to the top of the Free Charts in a matter of hours following its release and the series as a whole has always had a ton of mainstream appeal...

Out Now: 'Bushido Bear', 'Caterzillar', 'Leap Day', 'Elsword: Evolution', 'Puzzlepops!', 'Basketball Clicker', 'Final Friday', 'Smash Fu', 'Ninja Madness', 'Sloomy' and More

It's once again the time of week when a ton of new iOS games hit the App Store. As much as I'd love to talk in depth about each and every one of the games on the list below, I also have a giant plate of dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets sitting in front of me, and not even video games can compete with that. It's the best way I know how to celebrate Eat What You Want Day. So while I chow down, check out the list of new games below including forum links that are filled with screens, videos, and player impressions, and let us know which games you'll be picking up this week!..




New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Gravity Square', 'Leap Day', 'Basketball Clicker', 'Talisman: Horus Heresy' and More

As far as totally made up holidays are concerned, today's celebration of Eat What You Want Day seems, well, not too shabby. So, while I'm swimming around in my pool of pistachios, let me explain what's been going on lately with these release posts- According to a few different developers, the part of iTunes connect where you can schedule your game's release is apparently broken. It was this feature that was responsible for the tidal wave of new games hitting the App Store at exactly 8:00 AM. The reason they're weirdly dribbling out throughout the day is because everyone is manually launching their games... Which sort of makes these morning roundups a little silly, as there's just a small slice of the day's games. But, hey, people look forward to them so we're not going to stop posting them...

From the Forums: Any Interest in the Angry Birds Movie?

With the Angry Birds movie hitting the big screen on May 20th, this latest discussion on our forums feels particularly timely. Forum member HarryWarden asks the question, "Any interest in the Angry Birds movie?" and continues by saying, "It's coming just 11 days from now. I'll probably end up seeing it with my niece. It doesn't look bad for a kids animated movie. If you like and want to see Rivio sustain, a lot is riding on what was a very expensive movie."..

Best Ladder Decks, Strongest 'Whispers' Classes, Meta News, and More Weekly 'Hearthstone' News in Touchstone #47

With a couple of weeks under its belt, Hearthstone's [Free] Whispers of the Old Gods is already showing the world how it came to change the game for the better, and the consensus is that it has succeeded so far. It's incredibly fun to see crazy decks on ladder or see cards you barely remember having in your collection rise to some kind of - temporary- prominence. I've been enjoying the game a lot these last two weeks because deckbuilding is fun again; I actually feel the deck I'm making might have a chance to do well even though it didn't come straight from a website. This freshness has definitely rejuvenated the game, and I hope Hearthstone will continue to feel as it does now...

Update Mondays: 'Deemo', 'Clash Royale', 'Astra', 'Zenonia S', 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. Wow, what happened here? Was everyone else on holidays? Did everyone cut out to watch Civil War? There isn't much this week, but I've done what I can to round up some interesting updates. 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: 'Joan Mad Run'

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 Presents - The History Of Handheld RPGs, Part Nine

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload. This week, we're continuing our little monthly project looking at the history of handheld RPGs. That means that we will not be taking a look at a specific RPG from the App Store's past this time around. Last month, we did the backstroke in the treasure trove that is the PSP's RPG library. It's where the idea of cooperative RPGs truly caught on in Japan, and its successes and failures had a large part in shaping the future course of handheld RPGs. While the PSP was one of the most successful handheld systems of all-time, however, it didn't manage to meet the high expectations many had for its multimedia capabilities. There were many reasons for that, but one of the big ones is the topic of this article. This month, we're taking a look at the early years of smartphone RPGs...

Out Now: 'Hungry Shark World', 'INKS.', 'Black Hole Joyrider', 'CarneyVale: Showtime', 'Final Meteor', 'Hexcells' Trilogy,  'Joan Mad Run', 'Super Smash the Office', 'Never Gone' and More

It's that time of week again where a big ol' batch of new iOS games bust onto the App Store scene. It feels like only yesterday that we had a huge list of new iOS games to sort out, but it was actually a whole week ago. I checked a calendar and everything. With the insane pace that new games hit the App Store though, a week might as well be a day. #BackLogs4Life Well, don't let your massive pile of unplayed games stop you from digging into the list below and downloading a bunch more new stuff you may or may not ever play. It's the App Store, this is what we do! ..

While I hope everyone is being extra safe today while observing Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day, I actually typed up this whole post while standing on the top rung of an extra-tall ladder and pushing branches into a wood chipper with my foot. Anyway, as I've mentioned in other Wednesday morning new game roundups, the App Store seems to be shifting the way they release games again. We used to see a big influx in the New Zealand App Store, then everything just started releasing Wednesday morning on the US App Store, and now games just seem to be coming out randomly. While we work on identifying the new pattern, these posts are going to be a little weird as they include games that were released Monday, Tuesday, and today...

'Tiny Tower' 5 Year Anniversary Update Coming May 26th

A few weeks ago Nimblebit announced they were in the midst of creating a massive update for their mega-hit tower building game Tiny Tower [Free] in anticipation of its 5-year anniversary. At that time they were seeking beta participants to try out the new update, and apparently that testing has gone well as today Nimblebit announced that the 5th Anniversary Edition of Tiny Tower will be available on May 26th. As mentioned before, this update will include improved visuals, streamlined tower manageent, tons of new missions and floors to build, and even the ability to share Bitizens between friends...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'War Tortoise'

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 078 - 'Pocket RPG'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we always seem to be starting from scratch. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the futuristic, post-apocalyptic world we inhabit. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their overall place in the iOS library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews usually allow for. As the Lukahn of this little Circle Of Sages, I decide which game gets the canoe from week to week. If you feel I've missed any awesome games, however, you can make a suggestion by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. While it might not show up for a while, it will be added to the master list, so you'll see it sooner or later...

Out Now Part 2: 'Angry Birds Action!', 'Boxy Kingdom', 'PsyCard', 'Agent Gumball', 'REDCON', 'Egz', 'Runaway Toad' and More

Hey, well wouldn't you know it was one of those weird weeks where a ton of games came out, but there was still a significant number that trickled out after the usual weekly time. So! Here we are with our second edition of Out Now for this week, with a handful of pretty noteworthy games that weren't out when we posted our list last night. And if even more games trickle out after this list? Well, I guess we'll do a third list, heh. Check out the list of stragglers below!..

Out Now: 'War Tortoise', 'Pathfinder Adventures', 'Disney Magical Dice', 'Apestorm: Full Bananas', 'illi', 'Spellbinders', 'Outdodge', 'Taichi Panda: Heroes' and Tons More

Whatever that so-called "lull" was during the past couple of weeks while Apple filled up their feature slots with Earth Day stuff, it's definitely over now. There is TONS of new iOS games this week, with lots of high-profile stuff we've been waiting on as well as a lot of surprise games that look pretty interesting. So dig into the big ol' list below, check out what people are saying in the forum threads, and let us know in the comments which games you're interested in grabbing this week!..

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Aliens vs. Pinball', 'Orbitron Arcade', 'Spellbinders' and More

While you're sitting in absolute silence in observation of International Noise Awareness Day, we're trying to drink from the fire hose of iOS game releases. We typically curate these lists from our forums and AppShopper, but in a very typical SNAFU, AppShopper has been acting a little weird this week so it's supremely possible I'm missing some games in this list which hopefully will make themselves a but more known as the day goes on...

Squishy Platformer 'Goo Saga' Makes the Jump from Android to iOS

There's no shortage of amazing platforming games on the App Store, but I'm still always on the lookout for more. I guess I just have an insatiable appetite for running and jumping. A few weeks ago, a beautiful little platformer called Goo Saga launched on Android from developer Toka Loka Games. It was about a mad scientist obsessed with creating life in his lab, and after many many failed attempts he finally does it by creating a gooey little blob named Goo. When the scientist mysteriously disappears, Goo becomes lonely and decides to break out of the lab and go in search of him. Thus, the saga begins! After a bit of a snafu with Apple approval that prevented it from coming out last week, today Goo Saga [$4.99] has finally arrived in the iOS App Store...

How to Get 13 Free 'Whispers of the Old Gods' Packs, Nerfs and New Cards, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in Touchstone #45

Hello and welcome to one of the most important weeks in the history of Hearthstone [Free]. In case you've been in suspended animation for the last few months, let me quickly bring you up to speed. Tomorrow, April 26th, we are getting the next expansion, Whispers of the Old Gods, along with the shift to Standard and Wild Mode. In other words, from this week onward Hearthstone will play very differently than it did before. So, as you can imagine all the news this week is about the upcoming expansion, the shift to standard, and the nerfs Blizzard announced to balance out some older, powerful cards and bring them at the same level as the ones about to be released. And, of course, there are many videos both entertaining ones and ones with pros reacting to the upcoming expansion and the announced nerfs. Before we start, I wanted once more to thank everyone reading this column every week and hope you continue finding it useful and fun...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Loop Mania'

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 077 - 'Gailardia'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where you can't have a boat until you get yourself a map. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from an older time to see how it's doing in the modern day. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, dig up forgotten titles, or just take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. As the fated hero's second cousin (twice removed), I try to choose a balanced plate of RPGs from week to week that properly represent the diversity of the genre. If you feel like I'm missing out on something good, though, make sure to speak up. You can give me suggestions by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. The schedule is done up months in advance, so I can't promise you'll see your suggestion soon, but I will add it to the list...

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