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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Crashlands'

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 067 - 'The Bard's Tale 2: The Destiny Knight'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we always keep our drinks topped off. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see if it holds up in the modern day. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on classic hits, or just to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. As party leader, I try to pick a balanced plate of RPGs from week to week, but if you think I'm missing something important, please let me know. You can make suggestions by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. As the schedule is planned well in advance, you probably won't see your suggestion soon, but I promise it will go on the list...




Out Now: 'Crashlands', 'Dungelot: Shattered Lands', 'The Westport Independent', 'Pirate Power', 'Sky Chasers', 'Lost in Harmony', 'Rogue Agent', 'Flick Field Goal 16', and More

I've got to say, 2016 has already been a killer year for iOS games. It might even be enough to get me to forget the "January is SO dead for games" stigma that's been true for many years now. Of course, Crashlands is one we've been waiting for excitedly for more than a year now, and it's finally upon us. It isn't quite released as of the time of this writing, but should be coming along soon enough, and we'll have our full review posted right when it pops up in the App Store so be on the lookout for that. Also there's TONS of other rad stuff this week besides Crashlands, so make sure you look through this whole list of goodies. ..

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Crashlands', 'Bouncy Blocks', 'Sky Chasers', 'Spike Run', and More

It's Wednesday again, and I already know that tonight is going to be dominated by Crashlands. There's a massive thread in our upcoming games forum for it, and we've all been playing early copies. There's been more than a few rumblings around TouchArcade Towers that this is the first serious GOTY contender of 2016, so, it definitely should be on your radar. I've talked to the Butterscotch Shenanigans guys and they've confirmed they'll be pulling the iTunes release lever manually around midnight Eastern time, so since we don't have a forum thread as there's no iTunes link to speak of yet, it's not included in this list... But it is coming...

Editor's Notes: Retro Comparisons and Sugar Free Alternatives

Aside from being crazy about mobile gaming, in my life, I've been on more than a few insane fitness kicks. If you listen to our podcast, particularly older episodes when fellow fitness enthusiast Brad Nicholson was still around, you've probably heard about more than a few of them as we both strived to be just as ripped as... Whoever the heel of the WWE is at the time. My longest, most consistent, and easily the weirdest kick was the keto diet which is basically a more extreme version of what people know as Atkins. It involves eating fewer than 25 grams of carbohydrates in a day with the goal being kicking your body into a state known as ketosis where you're forcing your liver to metabolize fat as your primary energy source. This has a few interesting positive side effects: Since your primary nutrients are fat and protein, you're rarely hungry. Also, since your body is operating on ketones instead of glucose, you never have any kind of sugar low (or high) which means you can exercise for way longer with far better and more consistent energy levels...

Best 'Hearthstone' Decks, Meta Analysis, Reno Jackson Nerf Talk, Crazy Videos, and More Weekly 'Hearthstone' News in Touchstone #31

Welcome to another edition of Touchstone Tavern, our Hearthstone [Free] weekly column where I cover everything and anything that's happened in the world of our favorite game this week. This week we had plenty of discussions around the game's development pace, with the developers responding to various player comments. We've also started having discussions on a possible Reno Jackson nerf down the line, a sign of how effective that card has been. You'll also read about possible breakout stars of 2016, the best class cards of 2015, Blizzard's battle against the ever-present issue of bots, and watch the most entertaining videos of the week. Not the busiest week, but definitely one with plenty of discussions and debates over the state of the game. Let's start then, shall we?..

Update Mondays: 'Wayward Souls', 'Pet Rescue Saga', 'Need For Speed: No Limits', 'World Of Tanks: Blitz', 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. Well, it looks like we're finally back up to speed, and that means the battle for the weekly award is an intense struggle once more. I'm dead certain I've missed things this week, but I've done my best to find a good grab bag for you, friends. 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: 'Momoka: An Interplanetary Adventure'

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 066 - 'Nameless: The Hackers RPG'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we never met a Gibson we couldn't hack. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's hanging in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit some old favorites, reflect on their position in the iOS RPG tapestry, or just to take a deeper dive than reviews typically allow for. I try to present a balanced plate of RPGs from week to week, but that's a job that gets more difficult the further into this we go. So, if you've noticed that I've missed a game that you'd really like to see, please let me know by commenting below, tweeting to @RPGReload, or by dropping in on the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the TouchArcade forums. I schedule pretty far in advance, so I can't promise your suggestion will appear soon, but it will go on the list...

Out Now: 'Venture Kid', 'Punch Club', 'Tower of Fortune 3', 'Pocket Mortys', 'Bleach Brave Souls', 'Gnomium: Pocket Edition', 'Momoka: An Interplanetary Adventure' and More

Things are starting to really pick up in 2016 with this week's list of new iOS game releases. At long, long last FDG's Mega Man-inspired platformer Venture Kid has finally launched, and it's fantastic. Then there's Punch Club which launched on Steam earlier this week, and is a crazy mishmash of Kairosoft-style simulation, boxing, and pop culture parodies. Then there's Tower of Fortune 3, the latest entry in the popular slot machine roguelike series, and it looks like the best one yet. And of course everyone seems to be playing Pocket Mortys, which we've already reviewed and enjoyed a bunch. And that's only the beginning as there's a TON of other stuff this week too. Let us know what games you plan on picking up this week in the comments below!..

Looking for something to do before becoming a billionaire following tonight's insane Powerball drawing? Maybe play some of these new iOS games instead? We've already posted about Pocket Mortys being out, but today's list of games is a strange mix of titles ranging from clickers where you gain wives in 10 Billion Wives to neat looking puzzle games like CombineRobot. Next week is going to be awesome too, with Crashlands and some other neat games on the horizon...

PSA: Go Download 'Super Hexagon' for Free While You Still Can

You've probably seen or heard that Super Hexagon [$2.99] by Terry Cavanagh is currently free as the App Store's App of the Week. Well, let this serve as a handy heads-up that if you haven't heard, or have been procrastinating on downloading it, that you have a limited amount of time to go and pick it up at this low, low price before it goes back to being paid. This might be sometime on Thursday, it might be on Wednesday, depending on when the switchover is. ..

Best 2015 'Hearthstone' Decks and Cards, Combo Druid Talk, Tempo Storm Meta, and More Weekly 'Hearthstone' News in Touchstone #30

Hello and Happy New Year! After a much-needed break, I'm back with another column covering all the Hearthstone [Free] news of the last week (and a bit before that). 2015 was a great year for Hearthstone with plenty of great cards coming to the game and a clear sign the developers have started figuring out where the game should go from here in order to continue growing. While I usually stick to the news of the previous week, this time I decided to also include news from the tail-end of December to give you guys a 2015 Hearthstone year in review. We have some end of the year awards, best decks and cards of 2015, where the meta stands at the start of 2016, and much, much more. Glad to be back writing this column, and I hope you continue to enjoy it in 2016 as much as you have in 2015...

Update Mondays: 'Sky Burger', 'A Noble Circle', 'Pixel Dungeon', 'Trouble With Robots', 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. After a couple of quiet weeks, things are slowly starting to get back to normal for Update Mondays. This week's article is still a little skimpy compared to usual, but things are picking up. 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: 'Lonewolf'

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...

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 looked at the various competitors to the Game Boy, including the Game Gear, Wonderswan, and more. This time around, we're pushing the timeline forward again with a look at the long-awaited follow-up to the Game Boy, Nintendo's Game Boy Advance. In total, this feature will span twelve columns, each one taking a look at a specific era in handheld RPGs. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I've enjoyed researching and writing them! Please let me know what you think by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload...

Editor's Notes: How Our Review Scoring Scale Works, and Why "TouchArcade Loves Everything"

A big part of my job here around TouchArcade is acting as a bit of an air traffic controller, it’s like playing a real-world version of Flight Control only instead of routing planes around it’s new games to writers, support issues to tech people, and other things along those lines. I’ve got an extensive Rube Goldberg machine of triggered alerts and other crazy things to help automate this as much as I reasonably can, but, every day I spend a huge amount of my time just keeping track of what’s going on in the world of iOS gaming as a whole. That also involves following our own awesome community, as well as other places on the internet where anyone might be talking about iOS games. One thing that consistently comes up is general confusion surrounding how we rate our games. The farther you get away from TouchArcade, the nastier people get about it, but the prevailing wisdom is something along the lines of “lol toucharcade loves everything lol.” It’s part of a bigger problem of people not really understanding how we rate our game reviews, but more importantly, why we rate them the way we do. I posted a lengthy response to the latest discussion I found about this, but it seemed a little weird to not also post a similar thing here as unless you listen to our podcast, chances are you’ve never gotten to the nuts and bolts of the TouchArcade review rating system...

Out Now: 'Halfpipe Hero', 'Lonewolf', 'Pixel Starships', 'Age of Wushu Dynasty', 'TMNT - Portal Power', 'Surfingers', 'Basket Fall', 'Retro Gears' and More

With the holidays and the big App Store freeze finally behind us, things can finally get back to normal with our weekly iOS game releases. Well… sort of. As it turned out, there were enough games that trickled out between our pre-Christmas Out Now post and the actual iTunes freeze that we posted an Out Now during that week. Then last week, when things were finally unfrozen and we expected an avalanche of new games to pour out, there were only a small handful of new things, so we didn't even do an Out Now. I guess if there's one thing about the App Store that's consistent it's its inconsistency. So this week includes stuff that actually came out this week along with several games that released last week, so check out everything below and let us know what games you'll be checking out...

I just got my hands on Adult Swim's new Rick and Morty game, Pocket Mortys. In our previous announcement our own Carter "The Crater, 3.5 full-width-image" Dotson says it's a Pokemon like game and while that's true, you won't be missing any of that humor that mixes fart jokes with quantum paradoxes. I jumped at the chance to play and so far I have not been disappointed or surprised to see that just like most of their offerings, Adult Swim has infused this app with the trappings and atmosphere that translate so well from the source material. ..

Update Mondays: 'Subway Surfers', 'Shooty Skies', 'Disco Ducks', 'hocus', And More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the year! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. Well, with the App Store still slowly thawing out last week, it was another quiet one, which means we don't have a whole lot to talk about today. Still, there were a few updates that trickled out, so we'll be taking a look at them. Don't worry, next week will be big, I'm sure. 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!..

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