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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'PUBG Mobile'

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...

GDC 2018: The Lovely Mini Golf Game 'Vista Golf' is Getting a Level Editor Soon

Developer Shallot Games released Vista Golf [Free] back in July of last year, and it stuck out in the sea of similar mini-golfing games with its clean visuals, smart controls, and weekly rotation of new courses. Unfortunately, being the work of a lone developer, real life obligations meant that contract work put off some of the plans they had for Vista Golf for some point in the future. Now with some more free time to work on the game, Shallot is readying a significant update to Vista Golf which will include a very user-friendly level creator. Players will be able to create and share levels online for potentially limitless mini-golfing fun. Check out our hands-on demo of the Vista Golf level editor and look for a forthcoming call for beta testers soon and for the update to go live most likely this summer...




GDC 2018: 'Shift Quantum' is an Extremely Stylish Puzzle Platformer Coming to Nintendo Switch

During GDC 2018 this week we got something of a blast from the past as we checked out Shift Quantum from Fishing Cactus, which is set to be published by Red Panda on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC. The origins of the game date back to over a decade ago with the original Shift Flash game, which you can still play today. The main hook is that each level is made up of black areas and white areas, and pressing the shift key would switch which area would be the "active" one. So say the ground was black and the sky was white, hitting the shift key would flip things so the white would become the ground and the black become the sky. This is used to solve various puzzle platforming levels, and that original Shift even made its way to iPhone way back in 2009 and was a perfect fit for the touchscreen. Shift Quantum takes that defining shifting mechanic and builds it out with new levels, a fantastic new art style, a compelling narrative, and even a fully featured level editor. While sadly a mobile version of Shift Quantum isn't in the cards, it's at least coming to the Nintendo Switch as well as the other major consoles and PC, so check out our hands-on time with the Switch version below and look for a launch in the next coming months...

GDC 2018: 'Safari Central' Uses Real-World Data to Put Safari Animals in Your World to Track in AR

Internet of Elephants is a development studio based out of Kenya who focuses on making digital experiences that help people learn about and make connections with animals in hopes of raising awareness about animal conservation. In August of last year they released the app Safari Central [Free] which allows users to interact with a handful of protected safari animals in augmented reality and do things like take photos or learn more about them. It's definitely an "app" and not a "game" but that's where GDC 2018 comes in. We met up with Internet of Elephants to see their future plans for Safari Central, which right now is considered just a limited preview. The real goal is to create an almost Pokemon GO-like tracking experience through AR. What's really cool is that the studio has many partners in Kenya who are able to provide real-life data on all the featured animals, and coupled with the impressively animated 3D models it really has the potential to bring real awareness and knowledge to people who use Safari Central. You can find much more information about Safari Central and Internet of Elephants at their official website, and you can see a brief demo of the new AR mode in the video below. It's in a VERY early state right now but already looks really cool. And of course if you want to check out the limited preview version of Safari Central, you can do so with the link at the end of this article. ..

GDC 2018: A Look at Whimsical Platformer 'Adventure Pals' on the Nintendo Switch

During GDC this year we sat down with Armor Games, who are always up to something on a variety of gaming platforms. In this instance they wanted to show us the upcoming action platformer Adventure Pals from developer Massive Monster, which is slated for a number of platforms including the Nintendo Switch (though no mobile plans at the moment). And hey, since we've been dipping our toes in the world of Nintendo Switch more and more, we were more than glad to see it in action. As you'll see, Adventure Pals is heavily influenced by the style and irreverence of Adventure Time, but also has inspirations from such titles as Castle Crashers, Zelda 2, and Banjo Kazooie. While no specific release date has been announced, news on the launch plans for Adventure Pals is supposedly coming "very soon" and you can check out our hands-on time with it below...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Fortnite'

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 New iPhone Games: 'Fighting Fantasy Legends', 'Death Coming', 'Lost in the Dungeon' and Loads More

As I mentioned earlier this morning, this week and the following week are the busiest time of our year with GDC. We're putting this list together a bit earlier in the day than we usually do, so it's possible there might be a few games we miss in this roundup. Keep your eyes on our forums for any big releases which will undoubtedly quickly bubble to the top!..

Best New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Siege of Dragonspear', 'Death Coming', 'Fighting Fantasy Legends', 'Master of Eternity', and More

AHHHHHH! It's the Wednesday before GDC, Jared is on a plane to Chicago, I'm picking him up in a few hours and then we are taking the train out to GDC via Train Jam! Aside from the holiday onslaught, this is without a doubt the busiest time of year for us. This week and next week our normal Wednesday new game coverage might be a little half-assed, but, that's just because compiling theses posts is super time consuming and GDC is a whole different animal. We'll do our best though! Also, today apparently is Crowdfunding Day, which I guess is a thing now. If you feel like celebrating, maybe check out the TouchArcade Patreon?!..

Valve Has 'Dota 2' and the Source 2 Engine Running on Mobile Devices, Other Mobile Ports Are Possible

Last week I toured the Valve offices and got a hands-on preview of their upcoming collectable card game Artifact, but the most interesting thing to me was that Artifact runs on the Source 2 engine which Valve has successfully ported to mobile. In a passing comment surrounding Source 2 working on mobile devices, Gabe Newell also mentioned that they've got Dota 2 running on tablets, although it's super difficult to control...

It would be hard to believe that many people out there wouldn't know an absolutely legendary developer like Valve, but in case you're a die-hard mobile gamer who hasn't followed the console / PC world at all, here's the gist: They kicked things off as a developer all the way back in 1996, and a couple years later released a first person shooter called Half-Life. Half-Life itself was wildly popular, but the game was rapidly eclipsed by the growing mod community that surrounded it. Early mods like Action Half-Life and Team Fortress made their way to Half-Life, but it was Counter-Strike that really took the game to a whole new level. I couldn't even tell you the number of people I know who exclusively bought Half Life to play the Counter-Strike mod...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Fire Emblem Heroes', 'Cookie Jam', 'Pinball Arcade', 'Clash of Clans', 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. These matters are always subjective, but you know what? I think we've got a really great list of updates this time around. Paid, free, popular, niche, whatever your fancy, there's a little something here for you. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands'

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...

Out Now: 'The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands', 'Read Only Memories: Type-M', The Sims Mobile', 'Reed', 'Somewhere: The Vault Papers', 'Heir of Light', 'Monster Merge', 'Farm On!' and More

It's the most wonderful time of the week, the time we round up all of the best new iOS game releases of the past seven days. If you even have any spare time for new games that is, considering the deluge of great games we get week in and week out. This week is no different with games like The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands, Read Only Memories: Type-M, The Sims Mobile, and Somewhere: The Vault Papers hitting the App Store. Not to mention that there's some exciting stuff that's not quite out in time for this posting like Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear and Keep in Mind: Remastered, so we'll be sure to give you a heads up when those titles finally arrive. For now though dig into the meaty list of new games below and let us know which ones you'll be picking up this week...

Best New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands', 'The Sims Mobile', 'Read Only Memories: Type M' and Much More

Another Wednesday is upon us, and I'm moments away from heading to the airport for a mysterious press event I'm excited to tell everyone about tomorrow... Provided there's not another embargo or something else on it! Also, if you are a developer or local to San Francisco and are going to be around for GDC, please look into booking a meeting with us, or at minimum, coming to our party on Wednesday (the 21st) night (7:00 PM at Bin 55). In made up holiday land, today is National Cereal Day, so be sure to have an extra helping of whatever your favorite cereal is to celebrate!..

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Rules of Survival', 'Chrono Trigger', 'Pocket Build', 'Gardenscapes', 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. There were some interesting and controversial updates this week, and I've gathered up a nice bunch of them for you to look at while you're getting your week on. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Evoland 2'

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...

Out Now: 'ChronoBlade', 'Evoland 2', 'Lichtspeer', 'Tekken', 'Holy Potatoes! We're in Space?!', 'Majesty of Colors Remastered', 'Art Club Challenge', 'Villagers & Heroes', 'Part Time UFO', 'Peak Rider Snowboarding' and More

As you can probably tell from that rather chunky headline above, this is a massive week of new iOS game releases. I was certainly expecting a few of these as their release dates had been announced already, but then more and more big games just kept showing up and when we finally put them altogether this turned out to be quite an exciting week on the App Store. This includes the LONG awaited arrival of side-scrolling brawler ChronoBlade, the "they said it couldn't be done but we did it anyway" iOS port of Evoland 2, the absurd homage to all things German spear-throwing game Lichtspeer, and the long soft-launched mobile version of Tekken. Whew! And of course there's tons more so be sure to give the full list of new games below a thorough look and let us know which games you'll be picking up this week...

Best New iPhone Games on Our Forums: Peak Rider Snowboarding, Holy Potatoes! We're in Space?, Evoland 2, Tekken,

Here I am trying to find time to play through Bayonetta and Bayonetta 2 on the Switch and the iOS game releases just keep on coming. Evoland 2 seems really rad so far, but really, there's loads of great stuff in this list. In the world of made up holidays, today is not only my birthday but it's also Inconvenience Yourself Day. Those two things go hand in hand, it'd seem...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Pac-Man', 'Zen Pinball', 'Final Fantasy Record Keeper', 'Gangstar Vegas', 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 bit of a short list this week as far as interesting updates go, which might be fortunate since I'm sick as a dog at the moment. While I'm a little loopy from my cold medicine, I think I found some interesting game updates to look at. Either that or I found a bunch of pictures of alpacas. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Alto's Odyssey'

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...

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