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'Doom & Destiny Advanced' Review - An Immature RPG In Every Sense Of The Word

The first monster you fight in Doom & Destiny Advanced [$2.99] is a giant poop. Not long after, your characters complain that something has attacked "(GameString not set)", before they run into expies of Hulk Hogan and Macho Man Randy Savage en route to rescuing Princess MacGuffin from alternate universe versions of themselves. One of the characters remarks that he's very likely to crap his pants. And then everyone dies. Or something. I don't know. I do know that you soon run into an angry skeleton who laments the loss of his wiener, and a nobleman who disintegrates at the sound of your barbarian's mighty belch. I think you've got the idea by now, friends. Doom & Destiny [$2.99] was a ridiculously over-the-top RPG with surprisingly solid mechanics and an absurd script rendered even more wacky by its... interesting translation. Somehow, its follow-up feels even more extreme in every regard, and I'm not sure if I find it charming or completely idiotic. If the first game was the Bill & Ted of RPGs, this one is the Pauly Shore...

RPG Reload File 051 - 'Penny Arcade's On The Rain-Slick Precipice Of Darkness 3'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we use our MP every turn. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the misty old days of the App Store to see how it's doing in the here and now. It's a chance to play some old favorites, take a look at their place in the overall scheme of things, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. As the party leader, I try to choose a balanced plate of RPGs from week to week, but if you feel like I'm missing something awesome, I'm always happy to take suggestions. You can do that by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload...




'Fallout Shelter' for Android Finally Available, 1.1 Update Arrives on App Store

Every time we post about Bethesda's Fallout Shelter [Free], out Twitter mentions are absolutely ruined for the next week from Android users asking us when the game is going to hit Google Play. Well, finally we can post about Fallout Shelter and say it's here. Here's the Google Play link. It requires Android 4.1 and up, so unless your device is super old, you should be able to run it? I think? Maybe? Either way, it's available!..

Out Now: 'Monsters Ate My Metropolis', 'Barmark', 'Avoid ', 'RollerCoaster Tycoon 3', 'March of Empires', 'Sentinel Command', 'Sputnik Eyes' and More

Welcome to another full week of new iOS game releases. The party got started early today with a surprise iOS port of RollerCoaster Tycoon 3, which unlike its previously released free to play sibling is a completely paid game with no IAP. So hopefully plenty of people have been having fun with that throughout the day. Also on tap this week is the strange adventure/zen experience Barmark, which also launched a tad early today and has me very intrigued. Finally, Noodlecake's Avoid will challenge you to not get sawed to pieces, but sadly it won't try to sell you pizza. Check out the full list below and enjoy!..

It's working up to be another weird Wednesday, with things going sort of backwards from how they usually go. It seems like recently we've seen a bunch of weird games leak out early in the morning, then the "big" games randomly appearing later that evening. Today seems to be the opposite, with Rollercoaster Tycoon 3 leading the pack. Hey, whatever, it wouldn't be the App Store without craziness...

Touchstone Tavern #11 - Your Weekly 'Hearthstone' News Roundup

And we are back! After a short break where, as Eli said, I was at an undisclosed holiday destination drinking undisclosed holiday drinks, I'm back to continue giving you all the Hearthstone [Free] info of the week. And what a couple of week's we've had! After Blizzard finally announced The Grand Tournament (TGT) expansion and its Inspire mechanic, most thought that that was all that there was to the new expansion in terms of mechanics. Yet, Blizzard apparently has decided to try even harder to slow down the meta by introducing another mechanic, Joust. No matter what the effect of the new expansion is on the game, I think it's safe to say that Blizzard isn't afraid to rock the boat when it comes to Hearthstone, which is good news if you, like me, enjoy playing with new toys often. Some of the news is more than a week old, but I wanted to include stories I would have included if I wasn't away last week. So, let us begin...

Update Mondays: 'Jurassic Park Builder', 'Ire: Blood Memory', 'Warhammer 40K: Deathwatch', 'Fruit Ninja', 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 big games got big updates this week, but there are a few smaller ones you may not have caught on the list, as well. 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: 'Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon'

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 050 - 'The World Ends With You: Solo Remix'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we celebrate our one-year anniversary not with cake, but with potions. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the present day. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall scheme of things, and to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. I try to present a balanced plate to represent the genre from week to week, but if there's something you feel like I'm missing, please let me know. You can do so by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload...

Out Now: 'Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon', 'Farming Simulator 16', 'Sling Kong', 'Apocalypse Meow', 'Rockstars of Ooo', 'Baller Legends' and More

It's new iOS game release time, and this week it's definitely all about quality over quantity. There maybe aren't as many new games as there have been in recent weeks, but any week where Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon releases is pretty hard to beat in terms of quality. Be sure to check out Shaun's thoughtful 5 star review for Spider 2, it's far and away one of the year's best. But hey! Don't forget about the other awesome games on offer tonight, check out the whole list below and let us know in the comments which games you're interested in picking up!..

'Mazes Of Karradash' Review - A Fun, Light Dungeon Crawler

Here's the thing: I love RPGs an awful lot, but there are plenty of times during my day where it would be somewhat futile to try to get anything done in bigger games. Yes, I could grind up a little, but that leads to my characters being overpowered, and that's not much fun. So I'm always on the lookout for something a little bit lighter that still provides a nice, classic RPG punch. The latest game to occupy that role on my device has been Mazes Of Karradash [$1.99], a dungeon crawler that feels both classic and modern in different ways at once. It combines vintage first-person dungeon crawling and turn-based combat with a simplified gear system and a splash of roguelike elements to create an enjoyable challenge that doesn't require a major commitment...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Farming Simulator 16' and Hopefully More

Well, it's beginning to look like we're in the midst of another Wacky Wednesday, which I assure you is nowhere near as fun as a Freaky Friday. If you've been following along with these weekly release posts over the last month or so, the App Store has been super irregular with regards to when new games hit the New Zealand App Store. We're totally expecting some huge releases tonight, like Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon (Which we've got an excellent review on deck for.) but only a few games have popped up on the App Store so far...

Editor's Notes: The Free to Play Blame Game

Last week saw the release of Angry Birds 2 [Free], the latest in what has been a long chain of high profile, high budget free to play titles to hit the App Store in recent years. Unsurprisingly, it's a pretty damn great game, which in itself isn't much of a shocker considering the amount of resources Rovio must've dumped in to the project to revitalize the Angry Birds-iverse. What also shouldn't be news to anyone who follows the iOS gaming scene, is how the launch of Angry Birds 2 brought about the same old free to play blame game as grumpy gamers raced to point fingers to who was responsible for another game series going free to play...

Freddy's Here: 'Five Nights At Freddy's 4' Is Out Now On iOS

Well, I hope you all are having a lovely Tuesday. Mine could be better, and let me tell you why: the long-awaited Five Nights At Freddy's 4 [$2.99] is now available on iOS. Oh, I don't dislike the games, don't get me wrong. In fact, I felt like they've gotten a little better with each installment, and this one seems like it's the best one yet. It's just that I wasn't really planning on getting the ca-ca jump-scared out of me tonight, but it looks like that's how it's going to be...

Update Mondays: 'Marvel Future Fight', 'Shadow Blade', 'Soccer Spirits', 'Pako', 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 light one this week, friends. I don't know about you, but that suits me and my poor typing fingers just fine once in a while. That said, what's here is pretty good, if you ask me. 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: 'Operation Dracula'

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 049 - 'Doom 2 RPG'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we sometimes vanquish demons with toilet water. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the here and now. It's a chance for a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow, giving us the chance to revisit old favorites and reflect on their position in the overall iOS RPG scene. Your only guide on this journey is Shaun, an observer from your own time, who appears in the form of a hologram only you can see and hear. I try to choose a balanced plate of RPGs from week to week in hopes of properly representing this gnarling hydra of a genre, but if you have a particular game you'd like to see me tackle, please let me know about it. You can do that by making a comment below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or tweeting me at @RPGReload...

Out Now: 'Operation Dracula', 'Race The Sun', 'Mechanosaur Hijacks the Moon', 'You Against Me', 'Battle Golf', 'Hanger World' and Much More

I don't know WHAT is going on, but there are a bazillion new iOS games out right now. Is there a holiday I'm not aware of? I know it's National Chicken Wing Day, and as epic as that is, this still seems like an absurd amount of games for a Thursday release. But hey, whatever! I'm not complaining about too many new games to play. There's several high-profile games I'm excited to get my hands on, but there's plenty of stuff that I've never even heard of before that look really cool too. It's one of the best things about mobile gaming. So take a close look at the huge list below and let us know what games are on your shopping list...

The Carter Crater: When is a Mobile Game Not a Mobile Game? When It's 'Race the Sun'.

Race the Sun is finally releasing on mobile, months and even years after coming out on Steam and Playstation systems. It's kind of a weird situation because, as one of our readers asked: "So it's basically an endless runner?" I mean, yeah. That's basically what it is. It's a mobile game that took two years to come to mobile. It's got daily modes, objectives, powerups; if you didn't know that it came out on Steam first, you'd have thought that it was built especially for mobile...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Race The Sun', 'Operation Dracula', 'Cube Jump' and More

These have been a strange couple of weeks on the App Store as the New Zealand game release schedule has been totally different for whatever weird reason that can't be explained in any way other than "It's the App Store, of course it's crazy." Last week we didn't even see new games appear in New Zealand (which is why we didn't have this post), thankfully things seem to be back to normal... Or, as normal as things can be in the world of iOS gaming...

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