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RPG Reload Presents - The History Of Handheld RPGs, Part Ten

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 early years of smartphone RPGs, when paid games ruled the roost. For the first time since perhaps the early years of the Game Boy, JRPGs and WRPGs were arriving on a handheld in nearly equal numbers. Dedicated handheld systems weren't finished yet by any means, however, and both Nintendo and Sony would introduce successors to their handhelds just as the smartphone market started to pivot. This month, we're looking at Nintendo's offering, a system that had some pretty big shoes to fill in the wake of the Nintendo DS's unprecedented success...

It seems like ever since these monthly swag packs have become a thing, everyone has their own variation on the Loot Crate (I have no idea if they were even the first to do it, either). Well, Minecraft is bigger than Jesus so it only made sense that they would also have their own monthly shipment of Minecraft-y stuff you can subscribe to. It's called "Mine Chest" and was originally announced all the way back in February. But what do you get for your $29.99 a month? Well, mine just got dropped off at my doorstep so I'm more than happy to show you. First off, here's what the box itself looks like:..




Out Now: 'Lost Frontier', 'Sky Force Reloaded', 'Pixel Cup Soccer 16', 'Human Resource Machine', 'Dig Deep!', 'Steppy Pants', 'Monster Builder', 'Nonstop Knight' and MUCH More

Well it's once again that time of week when a veritable truckload of new iOS games hit the App Store. Not just any truck either, a pretty darn large truck. Also, this is a pretty special week as there's a new Mika Mobile game, Lost Frontier, and they don't often release games but when they do they're almost always fabulous. Not to mention Sky Force Reloaded, the sequel to one of my favorite games of 2014 and one of the most graphically impressive games I've seen in a while. It's a great week folks so get busy checking the list below and downloading like there's no tomorrow, and let us know which games you're excited for in the comments!..

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Human Resource Machine', 'Sky Force Reloaded', 'Dig Deep' and Tons More

Apologies for posting our morning new games roundup in the afternoon, but, so far we have had two problems today: Not a whole lot of games had popped up on the App Store yet when we usually post this, and TouchArcade forum member sstrngmnm told me that today was National Milk Day but according to my research it's actually on January 11th, so I wasted my day drinking all the milk in my house for nothing. Then, after a bit more research I discovered that National Milk Day and World Milk Day are two entirely different holidays and World Milk Day is today. So, the lesson here is, if anyone wishes you a happy National Milk Day, you better put them in their place and tell them to stop thinking so small because it's World Milk Day today. But, hey, provided you're not spending your afternoon getting into pedantic arguments with strangers about dairy-related holidays, you're in luck. Some iOS games also came out...

Best Renolock Archetypes, Best Neutral Legendaries, Strongest Decks, and More Weekly 'Hearthstone' News in Touchstone #50

Welcome to the 50th issue of our weekly Hearthstone [Free] column. Half a century is definitely a milestone that shows how much has been going in the world of Hearthstone these last few months. While it is a nice number, unfortunately it didn't come on a week with any groundbreaking news. It hasn't been a boring week, though, and there's still plenty to talk about regarding the various Renolock decks, the influence of Whispers on Arena, along with general tips about the expansion, which neutral Legendaries to craft, and, of course, the current state of the meta. With the dust settling, we are beginning to see the effects of the expansion and of the shift to Standard on the game, and you might be wondering which classes are the best right now. Well, read on and find out...

Update Mondays: 'Clash Of Clans', 'Panzer Corps', 'Puzzle & Dragons', 'Disney Crossy Road', 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. If I were being completely thorough, the theme this week would be removing iAd support, but that kind of thing isn't nearly saucy enough to get into this feature. So instead, I've found some other awesome updates for you to look over while you eat your morning Eggos. 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: 'Romancing SaGa 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...

RPG Reload File 081 - 'Dragon Quest'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we only use pseudo-Elizabethan English accents when no one is looking. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's doing in the here and now. It's a chance to give old classics another spin, reflect on the iOS RPG market on the whole, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. As a direct descendant of Loto, I try to choose a balanced schedule of games from week to week. If you feel like I'm missing anything important, you can let me know by leaving a comment below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. The schedule is planned quite far in advance, so you may not see your selection soon, but it will be added to the master list...

Out Now: 'Romancing SaGa 2', 'Hatoful Boyfriend', 'Crashing Season', 'Skateboard Party 3', 'VOEZ', 'MMX Hill Climb', 'Warp Shift', 'All Glory to the Pixel King! 2nd Edition', 'Golf Island', 'Mega Tank' and More

It's that magical time of week when a flood of new iOS games hit the App Store. Like we even need more games on our phones, am I right? This week in particular is heavily loaded with awesome stuff, including the surprise iOS port of absurd pigeon dating simulator Hatoful Boyfriend as well as the first official English language release of Square Enix's Romancing SaGa 2 that people have been waiting decades for. I mean, just look at that chunky headline up there, there's TONS of stuff this week! So hit up the list below and be sure to let everyone know which games you'll be picking up...

Huge 'Tiny Tower' 5-Year Anniversary Update is Now Available

Nimblebit has been teasing a huge update to their massive hit Tiny Tower [Free] to celebrate its 5th anniversary since last month, and beta testing the update with folks in our forums since then, and as promised today that update has gone live in the App Store. This update contains tons of new content and features, some of which have made their way over from the spinoff/sequel Tiny Tower Vegas [Free]. There's new floors to build, new costumes, new roofs, new elevators, new BitBook posts, and much more. There's also a new QuickStock feature as well as the ability to rename and trade your Bitizens with friends. The feature I'm most excited about however is support for the resolution of newer iOS devices. No more blurry Tiny Tower! Check out the pre-update screen on the left compared to the nice and sharp post-update screen on the right...

Since it's Towel Day, let me provide an important reminder that a towel is the most useful thing you can have in the universe. In fact, if I'm ever on the Discovery Channel show Naked and Afraid, my single survival item I'll bring with me will bring a towel, without question. Anyway, aside from the requisite Towel Day celebrations, it also happens to be Wednesday, and a whole heap of brand new iOS games have hit the App Store. Also, given how odd the App Store has been with randomly dumping out other new games on Wednesday, it's incredibly likely that we'll see way more today...

Best Cheap Decks, Tempo Warrior Guide, Which Legendaries to Craft, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in Touchstone #49

Welcome to another weekly roundup of all things Hearthstone [Free]. We are at the point where the meta is gradually stabilizing as players figure out which decks work great, which ones just well, and which ones have almost no chance of winning. We have a meta report that shows how the meta has slowed and how control is king, we have good guides for some of the stronger decks in the current meta as well as cheap decks for those who haven't poured a lot of money into the game. In general, you'll see how everyone is trying to figure out what new cards are the strongest and which of the older ones are useful again. And I do want to say thank you to everyone reading this column every week; I hope you continue to enjoy it...

Update Mondays: 'Minecraft: Pocket Edition', 'Oceanhorn', 'CSR Racing', 'Heroes Of Steel', 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. Lots of favorites big and small alike in this week's list, so there should be something here for you no matter what your fancy. 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: 'Rush Rally 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...

RPG Reload File 080 - 'Cardinal Quest'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where I randomly generate an article about an RPG. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's archives to see how it holds up in the here and now. It's a chance to look back on old favorites, see how they stack up in the overall library, or simply to go further in-depth than our reviews typically allow for. As the ersatz Higgins of this estate, I try to pick a balanced selection of RPGs from week to week. If you feel like I'm missing something important, however, please let me know. You can do that by commenting below, stopping by the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. I can't promise your suggestion will appear soon, but I'll put it on the master list...

The Long-Awaited 'Warhammer 40000: Regicide' is Now Available on iOS

There's hardly a week that goes by where there isn't at least one straggler new release, and this week that prize goes to none other than Warhammer 40000: Regicide [$3.99] which just hit the App Store a few moments ago. Originally announced just over two years ago, Warhammer 40000: Regicide takes the core idea of Chess but expands its boundaries and sets it in the Warhammer universe for a totally over-the-top version of the classic game. However, if you prefer a more traditional take, you'll be happy to know that Regicide also includes a Classic mode that follows the original rules of Chess more closely...

Out Now: 'Titan Quest', 'Godfinger 2', 'Rush Rally 2', Mr. Crab 2', 'Mazes of Karradash 2', 'Mekorama', 'Pinball Breaker Forever', 'Imbroglio', 'Phantom of the Kill' and More

I don't know what's going on with this week, but there are a TON of new games. Like, an absurd amount. Lots of big ticket things too, like the long-awaited Titan Quest, and a freakish amount of sequels to games like Godfinger 2, Mr. Crab 2, and more. What a weird week! That is why I love iOS gaming though, and likely why you do to. Please comb through the huge list of games below, check out all the forum discussions for valuable insight, and let us know which games you'll be downloading this week!..

'Diablo'-like Hack 'N Slash RPG 'Titan Quest' Hits the App Store

We've been anxiously awaiting DotEmu's port of the hit 2006 PC hack 'n slash action RPG Titan Quest ever since it was first announced back at E3 in June of last year. And we're not alone as folks in our community have been dying to get their hands on it as well. Which makes me very happy to announce that as of just a few moments ago Titan Quest [$7.99] finally launched in the App Store. Rejoice!..

My deepest apologies for posting this a little later in the day than I usually do, it just so happens that today is I Love Reese's Day and between that and yesterday's National Mushroom Hunting Day, I'm running on fumes here. We've already posted that two soft launched games, Mr. Crab 2 and Britney Spears: American Dream are now out worldwide, but there's a bunch of other stuff slowly oozing its way on to the App Store...

Action Platformer Favorite 'Goblin Sword' Gets New Chapter, New Items, and iCloud Support in Latest Update

Originally launched way back in September of 2014, Goblin Sword [$1.99] is one of the best action platforming games available on iOS. We loved it to pieces in our original review, and developer Gelato Games came through with meaty and frequent content updates for the game. An update in February of last year added a new chapter called The Lost City with 16 new levels, and an update last August added the Shadow Temple chapter, also with 16 new levels. Both content updates also added additional items, weapons, costumes, and features like MFi controller support. Basically, I always felt like I got way more than my money's worth even with the initial release of Goblin Sword, and each new update was just a huge cherry on top of an already delicious sundae. Well, get ready to chow down on even more dessert as Gelato Games have just posted another brand new update to Goblin Sword, this one adding 9 new levels in a new chapter called Sacred Ruins...

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