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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...




Out Now: 'Loop Mania', 'Choppa', 'HeavyRockets', 'Orbit's Odyssey', 'Yakin', 'Pixel Machines', 'Fold+', 'Tropical Wars' and More

It's that time of week again when all the new iOS games hit the App Store, and as we pointed out earlier today, with Apple's massive Earth Day promotion still going strong, it seems like lots of developers have opted to skip releasing games this week. So it's kind of a light week, but only in App Store terms. I mean where else in the world of video games can you get 20+ cool looking new games and consider it a "light" release schedule? Plus it's not like we all don't have massive backlogs as it is. So check out what's on offer in the list below and as always let us know what games you'll be picking up!..

Freebie Alert: Disney-esque Action Tower Defense Game 'Onion Force' Currently Free

Back in March, husband and wife development team Queen Bee Games released their action tower defense title Onion Force [] to a small but positive reaction. Being sick of the casual, free to play vibe of mobile gaming, Queen Bee created Onion Force to be a very challenging but still approachable game, selling it for $2.99 up front with no IAP. While it's a tower defense game at heart, Onion Force has an extra focus on action with 3 playable characters you control directly. Also, one of the developers is an ex-animator who worked for the likes of Disney, MGM, and more, and Onion Force is filled with interesting characters and beautiful animation. Unfortunately, Onion Force has faced the problem of so many other great games on the App Store in that it's hard to get the word out that it even exists. So, in order to drum up some interest, Queen Bee has dropped Onion Force down to free for the next couple of days...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Alchemic Maze', 'Little Ninja' and More

Well, so far I'm sorry to say that this year's Lima Bean Respect Day might be a little more boring than when we've celebrated the holiday previously, as Apple's massive Earth Day feature is rolling into week two and seemingly every developer who isn't just soft launching something has pulled the ol' abort lever on launching this week. On one hand, it makes sense, as releasing something on the App Store is all about rolling the dice on feature slots, and since Apple has most slots tied up with Earth Day promotions, well, ya'know. As we mentioned in our game of the week post last week, even Editor's Choice picks are lower priority these last two weeks...

All 'Whispers of the Old Gods' Spoilers and Pro Reviews, Standard Changes, Crazy Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in Touchstone #44

As we get closer to the Whispers of the Old Gods release, the card reveals are coming with an increasing pace, which means we have plenty of new cards to talk about today. However, this week also had plenty of other things going on in the Hearthstone [] world, a pleasant change from the last few weeks when everyone in the community seemed to hold its collective breath, waiting for the release of Standard and all the new toys. This week we have news about an eventful patch that caused all kinds of issues, a new Hero portrait, upcoming changes to the way Rank will be displayed, and more. And, of course, we have plenty of videos ranging from pro analysis of the spoiled cards to funny Hearthstone moments. So, let's proceed...

Update Mondays: 'Crashlands', 'Templar Battleforce', 'Marvel Contest Of Champions', 'Planar Conquest', 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. The previous couple of weeks may have been a little quiet, but this last week was roaring for updates. In addition to the many Earth Day updates (of which I'm only including a few of here), a ton of other really awesome games got some cool additions. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper Social [], the watchlist in the TouchArcade App [], 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: 'Warbits'

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 076 - 'Ravensword: Shadowlands'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we respect giant dino-cows. 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 to revisit old favorites, reflect on their position in the overall iOS RPG spectrum, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. As per the prophecy, I try to choose a balanced variety of RPGs from week to week, but if you feel like I'm missing something cool, please let me know. You can do that by posting in the comments below, dropping by the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. Since the schedule is planned quite far in advance, your suggestion might not appear soon, but it will go on the master list...

'Pocket Mortys' Spring Update Brings Quick Crafting, 10 New Mortys, a New Attack and More

Pocket Mortys [] has the distinction of being the absolute best Rick and Morty-themed Pokemon clone available. Nobody else is even close. That's because there IS nobody else, but that's not the point. Pocket Mortys is the best in class in its own very specific category, and there's simply no disputing that. It was great when it originally released in January, and it got even better with a big update in early February. Today, it gets even more better-er as another update adds 10 new Mortys to collect, a new Paralyze attack move, a new item to counter Paralyze, and best of all the new ability to craft items directly from the Recipe menu. All this is amusingly explained by Rick in the following trailer...

NimbleBit Announces 'Tiny Tower 5th Anniversary Edition' Update, Looking for Beta Testers

Hey, remember Tiny Tower []? Well it's almost five years old now and NimbleBit is celebrating the occasion with a massive update to the game that they're calling the "5th Anniversary Edition." They just posted in our forums about it, and they're actively looking for beta testers. Beta testing NimbleBit games is one of the things our community does best it seems, so, get on it!..

Get the iOS-Exclusive 'Hearthstone' Hero Khadgar as Apple Launches Massive "Apps for Earth" App Store Promo

Yesterday we mentioned some higher than average weirdness orbiting the App Store surrounding all sorts of rumors we were piecing together from different iOS developers who had (some subtly, some not-so-subtly) been told to reschedule the release of their game this week. The most logical conclusion to jump to there was that Apple was clearing the runway for a massive game release that was going to get the Clash Royale mega-feature treatment. Well, that's sort of true, but it wasn't just one game, it's for the "Apps for Earth" promotion. A bunch of apps and games got updated to have Earth Day-y things, and this feature is likely going to hang around through next week as Earth Day isn't until the 22nd...

Out Now: 'Spellspire', 'Zenge', 'Versus Run', 'Wild Roads', 'Armor Riders', 'Castle of Cards', 'Cube Escape: Theatre', 'Unforgiving' and More

It's the time of week for new iOS game releases, but as my cohort Eli mentioned earlier today, there definitely seems to be something strange up with this week. There's still a pretty hefty list of new games in our list below, but there's also a handful of games that we've been told are supposed to come out this week that for whatever reason haven't arrived yet. So, look through the games below for anything that strikes your fancy, but also keep an eye out for another one of these lists should the rest of the scheduled releases this week finally arrive...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Flick Golf Extreme', 'Super Karts', 'Wild Roads', 'X-Tactics' and More

While you guys are busy celebrating National Bookmobile Day, I've been spending my morning trying to figure out what's going on with the App Store. I've heard a bunch of different rumors from a bunch of different connected people about something big happening in these next two weeks, but have been totally unsuccessful in connecting any more than two dots. Is there a huge surprise game coming out this week? Is there some kind of App Store reorganizing taking place? All I know is more than a few developers were asked to reschedule their game launch away from this week. Which seems... odd, but it might explain why this week's release list is a little more scant than normal. I'm hoping these various rumblings mean we're going to see something different resulting from the App Store leadership shakeup from late last year, but it could just mean another massive game is coming that's getting the Clash Royale [] mega-feature treatment? Or it could mean nothing! That's the greatest part about Apple rumors!..

Five Alarm Freebie Alert: 'Space Marshals' Goes Free for the First Time

We live in a world of constant sales and freebies. It happens so darn much that sometimes it's tough to even get excited about a sale. This is NOT one of those times. Pixelbite's stunning dual-stick shooter Space Marshals [] has just dropped to free for the first time ever. It's not known why exactly it's free at this point in time, but this isn't the time for questions, this is the time for action. That action is mashing the download button on your device...

'Whispers of the Old Gods' Spoilers, Cheating, Crazy Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in Touchstone #43

Can you hear that? That's the sound of Hearthstone's [] latest expansion, Whispers of the Old Gods, drawing nearer. How nearer, though, remains to be seen. What I do know is that we now know all four of the Old Gods, so I don't think the release is too far off. There's that rumor about an April 26th release date, but we'll see whether that's accurate or not. What I can see is the community's excitement every time a new card comes out - even the bad cards - since we are all feeling the winds of change coming to the game. Let's face it, it's been hard to get excited about the game this last month when we all know that the meta's about the change radically soon; it's hard to put work into developing new, interesting decks when the meta has been the same for so long and when you know it's a matter of weeks before whatever deck you develop ends up being useless in Standard. Still, we have some news to talk about like the last God reveal, some premature card evaluations, and more...

Update Mondays: 'Dungeon Link', 'Cardinal Quest 2', 'Final Fantasy 9', 'Real Racing 3', 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. The relative drought of updates continues, but that doesn't meant there isn't enough to stuff this article with! Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper Social [], the watchlist in the TouchArcade App [], 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: 'Looty Dungeon'

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 Eight

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 most successful dedicated handheld of all-time, the Nintendo DS, and the bounty of RPGs it brought with it. Quite impressive for a piece of hardware that most pundits felt had little chance against the opposition. This month, we're taking a look at the opposition in question, the Sony PlayStation Portable. Although it started its life playing the less-desirable role in a David vs. Goliath match-up, it would in time be the subject of its own feel-good comeback story. Most importantly for us here in the RPG Reload, it was home to a massive library of excellent RPGs...

Out Now: 'Disney Crossy Road', 'Looty Dungeon', 'Chameleon Run', 'Pug's Quest', 'Tales of Link', 'Cattch', 'PKTBALL', 'No Thing', 'Shadow Bug', 'Green Game TimeSwapper', 'Soccer Clicker' and More

It's already been a week since the last batch of new games hit the App Store, and chances are you've still got some stuff from last week that you haven't even launched yet. I know I do! Such is life as an iOS gamer. Anyway, this week has shaped up to be surprisingly good with quite a few titles we've previewed previously finally arriving, so dig through the big list of games below and let us know in the comments section which games you'll be picking up!..

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