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RPG Reload Glossary - What is a Social RPG?

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where I sometimes have to throw dinner together from scraps of leftovers. While I had planned to do a developer interview this week, my day job has become rather busy all of a sudden. Because of that, I haven't been able to conduct the interview as I had originally hoped. I gave some thought to the idea of taking a week off, but we haven't missed a Reload in three and a half years and I don't plan on changing that. Ultimately, I settled on an early debut for an idea I had been planning: the RPG Reload Glossary. The Glossary is a place where I can define things and go into their histories a little so that you, the reader, know where I'm coming from. I'll be doing a Glossary entry every month or two as long as I can come up with ideas for it, so if you have anything you want explored, let me know in the comments...

Apple Opens an Entire New Storefront in the App Store Dedicated to Indie Developers

Apple didn't invent the smartphone, but it's hard to argue that their introduction of the iPhone back in 2007 didn't dramatically change the existing smartphone landscape and set the tone for how smart devices should be. In a similar vein, they didn't invent the digital app store, but when they placed the OPEN sign in the virtual window of their own App Store in 2008, they largely brought digital software and app-dominated lives to the mainstream. Apple's App Store democratized software development, especially in terms of games. No longer was game development solely in the hands of the major players in the games industry; now literally anybody with the means to make a game and a hundred bucks for an Apple Developer license could put their creations out in the world for millions to see. It's truly amazing...




Out Now: 'The Big Journey', 'Ticket to Earth', 'Ghosts'n Goblins Mobile', 'Golf Zero', 'Euclidean Lands', 'Bit City', 'Mushroom 11', 'Kingdom: New Lands', 'Into the Badlands Blade Battle' and More

It's another week which means another batch of new iOS games, and typically I'm pretty enthusiastic each and every week. I mean, even the "weakest" week always has a handful of gems, and your normal week usually has more great games than anyone can play. This week, though. My goodness. In case you aren't aware, Apple has been doing a Celebration of Indies promotion for the past week which has seen them highlight the release of an awesome new indie game each and every day. That means the concentration of higher profile releases is even greater this week than usual, and on top of that there's also the normal slew of releases which features a bunch of interesting stuff. It's an embarrassment of riches out there folks, so saddle up and check out the full list of new games below, and then be on the lookout for even more new releases through Apple's indie promotion through the weekend, which we'll be sure to highlight as well...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Ticket to Earth', 'Bit City', 'Golf Zero', 'Euclidean Lands', 'Slime-Ball-Istic Mr. Slime' and More

Eli is on vacation this week, so there will be no celebrating completely absurd made-up holidays. Which is a shame, really, as apparently today is National Dumbstruck Day, where you're supposed to be so shocked by something that you literally can't speak. Is this intro paragraph doing that for you? Anyway, I say "Bah, humbug!" to any and all holidays, real or made-up. So let's talk about new iOS games instead. This week is especially interesting as Apple has been running their Indie Games Celebration and has highlighted a new indie game each day since last Friday, so there's an unusually high concentration of great games this week...

Journey to Un'Goro Teasers, Price Hikes, a Kripp Interview, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #88

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our Hearthstone [Free] news and videos roundup. This week was a peculiar one since it started with more Un'Goro teasers but ended with players complaining very loudly about the changes in pack pricing across most non-US areas. The price hikes will affect purchases made through the PC, Mac, and Android clients as well as the Battle.net Shop. iOS will, fortunately, stay as is, at least for now. As you can guess, the changes didn't go over well with the community. The price hike wasn't the only interesting thing to happen in the world of Hearthstone; we also got more info and teasers on Un'Goro, although the real spoilers should be coming next week. So, let us begin...

Update Mondays: 'Mortal Kombat X', 'Dan the Man', 'Space Marshals 2', 'Pixel Starships', 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. I'll say it: this week was kind of... so-so. But I was still able to sniff out some cool updates to check out. 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: 'Kingdom: New 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...

Classic Reload - 'Plants vs. Zombies'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the monthly feature where we don't want zombies on our lawn. Each month, we take a look at a game 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 iOS library, or just to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. I try to pick a nice selection of titles from month to month, but if there's a game you really want to see, don't be shy! Leave a comment below and let me know. If I think it's cool, I'll add it to the master list and you'll see it pop up sooner or later...

Out Now: 'Planet of Heroes', 'Shardlight', 'Active Soccer 2 DX', 'Faeria', 'The Deep Paths', 'A Magical High School Girl', 'Guns of Mercy', 'Free Rider HD' and More

Welcome to another week of new iOS games! It's good to be done with GDC and back to a mostly normal schedule. You may have noticed we didn't have a nice and tidy list of new games such as this one last week due to being too busy with the conference, but we did throw together a list of last week's new games and posted it this past Monday in case you missed it. If you did miss it, well, then you have a surprise double dose of new games this week and I weep for your wallet and your device's storage space. As always you can check out the full list of this week's games below and let us know which games you'll be picking up in the comments!..

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Guns of Mercy', 'Yo! Let's UP', 'Active Soccer 2 DX', 'The Deep Paths', and More

According to my calendar of weird made-up holidays, today is National Peanut Cluster Day. If you've never had one, they're basically just chocolate and peanuts melted together into a glop of candy. Technically inferior to a turtle, but still deserving of their own made-up holiday, I suppose. Turtles should have their own holiday, but all I can find is World Turtle Day which takes place on May 23rd and instead celebrates actual turtles. If anyone wins a trivia night because of that, you owe me something. Anyway, with GDC out of the way, we're back into the swing of loads of games being released. Today's final onslaught of releases should include way more games than this, but, this is what have been posted to our forums so far...

Out Now Late Edition: 'The Escapists', 'Mudd Masher', 'Pan-Pan', 'After the End: Forsaken Destiny', 'Breakforcist', 'Smash Club', 'Tumbling Home', 'Warriors of Genesis', 'MonstroCity: Rampage!' and More

Don't adjust your dial! No, it's not Wednesday night, the time we normally post our list of the new iOS games of the week. However, due to being absolutely swamped with GDC last week we weren't able to do our normal weekly roundup. The thing is though, there were A TON of awesome games that released last week, and we just couldn't live with ourselves if we thought any of them might have slipped by you due to not having them nicely rounded up like normal. So we're putting out an Out Now post today featuring all of last week's game releases, and this coming Wednesday we should be back to our normal schedule. So, peruse the list below to see if any of these happened to slip you by and let us know which games you'll be picking up, or in this case, have already picked up and been enjoying for the last few days...

Journey to Un'Goro Spoiler, Ben Brode Raps, Videos by Trump and Kripp, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #87

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, the 87th edition of our weekly roundup of all things Hearthstone [Free]. It's been a week since Journey to Un'Goro was announced, and players are already trying to guess the expansion's effect on the meta and what the new cards and keywords will bring to the game. We've also seen the first Un'Goro spoiled accidentally, and it makes me want to play Murlocs again. We also had the Arena and Standard changes as well as the two expected nerfs. These stories and more - along with fun videos - await below, so let us begin...

Update Mondays: 'Toon Shooters 2', 'Shadowverse', 'Red's Kingdom', 'Angry Birds', 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. Hey, we've got lots of games this week that we don't usually see in this feature. Some of the usual suspects as well, naturally. 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!..

Every year GDC gets busier for us, and this year was no exception. As of this writing we've uploaded seventy one videos of different new games we saw this week, and there's even more games that we saw that devs didn't want us to shoot video of just yet. The week has been overwhelming to an extent that's hard to really even describe. Here's the full playlist of videos, some of which we haven't had time to post on the front page yet:..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'The Escapists'

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...

The RPG Reload Play-Along: 'Lunar: Silver Star Story Touch'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload Play-Along. Each month, we'll be playing an iOS RPG together, sharing laughs and tears in equal measures. The post on the front page (like this one!) is basically here to announce the game in question and give a few tips on getting started. The real action will be happening in the TouchArcade forums, where you'll find a thread dedicated to each month's featured game. Sign up if you haven't already, post your screenshots, ask for advice, or just chat about your misadventures with others. We've got a great community of RPG fans here at TouchArcade, so let's make the most of it! As a little incentive, at the end of each month, I will randomly pick one of the participants and send them something small and silly from here in Japan. All you have to do to be eligible is, well, play along with the Play-Along!..

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: '#Breakforcist', 'Krosmaga', 'Drone Racer' and More

Well, it's GDC (and National Horse Protection Day), we're super behind on posting videos of the games we've seen and have been meeting with tons of developers... But the App Store doesn't stop. There aren't a ton of new games being released this week, likely both because of GDC and the Nintendo Switch launch, but there has still been a bunch of stuff posted to our forums. ..

'Journey to Un'Goro', Arena Changes, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #86

Hello everyone and apologies for coming one day late; we didn't want to ignore the big Monday news. So, what a week this past one has been, especially given what happened yesterday, Monday. Blizzard finally announced Journey to Un'Goro, the next Hearthstone [Free] expansion that we all knew was on the way. The announcement got generally positive responses, as is usually the case, but what matters is the impact the expansion will have on the meta and whether it will make the game more fun. In addition to the expansion news, we also heard about the upcoming changes to the Arena, which should make the mode feel fresher and - hopefully - more fun. I think it's fair to say that we've never had so many changes announced as we've had in the last couple of weeks, which I hope is part of the developers' attempts to solve the game's problems and improve the experience for everyone involved. So far, so good, I think. Let us begin...

Update Mondays: 'Rush Rally 2', 'Sunday Lawn', 'Candy Crush Saga', 'Phoenix 2', 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. Plenty of the usual suspects this time around, but there are enough pleasant surprises to please a variety of crowds, I think. 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: 'MUL.MASH.TAB.BA.GAL.GAL'

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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