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Out Now: 'Mikey Boots', 'Valiant Hearts: The Great War', 'Diamond Digger Saga', 'Battle Riders' and More

It's new iOS game release time, and I can practically hear Mike Meade frantically making dozens of fake profiles so he can shill his new studio's game Mikey Boots in comment threads and on the forums. Ok so we tease, but the fact is the Mikey Shorts and Mikey Boots games are among our very favorite platformers on iOS, and we're incredibly excited to play this latest entry. Of course there's plenty of other extremely cool looking new games tonight too, so check out the full list below and let us know in the comments what you end up grabbing...

'Bioshock' Review - Is An iOS Gamer Not Entitled To A Mobile Rapture?

It’s been seven years since Irrational Games (formerly 2K Boston) unleashed the world of Bioshock upon gamers. An amazing tale set within the underwater city of Rapture, Bioshock was the perfect combination of exploration and FPS with excellent thematics and a story that offered some pretty awesome twists. Now, after a few previews, Bioshock [$10.99] for iOS is finally upon us, brining a new generation of gamers and a new platform to the world of Rapture. The transition hasn’t been perfect, but Bioshock is still great where it counts, and that’s what’s most important...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Valiant Hearts: The Great War', 'Mikey Boots' and Lots More

It's Wednesday again, and the weirdness of a four day work week here in the US isn't stopping the unstoppable flow of new iOS games on to the App Store. While we're light on quantity compared to some weeks, we're high on quality. Valiant Hearts: The Great War likely passes the hardcore gamer Real Game™ sniff test, everyone who has had an early copy of Mikey Boots loves it, and Angry Birds Stella should appear sometime tonight- Typically Rovio does Worldwide launches, so Stella should launch at or around midnight Pacific. Everything else will be available at 11:00 PM Eastern...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Bioshock'

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...

Maybe it's just everyone dumping ice water on their heads to promote charity, but Icebreaker: A Viking Voyage [$0.99 / $2.99] going on sale seems awfully appropriate. And not only is it going on sale, it's completely free for a limited time as Apple's "App of the Week", likely in connection to developer Nitrome's latest game 8bit Doves [$2.99] recently releasing...

Out Now: 'Bioshock', 'The Nightmare Cooperative', 'Back to Bed', 'Almightree: The Last Dreamer' and Much More

It's new iOS game night and one of the most hotly-anticipated titles is finally upon us: Bioshock. Despite all the hemming and hawing over a graphical downgrade and touch controls, it's hard not to feel like Bioshock on iOS is a bit of magic when it's actually running in the palm of your hand. Besides that heavyweight, the rest of tonight's lineup is extremely strong as well. Also it was sort of a weird week in that a bunch of games got a head start by launching yesterday, but they've been included in this list just to have all of this week's greatness bundled in one handy location...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Alone', 'Bioshock', 'The Nightmare Cooperative', 'Tiny Tower Vegas' and Loads More

This is turning out to be a surprisingly huge release week for iOS. We already know about Bioshock, but there's also a load of other awesome stuff in this pile of games. As usual, they should all be released at 11:00 PM Eastern. The one exception to that is Tiny Tower Vegas which is already soft launched, so that'll be available worldwide whenever NimbleBit decides to throw the switch which could be a little earlier or a little later than the rest of these games...

For the First Time on iOS, Terry Cavanagh's 'VVVVVV' On Sale for 99¢

Terry Cavanagh's platforming masterpiece VVVVVV [$2.99] is seeing its first ever sale on iOS, down to just 99¢ from its regular price of $2.99. Originally VVVVVV was released on Mac and PC in January of 2010, and was widely acclaimed from critics and players alike. The entire game is built around a gravity flipping mechanic that saw the main character Captain Viridian going from traversing floors to traversing ceilings with just the push of a button. In fact, the only actions available in the game are left/right movement and gravity flipping; there was no jumping to speak of which is normally a major function of platforming games. That's what made VVVVVV so brilliant though, as it explored the gravity flipping in every way imaginable, and has some of the most ingenious level design that I've ever seen in any video game...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Swing Copters'

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 iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 8/22/14 - 'Hearthstone' Curse of Naxxramas, ' Catchup', 'Rules!' and 'Star Realms'

We're going strong this week with some absolutely amazing games that you need to download and play over the weekend if you don't already have them on your device. This list has three new games, and with the final wing of the Hearthstone expansion unlocked, it made sense to sit down and write a review for it, even if all the people who are interested already have it...

RPG Reload File 002 - 'Chrono Trigger'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome back to RPG Reload, the regular weekly feature where we jump into the time machines in our minds and take another look at an iOS RPG from days past. All types of RPGs are welcome here, and just to make sure things don't get tilted entirely towards my tastes, each month I'll be playing and writing about a game chosen by you. Right now, it's looking very much like The Quest Gold [$7.99] will be the topic of RPG Reload 004, but if you have a different idea, please make your voice heard in the comments below. I also encourage you to share your thoughts on the topic game in the comments, and if you have some spare gaming time, fire it up and play along in the RPG Reload Club thread in our forums...

'Corpse Party' Review - This Buggy Port Is A Real Party Pooper

I find the idea of horror games to be quite fascinating. For the most part, the video game medium is about making the player feel powerful. It's about making you feel like you can do things like take on an entire army by yourself, kill a giant, fire-breathing dragon, win an F1 race, or karate a guy in the face so hard that he vomits. Even death is no object, since the ultimate power almost every game allows you is that of the second chance. That's all awesome, and game experiences like those can certainly be tense, but they're rarely legitimately scary. Horror games, on the other hand, tend to strip you of your feeling of power, putting you up against something you are very unlikely to survive, and giving you very few tools to do so. You can't just scare a player by threatening them with death, though, because dying is trivial in the video game world. Instead, you have to find a way to get under the skin of the player in a more subtle way. Or just have a zombie dog jump through a window unexpectedly, I guess...

Out Now: 'Swing Copters', 'Deep Under The Sky', 'Spooklands', 'Pac-Man Forever', 'Motorsport Manager' and More

Here we are at another Wednesday night already, and another big batch of new iOS games have just hit the US App Store. One new game that is especially noteworthy is Swing Copters, as it's the newest game from Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen. Will this one reach that same level of popularity? I think it might just be too hard for a repeat performance, but we'll see. Also be sure to check out Spooklands, which is finally available after a false-start release a couple weeks back, and Deep Under The Sky which is the new game from Incredipede creator Colin Northway. I also included The Firm and They Need To Be Fed 3 in the list even though they already launched earlier this week because you shouldn't miss out on either...

The Final 'Hearthstone' Curse of Naxxramas Expansion Area, The Frostwyrm Lair, is Now Open

I almost feel like we've been spoiled over the last five weeks with all the new content that's been slowly drizzled in to Hearthstone [Free (HD)], as I'm not sure what I'm going to do next weekend when I open the game up and aren't greeted with the announcement that a new wing has been opened. But, on the up side, now that the whole new card pool is released, we can figure out some great new decks that shift up the metagame even more...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Ancient Battle: Hannibal', 'Motorsport Manager', 'Swing Copters' and More

It's the butt crack of dawn Wednesday morning, and the App Store in New Zealand just dumped a fresh load of new iOS games on to the world. The list this week is a little sparse, so far anyway, but maybe that's because everyone knows better than to release something around the same time as an official Flappy Bird followup...

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