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EA Mobile Claims that 'SimCity BuildIt' is Now The Most-Played 'SimCity' Game Ever

It's been a while since we've heard the name SimCity associated with anything but the catastrophe that was the recent SimCity's launch on PC. However, while on PC the franchise might be all but dead, on mobile it's thriving, at least according to EA Mobile's Vice President, Jason Willig. In a recent interview, Willig claimed that almost 40 million people have played SimCity BuildIt [Free] since its launch last December, making it potentially the biggest SimCity title ever created. Interestingly, most of the game's players are from outside the U.S. and engagement and retention statistics are, always according to Willig, very high...

Apple's World Wide Developers Conference kicks off this morning as it does every year with Apple delivering a keynote address. They'll most likely be talking about the current state of Apple's business, unveiling what they have planned for iOS 9, and laying out what sort of sessions developers can partake in during WWDC this week. And hey, there just might even be a few surprises. Every year there's buzz about Apple finally refreshing the Apple TV and opening the little box up to developers, but this year those rumors seemed to get squashed early on, so we'll see. It's also possible Apple will announce a new music streaming service at the keynote. And if we're lucky, they might even talk a little bit about gaming...

Update Mondays: 'Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff', 'Minecraft: Pocket Edition', 'Trulon', 'Snake Rewind', 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 big bunch this week, with some of the hugest names in the App Store representing. 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: 'You Must Build A Boat'

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 - 6/5/15 - 'You Must Build a Boat', 'Vietnam '65' and 'Sproggiwood'

There were a lot of great games this week, but if you're not already well on your way of building a boat... What in the world are you doing? You must build a boat. You don't maybe need to build a boat, or could build a boat if you felt like it. No, you must build a boat, right now. Oh, and there's some other games you should be playing too, but not until you've built your boat- Or at least gotten a good start...

RPG Reload File 041 - 'Guardian Saga'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where the best way to make friends is to beat the stuffing out of them first. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the mists of time forgotten to see how it holds up in our shocking world of the future. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the platform's history, or just to take a deeper dive than our usual reviews allow for. As the ringleader of this little circus, I try to present a show with a variety of delights for fans young and old. To make sure we're entertaining everyone in the crowd, though, I turn to you to help me out with the selection process once a month. All you have to do is comment below, post in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or tweet me at @RPGReload with your suggestion. A little birdie tells me there might be a shake-up coming soon for the reader's choice, so if you really want to see me play something, you should probably get it in somewhere in the next two months...

Editor's Notes: The Curious Inconsistencies of Reactions to Free to Play Mechanics

I've been playing a ton of a new shooter this week that has a lot of mechanics that get some people around here really upset: It's got a rigid experience system which gates ever single thing in the game. If you want to use a particular weapon or play a particular game mode, you've really got no choice but to wait through the grind- Even though you'll be playing with (and against) players that have the advantage better weapons you don't have access to yet. There's not much you can do about this either other than just wait to access them through playing more...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'You Must Build a Boat', 'Stunt Wheels', 'Jumping Fish' and More

So far, the week leading up to WWDC doesn't seem that supremely busy when it comes to new game releases. We've got well over a dozen new games here, but it's a far cry from the wild rush we had last week. It doesn't matter though, because I'm about quality over quantity and this week is the week You Must Build a Boat is released. We've got a review by our own Shaun Musgrave in queue, which we'll publish along side the US release of the game. Spoilers: It's awesome...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Sproggiwood'

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 - 5/29/15 - 'Chaos Rings III', 'Geometry Wars 3', 'Grim Fandango Remastered' and TONS More

Anyone who called this week a weak week is a damn maniac, as this has turned out to be among the best iOS game release weeks of the year and we don't even have all the games reviewed yet. I'm busy having my nose buried in Desktop Dungeons, and everyone else is playing the rest of the rad releases. Here are the best games we did review this week, and there's a lot of them:..

The Apple Watch Review: Week 3 - HealthKit is Weird

Welcome to week three of our Apple Watch review series. If this is the first entry you've stumbled across, be sure to check out week one which is filled with initial impressions, and week two which focuses quite a bit on the activity tracking of the device. Once again with no significant Apple Watch game releases aside from a Runeblade update, we're in another odd spot. But, hey, whatever, Apple is teasing a full Watch Kit SDK which will be previewed at WWDC, so it's possible that some really cool Apple Watch stuff is on the horizon...

RPG Reload File 040 - 'Infinity Blade'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we don't ask how dad's gear gets back to his family every time. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the modern day. It's a little revisiting, a little reflecting, and a chance to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. As the host of this little program, I try to choose a wide variety of RPGs from week to week, but I need your help to make sure I'm not missing anything. That's why once per month, I turn the selection to you. Simply make your suggestion known by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. Since June's reader's choice has already been decided, any votes at this point will go towards the July reader's choice. The next reader's choice, coming up next week, is Guardian Saga [$0.99]...

Out Now: 'Desktop Dungeons', 'One More Dash', 'Sproggiwood', 'In Churning Seas', 'BreachTD', 'Toysburg', 'Cartoon Survivor', 'The Deep' and More

Welcome to another week and another huge batch of new iOS games. This has turned out to be a surprisingly great week, especially if you're into that whole "roguelike" thing that's so hot right now. Desktop Dungeons has been a huge hit on PC and now, despite rendering its name nonsensical, it has arrived on the iPad. Then there's Sproggiwood, another desktop roguelike that's been quite popular and should make a great fit on the iOS platform. Plus it's just so darn adorable it makes me want to jump into a vat of acid. Finally, there's The Deep, and endless roguelike that does the whole "Game Boy visuals" thing quite well. Of course there's also tons of other stuff for all types of gaming tastes, so check out the list below and let us know which games you'll be picking up...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Desktop Dungeons', 'The Branch', 'Up You Go' and More

This is a bit of a weird release week (When is it not, though?) in that there's a load of big-name games coming out... which haven't actually hit any of the international App Stores yet. We typically only post games which have active forum threads, which require an active iTunes link, and games like Geometry Wars 3 aren't anywhere to be found on the App Store yet. Desktop Dungeons is doing the typical NZ release thing, so, that's something to get excited about if nothing else. Oh, and like many weeks prior to this one, we've got a good spread of games that are out now, games that are appearing in New Zealand and will hit the US App Store tonight, and soft launched games which will go worldwide... whenever. Anyway, on with the show...

'Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions' is Coming to iOS This Week, and We've Got Hands-On Impressions and Video

If you're a fan of Geometry Wars, you might be living in a world of sadness now that Geometry Wars: Touch is no longer on the App Store. But boy do I have good news for you: Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions, the latest entry in the series, developed by Lucid Games, is coming to iOS this Thursday. And if you haven't played this latest entry in the dual-stick shooter series, you have a lot to get excited for. Check out some hands-on footage...

TouchStone Tavern #1: Your 'Hearthstone' Weekly News

I've been thinking of starting a weekly Hearthstone [Free] column for some time now, and I suppose this is as good a time as any to get it going. There are many reasons why I thought such a column would be an good addition to TouchArcade's content, probably top among them the immense popularity of the game with many of our readers. But there are also other, and perhaps better, reasons for such a column. While many don't realize this, Hearthstone's existence on iOS is a great argument against those who accuse the mobile gaming space of being "too casual." This is a complex, demanding game with numerous professional tournaments built around it and a burgeoning esports scene that, I believe, will continue to grow...

Update Mondays: 'Star Wars Rebels', 'Candy Crush Soda Saga', 'Asphalt 8', 'Junk Jack X', 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. Wow, this is quite the list of updates this week, my friends. I'm almost overwhelmed at the breadth of games that got some kind of content update or fix, and I'm not even including the ones that have minor patch notes. 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: 'Sword Of Xolan'

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 - 5/22/15 - 'Capitals', 'Ire: Blood Memory', and 'Digit & Dash'

Some great games this week are included in this post that everyone really needs to have. NimbleBit is up to their old tricks of releasing really awesome games, particularly if you like getting beat by your friends in word games. Similarly, a free to play game actually succeeded in being a good hardcore game, meanwhile, console developer Insomniac has made a great transition to mobile with their latest release. Definitely give these all a look...

The Apple Watch Review: Week 2 - It's Time to Stand... And Grab a Snack

Continuing on from last week's Apple Watch review, and I'm just shy of two weeks of total ownership of the Apple Watch. As predicted, the Apple Watch is getting better, as an update released on Tuesday went a long way to address my primary concern of the Apple Watch requiring way too obnoxious of an arm gesture to activate. Unfortunately, Apple adjusted this functionality The Apple Way which anyone who has had an iOS device is no doubt familiar with. What I mean by that is the activation sensitivity still isn't adjustable by the user, and wasn't even mentioned in the patch notes. I was pretty sure I was just crazy until a bunch of people on different forums also said they noticed it was way easier to activate following the update...

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