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"The Last Game I Make Before I Die" - The Story of 'Crashlands', Cancer and Leaving a Legacy

Editor's Note: We met the three brothers that make up Butterscotch Shenanigans at GDC this year. When we found out about the incredible story behind their studio and the motivations behind shifting gears to their current project, we wanted to share it with everyone. However, since it involves illness, family, and other things which we honestly just don't feel like we could ever do justice reporting on, we did the only thing that made sense- Offer them a platform on TouchArcade to write about the experiences that have led to the development of Crashlands. What you're about to read is the first of a series of articles by Sam Coster as he fights for his life while developing the game he always wanted to make with his brothers, Seth and Adam...

RPG Reload File 031 - 'Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we never try to brush a wookiee's teeth. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's huge back catalog. We revisit the game, expand beyond the borders of a typical review, and see how it's doing in the wild future that is today. The RPG genre is an incredibly broad one, and I try to bring a balanced plate from week to week. I want your help with that, however, so once per month, I'll be featuring a game selected by you, the readers. Simply make your selection known by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or tweeting to @RPGReload. Next week's article is one such choice, and will feature Undercroft [Free], as selected by TouchArcade forum user DrJD. Thanks Doc, I like to get a physician's opinion once in a while!..

'Hearthstone' Blackrock Mountain Adventure Launches April 2nd

Well how about that. The "leak" we posted about yesterday from the Korean Battle.net refund page turned out to be spot on. Blizzard just confirmed that the Blackrock Mountain single player adventure for Hearthstone [Free] will indeed launch on April 2nd...

‘Final Fantasy: Record Keeper’ Hits the US App Store

Well folks, after an acclaimed review, a behind-the-scenes interview with its producers, and a thorough exploration on the longevity of the game, Final Fantasy: Record Keeper is finally (pun intended) available on the US App Store...

Out Now: 'Silly Sausage in Meat Land', 'Fast & Furious: Legacy', 'Dungeon of Madness', 'Breath of Light', 'Jump'N'Shoot Attack' and More

Welcome to another night/morning of new iOS game releases. We're all kind of just sitting around, waiting for the US release of Final Fantasy Record Keeper, which has yet to show up but should be arriving sometime later tonight or early tomorrow. We think. You never really know how these big-name releases will go. We will definitely sound the alarm once it's available. In the meantime, there's a bunch of cool stuff in the list below, so as always dig through everything and let us know which games you'll be picking up...

'You Must Build a Boat' Hands-On Preview - The '10000000' Sequel is Even Better Than We Were Expecting

If you were around for 10000000 [$2.99] mania, you'll likely remember just how magical it all was. If you weren't, the headline of the review basically nails it. In a nutshell, a game randomly came out of nowhere with a title that didn't make much sense, an icon which was basically a placeholder, and some of the best puzzle gameplay we saw that year. Honestly, the game still holds up well to existing puzzler releases, and is on my short list of titles I tell people to grab when I get the all-too-often question of "What games should I get?"..

'Final Fantasy: Record Keeper' Long Play Impressions - Five Months Later

One of the difficult things with evaluating games on the App Store is how much they tend to evolve over time. It's especially tricky with free-to-play games that are often set up to be gentle in the early stages and more punishing over time. It's like waiting for the other shoe to drop a lot of the time, and I think that contributes to why some people are hesitant to get into those kinds of games to begin with. Even though I've played Square Enix and DeNA's new social RPG Final Fantasy: Record Keeper more than anyone at TouchArcade, I won't be doing the main review. We agreed it would be interesting for readers to get another point of view on the game, so my co-host on the RPG Reload Podcast Eric Ford will be handling that...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Jump'N'Shoot Attack', 'Stickman Rush' and More

Another Wednesday, another onslaught of iOS releases. Here's the few games that have poked their head out on the New Zealand App Store so far, but I know for a fact this is just a sampling of what's coming tonight as there's at least one very huge game release that hasn't shown up on our forums yet...

Update Mondays: 'Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff', 'Candy Crush Saga', 'Cardinal Quest 2', 'Auro', 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. Some really huge updates last week, with many big titles and plenty of unexpected ones. 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: 'SwapQuest'

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 - 3/20/15 - 'To Be Or Not To Be', '. Decluster', and 'Imps in Tokyo'

It's been another great week in iOS gaming, and here's another bundle of high scoring game reviews we published this week. Speaking of publishing reviews, chances are you'll see review output amp up considerably in the not too distant figure as so far we've picked up six new writers this week with another two on the way next week. So, these posts might grow quite a bit in the future as we just review more stuff...

Telltale Teases 'Game of Thrones' Episode 3 Screens, Says Release Will be this Month

Last December, HBO and Telltale Games partnered up to make an adventure game out of the hit show Game of Thrones. That game, officially titled Game of Thrones - A Telltale Games Series [$4.99], opened up a new chapter in the GoT universe and dealt with a new storyline that was different than the show but still weaved in familiar characters and events in a way that was excellent fan service for those who tuned in regularly. Game of Thrones the video game is set to have six episodes, which is one more than what is typically in Telltale's adventure games. Episode 2 arrived in early February, and today Telltale has been all over their Twitter account teasing new images of Episode 3...

RPG Reload File 030 - 'QuestLord'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we heal ourselves by eating Lizard On A Stick. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the increasingly lengthy history of the App Store to see how it holds up in the present day. It's more than that, though. It's also a chance to revisit some good times, and go for a deeper dive than a review typically allows us. Although I'm the captain of this particular ship, once a month I give the helm to one of you, allowing you to select the featured RPG. Simply tell me your choice by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. Through a process of random selection, one of the suggestions will be chosen to be featured in the next reader's choice article. The next one will be RPG Reload File 032, which means I'll be rolling the dice next week. Vote now if you're interested...

Out Now: 'Stormblades', 'SwapQuest', 'Stan Lee's Hero Command', 'TouchTone', 'Magenta Arcade', 'Sky Streaker' and More

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, welcome to another big week of new iOS games. There's a few games tonight that I've been patiently waiting for, like Stormblades and SwapQuest, and then there's something like the new Mikengreg game TouchTone which looks totally unique and is something I totally knew nothing about. I love that about iOS. As always check out the full list of new games below and let us know what games you'll be picking up in the comment section at the end...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Stormblades', 'SwapQuest', 'Goblin Quest: Escape' and More

It's another Wednesday, which means precisely two things this early in the morning: First off, the New Zealand App Store just had a whole bunch of new games appear on it. Secondly, we've got the same weekly caveat that it's very likely that these aren't all the games being released tonight- Instead, these are the games that have discussion threads currently in our forums. Stay tuned for a full roundup this evening once we suss out everything new that's on the App Store. There's some games I know are coming out tonight which haven't appeared on the New Zealand App Store yet, so it's definitely worth checking out our full list tonight...

Nintendo Partners with DeNA to Make Smartphone Games with Nintendo IP

Nintendo and DeNA, two Japanese gaming giants in very different ways, have announced a partnership at a press conference just moments ago in Tokyo that will see them collaborating on smartphone games using Nintendo's iconic IPs. Gaming consultant Dr. Serkan Toto is at the press conference and live-tweeting some details regarding this major announcement. ..

Update Mondays: 'CSR Racing', 'Diner Dash', 'Hay Day', 'Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition', 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 interesting stuff this week, as usual. 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: 'Proto Raider'

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 - 3/13/15 - 'Baldur's Gate 2', 'Blokshot Revolution', 'Flop Rocket', and 'Card Crawl'

Since we were busy with GDC last week, we didn't end up posting a best games roundup... But, to be fair, we didn't post many game reviews either. So, this week is a collection of the last two weeks worth of game reviews. Like an extra-value two-fer'. Again, these are games we reviewed in the last two weeks, not games that necessarily were released in the last two weeks. It trips people up every week, but until we've got a Maglor cat explaining it, I'm going to keep mentioning it. ..

RPG Reload File 029 - 'Shining Force'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we discover that there's a little Jogurt in all of us. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past for a little revisiting, a little reflecting, and a bit of a deeper dive than our regular reviews typically allow us. The RPG genre is as vast as the ocean, and I try to schedule games in such a way that we get a balanced plate as we go along, but I need your help with that. Once per month, the selection of the game falls to you, the reader. Simply let me know which game you'd like to see by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. The winner will be randomly chosen and featured in April's reader's choice article. I don't know what it will be, but I'm pretty sure we're fresh out of SEGA games now!..

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