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Best New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Fez', 'Like a Boss', 'Climby Hammer', 'Shootout on Cash Island', 'Frog Souls', and Loads More

Well this is one heck of a weird week, we've already seen a bunch of great games pop up (Fez!!!), but the recent addition of pre-orders to the App Store has thrown a whole new wrench into the mix. We're expecting Life is Strange, Inside, Gorogoa, and some other surprises which haven't been announced yet to pop up on the App Store at some point tonight or tomorrow. That makes these posts a little odd, but that's sort of the constant state we're used to operating in around here. Oh, and it's both Ice Cream Day and National Cocoa Day, so be sure you celebrate by eating/drinking whichever is currently more appropriate for your climate...

Kobolds & Catacombs Guide and Best Decks, Dungeon Run Tips, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #120

Hello everyone, and happy post-Kobolds & Catacombs week. As is always the case after a Hearthstone [Free] expansion drops, the community is all energized and players are trying to figure out what decks to put together and whether their new Legendary is useful (hint: usually, it's not). Players appear happy with the new cards and especially with the new Dungeon Run mode, as you'll read in a few stories today. And we also have stories about the best decks to play post-Kobolds, although it's definitely too early to definitively say which decks are the best and which are just crazy experiments or hopeful thinking. How have you been enjoying the new expansion? Sounds off in the comments below!..




Musgravian Musings - Six Months Later, Things are Looking Up for SEGA Forever

Hello everyone, and welcome to Musgravian Musings, a little space of my own where I can do some non-review reflections on recent game releases. In general, the featured games are ones that have caught my interest in some way or another, and will tend to be games that I didn't (and won't) review. This time, we're circling back around to check out how SEGA's SEGA Forever initiative is doing now that a half-year has passed. The June 2017 launch was embarrassingly poor for a number of reasons, some of which I outlined in a previous edition of Musgravian Musings. While SEGA could have thrown in the towel like certain other established publishers who put out poor-quality ports this year, the company has stuck to its guns and worked hard to improve things. Things are indeed better, but by how much?..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Portal Knights'

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 Glossary: 16-bit Paradise, or JRPGs in the early 1990s

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where we always bring a party. To be specific, welcome to the RPG Reload Glossary, where we sift through the piles of historical debris and messy semantics to try to make some sense of it all. This time around, we're continuing our look at the history of the JRPG sub-genre. In the last part, we went through the origins of this popular sub-genre through the 1980s. By the close of the decade, JRPGs were by far the most popular kinds of games in Japan, but had yet to make much of a dent in other regions. The 1990s would change all of that, and it largely came down to two games in particular. The lead-up to that ultimate breakthrough held plenty of great games, many of which were deliberate attempts to appeal to the Western market...

A Fireside Chat With Jim Guthrie on the Music of 'Reigns: Her Majesty' and More

The whole internet seems to be talking about it today, but if you somehow missed it, Reigns: Her Majesty [$2.99] was released late last night. It's the highly anticipated sequel to last year's surprise mashup of Tinder swipes and RPG gameplay, Reigns [$2.99]. This time around, the developers pulled out all the stops, even recruiting Jim Guthrie and JJ Ipsen for a totally custom soundtrack for the game. If the name Jim Guthrie sounds familiar, that's also because he's the mastermind behind the incredible soundtrack of Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery [$3.99]- A game we not only loved in our review, but also ended up choosing as our 2011 Game of the Year (which feels like ancient history now). On the Reigns side of things, we've had a flood of content on the site for Her Majesty, including a review, as well as a spoiler-laden walkthrough to get the best ending. Anyway, on with the show...

Out Now: 'Reigns: Her Majesty', 'Portal Knights', 'Getting Over It', 'Ashworld', 'Big Shot Boxing', 'Amazing Katamari Damacy', 'Dragon's Watch', 'Street of Rage Classic', 'The Uncertain' and More

It's the middle of the week, and that means it's time for our roundup of all the best new iOS games to hit the App Store in the past 7 days. As always it's a busy week, but I can't think of another week that had so darn many big name releases that dropped pretty much out of nowhere. Of course Reigns: Her Majesty is a biggie, and we actually DID expect that one, but not until tomorrow, so its early release caught us by surprise. Then there's the iOS port of Portal Knights, which I had ZERO idea was a thing in the works. The forever in development card battler VEmpire finally dropped, as did the forever in soft launch Amazing Katamari Damacy. Quite a week, I tell you! So check out all the new games in the list below and let us know which ones you're interested in picking up...

New iOS Games on Our Forums: 'Getting Over It', 'Streets of Rage', 'Portal Knights', 'Ashworld', 'Runewards', and TONS More

Sorry this new games roundup is coming a bit later in the day than we typically post them, this is basically me today, looking at my inbox. We're in the magical time of the year where developers are all jockeying for position to get their games out for the holiday season, which in App Store terms, means releasing today, tomorrow, or next week. I've agreed to so many embargoes to cover all this stuff I've actually written them down on a piece of paper to not get anything confused. PAPER! Like I'm in the stone age or something. Today's made-up holiday perfectly fits in with how the rest of my ultra-frantic day has gone, as it's National Microwave Day, an appliance which I will most assuredly use to make some food, whenever I get five minutes, at some point today...

Check out These Incredible Photos From the Clash Royale Crown Championship World Finals

This past Sunday, Supercell held the Clash Royale Crown Championship World Finals, an event that was impossible to describe as anything but amazing. I ..

Kobolds & Catacombs Card Reveals, Dungeon Run, The Darkness, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #119

Hello everyone, and welcome to the last Touchstone Tavern prior to Hearthstone's [Free] Kobolds & Catacombs release. Finally, we're only a few days away from a ton of cool cards joining the game, and I (and many others) can't wait to start building all sorts of fun and silly decks (and, occasionally, some strong ones). As you would expect, last week's news was all about the expansion and the many new card reveals, but there were also some other fun happenings (like the Critical Role episode). Also, only a few days left before we get the Dungeon Run mode, the new single-player mode that will give players even more to do in-game. Overall, the upcoming expansion appears to have awoken the community from its relatively slumber, and that can only mean good things for the game.It's a good time to be a Hearthstone player...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Fire Emblem Heroes', 'Cat Quest', 'Marvel Future Fight', 'Disney Crossy Road', 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. Tis the season for holiday updates, and we're already starting to see a bunch of them. There are some other great updates that fall outside of that pattern, though, and I've tried to pick the best of the bunch. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

Clash Royale Crown Championship World Finals: Supercell Turns Esports up to 11

It feels like over the last few years, esports has grown from a niche curiosity to a vaguely mainstream thing that developers are willing to blast tons of resources into promoting- Particularly as it becomes an expectation that if you have a multiplayer game, it must have some sort of official organized esport as well. Supercell's schtick as a developer has been to create games and then push the theoretical limits of how much production quality they can pump into them, so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that the Clash Royale Crown Championships World Final is the most over-the-top esports event I've been to in my entire life...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'GRID Autosport'

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: 'Icewind Dale'

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!..

Out Now: 'GRID Autosport', 'Game Dev Tycoon', 'GNOG', 'Neverending Nightmares', 'Pocket Legends Adventures', 'Hoppenhelm', 'Ferdinand: Unstoppabull', 'Rootworld', 'Pooka: Magic and Mischief' and More

It's time to take a look at all the new iOS game releases of the past 7 days, and showing great disrespect for our backlogs, the App Store has churned out yet another massive list of new games this week. Some of the highest profile games launched earlier this week, like GRID Autosport, GNOG, and Game Dev Tycoon, but there's still a ton of brand new stuff to pick through in this week's batch. Plus I reached back extra deep to snag a few late stragglers from last week's releases. Plenty to pick through, that's for sure! So give the full list of games below a gander and let us know which games have your attention this week...

New iOS Games on Our Forums: 'Hoppenhelm', 'Pooka', 'Game Dev Tycoon', 'Neverending Nightmares', 'GRID Autosport' and TONS More

Holy crap it's Wednesday again and I still feel like I have a massive pile of games to play from last week. This is simultaneously the best thing and worst thing about iOS- Blink and you'll miss an entire week of awesome games. Anyway, today's made up holiday is Throw Out Your Leftovers Day, which is pretty appropriate to "celebrate" (if you'd call it that) because I'm sure everyone reading this has some questionable Thanksgiving leftovers in their fridge. (I know I do.) Anyway, download some games, clean out that fridge, and let's get the party started...

Kobolds & Catacombs Card Reveals, Recruit Mechanic, 'Overwatch' Deathknights, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #118

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of the best news stories and videos from the world of Hearthstone [Free]. As you would expect, last week was all about the upcoming Kobolds & Catacombs expansion, so we've got plenty of stories and videos about the latest card reveals and what they might mean for the game. There's also more talk about Dungeon Runs and the Recruit mechanic, a story on possibly the most powerful card ever, and plenty of video reviews. And, just to break from the expansion monotony, we have a story about all the Overwatch heroes turned into Deathknight cards. Enjoy...

Kobolds & Catacombs Card Reveals: Windshear Stormcaller, Kobold Hermit, and Primal Talismans

This is my favorite part of the new Hearthstone [Free] card set release cycle: Card reveals! If you've been paying attention to the Hearthstone-iverse, Blizzard has been keeping us entertained with a constant drip of new cards from the upcoming Kobolds & Catacombs card set. Today, we teamed up with Value Town to reveal not one, but three new cards. If this is the first time you've heard of Value Town and you're even remotely interested in Hearthstone, you need to fix that problem. It's a podcast featuring ChanManV, Alliestrasza, and J4CKIECHAN. They get together each week to provide a fantastic rundown of everything you need to know in the world of Hearthstone, sort of similar to our weekly Hearthstone roundups. Value Town is also supported by Patreon, so be sure to give that a look if you're into supporting independent content creators who devote their lives to covering the games you love. Oh, and just like us, their podcast is available as a video podcast as well, so if you're more into watching than you are listening, be sure to give that a look. (Does it make sense that we're doing this announcement together yet?)..

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Enyo', 'Cooking Dash', 'Sandbox Evolution', 'Shooty Skies', 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. Okay, so the long holiday weekend meant lots of great sales, but the other side of that is that there weren't a whole ton of updates. I did what I could here. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'The Inner World 2'

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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