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RPG Reload Glossary - The Origins of Action-RPGs

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where we fight by slamming our bodies into things. To be specific, welcome to the RPG Reload Glossary, where we get all up in fussy semantics, history, and other things that polite society will shun us for. Having covered both social RPGs and tactical RPGs in previous installments, we now turn our attention to perhaps the most popular and hard-to-define sub-genre of RPGs: the action-RPG. You can expect this one to be another three- or four-parter, as trying to do it all at once would require some keen editing, and that is not a thing that I am good at. In today's installment, we'll be looking at the origins and early years of the genre, loosely covering the 1980s. Let's get ready to rumble!..

Out Now: 'Street Fighter IV Champion Edition', 'Resynth', 'Crusaders of Light', 'Minecraft: Story Mode - Season Two', 'A Planet of Mine', 'Knights Fall', 'Valerian: City of Alpha' 'Snoopy Pop', and More

Welcome to another week of new iOS games! This week's most notable release is Street Fighter IV Champion Edition, especially after being delayed from its planned release last week. Well, it finally arrived, and we liked it a lot in our review. Bottom line: If you liked the old Street Fighter IV games on mobile, you'll like this too. If you're expecting a brand new experience that harnesses the power of the latest devices this isn't exactly it. It's fun as heck, though. There's also the musical puzzler Resynth, the latest edition of Minecraft: Story Mode, and the surprisingly awesome 4x strategy game A Planet of Mine which felt like it just came out of nowhere. So check out the full list of games below and tell us which games you're grabbing this week!..




New iOS Games on Our Forums: 'Ruins of Glitterdeep', 'Galactic Attack: Alien', 'A Planet of Mine', 'Street Fighter IV Championship Edition', 'Virtua Tennis Challenge' and More

Along with being bombarded with new iOS games, today's made up holiday is National Eat Your Jello Day. Why did the powers that be decide that today should be the day that we celebrate Jello? It's also Bill Cosby's birthday... As before being known for being the target of surprising accusations and legal drama, Bill Cosby was Jello. Strange times we live in. Anyway, what's not strange is the absurd amount of new iOS games that have hit our forums. My personal favorite this week is A Planet of Mine, but there's tons of good stuff in the list...

'Street Fighter IV Champion Edition' Review - A Classic Mobile Fighter Gets a Fresh Coat of Paint

For being arguably the most well-known fighting game franchise in the world, Street Fighter has a pretty weird history on mobile. If you're interested in a bit of that history, well, read on my friends. If you're here just to read about the nuts and bolts of the Street Fighter IV Champion Edition [$4.99] which just dropped in the App Store, then skip on down to the sixth paragraph for more on that. Anyhoo, touchscreens have always been a sticking point when it comes to gaming on mobile devices. In the best of cases they have caused developers to think outside the box and invent new and exciting input methods for playing games sans physical buttons. For the most part though, bringing traditional console and arcade style games to mobile meant dealing with virtual buttons overlain on the screen. And fighting games have always been ALL about button inputs. It didn't seem like the best genre to try and bring to touchscreen devices...

'Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition' Hits the App Store

You'd think that with the popularity of Street Fighter and the success their previous mobile entries have seen that Capcom would have released a new game in the last five years, but unfortunately you'd be wrong. And the Street Fighter games that they have released have been withering away on the App Store in desperate need of updating to bring them up to modern standards. Well, it took a really long time but Capcom finally addressed the problem this past May when they announced Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition [$4.99]. Featuring support for larger screens and sporting improved visuals, Champion Edition also brings 3 new fighters into the fray, with 6 more planned for future updates. And finally, it features support for MFi controllers! While Champion Edition was scheduled to release last week, a glitch with the Apple submission prevented it from releasing, delaying it until sometime this week. Well eager Street Fighters, that time is finally here as Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition has just hit the App Store...

'Knights of the Frozen Throne', Hero Cards, Zombeasts, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #104

And we are back this week with our weekly Hearthstone [Free] roundup, and what a week we just had. After hearing many rumors about Death Knights, we finally got to hear the official announcement for the next expansion, and it's Knights of the Frozen Throne. Every WoW player is very excited about the upcoming expansion given the lore behind the Lich King, and it looks like it's the right kind of expansion to draw many lapsed players back in. As you'll read below, the expansion brings some new ideas that will change the way the game is played. Most of our news stories and videos today are about the new expansion, so go grab a cup of coffee and head to the Frozen Throne...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Marvel Future Fight', 'Fire Emblem Heroes', 'WWE Immortals', 'Onirim', 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 quality games come back from the grave this time around, along with the usual spate of regular updates. One by one, some great old classics are getting shined up and prepared for the 64-bit future, and some of them are bringing some nice improvements with them to boot. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Hoggy 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...

"Knights of the Frozen Throne" Is the Next Hearthstone Expansion

Rumors have been circling for quite a while now that the next Hearthstone [Free] expansion is going to have something to do with the World of Warcraft expansion Wrath of the Lich King... Which turned out to be pretty close. Originally leaking on a Chinese Hearthstone site this morning, and then officially revealed by Blizzard moments ago, the next expansion is titled Knights of the Frozen Throne. Ben Brode and Jason Chayes blow the roof off the whole thing with this reveal video:..

Classic Reload - 'Punch Quest'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the regular feature where the ghostly apparition of Blake haunts us at every turn. In this feature, we take a look at games from the App Store's past to see how they hold up in the harsh, post-apocalyptic wastelands of 2017. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. As the three-time winner of the prestigious Some Pig Award, I try to choose a balanced selection of games, but if you have a suggestion, I'm all ears. You can comment below with the games you'd like to see featured and I'll add them to the master list for future consideration...

Out Now: 'Star Vikings Forever', 'Hoggy 2', 'Drop Wizard Tower', 'Grand Prix Story 2', 'Mini DayZ', 'SIEGE: Titan Wars', 'Crushy Bricks', 'Dude Ball', 'Rogue Hacker', 'JiPPO! Street' and More

It's once again that time of week to round up all of the best new iOS game releases of the past 7 days, and before we officially get started let me answer a question that I'm sure is on a lot of your minds: No, Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition is not out yet! I've been refreshing the App Store all day, but it didn't creep out in time for tonight's post. It IS supposed to launch this week though, and my money is on either later tonight or very early tomorrow morning, US time. We'll for sure give you a heads up the moment it arrives! Never fear though because the rest of this week's lineup is extremely strong itself, so dig into the full list of new games below and let us know which ones you'll be picking up this week!..

New iOS Games on Our Forums: 'in:dark', 'Mine Quest 2', 'Kraken Land', 'Grand Prix Story 2', 'Pixel Heroes', and more

We're back in full swing after an extended holiday weekend here in the USA, but that doesn't mean this Wednesday also isn't a holiday for someone. Turns out today is National Graham Cracker Day, which apparently is observed by eating graham crackers. No word if Teddy Grahams count or not, I suppose that's up to the person celebrating. Anyway, even though the first two days of the week were smoked out with fireworks and other fourth of July festivities, there's still a load of great new games that hit the App Store this week: ..

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Marvel Avengers Academy', 'Death Road to Canada', 'Pokemon: Magikarp Jump', 'Crash Club', 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 feels like we're starting to see more big content add-ons again recently. Some new 64-bit updates, of course, but we're focusing on updates with more stuff added here. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper 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: 'Missile Cards'

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 Best Tactical RPGs for iPhone and iPad - An RPG Reload Ranking

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where our battles to the death are usually turn-based. In each of these columns, we take a look at some aspect of RPG gaming on iOS. Often, it's in the form of a replay or a retrospective, but today I want to try out something new. In the last couple of months, we went through the history of tactical RPGs, from Dungeons & Dragons to Fire Emblem Echoes. Although I felt that was finished with the end of the historical line, so to speak, I got to thinking this week that these trips through history present us with an opportunity to do something that is often requested of us here at TouchArcade: lists of the best examples of each gaming genre. Consider this, then, your starter set for tactical RPGs on iOS. Are there other excellent ones? You bet! This is just my opinion, after all. But this gives you a place to get started in the genre with some assurance of reasonable quality...

Out Now: 'Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow', 'Missile Cards', 'Kalimba', 'Swing King and the Temple of Bling', 'Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire', 'Safari Kart', 'Fate/Grand Order', 'All That Remains: Part 1' and More

We're about halfway through the week which means it's time for a deluge of new iOS games to hit the App Store. And WHAT a week we've got. Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow has arrived and as long as you're not opposed to typical free to play game stuff it seems like it's chock full of cool fan service. If free to play's not your thing, the fully premium Missile Cards is a mashup of card game and Missile Command and it's been getting rave reviews in our community so far. It's a port of a desktop game, as is the puzzle platformer Kalimba which was very well regarded on that platform. And much more! So dig into the full list of games below and let us know which games you've got your eye on this week...

New iOS Games on Our Forums: 'Missile Cards', 'Laser Kitty Pow Pow', 'Fate/Grand Order' and More

It's Wednesday again, which means it's time to strap in for another dump truck full of new iOS games to try out. It's also apparently INTERNATIONAL CAPS LOCK DAY, so, if you like typing in all caps, today is the day to ... celebrate ... that? Provided you don't care about terrible netiquette, that is. Anyway, this list is a little shorter than usual because I'm posting this way earlier in the day than I usually do. I've got some things to take care of super early this morning, but will definitely update this article with new things that pop up later in the day. Just wanted to get this out there!..

Card Pack Changes, Token Shaman Guide, Kripp and Kibler Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News on 'Touchstone' #103

Hello Hearthstone [Free] players, and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our roundup of the best stories and videos from last week. As you've probably heard by now, we got some great news last week about changes in the card packs, changes that should help free-to-play players build better collections for cheaper. We also had some issues with the upcoming Wild Open. You will also read a Token Shaman guide, take a look at the good and bad Un'Goro card designs, and more. And, of course, we have the best videos from the past week. So sit back, grab a cup of coffee, and let's begin...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Pokemon Go', 'Burrito Bison: Launcha Libre', 'Vainglory', 'TypeShift', and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the most noteworthy updates of the last seven days. Some awesome games got 64-bit compatibility in the last week! But besides that, some other games got some pretty cool content updates, too. 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 in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Cash Cow: Anniversary Edition'

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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