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RPG Reload Feature - The Curious Case of Premium Spin-Offs of F2P Hits

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, your destination for all things mobile RPG. In addition to the other kinds of articles you'll find under this banner, I'll also occasionally be writing not about specific games, but about a topic connected to mobile RPGs. This week is one such installment. We're taking a look at an interesting phenomenon that has started to occur with increasing regularity in the Japanese gaming market. Mobile gaming has long since overtaken the other gaming markets in Japan, and the result is that a lot of the most popular modern gaming IPs have their origins in the mobile market. We're all used to seeing cherished old console franchises trotted out wearing free-to-play skins on mobile, but in Japan, the opposite case is beginning to happen. This article will take a look at some of the most famous examples, with a little extra analysis on the sales performance of those games and the possible motivations behind creating them...

Out Now: 'Splitter Critters', 'A Normal Lost Phone', 'Pokemon Duel', 'One Piece Thousand Storm', 'Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag', 'Akihabara - Feel the Rhythm', 'Creature Quest', 'I Love Hue' and More

It's that time of week again when we roundup all of the new iOS game releases of the past seven days. As always, there's a hefty list of new games below that run the gamut of genres, and there's very likely at least a little something for everyone. Normally we ask you to share which games you're interested in the comments section, but we've been trying out Discord [Free] for the past several weeks and have ended up growing quite an entertaining little community of chatters. So, in addition to the comments section below, feel free to mash this link to get invited to our Discord chat and discuss which games you're excited about this week with other members of the TA community!..




New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Dandy Dungeon', 'One Piece Thousand Storm', 'Pokemon Duel', 'Realm Grinder' and More

It's hard to believe it's already been a year since the last time we pulled out all the stops to celebrate Fluoride Day. While you're pouring one out for one of my favorite minerals added to drinking water, why not play some new iOS games? Alternatively, if you're looking to distract yourself from the government mind control caused by fluoridation of water, iOS games work great for that too. Some of these games have been out for a while, like Dandy Dungeon and One Piece Thousand Storm, but I'm including them in this listing because they're brand new on the US App Store... If you're in Japan and scratching your head at these "old" games, that's why!..

Buccaneer Nerf Coming(?), Gadgetzan's Effect, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #81

Hello Hearthstone [Free] players and welcome to another news and videos weekly roundup here at TouchArcade. I hope you've been enjoying your play and, hopefully, haven't been encountering too many Pirates along the way. This week we have some more talk on Gadgetzan and its effects, some interesting meta discussions, and, of course, some fun videos. I don't remember any other expansion creating so much talk post-release as Gadgetzan has, not so much in terms of intensity but in terms of how many different topics it seems to have generated. From talk about Pirates to discussions on Control decks to much more, this has been quite an interesting time for the game, hasn't it? Let's jump right in, then...

Update Mondays: 'A Noble Circle', 'Geometry Dash', 'Phoenix 2', 'Subway Surfers', 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. With the Lunar New Year upon us, plenty of games are taking advantage of the holiday to deliver some cool updates. There are plenty of non-holiday updates this week, too. 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: 'Red's Kingdom'

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 Developer Spotlight 004 - Raj Dhillon from WaveLight Games

It's time for the next installment in our monthly series of articles looking at the developers and publishers behind some of our favorite games. The aim here is for you readers to get a sense of the person, so the tone is more conversational than we usually use in interviews here at TouchArcade. it's also not necessarily about the games themselves, either. Basically, we'll kick off and see where the conversation takes us. This month, we're speaking to Raj Dhillon of WaveLight Games, the developer behind the Demon's Rise series of SRPGs, which consists of Demon's Rise [$7.99] and relatively recent release Demon's Rise 2 [$7.99]...

'Star Wars: Force Arena' Guide - Tips and Tricks for Winning Battles

With an interesting mix between hero-centric MOBA gameplay combined with card battling mechanics from Clash Royale, Star Wars: Force Arena [Free] is a fairly unique hybrid on iOS. Even if you weren’t fan of Star Wars in general, there’s enough of a twist in terms of gameplay that it may be worth checking it out regardless. Of course, being a freemium title, there are plenty of the usual freemium systems in play to try and coax money out of players. We’ll discuss those, along with some specific gameplay guidance, in the hope of giving you a leg up on the competition...

Out Now: 'WarFriends', 'Z-Exemplar', 'Stickman Surfer', 'Red's Kingdom', 'Drop'd', 'Sky Dancer', 'Polywarp', 'ChocoRun2' and More

It's either Wednesday or Thursday for everyone around the globe (if it's Saturday something has gone horribly wrong where you live) which means that a ton of new games have arrived in the App Store. This week sees the forever-in-soft-launch cover-based shooter Warfriends finally launch worldwide, and the seems-like-forever-in-development ZX Spectrum-inspired horizontal shooter Z-Exemplar finally make its way to release. Those along with the typical wide spectrum of other new types of games can be found in the full list below, so let us know which games you've got your eye on this week!..

New Games on Our Forums: 'Z-Exemplar' 'Endless-A Lost Note' 'Sky Dancer', and More

Well it's apparently National Gourmet Coffee Day, and here I am sitting here drinking my Kirkland brand pre-ground decaf like some kind of idiot. Anyway, the first crop of new games of the week have been posted to our forums. If you've got a game that's coming out this week, and haven't posted your active iTunes link to the forums yet, ya'll need to get on that...

Nintendo Switch Hands-On Impressions: How Does Nintendo's New Device Compare to the iPhone and iPad?

It takes a lot to get me up at 4am UK time, but that's exactly what Nintendo did when they captured the imaginations of many gamers around the globe with their Nintendo Switch in-depth reveal last Friday. With specific details of the hardware, release date, and a whole host of game reveals for the upcoming twelve months, Nintendo demonstrated a device that has the potential to be truly game-changing, but still leaves us with a lot of questions. Is the Nintendo Switch worth its $300 price tag, and how does it compare to similar touch-screen devices such as the iPhone and iPad and their unparalleled library of games? Last Sunday, I attended the Nintendo Switch Premiere Event in London's Hammersmith Apollo, and my hands-on experience of the revolutionary new console alleviated many of my initial fears, even if some lingering doubts regarding the extent of developer support for the device remained...

Developer Comments, 'Gadgetzan' Mechanics, Budget Decks, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #80

Hello everyone and welcome to our weekly roundup of Hearthstone [Free] news and videos. And it's the eightieth issue, which means I've been doing this for over a year and a half. So, I might just bake a Hearthstone-shaped cake and eat it all by myself. My apologies for last week's absence, but I had to hop over to Europe for work-related reasons (they had to really twist my arm to do so). This past week was an intriguing one in the world of Hearthstone because we got to hear quite a lot from the game's developers, both in numerous interviews and in a live Q&A. So, we got to hear about the Gadgetzan design process, ideas regarding how to fix the game's problems, and much more. In addition to those stories, there's also tournament talk, the current state of the meta, as well as plenty of entertaining videos and commentary on the developers' recent ideas. So without further ado, let us walk over the image below and unto the text...

Update Mondays: 'Disney Crossy Road', 'Marvel Future Fight', 'My Horse Prince', 'Skyline Skaters', 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. There's a chill in the air, which might explain why things are still not quite at full speed on the update front this year. We've got some good ones this week, no doubt, but not many surprises beyond the appearance of our favorite Man-Horse Dating Simulator. 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: 'The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth'

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...

Classic Reload - 'Ridiculous Fishing: A Tale of Redemption'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the monthly feature where we have issues with jellyfish. Each month, we take a look at a golden oldie from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall iOS library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. I try to pick a balanced plate of games from month to month, but if there's something you really want to see, let me know in the comments below. You might not see your suggestion soon, but it will be added to the list for future consideration...

Out Now: 'The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth', 'Sonny', 'Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links', 'Bubble Witch Saga 3', 'Super Hyper Ball 2', 'Towaga' and More

In case you haven't heard, The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth is out on iOS! It's been a long, strange journey but well worth the wait to finally have one of the finest roguelike dungeon crawlers in the world in our pockets at all times. If you can manage to pull yourself away from Isaac for a bit, though, there's actually a ton of other awesome stuff arriving this week, as is the case with pretty much every week on the App Store. Plus there's a handful of pretty darn awesome games that are scheduled to arrive today but just haven't shown up yet, so whenever those start showing up we'll update this post here. So be sure to look through the full list of games that actually are out now below and let us know which ones you'll be picking up this week!..

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'The Binding of Issac: Rebirth', 'Bubble Witch 3 Saga', 'Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links', and a Bunch More

Aaaaaaaaaahhhhh it's finally here, The Binding of Issac: Rebirth [$14.99], which really seems like the perfect game to get to celebrate today's made up holiday which is Cigarettes are Hazardous to Your Health Day! For real though, the game is fabulous, the port is great, the controls are on par with the best dual stick shooters, but most importantly: We need to support premium games like this as a community of iOS gamers. If you often find yourself complaining about free to play, IAP, shallow games, and all the other common mobile criticisms, put your money where your mouth is and download The Binding of Issac. Nothing would make me happier than for word to get out that the port did incredibly well on mobile, as it could help to reinvigorate interest from developers to make more premium iOS games if we show them a market exists for them. Here's a lengthy Let's Play that will give you a great idea of what you're in for:..

'The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth' is Now Available on the App Store

It's here at last! The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth [$14.99] is out now on iOS, at a price of $14.99. One of the most popular roguelike dual-stick shooter series in gaming, the mobile version of this has been hotly anticipated, with estimated release dates being pushed back. However, on the evening of January 10th in the US, the release of the game was given a surprise drop as announced by Tyrone Rodriguez of Nicalis, the game's publisher:..

Apple Revealed the iPhone 10 Years Ago Today

On this day ten years ago Steve Jobs took the stage and revealed the cell phone that would quite literally change everything about mobile devices. Originally mocked as a $500 phone, Apple's iPhone totally redefined what a smart phone even was. Prior to waiting in line to buy mine, I had a variety of different wacky Windows smartphones and a few different Palm Treos, and it's hard to really describe just how magical the first time you did the "Slide to Unlock" gesture on the iPhone compared to everything you've used before. All of the things that made the iPhone so revolutionary just seem obvious now, but it's hard to overstate just how crazy watching this keynote was back in 2007:..

Update Mondays: 'Templar Battleforce', 'Trials Frontier', 'Don't Grind', 'Cookie Jam', 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. Things are starting to pick up again on the update front, albeit pretty slowly. There are some really good ones this week, at least, even if we're not exactly swimming in them. 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!..

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