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New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Dungeon Hunter 5', 'Paper Monsters Recut' and More

This year so far has been really weird for the typical Wednesday release cycle. Previously you could've set your watch by the weekly onslaught of games every Wednesday morning which creeped out on to the New Zealand App Store. In the last few months, however, that trend changed to just straight up releasing your games worldwide, or releasing them at some other random time throughout the day. It's weird, but, whatever, we'll make it work...

Best of GDC 2015: 'Crashlands', 'Does Not Commute', 'Sorcery! 3' and 'Spider: Rite of the Shrouded Moon'

As you all know, last week was GDC 2015 and it was a week-long whirlwind of developer meetings, game demos, walking and Denny's. Everyone is in town all at once and we try to meet with as many people and see as many iOS games as possible. It's exhausting and overwhelming and fun all at the same time, and that's without ever even setting foot on the actual show floor. With all of our GDC coverage finally out there in the open (save for a couple of demos that are held up with embargo silliness) it's time to go back through and highlight the games we found to be our favorite. Here are four games from GDC that you can look forward to playing this year that stood out to us and why...

Apple's "Spring Forward" keynote event is underway, and it's pretty much a given that they'll be unveiling all sorts of new details about the Apple Watch. But there might be some other surprises as well. A refreshed MacBook Air? An iPad Pro announcement? Something to do with Beats or their iTunes Radio streaming services? Who knows! You can watch all the keynote action right from the comfort of wherever the heck you are. ..

Update Mondays: 'The Simpsons: Tapped Out', 'WWE Immortals', 'The Ensign', 'SimCity BuildIt', 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. This week's batch is a bit smaller than the last few weeks, but there are some very significant updates in there. 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!..

The Apple Watch Keynote is Starting Soon, Are You Expecting Games?

Today is the day that we all get to tally our score cards with regards to what the Apple rumor mill was and wasn't right about with the announcement of the Apple Watch set to begin in just under two hours at 10:00 AM Pacific. A lot has been revealed already with regards to how the Apple Watch is going to work, as they were giving full-featured demos following the last keynote:..

Blizzard is still holding their cards pretty close to their chest with regards to the iPhone Hearthstone [Free] client, with no real specific release timing beyond sometime in the next couple months. Regardless, today during their brief keynote during PAX East they revealed a couple images of what it's going to look like running on the iPhone:..

RPG Reload File 028 - 'Phantasy Star 2'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where men get discounts on piano lessons for reasons not divulged in the localization. Each week, we jump into the time tunnel and grab an RPG from the App Store's past to give it a play in modern times. It's a bit of revisiting, a bit of reflection, and a chance to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. The RPG genre is a wide one with a lot of different kinds of games in it, and I try to present a good variety in this feature from week to week. To help me out with that, I turn to you, the reader, to choose what I'm playing once a month. Today's article is one such reader's choice, and the next one at the beginning of April could be yours! All you have to do is tell me the name of the game you'd like to see me play in the comments below, in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or by via a tweet to @RPGReload. I'll randomly choose a winner each time, so even if your choice is unpopular, it still has a chance. Go for it!..

Out Now: 'RAD Boarding', 'Blockwick 2', 'Lastronaut', 'Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic', 'Real Steel Champions', 'Warhammer: Snotling Fling' and More

As you probably know we are at GDC 2015 all week, which has us running around all over town and in general being really busy. Hence why there wasn't our normal "Coming Tonight" post this morning. Apologies for that. However, we did find the time to dig through the forums and compile a list of new game that are out right now, including RAD Boarding, Lastronaut and, a sequel to one of my all-time favorite games, Blockwick 2. So check out the list below and if there's anything we missed give it a shout out in the comments...

Update Mondays: 'Clash Of Clans', 'Final Fantasy', 'Zen Pinball', 'Sonic Dash', 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. I'm trying a slightly different format this week to cut down on some of the clutter. Let me know if you like it. 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: 'iNetHack2'

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 of the Week: 2/27/15 - 'Pinball Arcade: The Addams Family', 'AG Drive' and 'Planet Quest'

Another week of awesome games, including one kinda-sorta weird review where we focus on a specific IAP item inside of a game. But, to be fair, figuring out what to do with content-centric IAP is still a little weird for us... Bur, whatever, you need Pinball Arcade any way you slice it. Again, these are the highest scored reviews we published this week: ..

It's Official: 'Final Fantasy: Record Keeper' Is Releasing In English

If you've listened to TouchArcade's new RPG Reload Podcast, you might have heard me talking about Final Fantasy: Record Keeper, a free-to-play social RPG from DeNA and Square Enix that launched late last year in Japan. Regular readers know that I play a lot of social RPGs, but very few of them actually stay on my phone for any length of time. For all of Square Enix's attempts at the popular genre, up until now none of them had quite the right mix of ingredients to really pull me in. Final Fantasy: Record Keeper finally broke that pattern. I've been playing it steadily for the last few months, and I can't see myself putting it down anytime soon. It hits all the right notes for Final Fantasy fans, and even quite a few of my less mobile-inclined friends have been quite happy with it. The only issue has been the fact that the game is only available in Japanese from the Japanese App Store...

Out Now: 'Overkill 3', 'Age of Sparta', 'Heavenstrike Rivals', 'Prison Life RPG', 'Striker Arena', 'Flop Rocket', 'Roid Rampage', 'Echo Dawn' and More

It has turned out to be a pretty darn busy night of new game releases, as I'm literally finishing up this list as all these games are arriving in the US App Store. They just kept on coming. Besides the big-name titles like Age of Sparta from Gameloft, Heavenstrike Rivals from Square Enix, and Overkill 3 from Craneballs, there are a ton of more low-profile but promising looking games out tonight. A duo of games from Butterscotch Shenanigans with Flop Rocket and Roid Rage, an interesting prison simulator called Prison Life RPG, an extreme version of soccer called Striker Arena, a passion project RPG called Echo Dawn which actually looks quite excellent, and a trio of games with punctuation in their titles: Okay?, Ones!, and Mayhem! Oh, and be sure to catch the trailer for Symmetrica which is awesome, and the game itself looks great too. So put on your perusing hat, carefully look over the list of games below, and let us know which ones you're interested in picking up...

Apple Doesn't Want Guns in App Store Screenshots… Unless They're Pointed at Hitler

The first couple of months of 2015 have been kind of strange when it comes to Apple's App Store regulatory practices. They have a set of fairly clear developer guidelines for creating iOS apps, but they've been famously inconsistent in how and when they enforce them. So far this year we've seen several instances of Apple suddenly deciding to strictly enforce developer guideline 3.6 which states "Apps with App icons, screenshots, and previews that do not adhere to the 4+ age rating will be rejected."..

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Age of Sparta', 'Hell: Fight for Gilrand', 'Atomas' and More

While the jury is still out on whether or not this is a weak week, it certainly is a weird one. For whatever reason there's been a ton of developers breaking out of the normal Wednesday morning release cycle this week. So, I broke the games out into two lists. The first is games that are in New Zealand right now and likely following what we usually see with App Store releases. The second are games which were released yesterday or otherwise soft launched...

Update Mondays: 'WWE Immortals', 'The Simpsons: Tapped Out', 'Bean Dreams', 'Partia 2', 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. The theme with many of this week's updates is the Chinese New Year. Goats for everyone! 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: 'AG Drive'

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 of the Week: 2/20/15 - 'Auro' and 'Alto's Adventure'

It was perhaps a slower-than-normal review week in the world of iOS, but there were definitely a couple of real gems. Here's the top scoring games of the reviews published this week, in case you missed any of them in the flurry of other news posts and videos in the last seven days:..

How Long Do You Feel Entitled to Updates After Buying an iOS Game?

If you talk to a lot of iOS developers like we do, it seems like one thing most of them wrestle with is how to deal with consumer expectations. The early days of the App Store were a brutal mosh pit of developers throwing their elbows in the form of dropping prices, constant update schedules, and doing everything they could to win over a potential fan base. Sales for literally any reason practically became a running joke and games like Pocket God [$0.99] were a big part of what pioneered the whole "Pay us 99¢ and we'll update a game for the rest of your life" mentality that seems to have stuck with a lot of iOS gamers...

Out Now: 'Swap Heroes 2', 'World Zombination', 'Imps in Tokyo', 'Grudgeball: Enter the Chaosphere', 'Happy Pet Story', 'Jolly Jam' and More

Lots of new iOS games have just hit the US App Store, and it's one of those weeks where there's eclectic mix of game types. I was a fan of the original Swap Heroes, so it's neat to see a sequel out, and World Zombination has my attention just for the sheer scope of zombie carnage onscreen all at once. Alto's Adventure is another highly-anticipated game launching tonight, but it's marching to the beat of its own drummer and will release in a few hours. Finally, don't forget about the big Space Miner update, which is basically like getting an awesome new game. Let us know what you'll be playing in the comments below!..

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