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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Jade Empire: Special 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...

RPG Reload Developer Spotlight 001 - Josh Presseisen from Crescent Moon Games

As mentioned in last month's RPG Reload roadmap, we're going to be taking one column out of every month to interview some of 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. To start this series, Josh Presseisen from Crescent Moon Games has graciously agreed to be the guinea pig. Crescent Moon is perhaps most famous for the Ravensword [$6.99] series of RPGs, but they publish all kinds of games, including the recent Legend of the Skyfish [$3.99] and Atomic Super Lander [$2.99]...




We're still on the hunt for Jade Empire to appear on the App Store, but I've got Shaun's review of the game locked and loaded for the second an active iTunes link appears. [Edit: It's out now, here's our review.] While we wait, there's a whole bunch of other super rad games that came out this week. Feast your eyes on the full roundup (so far, anyway)...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Arcadecraft', 'Vanquisher', 'Demon Party' and More

Holy crap it's National Kale Day. I still remember when I first tried to convince myself that kale chips were good. If you've never tried them, well, don't bother. Anyway, if that's a challenge you feel like taking on today, at least there's a bundle of great iOS games out (and coming out) to play. Jade Empire is expected to hit later this evening, but for now, here's the new games that have been posted to our forums this week. If your game isn't in this list, be sure to make a thread for it before the full roundup goes live at 10:00 PM Eastern...

Blizzard Announced Nerfs, Trump, Reynad, Kibler, and Others Respond, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #67

What a week this one was. We've talked repeatedly the past few weeks that the Hearthstone [Free] community wasn't happy with the state of the game partly because of the high level of RNG and because of the rather monotonous meta that consisted of Shaman upon Shaman and a few Warriors on the side. Well, Blizzard was indeed listening because out of nowhere, we got information that in the next patch (6.1.3), the developers are bringing the nerf hammer out of the drawer and banging away. The nerfs, which I talk about in more detail below, are substantial and should hit some of the most popular decks while also trying to ensure a better game going forward. Whether they will succeed, we shall see...

Update Mondays: 'Disney Crossy Road', 'Siralim 2', 'Leap Day', 'Pocket Mine 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. It's another healthy crop of updates this week, with plenty of big names and cult favorites alike. 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: 'Pumped BMX 3'

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 File 094 - 'Yipe 5'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we chomp burgers and stomp zombunnies. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it hold up in the modern day. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their overall place in the iOS library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. Since my whole village was just burnt to the ground, I suppose I'm the hero of this piece, and that means I'm in charge of the schedule. While I do my best to present a balanced plate, if you think I'm missing something important, please let me know. You can comment below, post in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in our forums, or tweet me at @RPGReload. Since the schedule is planned well in advance, you might not see your suggestion soon, but it will go on the master list...

Out Now: 'Banner Saga 2', 'Pumped BMX 3', 'PewDiePie's Tuber Simulator', 'Infinite Tanks', 'Agatha Christie: ABC Murders', 'Concrete Jungle', 'Zip Zap', 'Age of Heroes: Conquest' and More

It's turned out to be a "banner" week of new iOS releases. You see what I did there? Because the iOS version of Banner Saga 2 dropped earlier today, I used the word banner in the opening. Yuk yuk. Not just that, though, but the latest entry in one of my all-time favorite series, Pumped BMX, has arrived as has the latest from Sky Gamblers developer Atypical Games, a tank-battling and customizing game called Infinite Tanks. I've got more new games on my plate than I can handle even before all these new releases this week, so I should probably stop yapping and get to some playing. Let us know which games you'll be picking up this week in the comments below!..

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Concrete Jungle', 'Paperback: The Game', 'Zip Zap' and More

Oh man, so for all the made up holidays that land on Wednesdays, today's might be the best one. It's National Drink Beer Day, which I think I've really got no choice but to celebrate. Too bad it doesn't also fall on Saturday, which is Cantillon's Zwanze Day which is kind of a big deal if you're into the whole craft beer scene. I'm still trying to rationalize attending the $85 tasting event in my area, which is a lot for a beer event where you don't walk away with a bunch of bombers to take home. Anyway, this week has been particularly plentiful for new iPhone games, so sink your teeth into some of these...

Yogg-Saron (Again), RNG Talk (Again), Cheap Legend Decks, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #66

Welcome to another weekly roundup of everything that's happened in the world of Hearthstone [Free]. This has been another week where players have complained about the state of the meta and about how the game doesn't feel as fun as it used to. I feel we're going to be hearing the same complaints until we get new cards, get cards nerfed, or get cards banned. When will that happen, I have no idea, but it's hard to ignore the fact that we are once more going through very interesting times. Outside the complaining part, we got news on the upcoming World Championship, more on the making of One Night in Karazhan, and much more. So, on we go...

Update Mondays: 'Teeny Titans', 'Pokemon Go', 'Real Racing 3', 'Pac-Man 256', 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 spiffy games in this week's round-up, but which one is a bad enough dude to take home our coveted prize? Read on, friends. 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: 'Vulture Island'

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 File 093 - 'WazHack'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the semi-weekly feature where we can't quite remember how old that rat meat is. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's doing in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit some old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. As the ringleader of this little circus, I try to choose a balanced selection of games from week to week. If you feel I'm missing something important, however, please let me know. You can do that by posting a comment below, dropping by the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. Since I plan the schedule pretty far in advance, it might be a while before you see your suggestion, but it will be added to the master list...

Out Now: 'Sorcery! 4', 'Batman - The Telltale Series', 'Primordia', 'Faily Rider', 'Vulture Island', 'Tons of Bullets', 'Huetopia' and More

It's that time of week again when all the new iOS games pour from the App Store like a bursting dam, and this week in particular has some pretty heavy hitters. I mean, those few slow weeks earlier this month had to come to an end at some point, right? Telltale's Batman, the fourth and final Sorcery! game, and a port of adventure game Primordia are the headliners this week, but there's also lots of other interesting-looking games I know I'll be filling up my iPhone 7's storage with. So check out the full list below and as always let us know which games you'll be picking up!..

Happy International Banana Festival, everyone! (Keep in mind, today is not to be confused with National Banana Day, which is apparently a totally different holiday.) I guess bananas are good enough to occupy more than one day on the made up holiday calendar, which, well, seems alright to me I guess. A bunch of iOS developers are joining in on the International Banana Festival celebrations. This list should get a few additions throughout the day as well, since we're expecting Sorcery 4 and a bunch of other games which likely aren't Jade Empire to be randomly popping up on iTunes at some point very soon...

Yogg-Saron RNG, Arena Bans, BatStone Bans, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'TouchStone' #65

Welcome to another weekly roundup of all things Hearthstone [Free]. This has been an interesting week with the release of the Arena bans and the continuous talk about the future of the game's competitive scene. I believe it's fair to say that the game is going through one of its most turbulent periods in terms of how people see it and how they see its future. Of course no one is saying that the game isn't popular and won't continue to be so, but there's definitely a general feeling that the game probably isn't where the developers and players would want it to currently. The good news is that pro players like Firebat are jumping in to offer solutions to the game's competitive issues. So, read on...

Update Mondays: 'Horizon Chase', 'Pokemon Go', 'World of Tanks Blitz', 'Dungeon Link', 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's an interesting mix this week, with a lot of familiar faces and a few we don't see quite so often. 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: 'Ember'

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Ember'

September 16th, 2016 9:00 PM EST by Jared Nelson in Featured, Game of the Week, News
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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...

Ten of the Best Graphically Impressive Games to Play on Your New iPhone 7

It's new iPhone day! As my colleague Eli noted earlier, though, we're living in a bit of a weird time in terms of technological advancements of iPhone hardware. In the earlier days, there were more major advancements to each new iPhone that were noticeably impressive, like the graphical leap from the iPhone 3G to the 3GS, or the gorgeous new Retina Display on the iPhone 4. In terms of hardware advancements that you could actually see, things have been incremental since around the iPhone 5S time. The bump up in screen sizes made things pretty interesting when the iPhone 6 models arrived, but last year and now with the new iPhone 7 there's just nothing drastically different about each new iPhone...

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