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The Fretz Zone: A Comment on Comments

Imagine, if you will, a periodical written by a man who loves games. A periodical devoted to sniffing out the things that could be better, could be much better than they currently are. You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension, a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of the mind. You are moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You have crossed over into The Fretz Zone...

RPG Reload File 039 - 'Rogue Ninja'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we beat up kappa and eat up kappamaki. Friends, you do not want to mix those things up, I assure you. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to give it another spin. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, check up on games that might have seen some improvements over time, or even just to take a deeper dive on particularly interesting titles. As the leader of this particular party, I try to balance out the schedule with a wide variety of RPGs. That said, every person has their own biases, so to make sure nothing gets left behind, I throw the choice to you, the readers, once per month. Simply let me know your suggestion by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload thread in the forums, or tweeting me at @RPGReload. I randomly choose the winner, so anyone has a chance! The next reader's choice article is coming up in a couple of weeks, so be sure to get your selection in soon...

'I Love Your Game. I Give It One Star' - The Crazy World of App Store Reviews

I've got a confession to make: I take a perverse interest in trawling the App Store to find the most absurd reviews. It's an unusual sport, I'll grant you, and there certainly aren't any winners. It started with Monument Valley [$3.99], or more specifically with its super-cheap but still-not-quite-free Forgotten Shores expansion, which some people were really mad about. That was when we all witnessed just how entitled, angry and vicious the gaming public could be. Now, granted, we knew that already, but this dark new era is marked by irked gamers' realisation that they can actually harm a good game's sales by overwhelming its App Store reviews with negative scores...

Out Now: 'Sword Of Xolan', 'Skiing Yeti Mountain', 'Brickies', 'Til Morning's Light', 'Shredmill', 'Edge of Oblivion: Alpha Squadron 2', 'Risky Rescue' and More

Welcome to another week of new iOS games! It's an exciting week for me personally as I've been dying to get my hands on the pixely action platformer Sword Of Xolan ever since I first saw the trailer, as well as the pixely SkiFree-inpsired skiing game Skiing Yeti Mountain. Plus the Noodlecake-published Brickies looks like a novel take on brick breakers, and Jared Bailey's latest Shredmill seems like a quirky high scoring game. Plus, not only is this huge list of games below all available in the US now, but there's our list from this morning which had a bunch of stuff on it that was already out, so be sure to check that one out too and let us know which games you'll be picking up...

Don't Fret About the Future of Mobile Gaming. Everything's Going to be Okay.

We are cursed to live in interesting times in gaming. Things are chaotic, and the industry could go in any one of a million directions. Eli Hodapp talked recently about how he sees signs of console/desktop publishers making new, more concerted mobile efforts. Dedicated gaming hardware is in decline and its possible death throes. The way games are bought and sold is changing as digital distribution and the internet continues to be the biggest shock to media since the invention of the printing press. Established publishers and developers are shifting focus. Independent developers don't know if it'll still be possible to make a living off of their games. Everything's a mess and it could all change tomorrow. It can be easy to see the way that gaming has changed recently, and the direction that you might see it going, and fret about it. I agree, things are chaotic and unpredictable right now. But here's what? As a fan of mobile gaming in particular? Don't worry about it. So many signs point to possible futures where free-to-play is widespread but more palatable to enthusiast gamers than ever; where big publishers help innovate and expand mobile gaming beyond its current state; where mobile gets to pick up where dedicated hardware leaves off; and where our backlogs continue to expand until the sun engulfs us all. Everything is going to be okay!..

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Brickies', 'The Top Spot', 'Ice Age Avalanche' and Tons More

Submitted for the approval of the Weak Week Society is a week full of games. Chalk it up to App Store weirdness or whatever else, but most of the games are actually out right now. I've broken the list up into three, stuff that you can grab this instant, Microsoft's Age of Empires which is the only noteworthy thing soft launching this week (so far) and the normal stuff that's coming out at the normal 11:00 PM Eastern time tonight...

Editor's Notes: Exciting Things Ahead for Mobile Gaming

One of the things people always say they love about our podcast is getting a behind the scenes look at TouchArcade and the mobile gaming world. So, unless you're a podcast person, you're missing out on that kind of thing. So, hey, why not apply that same flavor into some kind of recurring thing around here that's quicker to digest than listening to our awesome, but long, podcast? At least it seems like a good idea on paper. I'll try to put one of these up weekly, assuming there's something entertaining to write about, of course...

Update Mondays: 'Injustice', 'Ys Chronicles 1', 'Candy Crush Saga', 'Hoplite', 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 a nice set of updates this week, with bug fixes, new content, and other goodies for games both free and paid. 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: 'Heroes and Castles 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...

Best iPhone and iPad Games - 5/15/15 - 'Legend of Grimrock', 'The Enchanted Cave 2', 'Kindo', 'Seek: Find Your Friends' and 'Fearless Fantasy'

It's awesome when a game you've been looking forward to forever comes out and it's even better than you were hoping it'd be. That was the case with Legend of Grimrock, anyway. It's a supremely awesome game that you need to check out, but this week also had loads of rad stuff get released so next week's best games roundup is likely going to be even crazier...

The Apple Watch Review: Week 1 - A Very Beautiful Less Functional Pebble

I've been struggling to come up with the best way to appropriately "review" the Apple Watch. We don't do many hardware reviews of Apple products because our primary platforms are the iPhone and iPad, two product families that are arguably pretty dumb to review because in the case of the iPhone we're on the 8th generation of a device that's only gotten better. Additionally, the historical precedence of how awesome iPhones get with each revision leads most people to (admittedly, very safely) buy one on day one. Sure, there's been a few *gates here and there between Antennagate and Bendgate, but by and large, every iPhone is better than the last one. I doubt very many people are out there who are waiting for the reviews to come in before buying a new iPhone, and people who do fall inside that demographic are likely just going to wait for the next (print) issue of Consumer Reports. Almost the exact same thing can be said for the iPad...

Many of our readers often complain that we seem to be talking a lot about how F2P is the way of the future and how traditional gaming seems to be going the way of the dinosaurs. We may be talking often about how mobile gaming is increasingly synonymous with F2P games, but we are only bringing to you the constantly-increasing flow of news and reports that all appear to be saying the same thing: mobile gaming is rapidly growing, and is overwhelmingly F2P. Today I'm bringing you yet another report, this one from Grand View Research (GVR), that not only talks about how mobile gaming is showing a faster growth than console, but actually predicts a great shift of console and PC gamers to tablet gaming by 2022. And the even more interesting part is that when this report refers to mobile gamers, it pretty much describes your average casual F2P gamer...

RPG Reload File 038 - 'Battleheart'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where the healer never heals quite as fast as we'd like. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the swirling mists of time to see if it can survive in our enlightened future society. It's a chance for some revisiting, reflecting, and going in different directions than a regular review typically allows. I'm your host on this little tour, and while I choose the course most of the time, this isn't just my bus to steer. Once a month, I put the choice to you, the reader, to select the game I'll be playing. Simply comment below, post in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or tweet me at @RPGReload with your choice, and you might just get to see me give it some time and a whole lot of words. Now that's something everyone can enjoy!..

Nintendo Refuses to Go the Typical F2P Route, But What if the Revenue Refuses to Flow?

In a meeting with investors during a Financial Results Briefing, Nintendo's president, Satoru Iwata, provided a glimpse into how his company is considering monetizing its upcoming mobile games, and it all sounded like good news to those afraid that Clash of Mario was going to be popping up on the App Store soon. Iwata was constantly hinting at innovating rather than emulating in the area of monetization models, and that can only be good news for the App Store provided the walk matches the talk...

Out Now: 'Heroes and Castles 2', 'Knights of Pen & Paper 2', 'Fearless Fantasy', 'ToFu Hunter', 'BlazBlue: Battle Cards', 'Fragger 2', 'Hardboiled', 'The Barbarian' and More

If you ask a large contingent of people around the TouchArcade community, today, May 14th, is simply "Heroes and Castles 2" release day and nothing more. Indeed, Foursaken Media has quite a dedicated fan base, and this sequel is bigger and badder than the original (which was plenty big and bad) in every way. However, the hits just kept on coming all throughout the day. Knights of Pen & Paper 2, Fearless Fantasy, BlazBlue: Battle Cards… there's just so much on tap for this week. So check everything out in the list below and leave us a comment about which games you'll be picking up...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Heroes and Castles 2', 'Sketchman', 'Gamebook Adventures 10' and Tons More

Hey what do you know, it's Wednesday again and the crowded App Store launch jetway is jammed packed with new games on the verge of launching worldwide. I'm guessing Heroes and Castles 2 is going to make the biggest splash amongst our community, but you never really know until 11:00 PM Eastern rolls around and these games hit the US App Store...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Grim Fandango Remastered'

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 - 5/8/15 - 'Test Chamber', 'Wedding Escape', 'Trulon' and 'Dungeon of Madness'

This was a cool week for game reviews, as Test Chamber sneaking up out of nowhere and being such an awesome game is one of my favorite things about the App Store. There's other great games in this list too, but if for some reason you passed on Test Chamber because of its sterile name or block pushing puzzler gameplay, it definitely deserves a second look...

RPG Reload File 037  - 'Final Fantasy 4'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we keep every severed animal tail we find. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past. It's a bit of reflecting, a bit of revisiting, and a chance to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow us. The RPG world is a wide and diverse one, and I try to present a reasonably balanced selection from week-to-week. To help me with that, I turn the choice to you fine folks once per month. All you have to do is tell me your suggestion in the comments below, by posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forum, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. I'll randomly choose a winner at the appropriate time, and plenty of fun will be had by all. Why, this very article you're reading is one such reader's choice! In the first week of June, this happiness could be your happiness, and all you have to do is say the name of a game. Pretty easy!..

Mi-Clos Studio's Out There [$4.99] was one of my favorite releases of 2014. The brutally difficult, often painfully unfair space adventure game pulled no punches when dishing out unfavorable outcomes in its randomly generated design, but that just made the rewards all the greater when you managed to put together a strong run and beat out the odds by the skin of your teeth. When we learned last summer that Out There would be getting a free "Ω Edition" update I really couldn't wait. Since that time nearly a year ago now, Out There launched on Steam, and in fact that platform was lucky enough to receive the Ω Edition update ahead of mobile. Well, Mi Clos knows us mobile gamers are dying to get our hands on the Ω Edition, and had this tease to share on Twitter today...

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