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New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Legend of Heropolis', 'Pixel Car Racer', 'Cthulhu Clicker' and More

I was really hoping to be able to ring in Walk on Stilts Day in with a whole avalanche of brand new iOS games, but it's looking like we're in the midst of another App Store SNAFU this week where iTunes isn't being super cooperative. It's making finding listings for this week's new games more difficult than usual, and AppShopper isn't being much help either. Thing is, I know there's a bunch more games coming out this week, they're just not on the App Store yet. Does this mean another shift in the way Apple releases new iOS games? (Remember, new games used to not be available for download until 11:00 PM Eastern.) Or, is iTunes just being weird? Flip a coin, read some tea leaves, and grab your dowsing rods as there's not a great way to tell...

Karazhan Adventure Coming (?), Frodan Talks Pro Scene, Best Decks for the Meta, and More 'Hearthstone' News in Touchstone #57

Welcome everyone to another weekly roundup of all Hearthstone [Free] news, and apologies for coming to you one day later than usual. As I wrote about yesterday, I was at San Diego Comic-Con for most of last week, so I didn't have the time to put together a whole column. Still, nothing really happened last week anyway, right? Well, except that long-awaited announcement about new content coming our way soon. We've been seeing the signs for some weeks now, so I wasn't surprised to see tangible evidence of new content, but it's still nice to know we'll be getting new cards soon (how soon no one knows, yet)...




Update Mondays: 'Family Guy: The Quest for Stuff', 'Paint it Back', 'Angry Birds', 'Fruit Ninja', 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. Yikes, it's another really light week of updates. That summer heat must be getting to everyone. Er, except the people in the Southern Hemisphere, I suppose. Anyway, whatever the reason, there's not much to speak of this week, but I've gathered it up nonetheless. 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: 'ReRunners: Race for the World'

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...

Out Now Part 2: 'Bulb Boy', 'Snakebird', 'Terra Monsters 3', 'Dots & Co', 'Diep.io', 'The Witching Hour', 'SBK16', 'Gnome Dash' and More

It's pretty darn common to see new games trickle out well after our weekly Out Now post, and this week was no different. Gone are the days of iOS games releasing (mostly) like clockwork. The latecomers this week are numerous and noteworthy enough that we figured we'd round them up for you here, and even though we've written about a few of these individually already we threw 'em in for the sake of completion. So make sure you've visited the first Out Now post from this week and grabbed any of the new games that caught your eye, but check out this selection as well and make sure you've got plenty to play over the weekend...

RPG Reload File 087 - 'Chaos Rings 2'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where heroes might be gone, but are never forgotten. Each week, we take a look at an RPG 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 position in the overall tapestry, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. I try to choose a balanced plate of RPGs from week to week in order to represent the diverse nature of the genre, but if you feel like I'm missing anything important, please let me know. You can do that by commenting below the article, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. Your suggestion might not appear soon, but it will be added to the master list...

Out Now: 'Guild of Dungeoneering', 'ReRunners', 'Dunkers', 'Crusader Kings: Chronicles', 'Colorpede', 'kubic', 'Eden: The Game', 'Rival Fire' and More

It's once again that time of week when a flood of new games hit the iOS App Store. As usual, there is a ton of stuff on offer this week, including a few big-name games we've been waiting to arrive or exit their soft-launch period. Check out the full list of games below and be sure to visit the forum threads for each to see what others are saying about this week's haul, and as always be sure to let us know which games you'll be picking up in the comments section below...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Dead Shell', 'Tiny Archers', 'FIE Swordplay' and Tons More

According to obscure holiday-collecting web sites, today is nap day. Some guy on Blogspot calling the day nap day is more than good enough for me, and really, it should be good enough for you. Anyway, assuming you're not taking this opportunity to go take a nap right now, there's a ton of new iOS games for you to download today (and quite a few soft launches)...

An Interview With Akihiko Yoshida, Yuji Okada, and Satoshi Matsura from the 'Battle Champs' Team

Recently, I was invited to come and visit the headquarters of BlazeGames, the developer behind the new game Battle Champs [Free]. Along with a few other members of the media, I was given a brief tour of their offices located in Shibuya, Tokyo, and got to see a short presentation about Battle Champs. The highlight of the trip was a chance to ask some questions about the game to a few of the team members. Producer Yuji Okada, art director Akihiko Yoshida, and assistant art director Satoshi Matsura all took some time out of their busy schedules to tell me about the new game. As the interview ended up being quite lengthy, I'm breaking it up into two different articles. Check in tomorrow for the second part...

Hello, gentle listeners, and welcome to a much-belated episode of the RPG Reload Podcast. We're a couple of weeks late this month, and that's partly from tech problems and partly from my strict schedule the last few weeks. It's here now, though, and the good news is that the next episode is just that much sooner. So join me, Eric, and Andy in a very special recording from the halcyon pre-Pokemon Go days as we discuss the latest in three-week-old news and our featured game, Stoic Studios' Banner Saga. We've got a good mix as Eric was playing it for the first time, while Andy had been through the game before when he wrote the TouchArcade review...

'Ulduar' Adventure Rumors, Expensive and Cheap Decks, the State of Priest, and More 'Hearthstone' News in 'Touchstone' #56

Welcome to another weekly roundup that helps you keep up with all that's going on in the world of Hearthstone [Free]. This week we have even more whispers of possible themes for the next Adventure, two stories about decklists you can put together depending on whether you're rolling in dust or running out of it, a long article that tries to figure out why Priest is so bad in the competitive environment, info on the latest patch and its new, Murloc Shaman hero, and more. And there's some interesting new video series, for instance one that's all about Hearthstone in VR. With the buzz about an adventure announcement becoming stronger by the day, I'm guessing it won't be long before we start the song and dance of analyzing new cards and trying to figure out how the meta will change. Until then, though, let's talk about this week...

Update Mondays: 'Sky Force Reloaded', 'Marvel Future Fight', 'War Tortoise', 'The Sandbox Evolution', 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. So I was already to go for a full-sized article this week, only to find that this was a pretty quiet week. Oh well, that's how it goes sometimes. 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: 'Hero Slide'

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...

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where pouring milk on an inn allows it to charge a higher rate. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's holding up in the modern day. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their position in the overall library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. As mayor of this city, I try to choose a balanced plate of games from week to week, but if you feel like I'm missing anything important, you can let me know by leaving a comment below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. The schedule is already done up quite far in advance, so you might not see your suggestion soon, but it will be added to the master list...

Out Now: 'Quell Zen', 'Bomboras Forever', 'Combo Critters', 'Lanota', 'Crush Your Enemies', 'Klocki', 'Polyforge', 'Comblosion' and More

Welcome to another Wednesday night slash Thursday morning and another Out Now post filled with a ton of new iOS games. The "big name" game this week was definitely Day of the Tentacle Remastered, which dropped somewhat out of nowhere earlier this week, and is an absolute treat on mobile. However, I've already ran through the entire game since it came out, and as is pretty normal for a mobile gamer, I'm hungry for more, More, MORE! As always we list all the noteworthy or otherwise interesting-looking games below along with links to each game's forum threads, screenshots, and descriptions, so give this list a nice look and let us know which games you're interested in this week down in the comments below...

While it seems that Pokemon Go [Free] has completely taken over the planet, brave developers are still releasing new iOS games this week. The haul feels a little lighter than usual as far as big name releases are concerned, and we got more than a few emails from devs who pushed their game release back 1-2 weeks likely to try to avoid Poke-mania... So the next couple weeks should be pretty full. Either way, it's National Beans 'n' Franks Day, so regardless of whether you're playing Pokemon Go or downloading these new games, it's time to break the glass on your emergency supply of hot dogs and baked beans...

The Carter Crater: 'Pokemon GO' Shows Why Nintendo Needs to Go Mobile-First Now

Nintendo should cancel the NX and go exclusively mobile as soon as possible. I admit that is a hot take after a few days of Pokemon GO [Free], but why shouldn't they be making a major mobile push right now? The Pokemon Company releases an app that has server issues, eats your battery, has loads of concerns as to its long-term depth being a more shallow experience than Ingress [Free], whose database it capitalizes on. That's not to mention that the game has had tons of server issues, is only available in a few countries, is a privacy nightmare that's probably sending all your embarrassing photos to your exes, oh and it has gotten absolutely zero acknowledgement of its existence by Apple nor Google. If literally anyone else released a game in this state, it would be a massive failure. None of that mattered: the app shot up to number one in downloads and grossing in the US, and it became a massive cultural phenomenon literally overnight. Nintendo is so popular it doesn't play by any of the rules that everyone else in the market has to play by. Why is Nintendo wasting time trying to sell hardware when they can print money on mobile without even trying that hard?..

Best Wild Decks, Control Shaman, Next Adventure Theme, and More 'Hearthstone' News in 'Touchstone' #55

Welcome to another weekly roundup of all news Hearthstone [Free]. This week hasn't been a barn burner, so don't expect any mind-blowing stories; still, there are some interesting things to talk about, like more and more people talking about Wild compared to a few weeks ago and the first mentions of future Adventures. There were stories about the best - or most entertaining - Wild decks along with a sense of the current Wild meta, hopes for what the next Adventure will hold, Shaman talk, the history of Miracle Rogue, and more. And, of course, the most entertaining videos of the week. So, enjoy this week's roundup, and let's hope we start hearing more about more content soon...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Super Stickman Golf 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 Presents - The History of Handheld RPGs, Part Eleven

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload. This week, we're continuing our little monthly project looking at the history of handheld RPGs. That means that we will not be taking a look at a specific RPG from the App Store's past this time around. Last month, we looked at the Nintendo 3DS, a machine that had some trouble finding its footing initially. In the long run, it has proven to be quite the little RPG machine, however. If you thought that tale was harrowing, however, you haven't seen anything yet. This month, we're looking at the other side of the current generation of dedicated handheld gaming hardware, the PlayStation Vita...

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