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Nintendo is Shutting Down 'Miitomo' on May 9th, Final "Thank You" Event Live Now

Miitomo, we hardly knew ye. Nintendo has officially announced that they've decided to shut down the Miitomo [Free] service this coming May. The company doesn't go into specifics as to why, but it seems pretty clear: Miitomo was kind of a dud right out of the gate. After major anticipation for what Nintendo's first smartphone app would be, I don't think anyone ever guessed that a Mii-based social network sort of thing would be how the legendary video game company would be making their mark in the smartphone world. While there were certainly some cute ideas in Miitomo, it was just too clunky and not enough fun to ever catch on. I'm not surprised in the least that they're ending the service, but it's still unfortunate all the same...

'The Room' Series Plot Guide - Here's What You Need to Know to Be Ready for 'The Room: Old Sins'

The Room: Old Sins is the latest release in a series that goes back to 2012, which I regret to inform you was more than five years ago. Wait, don't focus on the existential dread! There are games to play, after all. Now, the games in this series are puzzle games first and foremost. You're meant to enjoy the intricately-designed puzzles and the way everything connects before anything else. But there is also an intricately-designed, connected story going on in the background, and each game has revealed clues and plot pieces at a steady rate. Maybe you're excited for Old Sins, but you can't quite remember what happened in the last game, or the one before that. Well, we've got your collective backs, friends. Here's a spoiler-heavy summary of the first three games in the series for those who want a quick refresher...




New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Slime Pizza', 'Super Fancy Pants Adventure', 'Out There Chronicles Ep 2', 'Thumper: Pocket Edition' and More

It's Wednesday again, and we're finally getting back to where we used to be when it comes to loads of weekly high profile game releases. The Room: Old Sins is due out tonight, but there's a bunch more games that have already been posted to our forums. Oh, and if you're into celebrating a random holiday today, it's apparently Talk Like a Grizzled Prospector Day, which I suppose is the often forgotten second cousin twice removed to International Talk Like a Pirate Day? But, hey, whatever...

The Return of a TouchArcade Favorite: 'Disc Drivin 2' Arrives February 1st, and We've Got All the Details

If there ever was a game that was like THE game of TouchArcade, I think Pixelocity Software's Disc Drivin' [$2.99 / Free / $4.99 (HD)] would earn that title hands down. Originally launching way back in December of 2010, Disc Drivin' is a digital take on an obscure board game called Pitch Car where players would take turns flicking a disc around a course in an effort to cross the finish line first. This mechanic translated beautifully in Disc Drivin' as the flicking of the disc felt totally at home on the touchscreen and the turn-based nature of the game meant that people could play the game around their own schedule. I loved Disc Drivin' when it originally launched, and numerous updates added pretty much everything I could ever wish for in the game, like additional tracks and customizable discs. I can't overstate just how much of an obsession Disc Drivin' became amongst the TouchArcade staff in the following years, and there's a dedicated base of fans who continue to play to this day. Here's the very old original trailer for Disc Drivin' just in case you're not familiar with the game...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'JYDGE'

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...

Here's How to Unlock Wonder Woman in 'Arena of Valor' Right Now

Arena of Valor [Free], the latest mobile MOBA to take iOS devices by storm, finally has its first big licensed character hitting the US version of the title. Starting today, players can start the journey to obtain Wonder Woman, the DC-licensed Amazonian Warrior. Starting today, a multitude of quests are now available that will each bestow Wonder Badges. The quests range from a wide variety of objectives, most of them centered around trying all the different types of battles (3v3, 5v5 etc) as well as objective based quests (Defeat a tower in battle). Unlocking Wonder Woman will require a total of 76 Wonder Badges, meaning that players will need to continually check in on quest statuses and ensure that the login quests are all cashed in as soon as possible...

The Best JRPGs for iPhone and iPad - A TouchArcade Ranking

Hello, gentle readers. It seems like our previous ranking lists have gone over pretty well, so I'm going to be carrying on with them on a semi-regular basis. The topic this time around is the JRPG genre, an admittedly wide umbrella that I'm restricting simply to make it a useful label. What we are looking at here is a ranking of games that follow closely in the footsteps of Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, and their ilk. Turn-based battles, melodrama, interesting characters, a plot that has a start and a finish, and things like that. If the combat system involves real-time action, it won't be on here. If it's an endlessly-updated free-to-play game, it also won't be on here. As odd as it may seem, these games do not have to be from Japan. This is not the final word, and your list can be (and probably is) different...

Out Now: 'JYDGE', 'Hero Academy 2', 'Cytus II', 'It's Full of Sparks', 'World of Warships Blitz', 'Blocky Racing', 'Finger Driver', 'Final Drift Project', 'Mind Construct', 'Forgotten Hills Mementoes' and More

As we move even further into 2018 the mobile releases are starting to pick up. This week sees the arrival of a sequel to one of iOS's all-time classic strategy games with Hero Academy 2; the Wargaming folks hope to emulate their success with World of Tanks on mobile with their seafaring version World of Warships Blitz; Rayark is back with yet another stunning rhythm game in the sequel Cytus II; and everybody just can't shut up about how dang awesome 10tons' newest top-down shooter JYDGE is. Oh, and although it's not technically a new release, the new updated version of Skullgirls mobile just hit too. Yes, it's a quality week and there's even more I haven't even talked about yet so give the full list of new releases below a thorough look and let us know which games you'll be grabbing this week...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Finger Driver', 'Blocky Racing', 'Hero Academy 2', and More

Things are still a bit slow on the App Store, as usual, in January. Everyone went wild releasing their games before the holiday freeze, and we're setting the odds and ends that for whatever reason didn't make that cutoff. As far as made up holidays are concerned, today is Ditch New Years Resolutions Day, which seems pretty apt. We've had 17 days of working out or whatever else it is we said we'd do all year. That's enough...

HCT World Championship, Free Packs, Cubelock, and More 'Hearthstone' News in 'Touchstone' #121

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of the best stories on videos from the world of Hearthstone [Free]. This past week was another relatively slow one, with most stories focusing on the upcoming HCT World Championship and the usual top decks. Still, the game continues to be fun, and Kobolds & Catacombs continues to slowly surrender its secrets (the most recent one being all about a little Weasel). I hope you enjoy the best news and videos of the week, and don't forget to do two things this week: get your free packs for choosing a champion and watching the big upcoming tournament. Hop on below and let us begin...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Rules of Survival', 'Cooking Dash', 'Marvel Future Fight', 'Sniper Fury', 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. Well, it was another somewhat slow week in terms of content updates. A lot of developers are still trying to catch up with iPhone X and/or iOS 11 compatibility issues, I think, which really just leaves the evergreen service games to populate this column for the time being. Sorry, but I'll try to at least be entertaining about it all until things pick up again. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Kraino'

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...

Attention 'Skullgirls' Mobile Players: New App Releasing Next Week, Make Sure You're Ready to Migrate Your Progress Over

If you're an active player of the mobile Skullgirls then this is likely old news for you, but if you're like me and played the game a bunch when it came out in May but haven't been playing recently then this might be useful information for you to know. To back up a bit, Hidden Variable Studios and Autumn Games partnered with LINE, the juggernaut messaging company, to publish Skullgirls on mobile. However, the fit just wasn't right and so Hidden Variable/Autumn Games have mutually agreed to end their partnership with LINE and self-publish the game on the App Store. Unfortunately this means that the existing LINE version of Skullgirls is no longer available on the App Store, all IAP has been disabled as of January 9th, and on January 15th that version of the game will cease to function at all. It's a sticky situation...

Celebrate the First 'Pokemon GO' Community Day on January 20th

Remember the disastrous Pokemon GO [Free] festival in Chicago last year? We ended up recording a whole podcast on it, and after a day where Niantic charged people money to cram into a park on a sweltering summer day where nothing worked and everything was terrible, they issued an official apology. During the podcast, we mentioned how little sense hosting an event like this actually made, as Pokemon GO requires good cellular connectivity. Anyone who has been to a big music festival, sports game, convention, or anything else knows just how difficult even sending a text message can be when you suddenly cram tens of thousands (or more) additional cell phones on the single nearby tower. At the time, it was a bit of a mystery why they made Pokemon GO festival a centralized thing instead of just making it a global event everyone can enjoy. Well, that's exactly what Pokemon GO Community Day is...

Out Now: 'Rusty Lake Paradise', 'Let Them Come', 'HeliHopper', 'Fling Fighters', 'Tako Bubble', 'Logic Dots 2', 'Unlikely Heroes', 'Nindash: Skull Valley', 'Blobout', 'Beyond Helios', 'Swipe Fighter Heroes',  and More

Hello and welcome to the first Out Now post of 2018! You'll have to excuse a lack of one of these posts for the past two weeks, the App Store was shut down from December 23rd to the 27th for the holidays, which meant that the week of the unfreezing didn't really have many new releases, at least not enough to do a roundup of. There were a bit more new games this past week, though still not a ton, but the real issue was that both myself and Eli were out of town for the Hi-Rez Expo 2018. Well, things are mostly back to normal this week. It's still a little slow in terms of new releases but there's some good stuff out on this week's list and I've also gone back for those two weeks we missed and included anything that looked interesting that we didn't already cover previously. So check out the full list of new games below and as always let us know what you'll be picking up this week!..

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: Unlikely Heroes, Let Them Come, Dresden Files Co-op Card Game, and More

Things are still a little slow since the holiday rush, which has actually been pretty nice as I've been able to get all sorts of things done that got pushed to the back burner with how wild December was for iOS game releases. In honor of Houseplant Appreciation Day, there's a tiny bundle of new iOS games that have hit our forums recently. The App Store is a weird platform, as on anything else (except maybe Steam), this list of releases would be an overwhelming number of games. In the mobile universe, it's just another slow Wednesday...

Top Decks, Budget Decks, Deck Guides, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News and Videos in 'Touchstone' #120

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our roundup of the best Hearthstone [Free] stories and videos of the past week. The Hearthstone world has been on the quiet side given the holidays, but there are still interesting stories about the best and most interesting decks you could be playing right now. As you'll see in the meta report below, the Kobolds meta is already settled, and that means there isn't too much room for experimentation (although that might change if players figure out the potential of other Kobolds cards). Overall, though, it's a quiet time, but that doesn't mean playing the game isn't still fun. Check out all the stories and the great decklists below...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Antihero'

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 Final Edition - 'RPG Reload's Favorite RPGs of 2017'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to yet another special edition of the RPG Reload. As we usually do at the end of each year, we're doing something a little different this week. That's right, it's time for the fourth annual listing of the RPG Reload's favorite RPGs of the year. Since I'm not clever enough to come up with good names, these awards are known as the Golden Pancho Awards, in honor of the frequently-seen Kemco monster. No actual trophies yet, unfortunately, but who wouldn't want a Golden Pancho next to their name? They're so cute!..

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: Antihero, Shurado, Hex Commander: Fantasy Heroes, and a Few More

If you're not celebrating Festival of Sleep Day by sleeping all day today, we've got a tiny haul of new games that have been released since the iTunes freeze ran out on the 27th. It's still a short week for us in the US (and most of the world?) with New Years Day on Monday, so game releases have been a little strange. Hopefully things spool back up to the same overwhelming Wednesdays we're used to soon. Antihero [$4.99] is probably the biggest game release this week, and we've already got a review up, so be sure to check that out...

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