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Update Mondays: 'Temple Run 2', 'Rush Rally 2', 'Pokemon GO', 'The Trail', 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. You can tell the annual freeze is almost upon us, because we're getting buried in updates. Christmas updates a-plenty, but there are lots of other non-holiday related ones as well. 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: 'Bully: Anniversary 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...




Shigeru Miyamoto, Live at the SoHo Apple Store Event in NYC, on Nintendo History and 'Super Mario Run'

At 6pm, to a packed house of fans (including many dressed as, or bearing the logo of, their favorite plumber) Nintendo game designer Shigeru Miyamoto sat down with Katie Linendoll from The Today Show to talk about his illustrious career including, of course, Super Mario Run. Speaking with the help of Bill Trinen, a senior marketing manager at Nintendo, as a translator, Miyamoto took us from the very beginning of his career to the current day, and to what the future might hold...

RPG Reload File 099 - 'Joe Dever's Lone Wolf'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we do it all for Sommerlund and the Kai! 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 old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. As one of the last remaining Kai Lords, I try to choose a balanced selection of games from week to week. If you feel I'm missing something important, however, you can let me know by posting in the comments below, stopping by the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. The schedule is planned well in advance, so I can't promise you'll see your suggestion soon, but I will add it to the master list...

'Bully: Anniversary Edition' Review - Another Rockstar Classic Heads to Mobile

At this point, a holiday release from Rockstar on the App Store is beginning to become tradition, and I really couldn't be happier. This year's addition to Rockstar's mobile catalog is Bully: Anniversary Edition [$6.99], celebrating the ten year anniversary of the original 2006 launch. Lots of folks in our community suspected that Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories would be the next Rockstar game to hit the App Store, but it turns out that the one and only bigfart12 guessed correctly all the way back in March. Bully always seemed like the "forgotten" Rockstar game, at least amongst my circle of friends. It was released sandwiched in between Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories [$6.99] and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. I think it was close enough to the GTA formula that anyone interested in Bully likely just gravitated to either title instead. I suppose it also didn't help that literally everyone I know who was even remotely interested in video games was hard and heavy into World of Warcraft at the time either. Anyway, it wasn't until the remastered "Scholarship Edition" was released a few years later that I gave the game a try, and had one of those "Wait, what the. Why didn't I play this when it first came out?" epiphanies that often come with re-releases of games you heard were good but never actually got around to playing. The mobile release is technically a second remaster of the game, as Bully: Anniversary Edition comes with all the tweaks of Scholarship Edition, plus additional graphical effects, higher resolution textures, better lighting, and a new multiplayer mode, effectively making the mobile game the best version yet- At least until it's remastered a third time...

Out Now: 'Galaxy on Fire 3 - Manticore', 'Rocky', 'Dawn of Titans', 'Solar Siege', 'Nicki Minaj: The Empire', 'Pine Grove', 'Silent Depth', 'Frantic Ball' and More

Welcome to another busy week of new iOS game releases on the App Store! Ok, here's the deal. Yes there is a big-name game that's supposed to come out sometime between now and tomorrow morning, and yes you'll likely be pretty stoked about it. The mystery game hasn't quite launched in time for this weekly roundup, but you can be sure that the moment it arrives we'll let you know in a separate post. In fact, we have a full review of said mystery game ready to go, so be on the lookout for that hopefully in the next few hours. In the meantime, there's plenty of good stuff on tap this week in the list below, so check it out and let us know which games you'll be picking up! ..

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Silent Depth', 'BMX Backflip King', 'Kami 2', 'Formula Clicker' and Loads More

I hope everyone is having a fantastic International Civil Aviation Day, but let's get down to business: There's tons of new games to play. This week has been a little odd in that most of these hit the App Store on Monday, so if you lurk around our forums chances are a lot of these won't be that new to you. If you're ready to write this week off as weak, give it some time. I just signed an NDA to prepare some coverage of a huge title that's hitting the App Store sometime tonight/tomorrow that only a few people in our community have even guessed might be coming. I also have reasonable suspicion that said mystery game isn't the only AAA title that'll hit the App Store tonight, particularly considering we only have two more weeks of game releases left before the App Store freeze on the 23rd. But, we'll see!..

'Clash Royale', 'Severed', and 'Riptide GP: Renegade' Take Home Game of the Year Nods from Apple

Apple just updated the App Store to include all of their end of year picks, which you can check out here. The most noteworthy of all the nods is the Game of the Year awards which were split across their three gaming platforms: iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. There's also loads of "Best of" games featured, and after a quick overview, I can confirm that the games they picked are in fact pretty awesome...

'Gadgetzan' Best & Worst Decks and Cards, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #75

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of everything that happened in the world of Hearthstone [Free]. This past week, the topic that dominated was - of course - the new expansion, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan. The expansion, which arrived with a quickly-fixed bug, has been so far quite positively received and people have been having fun experimenting with silly decks. It looks like Blizzard has designed a strong expansion that should rejuvenate the game. Of course, we've heard this story before, so we'll have to be a bit patient before crowning Mean Streets a success. After all, maybe in a couple of weeks a super-powerful deck will emerge that will spoil everyone's fun. So far, though, so good. This week's Touchstone is all about the expansion, so step right through the door...

Update Mondays: Demon's Rise 2, Sky Force Reloaded, Sonic Dash, Hearthstone, 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. Thankfully, things picked up a little last week, so we've got a pretty healthy list of updates to look at. The Christmas and holiday updates are starting to roll in, as well, so we should have a couple of good weeks to look forward to before the freeze takes effect. 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: 'Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire'

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...

Colorful Platformer 'Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire' Hits the App Store

Back in March during GDC, I was fortunate enough to check out a very promising upcoming platformer called Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire. I had never heard of the game before, nor of developer PlayPretend, and they didn't have an appointment to meet with us or anything like that. They had heard we were at GDC and simply tracked us down and we were able to squeeze in an impromptu demo between meetings, and it ended up being one of my favorite games I saw at the conference. I love conferences like GDC precisely for those unexpected moments when some super awesome game just comes out of the woodwork. Anyway, about a month later PlayPretend released two new videos showing off more of Le Parker, but things had been awfully quiet since then. However, just last week the developers popped back up on our forums to announce that Le Parker was under review with Apple, and just a few moments ago Le Parker: Sous Chef Extraordinaire [$1.99] officially went live in the App Store...

RPG Reload Developer Spotlight 003 - Kepa Auwae from RocketCat Games

It's time for the next installment in our monthly series of articles looking at 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. This month, we're speaking to Kepa Auwae of RocketCat Games. Things get pretty zany here, so pack your sense of humor, friends...

Out Now: 'Apollo Justice Ace Attorney', 'Space Madness', 'Swap Sword', 'Knight Slinger', 'Colt Express', 'Arcane Dragons', 'JEX', 'Atlantean' and More

It's another week of new releases, and just like the Thanksgiving lull from last week, there's not quite the usual amount of new games that we're used to. There's still a lot of stuff though! Only in the wacky world of mobile is a list of 26 new games considered a lull. Headlining this week's haul is the arrival of Appolo Justice Ace Attorney, filling in that fourth entry gap in the main Ace Attorney series. There's plenty more potential gems in the list below, so be sure to check out everything and let us know which games you've got your eye on this week. ..

'Apollo Justice Ace Attorney' Hits the App Store

We're just mere moments away from our usual "Out Now" post, but I figured the arrival of Apollo Justice Ace Attorney [$0.99] was worth it's own little heads up. For those keeping score at home, Apollo Justice is the fourth game in the beloved Ace Attorney main series, though it doesn't actually star everyone's favorite ace attorney Phoenix Wright. No matter though, as our own Shaun Musgrave notes in the original announcement of this iOS port, "Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is both important to the overall story of the series and still a pretty awesome game in its own right." Just over a week ago the release date for Apollo Justice was announced, with iOS hitting right now and the Android version coming just one week later...

I can't believe it's already been a year since our last National Mousse Day. I'm not sure if it technically qualifies as a mousse or not, not being an expert in such things, but I feel like it's appropriate to eat a Baker's Square French Silk Pie today. Or really any day. While you're eating your pie, why not also sink your teeth into some of these new iOS games? Either way, we only have a few more weeks until the iTunes holiday freeze hits, so I'm sure this list will grow significantly by tonight and the following weeks will be even crazier...

All-Time Classic 'Tiny Wings' is Heading to Apple TV with Split-Screen Multiplayer

When we look back at the history of mobile games and pinpoint the titles that helped define the platform, Andreas Illiger's Tiny Wings [$0.99] will most certainly be near the top of the list. It took the world by storm following its release in early 2011, and continued the tradition of games like Doodle Jump and Angry Birds in both topping the charts and becoming a cultural phenomenon linked to mobile gaming. We absolutely loved it in our original 5 star review, but about a year and a half later Illiger released a massive version 2.0 update alongside a native iPad version called Tiny Wings HD [$2.99 (HD)] which we also loved. A couple of years later we received a more minor update adding in some new levels and features, but we haven't heard a whole lot on the Tiny Wings front since then. Until today when Andreas Illiger took to our forums to announce that Tiny Wings is heading to the Apple TV. While maybe not quite as whimsical as the amazing teaser trailer for the version 2.0 update, the teaser for Tiny Wings on Apple TV is still incredibly charming...

'Mean Streets', Priest, Shaman, Devolve, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #74

Hello once more and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly column that covers everything that happened in the world of Hearthstone [Free] this past week. As you can probably guess, the world of Hearthstone currently revolves around the upcoming expansion, Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, so most of the news had something to do with the upcoming set. There's talk about the state of Priest and Rogue, new mechanics (good and bad?) coming to the game, Murloc Yule Log, and plenty of videos with card reveals and other fun stuff. So, let's not delay and let's jump right in, shall we?..

Update Mondays: 'Neo Monsters', 'Oceanhorn', 'Candy Crush Soda Saga', 'Deus Ex Go', 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 not sure if you're all over your turkey comas yet, but I'll tell you this: the App Store sure isn't. This is a really short list this week, but I suppose some things can't be helped. 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: 'Don't Grind'

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...

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