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Out Now Part 2: 'Hero Emblems', 'Space Marshals', '1-bit Ninja Remix Rush', 'Infinite Warrior: Battlemage', 'Wizard Golf' and More

It was kind of a weird week for new game releases, as there were a lot of new games and game updates that were scheduled to go live but ended up getting kind of… stuck, I guess. All signs point to this being related to Apple adjusting prices in various regions, which messed up the propagation of the digital App Stores in certain parts of the world. With that said, there were some games that didn't release in time for our normal Wednesday night roundup, so here's another batch of new games that we wanted to make sure nobody missed out on...

RPG Reload File 020 - 'Akalabeth: World Of Doom!'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we often take marching orders from a guy named British. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the modern day. It's a chance to revisit some classics, take a deeper dive than reviews allow for, or even just to reflect on the ever-expanding history of mobile RPGs and how certain games fit into it. For the most part, I set the schedule, and while I try to present a diverse line-up, just to make things interesting, I throw the choice over to you, the reader, once in a while. The next reader's choice article will be next week and will be covering Knights Of Pen & Paper [$4.99], a suggestion offered by reader Andre Garcia. If you want to put your choice in as a potential candidate for the next reader's choice article in February, simply post a comment below, drop by the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or tweet to @RPGReload. A roll of the dice determines the winner, so everyone has a chance, no matter how obscure their selection!..

Behind the Back Free to Play Endless Runner Review - It's Just like 'Temple Run'

There's a free game that hit the App Store recently which you may have seen featured by Apple, or even potentially climbing the free charts. If you like games, and especially like free games that feature progression through playing over and over again collecting some type of in-game currency to then spend on various unlockables which could be cosmetic or performance related, you should consider giving this one a look. It's a gameplay loop that works well, and is incredibly conducive to both quick play sessions where just one run offers a bit of progress, but when you get close to unlocking the next thing the “just one more try” factor often increases...

Out Now: 'Wizard Golf', 'Gunbrick', 'Drop Wizard', 'Puzzle Blitz', 'Mayday! Deep Space', 'Area 777' and More

With all the holidays and iTunes freezes finally behind us, it's beginning to look like things are back to normal in regards to new game releases. Even though last week was a strange one with New Years and not many games releasing, there were a few things of note that came out since the iTunes unfreezing, so we tried to go back a little bit with the list below. Lots of cool stuff so let us know in the comments what you'll be picking up...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Area 777', 'Battle Slimes', 'Drop Wizard' and More

Wow it's been so long that we've had a bunch of new iOS games hit the App Store I'm not sure I even remember how to post them right. I guess we just do a list? Right? OK, I guess it's really only been two weeks but still. Considering there's been nothing going on since the 17th or so, expect these games to have lots of coverage in the coming days:..

'Gyro Skate' Turns Your Phone Into a Skateboard

'Gyro Skate' Turns Your Phone Into a Skateboard

January 6th, 2015 2:00 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News
$1.99 Buy Now

In mid-2012 we posted about Taiso [Free], a super-silly game where you controlled a gymnast by twirling your phone around. We thought it was a hilarious idea, and finally someone has picked up that torch to bring us another super-silly game. Gyro Skate [$1.99] uses your phone as a skateboard. Unlike Touchgrind Skate 2 [$4.99] or True Skate [$1.99], you use your whole phone instead of your fingers to control the game. Want to do a kick flip? Flip your phone over. 360 flip? This time flip your phone over with some spin...

What Are You Looking Forward to in 2015?

What Are You Looking Forward to in 2015?

January 2nd, 2015 3:30 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News

Whether or not your muscle memory is used to writing it on checks yet (People still write checks, right?), it's now 2015. Hopefully everyone had a safe and happy New Year's Eve (I got knighted at Medieval Times), a hangover that wasn't too terrible on New Year's Day, and are now excited to share images like these on Facebook:..

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

December 31st, 2014 10:00 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News

Well, that's it folks. This is officially the last post of 2014 for TouchArcade. We won't post again until next year. (And we're all in agreement we hate "Wow, I won't ________ until NEXT YEAR!" jokes.) Actually, New Year's Day being a holiday and all, we'll resume regularly scheduled TouchArcade programming on Friday. No new games came out today, and nothing of note really happened this week... So this week's podcast might be pretty weird, or about wrestling, or something...

RPG Reload Special Edition - 'RPG Reload's Favorite RPGs Of 2014'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to yet another special edition of the RPG Reload. In this weekly feature, we usually take a look at a game from the App Store's past, and I suppose we're not far off from that this week, from a certain point of view. I'm writing this edition from the distant past of early December because as you read this, I am on the second week of my vacation back to my hometown in Canada, and likely just about ready to get back to Japan and my normal routine. I pinkie-promise we'll be back to regular RPG Reload articles next week, but just to tide you over, I prepared both last week's Christmas Special and this week's New Year's Special in advance. Please don't forget to vote for the next reader's choice article, which will be coming up in RPG Reload File 022. It's easy to vote, just drop your choice in the comments below, drop by the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or tweet me at @RPGReload. I'll roll a dice to randomly select the winner, so anyone could win!..

Why You Should Consider an Android Phone or Tablet for Mobile Games

So perhaps you find yourself somewhat curious about Android. Maybe you just have an iPhone and want to explore getting a tablet that's not an iPad. Or you've grown bored of iOS and want to try something new. I am quite experienced with both Android and iOS: I was the editor of an Android site for over three years. I have multiple Android phones and tablets sitting around, and even an Ouya. I currently use an iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Mini 2 as my main phone and tablet, but that's because I write about iOS for a living. I have zero qualms using Android as my main mobile OS. Android has its drawbacks compared to iOS – if I'm buying my grandma a tablet, she's getting an iPad – but as an audience of tech-savvy folks, I figure I should fight the good fight and tell you why you should consider buying an Android device. ..

TouchArcade Game of the Year 2014: 'Wayward Souls'

This has been an incredible year for iOS gaming. 2014 brought us viral hits like Flappy Bird, the entire phenomenon surrounding Flappy-like games, MFi controllers of all sorts, and more solid iOS games than we can even believe. iPads got thinner, iPhones got bigger. iOS 8 improved a bunch of tiny annoyances of iOS 7, added neat new features like Metal, and we're already seeing a few awesome games on the App Store utilizing these new technologies. This year, 138,546 games were released, and of those, we reviewed 515. Distilling that down to one is a nearly impossible job, but in the weeks preceding our year-end coverage one game kept popping up as a clear stand out for everyone...

Best iPhone and iPad Games of 2014

Best iPhone and iPad Games of 2014

December 26th, 2014 5:58 PM EST by Jared Nelson in Featured, News
99¢ Buy Now

There really isn't anything quite like the App Store. New games flood the market at an insane rate, and while there is a ton of crap released every day, there are also tons of amazing games. The crap-to-amazing ratio is heavily lopsided of course, but the sheer size of the App Store means that even if there's only one amazing game for every hundred crap games, there's still more amazing games to play through than any normal person even reasonably has time for. If you're willing to put in a little effort to sort the wheat from the chaff, mobile devices can be incredibly rewarding as gaming platforms. ..

Eli's Top Ten Games of 2014

Eli's Top Ten Games of 2014

December 26th, 2014 4:00 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Best iPad Games, Best iPhone Games, Featured, News
Free Buy Now

I can't believe how quickly this year has flown by, as it seems like it wasn't even that long ago when we were obsessive over how to distill thousands of great games down into a Game of the Year, 25 best, and my personal ten favorites. But, here we are. This year I spent a lot of time getting involved in playing free to play games, and a lot of iOS ports of games I hadn't played before on other platforms. Here's ten games that I thought deserved an extra special nod somewhere in our year end coverage, oh and these are just in alphabetical order so don't try to divine any special meaning beyond that:..

Jared's Top Ten Games of 2014

It's that time of year where we reflect on all the games released in 2014 and pick out our personal favorites of the bunch. To be honest, I hate doing this. Every year there are so many great games released on iOS that's it's nearly impossible to whittle it down to just ten. Heck, it would be hard to whittle it down to fifty. At the same time, it's nice to have to really hunker down and put some serious thought into what were the real standouts this year. So hunker and whittle I did, and when all was said and done I ended up with eleven picks. It's supposed to be ten, but I'm going all punk rock this year and picking eleven, rules be damned! Also know that to avoid redundancy, I omitted a few picks from this list since they already appear on our Best Games of 2014 list or our Game of the Year post. There are so many other games I wished I could have included, and just because a certain game might not be on this list it doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the heck out of it. Without further ado, here's my list of the best ten eleven games of 2014...

Eric’s Top Ten Games of 2014

Every year it seems as if the standard for what makes an iOS game great rises. That was certainly true for this year’s batch. What follows is a short list of some of my favorite games that were released this year. As always, the list is not exhaustive and tailors towards particular favorite tastes (namely RPGs), but there was at least one surprise in there for me that hit me relatively late this year...

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