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For the First Time on iOS, Terry Cavanagh's 'VVVVVV' On Sale for 99¢

Terry Cavanagh's platforming masterpiece VVVVVV [$2.99] is seeing its first ever sale on iOS, down to just 99¢ from its regular price of $2.99. Originally VVVVVV was released on Mac and PC in January of 2010, and was widely acclaimed from critics and players alike. The entire game is built around a gravity flipping mechanic that saw the main character Captain Viridian going from traversing floors to traversing ceilings with just the push of a button. In fact, the only actions available in the game are left/right movement and gravity flipping; there was no jumping to speak of which is normally a major function of platforming games. That's what made VVVVVV so brilliant though, as it explored the gravity flipping in every way imaginable, and has some of the most ingenious level design that I've ever seen in any video game...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Swing Copters'

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 of the Week: 8/22/14 - 'Hearthstone' Curse of Naxxramas, ' Catchup', 'Rules!' and 'Star Realms'

We're going strong this week with some absolutely amazing games that you need to download and play over the weekend if you don't already have them on your device. This list has three new games, and with the final wing of the Hearthstone expansion unlocked, it made sense to sit down and write a review for it, even if all the people who are interested already have it...

RPG Reload File 002 - 'Chrono Trigger'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome back to RPG Reload, the regular weekly feature where we jump into the time machines in our minds and take another look at an iOS RPG from days past. All types of RPGs are welcome here, and just to make sure things don't get tilted entirely towards my tastes, each month I'll be playing and writing about a game chosen by you. Right now, it's looking very much like The Quest Gold [$7.99] will be the topic of RPG Reload 004, but if you have a different idea, please make your voice heard in the comments below. I also encourage you to share your thoughts on the topic game in the comments, and if you have some spare gaming time, fire it up and play along in the RPG Reload Club thread in our forums...

'Corpse Party' Review - This Buggy Port Is A Real Party Pooper

I find the idea of horror games to be quite fascinating. For the most part, the video game medium is about making the player feel powerful. It's about making you feel like you can do things like take on an entire army by yourself, kill a giant, fire-breathing dragon, win an F1 race, or karate a guy in the face so hard that he vomits. Even death is no object, since the ultimate power almost every game allows you is that of the second chance. That's all awesome, and game experiences like those can certainly be tense, but they're rarely legitimately scary. Horror games, on the other hand, tend to strip you of your feeling of power, putting you up against something you are very unlikely to survive, and giving you very few tools to do so. You can't just scare a player by threatening them with death, though, because dying is trivial in the video game world. Instead, you have to find a way to get under the skin of the player in a more subtle way. Or just have a zombie dog jump through a window unexpectedly, I guess...

Out Now: 'Swing Copters', 'Deep Under The Sky', 'Spooklands', 'Pac-Man Forever', 'Motorsport Manager' and More

Here we are at another Wednesday night already, and another big batch of new iOS games have just hit the US App Store. One new game that is especially noteworthy is Swing Copters, as it's the newest game from Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen. Will this one reach that same level of popularity? I think it might just be too hard for a repeat performance, but we'll see. Also be sure to check out Spooklands, which is finally available after a false-start release a couple weeks back, and Deep Under The Sky which is the new game from Incredipede creator Colin Northway. I also included The Firm and They Need To Be Fed 3 in the list even though they already launched earlier this week because you shouldn't miss out on either...

The Final 'Hearthstone' Curse of Naxxramas Expansion Area, The Frostwyrm Lair, is Now Open

I almost feel like we've been spoiled over the last five weeks with all the new content that's been slowly drizzled in to Hearthstone [Free (HD)], as I'm not sure what I'm going to do next weekend when I open the game up and aren't greeted with the announcement that a new wing has been opened. But, on the up side, now that the whole new card pool is released, we can figure out some great new decks that shift up the metagame even more...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Ancient Battle: Hannibal', 'Motorsport Manager', 'Swing Copters' and More

It's the butt crack of dawn Wednesday morning, and the App Store in New Zealand just dumped a fresh load of new iOS games on to the world. The list this week is a little sparse, so far anyway, but maybe that's because everyone knows better than to release something around the same time as an official Flappy Bird followup...

Exclusive Hands On With 'Flappy Bird' Creator Dong Nguyen's Next Game: 'Swing Copters'

Looking back on the Flappy Bird phenomenon, and the onslaught of games developer Dong Nguyen inspired with his brutally difficult single-tap gameplay, it's clear what made it so hard to put down. The first time you loaded up Flappy Bird, chances are you didn't even make it through the first set of pipes. It might not have even been until your 10th try that you managed to make it through, but man what a feeling that was...

Confirmed: 'Pokemon: The Trading Card Game Online' Coming to iPad Later This Year

On Friday, we posted about a vague tweet from Pokemon YouTuber TheJWittz from the Pokemon Championship over the weekend mentioning that Pokemon: The Trading Card Game Online was coming to iPad. Well, that's since been confirmed by Polygon that it's not only real, but then Kotaku got word that it's coming this year...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Pako - Car Chase Simulator'

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 of the Week: 8/15/14 - 'Joe Dever's Lone Wolf', 'Phoenix Wright', and 'Sentinel 4'

Well this is kind of awkward. Last week when we came up with the idea of doing these roundups weekly, no one really threw out the idea of what happens when we don't have any really high review scores that week. This week, the highest score we gave our was four stars, so, those are our best games of the week. It's a little weird, I guess, but, if there's one word I'd use to describe the App Store in general it'd probably be "Weird."..

RPG Reload File 001 - 'Chaos Rings'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the very first edition of RPG Reload. In what I hope will be an ongoing regular feature, each week I'll be shining some light on a different iOS RPG. These are not reviews. Many of the games I'll be talking about already have reviews on the site, some even written by me. Instead, think of this column as a chance to revisit an old friend, catch up on how it's doing, and reflect a bit on it. I hope to cover all kinds of RPGs here, whether they are ports or originals, JRPGs or WRPGs, action RPGs or strategy RPGs, famous or unknown, new or old, or anything in between. I absolutely encourage you to fire up the game, give it a play, and share your thoughts in the comments below. It's fun to play along! Just to underline how much I want this to be a community thing, once a month I will be playing an RPG selected by you. Simply head down to the comments and nominate the RPG you'd like me to feature. I'll tally the votes over the next few weeks and the winner will be the subject of RPG Reload File 004. Captain Planet was right, the power is yours!..

Out Now: 'WWE SuperCard', 'Corpse Party', 'Sentinel 4: Dark Star', 'Accidental Spelunking', 'Spellfall - Puzzle RPG' and More

It's another Wednesday night on the App Store which means another big batch of new games have just hit the US App Store. As a big wrestling fan (which you should be well aware of if you listen to our podcast) I'm actually quite excited for WWE SuperCard, which is a free to play card battler featuring all the stars from WWE. Yep, I'm excited for a free to play card battler, never thought I'd say that. Also the classic Sentinel tower defense series sees a brand new entry, and a popular desktop and PSP game called Corpse Party has finally made its way stateside after launching on iOS in Japan a couple of years back. Not a bad week at all, so check out the full list of releases below and see what captures your interest...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Accidental Spelunking', 'Sentinel 4', 'WWE SuperCard', and Loads More

Another Wednesday morning is upon us, which, for people in the US region of the App Store means an entire day of waiting around while everyone else in the whole world can slowly start downloading these new iOS games. There's some good stuff in this list, including a new Sentinel game, a WWE card game, and some other games that look pretty promising. Stay tuned for 11:00 PM Eastern tonight for the full roundup...

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