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'Final Fantasy Dimensions 2' Review - Neither Fish Nor Fowl, but Fun Anyway

Nothing can ever be straightforward when it comes to sequels and Square Enix, can it? Here we have Final Fantasy Dimensions 2 [$14.99], which is not a follow-up to the story or mechanics of Final Fantasy Dimensions [Free]. Instead, it's the sequel to an unrelated Japan-only free-to-play social RPG called Final Fantasy Legends, which was also the title Final Fantasy Dimensions went by in Japan. But it's not really a sequel so much as it is a remake. In fact, it's the second such attempt at remaking that game, but when they remade it the first time they added the number 2 to show how significant said update was. But that didn't seem to go over well either, so now here we are. Final Fantasy Dimensions 2 is a rebuilt premium version of a free-to-play social RPG, and if that sounds like that might be a tough thing to pull off, you're half-right...

Out Now: 'Final Fantasy Dimensions II', 'Runic Rampage', 'Sonic Forces: Speed Battle', 'Million Onion Hotel', 'Strain Tactics', 'Peregrin', 'The Muscle Hustle', 'WitchSpring3', 'YO! And Friends' and More

It's the middle of the week, "hump day" as they say, and that means a load of new iOS games are now available in the App Store. It's yet another strong week, as if I even had any free time between all the great new stuff that's come out on mobile in recent weeks as well as my Stardew Valley and Super Mario Odyssey addiction on my Switch. It's a great time to be a gamer, and a terrible time to be a productive member of society. So if you're ready to lose all your free time to even more new games, check out the full list below and let us know which ones you've got your eyes on this week...




New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Runic Rampage', 'Monster Ninja', 'Million Onion Hotel', 'Final Fantasy Dimensions II', and More

It's hard to believe it's already November 1st, this year is truly flying by with these week to week iOS game releases. We're less than two months away from the customary iTunes holiday freeze, and all of our annual best-of and game of the year stuff! JEEZ. Anyway, today is home to two opposing holidays: National Eating Healthy Day and National Calzone Day. I suppose in theory you could celebrate both by eating a healthy calzone, but where's the fun in that?..

Frodan Interview, Marin the Fox, BlizzCon News, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #116

Welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of all things Hearthstone [Free]. Last week was quite a fun one as Blizzard is gearing up for this weekend's BlizzCon, so there were plenty of interesting stories and expansion hints. You see, by this time next week, we'll know what the next expansion is, and I'm personally very interested to see the direction the developers are planning on heading. There's talk of more pirates, but I'm not sure the players would be too happy to see that. In general, this past week was a fun one, partly because the Halloween celebrations have also commenced. Enjoy our roundup, and if you see me at BlizzCon, come and say hi. And, because of BlizzCon, we won't be posting a roundup next week...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Stranger Things: The Game', 'Asphalt 8', 'Marvel Future Fight', 'Doomsday Clicker', 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. With Hallowe'en not more than a handful of hours away, it's only natural that the bulk of the featured updates are Hallowe'en related. There are a couple of other interesting updates in the mix just to keep you guessing, though. 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: 'ICEY'

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'ICEY'

October 27th, 2017 9:00 PM EST by Jared Nelson in Featured, Game of the Week, News
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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 Glossary - The Origins of JRPGs

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where we sometimes hold down the confirm button because we are lazy. To be specific, welcome to the RPG Reload Glossary, where we get all up in fussy semantics, history, and other things that polite society will shun us for. Having covered social RPGs, tactical RPGs, and action RPGs in previous installments, we now turn our attention to another one of the big dogs of the RPG category: the JRPG. As messy as trying to define action RPGs was, JRPGs are in some way even more difficult to nail down. As with the last couple of Glossary features, you can expect this one to span multiple columns, with roughly one for each decade. In today's installment, we'll be looking at the origins and early years of the genre, loosely covering the 1980s...

Out Now: 'Sheltered', 'Bury Me, My Love', 'Decap Attack', 'Afghanistan '11', 'Battlevoid: Sector Siege', 'Heroes Fally', 'Subsurface Circular', 'ICEY', 'The Sun: Origin' and More

It's that time of week again when we round up all the best new iOS games of the past 7 days, and even though almost all of my attention is focused on impatiently awaiting Super Mario Odyssey's release this Friday, there's still a number of cool mobile games on my radar this week. The post-apocalyptic survival game Sheltered is high on my list, as is the latest Sega Forever release, the completely obscure but very Halloween-appropriate platformer Decap Attack. Plus there's a handful of games that released earlier in the week that I'm still really enjoying, like ICEY and The Sun: Origin. So check out the full list of new games below and let us know which ones you'll be picking up this week!..

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Subsurface Circular', 'The Sun: Origin', 'Night of the Full Moon', 'Sheltered', and More

I've been so busy with Animal Crossing Pocket Camp coverage that I haven't even had time to observe National Greasy Foods Day, much less comb through the App Store for this week's new releases... So this initial list is a little on the scant side. I just wanted to get something up for all the folks who look forward to this every week. I'm pretty sure there'll be more surprises throughout the day...

Best Decks, Hand Waves, Dual-Class Arena, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #115

Hello everyone and welcome to another Hearthstone [Free] weekly roundup of the best news and videos. We are back after a week off, and it's good to be back. We had some fun stories and videos last week, ranging from silly videos, controversial hand movements, fun new features coming to the game, and—of course—various takes on the best decks you can play right now. The community seems to be pretty happy with the state of the game right now, especially after the latest round of nerfs, but I know that everyone is waiting to see what Blizzard is bringing to the game next. Not too long to wait for that since the announcement should drop November 3rd during BlizzCon. Without further ado, let us begin...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Dashy Crashy', 'Street Fighter 4 CE', 'Deemo', 'Iron Maiden Legacy', 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 friends, I'm pretty sick today. I guess the word must have gotten out to the game developers, because this is a pretty light week. I've found a handful of goodies for your reading pleasure anyway. 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: 'Time Recoil'

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...

The Best Action RPGs for iPhone and iPad - An RPG Reload Ranking

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where our battles to the death sometimes involve QTEs. In each of these columns, we take a look at some aspect of RPG gaming on iOS. Often, it's in the form of a replay or a retrospective, but today we're doing something a little different. In the last couple of months, we went through the history of action RPGs, from Dragon Slayer to Dark Souls. These trips through history present us with an opportunity to do something that is often requested of us here at TouchArcade: lists of the best examples of each gaming genre. Consider this, then, your starter set for action RPGs on iOS. Are there other excellent ones? You bet! This is just my opinion, after all. But this gives you a place to get started in the genre with some assurance of reasonable quality...

Out Now: 'Warhammer Quest 2', 'Time Recoil', 'Game of Thrones: Conquest', 'Mmm Fingers 2', 'Campfire Cooking', 'Syllablade', 'Returner 77', 'B-Grade Renegade' and More

It's once again that time of week where we round up all the new iOS game releases of the past 7 days, and what a week we've got folks. The long awaited Warhammer Quest 2 arrived a day early and has been getting a positive reception so far, 10tons' latest top-down shooter Time Recoil has arrived sooner than I thought it would too, and Game of Thrones: Conquest is out of soft launch and now available worldwide. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. So check out the full list of games below and as always let us know in the comments section which games you'll be picking up this week!..

Developer Spotlight: Layton Hawkes and 'Campfire Cooking'

It feels like we've been following the development of Campfire Cooking [$3.99] forever now through various progress updates that have been posted on Twitter. It hit the App Store this morning, and has made quite a splash on our forums. We sat down with the game's developer, Layton Hawkes, to discuss his background, how he got where he is today, inspiration behind the game, and much more...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'B-Grade Renegade', 'Chef Wars', 'Returner 77', 'Time Recoil', 'Campfire Cooking', and More

Well, today is home to a made up holiday we definitely will not be celebrating around here at TouchArcade: National No Beard Day, the "holiday" where you're supposed to shave your beard? Getting a chocolate cupcake for National Chocolate Cupcake Day sounds much more appealing. Regardless of what holidays you are or aren't celebrating today, there's a heck of a lot of good iPhone games hitting the App Store. I'm way into Layton Hawkes' Campfire Cooking myself, but Chef Wars looks super cool, as does Time Recoil and a bunch of other games which once again I have no idea how I'm going to find time to play them all...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'The Talos Principle'

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 Glossary: The Dark Souls of This Series, or Action-RPGs in the 2010s

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where we always do it by torchlight. This week, we're concluding our look at the history of the action-RPG sub-genre. Last time, we took a look at the games of the late 2000s, a period where more and more action games were incorporating RPG mechanics, but few traditional action-RPGs made many waves. With Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts series somewhat lost in the spin-off woods and Blizzard busy rolling around in stacks of World of Warcraft money, the sub-genre found itself lacking in high-profile hits. While a new Diablo would arrive soon enough, the new flag-bearer for the genre came from a somewhat unlikely source...

From the Forums: Is 'The Talos Principle' on iOS the Best Version of the Game Yet?

It certainly has been an exciting few weeks for iOS gaming. While 2017 has, on the whole, being an incredibly strong year for the platform, the onset of iOS 11 has resulted in a couple of huge surprise releases that have eclipsed everything else in their wake. The Witness [$9.99] brought Jonathan Blow's vibrant and challenging puzzler to the smaller screen in what can only be described as a phenomenal technical achievement, and this week The Talos Principle [$4.99] marked the latest - and hopefully not the last - major indie port for mobile devices. While there are hundreds of other reviews for the game that you can easily find online, as well as the official TouchArcade review hitting your screens soon, it's no secret that The Talos Principle is an excellent puzzle title that is more than worth the $4.99 from a gameplay perspective. However, the most pressing question for mobile gamers, and especially those who may already own the game on other consoles, is whether this iOS iteration is a fitting tribute to its incredible source material. To help, I've enlisted the assistance of the TouchArcade forums to share their thoughts on The Talos Principle on iPhone and iPad...

Out Now: 'The Talos Principle', Dragon Hills 2', 'Into the Dead 2', 'Beyond Oasis', 'Taichi Panda 3', 'San Giorli', 'cmplt', 'Train Bandit', 'Blocksy' and More

It's that time of week where we round up the best new iPhone and iPad game releases of the past 7 days. While it's not a big week in terms of number of games, it's quite high up there in terms of quality. With the semi-surprise release of The Talos Principle, along with the release of The Witness a few weeks ago, we are plenty covered in terms of atmospheric, graphically impressive first-person puzzle adventures. We are GOOD. Dragon Hills 2 is a sequel to a favorite of mine that looks bigger and better in every way, as is Into the Dead 2. And finally Sega Forever has blessed us with the reissue of classic 16-bit RPG Beyond Oasis. And plenty more too, so check out the full list of games below and let us know in the comments which games you've got your eye on...

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