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RPG Reload Developer Spotlight 004 - Raj Dhillon from WaveLight 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 Raj Dhillon of WaveLight Games, the developer behind the Demon's Rise series of SRPGs, which consists of Demon's Rise [$4.99] and relatively recent release Demon's Rise 2 [$7.99]...

Clash Royale [Free] is bringing another challenge to the game starting today, but even though it has a new name, it's a repeat of an older one. We are getting the Draft Challenge, but you knew it better as the Crown Duel Challenge. The new name is more appropriate since what you do is draft cards. The way it works is you get to pick one out of two random cards until you have four cards, but the fun part is that the cards you don't pick go to your opponent's deck. The problem, though, is that he gets to do the same, so you end up with four cards you picked and four cards your opponent picked for you. It also means you know four of your opponent's cards already...




Magic Duels [Free] continues to improve after a relatively iffy initial release, and today we got another update that added Aether Revolt, Magic the Gathering's new expansion which actually arrives tomorrow for the physical game. Aether Revolt describes the event after the Consulate's betrayal, which led to thousands of inventions being stolen and peaceful automatons turned into military enforcers. So now, the people of Kaladesh are rising up. The update is adding some pretty cool cards as well as some new mechanics like Revolt and Improvise. Cards with Revolt give you all kinds of interesting bonuses if that condition is met while spells with Improvise let you use your artifacts to help cast them...

Monster-Slaying MMO 'God Eater Online' Opens for Pre-Registration in Japan

Back in September, we brought you the first details on Bandai Namco's upcoming God Eater Online, which looked like a seriously impressive attempt at bringing the Monster Hunter-esque behemoth beast slaying action to mobile. While details are scarce, especially for a launch outside of Japan, the most recent PC effort God Eater 2 Rage Burst received critical acclaim on its 2016 Steam release, as its strong emphasis on plot intertwined with its hectic JRPG gameplay made it both an accessible and endlessly deep title for anime and action gaming fans. For anyone won over by the dramatic first preview trailer, today God Eater Online has opened up for pre-registration on mobile in Japan, which suggests the title is close to a release in Asia, with hopefully a prompt Western launch soon after...

It's been over two years since we were initially enamoured by the iOS port of A Dark Room [$0.99]. Having started off as an open-source release on PC from Canadian developer Michael Townsend, A Dark Room's eventual transition to the App Store by Amir Rajan managed to capture a cult following with its incredibly basic and minimalist take on the RPG genre, culminating in a stint as #1 paid game on the UK store. However, A Dark Room was not the only product of Townsend's abundant talent - Gridland also released on PC in 2014, and was a quirky match-three title that entrusted you with the task of lining up resources to grow your town during the day, while fighting off beastly creatures at night. While Gridland was initially playable within Safari, it never made the same transition to the App Store as A Dark Room. Thankfully, over two years later, we got something even better - Super Gridland [$1.99] has today showed up on the App Store, and retains the compulsive charm of its predecessor, whilst revamping the graphical style and presentation to result in one of the first essential puzzle titles for the iPhone in 2017...

The original Don't Starve [$4.99] started a revolution of sorts in my house. My wife, who typically doesn't enjoy punishing or permadeath games, took to it for weeks on end, and started a revolution of sorts in terms of her gaming habits. She's spend days trying to perfect a certain run, learning new ways to survive in the process, die, and then have to start all over. We did it together all the way through two expansions, and although it's not for everyone, the process of picking up on every little minute detail every playthrough and coming out stronger for it is incredible. That second expansion has finally made its way to iOS in the form of Don't Starve: Shipwrecked [$4.99], and although it's one heck of a mixup in terms of the survival formula, it's not without its iOS specific faults...

'Star Wars: Force Arena' Guide - Tips and Tricks for Winning Battles

With an interesting mix between hero-centric MOBA gameplay combined with card battling mechanics from Clash Royale, Star Wars: Force Arena [Free] is a fairly unique hybrid on iOS. Even if you weren’t fan of Star Wars in general, there’s enough of a twist in terms of gameplay that it may be worth checking it out regardless. Of course, being a freemium title, there are plenty of the usual freemium systems in play to try and coax money out of players. We’ll discuss those, along with some specific gameplay guidance, in the hope of giving you a leg up on the competition...

Marvel Avengers Academy, one of the better games of the genre, is getting ready to welcome Ultron, that opinionated AI, in a new event starting today. Along with Ultron come Jocasta, Viv Vision, Kate Bishop, Hawkeye, and everyone's pizza-loving dog, Lucky. If you haven't had a chance to read Matt Fraction and David Aja's fantastic HAWKEYE comic series, know that it's easily one of the best in Marvel's collection right now and, more importantly, contains an issue all about seeing the world through Lucky's eyes. According to Allen Warner, Hawkeye was the most-requested character, and what they like about him is that he brings that "blue-collar, down-to-earth vibe" to the school along with his own abilities. Part of the fun is watching someone like Hawkeye try to fit into a school made by and for superheroes...

Few games make me feel like I've lost the dexterity of my youth like Geometry Dash [$1.99], which has just received its big 2.1 update. I've played the game quite a bit, and even streamed it on our Mobcrush channel, and just when I think I'm doing relatively okay (for my age), I see players in our forums put me to shame in so many different ways, it makes me miss the time when I had reflexes. The 2.1 update has added a new level called Fingerdash, the Spider gamemode, a ton of new gameplay objects, new rewards, quests, daily levels, and tons more. The editor also received new features, which I know will make our forum members very happy since they love making new levels to torture others with...

Video games aren't always associated with political action and activism (despite some valiant efforts), but Pokemon GO [Free] isn't any other game, and it's proving that during the World Economic Forum taking place in Davos. First some necessary context. In September of 2015, 193 world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals for sustainable development, which were part of an effort to end poverty, fight against inequality, and tackle climate change by 2030. Niantic, Pokemon GO's developer and publisher, is working together with The Global Goals campaign and Project Everyone, led by Love Actually director, Richard Curtis, to remind the world leaders at Davos of their commitments...

I enjoy the challenge of a new Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl, and this week's Spellbook Duel is a brand new one that's all about Discover. In Spellbook Duel, you pick ten cards - no duplicates allowed - and then every time you get to play a card, you Discover one instead of drawing one. As you can guess, this Brawl really helps you curve out nicely since the chances of drawing a card that works for you each turn increase dramatically. The fact that no duplicates are allowed makes Reno decks great in this Brawl, especially a Kazakus one. I just played a quick match with a Kazakus mage deck with your standard Mana Wyrms, flamestrikes, and the like, and it was a steamroller since I got to draw a Kazakus almost every other turn...

In virtually every respect, Empire of Angels 4 [$9.99] is a completely average SRPG. The latest in the line of a twenty-year-old series from well-known Taiwanese publisher Softstar, it doesn't stray far from what you've likely seen in a lot of other games in this genre. You'll go from point to point on a map, advance the story, fight some turn-based battles using an ever-increasing group of units, level up your team, and move on to the next challenge. Units can come in a variety of job classes, which define what moves they have at their disposal. Battles are broken up by cut-scenes that move the story along, but the meat of the game is left to the combat...

'Ashworld', OrangePixel's Upcoming Post-Apocalyptic Open World Game, Gets First Teaser Trailer

OrangePixel are one of my favourite App Store developers, with Heroes of Loot 2 [$3.99] being a true sleeper hit of 2016. While not without its problems, the arcade-style dungeon crawler was mightily impressive, especially owing to the fact it was from a one-man development team. Back in December, OrangePixel announced their most ambitious effort yet in the form of Ashworld, which was an eclectic mix of driving, shooting, and platforming action into a 2D post-apocalyptic open world, and the initial preview screens the developer revealed were extremely promising. While the game is still a few months away with a tentative Q1 2017 launch window, OrangePixel has released a new teaser trailer showcasing some of the gameplay, as well as setting the scene of the cataclysmic nuclear war that led to Ashworld's survival setting...

Hello, gentle listeners! Wowie, have I got some things to apologize for on this one. First of all, we recorded this a little late due to some conflicting schedules, so we opted to lump two games together into one episode. Then, after recording, I realized that my headset mic wasn't working properly and I had been speaking through my laptop mic for the entire thing. It sounds about as good as you would expect. So while I was trying to figure out what to do with all of that, the holidays hit, things got procrastinated, and here we are. This recording is from early December, so it's not as new or fresh as it could be, but the game discussion is pretty good, I feel, so I wanted to get it out there. We all enjoyed Overlive [$2.99] a lot, and none of us had a very good time with Blazing Souls [$4.99], so it's a real roller coaster...

A few days ago I had the opportunity to talk to game designer Dean Ayala and senior producer Yong Woo about Hearthstone's [Free] latest expansion and the game in general. I tried to put forth questions I've heard the community ask repeatedly as well as questions I had and tried to avoid the questions everyone has been asking. I started the conversation by asking about their views on how the expansion is doing and how it has affected the meta. Overall, they were glad to see the non-duplicate Mage, Priest, and Warlock decks all doing well and fleshing out their theme, especially since some of those decks weren't played that much prior to Gadgetzan. Early on the meta was filled to the brim with Pirate decks, but now they aren't that popular - although the developers are keeping a close eye on those decks...

Way back in June of 2015, Suminell Studios announced their throwback horizontal shoot 'em up Z-Exemplar. They used the classic 8-bit gaming computer ZX Spectrum as their inspiration for how the game should look and play, and appeared to be nailing the authenticity to an incredible degree. Updates on the game's progress were fairly frequent through the rest of 2015, but then things went oddly silent until this past August when the developers posted an update saying they had been quietly toiling away on the game and that it was finally feature complete. The game finally launched on Steam in November, and then on Android about a week ago, and at long last Z-Exemplar [$3.99] has also arrived on iOS as of this morning. Here's a look at the launch trailer from the Steam release...

I've played my share of Chillingo's Warfriends [Free] while the game was in soft launch and had quite a fun time with it, and now everyone can join the fun as the game has finally gone global. If you haven't played the game yet, Warfriends is a smart blend of cover-based shooter and card game where you get to deploy all kinds of units against your opponent. It's a pretty smart concept, and every time I've played the game on our Mobcrush stream, people seemed to love it. You level your support units as you go along and also have to decide which cards to bring to a battle and which ones to save. There are also plenty of cosmetic and non-cosmetic upgrades for your guy (mine has a Spartan helmet and a cigar) that add a layer of fun to the game...

Another day, another hacking story, and this time around it's a big one. This morning I woke up to an email from Supercell, creator of Clash of Clans [Free] and Clash Royale [Free], informing me that the developer's forums were breached in September 2016. The vulnerability allowed third party hackers to get user information including email addresses and encrypted passwords. Therefore, the developer is asking everyone with a forum account to change the password to avoid intrusions. As far as Supercell knows, the game accounts haven't been affected by the breach, but I've seen cases like this one escalate, so it wouldn't be a bad idea to change your game account password as well...

Last year was another great year for RPGs on iOS, and it was especially good if you like ones that you can get lost in for dozens of hours. If you're still filling out your list from 2016, I've got some good news about two of them, at least. Both Siralim 2 [$1.99] from Thylacine Studios and The Quest HD [$5.99] from Redshift are on sale for the first time ever, letting you dive into some huge fun at discounted prices. It's worth mentioning that it's very rare for either of these developers to have sales, so if you've been waiting, well, don't wait too much longer...

After appropriately milking those very irritated birds for years and years, Rovio is planning on developing MMOs that go beyond the Angry Birds universe. As announced by the developer today, Rovio is expanding its studios with a new team based inLondon whose focus will be specifically these new MMOs. The announcement doesn't give any specific details outside the usual talk of how unique these MMOs will be. That's to be expected given we won't be seeing any games coming out of that studio for a good amount of time...

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