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Hello, gentle listeners, and welcome to a much-belated episode of the RPG Reload Podcast. We're a couple of weeks late this month, and that's partly from tech problems and partly from my strict schedule the last few weeks. It's here now, though, and the good news is that the next episode is just that much sooner. So join me, Eric, and Andy in a very special recording from the halcyon pre-Pokemon Go days as we discuss the latest in three-week-old news and our featured game, Stoic Studios' Banner Saga. We've got a good mix as Eric was playing it for the first time, while Andy had been through the game before when he wrote the TouchArcade review...

If you feel like playing Hearthstone [Free] with friends this week, then you're in luck because Blizzard has given you plenty of reasons to do so. From today until July 24th, Hearthstone is running an event called Friendly Feud where you can complete your quests by playing against your friends. If you've never tried to challenge a friend before, know that you normally don't get credit for winning against a friend - unless it's a specific friend-related quest - so this weekly event will help make playing against friends more than just good practice and a fight for bragging rights. If you don't have any friends, you can use the new Recruit A Friend feature to help people who haven't played the game before join you for some card slinging...




When the schedule for San Diego Comic Con first came out a week or so ago, I noticed that there was a Pokemon GO [Free] panel in one of the smaller rooms on Thursday, July 21st. The game had just launched, but it was already becoming a huge hit, so I was pretty sure that there would be crowds of people pushing and shoving to be one of the 480 people to get in the room. Fortunately (and as predicted in the TouchArcade halls), SDCC organizers figured out that the game has become so huge that it deserves to get a place in the SDCC spotlight, so now the panel has moved to the famous Hall H that fits over 6000 people...

Another Telltale story for you today (that company is definitely keeping busy) as Minecraft: Story Mode [$4.99] Episode 7, Access Denied, will be coming to your devices July 26th. Telltale's take on the Minecraft universe has been quite successful so far, and now we're at a point where each episode is a pretty self-enclosed narrative with few ties to previous choices in the series. Episode 6 was a murder-mystery story, but Access Denied is going a very different route when Jesse and the crew land in a world controlled by a 'thinking machine' called PAMA. You'll have to try and avoid being captured and assimilated while at the same time trying to free everyone else from the clutches of PAMA...

'Ulduar' Adventure Rumors, Expensive and Cheap Decks, the State of Priest, and More 'Hearthstone' News in 'Touchstone' #56

Welcome to another weekly roundup that helps you keep up with all that's going on in the world of Hearthstone [Free]. This week we have even more whispers of possible themes for the next Adventure, two stories about decklists you can put together depending on whether you're rolling in dust or running out of it, a long article that tries to figure out why Priest is so bad in the competitive environment, info on the latest patch and its new, Murloc Shaman hero, and more. And there's some interesting new video series, for instance one that's all about Hearthstone in VR. With the buzz about an adventure announcement becoming stronger by the day, I'm guessing it won't be long before we start the song and dance of analyzing new cards and trying to figure out how the meta will change. Until then, though, let's talk about this week...

It's still baffling to see the extent that Pokemon GO [Free] has blown up since its release two weeks ago. Even in relatively quiet suburban towns, everyone is glued to their phones to ensure any elusive Pokemon don't slip under the radar, and in big cities there have been thousands of people gathering for critter hunting en masse. As a result, it was extremely disappointing to see the massive server crashes this weekend, as walks and gatherings were spoilt and effectively rendered pointless, as there were no virtual creatures to throw balls at on the way. These major periods of server downtime are unavoidable - however, some of the smaller bugs and freezes that occur during normal gameplay of Pokemon GO can be avoided or compensated for. Don't let a glitch stop you from catching your ten-thousandth Pidgey; here are the steps you should follow for the most seamless Pokemon catching experience currently possible...

The most frequently asked question and only major decision you'll have to make whilst playing Pokemon GO [Free] is 'what team should I join?'. Your decision, whether that is Blue for Mystic, Red for Valor or Yellow for Instinct, will come to define and mould your experience of playing Pokemon GO, and also cannot be changed after the fateful choice has been made at level five. Owing to the importance of such a decision, make sure before you finally have to make that life-changing selection you are fully prepared, and will not pick a Pokemon team that you will later come to regret. Here are the pivotal steps to ensure you choose the team that truly suits you...

If you've been enjoying Infinite Dreams' Sky Force Reloaded [Free], which just launched at the beginning of June, then today you have even more of it to enjoy as a brand new update has added a tenth level to the game as well as a new tournament level. This update has been dubbed the "Green Update" because, as you can see in the screen on the left below, the new level 10 has quite the green hue to it. The screen on the right shows the new Tournament stage, which has more of a Mayan or Aztec theme. In addition to these new levels there is also a new ship introduced which "modifies one of your weapons" according to Infinite Dreams...

Every now and then, a game comes along that has wonderful ideas, but sadly fails to live up to the promise of those ideas. Mainly because the awesome ideas are either under-funded or come from inexperienced developers. That's the case we have today, but when I saw this game, I could not pass it up. Not only did it look super hectic and crazy, but it's pretty unique in that it's both a castle defense and an endless runner. Endless Defense? Castle Runner? Anyway, in this case, your castle is a gargantuan pedal to the metal tank, and it isn't stopping for very much. I give you Mega Tank [Free]...

Tests can be stressful. I mean, that makes sense when you're not confident about the material on the test, but sometimes tests that cover things you know very well can be even more nerve-wracking. You shouldn't fail something if you know what you're doing, right? Now imagine the test you have to pass is checking your humanity. You can pass that test, surely. Most of our readers have been human for a while, after all. That's the premise behind Able Black [$3.99], an interactive fiction game where you play a freshly-booted android who has to pass his citizenship test before he can join society...

Movie tie-in games are notoriously bad, and movie tie-in mobile games even more so. Oftentimes the game's release is tied to the release of the film, so development cycles are rushed in order to get the game out in time resulting in a far worse experience than if the game had the proper amount of time needed to develop it fully. But that's not always the case, as the surprise release of Suicide Squad: Special Ops [Free] this week has shown us. It's a wave-based first-person arena shooter of sorts starring three of the main characters from Suicide Squad, which opens in theaters August 5th. The mobile game is an arena-style survival shooter where you take on waves of enemies while also running around gathering up supplies to keep the party rolling. It's pretty similar to the Call of Duty: Zombies [$4.99] games that were super popular on mobile a few years back...

There weren't a lot of games that used the "draw a line" mechanic before smartphones, but the ones that did exist really stand out. One such title is Kirby: Canvas Curse, released on the Nintendo DS in 2005, among several other follow-ups and clones. Most of them follow the same formula -- simply draw on the screen to manipulate the character, which was usually cruising through a world drawn with a cutesy veneer. Don't Be Squared [Free] follows that same path, but with a decidedly less interesting aesthetic...

The whole Pokemon GO [Free] craze is unlike anything I've ever seen before. I totally get that people who aren't partaking in all the craziness are sick of hearing about all things Pokemon, and to be perfectly honest I'm pretty sick of it myself. But that hasn't diminished my sheer amazement at how this strange, barely-working game has brought people together all over the world and become such a household name it's being discussed by presidential candidates and South Korean cities. Love or hate the game, this sort of thing doesn't happen everyday, and I can't think of any video game, mobile or otherwise, that's had this sort of effect on the entire planet. And it's not even out in all parts of the world yet! Anyway, Gamasutra has a nice roundup of the "quotable pop culture impact" of Pokemon GO, and has collected some quotes about the game from some pretty unlikely sources. Two of my favorites:..

You know, even if I didn't love kung fu movies and think of Bruce Lee as an inspiration and a hero, I would still probably love this game. This is the kind of game touch screens were made for. Simple, unique, original, fun gaming on the go. I love games that personify this philosophy. Games like Lonewolf [Free], Redden [$2.99], and Ball King [Free]. Games that may not be perfect or are maybe a bit repetitive, but they just have that addictive magic. The latest game for me in that list is The Counter of Death [Free], and it has nothing to do with mathematics, step counting, or kitchen surfaces...

Ackeron [$2.99] is remarkable for a few reasons. First, it's a remake of a 15+ year old Palm Pilot game, which I can assure you is not something you see every day. Second, it's a large, complex, single-player RPG from an indie developer, something that is becoming rare these days on iOS. Perhaps the most amazing thing about it is just how much effort seems to have been put into this remake. Ackeron could easily pass for a new game on iOS, though its mechanics might quickly disabuse you of that notion. When a developer puts that kind of work into a remake, it's easy to see the passion behind the game. Indeed, Ackeron feels like a massive passion project, but it's also a surprisingly enjoyable RPG if you can stick with it through some of its bumpier parts...

Update #2: Now Italy, Spain, and Portugal can try to catch 'em all!..

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where pouring milk on an inn allows it to charge a higher rate. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's holding up in the modern day. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their position in the overall library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. As mayor of this city, I try to choose a balanced plate of games from week to week, but if you feel like I'm missing anything important, you can let me know by leaving a comment below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. The schedule is already done up quite far in advance, so you might not see your suggestion soon, but it will be added to the master list...

A little more than a month ago, we learned that Cartoon Network was readying a sequel of sorts to their massively popular card battler Card Wars - Adventure Time [$3.99], and earlier today that game, Card Wars Kingdom [Free], went live in the App Store. Just as the first game was adapted from a fictional card game that was played in an episode of Adventure Time, Card Wars Kingdom is loosely based on the latest episode Daddy-Daughter Card Wars where Jake has to win an underground Card Wars tournament. Fittingly, Card Wars Kingdoms has a brand new online PvP feature and tournaments...

Despite Pokemon GO [Free] only having been out for about eight hours here in the UK, I've been to a multitude of bizarre locations to try and catch 'em all. Whether the PokeStops have been in churches, train stations or random stones in the ground with absolutely no significance at all, it isn't only the Pokemon that are being lured to specific locations, but masses of people with their phones - and most importantly, their wallets. This has led to businesses actually buying lures to try and attract paying customers, and while on a smaller scale this is a novel idea, there is immense potential for a bigger brand to capitalise on the unprecedented popularity of Pokemon GO. It was therefore an inevitability that Niantic, according to a Gizmodo source, have struck a deal with McDonald's to turn every single restaurant into either a PokeStop or a Gym...

It was just last week we learned that adorable point-and-click adventure Love You To Bits [$3.99] would be getting two brand new levels and iCloud syncing, and today that update has gone live in the App Store. Love You To Bits was a story about a space explorer searching the galaxy to collect all the parts of his robot girlfriend, who had been blown to bits. It was created by some of the same people who made the wonderful (and sadly now defunct) Tiny Thief, and felt like an appropriate spiritual successor to that title. ..

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