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'Tower Fortress' Merges 'Metroid' and 'Downwell' to Make an Awesome Action-Platformer, Coming Soon

We loved Downwell [$2.99] back at its release, and even bestowed it our Game of the Year Runner Up award for 2015. Therefore, while it has become the gold standard for which any fast-paced high score centric platformer game on the App Store is immediately compared to, it means any title that is even somewhat reminiscent of this classic is immediately on our radar. Tower Fortress is one such game, and through combining the qualities of Downwell with a hint of the vertical scaling and randomisation aspects of Leap Day [Free], Keybol's next release could set a new marker for what to expect from action platformer titles on mobile devices...

When it comes to interactive fiction, certain elements have to carry a disproportionate amount of weight on their shoulders. A good premise helps. Interesting choices are a must. While the story doesn't necessarily have to be spectacular, it should at least be well-written. There's more to it than that, especially if said game starts dipping its wick into the RPG genre, but at a minimum, quality interactive fiction should present the player with a good story in which they have some agency, or at least the illusion of it. Deadman Diaries [$0.99] is the latest release from Cubus Games, best known for their hardcore space action gamebook Heavy Metal Thunder [$3.99]. It carries a lower price tag than the rest of Cubus's line-up, and while I don't think you can always judge a game by its price, it's a useful indicator in this case...




'Sociable Soccer' Is Bringing Online Soccer Arcade Action to the App Store Later This Year

After what has felt like an excruciatingly long few months, the soccer season has finally started to kick back into action. One of the best parts of becoming unfathomably disappointed by your team's heartbreaking 4-3 loss at home is that the new football year brings with it a whole bunch of new soccer games, and Sociable Soccer is one of the few upcoming ones for iPhone that has really caught my eye. Created by Jon Hare and others responsible for the legendary sports title Sensible Soccer, and quite heavily inspired by the arcade-focused, top down action of the series, spiritual successor Sociable Soccer looks to capitalise on the influx of fans looking for something to fill the midweek void when it launches later this year, and hopefully create a brilliant soccer title in an App Store that is surprisingly lacking in fantastic football games...

Artillery games have long been a popular genre on mobile. iShoot was one of the earliest examples of an indie developer striking it rich with an iPhone game, and of course Angry Birds is a derivative of the artillery genre. A bit later in the iPhone's life a game called Bowman caught fire and ushered in an influx of games where you shot arrows into stick figure people. There's just something so satisfying about guessing the angle and power of a shot and watching you hit your target right on the mark. And when you take that winning formula and throw in Mortal Kombat-style gore? It's absolute gold. That's the story of Bowmasters [$1.99 / Free], which launched under the radar last week. The game sees you battling it out against an AI opponent, each taking turns lobbing various projectiles at each other until one of you runs out of life. ..

'The Quest HD' Review - That Old Magic is Still Alive

Redshift's The Quest [$4.99] was originally released for Pocket PCs and Palm devices, but it found new life when the game was ported to iPhones in March of 2009. Its massive size and depth, combined with a seemingly endless parade of new content through regular expansion pack releases, made it one of the best RPGs on the platform, and for many people, the only one they ever needed. Surprisingly, the years have been generally kind to it in most regards, so it still plays as well as it ever did. Only a few respects betrayed the game's age. One of the most obvious points is that it offered no iPad-native version, forcing tablet owners to play it with a less-than-flattering zoom applied to the visuals. As detailed as the graphics in the original port are, they're clearly coming from the pre-retina days of mobile gaming, and while that's not something I mind terribly, it made the game look too old-fashioned for some...

'Heroes of Normandie' Review - This War is Hellishly Good

If you're a fan of strategy games, what is it about them that gets you hooked? Is it the ability to command huge armies and have them engage in long, epic campaigns over huge theaters? Or do you enjoy small, intimate engagements where every unit counts? For me, it's definitely the latter and that's because I like when games tell stories, when my soldiers' actions weave lovely - or painful - narratives that I can then recount and laugh, or cry. Heroes of Normandie [$14.99], the digital port of the Devil Pig Games' board game with the same name, is precisely the kind of wargame that creates stories not only because you usually command a very small number of units over a pretty small battlefield but also because the game is constantly celebrating its inspiration, the classic, bombastic WWII movies like The Dirty Dozen and A Bridge Too Far...

'One Night in Karazhan' News and Guides, Purify Talk, Best Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #60

Welcome everyone to Touchstone, our weekly Hearthstone [Free] news roundup, and what a week the last one was. Hearthstone players, myself included, are always hungry for more content, so whenever new cards drop, you can feel the breath of fresh air running through the game. So, it's unsurprising that almost everyone had been waiting for the release of One Night in Karazhan Adventure with increasing impatience, and once the Prologue and Wing 1, The Parlor, hit last Thursday, everyone was all over it. I've enjoyed the first taste of Karazhan, and from what I've been reading around the internet, so did most of you...

If you've been thinking of trying to trick Pokemon GO [Free] in order to get those Pokemon more easily, you might want to rethink your plan because Niantic has now started permanently banning accounts that have anything to do with cheating of any kind. According to an announcement on Pokemon GO's webpage that offers a form for appealing a ban, Niantic is now permanently terminating player accounts for violations of the Pokemon GO Terms of Service. This includes, but not limited to, falsifying your location (cheating the GPS in other words), using emulators, using modified or unofficial software and/or accessing Pokemon GO clients or backends in an unauthorized manner including through the use of third party software...

TinyBuild is one of my favorite publishers on the App Store, as I've pretty much loved everything they've put out so far, and right now is a great time to experience their games as they're currently throwing a huge 99¢ sale on their entire mobile library. I mean, you could buy all of them for a grand total of about six bucks, and I can't even begin to imagine the hours and hours of gameplay you'd get for that fistful of dollars. However, if you had to pick just ONE of these games, I'd personally recommend Punch Club. It's not exactly a boxing game, more of a life simulator with a heavy boxing theme and tons of crazy humor and pop culture references. The game was a bit rough in terms of balance right after launch, but things have been smoothed over nicely with updates since then. And, for your convenience, here's links to the forum threads for each game as well as links to the ones that we've reviewed if you need some more information. The sale runs through August 21st so start checking the couch cushions for some spare change and grab these games while they're cheap!..

Colorful Arcade Shooter 'Hyper Blaster' Lands on the App Store on August 18th

Arcade shooters are a perfect fit for mobile gaming, as brief sessions focused on scoring the highest possible points total are perfectly suited to pick up and play gameplay. App Store developers certainly agree, and despite the multitude of solid entries in the genre, there are only a certain amount of ways that the core dual stick shooter formula can be dressed up to seem unique and fun, and not simply going back over well-trodden territory. Hyper Blaster, the result of one man development team Combopunk, has attempted to create its own identity, through eccentric and colorful graphics and some new control mechanics that distinguish itself from the fluidity of other two stick shooters, while encapsulating the nostalgic joy of '90s arcade titles when it launches on August 18th...

'Journey Below' Review - Started From The Top, Now We're Here

Inexplicably descending a dungeon full of trials, tribulations, and an eclectic cast of evil creatures that are dead-set on causing your avatar's demise - sound familiar? While it's extremely easy to draw parallels to Downwell [$2.99] - and such comparisons are certainly welcome, considering the latter was our Game of the Year Runner Up in 2015 - Journey Below [$2.99] manages to distinguish itself from similar titles through putting its own unique spin on the rock-hard, high-scoring gameplay that is so well suited to mobile gaming. It may not be the most expansive experience, but dig beneath the surface and Ravenous Games have managed to create a surprising level of depth in Journey Below that makes sure it doesn't stop being a highly compelling addition to the dungeon crawling genre...

Strategy games and the iPad go together like curry and rice, so it's no surprise that there have been a ton of great strategy games, both original and classic, released on the device. A couple of years ago, we were treated to one of the all-time classics of PC strategy when Heroes of Might & Magic 3 [$9.99 (HD)] came to iPad. Well, you can grab your marker and get ready to cross another one off of the old checklist, because Rome: Total War is coming to iPad this fall from SEGA and Feral Interactive...

RPG Reload File 089 - 'Infinity Blade 2'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we know how to retcon and aren't afraid to do it. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it shapes up by today's standards. It's a chance to check in on old favorites, consider their place in the overall landscape, or simply to zoom and enhance on games in a way our reviews typically don't allow for. As the God King of this feature, I try to choose a balanced mix of games from week to week in order to represent the variety in the genre. If you feel like I'm missing something 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. Since the schedule is planned pretty far in advance, I can't promise you'll see your suggestion soon, but it will be added to the master list...

I hope you've all enjoyed playing through the Prologue of One Night in Karazhan, Hearthstone's [Free] newest Adventure. If you haven't played the Prologue yet, you can check out our guide on how to defeat Prince Malchezaar. And now, the serious business of tackling the Adventure begins. Wing 1, The Parlor, has you walking through Karazhan along with Moroes, Karazhan's steward, since Medivh has disappeared after the Prologue encounter. This Wing has three bosses, the Silverware Golem, the Magic Mirror, and Chess, and all three are quite entertaining. There are also 2 class challenges, Shaman and Priest. You'll get 11 cards when you complete the Wing and the Class challenges, so plenty of lovely loot waiting for you at the end of The Parlor. This guide will cover all three bosses in both Normal and Heroic, so let's begin...

In our review of Brownmonster's Rush Rally 2 [$3.99], we called it "the best rally racer on iOS." But what happens when the best gets even better? Is it best…er? Even more best? The most bestest? Ah who cares, all that really matters is that on August 18th Rush Rally 2 is getting a brand new update that adds an oft-requested cockpit camera into the game. Brownmonster has recut the game's App Store preview video with some new footage of this new feature, check it out...

Welcome to our first of many guides on Hearthstone's [Free] latest Adventure, One Night in Karazhan. As this is the opening week of the Adventure, we'll have two guides, one for The Prologue - the free encounter that everyone gets to play - and one for the first, paid Wing, The Parlor. We'll be writing up guides every week to help you all make it through the Adventure as fast as possible and get your hands on all those fancy cards. So, get ready for another month of crazy Adventuring, Boss fighting, and card earning, and let's get started with The Prologue...

After weeks of teasing, Hearthstone's [Free] latest Adventure, One Night in Karazhan, is now available! This Adventure gives Medivh's tower, called Karazhan, a Disco feel, so expect to hear plenty of fun music and, in general, enjoy an upbeat Adventure. One Night in Karazhan comes in four wings plus a free Prologue that everyone gets to play, and today you can buy all four wings for $19.99 or just one wing for 700 gold or $6.99. If you want to buy the full Adventure, go to the Shop, tap on Adventure, and you'll see Karazhan there. If you buy the full Adventure in the first week, you'll get a fancy card back. The first encounter is the Prologue and at the end of it you'll face Prince Malchezaar. The Parlor is the first actual Wing of the Adventure, and is also available right now...

'Reigns' Review - Reign in Blood

The core concept of Reigns [$2.99] on paper seems intriguing enough. It's basically dating service Tinder, with swiping left or right to make decisions, combined with ruling a kingdom. Seems interesting enough, but Nerial and company have managed to imbue Reigns' concept in such a way that each decision feels weighty. As well, there's an intriguing long-term game here, with secrets to discover and an overall goal to reach that gives each session a unique purpose beyond its amusing concept, and elevates the whole experience above an amusing concept...

It's pretty crazy to think that Pako - Car Chase Simulator [$0.99 / Free] from Tree Men Games has been around for nearly two years, and even crazier to think about the amount of content that's been added via updates in the time since its launch. It's evolved from a pretty simplistic vehicular arena survival game to one that features tons of different levels to play, multiple vehicles, additional game modes, and even a slick 3rd-person camera option. Today the latest Pako update has launched and once again it transforms the game significantly. The "Pakocalypse" update adds a new level called Aftermath along with 3 brand new vehicles all of which look like they came straight out of Mad Max. Of course, it's not just an aesthetic apocalyptic theme, as while you're playing Aftermath there are zombies roaming the land, tanks threatening you from all around, and even death and destruction raining down from the sky...

While many mobile gamers pine for the days when Gamevil was putting together paid action-RPGs like the older Zenonia games, you have to admit that they've approached the free-to-play social RPG genre with some gusto. Their efforts in the genre cover a wide variety of playstyles, and the production values are often on par with even Square Enix's releases. Well, you can add another one to their line-up with the release of Masquerade: The Faceless [Free]. This one is a side-scrolling 3D beat-em-up with RPG elements, and it's surprisingly fun...

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