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'The Room' Series Plot Guide - Here's What You Need to Know to Be Ready for 'The Room: Old Sins'

The Room: Old Sins is the latest release in a series that goes back to 2012, which I regret to inform you was more than five years ago. Wait, don't focus on the existential dread! There are games to play, after all. Now, the games in this series are puzzle games first and foremost. You're meant to enjoy the intricately-designed puzzles and the way everything connects before anything else. But there is also an intricately-designed, connected story going on in the background, and each game has revealed clues and plot pieces at a steady rate. Maybe you're excited for Old Sins, but you can't quite remember what happened in the last game, or the one before that. Well, we've got your collective backs, friends. Here's a spoiler-heavy summary of the first three games in the series for those who want a quick refresher...

It's been quite a whirlwind since Spiel Studios accidentally released their game Man Vs. Missiles [Free] two weeks ahead of schedule just prior to the iTunes holiday shutdown in December. Since that time the game has been downloaded more than a million times and Spiel has released a whopping eight updates which have added in a bit of new content by way of new planes and made a ton of adjustments based on user feedback. Now, barely over a month after release, they are prepping the biggest update yet for Man Vs. Missiles. This Thursday a new update will arrive adding in unique environments for each of the planes in the game, and you can see how some of those will look in the following video...




One of the better puzzle games released last year was Swim Out [$2.99] from developer Lozange Lab, and now for the first time since its launch sale back in August it's currently available for a discounted price on both iOS and on the Google Play Store for Android, down from $2.99 to just $1.99 for a limited time. Swim Out is a turn-based puzzler that has you trying to swim across a body of water while not crossing paths or otherwise interfering with your fellow aquatics enthusiasts. With more than 100 levels, a dozen different types of swimmers, and a dozen different objects to swim your way around, Swim Out is a genuinely challenging and really satisfying puzzler that will keep you busy for quite some time...

GRID Autosport [$9.99] is the gift that keeps on giving, as following its launch in late November developer Feral Interactive has been working on releasing updates based on player feedback to enhance the experience. First was a big update in December that improved performance across all devices with fixes especially geared towards iPhone X, and now a little over a month later we've got yet another new update which focuses on additional control options. First off they've enabled the arrow controls option on all devices so now folks on an iPad or an iPhone SE can also utilize this control method. They've also improved the default control methods and have added new "Pro" and "Custom" variants as well as an auto-accelerate option for Tilt and Wheel Touch controls...

After being mostly dormant for several years, it's sure been nice seeing developer Raptisoft getting active in the mobile space again. After releasing the excellent sequel Hoggy 2 [Free] in July of last year, Raptisoft went on to update two of the platform's best dual-stick shooters with iOS 11 support; Solomon's Keep [Free] in September and Solomon's Boneyard [Free] in October. And hey, while maybe not quite as high profile as their other games it's also quite commendable that Raptisoft updated their Mahjong Blitz [Free] with iOS 11 support last month, its first update since releasing in January of 2010! While we know Raptisoft is still working on a remastered version of Solomon's Keep which is destined for both mobile and desktop, they've also found some time to squeeze in another compatibility update for one of their classics, this time the incredible puzzle platformer Robot Wants Kitty [Free]. Here's the original launch trailer from 7(!) years ago...

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. They're not all free-to-play games this week, I promise! Just, you know, mostly. That's how it is. Still, there's some real heavy-hitters in here, including some games I'm sure many of our readers are playing. 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!..

It's definitely looking like Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp [Free] is going to be one of those games that is wall-to-wall events with little to no breaks in between. The Rover's Garden Safari event just ended earlier today, and we're already on to the next thing. Instead of catching butterflies in your garden, you're going to be going after something slightly more seasonal. The Winter Sports Event is on, and it's going to be even quicker than the last event, so you'll want to get on it right away...

Here's How to Unlock Wonder Woman in 'Arena of Valor' Right Now

Arena of Valor [Free], the latest mobile MOBA to take iOS devices by storm, finally has its first big licensed character hitting the US version of the title. Starting today, players can start the journey to obtain Wonder Woman, the DC-licensed Amazonian Warrior. Starting today, a multitude of quests are now available that will each bestow Wonder Badges. The quests range from a wide variety of objectives, most of them centered around trying all the different types of battles (3v3, 5v5 etc) as well as objective based quests (Defeat a tower in battle). Unlocking Wonder Woman will require a total of 76 Wonder Badges, meaning that players will need to continually check in on quest statuses and ensure that the login quests are all cashed in as soon as possible...

Last week a pretty cool trailer caught our eye for a game where you sail boats made out of giant bananas, a giant hot dog, a bathtub, and many more silly items. The game was very appropriately titled Silly Sailing [Free], and it's now available in the App Store ready to fulfill all your silly sailing desires. I downloaded the free game to give it a quick spin and I have to say I'm pretty impressed with just how fun it is. You tap the left or right side of the screen to turn your boat in either direction, and there's a bar at the bottom of the screen which you'll drag left or right to close or open your sail. The trick is harnessing the wind properly to propel your boat forward, and there's handy arrows showing you exactly how the wind is bouncing off of your sail...

After rumors circulated for years that it would be coming to mobile, this past November Greenheart Games' fantastic simulation Game Dev Tycoon [$4.99] really did arrive on the App Store. In it you'll open up a game development business and create all sorts of games in the hopes of bringing happiness to your customers and maybe even turning a profit while you're at it. Game Dev Tycoon was heavily inspired by Kairosoft's all-time classic Game Dev Story, but offered up a different enough spin on the formula that it was a welcome arrival on iOS. We loved it in our 5 star review and also made sure to include it on our list of the Top 100 Games of 2017. Now our Android friends will be able to get in on the fun as well when Game Dev Tycoon launches on Android on January 31st. ..

Jigsaw puzzles are fun, but they're also kind of a pain in the butt. First of all you need kind of a lot of space where you can put them together, and if you're not going to finish a whole puzzle in one sitting then it's going to be taking up that space until you're finished. I remember not using our coffee table for a whole month as me and my roommates slowly pieced together a particularly difficult puzzle. Then there's the problem of losing or bending pieces, which can ruin hours of work. Similar to board games with their many pieces to keep track of, puzzles have benefited greatly from touchscreen devices becoming popular. Sure, it's not quite the same as doing a puzzle in real life, but you can carry dozens of puzzles with you in your pocket and you're never going to lose a piece. It's pretty cool. One of the best digital puzzle apps around is Zimad's Magic Jigsaw Puzzles [Free] which has been offering literally thousands of puzzles to players for several years now. This week they announced a partnership that piqued our interest as the latest update to Magic Jigsaw Puzzles adds in some of your favorite Cartoon Network personalities. Check it out...

The Best JRPGs for iPhone and iPad - A TouchArcade Ranking

Hello, gentle readers. It seems like our previous ranking lists have gone over pretty well, so I'm going to be carrying on with them on a semi-regular basis. The topic this time around is the JRPG genre, an admittedly wide umbrella that I'm restricting simply to make it a useful label. What we are looking at here is a ranking of games that follow closely in the footsteps of Dragon Quest, Final Fantasy, and their ilk. Turn-based battles, melodrama, interesting characters, a plot that has a start and a finish, and things like that. If the combat system involves real-time action, it won't be on here. If it's an endlessly-updated free-to-play game, it also won't be on here. As odd as it may seem, these games do not have to be from Japan. This is not the final word, and your list can be (and probably is) different...

'It’s Full of Sparks' Review - A Cracking Good Time

It’s Full of Sparks [Free] is the latest release from prolific App Store publishers Noodlecake and developer Dabadu Games, and it’d be understandable if there were lingering doubts about whether quantity would eventually come at the expense of quality, and if some titles would make less of a bang amongst the iOS community. Thankfully, It’s Full of Sparks lives up to its name - from the outset, Dabadu Games have made a game full of sparks, new ideas and an abundance of charm from start to end. While a ‘platformer’ in the loosest sense of the word, It’s Full of Sparks suits the iPhone and iPad perfectly with its simple but incredibly solid central premise, and inventive level design means it remains engaging even as the novelty begins to wear thin...

'Cytus II' Review - Finger Dance Revolution

Some developers just demonstrate a knack for certain genres and decide to stick with them. It's not a bad way to go, and since Rayark has already given us several quality rhythm games like Cytus and VOEZ, it's only natural that the studio might want to revisit that particular music-saturated well again. Happily, what it's come up with in Cytus II [$1.99] is the best kind of sequel, one that should please fans of the first game while also assuring you don't require any knowledge of it...

Developer Kevin Ng created a smash hit back in May of 2013 with the stylish and frantic Impossible Road [$2.99], but several months before that he was also involved with a cute and quirky side-scrolling platformer called Food Run. This was an auto-running style of platformer, and while it didn't necessarily reinvent the wheel or anything it was one of the more polished and quirky runners on the App Store. It was also novel for being both level-based and fully premium, unlike most of its contemporaries, and it just gushed with fun and personality. Unfortunately Food Run eventually went the way of the dodo, but Ng has resurrected this old favorite with a completely remade version called Food Pals [$2.99] which just hit the App Store earlier today. ..

The Room franchise on iOS and Android is one of my favourites. It is another one of those franchises that began on mobile but has expanded to non mobile platforms but these games still play best on a nice touch screen. The Room: Old Sins [$4.99] was announced to release on January 25th on iOS with an Android release following after. It is now up for pre-order on iOS for $4.99. Watch the trailer for it below:..

'JYDGE' Review - Here Comes the JYDGE

'JYDGE' Review - Here Comes the JYDGE

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January 18th, 2018 12:00 AM EST by Andrew Fretz in $4.99, 4.5 stars, Action, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Shooter, Universal
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10tons multiplatform hit JYDGE [$8.99] is out now on iOS. JYDGE is a twinstick shooter set in a late twentieth century urban dystopian future. You play as the titular Jydge, a cop with the authority to dispense justice to bad guys, save hostages and confiscate contriband loot along the way. You are equipped with a wide array of cyberware enhancements and your trusty firearm, Gavel, complete with various firing modes and its own upgrades. You have been tasked with completing various missions that upon completion award you with points and credits to further upgrade and customize your gear. Much like its predecessor Neon Chrome [$6.99], you can quickly get overwhelmed in enemy fire if you aren't careful. JYDGE does, however, step away from Neon Chrome in a few key areas. The levels are not procedurally generated and and feel more fine-tuned. JYDGE also trades in the endless run idea for finite levels that seem to better encapsulate the sometimes limited time requirements of being on a mobile platform...

Last Friday we told you about how Autumn Games and Hidden Variable Studios were parting ways with their previous publisher of Skullgirls on mobile LINE Corporation, and thus would be launching a brand new version of the game this Thursday. You see, the LINE Skullgirls game shut down this past Sunday night, and the plan was for Hidden Variable to migrate over everyone's save game data from the old LINE servers to their new self-hosted servers in the time between the old game shutting down and the new game launching. However, it looks like that data migration went a lot faster than they anticipated and so the new self-published Skullgirls [Free] mobile game is now live in the App Store. ..

There's a surprising lack of quality boxing games in the App Store, but developer Koality Game added one to the list when they released their excellent arcade/sim hybrid Prizefighters [Free] just over a month ago. Taking cues from the classic Puch Out! in terms of presentation and core mechanics, Prizefighters actually plays a whole lot differently and features a really satisfying career mode and progression system for your boxer. And despite being released so late in the year, we still picked Prizefighters as one of our Top 100 Game of 2017. It's really good! In just that short amount of time since it came out, Koality has already released several updates for Prizefighters tweaking and polishing the experience, the most significant of which has landed this week. ..

After some time in soft launch, World of Warships Blitz [Free], Wargaming's second biggest game after the very popular World of Tanks Blitz, has finally hit all seven seas of the App Store. So, if you feel like sailing and blowing things up, you can now go ahead and do it for free. In World of Warships Blitz, you get to pick a variety of World War 2 ships from the USA, Japan, Russia, and Britain, and play either random multiplayer battles, Co-op Battles (where you and other players fight against the AI instead of other players), Campaigns inspired by historical naval events, and Ranked Battles. World of Tanks Blitz players can tell that World of Warships Blitz offers more content than its tank brethren...

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