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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...

Gameloft's behind-the-back runner/crawler/swinger featuring everyone's favorite webhead has been going strong for a few years now, tossing a veritable cornucopia of Spider-Mans and their Amazing Friends into the game on a regular basis. That said, it's been a while since the development team has added any content to the game's story mode, which ended on a cliffhanger with hints that someone else was behind Mysterio's cross-dimensional power play. Another bummer is that the cool 2099 environment from the Spider-Verse event has been MIA since that story came to a close. Well, face front, True Believers, because the latest update of Spider-Man Unlimited [Free] sees both of those long-gone elements make a comeback...

Hello, gentle listeners, and welcome to another slightly overdue episode of the RPG Reload Podcast. This month, Eric, Andy, and I are joined by our old friend Zack Kline, who you might remember from the King of Dragon Pass episode last year. Together, we're discussing the curious and crafty A Dark Room. We had a number of technical problems with the recording this time, leading to the death of an Eric, and severe choppiness on my end in the second half. I tried to splice around it, but all I can do is apologize if things come off disjointed at times. Nevertheless, we had a good long talk about a variety of games. Want to hear our thoughts on Pokemon Go? Guild of Dungeoneering? Cosmos Rings? The Facts of Life? Then you've just got to listen to this action-packed episode!..

We've had our eye on Eisenhorn: XENOS from developer Pixel Hero Games, makers of the ultra-underrated action RPG Spiral Episode 1 [$3.99 / Free], ever since we got a quick demo of the game at GDC 2015. An impressive-looking trailer followed about six months later, and before we knew it we were back at GDC 2016 this past March getting another great demo of the game. People who had been following along had been very excited for Eisenhorn: XENOS to arrive, and just yesterday we learned that the game was set to launch this Wednesday, August 10th. Pixel Hero even posted a brand new developer diary video in celebration of the much-anticipated launch. Well, the weirdness of digital app stores and world time zones strikes again and as it turns out Eisenhorn: XENOS [$9.99] is now available as of just a few moments ago...

When a mobile port of Vlambeer's hit arena platformer Super Crate Box [$1.99] was first announced nearly five years ago, it felt like huge things were on the horizon for the small indie developer in the mobile realm. Despite being a twitchy game built for physical controls, Super Crate Box actually translated extremely well to the touchscreen and we absolutely loved it in our original review. Vlambeer had a novel idea for their update roadmap too, as there was a running total of all crates collected in the game worldwide and once that number hit certain milestones a new content update would be released. ..

Niantic continues its efforts to improve Pokemon GO [Free], and update 1.3.0, which has just gone live, attempts to fix one of the game's main issues, the Nearby Pokemon feature. The previous update removed the footstep tracking from the Nearby Pokemon screen, which made figuring out where the Pokemon are almost impossible. Fortunately, Niantic listened to the game's player base and is now trying something new. Instead of the Nearby Pokemon screen, we now have the Sightings screen that starts empty and is gradually populated as you get closer to various Pokemon. The problem is that as far as I can see, there's still no tracking feature, so this new feature isn't much better than before...

Obsidian's Pathfinder Adventures [Free (HD)] is a highly entertaining card game with great flavor and fun mechanics, and the upcoming 1.0.3.7 update seems on track to make the game even better. Every person that updates will get 6 sets of the Red Righteous dice, one for each character in the largest party available. The update will add new interfaces so that you can assign a different die to each character if you like, which will make it more pleasing when you roll (and will make it easier to know which member of your party is really never any help). There are also rarities associated with the dice. The other change is in card rarity, with cards now being linked more closely to where you are in the story. That way, most of the cards you'll be getting will be usable in the immediate future rather than getting cards that won't be useful until much later...

Whenever a Hearthstone [Free] Adventure or Expansion comes out, there are some cards that get players all riled up because of their apparent uselessness. So, it's not surprising that the upcoming One Night in Karazhan Adventure has generated its share of complaining, but what is surprising is that the upcoming card Purify has been scorned so badly that Blizzard felt it had to come out and respond to the criticisms. Purify, a common 2-mana Priest spell that silences a friendly minion and lets you draw a card, has really become the focus of many players', including pro players', criticism and for many the best example of Priest's sorry state...

As soon as Pokemon GO [Free] launched, many players started using all kinds of cheats to be able to stream the game while sitting comfortably in front of their deck rather than walking around town. As you can imagine, not everyone was happy with that, especially not developer Niantic. Now, Twitch is cracking the whip and putting an end to all those shenanigans. According to a blog post on Pokemon GO cheating, the streaming of content which violates third-party terms of service is a violation of Twitch's Terms of service. That includes "cheating in online multiplayer games" as defined by the game developer...

It's tough to get a beat on exactly what Kairosoft's release strategy is, if they even have one. Sometimes it feels like months in between them releasing games, and other times it feels like there's a new one hitting every week. Not even two weeks after the release of the not-very-good Legends of Heropolis [Free], Kairosoft has just released another new game called The Manga Works [$4.99]. This is a simulation game (gasp!) that has you running your own manga studio, starting out as a solo artist and hopefully building up into a publishing empire...

Pokemon GO [Free] is still a very popular game despite complaints from some of its fans, and that popularity propelled the game's revenue to record heights according to a Sensor Tower estimation. During its first month of availability (and remember, the roll-out was quite slow), the game is estimated to have made more than $200 million in worldwide net revenue on the App Store and Google Play. To add some perspective to that number, the highest earners before Pokemon GO were Candy Crush Soda Saga [Free] and Clash Royale [Free]. Pokemon GO made more than seven times the revenue of Candy Crush Soda Saga during the first month (although we do have to keep in mind that the App Store and Google Play were different animals in 2014) and almost two times the revenue of Clash Royale...

Update Mondays: 'Suicide Squad: Special Ops', 'Pixel Boat Rush', 'Farm Heroes Saga', 'Politaire', 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. Lots of interesting stuff this week, though I think that a certain sporting event's overly litigious nature has kept many apps from jumping on the bandwagon of current events. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper Social [Free], the watchlist in the TouchArcade App [Free], or by participating in the TouchArcade forums, but this weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

Finally, Blitz Breaker [$2.99] is home where it belongs. After initially getting released on PC, Reece Kelly's fast-reaction platformer is on mobile. It's always felt like a perfect fit for phones in particular, what with the ability to simply swipe in the cardinal directions to launch your hero that way. Sure, it works perfectly fine from a keyboard, but it was easy to imagine doing all this with a thumb on a touchscreen. Lo and behold, it works beautifully...

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