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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Sproggiwood'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

Best iPhone and iPad Games - 5/29/15 - 'Chaos Rings III', 'Geometry Wars 3', 'Grim Fandango Remastered' and TONS More

Anyone who called this week a weak week is a damn maniac, as this has turned out to be among the best iOS game release weeks of the year and we don't even have all the games reviewed yet. I'm busy having my nose buried in Desktop Dungeons, and everyone else is playing the rest of the rad releases. Here are the best games we did review this week, and there's a lot of them:..

Almost two weeks ago to the day, Konami President, Hideki Hayakawa, got the Internet all twisted up when he said that his company was pretty much dropping console game development in order to pursue mobile games aggressively because "mobile is where the future of gaming lies." As expected, these comments got many across the Internet, and in our comment sections, up in arms mostly in defense of "traditional" gaming. Well, today Konami backtracked so fast it looked like a moonwalking Michael Jackson on fast forward. In a letter sent to Polygon, Konami apologized to its fans for causing anxiety about its games and business practices and sought to clarify its future plans...

If you play Kung Fury - The Game [Free] game, you'll get a free, ad-supported, action-brawler. It's similar to One Finger Death Punch [Free], where you tap left and right to attack enemies on either side of you, punching out Nazis, lady kung-fu warriors, and killer robots. You'd notice how the game has been made to look like an old arcade machine, complete with a rounded CRT look and scanlines. The visual effect is actually really cool. It's pretty neat, there's only one IAP to remove ads, it's a pretty cool package all on its own. Then you realize that it's a tie-in to the ridiculous and just-released Kung Fury movie, which you can watch on YouTube right now for free: ..

Colorful Music Puzzler 'har•mo•ny 3' Releases This June

BorderLeap's har•mo•ny series has been kicking around for a while, with a couple of well-received entries, and har•mo•ny 2 [$3.99] in particular was the beneficiary of regular featuring by Apple. Now, BorderLeap's got a third game in the series in the works, appropriately titled har•mo•ny 3. The game is promising more vibrant colors and beautiful music, as you try to move color blocks around to reassemble the color pallete properly. Hammock, the artist behind the games' soundtracks, has 6 unreleased songs that will be appearing in har•mo•ny 3. ..

Earlier this month Zen Studios and Valve announced a partnership that was to bring a Portal-themed pinball table to the multitude of digital platforms where Zen's pinball games are available. And that includes iOS! It arrived a wee bit later than the normal weekly releases, so just consider this a friendly reminder that both a standalone version of Portal Pinball [$1.99] and a downloadable version in the Zen Pinball [Free] app are now available. Best of all, if you act now, either version comes with free cake!..

'Hyperburner' Hands-On Preview: Gorgeous, But I Just Crashed Again

Hyperburner was the kind of game that I was immediately taken by thanks to its promise of gorgeous worlds and quick-reaction gameplay. Developer Badpotion was gracious enough to send me a pre-release build to try out of Hyperburner, and while I think there's still some work that needs to go into this one, there's definitely a lot of promise for this game as it gets closer to completion. Check out some hands-on footage, including a first glimpse at some of the game's later worlds as they're being developed, below:..

We Try To Figure Out What You Do In 'Soccer Spirits 2' Solely By Watching The Just-Released Trailer

Sometimes you watch a game trailer, and you say to yourself, "yes, this trailer perfectly captured the essence of the game." And then you watch a trailer like the one for Soccer Spirits: Season 2, and one minute and some seconds later you are still staring at the screen absolutely dumbfounded, still trying to comprehend the visual assault you've just endured. I've never heard of this game or the ones before it. So, I've decided to quickly tell you what I think this game is all about based solely on the trailer. Here it goes.....

Friends, it's been a cavalcade of bummers for iOS SEGA fans lately. After tapping Christian Whitehead to do an amazing job of remastering Sonic CD [$2.99], Sonic The Hedgehog [$2.99], and Sonic The Hedgehog 2 [$2.99], the company for whatever reason decided they weren't interested in doing the same for Sonic 3 & Knuckles. The fantastic port of Jet Set Radio stopped working as of iOS 8 and was pulled from the App Store, presumably never to return. The much-hyped Sonic Team iOS debut turned out to be a rather lackluster runner that may or may not exit soft launch, and just a few weeks ago, SEGA cleaned house on their App Store library, removing most of the Genesis games and several other titles for "quality" reasons. And in fact, as I checked the App Store for background on this story, I see the remaining Genesis games have been removed, along with ChuChu Rocket! and a couple of others...

The Apple Watch Review: Week 3 - HealthKit is Weird

Welcome to week three of our Apple Watch review series. If this is the first entry you've stumbled across, be sure to check out week one which is filled with initial impressions, and week two which focuses quite a bit on the activity tracking of the device. Once again with no significant Apple Watch game releases aside from a Runeblade update, we're in another odd spot. But, hey, whatever, Apple is teasing a full Watch Kit SDK which will be previewed at WWDC, so it's possible that some really cool Apple Watch stuff is on the horizon...

A new Lego game may have just leaked. A game, seemingly called Lego Worlds, was featured on the back of a new City Square Lego set, complete with WB Games and TT Games, the latter being known for their work in the Lego series. With the tagline of "Explore. Discover. Create." and vehicles, there's lots to speculate about here! Could it be a Minecraft [$6.99] style of game, but with Lego? Maybe! Is it an error, some preproduction art for Lego Dimensions that accidentally made it out into the wild? Who knows! One comment seems to indicate that an open-world Minecraft game may be what to expect...

Do you like Nitrome's Magic Touch - Wizard for Hire [Free]? However, do you wish that the game let you play as wizards besides that one default wizard dude? He's alright, but what about a magical owl? That'd be cool! Well, good news: Magic Touch's latest update adds in ten new wizards for you to unlock with your hard-earned coins, including an aforementioned magical owl. Some of them are technically witches, warlocks, and other wizard-adjacent magical figures, but whatever, they count! Check out the trailer with the new stuff below:..

RPG Reload File 040 - 'Infinity Blade'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we don't ask how dad's gear gets back to his family every time. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the modern day. It's a little revisiting, a little reflecting, and a chance to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. As the host of this little program, I try to choose a wide variety of RPGs from week to week, but I need your help to make sure I'm not missing anything. That's why once per month, I turn the selection to you. Simply make your suggestion known by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. Since June's reader's choice has already been decided, any votes at this point will go towards the July reader's choice. The next reader's choice, coming up next week, is Guardian Saga [$1.99]...

The Android equivalent of WWDC, Google I/O, had its big keynote today, and there was actually some news from the show for iOS users. Google announced that Cardboard – their DIY solution for doing VR on a phone display up to 6" – will support iOS. The SDK is being updated to support apps with VR elements on iOS, and there's a Unity plugin so developers can create Cardboard-ready VR apps with the tools they already use to make games and apps with. And of course, that means iOS...

Here's a surprise: Devolver Digital and Croteam's The Talos Principle, one of the top PC games of 2014, is out now on Android. But while it appears to be an exclusive to Nvidia hardware, there may be a little hope for iOS devices to get this game someday. This first-person puzzle game has you solving puzzles in a world that is a mixture of dilapidated ruins and advanced technology, with philosophical elements throughout the story. The game is available in episodic form on Google Play, with a $4.99 up-front purchase and five more episodes for $4.99 each. This makes it overall $10 cheaper than the full price of the PC version...

One of the best rock bands in history (if not the best) has just hit the App Store (unfortunately with a pretty plain and not very Freddie Mercury-looking app icon). Queen: Play the Game [$2.99] has just dropped on the App Store like a shooting star promising its players a kind of magic unlike that of any other music-related game. I'm not sure if the game is made in heaven, but I do know for sure that if you think Queen is more like Killer Queen, the champion of rock bands, you would be stone cold crazy not to download the game...

'Oraia Rift: Oracle of Oraia' is a Promising Zelda-like Game Coming in 2015

I remember spending countless hours on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time on my Nintendo 64, so when a developer promises a Zelda-inspired title, I sit up and listen. While most developer attempts at capturing Zelda's magic end up in disappointment or in games that maybe try too hard to copy Zelda (Oceanhorn could be such an example), I'm always optimistic. Oraia Rift: Oracle of Oraia, an upcoming iOS game by COMPASSGAMES, is definitely going for a Zelda vibe, and I'm hopeful that if nothing else, this game will be a fun Zelda-like game to play. The game was originally supposed to come out in Q2 2014, but the developer admits being too optimistic and now believes the game will be out in 2015...

I enjoy waking up to good news, and reading this morning that Fallen London is coming to iOS definitely did the trick. For those who don't know the browser-based game, it is a masterpiece in story-telling from the creators of Sunless Sea, the PC game that has gone over very well with those who enjoy games with deep, complex stories at their core. Fallen London throws the player in a dark and hilarious Victorian-Gothic version of London and then lets him or her spin tales in a world containing over 12 million words. The stories you weave in this game range from the mundane to the extraordinary to the supernatural, all of them within a perfectly realized world that puts other fantastic worlds to shame. The orininal Fallen London was browser-based, and although it was playable on iOS browsers, it definitely was more of a hassle than a pleasure. I've actually asked the developers, Failbetter Games, a couple of times in the past about any iOS plans because I could see that this game would thrive on mobile...

I’m a big fan of this week’s Final Fantasy: Record Keeper [Free] limited time event. For one, the major reward is unlocking the record for Vanille, a character that I enjoyed when I played through Final Fantasy XIII. More importantly, the event takes place in FFXIII which means I get to listen to the game’s awesome battle theme some more. For fans of DeNA's RPG looking for some tips to get through this week’s The Fal’Cie of Pulse event, we got you covered below...

Noodlecake is Publishing Roguelike Shoot 'em Up 'Shooting Stars' This Summer

Not long ago, we wrote about Shooting Stars, the impressive-looking shoot 'em up with roguelike elements from Bloodirony Games. We thought it looked pretty great. Well, Noodlecake Games apparently thought so, too, and have announced that they're picking the game up for publication and will be helping out with the game's development. Noodlecake says they'll be taking on a similar role as they did with Tiltagon [Free], where they helped with the controls and monetization of the game. ..

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