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RPG Reload Presents - The History Of Handheld RPGS, Part One

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload. This week, we're starting a new project that will replace the monthly reader's choice articles seen in the first year of the feature. That means that we will not be taking a look at a specific RPG from the App Store's past this time around. Instead, we'll be digging back a little farther. We're going to be going into the history of handheld RPGs, from the paper age all the way up until the hardware of today. In total, this feature will span twelve columns, each one taking a look at a specific era in handheld RPGs. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I've enjoyed researching and writing them! Please let me know what you think by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload...

Slitherine is Looking for Beta Testers To Bring 'Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy' to iOS

This morning I woke up to a nice surprise as Slitherine sent out a call looking for beta testers for Star Hammer: The Vanguard Prophecy, a game about 3D tactical space battles. Even though many of you will be sold just from that short description, let me expand on it a bit. SHVP came out last June for the PC to pretty strong reviews overall. The game has you playing a branching story campaign with over 60 missions or creating your own skirmish scenarios. From what I've heard, the story is pretty well-written and interesting, which is a rare find in non-story focused games recently...




We're streaming live on Mobcrush right now. There's a couple different ways you can watch the stream, and they all work equally well and it's really just a matter of personal preference as to which method you prefer. The easiest way to watch is just watching the embedded player right here on TouchArcade. In the interest of being polite, we mute the audio. If you're somewhere you can listen, be sure to turn it back up- the controls for that are in the lower right corner of the video stream. Alternatively, if you're on a mobile device, visit mobcrush.com/beta and download the free Mobcrush app. (It's in beta, so you'll need to agree to have it installed on your device.) From there, search for TouchArcade. If you follow us, you'll get alerts when we're streaming. Last, but not least, you can visit our channel directly in your browser at mobcrush.com/toucharcade. Oh, and if you want to participate in chat, you'll need to register over on Mobcrush first...

The original Knights of Pen & Paper is a humorously self-referrential look at the world of pen and paper RPG players, and despite some of its flaws, it's gained quite a following of fans over the years. So when Knights of Pen & Paper 2 [$2.99] arrived back in May, it had a lot to live up to as well as a lot of areas to offer improvement. In Shaun's review of the game, he noted several downsides to the sequel, one of those being a lack of content and overall short play experience. Today, the second big expansion for Knights of Pen & Paper 2 has arrived, rectifying some of those negative issues...

It's sadly a normal way of life for the App Store that games sometimes disappear, particularly in the case of older indie titles. Sometimes they come back, usually they don't. So when Fall Of Angels, one of the older 3D JRPG-style games on the App Store, went missing earlier this year, I thought we might have seen the last of it. Fortunately, the developer was pretty swift in swinging by the TouchArcade forums to explain the situation, and while that version of the game is indeed gone, it's been replaced with a shiny, new version called Fall Of Angels HD [$2.99], complete with lots of new content...

If you've enjoyed Out There [$1.99], the beautiful space exploration game by Mi-Clos Studios, I have some very good news for you. The game's developers have decided to continue expanding the game, taking advantage of all the work they did in rebuilding the game into the Ω Edition. To that end, they've decided to release a series of updates called Multiverse (cool name, too). Each update will add small improvements but, more importantly for most of us, will also bring new game modes and content. And, as is Mi-Clos Studios' habit, the update will be free if you already own the game. So, free content, hard to complain about that, isn't it?..

Well this is funny. Just last week I was commenting on how awesome I thought the official App Store Twitter account was, as not only do they inject a lot of personality into their tweets but they post some genuinely interesting things, like those two behind the scenes videos I highlighted in that article. Now Apple is taking things one step further in the world of iOS gaming as they've just launched the @AppStoreGames Twitter account, which is a gaming-specific feed direct from the Apple Games Editors themselves. ..

'Skylanders: SuperChargers' Releases for iOS Next Month, Will Be Universal For the First Time

Activision gave more details today about its upcoming Skylanders: SuperChargers game, which will add sea, land, and air vehicles to the hugely successful franchise. If you aren't familiar with the Skylanders franchise, Activision's money-making machine blends a digital game with physical toys in a mix that offers children the best of both worlds. The franchise's previous game, Skylanders: Trap Team, came out on the iPad and did quite well, offering the full console experience on the go. Now Activision has unveiled a few firsts for Skylanders: SuperChargers on iOS that will definitely please the fans of the franchise or those thinking of trying Skylanders for the first time...

It was nearly a year ago now that Surgeon Simulator [$2.99] developer Bossa Studios unveiled their latest wacky creation, an open-world bread simulator called I Am Bread [$4.99]. Yes, it's just as silly as it sounds. You (awkwardly) control a little slice of bread as it explores a highly detailed house in search of its ultimate goal: being toasted in a toaster. Or by a hair dryer. Or an iron. Or a lamp. Pretty much any way you can get your bread toasted is just fine, and that's all part of the fun! After making my dreams come true back in January and confirming it was coming to mobile, the long wait is finally over as I Am Bread has hit the App Store...

One of the main criticisms of Hearthstone [Free] and its new expansion, The Grand Tournament, is just how long some of the new animations take. For instance, when you play a card that utilizes the joust mechanic, there's a whole dramatic card draw and reveal before the card you played can have its joust effect activate (or not activate if you lost the joust). Typically, this isn't a problem at all as the 75 seconds players have to take their turns is almost always enough to do everything you'd ever want even with all sorts of silly new animations...

If you were paying attention to our forums yesterday, you likely saw the thread on the BB-8 Companion App [Free]. Well, details are finally here following the original reveal in April this year. Really, the best thing you can do is just watch the video Sphero released:..

When Don't Starve: Pocket Edition [$4.99] first launched on the App Store, internet comedy kings had a field day with the fact that at the time it was iPad only... And really, the only way you're fitting an iPad in your pocket was if you were a bad enough dude to rock Jnco jeans. (I mean, they are coming back, after all.) Klei has been teasing that it's also coming to iPhone as well, and early this morning that universal update finally hit the App Store...

There are lots of reasons to love Cally's Caves 3 [Free], the latest and greatest in the humble little series of action-platformers from indie developer Jordan Pearson. Here at TouchArcade, we loved the game so much, we awarded it with our top score and a customary avalanche of words courtesy of some guy who has no concept of self-editing. One of the many adorable-awesome points in the game is when you take control of the new character, Bera. There was just one problem: Cally got her ending, but we never did see what happened with our favorite ninja bear sidekick. Until now, that is. This...is Bera's Quest...

Square Enix seems to like surprising us lately. With little warning, their new social RPG Kingdom Hearts: Unchained Chi has released on the Japanese App Store. Naturally, it's completely in Japanese at this point, making it slightly inaccessible if you don't understand the language, but hey, it's here. As we already knew, it's a free-to-play game that mostly consists of fighting a series of battles alongside Disney and Square Enix characters...

It's already been a pretty intense day of new iOS games, but before we've even had a chance to recover there's a late arrival that a lot of people having been waiting for: Sarah Northway's Rebuild 3: Gangs of Deadsville [$4.99]. After a couple of device compatibility snafus that pushed the previously planned release dates back, Rebuild 3 has finally found its way to the App Store!..

Out Now: 'Goat Simulator MMO Simulator', 'The Deer God', 'Worms 4', 'Unkilled', 'Swap Cops', 'Rock(s) Rider - HD Edition', Raider Rush', 'Blocky Highway', 'Trick Shot' and More

The epic release weeks continue as this week has a ton of great stuff in store for your mobile device gaming pleasure. A last minute, surprise release of Goat Simulator MMO Simulator on iOS is probably the most noteworthy thing to pop up, but the long-awaited arrival of the incredibly stylish The Deer God also has me good and excited. And then there's the made-for-mobile Worms 4, the visually impressive Unkilled and Rock(s) Rider HD, Swap Cops, Trick Shot, Blocky Highway… the list just goes on. I'm going to need to take a vacation just to try out all of tonight's games. So check 'em out below and let us know in the comments which games you're picking up...

Yet Another New 'Prevail' Video Shows Off Resource Mining, Processing and Shopping

The last time I posted about Prevail, just a few short days ago, I commented on how nice it was to have such a consistent flow of new details on the game after it laid stagnant for more than two years. I'm feeling that even more strongly now, as already developer Josh Slade has uploaded another awesome preview video of the game. This one focuses less on the action portion of Prevail and more on mining resources, processing them, and then going shopping for some goodies...

iOS 9 is right around the corner, and chances are we'll find out its final release date during next week's iPhone keynote. At minimum, we'll likely get a gold master next week. So, there's no better time than the present to learn how to make iOS 9 apps. The cool thing is, TouchArcade Deals has all sorts of eLearning stuff. Today we're featuring the All-Inclusive iOS 9 & Swift 2 Developer Course Bundle. It's got fifty five hours of content spread across nearly 400 different lectures...

Many of you probably remember the conversation over whether video games are art that the Smithsonian American Art Museum Exhibition The Art of Video Games initiated a few years ago. While that conversation was...interesting and heated, what everyone agreed on was that Smithsonian's exhibition was another proof of how video games are becoming an increasingly-accepted form of entertainment (and, perhaps, of art), a wonderful moment in time if you belong to the generation whose parents saw video games as an addiction (to be remedied through an abundance of homework) and a waste of time...

Classic 'Airline Tycoon' Franchise is Coming to Mobile, But Don't Celebrate Yet

Who doesn't love playing some of the classic PC franchises on his or her mobile device nowadays? Well, all those who've been burned by games like EA's Dungeon Keeper Mobile or any other similar F2P translation of classic games. However, to be fair, we've also had some great ports of PC classics like Transport Tycoon and Rollercoaster Tycoon, but those decided to go the premium route. So while I'm not ready to make a sweeping generalization, I'll make an almost-sweeping generalization and say that classic ports do much better critically when they come over wholesale rather than "re-imagined" as F2P games. Still, whether they do better financially, that's a whole different discussion since The Sims Freeplay is currently 25th in the App Store's Top Grossing apps and SimCity Buildit is 45th...

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