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July 29th, 2016 7:30 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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Hey everyone, it's Friday and we're close to the end of the week of TouchArcade blasting stories out (unless anything cool happens over the weekend we need to cover), but the fact still remains: To survive, we very much need your support. The business of running a web site is tricky, and as we pointed out in our original cry for help, the way developers promote their iOS games has changed significantly with the rise of metrics-centric free to play and in-game directly tracked advertising. It's supremely difficult for us to compete with that, and as such, we've been appealing to our community directly. If you like hanging out on our forums, listening to our podcasts, or reading some of the best long-form content in mobile gaming, please consider supporting us on Patreon. We never hit our initial goal, but we've been slowly climbing none the less. We're hopeful we get there eventually!

It doesn't take a whole lot to keep us afloat, as we run super lean as is. As I've mentioned before on the podcast, even if our hardcore podcast followers each just contributed a buck a month we'd really never need to worry about this again. It'd be awesome to not need to worry about this kind of thing, and instead just continue focusing on combing the App Store for the best games iOS has to offer. To do that, we need your help. Think of it like subscribing to a magazine, except that magazine shovels rad content your direction 24/7 and is home to a great community of people to discuss every aspect of mobile gaming with.

Of course we appreciate the support of our current and former backers, but if you haven't chipped in yet... If you like what we do around here, please consider supporting us on Patreon.

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'The Quest HD'

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...




A couple of games with community elements released this past week, and if you want to join up with other readers, well, here is your chance. First up is Phoenix 2 [Free], the new shoot 'em up that we recently reviewed. The official TouchArcade community group is toucharcade, all one word and all lowercase. Any other spelling is a false group of heathens. Together, we at toucharcade shall rule the Phoenix 2 leaderboards and get those sweet rewards ever 72 hours or so. There's a forum thread where you can discuss with us...

Pixelbite's Tactical Shooter 'Space Marshals 2' Set to Release on August 25th

Pixelbite announced Space Marshals 2 a while back, but the game was announced to release in June. Spoiler alert: it's not really June any more. In fact, it's not really July any more. But the good news is that Space Marshals 2 is definitely still in the works, and it's set to release on August 25th. We only have the one screenshot posted by Pixelbite for the game, but hopefully footage will be forthcoming and soon...

If you've been looking for a way to play official Dungeons & Dragons adventures on your mobile devices, Roll20 [Free (HD)] has just given you one. The developers of the virtual tabletop application have announced that they are now an officially licensed partner with Wizards of the Coast, which means you can now get official D&D content on the Roll20 platform. This partnership begins with the introductory adventure module Lost Mine of Phandelver, which you can buy directly from Roll20's Marketplace. The developers plan to bring even more D&D content to Roll20, including the upcoming adventure, Storm King's Thunder, which you can already preorder for $49.95...

TouchArcade forum favorite developer Quantum Sheep has been hard at work on a few projects over the last year and a half. We've already heard about Angel Wing, which is still in development, but along the way, inspiration struck for another smaller-scale game. Titled Gerty - Robots in Love, it's a narrative-based adventure game set in the Air Supply universe. Playing as Gerty the robot, you need to roam the universe and find love, lest you face the wrath of your impatient parents. Oh, and along the way, you'll need to save your home planet from the Gatekeepers, who are determined to erase you and your home from existence...

Almost every time I write a story about the very entertaining card game Sentinels of Multiverse [$9.99 (HD)], someone in the comments will rightly inquire about the promised iPhone version of the game. Well, good news. Handelabra Games announced in a blog post that the 2.0 update, which makes the game universal, is coming Thursday, August 4th, the first day of Gencon. The developers didn't just hastily shove the game into the smaller iPhone screen; instead, they put a lot of effort into making it more than just "playable" on a phone. They redesigned the UI and did extensive beta testing to ensure that you'll be able to enjoy the game on your phone as much as you do on your tablet. I've played it a bit on my iPhone, and it does play great...

Blizzard sent us over some video to share of the new Hearthstone [Free] adventure, One Night in Karazhan. We've already posted a bunch of the cards and the full video of Ben Brode going over the different floors of Karazhan, but if you want to go just a little deeper, check out what it'll be like battling the Silverware Golem of Karazhan, complete with some of the new cards being used:..

With Disney Infinity's [Free] cancellation announced earlier this year, and the game's various online components, it was probably only a matter of time before news of the game's various shutdown dates would be revealed. And thanks to reader Brandon who sent us over an email sent to Disney Infinity customers, we know when services are being shut down and the apps will be pulled. On September 30th, the mobile and Apple TV versions of Disney Infinity 3.0 will be pulled, and the mobile versions will not work at all. The Apple TV version will work and be available until March 3, 2017. ..

We've already posted about the reveal of the new Hearthstone [Free] which happened last night at 11:00 PM Eastern. Why such a weird time? The reveal was streamed live from China Joy, a huge game convention in China. If (like me) you were sleeping when Ben Brode took the stage to talk about One Night in Karazhan, you can now watch the previously recorded reveal. There's a bit of a pre-show you can skip if you're not into that, the important part starts around the 31:00 mark in the video: ..

Well internet, you were right once again. In a stream that has just concluded, Blizzard announced the next Hearthstone [Free] Adventure, and it is, indeed, related to Karazhan and Medivh, as we had guessed when the event invitations went out. One Night in Karazhan, as is the official title, will take players all the way to Karazhan, Medivh's tower, for some "enchanted" single-player content. As the guest of Medivh, you'll be lavishly entertained, enjoying  wonderful feasts and Opera performances among other spectacles. As you can already tell, One Night in Karazhan will have a very different feel than League of Explorers and Blackrock Mountain; this one is all about partying under the disco balls...

If you're lucky enough to be up at 11 PM PDT today (which is in about an hour from now), you can watch Blizzard unveil the next Hearthstone [Free] Adventure live on Twitch. As we wrote a few days ago, Blizzard sent out an announcement inviting people to a "once-in-a-lifetime event that will be full of magic and celebration." "Please be prompt," the invitation concluded, "as we have an unforgettable adventure planned!" Since the invitation was sent out, Hearthstone players have been scouring it (and the Hearthstone Twitter account) for clues as to what's in store, and everyone seems to agree that we are getting something related to Karazhan, Medivh's tower. How Blizzard will approach this theme, though, remains to be seen...

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where everything opens up once you have the compass. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the past of the App Store to see how it's doing in the here and now. It's a little bit of revisiting, a little bit of reflecting, and a chance to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. I try to present a balanced plate of games from week to week, but if you feel like I'm missing anything important, please let me know. You can do that by commenting below, posing in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. The schedule is already set for the next several months, so you might not see your suggestion soon, but it will be added to the master list...

If you're looking for a CCG that promises a higher degree of complexity than a game like Hearthstone but one that's still quick to play, you might want to check out the just-released Deckstorm: Duel of Guardians [Free] by DeNA. In Deckstorm's matches, players throw cards down simultaneously, which is a nice change from most other CCGs. Because of this mechanic, matches take much less time than your average CCG, and the tactics required are quite different. You have to try and anticipate your opponent's move rather than wait for the move and then counter it. It's a refreshing change, and I always enjoy seeing developers trying to deviate from the formula...

The Chaos Rings series holds an important part in mobile gaming history, as it was among the first truly full-featured sets of original games made specifically for mobile devices. That coupled with the fact that Square Enix was the developer lent a lot of credibility to mobile as a true gaming platform back in its formative years. Sadly, Square Enix pulled the older Chaos Rings games, among other titles, last month due to incompatibility with newer iOS hardware, and as of right now only Chaos Rings 3 [$19.99] is still available. So it sure was weird when a week ago Square Enix announced a brand new game in the Chaos Rings series, only this time it was exclusively for the Apple Watch. That game, called Cosmos Rings [$5.99], is now available...

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, download the free Mobcrush app for iOS [Free], also available on Google Play. 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...

While they've had their share of misses, it's hard to name any Japanese game publisher who has had more recent cross-media successes than Level-5, the minds behind Professor Layton, Inazuma Eleven, Yo-Kai Watch, and many other franchises. The company has largely made hay on Nintendo platforms in recent years, but with the rise of the mobile gaming market in Japan, Level-5 has tried to dip their toe in the smartphone waters a few times already. For those outside of Japan, however, the only titles to manifest from these attempts include 3DS port Liberation Maiden [$2.99], Ace Attorney-esque Professor Layton spin-off Layton Brothers Mystery Room [Free], and Disney Tsum-Tsum [Free]knock-off Yo-Kai Watch Wibble Wobble [Free]. Not bad games, but probably not what Level-5 fans were hoping for...

Who Owns Pokemon, Anyway? It's Complicated.

So, I'm not sure if you all have noticed or not, but we've been writing a lot about Pokemon recently. In the articles and comments of some of these stories, an old bugbear has come up several times. Who exactly owns Pokemon? How much of a benefit to Nintendo is the success of Pokemon Go [Free]? It's a more complicated situation than it initially appears, and I'll tell you up-front, there aren't any publicly-available concrete answers. Still, I think I can offer some clarification for curious readers and confused Nintendo shareholders out there, so let's go on a journey together. A Pokemon journey! Without any Pokemon. Sorry, they're not in the budget...

'Leap of Fate' Has Been Submitted to the App Store and Should Release Middle of August

Good news to all who got excited reading about Leap of Fate leaping over to mobile a few months ago; the game has been submitted to the App Store and the developers are planning for a mid-August release. I'm really looking forward to this one because it looks awesome. Leap of Fate started its life on PC, where it was very well received. It also popped on our forums in 2014 but then went silent for quite a long time. The game brings technomages to the front but also has you fighting against your own psychological demons, which is an interesting idea. You take on hordes of enemies and numerous traps using your abilities and your magical skills...

To say we really liked Land Sliders [Free] here at the TouchArcade tower would be an understatement; after all, it was our game of the year and for very good reasons. Land Sliders is a great mobile game and one that wouldn't work as well on any other platform. Apparently, we are not the only ones to like it since the game is currently celebrating 4 million downloads, and it's doing so with a big, western-themed update. This wild west showdown in Land Sliders, as the developers call it, brings 11 new characters - the Sheriff, the Outlaw, the Showgirl, the Piano Players, and more - new western-themed levels, and an upgraded character selection to help you sort all those characters you own...

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