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These days graphical fidelity in video games is somewhat of an arms race between developers- particularly as Apple made it even easier via iOS 8's Metal to squeeze every last drop of performance out of modern devices for those "console quality" jaw-dropping visuals everyone is always going on about. But, what about playing games with no visuals besides text? That's the way things used to be in the early days of computer games with 1975's Adventure kicking off the genre of interactive fiction...

It's been just under a year since RPG fans were treated to the first ever official English release of Atlus's Shin Megami Tensei [$3.99], the game that launched the brand Atlus built its company around. It's a great port that mixes various pieces of different remakes to create the ultimate version of the game, though its UI in portrait mode sure does look strange. It was on the RPG Reload list of the best iOS ported RPGs of 2014, owing largely to its unique atmosphere and teeth-gnashing challenge level. There's really nothing else quite like it on iOS, and now you can own it for just $3.99, half the usual price...

We're just over a month away from GDC 2015, or, what's basically the busiest week of the year for us. Jared and I will be on the scene meeting with as many developers as we can, and we'll be having a party at some point during the week. We're still ironing out the details on our meeting schedule and when the party will be, but I've had quite a few people suggest that the theme of our party be sticker trading again...

Choice Provisions' 'Destructamundo' Destroys the Galaxy on Wednesday

Choice Provisions, the former Gaijin Games, are releasing their next game this Wednesday, January 28th on iOS as well as Steam. Destructamundo is the second in their series of "Mini Visions" following the fantastic Woah Dave [$0.99] late last year, and after a false start release a few weeks ago. This is a game of chain reactions, where you have three bombs per level to destroy everything in the level's planetary system. There's a number of fuses on each planet, with different types getting involved over time, including different planetary shields. ..

Earn to Die 2 [$1.99] is a game all about earning money through killing zombies with your zombie-killing vehicle, spending money to improve it. Thus, I suppose that being able to get the game for free is somewhat ironic, but perhaps that's what Australia Day is all about, as now you can get Earn to Die 2 for free thanks to the Australian holiday. Also, you just learned that publisher Not Doppler is from Australia! Throw another zombie on the barbie! I'm so sorry...

Perhaps Mediocre Games was founded with the joke being that "Haha, our games aren't actually mediocre, sure fooled them!" Well, the team behind Smash Hit [Free] and the Sprinkle [$1.99] series of games is at works on a new game, and they posted a teaser of the game recently on YouTube of the currently-untitled game. What exactly is it? They're describing it as a "strategic driving game...where you are your own worst enemy." Check out the teaser below...

Duet [$2.99] from Kumobius rates as one of the best of the bunch of minimalist, challenging, arcade-style games. And now the Australian developer has made the game free for a limited time in honor of Australia Day. You play as a pair of orbs that spin around a central point, and must try to make it to the end of a level without hitting anything. There's also endless modes and daily challenges to take on for high scores. Those were added as post-release updates, along with new music and a narrator, to add some flourish to the game...

One of the more creative narrative-driven games from 2014 has just gone free for Australia Day, in Framed [$4.99]. This game has you rearranging comic panels to advance the story, utilizing spatial awareness to help get the protagonist of the scene from ledge to ledge, room to room, and out of the way of those pursuing them. It jumps from character to character, and introduces new types of puzzles as you go on, experiencing the narrative that unfolds all without words...

Describing itself as an 'Alarm Playing Game', dreeps [$2.99] caught my eye with its attractive pixel graphics and promise of a low-maintenance adventure. Well, what I found probably can't be called a game in the traditional sense, but it might still be of interest to some of you. Since I saw some people in the TouchArcade forums wondering exactly what dreeps is, I figured that even if it's not something I can review, it's at least worth talking a little about it...

Update Mondays: 'Angry Birds Space', 'Goat Simulator', 'Terra Battle', 'Star Horizon', 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. It's a pretty full week this time around, with some very interesting updates in the lot. 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!..

PAX South: 'Guild of Dungeoneering' Has You Build the Dungeon, Then Fight Through It

Guild of Dungeoneering is an interesting card-based dungeon-crawler, being developed by Gambrinous and published by Versus Evil, that was on display at PAX South. You have a hand of 5 cards of 3 types: enemy, item, or dungeon floor. You're building out a dungeon as it goes, with floor tiles needing to intersect with each other. This is kind of like the board game Betrayal at House on the Hill in a sense. You don't control the protagonist, they move automatically, but with some influence as to where they go, by laying down cards to potentially get them to go where you want them to...

PAX South: 'Nova Blitz' Promises to be Like Hyper-Caffeinated 'Hearthstone'

If you're a fan of Hearthstone [Free (HD)], you will want to keep an eye on Nova Blitz from Dragon Foundry. I got to play a demo of the game on iPad at PAX South, and it revealed itself to be a very fast-paced take on the card battler. The game's turns essentially tkae place simultaneously, as you have a few seconds to draw out cards from your deck, and then play your cards, and a match can be over in a few minutes thanks to the rapid pace of the game. There's very little waiting around to do anything, you're constantly engaged. ..

Vainglory [Free / Free (HD)] is getting its latest hero soon in Ardan. The biggest change in how he plays compared to others is that he has a vengeance meter which fills as he takes damage, which can be used to power his abilities. This really makes him quite different compared to every other character as he doesn't have an energy meter, and if you keep his vengeance full, he can use his abilities regulated only by cooldown time. This also affects his builds, as energy-based items just aren't available for him, because he doesn't need them. He also has a passive heal ability that increases in power as his health lowers. ..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Dragon Quest V'

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 of the Week: 1/24/15 - 'Dragon Quest V', 'Lowlander', and 'Space Marshals'

This is the week we've been waiting for so far this year. Our best games roundups have been a little scant with one or two high scoring games a week which really just doesn't compare to what we saw in December. Things are finally starting to ramp up here with three really good games you should really have on your iOS device...

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