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'Cat Quest' is a Promising Action-RPG from the Developers of 'Slashy Hero'

The Gentlebros is the studio that brought you the fun Halloween-themed action-RPG, Slashy Hero [Free], which Kongregate wound up publishing last year. The ex-Koei-Tecmo developers aren't resting on their laurels, as they're hard at work on a brand new game, Cat Quest. You play as a customizable hero adventurer cat, exploring the world, fightnig enemies, and explring various caves nad dugneons for loot. Check out the trailer, and see how many cat puns you can spy:..

SWAT Tactics Game 'Door Kickers' Drops to 99¢

June 28th, 2016 4:15 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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Door Kickers [$0.99 (HD)] hit the App Store almost exactly a year ago now and following the PC game dropping in price courtesy of the Summer Steam Sale, the iOS version also saw an extreme price drop. 99¢ is the cheapest Door Kickers has ever been on iOS, and if you're in to top-down tactical gameplay, it's a title you really shouldn't miss. (In case you didn't grab it when it launched.)..




'Quell Zen' is the Latest in Fallen Tree Games' Popular Puzzle Series

Fallen Tree Games is set to introduce the latest in their popular series of Quell games, with Quell Zen. A followup to 2015's Quell Memento [$2.99], this game where you slide a ball around puzzle mazes, using walls and endless looping walls to help solve the tricky puzzles ahead of you, this will feature plenty of new mechanics to puzzle you, which you can sample in the new trailer:..

Warner Bros. has been great about publishing the many LEGO video games on iOS, whether that be in a pared down version of the PC and console counterparts or in a more tailored for mobile/handheld fashion. Today they're continuing this trend but taking it up a notch, as today is the day that LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens [Free] is scheduled to arrive on PC and consoles, but an iOS version has launched right alongside it day and date...

King Launches 'Farm Heroes Super Saga' Worldwide

June 28th, 2016 12:51 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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While I'm sure when it comes to super sagas, people around here would be way more excited to hear about a Superstar Saga, I've got no doubta that King's new Farm Heroes Super Saga [Free] won't be stupidly popular. We liked the original Farm Heroes Saga [Free] in our review, but noted that there's really only so much you can do in the world of match three to differentiate your new game from your already existing incredibly popular old games. Farm Heroes Saga did this through the addition of a new scoring system, some different obstacles, and a surprisingly cool boss battle mechanic...

'Fancy Cats' Lets You Dress up Felines This Thursday on the App Store

It is an unequivocal law of the universe that anything is better with cats. This is especially true on the App Store - whether it's the adorable yet dangerously compelling Neko Atsume [Free], or a more high-octane adventure like Cat Puncher [$0.99], our feline friends make up a core component of mobile gaming. While it may involve no brawling, Fancy Cats from All 4 Games and Genix Labs attempts to merge the dark art of animal cosplay with pet simulation and match three mechanics to produce, at the very least, an incessantly endearing app for any cat lovers out there, and is out this Thursday on the App Store...

The relative dearth of traditional first person perspective racing games beyond Real Racing 3 [Free] and what’s left of the Asphalt series has been a blessing in disguise for fans of the top down driving genre. From classics such as Reckless Racing 3 [$2.99] to recent offerings like Pixel Machines [$0.99], there certainly is a lot of choice - and even an official Micro Machines title from Codemasters which has unfortunately not escaped its initial soft launch period yet. For any fervent fans, Battle Cars [$1.99] by developers Dracoders has launched today, and will seemingly satiate any one looking to fill the void until the Micro Machines official iTunes release with some classic arcade action...

Glu's Cooking Dash [Free] and similar Dash games have been incredibly popular over the years. If you haven't played one yet, gameplay is a mix between time management and a memory game where you need to recall the steps needed to fill orders. For instance, you might have a customer order a burger which involves grabbing some beef, cooking it on a grill, putting it on a bun, potentially adding toppings, and maybe even stopping at the soda fountain for a drink before filling your customer's order, collecting some money, and continuing on with the rest of the orders coming in to your restaurant. Your character can only carry two things at once (since you've only got two hands), and each step might have its own individual timer, so doing well involves knowing what order to do things when, what things require your attention immediately, and what order to queue up the rest of your actions. These games might initially appear to be supremely casual and boring, but once they open up, things can get crazy for the most experienced gamer...

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...

Square Enix has just put Adventures of Mana [$13.99] on sale, and if you've been looking to play this one, the $9.99 price point is the game's first sale. If you're used to mobile game prices, that might not seem cheap, but it's still less than the regular $13.99 price. Which is a normal price for a video game, not just the weird warped world of mobile gaming pricing. But not only is this one on sale, there's also a cool new feature: you can choose between the new arranged soundtrack, but also the original Game Boy soundtrack. Huzzah!..

'Combo Quest 2' Features More Heroes and Combo Meter Action This Week

Tapinator has published a couple of really cool games from Boarding Party Games in Combo Quest [Free] and Dice Mage [Free], each showing some cool pixel art with interesting game ideas. Now, the publisher-developer combo is set to return to their first game with Combo Quest 2, and the first trailer is looking combo-ier and quest-ier. Sadly, they didn't call it 2 Combo 2 Quest like I want all appropriate sequels to be called, in the vein of 2 Fast 2 Furious...

Following a successful launch on Android, developer Toka Loka Games brought their gooey platformer Goo Saga [$0.99] to iOS in late April, and it absolutely floored me. You played as a ball of goo with a huge personality (as far as balls of goo go) making your way through tricky platforming levels that demanded you used your gooeyness to expand or shrink down in size, as well as your suite of upgradeable special abilities. In addition, it was one of the more visually pleasing games around. For a fiver, Goo Saga was a totally worthwhile endeavor, and we enjoyed it a lot in our review, but right now you can get all that gooey goodness for the sale price of just 99¢...

'The Little Fox' Finally Combines Auto-Runner Gameplay with Hex Grids

For far too long, fans of stylish-yet-cute games have had to trade their love of easy-to-learn, difficult-to-master games with the fact that they aren't real games. You see, many of these games don't have hex grids, so they're not real games. So disappointing. But every so often, you get a game that is both casual-friendly but also a real game. Like, Oddhop [$1.99] is a pretty fun little game that's got hex grids. But they are too few! The Little Fox puports to do just this: be a cute and appealing game that's an auto-runner while also using hex grids, what?!..

'Super Stickman Golf 3' Release Date Announced  - Watch a Preview Stream on Mobcrush Tonight

Good news if you are excited to finally play Super Stickman Golf 3 and didn't get into the beta, or got into it and can't wait to toss Noodlecake all your money on card packs, bux, and the XP doubler: Noodlecake has officially announced that Super Stickman Golf 3 will launch on iOS and Android on July 7th. The game will be free-to-play, but there will be a 'premium mode' unlock that disables ads, and opens up the entire game for one fee. That feature was disabled in the beta, but it will be in the final version. Do note that the level editor isn't quite ready yet, though the infrastructure to download courses made with it is in the game. Noodlecake just didn't want to delay the game because the level editor wasn't ready...

'Monster Hunter Explore' Shutting Down, Will Not Release Worldwide

If you're interested in Capcom's upcoming Monster Hunter Explore, then bad news: the game is being shut down in soft launch. On June 23rd, Capcom posted a notice saying that the game was going to cease IAP purchases on June 30th, with the game being shut down in late July. Our forum readers caught this on the 23rd, but interestingly, I played the game on our Mobcrush channel on the 25th, and no notice was given until I launched the game today and saw the shutdown notice...

Kongregate's 'Animation Throwdown' is a CCG Combining Family Guy, Futurama, Bob's Burgers, American Dad, and King of the Hill

Kongregate and Fox Digital Entertainment have announced a new CCG that features quite the interesting crossover cast in Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards. The game will feature the casts of Family Guy, Bob's Burgers, Futurama, American Dad, and King of the Hill. So, it's kind of a reunion of Fox Animation Domination shows, though two of those shows are canceled and one isn't even airing on Fox any more. It's the crossover of shows that air reruns on Adult Swim except not Futurama any more! But finally, your dreams of pitting Bender against Bob Belcher are set to come true...

Supercell is introducing a new Tournaments feature to Clash Royale [Free], and they've run down how they'll work in separate blog posts. So, the idea is that once you've unlocked the Tournaments mode, you can create a tournament that has a location attached to it, with battles set to use the established Tournament Rules. It's possible to have greater precision to your location, but the idea is that Supercell wants to make it easy to establish local tournaments. Matches won't use a standard bracket format, instead being based around a closed matchmaking system with its own leaderboard. ..

'Touchstone Tavern', Our Weekly 'Hearthstone' News Roundup, Is on Hiatus This Week

Hello everyone. Normally, I would be welcoming you all to another extensive recap of all news Hearthstone [Free], but unfortunately this last week was extremely busy for me since I was preparing for my return to the US after two years away. As a result, I couldn't put together one of my usual articles for you. Instead, what I've decided to do is to write the Videos part of the article to give you something to hold you over until next week. There are some very fun videos that should keep you entertained. If all goes as planned, I'll be able to attend BlizzCon 2016 in November and write a BlizzCon-focused Touchstone Tavern. So, enjoy this week's shortened Touchstone Tavern, and I'll see you all on the other side...

Update Mondays: 'Zenonia S', 'Sky Force Reloaded', 'Marvel Avengers Academy', 'Tiny Tower', 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. We've got a nice mix of the new and the old appearing this week, but as usual, it's mostly tilted towards free-to-play games. 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!..

If You Like TouchArcade, Please Support Our Patreon

June 24th, 2016 7:45 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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