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PikPok Soft Launches 'Breakneck' in Australia

It seems like high-speed endless ship-runners are becoming a thing now, what with Race the Sun [$4.99] and Kayos [$1.99] each releasing on mobile in the last few months. But it looks like PikPok has decided to get in on the trend, as our forums have discovered that they soft-launched a game called Breakneck in the Australian App Store that fits well in that genre. You'll be piloting a ship that flies at high speeds, trying to get as far as possible, while being chased by unseen malevolent forces. So, you must keep going forward, not crashing into walls, hopefully not getting abducted into space. Good luck!..

My absolute favorite thing about my job is discovering new (or, in this case, new to me) games that totally seem to come out of left field and combine existing iOS gameplay tropes in new or otherwise exciting ways. I love when a developer tweets me a random link on the App Store, and it turns out to be amazing. Discoveries like Splash Canyons are exactly why I welcome developers tweeting their games, and despite some really puzzling Twitter drama this weekend surrounding twitter pitches, I hope developers always feel comfortable telling me about their games...




My Shooting Stars [$0.99] review turned out to be a bit controversial among people who really liked the game, like many of my three-and-a-half star reviews. But what recourse do these people have besides our comment sections and forums? For Shooting Stars, the people finally have something they can do: shoot me in the face. That's because in the game's latest update, they've added some new bosses, including me. Take three-and-a-half stars to the face:..

The Touchstone Tavern is... On Vacation!

August 3rd, 2015 10:30 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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Hey guys, just a quick note here- Our resident Hearthstone [Free] fanatic Tasos Lazarides is on vacation this week. Last we heard he we spotted drinking one of those drinks that you really can only drink on vacation, served out of a pineapple with at least one of those little umbrellas on top of it. Anyway, the Touchstone Tavern is very much Tasos's thing, and it felt a little weird writing something in his article series. SO, much like Tasos, the Touchstone Tavern is on vacation this week...

Update Mondays: 'Marvel Future Fight', 'Shadow Blade', 'Soccer Spirits', 'Pako', 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 light one this week, friends. I don't know about you, but that suits me and my poor typing fingers just fine once in a while. That said, what's here is pretty good, if you ask me. 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!..

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...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Operation Dracula'

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...

In September of last year, developer Chasing Carrots released their humorous space simulation game Cosmonautica [$6.99] onto Steam Early Access. It had been in development for more than a year prior to that, and spent all that time in Early Access getting fine-tuned based on player feedback. We reported back in May that the game was shooting for release in late June and that it would be heading to mobile at the same time. Today the day has finally arrived that Cosmonautica is officially out of Early Access, and along with that the game has arrived on iOS. Check out the launch trailer to get an idea of what Cosmonautica is all about...

Nitrome Teases Mysterious New Game, 'Beneath the Lighthouse'

Nitrome's been on a game-releasing roll lately, with their interesting take on the auto-runner Vault [Free] seeing release recently. But while they're making a lot of games with whimsy and arcade flavor, they seem interested in branching out a bit. That's at least what the trailer for Beneath the Lighthouse seems to indicate, a more atmospheric experience from Nitrome, perhaps? The teaser isn't saying much, but it's more than enough to have me intrigued:..

Curious Adventure Game 'Barmark' Arrives on Android, iOS Version Coming Next Week

It's hard to believe that it was a year and a half ago that I first came across Barmark, a new point and click adventure game from Swedish developer Stormhatt Studios. The thing that caught my attention about Barmark at the time was just how… strange it was. The music, the visuals, the overall atmosphere. It really looked unique. Even Stormhatt's description of what you did in Barmark was intriguing, as they described it as a game with "no goals, no points and no death." About 6 months later, Stormhatt released a second trailer which attempted to explain further what you did in the game, which it sort of did, but it still left us with a ton of questions. Well, it's been a long time in the works, but Barmark is finally finished and has just been released on Android...

Oh God, 'Blood Bowl' is Free Right Now

July 31st, 2015 3:30 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Sales
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If there is one thing that I have learned in my time at TouchArcade, it is this: Blood Bowl [Free (HD)] fans are really, really defensive. Seriously, you call the game esoteric, complicated, and hard to understand if you're not familiar with the game already, and people are at your throat. Do you want to find out if my many haters from the review's comment section are right, or if I'm once again correct? Well, Blood Bowl for iPad is free until August 23rd...

You know that phrase, "Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me?" I feel like we're on "Fool me like 25 times" and I'm not sure where the shame even lies anymore. Probably still on me, with someone using the Shame Bell [Free] app following me around and shaming me... But, hey, whatever, it's Friday and what would a Friday be without an Apple TV rumor. It's the same basic Apple TV rumor that we've been hearing for years now in that Apple is just about to release a brand new Apple TV that's going to come packed with an Apple TV App Store, and nearly everything else you've ever hoped and dreamed for in your life...

I'm always looking to optimize my load out when I travel anywhere, and cutting down on the amount of dumb cables, chargers, and all the other associated crap that takes up too much of your bag space that you need to keep the things you actually want to bring going. Thankfully, with the advent of nearly everything being charged over USB these days, this is a lot easier than it used to be when proprietary wall warts ended up taking up half your backpack...

Want another example of just how ridiculous the scale of free to play is? Strap in for this one: Kabam's Marvel: Contest of Champions [Free] has crossed the $100,000,000 line of overall gross income. Now, it remains to be seen how much of that $100M has gone in to stoking the freemium fires through user acquisition, advertising campaigns, and similar. Knowing how most of these games work, I'm guessing quite a bit...

RPG Reload File 049 - 'Doom 2 RPG'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we sometimes vanquish demons with toilet water. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the here and now. It's a chance for a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow, giving us the chance to revisit old favorites and reflect on their position in the overall iOS RPG scene. Your only guide on this journey is Shaun, an observer from your own time, who appears in the form of a hologram only you can see and hear. I try to choose a balanced plate of RPGs from week to week in hopes of properly representing this gnarling hydra of a genre, but if you have a particular game you'd like to see me tackle, please let me know about it. You can do that by making a comment below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or tweeting me at @RPGReload...

Give Indiana Jones Some Skates and a Wall Jump, and You'd Have 'Adventure Roller Skates', Coming this Fall

Platformers are just inherently a tough genre when you don't have physical controls. Many developers have nailed the virtual button thing, but that's not ideal for everyone. Another option is to completely remove traditional platforming mechanics so you can distill a platforming game down to something that can be controlled with just a couple of taps. Hence the auto-runner. While auto-runners are generally associated with endless, randomly generated high-scoring games, the mechanic has actually been put to really good use in more traditional-style platforming games. See the Rayman mobile games or the Wind-Up Knight series for just a couple examples off the top of my head. Anyway, the point is that you can create a platforming game that plays nice with a touchscreen without sacrificing the accuracy, timing and skill needed for a really great platformer. That's kind of what was on my mind when I came across the trailer for Adventure Roller Skates. ..

It's really hard to find anything bad to say about Pixelbite's Space Marshals [$4.99]. When it first burst on the scene in January this year, it took the often overdone dual-stick shooter genre to a whole new level by injecting strategy and stealth into the typically "blast everything in sight" nature of the genre. The only real drawback was that the experience didn't last too long, but Pixelbite has been rectifying that in the months since with new content updates. ..

Well I guess this shouldn't really come as a surprise, but Angry Birds 2 [Free], the official proper for-realsies-this-time sequel to the blockbuster mobile hit Angry Birds has already been downloaded over a million times just 12 hours after becoming available. Now, that's impressive and all, but there are a couple of caveats to this particular statistic. ..

League of Legends is basically the biggest game in the world right now. If you haven't heard of it, it's a free to play Mac/PC MOBA which was originally released in 2009, but has been constantly supported and updated since. Most recently, the whole UI was redone, and before that, the main map of the game, Summoner's Rift was totally reworked as well. It's an incredible game, and one that I've spent a silly amount of my life playing with friends. Playing ARAMs with first blood shots is basically the default activity for my local crew. First blood shots, they're a thing, I assure you...

'Pang' aka 'Buster Bros' Set to Return with 'Pang Adventures' from DotEmu and Pastagames

Do you remember Buster Bros, the 1989 arcade game from Capcom and Mitchell Corporation? Perhaps you were outside of North America and you'd remember it by the name of Pang, or if you were in Japan as Pomping World. Whatever the case, the beloved classic is getting a brand new entry called Pang Adventures thanks to a collaborative effort between Parisian developers DotEmu and Pastagames. So far the only real detail on the new game is the following promo art...

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