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Mediocre's 'Does Not Commute' Crashes into the App Store This Week

The ironically-named Mediocre has been exciting us with their upcoming game Does Not Commute for a while now, and we finally have a release date: this Thursday, April 23rd. The game was intriguing even before it had a name, and when we played it at GDC it wound up being one of the best games at the conference. The final game is much like what you see below, but with some additional tweaks and improvements that should make it a better game:..

When the first teaser trailer hit last November for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the world fell in love with BB-8, a small rolling droid that looks like the lovechild of R2-D2 and a beachball. While many assumed it was a clever robot concept brought to life with CGI, it turned out that wasn't the case at all. According to those working on the actual movie, BB-8 could roll in real life just like in the trailer. This only served to make BB-8 even more interesting, but like many fantastic things, I needed to see it to believe it. Well, last week I did see it as BB-8 rolled right out on stage during a panel at the massive Star Wars Celebration event in Anaheim. If you somehow haven't seen it yet, watch it, it's magical, and the crowd (rightfully) goes nuts for the little guy...

Upcoming Adventure 'Forever Lost: Episode 3' Gets a New Gameplay Trailer

Late last month we were treated to a new teaser video for the third and final entry in the Forever Lost point-and-click adventure game series. It showed off snippets of the environments and set the mood for the upcoming game. Today, developer Glitch Games has released a new trailer showing actual gameplay footage from Episode 3, and it's looking quite excellent. Spoiler: You'll once again be taking lots of pictures...

'Stella's Journey' is an Upcoming Platformer with Interesting Apple Watch Support

Gravity Software, creators of Religion Simulator [$2.99], have a new game in the works called Stella's Journey, which is releasing next Thursday, April 30th. This is a platformer of sorts, where you control Stella, a girl who has been turned into a paper box. I know, it seems like every other game is about a girl who has been turned into a paper box, but stick with me here. You control the wind that flies Stella around, as you allow her to pick up objects, manipulate switches, and avoid hazards and enemies. The production values aren't the greatest, but the concept is neat and fun to play around with...

Temple Run 2 [Free] has just made Scarlett Fox a permanently-free character, instead of as an unlock with in-game currency. This change comes after a story we covered last March, where a 12 year-old girl found that many endless runners only had male characters available as the default. Keith Shepherd, co-founder of Imangi, responded in the comments section of the article that Imangi was going to make her a free character and add in more playable female characters down the road, and this is the first step of that...

If you're a fan of Candy Crush Saga [Free] and Candy Crush Soda Saga [Free], then I have some good news: both games have been updated today with new level packs. Candy Crush Saga has a new Crumbly Coast episode, where you'll be playing through 15 new levels to help Harry the Big Foot get the cookies he so desperately desires. These new levels push Candy Crush Saga up to a whopping 905 levels. One-tenth of the way there from angering Vegeta!..

Latest 'Party Hard' Trailer Features a Killer Bear with Sunglasses

About a month ago, we posted the reveal trailer for a game called Party Hard, a game where your goal is to murder everyone at a party at your neighbor's house because they are being too loud. Talk about overreacting! A collaborative effort between Pinokl Games and tinyBuild, Party Hard is semi-procedurally generated and features dozens of clever ways to set traps and take out noisy party-goers. The latest trailer for the game has just been released and it shows a party going down at a ranch, and the disgruntled neighbor luring a bear with sunglasses over to the shindig to wreak havoc...

'Lectro' is a Colorful Challenge, Releasing This Week

Lectro is another solid entry in the trend of minimalist-styled arcade-style games that's releasing this week. Your goal in Lectro is to launch from one orb to another, by timing the spinning indicator to launch to the next orb. The cool thing is that you wind up criss-crossing the playing field where previous orbs were. You can cross back over these orbs, so you don't have to worry about hitting anything. Different orbs that you hit will speed up and slow down rotation, so you have to stay constantly aware...

NimbleBit got their start by making word games such as Textropolis, which is sadly gone from the App Store. But along with their upcoming game Capitals which is currently in beta, NimbleBit's first word game in five years is now on the App Store: say hello to Letterpad [Free], which is available now for free, with Apple Watch support. You'll be forming words relating to a particular topic, formed from a set of 9 letter tiles. There's over 200 puzzles in the main app itself, and community-added puzzles that you can play with right now. The game lets you use hints to reveal a letter of one of the words you're trying to find among the tiles...

Since its release 5 years ago, Carcassonne [$9.99], the iOS rendition of the award-winning board game, has been mentioned in almost any conversation on the potential for iOS games to be both functional and beautiful. The intuitive UI, the lovely board game look (showing Apple's Jony Ive that skeuomorphism can sometimes look great on a tablet), it's many single-player and multi-player options, all came together to make Carcassonne a great ambassador for iPad gaming. This is one of the games I always recommend to any friend who is taking his first steps into the world of mobile gaming...

It's week three of five and we're back with another round of r/hearthstone member u/TommyJTheGamer and his bargain basement decks. This week he takes aim at Blackrock Spire. The fights are extremely tough this time around and for Omokk you'll need to have a few non-craftable Naxxramas cards. For Rend, you'll need the common cards Shieldbearer and Inner Fire. Not too shabby for the toughest bit of pve content currently available! ..

Update Mondays: 'Hearthstone', 'Final Fantasy: Record Keeper', 'Mortal Kombat X', 'Mr. Crab', 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. This week's batch is a bit light in terms of sheer quantity, but there are a few important updates to be found. No Spider-Mans whatsoever, though, so I'm a little grumpier than usual. 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 listened to our show last week, you know that it's been a pretty hectic couple of weeks for Eli and myself and it's been difficult to find the time to sit down and hammer out our podcast. A shame, especially since we should be celebrating our 200th episode! This week, Eli is in India with an internet connection that's… well let's just say it's not reliable. Not even close to reliable enough to get through even a half hour edition of our show. So it's with a heavy heart that I announce there's no podcast today, but worry not: Eli and I will reconvene on Monday when he's back in the States and record our voices talking to each other for you. Hey, we might even invite Mike Meade on if he's awake!..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'WWE 2K'

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 - 4/18/15 - 'Implosion', 'Halo: Spartan Strike', 'Football Manager', 'Attack the Light' and More

This has been a crazy week of travel between attending various iPhone events, so we didn't post the best games last week, and this week's podcast is going to wait until Monday... But after that things should get back to normal, at least until the E3 and WWDC insanity in June. Anyway, here's the top rated game reviews we posted over the last two weeks:..

'Skiing Yeti Mountain' Preview - The Alternate Universe Version of 'Dudeski'

In an alternate universe, the game Skiing Yeti Mountain is what Dudeski [$1.99] would be. You control a pixelly skiier traveling down a mountain, slaloming around points to keep going, as if you miss one, you fail the level. The game is centered around many short levels, where you're trying to get to the end of the lvel as quickly as possible to get gold medals. You level up, and can earn new skiing outfits by doing well. It gets challenging as you have to learn to carve and skid to make slalom turns, and to get down the level fast enough to earn the gold. You either use swipes or a thumb-sliding control scheme to maneuver. The game also quickly starts to throw in new wrinkles, like cliffs you have to jump off of in such a way to go the right direction around the slalom. It's a game that will really start to throw some clever challenges your way...

Bandai Namco Entertainment's 2015 Global Gamers Day

Last week was Bandai Namco Entertainment's 2015 Global Gamers Day Americas, where they showed off a bunch of new titles that they have in the pipeline for consoles, handhelds, desktop and yes, even mobile. As with most events thrown by gigantic companies, the mobile stuff was a bit scarce with the majority of the focus going towards console and desktop titles. That said, there was still a few noteworthy things in the works for our little mobile devices...

Reflector has been a key app for people who have wanted to mirror their iOS devices to their computer, and to record the footage. Good capture cards aren't cheap. Squirrels, the developer behind this PC and Mac app, has just released Reflector 2, a paid upgrade to Reflector that brings some new features. While we listed this as our entry-level solution for recording video for yourself, is this upgrade enough to pass on a capture card? Well, there's some powerful features, but the software falls a bit short at the moment...

Goofily Piledrive Dudes in 'Wrassling,' Coming to the App Store Next Week

Earlier this month, we told you about Wrassling, an upcoming game by Colin Lane (Golf is Hard [Free]) and Folmer Kelly (Irrupt [$1.99], #SUPERHYPER [$1.99], Upthing [Free]). Eli, Jared, and Carter like it because wrestling is, like, their thing; I like it because physics curios and banging chiptunes are two of my things...

In Case You'd Forgotten, Amanita Design's 'Samorost 3' Is Still in the Works, Still Surreal and Weird

Czech outfit Amanita Design has released a gorgeous new trailer for the upcoming Samorost 3, full of organic weirdness and fungal wonder, alligators made out of petrified wood and entire planets covered in fine saffron gossamer. The first Samorost game came out in 2003 (my God!), but the power of Amanita's imaginative art hasn't been tempered in the slightest...

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