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It's a wrap for us this week here at TouchArcade, and provided nothing crazy happens in the world of iOS gaming, we'll see you again on Monday morning for Shaun's Update Mondays and Tasos's Touchstone Tavern Hearthstone [Free] roundup before diving in head-first to whatever awesome mobile games get released and whatever rad looking mobile games are coming soon. We've been doing this for years now, and to keep doing what we're doing, we need your help. Whether you're here for our game reviews, to read about upcoming games, find games on sale, listen to our podcast, or participate in your community, we're glad to have you. If the feeling is mutual, which I hope it is, there's a few things you can do to help keep TouchArcade alive in this weird changing world of mobile gaming, which for numerous reasons has jeopardized the future of third party editorial sites like ours...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Skullgirls'

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...




If you like reading about game design or just really liked the excellent Card Thief [$1.99], you'll be happy to know that Arnold Rauers, of Tinytouchtales, wrote a great blog post about creating tension in Card Thief. The game is all about a thief sneaking into a castle and stealing all kinds of items, so the developers wanted to create a high-tension experience to evoke the feeling of trying to sneak in and out of a highly guarded place. The blog post talks about the path mechanic and how it offers many and interesting decisions that increase tension each turn. The stealth mechanic was also designed to increase tension, especially with how the thief can go to 0 stealth or even less but still continue on the board trying to get into a strong position or hoping for a lucky card draw...

The King of Fighters '98 [$2.99] is widely considered one of the best entries in the KOF series, and the iOS version that's been around for a few years is quite a bit of fun. But as long as that port has been available folks in the Eastern parts of the world have been playing a weird free to play mobile game based on it called King of Fighters '98 Ultimate Match Online, or KOF'98 UM OL for short. After enjoying quite a bit of popularity in Asian markets, KOF'98 UM OL [Free] has finally released out West...

Gal Gadot, or Wonder Woman if you prefer, is endorsing the just-released League of Angels - Paradise Land [Free], a turn-based fantasy RPG. Beyond loaning her face for the game's app icon and endorsing it, Gal Gadot doesn't seem to have much else to do with the game. However, the game itself looks fun for those who enjoy fantasy turn-based RPGs. The art is pretty good, although on the generic side, and I'm glad to see that League of Angels doesn't offer the usual fast-paced button mashing combat but, instead, offers turn-based gameplay...

It's not a great insight to say that livestreaming is transforming gaming as we know it, with the familiar recorded Let's Play being replaced by live-streamed ones. All the big companies are joining the party, with Amazon grabbing Twitch, Google buying Youtube, and Microsoft announcing yesterday that it's renaming Beam, the livestreaming platform it purchased, into Mixer. Mixer is an interactive livestreaming platform that won't have any latency—unlike other platforms—so players and viewers can interact in real-time. Or, at least, that's the goal...

A few weeks back, we talked about Blizzard looking for a mobile-focused software engineer to create tools that would help designers and artists produce mobile content. While there was some vague talk of mobile games in the job description, it didn't look like the hire was for a specific upcoming mobile game. Well, the plot might be thickening because there's another job opening at Blizzard's Irvine HQ, and this one sounds more like a mobile game-related one. The new opening is for an FX artist, and he/she will help create visual effects for an "unannounced project for mobile." The FX artist will develop real time effects across "all of the effects in the game."..

'The Scrungeon Depths' is a Roguelite Dungeon Crawler With Tons of Enemies

Chase Holton is the developer behind Flamboygen [$2.99], which released earlier this year. It featured a metal soundtrack, so it's pretty alright in my book. Now Holton is set to tackle 2D roguelite dungeon crawlers with The Scrungeon Depths. You'll be trying to survive as long as possible through endless, randomly-generated dungeons. Thankfully, you'll have some trusty melee weaponry, and bombs. Lots of bombs. And those bombs can blow up the walls as well as enemies. Which, there's going to be a lot of enemies. Just check out the trailer:..

There's a Mega Memorial Day Promotion on the App Store - Here's a Complete List of All the Games on Sale

What started off as an impressive but relatively limited Memorial Day-related sales promotion on the App Store has snowballed into a ridiculous week of slashed prices, empty wallets and an abundance of brilliant indie titles now even more accessible than ever before. Thanks to the exceptional detective work and list-making skills of our very own Shaun Musgrave, we've been keeping tabs on the titles that have gone on sale over the last few days. However, for your convenience - and to overwhelm you with the sheer amount of games that are now available at a cheaper price - here is a complete list of the 44 games that, to the best of our knowledge, are taking part in some capacity in the Memorial Day Weekend sales. To help you out even more, we've alphabetised the amalgam of the sales posts, as well as provided helpful links to reviews and other materials that should help you make a wise decision with your funds. Without further ado, here is the full list of discounted titles: ..

Telltale has announced that the second episode of Guardians of the Galaxy [$4.99] will be available on June 6th. After Thanos played a huge role in episode 1, episode 2, "Under Pressure" (after episode 1 was titled "Tangled Up in Blue," expect more song references) will feature a story delving into Rocket Raccoon's past. Plus, with the strange relic that they got from the first episode, that's sure to play a rather interesting role in the affairs of this episode.....

If you haven't played it, Onirim [Free] is a fun singleplayer card game, where you're trying to clear the deck of the eight door cards in order to win, while avoiding the negative effects of nightmares. It's worth checking out! The good news is that if you have already done so, then you have some new content to try out for yourself, as Onirim on iOS and Android now has the Glyphs expansion...

'Chichens' is 'KleptoCats' Developer HyperBeard Games' Take on a Collectathon Clicker

HyperBeard Games has started to make a name for itself as a purveyor of fun collecathon games such as KleptoCats [Free]. The studio is now combining their collectathon stylings with something clicker-esque. Chichens has you collecting cute chicken-style creatures, and then frantically tapping to collect energy from them to get more eggs to get more chichens. You collect coins which can be used to feed the chichens to make them bigger. Hello, my large corgi chichen son. ..

Look, I warned you yesterday there would be another one. And here we are. A few more stragglers have come in, offering some keen discounts for the holiday weekend. Sure, many of these are in the regular holiday sale rotation, but there's at least a couple that are new to the whole thing. So let's have a look and see what's in the happy bag of low-priced goodies today, shall we? As before, I'll link reviews where we have them available so that you can get some additional information...

'Skyjacker' Charts a Flight Path to the App Store on June 15th

With augmented reality back in vogue after Pokemon Go [Free] made bucketloads of money, I'm interested to see the takes that other developers have on the AR genre. And Skyjacker is certainly an interesting take. The game has you trying to track down real-world airplanes in the sky, using real-world flight radar and an augmented-reality view of the skies, in order to try and 'skyjack' flights. You'll try to 'divert' flights to other airports, and try to keep your flights from being taken over by other skyjackers, or rescued by federal agents. It turns out the feds don't like skyjackers. Whodathunkit?..

Ball-rolling games have been around since the dawn of time, before electricity was even a thing, let alone OLED capacitive touch screens. They have also been an omnipresent force on the App Store from the very beginning, with titles such as Labyrinth 2 [$4.99] demonstrating the gyroscopic capabilities of the iPhone, and the genre has remained steadfast on iOS despite its inherently basic nature. However, this is by no means a slight at these sort of puzzle games - ball-rolling titles have evolved over the years to provide unique and memorable experiences. The Little Ball That Could [Free] marks the latest attempt at perfecting Marble Madness in a modern guise, and is available to download for free (with an in-app purchase to remove ads) on the App Store today...

RPG Reload File 103 - 'Fairune'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where we know the trees are a lie. In each installment, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it stands the test of time. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. Being the disembodied voice that tells you where to go, I try to choose a balanced plate of games to feature. If there's a game you really want to see, though, don't be shy! You can let me know in the comments below, by posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. You might not see your suggestion soon, but it will be added to the master list for future consideration...

A couple of months back developer Spellbind Studios were looking for beta testers for an upcoming mobile port of their rogue-lite dungeon crawling RPG Rogue Wizards, which launched on Steam to fairly positive reviews back in September of last year. Well, the beta testers have tested their little hearts out and, although it's a bit behind the rest of the week's new releases, Rogue Wizards [Free] for iOS has now arrived in the App Store. The game utilizes a neat isometric view that reminds me a lot of the excellent Shattered Planet [Free], and in addition to normal dungeon crawly things you'll also be doing a bit of city building, somewhat reminiscent of the wonderful Sproggiwood [$4.99]. Also the way the game world sort of pops in and pops out as you move gives me a heavy Bastion [$4.99] vibe. Basically, in a sea of mediocre dungeon crawlers, Rogue Wizards throws some interesting inspirations from a variety of great games into the mix to make itself stand out. One other cool touch about Rogue Wizards is that it offers two different modes. Story mode is the more casual option and features a quest-driven storyline and the town-building features. Gauntlet mode strips away the story and town-building stuff and throws you into an increasingly difficult dungeon with permadeath and challenges you to make it into the Hall of Fame...

Message Stickers are an interesting idea that Apple is still pushing, although I'm not sure how popular they are, especially game-specific ones. However, when Mojang and Microsoft make Minecraft Stickers [$1.99], I think it's a pretty safe bet to say many gamers are going to grab them. These animated Minecraft stickers bring to your phone all kinds of Minecraft creatures, from disgruntled creepers to Zombies knocking on doors to pigs in minecarts. And there are also exploding TNT, a poor, rejected iron golem, a pet wolf, a sad ghast, and many, many more...

'Warhammer Quest 2' Has New Screens, and a Demo at Warhammer Fest This Weekend

Perchang, the studio that made Perchang [$1.99] and was founded in part by Rodeo Games' Ben Murch, is hard at work on a sequel to Warhammer Quest [$2.99], called Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times. And they have two bits of cool news to share. First, they have some new screens to share. Want to see an underground river of blood, and a Beastman sacrificial chamber? You can now!..

I admit that I'm not the biggest fan of the clickerless clicker genre that has popped up. Not to say that they can't be fun, but I get more engagement out of something where my clicking can play a role when I have the clicker app open, as opposed to it just being about idle currency generation. So, Magnate [Free] has a tall order to fill. I like clickers, and am in the mood for some empire-building recently. But as a clickerless clicker, it has a high bar to clear with me. Yet, the game has some interesting things going on to intrigue even a skeptic like me...

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