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'Flail Rider' is What Would Happen if 'Particle Mace' and 'Pako' Had a Baby

BulkyPix and Catpanckae have revealed a rad-looking game called Flail Rider, which looks like it's gonna hit a lot of my buttons. It looks kind of like Particle Mace [$2.99] meets Pako [$0.99], as you drive around an arena as a car with a giant mace behind it, trying to wreck as much stuff as possible in 60 seconds. There's 50 different vehicles with 3 different classes, with smaller vehicles easier to handle but with smaller flails, and large vehicles trickier to drive, but with large amounts of damage possible...

'RPGolf' is a 16-Bit Style Top-Down RPG that Takes Place on a Golf Course

Those who have been following TouchArcade for a while know that we're pretty cautious when it comes to posting about in-development games that are seeking crowdfunding. Which is tough, because we see A LOT of really interesting ideas for games that are banking on crowdfunding campaigns in order to get made, and of course as gamers ourselves we want to see these awesome games come to fruition. But cool ideas are just that – ideas, and by now we know how unreliable crowdfunded game projects can be, so it makes it tough to post about a game specifically to say "Hey throw a bunch of money at this!" With all that said, sometimes a game comes along that's just such an awesome idea I can't help but talk about, it even if it is in its early stages of development and seeking money via crowdfunding. RPGolf is one of those games...




'Puzzle Strike' Review - A Great Game With a Few Missed Opportunities

The iOS version of Sirlin Games' Puzzle Strike [$3.99] is a tricky game to review. This is a fantastic game, if you're into deckbuilding games with a high degree of interactivity, and while it plays pretty well on mobile, there are some glaring omissions that detract from what would've been a mobile gem (pun intended). Still, even with issues like a lack of proper notifications and questionable UI decisions, Puzzle Strike is a great addition to the App Store and should more than satisfy those looking for a game that's easy to grasp but can take forever to master. While it definitely shines as a multiplayer game, Sirlin has packed the game with plenty of single-player content too like a pretty strong AI to play against as well as 10 Challenges that will test your skills and help you discover the game's strategic nuances. So, a great deckbuilding game, and a good mobile game, too...

Dark Matter Gaming and Sidekick Games has soft launched Deminions Unleashed in Canada, a turn-based game of flinging monsters around. You assemble a team of Deminions, launching them around arenas to hit enemies with turn counters, using walls to help get you combos, and launching through your teammates to raise their mana to deploy special attacks. You'll collect and evolve your various Deminions as you progress through the game, forming the best teams possible...

Play Reverse 'Plague Inc' and Watch a Planet and Its Life Grow in Upcoming 'Evolving Planet'

A small development studio by the name of Murphy's Toast Games is prepping the release of a new mobile game called Evolving Planet, and it sounds incredibly interesting. Set in the year 3016, you'll lead an archeological research team on an expedition to the planet Kepler-1138 to try and discover what happened to the Lovans, a humanoid species that used to inhabit the planet but is now mysteriously extinct. You'll accomplish this goal by taking on a series of missions where you simulate the evolution of the Lovans. Each mission will allow you to tweak various attributes like Trade, Warfare, and Cultural Influence and then you'll set direction of the dispersal of the population and see where that leads. The actual gameplay plays out similarly to Plague Inc [$0.99], which the developers say was a definite inspiration for Evolving Planets, but instead of eradicating life you're actually creating and following its evolution along with the planet itself's changes...

If you've been reading my reviews, you'll know how much I like almost everything that has to do with the Football Manager franchise because, well, they are the best sports management games on the App Store (at least in my humble, European opinion). The only issue that many have taken with Football Manager Touch 2016 [$8.99 (HD)] - which is iPad only - and Football Manager Mobile 2016 [$3.99] is their price, normally $19.99 and $8.99 respectively. Well, Sports Interactive has dropped the price of both games considerably to celebrate the upcoming Winter Transfer Update, and now you really have no excuse not to buy either one or both of these games because they offer hours (some would say too many hours) of entertainment and can be played either with total dedication or a passing interest...

Apple has touted its new Apple TV as a gaming machine, but truth is we haven't really seen too many good games on the device yet (with some notable exceptions). Go Rally, a racing game developed by Inputwish and published by Chillingo, hopes to shine on the device by offering players pass-and-play multiplayer and easy controls. The behind-the-car racing game offers time-trial competitions, where you can compare times with other players in the same room as you, a full-on career mode, car upgrades and customization, and over 100 tracks set in a variety of environments and weather conditions...

Cooperative iPad Board Game 'Forbidden Desert' Arrives February 11th

It was back in November of last year that we learned that the popular board game designed by Mat Leacock Forbidden Desert would be coming to the iPad courtesy of Button Mash Games. Then just a few weeks back Button Mash announced that Forbidden Desert for iPad had been submitted to Apple. Now, the circle of game release life is almost complete as Forbidden Desert has passed Apple's snuff and is heading to the App Store next week on February 11th. Here's a brand new trailer...

'Abzorb' is a Slick and Challenging Tilt Game

Gerald Kelley, the Chicago-based game developer who did the art for Dudeski [$1.99], has been working on his first game for himself: Abzorb. If you like tilting games like Tilt to Live 2 [$2.99], this is totally up your alley. The game has you tilting your arrow around, trying to absorb the blue dots that are on the playing field by getting close to them without hitting them. The game also throws in time-sucking red dots, as each level has you trying to complete it before time runs out, and you are awarded different amounts of stars based on your time. ..

Upcoming 'Telepaint' is All About Portal Puzzles and Adorable Walking Buckets of Paint

Yesterday on Twitter, UK developer Acid Nerve unveiled their upcoming iOS project, a colorful puzzle game called Telepaint. The more than 100 puzzles in the game revolve around activating different colored portals in order to guide your little walking bucket of paint towards the exit. Oh, and while we're on the subject? Little walking buckets of paint are adorable. The entire game is also synced up to the beat of the quirky soundtrack, kind of reminiscent of Beat Sneak Bandit [$2.99]. Check out the debut trailer...

Many a song is sung about the Final Fantasy series from Square Enix, but if any of those songs is less sung than the other songs, it's probably Final Fantasy 2. An extremely experimental sequel that didn't fare too well in practice, Final Fantasy 2 nevertheless made some additions that are still a part of the franchise today. The modern version of the game is far easier to swallow than the Japan-only original release, but the game certainly does carry a reputation, enough of one that some people might not want to risk buying it. Personally, I like the game, as I outlined in an RPG Reload a while back. If you've never given the game a chance, the time has never been better, because you can get the game for the enticing price of $0.00 until February 14th through the Final Fantasy Portal [Free] app...

RPG Reload Presents - The History Of Handheld RPGs, Part Six

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload. This week, we're continuing our little monthly project looking at the history of handheld RPGs. That means that we will not be taking a look at a specific RPG from the App Store's past this time around. Last month, we looked at the brief but impressive reign of the Game Boy Advance, and the bounty of RPGs it brought with it. While it was mostly uncontested during its life, seeds were being planted in unexpected places that would sprout into the fiercest competition Nintendo would face to date of this writing. We'll be looking at those nooks and crannies today as best as we can. In total, this feature will span twelve columns, each one taking a look at a specific era in handheld RPGs. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I've enjoyed researching and writing them! Please let me know what you think by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. If you like this project and wish to support endeavors like it, please consider contributing to the TouchArcade Patreon. It's what makes these kinds of big features possible...

'Breach: Arena TD' Opens Up for Beta Testers

Last year, Space Rhino Games released Breach TD [Free], a take on the popular Starcraft 2 mod Squad TD. That map's creator and maintainer, Tsjnsn, is part of Space Rhino Games, and now they're working on a followup game, Breach: Arena TD, and they have just launched a beta test on our forums if you want to join up and take this online multiplayer game for a spin, with several testing times per week: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays from 1-3pm EST and 6-8pm EST...

Check Out this 'Epic of Kings' Story Trailer Ahead of Its Release February 18th

Way back in October 2014 we posted the debut trailer for Epic of Kings, an upcoming action adventure from Shadow Blade [$1.99] developer Dead Mage. Epic of Kings appeared to have Infinity Blade-style one-on-one combat, but also featured some free-roaming movement and several other styles of gameplay mixed in. It looked promising, but news on Epic of Kings went really quiet after that first trailer, until just a couple of weeks ago when Dead Mage released a brand new launch trailer as well as a release date of February 18th. Today, Dead Mage has sent along the intro cutscene for Epic of Kings so you can get a feel for the storyline. Check it out...

Ninja Platformer 'Shadow Blade: Reload' Heading to the App Store Next Week

It's kind of hard to believe that Crescent Moon and Dead Mage's ninja action platformer Shadow Blade [$1.99] came out on iOS more than two years ago. It's definitely one of my favorites even to this day, and Dead Mage did a wonderful job supporting the game with new content and features post-release. Well, as you may know, they also set out to spread the Shadow Blade love to additional platforms in the form of an enhanced re-release called Shadow Blade: Reload on desktop and consoles. Now that enhanced version is destined for iOS as Shadow Blade: Reload is coming to the App Store next Thursday. Here's a brand new clip showing the Onobo level being played on an iPad...

With Chinese New Year, aka Lunar New Year, arriving on February 8th, bringing with it the Year of the Monkey, iOS games are getting updates and even the occasional sale for the special festival day. This in large part due to the rising prominence of China in the mobile gaming market, and because developers love to tie updates in with holidays. One of the big updates we heard about and is available now is Vainglory [Free], which added the monkey hero Ozo along with special Chinese New Year decorations for the occasion...

Glu has become famous as the publishes that's been bringing celebrities to the App Store, with Kim Kardashian leading the way and Katy Perry following. However, while the Kim Kardashian: Hollywood [Free] game is still very popular, the Katy Perry Pop [Free] game showed that Glu's strategy might be failing since the game didn't reach the heights of Glu's earlier celebrity games. Glu, however, isn't giving up the dream and has decided to double down on the celebrity thing by bringing the (like it or not) megastar that is Taylor Swift. The game should be coming out late 2016, and Glu plans to bring new gameplay elements to the game that utilize Taylor's creativity. Glu and Swift hope to both benefit from this deal since Swift's name should help Glu get the game on many players' phones while Swift is getting both a cut of the revenue as well as free publicity...

If you've never played Paradox Interactive's Crusader Kings II, then you won't know why a game can have patch notes that include "concubines can now have the ambition to have a daughter," "Eunuchs can't have children anymore," and "fixed error in polygamy event." It's not an accident that Paradox has managed to become the top developer of grand strategy games on PC in recent years. According to a recent interview by Paradox Interactive's CEO, Fredrik Wester, the company is hoping to bring its grand strategy game, including franchises like Crusader Kings, Europa Universalis, and even Stellaris, to mobile in the next year, year and a half. The company's been doing really well on PC recently, so they're focused on that platform, but mobile is definitely a platform that seems to be an enticing destination for Paradox...

'Blackwell Epiphany' Hits iOS This Month, Entire Series on Sale

Dave Gilbert and Wadjet Eye's Blackwell series of point-and-click adventures has been steadily making its way from desktop to iOS, with the last game in the series, Blackwell Epiphany, now set to release on iOS on February 18th. Rosa and Joey have survived a lot in the series so far, but now they're facing a creature that tears souls apart. I mean, that seems rough. So, don't get your soul torn apart in Blackwell Epiphany, I suppose!..

Prolific mobile developer Nitrome announced back in September that they were going to be dipping their toes in the game publishing game. I say dip their toes because technically the first game they were set to publish, Ultimate Briefcase [Free], was created by outside developer Quite Fresh, but whose founder was also previously an artist for Nitrome. So Nitrome was branching out, but still somewhat keeping it in the family, so to speak. Anyhoo, Ultimate Briefcase somehow dodged our weekly Out Now post like it was some sort of bomb falling from the sky, but I'm here to let you know that it's officially available right this very moment...

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