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Wednesday is easily one of the best days of the week, and not simply because it follows the dreary, soul-destroying humdrum that Monday and Tuesday inevitably bring. Of course, beyond simply marking the middle of a laborious working week, Wednesday is the day where the App Store gets showered by so many mobile games it can be difficult to know what to do with them all. Thankfully, us at TouchArcade Towers are faced with the monumental yet majorly enjoyable task of finding the gems amongst the trash, and Time Recoil [$3.99] is certainly one such release that has caught my eye with its inventive premise and high-octane action. Being the latest game from 10tons, who you should definitely know from their previous excellent dual-stick shooter Neon Chrome [$9.99], Time Recoil is exactly what you'd expect from a developer with such a pedigree in the genre. However, with a unique twist of combo-driven slow motion gun fights, Time Recoil has a neat emphasis on strategy that distinguishes it from the crowd. After a few weeks of waiting, Time Recoil is finally available to download on the App Store for a mere $3.99...

'Mighty Battles' Adds FPS Elements to Lane-Based Strategy Games

Hothead Games, the developer of the pretty popular Kill Shot games, is bringing a different kind of game to mobile devices on November 16th called Mighty Battles. Its developers see Mighty Battles as a new take on first-person shooting and lane-based arenas. As you can see from the trailer below, the game combines Clash Royale's lane-based gameplay with first person shooting, where you try and help your troops advance by taking out the opponent's troops. This is an interesting change to the Clash Royale (or other wave-based games) formula that should help keep players more involved. In a way, it's like you took Warfriends and turned it into a first- instead of third-person shooter and made all the units move along lanes...




The time to get all spooky is drawing nearer, Hearthstone [Free] players, because the Hallow's End celebration update is live on mobile now (although it might take a bit for everyone to get it). First of all, we are getting an all-new dual class Arena Mode where all nine Heroes attend in costume. How does it work? You start an Arena run, pick a Hero and a Hero Power, and then you get to pick from cards belonging to both of the classes (and, of course, neutrals too). And we are all getting a free Arena ticket during Hallow's End, so everyone can check out this new Arena. Additionally, we are getting a special Tavern Brawl, The Headless Horseman Rides, where we get to "disguise" ourselves by using a deck of cards from several classes as well as a passive Hero Power...

After many months of competition, Clash Royale's [Free] Crown Championship World Finals have been announced, and they will take place on December 3rd at the Copper Box Arena in London. The competition was a huge one, with over 28 million unique participants at the start of it and only 16 competitors remaining. And now, the one who will manage to grab that golden crown will also earn $150,000, which is definitely not bad at all. If you're planning on attending the event in person, you can buy tickets now, which are just over 40 British pounds and come with 4 mystery items (which seem to be a figurine, a beanie, a tote bag, and something else)...

'Syllablade' Is a Blend of Word Puzzle and RPG From 'CivCrafter' Developer

I enjoy word games more than most people do, but I also enjoy it when developers throw in various other mechanics to freshen up the genre. Syllablade, the next game from the developer of the much-loved CivCrafter [Free] (which was our Game of the Week back when it came out) takes your usual word puzzle mechanics and adds an RPG layer on top to make it more exciting. The bigger and more difficult the word is, the more damage it causes. You will be making your way through maps with increasing level of difficulty, defeating various bosses and minions along the way. And, as you would expect, you can get your hands on various powerups to help take down those evil beings. And this being an RPG, it offers plenty of customization options...

After waiting for more than three years, Rocketcat Games and Madgarden finally released their magnum opus "Randomly Generated Road Trip Action-RPG" Death Road to Canada [$10.99] on iOS this past March. Spoiler alert: It's pretty good. Since then, the developers have been releasing content updates for both the desktop and iOS versions of the game, like the huge COCCYX update that hit in June and the massive DUODENUM update that released in August. Alongside all the critical acclaim and tasty content updates, there's one big question a certain segment of the mobile gaming audience has still been wondering: When is Death Road to Canada coming to Android? Well, the Android-porting wizards at Noodlecake Games finally have an answer: October 26th. ..

'Gundam Battle' Releasing in China this Year, Worldwide in 2018

Bandai Namco Shanghai and KingNet are partnering up on a new mobile action title based on the Gundam universe, and it has just successfully completed a closed beta test in China and is looking to release worldwide early next year. The game is called Gundam Battle and it features an open-world design where you'll run around battling other players using a variety of the iconic Mobile Suits found in the nearly 40 year old franchise. While not in English, the following trailer for the closed beta that just occurred will give you a glimpse at what Gundam Battle is like in action, and personally I'm thinking it's looking rather cool...

'Banner Saga 3' Trailer Shows Off the Game's Lovely Art

Banner Saga 3 , the last of the great Viking trilogy, is still a long ways off—not coming until 2018—but today we got to see a bit more of what's in store for us once it releases. The game's latest trailer shows off some of the game's key artwork and hints at the story that is to come. The developer has been perfecting its hand-drawn art style throughout the series, and it looks like the third and final entry will have the best art in the series, and that's saying something given how pretty the other two games were. Banner Saga 3 will bring the whole story to a close as all the secrets will be revealed and character motives will be made clear...

Fruit Ninja [Free] is easily one of the most recognizable mobile games in the history of the platform, and now it's getting ready to transform into 3 board games. The creator of the board games, Lucky Duck Games, reviewed many different prototypes before deciding to go with Card Master, Slice & Dice, and Combo Party. The main criteria for choosing which three to go with were the games being unique, fast to play, and fun and accessible, just like Fruit Ninja. Card Master will have players building decks in real time and looks the closest to the mobile game, and Slice & Dice has players rolling dice at the same time to again capture the frantic nature of the mobile game...

Gumi's Promising Strategy RPG 'The Alchemist Code' Opens Up Pre-Registration

As we reported at the end of August, Gumi Inc is bringing their popular Japanese mobile strategy RPG For Whom The Alchemist Exists to mobile devices out West under the name The Alchemist Code, and today they've also fired up their pre-registration system for the game. This isn't just any old pre-registration though, as Gumi has made sort of a game out of it. "Pre-registered players who execute daily logins and missions will receive Play Tickets that can be used to perform exciting pre-registration summons that contribute to the Pre-registration Milestone Campaign Rewards. The Pre-registration Milestone Rewards that can be unlocked include helpful in-game items that will be enjoyed by all players at launch, such as Apples of Accomplishment, Equipment Summon Tickets, Skip Tickets, Mianne (a 5* Potential Character) and Gems." ..

Noodlecake and No Monkeys Bringing 'Mmm Fingers 2' to iOS and Android this Week

Just about 3 years ago, Noodlecake Studios partnered up with developer No Monkeys to release the frantic avoidance game Mmm Fingers [Free], which tasked you with keeping your finger pressed on the screen as you dodged all manner of hazards that were out to harm that poor finger of yours. The game was one of the biggest hits for both studios, and went on to be downloaded more than 24 million times. Now the developers are back with a bigger and better sequel called Mmm Fingers 2. Here's the trailer...

'Game Dev Tycoon' Is Launching on the App Store on November 28th, With Brand New Content and Much More

If you had to ask me to name my favourite iPhone games of all time, I'm sure that Game Dev Story [$4.99] would undoubtedly be sitting proudly near the top of the list. Despite releasing hundreds of variably interesting simulation titles on the App Store over the years, Kairosoft's iOS debut in 2010 created the perfect concoction of immersive gameplay, a fascinating concept and an engaging sense of progression, and Game Dev Story is still arguably the game to beat when it comes to the video game development simulators. After Game Dev Story's release, numerous similar titles emerged, most notably Game Dev Tycoon on Steam. After proving to be a massive hit with streamers and YouTubers alike, Game Dev Tycoon is now launching on iOS on November 28th, along with a redesigned interface for mobile and a number of new gameplay additions...

I've written extensively about the possibility of Generation 3 creatures from the Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald games making their debut in Pokemon GO [Free], and Niantic have not exactly been subtle in the numerous hints that have been discovered both within and outside of the game. While the biggest indicator thus far has been the discovery of 135 new Pokemon in the datamine of the title's latest update, today a brand new teaser image for an upcoming Pokemon GO Halloween event has emerged that brings even more credence to this theory. As well as touting Gengar, Misdreavus and a Pikachu wearing a witch's hat, third generation ghost-type monsters Duskull and Sableye are also present, suggesting either a partial or complete release of this new cast of creatures before October 31st...

Hello everyone. As you probably know by now, every Monday we publish our weekly roundup of the best Hearthstone [Free] stories and videos, but for a variety of reasons, we won't be putting one out this week. Don't worry, though, because it's not like we're leaving you with not Hearthstone-related content. If you haven't read TouchArcade over weekend, you missed out on some great stories from Eli, who got to visit the new Blizzard Arena to watch the Hearthstone Championship Tour. There's a quick interview with pro player Dr. J in lieu of a podcast and another cool story on Eli's experience at the Blizzard Arena. Both of those are definitely worth your time if you're a fan of the game...

'Returner 77' Is a Visually Impressive Sci-fi Puzzler Coming This Week

In the upcoming Returner 77, you find yourself on an alien spaceship with the low-stakes mission of saving humanity. As is usually the case in these sci-fi plots, mankind is on the brink of extinction and has only one hope, you. Inexplicably, the aliens have decided to fill their spaceship with visually stunning puzzles for you to solve, which is a strategy worth criticizing because if you're going to destroy humankind, don't give it one of the few things it can do with moderate success. Bad planning aside, the aliens created some gorgeous puzzles, as you can see from the trailer above. The environments and puzzle elements should make this one a joy to play on a large iPad...

Crescent Moon's 'Runic Rampage' Has Been Submitted to Apple

Runic Rampage, the hack 'n slash RPG by Electrocosmos, is getting to closer to releasing on mobile. Crescent Moon, which is publishing the game on mobile, tweeted today that the game has been submitted to Apple, so a mobile release shouldn't be too far off (unless the developer and publisher have a specific release window in mind). As we talked about a few weeks ago, Runic Rampage first made its way onto Steam this past May to pretty positive reviews, and it looks like it's just the kind of game people will enjoy playing on mobile. In Runic Rampage you play as Grimbard, the last champion of the dwarfs, whose mission is to collect missing rune stone fragments and save his people...

Charming Head-Smasher 'Pukk' Is Coming Next Month

Pukk is a game about literally losing your head…and then being a head that slides around and smashes things. It's silly and charming in that way. According to the developers in our Upcoming Games forum thread, Pukk is a Nordic treasure hunter, a head that glides around the polar ice smashing ice blocks and all kinds of containers as it tries and grab as much treasure as it can. And, as you can imagine, you use that treasure to buy even cooler helmets for that poor head of yours and then proceed to go on smashing some more. As you can see from the trailer, you will bang (head-banging, get it?) that head from wall to wall, which is bound to give you a huge headache...

Ankama's Drag'n'Boom [Free] came out of nowhere and pleasantly surprised us with its fast, clever gameplay and fun ideas. Now it's the turn of Android players to burn medieval villages to the ground and kill unsuspecting soldiers who have really done nothing wrong and are just there serving their duty and country. I mean really, you should feel bad for raining fire from the skies. I did, briefly. As we talked about in our review of the game on iOS, Drag'n'Boom is a platformer that throws in some Matrix-like slow-mo moves that cleverly change the game's pace and make it more deliberate than you would think. Specifically, you play as a little dragon, flying over the medieval countryside and using your various kinds of bullets to take everyone out and reach the end of the level...

Amazon continues to host one of the biggest mobile gaming esports competitions, and this year it was the turn of Las Vegas to host Mobile Masters 2017. The whole two-day event went off pretty much without a hitch and had plenty of entertaining moments. The event consisted of three games, World of Tanks Blitz, Vainglory, and Power Rangers: Legacy Wars and offered a total of $70,000 in prizes, which isn't shabby at all. Who were the winners? Team SoloMid went undefeated and took first place for Vainglory (and the biggest prize of the night), HateUsMore gave players more reasons to hate them by picking up first place for World of Tanks Blitz, and pro player Jeremy DunkSB412 Schillaci took first place for Power Rangers: Legacy Wars...

ARKit [Free] is slowly but steadily growing and finding its way into more and more gaming experiences, and today it was the turn of the NBA to go all AR with its, you guessed it, NBA AR game. The game is pretty simple: you set up an augmented reality hoop anywhere you want in the world and then proceed to take as many shots as you can in a limited time. You can either take shots from where you're standing or walk back a bit and try and take three point shots. And in the spirit of competition, you get to compare your success (or failures) with your friends on the leaderboards...

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