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When Adult Swim Games launched Pocket Mortys [Free] at the beginning of the year, I figured it would be a cute Pokemon-alike dripping with Rick and Mortys fan service that would be a fun way to pass the time for a few weeks, and then it would fade away like dust in the wind. This was not the case. Pocket Mortys has been getting all sorts of updates since its launch, and after two rapid fire spring updates Adult Swim is ringing in the summertime with yet another big content update. Fans had been clamoring for new single-player content, and this update delivers that in the form of the new Morty Games, a series of 5 tournaments that will give you an opportunity to win exclusive Mortys not available anywhere else in the game...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Rodeo Stampede', 'Hyperburner', 'Otaku Heroes' and a Bunch More

As far as dumb food-related made-up holidays are concerned, I'd say that today's National Onion Rings Day might be one of the most delicious. To celebrate it fully, I'd recommend going to a place like Red Robin that goes above and beyond when it comes to the presentation of onion rings by stacking them into a massive ridiculous tower that spreads envy throughout the entire restaurant. It's like the infectious nature of the fajita effect. Oh, and while you're waiting for your golden brown, deep fried, savory slices of America to hit your table, maybe consider playing some of the new iOS games that hit the App Store this week?..




In a typically unpredictable App Store manner, the highly anticipated Rodeo Stampede - Sky Zoo Safari [Free] has dropped a day early and has finally been released on iOS for free. Being the collaboration of developer Featherweight and artist Dan Graf (who were responsible for Skiing Yeti Mountain [Free] and Fruit Ninja [$1.99] respectively, amongst others), the game has an extremely strong pedigree, and an interesting amalgamation of game mechanics to boot. The unique gameplay of running and jumping between animals on a stampede shakes up what is a rather tired genre, and you are also able to look after your own sky zoo through doing missions, upgrading exhibits, catching rare animal variants and successively opening your doors to the public to reap in the admission fees. This merger of auto-runner beast taming action with a management aspect on the side is a really novel idea that we thought was awesome when we looked at Rodeo Stampede for the first time back at GDC...

Already, Tennis Champs Returns [Free] is one of the best games of the year, and perhaps the best tennis game since the Game Boy versions of Mario Tennis. But now this rad tennis game is about to get even better, with an update set to hit on or around Thursday, June 23rd. The killer new feature for veterans of the game? Online multiplayer via Game Center. Yes, I am all about this. ..

Gorgeous Puzzler 'Perchang' Gets New Trailer Ahead of Launch this Thursday

Last month we learned that Ben Murch, who you may know from developer Rodeo Games, has struck out on his own with a new company called Perchang. Their first game, by the way, is also called Perchang, and it looks like a phenomenal puzzler that has you controlling red and blue contraptions in an effort to get as many balls into the goal as possible in each level. It's described as Marble Madness meets Lemmings, which seems like an apt comparison. A couple of weeks following that announcement we learned that Perchang would be coming on June 23rd, and seeing as that's just a day or so away, Perchang the company saw fit to release a brand new launch trailer for Perchang the game...

Do you enjoy buying games of such quality that they are worthy of the prestigious Apple Design Award? However, do you find yourself hesitant to pay Apple Design Award-winning prices? Well, Noodlecake Games and Hyperbolic Magnetism are here to reward your cheap ways. Chameleon Run [$0.99] is currently on sale for $0.99, so you can play this fun, stylish, and well-made auto-running platformer for even cheaper than it would have cost before...

Brush Up On Your Ninja Skills with 'Reign of the Ninja' Later this Month

For whatever reason, the touchscreen is highly conducive to ninja activities. Slashing objects as you do in Fruit Ninja or launching ninja stars using a quick swipe across the screen just feels right, and that's what Reign of the Ninja from French studio Dragonslash hopes to convey when it launches sometime this month. It's more or less a collection of 7 mini-games that will test your ninja skills, but what caught my eye about this one is how fleshed-out the lore appears to be and the high quality of the animations that display the characters and story. Check it out...

Philipp Stollenmayer, aka Kamibox, is the creator of Sometimes You Die [$1.99], a minimalist platformer that turned out to be much more than it appeared on the surface and through clever platforming mechanics it also delivers commentary on the genre itself, video games as a whole, and even life as we know it. It's a very powerful and thought-provoking experience. He also made Pancake - The Game [Free], a game about flipping pancakes. It should say a lot that both of those titles, while spanning a wide gap of what people expect a game to be, are among my favorites on iOS, and Kamibox has consistently put out highly playable and interesting games for years now. The latest is called Squaredance [Free], which arrived yesterday and is a minimalist puzzler that uses a swipe-the-whole-board-at-once mechanic similar to Threes! [$2.99 / Free]. This isn't a high score chaser though, as each level has a different board shape which makes your goal of combining all like-colored squares in order to remove them that much more difficult...

In its first significant limited time event, the characters from Pixar’s The Incredibles are currently available for unlocking in Disney Magic Kingdoms [Free], the freemium city (or rather, amusement park) builder from Gameloft...

It feels like only yesterday that we were reporting yet another record breaking statistic related to Angry Birds [$0.99], such as the second main game of the series reaching 1 million downloads in the first twelve hours after release. Following such grandiose statements declaring intentions of being 'bigger than Disney' back in 2012, it seemed that the only trajectory Rovio would be flying was up. However, since then, these birds have crashed back down to reality. The extremely fast paced nature of game releases and trends on the App Store which originally gave Angry Birds its break has proven to be its demise, with releases such as Slither.io [Free], Minecraft [$6.99], Hearthstone [Free] and a plethora of other trends taking precedence and stealing the spotlight. Today Peter Vesterbacka, the outspoken and eccentric chief marketing officer of Rovio (or the 'Mighty Eagle' within the company) has left the developers to 'pursue [his] startup dreams', which will only lead to further speculation on the future of the Angry Birds series...

I get pitched a whoooolllleeee lot of iOS games on Twitter and while I make an effort to try out most of them, with it being nearly eight years into the life of the App Store, it's sort of rare to see games that make me think "Oh dang, this is super clever." This was the case this morning when developer Stephen Coyle tweeted me the link to his first iOS game, Tapt [Free]. The easiest way to describe it is if you took the idea of a rhythm game, and stripped it down to its absolute most basic. While totally blown out rhythm games like Voez [Free] will have you tapping, swiping, and doing all sorts of other stuff to effectively play along with whatever song is being played, Tapt just asks you to tap out the actual beat of the song...

While the array of traditional RPGs on iOS certainly are welcome (as long as they remain on the App Store, at least), it's cool to see an increasing number of role playing games that take a more portable and mobile edge on the genre while still remaining true to their roots. One such game is Questland, which has just soft launched on the New Zealand App Store for free, and features a decent amount of customization options with a interesting first person battling perspective under a layer of incredibly beautiful cel-shaded graphics. With a strong character creation system and a wide selection of armor and weapon choices which all have their own unique style, Questland should definitely satiate both hardcore and casual RPG fans looking for a new game to play on the go...

Five days ago, we brought to you substantial rumors that Tencent was about to acquire Clash of Clans developer Supercell for a sum of around $9 billion. Today, the deal was made official, as the Chinese company has now bought the 73% stake that Japanese telecoms corporation SoftBank owned for a cool $8.6 billion. Tencent, which already is incredibly influential within the PC scene through owning cult PC MOBA game League of Legends, are now one step closer to world domination as the acquisition of Supercell includes the top grossing game on the App Store of 2015 in the form of Clash of Clans [Free]. This, coupled with their 12% stake in Hearthstone [Free] creators Activision Blizzard and ownership of ridiculously popular social media platforms QQ and WeChat in China mean Tencent have made a statement of intent in the mobile market and don't look like they intend to cede their behemoth status any time soon...

If you like CCGs like Hearthstone, you should definitely check out Shadowverse [Free], a new CCG that's now available in a number of countries (including the US and the UK) with more countries coming in August. Developed by Cygames, the Japanese developer responsible for Rage of Bahamut, Shadowverse will definitely remind you of Hearthstone, but it has enough to offer both in terms of gameplay and world-building to make it stand on its own. And yes, I know I'm constantly referencing Hearthstone, but Blizzard's game has become the golden standard for mobile CCGs. Add to that how Shadowverse's gameplay has plenty in common with Hearthstone's, and you'll understand the reason I keep bringing it up...

Zombieville USA [$0.99 / Free] was one of those early iPhone hits that put developer Mika Mobile on the map. A side-scrolling shooter with a killer art style, Zombieville launched in early 2009 and quickly rose up the charts and maintained a position there for many months to come. Obviously its success led to a sequel a couple of years later, Zombieville 2 [$0.99] which launched in October of 2011. The sequel improved upon the original with a wider range of movement, tons of unlockable characters and weapons, a cool upgrade system, and most impressive of all co-op multiplayer both locally and over WiFi. Well, it's been a couple of years since Zombieville 2 has received any update love, and like any game on iOS it has developed a few issues over the years as new iOS hardware and software has rolled out. With the release of their latest game Lost Frontier [$2.99] now behind them, Mika Mobile took this time to fix those issues as well as bring the beloved Zombieville 2 to the Android platform for the first time...

A few days ago we wrote that iOS 10 has done away with the Game Center app but not the service itself. Apple had stated at WWDC that we were getting "a new account type...[that] supports iCloud-only game accounts," but other than that, we didn't know how multiplayer would work after iOS 10 and whether Game Center was on its way to meet the dinosaurs. Well, according to this AppleInsider story, we are in for quite a shift in iOS multiplayer gaming because with iOS 10, Game Center won't have its own dedicated application anymore; instead, what we are getting is individual games handling multiplayer invitations through the newly-expanded Messages app...

'Critical Ops' FPS Soft Launch Expands to Canada

Here is good news for those of y'all who have been curious about Critical Ops but haven't wanted to nab an iTunes account in the few odd regions where the game was available. The first-person shooter has just been released in Canada along with a 5.2.2 update that tweaks the game balance. But this now means that if you've got a Canadian iTunes account – either by being Canadian or using our guide to register one – you can nab the game with ease...

Improving Ladder Performance, Control Warrior Rules, Priest In Trouble, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in Touchstone #53

Welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our Hearthstone [Free] weekly news roundup that helps you stay on top of everything going on in the world of Hearthstone and (hopefully) helps you improve your game. This past week we had articles about the popularity of Mage decks, ways to improve your Ladder game, the current state of the meta, decklists and stats from tournaments, N'Zoth's dominance, and much more. As you can tell, the meta is still in relative flux, which is a good thing for the game considering the new expansion has been out for a while now. I hope you've been enjoying the game recently. If you've been hoping for any changes, do tell me in the comments; I'm curious to see what players are enjoying and what not. Let's jump in, shall we?..

Update Mondays: 'Minecraft: Pocket Edition', 'Marvel Contest of Champions', 'The Greedy Cave', 'Leap Day', 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. With both of the big events last week, you might expect that there wouldn't be quite as many updates as usual. You would be correct in that assumption, oh wise seer. That doesn't mean there aren't some cool updates to look at, though. 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!..

For some, there's nothing more gratifying than posting something on social media that truly takes off. As vain as it almost certainly is, there is a certain joy in seeing something posted on twitter receiving some significant traction and lots of likes or retweets. Thankfully, there is now some justification for this narcissism, as Tweechi - from developers Fuzzy Face Studios - has just soft launched in New Zealand, and the game implements Twitter integration so for every retweet received in real life, you can receive coins to spend within this eccentric looking virtual pet simulator...

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