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'Death Road to Canada' To Start Accepting Beta Testers from Our Forums Soon

Rocketcat Games' Death Road to Canada is definitely one of the games to keep a very close eye on, and pretty soon members of our forums will have a chance to check it out in beta. More specifically, after finishing development for other platforms, Rocketcat Games is now focusing on the game's iOS version, and Kepa Auwae has said that our forum members should start getting Testflight invitations probably over the weekend. While this plan isn't final yet, you should definitely go to our forum page and place your name in the Testflight hat...

'Albion Online' to Release on PC in July, Hopefully Mobile Version Won't be Too Far Off

We've been keeping a close eye on the development of Albion Online, the ambitious, sandbox, cross-platform MMORPG, and we finally have a PC release date; July 17th. Before you get too excited, keep in mind that the mobile release will come later - at least according to previous statements by the developers - but it's good to see that after quite a long beta period, the game development is coming to an end. We got to see the game at GDC 16, and it was very exciting to see such a complex game played on a tablet...




If you like your racing games fast, arcadey, and fun, check out the newly-released Rally Run [Free]. This free-to-play game initially looks like a runner all about line-changing, but because of the rally-appropriate drifting mechanic and the fact that you're racing to beat times rather than distance, there's more to do in Rally Run. There is also - of course - a nitro boost mechanic that rewards you for chaining boosts together. Each car has its own skills that make it run better on specific surfaces, which means you should be matching car to track. Of course, this kind of mechanic, along with car rarities, opens up all kinds of monetization pandoras' boxes...

Apps tend to go on sale around holidays, and well, there's a surprising number around this late February period. I mean, there was just Valentine's Day, President's Day, National Drink Wine Day, National Margarita Day, St. Patrick's Day is coming up, Eli's birthday, Fat Tuesday, Carnival, and more I'm sure I'm forgetting. So don't question why there's a bunch of games on sale and temporarily free right now, just go with it. It is National Chili Day today on the 23rd. If you haven't checked out Riverman Media's The Executive [$0.99] yet, shame on you, but it's $0.99 with MUL.MASH.TAB.BA.GAL.GAL [$2.99] also out now. Some cool freebies include Nightgate [Free], Tap to Escape [Free], and "Hook" [Free]. Rush Rally 2 [$0.99] is $0.99 with a fresh new update. And then there's the Ys Chronicles sales and Monster Hunter Freedom Unite sale we've covered already. Here's a big ole list of games on sale to check out:..

The sliding-puzzle and Zelda-style adventure hybrid, Red's Kingdom [$2.99], is set to get its first major content update on March 2nd on both iOS and Apple TV. This update will feature some new obstacles and puzzle mechanics in new lands. A huge new island, and a small bonus island, will be included. A new nut indicator will help you get all your nuts in order. The Solas Orcale item will let you find all the hidden treasure. A few gameplay tweaks are inbound, too. Time has been increased on some tricky switches, the game timer now pauses when you pause, Use Hearts that you have obtained is now available in your bag, and a few bugs have been squashed...

'Monster Hunter Freedom Unite' on Sale for $6.99

February 23rd, 2017 11:00 AM EST by Carter Dotson in News, Sales
$6.99 Buy Now

If you've been curious about Monster Hunter Freedom Unite [$6.99], but haven't had the incentive to check it out yet, then perhaps the game going on sale for $6.99 might be of interest to you. This is the cheapest that the game has been since July 2015, so you may not get another chance any time soon to pick this game up for cheaper than the $14.99 regular price for the game...

'Skullgirls' Mobile Game Soft Launch Happening in Spring, LINE Will Distribute Worldwide Release

If you recall, 2D fighting game Skullgirls had a mobile version announced in July 2016, with a beta test that happened that same year. However, the 2016 release wasn't met, but the game still lives. In fact, developer of the mobile version, Hidden Variable Studios, has announced along with publisher Autumn Games that Line will help distribute the game. Line has some success in the mobile gaming world with the Disney Tsum Tsum games, but this is obviously a bit different from those. Still, this is the Japanese mega-service and corporation branching out into western game publishing...

Out Now: 'The Warlock of Firetop Mountain', 'Dungeon Rushers', 'Chief Puzzle Officer', 'MUL.MASH.TAB.BA.GAL.GAL', 'Puff', 'RPG Djinn Caster', 'Soul Knight', 'Die By Died', 'Toaster Swipe' and More

We've got yet another slammed week of new iOS game releases. Can I just have, like, ONE week where I can play through some stuff in my backlog? I seriously have considered taking vacation time just to do something like that. Anyway, it's a good problem to have, I guess. This week, the long-awaited digital adaptation of classic gamebook The Warlock of Firetop Mountain has arrived as has the Mi-Clos-published turn-based dungeon crawler Dungeon Rushers. The strangely-titled single-player take on Pong MUL.MASH.TAB.BA.GAL.GAL has been well-received so far, and even though I'm not a huge RPG fan the action RPG Djinn Caster has really held my attention. Chief Puzzle Officer offers up some match-3 with heavy online multiplayer components, and Die By Died is probably the best Castlevania-style action platformer that I've played in quite some time. Oh, and don't forget about Soul Knight, which actually launched late last week but is so freaking good I had to make sure it made it on this week's list. There's just too much good stuff this week, so check out the full list of games below and let us know which games you'll be picking up in our Discord chat or in the comments section!..

The Skylanders franchise has made a ton of money for Activision, and even though the craze has definitely died a bit in the last couple of years, Skylanders continue to be ever-present. We've played a few Skylanders games on mobile, but most were ports rather than games developed specifically for mobile. Now, It looks like we are getting a Skylanders game developed specifically for mobile in early 2018. The game will be developed by Com2u,s and it won't be the usual toy-to-game kind of thing; instead, this one will be a turn-based RPG of sorts that will focus on real-time PvP...

We're streaming live on Mobcrush right now. There's a couple different ways you can watch the stream, and they all work equally well and it's really just a matter of personal preference as to which method you prefer. The easiest way to watch is just watching the embedded player right here on TouchArcade. In the interest of being polite, we mute the audio. If you're somewhere you can listen, be sure to turn it back up- the controls for that are in the lower right corner of the video stream. Alternatively, if you're on a mobile device, download the free Mobcrush app for iOS [Free], also available on Google Play. From there, search for TouchArcade. If you follow us, you'll get alerts when we're streaming. Last, but not least, you can visit our channel directly in your browser at mobcrush.com/toucharcade. Oh, and if you want to participate in chat, you'll need to register over on Mobcrush first...

Mini Metro [$2.99] is a fantastic game that has gotten rave reviews from both gaming outlets and people outside the gaming world. So, I'm pretty sure no one will complain that the game's latest update, which just went live, adds another way to play the game. The new Endless Mode has added the ability to play with your toy trains forever without having to stress about anything. You can either start playing the Endless Mode by continuing a normal game after the game ends or by selecting Endless from the mode screen. Here's your chance to drive trains and chill...

February 27th is a big day for Pokemon fans everywhere since it marks the day the very first Pokemon games launched in Japan. The year was 1996, and it became the starting point for the craze that is Pokemon games. In celebration of Pokemon Day, our favorite Pokemon mobile game, Pokemon GO [Free], will join in with one fun event. From February 26th at 1:00 PM PST to March 6th at 1:00 PM PST, any Pikachu you encounter while out hunting Pokemon will be wearing a festive party hat. If you manage to catch one of those hat-wearing Pikachu, he will keep his party hat forever, which is good for those who like collecting and bragging...

After a long and wind release on iOS caused by some last-minute delays, Chief Puzzle Officer [Free] is now available on iOS. While it is a match-3 game, the clever trick is that the game has real-time cooperative multiplayer. You and 3 other players are working together on the same board, making matches to trigger attacks against a single enemy. This forms the basis of the game, with AI allies in the singleplayer events to help ou out...

One of the thing I love about Hearthstone's [Free] Tavern Brawls is the ability to play with cards not in my collection, and this week's Cloneball - a repeat from June - let's me play with a ton of Legendaries, so what's not to like? Okay, there are some things that aren't great about this Brawl, but I'll come to that in a bit. Cloneball gives you a deck of random legendaries, each cloned four times. You also get multiple copies of Offensive Play, a spell that makes the next legendary card you play - and each of its other copies - cheaper by 3 mana. Deciding when to play that spell often makes the difference between winning and losing...

Mi-Clos Studio and Studio Goblinz have released their dungeon crawler Dungeon Rushers [$4.99] onto iOS. While the title makes it sound like some kind of RPG endless runner, it's nothing of the sort. It's a team-combat RPG that started out on PC before its eventual mobile beta test and now release on iOS and Android. The game has you uncovering a dungeon, tile by tile, searching for treasure, and either avoiding encounters...or engaging with them...

When it comes to action-RPGs, the Ys series from Nihon Falcom is one of the most reliable thrill-rides around. Focusing on fast-paced action and challenging boss fights, the Ys games have a feel quite unlike most other games in the genre. As you would expect with a series this long in the tooth, the worldwide releases have been handled by a number of companies. For mobile gamers, Dotemu has been the main face for the franchise. They've ported the PC versions of Ys Chronicles 1 [$2.99] and Ys Chronicles 2 [$2.99] over to smartphones over the last couple of years, and just today, they released a port of the awesome Ys Origin on Sony's PlayStation 4...

Recently, we talked about how Hearthstone's [Free] developers were considering making big changes to the Arena in order to make it more fun to play. Now, we officially know what's going to happen and that those changes will go live in the next patch, which will hit before the end of February. The biggest change is the shift from Wild to Standard; from now on, when you play Arena you'll only get to see cards from the current Standard rotation. The reason behind this is to make Arena more about current card synergies and also to make Arena feel fresh when new cards hit the game. The other big change is changes to card rarity distribution. As it stands now, common cards are about 78% of all Arena cards, which the developers felt was too high given that common cards aren't that interesting. So, expect to see more Rare, Epic, and Legendary cards. Additionally, Flamestrike and Abyssal Enforcer will show up 50% less often than they currently do...

If You Enjoyed 'Fire Emblem Heroes', Here are Some Other Games to Check Out

A lot of players are discovering (or re-discovering) the joys of Fire Emblem through the recent release of Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes [Free]. Enough people gave the game a try that I've been seeing some natural questions popping up in various places, including the TouchArcade Forums and the TouchArcade Discord server. Some people liked the game and are looking for more like it. Others like certain parts of the game, but would rather have a premium experience and are wondering if such a thing exists on iOS. Well, let it never be said that TouchArcade likes to leave a cry for recommendations hanging. For your consideration, I've put together a list of games for those whose SRPG passions have been stimulated by Fire Emblem Heroes and are hungry for more...

While the Futurama animated series may have come to a close in 2013, this doesn't mean the end of Fry, Leela, Bender, and all of the other eccentric characters that have become cultural icons through the cartoon's success and acclaim over the years. The App Store has already been blessed with the series in the form of Futurama: Game of Drones [Free], an interesting match-three puzzle title that launched in February 2016, and today Fox Interactive, TinyCO, and Jam City Company have announced Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow, a brand new entry in the franchise that is attempting to emulate the characteristic humor and narrative from the animated series...

Riverman Media's long-awaited game following up on The Excecutive [$0.99] is finally out. MUL.MASH.TAB.BA.GAL.GAL [$2.99] is now available on the App Store. The core of the game is kinda like playing Pong against yourself, as you control both paddles at once...or you could get a friend to play with you. But we all know I don't have friends. I mean, you, you don't have friends. Regardless, the goal is to bop enemies that are rising from the bottom of the screen, and to keep your ball hit combo going, causing some frantic multiball action to come into play. ..

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