Category Archives: News

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome back to the RPG Reload, the weekly journey to seek the long-buried legends of iOS RPGs, revisit them, and escape within 2,000 words. I haven't succeeded in that yet, and I'm pretty sure today isn't going to buck that trend. As this week's installment hopefully demonstrates, we are welcome to all kinds of RPGs here in the Reload, and while I will do my best to share the love around, there is someone who can keep an eye on me to make sure I'm not sticking too closely to my comfort zone. That someone is you. Yes, as regular readers know, once a month, I'm playing and writing about an RPG selected by the readers. The next reader's choice is coming up pretty fast in RPG Reload 008, so get your votes in now by leaving a comment below or posting in the Official RPG Reload Club in our forums. This is your last week to cast a vote, because even Batman needs prep time. In addition to voting, I'd also love to hear your thoughts on this week's game or any other games I've covered. I'm also not going to say no to any fresh humor, just throwing that out there...

Following the announcement of Metal at WWDC, we've sort of been daydreaming about the amazing console-style games we'd see on the App Store with developers in iOS 8 soon being able to access the raw power of iOS devices. It didn't help that Apple straight up boasted about console engines being able to run on the iPhone either. Well, fast forward to the release day of iOS 8 and Metal-supported games slowly drizzling out of the pipeline to see the cruel reality: Metal-enabled free to play island builders...

Roll the clocks back to WWDC, and we were all stoked to hear about Apple's new feature called "Metal." In a supreme nutshell, what this is is the new ability for iOS developers to get much more direct access to the hardware of your phone, thus allowing for much better performance in games. Gameloft's Asphalt 8 already got updated with Metal support, but if you want to see the demo from the keynote in your own hands, download the free Zen Garden [Free] from the App Store...

MOGA Rebel MFi Controller Review - Easily the Best Full-Size iOS Controller Currently Available

It's been about a year that we've been living in a world of MFi controllers, but for a variety of reasons official controller support on iOS hasn't been the massive hit everyone expected it to be. While a few decent controllers have been released, none of them have been perfect or particularly "must have", and they all feel expensive compared to controllers on other gaming platforms...

One of the coolest new App Store features with iOS 8 are App Bundles, which allow developers and publishers to sell several of their apps together in one package at a discount. And one of the first publishers to take advantage of app bundles is the prolific Crescent Moon Games. They're launching five different bundles, all at major discounts from the games' regular prices. The bundles aren't live quite yet, but word on the street is to expect these to go live at or around midnight Pacific time if not sooner as new iOS 8 content rolls out on the App Store. As for the Crescent Moon bundles, here's what you can pick up once they go live, with each title below linked to the bundle's URL on iTunes:..

Hands-On with the New 'NHL 2K' for Mobile

Today, 2K Games announced a brand new NHL 2K game for mobile devices, and recently I had the chance to stop by their offices and give a near-final version of the game a spin. As a huge hockey fan, both the virtual kind and the real life kind, I was very pleased with how NHL 2K played. You may recall that this isn't the first time this hockey series has graced the iOS platform, as 2K released NHL 2K11 way, way back in August of 2010. I really loved that game, and it was easily the best hockey game on iOS. Well, it's not like it had a lot of competition, but still it was a solid mobile game of hockey...

With iOS 8 rolling out right now, there's plenty of games getting updates for the new iOS. And with the new Metal graphics library rolling out, Gameloft has decided to update Asphalt 8: Airborne [Free] with support for Metal. For the iPhone 5S, iPad Air, and iPad Mini Retina, along with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, this means that the game is going to look better than ever. But spiffier graphics aren't the only thing: there's a new Metal-exclusive season that's been added to the game, which boasts a large number of opponents – three times as many as any other Asphalt game. Race all the cars!..

Free iOS 8 Update Now Available

Free iOS 8 Update Now Available

September 17th, 2014 1:05 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News

Apple just flipped the switch (I actually imagine them pulling a huge lever) to release iOS 8 worldwide. If you've got a device that supports it, which amounts to anything more recent than the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, 5th gen iPod touch or iPad mini, you can download the update right now either through iTunes or by loading up Settings -> General -> Software Update...

PSA: Fantastic Password Manager App '1Password' is Free

September 17th, 2014 12:55 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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It seems like a week can hardly go by without there being something in the news about either large scale password leak, a targeted hack, or something in between. The point is, the best defense against things like this is being proactive with using different passwords everywhere. The easiest way to do that is with a password manager, and the best password manager I've ever used is 1Password [Free] which just dropped to free...

Good news, everyone, Subatomic Studios' Fieldrunners 2 [$2.99 / $4.99 (HD)] is currently free on the App Store for a limited time. Both iPhone and iPad versions are available for free, with this being the first time that either version of the game has gone free, though it has dropped down to $0.99 before, and does feature in-app purchases for more currency. This might be promotion for a new game – as pointed out on our forums, the in-game ticker, updated last Friday, says "a new game is coming..." so, this might serve as a nice reminder that Subatomic exists...

Real Racing 3 [Free]'s got a big new update out today. Have you missed the real-time online multiplayer in previous editions of Real Racing? Well, good news, there's a new online multiplayer mode that's been added to the game. Supporting up to 8 players, it's possible to race in multiple leagues with different classes of car, competing on the leaderboards to try and win prizes for being the top rank. This is all based off of random matchmaking, it doesn't look like there's a way to play with friends. Still, for those who've wanted to take out their expensive cars against other people, and not just their friends' times, here's a good option...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'The Maze Runner', 'Tactics Maiden', 'Robot Rundown' and More

Well, it's a weird week for iOS game releases. Most of the developers I talk to avoid releasing new games on the App Store around the time of major iOS releases and new hardware. If history has shown us anything, it's that the apps/games featured around this time are from the few developers lucky enough play some inside baseball with Apple when it comes to developing for the latest iPhone and iOS iteration...

[Updated] 'Goat Simulator' for iOS Now Available Worldwide for $4.99

Well here's a nice surprise. Coffee Stain Studios' inexplicably entertaining goat simulator game, titled Goat Simulator, has just launched in the New Zealand App Store. Coffee Stain announced on their Twitter yesterday that Goat Simulator for iOS and Android would be launching on September 18th. As TouchArcade regulars know by now, when a game is scheduled for a Thursday launch, it actually hits the US App Store late Wednesday night at 11pm EST. Prior to that, it hits the NZ App Store on Wednesday morning at about 6am EST, when it's midnight in that territory. So what the heck is Goat Simulator doing launching in NZ on a Tuesday afternoon? I don't know! I don't ask questions, I just download Goat Simulator like a good boy...

Check Out the 'Gunslugs 2' Teaser Trailer, Launching Later this Year

If you've been hanging around the TouchArcade forums for the past few years, then you're no doubt familiar with Orangepixel games, aka solo developer Pascal Bestebroer. He's been making quality mobile games for years now, typically platforming games with sweet pixel graphics and a throwback feel, and he's amassed quite a dedicated following of fans in our community, including myself. His next project is Gunslugs 2, sequel to the original Gunslugs [$1.99] which launched in January of last year. Gunslugs was a platforming shooter in a similar vein to something like Contra, with a huge focus on different weapons and plenty of unique playable characters. Gunslugs 2 follows in those same footsteps, but with improvements across the board. Here's a lengthy look at the game in action...

Victorian-Era Strategy Game 'Antihero' Lets You Stab, Sneak, and Steal Your Way to the Top, Next Year

I'm not particularly good at strategy games or asynchronous multiplayer — supply lines and terrain and Panzers are beyond me — so I can't do much but turn my nose up at the 4X genre's creeping renaissance on the App Store. There's a reason those old Kriegsspiele were designed for officers and not infantry...

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