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'Time Recoil', the New Top-Down Shooter from 'Neon Chrome' Developer 10tons, is Heading to Mobile and Seeking Beta Testers

10tons has been making games for desktop and mobile for well over a decade, with a variety of games both casual and hardcore under their belt. However, I think most people will probably recognize them from putting out one of last year's best games, the dual-stick shooter Neon Chrome [$9.99], which is currently prepping the release of a huge Arena DLC update. Well, a little over a month ago 10tons released a brand new top-down shooter on desktop and consoles that looks like it could be the cousin to Neon Chrome. It's called Time Recoil, and its main hook is that as you kill enemies you'll slow down time, giving you the chance to carefully pick off your next targets. The more people you kill, the longer you can keep time slowed down, making for some incredibly cinematic gun battles. Here's the launch trailer for the desktop and console version of Time Recoil, so you can see what it's like in action...

Last month Zen Studios announced that three major Universal motion pictures franchises would be getting the pinball table treatment in their lovely Zen Pinball [Free] game, and alongside that announcement they released the first trailer for one of those tables which is based on the classic kid-finds-an-alien-and-adventure-ensues tale… Mac and Me! No just kidding, it's based on Spielberg's classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Then at the end of the month, Zen revealed the trailer for the second table in the upcoming pack based on The Undisputed Greatest Film of All Time Jaws. Now Zen has just released the trailer for the third and final table in the upcoming pack, which is based on the '80s version of Rick and Morty, also known as the Back to the Future trilogy. Check it out, Doc!..




'Rainbow Tail', the 'Candy Crush' and 'Pokemon' Puzzle Adventure Mashup, Launches Next Tuesday

Back in late July we checked out the trailer for an upcoming game called Rainbow Tail, which looked to take the match-3 goodness of Candy Crush and mix it together with the monster collecting and battling of the Pokemon series. It sounded good on paper and the trailer looked nice, and now today, after being soft-launched in select Asian territories, Rainbow Tail finally has a release date out West, and it'll be launching next week on September 26th. Here is that trailer again in case you missed it the first time...

Upcoming 'Last Colossus', by 'Tower of Fortune' Dev, Nails the Retro Look

Game Stew Studio has given us some great games, including Tower of Fortune, Devil Shard, and The Lost Shield, and now it's getting ready to release its next game, Last Colossus, which looks really, really cool. As you can see in our forum thread, Last Colossus is an ACT/RPG game where you play as a commander who gains control of a giant robot after crash-landing on a war-torn planet. I mean, you had me at controlling a giant robot to be honest. This simulation game spans 9 chapters and includes a variety of enemies and bosses ready to make your life harder. And it even comes with 3 different endings, depending on the choices you make along the way...

Gorgeous Roguelike Deck Builder 'Meteorfall' Looking for Testers in Our Forums

The upcoming roguelike deck builder Meteorfall probably has the best art I've seen in a long time, and, as a bonus, it also seems to be great fun to play. And now, you can help the developers improve it by applying to become a beta tester in our forums. Meteorfall, in case you haven't read our earlier story or visited our forum thread, is a card game where you pick a character—each with their own basic deck—and then visit different locations to take out all kinds of monsters. Killing monsters earns you new cards, which you, of course, use to customize your deck with an eye towards card synergies...

A Normal Lost Phone [$0.99] from Accidental Queens is one of my favourite games on iOS. It is yet another title to transform the usual text adventures into something memorable and unique. To celebrate the launch of the sequel, Another Lost Phone: Laura’s Story [$2.99], Accidental Queens’ debut title is down to just $0.99 right now. This the lowest price it has been since June where it was down to $1.99 from the regular price of $2.99...

The long-awaited and literally years in the making Episode 3 of The Journey Down [$6.99] is finally available, so you can now finish the story that started many years ago. Episode 3 completes the African art-inspired adventure game that players have been enjoying. It's not often you get to play an adventure game that's clearly influenced by non-Western traditions and lore. In the last episode of the series, you get to explore the jungles and ruins of the Underland and (spoilers) discover the fate of Bwana's lost father, Captain Kaonandodo and, of course, uncover the huge conspiracy surrounding the Armando Power Company...

Shadowverse [Free], the popular collectible card game, continues to expand. This time around, we are getting a new expansion called Starforged Legends, and we have some brand new cards to reveal today. After giving us all kinds of mythological beings and characters from tales of old, Shadowverse is now taking us to space, where we'll have to enlist the power of celestial heroes and fight in what are literally struggles of cosmic proportions. As seems to always be the case, Shadowverse likes to go big and bold with its expansion, and that's definitely not a bad thing in my opinion, especially given how much imagination its developers seem to have...

It's been a frankly ridiculous week for huge iOS games releases, and after the long awaited launch of Morphite [$7.99], as well as the surprise appearance of stunning puzzle epic The Witness [$9.99], you'd be forgiven for thinking it couldn't get any better than this. Not wanting to feel left out of all the iOS 11 excitement, Capcom have thrown their hat into the ring, and out of nowhere have released the latest game in their popular courtroom Ace Attorney series. Going by its full title Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice [$0.99], this latest entry in the franchise debuted on the 3DS in June 2016, and the game's iOS launch means all six mainline Ace Attorney titles are now available on the App Store. With the same monetisation model as Apollo Justice [$0.99] - the base game is available for $0.99 with various episode in-app purchases optional - Spirit of Justice is essential for any fans of the series, and finally playable on iPhone and iPad...

Out Now: 'The Witness', 'Morphite', 'Terra Battle 2', 'NBA 2K18', 'Thimbleweed Park', 'Another Lost Phone: Laura's Story', 'Flat Pack', 'Zombie Gunship Revenant', Stormbound' and More

Along with an avalanche of every kind of augmented reality game and app that you can think of alongside the release of iOS 11 and its ARKit functionality this week, we also have our typical weekly selection of regular old non-augmented reality games. One of the biggest releases of the week (and probably of the whole year) is the low-poly first-person adventure game Morphite, which I've enjoyed a lot since its arrival early today and our community seems to be digging it as well. Then there was the (semi) surprise release of Jonathan Blow's gorgeous point and click adventure The Witness, which has been teased for a mobile release for years but is finally a reality. So grab your wallet and dig into the full list of games below and let us know which ones you'll be grabbing this week!..

I've been dying to get my hands on Morphite [$7.99], the new action adventure title from developers Crescent Moon Games, Blowfish Studios, and We're Five Games, ever since I gazed upon its luscious low-poly environments when it was originally announced back in May of last year. It's been a long year and a half wait, but finally Morphite has landed its dropship directly onto the surface of planet App Store. Ok that was a super cheesy line but I don't care, Morphite is here! To coincide with the launch of Morphite on the App Store the developers have put together a brand new launch trailer showing the game in action, check it out!..

'Middle-earth: Shadow of War' Shows Off Nemesis System in Latest Trailer

Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, the mobile take on the highly anticipated PC and console game with the same name, continues its development while in soft-launch, and today we got to see a trailer that shows off its Nemesis system, the gameplay twist that made the PC version of the game stand out. The Nemesis system gives the game more personality by powering enemies and allies. The way it works is that once you encounter orcs in the game, you can either try and destroy them or, if you can, enlist them in your army. Each of these nemesis has its own skills and, therefore, requires different tactics...

If you've been watching Hearthstone's [Free] esport tournaments, then you'll know that its latest big tournament had some big issues, including a laptop that froze and forced a rematch that probably caused pro player Luker to lose a series that looked his for the taking. These issues once more brought to the surface discussions around Hearthstone getting its own Tournament mode and the ability to save mid-play so issues like the ones mentioned above can be avoided. Blizzard responded to these issues by explaining how the playoff venues experienced multiple DDoS attacks but also admitted that equipment malfunctions disrupted the tournament. It went on to say that they are working on improvements for the next Championship Tour season, including reevaluating equipment requirements and venue capabilities. No word on a Tournament mode coming our way, though...

Yesterday was the day that iOS devices officially welcome ARKit and, hopefully, all the augmented reality wonders that will come with it, and we've been seeing some interesting attempts by developers at making augmented reality actually matter for their games. The just-released ARise [$2.99] (got it?) has you guiding a tiny adventurer across all kinds of platforms as you try and reach the top, retrieve the sacred sword, and awaken the monster. As you can see from the trailer below, the game has you moving your device around to change your perspective and find the right path. And the visuals are pretty nice and bright, which should make the game look good on your kitchen table or living room floor (and I can see kids really enjoying this)...

Finally, the big Better Together Minecraft [$6.99]update has gone live, and it has brought along a ton of new features. The biggest feature is the new cross-device play that unites Minecraft players across iOS, Android, Windows 10, and Xbox One, with Switch coming down the road (sorry, no Java version), so you can now play with friends across platforms. According to Mojang, this is the first game in history to go cross-device across these different platforms. I hope this is a sign of where the industry is heading and that we get to see more games follow this route soon. And to better take advantage of this new cross-device play, Better Together is adding huge new servers where we can all meet up and play...

New iOS Games on Our Forums: 'Micropolis', 'Stormbound', 'Flat Pack', 'Thimbleweed Park', 'Grapple Gum', and More

With the release of iOS 11 and all the things that have followed, this week is absolutely blazing by for us at TouchArcade. We've already seen a ton of great games posted to our forums this week, but Morphite is also due out some point today as well as potentially The Witness. Far more exciting than that, however, is that today is National Gibberish Day, which I've heard is the favorite holiday of die-hard TouchArcade reader awp69 who makes a point to never miss anything we post here. As we continue to shift towards being supported more and more by our dedicated community via Patreon, we really appreciate people like this who support us and closely follow everything we do. Also, it's worth mentioning that while the TouchArcade app no longer works in iOS 11, you can still get push notifications and add us to your home screen so, like awp69, you never miss a single word we publish here on TouchArcade...

Here's a List of the Best iPhone Games That Will Stop Working If You Update to iOS 11

The recent release of iOS 11 has been arguably the most turbulent time for mobile gaming since the introduction of the App Store back in 2008. For starters, iTunes 12.7 for Mac actually removed the iOS App Store in its entirety, making it harder to actually browse for the latest games outside of the mobile device itself. Furthermore, iOS 11 introduced a whole new interface to the App Store - while not necessarily a bad thing in itself, the larger features could lead to less visibility for smaller titles, and at the very least represents the first major overhaul for the store front in years. The most impactful change, however, is undoubtedly the demise of 32-bit applications, which will now be incompatible with iOS 11 to prioritise more modern 64-bit equivalents. We've written about what we've dubbed the 32-bit Appocalypse extensively over the past few weeks, but for those of you who may just be learning about these developments, here is a list of the best games that will now be incompatible for devices running iOS 11...

Loyal TouchArcade readers, I have a confession to make - I deleted Pokemon GO [Free] from my iPhone a few days ago to make room for the likes of Thimbleweed Park [$9.99] and Iron Marines [$4.99]. As the self-appointed resident Pokemon fanboy, I'm sorry for letting you all down. That being said, it looks like I'll have to salvage the game from the confusing new iOS 11 App Store, as an awesome new Equinox event is scheduled to take place over the next week or so. From 1pm PDT on September 22nd until the same time on October 2nd, you can earn double Stardust for catching and hatching Pokemon, and some of the rarest creatures like Mareep, Chansey, Larvitar (!!) and more will be available in special 2km eggs. Registering new Pokemon will also earn you triple experience (so six times the standard with a Lucky Egg active), and new shop bundles featuring Super Incubators will additionally be available for purchase in the in-game store...

'The Witness' for iOS Will Be Releasing Very Soon

Well it looks like we finally will have The Witness on iOS devices. After months of teases, leaks, and more, a new Tweet from Kenzie Paulus, who is a Producer and Team Manager at Thekla inc for The Witness, has given us a new release window. The Witness is coming to both iPhone (as confirmed by the new Apple promo video) and iPad very soon. At first a lot of people including myself thought it would be iPad only given the nature of the game and how intricately the puzzles require your inputs. The Witness from Thekla is a very complex puzzle game that will melt your brain as you play more. I'm not kidding when I say you will start seeing puzzles from the game when you go outside and stare into the sky. It is my favorite puzzle game of all time, and I'm glad we finally will have it on iOS...

I've been patiently waiting for Minecraft's [$6.99] upcoming Better Together update to go live, and we finally know when it's coming out: tomorrow, Wednesday. The update, which will add a total of 34 new features to the game, has been in Android, Xbox One, and Windows 10 beta for some time now, and that beta has helped developers squash over 3000 bugs. The developers have provided an update with some of the latest additions to Better Together, and they sound great. We are getting coordinates (although still a cheat) that will allow us to navigate maps and Realms better, the ability to switch between Classic Crafting and the Recipe Book, and also the ability to make copies of worlds to keep as backups. And, as we've talked about in previous stories, we are also getting official servers, cross-platform play, stained glass, banners, fireworks, parrots, ravines, and more...

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