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RPG Reload File 093 - 'WazHack'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the semi-weekly feature where we can't quite remember how old that rat meat is. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's doing in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit some old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. As the ringleader of this little circus, I try to choose a balanced selection of games from week to week. If you feel I'm missing something important, however, please let me know. You can do that by posting a comment below, dropping by the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. Since I plan the schedule pretty far in advance, it might be a while before you see your suggestion, but it will be added to the master list...

'One More Bounce' from SMG Studio Now Available

September 22nd, 2016 9:54 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Release
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SMG's popular One More series continues with the fourth game they've put out, One More Bounce [Free], which has just released worldwide on the App Store. This one has been in the works for a while, with a demo seen at GDC 2015. Now, a while later and after the published title One More Jump [Free], SMG has finally unleashed this onto the world...




'Lunar Battle' Is a City-Builder/Space Shooter by Atari and Is Currently in Soft-Launch

I think it's fair to say that most gamers aren't interested in city builders anymore unless they are doing something new or cool. Atari's upcoming Lunar Battle is trying to do just that by mixing your typical base building with PvE and PvP dogfights reminiscent of old Atari arcade games like Asteroids and Star Raiders. In the city building part of the game, you create your colony by ensuring you produce enough power, food, water, beer, and so on. You can also customize building layouts, which is a clever little touch and should help add a bit more personality to your space city...

If you haven't yet picked up Space Marshals 2 [$5.99], why haven't you? If you haven't, though, you can now pick it up for cheaper since it has dropped in price for the first time since it came out about a month ago (the original is also on sale, but it has been on sale in the past). If you don't know what the game is about, this is the sequel to the great stealth-based Space Marshals that we - and many in our forums - loved. Space Marshals 2 does everything the first one did but refines the formula and goes for one long game rather than the episodic formula of the original. One of the major new additions is stealth kills; now you can end lives without being noticed...

If you have young ones who enjoy Disney princesses, you might want to pick Disney Princess: Charmed Adventures [Free], which has just released. The game is a collection of entertaining minigames focused on four princesses: Rapunzel, Belle, Ariel, and Tiana. Among other things, you can help Rapunzel paint her wall murals and find Pascal, explore the sea as Ariel (who is a certifiable hoarder and prime candidate for Hoarders: Disney Edition), be all inquisitive as Belle while also getting to fight off a pack of wolves, and help Tiana cook the recipes from her famed restaurant...

Minecon 2016 is fast approaching, so Mojang has added the Minecon 2016 skins to Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99]. There are 12 skins available and feature four biome-themed adventures: prowl through the treeline as the Forest Fighter, brave the cold as the Ice Pioneer, craft all kinds of crazy stuff as the Mesa Artisan, and dive to the depths as the Ocean Engineer. In addition to these four skins, you'll get the exclusive skins from last year's Minecon, which include Alex and Steve wearing a selection of capes (and you know how crazy players go about capes). Keep in mind that while the skin pack is free, it will only be available until October 3rd, so pick it up while you can...

Kabam's Star Wars: Uprising has been pulled from the App Store, and a notice sent to players that the game is being shut down. This follows Spirit Lords getting shut down, which was basically the same core game, just Uprising added in a Star Wars theme. The game will be officially shut down on November 17th:..

Earlier this month, Apple sent an email out to developers on a new process they're implementing which more or less aims to sweep up some of the old garbage cluttering the halls of the App Store. The goal makes sense, as they want to trim down the amount of broken or otherwise totally unmaintained apps cluttering up the App Store which is still packed with all sorts of games and apps which might not even support the Retina Display (among many other potential problems of abandoning software on a quickly evolving platform). I get it, it's a pretty terrible user experience to have someone searching for a game, and have the possibility exist where the one they choose to download hasn't been updated in five years, resulting in it potentially looking terrible or maybe even not working at all. Apple's mantra has always been "it just works," so keeping these old and often supremely janky apps on the App Store represents a real problem. However, Apple is doing what they seem to love to do: Addressing a problem in a way that creates an even bigger mess than they started with...

If you enjoy the Fallout games and Fallout Shelter [Free] (and there are few gamers who don't belong in any of those two categories), then you'll be happy to know that the latest Fallout Shelter update has followed the latest trend and added sticker support for iOS 10 iMessage, and those stickers are pretty cool. You can get all kinds of fun Vault Boy faces along with animated Vault Boys and plenty of roaches, all of which are sure to add a nice tinge of apocalypse and a bit of radioactivity in your next message exchange. Perfect for Valentine's Day or when the world is about to end; what better way to say "honey, the apocalypse is here" than with a Vault Boy thumbs up sticker?..

There were a few late arrivals this week, and one of the biggest (both literally and figuratively) is NBA 2K17 [$7.99], which dropped earlier this morning. 2K's basketball offerings seem to be the fan favorites each year over EA's free to play NBA Live Mobile [Free] series, and this year's offering appears to be the most robust basketball offering yet. It features a revamped control scheme and support for physical controllers, and expanded MyCareer mode with an "Off-Day Simulator, more MyPLAYER equipment and attribute options, upgraded badge system, and more", new Historic players, and an expanded EuroLeague with new teams, among other new features...

Legend of the Skyfish [$3.99] is a pretty fantastic game, as we noted in our review a few weeks back. And if we go by the tweet you see below, the game will also be visiting the Android shores next week. There's a "might" in that tweet, so take the date with a pinch of salt, but the fact is that the game is coming to Android very soon, and Android players should get excited. Legend of the Skyfish is a Zelda-like game that's all about using a fishing pole like a hookshot to pull things to you or manipulate the environment and solve puzzles. For most of you I could just stop at the "hookshot" part and you'd be sold, but there's more to Legend of the Skyfish than just that...

The sirens are blaring, the news reports are shouting, and one thing is very apparent to you: The nuclear apocalypse is coming, and coming quick. In one minute to be exact. In 60 Seconds! Atomic Adventure [$2.99], which just launched on iOS after arriving on desktop in May of last year, you have one minute to scavenge your house for supplies and to grab members of your family (the ones who you want to survive, anyway) and then drop down into your bomb shelter to tough out this nuclear apocalypse for as long as possible. ..

A week ago we wrote that while Android was getting Season 2 of Sentinels of the Multiverse [$6.99] last Friday as was originally planned, the iOS version was stuck somewhere along the way (aka Apple's purgatory). The good news is that Season 2 has finally launched for iOS. To celebrate the release, there's a sale going on (ends today) that should help people who've been on the fence to jump in. Since Season 2 has now released on all platforms, the Dark Watch Setback variant is available for unlocking via story challenge, so get on that if you haven't...

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...

While there's a lot of talk about Hearthstone's [Free] competitive scene right now and whether it's on the right path, the fact remains that we are getting closer to BlizzCon and, therefore, the Hearthstone World Championship. Blizzard has now given us more details on the dates, times, and format of the World Championship. So, first the general information. There will be a prize pool of $1.000.000 this year, the biggest ever, and the group stages will take place between October 26th-30th, which is the Opening Week. Each group will consist of four competitors, one from each of the four regions (Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe, and China). They will be seeded according to their HCT Points that they've accumulated throughout the season...

Dog Sled Management Game 'Dog Sled Saga' Hits the App Store

September 22nd, 2016 1:15 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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One of the things I saw at PAX was Dan FitzGerald's Dog Sled Saga [$3.99], a surprisingly complex dog sled management game. The gameplay loop involves racing dogs via a mechanic where you're aiming and tossing dog biscuits to each of your dogs to keep them going full speed. (It almost reminds me of managing your carrots when riding Epona around in Zelda games.) After each race, the "real" part of the game begins and you micromanage all the aspects of your dog sled team and their training to build the ultimate group of canines...

Deus Ex GO [$1.99] was one of the most highly anticipated releases of the Summer, and for good reason. The precedent set by Square Enix's other GO series games - with Lara Croft GO [$0.99] especially being one of the best games of 2015 - suggested it would be an essential download, and the Deus Ex series has its own pedigree, even if the recent console entry in the franchise didn't hit the same heights as previous titles. While we may have been somewhat disappointed with the lack of innovation in our review for Deus Ex GO last month, it was still an extremely entertaining experience, that took the elements of what makes the GO titles so perfect for mobile gameplay, and placed them perfectly into the Deus Ex universe. If anyone was on the fence regarding Deus Ex GO, it has today gone on sale for $1.99, which is a perfect opportunity for cynics, fans, or anyone short on funds to see what he game has to offer...

Even though the wait for the third series of Rick and Morty grows more and more excruciating by the day - and BoJack Horseman is threateningly close to overtaking it as my favourite animated series at the moment - Pocket Mortys [Free] has remained strong, with constant support in the form of free content updates. The last substantial update to the Morty collecting simulator added a massive new tournament mode on the single player side of things, as well as a whopping twenty eccentric variations to collect, which only continued to elevate Pocket Mortys beyond its original inception as an entertaining and unashamedly Pokemon influenced piece of fan service, to a truly expansive experience, all for the price of zero dollars. Today, the series creator Justin Roiland hinted at yet another new update hitting Pocket Mortys tomorrow, with a Pirate Morty, a Beach Hipster Morty, and most amazing/shocking of all, a Summer Morty, which I cannot wait to collect...

It's been almost two years since the release of Swords of Anima [$2.99] from developer 4Hands Games, and while I was certain last year's big content update was going to be the last of it, the game just got another free update with new things to do. Even better still, to celebrate the new content, the game has gone on sale for the very first time. If you have an interest in Japanese-style strategy RPGs like Fire Emblem and Shining Force, you'll definitely want to find some spare change for this one...

Out Now: 'Sorcery! 4', 'Batman - The Telltale Series', 'Primordia', 'Faily Rider', 'Vulture Island', 'Tons of Bullets', 'Huetopia' and More

It's that time of week again when all the new iOS games pour from the App Store like a bursting dam, and this week in particular has some pretty heavy hitters. I mean, those few slow weeks earlier this month had to come to an end at some point, right? Telltale's Batman, the fourth and final Sorcery! game, and a port of adventure game Primordia are the headliners this week, but there's also lots of other interesting-looking games I know I'll be filling up my iPhone 7's storage with. So check out the full list below and as always let us know which games you'll be picking up!..

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