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'Breach TD' Will Adapt Popular 'Starcraft 2' Mod 'Squad TD' Into a Standalone Game Next Week

Puerto Rican developer Space Rhino Games has announced their tower defense game Breach TD will be launching worldwide next week, on May 27th. The game is described as being a spiritual successor to Squad TD, which is a popular mod for Starcraft 2. The original creator and maintainer of the map, known as Tsjnsn, is part of Space Rhino Games, and he and his team have made this map conversion into a game of its own...

Remember the Crescent Moon-published space dogfighting game Strike Wing: Raptor Rising [$2.99] from 2013? Well, it's been over a year and a half since its release, but developer Dream Builder Studios has just updated it with a big Episode 2 update. The bulk of the content is in five new story missions to play through, featuring new enemies to fight, and new ships to play through. Five challenge missions are in the game now, with 20 in-game challenges to play in total...

'Cartoon Survivor' is a Runner That's Less 'Crossy Road' and More 'Crash Bandicoot'

You might see the isometric view and somewhat blocky visuals of upcoming game Cartoon Survivor and think that it's yet another game aping Crossy Road [Free]. You might watch the trailer and think your suspicions have been confirmed. You would be dead wrong. Cartoon Survivor is instead a prety nifty auto-running platformer that's coming to mobile next week, bringing a dodo bird with dynamite strapped to its back to your iOS device...

Lastronaut [Free] released earlier back in March, and after amassing over a million downloads in a week, the game has gotten a big update that adds new things to do and new features. There's an experience progression system, where your points go toward experience, and can be used to unlock new perks, such as a double jump at level 5. These might just help you out in your quest to shoot down some rockets. If you dislike the slow-motion feature, that can be disabled now. ..

'I Love Your Game. I Give It One Star' - The Crazy World of App Store Reviews

I've got a confession to make: I take a perverse interest in trawling the App Store to find the most absurd reviews. It's an unusual sport, I'll grant you, and there certainly aren't any winners. It started with Monument Valley [$0.99], or more specifically with its super-cheap but still-not-quite-free Forgotten Shores expansion, which some people were really mad about. That was when we all witnessed just how entitled, angry and vicious the gaming public could be. Now, granted, we knew that already, but this dark new era is marked by irked gamers' realisation that they can actually harm a good game's sales by overwhelming its App Store reviews with negative scores...

I absolutely love how Zen Studios is able to collaborate with so many different companies in order to bring a number of different brands to life in pinball table form. There are of course a multitude of tables based on the Star Wars and Marvel properties, but there's also things like Walking Dead Pinball, which really captured the essence of Telltale's adventure games, and South Park Pinball which feels incredibly authentic to the show. When Zen announced earlier this month that it had partnered with Valve to create a Portal Pinball, I got really excited. Portal is one of my all-time favorite game series, and there's something about a Portal pinball table that just makes sense. Today, we catch our first glimpse at Portal Pinball in action in this brand new trailer...

'Rapture - World Conquest' Goes Free in Style

May 21st, 2015 12:32 PM EDT by Andrew Fretz in News
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When I originally reviewed Rapture - World Conquest[Free], I tagged it with a 4.5/5 with the caveat that multiplayer would really kick it up to the full on 5. For basically anyone still paying attention to this game(there has to be someone out there) not only did they follow through a few months ago, but now the game has gone free to play...

Out Now: 'Sword Of Xolan', 'Skiing Yeti Mountain', 'Brickies', 'Til Morning's Light', 'Shredmill', 'Edge of Oblivion: Alpha Squadron 2', 'Risky Rescue' and More

Welcome to another week of new iOS games! It's an exciting week for me personally as I've been dying to get my hands on the pixely action platformer Sword Of Xolan ever since I first saw the trailer, as well as the pixely SkiFree-inpsired skiing game Skiing Yeti Mountain. Plus the Noodlecake-published Brickies looks like a novel take on brick breakers, and Jared Bailey's latest Shredmill seems like a quirky high scoring game. Plus, not only is this huge list of games below all available in the US now, but there's our list from this morning which had a bunch of stuff on it that was already out, so be sure to check that one out too and let us know which games you'll be picking up...

Don't Fret About the Future of Mobile Gaming. Everything's Going to be Okay.

We are cursed to live in interesting times in gaming. Things are chaotic, and the industry could go in any one of a million directions. Eli Hodapp talked recently about how he sees signs of console/desktop publishers making new, more concerted mobile efforts. Dedicated gaming hardware is in decline and its possible death throes. The way games are bought and sold is changing as digital distribution and the internet continues to be the biggest shock to media since the invention of the printing press. Established publishers and developers are shifting focus. Independent developers don't know if it'll still be possible to make a living off of their games. Everything's a mess and it could all change tomorrow. It can be easy to see the way that gaming has changed recently, and the direction that you might see it going, and fret about it. I agree, things are chaotic and unpredictable right now. But here's what? As a fan of mobile gaming in particular? Don't worry about it. So many signs point to possible futures where free-to-play is widespread but more palatable to enthusiast gamers than ever; where big publishers help innovate and expand mobile gaming beyond its current state; where mobile gets to pick up where dedicated hardware leaves off; and where our backlogs continue to expand until the sun engulfs us all. Everything is going to be okay!..

Are you ready for NimbleBit's latest word game? Capitals [Free] is finally here. We've been posting about Capitals for the last few months, and the game has been in a soft launch/stress test in Canada for about a week now, and it looks like everything is good to go for the global launch. NimbleBit has flipped the switch manually on the worldwide release, so it should be available really soon if it's not available right now for you. The game is free-to-play, with an interesting lives-based system for starting up new games, and it will be fun to see how people take to it and the IAP for removing the limits. ..

Coming appropriately on the heels of the news that Facebook's Messenger will be adding games to its App store, Palringo, the self-proclaimed "world's largest network of mobile gaming communities," has announced today that it has acquired Finnish game developer, Tribe Studios. This deal makes perfect sense when you consider the goals and strenghts of each company: Parlingo has built its business primarily around selling chat-based games (85% of the company's revenue now comes from its games), and Tribe Studios (which in 2014 was selected as one of the most investable startups in Europe) has made its name with its patented "Dramagame" technology, a technology that Tribe Studios uses to build massively emergent multiplayer storylines that have communication, primarily chat interaction, at their core...

A few weeks ago, I wrote an article about blind gamers and the accessibility features of iOS. It was an incredibly educational experience for me, and it was a privilege to hear from so many gamers and developers about the topic. As part of that article, I had taken a poll of which games were most popular in the community at AppleVis, and the list showed more variety than I had expected. There were card games, role-playing games, simulation games, and most curiously, an action-packed defense game where you have to fend off zombies with only your ears to guide you. Titled Audio Defence: Zombie Arena [$1.99], it comes from the good folks at Somethin' Else, who previously released the popular Papa Sangre [$4.99] games...

Kumobius loves doing post-release updates of their game. It's a fever, and the only prescription is more game updates! While their latest game Bean Dreams [$1.99] has gotten a couple of solid content drops this year, and will soon be available in a bundle with its prequel, Bean's Quest [$1.99], they haven't forgotten about perhaps their biggest hit, Duet [$0.99]. After update 3.0 which introduced the first paid DLC to the game, Duet 3.1 brings new free content to the game in the "Endless Encore" mode and "Speed Run" mode...

About a month ago, I wrote about Gondola, a dynamic pricing technology company that was looking to innovate in mobile monetization by persuading companies to shift from Static to Dynamic pricing models. Yesterday, Gondola officially announced Liftpass, an open source platform intended to enable game developers to manage and track the prices of virtual goods and IAPs. As the company stated, Liftpass goes beyond simply providing data; it also adds the "levers" for developers to begin adjusting in-game prices in real time...

You might not know the name Tommy Palm, but you know of his work. He was the former "games guru" at King and a designer on Candy Crush Saga [Free], a game that's slightly popular, one might say. Palm has moved on from King and is doing some other stuff now, including for STUGAN, a Swedish game incubator named after the PC text adventure game The Cottage. The incubator has announced the first lineup of developers joining STUGAN's first program. It will have a bunch of developers from all over the world to live in a cabin in the woods with other developers, while being visited periodically by game industry luminaries, while the developers will be mentored by people such as Palm, Minecraft's Jens Bergenstein, and Rovio's Oskar Burman. Additionally, the program will share videos of the people and games from the program. While there's about a dozen games in the works right now, they include at least one game we've talked about before: Cerulean Moon by Nachobeard:..

Remember the time when you couldn't mute your Facebook friends fast enough to stop the flood of game notifications? When you were constantly assaulted by all kinds of Ville games? Well, according to recent news, we might be in for a Back to the Future moment soon. When Facebook decided to kindly nudge (force) people to shift to its Messenger app for mobile friend-to-friend communication, most groaned with displeasure. At the same time, not all news was bad news; at least, those who used Facebook mostly to chat with friends wouldn't have to deal with all the Facebook games' notifications or any other such nonsense. Messenger was a pure communication app through and through...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Brickies', 'The Top Spot', 'Ice Age Avalanche' and Tons More

Submitted for the approval of the Weak Week Society is a week full of games. Chalk it up to App Store weirdness or whatever else, but most of the games are actually out right now. I've broken the list up into three, stuff that you can grab this instant, Microsoft's Age of Empires which is the only noteworthy thing soft launching this week (so far) and the normal stuff that's coming out at the normal 11:00 PM Eastern time tonight...

How has Five Nights at Freddy's [$2.99], a series about animatronics and a bad pizza place that brings to mind many awful Chuck E. Cheese nights, exploded into a cultural phenomenon that has become the 8th most watched series on youtube ever? This is not a game that can be ignored by anyone anymore as its Let's Plays (or Let's Scream) have many million viewers each, and almost every kid I know wants to be one of the animatronics for Halloween. It got me wondering whether FNAF's success is part of a larger cultural shift happening at the moment, or whether this is a one-off thing...

Editor's Notes: Exciting Things Ahead for Mobile Gaming

One of the things people always say they love about our podcast is getting a behind the scenes look at TouchArcade and the mobile gaming world. So, unless you're a podcast person, you're missing out on that kind of thing. So, hey, why not apply that same flavor into some kind of recurring thing around here that's quicker to digest than listening to our awesome, but long, podcast? At least it seems like a good idea on paper. I'll try to put one of these up weekly, assuming there's something entertaining to write about, of course...

Telltale continues to deliver on all fronts (maybe, some would say, on too many fronts) and has just announced that it's continuing its saga of the Forrester family with the Game of Thrones [$4.99] fourth episode, Sons of Winter, coming to mobile soon. I don't want to give away what disasters will befall the characters in the fourth episode, but you can go here if you don't mind spoilers. What I can tell you, and it's not a spoiler since you can see it in the images below, there will be dragons!..

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