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Meshi Quest: Five-Star Kitchen [Free] is a new restaurant management game from Square Enix. Meshi Quest is free to play and will let you master more than 200 recipes. The premise is simple and you can spend a few minutes (a single round is two minutes) tapping and dragging to cook. The foods included go all the way from the basic Japanese cuisine to the gourmet stuff. As you'd expect, there's a lot of Sushi, Katsu Curry, and ramen. Check out the launch trailer below:..

Out Now: 'Super Phantom Cat 2', 'War Wings', 'Bottom of the 9th', 'The Girl Who Sold the World', 'Technobabylon', 'Tunnels & Trolls Adventures', 'Piece Out', 'Fast Track', 'Snipers vs Thieves' and More

Welcome to another week full of new iOS games! If you know me even a little bit, you probably won't be surprised to hear that my most anticiapted game this week was Super Phantom Cat 2. Yes, cats and platformers are a combination I can't refuse. I also want to take this opportunity to deliver a Public Service Announcement about the game: It is free to play, with energy timers and all that jazz. HOWEVER, there is an IAP available for 99¢ that will remove ads, and another one for $4.99 that will remove all ads AND energy timers. This isn't very clear in-game, so I figured it was worth mentioning before people got too mad about any freemium shenanigans in what is otherwise an absolutely fantastic sequel to the already great original. If cats and platformers aren't your thing, or you just want MOAR GAMEZ because that's what we do, check out the full list of games below and let us know which games you're picking up!..




Have you finished praying to the RNG gods? Have you performed the necessary sacrifices to appease them? I hope you have because this week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is all about randomness. Encounter at the Crossbones gives you a random class and a random deck and wishes you good luck, which you'll definitely need. This brawl might have a different name than the older Encounter at the Crossroads, but they are pretty similar. The change in the name probably has to do with the brawl's emphasis on the new Knights of the Frozen Throne expansion. Specifically, the decks include many of the newer cards, and all the decks seem to come with the Death Knight of the class you were assigned...

Friends, Telltale's games are a bit like Pringles potato chips: once you consume one, you immediately hunger for more, devouring another and another until you ralph all over Jared's brand new loafers. Or something. Look, we're not here to talk about the TouchArcade Staff Beach Party. No, we're here for something everyone can enjoy, without that nasty sand-in-your-suit after-party. It's time to talk sales. Discounts. Price plunges. Budget relief. Take your pick of terms, but be careful. Clementine will remember that. Anyway, those fearless purveyors of story-based games Telltale are running a pretty sweet sale on just about every game they offer. It's a good time to load up on the ones you're missing...

Pearl Abyss' 'Black Desert Mobile' Gets a Teaser Video Finally Showing off Some Gameplay

Pearl Abyss, the team behind the popular MMORPG Black Desert Online has finally posted some informaton about the mobile version. Black Desert Mobile is a smartphone MMORPG based on the Black Desert Online IP. The team posted a short teaser video that has gameplay including mining, fishing, and some combat. There's also horse riding shown off and the engine used here is one built for mobile platforms and not the one powering Black Desert Online on PC. While all the clips are pretty short in the teaser, you can see some interesting things like the short draw distance while riding a horse and how damage numbers are displayed in combat. Watch the gameplay teaser below:..

'Brawl Stars' Character Changes Coming Soon

By all accounts Brawl Stars will be the next hit by Supercell. The team-based real-time fighting game is by the makers of both Clash of Clans [Free] and Clash Royale [Free] and has attracted quite a player base in soft launch. Supercell is continually tweaking the game to get things as fair and balanced as possible before release. They announced some character balances coming soon and this time, they are undoing some prior changes that put too much emphasis on adjusting based on win rate. They are now looking more at how often a particular brawler is used across all of the game's modes of play and trophy ranges as a better gauge on what needs tweaking. To this end, they announced a slew of changes to nine different characters. It looks like a solid attempt to make the less popular characters more inviting and to knock some of the super stars back to the pack...

Guild of Dungeoneering [$2.99] is one of those games whose appeal is hard to explain in words. It's kind of a card game, a little bit of a roguelite, and a healthy dose of dungeon building. Although it wasn't born on mobile, it's a natural fit for the platform. It's also been well-supported by its developer, receiving two large expansions in the one year and change since it released on mobile. During that time, its price didn't just stay at the same level it launched at, it actually increased with each update. Well, I don't know what the occasion is, but you can get the game right now at a discount for the first time ever...

As much as the impending 32-bit Appocalypse has been a time for somber reflection on some of the best mobile games that will be rendered unplayable come iOS 11, it has also been encouraging to see how many developers are taking up the formidable and definitely not cost-effective task of updating their titles to be 64-bit compatible. Beloved creative geniuses Simogo are one such example, as the Swedish developer underlined earlier this year how all of their games would eventually receive an update that would modernise them for iOS 11. Today, Simogo's incredibly innovative and infection rhythm puzzle release Beat Sneak Bandit [$2.99] joins fan favourites Kosmo Spin [$2.99] and Bumpy Road [$2.99], as the game has not only been updated with 64-bit compatibility, but also has received a full screen support for gamers on an iPhone 5 or above...

New iOS Games On Our Forums: 'Piece Out', 'Portal Walk', 'Technobabylon', and Tons More

I'm posting this a bit earlier in the day than I usually do, as I've got a funeral to go to this morning... So it's possible we're missing a few bigger games which typically pop up a bit later in the morning on Wednesday. So, to catch those stragglers before we post our full roundup this evening, definitely keep an eye on our forums where games typically get posted quickly after they appear on the App Store. On a more positive note, today is National Bratwurst Day, which I'll totally be celebrating this evening by grilling some brats with Giardiniera in them, which our local grocery store makes in house. They're the bees knees...

'Brawl Stars' Wants Your Feedback to Improve the Game

The very entertaining Brawl Stars continues to be in a limited soft launch, and it continues to improve. Supercell now wants to hear from all of you in order to continue improving the game. If you go to the News page in the game, you'll make your way to the Player Experience Survey where you can talk about what you like about the game and to help the developers figure out how to improve a game that's still being build as we speak. Keep in mind that not everyone gets to complete the survey. The survey is only looking for responses from people who fit a specific profile, probably being of a specific age group or from a specific country...

'D&D Beyond' Is Live, and It's a Great 'Dungeons & Dragons' Digital Toolset

Dungeons & Dragons players, good news. D&D Beyond, the official digital toolset of the classic game, is now live, so there's nothing stopping you from creating all kinds of crazy characters and starting your next game. This digital toolset uses 5th edition rules and brings along the rules compendium, character builder, interactive digital character sheets, and much more. You can now play with digital versions of every official D&D sourcebook within the compendium, which is a pretty amazing resource. At this moment, you can only access the digital toolset through your browser since the native mobile apps haven't yet launched (they should be coming in the near future). However, I've been using the toolset on my phone browser and it works pretty well...

'Sonic Mania' First Impressions - The True 'Sonic 4' Has Arrived, and I'm Begging You Sega, I Need It On Mobile

In July of last year, we posted the debut trailer for Sonic Mania, a brand new game in the Sonic franchise that was a throwback to the speedy blue mascot's glory days of the 16-bit era. While the game wasn't officially announced for mobile, there were a couple of reasons I wanted to share that trailer with our audience. First, I'm a huge Sonic fan and simply wanted to make sure other huge Sonic fans saw the news. Second was that it felt like the fitting next chapter to a saga that really began on mobile in the first place. Heading up the Sonic Mania development was Christian Whitehead, a long-time Sonic fan and prominent member of the Sonic fan community who really became known outside of those circles when he unveiled a prototype for a mobile remastering of Sonic CD way back in July of 2009...

There's nothing like some fresh success to shake off the sting of failure, just ask Niantic who are coming off a very successful event in Yokohama, Japan. The makers of Pokemon GO [Free] released some impressive information about Pikachu Outbreak, which was host to over two-million fans of the game from around the world. Hundreds of thousands of trainers traveled to various parks across the city and took part in major events at the appropriately named Pokemon GO Park. Combined, trainers managed to catch over 120 million Pokemon which includes more than 15 million individual Pikachu. That's some serious catch-them-all action...

Surreal Adventure Game 'Karma.Incarnation 1' Coming to iOS August 24th

We've written quite a few times about the upcoming surreal adventure game Karma.Incarnation 1, the port of the PC game with the same name, which, after making its way to Android a few months back, is now ready to finally come to iOS on August 24th. In Karma.Incarnation 1 you try to rescue your beloved, who's been abducted by evil spirits. And you decide that the best way to go about doing that is turning into a ferocious dragon. However, things don't go as planned and, instead, you end up as a worm called Pip, definitely not the most powerful creature in the world. In order to rescue your beloved, you have to travel across a lovely, psychedelic world and solve puzzles as you try and learn the laws of Karma...

The 'Dungeon Raid' Eulogy - The Best 32-Bit Games That Will Die With iOS 11

Spending hours compiling the list of 32-bit games that are set to die with iOS 11 was an immensely difficult task, not simply because of the sheer number of games, but also because of the fond memories I have of so many of the titles that are sadly facing the chop next month. While there are a number of games that I could single out, and many that I intend to put a spotlight on in the coming weeks, Dungeon Raid [$0.99] remains the most prominent example of a pivotal and influential App Store release that will be disappearing when the 32-bit Appocalypse comes around. Beloved by the iOS gaming community, critics and casual iPhone users alike, Fireflame Games' App Store debut was a slick, detailed and impossibly irresistible puzzle RPG amalgam. Even though it originally released in 2011, Dungeon Raid remains as fun and as playable today. However, despite over six years since its emergence on the App Store, very few mobile puzzle games have managed to replicate the compelling formula that Dungeon Raid perfected, and it'll be incredibly sad to see it fade into obscurity...

If you've watched any episodes of Game of Thrones, you'll know that it all comes down to who gets to wear that crown, and the upcoming Crown Throwdown is similarly obsessed with that piece of metal but in a different way. This fast-paced fighting game has you trying to get that crown off the head of your opponent and onto the head of its rightful wearer (you, of course). The one who wears the crown yields the power necessary to eliminate his enemies, so it's important to ensure that no matter what, that crown rests nicely on your head. As you would expect, you get to pick one of several silly characters including Jack Hughman (I wonder who that guy is supposed to be), Harry the skeleton, Blobert the Blob, and more...

Square Enix's 'Flame Vs Blaze' MOBA Beta Registration Is Now Open

A few months ago we wrote about Square Enix's Flame Vs Blaze, a mobile MOBA game that's been exclusive to Japan but is now coming to this side of the world. And if you want to be among the first to try it out, you're in luck because the registration for the closed beta is now open (though only for the US and Canada), and you can sign up for it here. Flame Vs Blaze is a 3v3 MOBA with quite a team behind it, including Producer Hironori Okayama (Kingdom Hearts Unchained x), Director Yuji Abe (Final Fantasy XIII series) and character designer Gen Kobayashi (The World Ends With You). The game has some interesting features that help it stand out from most other MOBAs. For instance, when you defeat monsters in the field, they become your allies and assist you either directly or indirectly...

Supercell has been celebrating Clash of Clan [Free] fifth anniversary with all kinds of events both in and out of the game, and today the developer is working together with Facebook to bring the game's Builder into the "real world." Specifically, when you use Facebook's camera, you have access to an AR filter that places the Builder in the real world (where he will hammer things non-stop). And if you turn the camera around, you can, of course, make yourself look like the Builder. I can see the AR Builder becoming quite popular with fans of the game since you can set up all kinds of silly photos with the little round guy hammering away...

Butterscotch Shenanigans' Crashlands [$2.99] came out early last year, and was easily among the best games we played. They actually succeeded in making a crafting game that could be enjoyed by people who aren't really that into crafting games. I'm not sure how they did it, and it wouldn't surprise me if a monkey's paw was involved, but either way Shaun digs deep into the magic that is Crashlands in his review. Not only was the game well received critically, but judging by today's news it also did well financially: Crashlands has passed 500,000 copies sold, and with that the game has gone on sale to celebrate...

'Iron Marines', by 'Kingdom Rush' Developer, Releases September 14th

Ironhide Game Studios, the developer behind the excellent Kingdom Rush series, is getting ready to release the much-awaited Iron Marines on September 14th, and I personally can't wait. Iron Marines is a complex real-time strategy game that will have you completing some fun missions like hacking supercomputers, rescuing civilians, holding your ground against all odds, and much more. You'll be controlling a (very colorful) army consisting of units such as rangers, snipers, flamethrowers, and so on. In addition to your basic units, the game will also allow you to get your hands on things like intelligent mines, turrets, napalm rockets, ricocheting blasts, and all kinds of other crazy weapons that should make for some fun tactical decisions...

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