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Friday the 13th is a day where all your frights come out to play, and if you grew up in the 80s and your frights included secluded camps with all kinds of murderers running around unchecked, then Slayaway Camp [$1.99] should be right up your alley. This game has been out for some time now, but it hasn't stopped growing in all kinds of creepy and gory ways, and its developers couldn't resist adding more free content for us on a day like today. There are new, free levels that take place in Hell Camp, the most banned movie ever (according to the developers, of course) where the murderer is a Holy Skullface with his "baptized" gorepack. There are also new killers (these are secret though but I'm sure they are fun), new kill animations, and much more...

I don't want to use the old equivalency argument for App Store pricing - for example, I rely on caffeine to live, and therefore $3.99 for a much-needed coffee is incomparable to a four dollar game. However, there are times when some of the best mobile releases are just so good that prices below ten dollars almost feel like stealing. Death Point [$2.99] was one such title, and its $5.99 cost of entry was a bargain for the awesome stealth shooting action within. In the strange case that you thought six dollars was too much, or perhaps you spent too much money on the other recent excellent 2017 releases, Death Point has today gone on a 50% sale for the first time, and is now available at a measly $2.99...




Sometimes it's easy to take for granted the sheer number of great classic RPGs we can carry around on our phones these days. A big part of that line-up comes from Beamdog and Overhaul's enhanced ports of the classic Infinity Engine PC RPGs from the 1990s. Beginning with Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition [$9.99] back in late 2012, Beamdog and Overhaul have since released iOS versions of Icewind Dale [$9.99], Baldur's Gate 2: Enhanced Edition [$9.99], and earlier this year, Planescape: Torment [$9.99]. Having just recently finished updating all of the games with 64-bit iOS 11 support, the publisher appears to be celebrating with a sale on all of their iOS releases...

RPG Reload Glossary: The Dark Souls of This Series, or Action-RPGs in the 2010s

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where we always do it by torchlight. This week, we're concluding our look at the history of the action-RPG sub-genre. Last time, we took a look at the games of the late 2000s, a period where more and more action games were incorporating RPG mechanics, but few traditional action-RPGs made many waves. With Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts series somewhat lost in the spin-off woods and Blizzard busy rolling around in stacks of World of Warcraft money, the sub-genre found itself lacking in high-profile hits. While a new Diablo would arrive soon enough, the new flag-bearer for the genre came from a somewhat unlikely source...

Sentinels of the Multiverse [$6.99], the popular card game with a thousand heroes and villains and a billion expansions (only slight exaggeration), is celebrating its 3rd anniversary this week, and as is to expected, it's dropping prices and offering deals for all those who either haven't bought the game yet or haven't bought the zillion expansions (again, only slight exaggeration). So, the base game is now at its lowest price ever, $.99 cents (down from $6.99), Season 1—which includes 7 expansions, 11 new heroes, 19 villains, and 11 environments— is 40% off ($14.99), and all standalone expansions are cheaper by a dollar. As you can see, this anniversary is the perfect time to either grab or expand the game for pretty cheap...

Imagine you are home, but there's no time to rest because zombies are coming your way, and they want to get in through those windows and doors you forgot to board up. This is the scenario of the FPS augmented reality game ARZombi [$0.99], which puts you in the shoes of a lone man trying to defend from wave after wave of zombies. The ARKit on your phone turns your windows and doors into AR portals, and you'll have to quickly board them up, and if that fails, take out any zombies that come in through them. You'll use whatever weapons you can get your hands on, including miniguns and grenades, all the while defending those doors and windows. And, in a clever gameplay twist, when you want a break or want to get some health back, you just sit down and grab a slice of pizza to increase your health...

Discord [Free], the chat platform with over 45 million monthly users and—more importantly—TouchArcade readers' latest home, continues to grow both in features but also in importance within the larger gaming communities, and today's update is an important step towards further legitimacy. Starting today, Discord will provide Verified Servers to developers so that players will know which server is the official one for their favorite games. These verified servers will come with customizable splash pages, vanity URLs (which will make them easier to find), and more. Developers such as Mojang, Supercell, and many others have already been verified, and I'm sure many more are coming...

Third-Person Bank Robbery Shooter 'Armed Heist' Soft-Launches in Sweden

If you follow along with our Upcoming Games Forum, which you totally should if you care about being on the cutting edge of what's coming out for mobile, then you may have seen a thread that was posted late last month for a game from developer Sozap called Armed Heist. It's a third-person cover-based shooter centered around robbery, similar to something like the Payday series, and it tasks you with becoming the best gosh darned armed robber in the world. Not the noblest of endeavors, but it sure makes for some fun gaming. At the time of the forum posting, Armed Heist didn't have a trailer that was ready for public consumption, but some animated .gifs and a brief video showing some in-game footage of a beta version showed a lot of promise. Now, Sozap has prepared an official public trailer for Armed Heist which you can see below...

'Lineage 2: Revolution' Up to 1 Million Pre-Registered Players Already, Grab Your Nickname While You Can

Lineage 2: Revolution, the upcoming MMORPG based on the PC game Lineage 2, is still at the pre-registration stage but is already creating quite the buzz. The game already has over 1 million players pre-registered, and it has apparently topped the charts in places like Japan and South Korea. While that pre-registration number is sure to please the game's developers, it's also a good sign for players, since it shows that this MMORPG will launch to populated servers. The game needs to have lots of players because it offers the kinds of experiences we don't see on mobile, like 200-player castle sieges, real-time 50v50 PvP Fortress Sieges, and in general is a game that's all about the massive part of MMORPG...

We Bare Bears, the entertaining Cartoon Network show with a pretty big following—especially among the younger ones—is coming to mobile in the form of a game called We Bare Bears: Burrito Bash [Free]. The show, which is all about three bear brothers living among people as if nothing is weird about that, is quite silly in a good way, and it looks like that silliness is coming to Burrito Bash. In the game, Gizz, Panda, and Ice Bear (my favorite, of course) are dying to win an online burrito contest, so they decide to do what every bear would do: strap Grizz into a bumper car in an attempt to film the greatest action movie in history. What wouldn't bears do for a burrito, right?..

Hearthstone [Free] is famous for having some crazy card interactions, but it's also infamous for having some of those interactions resolve in unpredictable ways, which often messes with player decisions and frustrates players (and might even affect the outcomes of matches). Players have been calling for these interaction issues to be fixed, and it looks like the developers are finally starting to remedy those issues. In a video today, Josh Durica, Hearthstone Gameplay Engineer, talked about some improvements coming to the game. The first rule change is in order for "after" triggers to activate, the card needs to be present for the original action. So, when a Wild Pyromancer is summoned by a spell, it won't trigger because it wasn't present at the beginning of the action...

The Syrian refugee crisis might not be dominating our TVs like it did a few months back, especially in Europe, but it's still ongoing and still tragic. Bury me, my Love, an award-winning game that uses the trope of instant messaging to tell the story of a Syrian refugee, hopes to remind people of the ongoing plight of millions of Syrians when it launches for iOS and Android on October 26th. Bury me, my Love tells the story of Nour and her husband Majd. Nour sets on the perilous journey to Europe and safety, following in the footsteps of millions, but Majd stays back in Syria, and the only way he can help his wife is through an instant-messaging app...

Plague Inc. [$0.99], or as I often call it the mass-murder simulator, has been going strong for many years now, letting otherwise-kind players plan and execute global extermination. The very popular and successful game continues to grow, and very soon it will get three new official scenarios that will challenge the best mass murderers among you. The first one looks to the past and to the 1990s Mad Cow Disease, which almost shut down the beef industry and took your beloved burgers away from you for a while. Although it was a relatively short incident, it did let people see how fragile the meat industry is. Well, in the new scenario, Mad Cow Disease is making a comeback as the developers try and imagine how such an outbreak would look like today...

From the Forums: Is 'The Talos Principle' on iOS the Best Version of the Game Yet?

It certainly has been an exciting few weeks for iOS gaming. While 2017 has, on the whole, being an incredibly strong year for the platform, the onset of iOS 11 has resulted in a couple of huge surprise releases that have eclipsed everything else in their wake. The Witness [$9.99] brought Jonathan Blow's vibrant and challenging puzzler to the smaller screen in what can only be described as a phenomenal technical achievement, and this week The Talos Principle [$4.99] marked the latest - and hopefully not the last - major indie port for mobile devices. While there are hundreds of other reviews for the game that you can easily find online, as well as the official TouchArcade review hitting your screens soon, it's no secret that The Talos Principle is an excellent puzzle title that is more than worth the $4.99 from a gameplay perspective. However, the most pressing question for mobile gamers, and especially those who may already own the game on other consoles, is whether this iOS iteration is a fitting tribute to its incredible source material. To help, I've enlisted the assistance of the TouchArcade forums to share their thoughts on The Talos Principle on iPhone and iPad...

Earlier this week, the folks over at Super Evil Megacorp released the latest update to their mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free] . In addition to the requisite balance changes to heroes, items, and talents, Version 2.9 sees the release of new skins (including Halloween themed ones), new items, significant changes to vision, and the launch of the newest hero the Churnwalker...

Civilization building intersects collectible-card gaming in Age of Rivals [$3.99], a two-player game that is, for my money, one of the best games of the year. Age of Rivals is a card-drafting game where you must choose your path to victory. You can seek military prowess, economic dominance, cultural supremacy, or a more balanced path and one of the virtues of the game are its many routes to victory. The game is well worth a try, especially now that it has its first content expansion. The Conflict of Faith expansion brings 18 new cards, a brand new campaign, 6 new challenge levels to conquer as well as various gameplay improvements. Check out our forum thread for the complete list of additions in this awesome additional expansion for Age of Rivals...

At long last Smash Up [$4.99], a unique card battler, has arrived in the Apple Store. Nomad Games has been steadily working on a digital version of tabletop hit for some time and you can now play the results. In Smash Up there are nine playable factions including zombies, ninjas, pirates, dinosaurs, and robots. Each faction has its own deck which boasts cards with unique abilities and a distinct play style. You start the game by taking turns drafting two of these factions into service and shuffling the two decks together into what is hopefully a powerful 40-card alliance fit to take down your opponents. We wrote about Smash Up's impending mobile launch last week, but the game has finally released onto the App Store today...

Despite Pokemon GO [Free] being very much the flag-bearer of augmented reality games on the App Store, its relationship with this pioneering new(ish) technology is a somewhat complicated one. As well as being a major source of battery drain, the AR features within the game actually made it harder to catch any colorful creatures, and so the vast majority of Pokemon Trailers I've spoken to turned off the feature within days, if not minutes. It's probably not too outlandish to claim that the vast majority of gamers who do still play Pokemon GO using AR simply do not know there is an option to turn it off - and the game isn't any less engrossing as a result. That being said, there have been some really neat (and awkwardly hilarious) AR photos from the game over the past few months, and Niantic are holding a competition for the best Pokemon GO pictures on Instagram in an attempt to truly bring Cyndaquil, Drowzee and others into the real world...

Out Now: 'The Talos Principle', Dragon Hills 2', 'Into the Dead 2', 'Beyond Oasis', 'Taichi Panda 3', 'San Giorli', 'cmplt', 'Train Bandit', 'Blocksy' and More

It's that time of week where we round up the best new iPhone and iPad game releases of the past 7 days. While it's not a big week in terms of number of games, it's quite high up there in terms of quality. With the semi-surprise release of The Talos Principle, along with the release of The Witness a few weeks ago, we are plenty covered in terms of atmospheric, graphically impressive first-person puzzle adventures. We are GOOD. Dragon Hills 2 is a sequel to a favorite of mine that looks bigger and better in every way, as is Into the Dead 2. And finally Sega Forever has blessed us with the reissue of classic 16-bit RPG Beyond Oasis. And plenty more too, so check out the full list of games below and let us know in the comments which games you've got your eye on...

'Arena of Valor' US/Canada Pre-registration Is Live

Arena of Valor, Tencent's huge MOBA also known as Honor of Kings in China, has been available in Europe for a few weeks now, and today it looks like a US and Canada release is getting closer. If you're one of the many, many players anxiously waiting to get their hands on this super-popular game, you'll be glad to know that you can now pre-register for the US and Canada, and pre-registering gets you some nice rewards. You will get a limited skin for the hero Ormarr as well as 108 gems and double experience card when pre-registrations reach 100,000 (which I'm prety sure they will). And if you get 5 friends to pre-register too, you get a Level 3 Arcana chest as a thank you from the developers. The page doesn't provide any hints regarding a release date, but it can't be too far into the future...

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