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PAX Prime 2015: NetEase's 'Eternal Arena' Combines MOBAs with Action-RPG Structure

NetEase is definitely keeping busy. The Chinese publisher is expanding rapidly into the US, and their presence at PAX Prime 2015 had them showing off the recently-released Speedy Ninja [Free], along with a few other games, including a pair of artsy puzzle games that will be free without IAP...

PAX Prime 2015: 'Antihero' is 'Hero Academy' Meets 4X Strategy

The name Antihero is certainly ironic, as it draws immediate inspiration from Hero Academy [Free]. I got a demo of the game on iPad at PAX Prime 2015, and it needs to be on your radar. The premise of the game is that you are commanding a team of Victorian rapscallions who are trying to defeat their opponent by getting 3 victory points on the mean streets of Victorian England. To do so, you can attain points by assassinating targets, by taking over a church with urchin units to gain a victory point that can be lost, or by buying a victory point if you have the currency to do so. ..




PAX Prime 2015: 'Blade: Sword of Elysion', 'Chronoblade', and the Free-to-Play Action-RPG Formula

My PAX Prime 2015 was particularly nutty thanks to my only being there for Saturday and Sunday, and trying to squeeze in as many meetings as I could without dying running around the byzantine labyrinth that is the Washington State Convention Center. But thanks to a scheduling quirk, I had a couple of meetings back-to-back to check out a couple of hack 'n slash action-RPGs in Blade: Sword of Elysion and Chronoblade, and it really brought to light just how much the free-to-play formula is causing these games to become not bad, but just way too similar...

PAX Prime 2015: 'Dungelot Shattered Lands' is Fun, but Could it be More Fun When Streaming the Game?

The eclectic and increasingly prolific publisher tinyBuild Games has a busy slate in the coming months, and that includes a few interesting mobile games. PAX Prime 2015 saw them showing off the next Dungelot game from Red Winter Software, Dungelot: Shattered Lands. The demo they had on hand at PAX Prime 2015 showed that there would be more of the game's Minesweeper-style tile-uncovering and monster-battling action – and as a premium game this time around – with new elements like crafting involved. It's familiar but instantly pretty fun, and promises to be a deeper experience than the previous 2 games in the series. One cool thing that's coming to the desktop version of the game is integration with Twitch where viewers can interact with the game and influence the events that happen to the streamer. tinyBuild wants this to come to mobile, it is only a question in a technical capacity of how to do so, and they are reaching out to try and make this a reality. ..

Touchstone Tavern #14 - Your Weekly 'Hearthstone' News Roundup

And it's out, finally! As of last Monday, we've all started playing with Hearthstone's [Free] new toys, the 132-card The Grand Tournament expansion which has been welcomed by most players as it has given us new ways to play the game, new deck ideas to think about, and in general, made the game more fun. Now, I don't know whether TGT will radically change the meta or whether we'll just see a few cards fitting into existing decks; it's really too early to tell that because we'll need to wait until the dust settles and new decks are designed, put to the test, and seen how they fare. I'm hopeful that we won't go back to the Face Hunter domination of old, but I'm slightly worried that Patron Warrior decks will still dominate, especially if that Mr. Frothing Berserker doesn't get a nerf soon...

Update Mondays: 'Geometry Dash', 'Demon's Rise', 'Angry Birds 2', 'DomiNations', And More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. An odd mix this week, to be sure, but I think I've found a nice little grab-bag of updates for your consideration. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper Social [Free], the watchlist in the TouchArcade App [Free], or by participating in the TouchArcade forums, but this weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

To be blunt, I've never really played Magic The Gathering to any significant degree to understand it on more than a surface "this is a collectable card game" level. But based on a demo of Magic: the Gathering - Puzzle Quest at PAX Prime 2015, it seems like fans of the long-running card game franchise have something to look forward to here. Expect a structure very similar to Marvel Puzzle Quest [Free], but with MtG premise and rules, where you actually roll in to battle with your hero character and a deck of cards you can summon and use in battle by making your gem matches on the puzzle board. Summoned creatures will attack other creatures and eventually the opposing hero, with the goal being to run down their health. ..

PAX Prime 2015: 'Galak-Z: Variant Mobile' Shows Promise, but Raises Questions

It was a bit of a surprise when Galak-Z was anounced for mobile, just because it didn't seem like the kind of game that would land on mobile, but I welcome developers trying to bring their cool games to mobile whenever possible. GungHo, the publisher of 17-Bit's mobile adaptation of the game, retitled Galak-Z: Variant Mobile, had an early playable version at their booth, and it certainly seems like something to keep an eye on. This is a roguelike-style action game, where you command a space fighter that uses Asteroids-esque thrusting mechanics to fly around and blast baddies, complete with objectives to play through in the procedurally-generated world. Dungeons exist as things like abandoned space stations, and often have upgrades if you complete the objectives within. ..

PAX Prime 2015: Versus Evil Demos Impressive Roguelike 'Bedlam' and 'The Banner Saga 2'

Publisher Versus Evil had a bunch of games at PAX Prime 2015, and while none were demoing on mobile specifically, a couple of games based on the engine for The Banner Saga [$9.99] are on their way to mobile, with Bedlam and The Banner Saga 2, and the development of Guild of Dungeoneering continues onward, with a mobile version in the future...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Sage Solitaire'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

The official App Store Twitter account is pretty awesome. Far from being just some robot arbitrarily tweeting out links to new games, you can tell that whoever runs the account gives it a lot of personality in the various apps and games that it chooses to talk about. Something that I believe is a new thing the App Store Twitter is doing is posting quick behind the scenes videos about some of the best iOS games. The first ones that I've seen are for the just-released Lara Croft GO [$4.99] and last week's massive hit Horizon Chase [$2.99]...

Two New 'Prevail' Videos Show Off Jetpacking, Using Spells, and Causing General Mayhem

I'll tell you what, it was like an actual miracle that Johnny Two Shoes' open-world space exploration game Prevail was resurrected about a month ago after being left untouched for more than two years. It was one of my most anticipated games back in the day, and I was pretty crushed when it looked as though the project would never see the light of day. Now, just in the past week there have been two new videos posted showing off various aspects of Prevail, and it feels like Christmas. First check out this brief video showing off how the jetpack works as the game's protagonist gets in a gunfight with an enemy ship...

New 'Z-Exemplar' Video Showcases an Option for Smooth Ship Movement

In case you haven't noticed, I've been beating the Z-Exemplar drum pretty loudly the last few months. What can I say, I'm excited for its release! As you probably know Z-Exemplar is a side-scrolling shoot 'em up that developer Suminell Studios is currently working on. You can mash away at this link for all our previous coverage. ..

New Teaser Video for Godzilab's 'Pirate Power' Focuses on Combat

Godzilab struck gold a little over three years ago with their sickeningly adorable (I mean that in a good way) town-building game Happy Street [Free]. With dozens upon dozens of different shopfronts, characters and mini-games to flesh out your happy little street with, Happy Street sucked in tons of players in a big way, myself included. In the midst of releasing near-constant updates for Happy Street, Godzilab has been working on a follow-up title called Pirate Power, which was soft-launched in late June. It takes many of the town-building aspects of Happy Street but puts a greater emphasis on exploration and combating enemies. This brand new trailer gives us a look at that combat portion of Pirate Power...

Yesterday Apple sent out official invites for a media event to be held in San Francisco on September 9th, where they're expected to introduce the new models of iPhone and possibly several other things. One of the biggest rumors surrounds a completely revamped Apple TV. As I joked in the post yesterday, a new Apple TV–and I mean truly new, with an App Store and games and everything–has been rumored for years and years now, and has never actually come to fruition. However, the leaks and info coming out over the past several months almost positively points to a new Apple TV being unveiled on September 9th, and this latest batch of news from TechCrunch is especially interesting from a gaming perspective...

One of the best games of 2014, Out There [$1.99], got an update not long ago adding new visuals, music, and a bunch of new content in its "Omega Edition" update. And now, if you've wanted to play the game for yourself at a way-too-cheap price, well, the game's on sale for $1.99 this weekend. Definitely pick it up at that price – it was a fantastic game even before the new content was added in...

Retro-Modern Flying Game 'PixWing' Coming September 10th

Back in June we caught wind of a lovely looking upcoming flying game called PixWing from developer RymPow Team, which is comprised of folks who also worked on This War of Mine [$14.99 (HD)] at 11-bit Studio. What really caught my eye about PixWing was its use of blocky textures giving it a decidedly retro look, but still having massive 3D open worlds to fly around in. It struck a similar type of old-but-modern style that the recent Horizon Chase [$2.99] did so well. I've been excited for PixWing since it was announced, and at long last the game finally has a release date: September 10th, just under two weeks away...

Telltale Releases a Bunch of New 'Minecraft: Story Mode' Screens

With PAX officially kicking off today, Telltale has sent over some new screens and details from their upcoming adventure Minecraft: Story Mode. Seeing as Minecraft is a massive open-ended game where you can pretty much do whatever you want, Telltale is embracing that theme with Story Mode and for the first time in one of their adventure games you'll be able to create and customize your own main character. The main character will always be named Jesse, which makes sense seeing as the game will have a star-studded cast doing voice work and it would be impossible to have them all record every name imaginable, but you will get to choose between male and female characters and a variety of appearance options. Below is a new screen from the game followed by several different versions of "Jesse" that are possible...

Seasonal Ranked Play Announced for 'Vainglory'

August 28th, 2015 11:00 AM EDT by Eric Ford in MOBA, News
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While fans of the game are eagerly awaiting the unveil of Vainglory’s [Free] newest hero, Skye, the folks at Super Evil Megacorp made a pretty significant announcement about the mobile MOBA this morning...

Earlier this year, when Heroes Of Might & Magic 3 - HD Edition [$4.99 (HD)] released for the iPad, I was hoping it would be the start of Ubisoft porting more of the classic Might & Magic games to iOS. The iPad version of the game had its share of quirks, most of which I outlined in my review, but it was a decent enough port of the game for those not interested in playing on their computers. Unfortunately, the game seemed to have stalled out a bit, getting a pretty quick update that introduced more bugs than it killed, followed by months of nothing. Imagine my delight when I saw that the game received a new update today that addresses most of those nasty bugs. Coupled with a sale that drops the price from its regular $9.99 down to $4.99, we might call this Heroes Of Might & Magic 3 HD's second chance...

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