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'The Sandbox : Evolution' Latest Trailer Makes you Feel Creative, Game Launching June 23rd

If you enjoy having the power to create worlds on your mobile device, you can't go wrong with PixOwl's upcoming The Sandbox : Evolution. The game, which is the sequel to the very entertaining The Sandbox [Free], goes bigger and better in all aspects of gameplay. As you can see from the trailer below, the game offers the ability to create your own worlds by utilizing weather systems, electricity, and much more. In addition to the sandbox aspect,, the game also lets you create pixel art masterpieces (art talent not included), offers the ability to create, play, and share game levels, and more...

Hello, friends. I hope you all had a great weekend, possibly honoring your father, being honored by your kids, or none of the above. My son and I celebrated the occasion by scouring used game shops for SEGA Saturn games, and let me tell you, we hit a jackpot. Everyone has their own way of marking occasions like these, however, and prolific publisher Crescent Moon Games has chosen to do so with a sale on a number of their games. Some of these games rarely go on sale, so now is your chance to scoop up anything you might have your eye on...




TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Adventure Company'

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...

'POLYFORGE' Brings the Zen Back to the App Store This July

The App Store and mobile gaming in general can have a legitimate claim to pioneer many aspects of the medium that are, in 2016, taken for granted. The obvious ones may be popularising touch screens, gyroscopic controls or the freemium/IAP focused monetisation system, however personally following the iOS scene for so long has shown to me how video games can be more of a transcendental experience. Zen Bound [$2.99] and its sequel by Secret Exit were the key examples of this - a soothing musical score coupled with calming yet stimulating gameplay and visuals created something that was more than the sum of its parts. POLYFORGE - A Symphony of Shapes, Sound and Color by Impact Blue Studios appears to be aiming for a similar experience, and the developers have released a trailer showing off its unique style and mechanics:..

'Hot Guns' Looks Action-Packed, and It's Beta Testing Soon

Quantized Bit, makers of the fun Volt [$0.99] and Prison Run and Gun [$1.99], are working on the 2D action game Hot Guns, and they're getting ready to do a TestFlight beta. But first, why should you care? Well, this thing's got loads of explosions, exploding helicopters, pixel art and all the fun stuff that you want from an action game. Oh, and the iOS version's going to have MFi controller support...

'Teeter' is a Game of Balance and Patience

The Frosty Pop Corps has quietly been making some solid casual games for the past year or so, and the studio is set to release another entertaining game, Teeter. This is the second in what they're calling their "Balls Trilogy" – a name I'm sure FishdixGaming who streams with us appreciates – that started with Walls and Balls [Free]. That game is a fun mini-golf-esque title, where Teeter has you lifting up two sides of a board using each thumb to guide the ball upward, trying to get it into the hole. You can't lower either side, so be careful! The game is level-based, but it is really trick to do well at this game, even in the early levels!..

I suspect you've all heard about the increasing hacking attempts on everything and anything currently on the web - from email, Facebook, and Twitter accounts to game-related accounts. In order to minimize hacking risks as much as possible, a good rule of thumb is that if a game offers two-factor authentication (authentication that requires the user to confirm his/her identity in two ways), you should go ahead and turn it on before you find yourself losing either game-related content or even actual money. If you play Hearthstone [Free], you (probably) know that Blizzard already offers two-factor authentication through Battle.net Mobile Authenticator [Free], but a new update has made that authentication even easier to use, and now you really have no excuse not to turn the two-factor identification on...

Sky Force Reloaded [Free] is one of those games that is impressive in a variety of ways. In our review, we were blown away by what we called our 'favorite shoot 'em up in recent memory', and not without reason. It looks beautiful in motion, absolutely nails the core mechanics of a shooter and today it seems that active and receptive developers is another positive trait to add to the list. Infinite Dreams have announced that a new content update in response to forum feedback is due to land onto the App Store next Thursday, and appears to add a nice packet of features that is sure to help mix up the variety of an already essential game...

Kongregate and Codename Entertainment have announced that their popular idle RPG Crusaders of the Lost Idols to mobile in July, with a soft launch right now. You'll have a team of heroes to take into battle, constantly advancing forward, collecting gold and attacking various enemies by clicking and whatnot. Part of what makes this game different from other idle clickers and various similar titles is that you can configure the formation of your heroes in order to help with your onslaught as you so choose. It's an interesting game, and it'll sure to be a great fit on mobile...

Supercell has announced that a balance update is hitting Clash Royale [Free] on Tuesday, June 21st, and it will finally nerf the Hog Rider. That's right, this one-track force of destruction is getting its damage decreased by 6%. Supercell's reasoning:..

It's barely been a week since the surprise release of Heroes of Loot 2 [$3.99] on the App Store, and despite receiving rave reviews - including featuring as our Game of the Week - developers OrangePixel haven't rested on their laurels. In the next few days, an update for the excellent arcade dungeon crawler will be released and features a whole host of new content coupled with a variety of fixes and changes that will help improve and refine what was already one of the best iOS games of the year thus far...

Upcoming 'Battlefleet Gothic: Leviathan' Releases First Gameplay Trailer

One of the games I'm really looking forward is Battlefleet Gothic: Leviathan, the turn-based strategy game based on the tabletop miniatures game, Battlefleet Gothic. While we still don't know when the game will be coming out - it's currently in closed beta - the new gameplay trailer offers another glimpse at this Warhammer 40,000 game and all its space glory. You can see the customization screens that show off the various spaceships in all their detail, and the battle screen with the weapon arcs and other similar details. I really like the dice-falling-from-the-sky touch that shows how you can cleverly incorporate what is an essential part of the tabletop game into a digital game and make it feel like it belongs on screen...

'Battle Cars' Is a Top-Down Racing Game With Cross-Platform Multiplayer Coming Next Week

If you enjoy fast, top-down racing games that remind you of the classic Micromachines V3 game, then Battle Cars was probably made for you. The upcoming game from Dracoders wears its Micromachines influence on its sleeve (or the game's forum page) and aims to bring real-time multiplayer fun to iOS and Android. The game has the characteristic top-down camera view of classic racing games and comes with 10 tracks, various power-ups, fully upgradeable cars, a career mode, and 4 weapons with which to gently hinder your opponents' progress...

As awesome as the App Store can be for gamers, it can be a very cruel place for those making the games. There are so many new releases every week and such a massive stockpile of evergreen titles that a lot of truly excellent titles get lost in the shuffle. Yet, in many of those cases, the developer keeps on updating and adding to those games, improving the experience even if it's just for a small group of users. I have to respect that kind of passion and care, and it's one of my favorite things about this little hobby we all share. Combat Monsters [Free], from Great Little War Game [$4.99] developer Rubicon, is one of those cases. It's a great game that for whatever reason didn't quite catch on the way it deserved to, but the developer keeps improving it anyway...

For how much sway it has in overall global mobile market, the Japanese App Store remains a relatively inscrutable sector for Western publishers. Just as games like Monster Strike [Free], Colopl Rune Story [Free], and Million Arthur have failed to make much of an impact outside of Asia, so too have many of the usual Western suspects struggled in Japan. There are lots of reasons for that, but the market is so valuable that in spite of numerous misses, no one seems ready to give up trying just yet...

RPG Reload File 083 - 'Rimelands: Hammer Of Thor'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we regularly engage in medieval dumpster diving. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the murky mists of the App Store's past to see how it stands in the judgmental light of the modern day. It's equal parts reflection, reminiscing, and diving deeper than our reviews usually allow for. As the wielder of the sacred nail clippers, I try to choose a balanced plate of games from week to week, but if you feel like I'm missing something essential, please let me know. You can comment below, post in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or tweet me at @RPGReload. You might not see it soon, but I'll add your suggestion to the master list, a prestigious prize if there ever was one...

'Disco Dave' is a Groovy Bouncing High Score Chaser That You Can Beta Test

Amused Sloth, who made the solid Asgard Run [Free] circular endless runner, are about to deliver an interesting little voxel-graphics high-score chaser called Disco Dave. The gameplay will have you bouncing up in the air as a bell-bottoms-wearing, afro-sporting, dudde named Dave. You swipe to move while in the air, and you need to not touch the same color that you just bounced off of. This may seem unfair, but anyone who studied Studio 54 knows that touching the same color tile twice was like the one unforgiveable sin you could commit. That's why the place shut down, they whittled down their numbers too much. As such, Disco Dave strives only for pure disco accuracy...

'Mighty Match' Merges Match 3 and Dungeon Crawling on iOS, Coming Soon

Amidst the ever increasing influx of free to play games that are riddled with timers and in game currency, there has been a backwards reaction from fans and developers alike rejecting this culture and desiring an experience that is immediate and complete from the moment you download it. Even though there are some excellent freemium games such as Clash Royale [Free], and such a pricing model normally has its merits, publisher Playmium have decided to make their own stand. They have pledged to only produce games with zero IAPs that are completely sponsored, meaning you will never have to pay for their releases. Mighty Match is the newest game from the developers, and despite its interesting monetisation, it seems like a very interesting app in its own right...

Cyberpunk Roguelike Twin-Stick Shooter 'Neon Chrome' by 10tons Needs Beta Testers

10tons is a rather accomplished publisher and developer on iOS, in part because they're committed to being as multiplatform as is literally possible. Pretty much every single one of their games releases on desktop, console, and mobile. Their latest game, a roguelike twin-stick shooter called Neon Chrome is no exception. Or, it's about to be. See, the game has already released on console and desktop, but the mobile version is in the works right now. And 10tons needs your help to beta test the game. Check out the thread for the game in the upcoming games forum and sign up here...

Sign up to Beta Test 'Super Stickman Golf 3' Ahead of Release

Noodlecake's Super Stickman Golf 3 is set to release in early July, but the developers need a bit of help from the community in order to make the game perfect for launch. Specifically, they need beta testers to help get the game ready for the global launch. How do you sign up to beta test this one? Easy: just go to the thread in our upcoming games forum, reply, and await further instructions. Since it's Noodlecake, I'm sure a dark mysterious hooded figure will arrive at your doorstep at midnight requesting your email and/or your soul. Worth it, I say...

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