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Hands-On with Bullet Hell Shooter 'Phoenix 2', Soft-Launched in Canada, the Netherlands, and Singapore

Firi Games has had Phoenix 2 in the works for quite a long time, and after we checked out an early version of it back at GDC in March, the game has now officially soft-launched in both the Singapore and Netherlands App Stores. In case you aren't up to speed, the original Phoenix is a vertical shoot 'em up with procedurally-generated levels that launched in the App Store way, way back in October of 2010. It was rough around the edges, but its accessibility and randomly generated nature made it a perfect fit for a mobile game. Phoenix was eventually superseded by Phoenix HD [Free] about a year later, which added revamped HD graphics and a new free to try model. Phoenix HD has been updated a ton over the past five years and continues to be updated to this day. ..

'BATMAN: The Telltale Series' Episode One, 'Realm of Shadows', Releases August 2nd, New Trailer Looks Great

As we wrote about yesterday, Telltale planned to reveal BATMAN: The Telltale Series' release date at some point in this week, and the developer didn't keep us waiting. The first episode of this much-awaited series, titled Realm of Shadows, will be available on iOS and Android on August 2nd. As you can see from the trailer below, the series is trying to explore not just the Dark Knight but the man behind the mask as well, with Alfred, voiced by Enn Reitel, trying to remind Bruce Wayne that there's still a man inside that suit. I'm quite excited about exploring the duality of this complex figure and being able to choose whether to face a problem as Bruce or Batman...




Upcoming Card Game 'Smash Up' Will Let you Mix Up Pirates With Ninja, Robots, and Other Crazy Factions

How does the idea of playing a deck of Zombies and Pirates against your friend's Robots and Ninja sound? I don't know about you, but it sounds like great fun to me. Nomad Games, of Talisman: Digital Edition [$6.99] fame, is bringing Shufflebuilding Smash Up to iOS, so you'll soon be able to bring all those crazy combinations to bear against your opponents. Smash Up comes with a variety of factions, each with a unique 20-card deck, and each of the up to four players gets to pick two factions through a drafting process and then battle for world domination...

Despite an extremely erratic global launch rollout, Pokemon GO [Free] is still not out in Japan. While the perpetual server issues suggest that Niantic are being cautious with what is possibly the most hardcore and fanatical Pokemon loving nation in the world, it is still bizarre that the home of the series still has not received a game that has taken the rest of the world by storm. Thankfully, that wait appears to be over, as according to TechCrunch sources, Pokemon GO is set to launch in Japan tomorrow, ending the long and arduous wait for any Japanese players to go out into the world and catch virtual critters on their smartphones; further launches in Asian regions are also stated to take place later this week...

Hello, gentle listeners, and welcome to a much-belated episode of the RPG Reload Podcast. We're a couple of weeks late this month, and that's partly from tech problems and partly from my strict schedule the last few weeks. It's here now, though, and the good news is that the next episode is just that much sooner. So join me, Eric, and Andy in a very special recording from the halcyon pre-Pokemon Go days as we discuss the latest in three-week-old news and our featured game, Stoic Studios' Banner Saga. We've got a good mix as Eric was playing it for the first time, while Andy had been through the game before when he wrote the TouchArcade review...

If you feel like playing Hearthstone [Free] with friends this week, then you're in luck because Blizzard has given you plenty of reasons to do so. From today until July 24th, Hearthstone is running an event called Friendly Feud where you can complete your quests by playing against your friends. If you've never tried to challenge a friend before, know that you normally don't get credit for winning against a friend - unless it's a specific friend-related quest - so this weekly event will help make playing against friends more than just good practice and a fight for bragging rights. If you don't have any friends, you can use the new Recruit A Friend feature to help people who haven't played the game before join you for some card slinging...

Umbrella Announces Four New Games, with 'Colorpede' Releasing This Week

Umbrella, purveyors of some darn fine microgames, are about to release a torrent of games onto an unsuspecting public. They're getting into publishing, though in a very hands-on role contributing art, design, and code for many titles, to go along with their self-developed titles. They have a quartet of games releasing soon, with the first one releasing on July 20th, entitled Colorpede. This high score chaser has you tapping to swap between two colors to match them on the way down, with the catch being that the colors change after each match. Good luck keeping up with that!..

Over-the-top Wargame 'Heroes of Normandie' Storms the App Store Beaches July 28th

I've been waiting for the upcoming wargame Heroes of Normandie for quite some time now, but the wait is finally coming to an end as the game is set to release July 28th. After first appearing as a boardgame and then moving on to the PC, the game is finally coming to the App Store. The game doesn't try to realistically represent warfare but, instead, goes for a bombastic style reminiscent of classic Hollywood World War II movies. The game offers multiple campaigns and a skirmish mode along with multiplayer - which of course is the part I'm more excited about...

'Big Bang Racing' is a Side-Scrolling Physics Racer with a Level Editor that's Launching Worldwide July 28th

Way back in January of last year, developer Traplight Games announced their mobile game project, a side-scrolling physics racer called What On Earth! where its standout feature was a touchscreen-optimized level editor which would allow the entire game to be based around user-generated content. After beta testing the game for most of 2015, What On Earth! resurfaced in December with a brand new name, Big Bang Racing, and it soft-launched in a few territories. Now, with about half of 2016 behind us, all that work is finally about to pay off when Big Bang Racing launches worldwide on July 28th. Check out how slick the level creation process is in the following trailer...

'Snow Horse' is a Game About a Horse Riding a Snowboard

For far too long, humanity has had to deal with a severe deficiency of games involving snowboarding horses. But that deficiency will soon be corrected, as Chris Figueroa and Kinifi Games' Snow Horse is set to hit iOS on July 28th. The game is pretty much what it says on the tin: you control a snowboarding horse. You plow forward, ever forward, grinding rails and pulling off all manner of tricks on multi-tiered levels, with surprises like the eponymous snowboarding horse crashing into a set of bowling pins. That's right...

When the schedule for San Diego Comic Con first came out a week or so ago, I noticed that there was a Pokemon GO [Free] panel in one of the smaller rooms on Thursday, July 21st. The game had just launched, but it was already becoming a huge hit, so I was pretty sure that there would be crowds of people pushing and shoving to be one of the 480 people to get in the room. Fortunately (and as predicted in the TouchArcade halls), SDCC organizers figured out that the game has become so huge that it deserves to get a place in the SDCC spotlight, so now the panel has moved to the famous Hall H that fits over 6000 people...

Murder Mystery Card Game Mashup 'One Show Only' Arrives on iOS and AndroidAugust 4th

Back in February we checked out an upcoming murder mystery adventure game with a card game component called One Show Only, and both the basic concept for the game and the art style was very interesting to us. In the time since then the game launched on Mac and PC, but today developer Tristan Dahl has announced that the iOS version is approved by Apple and slated for launch on August 4th. In One Show Only you'll play as a detective investigating the alleged murder of a trapeze artist, and you'll do this by interrogating various suspects by playing a card game against them to divulge new information, as you can see in the trailer below...

Another Telltale story for you today (that company is definitely keeping busy) as Minecraft: Story Mode [$4.99] Episode 7, Access Denied, will be coming to your devices July 26th. Telltale's take on the Minecraft universe has been quite successful so far, and now we're at a point where each episode is a pretty self-enclosed narrative with few ties to previous choices in the series. Episode 6 was a murder-mystery story, but Access Denied is going a very different route when Jesse and the crew land in a world controlled by a 'thinking machine' called PAMA. You'll have to try and avoid being captured and assimilated while at the same time trying to free everyone else from the clutches of PAMA...

'Ulduar' Adventure Rumors, Expensive and Cheap Decks, the State of Priest, and More 'Hearthstone' News in 'Touchstone' #56

Welcome to another weekly roundup that helps you keep up with all that's going on in the world of Hearthstone [Free]. This week we have even more whispers of possible themes for the next Adventure, two stories about decklists you can put together depending on whether you're rolling in dust or running out of it, a long article that tries to figure out why Priest is so bad in the competitive environment, info on the latest patch and its new, Murloc Shaman hero, and more. And there's some interesting new video series, for instance one that's all about Hearthstone in VR. With the buzz about an adventure announcement becoming stronger by the day, I'm guessing it won't be long before we start the song and dance of analyzing new cards and trying to figure out how the meta will change. Until then, though, let's talk about this week...

Update Mondays: 'Sky Force Reloaded', 'Marvel Future Fight', 'War Tortoise', 'The Sandbox Evolution', 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. So I was already to go for a full-sized article this week, only to find that this was a pretty quiet week. Oh well, that's how it goes sometimes. 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!..

It's still baffling to see the extent that Pokemon GO [Free] has blown up since its release two weeks ago. Even in relatively quiet suburban towns, everyone is glued to their phones to ensure any elusive Pokemon don't slip under the radar, and in big cities there have been thousands of people gathering for critter hunting en masse. As a result, it was extremely disappointing to see the massive server crashes this weekend, as walks and gatherings were spoilt and effectively rendered pointless, as there were no virtual creatures to throw balls at on the way. These major periods of server downtime are unavoidable - however, some of the smaller bugs and freezes that occur during normal gameplay of Pokemon GO can be avoided or compensated for. Don't let a glitch stop you from catching your ten-thousandth Pidgey; here are the steps you should follow for the most seamless Pokemon catching experience currently possible...

The most frequently asked question and only major decision you'll have to make whilst playing Pokemon GO [Free] is 'what team should I join?'. Your decision, whether that is Blue for Mystic, Red for Valor or Yellow for Instinct, will come to define and mould your experience of playing Pokemon GO, and also cannot be changed after the fateful choice has been made at level five. Owing to the importance of such a decision, make sure before you finally have to make that life-changing selection you are fully prepared, and will not pick a Pokemon team that you will later come to regret. Here are the pivotal steps to ensure you choose the team that truly suits you...

The Pokemon GO [Free] rollout continues, with the game finally releasing in Canada. That's right, the country that often gets games first has been slow to get this one, with many European countries getting the game before the US did. However, now Canadians have official access to the smash-hit craze that's managed to conquer the gaming world. The irony that they had to wait or download accounts in other countries is kind of comical, of course...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Hero Slide'

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...

If you've been enjoying Infinite Dreams' Sky Force Reloaded [Free], which just launched at the beginning of June, then today you have even more of it to enjoy as a brand new update has added a tenth level to the game as well as a new tournament level. This update has been dubbed the "Green Update" because, as you can see in the screen on the left below, the new level 10 has quite the green hue to it. The screen on the right shows the new Tournament stage, which has more of a Mayan or Aztec theme. In addition to these new levels there is also a new ship introduced which "modifies one of your weapons" according to Infinite Dreams...

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