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Square Enix and DeNA's new social RPG, Final Fantasy: Record Keeper [Free], just came out in English, but it's been available in Japan for several months. I like the game quite a bit and have been playing it almost every day, which means I'm hopefully well-equipped to give any starting players some pointers on getting the hang of the game. You can consider this guide something of a starter manual for the game, covering some of the important strategies you'll need to get yourself established in the world of Record Keeper, but it will also help you over the long term as new features are added to the international version of the game. Let's mosey!..

‘Final Fantasy: Record Keeper’ Hits the US App Store

Well folks, after an acclaimed review, a behind-the-scenes interview with its producers, and a thorough exploration on the longevity of the game, Final Fantasy: Record Keeper is finally (pun intended) available on the US App Store...

Out Now: 'Silly Sausage in Meat Land', 'Fast & Furious: Legacy', 'Dungeon of Madness', 'Breath of Light', 'Jump'N'Shoot Attack' and More

Welcome to another night/morning of new iOS game releases. We're all kind of just sitting around, waiting for the US release of Final Fantasy Record Keeper, which has yet to show up but should be arriving sometime later tonight or early tomorrow. We think. You never really know how these big-name releases will go. We will definitely sound the alarm once it's available. In the meantime, there's a bunch of cool stuff in the list below, so as always dig through everything and let us know which games you'll be picking up...

Both of the big WWE games are getting new content. First we got word of WWE Immortals [Free] getting Stone Cold Steve Austin, and now WWE SuperCard [Free], the collectible card game, has gotten its fifth big update, just in time for WrestleMania this weekend. Fifty new cards have been added to the game, featuring John Cena, Brock Lesnar, and more. Some of these cards will be part of the new WrestleMania rarity level, which is more powerful than the Survivor rarity level, making it the ninth card rarity level available...

'Marvel Mighty Heroes' is Yet Another Soft-Launched Action-RPG with a Ton of Marvel Superheroes

Marvel Mighty Heroes, an action-RPG featuring Marvel characters has just soft-launched in Canada, and you may be asking yourself "Wait, didn't a Marvel action-RPG soft launch just last week?" Well, you're right, but that's Marvel Future Fight from NetMarble, this is Marvel Mighty Heroes by DeNA. To be fair, Mighty Heroes was announced first, but the impressions so far seem to say that this is Marvel Future Fight but more for kids, and with online multiplayer. Even so, it's kind of funny with all the "cloning" talk that goes around to see two Marvel games basically go and make the same thing. I call it...Cloneincidence!..

Point-and-Click Adventure 'Forever Lost: Episode 3' is Coming This Spring

We were huge fans of both Forever Lost: Episode 1 [$2.99 / Free] and Forever Lost: Episode 2 [$2.99], as they were enjoyable point-and-click adventure games. The series has laid dormant for a bit, but we have good news, as Forever Lost: Episode 3 is in the works right now. Glitch Games will be concluding the series with this third episode in the trilogy, and they've released a trailer that teases some of what to expect from this final episode:..

If you've wanted to check out Skylanders Trap Team [Free (HD)] for yourself, but didn't want to drop $70 on a bunch of plastic toys and the stuff to interface them to iOS, then good news: Amazon has the whole tablet starter kit with the Portal of Power, controller, and starting figures for $20 right now. The game is compatible with both iOS and Android, and there's MFi controller support, so you can play with a friend if you have one of those sitting around, as this contains a controller that works with the game...

We loved the card-based dungeon crawler Card Crawl [$1.99in our review, but some balance and RNG tweaks were still needed to tighten up the experience. Notably, this came in the form of repeatedly getting unplayable opening hands, where the dealer Hoernis would throw out something like two Souleaters and a level 7 Goblin at the start, and the only plausible option would be to restart. And restart...

KingsRoad [Free], an action-RPG with online multiplayer that made its way from PC to iPad last year, is making another jump, this time from iPad to iPhone. Rumble Entertainment has launched the version 3.0.0 update which makes the previous iPad-only app universal, bringing in iPhone players for the first time. If you don't know what KingsRoad is about, we got to see how far the game has come along when we recorded a video of the game at GDC:..

As if there were any doubts as to whether or not Supercell has truly made it with Clash of Clans [Free], the fact that there's a vibrant developer community creating bots which play the game is a true benchmark for overall craziness. Video game bots have had a fascinating history, starting with simple macro programs that automate keypresses to bots like this one that use advanced image analysis to effectively totally play the game for you. There have been bots for basically every online game out there, so it's not much of a surprise that these kind of things also exist for Clash of Clans. It's called ClashBot, and works using the BlueStacks Android emulator. They've even got forums filled with people tweaking the bot and helping others do crazy stuff with it...

'Final Fantasy: Record Keeper' Long Play Impressions - Five Months Later

One of the difficult things with evaluating games on the App Store is how much they tend to evolve over time. It's especially tricky with free-to-play games that are often set up to be gentle in the early stages and more punishing over time. It's like waiting for the other shoe to drop a lot of the time, and I think that contributes to why some people are hesitant to get into those kinds of games to begin with. Even though I've played Square Enix and DeNA's new social RPG Final Fantasy: Record Keeper more than anyone at TouchArcade, I won't be doing the main review. We agreed it would be interesting for readers to get another point of view on the game, so my co-host on the RPG Reload Podcast Eric Ford will be handling that...

Stone Cold Steve Austin is Coming to 'WWE Immortals'

March 25th, 2015 11:59 AM EDT by Carter Dotson in News
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We now know the next wrestler coming to WWE Immortals [Free], and it's an all-time favorite. Stone Cold Steve Austin is on his way, as revealed by co-developer Phosphor Games' Twitter account today. Of course, it's looking like he'll have some kind of ice powers with his character, because that's just how WWE Immortals works. The Rock is a golem, Stone Cold Steve Austin has ice gauntlets, and Daniel Bryan has YES! and NO! versions...

We've been waiting for a while, but the time that we can start talking about the English version of DeNA and Square Enix's new social RPG, Final Fantasy: Record Keeper. Last week, I had the opportunity to visit Square Enix's offices in Shinjuku to have a chat with the producers of the game. Of course, I'm coming from the angle of having played the Japanese version quite a bit, so I was particularly interested in any changes they might have made, but we covered a pretty wide range of topics. It was immediately clear to me that all three of the people I talked to are huge fans of Final Fantasy and had a lot of passion that they put into Record Keeper. I think in reading their responses, you'll be able to see that yourself. Since this ended up being a pretty long talk, we're going to run half of the interview today and the other half tomorrow. Today's part focuses on introductions, the genesis of the game, localization changes, and some elements of the gameplay...

'Atari Fit' is an...Atari Fitness App, What?

March 25th, 2015 11:00 AM EDT by Carter Dotson in News
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Atari recently has been in the news with a whole bunch of drama over Jeff Minter's TxK, and the veteran game developer has lamented that Atari isn't what it once was. Well, coincidentally, we caught wind of what Atari's doing now, and apparently it's Atari Fit [Free] which is a gamified fitness app with the Atari name on it...

'Driver Speedboat Paradise' Releases Worldwide This April

Driver Speedboat Paradise will launch worldwide this April after having previously soft launched in New Zealand this past December, Ubisoft announced. The free-to-play speedboat racer replaces the open-world car-based gameplay from Driver entries of yore with water-based arcade racing featuring “true-to-life water and dynamic wave system.”..

If you enjoy reading internet tea leaves and playing Blizzard's smash hit collectable card game Hearthstone, today is your lucky day. Earlier this month the Blackrock Mountain expansion was announced. If this is the first you've heard of it, it's going to be another single player adventure similar to the Curse of Naxxramas expansion, featuring loads of single player encounters and of course- a bunch of new cards...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Jump'N'Shoot Attack', 'Stickman Rush' and More

Another Wednesday, another onslaught of iOS releases. Here's the few games that have poked their head out on the New Zealand App Store so far, but I know for a fact this is just a sampling of what's coming tonight as there's at least one very huge game release that hasn't shown up on our forums yet...

[Editor's Note: We accidentally jumped the gun posting these sales about 12 hours too early, but the price changes are now reflected in the US App Store so we bumped this bad boy up to the top so everybody can get a crack at these awesome sales!] 2K Games has just put several of their 2014 releases on to deep discount as part of their spring sale. Been meaning to check out the iOS version of BioShock? [$2.99] Well, it's available at its cheapest price yet, for $2.99. The game is one of the best games of the past decade, and while its touch controls are a bit much, as to be expected of a console-to-mobile port, it has controller support. Another huge sale to check out? XCOM: Enemy Within [$4.99], which has gone down to $4.99 from $12.99. Considering that you probably can't even pick up that in a Steam sale for that cheap, not bad...

Many game-makers dream the dream of overnight success, but few get to live the reality. For three-man French team 1Button, the dream came true, as their new title Mr Jump rocketed up the App Store charts, shifting more than a million copies every day...

'Zenith' Takes Inspiration from 'Monument Valley' and Adds Grappling Hooks

Zenith is an interesting-looking atmospheric puzzle game that's coming to iOS this spring. Created by a group of university students, this will be a point-and-click adventure that seems to take inspiration from a lot of different sources. The developers claim inspiration from App Store classics Monument Valley [$3.99] and Superbrothers: Sword & Sworcery EP [$1.99 / $0.99] in terms of creating a gorgeous, yet mysterious atmosphere for the game. And you can see a bit of the visual style of Ridiculous Fishing [$2.99] in the art as well...

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