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Why, hello there, totally random IP crossover! In case you weren't aware, this year marks the 30th anniversary of one of my all-time favorite movies, Ghostbusters, and apparently an appropriate way to celebrate that is with… an update to Fruit Ninja [$0.99 / Free]? Yes, it sounds weird, but that's totally the case, and in fact it's a really nice update for fans of both brands...

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we open random doors hoping we aren't scared to death by what we find inside. Each week, we take a look at a game from the App Store's past and poke it with a stick to see what happens. It's a bit of reflection, a bit of revisiting, and perhaps a bit of an excuse to have fun with an old friend. As this week obviously demonstrates, all kinds of RPGs are welcome here, and I'll do my best to make sure we get a good variety chosen from the selection. Once per month, you guys get to choose what I play and write about, which should help that balance stay intact. The next reader's choice is in RPG Reload 013, so get your vote in as soon as possible by leaving a comment below or dropping into the Official RPG Reload Club thread on the forums. You can also feel free to leave your thoughts, comments, and suggestions in either place, since playing games is more fun when you can talk about it with your friends...

NimbleBit's Tiny Tower Vegas [Free] has received its first batch of new content today, and it's celebrating the internet's favorite holiday – Halloween. There's a special Halloween lobby to unlock. Want a giant jack-o-lantern as the roof of your tower? That's available now, too. A new Halloween elevator, with bats, a coffin, and pumpkin on top, is also available. Special Halloween missions and floors are available, and of course, there's BitBook posts that are themed after the spookiest holiday of them all...

Y'all forgot about Gameloft's NOVA series, didn't you? While they were busy making new Modern Combat games, their Halo-inspired FPS series has sat dormant. Well, this isn't anything too new, but it's at least a sign of life: there's a new free version of NOVA 3 [$6.99] now available: the NOVA 3 Freedom Edition [Free]. This isn't necessarily a 'free-to-play' version of NOVA 3 in that it is really just NOVA 3 with ads and its already-existing IAP, with everything still intact including online play, though certainly the game could have been tuned to be more IAP-friendly. Our forums will be sure to point out if it is...

Back in July, Bandai Namco soft-launched their new free to play card battling game called Outcast Odyssey [Free], and as of last night the game is now officially available worldwide. While the card battling genre is quickly getting saturated on the App Store, Outcast Odyssey hopes to stand out from the pack with its emphasis on exploration and almost dungeon crawler-like gameplay. It seems to have worked too, as Outcast Odyssey has performed well in all the countries it was available in during its soft-launch, and it has almost universally positive praise from players in our forums...

Today I got an email from an EA Mobile representative collecting data from respondents on the current perception of EA Mobile in the industry. Thinking about it, it's actually really rare for anyone from the giant gaming outfits to take time to ask what we think. Communication is typically pretty one-sided, with information controlled behind sanitized press releases and embargoes. When people ask me what I think, I'm often brutally honest, so earlier this morning I drafted a response. After sharing it with the rest of my crew before sending, it was suggested that I just turn this into an open letter, with hopes that it'll actually amount to something beyond just a "Thanks for your feedback."..

As expected, Apple has announced new iPads at their keynote event today. If you follow the Apple rumor mill then there aren't really any surprises here: Apple themselves accidentally leaked the new devices through their own iPad manual in the iBooks app earlier this week. Just because it isn't a surprise though, doesn't mean these new iPads aren't damn exciting. Prior to the unveiling of these new iPad devices, CEO Tim Cook went on to tout the success of the iPad in its lifetime, selling more than 225 million of the various iPads since the first one launched in spring of 2010. The iPad also ranks number one in customer satisfaction. Ok, on to the new devices...

Apple's keynote is going strong right now, and before really dishing on the big announcements like new iPads and whatever else, CEO Tim Cook took the beginning minutes to tout how strong the launch of the new iPhone 6 models has been. He also briefly talked about the Apple Watch, and even more briefly announced a new SDK for the Apple Watch which is called WatchKit...

The Apple Event Live Stream is Now Live

The Apple Event Live Stream is Now Live

October 16th, 2014 1:06 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News

Get your browser over to Apple.com or load up the event on your Apple TV if you're interested in following along with today's keynote. If you're stuck at work, or somewhere else that you can't watch live, you can follow along with the MacRumors live blog. Alternatively, if you need something a bit more discreet, @MacRumorsLive on Twitter might be the key...

Zen Studios recently announced that South Park tables were on their way to Zen Pinball [Free], the multiplatform pinball game, with a release expected this week. And today the new South Park tables can now be downloaded from the Zen Pinball app or a standalone South Park Pinball [$3.99] app. Two tables are available: Super Sweet Pinball and Butters' Very Own Pinball Game. Super Sweet Pinball is based on the show itself, boasting a number of references to the show, including a Sarcastaball section, 9 different table modes, which can be stacked, and 3 different multiball modes. Meanwhile, Butters' Very Own Pinball Game has 4 multiball modes, and a "Coon and Friends" miniplayfield. Of course, each table features a number of South Park characters and animation and sound sourced straight from the show...

Today's Apple Event is Only a Few Hours Away

Today's Apple Event is Only a Few Hours Away

October 16th, 2014 10:02 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News

If you're the kind of person who gets super excited for new iPads, today is your personal Christmas. Or, maybe, when new iPads get released instead of just announced, that might be your personal Christmas. Splitting hairs either way, I suppose. Anyway, in just a few hours, today's Apple event will begin which is expected to include the new iPads which hilariously enough, Apple leaked themselves in support documents:..

It's been quite a year for Dragon Quest [$2.99] games on iOS, and with all of those games comes a whole lot of slime-smashing. Those cute, nearly-harmless, little blue gumdrops with a perpetual smile sure take a lot of abuse from the would-be heroes of RPG worlds, and maybe it's time for a little payback. So goes the story of indie strategy RPG Ambition Of The Slimes [Free] from developer Masaya Takahashi. It's available for free in the App Store right now, with one little catch: It's entirely in Japanese. Worry not, however, because the App Store description says that English will be coming in the next update. It's a little tricky to navigate at the moment if you can't read anything, but it doesn't cost you anything to try, I suppose. If you'd rather wait, let me give you a few more details to hold you over...

'Chaos Rings 3' Launches On The Japanese App Store, Worldwide Release Date Still Unknown

It was only a few months ago that we heard Chaos Rings 3 was being made, and time sure does fly, because it's finally here. Well, depending on where 'here' is for you, I suppose. As of today, Chaos Rings 3 has officially launched on the App Store in Japan for the price of 2,800 yen, or about $25 US, with no IAP whatsoever. We've yet to get even an announcement of its release internationally, let alone a specific date we could expect it, but given the general success of the series worldwide, it's probably safe to assume it is coming at some point...

Out Now: 'Hail to the King: Deathbat', 'NBA 2K15', 'Sentinels of the Multiverse', 'Helix', 'Angry Birds Transformers' and More

It's another Wednesday full of new iOS games, which have been making their way across the globe all day and have finally arrived in the US App Store. Probably the biggest release of the week is Hail to the King: Deathbat, for a couple of reasons. One is simply because it looks like a neat hack 'n slash dungeon crawler, but it's also associated with a big-name band (Avenged Sevenfold) and is doing quite the opposite of most licensed mobile games in that it unapologetically targets hardcore gamers rather than trying to appeal to a more mainstream, casual crowd. Should be interesting. Also, the popular card game Sentinels of the Multiverse has arrived on the iPad, and early signs seem to point that it's a winning digital conversion. As always, let us know what you're getting in the comments below!..

The list of games that support Twitch streaming on iOS is slowly growing, and once again, it's a Gameloft game that supports streaming gameplay online. Order & Chaos Online [Free] is the third Gameloft game after Asphalt 8 [Free] and the MOBA Heroes of Order & Chaos [Free] to support the game, and the fourth game overall. That other game is TouchFish [Free] which is a virtual acquarium, and I am not joking. I think Order & Chaos Online makes a bit more sense for streaming – as an MMORPG, and quite the established one at that, there's probably going to be a bit more interest in this, though the uptake of Twitch streaming on iOS has been minimal at best so far. But maybe having more games is the jumpstart Twitch streaming on mobile needs...

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