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There's been a lot of controversy surrounding the Confederate flag in Civil War games since Apple pulled them yesterday, but we just got word from HexWar Studios, developers of Civil War: 1863 [$7.99 / $7.99] that these games may just be coming back after some minor changes. ..

While the quality of the results have been somewhat arguable, no one can deny that 2K has been throwing their weight behind premium, paid games on the App Store. While everyone and their uncle has been shifting towards free to play, 2K's schedule over the last couple of years has included ports of games like XCOM and Bioshock, premium-priced strategy games from Sid Meier, and "new" versions of their sports franchises, among others. Yes, there have been missteps along the way, but if you want to reward a company for avoiding the F2P candy, you could do a lot worse than throwing a few bucks 2K's way. Heck, depending on what you want, it might only take a few bucks, because many of 2K's recent offerings are on sale starting today. The complete list is as follows, with links to our reviews where applicable:..

Solforge [Free], the CCG wih the clever card-leveling mechanic, is about to release a new card set that is bound to shake up the current meta. The new expansion introduces the Darkforged, a mysterious group whose dark power links them to each and gives them strength in numbers. However, that dark power occasionally has a mind of its own that twists its users, which means expect to have these new cards turn on you occasionally. Stoneblade has been previewing some of the new cards, and they look fantastic. Solforge's art been improving with every new set, and judging from the preview cards, Darkforge Uprising will definitely raise the bar in the art department even more...

The game that no one was sure would live or die has been fixed. The World Ends With You Solo Remix [$17.99 / $19.99 (HD)] has just gotten an update for both its iPhone and iPad versions to make it compatible with iOS 8. The updates are rolling out right now. After months of uncertainty over whether Square Enix was fixing the game, not helped by Square Enix not even knowing what was going on, the game has gotten its fix. ..

RPG Reload File 044 - 'Chaos Rings Omega'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we make the very most out of the assets we have. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's doing in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their ultimate place in iOS's history, or just to take a deeper dive than our review typically allow for. I try to present a balanced plate from this admittedly wide genre from week to week, but I'm always open for suggestions. If you have a game in mind that you'd like to see featured, simply comment below, post in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or tweet me at @RPGReload. After next week, there's only one regular reader's choice Reload left, so if there's something you're dying to see, now's the time! Next week, we'll be talking about Sorcery! [$4.99], a request that came in via our Twitter account. Good times ahead!..

Pixelbite's Space Marshals [$4.99] brought some fresh ideas to the tired dual-stick genre when it launched back in January. Rather than a run-n-gun, blast everything in sight approach, Space Marshals demanded strategy, patience and stealth in order to be the most successful. We loved the game in our initial review, but in March, Pixelbite sweetened the pot with a huge Chapter 2 expansion for the game which added new enemies, new weapons and more. Now Pixelbite has taken the wraps off of a forthcoming Chapter 3 update for Space Marshals in our forums, and it's looking really sweet. ..

Mine Materials in 'CivMiner', and Send Them Back to 'CivCrafter'

Oh no. I thought I was free. CivCrafter [Free] was a terrifying affliction that I had a ton of fun with, but I needed to put it down lest I build a massive, massive civilization and be unable to do literally anything else, ever again. I have bills to pay, folks. But Naquatic clearly desires to torment me, as they've got another game in the works. It's a clicker, but not necessarily an idle resource-generating game. It's called CivMiner, and it's a spinoff of CivCrafter that actually links back to that game in some interesting ways...

Monument Valley [$3.99] has just been updated with a free chapter, Ida's Dream, which is available now for all users on both iOS and Android. If you have an Android device and haven't played Monument Valley, then you can pick it up for free on the Amazon Appstore now until about 11:00 PM Pacific Time on July 25th. Any Android device can install the Amazon Appstore and get this for free, not just Fire OS devices, so hop on this if you want the game without paying...

Oh, times are good for fans of computer RPGs these days. But they weren't always so good, friends. During the late 1990s, when PC gaming died the way console gaming is dying today, things were pretty dire. There was one consistent sparkle of hope during those dark times, however, and that was the Dungeons & Dragons Infinity Engine series of games from Bioware and Black Isle. Those five games helped keep the fires burning for many a PC RPG fan, and I think it's pretty fantastic that we can play three of them on our mobile devices today. Beamdog and Overhaul have done a great job adapting them to mobile user interfaces, and it's hard to argue with the value for your dollar on each of them...

Heads up if you have an Android device – Geometry Wars 3 [$4.99] is now available on both Google Play and the Amazon Appstore. Regardless of whether you go with a standard Android device, or one of the Amazon flavors, you can play this fantastic dual-stick shooter for yourself. It's got all the features of the iOS version, meaning it's got all the content of the console versions from when they launched (the "Evolved" expansion isn't on mobile yet), a one-handed auto-fire setting, and support for Bluetooth controllers...

'The Executive' from the Creator of 'Pizza vs. Skeletons' Releases Next Week

Riverman Media, creators of Pizza vs. Skeletons [$4.99 / Free], are finally releasing their next big game, months after Jared previewed it: The Executive will crash through a window and punch a werewolf in the face worldwide on July 2nd. While the game has elements of clickers, Riverman Media is promising that this one will have a premium price and no in-app purchases whatsoever. Check out a new trailer below:..

Whitaker Trebella of Fixpoint Productions on the Importance of Supporting TouchArcade

Our Patreon is cooking right along, we're over half way there in less than four days. It's amazing, you guys are amazing, and everything about this whole situation is amazing. (Well, I mean, the situation that lead to the Patreon is not so amazing, but, whatever, glass half full.) To raise awareness of the whole thing we've been doing daily developer profiles of indie developers whose lives we've touched in one way or another. It's easy to look at TouchArcade as the web site when you read while sitting on the toilet to find games to play for the next time you sit on the toilet, but to a lot of people, it's so much more than that...

While Vainglory [Free], the made-for-mobile MOBA, has been out for a while now, it hasn't "officially" launched according to its developers, Super Evil Mecacorp (SEM). Bo Daly, SEM CEO and co-founder, explains that if Vainglory was a PC title, July 2nd would be the day it would come out of beta. On July 2nd, then, Vainglory launches globally for both iOS and Android. The global launch also brings with it some new features: Ranked and Casual queues, an innovative skin system, new tutorial videos to ease players into this very demanding genre, and, finally, a new hero, Rona the Beserker...

Just over a month ago, prolific gamebook publisher Tin Man Games released the latest in their in-house Gamebook Adventures series, Gamebook Adventures 10: Lords Of Nurroth. It had been a long time coming, with Tin Man releasing all kinds of great stuff in the interim. I enjoyed the game quite a bit in my review. But even I have to admit, although each book is designed to stand on their own, there's a certain appeal to diving into a world's lore hard, and doing that with a gamebook series ten installments deep can be intimidating to the pocketbook, bundle or no...

'FIFA Mobile' Coming in September, Will Use the Console Engine

EA Sports has been releasing the best football (soccer) games on mobile for some time now, with many considering FIFA 14 the best of the annualized series while some preferring the F2P FIFA 15 [Free]. The upcoming iteration of the game will be dropping the annualized title and, instead, going with the title FIFA Mobile. Apparently, EA has decided to overhaul the game, with the major change being the introduction of the game engine from the console version of FIFA 15 (XBOX 360 and PS3) that will improve the gameplay dramatically (at least according to the developers). Watching the video below, the players' animations look better than in previous iterations, but we won't be able to judge them or the apparently-improved AI until we play the game...

Apple Removes All American Civil War Games From the App Store Because of the Confederate Flag

If you've been watching the news recently, you'll know of the huge debate in the U.S over the role of the Confederate flag in contemporary America. Many see it as a reminder of the many pre-Civil War injustices while others see it simply as a way to honor the soldiers who died for the Confederacy. Many large US companies, like Walmart and Amazon, have already banned the sale of any Confederate flag merchandise as a reaction to the recent events. Now, it appears that Apple has decided to join them by pulling many Civil War wargames from the App Store. As of the writing of this story, games like Ultimate General: Gettysburg and all the Hunted Cow Civil War games are nowhere to be found. Apple is famous for reaching for the axe rather than the scalpel when it comes to political issues (like rejecting Hunted Cow's Tank Battle 1942 for depicting Germans and Russians as enemies), so this move doesn't come as a great surprise...

Out Now: 'Dragon Quest 6', 'LEGO Batman: Beyond Gotham', 'Tales From Deep Space', 'Piloteer', 'Door Kickers', 'Pixel Dungeon', 'Siegefall' and Much More

Well, it's new iOS games day, and it's turned out to be kind of a weird one. A bunch of the games we posted this morning launched early, so chances are you've been playing some of these for a bit already. Then there's Sonic Runners, which finally came out of soft-launch and was available worldwide… for a while, before being taken down for some reason. Then there's been all sorts of surprises like Dragon Quest 6, Tales From Deep Space and LEGO Batman. Finally, there's Piloteer, which I'm calling right now will be a runaway hit. So without further ado, hit up the links below and let us know which games you're interested in grabbing!..

I reviewed the fascinating Last Voyage [$0.99] by Semidome back in April, and the developer has just decided to double the number of chapters in this abstract game. It's still something that defies any sort of genre classification, as it goes through multiple genres, and this update introduces a number of new game mechanics, like tilt-based puzzles to try and solve, or even to just sit back and experience. The whole thing still doesn't make much sense, but it's still really pretty. And hey, there's new music, checkpoints, and achievements to get...

Earthcore: Shattered Elements [Free], the innovative CCG by Tequila Games, continues to pleasantly surprise me. If you haven't had a chance to play the game yet, this is a CCG that innovates by using a Risk and Element system that makes even the weakest card actually useful. By using this Risk system, the game forces players to rethink many of the strategies often used in most CCGs. The game has just received its first major update today that adds a new feature, Events, new unique cards (with new skills), and also an upgraded matchmaking system (the old system irked some in our forums). ..

'Shooting Stars' Coming July 9th, New Trailer Features Celebrity Parodies Out the Wazoo

Back in April, Bloodirony Games announced their quirky shoot 'em up roguelike mashup Shooting Stars, which is set to be published by Noodlecake Games. It's a story about aliens that have disguised themselves as celebrities and the dude who is trying to stop them with, among other things, a cat that shoots rainbow lasers out of its mouth. Let me say that again: A CAT THAT SHOOTS RAINBOW LASERS. We liked the cut of the game's jib right away, and today I'm happy to announce that Shooting Stars will be hitting the App Store on July 9th. Check out the brand new trailer...

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