Category Archives: News

Nitrome's Latest Game 'Silly Sausage in Meat Land' Releases This Week

The Nitrome game release train can't be stopped. Their next game releases on Wednesday, March 25th, and it's called Silly Sausage in Meat Land. This game has you controlling a giant stretchy hot dog through a giant level, trying to make it from one checkpoint to another. Thankfully, your dog can stretch out to absurd lengths, but there's plenty of traps that will try and split your sausage in twain. I suggest being careful...

'Zenonia S' Revives the 'Zenonia' Franchise, Android Beta This Week

It's been a while since we've heard from the Zenonia franchise – Shaun covered the original on an edition of RPG Reload – but it looks like it's coming back in some form, with Zenonia S. This was formerly known as Zenonia Online, and will still be an online game, officially taking place in a parallel universe for the series where a number of heroes from the first 5 games will be part of the game to save the human race. The game will boast a campaign mode, PvP arena, and boss raids that players can participate in...

On Friday Telltale Games teased some screenshots from the forthcoming Episode 3 of their Game of Thrones [$4.99] adventure game series, and we also learned that the new episode was set for release sometime this month. Today Telltale has broken down the full release specifics for every platform, and it turns out that iOS users can look forward to Episode 3 "The Sword in the Darkness" this Thursday. They've also created a brand new trailer showing the new episode in action...

Update Mondays: 'Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff', 'Candy Crush Saga', 'Cardinal Quest 2', 'Auro', 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. Some really huge updates last week, with many big titles and plenty of unexpected ones. 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!..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'SwapQuest'

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...

Best iPhone and iPad Games - 3/20/15 - 'To Be Or Not To Be', '. Decluster', and 'Imps in Tokyo'

It's been another great week in iOS gaming, and here's another bundle of high scoring game reviews we published this week. Speaking of publishing reviews, chances are you'll see review output amp up considerably in the not too distant figure as so far we've picked up six new writers this week with another two on the way next week. So, these posts might grow quite a bit in the future as we just review more stuff...

On Wednesday, Rockstar Games released an update for their iOS port of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City [$4.99] that added support for the native resolutions of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as support for all Apple Made For iPhone (MFi) controllers. A similar update was released for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas [$6.99] way back in October of last year, which kind of made sense as that's sort of the "flagship" GTA game out of the original 3D trilogy. However, it was nice to see GTA: Vice City get some love too, and everyone wondered if Grand Theft Auto III [$4.99] would get a similar update soon. The answer is: Yes! Right now! An update has just hit adding the exact same things to GTA III as the Vice City update earlier this week: support for iPhone 6 screens, MFi controllers, and assorted bug fixing...

It's late on a Friday afternoon/evening, and we're getting ready to wrap things up until Monday. But before we give you the Best Reviews of the week, the Game of the Week, and The TouchArcade Show podcast, I just had to sneak in a quick recommendation for a game I've been enjoying since yesterday called Rush Rally [Free]. As I'm sure you could guess, Rush Rally is a rally racing game. Now, there's no shortage of racing games on the App Store, but rally racing games are a bit more rare, and ones that actually nail the driving physics are even scarcer. Rush Rally is one of those that totally nails it. ..

Lucid Labs Upcoming 'Stay, Mum' Brings Along a Boy and his Imaginary Friends

The mobile gaming space often offers developers the ability to make low-cost yet high emotional impact games. Indie developer Lucid Labs is trying to take advantage of just that as it moves on from its first game, ROTO [Free], a puzzle-platformer full of puns about balls, to something admittedly more emotionally engaging. The developer's second attempt, Stay, Mum, ties its physics-based gameplay to the evolution of a mother-son relationship and, more specifically, to the narrative of a son attempting to reach out to a mom who provides building blocks instead of love. To give you an idea of the overall art style, check out this early video test of the cutscene engine in the game...

Telltale Teases 'Game of Thrones' Episode 3 Screens, Says Release Will be this Month

Last December, HBO and Telltale Games partnered up to make an adventure game out of the hit show Game of Thrones. That game, officially titled Game of Thrones - A Telltale Games Series [$4.99], opened up a new chapter in the GoT universe and dealt with a new storyline that was different than the show but still weaved in familiar characters and events in a way that was excellent fan service for those who tuned in regularly. Game of Thrones the video game is set to have six episodes, which is one more than what is typically in Telltale's adventure games. Episode 2 arrived in early February, and today Telltale has been all over their Twitter account teasing new images of Episode 3...

Thoughtbot's 'Rototo' Promises Challenging Arcade Survival with a Sleek Look

Rototo is a pretty neat upcoming minimalist arcade game from Thoughtbot, developed primarily by their Stockholm team. You control a ship in the center of its screen, trying to fend off attackers coming from all sides. There's an interesting system at work, where you bounce back shots that are fired at you with your shield, which can also take care of divebombing enemies. However, if you just catch a bullet or enemy about to take you out, then you can cause a shockwave which repels nearby shots and enemies, but the timing is so precise that it's really only a last-ditch way to save your bacon. It's got flavoring of Project "Thor" [$0.99] mixed in with a bit of Ziggurat [$0.99] for good measure...

'Star Squad Space Rescue' is the Bullet Hell Take on 'Crossy Road'

Geek Brain Games is releasing Star Squad Space Rescue next week, a game which could be best described as "what if Crossy Road [Free] was a top-down bullet-hell game? You control a ship that is flying through waves of bullets, with a thankfully-small hitbox, and you're trying to rescue astronauts to get points. Rescuing untethered astronauts is a good thing to do just because, but in this case, they also give you fuel and provide a temporary shield from bullets. So, it's a good idea to pick them up...

Naquatic's 'CivCrafter' Could be the Deepest Clicker Game Yet

It feels like there's a rise in the number of idle clicker games, each one more potentially life-ruining than the next. Naquatic's next up with a particularly interesting take on the genre, with CivCrafter. This one starts off quite differently, in that you have three different resources that you can tap to collect, and use to build different things, hiring peasants to go out on tasks, and collect the many resources you need to build up your empire...

I love that True Skate [$1.99] has burst onto the scene of real-life skateboarding culture, first with its partnership with Street League Skateboarding which began last June and has resulted in 5 downloadable SLS parks being added to the game, and now with the legendary Skatepark of Tampa which is now available as a downloadable course ahead of the 21st annual Tampa Pro contest that's being held this weekend. ..

'Marvel Future Fight' is a Soft-Launched Action-RPG with a Ton of Marvel Superheroes

NetMarble has just soft-launched an interesting Marvel action-RPG in Australia, called Marvel Future Fight. This is looking a lot like the action-RPGs that are all throughout the App Store, where you control a character through levels, fighting waves of baddies, deploying special abilities with cooldown timers and whatnot, but the big difference here? You're fighting with a team of Marvel heroes, with the ability to swap heroes during battle, and use team-up attacks as well, all in the name of fighting evil versions of superheroes and turning them back to the good side, and adding them to your army of battlers...

You know that summer is on its way when the Apple TV rumors for WWDC start springing up. Really, every Apple event will bring up rumors of a fourth-generation Apple TV, but the rumors have started to spring up again as to the existence of a new one. What we're hearing is that not only will there be more storage, and Siri support, but an App Store may just finally come to the Apple TV, with an SDK opened up for developers to make their own apps...

We have just a few weeks left until the April 15th release of the iPad version of Spiderweb Software's latest RPG, Avernum 2: Crystal Souls. iPad-owning RPG fans everywhere are likely getting pretty excited, but there might be some of you out there who are curious about these Spiderweb RPGs and aren't sure if you want to take the plunge at full price yet. Well, I could direct you to the demo versions that you can try out on your computer, but we're an iOS site, so instead I'm going to point you at Avadon: The Black Fortress HD [$9.99 (HD)]. Like the rest of Spiderweb Software's games, it usually sells for $9.99, but likely in celebration of the upcoming game, it's currently on sale for half-price, or $4.99. That's a great deal for a huge game filled to the brim with content...

RPG Reload File 030 - 'QuestLord'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we heal ourselves by eating Lizard On A Stick. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the increasingly lengthy history of the App Store to see how it holds up in the present day. It's more than that, though. It's also a chance to revisit some good times, and go for a deeper dive than a review typically allows us. Although I'm the captain of this particular ship, once a month I give the helm to one of you, allowing you to select the featured RPG. Simply tell me your choice by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. Through a process of random selection, one of the suggestions will be chosen to be featured in the next reader's choice article. The next one will be RPG Reload File 032, which means I'll be rolling the dice next week. Vote now if you're interested...

'Pocket God vs. Desert Ashes' Crossover is a Spiritual Successor to 'Mecho Wars'

Here's a collaboration that comes straight out of 2009, but here in 2015. Luc Bernard, who helped make the 2009 turn-based strategy game Mecho Wars, is teaming up with Pocket God [$0.99] to bring Pocket God vs. Desert Ashes to life. This is a spin-off of Desert Ashes, which is basically a crazy remake/spinoff/semi-sequel to Mecho Wars that was announced for desktop and mobile way back in 2012 and is out now on Steam and Playstation Vita, that will feature the cast of Pocket God fighting it out with the fantasy creatures of Desert Ashes. ..

Blizzard announced the "Blackrock Mountain" expansion coming to Hearthstone [Free (HD)] back during PAX East, and now you have the ability to pre-purchase the expansion ahead of its release, and get an exclusive card back for pre-purchasing. If you buy it for $24.99, you'll get the Molten Core card back for free, which can't be obtained otherwise. You will, of course, be able to buy the expansion with 700 gold or in multiple wings for $6.99 each, just like "Curse of Naxxramas."..

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