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Many of our readers often complain that we seem to be talking a lot about how F2P is the way of the future and how traditional gaming seems to be going the way of the dinosaurs. We may be talking often about how mobile gaming is increasingly synonymous with F2P games, but we are only bringing to you the constantly-increasing flow of news and reports that all appear to be saying the same thing: mobile gaming is rapidly growing, and is overwhelmingly F2P. Today I'm bringing you yet another report, this one from Grand View Research (GVR), that not only talks about how mobile gaming is showing a faster growth than console, but actually predicts a great shift of console and PC gamers to tablet gaming by 2022. And the even more interesting part is that when this report refers to mobile gamers, it pretty much describes your average casual F2P gamer...

'Top Gear' and 'Outrun'-Inspired 'Horizon Chase' from Aquiris Has a New Trailer

We covered Aquiris Game Studios' Project Retro-Racer back when that was just a working title. And now, the game has a finalized title and a new teaser video showing off the gameplay and music for the first time. Welcome Horizon Chase to the world. The Brazilian studio has been hard at work making this one look really good. You can also listen to the soundtrack, being composed by Barry Leitch, known for his work games like Top Gear, Rush, and Lotus World Challenge. You can hear it in the video below, but also on Leitch's Soundcloud...

Try Out an Alpha Preview of Newspaper Censorship Sim 'The Westport Independent'

The Westport Independent, being published by Coffee Stain Studios (yes, the Goat Simulator [$4.99] people – humans are complicated, okay?!), seemed remarkably intriguing when it was first announced. Now, if you want to see just how this tale of censorship and newspaper management is for yourself, Coffee Stain and developer Double Zero One Zero have released an Alpha Preview of the game that you can check out. It's only available on desktop for now, but the game is still bound for mobile. If you don't use Windows or Mac, you can check out the trailer for a taste of what to expect:..

'Jetpack Joust' Combines Endless Ascent Games with 'Joust'

Joust is one of those arcade game classics that feels like it's never really been imitated much, unlike say Pac-Man or Galaga, where plenty of derivative games have come out. Jetpack Joust is going to try and do just that, combining the basic mechanics of Joust, where you have a lance and must run into your opponents while having your lance be higher than theirs. Or, you can just bop them on the head, whichever works. And then, it makes the game an endless ascender, where you have to make it up as many platforms as possible...

Noodlecake and Ink Vial's 'Brickies' Busts on to the App Store Next Week

Ink Vial and Noodlecake Games are bringing their take on the brick-breaker genre to the App Store next week: May 21st sees the release of Brickies. We saw this game back at GDC and posted the trailer when it first was released. Now we know that you'll be getting your hands on the game on May 21st, next Thursday. We know it will be free-to-play, and odds are you can expect some clever ad shenanigans, like what Bitcoin Billionaire [Free] and Tiltagon [Free] had. Especially since this game is time-based, I'm curious to go hands-on with it and see what exactly they do with this one...

RPG Reload File 038 - 'Battleheart'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where the healer never heals quite as fast as we'd like. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the swirling mists of time to see if it can survive in our enlightened future society. It's a chance for some revisiting, reflecting, and going in different directions than a regular review typically allows. I'm your host on this little tour, and while I choose the course most of the time, this isn't just my bus to steer. Once a month, I put the choice to you, the reader, to select the game I'll be playing. Simply comment below, post in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or tweet me at @RPGReload with your choice, and you might just get to see me give it some time and a whole lot of words. Now that's something everyone can enjoy!..

It's Christmas apparently over at the Amazon App Store because the little mom and pop store (just kidding) is giving away free games that would've cost you over $110 if you bought the games at full price. There are some good games in the mix, including Telltale's Game of Thrones, Rebuild, and Star Command, but the two games that make this deal worth it is Five Nights at Freddy's 3, the horror game that's ruling the world (as we wrote about recently), and, of course the brand new masterpiece from Inkle, Sorcery! 3, which came out less than a month ago...

Gameloft's latest entry in their long-running dungeon crawling series, Dungeon Hunter 5 [Free], has just gotten its first big content update. New levels in the Far East Xinkashi lands are available, with new loot to collect. If you're a fan of the Stronghold feature for multiplayer, you have 5 new rooms and 5 new traps to build into your stronghold to try and bedevil your opponents with. New daily events that take place in these rooms are available, with tickets that can be won to get powerful new Xinkashi weapons...

Pixel People: Alper Sarikaya's Action Platformer 'Sword of Xolan' Coming to App Store Next Week

Alper Sarikaya's next game is a big-boned (or at least big-pixeled) little number called Sword of Xolan, an action platformer of the old school in both form and format. You'll play, of course, as Xolan a knight with a beard, armor, upgradeable abilities, and, naturally, a sword...

Zombies, Run [Free] has been inordinately popular since its release in 2012, combining fitness training with outrunning zombies. Now, the app is hoping to become more popular by shifting to free-to-play, and introducing a whole host of new features. Season 4 is the big new addition, bringing 40 new missions to play. You can play multiple missions back-to-back, the interface has been revamped, Spotify and Pandora support has been improved, chase difficulty is adjustable, and more little tweaks to improve the experience. Check out the new trailer:..

Just a couple of days ago we wrote about how Square Enix has decided to follow the money-paved road and turn its efforts from the console market to mobile endeavors. Before the shockwave around the gaming world even had a chance to dissipate, here comes another big one. Konami, the publisher of beloved classics such as Castlevania, Metal Gear Solid, and Silent Hill, has decided to drop console gaming as if it was hot and, instead, pursue mobile games aggressively because (and take the wording with a pinch of salt because of possible translation issues) "mobile is where the future of gaming lies." Konami President, Hideki Hayakawa, wasn't just saying that the company will divert more resources into mobile game development; he said that Konami's "main platform will be mobiles." He went on to say that the company will be employing a pay-as-you-play model and move from selling things like "items" to selling things like "features," although the boundaries between those two terms are often quite fuzzy...

'The Walking Dead: Road to Survival' Soft Launches in Australia

Do you like The Walking Dead? If so, then good news, you have another game based on the hit multimedia franchise to check out in the near future, as The Walking Dead: Road to Survival has just soft launched in Australia. This social RPG will have you building up a team of survivors with different abilities, fighting off other survivors and walkers, while building up your camp to become stronger. The game also boasts plenty of decision-making and story choices to make as you play. I suppose we have Telltale to thank for that, as Walking Dead: The Game [Free] set a really high bar that other games have to at least aim for...

Nintendo Refuses to Go the Typical F2P Route, But What if the Revenue Refuses to Flow?

In a meeting with investors during a Financial Results Briefing, Nintendo's president, Satoru Iwata, provided a glimpse into how his company is considering monetizing its upcoming mobile games, and it all sounded like good news to those afraid that Clash of Mario was going to be popping up on the App Store soon. Iwata was constantly hinting at innovating rather than emulating in the area of monetization models, and that can only be good news for the App Store provided the walk matches the talk...

'Evoland 2' Will Shift Gameplay Genres and Visual Styles All in One Game

Shiro Games' most well-known game is Evoland [$4.99], a pastiche of RPGs throughout gaming history, utilizing a vast array of visual styles throughout. Few games start as chunky 2D pixels and go to full 3D visuals, but that's what Evoland did. And that is what Evoland 2 is going to do, but this time exploring a whole array of game genres outside of just RPGs. Fighting games, shoot 'em ups, turn-based strategy, and more will be involved, all with varying visual styles. Check out the new trailer:..

Developer Nordeus has just announced today that its football (the one you actually play with your foot) manager game, Top Eleven [Free], is celebrating its 5th birthday and a great milestone; the game has now over 100 million registered players, making it the most popular mobile sports game. For those who aren't familiar with the game, Top Eleven let's you be the manager of a football (again, feet, ok?) team, and you get to control the formation, tactics (though not at a great depth), and the transfers (which is where this F2P game helps you part ways with your real life cash). As seen from the numbers released by Nordeus today, apparently there are many people around the world who enjoy competing with other players in the best sport in the world (yes, I said it). To celebrate the game's 5th birthday, Nordeus is offering players special club logos and outfits, so if you are one of the 100 million users, go get your free stuff...

'Guitar Hero Live' Announces First 24 Songs for Upcoming Multiplatform Game

I finally remembered where I stashed it; it's in the garage in a big, brown box. What you might ask? My plastic Guitar Hero instrument, of course, the one I spent so many hours playing and then put it in my garage thinking it was the last I'd ever see it but too nostalgic to toss it. Well, apparently corpses aren't the only creatures reanimating recently because, as we've written about recently, Guitar Hero Live is coming soon, and it will be playable on mobile devices too (though the developers haven't released info on which mobile devices the game will be available, I'd be willing to put money down that it's coming to iOS)...

Ad removal IAP. A popular option in free games with ads, right? Well, one developer is suggesting that it's not the case. Frank Condello of Chaotic Box recently added an ad-removal IAP to SHREDD [Free], formerely known as dEXTRIS. The game had been free with ads for a year before Condello added in an IAP to remove ads. How's it doing? Well, Mr. Condello, take it away:..

Out Now: 'Heroes and Castles 2', 'Knights of Pen & Paper 2', 'Fearless Fantasy', 'ToFu Hunter', 'BlazBlue: Battle Cards', 'Fragger 2', 'Hardboiled', 'The Barbarian' and More

If you ask a large contingent of people around the TouchArcade community, today, May 14th, is simply "Heroes and Castles 2" release day and nothing more. Indeed, Foursaken Media has quite a dedicated fan base, and this sequel is bigger and badder than the original (which was plenty big and bad) in every way. However, the hits just kept on coming all throughout the day. Knights of Pen & Paper 2, Fearless Fantasy, BlazBlue: Battle Cards… there's just so much on tap for this week. So check everything out in the list below and leave us a comment about which games you'll be picking up...

As most of you know, Youtube is celebrating ten years of providing us with countless cat videos (which I enjoy immensely) and videos of people failing at simple life tasks. It has also given us countless hours of Let's Play videos that have shaped, and continue to shape, gaming culture and preferences. So, when Youtube released a list with the 10 most watched games in Youtube history based on "watchtime," my eyes went directly to the name at Number 8, Five Nights at Freddy's [$2.99]. I was seriously amazed to see Scott Cawthon's horror series anywhere near the top ten most watched games because the series hasn't even existed for a year...

Unfortunately for all of us who love choosing which one of our friends should be eaten next, Telltale won't be releasing Season 3 of The Walking Dead (TWD) [Free] in 2015. However, don't despair yet because something else seems to be coming (shambling, crawling) our way this year. Job Stauffer, Telltale's PR Director, had originally said at SXSW in March that while Season 3 wouldn't be coming "super, super, super soon," something else TWD related would be...

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