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Free iOS 8 Update Now Available

Free iOS 8 Update Now Available

September 17th, 2014 1:05 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News

Apple just flipped the switch (I actually imagine them pulling a huge lever) to release iOS 8 worldwide. If you've got a device that supports it, which amounts to anything more recent than the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, 5th gen iPod touch or iPad mini, you can download the update right now either through iTunes or by loading up Settings -> General -> Software Update...

PSA: Fantastic Password Manager App '1Password' is Free

September 17th, 2014 12:55 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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It seems like a week can hardly go by without there being something in the news about either large scale password leak, a targeted hack, or something in between. The point is, the best defense against things like this is being proactive with using different passwords everywhere. The easiest way to do that is with a password manager, and the best password manager I've ever used is 1Password [Free] which just dropped to free...

Good news, everyone, Subatomic Studios' Fieldrunners 2 [$2.99 / $4.99 (HD)] is currently free on the App Store for a limited time. Both iPhone and iPad versions are available for free, with this being the first time that either version of the game has gone free, though it has dropped down to $0.99 before, and does feature in-app purchases for more currency. This might be promotion for a new game – as pointed out on our forums, the in-game ticker, updated last Friday, says "a new game is coming..." so, this might serve as a nice reminder that Subatomic exists...

Real Racing 3 [Free]'s got a big new update out today. Have you missed the real-time online multiplayer in previous editions of Real Racing? Well, good news, there's a new online multiplayer mode that's been added to the game. Supporting up to 8 players, it's possible to race in multiple leagues with different classes of car, competing on the leaderboards to try and win prizes for being the top rank. This is all based off of random matchmaking, it doesn't look like there's a way to play with friends. Still, for those who've wanted to take out their expensive cars against other people, and not just their friends' times, here's a good option...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'The Maze Runner', 'Tactics Maiden', 'Robot Rundown' and More

Well, it's a weird week for iOS game releases. Most of the developers I talk to avoid releasing new games on the App Store around the time of major iOS releases and new hardware. If history has shown us anything, it's that the apps/games featured around this time are from the few developers lucky enough play some inside baseball with Apple when it comes to developing for the latest iPhone and iOS iteration...

[Updated] 'Goat Simulator' for iOS Now Available Worldwide for $4.99

Well here's a nice surprise. Coffee Stain Studios' inexplicably entertaining goat simulator game, titled Goat Simulator, has just launched in the New Zealand App Store. Coffee Stain announced on their Twitter yesterday that Goat Simulator for iOS and Android would be launching on September 18th. As TouchArcade regulars know by now, when a game is scheduled for a Thursday launch, it actually hits the US App Store late Wednesday night at 11pm EST. Prior to that, it hits the NZ App Store on Wednesday morning at about 6am EST, when it's midnight in that territory. So what the heck is Goat Simulator doing launching in NZ on a Tuesday afternoon? I don't know! I don't ask questions, I just download Goat Simulator like a good boy...

Check Out the 'Gunslugs 2' Teaser Trailer, Launching Later this Year

If you've been hanging around the TouchArcade forums for the past few years, then you're no doubt familiar with Orangepixel games, aka solo developer Pascal Bestebroer. He's been making quality mobile games for years now, typically platforming games with sweet pixel graphics and a throwback feel, and he's amassed quite a dedicated following of fans in our community, including myself. His next project is Gunslugs 2, sequel to the original Gunslugs [$1.99] which launched in January of last year. Gunslugs was a platforming shooter in a similar vein to something like Contra, with a huge focus on different weapons and plenty of unique playable characters. Gunslugs 2 follows in those same footsteps, but with improvements across the board. Here's a lengthy look at the game in action...

Victorian-Era Strategy Game 'Antihero' Lets You Stab, Sneak, and Steal Your Way to the Top, Next Year

I'm not particularly good at strategy games or asynchronous multiplayer — supply lines and terrain and Panzers are beyond me — so I can't do much but turn my nose up at the 4X genre's creeping renaissance on the App Store. There's a reason those old Kriegsspiele were designed for officers and not infantry...

According to a forum post by Blizzard community manager "Zeriyah," upcoming balance changes for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft [Free (HD)] will affect the Leeroy Jenkins and Starving Buzzard cards. This update, planned for September 22, will raise Leeroy's mana cost from 4 to 5. The Starving Buzzard, meanwhile, will have its mana cost raised from 2 to 5, and its stat line raise from 2 health, 1 attack to 3 health, 2 attack...

Low Poly Environmental God Game 'Biome' Coming to iOS Next Year

Biome is an upcoming environmental toy from the trio of developers that make up the fledgling studio known as Knick Knack. All angular polygons and electric greens and blues, Biome lets you "explore and transform the world as you play, unbound by goals or directives," as described on the website...

'Baseless' is an Upcoming Planet-Hopping Shooter from the Creator of  'David.'

David. [$1.99] from Fermenter Games was a curious little title that our Shaun Musgrave quite enjoyed. Now, a few months after that game's release, the developer is hard at work on a brand new game: Baseless. The game is still very early in the works, but it's showing some promise already. The idea is that this is a planet-hopping shooter, where, not unlike Toast Time [$2.99] or Spooklands [$0.99], you fire to attack enemies but to also move around. Battles right now take place among a bunch of planets, while you fight off enemies like turrets and space worms...

Namco Soft Launches 'Aevana: Unstoppable', an Auto-Running Action Game

Along with Pac-Man Championship Edition DX, Namco has soft launched another game in the past few days, Aevana: Unstoppable. This one's also available in New Zealand right now. This is a side-scrolling, level-based auto-runner where players control the eponymous Aevana, having to guide her over obstacles, and taking out enemies in the process. The game becomes about chaining together slides, jumps, tackles, and attacks, trying to make it from one level to the next. Combos and spells help to take out enemies that won't go down in just one hit. Along the way, coins and shards are earned, used to buy new items and upgrades, and to skip wait timers...

Microsoft announced earlier this morning that it had acquired Mojang — and Minecraft right along with it — for a cool $2.5 billion. The acquisition is expected to be finalized later this year, and Mojang's three co-founders, including Markus "Notch" Persson, are leaving the company...

As if they weren't busy enough, Harmonix Music Systems recently signed a publishing deal with Tilting Point to bring multiple new games to mobile devices. Tilting Point, to jog your memory, is a mobile publishing and marketing team known for projecting its game trailers onto the walls of Gothic Revival mansions...

Avenged Sevenfold's 'Hail to the King: Deathbat' Launching on October 16th

Back in July, Eli had the opportunity to sit down and go hands-on with Hail to the King: Deathbat, an upcoming mobile game from the band Avenged Sevenfold. The game itself is a hack 'n slash dungeon crawler type affair, with a dark and moody visual style and a surprisingly high level of difficulty. Usually when a big-name brand crosses over into the world of video games, the results are very hit or miss, but Hail to the King: Deathbat showed a lot of potential...

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