Category Archives: News

Discord [Free], the chat platform with over 45 million monthly users and—more importantly—TouchArcade readers' latest home, continues to grow both in features but also in importance within the larger gaming communities, and today's update is an important step towards further legitimacy. Starting today, Discord will provide Verified Servers to developers so that players will know which server is the official one for their favorite games. These verified servers will come with customizable splash pages, vanity URLs (which will make them easier to find), and more. Developers such as Mojang, Supercell, and many others have already been verified, and I'm sure many more are coming...

Third-Person Bank Robbery Shooter 'Armed Heist' Soft-Launches in Sweden

If you follow along with our Upcoming Games Forum, which you totally should if you care about being on the cutting edge of what's coming out for mobile, then you may have seen a thread that was posted late last month for a game from developer Sozap called Armed Heist. It's a third-person cover-based shooter centered around robbery, similar to something like the Payday series, and it tasks you with becoming the best gosh darned armed robber in the world. Not the noblest of endeavors, but it sure makes for some fun gaming. At the time of the forum posting, Armed Heist didn't have a trailer that was ready for public consumption, but some animated .gifs and a brief video showing some in-game footage of a beta version showed a lot of promise. Now, Sozap has prepared an official public trailer for Armed Heist which you can see below...




'Lineage 2: Revolution' Up to 1 Million Pre-Registered Players Already, Grab Your Nickname While You Can

Lineage 2: Revolution, the upcoming MMORPG based on the PC game Lineage 2, is still at the pre-registration stage but is already creating quite the buzz. The game already has over 1 million players pre-registered, and it has apparently topped the charts in places like Japan and South Korea. While that pre-registration number is sure to please the game's developers, it's also a good sign for players, since it shows that this MMORPG will launch to populated servers. The game needs to have lots of players because it offers the kinds of experiences we don't see on mobile, like 200-player castle sieges, real-time 50v50 PvP Fortress Sieges, and in general is a game that's all about the massive part of MMORPG...

We Bare Bears, the entertaining Cartoon Network show with a pretty big following—especially among the younger ones—is coming to mobile in the form of a game called We Bare Bears: Burrito Bash [Free]. The show, which is all about three bear brothers living among people as if nothing is weird about that, is quite silly in a good way, and it looks like that silliness is coming to Burrito Bash. In the game, Gizz, Panda, and Ice Bear (my favorite, of course) are dying to win an online burrito contest, so they decide to do what every bear would do: strap Grizz into a bumper car in an attempt to film the greatest action movie in history. What wouldn't bears do for a burrito, right?..

Hearthstone [Free] is famous for having some crazy card interactions, but it's also infamous for having some of those interactions resolve in unpredictable ways, which often messes with player decisions and frustrates players (and might even affect the outcomes of matches). Players have been calling for these interaction issues to be fixed, and it looks like the developers are finally starting to remedy those issues. In a video today, Josh Durica, Hearthstone Gameplay Engineer, talked about some improvements coming to the game. The first rule change is in order for "after" triggers to activate, the card needs to be present for the original action. So, when a Wild Pyromancer is summoned by a spell, it won't trigger because it wasn't present at the beginning of the action...

The Syrian refugee crisis might not be dominating our TVs like it did a few months back, especially in Europe, but it's still ongoing and still tragic. Bury me, my Love, an award-winning game that uses the trope of instant messaging to tell the story of a Syrian refugee, hopes to remind people of the ongoing plight of millions of Syrians when it launches for iOS and Android on October 26th. Bury me, my Love tells the story of Nour and her husband Majd. Nour sets on the perilous journey to Europe and safety, following in the footsteps of millions, but Majd stays back in Syria, and the only way he can help his wife is through an instant-messaging app...

Plague Inc. [$0.99], or as I often call it the mass-murder simulator, has been going strong for many years now, letting otherwise-kind players plan and execute global extermination. The very popular and successful game continues to grow, and very soon it will get three new official scenarios that will challenge the best mass murderers among you. The first one looks to the past and to the 1990s Mad Cow Disease, which almost shut down the beef industry and took your beloved burgers away from you for a while. Although it was a relatively short incident, it did let people see how fragile the meat industry is. Well, in the new scenario, Mad Cow Disease is making a comeback as the developers try and imagine how such an outbreak would look like today...

From the Forums: Is 'The Talos Principle' on iOS the Best Version of the Game Yet?

It certainly has been an exciting few weeks for iOS gaming. While 2017 has, on the whole, being an incredibly strong year for the platform, the onset of iOS 11 has resulted in a couple of huge surprise releases that have eclipsed everything else in their wake. The Witness [$9.99] brought Jonathan Blow's vibrant and challenging puzzler to the smaller screen in what can only be described as a phenomenal technical achievement, and this week The Talos Principle [$4.99] marked the latest - and hopefully not the last - major indie port for mobile devices. While there are hundreds of other reviews for the game that you can easily find online, as well as the official TouchArcade review hitting your screens soon, it's no secret that The Talos Principle is an excellent puzzle title that is more than worth the $4.99 from a gameplay perspective. However, the most pressing question for mobile gamers, and especially those who may already own the game on other consoles, is whether this iOS iteration is a fitting tribute to its incredible source material. To help, I've enlisted the assistance of the TouchArcade forums to share their thoughts on The Talos Principle on iPhone and iPad...

Earlier this week, the folks over at Super Evil Megacorp released the latest update to their mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free] . In addition to the requisite balance changes to heroes, items, and talents, Version 2.9 sees the release of new skins (including Halloween themed ones), new items, significant changes to vision, and the launch of the newest hero the Churnwalker...

Civilization building intersects collectible-card gaming in Age of Rivals [$3.99], a two-player game that is, for my money, one of the best games of the year. Age of Rivals is a card-drafting game where you must choose your path to victory. You can seek military prowess, economic dominance, cultural supremacy, or a more balanced path and one of the virtues of the game are its many routes to victory. The game is well worth a try, especially now that it has its first content expansion. The Conflict of Faith expansion brings 18 new cards, a brand new campaign, 6 new challenge levels to conquer as well as various gameplay improvements. Check out our forum thread for the complete list of additions in this awesome additional expansion for Age of Rivals...

At long last Smash Up [$4.99], a unique card battler, has arrived in the Apple Store. Nomad Games has been steadily working on a digital version of tabletop hit for some time and you can now play the results. In Smash Up there are nine playable factions including zombies, ninjas, pirates, dinosaurs, and robots. Each faction has its own deck which boasts cards with unique abilities and a distinct play style. You start the game by taking turns drafting two of these factions into service and shuffling the two decks together into what is hopefully a powerful 40-card alliance fit to take down your opponents. We wrote about Smash Up's impending mobile launch last week, but the game has finally released onto the App Store today...

Despite Pokemon GO [Free] being very much the flag-bearer of augmented reality games on the App Store, its relationship with this pioneering new(ish) technology is a somewhat complicated one. As well as being a major source of battery drain, the AR features within the game actually made it harder to catch any colorful creatures, and so the vast majority of Pokemon Trailers I've spoken to turned off the feature within days, if not minutes. It's probably not too outlandish to claim that the vast majority of gamers who do still play Pokemon GO using AR simply do not know there is an option to turn it off - and the game isn't any less engrossing as a result. That being said, there have been some really neat (and awkwardly hilarious) AR photos from the game over the past few months, and Niantic are holding a competition for the best Pokemon GO pictures on Instagram in an attempt to truly bring Cyndaquil, Drowzee and others into the real world...

Out Now: 'The Talos Principle', Dragon Hills 2', 'Into the Dead 2', 'Beyond Oasis', 'Taichi Panda 3', 'San Giorli', 'cmplt', 'Train Bandit', 'Blocksy' and More

It's that time of week where we round up the best new iPhone and iPad game releases of the past 7 days. While it's not a big week in terms of number of games, it's quite high up there in terms of quality. With the semi-surprise release of The Talos Principle, along with the release of The Witness a few weeks ago, we are plenty covered in terms of atmospheric, graphically impressive first-person puzzle adventures. We are GOOD. Dragon Hills 2 is a sequel to a favorite of mine that looks bigger and better in every way, as is Into the Dead 2. And finally Sega Forever has blessed us with the reissue of classic 16-bit RPG Beyond Oasis. And plenty more too, so check out the full list of games below and let us know in the comments which games you've got your eye on...

'Arena of Valor' US/Canada Pre-registration Is Live

Arena of Valor, Tencent's huge MOBA also known as Honor of Kings in China, has been available in Europe for a few weeks now, and today it looks like a US and Canada release is getting closer. If you're one of the many, many players anxiously waiting to get their hands on this super-popular game, you'll be glad to know that you can now pre-register for the US and Canada, and pre-registering gets you some nice rewards. You will get a limited skin for the hero Ormarr as well as 108 gems and double experience card when pre-registrations reach 100,000 (which I'm prety sure they will). And if you get 5 friends to pre-register too, you get a Level 3 Arcana chest as a thank you from the developers. The page doesn't provide any hints regarding a release date, but it can't be too far into the future...

Wizards of the coast continues to reveal the upcoming Magic: The Gathering Arena piece by piece, and today we got another developer stream that focused primarily on Aesthetics but also included a Q&A part. The developers discussed how they came to the decisions they did on things like card look, tapping animations, and so on, all of which were accompanied by videos showing the evolution of the design. For instance, they talked about the importance of keeping the cards facing the player throughout a match, which influenced how the cards will look like when they are tapped. Finding a way to show tapped cards well was much trickier than it sounds, and I have a hunch the developers' thought process was also influenced by how the game might look like on tablets and phones in the future...

Bottom of the 9th [$4.99], Handelabra Games' great conversion of the fun card and dice game with the same name, is an fast and entertaining take on baseball that we liked in our review. Today, the game received an update that added even more content, which should please its players. The game has also launched on PC, so it should be easier to find people to play against now given that the multiplayer part is cross platform. As for the new content, the game received the Manager's Challenge solo campaign, where you try to lead your team to the playoffs over a six game homestand. There's also a variety of scenarios that modify various parts of the game to make it even more interesting. For instance, there are weather effects, pinch hitting, and even scenarios that expand the game to cover several innings...

If you like visiting other players' Minecraft [$6.99] Realms and you also like to see yourself on streams, you should check out today's "Realms Day of Play," organized by Mojang to celebrate the new features in the Better Together update. As you probably know if you play Minecraft, you can now visit someone's Realm just by accepting an invite link. So, today, you can head over to Mixer, Microsoft's streaming service, hit an invite link, and join one of the many streamers participating in Realms Day of Play. All you have to do is search for "Minecraft Realms Day of Play" and head over to those channels to join up. You can even open your own Realm for visits (by putting "Minecraft Realms Day of Play" in the title and the Invite Link in the stream description), although make sure to first download a copy of your Realm to prevent trolling. Head over here for more details on that...

Sorry to disappoint any fans expecting the SEGA Forever series to be literally faithful to its name, as there were only ever 897 Genesis/Mega Drive games published, and only a proportion actually developed by the Japanese company themselves. SEGA Forever - more like SEGA Seventeen Years, am I right? In SEGA's defense, they have released so many titles under this new moniker on the App Store that I can't even remember if I've made this awful joke before, so apologies if my terrible humor has started to get stale. Anyway, another week, another new SEGA Forever game, and this time around it's the short but sweet action RPG Beyond Oasis [Free]. In the game, your protagonist comes equipped with a magical Armlet, which can harness the powers of certain elemental spirits encountered on your travels. Beyond Oasis is definitely one of the strongest of SEGA's back catalogue, and is available to download today for free on the App Store...

Clash Royale's [Free]Touchdown, the recently added new mode, is really fun to play and offers a very different tactical challenge than the normal mode. If you've been having trouble figuring out how best to play it and how to get those Crowns, read on for some very useful tips from the Clash Royale Arena website. First, let's clarify those rules. In this mode you have to get troops into the opponent's endzone. Each time one troop gets into the endzone, you get a crown, and whoever gets to 3 crowns first wins. The first 2 minutes of the match are x1 Elixir and the rest x2 Elixir. And some cards cannot be placed past the middle of the field because they would pretty much break the game...

New iOS Games on Our Forums: 'Into the Dead 2', 'The Talos Principle', 'Lionheart: Dark Moon' and More

Between Into the Dead 2, The Talos Principle and Lionheart: Dark Moon, we've got a triple whammy of awesome games to soak up the rest of our week. It also just so happens that we can triple dip on made up holidays today to celebrate. Start by asking your parents out to lunch to celebrate National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day, then suggest you go find some food trucks to celebrate National Food Truck Day, then find a truck serving sausage pizza to finish the trifecta by celebrating National Sausage Pizza Day. Hardcore stuff right there. Anyway, a bunch of other games were released this week...

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