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'99 Rockets' is a Casual Game with an Ending

Most casual games on mobile tend to be built for endless play. After all, from a developer's standpoint, why build a stopping point for your game when you can get people to play about your game forever? The developer of 99 Rockets, Itatake, has no need for such silly ideas. Why, they've built a game that has a built-in ending: ..

Alright, so the iPad Pro is out and everyone is going wild for the Apple Pencil, but what if you like the idea of having a stylus for drawing but aren't so into the idea of buying a brand new iPad (and a $100 stylus) just for the privilege? Well, that's where today's deal, the Pencil by FiftyThree comes in. We're offering it on TouchArcade Deals for slightly cheaper than Amazon and other places, and when paired with the companion Paper [Free] app, you can do some real cool stuff. Here's the trailer from back then Pencil was first released:

I've got one, and while my artistic talents basically end at drawing mediocre dickbutts, it's still really fun to fiddle with. Paper is a cool app, and adding a stylus into the mix just takes it to a whole different level. Also, flipping it over and using the "eraser" on the other end feels weirdly futuristic.

But, hey, maybe you suck at drawing just as much as I do and want to build iOS stuff instead? That's cool too, as right now we're running a pay what you want iOS 9 bundle:

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It includes a silly amount of things for you to learn, complete with several app templates, and how to build things not only for the new Apple TV but also the Apple Watch. Barrier to entry on these courses is also super low, so even if you're a total beginner you can just hop right in.


If for some unfortunate reason you've been living in a remote cabin without internet access for the past few months, first off, welcome back. Secondly, Call of Champions is a mobile MOBA that we've been having a fantastic time with over here at TouchArcade Towers. If you watch us on Mobcrush, you'll see us streaming it quite often, our forum members dig it, and we made it game of the week when it launched. Here's the tl;dr on what makes Call of Champions special:..

With Hearthstone [Free] League of Explorers First Wing officially behind us, we are now carefully entering the Second Wing, Uldaman. We're now chasing the second piece of the artifact that lies deep within the halls of Uldaman, a very important location for dwarfs. Which is why Brann Bronzebeard himself will be coming along to help us make it through this wing. Similarly to the first Wing, Uldaman has two bosses to fight against and a level called the Mine Cart Rush that is similar in nature to the Temple Boss from last week. There are some very good cards to get this week like Tomb Spider, Unearthed Raptor, and, of course, the Legendary Brann Bronzebeard that makes battlecries trigger twice...

RPG Reload File 062 - 'Dragons Odyssey Frane'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we believe love can bloom between a cat and a human. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past and shine a little light on it to see how it's holding up. It's an opportunity to revisit old favorites, reflect on how they fit into the overall iOS RPG landscape, and to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. I do my best to present a balanced menu from week to week, but if you feel like I'm missing something important, don't stay quiet about it. Post in the comments below, drop in on the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or tweet me at @RPGReload to make a suggestion. I plan the schedule quite far in advance, so you probably won't see the game you mention soon, but it will go on the master list, I assure you...

Kobojo's Zodiac: Orcanon Odyssey [$8.99] has had a rocky launch, for sure. A game that seemed quite promising initially wound up being a game that I personally did not enjoy, and has gotten some mixed reviews so far. But the forum thread is full of people who are upset about the game, seeing bugs and shortcomings to the point that you have people requesting refunds. Namely, one major issue? The game just kind of ends suddenly, with pretty much no mention that the game is, basically unfinished. After all, when you see the menus with loads of class and character slots, it seems reasonable to think that they would be for content you could currently get in the game. But no, you hit a brick wall as far as content goes. Bugs exist, such as an app update deleting the save files of users who didn't sign in with Kobojo, including one TA staffer. This post runs down many of the issues that our community is running into...

Spryfox News: 'Alphabear' Thanksgiving Event Incoming and New Game 'Bushido Bear' Announced

Spryfox, developers of such adorable bear-based video games as Triple Town [Free] and Alphabear [Free], have just given their fans an update on everything that's currently going on at the studio, including some mobile-related stuff. First off, if you're a fan of their fantastic word game Alphabear, you've got something good to look forward to for Thanksgiving next week. ..

Time makes fools of us all. But as time changes, so must we change. Such is the philosophy that Gameloft is seemingly using with Heroes of Order and Chaos [Free], their MOBA that's maybe not getting the attention that Vainglory [Free] gets, but is still chugging along. In fact, Gameloft is about to do a huge visual overhaul of the game. Gone is the darkness, in is a brighter game look with more colors! It's kind of like the trends in progressive metal album colors, but in a video game. And with fewer triangles. Check out some comparison shots:..

We last reported on Super Evil Megacorp’s mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free], receiving some pretty cool features (as well as skins) with an early November update. Not to be outdone with that update, the MOBA developers have released a second update in the same month, this time launching a new hero, making the requisite balance changes, and debuting some pretty cool queue features...

Yesterday we learned that Telltale Games would be releasing the newest trailer for Episode 3 of Minecraft: Story Mode [$4.99], their story-driven take on the hit sandbox game Minecraft, and true to their word the trailer has arrived today. We originally mistook their announcement that Episode 3 itself would be arriving today, rather than just the trailer, and were really excited at the brisk pace which the team had been releasing new episodes compared to their other episodic games. However, along with today's new trailer comes a release date for Episode 3 and it is in fact continuing that brisk pace with Episode 3 set to begin rolling out next week on November 24th...

Following in the footsteps of the most recent update to Marvel Future Fight [Free], a Jessica Jones story event has been added to Kabam's mobile brawler Marvel Contest of Champions [Free] just in time for the Netflix original series to kick off tomorrow. Like the game's previous Blood and Venom story event (which expires in less than 24 hours in case you haven't finished it!) there are Beginner, Normal and Heroic difficulty levels of the new Jessica Jones "Contamination" event. The new event also introduces a new character, the Daredevil from the recent Daredevil TV series, which preceded the Jessica Jones series. Here's a quick video showing Daredevil's special moves...

The League of Explorers' Uldaman 'Hearthstone' Wing Opens!

November 19th, 2015 1:11 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
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Hey fellow Hearthstone [Free] fanatics, the second wing of The League of Explorers is now open. Adventurers brave enough to journey into Uldaman and come out unscathed will be rewarded the Brann Bronzebeard legendary (along with a bunch of other cards) which lets your battlecries trigger twice- Basically the opposite of Baron Rivendare's ability that triggers your deathrattles twice...

Don't Download the Latest 'Super Hexagon' Update

November 19th, 2015 11:00 AM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
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Here's a small PSA for fans of Terry Cavanagh's Super Hexagon [$2.99]: Apparently there's something that's gone wrong with the just-released 2.2 update that's wiping save games. It's since been updated with a big ol' "DO NOT UPDATE!" in the What's New section, warning players to avoid it...

Well, we knew it was coming soon, and it has indeed arrived. The Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] has been updated just now, and we officially have Redstone circuits to play with! I know many players (me included) have been waiting for this huge part of Minecraft to hit the Pocket Edition, and I'm glad it's finally here. Now we can build crazy coasters and contraptions in survival, which is great for survival-only players (like me). The update has brought basic Redstone circuits - including Redstone Wire - and the first set of Redstone Producers that includes among other items daylight sensors, pressure plates, and tripwire hooks. I know many of you are asking "where are the pistons?"..

Out Now: 'Real Boxing 2 CREED', 'Carmen Sandiego Returns', 'Goat Rider', 'Last Horizon', 'Super Dangerous Dungeons', 'Chromatic Souls', 'Jollygrams', 'Incurve - Sector 2' and More

Phew! It's that time of week again where a bunch of new iOS games come pouring out of a spout and into the App Store. And let me tell you, this week was a real gusher. Classic edutainment series Carmen Sandiego makes a triumphant return, Real Boxing gets a Creed movie tie-in sequel, and a bunch of silly characters ride goats in Goat Rider. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. So check out the full list below and as always let us know in the comments which games you'll be picking up!..

Cross-Platform MMORPG 'Albion Online' Closed Beta Starts Monday, "Classless Combat" Video Released

It's been a while since we talked about the upcoming cross-platform MMORPG Albion Online, but with the closed beta starting early next week and new videos being released it feels like a good time for an update. Our first post on Albion Online was more than a year ago when we took a look at a lengthy video of an early version of the game. This past June another new video was released and details on alpha testing emerged. This week, developer Sandbox Interactive has sent over their latest video which details the "classless combat" in Albion Online...

'Black Boxes' is the New Puzzler from 'Shades' Developer Uovo

Last year, a clever Tetris-inspired puzzler from developer Uovo called Shades: A Simple Puzzle Game [$1.99 / Free] was released in the App Store. It was a bit rough around the edges at first and initially it flew under the radar, but a steady stream of updates and improvements helped put it on the map and brought it to our own attention when we reviewed it in April of this year. Besides the tried and true "fit falling blocks together to clear rows" formula that Tetris popularized decades ago, the thing that made Shades stand out, as its name alluded to, was the ability to combine various shades of colored blocks to create one same shaded row or rows to clear. It was a neat take on the formula, and Uvovo is going back to that mechanic with their follow-up title Black Boxes. The easiest way to explain Black Boxes is that it's the same shade-combining of Shades but in a match-3 style game. Check out the trailer...

As pretty much all Clash of Clans [Free] players know, the game will soon get a pretty big update that will add Town Hall 11 along with many other features like changes in multiplayer matchmaking, session timers, village guard, and many more. While I was looking around for more info on the update, I kept bumping into all kind of Clash of Clans-related arts, crafts, and food stuff, so I decided to write this article. Since almost all Clash of Clans players are patiently (or impatiently) waiting for the update to drop, I thought I'd offer some possible gift ideas for those Clashers in your family. While these ideas won't be for everyone, I also wanted to write this to show the game's popularity outside the screens of your mobile devices. It's always amazing to see a game's universe and characters inspire people so much...

October's Top iOS Games by Downloads

November 18th, 2015 3:30 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News

The guys over at Sensor Tower sent us over a listing of October's top downloaded iOS games. We've posted these kinds of lists before with data that Apple provided, but they never gave us any actual numbers, as in true Apple fashion, they're not into specifics. Sensor Tower is a bit different, and while they (obviously) don't have direct access to iTunes statistics like Apple does, they're an analytics platform that is fed tons of data which they calculate these kind of conclusions from. Sensor Tower (and the developers who use their service) believe their data has a high degree of accuracy...

We've got a lot of crazy stuff over on TouchArcade Deals, and today's deal is super cool if you're the kind of person who wished Guitar Hero came with a real tiny electric guitar. Well, the Jamstik wireless smart guitar sort of realizes that dream, in that it's a full-blown electric guitar that hooks up to your iOS device and then lets you play... Well, actual music. Check out how it works in this demo video:..

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