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New 'Rocky' Mobile Game Releasing to Celebrate Original Film's 40th Anniversary

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the original Rocky film, and yes, that makes me feel old. To celebrate this milestone, MGM Interactive and developer Tapinator are releasing Rocky, a new mobile game featuring the biggest of Rocky's rivals from the film. That includes Apollo Creed, Clubber Lang, and Ivan Drago. In the game you'll manage a boxing gym and as you build it up you'll unlock 37 different fighters across 4 tiers, including the rare movie star characters mentioned above as well as Rocky himself. ..

After what has felt like a horribly long and drawn out 2016, it's finally December, which brings with it a whole host of yearly traditions. Forget the holidays, advent calendars, snowmen and the like - for iOS gaming, it's the inevitable 'Best of 2016' lists which will begin to emerge amongst both critics and consumers, and while there will be some heated arguments along the way, it's a great time to evaluate the past twelve months and revisit some of the classics that have released on our favorite touchscreen platform. For me personally, one of the first games that comes to mind is Human Resource Machine [$4.99] - its programming-based puzzles were extremely compelling and suited to mobile, which coupled with some subtle yet supremely clever presentation resulted in an essential App Store release when it launched back in June. Today, Android gamers can join in the fun, as Human Resource Machine has finally launched on Google Play for $4.99, which is a bargain for the amount of frustration and fun you will get out of Tommorow Corporation's latest release...




Okay everyone, time to walk the Mean Streets of Gadgetzan because Hearthstone's [Free] latest expansion has just released in the Americas (it will release tomorrow in Europe). There are now 132 brand new cards for you to get your hands on, and some of them are quite fantastic. A few quick words about the expansion first. Mean Streets of Gadgetzan puts you in the middle of a clash between three crime families running Gadgetzan, the Grimy Goons (Hunter, Paladin, Warrior), the Kabal (Mage, Priest, Warlock), and Jade Lotus (Druid, Rogue, Shaman). Each of the families plays differently with the Grimy Goons buffing minions in your hands, the Kabal using all kinds of crazy potions, and the Jade Lotus using stealth and the ever-growing Jade Golems to take down the opposition. There are also the Tri-Class Cards, neutral minions that can only be used by one family...

We posted about it coming a few days ago, but Tiny Wings TV has since been released on the Apple TV. If you load up your Apple TV's App Store, you'll see it front and centered featured for $2.99. Chances are you've already played the iOS version, but playing on the TV provides a new opportunity to play split screen multiplayer sharing either one Apple TV remote or using an Apple TV remote and a secondary MFi controller...

If you're super old school, you might remember Amateur Surgeon as Adult Swim's very first game on the App Store. If you never played it, it's basically Trauma Center: Under the Knife for the old school DS, but dripping with Adult swim charm and silliness. Amateur Surgeon was a hit, and Adult Swim went on to release two sequels to the original which all have since been removed from the App Store (although I'm not sure how many people noticed). As of this morning, Amateur Surgeon 4 [Free] hit the App Store. The fourth installment is a bit of a remaster of the original games, as well as being packed with new content, so there wasn't a whole lot of reason to keep the old defunct Amateur Surgeon games around...

Out Now: 'Apollo Justice Ace Attorney', 'Space Madness', 'Swap Sword', 'Knight Slinger', 'Colt Express', 'Arcane Dragons', 'JEX', 'Atlantean' and More

It's another week of new releases, and just like the Thanksgiving lull from last week, there's not quite the usual amount of new games that we're used to. There's still a lot of stuff though! Only in the wacky world of mobile is a list of 26 new games considered a lull. Headlining this week's haul is the arrival of Appolo Justice Ace Attorney, filling in that fourth entry gap in the main Ace Attorney series. There's plenty more potential gems in the list below, so be sure to check out everything and let us know which games you've got your eye on this week. ..

'Apollo Justice Ace Attorney' Hits the App Store

We're just mere moments away from our usual "Out Now" post, but I figured the arrival of Apollo Justice Ace Attorney [$0.99] was worth it's own little heads up. For those keeping score at home, Apollo Justice is the fourth game in the beloved Ace Attorney main series, though it doesn't actually star everyone's favorite ace attorney Phoenix Wright. No matter though, as our own Shaun Musgrave notes in the original announcement of this iOS port, "Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney is both important to the overall story of the series and still a pretty awesome game in its own right." Just over a week ago the release date for Apollo Justice was announced, with iOS hitting right now and the Android version coming just one week later...

Space MMO 'Hades' Star' Looking for Alpha Testers

If you want to take a trip to Hades (sorry, couldn't resist), check out the upcoming Hades' Star, a persistent space MMO looking for Alpha testers in our Upcoming Games forum. The game is still in very early development, but if you want to be one of the first to travel the uncharted galaxies of an MMO, now is the time to join. According to this dev blog, Hades' Star aims to be less complicated than games like EVE Online but still be deep and interesting. Same goes for UI complexity, which can be a problem when the game is running on an iPhone. The other main design goal is to adapt this MMO to the particularities of the mobile platform. In other words, players should be able to jump in and out of the game quickly without experiencing long loading times. They are trying to do so by having the entire game take place on a single screen...

Don't Grind [Free] is a silly game, but silly in the positive sense of the word. We really like it here at TouchArcade towers, and it's no accident it was our Game of the Week. Something about trying to keep those poor vegetables, sweets, or whatever from dying at the blades of the huge buzzsaws is endearing, especially because the physics work great and make the game feel good. The game has just released a funny video to celebrate 2 million players, so we thought it would be a good time to write about this developer blog that talks about the game's origin and all the development decisions that went into making it. For instance, the developers wanted to have gore and screaming in the game but made sure it was more on the funny than horrifying side. That's why you won't see red-colored blood or any little animals falling into those buzzsaws...

In March of last year, Kalypso Media released a refreshing take on the roguelike genre with Crowntakers [$3.99 (HD)]. By taking elements from turn-based strategy RPGs and blending in some of the most popular elements of roguelikes, they created an experience that was more than the sum of its parts. Also, by including two difficult levels, one where you could take your characters and experience levels with you game to game and one that was truly permadeath and caused you to start completely over upon death, Crowntakers appealed to a wide audience of gamers. We loved it in our review and really the only problem was that Crowntakers was an iPad-only game, limiting the amount of people who could play it. Well, that's no longer going to be the case as Kalypso has announced that Crowntakers will be receiving iPhone support this coming January. Here's how the game will look on the iPhone...

Turn-Based Miniatures Game 'Warbands: Bushido' Coming Along Well

Warbands: Bushido is trying to bring the feel of moving miniatures around a board to your mobile devices, and it seems to be well on its way to do so. The game has just gone live on Steam Early Access, and while the developers say there's still a lot of work to be done before the game comes out on iOS, I'm glad to see it's on the right path. As you can see in the Upcoming Games forum thread for the game, Warbands: Bushido is a turn-based miniatures board game with cards, and it looks really nice. The isometric view makes it feel like playing the real thing and the miniatures - of which there are over 100 - look fancy...

Back in 2011, Onlive, a cloud-based service, tried to do something pretty crazy; let you play games without actually downloading them. Alas, the service was not long-lived and the service got its obituary around 2015. Now Rovio, the developer behind the little-known Angry Birds franchise, has decided to once more try and reach for the dream of offering players the ability to play games without having to download them on their devices. To do that, it has created a new company called Hatch Entertainment, and the name of its service is Hatch. Hatch will let you stream the games you play without having to do any updates, any in-app purchases, and, of course, without having to download anything. At the same time, you'll be able to either play with or against friends and also share videos or even broadcast your gaming live...

If you're a PlayStation 4 gamer, then you should probably download the new PlayStation Communities [Free] App, out now for iOS and Android. This app will let players meet players with similar interests so you can socialize or even team up. For instance, you can join parties and launch into games with other Community members, which is a great feature for those who like playing multiplayer games like Destiny or Overwatch but don't want to go through the solo queue. You can also check community profiles, join and leave communities, and pretty much position yourself among players with similar interests...

Yogg-Saron hasn't always been everyone's favorite Hearthstone [Free] Whispers of the Old Gods card; something about a ton of random spells blasting all over the place irked those who hate RNG. The card has been nerfed a bit but is still a powerful one, and in this repeat Tavern Brawl its RNG spell effect is back to make your Brawl, well, unexpected. In Servant of Yogg-Saron Tryouts you pick a class and get a deck full of random minions. Every time you play a minion, a random spell is cast. That spell might hit your side of the board as easily as the opponent's side, so play minions wisely. If you don't like RNG, well, pop in, get that pack, and run away as fast as you can...

Apple and Product Red have been doing annual promotions now for ten years, which honestly, really makes me feel old as it doesn't seem like that long ago. If you've never heard of this whole (RED) thing before, the Wikipedia page does a good job of detailing what it's all about. Basically, all these massive global brands all get together to put out (RED) products (which are typically red, believe it or not) to raise awareness and money to fight AIDS in Africa. Considering how global this effort is, it'd actually be pretty impressive if you've never heard of it, but, hey, whatever...

I can't believe it's already been a year since our last National Mousse Day. I'm not sure if it technically qualifies as a mousse or not, not being an expert in such things, but I feel like it's appropriate to eat a Baker's Square French Silk Pie today. Or really any day. While you're eating your pie, why not also sink your teeth into some of these new iOS games? Either way, we only have a few more weeks until the iTunes holiday freeze hits, so I'm sure this list will grow significantly by tonight and the following weeks will be even crazier...

There are a wide variety of genres and types of games on the App Store, many of which would only work on the pure touchscreen-centric input that the iPhone offers. While this results in a lot of imaginative and innovative experiences, I still end up gravitating towards platformers when I'm looking for a new game to play. I don't know whether it's their intrinsic familiarity or maybe just a personal predisposition towards the genre, but games such as Mos Speedrun 2 [$1.99] and Kero Blaster [$5.99] provided incredibly compulsive platforming action that was impossible to put down. Tons of Bullets [$1.99] follows in a similar vein - with both graphics and gameplay that evoke a bygone era of chaotic 2D platformers, the developers created a predictable but fun premium game that was a bargain for its two dollar price of entry. While the developers have supported the game with successive updates since its launch, Tons of Bullets has today gone on sale for the first time ever for only $0.99, which is a fantastic price for anyone looking for even more enemies to run, shoot and jump at...

Even though I spend most of my free time writing about a ridiculous variety of iOS games, I always tend to gravitate towards a relatively basic App Store classic on the everyday commute. This game is Desert Golfing [$1.99] - while not much more than an extremely minimalist putting simulator, in practice the game is an incredibly cathartic and relaxing experience. However, with the ever-present aggregate number of strokes, Desert Golfing can become a surprisingly competitive and social App Store essential - this versatility is a major factor in how the game has become a cult hit amongst many fans. The procedurally generated nature of the title, and whether there is actually an end point to the game, is also a big driving factor behind why people keep on playing, and back in March some extremely devoted fans thought they had found the conclusion to the courses on hole number 19,491. Earlier this week such speculation has been well and truly crushed, as Twitter user AldenLudwick has found the end of Desert Golfing in the form of an impassable ocean at the 64,465th hole, which developer Justin Smith has implied is a true terminus for the game...

'The Hacker 2.0' Is a Turn-Based Strategy Puzzle From 'Drylands' Developer

When you see a screenshot from the upcoming The Hacker 2.0 by the developers of Drylands [$2.99], it will remind you a lot of Deus Ex GO and Hitman GO, and the developer does admit that those games were an inspiration. However, this game, which takes place within a VR environment, is more focused on strategy and on using your different functions - skills you can buy, upgrade, and equip - to make it through the many levels. You can use your functions to block an enemy's path, delete an enemy altogether, or even teleport yourself around the level. I hope there's a great variety of these functions because being able to pick and choose will increase the game's replayability...

Ellen's Heads Up [$0.99] has been a huge success, and I don't think I've stood in a line recently and haven't seen one family or another play this word game. It's still in the top 5 games on the App Store and has been there since forever. Add to that all the celebrities that Ellen has playing this game on TV, and it's no wonder it's so huge. The game's latest holiday update lets players try decks for free. More specifically, during Ellen's 12 Days of Giveways, players can try out one of the most popular decks in the game for free. You can't pick which deck you'll try out, but this might be a chance to have fun with words you'll have no idea how to offer any clues...

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