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The Long-awaited 'The Wild' Might Rise from the Dead but as a Third-Person Game

Well, I'm sure you didn't expect to read this story since I don't think I expected to write it. Have you heard of the "upcoming" survival game called The Wild? Most of our readers have judging by the forum thread that currently sits at almost 340 pages long. This survival game was for the longest time at the top of almost everyone's upcoming games list because of its very promising premise - a wilderness survival game based on exploration and discovery with day/night cycles and a vast mountain landscape. The game was steadily coming along, and then all of a sudden it went silent, as if the game crashed on a remote mountain with no way to communicate...

Sorry Everyone, 'Pathfinder Adventures' is Delayed at Least Until April 28th

I know, everyone's been anxiously waiting for Pathfinder Adventures for some time, but we'll have to wait for (hopefully) just a few more days until we get the game on our devices. After delaying the game for about a month in order to take beta feedback under consideration, the developers are pushing the game release from April 26th to (tentatively) April 28th. This delay is simply for the developers to polish the game a bit more before releasing it to all of us. Personally, I have no issue with developers deciding to delay in order to offer a better product because the App Store can be brutal; if you release a buggy game, well, you don't get a second chance at a first impression and with so many games coming out each day, it's hard to keep players' attention as is...




'Five Nights at Freddy's' Creator Scott Cawthon is Teasing 'Sister Location', but is it a Spin-off or a Sequel?

After trying to - unsuccessfully - move away from Five Nights at Freddy's [$2.99] games, it looks like Scott Cawthon is back to his old tricks if the teaser on his webpage is to be believed. If you remember, Cawthon released FNAF World, an bright and happy RPG using FNAF characters, but it all went very sour very quickly to the point where Cawthon had to pull the game from Steam. Now, according to a teaser posted on his webpage (which has been his favorite way of promoting his games), we should be getting a game much closer to the original FNAF games. The teaser shows an animatronic face that looks a bit like Bonnie and "Sister Location - There was never just one" written across the screen...

After watching the first official Clash Royale [Free] tournament a couple of weeks ago, it became pretty clear to me that the game is a great spectator esport (despite its balance issues and obsession with showing the game in portrait mode). On Sunday, April 24th, we are getting another tournament, the CR 1on1 Community Cup #1 Global organized by ESL Gaming, and it looks like it's going to be a fun one. In this tournament you get in touch with your opponent, join together in one of the ESLPlay clans still open, send a Friendly Battle request, and then play and report the results. The whole setup is pretty simple, but of course plenty can (and probably will) go wrong as is the case with any game still making baby steps into becoming a competitive sport...

If you've been following the mobile streaming scene, you're no doubt fully familiar with Fishdix. When Gameloft was making a big push to having a whole team of people streaming their games, he was on the frontlines, and like us has since moved over to his own channel on Mobcrush. (He was also huge in the Order & Chaos YouTube scene.) Well, we've teamed up, and from time to time he'll be streaming on the TouchArcade Mobcrush channel. Check it out:..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Loop Mania'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

Check Out Two Level Playthrough Videos for Gorgeous Upcoming Platformer 'Le Parker - Sous Chef Extraordinaire'

During GDC last month I was able to sit down and try out an early version of Le Parker - Sous Chef Extraordinaire, an atmospheric platformer from developer Play Pretend that looked to hit all the exact right notes in terms of things I enjoy in a platforming game. It had a lighthearted story about a chef trying to retrieve his recipe for the world's lightest desert (it's so light it literally floats), a moody and sophisticated color palette, killer pixel art with lots of advanced graphical features, and most importantly of all a perfect "feel" for the movement and jumping through the game. It's been one of my most anticipated games since! Well, Play Pretend is wrapping up work on Le Parker and recently they've posted two level playthrough videos giving us a glimpse at the game in action. ..

Apple's been known for their Apple Design Awards, honoring the best apps and games on the App Store. Google hasn't had anything similar, but they're doing that starting this year, with the Google Play Awards debuting at Google I/O 2016. On May 19th at 7:00pm PDT, Google will honor Android apps in several different categories, including several gaming categories. The Best Game category is an interesting one, as the nominees are an interesting bunch: Alphabear [Free], Clash Royale [Free], Clash of Kings [Free], Marvel Future Fight [Free], and Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes [Free]. Nothing wrong with that list, just different from what my list of top nominees from the past 12 months or so would be, though Clash Royale would definitely be on there. Send help...

'Final Meteor' Looks Like a Fun JRPG-Inspired Clicker

If the world's gonna keep making clickers, I might as well keep talking about them. I'm a sucker for retro-inspired games, you might have noticed. But still, Final Meteor looks like it's up my alley. This game will have you clicking and building up your idle generators to fight all sorts of enemies, all in a style similar to 8-bit JRPGs. You'll upgrade your equipment, spells, and abilities to help take on the enemies and bosses, as well as your tapping endurance. Check out the trailer:..

If you've been following Hearthstone [Free] news the last few weeks, you'll know that Blizzard has been constantly spoiling cards from the upcoming Whispers of the Old Gods expansion. With the expansion releasing April 26th, Blizzard went ahead and revealed all 134 WoG cards yesterday, and everyone's is really excited about what's to come next week. We got to see many of the new cards in action during Blizzard's exhibition matches yesterday, and it's clear to all that the meta is about to blow up and become something unrecognizable and, hopefully, awesome. I hope that with the release of Standard and the new expansion, watching and playing Hearthstone will be filled with unexpected moments not solely because of RNG, but also because of players' deckbuilding decisions...

Kiloo's MOBA-Inspired PvP Battler 'Spellbinders' Gets New Cinematic Trailer Ahead of Launch Next Week

We got our first glimpse at Kiloo and Funday Factory's MOBA-inspired PvP battler Spellbinders during GDC last month, and then again when they released a gameplay trailer at the beginning of this month. Today another new trailer has hit, this time more of a humorous cinematic trailer that introduces some of the characters and units in the game. Thing along the lines of all those funny Clash of Clans commercials that would run all the time a while back. Check it out...

2016 is the year where mobile gaming overtakes console and PC gaming, according to Newzoo. Between 'personal screens' (phones, watches) and tablets, they are estimated to represent 37% of the total gaming market, versus 29% for TV-based gaming (plus 2% for handheld systems), and 32% for PC gaming. And Newzoo is estimating that mobile gaming, specifically on phones, watches, and tablets, will take up 45% of the gaming market ($52.5 billion) in 2019. And heck, I think that if you're just judging on form factor, that really underestimates what 'mobile-powered operating systems' devices are going to have as far as share of gaming money goes. I still believe in Apple TV and Android TV gaming as more cord-cutting happens, though admittedly, year 1 of the Apple TV isn't shaking out well for that prediction...

If you've been checking out our Upcoming Games Forum thread at any time during the last couple of years, you've probably seen Happymagenta's Joan Mad Run, or Project "Joan", pop up on the front page quite often. The thread has been around since 2013, and while there were plenty of updates initially, we hadn't really heard much during 2015. Well, good news since the developers popped in the thread to let everyone know that the game has been submitted to Apple for review, so barring any Apple shenanigans, we should get the game in a couple of weeks or thereabouts...

If you haven't played Plague Inc. [$0.99] yet, well, the game is on the verge of giving you one more huge reason to flop out 99¢. An update due to hit in the next few weeks is going to be bringing the ability for mobile players of the game to play the community created custom scenarios from the PC version of the game. Instead of waiting for official scenarios, you'll be able to go through some of the best worldwide epidemics players have created ranging from werewolves to xenomorphs to... cats? ..

RPG Reload File 077 - 'Gailardia'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where you can't have a boat until you get yourself a map. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from an older time to see how it's doing in the modern day. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, dig up forgotten titles, or just take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. As the fated hero's second cousin (twice removed), I try to choose a balanced plate of RPGs from week to week that properly represent the diversity of the genre. If you feel like I'm missing out on something good, though, make sure to speak up. You can give me suggestions by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. The schedule is done up months in advance, so I can't promise you'll see your suggestion soon, but I will add it to the list...

Ludoko's Unique Dodging/Reflecting Arcade Game 'Outdodge' is Coming Next Week

A little more than a year ago, we sat down with Ludoko Studios during GDC 2015 and took a look at their unique arcade dodging/reflecting game Outdodge. At that time, Ludoko expected the game needed maybe another couple of months of work before release. Boy were they wrong! As it turned out, they spent the past year really polishing Outdodge to a freakish shine, which should be a good thing for potential players. They're finally done with all that polishing though, and expect to launch Outdodge sometime early next week. Check out this brand new trailer...

It was just a couple of days ago that we learned about the release date for episode 3 of Telltale's The Walking Dead: Michonne [$4.99] mini-series, and today we now have a trailer to go along with that announcement. And boy what a trailer it is. This third episode, which is titled What We Deserve, brings everything that's happened in the first two episodes to a head, and it looks extremely intense. Obviously, if you haven't played the previous two episodes, there are spoilers contained in this trailer. You've been warned!..

The propular fitness app/zombie apocalypse surviving simulator Zombies, Run! [Free] is starting Season 5, and it promises some big expansions of the concept. But for users of the current app, they'll be glad to know that 40 new missions have been added to the game, along with a whole bunch of little tweaks and improvements to make the whole thing better. The business model isn't changing from the free-to-play model introduced in season 4. $2.99 per month or $19.99 per year will get you unlimited access to all game modes and features, with free players getting the first few story missions and one free mission per week...

Command an Army of Dinosaurs Against Cavemen in 'Dino Bash'

Tilting Point and Pokoko Studio are bringing their game of caveman and dinosaur strategy worldwide to the App Store next week on April 28th. Dino Bash will have you commanding an army of dinosaurs, trying to fight off those dastardly humans by strategically deploying your dino troops, and using manually-fired projectile weapons to protect your egg. It's castle defense, but dinosaurs can't build castles – the tyrannosaurus rex's short stubby arms are more there for show – but they got something to protect...

'Hungry Shark World' Finally Launching Worldwide May 5th

Back in December, Ubisoft soft-launched a brand new game in the Hungry Shark series called Hungry Shark World. It featured the most impressive graphics for the series to date, the largest open-world environments to date, and the largest cast of unique sharks to unlock and wreak havoc with. It seemed great! There was only one problem: Nobody knew when the game would be launching worldwide. That changes today, however, as Ubisoft has released a brand new teaser along with a worldwide release date of May 5th for Hungry Shark World...

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