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New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Ancient Battle: Hannibal', 'Motorsport Manager', 'Swing Copters' and More

It's the butt crack of dawn Wednesday morning, and the App Store in New Zealand just dumped a fresh load of new iOS games on to the world. The list this week is a little sparse, so far anyway, but maybe that's because everyone knows better than to release something around the same time as an official Flappy Bird followup...

It's an unholy meeting of free to play titans as the latest update to EA's The Simpsons: Tapped Out [Free] adds a very Clash of Clans-y new multiplayer feature to the game. You're now able to build up an army of troops and raid your neighbors' cities, but you'll also have to keep your own guard up as they can do the same to you. As always, The Simpsons: Tapped Out isn't shy in making fun of itself, as the tagline for this latest update is "Build! Raid! Defend! Tap!" Yes! Tapping rules!..

If you have a soft spot for simple to grasp, difficult to master twitch games that you can play on your iPhone with just one hand, like I do, a pretty cool one launched yesterday called The Firm [$0.99] from Sunnyside Games. The goal is pretty simple: buy green-colored stocks when they're on the rise, sell them when they're in decline. You buy and sell by simply swiping the stock certificate that slowly rise up your screen either right or left. ..

Way back in November of 2010, developer Jesse Venbrux released a wonderful little puzzle platformer called They Need To Be Fed [$0.99 / Free]. It had you playing an adorable, armless little silhouette character with big eyes and a curlycue of hair as you traversed many different kinds of platforms and avoided deadly hazards on your way to the end goal of each level, which was to sacrifice yourself into the gaping maw of a monster. Why? Because they need to be fed, that's why. What made They Need To Be Fed so special was its focus on gravity. Each platform was a little planetoid with its own gravitational pull, and working with that gravity was the key to moving past all the hazards and collecting all the gems on each level. It was a lot like a 2D Super Mario Galaxy...

'Deep Under the Sky' from 'Incredipede' Creator Coming This Week

Colin Northway of Incredipede [$3.99] fame has announced his latest title, Deep Under the Sky, releasing this Wednesday on iOS. Created in collaboration with Rich Edwards, creator of Pineapple Smash Crew on PC, this puzzler bosts a gorgeous alien look and single-tap gameplay...

'Max Gentlemen' from 'Organ Trail' Developers Hangs its Hat on the App Store on Thursday

Organ Trail [$2.99] creators The Men Who Wear Many Hats have announced that their local multiplayer hat-stackathon, Max Gentlemen, is finally releasing on Thursday, August 21st for iOS, among other platforms, with cross-platform multiplayer...

Are you among the countless people who fell in love with A Dark Room [$0.99]? Well, here's some great news for you- The prequel was just released. It's called The Ensign [$0.99], and just like A Dark Room, you're better off going in to it knowing nothing...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Pako - Car Chase Simulator'

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...

Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 8/15/14 - 'Joe Dever's Lone Wolf', 'Phoenix Wright', and 'Sentinel 4'

Well this is kind of awkward. Last week when we came up with the idea of doing these roundups weekly, no one really threw out the idea of what happens when we don't have any really high review scores that week. This week, the highest score we gave our was four stars, so, those are our best games of the week. It's a little weird, I guess, but, if there's one word I'd use to describe the App Store in general it'd probably be "Weird."..

Check Out 'Skater', an Upcoming Skateboard Simulation Game that Features Real World Skate Spots

Anybody that reads TouchArcade with regularity knows that I love myself some skateboarding games. From more simulation-style ones like True Skate and Touchgrind Skate 2, to the more arcadey ones like Transworld Endless Skater and Stickman Skater. There's a new one on its way that's simply titled Skater, and it falls more in the simulation category and is noteworthy in that it features real life skating locations. I actually played a very, very early version of this game at GDC last year, when it was called Touch Skate, and was impressed by a couple of its features that made it stand out from the pack of similar games...

There's a really great sale going on for a bunch of Cartoon Network games, which have all been discounted down to 99¢. The sale itself is prominently featured in the App Store at the bottom of the main page under the heading "99¢ Cartoon Network Games." Maybe I haven't been paying close enough attention, but I don't recall an Apple-featured sale like this for a bunch of games from one company. It's interesting! Some of these games are simply 99¢ anyway, and so technically aren't on sale, but since they're part of the feature I've included them in the list below...

While I've yet to see an augmented reality game (or app, for that matter) that uses augmented reality in a way that feels like much more than a gimmick, it's cool seeing Lego embrace technology more. Anyway, the way it works is to buy one of the Lego fusion sets, of which three are currently available with one "coming soon." You build the bricks, which all seem to include the telltale augmented reality marker patterns, launch the app, point it at your legos, and you're in business...

'Call of Duty: Heroes' Soft-Launches in New Zealand and Australia

Yesterday we learned that Activision was making a casual, social real-time strategy game in a similar vein to Clash of Clans but using their cash cow Call of Duty franchise, and as they said they would they've soft-launched the game in the New Zealand and Australian App Stores. The game is called Call of Duty: Heroes, and based on the screenshots in the App Store, I'm guessing you have a pretty good idea what it's like...

'Daddy Long Legs' Coming to iOS 'Soon,' Bringing Physics-based Hilarity With It

Here's your delightful weirdness for the day: Daddy Long Legs, the newest project by Danish outfit Set Snail, is about moving a set of spindly, angular legs forward as far as you can before physics, gravity, and momentum conspire to topple the fuzzy-faced body attached to them...

A New 'Kingdom Rush' Game is in the Works, Coming this Fall

Ironhide Studios has a new Kingdom Rush game in the works, according to a post by them on our forums. Not much is known about this new game, not even a title, but according to Ironhide's post we can expect "A new world, a new race, a new ancient evil! Get ready for an awesome overwhelmingly new Kingdom Rush game!" They've also provided this tantalizing teaser image, and based on the teaser image's text of "Every Adventure Has a Beginning" I'd guess this new game may be a prequel of sorts. Makes sense, no?..

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