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They ventured into outer space, starred in their own cartoon series, and even wrestled with the idea of Go-Kart racing, but now our favorite feathery icons have left their physics puzzling roots behind and nose-dived into an all new medium. Sticking with the all-familiar theme, (involving birds, pigs, and the ever iconic eggs), the feathered flock have found themselves yet again in the midst of an all-out war, and in the form of a cute strategic RPG nonetheless. Angry Birds Epic [Free] is, underneath it all, a game with familiar role-playing mechanics, but a far cry from the norm; there’s no princess to rescue or the customary “chosen one”, nor are their side-quests to unlock or towns to explore. No, Angry Birds Epic is a non-stop consecutive procession of turn-based fights that are selected from a slightly linear (and rather Mario-esque) map. ..

Many of the games in the puzzle genre of video games are evolutions of classic board games, with various alterations made to the rules to simply, complicate, or simply diversify. Of course, this is really just carrying on the work that was happening in physical board games themselves before video games came along and blew a huge chunk out of that market. For example, Reversi, or Othello as it's popularly known, is a simplified version of the ancient Chinese game, Go. The latest game from Synesthetic [$2.99] creator Alex Dantis, Polygon Evolution [Free], is also a variation on Go, simplified in some ways, complicated in others, and like its ancestor, a lot more fun to play against a human than a computer...

Cave Story creator Studio Pixel last month released KeroBlaster [$4.99] on to the App Store, and we absolutely loved it in our review. Now, there's a new free version worth checking out: Pink Hour. [Free]. This serves as both a demo of the full game and as additional content: the star of the game is Pink, one of the office workers at the Cat and Frog office from the full game, who must retrieve an important document. This involves playing through a level that incorporates various elements of KeroBlaster's worlds, including the giant tire of death...

Announced last month, DeNA has released their movie tie-in game Transformers: Age of Extinction [Free] to the App Store. This is a combat-focused auto-runner, where players control a running Transformer who can shoot and swing a melee weapon to attack enemies. There's also the ability to transform into vehicle mode for a speed boost to get up in enemies' faces, in case a game about robot cars being about running seemed silly. ..

Pac-Man has worn many hats over the course of his nearly two and a half decade tenure. In addition to his popular top-down maze fashion, he's also starred in a runner, an adventure game, and even full-on 3D action titles. Now, courtesy of the Candy Crush and Puzzles & Dragons craze, he's the star of a Match-3 with heavy RPG elements called Pac-Man Monsters [Free]. And you know what? It's not half bad...

Zen Studios is on fire lately, as a couple of weeks ago they announced a Walking Dead pinball table was in the works (which was playable at E3 and totally awesome) and today they've announced yet another Marvel character is getting their very own pinball table. That character is none other than Deadpool, and as you can see from the teaser below video game voice acting icon Nolan North has reprised his role as Deadpool for the new table. Check out the trailer, the self-referential humor is totally on point...

Certainly, Rival Knights [Free] has a formula that invites skepticism. It's free-to-play from Gameloft, a company not exactly known for making "free" games. And it's a jousting game that uses simplistic mechanics to play the game with. But it's about the sum of its parts and not just the individual elements: everything comes together fabulously in Rival Knights...

Nobody tell Noodlecake Games that they're doing this whole flaplike thing wrong. With Flappy Golf [Free] having creatively reimagined Super Stickman Golf [$2.99] into a platformer with flapping, now Noodlecake has made Jupiter Jump [Free], an endless runner where bouncing off of the ground to get through hoops while avoiding mines is the key. It could have been a simple game that was moderately entertaining, but no: Noodlecake went and made a deeper flaplike that's incredibly rewarding...

Even on devices that survive and thrive using non-conventional control methods, tilt controls are somewhat controversial among players. Some people find them a bit hard to control or inaccurate, while others are unsurprisingly using their mobile devices outside of their homes and don't want to draw attention to themselves. Those in favor of tilting usually point to the more natural feeling it sometimes offers, along with delegating fewer actions to on-screen buttons or sticks. Usually, developers who want to use the tilt feature do their best to accommodate everyone, but sometimes a game comes along where the tilt controls are inseparable from the game itself. A great example of this is the excellent Tilt To Live [$2.99], a game that typically appeals even to people who aren't big fans of motion controls. Even in the case of that game, some people just aren't convinced...

Over in the tiny mobile area of EA's massive E3 booth, EA Sports was showing off their arcadey take on golf King of the Course [Free], which they launched worldwide earlier in the day to coincide with the start of E3. Despite the normal free-to-play-isms like power-ups and in-game currency, King of the Course is actually a surprisingly fun (and incredibly unrealistic) way to play golf, and it seems really well suited to mobile...

While it has its share of problems, most of which are outlined in my review of the game, Bubble Witch Saga 2 [Free] is a pretty enjoyable way to kill a couple of minutes here and there. It's a bit of an oddball in King's lineup thanks to how strongly success depends on getting a lucky distribution of bubbles, but even when winning is futile, you can still sharpen up your skills for the next round. Having picked my way through all of the currently available stages, I've managed to put together a list of tips and advice for those of you trying to make your way through. Of course, if you've played the original game of this type, Taito's Bust-A-Move, or one of its many, many clones, you've probably already got a lot of great techniques in your arsenal, and I'll be going through a few of those here, but Bubble Witch has a few twists that require some specific strategies...

We're now well into what I'd say is the next generation of Puzzle & Dragons [Free] imitators coming from Japanese developers, and with games like Rise of Mana and Final Fantasy Agito, it's clear the big boys are arriving and bringing their hefty budgets and resources with them. These days, it seems like if a Japanese publisher has an RPG property to leverage, a social RPG for mobiles with that property is almost inevitable. It also means if you see an old, familiar name from the past pop up on the Japanese App Store, you shouldn't expect anything other than a variation on collect 'em/fuse 'em/evolve 'em/battle 'em. I shouldn't have been surprised that SEGA's new Phantasy Star Online 2 es is just that, yet for some reason, I had hoped this would be something closer to the spin-off it's spinning off of...

Candy Crush Saga [Free] creator King has a fairly extensive catalog of puzzle games it has developed over the last several years. Their iOS lineup is just a small fraction of what it has released, though it's fairly representative of King's strengths and weaknesses. I think it's fairly safe to say at this point that its games have very broad appeal, with people of both genders, all ages, and many walks of life having a great time playing them. I think it's also pretty well-known that its games are really, really hard, and sometimes it's difficult to tell if things are rigged against you just to sell you IAP or simply just randomly cruel to keep you from flying through the games. I think it's also widely-accepted that many of its games owe a very large debt to existing puzzle games. King's match-3 games, like Candy Crush or Farm Heroes Saga [Free], use familiar mechanics and add a few twists, with the result being at least as original as, say, Dr. Mario is to Tetris [$0.99]...

Zen Studios are up to their old tricks again, after showing their prowess with converting big name IPs like Marvel and Star Wars into awesome pinball experiences, and have announced a collaboration with Telltale Games to bring their Walking Dead adventure game series to Zen Pinball [Free] in the form of a new table. More specifically, The Walking Dead pinball table will focus on events and locations from the first season of the game. Here's a quick teaser...

The Amazing 'Infinity Blade II' is Free

May 29th, 2014 10:29 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Free, News, Sales
$6.99 Buy Now

I'd find it to be hard to believe that many people who read TouchArcade don't already have Chair's incredible Infinity Blade II [$6.99], but you can now download it for free. If I were a betting man, I'd put some money on this game popping up as Apple's free app of the week when the App Store features refresh this afternoon...

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