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Apple is using the revamped App Store in iOS 11 with its added emphasis on curation and editorial to bring us news of a substantial update for Super Mario Run [Free] that's set to hit next week. First up is a new mode called Remix 10 which takes 10 bite-sized chunks from the existing levels in the game and has you play through them in quick succession. There are also rainbow medals spread throughout for you to collect, and it sounds like it'll be a different experience each time you play the new mode. There's no failing this mode, if you don't make it through a level you'll just move onto the next one, but playing well and collecting the medals will allow you an opportunity to earn new items for your Mushroom Kingdom, culminating the the grand prize of a brand new character: Daisy. Once you've unlocked Daisy through Remix 10 mode, she'll be playable in the rest of the game, and comes with a new double jump move that should give players a whole new way to play through the game...

I like playing card games like Hearthstone and Elder Scrolls: Legends, but sometimes I get the itch for some more tactical gameplay, which is why I've been waiting to get Duelyst on my phone for quite some time now. Stormbound [Free], a game that has released globally this week after a few months in soft launch, brings to the table a fun combination of card collection and tactical gameplay that looks simple at first but has enough tactical depth and interesting ideas to scratch that itch. I've been playing it quite a bit this week, and I've been having fun playing both against the AI and against others. My only reservation is that matches take a bit too long and that the threat that is pay-to-win does rear its head here and there...




Vainglory [Free], easily the most recognizable mobile MOBA, is kicking off its North American and European Vainglory8 Autumn Season tomorrow, so it you enjoy some good MOBA action, you should tune in. Over the new few weeks, teams like Cloud9, Hollywood Hammers, Gankstars, NOVA eSports, Rogue, Fnatic, and G2 Esports will compete for a spot in the World Championship in Singapore, which will take place December 14-17. It's a pretty tough contest given that only one team per region will qualify for the World Championship, so the stakes are definitely high. European matches will begin at 9AM PST and the North American ones 2PM PST. And, of course, you can watch the matches on Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook...

Science fiction fans will know that we are getting a new Star Trek show called Star Trek: Discovery this Sunday, and it's kind of a big thing since we haven't had a new Star Trek show in more than a decade. To celebrate the new show premiere, Star Trek: Timelines [Free] has already added two of Discovery's characters: Commander Michael Burnham and Lieutenant Saru. But starting October 5th, Timelines is ushering in a month-long mega-event called "Discovery: A New Anomaly." As you would expect, this new event will add new Discovery crew, ships, and stories into the game, which should be a treat for fans of Star Trek and of the new show. The event will consist of 4 individual weekend events, so it should keep you busy for some time...

'The Witness' Review - Lost in a Maze

'The Witness' Review - Lost in a Maze

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September 21st, 2017 5:00 PM EDT by Rob Funnell in $9.99, 4.5 stars, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews, Universal
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From the outset, The Witness [$9.99] is a video game that defies convention. After a loading screen that suggests ‘for the best experience, use headphones’, you immediately awaken in a dimly lit underground tunnel, amidst deafening silence. No title screen, no contextual introduction, no long-winded tutorial - in The Witness, you’re simply left to your own devices, and the curiosity that such a brazen start instills in the player serves as the primary catalyst to explore its luscious, vibrant and expansive environments. This core ethos permeates into every inch of The Witness, whether it’s solving puzzles, navigating complex terrain or attempting to work out how to access a seemingly out of bounds point of interest, and its respect for the user is one reason why the game received such universal critical acclaim upon its console release in 2016. However, the hands-off approach that is fundamental to The Witness’s identity is also its biggest source of frustration and, because of Thekla, Inc.’s impressive efforts in emulating the experience on mobile devices, a flaw that is as prominent as ever in the iOS iteration of the game...

Last month Zen Studios announced that three major Universal motion pictures franchises would be getting the pinball table treatment in their lovely Zen Pinball [Free] game, and alongside that announcement they released the first trailer for one of those tables which is based on the classic kid-finds-an-alien-and-adventure-ensues tale… Mac and Me! No just kidding, it's based on Spielberg's classic E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Then at the end of the month, Zen revealed the trailer for the second table in the upcoming pack based on The Undisputed Greatest Film of All Time Jaws. Now Zen has just released the trailer for the third and final table in the upcoming pack, which is based on the '80s version of Rick and Morty, also known as the Back to the Future trilogy. Check it out, Doc!..

A Normal Lost Phone [$0.99] from Accidental Queens is one of my favourite games on iOS. It is yet another title to transform the usual text adventures into something memorable and unique. To celebrate the launch of the sequel, Another Lost Phone: Laura’s Story [$2.99], Accidental Queens’ debut title is down to just $0.99 right now. This the lowest price it has been since June where it was down to $1.99 from the regular price of $2.99...

The long-awaited and literally years in the making Episode 3 of The Journey Down [$6.99] is finally available, so you can now finish the story that started many years ago. Episode 3 completes the African art-inspired adventure game that players have been enjoying. It's not often you get to play an adventure game that's clearly influenced by non-Western traditions and lore. In the last episode of the series, you get to explore the jungles and ruins of the Underland and (spoilers) discover the fate of Bwana's lost father, Captain Kaonandodo and, of course, uncover the huge conspiracy surrounding the Armando Power Company...

Shadowverse [Free], the popular collectible card game, continues to expand. This time around, we are getting a new expansion called Starforged Legends, and we have some brand new cards to reveal today. After giving us all kinds of mythological beings and characters from tales of old, Shadowverse is now taking us to space, where we'll have to enlist the power of celestial heroes and fight in what are literally struggles of cosmic proportions. As seems to always be the case, Shadowverse likes to go big and bold with its expansion, and that's definitely not a bad thing in my opinion, especially given how much imagination its developers seem to have...

It's been a frankly ridiculous week for huge iOS games releases, and after the long awaited launch of Morphite [$7.99], as well as the surprise appearance of stunning puzzle epic The Witness [$9.99], you'd be forgiven for thinking it couldn't get any better than this. Not wanting to feel left out of all the iOS 11 excitement, Capcom have thrown their hat into the ring, and out of nowhere have released the latest game in their popular courtroom Ace Attorney series. Going by its full title Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Spirit of Justice [$0.99], this latest entry in the franchise debuted on the 3DS in June 2016, and the game's iOS launch means all six mainline Ace Attorney titles are now available on the App Store. With the same monetisation model as Apollo Justice [$0.99] - the base game is available for $0.99 with various episode in-app purchases optional - Spirit of Justice is essential for any fans of the series, and finally playable on iPhone and iPad...

I've been dying to get my hands on Morphite [$7.99], the new action adventure title from developers Crescent Moon Games, Blowfish Studios, and We're Five Games, ever since I gazed upon its luscious low-poly environments when it was originally announced back in May of last year. It's been a long year and a half wait, but finally Morphite has landed its dropship directly onto the surface of planet App Store. Ok that was a super cheesy line but I don't care, Morphite is here! To coincide with the launch of Morphite on the App Store the developers have put together a brand new launch trailer showing the game in action, check it out!..

If you've been watching Hearthstone's [Free] esport tournaments, then you'll know that its latest big tournament had some big issues, including a laptop that froze and forced a rematch that probably caused pro player Luker to lose a series that looked his for the taking. These issues once more brought to the surface discussions around Hearthstone getting its own Tournament mode and the ability to save mid-play so issues like the ones mentioned above can be avoided. Blizzard responded to these issues by explaining how the playoff venues experienced multiple DDoS attacks but also admitted that equipment malfunctions disrupted the tournament. It went on to say that they are working on improvements for the next Championship Tour season, including reevaluating equipment requirements and venue capabilities. No word on a Tournament mode coming our way, though...

Yesterday was the day that iOS devices officially welcome ARKit and, hopefully, all the augmented reality wonders that will come with it, and we've been seeing some interesting attempts by developers at making augmented reality actually matter for their games. The just-released ARise [$2.99] (got it?) has you guiding a tiny adventurer across all kinds of platforms as you try and reach the top, retrieve the sacred sword, and awaken the monster. As you can see from the trailer below, the game has you moving your device around to change your perspective and find the right path. And the visuals are pretty nice and bright, which should make the game look good on your kitchen table or living room floor (and I can see kids really enjoying this)...

Finally, the big Better Together Minecraft [$6.99]update has gone live, and it has brought along a ton of new features. The biggest feature is the new cross-device play that unites Minecraft players across iOS, Android, Windows 10, and Xbox One, with Switch coming down the road (sorry, no Java version), so you can now play with friends across platforms. According to Mojang, this is the first game in history to go cross-device across these different platforms. I hope this is a sign of where the industry is heading and that we get to see more games follow this route soon. And to better take advantage of this new cross-device play, Better Together is adding huge new servers where we can all meet up and play...

'Drag'n'Boom' Review - Being the Khaleesi on Drogon in 'Game of Thrones'

Ankama's Drag'n'Boom [Free] couldn't have come out at a better time because what better time to come out with a game where you're a dragon than right after a big Game of Thrones season where Drogon, the biggest of the dragons, got to burn quite a few people on the ground. And this game really makes you feel like a dragon, burning everything in your path and pulling off some really fun combos by, well, shooting your enemies again and again. The only thing missing from this game is a bigger enemy variety to fill the game's 50 levels, but even with the enemies it has, Drag'n'Boom is a really entertaining platformer that controls great and lets you feel like a bad-ass...

'Tales of the Tiny Planet' Review- A Refreshingly Simple Physics Puzzle Game

The App Store has come a tremendously long way since its humble beginnings in 2008. It was the first time that Apple had officially introduced the distribution of third-party applications on its platform. It was an exciting time and many developers were taking their first steps in exploring the possibilities of gaming on iOS devices. I can recall numerous games from this time that had extremely simple mechanics, yet their simplicity was their greatest strength. Since then, the App Store has continued to acquire an insane amount of games, especially in the physics puzzler genre. Physics puzzle games may have gradually become more complicated overtime, but Tales of the Tiny Planet [$1.99] hearkens back to the aforementioned era of physics puzzle games that were purely simple and fun...

Loyal TouchArcade readers, I have a confession to make - I deleted Pokemon GO [Free] from my iPhone a few days ago to make room for the likes of Thimbleweed Park [$9.99] and Iron Marines [$4.99]. As the self-appointed resident Pokemon fanboy, I'm sorry for letting you all down. That being said, it looks like I'll have to salvage the game from the confusing new iOS 11 App Store, as an awesome new Equinox event is scheduled to take place over the next week or so. From 1pm PDT on September 22nd until the same time on October 2nd, you can earn double Stardust for catching and hatching Pokemon, and some of the rarest creatures like Mareep, Chansey, Larvitar (!!) and more will be available in special 2km eggs. Registering new Pokemon will also earn you triple experience (so six times the standard with a Lucky Egg active), and new shop bundles featuring Super Incubators will additionally be available for purchase in the in-game store...

I've been patiently waiting for Minecraft's [$6.99] upcoming Better Together update to go live, and we finally know when it's coming out: tomorrow, Wednesday. The update, which will add a total of 34 new features to the game, has been in Android, Xbox One, and Windows 10 beta for some time now, and that beta has helped developers squash over 3000 bugs. The developers have provided an update with some of the latest additions to Better Together, and they sound great. We are getting coordinates (although still a cheat) that will allow us to navigate maps and Realms better, the ability to switch between Classic Crafting and the Recipe Book, and also the ability to make copies of worlds to keep as backups. And, as we've talked about in previous stories, we are also getting official servers, cross-platform play, stained glass, banners, fireworks, parrots, ravines, and more...

The Zombie Gunship series is a mobile classic, and today the series is heading into the AR future with Zombie Gunship Revenant [Free], a version of the game developed specifically for ARKit and iOS 11. The game's main concept is similar to previous iteration. You circle the battlefield below in heavily-armed helicopter gunships and use all your firepower to take out those poor zombies below you. Using ARKit, your house becomes the battlefield, and instead of moving the camera around to scout the battlefield, you move your device as if it was the gunship itself. If you have one of the latest iPhones and iPads, you'll enjoy even better visuals since the game uses Apple's Metal 2...

Out of all the amazing iOS games I've played over the past nine years, there is an extra special place in my heart for Solomon's Keep [Free]. Developer Raptisoft launched the game on April 2nd, 2010 which was the day after I officially began working for TouchArcade as a freelance writer. Its mixture of dual-stick shooting, RPG-like ability upgrading, and randomly-generated dungeons tickled all of my fancies, and I was bursting at the seams to write about it in an official capacity for my very favorite website. It was sort of like the culmination of my dreams coming true right before my own eyes. So write about it I did, and it ended up that my Solomon's Keep review was officially the third full review I wrote for this site and my fifth story overall during my first week working here. I've added more than 4,300 more stories for TA since those humble beginnings 7+ years ago...

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