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'Blood Bowl' Goes on Sale for a Buck

February 27th, 2015 10:00 AM EST by Eli Hodapp in News, Sales
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Man, if you would have told me about the intense drama that would surround giving Blood Bowl [$0.99 (HD)] a negative review, I would have told you that there's no way people are this passionate about a weird football game... Then this happened. If you've been dying to see what all the fuss was about with this game, but weren't curious enough for the original $4.99 price point, now's your chance...

Check Out the Live-Action Teaser Trailer for 'The Wild'

Toonuva Games' hotly-anticipated survival-crafting game The Wild, taking place in the Vermont wilderness, has a new live-action teaser trailer showing off some of what they hope the final game to be. There's apparently going to be a full-length trailer down the road, too. You can hear bits of the music that will be in the game, as revealed the other day...

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where nothing is so unimportant that it doesn't go into our inventory. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's holding up. It's a chance to revisit the game, reflect on the things it does well, and take a deeper dive on it. I try to balance the schedule so that there's a wide variety of RPGs featured, but I need your help with that. Once per month, I let the readers decide what I'm going to play. Simply tell me the game you'd like to see me play and write about by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or tweeting me at @RPGReload. The next reader's choice article is next week, so any suggestions you make right now will go towards the April selection. Next week's game is Phantasy Star 2 [$2.99], a suggestion from reader Jesse_Dylan. Thanks for the idea!..

The world of mobile games is extremely fast-paced, and in just a few short years ngmoco helped shape the industry as we know it today. Now the founding members of ngmoco are returning to the mobile gaming space with their new company N3twork, according to an interview with Gamesindustry.biz. ..

Well, that was fast. Earlier this week we reported on the folks at Super Evil Megacorp debuting their latest Vainglory [Free / Free (HD)] hero, Celeste, on their weekly Twitch stream last Friday. Less than a week later we’ve received word that the mobile MOBA has now been patched, unlocking the cosmic-centered sorceress for all the public to play...

Nexon to Tackle the Free-to-Play Roguelike with Upcoming 'Legacy Quest'

Nexon and developer Socialspiel have just announced Legacy Quest, a roguelike dungeon-crawler coming this summer. While the term 'roguelike' is definitely one that's loosening from its Berlin definition, at least Legacy Quest is keeping a couple key elements: permadeath of heroes and procedurally-generated dunegons. Combat will be real-time, and the experience you earn will go toward upgrading future heroes to make them better-equipped towards tackling future challenges, along with the ability to craft newer and better weapons. Customized items that players have will become collectible items in the game world that other players can even pick up...

One of the cooler Super Crate Box [$1.99] style games from 2014 was Choice Provisions' Woah Dave [$0.99], which was about picking up exploding skulls and flinging them at enemies, preferably in their unhatched egg form. And if you didn't have any skulls, then you would fling the unhatched eggs at hatched enemies to get rid of them, trying to keep them from getting into the lava below and overwhelming you. Fun times were had by all. Choice Provisions is updating the game and making it into Woah Dave Deluxe, available soon as a free update...

'The Quest Keeper' Could be the Dungeon-Crawling Version of 'Crossy Road'

Tyson Ibele, developer of Jungle Moose [Free], has just announced a nifty-looking game called The Quest Keeper. At first glance, it looks like Crossy Road [Free] meets a dungeon-crawler, as there's voxel visuals, and an isometric camera perspective, though where Crossy Road had you hop with each tap or swipe, you keep moving in the same direction based on the direction you swipe here. You'll be completing quests given by the eponymous character, trying to make it as far as possible through dangerous dungeons...

'Dragon Hills', the Upcoming Rebel Twins Game, Looks Like an Epic Take on the 'Super Mega Worm'/'Death Worm' Formula

Rebel Twins is one of my favorite iOS developers, and the trailer for their new game Dragon Hills has me all kinds of excited. With their last two games Rebel Twins took some familiar concepts and dressed them up with their fantastic art style. For example, Daddy Was A Thief [$1.99] was essentially a "fall down" game, but with tons of added details and mechanics that made it really stand out. Same with their follow-up title Aliens Drive Me Crazy [$1.99], which at first glance seemed to be a standard side-scrolling auto-runner but was peppered with moments of platforming and sheer destruction. With both games, it's really the attention to detail and blending of various mechanics that take them up a notch. Following in that tradition, Dragon Hills takes the "burrow-resurface-eat everything in sight" formula of the classic Death Worm [$0.99] and its mobile homage Super Mega Worm [$1.99 / Free] and gives it the Rebel Twins treatment. Check out the trailer...

We're always trying out new things around here at TouchArcade, and lately we've been trying to come up with ways to come up with neat stuff for existing and hopeful iOS developers which represent a pretty significant chunk of our community. So, we're starting a job board. You may have seen job listings on Gamasutra, Monster, and other places. We hope to do something similar, but with the same laser focus that TouchArcade has on iOS games...

One Man Left's first non-Tilt to Live game was Outwitters [Free], a turn-based strategy game that unfortunately didn't quite make that much money...when it first released. However, the company has been working on making the game for Android, and in the process of doing so, have wound up rebuilding the game from scratch. Thus, there's two key benefits here for iOS users: one is that when the Android version launches in March, a version 2.0 update will come out that brings cross-platform multiplayer with it...

Rovio Updates 'Bad Piggies', Adds New Sandbox Level

February 26th, 2015 12:30 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
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[applink]Whenever we post about anything in the Angry Birds series, it seems like there's almost always a comment speculating whether or not Bad Piggies [$0.99 / $0.99 (HD)] is going to receive any of the significant update treatment that the rest of Rovio's lineup has. It's a good question too, as it's always seemed like Bad Piggies has sort of underperformed compared to the rest of their games, which makes sense on the App Store as the charts are all about what has the most universal and casual appeal. Bad Piggies is significantly more difficult than their other games, and one we've enjoyed quite a bit...

We were already well aware that Pixelbite Games were experts at making racing games, with the excellent Reckless Racing series and Repulze, but in early January they released Space Marshals [$4.99] and showed the world that they've also got a lock on tactical dual-stick shooters. We loved Space Marshals in our review, noting that it really focused on forethought, skill and strategy, which is a contrast from most dual-stick shooters which are largely blast-a-thons. The one bummer about Space Marshals is that it was designed as an episodic game, and the first chapter, while a nice meaty ride, still felt like it left you hanging when it was over. Good news, then, as today Pixelbite has announced that the Chapter Two update to Space Marshals is arriving next week on March 5th. They've released a new trailer showing off some of the awesome new stuff you can expect in Chapter Two...

'AG Drive' Review - Doesn't Reinvent the Hover Engine

You just don't see a whole lot of ugly futuristic racers. Even if a game has ugly visuals, it can be excused away as a lo-fi stylistic choice to represent the vagueness of the future, or some artsy gobbledygook like that. But often, because the games can be big, bold, and colorful because they're playing with exaggerated fantasy, futuristic racing games can be gorgeous. Wipeout has always been a great-looking franchise. AG Drive [$3.99] follows that Wipeout formula - deliver fast-paced futuristic racing that's absolutely stunning to look at. This is a solid futuristic racing game that's quite easy on the eyes...

It's Official: 'Final Fantasy: Record Keeper' Is Releasing In English

If you've listened to TouchArcade's new RPG Reload Podcast, you might have heard me talking about Final Fantasy: Record Keeper, a free-to-play social RPG from DeNA and Square Enix that launched late last year in Japan. Regular readers know that I play a lot of social RPGs, but very few of them actually stay on my phone for any length of time. For all of Square Enix's attempts at the popular genre, up until now none of them had quite the right mix of ingredients to really pull me in. Final Fantasy: Record Keeper finally broke that pattern. I've been playing it steadily for the last few months, and I can't see myself putting it down anytime soon. It hits all the right notes for Final Fantasy fans, and even quite a few of my less mobile-inclined friends have been quite happy with it. The only issue has been the fact that the game is only available in Japanese from the Japanese App Store...

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