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'Isoland' is a Point-and-Click Puzzler Taking Inspiration from 'Myst'

Redfish Game Studio is releasing Isoland, a :Myst-inspired point-and-click puzzle game, on September 8th. Taking inspiration not only from Myst but stylistically from the movie Dark City and its "Shell Beach," players are tasked with solving logic puzzles on an isolated island. Along with the strange puzzles, there are some odd characters that seem stuck on the island with you, with the puzzles possibly revealing why you and them are stuck there...

'Strike Team' Is an 'Xcom'-Esque Strategy Game by the Developer of 'Demon's Rise'

Wave Light Games made the fun strategy-RPG Demon's Rise [$4.99] last year, with loads of unique characters to play as in a wide variety of scenarios. So, seeing Wave Light jump to a separate-but-similar genre is an interesting move, as the studio has announced Strike Team, an XCOM-inspired tactical-strategy RPG game. While the game uses the same core engine, the key difference beyond theme is that Strike Team will use action points for various abilities. So, you can use all your AP to move, or do multiple attacks, for example. Variable-height terrain and cover will also play a role in the game...




Infinite Dreams are continuing their rapid expansion of their excellent shoot 'em up Sky Force Reloaded [Free] with yet another new update dropping today. As with previous updates, this one comes with a code name, which is "The D Update." What's that "D" stand for? Dinosaurs! But not just any dinosaurs, but raptors with lasers attached to their head. Yes, laser raptors. Ahem. Perhaps you didn't hear me, I said LASER RAPTORS. Here are a couple of screens from this new Level 12...

First 'Where Cards Fall' Trailer Looks Absolutely Gorgeous

A few months back I wrote about the upcoming Where Cards Fall, a coming-of-age story made in part by Alto's Adventure [$3.99] developer, Ryan Cash. Today, I got my hands on the first trailer for the game, and it looks wonderful in a pensive - and possibly sad - way. Snowman and The Game Band describe Where Cards Fall as "a dreamlike journey through youthful uncertainty," and I can definitely see the dreamlike part in the trailer. The story is told through the player constructing and deconstructing various structures made from playing cards, and judging from the trailer, the "levels" look similar to games like Lara Croft GO [$4.99], although this might just be my impression...

A couple of weeks ago we posted a trailer for an interesting upcoming game from developer Legal Radiation called Line Defense, that looked to take the classic planet-protecting gameplay of Missile Command and blend it together with elements of brick-breaker Arkanoid and even a bit of the slice-and-dice gameplay of Fruit Ninja. Originally planned for release on August 26th, a few issues prevented that from happening, but thankfully the delay wasn't very long at all as yesterday evening Line Defense [Free] wriggled its way into the App Store...

After a (surprisingly) fun first iOS game, PewDiePie - easily the most famous youtuber - is coming out with a new game, PewDiePie's Tuber Simulator, that has a very "surprising" premise: you play the role of an aspiring youtuber who starts from a tiny, smelly room and tries to make his way to a larger, but probably still smelly, room. The whole aesthetic of the game reminds me a lot of Kairosoft titles, but judging from the various images and info PewDiePie has tweeted, the game will be different from other similar titles. It won't be a clicker, which is good news to me at least...

The main benefit of having a legendary artist like Akihiko Yoshida as an art director is, of course, having some excellent artwork in the game. A secondary benefit, however, is that legends often have pretty sweet connections that can sometimes result in cool cross-overs. Yoshida runs his own company called CyDesignation these days, but it wasn't too long ago that he was doing work for Square Enix for games such as Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy Tactics, and Bravely Default. Yoshida's latest art designs can be found in the recently-launched Battle Champs [Free], and in what I can only describe as a Yoshidafest, some of his older creations are going to be coming to the game in a new event kicking off later this week...

Okay, this story is a little complicated, so bear with us here. Bulkypix, the prolific publisher who brought games such as Pix'n Love Rush, Joe Dever's Lone Wolf, Bardbarian, Penumbear, and countless other awesome games to iOS from a variety of indie developers, has officially entered liquidation proceedings. This follows up on the company declaring bankruptcy in March of this year and an unsuccessful push to find a buyer for the ailing French publisher. What this means is that the company will be dissolved and their assets will be sold off or reassigned. Bulkypix is essentially on borrowed time at the moment...

It's always extremely sad to see games removed from the App Store permanently, as it means if you weren't quick enough to purchase it initially, the app is now entirely unavailable to play through legal means. Occasionally there are excuses or attempts to justify such actions, but such sudden removals on an entirely digital format aren't exactly encouraging for the longevity of the platform, and are sadly becoming more and more inevitable over time. However, at the very least, sometimes we get notice of when a certain game will be removed so there is still a chance to not miss out on what will soon become a relic. Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse [$4.99] is one such game, as Sega - the publisher for the title - have announced they are not renewing their licensing agreement with Disney, and therefore will be delisting it on all formats, and potentially iOS, on September 2nd. While it is not clear if Castle of Illusion will be taken off the App Store, if you're enticed by impressive platforming title, it's certainly worth picking up before Friday just in case...

Karazhan Guides, Yogg-Saron RNG Talk, Top Wild and Standard Decks, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #62

Welcome to our (slightly delayed) Touchstone Tavern, where we talk about everything that happened last week in the world of Hearthstone [Free] . Last week we got Wing 3 of One Night in Karazhan, and it was quite a fun one with plenty of beasts and other promising cards. Other than that, though, there wasn't that much going on in the world of Hearthstone. What I have noticed is that the voices claiming we have too much RNG in the game right now are getting increasingly louder. Whether that's a bad thing or a good thing remains to be seen. Other than that, we got some fun Wild decks if you want to jump over to that side of Hearthstone, a fun cartoon, questions about Yogg-Saron's role in tournament play, and more. So, let's jump in ...

The hype train had to start slowing down eventually. Regardless of what happens in the coming few months, Pokemon GO [Free] was the unequivocal mobile event of the year, and a rare example of when gaming managed to permeate into everyday life on a worldwide scale. It has been extremely enjoyable writing stories about some of the interesting, creative and outright strange things that people have done in relation to the pop culture craze, whether that's through attempts to cheat the hatching mechanic through drones, or even special iPhone cases that help you throw Pokeballs in a straight line. However, this initial hype was always going to slow down, and while it is extremely difficult to analyse such patterns, some recent stats that were published on the Pokemon GO subreddit suggest that amongst a certain group of fans, popularity of the augmented reality creature catching title is starting to wane...

Epic Flail [Free] was a really interesting concept for an arena fighting game when it was first released back in June. With some beautifully detailed pixel graphics, Epic Flail was all about evading enemy attacks and countering back with fatal blows of your own, and with a significant variety in the environments and challenges available, it did make for an enjoyable and unique experience. However, the main problem was synonymous with the game's title - the controls didn't give the precision that was required to pull off some of the more interesting tactical concepts, and so flailing, admittedly epically, around the screen became the only way to be victorious in the picturesque battles against gladiators and centaurs. However, developers Noxus Ltd have made great strides to fix these issues through implementing a fantastic new control system, and have also made Epic Flail free to download, so there is no better time to give this neat 2D brawler a bout...

The development of Dust: An Elysian Tail [$0.99] is almost as great a fable as the actual game. Having been developed entirely by one man in over three and a half years, the title became a cult hit on every platform it released on, and since its launch on Xbox 360 back in 2012 has sold over a million copies. When Dust finally made its way to the App Store in October of last year, it received the same glowing reception as its console iterations amongst both gamers and critics, and our review acclaimed it as one of the best games of the year on iOS. It really was one not to miss, but if you did avoid picking it up at its full launch price of $5.99, Dust is now on sale for the borderline criminal price of only $0.99...

There has been a wide variety of Final Fantasy spinoff games over the years, from sprawling turn-based strategy titles such as Final Fantasy Tactics [$13.99], to some more eccentric entries like Chocobo Racing for the original Playstation. While fans may be focused on the upcoming Final Fantasy XV, Square Enix are sharing some of the love with mobile gamers, as Justice Monsters Five [Free] has finally launched today on the App Store for free, seven months after we first learnt of its existence. Bizarrely merging pinball elements with RPG mechanics, this new spin-off title will certainly be one for any fans of the massively popular social RPG Monster Strike [Free] to try out, and worth a look for anyone looking to fill the void until the November release of Final Fantasy XV...

The interesting dungeon-building kinda-roguelike RPG Guild of Dungeoneering [$4.99] has just gotten its first adventure pack as a free update. Pirates' Cove gives you new pirate and piracy-themed missions to play through, with new stuff to check out. There's 23 new monsters, 27 new items to equip, and most importantly: 3 new classes to play with! Versus Evil and Gambrinous estimate this content adds about 30% to the game, so it's a nice, meaty little free add-on...

'Fat Owl With A Jetpack' is a Fast-Paced 'Lunar Lander'-like from the Maker of 'Ground Effect' and 'Topia World Builder'

Glenn Corpes was one of the original members of Bullfrog in the late '80s and '90s, working on legendary game series like Populous, Syndicate, Theme Park, and Dungeon Keeper, before striking out on his own with one of the iPhone's earliest racing games called Ground Effect [$1.99 / Free]. He also colaborated with Crescent Moon to create the entertaining world-builder Topia [$1.99] back in 2012. Corpes has had another solo project in the works off and on since 2013, a sort of Lunar Lander-style game called Fat Owl With A Jetpack. After being dormant for quite some time, Corpes resurrected the thread in our forums to announce that Fat Owl With A Jetpack is still in development and drop off a new video of it in action...

We're streaming live on Mobcrush right now. There's a couple different ways you can watch the stream, and they all work equally well and it's really just a matter of personal preference as to which method you prefer. The easiest way to watch is just watching the embedded player right here on TouchArcade. In the interest of being polite, we mute the audio. If you're somewhere you can listen, be sure to turn it back up- the controls for that are in the lower right corner of the video stream. Alternatively, if you're on a mobile device, download the free Mobcrush app for iOS [Free], also available on Google Play. From there, search for TouchArcade. If you follow us, you'll get alerts when we're streaming. Last, but not least, you can visit our channel directly in your browser at mobcrush.com/toucharcade. Oh, and if you want to participate in chat, you'll need to register over on Mobcrush first...

The banning of Pokemon GO [Free] mappers and tracking services has given the game's community some consternation. Particularly considering that in-game tracking is seen as poor, and has gotten worse since launch. Niantic has released a statement discussing some of their thinking behind why they've been issuing bans and shutting down access to third-party services:..

Yunus Ayyildiz's hocus. [$0.99] has proven to be an endearing and popular puzzle game for iOS. It's also seen some cool updates so far, including getting a level editor in a previous update. But what about sharing those levels? Ayyildiz has a clever solution for that, in a new update releasing on Thursday, September 1st. New level cards can be shared that include a snapshot and QR code to scan for the level for easy sharing and accessing. Not only can you play others' levels from the top list and rate them accordingly, but now you can get new levels from social media or other sources...

The Promising Racing Game 'Street Kart' Is Now Officially in Beta

A few months back, I wrote about the upcoming Street Kart and how its developers were planning on making it the most competitive racing game on iOS. Today the game has officially gone into beta - which you can try and join by going to our forums - and I've been doing a few races this morning. Despite the usual beta issues, I think the game is quite promising and, because of its short, frantic races, should fit nicely in my daily gaming schedule. If you've been looking for a good racing game, you should take a look at this one...

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