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Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse [$0.99] has just gotten its second price cut, and boy is it a doozy. Sega's quasi-remake of the beloved Sega Genesis game has dropped all the way down from $9.99 to $0.99. This is a bargain price for what is a console/PC game that retails for $14.99, on mobile for next to nothing...

RPG Reload File 003 - 'The Bard's Tale (1985)'

August 28th, 2014 4:30 PM EDT by Shaun Musgrave in News
$2.99 Buy Now

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, a weekly feature where I take a look back at a previously released iOS RPG to do a little reflection, reconsideration, and to perhaps dig in directions that are outside the scope of a regular review. I cover RPGs of all kinds here, but even though I try to cover as many bases as possible, I'm still just one person and prone to potential blind spots. That's where you come in, my friends. Once per month, I'll be playing an RPG selected by you nice people, as voted in the comments of these articles and in our RPG Reload Club thread in the TouchArcade forums. Yes, I'll have to play whatever the cruel majority decides and write a whole bunch of words about it, so please, go easy on the Kemco games. I'm happy to announce that the subject of our very first Reader's Choice RPG Reload is none other than The Quest Gold [$7.99]! Please look forward to that one in next week's article...

If you're a casual Hearthstone [Free (HD)] player that's been side-eyeing the "Curse of Naxxramas" expansion, you should act quickly to snag the first section: the Arachnid Quarter has been free since release, but that promotion only lasts until the end of the month. Come September 1, the price will jump to 700 in-game gold or $6.99, the same as the other four areas...

Check Out 'Sunburn,' a Game About Throwing Astronauts into the Sun

Dying alone in the dark enormity of the cosmos is one of science fiction's great set pieces: one of the best scenes in all of Star Trek features Tom Paris and B'Elanna Torres running out of oxygen somewhere in the Delta Quadrant. All of that existential revulsion is the unfortunate legacy of real-world space travel, too, dotted with heartbreaking figures like Laika and Vladimir Komarov...

'Motorsport Manager' Review - Formula Racing for the Masses

When I sat down to try Motorsport Manager [$4.99], I thought it would be the perfect thing to poke at while listening to a podcast. After all, I wouldn’t be expected to drive the cars; I’d be running the biz and laying out the race strategy. A half-hour in, I realized I hadn’t absorbed a word, because I was so fully engaged in growing my fledgeling racing empire and watching my drivers tear up the track. It’s never overwhelming, nor is it too light to maintain interest. Motorsport Manager finds a nice spot in the complexity spectrum wherein it requires frequent decision-making, without ever inducing paralysis by presenting too many options simultaneously...

Notorious indie auteur Kepa Auwae posted some details on our forums regarding the next update to Rocketcat's latest Real Game™, Wayward Souls [$5.99]. Backing up a bit, if you haven't played Wayward Souls (here's our review) yet, you really should. It's a great permadeath action RPG with just enough roguelike trimmings to make people who get really mad when you refer to something as a roguelike only slightly miffed. There's multiple classes to play as, tons of content to go through, and a really cool power curve that gives purpose to multiple attempts as you slowly unlock character abilities...

If you even vaguely follow any sort of tech websites then you no doubt know that new iPhone time is just about upon us. Apple always announce their new iPhone towards the fall of each year, and parts have been leaking like crazy out of the supply chain strongly pointing towards two different size iPhone 6 models being unveiled: one with a 4.7-inch screen and one with a 5.5-inch screen. It's also widely believed that Apple will unveil some sort of wearable technology, a mythical device which is being referred to as the iWatch. Well, as of today we at least know a firm date when all the speculation can come to an end and we can finally find out what Apple is actually up to. According to our sister site MacRumors, via The Loop, Apple has sent out media invites for September 9th, the date many have believed would be the date new iPhones are announced...

Nitrome's 8bit Doves [$2.99] is a game that will try the patience of players. It has challenging physics to contend with, but is also structured in a way that really impedes the replay value of this challenging action game. The goal is to control a flying hero through dreamscape levels, turning clockwise and counterclockwise to control him through the skies, contending with trying not to crash into the walls or other occasional moving hazards. As well, doves fill the levels: collecting these is an objective tracked by the game, but not inherently necessary to completion. Flying in the general vicinity of the doves is all that's necessary to collect them, a fine concession from a game that is difficult to control...

Okay, so I'm a typical SEGA fan. I complained about Sonic Jump Fever [Free] in my review, but I still ended up playing it a lot anyway. This, however, works out to your benefit, because since I've somehow unlocked pretty much everything, I'm in a great position to give you some advice about how to get the most out of this game with a minimum of pain and suffering. The core gameplay isn't very deep, and if you've played a jumping game before, you've probably developed some skills that will help you out in this game. The game does have a bunch of unlockables and power-ups, though, and there's definitely an optimal way of making use of those. Here are ten tips to help you score big in Sonic Jump Fever without losing your personal gold ring stockpile...

'Dragon Quest VIII' Drops Five Bucks to $14.99

August 28th, 2014 10:30 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News, Sales
$14.99 Buy Now

We've mentioned it many times before, but if you're the kind of person who always finds yourself getting worked up over games for "casuals" and badly want a "real game," look no further than Dragon Quest VIII [$14.99]. Our resident RPG fanatic Shaun Musgrave reviewed it when it was released, and gets in to some serious depth about how this is a game you could play for hundreds of hours if it sucks you in...

Out Now: 'Bioshock', 'The Nightmare Cooperative', 'Back to Bed', 'Almightree: The Last Dreamer' and Much More

It's new iOS game night and one of the most hotly-anticipated titles is finally upon us: Bioshock. Despite all the hemming and hawing over a graphical downgrade and touch controls, it's hard not to feel like Bioshock on iOS is a bit of magic when it's actually running in the palm of your hand. Besides that heavyweight, the rest of tonight's lineup is extremely strong as well. Also it was sort of a weird week in that a bunch of games got a head start by launching yesterday, but they've been included in this list just to have all of this week's greatness bundled in one handy location...

Twitch's mobile support has so far just been limited to Asphalt 8 [Free] from Gameloft, but finally a second game supports live streaming to Twitch: Heroes of Order & Chaos [Free], also from Gameloft. This is perhaps the most appropriate game to get Twitch streaming yet, as MOBAs are the bread and butter of Twitch popularity, with League of Legends and Dota 2 being two of the most popular games being streamed at any given time. And as a 5-on-5 MOBA with lengthy matches, there's plenty of reason to stream this game on Twitch to interested audiences – and now it's possible straight from the game, with camera and microphone support...

'Tiny Tower Vegas' Review - A Freemium Jackpot

NimbleBit has shown success across a variety of free-to-play titles, but Tiny Tower [Free] seems to take the cake as far as popularity is concerned. When Tiny Death Star [Free] came out last year, NimbleBit’s formula saw some nice improvements but overall we were left with mostly a sprite refresh with some heavy handed IAP incorporated on top of the base gameplay. With the launch of Tiny Tower Vegas [Free], NimbeBit has retaken the reigns back from Disney Mobile and has made what I consider to be the true sequel to its tower building title. Suffice to say, the mini-game improvements combined with a return to the more friendlier NimbleBit IAP approach makes for another awesome F2P from the developer...

Ubisoft Clarifies Episodic Format for 'Valiant Hearts,' "No Comment" on Potential 'Child of Light' for Mobile

Earlier this month, Ubisoft announced the imminent release of a touch-friendly version of Valiant Hearts: The Great War for iOS. The announcement came with news that the game would would be "based on the episodic format allowing players to play the game they way they want, just like for comic books of TV series." That's not exactly the clearest description of an episodic game, so I asked Ubisoft to clarify...

The latest tower-building sim from the fine folks at Nimbebit is now available worldwide. Tiny Tower Vegas [Free] has been in the works for some time now, though it was only officially announced in late June. Then the game soft-launched in select territories about a month later, and now about a month after that, the game is out in all territories. If you're wondering what Tiny Tower Vegas is all about, well, think back to the original Tiny Tower where you add floors to an ever-growing building, put in a Vegas theme complete with gambling mini-games like poker and slots, and Bob's your uncle...

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