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Noah Bordner of Mika Mobile on the Importance of Supporting TouchArcade

Last Friday we heard from Randy Smith of Tiger Style on the importance of supporting the TouchArcade Patreon. We're just shy of 400 folks backing us right now, which is just awesome. When we started kicking around this idea, we had no idea what was going to happen. So far the incredible reaction from our community has vastly exceeded our expectations, and we're hopeful we'll hit our goal... Eventually!..

NimbleBit's Capitals [Free] is a really fun word game that we absolutely loved in our review when it was released last month. Since then, it's been tweaked a bit both in how the free to play system works and, more recently, how you communicate with players. Previously, there wasn't any way to chat or send text or anything like that in Capitals, which sort of meant the game was the most fun to play with friends who you could then hassle via iMessage or something similar. In the game's most recent update, a emote system has been added that's sort of similar to Hearthstone, with way more options to choose from...

Touchstone Tavern #6 - Your Weekly 'Hearthstone' News Roundup

I still get surprised at the volume of Hearthstone[Free] news on the web every week. When I started this column, I was (very slightly) worried about having a week where nothing interesting happened and having to think of silly news to include just to make the column worth reading that week. Fortunately, I have the opposite problem as there's so much out there that I have to pick and choose so I don't overwhelm you. This week we have some interesting tip-related stories about playing Patron Warrior well and hitting Legend Rank, we have more proof of Hearthstone's increasing popularity, Tavern Brawl continues to entertain, and more. I even have a new section, Question of the Week. Well, shall we?..

Update Mondays: 'The Simpsons: Tapped Out', 'Boom Beach', 'Crossy Road', 'The World Ends With You', And More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. This was a big week for updates, with some very popular games getting new versions, a cherished game many had given up on coming back to life, and some business about a flag or something. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper Social [Free], the watchlist in the TouchArcade App [Free], or by participating in the TouchArcade forums, but this weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

'Pokemon Shuffle' is Headed to Mobile "Soon"

Remember in late February when we speculated that Nintendo's oddly free to play Pokemon Shuffle would eventually come to mobile? Well, according to a just-released trailer from The Pokemon Company, it's headed to smartphones "soon"...

Beamdog Officially Revealing its New 'Baldur's Gate' Game in Ten Days

We've known for some time now that Beamdog plans to make a new Baldur 's Gate [$4.99] game to complement its enhanced editions of the venerable Baldur's Gate and Baldur's Gate 2. Now, the company has put a timer up on its website that sets a date for the great reveal. Actually, I find it funny that the company has a blurred image on its site (by the way, can you guess what it shows?) but a lovely #BaldursGate twitter handle below it; it spoils the fun, in a way. Still, I have a pretty strong hunch that the news will excite any gamer who enjoys RPGs even a bit. The new Baldur's Gate will use the Infinity Engine and will bridge the gap between BG: Enhanced Edition and BG2: Enhanced Edition...

131498_largerFinally back to regular podcast episodes, it feels like it's been too long. We kick this week off with a bang, talking about our Patreon a bit before moving on to discussing what an absolute complete and utter sh*t show Sonic Runners [Free] is. Seriously, it's almost like the game is some kind of modern high-level satire on free to play. From there we move on to quickly chatting about games like Arrow [Free] and Piloteer [$2.99]. From there, we move on to discussing the news drama of the week split between what Nintendo is up to and the explosion caused by Apple removing the Confederate flag from the App Store.

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Her Story'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

Back in 2010 when iOS gaming was taking off, Nintendo appeared very nonchalant about the possibility of iOS gaming threatening Nintendo's stranglehold on portable gaming. Reggie Fils-Aime, Nintendo of America president, didn't see Apple as a threat to the company's hardware or software business because the data he had studied suggested that iOS gamers downloaded F2P games constantly but only played them briefly before moving to the next game. For Fils-Aime, such gaming behaviors and the dominance of F2P over paid downloads meant that mobile couldn't be a viable profit platform (I'm pretty sure Clash of Clans would beg to differ). In terms of gaming experiences, Fils-Aime concluded, Nintendo offered games that were between "snacks and full meals" while Apple's games were barely a mouthful...

I hold two very strong opinions about the Dragon Quest series, one of which is agreed upon by many, and the other of which is slightly more controversial. First, Dragon Quest is like pie in that there is no bad one. My least favorite is either Dragon Quest 2 [$4.99] or Dragon Quest 8 [$19.99], but I'd still hand over a weekend to replaying both, no questions asked. With that being said, the other thing that I believe is that the series hit its creative peak with Dragon Quest 5 [$14.99]. That's not to say subsequent games didn't sometimes hit some very high notes, as my pie opinion shows. But if there is such thing as a work that a creative mind invests in so completely that they leave a big piece of themselves with said work forever, Dragon Quest 5 would be a huge example. That's an ominous way to begin a review of Dragon Quest 6 [$14.99], I'll admit, but I felt it was important to be upfront about that...

One of the most interesting news to come out of E3 this year was Fallout 4's wearable Pip-Boy, a faux plastic device that you can wear on your wrist, insert your mobile device in it, and use as a real Pip-Boy while playing Fallout 4. Many companies have promised "second screen" experiences that will allow players to utilize mobile devices to enhance console or PC gaming (most often console gaming), but not many have delivered on those promises. Bethesda, though, appears to have nailed it. The company seems to have an interesting vision for its wearable Pip-Boy, so it's a shame that if your phone of choice is the iPhone 6 Plus, you'll have to make it through post-apocalyptic Boston without the help of the wearable Pip-Boy...

'Trivia Crack' Sequel Coming Later This Year, with Topical Channels

Etermax is the developer of Trivia Crack [$2.99 / Free], the game that was massively popular not that long ago. Now, they've announced that they are working on a sequel to launch in the third quarter of 2015, and they've released a few details on it. The idea is that people will be able to play games based on specific topics, such as sports, music, and history, versus just playing all-encompassing games...

Foursaken Media's genre mashup Heroes and Castles 2 [$1.99] launched about a month and a half ago, but if you've been unwilling to drop the initial two bucks on the game, or its more recent 99¢ sale price, then Foursaken has you covered with the just-released Heroes and Castles 2 Free [Free]. What's cool is that there are very few compromises between the paid and free versions of Heroes and Castles 2. In the free version, you'll earn slightly less crystals, and heroes are slightly more expensive to unlock. Also, in order to collect dropped loot after a battle you'll need to watch an opt-in video ad. But other than those small changes they're the same exact game content-wise...

This week’s Final Fantasy: Record Keeper [Free] event takes us back to the world of Final Fantasy VIII and the epic battle against the Sorceress Edea. Balamb Garden: The SeeDs of Conflict not only offers the opportunity to unlock two more heroes of the game but also their memory crystals (assuming you pass the Elite Dungeon tests). Before you go forth and recall the record of one of the world’s most emo heroes (…whatever), let’s take a closer look at the event, its bosses, and the heroes themselves...

Randy Smith of Tiger Style on the Importance of Supporting TouchArcade

Our Patreon is still cooking away, we're losing a bit of momentum, but that's alright- iOS gamers, developers, and fans of the site are still coming out in droves to support our continued existence. Every morning when I check it I find myself even more dumbfounded. You guys are awesome, and your continued support means the world to us. Moving on, we've been doing a series of articles highlighting different iOS developers who have been touched by TouchArcade in one way or another...

There's been a lot of controversy surrounding the Confederate flag in Civil War games since Apple pulled them yesterday, but we just got word from HexWar Studios, developers of Civil War: 1863 [$7.99 / $7.99] that these games may just be coming back after some minor changes. ..

FireWhip [$0.99] is a perfect example of a game that shows that you shouldn't just judge a book by its cover, but if the book is good, having a rad cover sure helps! This is a unique high-score chaser that puts work in to feel like a standout experience. FireWhip delivers exactly what it its title promises, as it has you swinging a whip made of flames, trying to fend off enemies that want to get to you. You have to swing the whip around to make it large and fast enough to hit oncoming enemies, but some of the base enemies are cowards – literally, they're called cowards – and will shy away. The enemies that come at you directly? They have shields, come in large numbers, or attack really quickly. And if you swing your whip too fast, it flames out, and that's not going to be any good for you...

The Harmony series knows what it is and is quite comfortable in its skin. That might be one of its better qualities overall. The games use a basic, simple-to-understand mechanic to set up increasingly devious puzzles, trying to wind you up more and more. While the games work hard to frustrate you in that respect, the most relaxing, gorgeous music plays in the background, making it nearly impossible not to chill out. This odd discord makes for a compelling combination of flavors, and each installment simply drops another few scoops on your plate. Harmony 3 [$2.99] follows the pattern to a tee, which makes this an awfully short review if you've played a game in the series before. Did you like it, and want more? Buy this one, you won't be disappointed. Did you dislike it or become tired of its bag of tricks? Then you won't find anything to grab you here...

The App Store is just feeling so nostalgic these days. First we get a sequel to Fragger [$0.99]in Fragger 2 [$1.99] last month, which I also reviewed, and this month we get a sequel to another IP from 4 years ago. That IP is Drop the Chicken. The original can’t be found on the App Store anymore, but thankfully the original developers at AppinTheBox have brought us a sequel that tops it in every way imaginable, bringing Chuck the Chicken into modern times. Drop the Chicken 2 [$0.99]is the name of the game, and it is anything but lame. No, I don’t know why I felt the need to rhyme just now. Jeez, get off my case about it...

While the quality of the results have been somewhat arguable, no one can deny that 2K has been throwing their weight behind premium, paid games on the App Store. While everyone and their uncle has been shifting towards free to play, 2K's schedule over the last couple of years has included ports of games like XCOM and Bioshock, premium-priced strategy games from Sid Meier, and "new" versions of their sports franchises, among others. Yes, there have been missteps along the way, but if you want to reward a company for avoiding the F2P candy, you could do a lot worse than throwing a few bucks 2K's way. Heck, depending on what you want, it might only take a few bucks, because many of 2K's recent offerings are on sale starting today. The complete list is as follows, with links to our reviews where applicable:..

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