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Spring is coming. The last batches of snow are starting to melt, Wrigley Field's bleachers are still a pile of scrap metal, and spring training games are starting to feel unnecessary. That means the time for real baseball is almost here, and thankfully MLB Manager 2015 [$4.99] is here just in time for the season to start next week. This is the latest in the Out of the Park Baseball franchise, which has gotten its first officially-licensed entry with MLB Manager 2015. ..

'Hearthstone' Blackrock Mountain Adventure Launches April 2nd

Well how about that. The "leak" we posted about yesterday from the Korean Battle.net refund page turned out to be spot on. Blizzard just confirmed that the Blackrock Mountain single player adventure for Hearthstone [Free (HD)] will indeed launch on April 2nd...

One of the big things that happened with the Disney acquisition of Star Wars was that they launched a new animated TV series, entitled Star Wars Rebels, which has actually gotten a really good reception in light of it replacing the popular Star Wars: Clone Wars series. Well, Disney's just launched a new side-scrolling action game based on the new show, Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions [Free]...

There's a lot of Clash of Clans [Free] out there, and there's tons of collectible-card games, your Hearthstone [Free (HD)] games and the like. But one that blends elements of both? That's kind of new. Compass Point: West [Free] does just that, being all about base-building, attacking enemies, and raiding other players. The twist is that all your units are based off of cards you collect from packs, with units, items, and powerups of different rarities in different packs. You can also merge duplicate cards in order to get stronger versions of them. You get a free pack every two hours, and completing missions actually can speed up that timer, and you can buy higher-quality card packs later on as well...

When I think of the phrase "useless challenge," I think of all the times I tried walking on sidewalks without stepping on the lines. Well, apparently Hearthstone [Free (HD)] player Mamytwink one-upped me, barely, by creating and executing his own "useless challenge," as he calls his shenanigans, the longest Hearthstone turn to date. He set up a game of Mage Versus Priest with another friend and went on to break records. How long was that turn you ask? A mere 45 hours, 18 minutes, and 24 seconds...

We're working on a bunch of awesome stuff to make the best iOS gaming forum in the world even better, and the first feature launched this afternoon: A fully responsive redesign of our forums. If you're not hip to the whole responsive web design trend, what that means is our forums automagically lay themselves out differently depending on either the size of your browser window or the screen size of the device you're viewing it on...

The Clash of Warhammer Saga Continues with 'Warhammer: Arcane Magic'

We can all have a good laugh at the number of Warhammer games that are out there. Because there's a lot. We saw Eisenhorn: Xenos at GDC. Warhammer: Snotling Fling? [$3.99] Sure, I guess! But then the Warhammer games keep coming, and coming, and I'm just wondering if there's someone at Games Workshop that just rubber-stamps anyone with a proposal for a Warhammer game because they keep coming, and it stopped being funny a while ago when I'm pretty sure a new Warhammer game gets announced every single week. Seriously, last week we posted about Deathwatch: Tyranid Invasion. It's gotten to a point that I have to call this phenomenon the Clash of Warhammer Saga. This week, it's Warhammer: Arcane Magic from Turbo Tape Games of UHR-Warlords [$1.99 (HD)] fame, with this being a turn-based strategy board game that is based on the physical game of the same name...

With WrestleMania this weekend, it makes sense that the WWE games on the App Store would get updates in time for the big event. Today, WWE Immortals [Free] gets two new wrestlers and a new event system. We heard about Stone Cold Steve Austin coming to Immortals yesterday, but we now know his two varieties: Icebound Watcher and Texas Rattlesnake. Makes perfect sense. Also, the late, great Macho Man Randy Savage is being added to the game in Renegade and Macho King varieties. Here's how I feel about that:..

Blek [$1.99] has been a huge success for Kunabi Brother, racking up over 1.5 million sales since its release back in 2013, and now the game has gotten a big update adding 20 new levels. Their goal with these 20 levels was to challenge dedicated players, as they saw players were getting even better than they, the developers, were at the game, and some even had beaten the game without making a single mistake. So, expect to get challenged in these new levels...

'Tales from the Borderlands' Review - Less Loot, More Talk

The idea of Tales from the Borderlands [$4.99] was certainly an intriguing one once it was announced. The Borderlands series definitely has a unique feel to it from its setting, dialogue, and characters that can be easily screwed up by a developer not quite in tune with the way the series operates. The good news is that Telltale Games are experts at story, so the idea that they could approach and do justice to this universe while also expanding on it in a way that isn't just a loot-filled first-person shooter is an interesting proposition...

For the uninitiated, Taichi Panda [Free] is a Free to Play RPG from developers- Snail Games. The game has been out on iOS on the US App Store for a month now and the developers have already released a huge update and expansion today...

'Silly Sausage in Meat Land' Review - Go Ahead and Sniff Your Own Butt

Every time Nitrome announces a new game, I get excited for two reasons. One is that I love pixel art games and Nitrome specializes in them. Second is that their games are usually pretty cool in some way, have some twist to them that's interesting to discover. Silly Sausage in Meat Land [Free] is their latest and one of their best games that I've played yet. It's a goofy and challenging game that does some really cool things...

'Gunpowder' Brings Explosive Puzzles and Whimsical Art Next Week

Gunpowder, a Wild West-themed physics puzzler with an attractive classic cartoon art style, is set to hit the App Store on March 31 for $4.99 as a new entrant in Apple’s “Pay Once and Play” category. It comes to us from indie developer Rogue Rocket Games, whose co-founders previously worked on titles like Earthworm Jim and Escape from Monkey Island, so there’s some pedigree attached to this one...

'Jump'N'Shoot Attack' Review - Fun Shooter, Boring Jumper

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March 26th, 2015 11:00 AM EDT by Andrew Smith in $1.99, 3.5 stars, Action, Arcade, Reviews, Shooter
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Not long in to playing Jump'N'Shoot Attack I sent an enthusiastic message to some of the other Touch Arcade writers, telling them that it was "super fun". Chatting to the developer on Facebook, I said the game was "right up my street". So this is a game that makes a great first impression. Sadly, the fun that is promised and delivered by those early stages, soon gives way to some unimaginative level design that is more tedious than it is challenging...

Noodlecake's 'Brickies' Looks Like a Rad Brick-Breaker, Check Out the New Trailer

GDC 2015 was a crazy-busy time, such that I didn't get to see much of the Noodlecake Games folks there, and Eli took the meeting with them. Thankfully, I got to see Super Stickman Golf 3, but one of the games I missed was the Ink Vial-developed Brickies, which Eli wrote about. There's plenty of brick-breaker games out there, especially as Breakout [Free] and Arkanoid [$4.99] have existed in myriad forms, and a brick-breaker game came preloaded on Blackberry phones for such a long time. But what's going on with Brickies looks pretty cool, as evidenced by this trailer just released for the game:..

Last week, I had the opportunity to talk to the producers behind DeNA and Square Enix's new social RPG, Final Fantasy: Record Keeper [Free]. We had a fairly lengthy discussion about the game itself and Final Fantasy in general. So lengthy, in fact, that we decided to run the interview in two parts. Yesterday, we covered introductions, the genesis of the game, region differences, and a few other gameplay aspects. Today's portion gets more into hardcore Final Fantasy discussion, which was a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did...

'Stickman Rush' Review: Great Style, Not So Much Substance

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March 26th, 2015 9:30 AM EDT by Andrew Smith in 3 stars, Free, Reviews, Runner
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I'm gonna go ahead and drop an F-bomb: Stickman Rush is flabbergastingly beautiful. Not since Monument Valley has a game's aesthetic so immediately dropped my jaw to the floor and had my eyes bulging with pixel lust. Alas this lane-changing infinite scroller is much stronger in presentation than it is in actual gameplay...

Square Enix and DeNA's new social RPG, Final Fantasy: Record Keeper [Free], just came out in English, but it's been available in Japan for several months. I like the game quite a bit and have been playing it almost every day, which means I'm hopefully well-equipped to give any starting players some pointers on getting the hang of the game. You can consider this guide something of a starter manual for the game, covering some of the important strategies you'll need to get yourself established in the world of Record Keeper, but it will also help you over the long term as new features are added to the international version of the game. Let's mosey!..

‘Final Fantasy: Record Keeper’ Hits the US App Store

Well folks, after an acclaimed review, a behind-the-scenes interview with its producers, and a thorough exploration on the longevity of the game, Final Fantasy: Record Keeper is finally (pun intended) available on the US App Store...

Out Now: 'Silly Sausage in Meat Land', 'Fast & Furious: Legacy', 'Dungeon of Madness', 'Breath of Light', 'Jump'N'Shoot Attack' and More

Welcome to another night/morning of new iOS game releases. We're all kind of just sitting around, waiting for the US release of Final Fantasy Record Keeper, which has yet to show up but should be arriving sometime later tonight or early tomorrow. We think. You never really know how these big-name releases will go. We will definitely sound the alarm once it's available. In the meantime, there's a bunch of cool stuff in the list below, so as always dig through everything and let us know which games you'll be picking up...

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