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Simogo Wrapping Up 'The Sailor's Dream', Offer Vague New Teaser that Won't Spoil Any Surprises

In late July, Simogo officially announced their latest project The Sailor's Dream. There was a lot of mystique as to what The Sailor's Dream actually was, as it looked to break the traditional "video game" mold much like Simogo's previous games Year Walk and Device 6 had. In a new blog post today, Simogo says their vagueness and lack of information on The Sailor's Dream was a conscious choice, as there's plenty of unique elements to the game that they want you to discover for yourselves. To prove they aren't totally devoid of humanity though, Simogo is offering up a new teaser video of sorts, which they say is "a little something for you to think about and ponder without spoiling any surprises."..

Square Enix and DeNA's 'Final Fantasy Record Keeper' Available in the Japanese App Store

Back in July we learned that Square Enix was working on a game called Final Fantasy Record Keeper for release on mobile devices in Japan, and as it turns out that game indeed was launched in the Japanese App Store early last month. Being that it's published by DeNA and not Square Enix, it slipped under our radar initially, but an eagle-eyed forum member has posted a thread for the game today helpfully bringing it to our attention...

'Rapture - World Conquest' Review - Take over the World in Five Minutes

Tundra Games has opened up shop with its debut title, Rapture - World Conquest [$2.99]. With a new faceplate and some veteran talent, this game studio is one to keep an eye out for. If you asked the question: how could you make the Civ experience accessible and time-appropriate for the iOS mobile platform? This game would probably be the answer. Sure there are plenty of world conquering strategy games out there, but this one has a fantastically frenetic pace that is perfect for on-the-go gaming...

'Pokemon TCG Online' Soft Launches in Canada

September 26th, 2014 5:03 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News

Pokemon TCG Online has just soft launched for iPad in Canada. We've known that an iPad version of the card game was coming for a few weeks now, but it looks like the game is nearing the spotlight with this soft launch. This is, of course, a digital version of the card game series tied in with the Pokemon franchise, that lets players build decks and battle other players online...

'Phantom Rift' 1.1 Update Picks Up the Pace

September 26th, 2014 3:52 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Updates
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One of the big concerns with Phantom Rift [$2.99] was the movement speed of the main character, which really hindered playing through the game. Well, an update was promised that would improve this, and Foursaken Media has delivered, with version 1.1 on the App Store now. The playable character moves noticeably faster, and at a rate that makes wandering through the overworld and levels much better than it was before. I'm looking forward to playing through the game a bit more now that it's less tedious to get from place to place...

Remember Aralon: Sword and Shadow [$4.99] from Crescent Moon Games? It's gotten a number of price drops since its last update way back in the halcyon days of 2012, when iPhones were small and didn't bend. But oh, today is a different day. iPhones are bigger. iPads are the same size and also smaller and rumored to be bigger soon. But no longer is Aralon static. It has gotten the double-whammy update: it now supports widescreen iPhones. And it supports iPhone 6 and 6 Plus resolution. Plus, the game has been updated to support iOS 8, so it's widescreen, bug-free, and has improved lighting and shadow effects. My, what an age we live in...

A couple days ago we posted about the $59.99 Mad Catz C.T.R.L.I. being available for preorder, shipping mid-October. Well, the smaller brother of the same controller is also available for preorder. At $49.99 it's going to be the cheapest MFi controller (well, cheapest launch price, others have been on sale for less before) available...

'Smarter Than You' Review - Crushing Dreams, Telling Lies, and Shooting Arrows

The problem with knocking the ball out of the park the first time you're up at bat is that every time you approach the plate, fans expect you to do the same. Luca Redwood's 10000000 [$2.99] was an iOS gaming grand slam. As mentioned in our review, the game ticked off every checkbox that makes a game impossible to put down, and since then has only gotten better with updates. 10000000 is among the games that I install first when I get a new device, and is in the same folder of iOS games that if I needed space on my device I'd sooner delete family photos than anything from it...

'Anomaly Defenders' Review - Oh, How the Tables Have Turned

I admit that I'm coming into this Anomaly Defenders [$4.99] with a bit of bias because I've played each of the Anomaly games. I liked the games, but I'm hardly a raving fanatic for the series. But still, it's hard not to play this and think that this is kind of fan service for people have played the previous games in the series and wonder what it would be like to play as the aliens defending from the humans. Well, let me just say – it turns out 11 bit is as good at tower defense as they are at tower offense...

RPG Reload File 007 - 'Secret Of Mana'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome back to RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we spend a lot of time with magical swords and sprites of all varieties. Each week, I reload an RPG from the App Store's past for a little reflection, revisiting, or even just to do a deeper dig than what the scope of our usual reviews cover. I like all kinds of RPGs, and I hope you do, too, so I try to grab a varied selection to avoid leaning too hard on any particular style or subgenre. Just in case I miss something, however, once per month I'll be playing and writing about a reader-selected RPG. The next reader's choice is... hey, it's next week in RPG Reload File 008, where I'll be playing Lunar Silver Star Story Touch [$6.99]. How about that? Democracy in action! With that selection locked in, that means you can start voting for the next reader's choice, which will be RPG Reload File 013. Just leave your vote in the comments below or in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in our forum...

Frequent readers of TouchArcade know that I enjoy gamebooks quite a bit. What can I say? I grew up during the rise of Choose Your Own Adventures, when a pocket RPG meant a bunch of words written by Steve Jackson that you had to steal the dice from the family Monopoly set to play. It's more than just simple nostalgia, though. Call me an old curmudgeon, or maybe just a guy looking out for his livelihood, but I feel like there's a particular imaginative power to the written word that can't quite be matched by any other form of expression. That fight with the giant lizard king never turns out quite as awesome in illustrated or animated form as it does in your mind as you read the words off of a page. I'm thrilled that gamebooks have come back with a vengeance on mobiles. It's a perfect home for them, and allows developers and authors to push their ideas beyond the constraints of a physical media, while still using good old-fashioned words to beam the finest of adventures into your head...

Flappy Golf [Free] fan that wants some new content? Well, do I have good news: there's a creative new asynchronous multiplayer mode called King of the Hole coming, and we only have the children to thank for that. Noodlecake crunched the numbers on the data, and saw that Flappy Golf's numbers were steadily increasing...and then immediately started falling around Memorial Day, i.e. when schools start letting out for summer. The game plummeted off the charts. That is, until late August and early September, when the game's download ranks suddenly started climbing again...

I love tower defense games. I can totally understand the sentiment that as a genre, its a little played out though. Right Pedal Studios' newest title, Ninja Raft [$2.99], has an eye out to avoid some of the most common pitfalls many TD games make. With a focus on active gameplay and an adventurous setting, you aren't going to be left feeling like you are digging in waiting for things to happen. Your ninjas will need to be agile to keep their floating fortress safe from their ultimate nemesis...

Forget Racing Around a Track, Upcoming 'Torque Burnout' is All About Doing Donuts

Automobile racing is a long-standing, highly-revered sport all across the globe. It's also much more complex than most people give it credit for. Knowing every square inch of a racetrack, scouting the abilities of your opponents, building your stamina up to endure hours upon hours of nonstop driving, and having nerves of steel to speed around at 200mph+ just inches from a concrete wall or another vehicle are just some of the difficulties of being a race car driver. But let's cut all that crap out and get to the real heart of racing: the winning driver doing donuts and burnouts after a race...

FDG's Tower Defense Title 'Crystal Siege' Still Alive and Kicking, Heading to iPad in Q4 this Year

Back at GDC 2013, I sat down with FDG Entertainment to check out their upcoming tower defense title Crystal Siege, and it looked really good. Whereas many tower defense games task you with setting up your defenses and then just sitting back and watching as the creeps roll in, Crystal Siege is going for a more active approach. You control a main character while the creeps are attacking which you can jet around the map and help out as needed, and there are also several types of environmental traps you can trigger to help take out the bad guys. One of the things I dislike about tower defense games is passively watching as the action happens, so those types of hands-on elements are really appealing to me...

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