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Classic 'Airline Tycoon' Franchise is Coming to Mobile, But Don't Celebrate Yet

Who doesn't love playing some of the classic PC franchises on his or her mobile device nowadays? Well, all those who've been burned by games like EA's Dungeon Keeper Mobile or any other similar F2P translation of classic games. However, to be fair, we've also had some great ports of PC classics like Transport Tycoon and Rollercoaster Tycoon, but those decided to go the premium route. So while I'm not ready to make a sweeping generalization, I'll make an almost-sweeping generalization and say that classic ports do much better critically when they come over wholesale rather than "re-imagined" as F2P games. Still, whether they do better financially, that's a whole different discussion since The Sims Freeplay is currently 25th in the App Store's Top Grossing apps and SimCity Buildit is 45th...

Transistor [$4.99] is easily one of the best games of the year for me, a wonderfully-realized world and a very entertaining battle system that come together almost seamlessly. Some balked at the original $9.99 price (which I found more than justified), but even that reason is now moot as the game has dropped to $4.99 in its first sale ever. If you want my detailed review of the game, jump over here and take a look, but I'll give you the short version if you don't feel like reading a couple thousand words. Transistor let's you enjoy a very original world that oozes with detail and, funnily enough, realism as Cloudbank feels like it could be a real place at some point in the future. Its narrative unfolds in a very clever way and the voice-over is fantastic, so if narrative is your thing, Transistor will definitely scratch that itch...




New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Deer God', 'Worms 4',  'Rock(s) Rider - HD Edition' and More

It's another Wednesday, and with it is another gigantic load of iOS games to plow through. Also, interestingly enough, the Sphero BB-8 companion app is among tonight's releases which makes us wonder if the September 4th date mentioned on their site isn't when the toy itself is going to be available. Additionally, there's a whole bunch of other good games appearing on the App Store today including Crescent Moon's Deer God. Check out the trailer for that:..

Hands-On With 'ReRunners' For Some Multiplayer Platforming Fun

A couple of months ago I wrote a story about ReRunners, an upcoming platformer for both iPad and iPhone by Klang Games, that sounded like an interesting take on platformers. The game set out to be a multiplayer platformer where you compete with the ghosts of other players, in a way similar to the multiplayer part of racing games like Real Racing 3 where you race consecutively rather than simultaneously. Recently, I got a chance to actually play ReRunners (I streamed part of my time with the game on our channel on Mobcrush), and I think the developers' idea of turning a platformer into a competitive multiplayer experience works really well...

There was a joyous uproar this past June when Klei Entertainment confirmed long-standing rumors that their hit survival game Don't Starve would be coming to iOS in a special "Pocket Edition" version of the game. Then just over a week later it was revealed that Don't Starve: Pocket Edition [$4.99] would be an iPad-only release. Cue cries of dispair across the globe and an avalanche of jokes about needing humongous jeans to fit the Pocket Edition of Don't Starve in your actual pocket. Yes, we all had a good laugh and a good cry. Well, Klei didn't like seeing that rollercoaster of emotions, so just a few days later they teased about Don't Starve coming to iPhones as well. That time is finally almost upon us, as Klei tweeted earlier today that a Universal update for Don't Starve: Pocket Edition is coming this Thursday...

Simple but Strategic Action Card Game 'Castles' Coming from 'Ultrahyper' Developer Sets and Settings

Folmer Kelly of Sets and Settings, developer of games like Trap Tower [Free] and Ultrahyper [Free], and co-developer of Wrasslin' [Free] and Battle Golf [Free], has a new game in the works and it's looking pretty darn awesome so far. It's simply called Castles, and is inspired in part by an old but popular Flash game named Castle Wars. As Folmer describes it in our forums, "Castles is a minimalist action card game where the goal is to manage your resources in order to destroy your opponent, using turn-based action cards." Here's a .gif showing Castles in action...

September Patreon Update - Still Alive

September Patreon Update - Still Alive

September 1st, 2015 6:47 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News
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The TouchArcade Patreon is still kicking ass and taking names. We recently sent out the first of what's likely going to be a monthly newsletter of sorts to our community which has us surging towards having 500 total patrons, which is a pretty rad number to hit. If you're backing us already, we'd like to once again thank you for your support. If you're not backing us yet, well, if you like what we do here every way consider tossing a couple bucks our way. The best way to think of it is like a magazine subscription. Did you used to buy Nintendo Power back in the day? Well, TouchArcade is really just an internet magazine updated all day...

'Dandy: Or A Brief Glimpse Into the Life of a Candy Alchemist' Review - Sweet Gameplay Wrapped In Tasty Visuals

To explain why I wanted to give Dandy: Or a Brief Glimpse Into the Life of a Candy Alchemist [$3.99] a try once I saw it pop up on the App Store, I first need to talk a bit about the type of shoot 'em ups I enjoy. One of the few genres of games I've never cared much for is bullet-hell shoot 'em ups, those games where you fight a constant hail of fire while trying not to get a headache from all the blinking and flashing. The shoot 'em ups I enjoy are the slower ones, the kind that forces you to study your enemies and devise strategies on the go (like the PC game The Binding of Isaac for instance), and this is precisely the kind of gameplay Dandy offers. ..

'Blocky Highway' is an Endless Runner that Actually Looks Interesting, Coming this Thursday

Ok, behind the back endless runners are a tough sell in today's App Store. It's just been done to death, you know? Anyway, every once in a while a developer will come along and do something really neat with the idea of an endless runner. That's the feeling I got when I watched the trailer for Blocky Highway, from developer Dogbyte Games. Check it out and see if it similarly piques your interest...

I've been doing some digging on the World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] forums today because I had a feeling the new update should be coming at some point in early September (it fits the timing of their updates), and I was right. While official word is somewhat confusing and often in Russian, what I have been able to find are a few features that should be in the upcoming update as well as a developer Q&A that offers some info on the game's future. ..

DotEmu Founders Sell Company and Form Playdigious, Announce First Project 'Pix the Cat' from Pastagames

Well here's something I was not expecting. DotEmu, who have won my heart over the years for their expertise in porting over classic video games with extreme care and thoughtfulness, was sold by its founders in September of 2014, which was apparently confidential information until now. It's scary seeing a company you love be sold to someone new, but according to the press release, DotEmu founders Xavier Liard and Romain Tisserand sold to "a private investor whose plans to continue growing the successful retro videogame publisher are aligned with the founders’ vision." So far that has held to be true, as in the past year DotEmu has put out some great retro ports like Garou: Mark of the Wolves [$3.99] and Ys Chronicles 1 [$4.99], and have plans to bring more retro goodness with an iOS port of Titan Quest and Ys Chronicles 2. So it seems like DotEmu is in good hands...

It's pretty difficult to pull off the first part of an intended series of stories. You have make sure you end it with a lot of possbilities in the air, but at the same time, you have to give people a satisying enough standalone plot that they'll want to stick around. It's especially important in games, where the player should feel some sense of accomplishment at the end of each part, particularly when the continuation might be a ways off. Versus - The Lost Ones [$3.99] is the latest release from prolific gamebook publisher Choice Of Games, and it's meant to kick off an on-going series. It's a successful opening in as much as I'm rather interested to see where the story goes from here, but taken as a standalone work, it's a little mixed...

Alright, first off, I meant to post this yesterday, so the time left on this deal is a little shorter than some of the other stuff we typically post... But, chalk that up to planning my day around in-flight WiFi that didn't work. (And flight attendants who couldn't be more apathetic.) Anyway, today's (Or, yesterday's, I guess) TouchArcade deal is the ZeroLemon SolarJuice 20000mAh Battery which is just totally up my alley on a personal level, as anything solar really appeals to me. So the way this battery pack works is like any other battery pack in that you can charge it via micro USB then recharge anything that uses USB utilizing the two onboard USB ports. It can deliver 2.1A for tablet charging, and with 20,000 mAh of onboard juice, you could conceivably use this battery to charge your phone for an entire week. Or, maybe longer, if you're somewhere sunny...

'Zoombinis' Review - Edutainment at its Most Adorable

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September 1st, 2015 10:59 AM EDT by Chris Carter in $4.99, 3.5 stars, Games, iPad Games, Puzzle, Reviews
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As a kid, I was pretty big into edutainment games. Any excuse to play video games in school I took, from Number Munchers to Oregon Trail. Some titles were more "entertainment" than "education," but I ran with it anyway -- and in some cases, I taught my fellow classmates how to earn a high score. Good enough, right?  However, in all my childhood I never had a chance to play Zoombinis [$4.99 (HD)]. I'm glad that I changed that recently with its iPad release, even if it hasn't aged all that well...

There have been a lot of weird crossovers throughout the history of entertainment, and only half of them involve Angry Birds.  Remember when Inspector Gadget showed up on the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, or that time when Archie met the Punisher, or when the Harlem Globetrotters helped Scooby-Doo and the gang solve a mystery? If you look at it that way, perhaps Pocket God Vs Desert Ashes [$4.99] isn't that strange after all. Still, a combination of Bolt Creative's Pocket God [$0.99] and Nine Tales Digital's Mecho Wars/Desert Ashes probably wouldn't be the first team-up you would imagine for either franchise, and it certainly begs a question or two. How exactly could they reconcile the former's simple god game mechanics with the latter's Advance Wars-inspired turn-based strategy?..

It's that wonderful time of the year in Japan where the heat starts to subside a little, the kids are trying to finish two months of homework in two days, and game companies start to reveal their line-up for the annual Tokyo Game Show. Held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba prefecture each September, the show has made a huge recovery after a pretty depressing five years or so. A lot of that is on the back of mobile gaming, the market which now dominates the Japanese games industry. Naturally, as one of Japan's gaming giants, Square Enix will be there, and they've announced quite an assortment of games for their booth this year...

Just last Friday the Apple world was abuzz over the latest rumor for the (rumored) new Apple TV which is (rumored) to be unveiled at Apple's September 9th media event. That rumor, from TechCrunch, stated that the revamped remote control for the new Apple TV would include multi-axis motion detection similar to a Nintendo Wii remote, which could then be used for controlling games. Today a new rumor sprouted up from Mark Gurman over at 9to5Mac, who we should point out has an excellent track record for busting Apple secrets out into the open, which now says that, yes, the new Apple TV remote control will have motion detection but it won't be as robust as the TechCrunch article last week stated. ..

PAX Prime 2015: 'Minecraft Story Mode' Seems Great, but Will Minecraft Fans Love It?

Sometimes, a game is exactly what it seems like it would be on the tin. Minecraft Story Mode sounded a lot like it would be a mixture of the familiar Telltale narrative and gameplay tropes with the world of Minecraft [$6.99]. How exactly that combination would come together would be a good question, but after playing a demo of the game at PAX Prime 2015, I have to say – this seems rather promising. It's already rather thrilling, and Telltale is at least using the world to tell an original story centered around the experience...

Eon Altar isn't a mobile game. But it's got a super-cool mobile integration where you can use mobile devices to play the game. It's a quasi-turn-based RPG, where you and 3 other players battle against waves of enemies, and you control your character and battle while controlling it on your mobile device, seeing the results on the TV. You can move around during non-combat phases, with the ability to use friendly abilities during battle, before eventually going into battles. Each player controls a unique character with their own set of abilities. Some attacks and abilities have cooldown and energy costs, with energy being regained by doing damage with standard attacks. If an enemy attacks you, you are engaged with them, and can only attack them, but otherwise you can choose which enemy to attack. But be wary if you have area-of-effect abilities: some of them can do friendly fire damage. ..

PAX Prime 2015: 'Riptide GP: Renegade' Won't be Mobile First, but it's Still Mobile Jet Ski Racing

My initial reaction to finding out that Vector Unit was showing off Riptide GP: Renegade at PAX Prime, but for consoles, was to say "Et tu, Vector Unit?" But not so fast, my friend – I met with the developers of Riptide GP 2 [$0.99] and Hydro Thunder Hurricane, and they confirmed that they have far from abandoned mobile – in fact, Riptide GP: Renegade will be coming to mobile very shortly after the game launces on consoles...

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