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Not long ago, Sony Interactive Entertainment announced that they were going to take a more serious stab at the whole smartphone gaming thing. Today, we've finally received some details about what that effort entails. Their new smartphone branch is called ForwardWorks, and they held a press conference today to show off their upcoming line-up. Only time will tell how this latest venture will go, but if nothing else, it looks like we have some fun titles to look forward to, including a smartphone version of Hot Shots Golf that is due to hit in Spring of 2017...

'Clash Royale', 'Severed', and 'Riptide GP: Renegade' Take Home Game of the Year Nods from Apple

Apple just updated the App Store to include all of their end of year picks, which you can check out here. The most noteworthy of all the nods is the Game of the Year awards which were split across their three gaming platforms: iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. There's also loads of "Best of" games featured, and after a quick overview, I can confirm that the games they picked are in fact pretty awesome...




We're streaming live on Mobcrush right now. There's a couple different ways you can watch the stream, and they all work equally well and it's really just a matter of personal preference as to which method you prefer. The easiest way to watch is just watching the embedded player right here on TouchArcade. In the interest of being polite, we mute the audio. If you're somewhere you can listen, be sure to turn it back up- the controls for that are in the lower right corner of the video stream. Alternatively, if you're on a mobile device, download the free Mobcrush app for iOS [Free], also available on Google Play. From there, search for TouchArcade. If you follow us, you'll get alerts when we're streaming. Last, but not least, you can visit our channel directly in your browser at mobcrush.com/toucharcade. Oh, and if you want to participate in chat, you'll need to register over on Mobcrush first...

Halbrick Studios is probably one of the best mobile game developers with games like Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride in its portfolio. Now, it has decided to go a different direction and is currently developing a CCG called Mythic. Halbrick is trying to make Mythic strategically challenging yet fun to play (which is the goal of pretty much any CCG on mobile). The info we have is limited, but we do know the game is bringing Gods, Myths, and Legends to mobile. Expect to see characters like Loki, Cleopatra, Heimdall, and all kinds of characters from Greek, Norse, and Egyptian mythology and history...

FIFA Mobile Soccer [Free] is quite popular - for reasons I understand but wish I didn't - and has a pretty big player base. However, not all is rosy in the world of FIFA Mobile Soccer because apparently a number of users is having their guest accounts reset. When you start the game, you can either make a Facebook-linked or Game center account or just go with a guest one. So, if you've had your guest account reset, all of your progress, players, money, etc has gone bye bye. This is probably not an isolated incident because FIFA Mobile Soccer forum administrator went on the forums to acknowledge the issue and offer some information on what not to do if you're affected by the issue. Apparently there's no solution yet, but there are some ways you can avoid the reset becoming permanent...

Well, it looks like this week is the Pokemon GO [Free] week. We've already talked about the apparent Starbucks-Pokemon GO promotion, and now Sprint has announced that tomorrow at 8:30AM PST it will hold a joint press conference with Niantic to discuss some news related to the mobile carrier and the game everyone loved and now love to pretend to hate. Sprint's Chief Executive, Marcelo Claure, and Niantic's Chief Executive, John Hanke, will be at the news conference, so I'm guessing this announcement should be relatively big. I have a hunch we'll be getting more Pokemon GO news this December...

'Redneck Rush' Is a Silly-Looking Endless Runner

All you need to figure out what this upcoming game is all about is the title: Redneck Rush. Yes, this is an endless runner - or endless racer as the developers describe it - that has you racing down procedurally-generated country roads dodging all kinds of obstacles as you try to escape the pursuing tornado (of course). As you can see from the trailer, the game has no relation with seriousness and trades in all kinds of stereotypes about that culture...

Punch Club [$4.99] made quite a splash when it came out partly because of how well it captured a long-gone era (sorry guys, the 80s are ancient history now) while still managing to modernize the tycoon-genre gameplay. We liked it quite a bit in our review, and I personally really enjoyed the pixel art that looked like a refined (but not too much) version of games like Double Dragon. An article by the developer's art director published yesterday goes into the art process in depth. He talks about how the artwork is drawn and then scaled, and how the scenes are created in terms of making sure the geometry works well...

'Kami 2' by State of Play Soft Launched in New Zealand and Australia

State of Play Games has soft-launched a sequel to their hit puzzler Kami [$2.99] in New Zealand and Australia, appropriately enough called Kami 2. The gameplay has a similar core style, where you're solving puzzles by essentially using a paint fill tool with the various colors in the game, trying to turn the entire board to one color in the prescribed amount of moves. Kami 2's big change is that the papercraft-style board is now a more isometric display, with the puzzles having some new tricks – both in terms of the puzzles and visuals – because of this angled perspective...

Upcoming 'Go Go Fairy Gals' Is a Promising Arcade Shooter Looking for Testers

When people think of fairies, they think of delicate little creatures, but the upcoming Go Go Fairy Gals will make you rethink your views. The upcoming shooter game takes place in a magical world (of course) where everyone divine and not co-exists in harmony. Every century, the King holds an "exorcism" competition (now that's a movie I would watch) and representatives from each race compete for the honor of being top exorcist. Again, that's a reality show I would definitely watch...

Real Madrid and Ronaldo Getting New Soccer Game

If you're a Real Madrid fan, a Cristiano Ronaldo fan, or just like football (soccer for some of you) games, keep an eye out for the upcoming football game under development by Hugo Games. The game will of course feature all Real Madrid players and the Santiago Bernabeu stadium (as well as other stadiums). According to the announcement, the fame will focus on the same fast-paced action that Real Madrid is known for (which is debatable because they've been known to also play pretty slow during some recent seasons). It appears that the game will focus on multiplayer with a wide-range of ways to take on other players in real-time PvP...

We've been hearing rumors of more Pokemon and more Pokemon GO [Free] features coming our way, so add the following story to that list. Apparently, Starbucks employees have spotted a new Pokemon GO promo that points to new Pokemon coming as well as some other promotions. According to the rumor, beginning December 8th almost all Starbucks locations in the US will become Pokestops or Gyms, and we don't know whether this change will be permanent or temporary. While the leaked document doesn't mention new Pokemon, it does seem probable that such a promotion will coincide with the much-awaited influx of the next 100 Pokemon...

Happymagenta are one of my favorite mobile developers, as their relatively simple experiences are always incredibly well done, and perfectly suited to gaming on the go. Tomb of the Mask [Free] is a particular highlight, as its mix of Pac Man and The Last Rocket [$1.99] was impossible to put down, and the perpetual quest to improve on your previous best run was ridiculously compelling. However, while such endless high score hijinks are always a lot of fun, anyone wanting a more substantial level-based campaign will be delighted to hear that the developers have today added a whole new story mode, which features sixty specialised stages that will truly put your Tomb of the Mask skills to the test...

While it may seem a little dated nowadays with the fast paced technological advancements that are one of the defining attributes of iOS devices, the original Aralon: Sword and Shadow [$4.99] was one of the most noteworthy releases on the App Store, and for good reason. After an age of excited speculation on the upcoming forum thread, the game launched to universal critical acclaim in late 2010 for its ambition, scale, and graphical fidelity which was unprecedented in the early years of the App Store. The 2015 sequel titled Aralon: Forge and Flame [$2.99] may have not been as groundbreaking or revolutionary as the original, but still managed to further refine the formula that was so well received back in the day, resulting in an essential App Store release for anyone looking for their Elder Scrolls-esque RPG fix on mobile devices. In the near future, Galoobeth and Crescent Moon Games are planning on releasing a brand new content update for Aralon: Forge and Flame, with a whole new dungeon as well as some other enhancements that should give fans who have completed the campaign even more adventuring to do on the go...

Crashlands [$4.99] kicked off 2016 with a bang (or, if you'd prefer, a crash) when it launched back in January, and with its incredible attention to detail and interesting amalgamation of action RPG and crafting action, Crashlands is a sure-fire contender for any impending Game of the Year compilations. While the original launch iteration was already outstanding, developers Butterscotch Shenanigans have continued to strive to make the game even better through successive updates that have fixed numerous minor niggles as well as add more substantial features. Today, Crashlands has received arguably its biggest update yet - the Juicemancy 1.2 patch brings with it some major gameplay mechanics as well as support for Bluetooth controllers, which is a suitable excuse for any fans to revisit the game, and a compelling reason for anyone who missed out on Crashlands first time around to experience a true iOS classic...

If you had told me five years ago that slingshot RPGs were going to become a thing, I'd have been happy to hear of a future where Squids [$1.99] was so influential. Of course, Squids isn't what really kicked off this craze. No, the current wave of flick-and-flail casual RPGs that are cropping up can be laid at the feet of Monster Strike [Free]. It's only natural a hit of that magnitude would inspire similar games, but it's impressive just how sophisticated some of them are becoming. Gamevil's entry into the proverbial arena is Knight Slinger [Free], and it might just have the best production values of any game like this yet. In terms of gameplay mechanics, it doesn't mix things up too much, but there are some new things here that veterans of Monster Strike might like to play around with...

If you've got an Apple TV and have wanted to check out SMG's One More Jump [appprice url="asdf"] on it, then good news: One More Jump: Big Screen Edition is now available on Apple TV, as a one-time purchase similar to the Apple TV version of Thumb Drift. No IAP because of the Apple TV means that many of the customizations can be obtained with greater ease, and the one-button gameplay is perfect for the Apple TV remote...

A few days ago, I wrote about the upcoming Pianista [Free], the Guitar Hero-like rhythm game that has you playing classical music instead of rock. Well, the game is now available worldwide, so if classical music is your thing, jump on it. Pianista can be played with two thumbs - so no weird finger gymnastics - and you hit the notes as they roll your way. You have the usual note sustain and finger dragging to quickly get to the notes, and every time you miss a note, your life gauge decreases. Miss enough notes, and you die poor in an attic or basement like some of the classical music composers...

'Retro Winter Sports 1986' Pays Homage to the Clunky Winter Sports Games of Yore

Do you remember the old days of those Olympics-style games on old PCs and consoles? The ones with a bunch of games with arcane controls and objectives that if you mastered, you were truly the master of gaming? Or did you ever play Justin Smith's Realistic Summer Sports Simulator [$1.99] and want a game that was based around winter sports and perhaps a bit more faithful to the source material, perhaps more of a subtle parody than anything? Well, Retro Winter Sports 1986 is the game for you...

As we wrote a few days ago, Supercell is getting ready to launch an animated series based on Clash of Clans [Free] and Clash Royale called Clash-A-Rama, and now we finally know that the animated series is launching Friday, December 9th. The series is based on the shorts released on Clash of Clans Youtube channel, but this ones will of course be longer and more involved. The series will take place in the Clash Universe, and you'll get to see places like Hog Rider's Saloon, learn to build a Hidden Tesla, or check out behind the scenes action in the Clash Royale Arena...

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