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Hands-on with 'Hail To The King: Deathbat' - Gothic Hack N’ Slash

We’ve talked a bit about Subscience Studio’s collaboration with Avenged Sevenfold, Hail To The King: Deathbat. After taking it for a spin recently, there’s definitely more to this hack n’ slasher than just a big name, and setting and locale are worth keeping tabs on its impending release...

Free iOS 8 Update Now Available

Free iOS 8 Update Now Available

September 17th, 2014 1:05 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News

Apple just flipped the switch (I actually imagine them pulling a huge lever) to release iOS 8 worldwide. If you've got a device that supports it, which amounts to anything more recent than the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, 5th gen iPod touch or iPad mini, you can download the update right now either through iTunes or by loading up Settings -> General -> Software Update...

PSA: Fantastic Password Manager App '1Password' is Free

September 17th, 2014 12:55 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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It seems like a week can hardly go by without there being something in the news about either large scale password leak, a targeted hack, or something in between. The point is, the best defense against things like this is being proactive with using different passwords everywhere. The easiest way to do that is with a password manager, and the best password manager I've ever used is 1Password [Free] which just dropped to free...

Good news, everyone, Subatomic Studios' Fieldrunners 2 [Free / Free (HD)] is currently free on the App Store for a limited time. Both iPhone and iPad versions are available for free, with this being the first time that either version of the game has gone free, though it has dropped down to $0.99 before, and does feature in-app purchases for more currency. This might be promotion for a new game – as pointed out on our forums, the in-game ticker, updated last Friday, says "a new game is coming..." so, this might serve as a nice reminder that Subatomic exists...

Check Out Over 30 Minutes of Gameplay of Upcoming Cross Platform MMORPG 'Albion Online'

I've had my eye on Albion Online since it first got posted to our forums in early 2013 for two reasons: I totally dig the art style, and it's making a bunch of promises on being the first true cross-platform MMORPG with aspirations beyond being some kind of watered down Facebook game. As someone who still plays World of Warcraft for some reason, the idea of being able to scratch my MMO itch laying in bed on my iPad is pretty compelling...

Real Racing 3 [Free]'s got a big new update out today. Have you missed the real-time online multiplayer in previous editions of Real Racing? Well, good news, there's a new online multiplayer mode that's been added to the game. Supporting up to 8 players, it's possible to race in multiple leagues with different classes of car, competing on the leaderboards to try and win prizes for being the top rank. This is all based off of random matchmaking, it doesn't look like there's a way to play with friends. Still, for those who've wanted to take out their expensive cars against other people, and not just their friends' times, here's a good option...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'The Maze Runner', 'Tactics Maiden', 'Robot Rundown' and More

Well, it's a weird week for iOS game releases. Most of the developers I talk to avoid releasing new games on the App Store around the time of major iOS releases and new hardware. If history has shown us anything, it's that the apps/games featured around this time are from the few developers lucky enough play some inside baseball with Apple when it comes to developing for the latest iPhone and iOS iteration...

[Updated] 'Goat Simulator' for iOS Now Available Worldwide for $4.99

Well here's a nice surprise. Coffee Stain Studios' inexplicably entertaining goat simulator game, titled Goat Simulator, has just launched in the New Zealand App Store. Coffee Stain announced on their Twitter yesterday that Goat Simulator for iOS and Android would be launching on September 18th. As TouchArcade regulars know by now, when a game is scheduled for a Thursday launch, it actually hits the US App Store late Wednesday night at 11pm EST. Prior to that, it hits the NZ App Store on Wednesday morning at about 6am EST, when it's midnight in that territory. So what the heck is Goat Simulator doing launching in NZ on a Tuesday afternoon? I don't know! I don't ask questions, I just download Goat Simulator like a good boy...

Check Out the 'Gunslugs 2' Teaser Trailer, Launching Later this Year

If you've been hanging around the TouchArcade forums for the past few years, then you're no doubt familiar with Orangepixel games, aka solo developer Pascal Bestebroer. He's been making quality mobile games for years now, typically platforming games with sweet pixel graphics and a throwback feel, and he's amassed quite a dedicated following of fans in our community, including myself. His next project is Gunslugs 2, sequel to the original Gunslugs [$1.99] which launched in January of last year. Gunslugs was a platforming shooter in a similar vein to something like Contra, with a huge focus on different weapons and plenty of unique playable characters. Gunslugs 2 follows in those same footsteps, but with improvements across the board. Here's a lengthy look at the game in action...

Victorian-Era Strategy Game 'Antihero' Lets You Stab, Sneak, and Steal Your Way to the Top, Next Year

I'm not particularly good at strategy games or asynchronous multiplayer — supply lines and terrain and Panzers are beyond me — so I can't do much but turn my nose up at the 4X genre's creeping renaissance on the App Store. There's a reason those old Kriegsspiele were designed for officers and not infantry...

I wanted to love Phantom Rift [$2.99]. I wanted to give it my unabashed affection. I am quite fond of the Mega Man Battle Network series because of, well, everything about it. Certainly, paying homage to Mega Man is something Phantom Rift isn't doing, but the series itself is paying homage to boasted a unique combat system that took the best aspects of card games and mixed it with fast-paced real-time combat. But where Phantom Rift falls apart is not respecting that speed. Not so much in the combat, but in the overworld that governs getting from fight to fight, and managing the character and deck: it's just too slow to get anywhere in this game, both figuratively and literally...

According to a forum post by Blizzard community manager "Zeriyah," upcoming balance changes for Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft [Free (HD)] will affect the Leeroy Jenkins and Starving Buzzard cards. This update, planned for September 22, will raise Leeroy's mana cost from 4 to 5. The Starving Buzzard, meanwhile, will have its mana cost raised from 2 to 5, and its stat line raise from 2 health, 1 attack to 3 health, 2 attack...

Occasionally, a video game has a brilliant new idea that it builds itself around. Sometimes it gets it right the first time, sometimes it's left to another game to capitalize on it. Most games, however, have to be content with coming at an existing idea, hoping to provide a new angle, presentation, or mix of other ideas to set itself apart. Such is the case with Partyrs [$1.99], a charming puzzle game with a premise that should ring pretty familiar to avid mobile puzzle game fans. It's a game about arranging guests in a room according to their desires in order to ensure maximum party satisfaction. In practice, it's very similar to the popular games Girls Like Robots [$2.99] and Joining Hands [$2.99], a puzzle type that stretches at least as far back as those old logic puzzles about ferrying sheep and wolves across the river with one boat...

Several months back, mobile gamers were treated to Alphadia Genesis [$9.99], the first kind-of-3D RPG from Kemco, courtesy of developer EXE Create. Since then, Kemco's released another half dozen or so games, but they were all using older 2D engines, even EXE Create's Fanatic Earth [$7.99]. Well, we've finally got our second game using the 3D battle engine in Illusion Of L'Phalcia [$3.99], and it just goes to show that if you're dedicated to churning out an RPG in a span of weeks, it doesn't matter if you're using 2D or 3D graphics, the results are still going to be mixed...

Low Poly Environmental God Game 'Biome' Coming to iOS Next Year

Biome is an upcoming environmental toy from the trio of developers that make up the fledgling studio known as Knick Knack. All angular polygons and electric greens and blues, Biome lets you "explore and transform the world as you play, unbound by goals or directives," as described on the website...

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