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Kimmo Lahtinen's Trigonarium [$1.99] is possibly my second-favorite dual-stick shooter this year, ahead of Xenowerk [$1.99] just in terms of this being more of a pick-up-and-play-friendly high score game, and behind Geometry Wars 3 [$4.99], because it's Geometry Wars. It's like being the second-most beautiful person on Earth. Anyway, I mention Trigonarium because the game has gotten another big update, this time adding a brand new "Ultimate" set of levels. ..

It's really tough to describe a game like Agar.io [Free]. It hearkens back to the old age of computing, back when Prodigy and CompuServe allowed users access to games at the cost of an hourly rate. There's something soothing about the experience, and since it's free and gets right into the action in seconds, you may as well try it out...

Roguelike and Dungeon Defense Hybrid 'Dungeon of the Endless' is Coming to iPad

Amplitude Studios has announced that they are bringing their game Dungeon of the Endless, a roguelike-inspired, quasi-turn-based, game of dungeon crawling and defense, to iPad this summer. The game's been available on desktop for a while now, and Amplitude has decided to adapt it to mobile, with special touch controls, and both the "Deep Freeze" and "Bookworm" add-on packs will come with the game. It's a game that's difficult to describe as there's a lot going on at once. Here's a trailer for the desktop version to show you a taste of what to expect:..

'Impulse GP' Review - Crotch Rocket

'Impulse GP' Review - Crotch Rocket

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July 28th, 2015 1:00 PM EDT by Nathan Reinauer in $2.99, 4.5 stars, Games, Racing, Reviews, Universal
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Do you remember what you were doing three and a half years ago? I do. I was posting a thread on the TA forums cursing the gods for not giving us a halfway decent WipEout-like on iOS. It got no replies, probably because it wasn’t that big of a problem in the grand scheme of things. You can read my embarrassingly whiny rant here, if you feel like wanting to punch someone in the mouth. Misguided Gameloft hate and hilariously outdated Fling references aside, I think what Young Nathan was getting at was the frustration of how big the App Store seemed and how few of those apps were actually great. It’s a problem that still persists...

'Red Game Without a Great Name' Hits the App Store

July 28th, 2015 12:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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What happens when you apparently dump all of your creativity into a game and leave nothing left over for the actual title of said video game? It'd seem the answer is the aptly named Red Game Without a Great Name [$2.99] which hit the App Store last night. It is really red, and that name is definitely not great, but it'll be interesting to see if that matters or not. In the game, you play as a mechanical steampunk bird on the mission of delivering secret messages, controlled using touch and swipe mechanics to make your bird warp all over the screen while you try to avoid dying over and over and over...

'Pac-Man Championship Edition DX' Review - If It Ain't Broke, Make it Faster and Add Bombs

Screwing up Pac-Man Championship Edition DX [$4.99] on mobile seemed like it would be difficult. All Namco would have to do is to basically port the game over, maybe make some tweaks to help it work better on mobile with touch controls, as the ludicrous speed of the console and PC version might not work so well with most people using swipes to move. Maybe throw in iCloud and support for both iCade and MFi controllers, and you've got yourself a five-star package. Namco almost did screw this up with a wacky free-to-play version of the game based around levels and energy timers, but thankfully they came to their senses and decided to just drop the game with minimal mobile tweaks on the App Store as a premium game. The world is better for it...

As free to play has become more and more of a thing on the App Store, developers from all over the world have been trying to figure out how to crack the nut of making IAP systems that feel "fair," while still making enough money to continue making games. For Strange Flavour, this meant implementing a system they called "Play Nice.". Cliffsnotes basically amount to they structured their games as free to play titles, but with a maximum spending potential. Here's how they explained it when it was first announced:..

Massive Open-World Space Exploration Game 'Prevail' Rises from the Ashes and Should See Release in 2015

File this under "Best news I've heard so far this year" - the massive open-world interplanetary exploration and combat game Prevail, which was originally announced nearly 4 years ago and had gone deadly silent for the past 18 months, is amazingly enough not dead and in fact it's (supposedly) coming out sometime this year. (Headexplode.gif) Now, gather 'round children as I tell you the tale of Prevail…..

'Skill Wave' is a Fun One-Tap Game from 'Hex Brutal' Publisher Appsolute Games

Appsolute Games is publishing titles on an almost weekly basis now, with last week seeing the neat Hex Brutal [Free]. This week, they present Skill Wave, a one-tap game that blends together elements of zig-zag games and shoot 'em ups. You control a yellow dot that you can make go right by tapping and holding on the screen, with it going left automatically when you let go. Essentially, you're trying to keep it from hitting any spikes or obstacles that get in the way, kind of like a vertical Jetpack Joyride [Free] or other similar games...

deltaDNA, a game analytics firm which provides products that bring together many ad network SDKs for developers, has just introduced an ad platform called SmartAds, that has an interesting hook for developers and players. Basically, it's designed to segment players in to those responsive to in-app purchases and those responsive to ads. Realize that only a small fraction of players spend money in games to begin with, the numbers varying but generally that the whales dominate things. ..

This puzzle/adventure game from Bandai Namco is far from innovative but attaching average game play to a beloved franchise is a sure way to climb the charts. In Dragon Ball Z: Dokkan Battle [Free], you play as an unnamed fighter working to avert the disaster of an "expanding dimensional distortion." Trunks and King Kai direct you on your quest, forwarding the plot and offering battle advice. The story gets a bit convoluted from there, especially when trying to explain why the Z-Fighters are battling each other...

Oh man, Bitcoin Billionaire [Free], what happened man? You swooped into my life in November of last year and I was absolutely obsessed with you for days and days on end. I clicked, I auto-clicked, I bought countless useless items for my crappy apartment and then… it all came to an end, and I craved more. And you promised that more was coming! But that was a long time ago, and I don't know, I feel different now, I guess. Can it still work between us? Do you really have anything more to offer me? The answer, apparently, is a resounding YES as we've just got word that Bitcoin Billionaire is set to get a massive update on August 6th that triples the amount of content in the game...

New 'Mos Speedrun 2' Gameplay Trailer Released

One of my all-time favorite platformers on ANY gaming system is Physmo's Mos Speedrun [$0.99]. Launched in 2011, its focus on speedrunning levels and masterful touch controls had me playing each of its levels dozens if not hundreds of times over and over, hoping to find new routes and techniques that would let me shave just that little bit of time off my final score. I was obsessed, and I loved it. So it should be no surprise that when Physmo began teasing Mos Speedrun 2 with screen shots in June of last year, I was pretty excited. Things were relatively quiet for a while after that, until this past January when we got a proper look at Mos Speedrun 2 with an excellent gameplay trailer. Well, things have been a bit quiet again since then, but now we've got ourselves another new look at Mos Speedrun 2 thanks to this new trailer...

'You Against Me' is a Game Center Multiplayer Game Releasing This Week

If you're looking for another neat head-to-head Game Center game in the vein of Kindo [$1.99], You Against Me should scratch that itch. It's a numbers-based card game, where you and an opponent take turns playing from a hand of 5 number cards, laying it down on a board. If your card is on a number, it's yours. If you get a number surrounded on one side by other numbers, it's locked and can't be played again. After each play, you draw from a pile of two cards, one being your color, the other being your opponent's. You can take your color card knowing that it's that number, or you can draw your opponent's card to prevent them from playing it, though you'll get a random number based on its card back instead...

'Five Card Quest' is Rocketcat Games' Upcoming Speedy Card Battler

While Rocketcat Games focuses their efforts on the upcoming Dad by the Sword, that doesn't mean they're forgetting their mobile roots, though their next game promises to be quite different. Five Card Quest is coming to mobile soon, and it's a turn-based card game where you use cards from a hand of five, dealing out attacks and moves toward an enemy party. They're aiming to combine fast-paced gameplay with strategy and planning. Here's some footage from the beta:..

Strategy RPG 'Demon's Rise - Conquest of the Deep' Coming Next Month

Wave Light Games has been hard at work developing their upcoming strategy-RPG Demon's Rise - Conquest of the Deep, and it's nearing release, with the game having been submitted to the App Store for a planned August release. The game was formerly known as Demon Hunters: Dungeon of the Hell Dragon when we previewed it, but it has gotten a final name change ahead of release. No matter, both sound plenty like they're serious RPGs...

Touchstone Tavern #10 - Your Weekly 'Hearthstone' News Roundup

What a week this one has been! Blizzard finally stopped teasing and started announcing, and we now know that at some point in August, Hearthstone [Free] will grow by 132 cards because of The Grand Tournament expansion, and it looks like it's going to change the meta quite a bit with a new keyword, new mechanics, and, perhaps, a strengthening of some existing tribes. No matter how much the meta ends up changing, I'm glad that Blizzard has decided to really shake up the game rather than go conservative with more of the same because that bodes well for Hearthstone's future. Unfortunately, I won't be writing a Touchstone Tavern for next week because I'll be really far from my keyboard, so I'm sure that when we meet up here again in two weeks, we'll have plenty to talk about...

Update Mondays: 'The Simpsons: Tapped Out', 'Ambition Of The Slimes', 'Farm Heroes Saga', 'The Ensign', And More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. This week it's nearly all about free-to-play and little indies, but I suppose that makes sense, doesn't it? Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper Social [Free], the watchlist in the TouchArcade App [Free], or by participating in the TouchArcade forums, but this weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

'Five Nights at Freddy's 4' Hits Android, iOS Release Imminent

Good news, FNAF fans- It seems the mobile release of Five Nights at Freddy's 4 is barely trailing the proper Steam release this time around. The game was released on Google Play over the weekend, it's a 45M download which is seeing genuinely positive reviews aside from the predictable gems like this one by Alecia Wisely: "Love fnaf I hate buying stuff cuz it's a waste of money cuz I had to use my dad's money and gas money so people need to make it free no more money crap well I can't wait to play it"...

082895_largerWith Jared back in town and Mike with us (at least half the show) we switched back to streaming it live on Mobcrush, so check that out if you want to see the video version. Anyway, this week we kick things off with two iTunes reviews, an email, and a whole load of game discussion. Jared really didn't like Qbert Rebooted [Free], everyone really loved the new Pac-Man Championship Edition DX [$4.99], then we chatted about a trio of puzzle games: Prune [$3.99], The Long Siege [$1.99], and Guardian Sword [$2.99]. Oh, there's a quick mention of Vault! [Free] in there too.

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