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World of Tanks Blitz [Free] continues to evolve, and the latest 2.9 update, which has just gone live, introduces a huge change in the game's matchmaking system. After today, you'll only get matched with tanks +1/-1 off your tier rather than playing with a Tier VII against a Tier X (and barely making a dent). This change should make players feel more important in every battle rather than occasionally feeling like they could play no part in their team's win or defeat. There were times in the game when my tank wasn't able to penetrate the enemy's higher tier tank, which resulted in me feeling like an overweight car rather than a war machine. Hopefully this change will make playing the game more fun...

Hello, friends! It's that time of the month once more, which means we've got a delicious hot 'n ready episode of the RPG Reload Podcast ready for your consumption! The main topic this time around is Crescent Moon's Ravensword: Shadowlands [$6.99], and we ended up doing something a little different from usual. Due to conflicting holidays, Andy wasn't able to make it for the recording of this episode, so taking his spot in the third chair is none other than Crescent Moon's very own Josh Presseisen. The format's a little different this time around, and we ended up powering right on through without taking a break. I'd like to give a big thank you to Josh for coming on the show and answering a lot of questions, some of which were a little tough...




'Help I'm Haunted' Looks Like a Fun 'Kero Blaster'-Inspired Platformer

I will forever be a sucker for 2D pixel art platformers, and Sky Pirate Studios' Help I'm Haunted looks utterly amazing to me. You'll be taking your very-unlicensed set of ghost-busting equipment to Neo-Transylvania, where Dr. Victor Frankenstein has really gone off the rails, unleashing monsters on the populace. Man, the events of the Mary Shelley book must have taken a toll on him. Perhaps the real monster is man. Also, those monsters. ..

Rusty Moyher's Astro Duel [$4.99 (HD)] is set to get a big update this Thursday on May 5th. Several new features are going to be in the game that are set to change the game up. A new dash ability will allow you to escape some hairy situations by double-tapping the Thrust button, but it consumes one ammo, so be careful. That is, unless you enable the unlimited dash modifier, which doesn't use ammo, but comes with increased cooldown. If you don't want powerups, which is a requested feature for tournament play, then you can now disable powerups. Three new maps, including a Bomberman-inspired level with conveyor belts that loop around, will be in this new update on Thursday as well...

JRPG Clicker 'Final Meteor' Launching this Thursday, Its Horror-Themed "Twin Game" 'Final Friday' Coming Next Thursday

A couple of weeks back our resident clicker lover Carter Dotson posted the trailer for Final Meteor, a clicker game that aims to bring a similar satisfaction as classic 16-bit JRPGs but in clicker form. The art style in Final Meteor was definitely on point and it seemed like it would be another great entry in the emerging idle gaming genre on mobile. Developer ClapClap Media has reached out to let us know that Final Meteor will be launching this Thurday, May 5th. Here is the launch trailer again if you missed it before...

'Smash Fu' is the New Name for 'Brick Ninja', Coming May 12th and New Trailer Released

Back in late March, Halfpipe Hero [Free] developer Bit Free Games unveiled their new project, an over-the-top tile-smashing game called Brick Ninja. At that time they were seeking beta testers for the project, and it looks like a lot of progress has been made in the month or so since then. The game is now finished and has a brand spanking new name, Smash Fu, as well as an official release date of May 12th. There's also a brand new trailer for Smash Fu, check it out...

'Nonstop Knight', the Idle Action RPG from Kopla Games and Flaregames, Launching Worldwide June 2nd

The mobile platform in an incredibly unique one. Our little devices are powerful enough nowadays to run games that are pretty comparable to full-blown games on PC and consoles, and there's certainly an audience that craves those meaty game experiences on the go. However, there's an even larger slice of the mobile audience who are simply looking to kill a few minutes of downtime here and there throughout the day without having to commit a ton of time or attention to a game. Enter the idle gaming genre. All the fun of progressing and completing missions without all that pesky playing. ..

Every time I write about Sentinels of the Multiverse [$9.99 (HD)], the digital version of the hit co-op card game, I get at least one person wishing the game shrinks down to phone size because ever since release, the game has only been playable on the iPad. Well, Handelabra Studio has decided to make most Sentinels players' wish come true as seen in this recently-released trailer showcasing the iPhone UI. The UI is subject to change, of course, but the trailer gives you a good idea of how the game will look on your phone. According to the announcement, which came out of the company's current Kickstarter, smartphone support had been on the list before they even launched the game, but they knew it would take time to get it right...

'Chameleon Run' Review - A Change of Color

I've played so many runners in the past 10 years or so I've lost count. Much like my teenage years after I realized that I had played hundreds of platformers in my lifetime, over time, I started to notice that you can't really browse the App Store without seeing a runner front and center. While many groan at the prospect, I relish a new opportunity to check out a new entry, and a brand new way to spend entire days wasting away behind the comfort of a touchscreen...

We're pretty huge fans of Mika Mobile around here, as both Battleheart [$2.99] and Battleheart Legacy [$4.99] are near the top of any short list I could ever come up with on the best iOS games. Naturally, when they announced their upcoming turn-based strategy game Lost Frontier, we were all ears. Back in February, details were sparse beyond what was detailed on their blog which wasn't a whole lot...

With the Clash Royale [Free] update out of the way, Supercell has refocused their promotional lasers on talking about the upcoming update to Clash of Clans [Free] which introduces some pretty huge convenience features. Namely, spells and troops are going to take a lot less time to brew and train. Spells are going to brewed in half the time, and the Dragon, Watch and Wallbreaker will also be trained in half as much time as before. The Golem, Lava Hound, and P.E.K.K.A. units are going to train three times faster, along with "hugely reduced" hero regeneration times and faster training for other units across the board...

'Joan Mad Run' Hits the App Store

May 3rd, 2016 11:33 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Release
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Happymagenta's Joan Mad Run [Free] has been in development forever. So long in fact that they released the lightweight teaser prequel John Mad Run [Free] nearly two years ago just to give players a taste of what was coming with the "full" game. The original thread for the game was posted all the way back in 2013. Well, it's here now, and if there's any truth to the saying "good things come to those who wait," Joan Mad Run should be pretty rad...

If you don't pay attention to the PC/console world, chances are you've missed out on 2K's latest blockbuster release, Battleborn. The easiest way to describe it is if you took Borderlands, added some elements which almost feel MOBA-like, mixed in a bunch of different characters kind of like Blizzard's Overwatch, and gave all of them their own guns and abilities. Here's the launch trailer which gives you an idea of how that all goes together:..

Just as the first game did a few years ago, Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2 [Free] has grabbed a lot of my attention since its release not long ago. It's a little buggy in places, but the turn-based battle system is very satisfying and strategic, and the team-building offers a lot of options to support a variety of play styles. Plus, it has Spider-Man in it. So, since I'm playing the game an awful lot anyway, I thought I'd put together a bit of advice for anyone else who might be interested in the game. Note that I'm going to try to keep away from recommending specific characters, since an overpowered character is often one update away from being toned down...

After dropping 4 sneak peeks, Supercell has finally stopped the teasing and released the Clash Royale [Free] update upon the world. If you haven't been following our stories on the sneak peeks, this update brings six new cards - 3 Legendaries, 1 Common, 1 Rare, and 1 Epic - that you'll get from Arena 5 and above. Some of the cards look great fun, especially Sparky and the Miner, and I look forward to seeing them in play. The update is also increasing some of the rewards, with players getting more gold for each win, crown chests containing double the loot, and more. It also adds Live Spectating to let you mock your friends while they lose and lets you pick what Arena battles you want to watch on TV Royale. You can now also copy anyone's Battle Deck from their profile. These additions are fun since they should help the community grow even more by helping both streamers and tournaments...

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, visit mobcrush.com/beta and download the free Mobcrush app. (It's in beta, so you'll need to agree to have it installed on your device.) 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...

'Squids Inc' is a Fantastic-Looking Underwater Action Game That Needs Beta Testers

Pantz Games has announced their new game Squids Inc, an on-rails shooter that looks incredibly well-made. You'll be blasting targets under the sea, using explosive weaponry to shoot all your fishy opponents. Fast-paced action is the name of the game here, as the trailer reveals. Good production values go a long way with games – it's part of why Crossy Road [Free] was such a hit. And Squids Inc looks amazing in this latest trailer that Pantz has revealed:..

I think it's fair to say that Mucho Taco [Free] is the preeminent taco-themed idle clicker available on the App Store today. No others even come close, or exist at all, for that matter. Anyway, with Cinco de Mayo looming developers One Simple Idea and publisher Noodlecake have decided to release a massive update for Mucho Taco which adds all sorts of new stuff while also overhauling some of the existing content. Some of the major new features include: a special new map and ritual system that allow for multiple prestiges/play throughs, a new relic system that allow you to permanently augment the look and performance of your restaurants, a new Offline Chef system so you can manage your taco empire even when you're not playing, and of course plenty of new ingredients as well as new ways to use existing ingredients...

'Fallen London' Review - An Artfully-Made, Wonderfully-Weird Labyrinth of Stories

I've always found the written word very alluring, which to a great degree explains my career choices and the fact that I'm writing this review right now. Books, and later adventure games and interactive fiction, were my gateways to all kinds of fantastic worlds, and I often judged those books on how well they managed to create a sense of place, how "real" those fake worlds felt to me. So, going in to play Fallen London [Free] (first its browser version and now its iOS version), I was intrigued by the description of the world I was about to inhabit - a "hilarious Victorian-Gothic underworld" version of London - and wondered how big that world would be and how vivid. Well, I soon realized that Fallen London's sense of place is among the best in any game I've played, textual or not, creating the strong impression that the world around me kept on living and breathing even in my absence, a key feature for any sense of realism when encountering absurd, fantastic worlds...

Mobile gaming and free-to-play are inextricably linked at this point, and it's often used as a big talking point for console and PC gamers who complain about mobile gaming. But the reality is that free-to-play makes a lot of sense for a lot of companies. And Epic Games is the next company making a big transition to free-to-play with their new games, particularly Fortnite, Unreal Tournament, and the upcoming MOBA Paragon. Polygon's feature is quite interesting on it, particularly as it talks about how massive game budgets can crush a studio like theirs. Yes, even with Unreal Engine being such a huge part of the gaming industry. And it starts to make more sense to make games that can evolve and grow as live titles, that also bring in consistent revenue over time...

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