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If you like CCGs like Hearthstone, you should definitely check out Shadowverse [Free], a new CCG that's now available in a number of countries (including the US and the UK) with more countries coming in August. Developed by Cygames, the Japanese developer responsible for Rage of Bahamut, Shadowverse will definitely remind you of Hearthstone, but it has enough to offer both in terms of gameplay and world-building to make it stand on its own. And yes, I know I'm constantly referencing Hearthstone, but Blizzard's game has become the golden standard for mobile CCGs. Add to that how Shadowverse's gameplay has plenty in common with Hearthstone's, and you'll understand the reason I keep bringing it up...

Zombieville USA [$0.99 / Free] was one of those early iPhone hits that put developer Mika Mobile on the map. A side-scrolling shooter with a killer art style, Zombieville launched in early 2009 and quickly rose up the charts and maintained a position there for many months to come. Obviously its success led to a sequel a couple of years later, Zombieville 2 [$0.99] which launched in October of 2011. The sequel improved upon the original with a wider range of movement, tons of unlockable characters and weapons, a cool upgrade system, and most impressive of all co-op multiplayer both locally and over WiFi. Well, it's been a couple of years since Zombieville 2 has received any update love, and like any game on iOS it has developed a few issues over the years as new iOS hardware and software has rolled out. With the release of their latest game Lost Frontier [$2.99] now behind them, Mika Mobile took this time to fix those issues as well as bring the beloved Zombieville 2 to the Android platform for the first time...




Developer XperimentalZ Games has a vibe to its games that I can really appreciate. These games feel like they fell out of some parallel timeline where arcades stayed healthy and full of a variety of game types. A place, time, and dimension where games made about as much sense as a 1980s action movie, and took deep pride in that fact. I'm a big fan of XperimentalZ's previous release, Pixel Boat Rush [Free], a wild side-scrolling action boat racer, and when I heard the developer was tackling a pinball hybrid next, I was pretty excited. Unfortunately, as the release date of Pinball Breaker Forever [Free] approached, so too did a ton of RPGs, which meant I couldn't get to the game I had been looking forward to. Worse, everyone else at TouchArcade got busy at around the same time, leaving Pinball Breaker Forever to slide by without a review. No, we can't have that...

Marriage is a tricky, tricky act, isn't it? Quite often those joined in holy matrimony don't really fit well together, and even when they do, compromises must abound if there is to be any kind of happiness in their new union. And when the marriage is of two very different people, the challenges are even greater. If you've played Minecraft (either the mobile or the PC version) and any of the Telltale games, then you already know why I started my review of Minecraft: Story Mode [$4.99] with these metaphors. When Telltale told the world that it would apply its narrative-based formula on Minecraft, the game that's now synonymous with sandbox, many gamers wondered whether Telltale could pull it off and whether Minecraft players would bother with a developer that put their beloved open-world game in a narrative straight-jacket, possibly chopping off any parts that refused to obey the narrative techniques that Telltale has used in its other series...

'Rush Rally 2' Review - The Best Rally Racer on iOS

The first rally racing game I played was SEGA's SEGA Rally Championship on the SEGA Saturn. To tell the truth, before that game, I wasn't a huge racing game fan. I'd play the odd game at the arcades, and I'd certainly join in on a race or two with my friends on their games, but it wasn't a genre I was terribly interested in. In fact, SEGA Rally wasn't even my first choice for a game the day I bought it. I had wanted Virtua Fighter 2, but the shop was sold out, so instead I brought home a racing game. I fell in love with that game, and it served as a gateway to the whole sub-genre of rally racing for me. Games like V-Rally, Colin McRae, Rallisport Challenge, and WRC became regular purchases for me, even as I continued to almost entirely ignore every other kind of racer. There's just something about this type of racing that speaks to me...

A few days ago we wrote that iOS 10 has done away with the Game Center app but not the service itself. Apple had stated at WWDC that we were getting "a new account type...[that] supports iCloud-only game accounts," but other than that, we didn't know how multiplayer would work after iOS 10 and whether Game Center was on its way to meet the dinosaurs. Well, according to this AppleInsider story, we are in for quite a shift in iOS multiplayer gaming because with iOS 10, Game Center won't have its own dedicated application anymore; instead, what we are getting is individual games handling multiplayer invitations through the newly-expanded Messages app...

'Critical Ops' FPS Soft Launch Expands to Canada

Here is good news for those of y'all who have been curious about Critical Ops but haven't wanted to nab an iTunes account in the few odd regions where the game was available. The first-person shooter has just been released in Canada along with a 5.2.2 update that tweaks the game balance. But this now means that if you've got a Canadian iTunes account – either by being Canadian or using our guide to register one – you can nab the game with ease...

Improving Ladder Performance, Control Warrior Rules, Priest In Trouble, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in Touchstone #53

Welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our Hearthstone [Free] weekly news roundup that helps you stay on top of everything going on in the world of Hearthstone and (hopefully) helps you improve your game. This past week we had articles about the popularity of Mage decks, ways to improve your Ladder game, the current state of the meta, decklists and stats from tournaments, N'Zoth's dominance, and much more. As you can tell, the meta is still in relative flux, which is a good thing for the game considering the new expansion has been out for a while now. I hope you've been enjoying the game recently. If you've been hoping for any changes, do tell me in the comments; I'm curious to see what players are enjoying and what not. Let's jump in, shall we?..

Update Mondays: 'Minecraft: Pocket Edition', 'Marvel Contest of Champions', 'The Greedy Cave', 'Leap Day', 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. With both of the big events last week, you might expect that there wouldn't be quite as many updates as usual. You would be correct in that assumption, oh wise seer. That doesn't mean there aren't some cool updates to look at, though. 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!..

For some, there's nothing more gratifying than posting something on social media that truly takes off. As vain as it almost certainly is, there is a certain joy in seeing something posted on twitter receiving some significant traction and lots of likes or retweets. Thankfully, there is now some justification for this narcissism, as Tweechi - from developers Fuzzy Face Studios - has just soft launched in New Zealand, and the game implements Twitter integration so for every retweet received in real life, you can receive coins to spend within this eccentric looking virtual pet simulator...

'The Sandbox : Evolution' Latest Trailer Makes you Feel Creative, Game Launching June 23rd

If you enjoy having the power to create worlds on your mobile device, you can't go wrong with PixOwl's upcoming The Sandbox : Evolution. The game, which is the sequel to the very entertaining The Sandbox [Free], goes bigger and better in all aspects of gameplay. As you can see from the trailer below, the game offers the ability to create your own worlds by utilizing weather systems, electricity, and much more. In addition to the sandbox aspect,, the game also lets you create pixel art masterpieces (art talent not included), offers the ability to create, play, and share game levels, and more...

Hello, friends. I hope you all had a great weekend, possibly honoring your father, being honored by your kids, or none of the above. My son and I celebrated the occasion by scouring used game shops for SEGA Saturn games, and let me tell you, we hit a jackpot. Everyone has their own way of marking occasions like these, however, and prolific publisher Crescent Moon Games has chosen to do so with a sale on a number of their games. Some of these games rarely go on sale, so now is your chance to scoop up anything you might have your eye on...

The TouchArcade Show - 262 - E3 Wrap-Up

June 17th, 2016 8:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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Well that's a wrap for E3 week, this year was probably the strangest year yet for E3. The event is evolving, maybe dwindling, potentially changing, and just overall really different from the old E3. We talk about this in the podcast, as well as everything we saw this week that was particularly awesome. Give it a listen if you're curious where all the E3 mobile stuff went.

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to podcast@toucharcade.com. We read 'em all, and love decoding messages written entirely in emoji. As always, you can listen to us with the links below... And if you like what you hear, please subscribe and/or drop us a review in iTunes. Much appreciated!

 

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Adventure Company'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

'POLYFORGE' Brings the Zen Back to the App Store This July

The App Store and mobile gaming in general can have a legitimate claim to pioneer many aspects of the medium that are, in 2016, taken for granted. The obvious ones may be popularising touch screens, gyroscopic controls or the freemium/IAP focused monetisation system, however personally following the iOS scene for so long has shown to me how video games can be more of a transcendental experience. Zen Bound [$2.99] and its sequel by Secret Exit were the key examples of this - a soothing musical score coupled with calming yet stimulating gameplay and visuals created something that was more than the sum of its parts. POLYFORGE - A Symphony of Shapes, Sound and Color by Impact Blue Studios appears to be aiming for a similar experience, and the developers have released a trailer showing off its unique style and mechanics:..

'Hot Guns' Looks Action-Packed, and It's Beta Testing Soon

Quantized Bit, makers of the fun Volt [$0.99] and Prison Run and Gun [$0.99], are working on the 2D action game Hot Guns, and they're getting ready to do a TestFlight beta. But first, why should you care? Well, this thing's got loads of explosions, exploding helicopters, pixel art and all the fun stuff that you want from an action game. Oh, and the iOS version's going to have MFi controller support...

'Teeter' is a Game of Balance and Patience

The Frosty Pop Corps has quietly been making some solid casual games for the past year or so, and the studio is set to release another entertaining game, Teeter. This is the second in what they're calling their "Balls Trilogy" – a name I'm sure FishdixGaming who streams with us appreciates – that started with Walls and Balls [Free]. That game is a fun mini-golf-esque title, where Teeter has you lifting up two sides of a board using each thumb to guide the ball upward, trying to get it into the hole. You can't lower either side, so be careful! The game is level-based, but it is really trick to do well at this game, even in the early levels!..

I suspect you've all heard about the increasing hacking attempts on everything and anything currently on the web - from email, Facebook, and Twitter accounts to game-related accounts. In order to minimize hacking risks as much as possible, a good rule of thumb is that if a game offers two-factor authentication (authentication that requires the user to confirm his/her identity in two ways), you should go ahead and turn it on before you find yourself losing either game-related content or even actual money. If you play Hearthstone [Free], you (probably) know that Blizzard already offers two-factor authentication through Battle.net Mobile Authenticator [Free], but a new update has made that authentication even easier to use, and now you really have no excuse not to turn the two-factor identification on...

Sky Force Reloaded [Free] is one of those games that is impressive in a variety of ways. In our review, we were blown away by what we called our 'favorite shoot 'em up in recent memory', and not without reason. It looks beautiful in motion, absolutely nails the core mechanics of a shooter and today it seems that active and receptive developers is another positive trait to add to the list. Infinite Dreams have announced that a new content update in response to forum feedback is due to land onto the App Store next Thursday, and appears to add a nice packet of features that is sure to help mix up the variety of an already essential game...

Kongregate and Codename Entertainment have announced that their popular idle RPG Crusaders of the Lost Idols to mobile in July, with a soft launch right now. You'll have a team of heroes to take into battle, constantly advancing forward, collecting gold and attacking various enemies by clicking and whatnot. Part of what makes this game different from other idle clickers and various similar titles is that you can configure the formation of your heroes in order to help with your onslaught as you so choose. It's an interesting game, and it'll sure to be a great fit on mobile...

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