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'Drag'n'Boom' Review - Being the Khaleesi on Drogon in 'Game of Thrones'

Ankama's Drag'n'Boom [Free] couldn't have come out at a better time because what better time to come out with a game where you're a dragon than right after a big Game of Thrones season where Drogon, the biggest of the dragons, got to burn quite a few people on the ground. And this game really makes you feel like a dragon, burning everything in your path and pulling off some really fun combos by, well, shooting your enemies again and again. The only thing missing from this game is a bigger enemy variety to fill the game's 50 levels, but even with the enemies it has, Drag'n'Boom is a really entertaining platformer that controls great and lets you feel like a bad-ass...

'Tales of the Tiny Planet' Review- A Refreshingly Simple Physics Puzzle Game

The App Store has come a tremendously long way since its humble beginnings in 2008. It was the first time that Apple had officially introduced the distribution of third-party applications on its platform. It was an exciting time and many developers were taking their first steps in exploring the possibilities of gaming on iOS devices. I can recall numerous games from this time that had extremely simple mechanics, yet their simplicity was their greatest strength. Since then, the App Store has continued to acquire an insane amount of games, especially in the physics puzzler genre. Physics puzzle games may have gradually become more complicated overtime, but Tales of the Tiny Planet [$1.99] hearkens back to the aforementioned era of physics puzzle games that were purely simple and fun...




Loyal TouchArcade readers, I have a confession to make - I deleted Pokemon GO [Free] from my iPhone a few days ago to make room for the likes of Thimbleweed Park [$9.99] and Iron Marines [$4.99]. As the self-appointed resident Pokemon fanboy, I'm sorry for letting you all down. That being said, it looks like I'll have to salvage the game from the confusing new iOS 11 App Store, as an awesome new Equinox event is scheduled to take place over the next week or so. From 1pm PDT on September 22nd until the same time on October 2nd, you can earn double Stardust for catching and hatching Pokemon, and some of the rarest creatures like Mareep, Chansey, Larvitar (!!) and more will be available in special 2km eggs. Registering new Pokemon will also earn you triple experience (so six times the standard with a Lucky Egg active), and new shop bundles featuring Super Incubators will additionally be available for purchase in the in-game store...

'The Witness' for iOS Will Be Releasing Very Soon

Well it looks like we finally will have The Witness on iOS devices. After months of teases, leaks, and more, a new Tweet from Kenzie Paulus, who is a Producer and Team Manager at Thekla inc for The Witness, has given us a new release window. The Witness is coming to both iPhone (as confirmed by the new Apple promo video) and iPad very soon. At first a lot of people including myself thought it would be iPad only given the nature of the game and how intricately the puzzles require your inputs. The Witness from Thekla is a very complex puzzle game that will melt your brain as you play more. I'm not kidding when I say you will start seeing puzzles from the game when you go outside and stare into the sky. It is my favorite puzzle game of all time, and I'm glad we finally will have it on iOS...

I've been patiently waiting for Minecraft's [$6.99] upcoming Better Together update to go live, and we finally know when it's coming out: tomorrow, Wednesday. The update, which will add a total of 34 new features to the game, has been in Android, Xbox One, and Windows 10 beta for some time now, and that beta has helped developers squash over 3000 bugs. The developers have provided an update with some of the latest additions to Better Together, and they sound great. We are getting coordinates (although still a cheat) that will allow us to navigate maps and Realms better, the ability to switch between Classic Crafting and the Recipe Book, and also the ability to make copies of worlds to keep as backups. And, as we've talked about in previous stories, we are also getting official servers, cross-platform play, stained glass, banners, fireworks, parrots, ravines, and more...

Apple announced a new feature to iOS 10 which was Replaykit Live. Which allows you to stream iOS games straight from your iPhone/iPad if the developer integrates Replaykit in their app. While iOS 11 is coming along and there's a nice hidden feature that even Apple themselves didn't show off; that's ReplayKit 2. Replaykit 2 allows for streaming straight from your iPhone/iPad's home screen instead of having to wait for the developer of your favorite game to add Replaykit, Apple has helped you and integrated it straight into the control center; it's as easy as a tap of a button. Though, it can be very confusing for people wanting to stream their favorite games on iOS and knowing what the advantage of Replaykit in a game vs. in the control center and many other things to streaming on your iOS device and other things like choosing a game, your audio/video setup, and much more...

The Zombie Gunship series is a mobile classic, and today the series is heading into the AR future with Zombie Gunship Revenant [Free], a version of the game developed specifically for ARKit and iOS 11. The game's main concept is similar to previous iteration. You circle the battlefield below in heavily-armed helicopter gunships and use all your firepower to take out those poor zombies below you. Using ARKit, your house becomes the battlefield, and instead of moving the camera around to scout the battlefield, you move your device as if it was the gunship itself. If you have one of the latest iPhones and iPads, you'll enjoy even better visuals since the game uses Apple's Metal 2...

Alright so many of you might file this under the, "Yeah, of course you can do this" category, the number of folks I've seen sharing this tip today leads me to believe that the whole add web sites to your home screen thing has become lost knowledge in the modern days of the App Store. Back in the day before the App Store existed, Apple's answers to folks looking to have third party apps on their phone was having people build web apps that operated inside of a browser, then saving them as bookmarklets to the home screen. Thinking back on it, it was a little absurd how excited we were to add things like basic tip calculators to the home screen of our first generation iPhones, but, hey, different times and all...

Even though augmented reality isn't really that big of a part of Pokemon GO [Free] (most players turn off the feature anyway), the game has become synonymous with the technology. Now that Apple is really leaning into AR with iOS 11 and ARKit, I've been curious to see whether Pokemon GO's developer, Niantic, will once more dip into AR, and it looks like that's exactly what it's doing. According to a recent presentation, the developer is working on a new AR title that will incorporate audio cues into the experience. Phil Keslin, the company's CTO, talked about how AR can force players to awkwardly walk around with their phone held up high, which is unnatural and "makes them look like a total doofus." Pokemon GO only forces you to use the AR feature briefly, so you're not a total doofus...

5v5 Real-Time Combat 'Tango 5' Has Soft Launched

If you're looking for a quick shooter game where you and 4 others can take on teams of 5 in real-time combat, Tango 5 is probably a game you should keep an eye on. The game, which has soft launched in the Philippines today, has you competing with other teams in best of three matches, with each round lasting only 99 second, which should be great for shooting people on the go. The developers are emphasizing that teamwork and precise maneuvering will be essential if you want to win your matches, but that all depends on how well you can communicate with your teammates and whether the game actually promotes cooperation...

Award-Winning 'Roll for the Galaxy' Getting a Digital Port Soon

Get ready for another great digital port as Roll for the Galaxy, the award-winning dice game of building space empires, is on its way to the digital realm. In Roll for the Galaxy, your dice represents your people, and you'll have to (as is usually the case) direct them to develop new technologies, settle other worlds, and transport goods across the galaxy. The player who better manages their workers and builds the best and more prosperous empire wins the game. Think of the game as a dice version of the popular Race for the Galaxy. The game has won quite a few awards and is number 36 on the BoardGameGeek Strategy rankings, which is pretty good...

Out of all the amazing iOS games I've played over the past nine years, there is an extra special place in my heart for Solomon's Keep [Free]. Developer Raptisoft launched the game on April 2nd, 2010 which was the day after I officially began working for TouchArcade as a freelance writer. Its mixture of dual-stick shooting, RPG-like ability upgrading, and randomly-generated dungeons tickled all of my fancies, and I was bursting at the seams to write about it in an official capacity for my very favorite website. It was sort of like the culmination of my dreams coming true right before my own eyes. So write about it I did, and it ended up that my Solomon's Keep review was officially the third full review I wrote for this site and my fifth story overall during my first week working here. I've added more than 4,300 more stories for TA since those humble beginnings 7+ years ago...

'Dized' Adds Digital Aids to Your Physical Board Game Nights

Digital versions of board games have been a great way to make the games more accessible and easier to play when compared to their physical brethren, but there's something to be said for the social aspect of an actual board game night that the digital realm just cannot replicate. Dized is hoping to bring you the best of both worlds and offer an app that makes playing physical board games much easier. Dized, which has recently met its crowdfunding goal on IndieGoGo, wants to help you get over the "learning the rules" part of any board game and get straight to playing. The way it plans to do that is offering tutorials based on your actual playing of the physical board game, answering any questions you might have along the way, and only teaching you the rules you need to know for your current playthrough...

It's a good time for those who like adventure games. In addition to the release of the fantastic Thimbleweed Park (which we really liked in our review), we also got the first price drop for Full Throttle Remastered [$4.99], the classic 1995 LucasArts game that puts you in the middle of a tale of "Motorcycles, Mayhem, and Murder." The game originally released for $4.99, but now you can grab it for $2.99, which is such a bargain for this game. To be honest, the price would be a bargain even if the game wasn't a remastered version of the original. But when you add new hand-drawn and 3D high-resolution artwork and remastered audio and music, well, definitely a bargain that you shouldn't miss out on if you enjoy the adventure games of old...

IFTTT.com is a powerful utility for automating all sorts of small things. The site's acronym stands for, "If This, Then That," which sort of tells you everything you need to know about using IFTTT. You set a trigger from any number of a massive array of things IFTTT can look for which cover everything from the weather outside to what your WiFi enabled washer or dryer are up to then trigger alerts that range from blinking your WiFi enabled lightbulbs to... a ridiculous amount of other stuff. It's really sort of amazing just how much IFTTT can connect to, but for our uses, we're going to stick to the RSS functionality to create a simple alert applet that'll send you push notifications whenever we post a new story...

'Another Lost Phone: Laura's Story' Launch Trailer Shows a Bit More of That Phone

Accidental Queens' Another Lost Phone [$0.99] was an unexpected hit that resonated with players partly because of its unflinching approach to what some would consider controversial topics, and Another Lost Phone: Laura's Story, releasing on the 21st, is going to give us another chance to delve into someone's phone and personal life. Today, Accidental Queens released the game's launch trailer, and you can get a taste of how the game will look and play and the kinds of questions it raises. The story won't be just more of Another Lost Phone; the developers will explore new themes in the sequel and, of course, also bring us new puzzles and new mysteries...

Following the typical cadence of iOS releases, iOS 11 was originally revealed at WWDC this summer then predictably released mere moments ago leading up to the iPhone 8 launch this Friday. I feel like most of the benefits of iOS 11 are going to be on the iPad where the new icon dock along the bottom of the screen is going to make your iPad behave a lot more like a MacBook when it comes to multitasking. What's likely going to be a bigger hit around here is the release of AR Kit, which is Apple's way of allowing developers to easily embrace creating all sorts of augmented reality apps and games...

iOS 11 Launches Today and the TouchArcade App Won't Work Anymore, but Here's Our Plan

We're likely only a couple hours away from Apple throwing the switch to release iOS 11 to the world. Once you update, 32-bit apps like the TouchArcade app along with a ton of other games will no longer work on your iOS device. It sucks, but it's a reality we've all been slowly coming to grips with since Apple started warning people with pop-ups any time you launch a 32-bit app. Even though the TouchArcade app has been dying a slow and silent death, we've got some cool plans for the future...

Words With Friends [Free] became one of the early ambassadors of mobile gaming when it launched 8 years ago, finding its way to the phones of many who wouldn't call themselves "gamers" at that point in time. To celebrate its 8 anniversary, Words With Friends continues its growth but this time around we are getting pop-culture inspired words that might make the language purists among you (or the older ones among you) cringe. We are getting words suggested by other players or ones that you hear about often, so expect to earn points for words like Delish, Queso, Bae, Bestie, Hangry, Smize, BFF, and many other ones most often seen on Instagram and Twitter rather than dictionaries. We can start debating what makes a word a word or whether TFW should be in a Scrabble-like game, but the fact is these words are extremely popular and are slowly making their way into official dictionaries. So, I think they are fair Words With Friends game...

Aftermath [$2.99] is a very atmospheric dual-stick zombie shooter that's near and dear to my heart, and I'm so thrilled to be reporting today that this incredibly niche little game has received iOS 11 support in its first update in nearly four years. This probably ties with Rogue Touch as the most surprising updates in my collection. Anyhoo, we first talked about Aftermath way back in March of 2010 just after it launched, when our own TouchArcade co-founder Arn reviewed that version of the game. Boy, our review process sure was different back then! ..

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