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Auroch Digital is Bringing Games Workshop's 'Dark Future' to Mobile

Auroch Digital, the company behind the Chainsaw Warrior adaptations and responsible for the fascinating takes on warfare that was Narco Guerra and Endgame: Syria, is rebooting the Games Workshop cult classic boardgame, Dark Future, just in time for the upcoming global apocalypse. ..

'MeatSlayer: Dash or Death' is a Game from Creators of 'theMeatly' Webcomic

The folks at theMeatly are known among game-dev circles for their webcomics about game development, especially on mobile. Now, they're making a game of their very own in their distinct art style, called MeatSlayer: Dash or Death. You'll be controlling the MeatSlayer, an eyepatch-wearing, meat-eating little chap who runs and punches stuff, like giant, meat-tossing robots. Sounds interesting! Check out the stylish trailer below:..

While there's lots of sales that happen before any big holiday, such as Memorial Day, there's still a few stragglers and even some new sales that have popped up after the fact. The big one is Traps n Gemstones [$0.99] which is on a sale down from $4.99 to $0.99 this week. It's a top-notch Metroidvania for mobile, from an unlikely source in Donut Games. There's still high score elements, but it's definitely something unique and really fun from them, with their unique art and feel to the game. A great pickup for a dollar. ..

Angry Mob Games' 'Toysburg' Goes Worldwide Tomorrow

We've talked a few times about Muffin Knight [$0.99 / Free] developers Angry Mob Games' latest title, Toysburg. We have covered the game's initial trailer and soft launch in the past few months, but now we know when the game is coming out: this Wednesday, May 27th. Yep, it'll be part of the big releases this week, but a bit earlier than everything else, so you can be playing this one while waiting for the others...

If anyone had any doubts about how central mobile gaming is to the global games market as a whole, SuperData Research has just published a report that proves our impressions are correct and shows that the mobile gaming world is now the leading sector in the global market, which is great news for all of us who play or work on mobile games. Specifically, the total global games market for 2015 came at about 74.2 billion dollars, a number that according to the research shows a booming market that has tripled in size over the past decade as a result of a range of innovations (including smartphones and novel revenue models). From that 74.2 billion, mobile has a huge part of the pie with 22.3 billion dollars, more than the retail sector, seven times more than digital consoles (3.1 billion dollars), and more than social games and F2P MMO games combined. The report also noted that mobile broke a record this April with 137 million Americans playing games on their phones or tablets. This report, combined with other ones that we've talked about recently, spell good tidings for anyone who enjoys the mobile gaming world...

It shouldn't be a surprise by now, but we're going to be at both WWDC and E3 this year. Something new we're doing though is putting together a mailing list of developers who attend events so we have a more effective way to send out information for things like party plans, post-event photos, and other fun stuff. Historically we haven't had a great way to get word out about parties aside from just posting a story on TouchArcade or letting it spread organically on Twitter which is ok, but not great...

Capitals [Free] is the new word game from the fine folks at NimbleBit. The game can be quite brutal if you're not skilled at the game, though. Me personally, I've dropped the two-turn-victory hammer on a bunch of opponents. But for those of you who need some help becoming a capital Capitals player, David Marsh of NimbleBit has emailed over a strategy guide that can help you out with the game:..

Run, Lara, Run! Sorry, I really couldn't resist making that joke. After being in soft launch for a while, the all-new Lara Croft: Relic Run [Free] is now out worldwide. As you can all probably guess from the title, LCRR is a Temple Run-like endless runner that pits the famous tomb raider against all kinds of enemies and even some big bosses (including the infamous T-Rex). Lara also gets to use some of her fancy vehicles, so from the sound of it there's plenty to do in this game. The game's visuals look good, but, to be honest, having played the original Tomb Raider back in the day, if Lara isn't all angles and lines, then I think she looks great. According to people in the forums, who've been playing the game for some time now, the game is better than your average endless runner with great controls and tons of things to do. And, of course, it's free...

Multiplayer RTS 'The Ember Conflict' Goes Worldwide and Universal in June

We wrote about The Ember Conflict getting a soft launch back in January. This fast-paced RTS, designed for mobile but featuring real-time online multiplayer, has been getting tweaks and improvements ever since then, and the game is now scheduled for a worldwide launch on June 4th. The game was originally planned for April, but hey, time makes fools of us all. The good news is that one big addition to the game from its soft launch is iPhone support. The Ember Conflict will release as a universal app, so you can battle from anywhere, and don't need an iPad to do so...

SMG's 'One More Dash' is the Follow-Up to 'One More Line', Releasing This Week

SMG's got a new game coming out this week, and it's One More Dash. This is a follow-up to the super-difficult grappling game One More Line [Free], which also served as a nice abstract art generator with all the line patterns that were formed. One More Dash will have you launching from circle to circle, trying to time your dashes to avoid the barriers surrounding each one. It releases this Thursday, May 28th as a free app with ads. There will be an in-app purchase to remove them, though. Check out the trailer with the first gameplay footage:..

'Bad Dinos' Review - Yabba Dabba Defense

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I, Nathan Reinauer, have a problem. Buried somewhere deep in my soul, I think I may have known it all along. I’ve tried to blame others, but I’m starting to believe it is, in fact, my fault. Yes, it’s time I face the music and finally admit it to the world: I’m bad at tower defense games...

Pits of Death is coming out this week from Rebisoft, and it promises to revive 80's-style handheld games. Like, pre-Game Boy. We're talking Game and Watch era LCD screens, though a bit more colorful. You'll be running around deadly labyrinths, trying to avoid the eponymous deadly pits, getting the arrow to kill the dragon. Pits of Death will be playable both on normal iOS devices, but also on the Apple Watch, so it's just like those old LCD watch games you used to play! Technology has come full circle once more. I'm always down for retro homages, but retro homages with uber-catchy trailers? Sign me up. Here's the jingle that will be in your head all day:..

TouchStone Tavern #1: Your 'Hearthstone' Weekly News

I've been thinking of starting a weekly Hearthstone [Free] column for some time now, and I suppose this is as good a time as any to get it going. There are many reasons why I thought such a column would be an good addition to TouchArcade's content, probably top among them the immense popularity of the game with many of our readers. But there are also other, and perhaps better, reasons for such a column. While many don't realize this, Hearthstone's existence on iOS is a great argument against those who accuse the mobile gaming space of being "too casual." This is a complex, demanding game with numerous professional tournaments built around it and a burgeoning esports scene that, I believe, will continue to grow...

Happy Memorial Day!

May 25th, 2015 11:12 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News

Hey guys, it's Memorial Day in the USA today. Being a national holiday and all, we're taking the day off to do... Well, the things you do on Memorial Day! If you're also celebrating the holiday, we hope you have a great one. If you're one of our many non-US readers, we'll be back to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow morning...

Update Mondays: 'Star Wars Rebels', 'Candy Crush Soda Saga', 'Asphalt 8', 'Junk Jack X', 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. Wow, this is quite the list of updates this week, my friends. I'm almost overwhelmed at the breadth of games that got some kind of content update or fix, and I'm not even including the ones that have minor patch notes. 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!..

122371_largerThis week's episode of The TouchArcade Show is loaded with discussions of the various games of the week and Mike's odd depth of knowledge when it comes to anything to do with Growing Pains. It's really creepy, in a way that's actually creepy and not just in one of those "Oh I'm just joking around" kind of ways. It's a good time, I promise, you might even learn something... About Growing Pains.

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Sword Of Xolan'

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...

Best iPhone and iPad Games - 5/22/15 - 'Capitals', 'Ire: Blood Memory', and 'Digit & Dash'

Some great games this week are included in this post that everyone really needs to have. NimbleBit is up to their old tricks of releasing really awesome games, particularly if you like getting beat by your friends in word games. Similarly, a free to play game actually succeeded in being a good hardcore game, meanwhile, console developer Insomniac has made a great transition to mobile with their latest release. Definitely give these all a look...

'Desktop Dungeons' iPad Version Release Date Announced

We heard recently about QCF Designs' Desktop Dungeons' upcoming mobile version, and this afternoon, we got some good news: Desktop Dungeons is coming to iPad this Thursday, May 28th. Hey, they said it would release this May, and they're delivering! It's going to cost $9.99, and contain all the Enhanced Edition content from the April update to the game. $9.99 is 'expensive' for an iPad game, but still cheaper than the desktop version! There's no consumable IAP, this is the same game as the desktop version, just playable on your iPad now. Or, if you have an Android tablet, it'll work for that, too...

As you recently read here on TA, Sam Coster of Butterscotch Shenanigans is fighting a remission of his lymphoma. He's currently in the hospital as he's recovering from a final round of chemo and a stem cell transplant that will beat this cancer once more. Now, the Coster brothers want you to send Sam some good vibes as "clinical studies show that positive social support can decrease recovery time, so let's send some positivity!" They've set up a page to send Sam some good vibes, so go here and give him some well wishes! They also ask that you sign up for the stem cell donor registry, which could help others in their fight against cancer...

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