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Goo Saga [$4.99] is a fun platformer for those who would be intrigued by a bit of physics fluidity in their games. It's perhaps a bit loose-playing, but fun. You control a sentient ball of goo that has to find the scientist that created them, and you do so by using your gooey abilities to their full potential. You can jump and slam on enemies to defeat them. As well, you can inflate and deflate, with inflation giving you a more solid body and faster speed, at the expense of some control. Additionally, you can deflate, which is slower, but allows you to squeeze through tight corners. Platforming and enemy-bopping is a huge part of the experience, but boss fights and vehicle-based levels will throw the occasional wrench in the proceedings...

'Cruise Control' Review - Nightcall

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May 23rd, 2016 1:00 PM EDT by Chris Carter in 3.5 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Racing, Reviews, Universal
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Growing up in the 80s, I saw a ton of sci-fi films. Whether they were dramatic masterpieces or oozed cheese and camp I loved them all the same, and the numerous references in modern day media like Turbo Kid, Kung Fury, or Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon are palpable. Sometimes creators just go all out in their unabashed love for the era, and that passion shines through in Cruise Control [Free] -- albeit, in light of some unfortunate IAP peddling...




I'm kind of picky with audio quality – not too much, but a bit more than many folks. Where most of our Mobcrush streamers use basic setups for their streaming from iPad, I go crazy using an audio mixer and good headphones with microphones. For a while I was using the Yamaha AG03 mixer on loan for review, but after returning it, I picked up a Behringer Xenyx302 that does a good enough job though I want to pick up the AG06 at some point. For my headphones, I was using the V-Moda M-100 with the BoomPro detachable boom microphone. But an issue I was having was that the headphones were isolating myself from my own voice too much. Combined with the always-on voice monitoring on the Xenyx302, this meant other people in my house could hear me talking because I'm probably yelling. I have open-back headphones that would isolate less, but I didn't have the boom microphone setup that I prefer for streaming, particularly when I'm streaming from an iPad that can move about. A desktop mic in this situation might not be preferable, and a complicated microphone setup seems excessive for streaming games straight from an iPad. Thankfully, an opportunity to review the ModMic 4.0 came around, and I jumped on it to see just how well this commonly-recommended solution works for headphones...

State os Play is really out to please its customers at the moment; after updating the great pinball game, INKS [$1.99] , ridding it of its in-app additional world purchases, they are offering two great games, for free...

Best Cheap Decks, Tempo Warrior Guide, Which Legendaries to Craft, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in Touchstone #49

Welcome to another weekly roundup of all things Hearthstone [Free]. We are at the point where the meta is gradually stabilizing as players figure out which decks work great, which ones just well, and which ones have almost no chance of winning. We have a meta report that shows how the meta has slowed and how control is king, we have good guides for some of the stronger decks in the current meta as well as cheap decks for those who haven't poured a lot of money into the game. In general, you'll see how everyone is trying to figure out what new cards are the strongest and which of the older ones are useful again. And I do want to say thank you to everyone reading this column every week; I hope you continue to enjoy it...

Update Mondays: 'Minecraft: Pocket Edition', 'Oceanhorn', 'CSR Racing', 'Heroes Of Steel', 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. Lots of favorites big and small alike in this week's list, so there should be something here for you no matter what your fancy. 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'-Related 'Sister Location' Gets its First Trailer, and it's Pretty Creepy

By now we know that Sister Location is the name of the next Scott Cawthon game, but not much else has been revealed. Today we got the first trailer for the game, and while it hasn't really revealed much about the gameplay and the story - although I'm sure many are picking it apart as we speak - it definitely shows a jump in the visuals department and possibly a shift from just depending on jump scares to frighten people. What I do think is that the continuous whispers and the trailer's general direction make Sister Location look more unsettling (in a good way) than previous games of the Five Night's at Freddy's franchise...

The TouchArcade Show - 258 - Mike is Alive

May 20th, 2016 9:15 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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This week's podcast is home to two minor miracles: Jared didn't need to take Friday off so we recorded at a normal time, and Mike Meade was awake during the day so he was able to join us. Strap in for a ton of game related talk, as we kick things off with briefly touching on Leap Day [Free] again before moving on to Extreme Forklifting 2 [Free], Imbroglio [$3.99], Titan Quest [$7.99], Ulterior [Free], and Bushido Bear [Free]. From there, as usual, we chat about all the week's biggest news stories and hottest controversies (of which there was at least one).

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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May 20th, 2016 9:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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Hey everyone, it's Friday and we're close to the end of the week of TouchArcade blasting stories out (unless anything cool happens over the weekend we need to cover), but the fact still remains: To survive, we very much need your support. The business of running a web site is tricky, and as we pointed out in our original cry for help, the way developers promote their iOS games has changed significantly with the rise of metrics-centric free to play and in-game directly tracked advertising. It's supremely difficult for us to compete with that, and as such, we've been appealing to our community directly. If you like hanging out on our forums, listening to our podcasts, or reading some of the best long-form content in mobile gaming, please consider supporting us on Patreon. We never hit our initial goal, but we've been slowly climbing none the less. We're hopeful we get there eventually!

It doesn't take a whole lot to keep us afloat, as we run super lean as is. As I've mentioned before on the podcast, even if our hardcore podcast followers each just contributed a buck a month we'd really never need to worry about this again. It'd be awesome to not need to worry about this kind of thing, and instead just continue focusing on combing the App Store for the best games iOS has to offer. To do that, we need your help. Think of it like subscribing to a magazine, except that magazine shovels rad content your direction 24/7 and is home to a great community of people to discuss every aspect of mobile gaming with.

Of course we appreciate the support of our current and former backers, but if you haven't chipped in yet... If you like what we do around here, please consider supporting us on Patreon.

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Rush Rally 2'

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...

'Battleheart' Developer Mika Mobile's 'Lost Frontier' Gets First Trailer, Releasing June 2nd

Whenever Battleheart and Zombieville developer Mika Mobile makes a new game, it's an event worth stopping everything for. This tiny team has continuously cranked out high-quality hits but they're typically few and far between. Well, as was announced in late February, Mika has a new game in the works called Lost Frontier, and being a turn-based strategy game it's definitely something different from what they've created before. Earlier this month Mika tweeted that Lost Frontier was just about finished and being shipped off to Apple for approval sometime this month, and today they again took to Twitter to announce that Lost Frontier be releasing on June 2nd and there's now an official release trailer...

In case you haven't noticed, taking hit video games and releasing their soundtracks on cleverly-designed vinyl records is all the rage right now. And I think it's incredibly awesome, actually. I have my very own hexagon-shaped Super Hexagon record hanging on my wall right now, and Monument Valley, XCOM, and Transistor have all received the vinyl treatment as well. Each of these vinyl record soundtrack releases (and even some of the ones that have come out that we haven't covered) are all unique in some way beyond just being a plain old record, but I think this latest release takes the cake. It's for Loveshack Entertainment's extremely stylish and extremely clever puzzler Framed [$3.99], and not only is the fantastic soundtrack included on the vinyl, but the vinyl and sleeve itself is actually an interactive and solvable "level" like those found in Framed. Check out this rad animated .gif showing just what I'm talking about...

'2-bit Cowboy Returns' Brings More Game Boy-Style 'Westernvania' Action to iOS Next Month

Publisher Crescent Moon and developer Retro Phone Games (the new mobile label of Cascadia Games) have announced that 2-bit Cowboy Rides Again is set to release in a few weeks. A sequel to 2-bit Cowboy [$0.99 / Free], this one promises not to reinvent the wheel, but could prove to be fun. Like the original, you'll be exploring large 2D platforming levels that are inspired by Metroidvania games, as you explore their various nooks and crannies and do some backtracking to complete them. All this is set in a Western comboy theme, with 2-bit greenscale color inspired by the original Game Boy...

ustwo Games has put out another infographic talking about how Monument Valley [$3.99], their hit Escherian puzzle game, has done so far. And year 2 was very good for them. Over 5 million copies of the game have been sole, with over 2.3 million upgrades to the Forgotten Shores DLC. There's also 21 million official free downloads of the game, which includes various free promos, and over 50 million unique device installs of the game of various sorts, both legal and not. ..

Supercell's Clash Royale [Free] made a massive splash when it launched not long ago, spawning endless navel-gazing think pieces about what it means for the future of gaming, eSports, the price of tea in China, and everything in between. The problem is, the burn-out rate with Clash Royale is a real concern. When the game first launched, it's not at all hyperbole to say everyone I know was playing it. These days? It seems only the hardcore remain. I think for some motivation on how to get the game back in everyone's good graces again, Supercell should take some motivation from pepperoni pizza...

Android is already the easier system for players and developers when it comes to early access and open betas of games due to Google's infinitely less stringent restrictions on app distribution on the platform. Not to mention the ability to distribute games without going through Google at all. But Google is about to make it even easier for developers and players to do beta tests, with two new features. One is that open betas can now be listed in Google Play search results, and users can opt-in to those betas direct from the store listings. Plus, they can send private feedback to developers straight through the store listing. All of this hopes to streamline the process for developers and users...

'I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream' Review – A Master Class in Psychological Horror

Some of you may remember from previous reviews of mine that I love horror and dark fantasy. Everything from Lovecraftian anti-existentialism to tastefully done psychological horror to torture porn to “2Edgy4U” bull-crap. I find something to enjoy in all of it. I also love simple stories of heroes and hope and overcoming hardships, don’t get me wrong. I thoroughly enjoy the darkest depths and the brightest heights of the human imagination. Well… if any one living author, and any particular story, represents those darkest depths, it’s Harlan Ellison and his story and point and click adventure game, I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream [$3.99]...

Ever find yourself wondering just how much people love Clash of Clans [Free]? A better question is, have you ever thought about something that you like enough that you'd spend countless hours creating a remarkably elaborate domino setup, complete with detailed illustrations built out of those dominos, only to watch them all fall over? What about the incredible patience that comes of setting up thousands of dominos? The whole thing... Kind of breaks my brain:..

Veterans of the App Store will know that while there's a zillion match threes and Clash of Clans clones out there, there's also seemingly just as many totally crazy games that leave you scratching your head and saying to yourself, "Why does this exist." Much more rare, is when you download one of these games, then find yourself asking, "Why is this so fun?" Such is the case with the recently released Extreme Forklifting 2 [Free]...

'Titan Quest' Review - It's A Win, But At What Cost

Ever since Gameloft's Dungeon Hunter series shifted gears towards a free-to-play model, one of the most frequent requests I've seen come up in the TouchArcade forums has been for a game that could fill the role of a paid substitute for Diablo. Unfortunately, most of the big publishers have little interest in making games like that, and the scope of something like Diablo is just a little beyond the means of most independent developers. We've seen a few attempts, but they usually end up being buggy, feeling incomplete in some regard, or dropping the ball in one of many other ways. Hopes were raised last year when a couple of familiar names from the PC scene were announced for iOS. In the case of one of those names, Torchlight, it was revealed that the game would be modified to fit a free-to-play model, so everything has come to rest on the other: DotEmu's iOS version of Titan Quest [$7.99]...

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