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Old-School Shoot 'Em Up 'Z-Exemplar' Gets a Brand New Trailer

I've been keeping pretty close tabs on Z-Exemplar, an upcoming side-scrolling shooter that developer Suminell Studios is hoping will tickle the nostalgia bone for those of us who have fond memories of the ZX Spectrum home computer from the '80s. Z-Exemplar was originally announced with a slick trailer back in early June, and as progress is made on the game Suminell has been great about posting updates in our forums, which is how I cam across these recent animated .gifs that off some of the weapons and features in the game. Now Z-Exemplar has a second proper trailer to share with the world, and it's looking fantastic...

Fancy Force's gory physics-based trials game Happy Wheels [Free] took the iOS world by storm last week when it arrived on the App Store and quickly shot up to the top position in the free games chart. Happy Wheels was originally released as a Flash game way back in 2010, and has grown by leaps and bounds in the years since. With a cast of ridiculous playable characters and vehicles, as well as a community-driven level-creator which has over 6 million user-created levels, Happy Wheels has been a huge success in the world of browser games. Which makes me feel sort of silly that I'd never even heard of it before it popped up on iOS last week. Hey I'm old, I don't know what these crazy kids are into nowadays. ..




One of the most curiously popular genres to emerge in the past few years is the clicker genre. Stripping nearly all the fluff away from most progression-based systems in games, clickers have distilled the satisfaction of watching progress bars increase into bite-sized, single-tap experiences. They're silly, sure, but also strangely satisfying. Clickers aren't for everyone though, and to some the passiveness of it all just isn't enough to get their juices flowing. That's why I really took a shining to Tap Quest [Free], which released a month ago from Nanoo Company...

Upcoming Game 'The Amazing Bernard' Looks Quite Intriguing

Most platformers that come out on iOS try to shoehorn console gameplay onto the touchscreen, some with more success than others. Amazing Bernard, an upcoming platformer by Kumkwat Entertainment, looks like it's trying to take advantage of the opportunities a touchscreen offers by letting you create your own platforms as you run through the various levels. According to  Appadvice, Bernie O'Tagis is a great adventurer and a hero with special abilities that allow him to manipulate the world around him. The game spans over 30 levels, and your character apparently just runs endlessly while you use your different powers, ranging from drawing platforms in the air to giving him wings, to help him through the obstacles...

Last week, SoMoGa's iOS versions of vintage SEGA-CD RPG Vay [$0.99] and the classic Lunar: Silver Star Story [$6.99] vanished from the App Store. At the same time, SoMoGa's web page was down, and it looked pretty bad for the overall prospects of both apps. A week can sometimes make all the difference, friends, because both games are now back on the App Store. Vay reappeared several hours after our original story, while Lunar came back by the end of the week. SoMoGa's website also made a comeback, and may have actually been the source of the problem...

'Final Fantasy 7' Review - Square Enix's Classic, With A Few Clouds In The Sky

With the exception of some of Nintendo's Pokemon games, there is no Japanese RPG more famous and high-selling than Final Fantasy 7 [$15.99]. That might be the only non-controversial thing a person could say about the game. It's the JRPG's Star Wars, a game that changed the course of the genre in many ways. It proved there was an audience for RPGs in the Western market, but it was also a bold statement for consoles adopting optical media and perhaps even Sony's entire mission with the PlayStation. Here is the future, its commercials screamed, and though they were pretty deceitful in one way, those commercials helped pave a new road for console gaming's future. For many people it was their first JRPG love, and the passion it drove in its fanbase pushed Square into the limelight worldwide to the extent that they could push a ridiculously-budgeted CG movie into wide theatrical release. It spawned spin-offs, sequels, prequels, and merchandise galore. And now, in 2015, you can play it on the phone you keep in your pocket...

When Hearthstone's [Free] first full card set expansion, Goblins vs Gnomes launched, there was an immense amount of confusion regarding how to buy the correct packs in Hearthstone. The amount of people who didn't know how to buy Goblins vs Gnomes packs was truly incredible, leading us to posting this guide that explained to both new and veteran players of Hearthstone how to buy Goblins vs Gnomes packs...

If you don't have some kind of VPN access by now, that's a problem you really need to fix for so many reasons it's hard to really list them all. I suppose the biggest one would be security, as if you're often using public WiFi networks, anything you're doing on your computer that isn't already encrypted is susceptible to someone else getting access to. Granted, most important things like your online banking and other similar stuff is encrypted via SSL anyway, but there's a lot you do on your computer that's just sent via plain text... Including reading TouchArcade. (Hey, hackers, if you're reading this via sniffing someone else's WiFi packets, you stink.) You might (understandably) find yourself saying, "Well, who cares if someone is listening in while I read TouchArcade," that's reasonable to think, but the problem now is most major hacks come from hackers discovering something small and trivial, but using that information they can gain access to so much more. It's kind of like how identity theft can snowball from someone discovering one little snippet of information. For instance, you might use the same password for an email account you use for a forum somewhere, someone gets that password, and suddenly they're in your email and can effectively reset everything else. Using a VPN whenever you're connected to any unencrypted WiFi can eliminate this attack vector...

'The Grand Tournament', The New Expansion For 'Hearthstone', is Out!

Well, there we go everyone, no more waiting, no more anticipating, no more counting the days, the nights, the minutes, the hours, and everything else countable, no more playing with those old Hearthstone [Free] cards, the dusty, dirty ones. Now, we officially have new, shiny, fancy-looking cards to play with as the new expansion, The Grand Tournament, has just officially released in North America. If you have bought the pre-order packs, you have 50 new surprises to unveil, and if you didn't go for that, I'm sure you've stored enough gold to buy at least a few packs. Either way, those new cards have cried for freedom for too long; it's time to release them...

Geometry Dash [$1.99], Robert Topala's infuriating, and very fun, platformer should soon be getting its 2.0 Update. Recently, Topala posted on the game's Facebook page a list of all the big features that the upcoming big update will include, which means the update is coming along nicely and, hopefully, shouldn't be too far away from hitting the App Store. Some of the new features are a new user coins system for custom levels, teleportation portals, moving objects, over 50 new icons, ships, UFOs, Robots, a lot of new art, both for backgrounds and objects, and many more. The update also enhances the game's editor by adding more editor options, including better toggles to ease level building. ..

Well, it's almost time to welcome Hearthstone's [Free] new expansion, The Grand Tournament. Excited yet? Well, I am, but it's my duty to remind you of a couple of things before the expansion hits. First, Amazon is offering 20% Coins Back on all TGT pack purchases. This offer is only valid for customers in the US, UK, and Germany, and there's a bit of a process to buying those packs as JR Cook explains in a post on Blizzpro. So, if you don't mind the hassle, there are some savings there for you. Also, Blizzard's TGT pre-order, where you get 50 packs and a card-back for $49.99, should still be available, although I'm sure not for long, so this is your last chance to get in on that. As for a release time, all we know officially so far is the tweet below...

Prettygreat Reveal Their First Game: 'Land Sliders'

We've been following the epic tale of Prettygreat for quite some time now. Earlier this year, a bunch of very great ex-Halfbrick guys spun off to do their own thing. A while later, Hipster Whale, the developers of Crossy Road helped them out with some seed money. We caught a super-quick glimpse of it, but today is the day for the full reveal. The game is called Land Sliders, and you can see how it looks in the just-released trailer:..

Touchstone Tavern #13 - Your Weekly 'Hearthstone' News Roundup

Finally! We now officially know when Hearthstone's [Free] The Grand Tournament (TGT) expansion is coming out, and depending how late on Monday the 24th you are reading this, TGT might already be out!  Yes, hard to hide the excitement of getting all those new cards to play with and having to read/hear all the debates about which card is OP, which card will change the meta, how many of the TGT cards suck, which Legendaries are useless and which are game-changing, and so on. This week's Tavern Brawl was a fun, early taste of the new cards, and I like the new mechanics so far. Will the meta be vastly different after Monday? Probably not, but every change brings new strategies, new ways of thinking about the game, and more fun. So, it will be fun to see how everything turns out. Still, this past week hasn't been a slow one when it comes to news, so there's still plenty to talk about. Let us start, then...

Update Mondays: 'Crossy Road', 'WWE Immortals', 'Alphabear', 'AG Drive', 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. It's a bunch of heavy-hitters again this week, but that hasn't stopped the smaller devs from doing their thing. 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!..

And just like that, Pokemon Shuffle Mobile has landed in the Japanese App Store. If you haven't played the game, The Pokemon Company's Pokemon Shuffle Mobile is a puzzle game where you match three or more Pokemon to battle against wild Pokemon. In other words, yes, this is a Match-3 kind of game. According to the game's description, you can play the game casually, but you can also battle, collect, and level up Pokemon, a feature that perhaps makes the game deeper than most casual Match-3 games. The game appeals to both beginner and expert players, always according to The Pokemon Company. Pokemon Shuffle Mobile is F2P, and has already been released in the Nintendo eShop for the Nintendo 3DS...

913168_largerThis week's episode of The TouchArcade Show starts out with the requisite iTunes reviews and listener emails, including hearing from someone who still uses a flip phone and rocks an iPad. Looking at how much I pay every month for smartphone cellular service, this is starting to feel more and more reasonable. From there, we move on to discussing our origin stories of sorts from another email. Oh, and when we start talkin' games, we chat about Final Fantasy VII [$15.99], Pac-Man 256 [Free], Horizon Race [$2.99], Burger - The Game [Free], and some soft launched clicker I still don't know the full name of.

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Horizon Chase'

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...

Usually I know what games will be topping the App Store's charts at any given moment: on the paid side, we have Minecraft: Pocket Edition, on the Top Grossing side, we have either Game of War or Clash of Clans. What I didn't expect to see today, to be honest, was Jim Bonacci's Happy Wheels [Free], a port of the apparently huge PC hit with the same name, lording over the Free Games category, higher than the much-praised Pac-Man 256. If you haven't played the game, Happy Wheels is all about being unhappy on your various wheels - a Segway, a wheelchair, and so on - as you crash over and over again with bone-crunching sound effects and gory visuals accompanying your every failure...

'Star Trek Timelines' Plans to Mix All The Star Trek Characters You Like In a Single Game

Disruptor Beam, the developer behind Game Of Thrones Ascent, is dipping into another extremely popular universe, Star Trek, to try and hopefully remedy the ills that have befallen on the franchise in the gaming world. The game will be called Star Trek Timelines, and as the title betrays, it takes place in a universe where a temporal anomaly brings together characters, settings, and stories from TOS, TNG, DS9, VOY, and ENT. In Star Trek Timelines, you take the role of a captain, gathering a crew of your favorite, or most-hated, Star Trek characters. If you know anything about the Star Trek universe, different crews have different ways of dealing with various challenges, some talk it out while others shoot it out. I expect the game to be similar to Game of Thrones Ascent with, hopefully, overall improvements to the game mechanics...

'Piloteer' Gets the PewDiePie Bump

August 21st, 2015 6:27 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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Everyone's favorite YouTuber slash kingmaker PewDiePie gave Piloteer [$2.99] the ol' PewDiePie bump this week with a video that's already got over two million views as of this writing. His experience with the game mirror my own, with lots of stupendous crashes. If PewDiePie's endorsement isn't enough to push you over the edge of downloading Piloteer, maybe give our five star review a gander as well...

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