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'Anomaly Defenders' Review - Oh, How the Tables Have Turned

I admit that I'm coming into this Anomaly Defenders [$4.99] with a bit of bias because I've played each of the Anomaly games. I liked the games, but I'm hardly a raving fanatic for the series. But still, it's hard not to play this and think that this is kind of fan service for people have played the previous games in the series and wonder what it would be like to play as the aliens defending from the humans. Well, let me just say – it turns out 11 bit is as good at tower defense as they are at tower offense...

RPG Reload File 007 - 'Secret Of Mana'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome back to RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we spend a lot of time with magical swords and sprites of all varieties. Each week, I reload an RPG from the App Store's past for a little reflection, revisiting, or even just to do a deeper dig than what the scope of our usual reviews cover. I like all kinds of RPGs, and I hope you do, too, so I try to grab a varied selection to avoid leaning too hard on any particular style or subgenre. Just in case I miss something, however, once per month I'll be playing and writing about a reader-selected RPG. The next reader's choice is... hey, it's next week in RPG Reload File 008, where I'll be playing Lunar Silver Star Story Touch [$6.99]. How about that? Democracy in action! With that selection locked in, that means you can start voting for the next reader's choice, which will be RPG Reload File 013. Just leave your vote in the comments below or in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in our forum...

Frequent readers of TouchArcade know that I enjoy gamebooks quite a bit. What can I say? I grew up during the rise of Choose Your Own Adventures, when a pocket RPG meant a bunch of words written by Steve Jackson that you had to steal the dice from the family Monopoly set to play. It's more than just simple nostalgia, though. Call me an old curmudgeon, or maybe just a guy looking out for his livelihood, but I feel like there's a particular imaginative power to the written word that can't quite be matched by any other form of expression. That fight with the giant lizard king never turns out quite as awesome in illustrated or animated form as it does in your mind as you read the words off of a page. I'm thrilled that gamebooks have come back with a vengeance on mobiles. It's a perfect home for them, and allows developers and authors to push their ideas beyond the constraints of a physical media, while still using good old-fashioned words to beam the finest of adventures into your head...

Flappy Golf [Free] fan that wants some new content? Well, do I have good news: there's a creative new asynchronous multiplayer mode called King of the Hole coming, and we only have the children to thank for that. Noodlecake crunched the numbers on the data, and saw that Flappy Golf's numbers were steadily increasing...and then immediately started falling around Memorial Day, i.e. when schools start letting out for summer. The game plummeted off the charts. That is, until late August and early September, when the game's download ranks suddenly started climbing again...

I love tower defense games. I can totally understand the sentiment that as a genre, its a little played out though. Right Pedal Studios' newest title, Ninja Raft [$2.99], has an eye out to avoid some of the most common pitfalls many TD games make. With a focus on active gameplay and an adventurous setting, you aren't going to be left feeling like you are digging in waiting for things to happen. Your ninjas will need to be agile to keep their floating fortress safe from their ultimate nemesis...

Forget Racing Around a Track, Upcoming 'Torque Burnout' is All About Doing Donuts

Automobile racing is a long-standing, highly-revered sport all across the globe. It's also much more complex than most people give it credit for. Knowing every square inch of a racetrack, scouting the abilities of your opponents, building your stamina up to endure hours upon hours of nonstop driving, and having nerves of steel to speed around at 200mph+ just inches from a concrete wall or another vehicle are just some of the difficulties of being a race car driver. But let's cut all that crap out and get to the real heart of racing: the winning driver doing donuts and burnouts after a race...

FDG's Tower Defense Title 'Crystal Siege' Still Alive and Kicking, Heading to iPad in Q4 this Year

Back at GDC 2013, I sat down with FDG Entertainment to check out their upcoming tower defense title Crystal Siege, and it looked really good. Whereas many tower defense games task you with setting up your defenses and then just sitting back and watching as the creeps roll in, Crystal Siege is going for a more active approach. You control a main character while the creeps are attacking which you can jet around the map and help out as needed, and there are also several types of environmental traps you can trigger to help take out the bad guys. One of the things I dislike about tower defense games is passively watching as the action happens, so those types of hands-on elements are really appealing to me...

Upcoming 'Drone: Shadow Strike' Joins the Death From Above Section on the App Store

If Zombie Gunship [Free] and Gunner Z [Free] weren't enough to whet your death from above whistle, or you're just super tired of killing zombies, the upcoming Drone: Shadow Strike might be the game for you. It'll be available in early October, and features 270 challenges to complete, loads of weapons to use, and all that jazz...

'Bioshock' Gets First Price Drop to $10.99

'Bioshock' Gets First Price Drop to $10.99

September 25th, 2014 12:04 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in Featured, News, Sales
$10.99 Buy Now

Was the thought of paying $14.99 for Bioshock [$10.99] , one of the best games of the past decade, too much for you? Well, good news, as the game is currently on sale for $10.99. 2K pulled a very similar tactic with XCOM: Enemy Unknown [$9.99] a few weeks after launch, as they dropped that game's price from $19.99 to $14.99 for about four days, before later dropping it down to $9.99 briefly, until about 10 months later, they made it permanently $9.99. So as such, expect this to be a short-term sale. But if you've wanted the game, this isn't a bad time to jump in...

'Angry Birds Transformers' Soft Launch Rolls Out in New Zealand

Angry Birds Transformers, the crossover between everyone's favorite malcontent avian creatures and everyone's favorite morphing robot franchise, has been teased in the past months, but now we know when the game is coming, and what it's going to play like – and oh yeah, it's soft-launched as well. And it's not just a standard Angry Birds game, but a side-scrolling action game. Rovio's released a gameplay trailer showing off some of the action:..

'Dragon Quest 3' Releases On The Japanese App Store

English mobile gamers may just be wrapping up their nostalgic romps through the recently-released Dragon Quest 1 [$2.99], but as one might expect from its popularity in its home region, the Dragon Quest series is a little further along in Japan. RPG fans in Japan received their latest treat today with the release of Dragon Quest 3, available through the Dragon Quest Portal app for a cool 1200 yen, or $11 in fancy American dollars. Like Dragon Quest 1 and 2, this version is based on a previous feature phone remake, so it's a bit more colorful than you might remember from its NES or Game Boy releases in North America...

Out Now: 'Asphalt Overdrive', 'Anomaly Defenders', 'Turbo Dismount', 'Smarter Than You', 'Pumped BMX 2' and Lots More

Hold on to your butts, it's new iOS game release time and there's a ton of stuff tonight. I'm personally very excited about Turbo Dismount, which I've been playing for a couple of days and absolutely love. Reverse tower defense experts 11-bit take a stab at reverse reverse tower defense, which is just normal tower defense, with Anomaly Defenders. The 10000000 dude's new game Smarter Than You looks incredibly unique, and the popular Asphalt racing series gets a behind-the-back autorunner style spinoff which is nicely decked out in '80s visuals. Plus there's the usual assortment of more low key releases, many of which look really interesting. Dive in to the list below, and let us know what you're grabbing...

'Star Wars:  Galactic Defense' Will be Tower Defense with Boba Fett

It seems as if the Star Wars franchise is just going to touch every single gaming genre there is. With card battlers like Star Wars Assault Team [Free] and the Clash of Clans-esque Star Wars: Commander [Free], the franchise won't stop until it hits every single major mobile genre. Well, how about tower defense? Good news, then: DeNA's today announced Star Wars: Galactic Defense, an upcoming free-to-play tower defense game set in the Star Wars universe...

The internet is sometimes an exhaustingly terrible place, but one of its redeeming qualities (for our purposes, at least) is that it's made making video games easier than ever. Another tool of this democratization might be inklewriter, a suite of interactive fiction tools developed by Inkle Studios. Inkle, you'll recall, are the dudes responsible for some of the best gamebooks on the App Store, like Socery! 2 [$4.99], 80 Days [$4.99], and most recently, Down Among the Dead Men [$0.99]...

'Astro Party' to Bring a Streamlined 'Astro Duel' Experience to iPhone and iPod touch Owners October 2nd

A few months back, developer Rusty Moyher released Astro Duel [$2.99 (HD)], a competitive top-down space shooter for the iPad. Though you could play against AI bots, Astro Duel's real attraction was local multiplayer. Two players could play on the same device, and more than two could join in using a variety of options: an extra device running the Joypad app, an MFi controller, an iCade device and even the GameDock controller. The bottom line with Astro Duel was, once you got a mix of friends and controller devices together, the game was an absolute riot in multiplayer competition...

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