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Way back in June of 2015, Suminell Studios announced their throwback horizontal shoot 'em up Z-Exemplar. They used the classic 8-bit gaming computer ZX Spectrum as their inspiration for how the game should look and play, and appeared to be nailing the authenticity to an incredible degree. Updates on the game's progress were fairly frequent through the rest of 2015, but then things went oddly silent until this past August when the developers posted an update saying they had been quietly toiling away on the game and that it was finally feature complete. The game finally launched on Steam in November, and then on Android about a week ago, and at long last Z-Exemplar [$3.99] has also arrived on iOS as of this morning. Here's a look at the launch trailer from the Steam release...

I've played my share of Chillingo's Warfriends [Free] while the game was in soft launch and had quite a fun time with it, and now everyone can join the fun as the game has finally gone global. If you haven't played the game yet, Warfriends is a smart blend of cover-based shooter and card game where you get to deploy all kinds of units against your opponent. It's a pretty smart concept, and every time I've played the game on our Mobcrush stream, people seemed to love it. You level your support units as you go along and also have to decide which cards to bring to a battle and which ones to save. There are also plenty of cosmetic and non-cosmetic upgrades for your guy (mine has a Spartan helmet and a cigar) that add a layer of fun to the game...




Another day, another hacking story, and this time around it's a big one. This morning I woke up to an email from Supercell, creator of Clash of Clans [Free] and Clash Royale [Free], informing me that the developer's forums were breached in September 2016. The vulnerability allowed third party hackers to get user information including email addresses and encrypted passwords. Therefore, the developer is asking everyone with a forum account to change the password to avoid intrusions. As far as Supercell knows, the game accounts haven't been affected by the breach, but I've seen cases like this one escalate, so it wouldn't be a bad idea to change your game account password as well...

For many of us living in the United Kingdom, it's been a dawning inevitability that prices for goods were likely going to rise in the face of Brexit and the decline of the pound against the dollar. Up until now, the App Store has been exempt to such trends, with prices for downloads staying at the typical rate of £0.79 for a one dollar game, and so on. However, Apple have today announced to developers that, over the next seven days, the prices across both the App Store and the iTunes Store will increase for the UK, with the cost of apps finally achieving parity with the dollar equivalents. As the developer-exclusive screenshot from 9to5Mac demonstrates, this means your typical $0.99 game will now be £0.99, the much-derided in-app purchase for Super Mario Run [Free] will be £9.99 rather than £7.99, and the recently released The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth [$14.99] will go up by a whole four pounds to be £14.99. Furthermore, iOS users in Turkey and India will also see a similar price increase amongst the games in their store...

Last year was another great year for RPGs on iOS, and it was especially good if you like ones that you can get lost in for dozens of hours. If you're still filling out your list from 2016, I've got some good news about two of them, at least. Both Siralim 2 [$1.99] from Thylacine Studios and The Quest HD [$5.99] from Redshift are on sale for the first time ever, letting you dive into some huge fun at discounted prices. It's worth mentioning that it's very rare for either of these developers to have sales, so if you've been waiting, well, don't wait too much longer...

Nintendo to Announce First Information on the Mobile 'Fire Emblem' in Presentation Tomorrow

Amidst all of the excitement regarding the Nintendo Switch reveal last Friday, an interesting announcement managed to slip through the cracks. During their Nintendo Treehouse broadcast, a special Fire Emblem Nintendo Direct was announced to take place on Wednesday 18th January at 2pm PST, and promises to show upcoming titles in the series, including the Switch exclusive Fire Emblem Warriors that was revealed on the same day. However, many were still wondering whether the previously announced iOS iteration of the strategy series would also be shown at this event, as while we have had a tentative 2017 release date, Nintendo haven't divulged many specifics regarding the mobile Fire Emblem beyond the fact it's going to be free-to-play. Thankfully, the Japanese Nintendo Twitter feed has today confirmed that the smartphone entry in the Fire Emblem series would indeed be shown for the first time at tomorrow's Nintendo Direct presentation...

The long-awaited King Rabbit [Free] level creator is set to hit the App Store next week, on January 26th. The update has been undergoing beta testing for a few weeks now, and the duo at RareSloth is about to deem it fit for public consumption. What's cool is that this has the potential to increase the content in the game by several orders of magnitude. Right now, there are 256 official levels in the game. As of publication, the beta testers have created about 500 levels. If enough people use the level creator, King Rabbit could last theoretically forever...

Mooff Games Announces 'Smash Club: Streets of Shmeenis' Beat 'em Up

The fine folks at Mooff Games are back with a new beat 'em up that's set to hit on March 2nd, 2017. Smash Club: Streets of Shmeenis will feature exactly what you'd expect from a good beat 'em up: lots of enemies to beat up. The streets of Boot City have run wild with gangs, and Supreme Leader Shmeenis has taken control of the scity. So, it's time for one vigilante to rise up and beat up everyone in sight in order to make the city safe again...

After appropriately milking those very irritated birds for years and years, Rovio is planning on developing MMOs that go beyond the Angry Birds universe. As announced by the developer today, Rovio is expanding its studios with a new team based inLondon whose focus will be specifically these new MMOs. The announcement doesn't give any specific details outside the usual talk of how unique these MMOs will be. That's to be expected given we won't be seeing any games coming out of that studio for a good amount of time...

If you log into Super Mario Run [Free] today, you'll be greeted with a notification for a new event (with a fun image of Luigi gathering coins) called Loads of Coins. This limited time event is live now and will run until January 25th, and it's all about - you guessed it - getting loads of coins. When you win a Toad Rally during this event, you get 1.5 times the coins you'd usually get, so that's a pretty good deal and a good way to boost your coins quickly. If you do lose in the Toad Rally, you get the same amount of coins you'd usually get. Here's your chance to buy those extra buildings you've been wanting to...

The TouchArcade Patreon Now Features Discord Rewards

January 16th, 2017 1:00 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in News
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We've been big fans of of Discord for quite a while now, but we're taking the next step and becoming practically Facebook official by tying together our Discord server with our Patreon. If you're a TouchArcade Patreon backer and have chosen one of our rewards tiers, follow these instructions to link up both of your accounts. It takes a few seconds, and then you will be automagically invited into Discord with us and have your Patreon backer status displayed...

Developer Comments, 'Gadgetzan' Mechanics, Budget Decks, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #80

Hello everyone and welcome to our weekly roundup of Hearthstone [Free] news and videos. And it's the eightieth issue, which means I've been doing this for over a year and a half. So, I might just bake a Hearthstone-shaped cake and eat it all by myself. My apologies for last week's absence, but I had to hop over to Europe for work-related reasons (they had to really twist my arm to do so). This past week was an intriguing one in the world of Hearthstone because we got to hear quite a lot from the game's developers, both in numerous interviews and in a live Q&A. So, we got to hear about the Gadgetzan design process, ideas regarding how to fix the game's problems, and much more. In addition to those stories, there's also tournament talk, the current state of the meta, as well as plenty of entertaining videos and commentary on the developers' recent ideas. So without further ado, let us walk over the image below and unto the text...

Update Mondays: 'Disney Crossy Road', 'Marvel Future Fight', 'My Horse Prince', 'Skyline Skaters', 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. There's a chill in the air, which might explain why things are still not quite at full speed on the update front this year. We've got some good ones this week, no doubt, but not many surprises beyond the appearance of our favorite Man-Horse Dating Simulator. 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!..

In the interest of not having Nintendo stuff dominate the podcast, this week we set a timer and split the podcast in two. The first half is all iOS games, covering a lot of the big releases this week including The Binding of Issac [$14.99], Sonny [$2.99], and Xenoraid [Free], with quick hits on Towaga [$2.99], Yuri [$2.99], Alpha Swipe [$2.99], and Bubble Witch 3 Saga [Free]. The second half is all about the Nintendo Switch, so, if you're not into that, feel free to skip it and wait for next week!

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It's a wrap for us this week here at TouchArcade, and provided nothing crazy happens in the world of iOS gaming, we'll see you again on Monday morning for Shaun's Update Mondays and Tasos's Touchstone Tavern Hearthstone [Free] roundup before diving in head-first to whatever awesome mobile games get released and whatever rad looking mobile games are coming soon. We've been doing this for years now, and to keep doing what we're doing, we need your help. Whether you're here for our game reviews, to read about upcoming games, find games on sale, listen to our podcast, or participate in your community, we're glad to have you. If the feeling is mutual, which I hope it is, there's a few things you can do to help keep TouchArcade alive in this weird changing world of mobile gaming, which for numerous reasons has jeopardized the future of third party editorial sites like ours...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth'

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...

One of the most popular RPGs in the world might just be a game that you've never heard of. Flash RPG series Sonny has gotten millions of players over the past decade between two different installments. Now, web portal and game publisher Armor Games has teamed up with developer Krin to bring a new Sonny [$2.99] game to mobile. It's not a sequel to Sonny 2, necessarily, which ended on a cliffhanger. Instead, this is a massive reboot with a new storyline, some familiar and returning characters, and an actual ending to the story. You play as the eponymous Sonny, a dude who has died on a boat, but thanks to a special serum from Louis, you're a powerful, conscious zombie. Louis gets killed by Zombie Pest Control Incorporated troops, who are out to get you because you're a zombie, and to exact vengeance on your initial ZPCI troop kills. After your escape, you travel through the world, meeting new allies, learning more abilities, and discovering that some of this world's zombie population are able to communicate much like you are...

'Card City Nights 2' Under Development, Adds Online Multiplayer

Card City Nights was a very entertaining and whimsical card game with a focus on single player over multiplayer, and today developer Ludosity announced that Card City Nights 2 is under development, and this time around the game will include online multiplayer. Card City Nights managed to be quite a fun card game despite not having online multiplayer, a feature many consider a requirement for mobile card games. The art, the humor, and the entertaining mechanics made Card City Nights a fun change from the ultra-competitiveness of other mobile card games...

'Rome: Total War' iPad Developer Feral Interactive is Teasing Two Mysterious iOS Games

Feral Interactive's having themselves a busy day with announcements. Earlier on the 13th, they revealed that Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion would launch on iOS in March as a standalone app. But they're doing other iOS games. Which games? Well, they're not saying, but they are hinting at some games coming soon on an upcoming games page featuring "Unidentified Feral Objects." Something called "Airstream" and "TQ 574646" are poised to be coming "soon" on a scale between "very soon" and "quite soon" with "very soon" being closest to out now. The teaser images aren't super revealing, but the one titled "Airstream" seems to show a shield, possibly for the aforementioned Total War expansion, and the TQ 574646 one has some boxes with words in them? Hmm. ..

Even though most of the world is currently covered in tons of snow, it's hot and humid in Clash Royale's [Free] new arena, the Jungle Arena. As we wrote a month back, Jungle Arena unlocks at 2600 Trophies and is pretty cool looking. The new arena has an Indiana Jones-treasure exploring vibe to it and feels quite different from earlier arenas. When you get into overtime while playing in the Jungle Arena, you get a nice torrential downpour that really makes the Arena come alive. Many reddit users liked this new Overtime feature and hope that other Arenas get the same treatment in the near future...

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