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'Death Road to Canada' Gets a New Gameplay Video, Expect More of Them in the Future

In August of last year, Rocketcat Games and Madgarden announced their latest collaboration project called Death Road to Canada, a "Randomized Permadeath Road Trip Simulator." Basically, the goal of the game was to make it from Florida to Canada during a zombie apocalypse, making "choose-your-own-adventure" style choices along the way and interspersed with real-time action sequences where you'd fight off zombies and collect resources. It sounded incredibly awesome, and being that this was the same developer collaboration that brought us Punch Quest, there was every reason to be very excited for Death Road to Canada...

'Galcon 2' Enters "Fan-Premier Launch" on Desktop and Android, Coming to iOS Soon

Looking forward to playing Galcon 2? Well, you still have a ways to go before you can play it on iOS, but the game is out now in a "Fan-Premier" launch on desktop and Android. This is something between a full public launch and a public beta – Developer Phil Hassey says this is the game leaving beta, but the game's not quite out on retail stores, he's just self-distributing the game at this moment. But you can go and register an account and play the game right now, just not quite on iOS yet (though he's distributing Testflight copies to his testers). The plan is for Galcon 2 to hit the App Store down the road, though...

Last week we told you that Herocraft's tactical turn-based strategy game set in the Warhammer universe would be launching worldwide on October 28th. And do you know what today is? The 28th! Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf [Free] is now officially available. Space Wolf is a turn-based strategy game with a heavy card element, but this isn't some card battler. People have likened it to the Metal Gear Ac!d series on the PSP, which is basically all I need to hear to download and check it out...

'Bitcoin Billionaire' from Noodlecake is the Hottest Way to Mine Fake Bitcoins Since 'Hodappy Bird'

When it comes to games where it's possible to mine fake bitcoins, the undisputed leader in the field has to be Hodappy Bird [Free]. However, Noodlecake Games and FizzPow Games are ready to pull some oneupmanship with their upcoming game Bitcoin Billionaire. Coming soon, this is a satirical take on 'clicker' games where rapidly tapping the screen will mine them sweet, sweet, fake currency. Or, in this case, fake fake currency. The more bitcoins you mine, the more upgrades you can buy, allowing you to mine while the game is closed, and to mine faster. There will be plenty of cosmetic upgrades to get as well, because you gotta mine them bitcoins in style, like with special hats, and also a kitty. Kitties are the ultimate accessory for bitcoin miners...

'Final Fantasy VII G-Bike' Hits The Japanese App Store October 30th

With Square Enix's planned streaming games service, Dive In, put on hold, what's a mobile gamer to do to get their Final Fantasy 7 fix? Well, it's not much of a consolation prize, but it looks like Final Fantasy 7 G-Bike is finally ready for release and will be hitting the Japanese App Store this Thursday, October 30th. The game is an expanded version of the motorcycle mini-game that you first play when escaping from Midgar and later can enjoy at your leisure at the Golden Saucer amusement park. Naturally, it's been changed to an endless driving format, with Cloud now able to slide or jump his motorbike to avoid obstacles...

'King of Dragon Pass' Developers Working on Spiritual Successor, 'Six Ages'

A# (A Sharp) released King of Dragon Pass [$4.99], set in the same role-playing world as HeroQuest and RuneQuest, the world of Glorantha. This is a world that stretches back to 1966, when the only role-playing games were done on tabletops. Well, A# has announced that they are working on a brand new game set in the world of Glorantha, Six Ages. The plan is for this to be a spiritual successor to King of Dragon Pass, attempting to keep in the tradition of that game's blend of various elements, like role-playing, resource management, and decisions with long-ranging effects. Six Ages is very early in development, and isn't planned to release until 2016 at the earliest...

Check Out This 'Hail to the King: Deathbat' Soundtrack Behind the Scenes Video and iOS Alert Sounds

Despite being an oddly polarizing title in our community, we really dig Hail to the King: Deathbat [$4.99]. We posted a review and made it out game of the week. Now, we've got a behind the scenes video featuring M Shadows and Zacky Vengeance from Avenged Sevenfold talking about the sound design of the game in front of an incredibly impressive array of Mortal Kombat machines. Check it out:..

Remastered Version of PC Point-and-Click Adventure 'The Longest Journey' Launches in New Zealand and Australia

Classic-style adventure games have seen a resurgence over the past several years, but at the turn of the millennium things weren't all that rosy for the genre. Adventure games had ruled the early and mid '90s, but as console hardware improved and twitchier games like first-person shooters began to rise, our old friend the PC adventure game looked like it was going the way of the Dodo. That made the release of Funcom's The Longest Journey in 2000 pretty awkward. The game received massive critical acclaim, but sadly there just wasn't a whole lot of mainstream interest in adventure games at that time...

Simogo's 'The Sailor's Dream' Arrives November 6th, New Trailer Released

Back in July Simogo officially announced their newest project to follow up their 2013 masterpieces Year Walk [$3.99] and Device 6 [$3.99]. Called The Sailor's Dream, this new project would be heavy on narrative and filled with mysteries for the player to unlock and experience, much like their last two games. A new trailer and a blog post about the game was revealed in September, but didn't offer a whole lot of direct information as Simogo was keen not to spoil anything before players can get their own hands on their creation. Today Simogo has announced on their blog that The Sailor's Dream is all wrapped up and ready to go, and will be launching on the App Store November 6th...

'Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge' Review: And I'm Dead Again

Sure, sometimes developers can give reasons for why they want to charge more money for something that are utter poppycock. Granted, I've known One Man Left since 2010, and I take them at their word that Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge [$2.99] was becoming too big and too separate to be just an add-on to Tilt to Live 2 [$2.99]. But in playing it, I think the position is really quite justified. This is pretty much its own game, only filtered through Tilt to Live's aesthetics and controls. And it winds up being this challenging gauntlet that's well worth checking out...

'Ghost Blade' Review - Something Wicked This Way Comes

If you asked me a couple of months ago to make a list of game types that were highly unlikely to ever be realized in a satisfying way on a touchscreen, I can guarantee that stylish action games would be on the short list. The sub-genre launched when wunderkind director Hideki Kamiya sat down to make another Resident Evil game, decided that it would be more fun if every attack felt as good as doing a headshot with a shotgun, and ended up creating Devil May Cry. One game does not a sub-genre make, but once Tomonobu Itagaki created his masterpiece re-imagining of Ninja Gaiden, we were off to the races. It's not the most prolific genre, probably because it's so hard to do right, but it's seen its share of hits including the mainstream-friendly God of War series, the campy and cool Bayonetta, and the amazing parry-focused Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance. These games are usually characterized by their highly-technical, deep combat, where players are graded according to how well they can dance to the game's beat. This usually involves a lot of different buttons, and we all know how well that usually works out on a touchscreen...

Hands-on with 'Seabeard' - Sailing The Ocean Blue

At this point, there’re very few readers out there that haven’t heard of Seabeard. Published by Backflip and developed by Hand Circus, this title has been high on our radar ever since we dubbed it the Game of GDC back in March. Shortly after soft-launching in Canada earlier this month, we were given the opportunity to get an extended look at the Animal Crossing-esque title. Based on what I’ve seen so far, it’s worth the wait...

LogoThis week was really heavy on the game chat, which I always think is a good thing. Jared and I were both obsessed with different games, with me being totally about Retry and he was all about the various sports games of the week. Mike Meade was awoken from his slumber moments before recording, so I think he slept through most of it. You could argue this is both good and bad.

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Games

  • Retry [Free]
  • Ghost Blade [$4.99]
  • NHL 2K [$7.99]
  • Rival Stars Basketball [Free]
  • Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge [$2.99]
  • Puzzle to the Center of the Earth [Free]

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Puzzle to the Center of the Earth'

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 Game of the Week: 10/24/14 - 'Pixel Boat Rush'

This is a weird week for reviews this week. While we posted a lot of them, our highest scored game was only a 4.5... Which is still pretty great where I'm sitting. Be sure to hit up the links at the end of the post to find the other games we reviewed this week, or just mash the Top Reviews link at the top of every page to drill down further...

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