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"The Last Game I Make Before I Die" - The Story of 'Crashlands', Cancer and Leaving a Legacy

Editor's Note: We met the three brothers that make up Butterscotch Shenanigans at GDC this year. When we found out about the incredible story behind their studio and the motivations behind shifting gears to their current project, we wanted to share it with everyone. However, since it involves illness, family, and other things which we honestly just don't feel like we could ever do justice reporting on, we did the only thing that made sense- Offer them a platform on TouchArcade to write about the experiences that have led to the development of Crashlands. What you're about to read is the first of a series of articles by Sam Coster as he fights for his life while developing the game he always wanted to make with his brothers, Seth and Adam...

During its Friday night Twitch stream, developer Super Evil Megacorp revealed the new hero for its popular MOBA Vainglory  [Free (HD)]. Vainglory's new hero is Vox, Celeste's brother and a mobile sniper who can be build both for single and multi target damage and can fight equally well in lane and jungle. Vox will be joining the fray in the upcoming update...

In the fall of 2010, EA revived the legendary NBA Jam franchise in what was originally planned to be a bonus game included with the purchase of their basketball sim NBA Elite 11 on consoles. A rebooting of the well-known and long-running NBA Live franchise, NBA Elite 11 was plagued with development problems and eventually cancelled prior to release. Thankfully, EA decided to release the rebooted NBA Jam in October of 2010 as a standalone digital download on consoles, and in February of the following year that game made its way to iOS devices. And let me tell you, NBA Jam [$0.99 / $4.99 (HD)] was glorious on the iPhone. ..

After a full trilogy of games in the span of just seven months, the Five Nights At Freddy's [$2.99] series could be forgiven for taking some time off after this one. Whether or not Five Nights At Freddy's 3 [$2.99] is where it ends, you have to give this series and its developer a lot of credit. In a short span of time, it became a minor cultural phenomenon, recorded huge sales on every platform it released on, and earned success and recognition for an independent developer who has taken plenty of swings at the whole "making a game" thing before finally knocking one out of the park. Fans all around the world compare notes about the story, trying to piece together mysteries that may not have ever been intended to be solved. The titular Freddy Fazbear himself is likely more recognizable than the character he parodies among most people under a certain age. In a lot of ways, we've come a long way from the humble point and click simplicity of the first game...

Spiderweb Software makes some mighty fine RPGs that you can enjoy on your iPad. The developer's latest game, Avernum 2: Crystal Souls, is due to hit the App Store in a couple of weeks on April 15th. Presumably in celebration of that pending release, Spiderweb has been running some sales on their previous titles. Last weekend, the first Avadon [$9.99 (HD)] game was on sale for half-price. This weekend, it's the 2014 sequel to that game, Avadon 2: The Corruption [$9.99 (HD)]. Regularly $9.99, you can pick up this gem for just $4.99 for the next couple of days...

Disney Teases 'DuckTales: Remastered' for iPhone

One of my absolute all-time favorite NES games was DuckTales, and adventure platformer based around the Disney cartoon series of the same name. It starred the wealthy Scrooge McDuck and his three nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie, as well as a large supporting cast of both friends and enemies. It's a total classic! In 2013, Disney, Capcom and WayForward collaborated on a modern remake of the game for consoles and PC titled DuckTales: Remastered. Now, according to a photo tease from the Disney Interactive Twitter account, it looks like DuckTales: Remastered is heading to an iPhone near you...

'Taichi Panda' Review - Hack 'N Slash Meets Free to Play MMORPG (with Pandas)

In a follow-up to our 2014 E3 preview and just a few days before a major update, we sat down to see the furry martial artist in action. Taichi Panda [Free] from Snail Games was released in the US on The App Store earlier this month with an Android release also available. It is a free-to-play dungeon crawler with an RPG feel and some extensive online multiplayer features that make it a stand out from other titles in the genre...

'Breath of Light' Review - A Boundary Pushing Zen Like Puzzle Game

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March 27th, 2015 12:00 PM EDT by Ben Jarris in $2.99, 4 stars, Puzzle, Reviews
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Breath of Light [$2.99] is a meditative, zen like puzzle game that is beautiful, distinctive and fun to play. It's not a prototypical puzzler; it's a relaxing and unique experience which is currently rated the best new puzzle game in 92 countries by apple. The game centers around manipulating a captivating particle flow of light to pass life-force from one white lotus flower to the others by moving stones, filters, mirrors and other objects in a futuristic zen garden. The graphics are intensely beautiful, the sound track is immersive, alluring and transient. Most importantly the puzzles are challenging, surprisingly relaxing and enjoyable to solve...

PSA: Madgarden's 'Chillaxian' is Free Today

March 27th, 2015 11:30 AM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Sales
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Here's a cool freebie to chill out to this weekend. Chillaxian [$1.99] from Madgarden is free right now. This is a Galaxian-inspired space shooter, where enemies float around at the top of the screen, and you must shoot them as they occasionally fly down, though these aliens aren't about lining up, they just kind of bunch together freely. The game uses simple touch controls with auto-firing, you tap on the left and right sides of the screen to move, and can bend bullets by moving as they fire. The game features a neat generative music effect that picks up as action speeds up, and "1979 mode" for something that looks like it's being played on a buzzing CRT monitor. Oh, and impressively, the whole game is .2 MB. ..

Proto Raider [$4.99] makes a great first impression. Its graphics are entirely composed of ASCII symbols, giving it a striking appearance, particularly when things start to move on the screen. By this point in gaming, it's somewhat difficult to make a platform game that can immediately catch the eye, and the idea of going back to the very roots of video games for inspiration is a clever one. Behind the intriguing presentation sits a somewhat ordinary platformer with excellent level design. It reminds me of the wildly experimental days before the success of the Super Mario Bros. series dictated what platformers ought to be like. It's almost as though a lost Commodore 64 game spilled out of the time tunnel and into the App Store...

'Rules!' Is Officially the First Apple Watch Game

March 27th, 2015 10:30 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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We've been watching AppShopper like a hawk as Apple Watch updates have been rolling out over the last day or so. MacRumors has a full list of all the interesting apps they've seen so far, but on the games front, there really hasn't been that much. ...Until this morning when Rules! [$2.99] had an update approved adding Apple Watch support...

Fincon's 'Angel Stone' is an Upcoming Action-RPG That's Very Cross-Platform

Fincon, publisher of Hello Hero [Free], are working on a new action-RPG right now, called Angel Stone. The big hook they're going for here is cross-platform online multiplayer between iOS, Android, and the web, which is always an impressive feature when pulled off properly. In fact, they've got a video that cleverly shoss off an Android tablet, iPad, and someone on a device hooked up to the TV, all playing together...

New Hearthstone [Free (HD)] spoilers emerged from the depths of Blackrock Mountain yesterday as Blizzard pulled a Khaleesi and unleashed three dragon-themed card spoilers from the upcoming adventure (hard to believe Blizzard hasn't planned its dragons release to coincide with the Game of Thrones' Dragons coming to HBO a mere ten days after Blackrock's release)...

A while back, I reviewed the original Five Nights At Freddy's [$2.99], and while I could appreciate what it was doing from a clinical point of view, I didn't really get the game properly. When Five Nights At Freddy's 2 [$2.99] came out, I thought I'd step aside and let someone else take a crack at it, but with how busy the holiday season was, the game ended up falling into the dreaded TouchArcade sofa cushions instead. Before anyone could catch their breath, Five Nights At Freddy's 3 [$2.99]'s release was imminent. I'll own up to a couple of little quirks that I have. First of all, it really bugs me when I don't get why something is popular. I don't have to like everything, but I do like to understand points of view other than my own, and exploring them often leads to me finding new things to enjoy. I see it as a failing on my part when I'm not able to do this. Another odd habit of mine is that I don't like gaps, so if I'm to come back to the series to review the third game, I really needed to do this one first. Hopefully, that explains why we're running this review at an admittedly late stage of the game. You can expect a review of Five Nights At Freddy's 3 pretty shortly after this one...

RPG Reload File 031 - 'Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we never try to brush a wookiee's teeth. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's huge back catalog. We revisit the game, expand beyond the borders of a typical review, and see how it's doing in the wild future that is today. The RPG genre is an incredibly broad one, and I try to bring a balanced plate from week to week. I want your help with that, however, so once per month, I'll be featuring a game selected by you, the readers. Simply make your selection known by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or tweeting to @RPGReload. Next week's article is one such choice, and will feature Undercroft [Free], as selected by TouchArcade forum user DrJD. Thanks Doc, I like to get a physician's opinion once in a while!..

Spring is coming. The last batches of snow are starting to melt, Wrigley Field's bleachers are still a pile of scrap metal, and spring training games are starting to feel unnecessary. That means the time for real baseball is almost here, and thankfully MLB Manager 2015 [$4.99] is here just in time for the season to start next week. This is the latest in the Out of the Park Baseball franchise, which has gotten its first officially-licensed entry with MLB Manager 2015. ..

'Hearthstone' Blackrock Mountain Adventure Launches April 2nd

Well how about that. The "leak" we posted about yesterday from the Korean Battle.net refund page turned out to be spot on. Blizzard just confirmed that the Blackrock Mountain single player adventure for Hearthstone [Free (HD)] will indeed launch on April 2nd...

One of the big things that happened with the Disney acquisition of Star Wars was that they launched a new animated TV series, entitled Star Wars Rebels, which has actually gotten a really good reception in light of it replacing the popular Star Wars: Clone Wars series. Well, Disney's just launched a new side-scrolling action game based on the new show, Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions [Free]...

There's a lot of Clash of Clans [Free] out there, and there's tons of collectible-card games, your Hearthstone [Free (HD)] games and the like. But one that blends elements of both? That's kind of new. Compass Point: West [Free] does just that, being all about base-building, attacking enemies, and raiding other players. The twist is that all your units are based off of cards you collect from packs, with units, items, and powerups of different rarities in different packs. You can also merge duplicate cards in order to get stronger versions of them. You get a free pack every two hours, and completing missions actually can speed up that timer, and you can buy higher-quality card packs later on as well...

When I think of the phrase "useless challenge," I think of all the times I tried walking on sidewalks without stepping on the lines. Well, apparently Hearthstone [Free (HD)] player Mamytwink one-upped me, barely, by creating and executing his own "useless challenge," as he calls his shenanigans, the longest Hearthstone turn to date. He set up a game of Mage Versus Priest with another friend and went on to break records. How long was that turn you ask? A mere 45 hours, 18 minutes, and 24 seconds...

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