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'Abzorb' is a Slick and Challenging Tilt Game

Gerald Kelley, the Chicago-based game developer who did the art for Dudeski [$1.99], has been working on his first game for himself: Abzorb. If you like tilting games like Tilt to Live 2 [$2.99], this is totally up your alley. The game has you tilting your arrow around, trying to absorb the blue dots that are on the playing field by getting close to them without hitting them. The game also throws in time-sucking red dots, as each level has you trying to complete it before time runs out, and you are awarded different amounts of stars based on your time. ..

Upcoming 'Telepaint' is All About Portal Puzzles and Adorable Walking Buckets of Paint

Yesterday on Twitter, UK developer Acid Nerve unveiled their upcoming iOS project, a colorful puzzle game called Telepaint. The more than 100 puzzles in the game revolve around activating different colored portals in order to guide your little walking bucket of paint towards the exit. Oh, and while we're on the subject? Little walking buckets of paint are adorable. The entire game is also synced up to the beat of the quirky soundtrack, kind of reminiscent of Beat Sneak Bandit [$2.99]. Check out the debut trailer...




'Circa Infinity' Review - Like a Record, Baby

'Circa Infinity' Review - Like a Record, Baby

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February 5th, 2016 10:14 AM EST by Nathan Reinauer in $2.99, 4.5 stars, Arcade, Games, Platform, Retro, Reviews, Universal
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In our recent review of Super Phantom Cat [$1.99] I remarked that I “wished the developers had been as creative with the platforming genre as they’d been with the art”. I loved the game in large part because of its wonderful presentation, and the solid gameplay was definitely fun despite feeling a bit too safe at the end of the day. And now, immediately after, I have Kenny Sun's Circa Infinity [$2.99] in my hands. It’s striking in that I like the game just as much as Phantom Cat, but my reasons for it are exactly the opposite. The gameplay in Infinity is unlike anything I’ve played before, to the point where I’m not even sure you could call it a “platformer” at all. The game’s presentation, however, is pretty solid but nowhere near as eye-catchingly beautiful as Phantom Cat. None of that should be taken as complaining, though, because I’m sure there are plenty of people who are completely over the moon for the traditional gameplay of the former and absolutely in love the sparse pixel stylings are of the latter...

Many a song is sung about the Final Fantasy series from Square Enix, but if any of those songs is less sung than the other songs, it's probably Final Fantasy 2. An extremely experimental sequel that didn't fare too well in practice, Final Fantasy 2 nevertheless made some additions that are still a part of the franchise today. The modern version of the game is far easier to swallow than the Japan-only original release, but the game certainly does carry a reputation, enough of one that some people might not want to risk buying it. Personally, I like the game, as I outlined in an RPG Reload a while back. If you've never given the game a chance, the time has never been better, because you can get the game for the enticing price of $0.00 until February 14th through the Final Fantasy Portal [Free] app...

RPG Reload Presents - The History Of Handheld RPGs, Part Six

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload. This week, we're continuing our little monthly project looking at the history of handheld RPGs. That means that we will not be taking a look at a specific RPG from the App Store's past this time around. Last month, we looked at the brief but impressive reign of the Game Boy Advance, and the bounty of RPGs it brought with it. While it was mostly uncontested during its life, seeds were being planted in unexpected places that would sprout into the fiercest competition Nintendo would face to date of this writing. We'll be looking at those nooks and crannies today as best as we can. In total, this feature will span twelve columns, each one taking a look at a specific era in handheld RPGs. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I've enjoyed researching and writing them! Please let me know what you think by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. If you like this project and wish to support endeavors like it, please consider contributing to the TouchArcade Patreon. It's what makes these kinds of big features possible...

'Breach: Arena TD' Opens Up for Beta Testers

Last year, Space Rhino Games released Breach TD [Free], a take on the popular Starcraft 2 mod Squad TD. That map's creator and maintainer, Tsjnsn, is part of Space Rhino Games, and now they're working on a followup game, Breach: Arena TD, and they have just launched a beta test on our forums if you want to join up and take this online multiplayer game for a spin, with several testing times per week: Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturdays from 1-3pm EST and 6-8pm EST...

Check Out this 'Epic of Kings' Story Trailer Ahead of Its Release February 18th

Way back in October 2014 we posted the debut trailer for Epic of Kings, an upcoming action adventure from Shadow Blade [$1.99] developer Dead Mage. Epic of Kings appeared to have Infinity Blade-style one-on-one combat, but also featured some free-roaming movement and several other styles of gameplay mixed in. It looked promising, but news on Epic of Kings went really quiet after that first trailer, until just a couple of weeks ago when Dead Mage released a brand new launch trailer as well as a release date of February 18th. Today, Dead Mage has sent along the intro cutscene for Epic of Kings so you can get a feel for the storyline. Check it out...

'Captain Cowboy' Review - Digging Up Nostalgia

Growing up, some of my favorite games were adventure titles. Ones you could just get lost in, exploring an uncharted and dangerous world. There was something so unique about those experiences -- where you had no concept of what to expect, and no knowledge of where to go. It helped prepare me for games like King's Field and the Souls series, and I'm always grateful that developers were making games like that, testing the boundaries of the unknown. That's partially why Captain Cowboy [$2.99] is so great, as it captures the essence of so many of those bygone classics while sticking to a tried and true adventure formula...

Ninja Platformer 'Shadow Blade: Reload' Heading to the App Store Next Week

It's kind of hard to believe that Crescent Moon and Dead Mage's ninja action platformer Shadow Blade [$1.99] came out on iOS more than two years ago. It's definitely one of my favorites even to this day, and Dead Mage did a wonderful job supporting the game with new content and features post-release. Well, as you may know, they also set out to spread the Shadow Blade love to additional platforms in the form of an enhanced re-release called Shadow Blade: Reload on desktop and consoles. Now that enhanced version is destined for iOS as Shadow Blade: Reload is coming to the App Store next Thursday. Here's a brand new clip showing the Onobo level being played on an iPad...

With Chinese New Year, aka Lunar New Year, arriving on February 8th, bringing with it the Year of the Monkey, iOS games are getting updates and even the occasional sale for the special festival day. This in large part due to the rising prominence of China in the mobile gaming market, and because developers love to tie updates in with holidays. One of the big updates we heard about and is available now is Vainglory [Free], which added the monkey hero Ozo along with special Chinese New Year decorations for the occasion...

Glu has become famous as the publishes that's been bringing celebrities to the App Store, with Kim Kardashian leading the way and Katy Perry following. However, while the Kim Kardashian: Hollywood [Free] game is still very popular, the Katy Perry Pop [Free] game showed that Glu's strategy might be failing since the game didn't reach the heights of Glu's earlier celebrity games. Glu, however, isn't giving up the dream and has decided to double down on the celebrity thing by bringing the (like it or not) megastar that is Taylor Swift. The game should be coming out late 2016, and Glu plans to bring new gameplay elements to the game that utilize Taylor's creativity. Glu and Swift hope to both benefit from this deal since Swift's name should help Glu get the game on many players' phones while Swift is getting both a cut of the revenue as well as free publicity...

If you've never played Paradox Interactive's Crusader Kings II, then you won't know why a game can have patch notes that include "concubines can now have the ambition to have a daughter," "Eunuchs can't have children anymore," and "fixed error in polygamy event." It's not an accident that Paradox has managed to become the top developer of grand strategy games on PC in recent years. According to a recent interview by Paradox Interactive's CEO, Fredrik Wester, the company is hoping to bring its grand strategy game, including franchises like Crusader Kings, Europa Universalis, and even Stellaris, to mobile in the next year, year and a half. The company's been doing really well on PC recently, so they're focused on that platform, but mobile is definitely a platform that seems to be an enticing destination for Paradox...

'Blackwell Epiphany' Hits iOS This Month, Entire Series on Sale

Dave Gilbert and Wadjet Eye's Blackwell series of point-and-click adventures has been steadily making its way from desktop to iOS, with the last game in the series, Blackwell Epiphany, now set to release on iOS on February 18th. Rosa and Joey have survived a lot in the series so far, but now they're facing a creature that tears souls apart. I mean, that seems rough. So, don't get your soul torn apart in Blackwell Epiphany, I suppose!..

Prolific mobile developer Nitrome announced back in September that they were going to be dipping their toes in the game publishing game. I say dip their toes because technically the first game they were set to publish, Ultimate Briefcase [Free], was created by outside developer Quite Fresh, but whose founder was also previously an artist for Nitrome. So Nitrome was branching out, but still somewhat keeping it in the family, so to speak. Anyhoo, Ultimate Briefcase somehow dodged our weekly Out Now post like it was some sort of bomb falling from the sky, but I'm here to let you know that it's officially available right this very moment...

'Ellipsis' is a Glowy Action-Survival Game with Zero Words

Salmi Games' Ellipsis looks like quite the curious little game. Described as "a minimalist action survival game," it has you moving your blue circle protagonist through tricky levels and enemy formations, trying to avoid your demise. Ellipsis will boast no text at all as you play, so everything will be explained and demonstrated through the game itself. The trailer demonstrates not only the game's gorgeous glowy visuals, but also the various types of challenges you'll have to survive:..

So Cartoon Network has just launched a new game, OK K.O.! Lakewood Plaza Turbo [Free] on the App Store, a beat 'em up where you play as KO, and beat up all sort of evil robots in the name of defending your beloved mini-mall. This is an original IP release for Cartoon Network, sort of. It's actually part of a really cool project that they're working on that has some potential to be really unique...

'Mountain Biker' Review - Pay To Schwinn?

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February 4th, 2016 10:30 AM EST by Nathan Reinauer in 3.5 stars, Free, Games, Racing, Reviews, Sports, Universal
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Tiny Wings [$0.99] is an amazing game. Not a terribly controversial statement, but I’ve always found it kind of surprising that more games didn’t take the idea and run with it. Sure, there are lots of games on the App Store that use a similar mechanic (my favorite, by far, is Kumobius’s Time Surfer [$0.99]), but it’s not nearly as many as I’d expect. I mean, think about how many Threes [$2.99], Flappy Bird, and Clash of Clans [Free] clones there are compared to Tiny Wings. Of course, every now and then a TW-like game will still randomly appear, and the latest I’ve seen is Mountain Biker [Free] by Escape Velocity...

Do you ever have a game that just does not click with you? Twofold Inc. [$3.99] is the equivalent of a restaurant where you can admire the work and craftsmanship that went into the product at hand. What you're given is made with care and skill. But understanding and respecting why something is the way it is doesn't mean that you have to like it. You can even understand why others may like it. I respect Twofold Inc. but I didn't have much fun with it...

Out Now: 'Adventures of Mana', 'Marvel: Avengers Academy', 'Space Grunts', 'All is Lost', 'Puzzle Strike', 'Tsuro', 'Splash Cars' and More

Howdy folks, and welcome to another great week of iOS game releases. Our strong 2016 continues with another big batch of good stuff, including some big-name, highly-anticipated stuff like Adventures of Mana, Space Grunts, Puzzle Strike, Marvel: Avengers Academy and more. 2016 just won't quit so far. So check out everything below and let us know what games you'll be picking up this week. Also, if you enjoy this weekly list of new iOS games and the other stuff we do here at TouchArcade, please consider supporting us on Patreon so we can ensure the content keeps coming! Thanks!..

We Should See More of 'Pokemon GO' at GDC in March

When Niantic announced Pokemon GO in September, most gamers' ears perked up because hunting for Pokemon in an AR game sounded like a lot of fun. However, other than the trailer below, we didn't really get too much info about how the game will play and how it will actually look outside what the trailer showed (which will, of course, be nowhere near the actual game). The good news is the schedule for GDC 2016, which will take place March 14-18, includes a session called Catch 'Em All: Pokemon GO and Real World Gaming. According to the schedule, John Hanke, Niantic's CEO, plans to show how Niantic has developed a unique vision for delivering a mobile Pokemon experience that gets would-be trainers into the outdoors...

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