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Adam Saltsman's 'Overland' Still Chugging Along, with New Explainer Video Released

Adam Saltsman, known for the influential endless runner Canabalt [$2.99] among a bunch of other cool games like Hundreds [$4.99], is working on Overland with his studio Finji Games. This survival game with elements of isometric-view turn-based strategy is still in development, aiming now for a 2016 release, but if you're interested in finding out more about how the game is playing right now, well, Saltsman has uploaded a short video talking about the game and how it works:..

'Dominion' Has Been Submitted to Apple - No, Seriously, It Has

After a very long journey with more hills than valleys, Dominion should be hitting our mobile devices relatively soon (Apple permitted) since according to BoardGameGeek, the game has been submitted to Apple. Keep in mind that the developers have said this is the "first" submission, so there's probably still work to be done before the game's ready. If you don't know much about Dominion, this card game designed by Donald X. Vaccarino is seen by many as the grandfather of deck-building card games, and even though many find it a bit on the boring side, no one can deny its influence on the genre. Back in 2012, Goko Games tried to introduce the world to HTML-5 based gaming and decided to use Dominion as its flagship game. Sadly, the game's launch was terrible and the game was immediately pulled. And we've been waiting ever since for Dominion to once more appear on our mobile devices...

Marvel Puzzle Quest [Free] has been kicking for two years now, and it looks like D3 wants to help push the game to be more popular than ever, as they're launching a TV ad campaign, featuring a Lou Ferrigno cameo. It seems like a clever idea: people love match-3 games, they love Marvel anything (a reminder that Marvel launched a multibillion dollar "cinematic universe" without the X-Men or Spider-Man, and that they made Guardians of the Galaxy a thing), why not put some marketing muscle into making a combination of the two into a huge deal?..

Despite the developers of Crossy Road [Free] putting out two new games in Pac-Man 256 [Free] and Shooty Skies [Free] in the past couple of months, there's still plenty of room for the OG Crossy Road to get updates. And in fact, it just has gotten one, adding some new characters in. The big addition are three news Monument Valley [$3.99] characters. Ida, a crow, and the Storyteller are all able to be won through the lottery or purchased for $0.99 – and you can find the Totem in the game in much the same way you unlock the Hipster Whale...

Both the iOS and Android App Stores have had more than a few "VR experience" style "games" (using some air quotes there) with the most recent example being the Just Cause 3 wingsuit experience we posted about not long ago. On iOS, playing the VR side of these things requires having one of the many different varieties of Google Cardboard. In the Android world, your options are a bit more varied and include the Samsung Gear VR. The Gear VR, if you've never heard of it, is effectively a much nicer version of Google Cardboard. You still stuff your phone in it to act as the screen (and brains) powering the whole thing, but the Gear VR is made of plastic, has some nice head straps and feels... Less cardboard-y, since it's... obviously not made of cardboard...

We've posted about VPN services before, courtesy of TouchArcade Deals to get around region blocks on online streaming services. A VPN is super useful for a bunch of stuff, but if all you're looking to do is stream things like Netflix and Hulu from an area of the world that isn't on the short list of places where said services work, a smart DNS solution like a lifetime subscription to Getflix is a better solution...

After the little scuffle over Bioshock a couple of weeks ago, I'd hoped to not have to come back around to this topic again soon. Oh well, two weeks is a pretty good run, right? The latest publisher to pull a game from the purchase histories of customers who bought it is Capcom, and the game in question is Ghost Trick.The game was pulled from the App Store months back after an update fixed the game in one way and broke it in another, but the main app was still available to redownload via the purchase history tab up until this weekend, as near as I can tell...

Touchstone Tavern #18 - Your Weekly 'Hearthstone' News Roundup

Welcome to TouchArcade and to my corner of the Internet everyone. I hope you've been enjoying playing Hearthstone [Free] these last few weeks even though the meta still has Mr. Grim Patron at its center. This week we have more general news than tournament news  because all of Hearthstone's pros are looking towards BlizzCon. The various regional qualifiers are winding down and the European Champion already crowned, all of which mean one thing: BlizzCon is getting closer. Today I have some interesting stories about Laddering, Hearthstone's relatively-slow content release cycles, and more. Not the busiest week in terms of news, but definitely some fun reading...

Update Mondays: 'Asphalt 8: Airborne', 'Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff', 'Junk Jack X', 'Chain Chronicle', 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. I can't lie: sifting through iOS9 updates to find the cool stuff has been a bit of a bear. That said, I think there's a nice batch of substantial updates this week. 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!..

LogoJared is getting married this weekend, and will be vanishing from TouchArcade for the next week and a half while he does various honeymoon activities. So, strap in for the last podcast featuring the bearded one as a bachelor. Anyway, this episode starts off with some reader emails and then we hop right in to discussing the Apple TV via the hands on we posted of my time with the Nvidia Shield. From there, we discuss a few games like Mos Speedrun 2 [$1.99] and Shooty Skies [Free]. It's a good time, I promise, and it seems Mike Meade got attacked by bees at the end of the show as he gets a little buzzy.

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Mos Speedrun 2'

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...

October Patreon Update - Thanks Everyone!

October Patreon Update - Thanks Everyone!

October 2nd, 2015 6:02 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News
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It's October already, and it's wild how fast this year is flying by. Back when we launched our Patreon in June we had high hopes but we never thought it'd be this successful. Earlier in September when the iOS ad blocker drama hit, we asked readers to back our Patreon if they were going to block our ads it sent our Patreon soaring with over 500 backers and $8,000 in total monthly support. Really, really awesome stuff and we appreciate every last one of you, Patreon backers and fans of the site...

The world is waiting on the Nintendo and DeNA collaboration to come to fruitition. With 5 games expected to release in the next 2 years, but promises of original experiences, what exactly will these be? Well, we have our first big hint from Dr. Serkan Toto, game industry consultant based in Tokyo who historically has been very reliable and well-connected in the Asian video game industry. He says:..

With NBA 2K16 rolling out this week, the companion app MyNBA2K16 [Free] is out now, and if you're playing the console NBA 2K16, you'll want to check this out. The app lets you earn a ton of NBA 2K16 Virtual Currency by using the app, and playing the card game in the app. From what we hear, the VC you earn in MyNBA2K16 is quite lucrative to help you out in the console game. Do make sure to link your NBA 2K16 account to the app to get the rewards, though...

The Journey Down has seen two fantastic entries in the series so far, with the most recent Chapter 2 [$6.99] being an amazing and unique experience. The game is incredibly unique thanks in part to its Afro-Caribbean influence on the stylings, while also being a really cool example of the point-and-click genre. The second chapter ended with a cliffhanger for more adventures to come, and SkyGoblin has unveiled the first glimpses of the new chapter as part of their Kickstarter pitch. It also gives some background on the series, and how the Swedish developers have roots in Africa...

Shakira Is Teaming up With Rovio Because, Sure, Why Not

October 2nd, 2015 12:15 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News
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If you thought Mariah Carey getting mixed up with Game of War to star in commercials for the game was weird, strap in for this one- According to E! Online, Shakira is teaming up with the guys at Rovio to do some sort of Angry Birds crossover as revealed by Mashable. Here's the new video they're teasing, showing off Shakira's involvement: ..

Crescent Moon's 'Leave Me Alone' Gets a Trailer and a Release Date of October 8th

If you like skateboarding but hate weird mutants, boy do I have a game for you. It's the latest release from Crescent Moon Games, due to be released next week, and it's called Leave Me Alone. In the game you play as a skater punk kind of dude, skate around, and well, I guess fight giant snakes and other things. Check out the trailer:..

NimbleBit Is Working on a 'Sky Burger' Update

October 2nd, 2015 10:45 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News, Updates
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Are there people still reading TouchArcade who remember NimbleBit's Sky Burger [Free]? If not, it was released back in 2009 and was the pseudo-sequel of sorts to Scoops [Free], a ice cream stacking tilt-controlled game. Scoops is exceedingly basic by today's standards, but it was a hit when it came out and was among the first few games that put NimbleBit on the trajectory they're on now. Sky Burger was an evolution of that formula, with slightly more in-depth gameplay that had you building huge burgers instead...

The reaction to Tasos's editorial on the oncoming irrelevance of PC gaming and Eli's editorial on how the things you love aren't going away once mobile takes over from the last couple of days struck some nerve, for sure. And it's interesting because there's usually a lot of gaming enthusiasts and even media that are upset by the 'threat' mobile represents. What truly piqued my curiousity is that the negative reaction has included a lot of game developers who have seemingly been freaking out and denying that console/PC gaming is, if not on the downswing right now, then about to see a painful decline really soon. This is utterly baffling, because mobile overtaking other gaming formats feels like the obvious future with the convenience that it offers. The history of technology and especially gaming is full of examples of how people have adapted to technological advances that were more convenient, despite any drawbacks that pop up. And to suggest that mobile gaming is the one exception to the rule is myopic to an absurd degree...

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

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 explored the earliest origins of pocket RPGs by looking at gamebooks and other interactive fiction. From this month on, we'll be following handheld RPGs as they entered the digital media, starting with the first half of the Game Boy's life. 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...

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