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'Vainglory' Review - Portable MOBA Magic

'Vainglory' Review - Portable MOBA Magic

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November 20th, 2014 11:00 AM EST by Eric Ford in 5 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, iPod touch games, MOBA, Reviews
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While soft-launched for nearly half a year, it really wasn’t until we saw Vainglory [Free / Free (HD)] during Apple’s September event that we’ve been keeping a close eye on it. Super Evil Megacorp’s keynote presentation was more than just a cool demonstration of Metal — it was also a pretty damn cool looking MOBA in its own right. With its recent end of its lengthy soft launch period and subsequent debut in the US Apple Store, we thought we’d take it for a spin and see how it compares to other iOS MOBAs. Suffice to say, I think Vainglory is one of the best genre offerings available and sets the bar in terms of visuals, balance and controls...

Coming into iOS gaming from a background in consoles, dedicated handhelds, and old computers, my first steps into the already-massive catalog were cautious ones. I stuck to familiar brands and the odd breakthrough that had made waves in the traditional media, such as Game Dev Story [$4.99]. One of the first real iOS originals that I fell absolutely in love with was League Of Evil [$1.99], from Ravenous Games. The game will always hold a special place in my heart for hammering it into me that, yes, virtual controls could work marvelously for an action game if they're handled correctly. These guys had their stuff together, I decided, and I began to follow them closely, anxiously awaiting their next big title. By all accounts, that game looked to be Random Heroes [Free], and I bought it pretty much the second it became available...

Out Now: 'Kingdom Rush Origins', 'Earn to Die 2', 'Football Manager Handheld 2015', 'Checkpoint Champion', 'The Last Door: Collector's Edition', 'Offroad Legends 2' and More

Alright folks, strap in for a pretty epic night of new iOS game releases. Well, I guess one man's epic night is another's "weak week", but personally there are a ton of games I'm excited for tonight. New Kingdom Rush, new Earn to Die, Checkpoint Champion, Crossy Road, One More Line… the list goes on for games that are total insta-downloads for me. I even threw Vainglory in on this list even though it came out a few days ago, just in case anybody missed it. What are you excited for? Let us know in the comments which games you'll be going for tonight...

Gobble Up These Pre-Thanksgiving Game Sales

November 19th, 2014 7:00 PM EST by Carter Dotson in News, Sales
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We're nearing Thanksgiving, and pretty much any significant US holiday means that it's time for paid apps to go on sale. And now, about a week ahead of the day where Americans eat turkey, watch football, and maybe give thanks for stuff, like turkey and football, apps are going on sale. We've posted about some of the more notable sales throughout the day, but here's a grand list of the games on sale:..

Upcoming Hack 'n Slash 'Taichi Panda' Gets a New Trailer, Release Set for December

You may remember when we were at E3 back in June we briefly checked out a new hack 'n slash game from Snail Games called Taichi Panda. Even with our short hands-on time with Taichi Panda, we found it to be a lot of fun, with three unique playable characters and fast, satisfying combat. Snail Games has been using our forums for beta testers for the game, with a planned release date sometime before the end of the year. Today they've sent along a sort of more specific release date, which will be sometime in December, along with a brand new trailer...

The Artsy 'Duet' and 'Blek' on Sale for $0.99 Each

November 19th, 2014 5:49 PM EST by Carter Dotson in News, Sales
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Want a couple of minimalist, artsy, and enjoyable games on the cheap? Well, here's a couple to check out: Blek [$0.99] and Duet [$0.99] are both on sale for $0.99 right now. Both are great games well worth playing. Duet is a challenging survival game from Kumobius that Pivvot [$2.99] fans might enjoy, as both are about spinning around a fixed point, but both games go in different directions from there. Duet has been frequently updated since release, adding in narration, and new level packs including the most recent "Epilogue" level pack...

Yes, believe me, I am fully aware this is an iOS games site, so before you read the headline and race to the comments, I know. With that being said, there's a lot of people out there, including a few real life friends of mine who might have an Android phone but an Apple tablet... Or the other way around. Regardless, there's people reading TouchArcade who this news is useful for. I promise you...

Badland [$0.99] was one of 2013's best games, and it's currently dirt cheap: on sale for $0.99, down from its regular $3.99 price, with only one in-app purchase for $0.99, for the ten-level Doomsday Level Pack. Our opinion on paying for DLC was well established last week. The game goes on sale occasionally, but $0.99 is as good a price as any to pick up this gorgeous, critically-acclaimed platformer, which features both a singleplayer campaign along with same-device multiplayer for up to four people...

This morning a lot of people on Twitter are pointing out that Apple has changed the label of buttons on the App Store. Previously, when you went to download a free game, the button you hit to do it said "Free". Makes sense, since it's where the price goes for other paid apps...

Lament that Real Racing 3 [Free] is free-to-play, and wish for a version that wasn't? Well, EA and the former Firemint's second entry in the racing series, Real Racing 2 [$0.99 / $0.99 (HD)] is currently on sale for $0.99. The game was an absolute classic back at its release in late 2010, and if you prefer your stylish racing games with an up-front cost instead of being free-to-play – as I hear some of y'all are – then here you go...

'Highrise Heroes' from Noodlecake and Fallen Tree Games Drops in December

Fallen Tree Games recently released the high score game Noon [Free] to the App Store, and Noodlecake recently published the life-ruining Bitcoin Billionaire [Free], but now the two studios are coming together to release Highrise Heroes, a story-driven word game with a solid creative pedigree behind it. Highrise Heroes has players trying to escape a crumbling skyscraper after an earthquake, doing so the only way they know how: by forming words from a grid of tiles. The game takes place across 90 levels, with a variety of characters both good and bad to try and help and hinder respectively to descend the tower and survive...

Telltale's 'The Wolf Among Us' Episode One is Free

November 19th, 2014 11:37 AM EST by Carter Dotson in News
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Been wanting to take a run at The Wolf Among Us [Free] from Telltale, but have been waiting for their customary first episode freebie to hit the App Store? Then I have good news for you, as you can get episode 1 free starting today. As is customary, you can play the first episode by downloading the app, and then pick up other episodes either by paying $4.99 for each of the episodes, or $14.99 for a season pass containing the rest of the series...

Earlier this year, we reviewed the SteelSeries Stratus pint-sized iOS game controller. It's a great accessory, but the common complaint across the entire internet seemed to be that it's just too tiny. The SteelSeries Stratus is great for having a small controller to toss in your bag and play with on the go, but if you actually want to settle in to your couch and get involved in a longer play session it didn't take long before you started wishing the controller was bigger...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Ancient Battle: Successors', 'Earn to Die 2', 'Kingdom Rush Origins', 'Swing Tale' and More

Wednesday mornings! Strap in for a whole load of new iOS games. This week includes a new, beefy, Hunted Cow game to sink your teeth into, I've been looking forward to Earn to Die 2, Kingdom Rush Origins will probably be pretty polarizing, and there's a bunch of other stuff in this list that'll give us all plenty to talk about for the next week...

It's a frequently-visited topic throughout the history of the hobby, but the topic of the length of games (or the lack thereof) has been coming up a lot recently among mobile gaming fans. Faced with a market that that is often frighteningly resistant to handing over more than a few dollars in lump sums, many developers who want to build a traditional game with a beginning and ending, free of IAP consumables and other monetization techniques, are faced with a pretty hard economic reality. The answer to that problem is usually to scope the game's content according to some very meager budgets, leading to some great games that don't take all that long to play through. This was a very hot discussion when it came to Monument Valley [$3.99], and it may well be the same for those who pick up Space Expedition: Classic Adventure [$2.99]...

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