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The surprise release of Ace Attorney Investigations last week caps off a strong push by Capcom over the last couple of years to get just about every entry in the series onto mobile devices. The mobile ports have been excellent, offering crisp, high-resolution versions of the DS and 3DS cult hits. On top of that, they've been coming frequently enough that you might find yourself falling a little behind on picking them up, in fact. If that's you, you're in luck. To celebrate the release of the latest game, Capcom has cut the price of every last Ace Attorney game on the App Store and Google Play. This limited time sale is your chance to catch up on these great courtroom adventure games...

Freshly back from the Clash Royale [Free] championships, I go over just how surprising the world of mobile esports is. Oh, and if you're curious about the prize linked savings account stuff I mentioned, check out this web site and/or check out this podcast. Neither have anything to do with iOS gaming, but it seemed like such a cool thing I've been sharing it with everyone. As far as games are concerned, we dive into Getting Over It [$4.99], Amazing Katamari Demacy [Free], Reigns: Her Majesty [$2.99] and Big Shot Boxing [Free].

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Portal Knights'

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...

While we're primarily supported by a mixture of Patreon, Twitch subscriptions and Amazon referrals these days, site sponsors go a long way in making up for the funding shortfalls of our Patreon never reaching its goal. To show our appreciation, we are now publishing these posts thanking our sponsors each week- Both to give them a little extra visibility and hopefully to get readers who love TouchArcade to give their games a look to similarly support their efforts in allowing us to continue to provide everyone with awesome third party mobile games editorial which the App Store ecosystem badly needs...

Just in time for the weekend and the upcoming holidays, Pokemon GO [Free] has added the 50 new Pokemon from the Hoenn Region and its dynamic weather system. As we talked about in a story earlier this week, this update brings Pokemon like Treecko, Torchic, Mudkip, and many other ones to the game, so get ready to go hunting if you want to complete your collection. In addition to adding more Pokemon, the game now has a dynamic weather system that ties into the real-world weather of the location you're playing at. And the new weather system isn't just cosmetic...

Race for the Galaxy [$6.99] is getting ready to grow. The third expansion, The Brink of War, will add four new starting worlds to the game, thirty six new developments to build and worlds to settle, five new goals, and Prestige, a new way to earn victory. The expansion also adds Search, a new action that allows players to find specific cards that can more easily work with their current strategy. The new expansion will hit the game on December 14th, and it will cost you $3.99. The expansion is highly rated on Boardgamegeek and should be a good addition to the base game...

'Tako Bubble' is a Great Looking Turn-Based Puzzle Platformer Coming in January

Taiwanese developer Noice2D, which is really just two people, have announced their new upcoming mobile game called Tako Bubble, and it's looking really neat. Tako Bubble is a turn-based puzzle platformer that has you guiding an adorable octopus around numerous hazards and enemies in order to pop 3 special glittering bubbles and move on to the next level. There are 10 different types of enemies in the game each with different movement and attack patterns, so you'll need to become familiar with them and keep that in mind while making each move otherwise you might find yourself cornered and becoming somebody's next order of calamari. Check out the trailer for Tako Bubble...

Supecell has the art team (and money) to make some great Clash Royale [Free] commercials, and the latest one, called "Cards Coming to Life," is one of the best commercials yet. The commercial turns many of your favorite Clash Royale characters into perfectly designed anime characters that truly belong on your TV. It's actually a bit funny that the commercial demonstrates how better Clash Royale's art would be if it adopted a style closer to anime versus the one it has now. And that's saying something given how fun the current art style of the game is...

'Climby Hammer' Puts a Multiplayer Spin on the 'Getting Over It' Formula

Getting Over It [$4.99] (and Sexy Hiking before it) are making climbing with a hammer sexy and popular, so I was expecting to see more games in that genre. It didn't take long as Naquatic announced on our forums today that it's developing Climby Hammer, a take on the climbing formula that will remind you a lot (and I do mean a lot) of Getting Over It but does add some extra ideas. The first difference is the ability to build and share courses, which opens up the game to all kinds of crazy design ideas. The game also lets you customize your character's face, which will probably lead to a few monstrosities...

Help a 7-Year Old Boy Shape the World Through a Social Network in 'Friends of the Prince' from the Developer of 'Nano Empire'

James Senter, creator of the A Dark Room [$1.99]-inspired text-based incremental game Nano Empire [$0.99] which became hugely popular in the accessible games community for its VoiceOver support for the visually impaired, has announced his next game and I'm loving the premise to death. It's called Friends of the Prince, and it takes place in a twisted future where robots are just about to take over the world. But before the Robot Queen can enslave all of humanity, an unlikely hero "deceived her with cuteness and smashed her face" thus making him the leader of the world with absolute power. That hero is a 7-year old boy known as the Prince. Now he's ready to reshape humanity by way of his very own social network known as Friends of the Prince...

''PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' Reveals Miramar Desert Map at Game Awards

I don't know about you, but I can't wait to get my hands on the mobile version of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. The game is pure fun and terror (hiding in a bathroom has never been more nerve-wracking), but it also currently comes with only one map, and as large at that map is, it's starting to get stale. Fortunately, a new map is coming to the game, and it was properly shown off last night during the Game Awards. The new map is desert themed and is called Miramar. While the idea of a desert map usually connotes images of brown monotony, Miramar is actually quite varied, with all kinds of landscape features that will make for some great firefights and even crueler deaths...

Over the past decade I've grown to love a lot of iPhone games, but there's a handful of games that I love on a whole different level, like I SUPER DUPER LOVE them. Andy Wallace's Particle Mace [$2.99] is one of those games. Released in early 2015, Particle Mace on first blush looks like your typical retro-inspired top-down space shooter. Except… you can't shoot. After finding your ship's weapons nonfunctional, you improvise by tying a bunch of garbage to an array of bungie-like cords to your ship. You defeat enemies and smash asteroids by zipping around and using your momentum to sling that makeshift weapon (let's just call it oh I don't know a PARTICLE MACE) into them, and it is honestly one of the most unique and satisfying gameplay mechanics I've ever used. Here's the trailer for Particle Mace so you can see what I'm very poorly attempting to explain in action...

Here's a story today that's almost too cool to believe: A million years ago in App Store time, First Strike [$3.99] got posted to our forums. OK, so it was early 2014, but still, that's ancient history for mobile. It was (and still is) a really cool game that involves waging global nuclear war. It seemed to do alright, and the developers eventually released a highly improved version of the game on Steam called First Strike: Final Hour. It did well enough on Steam that the mobile version was sort of left as is... Until now...

While it's possible it's already on your radar, a while ago now Metagame, Carbon Incubator and Tilting Point all got together to release the action RPG clicker game Tap Busters: Galaxy Heroes [Free] which plays a lot like your typical clicker but the amount of zany subsystems they've packed into the game is really sort of absurd. You tap to collect and upgrade practically everything you can think of inside of a space RPG to fight in-game bad guys and even other players...

I've seen Hidden Folks [$2.99] in an awful lot of short lists for the best mobile games of 2017, and for good reason: It's pretty dang awesome. Basically, if you haven't played it, imagine the basic concept of the classic Where's Waldo books, but applied to an exceedingly well-done touch game that feels like equal parts interactive toy and puzzle game. We go much more in depth in our review, but it's a very safe purchase...

'Ace Attorney INVESTIGATIONS' Is Now Available on the App Store

Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth [Free] is one of the few Ace Attorney games that hadn’t hit iOS and Android. Over the last few years, Capcom has been porting everything Ace Attorney to mobile platforms and we couldn’t be happier. They recently released Ace Attorney: Spirit of Justice which is the sixth mainline entry. Read our review of it here. While there are obviously some releases like The Great Ace Attorney that will likely not be released in English, INVESTIGATIONS has a DS English release and it is now available on the App Store. Watch the Japanese trailer below:..

RPG Reload Glossary: 16-bit Paradise, or JRPGs in the early 1990s

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where we always bring a party. To be specific, welcome to the RPG Reload Glossary, where we sift through the piles of historical debris and messy semantics to try to make some sense of it all. This time around, we're continuing our look at the history of the JRPG sub-genre. In the last part, we went through the origins of this popular sub-genre through the 1980s. By the close of the decade, JRPGs were by far the most popular kinds of games in Japan, but had yet to make much of a dent in other regions. The 1990s would change all of that, and it largely came down to two games in particular. The lead-up to that ultimate breakthrough held plenty of great games, many of which were deliberate attempts to appeal to the Western market...

Getting Over It With Bennett Foddy [$4.99] is one of those games where you'll want to tie your phone to your wrist because chances are you'll be flinging it across the room multiple times. I've been playing around with the game since it came out yesterday, and it's perfect on mobile but still hugely frustrating; and yet that's part of its charm. As we wrote about yesterday, Getting Over It is the new game from QWOP [$0.99] developer, and it's made its way to mobile with the help of Zach Gage, the developer of games like Flipflop Solitaire. The gameplay is pretty simple: you have to swing your way to the top of this enormous mountain filled with all kinds of obstacles. Climbing is tricky though when all you have to work with is a huge hammer. Add to that how half of your body is for some reason stuck in a cauldron, and you're in for a huge challenge...

Discord [Free], the chat platform for gamers of all platforms, continues to grow, and today the company announced that it currently has 87 million users, up from 25 million a year ago and from 45 million in May. That's a pretty substantial increase that shows Discord is on the right path. With 14 million daily active users and 6.25 million peak concurrent users, Discord is definitely the place to hang out if you're a gamer. Discord has even started hosting verified servers for some of the biggest games out there, like Fortnite, PUBG, Minecraft, Foxhole, and many more. Add to that video chat, screen share, and many other features that have gone live in 2017, and it's fair to say Discord is crushing it...

The collectible card game Shadowverse [Free] continues to grow, and soon we will see the game's seventh expansion called Chronogenesis, coming December 28th. This huge set will add 138 cards to the game, which is much more than what we got from expansions in the past. The reason this expansion is larger is that it brings to the game an all new class called Portalcraft, the eighth of the game. So, the developers decided to add a ton of Portalcraft cards at once to bring the class into a playable state, able to compete with other ones. Portalcraft cards will add enchanted lifeforms and peculiar beings to the game (artifacts and puppets for instance), and their key distinction from other classes is the Resonance mechanic. Cards played with Resonate can activate special abilities and effects when there's an even number of cards in your deck. You can read more about Portalcraft here...

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