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Mika Mobile Developing 'Battleheart 2' with Co-Op Multiplayer

Mika Mobile has just announced their newest game, and it's a doozy: Battleheart 2. The studio's 2011 RPG Battleheart [$2.99] was beloved as an incredibly fun game at the time, and a spinoff, Battleheart Legacy [$4.99], was similarly received. Now, Mika Mobile is returning to expand on one of their first big hits. It's going to look better than ever, but there's one really cool new feature in the works: co-op multiplayer. After Zombieville 2 [$0.99] featured it, the plan is for Battleheart 2 to have co-op multiplayer for up to 4 people, where you nominate individiaul characters into a communal party to go on a raid. Sounds like fun!..

Build Decks and Cities in 'Concrete Jungle' Hitting Mobile This Week

Cole Jefferies is bringing his fascinating Concrete Jungle to mobile this week, and it should be on your radar. The game is basically what you'd get if you'd combine a city builder with a deck-builder or CCG like Hearthstone [Free] and a puzzle game. The whole thing perhaps works better when you try it out, but essentially, you have to play cards that represent city buildings on a board. Houses are the key unit, as they collect the points that are necessary to clear a column at a time, akin to a puzzle game. Other buildings can have effects on tiles that increase or decrease their point value, so you're trying to place houses and buildings in such a way that you get enough points to clear out each column to expand the board and progress toward the goal column. But, as you lay down cards, they have values that can allow you to buy new cards to add to your deck, or to increase the value each column needs to be cleared. Then, there's a 3 star system for how well you do in each level. The game's tutorial stages are friendly without being overly hand-holding, and it all makes sense once you play it...




'Titanfall: Frontine' Has Soft Launched on iOS in the Philippines

After soft-launching on Android, Titanfall: Frontline has now soft launched on iOS in the Philippines, so here's your chance to check it out before everyone else does. In case you haven't read our earlier story on the game, Titanfall: Frontilines is a CCG tie-in to the upcoming Titanfall 2 FPS. In the game you'll be collecting and upgrading hundreds of Pilots and Titans and also combining Pilots and Titans to deal extra damage or even put your Titan in auto-mode (just like in the FPS game) to provide cover while the Pilot attacks targets. The upgrading part should help it stand a bit apart from a game like Hearthstone, but other than that I expect an overall similar experience to the Blizzard giant...

'Sproggiwood' on Sale for Lowest Price Yet

September 26th, 2016 2:30 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Sales
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Freehold Games' Sproggiwood [$1.99] has just gone on sale for its lowest price yet, at $1.99, down from its regular price of $4.99. Now, the game was $9.99 at launch after it was $14.99 on PC at launch, but the game got a permanent price drop at one point to help out with its long tail. But now, you can get the game at its absolute cheapest price point yet, for a limited time...

Yogg-Saron (Again), RNG Talk (Again), Cheap Legend Decks, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #66

Welcome to another weekly roundup of everything that's happened in the world of Hearthstone [Free]. This has been another week where players have complained about the state of the meta and about how the game doesn't feel as fun as it used to. I feel we're going to be hearing the same complaints until we get new cards, get cards nerfed, or get cards banned. When will that happen, I have no idea, but it's hard to ignore the fact that we are once more going through very interesting times. Outside the complaining part, we got news on the upcoming World Championship, more on the making of One Night in Karazhan, and much more. So, on we go...

Update Mondays: 'Teeny Titans', 'Pokemon Go', 'Real Racing 3', 'Pac-Man 256', 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. Some really spiffy games in this week's round-up, but which one is a bad enough dude to take home our coveted prize? Read on, friends. 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!..

'PinOut', the Next Game From the Developers of 'Smash Hit', Is an Upcoming Endless Pinballer That Looks Stunning in Motion

It surely goes without saying for anyone within the iOS community, but any releases by Mediocre Games are far more than the everyday experiences that their modest name suggests. Unlike the title of their studio, Smash Hit [Free] was true to its label, and rocketed to the top of the charts when it was released in 2014. However, despite some previous crazes in the App Store, it achieved such lofty status through quality gameplay that we praised extensively in our review. Other games from the Swedish developers, including Sprinkle [$1.99] and Does Not Commute [Free], have also been of a similarly high standard, and have made every successive release by Mediocre one watch out for. Today, they have announced PinOut, their newest title that turns pinball into a continuous adventure across numerous neon tables, and looks absolutely stunning in the preview trailer:..

PikPok have seemingly been around forever in the iOS gaming scene, and have released a number of App Store classics, many of which remain on my phone to this day. While there have been numerous memorable collaborations with Adult Swim such as the excellent Monsters Ate My Metropolis [Free], it's probably Flick Kick Football [$1.99] that has take up the most of my time, as the arcade soccer mechanics merged with what were (at the time) innovative touch screen controls proved to be a natural mix. However, PikPok's newest game is nothing like either of these titles; Shadow Wars [Free], which has today launched worldwide, takes a far more serious take on the Puzzle-RPG genre, and tasks you with battling demonic creatures around the globe, through color-matching gameplay that necessitates well thought out moves and strategic planning...

Even though the majority of major App Store releases are clustered around the traditional Thursday launch date, it's always fantastic to start the week with some games that, for whatever reason, avoided this trope of iOS gaming. Frost [$3.99], from the critically acclaimed graphic designer Jérôme Bodin, is one such release, and while RPG titles infused with card game mechanics is not necessarily a new concept, the predictably brilliant aesthetic direction of the title could go far in distinguishing it from the crowd. Having already launched on Steam to almost universal positive feedback, Frost describes itself as a 'solo survival card game', and requires you to build your deck in the vein of similar titles such as Dominion [Free] and Ascension [Free] to survive a perpetual Arctic winter...

Minecon 2016 is currently taking place in Anaheim, California, and as was expected, we got some good Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] news. First of all, the upcoming 0.16 update, also called the Boss Update, is coming October 18th, so we'll have to wait another month to get our hands on it. But what will it bring with it? Well, we knew that it will add bosses - hence the name - so we'll be getting the Elder Guardian (and its Ocean Monuments), and the Wither in its revamped fighting form. What I'm more excited about is the first implementation of Add-Ons, which the devs call the first step towards even greater levels of customization to all editions of the game, starting with MCPE and Windows 10. As you can see from the video below, you'll be able to mess with mobs just by editing text files...

The TouchArcade Show - 275 - "I Wear the Cargo Shorts"

September 23rd, 2016 9:30 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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We kick things off with some listener email, specifically defining what makes a "Mike Meade game." From there, we come good on our promise from last week with tons of game chat. Those games include Deflated [Free], The Counter of Death [Free], the Sorcery [$4.99] series, Vulture Island [$2.99], Action Buggy [$0.99], Cat Physics [$1.99], Jungle Crash Land [$0.99], and Faily Rider [Free]. There might be some other stuff in there, but those are the big ones. We also talk about how great W1-enabled headphones are, and we talk about Mike's upcoming game, Mikey Jumps.

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to podcast@toucharcade.com. We read 'em all, and love decoding messages written entirely in emoji. As always, you can listen to us with the links below... And if you like what you hear, please subscribe and/or drop us a review in iTunes. Much appreciated!

 

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Vulture Island'

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...

'Ember' Review - Keeping the Old-School RPG Light Burning

When 505 Games and N-Fusion released their old-school inspired RPG Ember [$9.99] last week, there were a few interesting things we noted. First, with a stated longevity of 30+ hours (coupled with no IAP), it’s certainly one of the longest premium RPGs we’ve played in awhile. Second, as a near simultaneous release with the PC version, it’s one of those increasingly rare games where the developer isn’t trying to hide the fact that a mobile version was developed concurrently with the PC version. Both are typically good indicators of a well-made game, and Ember certainly fits the bill. It does an excellent job paying homage to the old-school RPG and its controls make an acceptable transition to touch screen...

Supercell has a history of producing silly commercials for its games - like the Rules of the Duel commercials from a month ago - so I'm not surprised they just released some silly new ones about various Clash Royale [Free] units. These videos are mostly sing-alongs and include all kinds of music styles performed in the silliest of ways. There's a video about the Mini P.E.K.K.A, one for the Log (extremely silly one), and new Rules of the Duel videos that show off the Giant Skeleton, the (hated) Prince, and even enemies in general. All of them are very well made, as is always the case, and are definitely charming enough to get people who haven't played the game interested in trying it out...

A couple of weeks back we wrote about World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] doing a Valkyria Chronicles crossover, and it looks like Wargaming won't be stopping there. In addition to Valkyria Chronicles, the tank game will be getting a tank designed by famed mechanical designer, Kunio Okawara, a pioneer of Mecha art and design in Japan who has worked on Gundam and the Brave Series. If you don't know what a mechanical designer is, it's a designer who focuses not on human characters but primarily on robots, ships, and so on. So, it's easy to see how he would be the right person to design a tank. The tank he'll be designing will be called the O-47, and all we have is a half-lit image of it, so we'll see how it will look when it's all done...

'Miaou Moon' Features A Cat That Might be Farting Through Space

Laotian game studio Agent Mega, maker of Paper Dungeons [$2.99], are set to release their next game Miaou Moon on iOS and Android on October 1st. You play as a cat floating in space, eating goldfish to get energy that helps propel itself along. You have to contend with gravity, and myriad other hazards, using your varying physical form to help explore the moon you're on, fighting enemies along the way. There's five different moons to explore, with permanent unlocks you can get, though you're mostly just trying to survive as long as possible to rack up a high score...

Degica, English publisher of the popular RPG Maker series, has brought a mobile variant of the popular game-making software to mobile. RPG Creator [Free] is now available in English. While the game isn't quite as extensive as the desktop RPG Maker software, this will let you create your own RPGs on the go, from your phone! You can upload your own assets (or use default ones), create events, edit an extensive database, and share your creations. Plus, you can play games created by others and upload them to the web. Neat!..

'Papers, Please' Fixed for iOS 10 and Discounted

September 23rd, 2016 5:30 PM EDT by Carter Dotson in News, Updates
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If you're a fan of Papers, Please [$5.99 (HD)] that was disappointed that the game wasn't working on iOS 10, then I have good news for you! Developer Lucas Pope has gone and fixed the game for iOS 10. Glory to Arstoztka, and glory to indie developers supporting their products, unlike major publishers who often let their pricey mobile ports languish. But I only assume for many that doesn't come as a shock...

'Malevolent Machines' Is a Cool-Looking Upcoming Runner

The first thing you'll notice when you take a look at the upcoming Malevolent Machines is that really cool art. I don't know how it will all work together when the game actually comes out, but so far I like what I'm seeing. Malevolent Machines is a runner with an interesting story; Dr. Leyla Green's experiments go awry and her horrific, steampunk entities are unleashed upon the world. Now, she has to take them all on with the help of her giant pet cyborg. Leyla will be constantly running towards the right (I want a runner to finally dare go from right to left to surprise everyone) and as her enemies pop up, she'll need to jump over them, slide under them, attack them, or even blow the ground from underneath them...

Upcoming 'Cartesian' Is Aiming for the OCD Among You

Do you like your paintings perfectly straight, your books in alphabetical order, and all the light switches facing the same direction? Then you might like the upcoming game Cartesian, a fast-paced puzzle game that's all about symmetry. In the game you have to tap squares to ensure your screen is symmetrical, and you can even battle another player on the same device in a battle to prove who is the most OCD person among you...

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