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Classic NeoGeo Fighter 'The King of Fighters '98' Heading to Mobile Soon

In November of last year, SNK Playmore and Dotemu teamed up to bring the classic arcade fighting game The King of Fighters '97 [$3.99] to the App Store, and according to a page on SNK's website, it looks like the sequel The King of Fighters '98 is also on its way to mobile. The King of Fighters series began in 1994 when SNK combined characters from their Art of Fighting and Fatal Fury games, as well as some new original characters and those from previous SNK games, into one ultimate fighting game. The series continued with yearly releases, with The King of Fighters '98 being the fifth entry, up until 2003. From that point on the series had a more staggered release schedule, with the most recent release being 2010's The King of Fighters XIII...

Mini-game collections, or as they're sometimes known, party games, serve an important if somewhat niche role in gaming. It's safe to say that for most longtime gamers, party games aren't something we're going to be playing terribly often, yet on those rare occasions when you do need one, you really need one, so I suspect most of us keep at least one or two in the standing collection. Gather together four gamers for a party and the sky's the limit for mulitplayer, but if you've got someone in the room who isn't quite so familiar with games, the somewhat shallow and easy-to-learn nature of mini-games is probably the best route to avoid them giving up in frustration. So, like that dusty old Scrabble board you keep in the top shelf of your closet, it's useful to keep a good mini-game collection around for those special occasions...

Oh hey, in case you didn't know, Modern Combat 5 comes out this week. And Gameloft's hit racing game, Asphalt 8: Airborne [Free], is helping to promote the upcoming FPS by featuring a new event themed after the FPS in the Venice track...

The TouchArcade Show - 164 - Magic Mikes

July 18th, 2014 8:00 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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204347_largerI feel like this whole week has everyone in a holding pattern waiting for Modern Combat 5, right? Regardless, some awesome games came out, we chat about 'em, and some other cool newsworthy things went down… Which, we similarly shoot the breeze about.

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  • Ninja Up [Free]
  • Timberman [Free]
  • Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon [$4.99]
  • Cascade [Free]
  • Swords & Poker Adventures [Free]
  • Redball 4 [$0.99]
  • Mad Bullets [Free]

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Guardians of the Galaxy: The Universal Weapon'

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...

New 'Modern Combat 5: Blackout' Trailer Released Ahead of Launch Next Week

The time is finally drawing near when we'll get to download and play and enjoy Gameloft's latest mobile first person shooter Modern Combat 5: Blackout. We've already gone hands-on with the single-player portion of the game, and more recently dove into some multiplayer action at Gameloft's SF office, and basically I along with everyone else are anxious as all get out to finally have the finished product in our hands. Ahead of its release next Thursday, Gameloft has set live a brand new launch trailer for Modern Combat 5: Blackout, and I'll go ahead and let it speak for itself because it looks really incredible. Check it out...

Ustwo's universally acclaimed abstract puzzler Monument Valley [$3.99] has sold more than one million copies, the company revealed to TechCrunch earlier today. Originally launching as an iOS-exclusive at the beginning of April, Monument Valley subsequently launched on Android and the Amazon App Store in the months that followed. Altogether across all platforms they've racked up more than a million copies sold. The original price of Monument Valley was $3.99, which if you can believe it is considered "high" in the world of mobile, but a price drop earlier this month spurred by an Apple feature no doubt brought in an influx of new downloads contributing to that million+ number...

A year ago yesterday, Mighty Rabbit Studios released Breach & Clear [$0.99] into the App Store, a tactical strategy game built for mobile devices. Now, to celebrate that first anniversary, Mighty Rabbit has dropped the price of Breach & Clear to free for this weekend. Our original review of Breach & Clear talked about the flashes of brilliance showcased in the game, but we were really put off by how much content in the game was labeled as "coming soon." It just felt like an unfinished product, and we can only really review the game as it exists at the time of review. To Mighty Rabbit's credit, they've since updated the game numerous times, not just adding in the "coming soon" content but also making many tweaks and improvements to the overall experience...

Late last month, an inadvertent screenshot from Ubisoft's Uplay service outed a new mobile game called Assassin's Creed Memories, and based on the brief description in that screenshot it promised a game that blended "card battle, RPG, and strategy gameplay." It sounded quite similar to the now defunct Assassin's Creed Recollection, which was actually a pretty darn good game. Well, this week Assassin's Creed Memories soft-launched in Australia, and based on the comments in our forums, it's not going over so well...

Square Enix and DeNA have unveiled a new mobile Final Fantasy game for Japan called Final Fantasy Record Keeper, Siliconera reports. The game sees you playing as Deci, an apprentice under Dr. Mog in the history department. The "history" in question is previous Final Fantasy games, which are preserved in the form of different paintings on the wall. Dr. Mog uses magic to enable you to enter those paintings, reliving some of the most famous battles from previous Final Fantasy games and even unlocking characters from those games which you can then add to your own party to take into later battles...

Generally speaking, RPGs tend to stick to the same sorts of settings and broad plot strokes. Some big evil thing is threatening a typical fantasy world, and it's up to some plucky young guy and his ragtag group of accomplices to defeat the bad guy, save the world, and bring about a happy ending. Even the recent shift towards more dark fantasy settings still has us exploring a fantasy world of some kind, and still usually going after that big evil threat that will end the world. That plot outline loosely describes just about every game released by prolific mobile RPG publisher Kemco, and though I can usually find something interesting in the mechanics to catch my attention, it does get a bit tiresome at times watching the same story play out again and again. Of course, given the rapid pace of releases Kemco works with, a lot of the similarities are down to neccessity, but it's hard to deny that there's a certain stubborn streak running in the genre in spite of a few great counter-examples...

Orbitum [$0.99 / Free] by Happymagenta is a twisty little challenging arcade game. A challenge of keeping an orb from getting sucked into the central vortex by moving it outward, one orbit at a time, while collecting point orbs and avoiding obstacles and going too far out, this game can be rather rewarding once it is understood...

Lots of people in our forum are having fun with Gameloft's take on the social RPG genre, Dungeon Gems [Free]. As you can read in my review, it didn't exactly knock my socks off, but if nothing else, it's a fairly competent variation on Puzzle & Dragons [Free] with some spruced up visuals. Like I do for most games in this subgenre, I've spent a fair bit of time playing it during my downtime, and have put together a guide to help out beginners who are looking to dip their toe into the game. Some of this advice will be familiar to people who have played similar games, while other tips are unique to this game, but if you're getting started, you should find most of it helpful...

I find myself skeptical of games where spinning around an object and launching off of it is the core gameplay mechanic. Part of it is because the games often make themselves harder than they need to be: angular momentum is a tough concept to grasp and to execute well in a game. Thankfully, Beyond Gravity [$0.99] manages to avoid this trap by making it as accessible as possible...

There have been a lot of grumblings about Square-Enix's lack of updates on some of their games, but the company has been slowly and quietly going through their back catalog in the last little while making little touches here and there. Final Fantasy 3 [$15.99 / $16.99 (HD)] and Final Fantasy 4 [$15.99] have both received updates for MFi controller support, Final Fantasy Tactics [$13.99 / $15.99 (HD)] got a major overhaul, and now it seems like one of Square-Enix's first iOS ports, Secret of Mana [$8.99], has gotten its turn. ..

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