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The TouchArcade Show - 258 - Mike is Alive

May 20th, 2016 9:15 PM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Podcast
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This week's podcast is home to two minor miracles: Jared didn't need to take Friday off so we recorded at a normal time, and Mike Meade was awake during the day so he was able to join us. Strap in for a ton of game related talk, as we kick things off with briefly touching on Leap Day [Free] again before moving on to Extreme Forklifting 2 [Free], Imbroglio [$3.99], Titan Quest [$7.99], Ulterior [Free], and Bushido Bear [Free]. From there, as usual, we chat about all the week's biggest news stories and hottest controversies (of which there was at least one).

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Rush Rally 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...




'Battleheart' Developer Mika Mobile's 'Lost Frontier' Gets First Trailer, Releasing June 2nd

Whenever Battleheart and Zombieville developer Mika Mobile makes a new game, it's an event worth stopping everything for. This tiny team has continuously cranked out high-quality hits but they're typically few and far between. Well, as was announced in late February, Mika has a new game in the works called Lost Frontier, and being a turn-based strategy game it's definitely something different from what they've created before. Earlier this month Mika tweeted that Lost Frontier was just about finished and being shipped off to Apple for approval sometime this month, and today they again took to Twitter to announce that Lost Frontier be releasing on June 2nd and there's now an official release trailer...

In case you haven't noticed, taking hit video games and releasing their soundtracks on cleverly-designed vinyl records is all the rage right now. And I think it's incredibly awesome, actually. I have my very own hexagon-shaped Super Hexagon record hanging on my wall right now, and Monument Valley, XCOM, and Transistor have all received the vinyl treatment as well. Each of these vinyl record soundtrack releases (and even some of the ones that have come out that we haven't covered) are all unique in some way beyond just being a plain old record, but I think this latest release takes the cake. It's for Loveshack Entertainment's extremely stylish and extremely clever puzzler Framed [$3.99], and not only is the fantastic soundtrack included on the vinyl, but the vinyl and sleeve itself is actually an interactive and solvable "level" like those found in Framed. Check out this rad animated .gif showing just what I'm talking about...

'2-bit Cowboy Returns' Brings More Game Boy-Style 'Westernvania' Action to iOS Next Month

Publisher Crescent Moon and developer Retro Phone Games (the new mobile label of Cascadia Games) have announced that 2-bit Cowboy Rides Again is set to release in a few weeks. A sequel to 2-bit Cowboy [$0.99 / Free], this one promises not to reinvent the wheel, but could prove to be fun. Like the original, you'll be exploring large 2D platforming levels that are inspired by Metroidvania games, as you explore their various nooks and crannies and do some backtracking to complete them. All this is set in a Western comboy theme, with 2-bit greenscale color inspired by the original Game Boy...

ustwo Games has put out another infographic talking about how Monument Valley [$3.99], their hit Escherian puzzle game, has done so far. And year 2 was very good for them. Over 5 million copies of the game have been sole, with over 2.3 million upgrades to the Forgotten Shores DLC. There's also 21 million official free downloads of the game, which includes various free promos, and over 50 million unique device installs of the game of various sorts, both legal and not. ..

Supercell's Clash Royale [Free] made a massive splash when it launched not long ago, spawning endless navel-gazing think pieces about what it means for the future of gaming, eSports, the price of tea in China, and everything in between. The problem is, the burn-out rate with Clash Royale is a real concern. When the game first launched, it's not at all hyperbole to say everyone I know was playing it. These days? It seems only the hardcore remain. I think for some motivation on how to get the game back in everyone's good graces again, Supercell should take some motivation from pepperoni pizza...

Android is already the easier system for players and developers when it comes to early access and open betas of games due to Google's infinitely less stringent restrictions on app distribution on the platform. Not to mention the ability to distribute games without going through Google at all. But Google is about to make it even easier for developers and players to do beta tests, with two new features. One is that open betas can now be listed in Google Play search results, and users can opt-in to those betas direct from the store listings. Plus, they can send private feedback to developers straight through the store listing. All of this hopes to streamline the process for developers and users...

'I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream' Review – A Master Class in Psychological Horror

Some of you may remember from previous reviews of mine that I love horror and dark fantasy. Everything from Lovecraftian anti-existentialism to tastefully done psychological horror to torture porn to “2Edgy4U” bull-crap. I find something to enjoy in all of it. I also love simple stories of heroes and hope and overcoming hardships, don’t get me wrong. I thoroughly enjoy the darkest depths and the brightest heights of the human imagination. Well… if any one living author, and any particular story, represents those darkest depths, it’s Harlan Ellison and his story and point and click adventure game, I Have No Mouth And I Must Scream [$3.99]...

Ever find yourself wondering just how much people love Clash of Clans [Free]? A better question is, have you ever thought about something that you like enough that you'd spend countless hours creating a remarkably elaborate domino setup, complete with detailed illustrations built out of those dominos, only to watch them all fall over? What about the incredible patience that comes of setting up thousands of dominos? The whole thing... Kind of breaks my brain:..

Veterans of the App Store will know that while there's a zillion match threes and Clash of Clans clones out there, there's also seemingly just as many totally crazy games that leave you scratching your head and saying to yourself, "Why does this exist." Much more rare, is when you download one of these games, then find yourself asking, "Why is this so fun?" Such is the case with the recently released Extreme Forklifting 2 [Free]...

'Titan Quest' Review - It's A Win, But At What Cost

Ever since Gameloft's Dungeon Hunter series shifted gears towards a free-to-play model, one of the most frequent requests I've seen come up in the TouchArcade forums has been for a game that could fill the role of a paid substitute for Diablo. Unfortunately, most of the big publishers have little interest in making games like that, and the scope of something like Diablo is just a little beyond the means of most independent developers. We've seen a few attempts, but they usually end up being buggy, feeling incomplete in some regard, or dropping the ball in one of many other ways. Hopes were raised last year when a couple of familiar names from the PC scene were announced for iOS. In the case of one of those names, Torchlight, it was revealed that the game would be modified to fit a free-to-play model, so everything has come to rest on the other: DotEmu's iOS version of Titan Quest [$7.99]...

I have to confess that I previously owned an Eddie poster.. Don’t know who Eddie is? He is the main character in Iron Maiden's upcoming game Legacy of the Beast. Eddie is their zombie mascot and will be battling his way through time and space, early June. This Free to play RPG is being developed by Roadhouse Interactive, the guys who brought Warhammer 40k: Carnage [$6.99] a great endless runner that is currently on sale...

How many times can you do the same joke before people get tired of it and start to get annoyed? Three times, friends. The answer is three times. Nevertheless, like my courageous countryman Mike Myers before me, I am here a third, and most certainly unwanted, time to perform my comedic stylings. Yes, it's yet another joking non sequitur article about Slither.io [Free], the thrilling multiplayer Snake take-off that was all the rage last weekend. But this time, we've got Angelina Jolie, so I have confidence everything is going to be A-okay...

Embarrassed by that #GVGHero22 Hearthstone [Free] Battletag? Ashamed to tell your friends you're #BladeFlurryRocks32? Or are you praying and wishing you could stop being #ForceofNatureFTW99? Well, now you finally can because Blizzard has decided to refresh every Hearthstone player's free BattleTag update as part of the Overwatch launch (the change also applies to those who play other Blizzard games, of course). What this means is that even if you've already changed your Tag once, you can do so again for free. This is a very rare opportunity to shed that embarrassing Tag, so I'd suggest you take advantage of it and ensure your BattleTag actually suits you...

While waiting for Minecraft Realms to come to Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99], we can now play around with a new skin pack to better dress up our anticipation. Biome Settlers Pack 2, added in the most recent update, adds Mooshroom and Nether characters, and some of them look pretty funny. The Mooshroom Glutton skin has Mooshrooms growing from its head, the Mooshroom Archer looks like he/she's wearing a strawberry costume, while the Mooshroom Griefer loks like he belongs in The Simpsons. The Nether skins are much cooler, especially the Nether Banisher, which looks like a fire with legs and arms, and the Nether Extinguisher, which looks like, well, an extinguisher. The Pack costs $1.99 and is already available...

RPG Reload File 080 - 'Cardinal Quest'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where I randomly generate an article about an RPG. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's archives to see how it holds up in the here and now. It's a chance to look back on old favorites, see how they stack up in the overall library, or simply to go further in-depth than our reviews typically allow for. As the ersatz Higgins of this estate, I try to pick a balanced selection of RPGs from week to week. If you feel like I'm missing something important, however, please let me know. You can do that by commenting below, stopping by the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. I can't promise your suggestion will appear soon, but I'll put it on the master list...

It's pretty hard to believe that it's been more than 4 years since developer Touch Foo released their Metroidvania-style action platformer Swordigo [Free] to the App Store, but in the crazy world of mobile gaming time flies right before your eyes. While Swordigo has lived a long and happy life as a paid game and seen several freebie sales during that time, its latest update marks a permanent change and strategy for this plucky little platformer. It's now permanently free to play and supported with ads as well as a couple of new in-app purchase items. ..

Over the Top Skating Game 'Skateboard Party 3 ft. Greg Lutzka' Coming Next Thursday

Ratrod Studio has a long history of bringing extreme sports activities to mobile devices. They cover snowboarding with their Snowboard Party series, drift racing with their Drift Mania series, and skateboarding with their Skateboard Party series. Oh, and let's not forget hockey fighting with their Hockey Fight games, too. Well, it's been more than 2 years since their last skateboarding outing, but that's about to change with the release of Skateboard Party 3 ft. Greg Lutzka next Thursday. ..

Noodlecake's physics puzzler Pull My Tongue [$0.99] is currently free on the App Store as part of the Apple Free App of the Week promotion. So, go get this game that we rated four stars, which our Nathan Reinauer also gave a pretty snappy review headline to. I mean, well done. Greg the chameleon seems like a nice enough chap, but gotta make a music reference whenever possible...

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