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The iOS gaming market has demonstrated a lot of interesting things over the years. One of those things is that even with a library containing literally hundreds of thousands of games, there can still be big holes in the lineup waiting to be filled. Even after a hole is plugged, there's no guarantee that it'll stay that way as games are removed from the App store. One of the biggest holes right now, in my opinion, is that of the Diablo-style action-RPG. I see people all over the place looking for a good one for their iOS device. Now, it used to be that you could just direct someone to Gameloft's Dungeon Hunter series and they would probably come away satisfied. The recent turn into free-to-play has turned the series into something that not everyone can get on board with, however, and the older paid installments have been gone for a while now. That leaves us with a gap, and its continued existence certainly isn't for a lack of trying. The latest attempt is The Barbarian [$7.99], which comes from a fairly small developer that appears to be stretching its legs for the first time. Unfortunately, it shows...

Have you wanted to play a Puzzle Quest game in the land of Ooo? Well, good news: Cartoon Network, D3 Go, and WayForward are working on Adventure Time Puzzle Quest, which is coming to mobile later this year. There will be plenty of the match-3 RPG action you've come to know and love, but with quests, daily events, and loads of Adventure Time characters. I quite like Adventure Time, and I do enjoy Puzzle Quest games, so this sounds like quite the winning combination when it launches this summer worldwide. Hopefully the "worldwide" means that it'll be soft launching somewhere before too long...

'You Must Build a Boat' Gets a Price and Release Date

Luca Redwood has been hard at work on 1000000 [$2.99] follow-up You Must Build a Boat, which we recently previewed. But if you've been curious as to when you will be forced to build a boat yourself, I have good news: You Must Build a Boat on June 4th. This match-3 RPG will be available on Steam and mobile on that day. Check out the latest trailer, complete with jazzy soundtrack:..

'Ire: Blood Memory' Review - A Hardcore F2P Game that's Challenging in all the Right Ways

I often hate when I'm right; you tell a friend not to climb that tree, he does, he falls, and then you have to rush him to the ER. Yet, there are times when I'm glad to be right, and the case of TenBirds' Ire: Blood Memory [Free] is one such case. When I decided to draw attention to the game recently, I did so because of the influences cited by the developers: Demon Souls, Dark Souls, and Monster Hunter, three games that are demanding and relatively-slow paced and that aren't the kind of influences most iOS developers will cite. I was quite positive in my write-up, and even though most commenters dismissed the game outright because of its F2P monetization model, now that I've played the game, I'm glad to say that I was right about this game being one to look forward to. Ire is a brave and successful attempt to give iOS gamers a challenging, tactical Action-RPG that offers a great and complex battle system wrapped in a demanding inventory and forging system. While the game isn't perfect, it might actually come pretty close to that if some of its issues are addressed in the future, provided you enjoy difficult games that punish you often but reward contemplative, tactical gameplay...

A couple of weeks ago, we brought word about SEGA's plan to remove some of their games from the App Store. The company didn't specify which ones, but reading between the lines made it look like the company's Genesis games were among the strongest contenders. Well, they finally did the deed, and SEGA's list of titles is suddenly looking awfully bare. Some of the ones that didn't get pulled are quite surprising in a way, but I imagine it all came down to which ones were still selling healthy amounts. Keep in mind, if you had already bought them, the games are still available to re-download. They just won't be updated anymore...

And the frights keep on coming. If you visit Scott Cawthon's website today, you'll discover that he's released the third teaser for the upcoming Five Nights at Freddy's 4, the new installment in his extremely popular series Five Nights at Freddy's [$2.99]. From what we can gather so far and barring any unplanned issues with inanimate objects coming to life, FNAF 4 is planned to unleash its jump scares onto the world on Halloween Day, 2015. The new teaser image confirms that Chica will be joining the other two revealed characters for FNAF 4, Freddy and Bonnie. This version of Chica has one extra row of teeth, which is "great" news if you're one of those whose nightmares are haunted by Scott Cawthon's animatronics. Once the new teaser image was brightened by some reddit users, the word "Nightmare" could be seen, leading many to dub this animatronic, "Nightmare Chica."..

Back in March, we caught an early trailer for PBA Slam [Free], a 2v2 arcade basketball game inspired by the classic NBA Jam but using the players from the popular Philippine Basketball Association. At that time, I lamented how the iOS ports of NBA Jam [$0.99 / $4.99 (HD)] hadn't been updated in years, and I was dying for someone to walk in and take the crown of best arcade basketball game. Well, since then, and to my own utter surprise, NBA Jam was updated and kicks ass now. Still, you can never have enough arcade basketball games, you know? With that, the plucky upstart PBA Slam has as of today "launched" in the App Store...

If you haven't heard of Cards and Castles [Free], it may be because we haven't written much about it, unfortunately. I got to see the game at PAX South as the developers were showing it off to convention-goers. It's been in the back of my mind ever since. The game just got a big update, and now's as good a time as ever to check out this fun game. The best way to describe it? It's like Hero Academy [Free] but with CCG elements not unlike Hearthstone [Free]. You build a deck of units of your various cards, and from the five card factions in the game. These card decks are then drawn into your hand in battle, with an ever-increasing coins amount to spend to put them in play. You then battle them on a playing field in turn-based battles, with the goal being to destroy the enemy base...

Boom Dots [Free] recently got updated with more content, and I really think you should play it if you haven't already done so. This game involves just firing a dot at another dot that's moving left to right, but the fun comes in doing it as it shifts speeds, and in trying to hit it dead-on to get the ever-increasing perfect bonus. As well, there's the missions to give you a goal to attain, like getting a certain number of perfect shots in one game. The reward for doing so? New themes that mix up the look of the game as you keep completing missions. It brings a solid amount of replay value to a game in a genre that's usually just about high scores. And this is their second key update, adding in 40 new missions, 4 new themes, and the ability to skip missions if you so desire...

Sometimes, all it takes for the collective internet mind to start spinning its wheels at max speed is the simple case of a photo change, and that's exactly what happened when Blizzard switched out its Hearthstone Facebook Cover Photo today to the image you see below. And just like that, reddit went all Sherlock Holmes and started wondering whether this image is teasing Hearthstone's [Free] next expansion. Although some might say that making too much of this image is just another Monday on reddit, if you take a closer look at the image, you'll also be at least suspicious of this move by Blizzard; the image is filled with flying Hearthstone cards, all of them conveniently facing away from the viewer. So, I think that this is an actual teaser, and I'm getting increasingly excited for what's to come...

I was just taking a peek over at the new design for our sister site AppShopper, which has a great new responsive design that works across a number of screen sizes and resolutions. It's great, check it out. But while exploring it, I saw a few great sales and freebies from recent days, and felt like pointing out a few. Skullduggery [$2.99] is available for 40% off after its first big update, Game Bakers' Squids [Free] games are free, both Gentlemen...Ricochet! [$0.99] games can be had for free, Infinity Blade 3 [$2.99] is on a deep discount, and more. Here's a bunch of the discounts worth nabbing:..

I love daily challenge modes in games, especially roguelikes. Usually, these modes give players a level generated from a common seed, and give them one chance at scoring as many points as possible in that run. Hoplite [$2.99], the awesome hex-grid roguelike from Magma Fortress, has added in a new daily mode, but they've decided to do things in a dramatically different way that is specifically meant to challenge veterans...

From the looks of it, Wargaming.net has decided to continue unleashing big cats onto the World of Tanks Blitz [Free] battlefields. After adding the American Hellcat tank destroyer, in the upcoming 1.9 Update the developers are adding a German line leading to the Leopard I tank. More specifically, the update will add seven new German tanks: Pz III, Pz III/IV, VK 30.01D, VK 30.02 D, Indien-Pz, Leopard PT A, and Leopard 1. The big cat at the top of this line is a highly agile tank able to reach those important map locations before the enemy tanks and then use its great view range and characteristically-German gun accuracy to snipe freely...

Haters of onscreen controls, rejoice; Mojang has officially announced that when the UI of Minecraft Pocket Edition (MCPE) [$6.99] is reworked in the near future, players will have the option to guide Steve around using a controller. Tommaso Checchi, an MCPE developer, has tweeted that when they "raze" the game's UI to the ground soon (a razing which, to be honest, it badly needs), one of the features they'll add will be "proper controller support," which is great news for many as this feature was one of the most frequently requested ones on Reddit. While it's good that Mojang is adding controller support, I'm more excited by the possibility of a UI overhaul because as it stands, the current UI often ruins the game experience, especially when it comes to battling the numerous mobs...

It's hard to imagine a more generic studio name than "Game Dev Team," but their recently-released title Hardboiled [$1.99] is anything but generic. A lot of energy has gone into this one, the game content is rich, compelling and definitely worth a play through. Hardboiled is a turn based, strategy RPG that explicitly mentions the classic Fallout series as inspiration. In Hardboiled, you play as Max, a wanderer in a world ravaged by nuclear war. Armed with makeshift weapons and equipment, your mission is to explore the devastated town in search of items you need to progress in the game...

Yes, I know, some of you are getting a little tired of these stories, or you feel perhaps like we're banging the drum a bit too hard. The thing is, the fiscal year just closed a few weeks ago and most of the year-end reports are coming out at the same time. Many publishers are sharing their plans for the coming fiscal year, and given the state of the overall gaming market, it's not surprising that many companies pulling back to varying extents on consoles in favor of other avenues, including mobile. This is important news for mobile fans because it means a lot of great companies are preparing to make contributions to our little neck of the woods, some of whom have never done mobile work before. Case in point: Nippon Ichi Software, the niche Japanese publisher probably best known for their Disgaea series of strategy RPGs...

'Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords' Rated by ESRB and Listed for Mobile

It looks like we're getting a mobile port of the second Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic [$9.99] game. Aspyr Media got an ESRB rating for Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic 2: The Sith Lords, which mentions Linux, Macintosh, and mobile. Aspyr published the first KOTOR for mobile and Mac, now it looks like they're bringing the sequel to mobile as well – or at least are prepared to do so. KOTOR 2 never came out for Mac, and since KOTOR 1 has seemingly done well enough on iOS, it's not a surprise to see KOTOR 2 coming to iOS...

Episodic games can be hard to make a decision on. Do you buy each episode as it releases and risk getting invested in a game whose ultimate quality is yet to be realized? Or do you sit on your hands and wait until the whole thing is released, even though you really want to play it now? Well, if you were in the latter camp when it comes to the unusual Joe Dever's Lone Wolf [$6.99], your patience has been rewarded. A couple of months ago, publisher Bulkypix released a complete version of the game that contained all of the episodes with no additional purchases required. Its initial price was $9.99, but it went up to its regular price of $12.99 a few days later. While the original episodic version of the game has seen a few sales in its time, up until now the standalone complete version hasn't been on sale...

Hands on With the Much-Awaited 'Galactic Keep' - Game (Apparently) Releasing Soon (Yes, You've Read that Right)

No, it's not April Fool's Day, and no, your eyes aren't fooling you either; the 6-year saga that was the development of Gilded Skull Games' Galactic Keep (formerly known as Galactic Keep: Dice Battles) seems to be, finally, coming to a happy conclusion. I've been playing the game throughout the weekend, and I'm very glad to say that it plays like a charm and feels almost like it could be released tomorrow...

Update Mondays: 'Injustice', 'Ys Chronicles 1', 'Candy Crush Saga', 'Hoplite', 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. It's a nice set of updates this week, with bug fixes, new content, and other goodies for games both free and paid. 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!..

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