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EA's SimCity BuildIt [Free] has made the jump from soft launch to worldwide release today. This is EA's free-to-play take on their classic city-management simulation franchise that probably served as the genesis for all the popular simulation games that are out there today. The game's got gorgeous 3D visuals, with social elements to trade resources with friends, real-life buildings, and all the challenges that come from building a thriving metropolis. EA released another developer diary video just ahead of the game's release if you want to hear more about the game from them:..

It's been just over a year since FDG Entertainment and Cornfox & Bros. dropped the seafaring adventure Oceanhorn [$4.99] in the App Store, and today to celebrate how wonderful this past year has been FDG has dropped the price on the game for the first time ever, down to $4.99 from its normal price of $8.99. We loved Oceanhorn a year ago in our original review, and then back in August a huge content update was released adding even more great stuff to an already great package. Oceanhorn has also been consistent with updating for new iOS features and hardware, most recently getting an update last week that took advantage of the power in the latest iPhone and iPad devices...

Mi-Clos' Out There [$3.99] is an atmospheric game that blends genres including roguelike, gamebook, and resource manager, as you explore the universe, trying to manage your fuel and supplies while discovering new aliens and staying alive. It's a really fascinating experience, and it's getting expanded and enhanced soon into Out There: Omega Edition, as announced by Mi-Clos on our forums. This improved version is coming to mobile soon in a free update...

Regardless of how you might feel about Seabeard’s [Free] freemium tendencies, it’s an incredibly deep game with a lot of content behind it. Unfortunately, a lot of that content requires understanding the intricacies of its timer systems and how it trains players to play the game. The following compiles a few tips and tricks on how to succeed within Seabeard’s system. We talk a little bit about quests before discussing the game’s inventory system, sailing minigames, and even some tips on spending the hard-to-earn pearls...

'Fugl' is a Gorgeous Upcoming Flying Game from the Developer of 'Melodive'

We were big fans of Johan Gjestland's Melodive [Free] last year, an experimental "endless rhythm flight simulator" that featured gorgeous visuals. Well, Gjestland has got a new game in the works called Fugl that's looking similarly gorgeous. It's got a similar theme, where the goal will be to control a bird using a dual-stick control scheme, with each virtual stick controlling each wing – and potentially MFi gamepad support. The dev's got a work-in-progress trailer of the game. He recommends watching in 60 frames per second, so watch this on the YouTube site on desktop. The app doesn't quite support 60 frames per second video yet, and the smoothness makes a noticeable difference...

Check Out Footage of the Upcoming Neon-Infused Cave Shooter 'Heavy Rockets'

Heavy Rockets is a interesting-looking cave shooter by Majasalmi that's in the works right now for iOS, that just had a new trailer released over the past weekend. The game's a top-down shooter, where players must fly around caves and take out enemies in several different modes, including not just arena battles, but race modes, that can take place over local wi-fi. The visual style is a minimalist one, using flat visuals with geometric shapes to populate its world. Check it out in action: ..

'Dragon Quest 5' Preview - Import Impressions

It's been about five years since I last played through Dragon Quest 5. If you haven't played it before, I should start off by saying that this is a game that has a lot to say, if you choose to listen to it, and exactly what you hear is going to depend on where you are in your own life. That's because Dragon Quest 5 takes a very unusual approach to its story, following the personal journey of the main character from his birth all the way through to adulthood and the responsibilities that often come with it. I can't say too much about the story without spoiling things that ought not to be spoiled, unfortunately. What I can tell you is that Dragon Quest as a series is quite interested in exploring destiny and fate as concepts, and Dragon Quest 5 is perhaps its most nuanced take on the whole notion...

80 Days [$4.99] was a game we particularly dug, and has even gotten one Game of the Year award from an unexpected source, and was one of Apple's best games of the year. Well, the globetrotting gamebook-inspired game from Inkle has just been updated with new content, featuring a new Arctic route that has opened up. This means that on your journey around the globe, you can now visit the northern reaches of Earth. The game is particularly dialogue- and story-driven, and this update skimps on neither, adding 30,000 new words of story to experience...

We know some of you out there don't just use iOS for games, and use Android as well. And it's quite possible that you've been waiting to play Hearthstone [Free (HD)] on your Android device of choice. Well, good news, as the game has soft-launched on Android today [in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand on Google Play. If you come from the land of iOS, where getting soft-launched games is a trivial endeavor for anyone, you may be disappointed to learn that getting Android soft launches is a bit harder. Basically, your device has to be in the country that the app is soft-launched in. Changing that either requires rooting your device and using a country-changing app like this though I can't vouch for it actually working, or using this guide with VPN. It's quite likely that someone will wind up uploading the APK of the game somewhere, so I'd just hold out for that, or just wait for the global launch...

'Golf is Hard' is Exactly That, as You'll Find Out Soon Enough

Golf is Hard is a game releasing on Wednesday that is pretty much exactly what it says on the tin. From developer Colin Lane, and featuring art by Folmer Kelly of Superhyper [$1.99] fame, this is a 2D golfing game that can be kind of described as a cross between Desert Golfing [$1.99] and Super Stickman Golf 2 [Free]. It's a side-scrolling golf game, where you have to set the angle and power to launch at the hole. The problem is that you're playing on a course with draconian rules – you can't actually walk on the course if you don't get a hole-in-one. So yeah, good luck with that. Better master the mechanics, buddy!..

Tower Of Fortune [Free] developer Game Stew is a hard developer for me to get a read on. I mean, I think if you look hard enough you can find a designer's fingerprints all over just about any game, but you don't even have to do that with Game Stew. Their games are instantly recognizable thanks to their consistent, unusual presentation style. If you do choose to look a bit harder, you can see that also carries over to the gameplay, even if some of their games are ostensibly in different genres from each other entirely. It's interesting because even though their games are generally quite unique from almost every angle, once you understand Game Stew's way of doing things, you can reliably count on certain elements being present. Specifically, you're probably going to have quite a few trappings of the roguelike genre. Being predictably off-beat certainly isn't a bad thing. Tim Burton doesn't seem to be suffering for it, at least. The big problem with having that kind of reputation is that you need to keep coming up with ways to keep your audience's thirst for oddity quenched...

I don't think there's enough good roguelikes and roguelike-inspired games on mobile, given how much sense the genre makes for mobile, since it's so highly-replayable. The first Bit Dungeon [$0.99] was a roguelike-inspired game I enjoyed in my Android days, and now developer Kinto has just released a sequel, Bit Dungeon 2 [$2.99], on several platforms, including iOS. This is a challenging action-RPG where there's a unique permadeath system: when you die, you lose your soul, and must go back to the spot where you lost it to get it back. If you don't, and you die again, then it's game over and you start all the way over from level 1. You start off basically naked, and must find or buy a weapon pretty much from the get-go...

'Atomic Pinball Collection' Coming Soon from 'Revenge of the Rob-O-Bot' Developer Color Monkey

Pinball is one of those genres that's perfectly suited to touchscreen devices, and there's no shortage of great pinball games on the App Store. While games like Zen Pinball [Free] and Pinball Arcade [$0.99 / Free] are among the most popular due to their use of licensed IP and real-world table creations, one pinball game that's flown under the radar for the past couple of years is Color Monkey's Revenge of the Rob-O-Bot [$2.99]. Fans in our forums love Rob-O-Bot, and we included it in our best pinball games of 2012 list, but since its release in late 2012 we've all been kind of waiting to see what's next from Color Monkey in the realm of pinball. A reader pointed us in the direction of Pinball Arcade Fans forums for the answer, and it turns out it's a brand new game called Atomic Pinball Collection...

'Papers, Please' for iPad Review - A Must-Play Storytelling Experience

Papers, Please [$7.99 (HD)] is a weird game, as it's incredibly difficult to succinctly describe in a way that makes it sound even vaguely fun. Developer Lucas Pope (Of Helsing's Fire [$0.99] fame!) manages to turn pedantry and tedium into gameplay elements and in the process crafts an experience that will likely be among the most memorable games you've played this year. It's been out on the PC for about a year now, but much like FTL [$9.99 (HD)], it always felt like Papers, Please truly belonged on the iPad...

Kemco's Discounted Eight of Their RPGs Down to $0.99

December 15th, 2014 12:15 PM EST by Carter Dotson in News, Sales
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Touch Arcade's own Shaun Musgrave describes himself as "apparently the world's foremost expert on Kemco RPGs so that's something for the ol' tombstone." And there's nothing to really disprove that assertion – he has reviewed a plethora of Kemco's prolific RPG output for us. The games can be hit or miss in quality, but if you've ever wanted to try them out without paying a lot, as the games do run high for the App Store (which is still cheap in general, let's not forget), then this $0.99 Kemco sale is for you. Eight different Kemco RPGs are on sale right now. We've helpfully linked Shaun's reviews so that you can gaze upon his expertise before making a purchasing decision. Have at it, folks...

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