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'Planescape: Torment' Review - What Can Change the Nature of an App?

Oh. Really? Another one of those old isometric dinosaurs got released on iOS? No. I am sorry, but that's wrong. THE old isometric dinosaur that devours and spits out other isometric dinosaurs is finally out for iOS. Fresh off solid remasters of Baldur's Gate [$9.99], Baldur's Gate II [$9.99], and Icewind Dale [$9.99], Overhaul Games is back with the magnum opus of the CRPG world Planescape: Torment [$9.99], and yes this terrible thunder lizard still has teeth. Much commentary of this recently revamped game is devoted to how the upgrade was handled. As many of you, dear readers, may not be very familiar, I will also be unwrapping my personal experience with the actual content of Torment. Even though I have been an avid gamer through the decades, this was one I did not get the chance to play back in the day (I blame Diablo II, personally). Now given the chance to remedy this grave personal flaw, I present to you my humble take on a giant of the industry. ..

'Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm' will be Playable at Nordic Game Conference Next Month

With the massive success of the original Oceanhorn: Monster of Uncharted Seas [$8.99] following its release back in the fall of 2013, it was no surprise to us that news of a sequel would be a pretty big deal to fans. What I didn't expect was that the sequel would be changing up the formula pretty significantly, going from an isometric view to a full-blown 3rd-person perspective and opting not to continue the story of the first game. Instead, in Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm, you'll be playing as a new hero in an alternate time period to that of the first game. As much as I love the original Oceanhorn, these changes had me really excited, and when developer Cornfox & Bros. released some new screens of the game at the end of January, it pretty much cemented the top spot on my most anticipated games of 2017 list. Here's a few of those Oceanhorn 2 screens again because, well, why the heck not?..




Check Out Some New Videos of 'Shadow Fight 3', Currently in Close Beta

It's hard to believe that it's been nearly a year since we last posted about Shadow Fight 3, but here we are. The long-awaited sequel to Nekki's ultra-popular fighter Shadow Fight 2 [Free] was originally supposed to launch last fall and bring the series from 2D into glorious full 3D. Well, that release window came and went, but the good news is that Nekki has been hard at work on the game in the time since, and are currently conducting a closed beta test for Shadow Fight 3 which is a sign that things are getting ever closer. Another sign is the release of more promotional items, and just last week Nekki released a gorgeous new cinematic trailer for Shadow Fight 3, which you can see below. Digging around their YouTube channel further I found a couple of other worthy videos, so following the cinematic trailer is a developer diary video that gives a quick glimpse into the process of creating music and gorgeous animations in the game, with a very brief glimpse of the game itself in action towards the very end. Finally, the third video is from February and features a full in-game fight captured from the beta version of the game. Enjoy!..

Un'Goro Meta, Rogue Quest, Nerf Candidates, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #93

Hello everyone, and welcome to a slightly-delayed Touchstone Tavern, our weekly Hearthstone [Free] roundup of great news and videos. As was to be expected, last week was pretty much all about Journey to Un'Goro, the latest expansion, but this time around not everyone was happy about what the expansion has brought to the game. In terms of gameplay, though, people are enjoying putting together new and, occasionally, silly decks. Unsurprisingly, players are already calling for the nerf of some cards, which is always the case when new cards enter the game. We also got a sense of where the meta stands right now, although the top deck might surprise you unpleasantly. Let's jump into the Un'Goro crater and get started...

New 'Crash Club' Car Customisation Trailer Released, Touting 'One Trillion Possibilities'

Crash Club, the latest massively multiplayer car combat title from Prettygreat, has been high on my radar ever since the title was announced back in January. Notwithstanding the developer's excellent pedigree, the colorful yet anarchic take on the mobile driving genre stood out with its impressive emphasis on customisation, as well as its juxtaposition of chaotic action with careful tactic consideration that looked extremely compelling. While Crash Club soft launched in Australia and New Zealand earlier this month, the developers have today shared some additional details on the degree of design you are able to possess in designing your perfect combat vehicle, and have also shared a new trailer showcasing some of the slickest builds in action...

Telltale's latest licensed series has just hit the App Store. Guardians of the Galaxy [$4.99] episode 1 is now available on the App Store. Based on the comic series that turned into yet another inexplicable hit movie for Marvel (seriously, DC can't make a good movie to save their lives, and Marvel made a movie with Rocket Raccoon). If you're tired of waiting for Thanos to be a big player in the MCU, well, this is for you: the eponymous galaxy-guardians are off to face down Thanos himself. In episode 1? That must mean some big things are going down for Star-Lord and the gang.....

BorderLeap's 'Antitype' Is a Double Whammy Word Puzzler

BorderLeap has an interesting new word game hitting on April 27th, called Antitype, and it's a double whammy word puzzler. What Antitype gives you is two words that are opposites of each other, but of the same theme. So, you might get a clue called "directions" and you first have to figure out what the two words might be. Now, the thing is that the words are scrambled in such a way that you have to tap a letter, and then each letter directly adjacent to the letter advances one forward in the alphabet, but each letter can only be advanced so many times before it's locked. So, there's a double game going on here: figure out the words then figure out the right moves to make those words. Oh, and each time you restart the puzzle, it creates a new puzzle with the same words. It's a devious combo!..

Humble Bundle's latest Android bundle is one of the best Android game bundles I've seen yet. The Great Adventures Humble Mobile Bundle lives up to the name, by offering 8 killer adventure games if you go for the $6 tier. The "pay what you want" $1 tier has three fantastic titles: Grim Fandango Remastered, Kathy Rain, and Machinarium. Grim Fandango is an obvious Tim Schafer/Double Fine classic. Kathy Rain is a fantastic retro-styled point-and-click title. Machinarium is one of the finest games in Amanita's catalogue...

'Digby Jump' Gets Up Real High on April 20th

Ole Digby's been getting down since the release of Digby Forever [Free]. But now it's time for Digby to get high. As in, sky high. So high you a hobbit. That's right, Digby turns to jumping in Digby Jump on April 20th. This one-touch, high-score chaser has you trying to get Digby up and over platforms that keep on coming by. Digby will either have to single or double jump over these platforms to truly get such altitude that you can taste the tails of comets...

Frantic Twitch Auto-Run Platformer 'Binary Dash' Launching Next Thursday

Auto-running platformers are not new. Hardcore precision platformers like Geometry Dash are not new. Runners where you can flip between running above the ground or below the ground are not new. In fact, all three of these things I've just mentioned are in abundance in the App Store, but I'm not sure I've ever seen them all come together in one game quite like they do in the upcoming Binary Dash from developer Star Garden Games. This game looks like an absolute gauntlet of pain in the best way possible, and it's all tied together with a colorful art style and some catchy tunes. Check out the launch trailer to see what I mean...

Multiplayer Racing Game 'One Tap Rally' Is Looking for Beta Testers

Racing games are tricky beasts to get right on mobile because the touchscreen doesn't always lend itself to accurate controls in fast-paced games. That's partly the reason why recent racing games that have done well have been ones that either focus on drag racing or offer simpler, more arcadey kind of gameplay. As the title betrays, the upcoming One Tap Rally is going the latter way and will offer a multiplayer racing game that will have you drifting and sliding using one-touch controls. As you can see from the trailer below, the game's pretty fast but also looks like it will control pretty well—though that remains to be seen...

As most of you probably know, it's tough covering the onslaught of new mobile game releases on a daily basis. We do the best we can to be as thorough as we can when we put together our weekly new games lists, but inevitably there are games that launch after that list is posted or over the weekend which I try to group lovingly into a "leftovers" pile on Mondays and sort through to see if there's anything interesting that we missed. Today I came across an email sent to us over the weekend from Lemondo letting us know that their PS4/Steam/Wii U multiplayer platform arena shooter WinKings [$4.99] had made its way to iOS. I hadn't heard of this game before but the videos looked pretty awesome, as you can see in their launch trailer for the desktop and console version...

The Upcoming 'Evergrow: Paper Forest' Is a Lovely, Imaginative Puzzle Game

Do you remember when you were a child and used your imagination to create all kinds of worlds in your bedroom? Evergrow: Paper Forest, an upcoming puzzle game, turns a child's desk into a forest filled with puzzles, and you have to solve them and explore the game's narrative as the room changes around you. The game's visuals are handcrafted and will remind you of papercraft; I don't know about you, but I used to make all kinds of castles from paper when I was a kid, so Evergrow is definitely a nostalgia trip...

Hit Japanese Social RPG 'Fate/Grand Order' is Coming to the American App Store This Summer

It's pretty likely that many of our readers have never heard of Fate/Grand Order, or even the Fate series in general. What started with a risque PC visual novel quickly became a huge franchise spanning anime, manga, novels, and games. Some of those products have been released outside of Japan, but the franchise on the whole retains a somewhat low profile in the West. Very dedicated TouchArcade readers, however, might have seen this game's name in a recent story about top-earning mobile games for Q1 2017, where Fate/Grand Order was sitting in the number two position overall, just behind Monster Strike and ahead of games like Game of War, Clash Royale, and Pokemon GO. Amazingly, it's found that level of success without even releasing outside of the Japanese App Store. Well, this summer, Fate/Grand Order is looking to expand its reach with a release in the US...

Check out the Launch Trailer for 'Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series', Coming This Week

It seems like everyone I know became fast fans of Guardians of the Galaxy when the movie first hit, and with the sequel on the horizon Telltale is expertly surfing the wave of Marvel hype by releasing Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series this week. Check out the new launch trailer which shows quite a bit of the game (or don't, if you want to experience everything fresh)...

Hello everyone. Normally you would be reading our Hearthstone [Free] weekly roundup today, but because Easter weekend got in the way, we'll be publishing the weekly column tomorrow instead. It's been quite the week in the world of Hearthstone, so we'll have plenty of stories and videos to talk about. With the expansion and the Standard rotation mixing the meta up and most players still trying to figure out what they should play, the game is in an enjoyable state of flux that comes only right after an expansion drops. I don't know about you, but I've been having fun trying to put new decks together or, occasionally, throwing cards into a deck and seeing what sticks...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Fire Emblem Heroes', 'Plague Inc.', 'Lara Croft GO', 'LVL', 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. Business appears to be picking up? Or maybe I'm just noticing more this week in my now-ritual sweeps of the UPDATOSPHERE. It is a dangerous road to walk, fraught with bug fixes and optimization tweaks, I tell you what. 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!..

Jared is dog sitting this week, so apologies in advance to random barking as the unruly beast he's watching is... Randomly noisy. It's a real cool show though regardless, which we kick off with two awesome emails. One from the original creator of Snake and another from a listener asking us about the impending 32-bit app-pocalypse. From there we switch gears to talking about (a ton) of new games including Mystical Runes [Free], Tape it Up [Free], Fairyland Story [Free], Hempire [Free], Mallow Drops [$2.99], Full of Stars [Free], Bazoo Mobile Esport [Free], Super Plexis [Free], Footy Golf [Free], Bacon Escape [Free], and Star Cat Adventure [$0.99] which I think is a record for one podcast, maybe.

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Planescape: Torment'

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...

'Modern Combat Versus' Discord Server and How to Play With VPN and Download Soft Launch Version

Gameloft's Modern Combat Versus soft launched, but only in the Philippines and as a region-locked game. If you downloaded the soft launch version and are playing it right now, you should join our Discord server, where we've opened up #modern_combat_versus, a channel where you can discuss the game with other players. Need to get a game going, discuss tactics, or just want to bond over some cool stuff? This is the place for you! It's worth noting that with the debut of the soft launch, you not only need to have access to the game, but you also need a VPN to play the game since it is region-locked. We're going to explain how to use a VPN to play the game right away, and how to download it if you don't know how to download soft launch games...

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