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Appeals to nostalgia have become something of a commodity these days in video games. With the generation of kids who grew up on 8- and 16-bit sprite-based games all grown up and making their own games, the relatively low cost of producing assets in the style compared to assets that push the bleeding edge of technology, and the generally favorable response from an audience pining for the carefree days of their youth, it's not really a surprise that what once was a rare treat has now become commonplace, particularly in indie and mobile circles. The most common way games tip their hats to the past is in the presentation, using graphics, sound, and music that reflect popular hardware of the past, such as the NES and the Spectrum...

Space Bears Bring Abstract Strategy to iOS with Upcoming 'Kingdoms'

Perhaps unfortunately, French indie duo Space Bears' first project isn't about a roaming sleuth of star-faring ursids. Instead, the Paris-based combo are making Kingdoms, a two-player strategy game about capturing tiles, fortifying positions, and wresting territory away from your enemies...

As Hearthstone [Free (HD)] fanatics everywhere desperately look for any kind of tea leaves to read to divine the exact time of day the new Curse of Naxxramas expansion is going to hit, Blizzard has shed some light on when it's not going to hit. The game has been undergoing maintenance this morning, starting at midnight Pacific and ending pretty soon (or scheduled to end, anyway) at 8:00 AM Pacific...

Freebie Alert: Kemco Monster Taming RPG 'Band of Monsters'

If you see Shaun endlessly reviewing Kemco games, and found yourself curious what all the fuss was about but not curious enough to drop the upwards of ten bucks their games usually cost, here's your chance. Band of Monsters [Free] just went free, down from its normal price of $7.99...

When it comes to the games business, I'm not sure if there's any task that offers quite the same challenges as trying to convert a series from premium to free-to-play. Generally speaking, the upfront price tag ends up being the main advantage a free-to-play game can tout, with its paid predecessors usually offering a better longterm value for more frequent players. Some types of games have it easier than others, since certain genres almost demand improved visuals and major content updates as time goes by. In the case of a puzzle game, however, it's often hard to get people to buy into a sequel even without changing the deal much. Did anyone really go in for Tetris 2? People are often happy with good puzzle games as they are. Of course, one approach a publisher can take is to pull the previous games in the series, artificially shunting people to whichever version you want them to go to, but outside of that, it can be a minefield, as the creators of Dungelot [$0.99] found earlier this year with the initial blowback from Dungelot 2 [Free]...

Zombies Invade Chess in 'Kings & Corpses', Coming This Thursday

Indie developer Danny Perski has a new project in the works which was revealed in our forums this afternoon. It's called Kings & Corpses, and it's very loosely based on a simplified version of chess where your goal is to protect your king from the zombies on the board. Based on the following video, you'll be doing that by strategically maneuvering your pawns and using them for cannon fodder against the zombies. The levels in Kings & Corpses are randomly generated too, so it's different each time you play. ..

Blizzard has been constantly drizzling out new cards as they've teased the upcoming Hearthstone [Free (HD)] expansion Curse of Naxxramas, but with the first wing scheduled to open tomorrow, now is a great time to head over to their Facebook album where they've been continually adding new cards...

Flappy Bird developer Dong Nguyen was at the Gamelab 2014 conference that took place in Barcelona last month, and spent nearly an hour on a panel answering questions both from other guest speakers and those sitting in the audience. Several of the topics discussed have been talked about before in previous interviews, like how Nguyen's original inspiration for Flappy Bird was the physical paddleball toy. He also discusses the game's notorious difficulty, and how it didn't originally start off as hard as it ended up being, but as Nguyen played his game and became better at it during development, he slowly increased the difficulty to compensate...

Avenged Sevenfold's Upcoming 'Hail To The King: Deathbat' Shows Loads of Potential

The music industry is in a real weird place right now, and, arguably, has been since the advent of Napster. These days, MTV is nearly irrelevant, music videos are shot with comparatively microscopic budgets with hopes for viral success on YouTube, and terrestrial radio has taken a back seat to the many great options for streaming music via the internet. Bands are forced to get creative, both when it comes to initially getting discovered as well as maintaining and fostering that popularity. Mobile gaming obviously is undeniably huge, which has bands like Avenged Sevenfold asking, "Why not make a video game instead of a music video?"..

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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Games

  • 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...

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