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'Mudd Masher' is the Love Child of 'Mutant Mudds' and 'Totes the Goat' Coming Soon from Atooi Games

We're still waiting for the worm grappling hook fun of Chicken Wiggle, but in the meantime Atooi Games has another mobile game in the works starring Max from the excellent depth-diving platformer Mutant Mudds [$4.99]. You may remember Atooi releasing the Q-Bert-like Totes the Goat [Free] back in December of 2015 (has it really been that long already?) and this new game, called Mudd Masher, is something of a Mutant Mudds-themed spinoff of that gameplay concept. The twist is that wherever the Mudds bounce around on the map they'll turn each square that they touch into mud. You'll need to tap those muddied blocks to clear them off to create a safe path for you to travel. Check out a few screens for Mudd Masher below...

White Wolf, the publisher behind the famed series Vampire: The Masquerade, has entered the genre of interactive fiction, releasing two new titles at once. The first is Vampire The Masquerade: We Eat Blood [$4.99]. With a story written and illustrated by Sarah Horrocks and Zak Sabbath (not to be confused with Zakk Sabbath, the Black Sabbath tribute band fronted by Zakk Wylde), this game takes the Vampire world and brings modern aspects of smartphones into the world. You've just been turned into a vampire, and while you contend with this strange new hunger, you have to deal with forces coming after you...




One title missing from this week's out now post was Soul Knight [Free], a top-down rougelike shooter that we covered recently. Well, some last-minute approval issues kept the game from releasing on time, and it was expected to be delayed on iOS by a week. The good news is that the approval issues were resolved sooner than later, and now you can play ChillyRoom's take on roguelike shooters for yourself on iOS...

When Subset Games announced Into the Breach last week, they also set FTL [$9.99 (HD)] on sale to celebrate the weekend of the 10th-12th. Well, for whatever reason, the sale ended a bit earlier on iPad than expected. If you were looking to get FTL at $2.99 – its cheapest price yet on mobile – you had missed out. Well, Subset Games has given you a chance at redemption, and have set the game at $2.99 again. I've played some FTL on PC, and have played some of the iPad version, but have shamefully never owned it on my account...until now. A great cosmic injustice has been rectified...

'Chief Puzzle Officer' Gets iOS Release Date

'Chief Puzzle Officer' Gets iOS Release Date

February 17th, 2017 10:03 AM EST by Carter Dotson in News, Upcoming Games
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If you've been waiting for match-3 puzzler Chief Puzzle Officer to hit iOS, then good news: the game has a release date – for real, it's locked in and everything – for February 22nd. Some launch bugs, approval issues with the way premium currency was delivered to players, and general new developer mistakes got in the way of the January 19th launch. But now, the game has been approved by Apple and will roll out on February 22nd. You can pick up the game right now on Android, though this is just considered a "soft launch" version of the game...

'Duelyst' Is Finally Ready for Limited Beta Testing

One of the games I'm most looking forward to playing on my mobile phone and tablet is Duelyst, the fast-paced collectible card game with a tactical battlefield. After months of building a pretty good following on PC, Duelyst is finally ready for beta testing on mobile, and you might get a chance to try it out. The developers have just announced that the iOS Private Beta is taking applications (Android is coming soon), so jump here as quickly as you can and apply to join. The developers are especially looking for players with iPhone 6 or better and iOS 9 or better...

RPG Reload Developer Spotlight 005 - Jonathan Schneider from Aggro Magnet Games

Hello, gentle readers! It's time for the next installment in our monthly series of articles looking at the developers and publishers behind some of our favorite games. The aim here is for you readers to get a sense of the person, so the tone is more conversational than we usually use in interviews here at TouchArcade. it's also not necessarily about the games themselves, either. Basically, we'll kick off and see where the conversation takes us. This month, we're speaking to Jonathan Schneider of Aggro Magnet Games, the developer behind Vigil RPG [$0.99], an excellent game from 2014 that flew under the radar of many players...

The TouchArcade Discord Community Shares Their iOS Classics and Favorite Game Folders

At the start of the year, TouchArcade transitioned from the cold and corporate Slack server to a shiny new equivalent in the form of Discord [Free]. Apart from being extremely intuitive and easy to pick up, the number one benefit of the TouchArcade Discord server is that it is accessible to everyone, and over the past few weeks I've been stunned by the fantastic reaction from our community to this new medium. So many of our awesome readers have adopted the server as a place for intriguing and challenging discussions on iOS games and the state of the industry, with some extremely random (and invariably hilarious) off-topic deviations sneaking in there too. I've greatly enjoyed communicating with every one of our Discord members and getting to know you all on a personal level, and while our fantastic forums are still the best place for breaking game release news, the instantaneous nature of Discord perfectly complements the in-depth discussion of traditional topic threads. Earlier today, I asked the #iOS_Games channel on the Discord server to share pictures of their main gaming page on their iPhone home screen, as well as their titles that were deemed permanent mainstays on their device, and I received a fantastically varied response...

This Wednesday, Niantic finally announced that a whole new cast of Pokemon from the Johto region would be available to capture within Pokemon GO [Free], as well as an assortment of additional items, berries, and gameplay enhancements to make the augmented reality application even more immersive. While they touted a release date of 'later this week', it turns out we didn't have to wait long, as this landmark feature for Pokemon GO is now available straight within the game (a preparatory patch was released earlier today, and has to be downloaded before Gen 2 fun can begin). You now have no excuse to turn your cap backwards, grab your Poke Balls, and go out into the freezing Winter morning and capture some brand new Pokemon from the Gold, Silver and Crystal games!..

'The Girl Who Sold the World' Is an Intruiging Audio Adventure Game

I was wondering recently why we haven't had many other audio games on iPhones outside the brilliant Papa Sangre II given how great an iPhone can be for games like that. And then I checked our Upcoming Games forums and saw a thread on The Girl Who Sold the World, an upcoming audio adventure game that aims to provide a complete gaming experience without any visuals at all. The description, of course, intrigued me. In this game, your goal is to help Frances survive the strange world she inhabits and discover the truth about who she really is. Maybe she's the sister of David Bowie's The Man Who Sold the World...

Get 3,700 Dust and 10 Gold Cards for Free by Taking Advantage of the 'Hearthstone' Year of the Mammoth Dust Refund

We already posted about all the changes coming to Hearthstone [Free] this year as the Year of the Mammoth card rotation hits with the release of the next card set, and one tiny detail in the avalanche of information that caused a few of us to raise our eyebrows was the full-cost dust refunds Blizzard is doing for gold Classic cards that are getting shifted to the new "Hall of Fame." The idea is cards that instead of nerfing cards that are a little too powerful, or are restricting design space, they're just shifting them over to Wild and giving their full dust value back to players. We reached out to Blizzard to clarify exactly how this all works, and it turns out if you've got the dust right now to craft a bunch of gold cards, you can effectively get them for "free."..

Thanks to Captain Kirk, weird mating rituals are an...interesting part of Star Trek, so it's not surprising that Star Trek Timelines [Free]  has a Season of Love event starting today that is all about a mating ritual. Apparently, the weird merging (coupling) of time and space triggered the peculiar pon farr mating ritual with every Vulcan in the galaxy simultaneously, so any Vulcan left unattended is at risk of becoming a plak tow, a combative and irrational individual. To save the universe, you'll have to help Vulcans hook up, which I'm pretty sure is not what Captain Picard thought would be doing when he woke up this week...

Bandai Namco and Paladin Studio's Galaga Wars [Free] is a great modern remake of Namco's classic arcade shoot 'em up Galaga. Utilizing modern 3D graphics and new features like multiple playable ships, Galaga Wars does a great job at retaining the essence of the original, which isn't always the case when older classics get the modern treatment. We really enjoyed Galaga Wars in our review, and this week a new update has arrived which features another of Namco's classic gaming icons: Pac-Man. ..

If you like the highly-entertaining bullet hell shmup Phoenix 2 [Free], prepare to enjoy even more content. The upcoming update will add three new extra hard leagues - because apparently the game wasn't hard enough for some of you. The SS, SSS, and SSSS Leagues will ratchet up the difficulty and provide a challenge for even the best of you. We also getting improvements for those who like speedruns. Specifically, now you'll be able to see the time differential from your previous time after each wave of defeated enemies. That way, you'll know if it's still worth going for it or just quitting and starting all over again...

UnWorded [$3.99], an imaginative narrative game where everything is built from actual letters, has finally moved from iTunes to Android today. The game takes a dive into the damaged brain of a writer and lets players uncover his creative world. In terms of mechanics, the game is all about taking letters and punctuation signs and arranging them into objects that are connected to the ongoing narrative. You'll have to let your imagination free and try and figure out how words can mean more than just their dictionary definition. Pretty much my cup of tea...

It took a while, but it feels like the changes in the iOS market over the last few years are finally catching up to Kemco. Releases are more sporadic and increasingly reliant on one obviously overworked developer. Their games are now released in free and premium versions, both of which are typically packed with extra monetization techniques. If that's not bad enough, it feels like monetization techniques are almost the only aspects that these games are changing or improving. I wish I could say Fairy Elements [Free / $4.99] bucks that trend, but that would be fibbing. At its best, this is no better than the average EXE-Create game published by Kemco. At its worst, it feels cheap and hungry. The most notable thing about it is its soundtrack, where Kemco has made the bold move of pulling in someone with some name value...

'Where Cards Fall' Coming Fall 2017, New Trailer Looks Wonderful

The upcoming Where Cards Fall, developed by Alto's Adventure Snowman and a new studio called The Game Band, continues to enchant in its newest trailer, and now we also have the release window; Fall 2017. If you haven't been keeping an eye on our earlier coverage of the game, Where Cards Fall is a coming-of-age story where you experience a dreamlike journey through the lens of youthful uncertainty. The characters live in the suburbs, as you can see in the new trailer, but they often escape into the nearby woods where they get to discover who they are ni a very different manner from those who decide to stay in the safety of the homogenized suburbs. According to the developers, as the years go by, the suburban teenagers of the game have to make the difficult decision of either leading a comfortable life at home or daring to venture outside...

Blizzard Announces the 'Hearthstone' Year of the Mammoth - Many Changes Coming

Last year, Blizzard made the biggest change to Hearthstone [Free] in the history of the game by introducing card rotation which I'm not sure was that surprising as it was the inevitable solution to the problem of keeping the card pool down to a reasonable size both in the interest of the overall metagame as well as to make the game more approachable to new players. Moving on from the Year of the Kraken, this year we'll be transitioning into the Year of the Mammoth. The card rotation wheel spins one more time, which means that cards from Blackrock Mountain, The Grand Tournament, and League of Explorers will all be shifted over to the Wild format. Additionally, Blizzard is mixing things up even further by moving six Classic cards over to what they're calling the "Hall of Fame" which will similarly remove them from the Standard card pool and make them only playable in Wild...

One of the best games of 2015 was Downwell [$2.99], the roguelike action game of descending down a well with rocket boots. Missileman [$2.99] turns that formula upside down, literally. Here, you play as a fellow riding a rocket upward, trying to blast all the enemies in their way, while countless other missiles become available? Oh, and the game is colorful as opposed to monochrome, so it's trying to flip just about everything. Missileman is a game with some clever ideas, but some issues with playing it keep it from being a masterpiece. Still, it's worth checking out...

'Causality' Review - Destroying Your Brain and The Space-Time Continuum

Is your brain working properly? Are things in the world making too much sense? If you answered yes to these questions, and you desire that your brain be thrown into the washing machine, and then crushed with a hammer, then Causality [$1.99] is the game for you. It's a puzzle game for people who like their games to make sense...kinda, sorta. It's a fun game, but one that will threaten your sense of perception and time...

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