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Welcome to the SwitchArcade Roundup for May 10th, where we're covering the big new releases for today and the latest news! First, let's start with the reveal of the official Nintendo Switch charging stand. The Switch has two hardware design flaws, in my estimation: the built-in kickstand sucks, and you can't charge and use the kickstand at the same time. Nintendo is solving this problem by manufacturing a new external stand that has a USB-C port for the Switch to dock into, and provides multiple angles, as well as a USB-C female port on the side for charging. This should come into handy, even if companies like Nyko and Amazon already make good, travel-size stands that provide multiple angles and room for the USB-C port. This stand will be available for $19.99 on July 13th...

'Faraway 3: Arctic Escape' Will Mark the End of the Excellent First-Person Puzzle Adventure Series

It'll be a year ago tomorrow that developer Pine Studio released their wonderful first-person puzzle adventure Faraway: Puzzle Escape [Free] on the App Store, and back then the game really impressed me with its stylish environments, cool puzzle-solving, and interesting storyline. It seems I wasn't alone in enjoying Faraway last year, as the game ended up becoming quite the success, and back in November it spawned a sequel called Faraway 2: Jungle Escape [Free]. Whereas the first game took place in the vast sands of the desert, Faraway 2 took things to a more Mayan-inspired jungle world, again offering up tons of neat puzzles to solve and story bits to follow. Now Pine is wrapping up their Faraway series with a third and final entry titled Faraway 3: Arctic Escape. From the dry desert to the lush jungle and now to the freezing arctic tundra. Here's a teaser image of Faraway 3...




I don't think I'll forget the end of 2017 for iOS gaming ever. We saw some unexpected and superb releases one after the other hit iOS but nothing comes close to what Aspyr Media released. They brought 2K and Firaxis' Civilization VI [Free (HD)] to iPad and went all the way. Civilization VI on iPad isn't a mobile version or a spinoff. It is the full game for iPad and it also asked for the full AAA console and PC game price with the $59.99 unlock. Ever since release, Aspyr has been updating it with various fixes and adding the DLC available in the PC version slowly. In fact we've seen an update each month more or less recently but the latest update isn't just about adding more DLC...

Combat Kart Racer 'Rev Heads Rally' Launching on iOS May 17th

Last month we introduced you to a really cool looking upcoming kart racer called Rev Heads Rally, which was in production from Faily Brakes developer Spunge Games and was shooting for release at the end of April. Well, Spunge didn't quite hit that target timeframe, but the good news is that Rev Heads Rally is now all finished up and today they've announced a release date for the iOS version of May 17th. Don't worry Android folks, they're working on that version too and it should be arriving "a few weeks after the iOS release." To coincide with the release date announcement Spunge has also released a brand new trailer for Rev Heads Rally, check it out...

'Hello Neighbor' from tinyBuild Is Coming to iOS and Android This July and You Can Sign up for the Beta Now

Hello Neighbor originally launched on Xbox One and PC platforms a while ago. tinyBuild announced a PS4 and Nintendo Switch release soon after and while those editions just got dated, the interesting announcement is a mobile port releases the same day on both iOS and Android. They teased a mobile version already through an image that gave us a look at the interface which looks quite cluttered but is fairly standard for most ports to mobile from other platforms for games that use a lot of buttons on the traditional controllers. Watch some gameplay of the iOS version below:..

I am a huge fan of runner games, I’ve been completely hooked on them since the 2009 release of endless runner Canabalt [$2.99]. However, I often find all runner games to be quite similar, not a problem if you are a fan but if you’ve played ten or twenty you’ve definitely exhausted the possibility of finding something new and improved within the genre. Enter Moon Surfing [Free] developed by Christian Schnellmann! I have not been able to put my phone down since downloading it. In fact the only reason I am writing the review is because my battery needs to recharge before I can play again. Moon Surfing is far removed from your typical runner games. To start with it is not an endless or auto-runner. You start at a basecamp and armed only with a trusty, solar powered, hoverboard and 40 seconds on the clock, make your way to one of several other basecamps in the chosen terrain...

I don't think any Final Fantasy fan will forget the event where everyone expected a Final Fantasy VII remake announcement but what Square Enix ended up announcing was a port of the PC version. They did end up announcing a full scale remake for it eventually but it remains to be seen if the remake will release within this generation of consoles. Final Fantasy VII [$15.99] on iOS is a great version with controller support and iCloud support. Watch Eli literally stream it from his hotel around release below:..

Lineage 2: Revolution [Free] from Netmarble gets a huge update today. In addition to the massive 200 player Castle Siege Mode, new servers have been added across major regions. The Castle Siege mode lets players go up against ewach other by taking on and defending castles in real time battles. These will have four clans trying to conquer a castle and earn rewards. Watch the Castle Siege video showcase below for Lineage 2: Revolution:..

Out Now: 'Tiny Bubbles', 'Qbics Paint', 'Super Doggo Snack Time', 'Almost There', 'Bombarika', 'Roto Strike', 'Kontrast', 'Galaxy Punch', 'Dotra' and More

Each and every day new mobile games are hitting the App Store, and so each week we put together a big old list of all the best new releases of the past seven days. Back in the day the App Store would showcase the same games for a week, and then refresh those features each Thursday. Because of that developers got into the habit of releasing their games throughout Wednesday or very early Thursday in order to hopefully get one of those coveted features spots. Nowadays the App Store refreshes constantly, so the need for everyone to release all on the same day has diminished. Still, we've kept our weekly Wednesday night format as for years that's the time people knew to check TouchArcade for the list of new games. And so without further ado please check out the full list of this week's new games below, and let us know in the comments section which games you'll be picking up!..

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Girls' Frontline', 'Tiny Bubbles', 'Magic Girl Critical' and Much More

Sorry for posting this a bit later in the day than usual, we've been busy adding some staff to TouchArcade which you should see shortly in some new bylines! Getting some new folks up to speed to start writing for us is a fabulous way to spend Hurray for Buttons Day, after all. We're working hard at maintaining our lead as the number one mobile games site. Anyway, while there's loads of great games in this list, I'm really digging Tiny Bubbles. It's oddly refreshing to play a physics matching puzzler...

With the news hitting that Pinball Arcade [Free] developer Farsight has lost its Bally/Williams license, the timer is now ticking down on over 60 classic pinball tables. The good news? If you buy them before June 30th, you'll continue to have access to the tables. Moreover, Farsight has committed to continuing to support those tables with bug fixes and updates as needed. As long as you get them while they're available, you're good to go. But therein lay the problem; as much as the first instinct may be to buy them all, the truth is that in spite of each table's fair price, the total is quite a princely sum. Assuming you're not looking to break the bank, which ones should you buy? Well, I'm here to try and help you with that...

It's been about a month since the last big update to Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes [Free], which means we were just about due for another one. And here we are! The focus this time around seems to be in revamping the multiplayer Arena Mode and making some adjustments to welcome newcomers to the ever-expanding game. Even those who stick to the single-player maps will find a few things to like in this latest version, however...

Arena Changes, Shudderwock Rebalancing, and more 'Hearthstone' News in 'Touchstone' #123

It's time again to dive head first into some Hearthstone[Free] news! This week we're seeing some small changes to Arena as well as the card dubbed by former Lead Developer Ben Brode as 'The Craziest Card in Hearthstone.' We also got to see a few examples of new decks that have been performing well at legend rank. The Year of the Raven is now in full swing and we are continuing to see really amazing decks shine through and wow us...

Today was going pretty normal until Valve just announced something pretty damn huge. Valve is also bringing Artifact to mobile and even has the Source Engine running on mobile hardware. If you aren't aware, Valve owns and runs Steam. Steam is the most popular distribution platform for games on PC platforms and Valve has this device called Steam Link that lets you stream your PC games to your TV for the comfortable couch experience. Steam Link is now coming to iOS and Android devices for free beginning May 21st if all goes well. The good news doesn't stop there. Steam Video is coming to both iOS and Android as well beginning this Summer. Watch a video showcasing Steam Link on TV below:..

It's often been the case throughout gaming history that certain releases have been altered for specific regions. These days, it mostly comes down to making certain cosmetic changes for local tastes or censoring things that may be seen as taboo. In the past, it was also quite common to make extensive changes to the fundamental gameplay. Renting games is illegal in Japan, but outside of Japan, any kid could drop a few bucks and take home the latest game for the weekend. In an effort to keep said kids from beating the games in a single rental, the difficulty was often jacked up for Western releases...

While I have my criticisms of Farsight's work on The Pinball Arcade [Free], the company has done a valuable service to the history of gaming and pinball fans all over the world with the game. The developers have painstakingly re-created tons of classic tables in digital form, often navigating a ridiculous labyrinth of licenses to do so. Because of that, I've often wondered if and when certain tables would start disappearing due to licenses expiring, but I never expected the news that Farsight delivered yesterday. The current owner of the Williams/Bally pinball IP has decided that it doesn't want to renew its agreement with Farsight, which means every last one of its tables will be pulled from sale as of June 30th...

'Doctor Who Infinity' Reveals Episode Two Title, 'The Orphans of the Polyoptra'

Tiny Rebel Games today is revealing the second episode of Doctor Who Infinity, and it is The Orphans of the Polyoptra. This is the second of six episodes for the series, and will feature art by David Roach, known for inking comic strips for Doctor Who Magazine. Dylan Teague, who does art and coloring for Doctor Who Magazine, will do the colors. Katy Manning will narrate the story, reprising her role of Jo Grant from the series, along with the enemy of the episode...

ICO Partners recently released free access to a 2017 report they did, documenting media coverage of mobile games in 2016. And guess who came out number one in terms of mobile media impact? It was us: we're number one, compared to all of English/French/Italian/German/Spanish media. We wrote about mobile far more than anyone else in the EFIGS regions on the planet. Though, a shout out to Vandal.net, who don't cover mobile exclusively, but apparently cover it to such a degree that they're only behind us in terms of mobile coverage. I've ranted about mainstream gaming media not properly covering mobile for years, and this Spanish site is showing how it's done. Respek knuckles...

It's hard to believe that it's been more than five years since Real Racing 3 [Free] hit the App Store and brought the world of free to play to Firemint's previously premium-only racing series. While I'm sure that was ultimately the right move in terms of success seeing as Real Racing 3 has been constantly updated over those five years and is still a massively popular game even today, there's still a twinge of sadness from those of us who spent our formative mobile gaming years enjoying the first two Real Racing games. The one silver lining to the release of Real Racing 3 was that EA (who bought developer Firemint in 2011 and merged them with fellow Australian developer Iron Monkey in 2012 to form new subsidiary Firemonkeys to create Real Racing 3) has continued to update the previous game in the series Real Racing 2 [$4.99] to keep that premium experience going alongside the new free to play entry. Unfortunately Real Racing 2 had issues running on iOS 11 and has been broken ever since, but today that's a thing of the past thanks to a brand new update...

Welcome to the SwitchArcade Roundup for May 8th, 2018, where we're covering the latest in Nintendo Switch news, releases, and sales. The big news of the day is the reveal of Nintendo Swtich Online's price, NES games, and features. $19.99 per year will get you the ability to play online in games, including ones that are currently free to play online. So, you'll need to pay to keep wrecking squids in Splatoon 2, welp...

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