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Hands on With the Much-Awaited 'Galactic Keep' - Game (Apparently) Releasing Soon (Yes, You've Read that Right)

No, it's not April Fool's Day, and no, your eyes aren't fooling you either; the 6-year saga that was the development of Gilded Skull Games' Galactic Keep (formerly known as Galactic Keep: Dice Battles) seems to be, finally, coming to a happy conclusion. I've been playing the game throughout the weekend, and I'm very glad to say that it plays like a charm and feels almost like it could be released tomorrow...

Update Mondays: 'Injustice', 'Ys Chronicles 1', 'Candy Crush Saga', 'Hoplite', 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. It's a nice set of updates this week, with bug fixes, new content, and other goodies for games both free and paid. 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!..

Fans of DeNA’s Final Fantasy: Record Keeper [Free] will notice that the freemium RPG didn’t have a new timed event this week. Instead, players that logged in over the weekend were met with the English version’s second large content update...

LogoNow that both Jared and I have our Apple Watches, we start the show by talking a bit about some of the things covered in my review. We're both hopeful for the future, and hoping for Mike to even get an iOS update that would allow him to connect an Apple watch were he to buy one. From there, we move on to some brief game discussion before diving into the drama of the week... Which, this week, seems to be everyone and their brother announcing that they're diving head-first in to mobile from AAA.

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Heroes and Castles 2'

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...

Best iPhone and iPad Games - 5/15/15 - 'Legend of Grimrock', 'The Enchanted Cave 2', 'Kindo', 'Seek: Find Your Friends' and 'Fearless Fantasy'

It's awesome when a game you've been looking forward to forever comes out and it's even better than you were hoping it'd be. That was the case with Legend of Grimrock, anyway. It's a supremely awesome game that you need to check out, but this week also had loads of rad stuff get released so next week's best games roundup is likely going to be even crazier...

'Out There' Developer's New Project is  Cyberpunk Point-and-Click 'Void & Meddler'

A trio of independent studios in France are teaming up to release Void & Meddler, a sickly neon point-and-click adventure full of recreational hormone supplements, synthetic memories, and screech owl people. You'll play as a girl named Fyn, "wandering in an uncertain era, in an undefined city," as the blurb explains...

It's been almost a year and a half since the last volume of Gamebook Adventures, the homegrown series of adventures that kicked things off for prolific gamebook publisher Tin Man Games. The developers at Tin Man have certainly kept busy in that time, adapting several Fighting Fantasy books and a few other treasures like Ryan North's To Be Or Not To Be [$5.99], and while many of those have been great fun, I'm sure I'm not the only one who has been waiting for a return to the world of Orlandes. The tenth volume of Gamebook Adventures, Lords Of Nurroth [$2.99], brings the setting back with style, casting you as a professional liberator of goods who heads out on a routine job and finds a lot more than they bargained for...

Wow. Talk about an iOS dynasty. It's been five long years since Miniclip.com published the port of the original Fragger [$0.99] to the App Store. All this time later, Harold Brenes, the original creator of Fragger is back with a long, long awaited sequel, Fragger 2 [$1.99]. I mean, 5 years? That's ancient history in mobile gaming. Not quite 'cradle of life,' 'dawn of man' ancient, but still pretty darn old. Ancient Greece, maybe. Anyway, was the wait worth it? Did anyone really want this sequel?..

'Mega Jump's Redford is Dropping Bombs in Upcoming 'Mega Blast'

If you've ever been a fan of Get Set Games' hit titles Mega Jump or Mega Run, then you're no doubt familiar with their star character – the toothy, bug-eyed Redford. Now, thanks to an Epic Games' Unreal Dev Grant and the new Unreal Engine 4, Redford is stomping new ground in the upcoming Mega Blast. Something of an isometric puzzle platformer, Mega Blast sees Redford navigating hazardous terrain, including many disappearing floor squares and all manner of enemies. And yes, with "blast" in the title there's plenty of bombing going on as well. Check out the trailer. ..

With the iPhone 5 models fading into the past as the iPhone 6 takes over, and MFi controllers shifting into Bluetooth controllers with clips instead of Lightning-connected devices, it's not a surprise to see the Logitech PowerShell getting deep discounts. We're seeing some huge price drops on one of the first MFi controllers out there: Amazon sellers have it for $12.95, and discount sellers like LivingSocial have it for under $20. While this lacks joysticks, it will still work with many games that just use the d-pad and buttons...

Nintendo's currently overhauling its rewards program from Club Nintendo to a new service, and at a recent investors' meeting, President Satoru Iwata revealed some more details about what to expect from the new program. And mobile will definitely be a part of it:..

Even though King Entertainment, the company behind all the Sagas and the Crushes, is often the example people use to describe how F2P companies make crazy amounts of money, its latest earnings report has raised some eyebrows and caused King Entertainment's shares to tumble significantly. First, the good news. King's revenue came in at 570 million dollars, above expectations of 555 million. The company now has 550 million monthly active players, up from 481 million during the first quarter of fiscal 2014, and 158 million daily active players. All of these numbers are a record for the company, so when it comes to number of users, King Entertainment is doing great...

Important news for players of WWE SuperCard [Free]: with WWE Payback happening this weekend, Cat Daddy Games and 2K are giving you 300 free credits for logging into the game this weekend ahead of the pay-per-view happening. Load up the game, and you'll get your 300 free credits. Cat Daddy doesn't give away credits that often, so this is a chance to get a nice little freebie to help you out in the WWE CCG. Along with the new daily login bonuses that the game added, you can get an edge just by launching the game...

The Apple Watch Review: Week 1 - A Very Beautiful Less Functional Pebble

I've been struggling to come up with the best way to appropriately "review" the Apple Watch. We don't do many hardware reviews of Apple products because our primary platforms are the iPhone and iPad, two product families that are arguably pretty dumb to review because in the case of the iPhone we're on the 8th generation of a device that's only gotten better. Additionally, the historical precedence of how awesome iPhones get with each revision leads most people to (admittedly, very safely) buy one on day one. Sure, there's been a few *gates here and there between Antennagate and Bendgate, but by and large, every iPhone is better than the last one. I doubt very many people are out there who are waiting for the reviews to come in before buying a new iPhone, and people who do fall inside that demographic are likely just going to wait for the next (print) issue of Consumer Reports. Almost the exact same thing can be said for the iPad...

Wrassling [Free] is fun. But Wrassling has sadly been a solo affair. One can perhaps only be entertained by wrestling other people out of the ring for so long. That amount of time is probably longer than it's taken for Wrassling to get its local multiplayer update, but better sooner than later for more wrasslin' in Wrassling, I say. You can wrassle with a friend on the same device in either co-op mode, or in a versus mode, with or without AI wrasslers. With the five-button controls, it's probably a better experience on an iPad, but we must make do with whatever wrassling equipment we've got...

Yes, Another 'Warhammer' Game is Coming in 2015, this Time it's Going to be a "3D Collectible Card Battler"

Games Workshop has in no way been frugal when it comes to licensing Warhammer games on pretty much every platform, and the company isn't done yet. Apparently, Supersense is the next company in line to develop a Warhammer game, as the company was "ridiculously proud to announce." The upcoming game will be titled Warhammer: Storm of Magic and will be coming to iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire devices at some point in 2015. According to the developer, the game will allow you to pummel an Orc, send a Goblin into the abyss, or send pesky Humans back into their pigsties...

If you've been playing Hearthstone [Free] on a tablet or mobile recently, you've probably noticed that the game would get sluggish even on the latest devices. Fear not, though, because Blizzard's decided to give the game a boost. In an update released yesterday, Blizzard switched on support for 64-bit devices (anything better than an iPad Air 1 and an iPhone 5s) and, seriously, the improvement isn't just noticeable, it's more like playing the game on fast forward. Menus pop open without the slightest delay, and any delay that wasn't network-related has vanished. Go check it out yourself, you'll be surprised at the difference 64-bit support makes...

Many of our readers often complain that we seem to be talking a lot about how F2P is the way of the future and how traditional gaming seems to be going the way of the dinosaurs. We may be talking often about how mobile gaming is increasingly synonymous with F2P games, but we are only bringing to you the constantly-increasing flow of news and reports that all appear to be saying the same thing: mobile gaming is rapidly growing, and is overwhelmingly F2P. Today I'm bringing you yet another report, this one from Grand View Research (GVR), that not only talks about how mobile gaming is showing a faster growth than console, but actually predicts a great shift of console and PC gamers to tablet gaming by 2022. And the even more interesting part is that when this report refers to mobile gamers, it pretty much describes your average casual F2P gamer...

'Top Gear' and 'Outrun'-Inspired 'Horizon Chase' from Aquiris Has a New Trailer

We covered Aquiris Game Studios' Project Retro-Racer back when that was just a working title. And now, the game has a finalized title and a new teaser video showing off the gameplay and music for the first time. Welcome Horizon Chase to the world. The Brazilian studio has been hard at work making this one look really good. You can also listen to the soundtrack, being composed by Barry Leitch, known for his work games like Top Gear, Rush, and Lotus World Challenge. You can hear it in the video below, but also on Leitch's Soundcloud...

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