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Several App Store Classics Are Free Today

December 15th, 2014 11:21 AM EST by Carter Dotson in News, Sales
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A few oldies-but-goodies are free on the App Store early this week, in case you want to dive into the days back before Retina Displays. First up is Ezone's Galactic Gunner [$0.99], a favorite from 2009. This on-rails shooter has you tapping on screen to fire at targets in space, trying to take out as many as possible. Plus, there's Aussie voice acting! This one even still runs on modern devices, which is impressive! This game hasn't gone free in 5 years, so pick it up while you can. Speaking of classics, here's a video of how Eli Hodapp used to record footage of games before iOS devices actually output video:..

Update Mondays: 'Boson X', 'Candy Crush Saga', 'Oceanhorn', 'Boom Beach', 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. As we get closer to the regular holiday App Store freeze, the updates are flying fast and furious. That means another big wrap-up here, so buckle up, friends. 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!..

The TouchArcade Show - 185 - Censored

December 12th, 2014 10:00 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Podcast

LogoThis is a bit of a weird podcast, as we recorded it super late in the day after being busy with all the subsequent drama of the week. So, that's mostly what the podcast is about. All the junk surrounding Papers, Please, Jared's new obsession with Marvel Contest of Champions, the odd premise of Highrise Heroes [Free], and the insanity revolving around the release of the Hearthstone [Free (HD)] Goblins vs Gnomes. We don't really follow any show notes, which is both good and bad. Maybe.

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to podcast@toucharcade.com. We read 'em all, even if they don't make it into the podcast. As always, you can listen to us with the links below... And if you like what you hear, please subscribe and/or drop us a review in iTunes. Much appreciated!

 

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Sneaky Sneaky'

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 of the Week: 12/12/14 - 'Bean Dreams' and 'Dragon Quest 3'

Have I mentioned how much I love the Bean games? Both Bean's Quest and Bean Dreams have knocked my socks off. Oh, and Dragon Quest 3 is awesome too, particularly if you're into older RPG's. We didn't post many reviews this week, but we've got a huge backlog of stuff we've yet to post, so stay tuned for next week's roundup. It's going to be nuts...

Last Friday, we had something of a new situation for the TouchArcade forums. TouchTen Games, the developer behind the upcoming Target Acquired, made the game's composer, Manami Matsumae, available for a brief "Ask Me Anything" in the game's thread. Matsumae's name may not be well-known, but her work most certainly is. She was the composer on the first Mega Man game, UN Squadron, Magic Sword, and other classics, and has made a recent return to video games, contributing tracks to Mega Man 10, Shovel Knight, Mighty No. 9, and more. Before the "Ask Me Anything" got under way, I had the opportunity to have a brief chat with Matsumae-san about her work with Target Acquired...

Here's the conundrum: Hearthstone's [Free (HD)] "Goblins vs. Gnomes" expansion has got you all in a tizzy, buying booster packs is already hard enough, and you're probably missing cards from both the "Classic" and newly-released set. Free-to-play, uh, players aren't likely to be flush with gold or Arcane Dust, so getting the most out of each purchase is crucial. Thankfully, two Reddit users have created a spreadsheet to help you do just that...

If you listen to our podcast, we often get on ramble-y vaguely off topic tangents surrounding reminiscing about great iOS games which have been totally broken by iOS updates over the years. There's a lot of games like that, but Helsing's Fire [$0.99 / Free / $2.99 (HD)] is consistently on the top of any short list of "Please Update These Games" that Jared and I come up with. Well, all this drama surrounding Papers, Please [$7.99 (HD)] this morning gave me a good reason to email developer Lucas Pope who also was responsible for Helsing's Fire. ...And boy did he give me some good news...

In record time, the controversy of the Papers, Please [$7.99 (HD)] nudity appears to be coming to a close. If you haven't been following the saga, which has entirely transpired over the last six hours or so, Papers, Please was released earlier this morning without the nudity found in the PC/Mac/Linux version of the game. Developer Lucas Pope mentioned on Twitter that the nudity-free version of the game on the App Store was because Apple rejected the original version due to "pornographic content." Whenever it seems like Apple is censoring anything, the internet goes wild, and as such the morning news cycle was filled with various stories surrounding it...

'Respite' is a Promising Upcoming Fantasy First-Person Shooter for Mobile

First-person shooters tend to check off at least one of three boxes: zombies, military, sci-fi. Some games check off all three. So the upcoming FPS Respite looks particularly intriguing because it's promising to be none of those. It's a fantasy-styled FPS that's coming to iOS devices. You will play as a dwarf, using a crossbow, a shotgun/blunderbuss weapon, and magic spells to help defeat orcs, goblins, and other fantasy creatures, all in order to retrive your lost helmet...

Nudity, or lack thereof, on the App Store has once again become the topic of debate following the release of the indie game iPad port Papers, Please [$7.99 (HD)]. It seems like there's two things that universally generate loads of clicks across the internet: Apple hate and censorship. So, when you combine those two things into one news story, you're left with something that everyone has to post about. Or, so it would seem in the instance of the release of the nudity-free version of Papers, Please and the controversy surrounding it...

'Reckless Racing' Creators Pixelbite Announce New Dual-Stick Shooter, 'Space Marshals'

The developers of Reckless Racing 3 [$0.99] at Pixelbite are already hard at work on their next game, Space Marshals. This is Pixelbite's escape from racing games, and into dual-stick shooters. Taking place in a sci-fi western setting, players control specialist Burton, who has to hunt down escaped prisoners. Space prisoners! The game will allow for a variety of tactics – want to use stealth to hunt down enemies? Go for it. Want to blow them away with superior firepower? Do it...

Originally release on PC in late 2013, and Mac/Linux in early 2014, Lucas Pope's Papers, Please [$7.99 (HD)] is an incredibly well received indie game where you play as an officer working at a border checkpoint in the dystopian country of Arstotzka. Gameplay involves checking the documents of people trying to enter the country, and making sure the only people with proper documentation are allowed admission. It's one of those games like FTL [$9.99 (HD)] which may have released on the PC first, but always felt like they should have been an iPad game instead. Well, as of early this morning, that problem has been solved through the release of a fantastic iPad port...

As prophesied by the great sages and Square Enix's official site, Dragon Quest 5: The Hand Of The Heavenly Bride hit the Japanese App Store yesterday at a price of 1800 yen, or as Square's been translating that into American dollars lately, $14.99. Just like Dragon Quest 4 [$14.99], this version is a port of the Nintendo DS remake, originally released in Japan in 2008 and elsewhere in 2009. The original game was released in Japan only on Nintendo's 16-bit Super Famicom in 1992, and its first remake was another Japan-only release, 2004's PlayStation 2 version.  The Nintendo DS version, although visually resembling Dragon Quest 4's remake, has all of the extra content and changes of the PlayStation 2 release, plus an additional option for the choice of the player's wife...

'Jenga' and 'The Journey Down: Chapter One' Go Free

'Jenga' and 'The Journey Down: Chapter One' Go Free

December 12th, 2014 1:45 AM EST by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News
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'Tis the season for App Store freebies, fa la la la la, la la la la. Or something. Tonight's freebies are a solid adventure game, and a really weird adaptation of a board/puzzle game that you totally wouldn't think would work when you make an app out of it... But it totally does...

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