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Stormblades [Free] is Diet Infinity Blade [$5.99]. I say this not to demean the game or to put it down, it's just that its motivations are patently obvious. This takes Infinity Blade's combat, complete with its directional attacks and dodging in one-on-one battles against bigger enemies, but stripping down a lot of the extra features from the combat and the meta-game. The combat is simpler but familiar, the game is level-based, and there's no 'exploration', it's just about advancing from one challenge to the next, buying better weapons and more potions along the way to keep up with the advancing difficulty. It's not as deep a game and can be a bit repetitive, but it also takes away some of the annoyances that Infinity Blade could sometimes get bogged down in, especially once Infinity Blade 3 [$6.99] rolled around. And as a free-to-play game, it's surprisingly fair. Stormblades is an interesting little package for those who want a familiar experience, but streamlined...

On Friday Telltale Games teased some screenshots from the forthcoming Episode 3 of their Game of Thrones [$4.99] adventure game series, and we also learned that the new episode was set for release sometime this month. Today Telltale has broken down the full release specifics for every platform, and it turns out that iOS users can look forward to Episode 3 "The Sword in the Darkness" this Thursday. They've also created a brand new trailer showing the new episode in action...

'SwapQuest' Review - An Excellent Genre Mashup

When done correctly, I feel like there’s no better mix of genres than the puzzle/RPG combination. Adding character progression and some exploration elements to a good puzzle mechanic has the potential to really turn a neat game into a full-on adventure. SwapQuest [$2.99] has managed to do just that by combining classic Pipe Mania gameplay with some great RPG mechanics. Add in some cool retro visuals and awesome music and SwapQuest is an experience that shouldn’t be missed...

Even today, it's rare to see a developer's name affixed to a video game title. There are a lot of reasons for that, depending on which period we look at, but one of the bigger exceptions to that is the name of Sid Meier. I'm not sure how or why his name ended up in the title of Sid Meier's Pirates! [$2.99], but it might have simply been to help make the somewhat generic title more unique. The game was a massive hit, and while publishers generally don't like to canonize developers, they'll make an exception for just about any rule if the money looks right. So it is that after just a few more games, nearly every game Sid Meier had a hand in, and a few that he didn't, carried his name. It's an odd outcome for someone who seems to be a relatively low-key guy. The problem with his name becoming a brand, however, is that you can't be too sure with any given release just how much of the game is Sid Meier the designer versus Sid Meier the marketing tag...

'Future Factory' Preview - A Dual-Stick Roguelike Shooter, for Mobile?

One of my most-played Steam games over the past year-and-a-half has been Nuclear Throne, Vlambeer's dual-stick shooter action-roguelike. It's challenging, has fantastic art, is highly replayable, and has no shot whatsoever of coming to mobile. The controls are a huge hindrance because there's aim-and-fire controls, and only a more deliberately-paced game like Space Marshals [$4.99] can pull that off. Plus, if control issues will keep Vlambeer from releasing Luftrausers on mobile, Nuclear Throne ain't happening. So, I find myself mostly wanting for a similar experience on mobile. While it's not quite on iOS yet, and it's a bit of a different game, Future Factory could just fill that void later this year...

Update Mondays: 'Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff', 'Candy Crush Saga', 'Cardinal Quest 2', 'Auro', 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. Some really huge updates last week, with many big titles and plenty of unexpected ones. 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!..

LogoThis week the big news was everything to do with Nintendo, so we dedicate the first half of the podcast to a recap of everything that has happened so far with Nintendo on mobile as well as what we think will happen in the future. Since we've got returning special guest Brad Nicholson on the podcast, we dedicate the second half to discussing the upcoming Wrestlemania matches and our predictions for 'em. Sorry if you don't like wrestling, but, we'll be back with a normal episode next week.

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'SwapQuest'

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 - 3/20/15 - 'To Be Or Not To Be', '. Decluster', and 'Imps in Tokyo'

It's been another great week in iOS gaming, and here's another bundle of high scoring game reviews we published this week. Speaking of publishing reviews, chances are you'll see review output amp up considerably in the not too distant figure as so far we've picked up six new writers this week with another two on the way next week. So, these posts might grow quite a bit in the future as we just review more stuff...

On Wednesday, Rockstar Games released an update for their iOS port of Grand Theft Auto: Vice City [$4.99] that added support for the native resolutions of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as support for all Apple Made For iPhone (MFi) controllers. A similar update was released for Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas [$6.99] way back in October of last year, which kind of made sense as that's sort of the "flagship" GTA game out of the original 3D trilogy. However, it was nice to see GTA: Vice City get some love too, and everyone wondered if Grand Theft Auto III [$4.99] would get a similar update soon. The answer is: Yes! Right now! An update has just hit adding the exact same things to GTA III as the Vice City update earlier this week: support for iPhone 6 screens, MFi controllers, and assorted bug fixing...

It's late on a Friday afternoon/evening, and we're getting ready to wrap things up until Monday. But before we give you the Best Reviews of the week, the Game of the Week, and The TouchArcade Show podcast, I just had to sneak in a quick recommendation for a game I've been enjoying since yesterday called Rush Rally [Free]. As I'm sure you could guess, Rush Rally is a rally racing game. Now, there's no shortage of racing games on the App Store, but rally racing games are a bit more rare, and ones that actually nail the driving physics are even scarcer. Rush Rally is one of those that totally nails it. ..

Lucid Labs Upcoming 'Stay, Mum' Brings Along a Boy and his Imaginary Friends

The mobile gaming space often offers developers the ability to make low-cost yet high emotional impact games. Indie developer Lucid Labs is trying to take advantage of just that as it moves on from its first game, ROTO [Free], a puzzle-platformer full of puns about balls, to something admittedly more emotionally engaging. The developer's second attempt, Stay, Mum, ties its physics-based gameplay to the evolution of a mother-son relationship and, more specifically, to the narrative of a son attempting to reach out to a mom who provides building blocks instead of love. To give you an idea of the overall art style, check out this early video test of the cutscene engine in the game...

Telltale Teases 'Game of Thrones' Episode 3 Screens, Says Release Will be this Month

Last December, HBO and Telltale Games partnered up to make an adventure game out of the hit show Game of Thrones. That game, officially titled Game of Thrones - A Telltale Games Series [$4.99], opened up a new chapter in the GoT universe and dealt with a new storyline that was different than the show but still weaved in familiar characters and events in a way that was excellent fan service for those who tuned in regularly. Game of Thrones the video game is set to have six episodes, which is one more than what is typically in Telltale's adventure games. Episode 2 arrived in early February, and today Telltale has been all over their Twitter account teasing new images of Episode 3...

Thoughtbot's 'Rototo' Promises Challenging Arcade Survival with a Sleek Look

Rototo is a pretty neat upcoming minimalist arcade game from Thoughtbot, developed primarily by their Stockholm team. You control a ship in the center of its screen, trying to fend off attackers coming from all sides. There's an interesting system at work, where you bounce back shots that are fired at you with your shield, which can also take care of divebombing enemies. However, if you just catch a bullet or enemy about to take you out, then you can cause a shockwave which repels nearby shots and enemies, but the timing is so precise that it's really only a last-ditch way to save your bacon. It's got flavoring of Project "Thor" [$0.99] mixed in with a bit of Ziggurat [$0.99] for good measure...

'Star Squad Space Rescue' is the Bullet Hell Take on 'Crossy Road'

Geek Brain Games is releasing Star Squad Space Rescue next week, a game which could be best described as "what if Crossy Road [Free] was a top-down bullet-hell game? You control a ship that is flying through waves of bullets, with a thankfully-small hitbox, and you're trying to rescue astronauts to get points. Rescuing untethered astronauts is a good thing to do just because, but in this case, they also give you fuel and provide a temporary shield from bullets. So, it's a good idea to pick them up...

Naquatic's 'CivCrafter' Could be the Deepest Clicker Game Yet

It feels like there's a rise in the number of idle clicker games, each one more potentially life-ruining than the next. Naquatic's next up with a particularly interesting take on the genre, with CivCrafter. This one starts off quite differently, in that you have three different resources that you can tap to collect, and use to build different things, hiring peasants to go out on tasks, and collect the many resources you need to build up your empire...

I love that True Skate [$1.99] has burst onto the scene of real-life skateboarding culture, first with its partnership with Street League Skateboarding which began last June and has resulted in 5 downloadable SLS parks being added to the game, and now with the legendary Skatepark of Tampa which is now available as a downloadable course ahead of the 21st annual Tampa Pro contest that's being held this weekend. ..

'Marvel Future Fight' is a Soft-Launched Action-RPG with a Ton of Marvel Superheroes

NetMarble has just soft-launched an interesting Marvel action-RPG in Australia, called Marvel Future Fight. This is looking a lot like the action-RPGs that are all throughout the App Store, where you control a character through levels, fighting waves of baddies, deploying special abilities with cooldown timers and whatnot, but the big difference here? You're fighting with a team of Marvel heroes, with the ability to swap heroes during battle, and use team-up attacks as well, all in the name of fighting evil versions of superheroes and turning them back to the good side, and adding them to your army of battlers...

You know that summer is on its way when the Apple TV rumors for WWDC start springing up. Really, every Apple event will bring up rumors of a fourth-generation Apple TV, but the rumors have started to spring up again as to the existence of a new one. What we're hearing is that not only will there be more storage, and Siri support, but an App Store may just finally come to the Apple TV, with an SDK opened up for developers to make their own apps...

'Odd Bot Out' Review - One Man's Unique Puzzle Platformer

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March 20th, 2015 11:56 AM EDT by Ben Jarris in 4 stars, Puzzle, Reviews
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One man, 1000+ design sketches and 1 years round the clock sweat and tears, has produced an intriguing puzzle platformer that's blown me away in terms of ingenuity and uniqueness. You can see why Apple chose to feature the game; the magic comes from the lego style constructions with blocks, characters and other objects. Each level is short and smart, providing just the objects you need to make it to the exit. Blocks and characters can be stuck together or pulled apart, and everything in game can be stacked on top of each other, or stuck to the side of other objects to increase their abilities and usefulness. It makes for varied solutions from fewer objects, requiring true problem solving skills...

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