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Update #2: Now Italy, Spain, and Portugal can try to catch 'em all!..

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where pouring milk on an inn allows it to charge a higher rate. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's holding up in the modern day. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their position in the overall library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. As mayor of this city, I try to choose a balanced plate of games from week to week, but if you feel like I'm missing anything important, you can let me know by leaving a comment below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. The schedule is already done up quite far in advance, so you might not see your suggestion soon, but it will be added to the master list...




For those of y'all wanting an interesting new clicker, Tap Transcend: Rebirth [Free] is out now. The first Tap Transcend [Free] game was an interesting little title, but now Tap Transcend: Rebirth has you starting from scratch with the universe, trying to rebuild it up. You tap to get GP, the building blocks of this universe, using said GP to buy upgrades not only to your GP collection, but to form new elements and eventually create stars and planets, making your new universe whole. It's an interesting premise for a clicker. But that's only part of the game – once you get to a certain point, you have to engage in combat with others, building your weapons in order to ensure your universe's reign is great and supreme...

A little more than a month ago, we learned that Cartoon Network was readying a sequel of sorts to their massively popular card battler Card Wars - Adventure Time [$3.99], and earlier today that game, Card Wars Kingdom [Free], went live in the App Store. Just as the first game was adapted from a fictional card game that was played in an episode of Adventure Time, Card Wars Kingdom is loosely based on the latest episode Daddy-Daughter Card Wars where Jake has to win an underground Card Wars tournament. Fittingly, Card Wars Kingdoms has a brand new online PvP feature and tournaments...

Google has announced their first event targeted toward independent game developers and players, happening on September 24th. The Indie Games Festival – not to be confused with the Independent Games Festival at GDC each year, don't be surprised if some lawyers from GDC parent company UBM call Google's lawyers – will take place in San Francisco at the Terra Gallery, and be an opportunity to link independent game developers with players, and YouTubers, potentially to get feedback from all parties on the processes that surround independent games...

Just when you thought Pokemon Go [Free] mania has reached peak levels of insanity, well, leave it to the two people who could potentially become the next US President to ratchet things up to the next level. Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have integrated the game into their campaigns in the absolute most cringe-worthy ways imaginable...

If you're a T-Mobile USA customer, good news: you can soon get free data for Pokemon GO [Free] for a year, as part of the carrier's T-Mobile Tuesdays promotion. This Tuesday, June 19th, you can get the free data through the T-Mobile Tuesdays app [Free], which has a bunch of free promotions for T-Mobile customers. T-Mobile CEO John Legere celebrated in his customary quirky fashion: taking a peace sign selfie while wearing a loud magenta soccer jersey, with a Jigglypuff in the background. ..

'Old Man's Journey' is a Beautiful and Unique Puzzle Adventure from the Makers of 'And Yet It Moves'

During GDC this past March, I was able to check out an extremely early build of a game called Old Man's Journey from Austrian developer Broken Rules. Unfortunately, at that time Old Man's Journey was in such an early state that we weren't able to capture video of it, and Broken Rules wanted to keep the whole project under wraps for the time being. Which was a shame because it was easily one of the most beautiful and unique games I had seen in some time. Well, today they've finally officially announced Old Man's Journey and released the first teaser trailer for it...

Angry Birds 2 [Free] is set to celebrate the one-year anniversary of its release – or its first BirdDay as Rovio's calling it – and as such, the studio is releasing a new update for the game, featuring a bunch of new features. The big one to care about is quite obvious: hats. Who doesn't love hats? Birds wearing hats? Who woulda thunk it? But there's also 80 new levels to play through, many of which containing the aprropriate birthday theme. Launch into some cake! A new ring of fire feature will help you burn those pigs, because what doesn't go better with bacon?..

With Pokemon GO [Free] having a very staggered rollout worldwide, this means that while it's quite possible to play the game since the backend exists, it doesn't mean that it's perfect. Namely, in South Korea, players are flocking to a seaside town called Sokcho in the northern part of the country. Already a popular hotspot for tourists, Sokcho also happens to be the only major city in the country where Pokemon GO works. As such, reports are coming in of people making pilgrimages to the city so that people can play the game, and all sorts of cottage industries are starting to pop up around this surprise extra tourism. It's a lot easier than trying to go into North Korea, which does have full Google mapping data, and PokeStops and Gyms do exist:..

Despite Pokemon GO [Free] only having been out for about eight hours here in the UK, I've been to a multitude of bizarre locations to try and catch 'em all. Whether the PokeStops have been in churches, train stations or random stones in the ground with absolutely no significance at all, it isn't only the Pokemon that are being lured to specific locations, but masses of people with their phones - and most importantly, their wallets. This has led to businesses actually buying lures to try and attract paying customers, and while on a smaller scale this is a novel idea, there is immense potential for a bigger brand to capitalise on the unprecedented popularity of Pokemon GO. It was therefore an inevitability that Niantic, according to a Gizmodo source, have struck a deal with McDonald's to turn every single restaurant into either a PokeStop or a Gym...

Topps has a whole bunch of different virtual card collecting apps on the App Store. We've posted a few times about Star Wars: Card Trader [Free], as the game (if you'd call it that) is sort of, well, mind-blowing. These kind of things are like if you took a CCG, but remove the "G" part of it. All you do is spend money, open card packs, and ... look at them. The truly absurd thing about all this is that these cards have incredible value, with some selling for hundreds of dollars on eBay. Well, WWE is no stranger to offering fans money sinks, which makes today's release of WWE Slam: Card Trader [Free] almost feel ... inevitable?..

'Mobius Final Fantasy' North American and European Pre-Registration Goes Live

Mobius Final Fantasy popped up out of the blue a little more than a year ago on the Japanese App Store, and at the time we assumed it'd be like all of Squeenix's other games and eventually makes its way to Western markets. Well, today we get confirmation of our obvious suspicions as Mobius Final Fantasy pre-registration goes live for both North America and Europe. I'm not super sure what the difference is between the two web sites, but if you're excited for the game you might as well sign up for both of them so you can get in on any bonuses if the game launches early in either region...

DomiNations [Free] is yet another super popular free to play game I wish I had time to play. We've talked about this quite a bit on episodes of our podcast in that once you get deep into "one of these," you really just don't have time to get into other ones. I've sunk so much time into Clash of Clans [Free] over the years that I really just don't have it in me to do it all over again in DomiNations. I've heard similar sentiments from people who are really into Injustice: Gods Among Us [Free] when it comes to Marvel: Contest of Champions [Free], and other similar games as well. Anyway, DomiNations recently got a pretty big update that introduces what they're calling "Great Leaders." It sounds a lot like how you can utilize the strengths of actual historical figures in the Civilization games to expand your tech tree, which is done in DomiNations via the new university building...

A new Batman game hit the App Store this morning, titled Batman: Arkham Underworld [Free], and it's ... actually surprisingly cool. When we originally heard about it back in March (of 2015), the original pitch made it sound a lot like Batman meets Clash of Clans [Free]. In actuality, it's more like Batman meets Evil Genius [Free] with a sprinkle of Dungeon Keeper [Free] and a slightly detectable hint of Breach & Clear [$3.99]...

Decluttr is a web service that buys up your old junk, including CD's, DVD's, games, cell phones, and a bunch of other stuff. Apparently, like everyone else, they've gotten into Pokemon Go [Free] in a big way, and compiled a map based on state-specific search terms to find which Pokemon people are looking for most in each particular state. I'm in Illinois, and they're right on the money here. Everyone is wild about catching Eevee. Word on the street is they can evolve into tons of different things, which, I suppose, is super appealing to Illinoisans...

Niantic's Pokemon Go [Free] is well on its way to being to biggest video game ever, but the one trend that's arguably even more predictable than Pokemon games doing well is internet curmudgeons racing to let everyone know how much they don't like or don't care about the new popular thing. It's a time honored tradition, dating back far before the internet even existed. Preferring rollerblading because too many people skateboard, suddenly hating your favorite band because they got played on the radio and now people know who they are, choosing to ride your horse to work because you refuse to be yet another sheeple with a car... The list goes on and on. The good news is, if you're this kind of person, the PokeGone browser extension is just what the doctor ordered. (Although what if even this extension gets too popular? Then what?)..

How to Create or Change a PokeStop in 'Pokemon GO'

July 14th, 2016 12:30 AM EDT by Carter Dotson in News
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It was once impossible, but you can request new PokeStops, and to report PokeStops for various reasons, in Pokemon GO [Free]. The game's developer, Niantic, has created a support form where you can submit addresses to create new PokeStops or Gyms, either as a general request, or if there are none near you. As well, it's also possible to report a PokeStop if it's dangerous, if it's on your personal property, or if there's an issue with that location's PokeStop or gym...

Out Now: 'Quell Zen', 'Bomboras Forever', 'Combo Critters', 'Lanota', 'Crush Your Enemies', 'Klocki', 'Polyforge', 'Comblosion' and More

Welcome to another Wednesday night slash Thursday morning and another Out Now post filled with a ton of new iOS games. The "big name" game this week was definitely Day of the Tentacle Remastered, which dropped somewhat out of nowhere earlier this week, and is an absolute treat on mobile. However, I've already ran through the entire game since it came out, and as is pretty normal for a mobile gamer, I'm hungry for more, More, MORE! As always we list all the noteworthy or otherwise interesting-looking games below along with links to each game's forum threads, screenshots, and descriptions, so give this list a nice look and let us know which games you're interested in this week down in the comments below...

First Video Released for 'Get Me Outta Here', an Upcoming Action Platformer from the Makers of 'Jump Jack'

Back in October of last year, the two-brother team known as Rossman Bros Games released the frightfully difficult and highly underrated auto-runner Jump Jack [$0.99], which was a passion project completed in the brothers' free time and also was based on an actual bedtime story Eric Rossman would tell his son Jack. Well, this past April, the bros announced their next mobile project, a more traditional-style action platformer called Get Me Outta Here. Since that announcement, the bros have been dropping little snippets of info and some very early teasers of the game in our forums, but today they released the first actual gameplay video of Get Me Outta Here in an early alpha state, and I am now tingling with excitement after watching it. Not that I wasn't tingling from the teasers, but this video kicked the tingling into overdrive. Ok, enough about tingling, check out the vid...

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