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'RuneScape Mobile' and 'Old School RuneScape' Announced for iOS and Android With PC Cross-Platform Play

RuneScape is a game that needs no introduction - ever since it redefined the Massively Multiplayer Online RPG genre upon its release in 2001, Jagex's fantasy opus has captivated an entire generation with its immersive yet accessible adventure action. Over the past few days, the developers have been teasing a major announcement for the now sixteen year old title, and today it has finally been revealed that an optimised mobile client for the current RuneScape, as well as the Old School retro alternative, will both be available for iOS and Android devices in 2018 and Winter 2017 respectively. Best of all, the mobile iterations of RuneScape will support cross-platform play, so you'll be able to take your battle-worn protagonist from the PC games with you seamlessly on the go...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Altered Beast', '868-HACK', 'Candy Crush Soda Saga', 'Survivalcraft 2', 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 quiet this week. A little too quiet, if you ask me. I've found some interesting ones, but if you're counting on this article to get you through your morning, I'm afraid I've let you down this time. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..




In reality, two years isn't a particularly long time. However, in the rapidly moving maelstrom that is the App Store, 24 months is essentially an era in itself, especially when what can seem like all-encompassing fads such as Flappy Bird or Pokemon GO [Free] can come and go in a matter of weeks. As a result, it's great to see Brickies [Free] finally be updated for the first time since June 2015, especially amidst the ominous signs of the impending 32-bit Appocalypse...

Since Apple didn't feature it, we're going to keep bangin' the download the A Planet of Mine [Free] drum until everyone has heard it. Anyway, we kick the show off with a recap of all the big news stories of the week as points of discussion on each of them, then move on to discussing three cool games: Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition [$4.99], A Planet of Mine (of course), and Knights Fall [Free]. All three are worth checking out, but please at least give A Planet of Mine a shot.

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'A Planet of Mine'

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...

Wargaming's 'World of Warships Blitz' has Soft Launched - Go Sink Battleships

I enjoy Wargaming's World of Tanks Blitz quite a bit, although I've always felt the fast maneuvering that's part of that game didn't translate to mobile that well, which is why I often find myself playing the PC version more. However, I always thought that World of Warships (pretty self-explanatory title) would be a better fit for mobile because ships move much more slowly, which works better on a touchscreen. Well, Wargaming has finally decided to heed my advice and has soft launched World of Warships Blitz on iOS and Android...

Soft Launched 'Nyjah Huston: #Skatelife' Uses Cards to Upgrade Tricks

It's pretty late in the afternoon here, and for a second I was worried a day would go by where I wouldn't get to write about a game with cards in it, but the soft launched Nyjah Huston: #Skatelife came to the rescue. In case you haven't figured it out from the title (or, like me, don't know much about Nyjah Huston), this is a skateboarding game starring Nyjah Huston, a multiple-times Street League Skateboarding champion and one of the highest paid skateboarders in the world. The game has you doing the usual skateboarding tricks and trying to pull all kinds of combos for more points...

'War Wings', the 3D Dogfighting Game, Soft Launching in the UK This Month

I've been playing the soft-launched War Wings for a while now, and it's a pretty fun 4v4 real-time dogfighting game that will remind you a lot of World of Tanks but in the air (I'm pretty sure the game is "inspired" by Wargaming's World of Warplanes). The game has been in soft launch in many European countries as well as Australia and New Zealand, and later this month it will visit the UK on both Android and iOS. The game will celebrate the UK launch with special in-game events commemorating the Battle of Britain, which is appropriate given you can fly most of the airplanes that took part in that battle...

Ticket to Earth [$1.99] has been received quite well, with its most important accolade being the highly coveted TouchArcade Game of the Week, and now you can get it for $1.99, its lowest price ever. Ticket to Earth plays out on a grid, with you and your opponents taking turns either moving, attacking, or taking other actions. The tiles come in different colors, and you'll have to be matching them as you move across the board; longer matches give you bonuses, and different color tiles give you different abilities. While it does use a match-3 mechanic, the game is much more than just that, so don't let images of another Candy Crush clone scare you away. This is a very different game, and you can see that from the trailer below...

'Telling Lies' Is 'Her Story' Developer's Next Project, Will Focus on Multiple Characters

Sam Barlow's Her Story [$3.99] was a remarkable game that made FMV (Full Motion Video) games cool again and received a ton of awards, and now Barlow is developing another FMV game called Telling Lies, which will take the original recipe and expand it in pretty much every way. In a recent interview, Barlow talked about how Telling Lies will follow the same interactive-movie format as Her Story but will have a much more involved narrative and higher production values. They are even hoping to get Hollywood actors and actresses involved with the project...

'Egglia: Legend of the Redcap' is a Premium RPG that's Releasing Outside of Japan in August

Egglia: Legend of the Redcap is a mobile RPG created by a team with a tremendous pedigree in the gaming industry, comprised of members who have worked on the Mana series, Mother 3, and the Kingdom Hearts series. It released in Japan back in April and shot up the charts, and this week developers Powerchord Studio and Brownies Inc. have announced that Egglia: Legend of the Redcap is releasing in English in August. The land of Egglia has become trapped inside of eggs piece by piece, and one day a red capped elf named Chabo falls from the sky and embarks on a quest to restore the world to its former glory. It's all explained quite well in the new English language trailer for Egglia: Legend of the Redcap...

'Sailcraft' Will Add Customizable Ships to the Classic 'Battleship' Recipe

I remember playing Battleship when I was a kid and always getting bored very quickly, and perhaps that's what the developers of the upcoming Sailcraft felt too, which might be why they've decided to add some interesting new ingredients to the classic formula. While the game is still all about trying to guess where your opponent's ships are, it also adds customizable ships, which will add another strategy layer to the game. There are different types of ships—alien starships, dwarf submarines, and more—and you can combine them in different ways and use different formations in an effort to beat your opponent...

Devious Party Game 'Triple Agent' Set to Release July 20th on the App Store

While there are a few exceptions, tabletop games generally fail to captivate me in the same manner as actual video games on devices such as the iPhone and iPad. However, Werewolf, Mafia and all the derivations of the party group game formula that result in you deceiving those closest to you and severing all life-long friendships always go down brilliantly with lots of people, even if the multitude of elements can lead to some sessions going somewhat off the rails. The upcoming Triple Agent aims to address this age-old issue, as developer Tasty Rook has married the exciting formula from the aforementioned party games to create a rather impressive looking product. I can't wait to show Triple Agent to my Werewolf obsessed friends, and the developers have today announced that the game will launch on the App Store for free on July 20th...

The entertaining Crash of Cars [Free], the real-time multiplayer game inspired by .io games, continues to grow, and the game's latest update has added plenty of new content. We got a water park update recently, but now we got something very different. First of all, the game got a new Castle-themed map, which includes catapults (of course) and even a gladiator battle arena. The new arena is definitely an appropriate addition to game that's all about going medieval on each other with every chance we get. The update also added 7 new cards, including a couple that were designed with the medieval theme in mind...

1Button Announces Upcoming 'Mr Jump S' on Our Forums, Along with Interesting 'Mr Jump' Trivia

If you're not hanging out on our upcoming games forum, you should be. It's a great place to not only find about games looking for beta testers, but also upcoming titles like Mr Jump S. The original Mr Jump [Free] came out in 2015, sort of at the height of the super difficult one button game trend, and was remarkably popular with over 24 million players. More amusing though, is that the game was so difficult only 77% of players even made it to the second level, with only 753 actually ever finishing it...

Despite their intriguing stories and clever use of IPs, Telltale's games have been a mixed bag on iOS primarily because of technical issues. While most of the series were either fine or at least playable, Batman: The Telltale Series left a pretty bad taste on players' mouths because it was pretty close to unplayable on more than one instance. Well, I'm glad to say that Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series [$4.99] (from now on Guardians of the Galaxy) plays just fine on my iPad Air 2, despite a couple of very brief—but unobtrusive—stutters. I don't know if this means Telltale has tinkered with the engine enough to make it work well or Guardians of the Galaxy was just less demanding than Batman; what matters is that Episode 1 of Guardians of the Galaxy should play fine on most of your devices. I will be reviewing the whole series, so expect the review score to change as more episodes release...

RPG Reload Glossary - The Origins of Action-RPGs

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where we fight by slamming our bodies into things. To be specific, welcome to the RPG Reload Glossary, where we get all up in fussy semantics, history, and other things that polite society will shun us for. Having covered both social RPGs and tactical RPGs in previous installments, we now turn our attention to perhaps the most popular and hard-to-define sub-genre of RPGs: the action-RPG. You can expect this one to be another three- or four-parter, as trying to do it all at once would require some keen editing, and that is not a thing that I am good at. In today's installment, we'll be looking at the origins and early years of the genre, loosely covering the 1980s. Let's get ready to rumble!..

Just last week we posted the newest trailer and release date for Card Monsters, a card battler from developer Mu77 that's been in the works for quite some time and is hoping to revolutionize the genre on mobile by paring down battles to 3 minutes or less. Well, as promised, Card Monsters: 3 Minute Duels [Free] indeed hit the App Store globally today. Besides its quick matches, Card Monsters also boasts a simplified deck building system where you'll choose just 8 monster types and 8 item types out of a total pool of 450 cards. The monster cards can be leveled up giving them an upgraded status, new skills, and even new card art. In addition, all the monster cards can be augmented by equipping them with items, hopefully offering a nice variety of tactics and strategies for every player. ..

'Mad World' is a Stunning Post-Apocalyptic MMORPG that's Built in HTML5 and Totally Cross-Platform

For several years now, HTML5 has been heralded as this savior of game development that would allow us to all play amazing games cross platform in our browsers and be able to do away with silly things like consoles and App Stores. And that sort of potential definitely exists, but outside of a few neat proof-of-concept things I've seen I haven't been all that impressed with the world of HTML5 gaming. That is likely to change with the arrival of Korean developer Jandisoft's upcoming MMORPG Mad World. While the premise of "humans and their will to survive in a post-apocalyptic fantasy world ravaged by evil creatures" is a bit cliche, there's no denying how freaking awesome Mad World looks in its latest trailer...

'Pigeon Wings' is an EXTREMELY Fast Side-Scrolling Racer with Pigeons that's Coming Soon

Way back in July of 2015, indie developer Ignacio Schiefelbein in collaboration with Kris Hattori announced a fast-paced side-scrolling pigeon racing game called Pigeon Wings on our forums that he intended to finish up and release in about two months' time. Well, you know what they say about best laid plans. The game did not in fact launch in two months but Ignacio popped back into the forum thread in May of last year to let folks know that Pigeon Wings was still in the works. Fast forward another year to another forum update stating that the game was basically finished and just needed some quick beta testing from any volunteers. That testing seemed to go off quite well and at long last Pigeon Wings is about a month away from finally launching. ..

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