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'Garou: Mark of the Wolves' Review - When Butt Fights Dong, We All Win

The latest port of an SNK Neo-Geo fighting game to iOS is one of the best yet. Garou: Mark of the Wolves [$3.99] has a reputation as being one of the last Dreamcast games to release in the US, a late-era Neo Geo game, and as a darn good fighter, the last in the main Fatal Fury series. Now it's on iOS along with other ports done by DotEmu, but this version winds up being one of the best ports yet thanks to the robust features included...

Update Mondays: 'WWE Immortals', 'The Simpsons: Tapped Out', 'Bean Dreams', 'Partia 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. The theme with many of this week's updates is the Chinese New Year. Goats for everyone! 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 - 194 - Fifty Shades of TA

February 20th, 2015 10:00 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Podcast

LogoThis week's podcast starts off with the favorite spectator sport of TouchArcade: Watching what Nintendo is up to. With the release of their first "real" free to play game that has lives, energy systems, dual currencies, and all that nastiness... It seems like Big-N is in an even weirder spot than it was before. But, from there we talk about the games of the week with the requisite Mike Meade Game™ Pancake - The Game [Free], and how much I love and hate clickers like AdVenture Capitalist [Free]. From there we get on to talking about Alto's Adventure [$1.99] and you'll get to hear Jared's mind blown in real time as he plays through the AG Drive [$3.99] tutorial. Then we move on to hitting a few big news stories of the week like WWE Immortals [Free] getting updated and the The World Ends With You drama.

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'AG Drive'

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: 2/20/15 - 'Auro' and 'Alto's Adventure'

It was perhaps a slower-than-normal review week in the world of iOS, but there were definitely a couple of real gems. Here's the top scoring games of the reviews published this week, in case you missed any of them in the flurry of other news posts and videos in the last seven days:..

Pinball Arcade [$0.99] is like a digital museum of real-life pinball machines that's been kicking around on various platforms, including iOS, for a few years now. It's had a staggering number of pinball machines added to it over the years, some that are high-profile, big-name IPs and some more obscure stuff. The holy grail of these real-life pinball machines is The Addams Family Pinball which was created and release in the early '90s to coincide with the Addams Family movie. ..

One of the more highly-anticipated games around TA finally launched this week with Built By Snowman's Alto's Adventure [$1.99]. The game has been highly praised for its beautiful art, which has caused it to gain a lot of traction and even get coverage on several media outlets that don't normally cover video games. It's definitely striking enough to have a mainstream appeal, and I myself have to confess that I'm constantly being stricken by the game's beauty. However, as a long-time gamer and someone who has played more side-scrolling endless runners than I can count, I admit that I was underwhelmed gameplay-wise the first time I took Alto's Adventure for a spin. It felt like, "That's it?"..

'Swipey Rogue' is a Roguelike-Inspired Swipe-Action Game Coming This Spring

First-Order Games, founded by an ex-AAA developer going indie, has revealed their first game, Swipey Rogue. The title seems to be exactly what the game is going for: roguelike-inspired gameplay with swipe controls. In particular, you have auto-running, and levels that you have to try and defeat as quickly as possible. The game is more roguelike-inspired, particularly from grid-based games than anything as the levels are designed instead of procedurally-generated, but given that "roguelike" has become a catchall term to describe many games, I suppose this isn't a terrible violation of what "roguelikes" are supposed to be. But this video shows off some of what to expect:..

'Spinner Tronic', a "Techno-Arcade Game," Goes From Android to iOS Soon

Perishtronic Studios last month released their game Spinner Tronic on Android, and now they're working on bringing the game to iOS very soon. Spinner Tronic is described by developer Perishtronic Studios as a "techno-arcade game," which seems like a good way to describe anything derived from Super Hexagon [$2.99] as this game is. You control a spinner around a spinning game board, with different pie-shaped indicators popping up for you to try and tap on. Depending on which side of the screen you tap, you either keep spinning in that direction or spin back in the other one. Each indicator has different criteria to be removed, such as being hit multiple times, or tapping-and-holding, and so on...

The other day, we talked about Doctor Who: Legacy [Free] which has been steadily getting updated ever since its release. Another game which keeps on chugging along is Order & Chaos Online [Free] from Gameloft. The MMORPG got Twitch streaming last year, but it's still getting content ever since its release over three years ago. The latest content drop for the game, update 23, has a new dungeon: "Rising Flare: Burn Out the Night" – because all great dungeons have names with sub-titles...

Last month NetherRealm Studios and Phosphor Games unleashed WWE Immortals [Free] onto a bunch of unsuspecting marks. In simple terms, WWE Immortals is NetherRealm's Injustice: Gods Among Us [Free] for mobile but reskinned with superhero versions of WWE wrestlers. That's not necessarily a bad thing though, as Injustice is fantastic and the world of WWE is full of colorful characters who could fit right into a game like this. In fact I'm a big fan of Immortals, and gave it 4 stars in my review, basically stating that it was off to a great start but it has a long way to go to catch up to Injustice in terms of content and polish. ..

New 'Devious Dungeon 2' Screens Released, Beta Testing Beginning Soon

Late last month Ravenous Games announced a sequel to their excellent roguelike platformer Devious Dungeon [$1.99]. The new game will retain certain elements of the original, like randomly generated levels and enemy placements, but flesh the whole experience out with 3 playable character classes, mini-bosses, new traps and hazards and more. Today Ravenous has posted a couple of new screens of Devious Dungeon 2 in our forums, the top one shows the new Mage character while the bottom shows off the Rogue...

YouTube is starting to become as dangerous of a rabbit hole as Wikipedia. This morning when looking up a video for the article on Magic Shot I posted, I went wandering down the related videos path which went to another video on French billiards, to something on the English channel, to something about the Titanic, to this video about how accelerometers work...

'Loot and Legends', Based on 'Card Hunter', Makes Appearance in Canada

One of the criticisms of last year's Card Dungeon [$3.99] was its similarities to the PC game Card Hunter, being games with similar visual styles, a card focus, and dungeon crawling. Well, Card Hunter is making its way to mobile at last, as Seattle-based DropForge soft-launched Loot and Legends the other day, which is based on Card Hunter. You control a team of heroes through a dungeon, collecting cards and progressing through dungeons made to look like a tabletop game...

We're just over a week away from GDC, and if it's anything like previous years, the time between now and then is going to absolutely fly by until you're frantically scrambling to get to the airport. We've posted about it a few times already, but on Tuesday at GDC we're having a party with the theme of sticker swapping with other iOS developers. We've done this before, and it's always a ton of fun to go home with a suitcase full of stickers from all your favorite games...

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