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Is single-player mobile gaming about to change forever? If the latest advances in chatbot technology and mobile phones are anything to go by, we might be in for some dramatic changes in the near future. The new face scanning capabilities of the iPhone X and the gaming abilities of artificial intelligence chatbots like Zo are opening the door to new solitary-yet-social gaming experiences that might transform the way we game on our mobile devices...

Blocky Farm is a very promising farmer simulator that's been in soft launch and beta for quite a bit now, and it's going to expand its soft launch to Australia and New Zealand tomorrow, which means more of you can check out this really cute game. Blocky Farm has you managing your farm—including driving the tractor—and taking care of your very cute pets and farm animals. There's a ton of things you can do in your farm that go beyond just driving the tractor around and getting into trouble. You can also use all kinds of cool animal gadgets, complete hundreds of quests in and around your farm, get collectible cards that allow you to upgrade your buildings or discover new gadgets, and a ton of other things...




If you like playing CSR Racing 2 [Free] or you just like the fancy Ferraris, you are in luck. In celebration of the Italian manufacturer's 70th anniversary, CSR2 is getting six tailor-made Ferraris, apparently the only mobile game to be part of Ferrari's 70th anniversary celebration. Specifically, starting today, players can get behind the wheel of cars like the 70th anniversary Ferrari 488 GTB, inspired by Michael Schumacher's F2003-GA Formula 1 card. The event, which starts today and will last until February, will also include cars like the Ferrari California T, inspired by the 1957 250 Testa Rossa Spider Scaglietti, a really good-looking car if you've ever seen it. These six Ferraris have been reproduced in great detail both inside and outside, and they should be a treat for those who like the (usually red) supercars...

Out Now: 'Iron Marines', 'Champions and Challengers - Adventure Time', 'Pocket Mine 3', 'Space Harrier II', 'Crazy Taxi Classic', 'King's Knight', 'OPUS: Rocket of Whispers', 'Tiltagon Turbo' and More

It's that time of week again when we are bombarded with a big batch of new iOS games. I think the highest profile release this week is Iron Marines from Kingdom Rush developer Ironhide, as they don't release games often but when they do they're always fantastic. So far Iron Marines is continuing that tradition. There's a couple of quote unquote "new" games this week too, Space Harrier II and Crazy Taxi, which officially become part of the Sega Forever series today but have both been on mobile already for years now. They're still fun though, so have been included in this week's list just for funsies. Lots of other interesting titles this week too, so be sure to check the full list below and let us know which games you're planning on picking up!..

'Block Fortress: Empires' Is the Next Foursaken Media Game, and It's 'Minecraft' Meets 'Clash of Clans'

I am convinced that Foursaken Media is a collective robotic AI or something that's fine tuned to produce an endless stream of games. Either that, or those guys really don't get any sleep and just develop games non-stop. Just a few days after releasing Noblemen: 1896, the developer is back with another Block Fortress [$1.99] game, Block Fortress: Empires. The first Block Fortress was like Minecraft and tower defense games had a baby, and the sequel, Block Fortress: War, tried to push more towards the direction of RTS and MOBA gameplay. This time around, Block Fortress: Empires takes a bit of Minecraft and a bit of Clash of Clans and turns it into another ambitious game, which has become pretty much the trademark of Foursaken Media games...

We got some huge news for Switch players straight out of Nintendo Direct today; Arena of Valor, the super popular MOBA that is slowly making its way to mobile, is coming to Switch in all its (free-to-play) glory. Arena of Valor (called Honor of Kings in Asia) has been dominating the charts in China to the point where it sparked debates over mobile game addition and was even penalized by the Chinese government. It was actually called a "poison" that's ruining young people and was forced to put limits on daily playing times in an effort to help players under the age of 18 from becoming addicted. Soon afterwards, Honor of Kings launched in Europe under the name Arena of Valor, and we are patiently waiting for it to come to the US...

Sega is continuing on with their Sega Forever initiative, which they announced this past June and sees classic titles from their entire console history coming to mobile in free to play form. The initiative got off to a rocky start both due to underwhelming titles being released and the emulation performance of those titles being less than stellar. To their credit Sega has worked hard since to release new Sega Forever games with an improved emulator and they've promised to roll those improvements out to the existing line of games via updates. Today a bunch of Sega Forever titles received those promised improvements: Altered Beast [Free], Kid Chameleon [Free], Comix Zone [Free], and The Revenge of Shinobi [Free]. ..

We got a look at Square Enix's (then upcoming) King's Knight [Free] at PAX, and our initial impressions were that it was a pretty cool game even if we didn't really understand how to initially play the demo they had on the show floor. Basically, when you're actually playing the game portion of King's Knight, it's a hybrid of a dungeon crawler and a vertical shooter- A super neat mash-up that I'm not sure I've ever seen done before. (Although, on a platform like the App Store, that's almost an impossibility.) Unfortunately, after playing quite a bit of the actual release of King's Knight, I wish I could say I was surprised that it's absolutely packed to the brim with practically every freemium shenanigan in the book: Post-install downloads, multiple gacha systems, connectivity requirements, multiple ways to level up seemingly everything, login bonuses, friend systems, daily quests, and elaborate freemium menus (each often with their own tutorial) to manage all these things. It's really sort of incredible...

I just got finished playing around an hour or so of Ironhide's Iron Marines [$4.99], and it'd be hard for my first impressions of the game to be any better. It's from the developers of the Kingdom Rush [Free] series, so it's not much of a surprise that they'd know how to make a really great mobile game. At its simplest, the easiest way to describe Iron Marines is that it's pretty dang close to a mobile version of StarCraft. At times it even feels a little too on the nose when it comes to riffing directly from the Blizzard classic, but with a unique art style and a fascinating blend between tower defense and real time strategy mechanics, Iron Marines manages to feel distinctly different even if it is giving a unbelievably massive hat tip towards the StarCraft universe...

iOS 11 and ARKit are almost upon us, and even though Apple didn't go into it too much during yesterday's presentation, Augmented Reality has the potential to add some very fun and new features to iOS gaming. Games are already jumping on the AR bandwagon, and the mobile strategy game Gladiator Heroes [Free] will be among the first to add AR features. Specifically, Gladiator Heroes will receive an update on September 19th, the day iOS 11 and ARKit launch. The new update will let players enjoy gladiatorial combat in "real life," which actually looks quite fun and is definitely going to be a great thing to show to people who still don't have a good grasp of what AR can do...

In the summer of 2016, a surprisingly fun musical puzzle game called Tapt [Free] hit the App Store. I posted a first impressions piece on it explaining what you do in the game, which effectively amounts to remembering and tapping the basic beat of a large collection of ultra recognizable songs. It was a basic concept, sure, but it worked very well and was one of those things I couldn't believe hadn't been done before. Well, Tapt developer Stephen Coyle is back with another clever puzzler that also has an interesting twist. It's called Deja [Free] (as in, deja vu) and the inspiration behind the title becomes immediately apparent once you start playing the game...

Ironhide Game Studios is most well-known for their excellent Kingdom Rush trilogy of tower defense games, but back in February of last year they announced a new game that would be tackling a different genre: real-time strategy. We didn't hear much news after that initial announcement until this past January when some beta footage was released, giving us a glimpse of the game in action. Then in March during GDC we went hands-on with an in-progress version of the game and thought it was shaping up quite nicely. Now, after much impatient waiting on my part, that game, Iron Marines [$4.99], has just hit the App Store a day ahead of its scheduled release date. I don't think anyone will be complaining about getting to play this one early! Check out the official trailer for Iron Marines...

We've covered Ankama's Drag'n'Boom [Free] quite a bit in the past based off its real cool trailer. It hit the App Store yesterday, and I just wanted to post about it again in case this gem got lost in all the hustle and bustle of the new iPhone announcements. If this is the first you've heard of Drag'n'Boom, I think the easiest way to describe it is that it's like playing as a dragon inside of a medieval version of The Matrix. Every action you make in the game comes with a slow down bullet time-like effect, and that includes everything from movement to actually firing flames from your mouth...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'King's Knight', 'Sprnkls', 'Saboteur', 'Drag'n'Boom' and More

Oh man, as far as made up holidays are concerned, today's is something I'm actually excited to talk about: It's Roald Dahl Day! As a kid, Roald Dahl was my absolute favorite author, and the boxed set of all of his books is my go-to gift for any kid I know that's in grade school. I'd say Fantastic Mr. Fox was my favorite book of his, but they're all so great it's basically splitting hairs. Wes Anderson's Fantastic Mr. Fox movie is incredibly great as well. OH, aside from honoring an incredible author, there's also a ton of new iOS games that came out this week. I'm posting this roundup a little earlier in the day than I usually do, so expect some surprises to popup throughout the day...

Square Enix's 'King's Knight' Hits the App Store

September 13th, 2017 10:07 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in News, Release
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We got a quick look at Square Enix's King's Knight [Free] back at PAX, and we were pleasantly surprised by what a cool game concept it was. Basically, imagine something that resembles a dungeon crawler hack and slash sort of thing combined with a vertical shooter. It's controlled using a virtual d-pad of sorts, which we didn't initially figure out in our first PAX playthrough...

'Another Lost Phone: Laura's Story' from Accidental Queens Releases on September 21st

Another Lost Phone: Laura's Story from the creators of A Normal Lost Phone [$0.99] finally has a release date. Accidental Queens' original has crossed 100,000 sales worldwide across all platforms. The sequel will feel right at home to fans of the orignal. Laura's Story will again touch on themes not usually seen or themes not seen at all in games. There will be licensed music with songs like "36" by Kwes and "White Gloves" by Khruangbin in addition to more with the original soundtrack that releases on Septmeber 21. Watch the trailer below:..

The First Official Trailer for 'GRID Autosport' Has Been Released, and It Looks Incredible in Motion

While yesterday's Apple Keynote had a relatively strong mobile gaming presence, with the exclusive reveal of Sky from thatgamecompany and some impressive ARKit experiments showing the full capabilities of this exciting new technology, I came out of the conference feeling a little disappointed. Those amongst our lively Discord community will have seen me repeatedly predict that GRID Autosport, Feral Interactive's stunning racing simulator, would make an appearance. After all, if there ever was a game to show off the ridiculous capabilities of the shiny new iPhone X, it'd be GRID Autosport. Thankfully, the developer has numbed the pain somewhat by releasing their first official trailer for their highly anticipated racing title, and I can't help but feel that GRID Autosport could the premium driving simulator that the App Store has desperately needed for so many years...

'Cat Quest' Review - An Interactive How-to on Mobile RPGs

We've had our teeth sunk into Cat Quest [$4.99] here at Touch Arcade Towers for a while now. It's been just about a year since one of our first looks at the game at TGS 2016. Since then we also took a peek into the dev process Gentlebros went through to cook up this Action-RPG offering. A lot of times our Patreon supporters will ask us about games that shape or define a genre, and Cat Quest, for all its levity, has left an indelible paw print on that list. ..

Hearthstone's [Free] Oktoberbrawl has officially commenced, so get ready for some entertaining matches and (of course) pretzels and beer. The way Oktoberbrawl works is there are two teams of three players, Team Light and Team Void, and you can support your team of choice. Team Void consists of Dog, Thijs, and J4CKIECHAN, and Team Light consists of Kripparian, Reynad, and Alliestrasza. The members of these two teams will face off in weekly, live-streamed matches using fresh accounts and building decks from packs earned along the way. Those of us participating in the Oktoberbrawl can help our team of choice get more packs each week by winning Ranked games...

'Taichi Panda 3: Dragon Hunter' Soft Launching Tomorrow

Taichi Panda [Free] and its sequel have been quite successful because of the fast and fluid fighting and the great online multiplayer features that kept players coming back for more. If you are one of the many Taichi Panda players or just want to fun action RPG to play on your devices, you probably want to check out the upcoming Taichi Panda 3: Dragon Hunter, which will soft launch tomorrow. Taichi Panda 3 will have you playing with friends in an open world and will have you playing both on land and in the skies, with huge dragons you can ride and use to take out everyone around you Game of Thrones-style. The seamless map should make exploring and fighting more fun, although the trick is making an open world with enough content and variety as to be interesting...

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