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About the Author

An avid gamer since he was in diapers, Jared has owned just about every portable and console game system released in the last 30 years. A decade ago, video editing brought him into the world of Macs, and since making the switch he's never had one thought of turning back. The inception of the iPhone and App Store has replaced his need to buy every game and system released, and instead focus on Apple's do-everything device that meets all his portable gaming needs.

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Missile Cards'

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...

One of the oldest and best RPG series on mobile just keeps on getting better as today the HD version of The Quest - Hero of Lukomorye [$2.99] arrived in the App Store. As we explained when the previous expansion Thor's Hammer [$2.99] arrived early this month, the game known simply as The Quest [$7.99] in the App Store is actually the HD remake of the original The Quest, which has been renamed to The Quest Classic [$4.99]. The Quest Classic has been around for ages, even before smartphones, and has had numerous expansions released for it, both by original developer Redshift and many by 3rd party developer Zarista Games. The five part Hero of Lukomorye is the work of Zarista and was one of the earliest and one of the biggest expansions, coming right on the heels of Redshift's own Islands of Ice and Fire [$3.99], which is also available as an HD version as of September of last year. ..




Humorous Puzzle RPG 'Star Vikings Forever' Arriving on iOS and Android July 6th

Just about a month ago, Chroma Squad [$4.99] developer Rogue Snail announced that they'd partnered up with Akupara Games in order to bring a revamped version of their incredibly silly puzzle RPG Star Vikings from Steam over to iOS and Android as Star Vikings Forever. We knew the game would be launching in July, but we didn't know WHEN in July… until today! The developers have announced that Star Vikings Forever will be arriving next Thursday, July 6th. Just a week away! The original Star Vikings launched on Steam in October of last year and has garnered a positive reception with its silly sense of humor and vibrant characters. They've released a brand new trailer for Star Vikings Forever which, THANKFULLY, retains the kick-ass theme song for the game...

Gorgeous Adventure Game 'The Lion's Song' Final Episode and Mobile Release Coming July 13th

As we talked about last month, Mipumi Games is bringing their beautiful early 20th century narrative adventure The Lion's Song to iOS and Android, and now we know exactly when that will be: July 13th. The Lion's Song follows the story of four distinct Austrian characters who work in the arts and science fields and takes "a closer look at their intimate struggles with creativity and inspiration." The first episode of the game originally launched in July of last year on Steam for PC, and two additional episodes have released since, with each episode dealing with one of the characters in the game. The fourth and final episode, appropriately titled Closure, will take place on a train as all the characters and storylines interweave with each other. Here's a trailer for Episode 4 - Closure...

Out Now: 'Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow', 'Missile Cards', 'Kalimba', 'Swing King and the Temple of Bling', 'Final Fantasy XV: A New Empire', 'Safari Kart', 'Fate/Grand Order', 'All That Remains: Part 1' and More

We're about halfway through the week which means it's time for a deluge of new iOS games to hit the App Store. And WHAT a week we've got. Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow has arrived and as long as you're not opposed to typical free to play game stuff it seems like it's chock full of cool fan service. If free to play's not your thing, the fully premium Missile Cards is a mashup of card game and Missile Command and it's been getting rave reviews in our community so far. It's a port of a desktop game, as is the puzzle platformer Kalimba which was very well regarded on that platform. And much more! So dig into the full list of games below and let us know which games you've got your eye on this week...

Silly Simulation Game 'Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?!' Mashing Onto Mobile in July

Typically in role-playing adventures it's the heroes and heroines who are out there completing quests, helping out citizens of the land, and banishing baddies to dust who are the main focus of the game. Yes, those brave souls get all the glory, but do you know who REALLY deserves some credit? Those poor folks who are out there making hundreds and hundreds of weapons for those heroes to use. I mean, you probably aren't going to slay any dragons with your bare hands, you know? These overlooked sub-heroes are the focus of Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?!, a humorous simulation game from Daylight Studios which released to a highly positive reception on Steam two years ago and is finally making its way to mobile next month. Check out this silly, silly trailer for Holy Potatoes! A Weapon Shop?!..

Bullet Hell Shooter 'Danmaku Unlimited 3' Arriving on iOS and Android August 10th

Sunny Tam's Danmaku Unlimited series is one of the best bullet hell shoot 'em up series available on mobile. We reviewed the original Danmaku Unlimited [$1.99 / Free] when it first released in the App Store nearly 6 years ago and enjoyed the heck out of it, and a couple of years later the sequel Danmaku Unlimited 2 [$4.99 / Free] was released offering even more frantic shooter gameplay. Well, it's been far too long since we've had a new Danmaku Unlimited game and it sounds like Sunny Tam agrees as he's just announced that Danmaku Unlimited 3 will be arriving on mobile on August 10th. Check out this awesome launch trailer for the game...

'JiPPO! Street' is an Arcade Game About Matching Dice to Build Buildings, Coming July 6th

You may be familiar with Finnish husband-and-wife development duo Kiemura from their previous mobile releases like Tiltagon [Free], Hovercrash [Free], and Piranh.io [Free], and this week they've announced their newest mobile project called JiPPO! Street. In the game you'll be tasked with building houses along a street by way of matching dice. A dump truck will drop off one die and you'll control a crane carrying another die, and you'll need to quickly swipe to change the face of the die on your crane so that it matches with the die on the ground before the crane drops it right on top. It's actually a much simpler concept than I'm making it sound, as you can see in the trailer for JiPPO! Street...

Dual-Character Puzzle Platformer 'Kalimba' Hits this Thursday with Same-Device Co-Op on iPad

Flashbulb Games is a company formed by the founding members of the gaming studio Press Play, which was acquired by Microsoft in 2012 and shuttered in May of last year. They've made it their mission to ensure that some of the best games put out by Press Play can live on under their new studio's moniker, and they've already done so in the mobile space by releasing the previously Windows-exclusive Tentacles: Enter the Mind [Free] onto iOS last November and re-releasing the previously Microsoft-published 2012 hit Tentacles: Enter the Dolphin [$2.99] to iOS in December. Their next big project was to bring Kalimba, a novel puzzle platformer released by Press Play in late 2014 on Xbox One and in the spring of 2015 on desktop, over to iOS. They were on the hunt for beta testers early last month, and it appears as if all systems are now go following that testing period as Kalimba is all set to arrive on the App Store this Thursday...

Point and Click Adventure 'Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis' Heading to the App Store Later this Year

Secret Files: Tunguska [$3.99] is a point and click adventure that launched on desktop way back in 2006, and despite not being one of the more fondly remembered adventure games of the time, we enjoyed it well enough when it made its way to mobile back in the summer of 2014. While the game was originally developed by Animation Arts and published on mobile by Deep Silver, the two companies have since severed ties and Secret Files: Tunguska was re-released this past April under the Animation Arts label in the App Store. Now, again under their own label, Animation Arts will be bringing the sequel Secret Files 2: Puritas Cordis to the App Store later this year. ..

'Hang Line' is Like a Vertical 'Hook Champ' and is Heading to iOS and Android Soon

Every once in a while a trailer comes rolling across my desk here at TouchArcade and within a few seconds of watching it I instantly think "Now THAT is exactly MY type of game!" That describes just what happened when I watched the trailer for Hang Line, the first mobile release from developer Ed Kay, who has worked on mobile and console games previously but this is his first release entirely solo. The goal in Hang Line is to shoot your grappling hook out to hook onto chunks of a mountain, most of which will just instantly start falling once you've hung your weight on them. This means you'll need to quickly fling yourself from point to point trying to reach ever higher while also avoiding your everyday typical hazards like avalanches and goats attacking you. You know, normal stuff. Check out the awesome trailer...

'Missile Command' and 'Solitaire' Mashup 'Missile Cards' Launching this Week

Do you like single-player card games like Solitaire but wish they had more explosions and stuff? Then developer Nathan Meunier's Missile Cards is for you. Released on desktop a couple of months ago, Missile Cards has you defending a city from incoming attacks by playing a card game, and the concept seemed like it would be such a great fit for mobile that our own now departed Carter Dotson bugged the developer enough on Twitter that he decided to bring it on over to mobile. He MAY have been planning that anyway, but don't burst Carter's bubble, ok? About a month later, a beta test kicked off for Missile Cards, and here we are just about a month removed from that and the game finally has an official release date: This Wednesday, June 28th...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Cash Cow: Anniversary Edition'

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...

Last week we detailed a massive new update that's heading to Rocketcat and Madgarden's sublime Death Road to Canada [$9.99], an update they've dubbed the COCCYX update. It's set to add a fancy new currency called Zombo Points which you'll need to earn through actually playing the game (no IAP!) and can spend on buying new perks and abilities. It pretty much replaces the current perk progression system with something that's a bit more clear and similar to progression systems in other games. There are also lots of new characters being added in this update, and that's the focus of today's news piece as the developers have just released a new video showing some of those new characters in action...

We've been excited for the release of Touchdowners [Free] ever since its first unveiling early last month. I mean, this is from the people who have made wacky physics-based sports games like Wrassling [Free], Dunkers [Free], and Golf Zero [Free]. How could I NOT be excited for their wacky physics-based interpretation of American Football? And as we learned a week ago, Touchdowners was all set for a June 22nd release. Except… it didn't show up in time for our normal weekly new games roundup, which I though was kind of weird, and we hadn't heard anything from the developers about when specifically it was releasing, which was also pretty weird as they usually send emails about everything. ..

Check Out New Footage of 'Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition' Being Played with a Gamevice Controller, Game Launching Early July

Capcom launched the original Street Fighter IV [$4.99] for mobile way back in the March of 2010, and despite being a scaled down version of the full console game it played surprisingly well with its smattering of virtual buttons. A little more than a year later saw the release of Street Fighter IV Volt [$4.99], a new version of the game with the massive new feature of online multiplayer as well as a smattering of additional improvements. Street Fighter IV Volt was pretty darn popular with a really active online community, but for some reason all that success didn't translate into much post-launch support or any more new games, and the Street Fighter IV series on mobile remained dormant for the next several years. Until just under a month ago when Capcom Mobile announced Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition, a revamped version of Volt with long-awaited new features like new characters, widescreen support, higher resolution visuals, and MFi controller support. Then just last week a new trailer was released showcasing the many new characters that are set to arrive in Champion Edition. In regards to MFi support, that new feature is the focus of a new video from Gamevice showcasing Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition being played with a Gamevice controller for the iPhone...

Out Now: 'Panthera Frontier', 'Age of Rivals', 'The Little Acre', 'Phantasy Star II', 'Hopeless 3: Dark Hollow Earth', 'Dash Legends', 'Hey Wingman' and More

Welcome to another week of new iOS games, and it's definitely an unusual week compared to most. First off, it's quite a bit busier than your typical week for some reason. But the other weird thing is that Sega launched its Sega Forever program which sees classic Sega titles released for mobile for free, and we'll continue to see new titles every two week for the foreseeable future. The problem is that this initial batch is far from exciting, and 3 of the 5 games released were games that have already been on iOS in some fashion. Even the 2 new to mobile games are nothing to write home about. Anyway, it'll be interesting to see how that initiative evolves, but even if you're not into old Sega games there's TONS of awesome stuff on offer this week so check out the full list below and let us know which games you'll be picking up!..

After teasing something called "Sega Forever" this entire month, today Sega finally unveiled what the heck this thing is: Sega Forever is a new initiative to bring classic Sega titles to mobile devices, and the first batch of 5 games has just launched in the App Store today. On the surface, Sega Forever sounds great. The selection of games can come from any of Sega's game consoles from the past, meaning everything from the Sega Master System right up through the Sega Dreamcast. The games are released for free and supported with ads, but a one-time IAP may be purchased to disable those ads as well as provide offline saving. Finally, and perhaps best of all, is that all Sega Forever games will support MFi controllers, so those that own a physical controller can play these games the way they were originally designed, with physical buttons. ..

It's been a crazy couple of years for Umbrella Games since transitioning from that company that made the Crossy Road of Q-Bert games with Down The Mountain [Free] into a full-fledged developer and publisher of mobile games, expanding their library to more than two dozen titles. And it's hardly a trickle of new releases as it seems like every time Umbrella announces a new game, it's not just ONE new game but multiple new games. Well, they're taking that and really running with it seems, as Umbrella has debuted a new supercut video of all their upcoming titles for this summer and there's a whopping 15 games on offer. Check out a bit of each and every one in the following trailer...

'Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow' Hits the App Store and Google Play on June 29th

Back in February, Jam City and its in-house development studio TinyCo teased a new mobile game based on the Futurama animated series called Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow. At that time we really had no idea what type of game this would be based on the single teaser image, but just about a month ago the developers released a new teaser trailer and some new still images that painted a pretty clear picture of Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow. It'll be a city-building type of game with some PvP battling and a little choose-your-own-adventure stuff thrown in for good measure. That brings us to today, where they've finally announced the release date for Futurama: Worlds of Tomorrow alongside this lovely new animated trailer...