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'Aka to Blue' Review - Red and Blue and Awesome All Over

It has been a bittersweet couple of months for fans of iOS shoot-em-ups. The removal of 32-bit support in the latest version of iOS effectively took out a swath of stunning games in one fell swoop, most notably the entire library of amazing arcade ports of Cave's games. On the positive side, the latest in the Danmaku Unlimited series released, and it was every bit as incredible as we could have hoped. Well, we can chalk another one up for the angels with the international release of Aka to Blue [$7.99], a brand-new bullet hell ballet from Tanoshimasu, a small developer founded by ex-Cave staff. The team's pedigree shows. This game could easily slide into Cave's line-up without much effort, even if it's not quite as rich in extras as some of their mobile ports...

Clash Royale [Free] these days is all about the upcoming new mode called Touchdown (which we talked about over the weekend), and the latest episode of the official podcast Radio Royale talked more about how they came up with the new mode. They talk about how they started removing different parts of the normal arena in order to make a mode that feels different, and that’s how Touchdown came about. They removed the towers, rivers, bridges, etc, and then had to think about how you would score in this new mode. They go on to talk about different versions of scoring and how they settled in the way the scoring works now. They also go into why some of the cards were pretty broken and, therefore, have limits in the way they can be deployed...




Marvel Puzzle Quest [Free] is celebrating its 4-year anniversary (how time flies, doesn't it), and it's adding new characters and introducing new events to the game. Specifically, we are getting a new 3-Star Modern and 5-Star Classic Gambit starting October 5th. In addition to this new character, the developers are adding Anniversary events starting on the 5th as well and ending on the 15th of October. As is always the case, if you log in during that period, you'll get a free Anniversary token. And all events will give players double Iso-8, again as is usually the case during events like this one...

If you've been patiently waiting for the excellent adventure game Thimbleweed Park [$9.99] to hit your Android devices, you'll have to be a bit more patient because the game's release has been pushed back by a week. The game was originally going to be released October 3rd, but now it won't be available until October 10th. Not that big of a delay, but a delay nonetheless. The good news though, according to a developer blog post today, is that the Android build will support controllers, mouse and keyboard, and a wide range of hardware. Android devices come in a multitude of sizes and shapes, which makes development trickier and was the reason for the delay...

Best Meta Decks, Top Podcasts, Fun Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #114

Welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our roundup of the best Hearthstone [Free] stories and videos from last week. Overall, we had a pretty quiet week without any groundbreaking news, but there's always something interesting going on. We have plenty of decks you can copy if you want to either play some crazy decks or actually climb the ladder. Of course, it's one thing to copy a deck and another to figure out how to play it right. Still, quite a few options. In general, though, it's been a quiet week, and I'm guessing it's going to continue to be quiet until we hit BlizzCon and see what the team has in store for us. Until then, enjoy putting together fun decks...

Gameloft has been known for their attempts to bring popular "console-quality" games to the App Store, such as their personal iterations of the Grand Theft Auto series or the Call of Duty series. Gameloft's Modern Combat series has emulated the Call of Duty series throughout all 5 of its past installments and it has steadily gained traction/popularity on the App Store. It appears that the series will continue to thrive with the recent release of Modern Combat Versus [Free] (MCVS). MCVS is Gameloft's first foray into the "hero shooter" genre. However, there are many free-to-play gimmicks/shenanigans within Modern Combat Versus that can make things a bit difficult for the uninformed and casual F2P player. This guide will help you progress in MCVS as smoothly as possible (without spending a penny) by providing information about currency management, team composition, Agent suggestions, and various gameplay tips...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Super Mario Run', 'Order & Chaos 2', 'Shoot the Moon', 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. This week, Nintendo did that thing the one representative said they wouldn't do, a bunch of games got saved from the 32-bit graveyard, and an old enemy made its return. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

Crazy Dungeon Crawler 'The Scrungeon Depths' Has a Hilarious New Trailer, Launching November 9th on the App Store

Earlier this year, we brought you news on the eclectic endless roguelike dungeon crawler The Scrungeon Depths, and both the early previews and tremendous beta testing response have emphasised how well developer Chase Holton has refined the humorous and hectic nature of the game. With some pretty pixel art graphics and a lot of enemies to slay, The Scrungeon Depths reminds me of the likes of Death Road to Canada [$10.99] and The Binding of Isaac [$14.99] but dialled up to 11, which is a fantastically enticing prospect. After a few weeks of radio silence, the developer has revealed a brilliant brand new trailer for the game, and has also announced that The Scrungeon Depths will be launching on the App Store next month on November 9th...

Puzzle Platformer Remake 'Duke Dashington Remastered' Is Charging Onto the App Store on November 9th

2014's Duke Dashington [$0.99] was the first in a long line of awesome puzzle platforming titles from developer Adventure Islands, and the frantic nature of the challenges combined with the Wario-esque arrogant swagger of the titular protagonist resulted in a particularly memorable mobile experience. Those of us who may have enjoyed the original game will be all to aware that the recent 32-bit Appocalypse means the game is currently unplayable on iOS 11, however the developers have seized this seemingly sad situation to bring Duke Dashington charging into 2017 in style. Enter Duke Dashington Remastered - don't let the name fool you, this entirely new game in the series is built from the ground up with new level design and improvements in almost every aspect of the title, and is set to launch on the App Store on November 9th...

Thomas Was Alone [$4.99], the BAFTA Award winning game from Mike Bithell has finally been updated with 64-bit support. Bossa Studios has handled the iOS release and while I was originally very pleased to be able to play this on another platform, the port could be better. It was updated after launch with DLC and also became a Universal release to work on both iPhones and iPads. Now that it has been updated with iOS 11 support, I hope the team works on a performance update. Watch the original launch trailer below: ..

We've written about REKT [$1.99] a couple times over the past few months, and for good reason. The game's beautiful futuristic aesthetic design combined with an exciting sandbox freedom to just barrel-roll around playgrounds resulted in something that Jared explained as 'if Jet Car Stunts had a baby with the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater warehouse level', and I can't really describe REKT any better than that. The emphasis on ridiculous combos, high scores and meticulous exploration from the latter skating series comes across strong at first glance, from grinding rails to making a tremendous leap of faith across a perilous gap between platforms, and maybe REKT can fill the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 void ever since the beloved iPhone port was killed by future iOS updates. At the very least, it looks like a lot of fun, and REKT is finally available to download on the App Store for $1.99 today...

Good news, Clash Royale [Free] players. Your favorite game is about to get a brand new mode, and it looks and plays very differently than everything else we've played before. This new mode is called Touchdown, and it can only be played in 2v2 (at least for the time being). The developers showed off Touchdown earlier today, and you can check it out here. This mode is a draft-only mode and is played on a field with no towers, rivers, or bridges; instead, it's played on a field with two end zones, one on each side. Every time a troop walks into the end zone, you get a crown. At three crowns, you win the game. Most minions can only be played within a specific part of the field, and spells can be played anywhere on the field...

With EA's FIFA 18 now out for PC and consoles, many amateur soccer players and managers are getting back into kicking the ball around and buying packs to build their Ultimate Team. If you are one of many who own the game (I'm one of them, too), don't forget to grab the FIFA 18 Companion [Free] app to make your life much easier and to manage your squad on the go. The Companion app allows you to manage all aspects of your club—players, managers, consumables—while you're on the bus or waiting at the bank (to get more money so you can buy more packs). You can also keep a closer eye on the transfer market so you can pick up that great attacker you've been eyeing for a while. And, of course, you can buy more stuff on the go, especially special offers or lightning rounds...

Severed [$1.99] from Drinkbox is another game in the "I released on console but play best on mobile" club. Read our glowing review of it from Carter here. Severed is a dungeon crawler with a fantastic art style and gameplay that matches the quality of the art. I own it on 3 different consoles and iOS and it plays like a dream on touch. It originally launched last year on iOS and then had an update that added 3D Touch and iMessage stickers. It is now down to just $1.99 which is a historic low for the game. Watch the trailer for it below:..

The RPG Reload Play-Along: 'Final Fantasy Tactics'

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload Play-Along. Each month, we'll be playing an iOS RPG together, sharing laughs and tears in equal measures. The post on the front page (like this one!) is basically here to announce the game in question and give a few tips on getting started. The real action will be happening in the TouchArcade forums, where you'll find a thread dedicated to each month's featured game. Sign up if you haven't already, post your screenshots, ask for advice, or just chat about your misadventures with others. We've got a great community of RPG fans here at TouchArcade, so let's make the most of it!..

Asmodee Digital has been releasing some fun card and board games, and the latest release, Harald: A Game of Influence [$1.99], sounds like an interesting concept and unlike most other card games on the App Store. Harald is all about using your cards to win the King's favor. You play as the head of a village, and you try to use your cards to charm the most influential character of the realm and be noticed by the King. The game comes with six different characters, each with different bonuses and function. You've got the scout, the merchant, and bard, the warrior, and so on. I like games where characters have different powers because that introduced interesting tactics and forces you to rethink your strategies depending on who you're playing as...

Lost Colossus [$1.99] by Game Stew Studio, the developer behind games like Tower of Fortune and The Lost Shield, is out now, so get ready for some retro robot warfare. As we talked about recently, Last Colossus is an ACT/RPG where you play as a commander who gains control of a giant robot after crash-landing on a war-torn planet. As me and other in our forums have pointed out, gamers love controlling giant robots. This simulation game spans 9 chapters, which come with plenty of different enemies and, of course, bosses that want nothing but to take you down. And the game offers 3 different endings that depend on the choices you make, which should offer more replayability for those who want their gaming bucks to stretch as much as possible...

If you've played the terrific Thimbleweed Park [$9.99], you'll know that's a great adventure game. What you probably also know if you've read any coverage on the game is that the game is usually talked about within the context of nostalgia, especially given how the team behind it includes people who worked at Lucasarts and are behind some of the greatest adventure games ever. In a recent interview though, Jenn Sandercock, a game designer involved in Thimbleweed Park's development, cautioned against having nostalgia be the linchpin of any discussion on adventure games and talked about how you can use the same mechanics as older games and still allow the genre to progress...

Remember when back in May we wrote about Blizzard possibly developing a new mobile game based on a job opening? Well, it looks like that game is going to be an MMO RTS. The website Icy Veins spotted a very promising job ad that is, interestingly, now gone. According to the now-deleted job opening posted yesterday, Blizzard is seeking an experienced Unity mobile client engineer to work on an unannounced MMO RTS project. There's no more information outside a request for the developer to have a strong understanding of 3D graphics and shaders, which doesn't say much other than the game will have 3D assets. The job opening was immediately taken down, so it's possible Blizzard didn't want these details out (or they just want to fix an issue with the job ad and repost it)...

Mi-Clos Studio has given us some great games, including the various versions of Out There (and there are some other great games on the way), and it also gave us the not-so-great interactive fiction version of that universe called Out There Chronicles [$2.99]. Now the studio is getting closer to releasing the second episode of Out There Chronicles, and it needs your help to beta test and improve it. If you're interested in being a part of the beta testing for the game, head over here and sign up for either the iOS or Android version. That way, you can make sure your voice is heard...

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