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Bossa Studios recently released Spy_Watch [$1.99], a game built for the Apple Watch. Gamasutra spoke to Bossa COO Vince Farquharson to talk about how gaming on a watch should work, and he had some interesting things to say, such as:..

Offworld Games Announce 'Reiner Knizia's The Confrontation,' Set for This Summer

Over on our forums, Offworld Games announced today that their iPad port of The Confrontation will hit the App Store later this summer. The Confrontation is a turn-based strategy game by famed German board game designer Reiner Knizia. It's similar to Stratego in that you can't see your opponent's units until they engage in battle, but it features fewer units and an extra layer of card-based combat mechanics. ..

Connecting to unfamiliar wireless networks is sometimes a necessity especially when you travel, but The Skycure folks have found something pretty annoying for iOS users. What they found is an SSL vulnerability that causes iOS devices to crash and reboot continually as long as the device is on the WiFi network in question. This certificate exists in a wide array of apps so chances are high that if you are connected to a network utilizing this DoS tactic, you will probably be affected. They have 3 remediation suggestions. First, disconnect from the WiFi if you get hit with this thing. Second, update your iOS version to the latest. Third, be wary of unfamiliar free WiFi. ..

As always, the Wednesday night App Store releases leave off a few really cool games that don't release at the Thursday midnight time because either the games have been scheduled later than the normal release time, are released manually, or just wind up going through odd App Store problems. It affects everyone, from 16-year old developers, to an organization that was around before television was even invented. All are equal in the eyes of Apple, and must wait to be approved. Here's three of the rad stragglers from last night:..

It's time for more Hearthstone[Free] Solo Adventures as the fourth wing of Blackrock Mountain Adventure (BRM) has just opened. Now that you've cleaned out BRM's Blackrock Depths, Molten Core, and Blackrock Spire, it's time to take on Blackwing Lair. The bosses Razorgore, Vaelastraz, Chromaggus, and Lord Victor Nefarius are expecting you, and if you beat them, you get the Legendary Chromaggus. Today's Wing also includes two Class Challenges, Warlock and Rogue...

Diego Cathalifaud's mobile roguelike trilogy is concluding with another solid game: Arcane Tower [$1.99]. After the fun Amber Halls [$1.99] and Power Grounds [$0.99] each released last year, a game with similar flat visuals and roguelike gameplay. It's a great way to end the trilogy, bringing another solid game that's great on the go...

The App Store is officially ready for the Apple Watch launch tomorrow. The Apple Watch app now has a section that shows Apple's picks for the top apps compatible with the Apple Watch. Rules! [$2.99] and Trivia Crack [$2.99 / Free] make the list for games that they recommend, though plenty of games have been updated for the Apple Watch and plenty more are being updated right now with Watch support...

Back in September, every player who enjoys strategy games on iOS read in utter disbelief the news that Shenandoah Studio, the developer of some of the most acclaimed iOS wargames, and some of my personal favorites, such as Battle of the Bulge, Drive on Moscow, and Desert Fox, was acquired by strategy-gaming giant, Slitherine. Most players didn't know how to process the news, especially because at the time Shenandoah was developing its Gettysburg: The Tide Turns game, which it had kickstarted with some success. The acquisition was followed by too many months of silence on behalf of both Shenandoah and Slitherine...

Originally revealed on September 12, 2012, the 5th generation iPod touch is really starting to show its age. It's still rocking a 4" screen and an A5 chip, which was cool in 2012- Not so much in 2015. Apple has slightly fiddled with the iPod touch since then, but entirely through releasing cheaper models without cameras and changing pricing around. Internals have remained the same. The iPod touch used to be an incredibly popular platform around TouchArcade, particularly in the early days of the iPhone, but has since really fallen out of favor as the iPhone and iPad have so vastly exceeded its performance...

The Crissaegrim NES30 Pro isn't 8bitdo Tech's first portable iOS gamepad, but it's certainly the flashiest. Normally, I'd be skeptical that the NES30 Pro actually exists—the internet is littered with vaporware accessories gussied-up to look like old Nintendo products—but the Hong Kong-based company has other gamepads at a reasonable price on honest-to-goodness retailers, so I'll play along...

Out Now: 'Does Not Commute', 'Sorcery! 3', 'Battle Odyssey', 'Dungeon Link', 'Demon Hunter: Chronicles from Beyond', 'Pinball Sniper' and More

It's new video game day, and for whatever reason many of the games we posted about earlier today as "coming tonight" became available in the US much sooner than the normal 11pm EST time. Hey, whatever! Here's a list of everything from today and some things from earlier in the week. For my money, I'm most excited for Does Not Commute, which is laugh out loud entertaining, and Sorcery! 3 which is the same excellent digital gamebooking we've come to expect from Inkle with some incredible new features. Check out the games below and let us know which ones are tickling your fancies...

Well, Minecraft Pocket Edition (MCPE) [$6.99] developer Tommaso Checchi has just given a lovely present to all those who play Minecraft on their mobile devices by announcing that the Nether is finally in active development for MCPE. Players have been wishing for the Nether to be included in MCPE almost as intensely as they had been wishing for the inclusion of infinite worlds. Since infinite worlds were added in a recent update, players were expecting that the Nether would be next...

Miniclip's 'Beast Quest' Hunts Worldwide in May

Miniclip's working on its game Beast Quest at the moment, a sort of Infinity Blade [$5.99] take on the Beast Quest book series. Folks have been playing it in soft launch the last few weeks, both Canadians and those adding "eh" after everything they say to seem Canadian and play these games early. Well, the good news is that you non-Canadians can enjoy the game for yourself starting on May 7th, when Beast Quest launches worldwide for free. Check out a new "let's play" video of the second world of the game, straight from Miniclip themselves:..

I don't know what's in the water this week with a bunch of surprise updates for games that haven't been updated in a while, but I am all in favor of this continuing to happen. The latest game to get a surprise update? Orbital [$2.99 / Free / $2.99 (HD)], the rad puzzler from BitForge. It hasn't seen an update in almost four years, but this great puzzler from 2009 is all set up for modern devices. It's got support for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, adds in native widescreen support, and the app has even gone universal now. The HD version is still around, but it's just worth picking up the original version now...

Want to See 'Cally's Caves 3' Footage? Well, Have All the 'Cally's Caves 3' Footage in the World!

There are some developers who are very protective of pre-release game footage. Sometimes this is for good reason, like protecting simple game ideas from getting exposed and replicated by unscrupulous developers willing to create spurious apps before the authentic ones can come out. But often, this is just misguided silliness – not to name names, but there's always rad games I see at GDC where developers are scared of getting video out there, even though their games look amazing in early form. Jordan Pearson, developer of Cally's Caves [Free] and Cally's Caves 2 [Free], is not one of those developers. In fact, he's just posted a gameplay video of an early build of Cally's Caves 3 that runs for almost 50 minutes, showing off the shotgun weapon in the game, and the intended balancing of the weapon...

Good news! The Disc Drivin' [$2.99 / Free / $4.99 (HD)] update that includes three new tracks and iPhone 6/Plus optimizations has just launched on the App Store. Our long national nightmare is over! All three versions of the game have been updated with the new courses and features as appropirate. The game's three themes: ice, desert, and road, are all represented in each of the three new courses...

'Seek' is a Gorgeous Game Jumping From Android to iOS in May

Scotland-based student developers Five Pixels are launching their award-winning mobile game Seek on iOS in a couple of weeks on May 7th. The game has been available on Android for a bit now, but this is the first chance for iPhone and iPad owners to try out this gorgeous exploration game. You use tilt and gyroscope sensors to look around an island, trying to find your friends, using your thumbs to go forward and backward. You collect new senses as you find your friends, which make it easier to discover where everyone is. It's a gorgeous-looking game in motion...

It's always great to see games that otherwise seem lost to history get updated with new content. Plasma Sky [$0.99] is a fun shoot 'em up from 2013 that's just been updated to version 5.0, bringing some new content to the game. The big new addition is the new Blockade mode, which throws wave after wave of block enemies and formations that is designed be tough and quick to play. ..

Oh hey, this seems to be a good week for games suddenly getting updated after long periods of inactivity. Now Bring Me Sandwiches [Free] has been a updated for modern devices. The game has not just gotten an update for iPhone 6/Plus resolutions as many games do, but it has widescreen support for the iPhone 5. Yes, it's been a while since this one was updated. The other big change is that the game has been shifted to be free with ads. There's no ad-removal IAP at the moment, but the ads just seem to consist of interstitials that pop up, though they were popping up errors for me. ..

We are still in the awkward feeling-around phase of the Apple Watch, where there's a bunch of games and apps being made, and we don't quite know what exactly is going to work. Will companion apps to bigger apps and games succeed? Well, Gameloft's at least trying something with Modern Combat 5 [Free], as they updated the game with Apple Watch support. You can get notifications, sign up for in-game events, and even change your character. Want to customize your weapons while the thought comes to mind, without loading up the whole game to change it? You can do so from your Apple Watch...

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