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One of the things I love about RPGs is how wide and diverse the genre is. There are so many different things an RPG can do well to make a name for itself, whether it be telling a great story, having deep character customization options to play with, bringing an interesting world to life for players to explore, using interesting combat mechanics to force you to think in new ways, or any other of the genre's fine traits. Generally speaking, no two RPGs are quite alike, and some of them are so different from each other it's a wonder we fit them into the same genre at all. I enjoy digging into any RPG and trying to find that thing that makes it special, and even if it's not to my personal tastes, it's always interesting to see how it works and who it might appeal to...

Framed [$4.99] feels like the first half of what should be a really good game. It's a title with a great premise: rearranging comic book panels both in order and rotation so that the protagonist in the scene makes it to the end without getting detected by cops or falling to their doom. The cops in the world of Framed were not the academy's best and brightest students, as they don't even turn around for the protagonist running through doors right behind them. "See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" is the motto of the Framed Police Department, but good for the characters in this game, all trying to get control of a mysterious briefcase...

We're entering that time of year where publications start giving out their "game of the year" awards to various games. And, well, most of them will totally ignore mobile games. But one of the first GOTY lists has come out and a mobile game is number one, and it's a bit of an unexpected inclusion: 80 Days [$4.99] by Inkle was named Time's Game of the Year. It being a bit surprising to be in a mainstream publication – albeit not a gaming-specific one – is not a function of the game's quality (which is excellent) but that it wasn't one of those games that hit the mainstream. There is a Monument Valley [$3.99] and Hearthstone [Free (HD)] cameo in the list, the latter being cross-platform, of course...

RPG Reload File 016 - 'Ravensword: The Fallen King'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome back to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where killing giants rats is always on the menu, but eating them is a rare treat. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past. Do we do this for honor? For glory? No, we do this because there are lots of great RPGs worth revisiting, and it's nice to break out of the weekly update cycle now and then. I try to choose a wide variety of RPGs to cover in this feature, but for the sake of balance, I throw the choice over to you, the reader, once per month. The next reader's choice Reload is next week, where I'll be covering Silversword [$3.99]. We actually had a tie this time around, so it went to a coin toss. Sorry, Avernum [$9.99 (HD)], maybe next time!..

This Thursday is Thanksgiving here stateside, and while it's just a regular Thursday elsewhere around the world (I see you, Canada), the good news for everyone is that there's a ton of great app discounts for the holiday. We've already run down a few worth checking out:..

Out Now: 'Proun+', 'Bounce On Back', 'Hex:99', 'Wicked Lair', 'BattleLore: Command', 'Trouble With Robots' and More

It's a major holiday week here in the US with Thanksgiving tomorrow, so things are a bit slow on the new game release front. That said, things picked up a bit since our post this morning listing all the games that had hit the New Zealand App Store. There are definitely quite a few strong titles tonight, with the likes of Proun+, Bounce On Back, Wicked Lair and more. Check out the list below and if you're the Thanksgiving-celebrating type, have a happy and safe holiday!..

Cartoon Network Games has just updated a pair of titles with new content today. First up is Monsters Ate My Birthday Cake [$4.99], the fantastic puzzler by SleepNinja Games released a few months ago. There's a new set of levels featuring the new character Codger the Elf, as players try to collect missing presents in Powder Peaks. These frosty levels present icy new challenges, with a new costume for Niko to be had for beating these levels...

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the States, and as with pretty much any major holiday developer Pixbits have updated their phenomenal crafting adventure game Junk Jack X [$4.99] with holiday-themed content. There's a new Pocket Turkey rare pet, a craftable hay bale block, new dyeable wood panels which can be coupled with the new sloped barn roof and supports so you can build your very own barn(!), and finally there's a Thanksgiving zombie that will drop a rare "weapon" should you come across it. Yes, they put "weapon" in quotes because I imagine it's something silly like a turkey leg or maybe a poisonous buckled hat...

Upcoming 'Tiltagon' Wants to be the 'Super Hexagon' of Tilting Games

The challenging arcade game genre spawned by Super Hexagon [$2.99] has certainly seen plenty of games that follow its principles, and the Flappy Bird craze has to owe something to that as well. But not a lot of games in that vein really use tilt controls, perhaps because they're very hard to get right, especially in a fast-paced, unforgiving game. Well, the upcoming Tiltagon is going to try and do just that: be a tilt-based take on the Super Hexagon formula. Players will have to tilt a ball across a series of platforms that steadily disappear, collecting dots on the platforms to score a point and make the next one appear. The platforms get steadily more perilous, with things like obstacles spinning around them, platforms with large holes in the middle, and platforms that have falling-away pieces to deal with. It's not that easy...

I don't mind games that are free to try with an IAP to unlock the rest of the game, but one of the tricky things about them is that it's hard to notice when they go on sale. If you've been waiting patiently for Capcom's fantastic Ace Attorney: Phoenix Wright Trilogy HD [Free] or Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies [Free] to come down a little bit in price, your court date is set for today. The games are initially free to download, so you won't see them showing up on useful services like AppShopper Social [Free], but the full game unlock IAPs for both are currently slashed down to prices so crazy, even Dr. Hotti can't believe them...

WWE SuperCard [Free] has just gotten an update that brings a number of cards and enhancements. Over 60 new cards have been added to the game, with cards including John Cena, The Rock, and more. There's a new rarity level for cards as well, the Survivor rarity level, which supercedes Legendary as the eighth and highest card rarity...

If you haven't gotten a chance to play the Tilt to Live series yet, or have only enjoyed free versions without playing the full versions, well, Thanksgiving is going to be a pretty good day for you. Tomorrow, on November 27th, One Man Left is launching the "Tilty-Tilt Boom Boom Bundle," which is by far the best name for a bundle yet. It includes the paid version of the original Tilt to Live [$2.99], Tilt to Live 2: Redonkulous [$2.99], and Tilt to Live: Gauntlet's Revenge [$2.99] in one bundle. The bundle will launch for $4.99, and be available at that price for the rest of the month, before going to $5.99 starting in December...

The World of Warcraft expansion Warlords of Draenor launched not long ago, and one of the big features is the new garrison system. If you don't play WoW, it works like this- As you level your dude up from 90 to 100 in the latest expansion, quests are constantly linking back to building your own individual customizable base. Your garrison serves as a hub for crafting and questing, particularly as you start unlocking the ability to add specific buildings to your garrison which cater to your interests in the game. There's PvP centric buildings, buildings for farming up mounts, buildings for battle pets, and more. Additionally, in your garrison you gain followers which you're able to send on missions for various perks and different types of loot...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Astro Boy Flight', 'Color Ranger', 'Dwelp' and More

Before everyone goes wild on calling this a weak week, remember apps are typically "released" on a Thursday, and this Thursday is the US holiday Thanksgiving. As is customary for this time of year, there's a stupid amount of games on sale, so while there might not be a whole lot that interests you this week, maybe divert your weekly App Store purchasing funds to filling out your catalog with older games you might've missed which are now substantially cheaper instead?..

I will forever admit to being a sucker for games with pixel art, and Sunburn [$2.99] had immediate appeal to me based on that, but also thanks to its unique premise: instead of trying to save everyone, the goal is to control the jetpack-equipped astronaut captain, trying to get a bunch of stranded astronauts together, and launch into the sun so that nobody dies alone. But there's limited oxygen, so there's some planet-hopping involved, fiery asteroids to avoid, and a chain of astronauts to string along, trying to make sure they don't suffer a solitary demise while trying to get to the collective goal. This means that death is an odd thing, because dying itself might not be the ultimate goal. It's about making sure everyone suffers a quick death, rather than dying alone in the middle of space. That's a new one! It's a clever and macabre concept for a space physics puzzler, and while the game has issues, the concept alone is well worth checking out...

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