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GDC 2015: 'Last Horizon' from 'Glorkian Warrior' Developer PixelJam

We had a chance to sit down with PixelJam Games at GDC today and check out one of their upcoming games called Last Horizon. Technically, this isn't a PixelJam-developed game, though they are publishing it. However, many of the same folks from PixelJam are working on Last Horizon, some even shuffling around their typical jobs between coding, creating art and music. It's looking fantastic so far, and it's definitely a crap-load of fun. Crap-load is a technical term, you see. Check out our hands-on video...

GDC 2015: Hands-on With ‘Outdodge’ - Quick and Simple Projectile Avoidance

After enjoying some success with Fly Catbug Fly! [$0.99] (our TA Game of the Week back in April 2014), the folks at Ludoko Studios decided to try their hand at an original title. The fruits of their labor is Outdodge, a simple reflex-oriented dodging title with some neat tricks up its sleeve. Outdodge has you controlling a stationary figure in the middle of the screen with balls traveling all over the place. The goal is simple: dodge those balls for as long as you can to get the highest score. Players can either jump or reflect the balls out of the way, each earning one point. Where it gets interesting is when players combine both as reflecting while jumping leads to some neat ways to get out of potential jams. Full leaderboard support is anticipated, as well as possible game mode variations that only grant scoring depending on certain actions (for example, reflect-only scores)...

GDC 2015: Danny Perski's 'Exponential Retaliation' is a Clever Number-Based Puzzler

Indie developer Danny Perski is working on a follow-up to his previous puzzle game Exponential Invasion [$2.99] with a new game called Exponential Retaliation, which he demoed for us at GDC 2015. The game involves trying to clear a screen of numbers, where a bigger number can combine with a smaller number. Some numbers are locked in place, and you must use other numbers to get rid of them. Check out the game in action:..

'GDC 2015: SMG Studios Shows Off 'One More Bounce'

Earlier this week at GDC we met up with the folks at SMG Studio (makers of the popular One More Line [Free] and excellent TD title OTTTD [$4.99]) to discuss their latest creation...

GDC 2015: 'Eisenhorn: Xenos' Will Have Gorgeous Visuals and Brutal 'Warhammer' Combat

Pixel Hero Games, the developers of Sprial: Episode One [$3.99], have been at work on Eisenhorn: Xenos, the latest game based on a Warhammer license. This one is based on the novel of the same name, and will be a 3D action-adventure game where you play as an Inquisitor, fighting off enemies using your sword, guns, and psychic powers. Your hero is voiced by Mark Strong, stern-voiced British actor of note, and will deal out executions and psychic move-planning with bravado. Combat is entirely real-time, somewhat similar to God of War and the like, using virtual controls for combat. You have an indicator that pops up for when you can chain together combos from your three attacks, and can dodge-roll away from enemies...

'Dungeon Hunter 5' Coming March 12th, New Cinematic Trailer Released

Gameloft has been teasing Dungeon Hunter 5 since the beginning of this year, and today they've finally revealed when we can get our hands on the final product: March 12. Gameloft has also released a new cinematic trailer announcing the release date, and while I'm not typically a big fan of cinematic trailers that don't show any sort of gameplay, this one is pretty awesome...

'Knights of Pen & Paper 2' Coming May 14th

One of our favorite mobile RPGs is Knights of Pen & Paper [$4.99], an RPG adventure that was about a bunch of RPG fans sitting around and playing some gold old fashioned tabletop RPGs. The whole "game within a game" aspect made it feel like a massive love letter to the RPG genre, as our own Shaun Musgrave pointed out in his meaty RPG Reload of Knights of Pen & Paper. Well, if you were a fan like we were, then you should be pretty excited to hear that Paradox Interactive has announced Knights of Pen & Paper 2 is coming to mobile and PC on May 14th...

Prepare to Fight! 'Mortal Kombat X: Mobile' Teased in New Trailer

As a huge fan of Injustice: Gods Among Us [Free] on mobile, and a life-long fan of the Mortal Kombat franchise, I've often wished that NetherRealm Studios would finally mash-up the two and come out with a mobile fighter similar to Injustice but using the Mortal Kombat lore and characters. Well, it looks like that's just what they're doing! You can't see it, but I'm doing the happy dance right now. Check out the first teaser trailer for Mortal Kombat X Mobile...

Update Mondays: 'Clash Of Clans', 'Final Fantasy', 'Zen Pinball', 'Sonic Dash', 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. I'm trying a slightly different format this week to cut down on some of the clutter. Let me know if you like it. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper Social [Free], the watchlist in the TouchArcade App [Free], or by participating in the TouchArcade forums, but this weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

Back in 2012, the App Store was a very different and arguably crazier place. Free to play, and all the tricks that go into promoting a free to play game didn't exist yet and really the easiest way to get additional interest in your game after launch was to drop the price. This resulted in the pretty hilarious trend of game sales for reasons that didn't even make sense. Universally recognized 100% useless Hallmark-invented holidays like Sweetest Day even had their associated deluge of iOS game sales. So, I figured if developers were looking for a reason for a say in the dead zone between George Washington's birthday and St. Patrick's Day, why not observe my own birthday with a iOS game sale?..

The TouchArcade Show - 195 - GDC Pre-Show

February 27th, 2015 10:24 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Podcast

LogoAaaaaaaahhhh I'm running around with my hair on fire trying to get everything done before we all leave to go to GDC that I don't even have time to write good show notes. We start the show off with some reader emails, a love letter to Mike, and... I don't know, we talk about a lot of other stuff including the crazy featuring this week of a Flappy-like and even crazier IAP buying flows in other games. Definitely check it out, it'll set the scene for next week.

Don't forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to podcast@toucharcade.com. We read 'em all, even if they don't make it into the podcast. As always, you can listen to us with the links below... And if you like what you hear, please subscribe and/or drop us a review in iTunes. Much appreciated!

 

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'iNetHack2'

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...

Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 2/27/15 - 'Pinball Arcade: The Addams Family', 'AG Drive' and 'Planet Quest'

Another week of awesome games, including one kinda-sorta weird review where we focus on a specific IAP item inside of a game. But, to be fair, figuring out what to do with content-centric IAP is still a little weird for us... Bur, whatever, you need Pinball Arcade any way you slice it. Again, these are the highest scored reviews we published this week: ..

First 'BlazBlue: Battle Cards' Gameplay Trailer Hits

Last month Metaversal Studios announced BlazBlue: Battle Cards, a competitive card battling game based on the popular BlazBlue fighting game series. In that announcement Metaversal released a teaser trailer, that was pretty darn teaser-y. It didn't really show anything from the game itself, so we've been kind of wondering what the actual game will look like in motion. Well, the cat is now out of the bag as today Metaversal has released the first gameplay trailer for BlazBlue: Battle Cards. Check it out...

The Badland [$3.99] update train keeps rolling along! Update #23 for the hit platformer is out now, and it brings the levels added to the Daydream level pack earlier to the game's co-op mode, so up to four players can go through those levels together. While those levels were free at one point in time, they can now be had for $0.99, along with the Doomsday level pack. Even if you've already played the levels, you can now collect 4 new achievements and play 30 new missions in the game...

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