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RPG Reload File 029 - 'Shining Force'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we discover that there's a little Jogurt in all of us. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past for a little revisiting, a little reflecting, and a bit of a deeper dive than our regular reviews typically allow us. The RPG genre is as vast as the ocean, and I try to schedule games in such a way that we get a balanced plate as we go along, but I need your help with that. Once per month, the selection of the game falls to you, the reader. Simply let me know which game you'd like to see by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. The winner will be randomly chosen and featured in April's reader's choice article. I don't know what it will be, but I'm pretty sure we're fresh out of SEGA games now!..

Hands-On with 'Mortal Kombat X' for Mobile

During GDC last week, we were able to sit down with representatives from Warner Bros. and NetherRealm Studios to take a quick peek at Mortal Kombat X for mobile. It was a brief demo and there are still many questions left to be answered, but we did have a chance to play for ourselves and came away pretty impressed. As pretty much everyone speculated, Mortal Kombat X on mobile is essentially the same formula as Injustice [Free] on mobile, just with Mortal Kombat characters thrown in. That's simplifying things a bit though, as once you spend a little time with Mortal Kombat X, you can tell that it feels like an in-house NetherRealm game and has a level of polish that WWE Immortals [Free], another Injustice re-skin with WWE characters, just doesn't have...

Just as we told you it would a couple of weeks ago, One Man Left's Outwitters [Free] has finally landed on Android and gained a massive overhaul in a version 2.0 update for iOS. Well, while it's technically a "massive overhaul," you won't likely notice much about the new iOS version just on the surface. One Man Left ended up rewriting the game from the ground up as part of the Android porting process, so the game runs like a dream now and features cross-platform play with Android folks. There's also native iPhone 6 and 6 Plus screen support, in-game auto-refresh to create a more "real-time" feel to the asynchronous multiplayer, and many more nips and tucks to the nearly three year old game...

Balancing a tower defense title properly is a pretty tough task. Make a game too easy and players may lose interest in advancing through the game’s missions and difficulty. On the other hand, an incredibly difficult TD title can potentially alienate a lot of prospective players. Epic War TD 2 [$2.99] by AMT Games leans heavily on the difficult side in terms of the TD spectrum. However, the game is balanced well enough that most TD gamers can succeed while optional modes provide a challenge for the hardcore fans...

'Miner Z' Review - Mr. Zombie Driller

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I can't get enough of mining games. Although there are a decent amount of them out in the world, I feel like we still need more. The thrill of digging down deep into the depths of the unknown is unparalleled, and incredibly addictive. Miner Z [Free] might be a more arcade-like experience akin to an endless runner, but it still gets the job done...

'Caves n' Chasms' is an Intriguing-Looking Mining Game

Chronicle Games has just released a trailer for their upcoming game Caves n' Chasms, and it's looking like a slick digging game that should hopefully be out this month. You'll be drilling through block-filled chasms, encountering enemies and all sorts of baddies along the way, using your traps to help take them out and to dig further, drilling more and more along the way. Check out the game in action:..

Heads up for game developers out there: Sonniss has released a massive bundle of audio that's available royalty-free to use in your game. The provider of sound effects libraries couldn't make it to GDC this year, but they wanted to give something back to the gaming community, so they decided to release a collection of sound effects that comes in at over 10 GB, full of sound effects you can use without worrying about royalties. You can check out what is included here...

Starting in June of last year, Halfbrick began an aggressive updating schedule to one of their oldest and most beloved games, Age of Zombies [$0.99]. Arriving about every month on average, these updates added new content and features that injected new life into a game that was originally released way back in 2010, and long-time fans like myself couldn't be happier to see a classic getting some loving. ..

GDC 2015: Hands-On with Impressive Speed MOBA 'Call of Champions'

One of the games we were sworn to secrecy from telling you about at GDC 2015 last week was our hands-on time with Call of Champions, Spacetime Studios' upcoming MOBA. Whenever I hear about a MOBA coming to mobile, I always kind of fret a bit, because while I know that the genre can work as a fun game on mobile, as one that's successful? I just always doubt it, because the games just don't make a lot of money. MOBAs are such a tricky genre, too – they're very complex games in terms of rules to where you can't just change one little thing in order to make the game work – there's a reason why most of these games have just one map. And since half-hour long mobile game sessions are untenable for most folks, there's really no reason to believe that the genre could work. But what I saw of Call of Champions makes me believe that if any game has a shot at being not just fun, but also successful – it might as well be this game...

Ever since we first caught wind of it back in February, Sick Bricks  [Free] by Spin Master has been an intriguing title to play. A lot of the individual elements have been seen before in countless games before it. However, as a compilation, we’ve never quite seen a title combine all of those elements with a real-world toy buying campaign. Granted, it’s not quite the perfect melding of real and digital world assets that I’d like. However, Sick Bricks is still a pretty fun game and should do quite well with its intended audience...

Did you stay up all night last night playing Dungeon Hunter 5 [Free] but feel like something's missing? And that something is your depressingly barren friends list? Well, we've got you covered. There's a huge thread in our forums forming of people dropping their friend codes for other people to add. In fact, we've got a whole forum dedicated to trading these kind of codes if you play other games that have similar systems...

It's hard to believe how fast time flies. WayForward Technologies, the plucky indie developer behind the Shantae series and countless other games, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. Wait, they only started in 1990 and... oh, right. That's 25 years, alright. Well, instead of dwelling on the fact that Outkast's Hey Ya! is old enough to evoke nostalgia in some of our readers, why not treat yourself to a little sale? WayForward hasn't released a whole lot of stuff on iOS, but until March 19th, everything they have released is as cheap as it's ever been...

We already had a bunch of new iOS games hit earlier today, but the party is not over. Three more highly-anticipated titles have dropped a bit later than the other guys tonight. Fashionably late if you will. Sid Meier's Starships is the latest from the legendary strategy game designer, Five Nights at Freddy's 3 is the latest in the animatronic horror game genre, and Sick Bricks is like Skylanders but with little Lego-like people that you can swap around and create different combinations to beam into your game using the iOS device camera. Yep, it's a total future toy. ..

Out Now: 'Dungeon Hunter 5', 'Paper Monsters Recut', 'Pocket Mine 2', 'Card Crawl', 'Paper Dungeons', 'Buzz Aldrin's Space Program Manager' and More

With GDC behind us it's back to business around TouchArcade Towers, and tonight is a jam-packed release night. Especially if you're a fan of dungeon crawlers or dungeon crawler-like games. There's Dungeon Hunter 5, probably the biggest name on this list, but there's also the quirky and interesting Card Crawl and Paper Dungeons offering up even more dungeon-y goodness. I'm also quite stoked for Pocket Mine 2's worldwide launch as well as Paper Monsters Recut, an enhanced re-release of one of my favorite platformers. Check out the full list below and as always let us know what you're picking up in the comment section...

Miniclip's 'Beast Quest' Soft Launched in Canada

Miniclip's Beast Quest was announced earlier this year, as a sort of free-to-play take on Infinity Blade [$5.99] with open-world roaming, based off of a fantasy book series. Well, you can now check this one out for yourself, as the game has soft-launched in Canada. Now you can run around and fight giant monsters with a sword without paying "fight giant monsters with a sword" prices up front. The combat will feel familiar to Infinity Blade fans, but with more of a focus on button-mashing to attack enemies between dodging and shielding from attacks. Plus, there's the ability to actually explore the world, with a run button and swiping to move the camera and run in that direction...

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