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'Race the Sun' Review - The Hit Mobile Game Finally Comes to Mobile

Remember Cube Runner [Free]? Of course you do. It was probably one of the first games you put on your iPhone back in the day. It had some smooth 3D visuals and fun quick-reaction type gameplay that was a perfect fit for mobile. Well, flash forward five or six years and the New Hotness in town is a little game by Flippfly called Race the Sun [$4.99], which is… well, it’s pretty much the same thing. So why is everyone getting so excited about it?..

Editor's Notes: The Free to Play Blame Game

Last week saw the release of Angry Birds 2 [Free], the latest in what has been a long chain of high profile, high budget free to play titles to hit the App Store in recent years. Unsurprisingly, it's a pretty damn great game, which in itself isn't much of a shocker considering the amount of resources Rovio must've dumped in to the project to revitalize the Angry Birds-iverse. What also shouldn't be news to anyone who follows the iOS gaming scene, is how the launch of Angry Birds 2 brought about the same old free to play blame game as grumpy gamers raced to point fingers to who was responsible for another game series going free to play...




Masayuki Ito's .Decluster Zero: Bullet Nocturne [$2.99 / Free] is out now on the App Store. It had kind of an odd release, where the Lite version was out last week ahead of the full version's release today, but now the full paid version is out worldwide. There was briefly a bug that affected the game view, but that's been addressed and the game is running perfectly fine now...

'Real Boxing 2' from Vivid Games Coming Later this Year

For whatever reason, the boxing game genre doesn't really have a huge presence on the App Store. There have definitely been several standout arcade-style boxing games over the years, but the kind that lean more towards simulation have been pretty scarce. In late 2012 Vivid Games looked to rectify that with Real Boxing [Free], and for the most part they succeeded with flying colors. Now nearly 3 years later and a sequel is on its way. ..

We're streaming live on Mobcrush right now. There's a couple different ways you can watch the stream, and they all work equally well and it's really just a matter of personal preference as to which method you prefer. The easiest way to watch is just watching the embedded player right here on TouchArcade. In the interest of being polite, we mute the audio. If you're somewhere you can listen, be sure to turn it back up- the controls for that are in the lower right corner of the video stream. Alternatively, if you're on a mobile device, visit mobcrush.com/beta and download the free Mobcrush app. (It's in beta, so you'll need to agree to have it installed on your device.) From there, search for TouchArcade. If you follow us, you'll get alerts when we're streaming. Last, but not least, you can visit our channel directly in your browser at mobcrush.com/toucharcade. Oh, and if you want to participate in chat, you'll need to register over on Mobcrush first...

'Blendamaze' is a Color Mixing Labyrinth Game - Coming This Month

In the early days of the App Store, particularly in the pre-App Store jailbreak era, labyrinth games of all types were super popular. Developers hadn't really figured out what to do with iOS devices just yet, and using an accelerometer to tilt around a ball seemed like it made the most sense. Eventually Illusion Labs released Labyrinth [$2.99] and then followed it up with Labyrinth 2 [$4.99] which effectively ended The Great Maze Game Wars (For real, it was a thing) with a game of a quality level that was just impossible to beat. Years later, and we're starting to see high-production labyrinth games again, which ... almost makes them feel fresh again, in a really strange way. For instance, check out the trailer for Blendamaze:..

What's in a name? Quite a bit actually, especially when it comes to the gaming arena! A catchy title can really vie for attention in this crowded era, especially with names like "I Made a Game With Zombies In it!" or "A Space Shooter for Five Bucks." While Red Game Without a Great Name [$2.99] isn't all that enticing, the gameplay is far flashier than the moniker...

'Monsters Ate My Metropolis' is Adult Swim Games' Latest, Watch Their Debut Stream

Adult Swim Games is revealing its latest collaboration with PikPok, and the latest game in the Monsters Ate My Condo [$0.99] series – it's called Monsters Ate My Metropolis, and it's a radical departure for the series. If you're interested in checking out more about it, Adult Swim Games will be streaming the game on their Twitch channel in a few minutes at 1pm eastern time, so you can get a first look from them on just what this is...

'You Against Me' Review - Not the Punk Rock Band

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August 4th, 2015 12:00 PM EDT by Nathan Reinauer in $0.99, 4 stars, Card, Games, Reviews, Strategy, Universal
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In some ways, Easy 8's You Against Me [$0.99] is an unwitting argument in favor of going free-to-play. The game is a measly 99 cents, which means you could go to a Dollar Tree, buy a single item (an incredibly uncomfortable roll of toilet paper, perhaps), and have spent more money. And yet, it seems very few people have been willing to download the game. I mean, why would you? Angry Flippin’ Birds 2 [Free] came out the same week and is cheaper than You Against Me AND toilet paper. It’s unfortunate, too, because the main draw of the game is its online multiplayer mode. I’ve been trying to find matches the past few days, but it takes an agonizingly long time to find someone else who had 99 cents to spare...

Five Nights At Freddy's 4 [$2.99] wasn't the only surprise to pop up on the App Store today. We've known for a while that a follow-up was in the works to the goofy and fun parody RPG Doom & Destiny [$2.99]. Titled Doom & Destiny Advanced [$0.99], it released as an Early Access game on Steam just over two months ago, which seemed to indicate it wasn't terribly far off from launching on mobile. Well, the wait is over, as the game just sort of appeared today, and at a killer price to boot. A mere $0.99 will get you the sequel to one of my favorite mobile RPGs of 2013...

'Shibuya Grandmaster' Review - I Left My Heart In Shibuya

A long time ago, by App Store standards anyway, a unique puzzle game named Shibuya released on iPhone. Said to be inspired by the neon lights and the tall buildings of Tokyo's famous Shibuya district, it also seemed to be following in the footsteps of stylish puzzle games like Lumines and Meteos produced by Q Entertainment. The game got a lot of acclaim and a few updates, but it eventually fell behind the times and was pulled from the App Store. I had kind of thought we'd seen the last of it until I got word from the developer that Shibuya was returning, better than ever. Shibuya Grandmaster [Free] is a well-crafted update to the original, bringing modern features and style to the game while still offering up a strong and unusual twist on falling block puzzles...

Freddy's Here: 'Five Nights At Freddy's 4' Is Out Now On iOS

Well, I hope you all are having a lovely Tuesday. Mine could be better, and let me tell you why: the long-awaited Five Nights At Freddy's 4 [$2.99] is now available on iOS. Oh, I don't dislike the games, don't get me wrong. In fact, I felt like they've gotten a little better with each installment, and this one seems like it's the best one yet. It's just that I wasn't really planning on getting the ca-ca jump-scared out of me tonight, but it looks like that's how it's going to be...

Angry Birds 2 [Free] is finally out in the world, which is kind of ironic considering there have been at least a dozen Angry Birds games released over the years. However, this one really does feel like a sequel. Rovio has definitely shaken up the tried and true Angry Birds formula this time around, in some ways for the better and in some ways for worse. One of the changes I hear talked about negatively a lot is how each level in Angry Birds 2 is randomly generated, meaning it's slightly different each time you play. Not drastically different mind you; the basic level layout remains the same but the pig structures are setup in a slightly different manner, the pigs themselves are often in different locations on those structures, and your lineup of available birds is shuffled. Here's an example of what I mean...

Check Out Near-Final Footage of Retro Racing Game 'Horizon Chase'

Aquiris Game Studio has been pretty forthcoming about their upcoming game Horizon Chase, posting early screenshots on our forums, and talking about how they hired the musician from the game Top Gear to do the soundtrack for their tribute to the late-80s/early-90s racing games that Horizon Chase takes after. Aquiris has just released a new trailer that shows off some actual, near-final, gameplay footage, and promising a release date this month!..

'The Guides' and its Puzzles Will Drive You Mad This Month

Luke Lisi and Kevin Bradford have announced that their enigmatic riddle-solving game The Guides is coming on August 17th. This game tasks you to solve different riddles on each screen, with 50 different "pages" in two journals for you to try and solve the mysteries of. For example, some early puzzles involve a cipher centered around binary code that you must try to decode to make it to the next puzzle. Thankfully, you have the ability to easily save screenshots and built-in decoding tools will help you along, though you'll still need to take notes on what's happening to solve all the puzzles...

Check Out the Latest Animated .Gifs from Upcoming ZX Spectrum Inspired Shooter 'Z-Exemplar'

A couple of months ago we posted the trailer for Z-Exemplar, an upcoming shoot 'em up from Suminell Studios that looked to harness the spirit of the old ZX Spectrum home computer. The trailer looked awesome and the game really had an authentic ZX Spectrum feel. I've been really looking forward to its release. While the game isn't quite finished up yet, Suminell has been good about dropping into the game's forum thread and offering updates on its progress. The latest discusses some of the aspects of the Asteroid Field levels and introduces a really cool new weapon...

July Patreon Update: You Guys Are the Best, Long Live TouchArcade

The TouchArcade Patreon continues to do really well. We stopped posting about it every day because we're getting so close to our goal there doesn't seem to be much point to be constantly reminding everyone. Either way, the Patreon has vastly exceeded our expectations, so from the absolute bottom of our hearts from everyone here at TouchArcade: Thank you, everyone involved. Hell, even if you're not contributing to our Patreon but you're still visiting the site every day, thanks for being a part of our community. Seriously, it's so validating to be supported on this level, when we pour so much of ourselves into this web site...

The Trailer for 'Astra' Looks Astounding

Astra was a game that looked promising when the first footage was revealed. But the first trailer for the game has me really excited, as Astra is looking like it could be a ton of fun. There's plenty of orbital runners/platformers on iOS, but I'm digging the varying level design on display here. Plus, the game's combination of sci-fi and colorful Greek wall paintings seems like an interesting mix that just might work. The trailer has me hyped:..

'Tap Quest: Gate Keeper' Review - Tappy Meal

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August 3rd, 2015 3:06 PM EDT by Nathan Reinauer in 4 stars, Arcade, Free, Games, iPhone games, Reviews
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I’m not sure why, but I have a serious weak spot for clickers. I don’t know how many hours of my life have been wasted on mindlessly tapping on the screen, but it’s probably somewhere between 20 and deep shame. When I first opened Bitcoin Billionaire [Free], I thought, “Another of these, huh? Dumb.” And then I woke up a month later scared and confused with about 200 maxed out time machines. So yeah, I have a little bit of a problem...

Gamevil's 'Afterpulse' is a New Multiplayer Shooter from the Developer of 'Respawnables'

Here's something way out of left field for Gamevil. The company known primarily for their RPGs is jumping into the mobile third-person shooter fray with their new game Afterpulse, currently in soft launch in Australia. Developed by Digital Legends Entertainment, known for developing Respawnables [Free], this is promising top-notch visuals powered by Metal with countless advanced effects. Somehow, it's less than 400 MB to download. Oh, and it's going to boast online PVP matches, to boot. Here's a little teaser of the game:..

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