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Must Read: “The Last Game I Make Before I Die” on TA

Great read from Sam Coster, one third of Butterscotch Shenanigans about his fight with cancer and the drive to build the game he’s always wanted to build.

Cancer is a great clarifier. It stripped out all the petty, superfluous aspects of life and demanded just three things when it struck me in 2013: survive, find meaning, and figure out how to look good bald.
This is the story of Crashlands, a massive 2D action-RPG crafting game I’ve been working on with my two brothers since I was diagnosed at the ripe age of 23 with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

Via Touch Arcade

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Warhammer: Arcane Magic Coming to iOS

Turn-based strategy game Warhammer: Arcane Magic is coming to iOS at a yet-undisclosed date. That means some good old-fashioned medieval monster beat-downs.

Arcane Magic is said to have a lengthy single-player campaign that has you searching for Arcane Power. Along the way, you’ll face classic Warhammer monsters, including Harpies, Cygors, and Ghorgons, as well as Exalted Bloodthirsters, Lords of Change, and Keepers of Secrets.

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Out Now: OLYM, Next in the Series with MUJO

MUJO was one of the best games of 2014. OLYM is out now and it looks to be a great successor in what I guess is a series from Oink Games.

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Footage of Fan Created Super Mario 64 Running on an iPhone 6

Despite Nintendo’s announcement about is foray into mobile game development, it’s highly unlikely we’ll ever see the action classic Super Mario 64 on smartphones. That’s where the fans come in. One skilled programmer, Erik Roystan Ross, rendered a version of the first stage of Super Mario 64 in Unity for play on iPhone 6. Touch Arcade went hands-on with the demo.

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Tales from the Borderlands – Episode 2 Review: Pandora Rocks

It looks like Telltale has yet another utterly fantastic game on its hands with Tales from the Borderlands. Touch Arcade has updated its review of Episode 1 with a review for Episode 2: Atlas Mugged. It gives the whole package (so far) 4.5 out of 5 stars.

And that’s perhaps the promising thing: Telltale has shown that they still have their grips on how to strike the balance between being a Borderlands game while also being its own experience, and making sure everyone can get something out of it, no matter how experienced they are with the series. I do imagine this episode will play better when the entire series is done and consumed in a whole, rather than as a stopping point, but that’s a problem with the middle sections of any episodic work.

Via Touch Arcade

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    After 3+ Years, EA Finally Updates NBA Jam

    In spite of the game having a nearly permanent spot on the top 25 games on iOS, EA had failed to update NBA Jam since 2011. Yup, one of the best selling games on iOS existed in iPhone 4 screen sizes since 2011. Well it’s finally updated, and from the report at TA, it is faster, looks way better, and is smooth.

    BOOMSHAKALAKA!

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    Updates via Pocket Tactics:

    BattleLore: Command Receives Multiplayer Options and New Campaign in Update

    Battlelore: Command is an excellent board game port that was lacking just one feature upon its release: Online multiplayer. Fantasy Flight Games has since rectified that oversight with cross-platform online play. But that’s not all version 1.2 offers.

    The first expansion, The Locust, is also available. The expansion adds several new multiplayer maps as well as 4 new units for the battlefield. The Locust expansion is available as a $3 IAP.

    Via Pocket Tactics

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    Free Apps of the Day, March 27 2015: Chillaxian, Relax Rain, and More

    Need to unwind before the weekend? Today’s list of free apps from Apple N’ Apps contains some items that should help you, in a word, chill. Up for grabs is Chillaxian (an arcade shooter), Oquonie (a puzzle game), Relax Rain (a relaxation utility), and SKEW (a photo-editing app).

    Via AppleNApps

    Previews via 148Apps:

    Hands-On Impressions of Allstar Heroes

    148Apps has hands-on impressions of Allstar Heroes, a casual RPG that should hit the App Store sometime next month. It’s apparently a pleasant, easy-going game with some very cute graphics. Allstar Heroes is in soft-launch on Google Play.

    Evolving your characters and watching as they steadily develop is always a satisfying thing to see. While it would have been good to be able to manipulate the characters more in battle, it’s the kind of lightweight RPG experience that lends itself well to mobile gaming. You can get a lot done in the space of a few minutes, with the only restriction being having an internet connection available to you.

    Via 148Apps

    Reviews via AppleNApps:

    Breath of Light is an Easy-Going Way to Pass a Few Hours

    Apple N’ Apps Review of zen puzzle game Breath of Light outlines its calming nature, but dings the simplicity of its gameplay.

    Everything in Breath of Light shares a similar design goal, and it’s easy to get lost in the style going from level to level. With such an emphasis on Zen, the puzzle components do come up lacking a little bit. There’s nothing truly challenging, or mind bending leaving some of the levels rather bland.

    Via AppleNApps

    Videos via Pocket Gamer:

    Ticklefluff is Squeezy Tickly Fun

    Ticklefluff is an adorable game that’s all about keeping a sentient piece of fluff happy by doing what it requests. This may include poking it, stroking it, and squeezing it. It’s a lot more innocent than it sounds, as AppSpy’s hands-on with the game demonstrates.

    Via Pocket Gamer

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    Hints and Tips for Final Fantasy Record Keeper

    Final Fantasy Record Keeper is a pretty big game, and there’s a surprising amount of strategy involved with survival. Touch Arcade has a number of very handy tips that should help you take down the series’ iconic enemies and bosses – again.

    Via Touch Arcade

    Reviews via 148Apps:

    Imps in Tokyo Review: Simple Yet Delightful

    Do you like line drawing games, and games with great aesthetics? Imps in Tokyo has both, and 148Apps likes it. Check out their 4 out of 5 star review here.

    This is a cool and stylish little game that’s capable of winning over just about anyone that isn’t completely opposed to line-drawing mechanics.

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    Updates

    Minion Carl and April Fools’ Jokes Come to Despicable Me: Minion Rush

    There’s a new minion for you to torment in Gameloft’s endless runner Despicable Me: Minion Rush: Carl. The update also includes the option to run through Eduardo’s Mexican-themed mansion, a new BMX bike mini-game, and the option to play pranks and tricks in the spirit of April Fools’ Day.

    Reviews via Destructoid:

    Final Fantasy: Record Keeper Kicks the Crap Out of All the Bravest

    The verdict is in — Final Fantasy: Record Keeper is a winner. Destructoid has an article singing its praises, calling it a much better game than the other free-to-play Final Fantasy, All the Bravest (which they awarded a 1 out of 10 in their review).

    The best part about the combat system is that it doesn’t really feel unfair, to the point where if you play smart, you should be able to overcome most of the tasks placed in front of you. Square Enix could have easily sleazed this bit to get you to cough up some cash, but at least with this collaboration with DeNA (yep, that DeNA), it seems to have learned from its mistakes. The reward loop is generous for a free game, which should encourage players to want to spend money. It may not make as much cash as All the Bravest as a result, but it feels a lot less criminal.

    Via Destructoid

    Updates via 148Apps:

    Bio Inc Gets Update, New Difficulty Level

    DryGin Studios’ Bio Inc plays a bit like the popular world-killer Plague Inc, but it focuses around ending one person’s life instead of ending the world. You work to afflict your target with potentially deadly diseases and conditions, and they fight back with medical treatments and medicines. Damn the will to survive.

    The game recently got an update, including a new “lethal” difficulty and a lot of other tweaks and options.

    DryGin has also added 25 new boosters such as Economics, Diseases, Risk Factors, Recovery, and Environmental. You’ll be able to buy these boosters with Bio Coins that you earn by playing the game. And if you manage to beat all the levels you’ll be in for a benevolant treat – you can change your dark hearted ways and try to save John Smith on the last stage. This time an AI is infecting the poor sod and it is your job to try to stop it. Can you heal him in time?

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    Reviews via Gamezebo:

    BounceX Review: A Painful New Obsession

    If you’re into super-tough games like Flappy Bird and Super Hexagon, you’ll probably want to check out BounceX, a game that will try every ounce of your skill. Gamezebo has a review.

    I’ve clawed my way to five points in BounceX, so I can tell you what happens next. Thumbs worn and bloodied, you start over. BounceX always gives you the first point free; it’s always in the same readily-available spot just to your upper left. No hazards block your path. Nothing to stop you from that tantalizing “twing” of +1 point.

    Via Gamezebo