Lately, our forum members (Nyanpass, in specific) have been ultra vigilant in drudging up all sorts of new game threads for things that look interesting on the App Store. Not all of these games are brand new on the App Store, but they’re new in our forums which effectively means they weren’t really on anyone’s radar here and still might be worth a look! I’m writing this super early in the morning US time as it’s time for me to go to bed in Japan right now! I’m over seas for some secret game reveal for a company based in Japan, and, well, I get to see what the heck was worth flying me out for tomorrow!
Welcome to the latest edition of the SwitchArcade Roundup! We’re covering a few new releases today, some news and upcoming Switch titles, and running down some more sales. I apologize in advance for all the terrible puns you’re about to see in one sale post. Or do I? Regardless, there’s a lot of puns. And a lot of sales, so I must respond in kind.
Rocket League Tournaments Update
The Tournaments Update is now available for Rocket League on the Switch! This adds in a new Tournaments mode where you can arrange competitions against other players online, complete with easy tracking of results. Additionally, this update improves performance on the Switch, and adds in full-resolution modes if you prefer that the game look better in exchange for a locked 30 frames per second. I’m glad that Rocket League is seeing performance improvements on the Switch. It’s running on an older version of the Unreal Engine, and modern versions might deliver better performance, but it’s a sign of optimism for the Switch long-term if developers are still finding ways to squeeze out improved performance from the Switch’s current hardware. I doubt the Switch will last as long as a viable system as Nintendo hopes, but there’s still a lot of capability here.
The developers of Runbow revealed Double Cross, a platformer with the ability to grapple and launch yourself from midair launch points, along with other abilities of much lesser importance. 13AM promises investigation elements along the lines of adventure games, which should make for an interesting combo with the action-platformer gameplay here! Expect this one this summer on Switch and PC!
This is a game where you explore a massive flooded world in your plane, helping your villagers, while fending off the evil seabeasts, and all sorts of ne’er-do-wells trying to make their way by crook in this watery universe. The game looks fascinating, but I’m mostly amused that we have a game called Above, and there’s also Below from Capy Games of Sworcery fame. Mighty Moth says this one is coming to “consoles” in 2019, without mentioning which systems, but I see no reason why this can’t be on the Switch. I hope we get both Above and Below on Switch.
IGN obtained a full list of what’s new and changed in Dark Souls Remastered, not just in the Switch version but all platforms. The Switch version will run at full resolution in handheld or docked mode (720p and 1080p respectively) but at 30 frames per second. Online play now supports six people at once, and uses dedicated servers. Check out the full list of changes here and prepare for the game on May 28th.
Do you like beat ’em ups, and bribery? Well, Penny-Punching Princess is the game for you, as you control the eponymous princess. You can beat up enemies, sure, but you can also shake them down for cash. Or you can bribe them to do your bidding. You can also bribe objects to use them against enemies, hopefully netting you enough financial value to be worth a profit, or to at least get what you want done at an efficient rate. Bribers don’t get anywhere going broke with their bribes, c’mon! I never thought beat ’em ups and calculators would mix, and yet…here we are.
This platformer promises versatile giraffe action. Your giraffe buddy can slip into your backpack, or you can ride him. Or, you can use his tongue as a helicopter. This is impressive, considering that Tails needs two tails in order to fly, and this giraffe has only one tongue. The whole game claims inspiration from cartoons, and the visuals look like your modern, Adventure Time-style cartoon with added video game effects. This one looks pretty intriguing.
36 Fragments of Midnight ($ 2.39 from $ 2.99 until April 15th)
Say what you will about the App Store, but at least they require that developers knock off at least a dollar off of prices. I fear that this sort of situation is to use the “Games on Sale” section more for promotion rather than sales, because is there anyone for whom that 60 cents was the dealbreaker? Anyway, in this spinoff to Midnight Deluxe, you have to make your way through procedurally-generated platforming levels, trying to collect all 36 fragments to help Midnight’s friends. Looks interesting enough, and I guess putting the game on sale for 60 cents off worked to get it more attention!
Super Ping Pong Trick Shot ($ 2.99 from $ 4.99 until April 12th)
The more I see this game, the more I find myself enjoying the aesthetic. It’s inexcusably an artificial, computer program aesthetic. It’s not trying to resemble something else, it’s artificial. And I kind of like that. If you dig it, the game’s on sale for a decent discount right now. Also, since I’m on the topic today, this is a totally reasonable sale. It’s a discount that’s enough to feel significant, but not harmfully excessive. And it’s saving the buyer two dollars, which isn’t a lot but enough to perhaps to tip their hand toward buying this!
Black The Fall ($ 8.99 from $ 14.99 until April 6th)
This sci-fi adventure game has you trying to escape a dystopian communist state with the help of a robot comrade. The game has a 68 on Metacritic, which aren’t some very impressive Marx. However, the art shows a high level of visual Fidel-ity on the Switch. It’s also one point away from being nice. If you don’t buy it, then Soviet, you don’t want it. But if you do want it at a discount, you need to quit Stalin. If you can’t afford it, perhaps you can find someone who is Lenin money? Are these puns making you sickle? Are you tired of me hammering them in? I’m a real proletariat at them. This game seems like a Kapital idea if you like side-scrolling narrative platformers!
Johnny Turbo’s Arcade: Gate of Doom ($ 7.19 from $ 7.99 until April 5th)
Think about this kind of sale as Johnny Turbo paying $ 0.80 per install. The game got prime featuring in the “Games on Sale” category, earned it for a couple of weeks, and the cost to the publisher for the additional sales is minimal. Ask a mobile developer if they could pay $ 0.80 per install and they’d probably kill for it. Literally. Anyway, this is a Data East arcade action-RPG from 1990. Johnny Turbo is producing these emulation wrapper titles in the similar manner as HAMSTER, though we are all just waiting on Nintendo to reveal an actual Virtual Console once and for all. Until then, here you go!
As I mentioned earlier this morning, this week and the following week are the busiest time of our year with GDC. We’re putting this list together a bit earlier in the day than we usually do, so it’s possible there might be a few games we miss in this roundup. Keep your eyes on our forums for any big releases which will undoubtedly quickly bubble to the top!
Life is a gamble, so raise the stakes, take the leap, and roll the dice! Test your wits and fortune on a variety of casino games and build the BEST and BIGGEST resort empire that there is while you’re at it! Compete against players from around the world, and find out who’s the BRIGHTEST and the LUCKIEST!
Welcome to Cobalt Dungeon! This is a turn-based Puzzle Roguelike game, so you can play at whatever speed you’re most comfortable with. As you descend to each floor in the dungeon you will encounter harder and harder monsters to fight. Along the way you’ll find shops where you can save your progress and upgrade your character, bosses which you’ll need to defeat, and a whole lotta procedurally-generated levels to beat. Can you make it to the 21st floor?
You Died. Pure and simple, but death was not the end. You have become an agent of Death: a Reaper. You have the powers of Death, but there are rules in this supernatural afterlife.
The Reaper ends lives, but it cannot control humans directly due to the Free Will Clause. As the Reaper, you must plan and execute your killings by using the environment to your advantage. In the meantime, be wary of Minions of Light, who will try to save humans from their grim fate!
Fighting Fantasy gamebooks are epic text-based adventures! Originally published in the 80s, Fighting Fantasy Classics brings these old favourites into a digital format, complete with on-screen dice rolls, Adventure and Encounter Sheets, battle mechanics and more!
Hopper is an immersive platformer that is free-to-play with minimal ads & IAPs. There are 40+ intricately designed levels across 4 unique worlds: Blockworld, Clocktower, Cloud Castle & Neon Techno. Each world has it’s own distinct style and challenges for you to crush. Shoot for high scores and collect plenty of coins & gems to unlock new balls .
In the year of 2009, A Jump game let mobile phone casual games be popular. Ten yeas past, though hip an hop games seem to be out of date, I still have a fondness for hip and hop games. With this specil affection, I make a game, KEEP COMBO, to pay my respects to all casual games which had touched my heart, also to pay my respects to the palyers and gameplatforms at that time.
Keep in Mind follows Jonas, a tormented alcoholic whose life is falling apart. One night, he awakens to a shadowy mirror world where beasts lurk and the stars don’t shine. Lost and scared, Jonas must face all those twisted beasts if he ever wishes to return home and learn the truth about his darkness.
A galactic war fought by a colorful cast of Pixies, Master of Eternity!
Enlist now to launch into a universe full of endless excitement!
Engaging narrative that explores the backstory of every Pixie, mechanics, equipment and suits that grow more powerful and complex as you progress, and SRPG combat that’s as simple to learn as it is hard to master!
Meteor 60 seconds! is a simple, fun, comic-like action game that simulates your life if there were a meteor heading towards Earth and you had 60 seconds to live. Do anything you want to do with your last 60 seconds, even if it’s illegal! What about planting an apple tree?
At first look, the world you see may seem to be nothing out of the ordinary. Look beneath the surface however, and you’ll find an unimaginable place filled with strange, dangerous, and delicious creatures.
The Society of Dark Cuisine is an ancient and mysterious organization comprised of brave adventurers willing to explore the unexplored and to taste the untasted. With the help of the mystical Sootsoot, they seek out and capture strange monsters in order to farm their divine ingredients.
Raise your very own Tamagotchi characters, and share your adventures with your friends! Your Tamagotchi character needs your daily care to stay healthy and happy. Keep it well fed, washed, and entertained, then meet other Tamagotchi friends in town for more fun. But don’t forget to put your character to bed!
Explore Tamatown in full AR (Augmented Reality), find your hidden friends and collect treasure and bonuses in the first ever AR-enabled Tamagotchi game!
So you wanna be a hero, save your beloved and do all those zany and crazy things that hero’s do? Welcome to the rooms of doom a collection of 80+ rooms designed for your doom, actually that’s not quite true; Yes there are rooms in which your death is most likely unavoidable there are many rooms designed for some seriously fun platforming and puzzling action.
Runestone Keeper is a challenging roguelike to roguelite dungeon crawler that blends classic role playing elements and turn-based combat strategy. Dive into the dungeon roguelite-ness and begin your very own epic adventure! Grab your rucksack, sharpen those dusty swords, step into the dark chamber and fight for glory!
JUMP in to the action and EXPLORE mysterious lands in search of TREASURES. Avoid the DANGER, RUN through various locations. JUNGLES, TEMPLES, CASTLES and many other places loaded with deadly traps and hordes of enemies. Use your reflexes to jump over hot lava, or rope swing over piranha pools escape the deadly skeletons and hungry wolves.
Runventure is unique, beautifully designed mobile platformer. The first mobile platformer fully controlled with just one finger – thanks to completely new run-jumping-bar control! Build the team of experienced exploreres, level them up, complete challenges and unlock precious treasures. Now it’s time for adventure, it’s time for Runventure!
Schemata is a fast-paced puzzle game based on digital logic diagrams. Race through logic circuits while organically learning how they work. The game is free with ads and has a $ 2 option to disable them. No other micro-transactions are in the game.
Make a journey to legendary Greece where Gods and Heroes reign! And help Trito, son of Poseidon, to save his family and the entire underwater kingdom from the intrigues of sly Sea Witch. Wicked sorceress has charmed the Sea God, broke his trident and scattered its fragments across the ocean!
Experience the Siege of Dragonspear, an epic Baldur’s Gate tale, filled with with intrigue, magic, and monsters. Lead your party of heroes into deep dungeons filled with tactical battles and magical traps in this 30-hour Dungeons & Dragons adventure that expands the Baldur’s Gate saga.
Shortly after the conclusion of Baldur’s Gate: Enhanced Edition, we return to the Forgotten Realms caught in a time of strife. A crusade marches from the north, seizing supplies, forcing locals into military service, and disrupting trade along the Sword Coast. A charismatic warrior known as the Shining Lady leads this army, her background shrouded in mystery.
Kanpai! Welcome, sushi lovers all over the world, to Sushi Tycoon Clicker! World’s best sushi simulator!
Have you always dreamed of owning a Sushi Restaurant with Michelin 3-star or 5-star? Dreamed about being a sushi chef or a sushi master? Forming your own sushi restaurant chain all over the world in New York, Paris, London and more?
Hello, teenagers! Are you ready for an awesome love story adventure? Are you looking for high school games with high school love storyline? Are you willing to help an attractive heroine win the heart of the boy she likes? Download the brand new game Teenage Crush Love Story Games and create your own love story with the most attractive characters, excellent visuals, and tricky choices. This interactive story presents you with a deciding choice – once you choose your own path, there’s no turning back!
Twos is a puzzle and strategy game requiring quick thinking and efficient use of powerups to keep your board clear and generate higher matches and swipes.
The goal is to match and swipe your way to the Ultimate Goal. A three way swipe involving the highest number in the game. Can you manage to swipe three 2048 tiles? And if you manage it, can you do it quicker and in less moves then anyone else?
A simple, but addictive shooting game: Wiggle Whale! Destroy pirates to gear up. Stack more items and become the ultimate whale. Show who’s boss. Rule the ocean!
Something Cool ◆ Collect items to shoot new patterns ◆ Meet ocean friends that will help you ◆ Collect over 20 unique whales (and others) ◆ Mix ’n Match skins to create your own whale(?) ◆ Rank your score on leaderboard
The young wizard Darius loses his house after he fails to make a loan repayment, and ends up living for free in the house of a wanted sorcerer!
He meets a female swordsman who has absolutely no sense of direction, and a young demon girl who shrivels up immediately if she doesn’t drink enough water. Fate decrees that they end up traveling together.
Where will the quarrels over differing principles lead to?
You really never realize how many things utilize these massive cloud platforms until there is an outage. When Amazon Web Services had a massive five-hour outage last year it seemed like it took half the internet with it. This afternoon, Google is experiencing issues with Google Cloud, and most (if not all) games and apps that utilize their cloud services are down. This includes Pokemon Go [Free], Fire Emblem Heroes [Free] and even parts of Snapchat [Free].
It’s hard to say how long Google Cloud will be having issues, but any sort of significant downtime like this from these massive cloud providers is very abnormal. If your favorite online games and other services aren’t working how they usually do this afternoon, chances are everything will be fine as soon as Google fixes things on their end. In the meantime, if you want to follow along as the outage unfolds, search Twitter for “Google Cloud” and any other word like “outage”, “status”, etc.
Almost three months ago, we reviewed Huawei’s Mate 10 Pro. We concluded that it’d a good buy when it hit the US market, so long as it wasn’t priced at $ 1000. Well, Huawei hasn’t made that mistake (the phone is currently $ 799.99 with a $ 150 gift card at Best Buy), but it isn’t doing itself any favors today. The company has overloaded the Mate 10 Pro’s Best Buy listing with over 100 fake reviews from aspiring “beta testers,” giving the phone – one still in the pre-order phase, mind you – a 4.9-star overall rating.
Trends come and go on the App Store, this has always been the case. Some trends have been more enjoyable than others, as they ebb and flow with whatever big title is topping the charts at the time. But it seems a new trend is cooking in 2018: MMORPGs, with the charge being led by South Korea’s biggest names in a big way.
Starting with Netmarble which launched Lineage II: Revolution [Free] in November 2017 in the West, but showing no signs of slowing down, Netmarble now has Blade and Soul: Revolution set to release sometime in 2018 in Korea, as well as Tera M, Icarus M, and Seven Knights II. GoBoogie Games has announced Fellow: Eternal Clash for a western release. Nexon has already launched Durango: Wild Land and Yulgang M in Korea on January 25th with a western release planned for both. Kakao Games has announced Blade II: The Return of Evil, a highly anticipated sequel to the very successful Blade. Perhaps a bit of a dark-horse, Mad World from Jandisoft promises to be the first HTML5 cross-platform MMORPG, which we wrote about last summer.
Gamevil has Royal Blood, set to be the first Korean “global one-build” MMORPG, already available in South Korea with other locale launches planned for March. NCSoft is planning to introduce Aion: Legions of War, a new mobile RPG based on its online RPG Aion, in North America and Europe. Com2us is even turning Summoner’s War [Free] into an MMORPG soon, though few details outside of a trailer are available. Last but certainly not least, Pearl Abyss has Black Desert M, a mobile port of the PC MMORPG Black Desert, with already over 2 million pre-registered players which investment analysts predict will bring in $ 565,000 in daily revenue.
That’s 11 juggernaut mobile MMOs just from South Korea alone. While many of these will see a release in North America, it seems likely some of these just won’t make the cut for the west, as the competition is looking to be fierce. Even if half of these titles launch, that’s still more high-profile MMORPG launches than iOS has seen in any year previous, and that’s just from South Korea.
It’s also probably no coincidence that South Korea just had their first Apple Store open on January 27th 2018, right in Samsung’s backyard, which will undoubtably ignite a turf war between the two tech giants. And with Apple gaining in market share, not only on the hardware side, but now also gaining quite a bit of the South Korean games catalog, we’re in for quite a show from South Korea over the course of this year.
What appeal all these MMOs will have in the west remains to be seen. The traditional MMORPG hasn’t seen the same World of Warcraft level success in recent years, though there are still plenty of popular PC MMORPGs going strong. If the Korean MMORPG craze catches on here in North America, we’re set to see a whole new era of mobile gaming. Not only do these games promise compelling new styles of gameplay but many of them are built in Unreal Engine 4 and look fantastic, and with devices getting more powerful at a rate that is increasing exponentially every year, it seems all the necessary ingredients are present for an all-out, graphics intensive, battery-draining, memory eating, multi-continent, online slugfest from some of the biggest names in mobile gaming.
As an MMO fan, I couldn’t be more excited. Keep an eye out for updates on all these titles in the coming weeks and months right here on TouchArcade.
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Well this is one heck of a weird week, we’ve already seen a bunch of great games pop up (Fez!!!), but the recent addition of pre-orders to the App Store has thrown a whole new wrench into the mix. We’re expecting Life is Strange, Inside, Gorogoa, and some other surprises which haven’t been announced yet to pop up on the App Store at some point tonight or tomorrow. That makes these posts a little odd, but that’s sort of the constant state we’re used to operating in around here. Oh, and it’s both Ice Cream Day and National Cocoa Day, so be sure you celebrate by eating/drinking whichever is currently more appropriate for your climate.
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