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It’s the most wonderful time of the week, the time we round up all of the best new iOS game releases of the past seven days. If you even have any spare time for new games that is, considering the deluge of great games we get week in and week out. This week is no different with games like The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands, Read Only Memories: Type-M, The Sims Mobile, and Somewhere: The Vault Papers hitting the App Store. Not to mention that there’s some exciting stuff that’s not quite out in time for this posting like Baldur’s Gate: Siege of Dragonspear and Keep in Mind: Remastered, so we’ll be sure to give you a heads up when those titles finally arrive. For now though dig into the meaty list of new games below and let us know which ones you’ll be picking up this week.


 

Block Off!

iTunes Description

Tap blocks and make things happen in this fast-paced addictive puzzler!

Block off! puts your mind to the test with 75 great levels to solve

Get the red blocks all to fall by popping, exploding, dashing, growing and tipping physics blocks

Simple one-touch controls mixed with fast fun game-play make for a unique and addicting puzzle experience

Get ready for something new and knock those blocks off!

Forum Thread: Block Off! (by Entity3 Limited)


Blocktactic

iTunes Description

Blocktactic is a strategic score attack game, merging together mechanics from block drop and match-3 type games.

Features:
-Unlockable Blocksets for high score chasers
-Original retro soundtrack
-No IAPs, contains banner ads

How high can you score?

Forum Thread: Blocktactic (by A To Play Ltd.)


The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands

iTunes Description

Build, discover, craft and survive.

Build your settlement in a snowy encampment and manage workers and resource to survive monster attacks during nights. Slowly you will gain access to advanced buildings and crafting options, discover and trade with new civilizations and discover the secrets of the ancients.

Forum Thread: The Bonfire: Forsaken Lands (by Xigma Games)


Cotrio

iTunes Description

Feeling smart? Do you want more from your relax time? Cotrio is a visually stunning love letter to numbers and fuel that will fire up your imagination.

Solve puzzles based on a unique concept. Combine numbers to fill nodes with colors and avoid equal numbers next to each other. Play with numbers, colors, and your own mind.

Pause at any time and step into beautiful animated worlds. Uncover their stories with your touch and device sensors – all set to the soothing sounds of the original soundtrack.

Artfully crafted with attention to every minute detail over the period of two years, Cotrio is a relaxing experience for smart people – make it your own!

Forum Thread: Cotrio (by Bartosz Bialek)


Disc Pop

iTunes Description

Use your fast fingers and reflexes to aim and connect two discs with the same color – Avoid other collisions!

Moving discs spawns from all corners and you can stop and control/aim any disc you choose.

If you enjoy fast-reaction arcade games, you will without doubt be hooked on Disc Pop!

Forum Thread: Disc Pop (by Carl Oberg)


Farm On!

iTunes Description

Grow crops, expand resources, and help your farm live long and prosper – all with just one hand! Interact with and care for cute pets and make delicious recipes! Manage your farm with the tip of your thumb!
Living organic on a farm has never been this convenient!

Harvest food, craft recipes, feed your cute animals and trade with neighbors!
Go fishing or start up a trade business! Keep your farm fresh and beautiful with whimsical decorations!
Farm On! is the perfect game for the multi-tasking, modern day casual farmer on the go!

Forum Thread: Farm On! – Raise crops & build (by EIPIX ENTERTAINMENT)


Gravity Dash

iTunes Description

How far can you go?

Put your twitch skills to the test in Gravity Dash! Prove your worth by overcoming dangerous hazards such as spike pits, sawblades, and guillotines … while dashing through a veritable gauntlet of randomly generated levels. Are you ready to defy the laws of gravity by flipping right-side up (or upside down!) to collect gems and unlock new characters?

Forum Thread: Gravity Dash: Endless Runner (by Jedd Goble)


Heir of Light

iTunes Description

A Dark Fantasy, Collectible RPG

Darkness has overtaken the realm, and the world is in chaos. The only hope to restore light and order lies with you, an Heir of Light. Embark on a crusade to renew a hope that has been lost for generations. Ready your weapon and journey to restore the light of the world!

Forum Thread: HEIR OF LIGHT (by GAMEVIL Inc.)


InterPlanet

iTunes Description

Commander! We are waiting for your order to EXPAND our space base.
Your space base is ready for GALACTIC EXPLORATION & COMBAT your way through the GALAXY!

* CONQUER new planets with your Guild Members to mine new UNIQUE RESOURCES
* UPGRADE your battleships with a variety of PARTS
* DEFEND your space base using variety of TURRETS and MINES!
* LOOT other space bases for resources!
* UPGRADE your battleships and TRAIN your captains for victory!
* PLAN unique combat strategies with countless combinations of BATTLESHIPS and CAPTAINS!
* CREATE or JOIN a guild with your friends to receive BIGGER rewards!
* FIGHT off space pirates!
* EXPLORE the galaxy and MIGRATE to a resource-rich planet!

Forum Thread: InterPlanet (by THUMBAGE)


[It’s a TRAP!]

iTunes Description

5×5 tile turn-based puzzle. Make the strategy to not get trapped between enemies and kill them to save yourself.

The simple rule of the game is to fill all the tiles with either enemies or dead blocks created by killing enemies. Create as many blocks as you can to increase the score.

Forum Thread: [It’s a TRAP!] (by ayush singla)


Mirror Land

iTunes Description

Mirror Land: The world of Summoning
Mirror Land’, a new location-based summoning game
from Magic Cube, the creators of idea-based casual games

No need to search for monsters-
Just summon them to where you are!

A different Fingermon is summoned depending on your location.
Summon the most powerful Fingermon and save the world from the NS Fingermons.

Forum Thread: Mirror Land (by Magic Cube)


Monster Merge

iTunes Description

Drag identical monster together to discover 30 unique species and upgrade your buildings in this highly addictive game! Play minigames to earn more coins, and expand your world.

Forum Thread: Monster Merge (by Umbrella Games)


Planet Commander: Space action

iTunes Description

Take part in interplanetary war in the distant future, when space flight is commonplace. You control a battlecruiser in fights with other users in multiplayer team battles.

In PLANET COMMANDER , you are the captain of an interstellar spaceship. Your galactic fleet starts out with a small cruiser, but as your space base develops, you’ll get to control battleships and even supermassive space cruisers!

Start with a small spaceship, but as your base grows and develops, you’ll graduate to commanding huge battleships and superheavy spaceships. Battle in a galaxy on fire online with real opponents in the multiplayer Space Wars game mode, and develop your space fleet.

Forum Thread: Planet Commander: Space action (by GD Company)


Puzzle Page

iTunes Description

Exercise your brain with a new page of your favourite puzzles delivered to your device every day.

Each day brings a new assortment of word, logic, number and picture puzzles to complete.

You’ll find Crosswords, Sudoku, Wordsearch, Codewords, Picture Cross, Picture Path, Kakuro and more!

Missed a day? Want to find more of your favourite type of puzzle? Use the Calendar view to quickly browse through previous day’s pages.

Forum Thread: Puzzle Page (by AppyNation)


The Quest – Macha’s Curse

iTunes Description

The great wizard Cathbad has summoned you to the Red Branch Knights’ Castle in the kingdom of Ulidia. Queen Maeve of Connacht has invaded Ulidia in search of the magical Brown Bull of Cooley. Her troops have been met by the famous Knights of the Red Branch, led by their hero Cuchulainn.

Both armies so far have suffered great losses but Ulidia’s army has sustained the most. Macha, a vengeful goddess, has struck down many of their warriors with her curse because their King Connor caused her to race his horses, even though she was about to give birth.

The battlefield reeks of the blood of the slain and only you can stop the needless killing. This magical country needs your help. Equip your best gear. You’ve been chosen to be the Defender of Ulidia.

Forum Thread: The Quest – Macha’s Curse (by Redshift/Zarista Games)


Read Only Memories: Type-M

iTunes Description

Read Only Memories: Type-M is a cyberpunk thriller that imagines the challenges of tomorrow through the adventure games of yesterday.

When the world’s first sapient machine falls in with a struggling journalist, the unlikely duo find themselves drawn into the dark places that hide behind the dazzling lights of Neo-San Francisco. The secrets they discover could shake the very foundations of society, and some people would stop at nothing to keep them quiet.

Explore a colorful future metropolis, meet fascinating characters, and uncover a deadly conspiracy. Think carefully about your choices—you never know how they will affect events further down the line.

Forum Thread: Read Only Memories: Type-M (by MidBoss, LLC.)


Reed

iTunes Description

Reed is a tiny creature – the last creation of an old supercomputer.
The old supercomputer is now dying and all of his cubes. He’s getting much slower without them!
Without the supercomputer, the world is going to end.
Can you help Reed and save the world ?
Can you collect all the cubes in the levels?
It will not be easy!

Forum Thread: Reed ^_^ (by Crescent Moon Games/PXLink)


Romance Club: Sails in the Fog

iTunes Description

Romance Club: SAILS IN THE FOG is a sweeping romantic story series about love, pirates and exciting adventures in the Caribbeans.

The life of a young and beautiful girl changes dramatically when she is forced to marry a Spanish nobleman, Don Diego. Helped by a group of rogue pirates, she must restore the honor of the family, take revenge on the offenders, and find a way to stop a mysterious Aztec curse that is about to plunge the world she knows into darkness and chaos!

If you liked Pirates of the Caribbean and you’re a fan of Pride and Prejudice, you’ll love this!

Forum Thread: Romance Club: SAILS IN THE FOG (by Your Story Interactive)


The Sims Mobile

iTunes Description

Express your creativity as you customize your Sims’ distinct appearances and unique personalities, giving them traits and having fun with fashion and hairstyles. Effortlessly build your Sims the perfect home, choosing favorite designs and décor, with more detail than ever before on mobile. Experience the rich and entertaining moments of your Sims’ lives as they accomplish career goals, pursue hobbies, develop relationships, and improve their Lifestyle. Party with friends, fall in love, and establish a legacy. What stories will you tell?

Forum Thread: The Sims Mobile (by Electronic Arts)


Somewhere: The Vault Papers

iTunes Description

You are tasked with helping Cat, a culture journalist caught up in a whistleblowing case.
She reaches out to you via text message, and your job is to guide her through a series of challenges and situations to help her investigate and…stay alive!

Search clues on the Web, face random events, help her find her way using navigation apps, but beware, your choices will have consequences!

The story plays out in real time during several days: you will receive notifications throughout your day as Cat is sending you new messages. You can directly answer or catch up later when you’re available.

Reach one of the different endings and then you’ll be able to jump back to earlier points in the story, see what happens when you make a different choice, and explore different paths.

Forum Thread: Somewhere: The Vault Papers (by Plug In Digital)


Sorority Rites Visual Novel

iTunes Description

‘Sorority Rites Visual Novel’ takes place 3 years before the events of ‘The Last Yandere’ and the award-winning horror game ‘Dere Exe’.

Players get to enjoy a retro arcade game and aim for the highest score at the start of the game, then follow the journey of the main character soon after.

This kinetic visual novel game / arcade game hybrid centers around new school transfer Myles, an 18-year old nobody, and her attempts to succeed at a mysterious initiation ritual. She encounters Venice, the most popular girl on campus, and is forced to stay at a supposedly haunted mansion in order to pass the local sorority’s initiation rites. However, things take a darker turn.

Forum Thread: Sorority Rites Visual Novel (by Darius Immanuel Guerrero)


Spiky Box

iTunes Description

Every time the ball touches the geometric figure, the position and the number of spikes changes. Rotate the figure and don’t let your ball be broken by a spike!

Geometry and minimalism

Each level of the game opens a new geometric shape, inside which the ball will bounce: a square, a hexagon, octagon and more complex polygons. Catch bonuses, that will help to survive or on the contrary will make it a really hard game. Collect points by helping the ball to bounce through spikes, open up new levels and balls.

Forum Thread: Spiky Box – relaxing ball game (by Dmitri Isaenkov)


Squirix

iTunes Description

Squirix is a minimalistic logic puzzle game with handmade challenges where you have to colorize all hexagons to complete each puzzle.

A simple tap colorizes or decolorizes any hexagon. Sounds too easy?
What if all hexagons which are side-by-side to the one you tapped also toggle it’s state? Still sounds too easy?

More gameplay elements are added as the game goes on. It’s one of those games which is simple to play but hard to master.

Completing the challenges in fewer moves lets you earn more stars which could add you to the top of the gamecenter highscore list.

Forum Thread: Squirix (by Daniel Krautwurst)


The Thief of Wishes

iTunes Description

The Thief of Wishes is an interactive book which will take you again into a fairy tale world – where “…and they lived happily ever after” is only one of many possible endings and nothing is as simple as it looks.

The gameplay is focused on traveling between two different worlds (a lovely old town and it’s nightmare version) and choosing one of available actions/questions to make the story progress.

The main protagonist of the app is a brave and book loving girl – Catharine. Her goal is to defend the dream distorted by a mysterious monster, save the villagers, and reveal the secret of the magic Fountain.

Forum Thread: The Thief of Wishes (by All Blue Studio)


uVu – yoU Versus Universe

iTunes Description

‘Clicker meets Shmup! Keep on feeling everlasting “I MADE IT!”‘
Ingredients : Bullets, Lasers, Bombs, Blades, Shurikens, Rapid Fires, Clones, SpaceBugs, Bosses, Coins, Princesses!

“uVu – yoU versus Universe” is a Growing Shoot’emUp with vast Incremental power Ups / size Ups / additional Weapons / time Extends, for iOS.
The player controls the unbreakable fighter against the universe to save his homeland.

Forum Thread: uVu – yoU versus Universe (by Ambrella Co., Ltd.)


Vortex Puzzles: Brain Puzzles

iTunes Description

This is the most interesting puzzle game you have ever had in your hands!
It gives you the power of the stars and gravity at your fingertips.
It is also the most advanced way to train your brain and keep your mind sharp!
Are your smart enough?

Forum Thread: Vortex Puzzles: Brain Puzzles (by Eternal Studio)


Will Hero

iTunes Description

Will Hero is an arcade, action, platformer and rogue-like in one game.

This is an exciting adventure, in which you can dive in any place and at any time!

When Princess gets in trouble, a REAL hero turns into unstoppable maul and makes his way with bombs, kicks and axe.

Forum Thread: Will Hero (by ZPLAY)


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‘Papers, Please’ official short film recreates the game’s bleak tone

The official Papers, Please short film has been a long time in coming, but it's finally here… and if you're a fan of the game's grim Soviet Bloc atmosphere, you're in for a treat. The 11-minute production includes plenty of nods to the title's nerv…
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‘Papers, Please’ Short Film Premiering Online Tomorrow

Last summer, we learned that filmmakers Liliya and Nikita Ordynskiy would be doing a film adaptation of Lucas Pope’s award-winning “Dystopian Document Thriller” Papers, Please [$ 7.99 (HD)], which made waves when it launched on desktop in August of 2013 and made its way to the iPad in late 2014. If you aren’t familiar, Papers, Please has you playing the role of a border patrol agent who must determine who can and cannot enter the fictional eastern European country of Arstotzka. Sounds like a dull job, but in this dystopian world you’ll hear all kinds of stories and situations from the desperate people trying to cross the border. You’ll have to make some tough moral choices and the answers are not black and white, it’s all a shade of gray. For their part, Liliya and Nikita Ordynskiy have really captured the essence of Paper, Please in film form, as you can see from this preview trailer.

As announced on Facebook this week, the Papers, Please short film is finished and is set to premier tomorrow, February 24th. It’ll premier first on YouTube and then on Steam a few days later. I’m definitely interested in seeing how the game translates to film and am hoping that by being in this more accessible medium it might even introduce a whole new audience to the Papers, Please game. If you want to know our thoughts about the iPad port, check out our full review of Papers, Please and be sure to hop onto YouTube tomorrow to check out the long-awaited short film adaptation.

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Tim Cook talks iPhone addiction, Paradise Papers, and more in new interview

Investors have recently called on Apple to add more parental controls to its devices to help in limiting things such as use time for young children. Following the company’s announcement that it would add more “robust” controls in a future update, Tim Cook has addressed the topic in an interview…

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Apple Implicated in ‘Paradise Papers’ Tax Scheme Leak

A trove of 13.4 million papers detailing the tax havens and financial dealings of the world’s wealthiest corporations, powerful politicians, and other public figures was leaked earlier this week to German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, which in turn, shared it with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

Already, households names including Nike, Uber, Facebook, and even Bono have been implicated.

The Paradise Papers, as the project is called, have also cast unwanted attention on Apple, the world’s most profitable company, and its tax schemes. They reveal that the iPhone maker has a shell company based in the Channel Island of Jersey, where it holds the vast portion of its untaxed $ 252 billion hoard.

The untaxed cash pile came to reside in that particular island, which does not tax corporate profits, in the aftermath of a grueling 2013 US Senate inquiry into the tax structure of Apple’s Irish subsidiaries.

“We pay all the taxes we owe, every single dollar,” Apple CEO Cook fumed at the hearing. “We don’t depend on tax gimmicks…We don’t stash money on some Caribbean island.”

Apple had in fact been stashing its overseas revenue in Ireland, where it was protected by an intricate tax structure that rendered it effectively stateless and subject to annual tax rates that sometimes dipped below 2 percent– and far below Ireland’s 12.5 percent corporate tax rate and the US’s rate of 35 percent. That came to an end after the senate investigation, which resulted in a crackdown by Irish officials on Apple’s Irish subsidiaries.

The Paradise Papers detail how Apple, in response, quietly hired the services of Appleby, an offshore tax law firm, to make other arrangements. In a leaked questionnaire, Apple officials asked Appleby to find an island where it could “obtain an official assurance of tax exemption” and “conduct management activities… without being subject to taxation in [its] jurisdiction”.

They also sought assurance that the political climate was stable and that the tax code would not change.

A leaked email shows that Appleby partners were instructed to keep the move a secret: “For those of you who are not aware, Apple [officials] are extremely sensitive concerning publicity. They also expect the work that is being done for them only to be discussed amongst personnel who need to know”, one senior Appleby partner wrote.

The firms eventually opted to arrange for two of Apple’s Irish subsidiaries– Apple Operations International (AOI) and Apple Sales International (ASI)– to be managed from Appleby’s office in Jersey starting in 2015. The BBC reports that AOI is rumored to hold the majority of Apple’s $ 252 billion overseas cash pile.

Apple declined to comment on the movement of its two subsidiaries and released the following statement: “When Ireland changed its tax laws in 2015, we complied by changing the residency of our Irish subsidiaries and we informed Ireland, the European Commission and the United States. The changes we made did not reduce our tax payments in any country. In fact, our payments to Ireland increased significantly and over the last three years we’ve paid $ 1.5bn in tax there.”

In its press statement, MacBook-maker also emphasized that none of its Irish operations and investments had been moved. It noted that as the world’s largest taxpayer, it pays taxes in every country where it sells Apple products including “billions of dollars in taxes to the US at the statutory 35 percent rate on investment income from its overseas cash.” Over the past three years, Apple has paid $ 35 billion in corporate taxes.

That being said, Cook also has been firm in his stance that much of Apple’s untaxed overseas profits would not be repatriated until the US corporate tax rate is lowered significantly– which may come to pass under the current Republican administration.

Overall, the Paradise Papers shed light on how the world’s largest multinational companies regularly retain the services of law firms to legally minimize their tax bills. As such, Appleby declared following an investigation that “there is no evidence of any wrongdoing, either on the part of ourselves or our clients”. “We are a law firm which advises clients on legitimate and lawful ways to conduct their business. We do not tolerate illegal behaviour” the law firm advised on its website.

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EU presses Apple for details on latest tax arrangements in wake of Paradise Papers

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The European Union’s competition commissioner has asked Apple to update details on its tax situation, following allegations that the company relocated some operations from Ireland to Jersey to avoid higher rates.
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Apple issues statement after accusations arise from Paradise Papers

If you haven’t heard, the Paradise Papers is a leak similar to the Panama Papers leak of last year, one that would expose celebrities and business executives who were (reportedly) moving large amounts of money overseas in order to avoid paying taxes. The Paradise Papers is a collection of several million documents relating to offshore investments totaling $ 10 trillion involving 120,000 businesses and individuals dating from 1950 to 2016. Since the documents release on Sunday, multiple reports have directly accused Apple of partaking in the use of tax havens overseas, specifically in…

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Paradise Papers reveal Apple shifted holding firm to Jersey to protect $252B from taxation

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After a 2013 investigation into its Irish tax affairs, Apple continued to avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes by changing its structure, moving the holding firm for over $ 250 billion in cash reserves to the Channel Islands, this week’s "Paradise Papers" leak has revealed.
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