TouchArcade Game of the Week: ‘The Talos Principle’

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn’t necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable “best” thing. Instead, it’s more just us picking out the single game out of the week’s releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one.

These picks might be controversial, and that’s OK. If you disagree with what we’ve chosen, let’s try to use the comments of these articles to have conversations about what game is your game of the week and why.

Without further ado…

 

The Talos Principle

Just a few weeks ago we were treated to Jonathan Blow’s incredible first-person exploration puzzler The Witness [$ 9.99] after teasing it coming to iOS for years, and now we’ve got one of the other heavy hitters in that particular genre with the arrival of Croteam and Devolver Digital’s The Talos Principle [$ 4.99] on the App Store this week. What a time to be alive! While both games look quite similar to each other on paper, they’re actually pretty different. I’ve seen people love one and not the other, or love both, or love neither. The bottom line though is that mobile gamers are getting seriously treated to some fine, full-blown premium gaming experiences as of late.

I’ve seen The Talos Principle compared to the Portal series, and I think that’s an even better comparison than to The Witness. Both games have you solving puzzle “rooms” but rather than using the titular portals as in Valve’s classic, in The Talos Principle the game comes equipped with a number of different devices which you’ll need to use to create a safe and open path to solving each puzzle. And also like Portal, you’ll always have everything you need to solve a puzzle at your disposal, but you’ll often need to think outside of the box in order to use what you have in clever ways to figure out the solution.

In all three of these games, there’s much more than the puzzle solving you see on the surface, and there are some very profound themes going on in The Talos Principle that will have you questioning life as you know it. Ok, that’s maybe a bit overdramatic, but also kind of true. Beyond testing your mental prowess in puzzle solving, The Talos Principle will also have you questioning what is “reality” and what it means to be human. You can pretty much ignore this stuff and just solve puzzles if you want, but I find that getting lost in the world and lore really heightens the experience. The Talos Principle is also a technically impressive game, opting for a more realistic art style than that of the surreal and colorful The Witness that blends together elements of technology and the beauty of nature.

I would love to see some graphical adjustment options to tailor the performance of individual devices, as even on my iPhone 7 Plus the game’s frame rate can dip and it absolutely destroys my battery. I wouldn’t mind toning down some of the fancy visual stuff to get a smoother experience and some extra battery life. One thing I do appreciate though is the option for a virtual stick and buttons instead of the default tap-to-move controls. I think the default is probably the best option for most people, but as someone who has been playing with virtual controls for years now, it’s just way more comfortable for me so I appreciate that it’s available.

Those small niggles aside, The Talos Principle is an incredible game, and the fact that it will only set you back five bucks for such a robust experience feels criminal. I’m hoping that this is the beginning of a trend where we see more high profile games make their way to mobile from PC and console, but even if not I’m thankful to be carrying around something as sublime as The Talos Principle in my pocket. Like I said, what a time to be alive.

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The Talos Principle comes to mobile — here are 7 other Devolver Digital games you should play

Sci-fi puzzler The Talos Principle arrived on the App Store this week. The game, which tells the tale of a newly awokened robot, is a philosophical story of what it means to be human, while the player explores over 100 different areas in a beautiful 3D space.

The game is published by Devolver Digital, who has a bounty of other fine indie titles on iOS. Here are seven of the best.

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Out Now: ‘The Talos Principle’, Dragon Hills 2′, ‘Into the Dead 2’, ‘Beyond Oasis’, ‘Taichi Panda 3’, ‘San Giorli’, ‘cmplt’, ‘Train Bandit’, ‘Blocksy’ and More

It’s that time of week where we round up the best new iPhone and iPad game releases of the past 7 days. While it’s not a big week in terms of number of games, it’s quite high up there in terms of quality. With the semi-surprise release of The Talos Principle, along with the release of The Witness a few weeks ago, we are plenty covered in terms of atmospheric, graphically impressive first-person puzzle adventures. We are GOOD. Dragon Hills 2 is a sequel to a favorite of mine that looks bigger and better in every way, as is Into the Dead 2. And finally Sega Forever has blessed us with the reissue of classic 16-bit RPG Beyond Oasis. And plenty more too, so check out the full list of games below and let us know in the comments which games you’ve got your eye on.


 

Beyond Oasis Classic

iTunes Description

The sprawling, lavish, action RPG (Beyond Oasis // The Story of Thor) is now available on mobile! Play free and rediscover SEGA’s timeless adventure.

Embark on a timeless journey of discovery and adventure in one of SEGA’s most epic action RPGs. Summon elemental spirits with the power of a magical ‘Armlet’ to battle an ancient evil that has risen in your land. From mountain fortresses to the dark shadow lands, danger and adventure await at every turn…

Beyond Oasis joins the ever-increasing line-up of ‘SEGA Forever’, a treasure trove of free SEGA console classics brought to life on mobile for the first time!

Forum Thread: Beyond Oasis (by SEGA)


Blocksy: Aim & Shoot

iTunes Description

Test yourself in Blocksy – highly strategic puzzle game with an arcade twist.

The goal of Blocksy is to hold back the cubes from overtaking the whole screen. To do that, you just need to destroy a whole lot of them! Think hard and strategize to get the biggest score!

Forum Thread: Blocksy: Aim & Shoot (By CLM)


Bounce House

iTunes Description

Test your skills on the world’s longest bouncy Bounce House gauntlet! It’s so long it never ends!



Launch into a reckless run of slamming, bouncing, candy collecting, obstacle dodging, block dislodging FUN!… Just watch out for the Castle Master…

How far can you bounce?!

Forum Thread: Bounce House (by Twice Different)


cmplt

iTunes Description

Can you g_ess what’s missing?
C_mpl_t_.

· · ·

125 handcrafted pixel puzzles.

Forum Thread: cmplt (By Philipp Stollenmayer)


Dragon Hills 2

iTunes Description

Here we go again! Meet our fearless girl, a few years later!

Zombies! …Why??? …Dragons!…What???
Cowboys, armored mechs and spaceships! Say Whaaaaaaaat?!
So many questions… No time for answers now, guys. The zombie apocalypse is already here! Hurry up! Hop on your machine dragon and fight to save humanity!

Slide down the hills jumping into and out of the ground, crashing and destroying everything on your way in this action-packed adventure. Discover thrilling and magical lands filled with zombies, giants, dragons and tons of surprises.

Forum Thread: Dragon Hills 2 (By Rebel Twins)


Home Street

iTunes Description

Want a virtual simulator and home decoration game rolled into one? Build your dream house on Home Street!

Supersolid brings you a brand-new Home Decoration and Life Sim Game where you can build your dream home, be who you want to be, and bring it all to life in a town built on friendship! Live in a city of your own design with a character that reflects your style. Enjoy your virtual neighborhood and make friends with players from around the world in Home Street!

Forum Thread: Home Street (by Supersolid Ltd)


Infiniroom

iTunes Description

INFINIROOM is a unique take on the runner genre – pitting you in a single, constantly changing room.

Play as 4 different characters with individual abilities to overcome and survive the longest you can against various traps and obstacles.

Forum Thread: INFINIROOM (by Lonebot)


Into the Dead 2

iTunes Description

Journey through the zombie apocalypse in a race to save your family. Arm yourself with an arsenal of powerful weapons and do whatever it takes to survive. Maim, mow down, and massacre the Dead – anything to keep moving! In a world where no one is safe, how far will you go to make it out alive?

Forum Thread: Into the Dead 2 (by PikPok)


L Pop!

iTunes Description

L Pop is a casual puzzle game from Jambav.
In the world of L Pop, you will place your next colored-bubble on the board just like the Knight (horse) in the game of chess makes its next move.
(Now you know why we said we drew inspiration from the game of chess, for L Pop!)
You can continue to place the bubbles on the board until you run out of options.
Match three or more bubbles to Pop them!
The more bubbles you Pop, higher the score and more the jems you get.
Collect ’em all! These jems help you use some interesting life-saving powerups later in the game!

Forum Thread: L Pop! (by Jambav, Inc)


Lionheart: Dark Moon

iTunes Description

Pick up and play this brand new mobile RPG with stunning graphics and animation! Build your powerful army of heroes from a wide variety of amazing characters and beasts! Fight through strategic and story-driven battles as you collect pets, gems and potions to defeat the Shard of Whispers and drive away the Darkness!

Return to the beautiful, fascinating and dangerous world of Lionheart in Dark Moon!

Every hero has their story.
Collect them all and unleash their power as you fight your way to victory!

Forum Thread: Lionheart: Dark Moon (by Emerald City Games)


My Oasis – Relaxing Sanctuary

iTunes Description

Taking a break can be difficult when there are so much things to do, and you have so little time to spend for yourself. My Oasis is a game app created for people who needs a break from life.

My Oasis is not a game that focuses its purpose on the gameplay and it contains no content that can remotely stress you out. Just let your oasis gradually expands while you Interact with the life in a relaxing atmosphere. It will calm your mind before you know it.

Forum Thread: My Oasis – Relaxing Sanctuary (by Buff Studio)


Ninja Dive

iTunes Description

Ninja Dive is a super fun Arcade Game.

Your Ninja is lost and needs to find land!
Dive underwater to search, but avoid those pipes when you resurface for air! They’re deadly!

• Touch, Hold and Release to Dive.

Forum Thread: NINJA DIVE (By Aaro Arts)


Our Ways

iTunes Description

Our Ways is an experience-based puzzle game about exploring relationship. Using two fingers, control the two color dots to move, approach and meet. Each level represents a relationship. Experience and overcome different situations like ‘Obstacles’, ‘Uncontrollable’, ‘Lost’, etc.

Each individual like me or you is different, so as every relationship. In Our Ways, the result of each level depends on how far and how many steps the two color dots took. Just as our relationships, there is no perfect one, no right or wrong. It only depends how we see them. Play and get your own results!

Forum Thread: Our Ways (by Rolling Pig Studio)


The Pirate: Plague of the Dead

iTunes Description

The Pirate: Plague of the Dead is a sandbox game, letting you see what it’s like to be the fiercest pirate captain to ever hoist the Jolly Roger! Assume the role of legendary pirate captain John Rackham, and use arcane voodoo magic to raise the Flying Gang from the dead. Together, the members of this historical band of pirates will face the terrifying Inquisitor.

Each of the resurrected captains has unique skills, which improve your ship’s statistics, ensure more gold, give advantage in battle or even let you summon the mighty Kraken!

Featuring an open world without loading screens, dynamic day and night cycle and weather system, it offers each gamer an unforgettable experience. Plague of the Dead is a new installment of The Pirate series, following the hit game Caribbean Hunt, which met with a great reception and gained a steady following.

Forum Thread: The Pirate: Plague of the Dead (by Teresa Dymek)


Portal Storm AR

iTunes Description

Tear open a portal in your reality to find and destroy the alien invaders!

Features:
* Unique reality warping technology!
* Fast arcade action.
* Use AR to battle in the real world.
* Simple and fun to and play.
* Compete on Game Centre leaderboards.
* NO WALKING AROUND NEEDED!

Forum Thread: Portal Storm AR (by MadeOfDinosaurs)


The Quest – Hero of Lukomorye 2

iTunes Description

The Quest – Hero of Lukomorye II is an expansion to The Quest, a beautifully hand-drawn open world role playing game with old school grid-based movement and turn based combat.

After enabling the expansion, you can explore new areas and adventures. However, if you don’t have The Quest, you can also play the expansion as a standalone game.

You are an agent in the service of Tzar Yaromir. Lukomorye is still not free. You must face new challenges to help your friends, the Tzar and his royal family, combat the warlike Savir invaders. You’ll encounter exotic scenarios, like steppes patrolled by wolves an underwater abyss and an eerie mushroom kingdom. You’ll have the opportunity to become a member of the Order of the Sword, if you qualify. You’ll have your faithful sidekick, Agent Kolobok, to accompany you. You may go mad in Argimon’s Mad Dwarves’ Castle, so heed any hints there carefully.

Forum Thread: The Quest – Hero of Lukomorye2 (By Redshift/Zarista)


San Giorli

iTunes Description

San Giorli, an ungoverned region situated between three galaxies, has become an interstellar dark city thanks to the garbage discarded from the three galaxies that attracted a bunch of scavengers. This is where the protagonist grew up, and he decided to come back after his long interstellar expedition. All you need to do is to help the protagonist find out the reason why San Giorli has become uncharted and rejuvenate the city.

It is a game that requires both your hand skill and thinking. You have to control the protagonist to orbit the spacecraft, analyse the circuits and traps ahead, connect or disconnect the plugs, remove obstacles and rejuvenate San Giorli, in order to move forward.

Forum Thread: San Giorli (By Tencent Mobile)


Seeing Stars

iTunes Description

Looking for a game with dazzling graphics and classic arcade excitement? Then connect the stars and protect your planet in Seeing Stars!
No pay-to-win schemes. No viral gimmicks. Just timeless fun that will test out your skills.

• Move quickly as you defend the Earth from a fast and fiery meteor
• Build infinite and unique constellations
• Share your galaxy with friends
• Old school gameplay is fun for all ages
• See how you stack up on the leaderboard

Forum Thread: Seeing Stars (by Blue Footed Newbie)


Sheep Goes Right

iTunes Description

Sheepy crosses a dangerous path filled with evil spikes and more.
Guide Sheepy through 100 levels of spike-disliking mayhem, as you try to get to the other side.

A simple enough game, with a wonderful art style, but with some fiendishly difficult jumps along the way.
How far can you get?

Forum Thread: Sheep Goes Right (by James Gamble)


Taichi Panda 3: Dragon Hunter

iTunes Description

Before the world was populated with taichi masters, there existed two dragons borne from the sun and moon. Together they breathed life into the continent, and existed in harmony for ages before pride overtook the darkness. Now evil forces are plotting for control of the world, and a war is brewing. Do you have the taichi skills that it takes to save all living things from total destruction?

Download 2017’s most anticipated MMORPG, a fantasy adventure with top graphics and an epic thrilling story! Choose your faction, develop your skills, and command a fleet of mounts for total control of the land and sky. Sieze your destiny in Taichi Panda 3: Dragon Hunter.

Forum Thread: Taichi Panda 3: Dragon Hunter (By Snail Games)


The Talos Principle

iTunes Description

As if awakening from a deep sleep, the player finds himself in a strange world of ancient ruins and advanced technology. Tasked by his creator with solving a series of increasingly complex puzzles, he must decide whether to have faith or to ask the difficult questions: Who am I? What is my purpose?

With the innovative tap-to-move control system that immediately feels natural, an engaging story and challenging puzzles The Talos Principle is a full-fledged game with over 20 hours of content and entertainment, be it a short challenge for the brain or an entire afternoon filled with exploration and excitement. To round the experience out – the combination of Metal API and the cutting-edge Serious Engine ensures jaw-dropping graphics and amazing performance on iOS devices.

Forum Thread: The Talos Principle (By Devolver Digital)


Tazer Run

iTunes Description

Prisoners have escaped from the Central Jail. You only have one weapon: your Tazer & the company of your loyal dog to catch all the baddies and put them back into prison.
Perfect mix of fun, accurate timing and speed tazing with mind-blowing art and amusing soundtrack.

TAZE THE BADDIES
At its core this is game in which you have to use your Tazer to electrify all the baddies who have escaped from the prison. You need to show great timing and aiming skills if you want to master the game and protect the city from the escaped prisoners.

Forum Thread: Tazer Run (by Kierun Studios)


Toy Attack

iTunes Description

Build your own toy robot and pit it against the robots made by other people! Win powerful parts to enhance your robot further. Become the best, the strongest, the fastest, or the cutest robot in the world!

Engage in realistic battles with a real-time physics engine. Let your creativity run wild in designing the perfect robot. Outsmart your opponents, unlock loot boxes for rare items, and live in a futuristic sci-fi world!

Forum Thread: Toy Attack (By Animoca Brands)


Train Bandit

iTunes Description

THE LAW!!

Looks to be a showdown atop a train. This will be your last fight.
Good luck, Train Bandit.

WHAT IS THIS GAME?

Train Bandit is a simple score attack game. The Law will attack you from both sides. Your weapon is your thumbs. You’ll use them to kick the living crap out of the law. React quickly by attacking the correct direction. React…or you’re dead.

Forum Thread: Train Bandit (By Rusty Moyher)


Undead Breakout

iTunes Description

In Undead Breakout, you must use the pathways and thoroughfares in the ruins of a resort town, Paris and New York City to move survivors to escape points (indicated by a gold star). Each level provides a variety of challenges in which you have to move the gold survivors around the board like pieces on a game board, avoiding the zombies that will try to overtake the survivors and the spreading infection. Each zombie and each survivor type has different characteristics that impact their movement and movement speed. To aid survivors, some missions incorporate police officers or soldiers who can protect the survivors. The soldiers can create a protected spot by holding zombies back a space. Police officers can be used sacrificially to kill one zombie they encounter although the officer will die in the process. Think strategically to reach each goal and survive the undead masses.

Forum Thread: Undead Breakout (by Magitech Corporation)


TouchArcade

Cult Puzzle Classic ‘The Talos Principle’ Is Now Available on the App Store for $4.99

Ever since iOS 11 served as the first major shake-up to the App Store – and subsequently the mobile gaming ecosystem – since its inception in 2008, it seems some powerful force at Apple has been trying to capitalise on the latent potential of the platform by pushing through some ambitious acclaimed classics from consoles and PC. We first had The Witness [$ 9.99] – a true technical showcase for the power of the latest iPhones and iPads, let alone a brilliantly innovative experience – and it looks like The Talos Principle [$ 4.99] is the next App Store release set to push not only the boundaries of the hardware, but also the boundaries of what people expect of mobile gaming. From Croatian developer Croteam, and published by the prolific Devolver Digital, The Talos Principle is a stunning puzzle game set in a crossover of ancient and futuristic architecture, and is now available on the App Store for the phenomenal price of only $ 4.99.

The iOS release of The Talos Principle marks the latest iteration of the title – the game has already launched on PC, PS4 and even as a limited Nvidia Android edition on the Google Play store – but this version is certainly the most technically impressive. In a similar fashion to The Witness, The Talos Principle lets you explore an incredibly detailed world with over 120 puzzles to solve. While the similarities are clear, The Talos Principle features a more narrative-driven story similar to the Portal games, and in my humble opinion is far more satisfying as a result. While the iOS version of The Talos Principle does lack the Road to Gehenna DLC, it does feature MFi controller support, which is a huge plus for a game of this nature. The Talos Principle is another game that I would have never believed could ever be a possibility on iOS back when I first picked up my iPod Touch, and hopefully will not be the last such ambitious mobile release. Download The Talos Principle on the App Store for $ 4.99 today, and let us know your thoughts on our forum thread.

TouchArcade

A Quantum Principle Could Change Wireless Charging Technology Forever

A Better Range

While wireless charging is an improvement over a mess of entangled wires, the technology does not solve the issue of mobility — your phone still needs to remain in one place to charge. This could change with the development of a new type of charging.

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Current wireless charging devices operate using an electromagnetic field. For the power transfer between the charger and the device to remain optimal, the distance between the two must remain fixed. However, a team out of Stanford has created a charger that can transfer power to moving devices up to a meter away. Their research has been published in Nature.

The system uses a quantum mechanical principle called parity-time symmetry. Essentially, this means their charger can automatically adjust its power flow depending on the situation. The researchers demonstrated their device using an LED bulb. When the bulb moved further away, the distance was mitigated by the charger. This allowed the bulb to retain its brightness despite the motion.

Power Everywhere

Though this study only demonstrates the technology at a minor level, if scalable, it could essentially enable us to charge devices at the optimum rate despite a varying distance. This has exciting applications in a number of fields beyond just allowing you to comfortably use your phone while charging it.

Theoretically, it could revolutionize our ability to wirelessly charge electric vehicles as charging devices could be built into roads to charge the EVs as they drive past. The study also cites the potential to charge medical implants more efficiently. These devices are all implanted at slightly different depths, which can make charging them using existing technology complicated. This new technology would give patients the ability to move around while charging, as well.

While the team’s technology is still in its nascent stages and has only charged a single moving LED so far, the concept has the potential to radically change how we power our lives in the future. Now, it’s just a matter of scaling it up.

The post A Quantum Principle Could Change Wireless Charging Technology Forever appeared first on Futurism.

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Everything in This World Is Governed By A Single Mathematical Principle

Theoretical physicist Geoffrey West talks about the remarkable properties of life and explains how everything is actually based on one algorithm.

The post Everything in This World Is Governed By A Single Mathematical Principle appeared first on Futurism.

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IoT meets Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle

The internet of things is about measuring the world and taking action on that data. But if the simple act of measuring the world changes it, then how can we implement ubiquitous sensors and connectivity without some kind of unintended consequence?

Much like Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle tries to explain how measuring quarks in quantum physics changes how they behave, two stories out this week try to understand what it means when everything is connected and we’re always monitored. How will those measurements change us, even as we’re being measured?

— The themes in the Pew report are disconcerting.

Adam Greenfield writes in The Guardian about how the companies building our connected devices are serving their own agendas.

In many cases users have no clear idea of what those agendas are. This might be something as simple as your Amazon Echo limiting the number of choices it presents when you ask it to order something, to an insurance firm using sensor data to charge people in historically black neighborhoods more for insurance.

Both of these examples present consumers with a choice that’s derived from ever-more-granular-and-varied collected about them. Greenfield takes the example of the Amazon Dash button and lambasts its ability to make consumers buy things more easily without a thought. But it’s when he discusses smart cities that he gets most eloquent.

In discussing marketing literature from Siemens about the smart city, where the goal is to move people, goods and vehicles around a municipality and efficiently allocate resources, he writes:

“There is a clear philosophical position, even a worldview, behind all of this: that the world is in principle perfectly knowable, its contents enumerable and their relations capable of being meaningfully encoded in a technical system, without bias or distortion. As applied to the affairs of cities, this is effectively an argument that there is one and only one correct solution to each identified need; that this solution can be arrived at algorithmically, via the operations of a technical system furnished with the proper inputs; and that this solution is something that can be encoded in public policy, without distortion. (Left unstated, but strongly implicit, is the presumption that whatever policies are arrived at in this way will be applied transparently, dispassionately and in a manner free from politics.)

“Every aspect of this argument is questionable. Perhaps most obviously, the claim that anything at all is perfectly knowable is perverse. However thoroughly sensors might be deployed in a city, they will only ever capture what is amenable to being captured. In other words, they will not be able to pick up every single piece of information necessary to the formulation of sound civic policy.”

He goes on to lament how bias will creep into the algorithms and how civic actors will start managing to the metrics established by whatever agency is tracking the smart city’s stats. He wrote the article as an excerpt of an upcoming book called Radical Technologies: The Design of Everyday Life that goes on sale next week.

Greenfield’s article becomes even more important in light of a new Pew Research Center report on the internet of things that basically says it’s unavoidable. Not only did respondents to its survey say that it was going to happen whether people wanted it or not, they also said it was happening without regard to security, privacy and other essentials.

While the survey allowed for people that might attempt to permanently disconnect from a connected life over privacy fears, most respondents believed those efforts would be futile as connectivity is built into more products and more day-to-day activities rely on it.

Reading both of these back to back is depressing. The future this paints is dystopian at worst and oblivious consumerism at best. But it’s clear that connectivity and these “data-driven” decisions are the future. So it’s up to us as consumers, voters and business leaders to take steps to make sure this future doesn’t become the present.

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