September 2016

Honest Co. is reformulating its soaps after ingredients controversy

The consumer products startup founded by Jessica Alba, The Honest Co., on Friday told the Wall Street Journal that it plans to reformulate its dish soap, laundry detergent and other cleaners after an earlier controversy over their ingredients.
The Honest Co. markets its products as gentler, healthier and more environmentally sustainable than those of mainstream brands in the U.S.
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Dishonored 2: Messing Around With Emily’s Crazy Powers

The sheer anticipation of seeing the next cool gadget, spectacular spell, or awe-inspiring environment can be a driving force on its own, and the most recent demo I played Dishonored 2 conjured that feeling up for me. If I were to sum up my latest turn with it in one sentence, it would be, “What will I see next?” The striking art style, Emily’s crazy powers, and the spectacular transforming walls of the Clockwork Mansion all left me wondering what treats the rest of Dishonored 2 might have in store.

The mission I played, The Clockwork Mansion, takes place roughly half way through the game, tasking Emily or Corvo with two possible objectives: find and rescue your old friend Anton Sokolov and deal with his captor, Kirin Jindosh, whose clockwork mansion has more hidden rooms than Wayne Manor. The original Dishonored was full of beautiful architecture, but the shifting walls in Jindosh’s estate take things to a new level. With a single pull of the many levers I found throughout the area, stair cases transformed, floors broke away, and walls did flip-flops, transforming the landscape around me. It felt like the kind of spectacle many games would save …read more


TouchArcade Game of the Week: ‘Pumped BMX 3’

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…

Pumped BMX 3

The Pumped BMX series is one of my all-time favorite video game series, on mobile or anywhere. The original was sort of an unexpected success, and going back to it now more than 4 years after its release it kind of …read more


‘Animation Throwdown’ Review – Come for the Characters, Stay for the (Brief) Fun, Wait for the Energy Timers

Fox’s animation shows have been dominating TV for quite some time now. Family Guy, Futurama, Bob’s Burgers, American Dad, and King of the Hill all offer their own specific kind of craziness and humor. It’s not surprising, then, that Kongregate decided to develop a card game based on all five shows, and the result is hilarious, as to be expected. Yet not all is rosy in Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards [Free]; while you’ll laugh at the silly card combos and be entertained for quite a bit with the gameplay, eventually you hit so many timers that you’ll quickly regret your investment in the game.

This is the kind of game that will divide players: some will stick it out through the timers and play when they can play, but most will get tired of having to wait constantly just to put a few (quick) matches in before running out of energy. And don’t expect a CCG that requires too much strategy and tactics since the game is too easy for too long and then ramps up fast. Overall, though, if you enjoy the characters and storylines of these shows, you’ll enjoy Animation Throwdown, at least for a while.

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‘Dark Souls’-Inspired ‘Ire: Blood Memory’ Is Back and Much Improved

A year and a half ago we reviewed Ire: Blood Memory [Free] and really liked it for its Dark Souls-influenced gameplay and its entertaining enemies, even though the UI and the monetization left quite a lot to be desired. Ire‘s developers, Tenbirds, wanted to improve quite a lot of aspects of the game, and they decided that instead of continuously patching the older one, to go ahead and remake it into a new app. So, the new version of the game that has just released retains the original idea and general design but adds much-improved graphics, a more functional UI, changes to attack speeds, cool-downs, and all of that, and adding more content through a new world map and new quests.

If you’re looking for a demanding ARPG, give Ire: Blood Money a shot; I have a hunch you’re going to enjoy it. There really aren’t many similar games on the App Store, and don’t mistake Ire for one of the many button mashers out there. This one is all about tactical attacks and careful planning.

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Twitch Prime Gets You Tyrande Whisperwind, ‘Hearthstone’ New Priest Hero, for Free

A few weeks back we wrote how Hearthstone [Free] was adding a new Priest Hero, Tyrande Whisperwind, as part of a special promotion, but we didn’t know what that promotion would actually be. Now we do. Twitch just announced that those who sign up for Twitch Prime, Twitch’s new “premium experience” that comes free for those who already have Amazon Prime, will get Tyrande for free. The way it works is you go to twitchprime.com, and link your Amazon Prime account to your Twitch account. If you don’t have Amazon Prime, you can sign up for a 30-day trial on the same website and then still claim Tyrande.

How do you claim the new hero? After you sign up for your Twitch Prime account or trial, you go to Twitch.tv and log in, then navigate to any channel page, and on the left side navigation bar you’ll see an image of Tyrande. Hover over the image and click on “Get Code.” Copy that code and then go to battle.net/code to redeem it. If you play Hearthstone, this is a no-brainer deal for you, so go grab it before it ends on November 5th.

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Twitch announces Twitch Prime, Loyalty Badges and video uploads

Twitch, the video game live-streaming service acquired by Amazon for nearly a billion dollars back in 2014, kicked off its annual TwitchCon conference this afternoon with a keynote. With keynotes generally come a bit of news… and sure enough, here’s what’s new: Twitch Prime: As we scooped right before the Keynote, Twitch officially confirmed Twitch Prime. Included for free… Read More …read more


2 New Gears of War 4 Xbox One S Bundles Announced

Microsoft has unveiled two new Gears of War 4 Xbox One S bundles ahead of the shooter’s October 11 release.

The first includes Gears of War 4 and a 1 TB white console, according to Xbox Wire. This standard bundle will be available worldwide October 11 for $350 USD.

The second, “special edition” bundle features a 500 GB “deep blue” console and will only be available in the US and Australia for $300 USD. This bundle, exclusive to Microsoft Stores and GameStop (EB Games for Australian shoppers), hits stores November 1.

The deep blue Xbox One S Gears 4 bundle. Image via Xbox

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‘Lightseekers’ Will Combine an RPG with High-Tech Digital Action Figures and AR Cards

When most think of toys-to-digital kind of games, they think of Skylanders or Disney Infinity, both of which aren’t as hot as they used to be in the recent past. Perhaps the time for these kinds of game is past (although LEGO Dimensions is doing well, but that’s probably because of LEGO’s popularity). Lightseekers,: Awakening an upcoming game by PlayFusion, is hoping to revive the genre by raising the stakes. The game combines a mobile RPG game, smart, AI-led action figures, AR, interactive trading cards, any more to create experiences unlike other games in the past. The game is definitely ambitious if nothing else.

The digital game will be a F2P (with no IAPs) RPG with deep lore but the fun part comes from the seven-inch fancy action figures by TOMY that can do all kinds of stuff like talk, vibrate, use different colored lights to show the figure’s different levels, and so on. In other words, these are more than just plastic representations of in-game figures.

There’s also all kinds of weapons, pets, and other accessories the characters can use and even a full CCG game with around …read more


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‘Frozen Free Fall: Icy Shot’ Is a Fun Puzzle Game Based on the Huge Disney Hit

Disney has been really going for it on the App Store, releasing many games in all kinds of genres – although primarily it’s the puzzle genre the company is aiming. The latest one, Frozen Free Fall: Icy Shot [Free] (no, it’s not a new Starbucks coffee) is using the most popular Disney characters of the last few years, the Frozen cast. The game has you playing various Peggle-like levels where you shoot Elsa’s magical snowballs to break the ice engulfing the Kingdom of Arendelle. There are over 100 levels to play through and you’ll be using boosters and power-ups to make it through levels faster. Surprisingly, the theme actually works here because you do have a character in the movie who can shoot ice and break stuff, so not that much of a stretch.

While there are many similar puzzle games on the App Store, we shouldn’t underestimate this animated movie’s popularity because when Frozen came out, it was everywhere. Elsa and Anna (and Olaf) continue to be extremely popular, so I expect this Disney game to do quite well. If you still have doubts, I suggest you …read more