February 2017

The Amazing Visual Novel ‘Steins;Gate’ is on Sale for the First Time

In September of last year, English iOS fans were finally treated to a localized version of the hit Japanese visual novel Steins;Gate [$8.99 / $8.99 (HD)]. It’s an excellent game with a story that will keep you guessing right up until the end, and was easily one of the best releases of 2016 on the platform. The only real bummer about the release is that it wasn’t a universal app. Combined with its relatively high price, that made it hard to justify for some players who use both their iPad and iPhone for gaming. If that’s you, I’ve got some good news. Publisher 5pb is running a sale on many of their titles to celebrate the release of Corpse Party: Blood Drive [$12.99], and for the first time, that includes the English version of Steins;Gate.

Originally released on the Xbox 360 in 2009, Steins;Gate is a science-fiction visual novel that follows the story of a young inventor named Okabe Rintaro, who accidentally stumbles on a method that allows him to travel through time. What at first seems to be a dream come true soon becomes a complete nightmare. Okabe realizes he needs to set things right, but he …read more

‘Corpse Party: Blood Drive’ Hits the App Store

All the way back in 2012, the cult Japanese horror game Corpse Party was released on the Japanese App Store. It took more than two years for the English iOS release of Corpse Party [$17.99] to come out, and when it did, it suffered from some early issues with bugs that were eventually resolved. The sequel, Book of Shadows, has been available in Japanese for quite some time, but as of yet, no English version has come. That makes it interesting that the follow-up to Book of Shadows, Corpse Party: Blood Drive [$12.99], released today in both Japanese and English versions simultaneously. Hopefully this is a good sign for future English releases from publisher 5pb.

I think the bugs and the resulting negative reviews probably chased away a lot of people interested in the first game, but with those long since resolved, it’s definitely worth checking out, especially since it seems to be on sale to celebrate the launch of this new release. Corpse Party is a hybrid of visual novel and adventure-RPG with an exciting story full of twists and turns. The sequel, Book of Shadows, went for more of a straight visual novel approach. Previously only available …read more

Super Mario Run Update Adds Easy Mode

Nintendo has released a new update for Super Mario Run on iOS.

As Nintendo confirmed on Twitter, the update adds a new Easy Mode that will provide players with unlimited Bubbles and eliminate the time limit.

Super Mario Run’s version 1.1.0 patch notes

The update also changes Toad Rally mode, making it easier to gather Toads and harder to lose them. Nintendo also added “compatibility with new events,” a Korean language option, and unlimited redemptions for Toad as a playable character when connecting your My Nintendo account.

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We’re Streaming iOS Games Live on Mobcrush [Steamworld Heist]

We’re streaming live on Mobcrush right now. There’s a couple different ways you can watch the stream, and they all work equally well and it’s really just a matter of personal preference as to which method you prefer. The easiest way to watch is just watching the embedded player right here on TouchArcade. In the interest of being polite, we mute the audio. If you’re somewhere you can listen, be sure to turn it back up- the controls for that are in the lower right corner of the video stream. Alternatively, if you’re on a mobile device, download the free Mobcrush app for iOS [Free], also available on Google Play. From there, search for TouchArcade. If you follow us, you’ll get alerts when we’re streaming. Last, but not least, you can visit our channel directly in your browser at mobcrush.com/toucharcade. Oh, and if you want to participate in chat, you’ll need to register over on Mobcrush first.

If you missed the stream, we upload archive videos to our YouTube channel, so just head over there to see previous streams and our other random video content. Additionally, if you would …read more

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EA Confirms New Need for Speed Will Debut in Next Fiscal Year

A new Need for Speed is currently in development and is set to be launched during EA’s fiscal year 2018, the publisher has revealed.

EA CEO Andrew Wilson revealed during its quarterly earnings call that the team behind the upcoming Need for Speed game “is pushing the boundaries of action driving.”

“We’ve given this game an extended development cycle to focus on innovation, and the Need for Speed team is pushing the boundaries of action driving with what we believe is the most exciting and best-looking Need for Speed game we’ve ever produced,” Wilson said during the fiscal year 2017 third quarter call.

Wilson said the title will launch in the company’s 2018 fiscal year, which begins on April 1, 2017 and ends on March 31, 2018.

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Super Replay – The Worst Sonic The Hedgehog Ever

When I decided to turn the 12.31 Super Replay into an annual event, I knew the focus needed to be on bad games. People enjoyed watching us suffer; that was the hook that stood out. We used Overblood as the foundation for the type of game we were looking for each year. Blue Stinger, Illbleed, And Martian Gothic were all games that delivered a similar stench. They were perfect selections for the annual Super Replay.

When Tim Turi left Game Informer to work at Capcom, I realized this Super Replay event wouldn’t be the same without him. He played through all of these bad games, and, well, I don’t think it would have been fair to continue on without him. Out of respect to Tim, we are moving away from the survival-horror angle, and are falling back on my original pitch: it needs to be a bad game period.

As it turns out, there are many different flavors of terrible video games, and I think we found another example in Sonic the Hedgehog that is every bit as enjoyable, campy, and unbearably bad as the original Overblood. The game is simply titled Sonic the Hedgehog, but it’s often referred to …read more