August 2017

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Oxenfree Is Coming to Nintendo Switch

Oxenfree, the supernatural indie mystery from Night School Studio, is headed to Nintendo Switch.

Night School Studio teased the port on Twitter. According to co-founder Sean Krankel, it will be playable in both controller and touchscreen mode. A release date and trailer will be revealed “in the coming days.”

Oxenfree is a paranormal adventure about a group of teenagers who stumble upon a mysterious force while partying on an island. The main character Alex can manipulate certain objects like doors by adjusting the frequency on her handheld radio. Our review of Oxenfree gave it a 8.2/10, calling it a “beautiful coming-of-age story” and praising its branching dialogue.

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A 64-Bit Compatibility Update for Colorful Puzzle Classic ‘Super Glyph Quest’ Has Been Submitted to the App Store

Whether it’s a major triple-A release from a traditional gaming powerhouse, or a smaller gem from an up-and-coming indie developer, it’s always a joy to write about iOS games for TouchArcade and contribute to the greater recognition of the platform within the gaming industry. However, there has been one unfortunate exception to this, with the impending 32-bit Appocalypse meaning many classic titles I quite literally grew up with are soon to disappear from the App Store. Super Glyph Quest [$3.99] was one such game, and featured as a particular standout in our recent guide of the best mobile titles that will die with iOS 11. However, thankfully it appears that our list has prompted the developer to ensure one of 2014’s best puzzle games will soon survive the cull, as Super Glyph Quest has just had an update submitted for 64-bit compatibility.

@hodapp Look what you made me do.

— Alex Trowers (@BulkPaint) August 31, 2017

In may ways, Super Glyph Quest reminded me of the legendary Dungeon Raid [$0.99] that we singled out for particular praise a few weeks ago, as its eminently simple core gameplay concept of matching …read more

Microsoft’s new Mixer Create app lets you live stream games from your phone

Microsoft’s mobile game streaming app Mixer Create is launching out of beta testing today on iOS and Android, allowing gamers to broadcast the games they’re playing right from their phone. This feature works on Android with all games, but is more limited on iOS. On iPhone, select games that have enabled Apple’s ReplayKit functionality will work, the company notes. That… Read More …read more

Pokémon GO gets three new Legendary Pokémon that’ll move around the world each month

Back in July, Niantic introduced a new concept to Pokémon GO: Legendaries. Meant to be some of the hardest to catch, Legendary Pokémon are ultra-strong, appear only for a limited time and require players to form “raid groups” take them down. Later today, the first set of Legendary Pokémon are leaving — and, perhaps a bit surprisingly, three new ones are already prepped to… Read More …read more

‘Golden Axe’ Review – Be Careful What You Axe For

SEGA is a company that has made its mark in multiple arenas, but perhaps none so much as the arcades. They took a little longer to get going than some of their fellow members of the arcade royalty, but by the mid-1980s they were starting to hit a stride that wouldn’t slow until arcades themselves did. They achieved that through a variety of means. Sometimes it was pure technological spectacle. At other times, it was through clever gameplay innovations. But SEGA also knew how to recognize a good thing and make their own spin on it, a skill shared by all of the very best arcade game makers. The 1989 release of Golden Axe [Free] was a fine example of that, combining a few popular trends into one slick, enjoyable gaming experience.

Golden Axe is back on the App Store courtesy of the SEGA Forever initiative. This is the Genesis/Mega Drive version that was already released in 2009 but pulled after it had a whammy put on it by too many iOS updates. Naturally, it’s using the new SEGA Forever emulator and feature set, so it’s not perfect, but it’s definitely close enough for most people at this point. You …read more

India’s Treebo raises $34M for its budget hotel network

Treebo Hotels, one of the most prominent members of India’s emerging budget hotel networks, has closed a $34 million Series C round. The deal was led by new backers Ward Ferry Management and Karst Peak Capital, two Hong Kong PE firms, with participation from existing investors SAIF Partners, Matrix Partners India and Bertelsmann India Investments. Before this deal, two-year-old Treebo… Read More …read more

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‘Fire Emblem Heroes’ Has a New Event Celebrating Fan Favorite Characters

You might recall way back before Fire Emblem Heroes [Free] launched, the game’s website held a special poll asking players to choose their favorite characters from the entire series. Separate polls were held for male characters and female characters, and the winners were supposed to be added to the game. The thing is, most of those characters were so well-known that they would have been added to the game anyway, so what’s all the fuss about? Well, it turns out that Nintendo had other plans for those results, and we’re seeing them come about now with the Choose Your Legends special event.

First of all, a new Voting Gauntlet is starting today. Previous Voting Gauntlets have been fairly easy to predict if you knew the characters and the general feelings of the Fire Emblem fanbase. This one might be tougher, as it’s pitting the top eight heroes from that poll against each other. Thanks to the underdog advantage introduced a little while ago, this should actually be interesting. Ike, Lyn, Roy, Lucina, Hector, Tharja, Chrom, and Camilla will battle for the love of the fans. Can Lyn’s massive Western support overcome Ike’s Smash appearances? Does Roy have what it takes …read more

Five years after its launch, website building platform Strikingly raises $6M Series A

Half a decade after it was founded, website building platform Strikingly finally decided its time to raise a Series A. The Y Combinator alum announced that it closed a $6 million round from investors including CAS Holding, Infinity Venture Partners, Innovation Works, former Y Combinator partner Kevin Hale and TEEC. Strikingly also recently launched an app that lets users build and publish… Read More …read more

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Sonic Forces Release Date Announced

Sonic Forces will be released in North America on November 7, SEGA has announced.

Preorders are now open for the physical Bonus Edition (priced at $40 USD/ $55 CAD), which includes a Sonic Forces controller skin, as well as an assortment of in-game cosmetic items, allowing you to customize your Hero to look like various SEGA and Atlus characters.

Check out the gallery below for a look at the controller skin, as well as the bonus outfits and items, which spotlight several games, including Persona 5, Jet Set Radio, Super Monkey Ball, NiGHTS and Puyo Puyo.

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Gearbox: Borderlands’ Art Style Put a Ceiling on Its Success

The cartoonish art style of Borderlands put a limit on the potential size of the franchise’s audience, according to Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchford.

On the latest episode of our monthly interview show IGN Unfiltered, Pitchford discussed Gearbox’s decision to ditch their original plan to use a realistic art style in favor of a more cartoonish one, which was ultimately a better fit for Borderlands. While he believes it was the right move, the cap the non-realistic aesthetic put on the series’ success is “one of the most frustrating things” for him about the franchise.

Pitchford said he knew that when he decided to go with the cartoon art style it would “fix the dissonance” between the visuals and the gameplay, but it would also put a limit on Borderlands’s potential audience. “I knew it was putting a ceiling on us because there’s—especially back then—there’s just a huge percentage of the gaming audience that does not want a cartoon,” he explained.

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