December 2017

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Mario Odyssey: How to Coin Farm for 999 Moons

If you plan on collecting every single thing in Super Mario Odyssey, you’re going to need a lot of coins. And by a lot, we mean 37,189 coins if you don’t use amiibo to get any outfits. It takes 11,900 coins just to get the final Power Moons, and one special outfit costs 9,999 coins alone.

Below are great coin farming spots that should help make getting coins for those final moons and outfits much easier. We’ve picked three spots that you can reach early, midway, and late into the game.

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Developers Share Their Favorite Games Of 2017

2017 has been a banner year for videogames, with many successful and important titles getting released throughout the year. Instead of presenting you our favorite 2017 games, we asked developers which titles resonated with them instead. Their answers are once again testament to the richness and diversity that independent games have to offer. If 2018 will only be half as good, we’re in for quite a ride!

Jay Tholen (@jaytholen):
Rex: Another Island was my indie pick for 2017. It’s a solidly designed ‘open world’ (it has one really huge level with warp points) platformer in which you play as an adorable pink dinosaur exploring an island with diverse biomes. Games of the ‘difficult platformer’ variety don’t normally do this for me, but Rex was therapeutically relaxing and I want to go hang out in its world again just thinking about it.”

Sam Luangkhot (@flarechess):
“Really loved Brianna Lei ‘s Butterfly Soup VN for a lighthearted and touching story that has now become close to my heart. It’s so rare to find content that is made BY someone like you ABOUT people like you, which makes the game all the more endearing …read more

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15 Games that were Delayed Out of 2017

An absurd number of incredible games came out this year, so it seems crazy to think that there were supposed to be even more.

As 2017 began, we were expecting to get games like Red Dead Redemption 2, Shenmue 3, and even a new Toejam and Earl. Frankly, I’m sort of glad we didn’t given how big my 2017 backlog is without them. But here are 15 of the biggest games that got pushed to 2018.

Original launch window: The second half of 2017

New launch window: Q2 2018

There’s no other way to start this list than with Red Dead Redemption 2. People have been waiting on bated breath for more info – and while we thought we’d get a release this year, we ended up only getting a brief gameplay trailer. It was originally supposed to come out in late 2017, but has been pushed to the second quarter of 2018.

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Our Favorite Video Game Music From 2017

2017 was a year popping with fantastic soundtracks, from beginning to end. Here are our editors’ favorite soundtracks to blare.

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Leo Vader
Streets of Rogue
Streets of Rogue has an absolute banger of a soundtrack, which in a roguelike does a lot to make replaying it exciting. Every friend of mine who tried this game out, whether they enjoyed it or not, individually mentioned how damn good the music is. “Slum Scrum” from the third level of the game is my personal favorite track.

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Javy Gwaltney
Nier Automata
“On Approach/Alien Manifestation” has been stuck in my head since I first heard it back in March. The drums. The intensity of the buildup. The piano at the ending. It’s perfect for the combat sequences you often hear while you’re running and slashing around in Automata, and it’s also great music to do work to.

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Kyle Hilliard
A Hat In Time
You can hear five of my picks for the best soundtrack songs of the year in the podcast segment embedded below, but I wanted to add one song I heard after we recorded that episode. A Hat in Time …read more

Black Jewel Brings Commodore-Style Shirtless Swordplay Action

Black Jewel aims to emulate a c64 art style with its tale of stolen magical jewels and shirtless men with swords who aim to bring them back.

Darkor, unfortunate enough to have been saddled with such an obviously-evil name, has decided to steal the black jewel, and Ryan the Barbarian is having none of it. Even if he has to cross forty levels, striking countless goblins, ogres, and other giants until their skin literally falls off, he’ll bring the gem back. Unless, you know, all of those fire-breathing trees and huge bosses give him some guff.

Black Jewel is a slower-paced action game, with Ryan taking a little bit of time to wind up a swing or a jump, making things feel a bit more strategic rather than slashing away, players will need to take care if they want to return that enchanted jewel. Still, they’ll be gifted with some soothing sounds and charming pixel art that will dredge up many fond memories of the system and games built for it. Just don’t lose YOUR skin while enjoying it all.

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Replay – BioShock

Beneath the surface of the ocean, at a depth where not even the
faintest trace of the sun’s mighty light can be seen, the cold, obdurate
blackness holds the future of mankind. It’s here that the underwater
metropolis known as Rapture was built with the dream of the top brass of
science congregating to build a better tomorrow. As the experiments and
theories began to take shape, science defeated common sense, and
something went wrong. Something went terribly wrong. As your bathysphere
descends toward this revered paradise, you are hit with the sinking
fear that mankind may have gone too far. It’s not until you step foot in
the ruins of this city that you realize just how real this fear is.

This is the intro paragraph to my BioShock review. I was blown away by this game, giving it a rating of 10 out of 10, and showering it with hyperbole along the lines of calling it “ingenious, enthralling, and a masterpiece of the most epic proportions.” BioShock originally released on August 21, 2007, and has recently come back for its 10th anniversary on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Would you kindly click the play button below to see why …read more

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The 4 policies that most affected China’s internet in 2017

2017 has been an exhilarating year for China, which saw an army of entrepreneurs turn the country into a world leader in fintech, gaming, and the sharing economy. 2017 has also been a tumultuous year for the middle kingdom, where a government newly attuned to the power, and threat of the internet sent shockwaves through […]

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Top 5 Switch Games of December 2017

There’s no doubt that 2017 has been a fantastic year for Nintendo. With the new year just around the corner, it’s time to look back and go over some of the best Switch games released this month.

There’s no point in dodging the fact that Brawlout bears a striking resemblance to the Super Smash Bros. series. It plays very similarly to Nintendo’s already massively popular fighting game franchise, but trust me, that’s a good thing. With a colorful mix of original and franchised characters from other indie games, Brawlout doesn’t hold back on fast-paced action. In fact, It removes the incentive for using defensive strategies by entirely ditching the ability to block and emphasizes on all-out attack.

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TouchArcade Game of the Year 2017: ‘Death Road to Canada’

This has been a truly incredible year for iOS gaming. We started with a list of hundreds of fantastic titles, whittled that down to a Top 100 Best Games list, and then started the day off with a short list of eight games in consideration for TouchArcade Game of the Year: Splitter Critters [$2.99], Data Wing [Free], Gorogoa [$4.99], GRID Autosport [$9.99], Cat Quest [$1.99], Reigns: Her Majesty [$2.99], Death Road to Canada [$10.99], and Arena of Valor [Free]. On this week’s episode of the podcast, we walk through all of these games and what made them so special before eventually hashing out what was going to win what. Normally, we reserve the video version of the podcast for TouchArcade Patreon backers, but since this is a special event that only comes around once a year, we figured that we’d just put the video up for everyone to see. If you’re at all curious about these additional titles, or the reasoning that went into what games won and why, definitely check this out or listen to our Podcast on iTunes:

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: ‘Cinco Paus’

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.

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Cinco Paus

It was an odd week around here with the App Store being frozen for the holidays and only a handful of new games even being released. We even decided not to do our normal Out Now post on Wednesday because, well, it …read more