August 2019

Flaming Trash Can Gifs – The TouchArcade Show #412

On this week’s episode of The TouchArcade Show, we talk about my insane luck getting an Olive Garden Pasta Pass, all the things you need to know if you want to trade in your old Switch for the new Switch (which you should think about doing) and of course… The hottest recap of the best mobile game news of the week. Don’t miss it!

Don’t forget to shoot us emails with any questions, feedback, or anything else relevant or irrelevant to podcast@toucharcade.com. We read ’em all, and love decoding messages written entirely in emoji. As always, you can listen to us with the links below… And if you like what you hear, please subscribe and/or drop us a review in iTunes. Much appreciated!

As a companion to this audio podcast, we also do a video version of the same show that is exclusive to Patreon which allows you to see us playing the games we’re talking about. Backers can view the most recent video episodes of the TouchArcade show by clicking here. Be sure you’re logged in to see the latest content. For everyone else who is curious, you can check out our public patreon posts to see …read more


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RAD Review

Know what the first thing I thought of when I saw RAD was? Toe Jam & Earl. The gameplay of this roguelike action-adventure, which is set in a twice-nuked future whose pop-culture sensibilities are permanently fossilized in the 1980s, shares a lot in common with that old Sega Genesis favorite. Combine that vibe with developer Double Fine’s signature playful sense of humor and near-endless variety from randomized mutation power-ups, and you get a surprisingly engaging just-one-more-run kind of game.

It’s bad enough when the nuclear apocalypse hits, but society eventually rebuilds and, in time, civilization moves forward. Cue the second nuclear holocaust — and you have to wonder why humanity can’t catch a break. By the time RAD begins, most of the planet is too dangerous to live in. And of course, even in the safe town you do have, the power goes out. So it’s up to the post-apocalyptic teenagers to venture out into the Fallow and try to get it back on and ensure the continued survival of the human race – no matter how much they have to mutate themselves to do it.

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: ‘Witcheye’

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…

Witcheye

I’ve been “eyeing” the newly released Witcheye ($2.99) from developer Peter Malamud Smith and publisher Devolver Digital ever since we first posted about it way back in December of 2017. It’s a game about a flying eyeball, and it featured some of …read more


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World of Warcraft Classic Already Has a Server Overpopulation Problem

World of Warcraft Classic may already be suffering from server overpopulation. At least according to Blizzard who analyzed the number of name reservations for Classic servers.

In a new blog post, World of Warcraft community manager Randy Jordan said that based on name reservations, which Blizzard opened up for World of Warcraft Classic earlier this month, “Herod realm is looking to be massively overpopulated.” World of Warcraft Classic isn’t even scheduled to launch until the end of the month.

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Best-in-Show at Develop: Brighton: ‘Touch Type Tale’

Real time strategy is not often paired up with the typing genre, but what Touch Type Tale has done in combining the two is simply amazing.

Being a real time strategy typing game, Touch Type Tale isn’t about being the fastest typer, but instead about making decisions and typing out the right words to aid your plans. Placed out in levels following various stories, you’ll need to decide how to spend your time. Your goal is normally to capture or defend an area, but how you will do that is up to you.

Creating soldiers costs money, which can be earned in a number of ways. You’ll need to type out the word of the build you want to access, then type out more words to play various mini-games that will earn you cash. From planting fields of wheat to mining some coal, you’ll soon end up with enough money to open your tavern and train your soldiers.

After you’ve gotten a bunch of soldiers ready, you can start typing the words by various lanes to lead them closer to the enemy. They will automatically attack and try to conquer buildings; you just need to lead the way. You can use …read more


Apex Legends Changes How to Earn Iron Crown Skins After Player Backlash

Respawn Entertainment is changing how legendary skins for the Apex Legends Iron Crown limited time event can be earned, after a massive outcry from players who say the current system is too punishing.

Apex Legends began its latest limited-time event, the Iron Crown, earlier this week. Along with the highly anticipated Solo mode, Iron Crown added a bunch of new legendary skins for each of its heroes. Unfortunately, the only way players can earn these skins are from loot boxes players had to purchase for 700 Apex Coins, or about $7 USD.

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Machine Learning and Coding Cats Collide in ‘while True: learn()’, Jumping from Desktop to iOS Next Week

I’m a big fan of games that trick you into learning stuff without you realizing they’re teaching you. My favorite example is Human Resource Machine ($4.99), which is a fiendishly clever puzzle game on the outside but is actually a crash course in visual programming. That’s the sort of thing I’m looking for from while True: learn() from developer Luden.io. It’s a game that launched on Steam back in January and is based on the principles of machine learning. You see, your cat happens to be a coding genius, and so in order to find out what other amazing knowledge kitty has you set out to create a cat-to-human translator. In order to do that you’ll need to study the entire history of machine learning technologies. You still gotta pay the bills though, so you’ll do some freelance contracting jobs and work at a startup or two along the way. Hey, just like real developers! Check out the trailer for while True: learn() to get an idea of what it’s all about.

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Rad Review – Welcome To The New Age

It’s a tale as old as time: The maniacs have blown it all up, and the few unlucky survivors are forced to pick up the pieces and begin civilization anew. Double Fine’s

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And best you believe, you need all the advantages and awareness you can get. As cool and fun and inviting as Rad appears on the surface, it becomes clear very early on that Rad is, above all else, aggravatingly hard. It’s a roguelike, so the levels are all randomly laid out, but it’s otherwise a deceptively simple old-school, top-down action game. When you first make your way into the wasteland, you can jump, hit …read more


The Coolest Stuff We Saw At The 2019 Pokémon World Championships

The Pokémon World Champions are upon us! The event hosts several competitive events (for the Pokémon Trading Card Game, Ultra Sun & Moon, Pokkén, and Pokémon Go), but it’s also a fairly large convention of its own, where fans of Pokémon can meet up, play a few games, lounge around, or visit the Pokémon Center shop, which has items exclusive to Worlds.

We’ve walked the show floor and various other areas and managed to (Pokémon) Snap a few photos of the event!

First off, the show floor. It’s massive! Not only is there a convention hall filled with all sorts of demos, player halls, and more, but the adjacent areas are also decked out with some familiar characters.

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ClearBrain launches analytics tools focused on connecting cause and effect

Businesses need to understand cause-and-effect: If someone did X and it increased sales, or they did Y and it hurt sales. That’s why many of them turn to analytics — but Bilal Mahmood, co-founder and CEO of ClearBrain, said existing analytics platforms can’t answer that question accurately.

“Every analytics platform today is still based on a fundamental correlation model,” Mahmood said. It’s the classic correlation-versus-causation problem — you can use the data to suggest that an action and a result are related, but you can’t draw a direct cause-and-effect relationship.

That’s the problem that ClearBrain is trying to solve with its new “causal analytics” tool. As the company put it in a blog post, “Our goal was to automate this process [of running statistical studies] and build the first large-scale causal inference engine to allow growth teams to measure the causal effect of every action.”

You can read the post for (many) more details, but the gist is that Mahmood and his team claim that they can accurate draw accurate causal relationships where others can’t.

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