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You've got the touch.
In the two years that I've been running Pocket Tactics, I've consistently heard the same refrain from developers: making premium games for Android isn't worth the trouble. I wrote a whole article about this for Wired back in 2012, but Android's minuscule...

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"No, Mr. Bond -- I expect you to be covalent."
It's an awfully quiet release night as much of the exciting stuff escaped into the wild last night. But it's not completely devoid of meritorious releases.

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It's not gonna be a long, long time.
This time last year, Buzz Aldrin's Space Program Manager was sitting on Slitherine's launchpad with the clock counting down to an intended summer 2013 release.

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"Scotty, divert all power to Nespresso capsule replicators."
It's been a while since we received a transmission about Tiny Trek, the open-ended space exploration game from the creator of Vincere Totus Astrum that won a pixellated place on our 2014 Most Anticipated Games list.

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And it turns out that the real reason for the fall of the Roman Empire was a combination of steam cleaning and lice combs.
Two notable releases have decided to eschew the traditional Wednesday night debut and are on the App Store already.

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A bit of the old ultra-violence?
We're no strangers to Apple's itchy rejection finger around here. We've seen Syrian civil war games rebuffed for attempting to portray an ongoing conflict, and WWII games get shot down for portraying the Japanese flag and for describing Nazi Germany and the...

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I used to read Word Up magazine.
PT's current fixation with Peter Whalen's roguelike card combat game Dream Quest is a great reminder that a fine game need not be pretty. Or even remotely close to that.If Dream Quest is an unsightly toad of a game then it's one...

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I can dig it.
Normally my voice is the loudest and shrillest in condemning the gameplay-free trailer, but when a gameplay-free trailer features 1) Richard Nixon, 2) a Curtis Mayfield-adjacent funk soundtrack, and 3) extraordinary moustaches, my objections dissolve.

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*Unchained Melody plays*
The Coding Monkeys sent a raven from Germany carrying screenshots of The Phantom, the Carcassonne expansion which they told was coming back in March. The expansion is now available with the Carcassonne app for one American dollar.Carcassonne is not only one of the...

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Have fun* storming the castle.
Castle Doombad is on sale this weekend for a buck, down from the standard price of three dollars. It's a tower defender from the generally reliable Adult Swim Games, and like all of the titles from that outfit it's funny and approachable.

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