New iPads, E3, and a Supercell Soft Launch – The TouchArcade Show #311
We’ve got a lot to talk about this week, and aside from a few 90’s music jokes for episode #311, we hop right in to talking about the latest and greatest in the world of iOS gaming. Kicking things off with discussing the new iPad Pro and the odd situation Apple has themselves in with how difficult it is to continue to perfect their devices, we move on to the few E3 announcements that pertain to mobile. From there, we discuss a few of the huge releases of the week including Supercell’s soft launched Brawl Stars, Noodlecake’s Flipping Legend [Free], and the Metroidvania forma.8 [$ 3.99] which has been years in the making.
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‘Sunless Sea’ Will Start Haunting Our iPads March 23rd
If you – like me – really like Failbetter Games’ Fallen London [Free] universe, get ready for a treat as Sunless Sea is squirming its way to the App Store March 23rd. Like Fallen London, Sunless Sea is a literary RPG, but this one takes you from the narrow, busy streets of London to the middle of a sunless sea where loneliness, madness, cannibalism, and frequent death awaits us all. In terms of gameplay, you have to manage your resources – food, fuel, etc – but also the crew’s sanity. There are also roguelike elements to it in the form of semi-randomized maps and some of your dying captain’s traits moving to the next captain.
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When Fallen London launched, it was hindered by amazingly-long load times and frequent syncing issues that, I’m sure, drove many players away. Those issues have been fixed now, but it took numerous updates for that to happen. Sunless Sea is being ported by BlitWorks, who have worked on the ports of Don’t Starve, Bastion, and Invisible, Inc, so I’m hoping the game will launch with the app it deserves. It will also contain all the additional content the game has received since it launched minus the recent Zubmariner expansion. Unlike Fallen London, the game will be iPad only (at least for now) and will require at least an iPad Air or Pro to play.
‘Swift Playgrounds’ Now Available for iPads on iOS 10
Apple’s Swift Playgrounds  app is now available for iOS 10 iPads. For those looking to get their kids ? or themselves ? into coding, this is a cool way to do so. Guided lessons featuring characters help to teach the user the basics of coding and how to use Apple’s Swift programming language. Not only are there more low-level coding lessons that are represented through characters in a 3D world that show you how various coding behaviors work, but you’ll also be able to code your own applications. Which includes games, most importantly.
This was one of the cooler things announced at the 2016 WWDC keynote, and there’s potential for this to be an important thing that teaches more people coding basics down the road in a fun and accessible way. If you’ve got an iOS 10 iPad, then give this a shot.