We've had a crazy day of getting deep into all of the latest iOS releases as they hit the US store, and as of this posting they should be available everywhere worldwide.

You may have noticed we changed up our format today. Instead of posting a single roundup story, we've gone more in depth with the various Thursday releases to give some first impressions of these new games before they hit worldwide. This gives you a better feel for the quality of the games that are coming out.

The most notable games and the ones with the best first impressions included Halfbrick's Fish Out of Water, Graeme Devine's Rocket Patrol, Cut the Rope: Time Travel, and surprisingly enough Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We'll be revisiting some of these with more in depth reviews in the coming days.

Also, don't miss out on other new releases that had already come out, but that we were also impressed with today: Vendetta Online, They Need to be Fed 2, and forum-favorite Fangz.

New Releases

Here's our final summary roundup which includes all the games from today.

Ark of Sinners Advance

Set in the Anima: Beyond Fantasy universe, the meat of the game seems to be action-oriented platforming, rampaging from area to area brawling with gated fights where you cannot progress past a certain area until you've killed all the dudes on screen.

First Impressions: WiiWare 'Bayonetta'-ish Beat 'em Up 'Ark of Sinners Advance' Heads to iOS
Forum ThreadArk of Sinners Advance - (by Bulkypix) [Universal]

Cut the Rope: Time Travel

A solid follow-up to the original Cut the Rope and Cut the Rope Experiments that offers more of the same rope-cutting, monster-feeding shenanigans that managed to strike a chord with folks.

First Impressions: 'Cut the Rope: Time Travel' Pushes the Familiar 'Cut the Rope' Formula Even Further
Forum ThreadCut the Rope: Time Travel - (by ZeptoLab UK Limited)

Fish Out of Water

We've extensively covered the game in the past, but here's the gist (again)- Imagine skipping stones in a constantly changing ocean that's directly linked to the weather in game, only instead of stones you've got a variety of fish that each have slightly different abilities such as being able to fly extra far or being able to skip across the surface like mad.

First Impressions: Halfbrick's Fish-Flinger 'Fish Out Of Water' is a Fantastic Followup to 'Jetpack Joyride'
Forum ThreadFish Out Of Water! - (by Halfbrick Studios) [Universal]

Fist Face Fight

To my knowledge there aren't any other games that let you play as a giant ninja fist with legs who must use their fist-shaped body to fight off various brightly colored enemy ninjas who are all hellbent on breaking your heart.

First Impressions: Play as a Giant Ninja Fist in 'Fist Face Fight'
Forum Thread: Fist Face Fight - (by Jared Bailey) [Universal]

Monkey Boxing

With two button controls, you're tasked with beating the crap out of opposing monkey boxers.

First Impressions: Beat Up Monkeys In Crescent Moon's Latest Game 'Monkey Boxing'
Forum Thread: Monkey Boxing - (by Crescent Moon Games) [Universal]

Robots! Invade Dream World

Robots have decided to fight back against sleep by the only way that makes sense: attacking the sheep that we count when we need to catch our 40 winks.

First Impressions: Kung-fu Kick Robots as a Sheep in 'Robots! Invade Dream World'
Forum Thread: Robots! Invade Dream World (by MIH Games) [Universal]

Rocket Patrol

The game is a turn-based strategy game that's just dripping with retro sci-fi charm.

First Impressions: GRL Games Amps Up Their Card Catalog With 'Rocket Patrol'
Forum Thread: Rocket Patrol by GRL Games

R.I.P. Rally

I think the easiest way to describe R.I.P. Ralley is to take the vibe of those arena levels in Twisted Metal, throw in a dash of Smash TV, replace all enemies with zombies, then apply a heavy glaze of free to play on top.

First Impressions: Mow Down Swaths of Zombies in 'R.I.P. Rally', a Free to Play Arena Vehicular Combat Game
Forum ThreadR.I.P. Rally - (by Chillingo Ltd) [Universal]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run is one of tonight's bigger ticket releases because of the branding, but it's also one heck of a runner that nimbly mixes combat with scaling and jumping, as well impressive QTEs.

First Impressions: 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run' Mixes Up The Runner Formula Nicely
Forum Thread: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rooftop Run By Nickelodeon

  • Greyskull

    Please go back to the old way of handling Wednesday releases. I get enough notifications as it is.

    • NickyNichols

      I agree. I really liked the witty sentence or two on the old posts more than an individual post popping up all day about each game.

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    • TheEvilRobot

      Agree, this seems too cluttered.

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Just FYI there are several settings for notifications inside of the app. On the home screen, hit the gear icon on the top left, then scroll down to "Notifications". If you toggle off "All New Stories" and leave ON "Featured Stories" you'll only get the push alerts for stories like this one that we "feature".

      You can see what kind of stories we've featured in the past here- http://toucharcade.com/category/featured/

      I must say though, I'm absolutely dumbfounded by the backlash of us actually spending significant time playing and writing about all the new games released today. I would have thought it would've been a slam dunk over the traditional way we've been doing it, which amounts to a screenshot and "I guess this is this week's Chillingo physics puzzler, looks cool." C'est la vie.

      • laszlo_kovacs

        I like the in-depth writeups a lot, but for those push notification complainers, maybe you could post them AFTER the normal 'coming soon' posts. They'll obviously still be up playing the new releases, so any additional notifications shouldn't be too much of a hassle (yes, also know that app settings can be changed).

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        The problem is the App Store just doesn't work this way. The first big New Zealand push of new apps happens at around 6:00 AM US time, and some stragglers appear over the day until around 6:00 PM when we finally catch all of them. For this to work, we'd essentially need to post a totally incomplete list in the morning, post game impressions, and figure out something to do with the list in the meantime as it becomes increasingly outdated and further pushed down the page.

        If you feel like you're getting too many push alerts, just change your settings, it's super simple. I seriously just can't wrap my head around why people WOULDN'T want these in-depth impressions posts. In previous weeks, all I was really doing was describing screenshots. This way, by the time 11:00 PM rolls around and all these games go live in the US you're able to piece together a really accurate representation of what games you do and don't want to download instead of just winging it. Complaining about having too much stuff to read about video games on a site where you go to in order to read about video games seems crazy.

      • NickyNichols

        Personally, I have all notifications turned off, and have for a long time. The only issue I have with the format is seeing COMING TONIGHT starting off 7 posts in a row, and mixed in between some of them are OUT NOW posts. At least the old way you knew "Ah-ha, here is my Wednesday new releases post"

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        That's a problem that will hopefully be solved in the not too distant future via some stuff we have in the pipes. I don't like the headline prefixes either, but they're a necessary evil until we can get some other back-end stuff sorted.

      • caaalrb

        The thing for me is... I pretty much only read the TA app on the shitter. And I purposefully shit every Wednesday around 10pm so I can read the usual "coming tonight" post. So ad long ad you make one of these roundup posts every Wednesday I'm cool with whatever format. Of I see a game that really piques my interest them I can go back and read about it a little more.

        Also, I'm drink. On a Wednesday. But it'sy birthday do whatever

      • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

        @toucharcade-d317e55f830af13a116768848a2d73f7:disqus - that was the most honest comment I've read on here. Now that we know you're pushing one out as you read this, hope it's a 2x wide lumpy thing with hard edges!!

      • TheFrost

        I love the new TA way of doing things, first TA Plays and now this... And I have notifications turned off. Please keep it this way.

      • xx99

        I really liked the new format, but I also already had notifications set to featured stories only.

      • TheEvilRobot


        Same here

      • TheEvilRobot

        Disagree with the part about liking the new format.

        Meant to only agree with the part about the settings.

      • blackout845

        Hey eli i enjoy all of your guys indepth reviews.. Dont listen to these spoiled little kids.you guys do amazing work and we can all tell how much time and effort passion you guys put into TA.. Keep up the good work and keep those reviews coming

      • TheEvilRobot

        Yeah, me having an opinion must mean I'm a "spoiled little kid"

        Lol what an ignorant comment.

      • blackout845

        You have to realize the amount of work these guys put in..this is a "gaming" website it's suppose to be about the games not how much the push notificstionsm

      • blackout845

        Not about how much the push notifications are annoying you.. Stop being lazy and just turn them off geez spoiled kids

      • TheEvilRobot

        If you bothered to read any of my comments you would have realized that I'm not complaining about the notifications but about the settings not working properly.

      • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

        Aha! We were wondering what irrelevancy you were complaining about. NOT.
        Yes, I said it -- we (the other readers) don't really give a rats a*s about your complaints! HA HA HA

      • TheEvilRobot

        I do realize how much work these people put in, but that doesn't mean I have to agree with everything they do.

      • JRaynor

        nothing more to say, geez some folks on the internet are just so......

      • TheEvilRobot

        Why couldn't the new detailed paragraphs be added to the original version of "Coming Tonight"?

        Its nice to have everything in one place, especially comments.

        It's nice to read what people will get, but now we might see less of that because people might just post in the individual story instead which may mean less comments in the main thread.

        Also, I don't like the new version because it kills the suspense. And yes, my settings are how you described they should be if I don't want to see the individual stories.

        Remember, I'm not hating, I'm offering my opinion.

      • RestingCoder

        My issue with the split posts has nothing to do with notifications. While the extra information is great, the separate articles clutters up my RSS reader and, quite frankly, stinks of trying to get those clicks up for advertising.

        I don't see why the coming tonight post cannot simply be updated when more info is added. This is especially true with the most recent 'Bookworm' article. 'Oh one more thing!'. That is pretty ridiculous.

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        The Bookworm post had way more information in it than the short blurbs included in this? Why are you upset that a video game site is posting about video games? I seriously don't understand. We post things in a blog format here, which means we're always posting stuff. Once I can eventually staff up to the levels i want TouchArcade running at we'll be posting stuff even more. 🙂

      • RestingCoder

        You are obviously assuming way too much in all of your defensive replies. This was my go to mobile games news blog, but I am done. Me not reading this site won't affect you, but maybe, one day, you will stop being a defensive prick to your loyal readers when they disagree with you over something you do for them.

        To be clear, I understand ad revenue on a site like this is a big deal, and it matters. I simply disagree with your approach to getting more page views. This completely destroys the interesting discussions that occurred in the coming tonight comments.

      • Illuminerdy

        You don't have editorial control. See you later, duder. Come back when you feel less butthurt.

      • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

        I think you're going over the top on your comment. But you'll never know I said this -- bye bye!!

      • http://twitter.com/JaredTA Jared Nelson

        Actually page views wasn't even a consideration in the decision to do things this way, it was 100% in an effort to provide better coverage of the weekly new releases. I hadn't even thought of something like that until I read this comment.

      • http://twitter.com/BeRad_Ent Be-Rad

        I love that you guys try new things. How else will you know if something works well or not?

      • mr_bez

        "Dumbfounded by the backlash"? Eli Holdapp, this is the Internet. I don't believe you've met!

        Seriously, this works well for me, especially as I live in the UK the App Store update normally drops a few hours before your round-up post, but now I get some extra advance warning.

      • echo_pdx

        Personally I prefer the "heads up this looks neat" format because I'd rather gather opinions from the comments threads and forum to tip me over the edge into an impulse buy. Three or four paragraphs from one or two guys doesn't really do anything for me unless it's something pricey. No offense! I value the opinions of the TA crew. If there have been problems or if a quick peek by TA doesn't present a complete picture of the game, I'd like to know about it before I decide to check it out.

        Take it as a compliment that people are fond enough of this feature to defend it. 😉

      • echo_pdx

        I should further clarify that I just don't typically need TA to convince me to spend a dollar or two on an impulse buy. If a game looks cool and there are no major complaints from users here at TA, I'll pick it up. I suspect that's pretty common (though I could be wrong).

      • MrSHakerEsq

        People just don't like the new format. Instead of trying to analyse it why not just listen to the customer? The customers always right. End of. As people have said instead of trying to farm clicks through multiple threads of the same topic and disseminating all comments, if its that of a blow to your editing ego then just post the extended long winded summaries into the original one 'coming tonight' notification. Result, everyone happy.

      • Illuminerdy

        We aren't exactly customers in the traditional sense. I didn't pay a dime to TA, so I don't think they owe me anything. Get yr head out of yr ass. You don't speak for all the people who disagree with the new format.

        The dudes work hard. Let them try something new. He says they have a better implementation coming, let him buy some trust with the good faith they've established.

      • Illuminerdy

        I don't agree with the new format, but I respect your decision. There you have it, a respectful disagreement on the Internet. Seriously though the substantial write ups are better. It just seems harder to keep up. I will adjust. Sorry that you feel disappointed with the more butthurt folks.

      • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

        I disabled notifications on your app ages ago -- but Hey, you can select 'large font'!! Oooooh. But it doesn't make the font 'in-app' larger, just the writeups.
        Heck, I'll take it!
        Uh, back to TMNT! (Did I mention I loved TMNT & still own the first issue? But the games & cartoons aren't reflective of the original 'Eastman / Laird' style, unfortunately.)

      • araczynski

        I turn off notifications in every app I install on my iOS devices (I find them to be nothing more than a nuisance-but to each their own). I'm in the camp that preferred the shorter coming-tonight blurbs to the endless walls of text on this last instance. The ideal solution would be to have the short blurbs with a witty comment, and include a link to.a more in depth article. That way I can still see more info, just on the occasional game I care about, rather than scrolling endlessly through text from screenshot to screenshot to see if anything even interests me enough to spend time reading. Personally I'm interested in opinions of products only if I'm interested in the product in the first place.

  • TheEvilRobot

    Still like the old version of "Coming Tonight" better.

  • ODMay

    I liked getting surprised by the "coming tonight" notification.

  • toxiccheese

    I like the new format. In depth and detailed info on new releases, followed up by an overall roundup of games works well! Who cares about a few extra notifications? This works well for me!

  • xx99

    If you are getting too many notifications, change it in-app so you only get notifications for featured stories. I get to see big stories when they hit and I can still check the app once or twice a day for the smaller ones.

    I really liked the new format providing more in-depth looks at the upcoming releases, but I missed the format where they were all listed in one post (until this hit, of course). In the future, I'd like to see the Coming Tonight post earlier in the day like usual and then have it link to the in-depth previews as they are published.

  • JosephmWood

    I actually quite like the new format Eli! Although I do really like the combined "Coming Tonight", I think having both is the best.

    Thanks for all the work! (Don't think anyone has said that yet)

  • NickyNichols

    Obligatory Where The $&@? Is Phoenix Wright Trilogy?

  • supaman900s

    Lol @ Eli being dumbfounded by the back lash

  • Louis Ace

    Hmm. Thought star command was coming out

    • http://twitter.com/Airwa1k 起重机

      I was waiting for someone to post about this.

    • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

      Wrong thread for whining. Why not keep the whining on the relevant thread? This is TMNT, dig?

  • hoodwinkedfool

    I don't mind the notifications, and if they do bug you just turn 'em off. The new format isn't as fun or readable as the old one though. I realize it probably took longer and you put work into it, but part of the fun of Touch Arcade is the personality. Please go back to the old way.

  • Lostpop21

    FYI Star Command devs say they are still waiting for approval, and hope to get it out by the weekend.

    *Proceeds to cry and begins typing rage comments on facebook about apple's terrible service* 🙁

    • airwa1k

      Agh next weekend now!

    • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

      What's this gotta do with TMNT? You're on the wrong thread, buddy!

  • NOEN

    I really like the new format. Like Eli said, by the time 11pm rolled around, I already knew what I was getting due to the extensive coverage. If you like the "Surprise! It's Wednesday! Here are the games coming out." post, then just wait until the last "roundup" post comes out and read that. That way everybody is happy. Some people get more in-depth previews and the rest of the readers get their "surprise!".

  • osvd

    It was better when i opened the TA app in the afternoon and get really excited after looking at the coming tonight post. Its a feeling i cant explain :'(

    • drloony

      Yes, but the post has been coming late in the evening the past couple months. This way is better, at least we get trickles of info earlier as they gat it

  • troyster

    I love the new style, stick with it! Great work guys!

  • MoHeyNow

    My wife just pointed this out but shouldn't an endless TMNT game be centred around sewer surfing instead of roof running?

    • http://rekzkarz.com/ REkzkaRZ

      Meh. I thought this was cute, but the comic has them on the rooftops.

  • PallaZ

    I was used to the old format, but I am fine with the new one, BUT I am really missing the comments about the new games. The comments helped a lot to find the anticipated good games.
    Today everybody is only complaining about the new format. So I have to wait for the reviews.

  • MarksDisqus

    I dont use the app, just the main site and I loved the new format!

  • tommet

    Agree with many of the other folks. I vastly prefer the summary article. It takes too much time and effort to wade through a dozen full length posts to see if there is anything I might be interested in.

  • lewsheff

    I like the new format

  • Stichz

    With split posts the information provided will be more acurate, rather than having it delayed for 1 game when 9 other are ready to be written about. Keep it up, I definitely like this way better.

  • pinta_vodki

    Indeed, the new format is too much information, especially for those reading RSS.

  • Tim Harding

    Prefer the old format.

  • LauraFitz4

    I really like the new format. I don't understand why it seems to bother others, I honestly do NOT see a downside to having a website about GAMES/APPS giving more info, and more posts about GAMES/APPS (the whole point of the TouchArcade existence). Personally, I can tell from the title if it's an article I want to read or not. If it's not, I just skip it. Pretty easy if you ask me.

    Also a little more in-depth info has sold me on two games that I wouldn't have gotten otherwise, and this is coming from someone who DOESN'T usually buy games on release night (I don't think I EVER have), but tonight I got TWO, based on the slightly more fleshed-out description posts. Thank you TouchArcade.

  • AppsGoer

    you can join ios.appsgoer .com

    • araczynski

      Nice site, although the double wide icons on the bottom of the page don't seem to work on my iPad. Took me a while to realize (in the widget at the top) that I need to think of the whole widget as a scroll bar I order to see more of what's on the right, I.e. drag to the right on the widget (as if a scroll bar) to see more, normal logic would have you dragging from the right edge towards the left, as if to panning in a physical action. Anywho, nice site.