LogoOne of the coolest features of the TouchArcade app [Free] and the site redesign is the ability to add the various upcoming games we post about to a watch list and get alerted to new stories about those games as well as an iTunes link when they're actually released. If this functionality is news to you, all you need to do is start clicking (or tapping) the "Watch App" slider. The neat part of this for us is that it allows us to see what games people are the most interested in, and post lists like these.

As we've said when we post these lists in the past, if the games you're excited for aren't on this list, or aren't as high as you think they should be… Start ticking that "Watch App" slider to make the number of people watching them go up!

Here's the top games that were announced in 2013 that our readers are most excited for:

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Dungeon Keeper - Already available in the Canadian App Store, EA's Dungeon Keeper scores the top slot for the game the most people are looking forward to in 2014. The forum thread is going strong, with people posting initial impressions of the game. Thankfully, it seems to pay enough homage to the original Dungeon Keeper series to keep everyone happy while at the same time incorporating some Clash of Clans-style elements.

Of course it remains to be seen how the IAP and timers are actually balanced when the game is launched, but so far the IAP seems fairly optional and used for speeding up timers and other typical things you expect of free to play timer games.

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Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft - This collectable card game from Blizzard has been in various stages of a Mac and PC beta for ages now, and if you really want in, it's not too difficult to get a key. I see them pop up on r/softwareswap quite often, or if you ask around on Twitter or Facebook, a friend might have an extra. We've gotten pretty in-depth with how the game actually works as well as how the collection aspect comes in to play.

Like most virtual collectable card games, purchases, of course, are optional… However, from experience with the PC version, it doesn't take long before the allure of cracking virtual booster packs sucks you in.

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Mines of Mars - Crescent Moon Games' Mines of Mars has already been through Steam Greenlight, and, it would seem, is closing in on a release. This Mars-centric Minecraft-y game is one we've already had our hands all over, and despite being a very work in progress build, it still showed tons of promise.

Basically, imagine a game like Junk Jack X or Terraria, but in space. Really, space makes everything better.

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Out There - Interestingly enough, this FTL-like is actually higher up this list than FTL proper is. Potential reasons for that is it seems to blend way more elements into its gameplay than FTL's often brutally difficult permadeath. Combining elements of choose your own adventure books, resource management, and space exploration, Out There sounds like it's going to be a lot of fun.

A new trailer recently emerged from Gamescom, which is totally worth a look if these kind of space games are the sort of thing you're in to.

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Final Fantasy VI - The surprise of this list, at least to me, is how low Final Fantasy VI is down it- Especially considering the absolute FF6 fever people have seemed to contract since we first caught wind that Squeenix was porting Final Fantasy games to the platform.

It's hard to get more classic than Final Fantasy VI, and, well, I can't wait to get all teary eyed in that Opera House scene all over again on my iPhone.

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Mew-Genics - The hotly anticipated cat hoarding game from Team Meat, makers of Meat Boy also secures a spot on our most anticipated list. I seriously love the teaser trailer, and Team Meat has already gone into quite a bit of detail regarding how the hoarding aspects of the game is going to work.

Oh, and the cats apparently will also have their own identities, because I need my cat hoarding games to be just as realistic as my cat hoard in real life.

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Final Fantasy Agito - The second Final Fantasy game to make the list, Agito is slated as a free to play RPG for mobile that is designed to be played in cyclical sessions somewhat similar to the Infinity Blade games. A lengthy trailer was revealed at the Tokyo Game Show, but aside from that, details are few and far between.

We do know it's getting localized, but as far as we know, Square hasn't committed to a Western release of the game yet.

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Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf - Scheduled for the second quarter of 2014, Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf is a free to play collectable card game of sorts where you build an army of Space Marines to do, well, what Space Marines do best: Fight.

Specifics about the game are hard to come by, but we did see a super brief trailer earlier this month.

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Fright Fight - Aiming to be the "Super Smash Bros of your iPhone," the Fright Fight developers have been teasing new videos since we found out about the game this summer.

I'm not sure how it's actually going to play, since at least for me, so much of playing fighting games is button mashing on an actual controller… But, like Oceanhorn became the Zelda of the iPhone, they could be in for a real hit if they manage to live up to all the Super Smash Brothers expectations.

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Battleheart Legacy - Revealed in early November, Battleheart Legacy is one of the games I'm personally looking forward to the most next year. Mika Mobile is basically taking the core of the Battleheart formula, and turning it into a full-blown RPG.

Battleheart sort of revolutionized party management and RPG style battles on the touch screen, so I'm expecting some pretty big things from Battleheart Legacy.

  • Kadath Dragon

    2013?

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      Yes, games announced this year.

      • Adan

        You're even going to try and defend that??

        They cannot be upcoming of 2013... the year is over in three days!

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

        It's a list of non-released games that were the most watch-listed DURING 2013. It has nothing to do with when the games are coming out.

      • Adan

        Whatever. 7 people seem to agree with me so far.

      • NinjaKitteh

        Tons of people agreed with Hitler, didn't make him right.

      • andrew9oh7

        Watch out we got a badass over here

      • Nemerlebb

        And this, people, is how we chose to end a year and begin a new one; with peace, love and mutual respect to one another. I have so much hope for the years to come my heart will explode.

      • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

        This comment says it best and is easiest to understand. Maybe it should have said most watch listed games in 2013. However....Who gives a damn!

      • dariusjr98

        Why, Scott Damn gives a damn!

      • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

        I'm not defending anything, believe me, I've fully come to grips with the fact that there's nothing I can do to make angry internet commenters happy. If the headline would've been "TouchArcade Users' Top Upcoming Games of 2014" there'd be someone else leaving the same snarky comments about how these games were announced in 2013.

      • Bool Zero

        Perhaps reword it to what it is then; "Touch Arcades top upcoming games of 2013... that never released in 2013!". I'm not trying to come off as snide or even defending the comments here, rather, just pointing out how a simple omission of words can lead to confusion in the inferred message. Less people have room to argue when the message is clear and concise. I don't think anyone would or could argue with that title...

      • Adan

        AMEN!

      • Holcman

        Internet trolls... Internet trolls everywhere...

      • NinjaKitteh

        Or Adan could just quit being a bellend.

      • Adan

        Wow... you are so clever. And a NINJA....

        RESPECT!

      • NinjaKitteh

        Thanks for making my point clearer than it already was. ;p

      • Adan

        Ah bless, another poor soul who wasn't taught about irony or sarcasm.

      • NinjaKitteh

        Again...another clarifying example. You're full of 'em.

      • Azure

        It makes sense because these games were made aware of in 2013, hence the keyword "of". "upcoming games of 2014" wouldn't make sense, because "of" implies 'current', and the current year is 2013. "upcoming games of 2014" would refer to games rising up in 2014.

        However, if you phrased it as "upcoming games for 2014" instead, that would imply that the games were coming in 2014. I think that Adan, Bool, and many other people are confusing what "of" really means. The word you were really looking for was "for", which implies future tense.

      • dariusjr98

        Man, sometimes I just feel really bad for you guys. You just can't win. But I guess that's the Internet for you.

      • timb

        They're right, Eli. Grammatically it *should* say 2014. "Upcoming" is an adjective and used as a modifier in the future-tense.

        "The most talked about fashion trends of the upcoming spring season."

        We know the trends were talked about before spring, because "upcoming" tells us "spring" hasn't happened yet.

        Likewise, "Top Upcoming Games of 2013" suggests the *games* are **coming up** in 2013.

        I'm a professional writer engaged to someone with a Masters in English. You're wrong on this, sorry duder.

      • Adan

        Hear hear!

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

        I don't know if the headline is gramatically correct or not, but it most definitely should NOT say 2014. That implies the games are coming out in 2014.

        The subject being talked about is "upcoming games" and these were the most popular ones of 2013. So how would you write the headline?

      • cinnamonandnutmeg

        I think Eli said it earlier, but whatever you write, someone is likely to find issue with it. I think it's fine and anyone who is likely to read the comments by now will probably know what it's about anyway :P

        I can't really think of anything more succinct without going into a lengthy title such as

        "TA users Top 'Upcoming Games' during 2013" according to our 'Watch List'"

        lol anyway let's put this one to bed - the title shouldn't generate more comments than the article (which was interesting in itself!)

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

        I agree. We post stuff like this because we think people would find it interesting what upcoming games other readers are keeping tabs on the most. Instead it becomes a shootout at the Pedantic Corral. For our own sanity I doubt we'll ever do an article like this again.

      • dariusjr98

        See people, THIS is why we can't have nice things! There always that group of people that has to complain about EVERY SINGLE THING TA does.

        "5 Stars?! This game sucks! This I why I don't even trust TouchArePaid's reviewers anymore"

        "3.5 Stars?! What a terrible score! This at the very least deserves 4.5 stars! This site is ridiculous!"

        "THAT game won game of the year?! There were so many better games than that! What a joke!"

        "The game is free? You had me, then you lost me. I won't even bother trying it, because all F2P games are the same. I can't wait for F2P to die, because that's totally a realistic thing that will happen to the App Store market, and the gaming market in general."

        Stuff like THIS. I feel like it was much better than this in TA's earlier years, but 2013 TA, while having some GREAT highlights, has TOO MANY whiners. Yes, I understand the irony of whining about whining. But I had to get this off my chest.

        Mr. Hodapp, Mr. Nelson, the rest of the TA staff, I...we appreciate your hard work. I'm really lucky to have found this app. To put up against ALL (everyone, no one is excluded, not even me) of our nonsense must be something else.

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

        Haha, well thanks. It's just very frustrating to pour time and effort into something only to have everyone get hung up on something stupid. I get that the headline was confusing to a lot of people, and I appreciate that feedback. At the same time, literally 10 seconds of reading would have cleared up any confusion. It's aggravating that some people seem to just read the headline and then race to the comments so they can be "right" on the internet. Oh well.

      • Adan

        Someone please call the Wahmbulance, quick!

      • dariusjr98

        Where did you even come from?

      • NinjaKitteh

        He came from Satan's bumhole. He is the assbackwards son of the horned one himself.

        Or he's seven, though that would require besmirching the entire worlds population of seven year olds, so I'm guessing the former.

      • 61050

        the ta crew needs to learn to find enjoyment in the douchebaggedness of others. instead of lamenting that you tried to write a neat year-end wrap-up article and were met with a plethora of peniswrinkles, you guys should embrace the power you hold over these lesser minds and try harder next year to rile them up even more.

        maybe you'll end up giving one of them a heart attack next year if you try hard enough. XD

      • MrAlbum

        That's kinda like telling the bullied to find enjoyment in getting punched in the face. If not in fact, then in analogy.

        It also implies that only other bullies can truly "enjoy" the Internet. Which is false; anyone can enjoy the Internet.

        I get that you're trying to suggest a way for them to handle jerks and still be themselves, but telling them to essentially "join the club" is not a good way to do that. There are many ways to do the same thing, so while your suggestion is one of the easier ways, is it the best way? After all, act like a jerk long enough, and you attract other jerks who are worse, which makes the issue worse.

        Whereas, if TA are honest (which they are, more often than not), they will get at least one brownie point in most reader's eyes. This creates a begrudging respect; they may not agree with TA, but they don't actively hate it. They may still voice their opinion because it is the Internet, but the fact that TA folks have the same level of honesty in the comments means that discussion, at the very least, is broad and informative outside of the occasional troll from some quack in the community. A lot gets covered in the comments, and a lot of thought gets poured into them, not just from TA, but from readers like me.

        tl;dr: Telling them to act like jerks or trolls may make this problem worse. Their honesty at least gets them a little respect, which allows for serious and informative discussion... when folks are not trolling.

      • timb

        But the games *are* coming out in 2014, are they not?

      • Adan

        YES :-)

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

        Not necessarily. The games are coming out when they come out. This article has absolutely nothing to do with when they are being released.

        It's a list of games announced in 2013, sorted by popularity based on how many people added each one to their watch list. That's it.

        Since 2014 has not happened yet, we could not possibly have written an article based around how many people added a game to their watch list in 2014.

      • whitestatic

        Personally, I would release an alternate headline as an IAP.

      • Boony Tuesday

        Hahaha! Same dynamic as always. TA wins because they can't lose.

        Final Score:
        TA 1
        Common Sense 0

        Game over. Please wait for Eli's next post and try again, Internet.

      • Guest

        Wow.

      • Michael O'Connor

        Merry Christmas, sour pants.

      • Veoren

        But Christmas is over! Don't depress me pls! D:

    • liverpoolfcxx9

      they are the upcoming games of 2013 but the releases of 2014

    • FrehleyzComet

      This title makes my brain hurt. Lol

  • Amenbrother

    Battleheart heck yes!

  • koryc

    Can't wait for battleheart,but I think it's wired theirs no modern combat 5

  • drlemon

    Way to get the mewgenics trailer song stuck in my head. "Take that cat, rub it on a cat, then that cat gets all fat. Not quite sure what's up with that, meeeeeew-genics"

  • koryc

    I mean weird

    • themostunclean

      And "there's".

  • pillzhereish

    I'm surprised there's no Feed Me Oil 2 and Jet Car Stunts 2.

  • koryc

    Their both great games that should be on that list instead of ea's freemium bs and squares overpriced ancient rpg

  • ste86uk

    I'm surprised Battleheart isn't higher, happy to see Hearthstone so high up though as I have no pc these days I'm stuck waiting for this on iOS now they said it'll be iPhone too.

    • ste86uk

      Also I played Dungeon Keeper for a while and deleted it I don't think it'll be received very well when released worldwide. On the other hand I'm surprised Boom Beach by Supercell isn't on the list, had it since soft launch and play it religiously still. More addictive to me than CoC.

  • HippoHumper

    Looking forward to Exiles Far Colony 'maself.

    • HippoHumper

      Almost forgot about Implosion! That game looks frickin' awesome yo.

  • Ramaz1234

    Is dungeon keeper only for tablets?

    • ste86uk

      iPhone too

  • koryc

    Cresent moons sci-fi rpg,completely forgot about it,hopefully it will release in January

  • blackout845

    Implosion, godfire, modern combat 5, the Collectables???????

  • Ramaz1234

    How do I make a Canadian account? Everytime I try it dosnt work because the area code/ postal code is wrong??

    • NinjaKitteh

      Did you add an "eh" after every entry?

    • themostunclean

      Just look up an address online. They use a combination of letters and numbers for their postal codes. I think you need to use the space in it too.

      I just copied and pasted the address for the Toronto zoo :-)

      • MrAlbum

        Er... I wonder if that is technically fraud. Making up an address that doesn't exist is less problematic than using a well-known address like that.

        Then again, if it's just the area code you're using and not the actual Toronto Zoo street address, then that shouldn't be a problem. Lots of stuff shares the same area code, so that wouldn't be a biggie... I think.

        CAN SOMEONE CLARIFY?!

  • postmodernpilot

    I'm guessing Jet Car Stunts 2 isn't on there because it's literally about to release on the 2nd.

  • Poo

    I like them all.

  • garret44

    Tengami? Seems like not many are excited

  • Bloodangel

    Looking forward to out there ... Says fall 2013 so not long :)

  • Defcubusal

    Mines of Mars, Out There, Final Fantasy VI, Battleheart Legacy, Jet Car Stunts II, and Death Road to Canada (Rocketcat &MadGarden) as well as Wayward (Rocketcat) if it ever comes out.

    • Fangbone

      Death Road to Canada! I remember seeing a trailer for this game awhile ago but couldn't remember the name of it. Thought that maybe it got abandoned or something. Looks totally awesome.

  • Ramaz1234

    Here's my list!

    #1) Battleheart Legacy
    #2)Micromon
    #3) Mines of mars

  • Echoen

    Surprised Implosion isn't there.

  • Love!

    Where's Downhill supreme 2 ?!
    :)

  • Flamingo

    None of these were on my watch list, but maybe I have strange tastes. I'm really looking forward to Faraway, Prevail, Tengami, Framed, Monument Valley, Forma.8, and bunches of others I can't now remember. I'm the sort of guy who doesn't have a lot of time on my hands, so more short form/before sleep stuff works nicely for me.

    Also, I hope everyone has a ripper New Year :D

    • Flamingo

      Oh, also the Witness. Some of these titles were announced in early 2012 according to my watch list! Lucky I'm a patient guy, huh ;)

  • The Gamer Dude

    Some interesting looking stuff for this year ;)

  • DtheGOPkiller

    I want odworld games. Particularly strangers wrath. Give me give me!

  • cinnamonandnutmeg

    I'm mortified that my fellow TA followers haven't used the watch list enough for the DRAGON QUEST series!! ALL EIGHT games to be released (DQ1 and DQ8 already released) and sure I heard something about 10 also coming over to iOS/smartphones..

    Come on people, use that watch list for DQ!!!

    Eli et al - guys, ramp up the DQ news please!! There are no articles mentioning the release of DQ1 and DQ8 in any great detail apart from the pre-release vid of DQ8 being tested.

    I have both copies (DQ1 already completed as you'd probably expect from the size of the game and a good chunk into DQ8) so am happy to be of help if you need :P

    Roll on Dragon Quest I say!

    P.s hope everyone had a good Xmas and have a happy new year guys - no doubt by this time 2014 some truly awesome and monumental landmarks in gaming releases, originality and hardware/software advances will make things super super exciting!

    • pdSlooper

      Tell me about the DQ1 port. I've played it on NES and Game Boy but couldn't bring myself to beat it on either. I think the iPod would be a good format for the crazy grinding the game requires, but I'd also love to see some more lenient saving options and expanded text.

      • cinnamonandnutmeg

        The port is good! Once you get past the slightly unfamiliar portrait view, you'll quickly get in the hang of it! It IS an awfully more forgiving experience than the original NES version and pretty much same as the SNES/GBC remakes. The menu system has stayed the same (so lots of pressing involved lol) but with one touch controls, your fingers will hit auto drive and you can pretty much grind and play whilst doing other stuff!

        Enjoy!!

        p.s. Without realising I probably flouted some rules with a longer than intended semi review like comment on both games which I posted in the comment section for news on DQ1-8 ^^;

      • cinnamonandnutmeg

        oh and save options ultra forgiving!! It pretty much auto saves after every battle!

    • TJF588

      But after I went through the trouble of acquiring the DS versions (4, 5, 6, 9)... Then, I have paid $25 for a used NA game pak of FFVIA, and still only've just gone past the first party split.

      However, DQI-III, that'll need to be done, especially the third, with the crazy amount of fanart it still gets.

      • cinnamonandnutmeg

        DQIII totally needs to be done! I will forgive SquareEnix all their multitudes of atrocities and even pay any price if they (and they won't lol) remake III to 3DS 4-6 standards!!

  • khann

    Does FTL not count since it has already been released on PC?

  • Biowhere

    It sounds like you're reading a different Dungeon Keeper thread than I did. Most impressions were negative, with condemnation of the extended timers and extremely expensive IAP.
    Unfortunately the gem costs for unlocking additional imps and accelerating construction have been increased since the initial soft launch. If this is one of your most anticipated titles of 2014 then prepare to be disappointed.

  • Fate1121

    Fright fight is supposed to be a super smash bros clone.... Way to slow and sluggish to be smash brothers, super smash brothers is fast paced and snappy

  • brainbean

    Battle heart!!! Can't wait for it

  • Inaba-kun

    People aren't excited for the new Dodonpachi iOS game Don Paccin?

  • bored2death

    I remember when I used to get excited by the ea games logo. Now whenever I see it it pisses me off. Once a company you could rely on to bring you a quality gaming experience. Now the only thing you can expect from EA is them trying to get their hands into your wallet. I mean wtf? they seem to have a tendency to take classics and take a huge freemium s**t all over them. Case in point Dungeon Keeper. How does this even pay homage to the original? I don't remember bullfrogs DK being a clash of clans clone with a skinon it. And it's not just mobile games. Console games too.dead space 3 and ME 3 I don't expect to buy a game and then have to shell out extra bucks for an alternate/extended/better ending. I know games costs money. But we DO PAY FOR THEM and we do expect a quality product...That said we can all expect EAs cash cow Battlefield to show up on ios sometime in the future with iap reloads bf coins.

    • MrAlbum

      Battlefield 4 is getting overhauled and destroyed because it was hella buggy on release. So not even that is going well for EA right now.

  • strivemind

    This post has no watch buttons to add these games to our own lists?

    • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

      Right? Why would TA boast about said Watch List feature, and then in a post that could use it the most not utilize it... Ball has been dropped!

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

      Should be fixed now, thanks.

  • SKamiTheFly

    Bug Heroes 2... Just Me? Okay *backs away into shadows*

  • https://www.facebook.com/DigitalDistillery Scot Damn

    Guilty. Every one of these games are on my Watch List. Although DK is only on my WL at this point to see what a train wreck it will be. Out There GOTY 2014!

  • troyster

    I did a double take too, nice title, makes zero sense

  • HelperMonkey

    "This year's most anticipated upcoming titles"
    Ta-Da!

  • Tizz986

    FWIW, I love post like these. I added 4 new titles to my watch list from this article :)

    Any chance we could get a dynamic list of watched games? It would be neat to be able to check it throughout the year to make sure I am not missing the boat on something that is going to be awesome.

  • midgettosschamp

    I agree, the title is very misleading...and slightly confusing. Don't like the inclusion of 2013.

  • cinnamonandnutmeg

    I wonder if games like Fright Fight will hold off until more physical controllers are released/become more circulated for enhanced user experience. I have to admit I'm excited for a SSB type experience and the graphics look slick if a little limited and sparse in interactable space. I'm hoping also that multiplayer online/local will improve with lag issues. I haven't opened my SFIV volt for ages now but with controller support (let's hope they drop in price a tad more) and improved lag issues (plus perhaps a Capcom cursory once-in-a-blue-moon character addition!) it could be very interesting!

  • Ultima12

    Oh come on people!!!!!! Are we really still confused about the title? Wow! Lol

  • mutts

    TA Dungeon Keeper is also available in the Australian app store.
    Might be worth mentioning.