Upcoming 'Skip a Beat!' Uses Your Actual Heart Rate For Score Multipliers

A pretty crazy new game just popped up in our upcoming games forum called Skip a Beat!. As we've mentioned about a billion times now, the runner aisle of the App Store is falling in on itself there's so many different options to choose from. To get noticed, developers need to do something weird, and that's definitely what's happening here...

'Disney Crossy Road' Review - Mickey Can't Beat a Train

If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Such is the philosophy that Disney Crossy Road [Free] abides by. It pretty much lives up to its title, in that it's Crossy Road [Free] but with Disney characters and themes. And it is a Disney geek's dream. It would have been easy to just throw Disney characters into the classic Crossy Road level and call it a day, but it's quite clear that Disney and Hipster Whale wouldn't just do that. They threw in over a hundred characters at launch, with themes that don't just change the graphics, but add little tweaks to the gameplay. And they added cool little notes that make this something every Disney fan needs to play. Plus, Crossy Road is still great...

If you listen to the Touch Arcade Show podcast every week (and you should), then you might recall what a frustrating experience Jared had trying to play Rocky Hong's Beat Stomper [$1.99] on a recent episode. The game seemed sorta like Doodle Jump [$0.99], but the timing was all weird and it took quite a few attempts for him to get the hang of it. Eli, on the other hand, had no problems whatsoever and demonstrated this by apparently playing with his eyes shut. Two completely different experiences with one simple high score chaser. So what about me? Or you, for that matter?..

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight (But Mostly Out Now): 'Chip Beat Blaster', 'Quadrush', and Loads of Other Indie Games

It's Wednesday once again, and if this trend on the App Store keeps up, we're really going to need to re-think what to call this weekly feature. In the past, games would pop up in New Zealand then slowly drizzle across the world as it got closer to Thursday in each geographical region's respective time zones leading up to games coming out in the USA at 11:00 PM Eastern. The last few weeks, more and more games have just been showing up as available worldwide at the same time they'd typically just show up in New Zealand. This is the case this week as well, with the vast majority of these games available for download right now...

Now that Warner Bros.'s fantasy wrestling brawler WWE Immortals [Free] has been out for a little while and the nastier bugs have gotten fixed, we're starting to see a regular schedule of Challenges appearing. Similar to its cousin Injustice, exclusive Gold Superstars will be distributed this way on a fairly regular basis. Since there's a time limit, you'll have to work diligently to make sure you don't miss your chance. I've already covered a lot of the basics of WWE Immortals in my first guide, but the Challenges weren't live yet, so I didn't talk too much about them. This guide is meant to supplement the first one, offering you a handful of tips to give you the leg up on the competition. Let's get it on!..

'Beat Sneak Bandit' Review - Rhythm, Stealth and Puzzles Make Outstanding Bedfellows

You could say we've been looking forward to Simogo's Beat Sneak Bandit [$2.99] The developer announced it just a few months back in November, but it feels like we've been waiting forever. After all, these are the folks that made Kosmo Spin [$0.99] and Bumpy Road [$2.99] two fantastic (if divisive) games, so who could blame us for a little eagerness? Now that the wait is over, you've gotta ask: does it live up to the hype?..

Simogo's 'Beat Sneak Bandit' Puts Music To Puzzlin' Action

Simogo's Bumpy Road [$2.99] is radical because it totally embraces the touch screen. On top of being a simple and gorgeous game, the play is stupendously clever. Touch the physics-enabled bit of road and it lifts, taking the playful car with it...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Mortal Kombat X', 'The Simpsons: Tapped Out', 'Gardenscapes', 'CSR Racing 2', and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. We saw some great 64-bit updates in the last week, including Hoplite, Rogue Ninja, and more. The content updates are mostly focused on Hallowe'en stuff, along with a grab-bag of goodies to celebrate Mortal Kombat's 25th anniversary. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

RPG Reload Glossary: An Inability to Count to Three, or Action-RPGs in the Late 00s

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where spin-offs are never out of season. This week, we're continuing our look at the history of the action-RPG sub-genre. Last time, we checked in on the early 00s, a period where Diablo's massive success spawned a number of imitators and Square Enix hooked up with Disney to make some real money with a fantasy cross-over. Steam was just beginning what would eventually be a near takeover of the PC market, while Nintendo was about to lob a couple of Hail Mary passes that may have saved the company. Oh, and Apple was only a year or two away from launching the product that would come to define them in the new millennium. Somehow, the action-RPG genre was still a slippery one, but developers had more or less figured out that to be a big success with them, you had to make them easy to play...

After playing Principia [$2.99] through a few times, I find myself a little conflicted. This is an odd sort of science simulation game where you take on the role of a historical scientist and try to build your fame and fortune through research and discovery. Rival scientists will try to beat you to the punch or cattily attempt to discredit your work, and you can choose to respond in kind if you like. The game ends when your chosen character reaches the end of his working life, so you've got to try to get in as much as possible by then. It's a messy, ambitious game, and when I think on it, it doesn't really work at all. And yet, there's something compelling about it all. Perhaps it's the thrill of chasing a discovery to its end. Maybe it's the joy of rising to the top while your rivals slide downwards. The game's nerdy enthusiasm for science is also rather infectious. Whatever the case, it's certainly something to try if you're looking for a different kind of simulation game...

'Footy Golf' Review - Kicking the Old Cabbage Around

April 28th, 2017 11:00 AM EST by Shaun Musgrave in 4 stars, Arcade, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews
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The fine folks at Donut Games really know how to put together accessible games with a lot of hidden depth, and Footy Golf [Free] is another excellent example of that. As with many of Donut's titles, you can probably get the gist of what this game is about from its name. You have to kick a ball across a stage into a goal in as few moves as possible, collecting coins and diamonds along the way. Fans of this publisher will probably recognize it as a cousin of the classic Cat Physics [$1.99], but it brings a few tricks of its own to the table, not the least of which being a new pay model. Worry not, however, friends. Footy Golf is as gentle with its monetization as it could possibly be, allowing you enjoy the game with only a minimum of friction. Most importantly, the game itself is challenging and fun...

RPG Reload File 102 - 'Dragon Quest 3'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where it was Earth all along. In each file, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's doing in the modern day. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. As a distant descendant of Ortega, I choose the games that appear here, but if there's something you really want to see, don't be shy. You can offer up suggestions by posting in the comments below, by tweeting me at @RPGReload, or by heading on over to the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the TouchArcade forums. You might not see your suggestion soon, but it will be added to the master list for future consideration...

'Planescape: Torment' Review - What Can Change the Nature of an App?

Oh. Really? Another one of those old isometric dinosaurs got released on iOS? No. I am sorry, but that's wrong. THE old isometric dinosaur that devours and spits out other isometric dinosaurs is finally out for iOS. Fresh off solid remasters of Baldur's Gate [$9.99], Baldur's Gate II [$9.99], and Icewind Dale [$9.99], Overhaul Games is back with the magnum opus of the CRPG world Planescape: Torment [$9.99], and yes this terrible thunder lizard still has teeth. Much commentary of this recently revamped game is devoted to how the upgrade was handled. As many of you, dear readers, may not be very familiar, I will also be unwrapping my personal experience with the actual content of Torment. Even though I have been an avid gamer through the decades, this was one I did not get the chance to play back in the day (I blame Diablo II, personally). Now given the chance to remedy this grave personal flaw, I present to you my humble take on a giant of the industry. ..

'Kami 2' Review - 2 Kami 2 Furious

March 31st, 2017 10:00 AM EST by Shaun Musgrave in 3.5 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews
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Say what you will about other aspects of gaming, but one area where mobile games can frequently go toe-to-toe with those on other platforms is in their style. Games like Monument Valley [$3.99], Sword and Sworcery [$3.99], and Prune [$3.99] are as much about taking the player on an audio-visual journey as they are about pushing their gameplay mechanics. 2013 puzzle game Kami [$2.99] might not be as famous as some of those games, but it's certainly done well enough for itself. It has made the jump to multiple platforms and now has a sequel to call its own. Unfortunately, Kami 2 [Free] runs into a lot of the same troubles that puzzle game sequels usually do, and with much of the novelty of its gimmick worn off, its fundamental issues shine through a little too brightly...

Out Now: 'Planet of Heroes', 'Shardlight', 'Active Soccer 2 DX', 'Faeria', 'The Deep Paths', 'A Magical High School Girl', 'Guns of Mercy', 'Free Rider HD' and More

Welcome to another week of new iOS games! It's good to be done with GDC and back to a mostly normal schedule. You may have noticed we didn't have a nice and tidy list of new games such as this one last week due to being too busy with the conference, but we did throw together a list of last week's new games and posted it this past Monday in case you missed it. If you did miss it, well, then you have a surprise double dose of new games this week and I weep for your wallet and your device's storage space. As always you can check out the full list of this week's games below and let us know which games you'll be picking up in the comments!..

Goodnight Games has made an interesting action game in Malevolent Machines [$1.99]. It's a game with some clever ideas, and a unique art style that looks both a little ugly and yet detailed and stylish in its own way. It's a game with some bugs and issues, but a lot of good ideas at the heart that shine through the experience. It's an experience that may be off-putting to some folks, but its unique charms and quirks wormed its way into my heart as an entertaining and unique action game...

Classic Reload: 'World of Goo HD'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the monthly feature where we goo what we want. Each month, we take a look at a classic game from the annals of iOS history to see how it holds up in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. As the King Slime, I try to choose a balanced plate of games from month to month, but if there's something you really want to see, let me know by posting in the comments below. You might not see your suggestion soon, but I will add it to the master list for future consideration...

Out Now: 'Neon Chrome', 'Super Cat Tales', 'Go Rally', 'Dominocity', 'Replica', 'Battleship Lonewolf', 'Cube Knight', 'Dead Runner - Inner Evil' and More

Welcome to another week of new iOS games, and if you've been feeling a sharp pain in your wallet for the past few weeks due to so many great new releases, I'm sorry to say that this week isn't going to offer up much relief. There's the fantastic dual-stick shooter Neon Chrome which will set you back a fiver, and the incredibly fun top-down racer with full track editor in Go Rally which is another fiver. Then there's the melding of my two favorite things on this planet, platformers and cats, with Super Cat Tales, which is thankfully free to download but will set you back yet another fiver for the premium unlock. To be honest, 3 awesome games for 15 bucks is cheap! But we all know how these weekly binges can add up though, too. So throw financial caution to the wind and check out the full list of games below and let us know which ones you'll be picking up!..

Okay, we're at a point now where it's highly unlikely many mobile gamers are itching for another roguelite. It's proven to be a popular genre on mobile, which means everyone, their uncle, and their uncle's cat has released some kind of variation on the time-honored theme. 1-Bit Rogue [Free], from Kan Kikuchi and popular Japanese indie developer Skipmore, is the latest to give it the old college try, and while it's a pretty fun game, I'm not sure it has much to say to anyone looking for something to perk up the genre. It does all the things well that Skipmore usually excels at: the retro-style presentation feels authentic, there are fun unlockables, and it's an easy game to come to grips with. If nothing else, that makes it worth checking out for a game or three...

Out Now: 'DC Legends', 'Asphalt Xtreme', 'High Risers', 'DragonVale World', 'Nekosan', 'Lemons', 'Bloons Supermonkey 2', 'Galaga Wars', 'Mercenaries Saga2' and More

Welcome to another week of new iOS game releases, and as usual, there's a hefty list of stuff for your download consideration. Time to drink from the firehose! This week sees the feels-like-forever-in-soft-launch DC Legends finally come to life worldwide, as well as the only-soft-launched-for-a-week Asphalt Xtreme from Gameloft. Plus a new DragonVale, a new game from the Duet developer Kumobius called High Risers, and a new game from the Mr. Jump developer 1button called Nekosan. And many, many more. So check out the full list of games below, and let us know in the comments section which games you'll be picking up this week!..