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...

'Injustice 2' Guide - Tips on Maximizing Your Energy and Upgrading Heroes when Offline

When news about an Injustice: Gods Among Us sequel for consoles leaked last summer, it left us with a couple of questions about the mobile version. Would Warner Bros. and NetherRealm also make a sequel for mobile, or would they just continue updating the existing Injustice [Free] game which had already received massive amounts of new content over the past 4 years and was one of the most popular mobile games around? This past Valentine's Day we got our answer as Injustice 2 for mobile soft-launched in the Philippines App Store. While I'm not sure of the strategy of abandoning an existing successful game with a huge player base in favor of a brand new app, it does at least afford the series a fresh start, and the engine running the existing Injustice game was arguably getting long in the tooth. While Injustice 2 retains the core stripped-down fighting mechanics of its predecessor, it also makes some major fundamental changes to the entire formula. With that, we've put together a short guide in an effort to help you get the most out of this early soft-launched version of Injustice 2...

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!..

Out Now: 'The Bug Butcher', 'Eggggg - The Platform Puker', 'Critical Ops', 'Puzzlepops! Trick or Treat', 'Mini Metro', 'RETSNOM', 'Silicon Valley: Billionaire' and More

It's the time of week where we get to add to our growing backlogs as a ton of new iOS games arrive in the App Store. This week sees the feels-like-forever-in-soft-launch online first-person shooter Critical Ops finally officially launch, and the disgusting-but-oh-so-adorable puke-based platformer Eggggg projectile launch into the App Store. Oh! And you guys. The Bug Butcher? It's fantastic. And of course earlier this week the highly-anticipated transportation simulator Mini Metro arrived as did the incredibly unique puzzler RETSNOM. And more Puzzlepops! Pretty strong week, so look over the full list below and let us know which games you'll be picking up...

Out Now: 'Sorcery! 4', 'Batman - The Telltale Series', 'Primordia', 'Faily Rider', 'Vulture Island', 'Tons of Bullets', 'Huetopia' and More

It's that time of week again when all the new iOS games pour from the App Store like a bursting dam, and this week in particular has some pretty heavy hitters. I mean, those few slow weeks earlier this month had to come to an end at some point, right? Telltale's Batman, the fourth and final Sorcery! game, and a port of adventure game Primordia are the headliners this week, but there's also lots of other interesting-looking games I know I'll be filling up my iPhone 7's storage with. So check out the full list below and as always let us know which games you'll be picking up!..

Out Now: 'Midnight Star Renegade', 'Eisenhorn: XENOS', 'Journey Below', 'Agricola All Creatures Big & Small', 'Mars: Mars', 'Satellina Zero', 'Reigns', 'Fish Fist', 'Primal Legends' and More

When I walked into the office today and punched my timecard I had no idea we'd be in for the type of new game avalanche that we're seeing today, but it's been a particularly heavy release week. Lots of stuff trickled out earlier this week and even dipping into last week, so we've tried to compile everything the best that we could. Check out the massive list of games below and let us know which ones you're interested in checking out!..

Out Now: 'Mobius Final Fantasy', 'Blitz Breaker', 'Tap Hero', 'One Show Only', 'Jurassic GO', 'Crooked Path', 'Pixel Disc Golf 2' and More

Welcome to another week of new iOS game releases, and if you're on the same side of the planet that I am, then you're happy to have Hump Day behind you and only a couple more days left before the weekend. And what better way to break up that work week than by downloading a bunch of new iOS games? You can find a big batch of games below, so please check out everything, including each game's forum thread to see what your fellow gamers have to say, and let us know which games we'll be filling up the precious space on your device this week...

Don't skip out on Bulb Boy [$2.99]. This iOS port of the 2015 grotesque-comedy-horror point-and-click adventure game is incredibly charming, when it's not trying to weird you out. It's not very difficult to beat, but it also doesn't overstay its welcome. The premise has you playing as the eponymous Bulb Boy, who finds the house he's staying at with his frail grandfather and flying bulb dog suddenly invaded by monsters, or perhaps some kind of symbiote from outer space. Bulb Boy wakes up, and there's suddenly weird arms coming out of the walls, giant headless chickens, and at least one giant poop monster. No joke. This is a game that's definitely got a flavor for the grotesque, and it's got horror elements to it as well. And the only way to solve the problems here is by collecting items, and using them on objects in the environment, experimenting to figure out what works! Just like any good point-and-click adventure. ..

One of the unique elements of mobile is that because people have their devices with them constantly, game design has taken on a new element of trying to fit into people's lives. Phoenix 2 [Free] feels like the idea was to provide an intense shoot 'em up experience that could be more than just an occasional distraction, but a game that could fit into someone's life. And in that regard, it succeeds: it's a unique experience that works best on mobile because it's built for the platform, while still being a fun bullet hell shmup experience...

'Crypt of the NecroDancer Pocket Edition' Review - Let it Steal Your Heart

One of my favorite games of the past few years on PC is Crypt of the NecroDancer [$4.99], a rhythmic roguelike that I tried out with a friend, and I fell in love with the whole concept of the game. It's a roguelike where movement is set to the beat of a fantastic soundtrack by Danny Baranowsky, with the idea being that the entire game can be controlled by the four directional inputs on a Dance Dance Revolution dance pad. After enjoying my first time with the game, I rushed out and bought the game with its soundtrack on Steam. ..