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If you fancy yourself something of a sport-drinker, chances are you've played or at least heard of a popular drinking game called Power Hour. The idea is simple: A playlist filled with 60 different songs plays 1-minute snippets of each song. Every time the song changes, you take a shot of beer. By the end of the hour, the goal is to have taken 60 total shots of beer. Sound easy? It's not. At all. I'm not some superstar drinker by any means, but I can definitely toss a few back. However, making it to the end of Power Hour is a struggle, and I've seen the game take down far better drinkers than me over the years...

'Tactics Maiden' Review - Now It's The Maiden's Turn

Let me cut right to the chase, for once. Tactics Maiden [Free], the latest strategy RPG from Mangobile, is basically the next game in the Kingturn RPG series. It's a new story in a new world, and there are some small differences in the gameplay systems that have a pretty big ripple effect in places, but it's very similar in most respects to the developer's previous games. As such, if you enjoyed any of the Kingturn games, you can safely dive into Tactics Maiden, confident that your money will be well-spent. If you tried those games and didn't like them, it's very unlikely you'll feel differently here. If you're not familiar with those games, you've got some reading ahead of you...

Long-time Mac game developer Freeverse was one of the companies who ushered in gaming on the iPhone back in the device's infancy. If you walk the halls of the TouchArcade archives from the 2008-2009 era, practically every other story was featuring some type of Freeverse game. In fact, even before the App Store officially opened in July of 2008, Freeverse had multiple titles in the works for iOS. Their hits were quite numerous: Flick Fishing, Slotz Racer, Warpgate, Skee-Ball, MotoChaser… chances are pretty good that if you were gaming on your iOS device in the early years of the App Store, you had a Freeverse game or two installed...

Adult Swim and PikPok's Match-3 RPG 'Adventure Xpress' Releases on Thursday

Adult Swim Games and PikPok have a new game coming out on Thursday, October 2nd, called Adventure Xpress. This is their entry into the match-3 RPG field, as players control a delivery person in a world where mail carriers are attacked frequently by bandits and other miscreants. But these mail carriers fight back by way of matching gems to hit their enemies, charging up spells, and using the various elemental advantages to try and come out ahead in battle. There are of course upgrades and new items to buy, as this is an RPG, and the game will be free-to-play...

Subway Planning is Surprisingly Fun in 'Mini Metro,' Coming to iOS Later This Year

When I was in the eighth grade, a city planner came to my pre-algebra class to talk about the mathematics involved in managing traffic lights. He gave a series of problems and asked us to find ways to shuffle the maximum number of cars through a given intersection quickly and safely. Even the most basic questions were surprisingly complex and way beyond my group of hormone-addled pre-teens...

I don't mind free-to-play games, inherently. What I do mind are games whose monetization schemes are tilted against the player to the point that they severely impact the gamer. Thus we have Asphalt Overdrive [Free], a lane-based runner take on the venerable Asphalt racing series that's free-to-play, but definitely pay-to-progress, which is a shame, because it's good time when it's not trying to push upgrades or throwing in annoying wait timers...

If there's one thing you can say about developer Kairosoft, it's that they crank out games at an incredible pace. Unfortunately, none of those games have been Game Dev Story 2 just yet, but still, if you're into their particular brand of simulations then you have more quality games than you likely even have time to play. Their latest game is The Pyraplex [$4.99], which a few people in our forums have described as "Like Mega Mall Story but in a pyramid."..

'Air Supply - SOS' Review - Baa-ttle Of The Planets

I'd like you to imagine an alternate universe where Rare/Ultimate Play The Game's Spectrum classic Jetpac wasn't just a huge hit, but was so influential that developers were still doing their own spins and refinements on it for generations to come. I'd also like you to imagine that people in that world are obsessed with cute, fluffy sheep. In that dimension, something like the newest game in the Air Supply series from developer Quantum Sheep might seem somewhat pedestrian. In our reality, however, Air Supply - SOS [$1.99]'s action-packed twist on the Rare classic is pretty special. It occurs to me that I should clarify that this game has nothing to do with the band, since someone always asks...

Armor Games has been doing a decent job of porting a few of their many online games to iOS as of late, and Cursed Treasure 2 [$0.99] is one of their better TD titles to hit the App Store. Combining a lot of the standard TD fundamentals with some nice novelties and improvements, Cursed 2 isn’t going to wow anyone with a significant reinterpretation of the genre. However, it does have some cool nuances, plenty of replaybility, and hits all the requisite marks to make it yet another great TD game for App Store users...

Aside from more than a few jokes about how silly playing Hearthstone [Free (HD)] in real life would be, there hasn't been a whole lot of effort to bring the game to a physical form, until now. Games In Asia went hands on with the Chinese knockoff that apes absolutely everything from pre-Naxxramas Hearthstone. Aside from lacking new cards and subsequent balance tweaks Blizzard has made since the release of Hearthstone, the main takeaway is that playing Hearthstone when your iPad/Mac/PC isn't managing most things for you takes forever...

Starbase Orion [$7.99] developer Chimera Software has released it's turn based card and strategy game, Starbase Annex [$1.99]. Annex is set within the larger Orion universe. Starbase Annex is one of those games that feels like it should be a multiplayer game. 1v1 turn based strategy games tend to carry that expectation as part of the genre. Annex has a bit of originality that helps it overcome this deficiency. There are many turn based hex grid games available for iOS and Annex reminds me of one of my favorites, Outwitters [Free]. If you combined gameplay elements of Outwitters and some mechanics from the popular card game Hearthstone [Free], you would get something close to what Starbase Annex is. ..

'Valiant Hearts: The Great War' Review - In the Trenches

One of my favorite poems in the English language canon has, ironically, a Latin title: "Dulce et Decorum est." In it, English poet and soldier Wilfred Owen tells his audience that, had they seen the chlorine-tinged carnage of trench warfare first hand, they..

LogoAlright, so we sort of lied last week with the whole second part thing. I had plans to play tons of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus updated games and have loads of impressions and that... really didn't happen. In fact, we've seen very few things that even have been optimized for the new phones at all. Either way, we cut together a huge episode this week to make up for the dinky one last week.

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Games

  • Goat Simulator [$4.99]
  • Turbo Dismount [Free]
  • Asphalt Overdrive [Free]
  • Spider-Man Unlimited [Free]
  • Rope 'n Fly 4 [Free]
  • Air Supply SOS [$1.99]
  • Smarter Than You [Free]
  • Pumped BMX [$1.99]
  • Puzzle Bandits [Free]

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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Turbo Dismount'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 9/26/14 - 'Anomaly Defenders', 'Smarter Than You', 'Rapture - World Conquest', and 'WWE Supercard'

While there was one lonely game in this roundup last week (which doesn't even really make it a roundup) this week we've got four great games that everyone needs to try. Better yet, two of them won't even cost you any money to try out. Additionally, we're entering Q4 which is where all the huge releases seem to be, so strap in for what's likely going to be even more great weeks like this...

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