Author Archives: Andrew Fretz

'Cat Quest' Review - An Interactive How-to on Mobile RPGs

We've had our teeth sunk into Cat Quest [$4.99] here at Touch Arcade Towers for a while now. It's been just about a year since one of our first looks at the game at TGS 2016. Since then we also took a peek into the dev process Gentlebros went through to cook up this Action-RPG offering. A lot of times our Patreon supporters will ask us about games that shape or define a genre, and Cat Quest, for all its levity, has left an indelible paw print on that list. ..

The silence you hear after successfully unloading an entire volley of cannon fire into a now sinking enemy ship in HeroCraft's latest release, Tempest [$3.99] , is euphoric. The only problem is that a stop in the action is guaranteed to be short lived. The pace and pay off of being a pirate captain may feel highly romanticized in this sea-worthy offering, but I approve. Any time a developer cooks up an ARPG that even seems half-baked, my ears perk up and this time I am really glad they did. This game taps directly into a whole lot of what makes the genre great and does it in a way that is original enough for you to sit up and take notice too...

'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. ..

Some of our favorite developers have recently voiced their concern over something they treasure very much. Politics and Policy are not subjects we normally broach here in the hallowed halls of Touch Arcade, but when the mobile community is impacted by something, we like to put a little light on it...

'Banner Saga 2' Review - Dredging up the Past

October 7th, 2016 2:39 PM EST by Andrew Fretz in $4.99, 4 stars, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews, Role-Playing
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I hope you packed extra consonants and umlauts, because Stoic is back with Banner Saga 2[$9.99]. The epic journey has returned to iOS and with it new gameplay mechanics, new environments and new friends to see die in new and horrible ways. You've probably had enough time to get over the overwhelming depression the first episode was so good at instilling in you, I bet you're ready for round 2! Come and join me by the fire while we still have some rations to share while we look deeper into this enjoyably sad sequel...

'Dofus Touch' Review - A Great MMO, Now on Mobile

'Dofus Touch' Review - A Great MMO, Now on Mobile

October 7th, 2016 12:32 PM EST by Andrew Fretz in 5 stars, Free, Massive Multiplayer (MMO), Reviews
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About a year ago I had a sad realization that mobile MMO isn't really a living genre. For better or worse, mobile game development is most effective when creating innovative and elegant gameplay on a flat, straight forward canvas. Unfortunately not much of that is what you expect to see in an mmo. It should come as no surprise that one of the first jolts of life being thrust into the rotting carcass of the genre is about as close to a straight PC port as you could get. Dofus Touch [Free] is out now for iPhone and iPad and outside of some of the most recent updates this game is a carbon copy of the PC version. ..

'Castles of Mad King Ludwig' Review - Some Assembly Required

May 27th, 2016 1:30 PM EST by Andrew Fretz in $6.99, 4 stars, Board, Reviews
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Castles of Mad King Ludwig[$6.99] is a curiously accurate description for the monstrous architectural nightmares that are created in the midst of playing this board game that is new to iOS. I have a lot of respect when you can capture so much of a game's essence in the title. If you are unfamiliar with the game, you owe it to yourself to get acquainted and prepare to toss feng shui out the window...

We've all been Clashin' up a storm in the last two weeks. Our forums are still buzzing about climbing through the ranks and I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about how you can get pretty far in this game without even dropping a penny. I'd like to ask you guys to take a moment and also consider contributing to the Touch Arcade Patreon, it is support like this that lets us stream, podcast and write about the games that we like and that we spend time playing. While you won't be able to quickly reach legendary Arena 9 status on the cheap, there are some realistic goals you can set for yourself before deciding to take the plunge on Clash Royale[Free]...

'Patchwork' Review - Greater than the Sum of it's Parts

Patchwork[$2.99] is a very cute game. It has a charming facade of quilty-buttony comfort that is really quite inviting and calming. It's almost a shame that the game is very much a game of cut-throat cold logic devoid of much wiggle room around the fact that the person who can plan ahead best will usually win. The master mind behind such board game greats as Agricola[$6.99] and Le Havre[$4.99], Uwe Rosenberg, followed the pattern with a really great strategic/economic design on this one...

With the advent of the new Rick and Morty game, Pocket Mortys[Free] , you might find yourself a little out of practice at being the very best there ever was at capturing and battling living beings against each other. No worries, however, I've rekindled my inner trainer and want to share with you some really nice little tips on how to maximize your fun through ruthlessly defeating all the other Ricks out there that are just pretending to be the best. Also, be sure to hit up our Pocket Mortys Thread on our forums to follow the discussion as it's happening!..

'Pocket Mortys' Review - Gotta Sedate 'em All

January 13th, 2016 11:45 AM EST by Andrew Fretz in 4.5 stars, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, iPod touch games, Reviews
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Pocket Mortys [Free] got announced last week and I think I literally jumped out of my chair in anticipation of reviewing this game. Now that it's out, it's time to go get it already. Adult Swim Games' most recent offering is really amazing and free to boot so you can try it out right now to see a great Pokemon like game right here on iOS...

I just got my hands on Adult Swim's new Rick and Morty game, Pocket Mortys. In our previous announcement our own Carter "The Crater, 3.5 full-width-image" Dotson says it's a Pokemon like game and while that's true, you won't be missing any of that humor that mixes fart jokes with quantum paradoxes. I jumped at the chance to play and so far I have not been disappointed or surprised to see that just like most of their offerings, Adult Swim has infused this app with the trappings and atmosphere that translate so well from the source material. ..

Fretz's Favorite iPhone and iPad Games of 2015: 'Subterfuge', 'Call of Champions, and More

With the close of 2015, we get nostalgic here at Touch Arcade towers and think back on all the good times we've had. It's usually at some point in mid-December we all have a fevered dream that our favorite games of the year never existed and we are filled with great despair until someone rings a bell, we wake up, and the games do in fact exist. It is then that the spirit of the holidays abound and we cannot help but proclaim from our venerable old site how much we have enjoyed the games the app store has bestowed upon us in 2015. So lets get this ball rolling!..

League of Explorers[Free] has been a thrilling expansion and the whirlwind adventure is finally coming to a close, but before we wrap things up, you know we're shopping in the discount aisle with our thrifty Pro, TommyJ and his amazing basic decks that will topple the toughest heroic fights Blizzard can sling at us...

The League is back at it this week. With Thanksgiving out of the way, they are back on the track with the third wing of the Hearthstone League of Explorers [Free] adventure, The Ruined City. Of course our favorite theorycrafter TommyJ is on point with some hard hitting decks that won't leave your wallet feeling any pain. Two of these are super full on absolutely free but Blizzard did serve up a big challenge in Lord Slitherspear in which our card master did have to invest in the rare card, Saboteur, to claim victory. Many felt that this encounter would require a fully tailored deck with a slew of expensive cards, but you know TommyJ better than that by now right?..

Hearthstone's[Free] League of Explorers has been a fantastic adventure so far and the man with a plan, TommyJ, has the second wing of this adventure on lock down with some brand new decks designed to clear the heavy heroic content while being super light on your wallet...

When League of Explorers [Free] was announced at Blizzcon this year, no one was expecting to see a release within the month of November, much less within a week of the announcement. Even the grand master TommyJ was thrown a little off his game, but I am here to tell you, it didn't take long before he managed to put together a very cheap deck to tackle the first set of heroic encounters. ..

Wizards and Wagons[$4.99] is out now from Touch Dimensions and it is one of the more active and engaging item shop sim games I have played. Known for more traditional strategy games, Touch Dimensions is stretching their dev skills to reach into the sim genre. Rather than sitting in town and waiting for customers to come to you, W&W mobilizes the store and puts you in the drivers seat. As last week's Touch Arcade Game of the Week, I was not surprised to find dynamic gameplay and an addictive quality that has put some extra rings under my eyes for the last several days from lack of sleep. ..

Turbo Tape has been busy cranking out more content for it's digital board game, Warhammer: Arcane Magic[$1.99]. Today marks the release of the Jungles of Lustria expansion pack which introduces more monsters, more wizards and the titular new environment, the jungles where the Lizardman faction call home. ..

'Five Card Quest' Review - Kitchen Sink not Included

I dont usually prejudge games before playing them, but I would be lying if I said I didnt get excited by the sheer mention of a new Rocketcat game. Five Card Quest[$2.99] is that game and it is cool + awesome. Even though it could be described as a Card Battler/Tactical RPG/Roguelike, it doesn't play like a hybrid game. It is a sleek and challenging dungeon delver that really stresses making the right decision and playing the right card each turn. ..