Author Archives: Carter Dotson


'Warhammer Quest 2' Has New Screens, and a Demo at Warhammer Fest This Weekend

Perchang, the studio that made Perchang [$1.99] and was founded in part by Rodeo Games' Ben Murch, is hard at work on a sequel to Warhammer Quest [$2.99], called Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times. And they have two bits of cool news to share. First, they have some new screens to share. Want to see an underground river of blood, and a Beastman sacrificial chamber? You can now!..

I admit that I'm not the biggest fan of the clickerless clicker genre that has popped up. Not to say that they can't be fun, but I get more engagement out of something where my clicking can play a role when I have the clicker app open, as opposed to it just being about idle currency generation. So, Magnate [Free] has a tall order to fill. I like clickers, and am in the mood for some empire-building recently. But as a clickerless clicker, it has a high bar to clear with me. Yet, the game has some interesting things going on to intrigue even a skeptic like me...




'Missile Cards' Beta Now Open For Signups

Nathan Meuneier's Missile Cards for iOS is coming along well, and it is time for beta testing to open up. Starting today and running through May 30th, you can sign up through this web form in order to sign up for the beta. You can provide a different email than your contact email – though with Testflights, the email you receive the invite at can be different from your iTunes store email, so you can receive notification updates at the email you actually use...

Herocraft has announced that a new PvE campaign is coming on May 30th to their game Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf [Free]. The Saga of the Great Awakening will feature ten new story-driven missions to play through. You'll take on the mysterious Necron race, who are ancient and don't like you. Five new enemies in total are there for you to take on in these missions, with four unique bosses across the ten missions...

As you may know, we're back on Twitch streaming mobile games. While different staff members are on at different times, if you tune in Monday-Thursday at 8pm eastern, we're pretty much guaranteed to be online. One thing you may have noticed is the Twitch Bits feature. And, if you're looking to get into Twitch Bits, there's a special running until midnight PST tonight. If you buy the $7 starter kit of Bits, you get 700 bits instead of the normal 500. Now you might be saying: what the heck are Bits? Well, they're a way to cheer during a stream, and part of the money spent on the bits goes to the streamer. So, you can look at it as a way to support TouchArcade and cheer during great moments during the stream. The best part is that we have Cheer Cups set up for each streamer, so when you cheer with Bits, you get to watch the Bits fall into the cup...

Humble Bundle has a new Epic Platformers mobile bundle, and it's got a great collection of Android platformers for you to check out. The $1+ tier includes a couple Ravenous Games titles: Devious Dungeon [$2.99] and Devious Dungeon 2 [$2.99], along with Eggggg - The Platform Puker [$2.99]. All solid mobile-exclusive titles. The pay-above-the-average tier contains a few more great titles. There's Gunbrick [$2.99] by Nitrome; RunGunJumpGun [$2.99], the fantastic jetpack-and-gun-based auto-runner; and Retsnom [$0.99], and artsy platformer involving mirrors and a dark storyline. Finally, the $5-and-up tier includes several fantastic console-to-mobile ports: Never Alone: Ki Edition [$0.99], a fascinating platformer that tries to tell an interesting story about the Inupiat people and their culture; Brothers - A Tale of Two Sons [$2.99], a platformer where you control two characters at once; and Limbo [$4.99], which TouchArcade readers don't need a reminder about...

'Oh...Sir! The Hollywood Roast' Releases May 30th

Gambitious Digital Entertainment and Vile Monarch are set to release their sequel to the hit Oh...Sir! The Insult Simulator [$1.99] next week. Oh...Sir! The Hollywood Roast releases for mobile and desktop on Wednesday, May 31st. The core idea of the game is the same, but the big new change is the Hollywood parody theme, with a ton of thinly-veiled, legally-distinct parody Hollywood referential characters to play as. Like, a dude who looks like Deadpool with Thor's hammer Mjolnir and Captain America's shield? You're crossing the Marvel streams, Vile Monarch, you madmen!..

Chillingo and Damp Gnat's Icycle: On Thin Ice [$2.99] released way back in the halcyon days of 2013, but somehow the game's still kicking in 2017. The game got an update on iOS not too long ago with new content, and now an Android version is out at last. Don't worry, there's no pricing shenanigans here, it's just a $2.99 paid app on Google Play, no in-app unlocks at all...

Apple does a lot of baffling things in the way they run the App Store. It's easy to just sit there and be frustrated with the way that Apple makes decisions and then cuts off any sort of alternative for users to counteract that. But I think we aren't considering the human cost of what these decisions do. Perhaps the most extreme example is the case of I Am Level [$1.99]. This Metroidvania-style pinball game is an underappreciated gem, but it is set to disappear from the App Store in the upcoming 32-bit purge, where apps that haven't been updated with 64-bit compatibility will either be removed from the App Store entirely, or just stop working on future versions of iOS entirely. This is a problem for I Am Level as its developer, Stew Hogarth, passed away in 2015. While the app looks to have been transferred to a relative, this means that one of Hogarth's final significant works is will likely vanish from the App Store unless someone updates it. It's unfair to ask a deceased person's family to go in and update their old work, no? And considering there's all sorts of new rules and dependencies with software, it's likely not just a one button fix, either...

Tasty Rook is working on a intriguing game called Triple Agent for mobile. The game, which takes place on one phone that you pass around, is designed for 5 to 9 players, with players either working for the Agency, or as a double agent for V.I.R.U.S. Players get information and events that pop up as their turn comes up. At the end of each round, players vote for who to imprison. The Agency wins if a double agent is imprisoned, but V.I.R.U.S. wins if they can survive the votes, and reach the win condition, which can change over time!..

'Crashbots' is an Action Runner That Needs Beta Testers

Neon Chimp, last seen making Super Hyper Ball [Free] for iOS, has a new game in teh works, and they need beta testers to help bring it to fruition. Crashbots mixes a few things up with the endless runner genre. First off, the game takes place from an isometric perspective. Second, the game is strongly based around shooting enemies and obstacles, with boss fights. This has the look of an action game as much as it is a runner. Third, you'll have both levels to play through as well as an endless mode to try out...

'Steredenn' Review - Horns Out For This Roguelike Shoot 'Em Up

Sometimes good ideas don't come together into being good final products. What sounds good on paper can be lackluster in execution. Not so much with Steredenn [$3.99], which sounded amazing on paper! A roguelike combined with a shoot 'em up, with a heavy metal soundtrack? It's like Pixelnest said "How can we make a game that Carter Dotson would enjoy?" Then, they made it. Of course, they didn't do exactly that since it didn't release on mobile for about a year and a half after its original release, and I am kicking myself for having not played it until now. Well, better late than never: Steredenn is fantastic fun for fans of roguelikes, shoot 'em ups, and/or heavy metal...

Ah, the arena platformer. Truly, it has been one of the best genres to take prominence in mobile gaming. A big reason is because the combination of a small enough arena to fit on one screen, with simple controls, and endlessly-repetitive high score chasing, is a package that's almost the platonic ideal for a mobile game. We've seen it through countless fun games, with one of the more prominent examples being Super Crate Box [$1.99] from Vlambeer. However, with Vlambeer seemingly not updating the app for 64-bit appocalypse, that means that not only can a great arena platformer shine, but it could possibly take the crown. Penarium [$1.99], much like Super Crate Box, started on PC before moving to iOS. In this case, Team 17 published the game, developed by Self Made Miracle, and helped to bring the late 2015 release to iOS a while later. And it's quite a welcome title on iOS, while perhaps not as tight as some of the finest entries in the arena platformer genre...

Nexon dropped a surprise Lode Runner 1 [Free] release on the App Store this week, and it's, quite the unusual release since it seems to be completely free. You probably know Lode Runner even just by cultural osmosis if you haven't played it at some point. It's a classic game from an influential era, but it doesn't quite have the reach of a Mario-type game, at least from my perspective. It's something that people know, but maybe not all that well. Regardless, there's enough knowledge of the original that games keep getting made, so there must be an audience somewhere!..

While Google announced a bunch of interesting new things at Google I/O 2017's keynote, much like WWDC, there's always interesting things coming out of other sessions. Such as, information the 2.0 software update for Google Daydream, codenamed Euphrates. There's two particularly interesting features to come in this update. One is that Google's trying to bring a lot more of the phone experience into Daydream. For example, you'll have access to normal phone functions via a 2D panel that can pop up while in VR. So, you can check notifications, see a web browser, and more while in VR. This sounds simple, but I think it's going to be key to mobile VR becoming important...

'Old Man's Journey' Review - Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls

It's been on our radars for about a year, and Old Man's Journey [$4.99] is out now and well worth checking out. This adventure game is the tale of an old man who goes on a journey that touches on his past and is at times a harrowing tale of survival in a world where there just isn't that much transportation infrastructure. I'm joking around, but that is solely to cover up that Old Man's Journey is an emotionally effecting experience that is brief but well worth experiencing...

Google I/O 2017, the Google equivalent to say, Apple's WWDC, had its keynote on May 17th, 2017, and there was a few interesting things to come out of it. The big gaming-related reveal is Google announcing a standalone Daydream VR headset along with HTC and Lenovo. These will use a technology called WorldSense, which is described as inside-out tracking. While the headsets are still in the prototype phase, they're aimed for the "mid-hundreds range" in terms of pricing for the standalone headset. Check out what the WorldSense technology, which uses some of the advances of the Tango augmented reality technlogy, can do:..

Good news for Android players and fans of the Phoenix Wright series of games. Capcom has announced that Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney - Dual Destinies [$0.99] is set to hit Android later in May. The colon-then-hyphen title means you know it's getting deep into this series. The fifth game in the Ace Attorney franchise, you'll help out Phoenix Wright as he returns to action after Apollo Justice [$0.99]. The game features 3D graphics in the style of the original 2D art that came to define the Ace Attorney series...

'Art of Conquest' MMO/RTS Hybrid Launches Worldwide on June 6th

We got to check out Art of Conquest back at GDC, and it looked like an interesting multi-genre hybrid of MMORPGs and real-time strategy. After a soft launch and beta test, Lilith Games is ready to announce that Art of Conquest will release worldwide on June 6th. The game will have you engaging in several different forms of action: there's base-building, but also going and conquering other lands and attacking other players' bases. You'll fight armies, raising troops and unleashing abilities in battle against opponents. And you can do this while exploring a world as your commander character...

'AdVenture Communist' Coming to Mobile, the Sequel to Kongregate and Hyper Hippo's 'AdVenture Capitalist'

Kongregate published Hyper Hippo's hit clicker AdVenture Capitalist [Free], and the people rejoiced. But what about a game for the worker? The history of all hitherto existing society is clickers. And with that, Kongregate and Hyper Hippo announce that Adventure Communist is coming to mobile. Yes, comrade, there will be bread and roses...and also clicking to earn lots of idle currency. Oh, and if you thought the only clicker you were going to play this year with potatoes was Spaceplan [$2.99], well, comrade, you were wrong just as the Mensheviks were. But enough Stalin, here's some art of the upcoming clicker:..