Author Archives: Carter Dotson


This is quite the bittersweet day, as my time at TouchArcade is coming to an end. It was a tough decision, but I'm leaving for a full-time job up in the Dallas suburbs. I hope y'all will keep track of what I'm doing, because I'll still be out there playing and talking about mobile games, just not under the watchful eye of Eli Hodapp and co. I've been all around the mobile gaming journalism world, as I've probably contributed for every major site out there. While TouchArcade wasn't the first site to pay me to write about mobile games, it was an integral part of my development as a writer. It felt so much more freeing in many ways, and I feel like I got to build up more of a unique voice than I had before...

'Flipping Legend' Review - It's Flipping Sweet

It can be tough to stand out for a game that is in a well-worn genre. The sort of endless runner with action elements genre can be a tough sell for some folks when there's a ton of those games out there. But Flipping Legend [Free] doesn't deserve to be skipped. This separates itself from the rest of the pack by having a unique movement system, an RPG-style upgrade system, strong artistic direction, and most importantly: being fun to play at its very core...




Uppercut Games last grace mobile with the interesting climbing adventure game Submerged [$4.99] last year, but they were first known on mobile for doing the Epoch [$0.99] and Epoch 2 [$0.99], cover-based shooters featuring robots. Lots and lots and lots of robots. The games were unfortunately set to be lost to the 32-bit appocalypse when iOS 11 hits and removes support for 32-bit apps. However, that venomous fate has been avoided as Uppercut has gone in and updated the two robot shooters for 64-bit support. Huzzah!..

After its shocking reveal with a tournament stream, it took only one night for the Brawl Stars soft launch to happen. Debuting initially in Canada, this means that it's relatively easy to get access to Supercell's top-down multiplayer online shooter. But if you need the specifics on how to do so, well, we have a guide that will get you up and running with the game in a jiffy. While getting soft launched games in a country you don't reside in isn't necessarily the most convenient thing, it's not that difficult to do, you just have to know where you're looking and what to do. Here's how to register an iTunes account in Canada for the Brawl Stars soft launch...

After a soft launch in a couple of countries last week to make sure everything worked well, Flat Black Films' Lowlander 2: Lowerlander [$2.99], is out now, and officially in competition for the best game name of 2017. This is the sequel to Lowlander [$1.99], which despite its primitive looks was quite the fun Ultima 2-inspired RPG. It's not exactly going to win any best visuals awards, and still looks like something that could have existed three decades ago, but if you like expansive RPGs in the Ultima tradition, this is the game for you!..

RareSloth Announces Multiplatform 'King Rabbit 2'

RareSloth Games has found themselves a nice hit with King Rabbit [Free], the sequel to Furdemption [$2.99], which wound up becoming a sustainable game for them. But they're not done with King Rabbit yet, beyond the expansion packs they've released. They want to take another swing at the concept, and expand it not just from iOS to Android, but to PC and console as well. So, the studio has announced King Rabbit 2 is in development...

Netmarble's 'Lineage2 Revolution' MMORPG Soft Launched

Netmarble is working on an open-world mobile action-RPG in the Lineage series for mobile, and have soft launched it on iOS. Lineage2 Revolution will have you playing in real-time with other people, undergoing quests, fighting monsters, teaming up with others for raids, and more. Netmarble is claiming this is the largest open-world game on mobile. It looks pretty impressive thus far, and considering how there seems to be a real craving for MMORPGs on mobile, perhaps this could finally be the one to scratch the itch?..

If you want a fun game about launching a slingshotting cat through a psychedelic landscape, but don't want to pay anything, then I have good news for you! Star Cat Adventure [Free] is free today! You launch yourself from miniature planet to minature planet, collecting stars and exploring levels that are even trippier than the last. It's a gorgeous game, and has a mechanic that's extremely easy to use. Check it out in action:..

First 'Brawl Stars' Details from Supercell Shown Off

Supercell's Brawl Stars tournament livestream is going on right now – seemingly a prerecorded video being shown off. The first gameplay footage has been revealed. This is a top-down shooter where players are fighting for gem mines, collecting gems and fighting against opponents and working with their teammates in 3-on-3 battles. Collecting gems is the goal, and it's possible to also destroy opponents' gems before the end of the match. Different characters, with traditional types such as melee and ranged, will be available...

Huijaus Games and publisher Appsolute Games have been promising us Mr. Future Ninja [$3.99], a stylish stealth-action game, and finally it is here. And there it goes. The premise seemed incredibly promising, but the problem is that the game is just too short. Characters and puzzle types get introduced, and then by the time you think they're done introducing things and ready to start really, really testing you, well, the game is over. It's a fun experience up until that point, but I just wish there was more of it...

'Framed 2' Review - The Second Half of a Really Good Game

When I reviewed the original Framed [$3.99], I said "Given the brevity and lack of progression in the concept, this really does feel like half of a larger whole stretched out to fill one game." Holy crap was I right. Loveshack Entertainment decided to return to the concept with Framed 2 [$4.99] and the difference is night and day. I don't know if I have ever played a game where the second title in the series made the first one look like utter garbage in comparison, but that's exactly what Framed 2 does. It is exactly what the original game needed to feel like the genius title that the concept deserved...

Google Play has launched an interesting new section on their Android marketplace, the Android Excellence section. What this section is designed to do is to showcase the best apps and games not just by quality, but with other factors, like design, technical performance, localization, and device optimization. These features will reset quarterly, but will serve as a prominent spot for featured apps and games. The games list contains mostly recent releases from the past year or so, with a couple of exceptions. It also has Golf Clash [Free], which, if you haven't played it, is fascinating. It's literally the Clash Royale [Free] formula applied to a golf game. It's nutty...

'Panthera Frontier' Brings Furry Space Battles to iOS and Android Next Week

Ayopa Games and Extend Interactive have revealed Panthera Frontier is hitting mobile on June 22nd. Controlling what is sure to be a furry-approved cast of characters, you'll assemble a motley crew and do battle with other spaceships in an attempt to be the greatest crew in the cosmos. You'll discover new alien species, powerful weapons, and get involved in an endless number of space battles. Looks intriguing to me, and that's not because of the furries, dang it:..

Mike Pawlowski's Art of Gravity [$0.99] is out now on iOS. It was announced for June 14th, and it's released today on June 13th, though it's the 14th in some parts of the world. Still, this is a bit of a nice early surprise for mobile gamers. This week is shaping up to be a big week, and hey, if you can get a start on some of the big titles early, why not take it?..

Nintendo held its E3 presentation on Tuesday morning, June 13th, and while it was a scant 25 minutes, it came with some intriguing looks at future titles and a few vague announcements. As far as the new stuff goes, Nintendo announced a new Pokemon RPG coming to the Switch at some point in the future, being made by Game Freak. Metroid Prime 4 is in development. New Kirby and Yoshi games, with tentative titles Kirby and Yoshi respectively, are in the works. Kirby will feature up to four characters playing at once. Yoshi features multiple Yoshis, and a sort of 'flip-side'mechanic where you can flip between sides of the world, and launch eggs at background targets...

'Monument Valley 2' Review - Mother and Child Reunited

The first Monument Valley [$3.99] was a landmark game on the App Store, a title that brought a fascinatingly gorgeous experience to mobile gaming. Yet, I thought there was something lacking from it: it wasn't a particularly difficult game as far as challenge goes, and while the story had some poignant moments, its abstraction perhaps was too disaffecting from the story the game wanted to tell. But certainly, critics of the game are in a notable minority, as the game has become one of the top-selling mobile games of all-time, spawned many imitators, appeared on House of Cards, and caused many people to fall in love with the characters from the game. So the sequel Monument Valley 2 [$4.99] is in an unenviable position where it has to try and recapture that magic of the original. And to a certain extent, it does: it's still a gorgeous game, and Ustwo are the masters of their craft at putting Escherian impossible geometry into a game experience. As a delivery vehicle for some gorgeous colors and landscapes, Monument Valley 2 is once again a success. As a game, and even at times as a story, Monument Valley 2 falls a bit short...

'Flick Champions Extreme' Does Sick Parkour Moves on June 15th

The Flick Champions series of games has been kicking around with various entries across the different sports. But for far too long, Flick Champions hasn't been EXTREME. And now, it is going to be just that, with Flick Champions Extreme set to hit on June 15th. You'll have five different sports to check out: wingsuit, parkour, rock climbing, surfing, and paintball. There will be three diferent game modes: career, endless, and challenge. There's gonna be a bunch of powerups to obtain to help you along your way as you compete to be the most extreme of the extreme sports doers...

Ubisoft Reveals 'South Park: Phone Destroyer' for Mobile at E3 2017

Ubisoft has revealed a brand new South Park game for mobile, titled South Park: Phone Destroyer. The premise will have you playing as teams of various themed heroes, fighting in the streets of South Park, Colorado. Cartman wants to get a game of Cowboys and Indians going, but apparently everyone else wants to expand it out to other Native Americans, and...Angels? Check out the trailer, full of the usual South Park political incorrectness and a bit of raunchiness:..

The fun curling-inspired Hover Disc 3 [] is out today on iOS. This game has you competing in up to 4-player matches as you launch your discs around an arena, trying to get near the center of different target points. Much like curling, you get points for being near the center of the target, and multiple discs in the target give you multiple points, with more points for being closer to the center. You get the points at the end of each turn you complete. But opponents can knock you out, and if they get closer they cancel out your discs. Plus, there's areas where your discs become unusable, and it's possible to win despite scoring zero points if your objective is to eliminate your opponent's discs. There's a variety of boards to play on, including multiple-target ones...

One of the most original titles of 2017 is Hidden Folks [$3.99] by Adriaan de Jongh and Sylvain Tegroeg. And the party isn't stopping any time soon – the new Factory update is set to hit iOS and Steam this week on June 15th. These new levels take things to a whole new level. 30 targets in total, with a ton of new interactions, sounds, and little folks with their own little stories have been added into this free update for the game. Alongside the new Factory levels, the developers are doing some behind-the-scenes posts on the game, showing how Hidden Folks was made. In particular, the new levels start with drawings on paper that get scanned into a computer:..