Author Archives: Carter Dotson


Did you hear about the Hearthstone [Free (HD)] news yesterday about the game soft launching on Android tablets in several countries? Did you despair that you were not in one of those countries and that you couldn't download the game right away? Well, Blizzard's Android soft launch was apparently very soft, as now everyone worldwide can download Hearthstone on their 6" and above Android devices on Google Play. Quite likely, if you're in one of the countries without the game, you'll be playing it soon enough if this turnaround time is any indication. The game does feature all of the content of the desktop and iPad versions, and lets you play with your existing account to keep all your cards and decks and play against others...

'Dodo Master', 'Card City Nights', and a Ton of BulkyPix Games Now Free

It's a really busy time for games on the App Store, but definitely not a busy time for your wallet, per se, as there's still a ton of cool freebies hitting the store. Dodo Master [$0.99 / $0.99 (HD)] has gone free yet again. The game drops price every once in a while, but as compared to last time, the iPad version is free as well as the iPhone-only one. If you missed out on it the last time it went free or want the iPad version as well, here's your chance to pick up this 5-star game...

You Can Manipulate Time in 'TimeCube', but You'll Have to Wait Until Thursday to Play

SteamDragon Games is a new developer comprised of mobile veterans, including former members of Spokko (Zombie Road Trip [Free]), CD Projekt RED (The Witcher series), and 11bit Studios (Anomaly 2 [$0.99]). They have just announced their first game, and it's releasing this Thursday, December 18th, on the App Store: TimeCube. This is a simple yet challenging game, as is all the rage lately. There's a simple TimeCube floating through the void, and moving platforms that threaten to harm it. Your goal as the player is to manipulate the passage of time, forcing the platforms to go either at a fast or slow speed, to get the TimeCube to safety...

Developer LuGus Studios has launched Planet Pinball Pro [$2.99] on the App Store today. This looks like a pretty neat take on pinball, where players take on challenges on a three small tables. Scoring big numbers of points will be required to unlock later levels. There's a mission system that players have to take on to help provide some goals to aim for, along with a leveling system. It'll be possible to get powerups to help get some advantages and score more points...

EA's SimCity BuildIt [Free] has made the jump from soft launch to worldwide release today. This is EA's free-to-play take on their classic city-management simulation franchise that probably served as the genesis for all the popular simulation games that are out there today. The game's got gorgeous 3D visuals, with social elements to trade resources with friends, real-life buildings, and all the challenges that come from building a thriving metropolis. EA released another developer diary video just ahead of the game's release if you want to hear more about the game from them:..

Mi-Clos' Out There [$3.99] is an atmospheric game that blends genres including roguelike, gamebook, and resource manager, as you explore the universe, trying to manage your fuel and supplies while discovering new aliens and staying alive. It's a really fascinating experience, and it's getting expanded and enhanced soon into Out There: Omega Edition, as announced by Mi-Clos on our forums. This improved version is coming to mobile soon in a free update...

'Fugl' is a Gorgeous Upcoming Flying Game from the Developer of 'Melodive'

We were big fans of Johan Gjestland's Melodive [Free] last year, an experimental "endless rhythm flight simulator" that featured gorgeous visuals. Well, Gjestland has got a new game in the works called Fugl that's looking similarly gorgeous. It's got a similar theme, where the goal will be to control a bird using a dual-stick control scheme, with each virtual stick controlling each wing – and potentially MFi gamepad support. The dev's got a work-in-progress trailer of the game. He recommends watching in 60 frames per second, so watch this on the YouTube site on desktop. The app doesn't quite support 60 frames per second video yet, and the smoothness makes a noticeable difference...

Check Out Footage of the Upcoming Neon-Infused Cave Shooter 'Heavy Rockets'

Heavy Rockets is a interesting-looking cave shooter by Majasalmi that's in the works right now for iOS, that just had a new trailer released over the past weekend. The game's a top-down shooter, where players must fly around caves and take out enemies in several different modes, including not just arena battles, but race modes, that can take place over local wi-fi. The visual style is a minimalist one, using flat visuals with geometric shapes to populate its world. Check it out in action: ..

80 Days [$4.99] was a game we particularly dug, and has even gotten one Game of the Year award from an unexpected source, and was one of Apple's best games of the year. Well, the globetrotting gamebook-inspired game from Inkle has just been updated with new content, featuring a new Arctic route that has opened up. This means that on your journey around the globe, you can now visit the northern reaches of Earth. The game is particularly dialogue- and story-driven, and this update skimps on neither, adding 30,000 new words of story to experience...

We know some of you out there don't just use iOS for games, and use Android as well. And it's quite possible that you've been waiting to play Hearthstone [Free (HD)] on your Android device of choice. Well, good news, as the game has soft-launched on Android today [in Australia, Canada, and New Zealand on Google Play. If you come from the land of iOS, where getting soft-launched games is a trivial endeavor for anyone, you may be disappointed to learn that getting Android soft launches is a bit harder. Basically, your device has to be in the country that the app is soft-launched in. Changing that either requires rooting your device and using a country-changing app like this though I can't vouch for it actually working, or using this guide with VPN. It's quite likely that someone will wind up uploading the APK of the game somewhere, so I'd just hold out for that, or just wait for the global launch...

'Golf is Hard' is Exactly That, as You'll Find Out Soon Enough

Golf is Hard is a game releasing on Wednesday that is pretty much exactly what it says on the tin. From developer Colin Lane, and featuring art by Folmer Kelly of Superhyper [$1.99] fame, this is a 2D golfing game that can be kind of described as a cross between Desert Golfing [$1.99] and Super Stickman Golf 2 [Free]. It's a side-scrolling golf game, where you have to set the angle and power to launch at the hole. The problem is that you're playing on a course with draconian rules – you can't actually walk on the course if you don't get a hole-in-one. So yeah, good luck with that. Better master the mechanics, buddy!..

I don't think there's enough good roguelikes and roguelike-inspired games on mobile, given how much sense the genre makes for mobile, since it's so highly-replayable. The first Bit Dungeon [$0.99] was a roguelike-inspired game I enjoyed in my Android days, and now developer Kinto has just released a sequel, Bit Dungeon 2 [$2.99], on several platforms, including iOS. This is a challenging action-RPG where there's a unique permadeath system: when you die, you lose your soul, and must go back to the spot where you lost it to get it back. If you don't, and you die again, then it's game over and you start all the way over from level 1. You start off basically naked, and must find or buy a weapon pretty much from the get-go...

Kemco's Discounted Eight of Their RPGs Down to $0.99

December 15th, 2014 12:15 PM EST by Carter Dotson in News, Sales
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Touch Arcade's own Shaun Musgrave describes himself as "apparently the world's foremost expert on Kemco RPGs so that's something for the ol' tombstone." And there's nothing to really disprove that assertion – he has reviewed a plethora of Kemco's prolific RPG output for us. The games can be hit or miss in quality, but if you've ever wanted to try them out without paying a lot, as the games do run high for the App Store (which is still cheap in general, let's not forget), then this $0.99 Kemco sale is for you. Eight different Kemco RPGs are on sale right now. We've helpfully linked Shaun's reviews so that you can gaze upon his expertise before making a purchasing decision. Have at it, folks...

Several App Store Classics Are Free Today

December 15th, 2014 11:21 AM EST by Carter Dotson in News, Sales
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A few oldies-but-goodies are free on the App Store early this week, in case you want to dive into the days back before Retina Displays. First up is Ezone's Galactic Gunner [$0.99], a favorite from 2009. This on-rails shooter has you tapping on screen to fire at targets in space, trying to take out as many as possible. Plus, there's Aussie voice acting! This one even still runs on modern devices, which is impressive! This game hasn't gone free in 5 years, so pick it up while you can. Speaking of classics, here's a video of how Eli Hodapp used to record footage of games before iOS devices actually output video:..

'Respite' is a Promising Upcoming Fantasy First-Person Shooter for Mobile

First-person shooters tend to check off at least one of three boxes: zombies, military, sci-fi. Some games check off all three. So the upcoming FPS Respite looks particularly intriguing because it's promising to be none of those. It's a fantasy-styled FPS that's coming to iOS devices. You will play as a dwarf, using a crossbow, a shotgun/blunderbuss weapon, and magic spells to help defeat orcs, goblins, and other fantasy creatures, all in order to retrive your lost helmet...