Author Archives: Carter Dotson


'Ever Knight' is the 'Dark Souls' of "Just Make 'Crossy Road', JEEZ"

Foolish Mortal is about to punish you with their next game.Ever Knight brings a curious strategic action style to the Crossy Road [Free] genre. It's basically an endless hack and slash, where you can move one space at a time, trying to dice through hordes of enemies. Swordsmen slash at you, spearmen will charge at you with their spears, archers hit you from a distance, and so on. ..

'Get Me Outta Here' Review - Don't Have a Cow, Man

The Rossman Bros. have delivered a rather fun arena shooter in Get Me Outta Here [Free]. Starring a middle-aged man (with surprising jumping and rolling skills!) abducted by aliens, and given a limited amount of time to clear them all out with his deadly firepower, what seems like a simple game of run 'n gun action has a surprising amount of depth to it. The heart of the game is you trying to survive the same arena with the same enemies, but interesting strategies that appear over time. Plus, it features a giant weaponized cow boss, and some heavy weaponry to deploy. Who doesn't love that?..




The Dread Enemy in 'Shadowgun Legends' is Totally Not The Predator

Madfinger's Shadowgun Legends is a rather intriguing title to keep an eye on in the coming months, because it totally doesn't look like it's trying to be Destiny at all. Some footage and details have steadily started to leak out, one of which being one of the new enemies in Legends, the Dread. Now, I will have you know that the Dread is totally not the Predator with its deadly exoskeleton, dreadlocks, and arm blades. Totally different from the Predator, totally legally distinct! Check out this enemy that has absolutely zero resemblance to the Predator in this trailer for Shadowgun Legends:..

Shopify has introduced an API for Unity that lets developers sell merchandise for their apps right in their app. Developers that implement the Unity Buy SDK from Shopify can easily sell merchandise such as shirts, mugs, and toys without leaving the app. One example is Alto's Adventure [$4.99], which can sell merch such as plush llamas straight in the app now. Oh, and it does support Apple Pay so you barely have to do anything to get your sweet, sweet, merch on...

Noodlecake Games has a surprise release for y'all. They've teamed up with Glitchnap to release Invert [$2.99] onto iOS and Android, after demoing it for us at GDC. This is a tricky puzzler where you have to solve puzzles by inverting tiles on the board in order to make them all one color. You tap on an outside part of the board, and that inverts all tiles on that line. Thus, the goal becomes to make the right moves in order to make this perfect match, and to do so in as few moves as possible...

'Tentis Drop' Number-Tile Puzzler Needs Beta Testers

Oh Beautiful Brains has been making some solid puzzle games with Tentis Puzzle [Free] and Tentis Minute [Free], which combine number-adding mechanics with puzzle games. Tentis Drop is the next game up, and it uses some of the familiar Tentis mechanics, but in the context of a puzzler where pieces are dropping. Number tiles slowly descend from the ceiling and can be moved, but you can also ombine different tiles in order to add up their values, all the way to 10. Get three tiles adjacent to one another, and they disappear. Check out some gameplay with developer commentary:..

Shocker of the Century: 'Gwent' May Come to Mobile

CD Projekt RED has been working on a standalone version of Gwent, the card game of Witcher fame. It had yet to be announced for mobile, but it really felt like it was an obvious move. Mostly, because every card game of note that hits PC eventually comes to mobile because the platform is perfect for the genre. And hey, nothing quite like using Touch ID to pay for those card packs for that frictionless experience. CD Projekt RED has yet to confirm the mobile version, but they do have a job posting for a programmer specifically with skills in "mobile game development and operating systems." Hmm!..

'Match Land' From 'Swap Heroes' and 'Wedding Escape' Developers Releases April 27th

Chris Savory, who developed Swap Heroes [$0.99] and several other titles, has teamed up with the Wedding Escape [Free] developer Rafael Lima, to form Race Cat Games. And they've called upon Matt Creamer, audio wizard for Slayin' [$0.99] and Retro City Rampage [$3.99] to help provide audio for Match Land, which we announced recently, but now has a release date: April 27th. The studio has also released a trailer for the game, showing off their interesting take on match-3 RPGs:..

Will the 4/20 App Store Be All About Trees?

This April 20th is set to be quite the magical day on the App Store. The dankness will be out of control. Yes, Dan K. Buddinhash's special day, where we celebrate the best grade, good advice, green tea, chronic, and green badger. A day where we can all get geeked, chillin' on the moon. Here, you can see our very own Jared Nelson, an expert on the topic, showing how you should properly celebrate the special day of April 20th:..

'SUP Multiplayer Racing' Turns Up the Saturation and Collisions

Oh BiBi, developers of Motor World: Car Factory [Free] and Monster and Commander [Free], are working on a brand-new mobile game called SUP Multiplayer Racing. This slick-looking racer has you racing against 3 other players at the same time, trying to pull off cool stunts, make some sweet jumps, oh, and ram your opponents off of the road. That's the most important part, no? It looks kind of like a 2D take on Burnout or MAXIMUM CAR [Free]. Oh, and the saturation has been turned up to 11...

Telltale's latest licensed series has just hit the App Store. Guardians of the Galaxy [$4.99] episode 1 is now available on the App Store. Based on the comic series that turned into yet another inexplicable hit movie for Marvel (seriously, DC can't make a good movie to save their lives, and Marvel made a movie with Rocket Raccoon). If you're tired of waiting for Thanos to be a big player in the MCU, well, this is for you: the eponymous galaxy-guardians are off to face down Thanos himself. In episode 1? That must mean some big things are going down for Star-Lord and the gang.....

BorderLeap's 'Antitype' Is a Double Whammy Word Puzzler

BorderLeap has an interesting new word game hitting on April 27th, called Antitype, and it's a double whammy word puzzler. What Antitype gives you is two words that are opposites of each other, but of the same theme. So, you might get a clue called "directions" and you first have to figure out what the two words might be. Now, the thing is that the words are scrambled in such a way that you have to tap a letter, and then each letter directly adjacent to the letter advances one forward in the alphabet, but each letter can only be advanced so many times before it's locked. So, there's a double game going on here: figure out the words then figure out the right moves to make those words. Oh, and each time you restart the puzzle, it creates a new puzzle with the same words. It's a devious combo!..

Humble Bundle's latest Android bundle is one of the best Android game bundles I've seen yet. The Great Adventures Humble Mobile Bundle lives up to the name, by offering 8 killer adventure games if you go for the $6 tier. The "pay what you want" $1 tier has three fantastic titles: Grim Fandango Remastered, Kathy Rain, and Machinarium. Grim Fandango is an obvious Tim Schafer/Double Fine classic. Kathy Rain is a fantastic retro-styled point-and-click title. Machinarium is one of the finest games in Amanita's catalogue...

'Digby Jump' Gets Up Real High on April 20th

Ole Digby's been getting down since the release of Digby Forever [Free]. But now it's time for Digby to get high. As in, sky high. So high you a hobbit. That's right, Digby turns to jumping in Digby Jump on April 20th. This one-touch, high-score chaser has you trying to get Digby up and over platforms that keep on coming by. Digby will either have to single or double jump over these platforms to truly get such altitude that you can taste the tails of comets...

'Modern Combat Versus' Discord Server and How to Play With VPN and Download Soft Launch Version

Gameloft's Modern Combat Versus soft launched, but only in the Philippines and as a region-locked game. If you downloaded the soft launch version and are playing it right now, you should join our Discord server, where we've opened up #modern_combat_versus, a channel where you can discuss the game with other players. Need to get a game going, discuss tactics, or just want to bond over some cool stuff? This is the place for you! It's worth noting that with the debut of the soft launch, you not only need to have access to the game, but you also need a VPN to play the game since it is region-locked. We're going to explain how to use a VPN to play the game right away, and how to download it if you don't know how to download soft launch games...

The TouchArcade Tips line is a magical treasure trove of emails. From game announcements, to unrelated political action committee press releases, it truly has it all. But unfortunately, sometimes we get emails from people who think that we are many of the game publishers and developers that we cover, and ask us for tech support. We regret to inform you that we are not Supercell, TinyCo, Rovio, King, Kabam, and Tinder, but such is life. If we were any of those companies, we probably wouldn't be running a Patreon. But we got an email from a reader that we just had to share. Thinking that we were long-running Australian game developer Halfbrick, this reader just had to share with us his ideas for 2D platformer Dan the Man [Free], and what a future update should entail. Thus, in the interest of advocacy journalism, without further ado, we present to you this reader's brilliant idea for Dan the Man DLC:..

'Squashy Bug' is a High Score Chaser About the Oppression of Modern Life

Matthew Barrie, developer of Board 2 Death [Free], has a new game coming out on April 27th: Squashy Bug. You'll be controlling a friendly little bug, whose only goal in life is to collect the loose change that winds up on the city streets. The problem is that some rude cretins are stomping all over the place...literally, they're just stomping around slowly like they own the joint. And they're stomping around with no regard for bug life. Sadly, this is not the game where the insects rise up and destroy humanity. This is the tale of one bug's life as they try to survive in a harsh, uncaring world...

'Ms. Spell' is the Dank New Roguelike From 'MicRogue' Developer Jason Pickering, Hitting on April 20th

Jason Pickering, the developer behind MicRogue [$1.99], is set to deliver another low-resolution pixel art roguelike to iOS on April 20th. The spark behind MicRogue was that it was a roguelike about movement. Instead, Ms. Spell gets lit by being about item usage. The items you cop will be used to toast your enemies in various ways, or get you all ripped on your way to recover the spell book full of dank goodness...

'Vignettes' Will Blow Your Mind on April 20th

Pol Clarissou (who made Orchids to Dusk and contributed A Glass Room to the Triennale Game Collection [Free]) and Armel Gibson (who helped make Knife to Meet You with Robin Baumgarten, along with the gorgeous OASES) have been hard at work on Vignettes, and their "toyish surprise-o-rama" is set to roll up on the App Store on April 20th. This game is a real trip, and it's a real blast when you see that lamp turn into something else. Whoa, dude...

AT Games hates you and wants to launch you into a black hole. That's what my time with Full of Stars [Free] revealed to me. They created an amazingly clever idea, something that takes a simple kind of space chase game as you dodge asteroids and other perils that fly past you. But this is just the core of a larger experience, involving an interactive fiction story that plays into the events of the game, including when you die on a level and try to continue. And then there's a curious long-term metagame as you try to rescue human survivors, and explore more of the war-torn star system you're in. The difficulty, excessive repetition, and ever-present monetization drags the experience down, but not to the point of killing the charm of Full of Stars' genius core idea...