Author Archives: Carter Dotson


Asteroid-Dodging 'Hyperide' Releases Next Week

Polish developer Kool2Play has announced that their new game Hyperide is releasing on February 3rd as a free download. The game is about dodging meteors at high speeds, with the tradeoff being that you can fly close to meteors to gain a temporary shield, which might keep you safe for when the asteroid speeds get a bit too hairy. Along the way, you'll collect pinkonium, the game's currency which can be used to unlock new ships and levels. You'll mostly find these in black hole sections, with additional pinkonium in black holes the further along you get in the game...

Here's a cool piece of merch for Monument Valley [$3.99] fans to check out. iam8bit is releasing a 2xLP vinyl soundtrack for Monument Valley, putting it up for preorder right now. You'll get white and blue LPs containing the music by Stafford Bawler, OBFUSC, and GRIGORI, with the packaging including exclusive new artwork. A story bookle will be included, along with a digital download code for the soundtrack. I'm more of a digital music guy, but I can't deny that the large format of LPs gives them a certain aesthetic quality that's missing from CDs and digital downloads. Just check this collection out:..




'Juggernaut Wars' is My.com's Sequel to 'Juggernaut: Revenge of Sovering'

My.com has announced a follow-up to their 2012 game Juggernaut: Revenge of Sovering [Free] will release in February, reimagined as a free-to-play strategy game called Juggernaut Wars. Taking place in the same world of Haradan, you'll battle with a team of heroes whose abilities you can strategically deploy at different times, with story campaigns, clan wars, and PvE trials to play through. Check out a couple minutes of gameplay footage:..

'Dead Union' Zombie FPS Hits iOS in China, Worldwide Soon?

Chinese publisher NetDragon has just released Dead Union for iOS in China, and hints say that we'll be seeing this in the US at some point. The game looks like a solid first-person shooter where you get to shoot a bunch of zombies, including some with baseball bats. They're using tools! They're learning! Grab as much ammo as you can and deal with this menace!..

'Ys Chronicles 2' Releases in February for iOS and Android

The long-running Ys action-RPG series is returning to iOS with Ys Chronicles 2, the remake of the second game in the series. DotEmu announced it last summer at E3, and a release date has finally been confirmed for February 10th on iOS and Android. Shaun's review of the first Ys Chronicles [$2.99] game is well worth reading, and the sequel has some similarities in combat, but with even more of a shoot 'em up feel once magic gets involved. Shaun also says that "the two games are best enjoyed together as one big game," so you might want to pick up the first Ys Chronicles and play through that before you go through this one. Don't make Shaun mad. Also, the two Ys Chronicles games were regularly re-released together...

'99 Moons' is a New Fast-Reaction Platformer from the Developers of 'Hex Brutal'

England-based studio RisingHigh, who have done some games for publisher Appsolute Games, including Hex Brutal [Free] and Impossible Caves [Free], have announced their first independent release, coming out in early February: 99 Moons. I'm not entirely sure why it's called 99 Moons since it has 240 challenging levels for you to jump through, but each one takes place on a circular stage where you have to jump through dangerous paths, all named after different moons in the solar system, so you might just have to jump through 99 of them...

While there's a good chance if you're a Plague Inc. [$0.99] fan on iOS, you've been enjoying Mutation 11 for a bit now, Android fans have just now gotten in on the fun with the update just recently released for Android. Mutation 11's big new feature for experienced players is the new Double Strain cheat. This allows you to start your plague in 2 countries at the same time, which should cause some fun new effects to happen while you play. It might be a bit easier of a mode, since it's a lot tougher to fight an outbreak starting at two different spots at the same time, but that's why it's considered a cheat. Still, it's a fun new way to play this venerable classic. To go along with this new Double Strain cheat, new headlines written by fans have been added in. Government AI response routines on higher difficulty levels have been improved as well. Particle effects have been enhanced, performance improvements are here, and some minor tweaks and fixes are also in Mutation 11 as well. And Ndemic says that they're teasing something new for Mutation 12 in this Mutation 11 update. Hmm. Might be worth playing this update with a keen eye...

'Fishing Break' is the New Game from 'Pocket Mine 2' Developer Roofdog Games

Roofdog Games, who have made some solid titles in Pocket Mine 2 [Free] and Extreme Road Trip 2 [Free], have announced that their next game is Fishing Break, and you can play it soon...possibly even right now if you're lucky! As the title says, this is a fishing game, and you'll be setting out, casting your line and trying to reel in some big fish, upgrading your equipment along the way to make it easier to get the trophy fish that'll make your fishing buddies jealous. Roofdog tends to make simple games that are surprisingly replayable, and there's no reason to think from the look of this that it won't also be a ton of fun to play...

'RBI Baseball 16' Coming This Spring to Mobile

MLB's in-house revival of the classic RBI Baseball franchise is coming back for a third year, as RBI Baseball 16. It's coming this spring, and mobile will once again be part of the release. Whether it will actually launch alongside the console versions this time remains to be seen – the mobile versions have shown up late, with even MLB subject to the whims of the App Store approval process. MLB announced the game with a new trailer that they've started running on TV. Well, at least as part of the in-house ads during this dead part of the year on MLB Network, but still technically on TV!..

The next big update to Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] has just hit beta testing on Google Play, meaning that the official release on iOS, Android, and Windows 10 isn't too far off now. 0.14.0 should bring in some big new features: cauldrons, maps, creative inventory, repeaters, comparators, and more. But the most important new thing coming to the game might be Pumpkin hats. You know what you have to do with those...

One of the more original games of 2015 was Sam Barlow's Her Story [$4.99], an FMV mystery game that was a glorified Google search simulator, sure. But through its simple mechanics, it forced you to piece together a mystery narrative in a non-linear way, ensuring that your experience was different from someone else who played the game. Not everyone 'got it', but those who did pretty much unanimously loved it. It was one of my favorite games of 2015. Now, it looks like Sam Barlow is working on a sequel to the game, of sorts. 'Her Story 2' is a working title to a new game that he posted a pixelated "1-pager" summary of to Twitter:..

So, you want to download soft-launched games like Clash Royale, don't you? We often talk about soft launched games here on TouchArcade (and if you enjoy our coverage, your support is most welcome), with a winking hint toward people who know how to get these games. But the methods to do so are often tricky, left to be known by a few. While getting soft launched games in a country you don't reside in isn't necessarily easy, 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 a different country for soft launch games...

2016 is a really weird year, y'all. A reality TV star is a serious presidential candidate. Meanwhile, a former Secretary of Defense is now making a video game based on a card game variant made by a British prime minister? Yes, Donald Rumsfeld has teamed up with Javelin and Snapdragon Studios to make Churchill Solitaire [Free] for iOS. It's based off of a solitaire variant invented by Winston Churchill himself to supposedly increase his strategic thinking. According to the game, Churchill told a Belgian diplomat named Andre de Staercke about his solitaire variant, who later befriended Donald Rumsfeld and told hima bout the game. Rumsfeld would play the game many times for the next 40 years, until he partnered up with the Churchill Heritage to make a digital version of what is now called Churchill Solitaire...

'Open Bar' is a Stylish Puzzle Game That's Actually Not Free

Quebec City developers Maxime Beaudoin and Julie Lortie-Pelletie are releasing their first game as Gingear Studio, called Open Bar. As the name implies, it's a "cocktail-flavored game," with a fizzy, liquid-y theme to the background and game. The puzzles will have you trying to manipulate pieces to form color bars not dissimilar to Strata [$2.99]. However, there's a time element where you have to complete levels quickly, and the tiled gameplay should differentiate it as well...

'Hop Shot' is the Next Game from the 'Swap Heroes' Developer

Chris Savory, the developer of the Swap games, including Swap Heroes [$0.99], Swap Heroes 2 [$1.99], and Swap Cops [Free], is launching a new game in February, and it's not about swapping at all. What? Hop Shot (at least he still likes the -ahp sound) is a co-production between him and a friend as Fish Logic, and will have you launching cute characters from lilypad to lilypad. You tap behind them to set the angle of their hop and hold down to move the aiming X to where you need to land, with the goal being to not land in the water. The occasional matching bonus game will appear, which will give you one of the game's 30 characters...

FunPlus ran the first IndiePlus contest at GDC last year, being one of the few mobile-focused contests out there, and there were a few notable entrants that went on to success and acclaim: winner Progress to 100 [$2.99] was highly regarded and got a great Apple feature, second runner-up Prune [$3.99] went on to financial success and critical acclaim, and entrant Mr. Jump [Free] got a ton of downloads, along with some other great games that were considered and recognized. Now, IndiePlus is returning for another competition in 2016, and it should be worth keeping an eye on this contest this year, as the next wave of great indie mobile games could show up at this contest...

'FNAF World' Releases Early on Steam, Mobile Version Happening Soon?

Surprise! Remember when we reported earlier this month that FNAF World, the RPG set in the Five Nights at Freddy's [$2.99] universe, was releasing on February 19th on Steam with mobile versions afterward? Well, it turns out that announcement was extremely conservative, as the game just released today, January 21st, on Steam. Yes, 4 weeks ahead of schedule. Surprise! You can pick it up now for $9.99...

It's been a while since Impossible Road [$1.99] got updated for iOS, and with talk of Super Impossible Road on consoles, one could think that our glorious platform was being ignored. But no! Impossible Road has just gotten its first update in about 15 months, bringing two new features to the game. If you have an iPhone 6S/+, the game now supports 3D Touch for more accurate controls. On other devices, the game now supports themes, so you can get a fresh look beyond the white and blue. It was a good look, but everyone needs a little variety in their life, eh?..

'QixSpin' Brings Rapid Puzzling to the App Store This Week

Tigertail Games is releasing a new game on Thursday, January 21st called QixSpin. The game has you hunting down for shapes on a cube that you spin around to find, with more points awarded for going quickly. But you have to multitask as you do this, as you also have bonus switches that occasionally pop up on the bottom of the level, which award you more points for doing well. Your number one goal is to beat the level before time runs out, but a gold star is in your future if you can score well enough...

Congratulations if you like playing games with headphones: your life is about to become more difficult with new changes that Apple is going to introduce. Rumors have it that Apple is going to kill the headphone jack, and possibly make the included EarPods connect via Lightning, or just go with a separate adapter for headphones. Even wireless EarPods are a possibility. Rumors can be wrong, but there's a lot of smoke when it comes to the death of the headphone jack. I always thought that was annoying with the Game Boy Advance SP, and well, gamers, that's your new future...