Author Archives: Carter Dotson


From the Forums: 'Snail Bob 2' from TinyBuild Games Needs Beta Testers

Want to help TinyBuild help test their upcoming physics puzzler Snail Bob 2? Well, they've just posted on our forums that they're launching an open beta test for the game. Thanks to the new Testflight, they should have a bunch of slots for interested readers. TinyBuild claims the game has been played over a million times across its myriad versions, and we've gotten to check out an early version of the game:..

'Pac-Man Bounce' is an Interesting Puzzle Game Soft Launched in Canada and Australia

While perhaps we're all waiting on both Pac-Man 256 and Pac-Man Championship Edition to release on mobile, Namco's got another Pac-Man game that actually looks pretty interesting, called Pac-Man Bounce. This one is a puzzle game where you must move different directional blocks around to get Pac-Man to eat all the dots in the level in one go, without failing through touching a ghost, or falling in a pit, or whatever methods a Pac-Man meets his demise by. The game throws in an interesting wrinkle, where Pac-Man can bounce diagonally off of walls in order to complete mazes...




From The Forums: 'Adventure to Fate: Future Apocalypse' is TouchMint's Next RPG

TouchMint has made a couple of solid RPGs in their Adventure to Fate [$2.99] series, with the sequel Adventure to Fate: Battle Arena [Free] being a much-improved and entertaining sequel that's free to try out. Now, TouchMint has announced on our forums that there's a third game in the series coming. Prepare for Adventure to Fate: Future Apocalypse. In this game, you'll be assembling the pieces of a time machine from a futuristic wasteland, trying to go back in time to prevent the eponymous apocalypse. Here's a trailer for Battle Arena to get a clue of what to expect:..

'Ace of Arenas' MOBA Soft Launches in New Zealand

Mobile MOBAs are everywhere! One of the next games on the docket, Ace of Arenas has just gone in a soft-launch in the Asia-Pacific region, including New Zealand. The game is interestingly played with a virtual joystick for moving, but then you have all your attacks, abilities, and targeting accessible from your right thumb. It feels pretty good, but I'm also tolerant of virtual joysticks. Still, it's different from other games...

Harmony 3 [$1.99] from BorderLeap came out not too long ago, but if you're looking for more puzzles to play in this stylish game that combines color-based puzzles with soothing atmospheric music soundtracks, you're in luck. Chapter 4, entitled "Endurance," has just been added to the game. These bring 30 new levels that bring the total in the game to 120. Oh, and BorderLeap promises that these are probably the hardest levels in the entire series so far. So, good luck with that!..

Flippfly's 'Race the Sun' Finally Flies to Mobile This Month

Flippfly's Race the Sun is finally making the leap to mobile, over a year and a half since it first appeared on Steam. This endless runner has you trying to fly at high speeds through levels full of dangerous obstacles, trying to pick up items to increase your score multiplier and to go faster, as your ship is solar-powered. If the sun goes down, you lose. If you spend too much time in the shadows of structures in the game world, you lose. If you crash at high speeds into those structures, well, that's game over. And that's probably what's going to happen the most often, as there's too many things in your way!..

If you're looking for a bunch of great cheap games to play, there's a bunch of rad sales available right now on the App Store. Apple themselves are running a 99-cent promotion on the App Store with some good games, but a few stray sales are also ou there. Radiation Island is stupidly cheap, for one – seriously, why is this game so cheap, it's unfair! Some HD versions of Angry Birds and Cut the Rope are cheap if you've been meaning to play these on your iPad. And there's a few five-star games among the bunch, check out a list of worthy sales below:..

'Angry Birds 2' Release Date Confirmed for July 30th

Angry Birds 2 was announced yesterday, and the word seemed to be that we'd hear a lot more about it later this month. However, Rovio has gone ahead and revealed that Angry Birds 2 is releasing this month, barely: July 30th is when the game comes out on app stores. Not just the App Store, but stores that sell apps all over. There's still no actual gameplay footage, but there is this teaser. Boxes and pigs will be involved...

So, some interesting news has come out of India, where it seems that Apple has introduced a new pricing tier that could make premium apps more affordable for Indian iOS users. Normally, tier 1, the lowest tier for App Store apps and IAPs, is $0.99 (USD), which is priced at Rs 60 in India. Two new pricing tiers will be available in India, allowing developers to price their apps in the country at Rs 10 and Rs 30. Some other countries have these pricing tier choices, including China and Mexico. India is just the latest country to have these alternate, lower-minimum prices available for apps on the App Store. You can see how the pricing tiers work on Angry Birds [$0.99]:..

Many times from the mouth of our glorious leader Eli Hodapp has come these words: "Just make Crossy Road [Free], jeez." And some have taken that to heart, quite literally. Now Zynga is getting in on the fun with Mountain Goat Mountain [Free], which has just gone global. This has you controlling a goat ascending a mountain, with the ability to eat grass, hop on springs, and move in 4 diagonal directions to dodge hazards. You'll collect coins, which can be spent on treasure chests to unlock new goats, including VR Goat...

How well has Fallout Shelter [Free] done for Bethesda so far? Well, according to SuperData, the game made $5.1 million in its first two weeks on the App Store. The game hovered around the top 10 grossing for those first two weeks, and since has seen a decline in both downloads and grossing ranks. The game is at #39 right now, which is estimated at about $40,000 in daily revenue at that rank...

Disney's Star Wars Commander [Free], their take on the raiding-strategy genre popularized by Clash of Clans [Free], has just gotten its biggest update yet. No more are you confined to the dusty expanses of Tattooine; now you can play on four new planets: Dandorian, Yavin 4, Er'kit, and Hoth. In fact, this update is so expansive that they've added the "Worlds in Conflict" title to the game on the App Store...

We saw a very interesting thread on the TouchArcade Forums today from Tom Bowen of Thinkerton Games, who made an interesting suggestion regarding what he calls "Community Moderated Store Fronts." Saying that "if the deluge of daily app submissions is too many to curate for the App Store engineers, why not put it in the hands of the users?" He suggests different curation-style pages, not unlike Steam's curation functionality, which could bring fans of certain genres or of different publications that could run their own curated storefronts on the App Store. You could even have a top and recommended list of curators like what Steam has:..

It's easy to forget with the number of MOBAs that are out there, that Heroes of Order and Chaos [Free] has been kicking it on mobile for longer than pretty much all of them. It was also one of the first to support broadcasting from inside the app, too, something other games still struggle with supporting. If you want to watch matches from players without going through Twitch or whatever streaming service is in use, then you might enjoy the new Spectator Mode update. It's something they're rolling out in stages, but there will be a dynamic camera you can control to move freely through the map, or to follow a character. You can see a chaacter's builds and other info, all in the Fast Game, Fun Mode, Custom, and Co-Op modes. Gameloft will be sponsoring a few tournaments if you want to see the Spectator mode in action, including the HOC Masters Invitational...

We've just caught wind of a big new game that we'll find out more about in a couple of weeks: Angry Birds 2 is coming, and Rovio is making a huge announcement in San Francisco on July 28th. The character designs appear to be a bit modified, though not like the more anthropomorphic versions you'll see in the film. Still, it looks like there's some changes ahead of us:..

With the surprise announcement of the new iPod touch this morning, we knew about some of the tech specs, but not all of them. Now, we've gotten word about just how powerful it is. We know how much RAM it has: 1 GB, which every current iOS device has except for the iPad Air 2, which has 2 GB. The processor is the A8 processor in the iPhone 6, but clocked a bit lower, likely to save on battery as Apple uses a very thin and light battery in the iPod touch to keep it small. Plus, it's drawing to a smaller screen resolution, being a 4" 1136x640 screen, same as the iPhone 5 and 5s. Still, GeekBench scores indicate that it's about at the level of power as 2013's devices were, around the iPad Mini 2, iPhone 5s, and iPad Air...

Hands-On with the 'Call of Champions' Closed Beta You Can Sign Up to Join

Call of Champions is the mobile game I'm most excited to play when it finally goes public and worldwide. But for those who want a taste of the full thing, a closed beta has started up today, and I've gotten to play some of it. I'm fascinated by the mobile MOBA idea, mostly because I think it's sometimes trying to fit a square peg into round hole. You can go for a traditional game in the genre, but then it's a terrible fit for mobile. If you change too much, then it might not appeal to purists, but would fit better on the platform. That's what Spacetime Studios is doing with Call of Champions, and with a closed beta starting today that I've gotten to play with, I think they're well on their way to at least making a really fun MOBA that's also a really good mobile game...

Heroki [$7.99] is a game I desperately wanted to love. It hits a lot of my buttons: it's a stunningly gorgeous game. It's a platformer-type game that's centered around premium experience, and charging a fair price. It is a game I desperately want to do well. I want other big publishers to see that charging reasonable prices for well-made premium experiences is a viable business strategy for mobile games. I want there to be an audience for this. Plus, it's just so well-made, and its protagonist is adorable in the way an older Sega character might be. It does a lot right, and I am invested in this game's success. The problem is that the game is just kind of blah. It isn't bad. It just isn't very memorable. ..

Czech Games Edition has announced that Galaxy Trucker [$4.99 / $4.99 (HD)], the digital adaptation of the renowned board game, has a pretty neat new multiplayer feature. Multiplayer Missions are in the game in the latest update, which bring new rule tweaks and other modifications to multiplayer games to spice up the experience. Some things have been added from the singleplayer campaign, such as different cargo types, but new aspects have been added just for the multiplayer missions...

Fedeen and Arc Games' MMORPG Forsaken World is getting a new mobile edition, and it's releasing worldwide this month. Forsaken World Mobile is billed as a successor to the PC version of Forsaken World, having you create a character in one of five classes, going on quests, fighting bosses and other players for gold and glory. Fedeen claims that the game will be using the same graphics engine as the PC version, so this should be a good-looking game. If you want some pre-launch rewards, you can pre-register to get Wings of Wind, and a bonus Windwalker Pack. Also, there's a quiz you can take, and upon completion you'll be eligible to win some rare in-game items...