Author Archives: Eric Ford


In case you haven’t heard, Fortnite: Battle Royale [Free] has taken the iOS gaming community by storm even in its current invite-only method of playing the game. This really shouldn’t be a surprise either, considering how well the game runs on current iOS devices, as well as how popular it has become on other platforms. When you fire up the mobile version of this awesome game for the first time, you’ll discover a few differences that may significantly alter how you play the game. We’ve been putting in our time and have a few words of wisdom to impart to try and make the transition easier for the rest of you...

We were blown away earlier this month when Epic Games announced that Fortnite: Battle Royale would be coming soon to iOS. In case you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last week and a half, Fortnite has been busy overtaking Minecraft and PUBG in popularity while breaking Twitch stream records. A few of us over at TouchArcade were in the first wave of invites went out earlier today to check out the iOS version. I’ve been playing Fortnite: Battle Royale for a few hours now and it simply blows my mind how well it works in the mobile arena...




We've been keeping tabs on EA and Maxis' The Sims Mobile [Free], with the game being in soft launch for almost a year. Well, for iOS gamers in NA, the game has finally exited soft launch and is available for purchase. But, like all freemium games based on popular IPs, there are probably a lot of you out there with one simple question: Is it worth it? Well, we've had the opportunity to check out Sims prior to its NA release and while I've had a great time so far, that enjoyment is caveated by one's toleration of freemium systems in general...

As we've mentioned in our launch day review, EA and Maxis' The Sims Mobile [Free] is a much better iteration on the popular series's formula than its previous mobile outing. Still, like most other games similar in style and formula, there are quite a few freemium underpinnings to wade through. We've put in the time and effort to get through as much of the game as possible in order to provide some general tips and tricks as to how you can enjoy developing your Sims while spending as little money as possible...

One of my favorite things about the Nintendo Switch is its inherent portability for gaming on the go. Of course, it’s always a nice option to be able to drag and drop it into the dock for instant access to an HDMI display coupled with the ability to charge. With that amount of flexibility it makes perfect sense that you’d want to have a couple of docks hooked up to whatever displays you want at all times. Unfortunately, at $90 bucks a pop that that flexibility doesn’t come without a price...

Earlier this month we wrote about a significant update to Super Evil Megacorp’s mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free] . Version 2.12 was slated to significantly revamp the way skins were unlocked in-game as well as update a variety of other facets of the game. Now, Version 2.12 has finally hit, and with it, the launch of the long awaited 5v5 mode to all Golden Ticket holders...

As any readers with a MacBook know, there’s always a constant struggle when it comes to getting all your devices sufficiently connected. Since there are only a limited number of USB C ports (particularly if you've got a non-Pro MacBook), most folks are resigned to either hot swap them out as needed or pick up a USC C hub, which can be pretty pricey- Particularly for a decent one...

'Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery' Soft Launches on the Google Play Store

We’ve been keeping a close eye on Jam City’s Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery ever since we first got word of it last December and saw its first trailer launch just last week. As a game that has you creating a student avatar and taking that character through the first four years of a Hogwarts education, Mystery has at the possibility of being a interesting game simply from the standpoint of exploring the Harry Potter canon in a new way. Besides anytime someone describes the gameplay as potentially combining the amazing IP of Harry Potter with the student-based adventures from games such as the likes of Bully, I always perk up...

Here's How to Unlock Wonder Woman in 'Arena of Valor' Right Now

Arena of Valor [Free], the latest mobile MOBA to take iOS devices by storm, finally has its first big licensed character hitting the US version of the title. Starting today, players can start the journey to obtain Wonder Woman, the DC-licensed Amazonian Warrior. Starting today, a multitude of quests are now available that will each bestow Wonder Badges. The quests range from a wide variety of objectives, most of them centered around trying all the different types of battles (3v3, 5v5 etc) as well as objective based quests (Defeat a tower in battle). Unlocking Wonder Woman will require a total of 76 Wonder Badges, meaning that players will need to continually check in on quest statuses and ensure that the login quests are all cashed in as soon as possible...

One of the worst situations that I ever find myself in is to be out and about with a phone that's pretty close to death. For me that always seems to happen during a long day trip at Disneyland, where the outlets are always camped out (yes, this is actually a thing) and the in-park portable batteries are mediocre at best. Similar situations happen to me and my Nintendo Switch, where a lot of the standard USB car chargers and the like just don't have the chops needed to adequately charge it on the go...

In case you missed it, we’re pretty big fans of the Harmonix card game DropMix [Free]. A crazy mix of  physical cards and board game combined with a mobile app infused with Harmonix music magic, DropMix is not only a great game for music fans, it’s also highly approachable and a great family game. The way in which music of all genres can be merged together to create interesting mixes complements the relatively simple competitive battle rules. In fact, the only negative we really identified with it was the fairly hefty initial investment ($100) needed to get the game...

Yesterday, the folks over at Super Evil Megacorp unveiled a significant revamping of how skins are crafted within its mobile MOBA Vainglory [Free]. These changes should go quite aways to alleviating some of the longstanding concerns...

'Game Dev Tycoon' Review - If You Liked 'Game Dev Story' You'll Love 'Game Dev Tycoon'

In 2012, Greenheart Games released game developer simulator Game Dev Tycoon [$4.99] for PC players. Billed as somewhat of a basic strategy/simulation title, Tycoon earned a strong player following and has been a favorite indie title on PC for quite some time. Five years later and a mobile version of Tycoon is finally on iOS, where it naturally fits and is an awesome addition to the genre...

'South Park: Phone Destroyer' Guide: How to Win Without Spending Real Money

South Park: Phone Destroyer hits that perfect balance between offering everything you love about a specific IP with approachable, enjoyable gameplay in a freemium setting. Of course, being freemium, Phone Destroyer certainly has its fair share of pay-to-win potentials and skill/pay walls. However, it’s also one of the more forgiving games in terms of being able to continually play the game. With the following tips, players will be able to maximize their time and skill and extend that play time even further...

BlizzCon 2017 Recap: Back to Basics

November 6th, 2017 10:49 AM EDT by Eric Ford in First Impressions, News

While the majority of our coverage thus far at BlizzCon has centered around the Hearthstone [FreeKobolds and Caverns Expansion, as well as the pretty awesome new single player Dungeon Run mode that will debut with the expansion, there were plenty of other interesting things that were announced during the opening ceremony and subsequent panels. Stay awhile and listen as we provide a quick summary as to what else is happening in the world of Blizzard...

'DropMix' Review - Music and Cards Make for An Awesome Board Game

With the physical instruments scene long past peak popularity, the folks over at Harmonix, in conjunction with Hasbro, have moved on to something that’s quite a bit different from the Boston developer’s previous games. DropMix [Free] is a physical board game that’s a delightful mix of approachable card-based gameplay combined with amazing music the Harmonix pedigree. Sure, the gameplay is a little basic, and like music games some of your enjoyment is based on your love of the music included, but damn if it isn’t simply fun to play with other people...

Earlier this week, the folks over at Super Evil Megacorp released the latest update to their mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free] . In addition to the requisite balance changes to heroes, items, and talents, Version 2.9 sees the release of new skins (including Halloween themed ones), new items, significant changes to vision, and the launch of the newest hero the Churnwalker...

Super Evil Megacorp’s mobile MOBA, Vainglory [Free], has launched its latest update and with it comes some significant quality of life upgrades. In addition to a new hero and the requisite new skins Version 2.6 also introduces a significant revamp to its in-game communication system...

During today’s WWDC keynote, Apple announced a new API Developer Kit for augmented reality apps. Dubbed ARKit, the API will allow developers to create augmented reality apps (and games!) with some pretty cool realistic built-in features...

In terms of offering the full (and lengthy) MOBA experience on mobile, Super Evil Megacorp's Vainglory [Free] has done a pretty good job in succeeding in that endeavor. However, there has always been a desire for shorter, more "mobile-friendly" battles, which is why Vainglory added both Blitz and Battle Royale over the last year or so. With Version 2.5, those shorter battle modes are being significantly overhauled with the introduction of talents...