Author Archives: Nick Vigdahl


Solitairica [$3.99], a great single-player solitaire-style card game, has turned one year old and to celebrate the developer has dropped the price to $.99, its lowest ever. Solitairica is set in a strange and pun-heavy fantasy world known as Myriodd. All of the hearts of the land have been taken by Emperor Stuck, a serious jerk. You are the hero Myriodd needs and, as such, it is your job to defeat Stuck and free the hearts of its hapless denizens. Gameplay is a blend of good old-fashioned Solitaire and the role-playing, and collectible-card game genre. There are several different decks to unlock, each based on a classic RPG class—Warrior, Wizard, Paladin, Bard, Monk, Rogue, and so on—and each has its own distinctive play style putting replay value through the roof. You improve your decks and abilities as mow your way through Stuck's minions using gold you loot from them...

'Bottom of the 9th' Review - Handelabra Knocks the Cover Off the Ball

Handelabra Games, known for their digital adaptation of the cooperative tabletop card game Sentinels of the Multiverse [$6.99], has a brand-new offering in the App Store. This time they've tackled the dice-rolling baseball game Bottom of the 9th [$4.99], yet another tabletop to digital transformation. As the name suggests, Bottom of the 9th focuses on the pivotal final half inning of a tied ball game. The scrappy, overachieving home team is surprised to find themselves on the doorstep of victory against the powerhouse visitors and are hoping to pull out a win by scoring a run. They know they had better do it in this half inning because they lack the steam to hang with the big boys in extra innings and would most certainly lose. It's baseball distilled to its central idea—the duel between pitcher and batter...




It was just a matter of time. Clash Royale [Free] is one of the world's most popular collectible-card games, and certainly the biggest lane-based battler to date. Supercell, the makers of the game, experimented with a temporary 2v2 mode where you can join together with a friend, clan mate, or totally random person to take on a different duo. Matchmaking is done based on average level and these duels have been a big hit with players. Supercell got a lot of mileage by hyping up the summer of 2v2, where duos could duel for the entire month of July, but have finally bowed to the inevitable and 2v2 is here to stay...

Adventure Game 'Thimbleweed Park' Coming to Mobile Soon

Point-and-click adventure game Thimbleweed Park released on desktop last March and has racked up an impressive "overwhelmingly positive" reputation on Steam. The game focuses on a murder investigation in the strange town of Thimbleweed Park and follows FBI agents Ray and Reyes as they talk to a number of persons of interest and try to piece together what happened. The game has also launched on consoles, with the Xbox One version arriving alongside the desktop version back in March, a PS4 version rolling out tomorrow, and a Nintendo Switch version likely coming in September. Why are we mentioning it here on TouchAracade? Ron Gilbert, one of the developers of the game, tweeted earlier today that we should see mobile versions of the game very soon…..

This year has seen a large number of collectible-card game contenders enter the scene, all looking to take a bite out of the audiences of Hearthstone [Free], Clash Royale [Free], or both. Eternal Card Game [Free] was a recent entrant into the field and perhaps the most Magic: The Gathering like of all options out there today. You declare blockers in Eternal, for one, a facet of gameplay Hearthstone jettisoned for simplicity's sake and most others have followed suit. Eternal also features what seems like gigantic booster packs at twelve cards deep. It's a really good game and made by Dire Wolf Digital, the folks behind The Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free]...

Asmodee Digital is Having a Big Year with More on the Way, including 'Scythe' and 'Terraforming Mars'

Asmodee Digital has been on a mission to bring, you know, pretty much all of the tabletop games to digital, and most importantly for us, to mobile. This year alone they've published excellent solitaire-style card game Onirim [Free], the equally entertaining trading classic Jaipur [$4.99], and multiplayer stalwarts Mysterium [$4.99], and Potion Explosion [$2.99], among others. Naturally they were at Gen Con, the massive gaming convention all about what's hot and what's coming in both tabletop and digital gaming, and revealed quite the lineup of titles to come...

'Through the Ages' Mobile Version to be Released September 14

Through the Ages is one of the most popular board games in the world and its digital transformation is very nearly complete. Czech Games, the makers of Vlad Chvátil's classic, tweeted out the news that the game is coming September 14th. In Through the Ages you seek to build the best possible civilization through the usual combination of resource management, military development, and technology-tree selection. The game throws in some interesting twists facets as well with the electing of strong (and wise) leaders and discovery and control of world wonders. It's a card drafting game and as such has a decently sized learning curve one must ascend before really excelling at the game, but is well worth the effort for fans of tabletop games...

Frost [$3.99] is a deck-building card game that is all about surviving against impossible odds in a treacherous environment where any misstep can be your last. It is cold. It is bleak. It is fantastic. You play as the leader of a small band of survivors looking to outrun the Frost — a killer blizzard — and make it to the Refuge, the one place where one can find a modicum of safety from the storm. The entire game is designed to support Frost's narrative and theme, from the chilling music and spot-on sound effects to the whitewashed artwork full of chilly blues, grays, and whites...

Ticket to Earth [$4.99] is a well-made tactical RPG with a cool, puzzle-like combat mechanic that is both compelling and rather unique - a rarity in this day and age. The game's first protagonist is fond of saying "see the grid, find the path," the mantra from a futuristic martial art that allows her to blitz through the battlefield and over different colored squares that fuel a variety of attack powers. The story is cool, and is set in New Providence, a dying colony on a distant world. The colony is being evacuated back to earth, but you need a ticket - and they all end up in the hands of the rich and powerful. The people have had enough, and faced with an uncertain future, opt to rise up. ..

In Cityglitch [$2.99], a new puzzle game in app stores now, the world is filled with haunted cities full of glitches—strange, irregular, and dangerous beings that torment the residents. It falls on a red-headed protagonist to fly through each city from rooftop to rooftop and light runes in order to conduct a magical ritual that will free each city from their glitches. Naturally you play as this protagonist and must solve a puzzle to light each rooftop rune. Each puzzle takes the form of a five-by-five grid. One or more of these spaces will be occupied by pink oblong circles which are the runes of that rooftop. When your protagonist steps on a rune it will light up becoming two oblong circles, one nested within another. Your goal is to light up all of the runes...

'Brawl Stars' Character Changes Coming Soon

By all accounts Brawl Stars will be the next hit by Supercell. The team-based real-time fighting game is by the makers of both Clash of Clans [Free] and Clash Royale [Free] and has attracted quite a player base in soft launch. Supercell is continually tweaking the game to get things as fair and balanced as possible before release. They announced some character balances coming soon and this time, they are undoing some prior changes that put too much emphasis on adjusting based on win rate. They are now looking more at how often a particular brawler is used across all of the game's modes of play and trophy ranges as a better gauge on what needs tweaking. To this end, they announced a slew of changes to nine different characters. It looks like a solid attempt to make the less popular characters more inviting and to knock some of the super stars back to the pack...

There's nothing like some fresh success to shake off the sting of failure, just ask Niantic who are coming off a very successful event in Yokohama, Japan. The makers of Pokemon GO [Free] released some impressive information about Pikachu Outbreak, which was host to over two-million fans of the game from around the world. Hundreds of thousands of trainers traveled to various parks across the city and took part in major events at the appropriately named Pokemon GO Park. Combined, trainers managed to catch over 120 million Pokemon which includes more than 15 million individual Pikachu. That's some serious catch-them-all action...

Tabletop board and card games are a natural genre to get a remake into digital life. Such transitions don't always go well, but when they do it sure is satisfying to be able to play great tabletop games on your phone or tablet. Tsuro - The Game of the Path [$2.99] is, thankfully, an excellent example of the physical-to-digital conversion done right. In the game you lay tiles onto the game board to create a path. Your goal is to travel as far as possible, in actual game board centimeters, and to complete as many loops as you can while doing so. Your opponents, either AI or live humans in the digital game, are seeking to do the same and to disrupt your best efforts. Today, for the first time since its release, Tsuro is now available to download for free on the App Store...

Collect-em-all style games have long used rarity to drive player interest, and sales. Pokemon GO [Free] has certainly gone that way with legendary Pokemon and the ultra-rare "shiny" versions of otherwise regular Pokemon. Shiny Pikachu is a recent addition to the rarer-than-rare crowd, and can be distinguished by a darker shade of yellow and sparkling animation. Initially the shiny version of Pikachu was only catchable at the Pikachu Outbreak Festival in Yokohama, Japan. However, internet reports are coming in from other parts of the world where happy collectors have captured the shiny version in the wild...

'Six Ages', Spiritual Successor of King of Dragon Pass, is Feature Complete

King of Dragon Pass [$9.99] is a civilization building, role-playing, interactive-fiction game set in the mythologically blessed world of Glorantha—home of RuneQuest, HeroQuest, and 13th Age. It operates on two levels, one of empire building where you grow a tribe into a dominant force and another of character-driven role-playing adventure. The fact the game can do both simultaneously and do it well is why the game, released way back in 2010, is an absolute iOS classic (not to mention the other platforms on which it appears). A Sharp Games, the developers of King of Dragon Pass, announced a follow-up game and spiritual successor to the game…nearly three years ago...

Wave Light Games is continuing their wave of updates for popular tactical role-playing game Demon's Rise 2 [$7.99]. One week ago brought a release that brought us a new character option, the Cataphract, among a bevy of other nice changes. Today, I can tell you that another update has been submitted to Apple to unleash yet another character. ..

'Follow.trail' Review - Find  Your Trail to Victory and Fun

I'm a big fan of puzzle games. They are the perfect genre for quick play sessions on a phone while out and about or during brief stretches of downtime at work or at home. I'm constantly on the look-out for fun new titles to add to my collection for this very purpose and am pleased to be able to mention follow.trail [$2.99], a path-clearing puzzle game released just last week. In follow.trail your goal is simple: Eliminate a series of squares from a rectangular game board on your way to the exit. You do this by following a trail of dots, represented by what look like standard game dice with one, two, or three dots. Each time you land on a die you reduce the number of dots on that die by one. When all dots are gone the die disappears, leaving a blank space on the rectangular game board. Your path must move over all the dice in a level enough times to eliminate them on your way to the checkerboard die that serves as the exit for each level...

Supercell, the makers of super popular lane-based collectible-card game Clash Royale [Free], tweeted out its intent to bring back one of the game's most popular modes of play soon. 2v2 allows a pair of players to take on an opposing duo in a number of different formats, including "Friendly Battle", "Draft", and various challenges. Clash Royale's player base really enjoys the change of pace and tends to clamor for more 2v2. The game just had its "Summer of 2v2" where dynamic duos could lay the smack down for the entire month of July. Apparently, that's not all, and we'll see more 2v2 action soon...

A node is a point at which lines come together or branch. It also drives the gameplay of new puzzle game noded [$0.99] by Pixel Envision Limited. In noded you're presented with a series of lines and nodes in a particular shape and given a target shape to replicate. You tap on the nodes to flip their associated lines in another direction and must figure out the right series of moves to morph into the correct final shape. The goal is to complete this transformation in as few moves as possible...

Tim Fowers, creator of the tabletop and digital novel-writing game Paperback [$3.99], just released a brand new title to the App Store. Burgle Brothers [$4.99] is yet another tabletop to iOS conversion and plays out like a classic heist movie. You pick your crew ala Ocean's 11, each potential recruit has unique abilities to bring to the party, and figure out a master plan to pull off a daring and high-value heist in a very secure building. Naturally no plan of thievery survives contact with the mark and much of the game is about how you adapt and extract yourself from difficult circumstances...