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If you're a gamebook fan, you've probably already downloaded Tin Man's Fighting Fantasy Classics [Free], a cool new hub app for all things Fighting Fantasy. Right from launch, the app included a nice selection of titles, some of which were receiving the Tin Man treatment for the very first time. But the Fighting Fantasy series was a long one, packed to the gills with many great adventures spanning multiple authors and genres. Many of those books have gone ages without a digital release, if they had one at all. Well, one of the most-demanded titles has now its way back to iOS and is now available for purchase within the Fighting Fantasy Classics app...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'PUBG Mobile', 'Rules of Survival', 'Heroes of Steel', 'Zen Pinball', and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. Battle royale games are the hottest thing around right now, and mobile certainly hasn't escaped that trend. We've got lots of those games in this week's round-up, along with a few games to please antiques like me. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..




A few releases back, SEGA added Gunstar Heroes to the SEGA Forever line-up. It's an awesome game, one that put the name of its developer Treasure on the map. Even if it's not ideal when experienced with touch controls, I'm sure many SEGA fans who own iOS devices are glad to have it. At the same time, however, it is a game that was previously released on iOS several years ago. That version of the app had long since been broken by iOS version updates, but the fact remains that Gunstar Heroes isn't exactly new to the platform. Treasure's other great 16-bit games, on the other hand, represent fresh ground for mobile devices. As luck would have it, SEGA has opted to resume their SEGA Forever releases with one of those titles, the imaginative platformer Dynamite Headdy [Free]...

It's been a bit of a rough first year for SEGA Forever, the latest initiative from SEGA to bring their classic games to mobile gamers. The basic idea was a good one: plumb the depths of SEGA's invaluable gaming archives and make the treasures within available for anyone with a smartphone to play for free. Players could pay a relatively small one-time price to remove ads and take advantage of extra features. The bulk of the releases have been drawn from the Genesis console, SEGA's most popular hardware worldwide. Unfortunately, when the service launched, the emulator that SEGA was using for these releases was in pretty poor shape, and it feels like the whole line has been trying to recover ever since...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Death Road to Canada', 'Mobius Final Fantasy', 'Disco Ducks', 'Fire Emblem Heroes', and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. There are some cool updates this time around for some big paid and free-to-play titles alike. I mean, more of the latter than the former, but that's basic business rules for you. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

If you've ever found yourself playing an RPG and thinking to yourself how much you enjoy moving a character around simple maps, winning battles by pushing the fight button, and skipping through a banal trope-laden story, but wishing that it didn't take so darned much time and thinking to beat, has Kemco got the game for you. Archlion Saga [Free] is a super-simplified JRPG, and when I say super-simplified I mean that it makes Final Fantasy: Mystic Quest look like Shin Megami Tensei 3: Nocturne. But it's not ashamed of this fact at all. The game trumpets its brevity and low difficulty as key features, a sort of relief from the usual overly-long game that ends up thrown in a pile of unfinished purchases. It's not a concept I'm opposed to, but Kemco doesn't pull it off very well...

It's been a few months since the last one, so it was about time for another Feh Channel update video for Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes [Free]. And here we are! The latest video comes alongside a new update, and it highlights a handful of new additions to the game. If you're a fan of the more obscure Japan-only entries in the Fire Emblem series, this one is definitely for you. If not? Well, you get a new mode to play around with, and that's not bad either...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Fortnite', 'Tetris Blitz', 'Fighting Fantasy Classics', 'Sonic Forces', and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. While I wasn't keeping quite as careful an eye as usual due to a brief vacation I took, I still found a few nifty updates that some of you might care about. Well, I tried, at least. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

In terms of quality and quantity, there aren't many publishers on iOS serving their niche quite so well as Choice of Games does. For years, the company has been delivering an unbelievable variety of gamebooks from a wide array of authors through its Choice of Games and Hosted Games labels. These games aren't just fun to play, but are also often excellent stories all on their own. The presentation of these games is as spartan as it comes, but if we ever get to a point where carefully composed prose and the human brain aren't enough to stoke the fires of imagination all by themselves, then I want off this planet...

Fighting Fantasy Classics [Free], the latest incarnation of the popular gamebooks of years gone by, is a great delivery system for the top-notch digital conversions developer Tin Man Games has become known for. It launched with a few titles that had yet to get the Tin Man touch, and there are lots more on the way. While the team is busy converting those books, however, they've also pushed out an update that addresses some of the feedback they have received...

'Peko Peko Sushi' Review - All You Can Eat Sushi

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April 3rd, 2018 1:15 PM EDT by Shaun Musgrave in 4 stars, Arcade, Free, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Puzzle, Reviews
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Proving that you really can make a fun game out of just about anything if you come at it the right way, the food-serving genre has been quite popular in recent years. At their core, most of these games are really more like fast-paced puzzle games than anything else. Customers come in and demand certain dishes, and you have to sling them as fast as you can. Some games throw in food preparation to make things more complex, but even then, you're just trying to recognize symbols and flick as quickly as possible. Peko Peko Sushi [Free] doesn't ask you to make the sushi, and instead tries to weave more complexity into its food-slinging mechanics. In the end, it feels a lot like a fun arcade game, the sort that might have slipped out in the 1980s as counter-programming to a diet of shoot-em-ups...

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. I hope you're all enjoying your holiday weekend, unless you happen to be in a country where it's not a holiday, in which case... welcome to the week. I'm trying to take it a little easy this week, but I still found some good stuff for you to look at over your morning chocolate eggs. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

'Fighting Fantasy Classics' Review - A Doorway to Adventure

Although they've been branching out in some big ways in recent years, Tin Man Games is still best known for one thing: digital gamebooks. Whether wholly original works like their Gamebook Adventures series or adaptations of physical books like the Fighting Fantasy line, Tin Man's gamebooks generally have featured excellent presentation while remaining quite faithful to the paperbacks that inspired them. They've released quite a few such titles on mobile, but it's been a little while since the last one came out. Fighting Fantasy Classics [Free] is Tin Man's return to digital versions of traditional gamebooks, and what a comeback it is...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Pocket Build', 'Jetpack Joyride', 'Cooking Dash', 'Shadow Fight 3', and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. So, this was a bit of a quiet week in terms of updates. It's almost as though game developers were busy with some sort of stuff the last several days or something. Anyway, I tried to find some interesting updates, and I think we've got an okay batch here. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

Nintendo's Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp [Free] has been running a Super Mario event since March 10th, a day that has been designated MAR10 Day because everyone's got to be cute these days. A handful of Mario-related items were made available for crafting, including Mario's hat, a Super Mushroom, and so on. There were some noticeable exclusions, however. As always, poor old Luigi got left out of the spotlight. But worry not, fans of the Best Brother, because as of today? It's Luigi Time...

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. Some old and new faces are here this week with a bevy of beautiful updates destined to thrill, chill, and delight you in the usual manner. Buckle up the seat belt in your kitchen chair, because I am way over-selling this whole thing but I'm not about to stop now. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

Okay, I know some people out there aren't going to believe me, but sometimes educational things can be fun. Sometimes fun things can be educational. Our parents and teachers weren't totally misguided. Exhibit A: logic puzzles. Are they the greatest puzzles out there? It depends on your tastes, but at the very least I expect most fans of video games to enjoy logic puzzles in some form or another. The interesting thing is that no matter how they are presented, they all come down to a set of very basic rules that can be diagrammed in a way that looks more like homework than entertainment. Throw in an element of time pressure and you've got yourself a blueprint for a fine video game...

I've experienced a few games now from Magic Cube, and while they've always sounded interesting on paper, they never quite seem to come together like you would hope. Their latest, Mirror Land [$0.99], is a monster-collecting RPG built around a cute idea. The game uses your actual location and allows you to summon monsters based on that information. The farther you are from where you first started up the game, the more interesting and unusual creatures you'll find. It's obviously inspired by Pokemon GO, but it works a little differently in practice. The game attached to that cool idea, on the other hand, is simultaneously the best I've played from this developer so far and yet still quite flawed...

The last year or so has been a bit of a drier spell than usual for mobile gamebook fans, and much of that can be attributed to the relative absence of new Tin Man Games releases. Facing an increasingly challenging market for this sort of game in the App Store, Tin Man took some time to try a few new ideas. There was the subscription-based story hub Choices That Matter [Free], a visual novel based on Miss Fisher [Free], and the board game-like Warlock of Firetop Mountain [$4.99]. Having stretched their legs a little, Tin Man is ready to come back to the gamebook format that the company was built on with Fighting Fantasy Classics [Free], now available in the App Store...

I've been a little grumbly at times about Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp [Free], I'll admit. Perhaps I've just been frustrated that what seemed like a slam-dunk franchise for a mobile game seemed to almost completely miss the point. But I also haven't exactly been quiet about my main gripe with the game, which comes down to just how little there is to do in it. Even the events have mostly had you doing the same old things and getting rewards. The gardening event was neat the first time, but now that we've had a few, it's getting a little boring. Well, the latest update to the game hit yesterday, and it seems to have brought a new type of event with it: a fishing tournament...