Author Archives: Tasos Lazarides


Her Story made quite a splash when it came out and [$0.99] managed to make FMV games cool again by giving us a game with strong writing and acting, which apparently were often lacking from other FMV games in the past. Now, you can check out this great game for $0.99, its lowest price ever. It's hard to talk about the game without ruining it, but just know that you'll be trying to solve a mystery by putting together various pieces of the story while trying to pay attention to clues and discover the truth about the mystery at hand...

Mad Skills BMX [$0.99] and Mad Skills Motocross [$0.99] by Turborilla were entertaining racing games with fun visuals and strong competitive play, and it looks like Mad Skills BMX 2 will be offering that and more once it comes out. We really liked the original BMX for its fun-yet-challenging gameplay and competitive features, although we felt that its dependence on Facebook for multiplayer really left many players outside of the party. Mad Skills BMX 2 appears to retain the same visual style and gameplay, although we would have to go hands on with it to know whether it controls as well as the previous versions...




MMORPG 'Crusaders of Light' Launching July 13th, Includes 40-Person Raids

As we wrote about a few months back, Crusaders of Light was one of many mobile games selling itself as a "fully-fledged" MMORPG on mobile, though most similar boasts never amount to much. However, Crusaders of Light will indeed bring some intriguing features along once it launches on iOS July 13th and Android July 20th. Its biggest claim to fame is 40-person raids, which the developers claim is a first for mobile. Crusaders of Light also brings to your device over 300 hours of gameplay...

We wrote a few times about the upcoming The Walking Dead: March to War, Disruptor Beam's take on the popular franchise, and now the game has soft launched in the Philippines, so you can go check it out. Disruptor Beam, which has developed Star Trek: Timelines and Game of Thrones: Ascent, is offering what it calls a story-driven multiplayer strategy game that will have you encountering many of The Walking Dead 's famous characters, such as Rick, Negan, Michonne, and Carl, as you try to build and sustain your settlement amidst the increasing tensions between the various colonies...

'Shot Online Golf: World Championship' Launching Brief Closed Beta Today

Shot Online Golf: World Championship is the upcoming mobile version of the PC MMO Shot Online, and it's opening its closed beta for iOS and Android players today. This real-time multiplayer game has you buying and upgrading clothes and clubs in single player missions to improve your stats and your skills, playing event matches—which include longest drive competition, nearest hit competition, and putting competition—and challenging opponents in 1v1 real-time matches, where you and your opponent can place bets...

If you were hoping to attend BlizzCon this year, I've got good news for you. Blizzard has just announced that the Anaheim Convention Center brand-new hall is ready to accept visitors, so the conference will be expanding and with it the tickets available. So, if you didn't manage to get your hands on any tickets the first two days they went on sale (and they did sell very fast), get ready to once more try your luck on July 5th. Specifically, on Wednesday, July 5th at 7 PM PT, you can try and grab one of the $199 tickets (plus taxes and fees) to attend the two-day gaming convention on November 3rd and 4th...

Sentinels of the Multiverse [$1.99] players were looking forward to getting the 2.5 update, which is coming today, but the developers just posted a note telling everyone not to update to 2.5 until further notice. Apparently, there's an issue with restoring purchases on the app, so if you do download the 2.5 update, you won't be able to restore all your previous DLC and will only be able to play the core game. It looks like the problem is on Apple's side, so there's nothing the developers can do about it...

Hearthstone's [Free] Ben Brode just announced some great card pack changes that will help you build a strong collection easier. Starting from the next expansion (but applying to all card packs in the game), when you open a pack that includes a Legendary, it will never be one that you already own; instead, it will be a a different Legendary card from the same set. What that means is you can go ahead and craft a Legendary without worrying that you might be unlucky enough to get that same Legendary in your next pack. Additionally, you will never get more than two copies of a common, rare, or epic card in one pack. Those two changes should help players build a strong collection faster and with less money, which is a great thing...

This War of Mine [$1.99], or as I like to call it the depression simulator, is a fantastic game that has continued expanding ever since it released two years ago. After the update that added playable children to the mix—because, you know, the game needed even higher stakes—today the game received the 1.5 Anniversary Edition update in celebration of two years since the game's global release. This new free DLC brings new characters to the game, new locations to explore, and—most importantly—a new ending that leads to a different outcome to the game. Who knows, maybe this time around you'll manage to bring peace on earth...

We are getting closer to the release of Clash of Clans' [Free] Builder Hall 6 update, and Supercell has started unveiling some of the features we'll be getting. Most importantly, we are getting two new units: the Night Witch, which you can get when you upgrade Builder Barracks to Level 8, and the Roaster. The Night Witch does ranged attacks that hit both air and ground units, spawns bats that attack both ground and air units, and will spawn into a swarm of bats once it receives fatal damage. The Roaster is a great defense weapon against the Night Witch and shoots flames up to 7 tiles away in burst fire of 15 shots. At Level 6, it does 16 damage per shot, hits air and ground units, and does splash damage...

Atari is getting ready to bring another game to mobile, and this was is called Goon Squad. Goon Squad is a fast-paced, card-based multiplayer brawler where you will fight in real-time with other players around the world as you try and conquer their headquarters, which allows you to steal their safes. And, of course, those safes contain rare cards you can add to your collection. As you can see from the screenshots below, the one-on-one mode of the game looks quite a bit familiar if you've ever played Clash Royale. However, the game also offers co-op and four player deathmatch modes, each with its own leaderboard and ranking system. There's also a Last Man Standing mode where you have to defeat three other players. Fun modes that should make for gameplay variety...

'Terra Battle 2' First Trailer Released, 'Terra Wars' Also Coming to Mobile

Just yesterday we wrote about Terra Battle 2 being in development, but today we have more information along with the game's first trailer. The game will have a new world map that lets you travel alongside your companions and setting up your formations prior to battle. And, according to the developers, the encounters and farewells that will come with your heroes' journey will be even more emotional and intense than the original game. The developers are planning a summer 2017 release, so we might get our hands on it faster than we thought...

Most of you probably know that the Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] Better Together update will add cross-platform servers and graphical upgrades to the game, but it will also add plenty of other fun features as it strives for parity between versions. Three of those features that will be added to the game are stained glass, books, and banners, with the first two being the most fun of the three. Banners are crafted from wool, can be placed either on the ground or on walls, and they make for fun decorations when you're making medieval-themed builds. Books and quills let you create books that you can add text to and are great for adventure maps...

'Darkest Dungeon' iOS Release Chance "Extremely High"

The PC game Darkest Dungeon is a fantastic roguelike RPG that's been very successful, and it looks like we're very close to getting it on our tablets. Back in 2016, we wrote a story about a blog post from the Darkest Dungeon's developers where they announced they were considering bringing the game to tablets, but we haven't heard much till then, until today that is. The developers just finished a Reddit AMA in celebration of the game's DLC, Crimson Court, and stated that the chance of a tablet release is "extremely high," which is great news to me and, possible, many of you. No other details on a tablet release were discussed—and no references to phones either—but it does look like we're getting the game after all...

I hope you're not afraid of spiders, because this week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl is a classic one called Spiders, Spiders Everwhere, which is, as you might have guessed already, all about spiders. This Brawl premiered back in 2015 and was one of the very first ones, although we've played it a few times since then. In Spiders, Spiders Everywhere, you get a deck full of Webspinners and random spells from your class. Webspinners' deathrattle gives you a random beast, so expect to have plenty of beasts in your hand, and so will your opponent...

Glu Mobile is mostly known for games such as Kim Kardashian: Hollywood [Free] and Tap Sports Baseball [Free], and now it's moving into wrestling territory with a title based on WWE Superstars. The game, which is being developed by the same studio that made Tap Sports Baseball, will have one-touch gameplay mechanics and, apparently, "deep meta game features," so expect to have to probably collect and upgrade wrestlers. As is to be expected, the game will include all your favorite stars like The Undertaker, The Rock, Triple H, John Cena, Roman Reigns, and Brock Lesnar...

With the big Pokemon GO [Free] update going live, many players—including in our own comments section—were worried that cheaters would ruin the new Raid and Gym features, and it looks like Niantic is similarly worried and is, therefore, taking steps to cut down on cheating. According to an official reddit comment from Niantic Support, the company wants to stay true on its commitment to making the game fun and fair for everyone. So, starting today, and Pokemon you catch using "third-party" services will be marked with a slash in your inventory and may not behave as expected...

According to a new study by Flurry Analytics, mobile gaming habits are changing, with players having fewer gaming sessions that, however, last longer. And despite playing fewer times a week, players are spending more money. First, some other interesting numbers. The top 5 mobile gaming countries—USA, India, China, Brazil, and Russia—make up between them 50% of all global gaming sessions. Overall, there's a decline in gaming sessions for the second year in a row, with a big drop in arcade and casual games, which in turn was a big factor in the overall game session drop within these last two years. Some other genres have been seeing more gaming sessions though, chief among them card and casino apps, board and strategy games, and racing games...

'Snake Towers', from the Creator of 'Daddy Long Legs', Is Looking for Testers in Our Forums

Set Snail, of Daddy Long Legs [Free] fame, is developing a clever take on the classic Snake game called Snake Towers, and it's looking for beta testers in our forums. Snake Towers will have you endlessly wandering around looking for shiny objects and upgrades as you try to stay alive longer. You'll be going from tower to tower looking for gold, which makes your tail grow, and you can even find special hats—because every game needs hats—and other objects that will help you survive longer...

As we've talked about a few weeks back, Amazon Prime members have an easy and free way to support TouchArcade simply by linking their accounts to Twitch and, as Twitch Prime members, subscribe and support our Twitch channel for free. If that wasn't enough reason to go ahead and get your Twitch Prime subscription, Blizzard is now giving you another one. Apparently, more free Hearthstone [Free] loot will be coming soon to all Twitch Prime members, although we have no details on what that loot might be. The image that you see below implies free packs, which would still be welcome...