Category Archives: Featured

RPG Reload File 019 - 'Bastion'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we hear creepy voices narrating our every action in our heads, or maybe that's just me? Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the light of modern times. I try to cover a wide spread of RPGs in this feature, but just to keep things spicy, I turn the decision over to you, the readers, once per month. All you have to do is comment below, post in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or tweet me at @RPGReload with the game you'd like to see me play. When the time comes each month, a roll of the dice will determine whose selection wins. Every vote has a chance, so make sure you make yourself heard!..

'Minecraft' Creator Notch Just Outbid Jay-Z and Beyoncé on a Beverly Hills Mega-Mansion

Alright, so this is probably the first (and likely the last) time we'll ever post about celebrity news but this just scrolled across my RSS feeds and the TouchArcade water cooler chat agreed it was just too ridiculous to not share here. Everyone knows Minecraft is the biggest thing ever, but it's hard to really get a idea of just how huge it is. Sure, the iOS game is always charting, every kid under the age of 12 has a Minecraft shirt, and Notch sold his interest in the game for over a billion dollars... But how do you truly quantify that level of success, both personally for Notch as well as for the Minecraft itself?..

Out Now: 'Brothers in Arms 3', 'Galcon 2', 'My Om Nom', 'Spoiler Alert', 'Platform Panic', 'Docking Sequence', 'Ultimate Robot Fighting', 'The Taekwondo Game' and Tons More

It's that time of year again, as this is the last release week before iTunes shuts down all of next week for the holidays. There's a massive amount of new games tonight, and I'd guess there will be some stragglers tomorrow and Friday as well. It's been a great year of gaming on iOS, and during the slow time next week you can look forward to what we thought was the cream of the crop. But for now, bask in the warm glow of a ton of new games to check out in the list below...

'Brother in Arms 3: Sons of War' Review - A Freemium Sibling

As we mentioned earlier this month when we posted the teaser trailer, Gameloft’s Brother in Arms 3: Sons of War [Free] has been a long time coming. Announced in June of 2013, we took it for a spin back in E3 2013 and enjoyed the big changes to the series - namely the transition from a traditional shooter to one that was mostly a cover-based on-rails affair. Fast forward nearly a year and a half later and Sons of War is significantly different than when last we played it. For folks hoping for a significant shift in the series direction, Sons of War may disappoint as it goes back to its traditional roots, but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Brothers in Arms 3', 'Galcon 2', 'The Taekwondo Game', 'Ultimate Robot Fighting' and More

Well boys and girls, this is the last Wednesday night release extravaganza before Christmas, or actually, maybe even this year since the Wednesday following the iTunes freeze falls on New Years Eve and it's hard to say how many developers are going to be scheduling their apps for release on January 1st, which is that following Thursday. Like all pre-iTunes lockout weeks, I'd bet money that this isn't even a smidgen of what we'll see released before the week is up:..

'Dodo Master', 'Card City Nights', and a Ton of BulkyPix Games Now Free

It's a really busy time for games on the App Store, but definitely not a busy time for your wallet, per se, as there's still a ton of cool freebies hitting the store. Dodo Master [$0.99 / $0.99 (HD)] has gone free yet again. The game drops price every once in a while, but as compared to last time, the iPad version is free as well as the iPhone-only one. If you missed out on it the last time it went free or want the iPad version as well, here's your chance to pick up this 5-star game...

'Dragon Quest 5' Preview - Import Impressions

It's been about five years since I last played through Dragon Quest 5. If you haven't played it before, I should start off by saying that this is a game that has a lot to say, if you choose to listen to it, and exactly what you hear is going to depend on where you are in your own life. That's because Dragon Quest 5 takes a very unusual approach to its story, following the personal journey of the main character from his birth all the way through to adulthood and the responsibilities that often come with it. I can't say too much about the story without spoiling things that ought not to be spoiled, unfortunately. What I can tell you is that Dragon Quest as a series is quite interested in exploring destiny and fate as concepts, and Dragon Quest 5 is perhaps its most nuanced take on the whole notion...

Update Mondays: 'Boson X', 'Candy Crush Saga', 'Oceanhorn', 'Boom Beach', 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. As we get closer to the regular holiday App Store freeze, the updates are flying fast and furious. That means another big wrap-up here, so buckle up, friends. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper Social [Free], the watchlist in the TouchArcade app [Free], or by participating in the TouchArcade forums, but this weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Sneaky Sneaky'

The idea behind the TouchArcade Game of the Week is that every Friday afternoon we post the one game that came out this week that we think is worth giving a special nod to. Now, before anyone goes over-thinking this, it doesn't necessarily mean our Game of the Week pick is the highest scoring game in a review, the game with the best graphics, or really any other quantifiable "best" thing. Instead, it's more just us picking out the single game out of the week's releases that we think is the most noteworthy, surprising, interesting, or really any other hard to describe quality that makes it worth having if you were just going to pick up one...

Best iPhone and iPad Games of the Week: 12/12/14 - 'Bean Dreams' and 'Dragon Quest 3'

Have I mentioned how much I love the Bean games? Both Bean's Quest and Bean Dreams have knocked my socks off. Oh, and Dragon Quest 3 is awesome too, particularly if you're into older RPG's. We didn't post many reviews this week, but we've got a huge backlog of stuff we've yet to post, so stay tuned for next week's roundup. It's going to be nuts...

In record time, the controversy of the Papers, Please [$7.99 (HD)] nudity appears to be coming to a close. If you haven't been following the saga, which has entirely transpired over the last six hours or so, Papers, Please was released earlier this morning without the nudity found in the PC/Mac/Linux version of the game. Developer Lucas Pope mentioned on Twitter that the nudity-free version of the game on the App Store was because Apple rejected the original version due to "pornographic content." Whenever it seems like Apple is censoring anything, the internet goes wild, and as such the morning news cycle was filled with various stories surrounding it...

'Jenga' and 'The Journey Down: Chapter One' Go Free

'Jenga' and 'The Journey Down: Chapter One' Go Free

December 12th, 2014 1:45 AM EST by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News
Free Buy Now

'Tis the season for App Store freebies, fa la la la la, la la la la. Or something. Tonight's freebies are a solid adventure game, and a really weird adaptation of a board/puzzle game that you totally wouldn't think would work when you make an app out of it... But it totally does...

RPG Reload File 018 - 'Final Fantasy 2'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we pummel each other to get stronger. Each week, we take a look back at an RPG from the App Store's past. It's a little bit of reflecting, a little bit of revisiting, and sometimes just an excuse to take a deep dive in a way that doesn't suit a regular review. The RPG genre is a pretty wide one, and all kinds are welcome here. I try to keep a good balance of different ones from week to week, but I need your help now and then. Once per month, I'll be playing an RPG selected by one of you. All you need to do is vote for the RPG you'd like to see by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. When the time comes, a roll of the dice will determine the winning game, and much fun will be had by all...

How to Emulate Everything from the NES to PlayStation on iPhone and iPad

Editor's Note: We don't often cover much (or really, anything) to do with the jailbreak scene, but given Apple's recent crackdowns on the enterprise certificate loophole that everyone was using to install emulators without jailbreaking, it's starting to become clear that if you want to run emulators on your iPhone the only truly reliable way to do it is via jailbreak. We spotted a fantastic guide by Kai Vestergaard on Reddit, so we contacted him to flesh it out further so we could republish it here. Jailbreak and emulators are historically fairly controversial within our community, but we figure it's better to post a detailed guide on how to actually do it and what to specifically install than leave people scouring potentially dodgy sites and maybe even bricking their phones in the process...

'Bad Hotel' and 'The Nightmare Cooperative' Developer Lucky Frame No Longer Making Games

Today, Lucky Frame founder, director, and all around pleasant dude Yann Seznec announced that his company was no longer in the business of making videogames. Lucky Frame made its name on the iOS scene with Bad Hotel [$1.99], a mash-up of procedural music-making and tower defense, and then followed it up with well-received games like Wave Trip [$0.99], Gentlemen! [$4.99 (HD)], and, most recently, The Nightmare Cooperative [$3.99]. The timing of Seznec's post is particularly bittersweet, given that The Nightmare Cooperative is free on the App Store today, down from $3.99...

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