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TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Don't Starve: Shipwrecked'

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...

14 of the Best Hidden Gems Released in 2016

Even though we expanded our top games of the year list to a massive 100 entries, there still were quite a few games that easily could have made the list. It really was a stellar year of mobile games, but with so much quality stuff coming out amongst a sea of dreck it can be too easy for some of the better games to slip through the cracks. While there's a bunch of games I'd love to have on this list, I've kept it trimmed down to the ones that I felt were great and beloved by a small group of people but just didn't get all that much attention during the year. Hopefully this will bring a couple of under appreciated games to your attention, and I'll encourage anyone else who has some games they felt were in the same boat this year to list them in the comments section below. See you in 2017!..




RPG Reload Special Edition - 'RPG Reload's Favorite RPGs of 2016'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to yet another special edition of the RPG Reload. In this weekly feature, we usually take a look at a game from the App Store's past, but due to the New Year's holiday, we're doing something a little different this week. That's right, it's time for the third annual listing of the RPG Reload's favorite RPGs of the year. Since I'm not clever enough to come up with good names, these awards are known as the Golden Pancho Awards, in honor of the frequently-seen Kemco monster. No actual trophies yet, unfortunately, but who wouldn't want a Golden Pancho next to their name? They're so cute!..

Nathan’s 10 Best Games of 2016 - Chameleons, Trains, and Automobiles

Did ya’ll miss me? What? You didn’t even notice I was gone? Well, shame on you. (And me, for not making a more lasting impression.) My last review here was around April, before my life took a different turn and I no longer had time to pump out reviews every week. However, my love of iOS games (and making lists) has lead me back to Touch Arcade Towers to put my fingers to the keys once again and hopefully shine a light on a few more outstanding games that came out this year. I can’t quit you, TA!..

Our 2016 Game of the Year 'Crashlands' is on Sale for the First Time Ever

When we posted Crashlands [$4.99] as our Game of the Year pick for 2016 this past Friday, I was really blown away by just how many people seemed to agree. We're sort of used to having dissenting opinions against the games we pick for features like that, which isn't surprising as "favorite" or "best" game picks are such a subjective thing. But it seems like just about everyone loves Crashlands! Well, if you're one of the people who didn't hop on the Crashlands bandwagon in 2016 but all the Game of the Year buzz has you curious to check it out, now is a pretty great time to do so as the game is on sale for the first time ever, down to just $1.99 from its already pretty darn reasonable regular price of $4.99...

Patches Good for the Meta (?), Card-Draw RNG, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #78

Welcome one and all to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly column on everything and anything Hearthstone [Free]. I hope you've been enjoying your holidays and your rest - if you've been lucky enough to have some of that. And, of course, I hope you've had the opportunity to play Hearthstone more than usual; if you have, then you've probably seen plenty of Pirate Warriors and, increasingly, our old friend, Mr. Midrange Shaman. As you can imagine, this past week (and a bit) hasn't been the most eventful in the world of Hearthstone, but there's still news to talk about and plenty of videos to watch. Without further ado, let's jump in then, shall we?..

Eli's 10 Best Games of 2016 - Already Planning For Next Year

It's really incredible to me just how much mobile games continue to improve over the years, having been in the driver's seat of our various "best of" features since 2009. This year, more than any other, I feel like mobile gaming really broke into the mainstream with the release of Pokemon Go, and it's been neat seeing the halo effect of people getting into other mobile games since then. We've exhaustively covered all of the best games of the year, both through our best 100 article as well as everyone's own personal lists. It's wild to think that you could basically play a total different incredibly high quality game on your phone every day this year, and still be missing out on great games. Hell, it's our job to play rad mobile games, and still we even manage to miss out on some...

Jared's 10 Best Games of 2016 - I Actually Kept My List to Just Ten this Year

It's the end of the year and time for the TouchArcade staff to pick their personal favorites of 2016, and if you've been reading me for the past seven years then you know I hate doing this. Trying to wrangle hundreds of awesome games down into a list of just ten is a nightmare, and more often than not I just say screw the rules and pick more than ten or I "cheat" by not including games on my personal list that were already included in our Best Games or Game of the Year articles just so I can add a few more entries. Well, this year I'm not doing that! Since we expanded our Best Games list to 100 it pretty much includes anything I'd have on my personal list. So this year I'm simply going by the games that I felt had the most impact on me and that I'd spent the most time playing in 2016. Yes, there are a lot of games I wish I could include that aren't here, but with the staggering amount of great games released on mobile each year that's inevitable. Also I've actually followed the rules and kept my list to 10, even though it pains me greatly. So please enjoy my list as well as the lists of our other staff and our overall picks for 2016, and here's to yet another amazing year of mobile gaming and to even more in 2017!..

Rob's 10 Best Games of 2016 - Gotta Download 'Em All!

I've been following TouchArcade since the inception of the App Store back in 2008, and it's still somewhat surreal to see articles, reviews, and most importantly controversial hot-takes written by myself show up on the front page of the best mobile gaming website on the internet. I'm forever indebted to Eli, Jared and the crew for giving a relatively inexperienced university student the chance to write for the site and for making the last six months so enjoyable, as well as grateful to the community for reading and interacting with articles I've posted (and not pointing out too many grammatical errors along the way). However, the most fascinating part of becoming a games journalist is being able to experience one of the best calendar years for mobile gaming from a completely different perspective - having to discover and play new apps on my iPhone on a daily basis has given me an even greater understanding of the sheer strength of content that the platform has seen in 2016. After a lot of deliberation, here are the ten App Store releases that have been the most captivating and compelling over the past calendar year...

Shaun's 10 Best Games of 2016 - 'Imbroglio', 'Steins;Gate', and More

Well, this was quite a year, wasn't it, friends? Pokemon lit the mobile world on fire, Nintendo jumped in feet-first, headphone jacks courageously became a thing of the past, and the real world gave us a whole lot of reasons to escape to our hobbies. As usual, many of the biggest games of the year kind of came out of nowhere, but we saw a lot of established franchises make the rounds as well. Given my role at TouchArcade, I've probably played more RPGs and fewer non-RPGs than the rest of the crew, so I hope you'll forgive me if there are some cool things missing from my list. This was another satisfying year of releases all around, with a wide spread of indie gems and excellent ports to keep our fingers busy. Here's hoping 2017 will be just as great for gaming. In no particular order, here are my top ten iOS games of this year...

Eric’s 10 Best Games of 2016 - RPGs, Rhythm and Ports, Oh My!

When it comes to my top games of 2016, my criteria is fairly simple. The games listed below are the titles that I’ve willingly put the most time into simply because of how much fun they were. Thus, you’ll see a lot of RPGs and Ports, but there’s also a freemium title or two  that made the list as well simply because of how well they worked...

TouchArcade Game of the Year 2016: 'Crashlands'

It's impossible to talk about Crashlands [$4.99] without first talking about how it came to be. Last year you may have read the remarkable story of Sam Coster, one of the three brothers who founded developer Butterscotch Shenanigans, and how he fought off cancer–twice!–by the time he hit his mid-twenties. When Sam was diagnosed in 2013, Bscotch had already released a few mobile games from their fledgling studio, and two of them, Towelfight 2: The Monocle of Destiny [Free] and Quadropus Rampage [Free], were reasonably successful. They were in the midst of creating their next game, an endless runner called Extreme Slothcycling, when Sam received an official diagnosis of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and knew he'd have one hell of a fight on his hands if he wanted to survive. Faced with his own mortality, Sam decided that a silly endless runner (even if it DID star sloths on motorcycles) wasn't the type of game he'd want to leave as his final legacy should the cancer win. Sam turned to his brother Seth during a design meeting and said, "I don't want Slothcycling to be the last game I make before I die."..

The 100 Best Mobile Games of 2016

With the iTunes holiday freeze upon us, we're finally able to close the books on mobile gaming in 2016 with a massive list of the 100 best games released this year. Instead of just listing off the highest scoring games of the year, we tried to put together 100 of the best games spread across every genre we can think of, with an fairly even split between both mobile exclusives as well as fantastic multi-platform titles. We've reviewed the vast majority of these games, and this list represents the culmination of hundreds of man hours of work through 2016 as we consistently strive to make TouchArcade the place to go to find awesome games to play on your phone. While all the links are to the App Store, practically all of these games are also available on Android and can be found via searching whatever storefront you prefer...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic'

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...

RPG Reload Special Edition - The RPG Reload 2016 Christmas Fireside

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the near-weekly feature where we talk shop about mobile RPGs of all kinds. Sometimes that involves a deep dive on a particular game, sometimes it's a play-along we all join in on, and other times it's just general talk about a particular aspect of the genre. Of course, as is our custom in the RPG Reload, the last two articles of the year are dedicated to celebrating the holidays. This week is our third annual Christmas Special, while next week will feature our third annual Golden Pancho Mobile RPG Awards. If you have any comments or questions, be sure to leave your input below the article, stop by the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or tweet me at @RPGReload...

Out Now: 'RollerCoaster Tycoon Classic', 'The Walking Dead: A New Frontier', 'Geometry Dash World', 'Snowball!!', 'Grumpy Cat's Worst Game Ever', 'Angry Birds Blast', 'Hot Wheels: Race Off' and More

Well it's the eve of the big iTunes holiday freeze and it looks like plenty of developers were able to sneak their games in for release before we all take a well-deserved break. Technically the freeze starts the 23rd so it's possible some more stuff will sneak out before the virtual doors actually close. We'll let you know if anything noteworthy comes out before then (cough cough Binding of Isaac) but as of our normal weekly time you can see everything on offer in the full list below. Let us know which games you'll be downloading to check out over the holiday weekend!..

Patches and Pirate Warrior, Gadgetzan Decks, Crazy Trump Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #77

Hello everyone and welcome to our pre-holiday Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of the best Hearthstone [Free] news and videos. As to be expected, most of the stories this week are still about the effect of Gadgetzan on the game, be that in terms of how the meta has changed or how the game feels after the influx of the 132 new cards. There's an interesting article on how Patches the Pirate came to be as well as an article on how to beat that scummy Pirate. Overall, most players seem to be happy with the current state of the game, and that's great because the game needed a nice boost of positivity after the last few months. And as to be expected, we won't be publishing a Touchstone Tavern next Monday because Christmas, of course. Let us begin...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Super Mario Run'

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...

'Super Mario Run' Review - Mario and Luigi Are Doing What They Can

I feel pretty confident saying that Super Mario Run [Free] is the most hyped game release in the history of iOS. It has had the full marketing weight of two of the biggest giants in the industry behind it since its announcement, with Apple even going so far as to introduce a new notification system to allow players to pre-order it. That hype is there for good reason, of course. This is a historical moment for the video game industry. It's the first time a Mario game developed by Nintendo has released on non-Nintendo hardware since, I think, the original Mario Bros. back in the early 1980s. The legendary game designer Shigeru Miyamoto took a direct hand in the development of Super Mario Run, something he hasn't done for a Mario game since Super Mario Galaxy back in 2007. While the concept of Miitomo [Free] felt a bit underwhelming, Super Mario Run is Nintendo committing to mobile with unexpectedly fierce intensity...

RPG Reload File 100 - 'Icewind Dale'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the last regular RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we gave it our all against insurmountable odds. Each week, we took a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it held up in the here and now. It was a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allowed for. It's been my pleasure to serve as the tank in this little party of ours, and although the RPG Reload as we know it is changing, we will probably do more Files in the future now and then. As such, if you have any suggestions for games you'd like to see, please leave them in the comments below, the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or on Twitter at @RPGReload. They'll be added to the pool that will be drawn from at such times when the Reload Files return...

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