Category Archives: Featured

Classic Reload: 'World of Goo HD'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the monthly feature where we goo what we want. Each month, we take a look at a classic game from the annals of iOS history to see how it holds up in the here and now. It's 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 allow. As the King Slime, I try to choose a balanced plate of games from month to month, but if there's something you really want to see, let me know by posting in the comments below. You might not see your suggestion soon, but I will add it to the master list for future consideration...

Out Now: 'Lords of the Fallen', 'Stagehand', 'Maze Lord', 'Voyageur', 'Postknight', 'Gentleman Ninja', 'Heart Star', 'Dungeon Tails', 'Malevolent Machines' and More

It's time to once again round up all the new iOS game releases of the week, and even in an App Store that's constantly being flooded with new games, this week feels particularly busy. There's quite a few high profile releases on this week's list, but also quite a few underdogs that look really interesting. As always you can find all the links to the games at the bottom of this post, as well as an alphabetical list of every game including links to each one's forum thread where you can typically find videos and impressions from those who are playing. Soak in the list below and let us know which games you'll be picking up this week!..




New Games on Our Forums: 'Voyageur', 'Ketchapp Winter Sports', 'Malevolent Machines', and More

Apparently today is Laugh and Get Rich Day, and hopefully we all celebrate this particular made up holiday by... Well, laughing and getting rich. I just finished with judging the IMGA's in France, so I think laughing and getting rich aren't on my personal agenda as much as "being tired" is. But, hey, weirder things have happened...

From the Forums: The Mobile Gaming Community Shares Its Fondest App Store Memories

Last week, I wrote an feature-cum-impassioned rant about how I perceived that the history of the App Store was slowly dying, owing to how certain titles were slowly being eradicated by iterative iOS firmware upgrades, which caused a lot of older titles that many hold dear to be cast into the depths of App Store oblivion. While I sadly argued that a lot of this is out of our control (at least in the immediate future), I called upon the earnest and enthusiastic mobile gaming community to share their fondest iPhone gaming memories. This was for two reasons: to emphasise that it was imperative to make the most of many of the fascinating, unique and inspiring experiences that can only be found on mobile devices before they fade into the ether, but also to reinforce the history of many of the smaller releases that may be exclusively shared with only a few individuals, and to reminisce in the past of iOS gaming as a legitimate platform that has its own complete and comprehensive history that is equivalent to other consoles that many look back on with nostalgic glee. The response I received was incredible - not only was the breadth and depth of many niche games that our forum remembers detailed truly stunning, but such exhaustive accounts evoked many powerful memories of titles I played many years ago that were lost in the App Store noise. If our community is anything to go by, the history of mobile gaming may be inevitably compromised, but the future is relentlessly bright...

Nerfs, Dinosaur Expansion, Pirate Warrior Deck and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #83

Hello and welcome to another Hearthstone [Free] news and videos roundup. I hope you've had a good week and you didn't have to face too many Shaman decks (although the odds of that are not in your favor). This past week was a very interesting one as we got the first clear statement of nerfs coming to the game soon as well as possibly the name and theme of the next expansion. Are you ready for some dinosaurs? We also got stories about a great nation-based tournament coming as well as some ways to counter Pirate Warrior. And, as always, we got the best videos of the week. So come in and enjoy the roundup...

Update Mondays: 'Bullet Hell Monday', 'Exiled Kingdoms', 'Super Mario Run', 'Fallout Shelter', 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. Some big names in this week's list of updates, with most of the regulars apparently taking a week off. 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: 'Fire Emblem Heroes'

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...

Opinion: Nintendo Might Have Finally Hit the Mobile Jackpot with 'Fire Emblem Heroes'

Just under two years ago, Nintendo announced a partnership with DeNA to bring their games to mobile devices. It was a huge deal for two reasons. First, Nintendo would be developing games for non-Nintendo hardware for the first time since the 1980s. Second, they would be entering a sector of the games industry that they had very little experience in, one that presents a very different challenge from what they might be used to. Depending on who you asked in the wake of that announcement, Nintendo was either going to completely change the mobile market, or totally sell out their cherished brands to the free-to-play mobile devil...

'Fire Emblem Heroes' First Impressions - Went Free to Play and Lived to Tell the Story

I'm a pretty big Fire Emblem fan. That used to be a small group, but it's gotten to be quite large of late based on the success of the recent Nintendo 3DS releases. I know some fans aren't happy with the changes in the series that brought about that success, but I'm thrilled because I don't have to worry that Nintendo is going to smuggle it away to whatever closet or crawlspace they've locked Advance Wars up in. Fire Emblem Awakening was basically the last chance for the series, and was designed to be an epic last hurrah if things came to that. As I sit here today several years later, Fire Emblem is bigger than ever. So big, in fact, that Nintendo selected it to be one of their first mobile ventures. You really never know...

The RPG Reload Play-Along: 'Aralon: Sword and Shadow'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload Play-Along. Each month, we'll be playing an iOS RPG together, sharing laughs and tears in equal measures. The post on the front page (like this one!) is basically here to announce the game in question and give a few tips on getting started. The real action will be happening in the Touch Arcade forums, where you'll find a thread dedicated to each month's featured game. Sign up if you haven't already, post your screenshots, ask for advice, or just chat about your misadventures with others. We've got a great community of RPG fans here at TouchArcade, so let's make the most of it! As a little incentive, at the end of each month, I will randomly pick one of the participants and send them something small and silly from here in Japan. All you have to do to be eligible is, well, play along with the Play-Along!..

Out Now: 'Corpse Party: Blood Drive', 'Tankout', 'Edo Superstar', 'Warlock's Tower', 'Papery Planes', 'Felis: Save All the Cats!', Missileman', 'Charming Keep' and More

It's another new week and that means another new batch of iOS games have arrived in the App Store. I'd say this isn't a particularly busy week in terms of number of games, but there's a better ratio of what I'd call high quality offerings than a typical week. Plus there's a few things we're still waiting on, such as The Frostrune which actually did launch very briefly but has since disappeared, but should be re-arriving sometime later tonight. Then there's Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes which, if Super Mario Run is anything to go by, will arrive sometime late morning or early afternoon tomorrow. We'll see! Also the very interesting looking Glitchskier should be coming most any time, but just hasn't arrived in time for this post. So check out the full list of games below and let us know in the comments or in our Discord chat which games you'll be picking up this week!..

New Games on Our Forums: 'Charming Keep', 'Downgeon Quest', 'Felis: Save All The Cats', 'Tankout' and More

A few years ago Gizmodo decided that February 1st is Change Your Password Day, which of all the dumb holidays we highlight on Wednesdays is probably the best one so far. If you're not using a password manager yet, I highly recommend 1Password [Free], but I've got a lot of friends who swear by KeePass. Whatever you use, just use something, and start using unique and complicated passwords for every site you visit- including this one. Once you've got that out of the way, there's a ton of great games that have hit our forums this week!..

The History of Mobile Gaming Is Dying, and Only You Can Save It

I can vividly remember the first time I ever played a game on iOS. I was going to see my oldest brother at Durham University, in the coldest and wettest corner of England. It was the Winter of 2008 - I was only twelve years old - and my dad had recently bought the new iPhone 3G. In the evening, and after endless persuasion, I finally convinced him to download a couple of applications - namely Cube Runner [Free] and Tap Tap Revenge - from the recently released store, and managed to snare the device off him for a few minutes. I know it is horrendously cliché, but I instantly fell in love with the iPhone. While the Wii had given me a brief impression of gyroscopic controls, this was my first exposure to a truly capacitive touchscreen, and being able to access these games from nothing other than the hotel WiFi was incomprehensible to my young and highly impressionable gaming mind. However, while Cube Runner is inexplicably still available to play on the App Store today, the original Tap Tap Revenge is not. Like it or not, without some questionable tinkering to my device, I can never relive those first moments of playing that game...

Best Standard and Wild Decks, Nerfs and Pirates, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #82

Hello Hearthstone [Free] players and welcome to another weekly news and videos roundup here at TouchArcade. I hope you've been enjoying playing the game and you've found a couple of decks that are doing the job for you. This week there was plenty going on, from more talk about possible nerfs or Wild "demotions," to the Android client finally seeing the reduction it's always needed, to the top Standard and Wild decks of the week, and more. And, of course, we have the top videos of the week by Kripp, Trolden, StrifeCro, and more. The talk of possible nerfs has been growing stronger these last few weeks, so I wouldn't be surprised if we get an actual announcement some time soon. Until then, enjoy playing against (or as) pirates...

Update Mondays: 'VOEZ', 'Puzzle & Dragons', 'Leap Day', 'King Rabbit', 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. It hasn't been the busiest week as far as updates go, but I've managed to find several good ones for your reading pleasure. 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...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Splitter Critters'

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 Feature - The Curious Case of Premium Spin-Offs of F2P Hits

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, your destination for all things mobile RPG. In addition to the other kinds of articles you'll find under this banner, I'll also occasionally be writing not about specific games, but about a topic connected to mobile RPGs. This week is one such installment. We're taking a look at an interesting phenomenon that has started to occur with increasing regularity in the Japanese gaming market. Mobile gaming has long since overtaken the other gaming markets in Japan, and the result is that a lot of the most popular modern gaming IPs have their origins in the mobile market. We're all used to seeing cherished old console franchises trotted out wearing free-to-play skins on mobile, but in Japan, the opposite case is beginning to happen. This article will take a look at some of the most famous examples, with a little extra analysis on the sales performance of those games and the possible motivations behind creating them...

Out Now: 'Splitter Critters', 'A Normal Lost Phone', 'Pokemon Duel', 'One Piece Thousand Storm', 'Sword Art Online: Memory Defrag', 'Akihabara - Feel the Rhythm', 'Creature Quest', 'I Love Hue' and More

It's that time of week again when we roundup all of the new iOS game releases of the past seven days. As always, there's a hefty list of new games below that run the gamut of genres, and there's very likely at least a little something for everyone. Normally we ask you to share which games you're interested in the comments section, but we've been trying out Discord [Free] for the past several weeks and have ended up growing quite an entertaining little community of chatters. So, in addition to the comments section below, feel free to mash this link to get invited to our Discord chat and discuss which games you're excited about this week with other members of the TA community!..

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Dandy Dungeon', 'One Piece Thousand Storm', 'Pokemon Duel', 'Realm Grinder' and More

It's hard to believe it's already been a year since the last time we pulled out all the stops to celebrate Fluoride Day. While you're pouring one out for one of my favorite minerals added to drinking water, why not play some new iOS games? Alternatively, if you're looking to distract yourself from the government mind control caused by fluoridation of water, iOS games work great for that too. Some of these games have been out for a while, like Dandy Dungeon and One Piece Thousand Storm, but I'm including them in this listing because they're brand new on the US App Store... If you're in Japan and scratching your head at these "old" games, that's why!..

Buccaneer Nerf Coming(?), Gadgetzan's Effect, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #81

Hello Hearthstone [Free] players and welcome to another news and videos weekly roundup here at TouchArcade. I hope you've been enjoying your play and, hopefully, haven't been encountering too many Pirates along the way. This week we have some more talk on Gadgetzan and its effects, some interesting meta discussions, and, of course, some fun videos. I don't remember any other expansion creating so much talk post-release as Gadgetzan has, not so much in terms of intensity but in terms of how many different topics it seems to have generated. From talk about Pirates to discussions on Control decks to much more, this has been quite an interesting time for the game, hasn't it? Let's jump right in, then...

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