Category Archives: Featured

Out Now: 'Transformers: Forged to Fight', 'MouseBot', 'Faily Tumbler', 'Race Control Director', 'Drop Not!', 'Under a Spell', 'Tiny Gladiators' and More

Welcome to another busy week of new iOS game releases! The App Store gods never seem to want to let up, and this week we get the previously soft-launched Transformers mobile fighter from Kabam, a new Faily game for those who want to indulge in spectacular ragdoll body crashing, and the unique racing sim Race Control Director that has you playing an integral but often unknown role in the world of motorsports. There's also Vector Unit's crazy mechanical mouse racer MouseBot which actually launched a couple of days ago with a serious bug but it has thankfully already been fixed. Lots of stuff to consider, so check out the full list of games below and let us know which ones you'll be picking up this week!..

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Quantum Revenge', 'MouseBot', 'Tap Summoner', 'Cell 13', 'Under a Spell', and More

Oh man, today is National Deep Dish Pizza Day, which is basically the Chicago version of Christmas. Some people argue a deep dish pizza isn't a pizza and instead is a bread casserole, and I'll tell you those people are wrong. A pizza is a pizza no matter the depth of the pan. If you're in an area where you can't get a deep dish pizza, this recipe from America's Test Kitchen is pretty great and fairly easy. While you're eating your pizza, it just so happens there's a ton of new games that have been released this week...




Fireside Gatherings Changes, Un'Goro Reveals, Bans, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #91

Hello everyone and welcome to Touchstone #91, our roundup of everything that happened in the world of Hearthstone [Free] this past week. It shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone that last week was pretty much all about Journey to Un'Goro, the upcoming expansion, and the Year of the Mammoth. We finally know the official release day for the expansion, and it's very, very soon. We also got to see all the expansion cards, with some of them making more of an impression than others. We also got to hear Blizzard's plans for improving Fireside Gatherings, which are definitely exciting. And we now know all the members of the Global Games' teams. Step right up, then, and let's get started...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'The Simpsons: Tapped Out', 'Junk Jack', 'Phoenix 2', 'Temple Run 2', 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 really, really good games in this batch. But don't worry, if you're here to read me go off the rails as my sanity slowly crumbles over the course of writing the article, we've got that, too. Naturally, 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: 'Meganoid 2017'

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...

The RPG Reload Play-Along: 'QuestLord'

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 TouchArcade 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: 'Dynasty Warriors: Unleashed', 'Gangstar New Orleans', 'KAMI 2', 'Meganoid 2017', 'R.B.I. Baseball 17', 'Rome: Total War - Barbarian Invasion', 'MLB Tap Sports Baseball 2017' and More

We're past the big Apple "Celebrating Indies" promotion, but that doesn't mean things are slowing down on the App Store. As usual, this "regular" week is packed with tons of big releases. Gameloft's newest Gangstar is out of soft launch, as is the first real Dynasty Warriors game for mobile. Oh and KAMI 2 was soft-launched but is now officially worldwide, and Meganoid 2017 was soft-launched on Android but is now available on iOS too. I'm sensing a trend here. There's also a couple of picks for baseball fans out there, which I'm stoked about with the MLB kicking off this coming week. So check out everything on offer in the list below and let us know which games you're interested in this week!..

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'ROME: Total War - Barbarian Invasion', 'Climb!', 'R.B.I. Baseball 17', 'Blocky Baseball', 'Guns and Spurs', and More

Well, today is Smoke and Mirrors Day, which means it's a great day to tip your top hat towards whatever magicians or illusionists you might know in your life. Also, curiously, in this day in history back in 2004 Ireland was the first country to ban smoking in bars, but still presumably allowing mirrors. Anyway, there's a bunch of cool games that have hit our forums in the last couple days, but it still feels like we're coming down from the onslaught of amazing indie games released earlier this month...

Journey to Un'Goro Reveals, HCT Winter Champion, Disguised Toast, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #90

Hello everyone and welcome to Touchstone #90, our roundup of everything that happened in the world of Hearthstone [Free] this past week. As was to be expected, this past week was all about the upcoming Journey to Un'Goro expansion and the HCT Winter Championship. We've seen plenty of Un'Goro cards so far, and I have to say that the expansion is looking really cool. The Quest mechanic looks like it will spur some fun deckbuilding, and some of the upcoming Legendaries look awesome. There were quite a few stories about Quests this past week, which shows how everyone is looking forward to getting their hands on them. There was also a new champion crowned after a fantastic HCT Winter Championship. A great week indeed...

Update Mondays: 'Super Mario Run', 'Death Road to Canada', 'Rush Rally 2', 'High Risers', 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's a fine mix of new and old, big and small, and a few things in between this week. Once again, not a huge number, but I think I've picked out some good ones for your consideration. 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: 'Death Road to Canada'

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...

Classic Reload - 'Card Crawl'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the feature where we were told to deck some monsters and took it far too literally. Each month, we take a look at a game from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their position in the overall iOS library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. As the trustworthy barkeep of this feature, I try to pick a balanced selection that reflects the diversity of the mobile gaming scene, but if there's something you really want to see, don't be shy. Simply comment below and let me know the games you would like to see and I'll add them to the master list for future consideration...

There's a Week Left to Apply for Stugan: Every Developer Needs to Sign Up

If I had to compile a list of really awesome things for developers to do, the #1 thing on that list would be a tie between Train Jam and Stugan. Unfortunately, you already missed Train Jam this year, but the good news is you've got about a week left to apply for Stugan. If this is the first time you've heard of Stugan, here's the gist: It's a non-profit accelerator where a select group of developers head to a remote cabin in the Swedish countryside with some of the best minds in the mobile industry as mentors for two months. Better yet, the only thing you need to pay for is your travel to Stockholm, Sweden. Everything else is covered. Oh wait, even better yet is that unlike a lot of accelerator programs, you retain full ownership of everything you make at Stugan. Their motivation seems to be exclusively to encourage the creation of awesome games...

Out Now: 'Death Road to Canada', 'The Elder Scrolls: Legends', 'Sunless Sea', 'One Finger Death Punch 3D', 'Crash of Cars', 'Sword of Shadows', 'Construction Simulator 2' and More

I'm still feeling fatigued from last week's crazy onslaught of new releases, but here we are again already with another massive batch of iOS games on our plate. Not only are we catching the tail end of Apple's Celebrating Indies promotion which brought forth several more big-time indie game releases, but this also marks the long-awaited release of Death Road to Canada which is one of the most eagerly-anticipated releases of the past few years. Maybe if we ask nicely Apple will give us a week off from new releases so we can try and play a little catch up? As always, you can catch the full list of this week's new iOS game releases below, so check 'em all out and let us know in the comments or in our Discord chat which game's you'll be playing this week!..

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Death Road to Canada', 'Tokaido', 'FZ9: Timeshift', 'Sword of Shadows' and More

Normally I'd be fully celebrating National Goof Off Day today, but Death Road to Canada hit the App Store super early this morning and I don't care about anything else in my life right now but playing this game. If you haven't downloaded it yet, we'll have a full review up soon, but in the meantime you can check out the impressions in our forums in the thread which is just blowing up. Death Road to Canada is my personal game to beat for Game of the Year this year, so, for real, don't miss this one...

Journey to Un'Goro Cards Revealed, Trump Joins Tempo Storm, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #89

Welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of all things Hearthstone [Free]. This week was all about Journey to Un'Goro because we finally got to see more cards from the upcoming expansion. Most of the players seems to be happy with what they've seen so far, but—as it's usually the case—we'll have to wait until the cards hit the game to know what their effect will be. Still, it's fun to start theorycrafting and figuring out which cards might fit in which archetypes and whether some of the new cards will create brand-new decks. This week also saw more Un'Goro promotional material as well as a huge move in the game's pro scene. So, let us begin...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Ticket to Earth'

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 Glossary - What is a Social RPG?

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where I sometimes have to throw dinner together from scraps of leftovers. While I had planned to do a developer interview this week, my day job has become rather busy all of a sudden. Because of that, I haven't been able to conduct the interview as I had originally hoped. I gave some thought to the idea of taking a week off, but we haven't missed a Reload in three and a half years and I don't plan on changing that. Ultimately, I settled on an early debut for an idea I had been planning: the RPG Reload Glossary. The Glossary is a place where I can define things and go into their histories a little so that you, the reader, know where I'm coming from. I'll be doing a Glossary entry every month or two as long as I can come up with ideas for it, so if you have anything you want explored, let me know in the comments...

Apple Opens an Entire New Storefront in the App Store Dedicated to Indie Developers

Apple didn't invent the smartphone, but it's hard to argue that their introduction of the iPhone back in 2007 didn't dramatically change the existing smartphone landscape and set the tone for how smart devices should be. In a similar vein, they didn't invent the digital app store, but when they placed the OPEN sign in the virtual window of their own App Store in 2008, they largely brought digital software and app-dominated lives to the mainstream. Apple's App Store democratized software development, especially in terms of games. No longer was game development solely in the hands of the major players in the games industry; now literally anybody with the means to make a game and a hundred bucks for an Apple Developer license could put their creations out in the world for millions to see. It's truly amazing...

Out Now: 'The Big Journey', 'Ticket to Earth', 'Ghosts'n Goblins Mobile', 'Golf Zero', 'Euclidean Lands', 'Bit City', 'Mushroom 11', 'Kingdom: New Lands', 'Into the Badlands Blade Battle' and More

It's another week which means another batch of new iOS games, and typically I'm pretty enthusiastic each and every week. I mean, even the "weakest" week always has a handful of gems, and your normal week usually has more great games than anyone can play. This week, though. My goodness. In case you aren't aware, Apple has been doing a Celebration of Indies promotion for the past week which has seen them highlight the release of an awesome new indie game each and every day. That means the concentration of higher profile releases is even greater this week than usual, and on top of that there's also the normal slew of releases which features a bunch of interesting stuff. It's an embarrassment of riches out there folks, so saddle up and check out the full list of new games below, and then be on the lookout for even more new releases through Apple's indie promotion through the weekend, which we'll be sure to highlight as well...

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