Category Archives: Featured

Out Now: 'Xenowerk', 'Star Wars - Heroes Path', 'Alphabear', 'FireWhip', 'TrapTower', 'Beast Bound', 'Dragon Jump', 'Freak Circus Racing' and More

Hey guys and welcome to new iOS game time! I really wasn't expecting much this week, being E3 and all, but there's actually a ton of new games that have just hit the US App Store. Speaking of E3, Eli and myself are super busy running around the expo, trying to dig up cool mobile game stuff. So I'll keep this short and sweet and just say check out the full list below, there's definitely some neat games with "hidden gem" potential, and let us know in the comments which ones you've got your eye on...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Star Wars - Heroes Path' , 'Dragon Jump', 'Downhill Riders' and More

When I woke up this morning, I thought to myself, "Maybe I won't even have to do a new games post because who is crazy enough to release their game during E3 week?" Well, the answer, it would seem, is lots of people. Strap in for the onslaught of games coming tonight...

The Carter Crater: The World Isn't Ready for a Game-Playing Apple TV

You know what really disappointed me about WWDC this year? It was that the Apple TV wasn't getting its long-awaited refresh, and we have to wait even longer for a new Apple TV with potential gaming features. But, as much as I want such a device, if only because I'd love to replace my 2nd generation Apple TV with something that can output 1080p and maybe run Sling natively, I don't know if the idea makes sense right now...

The Fretz Zone: Geopanels, a PSA on Innovative Gameplay

Everyone has a topic of conversation or two that will make them light up brighter than a firework. This is one of mine. With the recent news that NIS is going mobile, I am giddy with the thought I might be able to bust out insane bonus point totals on my iPhone and iPad. For years I have been hooked on this game and specifically the mini-game area of item world...

Bethesda has just wrapped up their pre-E3 media event, and as promised, their just-announced mobile game Fallout Shelter [Free] is now available for download. It's quite refreshing to see a game developer announce something and then release it so quickly afterwards, rather than waiting around for weeks or months for it to drop. Fallout Shelter lets your build your very own vault, create weapons and armor using the vast amount of crazy items in the Fallout universe. Remember all the weird stuff you would find while exploring Fallout 3? Now all that stuff actually has a purpose!..

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Transistor'

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...

Facebook Commenters Still Jerkwads, Think 'Threes' Ripped Off '2048'

With Threes [$2.99] getting a free version, titled Threes Free [Free] and not Frees, it looks like developer Asher Vollmer and artist Greg Wohlwend are trying to get the word out about it through Facebook marketing. As you may know, 2048 came out after Threes, but because it was free, it probably occupied a bigger spot in the cultural zeitgeist than Threes had. Not to say that Threes didn't do well, because it did, but 2048 did steal a lot of its thunder, to the point that many people think that Threes copied 2048. When you combine that with the general unpleasantness of Facebook commenters, you get this fine situation, as pointed out by Greg Wohlwend:..

RPG Reload File 042 - 'Kingturn RPG'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where a single captured outpost can turn the tide of the battle. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's doing in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit some old favorites, reflect on the classics, or just to take a deeper dive on a game than our reviews typically allow for. I try to present a balanced plate of RPGs from week to week, but I'm always open to your suggestions if you think I'm missing anything. Simply comment below, post in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or tweet me at @RPGReload with your recommendations or feedback. There are some changes coming up regarding the reader's choice articles, so if there's something you really want to see, you might want to get it in during the next month or so. You have been warned!..

Out Now: 'Angry Birds Fight!', 'Green Ninja: Year of the Frog', 'Try Harder', 'Threes! Free', 'Spirit of War: The Great War', 'Triple Jump', 'Slippy Slopes' and More

We're here at WWDC in San Francisco hustling up any game developers we come across trying to get hot scoops on new iOS games. Unfortunately, there hasn't been a whole lot to see so far, and some of the stuff we have seen has been in a "not ready for public viewing" kind of state. Eh, that's how it goes sometimes, but at least we have a healthy list of finished games that you can download right now and get to playing (if the App Store cooperates, that is). Check out the list of games below and let us know which ones you've got your eye on, and look for (hopefully) some more WWDC game coverage later this week...

Somewhat expectedly, this week is a bit of a strange week. Among the games headlining the releases so far is a free version of Threes! [$2.99] which seems sort of strange that that is even newsworthy since Threes! is universally fantastic and you'd think people would just be willing to pay $1.99 for it... But, I guess this is the world we live in now. There's a bunch of other games coming out as well, but most of the big news and releases we know of are in a holding pattern following E3 next week...

EA Mobile Claims that 'SimCity BuildIt' is Now The Most-Played 'SimCity' Game Ever

It's been a while since we've heard the name SimCity associated with anything but the catastrophe that was the recent SimCity's launch on PC. However, while on PC the franchise might be all but dead, on mobile it's thriving, at least according to EA Mobile's Vice President, Jason Willig. In a recent interview, Willig claimed that almost 40 million people have played SimCity BuildIt [Free] since its launch last December, making it potentially the biggest SimCity title ever created. Interestingly, most of the game's players are from outside the U.S. and engagement and retention statistics are, always according to Willig, very high...

Apple's World Wide Developers Conference kicks off this morning as it does every year with Apple delivering a keynote address. They'll most likely be talking about the current state of Apple's business, unveiling what they have planned for iOS 9, and laying out what sort of sessions developers can partake in during WWDC this week. And hey, there just might even be a few surprises. Every year there's buzz about Apple finally refreshing the Apple TV and opening the little box up to developers, but this year those rumors seemed to get squashed early on, so we'll see. It's also possible Apple will announce a new music streaming service at the keynote. And if we're lucky, they might even talk a little bit about gaming...

Update Mondays: 'Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff', 'Minecraft: Pocket Edition', 'Trulon', 'Snake Rewind', 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 big bunch this week, with some of the hugest names in the App Store representing. 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: 'You Must Build A Boat'

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 - 6/5/15 - 'You Must Build a Boat', 'Vietnam '65' and 'Sproggiwood'

There were a lot of great games this week, but if you're not already well on your way of building a boat... What in the world are you doing? You must build a boat. You don't maybe need to build a boat, or could build a boat if you felt like it. No, you must build a boat, right now. Oh, and there's some other games you should be playing too, but not until you've built your boat- Or at least gotten a good start...

RPG Reload File 041 - 'Guardian Saga'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where the best way to make friends is to beat the stuffing out of them first. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the mists of time forgotten to see how it holds up in our shocking world of the future. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the platform's history, or just to take a deeper dive than our usual reviews allow for. As the ringleader of this little circus, I try to present a show with a variety of delights for fans young and old. To make sure we're entertaining everyone in the crowd, though, I turn to you to help me out with the selection process once a month. All you have to do is comment below, post in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or tweet me at @RPGReload with your suggestion. A little birdie tells me there might be a shake-up coming soon for the reader's choice, so if you really want to see me play something, you should probably get it in somewhere in the next two months...

Editor's Notes: The Curious Inconsistencies of Reactions to Free to Play Mechanics

I've been playing a ton of a new shooter this week that has a lot of mechanics that get some people around here really upset: It's got a rigid experience system which gates ever single thing in the game. If you want to use a particular weapon or play a particular game mode, you've really got no choice but to wait through the grind- Even though you'll be playing with (and against) players that have the advantage better weapons you don't have access to yet. There's not much you can do about this either other than just wait to access them through playing more...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'You Must Build a Boat', 'Stunt Wheels', 'Jumping Fish' and More

So far, the week leading up to WWDC doesn't seem that supremely busy when it comes to new game releases. We've got well over a dozen new games here, but it's a far cry from the wild rush we had last week. It doesn't matter though, because I'm about quality over quantity and this week is the week You Must Build a Boat is released. We've got a review by our own Shaun Musgrave in queue, which we'll publish along side the US release of the game. Spoilers: It's awesome...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Sproggiwood'

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 - 5/29/15 - 'Chaos Rings III', 'Geometry Wars 3', 'Grim Fandango Remastered' and TONS More

Anyone who called this week a weak week is a damn maniac, as this has turned out to be among the best iOS game release weeks of the year and we don't even have all the games reviewed yet. I'm busy having my nose buried in Desktop Dungeons, and everyone else is playing the rest of the rad releases. Here are the best games we did review this week, and there's a lot of them:..

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