Category Archives: Featured

RPG Reload Glossary - The New Millennium of Tactical RPGs

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where we maintain a healthy fear of Etna. Last month, we took a look at the early history of the tactical RPG genre followed by its blossoming in the 1990s. It was an important time for the genre, as the vague concepts of the 1980s were finally drawn together into a functional set of genre guidelines. While the genre really started to take off in Japan, things went a different way in the West. Besides occasional hits like X-COM, Western game developers were largely focused on a considerably more popular sister genre, the real-time strategy game. This gap would only become wider as time went on. This month, we're taking a look at some of the significant tactical RPGs of the 2000s, as the Japanese variation of the genre rode a massive wave of popularity worldwide off the back of Final Fantasy Tactics...

Out Now Part 2: 'Dawn of Crafting', 'Up the Wall' 'Old Man's Journey', 'Guardian Kingdoms', and More

Holy moly, you know it's a crazy week for iOS releases when we're posting a second "Out Now" roundup at 8:00 AM the following morning. We've already posted about Old Man's Journey and Chroma Squad, but other cool games in this particular roundup include Up the Wall, Dawn of Crafting, and apparently Guardian Kingdoms is also a real neat multiplayer battler sort of thing. Anyway, on with the show!..




Out Now: 'Beholder', 'No Stick Shooter', 'Terminator Genisys', 'Guns of Boom' and Loads More

Well I really hope everyone took my mushroom hunting information to heart and spent the day looking for morels, but, if you didn't... The good news is there's a ridiculously huge load of new iOS games to play through. Lots of people were looking forward to Beholder, No Stick Shooter looks really cool, and apparently the world needs more Mobile Strike-likes with the release of Terminator Genisys: Future War. There's a ton of great stuff in here though, and I look forward to streaming it on our Twitch channel soon!..

Best New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Raster Prime', 'Guns of Boom', 'Terminator Genisys: Future War, No Stick Shooter', and More

Believe it or not, it's Wednesday again, and it's also National Mushroom Hunting Day. I'm not sure if it's exclusively a Midwestern thing, but this time of year (and actually, a few weeks prior) is just gangbusters for hunting morel mushrooms. Morels are pretty interesting fungi, as like truffles, people really haven't figured out how to produce them on a mass scale like all the other food we have factory farmed. Instead, mushroom hunters get up super early, head out to their own highly prized and secretive spots where they pop up, and go wild harvesting them. It's super lucrative, as ~4 ounces (roughly enough fresh morels to fill a normal sized sandwich bag) can easily sell for $10-20 locally, or for far more online when dried. A good hunt can yield multiple coolers full of 'shrooms, which is why everyone keeps their hunting grounds top secret. Morels have an incredibly unique taste, and if you're ever looking to treat yo'self I recommend picking some up and making some kind of mushroom risotto. They're reasonably easy to find dried at Whole Foods and other "high-end" grocery stores. Oh wait, this is an iPhone games site. Right. Well, hopefully you learned something new. Anyway, a ton of new iOS games have come out in the last week...

A Look Behind the Scenes of the Creation of 'Old Man's Journey', Launching this Thursday

The long and winding, ahem, journey of Old Man's Journey, which we've been following for the past year, finally comes to an end when the game hits the App Store this Thursday. This story-driven adventure has you traveling across beautifully-illustrated lands interacting with the environment and recalling the memories of the old man protagonist's life. While its main purpose is telling an emotional tale about reflection and redemption, the gameplay in Old Man's Journey involves an interesting mechanic that lets you literally move mountains as you manipulate the elevations in various depths of the environment to make a clear path forward for the old man. In case you aren't familiar with Old Man's Journey at all, check out the gameplay trailer below to see it in action...

Reynad Interview, Best Legendaries to Craft, Rogue Quest, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' 97

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our roundup of the most interesting Hearthstone [Free] news and videos of this past week. This wasn't the most fascinating week in the history of the game, so don't expect to read any ground-breaking stories. Since we are a few weeks after the launch of Un'Goro, there's an understandable lull in the world of Hearthstone. Still, there were some interesting articles, and it's not every day you get to talk about Buffalo Wild Wings and Hearthstone in the same sentence. There's also an interview with Reynad, talk of Wild, and much more, so let's jump right in and begin...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Mini Metro', 'Red's Kingdom', 'Exiled Kingdoms', 'Subway Surfers', 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 really great games got solid updates this week, making it harder than most weeks to choose the best of the bunch. 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: 'Steredenn'

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: 'Year Walk'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the monthly feature where we wander out into the snow to look for horses. Each month, we take a look at a classic 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 place in the overall iOS library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. I try to pick a varied selection from month to month, but if there's a game you'd really like to see featured, don't be shy. You can let me know by posting a comment below. Since the schedule is planned well in advance, you might not see your suggested game soon, but it will be added to the master list for future consideration...

Out Now: 'Injustice 2', 'Crash Club', 'Miles & Kilo', 'To the Moon', 'Sky Gamblers Races', 'Run-A-Whale', 'Super Blackjack Battle 2 Turbo Edition', 'Bit Heroes', 'Kill Shot Virus', 'Dungeon, Inc' and More

Welcome to another week of new iOS game releases, and oh boy, what a week we have. There is TONS of awesome stuff hitting this week, including the mobile version of upcoming blockbuster fighting game Injustice 2, Prettygreat's much-anticipated MMO car combat game Crash Club, PC indie hit To the Moon, Kid Tripp sequel Miles & Kilo, the gorgeous Run-A-Whale, crazy Street Fighter II/blackjack mashup Super Blackjack Battle 2 Turbo Edition, and… phew! Lots more, but I need to catch my breath. So check out all the new games in the huge list below and let us know which games you're interested in picking up this week...

'Injustice 2' Guide - Tips on Energy Usage and Upgrading Heroes when Offline

When news about an Injustice: Gods Among Us sequel for consoles leaked last summer, it left us with a couple of questions about the mobile version. Would Warner Bros. and NetherRealm also make a sequel for mobile, or would they just continue updating the existing Injustice [Free] game which had already received massive amounts of new content over the past 4 years and was one of the most popular mobile games around? This past Valentine's Day we got our answer as Injustice 2 for mobile soft-launched in the Philippines App Store, and this week the game has finally launched worldwide. While I'm not sure of the strategy of abandoning an existing successful game with a huge player base in favor of a brand new app, it does at least afford the series a fresh start, and the engine running the existing Injustice game was arguably getting long in the tooth. While Injustice 2 retains the core stripped-down fighting mechanics of its predecessor, it also makes some major fundamental changes to the entire formula. With that, we've put together a short guide in an effort to help you get the most out of this newest entry in the mobile Injustice series...

New iOS Games on Our Forums: Built for Speed, RPG Onigo Hunter, Lethe, Injustice 2, Bit Heroes, Just Ski, Miles & Kilo, To the Moon, and TONS More

On the totally made up holiday calendar, today is National Clean Up Your Room Day, which I'll be celebrating by ... cleaning up my iPhone instead. I probably download way more stuff than your typical person, dealing with TouchArcade day to day, but my phone is a disaster of icons spewed everywhere, nonsensical folders, and more. It might not technically be a room to clean, but, eh, close enough. This week is home to a absurd amount of new games, to the point that I don't even know where I'm going to start with all these gems...

Wild Decks and Meta, Pros Talk Un'Goro, Midrange Hunter, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #96

Welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of Hearthstone [Free] news and videos. This week we saw even more emphasis on Wild, with Blizzard giving us the first Wild Heroic Brawl ever. Add to that the recent announcement about the upcoming Wild tournament, and it's pretty clear that Blizzard is starting to increasingly look at the Wild side of the game, which is positive for the game since it offers another entertaining mode.  We also have more verdicts on Journey to Un'Goro as well as updated card evaluations. And, as always, we have the best, craziest, and most interesting videos of the week. Let's jump over the image below and begin...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Heroes of Steel', 'World of Tanks Blitz', 'Candy Crush Soda Saga', 'Footy Golf', 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. Whew, there sure aren't many of them this week. Everyone must be hard at work preparing new games or making 64-bit compatibility updates or something, because the watering hole was pretty dry all-around. There are a few good ones, at least, so let's have a look at those. 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: 'Spaceplan'

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: 'Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic'

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: 'Battle Bay', 'Race for the Galaxy', 'Blitz Brigade: Rival Tactics', 'Home Run High', 'Louie Lucha', 'Project Frox', 'Ever Knight', 'A Snake's Tale', 'rvlvr.' and More

It's the middle of the week, you've gotten the bulk of your work week out of the way, and that means it's time to kick back and relax and download a whole bunch of new iOS games. As always there's a bunch of new stuff hitting this week, and there's also a good amount of games that were soft launched that are now out worldwide. So kick your feet up, find some Wi-Fi, warm up your downloading finger, and check out the full list of what's on offer below, and as always let us know in the comments which games you'll be picking up this week!..

New iOS Games on Our Forums: 'Podageddon', 'Louie Lucha', 'Lightseekers', 'ClashTank.io', 'Ever Knight' and More

Once again the Great American Grump Out is upon us. Observed every year (I think?) on May 2nd, the idea of the Great American Grump Out is to "try to go 24 hours (or more) without being grumpy, crabby, or rude." With any luck, TouchArcade commenters will be in full observance of the holiday! Aside from grumping out, there's also a bunch of new iOS games that have hit our forums. So far there's a bunch of indie stuff, but if we keep our fingers crossed we might see more surprises pop up throughout the day...

Paladin Rising, Wild Tournament Coming, Un'Goro Archetypes, and More 'Hearthstone' News in 'Touchstone' #95

Hello Hearthstone [Free] players and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of the most interesting Hearthstone articles and videos. This week we saw the meta starting to transition as some new decks started making an impression on ranked. We also have a Wild tournament coming (finally) as well as stories about new Un'Goro archetypes, the decks that should be dominating the meta in the near future, and much more. And, like always, we have some fun videos for your work/school break. Overall, it's been a pretty positive week with players enjoying the variety of decks. Without further ado, let us begin...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Super Mario Run', 'Jack B. Nimble', 'Marvel Avengers Academy', 'Vainglory', 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 hot one this week, friends. Lots of great games got updates, some of them regulars, others appearing in this feature for the first time. 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!..

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