Category Archives: Featured

My deepest apologies for posting this a little later in the day than I usually do, it just so happens that today is I Love Reese's Day and between that and yesterday's National Mushroom Hunting Day, I'm running on fumes here. We've already posted that two soft launched games, Mr. Crab 2 and Britney Spears: American Dream are now out worldwide, but there's a bunch of other stuff slowly oozing its way on to the App Store...

Action Platformer Favorite 'Goblin Sword' Gets New Chapter, New Items, and iCloud Support in Latest Update

Originally launched way back in September of 2014, Goblin Sword [$1.99] is one of the best action platforming games available on iOS. We loved it to pieces in our original review, and developer Gelato Games came through with meaty and frequent content updates for the game. An update in February of last year added a new chapter called The Lost City with 16 new levels, and an update last August added the Shadow Temple chapter, also with 16 new levels. Both content updates also added additional items, weapons, costumes, and features like MFi controller support. Basically, I always felt like I got way more than my money's worth even with the initial release of Goblin Sword, and each new update was just a huge cherry on top of an already delicious sundae. Well, get ready to chow down on even more dessert as Gelato Games have just posted another brand new update to Goblin Sword, this one adding 9 new levels in a new chapter called Sacred Ruins...




"Friendly Challenges" Coming to 'Clash of Clans', Single Gem Resource Boosts are Back

Despite the recent dominance of Slither.io [Free], we all know the true king of the App Store charts these days is Clash of Clans. I really want to make a Game of Thrones reference here, but everyone is so sensitive to spoilers these days you'll just have to imagine it. Anyway, it's entirely possible that the catalyst of Clash of Clans' return to dominance is the upcoming update which adds what they're calling "Friendly Challenges," which sound super awesome...

How to Hit the Leaderboards in 'Slither.io' - Tips on Winning from a 'Slither.io' Pro

Slither.io [Free] combines the classic eat-em-up experience of Snake, the granddaddy of all mobile games, with massively multiplayer action. Slither.io started as a web-based game, but made the leap to iOS in March of 2016. It’s just had a major update this week and it continues to sit at the top of the free app charts. A big part of the appeal of the game is the leaderboard, where the names of the ten longest snakes are displayed. It can be a thrill seeing your name on the board, and even more exciting if you become the longest snake of the week. If you achieve that incredible feat you can leave a custom message for all players to see… at least until a bigger snake comes along. With a few simple strategies it should be possible for anyone to break into that top 10 leaderboard...

Great Reno Decks, Meta Breakdown, What to Craft, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in Touchstone #48

Welcome to another weekly roundup of anything and everything Hearthstone [Free]. This week we have plenty of great decks - especially Reno ones - guides on what to craft now that Whispers of the Old Gods is a few weeks old, a very detailed breakdown of all the decks and classes from Europe Spring Preliminaries and what they mean for the current meta, and much more. This is a good time to be playing the game if you enjoy seeing a lot of experimentation or experimenting yourself since the meta is very fluid. At the same time, the meta has slowed very noticeably, and not everyone is happy about that. We'll see whether Aggro decks will come to the rescue. For now, enjoy everything Hearthstone and may the gods of RNG be with you...

Update Mondays: 'Slither.io', 'Mortal Kombat X', 'Never Gone', 'Alphabear', 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. We've got a lovely list of fan favorites included in this week's set of updates, so buckle up your seatbelt and get ready to take a ride. A ride... through text. 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: 'Leap Day'

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 File 079 - 'The Shadow Sun'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we rummage through garbage to find loot. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's holding up in the far-flung future that is now. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on the iOS RPG library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. As the wielder of the legendary blade Excalipoor, I try to set a balanced schedule of RPGs from week to week that reflects the diversity of the genre. If you feel like I'm missing something important, however, be sure to let me know. You can do that by posting in the comments below, dropping by the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. Your suggestion will be added to the master list, which means you might see it several months down the road. Hey, no one ever said it would be easy!..

'Hungry Shark World' Tops 10 Million Downloads in Less than a Week

It's been only a week since Ubisoft finally released the forever soft-launched Hungry Shark World [Free] in the App Store, and already the game is dipping into the double digits in terms of millions of downloads. During Ubisoft's year-end earnings release today, the company announced that the latest in their series of eat everything survival games had eclipsed the 10 million downloads mark in just 6 days. That's not surprising to hear, as Hungry Shark World shot to the top of the Free Charts in a matter of hours following its release and the series as a whole has always had a ton of mainstream appeal...

Out Now: 'Bushido Bear', 'Caterzillar', 'Leap Day', 'Elsword: Evolution', 'Puzzlepops!', 'Basketball Clicker', 'Final Friday', 'Smash Fu', 'Ninja Madness', 'Sloomy' and More

It's once again the time of week when a ton of new iOS games hit the App Store. As much as I'd love to talk in depth about each and every one of the games on the list below, I also have a giant plate of dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets sitting in front of me, and not even video games can compete with that. It's the best way I know how to celebrate Eat What You Want Day. So while I chow down, check out the list of new games below including forum links that are filled with screens, videos, and player impressions, and let us know which games you'll be picking up this week!..

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Gravity Square', 'Leap Day', 'Basketball Clicker', 'Talisman: Horus Heresy' and More

As far as totally made up holidays are concerned, today's celebration of Eat What You Want Day seems, well, not too shabby. So, while I'm swimming around in my pool of pistachios, let me explain what's been going on lately with these release posts- According to a few different developers, the part of iTunes connect where you can schedule your game's release is apparently broken. It was this feature that was responsible for the tidal wave of new games hitting the App Store at exactly 8:00 AM. The reason they're weirdly dribbling out throughout the day is because everyone is manually launching their games... Which sort of makes these morning roundups a little silly, as there's just a small slice of the day's games. But, hey, people look forward to them so we're not going to stop posting them...

From the Forums: Any Interest in the Angry Birds Movie?

With the Angry Birds movie hitting the big screen on May 20th, this latest discussion on our forums feels particularly timely. Forum member HarryWarden asks the question, "Any interest in the Angry Birds movie?" and continues by saying, "It's coming just 11 days from now. I'll probably end up seeing it with my niece. It doesn't look bad for a kids animated movie. If you like and want to see Rivio sustain, a lot is riding on what was a very expensive movie."..

Best Ladder Decks, Strongest 'Whispers' Classes, Meta News, and More Weekly 'Hearthstone' News in Touchstone #47

With a couple of weeks under its belt, Hearthstone's [Free] Whispers of the Old Gods is already showing the world how it came to change the game for the better, and the consensus is that it has succeeded so far. It's incredibly fun to see crazy decks on ladder or see cards you barely remember having in your collection rise to some kind of - temporary- prominence. I've been enjoying the game a lot these last two weeks because deckbuilding is fun again; I actually feel the deck I'm making might have a chance to do well even though it didn't come straight from a website. This freshness has definitely rejuvenated the game, and I hope Hearthstone will continue to feel as it does now...

Update Mondays: 'Deemo', 'Clash Royale', 'Astra', 'Zenonia S', 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. Wow, what happened here? Was everyone else on holidays? Did everyone cut out to watch Civil War? There isn't much this week, but I've done what I can to round up some interesting updates. 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: 'Joan Mad 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...

RPG Reload Presents - The History Of Handheld RPGs, Part Nine

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload. This week, we're continuing our little monthly project looking at the history of handheld RPGs. That means that we will not be taking a look at a specific RPG from the App Store's past this time around. Last month, we did the backstroke in the treasure trove that is the PSP's RPG library. It's where the idea of cooperative RPGs truly caught on in Japan, and its successes and failures had a large part in shaping the future course of handheld RPGs. While the PSP was one of the most successful handheld systems of all-time, however, it didn't manage to meet the high expectations many had for its multimedia capabilities. There were many reasons for that, but one of the big ones is the topic of this article. This month, we're taking a look at the early years of smartphone RPGs...

Out Now: 'Hungry Shark World', 'INKS.', 'Black Hole Joyrider', 'CarneyVale: Showtime', 'Final Meteor', 'Hexcells' Trilogy,  'Joan Mad Run', 'Super Smash the Office', 'Never Gone' and More

It's that time of week again where a big ol' batch of new iOS games bust onto the App Store scene. It feels like only yesterday that we had a huge list of new iOS games to sort out, but it was actually a whole week ago. I checked a calendar and everything. With the insane pace that new games hit the App Store though, a week might as well be a day. #BackLogs4Life Well, don't let your massive pile of unplayed games stop you from digging into the list below and downloading a bunch more new stuff you may or may not ever play. It's the App Store, this is what we do! ..

While I hope everyone is being extra safe today while observing Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day, I actually typed up this whole post while standing on the top rung of an extra-tall ladder and pushing branches into a wood chipper with my foot. Anyway, as I've mentioned in other Wednesday morning new game roundups, the App Store seems to be shifting the way they release games again. We used to see a big influx in the New Zealand App Store, then everything just started releasing Wednesday morning on the US App Store, and now games just seem to be coming out randomly. While we work on identifying the new pattern, these posts are going to be a little weird as they include games that were released Monday, Tuesday, and today...

'Tiny Tower' 5 Year Anniversary Update Coming May 26th

A few weeks ago Nimblebit announced they were in the midst of creating a massive update for their mega-hit tower building game Tiny Tower [Free] in anticipation of its 5-year anniversary. At that time they were seeking beta participants to try out the new update, and apparently that testing has gone well as today Nimblebit announced that the 5th Anniversary Edition of Tiny Tower will be available on May 26th. As mentioned before, this update will include improved visuals, streamlined tower manageent, tons of new missions and floors to build, and even the ability to share Bitizens between friends...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'War Tortoise'

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...

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