Category Archives: Featured

Neil Young of N3TWORK, Former Ngmoco Founder and CEO, on the Importance of Supporting TouchArcade

At some point over the night, our Patreon rocketed past $7,000. We're so close to our goal that I can taste it. You guys are amazing, and I know I've been saying that a lot recently but, I don't know what else to say to express the immense amount of gratitude we're all feeling here. The success of the Patreon is super validating to all of us here, as Shaun nailed it when we were talking about it last night in saying that site traffic statistics don't measure how much people care about what you're doing, Patreon contributions do. It's awesome to be doing something people care about, which really, has been our goal all along...

RPG Reload File 045 - 'Sorcery!'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we never seem to have enough rations to get by. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how well it's holding up in the present day. It's a bit of revisiting, a bit of reflecting, and a chance to take a deeper dive than our usual reviews allow for. I'll try to present a balanced plate of RPGs from week to week, hopefully representing what is an incredibly wide genre, but I'm always open to suggestions. If you know a game that you'd like to see featured, simply leave a comment below, post in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or tweet me at @RPGReload. There's just one more regular reader's choice article after this one, with September bringing a few changes to the schedule. If there's something you really want to see me play and write about soon, it's time to get those recommendations in!..




Jared Bailey of Nocanwin on the Importance of Supporting TouchArcade

After our June update yesterday, we saw another surge in contributions to our Patreon, and it feels like we're in the home stretch of hitting our goal. Also, as mentioned yesterday, we're getting really close to having all the forum stuff done, so hang tight for that...

Nintendo Talks Pricing and Monetization for Mobile Games, Leans Heavily Towards "Free-To-Start" Games

In a general meeting with the shareholders, Nintendo CEO, Satoru Iwata, provided more details about his company's thinking regarding the monetization model of its upcoming mobile games. He first reiterated that Nintendo cannot succeed in the mobile world if it simply releases any software title with one of its popular characters or themes from its popular game franchises; the company needs to find a way to stand out among the crowded world of mobile gaming. As for monetization, responding to a question about going either with "one-shot" payments (premium) or free-of-charge but pay for items (F2P), Iwata said that Nintendo will not use the terminology "free-to-play" because it wants its games to be appreciated by consumers, and he feels that using this terminology implies that the game is completely free. Instead, his company prefers the term "free-to-start" because that term aptly describes how a player can begin a game for free but not play it for free. He then stated that one-time payment systems haven't been doing great on smart devices because of the huge pressure from other developers that has led to a race to the bottom. Since Nintendo wants to "cherish" the value of software, there's a limit to how low a price it wants to attach to its upcoming mobile games. Nintendo doesn't believe it should limit its monetization system to one-time payments, although that's not an overarching principle because different payment systems suit different kinds of software...

Out Now: 'The Executive', 'Divide By Sheep', 'CivMiner - CivCrafter Expansion', 'Alchemic Dungeons', 'Wars of the Roses', 'TapMon Battles' and More

It's turned out to be a decent little week of new iOS games heading into our 4th of July holiday this weekend in the US. Well, "decent" doesn't do justice to any week where The Executive is releasing. Seriously, that is one of the most unique and enjoyable games I've ever played. But hey, there's several other really strong titles out today too, like CivMiner and Divide By Sheep, plus there's a ton of lower-profile games that I've never heard of that I can't wait to try out. It's why I love iOS gaming! Check out the list below, and if you've got your eye on something or you've spotted a new game that's not on this list then give us a shout in the comments below...

June Patreon Update - Thanks to All Our Supporters

As part of our Patreon, we're going to be doing these monthly roundup posts to thank everyone who has contributed so far. If you've pitched in to supporting TouchArcade, Patreon should be charging whatever credit card you used in the next couple days. Currently we're sitting at 415 supporters and $6,302.75 a month from readers, developers, and fans from the site. It means so much to us it's hard to put in to words, seeing the rush of support when we posted we were in trouble has totally validated just how much work we all pour in to the site...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight (But Mostly Out Now): 'Chip Beat Blaster', 'Quadrush', and Loads of Other Indie Games

It's Wednesday once again, and if this trend on the App Store keeps up, we're really going to need to re-think what to call this weekly feature. In the past, games would pop up in New Zealand then slowly drizzle across the world as it got closer to Thursday in each geographical region's respective time zones leading up to games coming out in the USA at 11:00 PM Eastern. The last few weeks, more and more games have just been showing up as available worldwide at the same time they'd typically just show up in New Zealand. This is the case this week as well, with the vast majority of these games available for download right now...

The Tasos Principle: Storytelling in Superhero Games and Comic Books

The superhero side of popular culture has expanded immensely in recent years, with video games increasingly becoming mainstream entertainment and superhero movies breaking box office records with each foray. Unsurprisingly, the different forms of superhero entertainment, be that comics, movies, or video games, increasingly become intertwined as Marvel and DC have realized that fusing their products to create a web of entertainment options helps increase their cultural reach. Marvel's recent decision to create a new comic book based on the iOS and Android smash hit, Marvel Contest of Champions [Free], marks the first time in Marvel's history that a story originating in a video game becomes the seed for a comic book. Marvel's decision provides interesting insights on the way the different storytelling techniques of the two mediums might co-exist and how they might interact with each other, all to the benefit of readers and gamers...

Rami Ismail of Vlambeer on the Importance of Supporting TouchArcade

Let's kick off today's TouchArcade Patreon update with some awesome news: We're above 400 individual patrons supporting the site, and we're just a few bucks shy of $6,000- Over half way to our goal in less than two weeks. You guys are amazing, and this level of grassroots support from our community is only motivating us to kick even more proverbial ass in the world of iOS gaming...

The Fretz Zone: My Big Beef with Hearthstone's Tiny Interface

I spend a lot of time playing Hearthstone[Free] on my iPhone. Between the frequent updates and competitive deck building, its a little bit of an obsession for me. It's becoming more and more prevalent that full featured desktop games are making their way into our nook of the gaming world. Its really an awesome and fantastic thing. One thing that is getting on my nerves, however, is that we are seeing a neglect for the rules. ..

The Carter Crater: Just Make 'Fallout Shelter', Jeez

Fallout Shelter [Free] has been a tremendous success on the App Store, and I think it's been a triumph in more ways than just "Bethesda is going to make Scrooge McDuck levels of cash" – a major publisher went to mobile and made a game that didn't suck, that was actually cool and original while also being free-to-play. It's a sign of hope, and I implore every other publisher to do one simple thing: ..

Noah Bordner of Mika Mobile on the Importance of Supporting TouchArcade

Last Friday we heard from Randy Smith of Tiger Style on the importance of supporting the TouchArcade Patreon. We're just shy of 400 folks backing us right now, which is just awesome. When we started kicking around this idea, we had no idea what was going to happen. So far the incredible reaction from our community has vastly exceeded our expectations, and we're hopeful we'll hit our goal... Eventually!..

Touchstone Tavern #6 - Your Weekly 'Hearthstone' News Roundup

I still get surprised at the volume of Hearthstone[Free] news on the web every week. When I started this column, I was (very slightly) worried about having a week where nothing interesting happened and having to think of silly news to include just to make the column worth reading that week. Fortunately, I have the opposite problem as there's so much out there that I have to pick and choose so I don't overwhelm you. This week we have some interesting tip-related stories about playing Patron Warrior well and hitting Legend Rank, we have more proof of Hearthstone's increasing popularity, Tavern Brawl continues to entertain, and more. I even have a new section, Question of the Week. Well, shall we?..

Update Mondays: 'The Simpsons: Tapped Out', 'Boom Beach', 'Crossy Road', 'The World Ends With You', 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. This was a big week for updates, with some very popular games getting new versions, a cherished game many had given up on coming back to life, and some business about a flag or something. 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: 'Her Story'

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...

Randy Smith of Tiger Style on the Importance of Supporting TouchArcade

Our Patreon is still cooking away, we're losing a bit of momentum, but that's alright- iOS gamers, developers, and fans of the site are still coming out in droves to support our continued existence. Every morning when I check it I find myself even more dumbfounded. You guys are awesome, and your continued support means the world to us. Moving on, we've been doing a series of articles highlighting different iOS developers who have been touched by TouchArcade in one way or another...

There's been a lot of controversy surrounding the Confederate flag in Civil War games since Apple pulled them yesterday, but we just got word from HexWar Studios, developers of Civil War: 1863 [$7.99 / $7.99] that these games may just be coming back after some minor changes. ..

RPG Reload File 044 - 'Chaos Rings Omega'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we make the very most out of the assets we have. 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 old favorites, reflect on their ultimate place in iOS's history, or just to take a deeper dive than our review typically allow for. I try to present a balanced plate from this admittedly wide genre from week to week, but I'm always open for suggestions. If you have a game in mind that you'd like to see featured, simply comment below, post in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or tweet me at @RPGReload. After next week, there's only one regular reader's choice Reload left, so if there's something you're dying to see, now's the time! Next week, we'll be talking about Sorcery! [$4.99], a request that came in via our Twitter account. Good times ahead!..

Whitaker Trebella of Fixpoint Productions on the Importance of Supporting TouchArcade

Our Patreon is cooking right along, we're over half way there in less than four days. It's amazing, you guys are amazing, and everything about this whole situation is amazing. (Well, I mean, the situation that lead to the Patreon is not so amazing, but, whatever, glass half full.) To raise awareness of the whole thing we've been doing daily developer profiles of indie developers whose lives we've touched in one way or another. It's easy to look at TouchArcade as the web site when you read while sitting on the toilet to find games to play for the next time you sit on the toilet, but to a lot of people, it's so much more than that...

Apple Removes All American Civil War Games From the App Store Because of the Confederate Flag

If you've been watching the news recently, you'll know of the huge debate in the U.S over the role of the Confederate flag in contemporary America. Many see it as a reminder of the many pre-Civil War injustices while others see it simply as a way to honor the soldiers who died for the Confederacy. Many large US companies, like Walmart and Amazon, have already banned the sale of any Confederate flag merchandise as a reaction to the recent events. Now, it appears that Apple has decided to join them by pulling many Civil War wargames from the App Store. As of the writing of this story, games like Ultimate General: Gettysburg and all the Hunted Cow Civil War games are nowhere to be found. Apple is famous for reaching for the axe rather than the scalpel when it comes to political issues (like rejecting Hunted Cow's Tank Battle 1942 for depicting Germans and Russians as enemies), so this move doesn't come as a great surprise...

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