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Why You Should Consider an Android Phone or Tablet for Mobile Games

So perhaps you find yourself somewhat curious about Android. Maybe you just have an iPhone and want to explore getting a tablet that's not an iPad. Or you've grown bored of iOS and want to try something new. I am quite experienced with both Android and iOS: I was the editor of an Android site for over three years. I have multiple Android phones and tablets sitting around, and even an Ouya. I currently use an iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Mini 2 as my main phone and tablet, but that's because I write about iOS for a living. I have zero qualms using Android as my main mobile OS. Android has its drawbacks compared to iOS – if I'm buying my grandma a tablet, she's getting an iPad – but as an audience of tech-savvy folks, I figure I should fight the good fight and tell you why you should consider buying an Android device. ..

TouchArcade Game of the Year 2014: 'Wayward Souls'

This has been an incredible year for iOS gaming. 2014 brought us viral hits like Flappy Bird, the entire phenomenon surrounding Flappy-like games, MFi controllers of all sorts, and more solid iOS games than we can even believe. iPads got thinner, iPhones got bigger. iOS 8 improved a bunch of tiny annoyances of iOS 7, added neat new features like Metal, and we're already seeing a few awesome games on the App Store utilizing these new technologies. This year, 138,546 games were released, and of those, we reviewed 515. Distilling that down to one is a nearly impossible job, but in the weeks preceding our year-end coverage one game kept popping up as a clear stand out for everyone...

Best iPhone and iPad Games of 2014

Best iPhone and iPad Games of 2014

December 26th, 2014 5:58 PM EST by Jared Nelson in Featured, News
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There really isn't anything quite like the App Store. New games flood the market at an insane rate, and while there is a ton of crap released every day, there are also tons of amazing games. The crap-to-amazing ratio is heavily lopsided of course, but the sheer size of the App Store means that even if there's only one amazing game for every hundred crap games, there's still more amazing games to play through than any normal person even reasonably has time for. If you're willing to put in a little effort to sort the wheat from the chaff, mobile devices can be incredibly rewarding as gaming platforms. ..

Eli's Top Ten Games of 2014

Eli's Top Ten Games of 2014

December 26th, 2014 4:00 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Best iPad Games, Best iPhone Games, Featured, News
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I can't believe how quickly this year has flown by, as it seems like it wasn't even that long ago when we were obsessive over how to distill thousands of great games down into a Game of the Year, 25 best, and my personal ten favorites. But, here we are. This year I spent a lot of time getting involved in playing free to play games, and a lot of iOS ports of games I hadn't played before on other platforms. Here's ten games that I thought deserved an extra special nod somewhere in our year end coverage, oh and these are just in alphabetical order so don't try to divine any special meaning beyond that:..

Jared's Top Ten Games of 2014

It's that time of year where we reflect on all the games released in 2014 and pick out our personal favorites of the bunch. To be honest, I hate doing this. Every year there are so many great games released on iOS that's it's nearly impossible to whittle it down to just ten. Heck, it would be hard to whittle it down to fifty. At the same time, it's nice to have to really hunker down and put some serious thought into what were the real standouts this year. So hunker and whittle I did, and when all was said and done I ended up with eleven picks. It's supposed to be ten, but I'm going all punk rock this year and picking eleven, rules be damned! Also know that to avoid redundancy, I omitted a few picks from this list since they already appear on our Best Games of 2014 list or our Game of the Year post. There are so many other games I wished I could have included, and just because a certain game might not be on this list it doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the heck out of it. Without further ado, here's my list of the best ten eleven games of 2014...

Eric’s Top Ten Games of 2014

Every year it seems as if the standard for what makes an iOS game great rises. That was certainly true for this year’s batch. What follows is a short list of some of my favorite games that were released this year. As always, the list is not exhaustive and tailors towards particular favorite tastes (namely RPGs), but there was at least one surprise in there for me that hit me relatively late this year...

Shaun's Top Ten Games Of 2014

Hello, gentle readers, I hope you're having a fine holiday, wherever you may be. It's that time of the year where we all get to change our calendars and reflect on the highlights of the 365 that passed, and for those of us into games, it's often a time of thinking back on our favorite games of the year. This year had plenty of great games, no matter what you were into. I was especially impressed at the increase in output from Asian developers, where a strong indie scene is starting to flourish. As I share my own picks with you, keep in mind that they represent my favorites from what I played during the year. There were so many great games this year, I didn't have a chance to play them all, so if there's a big, impressive favorite of yours missing from the list, odds are good that's why. Either that, or it's a terrible garbage game that you should be ashamed of liking. With that said, here are my favorites of 2014, in no particular order...

Carter's Top Ten Games of 2014

2014 was another great year for mobile gaming. People can lament all they want about free-to-play on mobile, but if you can't find enough great mobile games to play, you have far more free time than I do – and I live and breathe mobile games. While perhaps other years have been stronger, and there is some concern with regard to the viability of talented indie developers on mobile, there's still just too many great games. Plenty of worthy titles got left off my list, and I'm sure I'm excluding some great game that I didn't play or simply forgot about. So, in order, here's my top ten games of 2014:..

Christmas Pro Tip: Charge and Update All Gifts With Batteries and/or Firmware

As gadgets have gotten more complicated over the year, so has giving them as gifts. Back in my day, when you got a Nintendo for Christmas, you unboxed that beast as fast as you could, got your Dad to hook it up to the TV, and you were playing as fast as you could ram a cartridge in it and hit the power button. These days, things have changed...

'Floppy Cloud' Is the Latest NES and Super Nintendo Emulator to Sneak onto the App Store

One thing I forgot in the annual tradition of telling the App Store Christmas story this year was the nearly-annual tradition of a developer sneaking an emulator onto the App Store moments before the iTunes freeze thinking it'll last until Apple thaws out next week. iMAME did it a few years ago and lasted exactly two days, which I believe is the current record holder for longest time an emulator has been on the App Store before getting pulled...

Update Mondays: '80 Days', 'Sunburn', 'Bubble Witch 2 Saga', 'Carcassonne', 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. Last week was the last chance for apps to update before the holiday freeze, and as with every year, that means there's a giant, huge, "why am I doing this" pile of updates to go over. 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: 'Taekwondo Game Global Tournament'

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 of the Week: 12/19/14 - 'Papers, Please' and 'Tales from the Borderlands'

Two games scored highly this week in our onslaught of reviews, and I'll go out on a limb and say that everyone should play these games on whatever platform they can. Papers, Please on iOS is iPad only, but it's also available on Mac/PC/Linux and should run on just about any computer out there. Tales from the Borderlands is just great, and like all Telltale games, the performance may be better on other platforms but there's just something about playing it with touch controls that makes it great...

RPG Reload File 019 - 'Bastion'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we hear creepy voices narrating our every action in our heads, or maybe that's just me? Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the light of modern times. I try to cover a wide spread of RPGs in this feature, but just to keep things spicy, I turn the decision over to you, the readers, once per month. All you have to do is comment below, post in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or tweet me at @RPGReload with the game you'd like to see me play. When the time comes each month, a roll of the dice will determine whose selection wins. Every vote has a chance, so make sure you make yourself heard!..

'Minecraft' Creator Notch Just Outbid Jay-Z and Beyoncé on a Beverly Hills Mega-Mansion

Alright, so this is probably the first (and likely the last) time we'll ever post about celebrity news but this just scrolled across my RSS feeds and the TouchArcade water cooler chat agreed it was just too ridiculous to not share here. Everyone knows Minecraft is the biggest thing ever, but it's hard to really get a idea of just how huge it is. Sure, the iOS game is always charting, every kid under the age of 12 has a Minecraft shirt, and Notch sold his interest in the game for over a billion dollars... But how do you truly quantify that level of success, both personally for Notch as well as for the Minecraft itself?..

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