Category Archives: Featured

RPG Reload File 074 - 'Hunters: Episode One'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we don't have much better to do than grind our daily quests. 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 our futuristic society of today. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the App Store's history, or just to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. As the person carrying the giant hammer, I try to choose a balanced schedule of games from week to week that nicely represent the genre. If you feel like I'm missing something important, however, please let me know. You can do that by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. It might take a while for your suggestion to get featured, since I plan the schedule pretty far in advance, but I will add it to the master list at least...

Out Now: 'King Rabbit', 'Super Arc Light', 'Total War Battles: Kingdom', 'Doomsday Clicker', 'destructSUN', 'Supreme Snowball Roller Mayhem 3000' and More

Welcome to another week of new iOS games! First off, I apologize for not having one of these posts last week, GDC just took up too much of our time and it just plain wasn't possible to put one of these posts together. The good news is that since the App Store release schedules have relaxed over the past several months or so, the early day Out Now post from last week pretty much contained all the new stuff anyway, so there was still plenty of new games to chew through while we were being bombarded with upcoming games at GDC. Anyway, now things are all back to normal and there's all sorts of great stuff out this week, so check out the list below and let us know which games you'll be picking up...




Freefly VR Headset Review: Virtual Man

I owned a Virtual Boy. There, I said it. For most of my life I’ve been obsessed with virtual reality, and Nintendo’s infamous failure of a system was my first real taste. Sure, it only had one color, and it looked silly sticking your face into what looked like a cross between E.T. and one of the machines from War of the Worlds, but I actually loved the thing. I have fond memories of berating Toad as my doubles partner in Mario’s Tennis, and of flying a wireframe spaceship into a giant wireframe face in Red Alarm. Heck, I even wrote terrible fanfiction about Teleroboxer...

New iPhone Games That Hit Our Forums This Morning: 'King Rabbit', 'Doomsday Clicker', 'Line Play' and More

Can you believe it's already been a year since the last National Puppy Day? Arguably the best day of the whole year, National Puppy Day is also host to an odd mix of iOS game releases. Noteworthy standouts include ballr. which was made by the mastermind behind Trump Dump and there's two pretty cool looking clickers between Doomsday Clicker and Plants Attack. I've got a feeling that the king of today's new games is likely going to be King Rabbit, but LINE PLAY - Your Avatar World might also be worth a look as it seems to be LINE's answer to Nintendo's Miitomo which has yet to hit the US. Oh, and if you're into mobile MMORPG's, Forsaken World is something you should be checking out...

Apple's "Let Us Loop You In" Keynote is Starting, Watch With Us Live

Apple's latest keynote is starting in just a few minutes, and you can watch it live on the Apple site. Alternatively, you can watch it on the Apple TV. If you've got the new Apple TV, head into the Apple TV App Store and grab the Apple Events app. Expectations for the keynote include new iPads, a new 4" iPhone, and some Apple Watch announcements although it seems likely those announcements will be limited to new bands. It's also possible we'll get some official announcements on when the various OS updates that have been in beta for so long are going to hit...

'Whispers of the Old Gods' Spoilers, Standard Talk, Videos by Kripp and Trump, and More Weekly 'Hearthstone' News in Touchstone #40

We have officially hit Touchstone Number 40. That's a lot of Hearthstone [Free] news, isn't it? Thank you for reading every week, and hopefully you'll continue to enjoy this column. On with the news, now. Blizzard continues to tease us with Whispers of the Old Gods spoilers, and the cards we've seen so far definitely look intriguing. Whether they'll actually see much play is hard to tell, but it's a fun mental exercise trying to guess how the meta will look once we lose GvG and Naxx while at the same time getting all these new cards. We also have news on the latest patch, including the latest Hero portrait to hit the game, a question on whether Wild should be the default mode, and plenty of tournament news. And, as always, we have some very entertaining and informative videos, too. On we go, then...

Update Mondays: 'Candy Crush Soda Saga', 'Marvel Future Fight', 'SimCity BuildIt', 'Alpha Omega', 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. Kind of a quiet week for cool updates, to be honest. Maybe because of GDC, maybe it's just the calm before the Easter storm, but there are only a few things on this week's list that aren't among the usual suspects. 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!..

RPG Reload File 073 - 'Fall Of Angels HD'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we kill a lot of big bees. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the hazy mists of App Store time to see how it's doing in the here and now. As the guy with the spikiest hair, I deftly lead our little group through a balanced schedule of games from week to week. That said, if you feel like I'm missing anything important, please let me know. You can do that by dropping a comment below the article, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in our forums, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. As the schedule is planned months in advance, you probably won't see your selection soon, but it will be added to the master list, I pinky-swear...

New iPhone Games Out Now: 'I Dig It Remastered', 'Disney Magic Kingdoms', 'Basketball Stars' and Tons More

Apologies for posting this so late in the day, but we're fully observing Kick Butts Day by kicking butt at GDC. As you've probably noticed, we've had a bucket load of game previews flooding the site all week... Which sort of has put a bit of a wrinkle in our normal site features- Like our new games lists!..

GDC 2016: Check Out the Evolution of 'Thumb Drift' in these Early Prototypes

When sitting down to check out One More Jump from SMG Studios here at GDC, they just happened to have a build of the very first prototype of their most recent game Thumb Drift [Free] running on their demo device. I absolutely love taking a look at the "before and after" of games and seeing where they began, and after seeing this Thumb Drift prototype I knew other people might be interested in seeing the evolution of the game too. So we shot some video of the original "day one" proof of concept version of the game, as well as a second more polished version that was a few weeks into development at the time, and finally finish up with the actual release version that hit the App Store last month...

'Whispers of the Old Gods' Special - Check Out all the News and Videos about 'Hearthstone' Upcoming Expansion in Touchstone #39

So, today we're going to talk about some great tournaments and some...I'm kidding; today is all about the announcement for the upcoming Hearthstone [Free] expansion, Whispers of the Old Gods that has finally arrived. On Saturday night, Ben Brode and Young Woo gave us the announcement in typical Ben Brode fashion, welcoming the Old Gods to the world of Hearthstone. Many wondered whether Blizzard would go with such a dark theme after introducing the playful Adventure that was League of Explorers. Well, Blizzard managed to have it both ways; as you'll see in the trailer for the expansion, there's definitely a sinister theme but, at the same time, there's a Disney-like gloss that makes the Old Gods intimidating yet 'safe' for those younger players...

Update Mondays: 'World Of Tanks Blitz', 'Lost In Harmony', 'Final Fantasy 9', 'Planar Conquest', 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 week we saw a nice mix of updates from big names, indies, free-to-play, and paid games. A rare moment of balance. 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: 'Retro City Rampage DX'

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...

Blizzard Announces Next 'Hearthstone' Expansion: 'Whispers of the Old Gods'

Earlier today at the Americas Winter Championship Blizzard took the wraps off of their latest Hearthstone [Free] expansion, which looks to take the game in a much different direction than the last few expansions both from a gameplay and thematic standpoint. Focusing on the old C’Thun, Y’Shaarj, Yogg-Saron, N’Zoth, from a thematic standpoint Whispers of the Old Gods decidedly takes a much more darker approach than the League of Explorers Adventure or its last expansion, The Grand Tournament. The backstory for the expansion has the old gods warping and twisting the inhabitants of Azeroth (which is typically the only way they can typically influence the world, if you follow Warcraft lore)...

RPG Reload File 072 - 'Oceanhorn'

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we smash our neighbor's jars looking for pennies. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the here and now. It's an opportunity to revisit old favorites, to reflect on a game's position in the overarching scheme of things, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. As the person holding the magical baton, I try to choose a good balance of games to feature from week to week, but if you feel like I've missed something important, please let me know. You can make suggestions by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. The schedule is planned fairly far in advance, so you probably won't see your suggestion soon, but it will get added to the master list...

Out Now: 'Telepaint', 'Fish!', 'Dark Sword', 'Pilots of the Dawn', 'Rope Racers', 'Handbrake Valet', 'Don't Pop!', 'MadRobot X' and More

Howdy folks and welcome to the day of the week where we bask in a shower of new iOS games. It feels like things are slowly getting less structured when it comes to new releases, as lots of stuff has been popping up prior to Wednesday nights and lots of stuff still hasn't shown up yet even though I know it's the release day for said things. Perhaps Apple is changing their ways and we should find a new way of rounding up weekly new releases? Something to think about. For now, there's still no shortage of stuff available as of this writing, so peruse the full list below and keep an eye out for some possible late comers before the weekend hits...

AlienWheels Hoverboard Review - I'm Too Old For This (Actually, No, This Thing is Awesome)

We get a lot of really crazy incoming emails here at TouchArcade Towers because of how shockingly wide the larger mobile market actually is. Sure, we're a web site that focuses on iOS games, but under that umbrella also kinda-sorta includes things like cases, chargers, headphones, drones, controllers, virtual reality headsets, and weird Bluetooth accessories of all kinds including but not limited to Bluetooth dice. So, in a roundabout way, when you get an email offering a AlienWheels Hoverboard with Bluetooth speakers for review, through a few Kevin Bacon-like degrees of separation it's totally relevant, right? I mean, I can ride it while playing a mobile game, using the onboard speakers, and maybe even wearing a VR headset. All of these things are possible, and all of these things and more are what I did to put the black bluetooth hoverboard they sent me to the test... All while being ruthlessly mocked by friends and family. The things I do for TouchArcade, I swear...

This Week's New iPhone Games Hit Our Forums: 'Handbrake Valet', 'Pilots of the Dawn', 'Zombidle' and Tons More

It's Wednesday again, and aside from oodles of new iOS games getting posted to our forums this morning, it's also Get Over It Day. If you've never celebrated Get Over It Day anymore, here's the gist: If you've got something to get over, get over it. Bam. Done. Whatever drama you've got brewin' in your life, just get over it. Hate free to play and need to make sure everyone knows about it? Get over it! Ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend endlessly passively aggressively pestering you? Today is the day to Get. Over. It.. None of these games on this list interest you? Well, you know what to do...

'Dungeon of the Endless' Roguelike and Tower Defense Hybrid Goes Free This Week

Good news for you if Dungeon of the Endless [$1.99 (HD)] was on your list of games to someday check out but you just never got around to buying it: the game is currently free this week. No IAP, no shenanigans: just a free download of this interesting mix between a roguelike and tower defense game, all set in a pixel art landscape. If you need more convincing than "it's free right now," Shaun's review should convince you...

Is an 'Old Gods' Expansion Coming, Patron Warrior Rising, Murlocs Got OTK (?), Great Reynad and Kripp Videos, and More Weekly 'Hearthstone' News in Touchstone #38

Finally, we've seen white smoke! Well, sort of since we didn't actually hear anything new about the upcoming Hearthstone [Free] expansion, but at least now we know that on March 11th, Blizzard will announce what's next for the game we enjoy. More are expecting to hear about a pretty substantial expansion (over 200 cards) that, in combination with the shift to Standard, should shake the game up substantially. We don't know any details yet, but there are growing rumors that the expansion will have something to do with the Old Gods. The could just be a rumor, but from what I've read so far, there are pretty convincing arguments for at least some cards related to that theme. If Blizzard does go with such a dark theme, it will be an interesting (and welcome) shift from the silliness of League of Explorers...

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