Category Archives: Featured

Update Mondays: 'WWE Immortals', 'Jump Jack', 'Marvel Avengers Academy', 'Brave Frontier', 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. Well, I'm mostly recovered from last week's cold, though it did hang on through most of the week. But you're not here for Shaun updates, are you? You're here for game updates, and we've got a nice little selection this time around. 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: 'Flipped Out – The Powerpuff Girls'

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 075 - 'Crusade Of Destiny'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where everyone has pointy ears. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how the searing light of the modern age treats it. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on how certain games have settled into the overall market, or just to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. As the legendary hero of time, I try to choose a balanced schedule of RPGs from week to week that reflect the diversity of the genre, but if you feel like I'm missing something important, please let me know. You can do that by posting in the comments below, dropping by the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. The schedule is planned pretty far in advance, so you might not see your suggestion soon, but I will put it on my master list...

'Romancing SaGa 2' Import Impressions - Final Fantasy's Complicated Cousin

Square Enix's SaGa series has always had a difficult relationship with players outside of Japan. Although in certain details it's not terribly different from the Final Fantasy series, SaGa is very much a product of its creator, Akitoshi Kawazu. It's not afraid to go way outside of everyone's comfort zone in terms of mechanics. How that kind of approach works out depends on the individual game. While many RPG fans find the Game Boy release SaGa 2 (known in the US as Final Fantasy Legend 2) to be a fairly agreeable game, the PlayStation 2 title Unlimited SaGa is considered by many to be one of the worst games Square ever attached their name to. Most of the games in the series elicit a mixed reaction, making it difficult to know if they're going to be your thing or not. If nothing else, at least, Romancing SaGa 2 is considered one of the better installments in the series, which might explain why it's the first to get an iOS release...

Nintendo's 'Miitomo' Is Now Available Worldwide

Nintendo's 'Miitomo' Is Now Available Worldwide

March 31st, 2016 8:42 AM EDT by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News
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We've been talking about what Nintendo is going to do when it comes to smartphones for quite literally years now, and while Miitomo has been soft launched in Japan for a couple weeks now, it's finally available in the US App Store. Something to keep in mind before downloading Miitomo and harshly judging it is that Miitomo isn't really a game, as much as it's a social network with some Mii Maker functionality. It links into My Nintendo and will likely serve as the cornerstone connecting all the other mobile games in the future...

Out Now: 'Marvel: Avengers Alliance 2', 'Hammer Bomb', 'R.B.I. Baseball 16', 'Flail Rider', 'Prison Run and Gun', 'Good Knight Story' and More

It's that time of week again when all the new games hit the App Store. Well, not really, they all sort of just come out whenever they feel like it now, but this IS the time that we decide to round them up into a nicely-formatted list for your perusing pleasure. This week has some big name games and lots of little quirky things that may or may not be awesome, but as always it's fun to try a bunch of stuff out and see what sticks. You can find the full list of titles below, and of course keep an eye out for Nintendo's first iOS app Miitomo which should be launching at some point tonight, and we'll let you know just as soon as it does...

Today's New iPhone Games: 'Block Hop!', 'Extreme Gear: Demolition Arena', 'Prison Run and Gun' and Tons More

It's hard to believe we've been celebrating Pencil Day for 158 years now, but for some people, it's better than Christmas. If you're looking for some great iOS games to play while you partake in Pencil Day festivities, you're also in luck as the iOS gaming gods have blasted the App Store full of brand new stuff. Of particular note is Prison Run and Gun which is a pretty rad sidescroller, R.B.I. Baseball 16 which needs no introduction, and a few other neat looking indie games like Block Hop!. Of course we're all in a massive holding pattern waiting for Miitomo to launch, but, there's probably going to be other surprises today too. OH, and Extreme Gear: Demolition Arena is really cool...

'Whispers of the Old Gods' Spoilers, Standard Nerfs, Crazy Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' News in Touchstone #41

Welcome to another weekly roundup of Hearthstone [Free] news, and as has been the case the last few weeks, Whispers of the Old Gods news is what's capturing all the headlines. We continue to see a trickle of cards spoiled daily, with some creating anticipation while others having players question Blizzard's strategy. Despite the complaints, everyone's happy to see more cards from the upcoming expansion, and everyone's impatience is growing daily. We all want not just the expansion to hit but also the change to Standard that should usher in a different era for Hearthstone populated by new archetypes and new ideas; at least that's everyone's hope. This week, we also got more predictions about the various nerfs coming to Classic and Basic cards, and, of course, some tournament news. So, let's proceed...

Update Mondays: 'Clash Of Clans', 'Partia 2', 'Terraria', 'Out There', 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. Regrettably, I've been wrestling with a humdinger of a cold for the last few days, so this week's article is going to be slightly less thorough than usual. My apologies. Still, I think we've got a good little grab bag for you to peruse while you drink your morning beverage of choice. 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: 'King Rabbit'

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 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...

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