Category Archives: Featured

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...

Update Mondays: 'Injustice: Gods Among Us', 'Badlands 2', 'Temple Run 2', 'Vainglory', 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's another relatively light one, with many familiar names and not much more than that. Still, the Update Mondays must flow, so here are my picks. 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: 'Lost Socks: Naughty Brothers'

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...

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 looked at the early years of mobile, pocket computers, and the RPGs that came with them. While the pickings were a bit thin early on, a great deal of the modern mobile gaming culture was born from that period. At the time, however, it proved to be very little threat to traditional handheld gaming, which was about to hit its biggest boom yet. This month, we're looking at the first and biggest part of that equation, a system that initially seemed to be a desperation move on the part of Nintendo. As we know, things turned out rather differently from what most expected...

Out Now: 'Clash Royale', 'Peter Panic', 'Lost Socks: Naughty Brothers', 'Adventure to Fate: Quest to the Future', 'Train Conductor World: European Railway', 'Glass Road' and More

It's that time of week for new iOS game releases, and one big-name game actually had a very strange release, Supercell's latest Clash Royale, which exited soft-launch status and went worldwide late last night. Curiously, Apple went ahead and changed the Editor's Choice to Clash Royale a day ahead of schedule, and gave it top billing under Best New Games as well as every single smaller banner right below. I've never seen anything like it! Will the rest of the feature spots change like normal tomorrow? Will Clash Royale stay in its ultra-featured state for the entire next week? Who knows! While Clash Royale is excellent and all, thankfully there's a wide variety of other awesome games being released this week, so go ahead and peruse the list below and get to downloading!..

New iPhone Games Out Now (And Coming Tonight): 'Clash Royale', 'Lost Socks', 'Road to be King', 'Train Conductor World' and More

It's hard to believe it's been a year since our last National Banana Cream Pie day, but, here we are. As far as huge iOS releases are concerned this week, it sort of seems like the entire proverbial App Store runway has been cleared for Supercell's Clash Royale [Free] to take off. I've never, ever seen a game launch with such strong featuring. On the US App Store right now it has Editor's Choice, the first icon in Best New Games, and every banner below that. It has so many feature slots I can't even capture them all in one screenshot on my MacBook Air. I highly recommend giving the game a shot, even if you're a card carrying member of the anti-FTP militia, try the game with an open mind and you might just be surprised...

What Is Gameloft's Position in the App Store of 2016, When "Having a Game That's Sort of Like GTA" Isn't Enough Anymore?

I don't think I'll find anyone who will argue with me when I say that the App Store of 2016 is a crazy place. The fun thing about being involved in the world of the App Store since before there even was an App Store is just how deeply I can appreciate how insane things have gotten. For this particular story, let's rewind the clocks back all the way- When the App Store was new, and most of the games were supremely basic. We're talking solitaire games, tilt-controlled mazes, and "games" which effectively amount to toy apps that used the touchscreen in weird ways like Koi Pond. Gameloft, believe it or not, played a massive role in legitimizing the App Store as a platform for "full" game experiences through rapid-fire releasing loads of games which at best were highly "inspired," and at worst, were straight up clones...

How to Prepare for Standard, Pro Interviews, Brode Talk, Tournament News, and More Weekly 'Hearthstone' News in Touchstone #37

Okay, Blizzard, we are all ready. Now, where's Standard Format? Everyone - including me- is patiently waiting for the new formats to hit, but at least this past week had enough Hearthstone [Free] news to keep us all busy reading (and maybe reading to forget that the meta continues to look pretty much the same ever since the last wing of League of Explorers). There were a few tournaments, articles that talk more about how Hearthstone's future might (or should) look like, there are interviews with pros, things players can do to prepare for the upcoming patch, and much more. And, of course, we have some very entertaining videos for you to enjoy. The good news is that we are almost in March, and all signs point to March being the month where Hearthstone leaps into its future. So, not too long to wait now, right Blizzard?..

Update Mondays: 'Marvel Contest Of Champions', 'Perfect Paths', 'Final Fantasy 9', 'Hello Hero', 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. It's a little lighter than usual this week, and I can only assume it was because developers took time off to observe Eli Hodapp's birthday. Still, we've got some good stuff in here, so be sure to take a look. 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: 'Love You To Bits'

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 071 - 'Final Fantasy 3'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where salad days sometimes give way to onion knights. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see if it stands up to the test of time. It's an opportunity to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in iOS gaming's history, or just to take a deeper dive than our reviews usually allow for. As the Cid on this particular airship, I try to plot a fair course from week to week, but if you feel like I'm missing out on any important RPGs, please let me know. You can comment below the article, post in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or tweet me at @RPGReload. It might take a while before the game shows up, since I plan these things pretty far in advance, but you will see it sooner or later...

Out Now: 'The Walking Dead: Michonne', 'Love You To Bits', 'Slide the Shakes', 'Futurama: Game of Drones', 'Patchwork: The Game', 'Fishing Break' and More

2016 has decided that it's just not going to slow down and it continues to blast me with dozens of awesome new games week in and week out, ensuring that my head just continues to spin. Thanks a lot 2016, ya jerk! Actually despite how frantic these weekly posts can be, I wouldn't want it any other way, as each and every week there's tons of stuff that gets my motor humming in the world of iOS gaming. As we mentioned earlier today Assassin's Creed Identity launched in India for some reason, but as of the time of this post it hasn't spread worldwide just yet. I'm guessing it'll be a few more hours but we'll for sure let you know. It's a welcome wait though, as there's SO MUCH other stuff on offer this week, including Love You To Bits, The Walking Dead: Michonne, Slide the Shakes, Futurama, and tons more. So get crazy and start downloading some games!..

Radiangames Having a Huge Blowout Sale with 6 Games for Free and 5 for 99¢ Each

I think it's safe to say that Radiangames, aka solo developer Luke Schneider, is one of the preeminent developers on mobile. For many years now Luke has been putting out some of the very best dual-stick shooters on the platform, and whenever he's not releasing a new shooter he's releasing an insanely clever puzzle game. It's an odd mix of genres to master, but Radian has done exactly that. They also don't throw a whole lot of sales, but today Radian has decided to put literally their entire iOS library on massive discount, including 6 titles that have dropped down to free and 5 more that have dropped down to just 99¢. Here's the full list of what's on sale:..

If you're looking for something to do while you celebrate National Tortilla Chip Day today, well, I've got some great news: There's a ton of new iOS games on the App Store. How these facts go together are up to you to decide, but hopefully some kind of bean dip is involved. Either way, a bunch of new forum threads have popped up for all the new stuff, but we're still expecting a few other big name games like Assassin's Creed: Identity to randomly appear. Assassin's Creed is particularly interesting, as it's been in development forever, and was soft launched as a free to play game, but apparently has undergone a premium conversion and will launch for five bucks. OH! ...and the new Walking Dead game should pop up at some point as well...

Best Decks of the Week, Ben Brode Streaming, 8-Bit 'Hearthstone', and More Weekly 'Hearthstone' News in Touchstone #36

We are one week closer to the introduction of Standard and Wild in Hearthstone [Free], and everyone is looking to the future. Similarly to last week's news, this week's were also on the thin side since everyone is either talking about the upcoming format changes or silently waiting for those changes. Pro players have stopped trying to innovate, since all the decks are living on borrowed time, and the community in general knows that even those cards that will remain in Standard will feel and play very differently after GVG and Naxx are gently removed from the card pool. The meta is also on the stale side with the usual suspects still at Tier 1, another reason why we need Standard to come as soon as possible...

Update Mondays: 'Candy Crush Saga', 'Minecraft: Pocket Edition', 'Panzer Corps', 'Space Grunts', 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. Some big names updated this past week, along with a nice selection of smaller fan-favorites. 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: 'Tennis Champs Returns'

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 070 - 'Avadon: The Black Fortress HD'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where beards beat dragons every time. 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 a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall iOS library, and to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. I try to present a balanced plate of RPGs from week to week, but if you feel like I'm missing something important, please let me know. You can do that by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. You might not see it soon, but I will add your suggestion to my master list, so you'll be able to look forward to seeing it someday...

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