Category Archives: Featured

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Yankai's Peak'

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...

The RPG Reload Play-Along: 'Final Fantasy 5'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload Play-Along. Each month, we'll be playing an iOS RPG together, sharing laughs and tears in equal measures. The post on the front page (like this one!) is basically here to announce the game in question and give a few tips on getting started. The real action will be happening in the TouchArcade forums, where you'll find a thread dedicated to each month's featured game. Sign up if you haven't already, post your screenshots, ask for advice, or just chat about your misadventures with others. We've got a great community of RPG fans here at TouchArcade, so let's make the most of it! As a little incentive, at the end of each month, I will randomly pick one of the participants and send them something small and silly from here in Japan. All you have to do to be eligible is, well, play along with the Play-Along!..




Musgravian Musings - 'Pokemon: Magikarp Jump' is a Crash Course in the Cruel Nature of Mortality

Hello everyone, and welcome to Musgravian Musings, a little space of my own where I can do some non-review reflections on recent game releases. In general, the featured games are ones that have caught my interest in some way or another, and will tend to be games that I didn't (and won't) review. This time around, I'm looking at the latest Pokemon game, Pokemon: Magikarp Jump [Free]. It's more entertaining than you might think, and a lot of that comes down to its contrasting tones. Let's take a closer look at this bizarre game...

Out Now: 'Epic Little War Game', 'Crazy Taxi Gazillionaire', 'Oh…Sir! The Hollywood Roast', 'Monstergotchi', Yankai's Peak', 'Bouncy Hoops', 'Castleparts', 'Fancy Dogs' and More

Welcome to another busy week of new iOS games on the App Store. This week brings forth the long-awaited newest entry in Rubicon's fantastic [Fill in the Blank] War Game series with Epic Little War Game, there's a new Crazy Taxi-themed clicker that is surprisingly way cooler than it sounds like it would be, and Oh…Sir! The Hollywood Roast is that series' take on celebrity parody insult slinging. And as always, there's many more! So check out the full list below and let us know which games you've got your eyes on this week...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Neighbors from Hell', 'Yankai's Peak', 'Stolen Thunder', 'Maze Bandit', 'Fancy Dogs' and More

It's Wednesday again, and this week the big day of game releases falls on a particularly special day, Speak in Complete Sentences Day. Apparently, this pseudo-holiday is to pay homage to speaking (or writing) in complete sentences instead of using text message shorthand, emoji, and other common forms of communication these days. In the age of covfefe, we need days like today. Anyway, as usual, there's tons of new games to sort through today, including a few we've been following for a while from our upcoming games forum...

Budget Un'Goro Decks, Wild Tournament Talk, Twitch Streamers and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #99

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly Hearthstone [Free] roundup of the best stories and videos. And, as you can see, we are up to issue 99, which is pretty crazy if I'm honest. This week we have some cool guides for Un'Goro budget decks—because we all need cheap things in life—talk about the new player experience, one of the most ridiculous matches ever starring streamer Day9, some issues with the upcoming Wild tournament, and more. It's been quite a busy week overall, and we are glad to be able to bring you all those news in one convenient story. I hope you enjoy both the stories and the videos, and I'll see you all next week for our 100th Touchstone Tavern...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Onirim', 'Fallout Shelter', 'Nimian Legends: BrightRidge', 'Disney Magic Kingdoms', and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the most noteworthy updates of the last seven days. New, old, premium, and free-to-play: there's a little bit of everything in this week's top updates. Of course, you can keep an eye out for them 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: 'Skullgirls'

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...

There's a Mega Memorial Day Promotion on the App Store - Here's a Complete List of All the Games on Sale

What started off as an impressive but relatively limited Memorial Day-related sales promotion on the App Store has snowballed into a ridiculous week of slashed prices, empty wallets and an abundance of brilliant indie titles now even more accessible than ever before. Thanks to the exceptional detective work and list-making skills of our very own Shaun Musgrave, we've been keeping tabs on the titles that have gone on sale over the last few days. However, for your convenience - and to overwhelm you with the sheer amount of games that are now available at a cheaper price - here is a complete list of the 44 games that, to the best of our knowledge, are taking part in some capacity in the Memorial Day Weekend sales. To help you out even more, we've alphabetised the amalgam of the sales posts, as well as provided helpful links to reviews and other materials that should help you make a wise decision with your funds. Without further ado, here is the full list of discounted titles: ..

RPG Reload File 103 - 'Fairune'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where we know the trees are a lie. In each installment, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it stands the test of time. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. Being the disembodied voice that tells you where to go, I try to choose a balanced plate of games to feature. If there's a game you really want to see, though, don't be shy! You can let me know in the comments below, by posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. You might not see your suggestion soon, but it will be added to the master list for future consideration...

Out Now: 'Pokémon: Magikarp Jump', 'Skullgirls', 'Zombie Gunship Survival', 'Iron Blade: Medieval Legends', 'PES 2017', 'Subdivision Infinity', 'Reckless Getaway 2', 'Fatal Raid' and More

Welcome to another week of new iOS games, and boy what a week it is! That weird Magikarp simulator game has launched outside of Japan, Crescent Moon's latest Subdivision Infinity offers some crazy space battling action, Skullgirls brings the popular console fighter to the touchscreen beautifully, and the massive hit Zombie Gunship finally gets its long-awaited sequel. Plus there's the usual assortment of quirkier, under the radar stuff, so be sure to give the full list a look below and let us know which games you'll be picking up this week!..

Best New iOS Games On Our Forums: 'Subdivision Infinity,' 'Skullgirls', 'Zombie Gunship Survival', and Loads More

While the internet seems to be split between whether or not it's Asparagus Day today or if it's Asparagus Month the entire month of May, it's officially our made up holiday of the day. Also, a fun fact I only learned recently: A whole lot of people can't smell asparagus pee. Personally, I can, but I'm really not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. Maybe simultaneously both. What is a good thing, is the number of awesome iOS games being released this week. We've already posted individual stories about some of the stand-outs, but there's a lot of good indie stuff in here as well...

Murloc Paladin and Silence Priest Guides, Deck Sharing, Elemental Art, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in Touchstone #98

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of the best stories and videos from the world of Hearthstone [Free]. Last week was quite an interesting one, with Blizzard announcing some big upcoming additions to the client. I was glad to see that the developers are actively working on ways to improve the game, and I'm hoping for a Tournament mode soon (fingers crossed). We also saw a new way to get free cards, and, more importantly for most players, some very good guides for some of the strongest decks in the current meta. We also had some fun tournaments. Scroll down to read all the stories and watch some of the best videos of the past week...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Mikey Jumps', 'Crash Club', 'Neo Monsters', 'SimCity BuildIt', 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. Is it just me, or did last week feel really long? Well, whatever your relative association with the movement of time, I've got a bag of updates for you to check out while you have your morning cup of whatevs. 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: 'Old Man's Journey'

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...

Musgravian Musings - 'Ghouls 'n Ghosts Mobile' and 'Arkanoid vs Space Invaders'

Well, I suppose this went well enough the first time to give it another go. Welcome to Musgravian Musings, a little space of my own where I can do some short, non-review reflections on recent game releases. In general, the featured games are ones that have caught my interest in some way or another, and will tend to be games that I didn't (and won't) review. This time, I'm looking at two new releases that draw on old favorites. From Capcom, we've got their mobile version of the 1988 arcade classic Ghouls 'n Ghosts [$1.99]. From Taito, by way of their parent company Square Enix, a game that is both the latest Arkanoid and the latest Space Invaders, Arkanoid vs Space Invaders [$3.99]...

RPG Reload Glossary - The New Millennium of Tactical RPGs

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where we maintain a healthy fear of Etna. Last month, we took a look at the early history of the tactical RPG genre followed by its blossoming in the 1990s. It was an important time for the genre, as the vague concepts of the 1980s were finally drawn together into a functional set of genre guidelines. While the genre really started to take off in Japan, things went a different way in the West. Besides occasional hits like X-COM, Western game developers were largely focused on a considerably more popular sister genre, the real-time strategy game. This gap would only become wider as time went on. This month, we're taking a look at some of the significant tactical RPGs of the 2000s, as the Japanese variation of the genre rode a massive wave of popularity worldwide off the back of Final Fantasy Tactics...

Out Now Part 2: 'Dawn of Crafting', 'Up the Wall' 'Old Man's Journey', 'Guardian Kingdoms', and More

Holy moly, you know it's a crazy week for iOS releases when we're posting a second "Out Now" roundup at 8:00 AM the following morning. We've already posted about Old Man's Journey and Chroma Squad, but other cool games in this particular roundup include Up the Wall, Dawn of Crafting, and apparently Guardian Kingdoms is also a real neat multiplayer battler sort of thing. Anyway, on with the show!..

Out Now: 'Beholder', 'No Stick Shooter', 'Terminator Genisys', 'Guns of Boom' and Loads More

Well I really hope everyone took my mushroom hunting information to heart and spent the day looking for morels, but, if you didn't... The good news is there's a ridiculously huge load of new iOS games to play through. Lots of people were looking forward to Beholder, No Stick Shooter looks really cool, and apparently the world needs more Mobile Strike-likes with the release of Terminator Genisys: Future War. There's a ton of great stuff in here though, and I look forward to streaming it on our Twitch channel soon!..

Best New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Raster Prime', 'Guns of Boom', 'Terminator Genisys: Future War, No Stick Shooter', and More

Believe it or not, it's Wednesday again, and it's also National Mushroom Hunting Day. I'm not sure if it's exclusively a Midwestern thing, but this time of year (and actually, a few weeks prior) is just gangbusters for hunting morel mushrooms. Morels are pretty interesting fungi, as like truffles, people really haven't figured out how to produce them on a mass scale like all the other food we have factory farmed. Instead, mushroom hunters get up super early, head out to their own highly prized and secretive spots where they pop up, and go wild harvesting them. It's super lucrative, as ~4 ounces (roughly enough fresh morels to fill a normal sized sandwich bag) can easily sell for $10-20 locally, or for far more online when dried. A good hunt can yield multiple coolers full of 'shrooms, which is why everyone keeps their hunting grounds top secret. Morels have an incredibly unique taste, and if you're ever looking to treat yo'self I recommend picking some up and making some kind of mushroom risotto. They're reasonably easy to find dried at Whole Foods and other "high-end" grocery stores. Oh wait, this is an iPhone games site. Right. Well, hopefully you learned something new. Anyway, a ton of new iOS games have come out in the last week...

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