Category Archives: Featured

'Bad Hotel' and 'The Nightmare Cooperative' Developer Lucky Frame No Longer Making Games

Today, Lucky Frame founder, director, and all around pleasant dude Yann Seznec announced that his company was no longer in the business of making videogames. Lucky Frame made its name on the iOS scene with Bad Hotel [$1.99], a mash-up of procedural music-making and tower defense, and then followed it up with well-received games like Wave Trip [$0.99], Gentlemen! [$4.99 (HD)], and, most recently, The Nightmare Cooperative [$3.99]. The timing of Seznec's post is particularly bittersweet, given that The Nightmare Cooperative is free on the App Store today, down from $3.99...

Out Now: 'Tales from the Borderlands', 'Highrise Heroes', 'Seabeard', 'Marvel Contest of Champions', 'Brave Trials', 'Epic Fall', 'Sneaky Sneaky', 'Katatak' and More

With the holidays approaching and the iTunes freeze looming ever closer, tons of developers are racing to release games. The list below is pretty huge, and it'll likely be twice as big next week just before the shutdown. There's even a game about lumberjacks chugging syrup. Oh and of course, Seabeard finally launched worldwide today, and it looks like Papers, Please is coming to the iPad on Friday. Truly the busy holiday season has begun, so check out what's on offer this week and let us know what games you'll be picking up...

'Seabeard' Review - A Whole New (Freemium) World

After many months of coverage, a soft-launch and a hands-on preview, Seabeard [Free] is finally upon us. When a game gets this much coverage and hype, it’s typically hard for it to satisfy all expectations. This seems to be even more true whenever a game relies on freemium mechanism as a way to monetize. After spending a great deal of time within the game, I’m happy to report that I don’t believe Seabeard is a victim of its own hype but I do think that its freemium system will probably alienate some of its potential player base...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Owen's Odyssey', 'Sneaky Sneaky', 'The Hobbit' and TONS More (Most Already Available in the US)

This is a bit of a weird week, and a slightly misleading title because an odd amount of these games are already released on the App Store. For whatever reason developers have decided to forgo the typical staged NZ release thing in exchange for just setting their games live on the App Store at seemingly random times overnight. Weird stuff on the App Store this time of year is actually totally normal as developers jockey for position during the iTunes holiday freeze, so, I'm sure next week will be even more crazy...

Hidden Gem 'Doug Dug' is Currently Free

Hidden Gem 'Doug Dug' is Currently Free

December 9th, 2014 8:22 PM EST by Carter Dotson in Featured, News, Sales
$1.99 Buy Now

Tis the season for app sales, and another darn good game has gone free here in December. Doug Dug [$1.99] is currently free. This is a game about digging for buried treasure in a collapsing underground, taking care to get the sweet loot while keeping an eye on the blocks all around, such that a block doesn't bop Doug on the head. Doug doesn't dig that. There's also plenty of creepy crawlies to dodge, and a two-tier score system: money, and overall depth. This is all about high scores, and each run starts fresh, and there's no in-app purchases, so it's all about your digging skill...

'Injustice: Gods Among Us' Guide - More Tips To Win Without Spending Real Money

Roughly a billion years ago in App Store time, or about a year and a half ago in human time, I put together a guide for Injustice: Gods Among Us [Free]. It's a pretty nice guide, I think, but here's something interesting you may or may not know about Injustice: WB Games updates this game all the freaking time. While a lot of the advice I gave in that guide is still sound, some of it is outdated and there's a whole lot of new stuff to take into account if you play this game these days. With that in mind, I've decided to put together a new guide, a supplemental if you will, covering some of the changes and new aspects of the game as it currently stands. I'm going to start by revisiting some of the things I said in the old guide that don't quite work anymore. I'll then move into talking about Challenge Mode and Multiplayer Battles...

'Hearthstone' Expansion Goblins vs Gnomes Launches

'Hearthstone' Expansion Goblins vs Gnomes Launches

December 8th, 2014 3:27 PM EST by Eli Hodapp in Featured, News
Free Buy Now

Last week, Blizzard teased the new Hearthstone [Free (HD)] expansion Goblins vs Gnomes in a super cool way: By giving everyone a free arena ticket and enabling the new cards as arena draft picks. It seems to have worked wonderfully, as my weekend was filled with friends trading stories of crazy cards they managed to pull into their decks...

'Threes' and 'Monument Valley' are Apple's iPhone and iPad Games of the Year

Apple's Apps for Red promotion ended, and all the red icons are returning to their original multi-hued forms. But with that feature relinquishing space atop the App Store, a new one has taken its place, honoring the Apple App Store editorial team's games of the year for iPhone and iPad. And their picks are a pair of good ones: Threes [$1.99] is the iPhone game of the year, and Monument Valley [$3.99] is the iPad game of the year. These are quite possibly the two games that defined mobile this year, at least in terms of new releases, and both fantastic choices. Threes is one of the smartest and most replayable puzzle games of recent memory, and Monument Valley is a stunning artistic achievement...

Update Mondays: 'Angry Birds Seasons', 'Siralim', 'Family Guy: The Quest For Stuff', 'Injustice', 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 been another big week of updates, with the expected tons of holiday stuff and a few major updates that have nothing to do with the season. Warm up the cocoa, this is another big list like last week. 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: 'Bean Dreams'

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: 12/5/14 - 'Checkpoint Champion' and 'Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath'

Two games got five star reviews this week, and in my opinion, they're both absolute must-haves. One is even free, so it makes things that much easier (although if you like it you should think about tipping your hat in the form of the single IAP unlock). Lots of great games were released this week, so next week's best games post should be pretty rad as well...

New Hero and New Party Features Announced for ‘Vainglory’

During today’s weekly livestream, the folks at Super Evil Megacorp will be taking the wraps off the latest hero for their free-to-play iOS MOBA Vainglory [Free / Free (HD)]. Skaarfungandr, or Skaarf for short, is a fire-breathing dragon and is the latest hero to join the fray. Being a dragon, the majority of Skaarf’s abilities center around long range area of effect damage attacks like launching fireballs and damaging opponents with dragon breath. ..

RPG Reload File 017 - 'Silversword'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we do our best impressions of our cool uncles. Each week, we take an RPG out of the vaults of the App Store's past to reflect, revisit, and dive a little deeper than a usual review allows. Most of the time, you are subject to the tyranny of my selections, but in a stunning show of benevolence once per month, you get to choose what I play. Well, not always 'you'. It could be that guy, or maybe that nice woman over there, or maybe even that weird dog chewing on the tennis ball in the corner. But it might be you! How can this wonderful thing happen, you ask? Simply vote for your choice in the comments below, in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or tweet me at @RPGReload, and your selection will be entered into the running. At the end of the month, an appropriate set of dice will be rolled to determine a winner. It's an RPG solution to an RPG problem!..

'Game of Thrones - a Telltale Game Series' Review - There Is Only One Thing We Say to Death

We've been huge fans of Telltale games around here since the massive shift that was the release of The Walking Dead. The quality of their games continued through The Walking Dead - Season 2, The Wolf Among Us and Tales from the Borderlands which is available on Steam but has yet to hit iOS. The contrast between these recent titles and their previous games like Jurassic Park is just incredible to behold, so it shouldn't be much of a surprise that Game of Thrones - A Telltale Game Series [$4.99] falls in line with modern Telltale releases instead of, well, their previous works...

Back in September, Square Enix released Dragon Quest 3 [$9.99] on the Japanese App Store, and now the game has been released worldwide in English for people outside of the game's home country to play. They got the spelling right on this one, too – no DARGON QUEST shenanigans this time. While there's kind of a wonky release order – we got the fourth game before we got the first three – at least the collection is starting to fill out for fans of the series. Like other ports in the games, this has been optimized for portrait mode play. As originally reported by our Shaun Musgrave, the graphics are based on the Super Famicom (Super NES in the US) remake, and not the Famicom original, and the music is symphonic remakes. ..

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