Category Archives: Featured

Out Now: 'Hungry Shark World', 'INKS.', 'Black Hole Joyrider', 'CarneyVale: Showtime', 'Final Meteor', 'Hexcells' Trilogy,  'Joan Mad Run', 'Super Smash the Office', 'Never Gone' and More

It's that time of week again where a big ol' batch of new iOS games bust onto the App Store scene. It feels like only yesterday that we had a huge list of new iOS games to sort out, but it was actually a whole week ago. I checked a calendar and everything. With the insane pace that new games hit the App Store though, a week might as well be a day. #BackLogs4Life Well, don't let your massive pile of unplayed games stop you from digging into the list below and downloading a bunch more new stuff you may or may not ever play. It's the App Store, this is what we do! ..

While I hope everyone is being extra safe today while observing Occupational Safety and Health Professional Day, I actually typed up this whole post while standing on the top rung of an extra-tall ladder and pushing branches into a wood chipper with my foot. Anyway, as I've mentioned in other Wednesday morning new game roundups, the App Store seems to be shifting the way they release games again. We used to see a big influx in the New Zealand App Store, then everything just started releasing Wednesday morning on the US App Store, and now games just seem to be coming out randomly. While we work on identifying the new pattern, these posts are going to be a little weird as they include games that were released Monday, Tuesday, and today...




'Tiny Tower' 5 Year Anniversary Update Coming May 26th

A few weeks ago Nimblebit announced they were in the midst of creating a massive update for their mega-hit tower building game Tiny Tower [Free] in anticipation of its 5-year anniversary. At that time they were seeking beta participants to try out the new update, and apparently that testing has gone well as today Nimblebit announced that the 5th Anniversary Edition of Tiny Tower will be available on May 26th. As mentioned before, this update will include improved visuals, streamlined tower manageent, tons of new missions and floors to build, and even the ability to share Bitizens between friends...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'War Tortoise'

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 078 - 'Pocket RPG'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we always seem to be starting from scratch. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the futuristic, post-apocalyptic world we inhabit. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their overall place in the iOS library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews usually allow for. As the Lukahn of this little Circle Of Sages, I decide which game gets the canoe from week to week. If you feel I've missed any awesome games, however, you can make a suggestion by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. While it might not show up for a while, it will be added to the master list, so you'll see it sooner or later...

Out Now Part 2: 'Angry Birds Action!', 'Boxy Kingdom', 'PsyCard', 'Agent Gumball', 'REDCON', 'Egz', 'Runaway Toad' and More

Hey, well wouldn't you know it was one of those weird weeks where a ton of games came out, but there was still a significant number that trickled out after the usual weekly time. So! Here we are with our second edition of Out Now for this week, with a handful of pretty noteworthy games that weren't out when we posted our list last night. And if even more games trickle out after this list? Well, I guess we'll do a third list, heh. Check out the list of stragglers below!..

Out Now: 'War Tortoise', 'Pathfinder Adventures', 'Disney Magical Dice', 'Apestorm: Full Bananas', 'illi', 'Spellbinders', 'Outdodge', 'Taichi Panda: Heroes' and Tons More

Whatever that so-called "lull" was during the past couple of weeks while Apple filled up their feature slots with Earth Day stuff, it's definitely over now. There is TONS of new iOS games this week, with lots of high-profile stuff we've been waiting on as well as a lot of surprise games that look pretty interesting. So dig into the big ol' list below, check out what people are saying in the forum threads, and let us know in the comments which games you're interested in grabbing this week!..

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Aliens vs. Pinball', 'Orbitron Arcade', 'Spellbinders' and More

While you're sitting in absolute silence in observation of International Noise Awareness Day, we're trying to drink from the fire hose of iOS game releases. We typically curate these lists from our forums and AppShopper, but in a very typical SNAFU, AppShopper has been acting a little weird this week so it's supremely possible I'm missing some games in this list which hopefully will make themselves a but more known as the day goes on...

Squishy Platformer 'Goo Saga' Makes the Jump from Android to iOS

There's no shortage of amazing platforming games on the App Store, but I'm still always on the lookout for more. I guess I just have an insatiable appetite for running and jumping. A few weeks ago, a beautiful little platformer called Goo Saga launched on Android from developer Toka Loka Games. It was about a mad scientist obsessed with creating life in his lab, and after many many failed attempts he finally does it by creating a gooey little blob named Goo. When the scientist mysteriously disappears, Goo becomes lonely and decides to break out of the lab and go in search of him. Thus, the saga begins! After a bit of a snafu with Apple approval that prevented it from coming out last week, today Goo Saga [$4.99] has finally arrived in the iOS App Store...

How to Get 13 Free 'Whispers of the Old Gods' Packs, Nerfs and New Cards, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in Touchstone #45

Hello and welcome to one of the most important weeks in the history of Hearthstone [Free]. In case you've been in suspended animation for the last few months, let me quickly bring you up to speed. Tomorrow, April 26th, we are getting the next expansion, Whispers of the Old Gods, along with the shift to Standard and Wild Mode. In other words, from this week onward Hearthstone will play very differently than it did before. So, as you can imagine all the news this week is about the upcoming expansion, the shift to standard, and the nerfs Blizzard announced to balance out some older, powerful cards and bring them at the same level as the ones about to be released. And, of course, there are many videos both entertaining ones and ones with pros reacting to the upcoming expansion and the announced nerfs. Before we start, I wanted once more to thank everyone reading this column every week and hope you continue finding it useful and fun...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Loop Mania'

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 077 - 'Gailardia'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where you can't have a boat until you get yourself a map. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from an older time to see how it's doing in the modern day. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, dig up forgotten titles, or just take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. As the fated hero's second cousin (twice removed), I try to choose a balanced plate of RPGs from week to week that properly represent the diversity of the genre. If you feel like I'm missing out on something good, though, make sure to speak up. You can give me suggestions by commenting below, posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread, or by tweeting me at @RPGReload. The schedule is done up months in advance, so I can't promise you'll see your suggestion soon, but I will add it to the list...

Out Now: 'Loop Mania', 'Choppa', 'HeavyRockets', 'Orbit's Odyssey', 'Yakin', 'Pixel Machines', 'Fold+', 'Tropical Wars' and More

It's that time of week again when all the new iOS games hit the App Store, and as we pointed out earlier today, with Apple's massive Earth Day promotion still going strong, it seems like lots of developers have opted to skip releasing games this week. So it's kind of a light week, but only in App Store terms. I mean where else in the world of video games can you get 20+ cool looking new games and consider it a "light" release schedule? Plus it's not like we all don't have massive backlogs as it is. So check out what's on offer in the list below and as always let us know what games you'll be picking up!..

Freebie Alert: Disney-esque Action Tower Defense Game 'Onion Force' Currently Free

Back in March, husband and wife development team Queen Bee Games released their action tower defense title Onion Force [$2.99] to a small but positive reaction. Being sick of the casual, free to play vibe of mobile gaming, Queen Bee created Onion Force to be a very challenging but still approachable game, selling it for $2.99 up front with no IAP. While it's a tower defense game at heart, Onion Force has an extra focus on action with 3 playable characters you control directly. Also, one of the developers is an ex-animator who worked for the likes of Disney, MGM, and more, and Onion Force is filled with interesting characters and beautiful animation. Unfortunately, Onion Force has faced the problem of so many other great games on the App Store in that it's hard to get the word out that it even exists. So, in order to drum up some interest, Queen Bee has dropped Onion Force down to free for the next couple of days...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'Alchemic Maze', 'Little Ninja' and More

Well, so far I'm sorry to say that this year's Lima Bean Respect Day might be a little more boring than when we've celebrated the holiday previously, as Apple's massive Earth Day feature is rolling into week two and seemingly every developer who isn't just soft launching something has pulled the ol' abort lever on launching this week. On one hand, it makes sense, as releasing something on the App Store is all about rolling the dice on feature slots, and since Apple has most slots tied up with Earth Day promotions, well, ya'know. As we mentioned in our game of the week post last week, even Editor's Choice picks are lower priority these last two weeks...

All 'Whispers of the Old Gods' Spoilers and Pro Reviews, Standard Changes, Crazy Videos, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in Touchstone #44

As we get closer to the Whispers of the Old Gods release, the card reveals are coming with an increasing pace, which means we have plenty of new cards to talk about today. However, this week also had plenty of other things going on in the Hearthstone [Free] world, a pleasant change from the last few weeks when everyone in the community seemed to hold its collective breath, waiting for the release of Standard and all the new toys. This week we have news about an eventful patch that caused all kinds of issues, a new Hero portrait, upcoming changes to the way Rank will be displayed, and more. And, of course, we have plenty of videos ranging from pro analysis of the spoiled cards to funny Hearthstone moments. So, let's proceed...

Update Mondays: 'Crashlands', 'Templar Battleforce', 'Marvel Contest Of Champions', '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. The previous couple of weeks may have been a little quiet, but this last week was roaring for updates. In addition to the many Earth Day updates (of which I'm only including a few of here), a ton of other really awesome games got some cool additions. 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: 'Warbits'

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 076 - 'Ravensword: Shadowlands'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we respect giant dino-cows. 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 position in the overall iOS RPG spectrum, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow for. As per the prophecy, I try to choose a balanced variety of RPGs from week to week, but if you feel like I'm missing something cool, 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. Since the schedule is planned quite far in advance, your suggestion might not appear soon, but it will go on the master list...

'Pocket Mortys' Spring Update Brings Quick Crafting, 10 New Mortys, a New Attack and More

Pocket Mortys [Free] has the distinction of being the absolute best Rick and Morty-themed Pokemon clone available. Nobody else is even close. That's because there IS nobody else, but that's not the point. Pocket Mortys is the best in class in its own very specific category, and there's simply no disputing that. It was great when it originally released in January, and it got even better with a big update in early February. Today, it gets even more better-er as another update adds 10 new Mortys to collect, a new Paralyze attack move, a new item to counter Paralyze, and best of all the new ability to craft items directly from the Recipe menu. All this is amusingly explained by Rick in the following trailer...

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