Category Archives: Featured

The Carter Crater: Just Make 'Fallout Shelter', Jeez

Fallout Shelter [Free] has been a tremendous success on the App Store, and I think it's been a triumph in more ways than just "Bethesda is going to make Scrooge McDuck levels of cash" – a major publisher went to mobile and made a game that didn't suck, that was actually cool and original while also being free-to-play. It's a sign of hope, and I implore every other publisher to do one simple thing: ..

Noah Bordner of Mika Mobile on the Importance of Supporting TouchArcade

Last Friday we heard from Randy Smith of Tiger Style on the importance of supporting the TouchArcade Patreon. We're just shy of 400 folks backing us right now, which is just awesome. When we started kicking around this idea, we had no idea what was going to happen. So far the incredible reaction from our community has vastly exceeded our expectations, and we're hopeful we'll hit our goal... Eventually!..




Touchstone Tavern #6 - Your Weekly 'Hearthstone' News Roundup

I still get surprised at the volume of Hearthstone[Free] news on the web every week. When I started this column, I was (very slightly) worried about having a week where nothing interesting happened and having to think of silly news to include just to make the column worth reading that week. Fortunately, I have the opposite problem as there's so much out there that I have to pick and choose so I don't overwhelm you. This week we have some interesting tip-related stories about playing Patron Warrior well and hitting Legend Rank, we have more proof of Hearthstone's increasing popularity, Tavern Brawl continues to entertain, and more. I even have a new section, Question of the Week. Well, shall we?..

Update Mondays: 'The Simpsons: Tapped Out', 'Boom Beach', 'Crossy Road', 'The World Ends With You', 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 was a big week for updates, with some very popular games getting new versions, a cherished game many had given up on coming back to life, and some business about a flag or something. 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: 'Her Story'

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...

Randy Smith of Tiger Style on the Importance of Supporting TouchArcade

Our Patreon is still cooking away, we're losing a bit of momentum, but that's alright- iOS gamers, developers, and fans of the site are still coming out in droves to support our continued existence. Every morning when I check it I find myself even more dumbfounded. You guys are awesome, and your continued support means the world to us. Moving on, we've been doing a series of articles highlighting different iOS developers who have been touched by TouchArcade in one way or another...

There's been a lot of controversy surrounding the Confederate flag in Civil War games since Apple pulled them yesterday, but we just got word from HexWar Studios, developers of Civil War: 1863 [$7.99 / $7.99] that these games may just be coming back after some minor changes. ..

RPG Reload File 044 - 'Chaos Rings Omega'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the weekly feature where we make the very most out of the assets we have. Each week, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's doing in the here and now. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their ultimate place in iOS's history, or just to take a deeper dive than our review typically allow for. I try to present a balanced plate from this admittedly wide genre from week to week, but I'm always open for suggestions. If you have a game in mind that you'd like to see featured, simply comment below, post in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums, or tweet me at @RPGReload. After next week, there's only one regular reader's choice Reload left, so if there's something you're dying to see, now's the time! Next week, we'll be talking about Sorcery! [$4.99], a request that came in via our Twitter account. Good times ahead!..

Whitaker Trebella of Fixpoint Productions on the Importance of Supporting TouchArcade

Our Patreon is cooking right along, we're over half way there in less than four days. It's amazing, you guys are amazing, and everything about this whole situation is amazing. (Well, I mean, the situation that lead to the Patreon is not so amazing, but, whatever, glass half full.) To raise awareness of the whole thing we've been doing daily developer profiles of indie developers whose lives we've touched in one way or another. It's easy to look at TouchArcade as the web site when you read while sitting on the toilet to find games to play for the next time you sit on the toilet, but to a lot of people, it's so much more than that...

Apple Removes All American Civil War Games From the App Store Because of the Confederate Flag

If you've been watching the news recently, you'll know of the huge debate in the U.S over the role of the Confederate flag in contemporary America. Many see it as a reminder of the many pre-Civil War injustices while others see it simply as a way to honor the soldiers who died for the Confederacy. Many large US companies, like Walmart and Amazon, have already banned the sale of any Confederate flag merchandise as a reaction to the recent events. Now, it appears that Apple has decided to join them by pulling many Civil War wargames from the App Store. As of the writing of this story, games like Ultimate General: Gettysburg and all the Hunted Cow Civil War games are nowhere to be found. Apple is famous for reaching for the axe rather than the scalpel when it comes to political issues (like rejecting Hunted Cow's Tank Battle 1942 for depicting Germans and Russians as enemies), so this move doesn't come as a great surprise...

Out Now: 'Dragon Quest 6', 'LEGO Batman: Beyond Gotham', 'Tales From Deep Space', 'Piloteer', 'Door Kickers', 'Pixel Dungeon', 'Siegefall' and Much More

Well, it's new iOS games day, and it's turned out to be kind of a weird one. A bunch of the games we posted this morning launched early, so chances are you've been playing some of these for a bit already. Then there's Sonic Runners, which finally came out of soft-launch and was available worldwide… for a while, before being taken down for some reason. Then there's been all sorts of surprises like Dragon Quest 6, Tales From Deep Space and LEGO Batman. Finally, there's Piloteer, which I'm calling right now will be a runaway hit. So without further ado, hit up the links below and let us know which games you're interested in grabbing!..

Orian Livnat of Liv Games on the Importance of Supporting TouchArcade

Our Patreon seems to continue to perform admirably since we launched it on Monday. As of this writing, we're a few patrons away from 300 people being involved, and just a few hundred bucks shy of being half way to our goal... In two and a half days! The Guardian and Cult of Mac even picked up on it. We're just speechless by the level of support we've seen from our community, and being one big happy family here we're continuing our series of developer profiles, highlighting how their lives have been impacted by TouchArcade...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight (or Out Right Now?) - 'Fort Meow', 'SBK15', 'Sonic Runners', 'Spike Dislike 3' and More

The mysterious App Store new game Stargate has been really strange lately, more strange than usual, which is really saying something. Said wormhole seems to have just opened up this morning, and dumped a ton of new games on the App Store. Most of these are available worldwide, or at least accessible on iTunes outside of the regions they usually are at this time of day. Did the stars align and a bunch of developers just decided to not do the staggered release thing? Did Apple change something on the App Store to make that not happen anymore? Is this just standard deviation in the App Store's high weirdness levels? Will someone proclaim this a weak week in the comments? I wish I had the answer to anyone of these questions...

Touchstone Tavern #5 - Your Weekly 'Hearthstone' News RoundUp

Not a bad Hearthstone[Free] week this one, right? Although the week was relatively light on tournaments, we got the new mode, Tavern Brawl, which has been a lot of fun. Today's Touchstone Tavern talks about Bad Cards, why the Patron Warrior deck might need nerfing, and a post-mortem of sorts on Tavern Brawl. Overall, quite an interesting week in the world of Hearthstone. Find a place around the hearth, and let's start...

TouchArcade Needs Your Help, Please Support Our Patreon

It's hard to imagine where the App Store would be without enthusiast sites like TouchArcade. We've been covering iOS gaming before the App Store even launched, years before the term "iOS" was even coined by Apple. While the "mainstream" games media often looks down on mobile games, we've been evangelizing the platform for seven years now- discovering amazing new titles and bringing incredible indie studios to the spotlight who might have otherwise been totally lost between the cracks of the App Store. Additionally, in the process we've fostered the absolute best community for discussing iOS games online, which has turned into an invaluable resource for both up and coming iOS developers as well as every type of iOS gamer imaginable. Unfortunately, despite all this, our very existence is in jeopardy. If you like what we do, please consider supporting our Patreon or consider advertising with us. If you'd like to know what led to this, read on- I'm going to lay all of our cards on the table...

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'Fallout Shelter'

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...

'Fallout Shelter' Guide – Strategies, Tips and Tricks for the Industrious Post-Apocalypse Vault Overseer

Bethesda came out of the gate swinging at their first ever E3 Conference Sunday night. Among all the hype for Doom, Dishonored 2, and Fallout 4 came a few smaller announcements. One of those announcements was a new Fallout mobile game called Fallout Shelter[Free], a partnership between Bethesda and Behaviour Interactive, and it is just adorable. I mean, in a horribly grim-dark sort of way. Basically it’s a Tiny Tower [Free]style town management game set in the alternate history world of Fallout, and it is just oozing that Fallout style. The main points I’ll be covering are the Basics, Population Control, Baby Making, Caps Acquisition, Room Rushing, and Happiness...

Out Now: 'Xenowerk', 'Star Wars - Heroes Path', 'Alphabear', 'FireWhip', 'TrapTower', 'Beast Bound', 'Dragon Jump', 'Freak Circus Racing' and More

Hey guys and welcome to new iOS game time! I really wasn't expecting much this week, being E3 and all, but there's actually a ton of new games that have just hit the US App Store. Speaking of E3, Eli and myself are super busy running around the expo, trying to dig up cool mobile game stuff. So I'll keep this short and sweet and just say check out the full list below, there's definitely some neat games with "hidden gem" potential, and let us know in the comments which ones you've got your eye on...

New iPhone Games Coming Tonight: 'Star Wars - Heroes Path' , 'Dragon Jump', 'Downhill Riders' and More

When I woke up this morning, I thought to myself, "Maybe I won't even have to do a new games post because who is crazy enough to release their game during E3 week?" Well, the answer, it would seem, is lots of people. Strap in for the onslaught of games coming tonight...

The Carter Crater: The World Isn't Ready for a Game-Playing Apple TV

You know what really disappointed me about WWDC this year? It was that the Apple TV wasn't getting its long-awaited refresh, and we have to wait even longer for a new Apple TV with potential gaming features. But, as much as I want such a device, if only because I'd love to replace my 2nd generation Apple TV with something that can output 1080p and maybe run Sling natively, I don't know if the idea makes sense right now...

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