Category Archives: Featured

TouchArcade Game of the Week: 'The Escapists'

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: 'Lunar: Silver Star Story Touch'

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!..




New iPhone Games on Our Forums: '#Breakforcist', 'Krosmaga', 'Drone Racer' and More

Well, it's GDC (and National Horse Protection Day), we're super behind on posting videos of the games we've seen and have been meeting with tons of developers... But the App Store doesn't stop. There aren't a ton of new games being released this week, likely both because of GDC and the Nintendo Switch launch, but there has still been a bunch of stuff posted to our forums. ..

'Journey to Un'Goro', Arena Changes, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #86

Hello everyone and apologies for coming one day late; we didn't want to ignore the big Monday news. So, what a week this past one has been, especially given what happened yesterday, Monday. Blizzard finally announced Journey to Un'Goro, the next Hearthstone [Free] expansion that we all knew was on the way. The announcement got generally positive responses, as is usually the case, but what matters is the impact the expansion will have on the meta and whether it will make the game more fun. In addition to the expansion news, we also heard about the upcoming changes to the Arena, which should make the mode feel fresher and - hopefully - more fun. I think it's fair to say that we've never had so many changes announced as we've had in the last couple of weeks, which I hope is part of the developers' attempts to solve the game's problems and improve the experience for everyone involved. So far, so good, I think. Let us begin...

Update Mondays: 'Rush Rally 2', 'Sunday Lawn', 'Candy Crush Saga', 'Phoenix 2', 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. Plenty of the usual suspects this time around, but there are enough pleasant surprises to please a variety of crowds, I think. 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: 'MUL.MASH.TAB.BA.GAL.GAL'

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 101 - 'Dream Quest'

Hello gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the not-so-weekly feature where we may not look pretty, but have it where it counts. Every so often, we take a look at an RPG from the App Store's past to see how it's holding up in the horrific present of today. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in iOS history, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. While this isn't a regular part of the RPG Reload feature anymore, I'll still occasionally be doing these Files when the mood strikes me. If you have a game you really want to see covered, let me know in the comments below, by tweeting me at @RPGReload, or by posting in the Official RPG Reload Club thread in the forums...

Out Now: 'The Warlock of Firetop Mountain', 'Dungeon Rushers', 'Chief Puzzle Officer', 'MUL.MASH.TAB.BA.GAL.GAL', 'Puff', 'RPG Djinn Caster', 'Soul Knight', 'Die By Died', 'Toaster Swipe' and More

We've got yet another slammed week of new iOS game releases. Can I just have, like, ONE week where I can play through some stuff in my backlog? I seriously have considered taking vacation time just to do something like that. Anyway, it's a good problem to have, I guess. This week, the long-awaited digital adaptation of classic gamebook The Warlock of Firetop Mountain has arrived as has the Mi-Clos-published turn-based dungeon crawler Dungeon Rushers. The strangely-titled single-player take on Pong MUL.MASH.TAB.BA.GAL.GAL has been well-received so far, and even though I'm not a huge RPG fan the action RPG Djinn Caster has really held my attention. Chief Puzzle Officer offers up some match-3 with heavy online multiplayer components, and Die By Died is probably the best Castlevania-style action platformer that I've played in quite some time. Oh, and don't forget about Soul Knight, which actually launched late last week but is so freaking good I had to make sure it made it on this week's list. There's just too much good stuff this week, so check out the full list of games below and let us know which games you'll be picking up in our Discord chat or in the comments section!..

If You Enjoyed 'Fire Emblem Heroes', Here are Some Other Games to Check Out

A lot of players are discovering (or re-discovering) the joys of Fire Emblem through the recent release of Nintendo's Fire Emblem Heroes [Free]. Enough people gave the game a try that I've been seeing some natural questions popping up in various places, including the TouchArcade Forums and the TouchArcade Discord server. Some people liked the game and are looking for more like it. Others like certain parts of the game, but would rather have a premium experience and are wondering if such a thing exists on iOS. Well, let it never be said that TouchArcade likes to leave a cry for recommendations hanging. For your consideration, I've put together a list of games for those whose SRPG passions have been stimulated by Fire Emblem Heroes and are hungry for more...

New iPhone Games on Our Forums: 'RPG Djinn Caster', 'The Warlock of Firetop Mountain', 'Die By Died', 'MUL.MASH.TAB.BA.GAL.GAL', 'Dungeon Rushers' and More

Apparently today is National Margarita Day, which is cool and all, but I'd argue the superior Mexican drink is the Michelada. If you've never had one, it's basically like if you combined Mexican beer and a real good Bloody Mary without the vodka. It sounds strange, but seriously, unbelievably good. I can't recommend them enough. Any Mexican restaurant should serve them (or at least they do in the Chicago 'burbs). Anyway, hopefully now that you've got a Michelada in hand, or plans to get one later, let's settle in to this week's awesome iOS game releases...

Year of the Mammoth, Free Dust, Ladder Changes, Pros' Views, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #85

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, Toucharcade's weekly Hearthstone [Free] news roundup, and what a week we've just had. Blizzard finally revealed the Year of the Mammoth, which is what the next Standard rotation will be called, and all the changes we're getting. We are getting cards moved from Standard to Wild, expansions getting a slight overhaul, Ladder changes, nerfs, and more. This is one of those weeks that will go down in Hearthstone history as the start of the game changing hopefully for the better. Most players seem happy with the announced changes, and it's proof once more that the developers are listening to players' complaints, even if they take their time with the changes...

Update Mondays: 'Pokemon Go', 'Galaga Wars', 'Marvel Future Fight', 'Ninja Fishing', 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. I'm feeling like Mr. Crabby Tree today, and that's partly because there aren't very many updates for me to show you. I think I've got some good ones, but I'll leave that for you to decide. 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: 'Hidden Folks'

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 Developer Spotlight 005 - Jonathan Schneider from Aggro Magnet Games

Hello, gentle readers! It's time for the next installment in our monthly series of articles looking at the developers and publishers behind some of our favorite games. The aim here is for you readers to get a sense of the person, so the tone is more conversational than we usually use in interviews here at TouchArcade. it's also not necessarily about the games themselves, either. Basically, we'll kick off and see where the conversation takes us. This month, we're speaking to Jonathan Schneider of Aggro Magnet Games, the developer behind Vigil RPG [$0.99], an excellent game from 2014 that flew under the radar of many players...

The TouchArcade Discord Community Shares Their iOS Classics and Favorite Game Folders

At the start of the year, TouchArcade transitioned from the cold and corporate Slack server to a shiny new equivalent in the form of Discord [Free]. Apart from being extremely intuitive and easy to pick up, the number one benefit of the TouchArcade Discord server is that it is accessible to everyone, and over the past few weeks I've been stunned by the fantastic reaction from our community to this new medium. So many of our awesome readers have adopted the server as a place for intriguing and challenging discussions on iOS games and the state of the industry, with some extremely random (and invariably hilarious) off-topic deviations sneaking in there too. I've greatly enjoyed communicating with every one of our Discord members and getting to know you all on a personal level, and while our fantastic forums are still the best place for breaking game release news, the instantaneous nature of Discord perfectly complements the in-depth discussion of traditional topic threads. Earlier today, I asked the #iOS_Games channel on the Discord server to share pictures of their main gaming page on their iPhone home screen, as well as their titles that were deemed permanent mainstays on their device, and I received a fantastically varied response...

Get 3,700 Dust and 10 Gold Cards for Free by Taking Advantage of the 'Hearthstone' Year of the Mammoth Dust Refund

We already posted about all the changes coming to Hearthstone [Free] this year as the Year of the Mammoth card rotation hits with the release of the next card set, and one tiny detail in the avalanche of information that caused a few of us to raise our eyebrows was the full-cost dust refunds Blizzard is doing for gold Classic cards that are getting shifted to the new "Hall of Fame." The idea is cards that instead of nerfing cards that are a little too powerful, or are restricting design space, they're just shifting them over to Wild and giving their full dust value back to players. We reached out to Blizzard to clarify exactly how this all works, and it turns out if you've got the dust right now to craft a bunch of gold cards, you can effectively get them for "free."..

Blizzard Announces the 'Hearthstone' Year of the Mammoth - Many Changes Coming

Last year, Blizzard made the biggest change to Hearthstone [Free] in the history of the game by introducing card rotation which I'm not sure was that surprising as it was the inevitable solution to the problem of keeping the card pool down to a reasonable size both in the interest of the overall metagame as well as to make the game more approachable to new players. Moving on from the Year of the Kraken, this year we'll be transitioning into the Year of the Mammoth. The card rotation wheel spins one more time, which means that cards from Blackrock Mountain, The Grand Tournament, and League of Explorers will all be shifted over to the Wild format. Additionally, Blizzard is mixing things up even further by moving six Classic cards over to what they're calling the "Hall of Fame" which will similarly remove them from the Standard card pool and make them only playable in Wild...

Out Now: 'Hidden Folks', 'Digby Forever', 'Slayaway Camp', 'Gunman Taco Truck', 'Mildly Interesting RTS', 'Causality', 'Evergrow', 'Mascot Dunks' and More

Thank you for joining us once again for our weekly roundup of all the coolest new games that have hit the App Store in the past 7 days. It's another busy one, and there's quite a few high profile releases this week including the positively delightful Hidden Folks, the grusomely charming Slayaway Camp, and the incredibly wacky Gunman Taco Truck which was created by the son of John Romero, one of the creators of the original Doom. Crazy! Check out all the games on offer in the list below, and let us know which games you're interested in picking up this week in the comments or, if you're feeling saucy, hit up our Discord chat to talk about 'em with the TA staff and community...

New iPhone Games On Our Forums: 'Digby Forever', 'Hidden Folks', 'Mildly Interesting RTS', and a Bunch More

Ohhhhh snaaaap today is National I Want Butterscotch Day according to some web site that says it is, which plays perfectly into looking at our GDC appointments and seeing an early meeting with Butterscotch Shenanigans where we're (hopefully) going to see what they're working on next. In the meantime, there's a whole bunch of new games that have hit our forums recently, many we've posted about, and some that we haven't posted about quite yet!..

Arena Rankings and Changes, Top Decks, Meta State, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #84

Welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our weekly roundup of the most entertaining, interesting, or important Hearthstone [Free] news and videos. This week we had more news about possible changes coming down the road as well as stories about the game's meta state and what can be done to improve and freshen it up. There were also stories about what the pros are currently playing as well as some fun decks that you can take for a ride. And, as always, we have many highly entertaining videos. Overall, though, the whole community seems to be talking about the same topics, which means we have many of the same stories going around. Let us begin...

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