Category Archives: Games

Indie developer Jeff Weber brought a great take on skiing to the App Store earlier this year with Just Ski [$0.99]. The game was built off of similar mechanics to his previous release Krashlander, which used some pretty realistic physics and skiing techniques to have you solving puzzle-like levels. Just Ski's aim was to take those techniques and apply them to a much longer side-scrolling level where you can focus more on, well, just skiing. The game took a cue from Desert Golfing in having the landscape colors slightly change as you made it further through the game and progressed towards making it to the cabin at the end of the level. Just Ski achieved what it set out to do, but its mechanics were pretty tough for players to grasp. With that in mind Weber has released a new version of Just Ski today that features a much more helpful tutorial which you can see below...

'Animus - Stand Alone' Review - The Dark Souls of Mobile

The Dark Souls series is an extremely popular game franchise that is infamous for its brutal difficulty, methodical combat, and merciless boss fights. I especially loved the series' "spin-off", Bloodborne on the Playstation 4. As usual, I enjoy discovering games on the App Store that are similar to some of my favorite games on console or PC. Luckily, Animus- Stand Alone [$7.99] proudly wears its Dark Souls/Bloodborne inspirations on its sleeve! Many people believe that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Let's see if this saying holds true, shall we?..




Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes', 'Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp', 'Hidden Folks', 'Mini Metro', 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. Twas the week before Christmas and all through the updates, holiday fixtures were arranged like rows of little cupcakes. A rush to get in before the yearly freeze, improvements for players who will surely be pleased. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is just here to fill you in on the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

Update: The iOS release of Cuphead that we posted about earlier this morning turned out to be the most sophisticated scam app we've seen yet. It's fully functional, which sets a new bar for the sort of scams we've come to see on the App Store. For more information, take a look at our updated story on what happened. If you haven't yet, follow this guide to get a refund...

WWE Clash of Champions Live Stream Starts Soon, Hop in 'WWE Mayhem' to Play Along During the First Live Event

Last week you may have seen us post the news that Reliance Games in partnership with the WWE launched a new swipe-fighter called WWE Mayhem [Free], which pits many of WWE's Superstars from both past and present against each other in one-on-one or tag team bouts. You also might remember that in that post we mentioned that the game supports special live events that will happen simultaneously during WWE's live televised events, and the first of those live events is happening today during the Clash of Champions pay-per-view. Being both a big wrestling fan and a big fan of the many swipe-fighters available on the App Store, I figured I'd follow along with this first WWE Mayhem live event since I'd be watching the pay-per-view event anyway. And then I figured, hey, why not share this experience with our lovely readers? So if you've been enjoying WWE Mayhem since it came out last week or have yet to try it, but are intrigued by this live event business, read on for how to check out the pay-per-view and partake in the game's event...

Developer Dontnod's critically-acclaimed interactive narrative adventure Life is Strange [$2.99] made a semi-surprise appearance on the App Store on Wednesday. I say semi-surprise because the game's iOS version was outed by way of Apple's new pre-order system that was rolled out this past Monday, but prior to that, I don't think we had any idea this one was destined for mobile. I'm glad it made its way over though, as Life is Strange is the type of experience that should translate really well to mobile. That said, while we loved the game in our review, there are a few control niggles and some performance issues due to the demanding nature of the game, so potential players may be curious to know how well the game runs on their device before plunking down the cash. Well, good news for them as today Life is Strange Lite [Free] has launched on the App Store...

Clash of Clans [Free] update is coming soon, and this one is adding a new feature called Clan Games. Supercell has been teasing the Clan Games over the last few days, but a recent blog post gave us a bit more info on what to expect, although Supercell is still leaving it up to players to speculate at this point. Rumor has it, the blog post details, that Clan members will have to work together in the Games to complete challenges, and these challenges will reward players with new treasures. The Challenges range from multiplayer attacks in Home Village to Versus Battles in Builder Base, and—as expected—any points gained go towards a shared Clan Point Pool...

When it comes to games that are never leaving my device, the Mos Speedrun games are most definitely on that list, and today I'm very pleased to see that both games are now updated for the iPhone X screen. The original Mos Speedrun [$0.99] launched in early 2011 and as its name implied it was a platformer centered around completing levels as quickly as possible. It was one of the earlier games to totally nail virtual controls in a highly-demanding precision platformer like this, and I have fond memories of battling for first place on the levels that featured online leaderboard support. Yes, Mos Speedrun is a true classic and one that I often revisit just for fun. Being an iPhone X owner, I naturally prefer that games take advantage of that whole gorgeous screen, and Mos Speedrun looks quite beautiful running on it now...

TAITO announces a massive holiday sale with some titles discounted for the first time. This sale is for both iOS and Android. Discountes go up to 80% off and even iMessage sticker packs are part of the celebrations. TAITO is a name many associate with retro gaming and if you’ve never played any of their games before, now is the time to check their catalogue out on mobile. Space Invaders celebrates its 40th anniversary next year and other classics like Bust-a-Move influenced a ton of games today. Recent releases like Bust-A-Move Journey [$2.99] are also discounted. Here’s a full list of what’s on discount from TAITO:..

RPG Reload Glossary: Cloudy with a Chance of Angst, or JRPGs in the Late 1990s

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where we always bring a party. To be specific, welcome to the RPG Reload Glossary, where we sift through the piles of historical debris and messy semantics to try to make some sense of it all. This time around, we're continuing our look at the history of the JRPG sub-genre. In the last part, we followed the progress of the genre through the 16-bit period of console gaming. Enix's Dragon Quest series had finally found some competition in Square's Final Fantasy, while continued attempts to help the sub-genre break out in the West were largely rebuffed. Meanwhile, as technology moved forward, JRPGs were starting to attempt more sophisticated stories and characters. By the end of the 1990s, all of this conflict would be settled, one way or the other...

As promised yesterday, Koality Games has released their new arcade boxing game Prizefighters [Free] on the App Store. It arrived too late to make it into our weekly roundup of new iOS games, but given the sheer amount of huge games that arrived on mobile this week, I'm sure Prizefighters didn't mind having a little bit of breathing room. In case you've missed our previous coverage, Prizefighters is a boxing game with arcade-style mechanics inspired by classics such as Punch Out! but with a more simulation-style character and career progression system. Check out the official trailer...

Threes! [$2.99] hit the App Store in early 2014 and was met with universal critical acclaim. (We loved it in our review.) About a month later, Ketchapp released 2048 [Free] and the rest is history. 2048 massively surged in popularity because it was way easier than Threes! and, well, it was free. The unbelievable success of 2048 caused two things to happen: Everyone and their third cousin twice removed released their own 2048 clone which then resulted in everyone who covers video games on any level setting up email filters to automatically delete any email with "2048" in it. Anyone who was a mobile gamer in 2014 undoubtedly remembers how bad it got. Everything was either Flappy or 2048, and most, if not all of these games were just objectively bad...

This has been a somewhat harrowing saga as we've followed along with Simogo as they've updated their entire mobile games library not once but TWICE in the past 6 months; first to be fully 64-bit compatible for the arrival of iOS 11 in September, and now to be fully supporting the entire screen of the iPhone X which launched in early November. Today that saga comes to an end (for now!) as their original trilogy of iOS games Beat Sneak Bandit [$2.99], Bumpy Road [$2.99], and Kosmo Spin [$2.99] have all received iPhone X updates. They join SPL-T [$2.99], Device 6 [$3.99], The Sailor's Dream [$3.99], and Year Walk [$3.99] which have all received iPhone X updates over the course of the last few weeks. ..

The WWE has been raking it in on the App Store with their stable of casual, free to play games aimed at wrestling fans. Games like WWE Champions [Free], WWE Tap Mania [Free], and WWE Supercard [Free] allow us to collect all of the over-the-top characters us wrestling fans love by way of breezy, casual gameplay that's well-suited for mobile. These games certainly aren't for everyone but it's hard to deny just how successful they've been. Today the WWE stable of mobile games increases by one with the release of WWE Mayhem [Free], which was created in partnership with Reliance Games. This is a casual fighting game in a similar vein to Kabam's Marvel Contest of Champions [Free] or NetherRealm's Injustice 2 [Free]. Here's the trailer for WWE Mayhem so you can see it in action...

Winter is coming to Hearthstone [Free] everyone, so better get warm and cozy. Just like every year, Blizzard is bringing the Winter Veil celebration to Hearthstone, along with all kinds of fun little features. Winter Veil, which will run from December 17th until December 30th, will cover the game in Winter's Veil-themed boards for Orgrimmar and Stormwind and will add seasonal emotes so you can "spread some cheer" to your opponents (or mock them relentlessly in a happy, cheery tone). In addition to the boards and emotes, from December 20th to the 24th a special Tavern Brawl called Wacky Waxy Winter's Veil will await for you, and you will get up to three Knights of the Frozen Throne card packs, if you (literally) play your cards right. As you can guess from the title of the brawl, candles will play a significant role...

'Life is Strange Episode 1: Chrysalis' Review - Square Enix Kicks This Series off With a Bang

When Life is Strange [$2.99] was originally announced back in 2014, it immediately shot to the top of my list of anticipated releases for 2015. Since then, I’ve played it multiple times across various platforms but had been constantly puzzled at the lack of an iOS version given the genre. I thought Square Enix and Dontnod Entertainment would’ve seen the value in putting their new adventure release on a platform where Telltale Games has seen success. Fast forward to today and we finally have Life is Strange on iOS and the port is mostly great. ..

'Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty!' Review - You Are What They Eat

Now this is how you do a remake. Oddworld: New 'n' Tasty! [$7.99] is a rebuild of the original Oddworld game, Abe's Oddysee, and it doesn't do any of it by half-measures. The graphical improvements are obvious, but there's also a ton of new content and even some expanded mechanics in the game. While it's always a risky move to change things in a classic, you can tell the developers had a good sense of what worked and what didn't in the 1997 original. New 'n' Tasty! has almost all of the strengths of Abe's Oddysee and very few of its weaknesses, and its theme is (sadly) just as relevant today as it was two decades ago...

'Inside' Review - Try, Die, and Try Again

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December 14th, 2017 9:30 AM EST by Eli Hodapp in 4 stars, Games, Platform, Puzzle, Reviews
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For whatever reason, it seems like the fourth quarter of 2017 has been an absolute golden age of ports hitting the App Store. Playdead's Inside [Free] was just released, and we were lucky enough to be able to play through the game beforehand. As far as the iOS port is concerned, Playdead absolutely knocked this one out of the park. It's totally universal across the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV, optimized for the iPhone X, supports MFi controllers, and has totally seamless iCloud save syncing. The touch controls are even well done, and it's a free download with a one-time $6.99 (as of this writing) unlock. If there's a box they're not checking with this port, I don't know what it is. Unfortunately, I'm just not sure if I really enjoyed the game that much... But, more on that later...

Being a series that has traded as much on story and dialogue as anything else, Ace Attorney has been able to get impressive mileage out of using the same basic structure for more than 15 years. The biggest change the formula has seen came with the 2009 arrival of the first official spin-off title in the franchise, Ace Attorney Investigations: Miles Edgeworth [Free]. Following Phoenix Wright's rival and sometimes-ally, Prosecutor Miles Edgeworth, the game virtually abandoned the courtroom in favor of focusing on the investigations themselves. Taking a form similar to a point-and-click adventure, fans of the series got to enjoy a whole new perspective on familiar characters and locations. The game did well enough to earn a sequel, but that game went unlocalized due to how late it arrived in the Nintendo DS's lifespan. With the main series picking up again on the 3DS, most fans assumed we had seen the last of Ace Attorney Investigations...

While originally released in Japan only on the Xbox 360, Steins;Gate [$11.99 / $11.99 (HD)] was ported to almost everything soon after. English speaking fans have had to wait a long time for an officially localized release. September last year saw English iOS fans finally get a chance to play the fantastic visual novel and it has been discounted today once again. Shaun reviewed it and you can read his review here. The only real downside to the English localization on iOS was that the iPad and iPhone versions needed to be bought separately and there is no universal release for it. The discounted price right now can help with that if you did want to get it for both iPad and iPhone. Watch the trailer for Steins;Gate [$11.99 / $11.99 (HD)] below:..

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