Category Archives: Action

TGS 2017: Hands-On with Ganbarion's Gorgeous 'Shurado'

It seems like every year, I find one hidden gem that really jumps out from the rest. This year, that game was Shurado, a new action game from Ganbarion. If that name is ringing a bell for you, it's possible you saw it on any number licensed games based on properties like Dragon Ball or One Piece. Their most famous games in the West are probably the Nintendo DS Jump Stars fighting games that mash up a variety of manga characters. Shurado is something different for the traditionally console-based developer, but if what I played is indicative of the final game, they may have something big on their hands here...

Out of all the amazing iOS games I've played over the past nine years, there is an extra special place in my heart for Solomon's Keep [Free]. Developer Raptisoft launched the game on April 2nd, 2010 which was the day after I officially began working for TouchArcade as a freelance writer. Its mixture of dual-stick shooting, RPG-like ability upgrading, and randomly-generated dungeons tickled all of my fancies, and I was bursting at the seams to write about it in an official capacity for my very favorite website. It was sort of like the culmination of my dreams coming true right before my own eyes. So write about it I did, and it ended up that my Solomon's Keep review was officially the third full review I wrote for this site and my fifth story overall during my first week working here. I've added more than 4,300 more stories for TA since those humble beginnings 7+ years ago...




Aftermath [$2.99] is a very atmospheric dual-stick zombie shooter that's near and dear to my heart, and I'm so thrilled to be reporting today that this incredibly niche little game has received iOS 11 support in its first update in nearly four years. This probably ties with Rogue Touch as the most surprising updates in my collection. Anyhoo, we first talked about Aftermath way back in March of 2010 just after it launched, when our own TouchArcade co-founder Arn reviewed that version of the game. Boy, our review process sure was different back then! ..

It's no exaggeration to say that Neon Chrome [$9.99] was one of the best mobile games to hit the App Store in 2016. The beautiful cyberpunk aesthetic combined with an engrossing sense of progression elevated Neon Chrome to the very apex of the iPhone's dual stick shooter genre, and received a highly coveted five-star review from the notorious Carter Dotson himself back in November. Understandably, everyone wanted even more Neon Chrome to play, and so the promise of the Arena DLC hitting mobile back in January was extremely exciting. However, months went by with little information on when this expansion would make its way to the mobile iteration of the title, and even with a substantial amount of content in the base game, Neon Chrome fans were beginning to wonder if the Arena DLC would ever make the transition from PC at all. Thankfully, 10tons have today confirmed that a first version of Arena for the iOS port of Neon Chrome is finally playable, and they are looking for testers on our forums to help balance and optimise the expansion before its upcoming launch...

The latest SEGA Forever release is upon us, and like many of the releases so far this one was already released on iOS several years ago before being pulled due to compatibility issues. Space Harrier 2 [Free] is a game of some historical significance as it was one of just two launch titles for the SEGA Genesis's debut in Japan, but it's also a firm reminder that the SEGA Forever celebration of the company's history remains steadily focused on one particular period of it. The emulation is solid enough and it's a decent game that is well-suited to touch controls, so nostalgic SEGA fans could do a lot worse than throwing a couple of bucks at it. Any appeal beyond that group might be a tough sell, however...

'Ghoulboy' Is a Spooky Side-Scrolling Arcade Action Game, Coming Soon to the App Store

Today marks the first time an official 2D Metroid game has been released in over thirteen years. While you may be wondering the significance of such a milestone for mobile gaming, the fact that half of the Metroidvania genre label has been essentially defunct for so long - and we frequently use the term to describe many exciting exploratory iOS titles - means it's certainly something worth celebrating. While the upcoming Ghoulboy may be leaning more towards the 'vania' half of the descriptor, its undeniable retro charm combined with some nifty new platforming mechanics have lit an action gaming switch inside my brain, and there is a lot of potential for the title to make its own mark on the classic genre...

'Danmaku Unlimited 3' Review - The Depths of Bullet Hell

The 32-bit Appocalypse is upon us, friends, and some genres are going to get hit worse than others. By the looks of things, shoot-em-up fans are going to have plenty to be upset about. Just about every fantastic Cave shoot-em-up is headed for the scrap heap, and if the company plans to update them, they haven't said anything about it. It's a real loss, not just because they were relatively pricey by App Store standards, but also because they represent some of the finest the bullet hell sub-genre has to offer. You know what, though? I think we're going to be okay, because as long as there are developers like Doragon Entertainment out there putting out games like Danmaku Unlimited 3 [$4.99], we're still eating well on iOS...

Sega is continuing on with their Sega Forever initiative, which they announced this past June and sees classic titles from their entire console history coming to mobile in free to play form. The initiative got off to a rocky start both due to underwhelming titles being released and the emulation performance of those titles being less than stellar. To their credit Sega has worked hard since to release new Sega Forever games with an improved emulator and they've promised to roll those improvements out to the existing line of games via updates. Today a bunch of Sega Forever titles received those promised improvements: Altered Beast [Free], Kid Chameleon [Free], Comix Zone [Free], and The Revenge of Shinobi [Free]. ..

'Cat Quest' Review - An Interactive How-to on Mobile RPGs

We've had our teeth sunk into Cat Quest [$4.99] here at Touch Arcade Towers for a while now. It's been just about a year since one of our first looks at the game at TGS 2016. Since then we also took a peek into the dev process Gentlebros went through to cook up this Action-RPG offering. A lot of times our Patreon supporters will ask us about games that shape or define a genre, and Cat Quest, for all its levity, has left an indelible paw print on that list. ..

Every two to three days, give or take, somebody somewhere asks for advice on the best roguelike games for mobile. Inevitably Sproggiwood [$4.99] appears on the resulting lists. Sproggiwood and its cute graphics and copious humor came out in mid-2015 but has held up to the advances of time and game development as a paragon of the roguelike genre. It's also on sale right now for its lowest price ever, just $.99. Sproggiwood goes on sale fairly frequently but usually for $2 or $3, never this low. In Sproggiwood you play as a simple island farmer who is lured through a magical portal by a talking sheep. The portal leads to a trap (the lesson here is don't trust talking sheep) created by the Sproggi, a forest spirt who built a village to keep you in and occupied. Your job is to tame all of the creatures that roam the forests. ..

SEGA is a company that has made its mark in multiple arenas, but perhaps none so much as the arcades. They took a little longer to get going than some of their fellow members of the arcade royalty, but by the mid-1980s they were starting to hit a stride that wouldn't slow until arcades themselves did. They achieved that through a variety of means. Sometimes it was pure technological spectacle. At other times, it was through clever gameplay innovations. But SEGA also knew how to recognize a good thing and make their own spin on it, a skill shared by all of the very best arcade game makers. The 1989 release of Golden Axe [Free] was a fine example of that, combining a few popular trends into one slick, enjoyable gaming experience...

Frantic Hookshot Shooter 'Grapple Gum' Is Flying Onto the App Store on September 14th

I've been obsessed with grappling hooks in games ever since I sent the Hero of Hyrule flying across the 8-bit monochromatic dungeons in Link's Awakening. While gaming has moved on significantly since these formative exploratory days, it seems our adoration of hooking onto distant objects remains as fervent as ever, and Grapple Gum is the latest in a long line of excellent App Store titles aiming to capitalise on this innate passion of humanity. If you're an avid reader of TouchArcade (in which case, please take my eternal love), you'll likely have noticed we already wrote about the eccentric combination of grappling gameplay with shooting action in Grapple Gum back in June, however today the developer has finally announced that the title is set to release onto the App Store for $1.99 on September 14th...

Miniclip's War Wings [Free] has been out on the App Store for a couple weeks now and I've had a chance to play it for a bit. There have been two really challenging things for me while I've played War Wings, those two things are Combat and Research. Those can be very confusing for the casual pilot. Other games like World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] use the whole 'Research and Combat' method that I'm a pretty big fan of. Though, that method does take a lot of learning about the vehicles and lots of time playing the game...

Kemco is continuing their series of experiments with a familiar face this time around. Before 2017, the publisher generally only cranked out a near-monthly procession of JRPGs. They weren't identical to one another, but they were certainly similar in a lot of ways. This year, they've slowed down their release schedule on mobile a little and partnered up with some new developers to try to freshen things up. What Hadjane Says Goes! [$4.99] comes from Hit-Point, one of their old standby development studios, but it's not like any of their previous games. Instead of being a turn-based adventure across a medieval fantasy world, it's an action-RPG set in the depths of the underworld itself...

Slay Humans With Crossbows and Capitalism in 'Goblin's Shop', Releasing September 17th on the App Store

While occasionally certain titles can just become inundated with conflicting mechanics and convoluted stories, sometimes a game just makes sense, and that's very much the case for the upcoming Goblin's Shop, from Taiwanese indie developer Firestoke. In the titular trading post, a goblin with an unhappy history with humans is determined to take revenge - through kitting up themselves and their monstrous allies for genocidal raiding parties. Yes, the premise is somewhat dark, but the colorful pixel art exterior gives Goblin's Shop a degree of levity, as the action and role-playing elements combine for what could be a neat little mobile adventure. For anyone wanting to betray humankind and ally with a nefarious cast of creatures, Goblin's Shop is set to release onto both the App Store and the Google Play store on September 17th...

There's nothing quite like the App Store for dropping some cool looking game without any sort of warning. Such is the case with Death Point [$5.99], a new top-down dual-stick stealth game from developer Andiks. Arriving on the App Store with zero fanfare yesterday, it has since gone to capture the attention of our community, and after giving it a brief try for myself, it seems like a really high-quality title if you're looking for a new premium game to chew on going into the weekend. As mentioned Death Point is a stealth game, inspired by "Metal Gear Solid, PayDay and HITMAN series" according to the developer's website. Check out this trailer of the desktop version to get an idea of what Death Point is all about...

Death Road to Canada [$10.99] just got its massive content update. This updated, dubbed DUODENUM, includes new music, weapons, characters, systems, and more. As with every big update to the game, the price will go up by $1. If you aren't familiar with Rocketcat Games' road trip action RPG, Carter's review of the game should have you covered. The game has had a lot of post-release support over the past few months, and the newest update has truckloads of new shiny stuff to experiment with. Check out a video showcasing the update below:..

Pigeon Wings [$1.99] does so many things right, it's hard to pinpoint all of them and why they feel the way they do. First off the game is downright charming, and just the act of playing it puts a huge smile on my face. Second is that it controls impeccably well with a mixture of extremely fine-tuned tilt controls and screen taps. Third is that these qualities coupled with well-designed, bite-sized levels have turned the game into a hotbed of fierce competition, as has been playing out in the game's forum thread since its release a couple of weeks ago. A lot of this I think has to do with slow, iterative development, and as I mentioned when I first posted about Pigeon Wings a little over a month ago the game took over 2 years to complete. ..

Taito is one of the most historically significant companies in gaming history, and that is almost entirely due to Space Invaders. The 1978 pioneer of shoot-em-ups kicked off a genuine worldwide craze, and Taito watched their coffers fill with cash hand over fist. Plenty of great games followed, but none would have the impact or financial success of Space Invaders. Taito helped create the arcade scene with that game's focus on achieving high scores. Sadly, the company never quite got the swing of making home games, and their relevance diminished right alongside the arcades they helped to build in the first place. They weren't even able to hold onto their crown in the shoot-em-up genre for very long, but to their credit, they kept right on swinging anyway...

Before we get going with this review, let's address the elephant in the corner of the room: SEGA Forever. SEGA's latest attempt to bring its classics to iOS has had a bit of a rocky start thanks to a frankly lackluster Genesis emulator. SEGA got a lot of feedback from those initial releases and, to their credit, have been working hard trying to address the problems. Their latest release is Ristar [Free], and it comes with a new emulator build that shows significant improvement over previous ones. It's not perfect, mind you. While it greatly improves on the framerate and sound issues many have had with earlier releases, this version sometimes has some screen tearing. Nevertheless, it's a solid enough release that we feel it's worth reviewing this game largely on its own merits...

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