Category Archives: Action

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...

We're on high alert here at TouchArcade and ever vigilant in tracking the coming iOS 11 "Appocalypse." If you have no idea what I'm talking about allow me to recommend our definitive guide to iOS 11, 64-bit support, and the end of playability of a great many older games. The short of it is, if a game has not been updated from 32 to 64 bits it will stop working on any device that runs iOS 11. Luckily developers have been responding to this threat to their games and, despite there being little financial reward for doing so, are updating their games if possible. One such game is Slayin [$0.99] which just got version 3.0. The update description is simple, yet welcome, "Added 64-bit support."..

Death Road to Canada [$9.99] by Rocketcat LLC is one of the better games of 2017, and certainly one of the more humorous games about the zombie apocalypse. In Death Road you hit the road and hope to make it through the walking dead and other trials to the relative safety of Canada all the way from the decidedly unsafe environs of Florida. It's a really deep game with a lot to do and it just keeps getting better...

If I'm honest, I'm more of an advocate of cats in video games, although I appreciate the effort that developer SnoutUp has made over their prolific App Store output in making pigs the stars of the show. With previous releases such as Iron Snout [Free], the developer has underlined the secret intelligence of everyone's favorite pink, sedentary farm animal, and Bacon May Die [Free] is essentially a continuation of this theme. Set in an alternate reality where hordes of zombies are set on eating bacon rather than brains, Bacon May Die features fun beat 'em up action that looks as entertaining as it is bizarre, and is today available on the App Store to download for free...

This comes straight from my "Wanted to Post Last Week but Didn't Have Time" file, but it's still worth mentioning that Sunnyside Games have a BIG update coming for their extremely stylish arcade shooter Towaga [$2.99] and last week they also updated their excellent stock-trading twitch game The Firm [$0.99] for the coming 32-bit Appocalypse. First up is Towaga which launched way back in January with fantastic visuals and animation and core gameplay that was solid but felt like it needed to be fleshed out just a bit more. This forthcoming update, called the New Moon update and detailed by Sunnyside in our forums, looks to address that by adding unlockable Masks and Outfits which each give special abilities to your character, new enemy types, new bosses, an in-game perk and spell upgrade system, and TONS more. Oh, and of course the much-requested iPad support is in this update too. Check out these animated .gifs from the new version of Towaga; the top one shows the new Bump special move and the bottom shows the UI for selecting your Masks and Outfits...

Sidescrolling Beat 'Em Up 'Golem Rage' Set to Release in October, and Is Looking for Beta Testers on Our Forums

One of my favorite parts of writing about mobile games is seeing certain titles develop from a basic core idea at their genesis, to detailed, complex and action-packed completed products after months of intensive development - and a number of overly ambitious missed release dates. Golem Rage is one such game, and since its debut on TouchArcade in 2016, the developers have painstakingly detailed the growth of their beat 'em up App Store debut, which has certainly been impressive. After missing an initial September release date, Golem Rage is finally reaching completion, and the developers are now looking for beta testers on our forums in preparation for a prospective October 2017 release date on the App Store...

Ticket to Earth [$4.99] has been received quite well, with its most important accolade being the highly coveted TouchArcade Game of the Week, and now you can get it for $1.99, its lowest price ever. Ticket to Earth plays out on a grid, with you and your opponents taking turns either moving, attacking, or taking other actions. The tiles come in different colors, and you'll have to be matching them as you move across the board; longer matches give you bonuses, and different color tiles give you different abilities. While it does use a match-3 mechanic, the game is much more than just that, so don't let images of another Candy Crush clone scare you away. This is a very different game, and you can see that from the trailer below...

Classic Reload - 'Punch Quest'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the regular feature where the ghostly apparition of Blake haunts us at every turn. In this feature, we take a look at games from the App Store's past to see how they hold up in the harsh, post-apocalyptic wastelands of 2017. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. As the three-time winner of the prestigious Some Pig Award, I try to choose a balanced selection of games, but if you have a suggestion, I'm all ears. You can comment below with the games you'd like to see featured and I'll add them to the master list for future consideration...

What is there left to say about Death Road to Canada [$9.99]? Ever since its launch on the App Store in March, it seems the iOS community has been entirely enamoured by Rocketcat Games' latest and biggest mobile venture, and for good reason. As our review and subsequent Game of the Week award firmly underlines, Death Road to Canada's eccentric unpredictability and compulsively fun gameplay has made it a shoe-in for the end of year awards season, and the developer's commitment to expanding the experience with updates is both commendable and extremely exciting. After what has felt like a long wait, the first major content update for Death Road to Canada has today launched on the App Store, and comes with a veritable slew of content, most notably an awesome unlock system that includes perks, traits, upgrades, one-off bonuses and much more with a brand new currency called Zombo Points. The launch trailer for what has been dubbed the COCCYX update does a good job of demonstrating some of the recent additions, and this huge content patch serves as a great excuse to revisit Death Road to Canada for both hardcore fans and anyone currently sitting on the fence...

It seems like the first rule of Crash Club [Free] is that you must talk about Crash Club as much as you can, as the popularity of Prettygreat's latest game after a host of Apple-backed promotions has been impressive. While a lot of the excitement around Crash Club is owing to its finely tuned gameplay and ridiculously varied customisation options, one reason why the game has kept momentum is because of its impressive post-launch support through successive content updates. One such addition came shortly after launch, and yesterday the Version 1.2 of Crash Club finally reached the App Store, with a whole number of shiny extra vehicles, a new crash site to brawl in, and also a boldly named Galaxy Gun that has the ability to shoot up to three players at once...

'Assassin's Creed Unity' Mobile Spin-Off Revealed as Honor9 Handset Exclusive - Coming to iOS and Android Later?

After the Assassin's Creed series took its much publicised break from the front lines during 2016 - which, apart from the debut of the Assassin's Creed Identity [$3.99] spin off in February of last year, also applied to mobile - the stealth stabbing series has truly come back with a vengeance in 2017. E3 revealed the upcoming Egyptian-themed Assassin's Creed Origins that looks mightily impressive, yesterday marked the surprise announcement of a bizarre mobile strategy RPG game named Assassin's Creed Rebellion, and it looks like a brand new title has also managed to leak out of Ubisoft this morning as well. Thanks to the suitably excellent detective skills and eagle vision of forum member TheMerc, what appears to be a 2D platforming spin-off of the French Revolution-themed Assassin's Creed Unity game has been revealed on Twitter. However, this version of the controversial entry in the series will be exclusively on Honor9 phones for sixth months, with no explicit details of a wider iOS launch at this early date...

Last week we detailed a massive new update that's heading to Rocketcat and Madgarden's sublime Death Road to Canada [$9.99], an update they've dubbed the COCCYX update. It's set to add a fancy new currency called Zombo Points which you'll need to earn through actually playing the game (no IAP!) and can spend on buying new perks and abilities. It pretty much replaces the current perk progression system with something that's a bit more clear and similar to progression systems in other games. There are also lots of new characters being added in this update, and that's the focus of today's news piece as the developers have just released a new video showing some of those new characters in action...

The App Store is like an awful b-list zombie movie at the moment, with classic games fading left, right and center at the hands of Apple's relentless 32-bit Appocalypse. While a number of titles have since been updated to 64-bit to stay around when iOS 11 rolls into town, the very nature of this new requirement for applications means a number of true classics will soon suddenly disappear, which is disappointing for the platform as a whole. Thankfully, one such cult iOS hit has today confirmed its continued presence on the App Store. As we first reported last week, Rocketcat Games and Madgarden's Punch Quest [Free] has been updated to bring it into compliance with Apple's 64-bit regulations, and the developers have also strongly hinted at later successive updates that could add features such as Apple TV support...

'Flipping Legend' Review - It's Flipping Sweet

It can be tough to stand out for a game that is in a well-worn genre. The sort of endless runner with action elements genre can be a tough sell for some folks when there's a ton of those games out there. But Flipping Legend [Free] doesn't deserve to be skipped. This separates itself from the rest of the pack by having a unique movement system, an RPG-style upgrade system, strong artistic direction, and most importantly: being fun to play at its very core...

'Brawl Stars' Has Soft Launched on the Canadian App Store, Android Version Coming Soon?

A whole host of massive games have been announced at E3 over the past week, and for some time it appeared that the iOS community had missed out on its own major upcoming release at the event. Thankfully, Supercell saved the day, and the announcement of their next 3-on-3 online shooter Brawl Stars was met with much excitement when it came out of nowhere on Wednesday morning. Best of all, you don't have to wait months to try out the latest release from the makers of Clash of Clans [Free] and Clash Royale [Free], as the beta for Brawl Stars has soft launched in Canada today, and can be downloaded from all regions through using our soft launch guide...

Huijaus Games and publisher Appsolute Games have been promising us Mr. Future Ninja [$2.99], a stylish stealth-action game, and finally it is here. And there it goes. The premise seemed incredibly promising, but the problem is that the game is just too short. Characters and puzzle types get introduced, and then by the time you think they're done introducing things and ready to start really, really testing you, well, the game is over. It's a fun experience up until that point, but I just wish there was more of it...

There has been a lot of activity around Supercell lately, and while we've seen the likes of Clash of Clans [Free] grow from a cult hit into a cultural phenomenon, many have been wondering what the Finnish developers have been up to since Clash Royale [Free] released in March 2016. Today, it seems like we may finally have an answer. A game titled Brawl Stars has been heavily teased on both Twitter and Reddit, and at 9am PDT an exclusive look is scheduled to be streamed on YouTube, giving a first glimpse of the 3v3 combat action in Supercell's next huge iOS release...

The big budget, melancholic triple-A blockbusters may be dominating the gaming world at E3 this week, but the App Store serves as its own detached utopia where anything can happen - including owls firing rockets out of their butts. We first caught a glimpse of Fowlst [$1.99] at the start of this month, and while CatCup Games' latest release was full of eclectic power-ups and an eccentric sense of humor, there looked to be a solid arcade game beneath the comical retro exterior. Right on time, Fowlst has released on the App Store today for $1.99, and even though it's difficult to pin down exactly what the gameplay consists of, it's definitely one of the more unique titles I've played on the iPhone in recent weeks...

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