Category Archives: Action

The South Park series has always been legendary amongst anyone who likes irreverent, offensive and ultimately hilarious cartoons, however it's only recently that the franchise has made a significant impact on the gaming industry. 2014's The Stick of Truth on consoles was a surprisingly deep and engrossing Paper Mario-esque take on the RPG genre, and this year's The Fractured But Whole kept up the euphemistic naming pattern while also receiving strong reviews from critics. As a result, it was inevitable that Matt Stone and Trey Parker's iconic animated sitcom would make a major appearance on mobile, and today the long-awaited South Park: Phone Destroyer [Free] has finally released worldwide on the App Store. Featuring some typically inappropriate PVP combat, Phone Destroyer has gone down well amongst our forum members in its soft launch, and looks to be a fitting mobile debut for the cartoon...

Following its initial release on mobile this past March, updates for Rocketcat and Madgarden's zombie apocalypse adventure game Death Road to Canada [$11.99] have been coming in regularly throughout this year. In addition to a number of more minor updates, Death Road has also been receiving meatier, body-part-inspired content updates that are trying to follow in the footsteps of all the content being added to the desktop version of the game. Back in June we had the COCCYX update, and in August the DUODENUM update arrived. Both added a staggering amount of new features, tweaks, and fixes, making the already fantastic Death Road to Canada even better. Well, the fun's not over as this Thursday the new EYEBALL update is arriving for the mobile version of Death Road. And because human bodies have two eyeballs, this update is actually split into two parts. The first part which arrives this week adds in a dozen new text events, including the rare events Gnome Challenge Mode and Toilet of the Past's Future as well as a new event based around the hottest new piece of exercise equipment the Swole-O-Flex. You can see screens of these events below...




The 32-bit Appocalypse has come and gone, and apart from the few of us resolutely holding on to iOS 10, it seems many have accepted the perilous fate of many classic App Store games as Apple make further strides towards modernisation of their software. Thankfully, missing the iOS 11 launch doesn't permanently condemn any specific application to irrelevance, and it's been really neat to see games like XCOM: Enemy Within [$9.99] make a miraculous 64-bit resurgence. Samurai 2: Vengeance [$2.99] may not have the big-name pedigree of the aforementioned sci-fi strategy title, but the game did have a significant role in the early evolution of the App Store when it launched in 2010. While its hack 'n slash gameplay wasn't particularly revolutionary (despite being surprisingly slick with its virtual joystick input), Samurai 2: Vengeance had a truly stunning visual style that was groundbreaking for its time, and I'm delighted to see Madfinger Games' breakout release finally be updated with 64-bit support today...

This morning was one of those days where I just didn't want to wake up - but then I remembered the excellent Cally's Caves 4 [Free] was scheduled to release on the App Store. After two and a half years of fervent anticipation from the previous entry in the series, it's fair to say my expectations for the latest title in the excellent Cally's Caves franchise have been incredibly high, and it's good to see that developer Jordan Pearson decided to do things his way (as opposed to the highway), as the end product is an incredibly enjoyable App Store action platforming romp. Despite a horde of gigantic and tenacious enemies, the thugs, bandits and football players determined to get in your way should keep their distance, cause right now Cally is dangerous, and entirely ready to break stuff with a ridiculous arsenal of awesome weapons to experiment with. If you've been keeping an eye on our pre-release coverage of the game, you know what time it is - Cally's Caves 4 is now available to download on the App Store for free, and is yet another essential title for any action fans out there...

Crescent Moon Games have historically been one of my favorite indie publishers on the App Store, ever since Ravensword: The Fallen King left my 13-year-old self stunned by the immense possibilities of the iPhone. While not every title released under their moniker is perfect, Crescent Moon certainly have more hits than misses, and recently have struck a rich vein of form with some incredible mobile titles like Morphite [$7.99], Get Me Outta Here [Free] and Subdivision Infinity [$4.99]. Owing to this impressive run of games, I have high hopes for Crescent Moon's latest release Runic Rampage [$3.99]. Featuring a dwarf with a formidable arsenal, Runic Rampage focuses on over-the-top violence, crazy combos and clever combat mechanics to stand out from its action RPG contemporaries. After releasing to a positive reception on Steam, Runic Rampage is finally available to download for $3.99 on the App Store...

The early 1990s were a strange time for video game characters. Side-scrolling platformers were without question the most popular games, to the point that just about every company had to come up with a mascot or three to put in their own spin on the genre. An awful lot of those characters were simple variations on Sonic the Hedgehog, throwing a pair of big googly eyes on some kind of anthropomorphic animal with an attitude in a vain effort to create some sort of familiar look. Licensed characters from other media and even real celebrities were also popular choices for similar reasons. Then there was Chuck D. Head. He's a mummy with his face on his chest, which he stretches out to attack enemies. Sometimes he finds a head with another face on it, and he throws that head like a hefty boomerang as another means of attacking. Chuck is the star of DeCap Attack [Free], a surprisingly high-effort platformer from SEGA and developer Vic Tokai...

The vast majority of Nitrome's output strikes a chord with me, as their App Store releases tend to epitomise the characteristics of mobile gaming that I absolutely adore. Their games normally have one particularly innovative and memorable core mechanic, which tends to flip expectations of a certain genre or gaming trope on its head. Alongside accessible controls and endlessly replayable high-scoring challenges, Nitrome have really struck gold with their mobile gaming formula, and hopefully this streak is not about to end any time soon. Turn Undead: Monster Hunter [Free] is Nitrome's latest App Store release, and features turn-based platforming action under a spooky Halloween aesthetic...

Frenetic Action Runner 'Crashbots' Is Set to Collide Into the App Store on November 2nd

It may be a relatively tired genre, but I'm entirely behind shiny new takes on the auto-runner App Store archetype. The core principles may be consistent between each release, but there is so much scope to introduce interesting mechanics, exhilarating action and shiny graphics, and the auto-runner really does suit mobile to a tee. Crashbots caught my eye for these very reasons earlier this year, as its quirky isometric take on the genre created what former TouchArcade cynic Carter Dotson described as 'an action game as much as a runner', and I can't really sum it up any better than that. After a lengthy beta testing period, developer Neon Chimp has announced that Crashbots will be hitting iOS and Android on November 2nd, alongside a pulsating new launch trailer showcasing some of the action to expect within the game...

Originally announced in July of last year, we first reported about the ambitious upcoming post-apocalyptic first-person adventure The Sun in July of THIS year when its first official trailer dropped, and we thought it was shaping up quite nicely. In truth, The Sun has been in development for more than 3 years by a tiny team with a core of just 3 people, and in early August we got word that the game was nearing completion and should be released by the end of the month. Well, as is often the case, the game wasn't quite ready for release by then and after wondering when a new release date might be announced for the past month or so The Sun: Origin [$0.99] finally did officially launch in the App Store early Saturday morning. ..

Released on Steam in November of last year and PlayStation 4 this past August, ICEY [$2.99] is a stylish side-scrolling action game that has just surprise released in the App Store. This falls into the realm of yet another Steam game that I've never heard of before that's apparently quite critically acclaimed, and now that it's shown up on iOS I finally have the chance to experience it. ICEY reminds me quite a bit of the incredible Dust: An Elysian Tail [$5.99] in that combat is fast and heavily focused on cool combos and special moves, but the game takes place on a 2D side-scrolling plane. There's also quite an interesting narrative in ICEY, as the omnipresent narrator is constantly guiding you and telling you what to do, but you can choose to defy its instructions and branch out into areas on your own...

'Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times' Review: Outstanding Follow Up to One of the Best Tactical Combat Games Ever

What are the best tactical role-playing games for mobile devices? I see that question a lot and, inevitably, somebody mentions Warhammer Quest [$2.99] by Rodeo Games, and rightfully so. Warhammer Quest is without question one of the best turn-based combat games out there and one in which I've invested a huge number of hours in the four-plus years since its release. Rodeo Games is no more, unfortunately, but that didn't stop a sequel from making its way to the App Store. Warhammer Quest 2: The End Times [$4.99] was just released by Perchang, but can it clear the high bar set by its predecessor?..

Epic Action-Platformer 'Cally's Caves 4' Release Date Announced, Set to Roll Onto the App Store November 7th

Since I've officially become an adult (at least in the eyes of the state, maybe less so in reality), I like to feel my wiser, calmer and immensely more cynical self keeps me grounded in the lead-up to big mobile game releases. However, the occasional announcement does force me to dig out my season ticket for the metaphorical Hype Train from time to time, and the recent reveal of Cally's Caves 4 has me in a state of excitement I haven't experienced since the legendary soft-launch debut of Supercell's Brawl Stars. I'm an absolute sucker for action-platformers with an emphasis on exploration and discovery, and considering how strong the previous entry in the series was, Cally's Caves 4 is almost certainly going to contribute further to an incredible 2017 for mobile gaming. After a vague initial announcement, developer Jordan Pearson has finally announced a firm release date for the game, confirming Cally's Caves 4 will release on November 7th for free on the App Store...

The Best Action RPGs for iPhone and iPad - An RPG Reload Ranking

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the RPG Reload, the regular feature where our battles to the death sometimes involve QTEs. In each of these columns, we take a look at some aspect of RPG gaming on iOS. Often, it's in the form of a replay or a retrospective, but today we're doing something a little different. In the last couple of months, we went through the history of action RPGs, from Dragon Slayer to Dark Souls. These trips through history present us with an opportunity to do something that is often requested of us here at TouchArcade: lists of the best examples of each gaming genre. Consider this, then, your starter set for action RPGs on iOS. Are there other excellent ones? You bet! This is just my opinion, after all. But this gives you a place to get started in the genre with some assurance of reasonable quality...

'Kick Ass Commandos' Review- A Gloriously Gory Homage to Arcade Shooters of the Past

The late 80's and early 90's were times when the more gore and shock-value video games had, the better. One of my favorite games of this time was Total Carnage. My cousin and I would play the crap out of its violent cooperative mode. Total Carnage's gory, action-packed gameplay made us feel like the edgiest kids of all time. I'm a sucker for anything that provides nostalgia (as I have mentioned time and time again) and Kick Ass Commandos [$2.99] gave me a much-desired dose of Total Carnage-like gameplay. It was originally released on Steam back in November of 2016, and now the game has "Schwarzenegger'd" and "Stallone'd" its way onto the App Store...

Guns Royale [Free] isn't shy about its inspiration; it wants to bring to mobile the same experience that Playerunknown's Battlegrounds brought to PC, but tailored to the mobile platform, and now that the game has launched worldwide, you can try it out for yourself. The game has you dropping in a large area along with many other players, collecting weapons and equipment, leveling up, and then trying to stay alive by taking everyone else out. As in the case of the PUBG, this simple gameplay loop can get very addictive and fun, so long as the game plays well and is relatively balanced...

It's always a happy day when one of my favorite older games gets a 64-bit update and is saved from the doom of the Appocalypse. Today's example of this is ZeMind Game Studio's unique space shooter Starborn Anarkist [$2.99]. Initially released in December of 2013, Starborn Anarkist isn't your typical dual-stick space shooter, of which you can find many on the App Store already. Its main hook is the ability to build and customize your ship using a variety of ship blueprints and parts that you'll drag onto a grid and connect in the game's garage. I can't stress enough just how much fun it is to try out wacky ship designs and see what works, and the collecting and unlocking of new parts and blueprints is one of the most engaging forms of progression I've seen in a mobile game. It's very possible to create a total clunker ship that barely functions right, but that's part of the fun, and with randomly generated enemies and an endless nature Starborn Anarkist is one of those games that I'm always guaranteed to have a good time with when I fire it up...

After waiting for more than three years, Rocketcat Games and Madgarden finally released their magnum opus "Randomly Generated Road Trip Action-RPG" Death Road to Canada [$11.99] on iOS this past March. Spoiler alert: It's pretty good. Since then, the developers have been releasing content updates for both the desktop and iOS versions of the game, like the huge COCCYX update that hit in June and the massive DUODENUM update that released in August. Alongside all the critical acclaim and tasty content updates, there's one big question a certain segment of the mobile gaming audience has still been wondering: When is Death Road to Canada coming to Android? Well, the Android-porting wizards at Noodlecake Games finally have an answer: October 26th. ..

When it comes to SEGA and their 16-bit library, game re-releases tend to fall into one of three categories. First, there are the games that are always included: Sonic, Golden Axe, Altered Beast, and the like. Then, you've got games that are often included, but not always. Phantasy Star 2, Ecco the Dolphin, and Shinobi 3 are examples of this group. Finally, there are games that SEGA only seems to include if they're being very thorough. Sometimes it's because they're tricky to emulate, other times because of rights issues, and still other times where the reason isn't clear at all. Beyond Oasis [Free] used to be part of this group, but it feels like it's slowly moving into the second category instead. Its presence here relatively early on in the SEGA Forever initiative is a good example of its improving fortunes...

I don't want to use the old equivalency argument for App Store pricing - for example, I rely on caffeine to live, and therefore $3.99 for a much-needed coffee is incomparable to a four dollar game. However, there are times when some of the best mobile releases are just so good that prices below ten dollars almost feel like stealing. Death Point [$5.99] was one such title, and its $5.99 cost of entry was a bargain for the awesome stealth shooting action within. In the strange case that you thought six dollars was too much, or perhaps you spent too much money on the other recent excellent 2017 releases, Death Point has today gone on a 50% sale for the first time, and is now available at a measly $2.99...

Sorry to disappoint any fans expecting the SEGA Forever series to be literally faithful to its name, as there were only ever 897 Genesis/Mega Drive games published, and only a proportion actually developed by the Japanese company themselves. SEGA Forever - more like SEGA Seventeen Years, am I right? In SEGA's defense, they have released so many titles under this new moniker on the App Store that I can't even remember if I've made this awful joke before, so apologies if my terrible humor has started to get stale. Anyway, another week, another new SEGA Forever game, and this time around it's the short but sweet action RPG Beyond Oasis [Free]. In the game, your protagonist comes equipped with a magical Armlet, which can harness the powers of certain elemental spirits encountered on your travels. Beyond Oasis is definitely one of the strongest of SEGA's back catalogue, and is available to download today for free on the App Store...

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