Category Archives: Action

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 [$10.99] 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 [$2.99] 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...

After a relatively short soft launch period, Taichi Panda 3: Dragon Hunter [Free] has spread its wings worldwide and is now available to everyone. The third game in the series brings much-improved visuals, a much larger world than before that also includes 360-degree battles, and a lot more. Taichi Panda 3 will feel more like an open-world game this time around since it brings to the series a seamless map, although I hope it doesn't also feel empty on the edges. And, as you probably guessed from the game's title, Taichi Panda 3 brings along huge dragons you can tame, ride, and use to take out everyone around you Game of Thrones-style...

'Cally's Caves 4', the Latest Entry in the Excellent Action-Platformer Series, Has a November Release Date and an Explosive New Trailer

While big name developers have attempted to translate massive IPs to mobile with mixed results, it's the home-grown franchises that are the most memorable on the App Store. Not simply because they play to the platform's limitations and strengths, and not just because they are the result of the concentrated passions and interests of a few individuals, but they just feel so much more genuine - especially when many of the developers are active within the TouchArcade community. The Cally's Caves series is certainly amongst the very best of them, and it has been a joy to see the significant improvement between each iterative title over the past few years, culminating in the excellent Cally's Caves 3 [Free] that received a stunning five star review from Shaun. Today, the developer has announced that Cally's Caves 4 will finally be launching in November, and has shared a trailer showing some of the frantic platforming action that is to be expected in this highly anticipated sequel...

Gameloft has been known for their attempts to bring popular "console-quality" games to the App Store, such as their personal iterations of the Grand Theft Auto series or the Call of Duty series. Gameloft's Modern Combat series has emulated the Call of Duty series throughout all 5 of its past installments and it has steadily gained traction/popularity on the App Store. It appears that the series will continue to thrive with the recent release of Modern Combat Versus [Free] (MCVS). MCVS is Gameloft's first foray into the "hero shooter" genre. However, there are many free-to-play gimmicks/shenanigans within Modern Combat Versus that can make things a bit difficult for the uninformed and casual F2P player. This guide will help you progress in MCVS as smoothly as possible (without spending a penny) by providing information about currency management, team composition, Agent suggestions, and various gameplay tips...

Crazy Dungeon Crawler 'The Scrungeon Depths' Has a Hilarious New Trailer, Launching November 9th on the App Store

Earlier this year, we brought you news on the eclectic endless roguelike dungeon crawler The Scrungeon Depths, and both the early previews and tremendous beta testing response have emphasised how well developer Chase Holton has refined the humorous and hectic nature of the game. With some pretty pixel art graphics and a lot of enemies to slay, The Scrungeon Depths reminds me of the likes of Death Road to Canada [$10.99] and The Binding of Isaac [$14.99] but dialled up to 11, which is a fantastically enticing prospect. After a few weeks of radio silence, the developer has revealed a brilliant brand new trailer for the game, and has also announced that The Scrungeon Depths will be launching on the App Store next month on November 9th...

When we first heard news of Cat Quest [$4.99] way back in June of last year, I don't think any of us could have expected just how good the game would be. It officially launched in early August and took players on a cute, cat-filled adventure that felt surprisingly epic while still feeling totally tailored to our tiny mobile device screens. We awarded it our Game of the Week upon release and easily gave it 5 stars in our review. We also got more than our fill of cat puns (but are always craving more). Well, after that stellar launch and reception, Cat Quest is readying some pretty big things for a future content update. Many games offer a "New Game Plus" mode upon completing the game once, giving you a reason to play through the game again, and Cat Quest is no exception. Except in this case, true to their punny nature, it'll be known as Mew Game Plus...

One of the biggest losses from the culling of 32-bit games from iOS 11, aka the 32-Bit Appocalypse, was being unable to continue playing the fantastic shooters released by CAVE. It wasn't really surprising though. After releasing many titles in their library as higher-priced premium apps on mobile in the earlier days of the App Store, CAVE said in early 2012 that it wasn't seeing the return that they'd hoped for from them and would instead be focusing more on social and free to play games. They continued releasing a few more games in the years since, much to the delight of its hardcore fanbase, but it seemed like its mobile glory days were already over some five years ago. If you find yourself pining for those glory days in these modern times, Tanoshimasu's new shooter Aka to Blue [$7.99] is here to answer that call...

I would be willing to bet that many of us have doodled various things on paper at one point in our lives. There is something special about what our imaginations can create when we implement our ideas through different forms of art. I still have a couple of notebooks (from my early childhood) that are chock-full of strange ideas/illustrations and I still find it entertaining to pour over their contents from time to time. I have come to appreciate games that attempt to emulate the aesthetics of doodles/drawings that are procured from the depths of people's imaginations. Grapple Gum [$1.99] emulates this type of art style and manages to mash a variety of gameplay mechanics together to create a "slingshot-action-platformer"...

Death Point [$2.99] is a prime example of my favorite feature of the App Store, as it's one of those games that appears out of absolutely nowhere but ends up being deceptively awesome. With its exciting stealth-infused take on the dual stick shooter, Death Point made quite a splash on our forums when it released in August, and comparisons that equated the game to a top-down mobile Metal Gear Solid really sum up the very essence of Andiks Ltd's surprise App Store hit. However, the game was by no means perfect, and many enthusiastic gamers were sceptical of the inconsistent virtual dual-stick controls - by no means a deal-breaker, but something that would inevitably necessitate some time to get used to in the title. Thankfully, the developers have been actively listening to feedback on our forums, and have today released an update for Death Point that introduces MFi controller compatibility alongside a multitude of additional fixes and tweaks...

'Gloomy Z' Is a Striking Zombie Tower Defense/Shooter Hybrid, Releasing Winter 2017

Whenever I even contemplate writing about a new zombie video game, I can feel the indifference from gamers around the globe reverberating around me. It might not be the most overused gaming cliche of all time, but it certainly feels like the most tired one, and I think we're all in agreement in hoping that the mainstream appeal of the undead will not rise from the grave anytime soon. That said, after such a negative introduction, I'm actually quite excited for the upcoming Gloomy Z from Agaporni Games, for a variety of reasons. Details like dragons and clever varied shooting gameplay are certainly important, but it's the striking visual style of Gloomy Z that got me past the zombie game stumbling block this time around. With the enemies and barricades featuring as nefarious black silhouettes in front of beautiful crimson-red skies, Gloomy Z creates a really neat aesthetic style, and is definitely one to watch in the lead up to its Winter 2017 release...

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 [$2.99] 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...

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