Category Archives: Adventure

I'd hope that by now Death Road to Canada [$12.99] needs no introduction, but just in case, here we go. A collaborative effort between long-time mobile developers Rocketcat Games and Madgarden, Death Road to Canada is a survival adventure slash roadtrip simulator that tasks you with making it from Florida to Canada in order to escape a zombie apocalypse. Canada is apparently immune to zombie infestation, or something. It's a stunning mixture of resource management, open-ended decision making, and good old-fashioned zombie bashing. We liked it okay I guess. ..

This past December, Dontnot Entertainment and Square Enix released their well-received 2015 console and PC narrative adventure game Life is Strange [Free]on iOS. It's an episodic game that's split into five episodes, and the way it works on iOS is that your initial purchase lands you the first episode with subsequent episodes available as IAP. While we absolutely enjoyed playing this game on the touchscreen back in December, it was only really part of the game as only the first three episodes were available initially. Well that changes today as a new update has arrived for Life is Strange on iOS which adds in the final two episodes as DLC. ..




'Fighting Fantasy Classics' Review - A Doorway to Adventure

Although they've been branching out in some big ways in recent years, Tin Man Games is still best known for one thing: digital gamebooks. Whether wholly original works like their Gamebook Adventures series or adaptations of physical books like the Fighting Fantasy line, Tin Man's gamebooks generally have featured excellent presentation while remaining quite faithful to the paperbacks that inspired them. They've released quite a few such titles on mobile, but it's been a little while since the last one came out. Fighting Fantasy Classics [Free] is Tin Man's return to digital versions of traditional gamebooks, and what a comeback it is...

You Need to See This Stunning New GDC Trailer for 'Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm'

I'm going to get it out the way before the inevitable comparisons are made - Oceanhorn 2: Knights of the Lost Realm looks a lot like Zelda. Whether it's the dungeon-crawling gameplay, the radial item selection menus taken directly from Skyward Sword or the blue-cloaked, sword-wielding protagonist, Oceanhorn 2 wears its Nintendo reverence on its sleeve. Now these tiresome parallels have been drawn, does any of this mean I'm any less excited for Oceanhorn 2? When there's a hookshot involved, that's certainly a stupid question. In their sequel to one of 2013's best games in the original Oceanhorn, Cornfox & Bros have gone to the next level to create a beautiful cel-shaded world that looks unlike anything we've seen on the App Store to date. With the promise of some stunning locales to explore and a variety of tools to take down the terribly ominous bandits sprawled across the land, Oceanhorn 2 is the epitome of the premium mobile title, and the new GDC demo trailer is another reason to get extremely excited...

In case you haven’t heard, Fortnite: Battle Royale [Free] has taken the iOS gaming community by storm even in its current invite-only method of playing the game. This really shouldn’t be a surprise either, considering how well the game runs on current iOS devices, as well as how popular it has become on other platforms. When you fire up the mobile version of this awesome game for the first time, you’ll discover a few differences that may significantly alter how you play the game. We’ve been putting in our time and have a few words of wisdom to impart to try and make the transition easier for the rest of you...

'Evoland 2' Review: Let's do the Timewarp Again

Shiro Games isn't the type of game company to release tons of games that are broad reaching and cover many genres. This is kind of weird because in order to be proficient at making a game like Evoland 2[$6.99], they have the chops to make a LOT of games. Unlike the original Evoland, the sequel fully explores several genres and manages a voice and a character all it's own. While the first Evoland really never fully pushed past the big names that it pays homage to, Evoland 2 will draw you in and make you forget at times that it is in many ways an almanac of gaming nostalgia. Evoland 2 just recently released on iOS as a port from the PC version, and it is a really great way to play this enchanting game...

'Oddmar' Is a Beautiful Cartoon Viking Platformer From the Developers of 'Leo's Fortune', Releasing This Spring

If dog years are the equivalent of seven human years, I can't even begin to comprehend how long App Store years are. It feels like we get a month's worth of game announcements and releases practically every week, and while this is great for anyone starved of things to do, it also means many brilliant concepts and ideas get buried under the sheer volume of news. If we go back all the way to 2015, Viking Mushroom was one such game that really generated a lot of excitement and anticipation from our community - the beautifully animated cartoon graphics looked like you were playing a cartoon, and some tight platforming action made the overall package from developer MobGe a particularly enticing prospect. However, Viking Mushroom soon missed its 2016 release date, and news was relatively sparse on this promising upcoming platformer. It may have taken a while, but we finally have our update. Viking Mushroom has been reborn as a brand new game as Oddmar, and while it retains the abundant charm of its source material, it's evident from the preview trailer that the game has come a long way over the past few years...

As promised, Beamdog have launched Baldur's Gate: Siege of Dragonspear [$9.99] in the iOS App Store today. Taking place between the original Baldur's Gate [$9.99], which launched back in 1998, and Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn [$9.99], which launched in 2000, Siege of Dragonspear is a brand new title bridging the gap between those two stories. It's built in the same Infinity Engine that was used on the original two Baldur's Gate games, lending it some old-school authenticity, but with some additional fixes and features that are along the lines of what Beamdog did with their Enhanced Edition remakes of the first two games. ..

Read Only Memories: Type-M [Free] finally brings the cyberpunk, Snatcher-inspired point-and-click adventure to mobile, years after its Kickstarter project promised a mobile release. Since then, the game has seen release on pretty much every other system under the sun, including the Ouya and Vita, but mobile players have not had their chance to explore 2064 Neo-San Francisco for themselves. Now they can, with Read Only Memories: Type-M. This futuristic point-and-click adventure has you tagging along with the robotic AI Turing, who is trying to discover what happened to their creator, Hayden. By solving puzzles and interacting with people, you wind up uncovering a deeper conspiracy that goes into Hayden's disappearance...

The legend of Redshift's The Quest [$7.99] just continues to grow as today a new expansion called Macha's Curse [$2.99] has arrived for the game. The Quest is an old-school style grid-based first-person RPG that began on handheld computing devices more than a decade ago. When the iPhone (and iPod touch and iPad) arrived they presented a perfect home for the beloved series. Several years back developer Redshift set out to remake the game in high definition, and while the original app and its many, MANY expansions continue to exist in the App Store the "HD" versions are the ones that are now the focus of development. Previously available expansions like Island of Ice and Fire and Hero of Lukomorye have made the jump to HD as well, but as far as I can tell Macha's Curse is a brand new expansion that hasn't been released before...

I got some serious deja-vu when I saw Temple of Spikes: The Legend [$5.99] appeared one the App Store this morning. It turns out that, almost exactly a year to the day, Tigrido announced the debut of the Temple of Spikes [Free] series on the App Store with what was a rather entertaining little arcade game. They may share a similar title, but Temple of Spikes: The Legend couldn't be more different than its predecessor in both gameplay and scope. Now a hardcore twitch platforming title, Temple of Spikes: The Legend takes influence from its speedrunning peers like the excellent Mos Speedrun 2 [$1.99], and the promise of 30 levels and a frankly ridiculous 50+ hours of gameplay underline the game's credentials as Tigrido's first major App Store premium release. After much anticipation, Temple of Spikes: The Legend is available to download for $5.99 today on iOS...

If there's one thing I've learnt from covering major App Store releases over the past two years, it's that you can never trust release dates. Alto's Odyssey [$4.99], the eagerly-awaited follow-up to 2015's universally acclaimed and adored endless runner Alto's Adventure [$4.99], was scheduled to launch on iOS tomorrow, but here we are. I'm not sure why I'm complaining about being blindsided by release dates, as five minutes with Alto's Odyssey confirms everything you'd expect from a pseudo-sequel to one of the most beloved mobile releases of recent times - Snowman have yet again created a game that is aesthetically stunning, while also varied and accessible enough to be a lot of fun to play. Alto's Odyssey is available to download on the App Store for $4.99 right now, and while we'll have a review out very soon, I'm sure most ardent iOS advocates have already downloaded it by this point in the article...

It's not the first thing that comes to mind with any sandbox game to think, "Man, I'd like this game even more if there was more to do." The whole point of a sandbox is to let you do what you want, after all. That being the case, Portal Knights [$4.99] must really want you to like it, because its brand new Adventurer's Update loads it up with new features and new ways to play...

Need something romantic to do on Valentine's Day this year? How about a road trip. Maybe to Canada? Maybe with a horde of deadly zombies trying to kill you the entire way? I really can't think of anything more romantic than that. Rocketcat Games and Madgarden seem to agree, as they've just released a surprise update for their zombie road trip simulator Death Road to Canada [$12.99]. The centerpiece of this update will be a special Valentine's Day Event, but of course you'll need to play on actual Valentine's Day to see it, so check back in tomorrow for that. When you do, Cupid will join your party and according to the developers "his sayings are VERY romantical" and he'll be sporting a new weapon, the bow and arrow. ..

Nowadays platform agnosticism is pretty common and it's not surprising to see games releasing on a variety of platforms. In the case of Death Road to Canada [$12.99], it was sort of a weirder situation. You see, the game was originally envisioned as a mobile title but ultimately launched first on Steam Early Access since it was much easier to gather feedback and iterate with updates on that platform. Following lots of optimizations, tweaks, and content updates, Death Road did make its way to iOS in March of last year and then Android the following October. Since then both the desktop and mobile versions have been receiving updates and new content, but that has led to console people hollering about wanting the game on their platforms of choice. Today that dream is coming true as UKIYO Publishing has announced a partnership with developers Rocketcat Games and Madgarden to bring Death Road to Canada to Nintendo Switch, Microsoft Xbox One, and Sony PlayStation 4 this April...

Joe Richardson's iOS debut game, Four Last Things [$3.99], is out. This is a port of a Steam game, but unlike most ports, this is the Dev's first foray into the land of iOS. At Touch Arcade, we love to see developers take big risks to reach gamers that want to play their game and there is rarely a better way to reach as many gamers as possible than to release a game on iOS. There may already be quite a few point and click adventure games out there, but I think after a little investigation you will find that Four Last Things is something completely different...

When Level-5 released Layton's Mystery Journey [$15.99] back in July of last year, it was interesting for several reasons. First was that, at least outside of Japan, it was releasing exclusively on iOS and Android first, with a Nintendo 3DS version arriving a few months later. It's not often you see a big brand like the Layton series releasing a brand new game on mobile first. Second was that Layton's Mystery Journey on iOS and Android was a fully premium game, and although it was sold in piecemeal fashion with all of its additional puzzles and cosmetic items available as separate IAP purchases, if you ended up buying everything the price would equal what Level-5 was charging for the game on the Nintendo 3DS. Pricing parity is another thing you don't often see between console and mobile releases of the same game. In fact, I'd argue the mobile way of pricing Layton's Mystery Journey was superior as you'd get the entire base game for $16 and then could choose to buy or not buy any of the additional content as you saw fit. Nintendo 3DS owners had to plop down the full price for everything included whether they wanted those additional things or not. ..

'The Room' Series Plot Guide - Here's What You Need to Know to Be Ready for 'The Room: Old Sins'

The Room: Old Sins is the latest release in a series that goes back to 2012, which I regret to inform you was more than five years ago. Wait, don't focus on the existential dread! There are games to play, after all. Now, the games in this series are puzzle games first and foremost. You're meant to enjoy the intricately-designed puzzles and the way everything connects before anything else. But there is also an intricately-designed, connected story going on in the background, and each game has revealed clues and plot pieces at a steady rate. Maybe you're excited for Old Sins, but you can't quite remember what happened in the last game, or the one before that. Well, we've got your collective backs, friends. Here's a spoiler-heavy summary of the first three games in the series for those who want a quick refresher...

There is a good reason why each of the premium titles that were created by the Cube Escape [Free] developer bear the name Rusty Lake. Seeing this name should evoke the same sort of gut reaction upon seeing the words Twin Peaks. For those of you who are familiar with either of those names, you know you are in for a surreal cult series that is designed to bend the edges of reality. The tv show is a classic and broke new ground, and while Rusty Lake Paradise [$1.99] is only a sequel it does offer a lot of new story and of course new puzzles to solve as well...

The classic horror game The 7th Guest [Free], from back in the early 90s and the age of CD-ROM, has gone free, so if you're in the mood to either enjoy a tinge of nostalgia (if you're my age) or discover what your mom and dad used to play, grab it while it's free. I remember playing The 7th Guest when it came out back in 1993 and being struck by the wonder of it all, trying to figure out all the puzzles and uncover all kinds of creepy secrets. The game really is an important moment in gaming history, and you should grab it if just for that reason...

Copyright 2014, TouchArcade.com, LLC.