Category Archives: Games

Point and click games hold a peculiar retro charm to many younger gamers, myself included. Growing up at a time where the emphasis within the industry was immersive environments, unbridled action and complete control amidst the ascent of the analog stick, point and click titles felt somewhat anachronistic in the twenty-first century. However, the App Store and the fantastic touch screen capabilities of the iPhone have emphasised the qualities of the genre to this newer generation, and such technology has been able to bring cult classics such as Beneath a Steel Sky [$2.99] and the Broken Sword [$4.99] series to a brand new audience. The Little Acre [$2.99] follows in the footsteps of these two point and click gems (especially as the executive producer Charles Cecil was responsible for both titles), and brings a beautifully hand-drawn world with an adorable story to the App Store. After an initial PC launch last December, The Little Acre has today finally launched on iOS, and for the bargain price of $2.99...

As we've talked about a few weeks back, Amazon Prime members have an easy and free way to support TouchArcade simply by linking their accounts to Twitch and, as Twitch Prime members, subscribe and support our Twitch channel for free. If that wasn't enough reason to go ahead and get your Twitch Prime subscription, Blizzard is now giving you another one. Apparently, more free Hearthstone [Free] loot will be coming soon to all Twitch Prime members, although we have no details on what that loot might be. The image that you see below implies free packs, which would still be welcome...




Pokemon GO [Free] players, get ready because the huge update that's going to overhaul big parts of the game is rolling out now for both Android and iOS. If you haven't read our story yesterday, this new Pokemon GO update will add the new motivation system to Gyms as well as add a new Gym Badge feature and in-app and push notifications for Gyms. The game is also getting Raid Battles, a cooperative experience that should be a great way to play the game this summer. The update is also adding four new items that you can only get by completing Raid Battles and adding a Raids tab to the Nearby screen...

You probably realized that the 2v2 button on your Clash Royale [Free] main screen wasn't going to be permanent from its countdown timer, and now that it's gone (sad face), many players are wondering when we're getting it back. According to Supercell, the 2v2 button will once more be making its appearance on your main screen this July, and it will stay there throughout the whole month, which is why this summer will be known as the Summer of 2v2. Supercell added the 2v2 button for a week to see whether that's something the players would want to have there permanently, and if yes, in what form?..

'Prison Architect' Review - Running a Prison Shouldn't be This Fun

Let's start this review with the obvious: building and managing a maximum security prison in this day and age can be a peculiar experience given all we hear about the way the real-life prison system works. And yes, I know that some people have found Prison Architect [Free (HD)] disagreeable because of precisely these reasons. Add to that how the game's tutorial starts with having you build an execution chamber and then proceed to execute a murderer, and you can see why this game's theme might not be for everyone. Those reservations aside, though, in terms of mechanics and gameplay variation, Prison Architect is a very entertaining game with tons of content and plenty of depth that will keep you busy for many, many hours.While the title of Prison Architect implies that all you'll be doing in the game is building a prison, it's actually slightly misleading; you are in charge of so much more than just designing a prison. Your duties extend to planning your inmates' daily schedules, hiring the right kind of people to help run the facility, arranging for the prison to be "pleasant" enough so you can avoid riots, manage your tight budget, and much more. Prison Architect will definitely remind you of classic PC management games rather than modern mobile games when it comes to just how much you can control and how much tinkering you can do...

Have you ever known someone for years only for them to do something that makes you question if you really ever knew them? Okay, so that feeling, but video game. Most of us at TouchArcade Towers have been playing Threes! [$2.99] for years now. It's one of my go-to games when I need to relax for a bit, so I'm always getting in a round or two on a regular basis. And yet! It seems this game was hiding a little old secret, one that seems to have taken a really long time for anyone to figure out. 3.33 years, to be precise. Brace yourself, there are spoilers ahead for something most of us probably would have never found out on our own anyway...

Clash of Clans [Free] is getting ready to introduce June's balancing update to the game, and today the developers announced the new defensive and offensive content that will be added to the game. Supercell wanted to reassure players that although it's adding features to the Builder Base, it's not forgetting the Town Hall, and the June balancing update will actually be focused more on Town Hall than the Builder Base. We are getting new Cannon Level 15 (TH11), with Cannon Levels 10-14 upgrade time or cost being discounted. We are also getting Archer Tower Level 15 (TH11), with Archer Tower levels 9-14 upgrade time or cost also discounted. And we are getting Inferno Tower Level 5 (TH11), with Inferno Tower levels 2-4 upgrade time or cost discounted, Inferno Tower level 4 multi-mode damage increased, and Inferno Tower single-mode 1st stage damage changed to match multi-mode damage...

If you're an Android player and like MMORPGs, you've probably already played Villagers & Heroes, which is also on PC and allows cross-platform gameplay. The developers are getting ready to expand the game's world with the upcoming Starfall expansion, which will add plenty of content as well as rework many of the game's features. First of all, Starfall will raise the cap level to 90 and gradually add new seven zones and new bosses. Those two changes should give players plenty to do...

Disguised Toast Responds, Best Wild and Standard Decks, Best Legendaries to Craft, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News on 'Touchstone' #102

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our roundup of the best Hearthstone [Free] stories and videos from this past week. The past week was on the quiet side, with nothing really earth shattering happening. We are officially in the post-expansion lull, so there isn't too much going on. Still, there are some interesting guides on various decks you can put together, a guide on what legendaries you should be crafting, stories on the game's negativity, and more. How is your Hearthstone gaming going? Are you enjoying the current state of the meta, or are you ready for a change and for new cards to come into the game? Let me know in the comments...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Footy Golf', 'Candy Crush Saga', 'Hidden Folks', 'The Escapists', and More

Hello everyone, and welcome to the week! It's time once again for our look back at the noteworthy updates of the last seven days. In addition to a bunch of 64-bit updates, regular updates keep on rolling in at a steady rate. I've found some of the most interesting ones for you to take a look at as you enjoy your morning tankard of ale. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper Social [Free], the watchlist in the TouchArcade App [Free], or by participating in the TouchArcade forums, but this weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

Using the iPhone to transform typical text adventures into something so much more immersive has been done to great effect on the App Store as of late, with the Lifeline [$1.99] series providing some of the more memorable narrative experiences on the platform. However, A Normal Lost Phone [$1.99] took this concept and dialled (pun not intended) it up to 11. As opposed to its relatively innocuous title, Accidental Queens' debut iOS release takes the player into unknown territory, having to uncomfortably dive into the private matters of a stranger to discover what happened to the previous owner who mysteriously disappeared at the age of 18. Without wanting to spoil any of the incredibly powerful storytelling within the game, A Normal Lost Phone touches on some pertinent issues involving intimacy, adolescence and sexuality, and has today gone on sale for the first time for $1.99...

Every time I feel like I may be losing interest in Pokemon GO [Free], Niantic announce a new event or additional features that suck me right back into 2016's augmented reality hit. While we reported that changes were afoot when the developers announced a temporary respite from the gyms last week, Niantic have today announced a comprehensive list of dramatic improvements to Pokemon GO that are arguably the most profound overhaul of the game's mechanics since it first launched last July. As detailed on the official website, Pokemon GO will soon be receiving reformed gyms that shake up the stagnant Dragonite-filled meta, Gym Badges to collect around the world, brand new Raid Battles for even more co-operative action, and a host of new items such as Technical Machines finally making their mobile Pokemon debut...

If you've been enjoying the Advance Wars-like Super Senso [Free], you'll be glad to know that Update 1.8, which has just gone live, adds more content to the game. The new update adds more Challenges to the game, since they appear to be fan-favorites. Challenges are one-turn puzzles and can be quite the brain teasers. There are also 3 new advanced tutorials that should help new players get the hang of the game faster. More interestingly, we are getting two new units: Med-Bot and Saboteur. Med-Bots have weak attacks but heal adjacent allied units at the start of both yours and the opponent's turn. Saboteurs are fast infantry units with the ability to evade the first instance of damage each turn...

'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...

Hidden Folks [$3.99] is a lovely game that really feels made for touchscreens, and after adding more content to the game yesterday, its developers also posted a fun article on how the game's art and gameplay was created. Apparently, every part of the game is hand-drawn and then scanned into sprite sheets. The developers used a pretty mediocre scanner for the project, and when they got a new one, they realized the art looked very different and had to go back to the low-budget scanner they initially had. The post goes on to talk about how the developers go about putting together each scene, organically growing each sub-area gradually while at the same time adding scripts to certain visuals to make them interactive...

You probably know by now that Microsoft has announced that Minecraft: Pocket Edition [$6.99] will become just Minecraft and will have cross-play with all other platforms using the bedrock engine. The other new feature that's been announced is servers coming to mobile, which will greatly expand how you can play the game. In a video and blog post published today, Microsoft offered a few more details on how the servers will work. First a necessary clarification: Realms and Servers are a different thing. Realms are private, cloud-hosted worlds hosted by Microsoft that you have to pay to run. Servers, on the other hand, are community-owned and are open to everyone who wants to join...

As we wrote about a few days ago, Night School Studio, of Oxenfree and Mr. Robot fame, were working on a The Mummy tie-in game, and now that game is out worldwide. If you haven't been reading about The Mummy, you might not know that it's supposed to launch the Dark Universe, Universal Pictures' attempt at creating a series of films that will revive the studio's classic monster characters for a new generation. The Mummy Dark Universe Stories [Free] is a free episodic series where you take the role of The Mummy protagonist, Nick Morton (played by Tom Cruise), and embark on a narrative game with multiple choices and dynamic comic-book style illustrations...

'Epic Little War Game' Review - Back to the Trenches

It feels like Rubicon's War Game series has been all over the place. Great Little War Game [$1.99] was an accessible turn-based strategy game packed with content and a cheeky sense of humor. Its follow-up, Great Big War Game [$2.99], went for a bigger scale and added in online multiplayer. The next game in the series was Great Little War Game 2 [$1.99], which went for a more streamlined experience with portrait orientation, smaller levels, and no multiplayer at all. It was a fun game taken on its own merits, but it was somewhat of an underwhelming entry for the series to go out on. Well, here we are three years later, and it looks like the General isn't ready to hang up his pants yet. Epic Little War Game [$4.99] is here, and if you were one of the people who wished the last game was more fully-featured, you're going to be very happy with this one...

Brawl Stars was only revealed less than two days ago, however it's been awesome to see how the game has become so popular in such a short space of time, and not solely because of its impressive pedigree. The first Brawl Stars tournament has already taken place, the game has soft launched in Canada, and with four substantial game modes and a surprising amount of variation for a MOBA title, Supercell's latest major release shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. In our extensive hands-on with Brawl Stars, we were impressed with how the short play sessions and variation of both characters and maps made it incredibly difficult to put it down, and if you're equally enthralled by the game or want to learn more about the best techniques, come join our lively Brawl Stars Discord Server...

'Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition' Trailer Released, Six Free DLC Characters Announced

Last month, Capcom unexpectedly announced that they would be releasing a brand new mobile iteration in the Street Fighter series, dubbed Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition. Owing to the quality of the last few games in the series that have made the transition to the smaller screen, and an abundance of awesome new features and characters, it was enough to get the iOS fighting game community on our forums excitedly anticipating what this sequel may have in store for us. While there is still no specified release date, Capcom have today released a brand new trailer for Street Fighter IV: Champion Edition, which gives a glimpse of the action, and also divulges some details on the characters we can expect to brawl as when the title finally reaches the App Store...

Copyright 2014, TouchArcade.com, LLC.