Category Archives: Games

One of the things I like about games and books is their unlimited possibilities; the stories we can create in both of those mediums are limited only by our imagination, especially when video games trade fancy visuals for text-based gameplay. Failbetter Games' Fallen London is one of my favorite games precisely for its imaginative and expansive world whose variety I find highly entertaining. Voyageur [$3.99], a piece of "interactive science fiction literature" as its developers call it, is inspired in many ways by Fallen London [Free], and that should come as no surprise since the game was produced in partnership with Failbetter Games. While in Fallen London you explore the streets and stories of an alternate Victorian-era London, in Voyageur you begin a one-way trip towards the center of the galaxy. Since this is a one-way trip, the game adds a roguelike layer to your typical interactive fiction experience, which attempts - thought not that successfully - to promote repeated playthroughs. Is the journey worth it, then? Read on and find out...

'Hidden Folks' Review - Seek This Game Out

While Game Oven Studios, the collection of maniacs behind Fingle [$1.99 (HD) / Free (HD)], Bam Fu [$0.99 / Free], Bounden [$2.99], and Jelly Reef [$0.99], is no more, developer Adriaan de Jongh is still out there making games. And he's back with another fantastic and unique experience that you have to try. Hidden Folks [$3.99] is a collaboration between him and illustrator Sylvain Tegroeg that takes a very simple concept of being a "Where's Waldo" game. Then it makes everything happen in a monochromatic world, with huge canvases to explore as folks wander around, and you have to find a certain bunch of these folks. It's a simple idea, but the work that the team behind the game has done with the art, sound, and playability, makes this a fantastic experience. ..




Earlier this month, OK Golf [$2.99] from suitably named developers Okidokico Entertainment launched on the App Store to much aplomb, being featured heavily by Apple and impressing both those with a casual experience of the sport and golfing veterans with its stunning aesthetic design and simplistic touch-centric controls. Despite the game's ingenuity, Carter stated in our review that occasionally OK Golf deviated too much from the tried and true golfing formula, and quite a few minor annoyances somewhat sullied what was an otherwise ambitious effort from the developers in standing out amongst the genre-defining efforts of Super Stickman Golf 3 [Free] and others. Thankfully, the developers have taken aboard much of the criticism from the game's launch, and have submitted an update for OK Golf that should attempt to fix many of the smaller issues that some have had with the game, in the lead up to a more substantial content update next month...

Year of the Mammoth, Free Dust, Ladder Changes, Pros' Views, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #85

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, Toucharcade's weekly Hearthstone [Free] news roundup, and what a week we've just had. Blizzard finally revealed the Year of the Mammoth, which is what the next Standard rotation will be called, and all the changes we're getting. We are getting cards moved from Standard to Wild, expansions getting a slight overhaul, Ladder changes, nerfs, and more. This is one of those weeks that will go down in Hearthstone history as the start of the game changing hopefully for the better. Most players seem happy with the announced changes, and it's proof once more that the developers are listening to players' complaints, even if they take their time with the changes...

'Downwell'-Inspired Retro Platformer 'Tower Fortress' to Launch March 15th on the App Store

All the way back in August 2016, we caught the first glimpse of developer Keybol's Tower Fortress. While the arcade platforming action wore its influences such as Metroid and Downwell [$2.99] on its sleeve, the stunning pixel art graphics from the creator of PC hit Dungeon Souls, as well as an ambitious amount of content and customisable options, Tower Fortress offered a lot of potential to live up to the illustrious critical acclaim of the titles it was inspired by. After many months of fervent anticipation, Keybol has finally announced that Tower Fortress is set to launch on the App Store next month on March 15th, and has released a slick launch trailer that demonstrates the game's frenetic and feverish action in great detail...

Update Mondays: 'Pokemon Go', 'Galaga Wars', 'Marvel Future Fight', 'Ninja Fishing', 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. I'm feeling like Mr. Crabby Tree today, and that's partly because there aren't very many updates for me to show you. I think I've got some good ones, but I'll leave that for you to decide. 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!..

Bethesda Vaguely Teases Next Mobile Game

February 17th, 2017 7:15 PM EST by Tasos Lazarides in Games, News

This story is more about the possibilities than the present reality, but when Bethesda is involved, the possibilities are intriguing. Todd Howard, Bethesda Game Studios' Director, talked recently about the huge success of Fallout Shelter [Free], a success that caught them by surprise and became the impetus for more mobile games coming down the pipeline. Fallout Shelter will continue getting updates and keeping players engaged, but apparently there's a second mobile project game under development, one that Bethesda has been thinking about for a while. It looks like the game won't be very similar to Fallout Shelter, but that's pretty much all we know about it...

World of Tanks: Blitz [Free] has a ton of tanks you can play with, but the upcoming 3.6 update is about to give us more choices. We are finally getting a French tech tree with ten brand new tanks. Some of the tanks will be very fun to play with, especially the ones after tier VIII. Why? Because even though they are heavy tanks, they behave more like big medium tanks because they come with autoloaders. So, when you get up close and personal, you can unload a few shells in rapid succession before needing to reload, which makes them pretty dangerous in the right hands. At the same time, the armor is on the weak side, so no head to head encounters are advised...

The sandbox crafting game Craft the World - Pocket Edition [$4.99] has been around for a couple of years now, but it's been a while since it saw an update. Today, the developers decided to remedy that by releasing an update that fixes quite a few things, adds plenty of other little features, and also makes two DLC available for purchase. The update has improved the dwarves models as well as added new animations and also improved their AI; idle dwarves will now find things to do rather than just sit around and be lazy. There are also many other additions like skill improvements, changes in the skill trees, and much, much more...

RPG Reload Developer Spotlight 005 - Jonathan Schneider from Aggro Magnet Games

Hello, gentle readers! It's time for the next installment in our monthly series of articles looking at the developers and publishers behind some of our favorite games. The aim here is for you readers to get a sense of the person, so the tone is more conversational than we usually use in interviews here at TouchArcade. it's also not necessarily about the games themselves, either. Basically, we'll kick off and see where the conversation takes us. This month, we're speaking to Jonathan Schneider of Aggro Magnet Games, the developer behind Vigil RPG [$0.99], an excellent game from 2014 that flew under the radar of many players...

This Wednesday, Niantic finally announced that a whole new cast of Pokemon from the Johto region would be available to capture within Pokemon GO [Free], as well as an assortment of additional items, berries, and gameplay enhancements to make the augmented reality application even more immersive. While they touted a release date of 'later this week', it turns out we didn't have to wait long, as this landmark feature for Pokemon GO is now available straight within the game (a preparatory patch was released earlier today, and has to be downloaded before Gen 2 fun can begin). You now have no excuse to turn your cap backwards, grab your Poke Balls, and go out into the freezing Winter morning and capture some brand new Pokemon from the Gold, Silver and Crystal games!..

Thanks to Captain Kirk, weird mating rituals are an...interesting part of Star Trek, so it's not surprising that Star Trek Timelines [Free]  has a Season of Love event starting today that is all about a mating ritual. Apparently, the weird merging (coupling) of time and space triggered the peculiar pon farr mating ritual with every Vulcan in the galaxy simultaneously, so any Vulcan left unattended is at risk of becoming a plak tow, a combative and irrational individual. To save the universe, you'll have to help Vulcans hook up, which I'm pretty sure is not what Captain Picard thought would be doing when he woke up this week...

Bandai Namco and Paladin Studio's Galaga Wars [Free] is a great modern remake of Namco's classic arcade shoot 'em up Galaga. Utilizing modern 3D graphics and new features like multiple playable ships, Galaga Wars does a great job at retaining the essence of the original, which isn't always the case when older classics get the modern treatment. We really enjoyed Galaga Wars in our review, and this week a new update has arrived which features another of Namco's classic gaming icons: Pac-Man. ..

If you like the highly-entertaining bullet hell shmup Phoenix 2 [Free], prepare to enjoy even more content. The upcoming update will add three new extra hard leagues - because apparently the game wasn't hard enough for some of you. The SS, SSS, and SSSS Leagues will ratchet up the difficulty and provide a challenge for even the best of you. We also getting improvements for those who like speedruns. Specifically, now you'll be able to see the time differential from your previous time after each wave of defeated enemies. That way, you'll know if it's still worth going for it or just quitting and starting all over again...

UnWorded [$3.99], an imaginative narrative game where everything is built from actual letters, has finally moved from iTunes to Android today. The game takes a dive into the damaged brain of a writer and lets players uncover his creative world. In terms of mechanics, the game is all about taking letters and punctuation signs and arranging them into objects that are connected to the ongoing narrative. You'll have to let your imagination free and try and figure out how words can mean more than just their dictionary definition. Pretty much my cup of tea...

It took a while, but it feels like the changes in the iOS market over the last few years are finally catching up to Kemco. Releases are more sporadic and increasingly reliant on one obviously overworked developer. Their games are now released in free and premium versions, both of which are typically packed with extra monetization techniques. If that's not bad enough, it feels like monetization techniques are almost the only aspects that these games are changing or improving. I wish I could say Fairy Elements [Free / $4.99] bucks that trend, but that would be fibbing. At its best, this is no better than the average EXE-Create game published by Kemco. At its worst, it feels cheap and hungry. The most notable thing about it is its soundtrack, where Kemco has made the bold move of pulling in someone with some name value...

One of the best games of 2015 was Downwell [$2.99], the roguelike action game of descending down a well with rocket boots. Missileman [$2.99] turns that formula upside down, literally. Here, you play as a fellow riding a rocket upward, trying to blast all the enemies in their way, while countless other missiles become available? Oh, and the game is colorful as opposed to monochrome, so it's trying to flip just about everything. Missileman is a game with some clever ideas, but some issues with playing it keep it from being a masterpiece. Still, it's worth checking out...

'Causality' Review - Destroying Your Brain and The Space-Time Continuum

Is your brain working properly? Are things in the world making too much sense? If you answered yes to these questions, and you desire that your brain be thrown into the washing machine, and then crushed with a hammer, then Causality [$1.99] is the game for you. It's a puzzle game for people who like their games to make sense...kinda, sorta. It's a fun game, but one that will threaten your sense of perception and time...

'Slayaway Camp' Review - A Killer Puzzler

The first thing that drew my attention to Slayaway Camp [$2.99] was the horror theme. Designed as a pastiche of 1980s horror in all its cheesy glory, combined with a voxel look that allowed for some gory slasher action with a comical feel. And then the game released on Steam first. After some work to make the game acceptable for Apple, we finally have Slayaway Camp on mobile, and what I found wasn't just a game that was over-the-top in gore and humor. I also found a great sliding puzzle game, that also managed to integrate its theme in a masterful way. This is a game that's fun to play and experience the little world it has created...

Motorsport Manager [Free], the racing management game that came out a couple of years ago, became popular primarily because of its tilt-shift camera effect during the races, but there is more to that game than just fun visuals effects; Motorsport Manager is one of the most entertaining sports management games on the App Store, and now you can grab it for free. If you haven't read our review of the game from 2014, know that Motorsport Manager manages to make the world of racing interesting even for those who aren't that into the sport. It's not that complex overall, but the race day events give you plenty to do as you try to get your two drivers at the checkered flag while balancing risk and reward...

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