Category Archives: Games

Michael Brough's 868-HACK [$4.99] is one of the very best roguelite games you can get on iOS. While the game's visuals tend to divide people, it's hard to argue against its creative, challenging, and endlessly-fun take on a genre that has no shortage of competition on the platform. Like many developers, Brough wanted to bring his games up to date with 64-bit compatibility so that they'll survive the upcoming shift to iOS 11. He did that for 868-HACK back in April, making a few balance tweaks while he was at it. Apparently he couldn't resist doing a bit more, and that's good news for all of us...

If you were one of many who hated the Rogue Quest, you'll be happy to know as of today and Hearthstone's [Free] latest patch, The Caverns Below has been nerfed and now triggers when five minions with the same name are played. If you are disappointed about the new state of The Caverns Below card, you can disenchant it for full dust value until July 24th. In another interesting piece of information, Blizzard has made the current Arena rates public, so if you want to know exactly what the chances are of getting a class Spell versus a neutral spell or class minions versus neutral minions, go here to read it all in detail...




If you read TouchArcade or listen to our podcast, you probably know by now that Scott Cawthon came out and said he's stepping away from developing Five Nights at Freddy's games [$2.99] and that no Five Nights at Freddy's 6 will be coming any time soon. Since we are talking about Scott Cawthon, the man who has repeatedly trolled his fans, his declaration wasn't taken too seriously. However, another Cawthon post seems to confirm that he is indeed stepping away from the series partly because of the community's negativity, which is an issue not unknown to those working in the industry...

'Knights of the Frozen Throne', Hero Cards, Zombeasts, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #104

And we are back this week with our weekly Hearthstone [Free] roundup, and what a week we just had. After hearing many rumors about Death Knights, we finally got to hear the official announcement for the next expansion, and it's Knights of the Frozen Throne. Every WoW player is very excited about the upcoming expansion given the lore behind the Lich King, and it looks like it's the right kind of expansion to draw many lapsed players back in. As you'll read below, the expansion brings some new ideas that will change the way the game is played. Most of our news stories and videos today are about the new expansion, so go grab a cup of coffee and head to the Frozen Throne...

Best iPhone Game Updates: 'Marvel Future Fight', 'Fire Emblem Heroes', 'WWE Immortals', 'Onirim', 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. Some quality games come back from the grave this time around, along with the usual spate of regular updates. One by one, some great old classics are getting shined up and prepared for the 64-bit future, and some of them are bringing some nice improvements with them to boot. Of course, you can keep an eye out for updates yourself using AppShopper or by participating in the TouchArcade forums. This weekly summary is here to fill in the things you might have missed. Let's dig in!..

'Cat Quest' Release Date Announced, Pouncing Onto the App Store on August 10th

If you've been following TouchArcade as of late, you'll have likely seen me wax lyrical over Cat Quest consistently for the past few months, and for good reason. While it's true that any game merely featuring God's feline gift to earth is enough to pique my interest, Cat Quest goes above and beyond its beautifully cute exterior with some incredibly enticing adventure gameplay that draws hyperbolic comparisons to gaming classics such as Zelda II and Crashlands [$4.99]. While we've known that Cat Quest was to launch in the vague ballpark of 'August' for some time, the developers have finally announced a solid release date for the title, as it is set to enrich the App Store on August 10th...

I'm pretty sure you can all guess the most frequent question I get when I talk about Elder Scrolls: Legends [Free (HD)]; yes, when is the game coming to phones. Well, Pete Hines, Vice President of Bethesda, is currently streaming Legends on Twitch, and he announced that the game is coming to phones at some point this month. Given that we're already past the first week of July, that leaves only 3 weeks to go. So, it looks like it won't be too far off now, which I know will make many (including me) quite happy because being able to play on a phone means I get to play more...

Middle-earth: Shadow of War was one of the more interesting upcoming releases that was shown at E3, as both the stunning RPG action and the genuinely funny quips of Bruz the Orc lit up a somewhat monotonous Microsoft press conference. Sadly, as has become a worrying trend throughout the majority of such events, mobile gamers were left high and dry with very few details on any new games from such major publishers. However, it may not all be bad news - an iPhone version of Shadow of War suddenly soft launched onto the Philippines App Store last night. While seemingly only thematically linked to its console brethren, the mobile iteration of Shadow of War aims to bring the same epic conflicts in a different, portable guise, and is available to try for free by using our soft launch guide...

As the weeks count down until the launch of iOS 11 and the end of 32-bit app support, the status of many a mobile classic remains in question. We're going to lose a lot of great games from the era where paid games ruled the roost, many of which have never seen release on other platforms. Developers and publishers are having to make some hard choices about games that may not bring in much money in the future as a matter of customer service. In many cases, updates aren't even possible as the developer is no longer around. So which ones will survive? Well, I'm happy to say that Ravensword: Shadowlands [$6.99] is off the endangered list, at least...

When I saw the prices of pretty much every Slitherine game drop to their lowest ever, I didn't know what to think. If nothing else, this publisher has been pretty firm about charging a premium price for their games. Slash and burn isn't usually their style. But then I remembered something very, very important. Almost all of Slitherine's games are 32-bit apps, and the publisher has made it clear that they are not going to update them. So if you buy, do so with the knowledge that these games absolutely will not work on any iOS version after iOS 10. You have been warned!..

Lucky Kat have made a name for themselves as one of the most promising indie developers on the App Store, as their distinctive beautiful pixel art style combined with simple yet incredibly focused gameplay mechanics often lead to some perfectly suited mobile gaming experiences. Beat Street follows in this pattern, and features beat 'em up action that can be easily played with one hand. Fighting games - even on the iPhone - normally refuse to sacrifice complex mechanics for simple and accessible inputs, and while ports such as the Street Fighter series have worked out quite well on the touch screen, Beat Street could be a fantastic starting point for those who may have been turned off the genre as a whole. After a few months of laboured development, Lucky Kat have announced that the beta for Beat Street has been finished, and anyone interested in testing the title out before its launch can do so by signing up on our forum thread...

Classic Reload - 'Punch Quest'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the regular feature where the ghostly apparition of Blake haunts us at every turn. In this feature, we take a look at games from the App Store's past to see how they hold up in the harsh, post-apocalyptic wastelands of 2017. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall library, or simply to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. As the three-time winner of the prestigious Some Pig Award, I try to choose a balanced selection of games, but if you have a suggestion, I'm all ears. You can comment below with the games you'd like to see featured and I'll add them to the master list for future consideration...

Minecraft: Story Mode [Free] Season 2 Episode 1 premieres July 11th, but if you are one of the impatient ones, you can watch the first episode July 9th. Specifically, Telltale will be doing a live Crowd Play of Episode 1 at RTX Austin, and even if you aren't able to make it in person, you'll still be able to watch it on Twitch. If you don't know what Crowd Play, think of it as playing the game with everyone around you shouting what choice to make. I'm hoping the Crowd Play option comes to the mobile version of the game as well so we can play it on our Twitch channel. The whole thing should be fun, and you get to see the episode in action before anyone else...

Good news, Adventure Time fans. Minecraft's [$6.99] latest update just added the Adventure Time mash-up pack that lets you explore the Land of Ooo and its crazy, colorful characters. As you can see from the trailer below, the two worlds blend very nicely together, and I'm sure it will be a fun pack for fans of the show or for those who want to sprinkle some more absurdness into their Minecraft worlds. You can also read an interview with Pendleton Ward, the creator of Adventure Time, where he talks about the origins of the animated show as well as the way Minecraft and Adventure Time dovetail nicely...

Star Wars: Galaxy of Heroes [Free] continues to grow, and after giving us Grand Admiral Thrawn, we are now getting something even more terrifying: new Ewoks. Ewoks will be taking over the game during July with updated art for all Ewok models, updated stats for Chief Chirpa, Ewok Scout, and Ewok Elder, and 3 new Ewoks, Wicket, Logray, and Paploo. We are also getting new Ewok events; it truly is an Ewok invasion. In addition to the Ewoks, we are getting a new event that will let you retrace Luke Skywalker's journey from the farm to the stars, and completing this event will unlock Commander Luke Skywalker...

The Sorcery! [$4.99] series came to an emphatic conclusion last year, and Inkle's groundbreaking gamebook titles have made a profound impact on mobile gaming as a medium. With some truly phenomenal storytelling throughout all four titles, and consistent support through successive updates over the years since the games initially launched, the Sorcery! series has been a reference point and pivotal example of both how serious and immersive experiences can be found on the App Store, but also how they can be catered to the platform's many unique strengths. For the first time in the title's four year existence, the original Sorcery! has today been made completely free to download - if you did somehow miss the game, its sequels and the universal critical acclaim every entry received over the past few years, this is a fantastic opportunity to finally immerse yourself in Sorcery's universe...

It may feel like a lifetime since literally everyone was roaming the streets catching virtual creatures, however today marks a year since Pokemon GO [Free] finally launched on the App Store, and subsequently revitalised Nintendo's RPG series in popular culture. Even with the frequent server issues and relative scarcity of content in the initial early stages, those July months last summer already hold a strange nostalgic charm to many, and it's been great to see how Niantic have made great strides over the past year to make Pokemon GO even closer to the idyllic augmented reality adventure that they originally envisioned to make. To celebrate its year anniversary, Pikachu donning Ash's famous hat can be located in the game from today until the 24th July, and a new Anniversary Box bundle is also available to obtain some sweet rare items including Incubators, Max Revives, Ultra Balls and a Raid Pass at a celebratory discounted price...

The huge Better Together Minecraft [$6.99] update (or 1.2) is getting closer, and the developers continue teasing upcoming features. One of the new features is ravines, which make map generation much more interesting and create all kinds of possibilities for funny bridge-centered builds. We are also getting parrots, which can be tamed and will perch on your shoulder, turning you into a silly-looking pirate. The update is also adding jukeboxes and music discs, for those lonely, quiet nights of winter. Speaking of winter, temperature will now decrease with height...

The solitaire card game Onirim [Free] has quite a few fans in our forums and in the gaming community more generally. Today, the game has received the Crossroads and Dead Ends update that adds 16 cards to the player's deck, which introduce new obstacles and opportunities to escape the twisted dreamscape of the game. The expansion includes four Crossroads, which can be played as any color, and Dead Ends cards that provide new challenges by forcing players to hold on to those cards until the end of the game...

In January of 2012, Taito released their classic 1994 arcade shoot 'em up RayForce [$4.99] to the App Store, and about 6 months later they released its 1997 sequel RayStorm [$7.99] as well. Shooters like these always translated well to the touchscreen and it seemed pretty likely that Taito would be bringing the third game in the trilogy RayCrisis to mobile too. I mean, why wouldn't they bring the whole trilogy over, and if the previous Ray game release schedule was to be trusted, I would have bet they'd release RayCrisis at the end of 2012. Well, that release schedule was not to be trusted. RayCrisis never came, and while both RayForce and RayStorm were excellent additions to the App Store's shooter catalogue, they sat around virtually untouched after their release and were never updated with any of the modern trappings that came with newer and better iOS hardware and software...

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