Category Archives: Games

When Don't Starve: Pocket Edition [$4.99] arrived on iOS back in July of 2015 (has it really been that long already?), Klei Entertainment provided a beautiful port of their critically-acclaimed survival game that was revamped and tailored to work with the touchscreen. It used a tap-to-move and tap-to-interact-with-stuff control scheme that worked perfectly, but it was one that didn't suit the tastes of a lot of players, myself included. I mean, in theory, a truly native touchscreen control scheme is far better than just slapping some virtual controls on a game and calling it a day, but I'm among those who actually prefer virtual sticks and buttons most of the time, and it's always nice to at least have the option. ..

In my first year or so here at TouchArcade, it felt like Tin Man Games had something new coming out pretty regularly. In the last couple of years, however, the well-known gamebook developer has opted to spend more time with each release, with the results being quite impressive. From the experimental subscription-based gamebook app Choices to their stunning conversion of The Warlock of Firetop Mountain, it seems like a new era for the Australia-based developer. Falling somewhere in the middle of those two is Tin Man's first crack at the popular visual novel genre, Miss Fisher and the Deathly Maze. The first chapter is due out on February 8th, just a few weeks from now, and it's looking great...




You haven't heard from me in a couple days because I temporarily traded TouchArcade Towers for King Entertainment's Studios in Barcelona, Spain, and the reason I was there was the launch of Bubble Witch 3 Saga [Free], the new addition to the Bubble Witch franchise that has just released worldwide. If you haven't played the previous two games, Bubble Witch is King's take on bubble popping, which hasn't managed to gain the traction of King's megahit, Candy Crush. Still, the Bubble Witch franchise is quite fun, and the new entry tries to shake up both the franchise and the genre...

The iOS App Store is a crazy place. In early October, we previewed a then-upcoming game called Level With Me [Free], which had you balancing various types of objects on a teeter-totter-like board by blowing floating bubbles onto its underside in order to raise or lower each side and keep said objects from sliding off. The objects include things like a heavy bowling ball, a bouncy beach ball, humans, zombies, and more, each requiring different strategies to ensure they stay on the board. The game was level-based in a way as you'd have to balance each type of object for a certain amount of time before completing a level and moving on to the next, but it was also endless as your ultimate goal was to complete as many levels in a row as possible. You know, it's a tricky game to try to explain, so why don't you just check out the trailer for Level With Me...

It's been a bit quiet since iTunes finally thawed out after Christmas, and it feels like we're still awaiting that big first release to really kick off the year (looking at you, Binding of Isaac). Out of nowhere yesterday, Gameloft soft launched their newest entry in the Gangstar series in The Philippines, and while previous iterations have explored Miami, Rio de Janeiro and Los Angeles, your nefarious criminal kingpin is now running amok in New Orleans. While Gameloft have touted Gangstar New Orleans to be the 'gold standard for open-world action-adventure', the reaction from gamers on our forums is significantly more mixed, with some sharing positive sentiment, and others deriding the release for being a bit rough on this initial soft launch...

2016 was renowned for its famous deaths, and unfortunately mobile was not exempt from such a tragic series of events. The news that Bulkypix had declared bankruptcy in August of last year was met with a vast array of mixed emotions - while many sympathised with the publisher for going under, as they had brought to prominence a lot of hidden gems on the App Store, most were incensed by their poor treatment of the developers under their wing during this period. Despite this, some creators risen from the ashes of Bulkypix's unfortunate demise and have taken this chance to further build and expand on their games, and Keybol is one such developer. With Pretentious Game [Free] now back under their control, the developer has planned to add a whole new Chapter 5 to the title, which is set to launch as a free update (for anyone who has already purchased the Chapters pack) on February 1st...

Upcoming RPG Epic 'Tower of Time' Promises Over Twenty Hours of Exploration, and Has a Stunning New Trailer

It's a well known fact that anything with 'time' in the title is guaranteed to be a success. The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time is arguably the greatest game of all time, Adventure Time spearheaded a wave of excellent cartoon shows in the past decade, and developer Event Horizon's upcoming RPG epic Tower of Time is set to follow in such prestigious footsteps. With some beautiful atmospheric graphics that looks to push the platform to its limits, as well as a touted twenty to thirty hours of gameplay, Tower of Time is an extremely ambitious premium effort from an indie developer, and will hopefully kick off 2017 with a bang when it launches in the coming weeks. To tide us over before Tower of Time finally drops, Event Horizon have revealed a brand new trailer and a whole host of details that demonstrate what you can expect to experience in this impressive RPG effort...

If (like me) one of your favorite things about the App Store is the absurd things that get released, well, here's one more game to add to your "Dumb Games" folder, or whatever name you've given the place where you store games like Vape Master [Free] which we posted about last week. Today's silly game is Chopping Wood with My Dad Simulator [Free]. The forum thread leads me to believe that "Drunk" was in the original title, but, that doesn't seem like something Apple would be cool with. Either way, as the title hints, what you do in the game is go out to the woods with your drunk dad, and chop wood...

Developer Astrograde Lab had planned on releasing their new puzzle adventure game this past Wednesday night alongside all of the other new releases of the week and didn't quite make it in time, but as of this morning their game Shards of Memories [$1.99] finally worked its way through Apple approval and arrived on the App Store. Shards of Memories has you piecing together pieces of various objects tangram-style, and the solved puzzles themselves are actually pieces of the storyline in the game, which based on this trailer seems like it might get a big heavy at times...

The RPG Reload Play-Along: 'Final Fantasy'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the latest addition to the growing RPG Reload family, the RPG Reload Play-Along. Each month, we'll be playing an iOS RPG together, sharing laughs and tears in equal measures. The post on the front page (like this one!) is basically here to announce the game in question and give a few tips on getting started. The real action will be happening in the Touch Arcade forums, where you'll find a thread dedicated to each month's featured game. Sign up if you haven't already, post your screenshots, ask for advice, or just chat about your misadventures with others. We've got a great community of RPG fans here at TouchArcade, so let's make the most of it! As a little incentive, at the end of each month, I will randomly pick one of the participants and send them something small and silly from here in Japan. All you have to do to be eligible is, well, play along with the Play-Along!..

Earlier this week we showed you the first teaser trailer for the new game from Fixpoint Productions, creators of some great games that start with the letter P including Piloteer [$2.99], Pivvot [$2.99], and Polymer [$2.99 / Free]. Well, it lagged a bit behind our normal weekly new games post, but that game, called Remedy Rush [Free], is now officially available in the App Store. And it most definitely does not start with a P! Remedy Rush has you playing as an actual remedy fending off a sickness, and you do this by navigating a variety of strange objects through an endless maze-like level killing germs and destroying toxins by collecting health bursts along the way. If you aren't quick about it though, the sickness will consume you!..

Out Run really was ahead of its time. Released over 30 years ago, Yu Suzuki tapped into the racing market like never before, with a sit-down car-like arcade cabinet and an exploration-based concept. In Out Run the objective wasn't to really "finish first" despite the time limit mechanic. It was all about the journey, providing choices for where to go by way of forked roads, leading to multiple playthroughs, and even other choices that weren't typical at the time, like radio stations. The game broke my preconceived notions of what the medium could do at the time as a young runt, and still stands as one of Sega's crowning achievements. It was a magical experience stepping inside one of those cabinets, and although Highway Runners [$1.99] doesn't really hit all of the same notes, it's a nice little homage to a bygone era...

A couple of days ago, we talked about how Ben Brode, Hearthstone's [Free] Game Director, went on reddit to describe the steps being taken to enable the team to maintain a better communication with players in the near future. Today, Brode decided to wade into a reddit discussion about the problems of the new player experience. The discussion was specifically about how the biggest problem with the new player experience is that there's not enough separation between those just starting out and people who've been playing the game forever. Brode first talked about how they're aware of the work needed to improve the new player experience and how they've been tweaking it for years and have seen significant increases in new player retention. The team has worked a lot on improving the Casual matchmaker, which resulted in new player winrates increasing by around 15%...

'Mega Man 1-6' Now Available on iOS and Android

[UPDATE: It only took mere moments of playing one of these ports to see that they are shockingly bad, so even though we'll have an official review coming soon we wanted to give people this extra head's up to avoid these at all costs.] Mega Man is one of the most difficult game series even with a physical controller, and as we've seen a couple of different times over the years the experience doesn't translate super well to the touchscreen. Well, Capcom Mobile is taking another stab at it as they announced last month that the six 8-bit Mega Man games would be hitting mobile, and as of just a few moments ago they've arrived in the iOS App Store as well as on Android's Google Play Store. These ports have been adjusted for mobile play, but I'll have to actually dive into these before we really know what that's supposed to mean. One thing I do know though is that the trailers don't give me a lot of confidence in these ports, as the frame rates look pretty poor. ..

The Iranian Revolution isn't exactly an era gamers get to visit often, so when 1979 Revolution: A Cinematic Adventure Game [$4.99] released, it caught the eye of all those who enjoy historical fiction. Now that the game has gone free for the first time, you have no reason not to put yourself in the shoes of Reza Shirazi, a photojournalist caught in the flames of the Iranian Revolution. The game is narrative-heavy in the style of Telltale games and will have you making critical choices that alter the narrative's course. I haven't played the game yet to know how much your choices affect the narrative, but I don't think that will matter too much in this case because most players will play 1979 Revolution mostly to experience those momentous events...

This War of Mine [$14.99] is a bleak game that offers players an unflinching simulation of war's effect on civilian populations, and its DLC The Little Ones - which lets you experience war through the eyes of a child - definitely didn't make the game any lighter. The DLC is now 30% off, so here's your chance to experience a very different aspect of war for cheap. The Little Ones is more than just different characters for you to play as; it's also all about how children in war-torn cities are still children, and children still want to play with toys, make friends, and enjoy life despite the troubles around them...

Solforge [Free] was one of my favorite CCGs on mobile for quite some time even though it had a pretty bad UI and other issues as well. Despite all that, this lane-based CCG was doing the all-digital card game even before Hearthstone popped up on the scene (though the two were pretty close to each other), and for a time doing it well. Alas, it was not to last because as Justin Gary, the game's creator and lead designer, has just announced, Solforge is pulling the plug on the servers on January 31st. While I know many of you won't care about one of the many mobile CCGs biting the dust, Solforge was really fun, with some really cool design ideas and some crazy - in a good way - cards...

We knew from last week that Blizzard was going to celebrate Diablo's 20th anniversary in all its games, and today the Dark Wanderer has made his appearance as this week's Hearthstone [Free] Tavern Brawl.. First of all, this Brawl feels more like an Adventure since it's a one player affair. You get to create a deck and then take on the hooded stranger holding a grim deck in his hands. The Dark Wanderer starts the game with 3 secrets already played and the Hero Power Diabolical Powers that summons a random Imp. The secrets aren't your usual fare, so expect to see all kinds of weirdness happening (you can check out all the secrets here). And since he gets to summon Imps, the Dark Wanderer also brings many Warlock buffing cards to the table, so don't let those Imps survive for too many turns or you'll get nasty surprises...

Twin-stick shooting. Roguelite elements. Pandas with heavy ordinance. It was inevitable that someone, at some point in human history, would put these things together into one game. Continuing my mop-up of games that missed getting a review upon their initial release, it's Feral Fury's turn at bat. This game has developed a strong following in the TouchArcade forums, both because of the quality of the game itself and because of its highly-responsive, courteous developer. Feral Fury [$1.99] walks along a similar path to games like Enter the Gungeon and Binding of Isaac, and although it's not quite up to the level of those games, it's still an awful lot of fun...

One of the most frequent complaints against Hearthstone's [Free] developer team is the lack of communication with the game's player base, which rightly or wrongly makes players feel ignored. Ben Brode, Hearthstone's Game Director, has been responsible for the majority of dev-player communication through his Designer Insight videos. Today, he took to reddit to provide more context on the production of those videos as well as talk future plans with the community. Brode makes those videos at night after his son goes to bed, and in order to do so, he first has to move his computer to avoid having his bed as the background, set up the studio lights, and then do several takes. Then he sends it to the rest of the team for feedback - which occasionally leads to more takes...

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