Category Archives: Games

If you are planning on going to BlizzCon 2017, mark the dates April 5th and 8th of your calendar because that's when the tickets will go on sale, and as you might know, they go fast. The tickets will cost $199 (plus taxes and fees, of course) and will allow you to enjoy two days of all kinds of Blizzard gaming. The tickets also get you the BlizzCon Goody Bag, which is a pretty big box of all kinds of stuff if it's anything like last year. BlizzCon 2017 will take place on November 3th and 4th in Anaheim, CA, and if you can attend and have the money to do so, you should. There will also be a benefit dinner on November 2nd in support of Children's Hospital of Orange County, but that will set you back $750...

This is one of the best ideas I've heard in a while. The developers of the lovely Burly Men at Sea [$4.99]  (which also has one of the best titles ever) have turned every possible playthrough in the game into a gorgeous hardcover book that you can now get your hands on. Every possible story in the game has a number assigned to it, and if you go here and enter that number, you'll see the actual print book that retells your story. It's really a great idea that plays with different formats and platforms in a very clever way, and, personally, I think it's a fantastic one. I could see other choose-your-own-adventure style games doing something similar...




Pang was one of my favorite arcade games growing up, and I was glad to see the recent Pang Adventures [$3.99] port play as well as it does. Shaun enjoyed it in his review and felt that the game is well-suited for mobile. Now, you can grab the game for just $1.99, its lowest price since release, and if you're one of those who enjoy retro gaming or just want a fun, well-made arcade game to play, you should definitely pick it up. The game has you popping bouncing balls into smaller ones until they disappear, and even though the principle is pretty simple, it's actually great fun and has tons of puzzle-looking levels that you have to beat...

Hearthstone's [Free] latest expansion, Journey to Un'Goro, is getting closer by the day, so Blizzard has been trying to get us into the mood. First there was the expedition journal, and today we got the first episode of a new short series called Wonders of Un'Goro, starring the hilarious Danny Pudi. Pudi plays Professor George Herbert Doyle IV, a renowned explorer daring to traverse Un'Goro. He and Eddie, his talkative aide, are looking for a very rare specimen, Galvadon. As you'd expect, Pudi is completely unprepared for what Un'Goro has in store for all explorers...

I've been an advocate of the archery-based castle defense game Warcher Defenders [$0.99] from Ogre Pixel for quite some time now. Its trailer caught my attention in May of last year just a few weeks ahead of its release, and I even thought highly enough of the game to include it in our list of Hidden Gems of 2016. While it's been a while since the game came out, Ogre Pixel has been working hard on a pretty major update to Warcher Defenders and it's finally in its final stages and targeting a release next month. Probably the most major change in this update is the ability to hire mercenaries to fight alongside you as you defend against all manner of evil enemies. You can catch a glimpse of the mercenaries in this new trailer for Warcher Defenders...

March is going to be a pretty month for Clash Royale [Free] from the looks of it. The game has received a new update today that adds quite a few things while also preparing the ground for much more that will be rolling out during this month. This update adds Arena 11, a new Legendary Arena that unlocks at 3800 Trophies. Arena 10 is now called Hog Mountain instead of Legendary Arena. Legendary cards will still appear in your shop at 3000 Trophies, which is a good thing. The update is also adding Leagues, a fun new way to play the game. You'll enter the first League at 4000 Trophies, and you can climb through 9 Leagues. At the end of each month, you'll receive a reward based on the highest League you reached. The reward for Leagues is a very fun new Chest called the Draft Chest; this one offers multiple card choices, and you get to choose your own reward...

The Sandbox Evolution [Free] is a great tool for creative types, and it's been updating constantly ever since it appeared on the App Store. A few weeks back, it got a Pac-Man update, which—unsurprisingly—allows players to create and play their own Pac-Man mazes. The upcoming update is going into a different direction by bringing Zombies to the game. As the developers described in our forums, the new update is all about Arnold and his mission to protect survivors, stay alive, and, of course, kill as many zombies as possible. The update will bring 5 new zombie-themed elements (Zombie, Stalker Zombie, Bloated Zombie, Zombie Virus, and Antidote Particle), 4 new weapons for Arnold, and much, much more...

Back in January a then-upcoming game called Edo Superstar [Free] caught my eye with its really nice art style and promise of beating the crap out of opponents as a martial arts expert monkey. What more is there in life to want beyond THAT? In early February, Edo Superstar dropped in the App Store, and while it got a pretty positive reaction from those who played it, it also seemed to fly a bit under the radar. Part of that might have been due to the game launching as iPhone-only, and although it still technically played on iPad in 2x mode it lacked true Universal support. Well, that's no longer an issue as Edo Superstar received an update today adding in Universal iPad support...

Puzzle Strategy Hybrid 'Ticket to Earth' Riding to the App Store on March 15th

Almost exactly a year ago to this day, we first experienced Robot Circus's interesting puzzle and turn-based strategy mash up Ticket to Earth at GDC 2016, and while the game was still in a relatively early stage, the promise of this unique amalgamation of mechanics was clear to see. While its tentative release date of late 2016 came and went, a later showing at PAX Australia in November got us particularly excited after a substantial year of development under its belt. After much fervent anticipation, Ticket to Earth is finally launching this Wednesday, and has a brand new release trailer that showcases the inventive gameplay elements and futuristic sci-fi setting in action...

Journey to Un'Goro Teasers, Price Hikes, a Kripp Interview, and More 'Hearthstone' Weekly News in 'Touchstone' #88

Hello everyone and welcome to another Touchstone Tavern, our Hearthstone [Free] news and videos roundup. This week was a peculiar one since it started with more Un'Goro teasers but ended with players complaining very loudly about the changes in pack pricing across most non-US areas. The price hikes will affect purchases made through the PC, Mac, and Android clients as well as the Battle.net Shop. iOS will, fortunately, stay as is, at least for now. As you can guess, the changes didn't go over well with the community. The price hike wasn't the only interesting thing to happen in the world of Hearthstone; we also got more info and teasers on Un'Goro, although the real spoilers should be coming next week. So, let us begin...

Update Mondays: 'Mortal Kombat X', 'Dan the Man', 'Space Marshals 2', 'Pixel Starships', 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'll say it: this week was kind of... so-so. But I was still able to sniff out some cool updates to check out. 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!..

A couple of days ago, we wrote that the fantastic Love You to Bits [$3.99] was getting new content at some point this month, and now Apple has made the game its free app of the week, so you should most definitely grab it if you haven't bought the game already. Love You to Bits is the spiritual successor to the lovely Tiny Thief, and it's a wonderful journey filled with adorable characters and fun puzzles. It really is one of those games you should experience if you enjoy adventure games or puzzle games even a bit. Although, to be honest, this is the kind of game you should buy just to support the developers...

Okay, not quite all of them. That honor goes to Enter the Gungeon (SUCH A GOOD GAME), but it doesn’t take long to see what the primary inspiration for this game probably was. If you’re into the roguelike offerings of Nuclear Throne or Enter the Gungeon, this mobile game was made just for you. It’s solid to the core, and while it somewhat ironically lacks a soul or identity of its own, it revels in tossing pretext aside and getting to the action. Most importantly, especially for a lot of people who read this site, the economy is a glorious, unobtrusive, generous, beautiful thing. *wipes away tear* This is Soul Knight [Free]...

This is my 4,000th post on this site, and seeing as I've typically been the Cat Game Guy for the majority of my nearly 8 years with TouchArcade (that crown has since been bestowed on Eric), it seems only fitting that number 4,000 is about a cat game. The cat game in question is called Kitty Lander [Free] from developer Perch Drunk Thugz, and what's funny about it is it's not a new game at all. In fact it's almost a year old. For some reason nobody in our community came across it in the past year, and for whatever reason the developers only just emailed us about it today. (Side note: Email us about your games, developers! We want to know about them when they're new!) With that out of the way, though, let's focus on Kitty Lander, a fantastic blending of Lunar Lander gameplay and cats...

Sentinels of the Multiverse [$6.99] continues to get more content, and this time around the game received the Challenge Mode, one of the stretch goals of the Season 2 Kickstarter campaign. The Challenge Mode turns the difficulty up a notch by giving each villain a twist to his or her rules, which adds another layer of strategy on top of the existing ones. The update also adds the Ultimate Mode, which allows you to play with both the rules from Advanced and Challenge Mode at the same time, for extra challenge. Some examples of the Challenge Mode are Grand Warlord Voss playing the top card of his deck every time he flips or the Matriarch making all her domain cards indestructible. The new update also brings new achievements to the game...

Did you guys know that they’re making a movie about the Rampage video game franchise starring Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson!? I am super pumped for that. Shame it shares a title with an Uwe Boll franchise. I learned this piece of recent news researching for the game in this review. I grew up playing the Playstation/N64 Rampage games, World Tour and Universal Tour. I loved them as a kid and am rocking some rose-tinted glasses as far as they’re concerned. It’s been over a decade since we’ve had a proper Rampage entry, and that realization fills me with sadness, but there have been several mobile games inspired by Rampage specifically or kaiju city destruction in general. MonstroCity: Rampage! [Free] decided to put it as the freaking subtitle...

'Jelly Juggle' Review - Jelly Fish Pong

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March 10th, 2017 11:00 AM EDT by Shaun Musgrave in $1.99, 4 stars, Arcade, Free, Game Center, Games, iPad Games, iPhone games, Reviews
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I've been down the road a couple of times before with games from developer Ian MacLarty, and I feel like I know at least a few things to expect from his work. First, my poor pride is going to take a serious beating. Second, I'm going to keep on playing anyway. That was true for Boson X [$2.99] and Black Hole Joyrider [$0.99], and it's true again for Jelly Juggle [Free]. This one has a cuter, softer, kid-friendlier look to it than MacLarty's last couple of iOS games, but don't be fooled. That smiling, goggle-eyed fish wants only one thing in this world, and that's to make you cry. You might not feel like you need another ultra-tough, one-touch game on your device, but if you've ever enjoyed that sort of thing, I certainly encourage you to give this quirky Pong take-off a try...

Despite its relative brevity, Collect or Die [$1.99] left a profound impression when I reviewed it back in January. While its ultra-hard masochistic approach to level design wasn't particularly innovative, Super Smith Bros' daring approach to make the game entirely tilt controlled gave Collect or Die a whole new level of challenge that drew parallels to many of the earlier titles on the App Store. With the promise of future level packs, Collect or Die was a relatively sound investment for only $1.99, however today the game has gone on sale for a limited time at the unbeatable price of completely free...

Classic Reload - 'Plants vs. Zombies'

Hello, gentle readers, and welcome to the Classic Reload, the monthly feature where we don't want zombies on our lawn. Each month, we take a look at a game from the App Store's past to see how it holds up in the present day. It's a chance to revisit old favorites, reflect on their place in the overall iOS library, or just to take a deeper dive than our reviews typically allow. I try to pick a nice selection of titles from month to month, but if there's a game you really want to see, don't be shy! Leave a comment below and let me know. If I think it's cool, I'll add it to the master list and you'll see it pop up sooner or later...

Clash Royale [Free] is getting a really fun mode soonish called Clan Battle, which is a fancy name for a 2v2 mode. It looks like it's going to be crazy fun. As revealed in the latest Radio Royale podcast episode, in this mode both players will have 10 elixir bars - with the elixir replenishing 15% slower than usual, and even though Elixir Collectors won't be shared, buffing cards like Rage will buff all units. Also, the bottom arena is extended by 4 tiles to fit the two towers next to each other. You can hear more details about how the mode came about and other fun info on the podcast episode, so make sure you check it out...

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